GameSpot GamePlay Episode 39: GameSpot GamePlay - The Movie: The Game

Something's rotten in the state of GameSpot. How else to explain why Tom Mc Shea takes the hosting reigns in this Grand Theft Auto-infused podcast?

GameSpot GamePlay Episode 39: GameSpot GamePlay - The Movie: The Game

Turnabout is fair play. Case in point: usual host Kevin VanOrd gets forced into a panelist position so that Tom Mc Shea can see how well he handles the grueling quizzes. Spoiler! He doesn't do so hot, proving that he knows more about Tchaikovsky than he knows about DMA Designs.

More to the point, Kevin, Tom, Carolyn Petit, Chris Watters, and Tyler Winegarner flesh out the Grand Theft Auto V trailers to determine which gets them most excited for the upcoming sequel. We also consider Nintendo's E3 presence, analyze whether "Cream" is an appropriate name for an animated rabbit, and somehow skip over the usual Dark Souls Appreciation Hour!

You can access all previous episodes on GameSpot here.

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Discussion

52 comments
bt11yy
bt11yy

Finally Sonic gets mentioned on the show and not just Mario or Link. Yes!

remotelock
remotelock

This was refreshing, had me in stitches throughout. Keep it up.

SpaceDr00ze
SpaceDr00ze

You guys are awesome and all, but I really miss the UK podcast.

THizzle7XU
THizzle7XU

The last 20 minutes was people saying "Ummmmm, [random video game character]!" and then whining "I'm so bad at this!" like a Valley Girl. WTF?

Elbadro
Elbadro

my birthday is september 17!!


unreal101
unreal101

Tom Mcshea, the master of obscurity.

JOYRIDEME
JOYRIDEME

It sickens me everytime someone talks about the saints row series without having played the first two games(caro)

LoG-Sacrament
LoG-Sacrament

My guess is that Michael is voiced by Michael Madsen. He sounds (and looks) like him and he has a bit of a history voicing game characters after Dishonored (his voice isn't normally as gravelly as it is there though). 


Also, I like to imagine Rockstar writing the character for Madsen and naming it after him in a desperate grovel. That is clearly the most compelling evidence.

10finalfantasy
10finalfantasy

Can McShea do griefng quizzes at least once a month. Kevin is great, but, oh man, were those hilarious.

Matty_gamer
Matty_gamer

I just realized how awesome of a host Kevin is. ;) I love you Mchea but your are no VanOrd :p

Lord_Python1049
Lord_Python1049

Also agree 100% with Chris's point about ludonarrative dissonance. In games, do players really feel that the character is ACTUALLY doing every movement they are doing? If you do, doesn't the a similar "ludonarrative dissonance" occur when we jump up and down, spin around very quickly without getting dizzy, sprint infinitely without losing breath, etc etc? 

I feel like I possess characters and hack into their brains rather than become them so when I break in game "realities" or logic that would happen with the character, I don't actually change them. This solves ludonarrative dissonance for me for nearly all games.

Lord_Python1049
Lord_Python1049

I feel like GTA4 was the greatest GTA because I felt a real connection to Niko. Those who weren't invested in the story and in the characters didn't have such a good time I've found.

johnnyauau
johnnyauau

@Kevin-V Not sure what music you like, but do you like pop Asian music? I'm currently listening to KARA, Girls Generation, Psy, 2NE1, Leehom Wang and so on as examples. You don't have to answer but fire away!

johnnyauau
johnnyauau

I don't mind Tom McShea as a host. I do still feel sorry about how everyone hates him because he gives low scores. Besides Kevin VanOrd, I wonder if Tom has played Monster Hunter Tri as well.

max-hit
max-hit

GTA IV was a great game; the best one in the series in my opinion. I don't see why some people say it was a bad game.

mindfreak4563
mindfreak4563

the mods in gta 4 made the game better. after i finished the story the game became so boring.

AndCarlsen
AndCarlsen

Kevin was surprisingly bad at this. Some of those weren't that hard. Great episode, though.

gufberg
gufberg

In retrospect i don't really get why i liked GTA IV as much as i did upon release. It had numerous issues. 

- It was a horrible PC port

- required Windows Live AND their Social Club nonsense

Whatmore, you'd basically be harassed by your cousin calling you all the time in-game to socialize which broke up the game quite a bit. Looking at these faults and then comparing it to games like Saints Row 3 and Sleeping Dogs, both of which are admittedly newer, it's tough to summon much enthusiasm for GTA IV. 

omarpasos66104
omarpasos66104

Just when I was realizing that I had nothing new to hear or see and thinking that maybe I had to start going outside of my room to socialize with actual human beings this comes along. Thank you Gamespot Gameplay.

Rippletonz
Rippletonz

Who the hell is saying that GTA IV was the weak link? 

Kevin-V
Kevin-V moderator staff

@THizzle7XU A lot of people really like the "Ummm Random Video Game Character Valley Girl Whine" portion of the podcast.

unreal101
unreal101

@JOYRIDEME  I totally agree; you could never appreciate the third game without knowing the intricate, cerebral plots of the first two.

Leejjohno
Leejjohno

@Lord_Python1049 I happened to like the attention to detail in the gritty streets of liberty. The area around niko's first house was like right out of a rocky film.

The design took a nose dive once the player reached the second island... It was impressive looking but it needed more of what made GTAIII's liberty interesting.

snova9308
snova9308

@chrisbell2401 

comming to listen to a podcast you dont like everytime, just to say you dont like it, and it should stop running?

get yourself a life

gamingnerd121
gamingnerd121

@johnnyauau I don't think people hate him for low scores, but more his views on certain things game related.

Bhemont
Bhemont

@johnnyauau Hating someone because they give low scores? Aren't people coming here to decide if they should buy a game or not, if he would bracingly give all games high scores, wouldn't that defeat the purpose of the whole site?

G-Man4ever
G-Man4ever

@max-hit personally, besides the graphics, everything else was mediocre at best. with tons of performance issues for PC platform, with 6-7 patches, it kind of ruined the game. poor porting and because it tried to be funny and serious at the same time. that's where it went wrong. as for GTA 5, if it even releases on PC, i will be very carefull on throwing my money at it. only after the reviews are in, plus a few months to make sure some patches are released (in case it turns out to be another crappy port). and the best GTA in my opinion was GTA:VC (just restarted playing it a few days ago). GTA SA is a really close second.

pozium
pozium

@max-hit Personally, didn't really like it (never finished it). The best to me was San Anderas, followed by Vice City

SlaviksG
SlaviksG

@max-hit GTA IV was a good game, but GTA SA was better in my opinion.

Kevin-V
Kevin-V moderator staff

@AndCarlsen I froze! I can't believe I subject these guys to this each week. 

Kevin-V
Kevin-V moderator staff

@Rippletonz General consensus is that GTA IV was highly overpraised. Myself, I liked GTA IV more than San Andreas, though a lot of GTA fans think I'm nuts. 

Kevin-V
Kevin-V moderator staff

@MuggyTadpole Huh? Any sulk was in jest, hardly real. This was my idea!

chrisbell2401
chrisbell2401

@unreal101 @chrisbell2401 That's looking more and more likely unfortunately.  I've loved a lot of the shows the UK team put on and I used to really enjoy the old US podcast but little by little, it's getting changed to stuff I don't enjoy half as much.  COME ON GSPOT!!!!

chrisbell2401
chrisbell2401

@snova9308 @chrisbell2401 Who said I listen to this every week?  I listened to the first 20 mins of this one after giving up on it ages ago.  So your argument is . . . . ?

johnnyauau
johnnyauau

@gamingnerd121 Oh well. I like Tom McShea for being honest at least. I don't want to further the conversation but it's worth having him provide his perspective.

ExtremePhobia
ExtremePhobia

@Kevin-V @AndCarlsen I was surprised Tom did any music quizzes at all and then surprised further still when you had such a tough time! Pressure and panic can really do a number...

pozium
pozium

@Kevin-V @Rippletonz Compared to the improvement of San Anderas over Vice City, GTA IV had little advancement over San Anderas. 

mehrdad19872010
mehrdad19872010

@Kevin-V @Rippletonz I don't think you're nuts and I loved San Andreas. The gameplay was awesome and it had just a little bit of story to keep you interested. But I had way more fun in GTAIV when I used to ride a bike at high speed against the traffic and hit a car as fast as I can so I would see how high I could fly!! It was genuinely one of the best open world games with an interesting story that kept me invested. I don't get why you guys always have to be against the big games that get people excited. GTAIV sucks, Bioshock sucks, another big game sucks! Seriously, I love your arguments but sometimes (now more than before), they get a little bit one sided and unfair. Anyway, thanks for the podcast!

MuggyTadpole
MuggyTadpole

@Kevin-V @MuggyTadpole Ah yes. You kind of faded into the background in the last quarter of the podcast so I thought you weren't too happy at not being great at the music game...

Rippletonz
Rippletonz

@pozium @Kevin-V Maybe I'm easy to please, but I thought GTA IV was pretty amazing at the time.  I think it made a lot of advancements over previous installments.  They've all been great games, but I thought that IV was the most polished all around.  The characters, story, and missions were highly entertaining.  I think a lot of people are forgetting the clunky sort of feel that older GTA games had.  It made it difficult to hold your own during intense fights.  IV still wasn't perfect, but it was a hell of a lot smoother and added OTS aiming, cover, and diveroll.  Granted, there are a few things from the older ones that I missed in IV.  Not to mention the bro dates got somewhat tedious.  But I think it's a stretch to say that IV is the weak link.  That game was absolutely incredible.  

G-Man4ever
G-Man4ever

@pozium @Kevin-V @Rippletonz Well i can think of at least 2 points where previous versions of GTA were better. First of all, they did not need an absurd amount of hardware. while GTA 4 looks magnificent, the high sys. req. let down 3/4 of people who played it. If you look on steam, even today, 5 years after it's release out of 40 mil. users less than half have 4 core cpus, with enough RAM, and video memory to enjoy GTA on a medium/high setting. GTA 4 was way ahead of it's time from a graphical pov. and in this case, it didn't help it. The second thing GTA 4 failed in comparison with it's predecesors was the amount of bugs it had. Especially for the PC platform. Sorry 7 patches is not a sign of quality. It's a sign of sloppy work. If it wasn't labeled GTA, and it didn't have the absurd amount of marketing, this game would be a major flop. Realistically, it is a 7/10 game. It's not bad at all, but it's a flawed diamond. I am sure that GTA 5 will be way better than GTA 4 since they are reusing the engine and they had more time to fiddle with it.

Kevin-V
Kevin-V moderator staff

@MuggyTadpole Nah. True story: I got quiet for a while because I was searching for the article I had read that talked about how Prey was going to have underwater stuff! But no attitude from me. Suddenly I realized how hard this can be when the tables are turned!