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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Shelved Flicks - Pixels (2015)

Shelved Flicks - Pixels (2015)

Introducing "Shelved Flicks!" This is a series of commentary tracks to pair with the finest offerings of video game cinema. What happens when you combine the comedy stylings of Adam Sandler and the nostalgia of 80s video games? Well..... you get Pixels. We're sorry. We're sorry we did this. Please don't watch this movie.

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92 - Shelved Games Podcast 01/29/2018

92 - Shelved Games Podcast 01/29/2018

What sort of tune will Anthem sing? As ripples of recent missteps in similar games make waves in the industry, the pressure is on for EA and BioWare's upcoming title. Dragon Ball FighterZ is a hit, Paragon gets canned, and cryptocurrencies are driving up the prices of video cards. Plus, who the heck is asking for a Duke Nukem movie?

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Ted cooks delicious chicken dinners in this video: https://youtu.be/qnFrxBfJdQs

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91 - Shelved Games Podcast 01/22/2018

91 - Shelved Games Podcast 01/22/2018

Nintendo surprises us once again with the introduction of Labo! Will their creative cardboard gamble pay off? David Cage is accused of fostering a toxic work environment at Quantic Dream, China and Tencent crack down on PUBG hackers, and a new Steam competitor will tackle returns and cryptocurrency. Plus, CD Projekt teases a look at Cyberpunk 2077!

Be a part of the conversation on the Shelved Games Discord: https://discord.gg/0cnPsuJSU8De134Z 

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Find John's new gaming column here: http://www.capilanocourier.com/2018/01/16/video-games-growing-pains/

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90 - Shelved Games Podcast 01/15/2018

90 - Shelved Games Podcast 01/15/2018

An argument between two Call of Duty players results in the swatting death of a man in Wichita. Who bears responsibility? And how do we prevent tragedies like this from happening again? The HTC Vive gets a hardware upgrade, Nintendo announces the remaster of a fan favourite, and Bungie tries to make good with its community. Plus, why would Riot Games rescind a lifetime ban for one of League of Legend's "most toxic players?"

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Check out Ted's recommendation this week: https://www.udemy.com/make-a-game-and-learn-to-code-in-gamemaker-studio/

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88 - Shelved Games Podcast 12/25/2017

88 - Shelved Games Podcast 12/25/2017

What do video games have in store for us in the days ahead? We count down our most anticipated titles of 2018 and beyond! Will they be the games that we hold dear for years to come? Or will they flounder into obscurity? (They'll probably just be delayed, but let's have fun anyway!)

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Help us raise money for our children's hospital by getting in those last minute donations! https://www.extra-life.org/participant/shelved

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87 - Shelved Games Podcast 12/18/2017

87 - Shelved Games Podcast 12/18/2017

What the heck is going on with Star Citizen? Lawsuits, backer complaints, and more. Bungie backtracks on restricting content in Destiny 2, the UK puts out data on underage gambling with cosmetic items, and PUBG is a broken mess on Xbox. Plus, Ted and John find a new obsession in Rainbow Six Siege and Chisulo is living that Switch Life.

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86 - Shelved Games Podcast 12/11/2017

86 - Shelved Games Podcast 12/11/2017

PUBG finally nears its official release date! Will this latest patch help the game keep its momentum moving into the new year? We catch up on Battlefront 2 and the loot crate debacle, discuss Destiny 2 locking content behind DLC, and recap all of the highs and lows of the 2017 Game Awards. Plus, Mario is coming to theatres again and Ryan Reynolds is going to play.... Pikachu?

Thank you to everyone who helped us raise $2,400 for the BC Children's hospital. You can still donate before the end of the year!

Be a part of the podcast discussion by checking out our Discord server! Get in your game of the year lists by next week!
 

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84 - Shelved Games Podcast 11/06/2017

84 - Shelved Games Podcast 11/06/2017

[Content Warning: In this episode we discuss sexual/domestic violence and rape starting at 00:31:00.]

If video games want to tackle issues of domestic and sexual violence, they need to be held to the same standards as other art forms. Is David Cage’s latest game up to the task? Big announcements come out of both Blizzard and Sony, PUBG gets a release date on Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch is on track to be a best seller. Plus, Call of Duty somehow manages to make loot boxes even grosser.

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83 - Shelved Games Podcast 10/30/2017

83 - Shelved Games Podcast 10/30/2017

NeoGAF gets taken out after allegations of sexual harassment are levied against its owner. How will the industry react to the death of the once massively influential gaming forum? Animal Crossing is coming to mobile, Lego Dimensions gets shuttered, and Bungie accidentally bans players in Destiny 2. Plus, IO Interactive's Hitman continues to be the best game of 2016/17.

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82 - Shelved Games Podcast 10/23/2017

82 - Shelved Games Podcast 10/23/2017

EA shuts down Visceral, makers of Dead Space and the highly anticipated Star Wars narrative-action game. If Star Wars can't save single player story games, what can? Team Fortress 2 gets an update for its 10th anniversary, Activision patents a shady matchmaking system, and Pokémon Go launches its Halloween event. Plus, serious allegations of sexual harassment are made against one of Sony's biggest studios, Naughty Dog. 

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80 - Shelved Games Podcast 10/09/2017

80 - Shelved Games Podcast 10/09/2017

Why are we seeing free-to-play models being applied to full-priced video games? Are microtransactions adversely affecting the design of blockbuster titles? We get a closer look at Red Dead Redemption 2, Assassin's Creed wants to be educational, and the voice actors' strike might be closer to a resolution. Plus, are toxic attitudes among game enthusiasts keeping developers silent? 

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