PC Invasion Podcast #19

PC Invasion Podcast #19

In the pre-recording email setting out the agenda for this podcast, I made the mistake of mentioning that it “might be a short one”. So enjoy this inevitable 90 minute presentation.

Each and every moment can be downloaded or streamed via the magical device below. Older PC Invasion podcast can be found in the archives. They’re all quite long.

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This week, we remember there were some things from last week that were probably worth mentioning. Grey market sales of review keys (booo) and Non-Disclosure Agreement stuff, for example. If you want to know how NDAs tend to work in this weird industry, have a listen. You’ll learn that Tim was not allowed to mention Mass Effect 2’s ‘Jack’ by name, for some strange reason.

After that, I bemoan the sad state of AMD’s finances and paint a grim picture of an Nvidia graphics card monopoly.

The games that have been in rotation on our various storage devices this week are Rebel Galaxy (space trading with Black Flag combat), Warhammer – The End Times: Vermintide (basically Left 4 Dead with hordes of rat-men), and Sword Coast Legends (which is … er … a D&D-based single player game, plus co-op dungeon master simulator … kind of).

And for anybody still confused about that Paul Hardcastle reference, here you go.

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  • Comments: 28
    • http://steamcommunity.com/id/nasarius/ Nasarius

      Have you thought about bringing back the Site Pal subscriptions? I’m still paying you the equivalent of $2/month, which I’m happy to do since I’m allergic to ads. In the past couple years voluntary subscriptions like Patreon and the RPS Supporter program have been pretty successful, so maybe it’s something to consider.

      Rebel Galaxy sounds interesting. It’s been a very long time since I’ve played a good Privateer-style game.

      Tim’s blatant elf racism is worthy of a Dwarf Fortress player. Those annoying tree huggers, always trying to stop good dwarven industry.

      • Paul Younger

        Nasarius, as the sites are all on a different system it;s impossible to tie them together like the old days. The guys working on each site are also completely independent from each other now. We may look at a system for on there but we would have to debate what would be best for readers.

        • Lazerbeak

          IMHO just detect the ad blockers and ask politely for people to unblock FYI I turned mine off for your site since your ads are not flashing/autoplaying videos

          • Paul Younger

            You are right Lazer and we are working on that right now, Should be live soon.

            • Lazerbeak

              theres going to be massive battle between ad blockers and ad blocking technology, or hopefully sites/advertisers will stop using irritating ad which is what caused the issue , I know its tough for you though since been told sites owners don’t choose the ads its a third party, its amazing the podcast doesn’t have ads fyI I would still listen if it did

              • Paul Younger

                We are doing our best to book our own stuff but it gets harder and harder to keep on top of it. At the end of the day we would rather be putting content and stuff together for the readers and not messing about with pitching for ads. We will look at an alternative as we would love to be ad free but the support needs to be there from the readers and we are not convinced enough folk would chip in with a sub, even if it meant more content and writers joining the team.

              • Lazerbeak

                perhaps a sub system with a monthly competition assigned to it ie every month a sub has chance of winning something ?

                Maybe you should use https://www.patreon.com

                good example

                https://www.patreon.com/VideoGamer?ty=h

                I think people dont pay subs more because its a pain than anything, make the payment flexible and people will do it

              • Tim McDonald

                I like the idea of Patreon, but I have no idea what we could actually offer as pledge goals. I mean, there’s loads of stuff we’d like to do, but there are all sorts of reasons we have difficulty with it. Time is always a factor, but… well, as an example, I’d love to do some streaming occasionally. The problem there is that I don’t have the bandwidth for it – which is also why you don’t see much video content from me. Uploading even a short video tends to completely lock down my internet connection for a couple of hours.

                The other problem with Patreon is that I’d probably get really depressed when all of about six people pledge. Or when hundreds of people pledge because I foolishly agree to make one of the pledge goals “Tim will play a truly miserable excuse for a game once a month.”

                Still, these suggestions might make for some good podcast fodder next week, assuming we haven’t worn out the topic with this week’s discussion.

                Also: it really is heartening to see that you folk appreciate what we do. Thank you all, sincerely.

              • Lazerbeak

                you shouldn’t get depressed about interest its quite frequently about how stuff its presented and hyped a cat in a top hat doing a shit could a million views on youtube with the right promotion/hype

              • Lazerbeak

                I should add if you used google hangouts the video would stream to google/youtube no need for any huge video file uploading apologies if you already knew this and dismissed it for some reason

              • Tim McDonald

                Yep, Google Hangouts was mentioned to us on Twitter, if I remember correctly! We just haven’t had time to give it a try and figure out if it would work for us yet.

                (And Paul’s camera is currently on holiday, so we couldn’t do a full vidcast right now anyway.)

              • http://www.pcinvasion.com Peter Parrish

                Yeah, the issue with Patreon is it would be too heartbreaking if only 8 people turn up for it. We do have a few regulars (as this thread proves!) who listen to the podcast etc, but our most popular articles attract a lot of ‘passing’ readers who happen to have put “Game X guide” or whatever into Google. Those readers are great to have too, but they’re never going to join a Patreon.

              • Teddy

                Paul you should know all it takes is one very rich oil tycoon and it can change a Football club. Maybe you can look for your own Saudi sheikh, Russian oligarch or Texan mad man?

              • Paul Younger

                Well we would like to be able to do this ourselves then we have control over what goes on.

                Tim is spot on with his comment, there are bucket loads of ideas kicking around and few things we have done as one-offs we would like to as regular features. Definitely more room for discussion here 🙂

              • Lazerbeak

                IMHO you don’t you know need to be add free just obnoxious add free, I think the ad networks are going to being dialing their ads back for a bit anyway, there isn’t going to be massive web site collapse the content is still out there and so are people who want to pay for ads

    • Teddy

      For you guys, as you asked so nicely. I will remove ad block but I would rather have an option to patron or something to get rid of them. I forget that the upkeep of a secret post apocalyptic bunker doesn’t fund itself.

      As to spreading the word of the site I have no friends into PC’s their console fan boys.

      • Tim McDonald

        Thanks! We love you for disabling it for us. I know how irritating ads can be, though what with working on a site that relies on them for funding, I tend to disable Adblock on any sites I actually like and want to support. It really does make a difference, and thankfully Adblock does let you cherry-pick specific sites on which you want to disable it.

        As Paul implied above, we’re continually looking at and discussing other possibilities, but it’s proving tricky to find a solution that completely works for us. I do hope we figure something out, though, because I’d love an ad-free future.

        • Teddy

          Just a thought why not copy what some games publishers are doing?

          You could have a pre-release sign up for news and reviews written in the future about stuff but not say what its gonna be.

          Augment your review?? The more we pay the more you play of the game to review it. We pay $5 you just check the options screen, $50 gets a full review.

          Go to kickstarter with some over done video and wild expectations and only ask for a percent of what would be actually needed to do the work and then give is sporadic news then go quite over time?

          I’m sure you can think of more examples?

          • Paul Younger

            Remember Teddy, We complete all games already before posting a review. We may not always be first with reviews but at least readers know we have completed all games whenever possible.

            • http://www.pcinvasion.com Peter Parrish

              I think that was what is known as a “joke” Paul.

              • Lazerbeak

                ha problem is people say such crazy things on the net its tough to spot dry jokes sometimes

              • Paul Younger

                Tell me about it. I have seen crazier idea than some of those for goals in funding projects 😛

              • Teddy

                I thought the horse armor part pointed to the joke part but next time just for you Paul I will end it /sarcasm end. or something along them lines.

            • Teddy

              I am glad for it your review system and port review has saved me at least £120.

              • Paul Younger

                Good stuff, then we know we are doing our jobs right!

    • Railbydefault

      Just wanted to chime in. I listen each week to the podcast. I don’t always comment, even though I find myself responding to a bunch of the stuff that is said, and more often than not LOL’ing at the funnier bits. I think your opinions and content is all top notch.
      I have (and have always had) adblock off for your site, and for inc. site as well. This is in fact the ONLY gaming site that I do that with. In fact, I don’t even take most of the other(gaming) sites seriously at all, as I find they are full of questionable opinions and ethics. Furthermore, looking at comments is only more off-putting the more you read(on those other sites). The saying “if idiots could fly this place would be an airport” is what comes to(my) mind when reading general comments on sites with equally stupid articles, opinions, and self congratulatory content spewed all over the place. You guys seem to be very humble, and to an extent more humble than you should be. You do a good job give yourselves credit.

      I do my best to get the word about PCInvasion out there. I tell everyone I know to check out the site, and how much I enjoy the podcast, how authentic you guys seem to be, etc etc. I hope PCInvasion continues to grow.
      I wish people actually used critical thinking more, because they’d not bother with those other shitty websites if they did. The sites like “crap-o-gamer”(euro=crap-o), and “shit-scapist” would have less traffic. But numbers drive this business(..all business), so lets just hope some more people open their eyes and come to find out about the stellar work going on here at PCInvasion.

      • http://www.pcinvasion.com Peter Parrish

        Wow, thank you – really appreciate you taking the time to write that, and for spreading the word. Stuff like this is a nice morale boost, you know? We’ll keep doing what we do; very pleased to hear you like it!

        • Tim McDonald

          I think Peter’s said it all, there.

          That goes for pretty much all the support we’ve had in this chain of comments, really; it helps a lot to know that what we do is appreciated and thought so highly of. Thank you, so much.