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Van Hemlock Episode 28
Tue, 25 Nov 2008 10:22:00 GMT [download/play]



This week we have provide our thoughts on the spate of MMO closures, how big the various games platforms are sales wise, some nonsense about second life and some other things you'll just have to listen to in order to hear.

 

There's also some rambling about what we've been playing, what we're probably not going to play any more and killing giant worms with chainsaws.


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Episode 28 Discussion Thread

'Game Shutdowns...' by poozle
Submitted on 2008-11-25 10:42:52 CST
I think the game you were looking for that got shut down recently was Hellgate London... still bitter about it tbh, I think it was definitely a case that the community was 1/2 responsible for the death of the game. And thats probably part of the reason behind TRs demise, the community gave up on the game and word of mouth spread that it wasn't good so put a lot of people off. I tried it a couple of months ago and enjoyed it a lot, just wasn't a great time for me MMO wise.

My theory about LBPs lack of sales is that it will be a good seller but it will take a while to sell, it won't be a massive week 1 seller but will sell well over time. I'm definitely liking it... although need to play it a bit more.



'more closure than NCSoft' by shuttler
Submitted on 2008-11-25 13:40:41 CST
:P

I'm going to use that phrase a lot!

Great show

Do you think Star Trek Online could lose players if the film sucks?

LBP is still brilliant to me, I have more fun playing the campaign with others than the player created stuff. As for the controls I have mastered them and clearly have better depth perception than Jon :P

I'm more excited about LBP on the PSP though oddly.

Glad your having as much CoH fun as me, it's so much better organised now I'm not responsible hehe. How long and repetitive was that task force though?!!!! One man down and one divorce later we complete it though! I have to say getting that badge felt good. I enjoyed it lots don't get me wrong, I think I was after something a bit more special!

The social side was great though and TS was so much fun!

Shall I release the Team Speak audio though, lets let your listeners decide?




'Another GREAT podcast' by Saylah
Submitted on 2008-11-26 01:10:30 CST
I'm remiss about commenting because I listen to most podcasts disconnected from the internet. Besides the chemistry, humor & yummy accents, I enjoy the flavorful version of MMO news in addition to hearing about what you're playing.


'In other news...' by Melmothulhu
Submitted on 2008-11-26 02:49:25 CST
Blizzard stocks fell by thirty percent yesterday on the back of reports that the devourer of cyber civilisations, VanHemlock the Virtual-World Eater, had shown a modest interest in returning to World of Warcraft.


'Trek Online' by Jon
Submitted on 2008-11-26 05:54:40 CST
I think that the Star Trek movie is in an interesting place because if it flops it'll not effect the game much ("that rubbish reboot of the franchise failed, I'll stick with good old Trek"), but if the film is successful then the game will get players because of it. It's win-win except for the possibility of it making the game look out of date universe wise.


'What if...' by shuttler
Submitted on 2008-11-26 05:58:39 CST
What if the movie flops and everyone gives up on trek though as an I.P.

I think it would make me lose interest



'If people were going to give up on Trek as an IP...' by Jon
Submitted on 2008-11-26 06:09:37 CST
If people were going to give up on Trek as an I.P. they would have done it around the time of Enterprise :)


'Cross Platform MMOs' by Letrange
Submitted on 2008-11-26 16:25:01 CST
You guys missed FFXI - it's cross platform PC/PS2/XBOX and relatively successful at it no less. Very possibly one of the reasons it keeps its population is the fact that although it is very hardcore as MMOs go it is one of the few that puts PS2, PC and XBOX on the same servers.


'Great!' by Paradiso
Submitted on 2008-11-30 19:20:21 CST
Hello Van and Jon, just wanted to say I thoroughly enjoy your show. You're a great team. Kudos to you, boys!