Guard Frequency Episode 122 | Moustache of Power

Greetings Citizens and Civilians, you’re tuned to episode 122, of Guard Frequency — the best damn space sim podcast ever! This episode was recorded on Friday 27th May 2016 and released for streaming and download on Tuesday, May 31st 2016 at [Download this episode]

Lennon, Geoff and Tony are in the hangar once again this week, having weathered the storm of feedback to bring you another episode of Guard Frequency. In this week’s Squawk Box we learn all about the Force, and the newest country to try space planing! On the Flight Deck we see what news has landed from your favourite space-sims as we cover:

Next, we debate narrative-driven space-sims, and finally we tune into the very, very large Feedback Loop and let you join in on the conversation.

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This Week’s Community Questions

  • Do narrative driven space-sims need to come back into the fold, or are they relics to look back on fondly but have no place in modern gaming?

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3 responses to “Guard Frequency Episode 122 | Moustache of Power”

  1. Amontillado Avatar

    Stories are a part of the human condition and I don’t see that ever changing. There will always be a place for narrative driven games and space-sims are no exception. We want stories, and having well designed narratives are often much more satisfying than random happenstance.

    There’s also a place for open world, make your own experience type games. We don’t always want to be TOLD a story, but would rather enjoy telling one ourselves. Open world games allow for a sort of collaborative storytelling that can take on a reality outside of the authors and can be incredibly compelling.

    Today’s technologies allow for collaborative storytelling tools like never before and the possibilities are very exciting. Players can create and consume content faster than any developer can crank out, and the creativity of players can keep a game interesting and relevant for years beyond what a development studio might support.

    Ideally you support both types of gaming, giving players a structured framework as well as the tools to create their own stories and the space in which to do so.

    The Squadron 42 / Star Citizen PU approach I think is a very good one.

  2. seannewboy Avatar

    Wonderful show everyone, great job.

    As for ND, i think fallout 4 is a good example, although there is a lot of narrative there are also other things that can be done outside of that parameter. The concept of DLC to add to a narrative game could make such a game much longer playwise down the line as well.

  3. Sao Saoldian Avatar
    Sao Saoldian

    Great show guys. I think narrative is very important and is the main thing that interests me in games. Even Overwatch, an online multi-player shooter, has a rich backstory that causes you care about the characters and environments your playing. That kind of backdrop adds immensely to the enjoyment of any gaming experience. The more fully it’s realized, the more invested players become. I agree that a mix of open world and linear story is a good balance but I also agree with Tony that taking you out of the narrative to do some mundane tasks for an indiscriminate amount of time while the universe is burning, is jarring and artificial.

    Regarding last week, I want to apologize to Tony for my callous condemnation and accusations of being a DS fanboi. However, I still do not understand your motivation to dedicate a whole show to him; and based on your closing comments, neither did you. A simple 30 seconds saying you guys buried the hatched would have sufficed.

    The last thing I’ll say is that it was a poor decision and it just left a bad taste for your consideration of what your listeners want to hear. Also, your lawyer comparison made absolutely no sense to me. Game development and trial law? I don’t see them remotely the same. Well, lets just put this behind us, shall we?

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