Drinking & Knowing Things: E3 2018 Thoughts – Episode 023

E3 2018 is officially in the books!  We give a run down of the presentations from Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft, Bethesda, CD Projekt Red, and Ubisoft and discuss our thoughts.

E3 Show Notes

  • Epic Set List:
    • Discussion of what games we’ve been playing recently & our spoiler-free thoughts
      • Pillars of Eternity
      • Bioshock
      • Axiom Verge
  • Recent Pickups
  • Epic E3 Main Event:
    • E3 2018 is officially in the books!  We give a run down of the presentations from Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft, Bethesda, CD Projekt Red, and Ubisoft and discuss our thoughts.  Since this marathon episode runs nearly 3 hours, we provide timestamps below:
      • Bethesda (timestamp: 0:21:20)
        • Fallout 76, Rage 2, Doom Eternal, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot, Skyrim: Very Special Edition, Starfield, Elder Scrolls VI (Hammerfall??)
      • Ubisoft (0:57:35)
        • Beyond Good & Evil 2, The Division 2, Skull & Bones, Transference, Starlink: Battle for Atlus, Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
      • Nintendo (1:16:46)
        • Pokemon, Super Mario Party, Super Smash Bros Ultimate, My Friend Pedro
      • Sony (1:24:29)
        • Ghost of Tsushima, Last of Us 2, Death Stranding, Spider-Man, Deracine, Control, Resident Evil 2, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
      • CD Projekt Red (2:07:06)
        • Cyberpunk 2077
      • Microsoft (2:10:41)
        • New Studio Acquisitions
        • Halo Infinite, Crackdown 3, Sea of Thieves, Forza Horizon 4, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course, Battletoads, Gears of War 5
    • Plus, we discuss some of our various “old man sports injuries”

Overwatch League & Twitch; YouTube Demonetization – Episode 013

No shortage of news this week as we discuss the Overwatch League debut, CES video game announcements, Nintendo unveiling cardboard Legos, and a business look at the YouTube demonetization drama.

Show Notes

  • Gaming Archaeology:
    • Caleb and VGCollectaholic recap their recent game pickups
  • Epic Set List:
    • Discussion of what we’ve been playing recently & our spoiler-free thoughts
  • What’s News:
    • Twitch paid Blizzard $90M for the rights to the Overwatch League; is that an insane price?
    • You probably love video games… but can you LOOOOVE video games?
    • Switch console sales in Japan have gone to Ludicrous Speed
    • Nintendo Labo… perhaps you’ve heard of it?
    • Controllers Galore!  We discuss some awesome game controller announcements from CES
  • Main Event:
    • We discuss YouTube’s recent controversial decision to demonetize small channels – do the perspectives of a content creator and a video industry insider clash?

Video Gaming’s Rich Legacy at CES – Episode 012

This week the global electronics industry descends on Las Vegas for the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES).  These days, the show is dominated by televisions, the Internet of Things, and 5G smart toasters, but it wasn’t always so… in this episode of Masters of Unlocking, we take a look back at the rich history of video gaming at CES.

Show Notes

  • Gaming Archaeology:
    • Caleb and VGCollectaholic recap their recent game pickups
    • VGCollectaholic adds a new complete game set to his collection
  • Epic Set List:
    • Discussion of what we’ve been playing recently & our spoiler-free thoughts
  • 2018 Gaming Goals
    • We discuss our gaming-related goals for 2018
  • What’s News:
    • Flog Gets Sacked
    • How Wolfenstein II’s Hero Draws on his Jewish Heritage for Strength
    • Platinum Games get Delisted from Online Marketplaces
    • Microsoft Officially Kills Kinect Adapter
    • World Health Organization (WHO) to Recognize “Gaming Disorder” as a Mental Health Condition in 2018
    • Mad Catz – Back from the Dead
  • Main Event:
    • We look back on the history of the Consumer Electronics Show and the many gaming introductions it brought us

Happy 30th Birthday Final Fantasy – Episode 011

It’s that time of year – Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years, and Final Fantasy’s birthday.  Want to feel old?  The Final Fantasy franchise turns 30 years old this month. We discuss some of our memories from the landmark franchise.

Show Notes

  • Gaming Archaeology:
    • Caleb and VGCollectaholic recap their recent game pickups, including Soedesco indy games and Playstation VR rarities.
  • Epic Set List:
    • Discussion of what we’ve been playing recently & our spoiler-free thoughts
      • Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for Nintendo Switch
      • Geometry Wars Evolved
      • Playstation VR fun with friends
  • Main Event:
    • The Final Fantasy franchise turns 30 years old this month.  We discuss what the franchise meant to our own personal histories with gaming.