Another stellar episode!
1. Don't forget, Street Pass isn't really designed for nerd cons, it's for STREET PASS! =) So having a limit of 10 is understandable. Granted, getting up to 10 in America is almost impossible outside of nerd cons. But I did do it in NYC one day. Sadly, in the suburbs of Buffalo, NY am lucky to get 2 during the course of my entire day about town.
2. Me likey cutscenes. I was crestfallen to learn SMG2 reduced focus on them. Of course, I don't mean those little 5-second things before each boss battle. That kind of stuff should quite simply happen "in action." But really, not exactly a game breaker.
3. Journey looked absolutely amazing. It seriously looked like one of the coolest games ever. I just can't believe it's only like 2 hours (my PS3 buddy confirms this, btw). I don't need filler and I don't believe a 40 hour game is automatically better than a 10 hour game, but Journey seemed like a game whose emphasis would be on ... y'know ... a JOURNEY. Seems like a two-hour game shouldn't be allowed to have that title... more like "Jaunt."
3. That Mappy thing is..... yeaaaa.
4. I agree with Greg's general line of thinking.
Whether or not developers would "be stupid not to" spin their product is irrelevant to the conversation of what ethically should be done. Which is really the only conversation anyone should be concerned with. Even those developers! I know everyone likes to say "it's a business, it must fulfill its role to make money any way possible." Ya know what though? We aren't on this planet to make money. Our society shouldn't be striving to simply MAKE MORE MONEY. There are a lot of entities with lots of money... are they automatically doing what's best for our culture?
Why don't we try to have conversations about making business fit enjoyably into a positively evolving society? Oh, "boo hoo, that's hard to do and takes thinking!" Fine, cuddle up with your cold bag of money and leave everyone else to improve our culture.
In sum: using any avenue possible to show off your product? Great. Using any avenue at all to MISLEAD the audience about your product for profit? No. Not great. GTFO.
5. Jeff Gerstmann? yuk. I will not shed any tears if he ends up further from the spotlight.
6. NWR does make excellent use of their freedom. Which is why the content/tone of the site is still great. Thanks for sticking to your guns ... not your wallets!