Van Hemlock Episode 5

In the news this week: Second Life protecting their name, Detecting people logging into local in Eve Online, Tabula Rasa getting a 6 months veteran reward, Eve Online deleted all NPC produced shuttles to help unlock the value of Tritanium, Ewe Boll not being allowed to make a World of Warcraft film (maybe). Bet they never make a film of that.

Age of Conan had a massive beta key giveaway so we’re talking about beta testing games. Eve had a good one for the Mac client, Pirates of the Burning Sea blamed it for overestimating the popularity and what are they actually for?

Lord of the Rings online has added Fishing. Why does every game add that, and why do we do it?

For the record this is the first appearance of the ice cream van. Wow those mics can pick up the outside well.

Van Hemlock Episode 4

This episode we start by talking about numbers of players in games using the old Sir Bruce numbers.

This time we’ve been playing:
Lord of the Rings Online
Eve Online
Thief: Deadly Shadows
Gran Turismo Prologue
Crackdown
Test Drive Unlimited
God of War: Chains of Olympus

Finally we talk about advertising in Cities of Heroes

Van Hemlock Episode 3

Episode number 3, more rambling and discussion that gets very close to being on topic in places. Topics covered this time:
Eve - who let the players be in control? Is that wise?
Warhammer online. Delayed?
Blizzard taking legal action against Glider
What happens if you delete every character in your game. Shadowbane?

Then we chat about what we’ve been playing:
Eve Online
Lord of the Rings Online
Burnout Paradise
Gran Turismo Prologue
The Orange Box
Guild Wars
Tabula Rasa

Next we have a couple of topics:
e-Sports. A brave presenter actually watches a TV show and survives to tell the tale!
Can RPGs still teach MMOs a lesson?

Finally, some more excellent music to end on. At least this one is from a game, right?