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.

1. NFT- money for nothing
2. What makes a game difficult, fun and just generally no fun?

Cites Sited:

https://futurism.com/charmin-debuts-toilet-paper-nfts
https://www.coindesk.com/brooklyn-bridge-nft
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCc69RlV2qI
https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/CheckPointStarvation

Direct download: 252-NPNM-5-2-2021.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:14pm CDT

Welcome to Show 251,

The gangs all here! This time out we sit down and talk about the good and the bad of the game we have been playing - Final Fantasy 14.

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Direct download: 251-NPNM-3-24-2021.mp3
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Welcome to the No Prisoners, No Mercy Show 250. This time the gang talks a frustrating game mechanic - When is a game too long? When has a grind been stuck in front of you before you get to the new or good content? How many times have you been sent in a "fetch quest" only to be told by the quest giver to deliver it to the npc you just ran past? How my any times have you seen a game advertise how big the open world is only to discover there is nothing to do IN that world?

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Direct download: 250-NPNM-3-8-2021.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:24pm CDT

This time out the No Prisoners, No Mercy team talks about the following subjects:

1. If Julie falls in the middle of the forest and no one is around to hear does the family dog hear?
2.Accessability in Video Games
3. Point - counterpoint/Final Fantasy IV
4. Games that we play that aren't game

See you online!

Direct download: 249-NPNM-2-9-2021.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:52pm CDT

Welcome to Show 248. Here are the subject this time out. The gangs all here.

1. Cyberpunk 2077 - a warning about reviews and releases
2. The Authority of Print
3. Cutting out the middleman
4. The Unsilent Minority
5. Reviews or reassurance

Direct download: 248-npnm-1-9-2021.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:57pm CDT

Welcome to No Prisoners, No Mercy Show 247. This time out we discuss the following subjects:

1. HUG Mods...bring it in
2. A few bits of news
3. Carpet Baggers or Developers
4. Vocaloids and Vtubers and Twitch

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The No Prisoners, No Mercy Team

Direct download: 247-NPNM-12-7-2020.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:34am CDT

Welcome to show 246.

This time out Julie, Fran, Steve and Chris talk about the following subjects:

1. MMO scams: https://www.mmobyte.tv/mmorpg-scams-you-need-to-be-aware/

2. Star Wars Squardrons, EA and replayability

3. ECCO

Direct download: 246-NPNM-2-15-2020.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:37pm CDT

Welcome to Show 245,

This time out on the No Prisoners, No Mercy Show we finish our original conversation on Star Trek and Star Wars. Welcome to part II.

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Direct download: 245-NPNM-10-29-2020.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:31pm CDT

Welcome to Show 244,

This time out we talk about  Star Trek and Star Wars.  With the next season of Star Trek Discovery about to  come out and new Star Wars series on the way it seemed like a good time to discuss the subject.  This time we welcome Troy to the show as our guest.

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Direct download: 244-NPNM-10-10-2020.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:13pm CDT

Welcome to No Prisoners, No Mercy Show 243. Here are the subject this time out:

1.EA vs the investor - when is enough too much
2.Epic vs. Apple - Is Epic really the "underdog"
3.What are we playing - filthy vampires and ork mimes

Sites Cited:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64Y-Z8gl1Zc
https://www.macrumors.com/guide/epic-games-vs-apple/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euiSHuaw6Q4
https://www.politico.com/newsletters/morning-tech/2020/08/14/an-epic-antitrust-battle-for-apple-and-google-789925
https://www.theverge.com/2020/8/13/21366438/apple-fortnite-ios-app-store-violations-epic-payments

Direct download: 243-NPNM-9-10-2020.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:23pm CDT

Welcome to the No Prisoners, No Mercy Show. This time out we talk about the following subjects:

1. Play station network loosing transaction history and licenses for purchased games
2. Digital vs. Physical versions of games
3. Impartiality in reviews - saving the drama for your mama
4. Nintendo
5. Videogame prices and Virtual Private Networks
6. When "hours of stimulating gameplay" ruin the fun

See you online,
The No Prisoners, No Mercy Team

Direct download: 242-NPNM-7-22-2020.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:06pm CDT

Welcome to Show 241 of the No Prisoners, No Mercy Show. This time out we talk about the following subjects.

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1. Game Companies who listen to their Fans and Fans who wished they hadn't.

2. When is it an MMO and When is it a live Service...and does it matter?

3. Game Developers who make font size adjustable and those who don't...and Why.

 

 

Sites Cited:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2016/03/17/yes-great-games-can-be-crafted-by-fan-complaints-and-responsive-devs/#6229b8ad3753


https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140209/07573126156/ea-you-can-only-rate-our-dungeon-keeper-app-if-you-give-it-perfect-rating.shtml

https://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2014/02/06/no-ea-everyone-is-not-playing-dungeon-keeper-wrong/#bfb63641f83a

https://kotaku.com/the-wow-classic-demo-is-the-hell-we-asked-for-1830211579

https://www.vg247.com/2019/07/12/game-developers-time-stop-listening-fans/

https://kotaku.com/the-wow-classic-demo-is-the-hell-we-asked-for-1830211579

https://kotaku.com/hooray-for-games-that-let-you-make-the-text-bigger-1825418258

Direct download: 241-NPNM-6-15-2020.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:52am CDT

Welcome to Show 240 of the No Prisoners, No Mercy. This time out the No Prisoners, No Mercy Team talk about the following subjects.

See you online!

1. Fallout 76 Wastelands
2. A gamers view of the pandemic
3. Esports are the only sports
4. Do we play games because they are the new hottness?
5. Fallout 76 Wastelanders
6. It's never been easier to be a hero

Direct download: 240-NPNM-5-20-2020.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:52am CDT

Welcome to Show 239

This time, while we are all shut in, we are pleased to spend time with author and filmmaker, Dedra Stevenson. We spend time talking about how to stay creative make it through this difficult time.

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Direct download: 239-NPNM-4-1-2020.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:48am CDT

Welcome to Show 238,

This time out the No Prisoners, No Mercy Team discusses the following subjects.


1. The life cycle of video games. Fran, for example, is a die hard wow fan and even she doesn't care about the new expansion. Why do games become extremely popular and then fade? Is it video game tourism?

2. Avatars of people's dead relatives in virtual reality - Creepy or closure?

Sites Cited:

Biggest MMO Failures in History
https://www.pcgamer.com/the-biggest-mmo-failures-in-history/

Direct download: 238-NPNM-3-3-2020.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:13am CDT

Welcome to the No Prisoners, No Mercy Show 237!

This time out we talk about accessibility in video games, what developers can do to make games more accessible, the witcher, and Pokemon Go.

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The No Prisoners, No Mercy Team


Sites Cited:

http://gameaccessibilityguidelines.com/full-list/

https://venturebeat.com/2019/10/08/accessibility-finally-matters-to-the-game-industry-but-it-needs-to-do-better/

https://io9.gizmodo.com/what-the-witcher-gets-wrong-and-right-about-disabilit-1840609870

http://www.caniplaythat.com/about-can-i-play-that/

https://ablegamers.org/

https://www.theverge.com/2020/1/10/21060877/pokemon-go-record-revenue-2019-niantic-labs-ar-growth

Direct download: 237-NPNM-2-1-2020.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:26am CDT

Subjects this time out:

Micky the Rat owns your childhood, Hollywood threatens a "general philosophers strike", Google Stadia,


sites cited:

https://roguerocket.com/2019/11/19/disney-plus-accounts/
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/18/google-stadia-review-pros-and-cons-of-googles-streaming-game-service.html
https://www.zdnet.com/article/thousands-of-hacked-disney-accounts-are-already-for-sale-on-hacking-forums/
https://www.cinemablend.com/news/2483451/judd-apatow-and-more-hollywood-directors-up-in-arms-over-new-netflix-feature

Direct download: 236-NPNM-1-14-2020.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:34am CDT

Welcome to Show 235,

This time out we talk about Star Trek and Star Trek Online.

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The No Prisoners, No Mercy Team

Direct download: 235-NPNM-12-16-2019.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:05am CDT

Welcome to Show 234 of the No Prisoners, No Mercy Show. This time out the team talks about the following subjects:

1. Professional players protest - what is it all about
2. Blizzards history with the gaming market in china
3. Publisher Profit vs. The gamer - paying for content
4. Metal Guild Solid 5
5. Space Engineers

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Direct download: 234-NPNM-11-25-2019.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:59am CDT

Welcome to a very special edition of the No Prisoners, No Mercy Show! Join us as we welcome back to the show one of the people who started it all...Dr. Richard Bartle.

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Direct download: 233-NPNM-11-5-2019.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:35am CDT

Welcome to show 232!

If you are like us you are always on the lookout for a new game. Sometimes its something you have overlooked. Join us as we talk with game developer Rod Harper about a return to Final Fantasy.

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Direct download: 232-NPNM-10-10-2019.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:10am CDT

Welcome to Show 231,

This time out we talk about 2k games, Apex Legends, and more

Sites Cited:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcGZQDOOU6Y

https://www.polygon.com/2019/8/18/20811014/apex-legends-iron-crown-skins-developers-rant-ass-hats-freeloaders-pc-ps4-xbox-one

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/kevin-mccarthy-blames-video-games-el-paso-dayton-mass-shootings-1229106

Direct download: 231-NPNM-9-20-2019.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:57am CDT

Welcome to No Prisoners, No Mercy Show 230,

This time out we discuss the following subjects:

1. Hoverboards are real
2. Simulator games. Cooking, truck, train
3. Roleplaying in videogames
4. Mickey the rat owns your childhood
5. Strategy games...one more turn
6. Retirement home for older gamers

Sites Cited:
https://www.gameskinny.com/qrfc6/9-strangest-simulator-games-you-need-to-know-about
https://screenrant.com/rogue-one-princess-leia-actress-cgi-carrie-fisher/
https://variety.com/2019/film/news/disney-fox-layoffs-2-1203288499/
http://psychochild.org/?p=1532

https://www.theverge.com/2019/8/4/20753648/jet-powered-hoverboard-english-channel-crossing-franky-zapata-success

https://youtu.be/nLqW7G879

Direct download: 230-NPNM-8-19-2019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:13pm CDT

Welcome to show 229 of the No Prisoners, No Mercy Show

This time out we talk about writing for video-games - what makes it good? What makes it bad? Along the way we talk about some of our favorite games.

See you online.

The No Prisoners, No Mercy Team

Direct download: 229-NPNM-7-31-2019.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:08am CDT

Welcome to Show 228!

This time out the No Prisones, No Mercy Team talks about the following subjects:

1. strategy games
2. Strategy Games: I have been trying my had at strategy games and see some people on the internet that claim they are a thing of the past. Is this true?
3. Is Facebook on its way out?
4. Is EA as bad as everyone claims? What can they do about it if they are?


Sites Cited:
https://www.pcgamer.com/the-history-of-the-strategy-game/
https://www.geek.com/news/what-happened-to-the-real-time-strategy-genre-1649869/
https://www.wired.com/story/facebook-ftc-fine-five-billion/
https://www.giantbomb.com/forums/general-discussion-30/is-rts-a-dead-genre-1816313/
https://www.gameinformer.com/2019/07/09/sean-murray-talks-about-how-companies-like-ea-and-bethesda-should-handle-rocky-game
https://screenrant.com/ea-bad-guy-originals-loot-box-microtransaction/
https://www.slashgear.com/ea-doesnt-know-why-theyre-the-bad-guy-well-heres-why-13583797

The real cost of facebook:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pFX2P7JLwA

Direct download: 228-NPNM-7-22-2019.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:13am CDT

Welcome to Show 227,

This time out we talk about the following subjects:

1. Electronic Arts, Parliment, and Surprise Mechancis
2. Leage of Legends and Bans
3. Netflix cancels Good Omens...sort of...
4. Disney beats us over the head with a major deciduous forest.
5. A warning about a dangerous hack
6. Main Topic: Will Classic WoW Kill Wow?

 

The No Prisoners, No Mercy Team.

 

Direct download: 227-NPNM-6-30-2019.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:29pm CDT

Welcome to Show 226

Subject this time out:

1. The "straight skinny" on Star Citizen. Has it been mismanaged? Have reports of what is going on at Star Citizen been exaggerated? What really goes into making a triple-A game?

2. Where did Anthem go wrong? Have we seen changes in the industry that has caused this?

3. Have business models that depend on microtransactions and loot boxes reached the point where the government is finally going to regulate the industry? Has the game industry reached the point where it is on government radar? Is it a moral conundrum? What will happen when the government finally steps in to police the games industry?

4. Is the walk-off at riot games a change in the way the industry works?

5. What have we been playing - a game bricks Fran's phone


Articles:

https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2019-05-03-star-citizen-development-reportedly-troubled-by-mishandled-money-micromanagement

http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/342217/Riot_Games_walkout_sees_150_developers_protest_forced_arbitration.php

https://kotaku.com/u-s-senator-introduces-bill-to-ban-loot-boxes-and-pay-1834612226

Direct download: 226-NPNM-5-28-2019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:22am CDT

Welcome to Show 225:

This time out the No Prisoners, No Mercy Team talks about the following subjects:

1. Steam anything goes - until the U.K. Government steps in
(https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2019-03-07-rape-day-prompts-call-for-uk-government-review)
2. Elder Scrolls Blades
(https://elderscrolls.bethesda.net/en/blades)
3. Battlestar Galactica: The Souls of the Cylons, Star Trek, and The Expanse
4. Update on Star Citizen

interview about Battlestar Galactica
Souls of the Cylons:
https://www.beliefnet.com/entertainment/movies/2005/05/the-souls-of-cylons.aspx

Direct download: 225-NPNM-5-9-2019.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:02am CDT


Welcome to Show 224,

Topics for the show are as follows:

1. Steam and the anything goes mentality - now they have competition in the form of epic, discord and gog
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUHl9ZThXU0
https://tagn.wordpress.com/2019/03/08/steam-policy-plays-out-as-expected/

2. With Epic Games, Good Old Games, Discord and Origin now competing against steam is this a case similar to what we see with streaming services with everyone trying to grab a "piece of the pie" when there is only so much pie to go around? Will We see the same thing as is happening with "Battle Royale" mode with every game offering them to the point we are sick of it?

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/03/disney-to-close-vault-for-good-as-it-moves-film-library-to-streaming-service/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-_xOhBaf8w

3. Mobile gaming vs. PC Gaming - have corporations begun to step away from rampant corporate greed such as we saw with EA's Dungeon Keeper and other "Pay or Wait" games?
https://variety.com/2019/gaming/news/nintendo-mobile-microtransactions-1203156557/

4. Gopher - just make good games
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-_xOhBaf8w

Direct download: 224-NPNM-4-8-2019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:42pm CDT

Welcome to Show 223:

This week we take about tales of Warcraft, Portals, and whether or not you really can go back to the good old days - and were they all that good to being with?


Artices:

https://www.mmorpg.com/world-of-warcraft/news/world-of-warcraft-portal-removal-in-815-sparks-a-firestorm-of-controversy-1000051725#GaDkz4wYgObpeqrq.99

http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/338327/209_were_laid_off_from_Blizzard_as_part_of_earlier_Activision_Blizzard_cuts.php

https://biobreak.wordpress.com/2019/03/08/world-of-warcraft-how-could-you-get-me-back/

https://www.mmorpg.com/news/activision-blizzard-teams-up-with-newzoo-for-mobile-games-report-betting-on-billions-1000051702

Direct download: 223-NPNM-3-12-2019.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:19am CDT

Welcome to show 222. This time out the No Prisoners, No Mercy gang talks about the following subjects:

1. Esports and farming simulators:
https://unrealitymag.com/guy-trained-on-video-games-beats-formula-1-driver-on-a-real-track/

https://www.engadget.com/2019/01/23/farming-simulator-is-getting-its-own-esports-league/

2. Player Retention and live services
http://www.gamasutra.com/blogs/RaphKoster/20190131/335683/What_Drives_Retention.php

Direct download: 222-NPNM-2-25-2019.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:54am CDT

 Welcome to Show 221.

This time out the No Prisoners, No Mercy team discuss the following subjects.

1. When games like Tell Tale Games and Wildstar close do we have the right to complain if we haven't played it in some time? Why did the games close?

2. If we could turn back the clock and bring back any of the games we have played in the past, what would it be and why?

3. What is good writing? Getting involved in writing.

 

See You Online

Direct download: 221-NPNM-1-27-2019.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:35am CDT

Welcome to Show 220.

We talk about her latest awards, her new book Desert Magnolia as well as her other books, and about acceptable (or lack thereof) between cultures. We also talk about her award winning film lemonade and Blue Jinni Media.

In the offering is advice from two professional writers about getting involved in writing.


Sites Cited and Contacts:

Website: https://bluejinnimedia.com
Lemonade the Film: https://bluejinnimedia.com/lemonade-the-film/
Email: info@bluejinnimedia.com

@Hakimastale and @bluejinnimedia on twitter and #dedrastevenson and #bluejinnimedia. On Instagram

Direct download: 220-NPNM-12-19-2018.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:53pm CDT

Welcome to Show 219 of the No Prisoners, No Mercy Show - This time out we are excited to have with us the writers and producers of the Dr. Evermore television show. Join us as we find out how Dr. Evermore's art inspired the show.

 

See you online,

The No Prisponers, No Mercy Team

Cites for the Sites:

Dr. Evermore - a short documentary
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQ0n67eAOKw

Legion M who is producting the show:
https://legionm.com/

Contacts for our guests:

Evermor Instagram: evermortv
Erik & Perry Writer Instagram: ronin7entertainment
Evermor FB: @evermortv
Perry writer FB: @childofatlantis
Dr. Evermor Park FB: @worldofdrevermor
Evermor Twitter: @evermortv
Perry writer Twitter: @childofatlantis
Tya Kottler Twitter: @DrEvermor

Direct download: 219-NPNM-12-12-2018.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:36am CDT

This time out Julie, Fran, Chris and Steve discuss the Blizzard of ire aimed at Activision and Diablo Immortal. What companies have done this before? How could Activision not known their audiance? Or do they?

See you online,

The No Prisoners, No Mercy Team

Direct download: 218-NPNM-11-19-2018.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:54pm CDT

1. Accessiblity in videogames
2. Book reviews: RPG books - stories set in games
3. Multiplayer games - will Fallout 76 be a flash in the pan?
4. Blizz-conned: Diablo Immortal
5. What are we playing?


Books and Sites Cited:

https://www.audible.com/pd/Challenge-Audiobook/B074G4GPMC?qid=&sr=&ref=a_series_c5_lProduct_1_1&pf_rd_p=284b47b1-a5db-4711-9667-612f2ac7458e&pf_rd_r=3QYF0XYGA3CAQ15BYV7F&

https://www.audible.com/pd/Survival-Quest-Audiobook/B01CRDD6ZS?qid=&sr=&ref=a_series_c5_lProduct_1_1&pf_rd_p=284b47b1-a5db-4711-9667-612f2ac7458e&pf_rd_r=PM5N8A8NQH3ENE6PM40K&

https://www.audible.com/pd/Ascend-Online-Audiobook/B073PG4DX8?qid=1541314974&sr=sr_1_1&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=RSEVK9XF3JRJB8SNAYSR&

https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Land-Founding-A-LitRPG-Saga-Audiobook/B071DNLS1F?qid=&sr=&ref=a_series_c5_lProduct_1_1&pf_rd_p=284b47b1-a5db-4711-9667-612f2ac7458e&pf_rd_r=7FS3MKAN4VVD9CXHC8YZ&

Direct download: 217-NPNM-11-7-2018.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:52pm CDT

Welcome to No Prisoners, No Mercy - Show 215.1

This time Fran and I sit down and talk with Jen Usellis, otherwise known as the Klingon Pop Warrior. We talk about the Extra Life video game marathon for charity and her 24 hour broadcast.

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Links:

http://www.extra-life.org/participant/jenbom
http://www.twitch.tv/ladyskymack
http://www.klingonpopwarrior.com
http://www.facebook.com/klingonpopwarrior

Direct download: 216-NPNM-10-15-2018.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:51pm CDT

Welcome to Show 2015 of the No Prisoners, No Mercy Show

This time out we talk about the following subjects:

1. NPCs- the good, the bad and romancing the pixel
2. Anthem - stand(off) or deliver
3. Some of our favorite NPC stories
4. ECO
5. Riders of Icarus

Artices Cited:
https://kotaku.com/anthems-npcs-are-a-radical-shift-for-bioware-1828764719

See you online!

Direct download: 215-NPNM-9-30-2018.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:46pm CDT

Welcome to Show 214!

This time out Julie, Fran and Chris talk about their reaction to WoW's latest expansion; beyond that when are we done with an MMO? Is it the treadmill that developers sometimes put players on in order to get them to keep playing and paying for the game? What do developers do to keep us playing in the first place?

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Direct download: 214-NPNM-9-10-2018.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:19pm CDT

Welcome to No Prisoners, No Mercy - Show 213

Battle for Azeroth: the love/hate relationship. As Sylvanas Windrunner goosesteps into Teldrassil we ask ourselves when is lore "just lore"? Do those individuals or corporations that own an intellectual property have a responsibility to the fans beyond a profit margin?

The No Prisoners, No Mercy Team

Direct download: 213-NPNM-8-22-2018.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:08pm CDT

Welcome to Show 212. This time out the team discusses the following subject:


1. Blizzard, Chris Roberts and the great retcon
2. Wow Pulls a Wimpy
3. Can a game come back after losing it's audiance?


See you online.

Direct download: 212-NPNM-8-5-2018.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:04am CDT

Welcome to Show 211 - this time out we discuss the following subjects:

The No Prisoners, No Mercy Team

1. Morality in Video Games: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvNMXZFc8og


2. Self publishing vs. Creativity: https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2018-06-07-robots-have-taken-over-1980s-east-coast-sweden-in-avalanches-new-game-generation-zero

This being Avalanche's first self-published game has also meant no outside interference. "We are calling all the shots but we are also taking all the risks," wrote Kraftling. "Some would probably say that an action game with tactical elements set in rural Sweden is a risk in and of itself, as opposed to, say, making a zombie survival battle royale game or something." - Emil Kraftling, game director, Avalanche Studios

3. Valve says it will allow any games: https://steamed.kotaku.com/valve-says-it-will-now-allow-everything-on-steam-unles-1826612274

Direct download: 211-NPNM-7-25-2018.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:47pm CDT

Welcome to No Prisoners, No Mercy Show 210! This time the team talks about the following subjects:

1. Steam now allows anything online  except what is illegal or "straight up trolling" 

 
2. Fallout 76, the next fallout game will not allow external player mods
 
3. Ark Mobile - will "mobile make a difference"
 
4. While Epic is suing Fortnite cheaters as young as 14, the Fortnite developer is in turn being sued by PUBG corp.  Battlefield V has a "battleroyal mode" (with women characters).
 
5. The passing of two greats.
Direct download: 210-NPNM-7-1-2018.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:43pm CDT

Welcome to Show 209 of the No Prisoners, No Mercy Show.

The gangs all here. This time out we talk about the following subjects.

1. The death of immersion through storytelling in videogames
2. GDPR - If you aren't paying for something, you are the product
3. Privacy and APPS from the developers point of view
4. What are we all playing


Sites Cited:

http://www.gamasutra.com/blogs/JoshBycer/20170526/298785/The_Divide_Between_Consumers_and_Game_Designers.php
https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2018-04-17-what-does-gdpr-do

Direct download: 209-NPNM-6-18-2018.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:13pm CDT

1. Tribute to Total Biscuit
2. Avengers Affinity War - Spoiler Warning!!
3. Middle Shelf Games
4.Players that have been cultivated like a crop
5.Waiting for a market correction in video games
6.Daybreak Games


Sites Cited:

http://www.thejimquisition.com/why-we-need-middle-shelf-games-the-jimquisition/

https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2018/04/after-sanctions-daybreak-games-changes-its-tune-on-its-russian-affiliation/

Direct download: 208-NPNM-5-25-2018.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:02am CDT

Welcome to No Prisoners, No Mercy - Show 207.

This time our the No Prisoners, No Mercy team talks about the following subjects - see you online.

1. Facebook and corporate overreach
2. What does privacy mean to us?
3. Biting the hand that entertained you - when does constructive criticism end and damaging the game or community begin?
4. Do gamers become vitriolic they hurt the industry?
5. Robotech and Harmony Gold


Cites Cited:
https://biobreak.wordpress.com/2018/04/12/biting-the-mmo-hand-that-entertained-you/

Direct download: 207-NPNM-5-3-2018.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:29pm CDT

Welcome to Show 206 of the No Prisoners, No Mercy Show!

This time out the No Prisoners, No Mercy Team talks about the following subjects.

See you online!


1. Why does your game still cost sixty dollars? Shouldn't digital distribution and microtransactions together mean it can be free? - an industry insiders view of the true cost of development and publishing videogames.

2. Why is permadeath is alive and well in video games?
https://www.gamesradar.com/why-permadeath-just-wont-die-video-games/

There was even a couple of games where permadeath meant you couldn't
play again. https://kotaku.com/one-year-later-those-two-perma-permadeath-games-arent-1788301072


3. Eco the game.

Steve Griffing's Youtube Channel
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYbD2uXlaFwnLmfwqpXtXag

Direct download: 206-NPNM-3-31-2018.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:02pm CDT

Welcome to Show 205 of the No Prisoners, No Mercy Show. This time out the No Prisoners, No Mercy team talks about the following subjects.

See you online.

1. Buzzwords and Bandwagons - Can videogames influnce for the better or worse? What about betting games, casino games, or movies?
2.When is it time for a game series or mmo to call it a day? Is World of Warcraft "too long in the tooth"?
3. What game mechanics can revive interest in a game?
3. What would you ideal game be like?

Direct download: 205-NPNM-3-20-2018.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:06pm CDT

This time out we take some time to address a serous issue.

Articles Cited:

https://kotaku.com/kentucky-governor-blames-violent-video-games-for-shooti-1823075688

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/no-mass-shootings-australia-20-years-how-did-they-do-n597091

https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/15/us/nikolas-cruz-fbi-warned/index.html

https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/18/us/florida-school-shooting-updates/index.html

http://noprisonersnomercy.com/2018/02/the-sad-truth/

Direct download: 204-NPNM-2-21-2018.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:45am CDT

Welcome to show 203!

This time out the No Prisoners, No Mercy Team talks about the following subjects

1. A primer for pvp games - the good, the bad and the frustrating

2. Whether or not realistic combat games translate to real world skills (I have read more than one article about gamers with "mad skills" that became drone pilots)

Article
https://www.wired.com/story/even-realistic-videogames-like-call-of-duty-wont-help-us-win-wars/

3.  Do we really need professional reviewers of movies and games. More than once I have read reviews saying movies (like the latest Star Wars movie) are terrible - only to go on
to make incredible amounts of money (Star Wars the Last Jedi has now made more than one billion dollars world wide). Many times I find myself saying as I read a reviewer that
hated a fun movie "if you want heavy handed drama go watch an Ingmar Bergman movie". With so many streaming services is the service of a "professional reviewer" about as
useful as a buggy whip? Do they still have an affect on the movie and gaming industry.

Direct download: 203-NPNM-2-15-2018.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:00am CDT

Welcome to Show 201 of the No Prisoners, No Mercy Podcast,

This time out we talk about "best" versus "best selling" games and why the two don't always coincide.. What do they have in common? We spend some time talking about success versus profit and then move on to "Internet Tribalism" and perception.

See you online.

Sites Cited:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2017/01/23/the-top-video-games-of-2017/#1a44bae81475

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/12/2017s-best-selling-video-games--so-far-nintendo-microsoft-sony.html

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/pictures-story/892-best-pc-games.html#s8

Direct download: 202-NPNM-1-31-2018.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00pm CDT

Welcome to Show 201 of the No Prisoners, No Mercy Show. This time out Julie and Chris sit down to talk about an issue that is important to all of us...call it internet freedom, call it internet without boarders or net neutrality, it's important.

Direct download: 201-NPNM-1-24-2019.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:49am CDT

Happy New Year!

In part 2, Fran and I sit down with long time industry professional, author and partner in Blue Jinni Media. With the advent of virtual reality ever more present in the market place we sit down with Mr. Harper to discuss it's future and effect on game development. Will console VR outpace PC VR? Will the first success at VR games result on game publishers jumping on the band wagon? Will that drag down the industry or bolster it's success? Is it here to stay or will it be the next "laserdisk" fad? How has the game industry changed in the last 100 shows?

How many people will be suseptable to virtual reality sickness?

Join us for a peak at what may be the future of the game development industry.

See you online,

The No Prisoners, No Mercy Team

Direct download: 200b-NPNM-12-30-2017.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:56pm CDT


Welcome to Show 200! The show so nice we had to record it twice. This is part one of two part. In part one Julie and Fran sit down with Dr. Richard Bartle to talk about his life and the early days of videogames that made it what it is today.


1. How does the decline of pc sales and the increase of mobile gaming, virtual reality and MOBA games effect the gaming industry.

2. Dr. Bartle gives us the "nickle tour" of his life and what lead to the development of the "primordial ooze" from which all videogames where developed....M.U.D. (Multi-User Dungeon)

3. Dr. Bartle, Roy Trubshaw and the making of M.U.D.-building a better world

4. Pioneers in the game development - did you know Mark Jacobs gave up a job as a lawyer to make games?

5. The early days of Muse.

6. Industry pioneers Jessica Mulligan, Bridgette Patrovsky, Richard Bartle and some descrimination at Interplay.

7. When videogames added graphics - the first graphic worlds; Ultima Online, Meridian 59, and Everquest.

8. Everquest and DikuMUD gameplay (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DikuMUD)

9. What makes a compelling game?

10. Mud on a Rasberry Pi, Dungeons and Dragons, board games and other pursuits.

Direct download: 200-NPNM-12-22-2017.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:29am CDT

Welcome to show 199!

This time Fran, Julie and Chris talk about the following subjects:

1. Jim Sterling pushes Chris' buttons
2. Not buying a game - sending a publishers a message. When game publishers put game content behind loot boxes its time to send the publisher a message.
3. When gamers become apologists
4. Difficulty in Video Games, Gamespot video, Cuphead

 

Sites Cited:
Shadow of Mordor Nemisis system
https://www.polygon.com/middle-earth-shadow-of-war-guide/2017/10/9/16439610/the-nemesis-system-and-you

Cuphead, And The Problems With Difficulty In Video Games
https://www.gamespot.com/articles/cuphead-and-the-problems-with-difficulty-in-video-/1100-6454074/

Direct download: 199-NPNM-11-25-2017.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:53pm CDT

Welcome to No Prisoners, No Mercy Show 198.

Your personal information was hacked, but don't feel bad - there are 143 million other Americans in the same boat. When will the excriment hit the oscillating air current distribution device? What is the solution? Are gamers especially susceptible?

Next, is videogaming culture racist?


Articles Cited:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=19&v=ZBma82g3Uag

https://www.themarysue.com/why-is-pewdiepies-fanbase-convinced-that-gaming-culture-is-racist-because-it-is/

 

Direct download: 198-NPNM-11-6-2017.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:54pm CDT

Welcome to No Prisoners, No Mercy - Show 197

This time out we are talking about science fiction - Blade Runner: 2049 and the original Blade Runner, and how it effected the science fiction genre.

See you online, and in line,

The No Prisoners, No Mercy Team

 

Sites Cited
Blade Runner 2049' Is A Box Office Bomb: 10 Reasons It Was Doomed
https://www.forbes.com/sites/scottmendelson/2017/10/08/10-reasons-blade-runner-2049-was-doomed-at-the-u-s-box-office/#26a2c6f824fb

Direct download: 197-NPNM-10-9-2017.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:56pm CDT

Welcome to Show 196.

This time out Fran, Julie and Rod talk about the following subjects.

1. Fran grinds an axe – racing to the boss
2. The wrong kind of connections – high profile and other hacks
3. Security Blanket - Staying Secure
4. Fair Use laws - cover your butt before someone comes after it
5. Why do games fail? - An industry view
6. Destiny, Destiny 2, Total Warhammer, Elite Dangerous, Secret World Legends

Sites Cited:
https://www.lastpass.com

Direct download: 196-NPNM-9-27-2017.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:31am CDT

Welcome to Show 195 of the No Prisoners, No Mercy Show!\

When is a paid mod not a paid mod? Are games being sold to us piecemeal? This time out Rod, Steve, Fran and Julie talk about paid mods, third party DLC, Creation Club and Minecraft Market Place.

Sites Cited:

https://gamerant.com/bethesda-creation-club-paid-mod/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjCUuREQA24

Direct download: 195-NPNM-9-20-2017.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:08pm CDT

This time out Fran, Julie, Steve and Rod talk about monetization of video games.  In the second half we talk about the legality of videogame companies using your data and data privacy.
 

1. Greed to play - amazon pays back 70 millions dollars

2. Deja-vu all over again - microsoft sells player made content - call of duty infinite warfare being tied to the remastered version which was sold with microtransactions in a $60 dollar game.
3. Incentive, Revenue Opportunity and other ways to make money
4. Legality of videogame companies using your data
5. Android Application phone home
6. Electronic tracking and metadata
7. Terms of Disservice
 
 
 
Mekorama
 
Infinite Arms
 
10 most expensive items sold in videogames:
 
Toys needed to play Skylanders Trap Team
Direct download: 194-NPNM-8-30-2017.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:22am CDT

Welcome to show 193. Here this time out we discuss the following subjects.

See you online.

The No Prisoners, No Mercy Team


1. Zombies and the future - zombie race car drives, zombie strippers and zombie footballers
2. Star Trek Discovery
3. Brain dead politicians
4. 10 things mmos must have to be great - better game design
5. Inovations in game design

 

Articles and Sites Cited
http://www.mmogames.com/gamearticles/10-things-mmos-must-have/
http://io9.gizmodo.com/so-george-romeros-next-of-the-dead-movie-is-basically-a-1795373715
http://readyplayeronemovie.com/

Direct download: 193-NPNM-7-30-2017.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:33am CDT

Welcome to show 192. Here are the subjects for this time out.

1. Video Game Movies and Games Made from Movies
2. Keeping up with tech curve - the future of videogames and hardware requirements
3. Is it possible to bring players back to a pvp game, once the game has lost players. How does a game developer maintain balance? Is it even possible?
4. Bringing players who don't pvp into a pvp game where the players have the reflexes of a rattlesnake on meth. Which developer will come up with a solution?
5. When the asshat quotient rises.
6. What makes a good movie sequel? Star Trek Discovery - the sequel that almost wasn't.

Sites and Articles Cited
https://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2017/05/09/why-guardians-of-the-galaxy-2-is-the-most-important-marvel-movie-in-years/#2b4f182e4897

http://www.lorehunters.com/


See you online,
The No Prisoners, No Mercy Team

Direct download: 192-NPNM-7-5-2017.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:53am CDT

Warning - this show contains strong language

This time out we offer show 191.1 on a subject that has been the subject of a good deal of contention - gamergate. The videoclip discussed contains harsh language - we will let you be the judge of its content. We don't all agree and the subject at hand but it is the differences that make for an interesting discussion. The discussion was originally to be an addendum to an upcoming show.

 

The Video Discussed
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3r0atokQvc

Direct download: 191.1_NPNM_6-15-2017.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:14pm CDT

Welcome to show 191 of the No Prisoners, No Mercy Show.

This time out we discuss destructive behavior in videogames. Have the donkeyhats made your virtual life miserable? Are they somehow actually destroying your favorite game?
Sometimes destructive behavior isn't even intentional. It's time to take a look at it all!

The No Prisoners, No Mercy Team


articles discussed or mentioned:


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4072704.stm
https://www.engadget.com/2012/01/31/dutch-supreme-court-declares-runescape-theft-a-real-world-crime/
http://www.pcworld.com/article/152673/virtual_theft.html
https://www.engadget.com/2010/09/11/eve-online-player-steals-45-000-worth-of-isk-in-massive-investm/
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4137782.stm
http://content.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1983234,00.html

Direct download: 191-NPNM-5-24-2017.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:46am CDT

Welcome to Show 190 of the No Prisoners, No Mercy Show.
 
We start out the show by talking about whether reviews really matter - case in poin Mass Effect: Andromenda. Next we take a look at what really goes into making a video game from the standpoint of someone who made them for decades. Are we holding videogames to unreasanable standards?  We also take a look who has an effect on the videogame market as opposed to who thinks they do, and why.
 
Articles Discussed:

rock paper shotgun review of mass effect andromeda

 
 
Main topics of conversation:

1.      Mass effect andromeda – do reviews matter?

2.      What really goes into making a game – a professional viewpoint

3.      Who has an effect on the videogame market vs. who thinks they do

Direct download: 190-NPNM-5-4-2017.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:45am CDT

Welcome to Show 189,

The first half of the show was an impromptu session where we shared some laughs about guild drama we have experienced in the past. In the second half of the show we tackle the subject of "whitewashing" in movies, concentrating on the recent movie Ghost in the Shell.

See you online,

The No Prisoners, No Mercy Team

Articles Mentioned:

https://www.engadget.com/2012/12/24/drama-mamas-how-to-leave-your-guild-without-drama-or-burning-br/
Drama Mamas: How to leave your guild without drama or burning bridges

http://www.theverge.com/2016/5/9/11612530/ghost-in-the-shell-anime-asian-representation-hollywood

Direct download: 189-NPNM-4-12-2017.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:08pm CDT

Welcome to Show 188...take 2.

Our previous efforts failed due to factors including faulty software and faulty computers. Here, finally, is the completed version. This time out we discuss the following subjects:

1. names that are better on the harder difficulty
2. Is there an exodus back to triple - A
3. Green Light Process (and the lack thereof), abandonware and asset flipping

See you online,
The No Prisoners, No Mercy Team

Direct download: 188-NPNM-12-22-2017.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:00pm CDT

This time out we welcome Rod, Chris, Julie and special guest Calfury. The following subjects are on offer.

See you online,
The No Prisoners, No Mercy Team

1. Zombie dodo birds and shai-hulud
2. Hero's Song, The Smed and Crowdfunding
3. Indie-posers and back-channel publishing companies
4. Early Release, Steam Green light and abandonware
5. Videogame Gambling
6. Action movies and scripts written on cocktail napkins
7. Left Click to Win

 

Articles this time out:

http://www.avclub.com/article/steve-bannon-used-be-ceo-world-warcraft-gold-farmi-250081
http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2017-01-04-pixelmage-games-closes-before-completion-of-heros-song
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/hero-s-song-game-rpg#/updates

Direct download: 187-NPNM-2-22-2017.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:21am CDT

Welcome to Show 186!

The subjects this time our are as follows:

1. Mark Hamill reimagining the Joker

2. Ark Not so technologically Evolved

3. How do you know you are done with a game?

4. Why do we go back?

5. Not putting your money where a publishers mouth is - do we dislike certain games or publishers because we are told to?

6. In a Tur-bind

Direct download: 186-NPNM-1-30-2017.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:51pm CDT

Welcome to Show 186!

This time out it is our pleasure to welcome renown author Dedra Stevenson back to the show. Ms. Stevenson is the Author of The Hakima's Tale Trilogy, Desert Magnolia and Skinwalker: The Ressurection. Join us as we discuss her latest book.

See you online,
The No Prisoners, No Mercy Team

Direct download: 185-NPNM-1-10-2016.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:25am CDT

Welcome to show 184!

This time out Julie, Fran and Chris get together and discuss the following topics.

See you online,

The No Prisoners, No Mercy Team

1. Gaming computers
2. Caveman Huckleberry Finn, early access hell and love shacks
3. Ken doll hair, hair hats and other character options
4. Feeling the gerbil wheel
5. Wow on the low end
6. Steampunk, twi'leks and the one person who hasn't seen Star Wars
7. Professor Ernst Blomberg and Vampire Killing Kits

Direct download: 184_NPNM_12-21-2016.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:56am CDT

Welcome to Show 183!

This time out Steve and Julie sit down and talk about remastered game and whitewashing in media. We also explore why a game about farming is more popular than the latest iteration of Call of Duty. Join us for these subjects and more.

See you online,

Fran and Julie


Hidden Improvements in Skyrim Special Edition
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6EjcESYIXk

I see a duckie and a horsie
http://noprisonersnomercy.com/2016/11/i-see-a-ducky-and-a-horsie/

Direct download: 183-NPNM-11-30-2016.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:45pm CDT

Welcome to Show 182 of the No Prisoners, No Mercy Show. This week we discuss citizencon. Next, whether the initials are fps, moba or rpg sometimes we get angry in and at video games- but why? We follow that with a discussion on what attracted us to mmorpg gaming in the first place.


Articles:

http://tay.kinja.com/getting-angry-at-video-games-1787545349
http://massivelyop.com/2016/10/16/the-daily-grind-what-made-you-try-out-your-first-mmorpg/

Direct download: 182-NPNM-11-6-2016.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:05am CDT

Welcome to Show 181,

This week Fran, Julie, Chris and Steve sit down and talk about MOBA games, including two brand new ones.


Articles Cited:
guns go boom mingles with jingles
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yG5H-voc1I

No Mans Sky under investigation
http://www.extremetech.com/gaming/236467-no-mans-sky-is-now-under-investigation-for-false-advertising

Direct download: 181-NPNM-10-21-2016.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:24am CDT

Welcome to show 180 of the No Prisoners, No Mercy Show - This time out we talk about the World of Warcraft Legion Expansion. We wanted to wait until we hit the level cap until we gave us our impressions of the new expansion.

In the second half of the show our own Julie and Slunker sit down and talk about pvp - why do we as gamers do player versus player in the first play? Does the style of pvp matter? Is it the structure of the game? Is it the purpose of the pvp? Why do we like it or hate it? When is pvp counter productive and even hurt the game?

See you online,

Julie

Address of Fran's new Podcast: http://stomp.libsyn.com/

Direct download: 180-NPNM-10-5-2016.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:20am CDT

Welcome to Show 179 of the No Prisoner, No Mercy Show. This week some of the subjects are Pokemon go and went, World of Warcraft Legion and a bit of Black Desert Online. The subject of discussion this time out is "Does Lore Matter to You"

See you online,
The No Prisoners, No Mercy Team

Direct download: 179-NPNM-9-14-2016.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:31am CDT

Welcome to Show 178 of the No Prisoners, No Mercy Show,

It's been a rough month for us, but we are back in the groove. We should almost call this our comeback show.

And what a comeback it is! If you like wargames, real time strategy, or table top games this show is for you. We have a special guest who started the first wargaming site on the internet! Join us for some fun and a bit of gaming history as we sit down with Rod Harper!

This show is dedicated to the memory of John Taylor and Robin Rapata.

Direct download: 178-NPNM-9-1-2016.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:16pm CDT

Welcome to show "before the next one and after the last one". This time out Steve, Chris, Fran and Julie spend time having fun and talking about the folling subjects:


Pokemon Go, Companies that do it right (Blizard and Turbine) and those who do it wrong/

WB Games, PC Ports, Dungeons and Dragons - offline, online and on the tabletop, Lord of the rings online. Turbine, the bandwagon other developers jumped on. Perfect World games.

What Blizzard does wrong (Garrisons) and what they do right (Legion)


See you online,

The No Prisoners, No Mercy Team

Direct download: 177-NPNM-7-27-2016.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:56am CDT

Welcome to Show 176 -

This time out Fran, Julie, Chris and Steve get together to discuss legacy servers (Barren's chat we hardly knew ye), Garrisons, Julie's game master days, "Don't tell me how to play your game", Garrisons are the worst thing that ever happend to WoW, Windows 10 and other aggrivations. Then Chris tells us his story of the fortnight including his naughty Black Desert dog. Lastly we revisit Black Desert Online.

 

Articles:


http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2016-04-11-blizzard-issues-cease-and-desist-to-private-wow-server

http://kotaku.com/the-reason-blizzard-cant-make-world-of-warcraft-legacy-1781438526

Direct download: 176-NPNM-7-6-2016.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:49pm CDT

Welcome to the World of Warcraft Movie Show

This time out Fran and Julie sit down to take in a movie and talk about the results - the good, the bad and the not so good. Time to review the moview about Fran's favorite game.

See you online (and in the theater)

Fran and Julie

Articles Cited:

http://arstechnica.com/the-multiverse/2016/06/the-warcraft-fans-dilemma-a-movie-but-its-based-on-the-1994-dos-game/

Direct download: 1755-NPNM-6-15-2016.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:33pm CDT

Welcome to Show 175

This time out Fran, Julie, Steve and Chris sit down to talk about the game of the moment, Black Desert Online. Along the way we talk about Skyforge and have alot of laughs. Join us again as we talk about our favorite MMOs and maybe yours.

See you online,

The No Prisoners, No Mercy Team

Direct download: 175-NPNM-5-30-2016.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:24pm CDT

Welcome to show 174 of the No Prisoners, No Mercy Show. This time out Fran, Julie, Chris and Steve talk about Augmented reality, Steam's skivvy unvle and more. \\

See you online.


1. Go and Augmented Reality
2. Universal Windows Platform – Steam’s skivvy uncle
3. Comic book heroes dark, blue and zaftig
4. Vetted in Forchan, popularized in Reddit
5. Kicking your first kickstarter to the curb
6. Non-Accessiblity and World of Warships

Articles Discussed:
http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2015/09/10/pokemon-go-adds-augmented-reality-and-gps-to-the-formula-for-real-world-catch-em-all.aspx

http://www.ign.com/articles/2016/03/04/epic-games-boss-attacks-microsofts-universal-windows-platform

http://kotaku.com/successful-100-000-kickstarter-dev-calls-it-quits-due-1763162848

Direct download: 174-NPNM-5-8-2016.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:30am CDT

Welcome to show 173!

This time out Fran, Julie, Chris and Steve sit down and talk about the following subjects.

Subjects:

  1. Shovelware
  2. Blizzard’s Butt Apology/apologizing for artwork
  3. A not so family friendly event at Nintendo
  4. NC Soft layoffs/Wildstar
  5. World of Tanks/Girls und Panzer
  6. How not to market a videogame
  7. Daybreak Game Company

Articles Cited:

http://www.wired.com/2016/04/alison-rapp-nintendo-harassment/

http://kotaku.com/blizzard-removing-overwatch-butt-pose-after-fan-complai-1767613551

Direct download: 173-NPNM-4-13-2016.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:16am CDT

Welcome to show 172!

Welcome to the war gaming show. This time out Julie, Fran, Chris and Steve talk about Wargames and more.  What is the fascination with military games? What is their history? Where are they going?

  1. Why are combat games popular?
  2. War gaming and Saving Private Ryan
  3. Twitch gameplay, strategic gameplay and “wire-fu”
  4. World of Warships
  5. War gaming and History
  6. Disparity in PvP
  7. Story of the Fortnight
  8. What are you playing?
Direct download: 172-NPNM-3-26-2016.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:44pm CDT

Welcome to show 171 where we find our intrepid heroes discovering, by way of The Beginners Guide, that “not all videogames have to be an experience that you interact with – sometimes it’s just an experience that you experience.” Sometimes a cigar IS just a smoke.

 

  1. Steam controllers and other kit
  2. Visual novels, anime, Clannad and Steve Jackson Apps
  3. Is the Oculus Rift the “great democratizer?” What is the gateway to VR for gamers?
  4. Walking Simulators and The Beginners Guide
  5. Is Facebook experimenting on you?

 

Links

http://store.steampowered.com/app/324160/

http://www.theverge.com/2016/1/6/10723982/oculus-rift-price-no-longer-for-everyone

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kathleenchaykowski/2016/02/24/mark-zuckerberg-has-a-plan-to-make-virtual-reality-social/#46e8f1917959

http://store.steampowered.com/app/303210/

http://boingboing.net/2015/10/02/the-beginners-guide-is-a-gam.html

Direct download: 171-NPNM-2-28-2016.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:40pm CDT

Welcome to No Prisoners, No Mercy Show 170,

 

This time out we bring you the Star Citizen show with guest host Saylah.  Saylah, Julie and Fran bring you the flip side of what has been happening with Chris Roberts’ new game! Show links are below:

 

Mystic Worlds: http://notadiary.typepad.com/

Mystic Worlds on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/lauren-michele-12/tracks

Mystic Worlds on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCq5UB9mFw8C8-VPbCx2Y2pQ

 

Star Citizen Current Game Features: https://robertsspaceindustries.com/feature-list

ARK Starmap: https://robertsspaceindustries.com/starmap

 

YouTubes with good learning videos:

BoredGamer: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEq9W3I6b0wU0UiyxzVThZYYiZHZgnQNj

STLYoungblood: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-g2bRjGQpvE9x86YDN69rSu5h2Am7Gdk

Tactical Advance: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1EW1I7nEteqNy7VJvMsD7BDtFSHksfTN

Direct download: 170-NPNM-2-10-2016.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 5:35am CDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 3:01pm CDT

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

ww.bluejinnimedia.com

@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
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:48pm CDT

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.
    1. http://www.techtimes.com/articles/104375/20151108/fallout-4-release-date-drawing-near-everything-you-should-know-to-get-ready-for-the-wasteland.htm
    2. http://www.tentonhammer.com/feature/top-5-mods-we-want-see-fallout-4
    3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYg69CzFum0
  3. Spectre (at $73 million) tops The Peanuts Movie (according to Variety Magazine: http://variety.com/2015/film/box-office/box-office-spectre-tops-the-peanuts-movie-with-73-million-1201636074/) but Halo 5 leaves it in the dust at $400 million (http://www.mcvuk.com/news/read/halo-5-made-more-money-in-first-24-hours-than-spectre/0158486)
    1. Spectre Needs to make $650 million to break even (http://variety.com/2015/film/box-office/spectre-box-office-1201633311/)
    2. $34 million dollars worth of cars were smashed in the making of Spectre (http://mashable.com/2015/10/02/james-bond-spectre-cars/#iWxXOokT35qp)
  4. Activision buys Candy Crush Developer King for $5.9 Billion (http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/161281-Activision-Buys-Candy-Crush-Saga-Dev?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=news)
    1. King is currently valued at $7 billion dollars
  5. Activison Blizzard opens its own television and film studio: (http://www.mcvuk.com/news/read/activision-blizzard-opens-television-and-film-studio/0158771)
  6. Batman Arkham Knight on PC still broken…and may never be fixed according to publisher Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment (http://www.mcvuk.com/news/read/warner-warns-that-batman-arkham-knight-on-pc-may-never-be-fixed/0158359)
  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.” (http://www.themarysue.com/game-console-demographics/)
Direct download: 167-NPNM-11-30-2015.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 10:56pm CDT

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
Category: -- posted at: 6:13am CDT

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:

https://www.facebook.com/FireflyOnlineGame

https://keepflying.com/

http://store.steampowered.com/app/343750

Serenity Valley Smugglers Association

https://www.facebook.com/Serenity-Valley-Smugglers-Association-and-Saloon-471302786351989/timeline/

Direct download: 165-NPNM-9-28-2015.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 6:22am CDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 9:52pm CDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 5:58am CDT

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!

 Topics

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
Category: -- posted at: 6:09am CDT

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
Category: -- posted at: 6:04am CDT

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:

 

http://www.polygon.com/2015/6/3/8719389/colorblind-on-witcher-3-rust-and-gamings-race-problem

  

 

http://www.themarysue.com/i-stand-with-tauriq/

Direct download: 160-NPNM-7-22-2015.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 6:08am CDT

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
Category: -- posted at: 5:54pm CDT

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:

 

http://www.wired.com/2015/05/nintendo-mobile-whales/

http://www.mcvuk.com/news/read/how-can-we-stop-the-pre-order-rot/0148883

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2015-05-21-rockstar-launches-bbc-lawsuit-over-grand-theft-auto-drama

 

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/zero-punctuation/800-The-Sims-3

Direct download: 158-NPNM-6-16-2015.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 6:10am CDT

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:

http://www.mcvuk.com/news/read/american-televangelist-says-pokemon-is-origin-of-teen-homosexuality/0148304

http://www.gamepolitics.com/2015/04/13/man-ruptures-tendon-hand-playing-candy-crush-saga

http://www.mmogames.com/gamenews/42506/firefly-online-introduces-cortex-companion-app/

http://us.battle.net//wow/en/blog/18637509

http://www.mcvuk.com/news/read/bankrupt-radioshack-selling-off-personal-details-of-117m-customers/0147150

https://keepflying.com/

http://star-made.org/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8y98otfH9X8

 

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/zero-punctuation/10092-Bloodborne-review

Direct download: 157-NPNM-05-11-2015.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 6:08am CDT

Welcome to No Prisoners, No Mercy Show 156!

 

This time out Julie, Fran and Chris (our new regular contributor) sit down with long time industry professional Rod Harper about recent changes in the gaming industry, the Unity game engine, and what it takes to be an indie game developer.  If you have ever wanted to do your own indie game this is the show for you!

 

 

See You Online

Direct download: 156-NPNM-4-10-2015.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 6:16am CDT