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Posted By Fuwano
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Posted By AssInAss
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Posted By DukesT3

Green Bay. Eat a dick.

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Edited By hollitz

One of my favorite Ryan tweets.

I still have a really profound dislike for Anthony Burch from podtoid back in the day. But maybe he's changed and he's less full of himself. I used to hate Jim Sterling too and now I couldn't love the guy more.

Patrick's free-internet-napster friend sounds like a real teenage dirtbag.

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Posted By LazyEkans

No, but seriously, do people actually think Tales from the Borderlands is being written by Anthony Burch? I listened to that part again and I can't tell if Patrick or Alex even realize it. Like, if you care about writing, then you should know who is writing a game.

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Posted By gr8kamon
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Edited By darkest4

Yo get Vinny up in this show.

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Posted By Mr_Creeper

Short and sweet; just like I like 'em.

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Posted By GaspoweR

@gaspower: Bombin' the A.M. with Scoops, Wolf & Small Business Man/V-Bomb/CEO of VinnCo. That would be ace!

I remember Jeff referring to him as "Mr. Business" now on the most recent ad that Vinny did before leaving for MY. Actually I kinda like the ring of Mr. Business as his moniker for the morning show!

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Edited By ArbitraryWater

@hailinel said:

Scalding hot burn, Ryan.

Oh man, that tweet is still so good.

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Posted By Draxyle

I'm always blindsided every time I hear that Crytek is working on Homefront 2. There is no way that game is going to be released with that name (or released at all, from the sounds of things).

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So I was scrolling through facebook while listening to this and when they mentioned the fireworks with the drone it showed up on facebook weird.

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Posted By Hailinel

@hailinel: yeah....its a burn...that would have burned. Truth burns.

Burning truth with truth bullets.

And the worst internet I ever experienced was the primordial days in the mid-'90s wherein the entire state of Wyoming had but a single ISP. Meaning that my family's net connection had to reach the ISP located half a state away. It's one of the few times I think I was ever thankful for all of Wyoming falling under a single area code.

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Posted By bigwinnerx

Early childhood memory of shopping for Jordans on Prodigy on a monochrome monitor and thinking I was in the future.

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Posted By friendlypossum

@hailinel: yeah....its a burn...that would have burned. Truth burns.

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Posted By Fitzgerald

The trick for NetZero (for a while, at least) is that you launched the application, let it dial-up into the server, and then kill the task in the task manager. This would allow you (still crappy) internet without that annoying perma-ad on your screen. Yeah, yeah, we were all 15 in the 90's once.

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Posted By nophilip

Oculus Connect: perhaps a poor name choice.

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Posted By GunstarRed

hahaha Oh shit! Patrick I used to do the same with the internet noise.

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@patrickklepek Something popped into my head after today's stream and I didn't have a chance to ask:

How do you define a B-tier studio? Is it their size/budget? Sales? Or purely the quality of their games?

It's just the way I think about it if we define them in terms of their game quality. The games that want to shoot for the biggest leagues but are nowhere as well produced. Then yeah absolutely the B-tier stuff is kinda dying out.

However if B-tier studios are defined in terms of their budged or team size, I would have to disagree with you, we have seen a very good upswing of games coming from medium teams in the last couple of years. Be it indies becoming larger, or larger teams slimming down, there has been a lot of good to decent 20-40 dollar games around lately. Some of them were able to thrive on Kickstarter. Studios that realize their limitations yet manage to do great stuff. Stuff that's not really AAA titled, nor really indie (as we traditionally think of it). X-Com:EU, Divinity:OS, Double Fine games, Endless Space/Legend, the Van Helsing games, Path of Exile, Orcs Must Die games, Shadow Warrior, Torchlight 1-2, Wasteland 2, Banner Saga, Shadowrun Returns, Killer Instinct and so on.

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Posted By Scotto

Am I the only one who, when they hear someone say they'll download the game via their press account to try it out, is reminded of someone saying they'll pirate the game to "try it out"?

I know it's a different beast, and I'll admit to having little to no idea of how those press accounts work and if there is any profit going back to the developer from them... but it just seems like an awfully dismissive thing to say of a game, in either context essentially saying "I'll play it as long as I don't have to pay for it"

That might be somewhat true, but it's the same as a movie critic might not pay from their own pocket to see a film, if the studio wasn't holding private (free) screenings for critics.

There's nothing really extraordinary about Steam press accounts (I don't even think they are their own category or anything) - if a publisher wants coverage of their game, they will send outlets like Giant Bomb a Steam Code for their game, which often times may include some "journalist specific" configuration of the game (for example, if it's F2P, it may include a bunch of the game's currency). Giant Bomb then decides if they want to, or have time, to cover the game.

Doing this, and making these decisions, in a professional capacity, is another world from some 17 year old pirating a game "to try it out".

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Edited By cooljammer00

@scottygrayskull said:

Am I the only one who, when they hear someone say they'll download the game via their press account to try it out, is reminded of someone saying they'll pirate the game to "try it out"?

I know it's a different beast, and I'll admit to having little to no idea of how those press accounts work and if there is any profit going back to the developer from them... but it just seems like an awfully dismissive thing to say of a game, in either context essentially saying "I'll play it as long as I don't have to pay for it"

I mean, it's essentially the same privilege either way. You play the game and the only thing the dev gets out of it is you promising to talk about it. Whether it's on a forum or on a morning talk show, that's all you're really "promising".

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Posted By ohnoaghost

About the Mighty Number 9 bit... Since the animated series announcement came so close to the extra crowd funding announcement, I wonder if the extra funding is for using the same actors and studio for the english voices. It's entirely a guess, but it would explain the need for additional funds, especially if they are redoing the work.

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Posted By scottygrayskull

Am I the only one who, when they hear someone say they'll download the game via their press account to try it out, is reminded of someone saying they'll pirate the game to "try it out"?

I know it's a different beast, and I'll admit to having little to no idea of how those press accounts work and if there is any profit going back to the developer from them... but it just seems like an awfully dismissive thing to say of a game, in either context essentially saying "I'll play it as long as I don't have to pay for it"

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Edited By TheSquarePear

Thanks for the show that I enjoyed especially the dialup nostalgia. Now some sourness:

Goodbye to another singleplayer studio Airtight Games and thanks for all the fish. Sorry I didn't buy all your games (Quantum Conundrum was a good game especially considering its price level but I got stuck after a couple hours). I guess you didn't spend enough money on marketing your product and forgot to fill it with microtransactions :(

I feel like Patrick is reinforcing his own philosophy of "the death of B-game studios" by

  1. repeating it several times because people will believe any statement if you repeat it enough
  2. shitting on studios that make decent but not excellent games that are not 8-bit style couch multiplayer 2D games with a gimmick made by less than 3 people. I know Giant Bomb covers the games they want but that doesn't excuse them from giving a game a shot before judging it.

Most studios and their developers need some time to learn from their mistakes e.g. Rockstar North or even From Software probably didn't make the best games 15 years ago but they have had time to grow into a very successful studio today.

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Posted By VincentOmodei

No "For Sale" sign outside, but you have me scared now! Constant stream of new hires coming in so maybe it's a secret.

I've been told the safest pronunciation is Kotch for filthy auslanders who will never get it right.

Of course, I've deluded myself into thinking you pronounce it the way that would make it awesome.

Because Saints Row/The Singles make a lot more sense that way.

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Posted By scottygrayskull

After the fact I knew about turning down modem sounds, but at the time... had no idea. I'm 32, so I guess it was one of those things you just figured out when you got old enough. :p

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Posted By Ford_Dent

We used a local company called Internet Solutions for our dial-up needs. It was pretty decent, as I recall--and of course my older brother knew a bunch of BBSes for us to telnet into for when we were short on hours (because we paid by the hour--I think it was about thirty hours a month?).

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Posted By tbk

@alex good work on the Gesundheit now we just need to train @patrickklepek to learn how to pronounce Koch properly :)

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Posted By cooljammer00

Speaking of that Ryan Davis/Anthony Burch Twitter beeve, I had the honor of being rolled into the Twitter conversation by Dan Teasdale when I confusedly asked "Shots fired?"

https://twitter.com/taswell/status/301355389071548416

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Posted By Karthas

EEEE URR EEEE KSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHH

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Edited By cooljammer00

NetZero had a giant banner ad you couldn't get rid of. That was their ad supported free internet.

Also, nobody knew you could turn off that modem sound. That's why that sound is indelibly marked in all of our brains.

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Posted By dvdwalker8

I enjoyed the new Transformers quite a bit. Definitely think they should give the next one to a different director though. Those movies should not be almost 3 hours long and have any kind of a love story to them. Glad that they took out Shia and his awful film parents.

Hope you are able to do a show with Dave Lang this week. Love having that guy around.

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Posted By squigiliwams

Anyone have the link to that tweet from ryan to anthony b? I'd love to read that.

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Posted By DodgyBlaster

@gaspower: Bombin' the A.M. with Scoops, Wolf & Small Business Man/V-Bomb/CEO of VinnCo. That would be ace!

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Man I'd really love it if Vinny would get on the morning shows now, too...

FEATURING MAX REX CARAVELLA

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Posted By jimmyfenix

Ew @ AOL

Good show guys

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Posted By Hailinel

BETRAYER! BETRAYER!

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Edited By Stonyman65

Great show guys! Any chance of having Vinny on sometime? I assume once he's all settled in?

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Posted By Klager

Now I'm hungry.

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Posted By nachobandit

Cheese curds!!!