Bottle Crow is Moving!

Hey folks, it’s Colin. Thought I’d put this up here real quick for people who come here wondering what the deal is with Bottle Crow. The short version? The feed broke, and the way it’s set up, we can’t fix it. We need to start a new one. If you’re subscribed to our RSS feed …

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Scanline Status – Episode 8

This podcast comes in three flavors: Bond, Bourne, or Bauer. If you got that joke, congratulations, and I’m sorry. Colin’s been playing Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice and Alpha Protocol, Ben’s been playing all sorts of games about AI and loneliness, and in the middle of it all we discuss the legacy of Chris Metzen, …

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The Turing Test: Reports from Europa

For a game ostensibly meant to challenge both the player and their avatar, The Turing Test sets itself up to be evaluated in a field with its own high standards. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a scientist, joined by an artificial intelligence with questionable motives, journey through a series of first-person puzzle …

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Scanline Status – Episode 7

On this episode of Scanline Status, we celebrate the anniversary of the Dreamcast, and discuss the legacy it left for our industry. Then we keep the old games train running as we discuss Terraria, Shadow Complex, X-Men: Mutant Apocalpyse, and WoW (again). What is it like when you revisit an old game, and you feel …

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All That You Can’t Leave Behind

World of Warcraft is full of storied characters, locations, events, and even weapons: artifacts of great power, that turned the tide of various conflicts in deus ex machina-ian fashion. Let me tell you a story about a sword called the Ashbringer. Forged from a crystal of pure Light (oh, sorry- in Warcraft lore, Light with …

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Scanline Status – Episode 6

Sorry. Forgot to knock. Ben has been checking back in with 2010’s hottest Bond game, Goldeneye Reloaded, while Colin’s been a super ineffectual mayor in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. We still find time for modern releases, though- the newest Myst followup Obduction and the latest with the Metal Gear Solid series are hot on our minds. …

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No Man’s Sky: The Magic Behind the Mundane

If you’ve been tuned into the conversation around No Man’s Sky for the past few weeks, you’ve likely seen disappointment and anger mix with excitement and wonder. Any game selling itself on exploring an endless number of planets was bound to be divisive; that it didn’t quite hit the lofty goals mentioned in interviews or …

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