December 7th 2009 12:21 am PT

Show #342: Video Game Awards, Dark Void and more


Host: Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE’s Major Nelson (Xbox LIVE ) (Twitter)  
Co-host : lollip0p (Xbox LIVE) (Twitter)
Co-host: Stepto (Xbox LIVE) (Twitter) discusses why exploiting a glitch crosses the line into cheating in video games.

Interview: Shana Bryant, Dark Void ( 37:55 – 56:21)
Interview: Chris Von Huben, Tritton Headsets ( 56:21 – 1:17:49)
Interview: Geoff Keighley, 2009 Spike TV Videogame Awards( 1:17:50 – 1:35:59)
Name The Game
And much more 

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Assassin’s Creed II
Left 4 Dead 2
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Podcast By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • PAT2K9

    Thanks for posting the show.

  • Major Nelson

    If you want to go directly to the discussion about cheating head to about twenty minutes in.

  • Renown Recon

    Great show guys! Love the cheating part.

  • Xlrking

    Awesome show, but seriously, PETA needs to stop thinking they are so amazing, yet they couldent even be arsed to save one house cat that got eaten.

  • DeeJayEye45

    great show Major!

  • mchiefvs360

    Thx. Got something to listen to in my 2 hour car trip today now. AC2 soundtrack was getting ingrained on my mind, along with ODST.

  • JoJoStarFire

    Cheating in video game is what makes it wonderful. Except if you do gamesave. Exploits are called exploits for a reason. If it helps you pass the games faster, it’s a cheat that’s what some games have. They shouldn’t even bother with that issue. I am already kind of frustrated with microsoft with all their rules. Ok, for the teenagers, but for me I don’t need to hear them.

  • a peeking duck

    I hope you allow IW to get that patch in quickly because it’s so annoying to be constantly killed by Javelin glitching retards.

  • w00dm4n

    if we don’t cheat then how will we ever get a MEW?

  • xxxHolic Waltz

    MW 2: Javelin Martyrdom XD

    Been blocking/reporting people ever since I heard they were patching it. Good to know people are taking care of it. I’ve been in too many games where randoms attempt to justify the use of this glitch. =/

    Gnome talk is pretty hilarious. Loved the achievement in L4D2. Good show guys.


    good call on the santa situation. wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise haha

    miss the good old days with the old site and you doing the show solo or with e at the kitchen table.
    but laura and stepto are great additions!!!

  • thefatgod

    major, you should go see city center, they just finished it. it is extremely lavish and brand new. if you would visit it just to enjoy the new architecture.

  • M Shadle

    So I just checked out all of the video game award categories. No RE5 anywhere… Really? That is just sad.

  • Gears of Monkey

    Glad you cleared up the javeline issue in MW2. I have reported at least 3 people so far over XBL but it’s happened way more than that. I will be sure to Twitter their names to @stepto since he said that’s an option. Love the show!

  • Spargo CXVII

    Thanks for the show Guys.

  • a peeking duck

    M Shadle: RE5 was RE4 with a new skin, no great leap forward in terms of gameplay. RE4, when it came out, was amazing at the time. RE5, when it came out, was exactly the same so it brought nothing new to the table.

  • Quaranj

    Nothing could have prepared me for “Don’t worry Stepto, I will take the gnome.” I nearly bathed the room in soda. Too bad you weren’t carrying the defibrillator.

    Stepto also mentions Speedball 2, which is gone from the marketplace now, but I think that had something to do with the folding of the company involved in the port. (I think they did Lost Cities and Double Dragon which are also de-listed.) Any word if these “rights” are being transferred to someone else so that the games can go on? Or do we have to hunt down people who already have them and offer to buy their gamertags? :/

  • threeleggedcow

    The kills from the Javelin glitch does no count towards a person’s kill streak (’cause the player is dead).

  • tbs0

    trying to d/l the show but its only 369Kb?
    And yes its the mp3 im downloading not the “short cut” :)

  • briguy992

    I’m also having issues downloading the show!

  • tbs0

    works for me now.

  • CruelCrewCut

    Download Mp3 or listening does not work.

  • xeroboxer

    Great show guys. A big thank-you to the Policy guys slaving away at keeping the XBL playground free of cheaters. Keep up the good work.

  • Atheist Primate

    Didn’t listen to it all, but everything about the Tritton Headsets, cheating on Xbox Live and the VGAs’. Great show. I hadn’t heard about the Tritton headsets before, but man…now I HAVE to buy a piece! The 720 or Pro sounds great. If I can’t find them in stores I’ll have to order it online. Merry Kristmas to me =D You guys better use the Ninja Pro perk in Modern Warfare 2 now, or else I’m coming for ya.
    @Stepto: Keep up the good work. I’ve always been against cheating in games, sports etc. Play fair and behave. It’s good to play together when you’re not dropping live Javelin nukes in other people’s faces =)

  • darkdeath174

    seems to be something wrong with your show on itunes none of the episode will download


    Not working in itunes for me either.

  • wolfzero01

    anyone who is bitching about MS banning people for using the javelin exploit or any glitch or exploit need to realize that when you sign up for X-Box Live, you are agreeing to play by the rules MS sets & if you violate them you will be banned. yeah it sucks when that happens but maybe people need to read the TOS before they sign up

    anyway, really good show Major

  • Major Nelson

    You should be able to d/l the show now. My provider had some issues, but it looks like they are fixed now!

  • AblativMeatshld


    Would have been better if E, upon going to your broken body and the gnome, had shouted “Look! A gnome!!” to mimic your initial reactions while he lay bleeding. :)

    But the walk to the Chopper? priceless. Well done E.

  • UNSCleric

    Awesome show this week, as usual.

  • Megamatman

    Thanks Major!

  • ArcSphere

    Seriously, we NEED a Crimson Skies sequel!!

  • NEW P4TH

    Show still aint working Major, please fix it

  • cavsrock08

    Good to know the glitch is being worked on. I thought at one point it was fixed and then my friend told me he saw it in his last match so I was wrong ha.

  • MadCranium

    Nice post, thanks

  • StormRaging

    why does MS Cert take so long to get this patch through.. PS3 already has the update to stop the cheaters

  • Shonk jr

    Whilst i apreciate that less people are using the javelin glitch now
    its hardly a game loosing event i have yet to loose a game
    to javelin glitchers

    shoot them from a distance or if there’s loads of them
    blast shield + riot shield = immune!!

    you should be looking for care package glichers
    bringing in infinate care packages

    this is fare more trouble as there’s choppers and harriers in the sky the whole game

    odd that there has been no mention of this from microsoft or infinity ward
    considering its far worse

  • M Shadle

    a peeking duck: I understand what you’re saying, however, what new innovations did modern warfare 2 bring? Oh wait that’s right none! What new features did AC 2 bring to the table? Possibly a few new weapons and moves, but at the end of the day you can just sit in the corner counter attacking just like in the first one. I would have to agree with you that the other three games should be in the list for goty. Uncharted 2 is a good game, left 4 dead 2 is amazing, and Batman is a fun game as well.

  • mccalejk

    I understand that “glitching” is a violation from the terms of service and that it ruins the game for others. On the other hand, I can see why some people think it shouldn’t be in the ToS and that it should be fixed instead of banning people. If people don’t want to play against the person glitching they should file a bad review.

    How is the casual gamer supposed to know whatever this glitch is like the Quake rocket jump or a bannable glitch?

  • AndyTheAssassin

    Incidentally, Major your Name The Game winner could be a potential case for Stepto.
    You pronounced it Spastic, or that’s how it sounded, which, at least in England, could be classifiable as offensive.
    It’s usually used in a derogatory way, and I’d assume, whilst assuming that’s the intended pronunciation, that the owner of this GamerTag has that in mind, whilst hidden in leet.
    Anyway enough grassing.

  • CasualPidgeon

    @StormRaging the ps3 patch for the Javelin glitch hasn’t been released yet, why today i played in a match where 10 people were using it!! There was a recent patch for MW2, but that was for fixing some problems with the matchmaking service.

  • Devoutly

    If only you guys had the ” Don’t worry Stepto, I will take the gnome ” on video – Long live the gnome.

    Great show once again!

  • HFC

    Interesting….the winner’s gamertag – called out at 1:39:55 – is SPASTIC. While I hate to be PC, this is hardly a politically correct gamertag. I know from living in the US that the horrible term retard and spastic get thrown around all the time yet homophobic, sexist or racial gamertags get canned.

    Consistency guys, consistency.