No Prisoners, No Mercy
There comes a time, friends, when your favorite MMO ceases to sparkle, when even new videogames lose their luster, and the computer room becomes a prison; and all that is left are two gamers (who happen to be nuns) with a very large axe to grind. Come join Julie Whitefeather and Frances Kosac as they go to War - and along the way discuss the events of the week in the MMO industry.

Welcome to Show 166!

This time out Julie, Fran, Chris and Steve sit down for a trip down memory lane as we discuss the history of videogames from pong, playing in the mud, and suitcase sized laptops all the way up to present day. And yes, we will admit, we had so much fun we got carried away with the whole concept (Chris had nothing to do with it…really!)

1. Pong, Atari 2600 and early computers
2. Playing in the mud – text based games
3. Quaking in your boots - LAN Parties
4. Set in Amber – Amber screens, Dial Up Games, the worst game in history, and main frames in the night
5. Home on Lagrange
7. Early Console Games – Playstation before they had a number, Nintendo, Square Soft before they added Enix.
8. Global Village – the era of the internet
9. Full Steam Ahead
10. Vanilla Wow, The Flagship Sinks, Fallout out and Fallen Earth
11. Gaming goes mobile

Direct download: 166-NPNM-10-29-2015.mp3
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Welcome to Show 165!

This time out it is our very great pleasure to welcome Adam Cogan, Design Director, for Sparkplug Games.  Mr. Cogan has been working on a long overdue and anxiously awaited game, Firefly Online – and he is here to tell us all about it.

Sites Cited in the show:

Serenity Valley Smugglers Association

Direct download: 165-NPNM-9-28-2015.mp3
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Welcome to Show 164!

This time out Fran, Julie, Chris and Steve site down and talk about the following subjects (see below).  Next time we welcome Adam Cogan from Sparkplug Games, who will talk to us about their upcoming game “Firefly Online”.


See you online,

Fran, Julie, Chris and Steve


1.   The Smed, Zeekill and the “White Hat Hacker” – did Sony provoke attacks? 2. White hat hackers

3. Video game movies. Keven Smith and “The Hollywood Formula”

4.  Xbox One, Fallout 4, Bethesda , Ubisoft learns their lesson, Assassins Creed Syndicate (and finally a female protagonist!), Square Enix finally gives in and remakes Final Fantasy 7.


5. Square Enix and the best and worst of the Final Fantasy Series (on and offline)

Direct download: 164-NPNM-9-16-2015.mp3
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Welcome to show 163!

This time out we are pleased to welcome Brian Hicks, Producer at Bohemia Interactive working on DayZ!  We spend some time talking about Brian and what got him interested in game development, the development of DayZ now that it has gone stand alone, and how early access is helping DayZ and the  industry.


See you online,


The No Prisoners, No Mercy Team

Direct download: 163-NPNM-9-2-2015.mp3
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Welcome to show 162,

Fallout 4 is in (at least getting close) and “The Smed” is out.  This week we welcome Steve “Slunker” Griffing back to the show as we talk about the subjects below:

Next time: We welcome special guest Brian Hicks from Bohemia Interactive, producer for DayZ!


1.       Diversity in video games versus the developer’s vision for the game and the target audience. What is the developer doing with the narrative? Does it matter if a story is being told from a particular character’s viewpoint? What is the story the developer is trying to tell? Or are we asking developers to include a particular gender just for its own sake?

2.       Game Developers that ask us to buy what is a rehash of the same game each year? Is the annual edition trend dying out?

3.       EA takes it on the chin

4.       China lifts the ban on console games, Chief Keefe not welcome in Indiana even by hologram, Alliance playing for the proper…er…horde side – mercenaries in WoW

5.       When beta wasn’t marketing/the evil of preorder and early access

6.       Game Development and Moving Benchmarks


7.       What we have been playing – Ark Survival Evolved, Lotro, Terra Online

Direct download: 162-NPNM-8-19-2015.mp3
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Welcome to show 161 *checks to make sure it is really show 161 and not 163* Yes it really is show 161.


Julie, Fran and Chris welcome special guest Rod Harper to the show!

This time out Fran takes an arrow in a knee, Chris has burning issues, and Rod heats his pc.  The shows are a bit out of order to accommodate schedules for industry interview.

Subjects this time out:


1. Console Games vs. PC Games

2. Derek Smart vs. Star Citizen

3.  What size is that asshat?

4.  Games that we play even though we won’t respect ourselves in the morning.


5.  Physics and size D, Ubisoft and EA

Direct download: 161-NPNM-8-6-2015.mp3
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Welcome to Show 160!

This time out Fran, Julie and Chris discuss (although not always so quietly) the following subjects.


Anita Sarkesian hate posters
Polygon article about whitecasting

Ethics in Game Journalism and Witcher 3

Batman Arkham Knight and Destiny

At the Movies – origin stories and remakes

Early Release Games – Assassins Creed, Starmade, Space Engineers, Medieval Engineers, Elite Dangerous

Eve Online


Articles discussed:

Direct download: 160-NPNM-7-22-2015.mp3
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Welcome to a very special, and controversial issue of the No Prisoners, No Mercy Show – show number 159.  If controversial subject upset you, this is not the episode for you, and we will see you next time for show 160.  If, after listening to the show, you ask yourself why bring up the subject at all it is because the article came across our news feed from a gaming website (among other things).  If you are ready to brave the waters, tune in and listen.  You will find the articles cited in the notes attached to the show.

Direct download: 159-NPNM-7-3-2015.mp3
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Welcome to Show 158!

Join us as we discuss the subjects below.  This week Chris looks for the manly size economy 55 gallon drum shampoo. Julie spreads parkour on her sandwich. Fran leaps through fire to stop being hooked on a feeling.

1.       Pre-order Rot – how do we get it to continue?

2.       Day 1 DLC

3.       Nintendo goes mobile and stops whale hunting (article)

4.       Starmade  - Minecraft and Eve Online in outer space

5.       Grand Theft Auto – the movie

6.       Ubisoft Learned their lessons – Victorian Assassins

7.       Zero Punctuation does Sim City – snark of the highest order

8.       Triple A changing the way they don’t listen to consumers – the industry has changed the way they do business – has it made a difference?

9.       OMFG – Operation Make Faster Game


Articles and Sites Cited:

Direct download: 158-NPNM-6-16-2015.mp3
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Welcome to show 157 with Julie, Fran and Chris!

This time out we all aim to misbehave as Firefly Online is out (and due out this spring).  Along the way we discuss the topics below.   Chris Dodson (he of 2lazy2be otaku fame) has a few words to say about a subject from an earlier show.

1.       The Evil of Pokemon

2.       Candy Crushed Fingers

3.       Firefly Online – aiming to misbehave and keep on flying

4.       Buy a Token

5.       Radioshack gives us one last finger

6.       Star Trek, IKS Cuddly Wuddly, and flying garbage skows

7.       Starmade – minecraft in space

8.       Violence in videogames part 2

9.       Blood Borne bottoms out our most disgusting game list


Articles and Sites Cited:

Direct download: 157-NPNM-05-11-2015.mp3
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