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.

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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.

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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”.

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Guild WarsWelcome to my first interview podcast for 2006 where I got the chance to sit down with Jeff Strain, Founder and President of ArenaNet, and makers of the hugely successful Guild Wars.

During our talk we discuss the upcoming expansion Guild Wars: Factions, Jeff’s thinking behind creating a dynamically generated MMO world, the technology behind their worldwide servers and content streaming system, the upcoming schedule for new future content, as well as much more. Enjoy!

Gaming Steve Episode 34 Program

  • 00:03:16 GameTalk: Interview with Jeff Strain from ArenaNet, the makers of Guild Wars.
  • 00:31:00 Show Mail: I answer your audio and email questions.
  • 01:09:00 Final Thoughts on my contest from last week, the new Gaming Steve T-shirts, and what I’m currently playing.

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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?

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Rise of Legends Alim CityIn the last Gaming Steve of 2005 I sit down with the Vice President of Big Huge Games, Tim Train (Civilization, Master of Orion, Alpha Centauri). Big Huge Games made the excellent Rise of Nations and is hard at work on the upcoming RTS Rise of Legends.

In the interview we cover the game’s unique setting, issues we both had with Alpha Centauri, how the RTS genre is evolving, playing Magic: The Gathering, how to balance a complex RTS, the very cool Rise of Legends single-player campaign, the why the director’s cut of the movie Aliens really stinks. Oh yeah, and I also go over my best games of 2005. Enjoy!

Gaming Steve Episode 32 Program

  • 00:03:14 GameTalk: Interview with Tim Train from Big Huge Games, the makers of the upcoming Rise of Legends.
  • 01:13:41 Special Feature: The best games of 2005.
  • 01:51:08 Final Thoughts on what 2006 will bring us and farewell until then!

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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.

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Spore Fire Tribetools Level 1I’m back from vacation with a monster episode and a little bit of everything. Exclusive Spore design artwork (with more to come!), I take answer your questions, I review the 360 and more!

Gaming Steve Episode 30 Program

  • 00:02:35 Game News:
    • Xbox 360 has rocky start at retail.
    • Revolution to be unveiled in May.
    • Ten most violent games named.
    • Stainless Steel Studios and Digital Anvil are melted down.
    • Xbox 360 lands across the pond.
    • Defective 360s? Here comes the lawsuits.
    • Illinois game laws overturned.
    • ESRB fails the grade.
    • EA swallows Jamdat.
    • Clinton introducing federal game regulation.
  • 00:36:00 GameTalk: The end of games as we know it?
  • 00:56:27 SporeTalk: A look at my exclusive Spore artwork and the evolution of design.
  • 01:04:43 Game Review: The Xbox 360 system.
  • 01:33:42 RetroReview: Coleco Telstar systems.
  • 01:43:31 “Name That Game!” contest winner from last week, a new clip, and a mystery prize!
  • 01:47:52 Show Mail: I answer your audio questions.
  • 02:09:22 Final Thoughts on the T-Shirt design contest and playing games while on vacation.

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Auto AssaultIn this special Gaming Steve episode I sit down with Scott Brown and Ryan Seabury from NetDevil, the makers of the upcoming Auto Assault. In the interview we cover the game’s setting, the three player races, the character creation process, new features in the public Beta, the crafting, the weapons, the cars, and the oh-so-much-fun mindless destruction. Enjoy!

Gaming Steve Episode 29 Program

  • 00:07:04 GameTalk: Interview with Scott Brown and Ryan Seabury from NetDevil, the makers of the upcoming Auto Assault.
  • 00:28:52 Show Mail: I answer your gaming questions.
  • 00:45:04 Final Thoughts on developing games in chilly Colorado.

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Xbox 360 Big Time FansThis week’s episode is a “super special episode” as I cover the worldwide launch of the Xbox 360 at Best Buy in Midtown Manhattan. If you think you’re a hardcore gamer wait until you meet these guys. They waited in the freezing cold and rain, many for upwards of 20+ hours, just so that they could buy an Xbox 360 12:01 AM Tuesday morning. Check it out:

Gaming Steve Episode 28 Program

  • 00:02:50 Talking with the guys waiting in line.
  • 00:16:15 Chatting it up with the Best Buy Geek Squad.
  • 00:20:18 The pre-sale employee “psych up” meeting.
  • 00:21:35 The doors open, and the madness begins.
  • 00:29:23 Wrap up of the big event, time to get some sleep.

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