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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: 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: 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: 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: 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)