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Levels Of Detail Podcast: Technical Difficulties Edition (01.30.11)

Games and Gaming, News

Ah, Ben has now returned to his proper residence in Goleta, which means that his side of the podcast will no longer be transmitted by carrier pigeons. One would think this would free us from technical issues (pigeons are a notoriously unreliable way of sending Skype traffic), but you would be mistaken! We struggled mightily through various sound-related issues, but we have persevered, and have managed to bring you a somewhat dented and scuffed-up version of the Levels Of Detail Podcast.

For this edition, we properly cover the launch of the new Sony handheld console, the NGP (née PSP2), Ben talks about Magicka for a bit, more Sony news bits about the PS3’s upcoming firmware updates and why you should care, Activision actually does something pretty cool, we bitch about video game movies and what we two entertainment industry powerhouses think should be make the leap from console to big screen, and cap it off with some idle thoughts about the possible fate of the game demo. Please, enjoy.

LOD Podcast Episode 11 (01/30/11)

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Levels Of Detail Podcast: At Least We Look Professional Edition, Part 2 (1.27.11)

Games and Gaming, News

Here is the promised second bit of our back-from-vacation podcast. We hope you missed the sounds of our voices ringing in your ears and our enjoying our new header image. (For the record, it’s Kasey on the right, and yours truly on the left.)

After wrapping up the first half of the episode, we moved on to covering Valve’s delightful Portal 2 announcement, Sony and Activision’s PS3 hacking and CoD:MW2 troubles, more amusing “analysis” from Michael Pachter, Japan’s ongoing JRPG problems, and some awful gaming promotions that make us feel like we’re in 1995. Join us this weekend for another podcast of dubious quality and certain drinking.

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What Final Fantasy XIII-2 Can Learn From Its Predecessor

Features, Games and Gaming

Square-Enix recently announced that they were working on a direct sequel to Final Fantasy XIII, titled Final Fantasy XIII-2. As a card-carrying Final Fantasy fanboy, I am already excited about this, based on nothing more than a 2 minute trailer. However, there is still that nagging voice in the back of my head that keeps reminding me about the fact that Final Fantasy XIII was my least favorite game in the series. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed it quite a bit, but certain aspects of the game were a bit off-putting, and I hope that Square-Enix takes the time to address these issues in the sequel.
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Gaming Underdogs of 2011

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We’ve heard a lot about the AAA games coming out in 2011 like Bulletstorm, Diablo III, and Portal 2. But what else do we have to look forward to, especially in that sweet spot of $10-15?

2010 was a bumper year for the indie gaming community, and 2011 looks to be continuing that trend. Here’s what looks awesome for the upcoming year. (Note: some of these games don’t have announced release dates, and most of the ones with release dates are subject to change.)

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Levels Of Detail Podcast: Vacationing as a Popsicle Edition (01.04.11)

Games and Gaming, News

Well, I fear it is time for me to say those dreaded words for all of you: the Levels Of Detail Podcast is going on break. I’m off to Europe for a vacation for the next week or so, and so in that time, there will unfortunately be no podcast. I have made arrangements with the gaming industry to release no news of any import while we’re away, so don’t worry about missing anything from us.

However, while we’ve got you here, why not listen to this brand new podcast? We’ve got the preliminary results from Child’s Play 2010, our collective hard-on for Bulletstorm grows ever larger, the Kinect clones are coming, Harmonix might be in more trouble than we think (or none at all), and we gaze deep into our navels regarding explosive barrels and the preferred coloration thereof and why Minecraft hit the right buttons to become a smash hit. Enjoy, and we will talk at you again in two weeks.

LOD Podcast Episode 9 (01/05/11)

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Steam Sales

Features, Games and Gaming

No one would call me an unreasonable person. Few people would look at me and say, “That Niteowl fellow, he’s one to go skinny dipping in a kiddie pool full Crisco, a grievously injured king cobra, and seven squirrels in the latter stages of rabies”. I have a mortgage, a real job,  and what is laughably considered a pension.

But when the Steam Holiday Sale comes around, well, I wouldn’t say all reason goes out the proverbial window, but perhaps saying “Reason gets put in in a small concrete cell, bound, along with some guy with an unidentifiable Soviet Bloc accent, a car battery, and absolutely no knowledge of the Geneva Convention” is not stretching the truth too far.

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