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Gaming Podcast 164: Baby Seals

March 9th, 2010 by Derrick Schommer · 8 Comments

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This week we’ve refrained from beating baby seals to do a gaming podcast. Whatever that means, we’re busting through some great community feedback, cranking through the history of Boulder Dash, mashing through the game history on G.O.D – Gathering of Developers while hitting up the game news of the week:

  • Portal 2 has been announced
  • Ubisoft’s new DRM fails (big surprise)
  • Ubisoft’s DRM cracked
  • Steam Coming to the Mac
  • Microsoft looking for a 360 motherboard designer

This weeks question of the week, what world environment would you like to see your favorite game sequel take place in?

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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jonah FalconNo Gravatar // Mar 9, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    Actually, the DRM servers didn’t go down – they were attacked by hackers with a denial of service attack.

  • 2 Jonah FalconNo Gravatar // Mar 9, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    Derrick? Is Mario Kart a THIRD PARTY title? Name a successful third party title on the Wii.

  • 3 Jonah FalconNo Gravatar // Mar 9, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    World of Goo appeared on WiiWare. And are you saying ALL third party developers are idiots? ALL of them?

  • 4 IvanNo Gravatar // Mar 9, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    Portal is awesome, i extremely enjoyed my 6-8hrs of game play. (1hrs being simply entertain with a ceiling and floor portal going zoom zoom!.) portal taught me to never give up on life cuz there is cake @ the end.

  • 5 Derrick SchommerNo Gravatar // Mar 9, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    I never said Mario Kart is a third party title. I clearly kept this separate to avoid such a comment. Any developer that truly understands the audience can be successful.

    Just because the label says “Nintendo” does not make it a hit. The game has to kick ass and be fun, addictive and great for the entire family. Nintendo knows this, that’s how they sell games.

    Third parties that are publishing for it haven’t seem to figure it out. Will the? I dunno. Perhaps someday a company will come along and make a recipe that works as Nintendo clearly can do. It’s not a 100% successful smash hit (i.e. Zelda) but they know their target well for the most part, why is it ONLY they can do it? It’s not magic. It’s not ultimate He-Man powers….

  • 6 Derrick SchommerNo Gravatar // Mar 9, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    @Jonah, fyi, if the server is attacked by a DDOS and won’t service requests most of us call that “down.”

    There are ways to get around this problem that could have rendered this moot in a matter of seconds, but they didn’t take action on that–stupid. If your entire DRM solution revolves around staying up and you didn’t think a hacker group or whatnot was going to “prove” the DRM solution is fallible by DDOSING then the person that made (or didn’t make) the decision should be fired.

  • 7 IvanNo Gravatar // Mar 10, 2010 at 12:51 am

    Also I would like to quote “i hate Itunes.”

  • 8 Herr_AlienNo Gravatar // Mar 10, 2010 at 4:05 am

    … Jennifer’s got a cold? She sure sounds like that …

    @Ubisoft’s DRM
    ZOMG! What a big surprise! I didn’t see this one coming! … NOT!!
    If you have ONE server (or ONE GROUP of servers) that is supposed to keep a permanent connection to your customer, that’s the single point of failure. You can bet any of your body parts that somebody WILL attack it.

    As for it being cracked, well, as an Eastern European, I didn’t see this one comming 😀

    As for limitations … come on … a good crack will provide the full game experience. You can bet that the people that make them cracks make sure you can play the game to its full extent.

    Now, if UBISOFT’s plan is to rack some money, they’re doing it wrong.
    But … but … if their plan is to kill the PC gaming market, they’re doing it right.

    @Steam for Macs:
    Well, I think the mechanism there is that you pay for the game.
    With Steam, you can install a game you payed for on any number of computers, and play it from any of them. However, you can’t play from two computers at the same time, with the same Steam account.
    Now, as for having the game on both PC and Mac, I belive that’s just an extension of what I said above. You own the game, regardless of the OS the current computer is running.

    And Valve comming for Macs, it was bound to happen, it’s an extra market segment.

    And yes, people still play CS.

    @MSFT and XBox 36a0 mobo:
    I guess they want to make cheaper XBoxes, without the RROD issues. That may end up to a full re-design.

    Sorry for leaving that sentence hanging last week, the one about the DICE guy doing games for Wii 🙂
    What I wanted to say is that it’s hard to ask somebody who designs hardcore games to make casual or sport games. You’d end up with a baseball game that uses hand grenades for balls and M4 carbines for bats, military grade helmets and kevlar vests for protective equipment …
    Wait… I should patent that …

    Well … you have a point. Selling the company does point out that they were in for the money. And that would mean that posing as ‘indie friendly’ was just to get the developers …

    @Question of the week:
    I’d like to see the next STALKER game focusing on the interface between The Zone and the rest of the world. Like the mechanism of sneaking into the zone, smuggling out artefacts, stuff like that.

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