Archive for October, 2009

[Interview] Torchlight!

We’ve been anticipating this for awhile – we asked for your questions, we gave out copies of the game – so I’m going to keep the preliminaries short. We spoke to Runic about Torchlight. They answered your questions. There were a lot of them (people on the call, and questions being answered). We had a lot of fun. We hope you’ll listen and enjoy.

On the Immortal Machines side:
Eric [Ravenlock] – Host
Clayton [Voodoo] – Producer
Jacob [MagGnome] – Cool Guy

On the Runic side:
Max Schaefer – CEO
Travis Baldree – President / Project Lead
Jason Beck – Art Director
Adam Perin – Tech Artist
John Dunbar – Zombie Pyrotechnician
Wonder Russell – Minister of Public Relations
Falcor – Dog

Thanks to everyone who submitted questions, we did our best to hit as many as we could.

[Episode 19] Box of Chocolates

With all the positive PC game experiences, there are also sadly, some very bad ones as well. In fact those experiences are so horrible that it leaves an indelible mark on one’s game psyche. Some have had fortunately only one or two, but most out there have had three or more. In this, the 19th edition of the Immortal Machines podcast, Clayton [Voodoo], Eric [Ravenlock], Robert [Trebor], Jacob [MagGnome], and Mike[Bandango] lament over what three PC games gave us so much grief, pain, and a quick return to the store for something else to play.

Before this trip down this “via del la Rosa”, we talk about the games we have been playing since the last podcast which has a nicer ending. The Retro Gaming segment covers the classic action third person RPG from 1996, which is none other that Blizzard North’s Diablo. The Indie Game segment discusses Lucidity and The Three Musketeers, no not the candy bar. We finally wrap up with a coverage of PC Gaming News where items such as Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2’s lack of dedicated servers, Left 4 Dead 2 Achievement list is released to the public, the “to be released” PC game Torchlight by Runic, and more.

Hosted & Summarized by Robert [Trebor]
Participants are Eric [Ravenlock], Jacob [MagGnome] and Mike [Bandango]
Produced by Clayton [Voodoo]

[Episode 18] Fit To Print

Geez, you step away from podcasting for an extra half a week, and the world goes crazy in your absence. This is perhaps an overstatement, but there actually was quite a bit of news to break on the PC front while we tried to get our schedules together, so that takes up the bulk of this installment of the podcast.

Among the topics discussed are a potential sequel to Planetside, yet a few more PC delays (and let me change my stance here a bit from what I took in the show proper and say “bring ’em on, I’ve got plenty to play already”), the clever subversion of nVidia’s attempts to lock PhysX integration out for people who also have an ATI card installed, and a wealth of goodies about digital distribution, including some talk from Brad Wardell about Stardock’s DD numbers, and perhaps the most insane downloadable sale yet (now over, sorry) from Direct2Drive. Probably some other stuff I’m forgetting, too. Unfortunately the little dust-up between Randy Pitchford and indie devs over Steam’s treatment of “the little guy” happened just after we recorded, but let me suggest that given the evidence, we probably would have ended up siding with Steam on this one. If I’m wrong about that I’m sure my cohorts will reprimand me.

Quake II is our retro title this week, and the consensus seems to be that iD builds great engines so that other people can build great games. The freeware / indie segment touches on a few things, The Shivah, RunMan and ASCII Portal being the stars, but I was also asked where I get these wonderful toys, so at the risk of making myself obsolete let me humbly suggest that you add Bytejacker, RockPaperShotgun, TIGSource, and IndieGames to your browsing habits if this sort of thing interests you.

Oh, hey, we mention it in the episode, but if you happen to subscribe to our iTunes feed and you like the show, toss us a rating over there, hmm? It’d be appreciated. We may have some exciting news coming soon, too, so keep your eyes peeled.

Hosted & Summarized by Eric [Ravenlock]
Participants are Robert [Trebor], Bryan [Smoof] and Warren [Mayhem]
Produced by Clayton [Voodoo]