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 94: The Varied Cuisine of Turkmenistan

flashpoint-podcastSome MMOs, console gaming and a dash of Oscars talk – what else would you want!

Points of discussion:

– Thanks for support of the We Hate People pilot episode

1. MMO News

SWTOR: Operation Victory Tournament (link), Boston Cantina cancelled (link)

WoW: Patch 6.1 (link)

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

 

2. General Gaming News

– Machinima cuts more staff (link)

– Sony Online Entertainment is sold (link)

– Evolve – the game (link)

– The Order 1886

– Xbox’s Steam-like sale

3. Pop Culture

– The Oscars

Toast of London

4. Tech Roundup
– The Apple Car coming?

– 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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SWTOR 3.1 Conflict on Rishi – Full Patch Notes

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Highlights

Ranked Warzone Arena Season 4 has begun! Get in there and go berserk! Season 3 leaderboards have been archived.
New Hard Mode Flashpoints! Hard Mode Blood Hunt and Battle of Rishi are now available through Group Finder in the Hard Mode Flashpoint category at level 60.
New Legacy Unlock – Improved Mounting! You can now summon any vehicle or creature mount while moving!
Relics of the Gree is back! The Gray Secant has been spotted on Ilum, which means only one thing: the Relics of the Gree Event is back and now available for Level 60 players! From February 24th at 4:00PST/12:00 GMT to March 3rd at 4:00PST/12:00GMT, Black Bisectors are called upon to complete missions for new rewards!
Bounty Contract Week Returns! Hunt wanted criminals in this returning event. The event begins February 12th at 04:00 PST/12:00 GMT and ends February 17th at 04:00 PST/12:00 GMT
Progress faster with a Double XP Weekend! Get twice the experience from February 13th at 10:00 PST/18:00 GMT to February 16/17th at 23:00 PST/07:00 GMT!

General

  • Ship Droids can now equip 1-Handed Blaster Pistols in their Main Hand.
  • Hard Mode Battle of Rishi and Blood Hunt have been added to the Mission “[WEEKLY] Galactic Conflicts.”
  • The following exit points have been added to Guild Flagships:
    • Republic: Yavin 4: Coalition Staging
    • Republic: Rishi: Raider’s Cove
    • Republic: Rishi: Blaster’s Path Cantina
    • Imperial: Rishi: Blaster’s Path Cantina
  • Fixed an issue where player Utility Points would not reset when the data had changed, resulting in players not always meeting the criteria for the Utility set up they have.
  • The Achievements for killing Commander Mokan now have a proper icon.
  • The BH-7X Custom Hunter vehicle now correctly banks into turns.
  • The Decoration UI no longer lists the Decoration “Life Day Holo-Tree (Green)” as available.
  • The Cyan Sphere vehicle is now purchasable from the Gree Reputation vendor.

Cartel Market

  • The Apprentice’s Shadow Pack is now available from the Cartel Market!
  • Corrected the jet pack animation locations on Shae Vizla’s Chestguard.
  • Selecting the “Bright Yellow Eyes” option in Character Creation or the Appearance Designer no longer makes it impossible to make further changes.
  • The Dathomir Shaman’s Hood now appears properly when equipped or previewed.
  • The Investigator’s Robe no longer has two hoods.
  • The Icon for the Appearance Modification Station Decoration is now blue instead of green to appropriately match the required Floor Hook size.
  • The Collections UI no longer has images of the Juhani set while viewing or unlocking the Underwater Explorer’s Armor.

Classes + Combat

General

  • Incremental healing and damage from already-applied effects no longer get inadvertently cut off when Alacrity buffs are activated.

Jedi Knight
Guardian
General

  • Fixed a dynamic tooltip bug that caused Soresu Form to appear like it reduced ability damage dealt by 20% instead of 10%.
  • Narrowed Focus is now a Skillful Utility.
  • Gather Strength is now a Masterful Utility.

Defense

  • Dust Storm now additionally increases Blade Storm damage by 40%.
  • Pacification now increases Force Sweep damage by 75% (up from 65%) and the critical strike chance of Cyclone Slash and Master Strike by 30% (up from 20% and 0%, respectively).
  • Warding Power now additionally increases Warding Strike damage by 15%.
  • Lunge has been redesigned: While Soresu Form is active, Riposte is off the global cooldown and costs 1 less focus.
  • Warding Call now has a subtle, persisting visual appearance while the effect is active on the Guardian.

Sith Warrior
Juggernaut
General

  • Fixed a dynamic tooltip bug that caused Soresu Form to appear like it reduced ability damage dealt by 20% instead of 10%.
  • Deadly Reprisal is now a Skillful Utility.
  • Pooled Hatred is now a Masterful Utility.

Immortal

  • Quake now additionally increases Force Scream damage by 40%.
  • Heavy Handed now increases Smash damage by 75% (up from 65%) and the critical strike chance of Sweeping Slash and Ravage by 30% (up from 20% and 0%, respectively).
  • Consuming Power now additionally increases Aegis Assault damage by 15%.
  • Lash Out has been redesigned: While Soresu Form is active, Retaliation is off the global cooldown and costs 1 less rage.

Jedi Consular
Shadow
Kinetic Combat

  • In addition to its previous effects, Double-bladed Saber Tactics now increases the damage dealt by Force Breach by 75% whenever you successfully shield, parry, or deflect an attack. This effect lasts for 10 seconds and does not stack.
  • Changed the name of “Double-bladed Saber Defense” to “Double-bladed Saber Tactics” to better fit the new additions to the skill.
  • Reduced the damage dealt by Cascading Debris.
  • Force Break now increases the damage dealt by Force Breach by 30% (up from 15%).

Infiltration

  • Shadow’s Respite now properly gives a 50% Force Bonus after stealth ends.

Sage

  • Jedi Consular trainers on Balmorra, Taris, Nar Shadda, and Hoth now properly display Sage abilities.

Sith Inquisitor
Assassin
Darkness

  • In addition to its previous effects, Lightning Reflexes now increases the damage dealt by Discharge by 75% whenever you successfully shield, parry, or deflect an attack. This effect lasts for 10 seconds and does not stack.
  • Reduced the damage dealt by Depredating Volts.
  • Mounting Darkness now increases the damage dealt by Discharge by 30% (up from 15%).

Smuggler
Gunslinger
General

  • Improved the visual effects for Vital Shot, especially when dual wielding Blaster Pistols.

Scoundrel
Ruffian

  • Fixed a bug that caused Sanguinary Shot to deal damage twice.

Imperial Agent
Sniper
Engineering

  • Interrogation Probe no longer flies away while the damaging effect remains on a target. Instead, it now fades out when the effect ends.

Flashpoints + Operations

Temple of Sacrifice

  • Players no longer receive “Out of Range” errors when attacking The Underlurker, and the Devastation mechanic now functions more reliably.
  • Malaphar the Savage now only uses Frustrated Howl in appropriate situations.

The Ravagers

  • The Repair Droids present during the Torque encounter now have more health in Story Mode.
  • The damage of Torque’s Floor Vents has been reduced for 16-Player Story Mode.
  • The Shoots Lasers droids now more accurately target and destroy the Repair Droids deployed during the Torque encounter.
  • Being defeated by the Bridge Crew no longer causes Coratanni to fight the Escape Pod.

Dread Palace

  • It is now possible to complete the healing challenge during the Dread Master Raptus encounter on all difficulties.

World

  • Players now get a warning if they pull the Ancient Threat close to its combat reset range while in combat.
  • Ancient Threat’s Force Whisper and Force Silence now have the correct dispel types in the debuff tooltip.
  • All units of the Lance Squadron on Yavin 4 now have boss immunity.

Flashpoints

  • The Demolition Probes during M2-AUX Foreman’s encounter in Hard Mode Depths of Manaan now center the damage radius on the probe instead of the player who triggered the detonation.
  • Commander Jensyn and Darth Soverus can no longer die of mysterious causes after using the Force Unleashed ability during Hard Mode Korriban Incursion.
  • The Imperial/Republic Commanders in Hard Mode Assault on Tython now reset if moved too far from the combat area.

Items + Economy

  • Self-Perpetuating Power Cells have replaced Synthetic Energy Matrix as a crafting material required to craft Dark Projects.
  • Bosses in 16-Player Story Mode Shadow of Revan Operations now drop two MK-2 gear pieces and two set piece Tokens.
  • One of the duplicate M1-4X’s Defense Gear Lockboxes has been renamed to SCORPIO’s Defense Gear Lockbox. The newly named SCORPIO’s Defense Gear Lockbox has had its requirement changed to SCORPIO.
  • Corrected the jet pack animation on the Headhunter’s Body Armor.
  • The icon for the Rishi reputation item “Raider’s Cove Saber” now looks more like its description.
  • Following items have had their stats corrected:
    • Devoted Allies Force-lord’s Gloves
    • Devoted Allies Force-lord’s System
    • Devoted Allies Assault Focus
    • Devoted Allies Force-lord’s Vestments
    • Devoted Allies Force-lord’s Relay
  • Fixed backside cloth stretching issue on Trooper Massassi, Yavin MK-1, Resurrected, and Rishi Maze MK-2 chest armor.
  • Fixed hair clipping issues with the Yavin MK-1 helmet.
  • The Kurtob Alliance speeder has had its item icon, name, and description fixed, and it now appears correctly in the Stronghold Decorations list.
  • Numerous Shadow of Revan head slot items have had voice modulation added.

Missions + NPCs

  • The Missions “[WEEKLY] The Ravagers” and “[WEEKLY] Temple of Sacrifice” are now shareable.
  • The Republic version of the Mission “[WEEKLY] Tactical Flashpoints” now correctly states that it is for level 60 Flashpoints.
  • It is no longer possible to do the Shadow of Revan arc twice.
  • The GSI Combat Support Droid now correctly exits combat when entering stealth mode during Solo Flashpoints.

Warzones

  • Huttball Fire Trap damage is no longer mitigated by damage reduction for level 55+ characters, effectively reducing the number of hits required to defeat a player.

Flash Point 93: Flagellating In Deviant Ways

flashpoint-podcastWe’re in an opinionated mood this episode as we range across a wide number of topics and provide a teaser about a new podcast project!

Points of discussion:

Invitation to give feedback on a proposed new podcast project (email us, tweet us, throw a comment on Facebook for us)

1. MMO News

SWTOR: Simon’s experience with solo instances, Darth Marr spotlight (link), Game Update 3.1 (link), PvP win trading, upcoming Community Cantinas

My Lore Is Stuck In Your Canon: Galactic Crime!

 

2. General Gaming News

– Joystiq and Massively get killed off.

– IGN and Machinima lose some key talent

– PTS for TESO

3. Pop Culture

Movies: Interstellar

Other: DC Comics wraps up its New 52 approach, Marvel’s new all-woman team A-Force, Star Wars #1 mini-review

4. Tech Roundup
– Hotline Miami refused classification in Australia.

– 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 92: Shopping Trolleys on Ziost

flashpoint-podcastWe welcome David Carr back as guest co-host this episode and we talk a lot of MMO news plus a little of console gaming, pop culture and tech.

Points of discussion:

1. MMO News

SWTOR: Changes in BioWare’s community team, SWTOR in 2015 (link)

Others: Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns expansion announced (link), Cowtastrophe in Marvel Heroes (link), Elder Scrolls Online drops its subscription model (link), EVE Down Under event (link)

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

 

2. General Gaming News

– Dragon Age: Inquisition

– David’s thoughts on Destiny: The Dark Below

– Simon’s take on Destiny: My Seething Rage (note: very long but interesting discussion that’s not just for Destiny players. If you’re in a hurry Pop Culture starts at 56 minutes in)

3. Pop Culture

TV: Daredevil TV series launching in April (link)

Other: Bestselling comics and graphic novels of 2014 (link), Marvel’s upcoming Secret Wars event (link)

4. Tech Roundup
– Windows 10 announced (link 1 and link 2)

– 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 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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