#44: Sony Stores, Xbox Network, and Microsoft buying Discord

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BlazzinBob from Warcraft Reloaded joins Jaa and Nick this week to talk about the latest in gaming news. First, Bob talks about playing WoW Classic and being in the Burning Crusade Classic beta. Then, he and Nick get into a discussion about the state of Hearthstone and how its a good time to come back and check out Classic, Battlegrounds, Duels, and more. Jaa, meanwhile, has been playing It Takes Two with Kurabara and shares the depressing story of the game while praising its two-player gameplay.
Sony announced that the PS3, PSP, and Vita online stores are shutting down this year. The group laments the potential loss of old games and worries about people losing access to their games as consoles fail. Nick mentions that he still uses his PS3 and will be affected by this. Jaa compares the PS3 Store to Steam, and talks about how Steam has circumvented this issue.
Microsoft announced that XBox Live will now be known as the XBox Network. Jaa and Bob praise the name change but Nick wonders if the rebranding will stick or be undone. Jaa tells his infamous XBox Live story.
Microsoft is also in talks to buy Discord for $10 Billion. Jaa and Bob think that Microsoft can only benefit from bringing Discord under their software wing. Nick and Bob also share their concerns about how Microsoft could mess this up. Jaa thinks this could be a new Microsoft store.
Blizzard has removed the 30 day option for buying WoW gametime, and the Blizzard community is upset. Nick talks about how people would use the 30 day gametime and won't be able to. Bob talks about how no one in Classic seems to care about this.
Reggie Fils-Aime is leaving the Gamestop Board of Directors. The group reminisces about their retail experiences.
Episode URL: https://mtb.gg/2q9
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Hosts:
Jarret Redding
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Nick Zielenkievicz
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Bob Schissler
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