Making a Point

Dave! Watch the Ice Pat......Nevermind!

Normally I am a very patient person, I have what I consider a very well-defined sense of humour. I am aware that something I do not find funny may be hilarious to others (the office for example). So the actions I have taken today are not a knee jerk reaction to me not getting a joke.

Earlier today a story broke in the general news –PlayStation gamer Mark Bradford, 46, throttles schoolboy in Call Of Duty revenge attack | Mail Online – This is a terrible story and the reason I have linked to the version on the Daily Mail, is that I have made my hatred for how they handle their gaming news clear on many, many occasions. So my linking to them I wish to further emphasise my disgust at what happened next.

What that man did is deplorable, there is no excuse for his actions at all. I hope that the kid is okay and that when the case is finally before a court properly he has the book thrown at him for his actions. Nobody could read that article and come down on the side of the attacker…….

Or so I thought!!

Cue Joystiq, a large and rather popular gaming blog. Naturally they would have to cover this story, so they did but how they chose to do so actually made me ashamed to have used that site as a source for stories in the Drinky Talky Thingy podcast.

They chose to run the article with this headline Guy chokes a kid after being made fun of in Black Ops, we’re … upset – Now I have deliberately not linked the article as i don’t want to drive any more traffic to it that I have to, but obviously you need to be able to find it if you want to see for yourself.

The basic gist of that article is that basically the kid got exactly what he deserved, that the guy was fully justified in having gone round and choked a 13 year old for giving him some smack talk over voice chat & that he should be seen as a hero for doing so. They even compare the guy to Batman at one point!

When I read this I was appalled, I could not believe what I was actually seeing. How this could even have been written is mystery one, Mystery two is how the hell this managed to get approved and published by the editorial staff of the site.

Obviously I was not the only one dismayed by it, I have followed a very long conversation on Google+ about the whole thing. (https://plus.google.com/117068783534087330802/posts/GaEQwMc2ikY?hl=en)

I personally decided that I would be removing Joystiq from my RSS feeds, I will no longer be using them as a source for the podcast. Also I wanted to let my opinions be known directly at Joystiq so I sent an email to the sits tipbox account (due to not being able to find a complaints one).

Now I have yet to receive a response – however Blogger Stephanie Morrow (aka Stargrace) of MmoQuests.com & Nomadic Gamer has and this is what they had to say in response to her complaints

Actually, readership is up, but thanks for theconcern. I hope you realize that thearticle in question was a work of satire. No, we don’t condone CHOKINGKIDS and most of our readers read the story with the right frame of mind. Ingeneral: kids act like monsters online and choking people is bad. While thehumor in the piece is evident to me, I’m sorry you read itdifferently.

Satire? That is your defence?

When I read this I made up my mind that simply not using them as a source for the podcast any more was simply not enough. For that reason I have made my removal of Joystiq retroactive – All links to their site have been removed from the show-notes of the last 10 episode of the Podcast, The rest will be deleted during the weekend.

Now I know this is only a very small site, so wont even show up on their radar, but I refuse to drive even a tiny amount of traffic to a site that works with that kind of attitude. This as the topic of the post states is me making a point, even if they do not notice it – I will!

So if your looking back over the last few Podcasts and the show-notes look a little odd – this is why.

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Episode #35: Politically Memetastic

Well we got every other meme into the podcast, you dont think we would leave out the Y U NO guy did you?

I don’t want to tell you how im feeling….sorry, I have that damn Rick Astley song stuck in my head as it has been a podcast full of meme’s.

From dramatic chipmunk to all your base, I would be surprised if we missed one. when were not wasting time on old meme’s we managed to get a bit of gaming news filled in from the free-to-play conversion of Star Trek Online to the beta of Diablo III, we even found time for a bit of piss-taking at Fox News expense.

As always links to almost all the topics covered are after the jump.

Also as always we are still taking suggestions for the mid podcast songs. So if you have a suggestion for song to be included in the podcast then put it in the comments of this post or send them too @DrunkenGamer or @D_Gow . They will be put on the short-list and you will be mentioned in the podcast itself when played

Anyway enjoy this episode of the Drinky Talky Thing.

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Also for while now listeners have been asking for a way to buy us a beer and help us get drunk for their amusement, well now we have found a way. We have set up an Amazon wish list full of beer and sugary things that you can send to us (trust us were just as funny hyper as drunk). Anyone that does so can send any message with their beer and we will say it in the show. Amazon.co.uk: Drinky Talky Thing

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Episode #29: Unrealistic Expectations

Marks & Spencer's haven't photo-shopped that woman honestly - she always has floating head syndrome

Ok I will readily admit, we finished recording Episode 29 less that 45 minutes ago as I write this intro – but were you to quiz me on exactly which topics we covered along the way I would not be able to completely answer.

I mean at some point we were taking the piss out of Marks and Spencer adverts (or just drooling at the boobies contained within) later I remember mention of Magical Trevor.

Anyway despite our off topic ramblings, which seemed to be numerous during this episode, we did actually manage to fit in a lot of gaming news. From Arkham City to  VVVVV, it all got a mention somewhere along the lines – in fact links to almost all the topics covered are after the jump.

Also as always we are still taking suggestions for the mid podcast songs. So if you have a suggestion for song to be included in the podcast then put it in the comments of this post or send them too @DrunkenGamer or @D_Gow . They will be put on the short-list and you will be mentioned in the podcast itself when played

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Episode #28: These things are harder solo

No matter how old he gets or what he tries, Gow will always look no more that 12 years old ...Annoying ain't it!

Well a week has passed so it is once again time for another podcast, so one has been recorded.

This week however it was just DrunkenGamer behind the mic, as the day of recording was actually Gows birthday.

As happens on these occasions, rather than leave you out in the cold without an episode of the podcast, we record it solo – the downside to this is that without someone to talk too the pocast is about half its usual length.

Now as this thing is bordering the two and a half hour mark each week a shorter one every now and again is probably a welcome break.

Links to almost all the topics covered are after the jump.

Also as always we are still taking suggestions for the mid podcast songs. So if you have a suggestion for song to be included in the podcast then put it in the comments of this post or send them too @DrunkenGamer or @D_Gow . They will be put on the short-list and you will be mentioned in the podcast itself when played

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Episode #27: Lets try this again shall we?

This, is exactly what the podcast felt like last night

So, Last week we tried to do this podcast live, and due to my retardism (having put the fan in backwards in my case causing my pc to overheat) things did not go as smoothly as we would have liked.

So for that reason we agreed that we would do it live again, its only fair as we did say we would.

There is only one word to describe the outcome however: FAIL!

We were live for the first 20 minutes of the podcast before we realised that our sound was not just intermittent – in parts it was just completely absent.

If you want to see that failure we have left it online for all to see over at DrinkyTalkyThing on USTREAM: . Fortunately we did also have the Audio recording software on the go so that at least got recorded, but even that is not without its flaws.

Firstly for some reason, Gow mac decided to record the thing in a higher bit rate than normal, which while sounding like a good thing is actually a pain. Then to cap it off it had only recorded a single channel of sound so the podcast had to be output in mono.

That’s not going to stop us releasing it though, so just bear with us and we will be back up to standard next week (we hope)

Links to almost all the topics we covered are after the jump.

Also as always we are still taking suggestions for the mid podcast songs. So if you have a suggestion for song to be included in the podcast then put it in the comments of this post or send them too @DrunkenGamer or @D_Gow . They will be put on the short-list and you will be mentioned in the podcast itself when played

Anyway enjoy this episode of the Drinky Talky Thing.

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Gow & Paddy enjoying a fire while drunk

Episode #26 – The Live Drinky Talky Thing Podcast!!

Gow & Paddy enjoying a fire while drunk
Gow & Paddy enjoying a fire while drunk

Why, Oh, Why, did I come to the conclusion that for our 6 month anniversary episode a live podcast would be a good idea?

I mean seriously what the hell was I drinking? Oh that’s right it will have been Guinness as always as this idea came up about episode 16 or so.  Since then I have been silently dreading the oncoming approach of our 6 month mark, while at the same time also relishing the prospect.

I mean seriously I don’t think either myself or Gow thought that we would actually manage an unbroken streak of this long or if we did we seriously doubted we would still have any listeners left, but here we are.

However I think that is enough stalling, despite 2 computer failures and the addition of Pimms much live podcasting was done. We would like to thank everyone that joined us in the chat even if you did derail us a few times.  For the people who could not join us live, all the parts of the cast are available for viewing at  DrinkyTalkyThing on USTREAM: . The normal podcast will be out in the next day or so once I’ve converted the videos.  [Update] Audio version of the podcast is now available.

Links to almost all the topics we hope to cover are after the jump.

Also as always we are still taking suggestions for the mid podcast songs. So if you have a suggestion for song to be included in the podcast then put it in the comments of this post or send them too @DrunkenGamer or @D_Gow . They will be put on the short-list and you will be mentioned in the podcast itself when played

Anyway enjoy this episode of the Drinky Talky Thing.

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