In this episode, Bella breaks us off a piece of her Kit-Kat bar. The Australian parliament wants to know why software costs so much more in its region. Disney's Wreck-It Ralph will feature cameos from gaming's greatest villains. The Wii U's price will not be revealed at E3. Nintendo finally adopts digital distribution of retail titles. Halo 4 receives a live-action web series. Geohot met with Sony after jailbreaking the PS3. Sony (finally) copies the Super Smash Bros. formula with PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. God of War: Ascension features multiplayer, and Ben isn't as skeptical as usual. Star Trek Online developer Cryptic was hacked. Call of Duty: Black Ops sequel will hit shelves on Nov. 13. Fullbright Company wants to make a first-person exploration experience without violent content. Shinji Mikami is working on Zwei. CrowdStar quits Facebook for mobile. ngmoco brings games to Mobage. Skyrim's expansion "Dawnguard" will hit this summer, and Portal 2's "Perpetual Testing Initiative" will launch later this month. Sega's US and European CEO Mike Hayes steps down, and Naughty Dog's Richard Lemarchand will teach at USC. SONG: djpretzel, "Jethro and Vash at the Fair" found FREE on OCRemix.org!
In this episode, Chelsy (original co-host of the WarpZone Show) joins Ben and Alex to discuss gaming news. The Nintendo 3DS firmware update adds folders and game patches. Super Mario Bros. 2 gets announced for the 3DS in August. Kirby will receive a 20th anniversary compilation on the Wii. The PlayStation Vita gets Skype. God of War: Ascension was announced. Sony unveils its competition to the Apple TV in the form of the nasne, which streams TV content to the PS3 and Vita. Everquest log-ins up 150% since going free-to-play. NPD finds that 40% of free-to-play gamers pay for premium content. John L. Beiswenger, author of Link, sues Ubisoft for copyright infringement with the Assassin's Creed franchise, and the gamers of the Internet make themselves look like jackasses by hopping on Amazon to troll his book. Silent Hill 3 gets a film adaptation in fall. Prey 2 enters Video Game Limbo. THQ pushes Darksiders II into August for the Back-to-School-so-Dad-Is-Free-to-Play-Video-Games season. Codemasters changes its name to Codemasters Racing. Katsuhiro Harada of Tekken promises to never make characters into DLC. After Peter Molyneux joins 22 Cans, more than 1,000 applications flood the mailboxes. Facebook may see an IPO by May 17. Activision teases the next Call of Duty announcement during the NBA Playoffs on TNT, and some viral marketing points to a 2027 setting. Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning sold 410,000 units, proving that new IPs can sell well, but not from small or mid-sized publishers. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception - Game of the Year Edition gets announced in Europe. Batman: Arkham City - Game of the Year Edition announced for this summer with "Harley Quinn's Revenge," but the cover is tragically bad. Activision also announces 007 Legends for Bond's 50th birthday. Rayman Origins will get a sequel. Dota 2 (from Valve) will be free-to-play and reward VIP players. Finally, new retailer EKGaming announces its intent to share 10% of used game sales with publishers and developers, and we discuss if this will help to remove the Online Pass plague or if no difference will be made. Then, Chelsy declares the only way to fix the video game market is to give fair prices on games for what they are worth. SONG: The OverClocked Plaid Muffins, "Ska Buffet (All You Can Eat: Clean Version)" found FREE on OCRemix.org!
In this final episode (on KWCR 88.1 Weber FM), we discuss our plans after graduation. Capcom gets downgraded by the BBB over the on-disc DLC. The Vita sales slow even more in Japan. Kaz Hirai introduces One Sony, One Management plan to focus on mobile, online, and gaming. Sony teases an announcement for Thursday, the 19th. Miyamoto considers how to return to The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and Alex wants Nintendo to do something new. On that note, Nintendo registers Super Mario 4, which may be debuted at this year's E3. Xbox Live will be further monetized this holiday, according to one employee's LinkedIn profile. Valve posts a job listing for new hardware, and before you start screaming Steam Box, Michael Abrash reveals it will be wearable computing. EA looked cool while supporting same-sex characters and relationships in gaming, and decided to start a petition to gather 75,000 digital signatures, but according to one Reddit user, many signatures have come from bots. Speaking of EA, Need for Speed should be a movie, kind of like The Fast and the Furious. Sega, Capcom, and Namco announce Project X Zone as their major cross-over title. Skyrim will receive Kinect functionality on April 23. SSX gets Tricky DLC. Halo 4 was announced for November 6. GameStop now must put warning labels for Online Passes on their used games in California. Finally, we discuss women in gaming, women involvement in nerd culture, and sexualizing characters for women. SONG: The Megas, "The Quick and the Blue" found FREE on OCRemix.org!
In this episode, we actually pay attention to Bella. Jack Tramiel dies and we celebrate his life. Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut is announced. Wasteland 2 gets Obsidian and concept art. Shadowrun gets kickstarted. Google unveils Project Glass, an augmented reality headset now in public testing. Sony cuts 10,000 jobs. We argue if $300 is the right price for the Wii U. Notch announces 0x10^c, a hardcore space sim combining strategy with hard science fiction. EA named the worst company in America by consumer poll in the Consumerist and the responses make Ben pro-EA. Despite being given the Golden Poo Award, EA defends its same sex and LGBT inclusion in video games. Activision delays one of its cases against Jason West and Vince Zampella. Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick claims THQ won't be around in six months. John Romero announces his plans to develop a PC shooter. Pokemon Conquest coming to America in June, and Bella is for it. BioWare promises that the next Dragon Age won't suck. We skip Capcom Unity to tell you that Borderlands 2 will have 5 playable characters. Gears of War: Exile gets cancelled, and Bulletsorm 2 gets put on hold. Cliffy B assures gamers that on-disc DLC will stick around until games go fully digital. Finally, we discuss New York's "Operation: Game Over," an initiative to purge 3,500 registered sex offenders from online gaming platforms. SONG: Hot Freaks, "Her Smile in Every Summer" found FREE on OCRemix.org!
In this episode, we make sure Bella does not pass out. Best Buy closes 50 stores and lays off 400 people. The Wii U gets a rumored release date. The Durango gets a rumored BluRay and always-on DRM. The PlayStation 4 gets a rumored name of Orbis and a bunch of crappy news. Sony confirms that it closed its Zipper. Journey sells really well. Kellee Santiago leaves Thatgamecompany. Rovio talks about a new studio, a new cartoon show, and a new European theme park. Sega sees hard times and has to streamline its business and cancel titles. THQ lays off 100 more people and Warhammer 40K MMO gets restructured. Orcs Must Die! 2 announced for this summer. Assassin's Creed III on PC will require a controller. InXile could start working with Obsidian. Batman: Arkham City DLC trophies leaked. Finally we discuss arcade principles invading your home consoles. SONG: Mustin, "TheAtomizer" found FREE on OCRemix.org!
In this episode, we have our health. Dr Ray Muzyka is upset that fans are talking smack. HBO Go and other services are live on Xbox 360 Dashboard. Microsoft files patents for virtual headsets. Wii U is catching up to other consoles and offers a better experience in controls. LittleBigPlanet Karting coming from team behind ModNation Racers, the LittleBigPlanet of kart racing games. Sony rumored to close Zipper Interactive soon. BioShock's movie is on hold after losing its second director. Assassin's Creed III will get two deluxe editions. Minecraft surpasses $80 million in revenue. Angry Birds Space moves 10 million downloads in 3 days. Human Head Studios' may be closing, and Prey 2 may be cancelled, according to rumors. Epic Mickey 2 will get voice overs. Ben geeks out over Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy coming to the US. Crystal Dynamics working on Soul Revear game. SONG: Kiamet, "Starlight Festival" found FREE on OCRemix.org!
In this episode, Bella and Alex are sick, but Ben is just fine. Double Fine raised $3.44 Million on KickStarter. We run through the BAFTA winners. The Xperience will not make an appearance at E3. Super Monkey Ball allows custom levels from pictures. 3 million New iPads sold in 4 days. SNK PlayMore collaborates with Tommo Inc. and Blaze for the NewGeo X. Blizzard plays Star Wars: The Old Republic. We discuss the WoW2 rumors. Zynga may buy OMGPOP. BioWare invites fan criticism while it considers changing the ending to Mass Effect 3. EA announces closing several game servers. It's sad. EA considers adding a subscription model for future Battlefield games. Capcom working with Microsoft to hunt down and ban Street Fighter X Tekken Hackers. Skyrim 1.5 Patch adds kill cams and new melee moves. Finally, we discuss Congressmen Joe Baca (D-CA) and Frank Wolf's (R-VA) bill to add a warning label to all video games. What do you think? SONG: The OverClocked Plaid Muffins, "Tuck 'n Roll" found FREE on OCRemix.org!
In this episode, we confirm that the Steam Box is NOT coming, and Ben squeels with joy over the new iPad. Molyneux leaves Microsoft, and Harrison takes half his place. Durango won't have discs. The PlayStation Vita sells, but we see no numbers. Bethesda and Mojang stop fighting over "Scrolls." Game Developers Choice Awards are read. Crytek working on a new project. Star Wars: The Old Republic gets free weekend. Mass Effect 3 fans whine about the ending. "From Ashes" is on the disc. Diablo III drops PvP for launch. Assassin's Creed III going back to the basics, whatever that means. Third-party sites upload malware onto Mari0. Sim City 5 announced. And we give out opinion about what would be a great Kick Starter project. SONG: Harjawalder, "Utopia" found FREE on OCRemix.org!
This week, we convince Bella that she's fat. Also, "The Cave" isn't the Double Fine Kickstarter project. A prototype Kinect-enabled shopping cart is shown off. Halo 4 brings story to its multiplayer. Nintendo 3DS moves 4.5 million unites in its first year. Assassin's Creed III will take place during the Revolutionary War. Sony Online closes the online support for EverQuest Online Adventures, Cosmic Rift, Infantry, Star Chamber: The Harbinger Saga. The iPad 3 will be announced on March 7. Blizzard fires 600 employees. Street Fighter x Tekken has on-disc DLC. Mojang acquires a mod developer. Doom 4 was not cancelled. Mass Effect 3 tweaks its hero system. Hitman: Absolution can make crowds. Dust 514 will be free to play. Fable Heroes is cute. Inversion, Lollipop Chainsaw, and BioShock Infinite get release dates. Amazon Italy claims a release date for Diable III, but it's in Italian, so we don't know what it is. And Valve is rumored to be working on a console, dubbed the Steam Box. SONG: Another Soundscape, "The Life and Death of the Mario Brothers" found FREE on OCRemix.org!
The GameTaffy.com Show February 28th - Nintendo’s Announcement, OnLive Supports Indie, & Angry Birds• February 28th, 2012
In this episode, we discuss the Oklahoma violent video game tax, the Xbox Kinect bundle, HBO Go on Xbox Live, Wii U getting media, Nintendo's huge announcement, Pokémon Black & White 2, Pokémon Yellow on the App Store, PlayStation Vita sells out, Sony Santa Monica working on The Last Guardian, OnLive supports Indie, Adobe refocusing Flash, Double Fine's trademark of "The Cave," Thatgamecompany ending its contract with Sony, the next CryEngine, Jet Set Radio HD's graffiti contest, Mass Effect MMO, Project Titan, NBA Live 13, and Rovio potentially aquiring other developers. SONG: DrunUltimA & Harmony, "Under Construction" found FREE on OCRemix.org!
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