The lights are on
It's the slow season for new releases, but the topsy-turvy world of video games gave us plenty to talk about this week.
First off, we catch up with a game we weren't able to include last week: episode 2 of Telltale Games' The Walking Dead adventure series. Ben Reeves reviewed it for Game Informer, and stops by to tell you (and host Matt Helgeson) why even non-adventure fans should check this game out. He also plugs his new book -- the techno-thriller Kill Screen (available on Amazon).
In the second segment, Matt Miller delivers one of his semi-regular indie/downloadable scene reports. Between a handful of recent releases and some standout titles that appeared at E3, he has a lot to talk about.
Finally, GI head cheese Andy McNamara and editor Matt Bertz engage in a wide-ranging discussion about the future of free-to-play games, Sony's acquisition of the game streaming service Gaikai, and the changing landscape of the industry.
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Congratulations Ben! I'll definitely check it out for sure.
Congrats to Ben! Anyway great show guys.
Your book sounds interesting, Ben! I've recently been inspired to try to write a short story sometime... maybe... More or less for the hell of it.
I will be buying your book Ben.
Is the spiderman show next week. Would love a discussion about the state of movie and license games.
Papo & Yo and Unfinished Swan both look great, can't wait to see how the full games play out.
Congratulations on the book, Ben! Remember me when you're rich! I'll cheer you on! I'll also try and pick up a copy when I have some spare cash.
I think Sony buying Gaikai was a good move on their part.
Now you can go up to ladies and say you are an author, Ben ;)
Great podcast chaps - and I wish Andy would be more willing to do more podcasts, he's a smart fella with an interesting perspective on the games biz. Keep up the great content!
I still need to finsh the first episode of The Walking Dead. I would of liked to finish it in one sitting because now I don't really feel like getting back into it.
Free-to-play and the almighty cloud scare me when it comes to consoles. I don't inherently have a problem with either, but I can totally see Activision or EA forcing you to pay for essential parts of the game. Just like how all these facebook games work today, you need to spend real money to unlock certain parts of the game, and I would not be surprised at all if the big name publishers started doing that.
Also with cloud-based gaming, I can see the whole Diablo III fiasco happening pretty regularly. Or if Sony shuts down PSN for another month or two would we just be out of our entire gaming libraries? These features can work, but they have to be implemented in a smart and, above all, safe fashion.
Oh Ben. Please don't turn into one of those "dooshbags" that takes stuff way too seriously.
I bought your book, Ben. As an aspiring writer with a completed (unpublished) novel, it'll be an interesting read, studying your writing style and such.
Ben.... Your book is currently being shipped through Amazon. Street Comedy!