First thing’s first, thanks to Jonathan’s new schedule, episodes will now be dropping on Fridays. Now, on with the show!
Business this week: In theory, Sam will be moonlighting on another podcast, I Thought They Smelled Bad On The Outside. That’s assuming, of course, that Scott doesn’t hear how Sam butchered his podcast’s name first and subsequently bans him from the show.
In games this week, Jonathan finished up his time in Skyrim and immediately began playing a game that feels an awful lot like Skyrim. Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, though, has a much greater focus on gameplay and character progression than Skyrim, though, so the similarities only serve to highlight each games’ distinct qualities.
Alex doesn’t have much by way of games to talk about this week, but he has been reading a book that kind of has to do with games. Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline, is about a the death of a billionaire, the contest to win all his money, and the video game full of the greatest hits from the 80′s that the billionaire built. At least, that’s how Alex describes it.
Sam, meanwhile, continues to get his dance on in Dance Central 2, and is also still fully immersed in the world of Skyrim. He’s gotten in some time lately on Space Marine, as well, and has been taking advantage of a service that probably only barely qualifies as a video game, GamesByEmail.com. If you’d like to play copyright sterilized versions of some of Avalon Hill’s great strategy board games, just shoot us an email or hit us up on Twitter, and we’ll be happy to set something up.
We have two topics this week. The first is inspired by Double Fine’s massive success with Kickstarter. Is this the herald of a new age of video game development, or rare confluence of cult status fame and Internet savvy fans?
Our other topic revolves around a rumor about the 720, the NeXtBox, or whatever Microsoft ends up calling it. Among wild tech speculation, the rumor also claims that the machine will include “some sort of anti-used game system.” We have no idea what that means, but we sound off on what we’ll find acceptable or not, and also whether this is where the industry was destined to end up anyway.
Finally, we’ve got a bit of a twist on one of our games: Reverse Casting Call. Instead of casting the movie of a game, we cast game characters in the roles of an awesome movie. Sam and Alex cast the roles of Sarah Conner, Kyle Reese, and the Terminator from Terminator, and Jonathan gets some sweet revenge.