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In 2008, Tanya Cook was one of the first black women to be elected to the Nebraska Legislature. Representing a uniquely diverse constituency and bringing a lifetime of international travel to the job, she discovered above all else, she was a black woman living in a red state. Through her unique perspective, she ponders the intersection of politics, race, culture, and Broadway (Lin-Manuel Miranda, specifically) in our daily lives.
 
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A quick discussion on Endwalker queues and how to get in when everyone else is doing other things. And why SWTOR stepped in and took Scott's heart. Our big topic this week is the launch of Halo Infinite in it's complete form, and what it means for the series, games as a service, and beyond. Come on in! The water's fine!…
 
Big topic today: Should devs let players into the room, and help build their games via committee? Well, that's just what Blizzard might be asking with its new WoW Community Council. We look at that directly, but also the concept in games in general. Lots to say. Plus the games we are playing this week, and a great email about the early days of voic…
 
We have a quick update on the Blizzard front up top, but the rest of the show today is all about New World. It hit this week, we've all played a bunch, and we have takes. Some of them are even HOT takes. :) Is it good? Will it have lasting power? How did it perform in its launch window? We have a lot of these answers and more so tune in!…
 
Scott Garrett and Joce have been seeing a lot of chatter in our circles about difficulty settings in games, hard modes, casual players, and more. Got us to thinking about what the current games-space looks like these days when it comes to game difficulty, and how devs get more players in, and block some players out. Lots to talk about, plus emails …
 
From the ESRB, to big blue warning screens before you launch your games, to making sure you're not driving while catching Pokemon. Today we talk about the modern gaming version of 'content warnings'. Do they work? If so, how, and why? Do we need them? And aren't there better ways to do this in an interactive medium? Join Scott, Joce and Garrett for…
 
GOOD NEWS! Jocelyn is our new permanent co-host and we are pretty stoked about it! Today we do a deep dive topic on why we keep buying the same games over and over when they get enhanced, remastered, or resurrected. And why is Mass Effect Legendary a good example, and Warcraft III Reforged such a terrible example. Your thoughts too, plus your email…
 
WoW on a handheld? The Steam Deck says, SURE! The big (possibly not real) WoW internal memo leak and what it means, and what we can learn about it. FF14 is getting its own cook book. The Lich King is back with his own board game. Our big discussion this week: Amazon Studios upcoming MMO, "New World". What it is, what we want it to be, what we know,…
 
Things are changing, and we are here to tell you what that means. What is a single player game when you convert it to a service game? AC wants to find out. Is telling your fans to head over to a competing MMP a revolt, or something else? Also, we go deep on the upcoming D2 Resurrection release, and why we are coming around fast to what they are sel…
 
A little up top talk about how seeing next gen game environments makes us want WoW to go there. A few E3 thoughts. The WoW team gets a new animated individual. You want Scott's blanket. We have a date for 9.1, and we blow out the discussion about what it will take to get you back into the game at this stage. How things scale in dungeons and more!…
 
Couple interesting stories up top about Overwatch going cross-platform, but what that change in Battlenet means to everyone else playing blizzard games. Then our big topic this week: Is Activision really the problem? We discuss the history of the Act/Blizz venture, what the time since looks like when looking back, and what they might do in future t…
 
There is no Blizzcon in 2021. What might they do? We discuss that. Also, More ex-Blizzard news from Frost Giant. Looks like they have Mike looking over their shoulder as well. Zovaal and why he got kicked out of the good graces of his old pals, and now calls The Maw his home. IGN has a good breakdown about the changes at Blizzard. Why is it easier …
 
More ex-blizzard people are starting cool new studios! What does Lightfordge do? We talk about it. BC classic character cloning got cheaper today. Run something with an ARM64 chip? WoW will now run on it. Torghast might let you level one day. Our Main Quest today is all about the art and aesthetic of The Burning Crusade, and how it holds up today a…
 
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