ShackCast 22: Activision Blizzard, GTA4 Trailer

BOOM widget 114559 In this week's ShackCast, we discussed the newly formed mega-publisher Activision Blizzard, the release of the latest Grand Theft Auto IV trailer, EVE Online's XP-killing bug, the inconclusive conclusion to Gerstmanngate, Garriott defending his Tabula Rasa, and Michael Bay's optical media conspiracy theories--and, at the last second, mention of FASA founder Jordan Weisman getting the game licenses to Shadowrun, MechWarrior, and Crimson Skies.

Plus, reader mail, as well as what we've been playing: Pirates of the Burning Sea (PC), Omega Five (X360), Draglade (NDS), Pain (PS3), and Half-Life 2: Episode Two (PC).

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00:00: It's a song!
11:55: Grand Theft Auto IV trailer HOLY SHIT (Trailer)
16:42: Texas vs. Games Radar, and Faylor makes some demon sound wtf (Story)
22:26: EVE Online has been killing Windows XP machines! (Story)
24:56: Michael Bay is a crazy tin foil hat guy. HD DVD and Blu-ray are involved. (Story)
32:42: GameSpot and Gerstmann reveal all don't reveal much. Oh well. (Story)
36:52: Garriot claims Tabula Rasa's performance on its huge beta. Whoops. (Story)
45:35: Faylor got ripped off by Pain on PS3.
48:10: He also played Draglade, a rhythm fighting game with no rhythm? (Review)
50:30: Nick played, and basically enjoyed, Pirates of the Burning Sea.
55:35: Steve on Half-Life: Episode Two: "I'm glad I finally suffered past the beginning"
56:36: XBLA shoot-em-up Omega Five is pretty rad. (Preview)
61:48: Reader mail! Useless console features and more!
72:13: FASA's Weisman gets game rights to MechWarrior, Shadowrun, Crimson Skies!