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55 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 029 – The One Where Steam is Dead, Long Live Steam
In this episode of Push to Talk, we focus on why the Steam Summer Sale sucks, and whether or not Tim Sweeney of Epic Games is saving us for honorable or selfish reasons. Does it even matter?In this episode of Push to Talk, the gang tries to podcast without their normal host, Jan. Joe pretends it’s an awful situation, but he hosts like nine podcasts, so it’s fine. Most of the actual (video game) chatter revolves around Steam and the underwhelming summer sale, as well as their 70/30 cut of game sales Valve takes from publishers and developers. Tim Sweeney of Epic Games claims to be fighting this injustice, but are his motives pure? Does it matter? All that and a bunch of talk about mowing lawns, throwing stupid out the window, and starting a Go Fund Me so Larryn can do plant things outside.
108 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 028 – The One About Who Won E3
In this extended post-E3 episode, Joe, Larryn, Jan, and Bill returning from a severe case of the man flu, discuss all the major announcements from E3 2019 and pick their winner of this year’s biggest gaming show.It’s the week after E3 2019 and as tired game journalists make their way home to dig through mountains of notes and interviews, the roundtable this week is full at Push to Talk. Bill has returned and is feeling much better, as can be seen by his feistily tearing apart some weak E3 Bingo cards. Larryn also joins the gang to discuss her predictions for E3 and their eventual outcome. Everyone dissects the significant announcements, ranging from Keanu Reeves’ secret appearance at the Microsoft briefing to the delay of Animal Crossing, and yet more Tom Clancy-inspired titles from Ubisoft.We close the show with a healthy discussion about who makes the better open-world games and give a bit of caution about the ever-growing list of video game subscription services. Not like we’re heeding our own advice, but you’ll have it anyway. We hope you’re ready for an extra-long edition of our post-E3 coverage!
70 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 027 – The One About Our E3 Predictions
Larryn, Joe, and Jan give their predictions for E3 in the form and bingo cards and discuss EA Play and major gaming related news that was leaked/announced early.This episode was recorded the day before the major press announcements of E3, so Larryn, Joe, and Jan discuss EA Play and the previous week’s announcements by Google and Bungie.We share our opinions of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, contemplate the future of gaming after hearing more details about Google Stadia, and have a quick look at what Bungie intends to bring to Destiny 2. With Bill out sick for a second week, Jan is alone in his love/addiction of whatever Bungie teases, but I’m sure this topic will come up again in the future.The announcement of Baldur’s Gate 3 and Darksiders: Genesis has everyone excited and wondering how they’ll be able to fit so many new games into their lives.We end the show by presenting our E3 2019 predictions in the form of our Bingo cards. You can see them below and we’ll be going over how wrong we were in the next episode.
59 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 026 – The One About Reverse Laddering
With Bill out sick, Jan and Joe are joined by Larryn and discuss the trickle of news predating E3, starting with Death Stranding’s strange new trailer.This week Jan and Joe are joined by Larryn who graciously agreed to sit in for Bill who is fighting an insufferable case of the man flu. Or is he being insufferable? I can’t quite recall. Either way, we’ve got a fresh perspective as we cover the past week’s gaming experiences and most significant news stories.With E3 a mere week away, we’re dissecting the latest Death Stranding trailer – spoiler: we have no idea either – and chat about Microsoft doubling down on gamers first. Along the way, we discuss whether or not the latest Call of Duty announcement is a step in the wrong direction, and get mildly excited about Larian Studios teasing a potential Baldur’s Gate 3.Looking forward towards next week, we’ll be preparing our very own E3 Bingo cards, and we invite you to follow along. So grab a copy of the E3 2019 Bingo card made by a lovely, yet unfortunately uncredited, Redditor, fill it in, and tweet it to us @pushtotalkfm!
64 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 025 – The One About Rigging Your Game House
Episode 25 sees the exposure of our three hosts’ gaming home weirdness, including Jan actually believing that clearing out a second room in his home for VR only is a reasonable thing to do, and Joe talking about running a server room which… somehow seems more reasonable.Welcome to episode 25 of Push to Talk, The One About Rigging Your Game House. If you’ve learned nothing else over the last couple months about our three hosts, you should know by now that they are all ridiculous in how they video games and technology in their homes. Whether it’s Bill refusing to buy new gear because he has a hard limit on the number of cables in his setup, Jan trying to claim a second room for VR, or Joe perhaps setting up a server room in his new home, each of them is crazy for different reasons, and it all comes out in this episode. Oh, we also talk about the news, and our attempt to get to know each other better by playing Dauntless which was… fine. All that and some wacky predictions just for giggles.
61 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 024 – The One About What Not to Do
In episode 24, the gang discusses Destiny 2 nerfs, the lack of matchmaking in The Division 2’s eight-player raid, and the slow demise of E3.Greetings, and welcome to Episode 24 of Push to Talk, The One About What Not to Do. In this episode, Joe, Jan, and Bill discuss what they’ve been playing over the last week and, surprise, it’s a lot of Destiny 2 for two-thirds of the crew. This conversation is quick to transition into observations of several high-profile studios making very dumb mistakes lately, such as the Destiny 2 nerfs by Bungie, the lack of matchmaking in The Division 2 raid, and a genuine question about how near game-breaking bugs make it into updates when a single experienced player could have caught it beforehand. The crew finishes up this episode talking about E3 and how it seems more and more big names are skipping it, so basically everyone goes away sad.
69 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 023 – The One About the Motion of the Ocean
Episode 23 of Push to Talk sees the gang talk about the Outbreak Perfected quest in Destiny 2, Joe’s sea sickness, and how game releases are changing.On this 23rd episode of Push to Talk, Joe, Jan, and Bill talk about Destiny 2, because of course, they do, as well as why Joe can’t play Sea of Thieves, and how incredibly hyped two-thirds of our hosts are for Ghost Recon Breakpoint.Joe talks about how hyped he is for the Final Fantasy 7 Remake, and everyone weighs in on EA’s announcement that they need to adjust how they release games to fit a more modern model, which Bill is pretty sure means they’re going to somehow monetize betas.An episode wouldn’t be complete without Joe playing something Bill and Jan haven’t heard of, or Bill and Jan sighing as they talk about falling back into the pit that is Destiny 2. Tune in and you could win nothing.
64 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 022 – The One About One In and One Out
On this week’s Push to Talk, titled The One About One In and One Out, Jan, Joe, and Bill discuss the week’s hottest gaming stories, including Randy Pitchford getting into a Twitter war with someone from Game Informer, the announcement of the Valve Index VR HMD, and Epic Games acquiring the studio behind one of Joe’s (secret) favorite games, Rocket League. We also get into how Jan might clear an entire room in his house for his crazy VR obsession, and how Bill uses Jan as a sort of technological beta test. It’s a good one, folks.Links to news stories:Valve Index VR HMD (Ars Technica, Upload VR)Borderlands 3 Microtransactions (Screen Rant, PC Gamer)Epic acquires Rocket League studio (Ars Technica)Nintendo removes games from Switch Shop (Kotaku)Sonic the Hedgehog movie (Kotaku)Recommended Audiobook:The History of the Future by Blake J. Harris (Audible)
53 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 021 – The One with All the Hype
Developer crunch, Kojima hype, and some PR stuff with Persona dominate this episode of Push to Talk.Welcome to the latest episode of Push to Talk. In our latest episode, The One with All the Hype, we dig into the latest news about Death Stranding, Joe teaches us about Persona 5 and all the drama there and, of course, it wouldn’t be a week in gaming news if a story about developers working themselves into dust wasn’t making the rounds. The gang also discusses what they’re playing and what they’re planning to play, which gets more depressing by the episode for two out of our three hosts.Topics discussed:Death Stranding news is expected soon (Shacknews)Persona 5 Scrambled disappoints (Gamespot)Titanfall 3 plans put on hold (PC Gamer)Fortnite’s success leads to crunch at Epic Games (Polygon)Epic will stop chasing exclusives if Steam changes revenue model (PCGamesN)Recommended audiobook:Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame: The Pirate Angel, the Talking Tree, and Captain Rabbit (Visit audibletrial.com/pushtotalk to start your trial and get a free audiobook)Episode 21: The One with All the HypeOur show kicks off with Bill being the grump that he is, which is 80 percent due to Jan being the grump that he is. Anyway, if you’re wondering who isn’t buying into the Kojima and Death Stranding hype, Bill isn’t. Not that he isn’t hopeful it’ll be an awesome game or doesn’t think Kojima is talented, but he’s just not sure where this god-like status has come from. He’s played Kojima’s games, and he’s just not seeing it.Joe, on the other hand, is complaining about PR, but it quickly turns out that he’s not complaining. Or, maybe he just doesn’t have time to care? He seemed to have a beef, then he didn’t have a beef, then it shifted to how Bill has too much beef.Jan wanted to talk about the developer crunch that’s been making waves lately. Actually, he didn’t, so we spoke more about Respawn and how they are committed to not overworking their people in the face of Epic overworking their people. It’s a story that we’re all growing fatigued from, but it’s an important thing to talk about and we’ll probably continue in the weeks to come.The episode ended on a high note with the gang talking about positive things, like video games they are playing and enjoying. Bill is forever stuck in his Destiny 2 loop, which he drags Jan into far too often. Joe is still playing nine games a week and making everyone else jealous, although he probably puts in less time overall. Hopefully, though, our podcast heroes can find time to play something new for the next episode, but we’ll see.
57 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 020 – The One About PlayStation 5 and Star Wars
The gang takes a look at the weekly news, including the PS5, Xbox One S All-Digital, talks about what they’ve been playing, and ships things to Canada.Three weeks back at the podcast game and the gang is starting to feel like they’re hitting a groove. Two months from now we’ll look back and cringe, but for now, Joe, Jan, and Bill are hitting their stride, and a lot of that is probably thanks to an interesting week in video games.We discussed:Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (PC Gamer)PlayStation 5 Announcement (Forbes)Xbox One S All-Digital Edition (Guide Stash)Assassin’s Creed Unity free in response to Notre Dame Cathedral fire (Game Informer)Working our way through this week’s gaming news we discussed the Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer and release date, as well as the PlayStation 5 announcement, which Bill felt was a bit lackluster. He was thinking of getting an Xbox One S All-Digital Edition until he realized it was an S and not an X, which put that idea to bed rather quickly. The weekly news rounded out with some reminiscing about Notre Dame and how it was cool of Ubisoft to offer Assassin’s Creed Unity for free. Man, that game really nailed the feeling of Notre Dame Cathedral.As for what the lads played, Jan dipped his toes into Anno 1800 but before he could go for a swim fell back into the puddle that is Destiny 2. Bill tried a new game for once. It was called Unheard and he was okay with it, but not overly impressed. Joe, who likes to play 14 games a week, played World of Final Fantasy, Katana Zero, and beat Celeste in a plane ride.The episode wrapped up with the gang discussing the best battle music in video games. Bill again had to choose a game based on the fact he only plays a handful of games, and somehow Jan ended up paying to have Breath of the Wild shipped to him so he could play it on his vacation… in June. It was a weird but entertaining episode, and we hope you’ll enjoy it and many more to come.
61 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 019 – The One About Pirates and Hitmen
Catch up on the top stories in video games from the previous week, and get your hype hats on for new Sea of Thieves content, Star Wars, and Agent 47.Greetings, listeners, and welcome to another episode of Push to Talk. This episode is titled The One About Pirates and Hitmen. In it, we discuss a wide range of topics about the previous week in video games and even solve some of Joe’s problems with Hitman (2016).Topics discussed:Upcoming Sea of Thieves Anniversary Update (Shacknews)Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order announcement predictions (PCGamesN)Octopath Traveller coming to PC (Game Informer)Homophobic slur in The Division 2 (Shacknews)Games with gradual difficulty curves (#PushtoTalk)Audio Book recommendation: Blood, Sweat, and Pixels by Jason Schreier (Free Audible Trial)New question for episode 019. Get your say in our #PushtoTalk segment!What games have a well-designed, gradual difficulty ramp?Let us know what comes to mind when you think of games that handle difficulty settings very well and allow you to learn as you play.— Push to Talk (@pushtotalkfm) April 8, 2019Can’t wait for next week!
71 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 018 – The One About BioWare
Jan, Joe, and Bill discuss Jason Schreier’s article about BioWare and Anthem, as well as games we immediately regretted playing and quickly abandoned.Greetings, loyal listeners, if there are any of you left. Welcome to Episode 018 of the Push to Talk podcast titled The One About BioWare. If you’re keeping track, and I know you aren’t, it’s been almost three years since our last episode. For context, we were all playing the original Destiny, and Fortnite wasn’t really a thing. A lot has changed, including us. In addition to Jan and Bill, our good buddy, Joe, will be joining the podcast as the third host from this point forward.In this episode we discuss the following topics:What went wrong with Anthem and BioWare (Kotaku)The reveal of Darkborn (Guide Stash)Destiny 2’s loot issues exposed by The Division 2 (Shacknews)Joe’s expressions of SekiroGames we really wanted to play but quickly abandoned (#PushtoTalk)To help us kick off our first episode in nearly three years, we hope you'll participate in our #PushToTalk poll and tell us which game made you immediately give up on it. Please feel free to elaborate in a reply and we'll share it on the podcast.— Push to Talk (@pushtotalkfm) March 29, 2019It felt good to be back. Adding Joe to our core was a breath of fresh air and we’re already brainstorming what we’ll talk about on the next episode. Remember to hit us up on Twitter via Push to Talk if you want to leave some feedback, ask a question, or suggest a topic.
36 minutes | 5 years ago
Episode 017: Trying New Things
Chalk and Rumpo choose games for one another to play.Greetings and welcome to another episode of Push to Talk. This week’s episode was all about discussing the games that Chalk and Rumpo chose for each other to play. Rumpo wanted Chalk to try Valiant Hearts: The Great War, and Rumpo was tasked with diving into The Long Dark.https://twitter.com/pushtotalkfm/status/756960972837748736We actually struggled to figure out why this was a good podcast idea, but after playing our respective games we realized that it was about branching out and trying things that fell outside of our comfort zone. It’s no different than telling your friend that they absolutely must watch Game of Thrones, but having that friend tell you they’re not interested. You know they’ll love it, but dammit, you can’t force them. Chalk and I had to play because we were bound by the international rules of podcast. That’s a real thing. Look it up.With The Long Dark, Rumpo found a game that he’ll definitely get more time out of. He put in four hours for the podcast and felt like he had a good idea of what the game offered, and the emotions that this brutal survival game were capable of evoking. Being lost in the snowy Canadian wilderness of The Long Dark had him recalling when he was young and his step-brother was actually lost in the woods.Chalk barely got a passing grade for only putting 1.8 hours into Valiant Hearts: The Great War, but credit must be given to a busy man. He got a good sense for the art style and puzzle solving. Chalk did admit, however, that he needs to finish the game, something that Rumpo wholeheartedly agrees with. Valiant Hearts: The Great War is a story-driven title, and the only way to get the full experience is to finish it. We’ll keep you updated on that.For next week, we have a special guest in mind that we’d like to bring in to talk about Twitch culture, what it’s like to be a full-time streamer (spoiler alert: not as glamorous as you think), and offer up some advice to those who would rather broadcast themselves blasting zombies than get a “real job” out there. We won’t drop their name just yet because we need to confirm, but it’s in the works.
48 minutes | 5 years ago
Episode 016: Gaming is Expensive
Chalk and Rumpo discuss why all types of gaming are expensive.Greetings, and thanks for checking out our website post… he says to the 14 people who actually check out each website post. This week Chalk and Rumpo decide to do a little shaming in regards to our listeners’ Steam libraries and how much they’ve spent, plus how many games they’ve purchased that they’ve never played. The results are kind of ridiculous.For our next episode, use @SteamDB's calculator (https://t.co/dsWCmcJHI7) and tell us the value of your library?— Push to Talk (@pushtotalkfm) July 4, 2016As conversations between Chalk and Rumpo often go, this one took a turn and Rumpo ended up doing a Scanner (ranting) about why PC gaming isn’t cheaper than console gaming. Or at least why console gamers are likely to get more value for the money they’ve spent. Not that he’s defending console players or PC players or even saying one is better than the other. He was just trying to insult people who like to say dumb things on the internet. How dare they do such a thing without having a podcast to justify their opinions!2nd piece of homework, use @SteamDB's calculator (https://t.co/dsWCmcJHI7) to find your percentage of unplayed games— Push to Talk (@pushtotalkfm) July 4, 2016Scanner showed up and ranted about Pokémon, or at least about something that has him catching them all. He could be running around his neighborhood catching stupid people doing stupid things (like catching Pokémon), if we’re being honest.As the episode came to a close, Rumpo also took issue with the idea that you can build a PC for the price of a console and get the PC gaming experience. Who can recall if Chalk agreed with him?For next week, we wanted our listeners to vote in a poll about which game is better, The Long Dark or Valiant Hearts: The Great War. You see, Chalk has to play Valiant Hearts, and Rumpo has to play The Long Dark. We’d like to know from you who got the better deal. What game do you think is better? Don’t have an opinion? You can buy them on Steam right now and try each out, because don’t you know PC gaming is super cheap, yo!
47 minutes | 5 years ago
Episode 015: Best Video Game Characters
Chalk and Rumpo discuss their favorite video game characters of all time.This week on Push to Talk, Chalk and Rumpo discuss their favorite video game characters of all time, and spoiler alert, Joel from The Last of Us is one of them.Man, we really got lit up on Twitter with video game characters that we didn’t include in our poll. Part of that is because we haven’t played many of the games our listeners have, but another part is because you can only put four options in each Twitter poll. Sorry, PeekABoo_Bang. Actually, just Chalk is sorry. I’m not sorry he got yelled at.What's your favourite video game character? Help swing the tide in our next argument… errm, podcast episode!— Push to Talk (@pushtotalkfm) June 29, 2016Our discussion transitioned from what our favorite video game characters were to what makes a good character. What helps gamers identify with one character or another? Voice acting is obviously a big part of that, but having great writing behind it is essential. That’s what made characters like Joel from the Last of Us so memorable?Before our episode wrapped up we threw it over to Scanner, who was ranting about the Steam Summer Sale. Or, maybe he was ranting about people ranting about the Steam Summer Sale. You should listen and find out if he’s angry with you.We need you to do a little bit of homework for our next episode. Go to the Steam Database and click on Calculator. Put your Steam ID in and select the currency that is relevant in your region. We want to know what percentage of games in your Steam library you’ve never played. That will be our topic for next week – the backlog of games, and the notion that Steam likely makes more money off of games people never play than money off of games that they do.Once you have all the information, vote in our two polls. One will be about the percentage of games you own that you have never played, and the other will be about the value of your Steam library. Oh, and we’re really sorry about making you feel bad about your life with this topic.
45 minutes | 5 years ago
Episode 014: The One About DayZ
With .60 now stable, have we seen the best DayZ has to offer?Greetings, survivors, and welcome to another episode of Push to Talk. On today’s show, Chalk and Rumpo have an in-depth discussion about the past, present and future of DayZ.This week is the first episode where we’re running with our one topic formula, replacing the user submitted questions with our very own polls. This week’s poll asked “What impact has the 0.60 update of #DayZ had for you?” The results were fairly stable across the board, with a mix of votes being split between those who are playing it again since .60, those who never stopped, and those who feel the most recent update is too little, too late. See the full results below.What impact has the 0.60 update of #DayZ had for you?— Push to Talk (@pushtotalkfm) June 21, 2016Chalk and Rumpo seem to mostly agree this week. They agree that DayZ is amazing game, and that it has the potential to be even better in the future. That future, however, depends on what content Bohemia has in store going forward, and what the community does with the canvas that Hicks and company have provided them with. Rumpo, in particular, tends to struggle more with public servers and players not keeping with the spirit of DayZ.As it normally does, talking about a game and its potential leads our hosts to want to go play it, and even seek out a like-minded community to maximize their experience. Right now, that community seems to be The Red Zone, run by popular Twitch streamer, TehJamJar.Before we wrapped this week’s episode, Scanner stopped by to rant. This is a man who marches to the beat of his own drum, so it’s Battlefield 1 and its HUD that he’s on about, not DayZ and the communities that make it great (or horrible).Remember to follow Push to Talk on Twitter so that you can participate in our weekly polls, and help shape the discussions that Chalk and Rumpo have going forward, just like you did with DayZ this week.
53 minutes | 5 years ago
Episode 013: Rise of Iron
Chalk and Rumpo talk Rise of Iron, plus review discrepancies between critics and users.On the 13th episode of the Push to Talk video game podcast, Chalk and Rumpo talk about the upcoming Rise of Iron DLC from Destiny, plus why video game critics and users seem so out of touch with each other.Well, ladies and gentlemen, we made it to our three-month podcast anniversary. If this were a Twitch production we’d make up our own dumb word for it, like pod-iversary, or something else equally terrible. Lost in our non-stop assault on the amateur hour going on with 99 percent of Twitch streams and YouTube channels is the fact that we haven’t lost interest in doing this after a quarter of a year. Considering we managed to lose interest in The Division two months ago, that’s not bad staying power.Twitter Poll: New SegmentSince we managed to hit that elusive three-month pod-iversary, we decided to start planning for the next three months. With that in mind, you’ll start seeing a new segment each week called the Push to Talk Twitter Poll. This will replace the previous question version of #PushToTalk. It turns out people would rather click a button instead of type, and we’re in no position to discourage laziness.This week we actually played around with two polls. The first was asking you to vote for which E3 presser took the cake, and the second was asking you to vote for your favorite game. Going forward there will be only one poll per week, with our goal being to release it on Tuesday, and have the results ready for you during the next episode. Sound good? Hope so, because you don’t get a vote. Actually, you do get a vote now that I think about it. You get to vote in the poll.Another poll so we have things to talk about. Help us out, would you?What E3 press conference "won" #E32016?— Push to Talk (@pushtotalkfm) June 16, 2016What's your favourite game you saw at #E32016? (If other, reply with it)— Push to Talk (@pushtotalkfm) June 15, 2016Destiny: Rise of IronWe started off by doing a little digging to find out how honest Bungie and Activision had been regarding micro transactions in Destiny, and whether or not players should feel a little ripped off by having to drop $30 on Rise of Iron because of those transactions. Turns out it wasn’t exactly the crime of the century, but we wouldn’t blame Destiny players for feeling like Bungie and Activision failed to reach the expectations they set last fall. We’ll leave you with this quote, taken from a very useful Polygon article.Derek Carroll, a senior designer at Bungie, said in an interview with Eurogamer at PlayStation Experience last weekend that the studio is “moving to a more event-based model” rather than releasing larger story-based expansions that people have to pay for.While we initially thought that Bungie stated that micro transactions would be used to fund future DLC, it’s clear that they didn’t say that, or at least we can’t find where they did. At the same time, Chalk and Rumpo discussed whether players really got their money’s worth from this event-based model.Scanner’s Rant: New ConsolesBecause we actually have Scanner’s rant, and we’ve listened to it, we can tell you that this one is a bit of a ramble. It’s also a perfect opportunity to let you, the listener, help Scanner.You see, Scanner is genuinely confused about the point of 4K hardware and how it’s going to benefit the two major consoles going forward. Given the limitations that both Sony and Microsoft have put on developers who will attempt to take advantage of that hardware, what’s the point? Maybe you can hit us up on Twitter using #PushToTalk and let him know.Reviews: Critics vs UsersAfter bouncing around Metacritic for a bit, Rumpo recently realized that the discrepancy between what video game critics scored games, versus what users scored games, was quite large. This was well illustrated by Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst, where critics tended to give the game scores between 70-75, while users landed more in the 3.5 out of 10 range. That’s a huge difference, and our hosts wanted to know why it existed.Push to Talk discussions tend to split into a few subcategories, and this was no different. Chalk and Rumpo got into which party was out of touch, and what critics could do to ensure that their reviews maintained integrity, while also being useful to the average gamer. It was a good discussion, and one we don’t think you’ll want to miss.
86 minutes | 5 years ago
Episode 012: Best E3 Presser
Discussing the best games and best E3 Presser of 2016.On this episode of Push to Talk, Chalk and Rumpo share their thoughts on E3 so far, including what they believe to be the best E3 presser. Spoiler alert, it rhymes with pony.Grab a beer, because this one gets long. It’s perhaps our longest podcast to date, but for good reason. E3 2016 is in full swing at this point, and Chalk and Rumpo wanted to talk about all the cool shit they’d seen from the big press conferences. This included thoughts on EA, Microsoft, Sony, Ubisoft, Bethesda, and likely one or two more that has slipped our minds due to old age.We’ve also gotten very tired of Duhstee moaning about getting on the podcast, so we sent his ass to do some stuff regarding Nintendo. Assuming he actually did it, there will be a few minutes of him stumbling over his words (love you, Duhstee). We really have no clue what about Nintendo he plans to discuss, but we want to thank him for taking the time to do it just the same. He’s like the guy who got a job because he just sat outside and wouldn’t go the fuck away. Fast-forward 20 years and Duhstee is probably the CEO of Push to Talk, which will obviously have just gone public and started trading at $0.01 per share. Buy low, sell high.Scanner recorded a rant for us, and it was definitely about E3. He recorded it before E3 because we opted to do this best E3 presser roundup last minute, but as Scanner told us last night, when is he ever not relevant? Doesn’t matter what the man says, you should probably write it down and adjust your daily life to incorporate his thoughts.Be sure to hit us up in all of the usually places (they’re linked on this page), and let us know what it is about E3 2016 that you’re most excited about. Is it a game? Is it a piece of hardware? Or, are you just a negative ass who isn’t impressed by anything?
57 minutes | 5 years ago
Episode 011: Video Game Collectibles
The difference between video game collectibles and stuff.On this episode of Push to Talk, Chalk and Rumpo weigh in on video game collectibles, as well as address the elephant in the room, Overwatch.After Phil stumbled into your podcast lives last week, Push to Talk decided to turn things down a notch and talk about some less heavy stuff. Rumpo wanted to discuss video game collectibles, and he usually gets his way with these things.https://twitter.com/Rippenharra/status/734875923388866560Our two charismatic (haha) hosts chatted about the difference between collectibles done properly in games, and compared them to games that just included a lot of extra stuff to give the appearance of added value. Chalk and Rumpo both agreed that The Division did a fine job with collectibles, but weren’t quite as impressed with games like Far Cry Primal, and even Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.No clue why we continue tell you that we don’t know what Scanner is going to rant about. We never know. You can’t control an artist, folks.Our second topic of the day was Overwatch. There was no debate or drama here, just two grown ass men admiring what a fine job Blizzard has done. There was discussion about what made Overwatch so good, but if we spilled the beans on that here, there would be no reason for you to listen. Just know what we, as with everyone else in the world, agree that the game is pretty freaking good. Now, go listen to why we think it’s succeeding where other shooters are failing, or not succeeding as much.Once again, we’re nearing the cap on words that I’m paid to write, so we should wrap this up with a few shameless plugs about our social media. Yeah… Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and… that’s probably it. Since Chalk posts this he can edit if we’ve left something out.
57 minutes | 5 years ago
Episode 010: Battlefield vs Call of Duty
We discuss all things Battlefield vs Call of Duty.This post regarding the Battlefield vs Call of Duty episode of our podcast is being written under protest.Let it be known that it’s Saturday night on a long weekend, and Rumpo really wants to play Fallout 4: Far Harbor. Chalk, however, would like to scurry off for the weekend and do adult things, so here we are, banging out the bare minimum so that Rumpo can get back to fighting a Deathclaw, and Chalk can… go to bed or something.Anyway, as you have likely been made aware of throughout the week, we had a grumpy guest on. If you thought it was Phil, you were right. The man loves to insult those that deserve it, and he even surprised us with his insight into this Battlefield vs Call of Duty nonsense. You see, we may have used a happy little click-bait title for this post, but we really aren’t fans of this feud. The three of us break it down on every level we can, from fans to content creators, and even the developers and publishers themselves.https://twitter.com/ph1l25/status/734466020400889857Nobody is safe when Phil is on the warpath. Just kidding, he was sleepy and drinking beer, so it was a pretty passive version of Phil.Scanner ranted.I’m about 70 words shy of what Google would like for SEO purposes, and I haven’t mentioned Battlefield vs Call of Duty enough, so there you go.I should also mention that you should probably follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and do that thing that you do on Instagram. Please don’t request that I provide you with a valid reason for such things, because I really don’t have any.Oh, and Phil has a YouTube Channel and Twitter account that you should follow as well.Battlefield vs Call of Duty should be mentioned one more time for the road.
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