About David

David Holloway has been involved with gaming since the early 1970′s and with virtual worlds since heavy use of a MOO in 1993 – he even admits to having owned a Vic 20 and used it heavily to play cassette-based roleplaying games. As far as Star Wars goes, he still owns his original set of Star Wars figures and can vouch for the fact that a 1978 Stormtrooper can be blown to bits by shooting it with a slug gun from a distance. He’s also played Star Wars games as far back as the Super Nintendo console and to this day is devastated by the accidental erasure of all his progress on Lego Star Wars on the Wii.



Flash Point 91: Dirty Little Wookiee Ookies Ho Ho Ho!

flashpoint-podcastIt’s our pre-Christmas edition prior to a month break, so we pack in quite a bit this episode.

Points of discussion:

1. MMO News

SWTOR: Third Anniversary celebrations (link), 3.0.1 bug fixes

Others: Warlords of Draenor

My Lore Is Stuck In Your Canon: Life Day

Recipe for Wookiee Ookies (link)

2. General Gaming News

– Dawn of the PC Console? (link)

– Windows 10 and Xbox One integration (link)

– Destiny players banned (link) and solo effort at new raid content (link)

– Assassin’s Creed patch coming (link and FAQ link)

– Call of Duty sales down 27% year on year (link)

– Top 10 games of 2014

– Playstation Plus: worth it? (link)

3. Pop Culture

Film: Star Wars Episode 7 – the ball droid isn’t CGI! (link), Marvel to get Spiderman back into its cinematic universe? (link)

TV: Agents of SHIELD mid-season finale (link)

Other: Penny Arcade Destiny web-comic (link)

4. Tech Roundup
– Oculus buys VR company (link)

– The Goliath project (link)

– Shout outs for our Facebook page, Twitter account, Simon’s Twitter account  and ODS-1’s Twitter Account. – And don’t forget to buy an Oceanic Gamer T-Shirt or thirty!

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Flash Point 90: Wicket on Stilts Versus Porkins

flashpoint-podcastIn our second-last episode for 2014, we dig into a bunch of MMO news and a healthy dose of Star Wars Ep 7 to boot.

Points of discussion:

1. MMO News

SWTOR: Shadows of Revan (limited) impressions, Ten Ton Hammer’s impressions (links), Joystiq’s impressions (link), DDOS attack (link)

Others: Star Citizen exceeds yet another stretch funding goal (link), Warlords of Drainer (link to buy a pet for Ebola charity – link to the ABC article on WoW’s 10th anniversary)

My Lore Is Stuck In Your Canon: back next episode!

2. General Gaming News

– GTA V withdrawal from K-Mart and Target shelves (link) and the backlash (link)

3. Pop Culture

Film: The Force Awakens Trailer discussion (link to Kevin Smith vid mentioned)

Other: Netflix hits Australia in 2015 – will it suck like Canada’s version? (link)

4. Tech Roundup
– Apple Watch SDK released (link)

– will.i.am’s gadgets (link)

– Shout outs for our Facebook page, Twitter account, Simon’s Twitter account  and ODS-1’s Twitter Account. – And don’t forget to buy an Oceanic Gamer T-Shirt or thirty!

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Hot Seat Quest Glitch: Solution

World_of_WarcraftIf like me you weren’t able to aim the turret at the Apexis Excavation in the Hot Seat quest, here’s how to get it to work.

Just hold down the right mouse button to aim, or if like me you’re on a Mac with trackpad, hold down the command key and you can aim and use the two weapons buttons. Hopefully the poor interface is fixed in future patches.

Flash Point 89: Dirk Diggler Does Dallas

flashpoint-podcastWith special guest David Carr, we tackle the Warlords of Draenor launch, a health dose of SWTOR and a whole bunch of other goodies.

Points of discussion:

1. MMO News

SWTOR: Las Vegas Cantina thumb drive (link), Pretty Little Sith’s blog post on the Cantina catch-up (link), Ootini Cantina (link)

Others: Warlords of Drainer review, launch issues

My Lore Is Stuck In Your Canon: Light Sabers!

2. General Gaming News

– Simon’s Pax Aus report (link to Bioware’s talk)

– Overwatch (cinematic, in-game footage)

– EVE Online new release format

– What the hell is going on with AAA games? (Drive Club link, Assassins Creed Unity link, Destiny link)

3. Pop Culture

Film: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Other: Excavated Atari cartridges sell for up to $1500 on Ebay (link)

4. Tech Roundup
– Simon shops for a new monitor

– Shout outs for our Facebook page, Twitter account, Simon’s Twitter account  and ODS-1’s Twitter Account. – And don’t forget to buy an Oceanic Gamer T-Shirt or thirty!

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Dragon Age Inquisition Trailer

So, who’s excited?

Official availability info:

Dragon Age: Inquisition will be available for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system from Microsoft and PC via Origin on November 20 in Australia and November 21 in New Zealand, 2014. The game has been rated MA15+ by The Australia Classification Board

(No) Surprise: Zero Link Between Games and Violence

kingsmouth12The evidence has been there in dribs and drabs for years, but a recently published study puts the hole issue to bed in a commanding way:

This article presents 2 studies of the association of media violence rates with societal violence rates. In the first study, movie violence and homicide rates are examined across the 20th century and into the 21st (1920–2005). Throughout the mid-20th century small-to-moderate correlational relationships can be observed between movie violence and homicide rates in the United States. This trend reversed in the early and latter 20th century, with movie violence rates inversely related to homicide rates. In the second study, videogame violence consumption is examined against youth violence rates in the previous 2 decades. Videogame consumption is associated with a decline in youth violence rates. Results suggest that societal consumption of media violence is not predictive of increased societal violence rates.

So there you have it. Those who have worked in the field aren’t likely to be surprised, but the general public will have their preconceptions pretty heavily challenged by this. What’s your take?

Flash Point 88: The Pseudo-Barrycast

flashpoint-podcastSimon and David cover off a bunch of MMO news plus plenty of other snippets. For those that get past half way you’ll understand why we’ve called this the Barrycast (although embarrassingly it appears it was an audio driver issue that I could only hear although you may hear a slight echo effect and other glitches in spots for which I apologise).

Points of discussion:

1. MMO News

SWTOR: CantinaGate / VenueGate, the transparency dilemma (link), Character slots per server to be increased from 22, NPC limit raised in Strongholds, new Halloween gear on the Cartel Market (link), Architect’s Pack (link), Slot Machine now available for 1 credit.

Others: Warlords of Drainer pre-expansion patch, Aussie servers for WoW announced

My Lore Is Stuck In Your Canon: back next episode!

2. General Gaming News

– Ps4 2.0 Firmware update (link)

3. Pop Culture

TV: The Walking Dead, Constantine, Borgen

Other: PaxAus

4. Tech Roundup
– iPad/iPhone sales (link)

– The death of Nokia (link)

– Promised cool link (link)

– Between Two Ferns (link)

– Shout outs for our Facebook page, Twitter account, Simon’s Twitter account  and ODS-1’s Twitter Account. – And don’t forget to buy an Oceanic Gamer T-Shirt or thirty!

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Flash Point 87: We Forgot Joe’s Name Edition

flashpoint-podcastWe get excited about Shadows of Revan and provide lots of semi-informed filler – what else could you want?

Points of discussion:

1. MMO News

SWTOR: Shadows of Revan (link), Disciplines (link), Class quest lines.

Others: WoW, Destiny (check out Ben McJannet’s ongoing Destiny coverage for our website)

My Lore Is Stuck In Your Canon: Yavin 4

2. General Gaming News

– Star Citizen – the 890 Jump (link)

3. Pop Culture

TV: The Walking Dead Returns

4. Tech Roundup
– Windows 10

– New Oculus prototype – Crescent Bay (link)

– Shout outs for our Facebook page, Twitter account, Simon’s Twitter account  and ODS-1’s Twitter Account. – And don’t forget to buy an Oceanic Gamer T-Shirt or thirty!

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Shadows of Revan Expansion Details Announced

▶_SWTOR_Shadow_of_Revan_Expansion_Announcement_Trailer_-_YouTubeIf you’re a SWTOR and WoW player like I am, the last two months of this year are going to be insane. Warlords of Draenor is of course launching in November, and now the next big SWTOR expansion hits less than a month later on December 9th.

When I say ‘big expansion’ I mean one with lots of new story and a new level cap, which is exactly what Shadows of Revan is promising.

The short story is:

–          Level cap jumps from 55 to 60

–          Two new planets hit the severs: Rishi and Yavin 4.

–          introduction of Disciplines to replace Skill Trees (link)

–          Two new Flashpoints that will be ‘role-neutral’.

–          Addition of four Hard Mode Flashpoints and two level 60 Operations.

–          Limited time XP boost for Subscribers: you get a 12 times XP boost to allow you to get a character to 55 before the expansion hits.

There’s certainly plenty of incentives on offer to get new subscribers: the XP boost, the usual 7-day early access to the expansion, and if you didn’t follow-through to Rise of the Hutt Cartel, you get that free as well.

Have a look at the announcement vid for some shots of the new content:

December 9th is when everyone gets access to Shadows of Revan, with subscribers able to log in from December 2nd.

That gives me three weeks to get to Level 100 in WoW…. We will of course dissect the expansion announcement in this week’s podcast.

Over to you: what do you think of the announcement? If you’re a lapsed subscriber, is there enough goodies in there to lure you back?

Flash Point 86: Interview With George Lucas’ Ghost

flashpoint-podcastWe always try to provide a mixed bag and this week is no different with SWTOR, Star Citizen, Destiny, World of Warcraft and Pong (ok not the last one).

Points of discussion:

1. MMO News

SWTOR: New York Community Cantina (link), Ootina Spoilercast coming up soon,  item missing from Constable’s Pack (link)

Others: Brief chat about laziness / getting in a rut with MMOs

My Lore Is Stuck In Your Canon: back next episode!

2. General Gaming News

– Further Destiny thoughts (check out Ben McJannet’s ongoing Destiny coverage for our website)

– Archeage and a thanks to Darren Taylor for his article / review.

– Star Citizen’s US$350 ship on offer, the Aegis Reclaimer (link)

3. Pop Culture

TV: The Goldbergs (link), incomplete Clone Wars episodes now available (link)

Movies: Jodorowsky’s Dune (link)

Other: The potato salad Kickstarter that did good (link)

4. Tech Roundup
– The bendy iPhone 6: or is it? (link)
– ello, the new social network (link)
– Revan video we forgot to talk about at the top of the show (link)

– Shout outs for our Facebook page, Twitter account, Simon’s Twitter account  and ODS-1’s Twitter Account. – And don’t forget to buy an Oceanic Gamer T-Shirt or thirty!

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Flash Point 85: Less Batter, More Meat

flashpoint-podcastWe get a little bit obsessive over Destiny this week, but still manage a very healthy dose of SWTOR and a bunch of other tech / gaming and pop culture discussion. Even better – ODS-1 gives us the low-down on the legacy of the Rakata.

Points of discussion:

1. MMO News

SWTOR:  Thank you to Hillary Nicole for her interview last episode, Forged Alliances patch, Patch 3.0 announcement (link), PAX Community Q&A thanks to Ootinicast (link)

Others: Nil

My Lore Is Stuck In Your Canon: Legacy of the Rakata (here’s the link to ODS-1’s original Rakata coverage he mentions)

2. General Gaming News

– Microsoft to buy Minecraft? (link)

– Simon and David’s review of Destiny

3. Pop Culture

TV: The Left Overs (link), The Goldbergs (link)

4. Tech Roundup
– the week in phone launches, or ‘Is that an iPhone 6+ in your pocket or last years Galaxy Note’

– Samsung Note 4 – now with virtual reality (link)

A snippet of Meco’s take on Star Wars

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Flash Point 84: Playing Barbies and Killing Stuff

flashpoint-podcastWe’re really pleased to have Hillary Nicole from SWTOR’s community team on for a chat, plus we cover a lot of ground on SWTOR, WoW, Dr Who and a great lore update from ODS-1 on The Hutts.

Points of discussion:

1. MMO News

SWTOR: Hillary Nicole Interview, Galactic Strongholds reaction, Gamescom Community Cantina flash drive contents (link)

Others: WoW expansion cinematic and launch (link), Elder Scrolls Online launches loyalty program (link), Star Citizen update

My Lore Is Stuck In Your Canon: The Hutts

2. General Gaming News
– Back next episode!

3. Pop Culture

TV: Dr Who new series, The Left Overs (link)

4. Tech Roundup
– Microsoft takes aim at streaming game lag (link), Steam might be getting into movies and TV (link)

– Shout outs for our Facebook page, Twitter account, Simon’s Twitter account  and ODS-1’s Twitter Account. – And don’t forget to buy an Oceanic Gamer T-Shirt or thirty!

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