Wednesday, July 22, 2009

EXP Podcast #35: Anger Management

I am inundated with excellent games, happy as a clam. But trouble has been brewing for some gamers who fear the titles they love will be marred by sneaky developers and their zany "improvement" schemes. Some have gone so far as to organize an online defense force, including fans of Left 4 Dead, Starcraft, and Diablo. Maybe they have some reasonable complaints and should be heard. Or maybe they are entitled good-for-nothings with too much time on their hands. This week, Scott and I tackle 'nerd rage'. Join us while we discuss whiners, community organizing, unicorn art and what pisses us off. As always, your comments are appreciated.

Some discussion starters:

- Should gamers, such as the Left 4 Dead 2 boycotters, bother organizing against perceived grievances by developers/publishers? Where does the sense of entitlement come from?
- What responsibility do developers/publishers have to their consumers, fan base, and online community? What are the best tactics for diffusing hostility when it arises? Is acquiescing harmful?
- What sparks your nerd rage?

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Show notes:

- Run time: 27 min 56 sec
- Left 4 Dead 2 Boycott Group
- Starcraft 2 LAN petition
-Diablo 3 art petition
- Adam Sessler's response to L4D Boycott
- Music provided by Brad Sucks


  1. I had never listened to one of these newfangled podcasty things, and it is really something else! Cool concept guys, and I like hearing your dulcet tones.

  2. While we are Nerd raging into Console Wars: why the heck aren't there any Screenshots on PSN? Am I supposed to buy the game blind? What are the guys even THINKING! This is the PS3, the most powerful entertainment system in the world... wait? What is that? You want to see full screen HD videos of the games we want to pay for? No, we can't do that. What? You want at least still images? Well, we have some text, how about that? Oh, look IT DOESN'T EVEN TELL WHAT KIND OF A GENRNE THAT FRACKING GAME IS!!! GAH!!!

  3. @Will

    Thanks for listening. We live to serve ;-)


    Good point on PSN. And furthermore, would it kill them to offer more demos?