Axehead Assembly #24: The ass appreciating Sheik

Prepare to smash your controllers and burn your motherboards because the Axehead Assembly is back in the hood with a score to settle.

That particular score would be the Vanguard's topic of PC gaming versus console gaming. we talk advantages, disadvantages, get all jealous about what's on the other side of the fence and chat a little SteamMachine while we're at it.

In All About the Axe, we jump on the whole "Bricked Playstaion 4!" frevor that has enveloped the site over the last week. After that's all said and done with, we launch into a conversation about the worst technical problems that we've encountered in both the hardware and software realms.

If that wasn't enough, there's an extra segment tagged on to the end this week as Brak and Tokyochuchu go in depth on Beyond Two Souls. With spoilers galore, we rip into both the good (Jodie's titties controversy) and the bad (that fucking montage scene).

Add into that a crap-load of of discourse on Lego: Marvel Superheroes, Valkiria Chronicles, Batman: Arkham City, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim plus Battlefield and you have a J'Zargo head walking, shower scene perving, Pajama-man ending podcast on your hands!

All that and a lot more can be enjoyed right here:

Axehead Assembly #24: The ass appreciating Sheik

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Comment by Uncle Dude on November 24, 2013 at 3:03pm

@Tokyochuchu  

I hate to cherry-pick one of your points, but I've been playing pc games on a big screen, in my recliner (often with a cold, refreshing adult beverage or six), for a few years now. It can, indeed, be expensive, but I use my pc for gaming, video/audio production, photo editing etc.

Consoles are a great value proposition and optimization can be great given the fixed specifications, but they are becoming more and more pc-like with required patches/firmware updates, cloud saves etc. Nutshell: get what you like and suits your budget.

And props for playing some muthafuckin' D!

Comment by Daracus on November 24, 2013 at 5:59pm

Let me preface my statement with "I'm a cross platform gamer." I love my 360 and PS3.

There are still some common misconceptions about PC gaming that still circulate, and the podcast reflects some of those. I'm just gonna pick one for the sake of time.  

Gaming PCs are not that much more expensive than next gen consoles. Sure, one can spend  boatloads of cash on a PC, but its not a prerequisite.  If you truly do not want to spend that much on a gaming rig, you do not have to.  The best thing a gamer can do is ask themselves is “What is my budget?” and plan accordingly.  

$523 (Cheaper than the price of a XB1, w/ tax, in my neck of the woods).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuvcrYbPszE

$600

http://www.destructoid.com/build-a-600-pc-that-can-play-next-gen-games-246270.phtml

$600 (more recent)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfGE4i_A6E4


I’m certain others in the EBC community can list more cost effective combos.

Comment by Tokyochuchu on November 24, 2013 at 10:24pm

I can only apologize for the misconceptions and whatnot. That's what happens when you get a group of console players together to talk about something they obviously don't understand very well. As mentioned in the episode, we planned to have a PC defender on the show but he didn't show up for the recording!

Comment by Daracus on November 25, 2013 at 6:26am

^Np man it happens. Great podcast!

Comment by nGAGE on November 26, 2013 at 3:45am

I believe that I'm probably not the only one, but there are lots of people with a PC somewhere in the living room. Run a few meters of HDMI cable (and clone main screen) and buy a wireless xbox controller with receiver and you got your couch experience. 

I certainly play a lot of games (other than shooters) on my couch and do so with friends in the weekend, just like I do with my consoles.

Granted, I am lucky enough to have an above average gaming PC, but with regular/weekly and the 2 major sales on steam (summer-sales and holiday-sales) I'd make up for the difference in price with the new consoles within a year, with hardware that is more powerful and has been for the past 3 years.

Other than that I also like the fact that the PC offers so much more than gaming. Like, the ability to make games/mods yourself and not just play them.

The other thing I think is worth mentioning, steam-box is probably not something that's interesting to PC gamers. The only thing that might be worth while, is the cheapest box, the streaming box. It barely has enough power to play games. It only streams stuff from your PC to the living-room TV. The more expensive versions are indeed for people without PCs and yes, they are 3rd party made and probably will all be overpriced. Not worth it imho.

Anyhow,... this wasn't a criticism, but rather a (well) comment. Was my first attendance, but did like the show. Keep it up!

Comment by nGAGE on November 26, 2013 at 4:04am

Oh yeah... about CAGE:

I honestly think the man has no personal skill. His products are controversial ideas realized by people with actual skill. He's just in the fortunate position where he has the power to tell people what to do, then reap all the glory. Where I actually think that the people executing it all, the programmers and artists etc are the ones that make him look good as best they can. Not because he's so great. He gets way too much credit, me thinks.

That's just my opinion, so I apologize if he'd be able to show he knows anything hands-on, like art, animation or programming... I doubt it though!

Comment by best_jeppe on November 27, 2013 at 2:13pm

Regarding Steam-boxes, the first protoype has been announced at it will cost you $499: http://www.polygon.com/2013/11/25/5146100/steam-machine-prototype-i...

Not sure about the specs though.

I myself rarely has any problems with games on my PC but I make an effort to have a healthy system so problems very rarely pops up for me. The thing I like about PC is that it is moddable, you can configure your rig however you like, is has a more precise controlscheme and it is more advanced in the way you can use it and tinker with it. I don't like consoles because the graphics is usually subpar in my opinion, I can't play Third -or FirstPersonShooters for shit with a controller and it is just limited by design. I have a PS3 but I have used it as a media center mainly.

I have a hard time seeing myself picking up a SteamMachine but I will probably install SteamOS since the games (whom are designed for SteamOS) will probably run better than on Windows because of less Overhead and background processes. Valve is probably pushing developers to develop for their OS and a lot of indie-games already are Linux and therefor SteamOS-compatible. I will most likely pick up the Steam Controller which looks awesome and hopefully will work better for me than current Controllers.

If you want to buy a PC or upgrade the CPU or GPU I usually refers to these two lists: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-overclock,310...

and

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,310...

There you can find the hardware that matches your budget.

Comment by Daracus on November 29, 2013 at 3:05pm
Comment by Christopher Brady on December 1, 2013 at 7:43pm

Having listened to the Beyond Two Souls postmortem you guys did...  I'm having a hell of a time figuring out why you liked it!  You complained about more flaws than I noticed, and I hate the game!

Comment by Tokyochuchu on December 3, 2013 at 11:32am

@Christopher Brady: Sure, the game game has it's flaws but we both like it. You can certainly hear our love for the title's characters and sci-fi sequences.

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