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VGRT Episode 180: Final Fantasy

This week’s podcast features the Gaming Flashback of Final Fantasy VI, which takes up a third of the podcast as Paul and Jordan enthuse about the Japanese roleplaying game at length – so much so, that some news items were skipped over due to running length. Jonah prepares for his trip to PAX East 2014 for the weekend. He also proclaims Emperor Palpatine dancing in Kinect Star Wars the best thing to ever happen for Star Wars.

This week’s news includes:

  • Amazon says FireTV will boost mid-market games
  • Borderlands 2 Vita bundle hits on May 6, game launches May 13
  • Molyneux predicts Kinect-less Xbox One
  • Microsoft looking into Xbox 360 emulation through Xbox One

A lot of Listener Feedback this week, and the Question of the Week is “What mobile games have you played recently?”

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VGRT Episode 179: Back Pains

Paul wasn’t able to make it for this podcast thanks to a hospital trip due to back pains, but Jordan and Jonah get into it a little themselves. They also avoid the predictable April Fool’s gags since even though the episode was recorded April 1, it wasn’t going to air until 2 days later. This week’s Gaming Flashback is Ubisoft’s first person shooter Far Cry.

The news this week includes:

  • EA deletes nasty Wii U April Fools’ tweets
  • Indies praise Xbox One self-publishing – but Microsoft must drop its launch parity policy
  • Uncharted 4 game director leaves Naughty Dog

Also included is Listener Feedback and the Question of the Week, “What was your favorite videogame-related April Fool’s joke?”

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VGRT Episode 178: Old in the Valley

This week’s Jonah discusses an article about ageism in Silicon Valley, while Paul complains about an achievement ruining a casual game he’d spent $200 on. This week’s Gaming Flashback is Dance Dance Revolution.

The news includes:

  • Facebook acquiring Oculus for $2 billion
  • Valve’s Portal coming as Tegra 4 Android App to Nvidia Shield
  • Xbox One may allow loaning of digital games
  • Nintendo, Sony won’t attend PAX East

All this and a little Listener Feedback, with the Question of the Week being “Do you subscribe to videogame magazines now?”

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VGRT Episode 177: Origin Problems

In this episode, Jonah complains about Origin and his inability to play Dragon Age: Origins, while a heated discussion between Jonah and Paul occurs over various topics, along with discussion of Frozen. Jordan discusses his son’s college tuitions as well. This week’s Gaming Flashback is the coin-op arcade game Wizard of Wor.

This week’s news items include:

  • Sony PlayStation honcho Jack Tretton stepping down
  • Disney Interactive cutting about 700 jobs
  • New Xbox Live updates coming in April
  • SimCity gets offline play today
  • Report: Microsoft working on augmented reality headset for Xbox

This week’s Question of the Week: “Ever purchase new games for an unsupported console?”

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VGRT Episode 176: iPad Hot Air

This week sees the return of Paul to the crew, but unfortunately, Jordan’s voice is shot so he can’t make it a team of three. However, Jonah is happy over having a new iPad Air, while Paul laments unemployment. This week’s Gaming Flashback is Team Ninja’s classic Ninja Gaiden for the Xbox.

The news for the week includes:

  • Microsoft pulls page discussing Titanfall online preloading
  • Report: Ouya Everywhere puts games on TV, PC without the Ouya
  • EU takes on “misleading” free-to-play games
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2studio boss, “One must be blind or stupid to give it a 4/10?
  • Nintendo separates Quality of Life business unit from consoles
  • Project Milo isn’t coming back

No Question of the Week – listener questions are wide open.

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VGRT Episode 175: Arcade Memories

Gaming Podcast is back, as Jonah and Jordan discuss arcade games from yore. This week’s Gaming Flashback is the classic Half-Life 2 by Valve, which ushered in a new age of shooters that get massive delays.

This week’s news includes:

  • Twitch coming to Xbox One on March 11
  • Microsoft appoints Stephen Elop to head Xbox
  • King files to abandon controversial “Candy” trademark in US
  • Nintendo wins 3DS patent dispute
  • Layoffs at Sony Santa Monica

Also included is Listener Feedback and the Question of the Week: “What was your favorite coin-op arcade game?”

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VGRT Episode 174: Friggin’ Kerfuffle

Paul, Jordan and Jonah continue to rock on, as they discuss the bizarre circumstance of the iOS app Flappy Bird, while Paul deals with Pinsanity issues (behind the scenes). They also discuss the classic The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay in the Gaming Flashback.

This week’s news includes:

  • Watch Dogs release coming in April, May, or June
  • Slim Vita is coming To North America with Borderlands 2 in tow
  • Nutjitsu and Worms among first Xbox One ID@Xbox games
  • Pachter: Sony can’t afford to pay for streamed content like Netflix does
  • Gamestop advertising a layaway program for the Xbox One

There’s Listener Feedback with a new Question of the Week: “Did you introduce a non-gamer to gaming?”

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VGRT Episode 173: Pennsylvania Polka

Paul is back for this episode, as this week actually has a Gaming Flashback and a Game History, the former being Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, and the latter being Black Isle Studios.

The news this week includes:

  • Followup: PS Vita Slim to launch in UK
  • Reports: Microsoft plans cheaper, disc-free, white Xbox Ones in 2014
  • Nintendo cuts overheard on executive salaries
  • Square Enix responds to Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III launch rumor
  • Razer to give Xbox One gamers more peripheral options

The Question of the Week, “What was the best game you played that you felt was unfinished?”

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VGRT Episode 172: Defective Ears

This week’s episode is chock full of very industry-specific news, dealing with sales and numbers and other stuff that would bore Paul.

The news includes:

  • Microsoft acquires Gears of War IP from Epic
  • Sony issues invites hinting at ‘Slimmest’ product launch
  • Apple sells record number of iPhones, iPads
  • Surface and Xbox One hits with buyers during the holidays
  • Japanese newspaper says Nintendo is about to unveil its approach to mobile development
  • Kerbal Space Program lands on various schools’ curriculum
  • Sony’s credit rating cut to “Junk”

Sadly, no reader mail this week.

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VGRT Episode 171: Movie Talk

Sorry for the delay – last week Jordan had a medical emergency, but he’s all better now. In this episode, he and Jonah get sidetracked at one point talking about movies and the film At World’s End.

The actual videogame news they discuss include:

  • Nintendo evaluating new business, “studying” smart devices
  • Microsoft paying YouTubers for Xbox One mentions
  • Star Wars 1313 trademark abandoned
  • Sony creating new PS3 hardware for PS Now

This and a little Listener Feedback. This week, we’re looking for you to ask us questions.

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New Hitman Game Reportedly Canceled

Reports that the new Hitman game has been canceled have been circulating, thanks to the Linkedin profile of Square Enix Montreal senior game designer Richard Knight listing the “Hitman Project” for next-gen consoles and PC no longer in development.

Square Enix has responded to the rumors by issuing a statement that insisted the game was still being worked on, writing:

“There’s a bit of confusion around the Hitman projects currently in development at Square Enix owned studios and so we wanted to take the time to clarify what each studio is working on to clear up some of this confusion. Io-Interactive is developing a new, AAA Hitman game that will be coming to PC and next-gen consoles and Square Enix Montreal is fully focused on mobile development of games some of which are related to the Hitman franchise. We look forward to sharing more details about these titles later this year.”

It must be noted that half of IO Interactive’s staff was laid off this past June 2013.

Stay tuned.

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VGRT Episode 169: Happy New Year 2014

The first episode of 2014 is now out, as Jonah Falcon, Jordan Lund and Dan Quick recap the major news of 2014.

The news includes:

  • PC gaming exploding
  • Next-gen launches, including Microsoft’s 180
  • Nintendo Wii U suffers
  • Nintendo Announces 2DS
  • Microconsoles launched
  • Tech flops of 2013

Also, some Listener Feedback, and the Questions of the Week, “What was the biggest event of 2013? What was your favorite game?”

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VGRT Outtakes and Dr. Who for Christmas

Thanks to the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, Gaming Podcast is running an Outtakes episode, which features mostly Jonah Falcon and Jordan Lund, but a little Paul Nowak and Dan Quick. If that weren’t enough, right after the outtakes is a Dr. Who discussion by usual commentators Jordan, his wife Jennifer and Paul.

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VGRT Episode 168: Double X

This week, Jordan reveals that he actually won an Xbox One from work, making him the second owner of the console in the podcast, and the only one with both a One and a PS4. Unfortunately, Paul’s not available for the podcast, making it a podcast of two.

The news this week:

  • Square Enix confirms Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition for next-gen
  • EA donates $1.65 million to American Cancer Society following Humble campaign
  • Report: MMOs targeted by intelligence agencies
  • Ubisoft polling on Assassin’s Creed 5, non-Assassin pirate game
  • Report: Disney taking over Indiana Jones from Paramount

Also, listener Pawel Predki wrote his own review of Tearaway. Read it here.

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VGRT Episode 167: Droning On

Despite the title of the podcast episode this week, nothing is boring. Rather, there’s a ton of banter between Jonah, Paul and Jordan, as they discuss next-gen console gaming.

This week’s news items include:

  • Amazon testing package delivery by drone
  • Microsoft advises gamers against turning the Xbox One into a dev kit
  • There’s “no lack of ideas” at DICE, CEO ponders local weather for Battlefield
  • Xbox One beats PS4 sales at Walmart, Target
  • Epic: “We’ve yet to see the real value of the second screen”
  • Sega: Shenmue 3 trademark listing a hoax

All this and some Listener Feedback.

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