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Episode 293: Master of the House

January 8th, 2013 by jonahfalcon · 2 Comments

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This week sees the return of Paul Nowak from his holiday vacation. There’s plenty of news items and some reader feedback, but also the return of Gaming History as the crew checks out the failed portable console, the Game.com.

The news for this week includes:

  • Age of Empires Online won’t be seeing any more content
  • Sony patents tech to stop used games and rentals
  • Major Nelson posts countdown to E3 Expo 2013
  • PvP mode for Diablo III delayed yet again
  • Telltale is in the very early stages of The Walking Dead Season 2

Finally, the Question of the Week is simple: “What did you do on your holiday break?”

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Tags: Diablo 3 · E3 · Episode · Industry News · Podcast · RTS · Show Notes · Sony

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  • 1 Herr_AlienNo Gravatar // Jan 10, 2013 at 4:05 am

    @Sony patents tech to stop used games and rentals
    So basically both the medium and the console will carry unique IDs. Those get sent to Sony where they get associated, then if the game gets played on a different console, with a different ID, what then? What happens to people who bought new consoles?

    Digital only is not a guarantee. In case of Steam, for example, you can create an account for one game, then share the account info. And if you also create an e-mail account specifically for it, then the game/Steam account/e-mail account can be re-sold easily.

    Backward compatibility is important. Heck, I still play games older than 10 years.

    @PvP mode for Diablo III delayed yet again
    Meh, who cares; I’m with Paul on this one.
    From all the games that I saw in 2012, it’s actually World of Tanks that still stays on my radar. Too bad I have a crappy connection and I can’t play it.
    Back to Diablo 3, even if I had a good connection, I wouldn’t buy it because of the DRM system. Just because I hate that kind of DRM.

    @Telltale is in the very early stages of The Walking Dead Season 2
    Didn’t play the first one, but during the night watches when the dog was recovering from surgery I watched some lets plays, and it looked very good. I mean people cried over it.
    If the second one is just as good, then the devs and publishers will make quite some money.

    Shooters being dead: dunno. Sure, you get more and more RPG games that use the first person perspective, but I wouldn’t call FPS-es dead. Not after Serious Sam 3.

    Man :), besides regular chores (cleaning up the place, help out with cooking for Christmas and New Years Eve meals), I got to make cakes: brownies, cheese rolls, and the New Years Eve cake … mmm, yummy …
    I also got to play board games with the close family, got to play Serious Sam 3 BFE (damn, I missed you Sam!) and Rush for Berlin. The second one actually caught me by surprise, it’s quite a fun and yet challenging game.

    Shortly, I enjoyed my holiday a lot.

  • 2 Arthur VNo Gravatar // Jan 13, 2013 at 6:07 am

    @It’s time to go to the A-O-E-O

    A bit stupid to offer premium content for free. Anyone who cares enough about extra content will play the game long enough to get it for free. People who don’t care won’t pay. Kind of defeats the purpose of freemium games.

    @Turning PS4 into a software prison

    They might as well sell PS4 with a slot for a modchip. This tech won’t stop people buying PS4 but they will crack it on purchase. I don’t think SONY will go through. Simply because any of it’s competitors (i.e. XBOX or WiiU) will gain all SONY looses if they stay DRM free. This will only work if everyone does it.


    Can’t wait for E3. I too think that the current gen has burned out. The gaming industry needs something fresh.

    @PVP in Diablo 3

    Oh wait. Diablo 3 was out?

    @Walking Dead

    Picked up the entire series during the Xbox 360 christmas sales. For 800 points. Sale purchase of the year. I enjoyed it. Although I did find it to be more talk less action. Very basic point and click style. But great value for money.

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