The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly From 2018 – Episode 030

We take a look back at the year that was 2018 in Video Games – critical hits, critical fumbles, guilty pleasures, and more.

Epic Set List

  • Discussion of what video games we’ve been playing recently & our spoiler-free thoughts
    • God of War
    • Red Dead Redemption 2
    • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
    • Spyro
    • Jack Box Party Pack

Holiday Recap

  • What did we do over our 2018 holiday break?

Video Game Pickups

  • A holiday season full of gaming & game ephemera pickups
  • VGCollectaholic completes a major North American set

What’s News

  • Law: Police respond to a noise complaint & end up playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Sony: Our players demand single-player experiences
  • Psychology: Do video game players respond to crisis differently?
  • Collecting: NES Classic & SNES Classic production ends
  • Industry: The growth of The Game Awards

Main Event

  • Recaping the best and worst games from 2018
  • 2018 games we wish we had played
  • Things that intrigued us in 2018

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”

E3 2018 is Here… What’s on YOUR Wishlist? – Episode 022

We get ready for next week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) by taking a look at what has been announced/leaked thus far and what things we’d love to see. We also talk Best Buy, eSports, Let’s Plays, Fallout mods, and more!

Show Notes

  • Epic Set List:
    • Discussion of what games we’ve been playing recently & our spoiler-free thoughts
      • Bioshock
      • Axiom Verge
  • Pickups:
    • Scott closes in on completing the OG Xbox set (42 to go)
  • What’s News:
    • Best Buy ends Gamers Club Unlocked program
    • New study says 1-in-10 people globally will be fans of eSports or Let’s Plays by 2022
    • Overwatch League plans to add 6 new teams with an international focus for Season Two
    • The gigantic “Fallout: New California” mod nearing completion – will Bethesda allow it?
  • Main Event:
    • E3 is next week, we discuss developer thoughts on leaks, explore pre-show announcements (like Fallout 76), and what items are on our wishlist for this year’s show.

Can the All-Digital Future of Gaming Have a Used Market? – Episode 021

If gaming has an all-digital future, then digital re-selling will have to be a thing.  Robot Cache, a new startup from the founder of Interplay and InXile launches with an eye on tackling re-selling of digital content.

Show Notes

  • Epic Set List:
    • Discussion of what games we’ve been playing recently & our spoiler-free thoughts
      • God of War
      • Night in the Woods
      • A Way Out
  • Pickups:
    • Caleb contemplates God of War
  • Collector Tips: Tracking & Managing Your Collection
    • Scott discusses the video game collecting database app and software suite Collectorz
  • What’s News:
    • Sony sets an end date to physical Vita cart production in the West
    • Nintendo Switch Online runs $20 annually, includes cloud saves, online gaming
    • Nintendo releasing a $20 play & charge stand for the Switch
    • Nintendo is being sued by Gamevice over the Switch’s design
    • Electronic Arts has record year & CFO calls SAAS model (aka digital sales & DLC) “the bedrock of our business”
    • Microsoft to launch a disability-friendly Xbox controller
  • Main Event:
    • If gaming has an all-digital future, then digital re-selling will have to be a thing.  Robot Cache, a new startup from the founder of Interplay and InXile launches with an eye on tackling re-selling of digital content.

Who Had a Better 2017, Sony or Nintendo? – Episode 020

Sony & Nintendo recently released their 2017 fiscal year earnings reports – spoiler: they both did pretty damned well!  We dive into the results and ask what’s next?

Show Notes

  • Epic Set List:
    • Discussion of what games we’ve been playing recently & our spoiler-free thoughts
      • Okami HD
  • Pickups:
    • Scott buys ~900 OG Xbox games and a bunch of sealed Lynx games
    • Caleb buys Nintendo Labo and gives his thoughts
  • What’s News:
    • Fortnite Scholarships: coming to a university near you
    • Atari VCS (formerly Atari Box) pre-orders announced… why you shouldn’t care
    • Capcom & iam8bit partner for Mega Man NES/SNES repros
    • Game collector finds drugs inside NES carts
    • Loot Boxes deemed illegal gambling in Belgium
    • Valve acquires Firewatch developer Camp Santo
    • The Loss Levels – a game about shock, grief, and powerlessness
  • Main Event:
    • Nintendo and Sony’s Playstation division both post fiscal year profits of $1.6 billion.  We break down the numbers and explore what’s on the horizon for the two gaming behemoths.