Episode #025: Bungie’s Recovery

Two weeks ago, we were saying “What. A. Week.” in response to an amazing first look at the upcoming Curse of Osiris expansion, going live today at approximately  1 p.m. EST.

That was before the #TwoTokensAndABlue hiccup on Twitch…

Watch the entire Curse of Osiris Reveal #2 from November 21st from Bungie on www.twitch.tv

…and before the XP debacle discovered by Destiny players and reported on Reddit.

“What. A. Week.” indeed.

The Guardians gather round the mics to discuss the trip-up’s and unexpected revelations befalling Bungie, their blogpost, their podcast, and their new direction. And we invite you to chime in. Send in your feedback at 703.791.1701 or podcast (at) happyhourfromthetower (dot) com. We’d love to hear from you!

00:00 — Introduction

  • We got the band back together!
  • Brandon, speak into the microphone.
  • Oh, if you could have heard the shenanigans before we went hot…
  • We got a lot to talk about, so let’s dive in.

1:19 — Episode #025: Bungie’s Recovery (Part One: What the F@&k Happened?!)

  • What a week for Destiny
  • Ron states what hardcore gamers have been dreading: Destiny 2 is no longer geared for them.
  • Brandon, you’re featured IN Podcasting for Dummies. Speak INTO the microphone!
  • Nick asks “Who is the intended audience for Destiny 2?”
  • But was this XP problem really hidden? Ron doesn’t think so.
  • The XP requirement was a bit much.
  • Was Bungie trying to be deceptive about their changes in Destiny 2? As Tee has said in his stream, Bungie means well but they are trying to make everyone happy. Can they?
  • Direct your ire away from Deej. This isn’t his fault. Think of him as The Speaker.
  • The bigger question: Didn’t anyone at Bungie think how this would go over?

16:49 — TGGeeks

17:25 — Episode #025: Bungie’s Recovery (Part Two: Bungie Responds to the Critics and Criticisms)

  • Bungie’s bad week went addressed in both a blogpost and a podcast.
  • Lumping Bungie and EA Games in the same category is unfair to Bungie.
  • Bungie: “Great. We’ve just pissed off our loyal fanbase in the worst possible way. We can’t picture any other game developer screwing up this badly.”
    EA Games: “Hold my beer.”
  • Ron is concerned that Tee’s ire over the Destiny podcast prevented him from hitting the plug bell. (Not to worry. Tee was on it.)
  • Could fatherhood have played a factor into last week? (Congrats, Cosmo!)
  • Are the changes promised in upcoming Hot Fixes for Destiny 2 truly steps forward, or steps backward?
    • How much of what is “broken” is the fault of the vocal minority?
    • Again, we ask if Bungie can please everyone?
    • ONE UNIVERSAL TRUTH: Destiny 2 is not for the solo player.
    • Thoughts on Clarion’s Call
  • Bungie takes a stand: Game Development is hard.
    • Is Bungie making themselves out to being the victim?
    • Watch the closing credits, and then make the claim “This is an easy fix.”
    • The sympathy falls short in the song-and-dance at the beginning of the podcast.
    • When a single fusion rifle shot yields better rewards than a full-on Public Event
  • Bungie does admit in the latter-half of the podcast they should have handled the XP issue better.
  • Lot of promises for December — can Bungie deliver?
  • Concerning Ranked Crucible
    • Being the hardcore gamer, the Guardians turn to Brandon for opinions.
    • Brandon talks Overwatch and the competitive angle there.
    • Tee rallies for his fellow Guardian.
    • Ron is concerned about people bailing from Matchmaking which segues into a discussion over the new Quitter Penalties being proposed.
    • Delving into the Competitive Mind
  • If you don’t have fun playing Destiny 2, here’s a thought: play something else!
  • Hey, Deej: Thank you.
  • Will Bungie deliver on their promises?
  • Okay, so, what is up with this Dog Days of Advent?
    • Tee’s doing a podcast within the podcast.
    • The themes talked about are coming from Adventword.org
    • And we might even have a special guest or two joining us…
  • How about your thoughts on what we’ve covered in today’s episode? Don’t be shy…
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Eyes up, Guardian!
Time to give up the Ghost.

Thanks for listening. 

Episode #002: Welcome to the Age of Triumph!

Episode #002 of Happy Hour from the Tower: A Destiny Podcast is going “Cabals Deep” into what Bungie is calling their “Victory Lap” prior to the release of Destiny 2. Age of Triumph is a new record book—the biggest Bungie has ever released—and Tee, Nick, and Brandon are nostalgically looking ahead to what’s in store.

00:00 — Introduction

  • Once again? But this is our second episode.
  • Age of Triumph in one Twitch stream? Don’t be ridiculous…

1:32 — Welcome to the Age of Triumph 

  • This is the celebration from Bungie for Destiny.
    • Why Twitch is called Twitch, according to Nick…
    • A bit of the community is upset about all this new gear coming.
    • Let’s enjoy the Farewell Tour
  • Stream One: Let’s talk about RAIDS
    • Deej (David Dague), Community Manager
    • Ryan Paradis, Lead Designer
    • Joe Blackburn, Senior Raid Designer
  • All of Destiny’s raids are back…but there is a catch.
  • For any new Destiny players, what is a Raid?
  • Brandon discovers the hard way how matchmaking works: It doesn’t.
  • Horror Stories of Failed Raids
  • There is more to Age of Triumph other than Raids. Let’s talk about Strikes.
  • Smoked Meat analogies work for this game.
  • Stream Two: All About STRIKES and QUESTS
    • Deej (again)
    • Tim Williams, Story Developer from Rise of Iron
    • Joe Sifferman, Strike Developer
  • New weekly Quest Playlists
    • 12 steps to new treasures and cool stuff
    • Where is your Record Book? (Just in case you don’t know.)
    • This is a 12-Step Program that is no help whatsoever.
  • Treasures of the Ages: available at EverVerse or playing the AoT challenges.
  • A few notes on finding Silver Dust
  • Feeling the pain of the grind…
  • New Weekly Offerings
    • Challenge of Elders (Level 42 Arena)
    • Nightfall Strike (Level 42/380 Light)
    • Some Daybreak Modifier Love
  • Can you smell the nostalgia? We can.
  • Daybreak Modifier drops on Day 1…and we are counting down…
  • Nick’s Lament…

13:10 — Geek Radio Daily

14:11 — The Age of Triumph (Part Two)

  • When does this Age of Triumph madness begin today? Wait…TODAY?!
  • So how close are we to that coveted 390 Light Level? Yeah, about that…
  • Stream Three: All the GOODIES
    • Deej (as always)
    • Ian Macintosh, Artist
    • Josh Hammrick, Senior Designer.
  • Apparently, Deej is your huckleberry.
  • We do love MAGFest on this podcast.
  • The armor of the Age of Triumph is insane…
  • The Vault of Glass armor

    Brandon covets it, but Tee’s got issues.
  • Verizon will not be sponsoring this podcast anytime soon.
  • We also love Rev3 on this podcast.
  • The Crota’s End armor
  • And you know what’s another great analogy that works for Destiny?
  • The Wrath of the Machine: Age of Triumph Armor…

    Tee wants this. BAD.
  • Tee is continuing baby steps with his KinderGuardian…
  • The Moment of Triumph armor…sexay!

  • So how did Bungie pull this off without putting on additional demands on the consoles?
  • And then you have the Exotic weapons…
    • It’s great listening to Nick and Brandon covet gear.
    • Foreshadowing to Episode #3
  • Nick goes there…

23:06 — Guardian Feedback

  • Comments from the Cosmodrome already?!
    • A question from Steve Saylor, The Blind Gamer — Where to start on Destiny?
    • A comment from author P.C. Haring — Why do you play Destiny?
    • What happens when Guardians tie the knot? You get epic photos like this! (Props to Sandy Pataray/illbeyourpal on Xbox)

  • Want to share your thoughts with the Tower?
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    • Email — podcast (at) happyhourfromthetower (dot) com

Signing off from the Tower…

Remember to leave us a comment or questions
for the show at 703.791.1701, 
or here at the blog.
We’ll talk about it!

And remember, you can find the show on iTunesStitcher, and Google Play!
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Eyes up, Guardian!
Time to give up the Ghost.

Thanks for listening.