GameSpot GamePlay Episode 47: Floaty Butt

Developer Mike Bithell joins Kevin, Carolyn, and Tom to show new GameSpotter Walter Lopez the ropes. Or in this case, the barbed wire.

GameSpot GamePlay Episode 47: Floaty Butt

Is Don Mattrick the savior Zynga needed? Will Thomas as Alone developer Mike Bithell drop hints about his upcoming project? Is Tom Mc Shea more than host Kevin VanOrd can handle? All these questions and more are asked, but not necessarily answered, in this week's podcast.

Also, new GameSpotter Walter Lopez gives away a special prize (you have to listen to find out what it is and how to win!), and Carolyn Petit wards our English guest from Kevin's clearly Amero-centric point of view. Explosions! Guns! Flags! Wieners! It's an Independence Day tradition to alienate the British.

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54 comments
bernstein1986
bernstein1986

I agree with Tom on Assassin's Creed. The combat is extremely boring to me and just feels like quick time events without the cue.

push88
push88

Is there a new episode coming today?

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

Just finished listening to the podcast on my way to class. I always listen on my half hour drive to school and it often lasts me a day or two depending on traffic. I had to make myself not listen while sitting at home so I can have more enjoyable drives. Really gets my day off to a good start.

Loved Thomas Was Alone and played through it in one sitting and recommend it to anyone that would enjoy it.

Halloll
Halloll

I agree with everything Tom said about assasins creed.

rallykupojr
rallykupojr

It was great having Mike on the show, especially since I played  and loved Thomas Was Alone since the last time he was on.


And if Tom wanted insightful comments this week, how about "This new Ryan Davis-less world effing blows."

LoG-Sacrament
LoG-Sacrament

I can't believe split/second was spoiled for me! That's a hole in my heart that will never be filled.

b0sc02
b0sc02

Sorry Kevin, Journey and I have been going steady for the last year or so.

ejpaine
ejpaine

All of those quotes sound like they could be from Metal Gear.

eiji1
eiji1

I wrote a comment here earlier. Apparently it was too spicy. I feel I must apologize.

max-hit
max-hit

I don't get the hype around the Division too. The core gameplay mechanic seems very similar (if not identical) to the one from Ghost Recon: Future Soldier which was a horrible nightmare.

arthur_dayne
arthur_dayne

I love this show when you guys have developers on.  It is great to get perspectives from both journalists and developers; the conversations seem to be more expansive.  Unrelated, but I'd like to request a Shaun McInnis appearance if possible.  And while I'm requesting things, what about having Tom Magrino on as a guest?

ewen2
ewen2

Tom,, when you move in make sure you empty all those cardboard boxes asap, I didn't and had 4 or 5 for almost 10 years in cupboards and the loft.

anne_1230
anne_1230

Somehow I associate the relationship between Kevin and Tom to that of an elementary school teacher and his student. Which means that it's actually one of my favorite things about the show!

I think the explosion sound track quiz would have been easier if Kevin also gave the quotes in the review/article that contained the word explosion. I liked the idea, but honestly there are way too many games with explosions, surprise surprise.

I am also ambivalent to the integrated multiplayer in single player idea. It is interesting, but I enjoy playing by myself. Well, it will ultimately all come down to execution and I'm keeping an eye on how they will turn out in the upcoming batch of games. But yeah, not too excited.

slikjohnson
slikjohnson

I have to agree with Tom and his opinion on AC. The combat is terrible and the platforming is way to easy. So glad that someone else realizes that.

DarkFrankhs
DarkFrankhs

Klunge/Clunge isn't really a rude word!  Well, not that rude... 

TigerOnFire
TigerOnFire

Nipples Nipples Nipples! Who needs sentences with well thought out words? Well I suppose you guys do, being game reviewers and stuff.

Rodrigo_AA
Rodrigo_AA

 It's not a big deal, but just to correct a little example that Kevin gave . Actually the multiplayer component of Killzone coast 14.99, I don't see a point buying this since the full game, multiplayer and single player, coast 20.00. 

The multiplayer that's free to play is from Uncharted 3.

ewen2
ewen2

The declaration of Arbroath, was used as inspiration for the declaration of independence. You did ask for interesting comments

Edit I know I can't win but had to join in anyway, loving the podcasts

DarkFrankhs
DarkFrankhs

Didn't Demon Souls do persistent online/integrated online thing before Journey? - also with those - not too much is lost if you go offline. Is there any game that has integrated online/solo campaign before Dark Souls? Would be interested to know! 

Sun-Tzu-GE
Sun-Tzu-GE

hahahaha Tom cracks me up with his harsh comments and negative attitude sometimes  

Kevin: Assassin's creed 1 was great on it's own terms and then they turned that into a fantastic series...

Tom: And then they dropped it off a cliff and spat on it...

Sun-Tzu-GE
Sun-Tzu-GE

I love the soundtrack quiz part of the show ! I went on amazon and got the ME3 soundtrack after this lol. 

AtheistPreacher
AtheistPreacher

Tom, I actually like Dead or Alive for its gameplay, *in spite of* of all the fanservice that Team Ninja is so known for.  Heck, my favorite character is Gen-Fu, who is about as unsexy as they come in that game (unless stocky old guys turn you on).  Anyway, there's a good fighter underneath it all.

Another good podcast overall.  Mike Bithell was great (again).  Only one thing: the ESRB ratings description theatre?  Eh... not so much.  It was sort of fun when people actually did voices, but at this point it's pretty much just boring.  On the other hand, you can never have enough metacritic over-and-under... that's always a good jumping-off point for discussing multiple perspectives on a game, obviously, which is usually good fun.

EDIT: Oh yeah, and of course the Dark Souls Appreciation Hour is always good! :-)

Is Tom ready to start a Dark Souls religion yet?  Sounds like he's getting there.  I'd join.

X-Robert
X-Robert

Man, you jounalists must be too busy to remeber one of the most  memorable socre from Mass Effect 3.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Floatbutt? Never heard that term before and yet this episode did cover some good topics. Thomas Jefferson is a dirt man because he took the credit for the filter in the light bulb when in fact it was his assistant created it. His assistant was black so that's why Jefferson was acknowledged as it's creator. So great job guys, see you next time :)

xavor01
xavor01

Project X Zone is a rad game. Case close, screw you Caro!

Yukeshime
Yukeshime

@TomMcShea

I'm so glad you brought up Starbound. That game looks like it will be something really special.

DoomMonkey17
DoomMonkey17

Awww, but picking an arbitrary winner was so fun. Made it just like Whose line!

anil5555
anil5555

Love the show! Congrats on the new house Tom.

predailen
predailen

Another great show! Listening to this podcast is the highlight of my week.

pal_080
pal_080

Ohhh so it's US only for the contest, eh?  I guess your not getting your insightful comment this week.  Although it was a great show, keep it up!  Also don't feel bad about Quebec, they get left out of all national contests, but they have so many more perks of their own.

*nipples*

OhYeah80
OhYeah80

Kevin really enjoyed making up words this time around. Irregardless, I think the whole idea of always online games has a lot of potential. I agree Dark/Demon Souls does a good job of incorporating it into the single player, but I think that a lot more can be done. I'm really looking forward to The Division and Destiny. They look like Borderlands with better gameplay, and Borderlands was always better playing with another so I think they show great promise. That being said, I don't think people should be punished for wanting to play alone. As long as everything scales accordingly, I don't see why a single player/multiplayer universe cannot coexist.

gonard9
gonard9

It's Splosion Man you fools! 39:50

MuggyTadpole
MuggyTadpole

Omg I was running around at 33:55 again...its Mass Effect!!

TomMcShea
TomMcShea

@slikjohnson I've been waiting for them to revamp the core mechanics since I finished (and enoyed) AC2. Sadly, it seems they're stuck doing the auto-play formula until the sales drop off.

Snakpakk
Snakpakk

@DarkFrankhs Sorry. I am working on getting prized and giveaways open to our readers/listeners overseas. Hope to have it fixed by the end of the summer. 

TomMcShea
TomMcShea

@DarkFrankhs The difference between Journey and Demon's Souls (there's only one difference!) is that multiplayer happens organically in Journey whereas you access it through deliberate actions in the Souls games.

jazilla
jazilla

@Sun-Tzu-GE Funny part about those comments is they are both right. Kevin wears rose colored glasses when it comes to that franchise though. I look at that game like I look at LOST. The writers say they have the whole thing plotted out, but really it's just a sketch. If you were just to play only the Desmond parts from the whole series, it becomes a convoluted mess at the end of Brotherhood with zero to little discernible direction and even murkier ending. It was terribly disappointing to me since the REAL story was supposed to be Desmond's tale. 

Snakpakk
Snakpakk

@Sun-Tzu-GE listening to the show now and realizing that I pay very little attention to the music in a game.... kinda embarrassing. 

TomMcShea
TomMcShea

@AtheistPreacher Yeah, I might have been too hard on DoA. It does have that fancy counter system. Still, the franchise just revels in gratuitous sexism. Shame.


Oh, and I wouldn't create a Dark Souls religion. Rather, it would be a covenant.

Sun-Tzu-GE
Sun-Tzu-GE

@X-Robert When you play so many games it's hard to remember tthe soundtrack from all of them.

robchiang1990
robchiang1990

@TomMcShea @slikjohnson Well I love AC series not for the gameplay though, to me it's more of interactive museum(not historical though) than a game, so I always play the damn game myself rather than watch the videoes.

DarkFrankhs
DarkFrankhs

@TomMcShea @DarkFrankhs Well don't people's ghosts just appear sometimes in Demon Souls and run about?  - but I get what you mean - Dark/Demon Souls is more accessed

Sun-Tzu-GE
Sun-Tzu-GE

@jazilla@Sun-Tzu-GEThat's exactly what I've been saying last year.I think the whole thing went to shit after Patrice Désilets left Ubisoft.And after he was replaced by someone else...Let's just say that it was like bringing a sitcom writer to finish George R. R. Martin's book.

Sun-Tzu-GE
Sun-Tzu-GE

@Snakpakk @Sun-Tzu-GE For me it's a big part of the experience.When I first played "Remember me" I stopped for 10 minutes to listen to the start screen song lol.