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Episode 292: Goodbye 2012

January 1st, 2013 by jonahfalcon · 6 Comments

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This double stuffed episode makes up for last week’s week off, even without Paul in the podcast.

The news covers the following items:

  • Sony stops shipping PlayStation 2 in Japan
  • WWE may not get $45M owed by THQ for license
  • Asheron’s Call 2 returns

They then covered the top stories of the year, which leads to the Question of the Week, “What was the biggest news item in 2012?”

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  • 1 Retro GamerNo Gravatar // Jan 3, 2013 at 6:05 am

    That one guy saying ps2 had “no good games” is an idiot, i never played shadow of the Colossus or ICO but i now own them on PS3 and know they are regarded as great, I like Killzone on PS2 for that system for it’s specs. however metal gear solid 2 killed it in its day and MGS 3 was considered great. Ratchet and clank and Jak and daxter games started on PS2 as well as Killzone. Red Faction got it’s start on PS2. I thought Twisted metal black was a solid game. Game cube and Xbox offered unique gameplay ie resident evil remake and prequel and mario and friends for Gamecube and poopy fps games for Xbox other than halo and fable being it’s little too late good game, also jade empire and KOTOR were overlooked by some. But i think when you consider Gamecubes weak start, and Xbox’s weak start and lack of solid games, they will think fondly of when PS2 was there main system for even just a little while, and smile with a fond memory.

  • 2 Retro GamerNo Gravatar // Jan 3, 2013 at 6:07 am

    Their** main system

  • 3 Retro GamerNo Gravatar // Jan 3, 2013 at 6:21 am

    Also the devil may cry series, it had a co op resident evil game i always wanted to play but never did (4 player zombie co op ahead of it’s time) it had wipeout i believe but i never played till psp. It’s a good racing game. It had some crash bandicoot games thatr were decent platformers, and some good 3rd party support (that should be a joke it had huge 3rd party support but def some crap games in there). But def some “gems” too, like the onimusha series which i wish they would remake in hd, cuz i only played the first one(was a broke kid)

  • 4 Arthur VNo Gravatar // Jan 6, 2013 at 6:29 am

    @PS2 stops shipping

    It is far from the end of the PS2. When I was leaving Russia in 2004, the top consoles there were PS1 and Sega MegaDrive. PS2 was priced above anyones budget and it was impossible to find one in stores. On the other hand, UK had Xbox, PS2 and Gamecube. Therefore, I expect that PS2 will stop officially selling in 1st world places, but move on to BRICKs. China still stamps out Sega MegaDrives for sale in the ex-soviet states.


    I stopped caring for WW games. They were so cool in the PS1 days of Smackdown. But eventually evolved into FIFA style year-on updates. It’s just not the same anymore.

    To be honest, none of stories look that big to me. Nintendo made a disappointing launch of the new generation. Racism and Sexism in a gaming industry where 90% of leading characters are white men. Some people I never heard of left. Some companies I never cared for shut down. If I am to choose one, I will go for PS2 breathing it’s Japanese last. A golden era of gaming is coming to a close. A time when games were unique and innovative. It will be missed.

  • 5 HanzKrebsNo Gravatar // Jan 6, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    @PS2 stopped shipping in Japan:
    RIP ps2, you had an awesome run!

    i think that 2012 was not that big for gaming industries, with the recovery from the recession and stuff, it was relatively a slow year. new halo, new cod, the only 2 things that got my attention was borderlands 2 and battlefield 4 announced.
    and of course, the THQ’s bankurrupcy (please correct)

  • 6 Herr_AlienNo Gravatar // Jan 8, 2013 at 3:50 am

    … and I’m back from my almost internet-less vacation.

    @Sony stops shipping PlayStation 2 in Japan and @Arthur V
    I think it is the last breath for the console. Sure, current owners will still play their games, heck Cry is doing a let’s play for Haunting Grounds, so PS2 gaming will continue. But not for long. The death spiral starts when people stop developing for it, and I think this started earlier.

    As for letting go of old hardware, dunno. Nostalgia does play a part, at least for consumers; I mean there are no other costs for owning an old console, so unless you want to raise some money or free some space, why ditch it?

    @WWE may not get $45M owed by THQ for license
    Meh, not a fan of those games. But THQ bankrupt? Man, I guess I have been living under a rock. Just went through the news, apparently the judge denied the bankruptcy plan.
    In the light of that then yeah, I guess what Dan said is right, the Humble Bundle was a desperate ate attempt to get some money.

    As for games published by a bankrupt THQ and with support of crowd funding, I would love to see how THAT would pan out in case the judge rules on denying the bankruptcy and auctioning the assets of the company …

    Oh, apparently the assets will be sold title by title after all …

    @QOTW: the bankruptcy of GSC Games, Ukraine.
    The first game I played from them was Codename: Outbreak, and I was impressed by it despite its minor flaws. The STALKER games were also dear to me, and were proof that Outbreak was not a fluke.
    I was excited by the announcements of STALKER 2, and in my eyes the company was golden.
    Then they announced they went bankrupt.

    Anyway, I think I know what will be the biggest news in 2013-2014: PS Vita and WiiU sales fail to meet expectations. Oh wait, this already happened … silly me …

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