When should you pull the plug on a “failed” game?
Greetings adventurers, and welcome to this weeks installment of The Surly Nerd! After our prelude, we head right into the weekly raid (our news roundup).
Kicking things off this week, Microsoft has come out swinging. The head of Xbox opens up about why they don’t want to develop VR for their upcoming console and why backwards compatibility is key to new console sales. China takes center stage next as we talk about a DC social media ad that was taken down, Tencent buys a huge stake in another game studio and we dive into what the next Batman movie is going to bring to audiences.
Also this week, Super Mario Maker 2 has an awesome update coming right around the corner. We wrap up all things news related as we talk about the Google Stadia, and the mistakes that are being made during its launch window.
Our Boss Room this week is about failing games: Why they happen, and when it’s time to pull the plug on them.
As always, we appreciate all our adventurers who listen to the show every week and we look forward to your feedback on what we discuss! (firstname.lastname@example.org!)
Grab a drink and settle on in for this weeks action packed episode of…The Surly Nerd!
(0:15:20) This week in Comic Industry News – Wondercon talks Batman, IDW keeps doing what they do and Mondo goes Marvel.
(0:26:00) In Game Industry News – Nintendo is under fire, Nuka Cola has been trademaked, Sony ditches Square, Game Spy closes and what that means to you and Fatal Frame gets a sequel.
(046:00ish) In Entertainment News – Oculus is ready to go to Hollywood, Sony registers Bioshock domains, Stephen Spielberg is on board for Goonies, we get the lowdown on the new Fantastic Four movie, Disney takes over the world even while movie ticket prices drop.
This week we pay tribute to a legend, and James gets super animated. Please to enjoy episode 83.
(0:17:00) In Comic Book Industry News: DC collectibles and NECA have announced their new toy lines, Archie gets their first gay superhero and Dark Horse gives us more Robocop vs. Terminator.
(0:31:00 ish) In Game Industry News: Bioshock sinks as Irrational Games closes, 2K talks the future of Bioshock from their end, production on the Oculus Rift is halted, Sony announces their VR headset, Fallout goes silent, Cliff Bleszinski is done with disks, Microsoft talks Gears and the director of Final Fantasy 7 talks about a remake.
(1:16:00 ish) In Entertainment News: Harold Ramis has left this world and we mourn, Sony and Seth Rogan are doing a movie about the console wars, how Veronica Mars is finding release, Edward Norton is getting his dream movie made, Gary Oldman and Benedict Cumberbatch join Star Wars, Karl Urban pushes for Judge Dredd 2 and HEROES gets revived.