RadioRadar podcast 033: LucasArts is always-offline

Only two segments this week, because this week's Top 7 was an April Fools joke, but we made it count! We talked about the depressing LucasArts news and discussed the always-online Xbox rumors. We also have an... interesting interview with Suda 51 at the end of the podcast (the one we talked about last week). So if you're cool with mildly uncomfortable situations you should totally listen to that. 

Hosts: Hollander Cooper, Greg Henninger, Ryan Taljonick, Tom Magrino, Henry Gilbert
Question of the week: What studio closure would break your heart the most? Answer to win a free game, or some other awesome thing!
Intro song by Danny Baranowsky


  • IAmARobotWhoTurnsIntoATruckAnd - April 9, 2013 8:38 a.m.

    Platinum Games. Now that Devil May Cry is dead, platinum is the last bastion of crazy character action games, and I would be sad if they were shut down.
  • Drkarsenal - April 8, 2013 9:02 p.m.

    I would definitely would be insanely sad if Mist Walker studios shut down, a sequel to lost Odessey is something I have always wish for. If they go out I think it would be end of me, those guys have been on point when it comes to their turn based old school RPGS, also I know I may be a little late with answering the previous weeks question but speaking of lost Odessey I would love to see one of the main characters of that game mainly Seth have her own game since at the end of lost Odessey she disappeared into the mirror and we don't know what happened to her and gongora.
  • TanookiMan - April 8, 2013 9:54 a.m.

    I'll say Telltale Games. Not only have they fought to bring the point and click adventure back, they are expanding into a new depth of storytelling in games. The longer they are around, the longer other companies can take notes about how to craft compelling stories in games. (Although perhaps they shouldn't take game mechanic tips from Telltale)
  • EAC73 - April 7, 2013 1:05 p.m.

    It would be heart breaking to see valve go under, leaving us so empty without half-life 3, and steam together would probably go down with it, forcing us to play on origin, BUT this would never happen and i will never have to worry about using origin.
  • JMarsella09 - April 6, 2013 7:11 p.m.

    Nippon Ichi Software, simply because without them I would have a much harder, if not impossible, time playing many of the niche RPGs I love.
  • Cyberninja - April 6, 2013 1:26 p.m.

    Mircosoft, because then I wouldn't have anyone to make fun of since I always get Nintendo and Sony stuff
  • archnite - April 6, 2013 1:12 p.m.

    If Kojima Productions were to close it would probably cause my heart to drop out of my booty.
  • BladedFalcon - April 6, 2013 11:03 a.m.

    Platinum. Easily my favorite company of this generation, It'd be devastating if they went under, and would make me lose even more faith in the industry.
  • winner2 - April 6, 2013 9:51 a.m.

    I would really hate to see Bioware bow out, they put out mass effect, the first KOTOR, both awesome games. They've got RPG's down really well with proof being dragon age origins, and even though Dragon age 2 was an abomination I'm hoping with every fiber of my being that they take DA3 back to what made origins so awesome and improve it further. God, if DA3 screws up i'll be crushed.
  • DarthEnderX - April 6, 2013 9:12 a.m.

    This is a hard question because most of the companies I ever really cared about are already gone. It's also hard to care super hard in this era when the death of a studio doesn't mean the death of a series. Usually the IP is just bought by someone else, and if it was a series anyone actually cared about, someone else makes the next game. And sometimes that someone else is even better than the original.
  • F4G1TR0N - April 6, 2013 7:55 a.m.

    I would miss Atlus, they, along with NIS, have given America the most Japanese nichey games. They have become my Jrpg people and I would literally KILL 1-2 people if they where to shut down
  • shawksta - April 6, 2013 12:39 a.m.

    If Microsoft does go with always on,and it ends up messing up, Im most definitley sure im going Nintendo and Sony next gen. I was only pushed to get a 360 to begin with because of that Banjo-Kazooie Nuts and Bolts. That Suda 51 preview was delicious! I got nothing but the obvious companies like Nintendo and Capcom and such, so i asked my fellow Gamer Brother, and would you know it, he told me Lionhead Studios. My bother has a soft spot for the fable games, he loved all 3 games equally for what they were because they still had that same magic and is hoping for the next game to just be as magical as he loved them for, despite what had happened with Fable the Journey. With Peter Molyneux gone, who knows where the next game will go.
  • GamesRadarCollanderCooper - April 5, 2013 10:15 p.m.

    I would hate to see Starbreeze shuttered just by mere virtue of the fact that they gave this generation its Aerith moment. I was a very jaded gamer when this current generation began. I thought that gaming had reached its height during the PS1 era with games like Soul Reaver and Final Fantasy VII. The PS2 age came and went and I felt largely indifferent about its output. I felt adrift as a gamer, estranged from my hobby that resonated so deeply with me when I was younger. I enjoyed plenty of PS2 games but even critical darlings like Shadow of the Colossus lacked the emotional connection I yearned for. Then PS3 came along and aside from the rise of shooters it felt like business as usual for video games except with better graphics. One day I bought the Darkness despite all the middling reviews I had read. I still don't know why. I had never read the comic book, but something about its aesthetic spoke to me. From the very first scene in which you engage in a shootout while driving through a tunnel, I knew this game was for me. It was an authentic New York crime film with the added element of interactivity, but that become secondary to the experience as soon as I stepped into Jenny's apartment. I thought it absurd that a developer would make you do something so mundane in order to progress through a FPS. That cynicism evaporated the moment I sat on the couch with Jenny. She wasn't the type of woman I would consider gorgeous but when she holds you like a devoted lover and lays her head on your shoulder she became the most beautiful woman to me. There was a pensiveness and meditative quality to it that, with the exception of Journey, games just don't have anymore. I genuinely felt love and adoration coming from this collection of polygons sitting next to me falling asleep as she watched an anachronistically old TV. Her demise later on in the game was devastating. I'd had my heart broken by a girl in school before so I knew that it literally felt as if your heart was rent in two. I felt that for Jenny. I knew she wasn't real, but it still felt as though I had a gaping hole in my chest and air was rushing through it. No game since has ever done that to me. For that reason, Starbreeze should be celebrated and championed. The quality of their work has been in decline as of late, but that doesn't mean they aren't ambitious. With proper funding and a director with great vision they can be what they once were.
  • rainn'sgaydar - April 5, 2013 8:31 p.m.

    Nintendo, because nostalgia. It would be like if Disney closed and took Marvel with it.
  • DarthEnderX - April 6, 2013 9:09 a.m.

    Something like Nintendo shutting down would be like the greatest news ever for me because it means someone else would buy all their IPs and their series wouldn't be limited to Nintendo consoles anymore. Playing new Zelda or Pokemon games on my PC would be good news on the same scale as "Disney buys Star Wars".
  • rainn'sgaydar - April 17, 2013 1:18 p.m.

    I see your point for sure, but I'd be afraid of what might happen to those IPs at the same time. Could be good, Metroid Prime, or bad, like Other M. It'd be risky to hope for, IMO.
  • supergiraffe - April 5, 2013 6:46 p.m.

    I'd really hate to see bad things happen to Bioware, since they've really helped change what makes a modern RPG, but in my heart of hearts I know I'd take a Game Freak closure the hardest. I've been playing Pokemon so long that I'm pretty sure it helped me learn to read. (and I can legally drink now, if you wanna feel a little old.
  • StrayGator - April 5, 2013 5:01 p.m.

    id. because my childhood. lately it takes me more time to write comments here than to articles to appear on the feed. gotta b more sccnct.
  • g1rldraco7 - April 5, 2013 4:53 p.m.

    For me I would be devastated if Platinum games would go under. They made Madworld and they are working on Bayonetta 2. So what if they don't notice comments, they get all crazy if you say you hate cheese in pretzels.
  • ssj4raditz - April 5, 2013 3:56 p.m.

    If Harmonix shut down, it would make me sad. They've done so much to introduce new uses for music in games, refining the plastic-instrument game genre, and also helping to expose me (and I'm sure many others) to songs and bands that I would never have heard of or appreciated before. I still play Rock Band 3 on a regular basis. I hope they've got something amazing in the works for next-gen. By the way, yes, my username is the first username I ever came up with. And no, I'm not Mike Grimm... Or am I?

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