RPS Talk-o-Tron Talkback-o-Tron: 21/10/08

Yes, we know you have but one eye, which you understandably wish to keep forever trained on our front page in case we post a new story, or someone starts shouting about how publishers bribed us with free liposuction and toffee apples to give their game a high score.

However, it’s well worth occasionally diverting that staring eye to the RPS Talk-o-Tron 3000, our shiny-new forum, which continues to attract all manner of excited and curious PC gaming discussion. Eventually we’ll be better able to blend the front page and the forum, but for now a weekly round-up of the more interesting topics over there seems like a smart idea. We want the forum to be big, see. Bigger than Jesus. Bigger than Robo-Jesus. Bigger than Meta-Robo-Jesus.

  • Kieron started off a thought experiment yesterday, asking how you’d redesign a game of your choice, given the chance. The various slaggings-off of Spore were the inspiration, but there’s a lot of room to discuss how other games that, for one reason or another, disappointed you could have done it better. It’s constructive criticism incarnate, hopefully.
  • We got shouted at for not posting about the Far Cry 2 DRM (similar to that which infected Spore), and frankly that’s because there just wasn’t much interesting we could think to say about it. A lorra folks disagree, understandably, and their venting can be found here.
  • There’s an agreeably long discussion of supreme strategies for what I generally reckon is my all-time favourite game, X-Com, over yonder. You lot really have spent the long years since the game’s release devising some intricate plays for the thing. Meanwhile, long-time reader Alphaxion is penning an ongoing Terror from the Deep play diary of his own, which he’s self-deprecatingly posted about here.

  • We’re looking for a new leader for the RPS Destruction WAR Guild, as myself and Kieron are too assaulted by work overload in what’s proven to be game release silly season to realistically manage the thing ourselves. Throw your – or another’s – name into the hat here.
  • Of course, not everyone’s jumped aboard the WAR bandwagon – a noble group of RPSers are seeking companions for adventures in the reliably prettier, more cheerful World of Warcraft. Find out more about this nascent RPS Guild here.
  • The birth of the Talk-o-Tron coincided with the release of possible/probable GOTY World of Goo, so it’s no surprise that 2D Boy’s beautiful first child has unsurprisingly been a huge talking point.
  • We don’t give enough love to Roguelikes on the site, but we’ll get there. Meantime, discuss your favourites and seek tips for new’uns over here.
  • The Planescape: Torment Amnesty – admit your shame at overlooking this classic of classics.
  • What do you think RPS should post about? Tell us!
  • Stalker has many mods. Many, many mods. But which are best?
  • What a shame.


  1. Ian says:

    No mention for us poor fools trying to start an RPS WoW guild? That hurts Alec. *sob*

    On the upside, the Stalker thread I started got a mention so I guess my e-go is sated.

  2. Meat Circus says:

    That’s because we FEAR and SHUN WoW players, like the diseased subnormal outcasts you are.


  3. Ian says:

    Rumours that WoW players have the lurgy are unfounded. :(

  4. AndrewC says:

    Shamelessly bribing us with main page mentions for content creation on the boards?

    Shame on you. Shame on you. I wanted a toffee apple.

  5. Pags says:

    @AndrewC: I think you mean “what a shame… on you.”

  6. Dante says:

    It’s so hard to find! *sobs*

    I’m worried I might have to learn how to pirate games in order to play the damn thing.

  7. Kieron Gillen says:

    AndrewC: We are totally shameless.


  8. Seniath says:

    Yes Meat Circus, we get it. You don’t like WoW. You can stop telling us now.

  9. MonkeyMonster says:

    There is quite a frankly a silly amount of DRM trolling here, there and everywhere. Old games chat, a brief bit of paper based nostalgia, a “woah, can’t believe people bother to moan about that” and others – tis good! Cheers to the 4 men of the Apocalypse, long may you cause my working hours appear to be shorter as I read more useful nonsense.

  10. Meat Circus says:


    I shall not rest until every one of your sort is made to wear special badges.

    It’s the only language you understand.

  11. AndrewC says:

    Or you could just condemn them to an eternity of meaningless, mindless, repetitive labour.

    Oh, wait.

  12. Alec Meer says:

    (added a thingy for the WoW guild)

  13. Ian says:

    My not having played Planescape: Torment is due to me having an irrational aversion to paying current-game prices for old games, even ones I’ve never played and are meant to be awesome.

    If I saw it for a fiver or possibly a tenner somewhere I’d probably get it.

  14. Meat Circus says:


    eBay, mate. It’s what I did. Lovely orange old Big Box copy, four discs.

  15. Ian says:

    I looked on eBay a couple of times but admittedly didn’t trawl through every offering. There seemed to be a lot of high buyouts or ones that are already approaching my limit with days and days to go.

    How much did you pay? I might have another wee lookie.

  16. Meat Circus says:

    I think it was around ten of Her Majesty’s finest pounds Sterling.

  17. Ginger Yellow says:

    I’ve played Planescape, but never finished it. And now it won’t run on my computer, so I never will. That makes me a sad panda.

  18. qrter says:

    I’m surprised there hasn’t been anything on RPS (the site I mean, not the podcast) about the PC Gaming Alliance president making himself sound like a stereotypical annoying PC nerd throwing a hissy fit:

    it’s all rather embarrassing..

  19. Jim Rossignol says:

    @qrter: I had intended to post something this yesterday, and then realised I just didn’t care.

  20. Radiant says:

    Forums? Eww unwashed people.

  21. Gorgeras says:

    Was going to buy FC2 this friday. Crossed off my check-list of dastardly deeds, between uber-polishing ASDA’s floor to thwart consumer mobility(my contribution to the recession) and creating a mod about it for Crysis.

  22. Ginger Yellow says:

    From that PCGA interview: “They’re good on the Wii, better on the Xbox 360 and the best on the PS3. ”

    That’s not going to make Microsoft happy.

  23. jonfitt says:

    You didn’t care that Force Unleashed isn’t coming to PC, that Suey talks out of his arse, or Stude decided to call him on it?
    Or all three?

    Just interested.

  24. Nick says:

    Stude is pretty much on the money..

  25. Larington says:

    That its basically stating what anyone with half a brain and been into PC games long enough would regard is obvious (To the extent of being practically implicit).

  26. silencer says:

    I was really looking forward to Far Cry 2, but that level of DRM sucks. Maybe if Ubi pulls a Bioshock and removes (most of) it down the road, I’ll consider picking it up.

    At least it means I can spend more time with Fallout 3 when it comes out.