What is it like to play a modern game with none of the history and learning that we, as lifelong gamers, have absorbed over the years? Tim’s Dad had a crack at Fallout 3 this week, with some surprising questions and comments. We talk about the assumed knowledge and tropes in gaming that are actually kind of weird from an outsider perspective.
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.