This week, Stephen finally gets a theme song, Mark plays devil’s advocate, and Martha gets dangerously close to a topic your nice hosts swore to never talk about on the show.
[0:02:40] DLC and Expansions
- When Mark was young, he bought unofficial Quake mods on CD-ROM.
- Turns out, Electronics Boutique and EB Games are the same thing.
- “Day-One DLC Isn’t Always Evil, Says Borderlands 2 Guy” – Tina Amini, Kotaku
- “Patch The Process” – Rami Ismail
- “Street Fighter V is a Barebones Game That’s a Sign of the Times” – Paul Tamburro, Crave
- “Code analysis of No Man’s Sky praises engine, criticises “unfinished” game” – Andy Chalk, PCGamer
- “It turns out Sony won’t be charging PS4 Pro players for 4K upgrade patches” – Danny Cowan, Digital Trends
- “Mario Party 2: Luigi wins by doing absolutely nothing” – KlydeStrom, YouTube
- Turns out, Dungeons & Dragons does use software-style versioning for their “patch notes.”
- After recording this episode, Mark had an idea for how to price DLC in Metro Nexus.
- “Nier Automata Lets Players Buy PSN Trophies With In-Game Money” – Heather Alexandra, Kotaku
- “Payday 2 rolls back microtransactions after fan outrage” – Kyle Orland, Ars Technica
- “5G – Press START to Play” – YouTube
- “I Am Rich: The Story of the World’s Strangest Mobile App” – Antoni Zolciak, In’saneLab
[0:38:34 ] Genre in Games
- Wikipedia says “Genres are not usually defined by the actual content of the game.”
- “List of accolades received by Grand Theft Auto V” – Wikipedia
- Turns out, Call of Duty games have been nominated for a lot of BAFTAs over the years.
- “What makes an RPG an RPG: a universal definition” – Craig Stern
- “Mass Effect – Don’t Touch That” – YouTube
- “Mass Effect – Blasto! (hilarious)” – YouTube
- “Ludonarrative Dissonance in Bioshock” – Clint Hocking
(you’ve probably read this one already)
- “Naughy Dog Doesn’t Get Ludonarrative Dissonance” – Alessio Palumbo, Wccftech
- A good critical review of Jason Schreier’s book “Blood, Sweat, And Pixels,” which Mark read recently and really liked.