In our first Thursday episode as part of our new efforts to double down on content, we’re discussing Bethesda’s latest news. That and what on earth is that convention smell?

Fallout 4 in VR

In a recent interview, Todd Howard discussed the progress on Fallout 4 VR. With claims that the entire game is playable in it’s entirety inside of virtual reality. This news comes hotly after Zenimax, Bethesda’s parent company, won half a billion dollars in a suit against Oculus. As one of the most popular gaming franchises, it was only a matter of time before Fallout would get the VR treatment. It’s highly possible that this could be the game that pushes VR into the mainstream.

However, we’re sceptical as usual. As far as VR goes, we’re still not sold. With such a high price point and very limiting movement, VR still appears to be a gimmick that’s not picking up steam. One of our biggest concern is movement and combat in VR. Fallout 4 is a game where you move and shoot in a very FPS style. With VR hardware very much invested in room scale and using proprietary control systems, how do these games fit in to this ecosystem? Will players be forced to fight enemies by pointing where they want to teleport around them? This has already proven to be a very unsatisfactory method of play for long term play sessions.

 

Welcome to the I’m Just Playin’ Game Awards 2016. Hosted by Sid, Joseph and Brian in our very first summary of the year. It’s been a very interesting year for video games with some outstanding releases and some, not so much.

We believe that awards should have meaning, and without reasoning, nominations become arbitrary. Our aim has always been to add some colour to the conversation around video games. As a diverse group of people, we’ve worked to create a podcast that offers multiple viewpoints and be an entertaining and thoughtful outlet.

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In a topic that’s only ever remarked we discuss the effects of tribalism in the industry. In this episode, Sid and Joseph take a back seat and relax for a chilled out discussion on the effects that tribalism has and it’s place in the world.

Battlefield 1’s trailer brings out Sid’s excitement as a clear Electronic Arts appraisal happens throughout the episode. As a result, the discussion goes on to discuss Star Wars Battlefront, a controversial game at launch and it’s current state as a truly fun and underrated game in today’s climate of continued outrage. With other praise going to Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, Burnout Paradise and the upcoming Titanfall 2.

At Birmingham’s EliteMeet, Joseph finally got to experience the Oculus Rift in a specially built rig at the event and the discussion continues on VR’s current failings. Consequently Joseph wasn’t convinced and Sid claims to be the Messiah in his continued preaching that VR is a failure.

Due to some off topic discussion, the Sonic fandom and it’s strange proclivities in Middle America leaves Joseph confused. Warnings to anyone looking for them.

In conclusion a clickbait article on VG247 triggers Joseph with their claim.

Intro Music: Star Eater by Daniel Deluxe