BRB UK 112: Peace Pants

The BRB podcasting time-space anomaly continues – so Dan, Jon and Tim are talking to you from the past this week. Which means they’ll sound a bit confused about Gamescom not having happened yet, even though it has.

This week, we burble about:

  • EA Access (UK prices confirmed after we recorded at £3.99/month or £19.99/year)
  • Xbox One’s TV dongle
  • Evolve delayed until February 2015
  • Bioshock makes its way to iThings
  • Codemasters get in hot water over the ‘new’ Colin McRae Rally game
  • A chap from the US gets far too upset about Killzone: Shadow Fall’s multiplayer not running in ‘true’ 1080p
  • Twitch’s controversial policy changes
  • Gamescom 2014 lineups
  • Pure Pool (PS4/Vita)
  • Rogue Legacy (PS3/PS4/Vita)
  • Metrico (Vita)

We’re running a little behind with our orders in BRB UK towers – this show was recorded on Thursday 7th August 2014.

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Comments

  1. Great show guys!

    Couple of issues 

    1. Bioshock on the iThingy, does it really matter if if looks like balls? no one is forcing anyone to buy/play it, if it gets people into the franchise via the appstore then its only a plus.

    2. I can’t remember the other point haha but when i do i’ll be back to scold you all  bigsmile

     

    I 100% agree about the EA Access, its going to ruin gaming, parents can barely afford to pay the xbox/Ps online subscriptions and now companies want to add even more on top? urghh the games industry used to be a good thing but I hate the way its going with this and micro transactions ect ….

  2. MadgesVag said

    1. Bioshock on the iThingy, does it really matter if if looks like balls? no one is forcing anyone to buy/play it, if it gets people into the franchise via the appstore then its only a plus.

    I think you hit the nail on the head there though, and kind of proved the point. One of the reasons Bioshock is so lauded is its superb story and atmosphere. Visual fidelity is vital for that as it art style. If you are playing a game on an iPad which ‘looks like balls’, what are the chances that it will in turn ‘get people into the franchise’? If that is their first experience with Bioshock, it is going to be a bit of a turn-off.

    Anyway, good show guys.

  3. Aurochs

    Cheers for the episode guys (and for the dramatic pause shoutout).

    Surely Bioshock is well renowned enough at this point to attract people who haven’t played it? Maybe I’m too immersed in the gaming scene to see otherwise, but I can’t imagine anyone in this day and age saying ‘Ooh this new Bioshock on the appstore looks interesting, not heard of this one before’, so I don’t think attracting people to the franchise is a major issue.

    The twitch issues are frustrating but unsurprising, I’m sure that the process will be refined and revised in time, muting some of their own catalog must surely be setting off alarm bells that it’s not entirely right. On those notes, hope you get the youtube issue sorted before too long, good to get some content back up and running!

  4. Ridcullys Hat

    Good show as always guys. Not exactly enamoured with the idea of EA access as it’s just another way to milk money from us, the consumer. Bioshock on iPad? This doesn’t sound good to me. Great that they are trying to get more people into the series but…..on a touch screen? I don’t like this idea. Touch screen control is so difficult to get right plus ‘it looks like balls’? A fairly large piece of what makes it unique I the design of the worlds and characters. I’ll stop whinging now.

  5. Getting people into the franchise really wasn’t my point the main point is no one is going to be made to buy it or play it, I hate all ios games, i never had any games on any of my iphones but if someone wants to play it then go ahead why should my dislike for a game or the method of playing it stop them.

    There is lots of games I find to be complete balls, Halo being one of them CAN’T stand it (xbox owner) but just because I think it looks and plays crap doesn’t mean others should be denied the chance to play it 

    can i just add I actually do like gaming and games lol may not sound like it from previous 2 sentences haha embarrassed

  6. Diarmuid said

    MadgesVag said
    1. Bioshock on the iThingy, does it really matter if if looks like balls? no one is forcing anyone to buy/play it, if it gets people into the franchise via the appstore then its only a plus.

    I think you hit the nail on the head there though, and kind of proved the point. One of the reasons Bioshock is so lauded is its superb story and atmosphere. Visual fidelity is vital for that as it art style. If you are playing a game on an iPad which ‘looks like balls’, what are the chances that it will in turn ‘get people into the franchise’? If that is their first experience with Bioshock, it is going to be a bit of a turn-off.

    Anyway, good show guys.

    could go the other way and people might think this would be better on a bigger screen with better controls 

  7. Bioshock on iPad? This doesn’t sound good to me. Great that they are trying to get more people into the series but…..on a touch screen? I don’t like this idea. Touch screen control is so difficult to get right plus ‘it looks like balls’? A fairly large piece of what makes it unique I the design of the worlds and characters.

    Ridcully makes a good summation of most of my thoughts on the matter too, but for me it goes a bit beyond that. Could just be that I/we know too much about Ken Levine leaving Irrational etc but it just seems to that this is something that would not have happened under his stewardship.

    I also just have a fundamental problem with games being shoehorned onto incompatible platforms. If it is suitable then I have no problem with a game being ported to anything. Xcom being a recent example of a genre/game that is well suited to being ported to touch screen devices. But when a racing game or FPS tries it (and because I have yet to find a control scheme for either that doesn’t feel like arse) I am more suspicious of the motives behind it.

    could go the other way and people might think this would be better on a bigger screen with better controls 

    This is true, as is the point that if you missed BioShock on consoles already then it was probably going to continue to pass you by, but I think that most people, if they feel jaded by a purchase, are less likely to invest more money in the same franchise.

  8. I wonder how much this Bioshock app will cost, considering I bought a digital download of the 360 version for a couple of pounds.? Also, whatever happened to that Vita version of Bioshock?

    On a side note, it’s nice to see my home town represented so well by a drunkard in a cemetery, upsetting mourners… must say that I feel a little homesick now sad

  9. stingo

    If you’re a beer geek, you can find Pliny the Elder and Pliny the Younger, but you have to do some work.

  10. stingo said
    If you’re a beer geek, you can find Pliny the Elder and Pliny the Younger, but you have to do some work.

    *Slow clap*  God damnit, that is good.

  11. steroidtulip

    Great cast guys . I had a quick look at the EA access . thought foolishly it was free . Nope , just like EA selling shortcuts for BF4 . Grasping every last pound out of the gamer .  

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