CAGcast #273: The Wombat Syndrome
Posted 02 March 2012 - 04:20 PM
Long time listener. Makes the end of the week a little more awesome since Howard Stern until works through Wednesday.
Posted 02 March 2012 - 04:53 PM
It's nice that at least one of you play games (Shipwreck) so when I listen I could get some information on different games instead of just the facebook games Wombat plays :P
I listen to the CAGcast because it's not like another podcast and I enjoy it. I think listeners can feel like we want to listen and care about each of the host. I think it's great that you guys are a little older to give you an appreciation of gaming and you have lived through all the crap the NES and atari put out so you can compare and knowledge what has changed over the years.
Posted 02 March 2012 - 05:12 PM
Keep your topics in order better. A bunch of times you'll rattle off the new games coming out near the beginning but forget some and stick them later in the show. It's a little difficult to pay attention to each segment of the show when there's so much overlap.
I know Cheapy doesn't like to edit too much so musical transitions are out of the question, but I dunno, it seems like you guys miss a lot of stuff for their "categories" and end up going back over them later. It's like the show wasn't planned in advance.
Also, I'd like if you could keep up the Top Analysts and the Cheapy Made Me Buy It (was that the name?) segments. Those were great and I'd like to hear them more frequently.
Posted 02 March 2012 - 05:52 PM
Posted 02 March 2012 - 06:02 PM
There is a whole facebook group with the "winners". Seems that Jan 30 and 31st are the days the system glitched out.
There isnt anything on the show that should be changed.
Edited by my2k2zx2, 02 March 2012 - 06:59 PM.
Posted 02 March 2012 - 06:04 PM
Posted 02 March 2012 - 06:38 PM
Stop worrying about listeners bitching about your topic selection or product criticism. I listen to you guys because I want your opinions. If you think the Vita legitimately sucks, then I want to hear it! Don't hold back because some listeners are offended that you don't like something.
Posted 02 March 2012 - 06:43 PM
Posted 02 March 2012 - 06:46 PM
I think the CAGcast is a great show. I would like to see the "CAGs on News" theme song return. Was that submitted by a listener? I think there was a line about stirring up controversy. That would go with Wombat's recent "devil's advocate" arguments.
Posted 02 March 2012 - 07:00 PM
First of all, I have nothing against Cheapy's negative criticism of the Vita. In fact, I find it refreshing because it counter-acts all the other glowing reviews that the other gaming websites offer. I really want to know what I am getting into if I decided to drop $$$ on a new gaming system.
Second - In regards to Wombat's suggestion for constructive criticism: I think the show could use a female point of view on occasion. Why not a game review from one of your wives? The show can be too much of a sausage fest sometimes.
Otherwise, I enjoying listening to your podcasts when I am doing some artwork.
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Damn you Xevious be quiet.
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Posted 02 March 2012 - 08:04 PM
Since Wombat seems to by far play portable games the most, I think it would be really nice to have a section where Wombat discusses what portable games he has been playing and what he is looking forward to, etc. Portable games (NOT iOS games) are not discussed too often on the show and I feel it would be a great addition.
I'd guess that I play about 90% more portable games than Wombat. That number might be conservative.
Posted 02 March 2012 - 08:34 PM
You asked for criticism, so here it goes. I figure I could provide some unique perspective since I've only listened twice.
Sound quality was good. I wonder how bad it was before CheapyD sent you a new equipment.
Others might mind some of that family talk, but it didn't hurt. You're only human and want to share some things that go on at home, especially if it is relevant to the topic(s) at hand.
The thing with your 3 year old daughter and marriage amongst those monkeys was quite funny. I would be shocked if I heard it in person because it would definitely make me wonder what she has been watching and/or listening to.
Vita bashing? Hey I can only ask for some of your honest opinions of the system, and it sounded pretty genuine. They echo the same thoughts I've had about it. I'm still on the fence, and probably won't get one until a price drop. Games are too expensive.
CheapyD brought up an interesting point though--he expressed that perhaps he isn't in the target market for the product. I honestly don't know what they think their target market is. I'd assume they're targeting consumers on the go (such as myself, the work commuter). Travelers would fit this bill as well, especially those that do not use a tablet, and don't sleep well in a vehicle.
Like I said, this was only the 2nd one I've listened to. Don't really have anything to complain about. You've been running for 7 years now (I believe thats what you guys referenced) for a reason... a good majority find it entertaining. So despite what the haters say, they still listened right?
I think you guys should do a cast next week despite being down a man. Why not? Unless time doesn't permit of course. I would love to chime in someday as well.
Have a great weekend guys.
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Posted 02 March 2012 - 08:34 PM
Posted 02 March 2012 - 08:42 PM
Posted 02 March 2012 - 09:12 PM
Make it a point to tell the listener the name of the game you are currently discussing at the beginning, middle and end of the conversation segment.
It seems like about once an episode now, I find myself really interested in a game you are discussing, but not knowing what the game is. I often have to rewind or look at show notes to find the title. It may seem obvious while you're recording, but as a listener with no visual cues and a divided attention span, it's really easy to miss the name at the beginning of the segment.
If it feels to you like you're mentioning the title way too often, it's probably just right.
This is a challenge for every podcast that deals with reviewing things - and you already do an above-average job at it. But it could be better!
Posted 02 March 2012 - 09:15 PM
Posted 02 March 2012 - 09:41 PM
You'll hear a lot of, "Has anyone checked out the demo?" or the reading of Metacritic scores, and it's rare when all three hosts are qualified to talk about the same game. In those rare moments, the show really works as all three hosts create a dynamic discussion (see any of the spoiler discussions on Alan Wake or Mass Effect 2),
I agree. Those two episodes were my favorites. And I've listened to the entire 7 year run.
Posted 02 March 2012 - 10:07 PM
About that sexual harassment thing. If it was two guys and they were trash talking each other, no one would care. One of them is a woman, and everyone throws a shit fit... Seriously, if you want equality, you gotta take ALL of it. Not some of it.
If one of the guys was abusing another guy on that officially sponsored Capcom show by calling him racist or homophobic names there would be a similar controversy.
Your idea that a woman has to put up with vicious abuse and sexual harassment if she wants to play fighting games is so backward it's laughable.
Posted 02 March 2012 - 11:25 PM
Posted 02 March 2012 - 11:32 PM
Posted 03 March 2012 - 12:22 AM
Posted 03 March 2012 - 01:12 AM
Don't make decisions when you're angry and don't make promises when you're happy.
Posted 03 March 2012 - 04:51 AM
Posted 03 March 2012 - 05:00 AM
How awesome would Apple TV be if you (Cheapy) didn't waste money buying/renting tv shows and movies through apple? I think it would be pretty shit at that point.
Just had to spout off on that. I love the show, but Cheapy's bias for Apple is not only unrealistic, but down right irritating to listen to.
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Posted 03 March 2012 - 07:08 AM
Why don't you use the money for the party to pay for Wombat and Shipwreck to visit you in Japan. Could be good to a show from Japan during TGS.
Posted 03 March 2012 - 07:41 AM
Posted 03 March 2012 - 09:24 AM
I imagine it is EA's fault but idk. It is hard to ruin that series for me, but I think that will do it.
Posted 03 March 2012 - 11:20 AM
I love the stories on the show, Cheapy's adventures, stories about Tai etc however I feel as soon as Wombat starts to say something like "Guess what Sabrina said today?" or something then he doesn't get time to tell the story properly. Cheapy just goes "okay, whats next?" and moves the show on while we have to listen to everything he says.
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Posted 03 March 2012 - 11:54 AM
Also, I am a husband and father of one who is similar in age to you three guys and I really enjoy your "slice of life" talk. I enjoy everything from Cheapy's poop stories to Wombat talking about what he is playing with the kids. Even Shipwreck's many trips to Wal-Mart stories are enjoyable. This talk about your lives could be extended and adds a personal element to the show. Anyway, thanks guys for doing a terrific job, I look forward to the CAGCast each week.
P.S. The few guests that have been on in the past have generally been good, so maybe more guests as well could improve the show.