Episode 88: Finishing Touch

This week, all three of us have finished some games! Kyle finishes up Monster Hunter and tries out a cutesy platformer, William finally finishes up with Xenoblade 2 (for now), and dives right back into the anime with Steins;Gate, and Kaz completes Shadow of Mordor and closes in on the end of Persona 4. In our news section, we talk about Spyro remasters, Metroid Prime 4, Kingdom Come: Deliverance, and a bit about Nintendo’s plans moving forward. To finish up, we have a discussion about the two new bills presented to the Hawaiian legislature, and the regulation of loot boxes and predatory microtransactions. Come pause with us!

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Game Announcements, Rumors, and Upcoming/Recent Stuff

 

Hawaii has introduced two bills to tackle loot boxes in gaming.

They’re aiming to prohibit sale of games with loot boxes to people under 21 and force companies to publish loot box probabilities. Both bills have several sponsors, so it’ll be interesting to see where these go. https://www.reddit.com/r/Games/comments/7x4uoa/loot_box_legislation_established_in_the_state_of/

 

Activision Blizzard makes about half of its yearly revenue from microtransactions.

So if you’re wondering why they’re everywhere, it’s because you’re buying them. https://www.reddit.com/r/Games/comments/7w8zph/activision_blizzard_makes_4_billion_usd_in/

 

Nintendo is aiming to have a longer-than-usual lifecycle with the Switch, wants to have one owned by ‘every single person’.

Think it’ll work? Are we finally unchained from the relentless progress of graphical capabilities? https://www.destructoid.com/nintendo-still-wants-a-longer-console-lifecycle-and-everyone-to-own-one-487524.phtml

 

Episode 87: Who’s Dooty is it anyways?

Both Kaz and Kyle are hopelessly caught up with Shadow of War and Monster Hunter World respectively. William get ever closer to the end of Gacha-blade chronicles 2 (when do we start believing him?) In the News we talk about the rumors of Black ops 4 and a New Crash Bandicoot game, the cheaters of PUBG and the slow crack job on Assasin’s Creed Origins. We finish up with a game coming up with ideas for new Call of Duty games, whos idea will win? Come pause with us!

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Game Announcements, Rumors, and Upcoming Stuff

 

Monster Hunter World has overtaken PUBG as the top selling game on the Xbox Store.

What universe are we living in? https://www.resetera.com/threads/so-after-2-months-being-1-top-paid-on-the-xbox-store-pubg-is-finally-overtaken-by-mhw.21038/

 

Speaking of PUBG, cheating is apparently a huge problem.

They’ve banned over a million cheaters, and say it’s still getting worse. What do you guys think about these economy-based games, like CS:GO, Dota2, and PUBG? https://twitter.com/TheBattlEye/status/960278229566226437

 

It took 3 months, but Assassin’s Creed Origins finally got cracked.

Crazy long, considering. Think it marks an increase in future security effectiveness? Also, modern piracy is weird. https://kotaku.com/after-three-months-pirates-say-theyve-finally-cracked-1822696106

 

EVO’s 2018 lineup got announced, and Marvel isn’t in it.

This is the first time it’s ever not been a main game. Too bad, that gameplay looked really fun. https://www.polygon.com/2018/2/6/16983146/evo-2018-lineup-games-street-fighter-5-smash-bros-tekken-7-dragon-ball-fighterz

 

Podcast THING OF THE WEEK

Call of duty has been around for a long time, they are out of wars to explore, let’s help them  by coming up with some new options

 

Call of dooties that should/shouldn’t exist:

 

Kaz- CoD: Saurus warfare. set in caveman era, the sentient dinosaurs rule but their ways are ancient and cruel. The time of man is at hand, dinosaurs are about to become extinct. II

 

Kyle – CoD: Biological Warfare. You play as a team of scientists shrunk down to combat the strangely-ethnic-looking diseases plaguing the United States of America. 

William – CoD Digital Warfare – You are recruited by the American government to infiltrate Anonymous, the ‘hacking syndicate,’ gameplay is largely ‘coding’ minigames that function like mini CoD setpieces.  The most notable part of the game is the ability to play previous CoD games with your buddies in Anonymous.

Episode 86: A Little Bit of SaaS

Kaz finally gets to play the Darkening of Tristram event in Diablo 3, and has some fun with Monster Hunter World, though not as much fun as Kyle, who struggles to hold himself back from gushing too much, while William makes excuses for why he still hasn’t finished Xenoblade 2. In our news section, William disparages the idea of the Mario movie, we talk about the Switch doing so much better than the Wii U, and we finish up with a discussion about lifestyle games, and why they seem to be struggling to keep hold of people. Come pause with us!

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Game Announcements and Upcoming Stuff

 

The Switch has outsold lifetime sales of the Wii U in 10 months.

Wow. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/finance/hard_soft/index.html

 

Paragon, Epic’s foray into MOBAs, is closing on April 26th.

They’re giving out full refunds, though, so that’s nice. I guess we’re finally done with the age of MOBAs? https://www.epicgames.com/paragon/en-US/news/paragon-to-close-on-april-26

 

Dota’s going agile.

Speaking of MOBAs, Dota is going to try a biweekly update system for 6 months, is it enough to save the game from its decline? https://www.pcgamer.com/dota-2-is-moving-to-a-bi-weekly-update-schedule/

 

Podcast THING OF THE WEEK

Discussion about the lifespan of games  

Hype trains, microtransactions, multiplayer. Companies are trying to extend the life of their games as much as they can. Do gamers just have a short attention span, or are there too many games trying to hold our attention for too long?

 

Related: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhWGQCzAtl8

Games you wish people were still super hype about?

 

 

Episode 85: For Dragon HonorZ World

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William yet again get distracted by the side quests in Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Kaz get her murder on and has it backfired in Shadows of Mordor and Kyle gives his lackluster review of For Honor.   In the news we build the hype for Monster Hunter World, learn the true pronunciation for Dragon Ball FighterZ, discuss Nintendo’s mobile strategy (Kaz finally has a breakthrough about mobile games) and mourn for Brazilian Gamers.  At the end we play a game and try to decide on the spot what games we would want to introduce non-gamers to.  Come pause with us!
Game Announcements and Upcoming Stuff

  • Beat Saber looks SO GOOD. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rIjcRK_BNU
  • Dad of War has a release date—it’s coming out on 4/20. Meme city.
  • Celeste came out today and looks excellent. Don’t let it slip through the cracks! Destructoid and IGN both gave it 10s and it’s at 93 on Metacritic, for goodness’ sake. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iofYDsA2yqg
  • Happy Monster Hunter World Eve! (and Dragon Ball FighterZ)
  • Official clarification on Dragon Ball FighterZ name pronouciation https://twitter.com/BandaiNamcoUK/status/956503988140232705

 

Miitomo is shutting down in May

Pretty quick, considering it was Nintendo’s first foray into mobile and came out just two years ago. Nintendo isn’t fond of keeping servers on for a long time, I guess.

http://nintendoeverything.com/nintendo-shutting-down-miitomo-in-may/

 

PS4 Pro coming to Brazil… for $935 USD.

Poor, poor Brazil. No wonder piracy is such a problem down there. https://twitter.com/ZhugeEX/status/954385167908556801

 

Limited Run is getting into Switch games.

They’ve already announced Saturday Morning RPG, Flinthook, and Mercenary Kings. I’m pretty excited!

 

Episode 84: Full Motion Video

We’re back, and for the first time, in video! Kaz plays a bit of Shadow of Mordor and revels in her newly found fame, Kyle finishes up the Crash Trilogy, gets sick, and finally gets around to Resident Evil VII, and William moves forward in Xenoblade 2.  We also discuss Nintendo’s newest crazy idea, Nintendo Labo, Dark Souls Remastered, and talk about our favorite runs of AGDQ 2018. To finish up, we talk the Overwatch League, the changes it’s making to e-sports, and what it could look like moving forward. Come pause with us!

 

We did a new thing! You can watch us live!

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Dark Souls Remastered

Going to be in 1080p 60fps on PS4 and Xbone, 1080p and 30fps on Switch. Seems like they’re not touching the level design or (probably) the engine; it’s mostly a straight port that they’re charging $40 for.

 

AGDQ

They raised $2.26 million this year, a new record by about $40k! It was a really great event yet again. Special shoutouts to the Resident Evil 7, Mega Man 1-3 relay, Cloudbuilt, Super Dram World 2, Ori and the Blind Forest race runs, F-Zero GX full speed, DKC reverse boss order, Yooka-Laylee, Hyper Light Drifter, and LttP Randomizer– best run they’ve had in years

 

Nintendo Labo

Nintendo’s heading back to the toy aisle. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3Bd3HUMkyU

 

Overwatch League

Finally, esports gets the production values we deserve. Will you guys be watching? First person games are still so difficult to follow.

Episode 82: Life and Death by Loot Boxes

Kaz doesn’t know what to do with so much so much spare time on her hands, Kyle has a soft spot for odd little Gamecube-esque 3d platformers, and William gets lost in a book and isn’t excited for Xenoblade chronicles 2.  In the new we discuss the disaster that is Star Wars Battlefront 2-are loot boxes even fun anymore?- Gamestop’s rental system, Skyrim on the Switch and Dota 2.  We also announce a short hiatus where we are going to work on improving the show for you, see you again in 2018! Come pause with us!

 

News

Skyrim on the switch is actually really good https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTAo0v8yFfk

 

Star Wars Battlefront 2 is absolutely horrifying

More than 10x the most down voted Reddit post of all time

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/video-game-company-ea-now-has-the-most-downvoted-comment-in-reddit-history_us_5a0c68ade4b00a6eece5c0e3

In response, EA is temporarily turning off in game purchases

https://twitter.com/EAStarWars/status/931332890717143040

 

Gamestop’s rental system -PowerPass- is being delayed

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/gamestop-delays-all-you-can-play-used-game-rental-/1100-6454947/

Dota is dying? https://www.esportstales.com/dota-2/playerbase-declining-707-effect-and-source-2

 

Episode 81: Digital Orphans

Kaz is back! She brings stories of her Blizzcon adventures (and huge win in the costume contest), Kyle can’t shut up about Odyssey, and William continues to be disappointed by Fire Emblem Fates. In news, we talk all the Blizzcon announcements, Telltale’s realignment, and Gamestop’s attempt to stay relevant with a hot new rental service. Come pause with us!

BLIZZCON

StarCraft 2 is going free to play

2 New Heroes in HotS: Alexstraza and Hanzo (awesome cinematic)

A bunch of new features and tweaks to heroes gameplay

Hearthstone Kobolds and Catacombs, love letter to the classic dungeon crawler

New overwatch Cinematic: Honor and Glory

Overwatch getting a new map called blizzardworld (super inside joke)

New support hero moira

World of Warcraft classic servers

BATTLE FOR AZEROTH

Awesome battle for lordaeron diorama, Kaz was in it!

 

Telltale laid off 90 people, is going to be working on their tech and scaling back operations

Gamestop announces game rental program, play as many pre-owned games as you want for 6 months, then choose one to keep, all for $60.

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/gamestop-announces-rental-program-that-sounds-pret/1100-6454493/

 

Episode 80: The Hype is Real

With Kaz out at Cosplay America, Kyle makes his triumphant return to gush about Cuphead, and William gives his early impressions of Fire Emblem Warriors. In news, one of us gets very excited about Super Mario Odyssey (three guesses who!), we both get excited for Dragonball FighterZ, everyone is hyped abuot Gamecube controller support on the Switch, and no one gets excited about the Kinect. Come pause with us!

 

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The GCN USB adapter now works on the switch as of firmware 4.0, along with video capture and some other stuff

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/nintendo-switch-update-40-also-adds-gamecube-contr/1100-6454307/

 

IGN buys Humble Bundle

 

Dragonball FighterZ will be coming out on January 26

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/dragon-ball-fighterz-release-date-announced-for-ps/1100-6454272/

 

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Microsoft has stopped manufacturing the Kinect

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/microsoft-finally-kills-off-xbox-ones-kinect/1100-6454350/

 

SMTV is going to be on the Switch, which is hype

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/nintendo-switchs-shin-megami-tensei-revealed-as-sm/1100-6454278/

 

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Episode 79: Here to Stay

With Kyle otherwise occupied, Kaz and William talk about the games we played, or didn’t, over the last few weeks. We talk some more about microtransactions and loot crates, as well as implementing difficulty options in video games.  To finish up, we talk about some of the games about to come out that we’re looking forward to, and run through a list of Game Informer’s top 10 SNES games. Come pause with us!

 

Aparently everyone loves Microtrasactions and loot boxes, reports show they have tripled the value of the industry video game http://www.pcgamer.com/mircrotransaction-and-dlc-have-tripled-the-value-of-the-game-industry/

Additionally, the ESRB has said that loot boxes are not gambling

http://www.pcgamer.com/loot-boxes-are-not-gambling-according-to-the-esrb/

 

Ubisoft is adding difficulty slider to AC:origins, here’s why: http://www.pcgamer.com/ubisoft-explains-why-assassins-creed-origins-has-adjustable-difficulty/

 

Episode 78: Post Legendary

 

 Charles Randall, a programmer who’s worked for Ubisoft, Bioware, and Digital Extremes, says that developers aren’t more transparent because gamers and gaming culture is so toxic. Thoughts?

https://www.reddit.com/r/Games/comments/726of2/game_developers_are_not_more_candid_about_game/

 

 Is– is Valve doing some quality control of the store?

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/valve-has-removed-almost-200-games-from-steam-and-/1100-6453610/

 

Follow up on Shadow of War DLC controvery: The DLC is now free, and refunds are going out to anyone who has already bought it.   https://finance.yahoo.com/news/middle-earth-shadow-war-dlc-143551416.html

 

SAG-AFTRA has reached a tentative end to the voice acting strike

https://www.sagaftra.org/sag-aftra-reaches-tentative-agreement-end-video-game-strike-0

 

Valve is allowing fans to make merch based on their game via shapeways partnership http://www.pcgamer.com/valve-will-allow-fans-to-create-and-sell-merchandise-based-on-its-games/

 

SNES MINI TOMORROW, BEGIN THE KILLINGS NOW