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Levels Of Detail Podcast: Golden Ticket Edition (03.30.2011)

Games and Gaming, News

No, it sadly isn’t a real Golden Ticket to Valve’s headquarters, but listener Katrel was nice enough to make it for us after our opining last week (he tells us he found it in a “box” of Portal 2), which takes the sting away a little. Thanks, Katrel!

This week has been slow for the gaming industry, allowing us to bring you all the news that is fit for your eagerly awaiting ears. We cover things like hacker troubles in Zynga-land, the state of PC ports, and how Nintendo is managing to mess up a product that is selling out anyways, as well as Metacritic’s lose-lose developer ratings system.

For feedback, complaints, and suggestions, hit us up at LODpodcast@LevelsOfDetail.com. If you’re listening to us via iTunes, please review us so we aren’t so sad and lonely.

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Levels Of Detail Podcast: Feels Like the First Time Edition (03.23.11)

Games and Gaming, News, Retrospectives

Hey, remember us? After finally escaping from the bottoms of our respective schedules, Ben and I have returned with a brand new episode of the Levels Of Detail Podcast! We talk at length about Valve, Portal 2 and the awesome things that happen inside that Pacific Northwest house of wonders, maybe rag on NPD, Ubisoft and game reviewers a fair bit, but really, you can think of this episode as making up for lost time. More rants! More bashing! More love! More gushing! More beer nerdery! More time than we’re supposed to take! All of that and more awaits you in the second triumphant return of the Levels Of Detail Podcast! Please, share and enjoy, and talk back at us at LODpodcast@LevelsOfDetail.com.

LOD Podcast Episode 22 (03/23/11)

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My Mom Plays Portal

Features, Games and Gaming

My 53-year-old mother was recently in town visiting me, and while she was here, I decided to have her play lots and lots of video games. Even though she’s not really a gamer, she played Pong and Ms. Pac Man from time to time when she was younger, and when I was growing up, she would play the occasional game of Tetris on my NES. Currently, she enjoys playing Peggle, Wii Fit, and Katamari Damacy (or as she calls it: “The rolly-up game,”) but that’s pretty much the extent of her gaming experience. Because I am not above exploiting my own family for entertainment purposes, I decided to take notes while she played and write about the experience.

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Levels Of Detail Podcast: Intensive Studies Edition (03.10.11)

Games and Gaming, News

We have returned! And by we, I mean me. I have returned. But we bring news with us! We lead off with a bit of indie game news, more updates in the ongoing battle of Sony v. Everyone on the Internet, we try to talk about video game films without blowing a gasket, Microsoft promises that Games for Windows Live will stop sucking soon, Nintendo’s plans to stop piracy are revealed, EA makes more tangible steps towards PC gaming, and the British worry that the 3DS will melt their eyes and empty their wallets. Please, share and enjoy, and talk back at us at LODpodcast@LevelsOfDetail.com.

LOD Podcast Episode 21 (03/10/11)

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How To Play Quake 1 Like It’s 2011 (not 1999)

Features, Games and Gaming, Retrospectives

Seeing this recent post on RPS got me in the mood to do some singleplayer QuakeOneing. Just thinking about it gave me a shiver of anticipation, and I could hear the shotgun pow-tch-chk, the hiss and growl and roar and the clank-wobbleboom of grenades. That was it: the itch needed scratching. As soon as I got home from work, I got to re-installing.

But if you’re anything like me, you like a little modern gloss on the old warwagon. Leave the gameplay mechanics alone, but the shiny? I like the shiny!
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Levels Of Detail Podcast: Left Behind Edition (03.04.11)

Games and Gaming, News

We’re giving this new, shifted schedule a try here at the LOD Podcast, maybe it’ll work a little better. As for this podcast, we bring you tales of Battlefield 3‘s awesomeness delivered in trailer form, Valve has big plans for its Steam platform, Notch and Mojang talk about their new project and bits of the future of Minecraft, Serious Sam 3 is officially announced, Nintendo does nothing to stop the R4 ROM cartridge, LG bends Sony over a legal barrel in Europe, and Harmonix speculates about life after Rock Band. Please, share and enjoy, and shout back at us at LODpodcast@LevelsOfDetail.com.

LOD Podcast Episode 20 (03/04/11)

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Levels Of Detail Podcast: A Very Special Late Live Edition (03.01.11)

Games and Gaming, News

There’s something special waiting for you inside this episode of the LOD Podcast. What, you ask? Well, for one thing, we managed to actually get in the same room to record things. Will that carry over to an actual increase in quality? You decide, as we briefly cover such topics as the inevitable success of the Japanese 3DS launch, OnLive’s bold marketing push, and Activision seeing more dollar signs out of Guitar Hero; and speculate about the one of the first forays of popular music into narrative games. Listen, share it with your friends, and shoot us some feedback at LODpodcast@LevelsOfDetail.com