What happens when you take a popular mod, distil the gameplay down into pure, survival of the fittest fun, and add over a million concurrent players? We talk about the history and future of the phenomenon that is PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
The release strategy of a game used to be simple: go gold, put it on shelves, and start thinking about the next project. But this attitude has changed recently; companies view a release as only the beginning, as more and more players favour paying micro transactions for drip feeds of content. So where will this lead us, and how long can the feed keep dripping?
What makes hit points the standard measure of life force in video games? How have the mechanics of regaining health and staying alive evolved over the years? And won’t you help me Doctor Beat? All these questions and more answered as we dive into the slightly gruesome world of healing in games.
Packaging is a huge part of the marketing streams of products everywhere. So what happens when that product is comprised of zeroes and ones? We talk about the (highly nostalgic) history of game boxes and try and imagine what consumers can expect from packaging in a digitally-distributed world.
Apologies for the radio silence, Phill was on shift and as soon as he finished, Tim was without Internet while he moved house! The stars always seem to align to keep us away from your ears for as long as possible, dear listener. This time we’ve got a mini-episode talking about recent announcements to which we’re trying to give a positive spin–the Nintendo Switch launch and the whispers of Steam Direct–as well as our hopes for some genres and games for this year.
If you’ve ever completed a game and thought you knew it pretty well, think again. Speedrunners are gamers that have mastered their chosen games to a degree usually unseen, unlocking every trick, glitch, or skip that they can get their hands on to try and complete them in the shortest time possible. In this episode we discuss the phenomenon of speedrunning, how it’s done, and the best places to watch it.
In case you missed it, Tim, Megan and myself presented another of our panels on science and videogames at the latest Penny Arcade Expo Australia. You can watch the video over here at our YouTube page, but in case you’re more fond of audio we’ve included it in our podcast feed. We discuss solving quantum computer problems with a high score table, the motivating power of Pokemon GO, and social responsibility and activism in games. It was really well-received (as usual) by the PAX crowd, and we’re using these presentations as inspiration for another podcast being produced right now, so please let us know what you think!