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Our 2020 Gaming Predictions and New Years Resolutions  | PvA Radio Episode 71

Our 2020 Gaming Predictions and New Years Resolutions | PvA Radio Episode 71

January 2, 2020

Happy New Year from the hosts of PvA Radio to you! We hope that your 2020 will bring happiness and fulfillment, starting with a brand new episode of the show! Since it is January 1, today's episode focuses on looking ahead at 2020 to talk about what we are excited for and what we think will change about the industry over the 366 days (it's a leap year). Today's topics include:

 

Larry's Topic: Our 2020 gaming predictions. 2019 brought some huge stories (as we talked about in our last episode), and on today's episode we want to look into the crystal ball to see what we will be talking about at the end of 2020. We chat about what the biggest changes to the industry might be, what stories seem like a big deal now but will ultimately fizzle out, and what players we are looking at most closely as we move into the new console generation.

 

Luke's Topic: Our 2020 New Year's Resolutions. A new year means a new opportunity to set annual goals and improve yourself. We talk about what gaming habits we want to change in 2020, what we want to accomplish with the podcast, and other goals for the upcoming year.

 

Cody's Topic: Our most anticipated games for 2020. The new year is shaping up to be a massive one for game releases, with many highly anticipated titles dropping in 2020. We take a look at the games we are most excited for, big games we couldn't care less about, and what games we think will dominate the conversation the longest.

 

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Ranking the Biggest News Stories of 2019 - PvA Radio Episode 70

Ranking the Biggest News Stories of 2019 - PvA Radio Episode 70

December 27, 2019

As 2019 comes to a close and we look forward to a new year, the PvA Radio hosts look back at 50 episodes of the show in 2019 to discuss what the biggest gaming news stories of the year were and how they may impact the gaming landscape as we move into the new year. Before we jump into that, however, we take a look at the biggest announcements from the Game Awards, give our thoughts on the Xbox Series X, and talk about the whole vibe of the show. Join our discord server! [https://discord.gg/8AjnwMy](https://discord.gg/8AjnwMy) * Watch us live at [https://www.twitch.tv/pvaradio](https://www.twitch.tv/pvaradio) * Follow Cody on Twitter: [https://www.twitter.com/proelectioneer](https://www.twitter.com/proelectioneer) * Follow Larry on Twitter: [https://www.twitter.com/LarHuntsZombies](https://www.twitter.com/LarHuntsZombies) * Follow Luke on Twitter: [https://www.twitter.com/Hoagie_OW](https://www.twitter.com/Hoagie_OW) * Follow the podcast on Twitter: [https://www.twitter.com/pvaradio](https://www.twitter.com/pvaradio) -- Watch live at https://www.twitch.tv/pvaradio

Recapping State of Play and a New Bioshock! - PvA Radio Episode 69…nice

Recapping State of Play and a New Bioshock! - PvA Radio Episode 69…nice

December 16, 2019

On this week's episode of PvA Radio, the guys are talking Bioshock, State of Play, and video game rentals. Luke's Topic: Sony recently showed their latest state of play, complete with new announcements and gameplay trailers. The guys break down the announcements and give a State of the State of Play address. Articles used in this topic: [https://www.ign.com/articles/2019/12/10/everything-announced-in-the-december-10-playstation-state-of-play](https://www.ign.com/articles/2019/12/10/everything-announced-in-the-december-10-playstation-state-of-play) Larry's Topic: Redbox recently announced that they are dissolving their video game rental service. The gang reads the tea leaves to talk about where renting and demos fit in today's all digital gaming landscape. Articles used in this segment: [https://www.theverge.com/2019/12/9/21003320/redbox-video-games-rentals-purchases-movies-business](https://www.theverge.com/2019/12/9/21003320/redbox-video-games-rentals-purchases-movies-business) Cody's Topic: 2k games announced their new studio, Cloud Chamber, has a new Bioshock game in the works. Cody, Larry, and Luke discuss where Bioshock fits in the modern gaming landscape and what the franchise needs to do to be successful. Articles used in this segment: - [https://kotaku.com/2k-games-officially-announces-its-working-on-a-new-bios-1840310449](https://kotaku.com/2k-games-officially-announces-its-working-on-a-new-bios-1840310449) - [https://kotaku.com/2k-games-officially-announces-its-working-on-a-new-bios-1840310449](https://kotaku.com/2k-games-officially-announces-its-working-on-a-new-bios-1840310449) - [https://kotaku.com/bioshocks-jewish-roots-run-deep-1827482206](https://kotaku.com/bioshocks-jewish-roots-run-deep-1827482206) Join our discord server! [https://discord.gg/8AjnwMy](https://discord.gg/8AjnwMy) * Watch us live at [https://www.twitch.tv/pvaradio](https://www.twitch.tv/pvaradio) * Follow Cody on Twitter: [https://www.twitter.com/proelectioneer](https://www.twitter.com/proelectioneer) * Follow Larry on Twitter: [https://www.twitter.com/LarHuntsZombies](https://www.twitter.com/LarHuntsZombies) * Follow Luke on Twitter: [https://www.twitter.com/Hoagie_OW](https://www.twitter.com/Hoagie_OW) * Follow the podcast on Twitter: [https://www.twitter.com/pvaradio](https://www.twitter.com/pvaradio) -- Watch live at https://www.twitch.tv/pvaradio

Exclusives on Project Scarlett and Halo MCC Topping Charts - PvA Radio Episode 68

Exclusives on Project Scarlett and Halo MCC Topping Charts - PvA Radio Episode 68

December 5, 2019

The guys are back from digesting all of their delicious Thanksgiving food and they are ready to make you thankful for this week's biggest gaming news stories. Luke, Larry, and Cody gather together to discuss Xbox Scarlett exclusives, Valve's Acquisition of Campo Santo, and the PC release of Halo MCC.

Cody's Topic: In the Valley of Gods Shelved Indefinitely

Following the reveal of their title In the Valley of Gods, former Firewatch developer Campo Santo was acquired by Valve. Since then former Campo Santo employees have moved to other Valve projects as a part of Valve's "work on the project you want" policy. As a result, In the Valley of Gods has been indefinitely shelved. The guys explore whether or not this policy is healthy for coherent and consistent development and reflect on whether or not the decision to sell to Valve was the right one for Campo Santo.

Article used in this segment: https://www.polygon.com/2019/12/3/20994257/valve-in-the-valley-of-gods-campo-santo-half-life-alyx 

Luke's Topic: Halo MCC is Killing it on Steam

Halo: The Master Chief Collection released on Steam this week, and has completely dominated the charts. Your hosts discuss the unique nature of Halo as a franchise and what makes the older games hold up so well. They also explore what concepts from the old iterations should be carried over into Halo Infinite.

Article used in this segment: https://www.pcgamer.com/halo-the-master-chief-collection-hits-the-top-of-the-charts-on-steam/

Larry's Topic: Microsoft is Planning Tons of Scarlett Exclusives

In an interview with Games Radar, Head of Xbox Studios Matt Booty discussed the future of exclusives on Xbox Scarlett and talked about how he wants to see an Xbox Games Studio title released every 3-6 months. The guys discuss whether or not it was volume or quality that created the issue for the Xbox One, and what they hope to see come out of the newly acquired Xbox Studios.

Article used in this segment: https://www.gamesradar.com/xbox-game-studios-matt-booty-interview-project-scarlett/

Weird News of the Week

The Vatican decided to open a Minecraft server, and it went about as well as one might expect.

Article used in this segment: https://www.pcgamer.com/the-vatican-has-its-own-minecraft-server/

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Previewing the Game Awards and Amazon Enters the Game Streaming Space - PvA Radio Episode 67

Previewing the Game Awards and Amazon Enters the Game Streaming Space - PvA Radio Episode 67

November 27, 2019

It is a new week, which means it is a new episode of PvA Radio. This week, Luke, Larry, and Cody talk about a new challenger in the game streaming space, what a video game sequel even is anymore, and if the Game Awards matter. Amazon Enters into the Game Streaming Space - Forbes reported this week that Amazon was hoping to launch their game streaming service around the same time the PS5 and next Xbox will launch. The guys discuss whether or not Amazon will be a true challenger in this space and what lessons the giant company has likely learned from the maligned launch of Google Stadia. Articles used in this segment include: - [https://www.forbes.com/sites/paultass...](https://www.forbes.com/sites/paultass...) What Makes a Sequel - One of the biggest changes over the course of the 8th generation is the ever-evolving definition of a sequel. Now, with games like Overwatch 2 and Path of Exile 2 sset to release, it seems that all definitions of sequel have been tossed out the window. The gang discusses what makes an expansion a sequel and why we do not see more franchises simply exist in perpetuity with expansions. Articles used in this segment include: - [https://www.pcgamer.com/with-overwatc...](https://www.pcgamer.com/with-overwatc...) The Game Awards - This week, The Game Awards revealed their categories and nominees for the 2019 event. Luke, Larry, and Cody discuss better ways to categorize the nominees and whether or not The Game Awards even matter in the grand scheme of the industry. View The Game Award Nominees Here: - [https://thegameawards.com/nominees](https://thegameawards.com/nominees) Join our discord server! [https://discord.gg/8AjnwMy](https://discord.gg/8AjnwMy) * Watch us live at [https://www.twitch.tv/pvaradio](https://www.twitch.tv/pvaradio) * Follow Cody on Twitter: [https://www.twitter.com/proelectioneer](https://www.twitter.com/proelectioneer) * Follow Larry on Twitter: [https://www.twitter.com/LarHuntsZombies](https://www.twitter.com/LarHuntsZombies) * Follow Luke on Twitter: [https://www.twitter.com/Hoagie_OW](https://www.twitter.com/Hoagie_OW) * Follow the podcast on Twitter: [https://www.twitter.com/pvaradio](https://www.twitter.com/pvaradio) -- Watch live at https://www.twitch.tv/pvaradio

Blizzcon, Overwatch 2, and Google Stadia - PvA Radio Episode 65

Blizzcon, Overwatch 2, and Google Stadia - PvA Radio Episode 65

November 12, 2019

The squad is back at full strength this week for PvA Radio where we talk about esports, Blizzcon, Overwatch 2, and Google Stadia. Today's topics include:

* A Follow-Up on Blizzard's Hong Kong Situation - J Allen Brack opened the Blizzcon 2019 festivities with an "apology" for the way they handled the Blitzchung Hearthstone punishment, but said later in the weekend that they would not be reversing any punishments. Where do the guys currently stand on Blizzard in light of these recent developments? Articles used in this segment include:
[https://www.pcgamer.com/blizzard-president-clarifies-decision-to-ban-hearthstone-player-and-two-casters-over-hong-kong-controversy/](https://www.pcgamer.com/blizzard-president-clarifies-decision-to-ban-hearthstone-player-and-two-casters-over-hong-kong-controversy/)

* Are 3rd Party Esports Tournaments Coming or Going? - A recent 3rd party Fortnite tournament was postponed due to griefers infiltrating the games. The guys discuss the place of 3rd party esports tournaments in the growing world of competitive gaming, how game makers can help support this scene, and what the inherent benefits of a strong unofficial tournament culture are. Articles used in this segment include:
[https://www.polygon.com/2019/11/5/20950098/fortnite-vanish-cup-canceled-cheaters](https://www.polygon.com/2019/11/5/20950098/fortnite-vanish-cup-canceled-cheaters)

* Is Google Stadia Dead on Arrival - With less than two weeks to go until the launch of Google Stadia, the guys ponder why they haven't heard more about the service leading up to its release. They explore the challenges of launching a service vs hardware, if Google is in the game for the long haul, and whether or not a Google failure will negatively impact the outlook of game streaming at large.
* What is Overwatch 2 - At Blizzcon, Blizzard announced the sequel/not sequel to Overwatch, Overwatch 2. The new game will feature extensive PvE missions, new characters, new synergies, and some RPG-esque skill tree building. Luke, Larry, and Cody discuss all of these facets and whether or not they are excited for the new content coming. Articles used in this segment include:
[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBeWUYvE-iU](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBeWUYvE-iU)

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZl1yGUetjI](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZl1yGUetjI)

Plus, the weird news of the week as Cody discusses the cage-fighting darkness of Apex Legends drop ship. You can check out the article here: [https://www.usgamer.net/articles/a-bug-in-apex-legends-has-players-falling-out-of-the-dropship-half-dead](https://www.usgamer.net/articles/a-bug-in-apex-legends-has-players-falling-out-of-the-dropship-half-dead)

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Fallout 76’s $100 Subscription and Fortnite Bots - PvA Radio Episode 63

Fallout 76’s $100 Subscription and Fortnite Bots - PvA Radio Episode 63

October 25, 2019

On this week's episode of PvA Radio, the guys are taking what was a light news week and making the most of it. From Fornite bots, spooky halloween events, and even spookier subscription plans for Fallout 76. Today's Topics include:

Cody's Topic: Since Fortnite's second chapter launched a couple weeks ago, players have noticed that there are bots...everywhere. Luke, Larry, and Cody discuss why Epic likely meant to put so many bots in these matches, and what it could mean for both the casual audience and the competitive scene.

Articles used in this segment include:

- [https://www.polygon.com/2019/10/22/20926888/fortnite-bots-skill-based-matchmaking-epic-games](https://www.polygon.com/2019/10/22/20926888/fortnite-bots-skill-based-matchmaking-epic-games)

Larry's Topic: Bethesda announced that a subscription service called Fallout First is coming to Fallout 76. At $100 a year, users will be able to start private worlds, get exclusive loot, and the ability to store infinite crafting materials. But is it really a good value to players?

Articles used in this segment:

- [https://www.ign.com/articles/2019/10/23/fallout-76-now-has-a-100-a-year-subscription-service-fallout-1st](https://www.ign.com/articles/2019/10/23/fallout-76-now-has-a-100-a-year-subscription-service-fallout-1st)

Luke's Topic: A UK study shows that 29% of 18-34 year olds like to take their consoles with them on holiday. This got Luke thinking, what are our other strange gaming habits.

Articles used in this segment:

- [https://www.dualshockers.com/compare-the-market-video-game-holiday-study/](https://www.dualshockers.com/compare-the-market-video-game-holiday-study/)

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Blizzard’s Hong Kong Debacle, PS5 Details, and Fortnite Lawsuit - PvA Radio Episode 61

Blizzard’s Hong Kong Debacle, PS5 Details, and Fortnite Lawsuit - PvA Radio Episode 61

October 10, 2019

On this week's episode of PvA Radio, the guys tackle a wide range of topics and experience a wide range of emotions, from excitement to disappointment to confusion. This week's topics include:

Larry - Blizzard has drawn the ire of fans after suspending Hongkonger Hearthstone Professional Chung "Blitzchung" Ng Wai for one year after he made remarks in support of the Hong Kong protests during a tournament. The guys discuss Blizzard's response and at what point the bottomline should stop mattering for a company to make way for what is right.

Articles used in this segment:

- [https://www.polygon.com/2019/10/8/209...](https://www.polygon.com/2019/10/8/209...)

- [https://kotaku.com/blizzard-suspends-...](https://kotaku.com/blizzard-suspends-...) - [https://www.polygon.com/2019/10/9/209...](https://www.polygon.com/2019/10/9/209...)

Luke - This week, Wired released an article interview with Sony's Mark Cerny to talk new details about the - now confirmed - PlayStation 5, including talk about memory, UI, and the new controller. Luke, Larry, and Cody discuss the features at length, and why Sony has decided to trickle out information about their next gen console like this.

Articles used in this segment:

- [https://www.wired.com/story/exclusive...](https://www.wired.com/story/exclusive...)

Cody - A new potential class action lawsuit in Canada claims that Fortnite is as addictive as cocaine and tobaco and claims that Epic should have made parents aware of the game's potential adverse effects on children. With gaming disorder now a recognized condition from WHO, is there potential for this case to go anywhere?

Articles used in this segment:

- [https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/t...](https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/t...)

- [https://www.vg247.com/2019/05/27/worl...](https://www.vg247.com/2019/05/27/worl...)

- [https://www.ign.com/articles/2019/10/...](https://www.ign.com/articles/2019/10/...)

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Sony Enables Crossplay and Apex Season 3 - PvA Radio Episode 60

Sony Enables Crossplay and Apex Season 3 - PvA Radio Episode 60

October 3, 2019

The boys are back in town, restored to full-strength, stopped by the ammo crate to top off to talk about the biggest gaming news stories of the week, and boy oh boy, we have a packed episode (complete with a bonus topic)! On today's episode of PvA Radio, Cody, Larry, and Luke discuss Sony cross play, Troy Baker's Borderlands 3 absence, Apex Legends Season 3, and the future of Bungie. 

 

Bonus Topic: As an aside in a Wired interview, Sony announced that cross play was now open to all developers who wish to implement the feature. They guys give their brief thoughts on the when, why and how of Sony's announcement and whether or not this is going to change people's perceptions of the console maker. 

 

Articles in this segment include:

-  https://www.engadget.com/2019/10/02/sony-ps4-cross-play-open-developers/?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAFpx5caV6enkIfq5WsV7kUqoJXzDLSJru3yUPFgPkQBet_ExDx687c_WvzNm51RASwgWhlRZv6DAoPmaEHmHGZT_M5Lfwv1w7tuTNls4tpns7eb69oQUthOfwl0Q7Ua8gJw4D2X2wBiNEzLNaDwmOGfSj2PLTyTVvtqPrflCs4fl

 

Luke's Topic: This week, Bungie launched Destiny 2 Shadowkeep and the free-to-play version of Destiny, Destiny 2 New Light. The guys discuss what the future of Bungie will look like now that they are free from Activision, including speculation on the new IP they hope to launch before 2025. 

 

Articles in this segment include: 

- https://www.ign.com/articles/2019/10/02/destiny-2-taken-offline-for-emergency-maintenance-after-hitting-all-time-concurrent-player-record

- https://www.ign.com/articles/2019/10/02/destiny-2-taken-offline-for-emergency-maintenance-after-hitting-all-time-concurrent-player-record

 

Cody's Topic: It's been a bizarre week steeped in controversy for Borderlands 3 as voice actor Troy Baker claimed the company didn't allow him to reprise his role as Rhys because they didn't want to use union talent. The accusation resulted in an exchange of statements from SAF-AFTRA and Gearbox. The guy's discuss the state of talent unionization in video games and how we should view Gear Box after this news. 

 

Articles used in this segment include:

- https://www.vg247.com/2019/10/01/borderlands-3-troy-baker-rhys-union/

- https://www.vg247.com/2019/10/02/gearbox-sag-aftra-union/

 

Larry’s Topic: Apex Legends Season 3 launched this week with a new map, new champion, and new weapons. The guys discuss the content made available this week and what it means for the future of Apex Legends. 

 

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Call of Duty’s Exclusive Mode and Recapping Yesterday’s Announcements - PvA Radio Episode 59

Call of Duty’s Exclusive Mode and Recapping Yesterday’s Announcements - PvA Radio Episode 59

September 27, 2019

On this week's episode of PvA Radio, Luke and Larry hold down the fort in Cody's absence to have an in-depth discussion about the week in gaming news, including Sony's State of Play and Microsoft's Inside Xbox.

 

Larry's Topic: Call of Duty's Special Ops Survival mode will be exclusive to PS4 for the first year of the game's release, meaning that the next Call of Duty will likely be out by the time Xbox and PC players can play the mode. Was this a good move for Activision given the goodwill they've built with cross-play and removing exclusive map windows? 

 

Articles used in this segment: https://kotaku.com/a-modern-warfare-game-option-is-ps4-exclusive-until-oct-1838429056 

 

Luke's First Topic: Sony hosted their latest State of Play this week and showed off some new games, revealed new trailers, and finally unveiled the release date for The Last of Us Part II. However, did they reveal too much about The Last of Us with their latest trailer? The guys also discuss the format of State of Play and how it can be improved. 

 

Articles used in this segment: https://kotaku.com/everything-playstation-announced-in-todays-state-of-pla-1838415976 

 

Luke's Second Topic: Microsoft's Inside Xbox brought news about Xcloud, Games Pass, and not much else. The guys talk about the Sea of Thieves game that is totally not Sea of Thieves, and the messaging behind Project Xcloud. 

 

Articles used in this segment: https://kotaku.com/everything-announced-during-todays-inside-xbox-1838420370

 

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