Since our last broadcast, the Summer Games Done Quick marathon ended (including my donation) and EVO has started up and was broadcast on ESPN2 later that evening. I try to start a rumor that the Nintendo NX was really just a mini NES all along, but nobody bought it. The NES Classic Edition will be out in November with 30 games. Pokemon Go is out and has been a bigger cultural sensation than anybody realizes - and even though the mainstream media has been negative, it has been an overall net positive for civilization. Then we take calls about the Gear VR, FandomFest (where I'll be in two weeks!), and Pokemon Go.
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I don't talk about Nintendo NX rumors because I feel that's not a positive discourse - and I wish others followed suit. Square Enix took a look at the reaction to the No Man's Sky day one patch, and delayed Final Fantasy XV to November so they could include their patch on the disc. Then we take a call about why patches don't fix all bugs, and our first video game soundtracks.
No Man's Sky is out, and so that's all I talked about. I enjoy it, but wish the sentinels weren't so omnipresent. Then we take calls about PC games from the early days that people might have missed, and more No Man's Sky.
I was at FandomFest in Louisville, KY last week, and it's a great local convention, but not necessarily something to drive to. Since we were last on the air, a mass exodus of Pokemon Go players has occurred because they couldn't get exact tracking information, but I stopped playing for a different reason. No Man's Sky has been leaked and streamed before a Day One Patch puts in the finishing touches. It's an interesting look into the console certification process, one detailed by Rami Ismail. Then we take calls about gaming news websites not being trustworthy, and how far your gaming dollar goes. Literally.
On July 24, 2005, this podcast was started. Back when the PS2 and Xbox were the most advanced consoles around. Online gaming was just starting. There was no "indie game scene". And here we are, 11 years later, talking about Pokemon. There will be no show on July 31st because I will be at FandomFest in Louisville, Kentucky. Come say hi! On August 7th, I'm scheduled to have an interview with some people behind Dice Lords, a new YouTube comedy series revolving around tabletop gaming. We read a comment about the Classic NES that was announced last week, and talk about why it doesn't have a cartridge port. Pokemon Go is still going strong, but there are some people who are not on board with it and are looking for reasons to distrust it. But really, the night was about calls regarding the last 11 years, what I liked, what YOU liked, what we did that worked, what we did that didn't work (until years later when it became a billion dollar business model) and what we hope for the future.