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Title: Episode 38 Posted
Post by: Gaming Steve on February 14, 2006, 11:36:48 pm
This 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

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Title: Re: Episode 38 Posted
Post by: Mangerman on February 14, 2006, 11:44:50 pm
AAAhw, i just need to go to school right now, so i have to wait until i am back home :(
Title: Re: Episode 38 Posted
Post by: Martham112 on February 14, 2006, 11:50:07 pm
Listening right now.
Title: Re: Episode 38 Posted
Post by: UndeadScottsman on February 15, 2006, 12:38:09 am
Since I can't post comments apparently
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Just want to clear up some stuff on the Half-Life 2: Episode 1 thing.

Originally it was titled "Half-Life 2: Aftermath," and initial price statement was 12.99 (Though it has been speculated that it was the "pre-ordered" price, and it would be a 13 dollar preorder, 15 dollar normal price on Steam).  It was always mentioned as being episodic though.  (An article in the September issue of CGW even talked about what they're thinking about for the next episode.)

The original statement was that the would put out one of these episodes every three months (CGW article), but considering this is Valve, I'll be surprised if they stick to that release schedule, especially considering how long they've been working on Aftermath. :D  The  episode was said to be "3-4 hours" "1/3rd as long as Half-Life 2" and "Around five hours" (Gabe’s FAQ) so I'm guessing mileage will vary.

Originally it was ambigious on whether or not it'll get a retail release or just be Steam only, but since then we've seen listing for a retail package that Valve clarified that would contain Aftermath, Half-Life 2: Deathmatch and Half-Life: Source Deathmath, for $20 bucks.  This would be available by April 24th. (Teamkiller Article)

Now, the gaming press kept calling Aftermath an expansion and not an episode, which I'm guessing is what prompted Valve to rename it to "Episode 1."  Personally I think the name pales compared to "Aftermath" but whatever I guess.  Whether or not the prior information on Aftermath applies to Episode 1 is unknown.

Sources:
Gabe’s FAQ: http://developer.valvesoftware.com/wiki/Gabe_Newell%27s_FAQ
CGW September 2005 Article:  Not online, unfortunately.
Teamkiller Article: http://tkv2.teamkilled.net/display/article/half-life-2-aftermath-platinum-price/
I couldn’t find sources for the original price, nor a few of the length estimates, but since they’re probably out of date anyway, I guess that doesn’t matter :D

I hope you found this post useful :D
Title: Re: Episode 38 Posted
Post by: UndeadScottsman on February 15, 2006, 01:07:48 am
Oh, and are you sure about your RTS dates?  Everything I've seen points to Warcraft I being released in 1994. (Gamespot's History of RTS article, and wikipedia amoung the two that I could find the quickest.)  It's still beaten to the punch by Dune II (released in 1992 like you said), but it looks like it did in fact come out before Command and Conquer in 1995.  (And I'm pretty sure Blizzard didn't generate Warcraft II in less than 10 or 11 months,  and since it came out in 1995, that would definantly put WC1's date somewhere in 1994)

EDIT: Whoops, here's a link to the Gamespot article: http://www.gamespot.com/gamespot/features/all/real_time/

EDIT2: Okay, finished the podcast.  Another good one.  I especially loved the review of Darwinia (I'm always glad to see that game get more press) and I agree with you that it was a little on the short side. (Still, I would have bought it $40 bucks like I did even knowing how short it was.).

BTW, did you hear that Will Wright isn't just speaking at GDC?  He's doing the Keynote speech for GDC! http://www.gamesindustry.biz/content_page.php?aid=14716

I can't wait. :D
Title: Re: Episode 38 Posted
Post by: Lord Janos on February 15, 2006, 05:28:54 am
Just listened to it - thanks for answering my question on Oblivion Steve - I'm looking forward to the next episode with the interview with Bethesda. 
Title: Re: Episode 38 Posted
Post by: Krakow Sam on February 15, 2006, 07:23:56 am
As a fellow Angle i must remark on the fact that you sounded a little Australian when asking your question... are you an ex-pat or is it just a product of audio inaccuracy?
Title: Re: Episode 38 Posted
Post by: Gaming Steve on February 15, 2006, 07:55:10 am
Oh, and are you sure about your RTS dates?  Everything I've seen points to Warcraft I being released in 1994. (Gamespot's History of RTS article, and wikipedia amoung the two that I could find the quickest.)  It's still beaten to the punch by Dune II (released in 1992 like you said), but it looks like it did in fact come out before Command and Conquer in 1995.  (And I'm pretty sure Blizzard didn't generate Warcraft II in less than 10 or 11 months,  and since it came out in 1995, that would definantly put WC1's date somewhere in 1994)

Opps, you are correct. Warcraft did come out in 1994 and not 1996. Crap, I thought my memory was playing tricks on me when I said that, oh well, I will mention this one in the next podcast and fix my mistake. Either way what else I said is still true, that Warcraft I was good, but it lacked in many areas. Command & Conquer was really a huge step in the RTS genre (as was Warcraft II).
Title: Re: Episode 38 Posted
Post by: Lord Janos on February 15, 2006, 11:07:25 am
As a fellow Angle i must remark on the fact that you sounded a little Australian when asking your question... are you an ex-pat or is it just a product of audio inaccuracy?

I'm part New Zealand, so maybe that's why i have a hint of an accent - people remark on it from time to time!
Title: Re: Episode 38 Posted
Post by: Mr. Wizard on February 15, 2006, 01:41:20 pm
Oblivions Collector Edition contains a DVD that has stuff like a "Making Of" movies on it. The trailer is on their website. It also come with a metal "Drake" coin from the world it is set in. I can't remember what else.

The devs talk about in this Developer Diary. (http://www.elderscrolls.com/codex/team_obliv_cediary.htm) By the demon PR manager Pete Hines.


EDIT: Hey! I finished the show and you didn't say anything of the big, exciting thing that will get you a million listeners! You had me hanging and then you don't say anything! What's the deal!
Title: Re: Episode 38 Posted
Post by: OmniOck on February 15, 2006, 03:22:34 pm
To awnser Steave's question about gaming slow-downs. Yeah, I have been in one for a while now. I just, do the internet thing and waste the time trying to find somthing entertaining.
Title: Re: Episode 38 Posted
Post by: Gaming Steve on February 15, 2006, 07:44:06 pm
EDIT: Hey! I finished the show and you didn't say anything of the big, exciting thing that will get you a million listeners! You had me hanging and then you don't say anything! What's the deal!

I can't, but it's still in "the works". Once it gets past a certain stage (perhaps in as few as a couple of weeks, perhaps a few months) I can give you guys all the details. But right now ... you will have to patient.
Title: Re: Episode 38 Posted
Post by: Oviraptor on February 15, 2006, 07:47:57 pm
Well, now I'm MORE curious. Figures that the human brain would work that way. When you DO reveal it, I will be listening intently. :)
Title: Re: Episode 38 Posted
Post by: Martham112 on February 16, 2006, 03:40:06 am
Is it live radio?
Title: Re: Episode 38 Posted
Post by: Krakow Sam on February 16, 2006, 04:13:57 am
You think Steve has time to do a live radio show?
Quote: "the hardest working man in the games industry"
Title: Re: Episode 38 Posted
Post by: UndeadScottsman on February 16, 2006, 10:48:17 am
Is it live radio?


I still say Blizzard is cooking up some sort of news podcast distributer through WoW and that Steve, being friends with a lot of people at Blizzard, is going to be one of the podscasts that it will distribute.  Crazy speculation yes, but it WOULD reach millions of people :D
Title: Re: Episode 38 Posted
Post by: Danzik on February 16, 2006, 11:05:09 am
Is it live radio?


I still say Blizzard is cooking up some sort of news podcast distributer through WoW and that Steve, being friends with a lot of people at Blizzard, is going to be one of the podscasts that it will distribute.  Crazy speculation yes, but it WOULD reach millions of people :D

That is a really good thought there.  The qualifying statment is "millions" and that theory fits.  Been meaning to examine this closer but just haven't had the time.
Title: Re: Episode 38 Posted
Post by: Cool AN on February 16, 2006, 02:36:59 pm
Great episode, as always.
Title: Re: Episode 38 Posted
Post by: Mr. Wizard on February 16, 2006, 03:02:33 pm
EDIT: Hey! I finished the show and you didn't say anything of the big, exciting thing that will get you a million listeners! You had me hanging and then you don't say anything! What's the deal!

I can't, but it's still in "the works". Once it gets past a certain stage (perhaps in as few as a couple of weeks, perhaps a few months) I can give you guys all the details. But right now ... you will have to patient.

(http://www.imgcity.net/server/primary/Misc-JesusThanks.jpg)
Title: Re: Episode 38 Posted
Post by: Piloteer on February 16, 2006, 08:53:36 pm
EDIT: Hey! I finished the show and you didn't say anything of the big, exciting thing that will get you a million listeners! You had me hanging and then you don't say anything! What's the deal!

I can't, but it's still in "the works". Once it gets past a certain stage (perhaps in as few as a couple of weeks, perhaps a few months) I can give you guys all the details. But right now ... you will have to patient.

I wonder if its related to Spore?
Title: Re: Episode 38 Posted
Post by: Vivec on February 16, 2006, 08:54:28 pm
EDIT: Hey! I finished the show and you didn't say anything of the big, exciting thing that will get you a million listeners! You had me hanging and then you don't say anything! What's the deal!
I can't, but it's still in "the works". Once it gets past a certain stage (perhaps in as few as a couple of weeks, perhaps a few months) I can give you guys all the details. But right now ... you will have to patient.
I wonder if its related to Spore?

It would be funny if it was something totally lame, like a guy in a chicken suit or something.
Title: Re: Episode 38 Posted
Post by: jedi55555 on February 18, 2006, 09:55:23 pm
As far as Crystal Quest, I like it.  I like both versions, the old and the new version.  My favorite variation though is the new version with the Sketch skin and synth sounds.  It is a kinda cool idea to have update packs that are fairly cheap because they got me and I bought most of them.  And just to let anyone know, the Nano pack isn't that great but the Sketch is wonderful.  I haven't tried the animal sounds yet.
Title: Re: Episode 38 Posted
Post by: Mr. Wizard on February 19, 2006, 12:49:02 am
As far as Crystal Quest, I like it.  I like both versions, the old and the new version.  My favorite variation though is the new version with the Sketch skin and synth sounds.  It is a kinda cool idea to have update packs that are fairly cheap because they got me and I bought most of them.  And just to let anyone know, the Nano pack isn't that great but the Sketch is wonderful.  I haven't tried the animal sounds yet.

I read that and that sounded nothing like how the old one was. Describe the classic game to me please, it sounds different.
Title: Re: Episode 38 Posted
Post by: Heartless_ on February 19, 2006, 08:08:53 am
As long as it does not invovle G4 TV I will be happy.  If it does then I will cry myself to sleep many a night...

Title: Re: Episode 38 Posted
Post by: Sander Scamper on February 20, 2006, 01:41:58 am
Episode 42: The big secret revealed! Gaming Steve cohosting with...Uwe Boll!
Title: Re: Episode 38 Posted
Post by: uber fragger on February 21, 2006, 08:08:28 pm
Why is there more PSP bashing  ??? :(
Title: Re: Episode 38 Posted
Post by: Gaming Steve on February 21, 2006, 08:59:23 pm
Episode 42: The big secret revealed! Gaming Steve cohosting with...Uwe Boll!

Wow, that actually would be cool ... but it's not that.