Journey 2, Episode 16 - Simulate This!

Date aired: 

26 Oct 2012

Show Length: 

Intro background: 00:03:25 Jerry Martin - Updown Town - SimCity 3000 OST
  • All bundle organizers and proponents
  • A good friend of Tormod's who passed away this last week - peace be with you
  • Brynne, Austin, Kenneth, Shackleford, and Tormod's other good Arizona friends
  • Site - new blogs!
  • Show - no shows on 9 Nov, 16 Nov, 23 Nov
  • Stream - updated with latest mixes
  • Kickstarters: Hero U, Shadowgate
  • Old School RPG Kickstarter campaign canceled
  • IndieGoGo: Samaritan Paradox
  • ESRB to support Windows 8; better process for digital-only games
  • 1/4 of Facebook users play games on the social platform
  • Zynga fires 5% of its U.S.-based employees; entire Boston office closed, 100+ employees from The Ville and Bingo teams in Austin laid off
  • Zynga fails to meet growth goals, cites not creating enough "heat" in the social games market; announces $317M revenue for Q3
  • Zynga announces $200M in stock share buybacks in its first repurchasing program
  • Zynga moves into real money gambling with Bwin.Party partnership; shares up 15.1% on announcement
  • Japan's GREE acquires game dev Pokelabo for $173M
  • Nintendo able to cut their operating cost loss from $718M to $366M
  • Star Citizen Kickstarter/publisher donation pool blasts past $2M goal, with 23 and 14 days remaining, respectively
  • "An EPIC 5-disc FF6 Fan Album from OC ReMix... Take Two!" Kickstarter completes, netting $153,633, more than five times their $30K goal
  • XS Networks, hoster of former torrent website SumoTorrents, found responsible for piracy damages by the Hague
  • Dutch court rules against Apple, stating that Samsung does not infringe multi-touch patent
  • Apple successfully defends against Samsung on two patents in Japan, including a method of app downloading and the use of airplane mode
  • Jailbreaking now legal under DMCA for smartphones, but not tablets, game consoles, or for DVD copying
  • DOJ suggests that more charges will follow for Kim Dotcom's crew if Megabox is launched; new Megaupload will arrive one year after the last was closed (19 January 2013)
  • Apple/Samsung continue to clash throughout the world; Apple posts UK "apology", if you can call it that, on their website in accordance to court ruling
What are we playing?
  • Mr. Bond:
    • PC - Doom 3
    • Console - Resident Evil 4
  • Tormod:
    • PC - none
    • Mobile - none
    • Console - none
Upcoming/Recent Hardware: 00:20:20
  • AMD bundles games with its GPU offerings
  • Neo Geo X LE
  • Microsoft expands Xbox 360 subscription program
  • PS3 lv0 encryption keys leaked
  • Fourth-generation iPad released with A6X processor, claiming double the graphics capabilities of the A5X found in the third-generation iPad
  • Microsoft including 250GB model in $50 off promo, dropping the console price to $99
  • Arduino Due goes 32-bit with an 84MHz Atmel CPU, on sale for $49
  • Wii U will initially be sold under cost in order to attract buyers
  • 3DS, however, despite its lower price, begins to be profitable again
  • Charizard 3DS XL coming to Japanese Pokémon Center stores, but can only be purchased by winning the opportunity; cost will be ~$237
Upcoming/Recent Software: 00:27:16
  • Monaco to be released on PC and XBLA
  • Canadian Indie Bundle on Steam - SB S&S EP, Shank, Shank 2, SPAZ, Waveform, Dungeons of Dredmor, Hoard, Capsized
  • Indie Royale Halloween Bundle
  • Nicalis brings NightSky to the 3DS eShop; DOES include stereoscopic graphics
  • More New Super Mario Bros. 2 DLC released to the 3DS eShop
  • 3DS to get Recochoku music streaming and downloading service in Japan, launching in December
  • Xbox SmartGlass goes live with Windows 8
  • A ROM hack by Skelux brings two-player co-op to Super Mario 64
  • Microsoft reverses decision to disallow Mature-rated games in the EU Windows 8 Store
  • Penny Arcade's On The Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3, along with free DLC Lair of the Seamstress, launches on iOS, Android, and OS X, priced at $2.99 for mobile and $4.99 for desktop versions
  • Borderlands Legends arrives on iOS next week, though it may be looking at alternative platforms shortly
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City celebrates its 10th anniversary by arriving on iOS and Android this Fall
  • Researchers at Boston's Childrens Hospital create space game for kids with anger issues, allowing them only to shoot enemy ships if their pulse is below a predefined level; the game, dubbed RAGE (Regulate and Gain Emotional) Control, aims to help kids temper their emotions
Song set #1: 00:39:47
Section #1: 00:52:57 From scratch - simulation
Song set #2: 01:05:46
Section #2: 01:18:27 Redux of existing game - F19, SimCopter
Section #3: 01:47:15 Audience interaction - villainy!
Section #4: 02:24:17 Unbounded by technology - simulation
Outro background: 02:31:14 Jerry Martin - Night Owl - SimCity 4 OST