This week Paul takes over Zed Games. Together with Zahra they discuss the news and Firmware updates, then Zahra takes over the helm reviewing Black Skylands before Paul traps us with a review of Webbed.
First Oscar Win for Game Developers
Late last year Respawn Entertainment released Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond, a virtual reality first person shooter. To honour the theme of this game, the producers included a gallery mode directed by Anthony Giacchino featuring short films about the veterans of World War II. Included is Colette, the story of her family’s assistance to the French Resistance and her brother’s capture. This 25-minute short rose to fame after winning Best Short Film at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in 2020, and became the first film produced by a video game studio to win an Oscar at the 93rd Academy Awards.
While not directly referenced by the award ceremony, Mr. Giacchino specifically thanked executive producer Peter Hirschmann the director of Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond and everyone at Electronic Arts and Respawn Entertainment, especially Vince Zampella, the Head of Respawn Entertainment, Dusty Welch, Chief Operating Officer also at Respawn Entertainment, and Laura Miele, Chief Studios Officer at Electronic Arts Worldwide Studios. The film was made in conjunction with Oculus and the team at Respawn Entertainment, a subsidiary of Electronic Arts.
Gaming Olympics coming in 2020… sort of.
The International Olympics Committee (IOC) have announced the first Olympic Virtual Series to take place before the Tokyo 2020 Games, running from the 13th May to Jun 23. The series currently includes five different games, of which the physical games will be monitored by apps such as Zwift, an app for bike training, and an open format for rowing. For non-physical competitions, these will be run by their own platforms for the Series and include; Gran Turismo by Polyphony Digital, a car racing game available on PlayStation Consoles; Virtual Regatta, run by Virtual Regatta SAS, an app available on Android and iOS; and eBaseball Powerful Pro Baseball 2020, Konami Digital Entertainment’s highly customisable baseball simulator currently available on PS4 and Switch – and only in Japanese. The IOC’s announcement also made it clear that these events will be open to the public and in ways that will “maximise (sic) online mass participation and prioritise (sic) inclusivity and participation”.
Free to Play games on Xbox now Free to Play.
Microsoft announced on the 21st of April that from that day, all Free to Play games will now no longer require an Xbox Live Gold Subscription for access to online play. This includes Looking for Group options and party chats for those games. The exceptions to this are trials, pre-order demos, or early access for paid games. These will still require membership to Xbox Live Gold to access online multiplayer content. If you currently are subscribed to Xbox Live specifically for this purpose, Microsoft is offering a one-time option to immediately cancel and receive credit based on the remaining time.
Now for some game releases.
On April 30th, the exclusive horror roguelike shooter Returnal is coming to PS5 and New Pokemon Snap will be releasing to the Switch.
Then, for the May the 4th be with you, The Colonists, a cute and relaxing building game is coming to PS4, Xbox One and Switch, and Dark Nights with Poe and Munro, the episodic Full Motion Video, choose your own adventure game, is coming to PS4 and Xbox One.
In studio: Jody Macgregor, Lee, Candi Payne and Razor.
Jody and Razor review the first episode of Tales from the Borderlands – Zer0 Sum.
Candi talks about the critically acclaimed iOS title Framed.
Lee talks about perhaps the most epic RPG of 2014 – Dragon Age: Inquisition.
Aired 10 December 2014.
In studio: Razor, Lee and Sean Mccarthy
Our new intern Sean Mccarthy gives us a preview of Heroes of the Storm, the upcoming MOBA by Blizzard.
Lee reviews The Sims 4.
We discuss the surprise announcement of the New 3DS.
Aired 10 September 2014
Last week’s Titanfall beta generated a titanic amount of hype for the upcoming XB1/PC/360 game. Lee and Alanah suit up to provide their impressions.
Alanah swings into action to deliver previews of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U) & Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 (360/PS3/PC).
Plus: Lee cuts through 25 years of continuity to tell us how all of the Donkey Kongs are related.
In studio: Lee, Alanah & Razor
Aired 19 February 2014
It is said that a good leader does not simply lead. A good leader inspires. A good leader can take any ragtag assembly of layabouts and transform them into a steel python, ready to strike on command.
But we’re not commanding soldiers here. We’re commanding Battlefield 4 players. So forget all of that, and for the love of fuck put away that copy of The Art Of War.
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Aired 20 March 2013
on Brisbane’s 4ZZZ 102.1FM
In Studio: Razor, Lee, Jody & Candi
Lee reviews SIM CITY (PC)
Jody reviews MASS EFFECT 3: CITADEL (DLC)
1. THE LOVIN SPOONFUL – DO You Believe In Magic
2. BUCKNER & GARCIA – Froggy’s Lament
3. AKB48 – Sugar Rush
4. 2MELLO & JAY Z – Problems (Masamune)
5. AMANDA PALMER & DOT.AY – Video Games
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Originally aired 13 March 2013
on Brisbane’s 4ZZZ 102.1FM
In Studio: Razor, Lee, Candi & Alanah
Candi, Lee and Alanah review TOMB RAIDER (PC/360/PS3)
We discuss the troubled launch of SIM CITY (PC). Full review next week!
1. DERRIS KHARLAN – There’s Always Time To Shop
2. VETO – Built To Fail
3. MIKE DIVA – BFD
4. WILLROCK – Bareknuckle Blitz
5. MC CHRIS – Part One
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This week’s podcast contains 4 tracks from 7BIT HERO’s EP “We Eat Loot”, courtesy of Hans/7Bit Hero!
Aired Wednesday 27 February, 2013
We talk to Hans Van Vliet of 7BIT HERO ahead of the EP launch at State Library of QLD this Saturday night. We also hear 4 tracks from the EP “We Eat Loot” http://7bithero.com
Lee and Alanah suit up to review CRYSIS 3!
Plus, our thoughts on the PS4 reveal.
1. MOONBASE COMMANDER – Ekisaitobaiku
2. 7BIT HERO – Come On, Stand Out
3. 7BIT HERO – Side Quest
4. 7BIT HERO – Playing Games With My Heart
5. 7BIT HERO – Main Menu Screen
6. DRAGONFORCE – Holding On