A Game And A Chat: RPS (And Friends!) Talk GDC Day One

RPS is at GDC! It’s a match made in heaven because both of our acronyms are three letters long. Each day of the conference is jam-packed with formidable amounts of intrigue – far more than any single person could take in on their own without suffering catastrophic brain combustion. And so, I have elected to gather cadres of knowledgeable humans each day this week to discuss the best, most important goings-on. Expect very special guests shouting over each other and probably using words like “cultural zeitgeist” and “doodieface.” Today, somewhat belated and also very bad at staying on topic: John, Cara, Hayden of PCWorld/my floor infamy, and myself all gathered on John’s hotel bed for an uncomfortably salacious chat about This War Of Mine, The Stanley Parable‘s emotional aftermath, SoundSelf, weeping American eagles, hedonism, and Cara’s refusal to stop posting PORNOGRAPHY on our virgin website that’s exclusively for children.


  1. TheMick says:

    From left to right: Cara, John, Nathan, Hayden, and Tim Stone? (his drapery camo is coming along nicely) Do I have that right?

    Insanely funny jokes aside, more of these vids please. The more unorthodox the environment the better I say.

    • Comrade Roe says:

      Aye. The video seemed kinda low quality from the footage, but the actual content was quite nice. For whatever reason, I find it more easy to get into when it’s a bunch of people happily discussing like humans, not reading a script reading off headlines. I hope that’s not just me.

  2. Bull0 says:

    Good to hear you’re making Cara answer for her campaign of smut-ridden posts. Won’t somebody think of the children?

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      phuzz says:

      Perhaps they should pay her enough so that she can afford socks. She’ll get cold toes otherwise.

      • Darth Gangrel says:

        I thought it was fanservice to all the foot fetishists of RPS, lol.

  3. Darth Gangrel says:

    “RPS is at GDC! It’s a match made in heaven because both of our acronyms are three letters long” Yeah, because it’s not like most acronyms are three letters long :P.

    The picture of you on a bed and the word PORNOGRAPHY made for some odd associations, but (un)fortunately it wasn’t what I assumed it to be.

    • Bull0 says:

      Apparently you didn’t watch the video to the end!

      • Darth Gangrel says:

        No, dear God, my attention span can’t handle a 30+ minutes video. Even 3 minutes is pushing it. I prefer text that I can either skim through or read in its entirety. I also think that it can be hard to hear what people are saying in these videos, especially if they’re supposed to be funny, because of someone making a quick interjection or more than one person talking at the same time.

    • Furiant says:

      Both groups have initializations; acronyms are initializations which are pronounceable.

  4. FauxBen says:

    The mirrors. I CAN SEE FOREVER.

    This was a lot of fun to watch. The world needs more chances to see all of your shining faces relentlessly mocking things together.

    • Groove says:

      I actually pictured John as one of the least likely journalists to have infinite sex mirrors in their bedoroom. How wrong I was.

  5. Scurra says:

    Ugh, a video. It’s bad enough all these embedded trailers for games, but videos as feature articles? Grrrr.

  6. 12inchPlasticToy says:

    You look adorable. Especially that one there, on the bed.

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    distantlurker says:

    I need to wait until i get home to watch this :(

    What’s the soup quotient like? Is it good? I’m hoping for a mulligatawny moment *crosses fingers*!

  8. iainl says:

    Who wants to break it to Cara that the Anita Sarkeesian error is possibly just because she’s wearing an incredibly similar check blouse to the one Sarkeesian wears in the Feminist Frequency videos? Is that my job? Oh.

    Hi Cara, I think it’s just idiots who can’t comprehend the idea that two women in the games industry could wear the same blouse.

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    • The Random One says:

      I find it hard to comprehend even one woman wearing THAT, right girls?

      • TWChristine says:

        That color, or plaid pattern in general? I actually really enjoy them and have several myself. Though, personally I’m not a big fan of that color.

  9. soulblur says:

    I want to know what Cara has against socks. Her bare feet are alarmingly prevalent in this video. ALARMING. Is it exceedingly warm in the RPS/GDC bedroom? Why do all of the men wear socks, but not her? These are the highly relevant questions for which I must have answers!

    Also, I look forward to the day when these things will be auto-transcribed, so I can read quickly instead of watching. Probably ruins the humour, but there you have it.

    • CMaster says:

      Perhaps cara was wearing shoes for which socks did not go?

      Perhaps teh GDC hotels have heated floors?

      Most likley PCG or Polygon stole them.

    • mrwonko says:

      The future is now! Youtube actually has automatic transcription. The results are obviously better than the actual video in all regards.

      okay I saw the dangers food that game rocks
      a I A walk out of that game say something I never thought I’d say which was
      I should me by flight stick wow is it is

      • jezcentral says:

        Yup, the vid is entertaining, but the transcription is a thing of beauty. It’s like a 1000-line haiku (i.e. not a haiku) to Doge.

        • Gap Gen says:

          Yes, it is so very like getting doge to transcribe something.

      • Josh W says:

        I can picture this part as someone talking quickly on the phone:

        St George’s Day this is a I like to think that England Inc
        alright and he he was turkey sandwich
        yesterday should be good girl you the but
        Eldo the frighteningly okay yeah he’ll dragons
        up testing one you know the Bengals alleged
        inferior yeah as allies in public and especially the
        Welsh I yeah there is

    • Gap Gen says:

      I imagine socks after a day traipsing round a conference are pretty disgusting things that are undesirable to retain on your feet any longer than they must be.

  10. cmsd2 says:

    The real stars of this video are clearly the feet.
    Nice odd socks on the left (our left).
    (and insert lewd/weird comment about cara’s naked feet here)

    • altum videtur says:

      Rule 1 of the humans:
      Whether or not it exists, it is somebody’s fetish.

      • Lars Westergren says:

        Rule 34: If it exists, there is porn of it. Also a really good book by Charles Stross. He recently cancelled the planned third book in the trilogy because the near future arrived sooner than predicted. “Manning leaks show NSA stunned by the amount of disgusting porn everyone is producing/consuming on the internet” which was a real headline from a few months ago could just as likely come from the book.

  11. Lars Westergren says:

    So the house of Horace is Hilbert’s Hotel?

  12. CookPassBabtridge says:

    The mirrors of infinity and a small Brown plushie… for one joyous moment I thought John was going to announce the availability of Horace’s huggable Doppelgangers.

    Then, sad. So so sad. “Toby”. He even held him up to the infinite mirror! IMPOSTOR

  13. MOKKA says:

    Nathan’s hair. It’s almost like I’m looking into a mirror. At least it’s reassuring to know I’m not the only one to be blessed (and cursed) with the power to grow a mop on his head.

  14. batmaninthebatcave says:

    link to i.imgur.com

  15. DanMan says:

    That’s the video equivalent to watching a relative’s slide collection. Sorry. Would not watch again.

    • tormos says:

      if my relatives were this funny and had interesting opinions about video games I would probably watch their slides more carefully.

  16. JamesTheNumberless says:

    I never get to go to conferences :( Seriously, reading computer mags and seeing pictures from conferences, and going to computer shows in the 80s and 90s had a lot to do with developing my desire to make games when I grew up. Turns out I should have chosen journalism or PR instead of programming :(

  17. The Dark One says:

    Do you guys have any plans to push audio versions of these via the Electronic Wireless Show?

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      Hodge says:

      Here’s the audio as an MP3, though it does mean missing out on the majesty of Cara’s bare feet.

      link to ubuntuone.com

      (I’m assuming this is OK with the RPS people… if not let me know and I’ll take it down.)

  18. Dunbine says:

    I am pretty sure John’s version of the origin of the English flag is incorrect.

    Originated in the Crusades, yes. Drawn in blood, no. Although while I haven’t found anything to substantiate that claim, I’d be interested if anyone else can.

  19. TWChristine says:

    I think the greatest part is how in the beginning Nathan jumps on the bed and looks around with a big smile on his face like a big cuddly puppy needing a pat.

  20. sinister agent says:

    John, Cara, Hayden of PCWorld/my floor infamy, and myself all gathered on John’s hotel bed

    (Tetris theme)

  21. Tom Walker says:

    God, you’re all so sickeningly cheerful and friendly. I’m not sure I can take a week of that. I’ll keep a Beckett play paused in another tab in case it all gets too much.

  22. ScreampunkArts says:

    I make no apologies for watching this purely for Cara’s feet, which are very nice btw.