Geek Spiel: What in-box headsets could mean for PSN culture

At GDC, one of the many announcements made by Sony was that the PS4 would come with an in-box headset. This was a deviation from the PS3, where players had to buy the bluetooth headset separately in order to be able to voice-chat with their fellow players. It’s arguable this created an extra obstacle for cooperative gameplay in games like Battlefield or the CoD series which 360 owners didn’t have, and so for many players (including myself, initially), this provided an extra selling point in the corner of Sony’s next-gen console.

What has yet to be discussed, however, is the influence that removing this financial barrier may have on the culture of the PSN, specifically, the impact on “netiquette” (online etiquette) between players. Xbox Live has long been famous for being the forum where everyone and their dog has fucked your mother, and where pejoratives and racial slurs are used with impunity. This has led many players to instinctively mute all other players, restrict their online play only to known acquaintances, or even avoid online play altogether (an option which is becoming more and more difficult to continue).

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The Rogues Gallery: Game Developers Conference, Movie News, and MASS EFFECT!!!

This week’s post is chock-full of delicious auditory goodness!! This week the guys gather ’round to discuss the latest news from Game Developers’ Conference, as well as the usual sporadic tangents on whatever comes to mind.

But that’s not all! In our second segment, we discuss whether the third time’s the charm for making a good Mixed Martial Arts fighting game in UFC Undisputed 3, and we invite a special guest voice on as our friend Gui and Nick tag-team review MASS EFFECT 3!!!!!

Audio MP3

Total Runtime (Part 1): 01h02m33s
1m35s – 13m45s: (News – Chronicle Director in Talks to Direct Venom Movie)
13m46s – 23m21s: (Censorship, Ender’s Game, and South Carolina)
23m30s – 35m25s: (Diablo 3 and Guild Wars II Beta Discussion)
35m31s – 55m00s: (GDC News: Real-Time Rendering of the FUTURRRRREEEEE, the Kara Tech Demo breaks our hearts, Cross-Platform developing half-assery, and how you can buy Nvidia’s newest graphic card for the low-low price of your immortal soul)

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Total Runtime (Part 2): 48m36s

0:00-30m18s (Mass Effect 3)
30m18s-48m36s (UFC Undisputed 3)

Also, as a bonus, here’s the video footage of a couple of the tech demos we talked about in Part 1:

Kara Tech Demo

NVIDIA Real-Time Rendering Graphics Demo