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 #92: Disgruntled CEO

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In episode 92 we discuss Randy Pitchford doing a bad, Mortal Kombat is entered into the Video Game Hall of Fame, and more CEO multi-meltdowns than you’d ever want in your life.

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TOPICS:
* Castlevania Anniversary Collection to receive Japanese title variants post-launch
* Capcom Confirms Devil May Cry Switch is a Port of PS4 HD Collection Version, No Price Set
* Loot Boxes Could Become Illegal In US If New Bill Passes
* Claptrap Voice Actor Claims Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford Physically Assaulted Him
* Gearbox CEO Calls Original Claptrap Actor “Bitter and Disgruntled” in Latest Borderlands 3 Twitter Controversy
* Randy Pitchford Tweetstorms Game Informer Over Borderlands 3 Microtransactions
* Mortal Kombat inducted into Video Game Hall of Fame
* “[Crunch] Is Killing People. Something Has to Change”
* Apex Legends is Sticking With Seasonal Update to Not Overwork the Team, Respawn Founder Says
* Igarashi Explains Bloodstained Switch Demo’s Poor Performance at PAX
* Mortal Kombat 11 Is a Good Game Shrouded in a Fog of Tedious Grinding and Microtransactions
* Report: Fortnite Developers Say They Regularly Crunch “70-Hour Weeks”
* Sega Genesis / Mega Drive Mini Includes Sonic 2, Shinobi III; More Classic Games Revealed

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Hart & Usagi #91: The Becky & Jennifer Show

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In episode 91 the new Mortal Kombat 11 shows that loot boxes aren’t needed to have a fun game, Google’s expectations for Stadia don’t live in the real world, and Becky and Jennifer stop by to chat for a bit with each other.

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TOPICS:
* Sega Stops Sales Of Yakuza Spinoff Judgment In Japan After Actor Arrested For Alleged Cocaine Use
* Google’s New Game Streaming Platform is Called Stadia
* Konami Announces Three Classic Collections: Arcade, Castlevania, Contra
* GDC 2019: Google Confirms Stadia Won’t Allow Offline Downloads
* Google Stadia Boss Is “Absolutely, Unequivocally” Sure Latency Won’t Be An Issue
* Judgment actor Pierre Taki will be completely scrubbed from game’s western release
* Sega Genesis Mini Will Release in September With 40 Games
* PlayStation Store Now Offering Refunds, But There’s a Catch
* Borderlands 3’s expensive editions come with boost mods for loot drop rates, XP
* Valve Stops Borderlands Review Bombing Over BL3 Epic Store Exclusivity
* Mortal Kombat 11 Has No Loot Boxes, Neo From The Matrix Won’t Be Added
* Blind Squirrel was indeed working on Mortal Kombat Remaster but it was cancelled, first screenshots
* Capcom Home Arcade is an Outrageously Priced Plug-and-Play Retro Console
* Exclusive: What to Expect From Sony’s Next-Gen PlayStation

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Hart & Usagi #84: Remaster The World

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On episode 84 of the Hart & Usagi Podcast we chat about a variety of topics like Awesome Games Done Quick 2018, anticipated games of 2018, a lot of remastered games getting announced, and more.

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TOPICS:
* 50 Cent Has Ideas For Another Video Game
* Mike’s anticipated games for 2018
* The “Duke” OG Xbox Controller For Xbox One And PC Gets Price And Release Date
* Dark Souls Remastered On Xbox One, PS4, And PC Announced
* The World Ends With You Is Getting A Nintendo Switch Release
* Burnout Paradise HD Remaster spotted, out in March in Japan – report
* PUBG CEO wants the game on every platform, says Sony is “very strict” about quality
* Street Fighter 5 Arcade Edition Adds Sakura, Blanka, and Sagat for Season 3
* Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection Brings 12 Classics To Switch, PS4, Xbox One
* Mega Man 11 Coming to Switch, PC, PS4, and Xbox One
* Demon’s Souls Shuts Down Online Servers Soon, Losing Multiplayer And More
* It Turns Out Epic Games is Suing a 14 Year Old for Cheating in Fortnite Battle Royale, Now His Mom is Stepping In

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Now Playing: January 2017

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Shortly after I posted about what I played in the latter half of 2016 at the beginning of this month (a week later to be precise), I finished my first game of the new year. It was Watch Dogs.

I enjoyed my time with Watch Dogs more so than it’s reputation would lead you to believe is possible. The story is passé as you’ve probably heard, but since I don’t get caught up in worrying about that I had fun.

Oh and I uploaded ten clips of things I found amusing while I played Watch Dogs. Take a peek at them if you so wish.

With my current game I’m three stages from being finished. It’s Bujingai: The Forsaken City on PlayStation 2. It’s has an enjoyable combat system where you play as a character that was motion captured by singer Gackt.

The problem with the game is figuring out where to go or what exactly to do on some of the stages. Stages range from dead simple straight forward affairs to mind-melting mazes of confusion. Clearly a well-planned out and cohesive game Bujingai is not. To avoid wanting to chuck a controller at the wall, I suggest having a FAQ on hand. I’m playing on Easy to help this out as well.

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Finally I have more purchases to tell you about.

Shadow Complex Remastered on PSN was for about $6 on sale so I went for it. Also, I have picked up locally two movies: Big and Enemy at the Gates.

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Now Playing: September ’09

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This last month was great as I was knocking out a bunch of my unfinished games. Another four have fallen: Burnout Revenge, Unreal Tournament, Crash Bandicoot: Warped, and Puzzle Quest!

I also managed to complete Tekken Dark Resurrection, The Punisher, Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, and Street Fighter Alpha.

Tekken on the PSP ended up being my Game of the Month for being really fun in single player and against Usagi704. I focused on getting better with Dragunov and started getting a hang of Kazuya and Paul Pheonix. I’m not exactly hot stuff, but I have managed to get the basics down.

Street Fighter Alpha was recently purchased by Usagi704 and it was the first time that I was able to play this interesting Game Boy Color port. I beat it during my first play-through and scored just over one million point with Sagat.

I wasn’t as successful with my newly aquired copy of Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge, though I was able to get up to the second part of Dracula’s castle. The game’s pretty easy overall until that point where the game seems to hit a difficulty spike.

I’m glad that I was able to finally, after about two months, to finish The Punisher. Playing it was getting kind of monotonous so I glad that I can move on from it. All 37 parts of my Let’s Play of the game are now available for viewing.

Finally I quickly wanted to mention that I had spotted Metal Gear Solid VR Missions for $3 locally. I picked it up with the knowledge that it normally goes for six times that amount.

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1999 Game of the Year

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Note: You may very well disagree with some of my choices, but that’s why it’s a good list.

NOMINEES
Garou: Mark of the Wolves
Medal of Honor
Quake III Arena
WCW Mayhem
Unreal Tournament

1999 Game of the Year: Medal of Honor
Runner-up: Garou: Mark of the Wolves

1999 was where the first-person shooter really took off in popularity. You had your fast-paced frag fests and others that provided a slower, more realistic style. The original Medal of Honor came at a time when the series was good and before the market was flooded with World War II based games. If you’re looking for an WWII FPS that doesn’t suck, then I recommend giving this PS1 classic a try.

I haven’t played that much of Garou: Mark of the Wolves, but even so I can tell that it’s one of the SNK greats. It’s certainly the best of the Fatal Fury series and should be checked out by anyone that considers themselves a fighting game fan. It’s even easier now that the game’s on Xbox Live.

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