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 169!

Join Chris, Steve, Julie and Fran for some fun, laughs and the lively art of conversation as they discuss the following topics:

  1. Nerf Wars the Foam Awakens
  2. Net non-neutrality: Win one for our side – taking internet providers to task
  3. “Damn the video cards, full speed ahead” – are developers outpacing the ability of gamers to keep up.
  4. Day One Bethesda –depending on the community to take up the slack
  5. Thank God for “pre-order rot” and indie developers
  6. Settling for Settlements – post apocalyptic Minecraft – Nature finds a way.
  7. Amazon aswesomesauce and software pushback
  8. Mass media or propaganda?
  9. Microsoft Minecraft – sorry Notch we don’t miss you.
  10. Story of the fortnight
  11. What we have been playing and wrap-up
  12. Outtakes
Direct download: 169-NPNM-1-13-2016.mp3
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Welcome to Show 168,

This time out we are proud to welcome the author of the Hakima’s Tale Trilogy, Nominee for UAE Woman of the Year, Dedra Stevenson. In the second half of the show we will welcome author Rod  Harper.  We hope you enjoy listening to the show as much as we did recording it.

See you online,

Julie and Fran


Links for the Show

@Hakimastale, @bluejinnimedia

Instagram as Bluejinnimedia

On Facebook as The Hakima's Tale, Desert Magnolia and Blue Jinni Media

Direct download: 168-NPNM-12-16-2015.mp3
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Welcome to Show 167!

Fran and Julie are back from vacation – this time out Fran, Julie, Chris and Steve sit down for some fun to discuss the following subjects:


  1. New Releases: Fallout 4 (Nov. 10) Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void (Nov. 10) and Rise of the Tomb Raider (Nov. 10 but only on Xbox one)
  2. Fallout 4 – Just about 2 days until Fallout 4 release. The modders are already planning on how to change the game.
  3. Spectre (at $73 million) tops The Peanuts Movie (according to Variety Magazine: but Halo 5 leaves it in the dust at $400 million (
    1. Spectre Needs to make $650 million to break even (
    2. $34 million dollars worth of cars were smashed in the making of Spectre (
  4. Activision buys Candy Crush Developer King for $5.9 Billion (
    1. King is currently valued at $7 billion dollars
  5. Activison Blizzard opens its own television and film studio: (
  6. Batman Arkham Knight on PC still broken…and may never be fixed according to publisher Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment (
  7. More Women own video consoles then Men:
    1. “The gender demographics for gaming console owners in the United States, according to a Pew Research Center study, break down as follows: 42% of women in the USA own consoles, and 37% of men do.” (
Direct download: 167-NPNM-11-30-2015.mp3
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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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