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!

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