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KD Radio Episode 10: E3 2017 in Review

June 23rd, 2017 Posted by KD Radio - Your Non-Elitist/Retro Gaming Podcast, Podcasts No Comment yet

Shaline, Vendortron and Joseph check in on their E3 predictions and chat about all the cool (and sometimes not so cool) stuff that was shown at E3 this year!

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Classic Elder Scrolls 62: Its The Great Pumpkin, Evarwyn

October 27th, 2016 Posted by Classic Elder Scrolls, Elder Scrolls Off The Record - Elder Scrolls Off The Record An Elder Scrolls Online & Elder Scrolls Podcast, Podcasts No Comment yet

Welcome to our Witches Festival/Halloween Special! Join us as we talk about Tamriel’s spookiest, while impaling vampires in Skyrim’s ‘Dawnguard’ and showing off some frighteningly awesome (c wut i did dere?) Halloween mods! Listen….IF YOU DARE!!!! (scary ghost sound here)
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Elder Scrolls off the Record 182: Sony Denies Skyrim Mods

September 13th, 2016 Posted by Elder Scrolls Off The Record - Elder Scrolls Off The Record An Elder Scrolls Online & Elder Scrolls Podcast, Podcasts 1 comment

No mods for Skyrim’s S.E. on PS4, One Tamriel – Everything You Need to Know, TES Legends releases “Monthly Card” Ranked Reward, Happy 20th Anniversary Daggerfall: 10 Fun Facts about TES II. Gameplay challenge returns + lore & your emails!
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KD Radio Episode 1: The Games That Changed Us

May 14th, 2016 Posted by KD Radio - Your Non-Elitist/Retro Gaming Podcast, Podcasts No Comment yet

Our first episode of KD Radio and we are going to talk about our firsts: the games that changed our lives. We asked our listeners what games they remember changing them and we got a ton of feed back. Apart from that we have our top 5 video game news stories from the week about Battlefield 1, Call of Duty, Assassins creed and more!

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KD Radio Episode 0: Welcome to YOUR Retro Gaming Podcast

May 12th, 2016 Posted by KD Radio - Your Non-Elitist/Retro Gaming Podcast, Podcasts No Comment yet

Join Rick and Shaline in a brand new, bi-monthly, retro and general gaming podcast! Check that elitist privilege at the door folks, Rick and Shaline talk about gaming’s best, worst, new, old and just plain fun, games and their experience….such as it may be! Fire up those old consoles, sit back and lets talk some games!
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Totally Heroes Episode 53: Tomodachi Life

July 24th, 2014 Posted by QGN Classic Podcasts, Totally Heroes No Comment yet

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Brian’s not dead this week! The Masterful Triumvirate gather to discuss hardware sales, software sales, and analyze the performance of the PS4 and Xbox One so far. Shank presents Destiny Beta graphics comparisons across the PS3 and PS4. And we ask, will we see more betas on console in the future?

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Shank’s Spiel: Why Consoles?

July 10th, 2014 Posted by Shank's Spiel, Videos No Comment yet

If you’ve been following me on Twitter, listening to me on the various shows on the network, or watching these Spiels, you may think that the only thing I play is the PC. Of course, this isn’t true. In fact, many of my articles start by stating that I own both last gen consoles, both current gen consoles, and my PC.

However, I do find it odd that people somehow think that because I play the PC and constantly discuss why I’m disappointed by the lack of a true generational leap in these current consoles, that I have no right expressing such disappointment and should not be allowed to comment on them.

To that minority, you are completely wrong. It is precisely because I own and play consoles that I have that right to be frustrated by them. I own them. I play them. Therefore, I can comment them. It really is that straightforward.

So to the rest of you, I get many questions on a weekly basis asking just why do I even play on consoles? After all, my PC is more than three times as powerful as my PS4. You all know that I prioritize graphics above all else. So then, why would I even bother playing on my consoles?

Let’s construct this answer by laying the foundation of context. Consoles have their place in the industry. I will never say that consoles should never exist. There are many economic benefits that consoles have over PCs. Don’t mistake me here, however. If you want the absolute best in graphics processing, you’ll spend a decent chunk of change on a high performance PC. Additionally, games are generally far cheaper on the PC than on consoles. Finally, you can build a mid-range PC today that is more powerful and capable than the PS4 for not much more $550.

But we must understand the market for consoles. I don’t think it’s too far of a reach to assume that the average age of a PC gamer is higher than the average age of a console gamer. That is, if you are a parent looking to buy your kid the latest video game machine, chances are you will probably buy an Xbox, Playstation, or Wii rather than a gaming PC, especially if your kid’s friends play on those machines already.

It’s easier and cheaper to spend $400 once for a machine that plays games than spending a bit more on a PC that your kid would want to upgrade later…assuming he even knows how. As a parent, buying a console is a single purchase every five or six years. You buy it, plug it in, and forget about it.

All of this leads nicely into the beautiful simplicity of consoles. They have the “pick up and play” mentality. This is something I greatly respect. As an end user, I do not want to have to think about downloading updates, ensuring drivers work, or make sure my HDMI cord is seated properly.

Admittedly, driver downloads on PC are now easier than ever with the ability to tell your PC to download drivers automatically. With services like Steam and GOG, installing a game is usually relegated to a single click. However, it’s still not as simple as the consoles. This is one area I will always respect about consoles.

In addition to this simplicity, consoles have a much smaller footprint than a PC. And this makes sense because consoles are designed to sit in your entertainment center where free space is at a premium. Yes, you can build small form factor PCs, but I find something intrinsically simple about console design. The PS4 is the most elegant console I have ever owned. The angled edges, dual layer casing, and subtle use of LED lighting all come together to create some truly beautiful design language.

On a more personal note, I find consoles have more childish spark about them. This is perhaps more nostalgia than concrete evidence, but isn’t this why we enjoy games? Gaming is very much an emotional hobby and for me personally, playing on consoles evokes strong emotions from my childhood.

I grew up on the PS1. I remember my dad telling my brother and me that if we read 100 books over the summer, he’d buy us the Playstation. And so, my brother and I read with a determined ferocity. There was actually peace in our house. Finally, my dad took us to Toys R Us and bought us the Playstation.

I will never forget the excitement I had when I first played it. I had earned my right to play on this Playstation and now it was mine! It’s this same sense of childish wonder and excitement I get whenever I play on my consoles today.

These are all many reasons why I buy, play, and love my consoles. In my humble opinion, they are pretty straightforward and perfectly reasonable reasons as to why I will always play consoles.

But ultimately, it’s about the exclusives. Some of my favorite games of all time are exclusive to consoles.  Mario Kart, Smash Bros, Crash Bandicoot, Infamous Second Son, Zelda, Halo, The Last of Us. These are experiences that you simply cannot find on PCs. Yes, PCs have their own slew of exclusives, but as I said earlier, I grew up on consoles. And these are the games I grew up on. These are the games that introduced me to video games. These games are the reason why I am able to speak to you all now.

One exclusive in particular had an unbelievable impact on me. The Last of Us is one of two games that legitimately changed my life. It showed me the power of impeccable story-telling. It reawakened my belief and love for the industry. Perhaps more than anything, it showed the world the sheer power of video games as an entertainment medium.

This is why I buy consoles. This is why I love consoles. This is why I’ll always play consoles.

Totally Heroes Episode 48: We Got Socks This Year

June 17th, 2014 Posted by News Archive, Nintendo, PC, Podcasts, Totally Heroes No Comment yet

The Heroes are back this week and give you their E3 post mortem. They bring handy charts into the mix and dissect Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo’s presentations and tell you exactly what they did right and what they did wrong. Plus, your QOTW satiates your Need for Speed!

We apologize, but there is no podcast version of this episode at this time.
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Totally Heroes Episode 47: E3 2014 Special

June 11th, 2014 Posted by News Archive, Nintendo, PC, Playstation, Podcasts, Totally Heroes No Comment yet

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QGN’s News Director Joseph Bradford is on the show floor in Los Angeles at E3 2014, and this week we kicked Shank and Dave off the show to make room for all the massive content Bradord brought to the table. We break down the media briefings, hands-on demos, and overall impressions from the gaming community’s biggest celebration.

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E3 Day One Primer – Xbox, PS4 and Shadow of Mordor

June 10th, 2014 Posted by News Archive No Comment yet

 

Utúlie’n aurë!

This is a phrase you hear me use many times. The phrase comes from The Silmarillion during the Nirnaeth Arnoediad. Utúlie’n aurë! The Day has come!

The day has come indeed.

E3 is finally upon us, with the show floor opening in a mere couple of hours. I wanted to give you all an idea of what you will expect to see from me during each day. Remember, there is only one of me here, and I cannot possibly cover everything. There may even be announcements made that I will not hear of since I’m on the show floor, so I will touch on those with a nightly recap post.

Also, I have some interviews lined up with some developers (one of the ID@Xbox game creators and the guys at IndieCade for starters), so expect to see some individual write ups on those.

Here is my schedule, as tweeted out last night, with one change:

12:00 – Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Xbox, Playstation, Nintendo

3:30 – Deep Silver (Homefront and Dead Island 2)

4:30 – EA/Bethesda (time permitting)

As everyone knows, I have been critical of Monolith’s open world game set in Middle-earth. The backstory, as well as the “wraith-abilities” cause my Tolkien-purism senses to go bonkers. But, if you’ve also noticed, I’ve withheld from saying that the game itself won’t be great, as the ideas behind the Nemesis system are certainly awesome. I will have a full write-up on the game, as well as my thoughts on how the idea behind the game fit into the canon of Middle-earth later on this week.

Also planning on getting hands-on time with the offerings at Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo, though I’m not too sure which games they will have playable demos. I’m also going to get my hands on Aztez and see how the game has been coming along since I wrote about it in February. If it’s anything like last year, all of the main games that Sony showcased will be theater presentations, Microsoft will have Sunset Overdrive and Fable Legends as playable, and Nintendo will have…well maybe Mario Kart 8?

Stay tuned, and make sure you are following the Quest Gaming Network and myself on Twitter for all the updates during the day!

So, remember…

Utúlie’n aurë!

 

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