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Witty Ranter #4
Mon, 3 Mar 2008 18:52:00 GMT [download/play]

In this episode, Adam reaches across the pond to pull some craaaazy UK folks who agreed to stay up super late to record.  Kami from CoMutiny, Guy Rix, aka Dathmar on the VirginWorlds Forums, and Urban.Mongral from Warp Drive Active all help Brent and Brenden explain why the environment in the UK is as good for MMO's as it is in the US.  Topics discussed include a very in-depth discussion on how our gaming cultures are similar and dissimilar, why High Speed Internet in the UK sucks, and Brent takes a trip in the way-back machine of his childhood to pull up a game whose title isn't meant to offend anyone. Seriously!!  Urban also brought up a discussion of why more game companies can't seem to do cool things like EVE's Alliance Tournament being covered by EVETV.  There's plenty of off-topic love for everyone, and Kami relates his best day ever at work in the outtakes.  Thanks to Coldheat for sponsoring the show!

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Episode 4 Discussion Thread

'Good show Adam' by UrbanMongral
Submitted on 2008-03-03 15:09:52 CST
OMG, my mic sounds like total crap in this!

Still great job on the show everyone else, I hope I didn't let the side down too much

'Sprawling mess of excellence!!' by mchris
Submitted on 2008-03-03 22:02:45 CST
Loves it! Not much of a fan of these round tables but this was really good.
It was really good to hear from Guy again (I didn't know he was posting under Dethmar) since his reviews way back on VW.
My favourite quote, "Major props for calling it American Football. Now you're learning!"

Adam, please get this group back together again!

'Catchy Title' by Akely
Submitted on 2008-03-04 07:12:23 CST
Playing across the Pond:
I play EQ2 on US a server (Crushbone). The pings are not that great (around 250 ms normally) but that does not mean a great deal in a MMO anyway. Playing on US servers means several things;
- Normal server downtime starts at 1700 hours. That can be. . . inconvenient.
- If I want to harvest a lot I do it around lunch here which means almost all US people are asleep. More for me!
- Finding Guildmembers is a drag. At times even finding a group can be hard.
- Having tried the Euro servers I must say I'll never go back, since I don't speak French, Spanish or German.

Net Access:
I get the impressions net access is faster and more stable here. I have 24/8 and can wouch that Brendens donwspead is... lower than my upload. Muhahaha!

I prefer Troll-ball myself. Any blunt weapon is allowed! And the ball is alive - until someone eats it. Woot!

"Never drink Brännvin!? Are you daft? It is one of the few things that makes life worth living. I'm SO through with this show!

'And now a word from your sponsor....' by Coldheat
Submitted on 2008-03-04 10:10:57 CST
Great show! I have been listing ever since the Zune started to support Podcasts. So I figured I would do my part in helping out this show and the collective. I want you folks to stay motivated as well. The show format rocks and the chemistry continue to get bigger and better. Keep the party moving!

'and who was that dopey Englishman !!' by Dathmar
Submitted on 2008-03-04 11:09:33 CST
and I don't mean Urban.

Being a virgin to this sort of thing I was very nervous but the lads treated me like the true gents they are.
I can say I didn't feel a bit dirty or used after the experience.

Honestly - it was an honour to rub shoulders with these podcasting superstars....just a shame I couldn't get autographs afterwards.

'The dopey Englishman was Kami!' by trollonfire
Submitted on 2008-03-04 11:18:09 CST
Guy, it was a pleasure to have you on. Next time, you need to talk more though. I will certainly try and get this group together again in the future, we had a lot of fun, although finding a recording time that's not stupid late for our UK friends is the problem.


Guy, if you want my and Brent's autographs, I'll get them when I go to IMGDC in March :)

Thanks for all the comments, folks. These shows are as much fun to produce as hopefully you guys have listening to them :)

'Sexy Time!' by Kami
Submitted on 2008-03-04 13:20:35 CST
We're such awesome dudes. Having the Podfather compliment me was epic.

So Brent, when am I getting that invite to the Collective :P

'When do us n00bs get to come play with the big boys?' by Crovan
Submitted on 2008-03-04 22:36:02 CST
Great show this week.

FYI, broadband in Japan outside of Tokyo is pretty uniformly terrible. Heard that brought up at one point and laughed.

Also, thanks to both Adam and Urban for pimping our show. The official first episode is converting to mp3 as I type, so should be up Soon (tm).

Also, I want to rant, too!!!11

'Bad BB in Japan?' by mchris
Submitted on 2008-03-04 23:26:58 CST
50mb per sec here. For only 4000 yen a month. I'm pretty far from Tokyo...

'Maybe I am just too far out into the sticks :(' by Crovan
Submitted on 2008-03-06 18:53:19 CST
Sorry for the hyperbole. Out here in Kumamoto you can't get more than 5 or 6 mb downstream without paying out the nose for it, and I've heard from others that you rarely even get a significant percentage of the fatter pipes.

'Fun with title bars' by LealaTurkey
Submitted on 2008-03-07 23:03:54 CST
Excellent episode guys!

About the WoW arena tournaments. They already do them with huge cash prizes, like $100,000 which is motivational enough I would think. But it also means that the only people who are competitive are those who are "professional gamers" or whatever you call it. And it goes against all logic to say that "real risk" type things are what is going to make people want to participate. Sure it sounds cool but thats just not the way the world works in other games. If you tried to push Eve philosophy into another game it would be false and it wouldn't make sense to people.

Also I think it is very interesting and very telling that a lot of the people who love Eve and the Eve philosophy don't actually play it. I think it says a lot about all of the idealism in MMO gamers.

'Japan's internet' by mchris
Submitted on 2008-03-08 10:44:15 CST
Crovan: Or maybe everyone in Kyushu is to busy surfing ;)
I was curious because my brother in England was green with envy when I told him what connection I have and what I pay for it. I really didn't know what constituted 'good' service, but it seems that the SE of England is slave to the two-odd companies that provide internet. And they sound awful.
Hikari fibre seems to be the norm in most of the new mansions in the north here.