A great episode with Randark of Return of the retro today about toxicity in gaming. Lots of talks about our experiences, ideas about what the issues are and ways to improve.
I also couldn’t hold back the rant, although I did make it near the end haha
This week we’ve gone back to the well again, and this time we came up with Randark from the Return of the Retro podcast and blog. Like the similarly titled episode before it, which guest starred Wolfy’s Eyes, this is a show where the community member comes up with the topic for discussion and we delve into it. As you will hear during the introduction, I plan to make this a regular feature, probably somewhere around once a month or so, and if you are interested in joining us, let us know in the comments or via Twitter. Of course, if I don’t hear from anyone by the time this comes around again, I’ll put out the casting call on Twitter myself. This time around, Randark wanted to talk about the Toxicity of Gaming Communities, so we spent quite a bit of time talking about League of Legends, Smite, MMOs…
This week we debate the around our interests with H1Z1 and the current controversy surrounding Early Access issues and the Airdrop Mechanic. WE were both on different sides of this debate; IZZy the defender of the Apocalypse and Me, the dejected Hater. It was a mostly respectful debate though and no where near as hostile as you might think.
This week, to celebrate the future of Back to the future we thought to have a little fun with this weeks episode and talk about all the fun little things of future tech: imagined, from movies and games and also the amazing things we already have and how that’s progressing. It was a rather fun discussion and this week Doone visited the show once more, who I of course teased relentlessly haha.
Aaaaaaaaahhh… I forgot to post Podtatoes again didn’t I… so terrible. This week, and with the new year here we talk about our most anticipated titles for the new year. We share quite a few of the same titles which is good but also have our own twists on it all. This is also some of the bigger titles I’m looking forward to rather than just the mmo’s and indies.
This week’s show is a little different in that it’s not a usual show. It’s more of a year in review of the podcast, where I took some of the funniest or most memorable bits from all of our shows of this year and compiled them together to make a show that’s (hopefully) full of laughs and insightful bits. I have a lot of fun putting this together, so I hope you enjoy taking a ride through time with us. That’s really all I can say, so take a listen and enjoy!
Couch Podtatoes Epsiode 26: Clip Show (runtime: 1:22:35)
Well it’s rounding up to Christmas and as such we thought now’s the time to go over our end of year list for favourite games of 2014. It was surprising to see that both of our lists were rather sparse on AAA titles, a telling indictment of what was being offered this year really although there were a few titles that we both would have liked to play but… you know.. only so much moooooney. I seriously need some rich benefactor to sponsor my gaming. If that’s you you’ll be paid in.. aaaa…. how does stale cupcakes sound?
This week we explored a subject from my own Background, Psychology. While most probably know I’ve been working in Child care for a while, one thing I do have is a Bachelor in Psychology. I never followed through with it, which might have been a little silly. I was a bit disillusioned at the time with what I witnessed of the current state of the mental health system. It’s all rather appalling. I could have still entered a field dealing with statistics and research though, I was quite good at the math side and did find the work interesting… hmmm, maybe later.
Anyway, while completing my psych degree I did learn quite a bit and it did instill an interest in the field which I have kept with me. This episode was a time to get to show this a little and a few elements I’ve been thinking of regarding gaming. NOw it’s not an in-depth look just more a superficial talk about the elements we all might see, understand and be able to talk about so I’m sure most can relate.
This is not, the greatest POdcast in the world… no, this is but a tribute. Couldn’t remember, the greatest podcast in the world.. no, this is but a tribute.
Well, we seem to be having a bad run with technical issues on this show. If it’s not me having sound and mic issues it’s the internet doing wacky things or this time the show not recording. This time we were blessed enough with both Murf and That Angry Dwarf for the show but unfortunately that one is lost to the ether now. It’s a shame that as we had an amazing discussion.
The topic for this week was levels and it wasn’t a very balanced discussion, just how much we dislike the current implementations. We talked about the different mechanics involved with levels as well as the areas of the game they encompass. I think it was unanimous, in both podcasts that the restrictive nature of levels needs to be lessened if not removed. That’s not to say there shouldn’t be gating but that it should be social in nature.There are a few elements we enjoy about levels and especially about getting that feeling of progression, I just feel like theri are better ways to approach that issue.
Welcome back couch Podtatoes to another episode where we mostly ramble about games… hmm, always ramble about games. This week we were delighted to have Mr Luvva Luvva for an episode about Horror games. It seems fitting since he’s had some excellent posts looking at them lately so we thought, why not chat a little further about our favourite horror games and experiences.It seems we’ve all had some great shared experiences over the years for which to talk over but also many gaming difference that started some great discussion about what we like, and what we don’t.
Couch Podtatoes Epsiode 17: Horror Show: Game Updates (runtime: 1:24:19)
TGEN Announcement/Bragtoberfest recap (starts at 2:15)
Discussion: Horror Games (starts at 15:18)
Idiots on the Internet: ASUS Hardcore/Casual Graphic (starts at 1:00:43)
Community Talk: Levelcapped (starts at 1:14:13) Idiots on the Internet article:
How could we not pick this rather hilariously idiotic marketing piece from Asus
For Community we talked about the post over at Levelcapped looking at where’s the fun; how to find it, the differentiation and other elements.
Welcome back people of the Pod. This week we welcomed back Doone, mainly to pick on him but also for some great discussion of ethics in the gaming industry. This week we delved into discussion about Cloning, not sheep but how creating copies of game mechanical or in spirit seems to be a common thing within the Industry.
The main point of discussion was around the game threes, a mobile game a lot of people seem to have played that involves combining multiples of three into higher and higher combinations. It saw a lot of clones pop up almost immediately, some which have become more popular, seen greater numbers of downloads and even make more money.
We tried to define what’s different within these clones ethically in regards to outright cloning or iteration on an idea in order to make something your own. A product that iterates can be a good thing in how it refines a mechanic or genre and can create some wonderful products that appease greater or different demographics. Overall it applies to MMO’s quite strongly as well as many companies seem to want to copy a game that has seen greater success but this doesn’t seem to work when they’ve already gained the greater market share.
Lastly we thought about how to actually solve the problem but the options provided don’t seem very likely.
Couch Podtatoes Epsiode 10: Attack of the Clones (runtime: 1:10:35)
Breaking the Ice: what are we playing? (starts at 1:10)
Doone’s Digital Frontier: (starts at 21:28)
Idiots on the Internet: Jackie Chan’s Son (starts at 55:52)
Community Talk: Aggro-Range (starts at 1:03:33)
Idiots on the Internet article:
This week we looked at Jackie Chans son getting charged for possession of Marijuana with intent to sell in CHina. Discussed the legality and our own opinions on it.
This week we talked about a post over at Aggro-Range looking at the different Archetypes within the gaming community. We all gave our own opinions on what we are as well as what we thought each other were and it seemed pretty accurate. One thing we thought is that it does seem to change based on your mood although still pertaining to a certain structure. I definitely within the middle column at all times although I have been known to be all 3.