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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: 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: 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)

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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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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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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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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)

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Levels Of Detail Podcast: A Slightly More Portentious Second Episode (11.22.10)

Games and Gaming, News

Well, we said Saturday or Sunday, and it appears to be Monday (Tuesday, more like), but here we are regardless. Yes, it’s the second episode of the Levels Of Detail Podcast, and while our sense of timing has degraded somewhat, the quality of the podcast itself has improved! We have our names at the start of the podcast, so you know who’s filling your ears with news and mic pops! We have music at the beginning and end! Be amazed! Or at least experience mild bemusement! We also have news on the next LEGO movie game, we peruse Black Friday ads for your edification, Kinect is Goddamn magic, ESPN contains uninformed asshats, and I ramble on about how the Assassin’s Creed series is punk to the very core. Enjoy, dear listeners.

LOD Podcast Episode 2 (11/22/10)

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Levels Of Detail Podcast: An Auspicious Start (11.18.10)

Games and Gaming, News

Hello, Levels Of Detail readers! We’ve received a literal trickle of emails complaining about the lack of sensory stimulation that our humble blog provides. Here’s an example letter:

“Dear Levels Of Detail: Your website is wondrous to behold, a treat for the eyes, both in design and the uniformly high quality of the writing, but I was wondering, could you stimulate my other senses as well? Smell, hearing, touch, even taste would be acceptable.”

Well, you’re in luck, dear readers, for we have discovered Podcasting! Yes, now your ears can be filled with the melodious sounds of my voice and that of my cohort, Ben Hatcher, whispering the new developments of the gaming industry into your deserving ears, and deliver trenchant and incisive commentary on current events. Eventually. Right now, you have to deal with my sniffling ass as I try to breathe through half a nostril as we two half-drunk fools stumble our way through the news and ramble on about things that we are almost completely unqualified to discuss.

Don’t let that stop you from listening, however! We’ve got some good bits of information on Activision’s latest escapades in dickery, our first blush impressions on the new Games for Windows online marketplace, information on upcoming games you might have missed, the return of the Child’s Play charity, whether or not gamers can grow up to be racing drivers and if OnLive can grow up to be a real console, and much more.

LOD Podcast Episode 1 (11/18/10)

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Won’t Get Fueled Again

Features, Games and Gaming, Retrospectives

I’m on a heavy, powerful street bike. I’ve been riding for an hour or two, with breaks, and yes, I’ve been drinking beer. With some vintage The Hold Steady on my headphones, I can barely hear the roar of the engine, but there’s very little traffic, and I’ve only missed the best line on a few corners so far, but given the amount of booze I’ve managed to neck, that may change soon.

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