Big Red Barrelcast 2: Sim City’s Incredible Crisis

Welcome to the sophomore episode of the Big Red Barrelcast! PacManPolarBear, Dave and Kev are here to talk about video games and sometimes Star Trek!

This time, they ramble on about:

  • Kev’s Sony rant
  • Lara Croft vs Nathan Drake
  • Shadow Run Returns and so does Thief!
  • The first Steam box has seen the light of day
  • Tropes Vs. Women
  • Sim City’s fails
  • Shout outs
  • And some healthy bonus content for those lovely individuals amongst you that bought our App

We’d love to give you all some sort of incredible hug immediately followed by a polite conversation about how cool you are, but frankly we can’t afford the travel expenses. So, while we save our pennies, cents, and whatever the heck Canadians use, we’ll offer you some download links to help bide the time. Subscribe here. Here’s the RSS feed.  Leave an iTunes review here. Download the mp3 here.

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  1. The Jack Of Hearts

    Loved Kev’s rant on Sony in the beginning. I also liked your conversation about Sim City’s failings because honestly I agree with you guys when you said “it was one of the biggest mess-ups of a launch this generation”.

    Can’t wait for the next one, you guys are on a roll so far!

  2. Dangerous Brian

    Sim city was a game I was going to buy on day one. I was picked for the beta but because I have the worlds worst Internet (try living in rural Derbyshire) I unfortunately couldn’t download it in time and trial it. This didn’t put me off though, I was going to play this. Then release day came and for some reason, I didn’t buy it, I don’t know why but I didn’t. Best decision I ever made subconsciously.

    Great show peeps. Roll on the next one.

  3. Hey, I’m digging the new headline podcast!

    Very nice opening music, too. I’m proud to own the app… sadly, I can’t do anything but listen to the bonus content on my devices…(no multitasking with my web browser for lookups – for richard garriot’s kickstarter.

    That said, I’m loving the show, and cheers!

  4. ImpulseRev

    Great show guys. So HAPPY to have new podcast in my ears at work!!bigsmile

  5. gfreeman

    Great show, I agree that you know you messed up when your launch is worse than a mmorpg. Glad to have another podcast to listen to 😀

  6. TamarindLAZ

    Great show guys. Also, props on that theme song. It just lets you know you’re in for a good time. bigsmile

     

    Also, I was surprised to hear no criticism towards Anita’s video. Having a bit of criticism has been associated with those trolls with death threats. Nevertheless, here’s a good video that breaks down her video, it’s also shorter. Watch if you’d like.

     

     

    One of the big points Anita missed is that Dinosaur Planet starred two characters, male and female, the male was called Saber and looked like Fox, so…there you go. Money also leads in many decisions.

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    The “Damsel in Distress” trope is overused, and instead of seen as sexist, I believe should be seen as lazy writing as it’s simple to work a plot around, it’s been used for years so it’s hard to mess up.

    Keep up the great work gents. thumb Also, thank you for releasing bonus content on the show. I really enjoyed BRB BLUs bonus content as well as whenever Boom would release a tidbit.

  7. I agree TamaringLAZ. I think it’s a lazy vehicle to write a story but to my understand that was the charm of what a Mario game is. Anita talks about how the sports and party games don’t count because they essentially don’t have a protagonist and no story which is a reasonable leap. But I think using Mario and Zelda as means to convey this was a very poor decision and just an easy target. The Mario and Zelda series have their niche. You save a princess, that has been pretty much their since their inception. No how much of that dynamic you can change and still call it a “core” game is where it all lies.

     

    I think with Zelda there can definitely be a much better effort to include Zelda into a much more active role, even as Shiek which portrays her as more masculine but also one who rose to a challenge and did what needed to be done. Mario and Bowser aren’t “fighting” over Peach but Mario shows his affection and dedication by saving the one he loves. When Ganondorf takes Zelda, he’s not taking her because Link loves her or because he seeks a reward. He’s doing it because she’s a princess and she has the triforce of Wisdom. That makes her powerful, not in an active role, but in a much grander part of his nefarious plan. I think that Anita is saying that since those two characters aren’t playable that makes them more like NPCs but isn’t that exactly what they are?

     

    In any case, why hide nor hair of Samus? I think that is a jarringly massive omission of gaming legacy that she conveniently left out. And the taking off of comments from her page just sends her entire message in a wrong direction. We all get harassed on the internet and while I would never foster such behaviour, the mere fact that she thinks that those people on the internet will feel like they can’t reach her is rather silly. I’d hate to bring gender or even race into this but I get called the “N” word quite often online and in chats but I don’t whine and say out of sight out of mind because that doesn’t make those people disappear. I suck it up and laugh it off and deal with it. I just wish Anita felt the same way.

     

    On the Sim City bit of the podcast I think that it’s an embarrassment to the entire gaming industry that such a travesty occurred. I have no interest in Sim City but how anyone can spin this into a positive is beyond me. They really should just start giving people free stuff at this point because damage control can only go so far. Also I remembered that someone on the podcast mentioned that due to cloud, the game could never be played offline but I think I remember.

     

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/tech…..y-21802508

     

    That link says it’s possible albeit not all the features are there. Do you guys think it’s only a matter of time before someone figures it all out? This may be something minute but it’s just one more nail in the coffin for EA. Their house of cards is looking pretty fragile now.

  8. I think it’s more than likely that someone will find a way to mod/hack SimCity so it can be played offline. When it appeared a great deal was done via cloud or outside source that was one thing. But it now looks like most of the always online setup is built around superfluous shit we don’t really need; ie achievements, chat, stat tracking, region sync when playing with others, cloud saves, leaderboards etc. The hard number crunching is still being done locally. Whats really disgusting is pretty much everything they have toed to an always online setup could still have been done in this thing other games call “multiplayer” and still easily have left an offline option. Their claims that their vision of the game made them go always online is double speak stupidity. Not one thing they have stated explains why an offline mode was not available. It’s because of piracy and and other pressures, but they can’t cop to that.

  9. BilboTeabaggins

    PacManPolarBear said
    I think it’s more than likely that someone will find a way to mod/hack SimCity so it can be played offline. 

    http://arstechnica.com/gaming/…..r-simcity/

     

    Already been done.

    Apparently a lot of it’s written in Javascript. Flipping JAVASCRIPT!

     

    This aside, I enjoy a new bitta barrel rolling into my ears.

  10. blades144

    Great show guys! Loved it! I don’t know if I like the fact that I saw Incredible Crisis now or not after seeing it on YouTube. I am strangely drawn to want this game remade or ported.

    Side note for all of you who have to endure Windows 8? Two words “Classic Shell”. It may keep you from throwing your PC or kicking it.

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