In studio: Jody Macgregor, Lee May & Razor.
The team discuss the game reveals and announcements from E3 2015, held in Los Angeles California 16-18 June 2015 – including news about Fallout 4, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, The Last Guardian and more. Jody and Lee review You Must Build A Boat (PC/mobile)
Aired 17 June 2015.
Platform: PC, Mac, Linux
Developer: Dylan Fitterer
Australian rating: Unrated
You know those visualisation things you get with music software like Windows Media Player? The ones that accompany whatever song is playing with geometric patterns, rising and falling and changing colour in time with the music, sort of like what 1990s movies thought cyberspace looked like? Audiosurf takes that idea and makes a video game out of it. Feed it an mp3 (or, new in this sequel, a stream from SoundCloud) and its algorithm analyses the music’s tempo and beat and changes in intensity and then maps them to a rising and falling rollercoaster/racecourse hybrid, which you fly across in a spaceship.
Still with me? Good, because there’s more. While the speed you travel is entirely at the mercy of the BPM you can flit left and right across three lanes on that track to hit certain blocks while dodging others, collecting them in a grid beneath you and earning points. Audiosurf is two games in one – both a score-attack game of reflexes and careful choices about which blocks to grab, and a transformative experience that can turn your favourite music into a physical space and then pull you across it.
In studio: Lee, Razor, Candi Payne & Jody Macgregor.
This week, Don Kirkland and Rupert Jones of Geek Brain Games join us for an chat about their new iOS game Star Squad Space Rescue and their experience in the video game industry. Lee, Jody and Razor provide some first impressions of pot-apocalyptic arena game Dirty Bomb (beta).
Aired 10 June 2015.
There are jobs monkeys can do, and then there are jobs you can’t give to a monkey because the soul-smashing tedium would be considered a form of animal cruelty. Scanning the items on supermarket shelves to make sure they all have the right price was one of those soul-smashing tedium jobs – just empty aisles and buzzing fluorescent lights until nine p.m. rolled around and I could go home.
On the walk home I normally didn’t see anyone. But on this night the lights were on in a home entertainment store where a friend of mine sold expensive car stereos and huge TVs. He was still in there, working late on the books when I went in to say “hi”. Too busy to talk, he said he had something to show me and shoved me into the back room and out of his way. There was a projector hooked up to a PlayStation back there, and a new game I apparently had to try. Then he went back to his books.
That was how I played Silent Hill for the first time. Head fuzzy from a job that used such a small slice of brain the rest shut down in despair, alone in the dark, holding a controller that burred and thudded in time with the heartbeat of the game’s protagonist as he ran through the streets of an abandoned town. The locations were ordinary – a school, a hospital, shops – the kind of public places it feels wrong to be in when the rest of the public aren’t.
Afterwards, I walked the rest of the way home flinching at every flicker of a streetlight.
Two years later I bought my own copy second-hand. I immediately caught the flu and spent the next three days lying on the couch, coughing and sneezing and playing while not sure what was real and what was feverish hallucination.
I remain convinced Silent Hill dislikes being played in a normal frame of mind.
In studio: Jody Macgregor, Lee May, Razor and Candi Payne.
This week: Kim Allom, producer at Brisbane games studio Defiant Development drops in for a chat about working on games like Hand of Fate and Ski Safari Adventure Time, as well as being named as one of MCV’s Top 75 Influential Women in Gaming. We also have quick reviews of Audio Surf 2 (PC) and Skiing Yeti Mountain (mobile).
Aired 3 June 2015.
In studio: Razor, Lee May, Jody Macgregor, Candi Payne.
This week: Lee and Razor review The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, a stunning open world RPG based on the Polish novel series. Jody talks about steampunk/minigolf game Vertiginous Golf (PC).
Aired 27 May 2015.
In studio: Lee May, Candi Payne, Razor and Jody Macgregor.
Concept artist Nick Smith joins us for a chat about his career designing for games like Total War, Hand of Fate and Rise to Power, as well as his upcoming art exhibition. Razor and Lee talk about Chroma Squad(PC), the turn based strategy/film studio sim where you are in charge of a Power Rangers-inspired TV show.
Aired 20 May 2015.
In studio: Razor, Lee May, Candi Payne and chip musician Slato joins us as guest host.
We’re joined in studio by musician/radio host Tim Shiel. We talk about his career as a musician, the soundtrack to best-selling mobile game Duet, and his collaboration with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Lee gets back inside the head of B.J. Blazkowicz for Wolfenstein: The Old Blood.
Aired 13 May 2015.
In studio: Razor, Lee May and Sean Mccarthy.
This week we chat with Rebecca Cheers and Kaitlyn Plyley, writer and director of TITS OR GTFO , a play about navigating geek culture as a woman. We talk about the themes that the performance touches upon as well as some of the stories surrounding the show’s conception. Lee reviews Broken Age Part 2 (PC).
Aired 6 May 2015.
In studio: Razor, Candi Payne and Jody Macgregor.
Steam’s decision to begin charging for mods, beginning with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, caused a backlash that nearly broke the internet. To help us understand the controversy, we’re joined by modder Will Marks (STALKER: LURK). Candi reviews The Silent Age (Mobile).
Aired 29 April 2015.