Hot Gamer Dudes are NOT to blame….

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So where do we go from here? Now I have whored myself out to the point of the super sexy pic that no doubt will draw at least 4 people in to reading this blog, realizing its not as homo erotic as the stunning pic would make you lead to believe.

Hot Gamer Dudes like me, have to wonder in fact what is becoming of the state of gaming. Because we have allowed our precious in fact to decay to such a state quality wise, that we effectively seem to have hit a point of no return when it comes to excepting inferior quality from games.

2014 was a cluster**** of AAA titles with bush league issues. In the end, things that simply point to the fact games were simply not ready for release.  Yet we accept these things.

Assassins Creed Unity messed up so bad, it gave you free content and other free game to compensate, GTA’s online version took months to get up and we are STILL waiting for heists. The Crew, Drive Club and Watchdogs all have had bad enough issues to effectively kill the titles. Even a winner like Far Cry 4 this year had a very annoying PS4 problem where many had to uninstall and reinstall the complete game multiple times before it got to work right. The cherry on top of this steaming pile in 2014 was the total disaster Halo Master Chief Collection is.

Look no further than Halo and the Halo 5 Beta to show how we follow developers blindly like sheep to the slaughter house. Master Chief Collection is now closing on 3 months after release and is still multiplayer wise as broken as it was on day 1. Multiplayer is unplayable for more than 1 or 2 games in a row without a crash or major issue like being bumped from party.. of course this after you waited over 20 minutes to get a game in at all, if you are lucky.  Now 343 had enough of a **** storm after Halo 4. Yeah, many people hated H4, and had hung their hopes that MCC would redeem 343. THAT DID NOT HAPPEN. So when the Halo 5 beta came out at the end of December 2014, apparently the third time is the charm because preorders from Halo 5  took off.

Huh? People dumped on Halo 4, MCC was to many hardcore Halo fans the final nail in the coffin for us, and all of a sudden the beta test for Halo 5 has people throwing their money at 343?

I mean people posting/tweeting/blogging everywhere on ordering Halo 5 a year in advance after playing a couple of weak gametypes on not even a half dozen maps? WHAT THE ****?

Then it hits me, 343 is clearly not putting Halo 5 Beta to test the game and make us feel better about the future of the game, they wanted sales.. and baaahhh… we gobbled it up on the way to the killing floor with the other sheep.

We are preordering games a year in advance, then ignoring failures in a decent product when push comes to shove. In the case of Drunken Halo’s Justin Bryce, a fine guy, he ordered multiple different copies of Destiny well in advance for different platforms, got caught in the hype and rarely even plays the game now. Even this title, was missing its saving grace in the end, Raids, when it first released. We commonly feed the developers appetite for more money preordering and accepting crappy unfinished versions of games. Why would a company care about a good end product if your gonna buy anyway?

Yeah, I sure hope Halo 5 is a good Halo game when it releases later this year, but why should hope continue to mean we all buy copies months in advance. Thus taking the hammer we the consumers have over these developers by giving our money up front? They do not have to give us a finished game, because we won’t do anything but keep funding their next release with our fingers crossed.

It is simple, the next time you get your new game and it’s not finished, it is your own fault… so leave Hot Gamer Dudes like me alone.

Please, no tribute pics with the cover shot… I am a somewhat respectable guy.

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Ther Blocking Dead Episode 2: TBOD Co-Host hits the big time.

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Yes, Its me blogging again. No wait.. self serving promoting actually!

The Blocking Dead, Episode 2 is finally out. Now don’t think I go into this without an angle. With plenty of video game references and none other than a co-host of Teabag or Die as a character in this episode, I can say that it’s only partial self indulgence from me.

At just under 23 minutes long, it won’t qualify for an Academy award or a Emmy.. at this point I just want to clear up the hard drive space in my computer all the damn files needed to make this took.

Please share, comment and like the video, even if you don’t like it. After all this is a questionable website to start with, and you are LONG overdue confession in church.. so why not one more lie?

In this episode Andrew & Connor head off to Clairepointe to decide what to do next in this new post zombie apocalyptic world. My bet would normally involve a hamster, short length of rope and a golf ball.. but I am wrong.. crazy considering I wrote the script.

Here it is, let it blow your mind…

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Halo Echo: Chapter One

In 2517, Dr. Catherine Halsey kidnaps seventy-five children for the Orion II project. After the augmentation process, thirty-three Spartan super-soldiers remained. Unbeknownst to Dr. Halsey, six others survived the augmentation process. They were handpicked by Admiral Margret Parangosky to be her personal special ops force. Codenamed Echo team, they would be used throughout the insurrectionist war as well as the Human – Covenant War. At the conclusion of the war, Echo team was just as valuable, aiding in eliminating any and all threats to the fragile peace that was in place. Now under direction of Admiral Serin Osman, Echo still leads harrowing missions into enemy territory, all for the protection of the human race.

Date: April 2558; ONI Prowler, UNSC Reaper of Souls; Location: Classified (Somewhere in covenant controlled space)

Deep within Covenant held space, The UNSC Reaper of Souls shadows the Covenant Fleet of Indignant Retribution. The Reaper’s cloak masks their presence as they search for their target. The Reapers crew seeks the fleet’s flagship, more importantly the commander of the fleet, Lat ‘Onis. During the Human-Covenant war, ‘Onis commanded a battlecruiser in the Fleet of Righteous Purpose. He took part in many engagements including the glassing of Reach. After the Great Schism he joined the Servants of Abiding Truth in an attempt to reunify the Covenant by eliminating the Arbiter and quieting his supporters. “We’ve located him sir,” exclaims the sensor officer. “Very well, have Echo team report to my ready room,” Captain Jones responds.  Captain J.P. Jones is a career naval officer. He joined the service toward the end of the Human-Covenant war and was offered a position with ONI upon his graduation from the Naval Academy. He is one of the youngest ship commanders in the fleet but has proved himself worthy many times. He is known as daring and bold in his attacks but very mature in nature. He enters the ready room as Echo team has already assembled. At the desk is a holo-projection of the covenant carrier as well as Echo teams A.I. Samantha.  Captain Jones addresses echo team, “I know you men have been asked to do a lot, but I have another tough one for you. Tensions between the UNSC and what’s left of the Covenant have been strained to say the least. A week ago a civilian transport was attacked by a Covey cruiser. That cruiser was tasked by The Fleet of Indignant Retribution. The carrier Bringer of Truth is the fleet’s flagship. On board is the Fleet Master, Lat ‘Onis. He is to be captured and brought back to The Reaper. ONI believes he is trying to reunite the splintered Sangheili tribes so he can reform the covenant. This mission is of the utmost importance and must not fail.” Captain Jones turns to Echo team’s leader, Aaron, to continue the briefing.

Commander Sierra 012 Aaron rises to his feet to address his men. Aaron is the epitome of a spartan. He is a crack shot and an ace pilot. He’s a brilliant tactician and a natural leader. All though equals, the rest of Echo team has always looked up to Aaron. While a superior soldier, he has suffered from a lack of respect toward authority and has been, at times, overzealous in battle. These traits that have garnered the ire of his ONI handlers have endeared him to his men and created an unbreakable bond amongst them. Aaron addresses his team, “We know the current path of the carrier and have spotted a debris field close to their current trajectory. We will leave on booster frames and be sent adrift in the field. Once the carrier has passed we will follow behind in their wake and land on the ship making our way to here,” pointing to a hanger bay door on the schematic of the covenant carrier. “We will enter the carrier and find the nearest computer terminal. Samantha will locate ‘Onis and we will pick the quietest way to him. We will do all we can to avoid contact till the target is secure. Make sure everyone has one silenced weapon on them. Once the package is secure, we radio Reaper for pick up. We will make our way to the nearest hanger bay and grapple gun out on pelican 2-niner, any questions.” Jack looks to the commander, “What kind of resistance are we expecting?”

Sierra 064 Lieutenant Jack is Echo teams second in command, a rock solid officer and an even more loyal spartan. Jack was originally the leader of Echo team. In their first engagement, Echo team was surrounded and Jack froze in the moment. Aaron stepped up and led the team to safety. From that moment Aaron has led Echo. Though uncomfortable at first, Aaron and Jack learned to coexist and Jack accepted his role as first officer. “Resistance will be heavy. The fleet is a full battle fleet with ground forces and special ops. There is also an unknown amount of Zealots on board the carrier. The less attention we can attract, the better,” Aaron responds. Echo team’s pilot Vince chimes in afterward, “Those engines are going to be throwing off a lot of heat. Will our shields hold long enough?”

Sierra 077 Vince is the ultimate pilot. He can fly or drive anything better and faster than any other human. As long as it has an engine, he can pilot it. He has a very cold and rough personality. Some of the ONI doctors worried about his inclusion into the spartan program fearing a mental instability. This trait was exactly what Admiral Parangosky liked most about Vince. He would be willing to take on any task without as much as a second thought. Aaron informs the team “We will use the power from the Gauss cannon to boost our shielding, trading fire power for defense. The boosted shields will have enough strength to make it through to the ship. Any other questions?” asks Aaron. The team nods in agreement and with their mission clear, Echo makes their way to the hanger bay. A silent calm washes over the team as they focus on the mission at hand, knowing the danger the lies in front of them.

The Reaper makes its way to the debris field and de-cloaks as Echo exits the hanger bay and takes their positions. Before long the covenant fleet streams past and Echo team begins their pursuit. The ride up to the carrier is rough. The heat being thrown off by the carrier’s engines is immense, the small booster frames getting thrown around like dice. Echo manages to maneuver past the engine blast and up to the hanger entrance. The booster frames land with a thud as the magnetic landers suck tight to the hull of the covenant carrier. The team exits their boosters and approaches the hanger door. Aaron and Evan peer into the bay.

Sierra 016 Evan is Echo teams Scout/Sniper. He’s an expert marksman and an extremely stealthy scout. He has always been the pretty boy of the group. Blonde hair and blue eyes have made him quite the ladies’ man, and gotten him plenty of ribbing from the rest of the team. He and Aaron have developed a good friendship over the years. Anywhere Aaron would go, Evan would be right at his side, earning him the nickname shadow. Evan peers into the hanger to reconnoiter the situation. Evan informs Aaron, “I’ve got two grunts guarding the entrance. They’re sleeping.” Aaron smirks, “Lazy little sloths. Take them out quietly.” Evan pulls out his silenced magnum pistol and activates is active-camo. He enters the hanger bay and slides up to the two sleeping grunts. He pulls out his knife and plunges the blade into one of the grunts skulls. The other grunt awakens, startled as Evan de-cloaks and lands a single headshot directly through the cranium of the second grunt. Evan signals the rest of echo with the distinct six tone whistle of Oly Oly Oxen Free, or all clear. The rest of Echo team enters the hanger bay and Aaron makes his way over to a terminal near the doorway and plugs his A.I. chip in. Samantha pops up and begins searching.

Samantha has been Echo team’s A.I. for two years now. Commander Aaron carries her in his helmet but she is able to monitor the entire team wirelessly. She’s blonde with reading glasses and a British accent. She has a bit of a sassy elegance to her. She was cloned from a doctor that worked for Oni several years earlier. Samantha runs a quick search of the ship and locates ‘Onis. “I’ve got him. He’s three decks up and eight sections forward. We can take a service tunnel up from here and there will be a corridor on your left. We can take that all the way forward. I’m marking a waypoint now. Pull me commander.”  Echo deftly moves forward through the ship, taking out several guards and sentries along the way. They approach the door to ‘Onis’s quarters and prepare to move in. The door pops open and the team rushes in like a gust of wind. They move so quick that ‘Onis is on the ground and cuffed before he even realizes what has happened. Aaron orders Ryan and Silas to secure the prisoner for transport.

Sierra 032 Lieutenant Ryan, Echo team’s intelligence officer, is Echo’s resident genius. He can hack into any system, human or covenant. He is also Echo team’s medical officer and engineer. If Echo team needs to destroy something, he knows just where to hit it. He’s the youngest member of Echo, making him the “little brother” of echo.

Sierra 091 Silas is one of the biggest spartans on record at 7’4” and 325 lbs. His specialties include heavy weapons and hand to hand combat. Off the battlefield he is a gentle giant with a heart of gold, on it, he’s a ferocious fighter and as loyal as they come. Aaron depends on him as Echo’s rear guard. His favorite tool of destruction is the shotgun that he commonly wields. Aaron radios back to the ship, “Reaper, we have the package and are moving to extract.” Captain Jones responds, “Roger that Echo, pelican 2-niner is on standby.”

Echo moves through the narrow corridors towards the extraction point when they are confronted by a squad of jackals. Aaron shouts, “Hostiles forward, weapons free.” The team opens fire as a hail of bullets makes short work of the overmatched foes. Echo hastens their pace now as the entire ship is awash with the sound of alarms. The entire ships garrison has been alerted to their presence. It won’t be long before more trouble is headed their way. About fifty yards from the hanger they encounter a large group of twenty covenant soldiers.  Echo splits, taking cover in doorways. They begin working through the hostiles, gunfire ringing throughout every nook and cranny of the hallway, as they take out their foes, one by one. “Watch the right side Vince. You’ve got two coming up,” warns Aaron. Vince turns his pistol and drops two grunts with two precise headshots. Two elites charge toward the team. Aaron signals to Evan, “Two on the left moving up. You got them?” Evan trains his sniper rifle on the two approaching elites and lets two shots fly. The 114 mm ammo screams through the air as both rounds hit their targets. The squish of flesh and crack of bone ring out as the two elites drop dead in their tracks from two bull’s-eye head shots. Echo clears the hallway and guardedly approaches the hanger bay door.

The door opens to fifty plus covenant waiting as they enter the room. The entire team fans out like a tidal wave, rolling up the enemies as it crashes upon them. “Three coming up the middle, Ryan watch the prisoner. Silas, come up to support!” Aaron calls out above the fracas. Silas steps to the forefront wielding his M90 shotgun. With three mighty blasts he drops the three sword wielding elites in succession. Their corpses fall to the deck with a thud. Jack signals Aaron, “Four coming up on your left commander.” Aaron turns, producing two spartan knives. He thrusts both knives down striking one in the face and the other in the neck. The two trailing grunts turn and run. He sends one knife whistling through the air as it hits one of the cowards in the back of the head. He simultaneously pulls out his pistol and drops the other one with one shot clean through the back of the skull. He walks up to pull his knife out of the grunt when he hears the sizzle of an energy sword an energy sword behind him. He turns on a dime and sinks his knife into the side of the camoed elite. Aaron then stands and looks at the wounded elite as it de-cloaks. He raises his second knife and buries it deep into the elite’s throat. The look of terror on the elite’s face is haunting as his life is extinguished and his body crashes to the floor with a thump. Calmly, Aaron turns to his team and orders them to ready their grapple guns. Aaron reaches down and grabs an elite ranger helmet off the deck and slaps it over ‘Onis’s head. “Here, you’re going to need this,” he quips. The pelican takes its position outside the hanger bays shield. Echo fires their hooks out into the pelican’s back door. They hook up to the lines as a team of elite zealots bursts into the hanger bay. Aaron looks up at them as the grappling line tightens. He raises his hand towards the zealots and waves with a smirk as the entire team gets sucked out of the bay. The pelican reels them in and plunges into the hanger bay of the de-cloaking Reaper. The ship re-cloaks and slips away into the shadows.

Raymond W.

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TBoD Presents – A Christmas Console

Yuletide greetings Teabag or Diehards,

‘Tis the season of goodwill and in the spirit of Christmas we thought we would give you this very special episode which sees us rework (read: butcher) a classic tale.

A Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.

-Quim

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The TBoD Podcast – 82 – Wubbing myself off

Hi everyone,

The boys are back in town with a similar kinda funk again this week. We talk:

The Game Awards winners, including:

ZELDA!!!!

Witcher 3 – Wild Hunt; and

Bloodborne

The PS1 turns 20

Our indie game this week is Before

As ever, listen, enjoy, laugh, cry, subscribe, rate, the usual. Hit us up on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and all the others.

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See y’all soon!

The TBoD Podcast – 81 – Gettin’ Stuck on the D

Greetings friends,

All the gang is back together on our inaugural fortnightly cast. This episode, we riff on:

Halo 5: Guardians news

Blizzard’s new FPS/MOBA, Overwatch revealed

Arkham City easter eggs still being found

And we discuss the latest trailer for Telltale’s Game of Thrones

Our indie game this week is Zombie Night Terror

Enjoy!

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The Drunken Teabag Podcast – We blew up a Halo

Welcome Chief’s and Cortana’s!

Boy do we have a very special episode we bring you the fine young gentlemen from The Drunken Halo Podcast who are live in the studio.

In this show we pose quite a few Halo based questions from Twitter to our guests.

To round the show off it TBoD vs Drunken Halo in Chief’s Play your Maps Right drinking game.

We are proud of this one, hope you love it.

The Drunken Teabag Podcast – We blew up a Halo

The Gaming House Party: Long Live Your King.

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The forks in the road in the ever changing video game community. It’s like the big house party where we wander room to room… some more interesting than others. Some we stay in and have a great time for a while. Some other rooms we wander to, we pop in and politely drop out. Then we wander back to a room where we were before and see some familiar faces and new ones. Meanwhile, every once in a while, rumor of another party down the street floats around and some people leave… and some of them come back… churn, churn, churn.

We all have a ‘Favorite community we gauge in our minds as for us personally the ‘Best’ community we had been a part of. The Golden Age of gaming for us. But for most of us, we naturally stray away to new hotness. Sometimes a new version of same game and its community, sometimes new game and sometimes (gasp..) new platforms.

It’s well noted my golden age is around Halo community. Although spanning multiple versions, Halo 3 was my top pick.

But over the years since (and before even) there was the cycle of new games new rooms to walk around and test the waters.. to have fun. This goes back to when I was PC gaming in the late 90’s where copy and pasting IP addys in cumbersome GUI screens to play a laggy 1v1 game that you prayed your ISP held up and then after a game post 1000 word explanation on an AAR was the Golden Age for so long. But a couple of new kings came along, a lot of fun with games and the people in those communities.

This year I feel the community I am intertwined in is having a real banner run. Titanfall and Destiny came out already and have been big hits in their own ways. Another COD that well make fun of but play hours and hours, not one but 2 Assassins Creed and newbies like Sunset Overdrive which makes me faceplam but show that there are cool angles being thrown at AAA studios and titles.

But I cling to the golden age, The Master Chief collection which is here very soon.

Granted I admit since it was confirmed I HOPED it would be good. Because blind faith, the same type I made fun of people who bought into Destiny so much yet I have myself for MCC, had me reading every snippet of rumor/news over the last few months as a so eagerly wait to enter the room again in the gaming house party. I got my party shoes on, shaved, gelled the hair and got my fancy beer ready to go to the party.

343 has added a lot of bells and whistles, that have sold me or at least have me hoping more and more this is not a mere stroll down Sentimental Lane. I think we can all agree, in the Halo party room, that for at least a while once the doors open up on November 11th, well party hard.

So how long does the party go? In a short mess with vomiting and regretful woe? Or do we get bombed and find ourselves months down the road in Led Zeppelin type tour form partying to new dizzying heights with the Golden Age back.. with the King.

But as the expression goes, “Long live the King”, and I hope the king, my beloved Halo is still strong. However I understand that other expression.. “The King is dead.. long live.. (insert next in line to take throne.)

We are in for a treat with MCC. I believe its been a banner year for console gaming no matter  what pans in the final 6 weeks of it.

May you find a cool room to party.. I hope we meet! But most of all.. enjoy!

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The TBoD Podcast – 79 – Porn Judge Wang Dong

Goulish greetings Teabaggers!

In honour of Halloween this week, we have a spooky theme running through the show.

More of a discussion show this week, and we also cover:

Black Glove potentially coming to PS4

DayZ – hardcore mode

Fan remake of Resident Evil 2

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The TBoD Podcast – 78 – A Night with the Oscars

How do chaps and chapettes,

on this weeks show Crinbot, The Quim Ninja and myself discuss all kinds of gaming stuff including;

no respawn,

Hatred,

favourite levels,

and this weeks indie game is the delightfully strange “Oscar“.

enjoy, like, subscribe, comment etc

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- eremenko

The TBoD Podcast – 77 – The Krapton Fyctor

Hey dudes and dudettes,

Thanks for tuning in for another installment of the TBoD podcast. This week, we talk about:

Dragon Age Inquisition

Halo 1 and Halo 2 gameplay from the Master Chief Collection

With Clementine from Telltale’s The Walking Dead getting her very own action figure, we talk about what unlikely characters we’d like to see as action figures.

Our Indie game this week is Elegy for a Dead World

And finally…we do a short profile of 2BC Productions, a YouTube channel Crinbot has been watching a lot recently.

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The TBoD Podcast – 76 – Just lounging

Just Lounging

Hello everyone,

TBoD are back in full force albeit a little worse for ware on The Quim Ninjas birthday weekend. Get yourself settled like we did to record this one, it’s really best listened to whilst reclined.

As always thanks for listening, hit us up in the comments or on facebook, twitter, itunes etc.

The TBoD Podcast – 75 – The Comfy Cast

Hello baggers,

Quim and menko are back as a duo this week so we took it easy kicked back, put our feet up and brought you the latest cast from a reclined position.

Have a listen and let us know what you think in the comments on the twitters and anywhere else you can.

The comfy cast

The TBoD Podcasts – 74 – You Look Titan Those Pants

howdy Guardians,

This week The Qum Ninja and myself are joined by ThisIsReklaw and Cut_Masta_C to talk about our early experiences in Destiny. Crinbot makes a cameo apperance as our musical maestro as usual, hope you enjoy the show, make sure you hit us up with your Destiny epic moments either in the comments below or via facebook, twitter etc.

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menko out.

TBoD Greatest (S)Hits part 2

Howdy guys and gals,

Constraints on time means there’s no regular podcast this week. Instead, we have another installment of our Greatest (S)Hits. So put on some comfy clothes, settle into your favourite armchair or sofa, and crack open some booze to mitigate the aural assault we’re about to put you through.

Also, look out for some Eurogamer video diaries coming very soon.

Enjoy!!!

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My ears were violated…

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Look, were all either too busy playing Destiny, NHL 15 or waiting for Halo and the Master Chief collection to blog…

However as a public service announcement, let me warn you that there is often pain to get pleasure.. I love the TBOD podcasts, but the things we do for love…

I make myself lol….

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The TBoD Podcast – 72 – Barry Gibb Looks Like a Lion

Hello again friends,

We’re back again for your weekly dose of gaming news and banter. This week:

Destiny ships $500 milion on day one

Microsoft to buy Mojang?

Embarrassing sales figures for XBOne Japan release

What’s the future of mobile gaming?

PS4 and XBOne GTA V release

And finally……this guy completed Dark Souls, using a Rock Band controller…

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Snake Oil/Public Beta Test will cure all that ails your game!

 

 

A game called ‘Destiny’ got released this week, you might have heard of it. I was very outspoken about it. It was in a polite debate with others when beta testing got mentioned, I then got the itch on a serious scratch. Do people even know what a beta test is? Do they understand what it can or can’t change with a game? Do they even know what professional beta testers even do?

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What is a Beta test?

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1. 1.
a trial of machinery, software, or other products, in the final stages of its development, carried out by a party unconnected with its development.

 

Did you read that? FINAL stages of development.

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I’m rehashing the debate of so many fans of games with sequels, when they complain the game has become inferior with subsequent copies, that a public beta would ‘fix’ the game in question.

Halo is the best example in my gaming corner of the universe where the debate that ‘Core Halo Gameplay’ is missing and that a public beta test would help fix this in the next version of Halo.

If CORE gameplay, mechanics are broken in a game, beta testing won’t fix it. That would be something an alpha testing round would first of all determine and then either fix or skip. But once your past that point, where the engine basics are set, you are limited to change to essentially the arrays for variables like speed, accuracy, damage of certain objects ect ect. Things that are effectively data in arrays that are always tweaked throughout a games existence pre and post launch.

It IS possible that a combination of these ‘external engine’ arrays can modify gameplay a lot. But if you don’t like the mechanics of a game, that’s a huge bit of work to fix, if it even can be fixed without domino effect or patch spaghetti coding, that effectively throw the QA people to pull the switch and go back to alpha testing. this would be throwing a project into reverse and in the case of a AAA title, costing literal hundreds of thousands of dollars if not millions when you factor in potential loss of sales. Do we have a precident? Perhaps… I mean closed beta testing, which happens the vast majority of the time could be behind a game that has been pushed back, but what last AAA title besides Watchdogs had a major push back on release date? It is just something that doesn’t happen alot. But my point is, If there is an engine glitch, unless its a game breaker when flagged only in beta, it normally won’t be changed.

I have brought this up before in other blogs. But now have heard it in podcasts about OTHER games. So it’s all about misinformation. People calling for Beta Test to help their favorite game in most cases don’t understand how testing builds work. I’ll also go on the record that most public beta testers don’t give decent feedback, they basically just like having the game early. I spent a few years doing the often archaic style bug reports when I worked in game testing, where it was a lot more serious because it was our job. That doesn’t mean the layman can’t be a good tester, it’s just the vast majority of public beta testers don’t understand WHY they are beta testing.

Trust me folks, after doing bug/summary reports on dozen if not hundreds of games on various projects, if you ever had to do this after every games like you were supposed to, you would not always be eager to be a tester. Not at alpha level for sure and as far as beta is normally a mass of checklists of things you have rooted out for weeks if not months and can be very tedious. In many cases, a real professional tester often rarely and sometimes never plays a game after going gold. By that point, your sick of it!

YES, beta testing can help solve annoying issues like say the infamous Halo Reach beta grenades which were CRAZY strong and got nerfed for gold version. But these type things are usually tweaked going forward anyhow when a non public beta fails to catch it. These type changes are polish. Whereas core game mechanics are ore the guts and can’t be solved without major overhaul through beta testing.

I know.. I know.. I brought this up before in previous blogs. But I want to stop the misinformation that’s now creeping into a lot of games pitching Public Beta like a snake oil salesman in increasingly more posts I read.

PS: You thought I would rag on Destiny this week? Nah… Activision told me not to on day one…

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TBoD 71 – Punching dragons to death

Greetings!

Thanks for tuning in to episode 71 of the TBoD podcast. This week, we discuss:

Destiny live action trailer

Remastered Resident Evil

Consumer rights issues for Valve

#Gamergate

Our indie spotlight this week is on Framed

And finally, Many a True Nerd: YouTuber, Redditor, and gamer who completes interesting challenges. The latest challenge, completed at the end of August saw him killing everyone in Fallout 3.

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Halo Players & Their Kids Get Together! Join In!

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The Halo community is ready to explode! We soon will be able to play the Master Chief Collection on the Xbox One, Halo 5 will be going to public beta soon after and of course 343 is giving us the Halo channel and movies and … well LOTS OF THINGS!

It’s a great time to be a Halo fan!

Now lets get together a corner of the Halo community that is out there but hasn’t really come together.

I am getting a game night.. day actually because it will allow those in this special community more ease to get together.. HALO PLAYERS AND THEIR KIDS! That’s right, you have heard people mention on various podcasts or read it in Halo forums occasionally where us older players talk of playing our precious game with our kids..

WELL LETS GET THEM ALL TOGETHER! SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 20th.

HALO FAMILY DAY

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Less than a month before MCC goes public lets have a Father/mother & son/daughter Halo get together!

Now it’s as easy as this, simply LET ME KNOW you want to play in this with your child. Let me know if that date works well for you and what time of day.

Come on! Each family is 2 players, so it shouldn’t be too hard to fill up a party and get this event off the ground?

IT’S ALL FOR FUN! Families play others in ‘family free for all’ or the kids vs parents.. we can play it all! We also will decide what version of Halo to play on beforehand, to make it more appealing to everyone!

Even if you don’t have kids, but know of a Halo player who has a kid, PLEASE mention this to him/her so we can hopefully have them join in on the fun!

Simply email me at andrewgagnon30@hotmail.com if you’d like to join in or have any ideas to add!

YOU CAN ALSO VISIT THE EVENT FACEBOOK PAGE TO JOIN UP!

https://www.facebook.com/events/812557365445478/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

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The TBoD Podcast – 70 – The Morgan Freeman Mod

Yo Teabaggers,

Welcome back for episode 70. We have super special guest BadMotherLicker joining us in Crinbots absence this week you can find Licker on @megaspaceninja on twitter. He joins in the fun to chat with us about;

And much more.

Tune in, listen, comment, like, subscribe etc.
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GLT PSA : Titanfall Exploit Has to Stop!

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As alot of you know, my son and I do a series of videos called “Gottta Love Titanfall.” Well, as I play this game more and more, I decided to not only take funny and cool moments from the game, but now well throw together PSAs for these vids to help community when needed.

In this case, our first PSA is aimed at a tactic used in Last Titan Standing mode that is not cheating, its just an exploit which takes away from fair and fun gameplay.

Don’t get me wrong, all games have things like this, but I feel strong communities bring them to light and lets people know it’s not going to help make the community better to continue to do it.

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The TBoD Podcast – 69 – The Sexy Number

Hey listeners,

Back to basics this week with our original duo The Quim Ninja and eremenko representing TBoD, Crinbot couldn’t make the show this week but the two of us still managed to go long as usual on the following topics;

Destiny,

Game4,

Ori and the Blind Forest,

Wild,

our ‘we called the dog…’ game this week is The Firm,

and finally,

two button bashing fish.

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Thanks as always for listening if you have something to say about the topics discussed hit us up on twitter or comment below.

- eremenko

Oh no.. Gagnon is on Vine…

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My first, and greatly witty Vine..

Okay, was last February when I got my first real look at Vine. I had heard of it last year, but when hearing about it: a social networking app similar  to Twitter that let you put 7 second looping video clip to communicate.. I ‘Mehed’ and didn’t think about it again.

But it was in fact my daughter, who was the one in February who showed me Vine on her phone as we waiting for my son to hit the ice at a hockey game. As someone who had used it alot, and the fact I can’t ignore my daughter, she showed me some great creative stuff!

Now for those who don’t know, recording with your phone in a simple ‘touch and record’ fashion, you can make a straight single shot video or by taking your finger off at intervals do several sections, even stop motion if your nimble enough. Although you can do edits with music and effects from your PC if you use Google Chrome which allows you to upload edited vids. (Yes,, Ill be doing this.)

There are different categories to help you search for specific vids and people and of course the now presumed hashtag feature to aid in this.

On Vine, you can find already established social Media stars like Harley Morenstein of ‘Epic Meal Time’ fame has over half a million followers and in the 7 second world of Vine has some great laughs in the comedy genre that is associated with him. But there is a new crop of their own stars that keep me laughing the most. There is the Vine immortal Nash Grier, with over 9.2 million followers and who’s vids are often simple, yet epitomize what Vine is. A quick fix of fin that once you open up, you then snap out of it realizing you have been viewing them and chuckling for an hour.

A NASH GRIER VINE VID

I often complain that on Youtube the internets attention span is too short.. and Vine does take that to a new level of short. (I had to cut down my 2 hour movie ‘A Fridge 2 Far 2′ into 9 parts to get any decent amount of views/exposer) But this limited canvas opens up what I mentioned earlier, great creative stuff!

Whether its someone having a conversation with themself, (Clicking on and off and swapping spots on a couch for example) pranking people, or a simple wise ass comment on something people see in everyday life, you would be simply amazed what people can do with 7 seconds.

Now it isnt all just comedy, there are sectiosn for things like art, DIY, food and a lot of music samples where people audition their talents for maybe future fame. But don’t kid yourself, comedy rules the day with Vine.

Now unlike Youtube, the ‘other’ video web thing, you can’t make money on views with Vine. Now while you can help market your brand if you do have something like monetized vids on Youtube you may point your Vine quickie to, the lack of monetization means the vids are much more genuine. Sure, the people want to to watch and like, but like so many things, when money is added to the equation, it can make things complicated. I mean were talking 7 second vids.. why complicate such a simple thing when its so good as is?

Yeah, I am on Vine. I find it entetaining, addictive and can’t wait to create more propaganda, I mean videos on it for you….

FIND VINE AT: https://vine.co/

ADD ME AT VINE AT: Gagnon 30

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The TBoD Podcast – 68 – Patchy Erections

Good morrow friends, and welcome back to the TBoD podcast!

This week, we have mostly been talking about the Gamescom expo, with the old familiar tangents thrown in too.

Listen, enjoy, comment, subscribe etc. in the usual places: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or comment below.

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You Can’t Go Back Home… Deal with it…

Sorry for those of you who were happy to see me not post blog last week.. was on vacation and now I am back! (Over 2000 rambling words for you in fact…)

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There is a lot of choice in today’s gaming world. So many more that any time in its history that I feel it’s hard for a games community to survive unless it is one that has multiplatform and multigame players in its ranks.

In fact, it makes the argument that ‘We need to go back to classic INSERT YOUR FAVORITE GAME HERE a moot point. The days where thousands of users were in your favorite games lobby, where it was constant week after week, where posts in forums were all positive, where the grass was greener on your side of the fence are gone.  Simply, you can’t go back to the way anything used to be, because we’re not talking apples to apples anymore

Let me outline my train of thought on the complexity of modern day gaming in a simpler bastardized flow chart.

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Let’s look at chopping it up into what path a gamer can choose. Now the reality is, while if you have the time and most relevant money, you can take many of these paths right from the top. But most of us can only afford to go into multiple directions only within a certain platform machine we choose to be ‘My console’. But let us first outline the paths.

CHOICE: ‘What platform do I get?’

You have the PC or console at the highest level. I used to be exclusively a PC gamer for over a decade, by the way. When you choose the PC path, you need to have right equipment; in fact it’s recommended you have an idea of what type game you will be playing right from the start to make sure you have a machine that can handle it.

Now if you have chosen the console side, you have a couple more decisions before you hit the next level the PC players choose. So that being said.. PC players wait while we go through 2 decision steps for console players.

CHOICE: “What console do you wish to get?”

Of course the big three are (In alphabetical order to avoid catfight) Nintendo, Playstation & Microsoft. (I will now refer to Microsoft machine for the rest of this article as ‘Xbox’.)

Now while it’s not always in effect when it comes to console gaming, right now we are at a recurring but temporary state of being in flux of ‘New gen or old gen’. This then creates another decision.

CHOICE: “What gen of my chosen console do I want?”

Now with fans of Nintendo, there are increasingly less games for the old gen, WII, so the WII U will be the choice of most who prefer Nintendo. But for the fans of Playstation and Xbox, the choice isn’t a slam dunk. Games for both their units still are in production.

While to a lot of us, getting old gen right now is a short term deal no matter what. One can’t ignore the low cost point of the old gen with the still available and in production games, makes it a viable option for those with a tighter budget.

You also can’t knock the fact that right now there is no question that more players are still on old gen than new. This will change, but for those who eventually filter down choices to games requiring multiplayer, old gen normally offers bigger communities to pool games from.

The next choices are where more people will choose multiple paths. In fact I can’t branch off any more subgroups on the flowchart because it would be massive. So now using the ‘multiple selection’ angled box, we sweep downward despite the incredible amount of choices we have. Add the lopping factor that we play multiple genres and it blows the stats nerd/flow chart peoples mind.

CHOICE: “What Genre do I want to play?”

IMPORTANT VARIABLE: For Genres, I found this WIKI page that best outlined the array to choose from… over 50.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Video_game_genres

Not an easy answer as most of us will play multiple genres. Not regularly per say, but at the very least dabble, after all some genres have their own sub types. Like shooter games which as the linked wiki page shows 7 different types.

 CHOICE: “What game do I want to play?”

Well, this is where it gets interesting, I like FPS so I can play Halo, COD, Titanfall or hell even Plants vs Zombie’s Garden Warfare. PLUS DOZENS MORE IN ONE GENDRE ALONE.

CHOICE: “What version of a game do I play?”

Well for Halo fans on a 360 for FPS, they can play Halo CE, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3 ODST, Halo Reach, Halo CEA or Halo 4. For COD they can play… good lord.. one of around 8 titles. YOU GET THE PICTURE! But to be fair, let’s say by average, any major given game has 3 versions.

ADDITIONAL CHOICE: COMMUNITY POSITION:

Now that you have chosen to be a FPS playing Halo 4 on the Xbox 360 as your main form of gaming, you actually take another step as a specific role in this community. You can be one or even more of the following.

Non Clan Player: Casual Player

Non Clan player: Competitive Player

Clan Member: Casual Player

Clan Member: Competitive Player

Community Creator: Making things like maps, organizing tournaments, machinima, podcasts, YouTube ect.

In short, you play a different role(s) on a micro level.

SO WHATS MY FREAKING POINT?

‘We need to go back to classic INSERT YOUR FAVORITE GAME HERE’

Remember that line? Well 10 years ago, when Halo 2 took over the gaming world, or at least took it by storm, for those in the FPS genre, this was a golden era. The common lament repeated countless times since that this was heyday for Halo possibly no other console game has scene must understand that the landscape has changed.

With so many options of consoles, genres, games within it and even games competing with themselves, a games community is not easily one that can grow too large for too long. There is competition everywhere and the new hotness is always releasing shortly.

Each step down form the choice selection chart I showed and outlined shows gamers offshooting to smaller groups. More choice is nice, too many choices may still be good.. but the bottom line is smaller communities that turnover more than a guy in bed after 3 cups of coffee. More choices mean more fracture, though I do not think we should all be slaves to one game. Nor do I even feel there is middle ground.. the point is long term community focused on one game.. okay? This isn;t reality any more.

I’ll even say that with social media, where a tweet or Instagram shot showing something in a game somewhere is also adding to the fickle standings of nearly all games while we wait for the new thing to happen as we play the current fav. We should know its essentially short term communities we hop in and out of.

I mean if you were playing Halo 2 in 2004, there weren’t as many systems.. there weren’t as many games to compete with. There wasn’t a tweet to come out saying COD clan ABC was having a tournament that lures people away.

Hell I LOVE Twitter, Instagram and the fast pace of the gaming scene that comes partially from these forms of social media. But there is a cost. Ignorance is bliss, might be a good expression on how we were more content to play the same game for so long back then. We love the game we were playing, we weren’t easily bombarded with propaganda about other games or systems even. Or maybe that were spoiled now? Do we think loyalty is needed? What benefits loyalty in today’s gaming world? Shouldn’t we just play what gives us enjoyment.. point finale? In the end it comes down again to the fact with all the choices and fast pace around this hobby we all love, a long lasting, stable community within a game that has high population numbers is simply becoming less and less a possibility each day.

Let’s keep in FPS on console thought as an example.

I am a Halo player.

Halo 4 community died off and lost many players to Halo.. Halo Reach and Halo 3 even. Other players like myself went to Titanfall. In fact Titanfall took a huge chunk of COD players who weren’t thrilled with Ghosts (Kinda like Halo fans weren’t taken by Halo 4) Battlefield 4 initially took a lot of FPS people to its side, but the horrible server issues have to a degree crippled play having FPS fans scurry to the other titles.

Yet here we are, Titanfall pretty well having disgruntled refugees of the other aforementioned FPS games clinging to it, loving what it brings to the table with its mobility and simplicity. As big of a fan of this game as I am, there is no question a drop in numbers coming, due to the nature of this hobby of ours now. Halo comes out with the Master Chief collection in November, which to complicate things is 4 Halo games in 1 which will fracture its community within itself from a day 1 release. The new COD, which clearly has taken popular angles of Titanfall is coming at the same time. Then there is the game they say is a FPS but is really a MMO in Destiny coming out to grab bodies. Battlefield Hardline will desperately try to gain its followers back in October ITS GOING TO BE TURMOIL IN NUMBERS EVERYWHERE. My current crush Titanfall will fall victim to a reality of the modern day gaming culture/cycle.

But this is the nature of the beast. It is why we can’t go back. The competition and expectations are too high.

It is something repeated in all genres, though there is no question is exceptionally nuts in shooters.

Lets go back to the final step, a role within a certain games community. So if in 2004 I was a Halo 2 player who also hosted a community website, I could thrive and cater to hundreds if not even thousands of regular visitors. But in 2014, with H2A (Part of the Master Chief collection) you are going to have a huge launch, but also a huge drop when the new hotness in whatever form happens.. because it will. It may be in 2 months, 6 months but certainly no longer than the following year when the madness starts all over again of the fall release fury. It is just how it is. Mom and pop style websites used to be everywhere and thrive years ago.. now they have fallen to the wayside, and Facebook with it’s idiot proof way to make anyone create a fansite to whatever they want, helping out this angle.

The fact is, as mentioned early in this novella when I said “I feel it’s hard for a games community to survive unless it is one that has multiplatform and multigame players in its ranks.” Which is what modern day clans like the Porkchop Platoon and VOX clan are doing. They are genre driven and accept multiple games under their banner. Yet even with this approach, while they do maintain a high regular membership to play with compared to say a standalone COD Ghosts clan, but even with the new releases they take under their wing, fractures happen. The turnover is not as high as standalone clan, but is still high.

I laugh when I see 1000 slots for friends on my Xbone… hell I would love 6 long term friends I can count on to play Titanfall with long term. Because in 4 months from now we could all be playing different games.

So let’s close this puppy up…

Thomas Wolfe is quoted: “You can’t go back home to your family, back home to your childhood, back home to romantic love, back home to a young man’s dreams of glory and of fame, back home to exile, to escape to Europe and some foreign land, back home to lyricism, to singing just for singing’s sake, back home to aestheticism, to one’s youthful idea of ‘the artist’ and the all-sufficiency of ‘art’ and ‘beauty’ and ‘love,’ back home to the ivory tower, back home to places in the country, to the cottage in Bermude, away from all the strife and conflict of the world, back home to the father you have lost and have been looking for, back home to someone who can help you, save you, ease the burden for you, back home to the old forms and systems of things which once seemed everlasting but which are changing all the time–back home to the escapes of Time and Memory.”

I’ll amend and add the following to this.. “…and you sure as shit can’t go back to classic long term individual game community.”

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TBoD Greatest (S)Hits

Howdy friends, This week, we thought we’d bring you a medley of our greatest hits. So sit in a comfy chair, make a brew, and let us take you away on a magical journey through gaming. /crinbot

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The TBoD Podcast – 67 – Ether One Interview

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This week Quim and I were lucky enough to be joined by the lovely Pete from White Paper games. After a Q&A session about Pete’s work in the industry and in particular on the studios debut title Ether One‘ Pete was kind enough to stick around and discuss some of this weeks big news including;

Yogs(mis)ventures,

early access on consoles,

Journey down roads travelled,

and

Thanks again to Pete for joining us, we had a great time chatting with him and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
The music used in this weeks show is from the Ether One Original Soundtrack by NJ Apostal and is available as part of the Deluxe edition.
Special thanks to Donnie aka @Murderzmedia for the image.
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Cosmodrome Care Package

Now the dust has settled and the Destiny Beta is long gone, I thought I would gather up the video’s eremenko and I made showing off the mayhem we got up to.

Also redeem these trading card codes below onto your bungie profile for some mystery stuff come launch. There is no limit on how many people can use these so what are you waiting for?

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