Episode #22: God Bless the Macgyver Mic

MacGuyver Ain't got shit on the DrunkenGamer

Well were back, by that I mean the DrunkenGamer is back. Back from Corfu and shockingly with not even the remotest sign of having a tan.

However this week was E3 week, so even though we tried to keep the podcast to a normal length such a task was clearly impossible. If we missed anything from E3 so far, we will probably mention it in next weeks podcast.

Suffice to say that this podcast is longer and more rambling than any other in Drinky Talky Thing history, rolling in at a massive 2hrs 44minutes.

We have however done our best to cover as much of E3 as has happened before this podcast went to the studio (Paddy’s living-room) as we humanly can.

As always we’re 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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Drinky Talky Thing 2011 #7

This has nothing to do with the podcast, it just seemed like a good image

Well I would never have thought it possible if I had not actually experienced it.

Making a long overdue return to the podcast is our old friend Craig (aka TurkeySaladBoy) , seriously his presence has been missed.

I will in advance apologise for the slight audio issues in the second half of the podcast, so used to having only two people here for the recording I seem to have pulled the microphone too far forward.

This has resulted in a slightly echoed Gow for the second half of the podcast but he’s still understandable even when he tries to throw in his random Dutch words.

At this point in the intro however I am instantly regretting the choice of my podcast image for this episode as it seems there is a lot of space to fill in to make the podcast player fit into the post naturally.

But then that’s one of the good things about this site – I can admit when I messed up, so without out further stalling here is this weeks podcast.

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Updates on stories from the last episode

The Fox news debacle rolls on still – first with yet another expert that fox asked in the bulletstorm story has come forward with the answers they provided, this guy was completely ignored but gave some damn fine answers.
http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2011/02/10/the-fox-news-debacle-techsavvy-update/

Then it just gets silly, Fox makes another news item about the game not to fix its statement but to push its agenda further and to cap it all insinuates Rock, Paper, Shotgun has not been telling the truth.
http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2011/02/21/bulletstorm-gate-fox-news-responds/

This weeks stuff

Topware interactive threatened to blacklist site for low scores on reviews of Two Worlds 2
http://beefjack.com/news/source-publications-blacklisted-for-low-scoring-two-worlds-ii-reviews/

Portal 2 will NOT include Move support
http://www.joystiq.com/2011/02/17/portal-2-playstation-move/

Command & Conquer is set to make a comeback under a new studio
http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2011/02/21/reddest-alert-cc-to-return/

The project that Bungie are working on for activision is apparently an MMOFPS named ‘Destiny’
http://massively.joystiq.com/2011/02/17/wow-in-space-bungies-mmofps-named-destiny/

Legend of Zelda turns 25years old
http://www.1up.com/news/legend-of-zelda-turns-25

Kinect SDK to be released this spring
http://www.1up.com/news/kinect-officially-embrace-modders

Sony are rumoured to also be working on a playstation branded tablet
http://www.joystiq.com/2011/02/16/report-sony-s1-tablet-is-playstation-certified-features-qrio/

Bizarre finally closed its doors on Friday with a interesting farewell video, but good news its skilled staff are popping up in new studios
http://www.develop-online.net/news/37063/VIDEO-Bizarre-Creations-final-farewell
http://www.joystiq.com/2011/02/21/bizarre-creations-lead-gareth-wilson-now-sumo-digital-lead-desig/

Minecraft working on an official iPhone/iPad release
http://www.joystiq.com/2011/02/21/minecraft-iphone-ipad/

Why the Bioshock Movie Crumbled
http://uk.gamespot.com/news/6299092.html

YouTube are looking for developers for a ‘Console Based Experience’
http://www.joystiq.com/2011/02/17/youtube-seeking-developers-for-console-based-tv-experience/

The OpenFeint network has gone ahead and made cross platform play between android & iOS
http://www.develop-online.net/news/37064/OpenFeint-unites-smartphones-with-new-network

Gears of War 3 Release Date 20th September
http://www.joystiq.com/2011/02/23/gears-of-war-3-release-date/

Battlefield 3 Preorder Availible

http://eastore.ea.com/store/eaemea/en_GB/html/pbPage.battlefield3_EN_LE?resid=TWVUbwoHAtQAABnylmIAAAAE&rests=1298486382981

Gows Random Words
aardappelschilmesje, Squeegee, Ardvark, doppelganger, Flibbertigibbet, Hullabaloo, Squishy, fnaaaarp

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

I Want One of Those!: Razer Hydra & Switchblade

Well the year has already seen it first trade show, namely the International Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas. While most of this show is about what is coming up in the terms of televisions and laptops, there is always plenty of interesting bits of gaming news that comes out too.

This year was no exception, and top of the crop this year in my opinion was Razer. They displayed two bits of tech for this year that really caught my eye.

The Razer Hydra

It seems that motion gaming is well and truly here to stay. What started with the Wii has now been copied by both the PS3 & 360, in the form of the Move & Kinect. I’ll admit that I have not bought either of those just yet, as to this point neither company has shown me anything that makes them stand that much above the Wii.

It was only a matter of time before the PC got in on the act directly, without the need for hacked versions of the Wii & Kinect controllers. The answer was first displayed at last years CES in the form of the Sixense technology, but this year saw Razer come packing its latest version of the tech, The Razer Hydra.

This was shown off to great effect with come custom-made Portal 2 levels, specifically designed with the Hydra technology in mind. As the video below shows these specially added levels with see you using the motion & positional sensing of the kit to twist, scale and move blocks and portals in three dimensional space.

My favourite example about a  is when the sneak up behind a turret at about 1:30, picks it up and then using the control to push it further away from them into a laser beam. This is followed by them showing off the ability to twist a mirror block to redirect the same beam in a way that would simple not be possible normally.

The Hydra is set to be released in April in a special bundle with Portal 2. The version of the game included in the bundle will support the controller natively obviously, but will also include a bunch of specially created maps & puzzles designed with the controller in mind.

With a  rumoured  sub-$100 pricetag on the bundle – I think I will have to grab one come April.

The Razer Switchblade

This was their big new prototype, and is meant to be the gaming equivalent of a net-book. The prototype Intel ATOM based mini laptop comes with a 7 inch touchscreen and a small yet comfortable looking keyboard. What is good about the keyboard buttons are customisable and will change based on the game you are playing.

This is done with the use of a second LCD screen underneath the keyboard, that projects up to the buttons surface in a similar way to those expensive MINI-LCD keyboards you can buy. However if you really wanted to use standard keyboards & mice the device will include Bluetooth & USB support for just that reason.

For a prototype and Concept device, this thing has certainly got a lot of people’s attention, myself included. The best part of the me is the on the fly configuration of the LCD keyboard. I will be keeping a watch on development of this to see if they can get it beyond the concept stage and into something they can actually bring to market.

Video below is IGN’s talking about the device after getting a press hands-on.

Could be an expensive year for Gaming Tech.