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  • Don’t rain on our brown parade.

    Games we played this week include:
    Steel Assault (14:25)
    Ravenous Devils (24:00)
    Evil Dead: The Game (25:10)
    Pokémon Go (34:55)
    Steam Deck (36:15)
    Fight Knight (42:20)


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    News things talked about in this episode:
    Organizing QA contractors for BioWare will not be forced to return to offices (45:10)
    https://www.theverge.com/2022/5/9/23063933/bioware-keywords-studios-contractors-unionize-return-office

    Nintendo of America’s Doug Bowser is “troubled” his contractors aren’t happy (46:35)
    https://www.axios.com/2022/05/12/nintendo-contractors-investigation

    PlayStation boss Jim Ryan wrote a weird and bad email to staff about abortion rights (48:20)
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-05-12/sony-playstation-staff-fume-over-ceo-s-abortion-comments

    Images claimed to be from new Silent Hill project leak (59:55)
    https://www.eurogamer.net/looks-like-silent-hill-concept-art-has-leaked

    Fall Guys going free-to-play, coming to PS5, Switch and Xbox (1:04:35)
    https://www.eurogamer.net/fall-guys-goes-free-to-play-in-june-arrives-on-switch-and-xbox-at-the-same-time

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  • Take the good, take the bad, roll it up and there you have the rail system.

    Games we played this week include:
    Steam Deck (9:50)
    Vampire Survivors (14:45)
    Revita (26:22)
    Nightmare Reaper (31:30)
    Evil Dead: Regeneration (40:40)
    Sonic Lost World (49:10)
    Death Trash (56:50)


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    News things talked about in this episode:
    Reggie Fils-Aimé distancing himself from contractor claims against Nintendo of America (59:30)
    https://www.eurogamer.net/reggie-fils-aime-distances-himself-from-nintendo-contract-worker-reports


    Activision-Blizzard’s continued anti-union messages just keep getting sadder (1:03:00)
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/video-games/2022/05/09/activision-union-vote-begins/


    Blizzard names a new VP in attempt to quell discrimination claims (1:04:35)
    https://www.eurogamer.net/blizzard-hires-new-vice-president-of-culture-amid-ongoing-company-controversies

    VR technology must be stopped (1:07:25)
    https://www.pcgamer.com/scientists-add-mouth-haptics-to-vr-complete-with-spiders/

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    Photo Credit: Brian Robert Marshall / Commuter train towards Reading, Kintbury / CC BY-SA 2.0

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  • Just being honest.

    Games we played this week include:
    The Stanley Parable Ultra Deluxe (7:55)
    Vampire Survivors (13:45)
    Peglin (26:25)
    Nintendo Switch Sports (29:40)
    Revita (36:45)

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    News things talked about in this episode:
    Dragon Age QA team seeking to form a union (43:30)
    https://kotaku.com/bioware-keywords-studios-qa-union-mass-effect-dragon-ag-1848847955

    Square Enix selling off studios and IP to fund its crypto future (47:50)
    https://www.eurogamer.net/square-enix-sells-off-western-studios-and-ip-including-tomb-raider-and-deus-ex

    Reggie Fils-Aimé calls himself a “big believer” in blockchain (54:55)
    https://www.nintendolife.com/news/2022/04/reggie-fils-aime-is-a-big-believer-in-blockchain-and-play-to-own

    The global chip shortage is expected to continue on (56:30)
    https://www.eurogamer.net/nintendo-hit-by-worker-complaint-over-right-to-unionise
    https://twitter.com/katiecasper/status/1518763066661425152

    Yuji Naka claims Square Enix knowingly released Balan Wonderland in unfinished state (1:00:50)
    https://www.eurogamer.net/sonic-creator-yuji-naka-was-removed-as-director-of-balan-wonderworld-before-disastrous-launch

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  • No more slouching for us!

    Games we played this week include:
    Elden Ring (6:10)
    The Force Unleashed (13:20)
    Nobody Saves the World (18:40)
    Lost in Random (25:40)
    Chernobylite (28:00)
    Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion (32:30)
    The Stanley Parable Ultra Deluxe (40:10)
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    News things talked about in this episode:
    Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg alleged to have helped bury story about Bobby Kotick restraining order (45:20)
    https://www.wsj.com/articles/sandberg-facebook-kotick-activision-blizzard-daily-mail-11650549074

    Activision names two women to board despite their best effort not to (50:50)
    https://www.axios.com/activision-blizzard-board-women-lulu-cheng-meservey-bc7824aa-cfa8-4ab9-ab9b-392e8af8a543.html

    Raven QA testers gear up for vote to formalize union (53:15)
    https://www.eurogamer.net/call-of-duty-qa-testers-getting-closer-to-unionisation-regardless-of-activision-blizzard-wishes

    Nintendo responds to claim of union busting (56:40)
    https://www.eurogamer.net/nintendo-hit-by-worker-complaint-over-right-to-unionise
    https://twitter.com/katiecasper/status/1518763066661425152

    Thousands of Joy-Cons a week were being sent to Nintendo for repair weekly at height (1:00:50)
    https://kotaku.com/nintendo-switch-joy-con-drift-fix-repair-center-replace-1848828886

    SEGA delisting original Sonic trilogy ahead of re-release in Sonic Origins (1:03:20)
    https://www.eurogamer.net/sega-delisting-standalone-versions-of-sonic-1-2-3-and-cd-ahead-of-sonic-origins-arrival

    Gender discrimination lawsuit against Sony to proceed after some counts dismissed (1:06:05)
    https://www.eurogamer.net/playstation-gender-discrimination-lawsuit-falters

    PlayStation hiring someone to get more games on PC (1:08:10)
    https://www.pcgamer.com/uk/sony-is-hiring-a-senior-director-for-pc-planning-and-strategy/

    Elden Ring demake in development (1:08:55)
    https://www.eurogamer.net/playable-elden-ring-game-boy-demake-on-the-way

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  • Careful what you reach for.

    Games we played this week include:
    Two Point Hospital (8:50)
    Nobody Saves the World (13:15)
    Cho Aniki (25:50)
    Pix’n Love Rush (31:00)
    Pokémon Go (32:40)

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    News things talked about in this episode:
    Sonic Origins needed a table to explain its launch DLC (39.55)
    https://www.ign.com/articles/sonic-origins-fans-arent-happy-with-locked-off-dlc-content

    Nintendo of America alleged to have violated worker’s right to unionize (45:30)
    https://www.axios.com/nintendo-nlrb-complaint-3bb227c7-40c3-40c5-9578-5190e595a00e.html

    Activision Blizzard surveyed players to gauge interest in crypto and NFTs (50:45)
    https://gamerant.com/blizzard-nft-survey-online-store/

    Square-Enix still determined to shove the blockchain into their games (1:00:35)
    https://www.videogameschronicle.com/news/square-enixs-president-reiterates-desire-to-make-play-to-earn-blockchain-games/

    Hideo Kojima up to his bullshit again, this time about a rumored acquisition by Sony (1:02:45)
    https://www.eurogamer.net/kojima-insists-kojima-productions-is-independent-after-posting-a-playstation-studios-banner-that-suggests-otherwise

    Kim Kardashian threatens to sue Roblox after son finds an ad in game for her sex tape (1:06:10)
    https://kotaku.com/kim-kardashian-roblox-sex-tape-advertisement-experience-1848811161

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  • No gods, no underwater masters

    Games we played this week include:
    Pokémon: The Trading Card Game (11:10)
    Roombo First Blood (17:40)
    House of the Dead Remake (19:55)
    Yu-Gi-Oh! Worldwide Edition: Stairway to the Destined Duel (28:30)
    Skul: The Hero Slayer (30:50)
    LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (32:05)
    Tearaway (39:30)
    Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon (49:10)

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    News things talked about in this episode:
    California Governor alleged to have interfered in DEFH suit against Activision Blizzard (52:40)
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-04-13/california-lawyer-says-governor-interfered-with-activision-suit

    Activision-Blizzard pay bump for QA feels oddly like a union busting tactic (58:10)
    https://www.theverge.com/2022/4/7/23015033/activision-blizzard-full-time-qa-game-tester-20-dollars-hourly

    ABK workers walk out over company changes to vaccine policy (1:05:35)
    https://www.polygon.com/23010343/activision-blizzard-vaccine-mandate-demands-abetterabk

    Bungie announces remote work for most current and future roles (1:08:25)
    https://kotaku.com/bungie-remote-work-home-pandemic-covid-destiny-sony-off-1848785738

    Twitch pulled paid Boost Train feature after users landed porn on the home page (1:10:45)
    https://www.pcgamer.com/uk/twitch-halts-paid-channel-boosts-after-people-pay-to-get-porn-on-the-front-page/

    The Quarry will have a low-interactivity “movie mode” that skips all the gameplay (1:14:00)
    https://www.pcgamer.com/the-quarry-has-a-movie-mode-so-you-can-watch-it-instead-of-playing-it/

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  • We’re taking this show to a new level.

    Games we played this week include:
    Elden Ring (8:30)
    Weird West (17:40)
    Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines (28:55)
    Resistance Burning Skies (34:40)
    Despotism 3k (39:30)
    Chibi-Robo Zip Lash (46:22)

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    News things talked about in this episode:
    Undead Labs employees allege discrimination and abuse despite Microsoft buyout (51:55)
    https://kotaku.com/state-of-decay-3-xbox-series-x-s-sexism-microsoft-undea-1848728682

    Ubisoft stops development of Breakpoint, tells NFT buyers they “own” a piece of history (56:20)
    https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2022-04-06-ubisoft-ends-ghost-recon-breakpoint-development-working-on-nfts-for-other-titles

    NFT game using Formula One license shuts down after they can’t renew the license (1:03:35)
    https://kotaku.com/f1-formula-1-one-delta-time-nft-crypto-cursed-shut-down-1848748953

    Ron Gilbert returning to Monkey Island for new sequel due this year (1:05:30)
    https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2022-04-05-ron-gilbert-working-on-new-monkey-island-game

    Rearranged Kirby song wins Grammy Award (1:07:20)
    https://kotaku.com/kirby-grammy-award-8-bit-big-band-meta-knights-revenge-1848745709

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  • Games we played this week include:
    Guardians of the Galaxy (9:10)
    Shredders (11:25)
    Elden Ring (14:45)
    Kirby and the Forgotten Land (17:00)
    Skul the Hero Slayer (33:40)
    Tunic (36:10)
    Ghostwire Tokyo (40:35)
    Culdcept Revolt (46:50)

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    News things talked about in this episode:
    Wattam developer Funomena likely to close following abuse allegations (1:02:15)
    https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2022-03-29-wattam-developer-funomena-reportedly-closing-following-allegations-of-workplace-abuse

    Another sexual harassment suit filed against Activision Blizzard (1:04:25)
    https://news.bloomberglaw.com/daily-labor-report/activision-faces-new-suit-from-worker-alleging-rampant-sexism

    Judge ready to approve $18m settlement of EEOC case against Activision Blizzard (1:08:00)
    https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2022-03-29-judge-prepared-to-approve-activision-blizzards-usd18m-sexual-harassment-settlement-with-eeoc

    Microsoft fine with Activision Blizzard workers forming union if Activision Blizzard is (1:09:50)
    https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2022-03-25-microsoft-wont-block-unionisation-efforts-at-activision-blizzard

    Sony about to make PlayStation Plus more complicated (1:11:35)
    https://blog.playstation.com/2022/03/29/all-new-playstation-plus-launches-in-june-with-700-games-and-more-value-than-ever/

    But Sony won’t put day-one releases on Plus (1:15:45)
    https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2022-03-28-playstations-jim-ryan-our-games-could-suffer-if-we-put-them-straight-into-ps-plus

    Gran Turismo 7 to walk back its terrible pricing (1:18:00)
    https://blog.playstation.com/2022/03/25/gran-turismo-7-an-update-from-polyphony-digital/

    Bloodborne Kart is apparently real (1:19:10)
    https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2022-03-25-its-official-bloodborne-kart-is-coming

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    Photo Credit: Stomp Photography

  • We demand restitution.

    Games we played this week include:
    Tunic (12:30)
    Final Fantasy Origin Stranger of Paradise (30:30)
    Inscryption: Kaycee’s Mod (35:15)
    Skul: The Hero Slayer (38:10)
    Chocobo GP (39:30)
    Retroid Pocket 2 Plus (43:45)
    Game Pass on Steam Deck (45:25)
    Rune Factory 5 (47:45)
    New Little King’s Story (52:00)
    Soul Sacrifice Delta (55:30)

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    News things talked about in this episode:
    People Make Games report on abuse at indie studios (58:50)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDPzZkx0cPs

    Ori and the Blind Forest dev Moon Studios also accused of employee mistreatment (1:04:20)
    https://venturebeat.com/2022/03/18/despite-its-beautiful-ori-games-moon-studio-is-called-an-oppressive-place-to-work/

    More litigants sign on to sexual discrimination lawsuit agains Sony (1:06:45)
    https://www.axios.com/sexism-playstation-lawsuit-sony-e0f42c61-8467-4940-884a-1885eb8189ff.html

    Bandai Namco Mobile switching to four day work week (1:07:40)
    https://medium.com/@BANDAINAMCOMobile/bandai-namco-mobile-transitions-to-the-four-day-workweek-df053bda8d0e

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  • Big homes, low ceilings

    Games we played this week include:

    Steam Deck (9:40)
    Rune Factory 4 (21:20)
    Babylon’s Fall (24:35)
    Retroid Pocket 2 Plus (36:45)
    Are You With Us? (43:45)
    Uncharted Golden Abyss (45:00)
    Aperture Desk Job (50:45)
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    News things talked about in this episode:
    Vita software made to run on Switch (49:15) https://www.videogameschronicle.com/news/a-new-tool-claims-to-run-ps-vita-software-natively-on-nintendo-switch/

    Forza Horizon 5 sign language features arrive four months after release (51:45) https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2022-03-01-forza-horizon-5-adds-sign-language-support-today

    Activision Blizzard attributes failure to hire women executives to MS acquisition (52:25) https://www.axios.com/embattled-activision-facing-increased-attrition-18d74c45-d570-4a61-abcd-fed77be7243d.html

    Family of Activision Blizzard employee blames company for their suicide, files lawsuit (54:20) https://www.washingtonpost.com/video-games/2022/03/04/activision-blizzard-employee-suicide-lawsuit/

    Former Epic employee claims they were terminated for speaking up about diversity practices (56:05) https://twitter.com/MagusFirebeard/status/1499767870003179520

    You can pause Elden Ring (57:50) https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2022-03-08-turns-out-you-can-pause-elden-ring-without-a-mod

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  • Why’d you have to go and make things so complicated?

    Games we played this week include:
    Steam Deck (11:15)
    Pokémon Legends Arceus (22:10)
    Elden Ring (23:50)
    Roboquest (49:20)
    Gran Turismo 7 (53:05)
    Undead Knights (54:45)
    Infernax (57:25)

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    News things talked about in this episode:
    Intellivision Amico looks about to cut bait (1:00:30)
    https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2022-03-01-intellivision-cuts-fundraising-campaign-for-amico-short-setting-alarm-bells-ringing

    Nvidia hit by crippling cyber attack (1:05:35)
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-02-25/nvidia-is-investigating-cyber-attack-but-business-uninterrupted

    Valve open to having Microsoft Game Pass available on Steam (1:07:05)
    https://www.pcgamer.com/uk/valve-has-no-plans-for-a-steam-pass-but-would-help-microsoft-put-game-pass-on-steam/

    Pokémon Scarlet/Violet announced (1:11:10)
    https://scarletviolet.pokemon.com/en-us/

    Ubisoft does, at least, protect its employees affected by Russian invasion of Ukraine (1:15:45)
    https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2022-02-26-ubisoft-provides-additional-funds-advance-salaries-and-alternate-housing-to-staff-in-ukraine

    Ukranian developers discussing the invasion (1:16:45)
    https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2022-02-25-ukraine-game-developers-speak-out-in-face-of-russian-invasion

    Lawsuits arise from Activision Blizzard King investors unhappy about Microsoft deal (1:17:20)
    https://www.polygon.com/22949594/activision-blizzard-shareholder-lawsuit-sec-violation

    Sony attempts to have gender discrimination suit dismissed (1:19:15)
    https://www.axios.com/sony-playstation-sexual-harassment-dismissal-dde3ab46-25c2-4b82-b028-582530617ece.html

    Epic Games is acquiring Bandcamp (1:21:15)
    https://blog.bandcamp.com/2022/03/02/bandcamp-is-joining-epic/

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    Photo Credit: Katrin Morenz, used under CC BY-SA 2.0
    https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en

  • Wake us when it's over.

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  • A not-so-subtle blend.

    Games we played this week include:
    Nintendo Switch Sports (10:55)
    Infernax (17:10)
    Dying Light 2 (19:55)
    A Little to the Left (22:40)
    RoboQuest (26:35)
    Skul: The Hero Slayer (31:50)
    Pokémon Legends Arceus (38:30)
    Horizon: Forbidden West (39:10)
    Pinball Heroes (40:20)

    ---
    News things talked about in this episode:
    Activision Blizzard’s lawyers paint union members as “footloose and fancy free” (44:35)
    https://twitter.com/_TechJess/status/1496136624358494208

    Accusations made against Activision Blizzard for union-busting practices at Raven Software (47:45)
    https://www.polygon.com/22939657/activision-blizzard-raven-software-union-nlrb-hearing

    Bobby Kotick has been covertly funding Republicans through businesses (53:35)
    https://www.nme.com/news/gaming-news/activision-blizzard-ceo-donated-to-republican-causes-3164956

    Rainbow Six tournament in UAE, where homosexuality is illegal, is canceled (58:40)
    https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2022-02-23-ubisoft-scraps-plans-for-rainbow-six-siege-tournament-in-abu-dhabi

    Ubisoft hints in earnings call that it may be open to a buyout (1:00:00)
    https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2022-02-17-despite-consolidation-ubisoft-says-it-can-still-go-it-alone

    The Street Fighter 6 logo bears striking similarity to a stock image (1:07:00)
    https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2022-02-23-street-fighter-6s-logo-looks-like-an-adobe-stock-image-and-its-creator-wants-a-cut

    Platinum Games takes hard stance against NFTs (1:09:50)
    https://www.videogameschronicle.com/features/interviews/platinumgames-2022/

    Nintendo is closing the 3DS and Wii U eShops (1:10:40)
    https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2022-02-16-3ds-and-wii-u-eshop-purchases-end-in-march-2023

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  • One, then two? Two, then one?

    Games we played this week include:
    Horizon: Forbidden West (2:55)
    Infernax (16:25)
    Dreamscaper (27:15)
    Pokémon Legends: Arceus (34:05)
    God of War (39:05)

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    News things talked about in this episode:
    Microsoft suggests they’re only going to keep the good employees at Activision Blizzard (41:30)
    https://www.videogameschronicle.com/news/microsoft-is-watching-activisions-execs-so-the-right-people-are-in-power-after-its-acquisition/

    Roblox has a sexual content problem, along with being a predatory child labor engine (43:25)
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-60314572

    Ubisoft isn’t doing a damn thing in terms of the demands of its workers (44:45)
    https://twitter.com/ABetterUbisoft/status/1493231476980293636

    Team17’s NFT push has pushed employees to push back on company direction (50:15)
    https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2022-02-14-team17-exec-promises-change-following-last-weeks-report

    Ubisoft internal discussion of NFT project got considerable negative feedback from staff (54:00)
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-02-11/ubisoft-employees-push-back-hard-on-blockchain-initiative

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  • A tribute.

    Games we played this week include:
    Pokémon Legends: Arceus (14:10)
    Sifu (33:20)
    Silent Hill Book of Memories (39:10)
    Killzone Mercenaries (41:35)
    God of War Chains of Olympus (44:30)
    Unbound Saga (44:55)
    Unit 13 (45:55)

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    News things talked about in this episode:
    Pokémon Legends Arceus sells 6.5m copies in a week, probably because it’s good (18:30)
    https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2022-02-04-pokemon-legends-arceus-sells-6-5m-copies-in-seven-days

    Google rumored to be dropping Stadia, trying to shop its tech around (46:40)
    https://www.vg247.com/stadia-reportedly-deprioritized-inside-google-which-aims-to-secure-deals-under-google-stream-label

    Microsoft is rolling out the anti-trust defense propaganda, points cheeky fingers at Apple (50:15)
    https://blogs.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2022/02/09/open-app-store-principles-activision-blizzard/

    Ubisoft is licensing their characters to third-party NFT producers (56:44)
    https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2022-02-09-ubisoft-rabbids-added-to-blockchain-metaverse-the-sandbox

    Itch.io calls NFTs what they are: a scam (1:00:00)
    https://twitter.com/itchio/status/1490141815294414856

    No, Nintendo isn’t going to be buying up developers like Sony and Microsoft (1:02:25)
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-02-03/nintendo-cuts-switch-outlook-again-on-supply-logistics-jam

    Kotaku feature on Steph (1:10:35)
    https://kotaku.com/jim-stephanie-sterling-youtube-interview-jimquisition-w-1848501185

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  • Well, we almost made it.

    Games we played this week include:
    Pokémon Legends: Arceus (6:45)
    Pupperazzi (27:15)
    Bloodborne PSX (33:45)
    Terraria (42:50)
    Megaman Zero (44:20)

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    News things talked about in this episode:
    Team 17 announces and abandons Worms NFTs in under 24 hours (48:14)
    https://www.pcgamer.com/overcooked-and-going-under-devs-revolt-against-publisher-team17s-nft-plans/

    EA slowing its roll on NFTs (1:01:20)
    https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2022-02-02-ea-seemingly-backtracks-from-earlier-nft-enthusiasm

    Troy Baker pulls out of his terrible NFT deal (1:03:10)
    https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2022-01-31-troy-baker-u-turns-on-voice-nft-project

    Atari’s Loot Box NFTs are self-parody (1:05:15)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSQIdTE3Npo

    Sony set to acquire Bungie, leverage its live service experience (1:11:50)
    https://www.bungie.net/en/Explore/Detail/News/50988
    https://www.vg247.com/sony-plans-to-release-10-live-service-games-by-2026

    Techland very nicely asks players not to play Dying Light before release (1:18:05)
    https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2022-02-01-techland-asks-dying-light-2-fans-with-early-retail-copies-not-to-play-until-launch

    Activision Blizzard QA internal slack message shows typical anti-union moves (1:21:40)
    https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2022-02-01-union-busting-staff-message-from-activision-blizzard-released-online

    Dark Pictures Anthologies games offer “Friend Pass” co-op for month of February (1:31:45)
    https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2022-01-31-dark-pictures-anthology-owners-can-invite-a-friend-to-co-op-for-free-throughout-february

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  • Just find a damned ledge already.

    Games we played this week include:
    Pokémon Legends: Arceus (5:40)
    Gods Remastered (17:50)
    Labyrinth Legends (20:30)
    Pupperazzi (26:30)
    Dante’s Inferno (29:00)
    Super Star Path (35:45)

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    News things talked about in this episode:
    Raven Studios QA are forming their union Game Workers Alliance, ignored by Activision Blizzard (39:45)
    https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2022-01-26-raven-software-union-bid-pushes-on-despite-activision-blizzard-missing-deadline-to-respond

    Kotick demonstrates typical disrespect to employees in all-hands meeting on Microsoft merger (43:55)
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/video-games/2022/01/20/bobby-kotick-activision-blizzard-chat-layoffs/

    The next three Call of Duty games reportedly have to come to PlayStation (47:05)
    https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2022-01-26-next-three-call-of-duty-games-reportedly-heading-to-playstation-despite-microsoft-acquisition

    LEGO game developer TT Games reported to have harmful crunch culture (48:00)
    https://www.polygon.com/features/22891555/lego-star-wars-the-skywalker-saga-has-led-to-extensive-crunch-at-tt-games

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  • Have a meaty one.

    Games we played this week include:
    The Procession to Cavalry (18:00)
    Buck Up and Drive (26:35)
    Super Bomberman R (32:28)
    Galaga Plus (38:35)
    The Anacrusis (39:10)
    Anvil (40:25)
    Forza Horizon 5 (41:20)
    Halo Infinite (45:30)
    Deep Rock Galactic (49:05)
    Blaster Master Zero 2 (51:45)
    The Gunk (58:35)
    Shadowman Remastered (1:00:55)
    Into the Pit (1:01:50)
    Baldur’s Gate Dark Alliance (1:05:45)

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    News things talked about in this episode:
    Microsoft to buy out Activision Blizzard (1:07:00)
    https://www.videogameschronicle.com/news/xbox-is-reportedly-nearing-a-deal-to-buy-activision-blizzard/

    Microsoft announces well-timed internal review of sexual harassment and gender discrimination (1:19:10)
    https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2022-01-18-microsoft-to-review-its-sexual-harassment-and-gender-discrimination-policies

    Bobby Kotick’s golden parachute is predictably obscene (1:22:05)
    https://twitter.com/gamesbizuk/status/1483435864378290179

    Kotick alleged to have attempted burying employment figures to make issues seem smaller (1:24:02)
    https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2022-01-17-activision-blizzard-has-pushed-out-almost-40-employees-since-july-2021

    James Stephanie Sterling turned into an NFT, proving them right about NFTs (1:34:35)
    https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2022-01-17-gaming-youtubers-have-had-their-likenesses-stolen-and-sold-as-nfts

    Continuing the trend of leaks from Nintendo, Pokémon Arceus is in the wild early (1:41:00)
    https://www.polygon.com/22891556/pokemon-legends-arceus-full-pokedex-leak-new-hisuian-forms

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    Photo Credit: Gordon Joley, used under https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/1.0/

  • There are many barriers, even dangers, but we have no choice.

    Games we played this week include:
    Grim Valor (13:30)
    Terraria (18:30)
    Pokémon Brilliant Diamond (22:50)
    Uncanny Valley (27:45)
    Red Faction Guerilla (35:15)
    Shin Megami Tensei V (39:20)
    Breakneck City (42:30)

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    News things talked about in this episode:
    LEGO puts Overwatch 2 release on hold (43:30)
    https://www.pcgamer.com/lego-halts-overwatch-2-set-while-it-re-evaluates-partnership-with-activision-blizzard/

    Activision Blizzard claims they’re talking to Raven QA strikers, but… (48:30)
    https://twitter.com/RebelComicNerd/status/1479161800537034752
    https://twitter.com/RebelComicNerd/status/1480673705391009794

    Xbox relationship with Activision Blizzard has changed in light of allegations, won’t say how (56:30)
    https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2022-01-11-xbox-has-changed-how-we-do-certain-things-with-activision-following-misconduct-reports

    Phil Spencer thinks cross-platform gaming should include cross-platform bans (1:02:20)
    https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2022-01-11-xbox-boss-wants-console-makers-to-work-together-on-cross-platform-bans-and-user-blocking

    The latest Twitch fad involves illegally rebroadcasting television shows, with predictable results (1:04:15)
    https://gamerant.com/twitch-tv-show-meta-explained-dmca/

    Horizon Forbidden West in the wild months in advance (1:09:00)
    https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2022-01-11-horizon-forbidden-west-ps4-images-leak-online

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