E3 2016 has happened, and once again, gamers won. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was the most talked about game of the show that most people didn't get to play. There's a new Xbox One coming out next year, and there's a new Xbox Anywhere out today. What about people who still buy games on disc? Bethesda announced they were doing VR, and said they were making their games for the HTC Vive, which upset new Oculus fans who don't realize there's an ongoing lawsuit. There's no mention of PlayStation VR needing a new PS4, contrary to what everyone that's not Sony is telling me. Sony's press conference made me cry. Star Trek: Bridge Crew is the Blizzardification of Artemis Bridge Simulator, and that's awesome. Then we take calls about Rhythm Heaven Megamix, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Resident Evil VII.
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On July 24, 2005, this podcast was started. Back when the PS2 and Xbox were the most advanced consoles around. Online gaming was just starting. There was no "indie game scene". And here we are, 11 years later, talking about Pokemon. There will be no show on July 31st because I will be at FandomFest in Louisville, Kentucky. Come say hi! On August 7th, I'm scheduled to have an interview with some people behind Dice Lords, a new YouTube comedy series revolving around tabletop gaming. We read a comment about the Classic NES that was announced last week, and talk about why it doesn't have a cartridge port. Pokemon Go is still going strong, but there are some people who are not on board with it and are looking for reasons to distrust it. But really, the night was about calls regarding the last 11 years, what I liked, what YOU liked, what we did that worked, what we did that didn't work (until years later when it became a billion dollar business model) and what we hope for the future.
Since our last broadcast, the Summer Games Done Quick marathon ended (including my donation) and EVO has started up and was broadcast on ESPN2 later that evening. I try to start a rumor that the Nintendo NX was really just a mini NES all along, but nobody bought it. The NES Classic Edition will be out in November with 30 games. Pokemon Go is out and has been a bigger cultural sensation than anybody realizes - and even though the mainstream media has been negative, it has been an overall net positive for civilization. Then we take calls about the Gear VR, FandomFest (where I'll be in two weeks!), and Pokemon Go.
There is no show on July 10th, but July 24th is the 11th anniversary of this little podcast! I'm hoping to participate in a Game Jam this month that is inspired by a Famicom cartridge case...Maybe you can provide the cover by July 15th? Summer Games Done Quick just started when we recorded, and it got the Colbert Bump. ESPN2 will be airing the Street Fighter V finals at EVO on July 17th. We stopped funding large scale Kickstarters, probably because we've been jilted enough times. Fig is having some issues getting money from unaccredited investors. Then we take calls about American Truck Simulator, the Steam Sale, and gaming speedruns.
What did you get in the Steam Sale? I picked up some things, but also picked up Pac-Man 256 for PS4. Mighty No. 9 was released this week to a less than stellar reception, including from the Twitter account of an AAA franchise, jabbing at the developers with a possibly mistranslated quote from a livestream. A Russian game code reseller has come under fire by an indie developer for selling stolen codes that were acquired due to credit card theft. Oculus has removed the hardware check from their DRM so HTC Vive users can play games sold on Oculus Home.