Episode 46: Land of the Lost

landLostSquare It’s the LOST Pre-Blizzcon Episode! Kelly and Mike start this one out with Andy showing up near the end.. Something about laundry… Russell was out vacationing in Anaheim. Anyway, we discuss news like the announcement of DOTA2, Blizzard banning SC2 cheaters and the NES’ birthday! A Bunch of good games was released the week we recorded and we got a couple of voicemails. Additionally we talk about the (at that time) upcoming Blizzcon 2010.

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This Week In Gaming

  • Blizzard Suing SCII Cheat Makers. Ruh roh! Just days after the release of Starcraft II, Defendants already had developed, marketed, and distributed to the public a variety of hacks and cheats designed to modify (and in fact destroy) the Starcraft II online game experience”, the suit reads. “In fact, on the very day that Starcraft II was released, representatives of the hacks Web site advised members of the public that ‘our staff is already planning new releases for this game.'”
    The three men – “Permaphrost,” “Cranix,” and “Linuxawesome” – are being accused of “multiple counts of copyright infringement”, with Blizzard seeking not just damages but also a cut of the money the three received selling the hacks. The first two are from Canada, the third, Peru.
    From the studio that brought us Half-Life, Portal and Team Fortress, the next big thing will be Dota 2. That’s a new Defense of the Ancients game coming to PC and Mac in 2011.
    Valve describes the game as “a massive sequel for one of the most played games in the world.”
    Dota is shorthand for “Defense of the Ancients,” a style of real-time strategy game that requires players to channel and protect herds of computer-controlled minions as they attack an opposing force. DOTA games have been popular since they were birthed as a mod for WarCraft III.
  • GameInformer.com spilled the first official details, saying that the game runs on Valve’s Source engine and includes voice chat. Gameplay appears to be faithful to the series’ roots, supporting three-lane maps and focusing on multiplayer competition (with artificial intelligence taking over for players whose connections drop.) Graphics are upgraded, though said to follow in the original cartoony style birthed in the original. Steamworks-based achievements will be able to reward players for actions in the player community as well as in the game.
  • (Shacknews) Steam Surges Past 30 Million Accounts with 178% Growth Over Last Year
    Valve revealed figures for its Steam service today that dramatically illustrate its strength in the digital distribution market. Compared to a year ago, Steam added 178% more new accounts over the past 12 months, pushing its total user base over 30 million. These users stay active, too, with over six million of them accessing Steam each day. To meet this increased load Steam has upgraded its infrastructure to run at 400Gps which, as the press release relates, is enough bandwidth to transmit the Oxford English Dictionary 92.6 times per second.
  • (Shacknews) NPD: $2.6-$2.9 Billion Spent on Used and Digital Games, Content in First Half of 2010
    The NPD Group will be releasing its Games Industry: Total Consumer Spend report shortly, which details the $3.7 billion spent on retail games in the US in the first half of 2010.
    The report also shows that between $2.6 and $2.9 billion was spent on “used games, game rentals, subscriptions, digital full game downloads, social network games, downloadable content, and mobile game apps.”
    Now, it is likely that used games account for a large percentage of that figure, but it is interesting to see that this much revenue is being generated from secondary sales, DLC, digital games, and more.
    Hopefully, the full report will break it down by each category. I’m very curious to find out how much money digital games and DLC generate on the whole. Earlier this year, the NPD Group reported that 48% of PC games sold in 2009 were done so digitally. I’m guessing that number will be higher for 2010.
  • (1up) This Day in History: The Nintendo Entertainment System is Born
    October 18, 1985 — exactly twenty-five years ago today– is the date that Nintendo of America officially acknowledges as the birthdate of the Nintendo Entertainment System.
    The NES was first sold in the United States in a test market launch limited to the New York area during the holiday season of that year. About half of Nintendo of America’s employees of the time relocated from their Seattle headquarters to a dilapidated warehouse in Hackensack, New Jersey, where they worked 18-hour days tearing through the city streets, setting up and tearing down displays, and demonstrating the product to anyone who would listen. The test market was a success, and was followed in February by a similar test in Los Angeles and then, finally, a nationwide roll-out by the end of 1986. World domination came soon afterward.

Rumor Mill

  • The people that brought you Foursquare are working on a phone version of “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego”.
  • 343 Industries will be releasing an animated series documenting the lives of Noble Team from Halo Reach. The series will be about what each individual did before they joined Noble Team. It will be a Halo Waypoint exclusive.

Question of the Week

What two genres would you like to see combined into one game (like how Puzzle Quest 2 combines RPGs and puzzle games)?

  • TimberWolf5871:  I think it’s been done, but how about RPG-Shooter games?
  • R9sid9nt9vil: I would like to see a mix between chess and street fighter, in order to move you had to defeat the person in that spot.
  • Brajana: Trying to think of a combo that hasn’t been done yet, and I can’t really think of any! Hrm.
  • _LouG: First person shooter and action-adventure
  • spudpuffinz: I would like to see an RTS and FPS combination, where if say you were losing a battle, you could go into one of the units. =D

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...