Another week, another podcast, standing in a lake, moss hanging from its antlers.
Alex sneaks in a couple of news tidbits before letting the guys launch into game talk. First off, PvP is apparently all that’s really holding up Diablo 3′s launch, so Blizzard has decided to just patch it in later so that everybody else can get their ARPG on. Perhaps launching Diablo will help pick up the games’ industry as a whole, as NPD Group reported that February game sales were down 20% from last year.
Jonathan has pretty much forgotten everything he did last week. However, over the weekend he picked up a couple of XBLA games, I Am Alive and Crystal Quest. He’s only put a couple hours into I Am Alive, and it’s got some interesting concepts that might be awesome or might wear thin pretty quickly. Crystal Quest has seen dozens of hours of play from Jonathan… fifteen years ago. It’s a pick made purely for nostalgia’s sake.
Alex tells more stories from Shogun: Total War 2, complete with daring ninja attacks and dead in-laws. Jonathan tries to compare Shogun stories to Civ stories, but fails as researching pottery never comes into play. Alex has also put some time into Assassin’s Creed: Recollections, an iOS collectible card game. Anyone who’s listened to the show for a while should immediately be able to guess what his opinion of the game is.
Sam this week tries to get ragey about Amazon’s shipping policies. Unfortunately for him, Jonathan is well versed in said policies and knows Sam should have just been paying better attention. Moreover, as both Jonathan and Alex both have retail experience, neither gives him much sympathy. Sam’s lack of Mass Effect 3, though, has provided him an opportunity to play through Mass Effect 2 again, and also put some time into Binary Domain, and neither of those makes him ragey.
Speaking of ragey, Jonathan brings a topic this week that’s been driving up his blood pressure lately. Gamer Entitlement: Is it a real problem? Is it something worth fighting? Can we fight it? And how? The guys don’t really come up with any answers, but they try to get the conversation rolling.