The Best of The Obsolete Gamer Show 2013

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For the Obsolete Gamer Show team being able to chat with people about video games is just about the most fun we can have. We get to be silly, have fun, laugh, a lot, and talk with people from all over the world. These are not just podcasts, they are fond memories and good times and we were proud to have them all and wanted to bring you some of the best moments from OGS 2013.

Originally we wanted to do a standard interview type podcast, but let’s face it, it had been done before. We still had fun, but we felt like we were trying to be too professional, then it got crazy. We ditched that format and just talked about whatever we want and honestly it was some of the funniest stuff we ever did.

However, we also wanted to continue interviewing people, so for 2013 we decided to combine the two. We reached out to people in the gaming industry and invited them on to chat via Skype which we then converted into the podcast. Later on, we added our Google Hang Out Live video show so we could have video as well as audio and it has been a hit.

We began the 2013 season talking with Fatal1ty and it was great talking about being a pro gamer as well as mixing the love of video games with being kick ass at it.  Ryan Culver was one of the most interesting guests we had because not only did he play Nathan Drake in the Sony commercials, this guy lives an awesome life and I swear I have to see one of his airplanes one day.

We always are on the lookout for Retro inspired games and we found a cool indie one and had a great conversation with Mike Oliphant, creator of Kung Fu Fight. We discussed indie developing and the challenges of getting your work out there. We also got to talk with Caleb Fox of Wargaming America about World of Tanks, a game our founder Ignacio is very fond of.

Obviously gaming communities are huge and we have been part of the Raptr network for years now. We are currently working on a project with them that we hope to show you in 2014, but we had a chance to talk with Casey Scheld about how the Raptr community has grown over the years and its goals for the future.

So if you have been following us at all you know we have had a relationship with The Jace Hall show for some time. It began with us wanting him to be one of our first high profile gamer profiles and from there we added an interview and more. When they launched their channel 1337 Lounge Live, they were kind enough to invite J.A. Laraque on and it was an awesome time. Since then J.A. has appeared on their channel and their video game talk show Game Talk Live. One of the first people I met on the lounge was host, Xander Denke, and it was great to have him on the show to talk about the lounge and dealing with guests coming on the show. In the video version, he even shows us a little behind the scenes of the lounge so you will want to check that out if you haven’t already.

Now while Obsolete Gamer is mostly about classic gaming we have often talked about all types of subjects from modern gaming to even gaming health and politics, but sometimes you need to get with a legend and be schooled in the ways of gaming and that is exactly what happened when we talked with gaming legend William Volk. This guy knows his stuff and you have to see the full podcast because there was so much awesomeness in it, it could have been 60% of the best of 2013 by itself. Seriously, it was a great and informative conversation and we were honored to have him on.

The great thing about Gamer Profiles is it gives us that opening to reach out to people in the gaming industry. Sometimes you get a little knowledge about the person and move on and sometimes you create a friendship and have an awesome chat via Google Plus. That is exactly what happened with actor William Watterson who among many other things was the voice of Jim Peyton in Lost Planet 3. When we do a podcast we are not sure how long it will be. Sometimes the guests have time constraints and sometimes they are not as talkative. Sometimes you just click and the conversation flows as if you have known them for years. Honestly, it was great and we talked about everything from gaming to comic books even sports and of course movies and acting. We added the complete 55 minute interview and I know you will enjoy all of it.

Included in this 217 minute podcast is also some of our funnier segments where we talk about everything from hiring in-gamer assassins to gamer girls who are not completely girls as well as an extended intro clip track. Now we know it is a lot to listen to and we can break it up into individual segments later, but it’s a fun listen especially if you have time to kill.

I hope you all enjoyed listening and watching our podcasts as much as we enjoyed doing them and for 2014 it is only going to get better. We have a lot planned with lots of guests, more interaction and additional shows and programs that will cross over with OGS.

We want to thank everyone who came on the show and a special thanks to all the listeners because without you there is no OGS.

As for the podcast itself, head on over to our Podcast Page to choose how you want to listen or download the show.

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Until next year!

Impact: Gaming Communities

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This week on OGS we talked with Casey Scheld from Raptr about how that community has grown over the past few years into successful gaming community where gamers can read reviews, share achievements, earn all types of goodies and just hang out and have fun. There have been a ton of gaming communities that have brought gamers together like Dwango, HEAT, Kali, Gamespy and Steam. On the panel, we discuss the impact these communities has had on gaming culture and the marriage of social media and gaming.

So check it out and let us know what you think and remember, you can download our podcasts on ITunes and now we are available on Stitcher Radio.

The Gamers of Origin PC

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The Gamers of Origin PC

One of the questions I was often asked during my time at Alienware was, are you guys really gamers and do you play games at work. I can tell you originally pretty much everyone at Alienware were gamers, just check out our interview with co-founder Alex Aguila and our gamer profile for Nelson Gonzalez., you can also check out our interview with Arthur Lewis. When I started back in 2001 most of us were avid gamers and would often have Lan parties at HQ or meet up to play games.

In our editorial where we asked, do you have to be a gamer to be in the industry? My opinion was that you do not need everyone in the company to be a gamer, but it does matter to have key people who at least understand the culture. When we talked with Origin PC not long after their launch it was clear the management understood games and gaming culture. It is also clear they are all gamers check out the gamer profile for CEO, Kevin Wasielewski and COO, Hector Penton. If you need more proof perhaps we can show a picture of their arcade games cabinets and Mr. Penton’s wall of PC game boxes.

In the meantime, here are some gamer profiles from Origin PC team members and if you want to game with Origin PC you can find them on Raptr and on Steam.

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Name: Erika Mckinster

Gaming background: Final Fantasy series, Goldeneye, DOOM, Quake, Halo, Mass effect Trilogy, World of Warcraft, Diablo trilogy; too many to name!

Favorite classic game: Final Fantasy 7

Favorite modern game: Mass Effect

What are you playing now? Torchlight 2 & Borderlands 2

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Name: Fabian Santiesteban

Gaming background: As a child I was an avid gamer from the Atari 2600 while working my way up to the Sega Genesis to the PC’s of today.

Favorite classic game: Quake – Quake may be the most influential game of all time. Not the best game, not the most innovative, but the most influential. Nothing beats a god old fashion First Person Shooter.

Favorite modern game: MMORPG – My gaming preference roles have changed. Today I am a big fan of EVE Online – Age of Conan and The Secret World.

What are you playing now? I am currently playing Diablo 3 and looking to level up my toon to 60 so I can start my paragon levels. I am looking forward to the incoming patch that will give you the opportunity to group up to 8 players which will make it much more interesting.

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Name: Daniel Ovalle

Gaming background: I’ve built my own computers since I was 18 and was immersed into hardcore gaming while working at Alienware.

Favorite classic game: Quake

Favorite modern game: Too many to name.

What are you playing now? World of Warcraft, Mass Effect, SWTOR, Civ5, Guild Wars 2, Diablo3

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Name: Jorge Percival

Gaming background: First ever encounter with gaming was an Atari 2600 that my parents had, though I was very young they tell me I wouldn’t let go of it. After that I can happily say I owned most consoles to date mostly for exclusive tittles. The fall of 1993 was when I really began paying attention to PC games when my uncle purchased DOOM for his PC, I was completely hooked on that game. Consoles introduced me to gaming the PC has kept me here.

Favorite classic game: My favorite classic game will always be Counter strike (pre source days) this was my real introduction to competitive gaming and the first game I truly took serious. I followed all the pro’s and tournaments I would fully engulf myself in the scene and what was going on during those days. Quake comes a close second.

Favorite modern game: My favorite modern game……….. would definitely have to be League of Legends, this game shows how great gameplay is still at the heart of a good game. We all love graphics but the game needs to have good mechanics and gameplay to continue to grow past its release. I am also a huge fan of RIOT as a developer they do great job of interacting with their community and are supporting the e-sports push here in the states.

What are you playing now? Right now I have lowered the amount of games that I play at a time (mostly due to League of Legends lol). League of Legends, Torchlight II, Borderlands 2. Those would be my top 3 in that order.

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Name: Tony Berry AKA Miztic1

Gaming background: Started gaming on C64/Atari 800XL then moved to the NES and all other consoles where I got hooked on gaming and once I got my first PC I discovered Wolfenstein 3D then eventually Doom and Quake 1 and those sent me over the edge of the gaming abyss.

Favorite classic game: Tossup between Quake 2: Rocket Arena 2 and Ultima Online. Consoles would be Legend of Zelda on NES.

Favorite modern game: This is a tough one, I would have to say WoW

What are you playing now? WoW, Diablo 3, torchlight and league of legends.

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Name: Alvaro Masis in game (Propane)

Gaming background: Have been playing games since Lode Runner and have played on multiple platforms favorite PC by far

Favorite classic game: Favorite classic game would be destruction derby for the Commodore 64

Favorite modern game: Eve Online

What are you playing now? Guild Wars 2, Eve Online, Torch Light 2

Raptr’s Minecraft Give-a-way for XBL

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Raptr is giving away 2,500 copies of Minecraft on Xbox Live for the Xbox 360 as part of their Raptr rewards program. Mojang’s award-winning game Minecraft will be available on Xbox 360. The Xbox LIVE Arcade version of the game features an innovative new crafting interface, natural controller movements, a full tutorial mode to teach the basics, and an all-new split-screen multiplayer mode on Xbox LIVE.  It will be available on Xbox LIVE Arcade on May 9, 2012 for 1600 Microsoft Points.

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So if you are signed up make sure to log into your account on May 10th 2012 and check out the rewards section. If you are not a member of Raptr join today because the rewards will be offered on a first come first served basis.

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Eligibility to redeem rewards will be based on games played and ranks earned on Raptr; ranks are determined by time played and achievements unlocked. The Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition reward is available in all Xbox LIVE regions listed at the following link:.  All rewards will be offered on a rolling first come, first served basis. More details about the reward and who is eligible to earn it, will be available on May 10, 2012.

John Master Lee: Raptr

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Name: John Master Lee

Title: Vp of Marketing

Company: Raptr

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Favorite Classic Game: King of Kings

Why is this game your favorite: “It’s a rare turned-based strategy game that only came out in Japan. It was published by Atlus and Namco in 1988 on the Famicon. It was the first time I was completely absorbed into the gameplay in a way that went being just a fan. It got me thinking about game design,

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I learned Japanese (because I couldn’t read the text otherwise!), and I never went back to board games since. It was the first time that I realized how deep and complex a game can be back on the NES.”