With great passion comes great verbosity. We're splitting this week's jumbo show in half, which means our long awaited Too Human / Dynasty Warriors showdown won't occur until next week. This week, though, we step WAY outside our comfort zone and delve into some multiplayer-only experiences, like Monday Night Combat, Castlevania: Destiny of Harmonicas, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, and more. We think we have a pretty good grasp on where multiplayer needs to go from here. Plus! Our Quote of the Week! Tim Sings! Richard Calculates! Oh. the party doesn't stop! Featuring Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard Naik, and Tim "Yes, I Said He Sings" Spaeth.

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Chi Kong Lui
Chi Kong Lui
11 years ago

So when are you releasing the “fresh” Too Human single on to iTunes? I got my buck lined up. 😉

Richard Naik
Richard Naik
11 years ago
Tim Spaeth
Tim Spaeth
11 years ago

[quote=Richard Naik]@Tim

What classes were you playing? Some of them have achievements that are pretty ridiculous. There are some other generic ones that are pretty easy, but you have to spend more than 0.9 hours playing :)[/quote]

I think I was the orange-colored guy with the firearm. As a point of comparison, Torchlight gives you an achievement for starting the game. That’s more my speed. TF2 needs a “Shoot Your Gun” achievement or perhaps a “Jump” one.

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

[quote=Tim Spaeth]Hey all, just a quick note; Libsyn fixed the problem with our podcast feed and the show should be flowing freely into your podcatching applications as you read this. Thanks for your patience. And as for TF2 — that game has like 400 achievements and after five games I unlocked exactly 0 of them. Not even a charity “Die 10 times in a single match” achievement.[/quote] Bad Company 2 would more than likely be the multiplayer shooter that fits your needs. You can choose where you spawn, and even if you suck at the game, you still can earn… Read more »

Richard Naik
Richard Naik
11 years ago

@Tim

What classes were you playing? Some of them have achievements that are pretty ridiculous. There are some other generic ones that are pretty easy, but you have to spend more than 0.9 hours playing 🙂

Tim Spaeth
Tim Spaeth
11 years ago

Hey all, just a quick note; Libsyn fixed the problem with our podcast feed and the show should be flowing freely into your podcatching applications as you read this. Thanks for your patience.

And as for TF2 — that game has like 400 achievements and after five games I unlocked exactly 0 of them. Not even a charity “Die 10 times in a single match” achievement.

Cybrmynd
Cybrmynd
11 years ago

Just thought I’d comment. Great podcast, I’m definitely eager to hear the next one. I personally don’t like multiplayer because I’m constantly killed when I spawn.

On the whole addiction thing, here’s an interview on a podcast that delves into it more deeply from a neurologist’s perspective. I think its very interesting.

http://imamp.colum.edu/blogs/?p=15045

Richard Naik
Richard Naik
11 years ago

@Overquill TF2 is my prime example as well, although I didn’t get much chance to bring it up since none of the others are cool enough to have much experience with it. Tying in to something we did talk about, TF2 does a great job of letting you know why you failed. The camera zooms in on the person who killed you immediately after you die, and the weapon they used is indicated in the little bars in the top right corner. Knowing exactly why you died is a big part of getting better. I’ve never cared that much about… Read more »

Overquill
Overquill
11 years ago

Just listened to your podcast, and when it was asked about what keeps people interested in multiplayer, I kept thinking over and over to myself “Team Fortress 2”. It’s a game I’m particularly bad at. I lack the nous to properly excel at this game, yet I keep returning to it. Tim mentioned it briefly, but I think the achievements system it puts has still gives you that incentive to persevere with the game. Despite sucking greatly, you can still see a progress bar inch its way up on certain achievements. Of course, it ties in with Steam as well,… Read more »

Tim Spaeth
Tim Spaeth
11 years ago

Hey everybody; did some research and Libsyn’s support forums are flooded with shows just like ours having trouble uploading new shows. Episode 39 isn’t showing up in RSS, iTunes, or Zune, but of course it’s perfectly playable in the browser up there. I’ve opened a support ticket and I’ll post here again when I have more info. Thanks for your patience.

Tim Spaeth
Tim Spaeth
11 years ago

Thanks for the heads-up aHei. I just noticed it didn’t come down to my iPod Touch either. I’ll check it tonight…Libsyn migrated us to some sort of upgraded server and the publishing steps changed. I may have missed something. I’ll post again when it’s resolved.

aHei
aHei
11 years ago

is it normal i can’t see it on my itunes?