Paul Smith

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  1. I bought Korsun Pocket recently after hearing the 3MA episode, but haven't got round to playing it yet. I don't think you've ever done an episode on the best AIs in strategy games? Off the top of my head the ones I've heard the most glowing reviews for are Korsun, GalCiv I&II plus of course the Chessmaster series.
  2. Idle Thumbs Hiatus

    I check the forums fairly regularly but almost never post. You might call me a website watcher. People subscribed to Idle Thumbs are called podcast readers. If Nick were to refer to his streaming audience as Twitch listeners, the stupid circle would be complete.
  3. Idle Thumbs Hiatus

    Coincidentally, Nick streamed on Twitch today: I don't think he mentioned anything about podcasts but he is keen to stream some more provided work/allergies/other concerns don't intervene.
  4. Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale
  5. Examples of good group therapy in TV: The Wire S5 w/ Steve Earle, obvs Rectify S3 - I strongly recommend this show to Rob & Danielle
  6. I had an idea listening to some of these questions. What about a new short-format podcast answering questions about games development, inspired by the writing podcast Writing Excuses where each episode is 15 mins long and covers one topic. This means you can record a bunch at once making scheduling less of a hassle. Qs you could answer in 15 mins could be things like - how to network at GDC, other cons - what to look for when outsourcing music / programming / testing - how to get started with Unity or other tools - how to approach friends, family for financial or other help without taking advantage My suggested hosts are Jake, Sean and Steve even though Steve would need to be a telepresence. I admit this is partly because the dumb name I came up with for this podcast is "Talking Simulator."
  7. A somewhat negative look from @RobZacny (in his day job): 'Surviving Mars' Never Breathes Life into a Dead Planet
  8. How much do we have to pay on this patreon thing to have this episode re-released multiple times with professional voice actors reprising the part of Nick
  9. You & I need to pester 3MA to cover this series I never played the last one, The Ancient Art of War In The Skies. Such a phenomenally contradictory title.
  10. This is an incredible episode, like real next-level shit The only thing that could have possibly made it better is if Chris had instead endorsed the 1812 Overture.
  11. Episode 232: Sid Meier's Gettysburg!

    Since I already bumped this: Am I correct that there's no way to (legally) download this right now? There is a GOG request: Secondhand copies are reasonably expensive and I'm not sure it will run anyway. It unfortunately falls into the early Windows dark ages where DOSbox doesn't apply and compatibility with W7/10 is likely long broken.
  12. Episode 232: Sid Meier's Gettysburg!

    Hi, this episode (and also ep. 233) is still messed up. I did manage to find the correct files here:
  13. Oh, is this the episode where Jake geeks out about 80s-mid90s business software packaging? Because at the time I made a mental note that when the thread came up I had to share this shit: The jewel of my 80s PC software collection*: a pristine copy of IBM DOS 3.30. I would like to get the Technical Reference 3.30 to match (that's the one documenting the low-level workings of every single DOS command) but mint copies are very expensive. On the screen is Voyetra Sequencer 4, I wish I had hard copy of that too. The rest of my collection is mostly games. *(Jewel of the hardware collection is the IBM PS/2 30 286 underneath, also pristine and purchased new in box. Guy I bought it from told me they had several boxed in storage as instant backups for mission-critical machines; those machines ran rock-solid for decades so the backups never left their boxes)
  14. Opus Magnum, Or: Zachtronics For The Rest Of Us

    Scott, of the GeekNights podcast streamed this if anyone wants an extended preview:
  15. When I saw that photo on #31 I thought it was a Photoshop of a young Breckon next to himself on the same ride years later (the yellow tint helped)
  16. I know this isn't the video games podcast but all I could think about during the centipede Dad discussion was a sequel to Octodad - Centidad - and how awesome that would be. Then I thought about a version of QWOP but with centipedes titled QWERTYUIOP[]\ASDFGHJKL;'ZXCVBNM,./ Then I thought about a question@IdleThumbs (Patreoners feel free to steal this if you're stuck for this month's question): How hard is it to avoid video game references when recording IIT or other non-video game podcasts, given how ubiquitous video games have been in your professional and personal lives, and the basis of your friendships?
  17. Masculinity

    Just dropping by to promote the latest Waypoint episode which talks about this, featuring our own @Danielle. It's a really good summary and analysis without veering into speculation.
  18. That's fair enough feedback, and the Idle crew may want to take it into account. The problem *might* be - I'm by no means an expert - that iTunes makes it difficult to have a successful podcast that isn't categorised as games only (or one thing only). I expect it is very much like every other big, shitty platform like Youtube or Facebook in that they are constantly tweaking algorithms to target the 'right' content to the right people, and content creators have to cater to those algorithms or sink. This is only a guess. The Idles should also be grateful you left feedback directly here rather than leave a low-star review on iTunes because that would also help lower their visibility. Somewhat related: The Facebook Mom Problem Is Real
  19. fellintooblivion is that you
  20. Yeah I noticed Ed's reflection also
  21. I interpreted the Bobby scene as him and the sheriffs dept. having already visited the location directed in the capsule as scheduled that day and finding a bunch of other material his father had left for them. I figured nothing supernatural happened apart from finding the stuff, and that later episodes would have them digging through it. Not the most exciting interpretation I'll grant you.
  22. According to the credits - in case anyone had any doubt - the song was written by Badalamenti and Lynch and performed by James Marshall (Hurley). Wiki says he's a musician. The reveal of the two backup singers was pretty funny to me because I'm sure it's meant to duplicate Donna & Maddie from the original series. I thought their clothing a bit odd and wondered if it's the same as what the actors wore in the original scene but it's not: The scene this episode seemed to make that much more explicit, or at least that she's living in some sort of dream state.
  23. I guess if you became a patron and asked it as a ruination question he would be forced to answer, but I think part of it is he didn't like the streaming set-up via PS4. There seemed to be a lot of frustrations particularly with audio quality.
  24. I just spent a half hour trying to find a review of a live show I wrote around that time on but I think now I must've written it on the Caca Volante fan page's mailing list, long dead.