Game Politics.comAs many of you out there are probably aware the gaming community has been under attack yet again, only this time the stakes have been significantly raised. A few weeks ago it was discovered that there may or may not have been hidden sex scenes and mini-games in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. This discovery had brought the politicians and watchdog groups out in droves and has caused a serious investigation by the ESRB ratings board.

Because of the serious impact this could have across the entire industry I thought we should investigate this issue more closely and discuss the larger issues at stake. In this special edition of Gaming Steve I speak with Dennis McCauley from GamePolitics.com who was instrumental in breaking this story and has written extensively about this topic. In this episode of Gaming Steve Dennis and I speak about:

  • Dennis McCauley’s web site GamePolitics.com and why he started this very interesting web site.
  • The “Hot Coffee” mod in general.
  • What is the status of the ESRB investigation into this matter.
  • What was the response from Rockstar and Take Two Interactive.
  • How this content may affect the entire gaming industry, even if it wasn’t part of the original game.
  • How the ESRB rating differ from the MPAA movie ratings.
  • Here come the politicians … and will they ever stop lambasting GTA and violent video games?

Get the podcast from this page (40 minutes): Gaming Steve Episode 17.

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No One Lives ForeverYou want your podcast? You’ll get your podcast! Check out the latest podcast goodness:

  • Help out on the Gaming Steve website, if you dare!
  • Microsoft and Nintendo, strange bedfellows indeed.
  • The Justice League of America … coming to a console near you.
  • Let the Madden madness begin!
  • Chip an Xbox, pay the man.
  • Gaming addicts get their own clinic.
  • PS3 to sell for $399, cost $494 to make.
  • BlizzCon buzzes into town.
  • GameTalk: The ESRB under fire.
  • SporeTalk: What to expect in the upcoming months.
  • In-depth review of Laser Squad Nemesis for the PC.
  • RetroReview: The Operative: No One Lives Forever for the PC.
  • “Name That Game!” contest winner from last week, a new clip, and a new prize!
  • Upcoming game releases.
  • Plus some more random thoughts on slow gaming summer.

Get the podcast from this page (92 minutes): Gaming Steve Episode 16.

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Total AnnihilationSo the long, slow, hot days of Summer are upon us, what better time to listen to the latest show, where I cover:

  • Halo the movie … the Microsoft way or no way!
  • More Resident Evil movies planned.
  • World of Warcraft keeps growing and growing…
  • The Matrix Online … sold!
  • Don’t buy this violent video game, even though it’s not out yet and nobody has played it.
  • THQ to publish Supreme Commander, hell yeah!
  • Some interesting game releases this week.
  • GameTalk: How to get a job in the game industry — Part 2.
  • SporeTalk: So … now what?
  • Quicktake: Early impressions of Dungeon Siege II for the PC.
  • In-depth review of Kirby: Canvas Curse for the Nintendo DS.
  • RetroReview: Total Annihilation for the PC.
  • “Name That Game!” contest winner from last week, a new clip, and a new prize!
  • Plus some more random thoughts on playing older games.

Get the podcast from this page (87 minutes): Gaming Steve Episode 15.

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Spore Oceanworld

Here it is, part two of my interview with gaming legend Will Wright where we talk more about Spore. In addition to the interview I also cover:

  • Sony ships 90 milllllllllion PS2s.
  • Microsoft just loves losing money on the Xbox.
  • Anti-game bill nearly law.
  • Nintendogs causes DS sales to soar.
  • Blizzard keeps on banning.
  • GameTalk: How to get a job in the game industry.
  • SporeTalk: Part two of my interview with Will Wright (Warning: This is pretty hard to understand, but the complete interview transcript is listed as well).
  • In-depth review of Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones for the GameBoy Advance.
  • RetroReview: Conker’s Bad Fur Day for the Nintendo 64.
  • “Name That Game!” contest winner from last week and a new clip.
  • Plus some more random thoughts on the future of PC gaming.

Get the podcast from this page (87 minutes): Gaming Steve Episode 14.

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Will Wright and Gaming Steve

Here it is, the podcast where I sit down with gaming legend Will Wright and talk to him about Spore. In addition to the interview with Will I also cover:

  • I wrap up the various games I saw at E3 this year.
  • GameTalk: Who “won” and “lost” at E3?
  • SporeTalk: Part one of my interview with Will Wright (Warning: This is pretty hard to understand, but the transcript is in this post as well).
  • In-depth review of Guild Wars for the PC.
  • RetroReview: Civilization for the PC.
  • “Name That Game!” contest winner from last week and a new clip.
  • Plus some more random thoughts on E3 and a small preview of part two of my interview with Will Wright.

Get the podcast from this page (79 minutes): Gaming Steve Episode 13.

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The Elder Scrolls IV: OblivionIn this special epsiode of Gaming Steve I cover the first day of E3 2005 including:

  • Getting through the lines.
  • Xbox 360 booth and games — boom or bust?
  • PS3 demo — boom or bust?
  • Is Spore anywhere at the E3 booth?
  • Starcraft: Ghost impressions.
  • Guild Wars update.
  • City of Villains impressions.
  • Hellgate: London impressions.
  • Rise of Legends Rise of Nations impressions.
  • Dungeon Siege II impressions.
  • Age of Empires III impressions.
  • Black & White 2 impressions.
  • Heroes of Might & Magic V impressions.
  • The Outfit impressions.
  • Time for sleep.

Get the podcast from this page (42 minutes): Gaming Steve Episode 12.

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Xbox 360 LogoOh yeah, I’m back in business with an extra-large pre-E3 Gaming Steve podcast where I cover:

  • Xbox 360 is finally revealed … let the console wars begin!
  • What games are coming out for the Xbox 360?
  • The Xbox 360 sure is powerful.
  • Sony tries to steal some of Microsoft’s thunder.
  • Nintendo reminds us that they’re still around.
  • Sly 3 goes 3D.
  • DS Superstar Saga 2?
  • Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories new PSP title?
  • World of Warcraft Battlegrounds in testing.
  • GameTalk: The E3 Survival Guide.
  • SporeTalk: If Spore is going to be shown behind closed doors at E3 what does that mean?
  • Quicktake: Early impressions of Guild Wars for the PC.
  • In-depth review of Psychonauts for the Xbox.
  • RetroReview: Maniac Mansion 2: Day of the Tentacle for the PC.
  • “Name That Game!” contest winner from last week and a new clip.
  • Plus some more random thoughts on the upcoming E3.

Get the podcast from this page (79 minutes): Gaming Steve Episode 11.

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Empire Earth IIHey all, this week we have an “extra special episode” of Gaming Steve where I interview Michael G. Shapiro, the music composer for the newly released Empire Earth II. In addition you’ll find:

  • Intro music from Empire Earth II.
  • Turner announces GameTap.
  • The V-Chip is coming to video games.
  • The Nintendo DS keeps on selling.
  • GameTalk: Interview with TV, film, and game composer Michael G. Shapiro where we talk about his music background, how he got into the industry, the development process for composing the Empire Earth II soundtrack, helpful hints for up-and-coming composers, and what games does he enjoy?
  • “Name That Game!” contest winner from last week and a new clip.
  • Some more random thoughts on the daily craziness of Xbox 360 “news” items.
  • Closing music from the Empire Earth II soundtrack.

Get the podcast from this page (77 minutes): Gaming Steve Episode 10.

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The Minish CapHey all, sorry for the slight delay in getting this week’s show to you. But it is a dozy this week! Nearly an hour and a half long of Gaming Steve goodness where I cover:

  • EB Games and GameStop try to take over the world.
  • World of Warcraft has honor.
  • Nintendo Revolution comes and goes.
  • The two flavors of Xbox 360.
  • Microsoft serious about Xbox 360 and HD.
  • Sony Online to sell virtual property.
  • GameTalk: Highlights from the Games & Mobile Forum 2005.
  • SporeTalk: Why are the gaming magazines calling me?
  • Quicktake: Early impressions of Jade Empire for the Xbox and Psychonauts for the Xbox.
  • In-depth review of The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap for the GameBoy Advance.
  • RetroReview: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic for Xbox and PC.
  • “Name That Game!” contest winner from last week and a new clip.
  • Plus some more random thoughts on the upcoming E3.

Get the podcast from this page (86 minutes): Gaming Steve Episode 9.

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Metal Gear AcidAnother week, another podcast. Here’s the latest and greatest where I cover:

  • Sony and Microsoft dance around their new launches.
  • Xbox 360 name confirmed?
  • OurColony.net launched.
  • Half-Life 2 expansion pack announced.
  • GameTalk: Do Microsoft and Sony even need E3 anymore?
  • SporeTalk: What can possibly be put into a Spore expansion pack?
  • Quicktake: Early impressions of Jade Empire for the Xbox.
  • In-depth review of Metal Gear Acid for the PSP.
  • “Name That Game!” contest winner from last week and a new clip.
  • Plus some more random thoughts on “building excitement”.

Get the podcast from this page (61 minutes): Gaming Steve Episode 8.

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