ShackCast 20: Assassin's Creed, Deus Ex 3, Harvey Smith (Updated with Breakdown)

BOOM widget 114559 We recorded this thing before the super-crazy exploding news of the week broke, but ShackCast 20 does include discussion of Assassin's Creed (someone on our staff finally played it!), the just-announced Deus Ex 3, the upcoming Xbox Live update, and Harvey Smith and his departure from Midway Austin after comments regarding BlackSite: Area 51.

Plus, reader mail and what we've been playing, which includes Pain on PS3 and Gears of War on PC.

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00:00: Song and intro!
01:12: We have a blog now! (ShackBlog)
03:06: Deus Ex 3 announced! We don't know whether to be excited. (Story, trailer/pics)
13:55: Harvey Smith describes BlackSite: Area 51's dev process with profanity. (Story)
17:27: Metal Gear Solid 4 needs to sell a million on the first day alone? Whoa?
21:56: Friends of friends (of friends?!) on Xbox Live! Still only 100 real friends. (Story)
30:30: Nick's been playing Assassin's Creed. "I took a hit for the team," he says.
46:10: Steve likes Gears of War on PC, except for the parts he doesn't. (Review)
50:03: Faylor played and reported on Pain (PS3) during the recording process. Egads!
52:19: Faylor can't decide if he likes Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings (NDS). Hmm.
56:24: We discuss reviews and reviewing. How would you feel about short reviews?
61:42: Tutorials are lame.
63:20: Reader mail! We start off with discussion of game feedback for developers.
73:34: We continue on with discussion of subtitles, voice acting, and game dialogue.
80:46: Super Mario 64 or Super Mario Galaxy? Nick gets angry.
85:08: It's over!