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Potions & Portals
40 minutes | Nov 24, 2020
P&P 17: The Thanksgiving Episode
Happy Turkey Day from Potions & Portals, as Adam & Jeremy dive into some Black Friday deals for must-play games. We also discuss news around xQc’s Twitch ban, the new James Bond game announcement, Nintendo’s cease & desist against a Smash Bros tournament, and Cyberpunk 2077’s odd exclusive on PC. If you’re looking for some of our favorite games on sales around the US/CA this week, tune in!
53 minutes | Nov 17, 2020
P&P 16: Next-Gen Check-In
It’s next-gen console week, with the Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X both launching. We’ll talk about news, including some PS5 launch issues and supposed Xbox launch issues, as well as some other crazy events happening this week in the world of video games. Then we dive into our experiences with the next-gen consoles, including the launch titles we can’t put down!
50 minutes | Nov 10, 2020
P&P 15: Next-Gen Roundtable
This week, Adam & Jeremy talk about everything next-gen with both the Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5 arriving days apart. We discuss news and our plans when the next-gen consoles arrive. We also hit on some pain points of Valorant ranking right now.
55 minutes | Nov 3, 2020
P&P 14: The Sounds of Gaming
This week Adam and Jeremy delve into video game soundtracks, including a game built entirely on the dynamic nature of music. We’re one week away from the next-gen so keep up to date with the latest news. Valorant releases a new patch, with Skye and Icebox entering the competitive scene. Then a new game studio is formed to focus on RTS games, Frost Giant Studios. Plus much more!
51 minutes | Oct 27, 2020
P&P 13: So Toxic – Toxicity in Online Gaming
This week, Adam and Jeremy discuss more next-gen news as we rapidly approach the launch dates. We talk more about Epic v Apple, Microsoft’s xCloud, Google’s Stadia, interesting news about a few retailers, and we keep the Indie Game of the Week going for a two-week streak. Then this week’s main topic deals with toxicity in online gaming, something we’ve all likely dealt with.
50 minutes | Oct 20, 2020
P&P 12: The Quest Within – Gaming and Mental Health
This week, we discuss our freights with Phasmophobia, next-gen updates for both Xbox and Playstation, Valorant competitive news, and Blizzard ending support for Starcraft 2. Then our main topic for the week is a controversial one, but something worth talking about, gaming and mental health.
45 minutes | Oct 13, 2020
P&P 11: Next-Gen News, Games with Daily Logins, and Battle Passes
This week Adam and Jeremy talk about the PS5 Hardware tear-down that Sony released, as well as other tantalizing next-gen news. We also talk about 3080 stock shortages and Amazon’s Game Studio throwing in the towel on Crucible. Then we dive into the challenges with daily logins and battle passes for this week’s main topic.
57 minutes | Oct 6, 2020
P&P 10: Next-Gen News, Valorant Updates, DLC & Microtransactions
This week Adam and Jeremy discuss news updates around next-gen consoles, Valorant, and celebrate Cyberpunk 2077 going gold! The main topic of the week deals with Downloadable Content in all its forms, from Microtransactions to Expansions, Loot Boxes to Battle Passes, we dive into the economics and user experience behind DLC.
57 minutes | Sep 29, 2020
P&P 09: Next-Gen is Coming & Genre-Defining Games: Indie
Prepare yourselves here, next-gen is coming, as we dive into some news and experiences around the Xbox Series X & PlayStation 5 consoles. Could Microsoft buy more game studios? We talk about which ones they could be looking at. Then we dive into Indie Games with our Genre-Defining Games series.
47 minutes | Sep 22, 2020
P&P 08: PlayStation 5 Showcase & Pre-order debacle, plus Microsoft goes for a big purchase
Microsoft whipping out that checkbook for 7.5 billion to purchase ZeniMax; Sony holds the PlayStation 5 Showcase with some games and announces price with pre-orders. Those pre-orders though were an absolute mess. We delve deep into the Microsoft purchase and PS5 on this episode.
48 minutes | Sep 15, 2020
P&P 07: Xbox Next Generation Preview
This week, Adam and Jeremy dive into the upcoming Xbox release and talk about the hardware differences between the X & S models, launch or near-launch titles, and rumors on the next-gen platform.
58 minutes | Sep 7, 2020
P&P 06: EA’s UFC4 Debacle, Mario’s 35th Anniversary, and Debated Gameplay Mechanics
This week, EA goes too far with advertisements in UFC4; Nintendo marks the 35th Anniversary of Super Mario Bros with some hot reveals; another update on the Epic v Apple court battle; then Adam and Jeremy spend quite a lot of time debating gameplay mechanics.
46 minutes | Aug 31, 2020
P&P 05: Epic vs Apple Updates, Gamescom Reveals, & Genre-Defining Games: Strategy
This week, a judge protects the Unreal Engine; Altered Carbon cancelled on Netflix; Esports investments and celebrity involvement; Ubisoft is back in the news in a bad way; Activision deals with COD cheaters on two fronts; The passing of a King, RIP Chadwick Boseman; Spotify invests in LoL; We continue our Genre-Defining Games series with […]
46 minutes | Aug 24, 2020
P&P 04: More Dev Studio Scandals, 2 Big DC reveals, & Genre-Defining Games: Action
Could taking away content just to add new content be the future of games? DC Fandome announced new Batman & Wonder Woman trailers. Also WB announced 2 new DC games while showing trailers and COD shows some propaganda? Then we get back into Genre Defining Games with the Action genre.
39 minutes | Aug 17, 2020
P&P 03: Epic v Apple & Mod Community Influence
Ubisoft still throwing down their internal “ban” hammer; Halo gets delayed; Epic building their fort against Apple and Google; Also Sony’s next VR is in development; Resident Evil goes with Resident Evil Village for their next game title. We’ll be back next week with more Genre-Defining Games, this time covering the Action genre.
45 minutes | Aug 10, 2020
P&P 02: Ubisoft Scandals & Genre-Defining Games: FPS
This week Jeremy and Adam talk about the scandals at Ubisoft, Dr Disrespect’s return to streaming, poor choices by the LEC, the new Valorant Act and Agent, the Avengers game exclusives, and we continue our series on Genre-Defining Games with First-Person Shooters.
51 minutes | Jul 28, 2020
P&P 01: XBox Showcase & Genre Defining Games – RPGs
In our very first episode of the Potions & Portals Podcast, Adam and Jeremy introduce themselves, discuss PS5/XSX news & rumors, talk about the Xbox Showcase, Doritos’ dropping the bag, Ghost of Tsushima, and of course genre defining role-playing games.
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