Episode 4: Talking Jitterbug

JitterbugStamp We’ve reached the big #4.. (Ok.. I don’t know why #4 is big..) Andy and the gang.. Wait.. Andy.. and special guest Jitterbug from the Talking Ship Podcast talk about the decade’s top 10 most influential games according to G4TV. They also talk some general gaming news and the controversy over the ‘no russian’ mission in MW2. The rest of the gang were unable to be there (Well, Mike was in the chatroom) but Andy manned the helm and successfully steered the show through rocky waters (Ok, enough of the boat references…). Show notes after the break..

This week in Gaming

Guitar Hero Van Halen should be at North American shops by Wednesday December 23–the same day that the downloadable 0 Day Attack on Earth hits Xbox 360–with Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers hitting stores Saturday, December 26.

http://www.shacknews.com/onearticle.x/61684
Despite the cinematic nature of Mass Effect 2, in comparing the dialog systems of the two games BioWare co-founder Dr. Greg Zeschuk told me that Dragon Age: Origins packed over twice as many dialog options.

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Mass Effect 2 To Carry over your Romantic Decisions as well

http://g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/post/701449/Yes-Even-Your-Romantic-Decisions-Carry-Over-Into-Mass-Effect-2.html

3 Days ago BioWare Co-Founder and CEO, Ray Muzyka confirms your romantic choices in Mass Effect will carry over to Mass Effect 2

The First Decade’s 10 influential Games.

http://g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/post/701459/The-First-Decade-Ten-Influential-Games.html

The Sims

It was the first game to involve living in a virtual world and doing menial day to day tasks. Also brought alot of “casual” gamers and first time players into gaming.

Madden 2001

EA released this game as a launch title exclusively to the PS2 adding alot of punch to the launch lineup.  Madden today is still one of the strongest sports franchises to date.

Halo: Combat Evolved

This launch title for the origional Xbox really made the industry think of first person shooters as a completely viable game style.  While xbox live was not up and running yet networked games were common.

Grand Theft Auto III

This title for the PS2 introduced us to the “open world” of gaming.  It changed and defined the sandbox gaming genre for years to come.

Half Life 2

Valve puts the player into the game and allows you to openly interact with the environment.  Instead of just watching the cinematics, the character became part of them.

World of Warcraft

Blizzard makes the first M in MMO really mean something.  Releasing an MMORPG based on the popular Warcraft RTS Games.

Brain Age

Nintendo releases a game that proves other things can be done with a gaming system than just playing games.

Guitar Hero

Red Octane releases a rhythm game that allows you to “embrace your inner rock god”

Wii Sports

Nintendo releases a full motion sensing gaming platform aimed at getting people off the couches.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Infinity Ward pulls the curtain down on the WWII world and releases a game set in today’s world with modern technology and equipment.  While pushing the genre with a few industry firsts in the single player campaign, its multiplayer is where the game really stood out.

Honorable Mentions:

Phantasy Star Online: The first serious instance of multiplayer gaming on a console

Devil May Cry: Defining 3D Action Games for years to come

Battlefield 1942: What GTA III was to single player sandbox games, BF 1942 was to multiplayer.

Animal Crossing: Nintendo was WAY ahead of the “social gaming” curve.

Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved: a strong statement for small downloadable games

About MikeH

Gamer/Podcaster/Blogger - Mike, who is also known as Fimlys in the WoW community, is the Author of Asleep at the WoW Blog ( http://aatwow.fimlys.com ) and Co-Host on the Twisted Nether Blogcast (http://www.twistednether.net ) and HotsCast a Podcast about Heroes of the Storm. He also produces Polygamerous and does the web maintenance. An avid gamer, he's played since his parents first bought him an Atari 2600.. Back in the stone-age...