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The Podge Cast / Re: TPC 158 (I think)
« on: December 15, 2011, 02:29:55 PM »
Comments made in 170 aren't just endemic of the forum but of the show's philosophy in general. "No one posts to the forums so I don't participate there." No one posts to the forums because the hosts don't participate. You do the work. They show up. It's not they do the work and you show up.

And the next time you use "When I say I'm going to do something, I do it" as a point in your argument (which you do often), look back on your solution to the root problem.

Video Games / Assassin's Creed: Revelation
« on: December 13, 2011, 10:37:37 AM »
Amazon is selling Assassin's Creed Revelations for only $35.99 TODAY ONLY as a Gold Box deal! A perfect Holiday gift amzn.to/sa2ylx

For those that have played it, is it worth the cost?

The Podge Cast / Re: 169: Fantasy Heartbreak Hotel
« on: December 06, 2011, 09:28:18 AM »
Here's the thing. Not everyone can afford artists or solid layout or editing or any frills. Is just getting the work out there enough? I think that deserves some accolades, but the product must be judged on it's own merits.

Luke, this project is old enough to vote, smoke cigarettes and go to college. It's hard to afford things in the short term, especially expensive things like, well, a production budget. But surely, somewhere around year ten, he might have noticed the single most important project in his life was starting to take up a fair bit of his time, and thought that warranted a little investment into a savings account for the future?

I was struggling with this thought this morning. Having lived paycheck to paycheck (and having lived paycheck+credit card to paycheck+credit card), I know it's possible to not have any spending money, even for "affordable" activities like going to the movies. Should poverty preclude people from creative pursuits? But at the same time, 18 years is a staggeringly long time. If he saved 10 dollars a month, that's still $2,160, enough to pay an amateur cartographer, artist, and cover designer.

The Podge Cast / Re: 169: Fantasy Heartbreak Hotel
« on: December 05, 2011, 10:18:50 PM »

It's pornography.

It's the sum total of... what was it? 18 years and 544 pages? That certainly speaks to obsession, but there's no love there. He's lusted after this world, after the ideas of these rules, maybe after the idea of living in a world that works by the rules he's created. More rules and more control let him feel more in control of his world. I'm sure he knows how many nails it took to construct certain chairs in Atlantasia. Because he wasn't creating for 18 years. He was masturbating. He didn't hire any other artists because that would violate his control, so he did the best that he could do for himself. That's why Realms of Atlantasia has marker maps and a marker logo. Because marker or key, he was stroking himself for 18 years over this project, and this is the resulting wad.

So he doesn't love Realms of Atlantasia. He lusts it. And that's why it's fair game.

This (abbreviated for space) may rate in my top five rants ever. That was awesome!

The Podge Cast / Re: 168: Of 1s and Adverbs
« on: November 28, 2011, 12:55:48 PM »
Not sure if you discussed it in a previous episode, but why'd Luke write off the Elder Scrolls? You were hard core into Oblivion and Skyrim is a significant improvement over that game. With the exception of Dragon Age 2 Act 2, this is the best fantasy game to come out in a while. (I know you like Dark Souls, but Skyrim's sandbox is truly impressive.)

General Discussion / Re: Happy Things Go Here
« on: November 02, 2011, 07:26:16 AM »
We have power! Wheeeeeeeeeee!

Way of the Game / Re: Way of the Tournament!
« on: October 30, 2011, 12:53:52 PM »
I'm without power. This makes it suck a little bit less. :)

Way of the Game / Re: Way of the Tournament!
« on: October 27, 2011, 07:53:57 AM »
My basement is repaired and my Xbox is set up. I'm good to go whenever  you guys are.

Way of the Game / Re: Casting Call: Final Fantasy 7
« on: October 18, 2011, 11:44:11 AM »

The Podge Cast / Re: TPC 158 (I think)
« on: October 10, 2011, 03:11:57 PM »

I'm actually working with a few people on a design and concept to change that - something I'd like to switch the forums over to once it's done.  I have a prototype due next Friday and me and another developer and going to swap some code over.

I'm "working on something" isn't a new phrase and doesn't always yield results. While you're working on something, expecting users to participate with you on your protected Twitter account hamstrings your platform.

Way of the Game / Re: I feel dirty for asking...
« on: October 10, 2011, 06:14:28 AM »
Awesome. I have now entered. With three days left, what can I accomplish.

Hey, all of you, go back and Like my comment too. :) Umm, please. :)

The Podge Cast / Re: Updates to the Website
« on: October 09, 2011, 03:41:00 PM »
Is that an infobox? Why yes, that IS an infobox!

Nice! That page is really looking good.

And now the page has been deleted. :( Good-bye TPC wikipedia page. You will be missed.

The Podge Cast / Re: TPC 158 (I think)
« on: October 09, 2011, 11:26:07 AM »
Moreover, the absence of a centralized community negates what you're attempting to accomplish with Spooky Outhouse. An aggregation website will always yield lower numbers than a direct feed (especially since some sites produce more frequently than others). The purpose of an SOP forum rather than a TPC forum was that listeners of one show could be introduced to other shows through mutual discussion and exposure. By driving participants away from the forum to your individual Twitter feed, you are then driving participants away from the other shows you pledged to support by being part of a larger community.

The Podge Cast / Re: TPC 158 (I think)
« on: October 09, 2011, 06:18:08 AM »

Twitter is just a lot easier for me to work with personally.  It's right there, I don't have to do much work to interact with people and, more importantly, EVERYONE IS THERE.

Everyone you already know is there. Forums offer something twitter doesn't, an archive. The discussions here aren't just for established listeners. They're for new listeners to come be part of something larger than the listening experience. If they listen to episode 125 for the first time, it's impossible for them to find any conversations regarding that episode on Twitter but the thread still exists here.

Twitter, especially regarding your account that is protected, is not a good place for lurkers. One is not lurking when one actively follows an account (and in this case must be permitted to view the conversation) AND THEN must follow the accounts of other participants since hashtags aren't being used to mark TPC discussions.

Twitter provides a higher traffic rate with a lower yield to group participation. It requires too many steps for the new, shy, or uninitiated user to experience where a forum is only just a couple clicks. While the forum is the runt of social media now, for the platform you're trying to build, there is still value to it.

Video Games / Re: Forza 4
« on: October 08, 2011, 06:38:43 PM »
What makes it sublime? I always had a rough time on the controls in the first one. Liked Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit better.

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