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Episode 62 of the Cat Context Podcast is now available!

It’s almost Halloween, and in honor of our favorite spooky holiday, Liore, Arolaide and I sat down to talk about scary games and movies, and what gets our blood pumping.

Liore starts us off by talking about the differences in her reaction to scary movies and scary games. Aro is all for them, and she lets us all know (spoiler alert: she really likes Silent Hill 2). I comment a bit on the different types of scary, and what those mean.

Zombies are pretty cool, but are movies handling them as well as possible? What about games? How do we feel about vampires? It’s unclear. We do like scary space stories, though, and the intrinsic terror of being alone in space. Can games handle this within their restricted design… space? Regardless, we think that games could learn a thing or two about pacing from films.

Also, something-something-Alien. And Aro is skeptical when it comes to horror games where you can’t fight back. Liore sighs very heavily at <insert grimdark horror game here>.

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Episode 60 of the Cat Context Podcast is now available!

This week, Liore, Arolaide, and I talked about the Kickstarter-funded RPG Divinity: Original Sin, the launch of new MMO ArcheQueueAge, and the addictive mobile game Dragon Coins.

Aro has been playing Divinity: Original Sin in co-op mode, and she talks about how much her household has been enjoying the throwback nature of the game. We also learn (again?) that neither Liore nor Elly has ever played Baldur’s Gate, and this sends Aro into a sweary rage. Is it okay for us to skip out on an intimidating classic game because of its depth? Or are we just cowardly monsters?

Liore has spent a lot of time in queues for ArcheAge, and even a little bit of time actually playing. She talks about her early Alpha-colored impressions, and shares concerns about the future of land ownership and its impact on non-headstart players. We all hope that it shakes out and can support both casual goose-pluckers as well as more competitive trade pirates, and think it has a chance to be successful if both groups are happy!

And then… Aro discovers the joys of Dragon Coins, the crazy little Pokemon-style mobile game that we blame Liore for getting us to play! Should we or shouldn’t we recommend this? Who cares, because the monsters are SUPER CUTE! Elly also mentions Magic and eyes glaze over. Liore goes to school with pigeons!

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Episode 59 of the Cat Context Podcast is now available!

This week, Liore, Ellyndrial, and Arolaide got together to talk about The Crew PC beta, the terrifying Silent Hills teaser, and Destiny’s future.

The Crew recently held a beta event on the PC, and after a mad scramble to get keys, all three of us had the opportunity to check out the upcoming CaRPG! We all agreed that it was gorgeous to look at, but we are unsure about its long term plans and “MMO” factor. But is that really that bad when you get to speed around a city crashing into things while looking like Gordon Freeman? Maybe not.

Also, Liore and Aro are finally allowed to talk about P.T., the Silent Hills teaser. This leads to some spirited discussion about how awesome the series is, in general, and a lot of Elly saying things like this. Overall, they are quite impressed with this take on the horror genre and the specifics of this “stealth marketing” campaign.

Finally, we talk some more about the other games we are playing! Several mobile games come up! Elly is excited about Destiny! We got a listener mail!

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Note: I missed posting for several episodes. They can be found on the podcast’s main page, over at YouTube, or in your podcast app. You should listen to them, because they were good!

Episode 55 of the Cat Context podcast is now available!

After a few episodes missed due to travel, I returned to the podcast to join Liore and Arolaide in a discussion about the last several weeks in gaming.

Last week, a community manager from LotRO let out what is surely the industry’s worst-kept secret: raiders are simultaneously one of the smallest and most vocal segments of their community! Who knew?! Besides everyone. But it has prompted some discussion, and we joined the conversation. We start out discussing whether raiders get more than their fair share of developer attention, but as these things go, eventually worked our way around to casual vs hardcore.

Liore quickly jumps on the hardcore-is-awesome train, despite being a filthy casual, by calling out “casuals” as more often displaying elitist attitudes. In the end, we come to the conclusion that most of the problem actually lays with the bads – especially those who know they are totally not bads, you guys. After that, we took a question from Telwyn about how our attitudes towards MMOs have changed over time (thanks for the question, these always seem to start interesting discussions!).

Also, we get around to talking about our Steam Summer Sale purchases! I whine a bit about being in an MMO funk and “falling behind” in Wildstar. Aro talks about box forts and moving tiny people across state lines. Also, she takes offense at me not thinking that watching her build her rocket house is “interactive group content”.

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Episode 50 of the Cat Context podcast is now available! Happy birthday to us!

This week, Liore, Arolaide, and I celebrated our two-year podcasting anniversary in style. With a listener question special!

Have any of us said anything on the podcast that we regret – or feel differently about now? Which developers would we interview, given the chance? What do we think is yet to come in MMOs? Do we find blogging or podcasting more difficult and time-consuming? (Hint: I like to talk a lot, and I don’t have to do the actual editing.)

And, as usual, we’ve been playing games. And this time, we’ve even been enjoying them! Liore is all aboard the ArcheAge train. I’m immersed in TESO. And Aro. Well, Aro likes vampire hunting in Bloodmasque. And I can’t even blame her.

Thanks so much for all of your support over the last two years! It’s great fun to do it, but if the listeners didn’t tune in, it wouldn’t be nearly as rewarding. Here’s to at least another two years!

As always, head on over to the official episode page, hit us up on iTunes, or check out our YouTube channel! Please continue to send in ratings, comments, and questions.

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Special Note: This Sunday, we will be recording our 50th episode and celebrating our two-year anniversary! We are taking any and all questions, so please help us out. Send in your questions via the comments, tweet them at us, send an email, or leave us a voicemail over at the main episode page. Thanks for listening!

Episode 49 of the Cat Context podcast is now available!

This week, Liore and Arolaide put their English backgrounds on display, while I simply did my best to not look like a total idiot, as we reviewed the hit novel Ready Player One!

While the book has been available for a while, Liore and I finally got around to it, and just in time for the Facebook purchase of Oculus VR to bring it back into focus. What do we think about it? It’s definitely popular – but is it any good? Liore breaks out her English degree (and attempts a pun). Aro talks about virtual car design! I… am easily amused.

We also talk a bit about WildStar’s latest beta patch, prominently featuring a UI revamp and new body type options for character creation! We chat about our impressions and try to decide whether this impacts our intent to purchase or play the game.

In What We’ve Been Playing, Liore talks about her early alpha adventures in ArcheAge chicken farming, Aro talks about the continuing adventures of OrangeLady and OrangeLady’sBrother, and I show off my totally sweet emo vampire Masque.

To listen, head on over to the official episode page, hit us up on iTunes, or check out our YouTube channel! Please continue to send in ratings, comments, and questions. It’s great to hear from you, and we appreciate the feedback.

 

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