Hart & Usagi #97: Corsi Takes Leave

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In episode 97 we chat about Street Fighter V: Champion Edition, Google Stadia reviews, best 50 games of this decade, and more.

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TOPICS:
* Sony Interactive Entertainment Global Second Party Games head Gio Corsi leaves PlayStation
* “A liar and a bully”: Blizzard’s company values no longer matter to protesting fans
* Overwatch Director Jeff Kaplan Just Threw in His Support for Blitzchung
* Blizzard president clarifies decision to ban Hearthstone player and two casters over Hong Kong controversy
* Street Fighter V: Champion Edition announced alongside DLC character Gill
* Leaked PlayStation 5 dev kit photo hits the internet
* Guilty Gear 20th Anniversary Pack coming to North America
* Google Stadia reviews round-up, all the scores
* The best video games of the decade – the top 50 games from 2010-2020, ranked

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Hart & Usagi #96: Free Hong Kong

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In episode 96 we chat about Blizzard & the NBA censoring speech and banning players, PS4 cross-play, PlayStation 5 hardware details, and more.

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TOPICS:
* Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble
* Puzzle Quest 2 & Galactrix
* Blizzard Suspends Hearthstone Player For Voicing Support of Hong Kong Protests
* Blizzard Reduces Suspension of Hearthstone Player and Casters Following Community Outcry
* Blizzard cancels Overwatch Nintendo Switch launch event without providing a reason
* Blizzard bans US Hearthstone collegiate team after Hong Kong protest
* Epic CEO Tim Sweeney Takes Shot at Blizzard, Says Epic Supports Speech on “Politics and Human Rights”
* Over a decade later, Saints Row 2 is finally getting fixed on PC
* PlayStation 5 Is Official, Releasing Holiday 2020 With a New Controller and Hardware Accelerated Ray-Tracing
* PS4 system software update version 7.00 launches October 8, adds Party and Remote Play enhancements
* Both PS5 and Xbox Scarlett to feature cameras and a focus on streaming – report
* PS4 cross-play is out of beta despite no official announcements
* Counter-Strike deploys X-ray Scanner to get around loot box controversy in France
* Duke Nukem 3D composer Bobby Prince is suing Gearbox Software and Valve over his soundtrack

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Hart & Usagi Podcast #27: PlayStation 4 Special

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Sony’s press conference happened and as expected it was the announcement of the PlayStation 4. Shortly after the event ended I put a call out for guests and was able to rope in four. This makes for the largest panel ever on the show. The returning champions are da_bluewolfy, SonicHomeboy, madtyger, and ebbderelict. We talk about all of the information Sony delivered and what we thought about it. Usagi is missing in action this time around, but have no fear because he’ll return next time.

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Samus and The Prince Power Up

In case some of you don’t know, eStarland.com has a giveaway program called “Power Ups” in which you can win a free game in a random drawing. I won Every Extend Extra for PSP on August 25th.

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Sadly, though, you aren’t given a choice on which system for multiplatform games you’d want the game for. This means I could get an Xbox 360 version of a game despite not owning the system. It also means you could win a repeat copy of a game you already have as was the case for me.

The good news is I used the extra copy along with a few other games to obtain four Game Boy Advance games I’ve been wanting for awhile. I traded in seven games, but only really rid myself of two, Chorno Trigger and Psychonauts, since the rest, Donkey Kong Country (SNES), Street Fighter II (SNES), Shadow of the Ninja, and God of War: Chains of Olympus, were repeats.

THE GAMES
* Blackthorne (complete)
* Pokemon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire (complete)
* Medal of Honor: Infiltrator (game only)
* Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (game only)

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I also tried to get a complete copy of Splinter Cell on the same system, but apparently they didn’t have it.

OTHER GAMES PICKED UP LOCALLY
* Metroid: Other M
* Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier (PS2)
* Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (PSP)

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I picked up Metroid: Other M right now mainly because I keep hearing how split fans are on this game. It has been bugging me so I wanted to find out where I stand on it. I’m going to go into the game with an open mind and not let the negativity of some internet celebrities color how I feel about the game before I’ve even played it.

The other two games, Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier and the PSP version of Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, were snatched up because they were pretty cheap when I was out looking for a Nintendo points card.

GT’s Big News Fantasy

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I must say that the awards on Gametrailers.com, for the most part, made very little sense when thinking about how they went about choosing the winners. As you all know, I’m not one to come along and ask where this game or that game is, so I won’t be doing that. What doesn’t make sense is their awards for Biggest News Story and Biggest Surprise. To give you context here’s the nominee lists for these two awards.

Biggest News Story (watch award video)
The Activision/Blizzard Merger
Final Fantasy XIII on Xbox 360
Itagaki and Tecmo Part Ways
Jack Thompson Disbarred
The Return of the Real E3

Biggest Suprise (watch award video)
Final Fantasy XIII on Xbox 360
Halo 3: ODST
Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe
Suda 51 and Shinji Mikami team up with EA
Wii Sales Domination

First off, just to get this out of the way, these two awards are really the same thing. They could just call it Biggest Surprising News Story.

My problem with these two awards is that the same thing won both. That’s right. The GT staff feels that the biggest and most surprising news of this past year is that Final Fantasy XIII was announced to also appear on the Xbox 360.

Really GT? After all of the big news stories and surprising things to happen this year, Final Fantasy XIII also being on the Xbox 360 is the best? Really? That’s it? That’s the best we can do? Final Fantasy XIII was only on one system. Now it’s on…wait for it…wait for it…two! What a let down.

Until I watched GT’s awards, I had forgotten about that happening since it really doesn’t matter. The Activision/Blizzard merger was bigger news. Itagaki and Tecmo parting ways was bigger news. Jack Thompson being disbarred was bigger news. My upcoming blog post for the number of games I added to my collection during this last year is bigger news.

The one headline from 2008 that I remember as the biggest news was, without a doubt, EA’s bid to try and takeover Take-Two. This story lasted for weeks upon weeks were as the FFXIII announcement lasted for a day or two at the most.

I don’t go to GT for news and I doubt many do since there’s many more and better places to get it. They need to drop these two awards since they’ve clearly shown that they don’t know what a big news story or surprise is.

Oh It’s Different!

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Adam Sessler takes on the fanboys of the Diablo series in the most recent edition of Sessler’s Soapbox. Check it out and then come on back.

I found myself agreeing with everything that Sessler said. There is one point, though, that I’d like to look at.

He noted about the attitude that some fans of a game series have where they act like the developer must listen to them otherwise the new installment in the series is going to suck. Obviously that’s not exactly true. Is it good to at least listen to what the fans have to say? Sure. Feedback is always a great way to see what needs to be improved.

Now with that said does the developer have to listen to the fans? Of course not, but it’s probably better to than not. Basically what I’m trying to say is that the developer has the right to ignore the fans’ ideas if they wish. Sometimes, like with The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, it’s for the best.