Episode 46: “Retro”actively Speaking

[soundcloud url="" params="color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%" height="166" iframe="true" /] 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?" Check out...

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Want To Help Support Victims Of Police Brutality? Here’s How!

I can distinctly remember hearing about Amadou Diallo's death at the hands of New York City police officers in 1999. I was coming home from college classes one day and heard on the news that a man had been shot 41 times by police officers. The thing that blared back at me was the constant refrain of the number: 41...

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The 5 Ways The VGX’s Shot Themselves In The Foot….Again

The VGX awards were held last night in LA, and per host and creator Geoff Keighley's Twitter feed we were supposed to be treated to a "very different" show than the ones we'd gotten in years past. Unfortunately, very different didn't necessarily equal out to an enjoyable or interesting three-hour TwitchTV broadcast. Here are 5 reasons why we think they might need to go back to the drawing board. 1. HIRING PEOPLE WHO DON’T CARE ABOUT VIDEOGAMES. I’m starting to really feel bad for Geoff Keighley at this point. I think he’s extremely smart and passionate about games, I mean who would...

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Battlefield 4 PC Beta footage via Shareef Jackson!

Did you know that when Science & Tech blogger Shareef Jackson is not doing his amazing podcast Operation Cubicle or chilling at NASA, yes NASA he also plays videogames? Videogames like the upcoming Battlefield 4 which is now in Beta and will be released on October 29th. Reef shows us some of his gameplay experiences and let me say, even from his iPhone footage the game looks stupidly pretty. I've been playing the PS3 version and have been excited to see some of the changes they've implemented to customization but I can't wait to see what the next-gen versions will bring. Here is...

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Saints Row IV: The Best Game You Don’t Want People Seeing You Play.

When the Saints Row franchise came on the scene, it was apparent that the creators wanted to supplant the “Grand Theft Auto” series while sharing their take on gang culture and all the tropes within. It kind of reminded me of the “2K Sports NFL 2K5” vs “Madden” days, with the newcomer trying to take the crown from the wily vet. Gamers were given an actual choice between two very similar and well-made games and each had a very distinct style and flavor. At the end of the day, “Saints Row” lost the battle of the gritty hood open-world games, but...

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Inviting Regulation: The Sportsification Of Video Games

I recently came across an amazing article that hypothesizes the possible governmental regulatory aspects of the competitive gaming community adopting sports-ified language and how that usage can actually be a detriment to those involved. I've shared that below and think everyone should check it out. This topic is fascinating and hopefully will spark some discussion amongst everyone in the FGC, tell us what you think in the comments below and also let UltraDavid know as well. The following article is a repost from David Philip Graham, he is a entertainment and video game attorney with significant expertise in the world of competitive...

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The SuperSpawnJacksonAnimal First Half of 2013 Video Game Review

I had the pleasure of sitting down with some of my favorite people and talk about some of the dopeness that we all got to play in the first half of 2013. Check out all our thoughts in the video below and if you think we missed something let me know in the comments. [y=rC6-zSRlr3s height=400] After you are done with that check out their awesome web content: Shareef Jackson - & Operation Cubicle Podcast Martin Legget - & The Super Jawncast! 8bitAnimal - Check his Youtube page....

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This Golden Arrow hits its Mark – Review and Developer Interview

The mobile gaming space that was once dominated by Gameboys and Atari Lynxes (Ha!) has now been supplanted by iPhone and Android devices. Graphic advancements, miniaturization of  arcade classics and new twists on genres have made the mobile platform a force to be reckoned with. One of the most popular genres in "phone gaming" has been the "Endless Runner" one. Games like Canabalt, Temple Run, and Jetpack Joyride have been downloaded millions of times and have been on the top of numerous mobile "best-of" lists. Their main objective is to jump or run through a space while collecting objects and avoiding falling or hitting obstacles....

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No Love In a Elevator: Our Dead Space 3 Review

Dead Space 3 is a game that everyone should play – especially other developers. Not because the game employs any interesting gameplay mechanics, or expands what you can do with an established franchise. Instead, Visceral Games and EA are showing the gaming community how you can easily run a series directly into the ground by running away from what made you great. Unfortunately and ironically it seems as if the title of the game has also described its latest iteration. We pick up the story some 200 years after Dead Space 2: the Unitarians have surpassed and supplanted their EarthGov rivals...

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The Sound Shapers – Old_PopTarts

The “SoundShapers” is a series of articles and interviews that spotlight a different member of the Sound Shapes community weekly. Check out other posts here.  This week’s shaper is a mainstay of the community and has made some pretty cool levels. I was attracted to some of his creations because I really like symmetrical levels. Many of this shaper’s levels are great because they are, in the words of Tart himself: short, sweet and to the point. They offer a challenge to both novice and veteran players and show that he has firm grasp of the platforming genre.  This week’s Shaper...

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