Another fantastic episode. I was dying from laughter during Wombat's American Girl store story. I don't have kids of my own, but two of my siblings do and I've seen the damage firsthand with two of my nieces. Shit is crazy expensive.
Regarding Phil Fish, he basically sounds like he's full of shit. I enjoyed Fez and actually didn't mind him despite his reputation for being a bit of a dick (don't really know him obviously) but a few things sound pretty fishy to me.
Why would he knowingly go into business with Microsoft as an XBLA exclusive if he has all of these problems with how they run the service?
And his seemingly unending desire to get on Steam is odd. "If only I had put this out on Steam!" even though before Fez came out he said the game was absolutely a console game, meant to be played on a couch and that "PC's are just for spreadsheets". Now it's the best platform ever and the best for Fez? Interesting.
Also interesting is, despite all the recent bitching about Xbox Live cert fees and advertisements, XBL membership is up 15% year over year according to Microsoft's financial report on Thursday.
With the bit about Valve being bought out, I also really don't see it happening. Sure Gabe may step down eventually, but I'd bet that he'll just hand the reigns over to another higher up in the company rather than sell it.
The thing with Valve is that Gabe was rich as hell from his Microsoft days, before Valve even existed. Gave them the luxury of doing pretty much everything on their own terms from the jump without too much financial pressure.
Edited by Fjordson, 22 July 2012 - 09:39 AM.