Cat Context 48: The Games That Influenced Us
Apr02

Cat Context 48: The Games That Influenced Us

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This week Liore, Arolaide, and Ellyndrial sit down to talk about the games that influenced us as gamers and as people.

From the first games we ever played to the ones we played for hours, from games we learned on our own or played with loved ones, it’s undeniable that games have shaped our lives. Each of us talk about five games on our own influential list, from consoles titles to a certain MMO.

Also, what we’ve been playing lately, including The Binding of Isaac, Spelunky, and more adventures with Orangelady in SWTOR.

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* The article on TAGN that inspired this episode.
* Free Music Archive page for our theme, in THE crowd by The Years

Cat Context 47: WildStar beta impressions & a World of Warcraft without flying?
Mar19

Cat Context 47: WildStar beta impressions & a World of Warcraft without flying?

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WildStar had an information explosion last week, including pre-order details, a launch date, and most importantly the lifting of the NDA for beta participants! That means that Liore and Arolaide can talk all about their adventures in Nexus and answer questions for special guest Mangle.

We talk about the WildStar world, how different classes play, and whether it’s possible to create a bunny girl who doesn’t look like an underwear model. Also, each of us give our final “yay” or “nay” on pre-orders and muse over what the “rocket house” bonus means.

Also, Blizzard is considering not having flying mounts at all in Warlords of Draenor! Is this a great day for map design, or a sad day for travel times? Liore and Mangle are generally in favor of the change, while Aro doesn’t think taking away player choice is a good business idea.

Also, toddlers playing SWTOR! The arrival of instant paladins! And we actually talk about some mobile games!

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* Cinemablend covers the news that Warlords of Draenor may not have flying mounts.
* Restokin on travel times for flying mounts vs. taxis in World of Warcraft.
* WildStar’s pre-order page.
* MMO Gypsy rounds up WildStar beta opinions from around the blog space.
* Free Music Archive page for our theme, in THE crowd by The Years

Cat Context 46: Warlords of Draenor – Insta-90s, Proving Grounds, the Ability Pruning
Mar05

Cat Context 46: Warlords of Draenor – Insta-90s, Proving Grounds, the Ability Pruning

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Blizzard has been a font of information about the upcoming Warlords of Draenor over the past couple of weeks, and so Liore, Arolaide, and Ellyndrial spent an hour talking about instant level 90s, the mass removal of class abilities, and mandatory Proving Grounds as the gateway for heroic dungeons.

Elly asks the important question, “Is paid instant levelling a good idea?” whereas Liore glosses right over that and gets down to haggling over the price. Meanwhile, Arolaide wants to know how we’re supposed to define “good players” if we all have meaningless talents and a handful of abilities. (It’s a good question.) Perhaps mandatory Proving Grounds are the answer, although we differ wildly over how accessible those should be.

Also, poop quest predictions! Complaints about paladins! Fond reminiscing of hijinx using Mind Vision!

This podcast was also livestreamed as a hangout on air:

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* Eurogamer interview with Blizzard on the $60 insta-90.
* WoW Insider on the mandatory Proving Grounds.
* Official “Dev Watercooler” on some of the Warlords of Draenor changes including the ability pruning.
* Free Music Archive page for our theme, in THE crowd by The Years

Cat Context 45: The One Where We Fight About Player Generated Content
Feb19

Cat Context 45: The One Where We Fight About Player Generated Content

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Ostensibly Liore sat down with Arolaide and Ellyndrial to talk about their beta experiences in Titanfall and The Elder Scrolls Online but what actually happened was… a long battle over the definition of “player generated content”.

Apparently sandbox MMOs are the way of the future because we players tear through studio-generated content too quickly, but what counts as player generated content? Is it building a house like EQN Landmark? Is PvP player generated content, and if so is that why games like Counterstrike are fun even years later?

We’re not sure, but we have differing opinions and we’re going to shout about it!

Also, there’s a little talk about the TESO and Titanfall betas. Just a bit.

This podcast was also livestreamed as a hangout on air:

It would be downright awesome if you gave us a vote on iTunes. :)

* John Smedley’s blog on SOE and player-generated content.
* Free Music Archive page for our theme, in THE crowd by The Years

Cat Context 44: SOE Closures and Hints of a New Star Wars Galaxies?
Feb06

Cat Context 44: SOE Closures and Hints of a New Star Wars Galaxies?

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Sony Online Entertainment is in the news this week with the announcement of 4 MMO closures and hints of a new game that will appeal to old Star Wars Galaxies players. Liore, Arolaide, and Ellyndrial sort of talk about all this news in between taunting each other about football, zombies, and terrible topic transitions.

What are the rights of digital property “owners” and do we have any say over what happens to our Sparkle Ponies and fancy hats when servers shut down? Also, which elements of SWG are worth saving, and is there any room for an old school game now with a new school of players?

Also, Elly talks smack about Serious Sam! Arolaide is still in love with Broken Age! Liore tries yet again to defend the powers of chaos and evil in games!

Please note that Liore is super not drunk at all in this episode.

This podcast was also livestreamed as a hangout on air:

It would be downright awesome if you gave us a vote on iTunes. :)

* Destructoid on Digital Property in the Third Age
* Free Music Archive page for our theme, in THE crowd by The Years

Cat Context 43: Broken Age, Backlogs, and Insta-levelling
Jan22

Cat Context 43: Broken Age, Backlogs, and Insta-levelling

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Arolaide was a Kickstarter backer for Broken Age and she’s here to give us the inside scoop! Did one of the first and most successful gaming Kickstarters pay off? She reports on how the game plays and also how it feels to see her donation become something real.

This week we also lament our huge Steam backlogs and discuss what “completing” a game really means. Ellyndrial is pretty sure he’ll work through his backlog eventually and even looks forward to buying more games, while Liore is both appauled at her competion stats and pretty sure she has more games than she could ever, ever play.

The final topic is the news of instant level 90s in WoW’s Warlords of Draenor expansion! As usual we’re of divided opinions about the new feature, and we wonder if levelling even valuable anymore in WoW or any MMO.

Also: The Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen Kickstarter! More Magic: The Gathering Tournament reports! Really bad segues!

This podcast was also livestreamed as a hangout on air:

It would be downright awesome if you gave us a vote on iTunes. :)

* Free Music Archive page for our theme, in THE crowd by The Years

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