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Van Hemlock Episode 50
Fri, 8 May 2009 11:04:00 GMT [download/play]



We've hit the magic 50 shows, and the crushing weight of knowing that it's too late to stop now and we're stuck with making these for life hasn't stopped us from another week of poking holes into the news and having a chat about how we go about making the podcast.

You can comment on the show over at virginworlds.com or vanhemlock.com. follow us on twitter as @vanhemlock or @jonshute and please leave us a comment on iTunes because we're still not the number one podcast there.

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Episode 50 Discussion Thread

'PS3? Dominant? Whaa?' by blaktalon
Submitted on 2009-05-08 17:18:35 CST
Someone said PS3 and Dominant in the same sentence...

Methinkies someone needs a drug screening...

360 for teh winz. (I PROMISE, thats all im gonna say in lolcat)

I can has cheezburger? (Ok, so mebbe I lied...)



'About getting a Darkfall account' by BurntSushi
Submitted on 2009-05-08 17:58:26 CST
If you guys want to buy a Darkfall Account you can purchase mine, I still have 23 days remaining on my first month.

Let me know if you want it.



'PS3' by Token
Submitted on 2009-05-09 14:33:27 CST
I'm no fanboy but honestly I cant see what the point of the PS3 is. I finally got to use one recently and was just disgusted at how long it takes to load compared to my Xbox, and how ugly it's online and system interface was.


'Woot! Balloons! Candy! Champagne!' by Akely
Submitted on 2009-05-09 15:31:58 CST
Congrats on the 50th show.

I enjoyed hearing a bit about how you set the show up. Astonished to hear the amount the time it takes. Thanks for the devotion, and do not get girlfriends. ;-)



'PS3 and MMOs' by BadPanda
Submitted on 2009-05-09 19:17:39 CST
I think you guys forgot that FFXXXXIIII (or what ever its called) was the very first MMO to come to a console and it was out on the PS2 first.

As for the PS3 becoming the market leader yeah I can see that happening very soon. I have all the console systems and I have to say since I got a PS3 I havent looked at the other two due to free online play and the system runs quite.

I can also see the PSE becoming the console that people that like MMOs start going to to the fact that DCUO The Agency and Free Realms will be avaible on it meaning that you dont need to spend silly money on upgrading your PC to see them at there best.



'Happy 50' by Ceadrick
Submitted on 2009-05-10 04:54:15 CST
My son and I have a Xbox 360 and a PS3. I don't play any console games, but my son loves them all. He rather rent a PS3 game than a Xbox one. Something about the controller, and the overall look of the game he says. My son is 18 and he's been playing video games forever. He used to make me play Resident evil 1 while he sat next to me and watched. I use the PS3 as a blueray player and the Xbox to stream Netflix, so I get some use out of them. As far as PS3 dominating in the future I find that hard to believe. However, if Sony can release MMO's on the PS3 then you might see it pull ahead.

Anyways, great show happy 50 you guys are 6 years older than me now, LOL.



'Happy 50th Episode' by Sentack
Submitted on 2009-05-11 18:49:18 CST
Great show guys,although my version cut off half way thru the show or something odd happened. I was listening to you two talk about "What you had learned" when suddenly I'm back to about the half way point into the show. I don't think I missed anything, but it sure sound odd. Anyone else getting that problem?

But back to the show. It was nice to hear what you guys where using to make the podcast. One comment though. You where talking about the size of the final production. The final MP3. John mentioned that the average show was something like 60MB large. About a meg a minute, commented Van Hemlock.

So I checked, and your show is at 128kb bit rate in stereo. How would the show sound if you bumped down to 64kb bit rate mono? I know this seems like a drastic cut, but the quality still might be pretty good and it should be a major reduction in size.

I mention this because that's the exact quality that National Public Radio (NPR) use for all their podcasts and it sounds pretty damn good to me. Try it and see how it goes. Of course, if size isn't an issue, and it doesn't really appear to be, then why sacrifice the quality.