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E3’s New Direction and Apple Arcade - PvA Radio: Episode 58

E3’s New Direction and Apple Arcade - PvA Radio: Episode 58

September 19, 2019

The news lull that haunted the gang last week is now over, and there is much to discuss on this week's episode of PvA Radio. Luke, Larry, and Cody get together to discuss three of those big stories so that you can be entertained and informed as you move through your week. This week's topics include:

Cody's Topic: Apple Arcade launches later this week brings dozens of curated mobile games at a low low price of $4.99 a month. The crew discusses what, if any, impact Apple Arcade will have on a mobile gaming market that has been plagued with race-to-the-bottom monetization models and diminishing returns on quality. Who exactly is this service for? Is it something that personally interests them?

Articles used in this topic include:

* [https://www.polygon.com/2019/9/10/20859218/apple-arcade-price-release-date-games](https://www.polygon.com/2019/9/10/20859218/apple-arcade-price-release-date-games)
* [https://www.polygon.com/apple/2019/9/17/20870210/apple-arcade-line-up-full-list-release-date-november-19](https://www.polygon.com/apple/2019/9/17/20870210/apple-arcade-line-up-full-list-release-date-november-19)

Larry's Topic: Ben Kusin and Ariel Horn are hoping to launch VENN, a 24/7 network dedicated to all things gaming and esports culture, in an attempt to create the MTV of games. The gang discusses whether or not there is a place for a centralized network like this when so much of entertainment, especially in the game's space, has been decentralized. Then they pitch their own gaming network ideas.

Articles used in this topic include:

* [https://techcrunch.com/2019/09/17/meet-venn-the-company-hoping-to-build-mtv-for-the-gaming-generation/](https://techcrunch.com/2019/09/17/meet-venn-the-company-hoping-to-build-mtv-for-the-gaming-generation/)

Luke's Topic: Changes are coming to E3 2020 that change it from an industry-focused/B2B event to a more consumer-centric event with an emphasis of "queuetainment" Recently, it has seemed like E3 has been slipping into obscurity with publishers like EA and Sony foregoing the festivities. The guys discuss whether or not this change will have the intended impact on the future of the event.

Articles used in this topic include:

* [https://gamedaily.biz/article/1215/e3-2020-planning-document-proposes-overhaul-with-queuetainment-new-floor-plan-industry-only-day](https://gamedaily.biz/article/1215/e3-2020-planning-document-proposes-overhaul-with-queuetainment-new-floor-plan-industry-only-day)
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Gaming’s #MeToo Movement and Telltale Games’ Return - PvA Radio Episode 55

Gaming’s #MeToo Movement and Telltale Games’ Return - PvA Radio Episode 55

August 29, 2019

On this week's episode of PvA Radio, the guys talk about, not only the the biggest gaming news stories of the week, but one really important one as well. The topics for this week include:

Larry's Topic - In a recent interview with Twinfinite, Xbox's Aaron Greenberg spoke about Microsoft's approach to first party titles now that they have acquire more studios, what could be shown at X019, and how Xbox Games Pass plays into their strategy at large. The guys discuss what it means for Xbox to support their "platform" and how Xbox could possibly be looking to bring their games to other ecosystems, even if they aren't interested in bringing them to other consoles directly.

Luke's Topic - Earlier this year, Telltale Games was shut down unceremoniously, leaving many developers and employees without jobs. Now, two men who had nothing to do with the original Telltale Games are attempting to revive it. Luke, Larry, and Cody talk about why this move seems slimy and how gaming culture at large fails to recognize that it's people, not companies who make games.

Cody's Topic - Earlier this week, developer Nathalie Lawhead published her account of rape by Skyrim composer Jeremy Soule. What followed were countless stories of other women who had been abused and taken advantage of by people of power in the games industry. The guys discuss this #metoo moment and how the industry and we as fans of games can respond in a way that can lead to actual change.

Plus, Cody gives his thoughts on Control. Luke reviews Gears Pop. And Larry talks about how PUBG is finally a playable game on Xbox One!

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Game Informer Layoffs and the Apex Drama - PvA Radio Episode 54

Game Informer Layoffs and the Apex Drama - PvA Radio Episode 54

August 22, 2019

On this week's episode, Luke, Larry, and Cody discuss the three biggest gaming news stories of the week, including the Game Informer Layoffs, the Apex Legends drama, and Gamescom 2019. 

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Twitch May Be Doomed and How to Regulate Loot Boxes | PvA Radio Episode 53

Twitch May Be Doomed and How to Regulate Loot Boxes | PvA Radio Episode 53

August 15, 2019

On this week's episode of PvA Radio, Luke and Larry hash out what it may mean for the games industry to begin policing itself when it comes to loot boxes. They also discuss some of the recent drama surrounding Twitch and how they may go about reversing the tide (if that's something they are even interested in).

Larry's Topic: Forbes recently published an article that referenced a study on how loot boxes impact people with past gambling addictions. Arguing from the standpoint "If you don't start policing yourself, someone else will," the guys chat about whether or not the ESA and industry as a whole are doing enough to police themselves. Do they foresee a future where loot boxes are regulated by the government? They also debate whether or not loot boxes are an inherently bad mechanic.

Luke's Topic: Twitch has been through the wringer in terms of controversy over the last several weeks, topped off by their recent decision that led to them inadvertently promoting porn on Ninja's dormant Twitch channel. The guys discuss if this snowball of controversies could potentially lead to Twitch's demise, what steps need to be taken in order to curb the recent windfall, and how competitors like Mixer may benefit from these snafus.

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A Massive ESA Leak and Big Changes Coming to Loot Boxes - PvA Radio: Episode 52

A Massive ESA Leak and Big Changes Coming to Loot Boxes - PvA Radio: Episode 52

August 8, 2019

This week, Luke, Larry, and Cody tackle some of the biggest stories in gaming news including the ESA leak, changes coming to loot boxes and the positive impact of gaming. Check the notes below for details on each topic. 

Luke’s Topic: Today, the ESA announced that console makers Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft have come together to resolve that they would require publishers who use loot boxes to disclose the drop rates for those boxes some time in 2020. The guys discuss what kind of impact this change may have on gaming economics and whether or not disclosing these details will have a positive or negative impact on the perception of loot boxes. 

Cody’s Topic: Over the weekend, it was revealed that the ESA published the contact details of 2000 games media personalities, writers, and content creators. Cody, Larry, and Luke give their reactions to the news, ESA negligence, and the means by which the news was released. Plus, they speculate on what, if any, kind of impact this will have on both the ESA and their annual event, E3. 

Larry’s Topic: Gaming and violence once again made the news following the heinous and tragic events that took place in El Paso and Dayton over the weekend. In light of the rampant conversations around gaming’s negative impacts on society (though largely unproven), Larry takes the conversation a different direction to talk about how gaming can positively impact individuals. 

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Ninja is Leaving Twitch and Call of Duty White Phosphorous | PvA Radio Episode 51

Ninja is Leaving Twitch and Call of Duty White Phosphorous | PvA Radio Episode 51

August 2, 2019

Gaming discussion abounds in this week's episode of PvA Radio as Larry makes his triumphant return after a few weeks of absence. The guys discuss everything from Ninja leaving Twitch to the Fortnite World Cup to Call of Duty's inclusion of White Phosphorous as a kill streak reward in Call of Duty Modern Warfare.

Larry's Topic: Ninja announced that he will be leaving Twitch to exclusively stream at Microsoft-owned live-streaming platform Mixer. The guys discuss what kind of impact this will have on both Twitch's viewership and relationship with its current creators? Is Mixer poised for a huge leap forward?

Luke's Topic: The Fortnite World Cup took place over the weekend and was a monumental success. But will this one weekend translate to longer-term success and relevance for Fortnite Esports? What does this event's reception, at large, mean for esports in general?

Cody's Topic: Call of Duty revealed the return of killstreak rewards in Call of Duty Modern Warfare, including a white phosphorous attack. The guys discuss whether or not this kind of weapon has a place in a game like Call of Duty. The conversation expands out to include an examination of the use of violence in video games, as a whole.

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Switch Stick Drift and The Witcher Netflix - PvA Radio: Episode 50

Switch Stick Drift and The Witcher Netflix - PvA Radio: Episode 50

July 25, 2019

Today on our 50th episode we are joined by Jerrett Wilson, co-host of Team Chat Podcast, to talk about the most important gaming news stories of the week, from the Nintendo Switch Stick Drift problem to the controversy surrounding Overwatch's new hero, Sigma. 

Cody's Topic: The Witcher Netflix Series: Cody, a self-proclaimed lover of the Witcher 3 talks all things Witcher Netflix series. The crew discusses Netflix's strategy in choosing to go with the books instead of the game as the base for their lore, what they thought about the trailer for the show, and if Netflix is the right place for this series to happen. 

Jerrett's Topic: Overwatch recently released hero 31, Sigma, onto their public test realm. The guys discuss the character's design, the controversy surrounding his barefeet, and his place in the meta. 

Luke's Topic: The most recent corporate snafu with Nintendo's Switch stick drift issue, has made a common problem in the gaming world rear its ugly head yet again, corporate apologism. Luke, Cody, and Jerrett discuss why this seems to be such an issue in gaming in particular and what companies and we as gaming fans can do to combat it. 

You can find Jerrett Wilson on twitter here: https://twitter.com/jtwilson 

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Find new episodes of Team Chat Podcast every Tuesday on podcast services everywhere or at https://teamchatpodcast.com. 

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Gamestop’s New Direction and Ubisoft’s Music Contest | PvA Radio - Episode 49 w/ Andrew Nimsgern from Popped Off

Gamestop’s New Direction and Ubisoft’s Music Contest | PvA Radio - Episode 49 w/ Andrew Nimsgern from Popped Off

July 18, 2019

This week, Luke is joined by editor-in-chief of Popped Off, Andrew Nimsgern to talk about the biggest gaming news stories of the week.

Luke's Topic: Gamestop's model of buying and selling new games and gaming collectibles has been on the steady decline over the last few years, while they have attempted to change course several times. This week, they announced that they would be trialing some new store concepts including providing a place for people to participate in amateur esports tournaments and some retro-only stores. Luke and Andrew, both former employees of Gamestop, discuss whether this new approach could be the correct new direction for the store.

Andrew's Topic: Ubisoft announced that they would be partnering with HitRecord to host a contest where fans of the Watch Dogs series could submit songs to be included in the game. Luke and Andrew have a...spirited (?)... discussion about whether or not contests like this take advantage of the fanbase.

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Nintendo Switch Lite Revealed - PvA Radio: Episode 48

Nintendo Switch Lite Revealed - PvA Radio: Episode 48

July 11, 2019

It's always a good week when there is a new hardware announcement, at least in Luke's opinion. And this week brought us the announcement of the Nintendo Switch Lite, a $199 handheld only version of the Nintendo Switch that lacks removable JoyCons and dockability, but gains a smaller form factor and longer battery life. The guys discuss this and more on this week's episode of PvA Radio. 

 

11:48 - Larry's Topic: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 - New gameplay from Game Informer and Nintendo showcase characters, abilities and more for upcoming Switch exclusive Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3. The guys discuss how this game will fair in light of the most recent Marvel film releases but in the shadow of Crystal Dynamic's Avengers game. They also discuss the state of couch co-op at large. 

 

25:42 - Cody's Topic: The Nintendo Switch Lite - A few hours before the show, Nintendo revealed their handheld-only version of the wildly popular Nintendo Switch Console, the Nintendo Switch Lite. How does this announcement impact Nintendo's strategy at large? Now that Nintendo has merged handheld and home console gaming, can the two ever be separated?

 

1:07:14 - Luke's Topic: Sean Murray on How Silence Saved No Man's Sky - Sean Murray recently gave an interview about the months following the release of No Man's Sky. He mentioned that while it was difficult, staying silent with the community and press helped them to focus on making the game better. He said that Bethesda, Microsoft and EA could benefit from this approach. The guys discuss whether or not Sean Murray's advice is sound. 

 

Then, the triumphant return of 2 Truths and a Gaming Lie: Gaming Edition - The Game: The Musical! 

 

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Dr. Disrespect and Twitch’s Toxic Problem | PvA Radio - Episode 47

Dr. Disrespect and Twitch’s Toxic Problem | PvA Radio - Episode 47

July 4, 2019

This week, we are talking toxicity on multiple fronts. First, Luke and Cody break down the Dr. Disrespect debacle. From his statement regarding the E3 bathroom event to the toxicity that he showed towards Kotaku staff members. What responsibility does Twitch have to respond when their most popular creators step out of line? What does it say about their platform that some of the most prominent personalities are among the most toxic?

Then, Cody breaks down the situation with Mordhau's toxic community and why it seems the creators have no real interest in dealing with the issues. What practical steps could the studio take to curb racism, misogyny, and homophobia in their community?

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