This is a crisis. A large crisis. In fact, if you got a moment, it's a twelve-story crisis with a magnificent entrance hall, carpeting throughout, 24-hour portage, and an enormous sign on the roof, saying 'This Is a Large Crisis'. A large crisis requires a large plan. Get me two pencils and a pair of underpants

Drinky Talky Thing 2011 #9

This is a crisis. A large crisis. In fact, if you got a moment, it's a twelve-story crisis with a magnificent entrance hall, carpeting throughout, 24-hour portage, and an enormous sign on the roof, saying 'This Is a Large Crisis'. A large crisis requires a large plan. Get me two pencils and a pair of underpants
A large crisis requires a large plan. Get me two pencils and a pair of underpants

Don’t be fooled by the images there is no crisis, I just had to get the images in there to solve one of the random words that Alec got asked to add. It was unfortunately too late for the recording but there was no way ‘Wibble!’ was going to be missed out.

As you may have already guessed, as well as the return of Gow to help round out the podcast, this week also saw a return Alec-Ross Bower. He joins us for the later part of the episode and has some very interesting things to say.

But the good thing about that image is that I also don’t need to do as much padding  🙂 So without further time-wasting, here is this episode

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Updates on stories from the last episode

Bulletstorm – it just wont go away! there is even more news in the bulletstrate
http://popzara.com/pages/1577/

Some more clues pointing to GTA 5 being underway
Is Take-Two’s “Rush” the Next Grand Theft Auto?

This weeks stuff

Loads of GDC news related to the Nintendo 3DS
Nintendo GDC keynote roundup: Netflix and free AT&T WiFi coming to 3DS this summer! — Engadget

Gaming of the future looks great as the GDC tech demos for both CryEngine 3 & Unreal Engine 3
It’s Real Time: CryEngine 3′s Real-Time Tools | Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Check out Epic’s Unreal Engine GDC tech demo (while you can) | Joystiq

Adobe have made games dev lives easier, building a tool that will convert flash to HTML 5
Flash on iPhone ‘trick’ released by Adobe | Game Development | News by Develop

Australia are at it again and have refused Mortal Kombat a rating – Effectively banning it
Mortal Kombat publisher appealing Aussie ‘Refused Classification’ decision | Joystiq

GT5 will get in-race saves – endurance races a doddle now
Yamauchi: Gran Turismo 5 to get in-race game saves | Joystiq

Magicka to get an expansion based int he jungles of Vietnam
Magicka: Vietnam expansion announced (no joke!) | Joystiq

There are developers calling for limited numbers of patches for consoles to once again force developers to bugfix their code properly
Jaffe: Console makers should limit game updates to four per year | Joystiq

Epic would love to release Gears of War on PS3 but don’t have a plan too just yet
Gears of War PS3 is Something Epic Would Love

Bungie developer makes really shit joke and has the worlds gaming press confirming the bungie MMOFPS – this was soon fixed
GDC 2011: Bungie Confirms Next Game is Massively Multiplayer

Ms Splosion man gameplay video released – it’s looking good indeed
Ms. Splosion Man preview: Blow it, blow it away | Joystiq

Battlefield heroes passed the 7 million players – impressive
Battlefield Heroes bonuses are brought to you by the letters E, A, and the number 7 | Joystiq

Rumours start to circulate about the next generation MS hardware after a poorly worded job listing
Next-Gen Xbox Job Listings Posted

Alice: Return to madness gets a release date
Shadows of the Damned and Alice: Madness Returns get June release dates | Joystiq

Gows Random Words

Suffering Sukatash, Heavens to Murgatroyd, Monophthongisation, Cryptorchidism

Intro Remixed from WizWars – 8 Bit Raceway, which can be bought at http://wizwars.bandcamp.com/album/game-boy-rock-special-edition

Many enter, Only one can survive

Drinky Talky Thing 2011 #8

Many enter, Only one can survive
Many enter, Only one can survive

WOW! Did I used to record these things on my own & sober?

With Gow away skiing in France & Craig living it up state-side at GDC – I was left completely without a co-host for the first time this year.

There were several people who offered to co-host, and I thank them all for their offers to help. Unfortunately being my last week at Omerta, I had to put in some extra time to get some things wrapped up. This meant a later than normal start to recording.

To everyone that offered I will contact you about co-hosting in the future as I have always thought about including guest hosts in the show.

So despite being shorter than normal and not really having as much randomness as normal – I hope you still enjoy this weeks episode.

So without further stalling, here it is.

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Updates on stories from the last episode

Hopefully a final wrap up on the whole Bulletstorm story, RockPaperShotgun managed to get a response from the last of the experts in the original article. While he stands by what he said, that is fine as he firmly believes it – he says he’s in no way against the game as long as its played by the people it was aimed at
Bulletstormgate: Weichman Clarifies Position | Rock, Paper, Shotgun

This weeks stuff

Well we knew the Bizzare Creations guys would do well – a bunch of them have founded thier own studio Lucid Games
Former Bizarre employees create ‘Lucid Games’ | Joystiq

It seems that Ubisoft are learning, they have dropped the always connected DRM – it will still need a login but after that you can play offline for Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood
Good: Brotherhood Will Be “Playable Offline” | Rock, Paper, Shotgun

Seems that Take-Two registered a bunch of domains that could point to GTA 5 being underway, if they do these are obviously for ingame jokes.
New Grand Theft Auto 5 Domains Registered?

Well it seems Zynga’s money does not get them out of everythign and they have had to settle on the maffia wars case
Zynga settles Mafia Wars lawsuit | Games Industry | MCV

Two great bits of games development news, but the Unreal & Gamespy development kits have increased the royalty threshold on their licences – which could be great for indie dev’s
Epic to show new Unreal Engine 3 updates at GDC, raises UDK royalty-free threshold to $50K | Joystiq
GameSpy making multiplayer tech free for smaller-scale titles | Joystiq

Some lucky members of the gaming press got to see some more footage of the upcoming Arkham City – giving us a lot of insights
Batman: Arkham City Preview for PC, PS3, 360, Game from 1UP.com

They really will turn anything into an MMO – apparently there is work happening on a Dr Who MMO
BBC and Three Rings readying Doctor Who online multiplayer title | Massively

Mythos is getting close to finally launching again – Open beta has finally been announced
Open beta en route for Mythos Europe | Massively

Seems that the lawsuit between LG & Sony over patents has actually resulted in all PS3 shipments into Europe being seized
PS3 shipments blocked in Europe as LG wins preliminary injunction | Joystiq

Intro Remixed from WizWars – 8 Bit Raceway, which can be bought at http://wizwars.bandcamp.com/album/game-boy-rock-special-edition