Hello! I'm Tom. I designed a game called Gunpoint, about rewiring things and punching people, and now I'm working on a new one called Heat Signature, about sneaking aboard randomly generated spaceships. Here's some more info on all the games I've worked on, here's the podcast I do, here are the videos I make on YouTube, here are some of the articles I wrote for PC Gamer, and here are two short stories I wrote for the Machine of Death collections.
Haven’t had this much fun doing one of these in a while, so I hope the result is of amusement. I can finally talk about two exciting games I’ve been gagged about until now: Plants Vs Zombies and BioShock 2. We also try a new thing where we read out and answer questions from anyone on Twitter who cares to throw them at us, and we got a highly entertaining selection. And I do two impressions, one of which only Battleforge players will know is rubbish.
Our new issue on sale in the UK is our 200th special edition, which has, among its many items of note:
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Imperial Creed: "My reviews of Plants Vs Zombies and Red Alert 3: Uprising. One is unbelievably good and the other is barely fun."
No prizes for guessing which is which I suppose.
Thoroughly enjoyed the latest podcast, so very glad that Ross is back at the helm. Tim E is always nice to listen to but he tended to let things get a bit muddled.
So, Pentadact, how do you feel after 200 years of working at PC Gamer?
Sam: Best. Podcast. EVER!
Tim's hysterical laughter had me rofling.
Spy: Oh my god lol
Roadrunner: Needs some catchy background muzak while you deliver facts. :D
The_B: I feel in the upcoming redesign they should totally have a Hitler Francis regular slot, where you try and start fights between development teams.
Mr. Brit: Awesome issue, the big sister looks terrifying and I love that you can combine plasmids now. The other game that caught my attention was Boderlands, which looks absolutely beautiful. And I agree with the_B except, surely, it should be Adolf Francis or Tom Hitler?
Weird Fish: nice poster for the subs =] thanks!
Peterd102: Plants vs Zombies looks good, nice reveiw of it.
Chris Evans: Was a great issue, loved all the pieces you mentioned, especially the digs from the Bio 2 devs at the original game :D
Angus: Got my subscriber edition the other day, <3 PCGAMER :D
Rei Onryou: I haven't got the issue yet, but that was a pretty good podcast. Still doesn't beat the discussion about God being a developer/publisher and the crucifixion of Christ being a publicity stunt.
The Twitter questions were pretty good. Nice to see that Kieron has nothing better to do than harass you either. Good stuff.
And clearly PC Gamers graphics are the most photo-realistic out of all the Future game's mags.
Here's to another 200 years of Francis and PCG goodness!
Mr. Brit: Ross mentions a new logo at the end of the podcast that is on the next month page in the issue. Is it just me, or does it look exactly the same?
J-Man: @Mr.Brit: colours are inverted, I believe.
And here's a toast to 200 years of Mr. Francis and PC Gaming!
Redhawk: Augh! Its reason like that that I want to get into EVE Online if only it wasn't so fucking impossible!
Jimmay: Christ, are you only 27? I think the accents automatically give you guys a certain level of age and maturity... even when you're talking about listeners' mums.
Smurfy: IN FRANCE, WE CALL EET... PC GAMERE
Mr. Brit: @J-Man: Yeh, you're right. Different font as well now I look properly. Thanks :)
Bret: British people are assumed to be at least 30 some.
How they ruled thee world for so long, really. Everyone automatically assumes a Brit has decades of experience.
Alex Hopkinson: Damn you for making me desperately want Plants vrs Zombies. Also, the Bioshock 2 preview has me cautiously optimistic, which is much a better state than I thought I'd be in.
01d55: Hey, it's that magazine you allegedly reviewed Dawn of War 2 for!
Whatever happened to that thing, anyway?
J-Man: @Bret: Clearly Britain ruled because we had so much practice on Empire?
Actually, I haven't bought that yet, and I'm skirting away from it simply because of it's daunting-ness.
TooNu: As usual I Loved the podcast, the missus thinks you all laugh like geeks. I Tell her, "SILENCE!!" and that solves the issue.
No Mention of 'The Nameless Mod' though...your love for DX slipping Tom?
I played it today for 2 hours and got as far as the fan fiction bookshop :) so far, loving the allready obvious level of depth.
TooNu: Ok so I played TNM now for the last 3 days, it is humungous and I am loving it. Interesting fact about me, my birthday is 17th of March, same as JC :) I found this out today and now I am trying to convince myself to buy a trenchcoat, slick back my hair and walk around with shades on 24/7.
Jazmeister: Jim Rossignol's picture on the back page is expertly hilarious. Uprising seems painful. PvZ looks like a great birthday present.
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