Episode #11: A History Lesson

Prepare for a history lesson! This is the educational podcast you didn’t know you needed. Strap in and put your headphones on for some chatter about delayed games and gaming backlogs. [Recorded November 20, 2016]




0:15 – Introductions
2:00 – What We’ve Been Playing
25:10 – Delayed Games
39:00 – The Business of Making Games
49:30 – Cancelled Games
56:10 – Obsidian and Scummy Bethesda Behaviour
1:00:35 – PC Ports of Japanese Games
1:03:40 – Team Bondi and the Australian Development Scene
1:12:00 – The Voice Actors’ Strike and Failed Segues
1:22:25 – The Backlog
1:49:45 – Gaming in the ‘90s
1:55:35 – The Backlog, Pt. 2
2:09:25 – Nü-Metal and Gaming (We’re Sorry)
2:14:30 – Conclusion

Download Link: https://archive.org/details/avocadogamescast_ep11

Linkdump after the jump.

Introductions (0:15)

  • There is actually a surprising amount of erotic Suikoden fanfiction. Read at your own risk. (Source: Archive of Our Own)
  • Yuri!!! On ICE is available for your viewing pleasure. (Source: Crunchyroll)
  • Team Bondi is a now-defunct Australian video game developer. (Source: Wikipedia)

What We’ve Been Playing (2:00)

Delayed Games (25:10)

  • Persona 5’s Western release was delayed from February 14th, 2017 to April 4th, 2017. (Source: Persona Central)
  • Final Fantasy XV’s global release was delayed from September 30th, 2016 to November 29th, 2016. (Source: Kotaku)
  • Both Hello Games head Sean Murray and Jason Schreier of Kotaku received death threats for (reporting on) No Man’s Sky’s delay. (Source: Kotaku)
  • Prototype was delayed from mid-2008 to mid-2009. (Source: Engadget)
  • Gravity Rush 2 was delayed from early December, 2016 to January 20th, 2017. (Source: Polygon)
  • Here’s Kotaku misreporting the release date of Gravity Rush 2 after the delay was announced.
  • Beyond Good & Evil 2 teaser trailer, released back in 2008. (Source: Machinima on YouTube)
  • The bugs in Assassin’s Creed Unity were so egregious that even the BBC reported on them.

The Business of Making Games (39:00)

Cancelled Games (49:30)

  • Wikipedia article on BioWare’s cancelled Shadow Realms.
  • Mega Man Universe’s debut trailer. (Source: XboxViewTV – Gameplay & Trailers on YouTuber)
  • Wikipedia article on Bethesda’s cancelled Prey 2.
  • Backspace, a sort of sci-fi Skyrim with time travel,
    was under early development at Obsidian. (Source: Kotaku)

Obsidian and Scummy Bethesda Behaviour (56:10)

  • Clarification: Pillars of Eternity was at one point the most-funded video game software
    Kickstarter. Now it is fourth behind Shenmue 3, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, and Torment: Tides of Numenera. (Source: Kickstarter)
  • Paradox Interactive published Obsidian’s Tyranny. (Source: Wikipedia)
  • Bethesda’s new review policy is to send out review copies one day before release. Fuck Bethesda. (Source: Polygon)

PC Ports of Japanese Games (1:00:35)

Team Bondi and the Australian Development Scene (1:03:40)

The Voice Actors’ Strike and Failed Segues (1:12:00)

The Backlog (1:22:25)

Gaming in the ‘90s (1:49:45)

The Backlog, Pt. 2 (1:55:35)

Nü-Metal and Gaming (We’re Sorry) (2:09:25)

  • Stuart Chatwood, a member of Canadian rock group The Tea Party, wrote the
    soundtrack for all three games in the Sands of Time trilogy, though he was joined on the third by Israeli-American composer Inon Zur. (Source: Wikipedia)
  • Godsmack’s “I Stand Alone,” an instrumental version of which was featured in Prince of Persia: Warrior Within. (Source: GodsmackVEVO on YouTube)
  • Trailer for the Fight Club video game. (Source: GameNewsOfficial)
  • Fred Durst’s entrance from WWE Raw. (Source: Nuttothawat on YouTube)

Conclusion (2:14:30)

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