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The Geek Bravado Ramble
34 minutes | 15 days ago
119: The Twitch DMCA Crisis
Twitch and some streamers on it are currently in the midst of a DMCA crackdown by the major record labels. Entire libraries of VODs and clips are being deleted in an attempt to prevent channels from being taken down and everyone's made about it. While they have a right to be, at the same time, everyone in this situation is also wrong in various ways. I go into detail about this and also why the talk about Twitch being shut down is utter nonsense. The Tom Scott video on copyright I reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Jwo5qc78QU
27 minutes | a month ago
118: Alex Hutchison & the Value of Streamers
If you're in the streaming space, you know about the controversy surrounding Alex Hutchison's tweets. In this purposefully late to the party take on the issue, I do take him and his statements to task but also explore the elements of his statements that whether we like it or not, are true.
16 minutes | 2 months ago
117: Donald Trump & the Man Who Made The Apprentice
In the unbridled nightmare that is the American presidency right now, a lot of people have been rightly blamed for contributing to Donald Trump's rise. However, one person in particular, I think has skirted under the radar and arguably, deserves more blame than most. In this unusual podcast, I discuss that and my reasons for it.
28 minutes | 2 months ago
116: Microsoft Buying ZeniMax Media (Bethesda)
In an absolute mic drop worthy bombshell, Microsoft has announced their intention to buy ZeniMax Media, parent company of Bethesda, Arkane, id Software, MachineGames and Tango Gameworks among others. They are also now owners of some of the world's biggest IPs like The Elder Scrolls, DOOM, Wolfenstein, Dishonored and more. The Internet is buzzing about what this means for the future of these beloved series, especially on PlayStation systems. For as big as this deal is, I think the outcome is going to be very different than many gamers think. I go into detail about this and also why further consolidation is something that should concern us.
29 minutes | 3 months ago
115: Twitch Ads & the Economics of Streaming
Twitch recently announced that they're going to be testing randomly placed mid-roll ads in the middle of people's streams. As expected, this has quickly formed two camps between those who thinks this is unfair and distuptive and others who think anyone saying that is entitled. As is often the case, I fall somewhere in the middle but I also go into my explanation of why I believe such moves are necessary and how what people think this industry makes is often not in keeping with the business realities.
24 minutes | 3 months ago
114: Impressions of High Score on Netflix
A new Netflix series on the history of video games came out of nowhere and was a pleasant surprise for a number of different reasons. I offer up my impressions of High Score, from the perspective of someone who is big into the history of the medium. I was pleasantly surprised!
36 minutes | 3 months ago
113: My 9/11 Story
On this somber 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, many have been sharing their stories of where they were on that day. I wasn't going to originally but I was in a weird headspace today that ended up in me going for a drive and decided to record my story, which was kind of unique or at least so I think. Never forget.
29 minutes | 3 months ago
112: Realms Deep 2020 & The Rise of "Modern Retro"
3D Realms and their indie partners held the online Realms Deep 2020 event his weekend, dedicated to what turned out to be a tsunami of what I call "modern retro" titles that they have coming in the next year. As someone who grew up with games in the 80s and 90s, I'm super excited to see not only all these new yet old games coming but also how this niche genre has managed to spawn a super passionate and successful cottage industry. It's also provided some personal inspiration I didn't expect. Day 1 VoD: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezNLM8P8rN4 Day 2 VoD: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJIso-RKtFU
25 minutes | 3 months ago
111: Impressions of Marvel's Avengers Open Beta
There's been a fair amount of hype around this new "live service" Avengers game. I was sort of in the middle of the hype and after playing a couple of hours of the open beta on PC, my hype has gone way down to "buy on deep sale" territory. I talk about why this game is not hitting for me.
30 minutes | 3 months ago
110: Final Fantasy VII Remake Ramble Review (Spoiler-Free)
In my hiatus from streaming, I've been working on my backlog and just got a chance to finish Final Fantasy VII Remake on the PS4. While this ramble review is a while after the release of the game, I think I bring some interesting and largely unique perspectives to the review due to having never finished the original back in the day. This game was quite an emotional ride and I go into detail about why.
24 minutes | 4 months ago
109: Epic vs. Apple & Google
In a massive upset to the mobile game industry status quo, Epic Games has filed anti-trust lawsuits against Apple and Google after having Fortnite pulled from their app stores for trying to do their own in-app purchases, bypassing the 30% cut those companies take. This is going to be a monumental fight that could set wide-reaching industry precedent. And I wish that it was possible for everyone involved to lose. In this spicier episode, I go into why the last people to benefit from any outcome of this lawsuit are consumers. The now three Hoeg Law videos I mentioned: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xb1E6-okFxQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y04zz5g1_08 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qVsZXajXuQ
20 minutes | 4 months ago
108: Impressions of Carrion
Carrion is a game I've been looking forward to for a while. Billed as a "reverse horror" game, you play as the monster, which is something we've surprisingly seen very little of. I give my impressions of it, as well as some things I'd like to see in a potential sequel if one gets made. Buy a Carrion Steam key from one of these retailers and help support my content and Extra Life: Humble Store: https://www.humblebundle.com/store/carrion?partner=pxabstraction Fanatical: https://www.fanatical.com/en/game/carrion?ref=pxabstraction
21 minutes | 4 months ago
107: Impressions of Snowpiercer Season 1 (Spoilers)
Don't listen to this if you haven't watched Snowpiercer Season 1 yet and don't want it spoiled. I didn't know a TV series based on Snowpiercer was coming until it suddenly appeared on Netflix one day so as a fan of the movie, I wanted to check it out. I liked it well enough, right up until the last episode. I talk about my issues with it and what it means for season 2.
22 minutes | 5 months ago
106: Ramble Review of Eliza
After too long, I'm back with another ramble game review episode and to as much my surprise as anyone's, it's of yet another visual novel. Eliza came out back in 2019 but I only got to play it recently. Unlike Arcade Spirits, the story in this game is much more grounded in the real world and is also much more linear than many visual novels traditionally are. This is countered by it being fully voice acted and also having a narrative that is both emotionally moving and that will make you think about some of the technological challenges we may face soon. Buy Eliza on Steam from one of these retailers and help support my content and Extra Life: Humble Store - https://www.humblebundle.com/store/eliza?partner=pxabstraction Fanatical - https://www.fanatical.com/en/game/eliza?ref=pxabstraction Music is from the Eliza soundtrack by Matthew S. Burns. Buy it here: https://zachtronics.bandcamp.com/album/eliza-original-soundtrack Press code provided by Zachtronics.
38 minutes | 5 months ago
105: The Fall of Mixer & My Streaming Future
Out of the blue on the 22nd of June, Microsoft announced that Mixer, my live streaming home of over 3 years, will be unceremoniously killed with a whopping one month's notice. The community is devastated, angry and bitter, especially since this comes on the heels of a weekend of scandals that rocked the platform, which they're now able to just sweep away. In this longer ramble, I talk about the experience of finding out about this in light of everything else I've been processing lately and also what this means for my potential future in content creation. For now, you can follow me at https://twitch.tv/PXAbstraction, though I make no promises about what may or may not happen there. I wish the best to all my fellow Mixer refugees.
37 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode 104: Drowning In the Madness
The world feels like it's on fire right now. For those reasons and more, I'm personally in a really bad place. This podcast is mostly talking about my own struggles, though I am not unempathetic to the greater madness so many more are dealing with too. I just talk about this struggle for a while because I think it's important for more of us to be open about our struggles so that others know they aren't alone. As always, I am here if anyone needs an ear.
30 minutes | 7 months ago
Episode 103: Impressions of RUNE II (with the Lazarus v1.1 Update)
After a bunch of release drama that included the developer closing the day after it shipped largely unfinished, the investors behind RUNE II have begun fulfilling the promise they made to the community to keep supporting the game and have released a massive update called Lazarus, which they claim is just the start. I was given a press code and streamed it for an evening to see what it was like, especially the campaign which I knew nothing about. A lot about that campaign surprised me but I also still don't think the game's hit the finish line yet. I talk about why and also why it might be to other people's liking. Previous episode on the developer drama: https://anchor.fm/geekbravado/episodes/Episode-86-November-14--2019---RUNE-II-and-Human-Head-Studios-Closure-e90bdp
27 minutes | 7 months ago
Episode 102: Arcade Spirits Ramble Review
I'm not generally a fan of visual novels. I played Arcade Spirits on a first impressions stream about a year ago and kept it installed because something about it made me think I'd want to come back to it, even though it was a visual novel. I recently finished it and was very pleasant surprised by the experience. I give an on the fly ramble review of the game and why despite it not selling me on visual novels as a whole, it's given me cause to look into them more closely in the future. My original first impressions stream of the game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTQfEwEBssE Buy a Steam key from one of these affiliate links to help support my content and Extra Life: Fanatical: https://www.fanatical.com/en/game/arcade-spirits?ref=pxabstraction Humble Store: https://www.humblebundle.com/store/arcade-spirits?partner=pxabstraction Press code for the game was originally provided by PQube Games in early 2019. Podcast music is from the game's soundtrack: https://gregmirles.bandcamp.com/album/arcade-spirits-original-game-soundtrack
25 minutes | 8 months ago
Episode 101: Doug Ford & Political Crisis Worship
During the COVID-19 crisis, the previously to say the least, divisive leader of my province has been getting a lot of credit for how he's been "leading" through the outbreak and many of his previous detractors are suddenly changing their minds on him. However, much like Rudy Guilliani after 9/11, none of this is based in reality but more just the fact that he happened to be here during a difficult time. I talk about this and why it's a terrible reason to suddenly up your opinion on terrible leaders.
31 minutes | 8 months ago
Episode 100: Epic Games Publishing
Epic Games has now announced that in addition to making a big push into the digital distribution space, they are now getting into publishing games from other developers. Similar to how they launched the Epic Games Store, they are starting with a bang, offering full funding and creative control to 3 prominent studios, with apparently more to come. I talk about this model, how I'd have a hard time saying no if I was a developer and also how this is completely unsustainable long-term, despite what some short-sighted "developers" think. Thank you to my small audience for being there for 100 episodes! Here's to many more!
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