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Van Hemlock Episode 38
Mon, 9 Feb 2009 02:03:00 GMT [download/play]



This week we have some news, followed by some commentary on some of the more interesting blog posts out there at the moment.

If you care about BoB being destroyed, how successful Warhammer is or if boobies are a good thing then this is the episode for you. Or not.

Posts we talk about:

  1. http://tobolds.blogspot.com/2009/02/mega-griefing.html
  2. http://www.brokentoys.org/2009/02/04/rituals-of-the-betrayed/
  3. http://tobolds.blogspot.com/2009/02/game-company-layoffs.html
  4. http://syncaine.wordpress.com/2009/02/06/storms-tourist-and-failure-the-mmo-market/
  5. http://tagn.wordpress.com/2009/02/05/players-as-excuse/
  6. http://www.mmognation.com/2009/01/29/what-is-it-with-the-naked-chicks/


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Episode 38 Discussion Thread

'MMO Revenue Numbers' by Jaxom92
Submitted on 2009-02-09 06:45:38 CST
Is there a website about those revenue numbers? I'd love to take a look at it in more detail.

Love the show as always, keep it up guys!



'I care about one of those things' by shuttler
Submitted on 2009-02-09 09:24:15 CST
I'll be back after a listen!


'Link for the numbers' by Jon
Submitted on 2009-02-09 10:28:42 CST
The initial information for the MMO numbers is here: http://gigaom.com/2009/02/01/top-10-money-making-mmos-2008/ and hopefully there will be a more detailed report released next month.


'Runescape is a Western MMO' by McDonagh
Submitted on 2009-02-09 16:53:19 CST
Runescape is made by Jagex LTD which is based in Cambridge in the UK, so it would be the second highest grossing western mmo. Just an FYI


'I'm going to go a bit comic book nerd here!' by shuttler
Submitted on 2009-02-10 19:16:12 CST
On the boobies thing. I think that video games and films and comic books are better when they are over stylised or exaggerated.

Whether that is just a monster that is drawn overly evil or a castle that is made to look super scary or oversized. Or an oversized sword in WoW I think this might be all we are dealing with. If a character is meant to be eye catching they exaggerate that as much as possible.

In my comics i see overly curvatious women all the time and it's just part of the way the genre is.

An example of sex being over used would be magazines like PCFormat in the UK putting girls on the front when really it has nothing to do with it all.

AS for BoB and Goons situation. What if this BoB guy who went to Goons was infact a double agent and is nor infiltrating Goons and then going to come back with alliance 3 or what ever they are called Band of old Brothers? (BooB)