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The Bobby Blackwolf Show

The Market Has Spoken On $70 Games, And Publishers Took Notice

The Bobby Blackwolf Show - May 21, 2023

I'm hosting at Summer Games Done Quick 2023 next week! Check out when I'm on the air! The European Union has approved the Microsoft Activision merger, even though the UK has denied it. Pac-Man 99 is having its multiplayer shut down and is being delisted on the Nintendo Switch in August. Take-Two has claimed that it's not seeing consumer resistance over $70 games, so other publishers have taken notice and have started raising their prices as well. Then we talk about streaming services, content being pulled and why, people not paying attention to what's being said, and other things since OLR wasn't on after the show.

The Bobby Blackwolf Show

Microsoft Surrenders Console War, Activision Predicts AI Usage

The Bobby Blackwolf Show - May 14, 2023

I will be hosting at Summer Games Done Quick 2023 the week of May 28th! Microsoft boss Phil Spencer participated in a podcast interview where he seemingly surrendered the console war to Sony and Nintendo - does he have a point? Activision boss predicts how AI will be used in video games, including with technology that has been done many times before by more independent studios. Then we take calls about Microsoft's platform vs. console strategy.

The Bobby Blackwolf Show

UK Blocks Microsoft/Activision Merger - What's Next?

The Bobby Blackwolf Show - April 30, 2023

I start off by showing off an old Heathkit catalog from 1978, and the way that we used to build electronics like you build Ikea furniture today. The UK's Competition and Markets Authority has blocked the Microsoft and Activision merger on the grounds that it could create a monopoly in the cloud gaming space - and even made the decision assuming that Google Stadia failed because it didn't have Call of Duty on it. We also discuss what the next steps could be, because not all is lost yet, but it is a large hurdle that was somewhat unexpected. Then we talk to Rob about why we actually do want Microsoft to buy Activision.

The Bobby Blackwolf Show

Xbox Screenshots No Longer On Twitter, Netflix DVD Shutdown Helps Gamefly

The Bobby Blackwolf Show - April 23, 2023

I'm one of the on-air hosts of Summer Games Done Quick 2023, and I talk about the games I will be hosting, including a meme category for a popular horror game. I finally got the Final Fantasy Pixel Remasters now that they have been released on Switch, and I'm really liking the quality of life improvements. Xbox users can no longer share screenshots to Twitter directly from their console because Microsoft is not willing to pay $42k per month for Twitter API access. Netflix is ending its DVD mailing rental business, opening the door for Gamefly, which embraced 4K UHD Blu Ray rentals when Netflix never did. Then we talk to Rob about the Pixel Remasters.

The Bobby Blackwolf Show

Sega To Buy Rovio, Nintendo Live Event In September

The Bobby Blackwolf Show - April 16, 2023

I share some historical computer game finds that I have found cleaning out my childhood home, including some advertisements about Commodore 64 adventure games and how much they would cost in 2023 dollars. Sega is set to buy Rovio Entertainment, the makers of Angry Birds. (This has since been confirmed.) However, a more interesting story is how Rovio is trying to run away from the original Angry Birds by delisting it and pointing people to more microtransaction-heavy sequels rather than the $1 original. A new in-person event called "Nintendo Live" is coming to Seattle in September, which is something they've done in Japan over the past few decades but never in the US. Then we talk to Rob about Rovio and Nintendo Live.


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