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Even though the developers have made sincere attempts to distance Hogwarts Legacy from J.K. Rowling (the controversial Harry Potter creator who is now infamous for loudly espousing transphobic views), the author still stands to profit from the title's sale. So should gamers boycott? We attempt to consider all sides of the issue as we delve into thi…
 
Microsoft has ambitions to transform the Xbox into the world’s first “carbon-aware console,” and the announcement of an update that will include an optional energy-saving mode seemed to be a step toward that end. However, the internet gotta internet, and a vocal minority is now claiming it’s all part of a ploy to make Microsoft go “woke.” We debate…
 
Google Stadia, the tech giant's ill-fated venture into the video game industry, is taking its final breaths after little more than three years. But will the passing of Stadia signal the end of cloud gaming? We discuss what the future of game streaming might look like and whether or not there may yet be a place in this world for Stadia. We'll also b…
 
With dozens of games delayed to 2023, a greater emphasis on new-gen hardware, and at least one major exclusive from each platform holder, 2023 easily boasts the most exciting release lineup that gamers have seen in years. We're looking over the biggest titles set to launch this year and discussing which games we are (and are not) looking forward to…
 
Gamers Week Podcast is officially one year old!! This means it's time once again to gaze into our proverbial crystal balls to see what the world of video games might bring in 2023. We'll hear what a few analysts have to say about the coming year and then make some predictions of our own. We'll also be discussing how video game QA testers have forme…
 
While some might say that 2022 was a slow year as far as new releases were concerned, that doesn't mean there weren't still some absolutely stellar titles making their debut. With Sony's God of War Ragnarok and Horizon Forbidden West, Nintendo's Splatoon 3 and Pokemon Arceus, and killer third-party releases like Elden Ring and Call of Duty: Modern …
 
According to the FTC, Epic will pay $275 million for violating the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and another $245 million for design relying on dark patterns "to dupe millions of players into making unintentional purchases." Is this just a case of parents not paying enough attention to what their children are doing online? Or doe…
 
The Game Awards aired last week, and thanks to the Wednesday curse, we’re just now able to do our wrap-up of the live stream. So for our main topic, we’re going to review our predictions and find out which one of us got the most picks correct. Then we’ll be recapping the biggest game announcements from the show, including Hades 2, Crime Boss: Rocka…
 
So much has changed in the video game industry in the last 30 or so years that sometimes it feels like modern games are nearly unrecognizable when compared to their retro counterparts. We're joined by Christopher Cross, a long-time game dev who has worked in the video game industry since 1996 (Diablo, Medal of Honor, and Marvel Avengers are just a …
 
The feud between Sony and Microsoft surrounding the Xbox maker’s attempted acquisition of Activision Blizzard has continued to heat up, so for our main topic this week, we’re looking at a roundup of Sony vs Microsoft headlines. This includes Sony's claim that Microsoft is trying to turn it into Nintendo, Sony's assertion that Xbox Game Pass has rea…
 
The nominees for the Game Awards 2022 have been revealed, but the response from much of the gaming world has been... *shrug*. Why do the Game Awards garner such apathy from gamers (if not outright hatred)? And having acknowledged that the awards are largely nonsense, which games are we rooting for? We'll also be discussing the mayhem caused by Twit…
 
Sales numbers always generate big headlines in the video game industry. But while some titles come and go, others remain heavy hitters, sitting atop the sales record books and accumulating numbers that most games can only dream of. We take a look at these top 10 video game juggernauts and wonder... is this not only a list of the best-selling games …
 
Xbox boss Phil Spencer gave several interviews this week, and his quotes have fueled much of the world’s recent gaming news. This week, we're diving into a roundup of Xbox headlines, including Spencer's claim that Xbox loses as much as $200 on every console it sells, Xbox's changing tone on Game Pass in light of the service failing to hit target nu…
 
Most video games have a good mixture of easy and hard levels to keep gamers properly entertained and challenged throughout the game. But some levels dial the difficulty up to 11, and apparently, Reddit has a lot to say about what it considers to be the hardest video game levels ever. We're joined by Brian from Drink A Beer & Play A Game to debate t…
 
The long-awaited release of Platinum Games' Bayonetta 3 has been marred by a rather messy controversy. The voice of Bayonetta in the previous two entries publicly stated that she did not return for the third installment because the pay was insultingly low. She then encouraged fans to boycott the game, igniting a debate about the chronically low pay…
 
The UK's Competition and Markets Authority has released its initial report on Microsoft's buyout of Activision Blizzard, and the Xbox maker is not happy. The company is calling the criticism of the deal “unsupported” and accusing the CMA of listening too much to Sony's lawyers. Is Microsoft's Activision Blizzard deal really a good thing for the gam…
 
Google Stadia's 2019 announcement promised several features that actually could have been disruptive game-changers for the industry (such as State Share, Stream Connect, Crowd Play, and Crowd Choice). Unfortunately, however, each of those features was absent from launch, and as of late 2021, less than 10% of the total library included one or more o…
 
Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Mega Man, Metroid... the best NES games are all classics. They aren't just fantastic video games in their own right, but experiences that helped to establish Nintendo's biggest franchises and make the manufacturer a force to be reckoned with in the industry. We debate the ten best titles of the NES library, a…
 
With the much-hyped Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake changing developers, fans are hoping that the game will survive its problems and live to see its release. However, if it doesn't, it would be far from the biggest title to ultimately get canceled. We're joined by G to the Next Level to look at the ten video game cancelations that gam…
 
It's been a big week for gaming news! This past Tuesday brought us both a Nintendo Direct and a PlayStation State of Play, so we're covering as much as we can from both showcases. We'll also be discussing how PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan says Xbox's Call of Duty offer was "inadequate on many levels," how Gargoyles is the next classic Disney game gettin…
 
Having a backlog of games can be overwhelming. Knowing that you have potentially hundreds of games that you haven't played yet has been a lament of many gamers. In this episode, we're joined by Jim from Drink a Beer and Play a Game to discuss tips and tricks on how to manage your backlog of games like a pro. We'll also be talking about Xbox's Game …
 
When someone thinks of video games, they might imagine playing their favorite games with their friends or competing against others for the top score in competitive-style leaderboards. Naturally, these services need internet access to function, but not everyone takes time to think about the servers that host these features — at least not until a com…
 
Gamescom 2022 is upon us, and Geoff Keighley's Opening Night Live kicked things off with a ton of new announcements for games including Dune: Awakening, Lies of P, Sonic Frontiers, and more. We go over both the highlights and the lowlights of the evening. We'll also be discussing how Xbox boss Phil Spencer believes there will be fewer console exclu…
 
The digital-only age is coming, folks. We may not like it, but it's hard to deny that streaming services are the future of entertainment, including for video games. But when customers no longer need a console to play games, what will that mean for Sony and Nintendo, which don't have the PC presence that Microsoft has? We also discuss how Nintendo o…
 
This week, Nintendo treated Splatoon fans to an in-depth look at the series' upcoming entry, Splatoon 3. We chat about the new stages, mechanics, game modes, and weapons, as well as what else we hope to see in the soon-to-be-released title. We'll also be discussing Twitch and YouTube Gaming's plummeting viewership figures, how fewer than 1% of Netf…
 
This past week has seen a ton of Sony news, so we’re doing a roundup of PlayStation headlines. We'll be talking about how Sony will retire the PS5's Accolades feature later this year, Sony's fear that Microsoft's ownership of the Call of Duty franchise will have the power to influence users' console choices, and the official PlayStation mobile cont…
 
The Nintendo Switch's 5th birthday has come and gone, and in that time, it's made headlines over and over again in ways that other consoles haven't. We remember some of the moments that have shaped and defined the Nintendo Switch's reign, for better or worse, as well as what has made the console special to us on a personal level. We'll also be disc…
 
Time codes at the bottom! There is plenty to enjoy in Sony's newly revamped PlayStation Plus service, but is it really worth the cost? We explore the idea that the biggest challenge facing PS Plus and Xbox Game Pass (or any game subscription service on the market for that matter) isn’t money. It’s time. Or more accurately, lack of it. As adults wit…
 
Time codes at the bottom! What does it truly mean to be called one of the worst video games of all time? We're going to the very bottom of Metacritic’s rankings to find out which games rank as the worst of the worst, as well as gripe about the very worst games we've personally played. We'll also be discussing how GameStop fired one of its top execs…
 
Web 3 company Polium claims its "Polium One" system will be “the world’s first multi-chain gaming console” that will be capable of running games built on different blockchains. Unsurprisingly, the announcement has been met with much criticism from gamers who are, at best, not yet convinced of the merits of blockchain gaming, and at worst believe it…
 
The June 2022 Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase has come and gone, and left us with a host of fresh announcements, release date news, surprise drops, and other tidbits. We discuss the good, the bad, and the underwhelming of Nintendo's latest. We'll also be talking about how Final Fantasy 16 will use "British English only" to avoid pissing off …
 
The video game industry is in flux. We’re 19 months into a fresh console cycle, the pandemic slowed or paused development on a generation of games, and studios of all sizes are being absorbed by the biggest names in the room. Put simply, there aren’t a lot of huge games coming out in the second half of 2022. But is this actually a bad thing? We dis…
 
Although there's technically no E3 this year, you'd be forgiven for thinking otherwise. Over the course of a few days, we got a ton of trailers, gameplay reveals, and announcements for some huge titles, including Starfield, Diablo IV, Silksong, and more. We're joined by Kade Call of the Gaming Memories Podcast to break down all the biggest news fro…
 
The latest PlayStation State of Play has arrived bringing with it a new look for Final Fantasy 16, the long-awaited reveal of Resident Evil 4 Remake, the first gameplay of Street Fighter 6, and much more. We're joined by Hugues of the Retro Game Club Podcast to discuss the titles featured in this State of Play. We'll also be talking about how Sega …
 
Sonic Frontiers, Sega's upcoming open-world video game starring everyone's favorite Blue Blur, got a seven-minute gameplay video, and well... it all looks strangely familiar. We're joined by our good friend, streamer, YouTuber, and all-around great guy Ducks in Disguise to help us break down this first look at gameplay and talk about what we still …
 
In 1980, Atari held a tournament to determine the best player in the nation on its 2600 port of the arcade sensation Space Invaders. The tournament was won by a Los Angeles teenager who went on to change the landscape of video games. We're joined by Rebecca Heineman to hear her stories of the world's very first esports tournament. We'll also be dis…
 
To the surprise of almost no one in the retrogaming sphere, game-grading company Wata Games is the target of a new US class-action lawsuit. The suit accuses Wata of "engaging in affirmative acts to manipulate the retro video game market" and of "engaging in unfair business practices." We discuss the allegations and what this could potentially mean …
 
Any child of the '80s and '90s knows that these years were the golden age of Rare, the British video game development company. Kev Bayliss is the creator of Diddy Kong and a long-time game developer who has worked on some of the most iconic franchises in gaming history, including Battletoads, Killer Instinct, GoldenEye 007, Diddy Kong Racing, and m…
 
Square Enix has been making major headlines this week, and unfortunately, it’s not because the pixel remasters of Final Fantasy 1 through 6 are finally coming to consoles. The Tomb Raider publisher has announced that it is selling several of its Western studios in order to focus on what it considers most important -- blockchain. Additionally, legen…
 
It seems Sony will be making a few other changes to go along with its newly revamped PlayStation Plus subscription service. The company announced this week that any game costing $34 or higher must have an accompanying game trial that lasts for at least 2 hours. Additionally, the notoriously anti-game preservation company has just launched a new gam…
 
Remember a time before microtransactions? Yeah, neither do we. That's why the news that Microsoft and Sony are considering including ads in Xbox and Playstation games has us more than a little nervous. Is this intrusion into our games the inevitable future? Or do gamers still have a voice that rings stronger than corporate greed? We'll also be disc…
 
Thanks to numerous allegations of misconduct and abuse, Activision Blizzard has been a mainstay in the headlines for the last year. This week was no different, except... it's only PARTIALLY bad news?? We look at the recent goings-on at the embattled company, including the move to give 1,100 QA testers full-time jobs and higher base pay, the newly h…
 
E3's efforts last year to keep its showcase alive in digital form in the midst of a global pandemic were lackluster at best. Perhaps then it's not all that shocking to hear the event is canceled completely this year -- both in-person and digitally. One question remains, however: does it even matter? In a world that now thrives on digital showcases …
 
For years, Microsoft's Game Pass has been the king of video game subscription services. The internet has long been filled with chatter over if/when Sony's PlayStation would throw its hat in the ring and challenge Xbox on its home turf. Today, we have that answer. Sony unveiled its all-new PlayStation Plus subscription service. We dive into the deta…
 
For decades, governments and media have made video games a scapegoat for the ills of modern society, and violence in games is blamed for all kinds of real-life violence. But what does the science say? You may be surprised to learn that violence in video games isn't the problem at all, and that rage quitting is actually...healthy! We also discuss th…
 
Facebook Gaming was supposed to be the social media giant's answer to Twitch. Four years after its launch, however, it's a weird wasteland of diet pill ads and sketchy viewership stats. What went wrong... aside from, well, everything? We look at the head-scratcher that is the current state of Facebook Gaming, as well as discuss what it would take t…
 
In 1982, the video game adaptation of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial released for the Atari 2600 to commercial and critical failure. But is it really the worst game of all time? We sit down with Howard Scott Warshaw (the developer of Yars' Revenge, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and the infamous E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial) to learn more about the heyday of A…
 
Guinness just announced their list of the Top 50 video game characters of all time based on the results of a public poll, and well... we have thoughts. We go over the list's snubs, surprises, and outright shocks. Does Mario really deserve to be #1? The answer is...it depends. We'll also discuss the newly announced Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet…
 
One week (and $139 million) into the Uncharted movie's theatrical run, it seems that there's still a rabid audience for film adaptations of beloved video games. So get your popcorn ready because we're previewing eight upcoming titles. Some look good, some definitely look bad, and at least one is a real head-scratcher. We're also discussing Street F…
 
We all knew the day was coming when Nintendo would close down the digital storefronts for its 3DS and Wii U consoles. However, it hurts a bit more to realize that up to 1000 digital-only video games will disappear forever as a result. The internet is alight with debates about games preservation, emulation, and piracy, and it seems like everyone has…
 
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