January 18, 2008
Gaming Steve Episode 68 - 01.18.2008
The first new show of 2008 and it's a fun one! This week I have Nobu Taguchi
from Namco Bandai Games on the show to chat about the very cool Culdcept Saga
And make sure to check out this week's Show Mail where I'm giving out four free copies of Culdcept Saga
! Enjoy the show!
Gaming Steve Episode 68 Program
- 00:03:33 Game News:
- Bioshock prequel in development?
- Star Wars in Soul Calibur IV ... what?
- Over one million get Wii Fit.
- GoldenEye to appear on XBLA? Don't count on it.
- Assassin's Creed DS leaks info and the Internet explodes.
- Xbox Live lawsuit muzzles Microsoft.
- Surprise! Smash Bros. Brawl delayed again ... okay, nobody is really surprised.
- Spore and Call of Duty 4 confirmed for Macs.
- Uwe Boll returning to low-budget projects ... or is he?
- Nintendo to explode with new releases in 2008.
- Master Chief not starring in Halo movie? Why is everyone so surprised?
- 00:43:31 Interview: Nobu Taguchi, localization producer for Culdcept Saga from Namco Bandai Games.
- 01:09:33 Name That Game: I'm giving away four free copies of Culdcept Saga, find out how to win yours!
- 01:11:51 Show Mail: I answer your audio and text questions.
- 01:35:40 Final Thoughts: Everyone all rested up after the holidays as here come the glut of games!
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Hey, alright. Been anticipating this.
By the way Steve, they renamed the series to Soulcaliber. Not Soul Caliber.
Hm... cool beans! Glad I have this to listen to.
For the contest:
My name on the forums is Paroxysm, though I don't post much.
If I could turn an inanimate object into some sort of fighter for me, I'd choose to animate a road sign, especially a stop sign.
Can anything be more awe-inspiring to onlookers than having a stop sign hop from its concrete positioning to flapwhack people? Total propaganda and fear weapon. Would YOU rise against a power who can smack you into the ground with a big red octagon that says "STOP"?
Nobody sees it coming, either. It could just stand there and wait for some poor sucker to trod along, then BAM! If you put a stop sign on an awkward place an enemy band might use to travel by foot or beast of burden, like on a mountain trail, they'd stop and stare in wonder at it before getting STOPed into the ground.
I'd be a hilarious attack animation in Culdcept or Culdcept: Saga as well.
For the Contest:
Forum Name: Met
I'd animate my lava lamp. The possibilities of the morphing goo could prove very useful in a fight. Suffocating, blinding, constricting, poisoning, it using the container as a bludgeoning weapon.
Not to mention it could use the cord as a whip. Lots of different methods of attack there to combat many defenses.
Just leaving my comment for the competition.
I think my entertainment unit would make a good card as it's extremely wide and made of solid wood so it would have alot of HP and some powerful but slow attacks. ;)
It's true...oh and my forum name is Sleby.
For the Contest:
Forum Name: james-kond
I would like to Animate the Portal Gun from Portal and use it to make portals and he will then be able to attack my enemies from behind :D
Well hope you like my entry kthxbai :)
Here's my contest entry:
Forum Name: ilikesanta
Creature: Dish of Hard Candy
Abilities: Has no attack but the hard, stuck together candy makes for a great deffence. If destroyed, the spot it was occupying can't be taken over by the victor right away because it smells too much like old lady.
forum name: konscious
creature: a caterpillar's whiskers/hair
fear the whiskers!
Contest entry: (I'm BlueBottle on the forums)
The card I would pull from inside my sleeve is: Statue of Yoda! Reason: Animated statue of Yoda! What's not to like? Also, Yoda fits the theme of the Culdcept Saga game at *least* as well as he fits into the Soulcaliber milieu.
Thanks again for the episode, Steve.
Forum Name: Notorious B.O.B
Object I would choose: A long steel chain. It could act like a super-strong resilient snake, and a bullwhip, all at once, and if its thick steel, it would be hard to break. A very adaptive weapon.
Thanks for another episode Gaming Steve!
Haven't listened to it yet but seeing as you love interent drama so much (the multiple Gamespot shenanigans news posts etc) did you release a bit to early http://kotaku.com/346816/gamecock-head-tears-into-john-romero-its-getting-ugly to comment on the all new much more hilarious internet drama?
This stuff is gold!
Steve, I know I don't qualify, but I'd love to see Duct-Tape turn into a monster! He could wrap, stick, and pretty much turn into anything.
As for the Live Service class action, if you go with approximately 10.5 million gold and silver Live subscribers, and $10 for Undertow, the resultant offer is $105 million as opposed to the $5 million in the lawsuit. The plaintiffs should conside dropping the suit when Microsoft comes in with that arsenal.
Great show! I wasn't all that interested in the interview, but primarily because I don't have an X-Box 360. Thanks for answering my questions! :) Love the new contest format too, looking forward to next episode.
Hey Steve, what's the deal with all these names posting to your site that aren't you.
Seriously, the deal; what is it?
Also, Assassin's Creed DS looks pretty good, though I'd like to see some video just to see how it plays. Really, I love 2D games but they have to be fluid, not sluggish and boring like a lot of stuff nowadays. Which is why the new Bionic Commando remake on XBLA has piqued my interests.
But yeah, Steve, the deal is what?
Gaming Steve is the best game podcast on the net. OFFICIAL OPINION! :-D
Seriously Steve - you're doing a great job! I think you're about to hit critical mass soon and then who knows what might happen. Keep hiring those interns and before you know it they might be paid interns.... (and more dots....)....
(+ some dots!)
Another great show and I was pleasantly surprised with the Culdcept Saga interview. I DL'd the demo a few days ago and have played a few times. I still don't understand it completely but a little more each time and it's really fun.
For the Contest:
Forum name - Qbakies
As many times as I have come away feeling defeated, I'm going to have to say the item I would choose from my house would be my Bowflex. I have the sport model with a sliding seat for rowing and a leg curl bar so it already looks like something that could come to life and kick the crap out of you. The steel construction would give it decent hit points and it could use the pulley cables for a whip attack (which would fit the attack animations like the mace and longsword). It would also have a Special Attack of launching the power rods as a missile attack to the adjacent square.
Hi Steve. I'm a long-time listener first time poster to your site and I love your podcast!
My forum user name is Nightdevil and if I could turn any inanimate object to battle for me it would have to be my N-gage. I know I know why do I have an N-gage but it's not that bad of a device when it kills its enemies by making them laugh to death with its horrendus design and having them side-talk forever!
Anyways, I just want to say that when your first podcast came out after 6 months of inactivity, I was thrilled. I was getting a little impatient after checking your site constantly for updates but you pulled through. So good job and keep up the great work!
Great show, I can't wait to hear the Uncharted Review next week (wink!)
I would have to animate the Ronald McDonald statue, you know, the one that sits on the bench at some of the older McDonalds stores? Why? Because it would be creepy as hell. There would me nothing more frightening than a smiling clown beating you down. It could also incapacitate people by causing them to become hideously overweight, all while blaming the videogame industry for it.
For Culdcept Saga Contest
Forum Name: Fink
I would have my CompTIA A+ text book turn into a Culdcept Saga monster.
This 800 page textbook would be this huge monster with sharp teeth, yellow eyes, and a T-Rex roar.
It would confuse enemy's by yelling tecno mumbo-jumbo, and if you made it mad, it would just squash you.
Hope no one picked that, I didn't read any of other posts.
Thanks Steve, hope I win :)
Hey Steve, Zak here. Long time listener, definitely longer then I've been a member of your forums. ;)
Here's my entry for the contest:
Forum Name: Zakharov
If we're going for an inanimate object that we think will be a good fighter for us, I'd have to choose a "Spore" PC Game box, and here's why.
It may be small, it me flimsy, but boy, would it have the element of surprise. Imagine, if you will -- walking down the street by your local Gamestop, and what should you come across on the sidewalk? I think "OMGWTFBBQ" or other such internet euphemisms would be spoken at such a sight, and what would await this gamer's hands? Why, the modern equivalent of the D&D Mimic!
Jumping ferociously, discarding it's own mini pet - a dvd that might be annoying at best, allowing the Spore box a few precious moments for well placed Paper cuts. Cardboard cuts? Well, it would suck anyway.
Maybe not creative, but I know I'd be curious enough to at least check out the box myself...
Forum Name: Snapple
If i had to have any item to fight for me, it would probably, it would probably be a ball bearing, very difficult to damage it, and can just destroy most things if its going quick enough. Maybe im ripping of that x-men movie, cant remember what number it was, but claymore mines exist.
Nice and logical
Forum name: Grim Spandango
I would turn the Two Worlds game disc into a spinning death blade since I really would like to find another use of owning the game...which is far less superior to Oblivion and kind of a waste of shelf space.
For the contest:
Why not something a bit more powerful? Like a black hole or something? It would pretty much wipe out everything else and then remain as the only thing left on the "battlefield".
Oh - and I don't have a xbox360 so give it to someone else but I just wanted to give the idea...
Culdcept Saga contest entry
Forum name: unfool
The everyday object I would like to see as a monster is a camera. Camera? Sure!
An old-school Nikon 35 mm wielding its unholy ray-gun flash, it blinds you with searing redeye before cooking you. The whole while, it takes photographs *as it does damage*! Unfortunately for you, it has a motor drive that gives it extra turns. As with all cameras, it takes away a part of your now-cursed *soul* with each evil snap! Bwahahaha!
(Oh, man. It's that awful noise again, reminiscent of your modeling days. *Chick-whirrrr.* *Chick-whirrrr.* It's enough to drive you mad as Captain Hook fleeing a Big Ben!)
excellent. i love the episodes. it's nice you have a host of writers, but the episodes are where this site shines.
i too was thrown off when i heard that darth vader and yoda would be in soul caliber... what?
wii fit sounds brilliant. how many people complain that video games make people lazy and obese? why are gamers complaining about this one? they don't have to buy it.
brawl's delay is indeed a stroke of genius. their daily updates keep people interested. and the fact that the delay is only one month longer, no sweat.
mac ready games is a great advancement. now let's see them go linux friendly.
uwe boll... ugh. at least he's making movies. i'm doing jack with that degree. >_>
masked movie personas are the strangest idea, sure. but i want more of them. i'd love a movie where everyone's in a mask. we all know that actors can be recognized by voice when they appear in cartoons. so why not leave them behind a mask?
as for the contest:
forum name - jov
the everyday object i'd like to see as a monster is; surprise, socks!
imagine a pair of socks galloping or bounding towards you. the hem of the tow opens to reveal a vicious maw eager to devour you. and it even has an achilles heel! catch it with a hook on the back to unravel it. hah! wait. we want them to remain vicious! they could come all piratey in full-flegged arrrrgyle style.
try and swashbuckle your way out of that!
I think being secretive about games is a positive thing. I think previews are pointless, it's hard to assess how good a game will be on beforehand, previews take a way from the experience of the full game because they spoil stuff just to build hype, they detract from the focus on games that are actually out and they aren't relevant to gamers because they can't play the games!
Most previews don't contain any judgment at all so they might as well be press releases, and they even have been in some cases, and the fact that people don't notice that goes to show the state of previews. Why do I need a gaming journalist to write a preview for me? Anyone can do it. I wish gaming journalists would write stuff where they can use and show off their expertise, if they have any. Write stuff about games that are out, that people have played. If you're more qualified to write about games than the average gamer (which you should be) then you should be able to provide insight into games, point out stuff, analyze stuff and talk about things the average gamer wouldn't notice.
Games get forgotten pretty much right after they're released and that's only because all the focus is on what's next.
Also, games are so previewed to death that people don't have anything meaningful to say in reviews because they've already said it all.
Contest: Forum name Kevo999
I would definitely pick the Statue of Liberty. Why? Because it is unstoppable. I would use it to terrorize France. Irony FTW!!
I imagine as a contributor I can no longer participate in the contests, but I still enjoy listening to the excellent podcasts.
I'm glad to hear that the team making Culdcept is choosing not to offer booster packs that would potentially stilt the games balance in the favor of those with bigger wallets. Can't wait to play that game online!
Aybraus on the forums:
I would like to turn my sister's collection of Barbies into real girls and have them fight for me.
I would say that i would love to see my computer fight for me. It would be truly spectacular to see monsters to be whipped around my the mouse and keyboard. Then since my pc has a door on it it would be hilarious to see a monsters head slammed in it. A computers strength depends on the machine. A big processor would have intelligence. in it and it would almost be a
random fight depending on what computer you used.
Hey Steve giving my Contest comment.
Forum name: Cobra
I Choose: Planet earth. Who is going to be able to beat a whole planet that's alive and trying to kill you? With an entire living planet to do my bidding everything becomes awesome.
Great show as usual Steve, but I wonder why you didn't also recommend both PSP games: Final Fantasy tactics or the sublime Jeanne d'Arc as alternatives to the D&D tactics game?
As for the competition?
My toilet bowl, cos after I've been in there, that place is deadly. Just imagine the kinds of damgae a full on flush could do to the unsuspecting player?
forum name: astroblastro
the inanimate object i would choose would be the chainsaw. Normally i would consider the chainsaw to be a terrible weapon because they are so unwieldy and dangerous, but if you take the human element away i couldn't imagine anything more frightening coming straight at me. i just hope it walks around on its handles so that it doesn't ruin my hardwood floors.
as an aside... i never expected to like a game like Culdcept Saga but after listening to the interview i downloaded the demo on live and ended up playing it for 2 hours straight. Comparably i also started playing gears of war this weekend and i was bored to tears, but this strange card game ends up being so compelling to me? I can't wait to play the rest of culdcept saga, its really fun.
For the contest:
Forum name: Nyctalinth
object - I've seen some pretty bizarre modern art sculptures that would make for some interesting enemies. Maybe the thought came from having watched Beetlejuice too many times as a kid, but interesting non the less.
Keep up the great show!
Name that Game:
Forum Name: Ajump23
An object I would like to fight for me would be the statue of Liberty. She has a torch for burning enemies and she stands for freedom. I think she would be a great ally.
Forum name: Newton
Object: An Air Conditioner - Not only does it have whirling blades of death inside it's massive armored shell, harmful chemicals, and other various implements of destruction, but it can also keep me cool, and maybe that translates into a heat resistance!
Forum name: Tarious
Object: Flarp - Dunno if anyone remembers gak but that's what this stuff it. Basically its a gooey version of playdoh. Was thinking before I heard the contest, hey it'd be really awesome if this stuff came to life and killed people, then I heard the contest and bam my entry.
If would be just a blob, and when it cam across someone it could cover them, and sufficate them, or maybe even crush them. And its sticky so if u get it on u and it was alive then there'd prob be no chance of getting it off.
For the contest:
If I were to get any inanimate object to fight for me I would choose Deep Blue. It may not have a lot of attack points, but its intelligence would be off the scale.
Forum Name: Pinstar
Contest object: A can of Hamdingers
C'mon think about, Nobody likes hamdingers!
Forum Name: mkg12
I would animate my chair. It would be beneficial for travel and of course I could remain seated while its chair legs smacks down some enemies.
You mentioned that GameSpot didn’t have RSS feeds. Not true, they can be found here: http://www.gamespot.com/misc/rss/index.html
I hope you will find the link useful.
Keep up the great work.
For the Contest
Forum Name: Lemurbouy
A Pencil would be my pick as it would allow for me to express any thought or idea which is the true way to win any battle. Also, it's sharp and can stab things.
a warm Thank you for the podcast from Israel !
For the contest:
Forum name: moranlf
I would animate a pack of cigarettes...
it would be a good fighting ally because, you know, this stuff can kill ya... :)
forum name: ARogan
for the contest:
I would animate a half open blister pack from any computer/electronics device that you have purchased. It's sharper and tougher than most knives and would leave a very ragged painful cut.
Forum Name - Alwayswatching.
Creature - My new laptop. Not only could it's two halves grow teeth and become jaws, but it's disc tray could unfold and fire it's disc-reading lasers (now lethal!) , which it could also use to devour my discs. It would randomly delete things off my hard drive (if I hadn't already been eaten) type cuss words into my comments on sites when I'm not looking, and, above all, keep me addicted to the internetz so it could leech off my life-force.
Hi Steve. Thanks once again for the great podcast. My boardname is "jonrosing".
I would love to turn my knife block full of knives into a culdcept card. (You know, the wooden block that sits on your counter full of knives). Something tells me that a block of wood firing a barage of knives at someone would be a very good concept for a game creature!
Hi, my board name is "Fraeon"
My idea for a culdcept card would be a pepper mill. Awesome for debuffing enemies causing blindness AND confusion.
Aaand back to Advance Wars.
Forum name: CyberTrick
Culcept Card: XBOX360 creature
Don’t let his small size fool you. Many of us have already felt the wrath of this beast. XBOX360 is a fire creature that gets a boost from being placed on a fire territory. Because of this, one must be careful and remember he will receive extra damage from any water creature or spell (or any Japanese themed character since they really don’t like the XBOX360). When called to do battle, its’ main power comes from quickly being able to raise his own temperature and produce the Red Ring of Death Sphere of Fire. This is not only used to do battle but it affects any two adjacent territories (fire projects simultaneously in all directions making this a great creature to be placed at a crossroads or a junction; damage is only done to enemy creatures). Additionally, any enemy creature that lands on the XBOX360 and calls him to battle will suffer extra damage from the copious amounts of Thermal Interface Material that oozes out like molten lava from the pores of this creature. Furthermore, the XBOX360 has one more trick up its sleeve. If you have the Online Summons Spell, you can use it on your beast to call upon the vast library of randomly selected creatures to help you boost you HP for battle (i.e. Bomberman, Pac-Man, Frogger, Paperboy, Ecco). However, you opponent can counter this spell card if he has the Network Crash Card.
Well, I just wanted to say that I’ve been a long time listener to the podcast, and Steve I’m glad that you decided to come back. As for this contest, I thought that the 360 would be very fitting. Even though I already had one 360 red ring on me I’m hoping that the new falcon unit I have will last me till the next-next gen system comes out. I never played the original Culdcept for the ps2, however when I played the new demo it really scratched that board game itch (interesting number of several tactical mechanics with a hint of luck). Over the last few years I’ve got into some Euro style games (i.e. Citadels, Tigris & Euphrates, BattleLore) and I’m really looking forward to this console title to deliver something new and different.
Forum Name: Shiny Rob
I'd choose my car to fight for me. It's hood would open as deadly jaws and chomp the puny opposition to bits. I would sit in the steel chest cavity and direct the action.
For the contest :
Forum name : Bataillon
I would animate a Gazebo having played D&D so long there was a joke in the player manual describing a game scene by the master where the players did not know what really was a gazebo.
The scene went something like this...
DM: "You enter a clearing, and near the center, you see a gazebo."
Incredibly Ignorant Paladin Player: "Has the gazebo seen me?"
DM: "Um, no."
IIPP: "I approach the gazebo."
IIPP: "It still hasn't moved?"
IIPP: "I attack the gazebo!"
DM: "Ok, you swing at the gazebo. Pieces of it are flying off."
IIPP: "Is it attacking me back?"
DM: It's a gazebo, IIPP, a gazebo! If you really want to try to
destroy it, you could try to chop it wih an axe, I suppose, or you
could try to burn it, but I don't know why anybody would even try.
It's a @#%$*& gazebo!
IIPP: (Long pause - he has no axe or fire spells) I run away.
DM: (Thoroughly frustrated) It's too late. You've awakened the gazebo, and it catches you and eats you.
IIPP: (Reaching for his dice) Maybe I'll roll up a fire-using mage so
I can avenge my paladin...
So if it was animated, that scene would have never happened !! :)
Forum Name: krazyman
My object I would use in Culdcept Saga would be my car keys. I have car keys that operate in a similar way to a switchblade. It is spring loaded and pops open when a button is pressed. (see pic below) This would be a usefully weapon because it could open many doors and/or treasure chests. Also due to its switchblade-like nature it would have a really powerful attack that could penetrate most amour. It also can send radio signals (used normally to unlock/lock cars) that could disable other machines. Also it would be durable since it is made mostly out of metal.
For the contest:
Forum Name: Captain Bluey
Object: My legal studies text books. Why? Given all the money I've spent on them, I have to get some enjoyment out of them in some way! (Would much rather be playing games than studying ... :-)
Love the podcast - thanks for keeping going with it.
Forum Name: Maj Malfunction
I think it would be cool to have a baseball pitching machine become animated to fight for you. It would be able to fire a variety of objects at high velocity at targets of your choosing. Being animated it would be able to adjust the size of the objects it is able to fire and would probably become stronger with the force with which it hurls destruction on your enemies.
Great show Steve.
Forum Name: Abcnai
Contest: Well, I think I would like to have my large sized George Forman Grill. It could grow large, pull in enemies with it's power cord, then cook them on both sides while draining the fat.
Hmm, downfall is you have to clean it, argg i hate cleaning it (really not that hard i just have a small sink). Could make it one time use, then if you don't have a maid card, it goes in the trash.
For the Culdcept Saga Contest:
My name on the Forum is Indy Kingsnake.
My real-life object I'd like to see turned into a monster to fight for me is one of those HAND DRYERs that you are starting to see everywhere that blows like a jet engine or something. I'd like to see this thing become a monster and fight for me because that thing would literally blow my enemies away! If it didn't rip your skin off first it might get hot and melt the enemies.
Just registered on your forums today. Wish I'd done so last month and had a shot at the console prize. I'm a long time listener and should have got on the boat a long time ago.
P.S. I too am an "old guy" who remembers all the things you mention from your past (days of the arcade, space invaders, etc...). I have two young kids and still enjoy playing games. Your podcast really speaks to me. Keep it up.
Forum nick: n10sity
For me, it is important that the inanimate object that brings "destruction to the Earth," on my behalf, represents me -- being something I already have lying around the house. That said, I had to think to myself: Self, what object lying around best represents you.
As I went into the kitchen to grab some "brain food", to help me think. I grab the handle to my refrigerator and it hits me. "My frig." Few other objects have spent more time with me while being able to show a bit of my personality and lifestyle at the same time than my refrigerator. Oh and what an appliance of doom it would be.
Think of the rotten veggies, the spoiled leftovers, the tons of different drinks, and the near empty pizza boxes being hurled at over 100 mph. They would be lethal. Sure, my frig tends to be empty, so it would run out of ammo in a span of 30 seconds. But it would be the most intense, heart-wrenching 30 seconds my foes have ever faced. My frig could always crush those it faces under its hollow weight if left with no other option after all. Yep, my Culdcept Object would definitely be my frig.
Hi All, fluKe here from the forums.
For the contest:
How about a sketch pad with sketches that could come to life. Imagine being stuck in any situation and having a solution as long as you could imagine it.
Stuck in a hole: Make a grappling hook.
Need a ride somewhere: Make a car or helicopter.
Need a girlfriend: :P.
Need any of the items already mentioned: Sketch it and watch it come to life from the pages of your notebook :)
You get the idea :)
You would only be limited by your own imagination.
Contest: Well, I think I would like to have my large sized George Forman Grill. It could grow large, pull in enemies with it's power cord, then cook them on both sides while draining the fat.
Contest: I would like to have a spork, as they are multipurpose utensils. Seriously, when you have that can of beans and a spork... it's less messy. They are so flexible they can bend and twist, slap, poke and prod whatever they wish.
The only downside is it's plastic... you know what ruins plastic really fast right? Duh... frozen water. Try jabbing it into a tray of ice, you won't get very far...
Forum name: Reeku
I am Lazerbyte on the Forums.
I love these types of games as I have Eye of Judgement for the PS3 and I downloaded the demo.
Hmm that is a difficult one I think something like that sorting hat from harry potter would be a really cool card.
But I really think the most awesome one would be my cockatoo she always says Hi and screams and I think having a card that would bug with saying Hi all the time until it drives you crazy.
I am Kentalot on the forums, though I don't post much.
For the contest, I'd like to turn one of those vacuum cleaners that rip up stuff inside into a monster. Obviously the vacuum cleaner would be awesome because it can suck up any other monster and destroy it. Nothing can beat negative pressure and the bonus? It leaves the place nice and clean!
Forum name: racingfreak92
Creature: A soda bottle, in the game it gets shaken up and explodes all over the enemy... because not even a huge monster likes being sticky
Forum Name: ChaoZ
Creature: The Guitar
It comes alive and all the strings become tentacles of a sort. The strings grab you and try to stuff you into its sound hole (which turns into a gaping, sharp-toothed mouth).
Love the show.
My forum name is imsasun.
The inanimate object I would choose? The NASA crawler-transporter, used for moving rockets and space shuttles. Sure, it's slow, but really, what is a goblin or griffin going to do to it? It'll just crush the opposition.
(Forum name: Hiro_Antagonsit -- I'm a new member!)
Boring but effective answer: My cutlery block (complete with knives, natch.)
Entertaining but not particularly effective answer: The 360 Vision camera. It won't win many battles, but it would give you some pretty cool 1st-person snuff footage of getting clubbed by a coat rack (or whatever other items are brought to life.)
Middle ground: Electric Blanket. To wrap up the opponent and slowly sweat them to death.
Hope it's not too late to enter.
Forum Name: LadyM
Object: Extension cord
Why: It could come alive like a snake, wrapping around and applying electric shocks, both ends could be lethal.
Forum name: Blitzonator
The Monster I would have is a fan.
A whip, a cutting thingy and a cool hammer!
Forum name: Sketchrob
I would turn Spam into a monster, becaue it is the meat of many uses. :)
Forum name: robotplague
Creature: bobble head jesus
I'm looking at a bobble head jesus on my desk right now and I reckon he could do some lethal damage of biblical proportions if he was pushed far enough.
Simply for the purposes of in game advertising, and my love of the Pepsi man in virtual fighter... A can of Pepsi or some other soda can. Give it some human arms and legs in the vein of Trogdor the Burninator's arm (from homestarrunner.com) and you've got a winner in my books.
Forum name: fidgetwidget
Forum Name: GamerMommy
There are a NUMBER of items that this suburban housewife would like to see animated...
1. My Swiffer. It could double as a blunt melee weapon and a ranged weapon, shooting foul water and dirt. The foul water would poison, and the dirt would blind...So...You see a MOB... blind it, poison it, then walk up and beat the crap out of it.
2. My sewing scissors...they're German-engineered titanium alloy scissors and they're awesome. Not only would they have incredible slash abilities, but used as a ninja-style blade-boomerang, they could be even deadlier...and they could barf up thread on an enemy and cause it to trip.
3. My spice rack would suddenly become the Rotisserie Spice Wheel of Death. Who KNOWS what destructive powers would emerge when various combinations of different spices were used against an enemy? Think of the alchemist abilities in Oblivion, except with instant potion creation, and 24 ingredients that never run out. Moooohahahahahaaa!
4. The Diaper Genie. Kind of like a venus flytrap in its methods...it would swallow enemies whole, where the enemies would be instantly encased in plastic, immobilized, and subjected to the worst smell in existence until they die. If they are LUCKY, their bodies would go to a land fill upon emptying of the Genie. Otherwise, if the Genie overflows, its contents would be devoured by an insatiable beagle.
5. Is it cheating to want to animate a Jack Sparrow action figure? Good with pistols and cutlasses, good rogue skills, and it would keep Mommy smiling all day. (The Sawyer doll from the LOST set would serve similar purposes, but would cuss a lot more and I have kids here, after all.)
See the humor of my comment stems from the fact that "for" is an ambiguous preposition and can mean "with [subject of prep phrase] as a motivation."
Forum name: Mattism
The object: Gas Furnace
They can be big and bulk and make a lot of noise. Plus they can use fire, smash something with its bulk, or just kill ya with carbon monixide.
Forum Name: Sanguinus
First time poster. Been listening since show 30-something. Love it!
Your podcast was the first i had heard about the game and its very intriguing. I'd animate my: Office Paper Shredder! Its mean, lean and a paper/cd/credit card crunching machine! (it eats staples too!)
Anyway, keep up the great work, looking forward to next show.
haha how about my large stack of old computer game cd's.
Forum Name: Tr0n
Item: SILLY PUTTY!
The Poor Man's T-1000, Silly Putty can initially protect itself in a durable red-embossed egg. Since it's Chinese made, they often appear in bulk. Once out of the egg, Silly Putty is initially a loose mass of nothingness; it is weak, but nearly indestructible. When a player slices Silly Putty, it turns into two Putties! As Silly Putty grows stronger (especially in semi-cold environments), it becomes more durable and formable.
Eventually, Silly Putty can turn into exact duplicates of other things it sees, even morning newspaper comic characters! "No! Not Archie!" But Silly Putty, once tamed, can become a powerful ally.
If put into the proper hands, Silly Putty can be used as a decoy, or a cast, or even a solid item in cold environments. Unfortunately, Silly Putty is all but useless in arctic and midday deserts. After a while, poor Silly Putty absorbs too much random mass and becomes unable to retain its form (especially when too much of one's younger sister's hair gets stuck in it).
A Silly Putty has appeared!
Tron uses sword on Silly Putty.
Silly Putty is hit for 12 damage.
Silly Putty has been defeated!
Silly Putty casts Duplicate!
2 Silly Puttys has appeared!
Tron uses freeze on Silly Putty 1.
Silly Putty stops in its tracks!
Silly Putty 2 casts Imitate!
Silly Putty 2 turns into a Tron!
Tron casts Earthquake on Silly Putty 1.
Silly Putty 1 shatters for 20 damage!
Silly Putty 1 has been defeated!
a Tron uses sword on Tron.
Tron is hit for 40 damage!
Tron has died.
Silly Putty 2 jiggles.
Forum name: tatertot
I would animate my coffee pot to fight for me. Hot coffee to the face!
Hi, I'm engineer on the forums.
I think the best inanimate-object-turned-monster would be a mattress.
Think about it. You've had a tough day fighting off walking teacups, chainsaws, and hot air balloons, and you're exhausted. You wander over to your bed, flop down, and fall asleep.
And BAM! Your bed eats you in one gulp, and you never wake up.
Forum name: Toastman
Hey Gamingsteve just signed up although I have been listening to u for almost a year and a half now. I have come out of the darkness and decided to join the forums and saw the contest running and hopefully ill win.
I think the best inanimate object would be an electric guitar paired with an amplifier. Its the best because of its versatility and power. It could incapacitate your foe with sound simultaneously bashing into u to the rhythm of a song. Now thats style.
Forum Name: nrg753
How about a hoard of tree's! I remember those Ent's in LOTR were pretty destructive.
Hey Everyone, How are you?
Forum Name: Plumpman
Its terrible teeth drill deep through its opponents skin, all the while having time to open itself a nice, cold drink. Thats right, my blazing red Swiss Army Knife has just joined the fight.
Its deception incarnate. Whenever you call a medic, you'd better watch your back, because this Red Cross Killer never takes a second guess.
If you go here you may never come back:
For an object, 'Religous Text' (aka a holy book, tablet, or scroll). When used causes fear, guilt, confusion, or sorrow in the target. On a particulary well read attempt might turn the target to assist the player rather than harm them. Chance of failure: target may become inraged with a logical fault and attack with double power. Immune to evolution based monsters.
Lord Mhoram on the Forums.
Me, I'd like to animate buckets and mops, just to recreated the feeling from the Sorcerer's Apprentice bit from Fantasia.
For the contest.
Forum Name Gorman Conall.
A syringe (some one in the house is diabetic ). A syringe could inject poisons or drugs or just plain out stab somebody in the freaking eye or crotch ether one would work.
For the contest
Forum name: Serenitygrace
I would have to say a hair straighting iron. Two metal plates that can be turned up to skin melting hot could defenatly burn off a couple of body parts. I would hate to get caught between them.
For the contest.
Forum Name: Rough Cutt
If I could turn an inanimate object into a fighter it would be Lady Liberty herself. She checks in at just over 300 ft tall, could use her book as a sheild and wields a torch!
hello my name form name is sirromans if i had to pick something i would pick my wii why because it could just sit there and use its mind power to pick up the wii remote and attack people
Forum name: kostiak
I dont have a 360 so unless you can spare some SWAG instead im out of this 1.. if there is any way you can send some SWAG instead i would like any ffx/valve SWAG
Anyways the object - an old fasioned sawing machine.. like imagine one of those trying to get its needle into you..
anyways.. thanks steve for all the podcasts.. a real time murdering fun :D
For the Contest:
Hope I'm not too late. I'm running behind on listening to the podcasts, which I always enjoy thoroughly. Thank you, Steve!
My forum name is GreyGeek.
There are so many great entries here already, I'm hard pressed to come up with something original. My personal favorite is ARogan's suggestion for the half opened blister pack!
Here's mine: gummy bears. The different colors/flavors would have different powers. In addition to the individual special abilities, all attacking bears coat the uvula and make the victims gag and choke. They could withstand stretching and squishing. Under the heat of threat, a group of gummies could merge like the blob into a giant multi-skilled sticky bear.
From the enemy's point of view: to injure gummy bears, nibble on their ears or toes; to defeat, just bite their heads off!!!
Forum name: Gungnir.
Cool object would be my skullcandy headphones. They'd attach to peoples' ears..and turn em into headphone zombies! (Instead of headcrab...) As an alternative to zombification, they could strangle someone with the wire, or blow out someone's ears with their built in subwoofers. (I love my headphones, makes techno awesome). They can fold, as well, so they could hide quite easily.
Culdcept Saga Contest
Forum name: maas (new member)
An inanimate object that I would like to see fight for me would be a Chia Pet. The Chia battle cards would come in several different animal types including a turtle, a sheep, a dog and even a hippopotamus. The strength of your Chia creature cards would depend on how many experience points you spend on "watering" your pets in order to nurture their powers. Their grassy tendrils have the power to hold enemies for one turn allowing for an extra attack. The Chia grass can also be injected with poison at higher levels which can damage enemies over several turns.
Forum name: Huckbuck
object: My computer! (Including my monitor)
With all its processor goodness it would probably outsmart anyone, then spam them with bluescreens and 404 errors. And when you least suspect it; It unplugs its own power supply in a critical moment, totally killing the whole machine. IMAGINE THE FEAR, PAIN AND THE AGONY OF FIRST SEEING YOUR VERY EXPENSIVE COMPUTER FIRST ATTACKING YOU, LEAVING YOU WITH SEVERE EPILEPSY, THEN DESTROYING ITSELF IN ALL ITS PROCESSING GOODNESS!!!
Oh and by the way, there is a monster like this allready, It has attacked our poor pat.
If you don't get that: http://www.gamingsteve.com/blab/index.php?topic=9108.0
I'd like to turn a stapler into a fighting creature.
"Stapler staples you to the wall!"
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