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Episode 33: Philosophical Differences (News Show)

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Release Date: 07/18/2020

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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Episode 37: Animal Crossing Ate Everyone’s Lunch (Earnings and News Megasode) show art Episode 37: Animal Crossing Ate Everyone’s Lunch (Earnings and News Megasode)

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It’s a Megasode! We dive into Activision, Nintendo, and Square Enix earnings, discuss the White House’s executive order targeting Tencent, and dish on the latest news. Next gen is heating up as Sony drops some more details about PS5 and accessory compatibility, Microsoft faces an uphill battle to get xCloud on iOS, and a reader inquires about thorny exclusivity deals.

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Microsoft has laid out its philosophy for the coming generation, and it starts with a foundation of inclusivity. As the company gears up for next gen, it has also made changes in its product line that set the stage for new hardware and service offerings. Other topics include a deep dive into the GDC State of the Industry survey and how developers are faring under quarantine, Ubisoft’s overhaul of Skull & Bones, the Atari VCS’ partnership with AirConsole, and Stadia’s continuing struggles.