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Jumping the Shark Podcast #202

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Brandon and I hopped online last week, talked about industry events, and now it’s live on Teh Internets as JtS #202. First, blame me for the audio problems during the first half of the show. Some technical issues on my end meant having to use my home WiFi rather than a wired connection and my WiFi is, at the moment, jacked. Consequently, I wasn’t coming up clear on Brandon’s line and I messed up the recording on my end, so it starts out rough. Gets better by the half-way point, though, and I’ll get it all sorted before we do the next show. Sorry!

Right, anyway, this week we talk all about digital distribution in a time where ISPs are feeling more and more freedom to throttle, engage in data caps, etc. This leads to a thorough look at the Irrational Studios closure/status quo change and how, er… irrational some of the response has been to it. Enjoy!

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Todd Brakke

Todd was born in Ann Arbor with a Michigan helmet in one hand and a mouse in the other. (Never you mind the logistics of this.) He grew, vertically anyway, and proceeded to spend over 16 years as a development editor for Pearson Education, publishing books, videos, and digital learning products under the Que and Sams Publishing imprints. Because that wasn't enough of a challenge, Todd has also been a 20-year part-time snob about video games, writing reviews, features, and more for multiple outlets. Follow him on Twitter @ubrakto or check it out his website at

4 thoughts to “Jumping the Shark Podcast #202”

  1. You know, I’d read some about that recently, but after spending a few hours really looking at the problem, I think my bigger issue right now is the WiFi in my house. (I mean, I’m sure Netflix was being throttled too, but the Skype problems?) Tried out the WiFi Analyzer app for Android (Michelle has one) on Sunday and there’s a ton of neighborhood WiFi networks broadcasting across the channel spectrum. (None have a stronger signal than mine, but they’re there.) My router also now sits near a Bluetooth-enabled soundbar that might be interfering. Probably going to move my router back upstairs (where it was in December and everything was working fine) and see if that helps. Fingers crossed!

  2. Great job as usual on the podcast guys! I heard one of the reasons Kevin Levine had to let go of so many people was that although bioshock infinite sold millions it simply was in production for too long and costed to much and had to sell even more, what do you guys think? And I hope Brandon gets to play The Last Of Us DLC!

  3. I was starting to think I was the only one who really enjoyed playing Invisible War. I loved the sheer hubris of building a Pyramid shaped Arcology overlooking Cairo. And the way the ‘entertainer’ AI kept upping her speech patterns the more you interacted with her, and fed her useful information. Similar to how Google now learns your interests and tailors its output to you. A far more believable AI than ‘Helios’…

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