Podquisition Episode 153: Moons Deep In The Mario

This week, Mario Odyssey takes center stage, but we chat plenty about Assassin’s Creed Origins as well.

One of us weren’t allowed to play the latest Ubisoft game, because U-play wouldn’t let them.

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9lives lie cat lie
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9lives lie cat lie

where i am the games are usually around 75 plus with the hst (provincial tax) makes that game up to 90 bucks.

Michael Prymula
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Michael Prymula
Luckily for me I only care about Wolfenstein 2 and nothing else(already got Destiny on console) coming out this week(burned out on Mario and couldn’t care less about AC). I’m OK with maps telling me where things are in games, saves me a lot of time. I never feel the need to buy two versions of a game, i’m content with the console version of Destiny 2. Dead Space 3 never once felt like a grind to me. Watch Dogs 2’s sales actually did increase after a few months. I personally still quite enjoyed the first game. RE7 was decent… Read more »
Celine
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Celine

I think that Laura’s attempt to argue that trading card games are not gambling compared to loot boxes is not that convincing. One could even make the opposite point that trading cards are more similar to gambling, because there is a semi-established monetary value for your winnings (or, in many video games with loot boxes, selling skins and whatnot for money would require breaking the TOS).

The main point should be to accuse video games of including the gambling to a full price game, making it more compelling with visuals, by forcing you to grind in games, etc.

Michael Prymula
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Michael Prymula

I think it was convincing, and i’m saying that as someone who used to buy Yu-Gi-Oh card packs, even the cards you got were duplicates, sometimes having two or three of the same card in your deck could give you an advantage, and you could always trade them for different cards if necessary, can’t really do that with in-game items.

Speederino
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Speederino

Another difference between trading cards and loot boxes: the name. “Trading” cards. As in “if you don’t like what you recieved, you might be able to trade it with someone”. Outside of maybe MMO’s, games don’t typically let you exchange your unwanted gear with other people.

saynotogamblingingames
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saynotogamblingingames

This doesn’t work for me. Impress it and it starts and ends …in 1 sec. The direct link causes havoc. Please fix.

MuddyScarecrow
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You know what I find interesting about Horse Armor? Back then the fact that it was “just cosmetic” was the reason people hated it. Yeah. We’ve really come far haven’t we?

Dj_Ziio
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Dj_Ziio
I would really love to see regulations like China just enacted in May 2017. There are a lot of restrictions due to China’s strict laws on pornography and gambling, as well as “offending social morality”, but one part of the law is something we should all get behind. Requiring companies to full disclose any and all odds, for every item available in a loot box/micro-transaction. This would give everyone an idea of cost for an item, as you could calculate the average cost to obtain an item quite easily. I think its a great middle ground between creating new classifications… Read more »
MJBarr
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MJBarr

On lootboxes and gambling, interestingly enough theres a lot of actual money-from-lootbox stuff potential from grey-market transactions, so its not like theres a complete seperation from putting money in and getting money out, even IF doing so breaks a EULA in a game.

…I just wonder when we are going to have F2P mobile game accounts for sale…

noakai
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noakai
As one of those budget conscious millennials, I can definitely agree that having a lot of bigger games come out at once does sometimes mean I’m putting off buying one or more at launch, depending on how many are out. I usually buy eventually but by then the one I put off has dropped in price by about half. And I always try and save up for the holidays because I know there will be a lot of games I want and don’t want wait for, but there are usually some I’m interested in that get put off for awhile… Read more »
Michael Prymula
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Michael Prymula

I can get around that by trading a bunch of older games towards new releases, that way I never pay full price for them and I can reduce clutter on my shelves at the same time, that combined with the discounts from my Elite Pro Powerup Rewards membership(and the occasionally certificate I get for spending my points) lets me get new releases often for half the price or less.

Iskander
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Iskander

On the topic of how we have come to accept microtransactions, remember when everyone was outraged about $10 horse armour in Oblivion. These days $10 would only buy you the chance to get horse armour.

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

After reading the narrative Let’s Play for Animal Crossing on the LP archive I can never look at that game in the same way and Tom Nook in the same way.

Anton
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Anton

60 hours in a week for one game? I can’t fathom if I should be jealous or horrified.

Dj_Ziio
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Dj_Ziio

As a game journalist it is her job, so she just worked overtime this week. If only we could all enjoy working overtime as much as she did 🙂

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

A position which is not always going to be enviable. 60 hours on Mario this week but sometimes there are going to be those weeks where you spend 60 hours in Homefront Revolution or Elex.

Michael Prymula
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Michael Prymula

I spent dozens of hours on Homefront Revolution and loved every single minute of it. Haven’t played Elex yet though it does look very interesting.

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

You were asked by Justin not to respond to either Chris or myself. I’ve ignored anything you’ve posted since then.

Michael Prymula
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Michael Prymula

I’ve spent 60 hours a week on games that I REALLY liked such as Mad Max and Dying Light.

Chris
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I’m not sure it’s going to be worth buying, especially not the same week as Wolfenstein, but honestly ‘they just decided to steal things from Far Cry and Metal Gear Solid V’ is the closest I’ve come to caring about Origins since it was announced.

Anton
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Anton
I want to be excited about Origins, as someone who was really into AC during the Ezio games (also Black Flag). My problem with new AC games is that for all their improvements, this is still a series with no inspiration or direction. The historical plots tend to be mediocre at best, and the overarching future plot is an everlasting exercise in kicking the can down the road. There’s no sense that any of it is really going anywhere, and any tantalizing hints regarding the series’ creation mythos are abandoned in the next installment. Ever since Ubi fired the series’… Read more »
Chris
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Oh I definitely agree. Black Flag was the only game I felt like had something original to hook me after the first and second ones, and that was basically ‘what if half the time you just weren’t playing an AC game?’ I genuinely got annoyed every time I was told I had to stop playing the closest thing we’ve gotten to a 3D remake of Sid Meier’s Pirates! and told I had to go play AC again. That said, one of my biggest problems with AC has been how badly and how shallowly they handle their stealth. So hearing Jim… Read more »
Michael Prymula
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Michael Prymula
The problem i’ve always had with the AC series is that I feel too much of a disconnect with the protagonists to care about them since i’m not actually playing as them, but rather as someone else reliving the protagonists virtual memories, I just cannot get past that level of dissonance. Knowing that everything I playthrough has already happened and is merely being relived by someone else just prevents me from getting engaged in the story in any way. I’m one of the few who wishes the AC games would focus more on the future stuff and less on the… Read more »