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]