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March 7, 2006

Gaming Steve Episode 41 - 03.07.2006

Gaming Steve New Cover ArtThis week I provide the second part of my hands-on preview of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, talk about some of the changes on the site and podcast after one year, and a new person joins the Gaming Steve forums. You might know him, he goes by the name Will Wright and made a game called The Sims or something.... Enjoy!

Gaming Steve Episode 41 Program

  • 00:07:02 Game News:
    • Sony sells the Metreon.
    • Red 5 Studios and Webzen sign a deal.
    • Dungeons & Dragons Online launches.
    • World of Warcraft hits 6 million and adds the Spanish language.
    • Live Arcade gets five more.
    • Microsoft to start $10 Greatest Hits program.
    • Oblivion is done, all hail Oblivion.
    • What the heck is this Microsoft Origami project?
    • Another analysts predicts PS3 delay.
    • Rockstar Games serves up ... Table Tennis?
  • 00:30:37 SporeTalk: Spore to evolve onto handhelds? And when is a game "leak" really a "leak"?
  • 00:38:36 Game Preview: The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion for the Xbox 360 and PC, part two.
  • 01:14:15 RetroReview: Planescape: Torment for the PC.
  • 01:26:55 “Name That Game!” contest winner from last week, a new clip, and a very cool prize!
  • 01:30:32 Show Mail: I answer your text and Oblivion questions.
  • 01:58:03 Final Thoughts: What should I do next week for my one year anniversary show? And what to expect from my reports at the Game Developers Conference 2006 and I-Con appearances.
Download the show (124 minutes): Gaming Steve Episode 41 (MP3).

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March 7, 2006

Spore Gameplay Video: The Uncut Version


The Spore gameplay video that I posted last week was actually an abbreviated version of Will Wright's presentation from last year's Game Developers Conference. Thanks to a little tip from my buddy Tim, I was able to locate the entire 61 minute(!) presentation which not only includes the Spore gameplay video but a 12 minute introduction, a few extra bits, and a nice wrap-up from the main man Will himself. Definitely check out this version for the full "uncut" version of the Spore presentation.

By the way, some people seem to be a bit confused thinking that this video was from 2006's GDC. The above video was from last year's GDC, March 11, 2005 to be exact. So just think if the game looked this good a year ago who knows how great the game will look this year!

Look for my full Spore coverage from this year's GDC from March 20-24, as well as tons of developer interviews and more game previews than I can possibly imagine. It's going to be crazy I tell ya!

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March 2, 2006

Spore Gameplay Video


Nearly one year ago today Will Wright stole the show at the 2005 Game Developer's Conference when he stunned the world with his new game Spore. For those of you who still haven't seen the 36 minute gameplay video from last year's GDC you owe it to yourself to watch this video and view perhaps the most exciting game concept in years (perhaps ever).

I myself have seen this thing over ten times and yet I can't seem to ever get enough of it. Oh yes, and expect a lot more updates on the site when Spore is presented at three talks during this year's GDC. Until then, enjoy the video and make sure you check out the most active Spore forum in the world, my interview with Will Wright about Spore, as well as my extensive year-long Spore coverage.

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February 27, 2006

Gaming Steve Episode 40 - 02.27.2006

The Elder Scrolls IV: OblivionThis week I provide the first part of my hands-on preview of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, I review a new game cut directly from the Star Control mold, retro-review the best Bungie game you have never played, answer your Oblivion questions, and so much more. Enjoy!

Gaming Steve Episode 40 Program

  • 00:04:08 Game News:
    • Merrill Lynch guesses at $800 PlayStation 3 cost and causes a mild panic.
    • EA slashes new game prices by 20 percent.
    • Infinium opens their books.
    • Ex-Gizmondo Exec trashes a million dollar Ferrari.
    • Condemned to storm PCs this April.
    • Classic Sierra games set for re-release.
    • DS Lite to wear only white at launch.
  • 00:27:44 SporeTalk: An overview as to how the download and ranking system will function.
  • 00:32:22 Game Preview: The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion for the Xbox 360 and PC, part one.
  • 01:12:45 Game Review: Space Rangers 2: Rise of the Dominators for the PC.
  • 01:26:07 RetroReview: Pathways into Darkness Macintosh.
  • 01:35:17 “Name That Game!” contest winner from last week, a new clip, and a very cool prize!
  • 01:38:10 Show Mail: I answer your audio questions.
  • 01:57:03 Final Thoughts: So when can I scratch my Oblivion itch again?
Download the show (122 minutes): Gaming Steve Episode 40 (MP3).

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February 14, 2006

Gaming Steve Episode 38 - 02.14.2006

DarwiniaThis week I talk about my upcoming interview with the The Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion team, I review Darwinia (another IGF Competition Finalist), answer lots of audio questions, and so much more. Enjoy!

Gaming Steve Episode 38 Program

  • 00:03:17 Game News:
    • Crystal Quest shoot onto Xbox 360 Arcade, but it isn't the same Quest as before.
    • The DS to support voice chat.
    • "Hasta la Vista Baby" ... Halo 2 heading to PC.
    • DS download stations coming Stateside.
    • Half-Life 2 becomes episodic.
    • Solitaire games gets NYC worker fired.
    • Xbox 360 shortages coming to an end?
    • A look at the January top 20 console sales.
  • 00:25:18 SporeTalk: A quick overview of what the heck is Spore anyhow? And some info on the Spore demo.
  • 00:41:35 Game Review: Darwinia for the PC.
  • 00:52:12 RetroReview: Command & Conquer for the PC, Macintosh, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, and Saturn.
  • 01:02:43 “Name That Game!” contest winner from last week, a new clip, and a very cool prize!
  • 01:07:36 Show Mail: I answer your audio and email questions.
  • 01:57:41 Final Thoughts: What do you do when you get into the gaming doldrums?
Download the show (124 minutes): Gaming Steve Episode 38 (MP3).

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February 6, 2006

Gaming Steve Episode 37 - 02.06.2006

Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite SpaceThis week I talk about Diablo III and Starcraft 2, give details about my upcoming talks at I-CON 25, review an IGF Competition Finalist, answer a ton of show mail, and so much more. Enjoy!

Gaming Steve Episode 37 Program

  • 00:06:08 Game News:
    • New DS hitting Japan this March.
    • The US gets Brainy this spring.
    • Xbox 360 loses the remote.
    • Stargate enters the MMO universe.
    • Blizzard stirring up hell recruiting for the Diablo team.
    • The Empire strikes gold.
    • S.T.A.L.K.E.R. and Supreme Commander delayed until 2007.
    • PCs to be Condemned this spring.
  • 00:29:13 SporeTalk: I answer lots of questions about Spore.
  • 00:38:19 Game Review: Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space for the PC.
  • 00:49:42 RetroReview: Aliens vs. Predator 2 for the PC.
  • 00:56:47 “Name That Game!” contest winner from last week, a new clip, and a very cool prize!
  • 01:02:28 Show Mail: I answer your audio and email questions.
  • 01:46:00 Final Thoughts: Results from last week's Final Thoughts contest, why Starcraft 2 isn't coming any time soon, and more.
Download the show (113 minutes): Gaming Steve Episode 37 (MP3).

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January 25, 2006

Gaming Steve Episode 36 - 01.25.2006

Dragon Quest VIIIThis week I give details about the first official Gaming Steve Tournament for Mario Kart DS, a new contest about your "funniest" gaming moment, and answer a ton of show mail.

Gaming Steve Episode 36 Program

  • 00:04:17 Game News:
    • GameStop expects to fulfill 360 orders in February (but not online or EB Games orders).
    • Give thanks, the Revolution to be released by Thanksgiving.
    • Majesco no longer a "premium" publisher.
    • WoW nabs millionth European customer and more than 5.5 million worldwide.
    • China's online game regulations relaxed.
    • Gizmondo Europe bankrupt.
    • Heroes of Might and Magic V beta now open.
    • E3 dresses up the babes and games.
    • Nintendo snags 3 million online.
    • New Mother has a date.
    • 50 Cent sells through a million.
    • Star Trek: Legacy to beam onto PCs and the 360.
    • Sony zips up Zipper.
  • 00:31:12 SporeTalk: I answer lots of questions about Spore.
  • 00:41:09 Game Review: Dragon Quest VIII for the PlayStation 2.
  • 00:58:32 RetroReview: Baldur's Gate II for the PC.
  • 01:10:47 “Name That Game!” contest winner from last week, a new clip, and a very cool prize!
  • 01:14:26 Show Mail: I answer your audio and email questions.
  • 02:01:11 Final Thoughts: A new contest and details about the Gaming Steve Mario Kart DS Tournament.
Download the show (126 minutes): Gaming Steve Episode 36 (MP3).

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January 18, 2006

Gaming Steve Episode 35 - 01.18.2006

Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan!This week I review a Japanese import for the Nintendo DS and actually play it on the show. The results are, err, interesting. Also the results from the "Final Thoughts Contest" from a few weeks ago and the list of your favorite games of 2005.

Gaming Steve Episode 35 Program

  • 00:01:45 Game News:
    • BloodRayne opening declared "a debacle".
    • EA trademarks "System Shock".
    • The Tetris are coming! The Tetris are coming!
    • 25 to Life (anyone remember this game?) is released.
    • 2005 a record year for US console gaming.
    • 2005 is also a record year in the UK.
    • Meanwhile Nintendo totally owns Japan in 2005.
    • US PC sales drop 14 percent.
  • 00:21:29 GameTalk: What is the future of PC gaming?
  • 00:36:33 SporeTalk: I answer lots of questions about Spore.
  • 00:47:43 Game Review: Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan! for the Nintendo DS.
  • 00:56:30 RetroReview: System Shock 2 for the PC.
  • 01:06:10 “Name That Game!” contest winner from last week, a new clip, and a very cool prize!
  • 01:09:06 Show Mail: I answer your audio and email questions.
  • 01:46:00 Final Thoughts: Results of the "Final Thoughts Contest" from a few weeks ago, what were your best games of 2005, and getting "into the gaming zone".
Download the show (118 minutes): Gaming Steve Episode 35 (MP3).

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January 3, 2006

Gaming Steve Episode 33 - 01.03.2006

Gaming Steve Spore Recruit TribetoolsWhy not start off the new year with a healthy dose of some Gaming Steve? I'm back with the first podcast of 2006, enjoy!

Gaming Steve Episode 33 Program

  • 00:02:17 Game News:
    • Pokemon USA threatens to sue cancer researchers.
    • World of Warcraft pop 5 million and counting.
    • Monster WOW patch released.
    • G4 takes on Trek.
    • EA adjusts earnings downward.
    • NHL checks EA exclusivity offer.
    • Judge blocks California game law.
    • Jack Thompson buys shares in Take-Two.
    • Video games get commemorative postage stamps.
    • Why was Take-Two's Paul Eibeler the "Worst CEO of 2005"?
  • 00:35:03 GameTalk: Too much mail! Moved this week to the Show Mail segment.
  • 00:35:53 SporeTalk: A look at my third exclusive Spore artwork and important Spore-related dates.
  • 00:42:19 Game Review: Condemned: Criminal Origins for the Xbox 360.
  • 00:58:30 RetroReview: The Bard's Tale for the IBM PC, Apple ][, Apple ][GS, Commodore 64, Atari ST, Amstrad CPC, Amiga, NES, Macintosh, and Sinclair ZX.
  • 01:11:33 “Name That Game!” contest winner from last week, a new clip, and a very cool prize!
  • 01:14:14 Show Mail: I answer your many email questions.
  • 02:13:12 Final Thoughts on ... does anyone listen to this section?
Download the show (136 minutes): Gaming Steve Episode 33 (MP3).

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December 19, 2005

Gaming Steve Episode 31 - 12.19.2005

Mario & Luigi: Partners in TimeHappy Holidays everyone! And as my gift to you I give you the biggest damn show I have ever done! Enjoy!

Gaming Steve Episode 31 Program

  • 00:05:28 Game News:
    • IGF nominees announced.
    • EverQuest goes Titanium.
    • Working Designs closes up shop.
    • Midway closes Aussie and San Diego studios.
    • Xbox 360 fails to impress Japan.
    • November game sales down 18 percent.
    • Activision warns of "significantly lower" earnings.
    • NCsoft and Marvel make nice.
    • Jamdat investor sues to stop EA purchase.
    • Wik swings onto Xbox Live Arcade.
    • Civil suit in Alabama goes forward.
    • eBayer pays big bucks for photo of Xbox 360.
  • 00:47:53 GameTalk: Are we heading towards another video game crash?
  • 01:17:07 SporeTalk: A look at my second exclusive Spore artwork and I answer some questions.
  • 01:27:30 Game Review: Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time for the Nintendo DS.
  • 01:37:47 Game Review: Shadow of the Colossus for the PlayStation 2.
  • 01:47:07 RetroReview: Hercules for the arcade.
  • 01:52:19 “Name That Game!” contest winner from last week, a new clip, and a mystery prize!
  • 01:56:09 Show Mail: I answer your audio and email questions.
  • 02:37:42 Final Thoughts on the new T-Shirt designs and the new Gaming Steve Spore website.
Download the show (164 minutes): Gaming Steve Episode 31 (MP3).

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