Sunday, July 26, 2009

What I've Been Listening To: July 19-25, 2009

Another week, another set of podcasts, although I'm beginning to fall behind again. For those wondering why I haven't listened to Through The Aftermath, I'm saving listening to episode 13 this week because I want the review posted next week. Those into World War 2 history might understand why.

Here is what I listened to last week.

First Time Listen

RealmsCast Episodes 1 & 2 (Host: Beau Turkey) - Veteran podcaster Beau Turkey has created a podcast focused on Sony Online Entertainment's new free-to-play game FreeRealms. The first thing people may ask is: "Beau Turkey covering a kids' game?" The perhaps surprising thing is that the combination works, at least for the first two episodes.

RealmsCast is targeted to kids, from everything from the introduction to Beau's explanations of MMO terms that are known by veteran gamers but would be new for the first time game players entering FreeRealms. In an echo of his old-school attitude toward playing MMOs, he does encourage players to explore and find things for themselves first and gives warnings before giving out spoilers for those who couldn't finish a quest. But Beau is giving out the spoilers, probably knowing that sometimes kids just need some help getting past a rough spot.

With an old time children's show format, a short length (episode 1 ran 15 minutes and episode 2 was 26) and an associated web site that is informative and well put together, I encourage all people playing FreeRealms to sample Beau's new project. Length: under 30 minutes.

Old Friends

No Prisoners, No Mercy #39 (Hosts: Sister Julie and Sister Fran) - In episode 39, the sisters turn the podcast back to its early days and Warhammer Online roots. In addition to the second part of the Paul Barnett interview, Sister Julie faces off with Saylah of Mystic Worlds for a lengthy discussion about the state of WAR today with Sister Fran somewhat moderating. Once again an excellent podcast. Length: 102 minutes.

Van Hemlock #60 (Hosts: Tim Dale and Jon Shute) - This episode is the premier of the broadcast version of Operation Cheapseats. In Operation Cheapseats, Tim & Jon play either a free trial or a free-to-play game for two weeks and report back on them. In addition to the pair's usual news and Jon's hiarious reaction to the latest happenings at Sony, Jon gave his two week review of the original Jumpgate and Tim played Rappelz. Van Hemlock's take on the podcast is here. Length: 91 minutes.

Van Hemlock #61 (Hosts: Tim Dale and Jon Shute) - In response to No Prisoners, No Mercy's three part interview with Paul Barnett, the hosts invited their own industry professional, Massively.com's Managing Editor (and Massively Speaking and Through The Aftermath podcaster) Shawn Schuster for an hour of conversation about the news and the games they've been playing. Length: 68 minutes.

Channel Massive #97
(Hosts: Noah, Mark, and Jason) - Noah and Mark were Jason-less once again as they took a look at the news and more Brad-O-Steria. Length: 78 minutes.

PODDED Podcast Season 2 Episode 11 (Hosts: Dillon Arklight and War Childe) - The Eve Online podcast took a look null sec news, dev blogs & CCP announcements and exploration. Length: 92 minutes.

Spouse Aggro #83 (Beau and Leala Turkey) - To anyone who read the show notes checking Beau out before listening to Realmscast, let me assure you that Beau did not shoot his dog. But Beau's view on things is a little bit out on the edge, so if you listen to Realmscast, don't be shocked when you hear a more adult-oriented podcast. In this episode the Turkeys ate at home and discussed some guild drama in Leala's The Epic Dolls guild in the World of Warcraft. Length: 32 minutes.

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