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Gaming Podcast 163: Arcade, Beer and Ribs

March 2nd, 2010 by Derrick Schommer · 8 Comments

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This weeks gaming podcast is epic, as per the usual, we had some really thought out community comments about DRM, game history on Krull and a bit of history on D. Gottleib & Co. This weeks news includes:

And, our question of the week, would you give up your job to be a video game tester?

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  • 1 IvanNo Gravatar // Mar 2, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Well I do really like my job and plan to continue working in the field of surveying & GIS. But if I was granted the opportunity to become a game tester for Valve or Bungie then I would seriously consider it. When I was younger I basically had a full time job not playing halo 2 but testing for any bugs or glitches I could find.

    Funny side story
    My sister goes to Murdoch University and one of her mates Grant is currently studies Law with no ambitions or interests in Law just that his parents wanted him to. Even so Grant is really smart and a real nerd when it comes to games (his brain is Wiki Videogames). Anyway his family knows a lot of people and found himself having dinner with the Australian CEO of EA games, the man was explaining how EA have had a really bad year and Grant gave him run down on the reasons why. @ the end of the night. The EA Ceo was amazed at Grants knowledge and ideas and said that he could really do with some one like meet around the office and offered him to be his personal assistant. Grant responded saying “ Naa I don’t really wanna move out of home”……………. My sister and I have come to the conclusion that Grant is a Retarded. (Grant is now also studying a Major in Japanese….. so he can pick up Asians)

  • 2 Jonah FalconNo Gravatar // Mar 2, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    Fortunately for launch owners, the time clock bug self-corrected.

  • 3 Jonah FalconNo Gravatar // Mar 3, 2010 at 12:31 am

    hahaha. Guys, GFWL is Games for Windows Live, Microsoft’s PC version of Xbox Live.

  • 4 Herr_AlienNo Gravatar // Mar 3, 2010 at 5:38 am

    Lol, loved how this show started 😀

    @The Nintendo Wii being picked on again:
    Derrick, you do have a point there. The DICE guy is a bit out of his league. You can’t ask

    @WoW authenticator:
    Oh man :))
    Thing is even communication based on SSL is not secure, and again, the issue is the Man In The Middle.
    I guess Blizzard is finding out how it feels to be No. 1 in a market. It’s the same reason why there are more viruses for Windows than for MAC.

    @StarCraft II
    I would not cancel my vacation to play Starcraft II. Or any other game.

    @D&D online
    It’s quite interesting, this could become a very successful model.
    Derrick, the post says “growing the franchise’s revenue over 500% since its launch in September.”

    Let’s wait and see.

    @Question of the week:
    When I did some testing (for game mods) I was more interested in finding game play bugs, rather than find that one place in the floor where I could fall out of the map.
    Something tells me that this kind of more technical tests (find collision issues etc.) is part of the job requirement, and I don’t like that too much.

  • 5 eni_No Gravatar // Mar 5, 2010 at 7:39 am

    In answer to the question of the week… Yes, immediately. Without a second thought.
    That might have something to do with the fact that I’m currently unemployed, and a student (bring on the debt), but I’ve ‘taken’ a lot from the gaming industry by way of playing the games a lot, and I haven’t ever been involved in modding or the like, so I rather enjoy the idea of giving something back to the industry (other than money, obviously).

    On the PS3 clock-failure problem;
    I think it made news in the first place because of the pure geekiness of the problem, many people (myself included) find that type of fault very interesting.
    It’s not that people consider the fault to be on par with the faults that plagued, and continue to plague, the 360 (which are in many ways completely inexcusable) it is simply that it is a new, and more interesting, fault than the one associated with the 360, which is simply down to God-awful design.
    As I consider myself a PC gamer with a purely academic interest in console gaming, and therefore have little or no emotional attachment to any of the current gen. consoles, I tend to rank them on Reliability and Versatility, rather than the number of games released for them. Which is why I always tend to prefer the PS3 in the commonplace ‘Which console is best?’ arguments, due to the fact that it is highly reliable and has the added bonus of the BluRay player (which is counted as one of the best BluRay players for it’s price bracket, even when compared to standalone models).

    As always, the podcast was brilliant, cheers and peace.

  • 6 jonahfalconNo Gravatar // Mar 5, 2010 at 11:47 am

    “The DICE guy is a bit out of his league. ”

    Wrong. He’s very knowledgeable. The problem is that the guys took his response out of context.

    He was asked if he’d ever develop a game for the Wii. His answer:

    ”If I got paid to develop a Wii game I would do it. I would not put an original IP on the Wii today unless I thought I had an absolute home run.”

    When asked why, he answered correctly:

    Third. Party. Games. Don’t. Sell. On. The. Wii. They just don’t, for the reason he gave: people buy the Wii because it’s a cool toy, not because of the games you can buy – just the stuff that comes with it.

  • 7 TristanNo Gravatar // Mar 8, 2010 at 1:06 am

    QotW: yes, but I guess I’m in a similar position to eni. Although I am employed, I have a pretty boring and repatative job so spending hours doing boring bugtesting is hardly much worse that what I do now, with the added benifit of not having to deal with customers hopefully.

    Also nice context Jonah tot he DICE quote. It always makes me wonder how many other out-of-context quotes and propoganda I believe when I see this sort of reporting. I must admit I thought the DICE guy must have a screw loose before I read the context you provided.

  • 8 Herr_AlienNo Gravatar // Mar 8, 2010 at 3:20 am

    @jonahfalcon: My bad on the DICE guy in that case. Funny how one (missing) sentence changes things 🙂

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