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Episode 29: Game Prices on the Rise (News Show)

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Release Date: 07/04/2020

Episode 47: Bethesda, Microsoft, and a Funny Story About PS5 Exclusivity (News Show) show art Episode 47: Bethesda, Microsoft, and a Funny Story About PS5 Exclusivity (News Show)

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What. A. Week. Get ready for in-depth conversation about the Bethesda acquisition (and what it means for exclusivity), and how corporate finance makes the world go ‘round. We also have some thoughts from a lawyer who has worked on huge acquisitions. Other stories: Amazon Luna cloud gaming platform, more Epic vs. Apple, and a listener question about ethics.

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Episode 46: PlayStation 5 Pricing and Preorder Pain (News Show) show art Episode 46: PlayStation 5 Pricing and Preorder Pain (News Show)

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NPD’s Mat Piscatella joins us again. This time, we’re discussing PlayStation 5 pricing, the messy pre-order rollout, and the August NPD report. We also discuss the Oculus Quest 2 (and whether it’s worth your money), Unity’s IPO, and Razer leaking 100,000 people’s personal information. We also have a hard discussion about Hogwarts Legacy, ethical consumption, and toxic creators. Trans rights are human rights.

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Episode 45: Xbox Console Prices: Enter the eXtra Small Small (News Show) show art Episode 45: Xbox Console Prices: Enter the eXtra Small Small (News Show)

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After a series of leaks, the stalemate is over. Microsoft has confirmed the Xbox Series S and pricing for it and the Xbox Series X. NPD’s Mat Piscatella joins us again to discuss. Other topics include: GameStop earnings, an update on Epic vs. Apple, Ubisoft’s latest blunder, and a report about some staffing problems at Paradox.

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Episode 44: The case of the missing Xbox Series X and PS5 prices (News Show) show art Episode 44: The case of the missing Xbox Series X and PS5 prices (News Show)

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NPD number magician Mat Piscatella joins us to discuss the fact that it’s September and we still don’t have Xbox Series X and PS5 console prices. Other topics: Goodbye to Vlambeer, Warner Bros. Interactive won’t be sold, Ubisoft’s latest major mess-up, and Nvidia’s pricing for the 30 Series GPUs.

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Episode 43: How to Pitch (with Eggnut’s Nikita Danshin and Aleksandra Korabelnikova) show art Episode 43: How to Pitch (with Eggnut’s Nikita Danshin and Aleksandra Korabelnikova)

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Nikita Danshin and Aleksandra Korabelnikova, co-founders of Eggnut, tell us how they pitched Backbone to publishers, why they chose to team up with Raw Fury, and what they’ve learned along the way.

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Episode 42: Epic vs. Apple: Round 3 (News Show) show art Episode 42: Epic vs. Apple: Round 3 (News Show)

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Epic and Apple both walk away from the restraining order hearing with a piece of what they wanted. Now we wait until the end of September for the next courtroom showdown. We also discuss Lab Zero’s implosion, Unity’s IPO, and Frogwares’ falling out with Big Ben/Nacon.

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Episode 41: An Indie Roundtable With The Galaxy Fund Recipients (Geneva Heyward, Jules Porter, Esq.) show art Episode 41: An Indie Roundtable With The Galaxy Fund Recipients (Geneva Heyward, Jules Porter, Esq.)

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Two recipients of The Galaxy Fund join us to talk about their experiences securing prototype funding as well as their paths in game development.

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Episode 40: Epic, Apple, and the Developers Caught in the Crossfire (News Show) show art Episode 40: Epic, Apple, and the Developers Caught in the Crossfire (News Show)

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The Epic vs. Apple showdown heats up. We’ll get you caught up on everything you need to know. Other topics: EA facing an Ultimate Team lawsuit, 505 doubles down on anti-consumer behavior, and a discussion about how (not) to report a story about alleged company abuses.

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Episode 39: EA Shareholders Vote NO on Exec Compensation (News Show) show art Episode 39: EA Shareholders Vote NO on Exec Compensation (News Show)

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We’re talking about executive pay again, as EA and Activision shareholders start to speak up about outsized compensation packages! We also discuss Halo Infinite’s delay and how Microsoft will adapt, the leaked Xbox Series X|S controller and release date, Warner Bros. layoffs as WBIE appears to be staying put, and 505’s unpopular decision to limit Control’s free next-gen upgrade to the new Ultimate Edition (leaving early adopters out in the cold).

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Episode 38: The EVE Effect: Using games to find agile employees (with Tryggvi Hjaltason, CCP Games) show art Episode 38: The EVE Effect: Using games to find agile employees (with Tryggvi Hjaltason, CCP Games)

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CCP Games is studying how its complex EVE Online is helping players take valuable in-game skills like supply chain management out into the real world. Find out how CCP is working to help HR professionals understand the value of gaming when evaluating hiring candidates.

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2K has signaled that game prices are going up in the new generation while also saying “no” to Smart Delivery and pricing its cross-gen version of NBA 2K21 at $100. Other topics include: Niantic’s team-up with Sleep No More creator Punchdrunk, the UN-release of Amazon Game Studio’s Crucible, an Xbox Game Pass success story, and more.

Content Warning: Discussion of sexual abuse and assault begins at 45:00 and ends at 1:04.