March 29th 2009 11:29 pm PT

Show #314 :MLB 2K9 and Cliff Bleszinski

This week’s show:
Co-host : e
Interview: Cliff Bleszinski on the new Gears of War 2 Maps (13:06 – 26:05)
Interview: Jonathan Riveria MLB 2K9 (26:06–35:18)
Name the Game
Xbox 101
Much more…

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Link dump (some of the things mentioned in this episode:

Podcast By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • Monster Warfare

    Thanks, I will have something to do in Study Hall tomorrow.

  • FierceCharlie34

    yay new show!

  • Rlan

    XBLA games of the week?

  • El Capitaine

    Deal of the Week?

  • Runway 360

    He didn’t ask Cliffy B about Japan release of GoW2.

  • AnEternalEnigma

    Did Jonathan Riveria discuss why MLB 2K9 is such a buggy, glitchy pile of crap?

  • a peeking duck

    Beta software for the phone, eh? Some sort of Xbox Live app for the iPhone, mayhaps? ;)

  • Vasilii Zaytsev

    Blah blah blarrhhggh aahhhhhh I want my chocolate milk

    Yes, so-

    blaahh blaha chocolate milk blahaahaaah

    **e talks**

    MM mm m M MMM

    lmao XD

  • Crown TSA

    @ Rlan & El Capitaine:

    XBLA this week is The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai for 800 points.

    Deal of the week is Alien Hominid HD – 400 points down from 800.

  • PAT2K9

    Cool show. Thanks for posting it.
    Keep up the good work.

  • Vasilii Zaytsev
  • IconicSoulJA

    Major Nelson, why do you make it easy for Cliff to talk about the issues regarding Gears of War 2. You guys are ridiculous.

    Call of Duty 4, Call of Duty WaW, and Halo 3 are on top of the Xbox Live charts. That means those games have the most players. So don’t use the BS that a lot of players playing the games cause issues. The game was released in the Alpha stages and Microsoft and Epic don’t want to admit it.

    All Epic had to do was RELEASE A BETA!!! My brother stated this at Epic Games forums and was banned for discussing something that Halo 3, Call of Duty WaW, and Call of Duty 4 used to ensure the community would have a great experience. Epic Games only cares about money. I bought the first map pack but I won’t be getting this one. I bet the next one will have War Machine in it. It’s so obvious what they are doing.

    I actually thought Gears of War was going to be one of the franchises to keep. I’m loving Fallout 3 so I think I’ll stick to that.

    BTW, the Title Update 3 still has lag issues. Epic just sucks!

  • metallicorphan

    not listened to the show,did anyone ask Cliffy about this dark corners thing?..or has anythign been said about it?…is it just the Asian name for Snowblind?


    I’ve been looking for a podcast of Zero Punctuation.


    Am downloading now,I hope you ask Cliffy B about the lag.Pretty much unplayable here in oz online=no gears 3 for me.

  • IconicSoulJA

    @DOOBYDAR Of course he did not. It looks bad for Microsoft and Epic if he did. He avoided the issue as usual. I won’t get Gears 3 as well! You think a major title like Gears would be more carefully handled. Oh well.

  • Deadly Cyclone

    I understand when ice cream trucks drive by E…

  • zxcoolbird

    Great show love you guys. You guys you make me laugh


    If you don’t like a game don’t play it. Gears plays great for me most of the time, and I WILL be buying the new maps this week :)
    I have had COD and Halo lag also. That’s what happens when a crappy host gets picked… everyone else suffers.

  • IconicSoulJA

    BTW e cursed during the cast. He said @$$.

  • yolarrydabomb

    I think Cliff Bleszinski interview was great becasue tell you why GOW2 was buggy.

    @IconicSoulJA Whats wrong with saying ASS?

  • Secret Fuller

    Why the fuck is the deal of the week so shit? WHO THE FUCK WANTS TO PLAY ALIEN THINGY HD? WAKE UP

  • Secret Fuller

    @IconicSoulJA Whats wrong with saying ass ? its just a word like FUCK*

  • Axnollouse

    @Secret Fuller How could you not like Alien Hominid HD? It is made by the same people who made Castle Crashers!

  • Warrengonline

    Well, I didn’t hear the price for the SnowBlind Map Pack, I’m getting it. The DishWasher cometh THIS Wednesday!??! Insta-buy, although I bought 1600 for Snowblind, The Dishwasher gets priority in this situation. Cliff said “Jazz Jack Rabbit” and I just smiled for about 1.5 miles of my (15 miles) drive to work.

    Um, I’m not understanding the ‘Living Roster’ on MLB2K9. My understanding is that a gamer/user of the game can take the REAL names and input them into the MLB2K9 and upload them for other gamers to download the REAL NAMES of the sports athletes. So, does this mean now that Guitar Hero World Tour can have famous songs created and uploaded by gamers/users of Guitar Hero World Tour so we can finally download play a wicked guitar of Sonic the Hedge Hog or Final Fantasy or did they work in some ‘special rights’ as it is a sports game and it is totally ‘legal’ to do that?

  • Warrengonline

    Really good show also. Nice way for Cliff to acknowledge the missed bugs and glitches, really nice without putting him on the spot or pressuring him. And we’re NOT supposed to use the shields on Day One on the stairwell? Good show with just enough geeky talk for laughs.

  • N3WB13 R0N

    Is the South Park game still alive on XBLA?? o.O;

  • rogXue

    best part of the podcast. E announces avatars in community games, Majors reply? “Wiiiiiiiiii” so funny!

  • Turtle502

    well that was a good way to pass the time! You know, I’d LOVE to see what e works on…I’m sure it would be tons more exciting than the mundane stuff I’m stuck working on. But alas, secrets are secrets.
    Wondering when the Peggle-chatter will die down, tho.

  • TheDom83

    I cant find the south park tour on the marketplace either..

  • oO MG81 Oo

    That’s not so helpful if you’ve already dropped the cash on a game.

    Gears 2 is failing which Epic and Microsoft both know. That’s the whole reason Cliffy was even on the show (that and to pedal yet another overpriced DLC map pack!). It’s all just marketing BS to make people think the game is all patched and fixed. The reality is that even after 3 major TUs it’s still broken and unplayable for many amny people. Notice how Cliffy is never really pushed to answer any tough questions about the game and its short comings.

    Gears2 is just an embarrassment as a MP Live game. It’s an embarrassment as a 360 exclusive franchise now too. I won’t make the same mistake of pre-ordering a Gears LE pack next time around.

  • Runway 360

    All Cliffy B fans should check out this video.

  • Warrengonline

    @oO MG81 Oo
    Yeh, multiplayer in Gear2 is really horrible compared to Gears1. The matching making is just plain horrible. Why? They cut time by using a default multiplayer interface (pre-made). I enjoy the Horde with 4 of my friends and it is fun. Wingman is fun too, but two on two is a bit much if you do not know your partner. Cliff and everyone around knows of the issues. Hopefully they will get around to repairing them soon.

    But please enlighten me, what was the price of the Snowblind Map Pack?

  • oO MG81 Oo

    Epic have had more than enough time to get Gears2 fixed. And it’s not as if they’re a small time developer that don’t have enough money or staff to get their s#it together. I gave up hoping for things to be put right after TU2. I bought the Gears2 LE pack the day it was released and it should have worked properly straight out the box. Sure most games ship with a few glitches and bugs, that’s normal, but nothing on the scale of Gears2’s problems. I tried TU3 out of curiosity the other day and unsurprisingly the MP experience was still a complete mess. There’s too many better (fun) games on the 360 nowadays for Gears to hold my interest any longer. It’s a real shame what Epic did to Gears IMHO.

    The Snowblind map pack is rumored to be the same as all the other packs at 800MSP. The constant drip feeding of map packs annoys me too. It’s pretty obvious what they’re up to. But I suppose if you don’t like it then don’t buy it. Personally I’m going to spend my points on the new COD maps :-).


    Game play in Gears of War 2 multiplayer is looking better since the latest title update but,i am still undecided on buying the new map pack.I just really don’t think it will be worth it.The teams in versus multiplayer are almost ALWAYS uneven.Every now and then you might get a good team.I guess they didn’t address this issue?I played about 15 games the other night and only one lagged,but their team had all the kills and my team had crap.I’ve been playing gears for a while.I did get the 10,000 kill achievement in the first gears.Multiplayer on their was awesome,what’s the problem with multiplayer on gears 2?I’m not sure exactly,it’s not my job to figure it out.I shouldn’t have to ,that should already be fixed before the game is shipped.Next time hire some in studio game testers who are not their just to suck up,but people who really play and will be honest and tell you what’s wrong in the game and not just what you want to hear.

  • Anonymous

    dont get me started on gow2 issues

    1. the shield glitch still exists in pavillion (you know the one where you can place the shield next to the wall (sorry doors that are blocked off) and jump through it

    2. The Subway ohhh let me hide in the train cart that you cant get into unless you use smoke grenades to launch yourself into it and you cant kill them without a lot of hassle…bunch of noobs used it in guardian we still kicked them

    3. Lag issues still suck as do balance issues

    4. Avalance glitch where someone can be hiding in the cart right at the back where the shield is and you cant melee them or shotgun them as they dont register a hit, head blast works but still sucks

    5. Landing on platforms, ledges by accident after smokies

  • Warrengonline

    @oO MG81 Oo
    I hear you and I heard the UT3 comments far before the game hit the streets. I was going to TRY to get into it, but that game is not for me. I’m going to buy the SnowBlind Map Packs AND The DishWasher. As for Gears2, I am a bit more casual on that game, but I do understand the matchmaking issues as stated. I will say this out of context, WHY don’t they just use the SAME game build ad things to it and just release the continuation? Who really notices the slight improvement of hard worked textures, models and such for ‘better’ graphics?

    Beta testing should be completed by KNOWN glitchers/modders as THAT would be their perfect use. I myself could not be a beta tester as my seat would be a waste unless you want me to look at the textures for misalignment or odd issues such as the collectible statue of the Chainsaw Manjini on RE5. The stomach area looks a bit odd on the statue, “mosaic?” matte.

  • Frayteez

    Sure hope The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai comes out April 1, and that its not just an april fools joke (been waiting for this one for about a year or more)

  • Turtle502

    you know, considering what else Epic Games DOESN’T work on, you’d expect the Gears franchise to be perfect.

  • Three0neFive

    You forgot to link TTP in the link dump. :'(

  • Us3d ta b3

    MS nor Epic will ever admit to the failure that Gears of War 2 is. They took everything good about the first game and ruined it, multiplayer wise. All anyone wanted was the lag fixed, glitches fixed, host advantage fixed, some new weapons and new maps. But no, we get the same problems from the first game, plus new glitches, a crappy end-of-user-choice matchmaking system, more lag than ever, and no options to play unranked games with random people. This doesn’t even account for the broken smoke grenades, stupid weapon swaps, extremely unbalanced new maps, etc. Whoever decided to add all of this horrible crap that wasn’t asked for needs to go meditate in a corner on their approach to game design.
    I know there appears to be some rampant ego amongst game developers to where they feel ” I’ll make the game I want to make and you will like it”, but that is going to end real soon, or your company will when it goes bankrupt due to no one buying your broken, unfinished junk games. I am never paying to play test a beta again like I did for Gears of War 2.

  • Joergen8

    Well GoW2 is now ALMOST a playable game after four months. Congrats Cliffy! AARGGH!

  • Feareon

    Awesome show this week.


    After playing gears 2 multiplayer over a span of 5 days now,i’llo have to admit that it does look a lot better.Although this should have been acheived a month or two after release,better late than never.I thank you for your dedication to fixing a great game.I will be getting my moneys worth out of this game now.Thanks.