Episode #41: We really need a soundboard

Oh god bless Google! This is the second image found when searching for Gow

Another week and another podcast is recorded.

Were well into the year now and there is only one overriding fact we have learnt along the way, a soundboard must be sorted out and soon. We tried to add a single sound effect into this weeks cast and well to say it was a failure is selling it short.

However for shits and giggles we decided to Google our names during one of the songs and I am glad we did, the picture for this weeks show is the result of our search for Gow, look at it! It’s epic!

Anyway on to the podcast and as always links to almost all the topics covered in tonight’s show are available 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 Thingy.

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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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I’m sure the Lord of Destruction would approve

From the way people are acting you I would not be surprised to find Kotick as the end boss of the next game, he's apparently far more evil than Diablo

Most times when I sit down and write these rambling posts I only have a passing idea as to what I am going to talk about.

However today there is only one topic that as both a gamer and a long time Blizzard fanboy that I honestly could talk about and that is the Diablo III news. It’s for that reason that I am going to scrap the 25 minute timer, as im pretty sure im going to go over it and keep going till I have said my piece.

A few days ago a whole bunch of websites were invited to Blizzard HQ for a press briefing and hands on with the latest build of Diablo III, however they were all under embargo until this morning. This means that the web has been awash with new information from the game.

unfortunately, as is always the case, because the web has altered our brains to make it hard for us to digest large amounts of information ast once most of the web has focused in on 3 elements of the news and gone batshit insane. Those 3 facts are these

1) Diablo III will have no Offline Mode
2) Diablo III will have no Mod system
3) The auction house in-game will support Real Money auctions

So taking a look at these in order

1) No Offline 

Ok, I agree with all the fuss about this. Any game that includes a single player campaign should have an offline mode – there are no exceptions, no if, and’s, but’s or maybe’s. It simply should be there. I said much the same about Starcraft II when it came out. Their justification for it this time round is in part to tie in with point 3, they can’t let you real money trade items online that could have been duped in a modded/hacked offline version.

That argument doesn’t work for one simple reason – you don’t want that to happen you simply flag all items that drop in offline mode as such – then do not allow items with those flags to be sold in the system or even transferred to a character in an on-line game.

However the problem is we really lost our chance to fight this one, we let the thin end of the wedge get past when Starcraft II came past and we happily lapped up online only with only a measly cross game chat as the justification. Read More

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

Anyway enjoy this episode of the Drinky Talky Thing.

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Drinky Talky Thing 2011 #6

My wife loves me, she bought me comics for valentine's day

For the sake of Gow’s ego (he is sat here as I write this) the podcast is back to full force with his return this week.

His head is now that inflated im not sure I’m going to be able to squeeze his fat head out of the door tonight.

To be fair, he’s joined the realm of mac fanbois, I’d question his sexuality if he wasn’t sat in front of me. He’s got a satchel and everything.

Can you tell we’re rambling to make this fit?  Ok, so this release is pretty awesome, even included some homebrew sound effects! We hope you enjoy it and, as always, We look forward to your response!

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Updates on stories from the last episode

Some more details have been released surrounding the Xperia Play – otherwise known as the Playstation phone

Firstly its Spec’s which are pretty damn impressive – 5.1mp camera, over 5hrs battery life when gaming, 1GHz Snapdragon processor & Android 2.3(Gingerbread)
Xperia Play battery life supports gaming for 5+ hours, and other specs | Joystiq

Secondly it’s listed to have about 50 titles ready for launch and a copy of the epic crash bandicoot preloaded to all the phones
Xperia Play pre-loaded with ‘legendary’ PS1 game, will launch with 50 games from 20 publishers | Joystiq

This weeks stuff

The World of Starcraft mod has finally resurfaced, now known as StarCraft Universe
‘World of StarCraft’ mod reborn as ‘StarCraft Universe’ | Joystiq

Dragon Age is getting its own web series, written by and staring Felicia Day
Felicia Day to star in ‘Dragon Age: Redemption’ web series | Joystiq

Gaming music has finally come of age and won a Grammy
Christopher Tin wins Grammy for Civ 4’s ‘Baba Yetu’ | Joystiq

Roll on the Mobile MMO? Apple allow subscriptions for Apps
App Store developers can now charge subscriptions | Game Development | News by Develop

Mirrors Edge  2 had a prototype which EA has declined – Series status = undetermined
Report: Mirror’s Edge 2 rejected by EA (oh, and Happy Valentine’s Day!) | Joystiq

Oh silly Fox news, Silly woman – BulletStorm branded worst game ever
A BulletStorm in a Teacup – Home of the DrunkenGamer & the Drinky Talky Thing Podcast

Some interesting news on the Batman:Arkham City front this week

Fristly there is going to be a specialy created comic series to fill in the gap between AA & AC
Batman: Arkham City prequel comic series fills the gap between games | Joystiq

Secondly, It turns out all the talk of multiplayer & co-op in Arkham City was nothing more than rumour it will be purely single player
Batman: Arkham City Will Not Feature Multiplayer – G4tv.com
Batman: Arkham City Gotham on Lockdown – PlayStation 3 Feature at IGN

OK, so it was also a big week for Activision

The first story of the week was one of restructuring, they have decided to cull some titles and focus more closely on others – unfortunately this has come at the expense of 500 jobs – Two of the title that have been dropped include the Guitar Hero & True Crimes Franchises
Activision cull on studios and pojects [Update 4] | Game Development | News by Develop

During their earnings call there was no mention of a blizzard product on their release slate – they hope for a release from them this year but as always blizzard games are released ‘when they are ready’
Activision: At least two Blizzard titles coming in 2012, if none released this year | Joystiq

One thing that was confirmed in the earnings call, there will be a spiderman this year, as well as 2 TV franchises – Wipeout & Family Guy!
New Spider-Man game coming in 2011, Acti prepping two TV license titles | Joystiq

Finally it seems that there are very strong rumours pointing to Activision wanting to make a power play to bring Take-Two & Irrational Games into it collection
Activision ‘interested in Take-Two dev buy-outs’ | Game Development | News by Develop
Activision eyeing Take-Two swoop? | Games Industry | MCV

Finally Tekken Tag 2 is confirmed to have weapons that are actually usable and you will be able to crash out of the stages into other fighting areas
Tekken Tag 2 has ‘Stage Gimmick’ system, unlockable weapons | Joystiq

Gows Random Words
Alfred-Von-Humperdink, plop, turgid, scuttlebutt, Cracknacket, Mummy

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