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The Giant Beastcast: Episode 33

Jeff Bakalar is talking to refrigerators at CES so we've invited Danielle Riendeau to come join us! We talk Oculus pricing, eSports and Activision, the length of open world games, and spend a lot of time on cats.

The Giant Bomb East team gathers to talk about the week in video games, their lives, and basically anything that interests them. All from New York City!

Jan. 8 2016

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STARCRAFT

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Aye, I'm actually up at 6 am for this today o,o

Thank you school...?

edit: crazy, I _just_ started listening to the Idle Thumbs podcast (long time 3MA listener) and their network. So ... that was coincidental.

editedit: They're talking about cats. I'm happy.

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It is 3 am and I have intense insomnia. So yeah I'll listen to the Beastcast.......and play Trimps.

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The rotating guest chair rotates once again!

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Idle Thumbs has been empty without Danielle.

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Zam.

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Beasports! Danielle! Wonderful!

It's a shame, 'cause LotV is super fun to watch but I feel like everyone fell off and can't go back.

EDIT: Alex, please keep doing that E-mails bit.

Huh, VR is neat but what if instead of wearing those bulky headsets we just took scans of our brain and imported our consciousness directly into machines?

Ooh, also I kept meaning to say this over the past couple of weeks but I think the main reason for Uncharted 4 launching earlier in the year is because it was pushed back from 2015. They probably just don't want to put off those sales even longer having already delayed it by a significant amount.

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Time for some Beast!

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Time for some Beast

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Get dunked on!

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Hurray Danielle!

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Danielle? Best Beastcast confirmed.

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Danielle? Sweet.

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So what is the caching time on the RSS feed?

I can see episode 33 on this page, but it is not contained in the RSS feed yet, which is why my Podcast client doesn't see this episode yet. (And yes, I actually checked the RSS XML manually for episode 33).

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Junior Mints is here! Huzzah!

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@planetfunksquad said:

Idle Thumbs has been empty without Danielle.

Check out Idle Weekend with Danielle and Rob (Zacny). The podcast started in December is now four shows in.

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YES! Danielle is awesome. Looking forward to listening to this.

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can you fix the thing where the beastcast doesnt populate on rss or whatever pocketcasts uses until way later tia

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Zam as in Allakhazam? The late 90s MMO wiki/database?

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Wait . Is Austin joking about Dragon Age Inquisition that impacted the gaming industry or what? Is this some inside joke? Or is there something I am not aware of ?

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@edgaras1103: He is making a joke about all the people saying that they should have finished the Witcher before the GOTY awards.

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Danielle yay!

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No, no freakin way i'm going back to Inquisition after witcher and pillars reminded me what a good fantasy rpg is like

edit: yeah Sony has to make porn available on their vr set. The special experience that is gonna sell VR is not gonna be games or sensory deprivation, it will be vr porn if it's actually something else compared to regular porn. Get the word out that VR porn is amazing and actually be backed by the adult industry (which has a potential goldmine right there because amateur and cam can't get into that segment simply for the tech) and you can worry less about the future of this tech

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Danielle! Another great guest for the show.

Beastcast starting the new year in the office with the show-stopper. Can't wait to listen.

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Since the guys didn't comment on the Assassin's Creed rumors at all I take it they already know if they are bullshit or not.

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The problem with trying to be the ESPN of eSports, is that people that are deep into one by and large want nothing to do with the other ones. Its not like "proper" sports where you can be a huge baseball fan and have a passing interest in football. By and large from my experience people that care about Pro dota2/LoL/CSGO, only care about one of them and give 0 fucks about the rest.

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So I guess we can say that Jeff will be Bakalar next week?

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The Oculus Rift system checker is basically just checking to see if you at least hit the specs they listed on their site, so it really isn't the best method. Palmer said if you run a 3dMark test and your computer gets over 9000 you should be good. I am running an i5 2500k with 2 670s and I managed to get a 9400. I am going to give it a shot before upgrading. Palmer also mentioned those specs are for running at a high quality (but not max setting) so maybe you could adjust graphical settings lower for the sake of frame rate.

I am also running into a USB 3.0 issue, but you actually may be able to use a hub. The USB 3.0 are for Headset, camera, and another camera for Oculus touch. USB 2.0 is for the Xbox controller.

Now I am more worried about the Vive price because I don't see how the Vive is going to be cheaper. I was expecting OR to $400-500 and Vive to be $600-700.

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I would like a Giant Bomb Cat Podcast. I am not joking.

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There are a lot of "proper" games that support VR right now whether or not they're games you're actually interested in. I don't think lack of content is an actual problem. It certainly hasn't been for my DK2.

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The beast inside me is coming out...and its time to talk cats.

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yeah! danielle surprise, she's super rad!

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Don't need to be at school until 12:05...still up for this?

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I would like a Giant Bomb Cat Podcast. I am not joking.

This sounds great, but I think Finn and mums would need to have an open invite.

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cat talk!

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@dizzyhippos: I must be one of the rare ones (although eSports Today (also on the Idle Thumbs Network) seems like it is doing ok and you'd think if people only cared about one e-sport they wouldn't bother with a news show about all of the big ones) - I enjoy both some Dota2 and SC2 on the regular. I can even get into a bit of CS: GO if I'm really looking for something to throw up onto the TV (don't think action games work super-well for spectating, there's a reason why we generally watch sports where you can see the entire play-field or a decent slice of it where all the action occurs) or casually watch another MOBA.

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Finally! It's Friday morning and I am not going to be board at work for... 2 hours, 13 minutes and 10 seconds!

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@jonny_anonymous: Nah, I just never want to completely rehash every story the Bombcast already did this week!

Also: For those wondering, "Tolstoy is the Tolstoy of the Zulus" is a Ralph Wiley quote that undercuts a subsumptive analogy made by Saul Bellow. I first encountered it five years ago in this Ta-Nehisi Coates post, where he writes:

When you are a young intellectual black kid, you often find yourself in this desperate search for some sort of anti-Western tradition. That Saul Bellow quote--"Who is the Tolstoy of the Zululs"--really captures a lot of the dilemma for those of us looking for a "native" tradition. That search ends all kinds of ways for different people. But for us, I think it ended in the rejection of the premise, in the great Ralph Wiley riposte that "Tolstoy is the Tolstoy of the Zulus."

It's stuck with me.

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The ESPN of video game coverage

is thankfully not Giant Bomb.

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YAY Danielle Riendeau

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Taking shots at internet slideshows while engaging in flagrant cat content? That's gotta be a violation

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Idle Thumbs has been empty without Danielle.

Because she was the only one who played games on a consistent basis. I haven't listened to Idle Thumbs in months now, something I didn't think I'd be saying way back when they started it back up again.

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@planetfunksquad said:

Idle Thumbs has been empty without Danielle.

Because she was the only one who played games on a consistent basis. I haven't listened to Idle Thumbs in months now, something I didn't think I'd be saying way back when they started it back up again.

You should listen to the latest episode. Steve Gaynor was on, it was great!

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I feel smart because I totally called Austin's

"Tolstoy is the Tolstoy of the Zulus"

as soon as the Espn esports segment started.

I see you @austin_walker

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Witcher 3 part :D:D:D

http://www.playstationlifestyle.net/2016/01/04/the-witcher-3-game-of-the-year-nods-now-at-over-160/

yeah baby i know that it hurts

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I have to say that you are only half right (or a third) about Mechwarrior only not being a Hotas game. While it is designed to be played with a mouse and keyboard, I found that it was so much more fun when I replaced my keyboard with a throttle and pedals. I was still using a mouse to aim, even though allot of people go all in, and it only threw my game of for a couple of days.

Also while the game being very fun and allowing you to get any mech that you want for free, the grind to be able to get multiple mechs is very long. Some people are fine with just playing their favorite chassis, but if you like changing and trying new things and styles, you will always be short on cash.

Also I do not like that you equate the fundraising that StarCitizen is doing (and that will stop when the game goes live) to the free to play model that MWO is practicing. StarCitizen is not a free to play game and you can get the whole game, which is really a fully fledged wing commander style campaign and a giant MMO experience, for 45$. MWO is a free to play game in the style World of Tanks (but not as fair) where you have a limited garage space for free and choice of using real money if you do not want to grind.

While you guys do some great coverage of games, I find that the gaming media in general is at a loss of covering these free to play games in a fair way. Each time they come up they are regarded outright as tools to rip people off while in truth, they let allot of people play games for free in times that they could not afford normal games.

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@knightdehumidifier: I hope so. I need all the hot new information on that refridgerator technology

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@austin_walker Just going to throw this out there for mech games, Gundam Zeonic front was very interesting.

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I can't wait for the new premium pet podcast. (I accidentally typed "podcats" and I feel like that's something that exists.)

EDIT:

Man that e-mail about the kid was disquieting. However I did similar things when I was a kid with platformers.