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Negative World Podcast Episode 1 - And so it begins...
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January 31, 2011, 19:43:01

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A brave crew of experienced message board posters on an incredible journey go beyond the keyboard and dare discuss face to face (not literally).

Listen with amazement as GelatinousEncore, CPA Wei, DrFinkelstein and Pandareus explore topics in a much more superficial way than they would have been in a regular forum thread. But it is being delivered in a newish format that allows you to get your dose of Negative World on the go, therefore is is better. Don't try to stop progress, you won't be able to!

After a musical intro composed by NegativeWorld's lord and master Zero, smile at the ineptitude of Pandareus who foolishly believed that listening to hundreds of podcasts somehow qualified him to host one! Seeing as he basically lives on the boards, you would expect him to be able to describe Negative World better. It's okay, however, as there is no way anyone not already familiar with the board will even hear him. Listen to him clumsily presenting his topic, Wiiware, first claiming that the games are fantastic only to go on about the ways the service is not.

Your eyes will be wide with amazement as you discover the true extent of DrFinkelstein's love for Animal Crossing! Nintendo has broken his heart by releasing a Wii version that lived up to the series' enormous potential, but that hasn't stopped him from coming up with ways to reignite the old flame. Hear him passionately describe them to three other dudes who only bought the GameCube version of the game for the NES classics it contained, or never touched the series at all.

Things get more grave and serious as CPA Wei presents his topic, the end of the Wii's and the DS's livespan. Our crew attempts to answer the question: Is Kirby truly a harbinger of death for a Nintendo home console? Pandareus comes prepared with a list of coming-late-in-the-gen games on past Nintendo consoles, but then forgets to make the point he was getting at. Thankfully the rest of the crew picks up the slack with their insights.

Finally, we prepare to close the podcast the same way Nintendo prepares to put their handhelds to sleep when they've run their course: Pokémon. GelatinousEncore regales us with his tales of playing his imported copy of Pokémon White, and comes up with 5 ways to improve the franchise. The whole crew then comes to the conclusion that there are way more than just five ways to end the stagnation, and seem to agree that they wouldn't be all that hard to implement. Nintendo is being lazy, and we care!

The show ends about as gracefully as it started. Breathe a sigh of relief as Zero's beats signal that the torture is over, but stay tuned for a smerdprise.

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Posted: 01/31/11, 19:43:01  - Edited by 
 on: 12/05/11, 06:35:29    
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Started listening. Great audio quality for a first podcast! You should totally try to cut it down to around an hour though.

The developer of Roller City Girls (or whatever it's called) had a different perspective on the WiiWare file size limit. He said that it actually helps smaller developers, because they don't have to compete with giant downloadable games released by bigger developers.

Posted by 
 on: 02/01/11, 00:52:08

Oddly enough, I've actually been contemplating getting an xbox 360 + Kinect lately. My sister's getting one and she's kinda selling me on it.

Posted by 
 on: 02/01/11, 00:52:53  - Edited by 
 on: 02/01/11, 00:53:36
casper884 said:

Oddly enough, I've actually been contemplating getting an xbox 360 + Kinect lately. My sister's getting one and she's kinda selling me on it.

I won a Kinect just before Christmas and I am glad I did because while it is a cool device I dont think I would have bought one. I am currently addicted to the Biggest Loser game though, lost 14 pounds thus far and I just keep coming back for more punishment.

Posted by 
 on: 02/01/11, 01:04:09

I gotta say, I didn't even manage to say half of the stuff I wanted to say about Wiiware. I thought I was prepared, but not enough it seems. 20 minutes was too short for my topic!


Cut it down to an hour, really? It's not as if we had tons of dead air or repeated ourselves. We had planned to move on from a topic if we saw we ran out of things to say before the limit we had set for ourselves, but that didn't happen.

Posted by 
 on: 02/01/11, 01:36:13  - Edited by 
 on: 02/01/11, 01:39:07
I think we should've gone on longer to talk about DSiWare :P but it was still nice.

I enjoyed being in this! Great music too

Posted by 
 on: 02/01/11, 01:56:50  - Edited by 
 on: 02/01/11, 01:57:34
Just listened to bits and pieces. Good to see a nice reception so far too and hopefully we'll continue our success

Simbabbad said:
I completely agree with the guy (GelatinousEncore?) talking about the Xbox setup. The whole Xbox interface is a store, it's informative, you're tempted all the time to check out and buy stuff. Even the demos aren't really pushed forward on WiiWare.
I get no love do I? :( (or at least I think it was me, I think it was me and Dr. Fink who talked about XBLA the most)

EDIT: Heh, funny how I mentioned earlier on during the End of Lifespan discussion that I said I don't know what's coming beyond Pokemon Black & White and then at end it naming more games coming down the pipeline beyond that... memory kicked in a little later I guess

Posted by 
 on: 02/01/11, 02:00:27  - Edited by 
 on: 02/01/11, 02:04:47
Wasn't me. I don't have an Xbox!

Posted by 
 on: 02/01/11, 02:04:14
Argh, I`m apparently LTTP here.

Can't wait to give this a listen!

Posted by 
 on: 02/01/11, 04:04:49
casper884 said:
All of you sound completely different than I expected you to, lol!

Haha, I'm sure that'd be the case for us all. I had no idea though that GE was all the way in Argentina! His skype connection was so clean too.


Glad you liked it Phalanx! :)

Simbabbad said:

What's great on Xbox is you don't even realize you're shopping before it's too late.

That's completely true. I find myself digging right up to that "purchase" button only to realize, wait a sec,...

@CPA Wei

It might have been you... but I remember speaking about how the nature of the Nintendo shop doesn't even make me want to switch over the cables from the xbox... but I don't know if I spoke much about the xbox store design at all.


You've met me in person! You've got even more of a reason to listen and judge! haha

Posted by 
 on: 02/01/11, 04:46:08
AWESOME! I love podcasts, I'm gonna fire up Puzzle Quest and listen right now! I'll edit this once I finish listening and read the thread

If NW wasn't my favorite video game site before, it certainly is now. A PODCAST! Movin' on up (movin' on up) tooooo the top!

Posted by 
 on: 02/01/11, 06:12:36
Yeah no worries. It's not like I pointed out the pronounciation of your name FIRST.

Posted by 
 on: 02/01/11, 06:13:36

Dammit, that's what I like to see! Popping in a game and listening to a podcast. I wish I had time for that these days.

Posted by 
 on: 02/01/11, 06:31:21
Exciting! I shall download it forthwith.

Posted by 
 on: 02/01/11, 19:06:57
DrFinkelstein said:
I had no idea though that GE was all the way in Argentina! His skype connection was so clean too.

I was looking at site statistics last night and apparently we get hits from 94 different countries. Woah. Negative World is truly global now!!!

Anyway I'm maybe 20 minutes into the podcast and enjoying it. It's so refreshing hearing a podcast that has a positive attitude towards Nintendo. Even on NWR they can get really weird about certain things and be pretty negative at times.

Posted by 
 on: 02/01/11, 19:09:37  - Edited by 
 on: 02/01/11, 19:11:07

How awesome is that!!!

Posted by 
 on: 02/01/11, 19:11:18

I was born in Argentina, lived 9 years in the states and I moved back here last year. My profile still says Orlando, doesn't it... gotta change that.

How can you check someone's Skype connection, Fink? Or do you mean the audio quality?

Posted by 
 on: 02/01/11, 19:11:42  - Edited by 
 on: 02/01/11, 19:13:00
Got to listen to a little last night, and it sounds like you guys did a great job! I saw someone post a Navi pic, and part of me wouldn't mind the podcast being called "Hey! Listen!"haha. Anyway, great job. I'll listen to the rest later.

Posted by 
 on: 02/01/11, 19:28:25
I only played Kinect Adventures and it's brutally shallow, and not even that fun. So beware.

Posted by 
 on: 02/01/11, 19:31:31
In other news, I believe I've found a solution to record a podcast myself, a program called Pamela. It's got this really useful feature that allows to record in stereo: you on one channel and the other guys on the other channel. Should make editing out noises super simple. The whole time we recorded I was worried that my neighbors would start blasting latino music and sing/whistle, as they often do. Actually, had we recorded on Sunday, it would have happened.

So I guess on the next podcast we'll test that solution. That will mean we have at least 2, maybe 3 people with GelatinousEncore who can record and edit. That should reduce DrFink's workload a bit.

Plus, I think it will be cool to have different people participating in each podcast, and it's harder to do when 2 slots are permanently occupied by Fink and I.

Right after recording the podcast, I was all: "Oh, I know I said I'd gladly cede my place to someone else next time, but this is so much fun, I want to be in all of them!".

Then a few days later I realize that I would run out of topics pretty fast, and perhaps people would get tired of hearing me as well.

So yeah, having several different people ready to record/edit is best for the podcast as a whole, I believe.

Posted by 
 on: 02/01/11, 19:34:01  - Edited by 
 on: 02/01/11, 19:35:35
Alright I finished it up this morning. Great job everybody!

The conversations were interesting. I haven't played an Animal Crossing game since the original on Gamecube, which I pumped TONS of time into. Hopefully this one on 3DS will have enough interesting and good additions to get me back into it. And I loved the idea of an Animal Crossing channel. You could get a top-down map of the town and use the stylus to just pick the weeds and fruit and all the little daily maintenance stuff without loading up the full town with citizens and all that. Hopefully Nintendo is listening

Also, about Pokemon, the only one I REALLY played was the original Red/Blue/Yellow generation. I bought Platinum, played it for maybe 6 hours and got kind of overwhelmed. Anyway, I'll keep an eye on Black and White, and if the inevitable "Grey" version is on 3DS, I might just pick that one up.

Agreed on all fronts about the Wii Shop service. It's too far out of the way, and hopefully the eShop is Nintendo's answer. They know developers are upset at the lack of coverage/exposure on the Wii and DSi. I don't know if the Xbox solution is the one Nintendo should go for, but one thing is for sure, it blows Nintendo's offerings out of the water.

Last but not least, interesting discussion on the software at the end of a lifecycle. It's very strange that we're seeing (possibly) the best and worst of it, with the DS and Wii respectively. We still have to see what Nintendo has for the Wii for this year and beyond, but as of right now, it certainly seems akin to the end of the GC and N64. The DS however, still has mega-blockbusters coming out, and other games all but guaranteed to be great like Okamiden. Of course they'll market these games as being compatible with the 3DS, but they could easily do the same thing with Wii games (if Wii2 is to be backwards compatible) if they only had the GAMES!

Looking forward to the next iteration of The Negative World Podcast! That's what I think the name should be, lol. A lot of the little kinks will get worked out in time, it's only natural, and it's not like the podcast was unlistenable anyway . Excellent news about the world-wide user base of Negative World, and happy belated birthday Smerd!

Posted by 
 on: 02/01/11, 19:54:14
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