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Levels Of Detail Podcast: Alcohol Poisoning Edition (12.29.10)

Games and Gaming, News

Welcome to the last Levels Of Detail Podcast episode for 2010! This milestone might mean a bit more if we were more than a handful of episodes in, but we’ll take what we can get.

For this final episode, we talk about Bulletstorm and the potentials for amusing censorship contained within, Microsoft refuses to stand for the libelous claims that they will improve their products, the Uncharted movie might not be doomed after all, lawsuits abound, and we discuss the games of 2010 and what we’re looking forward to in 2011. We spend so long discussing the year that was and the year that is yet to be that we go almost a full half-hour past our usual one-hour mark, so grab a drink and something to eat, settle in for the long-haul with us and have a happy New Year.

LOD Podcast Episode 8 (12/29/10)

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Levels Of Detail Podcast: Christmas in the Burn Ward Edition (12.21.10)

Games and Gaming, News

Preparations have begun in earnest for the annual family tradition of subjecting poultry to our pathetic attempts to render something resembling the Rockwell-esque family feast ideal. Neighbors have been notified, the proper authorities alerted and the Army is on standby in case we have a repeat of two years ago and need to, as the documentary film Aliens taught us, pull out and nuke the site from orbit (it’s the only way to be sure). This year, our household has decided to add third-degree burns to the roulette wheel of potential disasters by frying our turkey. We hope to produce a juicy and succulent bird for the family, or to at least go out in a flavor-injected twenty-foot fireball.

But you are not here to read about our culinary misadventures; you’re not here to read at all! For the podcast this week, we have some useful consumer advice on this week’s big game sales, the cancellation of the Ender’s Game game, Kinect possibly takes a tentative step towards the future, we finally codify our lambasting of game company executives into a new segment, and I give my thoughts on Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. Please, enjoy!

LOD Podcast Episode 7 (12/21/10)

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Charity Achievement: Unlocked

Features, Games and Gaming, News

I built Levels Of Detail last year to be the public face of Mefight Club, the semi-private gaming community I started together with a bunch of other Metafilter members more than three years ago.

Mefight Club and this weblog have both succeeded beyond my wildest dreams. We have a stable of great writers and, er, talkers here at the blog, and the community over at the forum continues to grow as more grown-up gamers who cherish playing with friends hear about it, from Metafilter itself or through friends. Our ethos has always explicitly been to value fun, kindness, generosity and the occasional drink or three.

But today, well, today we outdid ourselves.

A few weeks back, one of our members thought that it might be a nice idea for the Christmas (and other non-denominational wintertime) holidays to get together a group donation to Child’s Play Charity.

Child’s Play’s mission is to collect donations for toys, games, books and cash for sick kids in children’s hospitals across North America and the world, and we thought that that sounded like a pretty damn fine idea.

Today, we donated $4155 to Child’s Play. That is, in the most literal sense of the word, awesome.

To everyone from Mefight Club who contributed: you folks are freakin’ heroes. I am honoured to be able to shoot, stab, blow up and otherwise commit mayhem on you in all the games we play together.

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You said, I played

Games and Gaming

So, on the day of the eighth, being a rather hectic Wednesday for me, I found some time to run over to random.org and I played the tnumber game. My first roll, strangely enough, was a 1. In a DnD game that would have equaled fail. In this game, hat equaled Rush, a puzzle game from the makers of Toki Tori, a game that I recall the name of and nothing else.

For farts and funnies I rolled it two more times to hand over runners-up prizes to the next two folks (That is to say “I’m glad I didn’t play this” awards, in retrospect), and it came up with a six, and then a five. Out of the eight entries, I think I managed to luck out with the easiest one.

The whole game-show-esque results after the jump:

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Levels Of Detail Podcast: My Inferior Fleshy Human Frame Edition (12.10.10)

Games and Gaming, News

The blatant inferiority of my biological existence has been made manifest. As I am made of wet flesh and fragile bone instead of strong, sleek, superior titanium, carbon fiber and electroactive polymer, I rolled and broke my ankle yesterday. This inevitable failing of my organic body has delayed the podcast by a day, something that will never occur again. As I write this, the weak analog uncertainty of flesh is giving way to the cold precision of machine, ensuring the podcast will never be delayed again. By this, at least. I make no promises for busy work, college insanity, and general laziness.

This week, we have the Parade of Stupid Company Executive Comments, we lament the sad passing of Raven Software’s independence and Warren Spector’s credibility as a game designer, and talk about two upcoming action/adventure game franchises involving tombs and the raiding thereof. Also, here’s a link to that YouTube video showing off just how realistic Gran Turismo 5 is.

LOD Podcast Episode 6 (12/10/10)

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Levels Of Detail Podcast: Wherein We Argue About Stuff Edition (12.07.10)

Games and Gaming, News

Hello, listeners! For today’s episode of the Levels Of Detail Podcast, we have our first group review! The lucky first game to fall under our judgmental gaze just happens to be Super Meat Boy, a game we’ve been exhorting you to buy almost every other podcast (Spoiler: we like it a lot). Also, Australia decides to treat their adults like adults, we talk about the upcoming Introversion title, Subversion, I agree with Bobby Kotick about something, and Ben and I actually disagree about something! Shock! Horror! Listen!

LOD Podcast Episode 5 (12/07/10)

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You say, I play

Games and Gaming

Podcasts, while entertaining, do not a groupblog make.

So in order to add a little spice to the recent postings, I want to enlist the help of our readership!

I need a new game, and I need to write up about one. So all of you participating readers out there get to pick!

My next post will be of the winning game of this little drawing.

Entry rules after the jump.

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Levels Of Detail Podcast: Now With News Edition (12.03.10)

Games and Gaming, News

My oh my, do we have an episode for you all tonight. Many interesting things happened between the last episode and tonight, so many that we had to push off some of the news until the weekend. Still, we have more than enough to satisfy your desires for the finest in low-fi gaming chatter. EA kicks Harmonix while they’re down, Sony tries and fails to one-up Microsoft’s Kinect sales announcement while Microsoft debuts a rewards program that’s equally unimpressive, Team Meat mocks PETA’s pitiful attempts to attention whore the Super Meat Boy release, another Japanese attempt at making a game for “Western” audiences looks like garbage, and the federal government botches their first DMCA copy-protection prosecution.

Oh, and if you’re looking for the video links I promised in the episode, the Mr. Minecraft video is here, and just because you deserve it, here’s a video of Tofu Boy in action. Remember, type “petaphile” into the character select screen, and not only will you get to participate in an awesome PETA troll, but you get a Steam achievement for doing so.

LOD Podcast Episode 4 (12/03/10)

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Levels Of Detail Podcast: Turkey Coma Edition (11.30.10)

Games and Gaming, News

Having crawled out from underneath several metric tons of leftover turkey, stuffing and gelatinized cranberries, we’re back with a new podcast! Fortunately, the rest of the gaming industry took the rest of last week off, as well, so we actually had a slight news shortfall! Fortunately, Ben came through with an awesome bit about Minecraft and the emergence of some strange form of collective governance from the chaos. Also, we have Pachter continuing to fail to justify his existence, Hollywood screws up the Uncharted movie, and we reach new depths of content desperation while discussing my local Fry’s Electronics. Enjoy! Enjoy.

LOD Podcast Episode 3 (11/30/10)