Episode 168 - Show Notes

Episode 168

Sunday Sep 19, 2010 (01:30:13)


This week, Bioware designs the Light Side, Apple attempts to find it, and Scott and Allante won't find it at Anime Weekend Atlanta.


Scott Ertz


Scott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLUGHITZ Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the rhythm game community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and helping with ROBOTICON Tampa Bay. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors, currently housed at AMRoC Fab Lab.

Nicholas DiMeo


With over ten years of audio engineering experience, Nick's addition to PLuGHiTz Corporation is best served when he is behind the mixing board every Sunday night to produce the audio side of F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Piltch Point and PLuGHiTz Live Night Cap. While mixing live every week, his previous radio show hosting experience gives him the ability to co-host as well, giving each show a unique flare with his slightly off-center, yet still realistic take on all things tech. An integral part of the show, you can find Nick always enveloped in coming up with new (and sometimes crazy) ideas and content for the show and you can always expect the most direct opinion on the stories that he feels need to be shared with the world. During the few hours where Nick isn't sleeping or working on ways to improve the company, he spends his free time going to hockey and football games and playing the latest titles on Xbox 360. Email him for his gamertag and add him today for a fun escape from the normal monotony and annoyance that the Xbox LIVE gaming community can sometimes be!

Jon Wurm


Jon is a F5 Live co-host and UpStream contributor as well as the Chief Cash Officer of PLuGHiTz Corporation. We don't know how he wears so many hats so well or how he still finds time to feed his need for all things tech but some questions are best left unanswered. If you're up for a challenge go find him on Xbox Live @shinobiJon and if you figure him out...let us know.

Josh Henry

Host, Segment Host

Josh has come from the Brazilian wilds to bring yet another perspective on the gaming industry as well as today's up-and-coming technology. You may have seen him at GameStop over the past two years, or if you're a lover of Largo High School Productions, you have seen him up on stage doing his thing the last 4 years. On occasion, you can catch him on Xbox Live mowing down zombies in Left 4 Dead or making it rain on Madden 2010.

Allante Sparks


Allante - also well known as Wolff - is the newest member and co-host for PLuGHiTz Live! Radio. A gifted artist, he is usually found drawing up a character or two or sketching up whatever comes to mind. Do not think that he is not a hardcore gamer because he is about as hardcore as it gets! His favorites range from fighting games to RPGs, adventure and even a racing game here and there. Fighting games are his forte and he relays this message for all who oppose: You mess with the Wolff and you get the fangs!

XB360 - Enigmatic Wolff

PSN - Tsukuyomi_Okami

Anime Weekend Atlanta

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Anime Weekend Atlanta

This weekend Allante and I spent at one of the largest anime conventions in the country, Anime Weekend Atlanta. This convention is completely different from the cons we have covered here on The UpStream in the past and totally in a positive way.

The Weekly UpStream

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Halo: Reach Co-op Out of Reach for 4GB Xbox 360 Owners

Hey, you there! Did you buy the new Xbox 360 4GB system so you could play your awesomely new cool game Halo: Reach? You did? That's so great! You didn't want to play the co-op mode though, the feature that drew so many new and old players alike to the latest Bungie title, right? Oh, you did? You won't be able to play. I'm so sorry.

A.P.B.: Dead and Gone

All Points Bulletin was originally conceived as being a groundbreaking game, with an endless amount of potential and in most respects it was. Specifically, it seems to have broken new ground in the shortest turnaround time between launch and closure clocking in at 79 days. And while there may be a ray of hope after all, it's going to be hard for the game's players to love again after having their expectations so suddenly deflated. Whether you liked the game or not, it's sad news that the city streets have been forcibly emptied so quickly.

Starcraft 2 Balancing patch is here!

The faction balancing and new features outlined last month for Starcraft 2 will be implemented this coming Tuesday, September 21, when Blizzard updates the successful strategy title to version 1.1. These new features include support for NVIDIA 3D Vision displays, left-handed hotkey options and new map editor functionality. The full list of features and balance changes can be read over on Battle.net.


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Nifty Gifties

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Intel Copies EA, Makes You Pay for Stuff You Already Paid For

Have you been to a Best Buy recently? We haven't either. If you do happen to make that sad stroll into the price tagged store and venture your way over to the PC section (it's that tiny aisle behind the 17 foot Apple wall) you'll see a $50 prepaid Intel card. Intel calls it the Processor Performance Upgrade Card. We call it EA Has Infiltrated Our Beloved PC Manufacturers' Heads and Brainwashed Them.

Extra Life

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Designing the Light Side Information!

Hello interwebz, I'm back and bring good tidings about Star Wars: The Old Republic! A few weeks back I mentioned how the Jedi community in TOR were a bit worried as to whether or not BioWare had an unfair bias towards the Empire. And for some time it seemed as though BW did indeed have something against the Republic, after the Empire recieved more information week after week. I then predicted that after the newest CG trailer entitled "Hope" was released that BioWare would turn over a new leaf and give those who support the Republic their fair share of information.

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Apple Turns Over A New Leaf?

When writing about Apple in the past we have certainly seen trends that would lead us to believe they like being the bully on the block that isn't particularly concerned about its employees, customers, or business partners. That's why the fact that Apple is willing to address issues with Google, Adobe, and even some of their product defects comes as quite a welcome surprise.


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