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Coffee Talk #301: Charged and Inspired From DICE 2011


Posted on February 14th, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, Game Developers, PC Gaming, Today's Specials, Videogames. 39 comments

Welcome to Coffee Talk! Let’s start off the day by discussing whatever is on your (nerd chic) mind. Every morning I’ll kick off a discussion and I’m counting on you to participate in it. If you’re not feelin’ my topic, feel free to start a chat with your fellow readers and see where it takes you. Whether you’re talking about videogames, the Cleveland Cavalier’s awesome winning streak, your favorite condiment for steak, or Manny Pacquiao’s Bieber hair, Coffee Talk is the place to do it.

For the last two years, actor Jay Mohr has told the attendees of DICE, “I will never be as good at what I do as you are at making games.” You can’t help but get that feeling at DICE. It’s crazy how many talented developers attend the show. It’s impossible not to bump into someone that has helped create a beloved game or a franchise that has sold tens of millions. Being around some of the gaming industry’s top creators at DICE 2011 was inspiring and an excellent way to kick off the year.

DICE was a great reminder how incredible the gaming business is and how lucky I am to be writing verbally entertaining about it (especially after that downer of a column I wrote last week — ha!). Being surrounded by people that have entertained millions and millions of gamers was amazing. What’s even more amazing is that so many of them — Ted Price, Dr. Ray Muzyka, Dr. Greg Zeschuk, Mark Cerny, etc. — are wonderful people too. I know that what I do pales in comparison to what these guys do, but seeing these brilliant creators has me motivated to do better and be nicer.

So yeah! DICE 2011 was amazing and I hope you like the interviews N8R and I worked on. I’m feelin’ groovy and hope you are too. Thanks DICE!!!





  • http://rpad.tv raymond padilla

    @tokz_21 I read about Morales/Maidana after DICE. WTF?!? I worry about Erik getting seriously hurt in that fight.

    • tokz_21

      *shakes head*

      i don't know what to tell you. I think he wants to die in the ring like Apollo. I feel so bad for him because i know he needs the money!

      • http://rpad.tv raymond padilla

        I would have been okay with him fighting Marquez. He would have gotten creamed, but it's not like Marquez has a ton of pop. Maidana is brutally strong and I'm genuinely worried about what he will do to Morales.

        • tokz_21

          Are you referring to JMM or Rafa?

          • http://rpad.tv raymond padilla

            Morales was supposed to fight JMM, but Golden Boy wanted JMM to sign a contract extension too. It looks like he wants to sign with Top Rank to get another fight with Pacquiao.

            • tokz_21

              It's funny you mention that because ODH tweeted a pic with JMM and himself getting together to promote the Canelo fight and talk about the Morales fight. I guess that marriage soured quickly. I don't think Golden Boy promotions is going to last long, starting a boxing promotion is tough no matter who you are. it takes a long time to build it from scratch and once the word gets out that your talent doesn't trust you it's over in a blink of an eye but i'm digressing.

              I agree with your earlier comment Morales will get demolished worse than the fight 3 years ago with David Diaz.

  • redtailman

    @fellow ps3 users are you guys having problems signing into psn?

    • N8R

      Nope… playing DCU right now.

    • RRODizHere

      Nope.

  • http://twitter.com/Sandrock323 Sandrock323

    I'd test it for you, but the PS3 is out of commission while we put wood flooring in the living room.

  • http://twitter.com/Sandrock323 Sandrock323

    @Ray

    I think the same thing happened with DICE last year. It is your muse :D

    • http://rpad.tv raymond padilla

      It's definitely one of them. The other should be coming over in a few weeks. Ha!

      • thundercracker

        tell zoe i said hi

        • http://rpad.tv raymond padilla

          For sure!

  • smartguy

    Nothing goes on a steak beyond what it was grilled with. Sauce and ketchup is a good way to ruin a steak. I'm not a fan of beef either.

    • http://rpad.tv raymond padilla

      It depends on the cut. Some of the cheaper and less tender areas do well with sauce.

    • http://twitter.com/Sandrock323 Sandrock323

      I never add condiments to my food. It is insulting to the cook to do that, especially without tasting it first.

      • N8R

        Then cooks must hate me for my gross use of hot sauce.

      • http://rpad.tv raymond padilla

        I'm pretty sure people in Oklahoma want you to use barbecue sauce on meat.

        • Iceman

          I'm pretty sure barbecue sauce manufacturers in Oklahoma want you to use barbecue sauce on meat… and pretty much anything else you put in your mouth.

          -M

          • http://rpad.tv raymond padilla

            Don't forget about Good 'Ol JR's chipotle ketchup! That's good stuff.

    • RRODizHere

      I need my 57 sauce with cheap steaks.

      • N8R

        Here's a native Pittsburgh recipe that may sound gross until you try it:

        Ham BBQ (and it has nothing barbecued about it)

        1 pound of chopped ham from the deli at your grocer sliced as thin as possible (you basically want to barely see through it)

        1 bottle of Heinz Chili Sauce (MUST be Heinz… will probably be gross otherwise).

        Pepsi (some people use brown sugar… I think Pepsi tastes better. Coke is not sweet enough)

        Hamburger buns

        Dump the ham and the chili sauce until warm. Then you only need a splash of Pepsi. Maybe 1 to 2 ounces at most. Let it all cook in until warm (some people use a crock pot, but it's much faster to use a regular pot). Put it on a hamburger bun and serve with the chips of your choice.

        I could eat about 8 of them right now.

      • http://rpad.tv raymond padilla

        I completely agree. 57 sauce is underrated and delicious.

  • smartguy

    I'm fairly sure you wouldn't need hot sauce with what I cook.

    • N8R

      I really don't eat seafood. Occasionally, maybe, but I'm more of a meat and potatoes guy.

      It really is a culture thing.

  • smartguy

    I hate ketchup lol. I don't even have it in my house.

    No matter the cut I season it the way I want. I only use BBQ sauce on BBQ chicken when requested. Just not a fan of the sauces.

    • http://rpad.tv raymond padilla

      JR's chipotle ketchup is very different from Heinz. It's good stuff and I recommend trying it.

      • N8R

        And I highly recommend Heinz… they are a stable and large employer in the great city of Pittsburgh.

        If you rock Hunt's in Pittsburgh, you really might get beat up by the descendants of steelworkers.

        Plus Hunt's is gross… and ketchup on steak is pretty gross altogether.

        • bsukenyan

          Hunt's is really gross. I don't know exactly what the difference is between the different ketchup's, but Heinz is better. My fiance likes RedGold too, but I don't remember the last time I had that so I don't remember what it tastes like exactly.

        • Iceman

          Which one is the one that belong's to John Kerry's wife?

          -M

          • http://rpad.tv raymond padilla

            Well, her name is Teresa Heinz.

            • bsukenyan

              It must be RedGold!!!!! hahaha

          • N8R

            H.J. Heinz founded the company.

            His grandson was H. John Heinz (mainly known as John Heinz) and he became the Senator of PA. His wife, was Teresa Heinz.

            When Senator Heinz died in both a helicopter and a plane crash (a helicopter collided into his plane) over a schoolyard killing 2 little girls as well, Teresa Heinz was left widowed with no more Senator to leech off of.

            What did she do? In the true American spirit… she found another Senator to escort in John Kerry.

            I'm pretty sure she has no attachment to the ketchup otherwise. The Heinz Co. is public and I doubt she's on the board.

            • http://rpad.tv raymond padilla

              She still owns a small percentage of stock and is on the advisory board for charities.

  • smartguy

    @iceman
    Something like this?

    "hell yes you brush your teeth with it!"

    • Iceman

      Was there supposed to be a link somewhere in your last comment, Smartguy?

      -M

  • smartguy

    @ray
    No thanks hehe.

  • smartguy

    BBQ shrimp is the same way. Nothing BBQ about it. Beer, butter, and lots of cayenne. Cooked in a magnalite over the stove.