Friday, December 31, 2010

PC Gaming is DEAD!: December 30th, 2010 - LIVE! Show

Here is a recording of our first live show, minus the Railworks 2, which is what we were playing during the broadcast for the extreme viewing pleasure of those who watched the broadcast at

Congratulations to ⱤEDЯUM on winning the trivia contest on December 28th and receiving a copy of Audiosurf!

We picked a trivia contest winner for December 29th live on the show. Liminality won a copy of Trine! Congratulations.

Previous trivia question:

What game is Fallout the spiritual successor to?

Introduction to Wasteland

Wasteland by Interplay Productions.

Interplay created Wasteland in 1988, and it was published by Electronic Arts. Later on when Interplay became its own publisher it wanted to do another game like Wasteland. They couldn't make a sequel to Wasteland because EA owned the rights to it. Instead, they made a spiritual successor: Fallout. Fallout was so influenced by Wasteland that it can really be thought of as an unofficial sequel.

Wasteland was a unique RPG for the time. Not only was it set in a post apocalyptic world instead of a fantasy one, it also gave the members of your party their own AI so you weren't in control of everyone. Your companions could even refuse orders you gave them. It was also one of the first games to feature a persistent world.

To help save space the story was provided in a booklet that came along with the game. The game would instruct you to read specific paragraphs within the booklet. To punish people who read ahead to try to spoil the game, there were fake stories included in the booklet, such as a story about a mission to Mars.

Live Fallout Trivia Question!:

Although it came out before Fallout and Wasteland in 1975, what movie staring a former Brady Bunch actor is often regarded as the closest thing to a Fallout movie?

Bonus question: Who was the former Brady Bunch actor in this movie?


A Boy and His Dog, starring Tiger.
Movie: A Boy and His Dog
Actor: Tiger, the dog!

View the entire movie here! It's of historical significance!

Or you may want to view the trailer first, to see what you're getting into.

Alternate Titles:
- Psycho Boy and His Killer Dog
- Mad Don
- Apocalypse: 2024

Live Fallout trivia contest winners:

Steam Sales:

Arcadia is $1.70 (66% off).

Hegemony: Philip of Macedon is $3.00 (85% off).

Shatter is $2.50 (75% off).

Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete Edition is $10.00 (75% off). This includes Grand Theft Auto 4, The Lost and Damned, and The Ballad of Gay Tony.

However, the Rockstar Collection is $39.99 (71% off). This deal is also very good.

Star Trek Online Digital Deluxe Edition is $7.50 (75% off). This is an MMO and will cost you $14.99/month after the first 30 days. Or, you can purchase a lifetime subscription for $299.99.

Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit is $29.99 (40% off).

R.U.S.E. is $33.49 (33% off).

Left 4 Dead 2 is $6.79 (66% off). Or $4.99 (75% off) if you own Left 4 Dead.

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion: Game of the Year Edition is $9.99 (50% off). The deluxe edition is $12.49; this includes the Knights of the Nine & Shivering Isles expansions, as well as several DLC.

Other Sales:

Tomb Raider Underworld is $14.99 (50% off). Steam already has it for this price as part of the Holiday sale: Tomb Raider Holiday Sale.

Direct2 Drive has Tom Clancy's HAWX for $9.95 (50% off). This is better than the current price of $14.99 (25% off) on Steam.

Good Old Games still has almost every game they have on sale.

And GamersGate still has a large amount of their games on sale.

Giveaway to a random viewer! And it was ⱤEDЯUM! Someone was unusually lucky the last couple of days.


Good job PC, you unlocked the fifth multiplayer map for Battlefield: Bad Company 2: Vietnam. Currently, the Xbox 360 is just over half way done and the PlayStation 3 is even further back.

If anyone is interested in the new Tomb Raider game or just the new Lara Croft, Game Informer posted a gallery of screenshots and concept art.

Boring statistics portion of the podcast, courtesy of ABI Research:

"The overall online game market is expected to eclipse $14.5 billion in 2010 and grow to just over $29 billion by 2015, a 14.8% CAGR. Of this revenue, casual gaming is expected to account for nearly $7 billion of the 2010 revenue and over the course of the five year forecast window it is forecast to grow at a 16.8% CAGR to eclipse $15 billion. The MMO market is expected to be larger in 2010 at $7.6 billion, but will show a lower CAGR of 12.8%, reaching almost $14 billion by 2015. The casual market is expected to grow faster due to the wider audience appeal, but the Asia-Pacific region in particular will help drive the MMO market."

The final clue for the Fallout: New Vegas puzzle was given, and it appears that JDCapo solved it. Congratulations! You really earned it.

The trivia contests aren't over! We have a few more daily podcasts to do. Additionally, we're going to continue to give away prizes for each episode when the podcast moves to its new schedule in January. Keep listening, and if you appreciate what we do, share it with your friends, co-workers, social network, or anyone who will listen!

Send your answers to today's trivia contest to Today's contest closes on December 31st at 6pm PT (2am GMT, January 1st).

Happy New Year!


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