GameSpot GamePlay Episode 52: Research & Development

Host Kevin VanOrd welcomes guest Joseph Barron and regular Tom Mc Shea to pass judgment upon things that must be judged.

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GameSpot freelancer and silky-voiced Brit Joseph Barron joins Tom Mc Shea and host Kevin VanOrd for the most unstructured podcast in GamePlay history. Why? Everyone's off to Germany for Gamescom, just in time for a European to join us in the states. But that's OK--it gave Joe, Kevin, and Tom a chance to wonder why it costs hundreds of millions of dollars to design a controller-shaped controller. Kevin also takes the opportunity to celebrate GaymerX and put his musical tastes out there for everyone to praise or laugh at.

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i hope this show isn't cancelled!

(as was hinted in the previous episode but it doesn't make sense writing this there, this is the newer episode)

i love it :(

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One of my favorite soundtracks besides Skyrim, Ocarina of Time and Kingdom Hearts is Skies of Arcadia. Very under-rated game, but man the music really gets you into the game besides the story and I wish Sega would just either do an HD remake or a sequel for God's sake!!!!!! How could Tom McShea call Animal Crossing New Leaf a disease?! He tweeted during E3 that it was the best game he's ever played, I saved the tweet for record of such words!!

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@g1rldraco7 Skies of Arcadia...wow, I still whistle some of those songs on a regular basis!

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If this whole podcast would have been Journey's soundtrack running in the background with you guys talking about anything under the sun I would listen to it. Truly the best music ever in a game.

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Nier was sucha great game. Yes, the graphics was horrid for its gen, but the story and ost is freakin amazing. Total hidden gem

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.... aaaaaand Tom brings up backwards compatibility, again.

Do people not realize that BC is impossible on both consoles, just from an engineering standpoint? The PS4 has it, but only as a streaming service, which is bound to be laggy and less enjoyable than just playing the same game on the PS3.

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@unreal101 I totally understand that BC is extremely difficult, but I appreciate the Sony is trying to find a solution. That's why I still happily buy PS3 games but won't buy anything more for my X360. Oh, and I get most everything for my PC if given the choice because that's never going away.

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@unreal101 No such a thing is impossible. It doesn't even have any difficulty for the developers but it's the decision they make in order to support their economical strategy. And the fact that these console developers tend to always choose for us instead of giving us the options is one of the worst thing about consoles.

I, for one, wouldn't buy it if it doesn't have BC.

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@max-hit @unreal101 In order for the Xbox One to play 360 games, it would have to virtually emulate 360 hardware, which it isn't powerful enough to do. Therefore, impossible.

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@ViskiJack Learn to have some logical reasoning and mutual respect you imbecile fanboy.

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Tom McShea is marvellous at talking out his ass in Metagame :P. Wonderful show as always.

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@lim_ak I'll take that as a compliment. :)

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Damn you VanOrd, you better sneak in some Afro Samurai in a later podcast :)

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Wow.. You guys are very cranky :)

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About the whole Lee from the walking dead thing ...

I'm African American. My first thought was, "why does he have to be in the back of a squad car ...."
Followed by, "well let's just see what they do with his character ... please don't have him use slang ... please".

I was happy with the end result.

Still, I was shocked to see a black character in the lead role. Even more surprised to see him handled so well.

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Love these pod casts.

I missed a few because it wasn't showing up in the news feed on the home page ...

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I like this podcast.

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Does Tom McShea need a Vacation or a Red slip???? This guy is never happy. I am 4:40 in to the podcast and this moron is hating on Xbox because they are giving people what they want...WTF "I dont know who they are anymore","I don't trust them". Smarten up tom. Get it together. you were bashing Xbox for all of the restrictions and now your bashing them because they heard the people.....You're never happy. Please take a break

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@jonzilla_basic I explained my reasoning in the podcast. I think it's good that Microsoft is listening to the consumer but I doubt their vision.

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Pink slip that is.

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I watched the Gods And Generals review. It was exhilarating. Lol

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@darksiED70

Grow up.

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I think I'm gonna pop a vein on my forehead if I see one more person defending the xbox one and calling whoever criticizes it a Sony fanboy...If you're willing to overlook FACTS and still defend it then you're the fanboy !

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@Sun-Tzu-GE I don't blame developers for defending the Xbox, those policies were specifically designed to benefit them at the expense of consumers. We're seing the issue from the consumer view, and for us the Xbox policies were junk.

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I really enjoy these broadcasts, thanks guys.

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Did Tom say Sony has a plan for backwards compatibility with Goku?

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@omarpasos66104 He might have, though he meant Gaikai.

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@Kevin-V @omarpasos66104 TRue but it still isn't backwards compatibility. If you experienced Gaikai/Onlive (I did both) you know that there is absolutely nothing to look forward to. It aint pretty. Its just a blocky streamed video full of lag and compression artifacts. ITs like you would "play" some youtube video review.

PRetty bad- the faster the gameplay of a specific game-the more terrible it is.

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@Sun-Tzu-GE @edinko @Kevin-V @omarpasos66104 Its very far from smoothly and its ugly as hell with the compression artifacting. There is nothing to look forward to in this regard

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@edinko @Kevin-V @omarpasos66104 I haven't tried gaikai but I did try some demos on Onlive and it ran really smoothly.I suppose it depends a lot on your internet speed.

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My god... could you be LESS of a trio of PS4 fanboys?... I like you guys too, just so annoying... Abject journalism, its pretty sweet...

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@Rhaynne

you sound like an xbot fanboi to me.

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@Rhaynne

Your logic is wrong on so many levels.

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@Rhaynne Pointing out the inherent flaws of a console manufacturers plan is the equivalent of being a fanboy of another system?

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What happened to my comment?

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@hystavito

we have your comment.

if you want to ever see your comment again, be at the park between 13:00 and 13:15 hours.

tell no one, come alone.

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Oh well, it was The Greatest Comment in The World! This is just a tribute :P