GameSpot GamePlay Episode 36: Nosebleed Seats

Host Kevin VanOrd and his motley crew of GameSpotters go the always-online route, and Dishonored designer Harvey Smith talks about his new novel.

GameSpot GamePlay Episode 36: Nosebleed Seats

In this dusty, rambling edition of the GameSpot GamePlay podcast, host Kevin VanOrd proves just how random and bizarre his mind really is. Why must it be so difficult to put a sentence together?! Fortunately, the not-so-random Carolyn Petit, Tom Mc Shea, and Tyler Winegarner are there to pick up the slack and talk about EA's newest designation as the worst company in America.

Do you know who doesn't ramble? The ultra-intelligent Harvey Smith, whose credits include Deus Ex, System Shock, and Dishonored--and whose novel just landed on shelves. In a special segment, Smith talks to Kevin about the book's Southern Gothic overtones, the catharsis of writing, and what the road to hell is truly paved with.

The book's called Big Jack is Dead, and you can grab it from Amazon. In the immortal words of Kevin VanOrd, Big Jack is Dead "is dark and gut-wrenching." That's a very good thing, in this case.

You can access all previous episodes on GameSpot here.

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29 comments
FreedomPrime
FreedomPrime

my response to always online is this. 

Diablo 3.......

FreedomPrime
FreedomPrime

The only reason why these companies want to have an online always system is to prevent used sales and pirated games. 

FreedomPrime
FreedomPrime

Will not buy the new xbox if they implement this "always" online feature.

Rodrigo_AA
Rodrigo_AA

Am I the only person in the world who didn't liked Dead Space 1? 

GasparNolasco
GasparNolasco

This is the second week in a row I stop the podcast midway through and go listen to something else. You guys have to work your participants better. It seems only Kevin is interested in going forward and all the others are kinda looking at their clocks waiting for the podcast to be over.

HHscxz
HHscxz

Tell you guys a good news: Age of Wushu is going to launch in April. So excited!

Lexicar
Lexicar

I would say that the NFL, FIFA and co might reconsider who they give their licensing contract to if EA decides to work exclusively with Microsoft. Remember all these Sports bodies have a keen interest in getting their own product(the sport itself and the ensuing advertising contracts and such) to as wide an audience as possible. If you look at the history of games like FIFA there isn't a toaster that didn't run it at some point. It has and will always be a multiplatform game. 

P.s. Could have really done without the special segment. I come to gamespot for game related stuff, I can go to book club on my own time.


pal_080
pal_080

There are those great developers still out there though, it's not all cable companies and cell phone contractor wannabee's.  A company like CD Projekt garners true appreciation from its fans!

Mellowcow
Mellowcow

Mellowcow is very mellow and very happy right now. O(≧∇≦)O

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

HOW CAN YOU SAY OCARINA OF TIME ISN'T A GOOD GAME VAN-ORD!!!!!!! GRRRRRRRRRR Sorry it's not like Dark Souls, the one game where it rapes your mind and soul for making one mistake!!!!! I already knew Tom McShea is a bad person and yet people like him?!

jayd02
jayd02

Who misses Star Fox? Who thinks we need a proper Star Fox game from Nintendo?

jayd02
jayd02

I don't know about other people Kevin but I never get tired of listening to you.  You are intelligent and thoughtful so you are very easy to listen to and fun to listen to as well.  Keep up the good work.

X-Robert
X-Robert

I had fancied Dishonored was why Bioshock Infinite was delayed in the first place, both are superb games though, I mean "I don't want to play another video game before this" kind of superb. 

shaunmc
shaunmc moderator staff

I love when Kevin VanOrd quotes Kevin VanOrd. 

Kevin-V
Kevin-V moderator staff

@g1rldraco7 That was the joke--saying that one of the best games ever made was just ok :)

macca366
macca366

@jayd02 I do, I still play Starfox 64 every now and again. Actually never got the 'true' ending..

ExtremePhobia
ExtremePhobia

@jayd02 indeed... indeed. I actually enjoying listening to all of them for a reason.

Kevin-V
Kevin-V moderator staff

@shaunmc In the words of Kevin VanOrd, "shut up, Shaun."

Mellowcow
Mellowcow

@Kevin-V @g1rldraco7 Best game of all time! And if it isn't, Link can just use his ocarina to travel back in time and fix history. :3

macca366
macca366

@Kevin-V @shaunmc Kevin, I will always remember you saying Shaun looks like a 12 year old to his face while playing Just Dance for a kinect launch video, I spit out my tea

bonzaibillie
bonzaibillie

@brxricano @Kevin-V @shaunmc Kevin, out of curiosity, and being a fellow musician, Are there any links to any of your compositions. Or recordings there of. Im very interested in hearing some!