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After a week off, Feedback is back on TheFeed with a new crew, but the same great recipe passed down through my family for generations. We spent the last two weeks playing Halo 3: ODST, which thanks to Tokyo Game Show and other related shenanigans, we're a little late to the party on. But considering that every time we put up a story concerning ODST it gets at least 50 comments, something tells me it's still worth talking about. To quote Adam Sessler, "Halo just generates reactions." Indeed.

Also on this week's party chat:

  • Sega's "spy tactical RPG thinger" (as Patrick puts it) Alpha Protocol has been delayed until 2010. It seems everyone but Sega PR saw this coming a mile away...what's going on over there, and why is Adam getting flashbacks to high school dating?
  • You can't write a news story about Activision these days without an element of absurdity involved. This week brought us the news that the publisher was staunchly against Infinity Ward modernizing Call of Duty, preferring to take the advice of their spreadsheets that said World War II was still super hot. At this point, I wouldn't be surprised to find coded messages in Modern Warfare 2's credits that say "CONDITIONS TERRIBLE, SEND HELP AND SUPPLIES."
  • Adam wants a pony for Christmas. We're in the process of setting up a donation fund, get your checkbooks ready.
  • Nintendo's new "Super Guide" feature that's being introduced in New Super Mario Bros. Wii seems like an affront to the hardcore, but is it really? The crew debates the actual merits of digital hand-holding.
  • A reader from the 11th century asks whether he should get Uncharted 2 or Brutal Legend next week. The answer? "It depends." Glad we could help make your decision.
  • Did Bungie squander the potential of New Mombasa by making the ODST's hub world boring? Some experts say "maybe," others aren't so sure.

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G4tv.com's Feedback -- Week of October 5th, 2009 »


 

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Welcome to Morning Hangover -- an excellent way to start your day with the crew at TheFeed...no matter what you're recovering from. Every morning you'll hear musings from our editors and have the chance to share your thoughts on what's going on in the gaming world. So buckle up, throw a Pokeball at the new week, and keep reading!

Morning Hangover #71 -- Andrew Looks For Feedback, Patrick Has TV Envy

Andrew Pfister: We wanted Feedback, then you wanted Feedback. Now I'm asking you for some feedback on Feedback. The show returns this week with Adam Sessler at the helm and a slightly longer running time, but what I'd like to know is how you guys watch Internet shows and listen to podcasts. What's your favorite show? How long is too long? Do you prefer video or audio -- and if you like both, when and where do you watch and listen? Do you watch on your iPods/Zunes, stream to your TV, just watch it in your browser?

I thirst for this knowledge. Thirst.

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Did you miss Feedback last week? So did we. We only went dark for one week, though, and we're shooting a new episode for you guys tomorrow. Some changes are coming to Feedback, but one thing that is remaining the same is our emphasis on community and having you guys interact with the show directly. We need a reader question for this week's edition of Feedback, so I'm tossing it to you guys. What do you want to hear the Feedback crew talk about this week?

Remember: You need an avatar associated with your profile to be picked!

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A very good friend at a former place of employment once described what it was like to be in Tokyo during September for TGS: "Hell Hot." Reports back from the team indicated that the weather this week was actually not so bad, but when the Makuhari Messe turned off the air conditioning on the show floor just as the gang was ready to tape this week's episode of Feedback, the definition of "Hell Hot" became a whole lot clearer.

But Billy, Morgan, Patrick and Sterling are seasoned professionals, and after the sweat and tears (mostly sweat), our Tokyo Game Show episode of Feedback is ready for your enjoyment. Let's positive show-watching!

  • Did Sony drop the ball on their home turf? Should Microsoft have been a little more aggressive? Should somebody, anybody have announced something exciting?
  • Are we impressed with Sony's "Harry Potter Wand" (as Patrick calls it) and its implementation in Resident Evil 5 and LittleBigPlanet?
  • Sterling got to see both Okamiden and Ghost Trick during his Capcom visit. I am already re-charging my DS in anticipation.
  • Morgan and Patrick got to play Crackdown 2 deathmatch, and I couldn't be more jealous. It's also reassuring that Ruffian Games told Morgan that they "wouldn't ruin it." Nice to know!
  • Billy's raving over the new Final Fantasy XIII trailer (that Square still hasn't released publicly), which again generates debate over the group's respective excitement levels.
  • Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker looks completely awesome, which is unsurprising because it's a follow-up to MGS3 (the real best game in the series). Watch our First 15 13 minute video here.
  • We're changing the show's theme song to "Auld Lang Syne" apparently.

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G4tv.com's Feedback -- Week of September 21st, 2009 »


 

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I was a school boy when I heard my first Beatles song. "Love Me Do" I think it was, and from there it didn't take me long. Got myself a guitar, used to play every night. Now I'm in a rock & roll outfit, and everything's all right.

Wait, no...I'm thinking of a Bad Company song.

The Beatles: Rock Band is what I was trying to remember, and in conjunction with Guitar Hero 5, this is the best week of the year for lovers of interactive music entertainment. Lovers like Billy, Stephen, Patrick and Abbie, who discuss our Co-Games of the Week on this episode of Feedback.

Also on this week's setlist:

  • Activision CEO Bobby Kotick recently said that he wants to take the fun out of making games. Our guys have something to say about Bobby Kotick.
  • Shane Kim has retired from Microsoft. Corporate manuevering happens all the time, what makes this one different?
  • Continuing on the Microsoft tip, they're not interested just yet in putting out a brand new console. How considerate of them! Most of us gamers have $400 burning a hole in our pockets these days, right?
  • The panel debates which platform has the strongest line-up going into the ever-so-crucial holiday season. If I had been there, I would have said Dreamcast.
  • Billy is "not a Beatles guy."  Get him.

Feedback: Holding Your Hand since 2009.

 

G4tv.com's Feedback -- Week of September 14th, 2009 »


 

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There comes a time in every young man's life (or woman's) where he (or she) starts to ask questions. Questions about life, about love, and most importantly, about video games. For you, Feed readers, that time is now. (And roughly this same time every week for the forseeable future.) If your question provokes the targeted amount of thought, we will attempt to answer it on this week's episode of Feedback.

Let's hear 'em in the comments below. Make sure you have an avatar associated with your profile, otherwise we can't use you on the air -- and please, phrase all questions in the form of a question.

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I've never been so close to a pandemic before than this week at the G4 offices. See, some guy or gal thought it would be a great idea to come to PAX sick as a dog, roll around in some of the bean bag chairs strewn about in the convention center, wipe their nose with a Wii controller jacket and call it a day. Though a few of us (which I have dubbed "The Chosen") have managed to escape with no symptoms of "H1Nerd1," many on the X-Play and G4tv.com staff are down for the count. It's like The friggin' Stand here.

Billy and Morgan are among the casualties, but that didn't stop them from trying to infect Matt Keil and myself during this week's episode of Feedback, wherein between hacking and wheezing, we discussed the following:

  • Final Fantasy XIII had its Premiere Party this week in Japan, and once again they failed to provide the real public with the new trailer. So we just yakked about the eventual U.S. release and our current feelings toward the franchise.
  • Patrick interviewed Bungie's Brian Jarrard, who gave a little bit of insight at what the Bungie teams have been working on this year, outside of Halo 3: ODST. That includes Halo: Reach, and something that they're not quite ready to talk about yet.
  • Ten years ago this week, Sega released the Dreamcast -- which many now consider to be one of the industry's great final stands. Matt and Morgan spent quite a bit of time with Crazy Taxi and Seaman, while I call for the re-release of Chu Chu Rocket.
  • A reader asks why developers are so keen on including multiplayer modes when it's debateable if the game needs it in the first place. Our response? "Wait and see for BioShock 2."
  • Muramasa: The Demon Blade is our Game of the Week, and while it looks gorgeous and the combat system is fast and fluid, it still left the panel a little empty. Read Matt's review for some background.
  • Then Morgan and I develop G4's new mono-syllabic, grunt-based reviewing system. "Meh?" out of "Whee!!!"

M-O-O-N, that spells "Feedback."

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The G4 crew had an amazing time at PAX. (Though some of us are having a not-so-amazing time in its flu-based aftermath.) One of my personal highlights was watching the live episode of Feedback we recorded on Saturday afternoon in front of a capacity crowd -- sorry to the 300 or so souls we had to turn away!

During the show, the group discussed the games of the PAX 10, Halo 3: ODST, Star Wars: The Old Republic, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and Left 4 Dead 2. After we finished talking about games, we opened up the floor for some Q&A...including more details than you need to know about Blair's hangover.

Presented for your viewing pleasure! (And we'll have a regular episode of Feedback later this week.)

 

G4tv.com's Feedback -- Live From PAX 2009 »


 

PAX 2009 may have finished up over the long weekend, but that won't stop us from sending off Penny Arcade's expo with asizable photo roundup. Aside from our customary general gallery (complete with Team Fortress 2 crew below), check out the: 

Till next year, stay indie-classy oh great gaming convention of the Pacific Northwest.

PAX 2009 Photo Roundup, Yeehaw!

Penny Arcade Expo has come to a close, but we're just a few weeks away from the start of Tokyo Game Show, the last major convention of the season. For once, the editors at G4tv.com might have a chance to sleep in two weekends in a row. Maybe. In any case, we're back in the studio this week for Feedback -- which means we need your help.

Do you have a video game question for the Feedback crew? Did you have a question to ask at the PAX 2009 panel that didn't get answered? Now's your chance to become featured during Feedback.

The catch? Your G4tv.com needs profile needs an avatar associated with it.

Go!

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Imagine I'm saying the following in a growly, almost unlistenable voice:  it's time for this week's episode of Feedback! Head Chef Billy Berghammer auditions three new pastry chefs in Jake Gaskill, Brian Leahy, and Adam Sessler -- who then proceed to gab about the following:

  • Disney buys Marvel! Holy crap!
  • Take 2 has some big plans for 2010...Holy Crap!
  • The new PlayStation firmware is here! The new PlayStation firmware is here! And there's a lot to not like about it...
  • How big of a role does personal politics play into our consumption of media?
  • Billy doesn't like Batman: Arkham Asylum! HOLY CRAP!

Stay tuned next week for a double blast of Feedback, starting with our live show from PAX hitting early in the week, and followed by our regularly scheduled show. Cheers!

G4tv.com's Feedback - Week of September 4, 2009 »


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TheFeed: Nightcap is no more, replaced by the stronger, better, faster Feedback. Get it? Feedback. Please, hold your applause. It's the same show with a new name.

Feedback host and commanding officer of the ever-growing G4tv.com Nerd Army Billy Berghammer is joined this week by X-Play interactive producer Dana Vinson, G4tv.com manager of new media and editorial Mike D’Alonzo and G4tv.com senior previews and reviews editor Sterling "Shooter" McGarvey (trust me, he loves that nickname).

It's been a busy few weeks (months?) and the Feedback crew had plenty to talk about:

  • BlizzCon 2009 just wrapped up, giving Billy a chance to admit he has a problem and discuss the impact of the new World of Warcraft expansion pack
  • It turns out Aliens: Colonial Marines won't come out until Sega gauges how consumers react to Aliens vs. Predator -- what's this mean for Gearbox?
  • Sony managed to get the PlayStation 3 slim into stores at record speed; they started appearing in local stores as the show was recording!
  • A reader asks the crew for advice on how to get a job writing about games
  • It's that time of year, folks -- time for a new Madden

Please excuse our temporary (but still sexy, of course) graphics as our talented artists come up with snazzy stuff for Feedback. And if you have any…feedback (ho ho ho!)…about the show, please let us know in the comments.

See you at PAX!

 

G4tv.com's Feedback - Week of August 28, 2009 »


 

We're currently retooling TheFeed Nightcap with a new name and a new look, but as the behind-the-scenes kinks are worked out, we'll be shooing a new episode this week. Every episode, the crew discusses a question fielded from the G4tv.com audience, which means I'm turning to you for help.

What do you want everyone to talk about this week?

There are two small requirements. 1) Your question must be related to video games. 2) In order to be picked, your profile must have an avatar associated with it. Good luck!

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We're coming up on the final day of coverage for GamesCom 2009 in Cologne, Germany, and what better way to wrap things up than with a special edition of TheFeed: Nightcap?

Filmed in the fabulous Düx restaurant in the Hotel Dorint, mere paces away from the convention center, Billy and myself are joined by 1UP.com executive producer and Best Friend Forever Garnett Lee for a recap of our favorite things from the show.

If I were to put said things in the form of an unordered list, it might look a little something like this:

  • Sony's press conference, Minis, the PS3 redesign/price drop, and the can't-stop-raving-about-it Heavy Rain
  • I have been quickly and easily suckered in by Peter Molyneux's Fable III presentation. I just pre-ordered a dozen copies! 9 for me, the rest for all of my friends!
  • Three Americans rave about a soccer game
  • Hands-on impressions of Star Wars: The Old Republic, which really should come in a box labeled "KOTORs 3 Through 7"
  • Liver sausage, blood sausage, and other varieties of German meat

Also, we're back in Americaland next week with a new show and a brand new name. And with that, check out the show now formerly known as TheFeed: Nightcap from Germany -- to call it a sausage party would not be too far from the truth!

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TheFeed: Nightcap keeps on truckin' into its third episode. To celebrate the number 3, this week we bring on a fresh trio of G4 faces: X-Play host Adam Sessler, X-Play Interactive Producer Dana Vinson, and TheFeed's very own Stephen Johnson.

Topics discussed include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • The new Xbox 360 dashboard update
  • Activision's giving away Guitar Hero: Van Halen...why?
  • Halo 2 players' love for their game is keeping the rest of us limited to 100 friends! Jerks!
  • How soon is too soon for developers to announce and release downloadable content?
  • Fat Princess: Phat?

Subscribe to the Nightcap in iTunes right this very instant by clicking here for video, and here for audio.

Next week, Billy and I (and some special guests) will be coming to you from GamesCom in Cologne, Germany. German beer + event exhaustion + video = ratings gold. Do not miss it, or as the Germans would say, der Geldautomat hat meine Karte einbehalten!

And if you missed it yesterday, Nightcap will be live at this year's Penny Arcade Expo -- Starring Billy, Patrick, Sterling, Adam and Morgan!

 

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