The podcast continues with Rob Eubank (@master_dex) joining me as the guest co-host as we tackle a rather large topic from today’s world: Marriage Equality.
The initial genesis for this subject came from Orson Scott Card being raked across the coals by some of his (ex) fans because of his rather strong convictions against gay rights and gay marriage, even going so far as to say that a constitution that supports such things is a weak one. While we do state our opinions on this topic, the real meat comes in whether an author should be held accountable for his personal beliefs, especially when his work doesn’t overtly reflect these things in any way.
And naturally, we discuss same-sex relationships from some modern TV shows and video games, among other things.
Oh, and we also mention a little thing about, you know, the LucasArts closure.
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Still haven’t seen “Wreck-It Ralph” and are wondering how it is? I’m sure you can guess that I thought very favorably of it, yet, still, I think you should read the review I wrote for Anjel Syndicate on the game and decide for yourself whether the movie is right for you!
I can say this: I only hope that Disney’s work on this film inspires other companies to be less stringent with their licenses so that actually decent video game films can be made.
With the long-running MMO “City of Heroes” scheduled to shut its doors on November 30, a very large and vocal group of fans have risen to the occasion to encourage NCSoft to keep the game running or, failing that, to find someone else who would be willing to take the rights of the game, revive it, and take it to new levels. In a world flooded with MMORPGs, many of which are mediocre, it’s easy to see why a company might choose to fold one game that was only marginally profitable, or which was deemed to have reached its fulfillment, and focus on new, more modern projects. Yet, “City of Heroes” is a game that really changed how some people viewed online games by changing the mold a bit. Even though “Champions Online” proved to be a decent successor to this original title, the game still has a strong and dedicated following more than eight years after its release.
On November 27 it was revealed that the “Save City of Heroes” campaign had tapped author Mercedes Lackey to write a letter to the Walt Disney corporation to see if they might consider picking up the rights to the game. After all, she says, “We believe that Disney and City of Heroes are a perfect match; Disney now owns Marvel and two impending Marvel MMOs which are slated to be mirror opposites of the cooperative, community gameplay fostered by City of Heroes.” Lackey goes on to say that Disney does a great job with community relations and fostering a loyal fan-base, something, she says, that NCSoft has failed to do. While no one would likely argue against Disney being good at fostering loyalty, some might take issue with stating that ArenaNet and NCSoft didn’t do that good of a job with it as they seemed to handle “Guild Wars” and “Guild Wars 2″ quite nicely.
Will fans be able to convince someone to pick up the game so that it doesn’t go away forever? That’s hard to say, but Disney does now own Marvel, so it would seem that a super-hero MMO wouldn’t be bad for them to pick up.
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This week on the show, my friend Ken Imbody joins us to talk about his latest obsession: “XCOM: Enemy Unknown.” We also talk about a few other topics too, including “Guild Wars 2″ and the recent purchase of LucasArts by Disney.
Ken is an avid role-player and gamer and an all-around nerd in many ways. He’s a fun person to pick his brain with comic book questions, so perhaps in a future episode (Season 3?) he will join us to talk about comics!
If you have any questions for Ken, feel free to send them to me and I will be sure to pass them along.
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