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Shut Up We’re Talking #64

Shut Up We’re Talking, one of the podcasts in the VirginWorlds Podcast Collective, has released episode 64.

Regular hosts Darren from The Common Sense Gamer and Karen from Journey’s with Jaye were joined by Rob from Lost an Eight, and myself.

Topics:

  • Introductions
  • What We’re Playing
  • Listener Mail – Comments from Rocknerd and Shawn
  • No Point, but 50 Novels Deep – We talk about some comments coming out of BioWare, the first being that MMOs really don’t seem to have a point (and they’re going to fix that) and the second that Star Wars: The Old Republic is going to have 50 novels worth of “story” in the game.  We all seem to agree that something claiming to be a virtual world ought to have many diversions beyond a main story and wonder how SWTOR is really going to feel.  After all, the best stories in these games are often the personal ones, the things that happen to us.
  • Free to Play in Middle-earth – The big news about Turbine moving Lord of the Rings Online to a free to play business model bumped the previously planned topic.  We talk about what it means to the current community, what appeals to us, and what might be coming to the  Middle-earth cash shop.
  • Show Close
  • Out Takes

Blogs of the Show:

The show is available via iTunes or can be downloaded directly at VirginWorlds or The Common Sense Gamer.

Shut Up We’re Talking #60

Shut Up We’re Talking, one of the podcasts in the VirginWorlds Podcast Collective, has released episode 60.

Regular hosts Darren from The Common Sense Gamer and Karen from Journey’s with Jaye were joined by Brent from VirginWorlds, and myself.

Topics:

  • Introductions
  • What We’re Playing – EQ2 for most of us, WoW and Pokemon for me, and Ageod’s American Civil War for Darren.
  • Review of GDC San Francisco – We talk a bit about GDC, since we were all there, and review what we saw.
  • Facebook and the Future – Prompted by events at GDC, where so-called “social games” were the next big thing (previous “next big things” have included casual games, free to play games, browser games, and subscription MMOs).  We talk a lot about Facebook games, bringing up a lot of opinions from around net including those of Raph Koster, Soren Johnson, Brian Green, and others. (Reading those posts will bring you up to speed.)  This is pretty much the meat of the show and explicit language is used.
  • When A Million is not Enough – Sated on the Facebook front, we begin to moan about the subscription projections for Star Wars The Old Republic.  I covered this a bit, but Scott Jennings really gives voice to our fears in his MMORPG.com column.
  • Show Close
  • Out Takes

Blogs of the Show

Special show thanks go out to the Bullet Points Blog, the self-declared keeper of the Blogs of the Show List.

The show is available on iTunes or can be downloaded over at VirginWorlds.

Shut Up We’re Talking #58

“Shut Up We’re Talking,” one of the podcasts in the VirginWorlds Podcast Collective, has released episode 58.

Regular hosts Darren from The Common Sense Gamer and Karen from Journey’s with Jaye were joined by Brian from Blue Kae, and myself.

Topics:

  • Introductions
  • What We’re Playing – EVE and STO seems to be the common theme for three of us.
  • Listener Mail
  • Expansions, Exploitation, and Downloadable Content – Prompted by a comment to show #57 by Teviko, we try to get at the question asked, then meander about the topic.  References are made to the controversial show #30.
  • The Next Triple-A Fantasy MMO? – Prompted by a post over at Serial Ganker, what happens in a genre dominated by WoW?  Who would bother producing a subscription based AAA fantasy MMO these days?  Do we give up and go home, watch for indy games, or look to science fiction, horror, or some other genre to  provide an alternative.
  • Show Close
  • Out Takes

Blog Picks of the Show – Each episode everybody on the show gets to recommend one blog that we think you should go and check out.  For this show the following blogs were recommended.

The show is available on iTunes or can be downloaded over at VirginWorlds.

Podcast Bingo – VanHemlock Win

Over at VirginWorlds we have a 5 in a row winner with the VanHemlock Podcast

VanHemlockWin

Unfortunately, the VanHemlock Podcast is so common on the VirginWorlds Podcast Collective that even five in a row does not pay out very much.

The Current Payout Table for five in a row:

  • VanHemlock  2 to 1
  • No Prisoners, No Mercy 4 to 1
  • Shut Up, We’re Talking 10 to 1
  • Through the Aftermath 12 to 1
  • The Combobulator Podcast 15 to 1
  • Limited Edition 15 to 1
  • Spouse Aggro 20 to 1
  • Warp Drive Active 30 to 1
  • Brent’s Other Podcast 50 to 1
  • VirginWorld’s Podcast 100 to 1
  • Witty Ranter 1000 to 1

No news on the rumor that it will soon be called the “VanHemlock Podcast Collective.”

Shut Up We’re Talking #51

Shut Up We’re Talking,” one of the podcasts in the VirginWorlds Podcast Collective, has released episode 51.

Regular hosts Darren from The Common Sense Gamer and Karen from Journey’s with Jaye were joined by Andrew from Of Teeth and Claws, Frank who runs MMO’ Money and contributes to MMORPG.com, and myself.

Topics:

  • Introductions
  • Listener Mail – DestroyerDestroyer regarding Mark Jacobs
  • What We’re Playing
  • White Collar Crime in a Space Suit – We talk about the latest EVE Online drama surrounding EBANK and the embezzlement of 200 billion ISK by Ricdic, the former CEO of the venture.  The nature of EVE and the lack of any effective recourse when you have lost money this way come up, along with the fact that your money is safe in your character’s wallet so that one of the traditional roles of a bank, safeguarding your cash, is missing from the equation.
  • The Horse That Would Not Die – After the enthusiasm on the last show for Dungeon & Dragons Online’s adoption of a Free To Play model, Darren turned around and found a sore spot in the Runes of Magic cash shop, the now infamous $10 horse which lead him to post, and post, and post, and post yet again, some of which generated response posts from various points in the blogesphere, including this site.  We have a therapy session with Darren and help him work through his issues.  There are group hugs and towards the end we find that the horse in question was discounted to $5 for a limited time, which was almost low enough for Darren.
  • Blog of the week – Mynxee’s Life in Low Sec
  • Show Close – Includes peer pressure to get Karen to do a blog post
  • Out Takes – EVE is like a hot biker chick?

You can get the show via iTunes or download it directly here.

Shut Up We’re Talking #50

Shut Up We’re Talking,” one of the podcasts in the VirginWorlds Podcast Collective, celebrates its 50th show this week!

Regular hosts Darren from The Common Sense Gamer and Karen from Journey’s with Jaye were joined by Brent, the reclusive Howard Hughes father figure of the VirginWorlds Podcast Collective, Michael Zenke, formerly of Massively and who is now working on fun stuff as part of the SOE team in Austin, Jonathan from the “Through the Aftermath” podcast, and myself.

Topics:

  • Introductions – Includes a poem from Karen to celebrate the 50th show/second year of SUWT
  • Listener Mail – From SmakenDahed and DestroyerDestroyer
  • What We’re Playing
  • Changing of the Guard at Mythic – We talk about the departure of Mark Jacobs from Mythic and EA as well as the return of Brad McQuaid to the spotlight.  Jonathan has a cathartic rant about the latter while I generalize about the former, referencing an excellent Scott Jennings post.
  • RMT Again – We then go on, again, about RMT and alternative subscription models in light of the major changes with Dungeons & Dragons Online and the release of Free Realms.  We’re mostly excited about the DDO changes, but that is coming from people who see buying D&D modules as a natural part of life.
  • Blog of the weekOf Teeth and Claws, go give it a visit.
  • Show Close
  • Out Takes – Michael runs amok

You can get the show via iTunes of download it directly here!

Congratulations to the SUWT team for 50 great shows!

Shut Up We’re Talking #45

Shut Up We’re Talking,” one of the podcasts in the VirginWorlds Podcast Collective, now has episode Forty Five available.

Hosts Darren and Karen are joined by the esteemed virtual monster hunter Van Hemlock and myself.

  • Introductions – Darren attempts to confuse Karen
  • What We’re Playing – You can probably guess if you read our respective blogs
  • Listener Mail – From Akely and Yoh
  • Blogger Privacy – We discuss our views on privacy as bloggers, what things we share and what things we hold back.  Tobold is used as a reference point.  At one point Van Hemlock shocks us all and says his full name.  Then he points out that he did that on the Massively podcast some time back and it is really no big deal.
  • Too Soon for Hype? – Inspired by Melmoth’s post about Funcom playing up their “Secret World” project at GDC, we talk about the sometimes enormous interval between announcing a project and it actually shipping along with the need for companies, especially public companies, to remind people that they have works in progress.
  • Blog of the WeekDichotomy of the Gamers Blogosphere, Darren breaks from his usual Canadian picks and learns how to pronounce “dichotomy.”
  • Out Takes – The Queen and pronunciation

As always, it was a lot of fun.  Thanks especially to Van Hemlock for staying up in the wee hours just to be silly with us.

You can download the show via iTunes or here at VirginWorlds.

Shut Up We’re Talking #41

Shut Up We’re Talking,” one of the podcasts in the VirginWorlds Podcast Collective, now has episode Forty One available.

For the first show of 2009 we look out on the cold, cold world and shiver a bit.

Hosts Darren and Karen are joined by Shawn Schuster of Massively and myself, with a bit of drive-by podcasting by Michael Zenke in the mix.

  • Introductions – Mostly the usual suspects
  • What We’re Playing – Suddenly LOTRO is back in style
  • Listener Mail – From Sara Pickell and Delph
  • MMO Spending in 2009 – Spurred somewhat by Tobold’s post, though some of us were already thinking along these lines, we muse over what the state of the economy will mean to MMOs and our own MMO spending.
  • Killing the Executive Gamer – From Darren’s post, provoked by the Gamers with Jobs Conference Call #116, we talk about whether we can or cannot stop analyzing a game and just enjoy playing it.  Dr. Richard Bartle is mentioned at least once.
  • Blog of the WeekComplete Heal by Lazaretto, whom you may recognize from the EQ2-Daily forums.
  • Out Takes – Includes inaccurate and libelous statements about me hating Dr. Richard Bartle, plus something about Darren drinking white wine that comes in a box.

Another fun episode.

You can download it via iTunes or here at VirginWorlds.

Shut Up We’re Talking #40

Shut Up We’re Talking” one of the podcasts in the VirginWorlds Podcast Collective now has episode Forty available.

A very special year end show, and not just because it consisted just of members of the Revelry and Honor EQ2 guild.

Hosts Darren and Karen are joined by Michael Zenke and myself to wallow in all that was 2008.

  • Introductions – As if you did not know
  • What We’re Playing – You can probably predict most of the answers
  • The Ghosts of Predictions PastDarren, Karen, Michael and myself talk about our predictions for 2008 and how far off we were.  Darren and I scored ourselves in posts already, but you can look back at and see how well we did.
  • The Ghosts of MMOs Present – We take up the Massively categories and pick our “bests” for the 2008 MMORPG scene.
  • The Ghosts of Predictions Future – We each make one prediction about what will happen with MMORPGs in 2009.
  • Blog of the Week – There was NO blog of the week.  But Darren has an angle to this.
  • Out Takes – What could beat Mr. Zenke’s Bartle rant during the show?  How about Darren’s wife?

And, as an added bonus, an after-show picture of the show crew in the R&H Guild Hall.

Darren, John, Michael, and Karen

Darren, John, Michael, and Karen

Another fine show and a testament to the editing powers of Darren.  However, he really needs to hire me to do his show notes.

You can download it via iTunes or here at VirginWorlds.

Shut Up We’re Talking #36

Shut Up We’re Talking” one of the podcasts in the VirginWorlds Podcast Collective now has episode Thirty-Six available.

Regular hosts, Darren from The Common Sense Gamer and Karen from Journeys with Jaye, were joined by the well modulated Phillip (aka Crovan) of the Drone Bay and Warpath podcasts and myself.

Topics:

  • Introductions
  • Listener Mail – From Gnova and SwollenBeef
  • What we’re playing (EQ2, EVE, WAR, WOW)
  • ZOMG! Zombies!! – We talk about Blizzard’s recent zombie event that was part of their build up to the Wrath of the Lich King launch and how a good idea went bad in some cases when players acted like… well… players.  That whole X Factor thing.  Primarily driven by Lume the Mad’s post on the subject.
  • MMO Design – Prompted by a Curt Schilling post on Fires of Heaven forums and then on his own site, we discuss MMO features that we want to see implemented and rock solid on day one, things that have not been done well in the past, and Curt’s own answer about wanting to “feel heroic on day 1, minute 1, until I am done playing the game.”
  • Blog of the WeekMiner with Fangs (also a member of the EVE Blog Pack)
  • The Mandatory pimping of show sponsors – plus some talk about VirginWorlds fund raising goals.
  • Out Takes – Includes me talking about Warhammer Online and my current issues with EverQuest II.

The show runs one hour and eleven minutes and you can get it here as well as via iTunes

Another fine Darren production!