Welcome back to another episode of Game Buoy, where Captain Spike and his first mate Slagkick bring you gaming news that might not be on your radar, but probably should be.
As relating to last week’s Kickstarter dicussion: the Podcast Pirates only really went into detail about the unique risks and rewards involved in using this service to finance game production, because that’s what they talk about here. As this lovely chart from the NY Times illustrates, Kickstarter has been instrumental over the last 3 years in getting risky products and designs to market and looking at the larger trend. It’s somewhat surprising to see that gaming still isn’t even the biggest sector of movement within their sort of sphere of action.
– PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale looks a lot like another melee fighting game we all know and love, but there are some characters in the game that make us interested in checking it out…
-Nintendo Direct Conference took place during the recording of Episode 2, and there are a few things that excite us: Pokémon news, Kirby’s 20th anniversary, and New Super Mario Bros. 2 for 3DS, which will be available as a digital download.
On the heels of Nintendo’s announcement of New Super Mario Bros. 2 being available as a digital download, we take the opportunity to share our thoughts on digital distribution and (on a similar note DLC). However, with concerns about the industry’s inevitable shift to digital posing a threat to the future of retro gaming, and an erroneous message sent out to owners of the iOS Rock Band game stating the game would no longer be playable, what implications does this have for the future of gaming? What sort of precedent does this set?
LOLTAKU OF THE WEEK
Chris “Warcraft” Kluwe, a football player, shares his thoughts about the generation’s premier JRPG with Why Xenoblade Chronicles Makes Me Want To Punch A Kitten. This opinion piece from Game Informer focuses on the fact that his experience playing the game was diminished by the title being released on Wii. In true Loltaku fashion, he goes off on a tangent about Nintendo games not being pretty enough, complete with fecal and toilet related metaphors.
FAREWELLS AND SHOUT OUTS
Once again Captain Spike and Slagkick invite you to e-mail them and join in the discussion on Facebook and Twitter. Shout-outs are given to Orange Lounge Radio, which has a new home at the Voice of Geeks Network; its sister show, WoW-themed Horde House; the Nerdgasm Network (the new home of Wicked from Geeks for Fans); and Girls gone WoW, a fun overseas Warcraft podcast featuring Slagkick’s friend Sil.
– PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale is occasionally referred to as “Sony All-Stars.”
– Kirby is celebrating his 20th anniversary, not his 25th; we momentarily forgot that Kirby’s Dream Land came out in 1992, not 1987.
– VOG Network is an acronym for Voice of Geeks, which slipped Slagkick’s mind during recording.