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Behind the Line: Localizing Controls, why is the back button different on the Switch?

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It’s a short shot this week. Yours truly has been crazy busy with work, but in the hazy blur of activity I noticed this.   And it reminded me of a topic I’ve spoken of before. Yes, here we have

The PS4 Needs Backwards Compatibility

Before we get started, let me be clear that I like my Playstation 4.  The controller is a marked improvement over the previous three iterations of the Dualshock design, it’s compact and quiet compared to the Xbox One, and while

BTL Radio Podcast: GDC Aftermath and Nintendo Switch

Hello Enthusiacs! GDC 2017 is in the books, so this week we welcome engineer Damon joins Baron Fang and yours truly to discuss what the professionals get out of GDC, why we have it, and some more about what goes

Behind the Line: VR Roundup 2016

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2016, the year the public finally started to experience VR en masse.   VR, the great experiment, saddled with great expectations This year, we greeted VR with enthusiasm and joy. One of the promises of the future was finally coming

BTL Radio Podcast: Apocalypse Now and GDC Survey

Hello Enthusiacs! This week we have a pair of guests, and a pair of topics, making this behind the line squared! If that joke wasn’t too lame for you, there’s another lame one in the show that you can’t miss.

Behind the Line: 4 Video Game Failures That Were Actually Ahead of their Time

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Sometimes an idea comes in so far ahead of its time that the market, or the technology simply isn’t ready to support it. That doesn’t mean that the idea is a bad one, though. Today I want to take a

BTL Radio Podcast: The Last Guardian

Hello Enthusiacs! At long, long, long last, The Last Guardian has been released. I have made no secret that I have been looking forward to this one, and this week I have invited a colleague who is also a fan

Behind the Line: Nintendo Switch Reveal

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The gaming is abuzz about the Nintendo Switch reveal, and rightfully so. It’s a new console, not one of these half upgrades that Microsoft and Sony have done. It’s also Nintendo, and anything Nintendo does commands attention. Sure, their fortunes

BTL Radio Podcast: Super Mario Run

Hello, Enthusiacs! 2016 is in the books, and in the turn of the new year, the impossible has happened, something we never thought we’d see, Mario has come to mobile! Yes, Super Mario Run is out, with a marketing push

BTL Radio Podcast: Third Party QA

Hello, Enthusiacs! Our guest this week is Stephen, who works at a third party QA agency. These are the people who assist developers, and even publishers, specifically with testing. If you can imagine outsourcing for QA, it’s a bit like