Episode 34: System Shock 2

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Irrational Games' System Shock 2 is a cult classic hybrid game that straddles several genres: FPS, RPG, and action adventure. It also boasts an amazing science fiction story and some seriously spooky ambiance. In this episode, I offer the history of the game, showing how it can trace its lineage back to Ultima Underworld, a game with which it shares some very intriguing parallels. Like UU, SS2 was not originally conceived as a sequel, nor did it sell very well despite becoming very popular and influential later on. You can download the video here.

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By the way, in case you're

By the way, in case you're curious what this is, I'm experimenting with iTunes and getting my videos set up there as podcasts for iPhones and iPods. The link is here if you're interested.

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works like a charm - even from the Netherlands!

Matt, this is cool. I think it is a good thing to try this as a Podcast too. But I wouldn't alienate the Youtube fanbase you've gather if I were you. :P

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Absolutely not, Mark! This

Absolutely not, Mark! This is strictly a way to expand the audience.

BTW, if anyone has an iTunes account, please consider adding a comment to this iTunes thing. The folks haven't heard of me at all, so maybe a nice comment about the show would really help to get things moving. I'll probably just routinely add the movies there as time goes by. For some reason, I had to use YouTube's .mp4 file. I made one with Sony Vegas, but for whatever reason it wouldn't stream or play properly.

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Looks good, the file is

Looks good, the file is formatted for the iPhone screen. I will leave a rating on iTunes - other Canadians should see it

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Thanks, Catatonic. When I

Thanks, Catatonic. When I get time, I'll try to upload a few more episodes so the iTunes/podcasting folks can get a better idea of the program.

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You're welcome - it's too

You're welcome - it's too bad the reviews are segregated by country although sometimes that is a good thing (e.g. on the App Store, there have been apps on sale in Canada that don't work properly here - and all the reviews warn you about it)

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Yes, I'm curious what kind

Yes, I'm curious what kind of impact it will have, if any. I must admit, I'm highly doubtful that it will attract little if any attention.

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It makes complete sense
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Yes, I'm curious what kind of impact it will have, if any. I must admit, I'm highly doubtful that it will attract little if any attention.

Again, it requires promotion like anything else, but being on there is important even without the promotion. Putting "Matt Chat" on there is kind of a kludge because you designed it for YouTube, but if you make a point of converting the latest Matt Chat right after you upload the YouTube version, you'll have regular content available which is very important on there. You should put it on the Zune marketplace as well, though that's a far smaller market at this point.

The key was us getting the unlimited storage space and bandwidth, now we can start to explore these things properly. If - at its simplest - it's just a matter of placing the same types of files in the same directory and they're automatically parsed by these services when there's something new there and made available, it's foolish not to do it.

I still plan on creating an Armchair Arcade audio folder at some point for podcasts that are specific to Armchair Arcade. I'm hoping that it will consist of regular news shows and occasional one-offs.

I'll need to make a point of subscribing to Matt Chat on iTunes for you to make sure everything looks the way it's supposed to. Some podcasts don't even have proper graphics or tagging, and to me that makes a big difference in appreciation for something.

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Catatonic
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Can you get video podcasts

Can you get video podcasts delivered directly to an XBox 360, PS3, Wii, PSP or...?

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That's an interesting

That's an interesting question. Sony Vegas Platinum has "export to PSP" as a special feature (Duh, it's a Sony product), and I've been really thinking about it. However, I don't know anything about the PSP. Is there an iTunes like store for PSP? Even if I had a PSP-formatted video, what would I do with it?

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