August 21, 2019

THQ Dominates the News

This week we go a little long on the news, so much that it dominates the conversation.  We cover the important topics regarding studio acquisitions, collector's editions, and more as we slowly realize 90% of the news this week came from THQ Nordic.  Plus we show off how much we love the PS BLOG Drop, and Rob never shuts up again about Greedfall.

That's right, I am sure every other podcast wants to cover it, and if not, we will! This week we look at whether the end of an era in loot boxes is coming, or if the ESA will fail to uphold those standards, or even be around to enforce them. Plus we cover a bunch of other good news, and lastly, tackle the newest and best on the PS blog.

New week, new podcast. We had a rough time between Rob's tongue twisters to Matt's tech issues, but we survived! Here we are to talk about Playstation's new tournaments, Ray Tracing, and Death Stranding as a revolutionary new way to play games! We dive into some news, and of course, give you the latest games released on Playstation. Come on in!

This week we tackle a variety of topics.  We hit up the value of EA Access on the PS4 and who it might be for right now, we cover the Big Summer PSN 4 Week sale by talking about some of the games worth buying while on sale, and Rob wraps it up by covering the games coming out the rest of the year that you will probably miss because of Borderlands and COD and others that tend to dominate the news.  We have some mic issues clearly too we need to work out!  Enjoy!

This week is slow for news, but we have you covered with an in case you missed it listing off some of the actual news to come out of gaming for Playstation. We get into more serious discussion around Avengers, Crystal Dynamics SDCC gameplay seems to suggest the Avengers has an Avenger problem. We dive into what that actually means and how it could be rectified. We then cover the other big gaming related news, Witcher on Netflix and how amazing it looks. Of course, it would be hard to forget a discussion around the disappointing PS PLUS games coming out for August. Lastly, we wrap it all up with a nod to the games coming out this week on Playstation.

This week is a slow news week, but we do recognize one very outspoken developer who sounds completely fine taking money from Epic for exclusivity. Rob is super excited for Greedfall, but asks when is a good time for a AA or mid-tier game to release to avoid being swallowed up by AAA fall and spring titles. We also cover a thought provoking question: Would we want less games released throughout the year, and what would that look like? Is there a concern that indies will disappear, or could 1st and 3rd party fall in line to avoid competing with one another? Come on in and hear our thoughts!

Here we are, another week, another great indie coming to the PS4. This week we speak to Sterling Selover, CEO and Founder of Stingbot Games. He talks indie development, influences, working 70 to 100 hour work weeks, how important his time is to game development, and the transition from Steam to Console development and certification among everything else. We also talk trophies and Rob check to see if Forbidden Arts will have a platinum trophy for all you trophy hunters out there.

It's halfway through the year, and we decided to create some very strange, goofy, and personal awards for games that have come out and touched our life in special ways this year, even if not from this year, including Horizon Shift '81, Bloodstained, and a few other surprises. We have a hard laugh at our inability to talk during the PSBLOG, and Rob rants about how important the indie scene is to PS5 in his view.

This is it.  After a week of waiting to see what would happen, we decided the internet needed to solve the biggest issue of the week:  Final Fantasy VII's Tifa's erhm, new size.  We take it on, Matt has some angry thoughts, and Rob tries a more balanced analytical approach.  Either way, this is a conversation to be had.  We also take on a read question about next gen, talk about upcoming PSN games, and meta-quip it to the max reading some reviews for our little game!

Well, well, E3 is in the books, and with it came a lot of fall games. Some expected, some unexpected, and some still up for a definitive date. This week we take a look at everything coming out, Rob picks out his favorites, while Matt is well, less enthusiastic about the games coming. We also talk whether or not there will be losers in terms of sales, and notice an interesting trend among all the games releasing. We cover your weekly releases, and once again discuss what we are playing, including a lot of VR.

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