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 137: Poop Club 7

We’re thrilled to be back after E3 to talk about that and lots lots more.

– E3 news roundup
– Alana Pierce leaves IGN
– Star Wars: Solo (non) review
– Bethesda suing Warner Brothers
– Trion Games acquires assets of Gazillion
– Disney successful bidder on Fox
– Leak: Disney boss, Iger holds conference call with LucasFilm about fixing the mess.
– A tribute to Seppy (YouTube channel)
– Voltron Season 6
– Other recommendations

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Flash Point 136: Quarter-Arsed Lighthouses

What a well briefed mob we are, covering everything from the Hugo Awards to Lucasfilm machinations. What else would you want?

– What we’ve been playing
– Destiny 2: Warmind thoughts
– We Happy Few refused classification in Australia (link)
– New info coming on Anthem (link)
– Nintendo Switch Online details (link)
– Is Kathleen Kennedy about to leave Lucasfilm?
– Hugo Award nominees for dramatic presentation (long form) – thanks to listener Shaun for the suggestion! (link)
– other assorted TV recommendations

– 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 135: Alan Jones and the Doomed Xbox

From Nazis to Alan Jones, and Star Wars to The Avengers, we have it all on this podcast. There’s even some gaming talk!

– What we’ve been playing
– Very belated reviews: Black Panther and Thor: Ragnarok
– Destiny – Did Bungie’s Community get together make things better or worse?
– Belgium and The Netherlands are banning loot crates
– So how good is God of War?
– Discord and Xbox are partnering up
– The Xbox is doomed, according to some fanboys.
– The Nintendo Switch is hacked
– Campo Santo is acquired by Valve
– 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 134: Double Entendre Hell Show

It’s an Easter-driven gabfest, with talk on everything from games to movies and the usual immature discussion in-between. Warning: contains immature discussion of genitalia.

– The Captain and Tenille to get you in the mood (link)
– What we’re playing
– PS Plus no longer on PS3
– ESA meeting with President Trump (link)
– Division 2 Announced and will be at E3 (Discuss? Games as a platform)
– Next WoW expansion (link)
– EA announce all heroes unlocked and streamlined progression in Battlefront 2. Too little to late.
– CD Projekt Red to announce Cyberpunk at E3?
– Smash Bros for the Switch announced (also Mario Tennis and Luigis Mansion remaster)
– Secret World Legends goes to South Africa
– Ready Player One review
– Bill and Ted 3? (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 133: Feasting on Claptrap

Don’t be put off by the episode title, we talk abut plenty of gaming topics!

– What we’re playing
– PUBG Cheater ban was 99% chinese. 44% of PUBG Player base is in China
– GamePass to include all future Microsoft exclusives on day of release.
– Sea of Thieves was #1 on Twitch during first Beta
– RTX Sydney 2018
– U.S. Copyright Office considering exemption for abandoned online games (link)
– Kentucky Senator blames video games for Florida School shooting (link)
– Tesla vs Lovecraft – thanks to listener Shaun for the heads-up (link)
– David’s hugely belated No Man’s Sky review
– Voltron Season 5 Trailer
– New age definitions
– Pop culture recommendations
– 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 132: The Go Show

We’re back for 2018 and full of.. go!. We cover off some games news, some hardware stuff coming out of CES and lots of usual ridiculousness as well.

– What we’re playing
– David’s belated Destiny 2 Osiris expansion review
– Bungie announce roadmap for 2018 (link)
– CES reveals HTC Vive pro and wireless adaptor
– Seamus Blackly confirms new Duke controller will be out late March.
– Polygon publish convo between Amy Henning and Firewatch’s Sean Vanaman (link)
– Uptick in game pundits warning to be wary of Bioware’s upcoming game, Anthem.
– David’s belated Nintendo Switch review
– Pop culture recommendations
– 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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Secret World Legends Patch 2.1.5 Notes

PATCH HIGHLIGHTS

  • The new Winter Cache is now dropping across the world! This arctic and frost-themed cache features a new Outfit, Pet, Mount, and a full set of Extraordinary Weapons! Winter Cache replaces Haunted Cache drops in the world. Haunted Cache, as with all previous caches, may still be traded and opened for their advertised contents.
  • Behold a winter wonderland starting December 12th through January 2nd! Defend the world from an icy invasion in groups and hourly public raids! Earn new daily login rewards, including a free pet–just for logging in! Exclusive seasonal achievements, legends, and cosmetics abound. Happy Holidays!
  • Ockham’s Razor (Barbershop) is now open for business, allowing players to make changes to their hair, makeup, and facial features!
  • Modern Prometheus (Plastic Surgeon) is now open for business, allowing players to make changes to their head, skin, and eyes!
  • Name changes are now available for purchase in the character selection screen!

 

GENERAL

  • Increased the amount of distillate XP gained when opening Purified Distillate Reward Bags gained from caches. The amount gained increases based on your highest achieved Item Power. The goal is to make the amount of distillate XP more relevant as the amount of XP required to level up items increases.
  • Added an animation that will play when the player unlocks a new title.
  • Added a new Interface Option to disable title unlock notifications.
  • Added an animation that will play when the player unlocks a new emote.
  • Added a new Interface Option to disable emote unlock notifications.
  • The reload UI command has been disabled while in character creation.
  • The Login Rewards window will now close itself when you switch to a character who has not unlocked it without closing the window.
  • Daily Event Login Rewards may now be obtained on each character on your account. Normal daily login rewards remain a once-per-account claim.
  • Added support for opening multiple lootboxes in succession.
  • Fixed a case where the lootbox interface could remain visible but not actually offer loot.
  • The Mission Items inventory bag will now default to the top left corner of the screen. This should make it more noticeable for players who have not customized its placement. Note: This change is not retroactive and will only affect characters created after this patch.
  • Added missing flavor text to the Jade Komainu.
  • Fixed a typo on the Repair Broken Data confirmation dialog.
  • Map waypoint for Seoul Fight Club is now properly labeled.
  • Barber Shop and Plastic Surgeon waypoints have been added to the London and New York maps, respectively.

 

GAMEPLAY

  • Museum items will now drop from killed monsters while in a raid group. This will make it easier to get museum items from some open-world bosses.
  • Fixed an issue during Killers on the Road where it was possible to complete certain objectives earlier than intended.
  • The Agitated Deep One will now give credit towards Slimy Shallows.
  • Super Charged Seeder will now give credit towards Shocking Infestation.
  • The Desecrated Relic in Sacred Protection can now be picked up if you have paused the mission.
  • The Syringe for Crying Wolf will no longer be deleted when pausing the mission.
  • Enraged Custurii fighting the Dark Woods Horror are now level 50.
  • Fixed an issue with the distribution of certain distillate types from Kaidan shipping container bosses which caused a certain value of distillate to have a significantly higher drop chance than others.
  • Filth-Encrusted Container Keys now have a chance to have become corrupted beyond use. Using one of these items no longer results in a guaranteed usable key. If you do not get a usable key you will instead gain Anima Shards.
  • Added a missing region value to the missions Inner Peace and Lights Out. These missions will now properly show in the Kaidan section of the completed mission log.
  • Added missing tracker FX to When the Hatchet Falls.
  • Fixed a bug during The Bank Heist where mission abilities would vanish while still wielding the Droid Arm.
  • To fix an issue during The Bank Heist where mission abilities would not be visible when returning to the mission area, the Droid Arm can no longer be equipped outside of the Faust Capital instance.
  • Seasonal emotes will now display their seasonal icon when the seasonal event is active, regardless of whether they are already owned or not.

 

COMBAT

  • Made it easier to target and attack larger destroyable objects such as Ak’ab Burrows, Statue of the Voice of Aten, and many others.
  • Fixed an issue where the bonus healing from Timeless Watch was being applied to the heal which triggered the bonus rather than the heal which came after the bonus effect was active.
  • Fixed an issue which caused the Spectre from Spectral Essence talismans to not work with the Revenant from the Shadow-Bound weapons.
  • Increased the base heat generated by Chain Lighting and Fire Bolt to 14.
  • Increased the base heat generated by Mjolnir and Inferno to 21.
  • Fixed an issue where the leech healing provided by Unveil Essence was bypassing the Blood Magic healing penalty from high Corruption or Martyrdom levels.

 

DUNGEONS AND RAIDS

Hell Raised

  • Fixed a bug that caused Triggerthings in the Recursia, Many-in-One encounter to not scale with difficulty. This change will reduce the difficulty of this encounter at all difficulties except 10.

Hell Eternal

  • Reduced the Prime Maker’s basic attack damage.
  • Reduced the damage scaling effect of Arcane Peak on the Prime Maker.

Manhattan Exclusion Zone

  • All Difficulties
    • Eldritch Guardians are now immune to crowd control.
    • Fixed the victory music sometimes looping.
    • Tweaked the way targeting works with The Unutterable Lurker. It is now easier to target adds that are close to the boss.
    • The Unutterable Lurker has slightly adjusted his Final Resort ability placement.
  • Elite 1+
    • Fixed a series of miscalculations that caused enemies to have too little defense rating. Hit rating appropriate for the difficulty is now needed to reliably hit these enemies.
    • Fixed a case where dying could trap the player in Story Mode’s Subway Station.
  • Elite 10
    • Fixed Mouths of Montauk (aka “pod”) not applying Inevitable Doom to the targeted player.
    • Restored the visible in-world indicator over the head of Mouths of Montauk’s target.
    • Fixed an issue that caused Abominated Soldiers and Wave of Filth to deal damage from a previous age.
    • Dying to Shadow Out of Time will no longer permanently reduce damage dealt by 75%.
    • Gaia Incarnate buff tooltips now display the correct damage boost of +125%. The damage increase has not changed – this was a tooltip-only fix.
    • Wave of Filth damage has been rebalanced (greatly reduced).
    • The Unutterable Lurker has slightly adjusted his Personal Space ability placement. GIVE HIM HIS SPACE!

 

DRESSING ROOM

  • Updated the color value of The Black Watchmen hoodie in the Dressing Room to indicate it is grey and red.
  • Updated the color value of Suit pants, dark green in the Dressing Room to match their actual color.
  • Updated the thumbnail and preview of the Latex vampire mask to match what it actually looks like.
  • Added a missing thumbnail to the Goon boots in the Dressing Room.
  • Fixed an issue where the prices for the male Cosmonaut helmet and spacesuit were backwards.

GENERAL

  • Increased the range at which melee players can hit Hel in Steps to Nifelheim.
  • Fixed an issue that could prevent players from being able to resurrect in Niflheim.
  • The portal in Niflheim now respects story progress when selecting a destination.
  • Snowballs will no longer target pets.
  • Krampus Rockets will now stack up to 100 per inventory slot.
  • Presents dropped from Krampus in open playfields will now have better feedback on what happens when you already own the clothing item contained within.
  • Fixed a case where the ability bar could appear even when the Show ability bar option was turned off.
  • Fixed certain objects not being attackable during the mission Dust Devils, which prevented progress.

GENERAL

  • Remaining Malevolent Snowflakes can now be used to gain 1,000 Anima Shards.
  • Updated the thumbnail images for Nightcaps in the Dressing Room.
  • Swapped the thumbnail images for the Fear Nothing shirts in the Dressing Room so they match the correct shirt.

Flash Point 131: Jar Jar Jedi

It’s our last episode for 2017 and we jump into everything from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, to Bungie woes, a wrap-up of the year and lots of inane banter as you’d expect.

– What we’re playing
– Bungie can’t stop being awful.
– Game Awards. Stuff won. yay!
– 2017 highlights
– Spoiler-free Last Jedi discussion (and a proposed 2018 round table)
– Games or peripherals we want Santa to bring
– DC EU shake up at Warner Bros
– Trailers – Ready Player One, Pitch Perfect 3 etc

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Flash Point 130: Hot Garbage Gushies

We welcome back David Carr AKA Casmas to talk everything from PAX Australia and Paris Games Week through to consoles and pop culture.

– What we’re playing
– PAX Australia roundup
– Paris Games week Highlights
– EA closes Visceral Games
– EA buys Respawn Entertainment
– EA Battlefront Loot crates follow up (link)
– Xbox One X (Xbox Unlocked Episode 320)
– Destiny 2 – Casmas “review”
– BlizzCon round up.
– New Star Wars trilogy
– Stranger Things 2
– Big Mouth
– Juicy Cupcake, Brief Battles Kickstarter (link)

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Flash Point 129: Those Light Bulb Moments

Has it already been a month? It must have been because we spend more than an hour talking everything from butt-plugs to Voltron – what else would you want? Oh, and there’s a lot of game discussion in there as well.

– What we’re playing
– Destiny 2: thoughts, jibber jabber
– The Last Jedi trailer
– IGN bought out Humble Bundle
– Wolfenstein 2 advertisements #F***Nazis
– Battlefront 2
– Loot box discussions
– Star Trek Discovery / The Expanse / Voltron / Big Mouth / Riverdale /

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Flash Point 128: Don’t Taint My Chicken Dinner

We’re back a week earlier than expected, and it’s because we’re excited about Destiny 2 and plenty of other stuff as well!

– Destiny 2: reviews, thoughts, jibber jabber
– South Park, NOT CENSORED IN AUSTRALIA! HOORAY!
– Race Based difficulty in South Park
– IT lives up to the hype apparently, too scared to watch by ourselves
– Voltron Season 3
– WoW latest content
– Star wars loses another director
– lots of other banal pop culture chat

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Flash Point 127: Bejeweled Booties

What other podcast covers topics as broad as Minidisc Walkmans and customising your wang size as a Conan avatar? We even talk seriously about some gaming topics – what more could you want?

Talking Points
– What we’ve been playing
– GamesCon – any predictions? No?! NEXT!
– Xbox One X Scorpio Edition leak
– Crackdown 3 delayed till Spring 2018 – will this thing get cancelled?
– Shadow Of War Microtransactions
– Destiny 2 Poptarts and Rockstar Energy drinks promotion
– Next Gamer TV show.
– Agents of Mayhem – who’s buying it?
– Sea of Thieves
– Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
– PlayStation 5.0 update announced
– Farpoint and the Aim controller
– The Dark Tower: A scathing review to add to the thousands of others
– Defenders Season 1 (no spoilers)
– Game of Thrones (no spoilers)

– Gaming challenge update
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