Tonight, we have a LIVE interview with Dave Gilbert of Wadjet Eye Games - the point and click adventure game publisher that had an unfortunate promotion go horribly wrong on what we are now calling "Blackwell Friday". We ask about what happened, why it happened, and why the resolution might be scary for some consumers. We also get an EXCLUSIVE answer about an upcoming port of Gemini Rue, and just talk about adventure games in general. Nintendo got scared and abruptly shut off the Swapnote feature of the 3DS after it learned some people were using it for naughty things. Sony released a massive FAQ of things you can and can't do with the PlayStation 4, all of which could be fixed by a future software update...But will they ever fix it? Then we take calls about the new way that Humble Bundle gives out Steam codes.
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We read a comment from last week's show that talks about the lack of storage management on the Xbox One, and the implications of that particular design decision. People are being banned from the Game DVR and Upload Studio functions of the Xbox One for using curse words, even if they are done in an entertaining manner. The Playroom streams have been removed from the directory on Twitch after people used them for non-gaming content. How did the consoles do on Black Friday? We take a look at what one research firm says. John Carmack has left iD Software to work full time on the REAL next-gen, the Oculus Rift. Then we take calls about cursing online, why Flower is more of an experience than a game, and Steam sales. (Due to the late posting of this show, the passphrase is in the first five minutes of the episode.)
Jump Ahead to Greatness Awaits Links Between 3D Worlds XL - stop your bitching and start playing games, there's something for everyone now. The Xbox One came out this week, and you probably think that it's going to be a positive gushfest... We talk about the setup, the apps, the Game DVR feature, and the games Killer Instinct and Forza Motorsport 5. Most specifically in Forza 5, the "Drivatar" AI system. Spoiler: it's broken and kills the game. Then we take calls about ad placement on the Xbox One dashboard, choosing a regular or SSD hard drive, Forza Motorsport 5, the idea that reviewers are more critical of launch titles than they would be at other times, and the Nintendo releases of The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Super Mario 3D World.
The Next Generation has arrived with the Sony PlayStation 4! We don't review the console, because "it is what it is" - that phrase is explained. We do talk about the features, such as the streaming integration, the camera, Vita Remote Play, and PSN being down. The games that we talk about are Flower, Resogun, Contrast, and Need For Speed: Rivals.
In this last episode of the current generation, we look back and forward toward what we saw and what we hope to see. That doesn't stop us from discussing "Resolutiongate" - even if it might mean some people get extremely upset. In some Oculus Rift-centered talk, the highly regarded Breakout With Your Head Demo Turned Kickstarter Proton Pulse Rift was mysteriously removed from Steam Greenlight, its 2D versions removed from both the iOS and Android App Stores, and all Kickstarter backers refunded with a vague apology but no reason. Then we take calls about Steam games (yes, even on the PS4 launch week) and about if you should get any next-gen consoles or not.