Eight and a Half Bit

So what is likely the year’s biggest title Grand Theft Aut…. WHAT THE HELL IS HAPPENING IN THIS HOHOKUM TRAILER?! Oh dear god that’s disgusting. Sorry. Grand Theft Auto V has been released and has made all of the money. Wow. Still shaken by what I saw in that Hohokum trailer.  That game… my soul belongs to you.  Also a bunch of other games and some excellent crowd funding projects this week!

SUPER HOT SUPER HOT SUPER HOT

Crowd Funding Picks

Ben and James: Soccer Legends

Paul:  Slip

Direct download: Episode_72_-_Grand_Theft_Auto_and_the_Great_Poop_Factory.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 8:13pm AEDT

We speak with the legendary Chris Jones about the upcoming return of Tex Murphy with Tesla Effect among SEVERAL other topics!

Direct download: Interview_-_Chris_Jones.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 5:51pm AEDT

Scoring, passing, tackling, jumping, one-foot-in-front-of-the-other'ing, etc no matter what your sports-wording is sports are a thing that happen. Sometimes they happen in videogames.

Next week: Top 5 - Games from Australia

Direct download: Top_5_-_Sports_Games.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

What happened this week!? The VitaTV comes out of nowhere, Ubisoft reveals a bunch of amazing looking games, there are quality crowd sourced games everywhere, minecraft clones excel beyond simple comparisons, heaps of kickstarted projects were released. James played Godus and Paul went camping all while Ben is still on the first boss of Diablo 3.  How do we fit it all in? We just talk for longer.

Crowd Funding Picks

Ben: River City Ransom
James: The Fall
Paul:  Hyper Light Drifter


It's like the top 5 movies of the 90's except about PC games! RADICAL!

Next week: Top 5 Sport Games

Direct download: Top_5_-_PC_games_of_the_90s.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 8:00am AEDT

Australia has spoken and they have chosen Diablo 3 on PS3 over the PC version.  Divekic has been elected to the senate along with MGS5 and Whore of the Orient.  The new policies regarding the PS4’s virtual reality solution has yet to be details but it won’t stop the pendant speculate. Speaking of speculating we do some of that!

Crowd Funding Pick: Sunless Sea (three way tie)

Direct download: Episode_70_-_Diablo_Loves_Noodles.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 5:09pm AEDT

We chat to the notorious film maker and politically incorrect person, Uwe Boll about his kickstarter for Postal 2, film career, funding, his life and reputation plus anything else that came to mind. 

Check out his kickstarter here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1544635303/postal-2

Direct download: Interview_-_Uwe_Boll.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 10:01am AEDT

Virtual Man/Woman/Alien/Catterpiller/Block/Etc's best friend/s!

Next week: Top 5 PC games of the 90's

Direct download: Top_5_-_Pets.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

What a sexy episode we have for you all today. James has been getting it on with Contraption Maker and Divekick while Paul has his way with Mount Your Friends. Ben gets sick of sex jokes.  There are some fantastic crowd funding projects we chat about the 2DS and games that none of us will ever get to play.

 

Crowd Funding Picks

Ben: .Decimal

James: Octopus City Blues

Paul: Death Road to Canada

Direct download: Episode_69_-_Sixty_Nine_Time.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 7:21pm AEDT

Famous people! In our Videogames!

Next week: Top 5 Pets

Direct download: Top_5_-_Celebrities.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

There is so much to talk about this week we must be as efficient as possible!  GamesCon went down with Sony and Microsoft going all out in the lead up to their new console reveals. We've got games, we've got games plus we've even got some games.  A Chivalry expansion, indie games galore and even ToonTown gets thrown in for good measure. In my haste I even missed out on Rime, my favourite reveal of the week. Oh well. Next week I'll talk about it so much you'll hate me.

Crowd funding picks of the week

Ben: Super Goal Run

Paul and James: U55 - End of the Line

Direct download: Episode_68_-_Double_Plus_Games.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 7:57pm AEDT

Top 5 - Gamecube Games

The Gamecube. It had a built in handle. Also amazing games.

Next Week: Top 5 Celebrities in videogames

Direct download: Top_5_-_Gamecube_Games.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

Episode 067 - Pay 4 Day

The boys celebrate Ben’s birthday by all being sick and Ben says upwards of 7 words. Paul and James have been playing Payday 2 and have feelings on the subject while Ben has been involved in some kind of golf orientated activity. There a bunch of XBone news and GTA Online looks amazing. Throw in the Zombie parkour game Dying Light and the mysterious yet beautiful Dungeon of the endless and you sir/madam/hedgehog have got yourself a stew.

Direct download: Episode_67_-_Pay_4_Day.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 8:12pm AEDT

Top 5 - Team Multiplayer Games

Let's work together and listen to this great episode!

Next week: Top 5 Gamecube Games

Direct download: Top_5_-_Team_Multiplayer.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 9:09am AEDT

Episode 066 - The Wonderful 10Fun

Is the Wonderful 101 as wonderful as its name indicates? How steamy is SteamWorld? Are the brothers in Brothers: A tale of Two Sons full of brotherly love? How refreshing is the extreme taste of Coke Zero? We answer almost one of these questions.

Crowd Funding Picks
Paul: Paranautical Activity
James: Project Bliss
Ben: Dwarven Delve

Direct download: Episode_66_-_The_Wonderful_10Fun.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 7:27pm AEDT

Like books and shit!

Next week: Top 5 Team Multiplayer Games

Direct download: Top_5_-_Literary_Games.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 8:50pm AEDT

Episode 065 - Don't EverQuest-ion me. Don't ever censor me. Don't ever leave me.

EverQuest Next looks incredible, Australian censorship continues to infuriate and Phil Fish leaves the industry in a spectacular fashion. Not to mention Bioshock Infinite DLC, crazy Oculus Rift experiments, kickstarter and a little game where you Mount Your Friends. Most incredible of all though is that it was Liam O'Sullivan's birthday this week!


At PAXAUS 2013, we had the pleasure of using the noisy media room to catch up with Ron Gilbert in person. You don't get to meet him in the flesh, you just get to hear him again, but pretty awesome for us, right? We follow up on our Monkey Island/Bioshock Infinite/Lost cross over theory, discuss the role of Kickstarter, potential issues with Oculus Rift and raiding in World of Warcraft. Oh, and rum.

Direct download: gilbert-interview-pax-2013.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 8:08am AEDT

Top 5 - Xbox Games

The best games for the Xbox 1, I mean Xbox. The original one. But not the One. Here’s some games for that thing.

Next week: Top 5 Literary Games

Direct download: Top_5_-_Original_Xbox.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

Episode 064 - Shadowrun in the Pikmin Garden

We’ve got Pikmin 3! Shadowrun Returns! Rudd Vs Abbot!  TWO NEW SIMS 3 EXPANSIONS!!! These topics are getting less interesting as I go along. The first two though? Worth all of your time! Also Downton Abbey, Firefly and how Nintendo hates japan!

Direct download: Episode_64_-_Shadowrun_in_the_Pikmin_Garden.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 7:44pm AEDT

Episode 063 - PAX- travaganza

PAX Australia by all accounts was a massive success that will surely continue to grow and become part of the Australian gaming landscape. James and Paul were there and rant about it ALL EPISODE and Ben has to stop running his mouth off all the time and listen!

Direct download: Episode_63_-_PAX-travaganza.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00pm AEDT

Will he put a deliberate spelling mistake of the post as some obvious irony? Nope. But there might be one anyway. I'm pretty terrible at spelling.

Next week: Top 5 games for the original xbox

Direct download: Top_5_-_Spelling_Games.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 7:33pm AEDT

No show for yo

James recorded this without pants

Direct download: missing-top-5-filler.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 7:05am AEDT

Episode 062 - Prepare yourself (For the fun)

New Grand Theft Auto, new Ratchet and Clank, new Tex Murphy, new Steam sales. Stick that up your fun and smoke it.

Crowdfunding Picks

Paul: Organic Panic

James: Lioness

Ben: Organic Panic

Direct download: Episode_62.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 8:34pm AEDT

Top 5 - Games we played wrong

I know we seem like gaming super geniuses but the truth is we can make mitacks.

Direct download: Top_5_-_Games_We_Played_Wrong.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 5:30am AEDT

Episode 061 - Twice as Scandalous Twice as Fine

So much scandal this week as we rant about Doublefine’s budget concerns, EA's unethical sales and Nintendo’s unending stubbornness. Also The Last of Us, Kickstarters and more No Break Valet!

Direct download: Episode_61_-_Twice_as_Scandalous_Twice_as_Fine.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 7:48pm AEDT

Top 5 - Uses of Colour in a Videogame

Red, Yellow, Blue, Red again. That's all of em.

Next week: Top 5 Games we played wrong

Direct download: Top_5_-_Uses_of_Colour.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

Episode 060 - Welcome to the Ban Down Under

Ben takes the lead!  Seriously!  Saints Row and State of Decay censorship, Sad clowns, Sex lines, Walking around doingthings games!  Can you dig all there is to be dug?

Direct download: Episode_60_-_Welcome_to_the_ban_down_under.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 8:30pm AEDT

Top 5 - Game Vehicles

Vroooom! You can ride em, you can drive em, you can fly em you can sink em. Just get in there and VROOOOM!

Nect Week: Top 5 uses of colour in videogames.

Direct download: Top_5_-_Game_Vehicles.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

Episode 059 - WTFosoft

Microsoft did some things. Namely going nuclear on the Xbone’s controversial DRM policies. Some people are happy, some people are confused and Ben people are sad about it. But screw that because Paul got an OUYA!

Direct download: Episode_59_-_WTFosoft_.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 11:13am AEDT

Top 5 - Games of E3 2013

There were lots of games and we judged em! We didn't even play them! In some cases (Ben) we don't even know what they're like! But we ranked em and it felt good!

Next Week: Top 5 Vehicles

Direct download: Top_5_-_E3_2013.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 7:30am AEDT

Interview - Mel Croucher

Mel Croucher founded one of the UK's first video game studios in 1977, Automata. Now he is kickstarting a sequel to his classic 1984 Game Deus Ex Machina. We had a chat with Mel with turned out to be one of our most interesting ever. From Radio game distribution, treasures in horse’s anuses and phallic walking sticks we cover everything you didn't even know you needed to know.  If you only listen to one Eight and a Half bit interview this year, listen to this one!

Deus Ex Machina 2 on Kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1552445321/deus-ex-machina-2

Automata: http://www.automatasource.com/

Direct download: Interview_Mel_Croucher.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:34pm AEDT

Episode 058 - The desolation of E3

PS4! Wii-U! XBone! OUYA! Sifteo Cubes! All the big players were in attendance in what was perhaps the most controversial E3 of all time.  Emotions are high and there’s a bit of bullshit to cut through but we try not to get too bogged down in that and instead focus on what really matters... the length of Bayonetta’s new hair. IT’S SO SPUNKY!

Direct download: Episode_58_-_The_desolation_of_E3.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 8:22pm AEDT

Top 5 - Best Dressed Videogame Characters

They come runnin' just as fast as they can
coz every girl crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man videogame character.

Next Week: Top 5 games of E3 2013

Direct download: Top_5_-_Best_Dressed_Videogame_Characters.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

Episode 057 - Sneaky Snake Vs Big XBone

There’s a new Solid Snake or maybe there isn’t. Frankly we don’t know what to believe anymore. We know that the Xbone continues to be the most controversial console announcement in memory, Rogue Legacy is awesome, Deus Ex: The Fall is upsetting and zombie hip hop cyborg ninjas are a good thing. There are only a few days until E3 kids so get your adult diapers ready.

Direct download: Episode_57_-_Sneaky_Snake_Vs_Big_XBone.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 7:22pm AEDT

Top 5 - Cheat Codes

Cheating is wrong blah blah blah. BAM! Now you look stupid with a big head.

Next week: Top 5 best dressed characters

Direct download: Top_5_-_Cheat_Codes.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

Episode 056 - Kickstart this! ...and that and all of these ones

James gets his Fire Emblem on, Paul plays The Swapper and Ben needs to talk more.  There is the amazing Crypt of the NecroDancer to chat about, PS4 remote play, American McGee’s new projects and more crowd funding than you can point a stick at!  That is of course assuming you can’t point at more than 10 things with a stick.  This included a new project from Double Fine, a successor to The Neverhood and a gorgeous trip back to the 1930’s.

Listen to us talk.

Direct download: Episode_56_-_Kickstart_This_...and_that_and_all_these_others.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 3:54pm AEDT

Top 5 - Games Within Games

When a game is so generous it gives you another game for free Eight and a Half Bit will be there to judge those extra, sometimes elusive games within games.

Next Week: Top 5 Cheat Codes

Direct download: Top_5_Games_within_games.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

Episode 055 - The Elephant in the Room (It's the Xbox One)

It’s finally here with all the game talk you’ve been waiting for! Xbox One A game made by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, a chemical spill simulator, Paul catches up with a game from 2 years ago, the winners of the Lundum Dare and maybe something else! It’s obviously the Xbox One. Who knows what it will be?

Direct download: Episode_55_-_The_elephant_in_the_room_Its_the_Xbox_One.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 7:35pm AEDT

Top 5 - Games with which to represent humanity to an alien race

If we must be probed at least make sure they do it right.

Next Week: Top 5 Games Inside Games

Direct download: Top_5_-_Games_for_Aliens.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 5:15am AEDT

Episode 054 - No Nintendo, No!

Oh Nintendo will you ever learn? Probably not but we still love you. We've got Soul Sacrifice, Doritos Crash Course 2, Magicka, Wizard Wars, EA Douchebaggery, Steam trading cards and delicious freshly baked crowd funding projects for you to digest.

Direct download: Episode_54_-_No_Nintendo_No.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:38pm AEDT

Top 5 - Matching Games

Is it the same? Yes? Then you win!

Next Week: Top 5 games you would show aliens to represent the human race

Direct download: Top_5_-_Matching_Games.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

Episode 053 - I Give it a Year

It's been one year since our little show started and everyone is celebrating with us! Darkwood launched its indiegogo campaign to honour us, Shadow Warrior is getting a reboot, Sony supporting experimental games and even EA is changing some of its business practices all for us!

Direct download: Episode_53_-_I_give_it_a_year.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 8:27pm AEDT

Top 5 - Action Game Mechanics

Pull the trigger until it goes click!

You said it man!

Next Week: Top 5 Matching Games

Direct download: Top_5_-_Action_Game_Mechanics.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

Episode 052 - If we pretend this episode is about Call of Duty: Ghosts it will boost the ratings

All the Call of Duty: Ghosts news you can handle! Yep that's all we talk about. We don't just briefly mention it and spend most of our time discussing weird Kickstarter projects, Rayman Legends, Starcraft 2 and hilariously ironic game piracy.  We wouldn't pull a classic switcheroo on our listeners like that.


Top 5 - Boss Fights

Fight em, Punch em, Hit them till they drop. Game-Boss-es. Then do it all again for their second form. Or maybe even a  third if you're lucky

Direct download: Top_5_-_Boss_Fights.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:40am AEDT

Episode 051 - Criminal Minorminds

Monaco has taught us much about the criminal lifestyle and now we are ready to take our skills one step further.  Stealing Nintendo and 2K games from this year’s E3, cloning Lutrausers and downright sacrificing Homeworld to Gearbox. These are but a few of our crimes and we've only been at it for a day.

Direct download: Episode_51_-_Criminal_Minorminds.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 5:45pm AEDT

Top 5 - Chill-Out Games

Are you a cool enough dude to chillax?

Next Week: Top 5 Boss Fights

Direct download: Top_5_-_Chill-Out_Games.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

Episode 050 - Eat Some Cake

50 Episodes? Cake time!  Also The Evil Within, Monster Hunter Online, Nintendo Direct and Among the Sleep time. We've also got religious controversy and moral questions coming out of our big round numbered butts.

Direct download: Episode_50_-_Eat_some_cake.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 9:00pm AEDT

Top 5 - Racing Games

Brum-brum-brum-brum VROOOM! Screech! Crash! 4th place! A personal best!

Next week: Top 5 Chill Out Games

Direct download: Top_5_-_Racing_Games.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

Interview - Q-Games

Rowen Parker and John Davis of Q-Games (Developers of the venerable PixelJunk series) join us for a casual Tusday afternoon chat about the deliciously soupy PixelJunk Inc, the never ending and always exciting possibilities of modding and the chunder exposing awesomeness of the Oculus Rift. Will PixelJunk Inc support the Oculus rift? I guess you'll just have to listen to find out.

Yes it will (No just kidding/lying for hits).

Direct download: Interview_-_Q-games.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 8:07pm AEDT

Episode 049 - We talk about Dark Souls II in this episode

In this episode we talk about Dark Souls II.

Oh more?  Also Guacamelee, the Flashback reboot, ukulele playing dinosaurs, Russian hackers and the Batman fall victim to our "Eight and a Half Banter"™.

Direct download: Episode_49_-_We_talk_about_Dark_Souls_II_in_this_episode.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 7:05pm AEDT

SPOILER ALERT - Bioshock Infinite

Have you played Bioshock Infinite yet?  If you haven't GO AWAY AND DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS! YOU WILL REGRET IT. Now that I've used all the capslock I am allowed would the rest of you kindly join me for a discussion about the most interesting title of recent times.

Direct download: Spoiler_Alert_-_Bioshock_Infinite.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 10:55pm AEDT

Top 5 - Games that would be better as TV/Movies

I think we can all agree gameplay is the one thing not needed in videogames. They would be better as passive experiences that play themselves! If only there was a media format that provided that experience...

Next Week: Top 5 racing games

Direct download: Top_5_-_Better_as_tv_movies.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:53am AEDT

Episode 048 - This Dog Eating a Sausage

Metal Gear Solid 5, EA swears they will become "not the worst" and Paul falls in love with a chicken while ben goes for the mouse alternative.
R.I.P Lucasarts!

Direct download: Episode_48_-_This_dog_eating_a_sausage.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 7:48pm AEDT

Top 5 - Spin-Off Games

From Assassin's Creed Kart Racing to Bioshock Kart Racing we will run the gamut of spin-off possibilities.

Next Week: Top 5 Games that would be better as TV/Movies

Direct download: top_5_-_spin_off_games.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 10:37am AEDT

Episode 047 - The Most Static Episode

Gliding dogs! A little game called Bioshock: Infinite comes out. Air whales and Gliding Dogs! Battlefield 4 is revealed! Airships fighting gliding dogs! Metal Gear Solid 5 is announced but after we recorded the episode so we don’t mention it. Paul does discus gliding dogs however.

Direct download: Episode_47_-_The_most_static_episode.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 5:30pm AEDT

Top 5 - Controversial Games that never caused a Controversy

The controversial controversy that never was.

Next Week: Top 5 Spin Offs

Direct download: Top_5_-_Controversial_Games_that_never_caused_a_Controversy.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:17pm AEDT

Episode 046 - Awkward Introduction

No one knows what's going on in today's episode. We accidentally talk about heaps of stuff though from the many game announcements of PAX East to the resignation of EA's John Riccitello. Defiance has finally lifted its NDA so we're free to talk about all our mutant shooting fun. Plus there's a new crowd funding site making the rounds!

Direct download: Episode_46_-_Awkward_Introduction.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 8:14pm AEDT

Top 5 - Videogame Characters to have a Teen Romance with

There's nothing like teen love. Certainly teen love involving videogame characters is just as unique. Probably even more so. Although I'm not one to judge.

Next week: Top 5 Controversial games that caused no controversy

Direct download: Top_5_-Videogame_Characters_to_have_a_Teen_Romance_with.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

Episode 045 - Double Stuffed Goodness

Put on your pants as we've got company! Developer Liam Hill joins us for a chat about the week's goings on. From the future of AAA development to the future of Saints Row's T&A, hoes and Foes, Kickstarters that have a really excited and the scariest game we've seen all month. Ben also talks about cookies.

Direct download: Episode_45_-_Double_Stuffed_Goodness.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 8:35pm AEDT

Top 5 - Cheap Games (Under $8.50)

Got a couple of bucks? THen you can play these games!

Next Week: Top 5 Videogame Characters to have a Teen Romance with

Direct download: Top_5_-_Cheap_Games.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

Episode 044 - Attack of the Attacking Attackers

So much to talk about! Every subject must be attacked with the ferocity of a starving wolf in a chicken hatchery!  SimCity? ATTACKED! Sexism in videogames? ATTACKED!  Heaps of new games? WE'RE ALL OVER IT! SimCity? ATTACKED A SECOND TIME!  ...AND PERHAPS A THIRD!

Can you handle all the aggression?  Will Ben break into an torrent of rage fuelled foul language? You can't be sure until you listen.

Direct download: Episode_44_-_Attack_of_the_Attacking_Attackers.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 7:37pm AEDT

Top 5 - Games based on a feature Film

The emotional power of film combined with the awesome might of pixels. Some of them don't even suck.

 Next Week: Top 5 games that cost less than $8.50

Direct download: Top_5_-_Games_based_on_a_feature_fil.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

Episode 043 - Wheat Washing Machine

Assassin's Creed is dead long live Assassin's Creed!  Are pirates just what the series needed? It can't hurt. Also we've got even more motion tech vying for our attention with the MYO, EA says the darndest things, a game called SABBAT, the OUYA is very close and even more words that should be acronyms but on the whole aren't.

Direct download: Episode_43_-_Wheat_Washing_Machine.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 8:43pm AEDT

Top 5 - Characters that deserve to be on a Reality Television Show and what that Reality Television Show should be

*sigh* Actually it's surprisingly good. Don't just take my word for it, download it and find out for yourself! Whether you like it or not the download still counts towards our overall numbers.

Next Week: Top 5 games based on Feature Films

Direct download: Top_5_-_Reality_TV.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

Episode 042 - Life, The Universe and Playstation 4

The PS4 is fuelled by dreams and magical rainbows. While we may never again be able to play in our grundies again under the watchful eye of Big Console everything is new again and that makes us feel good.  Also if we find time we'll discuss some other games and our regular rubbish!

Direct download: Episode_42_-_Life_The_UNiverse_and_Playstation_4.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 7:28pm AEDT

Top 5 - Childhood Memories

We were all children once. Stupid, ugly children. That goes double for us.  How did we spend the hours while we tried to hide from the judgemental eyes of the world? Some of the games mentioned in this episode would be included in the answer to that question!

 

Next week: Top 5 characters that deserve their own Reality Television show and what the show would be.  Yep it's a Ben week.

Direct download: Top_5_childhood_memories.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

Episode 041 - Alien Vs Pre-order-tor

Wow Gearbox! WOW! Also we've got some details on the PS4 which is only 3 sleeps away from its suposed revelation!  Chuck in some cult leader training, metal hats and Nazi Zombies and you've got your self an Eight and a Half Bit stew.

Direct download: Episode_41_-_Alien_Vs_Pre-order-tor.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 9:03pm AEDT

Top 5 - Local Multiplayer Games

Common knowledge dictates that you should keep your friends close and your enemies even closer. One should devour their frenemies however so they remain closest of all, eventually reaching up through your spinal column and throttling your optic nerve. This is the game of life, the most local multiplayer game of them all but there are at least 15 others worth discussing and that is the subject of today's riveting episode of Top 5 and a Half Bit!

Direct download: Top_5_-_Local_Multiplayer_Games.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

Episode 040 - A World Without Joy

A week of ups and downs. Rayman gets a massive delay, The Witcher 3 is announced and the next Xbox has some seriously concerning rumours surrounding it. Also did anyone else like ObsCure?

Direct download: Episode_40_-_A_world_without_joy.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 7:51pm AEDT

Top 5 - Games in which to entrap Paul for all eternity

Well... it sure is an interesting topic!

Next week: Top 5 - Local Multiplayer games

Direct download: Top_5_games_in_which_to_entrap_paul_for_all_eternity.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

Episode 039 - The Greatest Episode of all Time

Sometimes everything is just the best and today that may as well be this podcast.  The PS4, torture in splintered cell, the best DLC ever, OUYA, Valve’s long term goals and we all get to play Balloon Fight. Well Paul does.

It’s not just for us though let James know you care about “sounds a bit like” and guess the game!  Sexy photos of the cast for all winners.

Direct download: Episode_39_-_The_greatest_episode_of_all_time.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 9:13pm AEDT

Everyone deserves a fresh start at least once. Some games series should be forced to pack it in and start again however. Let us opinion ourselves loudly into your brain on the subject.

Next Week: Top 5 Games Paul should be trapped in for all eternity.  Yes this is the stupidest top 5 ever... thanks Ben.

Direct download: Top_5_Games_deserving_of_a_reboot.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 5:30am AEDT

Dead Space 3 vs Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance! Which Demo will reign supreme?!  Meanwhile THQ and Atari are dead but instead let's look to the future and an amazing week of announcements from Nintendo. Finally prepare your body for a mega sized portion of Maths/Math adventures! HOLD ON TO YOUR CATHETER! It's gonna be a bumpy ride.

Direct download: Episode_38_-_Amphibious_Scholars.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 7:45pm AEDT

Interview - Ron Gilbert

Today we interview the magnificent Ron Gilbert of Maniac Mansion, Monkey Island, Deathspank and now The Cave fame!  Join us as we probe his every nook and cranny to find out details on his past and present titles, his process, how he sees the industry and even what he thinks about Lost!  We literally have all the Ron you could want.

Direct download: Interview_-_Ron_Gilbert.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 4:41am AEDT

It was over a year ago but 2011 is still close to our hearts. Take bets on our top 5 but no prises for guessing our super secret GOTY 2011.

Next week: Top 5 Games that should be rebooted

Direct download: Top_5_-_Games_of_2011.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

Episode 037 - The Speculation Nation

What will Sony and Microsoft be doing this coming generation?  Well we've got heresay you could want on the topic. Also some exciting and controversial kickstarters along with all the regular high quality rubbish you've come to expect from the team.

Direct download: Episode_37_-_The_Speculation_Nation.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 9:33pm AEDT

Today we are joined by the iconic developer American McGee of Alice and id software fame. We discuss his new project Akaneiro and its accompanying Kickstarter as well as his past and the future of the industry. What more could you ask for?

Direct download: Interview_-_American_Mcgee.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 12:04pm AEDT

Top 5 - Commercial Crossovers

Pepsi presents a special Time Warner production of U2's Top 5 and a Half Bit.

Direct download: Top_5_Commercial_Crossovers.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:30am AEDT

New Pokemon! The future of the industry! A Holodeck in your living room!  What's next? Self slicing bread? That's a really stupid idea. Everyone is back this week and 8.5 tones of quality video game entertainment are coming along with them.  Stick us in your ears and wiggle us around.

Direct download: Episode_36_-_Taste_the_Future.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 7:51pm AEDT

Welcome to 2013 where everything is new again and everyone is happy and the world is slightly sticky. Paul and James look through the upcoming releases of new year, laugh at WarZ some more, geek out over new interface technology and have the greatest announcement since Doritos Crash Course was first released.

Direct download: Episode_35_-_new_beginnings.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 7:10pm AEDT

Industry legends Al Lowe and Josh Mandel join James and Paul to talk about the future of Larry and their exciting past with Sierra. Strippers, Witchcraft and Bikini Fridays are all included at no additional cost.

Direct download: Interview_-_Al_Lowe_and_Josh_Mandel.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 12:03pm AEDT

It's the 2012 retrospective where we discuss literally everything and still manage to miss out on heaps!  James is in Malaysia still and manages to cause all kinds of havok but we'll forgive him because "love".

Direct download: Episode_34_-_End_of_year_Retro_Specs.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 9:21pm AEDT

It's a Pompous Jack double moustache special! James is off in Malaysia so it's left to Paul, Ben and Pompous Jack to hold up the fort in the pre christmas episode.  We're going to be chatting about the hilarious debacle that is The War Z, the brilliance of Natural Selection 2 and SALES SALES SALES!

Direct download: Episode_33_-_double_moustache_christmas_special.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 7:56pm AEDT

James is leaving on holiday so to commemorate this journey it's time to discuss strategy. How will his over stimulated mind will survive the boredom of travel?  I only pray he survives.

Next week: Top 5 Commercial Cross Overs

Direct download: Top_5_-_Games_to_play_in_transit.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 9:41am AEDT

Cut me a break. I'm on holiday!

Direct download: Episode_32_-_Premature_holiday.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 11:35pm AEDT

Here's a top 5 list. Enjoy it!!!

Next week: Top 5 Games to play in transit

Direct download: Top_5_-_Characters_to_be_in_real_life.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 5:30am AEDT

It's the Wii-U spectacular! Both Paul and James have a Wii-U and Ben announces it as his favourite console ever.  We've got Mario, Nintendoland, Zombi-U and more from Nintendos exciting new console. Also Dark Souls 2 was announced and Paul tried Black Ops 2.  Plus we finish of the current Gameclub game Dreamweb.

Direct download: Episode_31_-_Wiiu_Wiiu_Wiiu_Wiiu_Wiiu.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 7:58pm AEDT

These games were all going to be amazing! Now we've got nothing to show for them except for the greatest podcast in the universe. It does ease the pain a little.

 Next Week: Top 5 characters you'd like to be in real life

Direct download: Top_5_-_Cancelled_Games.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 7:38am AEDT

Show post? Oh yeah you better believe it listeners. Have to seen that tag cloud?  You like that don't you? Planetside 2, some other games, banter, talk, chat.  We know what you like and we deliver it hot and steaming to your ears.

Direct download: Episode_30_-_A_world_of_infinite_possibility.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 8:39pm AEDT

Here's one for the kids.  Let's hear it for the shorties!

Next week: Top 5 Cancelled Games

Direct download: Top_5_-_Games_to_introduce_your_eight_and_a_half_year_old_to.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 9:32pm AEDT

This week an entire continent gave thanks to us! Bless you Africa!  In response we decided to talk about some videogames for once.

GAMECLUB included this episode so I hope everyone got their Dreamweb on.  Considering the length of the game we're going to alter the plan for the next edition and play through the rest of the game.

Direct download: Episode_29_-_Thanksgiving_Spectacular.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:30pm AEDT

How did it come to this? 

Next week: Top 5 games you would use to introduce your eight and a half year old to gaming.

Direct download: Top_5_-_Games_which_represent_another_member_of_eight_and_a_half_bit.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 7:30am AEDT

It’s been a hot, hot week!  We’ve been feeling the burn both inside and out what with the ever increasing attacks from our lord The Sun and our love of chilli.  Also popular games have been happening including Ben’s smoking hot wife Black Op’s 2, Paul’s burning desire Little Inferno, and James’ heat related pun involving Ragnarok Odyssey.  Combine that with our usual Kickstarters, News and delightful banter and you’ve got yourself a stew.

 

WARNING: If you were look forward to the new Gaemclub this week I’m sorry to inform you that it has been delayed until next week due to unforeseen circumstances.

Direct download: Episode_28_-_Hot_Hot_Games.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 11:16am AEDT

This episode was built brick by brick by a team of experts. Do not attempt to build your own city at home.

Next week: Top 5 Games that represent another member of Eight and a Half Bit (Blame Paul for the most self indulgent concept ever)

Direct download: Top_5_-_City_Builders.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 5:30am AEDT

We have an exciting treat for our listeners this episode. Feargus Urquhart, CEO of Obsidian Entertainment joins us to discuss their recently kickstarted Project Eternity plus the state of the industry.  That's not all however! We also force Ben to play an indie game, play a bunch of Halo 4, discus the trend of custom load outs and attack the news so hard we've got a restraining order to ignore.

Direct download: Episode_27_-_We_Heart_Urquhart.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 10:36pm AEDT

What a bunch of good lookin bits we've got for you today!  A feast for your ear eyes as we count down our top 5 pretty games.

Next week: Top 5 City Builders

Direct download: Top_5_-_Pretty_games.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 5:30am AEDT

Episode 026 -  Ermahgerd Erssersins Creeeed

In this episode here the boys discuss, topics, subjects and themes. Be marveled by their tone and varied articulation while falling in love with some of the things they say, while truth be told hating other ideas they express.

Direct download: Episode_26_-_ermahgerd_erssersins_creeeed.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 9:15pm AEDT

Under the sea
Console or PC
Gaming is better
Down where it's wetter
Take it from me

Next Week: Top 5 Pretty Games

Direct download: Top_5_-_Underwater_Games.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 5:30am AEDT