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 112: This Episode Is Foran Unsafe

flashpoint-podcast-300x300 copyWe’re unsure whether the United Nations could cover areas as diverse as we do on this episode!

Talking Points
– What we’re playing
– Doom mini-review (PS4)
– Overwatch Beta had 9.7 million players. New world record?
– Nintendo NX and Zelda pushed to 2017
– Simon buys Star Wars Battlefront
– Star Wars Battlefront Sequel confirmed for 2017
– WoW: Legion launch at end of August
– Disney shuts down publishing division. Avalanche closes its doors Disney Infinity effectively canceled
– Microsoft Closes Lionhead studios. Fable Legends canceled but Fable IP will live on somewhere
– Troubled MOBA Gigantic gets saved by partnership with Perfect World
– Perfect World bringing STO to XB and PS4 this spring
– Captain America Civil War: review

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Flash Point 111: I Palindrome I

flashpoint-podcast-300x300 copyWe’re back right on schedule for a change and we cover the gamut of gaming and pop culture topics.

Talking Points
– What we’re playing
– Overwatch stress test
– 2016 Video Game Hall of Fame Finalists (link)
– Next-gen console rumours
– Tay the Microsoft AI bot gets a hard time on Twitter (link)
– Kogan offering pre-orders for Doom for $69
– Ben’s thoughts on The Division and Destiny content updates
– Star Wars: The Force Awakens is $23 for the Blu-Ray at Big W
– Rogue One trailer
– TV recommendations (you HAVE to check out The Katering Show)
– And for the hell of it – here’s the inspiration for this episode’s title

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Flash Point 110: Machine Gun The Misdemeanours

flashpoint-podcast-300x300 copyBen is bake from overseas and there’s been some big game releases so there’s no shortage of talking points tonight.

Talking Points
– What we’ve been playing
– Tom Clancy’s The Division – our thoughts and assorted news
– PS4 VR
– Xbox wants to support cross-platform multi-player (link)
– Sony working on a Playstation 4.5? (link)
– Destiny update on the way in April
– Daredevil Season 2 thoughts
– Shout out for EXP! Bar (link)
– Shout outs for our Facebook page, Twitter account, Simon’s Twitter account  and Ben’s Twitter Account. – And don’t forget to buy an Oceanic Gamer T-Shirt or thirty!

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Flash Point 109: Fire Up The Moto-Catheter

flashpoint-podcast-300x300 copyOne of our crew is flouncing around North America so we have the brilliant Casmas join Simon and David this episode. Apologies for a couple of drop outs!

Talking Points
– What we’ve been playing
– Game of the year discussion: we have a winner!
– The Division beta
– Plumbing The Death Star podcast (link)
– Old games: emulation, online or console?
– Finding BoShek (link)
– Kotor being remade by fans (link)
– SWTOR Chapter 11 coming March 10th!
– Shout outs for our Facebook page, Twitter account, Simon’s Twitter account  and Ben’s Twitter Account. – And don’t forget to buy an Oceanic Gamer T-Shirt or thirty!

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Flash Point 108: Konami Fan Boys

flashpoint-podcast-300x300 copyWe’re back for 2016 pumped and ready to talk everything gaming.

Talking Points
– What we’ve been playing
– Fallout 4
– Game of the year discussion (post a comment here to go into the running to win Sunset Overdrive!)
– Konami and VGA’s
– New SWTOR Chapter – Chapter X Anarchy in Paradise
– Star Wars: Battlefront now the dust has settled
– Activison acquires MLG
– Oculus Rift Priced at $599 US
Oceanic Gamer forums
– The Force Awakens thoughts
– Star Wars Rebels Mid-Season 2 trailer

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

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What Was Your Favourite Game of 2015?

imageIt’s that retrospective time of year and i thought I’d throw out a question to our dedicated readership on what your favourite game was this year. It’s not about sales, it’s purely about the game you enjoyed the most during 2015.

For me it’s an easy pick: I enjoyed Destiny: The Taken King the most this year. Fallout 4 is a very close second but I have to give the guernsey to Destiny for chewing up the biggest chunk of my gaming time this year. It’s battle style and graphics totally sucked me in.

What about you – we’d really love to get your pick of the game of the year (and why you chose it) for 2015 and we’ll be discussing your choices in-depth on the next podcast. Fire away!

Flash Point 107: Crackout Four!

flashpoint-podcast-300x300 copyIt’s our last episode for the year so we spend some time covering a lot of different games, with a focus first up on Fallout 4 and Star Wars: Battlefront.

Talking Points
– What we’ve been playing
– Fallout 4 roundtable (link to Fall Out 4 mod of the week on IGN)
– Star Wars: Battlefront impressions
– Blizzcon 2015
– PS4 backward compatability
– Xbox 360 turns 10
– The game sales are on!
– Games we want for Christmas
– Jessica Jones – we love it

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

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Flash Point 106: The Spector Keynote Special

flashpoint-podcast-300x300 copyThis episode is a special – thanks to Simon’s great work at Pax Oz we have a one hour keynote from Warren Spector titled ‘Storytime with Warren Spector’.

It’s a fascinating keynote so jump in and immerse yourself in much more substance than you usually get here!

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Flash Point 105: Pre-Chewed Light and Sound

flashpoint-podcast-300x300 copyThis episode we welcome a new regular co-host, Ben McJannett and we jump into some good gaming discussion and a little bit of other stuff to boot. A big thanks to David Carr for joining us again this episode.

Talking Points
– What we’ve been playing
– SWTOR: The Fallen Empire
– Destiny: Taken King – impressions a month in
– PAX Australia round up (link to Gaemz case; link to simulation using Valve HTC Vive; link to the Cuphead game)
– Sunset Overdrive competition announcement
– Xbox One new UI
– Kung Fury: WATCH IT! (link)
– No Man’s Sky release date announced (link)

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

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How To Defeat Gorespine With Standard Pets

World_of_WarcraftI love my pet battles but I have to say this Elite pet frustrated the hell out of me.

After about 20 attempts at Gorespine (who’s located in the Dread Wastes on the lower west coast), I finally stumbled on a combo of standard Level 25 pets that worked:

1. Alpine Foxling Kit

2. Emerald Turtle

3. Arctic Hare

The strategy that worked for me was: Dazzling Dance, Howl and Bite from the Foxling Kit, then Headbutt, Emerald Bite, Healing Wave, Emerald Bite from the Emerald Turtle. Finally Burrow, Dodge and Scratch from the Arctic Hare finished him off.

Hope that helps!

Flash Point 104: A Roundtable of Greatness

flashpoint-podcast-300x300 copyWho needs the United Nations when you have the Flash Point Podcast? We convene a roundtable on Destiny with David Carr and Ben McJannett, plus talk a bit about a few other things as well. Then we secure world peace.

Talking Points
– What we’ve been playing
– Destiny: The Taken King roundtable
– Star Wars: Battlefront beta impressions
– Star Citizen, The Escapist and WTF
– PS4 gets a price drop in the US 
Destiny dancers do Backstreet Boys link

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Destiny: The Taken King – A Review

I’m going to jump straight into the review of The Taken King without a paragraph or four regurgitating the challenging first year Destiny has had. We all know the story of ‘no story’, so let’s move on.

The first thing that jumps out is the improvements in navigation (thanks as much to the Destiny 2.0 update). The quest screens, the communication is all more obvious and it’s a great thing. Here’s the quest overview screen, something that wasn’t there at all in year one:

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If you played in Year 1, you’ll have 5-10 minutes of running around the Tower picking up some gifts for your previous patronage then you’re ready to launch into the new story. And I’m extremely pleased to report there is story! It’s quite engaging as well, with the banter between Eris Morn and Cayde-6 particularly entertaining.

As far as locations go we only get the one new one: Saturn, but the re-use of the other planets is done well enough to keep it fresh. The new vistas are as stunning as you’d expect and throwing Taken into the mix gives the new content some good variety whilst also ramping up a feeling of how hectic things are getting in the story. The main storyline revolves around taking down Crota’s dad Oryx, but once you get to the end of that there’s a bunch of other quests to do to build your reputation, skills and sub-class. Time-wise, it took me half a dozen hours maximum to get from Level 34 to 40.

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The game mechanics in the new Strikes are overall excellent – lots of frenetic activity is the name of the game with most. I really enjoyed the Echo Chamber strike in particular – there are some nice mechanics to keep it interesting. I haven’t gotten geared to Raid level yet, let alone that the Raid content isn’t available at time of writing, so I can’t comment there. On the PvP side of things I’ve only recently gotten into Crucible matches but from what I’ve seen of the new content it’s a worthy addition to the stable and the new modes (Mayhem and Rift) are welcome as well.

Just to be as balanced as possible, there are still some annoyances with the game. There are a number of locations where you’re presented with a vast chasm to get across. If you look in a certain direction a small levitating rock ledge appears that you jump on, with the next ledge appearing. For me at least though, the next ledges didn’t appear a lot of the time, either because it was glitchy or I wasn’t looking in a very specific location. Very frustrating and unnecessary – how many players want to be playing Mario jumping in a game like this? The direction arrow on your mini-map also remains very misleading in some locations – there was one instance of me dying three times assuming I had to try and do some Mario jumping when in fact I was meant to go in the opposite direction to where the arrow was pointing. Hopefully there’ll be some incremental fixes on this stuff.

So is The Taken King worth the nearly $100 you’ll pay for it? For me the answer is yes, though I’d still tend towards buying the disc given it has all the content on it to date. For new players there’s now a game that will keep you occupied for months. For those that listen to our podcast, you’ll know we both lost a great deal of faith in the game. I’m happy to say  most of that faith has been restored but I still have an eye of what moves Bungie makes in the coming 3-6 months. In the meantime, I’m never going to get sick of that view:

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Now it’s your turn: if you’re playing The Taken King, is it meeting your expectations?