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CAGcast #84: The Rail Not Taken


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#1 CheapyD

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Posted 02 August 2007 - 07:20 AM

CheapyD gets his hands on the latest Railfan game and GH: 80's Edition, finishes the Mass Effect book, and is still feeding his 360 a healthy diet of towels. Mover & shaker Wombat announces a new contest and stalks game PR companies. We also answer your CAGbag questions, discuss the latest gaming and shopping news, and yet, there's more!

Listen for details on a new contest and don't forget to take the CAGcast Audience Survey!

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3?[url]http://media.libsyn.com/media/cheapyd/cagcast84.mp3[/url]
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#2 HooHaa

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Posted 02 August 2007 - 08:40 AM

I hope you winked suggestively at your neighbour. :D

#3 daphatty

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Posted 02 August 2007 - 08:46 AM

RE: Ads during the show...

One ad during the show is too many. I'm all for getting "pizzaid" but I despise commercials and will do everything I can to avoid them, even if it means not listening. Might I suggest that when you go down that path (because lets face it you will) that you place the adverts either at the very beginning and/or very end of the show. ESPN's PTI podcast does it this way and it seems to be the least intrusive.

RE: New forum guides/mods

Great Idea! I hadn't realized just how much the site had grown until Shrike handed in his mod commission. Good lord that guy put in work!

RE: New Releases Discussions

Thank you for not discontinuing this segment. While the Shipwreck's cover new releases in much greater detail I find your brief discussions much more useful. I prefer the short and sweet perspective you guys have always provided. Please, keep up the good work.

RE: Wii's staying power

I'm getting tired of people questioning whether or not a Nintendo hardware product has "staying power." Where the hell have people been? Are they forgetting Nintendo's track record? Every time sales start to slump Nintendo releases a "revised" version of their hardware! The Wii is nothing more than a GC with a slightly upgraded GPU and a "revolutionary" controller. The DS lite is, guess what, a sexier DS! And on and on...


Overall, great show guys! Thanks for the hard work.



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#4 striker199

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Posted 02 August 2007 - 08:47 AM

sweet, downloading now

#5 PetriesLastWord

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Posted 02 August 2007 - 09:33 AM

The intro music rocks.
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#6 mikeohara

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Posted 02 August 2007 - 09:45 AM

many a dollar was spent by me playing DDR 4th and 5th mixes, so Kick The Can was played many, many times.

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#7 PetriesLastWord

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Posted 02 August 2007 - 10:06 AM

many a dollar was spent by me playing DDR 4th and 5th mixes, so Kick The Can was played many, many times.


Same, and I totally approve.
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#8 PetriesLastWord

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Posted 02 August 2007 - 10:48 AM

Just a correction, I was discussing signing up for their Gamer card, until CC informed me it is only good on full price merchandise. So it won't be working with the sales, so it's a pass for me.
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#9 io

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Posted 02 August 2007 - 10:54 AM

Congrats on buying the (expensive) U.S. Wii, Cheapy. I was impressed you did that "live" on the CAGcast :lol:. Hopefully Metroid will at least partially justify that purchase - maybe if you get a little deeper into the game you'll become immersed. Hopefully you'll be able to set aside a bit of time from Bioshock to give it a chance.

And while the lack of voice chat on Mario Strikers is a mild disappointment (edit - just wanted to clarify that since it wasn't expected, it is more of just a missing feature when compared to XBL), it is still a fun experience to play against a CAG. I just finished a couple of matches with Yukine and playing a person is VERY different from playing the CPU, I can tell you that right now!

#10 McBacon

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Posted 02 August 2007 - 11:23 AM

Great work Wombat, you've done so much for the podcast.

About all this MGS 4 stuff; Sony doesn't own Konami; Hideo can do what he wants with MGS 4 so if he wants to show it at his own MGS 20th Anniversary Party, and not the E3 that he openly said sucks, then I think he can.
Sony probably did want that MGS 4 play through at E3, but ultimately its Konami's decision.
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#11 thorbahn3

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Posted 02 August 2007 - 12:10 PM

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#12 peteyrose

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Posted 02 August 2007 - 12:52 PM

I was a little saddened to hear your impressions of Railfan Taiwan edition. I was in Taiwan last month to visit family and rode the High Speed Rail (HSR) twice along the entire length of the country. It was very awesome, and I was surprised to see a brochure for the game while browsing an electronics store sometime later. I instantly remembered CheapyD's positive raves about the first Railfan and decided to buy the game as a nice souvenir of the trip.

I don't even own a PS3! (and don't plan to buy one until 2008 most likely). So while I can't play the game myself yet, it was at least nice to hear somebody talking about it. Too bad Railfan: Taiwan didn't live up to your expectations, but it makes a nice story for me to say that my first and only PS3 game is Railfan. The look on people's faces when I tell them that is priceless.

#13 GiO

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Posted 02 August 2007 - 01:07 PM

When will the winner of the goozex contest be announced? I thought it would be announced this episode considering it ended the 30th...

#14 CheapyD

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Posted 02 August 2007 - 01:21 PM

When will the winner of the goozex contest be announced? I thought it would be announced this episode considering it ended the 30th...

Um...it was announced in this episode, wasn't it?

#15 FoxHoundADAM

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Posted 02 August 2007 - 01:23 PM

YAY more CAG. I just finished last weeks yesterday so good timing.

#16 thorbahn3

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Posted 02 August 2007 - 01:58 PM

Good show. I'm surprised you paid that much for a Wii. I have a feeling you'll be mocking yourself for buying two wii when you have nothing to play on either version in the future. Everybody Votes does make me turn it on every two to three days though I must say.

As for Wombat getting a job, wouldn't his view become askewed if he got a job at one of the big three? I trust Wombat to not become a PR whore, but some people wouldn't trust him anymore. If you obtain such a job keep it a secret.
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#17 Wombat

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Posted 02 August 2007 - 02:21 PM

Good show. I'm surprised you paid that much for a Wii. I have a feeling you'll be mocking yourself for buying two wii when you have nothing to play on either version in the future. Everybody Votes does make me turn it on every two to three days though I must say.

As for Wombat getting a job, wouldn't his view become askewed if he got a job at one of the big three? I trust Wombat to not become a PR whore, but some people wouldn't trust him anymore. If you obtain such a job keep it a secret.



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#18 bobthecat23

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Posted 02 August 2007 - 02:58 PM

idk meh cagcast herd better what u guys think about the gta4 delay
i would want to paint my cuitar in full black black on black

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#19 thorbahn3

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Posted 02 August 2007 - 03:19 PM

Some one would have to offer me a job first


Just for future reference Wombat. I wouldn't want to see a Wombat hate cloud appear. BTW on that PGR4 needing more space for day/night, why not just release it as downloadable content if the space it uses isn't that big?
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#20 PyroGamer

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Posted 02 August 2007 - 03:31 PM

I need to get myself one of those Pizza Trucks.

EDIT: Dear god! Wombat doesn't know what Go is, and Cheapy doesn't know Mancala.... this is a problem, guys.

EDIT 2: Waiting a year to get a flipping update, and then having the update include NONE of the features you want, instead featuring some useless crap like MSN messenger, then yes, I'd rather have it once a month or so.

#21 KingBroly

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Posted 02 August 2007 - 04:25 PM

Cheapy ordered an American Wii. We all know what that means...

AMERICAN WII UNBOXING VIDEO!!!

When it comes to people playing their Wii or not Cheapy, you answered your question earlier in the show when you mentioned that companies didn't invest early in Wii development. We'll start to see more Wii games early to mid next year in abundance.
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#22 PyroGamer

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Posted 02 August 2007 - 04:41 PM

Mass Effect isn't available at my library.

#23 Jackal888

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Posted 02 August 2007 - 04:58 PM

Now you have two Wii consoles. I know you did it for CAG, it still hurts listening to you purchase another. Its like watching a friend do drugs, you are sad that this makes them happy.

Zack and Wiki is the first game I see that interests me on the Wii, Mario Galaxy is the second. Two games is not enough for me. Maybe in a few years when the Wii cost as much as the Gamecube.
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#24 Heyasuki

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Posted 02 August 2007 - 07:22 PM

I think someone would of guessed Tai, I mean come on that's a pretty common name these days.

#25 nym123

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Posted 02 August 2007 - 07:45 PM

haha wombat doing big things

#26 weevles

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Posted 02 August 2007 - 07:49 PM

I'm ok with a couple of ads here and there, but I whole-heartedly agree that you two should be doing the ads yourselves. Not only would it maintain the continuity of the show, but I know you guys would make it hella more entertaining and fun than any prefab commercial would do.

This works for our most popular morning radio show where I live, where commercials done by the two DJs are highly sought after spots.

Anyway, I say go for it. If that's what keeps these CAGcasts coming regularly, so be it.

Great job on the contacts, Wombat! You da man!!

#27 trip1eX

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Posted 02 August 2007 - 07:53 PM

Yeah biased is a strong word. What I'm really alluding to is that I think you really only see this pressure on reviewers to rate Nintendo games higher because you're not really interested in their games. :)


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There will be no HD Wii unless it's just a machine that upscales current games and then why bother? I mean are you going to pay another $250 or $300 for a machine whose only purpose is to upscale Wii games? Nah. (Think playing PS2 games on a PS3.)

Plus WiiSports is winning people over with N64-level graphics. Why do they need a hi-def machine? I think this is perhaps an inside joke at Nintendo. 'You say we need hi-def graphics? Well our (WiiSports) pack-in not only doesn't have higher tech graphics than the gen before, it's no better than graphics 2 generations ago :) Take that.'


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People keep thinking the Wii will fade because they think it's all about the horsepower. But again they forget Nintendo is winning with N64-level graphics in WiiSports. And, btw, according to Nielson ratings, it's the upscale homes that are actually buying the Wii too. So the appeal is not just because it's affordable either.

#28 KingBroly

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Posted 02 August 2007 - 08:25 PM

Cheapy,

You did order an American Wii game, right? RIGHT!?

Wombat, your statement about there are only people waiting to get a 360 to buy Halo and not people waiting to get a Wii for Smash is misinformed. There are those who are waiting to get a Wii for Smash. But, Halo isn't the 360's killer app this holiday season. It's GTA. I know it's cross-platform, but it does have the DL content coming. It's the game people will buy to enter next-gen. NOT HALO.
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#29 CYRiX

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Posted 02 August 2007 - 08:26 PM

I think it would be acceptable to have 3 ads during the show at the :00, :30, and 1:00 marks. It would be best if they occurred during the transitions between topics to. Anyways guys you don't have to even listen to them you could "fast forward".

Anyways I think Wombat's name is Steven, Sam or Steve. They did say it started with an S right?
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#30 umcthomas

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Posted 02 August 2007 - 08:56 PM

Good name. I had a (Japaneese) roommate named Tai in college. As I recall it was short for Taiske (THAI-skay).

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