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IncGamers Podcast #167

28 May 2014  by   Peter Parrish
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podcast 167

The IncGamers Podcast is back up to full strength this week, with three whole people discussing matters (mostly) relating to PC gaming. Minimal Darude references this week, I promise.

As always though, the absolute hottest PC news gets maximum coverage (did that sound convincing?) So if you want to hear three jaded British guys shrug their shoulders at Battlefield: Hardline, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll also discuss the upcoming appearance of the Techies in DOTA 2. Or rather Tim will talk about that while Paul and I listen. After that I get a bit confused and think I’m working for Private Eye or something and talk about tax, Valve and Luxembourg.

From there, the natural point of discussion is some exciting news from 2008 about the cancelled Phantom games console. Seriously, read about The Phantom if you haven’t heard of it, it’s amazing.

Elsewhere in the news, Planetary Annihilation acquires a single player mode, Capture the Flag pops back up in Titanfall and Steam will probably have a sale in June (shock!)

The big release of the week is undoubtedly Watch Dogs, so Tim will tell you all about it being somewhat underwhelming. I force a grown man to call me “Cupcake” in Grid Autosport, and Paul has been committing global genocide liberating virtual nations without me in War, The Game.

You can download, listen, stream and do all sorts of exciting things with the podcast, just under these words. More podcast episodes can be found in our archives, and iTunes keeps some around as well.

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  1. +2

    I’ve never understood the concerns about Steam being filled with crap via Greenlight and whatever system follows it. There’s a really simple compromise solution that will satisfy everyone: accept nearly every game, but have a Valve-curated storefront which only shows the stuff they think is good.

    With user reviews and tagging they seem to be heading more in the direction of user-driven curation, but that’s not mutually exclusive with Valve making their own showcase as well. Maybe everyone looks at Apple and Google and thinks that’s the best you can do. No way. Their app discovery tools are awful and haven’t really evolved since 2008.

    Valve should want everything that’s half-decent to be sold and distributed through them (because money), but that doesn’t mean everything gets featured as a new release or in a sale. Indies want to be on Steam primarily because it’s a distribution platform that gamers like and trust, not because it’s free advertising. There’s no better way to accept payments and push out updates than getting on Steam.

    May 28, 2014 at 10:05 pm
  2. good idea, but I am more sick of clicking on games finding out their “early acesss” I have said before and will say again give a ability to filter out “early access” I am not interested in paying to be be bata tester, though perfectly understand why some people like doing that

    June 3, 2014 at 2:53 am
  3. 32:00 CTOS “yeah what the hell lets run fucking everything off one system, everything will be fine”

    June 3, 2014 at 3:54 am

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