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Levels Of Detail Podcast: The Great E3 Wasteland Edition (06.15.11)

Games and Gaming, News

Well, E3 has come and gone, and has brought mostly a load of uncertainty and disappointment along with it. We find a few gems worth highlighting in the coverage, and cover some non-E3 related gaming news as well, including the announcement of a Blackwater tactical shooter (yes, the PMC), Lulzsec proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that their membership is almost entirely still in puberty, the prerequisite boycott for the debut of the next marquee shooter begins, and EA decides that they’d rather you not buy their games anymore. All this and more on this new episode of the Levels Of Detail Podcast! Please, Share and Enjoy.

LOD Podcast Episode 30 (06/15/11)

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Levels Of Detail Podcast: Barracuda Edition (06.03.11)

Games and Gaming, News

With E3 still a week away, and the PSN fiasco finally winding down, what news scraps are there left for poor amateur podcasters like us feed on? How about an announcement for a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy game? Minecraft coming to Android and iOS? Kotaku showing some of that ol’ backbone that we used to love? And the announcement of Facebook: Modern Warfare (AKA Call of Duty Elite)? All of this and more on this week’s episode of the Levels Of Detail Podcast! Please, Share and Enjoy.

LOD Podcast Episode 29 (06/03/11)

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Levels Of Detail Podcast: Now With More Nerdrage Edition (05.12.11)

Games and Gaming

We do strive to maintain a degree of optimism and positivity in our message and tone here at the Levels Of Detail Podcast, but Goddamn, it gets hard sometimes. We enter the fourth week of the Playstation Network shutdown and discuss what that means for Sony and their partners with PSN (Hint: bad things), try to deduce what Nintendo means with their Vitality Sensor delay news and why they’re still talking about it, smack some collective heads together about Mass Effect 3 and Valve, Notch floats the idea of a big Minecraft convention for the launch date, we hope that Harmonix being untethered from Viacom means more awesome Rock Band DLC in our future, muse a bit about World of Warcraft and Spy Party, and advocate for gamification of education. Please, share and enjoy, and talk back at us at LODpodcast@LevelsOfDetail.com.

LOD Podcast Episode 27 (05/12/11)
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Levels Of Detail Podcast: This Could Be Bad Edition (04.29.11)

Games and Gaming, News, Retrospectives

So, there was a thing! PSN got hacked and now we’ve all been sold wholesale to Estonian hackers to work in their gold farms or whatever. Also, Nintendo confirmed that the Wii 2 is actually a thing, which conveniently distracted everyone from the massive hit their year-over-year earnings took. We take a solid half-hour to kick both Sony and Nintendo while they’re down, but we also have other news! In the afterglow of the Portal 2 release, Valve gives us some more information about their upcoming projects, we have more Minecraft news, LA Noire lets us know where its true allegiances lie, and an ancient conspiracy declares war on gaming. Please, listen, share and enjoy, and email us at LODpodcast@LevelsOfDetail.com.

LOD Podcast Episode 26 (04/29/11)

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Levels Of Detail Podcast: Thinking With Alcohol Edition (04.23.11)

Games and Gaming, News

So, you might have heard about this game that came out this week, Portal 2. We wish we could blame all of our tardiness on that, but really, it was the foul invasion of Real Life into our little bacchanalian world of beer and gaming that caused the delay. However, we have Podcast for you regardless!

This week, we bemoan the prevalence of idiots on the Internet, both regarding the “backlash” against Portal 2 and the wild storm of rumors surrounding a supposed Wii 2 E3 debut, celebrate clever ways of defeating piracy, discuss the limited information about Prey 2, and promote PC Gamer’s debut of a 90 minute time-limited demo for Minecraft (which you can download here). Please, share and enjoy, and let us know what you think at LODpodcast@LevelsOfDetail.com.

LOD Podcast Episode 25 (04/23/11)

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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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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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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

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Levels Of Detail Podcast: Defenders of the English Language Edition (02.25.11)

Games and Gaming, News

In this episode of the Levels Of Detail Podcast, we start off all positive and stuff for a change. Bulletstorm gets a positive review from the one of us who has played it, Microsoft officially announces their intention to release a PC SDK for the Kinect, a beloved game franchise returns from the dead, and Double Fine gets a chance to resurrect our childhood. All this feel-good can’t last, of course. Vietnam gives gamers a bedtime, Bethesda resurrects one of Acclaim’s worst advertising ideas, the Nintendo 3DS lineup turns out to be rather threadbare, Blockbuster goes up for sale, and we discuss the balance between Facebook games and real games. Please, share and enjoy, and shout back at us at LODpodcast@LevelsOfDetail.com.

LOD Podcast Episode 18 (02/25/11)

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Levels Of Detail Podcast: Sinus Congestion Edition (02.21.11)

Games and Gaming, News

Today’s delayed podcast is brought to you by the inside of Ben’s sinuses. Poor Ben is now unconscious, having cracked open a couple of diphenhydramine tablets and rubbed the contents into his nasal passages. Hopefully, he can actually breathe now, or at least not suffocate in his own fluids as he sleeps.

Tonight’s podcast brings us news that there will be a Medal of Honor sequel after all, in case you thought EA would just abdicate the Call of Duty market to Activision, Telltale Games has now successfully licensed all films past, present and future, someone hit the “Launch” button on Bioshock 2 DLC a little early, the piracy wars continue and we wonder when the Navy SEALs will put a stop to the jackasses in the PS3 hacking community. Plus, we discuss difficulty in gaming and whether or not there’s really a crisis of oversimplification. Please, share and enjoy, and say rude things about our humble little podcast at LODpodcast@LevelsOfDetail.com.

LOD Podcast Episode 17 (02/21/11)

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Levels Of Detail Podcast: Deep Seated Issues Edition (02.17.11)

Games and Gaming, News

I apologize for the late hour of this posting, ladies and gentlemen, my reasons are many, varied, and do not exculpate me from the late status of the podcast. Anyway! Yesterday’s podcast features the debut of the Sony Xperia Play, aka the Playstation Phone, and other Sony-related news, a game you probably forgot was even in development is now in development no longer while another game might be coming back from the dead, we actually agree with Michael Pachter for a change, and then I rant extensively about Apple, the film industry, and why games should focus on being games, not movies. Please, share and enjoy. If you feel the need to berate me for my tardiness, please do so at LODpodcast@LevelsOfDetail.com.

LOD Podcast Episode 16 (02/17/11)

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Levels Of Detail Podcast: Heinous Crimes Edition (02.13.11)

Games and Gaming, News

Piracy occurs on the big bad Internets, as Crysis 2 gets leaked and spread far and wide through the less reputable channels of the World Wide Web. Also, Ben and I express confusion as to the appeal of Battlestar Galactica, Activision summons the ghost of an old franchise in order to twist it into something new and horrifying, Chell from Portal joins the ranks of female game characters that look like actual women, we alternately defend and accuse gamers of being sexual deviants, more confusion as to what the Hell is going on in David O. Russell’s head, and a new gaming peripheral that’s tailor-made for this podcast debuts. Please, share and enjoy, and contact us at LODpodcast@LevelsOfDetail.com.

LOD Podcast Episode 15 (02/13/11)

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Levels Of Detail Podcast: The Day The Music Died Edition (02.10.11)

Games and Gaming, News

It is a dark week for old tired music game franchises, as Activision has shuttered their music games division and halted all development on Guitar Hero and all its DLC. Harmonix is also hit with layoffs, and so it seems like the lean times for music games are finally taking their toll on developers. Also on the show this week, big leaks on Battlefield 3, Sony proceeds to try to sue anyone with an Internet connection and get in a whole mess of other legal troubles, we discuss PR material from LA Noire and Call of Juarez: The Cartel, Fox News surprises us all by living down to their reputation, and we discuss the cold shower that is sex in gaming. Please, share and enjoy, and let us know what you think at LODpodcast@LevelsOfDetail.com.

LOD Podcast Episode 14 (02/10/11)

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Levels Of Detail Podcast: Football Hangover Edition (02.06.11)

Games and Gaming, News

Yes, the date at the top is a day late. There were some planned new ideas that did not pan out in time, but soon! Soon, new shiny will be among us. I blame football, as I do for nearly everything, independent of season. We now have a place for all fifteen of you who listen to the show to hurl abuse at us in private! Or maybe constructive criticism or possibly compliments, if that’s your style. Please, email us at LODpodcast@LevelsOfDetail.com, and tell us how we’re doing and mock us for our tardiness. It’s the only way we’ll learn.

In today’s delayed podcast, we talk about the utter dearth of information imparted by the new Battlefield 3 teaser, Valve is making enough money to buy and sell all of us, we think back on the monster success of the PS2, Microsoft caves in to our demands, game movie news that doesn’t involve Uncharted, I’m alternatively mean and complimentary to Canada, then geek out about an upcoming Android game, and as we found ourselves with some spare time, we dive deep into our navels and talk about beer for ten minutes. Why we drink it, and why it’s something we can all be proud of as Americans. Oh, and Canadians. We don’t mention it, but Unibroue makes some badass beer too. Please, enjoy.

LOD Podcast Episode 13 (02/06/11)