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Posted By Make_Me_Mad

Comparing the Silent Hill games to I Am Alive is selling a great series incredibly short.

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Posted By Lucri

@leejunfan83: You just don't understand Big Bo. :(

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Posted By leejunfan83

@Lucri: I love Big Bo he's my bro

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@leejunfan83:

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Posted By Th3_James

I had no problem with max payne 3 and jumping around and feeling like a badass. Just make your shots count and get headshots. Never really felt any bullet sponge enemies even on old school difficulty.

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Posted By leejunfan83

@Th3_James: The enemies definitely bullet sponge also the euphoria natural motion system make the controls unresponsive due to animation priority but great game nonetheless

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The Unreal Engine gaming apocalypse scares me.

Also, Jeff may not be sincere enough about how awesome Dark Sun was.

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Posted By Savutano

Say what you will about Ryan, but his laugh makes me happy :)

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Posted By artgarcrunkle

Finally got some Vinny up in this.

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Posted By rramo010

@Totori said:

@Animasta said:

@Totori said:

vinny and binary domain best podcast ever

this.

Overly nerdy PC talk not the best podcast ever anymore.

Agreed.

more games, less computer hardware

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Posted By Jayesslee

The download isn't working for me on itunes :(

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Posted By YoThatLimp

made me laugh out loud this week when he yelled out "Don't you have this in brown?!" while talking about Surface.

I don't care, my OG brown Zune was indestructible! I leaned over a cup of iced tea while wearing headphones and didn't feel my Zune fall out of my pocket into the iced tea. The only reason I realized it was in there was because I had gone to take a drink and got nothing but cord.

Awesome episode! I liked the PC talk especially after Tested moved away from PC stuff.

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Posted By DexterKid

@rramo010 said:

@Totori said:

@Animasta said:

@Totori said:

vinny and binary domain best podcast ever

this.

Overly nerdy PC talk not the best podcast ever anymore.

Agreed.

more games, less computer hardware

I did phase out for large portions of this episode.

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Posted By Anwar
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Posted By AssInAss

1:19:37

Angry Joe mention about his Steel Battalion walkthrough!

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Posted By NekuCTR

Ok, Brad sounds WAY more reasonable here in his argument against Steel Battalion than in the Quick Look. Feel much better about all this now... except it's still sad.

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Posted By jacksukeru

Fine! I'll play Binary Domain.

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Posted By DukesT3

MIKE HORN!

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Posted By chose

1:02:21, was that a WTF reference?

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Posted By DeviTiffany

More video games need to be turned into Game Shows.

Anyone watch You Don't Know Jack? I loved that show, watching Paul Rubens being a dick to the contestants while they try to answer questions was great.

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Posted By DukesT3

@AssInAss said:

1:19:37

Angry Joe mention about his Steel Battalion walkthrough!

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Fucking hilarious video and I guess the Kinect is fucked for this generation? Considering the tone from this podcast and anything that is not Dance Central that hardware is just... in beta form and MAYBE an integrated Kinect in the next gen xbox will be better?

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Posted By Bartman3010

Brad is right, Kinect is a piece of shit technology that should not be out right now. You know theres something wrong that developers still don't know what the hell to do with the device, or the fact that it still uses Infrared technology.

Infrared technology.

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@Bartman3010 said:

Brad is right, Kinect is a piece of shit technology that should not be out right now. You know theres something wrong that developers still don't know what the hell to do with the device, or the fact that it still uses Infrared technology.

Infrared technology.

Vinny was also right in response by basically just saying "I don't know what took you so long." I forgive people for getting hyped about Kinect when it was still called Natal and they were promising and showing really interesting and magical things, but ever since it became more and more clear what it was, any naysayer has been vindicated every step of the way.  
 
It's amazing to me that, in June 2012, the biggest success for Kinect in any given game is still just "yes, I guess this can work in very basic and controlled circumstances." It's goddamn criminal, given it's utter worthlessness in any serious gaming capacity, that it managed to sell to many units. I'm still mystified how that happened, exactly, but I feel at least comfortable in saying it certainly doesn't deserve even a fraction of its success. I hate it when people still try to defend it at this point, because the period for forgiving any of the device's shortcomings has long since passed.  
 
At this point I just want the next generation of consoles to come along, not because I want to see more powerful hardware on its own, but just because the more powerful hardware might at least refocus attention and development in the industry on making video games, instead of trying to sell me tacked on control schemes and features developed on top of features developed on top of features. I don't want Kinect, I don't want Smartglass, I don't want voice recognition, I don't even want a Wiimote anymore. Just give me a controller and let me play a goddamn video game.  
 
It's ironic that, in an age where everyone is tripping over themselves to make games more accessible to a broader audience, gaming has more weird unnecessary barriers to entry and enjoyment than ever.
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Posted By dropabombonit

Time to drop some bombs

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Posted By Red12b

@Jeff said:

YEAH!

feigned enthusiasm? or true enthusiasm?

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Posted By Maystack

I think I might be the only one who used the voice commands in Binary Domain. In both playthroughs I've used it. It's pretty handy that I can just shout fire without having to take my finger off the aim.

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Posted By EnchantedEcho

@Jeff said:

YEAH!

He gets it

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Posted By MonkeyKing1969

I actually do order people around using voice commands in games taht allow that...but I did that mostly in SOCOM 1 & 2 where it worked 95% of the time. "Bravo - Stealth To - Cross Hairs" and most of the other commands just worked. Moreover, if you spent a tiny bit of time thinking about where to move your Bravo Team in each mission they helped you.

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Posted By Awesom3pand4

Wooooo!

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Posted By Red12b

wow, it's always nice to hear Brad being passionate about something, Scathing Kinect hate,

awesome

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Posted By kalmis

Jeff was on fire \m/

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Posted By RVonE

@AssInAss said:

1:19:37

Angry Joe mention about his Steel Battalion walkthrough!

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Oh man, it's great to watch him flail around while Kinect is flipping out. "STOP GRABBING SHIT, I'M NOT GRABBING SHIT!"

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Posted By MACog

I love listening to people talk about how computer illiterate there moms are... My mom was a system administrator.

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OH! HOT MICHAEL PACHTER BURNS. OOH. OUCH.

Also I don't know if you can go backwards on that level Jeff. It seems impossible.

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Posted By Totori
@rramo010 said:

@Totori said:

@Animasta said:

@Totori said:

vinny and binary domain best podcast ever

this.

Overly nerdy PC talk not the best podcast ever anymore.

Agreed.

more games, less computer hardware

yeah 
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Edited By Fudge91

The bullet soaking comment about Max Payne 3 is bullshit. One well aimed shot to the head and the enemy goes down, atleast until the very end when some start wearing helmets. But until that part you can one shot 95 % off all enemies if you have a decent aim. (Mouse & Keyboard definitely helps with that)

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Posted By biggiedubs

I question Brad's ability to 'guess the ending' of I Am Alive, but maybe he is smarter / luckier than me.

I really liked I Am Alive. It had some sweet platforming and some fantastic moments. I felt more for that world in 12-15 hours then I ever did with Fallout 3 or New Vegas, but maybe that's me. I guess Fallout is more of a rebuilding atmosphere, compared to I Am Alive's desperate survival atmosphere.

Also, to Patrick's comment of 'you have to shoot the guy with the gun first'; it's a 'you have to shoot the bravest, most dangerous guy first' game. So it's kind of like Last of Us, so don't short change it.

I feel that it has the ending it needs, because it perfectly fits the narrative and theme of the game. It could have been handled better, but so could the entire game. Many times the game does look like crap, but in terms of pure writing and set-pieces, I thought it was great.

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Posted By BasketSnake

I would recommend the opera web browser but right now I can't even watch youtube vids on it so...fuck that.

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Posted By Pop

penumbra doesn't have combat, you can drop a box on some dude.

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Posted By Milkman

"I played I Am Alive this weekend. I think that game is great." 
  
"....WHAT"

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if you hate pixar sequels, just wait! The direct to DVD Cars spinoff Planes and Planes 2 are RIGHT around the corner!

surprised they glossed over the microsoft powerpoint deck - apparently they think its fake. I don't.

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Posted By Oginam

@Marokai: Some of the Dance Central and Fitness games do work quite well, but I do agree that Kinect hasn't been proven as worthwhile. I'm not sure they'll pack in a more powerful Kinect into the next xbox, but it wouldn't be a bad thing if 2-3 years into the next cycle we see a more improved version.

I think the real problem with Kinect is that Microsoft has to push/fund/publish all of the Kinect titles themselves so they all end up being too reliant on the Kinect (remember Microsoft's whole "no controller, you are the controller bs"). Good developers don't really have a solid reason to add good functionality - both because of the reaction to the hardware and the small (and probably extremely divergent) install base.

I still think the Kinect, as a concept, is cooler than the Move and Wii though. Hell, I'd even say it has way more potential in its premise than Nintendo's giant 3DS touch-pad controller they're calling the WiiU. Then again, I don't own any of those (Kinect included) and have to intention of buying into Nintendo's bullshit so maybe I'm just bias toward Microsoft because they're at least doing interesting things (quality not withstanding).

And with Microsoft getting into the hardware game with the Surface, there could be really interesting repercussions for the next xbox or kinect should the Surface move prove successful.

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Really glad to hear Vinny giving Binary Domain some praise. I think that game is great, sadly overlooked, and got a a bit of a raw deal in the Quick Look.

To clarify about the QL, I think the game's opening does not make a great impression and I agreed with it at the time. However, as the game goes on, finds it's pace, and develops it characters a bit more - it becomes endearing, for lack of a better way of putting it. Had the QL been a bit further in, I think the guys would have been more positive about it.

Also as as Vinny said, Sega has surprisingly done right with their continued support of the PC version (even after I imagine it didn't sell that well) and it's actually a well done port at this point - especially for a game from a Japanese game company.

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Posted By bybeach

I gave up on the reticule turning white in Max Payne 3(PC) I thought it was glitched. Like I said earlier I would aim about the head, mostly in bullet time, for the red mist/cloud to appear. 2/3D's of the time they were done..not always, but mostly. I liked the game but it was brutal. I liked or accepted most of what Rockstar did, but I am leery of their predilection for working the graphic violence line. Becomes a thing in itself with them.

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Posted By MeatSim

Big Bo!! frontrunner for character of the year.

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Posted By Javes

Max Payne 3 flashes an 'X' over the reticle when an enemy dies. I guess they didn't realize that.

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Posted By Brad

@biggiedubs said:

I question Brad's ability to 'guess the ending' of I Am Alive, but maybe he is smarter / luckier than me.

I really liked I Am Alive. It had some sweet platforming and some fantastic moments. I felt more for that world in 12-15 hours then I ever did with Fallout 3 or New Vegas, but maybe that's me. I guess Fallout is more of a rebuilding atmosphere, compared to I Am Alive's desperate survival atmosphere.

Also, to Patrick's comment of 'you have to shoot the guy with the gun first'; it's a 'you have to shoot the bravest, most dangerous guy first' game. So it's kind of like Last of Us, so don't short change it.

I feel that it has the ending it needs, because it perfectly fits the narrative and theme of the game. It could have been handled better, but so could the entire game. Many times the game does look like crap, but in terms of pure writing and set-pieces, I thought it was great.

I thought the nature of the camcorder interludes was pretty obvious almost from the beginning of the game.

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Posted By Brackynews

@Brad: @biggiedubs: I have a friend with an uncanny ability to determine the endings of movies/books, because she has an extensive understanding of the tropes in fiction writing. With Brad's literature background the same awareness is not surprising.

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Posted By theveej

video game history is based on brute force........ TRUE DAT