Fallout 76, Red Dead Redemption 2, & Are Loot Boxes Gambling? – Episode 029

After a lengthy hiatus following the close of Season One, Masters of Unlocking returns!  In this episode, we explore potential legal problems for Fallout 76, initial thoughts on Red Dead Redemption 2, ask the question “Are Loot Boxes gambling?” and more…

Show Notes

  • Epic Set List:
    • Discussion of what games we’ve been playing recently & our spoiler-free thoughts
      • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
      • Fallout 76
      • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Black Friday & Cyber Monday Pickups:
    • We discuss our recent gaming-related pickups and scores from the 2018 Thanksgiving shopping holiday
  • What’s News:
    • Fallout 76’s bug-riddled release prompts one class action specialist law firm to investigate “deceptive trade practices”
    • Valve discontinues Steam Link hardware
    • Game guide publisher Prima Games will shut down in Spring 2019
    • Sony will skip E3 2019 – are they prepping for a 2019 Playstation 5 announcement?
    • Resident Evil movie reboot plans to return the cinematic adaptation to it’s horror roots
    • Eiji Aonuma teases a Zelda: Skyward Sword release on Nintendo Switch
    • Microsoft rumored to be releasing an Xbox One S console without a disc drive
  • Main Event:
    • We dive into an impromptu discussion of whether Loot Boxes are gambling, prompted by the United States’ Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announcing that they will investigate the practice of Loot Boxes

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”