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Nintendo Leaving Mobile, Microsoft Leaving Mixer Streamers

The Bobby Blackwolf Show - June 28, 2020

Dragon Con gave an update to allow memberships to roll over for 2021 - I'm guessing that they will cancel sometime around July 3rd due to that being within two months of the show. Oculus is discontinuing the Oculus Go to push the Oculus Quest. Nintendo has decided that the investors were wrong and are pulling back from the mobile gaming market. Microsoft abruptly announced that they are discontinuing their Mixer streaming service and transitioning to Facebook Gaming. Then we take calls about the majority of Microsoft retail stores closing as well as why we at VOG chose Twitch over Mixer.

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Interview with Ron Jones of Indie Cluster, FDA Approves Video Game Treatment

The Bobby Blackwolf Show - June 21, 2020

PAX West and PAX Australia have been cancelled, and are being merged into a week long PAX Online. Billy Mitchell has been somewhat redeemed - the Guinness Book of Records has restored his Pac-Man and Donkey Kong accomplishments after their own investigation. The FDA has approved the first video game to be used as clinical treatment for patients with ADHD. There was an interview shot at SIEGE 2016 that was never uploaded to our YouTube channel, so we aired it tonight. It is with Ron Jones The Artist of The Indie Cluster, an Atlanta-based cluster of indie game developers that promote each other as well as the game development industry to lower income schools, and the esports world to parents. Then we talk to OLR about why we're not playing The Last Of Us Part II (and why it has nothing to do with any Twitter controversy.)

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Not-E3 Game and Console Announcements, Ed Smith Biography

The Bobby Blackwolf Show - June 14, 2020

We start off talking about the concept of "stagger breathing" and how it applies to keeping yourself available to make change without burning yourself out. Persona 4 Golden is now out on Steam, finally killing the PlayStation Vita. The Last Of Us Part II is quite possibly the "most accessible game ever" with over 60 accessibility options so everyone can experience the game, no matter their physical capabilities. This week during Not-E3, we had a huge PlayStation 5 reveal featuring first and third party games, as well as an artist rendering of the console. I read Imagine That! An autobiography about the black engineer who worked on the APF MP-1000 and The Imagination Machine in the late 1970's, Ed Smith. I profile his life, his time in the industry, and share some of his insights about the industry and his role in it as a minority. During the call with OLR, we talk about how the music industry is now levying DMCA takedowns on Twitch clips, and why they have the legal right to do so.

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Visiting An Arcade During A Pandemic, Video Game History IS Black History

The Bobby Blackwolf Show - June 7, 2020

We took last week off because our voices were not the ones that needed listening to. That being said, I do reflect on my own views on the systemic biases that are prevalent in society today, and how I am attempting to fix how I was raised. On that note, I discuss a pair of black video game pioneers that weren't in history books until recently. (Not kidding - I actually look for them in my gaming history books from 2001 and they're not mentioned at all.) Jerry Lawson was the inventor of the game cartridge for the Fairchild Channel F. He came up with the solution to allow for ROM chips to be swapped out without electrocuting the user. His design paved the way for Atari, Nintendo, and Sega to take gaming to new heights. Ed Smith was the lead engineer and salesman for the MP1000 console and its accompanying Imagination Machine. While the console didn't do well in the marketplace, it was a technical achievement and personal triumph. His autobiography was published in January and I've got a copy coming. Like it or not, Georgia is further along in opening than many places. So, I visited Portal Pinball Arcade in Kennesaw, GA, to see what playing pinball was like during a pandemic. Then we talk to OLR about what's going on in the world, what we missed last week, and Clubhouse Games.

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TurboGrafx-16 Mini Impressions, Maneater Early Impressions

The Bobby Blackwolf Show - May 24, 2020

This is the start of the summer convention series that won't be, with many conventions going online, like MomoCon. The Southern-Fried Gaming Expo shirts are available until May 29th, and they look amazing. I figured out my jittery graphics problem with The Elder Scrolls: Blades, and it wasn't what I thought it was. The TurboGrafx-16 Mini is now here, and I talk about my thoughts after two hours with it. The Georgia developed game where you play as a shark terrorizing fish and people is out! I've got some early impressions of Maneater. Then we talk to OLR about watch parties and seeking more podcasts for the Voice of Geeks Network.


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