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Episode 049 (21st January 2012) XXX Dirt Tycoon

Posted by Rob, January 22, 2012 6:43 pm

The weight of the backlog is firmly upon us now. Fortunately it’s one of those points in the year where there’s a lull in the release schedule allowing us to begin the catchup. Although Zac seems to have gone a bit far with the idea.

Aside from starting a proper argument about DiRT 3 being potentially worse than DiRT 2 (somehow), Zac catches up with games he’s already played to death in the form of Rollercoaster Tycoon and the “relevant again” UFO: Enemy Unkown (the first X-COM, don-cha-know). Rob finishes Outland and gets a but further with Sonic Generations while Dan continues to lose himself in Skyrim.

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Episode 048 (7th January 2012) LA Rimshift

Posted by Rob, January 8, 2012 8:54 pm

Bringing in the new year in the best way possible, like any other week, it’s time to start tackling that backlog. It’s like plumbing that you never fixed properly and gurgles to you in the night, tormenting you into submission with the stench of guilt. I hope that’s guilt…

For a game we’re still a tiny bit ‘meh’ over we don’t half talk about it a bit. Skyrim is indeed mysterious in its ways. Dan gets in on the discussion this time as Zac tries to figure out how you play the game sensibly. Rob finishes up on Timeshift, gushes about Sonic Generations and questions the direction of L.A. Noire. Dan wraps things up with some cardcasting in Magic The Gathering and goes in circles with F1 2011.

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Episode 047 (28th December 2011) GOTY

Posted by Rob, December 29, 2011 11:02 am

Oh ho ho? What is this? Why it’s only the 2011 Game of the Year Awards!

In what has been a ridiculously good year for games a lot of these decisions were tougher than ever (or at least one time before). Who disappointed us the most? Who tickled our ear canals with its sweet melodies? What should we have played? And of course, what is the official SaladCast GOTY? All this and more in this bumper episode.

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3DS, Assassin's Creed: Revelations, Bastion, Battlefield 3, Blur, Brink, Bulletstorm, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Child of Eden, Crysis 2, Dead Space 2, DiRT 3, Dragon Age 2, El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron, Eve, Forza Motorsport 4, Gears of War 3, Infamous 2, Killzone 3, Kinect, L.A. Noire, Magicka, Minecraft, Mortal Kombat, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, Outland, Portal 2, Rayman Origins, Red Dead Redemption, Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare, Resistance 3, Saints Row The Third, Skyrim, Sonic Generations, SpaceChem, Star Wars The Old Republic, Super Mario 3D Land, Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition, Terraria, The Baconing, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, The Witcher 2, Trine 2, Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3, Uncharted 3, Virtua Tennis 4, You Don't Know Jack, and more!

Episode 046 (22nd December 2011) Arkham Noire Time

Posted by Rob, December 23, 2011 1:37 pm

In this, the last proper cast of the year before the GOTY event kicks off we totally forget to wish you a happy festive season or some equivalent. So enjoy your time off work and enjoy it even more when you listen to this, The SaladCast.

Rob catches up with L.A. Noire and the overlooked Timeshift, Dan glides around Arkham City and Zac tries to put off a few more Skyrim rants to talk Indie and Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand.

So happy fun times! Zac says “Eff ’em” BTW. Cheery.

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Episode 045 (10th December 2011) Rimbo

Posted by Rob, December 11, 2011 1:37 pm

As festive season grows ever closer do we start to show a more generous side to game banter? Heck no!

Listen to Zac tear Skyrim a new one. Rob covers some tennis titles (thanks to friend of the show Eddie), a bit of Uncharted 3 and a couple of Arcade gems leaving Dan scurry around in the third portion of DiRT some more.

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Episode 044 (27th November 2011) DiRT3y Mine-icka

Posted by Rob, November 28, 2011 9:16 am


I was highly tempted just to leave it at that. It does aptly describe the content of Codemasters’ seminal racing series, and your mind.

On top of all that glorious filth, we talk about Magicka, Battlefield 3 and some finishing notes on Deus Ex. And Rob forgets his own rules and talks about those goddamn assassins some more.


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Episode 043 (13th November 2011) Rimward Sonic

Posted by Rob, November 14, 2011 8:31 pm

It is indeed Sonic time! Like there was any way we were going to pass on the biggest release of the year. Oh what’s that? You want a Skyrim or CoD review? Shove it! For now those games spark a debate on games reviewing in general. Lament.

Also covered is Battlefield 3, Mortal Kombat and… well that’s about it.

Weird that we didn’t talk about the unoffcial SaladCast firework event of last week. You’ll just have to ponder the meaning of “cubes of dissapointment”.

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Episode 042 (30th October 2011) Deus BattleTorch of the Assassin

Posted by Rob, October 31, 2011 8:51 am

With the Beta gone but not forgotten we have to cover the biggest modern warfare shooter release of this year: Battlefield 3. Not that other one. In all the excitement we don’t really think about the harsh reality of halloween. Giving sweets to children on our doorsteps just sounds creepy anyway.

Dan plays a bit more Deus Ex, Zac goes industrial in Minecraft while Rob subjects the listeners to more Assassin’s Creed II.

PS. More audio experiments this week as we play with the “auto-gain”. Let us know how it sounds.

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Episode 041 (16th October 2011) The Guild of Field Based Gear Battles

Posted by Rob, October 16, 2011 9:49 pm

Being outside must play havoc with our feeble immune system and time keeping abilities. This late edition of the SaladCast sees us return to the hole from whence we came. But not without games!

Plenty of Battlefield 3 Beta impressions, more informed Gears of War 3 opinion and a liberal dose of Deus Ex progress round off this post’s feature list.

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Episode 040 (25th September 2011) – Gears of SPAZmares

Posted by Rob, September 26, 2011 5:55 pm

I don’t know about nature. It’s alive, varied and mostly outdoors. 3 things you probably wouldn’t associate with the typical gamer. But here we are, recording a podcast OUTSIDE! Somehow we rattle through a lot of recent releases with little to no hesistancy. Maybe the slight breeze casts Haste upon our vocals?

Zac covers the indie scene once more with the Minecraft Adventure update, completing S.P.A.Z. two more times (jeez) and Blocks that Matter. Dan continues to catch up to Zac in Deus Ex: Human Revolution while Rob continues his Kinect pratfalling in front of Rise of Nightmares and Child of Eden. There’s even a little Gears of War 3, so you should have nothing left to grind… y’know… like “grinds my gears”… nevermind.

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Episode 039 (11th September 2011) Day o’ Ass

Posted by Rob, September 12, 2011 9:26 am

Once again we are graced by Matt Makin as a special guest to help talk MORE Assasin’s Credd with Rob. Zac and Dan get quite heated covering the finer point of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. No lasting damage. They’re fine. More in two weeks.

…I didn’t know just how much blood someone has.

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Episode 038 (29th August 2011) De-us, De-e-e-us

Posted by Rob, August 30, 2011 7:36 pm

It’s Deus Ex week! Ok, so there isn’t that much Deus Ex coverage this week. We do mention it but to get the full effect we want two of the three of us to report. Enter Zac, Dan and a reasonable dose of waistline augmenting chicken pieces. Rob actually talks MORE Assassin’s Creed in the mean time. He’s a little bit sorry.

There is Gamescom to cover though featuring the Old Republic, Guild Wars 2 and of course Battlefield 3 “conjecturising”.  Dan finally plays Black Ops, Zac goes all S.P.A.Z and Rob even comes up with a new feature!

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Episode 037 (14th August 2011) Hamandendemmon

Posted by Rob, August 15, 2011 8:56 am

Just for the record, all the things people say about beer and wine and mixing are totally true. All of them. Even the bits that contradict the other bits. Rob is living proof of this and is nursing a monster hangover. Don’t mix. You will thank us one day.

We talk a lot of games and kinda just run out of material, and pad for a bit at the end. Fine if you’re in a rush and need a slightly smaller salad morsel. There’s some Bulletstorm and Kinect Sports from Rob, the usual Teraria, Minecraft and SpaceChem bit from Zeg and Dan finishes Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood at last.

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Episode 036 (30th July 2011) For All Intensive Purposes

Posted by Rob, August 1, 2011 7:40 pm

3 weeks have passed since the last cast. Who’s fault is that? Well it’s kinda ours. No excuse. We got lazy. To celebrate our return here’s a blurb that represents the spirit of laze:

Games, games, talking about games, blabla, Rob, Bulletstorm, Dan, L.A Noire, Zac, Just Cause 2, games, games, bla-di-bal-ba-bla, moo.

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Episode 035.1 (9th July 2011) Tarderation Eve

Posted by Rob, July 10, 2011 12:25 am

Dan is unavailable this week but Zac was just too enthusiastic about news. So here we are with another “soon to be trademarked” Tardcast.

Zac talks much Eve as the drama over the Incarna patch unfolds. He also reveals the extent of hackery that has befallen the Sonic Generations demo. Potential spoilers maybe? This provides Rob with an excuse to deliver ample quantities of Sonic related discussion, as always.

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Episode 035 (26th June 2011) La Spironicles

Posted by Rob, June 27, 2011 10:41 am

Whew, summer is really on us now. The heat does seem to mess with our words somewhat. Or at least that’s Zac’s excuse.

On the plate of the all you can eat gaming buffet this week, the Sonic Generations demo and more Valkyria Chronicles from Rob, L.A. Noire and Assasin’s Creed with Dan and Spiral Knights, Eve and TF2 from Zac.

Well, you can eat our words for about 2 hours. We don’t trust the all you can eat policy THAT much.

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Episode 034 (11th June 2011) E3 Port 2.

Posted by Rob, June 12, 2011 3:11 pm

Better finish what we started. Time to get seriously opinionated about PSVita, 3DS and Wii U. Rob becomes a right cynic, Dan sees the bright side, Zeg doesn’t seem to care much about anything except Battlefield 3.

We end up with a bit of time left over so get down to the some spoilerific Portal 2 discussion. We did say it would come eventually and we deliver.

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3DS, Battlefield 3, Call of Duty Elite, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Chase Mii, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Duke Nukem Forever, Kid Icarus: Uprising, Little Big Planet, Luigi's Mansion 2, Mario Kart 3D, ModNation Racers, Need for Speed: The Run, Pacman Vs., Portal 2, PSVita, Ruin, Starfox 64 3D, Super Mario, Super Smash Bros., The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventure, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and more!

Episode 033 (9th June 2011) E3 Part 1

Posted by Rob, June 10, 2011 9:23 am

About that time eh chaps? Righto!

I shouldn’t really need to explain this. I mean it’s only the biggest thing in the gaming calendar. Over 2 hours of trying to talk about everything that happened and we still don’t cover it all. Taking the chronological route through the tirade of news we take you through our reactions to Microsoft, EA and Ubisoft’s press conferences before settling that half of Sony’s gig will have to wait for another cast where we’ll finish with Sony’s biggest news and try to figure out Nintendo’s offerings.

Good Ears.

In this Podcast:

Batman: Arkham City, Bioshock Infinite, Child of Eden, Colin McCrae Rally 2, Crysis 2, Dance Central 2, Disneyland, Dust 514, Elder Scrolls V:Skyrim, Eve, Fable: The Journey, Fifa 12, Forza Motorsport 4, Frozen Synapse, Gears of War 2, Gears of War 3, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, Gran Turismo 5, Halo 4, Halo Combat Evolved Aniversary, Infamous 2, Kinect, Kinect Fun Labs, Kinect Sports: Second Season, Madden 12, Mass Effect 3, Modern Warfare 3, Mortal Kombat, NBA, Need for Speed: Shift 2, Need for Speed: The Run, Overstrike, Planetside Next, Resistance 3, RYSE, Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster, Sims Social, Sky Player, Sonic Colours, SSX, Stacking, Starhawk, SWAT, Tomb Raider, Trenched, Uncharted 2, Uncharted 3, Warhawk, Youtube, and more!

Episode 032 (30th May 2011) Valkyreraria Noire

Posted by Rob, May 30, 2011 8:33 pm

Due to an unforeseen failure in Dan’s immune system the usual arrangement of casting in the Room of Doom cannot happen this week. This gives you the opportunity to play a fun game of “count how many time we talk over each other”. Such fun.

In this episode Zeg covers new indie 2D Minecraft-style; release Teraria and gets a taste of dictatorship with Tropico 3. Rob begins to tackle two more games new to him with the 3D tactical anime war game Valkyria Chronicals and gets his trademark rant on  towards Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. Dan attempts to solve the puzzle of describing just what L.A. Noire is and what it may mean for Adventure gaming.

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Episode 031 (15th May 2011) El Dukedente

Posted by Rob, May 16, 2011 6:43 pm

Summer is definitely upon us as certain inevitabilities come to pass. The clouds roll in, Rob’s phrase book rolls out, distracting noises become the norm.

Amidst all this we still manage to continue the Batman and SpaceChem coverage and GASP! Breaking news as Dan gets a Duke Nukem Forever hands on! Look at us being all professional and journalist like.

Also we rag on Brink a bit… which we haven’t played.

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