Episode Fifteen


In our first podcast of 2014, we discuss:

  • Steam active user base exceeds Xbox Live
  • Sony launches bricks at user base and the state of the Wii U as it turns 2.
  • EA launches BF4 in what can charitably be called an ‘Alpha state’
  • The past Console generation that was called ‘next gen,’ the games it spawned in console-land and PC, our thoughts on it, retrospective.
  • 2013 in gaming and tech retrospective, what mattered to us and why
  • Valve Steam Machines announced at CES
  • AGDQ & the world of speedrunning
  • What we’re playing

Art based on a photo by Piero Sierra


OTF Theme (“Season 2” – current)


OTF08 arrived during a period of time when we were changing and updating a lot of things around here at OTF. As such, we internally considered OTF8 the beginning of “Season Two” of the OTF Podcast. With the arrival of “Season Two” came changes in the aesthetic of the website, forums, podcast tone, podcast album art – and of course, a revamping of the theme tune.

The revised version of “Over the Fence” features reworked mixing and more concise arrangement, which now incorporates a 4/4 version of the theme from “Beyond the Barrier,” giving the track (and the podcast) an actual “theme.”

Another new addition is live performances from musicians instead of sequenced MIDI. Featured on the track are Mackenzie Cook on guitar and Peter McCulloch on keyboards.

Chat with Jordan Rudess

Jordan Rudess is an iDevice app designer and a multi-talented musician best known as the keyboardist for Progressive Metal band Dream Theater. I met him at a presentation at the Apple store in SoHo, NYC, and he had a few words to say regarding his interest in the iDevice line.


OTF Theme (Original)


Written by Pat Mauro, the track “Over the Fence” is the original theme tune for the Podcast. In writing the track, Patrick took influences from rock, electronica, and Jeff’s “Beyond the Barrier” to create a new piece that had the same *heart* as “Barrier,” but with a faster and harder groove.