In which we discuss Heroes 3, Pox Nora, how the loot crate mechanic is way older than some folks realize, and game preservation missteps when relating to online games. Also, we get some great emails from Robert, Fred and Greg.
Games discussed in this episode:
Pox Nora for PC and Playstation 2/3
Heroes of Might and Magic 3 for PC
Heroes of Might and Magic 2 for PC
Dualyst for PC
Magic: The Gathering the collectable card game
Doom for PC/DOS
Harvest Moon for SNES
Stardew Valley for everything
Stellaris for PC
FTL for PC
Assassin’s Creed: Origins for contemporary platforms
World of Tanks for contemporary platforms
The Swindle on PC
Mario : Rabbids on Switch
Items discussed in What we Learned this Month:
Blizzard/Activision makes 4 Billion dollars in micro transactions and DLC in 2017 and how this will effect how they perform business moving into 2018. This accounts for more than half of the company’s total revenue.
Google and Ubisoft join forces to provide open source game hosting: http://www.businessinsider.com/google-ubisoft-agones-kubernetes-dedicated-game-servers-2018-3
ESA pushes back against preservation of online content on servers that are not first party, deeming them illegal in attempt to protect intellectual properties of corporations: https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2018/02/preservation-or-theft-historians-publishers-argue-over-dead-game-servers/
Game Scoop also discusses this on ep 472 link: https://youtu.be/d2ukgTb-RxA?t=35m25s
What we Learned from You Discussion:
Robert writes in about playing games that aren’t designed to be educational but motivate us to explore and learn more about their source topics.
Fred writes in about a video series he created comparing the different version of Resident Evil 2, which can be watched at the link below. He also talks about mishaps in Resident Evil 7 VR, and asks Stu and Chase if they have an opinion on Assassin’s Creed: Origins and it’s educational mode.
We also work through the rest of Greg’s email from last episode.
Lets Play Stellaris on Youtube:
Stu recommends watching this video on Stealth Games: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuTdMKqzPCk
Check out Gamescoop for contemporary news on games, and IGN in general: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChDyKjO7PB_QuqTTFKKR9Iw
Shout out to Fred Rojas and Gaming History 101 for having me back for another episode and for producing great content. Link: https://gaminghistory101.com/
Shout out to Robert and Jay at the Classic Gaming Podcast for having me on for ep 100 to discuss my favorite games of all time. Link: http://classicgamingpodcast.com/