111 - Shelved Games Podcast 07/16/2018

111 - Shelved Games Podcast 07/16/2018

We carry forward some pretty heavy debates from last week's show.... and even get into some heated disagreements! Toxic fandom, harassment campaigns, how we use language, and more. Plus, Epic sets a new revenue sharing precedent, Tencent challenges Steam, and charitable microtransactions are making waves.

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Discussed on this week's show:

"ArenaNet Firings Cast a Chilling Shadow Across the Game Industry"

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110 - Shelved Games Podcast 07/09/2018

110 - Shelved Games Podcast 07/09/2018

Our favourite local game dev is back! We sit down for a one on one chat with David to debunk all the myths about game development and to discuss the news of the week. Studios are putting pressure on Sony to allow cross-play, Twitch cracks down on the behaviour of popular streamers, and the company behind Guild Wars 2 fires two of its employees over mounting harassment from its community.

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Discussed on this week's show:

"Popular Twitch streamers receive lengthy bans for using homophobic language, offensive jokes" 

"How Dark Patterns Trick You Online"

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109 - Shelved Games Podcast 07/02/2018

109 - Shelved Games Podcast 07/02/2018

Crossplay conundrum! Sony takes flack for not allowing Fortnite accounts to be cross-compatible. As games as service become the new norm, everyone is taking a page out of Dota 2's book and begins introducing Battle Passes. The World Health Organization wants to officially create a gaming disorder classification, Valve decides that anything goes on their platform, and EA keeps having Star Wars trouble. Plus, Google looks to get into the video games business!

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Articles discussed on this week's show:

"Steam's Irresponsible Hands-Off Policy Is Proof That Valve Still Hasn't Learned Its Lesson"

"‘Gaming disorder’ classified as a mental health condition, but is the move premature?"

"How Warframe built an ethical free-to-play economy"

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Shelved Flicks - Super Mario Bros. (1993)

Shelved Flicks - Super Mario Bros. (1993)

Shelved Flicks is back! This series dissects the foulest selections of video game movie adaptations. What happens when you take Nintendo's beloved franchise and instead of recreating it, turn it into a cyberpunk dystopia? You get Super Mario Bros!

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108 - Shelved Games Podcast 06/18/2018

108 - Shelved Games Podcast 06/18/2018

We recount the biggest news from E3 2018! What left an impression and what flopped? What leaves us skeptical and what are we looking forward to? From EA to Sony to Ubisoft, find out what the industry has in store for the coming years. (This is mostly just marketing BS, so don't pre-order anything. Plus, most of these games won't actually come out.)

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107 - Shelved Games Podcast 06/04/2018

107 - Shelved Games Podcast 06/04/2018

The Pokémon Company is coming for your wallets! The latest games in the franchise revisit the nostalgia of the original games while paving the way for what's to come. The PUBG Corporation is suing Epic over Fortnite's alleged infringement and EA hopes you forget how much they loved loot boxes last year. Plus, it's leak season! Find out all the latest game announcements before they happen at E3!

Find Jason Schreier's article mentioned on todays episode here: Battlefield V Shows How The Video Game Industry Is Turning On Loot Boxes.

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106 - Shelved Games Podcast 05/28/2018

106 - Shelved Games Podcast 05/28/2018

With the announcement of Battlefield V, fans are outraged that a game that loosely borrows the trappings of WWII isn’t “historically accurate.” Absurd weapons and action scenes are fine, but women and people of colour are apparently a bridge too far. Boss Key studio folds after its recent troubles, Epic puts up $100 million for Fortnite’s tournaments, and No Man’s Sky is getting multiplayer 2 years later. Plus, Microsoft doubles down on accessibility with a new adaptive controller.

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105 - Shelved Games Podcast 05/14/2018

105 - Shelved Games Podcast 05/14/2018

Splinter Cell is back, baby! Thanks to a retail listing mistake, we have news on a bunch of unannounced games. Epic and Marvel team up to add Thanos to Fortnite, Nintendo is adding cloud saves for a price, and an NRA mouthpiece keeps bringing up old arguments about the dangers of gaming. Plus, the disastrous Pokémon Go Fest is coming back this summer.

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104 - Shelved Games Podcast 05/07/2018

104 - Shelved Games Podcast 05/07/2018

Fortnite scams are running rampant on YouTube! China throws a bunch of PUBG hackers in jail, MOBA's can't resist the lure of Battle Royale, and multiplayer finally comes to Stardew. The FTC tells console manufacturers that customers have the right to repair their hardware and we share our thoughts on the hotly anticipated Red Dead Redemption 2. Plus, getting Harry Potter lore wrong is a recipe for disaster!

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103 - Shelved Games Podcast 04/30/2018

103 - Shelved Games Podcast 04/30/2018

Players are fed up with the latest chapter in the Harry Potter saga: Microtransactions and Magic! The Nintendo Switch has had a stellar year, Quantic Dream sues the media, and a harassment awareness campaign stumbles before it even starts. Plus, Belgium sets an incredible precedent with its decision that lootboxes are illegal!

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102 - Shelved Games Podcast 04/23/2018

102 - Shelved Games Podcast 04/23/2018

Call of Duty decides its tentpole games don't need a story campaign anymore. But what will players think when Black Ops 4 launches this fall? Fortnite is making boatloads of money on mobile, esports are coming to a high school near you, and PUBG is getting a massive overhaul. Plus, we're getting a movie version of The Division. Because video game movies always work. Always.

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101 - Shelved Games Podcast 04/16/2018

101 - Shelved Games Podcast 04/16/2018

The oldest esport of all, highscore chasing in arcades, is rocked by a decades long cheating scandal. With the King of Kong dethroned, what happens next? Also, where do we see esports heading in the next 10 years? Radical Heights enters the battle royale arena, SteamSpy gets shutdown, and esports stars won't stop behaving badly. Plus, Drake is handling all of Fortnite's PR moving forward. 

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100 - Shelved Games Podcast 04/09/2018

100 - Shelved Games Podcast 04/09/2018

It's our 100th episode! As Shadow of War becomes the next big game to drop microtransactions, what are players actually willing to pay for and when do things cross the line? As developers chase trends, do certain markets become oversaturated? Why can't esports personalities clean up their act? And what the heck happened to Steam Machines? Plus, why is orange juice with pulp inferior? The answers to these burning questions and more on this week's show!

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Check out Holden Shearer's thread on how the Fighting Game Community cleaned up it's act: https://twitter.com/HoldenShearer/status/980404490938482688

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99 - Shelved Games Podcast 04/02/2018

99 - Shelved Games Podcast 04/02/2018

Fortnite's community is falling into the same old traps of gatekeeping as its popularity explodes. Why is it so hard to accept that everyone plays games? The latest Twitch darling, Ninja, falls out of graces after using a slur in a freestyle rap and apparently 2016 is back with a vengeance as both Pokémon Go and No Man's Sky get massive updates. Plus, how do you keep innocuous emojis from becoming racist memes? 

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Find the profile on Stardew Valley's Eric Barone here: https://www.gq.com/story/stardew-valley-eric-barone-profile

Check out Ted's latest chicken dinner! https://youtu.be/5mvcf4P-ntw

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98 - Shelved Games Podcast 03/26/2018

98 - Shelved Games Podcast 03/26/2018

Magic: The Gathering hopes to steal the card-game-crown back from Hearthstone. John discusses his thoughts on the closed beta and what challenges are ahead. There's building momentum for game developers to unionize after recent talks at the Game Developer's Conference, but will it actually happen? PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and Fortnite clash as they both hit mobile devices in North America and shipping Nintendo cartridges full of drugs is a crime. Who knew?

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Find the Desoladies discussion on women in esports here: https://www.desoladies.com/archives/category/cooldown 

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97 - Shelved Games Podcast 03/19/2018

97 - Shelved Games Podcast 03/19/2018

Fortnite has become this year's runaway success. Everyone is playing it and everyone is talking about it. Hell, Drake loves it. Should we love it too? What led to its success and where does it have left to go? Nintendo announces a new Smash Brothers game, Battlefront 2 finally sorts out its loot boxes, and Trump's meeting with the industry seems like it was a waste of time. Plus, why would someone attack their boyfriend with a katana? PUBG, of course. 

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"There's a Huge Problem with Fighting the Anti-Video Game Debate with a #Notallgames Mentality" by Chloi Rad: http://ca.ign.com/articles/2018/03/14/opinion-theres-a-huge-problem-with-fighting-the-anti-video-game-debate-with-a-notallgames-mentality

"‘Fortnite’ celebrations are sweeping the sports world" by James Dator: https://www.sbnation.com/lookit/2018/3/11/17106330/fortnite-sports-celebrations-bundesliga-nrl-nba-nfl

And don't forget to check out John's column on Trump and video games: http://www.capilanocourier.com/2018/03/05/trump-scapegoating-video-games-gun-violence/

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96 - Shelved Games Podcast 03/05/2018

96 - Shelved Games Podcast 03/05/2018

The Entertainment Software Association decides to put warning labels on video games in response to concerns over loot boxes and microtransactions. But does that actually accomplish anything? Trump says he's meeting with the games industry this week to "solve" gun violence, but no one got the invite. Plus, Harry Potter is getting a new mobile game, Overwatch gets a new support hero, and Wreck it Ralph takes a dangerous trip to the internet.

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95 - Shelved Games Podcast 02/26/2018

95 - Shelved Games Podcast 02/26/2018

In the wake of another shooting tragedy in the US, fingers are being pointed at violent video games as the cause. Why is this tired and consistently debunked theory such an easy fallback? And what should conversations about video game violence actually look like? Breath of the Wild wins big at the DICE awards, Assassin's Creed Origins dabbles in censorship, and someone thought a Sonic movie would be a good idea. Plus, how do you deal with other people flaming you in games? 

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94 - Shelved Games Podcast 02/19/2018

94 - Shelved Games Podcast 02/19/2018

Today we interview game developer David Milne to get a more informed opinion on what happens behind the scenes in the industry. Is the traditional $60 game going the way of the dodo and will games as service rule the market? Cheaters might be driving away PUBG's audience, Valve breaks ties with a studio that reviews their own games, and Mafia 3 developer Hanger 13 is hit with layoffs. Plus, what might government crackdown on loot boxes look like?

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John mentions Austin Walker's talk at NYU. Find it here: https://waypoint.vice.com/en_us/article/a34ew8/watch-waypoints-own-austin-walker-give-a-talk-on-games-and-politics 

Find out more about David's work here: https://www.hotheadgames.com/games/kill-shot-bravo/

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93 - Shelved Games Podcast 02/12/2018

93 - Shelved Games Podcast 02/12/2018

Why do controversial personalities become so successful? And why don't Twitch and YouTube punish them when they step out of line? We discuss recent controversies with Dr. Disrespect, Logan Paul, Tyler1, and more. PUBG comes to smartphones in China, Red Dead 2 gets delayed again, and Nintendo is still having a stellar year. Plus, when the developer of a favourite game turns out to be a bad person, how do we reconcile that?

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Check out Megan's cool promotion at SteelSeries for the month of February: https://steelseries.com/dog

Find John's latest column on coming to terms with failure through Dark Souls: http://www.capilanocourier.com/2018/01/30/digital-hurdles-dark-souls/

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