Podcast Episode 48 – Pirates of Mens Pants

30 06 2009


by Daren Baldock

Your favourite hosts are back in the saddle with a return to audio normality this week. Daren finds gaming pleasure where he leasts expects it and Matt spills the beans on his night life adventures.

More inFamous, HAWX, Uncharted, more Everybody’s Golf and Demon’s Souls.

News discussion – Reliable-ish rumour time for Sony and Microsoft.. price cut anyone? Concerns over the PSP Go price point V’s worth, PSN FFVII download figures, Uncharted heading to the big screen and Iran shutting down the Internet, but leaving WOW open.

The retail round-up – Harry Potter and Tiger Woods coming this week with Sims 3 still holding the number 1 spot.

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2D Or Not 2D, That Is The Question.

24 06 2009

Street Fighter 4by xeroxeroxero

I’ve said before that games are constrained and often defined by their technological limitations, but I think its clear that the steps in gaming visuals over the last 51 years has been absolutely astounding! From Tennis for Two with it’s green on black on an oscilloscope display, through to the bleeding-edge visuals of Metal Gear Solid 4 on Sony’s latest Playstation; when comparing it to other entertainment mediums, videogames have perhaps shown the highest increase in fidelity over the shortest amount of time. Through just 7 generations of hardware we’ve come from crude monotone squares to fully realised three dimensional worlds in 1080p, but with all of this increase in visual splendour; the competition to model the most realistic environments, convincing facial animations and biggest explosions, are we missing the point entirely?

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Podcast Episode 47 – 2 guys, 1 mic

21 06 2009


by Daren Baldock

This week Matt’s Mac thinks it’s a PC and decides to crap out on us. Time to dive into the cellar and break out the emergency equipment. Quite a short show by comparison and not up to normal MLG audio standards, but we battled through to give you at least something to take away. Oh and Matt is sober!

The completion of inFamous and Fahrenheit, Xbox Live downtime and issues, Everybody’s Gold World Tour, Magic the Gathering, Sam and Max Save the World

News discussion – New standardised games rating system, Top Trumps going 3D and a tax on broadband users.

The retail round-up – Guitar Hero Greatest Hits, Fight Night 4 and Overlord 2 all out this week.

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PSP to PS3 Connectivity – So much more than just Remote Play

21 06 2009

by Wayne Shayler

ps3-pspI must be one of the only people never to have played Final Fantasy VII, so when Sony announced that it would be coming to the Playstation Store, I knew I would be an early adopter.

My initial response was to download it to my PS3, then play remotely on my PSP whenever the TV was in use.  A ‘Win Win’ situation if you will.  The fact is, I hadn’t entirely thought it through.  I had no idea how great a game Final Fantasy VII really is, even after twelve years, and how much I would become absorbed in the world and the characters.  I’m sure anyone who has played it will lay testament to that.

My ‘Win Win’ situation suddenly turned into a big fat ‘LOSE’.

What if I want to play FFVII when I’m not tethered to a wireless internet connection?

There was only one thing for it.  I would have to pay another £7.99 and download the game directly onto the PSP.

Luckily, the good men and women at Sony are already one step ahead of me, and boy, have they got this one right…


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Oh Miyamoto, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?

18 06 2009
Nintendo's Wii, currently the best selling console of this generation.

Nintendo's Wii, currently the best selling console of this generation.

by xeroxeroxero

Nintendo takes a lot of flack these days for their Wii wand waggling efforts, criticised by the gaming enthusiast for not having enough ‘real’ games, panned by critics for recycling old IP and ideas, and finally, even the Ninty die-hards are beginning to turn their back. Now I’m not going to try and tell you about how wrong everyone is, or how Nintendo is actually the saviour of gaming by cornering the casual market, but instead I want to put forward that in actual fact, Nintendo’s outlook on the industry has never changed, and perhaps we should look at how we now perceive games as the key factor in our disenchantment with the house that Mario built.

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Podcast Episode 46 – Steak Drapes

15 06 2009

call on me

by Daren Baldock

Killzone 2 online with party system, further into inFamous, Midnight Club LA, more Fahrenheit, Wipeout HD and Vidzone.

News discussion – Valve respond to the Left4Dead2 boycott, Xbox Community games being rebranded, America’s Army 3 on Steam, Green Day coming to Rock Band, potential Neverwinter Nights MMO, EA talking smack about the 360, THQ smashing promotion for Red Faction and magazine Seventeen having its own online space.

The retail round-up – The Sims 3 in at number 1!  Ghostbusters, Rock Band Unplugged and Hail to the Chimp coming this week.  All of your DLC and quiz needs.

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Podcast Episode 45 – Boy Band Baby Oil

8 06 2009


by Daren Baldock

After a busy week with E3, the boys return to normal with an (almost) normal show.

Mortal Kombat, Tony Hawk Project 8, Bionic Commando, Flower, inFamous, Uncharted 2 beta and Fahrenheit.

News discussion – Left4Dead 2 boycott, Activision suing EA over Brutal Legend, Apple’s next iPhone taking games to the next level, Metal Gear Solid dated for PSN, Nintendo finally painting the Wii, Top 10 buzz from E3, Sony Home allowing photo sharing and boy bands coming to Singstar.

The retail round-up – inFamous and Guitar Hero Metallica in the charts, prototype and Indiana Jones coming out this week.

How will Matt get on in this week’s  games quiz?

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