Darkon -- You HAVE to see this movie!The holidays delayed the show for a few days, but its worth the wait as is the big week where I finally announce the winners to the win a free next-gen game console contest.

Also this week I have an extra long showmail section to keep you entertained during the slow holiday week. Enjoy the show!

Gaming Steve Episode 67 Program

  • 00:05:19 Name That Game: I announce the winners to the big win a free next-gen console contest! Did you win? Listen and find out!
  • 00:13:27 Game News:
    • The Duke is back … always bet on Duke!
    • Play PS1 games on your PSP via your PS3 … what?
    • Activision takes a hard stance on locking out Rock Band controllers. Why is everyone surprised?
    • Red + PSP = Double sales.
    • New Mass Effect book, Ascension, to land next summer.
    • Chinese teen burns classmate, blames World of Warcraft.
    • Amazon sell 17 Wiis per second, but yet nobody can find them!
    • Steam and others having big sales! Now you have no excuse not to buy and play Psychonauts (only $9.95!).
  • 00:38:04 Show Mail: The Xtra large holiday edition.
  • 01:42:55 Final Thoughts: Lots of big changes to the Gaming Steve site in 2008 and I give you a sneak peak!

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Mass EffectIt’s the end of the year and that means everyone has to release their “lists”. So I join in the fun and go through my picks of 2007. What were the best games of 2007? What were the hidden gems that fell through the cracks? What were the most disappointing games? And what was my pick for Game of the Year? (I guarantee that my pick will be a surprise.)

Plus find out the status of the Name That Game contest where you can win a free next-gen game console. Enjoy the show!

Gaming Steve Episode 66 Program

  • 00:03:52 Game News:
    • Crysis and Unreal Tournament 3 both underperform.
    • GameStop opening tourney venues.
    • Time loves video games.
    • Blizzards confirms new MMORPG in the works and I give details.
    • Everyone loves to game!
    • Auran shuts shop, nobody really surprised.
    • Assassin’s Creed sells a gazillion copies … but who cares! There is a new Might and Magic game coming!
    • Why November sales matter for the entire year.
    • Nintendo is losing a billion dollars on the Wii’s short supply.
    • Nintendo and GameStop to issue rainchecks (does anyone even know what a raincheck is anymore?).
    • Soda companies blame video games for obese children.
    • E3 returns to LA Convention Center, nobody cares except for gaming journalists.
  • 00:55:18 Special Feature: What were the best, the hidden gems, and the most disappointing games of 2007?
  • 01:23:49 Review: Mass Effect for the Xbox 360.
  • 01:38:23 Name That Game: Do I pick the winner for the next-gen console this week? Do I?
  • 01:40:00 Show Mail: I answer your email questions (send me some more questions please).
  • 01:46:00 Final Thoughts: Why is nobody playing my 2007 Game of the Year pick?

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goblinz welcomeAlthough this week’s news wasn’t as crazy as last week there was plenty of interesting items in the world of gaming. Plus find out the status of the Name That Game contest where you can win a free next-gen game console.

And by amazing coincidence I had the opportunity to sit down with yet another representative from Wizards of the Coast (seriously, it was completely unplanned). This time I get to chat with legendary Magic: The Gathering player and VP of of Digital Gaming Randy Buehler.

Randy and I discuss Wizards new digital initiative and how they plan to implement move all of their games to the online space, plus Randy critiques my Vintage (Type 1) Magic deck … awesome! Enjoy the show!

Gaming Steve Episode 65 Program

  • 00:03:28 Game News:
    • Xbox 360 sales to rival the Wii, PS3 still plays catchup.
    • Kane & Lynch site caught fibbing about review scores.
    • Boy attacked by moose “feigns death,” and loses aggro thanks to WoW.
    • GameStop promoted to the S&P 500.
    • Nintendo pulls their Wii ads … must make more Wiis!
    • Eve Online patch accidentally bricks XP, oops!
    • Activison to replace Guitar Hero III Wii discs, will anyone even notice?
    • Wii Fit debuts at #2 in Japan … and Assassin’s Creed debuts at #8?
    • PaRappa creators to make new music game for the Wii.
    • GameSpot on Gerstmann-gate.
  • 00:30:43 Interview: Randy Buehler, Vice President of Digital Gaming from Wizards of the Coast.
  • 01:04:37 RetroReview: Culdcept for the PlayStation 2.
  • 01:09:02 Name That Game: Do I pick the winner for the next-gen console this week?
  • 01:12:32 Show Mail: I answer your email and audio questions.
  • 01:35:26 Final Thoughts: Updating the site!

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Eye Of Flame BeholderSince I’ve been gone for a little while I decided to make this show a bit special. Not only do I have a great guest but I have my biggest contest yet where you can win a free next-gen game console! That’s right, a brand new console, as well as other great prizes, and all you have to do is listen to the show!

And in celebration of National Dice Day I have a great interview with Christopher Perkins from Wizards of the Coast. Chris and I geek out and talk about Dungeon & Dragons new 4th Edition and it’s upcoming transition into the online world. Enjoy the show!

Gaming Steve Episode 64 Program

  • 00:03:29 Game News:
    • Mario Galaxy is the fastest-selling Mario … ever!
    • Deus Ex 3 slips out of the bag.
    • Nintendo’s Virtual Console sells $33 million. Is that a lot?
    • Nintendo moves a million systems in a week.
    • Grand Theft Auto IV: box art now, trailer later, game much much later.
    • Sony signs new ad agency, a lot of people lose their jobs.
    • Activision and Blizzard join forces to take over the World of Gaming.
    • Gamespot editor fired over Kane & Lynch review?
  • 00:48:33 Interview: Christopher Perkins, Story Design Manager RPGs/Minis R&D from Wizards of the Coast.
  • 01:50:19 Game Review: The Witcher for the PC.
  • 01:58:19 Name That Game: My biggest contest yet where you can win a free next-gen console!
  • 02:02:23 Show Mail: I answer your email and audio questions.
  • 02:26:00 Final Thoughts: I talk about the future of the show.

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Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium WarsSo what happens when two of the most anticipated games of the year — Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars and The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles — come out on the same day? Well I guess I’ll just have to feature interviews with the developers of BOTH games on my show!

Oh yeah, and don’t miss the cameos by Billy Dee Williams, Tricia Helfer and Joe Kucan (Kane himself!) throughout the show. Enjoy!

Gaming Steve Episode 63 Program

  • 00:05:53 Game News:
    • February US games sales up and everyone wins!
    • Take-Two takes the fight to Thompson.
    • Take-Two for sale?
    • Xbox 360 becoming Elite?
    • You Don’t Know Jack moves online for free!
    • Microsoft probes possible Xbox Live fraud.
    • New Wii browser incoming.
    • PS3 finally hits the UK … and does really well.
  • 00:26:30 Interview: Amer Ajami, Producer for Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars from EA.
  • 00:42:52 Interview: Bruce Nesmith, Design Director for The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles from Besthesda Softworks.
  • 01:22:17 Game Preview: The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles for the PC and Xbox 360.
  • 01:26:03 Review: Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars for the PC.
  • 01:37:21 Show Mail: I answer your email questions (send me some new audio questions!).
  • 01:50:56 Final Thoughts: Oh yeah, I forgot to do Name That Game this week, sorry about that!

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GDC 2007 Spore Vehicle EditorAs GDC 2007 comes to an end I sit down with Christopher Grant from Joystiq to recap the conference.

In addition, I reveal new Spore information straight from Chaim Gingold (Spore Game Designer), the Spore development team gives the Gaming Steve Spore community some love, and I sit down with Chris Satchell, General Manager of XNA, about their wacky competition where four game designers created four games in four days. Crazy man, enjoy!

Gaming Steve Episode 62 Program

  • Game Developers Conference Day 3 Recap
    • Chris and I discuss his group panel at GDC, Ten Games You Need to Play: The Digital Game Canon.
    • How are past video games being preserved for the ages?
    • We discuss several upcoming games shown on the show floor.
    • I reveal new Spore information and we discuss the importance of Spore for the gaming industry.
    • Why we’re skipping the E for All Expo.
    • I interview with Chris Satchell about the four games in four days competition.
    • Wrap up the show and the conference.

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GDC 2007 Day 2Can you believe it … another brand new podcast? Are dogs and cats living together? Well they must be because I’m back with day 2 coverage from GDC 2007.

Today I recap the day’s events all by my lonesome because everyone else had to go party the night away. So you get to hear little old me speak about Shigeru Miyamotov, Chris Taylor, Peter Molyneux, the annual video game design challenge, Eiji Anouma and lots more on a jampacked show. Enjoy!

Gaming Steve Episode 61 Program

  • Game Developers Conference Day 2 Recap
    • Shigeru Miyamoto is really really really popular.
    • Why were so many people disappointed with the Nintendo keynote … except me?
    • Is it possible that the best video game designers in the world have the same family issues as you and me? (Yes they actually do!)
    • Recap of Chris Taylor and his Supreme Commander talk.
    • Can Peter Molyneux make you care about Fable 2?
    • Give three famous game designers a needle and thread as their interface and what type of games do they come up with?
    • Eiji Aonuma reflects on ten years of creating Zelda games and what challenges he faced, and still facing, keeping the franchise alive and fresh.

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GDC 2007I’m Not Dead Yet! Yes everyone, I am back and I figured that since I started doing the show at GDC 2005 it was appropriate to resume with the start of GDC 2007.

Today I recap the day’s events and the pivotal Sony keynote and just like last year I am sharing the mic with a fellow blogger/podcaster Gamer Andy from Gamer Andy. Enjoy everyone!

Gaming Steve Episode 60 Program

  • Game Developers Conference Day 1 Recap
    • Andy and I talk about the excellent Sony keynote and the new Home system.
    • Will a great keynote be enough to turn the press to Sony’s favor?
    • We discuss the incredible-looking LittleBigWorld game as well as SingStar Online.
    • Why are publishers looking for a strong leader and why do they hate the Wii so much?
    • And where does this all leave Microsoft and the Xbox 360?

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Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket SlimeRumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated! I’m back and I have a great new feature where I explain in detail the entire game development process from beginning to end. This week I examine what type of games publishers are looking to publish. Enjoy!

Gaming Steve Episode 59 Program

  • 00:04:09 Game News:
    • Lots of Wii info.
    • Where did all the PS3s go?
    • Tons of new Xbox 360 content.
    • Seaman gets a seaquel.
    • Wii’s first-party games to be region-free?
    • Psychonauts, Bloodrayne available via Steam.
    • Bully grabs the coveted Teen rating from the ESRB.
    • BioWare developing for the DS.
    • Microsoft offers free repairs/refunds for defective launch 360s.
    • ESRB must play every game in its entirety says proposed legislation.
    • 1.1 million Lego Star Wars II sold.
    • Oblivion coming to the PS3.
    • South Park gets hooked on World of Warcraft.
  • 00:37:16 Game Review: Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime for the Nintendo DS.
  • 00:41:46 RetroReview: Shining Force for the Genesis and GameBoy Advance.
  • 00:47:08 Making The Game: A new special feature where I explain what it takes to make a video game from beginning to end. This week, what do publishers want?
  • 00:54:34 “Name That Game!” contest winner from last week, a new clip, and the always cool prize!
  • 00:57:55 Show Mail: I answer your questions … sort of.
  • 01:01:26 Final Thoughts: Love that Puzzle Pirates.

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Dead RisingSo why was E3 really scaled back, and what the heck is XNA? All of this and more on this week’s show! Oh yeah, and more information on how to write for the site.

Gaming Steve Episode 58 Program

  • 00:05:06 Game News:
    • Goodbye Computer Gaming World, hello Microsoft.
    • Big surprise, Spore is heading to consoles.
    • Downloadable content is making a mint.
    • Bioware gets MMOG middleware.
    • Spore delayed again.
    • The analysts’ were wrong (again), game sales are better than ever.
    • Ho hum, Blizzard bans a mere 59,000 WoW accounts.
    • World of Datecraft?
    • Card-arcade hybrid heading to the DS.
    • Japanese buy 10 million DSes.
    • RIP E3 … we will miss you.
  • 00:42:15 Interview: Chris Satchell, General Manager of Game Development for Microsoft chats about XNA.
  • 00:55:59 Review: Dead Rising for the Xbox 360.
  • 01:04:57 “Name That Game!” contest winner from last week, a new clip, and the always cool prize!
  • 01:07:32 Show Mail: I answer your audio questions.
  • 01:31:12 Final Thoughts: Make sure to check out the new Caesar IV demo.

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