On the last show of 2016, we try (key word: try) to take a positive look back at the good things that happened in gaming in 2016. Turns out, it's real easy to be negative. I bemoan the fact that a lot of controllers are now going with non-removable batteries, which is why it was a breath of fresh air when the Oculus Touch controllers used AA batteries that could be swapped out instantly, rather than having to plug them in and recharge them after a few hours of use. Super Mario Run is out, and did so well on the App Store, that investors sold their stock in Nintendo. Then we take calls about sales, about when Nintendo fell out of favor with gamers, Super Mario Run, and Forza Horizon 3. NOTE: There is NO LIVE SHOW on New Years Night, January 1st. See you in 2017!
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E3 is opening their doors to the consumers for the first time ever, but is it really something that people would want to go to? The Oculus and Zenimax lawsuit has finished its first round in court, and Zenimax is walking away with a good chunk of cash...But they're not done yet. Then we take calls about E3, Xbox One, and Forza Horizon 3.
The Moogle Chocobo Festival in Final Fantasy XV is now live, and it's a neat little free update that feels like a seasonal event in an MMO. Rock Band 4 Rivals has been updated to bring Online Quickplay - with friends only. Nintendo has clarified some things about their upcoming Switch console, but then had nothing to announce at this time for others...For a console that releases in a month. HASHTAG RISE UP
Congrats to the Awesome Games Done Quick marathon for raising $2.2 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation! The Nintendo Switch has been almost fully revealed, with tech specs and games that will come out on March 3rd. Yeah, that's pretty much what we talked about...No live show on January 22nd due to sportsball obligations.
This past week, MAGFest, the Consumer Electronics Show, and the Hi-Rez Expo all took place. Hadn't heard of that last one? It had the Smite World Championships and the first major tournament for a free-to-play alternative to Overwatch called Paladins, now available on Steam. Over the new year, I played the Jackbox Party Pack 3 with a bunch of my friends, and they've really gotten the party game aspect down. The Awesome Games Done Quick 2017 marathon is going on right now, which is why I've been saying "That's bad RNG" all week. The Nintendo Switch reveal is this week, which means all those rumors can go away...Just hope we can preorder them! HTC announced several Vive accessories at CES - one of which brings parity with the Oculus Rift by having an integrated audio solution. The other device they announced was the Vive Tracker, a tracking unit you can place on any object and have it be tracked in VR. Then we take calls about MAGFest, 2016 games of the year, and what we're looking forward to in 2017.