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I got to sit down with Saints Row IV at E3 a few weeks back, but let’s face it: half an hour with an open-world game, much less a Saints Row game, isn’t much of a preview. Now in the quiet hamlet of our sunny Phoenix, far from the pressure of appointment windows and crammed exhibition halls, Deep Silver let me play with a far more extended version of that E3 demo to really get a feel on how this game is so much different than its predecessors.
Russell is back in the game for real as we tackle his questions about our MANEATER Kickstarter, which Cody and I covered largely in the last show. He needles us with inquiries, yo. Then we follow up with a check in with our favorite old school PC developers and where they’ve wound up over the years. Stay tuned for adventure!
It’s 12:14PM. I click on the link in Maki Naro’s tweet, which leads me to his Kickstarter for a new comic series called Sufficiently Remarkable and the total is still $0. Naro is a final-three contestant in Penny Arcade’s Strip Search, a web series in which a dozen artists from around the world (although all American; one living in Montreal) competed for a $15,000 prize and an opportunity to be embedded with the massive Penny Arcade empire. Naro didn’t win, settling for an anecdotal third place, but now two weeks after the show’s finale, he’s highlighting a very important trait in a successful Kickstarter campaign: the necessity for exposure.
Because we’re celebrating Don Mattrick’s departure to Zynga today, I decided to dig down the rabbit hole because I’d always wondered where a guy like Mattrick comes from. In 1983, game developers Don Mattrick and Jeff Sember of Distinctive Software, Inc. went on CBC’s Front Page Challenge to explain their trade as Canada’s first video game developers. The panelists’ inquiries reveal a strange, naive era in which video games are still rare things to be dissected and understood. Let’s take a deeper dive, shall we?
Who called it? We called it. I’ve been asking for Don Mattrick’s head longer than Microsoft’s investors have been asking for Ballmer’s and it looks like now, three weeks after he took the stage in Los Angeles, he’s departing for distant seas. But who is this Mattrick? We’ve talked about him before, but let’s see if we can’t nail down his contributions to gaming down, for better or worse.
Oh my. Whether it’s Paula Deen being a racist or one of the Ellison kids resurrecting the Terminator series for no reason, it’s gotta be the FEZ trio making up an agenda as they go along, rambling about everything from Arnold Schwarzenegger’s, uh, second coming, or the collapse of Instagram. Keith is still sadly on vacation, but our Del Taco-powered charades are plenty to keep you busy!
When Sprint downgraded, then eliminated their Sprint Premier program, I knew it was time to move on. Other carriers had done the same thing with their rewards programs for people who paid higher rates for their plans, this much I understood, but it eliminated one of the biggest reasons I stayed with Sprint once the smartphone war began to settle in for real. In reality, I’d still pay a bit more per month so I could get a new phone every year at retail price and not have to pay an Early Termination Fee to switch. The carriers will have to cede a little, but will they bite? To the point: why would you need a new phone every year, anyway?
The quantities are beginning to be known, the “primaries” are over and this November frames an election that will dictate the capital of home console entertainment for longer than four years. But the fireworks don’t conclude this year, oh no, this is going to be a long-fought battle until we see the next batch of consoles arrive. Many think they know how this first year is going to roll out, but you’d be surprised. Let me tell you how this war is going to happen.
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People are freaking out today at the prospect that Google is making a video game console. Since Android is open-source, hardware would-be players like Ouya and Gamestick are already beginning to fill the field by crafting their own gaming hardware on top of Google’s mobile operating system. My thoughts are lukewarm for a variety reasons I’m about to get into, but anyone expecting some kind of market disruption out of this needs to slow down on the headlines and Facebook posts, because a Google console can create more of a mess than it creates.