Podquisition Episode 152: That Would Be An Ecunemical Matter

We went far too long without a Father Ted reference.

Anyway, we chat more Shadow of War, discuss The Evil Within 2, and dump on WWE 2K18 a little.

Also, you damn right we chatted about Activision and Visceral.

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Grantaire
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Grantaire

I’m in Denmark and we haven’t had any of the storm really, but did have a moment of “Ooooh so *that’s* why the sun was red the other day :O !” while listening to this

TGSP
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TGSP

Well, it appears the UK Government has said that loot boxes aren’t gambling until such a time that the items gained from the loot boxes can be sold to another person.

OK, I can see the logic in that, it’s not gambling if you can’t transfer / exchange the “winnings” for something else. So what happens when someone sells their Overwatch account?

Chris
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The “AAA” industry deserves the crash that’s coming at this point. The fact that they are bringing in the kind of manipulation that the gambling industry has done for years but thanks to the law being slow to catch up they can do it to children? All of the big “AAA” publishers are guilty of this to some degree, and it’s to support the massive bloated marketing budgets that no one needs or wants. It’ll be painful, and it will suck for the people trapped working for companies who depend on publishers like that, but when someone steps in finally… Read more »

Kirk Hammer
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Kirk Hammer

So can we finally add Monolith to the list of Liar Developers now as per the latest Jimquisition? Because that Eurogamer interview is proving to be flat-out untrue RE: not making the game a long slog where your orcs are super easy to lose so as to incentivise buying loot boxes. While companies getting shut down is of course sad, developers do ultimately have to be held accountable for the deals they sign with publishers and the things they agree to do, and do on their own, to further stuff like this.

Terry-Osaurusus Hex XI
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I would dearly love to see a Pennywise cover of 99 Red Balloons.

George
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Sad….it appears that video game publishers and devs are going the rout of the tobacco companies in the 70’s and 80’s selling products that are marketed to adults but can appeal to children and are potentially addictive.

And like was the case with Tobacco the only way to address it will probably be through legislation. Some areas this may be easier as not all countries define gambling and or games of chance strictly in terms of a cash rewards.

Dj_Ziio
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Dj_Ziio

I’m playing Shadow of War in offline mode, its definitely super grindy. I think the only bonus of doing online mode would be Gav’s technique of filling gaps of killed orcs with loot box ones after losing an orc in the fighting pits. I hadn’t realized that there were 5 fortresses to conquer, as I’m on the second and almost burnt out on the game as it is. Since many of the skills don’t fit my playstyle I feel my character is mostly upgraded and there is little more that the game can offer. The shadow wars seem like boredom… Read more »

Bowling Green
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Bowling Green

Overwatch’s events aren’t ONE-TIME events with items you will NEVER get if you miss out on them. They come around every year, and the initial items from the event of the previous year(s) get discounted to normal currency since there are newer items each time.

I’m not a big fan of the loot box system, but making the event items out to seem like LITERAL one-time only items that will forever disappear after the event is just unfairly misleading.

Michael Prymula
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Michael Prymula

I thought the first Evil Within was quite underrated and I think the sequel is also quite good, it’s open-world reminds me somewhat of Murdered-Soul Suspect. I hope it does well as I want to get more of these types of single-player focused games. Speaking of RE7, real excited for the two single-player DLCs coming next month. I can see how taking breaks from a game would be a good thing, maybe if you had been able to do that with games like Dying Light, Mad Max, Prey and Andromeda you would’ve been able to enjoy them more then you… Read more »

Anton
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Anton

Do we really care about the integrity of IGN’s reviews? That site is the posterboy for the “paid reviews” tinfoil theory as it is. They give games a 7.0 just for showing up. The written content produced there is some of the blandest and least interesting out there, even by big-site standards. The “discussions” in the review comments section there are already a cesspool of idiocy and toxicity. There’s really no way it’ll get worse just because IGN bought an indie outfit.