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  • Apr 06, 2019

    Content Creation Freedom, Video Games, and Game of Thrones | #200


    With the impending debut of season eight of the hit HBO show, Game of Thrones, we encourage everyone to sign up to HBO Now, rather than pirating. Host, Mike Etchart, recently discovered some interesting facts about online malware in relation to some of our favorite shows that may surprise you. Then, Freelance Writer and Editor for The Wirecutter and CNET, Geoffrey Morrison, discusses the upcoming season of Game of Thrones, HBO’s decline, and an article that details all the missteps that lead up to the failure of BioWare’s Anthem. Next up, Popular Technology Radio Producer, Cody Castleberry, joins the fray as we discuss some of our favorite games (including Sea of Thieves, God of War, and Metal Gear), the business of video games and microtransactions, E3, and why giving passionate creatives the reigns on video game, movie, or other media development is usually the best idea. Tune in as we discuss the clash of business and art.


    ·[00:00:00] Torrents are Dark and Full of Terrors
    ·[00:04:28] Game of Thrones, HBO, and Anthem
    ·[00:12:30] Sea of Thieves, God of War, and Stadia
    ·[00:19:51] Business of Games: Microtransactions
    ·[00:28:03] E3 – A Tradeshow for Blockbusters
    ·[00:35:52] Creative Freedom Begets Great Content



    [00:00:00] Torrents are Dark and Full of Terrors
    On April 14th, most of the world will be engrossed in their televisions for the undoubtedly triumphant final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Now is the time to get your subscription to HBO Now, a case of popcorn, and a comfy couch. If you were thinking about obtaining this magnificent show illegally, host, Mike Etchart, has a warning for you. Did you know that 1/5th of the malware on the internet is contained within fake Game of Thrones torrents? The number one show on television also happens to be the number one show for viruses. Before you crash your computer, consider just paying for the subscription for a couple of months, and support shows we all love.


    [00:04:28] Game of Thrones, HBO, and Anthem
    It’s hard to believe that as Game of Thrones wraps up, they will have produced over 63 episodes! Freelance Writer, Editor, and Photographer for The Wirecutter and CNET, Geoffrey Morrison, calls in from the Caribbean to discuss the new season of Game of Thrones, the upcoming Avengers Endgame, and the decline of HBO after it was acquired by AT&T. Also, Geoff discusses an article on Kotaku that details the series of decisions (or indecision) at BioWare that lead to the flop that is Anthem. Was Anthem a disappointment for you?


    [00:12:30] Sea of Thieves, God of War, and Stadia
    Video games, they can bring a group of friends together over large distances for a great time, or send you on a solo journey. Freelance Writer, Editor, and Photographer for The Wirecutter and CNET, Geoffrey Morrison, tells us why he just can’t put down Destiny 2 and Sea of Thieves. Then, Pop Tech Radio Producer, Cody Castleberry, describes why God Of War (2018) and Diablo 3 are his go-to games. Changing lanes, Geoff gives his impressions of Google Stadia: it’s a novel idea but we will just have to wait and see how they are able to tackle latency challenges. Are you excited for Stadia?


    [00:19:51] Business of Games: Microtransactions
    In the previous segment, Freelance Writer, Editor, and Photographer for The Wirecutter and CNET, Geoffrey Morrison, dismissed consoles in favor of PC games, but was reminded that a few of his games ever are on consoles. Journey is a fairly short experience, but what it lacks in length, it more than makes up for in substance. Geoff also remembers Metal Gear Solid; it was one of those games that people bought the Playstation for (although Geoff personally purchased a Playstation 3 for Gran Turismo). Then, we discuss the backlash big gaming corporations are getting for their over implementation of loot boxes. A good example was the treatment of EA after the player base resisted their inclusion of characters and performance based upgrades in random-chance loot boxes. Do you think microtransactions are ruining video games?


    [00:28:03] E3 – A Tradeshow for Block Busters
    E3 is just around the corner, are you excited for big name game reveals? Freelance Writer, Editor, and Photographer for The Wirecutter and CNET, Geoffrey Morrison, and Pop Tech Producer, Cody Castleberry, aren’t enthusiastic; is this a symptom of the overbearing atmosphere of extravagant trade shows? Geoff shares his experience with E3, and why it’s his most hated trade show to attend. Also, Cody shares the news he heard from reputable (in his opinion) YouTuber, Boogie2988, about rumors of EA and Sony pulling out of the gargantuan video game exposition. We’d much rather go somewhere that shines more of a spotlight on indie game developers, like PAX, anyway! What is your favorite video game trade show?


    [00:35:52] Creative Freedom Begets Great Content
    Are large corporations and their executives dictating design decisions in video games or influencing content on network television too much? We debate art vs commerce with Freelance Writer, Editor, and Photographer for The Wirecutter and CNET, Geoffrey Morrison, and Pop Tech Producer, Cody Castleberry. Mike shares the anecdote of the genesis of Bugs Bunny on Warner Bros Cartoons, and how their hands off approach gave the project room to breathe and become what fans know and love today. As soon as the corporate suits got overly involved with the creation process at Warner Bros, the content went down hill. Are we seeing the same thing happen with HBO and the video games business?


    Explore More with Helpful Links:

    ·Contributor: Geoffrey Morrison | Freelance Writer, Editor, and Photographer, The Wirecutter/ CNET

    ·Special Guest: Cody Castleberry | Producer, Popular Technology Radio

    ·Website: HBO

    ·Website: HBO Now

    ·Website: Game of Thrones

    ·Website: BioWare

    ·Website: Anthem

    ·Website: Sea of Thieves

    ·Website: God of War

    ·Website: E3

    ·Website: PAX


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    Host: Mike Etchart
    Producer: Cody Castleberry
    Production Asst.: Joanne Bolden
    Audio Engineer: Cody Castleberry
    Copy Editor: Cody Castleberry
    Contributor: Geoffrey Morrison
    Special Guest: Cody Castleberry

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