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Episode 591: The PS5 Is Hot

October 21st, 2020 by jonahfalcon · No Comments

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This week’s episode has only two official news items, but there’s a lot to discuss that didn’t quite make the list, including Sony’s controversial plan to update the fan speed on the fly by taking data from consoles already purchased, to the beautiful Ori Collector’s Edition bundle. This week’s Gaming Flashback: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

The news includes:

  • Phasmophobia updates will make ghosts smarter and less predictable
  • 2K under fire for adding unskippable in-game ads to the full-price NBA 2K21 a month after release

Let us know what you think.

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Episode 590: Microsoft and Epic Tag Team

October 14th, 2020 by jonahfalcon · No Comments

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This week has Microsoft backing Epic against Apple, Nintendo telling people they don’t have controller drift and apologizing for controller drift, and some new games.

The news includes:

  • Level-5 has reportedly halted nearly all operations in North America
  • Microsoft sides with Epic in its fight with Apple
  • Nintendo is reducing the price of Switch Joycons in Japan
  • Torchlight 3 leaves Early Access

Let us know what you think.

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Episode 589: Waiting for 2100

September 29th, 2020 by jonahfalcon · No Comments

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Nintendo has finally given a launch window for their next console, while TJ is slightly distracted by the Chiefs.

This week’s news includes:

  • Titanfall 3 is in development at Respawn
  • As 2020 ends, so does FarmVille
  • Among Us 2 cancelled in favor of ongoing work on the current game
  • Amazon is also warning Xbox Series X preorder customers that their consoles might show up late
  • Spider-Man PS4 owners can’t upgrade to the PS5 version for free
  • Nintendo’s Switch successor will release before 2100

Let us know what you think.

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Episode 588: Microsoft Buys ZeniMax

September 23rd, 2020 by jonahfalcon · No Comments

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So, a day before the Xbox Series X preorder launch (which after the podcast was a complete shitshow), Microsoft drops the mic by announcing they just essentially purchased The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Prey, DOOM, and other major properties. Not much else to talk about, really.

The game news includes:

  • Microsoft purchases ZeniMax for $7.5B
  • Bethesda’s overhauling its engine for Starfield and The Elder Scrolls 6
  • Former Skullgirls developers have launched a new studio called Future Club
  • Hades has sold 1m copies
  • Blizzard confirms BlizzCon 2021 dates

Let us know what you think.

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Episode 587: Ubisoft Forward

September 16th, 2020 by jonahfalcon · No Comments

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This week the gang reacts to Ubisoft’s pseudo-E3 presentation showing off their upcoming games, including Watch Dogs Legion, Immortals Fenyx Rising, Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World: The Game: The Remaster, and Riders Republic, and Yves Guillemot’s strange pre-show video.

Other news items include:

  • Bungie emphatically denies Microsoft buyout rumor
  • Former Witcher 3 devs are launching a sci-fi novel-inspired game

Let us know what you think.

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Episode 584: More #MeToo

August 26th, 2020 by jonahfalcon · No Comments

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Depressingly, sexual harassment in a development studio is once again the lead news item this week, and from a studio most gamers would never think it could happen. That, and major seismic shifting in the power structure of the digital storefront landscape.

The news includes:

  • Multiple employees resign over Skullgirls studio head’s behavior
  • Microsoft sides with Epic in legal battle with Apple
  • Another intimidating obelisk has been found in Microsoft Flight Simulator

Let us know what you think.

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Episode 583: #MeToo in Videogames

August 18th, 2020 by jonahfalcon · No Comments

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The latest sexual harassment scandal rocks, and things are not steady with the developer. Bad puns aside, the industry continues to have to grow up from dude-bro heaven to actual places of business.

All that, as well as the following news items:

  • Batman: Arkham studio accused of failing to prevent sexual harassment
  • Spelunky 2 is now on Steam with an updated release window
  • Nintendo’s next Switch indie presentation tomorrow
  • 7.5 million players claimed a free copy of Total War Saga: Troy

Let us know what you think.

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Episode 582: Is the Lockhart Real?

August 11th, 2020 by jonahfalcon · No Comments

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Well, yes, it is real, just unannounced. The Xbox Series S is probably the worst kept secret at this point. In addition to the rumors, there’s some other interesting stuff going on pre-Gamescom.

The news includes:

  • EA Access page is now live on Steam
  • Injustice 3, featuring the Watchmen, has been seemingly teased
  • Xbox Series S name pops up on Microsoft’s next-gen controller packaging

Let us know what you think.

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Episode 581: Double Stuffed Episode

July 30th, 2020 by jonahfalcon · No Comments

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This week’s episode is almost two hours long thanks to the ID@Xbox Showcase and the Microsoft Xbox Series X stream.

There was also news, which includes:

  • Hideo Kojima in talks with Junji Ito bbout a new project
  • Mysterious white next-gen Xbox controller appears online
  • Fall Guys was the top game on Twitch during its beta weekend

Let us know what you think.

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Episode 580: Virtual E3

July 21st, 2020 by jonahfalcon · No Comments

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Publishers are doing their virtual E3 announcements, such as Ubisoft Forward and ID@Xbox’s Indie Showcase. There’s other wild news going on, and some not even in the official news items below.

Said news items include:

  • Ubisoft executives quit over misconduct allegations
  • Microsoft has stopped making the Xbox One X
  • Blasphemous gets free Stir of Dawn DLC on August 4

Let us know what you think.

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