Evil Avatar Radio: Radio Gaming News with Attitude

No longer live, relive the good ole days of 2008 and these episodes from Evil Avatar Radio. Sorry there are no actual podcasts available. Just content from archived pages.

March 2008 -2007 Episodes


EAR Episode 96: “Cripple Smash”

Posted in Episodes on March 4th, 2008

For starters, we’d like to apologize for the technical glitches we had during this episode. At one point during the interview with Steve Demeter, the stream just stopped. It was revived, but then Steve let loose one of those words the FCC deems inappropriate and so another skip of audio happens. We apologize for both and to Steve himself. We’ll be having him back on the show soon though, so no worries.

As mentioned before, on this episode of Evil Avatar Radio, we speak with Steve Demeter about the other projects he’s worked on and his current gem, Trism, for the iPhone & iPod Touch. And if you want to talk indie game development, it probably doesn’t get any more independent than with Steve.

Also, it’s a Red Letter episode early on when Phil “Kefkataran” Kollar calls into the show to announce his new position at 1UP. We at Evil Avatar Radio wouldn’t be bringing you this if it wasn’t for Phil. We owe him a lot and are happy to see him moving up in the industry of video games journalism. All of us know that this guy is going to be doing some great things and we’re honored he chose Evil Avatar Radio to announce the news. Thank you, Phil, from all of us.

After the dog and pony show, we take the conversation off the air and talk of a number of things. James/fishbang contemplates his anger management along with his intentions of building a new PC gaming rig, we discuss a few plans for the 100th episode of EvAvRadio, our plans for the first EAR Video GameCast, and announce a special in-studio guest for next week.

Meanwhile I try to go for the longest show description written for EvAvRadio.



EAR Episode 95: “Robotology”

Posted in Episodes on February 26th, 2008

The title comes from our friends at Metanet Software, Mare Sheppard & Raigan Burns, developers of the XBLA game N+. It’s actually the title of their next game they are currently working on. But that’s not all they tell us in this episode of Evil Avatar Radio. From them we find out a little about what it takes to bring an already existing game over to Microsoft’s console, the good and the bad. They comment on the recent rumors of royalty cuts, a few regrets in the process, their inspirations, and 2 of their current favorite games, both of which I personally love them for (Burnout Paradise & Pac-Man CE).

We also give some time going over the releases for this week as well as covering what we can of a few announcements from GDC including Champions Online, APB, and a few XNA titles (fishbang loves planting flowers).

After the show, we give more time to the new Aliens game announced, talk a bit about Portal, PAX (of course), and give our accounts of the recent tornado a few of us went through last week.

Meanwhile I try to figure out how many links I can shove into one post.



EAR Episode 94: “No DRM”

Posted in Episodes on February 12th, 2008

That’s a beautiful title, isn’t it? And it comes directly from the lips of Blair & Craig Fraser of Ironclad Games, developers of the PC title “Sins Of A Solar Empire” - which itself is a pretty good title as well. In fact, if you are curious as to how the guys at Ironclad came up with the title then all you need to do is listen to this episode of Evil Avatar Radio.

It was pretty refreshing to speak to these guys. With most developers, their answers to questions are hidden behind, and filtered through, a PR wall, never getting the chance to get their opinion least it be the opinion of the publishing company or parent. It really is something when you hear one of the Fraser brothers say, “We don’t like to treat our customers like criminals.” Spread the word, these guys are awesome.

Not so awesome, however, are our feelings on the city we broadcast the show from, as evidence by this week’s extra content. Forgive us for a moment as we bitch and moan for a bit. It doesn’t last long as we’re brought right back into a discussion we had on last week’s show - PAX and marriage plans.



Evil Avatar Radio: The No Show

Posted in Episodes on February 5th, 2008

Trying to come up with something to say about this show has been difficult. Even finding a name within the episode, as we normally do, has been a challenge. The thing is, this episode that almost never was is so all over the place that I just can’t pinpoint any one thing. Hell, we open the show by talking about the Sarah Conner Chronicles, then the Super Bowl, Sins Of A Solar Empire, PAX, marriage plans (that’s a show, and apparently a thread, in and of itself), and tons of other things. It’s Straximus, Hawggy, and myself on this one along with a TON of help from the folks in the chatroom.



EAR Episode 92: “Fireworks In Your Eyeball”

Posted in Episodes on January 29th, 2008

“Life, for ever dying to be born afresh, for ever young and eager, will presently stand upon this earth as upon a footstool, and stretch out its realm amidst the stars.”

- H. G. Wells, 1920

This episode of Evil Avatar Radio is a special one for us and we hope for you as well. Now, it’s one thing to have both BAPenguin and Kefkataran on at the same time. It’s one thing to talk about a new game from Team Ico. But to have all of that and then top it all off with talking to astronaut Charlie Duke - well, you’d think it was our 100th episode or something.


None of us on the show can really express what it was like to talk with Mr. Duke or even have him on the show. It is an experience not a single one of us will ever forget. He tell us of his experience with NASA and his time spent on the moon as well as traveling to it plus his return to Earth. What is it like to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere? What’s it like to stand within such a magnificent desolation? To see the dark side of the moon and to witness an Earth-rise. Charlie Duke tells us of those things along with many others (cosmic rays penetrating the eyeballs, anyone?).

So, how do you follow someone who’s walked on the moon? You don’t really. We attempt to, however, in the after show

by talking of the recent Mass Effect “brouhaha”, along with a note about next week’s episode, followed by an explanation of the questions chosen to ask Mr. Duke.



EAR Episode 91: “The 30 Second Delay”

Posted in Episodes on January 23rd, 2008

We’ve done our best in this episode to elevate things to the level of spectacle, as evidenced by the addition of our high-tech supercam for the broadcasting of in-studio hijinks. We hope you enjoyed it. We worked awfully hard to make ourselves presentable for live video. It’s a shame we failed.

As for the show itself, we apologize for the absence of Philip “NoShow” Kollar, but he must not like us nearly as much as he lets on. Regardless, we welcome anyone who wandered by for Kef, but chose to stay for us.

And do yourself a favor by sticking around for the aftershow. Special guest voice Porkfry stops by to swap howdies and to pin fishbang down on some of his bullshit.

Our apologies for the audio quality during Porkfry’s visit. No need to go into detail about the problem, but we have since figured it out and assure you it won’t happen again.



EAR Episode 90: “I’m The White Godzilla”

Posted in Episodes on January 15th, 2008

If you’ve ever read on the internet about a good deal on a video game, chances are that tidbit of information originated at CheapAssGamer. Personally I’ve saved quite a bit of cash and frequent the site daily looking for game deals. And CheapyD, the cheapest ass of the cheap ass’ers, stops by on this episode of Evil Avatar Radio (and he’s also joined by Wombat). He tells us of the beginnings of CheapAssGamer, his move to Japan, being a gamer and a father, the Circuit City Saga, and the deliciousness of the “Mega Mac”.

Also in this episode we talk more of our experience with Mass Effect, the wonderful bullet points of Resistance 2, how NOT to let Condemned scare you, the week’s releases, and just a tiny bit on Cloverfield. Plus we hear from Sl1pstream who calls in all the way from Belgium to tell us a bit about “The Club” demo and his possible plans for PAX’08.



EAR Episode 89: “It’s Fisher Price: The UI”

Posted in Episodes on January 8th, 2008

We were away for a while, but no more. We’re back on the air talking about what we did over the long holiday and thanks to the lovely voices of BAPenguin, and TrackZero, the last half hour wasn’t a total wash as we talked about Kane & Lynch (better than you might think), CES, Rock Band, and home theaters.

Not only that, but after the show we have a longer discussion than should be had on the topic of hamburgers. Then fishbang (the real one, not that fake guy on PSN) goes on to talk about his thoughts on Mass Effect and his response to TrackZero on how Burning Crusade can be considered as a Game Of The Year contender. It’s also where the title comes from, in case you’re curious.

It’s all in the first episode of the year of Evil Avatar Radio! Enjoy.



EAR Episode 88: “Evil Avatar Radio’s Christmas Vacation”

Posted in Episodes on December 24th, 2007

Season’s Greetings from all of us at Evil Avatar Radio. This week on the show we try to cover what little news there has been. James tell us of his adventure in the land of PS3 (apparently “fishbang” isn’t as unique a name as James thought), we cover what little we saw of the Duke Nukem teaser, and Crackdown and it’s lack of appearing on anyone’s “Year’s Best” list (except ours).

It’s a shorter episode than usual and it’s all wrapped up in the end with a big red bow of your Holiday Greetings to other members of Evil Avatar.

Also of note is that Evil Avatar Radio is now available on the Zune Marketplace.



EAR Episode 87: “In Case Of Fuck, Break Glass”

Posted in Episodes on December 18th, 2007

The Fruit Fucker strikes again! And does so during one hell of an episode of Evil Avatar Radio. The little bastard struck during our interview with Kristin Lindsay from Penny Arcade while talking to her about Child’s Play. The conversation stops quite abruptly and then a technical glitch happens to our microphones. It’s a little annoying, but it doesn’t last the rest of the show. Sorry about that, folks.

While this isn’t our Christmas show, it might as well have been for everything that took place. Hell, within the first 30 minutes 2 people on the show announce their engagement, and another gets a PS3. Not only that but Kristin tells us about some of the really cool things that were a part of the silent auction at the Child’s Play charity dinner, and then we get Rick Roll’d, live on the air. And no, I’m not linking that.

Once we’re off the air, we Rick Roll ourselves for a bit and then look to you for suggestions of a year end wrap-up. We’re making lists, and we could use your ideas on what kind of categories we should have. Got any? Email us.


Just Because......A 2006 Post from Jeffool.com

Community gaming?


So a week ago a link was passed around about how virtually all informative video game related internet shows (video and audio) suck. (Here.) I can totally understand his opinion. I only listen to one podcast really; well, aside from the Lost podcast, but that’s mandatory. I listen to one video game podcast, and it’s the one I host (host meaning provide webspace for, not perform emcee duties during,) Evil Avatar Radio.

If you stay up to date on all the video game goings on then it won’t provide you with information, just maybe a few laughs. If you’re not into that, you probably shouldn’t bother. But the reason I feel that it works and provides those laughs is because it’s approached more like a bastardized local talk show than an authoritative podcast. As it’s an offshoot from the gaming news-link-site EvilAvatar.com. Our sense of community has really carried over well to the show and as a reader of the site, I feel like a part of the show even when I’m not on it because I know those talking (and being talked about,) relatively well. (Hell, you can even listen live and call in from 10pm-1am Eastern Friday nights.) Also, I would think that a cast of people who work well together would help non-EvAvers get into the feel of things, I would think. After all, a well functioning community is always appealing.

Now, the idea of ‘community podcasting’ is obviously not new. Many TV shows, websites, and other hobbies have their own podcasts. And it’s not just podcasts for communities. Some communities have sprung up around initial podcasts (TWiT, etc.) This lead me to thinking about community gaming. Not just a community about gaming, or even gaming with your community, but rather gaming about your community. If one were to look at gaming as a reflection of the partaking community then it’s easy to see why FPS players are the jocks of the gaming world. FPS’ are all competition, there’s smacktalk, rivalries, and their stars even get endorsement deals. Hardcore MMORPGers are the Amish, who have moved away from our civilization, preferring their own world. And of course who could forget the starving artists of Interactive Fiction?

So, I thought, what if someone were to invert even that? Let’s take a community, and build a game around it. Hell, you could even shove those people into an existing game. Remember how much fun it was to type your friends names into Oregon Trail and see if they’ll make it? Imagine starting up a popular single player game and playing in a world where the cast is a community you’ve known for years. It sounded fun, so, I think I’ll do it.

Oh, and that radio show? Because I’m an attention whore you can hear me in the latest episode, F-Bomb. (Actually, it was after we finished the show when we realized that by recording this on the internet instead of the radio, we could have cussed constantly if we wanted. And we wanted. We just didn’t know Nat hadn’t stopped recording.)