Big Red Barrelcast 53: Getting Updated

The Big Red Barrelcast returns to tickle your ear drums with their ramblings! On this week’s episode, Dave, Kev and PacManPolarBear blabber on about sifting through garbage in the desert, Snoop Dogg and Watch Dogs.

This time, they pontificate about:

  • Dave is getting a PS4
  • Watch Dogs
  • Trials Fusion
  • Xbone and PS4 numbers
  • E.T. cartridges found
  • A new Street Fighter web series
  • Snoop Dogg in your COD
  • Elder Scrolls Online bug
  • PS4 and Xbone get updates
  • Shout outs
  • Bonus content for our lovely podcast app owners

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. saltysamx

    Always great to hear your voices! Thank you for taking the time to record these podcasts. They help make my work day less painful.

    What are your thoughts on Tom Clancy’s The Division? To me, it seems like it has potential to be a fun game, but outside of E3 last year I have not seen or heard too much about it.

  2. sheezcrafty

    Dave! Does this new job have anything to do with you demonstrating your favourite piece of technology? Detailed a few episodes ago, I think. Congrats anyway.

    If folks think Kev is down on Sony, the Boom cast doesn’t show a lot of love in that direction either. Lookin’ at you Yoshi. He is honestly very patient in explaining why he’s not fond of ND games, he replied with a detailed post to my question about this as well. Most of what he said went over my head, he’s forgotten more than I’ll ever know about video games, so I enjoy his opinions.

    Looks like we’re in a holding pattern for the next while with games, E3 don’t fail us now. My coffee can PS4 fund is growing, slowly.

  3. Just saw all this and thought I should chime in!

    I honestly don’t intend to diss Playstation or Xbox. I own all generations of all their consoles and have thoroughly enjoyed a majority of their offerings. In fact, despite what it may sound like, I actually lean far more towards Playstation than Xbox and always have done!

    Honestly, I know I’ve been a downer on the show lately, and I know why that is: It’s May 2014.

    We have new, arguably unfinished consoles with very few games on the immediate horizon to justify our purchases of them. As soon as E3 starts winding up and the news leaks drop day-to-day and the trailers start assaulting my inbox, I’ll be happier than a farmer in a scrumpy lodge.

    That said, I will admit that I’m also still down on both consoles’ performance (especially Xbox One), given the hardware they’re packing. You all know I’m a PC guy first and foremost, and what I was most looking forward to this gen was finally getting games on console that run at 60 frames per second, and it is bumming me out that it isn’t happening consistently… Yet. I know it’ll come in time, I know the devs need to figure out the hardware and work with the platform holders, but I’m an impatient dude and waiting just gets me irritable. I’m not blaming either side, I’m just bummed it isn’t a thing yet.

    As for the Naughty Dog/Dark Souls discussion: I’ve stated my issues with Uncharted 3 (specifically) and The Last Of Us multiple times and tried to be as comprehensive in my explanation as I can be, but I’ve also always been aware that those issues are unique to myself and a handful of others. One of my thoughts is that I like games that are games more than games that think they’re movies. Dark Souls tells its story in a way only a video game can, and Uncharted tells its story in a way that any medium — be it game, movie, tv show, comic, or novel — can.

    There are many other things I personally dislike, but I totally understand why others like them. For what it’s worth, I sincerely enjoy the worlds, characters and narrative of those games, I just don’t mesh with the gameplay, which is no surprise given that it is almost the antithesis of Dark Souls. If it makes you feel any better, I have the exact same complaints about Halo as well, but again, I’m in the minority.

    The safest way to call whether Kev’s going to like a game or not is to ask: 1) Is the player being funnelled through a level and narrative design that is identical to everyone? And 2) Does the player have control of the character taken away very often?

    If the answer is ‘yes’ to either question then I will likely have something against the game. If the answer is ‘yes’ to both, then I probably have a LOT of problems with it. And I honestly hope you guys can appreciate that those are my opinions. I’m not trying to call people out on liking something that I don’t (although sometimes I do feel that there are objectively bad things that people should be against), I’m just trying to get my side of things across. If nothing else, it proves a really effective way to start an interesting discussion (as Diarmuid said, we talked for a while about my issues with Naughty Dog’s games, and I like to believe he understood where I was coming from even though he didn’t feel the same way. I know his points got across to me).

    Anyway, that was a really long diatribe and I apologise for that, but I just wanted to get the point across that my recent negativity is not out of spite, but instead born from a lack of compelling content to consume, as well as my own issues with modern game design.

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