Nintendo has launched their Creators Program, which allows YouTubers to talk positively about Nintendo games in return for 60% of the ad revenue, and this week it wound up being both unpopular and wildly popular at the same time. SEGA is closing their San Francisco office and backing out of the AAA console game space to concentrate on mobile and PC. AOL has closed Joystiq and WoW Insider, and while Joystiq is rebranded as a section of Engadget, it'll be nothing like the original. Sony Online Entertainment has been sold and is now Daybreak Game Company, and will start making multiplatform games. I released my first Oculus Rift enabled game - my #VOGJam game Moon Buggy! Then we take calls about the rumored Legend of Zelda Netflix series, the New Nintendo 3DS, and gaming podcasts being shut out in favor of YouTubers.
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Nintendo has partnered with DeNA to finally enter the "Smart Device" arena with mobile games featuring classic Nintendo IP. Details have been leaked about a rift between Kojima Productions and Konami resulting in Kojima's name being taken off of Metal Gear Solid V and upper management leaving the company in December after the game ships. Then we take calls about Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M., new accessibility features of the PS4, and Final Fantasy XI going mobile.
We're back after three weeks! Thanks for the warm wishes. At GDC, Valve and HTC announced the Vive, a VR competitor that seems to have taken the lead in love from the Internet. It raised some questions about a "fix" some developers have made to curb VR sickness that might shut out some people from VR gaming. I went to PAX East, and didn't get to play as much as you would think. Then we take calls about Ori and the Blind Forest, and PAX East. After the show is "over", we have a VOG announcement about a new show and new focus in terms of events going forward. Announcements begin at the 52 minute mark.
We have an interview with Jake Kaufman (Virt) and Jessie Seely about their Feature Length Animated VR Musical Experience NUREN: The New Renaissance, now on Kickstarter. We talk about VR, game music, and the old PC Demo Scene where both Bobby and Jake grew up. Then we take calls about The Order: 1886 and the length of games, and if that's the only metric of value. There will NOT be a live show on March 1st or March 8th for medical reasons and PAX East respectively. See you on March 15th!
Daybreak Game Company (formerly Sony Online Entertainment) laid off most of their workforce, including people who were the public faces of their games. All the gaming websites are going nuts over the transfer process for the New Nintendo 3DS, but they forget that it's the advanced alternative method and not the simple recommended method. The EFF is requesting for an exemption to the DMCA to allow for abandonware games to be emulated legally. Then we take calls about the New Nintendo 3DS, Ghostbusters: The Board Game, and how we'll be at PAX East thanks to the listeners.