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Google Stadia, Microsoft's E3 Presser

The Bobby Blackwolf Show - June 9, 2019

It's the weekend before E3, but there's already a lot of announcements to talk about. Google gave more details about Stadia, including when it's going to be out and how much it could cost. Also, how much bandwidth it will take up. Microsoft's E3 press conference also happened, so we talk about Game Pass Ultimate, Xbox Scarlett, and a surprising acquisition. Then we talk to OLR about what we've already seen from E3.

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Antstream Arcade Impressions, Microsoft's PC Gaming Approach

The Bobby Blackwolf Show - June 2, 2019

E3 is coming next week, and we'll be on the air during the Bethesda conference, but not reacting to it live. Super Smash Bros Ultimate released a VR mode with Nintendo Labo this week, and it's not as vomit inducing as Zelda! Kickstarter backers of Antstream Arcade got into an Early Access Closed Beta this week, and I had some time with the service. Cuphead is coming to Tesla cars - but not mine. Microsoft announced a new approach to PC gaming, including selling on Steam, bringing Game Pass to PC, and not forcing UWP on their store. Then we take calls about Wander on the Oculus Go and Anstream Arcade.

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Oculus Rift S Impressions, Loot Box Legislation

The Bobby Blackwolf Show - May 26, 2019

I went to MomoCon in Atlanta for a couple of hours, and it's a great show that's not just anime. The Oculus Quest came out this week, and it sounds like it really is a liberating wire-free VR experience that is worth the money. I, however, got an Oculus Rift S, and after having some issues getting it installed (headset sensors weren't tracking) I really like the fixes they made. There is now proposed legislation to ban loot boxes and pay-to-win microtransactions, but it might be too broad, or just make our games cost more at the point of sale.

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Epic Store Sale, Unity's Questionable Support

The Bobby Blackwolf Show - May 19, 2019

I'm going to my first Gen Con, but have just learned about the "Events" system, which shows why it's not like any other convention or trade show I've ever attended. Because of another revolution around the sun, I received some gifts to talk about. First up is the 8bitdo SN30 Pro controller - a bluetooth controller designed like a SNES controller that works with Windows, Android (along with a Raspberry Pi) and Nintendo Switch. I also received Final Fantasy XV: Royal Edition for Xbox One, which has a nasty bug when Dolby Atmos (spatial audio) is enabled...I demonstrate it on the show - the video of this segment is on YouTube. The Epic Games Store had a Mega Sale across their entire platform - which caused some publishers to temporarily pull their games from sale to not participate. Unity made a tweet and blog post courting the gambling industry, which has made some in the gaming industry upset. Then we take calls about video game soundtracks and trips to LA that don't involve E3.

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Turmoil At ESA, Variety Gaming Shutting Down

The Bobby Blackwolf Show - May 12, 2019

The show begins with me not getting the connection between "Happy Earthbound Day" and "Happy Mother's Day" and there was no way for me to edit it out to save me the embarrassment. (Get it? Earthbound is from the Mother series? I didn't until right after going off the air...) I saw Pokemon Detective Pikachu and give no spoilers, but tell you what I thought about the movie in general. Variety Gaming, a site that does actual journalism about the video game industry with investigations and everything, is closing down after E3. Speaking of E3, there's turmoil at the Entertainment Software Association and the future of E3 is in doubt. Then we take calls about the FF7 Remake and the Phoenix Wright trilogy being accessible.


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