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The Future Of Spawn On Me And How You Can Help

When we started Spawn On Me over a year ago we couldn’t have fathomed the impact it would have made in our lives. We know that have one of the smartest, dynamic & engaged communities as the foundation of our show. Cicero & I constantly pinch ourselves because we never thought any of this would have happened and especially this quickly.

Every success we have is a direct product of each and every one of you listening and sharing our show each week. There is nothing better than knowing you as our audience care about us as people and respect what we are trying to do with our show. I truly believe that we have one of the best gaming podcasts on the internet and that our show is doing something bold, new and necessary.

SpawnPointBlog has been our home for a long time but if we’re being honest about the landscape of where gaming discussions are headed, written articles aren’t where it’s going. Spawn On Me has been more successful in it’s first year than SPB has been in the three+ years it has been in existence. In all honesty we got in the game fairly late and unfortunately missed that train (the 90’s say hi).

We want to do more, to broaden our reach and open the discussions we can have, this is where you all come in.

We are running our first and only funding campaign that is going to ask directly for funds for our show. Our hope is do more streaming events, finally delve into some video production, solidify our podcasting setups and finally hopefully find a new home for our website that better fits our show and future projects.

All these things cost money, money that we currently don’t have. Hopefully with a little help from our friends (all of you) we’ll be able to make this happen. We are asking for $6000, this will cover new equipment and maintenance of current equipment. (computers, mics, soundproofing…etc) This will also help with things like being able to hire a proper web designer to help us make our site SUPER HAWT.

If you are so inclined you’ll be able to help in multiple ways. the first is via our crowdfunding campaign.

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Again we couldn’t have gotten here without you and we love all of you making our show one that we can be proud of and look forward to bringing you all each week.

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Over an hour of Bloodborne gameplay leaked early.

With the hype surrounding this spiritual successor to the games in the Souls franchise, we all are wondering how well the game matches up to the previous games. Well we get a glimpse of what we have coming next week via the musings and controller of one lucky gamer who got a copy early. I’ll dig into this more in depth later on our show Spawn On Me but for now just take a look at the awesome gameplay this Twitch streamer go himself into.

Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Spawn On Me Episode 53: Gaming, Developers, Crutches.

Kahlief has his triumphant return from the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco with lots of stories to tell. Cicero’s #Stubnostications come true again, this time in regards to Unchartered 4. Stubby gives us his review of Ori and the Blind Forest and we finally talk about the long awaited GTA Heists.

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ADAM SESSLER

Spawn On Me Episode 51: Messing With The Sess

 

If hilarity and gaming history are your thing then you picked the perfect time to visit Brookago.  Video Game TV legend Adam Sessler comes to hang out with Kahlief, Cicero, and Minister of No-Finance, Shareef Jackson. We talk where the Sess has been throughout his career and then what we’re doing now. Kahlief’s going to the Game Developers Conference and he gives Adam news about the show that Adam didn’t even know. Plus Adam Sessler is a hip-hop head?!!?

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@adamsessler, @shareefjackson

 

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Check out Netgear Nighthawk X4 Review

We are all looking to solidify our gaming connections at home but most times we look more towards our ISP’s and less to our internal network. I don’t have a typical gaming setup for my Steam library needs. I play on a bootcamped MacBook Pro that doesn’t have an ethernet port (Wazzup with that Apple?). So to remedy this I play fairly close to my wireless router so I can be as close to the signal as possible. Being close is one thing but we live in a connected household. At any time between myself and my wife we’ll have at least four devices on our network and especially on our 5GHZ band.

So until I can snag a dedicated gaming rig, I’m relegated to laptop gaming via a wireless connection. Let me tell you, it’s not the ideal way to play any multiplayer PC games. So in the search for a router that might be able to both give me a strong signal and delegate bandwidth smartly based on need I reached out to the kind folks at NETGEAR. They were kind enough to send me a demo unit, the new and sexy R7500 gaming router.

Let me preface this review by saying that we at TheSpawnPointBlog give what we call “everyday use, down-to-earth” reviews. We do this for a couple of reasons. 1 – We currently don’t have the equipment to give super in-depth technical reviews and 2 – other sites do those WAY better than we do. What we want to convey via these reviews is what your possible experience will be when you get one of these home and set them up. Hopefully you’ll have similar or even better experiences but those will be based on all the things that will affect speeds and connectivity. (Bandwidth, distance from router etc..)

So let’s begin..

Our router is unpacked and set up, we have it in a prime central location in our home. Nothing is really further than 10 feet away from the router at any point. Every test I run, I first perform on our Apple Airport router and then the R7500. ( I usually get around 80MB down and 12MB up)

The first is a 1GB file download on both the 2GHZ band then the 5GHZ band.

 

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Honestly I hardly ever use my 2GHZ band anymore, for some reason I’ve never gotten great speeds on them and prefer to just be on 5GHZ because I’m usually so close. The differences in speed weren’t that significantly different on the 2GHZ band in terms of time but there was a pretty good decrease in how long the R7500 took to download the file on the 5GHZ band. It was pretty nice to see that the router gave a boost on that side of the game (especially after updating to the latest firmware)

The same test was done while streaming a video from Netflix on my Playstation 4 and the R7500 did a great job of keeping the speeds pretty steady with the console being hardwired.

The most important test performed was one that wasn’t something that I could actually measure with tools, but one more measured on feel than anything else. I fired up Steam and played some Ultra Street Fighter to see how the online component would keep up on a wireless connection. Anyone who has played a fighter online knows that split second reactions are needed to be competitive. I’m happy to say that not only was the connection steady but it gave me the ability to have an almost lag-free experience during my online play.

One small thing I really appreciated was the ability to use the X4 as a NAS, being able to have my storage available via the network was always something that I wanted to have set up simply and easily accessed. The X4 did a great job of letting me pull down my movie files and watch them on multiple devices.

The Nighthawk X4 does what it’s supposed to do pretty well. Did I have a significant boost in my connection speed? No, but I didn’t expect to. What it did well and probably better than my current router is manage multiple devices in a way that made me not see and hiccups while using them on the net. It keep my speeds steady and most importantly gave me the ability to play multiplayer games relatively well via my wireless connection.

To wrap up, I think the X4 is a great router. It’s sleek, performs well and is easy to setup. The only knock I can give it is the price. At $255 on Amazon I’m not sure I recommend it unless you are really in the market for router. There are suitable ones out there for cheaper that will give you similar performance.

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Spawn On Me Episode 49: Black & Blue Streak

We are honored to welcome Tramell Isaac and his 20 plus years of game design experience to Brookago. Tramell drops some knowledge bombs about the industry at large and specifically about his friends over at (the former) Sony Online Entertainment. Plus we get a few ints about what’s going on with his new game at Cliffy B’s BossKey Productions.  Kah and Cee wax philosophical about what exactly are the realistic expectations of a Kickstart backer. How exploitative is the new Battlefield game and they give early impressions of Evolve!

 

 

Guest Info

@ps_tray@bosskey

 

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Spawn On Me Episode 48: #Brookago Invades #IDARB

 

We couldn’t have been more excited to welcome Mike J. Mika back to Brookago! IDARB is a critical success and we get into how that feels & what’s next in store for the game. We switch things up by talking about Mike Mika, the movie star. Of course Mike drops a ton of video game knowledge plus hints at what Other Ocean is doing next!

 

Guest Info

@mikejmika, @idarbgame

 

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Episode 46: “Retro”actively Speaking

We welcome Daniel Kayser back to Brookago this week to tell us about his new position as Editor-in-Chief and Director of Content of RETRO Magazine. We dig into Microsoft’s new holographic space helmet called HoloLens and talk about whether it’s the future of gaming. Chat about what Xbox One to PC game streaming might mean to consumers and try to figure out if all MMO’s should just go free-to-play after Elder Scrolls decides to drop subscriptions. Before we boogie out of episode 46 we ask the age old question “Are videogames too long?”

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http://readretro.com/

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Spawn On Me Episode 45: Da_Anniversary

52 weeks! Brookago was founded one year ago & we celebrate the only way we know how…with a BANG! OG YouTuber and basketball aficionado turn NBA2K15 developer, Da_Czar visits Brookago! He talks his origin story, how he got hooked up with 2K sports and what it feels like to be in a video game!  We talk more sports and ponder if sports games should actually be a service. We laugh too… A LOT! Plus, we hear all of the well wishes from former guests & from YOU!!!

 

 

Guest Info

Da_Czar

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Spawn On Me Episode 44: #Fairy Dopeness

 

Happy New Year Brookago! It’s our first show of 2015 and we have to do it right! We invite Catt Small & Stacey Mulcahy of the Code Liberation Foundation. We find out 5 year-olds who built “The Bouncing Baby” game and how empowering coding can be. Plus the Brooklyn Gamery is amazing and we get Catt Small to tell us why! The Breakdown makes a return which gives us a chance to talk about who’s the most evil cable corporation in the world! Plus Sony is trying to price gouge you by giving you the thing that everybody asked for! Intel wants more diversity in the workplace but have they been doing this all along are they just reacting to some recent bad press?

Guest Info

Stacey – @bitchwhocodes, Stacey’s site – http://thebitchwhocodes.com/

Catt – @cattsmall Brooklyn Gamery – http://brooklyngamery.com/

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