The Fanboy's Lament
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Date Posted

October 17, 2008

Cast Length



Chris Remo, Jake Rodkin, Nick Breckon



"It's October 15th, 2008, and Richard Garriott is in space."

Official description Edit

Tokyo Game Show and BlizzCon may be over, but they live on in our hearts, and our podcast. Stay awhile and listen for hands-on reports, commentary, and the heart-rending ballad of a once-proud console warrior. This episode probably not sponsored by Gamer Grub.

Games Discussed Edit

Diablo III, Starcraft II, LittleBigPlanet, Fable II, World of Goo, Hinterland, Scene It? Box Office Smash, Gears of War 2

Other Games Mentioned Edit

Age of Conan:Unchained, No More Heroes 2, Infinite Space, Halo 3: ODST, Blackthorne, Warcraft: Orcs & Humans, Diablo, Garry's Mod, Scorched Earth, Gorillas, Star Wars Galaxies, Second Life, Spore, Far Cry 2, Fallout 2, Fallout 3, Shogo: Mobile Armor Division, Oblivion, Tekken 6, Spider-Man 2 (PC)

Synopsis Edit

Nick went to BlizzCon and played both Diablo III and Starcraft II. (Nick finished both of them several times.) He discusses skill runes in Diablo III, and the three of them discuss the newly-announced class: The Wizard. Starcraft II has been announced as episodic, which has caused turmoil in the gaming community. Blizzard's campaign for the game is not very well thought-out, and people are paranoid that Blizzard will steal our money. The guys seem to agree Starcraft and Diablo will be okay in the end.

Chris talks about Infinite Line/Infinite Space, which is a Space RPG by former porn-game-makers NudeMaker. It's not a porn game. World War II navel vessels were influences on both Infinite Space and their former adult games, according to connoisseur Jake. Chris and Nick decided they could talk about the first few hours of Fable 2, since everyone has covered them. Chris likes a number of things about it. It almost feels like an elder scrolls game with simplified mechanics. nick sort of agrees. Fable 2 feels bigger, and Peter Molyneux encouraged people to Buy the Castle and have a non-gamer play the game. Chris thinks a non-gamer would be infuriated at this game, because there are things which make things difficult. Chris relates a story: he tries to finish the childhood portion of the game, his sister is stuck on some geometry and prevents him from progressing until he frees her. Nick had a similar problem where he was blocked in an alley by an NPC. Chris believes non-gamers would not tolerate such problems, because they have no experience with weird bugs and game problems. Overall, though, Chris likes Fable II. Chris especially loves Blacksmith, which sounds like a goofy Atari game.

Notes Edit

  • The episode title is taken from the song Chris performs in this episode.
  • At 33:38, as Chris thanks us for the moment of silence, Nick says "GOG."

Memorable quotes Edit

  • "So you could basically make an amazing snowglobe out of Diablo III." -- Jake, on rainbows and wizards in the game.
  • "I gotta go take a Strategy Chocolate." -- Jake
  • "...when you die in that game, you're not like 'Ah, shit!' Most of the time you're like 'Aw, fuck!'" -- Nick, on Little Big Planet deaths
  • "Finally, my gamer sense kicked in: I can't leave without my buddy Superfly!" -- Chris, on Fable 2

YouTube Version Timestamps Edit

  • 01:16Theme
  • 01:47Intro - Richard Garriott is in space
  • 01:59Scene It? Box Office Smash - Better than a game based on DVD menus
  • 04:21XBox Avatars - Jake is a goth chick
  • 05:05J Allard - Is at a BMX event
  • 07:01Xbox Avatars - J Allard is the Hitler Mii of Avatars
  • 08:08Bizzcon - More exciting than TGS
  • 09:37Diablo III - Skill Runes and ideal builds
  • 11:44Diablo III - The Wizard
  • 13:52StarCraft II - Split single-player campaigns
  • 16:28Blizzcon - Unwelcome announcements
  • 17:42Allocating Dev Resources - A gamer's perspective
  • 19:00Fallout 3 - Bethesda doesn't think their fans are horrible
  • 20:00Blizzcon - Unwelcome announcements
  • 21:08StarCraft II - Dialog trees and everything
  • 21:56Diablo III - The Wizard is wizard
  • 23:03 — No More Heroes 2 - Grasshopper's design guys are the secret bosses of games
  • 24:17Infinite Space - Based on WWII naval vessels, just like their porn games
  • 25:30Bungie - Newly independent! And still making Halo
  • 26:38Bungie - Every new game might be Marathon
  • 27:53The Halo Movie - Did not end up happening
  • 28:37 — Zack Snyder and Slow Motion - Also the Max Payne movie sucks
  • 30:02Blizzcon - The Bilzzard museum
  • 31:02Appreciating Older Games - Warcraft doesn't have drag select
  • 32:30Tekken 6 - Non-exclusivity scandal
  • 34:32The Fanboy's Lament - (song)
  • 38:47Console Exclusives - Only on N!
  • 40:11Spider-Man 2 (PC) - Spider-Man Math!
  • 40:33Crossplatform Multiplayer - Chris is a hypocrite
  • 42:44LittleBigPlanet - Designing levels
  • 45:10LittleBigPlanet - Enforced aesthetics in user-generated content
  • 45:48LittleBigPlanet - Jumping and movement
  • 46:34LittleBigPlanet - Sharing user-created content
  • 49:56Community-Based Games - Maintaining involvement
  • 54:02Fable II - My sister was caught on a column 40 feet away
  • 59:01Fable II - Blacksmith II
  • 1:01:00Fallout 2 - The "unreleased" game
  • 1:01:19Reader Mail - World of Goo - It's Awesome
  • 1:01:45Reader Mail - Gears of War 2 - Multiplayer modes
  • 1:03:27Reader Mail - Oblivion - The 220 hour guy
  • 1:04:14Gaming Paralysis - Jake's life
  • 1:04:50Hinterland - Featuring shameless name dropping
  • 1:05:46Reader Mail - Shogo - Half of Darth Vader's head on the box
  • 1:06:30Reader Mail - Donks are Unacceptable - Except when Jake does them
  • 1:06:56Ultra Boost - A trillion bottles of balls on the walls