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Episode 636: Microsoft Buys Activision/Blizzard

January 19th, 2022 by jonahfalcon · No Comments

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The title about says it all.

Microsoft has straight up purchased Activision/Blizzard — in cash, no less — and while it’ll take til September 2023 to get everything sorted, probably, it’s one of the biggest shakeups in the history of videogames.

Meanwhile, T.J. is still salty over Vicarious Visions developing Diablo II: Resurrected, while the trio discusses the plans for Sony’s Game Pass.

This week’s news includes:

  • Microsoft spends almost $70B in buying Activision/Blizzard
  • City-building RTS The Settlers launches in March, closed beta next week
  • Split Pad Pro getting the Attachment Set
  • PS3 games reportedly appear on PS5 Store

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Episode 635: Munchkin Voice

January 12th, 2022 by jonahfalcon · No Comments

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Technical issue in that the episode was uploaded but for some reason was not downloading on podcast apps, so re-uploading and hopefully this time you guys can download it.

This week’s episode deals with the unbelievable bullcrap going on in the industry, from NFTs to sexual harrassment to the ESA’s incompetence.

The news items:

  • Lego suspends release of Overwatch 2 set amid ongoing Activision Blizzard controversy
  • Sega stalls NFT plans
  • E3 2022 cancels in-person event
  • Elden Ring character creation leaks
  • Hitman 3 year 2 reveal coming later this week (from PC Gamer)

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Game of the Year Awards Nominees and Winners

January 11th, 2022 by jonahfalcon · No Comments

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For those of you who didn’t listen to the Game of the Year Awards postcast, or heard it and just wanted a visual recap of the nominees and winners, here is the complete ballot.

 

Best Game of the Year
Deathloop
Forza Horizon 5
Halo Infinite
Metroid Dread
Psychonauts 2

Worst Game of the Year
Balan Wonderworld
Battlefield 2042
eFootball 2022
Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition
Madden NFL 22

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Episode 634: The Best (and Worst) Games of the Year 2021

December 31st, 2021 by jonahfalcon · No Comments

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2021 is finally over. And for the first time in years, a proper Games of the Year Awards has been done by GameStooge/TD Gaming Podcast. While the Worst Game of the Year was a no doubter, the Best Game of the Year was not, with the nominees being Deathloop, Forza Horizon 5, Halo Infinite, Metroid Dread and Psychonauts 2.

But there are a whopping 26 award categories, technical and artistic, so listen in on this fat 2 1/2 hour episode to find out who the winners are.

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Original music by Liborio Conti.

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Episode 633: The Bad Awards Before the Good Ones

December 11th, 2021 by jonahfalcon · No Comments

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This one and a three-quarters hour podcast talks about the silly awards show known as The Game Awards (formerly Spike TV’s Game Awards). Let us know what you thought of the Awards show, the nominees and the winners.

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Episode 632: Bobby Kotick Is Terrible

December 1st, 2021 by jonahfalcon · No Comments

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This week comments on the crapshow that is going on with most of the third party publishers. That, and some updates to games that people really care about.

The news includes:

  • Bethesda shows another brief tease of Starfield
  • Kotick reportedly says he’ll consider leaving if he can’t fix Activision Blizzard’s culture problems
  • Minecraft 1.18 ‘Caves and Cliffs Update’ Part Two is officially available on all platforms

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Episode 631: Nintendo Dislikes Virtual

November 16th, 2021 by jonahfalcon · No Comments

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This is the second attempt at Episode 631, as the previous episode had bad audio, and was boring to boot. This week’s episode features a lot of questionable content, as well as a Dark Souls Gaming Flashback.

The news includes:

  • Surprise Halo Infinite multiplayer launch buckles Steam servers
  • Grand Theft Auto Trilogy back on PC after Rockstar removes ‘unintentionally included’ files
  • Microsoft adds 76 more games to Xbox backwards compatibility
  • Nintendo explains why there is no virtual console on Switch

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Episode 630: Sweet Bastion

November 3rd, 2021 by jonahfalcon · No Comments

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This week’s episode features a Gaming Flashback of Bastion, Supergiant Games’ first title, and a proto-version of 2020’s Hades. The discussion includes around their other two games as well, Transistor and Pyre. They also discuss how far Ubisoft is falling, and Jonah tries to convince the others how cool a metaverse would be for games.

The news of the week includes:

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Episode 629: Chipmunk Voice

October 20th, 2021 by jonahfalcon · No Comments

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What’s with the title? Stick to the end of the episode to find out. Meanwhile, this week was fairly slow and it was tough finding things to talk about — Minecraft has been in the news a lot lately.

  • Microsoft is ‘definitely not done’ acquiring studios
  • Company sells new PS5 plate design
  • Minecraft Java Edition and Bedrock Edition are coming to Xbox Game Pass for PC

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Episode 628: The Core Nintendo Franchises

October 15th, 2021 by jonahfalcon · No Comments

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This week, Jonah, Scott and TJ have a huge debate over which franchises are the core ones for Nintendo. Mario and Zelda are the easy first two, but who is the third? Scott is also invested in what will be the next major Minecraft addition. There’s also a Gaming Flashback, looking at a minor roleplaying game from 2011, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, which has no relevance in 2021.

  • Nintendo Switch developers say they already have 4K dev kits
  • Dragon Age 4 is heading to PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PC only
  • Bloodlines 2 came close to being cancelled completely
  • Mobs announced for fan vote ahead of Minecraft Live

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