TALKING POINT: Is warping cheating?
Jeff: If I was James Lipton, this is the last question I would ask everybody. It reveals so much about who you are.
Steve: If it's in-game warping, I say it's cool. It's part of the game's world and therefore respectable (like the warp whistles in Mario Brothers 3). If you have to hit a secret series of buttons, you're a cheater.
Jeff: When we all know the best part of Jurassic Park is its moving prose. Okay, let's switch it up. Let's say it's a sick kid and his last wish is to beat Contra, but he's all sick and stuff so he can't even get past that wall in level 1. Is it then okay for the kid to use the 30 lives code? I say it depends on the disease.
Steve: If he's truly sick, I think he'll have bigger things on his mind than beating Contra. Like, "Is there a Contra in heaven?"
TALKING POINT: Best sound effect in a videogame?
Jeff: I'm trying to decide what videogame had the best "WRONG!" buzzer noise, so I can emulate it to describe how off you are. The correct answer is the sound Mega Man makes when he dies. BOO BOO BOO BOO!
Jeff: Or a rocket ship. I'm pretty sure I'm going to name my first born after the "you found a secret area" sound effect from Legend of Zelda. "Come on boo-doo-do-doo-doo-dee-doo, let's go fishing. No, I don't know why your mother left us."
TALKING POINT: This week, Sony revealed that the backbone of the PS3's online experience would be a virtual world called "Playstation Home." What the hell is this thing?
Jeff: Playstation Home is Sony's answer to Microsoft's Xbox Live. It's a free service for Playstation 3 owners that let them roam around in an online virtual world and, presumably, solicit each other for cybersex.