0:15 – Introductions
1:45 – What We’ve Been Playing, Part 1
10:50 – Video Game Performance and Settings
22:05 – What We’ve Been Playing, Part 2
27:30 – Getting Distracted in Nonlinear Games
34:05 – Marketing and Social Issues
46:50 – A Tangent about Japanese Pop Culture
51:30 – Tone-Deaf Marketing
52:40 – Dishonest Marketing and Community Management
1:01:45 – Does Marketing Represent Games?
1:14:10 – Acclaim’s Advertising and Criminal Marketing
1:19:45 – The Trivia Challenge Where We Totally Didn’t Lose 40% of Our Recording and Have to Make Up the Last Six Questions on the Fly
1:37:55 – Conclusion
Download Link: https://archive.org/details/avocadogamescast_ep6
Linkdump after the jump.
- We Googled it. Technically, there isn’t a Suikoden pachinko machine, but there is a Suikoden pachisuro machine (basically a glorified slot machine), which is even worse. Nobody tell PT. (Source: Suikoden Wiki on Wikia)
What We’ve Been Playing, Part 1 (1:45)
- A 64 GB PlayStation Vita memory card is available for the low, low price of $107 US on Amazon! (Holy crap, Sony.)
- The Dolphin emulator.
- Title Defense against Glass Joe in the Wii version of Punch-Out!! (Source: omegaevolution on YouTube)
- Sinister1 speedruns Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! blindfolded at AGDQ 2014. (Source: SpeedDemosArchiveSDA on YouTube)
Video Game Performance and Settings (10:50)
- MSAA stands for multisample anti-aliasing. (Source: Wikipedia)
- DirectX 12 support for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is coming the week of September 5th.
- The three playstyles in Splinter Cell: Blacklist are actually Ghost, Panther, and Assault,
but TheKappa’s animal names are way better. (Source: Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Wiki on Wikia)
- TressFX enabled vs. disabled comparison. (Source: GameKiller346 on YouTube)
What We’ve Been Playing, Part 2 (22:05)
- Merve recorded his playthrough of Grow Up for your viewing pleasure.
Getting Distracted in Nonlinear Games (27:30)
- The infamous “leave the fucking Hinterlands” Reddit post.
Marketing and Social Issues (34:05)
- The “augs lives matter” concept art. (Source: PCGamer)
- Gameplay reveal trailer for Hatred. (Source: Destructive Creations on YouTube)
- John Romero later apologized for the “John Romero’s about to make you his bitch” Daikatana ad. (Source: Kotaku)
- The “sexy nun” trailer for Hitman: Absolution. (Source: PanicPlay.com on YouTube)
- The “edgy” Mass Effect 2 trailer for Jack. (Source: Videogamer)
- A playlist of the stupid “Your mom hates Dead Space 2” promotional videos. (Source: LookAtThis000 on YouTube)
- The embarrassing “she kicks high” ad for Dead or Alive 3. (Source: JuanTommyV’s Channel on YouTube)
- The disturbing “seriously distracting” ad for the Game Boy Pocket. (Source: Tiny Cartridge)
- The disgustingly racist ad for the white PlayStation Portable. (Source: Blogger’s Block) Weirdly enough, that wasn’t the only PSP ad that came under fire for racist
undertones; here’s one featuring squirrels. (Source: DryvBy on YouTube)
- The stupidly misogynist “touch both sides” ad for the PlayStation Vita. (Source: Ads of the World)
A Tangent about Japanese Pop Culture (46:50)
- The Sorceress from Dragon’s Crown. (Source: Dragon’s Crown Wiki on Wikia)
- Salaries in the anime industry. (Source: Kotaku)
Tone-Deaf Marketing (51:30)
- I know it has been featured in previous linkdumps, but it’s getting linked to again. Here’s Mighty No. 9’s infamous “anime fan on prom night” trailer. (Source: Deep Silver on YouTube)
- Do you want to watch an NES ad featuring a terrible Zelda rap? Here you go! (Source: Zelda Dungeon on YouTube)
Dishonest Marketing and Community Management (52:40)
- The Jimquisition on No Man’s Sky and whether or not Sean Murray lied about it.
- Clarification: Unconditional refunds weren’t actually being offered for No Man’s Sky, but it seems like some retailers (Steam included) relaxed their refund policies for it. (Source: PC Gamer)
- Clarification: Assets shown off in the E3 presentation were found in the game’s files, but not the actual presentation. This indicates that the E3 presentation was probably pre-scripted, but it doesn’t necessarily indicate that it was pre-recorded. (Source: Techraptor)
- DeeJ’s name is David Dague, and he is one of Destiny’s community managers. (Source: Destiny Wiki on Wikia)
- E3 2015 cinematic trailer for Dishonored 2. (Source: Constipated Owl on YouTube)
Does Marketing Represent Games? (1:01:45)
- Correction: Emil Pagliarulo, the designer of the Dark Brotherhood quest line in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, didn’t work on Dragon Age II. TheKappa probably meant Fallout 3 or Fallout 4. (Sources: Wikipedia, The Unofficial Elder Scrolls Pages)
- The trailer for Xenosaga Episode III: Also Sprach Zarathustra. (Source: IGN on YouTube)
- A pre-release stream for Dragon Age: Inquisition. (Source: BioWare on Twitch)
- A pre-release stream for Planet Coaster. (Source: Planet Coaster on YouTube)
- A pre-release stream for Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth. (Source: BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe on YouTube)
- Pre-release gameplay footage for Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness. (Source: Polygon)
- Clarification: Merve confused the Portal 2 instructional videos PT mentioned with the more humorous “Aperture investment opportunity” ads. Both are available on Valve’s YouTube page.
Acclaim’s Advertising and Criminal Marketing (1:14:10)
- A TV commercial for the “Mortal Monday” ad campaign for Mortal Kombat. (Source: wwwmortalkombatpl on YouTube)
- Turok: Evolution’s marketing campaign involved a $10000 reward for naming a kid Turok. It also gave £500 to adults who legally changed their names to Turok. As for Acclaim’s campaign to buy advertising space on tombstones to promote ShadowMan 2, the company claimed it was an April Fool’s joke. (Source: CNET)
- Yes, Acclaim did offer to pay people’s speeding tickets on October 11th, 2002, the
release date of Burnout 2: Point of Impact. (Source: Gamasutra)
- Watch Dogs’ marketing campaign caused a
bomb scare in Australia. (Source: IGN)
- Clarification: The Aqua Teen Hunger Force ad campaign caused a bomb scare in Boston back in 2007, several years before the Boston Marathon bombings. (Source: CNN)
- Back in 2000, then-mayor of San Francisco tried to have the event permits for Jet Grind Radio’s graffiti contest revoked, fearing it would inspire vandalism. (Source: Kotaku)
- EA tried to market The Godfather II by sending out brass knuckles with their promotional copies of the game. (Source: the fifth item on this list from Kotaku)
- If for some reason you can’t get enough bad video game marketing, here’s an entire video about it. (Source: WatchMojo.com on YouTube)
The Trivia Challenge Where We Totally Didn’t Lose 40% of Our Recording and
Have to Make Up the Last Six Questions on the Fly (1:19:45)
- Wikipedia article on Ralph Baer. He developed the Magnavox Odyssey, the first commercial home video game console.
- Wikipedia list of best-selling video game consoles.
- Correction: The PlayStation 2 was discontinued in January 2013, a little over a month before the PlayStation 4 was announced. (Source: Wikipedia)
- King Bob-omb boss battle in Super Mario 64. (Source: Check description on YouTube)
- A playthrough of Prince of Persia. (Source: OtakuChest on YouTube)
- Official website for composer Austin Wintory.
- Marukyu Striptease gameplay from Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4. (Source: Kubz Scouts on YouTube)
- Stephen Colbert’s dance battle with Rain. (Source: Rainrunway629 on YouTube)
- Wikipedia article about Rain, the Mortal Kombat character. Not related to Rain, the Korean popstar.
- Wikipedia article about Roberta Williams, the creator of the King’s Quest series.
- King’s Quest V was ported to the NES with the religious references edited out. (Source: Wikipedia)
- Mario was originally known as Jumpman. (I also would have accepted “Mr. Video.”) (Source: Wikipedia)
- Wikipedia article about Carmen Sandiego.
- The sad story behind why No One Lives Forever can’t be revived. (Source: Kotaku)
- Wikipedia article on “All your base are belong to us” from the English version of Zero Wing.
- Wikipedia article on Alyx Vance from Half-Life 2.
- Clarification: While the original Half-Life was ported to PlayStation 2 (not Xbox), none of the PC expansions for Half-Life received console ports. However, the PS2 did receive the console-exclusive multiplayer expansion Half-Life: Decay. (Source: Wikipedia)
- Ellen McLain played GLaDOS in Portal. She’s also an opera singer! (Source: Wikipedia)
- Character page for Maxine Caulfield. (Source: Life Is Strange Wiki on Wikia)
- The playable characters in Donkey Kong 64. (Source: Wikipedia)
- If for some odd reason you wanted to watch the Donkey Kong Country animated TV series, someone uploaded it to YouTube. (Source: DonutOfWar and ness682 on YouTube)
- You can also watch the Legend of Zelda TV series, if that’s more your speed. (Source: GamePlayersUniverse.com on YouTube)
- A list of TV series and movies starring Sonic the Hedgehog. (Source: Wikipedia)
- Wikipedia article about Elaine Marley from the Monkey Island series.
- No links, but thanks for listening!