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A New Chris Roberts Game in the Works

If you head on over to robertsspaceindustries.com you’ll see a screen like the one captured above. The little question mark doo-hickey asks for the answer to the Ultimate Question, which anyone who’s ever read the legendary Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy knows is 42. (You have no idea how smug I felt when that log-in actually worked.)  At that point you’ll see a message from Wing Commander creator Chris Robers revealing his intent to make a new game, or in his words, “And if you would indulge me I would like to create a world for you.”

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Jumping the Shark Podcast #142

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For Jumping the Shark #142 Brandon and Bill play some games. No, I mean that literally. Bill loads up Dark Souls and laments the shoddy state of Games for Windows Live while trying to kill some horrific spider queen type beastie. Brandon plays some Darksiders II while talking about the difficulty of the end-game and reminding us all of the depths of his achievement-whoring ways. (There’s also some talk of Inquisitor lodged in there.) In between I talk about my time spent captaining FTL: Faster Than Light and why this $10 starship simulator, straight out of the early 90s, is one of the most enjoyable experiences I’ve had this year. (Game to be released 9/14.)

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Diaspora: Shattered Armistice Trailer

Up to this point I knew absolutely nothing about this game, but Battlestar Galactica fans, this freeware mod for Descent: Freespace 2 is for you. Hopefully the game itself is at least half as cool as this trailer for it. Seriously, it makes me want to go suit up. Right. Now.

If only I knew what became of my old CH Flightstick Pro and accompanying throttle. Not that myPC has an serial ports to connect them to. My goodness, it really has been a long time since the days of Wing Commander and X-Wing/Tie Fighter. And just why did I never get around to the Freespace games? Folly, I tell you. Pure folly.

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Best of the Jumping the Shark Podcast Compilations

So, this happened.

I’ve long thought about trying to stitch together some favorite moments of JTS, but I’m lazy and worthless and I can’t remember what moments happened when. I have more excuses too, if you like. I’m like Jake Blues offering platitudes to Carrie Fisher’s character in Blues Brothers. But I digress.

Autistic Angel is a better person than me and that’s why there now exists not one, but two Best of of Jumping the Shark audio compilations that absolutely had me rolling yesterday. We really have had some great times recording the show and I’m reminded how much we miss Danielle’s contributions to it. Part two is above (just because the size fits our front page images better), while the first is after the break. Enjoy!

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Guild Wars 2 – The Game That Doesn’t Change Everything

 We founded ArenaNet to innovate, so Guild Wars 2 was our opportunity to question everything – to make a game that defies existing conventions. If you love MMOs, you’ll wanna check out Guild Wars 2. And if you hate MMOs, you’ll really wanna check out Guild Wars 2.

That line is from ArenaNet’s MMO Manifesto video, which I embedded in a blurb I wrote a few days before Guild Wars 2 launched. As a rank MMO amateur who likes his single-player fantasy RPGs, the video effectively sold me on trying the game. After all, I was in the mood for a high fantasy RPG and since I largely hate MMOs, I “really” need to check this game out, right?

Among a host of other promises, the game promised a better combat model, a more immersive world in which you feel a little less like one of a billion other hosers all doing the same thing, and perhaps most significantly, no grinding. After roughly a dozen hours with the game, it’s hard to say that it really cashes in on these promises. No, you’re not collecting a dozen wolf pets every fifteen minutes and the game does solve a lot of problems that MMOs have, but it is most decidedly not a game for people who hate MMOs. If that’s you, do what I failed to do and just save your money. Dark Souls PC is just $40 on Steam. Maybe try that.

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Jumping the Shark Podcast #141

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Joining us for Jumping the Shark #140 is the one and only Jason McMaster, he of Cap’n Patch Kickstarter fame. Now, I would tell you that nobody in their right mind would back a game who’s main character is a spider, but even I have to admit the little bugger is oh so cute. I mean he’s got a pipe and a spatula. What more could you ask for? Jason and I then talk up some Guild Wars 2 action. Given that he’s an MMO guy, and I’m incredibly not, it makes for a decent point-counterpoint. For those of you looking to see Bill get his PC Dark Souls on, you’ll be shocked to learn that he hates it. And I mean hates it. Except that he doesn’t. Who’d of guessed? Finally, Brandon is witness to the Fall of Cybertron in the latest Transformers game from High Moon Studios. Find out why the guy with an Autobot tattoo isn’t as blown over by the game as he’d hoped. All that and  little Bastion on the iPad talk is coming your way in this week’s JTS!

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Jumping the Shark Podcast #140

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The first cracks in the dam that will soon flood a barren gaming landscape have made their way into Jumping the Shark #140. (Don’t think too hard about this metaphor. Even I know it’s awful.) Bill has his annual Madden on and confirms what we suspected from E3: There’s more to this edition than some shiny new chrome on the surface. Brandon continues his effort to save the world through Death, in Darksiders II. He’s also gone Colour Blind, playing a new physics puzzler. Finally, Bill and I wax GenCon 2012 and an evening of boardgaming that includes the longest Innovation game we’ve ever played and my revelation that all boardgames should be played with someone at the table who actually had a hand in its design.

On a sidenote, if you’ve succumbed to the call of Guild Wars 2, good friend of the show, @rhamorim has generously set up a No High Scores guild (of the same name, tag: NHS). Comment here or send him a tweet if you’d like a guild invite. You can also find me in the game under the username ubrakto.3067. I hope to have some impressions of the game posted sometime tomorrow. EDIT: Oh yeah, the server at least some of us are on is Sanctum of Rall.

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The Case for Guild Wars 2

On Jumping the Shark #139, while talking about upcoming releases, we rather clumsily stumbled around next week’s release of Guild Wars 2. I say “clumsily” only because none of us have really paid enough attention to the mechanics of the game to really know what it’s supposed to be all about. We know it’s an MMO, and in a time when most of the big MMO’s are barely modest derivations of every other MMO/WoW, what else is there to know? The game not having a monthly subscription model isn’t remotely reason enough to buy it. So, Garion333 helpfully posted this link in the podcast’s comments section. It leads to a page loaded with Guild Wars 2 info written for people who aren’t familiar with Guild Wars. This one might really be different, folks. Watch the video above and check the site if you want details that are actually detailed.

For me, here’s the thing – I’m not sure it’ll matter…

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Jumping the Shark Podcast #139

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This week the gag is finally off Brandon and he’s free to regale us with stories from Darksiders II. He might just like it. It’s hard to tell. The gang also talks the Summer of Slow Gaming and how much the status quo will change as a spate of late summer/early fall releases finally make their way to the gaming public. Not to get all spoilery, but there’s a distinct possibility Dark Souls makes a return appearance to the show when it comes out for the PC. Finally, Bill and Brandon have a rap about Breaking Bad during which I entertained myself by slowly banging my head against the desk until it suddenly got dark.

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Jumping the Shark Podcast #138

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Jumping the Shark #138 makes itself the unofficial sequel to Planes, Trains, and Automobiles this week as Bill recounts his epic journey from New Hampshire to Lancaster for the World Board Gaming championships and the largely successful launch of Road to Enlightenment. I don’t want to spoil anything, but his life was in mortal danger more than once. We also hear more about on the other side of the booth. Brandon picks it up with everything he’s able to talk about in Darksiders 2. (Hint: Not a lot. Stupid embargo.) And Todd is dismayed by yet another unexpected software install, courtesy of Wings of Prey.

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