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PixlTalk Episode 30: A Potato Sack of Topics

Nate and Stanton talk Portal 2, Rock Band's top songs, PSN Security and Dragon Ball Z. Nate also mangles metaphors and analogies while Stanton has an Epiphany.

Nate and Stanton hold the fort down this week. First on the agenda is a conversation about Portal 2 and the 'Potato Sack'. Indie developers were given unprecedented full use of Valve IP that will hopefully set a standard for future projects across the industry.

They then reflect upon fond Rock Band memories when examining the top 10 downloaded tracks for the game. What songs should have made the cut? Nate grumbles about his plastic instrument investments and Stanton expounds on how his friends drained his Xbox Live account faster than a PSN hacker exploited gamers' bank accounts.

Speaking of PSN, the crew touches on security issues in gaming and how to protect yourself in the future. Nate's clumsy metaphors lead to Stanton having an epiphany and a subsequent conversation on Dragon Ball.


 

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Stanton Daries Staff Alumnus

05/03/2011 at 11:37 AM

Ars article on the Potato Sack: http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2011/04/abusing-ip-the-story-behind-one-studios-portal-2-arg-adventure.ars

Jason Ross Senior Editor

05/04/2011 at 04:32 PM

Those who participated in the Potato Sack ARG and were able to complete it at a certain point in time received an amazing freebie, IIRC. According to G4, the Valve Complete Pack was a bundle worth $100 with a downloadable copy of every one of Valve's titles, including Portal 2. Apparently, the games could even be gifted to other people on an individual basis.I have not played Mass Effect 2, either, Stanton. I don't think I've played any Bioware titles, truth be told. Take that!

Stanton, your "A person is smart, people are stupid" paraquote is from Men In Black, where Tommy Lee Jones talks to Will Smith on the park bench before Smith choosing to join the MiB.

The project Stanton and Nate allude to isn't a secret at all. We at PixlBit are currently working on a series of features asserting why video game consoles of this generation have been failures and successes. Stanton's pledged to state how the 360 has been a success, and he said his rebuttal to my argument of why the console failed would take just two words, totaling seven letters.

Stanton Daries Staff Alumnus

05/07/2011 at 11:33 PM

Always knew that Tommy Lee Jones was a smart fellow.

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