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GRcade Podcast Season 3: Episode 2 [Karl, Earfolds, Lex-Man, OrangeRakoon]

Posted: Sat May 19, 2018 3:46 pm
by Karl
The previous thread for the GRcade Podcast is here. http://grcade.co.uk/t:grcade-podcast-20---it-lives



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S03E01 http://grcade.co.uk/podcast/GRcade_Podcast_S03E01.mp3

Stop the presses: Many congratulations from the GRcade Podcast team to Starquake for releasing Hyper Sentinel! GRcade is proud of you. :wub:

Karl introduces the new season of the GRcade Podcast. Alongside veteran guest Pedz, we hear from Kerr and Taf for the first time. Taf discusses Frostpunk, a psychologically impactful city-builder with arctic and steampunk themes. What does a game have to do to present an effective moral quandary? Kerr is a long-time X-COM fan and tells us why he's returned to the series. Pedz gets everyone angry about Nintendo's online services. Finally, there is a discussion on E3 hype for RAGE 2 and Metroid Prime 4.

Music: Bensounds - Endless Motion
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S03E02 http://grcade.co.uk/podcast/GRcade_Podcast_S03E02.mp3

Sorry that this is pretty late, everyone! My bad.

This is the first of a series of podcasts focusing on games development, tech news, and nerd culture. The host Karl is joined by Earfolds, Lex-Man, and OrangeRakoon. The guests tell us why they're in to games development and what they're working on at the moment. OrangeRakoon gives us an in-depth look at the new Nintendo Switch "dockless" option in Japan, and then Earfolds presents the Xbox Adaptive Controller and wider progress on accessibility in videogames. The podcast ends on a discussion concerning how accessibility and representation fit with both developer intent and audience expectation.

Music: Bensounds - Endless Motion
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Hope you guys tune in for this! I think it's a really solid start to the season, so thanks to the three who joined me for this episode. From now on the podcast will be coming out roughly once a fortnight. We have a really diverse cast lined up, with a lot of different interests, so we should be able to offer a lot of variety on the show in the coming months.

As always, please comment & let us know what you think. All feedback welcome, even if you think it's a load of shite, let us know why! :)

Re: GRcade Podcast Season 3: Episode 1 [Karl, Pedz, Kerr, Taf]

Posted: Sat May 19, 2018 4:36 pm
by Gemini73
Just the ticket for a quiet day in the hospital. Let's have a listen then...

Re: GRcade Podcast Season 3: Episode 1 [Karl, Pedz, Kerr, Taf]

Posted: Sat May 19, 2018 6:39 pm
by Pedz
I'll give this a listen later and then cringe at myself constantly.

Re: GRcade Podcast Season 3: Episode 1 [Karl, Pedz, Kerr, Taf]

Posted: Sat May 19, 2018 7:10 pm
by Earfolds
I can confirm my Nintendo Switch audio setup is an absolute mess. I have a cable going into my TV which then breaks out into a splitter, and that takes audio from my Switch into a mixer, where Discord comes in, and they both go into my headphones, as there's no other way I can hear the game and voice chat at the same time. If I used Nintendo's voice chat app, I'd need another cable to go into my smartphone.

Thanks, Nintendo.

Re: GRcade Podcast Season 3: Episode 1 [Karl, Pedz, Kerr, Taf]

Posted: Sun May 20, 2018 4:32 pm
by Karl
Happy to see a few people have listened through this! Please do leave your feedback if you have any -- will help us make it a better listen as the season goes on! :D

Re: GRcade Podcast Season 3: Episode 1 [Karl, Pedz, Kerr, Taf]

Posted: Sun May 20, 2018 4:58 pm
by Ad7
I can't listen to things at work any more so my podcast time is non existent. I decided to listen to this while lying in the garden in the sun :datass:

I fell asleep when Taff was talking at the beginning :fp:

I'll try again in a less relaxing environment next time.

Re: GRcade Podcast Season 3: Episode 1 [Karl, Pedz, Kerr, Taf]

Posted: Sun May 20, 2018 6:49 pm
by Karl
Ad7 wrote:I fell asleep when Taff was talking at the beginning :fp:

Ridiculously harsh :lol: poor Taf! ;)

Re: GRcade Podcast Season 3: Episode 1 [Karl, Pedz, Kerr, Taf]

Posted: Sun May 20, 2018 7:08 pm
by Ad7
More relaxing than boring

Edit: that's not meant to be insulting :fp:

Great to see this back :toot:

Re: GRcade Podcast Season 3: Episode 1 [Karl, Pedz, Kerr, Taf]

Posted: Mon May 21, 2018 11:13 am
by Tafdolphin
Ad7 wrote:I fell asleep when Taff was talking at the beginning :fp:


Sigged.

Re: GRcade Podcast Season 3: Episode 1 [Karl, Pedz, Kerr, Taf]

Posted: Mon May 21, 2018 2:53 pm
by OrangeRKN
Just finished listening to this, it was good!

I particularly enjoyed the Frostpunk discussion apropos how it makes the player question the way they played the game, and the talk at the end about the emotional resonance of Metroid Prime.

Re: GRcade Podcast Season 3: Episode 1 [Karl, Pedz, Kerr, Taf]

Posted: Mon May 21, 2018 4:02 pm
by Trelliz
This was a good mix of show-and-tell and deeper discussion of particular details/ideas.

Re: GRcade Podcast Season 3: Episode 1 [Karl, Pedz, Kerr, Taf]

Posted: Tue May 22, 2018 12:59 pm
by Knoyleo
Really enjoyed the talk on Frostpunk, might well have to grab a copy.

Re: GRcade Podcast Season 3: Episode 1 [Karl, Pedz, Kerr, Taf]

Posted: Tue May 22, 2018 1:33 pm
by Pedz
Yeah, I added it to my wish list while we were talking about it, I then bought it a day or two later. I haven't played it, but I feel it'll be a game to play on a more chilled evening.

Re: GRcade Podcast Season 3: Episode 1 [Karl, Pedz, Kerr, Taf]

Posted: Tue May 22, 2018 2:20 pm
by Knoyleo
Pedz wrote:Yeah, I added it to my wish list while we were talking about it, I then bought it a day or two later. I haven't played it, but I feel it'll be a game to play on a more chilled evening.

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Re: GRcade Podcast Season 3: Episode 1 [Karl, Pedz, Kerr, Taf]

Posted: Tue May 22, 2018 2:30 pm
by Green Gecko
You see I only very recently started listening to podcasts (yes I'm slow) and I had subbed to he GRcade ones on my iPad. Was surprised to see this pop up so I queued it after one of my maker podcasts. I really enjoyed it.

Karl has a very good sort of interstasis radio directionality
Pedz is Pedz, I know him already. I also enjoyed the stuff about Prime, one of my favourite all time games
Kerr sounded great. I wanted to hear more from him in the latter half, I may have got lost, but I think maybe he wasn't asked any questions? I haven't really gotten into xcom yet, I have the first (new) game
Taf's review of Frostthingy was interesting, and very eloquent while still being easy to follow

Actually everyone had interesting things to say and it was an enjoyable listen.

I think maybe taf's mic was clicking or clipping? May be worth everyone checking their input levels in something like audacity. The recorded waveform should not totally fill the vertical space. If you have problems with sudden spikes in audio, try using a compressor or move the mic closer and speak quieter. That sounds unintuitive, but that's basically how it works.

Re: GRcade Podcast Season 3: Episode 1 [Karl, Pedz, Kerr, Taf]

Posted: Tue May 22, 2018 2:42 pm
by Tafdolphin
Yeah, my mic was strawberry floating terrible so apologies for that. I went through the Mumble setup multiple times to make sure it wasn't going to hit any thresholds but apparently it did. I'm working on getting a better one for next time!

Thanks for all the feedback by the way, I really enjoyed doing it for what hopefully will be the first of many times.

EDIT: Recorded some audio on Mumble and put it into Audacity: it was my levels after all. Set way too high. It doesn't actually sound that bad otherwise.

Re: GRcade Podcast Season 3: Episode 1 [Karl, Pedz, Kerr, Taf]

Posted: Tue May 22, 2018 4:00 pm
by Pedz
Green Gecko wrote:You see I only very recently started listening to podcasts (yes I'm slow) and I had subbed to he GRcade ones on my iPad. Was surprised to see this pop up so I queued it after one of my maker podcasts. I really enjoyed it.

Karl has a very good sort of interstasis radio directionality
Pedz is Pedz, I know him already. I also enjoyed the stuff about Prime, one of my favourite all time games
Kerr sounded great. I wanted to hear more from him in the latter half, I may have got lost, but I think maybe he wasn't asked any questions? I haven't really gotten into xcom yet, I have the first (new) game
Taf's review of Frostthingy was interesting, and very eloquent while still being easy to follow

Actually everyone had interesting things to say and it was an enjoyable listen.

I think maybe taf's mic was clicking or clipping? May be worth everyone checking their input levels in something like audacity. The recorded waveform should not totally fill the vertical space. If you have problems with sudden spikes in audio, try using a compressor or move the mic closer and speak quieter. That sounds unintuitive, but that's basically how it works.


Pedz is Pedz, what a glowing review of me :lol: :cry:

Re: GRcade Podcast Season 3: Episode 1 [Karl, Pedz, Kerr, Taf]

Posted: Tue May 22, 2018 4:47 pm
by Green Gecko
;) I know you too well from Club U and Retro Mondays! I think you did a good job explaining the atmosphere and solitude of Metroid games and what makes them unique even with lots of "metroidvania" games these days.

Actually it later made me think of Forma8 on Wii U (which is just £1.79 on sale) I'm playing at the moment - that's a really evocative game.

Re: GRcade Podcast Season 3: Episode 1 [Karl, Pedz, Kerr, Taf]

Posted: Tue May 22, 2018 5:42 pm
by Hyperion
Review of Frostpunk was great. Still turned down the volume for the spoilers despite the fact I'll almost certainly never get it :lol:

Re: GRcade Podcast Season 3: Episode 1 [Karl, Pedz, Kerr, Taf]

Posted: Thu May 24, 2018 4:40 pm
by kerr9000
thanks Green Gecko ..... I went a bit quiet towards the end because I am not a fan of the Metroid Prime games , I find them to be OK but im not over the moon about them and yet I know a lot of people like them and kind of didnt want to be all judgemental especially as I havent played any of them since the year the third one came out on the Wii. Heck I only finished Prime 1.