It's time again for my podcast commentary track. #62 is now in your iTunes. Stephen, he of a long podcast absence, made a triumphant return. Apparently he was doing some sort of schooling, a concept of which I have only the vaguest of memories. And most of those are of Magic: The Gathering anyway.
The core topic was game companies being little shits and releasing garbage that they know works like ass but they have to hit the holiday release schedule and they can patch it after the fact later right? Well, that's my take on it.
One pro podcasting tool we're looking at enacting is using video. Not for a fullblown video podcast, but just to see each other and help to better manage the crosstalk. Unfortunately, Skype doesn't all video conferencing, and neither does gMail. Does iChat allow video conferencing with regular AIM users these days? I was pretty sure that it didn't at one time, but that was many years ago. I think the main benefit of using video is that we can snap silly screenshots to accompany the podcast newspost page... but I suppose there's nothing stopping us from doing that now, is there?
One of our community questions was to name our least favorite gaming genre. I quipped - and I would definitely classify this as a quip - that we can just all say "sports" and move on.
I offer up some good Wii snark, mainly at Wii Music's expense. It's a good joke. There's also a bit where I question what's going on in a recent sales flyer I saw that shows a 360 bundle - with 2 free games, a PS3 bundle - with 1 free game, and a Wii... with a five game demo disk. Ouch!
Spoonerism alert: I refer to Steam as Storm.
I also go for the Full Wrongy by saying that the entire Metal Gear Solid LittleBigPlanet pack will sell for $6. At the time I didn't know that there's two downloads, priced at $6 each. Still totally looking forward to it. Clark is jazzed about the paint guns.
I admit that it took me several years to get the "Miles Prower" joke.
We had some fun going through the Most Popular PSN Downloads chart. Pain tops the list, but that's probably due to some of the newer bundles coming with a free Pain voucher. Coming in at number two is High Velocity Bowling, which either was also free, or this list is complete crap.
And we end on the currently-famous list of naughty words that Disney would rather not appear in games. The usual suspects are on there, including incorrect spellings, but then there's words like "underwear." At that point the podcast descends into chaos.
Can you believe that this week's title is a Star Trek ref? It's like 1989 all over again.