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CAGcast #201: In Dreams, Furniture, but not in the Tuchas


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#91 E*Master

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Posted 07 June 2010 - 01:35 PM

As a die hard GTA fanboy I will have to agree with you about Rockstar's crappy main character's lacking character. The only int interesting main character has been Tommy Vercetti who was voices by Ray Liotta in GTA Vice city. I do suggest you give GTA IV another chance and try to finish it. I know Cheapy is a die hard Saints Row guy which is a game I tried very hard to get into but always found the controls and animations to be too boxy despite trying it on all 3 consoles it was available for including the PC version. I just can't deal with the free aim. Otherwise the game is awesome.

Also, do you guys find Red Dead Redemption to be really Buggy? I'm finding the game to have a lot of invisible walls, like when I shoot an animal near a tree and I can't skin it because it's "Out of reach" despite it laying at my feet.
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#92 Mayday

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Posted 07 June 2010 - 01:36 PM

Great show this week, but man, the title is awful. What is the process for naming the show?

#93 dohmai

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Posted 07 June 2010 - 05:47 PM

Good Show!

Will there be a LA E3 CAG meetup?

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#94 Thomas96

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Posted 08 June 2010 - 01:55 PM

I think it was terrible how you guys just dismissed Modnation racers due to the load times... I don't remember you guys being that hard on Metal Gear Solid 4.. now that game had load time issues. (I completed it once, I couldn't dare bring myself to go through that again - I think wombat beat it twice right?)

Congrats to Wombat for the promotion; how about some general advice for us hard working CAGs that's trying to make it to the top.

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#95 Davestation

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Posted 08 June 2010 - 02:16 PM

Hey Wombat, where is the love for Burn Notice? This time last year you where plugging the hell out of it and now the premiere was on Thursday and nothing....
Wombat was right, Alan Wake is not as good as Cheapy and Ship made it out to be. Maybe I should not have played Alone in the Dark because that left a bad taste in my mouth and parts of Alan Wake resembled that horrible game.
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#96 jkanownik

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Posted 08 June 2010 - 04:18 PM

Just finished Alan Wake last night (I was a little LTTP because I had to 100% RDR first) and finished listening to the CAGcast this morning. I was pretty disappointed with the depth of discussion on the game. The Night Springs/Bright Falls confusion was painfully awkward. It was also funny to hear Wombat's complaints after obviously rushing through the game. Alan Wake is a game to be savored, not rushed through. There are so many little pieces done right that make the game amazing and most were barely touched upon.

The environments are significantly larger than any other linear game I've played this generation. It's a large risk for a developer to create tons of assets and design space that many players won't even experience but it adds so much to the believability of the world. The extra time and development resources definitely showed.

The atmosphere and pacing are awesome. The combination of music and the use of darkness effects builds a tension that is seldom seen in games. When the music gets going and the darkness is swirling around you, you want to move on as quickly as possible. When it is light out you want to explore the world.

The little nods to Twin Peaks are a great addition to fans of that show. I got a smile on my face when I saw the diner, Rose in uniform in her trailer, red chairs, the Light Lady and others.

The game handles risk/reward so well. Exploring the darkness is usually rewarded but it comes with a risk. I didn't dare to explore when the darkness was really swirling or I was low on supplies. If I was well stocked I would venture out but I would be nervous the entire time.

The manuscripts/TV's and radios all added to the game. I wanted to collect them all which is rare for me. Once I got into the story I listened to the full radio broadcast every time and watched every TV. I can't remember any other game including optional elements that add so much.

The balance in the weapons is so good. Using environmental light along with flashlights, flares and flashbangs in addition to normal gunplay creates a unique and varied experience. Every weapon has a use and it is extremely rewarding learning how to best use them all. The flare gun is as satisfying as any high powered weapon has ever been.

The games not perfect (I had issues with the combat and controls), but it definitely one of the best games I've ever played.

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#97 MSUHitman

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Posted 08 June 2010 - 06:09 PM

On discussion of Alan Wake last cut scene:
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#98 shafnitz

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Posted 08 June 2010 - 06:39 PM

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Just talking about this stuff gets me really excited for the DLC.

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#99 Jazar

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Posted 08 June 2010 - 06:55 PM

I'm not seeing the big appeal of Alan Wake. To me it plays very similar to the original Max Payne except you replace bullet time with forests. The novel pages feel like they were written by a high school kid. Alan's VO comes off like he's bored and reads a bit too quickly. The gameplay is very repetative and offers very little interactivity. The graphics just aren't that impressive. I will say it has great atmospheric effects and music but that's about it.

#100 RichMeisterMan

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Posted 08 June 2010 - 07:23 PM

Is anyone else here curious to see the shipwreck manor? Cheapy mentions Ship's house from time to time and says it's pretty nice.

Ship, you need to show us your digs. Don't be modest ya rich mutha fucka!

I think we may be able to finagle a video, or some pictures at the least, if more people can get behind me on this. So let's start harassing him!

#101 Microshock

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Posted 08 June 2010 - 10:21 PM

Haven't finished listening to the whole thing but I'm really happy that other people enjoy iCarly like me. It is a quality show.

Now a garbage show on Nickelodean is freaking True Jackson VP. That show is trash and only there for Nick to have a black girl as lead on a show.

Anyone agree?

Also. Spongebob is still good
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#102 Z_meista

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Posted 08 June 2010 - 11:23 PM

Maybe you should call the Sony Move, the Sony Bowel Probe. It definitely sounds better than the Bowel Movement.

#103 Curufinwe

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Posted 09 June 2010 - 02:18 AM

Haven't finished listening to the whole thing but I'm really happy that other people enjoy iCarly like me. It is a quality show.

Now a garbage show on Nickelodean is freaking True Jackson VP. That show is trash and only there for Nick to have a black girl as lead on a show.

Anyone agree?


I bet that show is still better than the Suite Life of Zack & Cody shitfest on Disney. Any time I'm unlucky enough to be flicking channels and that desperately unfunny show comes on I only stay long enough to make the obligatory "Who's watching this except pedophiles who like 'em plump?" joke.

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#104 bigtymer

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Posted 10 June 2010 - 04:53 PM

Maybe you should call the Sony Move, the Sony Bowel Probe. It definitely sounds better than the Bowel Movement.


Uhh, the play on words is with move not bowel....thus bowel MOVEment.

#105 dreamparacite

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Posted 10 June 2010 - 08:24 PM

Getting Alan Wake soon, THEN I'll be able to finish this podcast

#106 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 10 June 2010 - 10:13 PM

Who actually counts load times by how long it takes to get into the game from the dashboard? There's difference between the boot-up time and loading time, which is from the point that you click to start a race to when the loading screen is gone. As an avid fan of sports games, the load times in MNR aren't offensive to me. I'm eager to see word of when the loading patch happens, but it won't keep me from playing more of the game.

Also, PSP2 won't be out this year since the 3DS won't be out this year either. Nintendo just launched the DSi XL a few months ago and launching a new device six months later would be insane, even for Nintendo. That's why Nintendo is dropping the prices of the DS/DSi models since they're not cocky enough to price the 3DS above the Wii.

I already have Hulu on the PS3 and Xbox 360 through PlayOn and if Netflix is a sign of what to expect of a Hulu app, it'll be much slower and clunkier than the alternatives.

It's weird that you guys can enjoy a game that much and still mess up the name all of the time (3D Dot Game Heroes).

Decent show.

#107 ufskenney

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 08:10 PM

Cheapyd, when you said you stop watching Weeds because the main character just got so stupid, i wanted to hug you. That's exactly why i stopped watching the show, i loved that show! and then it just got soooo stupid with the characters, ridiculous. haha. just was happy somebody else agreed on that. Most people keep watching it and justifying the characters, but yeah. just had to vent that...

Weeds is a gateway show. You should (if you haven't already) try something a little harder like Meth (Breaking Bad). I like Weeds (I'm way behind watching 3rd season right now), but Breaking Bad is really good too. They are similar, but I like them for different reasons. Try it once, you just might like it. ;)
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#108 CozmoKhan

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Posted 12 June 2010 - 04:05 PM

Only part way through the show, but I think Wombat should be able to import his youporn favorites into his collection. After all, they would be considered a game since he would be using his favorite peripheral.

#109 BJWanlund

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Posted 14 June 2010 - 08:46 PM

I'm only partway thru. It's my first show back in awhile. I decided to try it again, because I don't tend to have very many gaming podcasts that update often enough.

It's nice to hear a three-handed show, it makes the podcast that much better. I'll probably be subscribed for the foreseeable future.

Can't wait to see the CAGCast E3 coverage!

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#110 Daiyz

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Posted 16 June 2010 - 03:29 AM

I find it hilarious that a short time after another website says CheapyD was wrong about the Slim 360 being at E3, Microsoft posts a video for a new XBox 360 on the LIVE spotlight saying it will be at E3. It just goes to show that other videogame journalists need to value your imput that much more.

Do you guys think this is the XBox 360 Slim we've been waiting for or will this be just another heavy noise box that breaks easily? Well... At least it has built in WiFi, I can get behind that.

Loved the show. Fan since 07.

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#111 Trenchalicious

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Posted 18 June 2010 - 05:36 AM

I never realized quite how boring and meaningless my life is without the cagcast. Need a show soon before I crack.
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#112 mormaddad

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Posted 18 June 2010 - 02:22 PM

You know, normally CheapyD and I are of the like mind regarding the games we like. His recommendation of Red Faction was spot on for me. I picked it up based on his recommendation and loved it.....then there is Alan Wake. I was suspicious of it when I researched it prior to its release and thought it would not be my type of game. Cheapy convinced me (via the podcasts) that it was in the running for the game of the year. It sounded short so I thought I would rent it first to see if I really did like it, if so then I would buy it. Needless to say, its a short game and I finished it over the rental period. For once I have to sit in Wombat's camp. I found the game repetitive, the story a little goofy and game play clunky in spots. I agree with everyone that I liked the episodic chapters and their presentation but the game dragged for me.
All in all, I appreciate the spoiler section at the end of the podcasts. I actually rented AW when I did because of the podcast. I wanted to hear what the guys had to say about it and since I knew I would eventually get around to playing the game.....now was as good as a time as any. So guys, good job and I hope you survive E3 this year.

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#113 SilverPR

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Posted 24 June 2010 - 03:50 AM

Still waiting for your next CAGCast. Can't wait to hear your opinions and stories from E3 :)