This week, we offer up another series of After Show Discussion shows. These are conversations the Major Spoilers Crew have outside of the normal show, and range from sex in comics to our favorite animated features.

In this installment (recorded September 16, 2008), it wouldn’t be a bonus week if it didn’t contain game talk. Rodrigo reviews Spore, Matthew talks up Kingdom of Loathing, and the trio discuss why DC Universe Online works or doesn’t.


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Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment. You can follow him on Twitter @MajorSpoilers and tell him your darkest secrets...


  1. I had the same problem as Rodrigo with Spore; Played aggressively all the way up to space stage, and was then ill-suited to trade and such. The problem with that is that you can’t play balls to the wall aggressive, you HAVE to make allies because you need their ships in order to not get smashed.
    To beat Spore, you have to reach the centre of the universe. You can keep playing after that, though, so it’s not the end of your universe.
    I enjoyed Spore, however I felt that it was much too short of a game. The Tribal and Village and Civilisation stages of the game were in my opinion most fun, with the Space stage consisting of: Kill mutant cancer creatures on random planets, fending off the Grox’s attacks, trading Spice and fighting pirates. Repeat 50 times. It may sound fun, but the UFO (the ship you get to move about space) combat is really ugly and clunky.
    Rodrigo, the progression bar in the space stage isn’t about game progression, the bar shows how many ally ships you can have with you. The progress of Space stage is how much of the universe you own and how close to the centre you get.
    The ultimate irony of Spore is that it’s an evolution game that is only playable if we create the creatures. Makes you think, eh. Cool game, I don’t feel it’s worth buying though.
    Stephen, be glad you weren’t online when the Gates of Ahn’Qiraj opened. 4000 people running around in one zone fight off invading bugs makes for very unstable servers =\ Eesh, it was a mess.

  2. I had the same problem with Spore in that I got to the space age and I lost interest. I replayed it about a hundred times though. Getting there is half the fun.

    And yea, I love the idea that this is a game about evolution but it takes me (the player) to create stuff.

    The problem I have with every MMO is that no matter how much money you have or cool items you get even at 15 bucks a month the biggest investment of these games is time. Whoever spend the most time in the game is going to do very well.

    I just dont have time to invest.

    I’d love to get back into a pen and paper game but yet again, I just dont have the time.

    For awhile I had a game going on a forum and it could be cool if Major Spoilers got some type of game going on over the forums.

  3. Good show, but you could have read up on some info regarding the DC online. Seemed like only Stephen had done so..Made the discusion more about MMORPG than DC online..Which is a shame because some sujects were completely mis-argued (Yea you heard me) and others good and bad were ignored.

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