Big Red Barrelcast 22: Enter The Don Mattricks

The Big Red Barrelcast returns to tickle your ear drums with their ramblings! On this week’s episode, Dave, Pacman and Kev discuss Steam, The Last Of Us, Blizzard and Kinect. Don’t forget to visit our sponsor Insert Coin Clothing and cover up your nakedness by using discount code BIGREDSAVINGS15 for 15% off your order!

This time, they ramble on about:

  • Sword Of The Stars: The Pit
  • Enter The Dominatrix
  • Twitter beef
  • COD death threats
  • Battlefield stats
  • Who owns Activision Blizzard?
  • Microsoft denies a Kinect free bundle is coming
  • You can develop games on the Xbone
  • Shout outs
  • Some lovely bonus content for BRB podcast app owners.

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Comments

  1. ThaJM

    I don’t know what transpired on twitter between Phil Fish and the Annoyed Gamer, but holding a game “hostage” is stupid and childish. I do realize that he is not obliged to create the game for us, but his clear intent was to turn the public’s ire onto the annoyed gamer by hanging Fez 2 on a thread. Regardless of his PR skills (or lack of it), that’s just mean-spirited.

    Being able to develop for the Xbone without the need for extraneous dev kits is pretty cool. I hope that if this heralds the return of xbox indie titles that they hold the submitted games up to some standards. Quite a few titles on there currently are atrocious.

    • PsuedoScion in reply to ThaJM

      Hey. Having just recently watched the documentary, Indie Game: The Movie, I honestly believe that Phil’s biggest failing in this incident was an emotional one. Neither of us can be inside his head at the time it all went down, but the opinion I formed from various articles and the above film, was that he simply states everything he feels at any given moment. Most of us filter these emotional swings into a consistent flow – he doesn’t. Unless this was exacerbated by editing – entirely possible – then I don’t think he thought far enough ahead to use Fez 2 as a hostage, instead he just gave in to anger. In my humble opinion, Fez 2 will return once he cools down and figures out a way to spin this, so he doesn’t lose too much pride in the process. I found his rawness refreshing at times, though a little high maintenance – certainly wouldn’t want to work with him.

      • Yeap, totally agree with your sentiments towards Phil Fish. I don’t think anyone is actually in fear of Fez 2 being cancelled, not the first outburst from Fish after all. Fish is certainly welcome in an industry that has gotten a tad stagnant in recent years. However, i don’t think having a bit more professionalism would hamper his creative talent.

        Ah hell, too much thought and consideration has been spent discussing an act that embodies neither.

  2. Aurochs

    With this Phil Fish twitter thing, there are just no winners at all. Both the annoyed gamer and Fish himself made themselves look more like petulant children, and the rest of the world is now (possibly) down a Fez 2. Stupidity on both sides. I kind of understand the reasons Fish got so upset for, but if he wasn’t such a massive troll and didn’t aggravate people I don’t think he’d get nearly as much abuse as he does.

    Also, 8 billion for Activision Blizzard? Jesus Christ…

  3. StealthyJoe

    Good show chaps and love the close release of the two podcasts lol, I had a lot of listening to do today, but it was very entertaining. Must say that I am a little surprised by Vivendi allow the self buy out of Activision Blizzard, they create a massive company with a massive cash flow, I mean if WOW has 7 million play and charges around $10 a month that $70 million a month and that is a lot and there are all the other massive cash cows they own – I checked my maths on a calculator lol.

    As for Annoyed Gamer he is what is says on the tin … Annoying. And I am not surprised that Phil fish took the bait and to be honest they are both wrong to do what they did. Annoying Gamer need to stop being a troll and in general there need to be less trolls. As for fez 2 … well I got fez and I am still waiting for the update and at the moment I WAS a massive fan and when it came out he said he is cancelling fez I would have been like NOOOOO, but know meh. And I hear he has not cancelled it and he is just getting out of game development- he twitted it – which is a little extreme but as kev said the dude properly went through a lot to get to where he is. 

    Microsoft will not get rid of the kinect, they have invested too much and too heavily to get rid of it even if it a few years down the line. Their excuse will be that everyone has one developer are used to it and it not worth destroying the dynamic that exists. At least they have become more accommodating to the indi devs, but you know the development access could cost £20,000 the Microsoft way of compromising. 

    As for death threats over game changes people need a life and I don’t thing transferable stats across battlefield games will be that awesome but we will see.

    Oh I know I have waffled on for ages but I want to get you app and I just can’t find it on the amazon app store for android, could you help out by I don’t know letting me know what its called lol.

  4. Aurochs

    StealthyJoe said
    Oh I know I have waffled on for ages but I want to get you app and I just can’t find it on the amazon app store for android, could you help out by I don’t know letting me know what its called lol.

    This I can help with: http://www.amazon.com/Wizzard-…..B004Y09WEW

  5. StealthyJoe

    Thank you very much bigsmilebarrelbigsmile

  6. Dangerous Brian

    Of all the things that Microsoft could cave-in over, I wish they would do a Kinnect-free Xbone. *Holds breath, expectantly* It’s not going to happen though, they are too proud of it. Shame

    Great show Guys.

  7. Dangerous Brian said
    Looks like I spoke too soon!

    http://www.eurogamer.net/artic…..plugged-in

    Not quite. While it may be able to work without one plugged in, they have not said anything about a Kinect-less Xbone bundle.

  8. Dangerous Brian

    Diarmuid said

    Dangerous Brian said
    Looks like I spoke too soon!

    http://www.eurogamer.net/artic…..plugged-in

    Not quite. While it may be able to work without one plugged in, they have not said anything about a Kinect-less Xbone bundle.

    But this is only the first step, The XBone now works without a Kinnect attached, the next step is selling XBone without the Kinnect. They’ve gone back on everything else they’ve said…

     

  9. Dangerous Brian said

    Diarmuid said

    Dangerous Brian said
    Looks like I spoke too soon!

    http://www.eurogamer.net/artic…..plugged-in

    Not quite. While it may be able to work without one plugged in, they have not said anything about a Kinect-less Xbone bundle.

    But this is only the first step, The XBone now works without a Kinnect attached, the next step is selling XBone without the Kinnect. They’ve gone back on everything else they’ve said…

     

    This one will be a lot harder to go back on. Removing the requirement for the Kinect to be plugged in is one thing as they still know you have it and can ask you to plug it back in when a game or app requires it. But not boxing it in will be much more difficult as developers will now have to make many of the features they built specifically for Kinect optional. They may also be required  to create entirely new features to replace these, which would be mental when the games are just a few months from launch.

  10. Dangerous Brian

     

    Diarmuid said

    This one will be a lot harder to go back on. Removing the requirement for the Kinect to be plugged in is one thing as they still know you have it and can ask you to plug it back in when a game or app requires it. But not boxing it in will be much more difficult as developers will now have to make many of the features they built specifically for Kinect optional. They may also be required  to create entirely new features to replace these, which would be mental when the games are just a few months from launch.

     

    I see your point Diarmuid. My posts are more based on hope than facts about this.

  11. spikeychris

    On the topic of blizzard and how good their games are.  In my old WOW guild we had a guy who worked for blizzard in France in some kind of management role (I think he was a marketing manager or something).  I asked him about starcraft ghost and why they never released it and he said basically they were never happy with it and so decided to shelf it.  Says quite a lot when the company just shelves a game because they don’t think its up to the mark and loose all that development time and money.

    On the topic of the last of us.  I actually quite like the control and combat system.  The fact you can’t aim for S\*\*t actually adds to the gameplay and tension as he is a smuggler not a crack special forces agent he isn’t going to have perfect aim.  As for enemies running at you I can see two reasons why they did it.  From a story perspective supplies are low and they may want to save bullets or from a gameplay perspective you have an extremely limited amount of amunition and if every enemy with a gun hid behind cover and shot at you you would run out of ammo even faster. 

    I like the gameplay in the last of that in that it encourages you to look for supplies and go off the main track.  I also like the auto save system where if you F\*\*\* up and die you arn’t punished too much and the auto save usually means you simply restart that section of combat.  This makes planning your tactics a bit easier and more fun imo.

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