Could Toys R Us Return From the Grave? – Episode 024

By now everyone knows that Toys R Us is officially dead… but could it be rising from the dead with zombie-like ferocity?  We discuss the juicy rumors of TRU’s potential return, the WHO’s creation of Gaming Disorder, a new Nielsen report on the gaming industry, and more!

Show Notes

  • Epic Set List:
    • Discussion of what games we’ve been playing recently & our spoiler-free thoughts
      • Pillars of Eternity
      • Horizon Zero Dawn
      • A Way Out
  • Pickups:
    • We discuss our recent gaming-related pickups and scores
  • What’s News:
    • Just as Toys ‘R Us was closing the last of its stores this week, news broke that a comeback could be in the works!
    • World Health Organization (WHO) officially classifies video game addiction as a disease – “Gaming Disorder”
    • Sony unveils Playstation 4’s first wave of Greatest Hits releases – now called “Playstation Hits”
    • Showtime officially greenlights Halo series
    • Nintendo’s new CEO officially steps into office and has some interesting remarks that hint at the future of Nintendo
    • The company behind Pokemon Go (Nantic) opens its AR platform to other developers
    • We FINALLY get an update from Tetsuya Nomura on the Final Fantasy VII remake
  • Main Event:
    • Nielsen released their annual Games 360 Report exploring trends and behavior in video gaming.  We recap and discuss the report.  Download the full report and read along with us here!

Snowed-In at Midwest Gaming Classic 2018 – Episode 019

Last weekend, Milwaukee Wisconsin played host to the annual Midwest Gaming Classic… and the worst April Blizzard in history.  We discuss the convention, it’s panels, personalities, vendors, and more.

Show Notes

  • Epic Set List:
    • Discussion of what games we’ve been playing recently & our spoiler-free thoughts
      • Okami HD
      • Subsurface Circular
  • Collecting Tools of the Trade
    • VGCollectaholic gives his tips and tools for Marker removal
  • What’s News:
    • Larian Studio’s CRPG Divinity II: Original Sin heads to consoles
    • Sony Playstation 5 rumors run rampant, what do we think?
    • The closing of Toys R Us prompts a return of KayBee Toys?
    • Dishonored “King of Kong” Billy Mitchell promises proof that he didn’t cheat
  • Main Event:
    • VGCollectaholic went back to his home state of Wisconsin for the Midwest Gaming Classic – his first ever video game con.  We discuss the trip, the panels, the personalities, the vendor floor, the snow, and more.
      • David Crane (Pitfall)
      • Garry Kitchen (Keystone Kapers)
      • Brian Collin (Rampage)
      • Jeffrey Lee (Q*Bert)
      • John St. John (Duke Nukem)
      • Ben Heck
      • Ken Horowitz (Sega-16.com)
      • … and more!

Which Game Publisher SHOULD Microsoft Acquire? – Episode 014

The rumor mill is running wild about Microsoft buying EA, Valve, or PUBG.  We look at why those don’t make sense and propose three new contenders for who we think House Xbox SHOULD acquire.

Show Notes

  • Epic Set List:
    • Discussion of what we’ve been playing recently & our spoiler-free thoughts
  • What’s News:
    • Toys R Us closing 20% of its stores – we reminisce about TRU and Kay*Bee Toys
    • I spent 453 hours in Fallout 4 and all I got was this stinking inner peace cleaners
    • A truly unique piece of Zelda: Breath of the Wild art
    • Mario Kart coming to a smartphone near you
    • Red Dead Redemption 2 delayed
    • Nintendo Switch’s online service finally gets a date
    • Father of Playstation stepping down as Sony’s CEO
  • Main Event:
    • Rumors abound about a potential looming video game publisher acquisition by Microsoft.  We look at the rumored names – EA, Valve, and PUBG Corp – and then ask who SHOULD Microsoft acquire?  Turns out… it’s not one of those three.