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Apr 21, 2019

Join Jeff and Dan as they discuss gaming news in the second podcast of the week!

Show notes at redbluegreen.ca

Music by Kevin MacLeod from incompetech.com

Jan 1, 2019

Gaming Lounge 2019Gaming Lounge 2019
1) Best Soundtrack of 2018
Dan - Red Dead Redemption 2 Jeff - Octopath Traveller
2) Best Graphics of 2018
Dan - Red Dead Redemption 2 Jeff - Forza Horizon 4
3) Best Deal of 2018
Dan     - Frostpunk Jeff    - Sega Genesis Classics
4) Best Catch-up Game (2017 game you played in 2018)
Dan     - Persona 5 Jeff    - Cosmic Star Heroine
5) Best Recurring Game (Game you played in previous years you played the most of in 2018)
Dan     - Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links        Jeff    - American Truck Simulator 
6) Best Mobile Game of 2018
Dan     - No Comment Jeff    - Pokemon GO, Marvel Strike Force
7) Best Indie Game of 2018
Dan     - Celeste Jeff - Icey
8) Best Multiplayer Game of 2018
Dan     - Sea of Thieves        Jeff    - World of Warships
9) Best Expansion of 2018
Dan     - World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Jeff    - World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth
10) Game of the Year 2018
Dan     - God of War Jeff - Octopath Traveller
11) Honourable Mention of 2018 (game that won nothing, but you still want to mention as great)
Dan     - Spider-Man Jeff    - Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee, Smash Bros Ultimate
12) Most Anticipated Game of 2019
Dan     - The Outer Worlds Jeff    - Crackdown 3, Ace Combat 7, Shenmue 3 
13) Cautiously Pessimistic game
Dan     - Starfield Jeff    - Kingdom Hearts
14) Best gaming device of the year
Dan     - Playstation 4 Jeff    - Nintendo Switch
15) Worst console of the year
Dan     - Xbox One X Jeff    - Playstation Classic
16) Most disappointing Game
Dan     - Monster Hunter World Jeff    - Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (technically a 2017 release)
17) Game most wanted to go on sale Dan     - Nier Automata Jeff    - Nier Automata

Jul 22, 2018

Join Jeff, Dan and Cynthia as they discuss some tech and gaming news and get off on a tangent as usual!

Music by Kevin Macleod licensed under Creative Commons. incompetech.com

Jul 10, 2018

Technobabble 037 - In Hindsight - E3

 

First a little bit Tech

 

AMD Zen-based Hygon Dhyana CPUs start to appear

http://hexus.net/tech/news/cpu/119939-amd-zen-based-hygon-dhyana-cpus-start-appear/

Efficient cheap Ryzen CPUs

https://www.pcper.com/news/General-Tech/Just-cut-power-Ryzen-low-budget-land

AMD’s North Star might arrive for Christmas

https://www.pcper.com/news/General-Tech/AMDs-North-Star-might-arrive-time-top-Christmas-trees-around-world

9000 iSeries Intel CPUs

https://www.pcper.com/news/General-Tech/Intels-cup-hot-Coffee-has-sprung-leak

 

Nintendo

 

Fornite Launches

Super Smash Bros Ultimate Dec 7

 

Sony

 

Death Stranding trailer

Last of Us 2

Ghost of Tushima

Resident Evil 2 remake

 

PC Gaming Show

 

Star Citizen is in Alpha v32

 

Ubisoft

 

Assassin’s  Creed Odyssey Oct 5

Beyond Good and Evil 2

Skull and Bones 2019

 

Bethesda

 

Doom Eternal

Starfield

 

Microsoft

 

New xboxs on the way

Gears 5

Buy 5 studios

Halo Infinite

The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit

Kingdom Hearts 3

Forza Horizon 4

Cyberpunk 2077

 

Square-Enix

 

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Dragon Quest IX: Echoes of an Elusive Age

The Quiet Man

Babylon Fall

Octopath Traveller

Jul 10, 2018

Technobabble 037 - In Hindsight - E3

 

First a little bit Tech

 

AMD Zen-based Hygon Dhyana CPUs start to appear

http://hexus.net/tech/news/cpu/119939-amd-zen-based-hygon-dhyana-cpus-start-appear/

Efficient cheap Ryzen CPUs

https://www.pcper.com/news/General-Tech/Just-cut-power-Ryzen-low-budget-land

AMD’s North Star might arrive for Christmas

https://www.pcper.com/news/General-Tech/AMDs-North-Star-might-arrive-time-top-Christmas-trees-around-world

9000 iSeries Intel CPUs

https://www.pcper.com/news/General-Tech/Intels-cup-hot-Coffee-has-sprung-leak

 

Nintendo

 

Fornite Launches

Super Smash Bros Ultimate Dec 7

 

Sony

 

Death Stranding trailer

Last of Us 2

Ghost of Tushima

Resident Evil 2 remake

 

PC Gaming Show

 

Star Citizen is in Alpha v32

 

Ubisoft

 

Assassin’s  Creed Odyssey Oct 5

Beyond Good and Evil 2

Skull and Bones 2019

 

Bethesda

 

Doom Eternal

Starfield

 

Microsoft

 

New xboxs on the way

Gears 5

Buy 5 studios

Halo Infinite

The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit

Kingdom Hearts 3

Forza Horizon 4

Cyberpunk 2077

 

Square-Enix

 

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Dragon Quest IX: Echoes of an Elusive Age

The Quiet Man

Babylon Fall

Octopath Traveller

Jun 16, 2018

Jeff, Dan and Cynth talk about EA's E3 conference and look forward to the rest of E3.

Sep 9, 2017

Join Dan, Jeff and Cynth as they discuss what they've been playing, some gaming news and even some geek entertainment. All this an more on today's Gaming Lounge.

Jul 31, 2017

Online Reviews and the end of personal thought/opinion

 

History:

 

in 1999, three websites appeared on the internet and set in motion the new “social trend” of online reviews. RateItAll.com, Deja.com, and Epinions.com.

 

Dan, have you ever bought, played, or gone anywhere without consulting a review?

 

-According to Shopify.com 90% of customers' buying decisions are influenced by online reviews.

-Anyone have examples of using online reviews?

-Do you usually go with those reviews or not?

 

How consumers use online reviews:

The most important thing to know, and businesses know this, is that the mental gab between reading a review and making a decision to purchase from a business is super small, and usually results in an immediate yes/no decision. (shopify)

People will typically read 6 or less reviews before forming an opinion. So at least people will read some things, hopefully opposing reviews, before making a decision. Of course, there are people out there that only read positive reviews and make a decision, or only read the negative to make their decision. Which seems a bit counterproductive to me.

 

Google/Search engines decide how to rank your business in their results based 10% on online reviews.

 

More so recently, Youtube reviews have become crazy popular, be it gaming reviews (and even game review channels such as ____ and ____) all the way to the ever so swamped beauty guru reviews. The Millennial generation, sorry to say, think that they are going against companies and big business by listening to these online “real” people talking about games or whatnot they are currently using, loving, liking etc. Flavor of the month, since there are even “this month's favorites!” as if we need to change our fav things every month to keep up with the Jones'.

 

The Jones'! Another problem with social media, but we will talk about that some other time.

 

Now, as with all “good and original” things, there has been a backlash to all of this supposed genuine investigating of products. A scandal, shall we say.

 

Not too long ago, Gamergate happened. And this was big.

-It started in 2014 when an independent game developer's ex-bf wrote an insanely long and detailed blog post about their relationship up to their breakup. He believed she was cheating on him with people in the gaming industry, including a game journalist at Kotaku. This specific detail made people wonder why her free game, Depression Quest had gotten so much attention over more popular video games and titles at the time.

-Now, the internet is a cruel and horrible Wild West. And it did what the internet likes to do. It went ahead and decided to severely harass Quinn and other female developers, as well as Anita Sarkeesian, who had a youtube series about how the gaming industry hates women. That harassment went way too far in my opinion, and I know gamers hate thta the whole social justice crap got dragged into it, but it did.

What did this bring to light? That there definitely are journalists/reviewers that are paid, and are in cahoots with developers to give good reviews. This is not anything new. Just like commercials on tv. Actors are paid to stand there, look pretty, and claim that this shampoo is the best you will ever find.

 

Thoughts on this?

Why are people so frustrated about honest reviews?

A good video about gaming reviews by Dunkey.

Why are game reviews, or online reviews so hard to understand?

 

Just like with any sort of media, people have to assume that they are being targeted to buy, think, repeat whatever their are being sold. You have to be convinced to buy a game. You have to be convinced to buy shampoo.



https://heatst.com/culture-wars/what-is-gamergate-no-its-not-about-harassing-women/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamergate_controversy

http://www.xojane.com/beauty/advertising-youtube-beauty-girls-zoella-bethany-mota

https://www.shopify.com/retail/119916611-how-online-reviews-impact-local-seo-and-why-they-matter-to-your-bottom-line

https://reviewconcierge.com/lessons/online_review_survival_course/5/understanding-the-history-of-online-reviews

Jul 25, 2017

Join Dan, Cynthia and Jeff as they check out the latest gaming news, upcoming releases and go around the table talking about what we've been playing.

Hardware News

 

Atari shows off hardware design for upcoming console

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/atari-new-ataribox-console-design,35017.html

http://www.pcgamer.com/ataris-pc-technology-based-ataribox-to-echo-nes-classic/

Rare NES game sells for stupid amount

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/very-rare-nes-game-sells-for-huge-price/1100-6451832/

 

Blizzard News - They be busy this week

 

Starcraft 2 War Chest on sale this week

http://www.pcgamer.com/the-starcraft-2-war-chest-goes-on-sale-later-this-week/

Blizzard discontinues support for Xp and Vista on all games starting October

https://www.techpowerup.com/235360/blizzard-to-discontinue-support-for-windows-xp-vista

Blizzard composer Russell Brower has been laid off

http://www.pcgamer.com/blizzard-composer-russell-brower-has-been-laid-off/

Overwatch Game of the Year edition to get physical release

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/overwatch-game-year-physical-release,35058.html

 

Gaming News

 

Playerunknown’s Battleground bans player for team killing a team killer

http://www.pcgamer.com/playerunknowns-battlegrounds-player-banned-for-team-killing-a-team-killer/

Kingdom Heart’s confirms Toy Story as one of the new in game worlds

http://sirusgaming.info/2017/07/5-reasons-get-excited-toy-story-kingdom-heart-iii/

Star Wars Battlefront 2 gets a story focused trailer

http://www.gamezone.com/news/watch-star-wars-battlefront-2-gets-brand-new-story-details-in-new-trailer-3455560

Splatoon 2 out on Switch

http://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/splatoon-2-review-switch-1.4215945

American Truck Simulator closes road to mimic real life road closed by landslide

http://www.pcgamer.com/american-truck-simulator-closes-in-game-road-following-real-world-landslide/

Upcoming Releases

 

Dragon Quest XI - 3DS PS4 - July 29

Ark: Survival Evolved - Linux Windows MacOS PS4 XBOX - Aug 8

Cities: Skylines - PS4 - Aug 15

Sonic Mania - Windows Switch PS4 XBOX - Aug 15

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy - PS4 - Aug 22

Yakuza Kiwami - PS4 - Aug 29

Life is Strange: Before the Storm - Windows PS4 XBOX - Aug 31

Resident Evil Revelations - PS4 XBOX - Aug 31

Jul 11, 2017

Join Dan, Jeff and Cynth as they discuss the latest gaming news and what they've been playing.

News

 

Assassins Creed TV Show?

http://www.digitalspy.com/tv/ustv/news/a832508/assassins-creed-spin-off-tv-show/

No GoldenEye 64 coming to Xbox Live

http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2009/09/21/news-rare-denies-rumor-of-goldeneye-remake-for-xbla-or-virtual-arcade.aspx

Five Nights at Freddys 6 has been cancelled

http://www.digitalspy.com/gaming/news/a832306/five-nights-at-freddys-6-cancelled/

Nintendo Says Switch Shortage is Not Their Fault.

http://wewritethings.co/2017/07/08/nintendo-exec-switch-shortage-not-fault/

http://www.digitalspy.com/gaming/nintendo-switch/news/a832231/nintendo-switch-demand-surpassed-global-estimates/

Atari Announces New Console

http://www.digitalspy.com/gaming/news/a831048/atari-new-game-console/

Super Mario Run Surpasses 150 Million Downloads

http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2017/07/09/super-mario-run-surpasses-150-million-downloads.aspx

Bandai Namco Reveals Full List of Cars in Project Cars 2

http://wccftech.com/complete-project-cars-2-car-list/

Destiny 2 Beta Later This Month

http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2017/07/06/destiny-2-trailer-reveals-open-beta-for-later-this-month.aspx

AMD Ryzen to Be Basis for Next Gen Consoles?

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-2017-is-ryzen-the-game-changer-for-next-gen-console-in-theory

Switch Keyboard Coming

https://www.destructoid.com/cyber-gadget-is-making-a-switch-keyboard-that-can-dock-your-joy-con-447758.phtml

Digital Game Gifting Coming to Xbox One

http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2017/07/07/xbox-one-users-will-get-to-gift-digital-purchases-in-near-future.aspx

 

DLC

 

Redout Mars DLC

http://www.pcgamer.com/redouts-mars-dlc-is-out-now/

Tekken 7 Bowling DLC

http://ca.ign.com/videos/2017/07/06/tekken-7-official-ultimate-tekken-bowl-dlc-trailer

Bioware Removes Anti-Tamper tech from Andromeda

http://wccftech.com/mass-effect-andromeda-update-1-09-denuvo/

Jul 4, 2017

Dan, Cynth, Evelyn and Jeff discuss the latest in gaming and talk about what they've been playing.

Jun 18, 2017

Join Dan, Cynth, Jeff, Kevin as they discuss E3!!!!! We talk about the announcements and the E3 keynotes themselves.

May 8, 2017

Join Dan Cynth Jeff and Kevin as they discuss the marginal amount of gaming news for the week and what they've been playing.

Apr 25, 2017

Join Dan, Jeff and Cynth as they discuss Nintendo's latest flop and a bunch of other gaming stories.

Mar 21, 2017

Join Dan, Cynth and Jeff as they catch up on the latest gaming news and what everyone has been playing.

Mar 12, 2017

Join Jeff and Dan as they look at the latest gaming news and releases and discuss what they have been playing.

1) WB Games Announces Middle-Earth: Shadow of War (Shadow of Mordor Sequel)
i) Silver/Gold/Mithril Editions
ii) "Leak" by Target

2) Nintendo Switch Launch

i) Prone to scratching when placing it in the dock (plastic screen)?

ii) Screen protectors and vinyls having issues with melting/breaking down due to heat

iii) Dead pixels happening - Nintendo issues statement that dead pixels aren't defects.


3) For Honor numbers drop after initial flurry

4) Xbox GamePass - $10/month Game Library

5) Sonic Mania

6) Rocket League surpases 10.5 million sales

Feb 16, 2017

Join Dan, Jeff and Cynthia as they lounge around and talk a bit about gaming. We talk about Nintendo, Steam, E3, South Park and Nvidia. We also talk about what we've been playing and what the upcoming releases are on console and PC.

1) Nintendo Has “Mastered” the Unreal Engine for the Switch
https://www.engadget.com/2017/02/07/nintendos-engineers-have-embraced-unreal-engine/
2) Steam Greenlight Shut Down
http://www.theverge.com/2017/2/10/14578780/valve-steam-greenlight-shut-down-direct-submissions
3) E3 Open To Public
http://www.theverge.com/2017/2/8/14548376/e3-2017-open-ticket-sales-public-february-13
4) South Park Delayed Again
http://www.polygon.com/2017/2/9/14561368/south-park-the-fractured-but-whole-delay-ubisoft

Jan 17, 2017

Join Jeff, Cynthia and Dan as they discuss the aftermath of CES and some other news stuff!

Jan 9, 2017

Join Jeff, Cynth, Dan and Kevin as they discuss a few announcements from CES 2017 and take a look at their gaming highlights of 2016.

Dec 17, 2016

Join Jeff, Dan and Cynth as they discuss Yahoo's security issues, AMD Ryzen, Amazon Prime Video in Canada and more!

Dec 4, 2016

Join Jeff, Dan and Cynth as they discuss Zen, Fantasies and a whole lot of tech!

Nov 20, 2016

Join Jeff, Cynth, Dan and Kevin while we discuss Nintendo, Intel and Samsung along with the latest in gaming.

Nov 10, 2016

Join Jeff, Cynth and Dan as they discuss tech and gaming on N7 Day!

Oct 23, 2016

Join Kevin, Cynthia and Jeff as they discuss the latest cyber attack on Dyn and their latest gaming stories. 

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