Episode #31: Wake up in the morning wantin’ some breakfast

And that Gow, is how baby street sweepers are made!

Ok, some part of me knows that the VitaLite stuff will make absolutely no sense at all to our none English listeners, but it’s too much fun to pass up.

But as always that was only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to our offtopic ramblings – however we do manage to get some gaming news covered along the way from the Diablo III chaos to the bankruptcy of team bondi and even disagreement between Bethesda & notch.

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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[UPDATE]: If you are having trouble playing or downloading the podcast from the server – apparently my hosts had file server issues overnight, this should now be resolved but if not you can download it from My Public Dropbox Folder

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Episode #17: The Full Fat Version (aka Paddy Dun Goofed)

Ahh the classic baking soda volcano experiment, can lead to some great pranks if you know how

Well that just goes to prove a point I guess, even after 17 weeks of recording and uploading this podcast is still possible to make some Grade-A beginners mistakes.

With so much going on at the minute I didn’t think to check the MP3 after it was output, unfortunately this time without any reason to do so (beyond being an Adobe product) it only output the first 30 minutes of the recording.

So basically the whole thing was 30 minutes of us bitching about Sony!

However that’s now sorted and here instead is the Full Fat, Complete version of Episode #17 of the Drinky Talky Thing

This has been a bad week for anyone who owns a PS3 or has ever had a Sony Online account – so bad that for the first time this year a whole segment of the show was dedicated to the news about it.

However there is plenty of other news out there and we once again have recorded our thoughts on some of the highlights.

One thing I haven’t said a while, is that we are always interested in your opinions on the show. We may be 17 weeks in but were still looking to improve and change things up where needed.

You can tell us directly in the comments section at the bottom of this post or send them too us via twitter at @D_Gow & @DrunkenGamer

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Drinky Talky Thing 2011 #17

Ahh the classic baking soda volcano experiment, can lead to some great pranks if you know how

This has been a bad week for anyone who owns a PS3 or has ever had a Sony Online account – so bad that for the first time this year a whole segment of the show was dedicated to the news about it.

However there is plenty of other news out there and we once again have recorded our thoughts on some of the highlights.

One thing I haven’t said a while, is that we are always interested in your opinions on the show. We may be 17 weeks in but were still looking to improve and change things up where needed.

You can tell us directly in the comments section at the bottom of this post or send them too us via twitter at @D_Gow & @DrunkenGamer

This version of the Podcast was removed due to the MP3 being the wrong file
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A Challenging Game

Earlier this week Joysiq shared an article that absolutely flawed me. Terry Garret, a 23 year old student from Colorado, managed to complete Abe’s Exodus despite one major setback. Terry is completely blind!

He has learnt to play the game purely based on the sounds and effects in the game, the only help he required was for someone to first explain the menus for him so that he could properly save the game.

What is below is a little video of him playing the game while explaining how he does it & how good the sound editing was on the Abe allowing for this to even be possible.

This must have been one hell of a challenge for Terry and I have nothing but respect for him for managing it, I hope he finds more games he can finish and that designers out there pay attention to this as an example of the importance of proper sound design.

It also however got me thinking, Where has the challenge gone in my gaming?

I used to really enjoy challenges in my gaming, hours would be lost to a challenging level in a game or to a puzzle that required second perfect actions. Those were great times, but then they were also times when I had something I believe was called ‘free time’.

I say believe as its been that long since I had any I am not sure it ever really existed. It may just be a figment of my overworked imagination.

Anyway the point was that seems to have gone away when it comes to my gaming experience. That is not to say that is gone from games in general – there are many games that are as challenging as the classics, but there has also a lot of them that have followed a trend towards simpler, more casual friendly experience.

Also please don’t mistake this for an Anti-Casual rant, There are elements of the casual side of things that really please me now. Being able to drop in and out of an MMO when I have a spare moment or two without having to worry about dedicating hours is a godsend.

No, the point I’m getting at is that this kid has made me realise that I have become overly casual in my gaming.

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