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Van Hemlock Episode 53
Thu, 28 May 2009 15:12:00 GMT [download/play]



This week we have a special guest, Matt (http://www.teppotastic.com/) from Limited Edition (http://www.virginworlds.com/podcast.php?show=27) which is the best comic podcast in the virginworlds collective. He helps us get the news wrong like usual and help push the next topic show back yet another week.

The twitter question was "What would you bring to the post of Hello Kitty Online Community Manger? Or what CM job would you like instead?"

You can follow us on twitter as @vanhemlock and @jonshute, read our blogs at http://www.vanhemlock.com and http://www.chimpsinspace.com and if you're feeling particularly daring you can catch us on xbox live as  "Van Hemlock" and Senyek. Feel free to throw popcorn Saturday afternoons UK time as we stumble through the world of co-op games, or if you want to join in with Jons console group on Tuesday nights just send him a message. Finally you can leave us a comment on virginworlds.com. I'd start with "should the contact information be longer than the show description?" if I was you.

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Episode 53 Discussion Thread

'Bah, twitter...' by McDonagh
Submitted on 2009-05-28 18:31:27 CST
if i wound up as a HKCM, i would bring a 2 week notice.

I would rather not be a CM at all. I get the feeling that after trying to play both messenger boy and master of the banhammer, i would eventually stop caring about the game i am supporting and just start playing whackamole with the banhammer until i have to put in my 2 week notice.



'And then there was an idea...' by McDonagh
Submitted on 2009-05-28 18:41:03 CST
I wonder if someone has thought of trying to make a cheesy flash game along the lines of "EXTREME CM!" based on whack-a-mole. Get points for smashing flamers, trolls, and keyloggers and lose points for smashing valuable feedback.

And every time you smack the right object, you see a giant cartoon bubble saying "BAN!" and if you hit the wrong ones you get a bubble saying "FAIL!". Smash another CM and you get the message"EPIC FAIL!" or maybe just "IRONY!"



'And then there was EPIC FAIL...' by McDonagh
Submitted on 2009-05-28 18:43:32 CST
I wish Brent could ad an option to edit and delete comments so you dont wind up with DOUBLE POST or TRIPLE POST!...

I am amusing myself too much with the whole action text pop up thing.



'Wales bashing' by Token
Submitted on 2009-05-28 19:36:38 CST
It's all true about Wales, i'm living in the land of the red dragon at the moment and can confirm several things ( I need to rant due to their shop opening times, rain, horrible drivers and boredom ). Ever wondered who was still buying Playstation2 consoles and shitty games like Sonic Riders? The people of Wales that's who, nobody here had used a 360 til I got here, they all have a strange contentment with crap old stuff like 14 inch CRT TV's, which doubles up as their sound system.

One individual I choose to highlight, I will name him Bwyd, brought his Wii console over to the flat causing mass fascination, he owned an impressive selection of multi player games which was great because we had 14 people at our Wii party before we knew it, well done this guy for updating the image of the Welsh gamer. You can imagine my confusion when he announced he only had 1 controller and it's OK because you can pass it around.



'Q' by Token
Submitted on 2009-05-30 07:17:40 CST
[Podcast Q] Lot of MMO delays of late. Which new MMOs are you waiting for and how patient are you?

Global Agenda is the game I want and to be honest I'm done with the whole discussion of whether or not delays are a good thing so I hope you arnt going there. Bloggers babbling about how they are content to play WoW for another month while their turd of a WoW clone is polished before it's inevitable banishment to the dusty shelf, who seriously cares, it's boring. Great games are made in the first weeks of planning not in the last month, Rob Pardo must laugh till his sides split every time he sees a blogger babbling on about polish.



'How many busses?' by Jaxom92
Submitted on 2009-05-30 16:07:12 CST
Assuming a bus is approximately 8 ft by 30 feet you would need 645,800,000 buses to fill the game area of Fuel. As to elephants, assuming they are 6 ft by 10 ft you would need 2,583,000,000 elephants to fill the game area. Hope that helps! LOL!


'Busses? Would that be double-deckers?' by Akely
Submitted on 2009-06-01 09:59:56 CST
Vivox:
Having voice fonts in-game would be great. I'd really like to hear that huge ogre NOT sound like Timmy, 12. If the fonts also would override the voice-motes it would be even greater. /end Pipe-dream.

Achievements/Badges:
I'm a huge Pack Rat of ?'s in EQ2. Most of the Guild is, in fact. The mechanic is a time-sink I really like. Sometimes there is even a nice reward for collections, something you actually can use. Things that allows you to teleport to a certain zone comes to mind.

Boiling water & Building Lego:
Those two things sums up the knowledge my son has about my job. I work in a nuclear power plant. Basically we do boil water to spin the turbines (with the steam). The Lego is a big 2D board we have. It is a visualization board of which fuel rod and controlling rod which goes where in the reactor and cooling pools. Every time one is moved the Lego board is updated by moving the laballed pieces. The board of course dates back to the day before we used computers for everything. There are PC's for it nowadays, but Lego works fine and is more fun.


Thanks for a great show!



'Piracy' by shuttler
Submitted on 2009-06-01 13:57:48 CST
Yaar

games are too expensive, if games were all download and ranged between 5- 20 like on xbox live, steam or popcap there would be less piracy.

The way to stop it is similar to MMO's and Steam. Log in to play.

Maybe vapour services like onlive could stop it?



'Moar!' by blaktalon
Submitted on 2009-06-04 13:54:38 CST
Loved the format, you should do all your shows like this :) British acent overload! Woo!

Excellent show guys, keep it up!



'Erm...' by Zoso
Submitted on 2009-06-10 16:33:10 CST
Did you two forward the responses from your Twitter question to SOE when they were looking for a new CM?

http://www.brokentoys.org/2009/06/09/customer-service-is-hard/



'Consoles' by rgoff31
Submitted on 2009-06-16 15:21:34 CST
I think the PC Gaming platform will shrink. I've been gaming on the PC for 16-17 years and last year bought a PS3 and really haven't looked back. I spend most of my day infront of a PC so coming home and spending another 5-8 hours on another PC was taking a toll. I don't have to spend money on hardware upgrades and I don't have to worry about DRM. The Piracy issues on the PC is ridiculous and I can't imagine companies developing exclusively on the PC platform. Look at the Sims3 & Spore as examples.