E3 2014 is THIS WEEK - be sure to check out VOG's Interactive Coverage and ask YOUR questions! Tomodachi Life came out for the 3DS over the weekend, and it's weird. The June SDK for the Xbox One allows developers to turn off the Kinect functionality for a 10% boost in GPU power. Then we take calls about E3 predictions and Tomodachi Life.
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Ubisoft got a victory in court by having a patent troll's lawsuit dismissed - except it was about their DRM...Do we really cheer? The International e-Sports Federation tried to segregate their competitions by gender until they realized that was not a good idea. We talk with Keith Brownlow of Monster Arcades about virtual pinball tables - what they're made of and how they work. Then we take calls about point-and-click adventure games, eSports, and what Cards Against Humanity cards make OLR curse on a non-cursing podcast.
Ironclad Games announced that the trademark dispute by Rebellion Developments over Sins Of A Solar Empire: Rebellion has been dismissed, setting a legal precedent. Head of Xbox Phil Spencer told our friends at Gamertag Radio that the Xbox One Family Sharing plan is "still on the roadmap." We have an interview with Daniel Spolar, president of Project Pinball, which is a charity aimed at delivering and maintaining pinball machines in children's hospitals. Then we take calls about the Deadpool table in Zen Pinball 2, GTA Online, the difference between "Pinball Table" and "Pinball Machine", old music listening devices, and how to keep kids out of backyards.
We spent the weekend at the Southern Fried Gameroom Expo, an Atlanta-based convention featuring arcade and pinball machines. Check out the episode page on VOGNetwork.com for pictures from the event! In an interview that I thought was awkward but nobody else did, we speak with Video Game Player Of The Century Billy Mitchell about competitive gaming in 2014, and what he's doing to promote it. Microsoft states that they're not shutting down the Games For Windows Live service on July 1st as was rumored. Did you see the awesome person in the cover photo of a Polygon article about Nintendo? Then we take a call about the Steam Summer Sale.
E3 2014 is over, and it's time to talk about our Interactive Coverage and what we saw at the show - and how we almost got kicked out... A big rundown of the Sony Morpheus VR headset and comparisons to the Oculus Rift Dev Kit 2 really start off the wrapup. I spent more time with The Big Three this year, which yielded different results. I also talked about some other games from other developers, such as This War of Mine, World of Speed, Rollers of the Realm, and Elite: Dangerous. One of the highlights was the Virtual Pinball cabinet from VPCabs.com in the Telltale Games booth playing the Walking Dead table from Zen Pinball 2. Is E3 still relevant? Would I go back? Find out in the OLR call...