Podcasts are appearing everywhere. In fact, I'm listening to the PCGamer Podcast as I write this column. For those of you who are still confused about this new type of media I'll do my best to explain what it is and where you can get your ears on it.
Wikipedia describes podcasting as follows,
"A podcast is a web feed of audio or video files placed on the Internet for anyone to download or subscribe to, and also the content of that feed. Podcasters' websites also may offer direct download of their files, but the subscription feed of automatically delivered new content is what distinguishes a podcast from a simple download or real-time streaming (see below). Usually, the podcast features one type of "show" with new episodes either sporadically or at planned intervals such as daily, weekly, etc. Besides that there are podcast networks that feature multiple shows on the same feed.
Podcasting's essence is about creating content (audio or video) for an audience that wants to listen when they want, where they want, and how they want."
Instead of reading while you drive to work, which is a dangerous albeit spicey passtime, you can listen to audio shows letting your eyes stay on the road. You can also listen to podcasts while you are doing other things. In its most basic form it is a web delivered radio show. What is fantastic is that you can listen when you want and where you want. New shows are automatically sent to your computer, iPod or other device when they are posted by the author.
Ten Ton Hammer is working on podcast for the MMOG community. There are a couple of MMOG related podcasts out there, but I have yet to find one that a) resembles our format or b) delivers a MMOG industry focus.
We hope to have our first episode out next week. Here are a few shows to check out that will get your podcast ears wet.
Can you hear me now? Pump Up The Volume.
What's New On TenTonHammer.com?
Spring is almost here and with it some timely cleaning.
Let us entertain you or at the very least waste some of your time at work.
- Auto Assault: Biomek Information Updated
"Are you an efficient biomechanical modern man? Do you drink grease and rinse your hair in transmission fluid? Well hopefully not.
I definitely wouldn't advise you to do so! However if your character in Auto Assault does then why not check out our revamped Biomek section? Contains all of the transmission fluid fashion — err I mean contains Biomek skills, information, and other efficent things."
- Vanguard: Virtual Memories - Part V
"Merriandra looks one last time at Virtual Memories. Do our fond memories of that first virtual world affect the way we look upon a new virtual world?"
- Vernal Virtues For MMORPGs
"As yet another MMORPG rolls onto the scene, is it time for some spring cleaning? Ethec takes a look at how developers can improve their game by tossing out some old misconceptions."
- Dungeons and Dragons Online: A Critical Look at DDO
"North American servers for Dungeons & Dragons Online:
Stormreach flung open their doors to welcome new gamers on February 28, 2006. Did players arrive to find a spotlessly clean game, or were there smudges on the windows and cobwebs in the corners? Shayalyn may like hanging out with DDO, but she's got a few cleaning tips for its developers, Turbine, Inc. Is DDO Martha Stewart approved? You decide!"
- Auto Assault: A Look Under The Hood
"Let's take a look under the hood of Auto Assault and see if there is anything that needs a tune up! This week's common content article is all about spring cleaning. What could be changed to make Auto Assault better? What is broken and needs to be fixed? We take a look at all of these things in our article "A Look Under the Hood". So rev up that engine and ride on down to here. You won't regret it."
- Warhammer Online: Racial Overviews - High Elf, Dwarf, Empire
As things begin to pickup around the Warhammer Online Community; we here at TenTonHammer have begun producing content. For the first piece of content, we have the Racial Overview pages for three of the main races in Warhammer Online. Included in this update is information on the High Elves, the Dwarves, and the Humans of the Empire. A basic overview on the current situation of the race and their stance towards the other races is provided. As time goes on, we will be adding all of the Races to our Racial section, as well as adding additional information to what is already present"
- Vanguard: Spring Cleaning
"Spring Cleaning, today's common content across the network has AnomalousSilence looking at what Vanguard might do to clean up some debated elements."
- EverQuest 2: Changes and Improvements
"Change is a necessary evil in the world of MMOGs. Slide takes a look at how it affects the EverQuest 2 player for better or worse. Is there anything else the game needs that would help improve an already fun game? I'm sure we could find something."
Vin Diesel Fact of the Day:
All your base are belong to Vin Diesel.
Now on to the real world. You can't make this stuff up.
As always, thanks for visiting TenTonHammer.com,
-- John "Boomjack" Hoskin