Around the Web: Podcasts and Opinions


Here’s a few interesting reads I thought I’d share that I’ve come across in the past few days.

The latest 1Up Yours podcast brings up Fallout 3, as well as practically every Elder Scrolls game ever made during their community segment of the show. During the segment, which starts about 53 minutes into the show, the 1Up crew uses these games as examples in a few of their debates. Fallout 3 and Oblivion are brought up several times in a discussion about the “no name characters” and the choices your characters make in games. Later on in the segment, they also bring up the Elder Scrolls and Fallout in a discussion of how Japanese RPGs compare with western-developed RPGs like Oblivion. To download the podcast, head over to 1Up’s podcast site.

In other news relating to podcasts, Javno is one of many sites highlighting Todd Howard’s recent podcast interview with OXM. If you’ve already listened to that, you can skip ahead to the editorial section of the article, where Lajla Mlinarić and Tomislav Tustić compare Fallout to the likes of The Rolling Stones, Hitchcock and Shakespeare. Wow, Fallout’s in good company.

Sticking with editorials on Fallout, take a look at “Letting Go of Fallout” — an editorial from Chris Buecheler. In the piece, Buecheler shares his love for the original Fallout, but also reveals his excitement for Fallout 3. Here’s a sample:

“I’m excited, and it’s a rare occurrence these days for this particular Crispy Gamer to get too excited about any particular game. It took a conscious effort, though. It took pulling off the rose-colored glasses of nostalgia and looking the bogeyman of progress in the eye. Scary, I know, but it was something I think I needed to do. Disagree if you want, but I’ll tell you this: It’s a lot more fun to be excited about Fallout 3 than it was being worried about it”

Finally, I just wanted to let folks know that the popular Oblivion modding site, Oblivion Real Estate, has returned to the world wide web after a brief hiatus. Thanks to Sherri for letting me know.

Reader Comments

  1. Huh…going to have to ask why, of all the possible coverage of the OXM podcast, you select those guys, Gstaff

    Because they turned the OXM questions (note: questions) into a statement of fact: “the developing team received a number of ‘threatening messages’ from fervid fans.”

    This wasn’t stated anywhere in the interview. And as far as I know (and hope) is a blatant lie. It sure isn’t anything the main body fanbase has anything to do with.

    Hell, that’s a terrible, terrible piece.

  2. From the Janvo article:

    “That all prayers of Fallout veterans have been answered is shown by the fact that the original(Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System) gadget was taken over from the original in the company of the good old Pip-Boy. The V.A.T.S. entails a turn-based fight”

    Can you please send them an email and ask them to address this obvious error Gstaff? It is quite clear to anyone who has any idea about turn-based games (usually those who have actually played them) that the VATS system is nothing more than real time with pause. Why is it always the journalists who never seem to get this fact right?

  3. Regarding the question being turned into a statement, I missed that when reading through it. I posted the article because I found the comparisons (Hitchcock, etc.) interesting.

    All that said, we have received threats on a few occasions at the office.

    Lingwei, in terms of contacting the site, if that’s something you’re concerned about, you might want to send them an email.