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We’re back with the NAG Online Podcast this evening and tonight we’ll be joined by Geoff Burrows, our overlord and master whip-cracker and Rick de Klerk. We’ll be running through some of our thoughts on Early Access (once again it’s a hot topic) as well as discussing Geoff Keighley’s The Game Awards (which, please note, I didn’t watch – and not for lack of trying, thanks Eskom) and Sony’s Playstation Experience, a two-hour extravaganza which rolls through all the wonderful things Sony wants you to buy from them. Somewhere towards the end we talk about Grand Theft Auto and our thougts on the petition currently running against the game in Australia.

If you’ve never listened to us live, download the latest version of Mumble and follow the instructions in our forum to set it up and listen to us live in the NAGlings channel starting at 8PM. We’re going to be doing microphone testing roughly half an hour before we start recording so you can pop in then to interact with us and see all the fun that goes into setting up a podcast.

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If you’ve been on the internet lately (face it, it’s a high probability that you have), then you most likely saw the new Star Wars trailer and witnessed the internet collectively lose their minds regarding the new lightsaber design. One website unaffected has been NAG Online… until now! Hit the jump for in-depth ranting.

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We’re back with the NAG Online Podcast this evening and tonight we’ll be joined by Lauren Das Neves and the ever-cyncial Rick de Klerk. We’ll be running through some of our earliest memories with the Playstation brand, discussing Valve’s streaming service and musing on what exactly that Gaben-damned new lightsaber needs a crossguard for. Join us!

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Jim Sterling, video game sarcastineer, recently took a look at locally-produced Atajrubah, available on Early Access for $15. Sterling was not happy; Atajrubah is a janky mess, souless. It is the skeleton of a game; as bleached as the version 0.02 bones to be lain in its desert setting eventually… maybe.

Now, to be fair, this game is in alpha. I think local game development should be supported, and I see the developer has responded reasonably to the video, so props to them. But this is not about Atajrubah. It’s about Early Access, a system of purchase which increasingly seems to be supporting developer entitlement rather than gamer engagement. Atajrubah is simply, for me, the last shriveled date that broke the camel’s back because you couldn’t equip a spine brace (last dig, I promise).

This is part and parcel of games straddling that iffy line of being interactive, artistic and commercial. We’re all familiar with “gamer entitlement” issues, a condemnation that’s sometimes warranted (such as in the case of criticisms leveled at Monument Valley, when the developers dared — dared, in their hubris — to release a new set of levels for a gross $1.99 instead of just making it for free because that’s how the real world works), but is now seemingly meaningless in its widespread application to any customer complaints.

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Note: Apologies for this being somewhat delayed, the powers that be decided I could benefit from experiencing life without electricity and running water for a day. I can tell you, it is mediocre at best.

Games, I’m sure you’ve noticed, go through trends. There are certain flavours of the week that come and go, like Guitar Hero or Hatoful Boyfriend (note: not really a game), but for the most part things remain pretty static.

So then, I’ve compiled a list of six environments that every mainstream, AAA game seemingly fits into, and in turn challenge you to identify the outliers that don’t quite fit into my neat little boxes.

tl;dr – read column, call me idiot in comments

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A lot of focus for this year has been on how Ubisoft was conducting itself with various game launches and while the company hasn’t made massive fudge-ups this year, they’ve certainly had a way with words that has made a lot of people on the internet angry. However, the way in which The Crew’s launch has been handled is weird to see – with review embargoes set to only go down after launch day and no reviewers getting their copy of the game beforehand, the most that anyone had to go on was cinematic trailers, some gameplay trailers and participation in the alphas and betas, if you were able to.

Its a really odd thing to wrap my head around – a game that had a lot of hype and much promise as the spiritual successor to Test Drive Unlimited 2 just launched yesterday to zero fanfare. I didn’t even see advertising for it outside of the official Twitter and Facebook accounts and Nvidia’s Geforce game bundles.

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There were some interesting changes instituted by Microsoft when they announced the next version of Windows and one of those was a complete name change – not just calling it Windows 9, implying that it was a mere iteration of Windows 8.1, but a full leap to double digits. While the name change is certainly one designed to make people think that it’s a completely different OS, there were deeper changes made in the last few years that changed things around completely and make me wonder why Microsoft is now calling it Windows 10.0 internally.

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I’ve been playing Dragon Age: Inquisition for a few days now and I have a confession to make. I’m stuck.

I can’t get past Haven.

Because I keep restarting the game to design a new character.

First I wanted to make my traditional favourite Dragon Age character: an Elf rogue. As much as I tried and tried and tried to make her look like a little Celtic warrior maiden, she’d just come out looking… wrong. Oversized lips, weird cheekbones and jawlines, and tattoo colours that felt like a good idea in theory and never seemed to turn out to be a good idea in practice. So I decided to try out the new playable race, the Qunari.

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Welcome to the NAG Online Podcast! In this seventeenth episode, we’re chatting about hackers, blood sports, Steam holiday sales and why Ubisoft’s review embargoes for The Crew make little sense to us. We’re joined by my brother Matthew Fick and our comrade-in-arms, Mark Del. Join us!

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Holidays are expensive. You have to buy gifts for everyone, you have to fork out cash for dinners and decorations and trees and all things festive, and frankly it can get a bit hard on the wallet.

How then, to make sure you get the best gaming experience while still managing to have a real holiday?

Jump in, I’ve got you covered.

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