Gamers Week Podcast

Gamers Week Podcast

Video games are fun. Video game news should be, too. Join Blue, Ryan, and Donnie as we analyze the week's best, worst, and weirdest gaming headlines. New episodes every Friday! read less
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Episode 114 - Super Mario Bros. Movie Sequel Announced
Mar 15 2024
Episode 114 - Super Mario Bros. Movie Sequel Announced
Shockingly, Nintendo has decided that it likes having a $1.3 billion grossing movie and would like another. On Mar10 Day, Shigeru Miyamoto graced the internet with the announcement that the company is hard at work on a sequel to the wildly successful Super Mario Bros. movie. But that wasn't the only news we got last week about video game film adaptations, and we're joined by Ben Magnet of the Basement Arcade Pause Menu Podcast to look at a roundup of movie headlines.We'll also be talking about how Circana's Mat Piscatella has called GTA 6  the most important thing "to ever release in the industry, so no pressure," how Hasbro says Baldur's Gate 3 is "just the first of several new video games" to come, and how former CEO of Activision Blizzard Bobby Kotick is apparently interested in buying TikTok as a new bill in the US threatens to either ban the app or force its sale.Finally, class is in session with Professor Ryebread in our Gaming History 101 segment. This week, we're looking at Street Fighter: The Movie, the game.Want more Ben Magnet?- twitter.com/BenMagnet27- twitter.com/BAPauseMenu- twitter.com/DnDarkPodcastWe love our sponsors! Please help us support those who support us!- Check out the Retro Game Club Podcast at linktr.ee/retrogameclub- Connect with CafeBTW at linktr.ee/cafebtw- Visit A Gamer Looks At 40 at linktr.ee/agamerlooksat40Hosts: retrogamebrews, wrytersview, BenMagnet27Opening theme: "Gamers Week Theme" by Akseli TakanenPatron theme: "Chiptune Boss" by donniegretroClosing theme: "Gamers Week Full-Length Theme" by Akseli TakanenSupport the Show.
Episode 112 - Sony Lays Off 900 PlayStation Employees
Mar 1 2024
Episode 112 - Sony Lays Off 900 PlayStation Employees
Lay Off Fest 2K24 continues as Sony announced on Tuesday it will be laying off 8% of PlayStation employees around the world, or 900 people. The layoffs will affect even major PlayStation studios (such as Naughty Dog, Insomniac, Guerilla Games, etc.) that are home to some of the company's most successful IP, like The Last of Us, Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Horizon Zero Dawn, and more. We're joined by SanityCrypto of It's Virtually A Podcast to discuss the state of the industry, what the heck is happening at Sony, and how games released five or so years from now will be affected by the mass layoffs in the gaming industry in 2023 and 2024.We'll also be talking about how Nintendo has filed a lawsuit against Switch emulator Yuzu alleging that the software had helped enable the illegal downloading of one million copies of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and how indie podcast network Realm has appointed Peter Levin to its board of advisors to help them adapt video game IPs into podcasts.Finally, class is in session in our Gaming History 101 segment. This week, we're looking at the Tomb Raider theme park ride.Want more SanityCrypto?- twitch.tv/itsvirtuallyapodcast We love our sponsors! Please help us support those who support us!- Check out the Retro Game Club Podcast at linktr.ee/retrogameclub- Connect with CafeBTW at linktr.ee/cafebtw- Visit A Gamer Looks At 40 at linktr.ee/agamerlooksat40Hosts: donniegretro, wrytersview, SanityCryptoOpening theme: "Gamers Week Theme" by Akseli TakanenPatron theme: "Chiptune Boss" by donniegretroClosing theme: "Gamers Week Full-Length Theme" by Akseli TakanenSupport the Show.
Episode 111 - Xbox, PlayStation, And The Console War Blahs
Feb 23 2024
Episode 111 - Xbox, PlayStation, And The Console War Blahs
With PlayStation's recent announcement that it won't have any new entries in its major first party IP this year and Xbox's big "business update" being little more than a meeting that should have been an email, it's time to admit it -- the console wars just aren't what they used to be. In fact, it seems like both Sony and Microsoft have different ambitions altogether. We're joined by RedAuxPDX and Ducks in Disguise of Pixel Pond production company to talk about the future of consoles, console wars, and whatever the next big technological jump may be.We'll also be talking about the new trailer for the Borderlands movie adaptation, how Respawn is developing a first-person Star Wars Mandalorian game, and how the 1997 cult film Starship Troopers is getting a new lease on life thanks to the popularity of Helldivers 2.Finally, class is in session in our Gaming History 101 segment. This week, we're looking at the Nokia N-Gage.Want more Pixel Pond?- youtube.com/@PixelPondProductions- twitch.tv/redauxpdx- twitter.com/ducksindisguiseWe love our sponsors! Please help us support those who support us!- Check out the Retro Game Club Podcast at linktr.ee/retrogameclub- Connect with CafeBTW at linktr.ee/cafebtw- Visit A Gamer Looks At 40 at linktr.ee/agamerlooksat40Hosts: wrytersview, donniegretro, redauxpdx, ducksindisguiseOpening theme: "Gamers Week Theme" by Akseli TakanenPatron theme: "Chiptune Boss" by donniegretroClosing theme: "Gamers Week Full-Length Theme" by Akseli TakanenSupport the Show.
Episode 110 - Immortals of Aveum: EA's $125 Million "Truly Awful Idea"
Feb 16 2024
Episode 110 - Immortals of Aveum: EA's $125 Million "Truly Awful Idea"
A new report is shedding light on just how much EA invested in its single-player FPS Immortals of Aveum, which received mixed reviews and was deemed a financial flop, resulting in about 45% of the studio's workforce being laid off shortly after release. The studio's CEO blames the packed release schedule of 2023 that put Immortals of Aveum up against behemoths like Diablo 4, Tears of the Kingdom, and Baldur's Gate 3. But developers who actually worked on the game are telling a different story. We're joined by Bill Tucker, host of A Gamer Looks At 40 Podcast, to discuss the reasons why Immortals of Aveum may have failed, as well as what it might mean for the future of AAA games.We'll also be talking about the new study that shows more gamers than ever are identifying as LGBTQ, how the developers behind the upcoming and long-awaited Silent Hill 2 remake are blaming Konami for the game's poorly received combat trailer, and how gaming's least famous but most recognizable voice has broken cover to chat PEGI 18 and his €200 paycheck.Finally, class is in session in our Gaming History 101 segment. This week, we're looking at defunct retail chains that sold video games despite not being gaming-focused stores.We love our sponsors! Please help us support those who support us!- Check out the Retro Game Club Podcast at linktr.ee/retrogameclub- Connect with CafeBTW at linktr.ee/cafebtw- Visit A Gamer Looks At 40 at linktr.ee/agamerlooksat40Hosts: donniegretro, wrytersview, agamerlooksat40Opening theme: "Gamers Week Theme" by Akseli TakanenPatron theme: "Chiptune Boss" by donniegretroClosing theme: "Gamers Week Full-Length Theme" by Akseli TakanenSupport the Show.
Episode 109 - Is Microsoft Bringing Xbox Exclusives To Sony's PlayStation?
Feb 9 2024
Episode 109 - Is Microsoft Bringing Xbox Exclusives To Sony's PlayStation?
Rumors have been in circulation for weeks that Microsoft might publish some of its exclusive games on competing consoles. Microsoft has neither publicly confirmed nor denied the report, but on Monday, Xbox boss Phil Spencer posted on X, “We're listening and we hear you. We've been planning a business update event for next week, where we look forward to sharing more details with you about our vision for the future of Xbox. Stay tuned.” As the internet predictably freaks out, we're joined by Zach Hugethanks of "Absolutely the Best Podcast: A Work in Progress" to discuss the road ahead for Xbox and make predictions about next week's big event.We'll also be talking about how the FTC has hit Microsoft with a federal complaint over the company's game division layoffs, how Disney is buying a $1.5 billion equity stake in Epic Games and kicking off a multiyear project with the studio that'll see a new "persistent universe" of familiar properties, and how Kurt Russell has opened up about why he didn’t voice Solid Snake in Hideo Kojima’s original Metal Gear Solid.Finally, Donnie takes us all the way back to February 1994 in Retro Rewind.Find more Zach Hugethanks at linktr.ee/absolutelythebestWe love our sponsors! Please help us support those who support us!- Check out the Retro Game Club Podcast at linktr.ee/retrogameclub- Connect with CafeBTW at linktr.ee/cafebtw- Visit A Gamer Looks At 40 at linktr.ee/agamerlooksat40Hosts: wrytersview, donniegretro, Zach HugethanksOpening theme: "Gamers Week Theme" by Akseli TakanenPatron theme: "Chiptune Boss" by donniegretroClosing theme: "Gamers Week Full-Length Theme" by Akseli TakanenSupport the Show.
Episode 106 - Ubisoft Says Gamers Need To Get Used To Not Owning Games
Jan 19 2024
Episode 106 - Ubisoft Says Gamers Need To Get Used To Not Owning Games
Just in time for the rebranding of its subscription service to Ubisoft+ and the release of Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown, Ubisoft has found another way to make sure its name is at the forefront of gamers' minds this month. Philippe Tremblay, director of subscriptions at Ubisoft, has stated "gamers are used to...having and owning their games. That's the consumer shift that needs to happen." But does it though? We discuss this claim and whether there's any merit to it, as well as wonder which will be the next company to take a similar bold step.We'll also be talking about how Twin Galaxies has restored Billy Mitchell’s scores following a legal settlement, how GameStop is bidding farewell to crypto with the closure of its NFT marketplace, and how Peanut Butter, GDQ’s first dog speedrunner, is adorable and extremely good at Gyromite.Finally, class is in session with Professor Ryebread in our Gaming History 101 segment. This week, we're looking at the infamous GTA: San Andreas "Hot Coffee" mod. We love our sponsors! Please help us support those who support us!- Check out the Retro Game Club Podcast at linktr.ee/retrogameclub- Connect with CafeBTW at linktr.ee/cafebtw- Visit A Gamer Looks At 40 at linktr.ee/agamerlooksat40Hosts: wrytersview, retrogamebrews, donniegretroOpening theme: "Gamers Week Theme" by Akseli TakanenPatron theme: "Chiptune Boss" by donniegretroClosing theme: "Gamers Week Full-Length Theme" by Akseli TakanenSupport the Show.
Episode 99 - Shocking Prediction: The Future Holds More Video Game Adaptations
Dec 1 2023
Episode 99 - Shocking Prediction: The Future Holds More Video Game Adaptations
You may want to sit down for this one. Consulting firm Deloitte predicted this week that the  landscape of storytelling is undergoing a monumental shift, and the convergence of film, TV, and video games is reshaping entertainment, blurring the boundaries between cinematic and game world universes. In other words, the future holds more video game adaptations for TV and film -- which is pretty obvious to anyone who paid even a glancing look towards pop culture in 2023. We discuss what this bold new future of gaming adaptations may look like based on the successes and not-so-successes of the MCU.We'll also be talking about how Geoff Keighley has said The Game Awards will beef up security to prevent stage-crashers this year, the new survey that says US kids want subscriptions and virtual currency more than games this Christmas, and how someone bought a retail Wii U for the first time in 17 months.Finally, class is in session with Professor Ryebread in our Nostalgia 101 segment. In this episode, we're looking at '90s Christmas commercials.We love our sponsors! Please help us support those who support us!- Check out the Retro Game Club Podcast at linktr.ee/retrogameclub- Connect with CafeBTW at linktr.ee/cafebtw- Visit A Gamer Looks At 40 at linktr.ee/agamerlooksat40Hosts: retrogamebrews, wrytersview, @donniegretro Opening theme: "Gamers Week Theme" by Akseli TakanenPatron theme: "Chiptune Boss" by @donniegretroClosing theme: "Gamers Week Full-Length Theme" by Akseli TakanenSupport the Show.