Episode 10: Xybots, BBC Micro, Reality is Broken, 3DS, iPad 2

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XybotsXybotsFight for your future! We're back with Episode 10! If you have feedback about the episode, please leave it HERE. Also - Don't forget to review the show on iTunes. We really appreciate it.

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Segments and approximate times below:

  • Mark Vasier on the BBC Micro (3:37)
  • Chris Kennedy and Aaron Wegner discuss Xybots (20:18)
  • Matt Barton dissects Reality is Broken (55:11)
  • Bill Loguidice discusses new projects, the Atrix 4G, Nintendo 3DS, and the Apple iPad 2 (1:27:13)

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Matt Barton
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Things would have probably

Things would have probably been different a few years ago when we still had the issues coming out and were getting lots of attention on Slashdot and the rest. I bet if we had been doing a podcast back then, it'd be a much bigger deal than it is now. Now it's pretty much just the team and a few friends and loyal fans hanging around here. With all the other projects people have going on, Youtube, books, etc., there's just not enough time to dedicate here.

I'm still glad we have Armchair Arcade here, though. Sometimes I just get a "blogging itch" and it's nice to have a place to post stuff without having to worry about it not going over well with an editor or what have you. It's a great place to mull over ideas.

I think if we keep doing the podcast, we should definitely completely revamp the format. I'm willing to try the Skype conference call format and keeping it limited to 20-30 minutes, tops. At least then we'll get the satisfaction of talking with each other and getting immediate feedback instead of just speaking into a dead microphone. I bet it would well if we each had an item to introduce, then talked about each one briefly as a group. Indeed, I think that'd be so much fun it'd be worth doing regardless of the podcast's popularity.

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Bill Loguidice
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I think if we keep doing the podcast, we should definitely completely revamp the format. I'm willing to try the Skype conference call format and keeping it limited to 20-30 minutes, tops. At least then we'll get the satisfaction of talking with each other and getting immediate feedback instead of just speaking into a dead microphone. I bet it would well if we each had an item to introduce, then talked about each one briefly as a group. Indeed, I think that'd be so much fun it'd be worth doing regardless of the podcast's popularity.

I think that's probably the best answer. It will also allow us to release the episode quickly after recording as well. I'm not necessarily sold on doing topical news because of how quickly that ages, but that's generally what you need to do with that format. Either that or the hot topic/debate format.

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davyK
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I don't know about the whole

I don't know about the whole podcast thing. Maybe its me and my age - though I'm not that old - but the podcast doesn't appeal. I've listened to a few of these but the length does demand you put the time aside. Even though you give timings for sections which is great, and the quality is excellent, I don't put aside the time to listen to them on the whole.

The younger crowd who are more into podcasts - maybe they aren't into retro gaming so the content doesn't match the channel. Don't really know. Maybe lots of people are listening but just not commenting? Are podcasts on other subjects/sites the way to get chat going? I don't really know myself. People now don't seem to want to spend too much time onthings - they consume and move on - you see lots of articles that get a small amount of attention and then move on at other sites - gaming or otherwise.

Matt Barton
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Yeah, I'm starting to agree

Yeah, I'm starting to agree with you, Davyk. I like the podcast, but it sadly just hasn't clicked. I'd rather see that effort put into smaller but more routine things, like more blog posts and videos. I might return to the podcast thing if I have more ideas, but I'm still thinking that most people would rather just read my thoughts than hear them in spoken form. I've got a big audience with my videos, but they don't seem to care much for the pods.

Indeed, maybe we should scrap the podcast and try for a video cast. It's possible with Skype and such to have at least multiple talking heads. I don't know if that would necessary be more compelling. What do you think? Would it help if you could see the people speaking?

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sin_1987
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fun, viewers or

I think its the fault of all the armchair arcade staff (dont take it personally) but i feel you haven't promoted the podcast as much as you should have because there is no point in working to a niche audience for a podcast unless you spread the word about it, whats important is that you enjoy it and if so then persistance is the key to getting the views/comments you want, iv'e seen podcasts with over 600 eps and with a little audiance but they still continue because its the passion that drives them and eventually someone will come across the mp3's stored on the servers and listen and enjoy though just as you did making it.

On a better note i loved episode 7, it just hit the scale of 10/10 in terms of overall podcast quality and enjoyment i had in any podcast i ever listend to.

It will be intresting to see what happen's the next few months i will continue to hopefully comment on whatever happens.

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Mark Vergeer
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Video podcast?

What would perhaps work better if we do collaborations with video discussing an item but showing footage too. That does appeal to a broader audience. My Beeb segment really could have used visuals for example.

But that would turn it into YouTube videos basically, something we've all had more or less some success with.

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Mark Vergeer
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Actually already used some podcast

I actually did use some of my podcast audio from a while back as backbone of a YouTube video.

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Mark Vergeer
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The illustrated armchair arcade podcast/videocast

Ideas?

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