Podquisition Episode 142: A Trail Of Blood And Spunk

I didn’t wanna call today’s episode what it is. You can thank Gav and Splatoon 2 for that.

Otherwise, let’s chat about Shadow of War‘s loot boxes, the curse of Hellblade, and how millennials destroyed vinyl LPs.

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Also, check out Laura Kate at Kotaku UK!

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Joel Macdonald
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I would love to see telltale create a whole new engine. I am playing borderlands now myself and while i love it, I would like to see better animations, less stuttering, a more film like flow from scene to scene, and animation to contextual button pressing. The engine is very stuttery, with the transitions between scenes and animations feeling very sloppy.

Also, step up your story telling now. Hire some better writers. Create some more meaningful decisions with diverging storylines.

Terrell
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Terrell

I can understand the dissatisfaction with the term “AAA”. I have frequently suggested using the term “marquee” instead, as the term does not have any concern with the budget of a piece of entertainment, just in its ability to draw attention. In this way, it is applicable to the mainstream publishers and indies in equal measure.

Jarskaaja
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Jarskaaja

Laura didn’t mention the Call of Duty loot boxes she mentioned on Kotaku UK. Activision decided that they will reward you for watching other people open loot boxes! Encouraging others to gamble because eventually the guy they’re spectating will get a good thing from a box.

ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ
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ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ

Imagine how much better they’d be if they were called spunk boxes though.

Just a load of gamers gathered around a stream waiting for their favorite streamer’s spunk box to come up big and drop a big load.

Terry-Osaurusus Hex XI
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The recieving of the box could be accompanied with the musical jingle of “spunk!” With the unlocking of it plays “gargle!” Finally gracing the act of opening with a joyful “wee-wee!!” Then every customer (aka; idiot) can tell their friends they just spunkgargleweeweed!
Now give me money, Activision.

Arella Jardin
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Arella Jardin

I loved Enslaved. A bit of an abrupt, shit ending, and they had collections in a game where you’d be cut off from backtracking without warning. But otherwise was a pretty good game with impressive acting and expressive character models (for the time).

Nick
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Nick

“A Trail Of Blood And Spunk” sounds like a Game Of Thrones episode.

Wellsy487
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Wellsy487

From what I hear there is more to the No Man’s Sky update, but sadly they should have had more of what is there now when I game came out. I’m wondering if it’s worth buying for £10, which is what it’s at on the PS store right now.

YoDude
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YoDude

The best recommendation I can give it is that my ex used to play it when she was baked. It’s worth ten if it drops down that much. It’s a good chill and fly around game.

Just don’t expect anything great out of it. Yknow?

Terry-Osaurusus Hex XI
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HIM had a CD album that when you put in the disc player, it displayed 666 tracks, most of which were blank except the last one with a secret track that played after some silence. I say ‘most’ because I sure as shit weren’t going through all of them to find out. Quaint, but appreciated. I find music far too distracting for work also, due to the more musically trained brain compulsively trying to deconstruct all the different notes, chords, instruments, beats etc no matter what genre that draw me to the closest instrument instead of work. Tried them all,… Read more »
Stephen
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Stephen

Just call the $30 game with strong production values the same as we used to call them – Mid-tier titles (Back when there were premium and indie games were called budget titles if we weren’t specifying the business model)

As for the bug – It’s a flaw, for sure, but one reminiscent of the old adventure games where you could save the game in unwinnable states rather than one that actually sounds particularly unique. Which as I mentioned on the coda review, thank fuck that sort of flaw is rare these days.

Stephen
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Stephen

I’d argue that you do get to the point of the podcast from the start – The ridiculous banter between the three of you, which orbits gaming but isn’t dedicated to it.

Severard
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Severard

Hey Jim I have two questions. One: Will you ever revisit Darkest Dungeon since the new DLC came out. Two: Will you be making a appearance at Dragon Con this year?

Terry-Osaurusus Hex XI
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Has anyone here watched the film Once Upon a Time in Mexico? I feel it’s probably something worth watching (rewatching) in a light-hearted tone. Much fun. 🙂 William Dafoe is in it!

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

He’s also in the new Netflix show What happened to Monday which debuts in the next week or so.

Terry-Osaurusus Hex XI
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Damn, I need to get back into Netflix now they’re holding all the good programmes!

Anton
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Anton

Great B-movie.

Terry-Osaurusus Hex XI
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Doesn’t B-movie mean low budget? This looks to have quite a high production values. But quality entertaining schlock (shlock?) feels more accurate a descriptor maybe. 🙂

Anton
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Anton

The production values may be high, but the script is so intentionally corny…. You are technically correct though, the best kind of correct.

Spurious K
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For some reason my brain always confuses that film with A Fistful of Dynamite despite having seen both. Probably some weird sideways brain thread from Once Upon A Time In The West.

machine_dirty
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Yes I have and I quite enjoyed it.

Appretaur
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Appretaur

Well, we always said that Splatoon was a seminal shooter…

But I guess this podquisition was recorded too late to cover what The Know reported about the upcoming 3DS Metroid game disc-locking its hardest difficulty setting behind amiibo that apparently can only be gotten as part of a $30 two-amiibo bundle – close to the price of the full game itself – and how NIntendo attempted to dodge the backlash by stressing that there was a slightly less-hard hard mode in the game that wouldn’t need amiibo to unlock.

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

Well $30 if you’re lucky.

Quinton Beck
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Quinton Beck

Finally, a podcast about Hematospermia.

Galactix100
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Galactix100

So Destiny 2 is getting a vehicle skin exclusive to Virgin Media customers. How does this rank against the Red Bull exclusive dlc in the ‘fuck’s sake video games’ standings?

RipTide
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Ah yes i can see it now people cruising around Destiny with “Virgin” plaster all over their vehicles.

That out of the way, my point is things like this tend to be the lowest common denominator cosmetics that are just really a billboard advertisement for the company. Its still pretty dumb overall but unless it is the best skin in the game, its pretty minor.

Galactix100
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Galactix100

Unfortunately it’s just red and white. I was hoping it would have Richard Branson’s face all over it.

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

I’m now hoping it looks like does in Laura’s article.

Anton
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Anton

Yeah, I feel particularly irritated that there are now in-game adverts within a full price product. It’s not harmful from a gameplay perspective, but boy does it feel disgusting.

Chris
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I think it’s fine when the ads aren’t world or lore breaking. Having billboards on roads or having ads in sports stadiums is fine. It’s when it’s in game great, especially in a multiplayer game, that I think it really can ruin the experience for someone to be running around with their branded gear in this SciFi or pay apocalyptic or fantastic world.

Uldihaa
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I can see it in post-apocalypse, depending on just how far into the future it is and the location. So seeing a brand name soda can in The Last of Us wouldn’t bother me but it would in Horizon: Zero Dawn, for example.

Chris
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True, but my concern would be that a brand putting ads in wouldn’t care about the post apocalyptic nature of a Last of Us or something like that. I can see a deal being made that billboards or ads have to be pristine or something in spite of how that would make no sense. Like you’re going through a burned out husk of an office building and sad music is playing and all that, and there’s a bright, shiny, somehow still powered on and perfect looking Mountain Dew machine 😛 That would be awful.

Anton
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Anton

Not quite as high as the Pop-Tarts promotion.

Then again, I would love a pop-tart-themed set of Destiny gear.

machine_dirty
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I don’t care too much about exclusive skins, if it was an exclusive weapon or vehicle that would piss me off something fierce.

machine_dirty
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Still hate Metacritic, while they were gracious enough to change your score, there have been situations in the past where they have flat out refused to change scores for a game despite the reviewer asking them to do so(I.E. Natural Selection 2, which was a case where the reviewer admitted he gave the game a 6 despite barely putting any time into it) plus they carry far too much influence, it’s not a good thing for developers to lose bonuses just cause a game does not hit a Metascore, also other developers like Creative Assembly cripple their own games but… Read more »
drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

From the description of the loot boxes, it just sounds like a horrible addition on top of the gameplay from the first

Andrew
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Andrew

Congratulations Laura 😀

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

Endless Nameless is the secret track on Nevermind

RougeMephilesClone
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RougeMephilesClone

One could even call them Trails In The Sky!

Hurk… BLEEEEEEGGGGHHHH!

Remus
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Remus

it’s obviously very admirable that you guys can work till the late hours and do the honorable thing and watch allo allo. But Gav is right and a constant schedule is vital for your health both physical and mental.

So prioritizing getting that done might be worth extra attention

Orkimedes
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Orkimedes

Jim, if you ever do a quisition on procedural generation, PLEASE don’t ignore Dwarf Fortress. It’s one of few games that are actually good at it AND can be compared to how they used to be before they had it.

Stephen
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Stephen
DF isn’t bad for progen – The gameplay supports it really nicely, but the DF/Minecraft build your own content approach (Which is great for Progen since you ascribe meaning to whatever it throws you by modifying it, I fully agree) can create… Weird expectations of Progen from both developers and to an extent players. Most games if you’re putting less effort into crafting Progen algorithms than you’d put into hand crafted levels, you’ll get a complete crapfest of a game, since you need to be defining the rules that’s building the levels to create levels that support the gameplay, rather… Read more »
Spurious K
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That game is pretty much the master of using in-depth procedural generation. To miss it out in any discussion of the use of it would be pretty big. however I don’t think Jim is all that familiar with it so… yeah. I dunno, maybe just reading that twitter account that posted out of context dorf fort patch notes would suffice? I wonder what the theme would be though? Appropriate use versus inappropriate use, over-reliance on it to create the game where more work should have been put into making the gameplay than the world-building? Procedural generation that fails to generate… Read more »
Sperium3000
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It’s also an impenatrable wall. Not saying it’s bad, I’ll take your word for it being good, but it doesn’t change the fact you need to get a degree to get into Dwarf Fortress.

Spurious K
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Yeah, I don’t have a degree and still played it. It’s just a lot to take in. And Jim isn’t exactly known for having a lot of time and patience for obtuse games that look like you’re staring into the Matrix even if you’re using a tileset and other interface improving things. so I’d never expect him to play it, even if it does have things like occasional problems with dwarf’s throwing all their clothes off or internal organs becoming external ones and the like. However, the guy who made it did quite literally help write the book ‘Procedural Generation… Read more »
ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ
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ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ
It’s very much a “star citizen” affair where Jim’d have to get someone intimately familiar with it – especially with how there’s basically “levels” to how deep into the game you can get, the vast gulf between someone who’s able to get a fort to a state of self suficiency vs. someone who can get a fort to the state where it can routinely survive werecreatures without a weregiraffe deathspiral, vs. the weirdos on the forums who create mermaid farms and watermills powered by cat blood and know the weird “glitches” that speed up the more tedious sections of gameplay.… Read more »
Darkseid 200
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Darkseid 200

Cheers Gav. 🙁

Brodie O\'Connor
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Brodie O\'Connor

You know, this title wouldn’t be out of place as the title of a ‘Song of Fire & Ice’ book.

Darkseid 200
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Darkseid 200

Or a description of the entire saga.

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