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Farewell

I was just informed that GameStooge.com will be shut down to free up space for 2old2play, which brings to a close seven years of gaming news and reviews at this site.

In the past year, news and content had slowed til just the Videogame Roundtable podcast was being posted – not to fear, the podcast is safe, and for those of you who still visit hear for the site, you can go to http://gamestooge.podbean.com for the podcast itself.

It was GameStooge that first broke the traffic cone kill in Halo 2, as well as being the source for such articles as the day that Lord British died. There was also the 50 greatest games of the 2000′s feature as well as the GameStooge Awards.

Farewell everyone. I will try to copy some of the more famous articles and post them on GameStooge’s Podbean site.

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VGRT Episode 192: Longtime Listener

The podcast is back, albeit on a Saturday instead of the usual Friday. No Gaming Flashback or Gaming History, but a good chunk of news, though some of it only tenuously connected to videogaming.

The news this week includes:

  • T-Mobile now offers app that unlocks your smartphone
  • Analyst: Downloadable titles make up 92% of PC games market
  • Driveclub was delayed due to a ‘huge technical issue,’ says Yoshida
  • NHL 15 will be missing some features on Xbox One and PS4
  • YouTube subscription plan leaks: Offline play, no ads, 20 million songs

This week’s Question of the Week is based on the Minecraft convention scam from last week, which the podcast discusses, “Have you even attended a convention devoted to a game?”

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VGRT Episode 358: Changes

The Gaming Podcast is back after three weeks of a forced hiatus as one former host has left the podcast for good. Otherwise, some of the news items are old, some are new, in this long episode.

There’s no Gaming Flashback or Gaming History, but plenty of news, including:

  • Activision won’t launch an EA Access-style program anytime soon
  • Disney Interactive revenue up 45% in Q3
  • Sony agrees to $15M settlement in 2011 data breach class action
  • Yogscast: We have ‘no obligation’ to cancelled adventure game Kickstarter
  • Warner Bros. nabs Space Invaders film rights
  • Report: PC and console market will decline

There’s also some Listener Feedback. The Question of the Week: “Do you think consoles will start doing early access on games?”

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VGRT Episode 190: Dan-tastic

Paul Nowak is on hiatus from the podcast, but former podcaster Dan Quick is stepping in to fill his shoes. This week’s Gaming Flashback is the expansion Diablo II: Lord of Destruction.

As for the news:

  • Noriega suing Activision over depiction in Call of Duty
  • The Sims 2 players get expansion-stuffed upgrade as EA ends support
  • Codemasters responds to GRID Autosport Boost Pack criticism (from Videogamer.com)
  • Ex-Call of Duty devs found brand new studio
  • Adam West playing himself in Lego Batman 3
  • Civilization Beyond Earth release date announced

All this and listener feedback.

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VGRT Episode 189: Gi-Blow

This week’s podcast finally reveals the winner of the E3 Swag Bag. The episode is packed full of show, including a Gaming Flashback about Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and the Gaming History celebrating Donkey Kong‘s 33rd birthday.

The news includes:

  • Another EA exec explains why mobile Dungeon Keeper suffered
  • PS4 fails to inspire Japanese market
  • Former Epic director Bleszinski unretires to reveal Project Bluestreak
  • Divinity: Original Sin developer turned off global chat to silence trolls
  • Bartle: “Free-to-play has a half-life

All this plus the Question of the Week: “Have online players caused you to quit playing that session?”

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VGRT Episode 188: E3 Swag Bag Part 3

This is the final week of the E3 Swag Bag giveaway, which includes a The Sims 4 bag, a The Sims 4 T-shirt, The Sims 4 sunglasses, and some other goodies like a Dragon Age: Inquisition T-shirt, a Farming Simulation 2014 cow, and so on. Paul is unavailable this week but Jordan’s wife Jennifer guest hosts, with the famed Kingdom Hearts being the Gaming Flashback.

This episode also includes the following news items:

  • Report: PS Vita no longer available at major retailers
  • No women allowed at upcoming Hearthstone tournament
  • Lindsay Lohan files suit over GTA V allegedly using her likeness
  • Sources: Crytek UK’s staff no longer going to work
  • Riot closing League Of Legends’ public chat

And once again, the Question of the Week: “What was your biggest takeaway from E3?”

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VGRT Episode 187: E3 Swag Bag Part 2

The E3 Swag Bag contest is still going on, while Paul, Jordan and Jonah discuss the latest in videogame industry news.

This week’s news includes:

  • Nintendo loses Wii patent lawsuit to Philips
  • PlayStation Now beta gets six new games, but those high prices remain
  • Crytek claims it’s doing fine, despite rumors
  • Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty heading to Xbox One with ID@Xbox
  • Google announces virtual reality app Cardboard

All this and Listener Feedback. The contest question is still up: “What was your biggest takeaway from E3?”

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VGRT Episode 186: E3 Swag Bag

Jonah returns from attending E3 last week, as Jordan is a sick latecomer into the podcast. Jonah and Paul relate his near-disaster loss of his iPad Air, while Jordan does his best Don LaFontaine impressions in this episode which is 50% longer than normal.

The news discussed includes:

  • Hirshberg: Console transition pains not a bad problem to have
  • Destiny may possibly come to Windows PC
  • Nintendo’s top designer has “uneasiness” about virtual reality
  • How the Xbox One’s 10% GPU increase works without Kinect
  • PS4, Xbox One seeing much higher digital download attach rates

In addition to the news, there’s Listener feedback, and even better, a new contest to win an E3 Swag Bag – listen in to find out how to win (US listeners only, sorry.)

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VGRT Episode 185: Get Ready for E3 Again

It’s the last podcast before E3 2014 starts on Monday. Jonah is still ravaged by the flu, while Paul’s ghost haunts the podcast.

The news this week includes:

  • Watch Dogs sells 4 million in first week
  • Xbox One getting 34 new apps
  • Sony discontinues the PSP in Japan
  • Take-Two CEO skeptical of Oculus’ broad appeal

All this and Listener Feedback as well as a new Question of the Week: “How much info do you try to glean from E3 reports?”

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VGRT Episode 184: Explicit Lyrics

This week’s episode is shockingly adult, so the warning about explicit lyrics is up. Aside from the dirtiness, the episode features the following news:

  • Apple refuses to allow an educational app on female stimulation
  • Zenimax announces lawsuit against Oculus
  • Sony may be working on newer PS4, PS3 models
  • PS4 game pre-loading will begin with Destiny
  • External storage coming in Xbox One system update in June
  • Blizzard is suing Starcraft 2 hackers for profiting off mods

This plus Listener Feedback and the Question of the Week, “What is your favorite party game?”

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VGRT Episode 183: Where in the World is Gaming Podcast?

Last week’s podcast was the victim of Jonah’s ISP going down, so this week is a mix of last week’s and this week’s news, as well as a Gaming History on industry legend Nolan Bushnell.

The news includes:

  • EA rumored to nearing deal to stream games via Comcast
  • Nintendo responds to gay marriage petition
  • $300 3D printer coming early 2015
  • Kinect-free Xbox One coming June 9 for $399
  • Philips sues Nintendo, seeks to halt Wii U sales in U.S.

The Question of the Week: “What is your favorite educational videogame?”

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VGRT Episode 182: Better Late

In this episode, Paul arrives in time for the letters, with some audio issues on his phone.

In the meantime, Jordan and Jonah cover some of the week’s news including:

  • Nintendo skipping E3 media briefing again
  • E.T. cartridges unearthed in New Mexico
  • Sony Online Entertainment rolls out All Access Program
  • Star Wars: Episode VII cast announced
  • Skype group calls now free on Xbox One & PC
  • Analyst: PC gaming now brings in more money than console gaming

All this and Listener Feedback.

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VGRT Episode 181: Nostalgia Filter

This week is a little special as Jonah, Jordan and Paul discuss some of the things that were common in the golden age of 1990′s consoles that are no longer around.

In addition, the news includes:

  • King settles ‘Candy Crush Saga’ trademark disputes amicably
  • Gamestop’s only female executive is fictional
  • Nate Wells leaves Naughty Dog

The Question of the Week: “What gaming activities do you no longer do?”

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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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