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In-Game Chat: LIVE!
Feb 25, 2017 - 1:07 PM - by Scott 'Psykoboy2' Benton

Join us on Facebook. Plus, weíre taking your calls on the air! You can reach us by calling 334-272-9228. Email us. Tweet us. And if youíd rather just listen to the show, click and pick.You can watch the show live below or visit our channel at Twitch and join the discussion in the chat room.

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Nintendo Switch Pre-Launch Tidbits
Feb 23, 2017 - 10:33 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet
We're a little over a week away from the launch of the Switch console, and news outlets have had a little while to play with their review units.

- The Virtual Console won't be available at launch. Nintendo is characteristically not saying when the retro game storefront will be made available.

- A day one patch for the system will be required for things such as online MP, eStore access and linking Nintendo accounts.

- Some early reviewers are having problems with the controllers, including sync problems and issues using the JoyCons individually.

The Switch is sold out at all major online retailers, so these matters likely won't influence anyone's purchase next week, but anyone getting a system should be aware of these issues.
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In-Game Chat: Season 11, Episode 06
Feb 21, 2017 - 8:07 AM - by Scott 'Psykoboy2' Benton

Weíre never doing that again at the following link.

Before you listen to this episode let me first apologize. Sometimes things will play out in our head better than they actually do when we implement those ideas. The song choices for this episode is the VERY best example I can give of such a situation. Never again. I swear it.

Gaming is about to get busy. This past week alone saw the release of at least THREE games I know of that had substantial interests. Sniper Elite 4 - which we discuss on the show, Halo Wars 2, and For Honor. This current week is sort of a...buffer. A time to make use of and get in all we can of whatever we wanted to play. Next week is Horizon Zero Dawn. The reviews and general conversation seems to put this one in a good light. One not to miss kind of a thing. Then the week after is the Switch release which means Zelda. That early March release should give you plenty of time before Mass Effect at the end of the month.

And thatís only the big hitters and even then I feel like Iím leaving stuff out. In between thereís PC releases of all kinds and probably some lesser known things that could come in under the radar and surprise us all.

To the publishers - I know we used to beg you to step out from the Fall/Holiday release schedule and you did that. Keep that going, but now back it off the early year release as well. Summer is still a massive drought of nothing new worth playing. Fill that in from time to time and youíll see that releasing a good game in ANY month of the year will still get you the returns you want. Weíll buy it. We totally will. But throwing them in the crowded early and late months of the year doesnít do you any favors.
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Start Claiming Your Nintendo Gamertag Now
Feb 21, 2017 - 8:00 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet
The Switch doesn't launch for another 10 days, but you can now start claiming your unique Nintendo tag. The always informative Wario64 noticed that account creation has been activated.

So if you don't want a tag cluttered with extraneous underscores and numbers, hit this link now. You can link this ID to your existing Nintendo account, or your Facebook, Twitter or Google accounts.

Source - Engadget
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In-Game Chat: LIVE!
Feb 18, 2017 - 2:27 PM - by Scott 'Psykoboy2' Benton

Join us on Facebook. Plus, weíre taking your calls on the air! You can reach us by calling 334-272-9228. Email us. Tweet us. And if youíd rather just listen to the show, click and pick.You can watch the show live below or visit our channel at Twitch and join the discussion in the chat room.

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Zelda Breath of the Wild Will Have Paid DLC
Feb 14, 2017 - 8:36 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet

Legend of Zelda: Breath of Wild will have paid DLC when it launches in 2 weeks. The $20 season pass will include three bundles of content, bundles which cannot be purchased separately.
  • Launch - 3 new chests in the Great Plateau region. One chest will contain a Nintendo Switch shirt which Link can wear in-game. The other two will contain unspecified "useful items."
  • Summer - A Cave of Trials challenge area, a Hard Mode, and a "new feature for the in-game map."
  • Winter - More challenges, a new dungeon and new story elements.
Spelled out like this, that doesn't seem like a whole lot of content for $20. The devil is in the details, and we won't know how involved the latter two packs are until closer to release.

This is not the first time Nintendo has gone down the premium DLC road for their games, although it is much less common on their platforms than it is on others.

Source - Polygon
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In-Game Chat: Season 11, Episode 05
Feb 14, 2017 - 8:09 AM - by Scott 'Psykoboy2' Benton

Weíre statistically speaking at the following link.

Sometimes we think we know our audience. Mainly because most of you show up in the chat room during the live shows (if you listen to this outside of the live broadcasts weíd love to hear from you and know youíre out there). But then we have calls like we did during this episode. A much older gamer calling us about Doom posed the question to us about the demographic of gamers these days and one of our listeners in the chat room provided us a lot of information on that very subject. It was necessarily eye opening to any of us - the statistics anyway. The phone call, however, was a different story. There is no defining age of a gamer, I mean, statistically yes there is, but we all know you can be as young or old and still enjoy gaming. Thereís videos all over the internet that exemplifies this and proves the point. But...itís honestly different when you actually have a conversation with someone who exemplifies this.

Iíve seen my interests in things come and go as Iíve grown older. Food that I didnít like as a kid donít seem so bad now. Or television shows I enjoyed as a kid seem to be difficult to understand why as Iíve gotten older. Gaming has been one of these things that Iíve wondered and often been afraid about - will I grow out of this? Is this a phase thatíll eventually pass? I donít ponder too long on the questions cause we really canít predict these things, but hearing from these callers make me a little more comfortable in the fact that it isnít likely my love of gaming will pass on or phase out.
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FTL Dev Subset Games Announces Next Project: Into the Breach
Feb 10, 2017 - 11:59 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet

Subset Games, makers of FTL have announced their next project.

Into the Breach takes the minimalist visuals seen in FTL and applies them to a turn-based strategy game that incorporates Rogue-like elements.
The remnants of human civilization are threatened by gigantic creatures breeding beneath the earth. You must control powerful mechs from the future to hold off this alien threat. Each attempt to save the world presents a new randomly generated challenge in this turn-based strategy game.
Subset is (wisely IMO) not talking release dates yet, but they do reveal that Into the Breach is currently slated for non-simultaneous PC, Linux & Mac releases.
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M-Rated Castlevania Animated Series Coming to Netflix
Feb 09, 2017 - 9:42 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet
An "R-rated as fuck" animated Castlevania series will be coming to Netflix later this year.

Hollywood wunderkind Adi Shankar (The Grey; Dredd; A Walk Among the Tombstones) will be executive producing, with Adventure Time's Fred Seibert and his Frderator Studios handling the animation and veteran comic scribe Warren Ellis penning the first season.

The first season will be based on Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, which is the first of many (many, many) encounters between the Belmont clan and Count Dracula.

As we all know, there have been a lot of film and TV adaptations of video games, and very few good ones. But Seibert & Ellis working on an adult-oriented series sounds like a great pairing, so we can hold out hope this bucks the trend.

Sources - IGN; io9
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Marvel & Netflix's Iron Fist Trailer
Feb 07, 2017 - 9:56 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet

As they say in the trailer, the series starring "Final Defender" will debut on Netflix on March 17. Two more Marvel-Netflix collaborations are slated for release this year, the 8 episode Defenders series mid year, and the first season of the Punisher series set for later in 2017.
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In-Game Chat: Season 11, Episode 04
Feb 07, 2017 - 8:05 AM - by Scott 'Psykoboy2' Benton

Weíre pretty sure size matters at the following link.

Iím back from PAX South and being under the weather and everyone else is back from their convention locally as well. I love going to the different PAXís that I am able to attend, but this one afforded me something no other PAX has been able to do up until now - hands on time with a not-yet released console. And you can take that term literal. Hands on this console in particular was something that had been bugging me since the main reveal last month. Everything about it looked small, and while thatís usually in Nintendoís favor, something about this seemed to be on the extreme side of the size. Yes, itís small. Very small. Too small. And, oddly enough, theyíve got it backwards when used as a handheld - itís too big. When youíve got a 3DS and you need to focus on something else at a momentís notice you just close it up and move on. You canít do that with the Switch. Thereís no folding. Maybe thereís a bag you shove it into, but there is no quick sleep. This thing has problems up and down and thatís outside the already limited launch library that weíve discussed before.
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Zenimax Wins Suit Vs Oculus, Awarded $500M
Feb 02, 2017 - 9:10 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet
Zenimax - the parent company of game publisher Bethesda - has won it's lawsuit against VR maker Oculus to the tune of half a billion dollars.

The damages stem mostly from the actions of former Id CTO John Carmack, who left Id and Bethesda several years ago to join Palmer Luckey at Oculus. Carmack was accused of taking loads of proprietary data from Zenimax with him when he left for the VR maker, a claim Carmack pretty much admitted to in full during his testimony. Oculus was later acquired by Facebook for $2B

While $500M is a lot of green, it's less than the $4-$6 billion Zenimax has been asking for. Zenimax' lawyers have indicated they may seek an injunction to halt all sales of Oculus hardware as a result of the judgement.

Sources - Polygon
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Deus Ex Franchise Goes Back on Shelf...For Now
Jan 30, 2017 - 9:24 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet

I hope you enjoyed Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, because it's likely the last big budget installment in the series in the foreseeable future. Eurogamer reports that poor sales of Mankind Divided, combined with developer Eidos Montreal's full plate - they're supporting on the upcoming Avengers game and leading work on the next Tomb Raider - mean the series is likely dead.

Square Enix announced a rebirth of the Deus Ex nearly a decade ago, and the first installment - Human Revolution - was a critical darling. The revival did well enough to warrant a sequel and even a 'Deus Ex Universe' initiative, but the sales never matched the critical acclaim. They could continue the series in alternate channels - the Deus Ex Go mobile game did fairly well - but we've likely seen the last major release for the series in the near term.

Source - Eurogamer
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Eidos Montreal & Crystal Dynamics Making an Avengers Game
Jan 26, 2017 - 10:27 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet

A new Avengers game is on the way from publisher Square Enix and developers Crystal Dynamics (Tomb Raider) and Eidos Montreal (Thief, Deus Ex). We don't know anything about the game beyond the dev roster and the teaser you see above.

According to CNET, since-deleted text from the YouTube page said the game would be revealed in full next year, so this seems to be a very early teaser. But with talk of 'Reassembling', and the broken accoutrements of Thor, Iron Man, Cap & Hulk lying among the rubble, we can make guesses as to the plot.
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Dated - Prey
Jan 25, 2017 - 10:29 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet

Bethesda and Arkane Studios' reinvention of Prey will be released May 5 on the PS4, XB1 & PC. In Prey you play as Morgan Wu, a worker on a space station who has been unknowingly subjected to biohack experiments. Oh, and there are freaky ink-like aliens, too.

According to the developers, this Prey has no formal links to the Prey from many years back, or the aborted version of Prey 2 that Human Head studios worked on for Bethesda earlier in the decade.
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In-Game Chat: Season 11, Episode 03
Jan 24, 2017 - 8:57 AM - by Scott 'Psykoboy2' Benton

Weíre all going out of town next week at the following link.

To start with, weíre running a replay next week. Iím going out to San Antonio for PAX South with the other two are headed to a comic convention. The dates kind of worked out pretty well in that regard. Anyway...on with the show.

Weíre still looking at Nintendo and trying to figure out where the value is - for us. We can possibly see it for some if the games are there but they arenít really providing them. Not now anyway. They might be there by the time the system drops about fifty bucks and becomes a $250 console (or less), but with all costs involved youíre looking at a $350 - $380 dollar system. At the low end, itís $50 less than a PS4 Pro and $50 to $100 more than an Xbox One S or PS4...Non-pro or whatever. And most of those systems come with packed in games at the moment. I donít think Nintendo has failed. They just arenít in a position right now to get my money. A lower price would help, sure, but more games are needed for me to buy into this thing and we likely wonít see anything like that until E3 - and even then those will likely be released for next year. Itís very much a wait and see sort of thing, at least for me.

What isnít wait and see right now is VR - Matt is currently getting his first experience with PSVR and so far it seems to be blowing his mind. Weíll get more out of him when we return on February 4th.
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Star Wars Ep 8 is The Last Jedi
Jan 23, 2017 - 10:43 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet

Star Wars Episode VIII is now officially The Last Jedi.

Note that 'Jedi' is both singular and plural, so keep that in mind while speculating wildly.

Ooohh, the logo is red. That can't be good.

Star Wars - The Last Jedi hits theaters in December.
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Injustice 2 Story Trailer
Jan 17, 2017 - 8:23 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet

Netherrealm has released a new story trailer for Injustice 2, which will release May 16 on the Xbox One and Playstation 4. New characters include Robin, Poison Ivy, Bane, Braniac, and as a pre order bonus: Darkseid.
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In-Game Chat: Season 11, Episode 02
Jan 17, 2017 - 8:04 AM - by Scott 'Psykoboy2' Benton

Weíre really thrown off by fighting game soundtracks at the following link.

Like Nintendoís previous console releases thereís any number of puns I could make here involving the name of their latest - but none of us on the show are fathers so weíll leave the dad jokes to the experts.

But, like any parent, weíre (somewhat) responsible adults who look at spending three hundred dollars and try to see what value we have in it. So far, based on the launch library, weíre finding none. Look, I donít care if the console came with all the launch titles and still cost three hundred bucks, if they arenít games I want to play, then Iím not interested. And outside of Zelda, at the moment, thereís nothing else. And even with that I can play it on a WiiU, seemingly without any loss of visual quality or anything else for that matter outside of portability. And if everything we know were to hold true for the rest of the year, Iím still at a loss on spending three hundred dollars to play Zelda AND Mario come the fall. Iím sure other titles weíll be announced and shown off, but the WiiU never became an interest until just this past year with a great library of games to pick from and now you can toss Zelda into that which knocks the Switch down to ONE game Iíd be interested in.

I admit the allure is there. For me, anyway. Itís something new in the world of gadgets and games and thatís always a siren song for me, but Nintendo has shown me THREE times now that this isnít a console Iíll play at launch and weíll need to wait for the library to hopefully grow with some worthwhile exclusive titles. I say all of this knowing full well if they threw in something with Metroid Iíd be in on day one more than likely.
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Nintendo Details the Switch
Jan 13, 2017 - 8:07 AM - by Michael 'DoctorFinger' Chauvet

Nintendo finally gave the public some firm info on the Switch. You can watch the full hour 40 minute presentation if you're so inclined, but here are the salient points:

- The Switch launches Friday, March 3 at a price of $299 USD.

- Nintendo is starting the Nintendo Online Service (NOS), their paid online system. We don't yet know how much it will cost when it launches this fall, but it will be required for online play, voice chat and "monthly game downloads". Online play on the Switch will be free until the fall launch of the NOS.

- Classic Nintendo titles will be sold on the NOS, with online multiplayer added for some games.

- The Switch will incorporate a capacitive multitouch display that outputs a 1280x720 image. The Switch plays in 720p in mobile mode, and up to 1080p while docked. It comes with 32GB of internal storage, but can be expanded via a microSD slot.

- The Switch will have only four games at launch: Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, 1-2-Switch, Skylanders Imaginators and Just Dance 2017.

- Additional games coming by holidays 2017 include Sonic Mania, Lego City Undercover and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Spring), Splatoon 2 (summer), Skyrim and Super Mario Odyssey (Holiday 2017).

- The accessories for the Switch are a bit on the pricey side: extra docks will run you $90, while extra Joy-Cons are $50 individually or $80 for a pair.
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