The 404 644: Where we play Angry Birds while waiting for BioShock Infinite (podcast )

Show topics include the much-anticipated BioShock Infinite, Street Fighter lessons for $50 an hour, the addictive Angry Birds and Rage iPhone games


Irrational Games

Brace yourself for a lot of video game news on today's episode of The 404 Podcast as we discuss Wilson's obsession with throwing pigs at cats, Street Fighter experts offering lessons for $50 an hour, Rage running on an Apple iPhone, and BioShock Infinite!

Fresh off the success of this year's BioShock 2, the creators of the original game just announced a complete reimagining of the franchise in the form of BioShock Infinite . The original BioShock enjoyed countless game of the year awards, thanks to its creative storytelling. Ken Levine, creative director at Irrational Games, tells us that the new stage will takes place in the sky city of Columbia, a bastion of ultrapatroitic early 1900s American ideals.

Players also won't see the iconic Big Daddies of the original, but the Irrational team promises some unique bionic creatures. The game puts you in control of Booker DeWitt, the main character hired to pursue the mysterious Elizabeth, whose safety will determine the fate of the world. Check out the teaser trailer in all its impressive glory, but prepare for a long wait--BioShock Infinite will see an Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC release sometime in the second half of 2012.

If you ever wondered exactly what Wilson is doing on his iPhone 4 all day long, the answer isn't as NSFW as you would assume, a game called Angry Birds is taking over his life, and Jeff isn't far behind. The $0.99 iPhone game challenges you to keep the Angry Birds alive by throwing them at the green pigs who stole the Birds' eggs. With 63 levels of pure logic, skill, brute force, and fun, we may have finally lost Wilson to his iPhone forever.

Save Point

Would you pay some nerd 50 bucks an hour for Street Fighter IV lessons? A couple professional gamers are offering their parochial services to the non-gaming public on Xbox Live, which raises a compelling issue--can people learn to play, and even enjoy, video games as an adult?

Unlike Jeff and Wilson, I wasn't raised playing generations of consoles, so it's more difficult to process everything happening on the screen while simultaneously controlling the complicated movements of an on-screen character.

If you discovered a love for gaming later in life, we want to hear your story! E-mail us at the404(at)cnet.com or leave a voicemail on our hotline at 1-866-404-CNET--looking forward to hearing from you!


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