Brittany Ferrendi has returned to chat with us about her first year directing the SPJ’s Kunkel Awards, which recognize excellence in video game journalism.
Check out this year’s winners here.
I was on call last weekend and spent most of the podcast on the phone but EZK was there to pick up my slack!
11:30 – Nintendo updates warranty after FTC warning
24:07 – Nintendo reveals online service details
43:53 – Shane Black is making a new Predator movie and we’ve seen the first trailer
55:15 – Syfy passed on a new Tremors TV show. What did we think of the pilot’s trailer?
Cane sugar, water, and coffee.
35:27 – We discuss a new N64 controller from Retro Fighters
51:07 – Nintendo’s being greedy with its pricing of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for the Switch
59:07 – EZK notices some oddities with the website for the Atari VCS
Kiwi is underrated.
14:39 – Nintendo notices its board of directors is a sausage fest
28:48 – UPS has an awesome idea for a Nintendo Labo product
33:25 – Firewatch devs acquired by Valve
45:45 – Quantic Dream sues media over unflattering reporting
51:45 – Epic still moving forward with its lawsuit against a 14-year-old Fortnight cheater
1:01:28 – CIA training games were released through a FOIA request and Techdirt decided to Kickstart a game based on one of them
A while back, Atari announced that they were working on their own retro console. Since that original announcement, they have drip fed those of us paying attention more information. Today, Atari finally announced when people can start preordering this console, May 30th. They also announced the preorder price of $199, if you get it when it goes live on IndieGogo.
The VCS seems really ambitious. Despite it coming out as a response to Nintendo’s massively successful NES and SNES Classic Editions, the VCS claims to be much more. While it does have a built in collection of retro Atari games, over 100 titles according to the latest email, Atari also claims “Many popular modern titles will be playable on Atari VCS”. That is certainly something Nintendo can’t claim. Yet, it is a claim that has yet to be qualified.
Despite the idea of the VCS being in competition with the SNES Classic, the price of the system lends it to be more in competition with the Switch and even Sony and Microsoft’s consoles. With a retail price of $250 and its claims of “support for 4K resolution, HDR and 60FPS content, onboard and expandable storage options, dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0, as well as USB 3.0 support,” it certainly doesn’t feel like it is in the same category of the SNES Classic and its respective $80 retail price. Yet its lack of physical games and unknown library of 3rd or even 1st party titles means it does not quite fit in with the rest of the major console world. Continue reading →
Cardboard is expensive, yo!
0:10 – Andrew really, really doesn’t like baby Haruto in Yakuza 6
17:26 – Let’s talk about marijuana. ‘Cause why not?
32:21 – New Call of Duty rumored to drop the single player campaign. It is not rumored to drop the price.
52:52 – Nintendo Labo is super cool but super overpriced!
They’re selling “Pancakes & Syrup” flavored Peeps. I’m not kidding.
1:53 – Andrew reads his first romance novel!
29:24 – Shenmue has earned it’s place in history but the games are honestly not very good
46:29 – FTC tells Sony, Nintendo and others that they can’t void customer warranties by removing stickers or using third-party services/parts
54:51 – Steam’s privacy changes kill Steam Spy service
See? Andrew doesn’t hate all DLC!
11:29 – EZK finally saw The Last Jedi. We discuss.
46:30 – Famitsu poll: What to westerners like about Japanese games? Boobs!
56:57 – Wayforward does costume DLC right with Shantae: Half-Genie Hero
1:06:33 – WB walks back loot boxes over half a year after it releases Shadow of War. Appears to want a cookie
1:18:12 – ESA joins the fight to save net neutrality
Yesterday was Good Friday so…
19:15 – Gal*Gun 2 DLC gets weird translation error
28:37 – Lindsay Lohan’s GTA5 lawsuit thrown out by NY appeals court (yeah, this was STILL a thing…)
35:35 – What do we think of Fortnight and PUBG?
41:34 – Ubisoft finally avoids Vivendi’s hostile takeover attempts
1:01:04 – FXX cancels Deadpool cartoon
Did someone say something silly about video games? Well, I guess we’ll just have to poke fun at them!
00:13 – Andrew attended the March For Our Lives and only saw one pug. We also talk a bit about the intersection of the march and Black Lives Matter.
10:28 – Andrew talks about the addition of Deviljho to Monster Hunter World and the problems he has with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
42:39 – Metropolis: Lux Obscura dev says that, despite the box saying there’s sexism in his game, there’s no sexism in his game, only sexual objectification of women who have no agency and are dependent on men. Yeah…
53:17 – Video games violence may not be a problem but perhaps toxic meritocracy is. It’s certainly a perspective we haven’t heard before. Let’s discuss!
1:19:24 – EZK finally sees Thor: Ragnarok
1:37:55 – We discuss the second season of Jessica Jones