Conan O'Brien Becomes a Gnome in Kingdoms of Amalur

Conan O'Brien Becomes a Gnome in Kingdoms of Amalur

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The head of 38 Studios talks Amalur with Conan O'Brien, then launches him into a wall with a mace.

Curt Schilling is in the news a lot these days for his well-received Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, so it's easy to forget that he initially made his bones as a ballplayer, not a game developer. In fact, the former Boston Red Sox pitcher was one of the primary reasons why the New York Yankees lost the disastrous 2004 American League Championship Series. Even though he's regarded with something resembling war criminal status by New Yorkers, the man sure as heck knows how to play baseball, and had a chance to combine both of his passions on a recent episode of Conan, the popular talk show hosted by veteran funnyman Conan O'Brien. The two discussed the intersection of baseball and gaming, ending with a specially designed Amalur clip of a mace-wielding Schilling scoring a homerun with a gnomified O'Brien in place of a ball.

Schilling, a lifelong gamer, credits his steady gaming habits with everything from keeping him in good spirits during baseball season to staying together with his wife of 20 years. "I think it's very close," said Schilling when asked whether he's spent more time in his life playing baseball or playing videogames. "I had the perfect gaming life. I made a stupid amount of money, and I worked once every five days." He even took his love of gaming overseas, visiting American troops stationed in Iraq to play Call of Duty with them. According to Schilling, the highly trained ten-man unit had no problem "waxing" a group of loudmouthed teenagers on Xbox Live.

Now that Schilling's "stupid amount of money" has turned out a popular game, O'Brien was eager to see Amalur in action - especially when Schilling informed the talk show host that they were both in the upcoming clip. What followed was "a little localized version for the Irish-American gamers ... and the New England gamers out there," Schilling explained. In the clip, a Schilling-esque warrior clad in a baseball cap, armed with a mace (can we call it a "mace-ball bat?") tosses an unsuspecting Gnomon O'Brien into the air and dings him into a nearby wall.

Leaving aside the facts that a "gnomon" is actually a part of a sundial, and that Schilling, a former pitcher, rarely had to step up to bat, there's still some fun to be had here. More importantly, the fact that a talk show host and a former ballplayer could spend a good four minutes discussing videogames speaks well of how pervasive gaming has become in modern Western culture. Now, is there anyone else out there who kind of wants to see these two characters show up in a future DLC package?

Source: Team Coco

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I'm actually really enjoying KOA.

The game has tonnes of character, and I love how colourful everything is.

It's what the Fable series should have been like after the first game.

I can't watch the video because it wont load. Could be one of those situations where they don't stream outside the US, or it's just me.

Haven't played KOA, didn't like the demo.

Waaghpowa:
I can't watch the video because it wont load. Could be one of those situations where they don't stream outside the US, or it's just me.

I had trouble streaming the vid and I'm in the US. It seems to be an issue with the site.

Anyway, not a big Schilling fan, but I did like watching Conan get beat up. >.>

Huh. That's weird. The video is loading OK on my end, but it could just be cached from earlier. It's up on YouTube as well, but it might just be the same file. Nevertheless, anyone having trouble may want to give this a shot. If it works, I can replace the main link:

Marshall Honorof:
The two discussed the intersection of baseball and gaming, ending with a specially designed Amalur clip of a mace-wielding Schilling scoring a homerun with a gnomified O'Brien in place of a ball.

Now that's the type plug that really strikes a cord with me.

Haha Shilling is awesome. Hated him as a baseball player when he beat my Yankees in 2001 and 2004 (as a D-Backs and Red Sox), but a great person off the field. I met him in Pax East last year, really cool person. I wish I was better at basketball so I could play professionally, make stupid amounts of money, retire, and do what he did and invest in a gaming company. :D

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Marshall Honorof:
Now, is there anyone else out there who kind of wants to see these two characters show up in a future DLC package?

Well, the characters are already in the game, they just got their faces swapped. That's the main character and one of the game's bosses, and that animation is actually at the end of the fight when the PC launches the gnome through a mural.

That... is awesome.

Marshall Honorof:
Huh. That's weird. The video is loading OK on my end, but it could just be cached from earlier. It's up on YouTube as well, but it might just be the same file. Nevertheless, anyone having trouble may want to give this a shot. If it works, I can replace the main link:

Says that the uploader hasn't made the video available in my country(canada).
The one on the main site doesn't seem to want to play either. :(

Ya, I've had a lot of fun with the game and it is just icing on the cake that he is this fun in real life. Thanks Curt Schilling.

Not only does this game look and feel like a single player WoW but they're also getting traction with the C and D list celebrities out there. Looks like EA has it's WoW killer right here.

For the life of me I can't figre out how this game is as popular as it is. It's not bad by any means but it's the divine incarnation of Average.

Daystar Clarion:
I'm actually really enjoying KOA.

The game has tonnes of character, and I love how colourful everything is.

It's what the Fable series should have been like after the first game.

I agree with this statement, and I only realized its 'truthfulness' after reading it. Fable started turning 'lol' after the first game. This is like, what the fable series 'could've been'

Genuine Evil:
Kingdoms of Amalur is an amazing game with lots of color, character, and really fun combat .

My only problem with it is that none of the enemies are well designed and it's easy to button mash your way through the game

I suppose it's easy to button-mash through it, if you can afford to neck potions the entire time. I find it's much more rewarding if it's played with some deliberation. Parries never get old!

Gennadios:
Not only does this game look and feel like a single player WoW but they're also getting traction with the C and D list celebrities out there. Looks like EA has it's WoW killer right here.

For the life of me I can't figre out how this game is as popular as it is. It's not bad by any means but it's the divine incarnation of Average.

The game is fun and the story isn't incredibly bland but the first thing I realized was that this game feels like I'm playing any typical mmorpg on a dead server. Can anyone believe the amount of money spent on producing it, Curt Schilling got hustled by over-priced devs.

Anyway, how could they pick Conan O'Brien over a professional voice actor like Craig Ferguson?

DVS BSTrD:

Marshall Honorof:
The two discussed the intersection of baseball and gaming, ending with a specially designed Amalur clip of a mace-wielding Schilling scoring a homerun with a gnomified O'Brien in place of a ball.

Now that's the type plug that really strikes a cord with me.

Booooooooo

OT: So the lead guy on KOA was once a Red Sox pitcher? Why do I find that so funny.

Marshall Honorof:
Huh. That's weird. The video is loading OK on my end, but it could just be cached from earlier. It's up on YouTube as well, but it might just be the same file. Nevertheless, anyone having trouble may want to give this a shot. If it works, I can replace the main link:

The original video loaded pretty fine for me, but it would be a bit better if you include the YouTube version.

OT: Nice to see a game designer actually showing a bit of humor and not just talking tirelessly about "experiences" of "entertainment devices".

I...really need to get into this game. Wonder if I have the spare cash at the moment.

*checks*

Nope. Sure don't. Maybe next payday.

 

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