Podquisition Episode 157: Fuck The FCC

It’s Thanksgiving, which means very little is happening. However, since EA messed up loot boxes so royally, we have much to discuss there.

Also, the FCC is rubbish, Skyrim’s alright on Switch, and Gav likes the new Thor film.

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Pilkington
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Pilkington

0:17 – No one calls you that, Jim.

Kirk Hammer
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Kirk Hammer

Unfortunately, given how a lot of gamers love defending the companies that screw them over and shouting at the people trying to warn them, I think if a state like Hawaii did ban lootboxes then we’d see that crowd whinging that they’re “having their rights violated” or some shit because it means they’re “at a disadvantage in game compared to players in states that still allow them”.

Galactix100
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Galactix100

The discussion about how loot boxes reminds me of EA’s E3 conference from a couple of years ago where they had Jose Mourinho on to promote FIFA and Peter Moore jokingly asked if Mourinho’s kid had gotten a hold of his credit card to buy whatever the microtransactions in ultimate team are called.

Kind of insidious when you think about it. Turn a serious issue into a joke in an attempt to obfuscate the fact that this colossal international corporation is preying on children.

Aotrs Commander
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Aotrs Commander

Looking into the whole Net Neutrality mess from the outside (of the US), I can only hope you guys can manage to get through it; being in the UK means there’s not much I can do to help. Well, short of attaining omnipotance and taking over the world or something. (I mean, I’m working on that, but even if I succeed, I don’t think it would make many people *happy*. Though the games industry would be a lot cleaner, I’ll grant you…) We might yet have the issues over here – currently the UK subscribes to the EU law on… Read more »

Asuterisuku
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Asuterisuku

Gavin, it’s funny that you mention Dave Grohl and Trent Reznor in particular; back in 2010, Grohl did have a supergroup named “Them Crooked Vultures” with himself, Josh Homme, and John Paul Jones. There was only one album from them, but Grohl and Homme are fast friencs and still work together often.
In 2015, Grohl opened Studio 606 and filmed a documentary about its creation, and the recording of the first album there. One of the tracks on that album, called Mantra, was done by Grohl, Homme, and Reznor.

rikeus
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rikeus

A Perfect Circle is prog rock supergroup formed by the Tool vocalist and Billy Howerdel. Soen is a prog metal supergroup formed by the drummer from Opeth, some swedish pop singer (who has an amazing voice) and Steve Di Giorgio from the bands Testament, Death and Sadus. They don’t really have the name power of the bands gavin was talking about but supergroups are still certainly a thing.

Octopus Grift
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I have this vision of the future where Jim’s game journalism career is just a footnote in his life as a professional wrestler.

GloatingSwine
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GloatingSwine

Any time you meet one of those locked doors in Odyssey they want you to be wearing the costume from the world you’re in. For the ones I’ve found (up to Bowser’s Kingdom) it’s always the cheaper one.

Natalie
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Natalie

So what with all the confusion about what’s actually going on withe Belgium I’ve been doing some research into the situation, being a native dutch speaker. Here’s what I’ve found: The information that the Belgian Gaming Commission is investigating the loot boxes primarily stems from the Belgian news channel VTM. According to their article, the secretary of the Gaming Commission talked directly to them, saying that they are running an investigation into Battlefront 2 and Overwatch, and whether or not it falls under their current jurisdiction to enforce Belgian gambling laws. Nearly all other news sources seem to point back… Read more »

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

Unless I’ve got things wrong it has now been 50 episodes since they had a guest on.

Hugrid
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Hugrid

I second Jim’s glorious “HAH!” at battlefield’s poor sales news. A thing in the literature/genre publishing industry, the genuine loss of “mid list” authors, those writers who produce good books and stories but don’t sell bad or tremendously, was a major symptom of the publishing industries’ weird contraction in the 90s and 00s – it was literally a disease symptom and the disease was a contraction in sales across the board outside of a few JK Rowlings who sell ridiculously. In healthy industries there should be big name things that sell tremendously and tower above everything else through luck and… Read more »

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

I do wonder if in Odyssey that comment from one of the traders ‘Spend Money’ is Nintendo satirising things.