Hart & Usagi #85: 3 Crude Dudes

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On episode 85 of the Hart & Usagi Podcast we welcome back Dan to the show and chat about a variety of topics like the resurgence of using video games as a scapegoat, anticipating the soon to be released Burnout Paradise remaster, Demon’s Souls fans efforts to keep the game alive, and more.

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TOPICS:
* President Trump’s Video Games Meeting Included A Violent Game Montage
* The NRA Has a Long History of Scapegoating Violent Video Games
* All the Times Video Games Have Been Linked to Violence
* Trump Raises Issue Of Video Game And Movie Violence, Suggests Ratings Board Is Needed
* Kentucky Governor Suggests Violent Video Games Are Responsible for Mass Shootings
* Demon’s Souls Fans Are Already Testing Private Servers, Here’s How to Join Them
* Free PS3 And PS Vita Games Not Included In PS Plus From 2019
* ESRB Takes Action on Loot Boxes by Creating New Label
* Konami Is Charging Real Money For ‘Metal Gear Survive’ Save Slots
* Burnout Paradise Remastered Microtransaction Listing Is A Mistake, Says EA
* Street Fighter 5’s New DLC Character Release Date Confirmed, See Blanka In Action
* Switch overtakes Wii U lifetime sales as Super Mario Odyssey hits 9 million units sold
* Battlefront II Misses Sales Expectations, Microtransactions Will Return ‘In The Next Few Month’

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Hart & Usagi Podcast #63: Game Boy Advance

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On this episode of the Hart & Usagi Podcast we welcome back Dan (first time since ep. 52) to chat about the Game Boy Advance along with other news items as per usual. All this plus your feedback!

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NEWS/TOPICS:
* Dark Souls II
* 5 Video Game Reboots That Never Should Have Been Made
* Smash Bros. vs. Mortal Kombat pro scene
* Steam community-created content now for sale
* Valve abandons paid ‘Skyrim’ mods on Steam
* Comcast officially abandons Time Warner Cable merger plans
* Nintendo backs off of bringing Super Nintendo games to Wii U
* PS4’s P.T., a Teaser for the Next Silent Hill, Being Removed Soon
* Silent Hills Cancelled, Konami Confirms
* What Is the Value of P.T.?
* 10 Lamest Video Game Characters of All Time
* Mega Man Creator’s Mighty No. 9 Release Date Revealed
* Steam To Get Its First Adults-Only Rated Game
* This is the ESRB rating & descriptors for PC game Hatred & Far Cry 3. The AO game looks less problematic.
* Watch Pro Gamer Troll 8 Year Old In Mortal Kombat X
* Video Game Hall of Fame Finalists Revealed
* Game Boy Advance

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Hart & Usagi Podcast #58: FPS

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This is a special episode of the Hart & Usagi Podcast. We welcome back ebbderelict. Our main discussion will be about first-person shooters. However, beforehand we discuss some news.

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NEWS/TOPICS:
* Top 5 Most Violent Games of 2014, According to Consumer Reports
* Hackers Ruin Christmas for Xbox and PlayStation Users
* CISPA To Be Reintroduced in The House This Week
* ESRB Gives Hatred An Adults Only Rating
* Hotline Miami 2 Designer To Australian Gamer: Just Pirate It
* USgamer Community Question: What’s Your Most Anticipated Game of 2015?
* First-person shooters discussion

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Hart & Usagi Podcast #28

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Welcome back to a brand new episode of the Hart & Usagi Podcast! On this episode we bring on good friend madtyger and share our opinions on women in gaming, EA’s failures as a business, and just exactly who sucks according to Richard Garriott.

In lighter news, we touch on our experiences with the Tomb Raider series. Also just how excited are we for Capcom’s recent game announcements? Turn in to find out!

NEWS/TOPICS:
* SendGrid fires staffer for sex jokes tweet
* Women vs. Tropes in Gaming
* The Creepy Cull of Female Protagonists
* Tomb Raider: Legend & Mirror’s Edge
* TMNT: Out of the Shadows
* Sony patent would combat piracy by comparing load times
* Microsoft’s future system rumors
* Report: 58% of US adults blame violent games for violent behavior
* 5 video game features we could live without
* EA’s future games will all feature microtransactions
* Bungie not concerned about Destiny’s always-on connection requirement
* Hakuoki: Warriors of the Shinsengumi
* EA CEO John Riccitiello resigns
* Rogue Trooper
* Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow Over Mystara & Tower Of Doom Are Coming To PS3 And Xbox 360
* Rumor: New Strider coming to XBLA, PC, Double Helix involved
* NPD: Used Games Sales Outpace Full Digital Sales, New Retail Sales Beat Both
* ESA Plans Public Service Announcements to Educate The Public About the ESRB and Parental Controls
* Garriott: ‘Most game designers really just suck’

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Hart & Usagi Podcast #25: Dropping Da Mic

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The unwarranted attack on video games continues and this time it comes in a small amount from an unlikely source. Also some fun announcements like new versions of Divekick and cheap Virtual Console games. Join us for all of this and much more as we “drop da mic” on episode 25 of the Hart & Usagi Podcast!

TOPIC/NEWS:
* DMC
* Wanpaku Graffiti
* Sony vs. Jerry Lambert
* Divekick
* Tomm Hulett
* 30¢ Wii U VC games
* Resident Evil: Revelations
* Is Nintendo Trapped by Its Legacy?
* Leland Yee: Gamers Have ‘No Credibility’ in Violent Video Game Debate, Should ‘Just Quiet Down’
* House bill proposes fines on retail games without ESRB ratings
* CT senator says games influenced Sandy Hook shooter
* The Consequences of Unchecked Violence (GS Twitter discussion)
* “Access to guns” quote from 2001 study
* Homeland Security Head Warns of ‘Cyber 911’ if Congress Doesn’t Pass Cybersecurity Legislation
* THQ bid winners, prices and runners-up

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AO Rated Tomb Raider?

No there isn’t a Tomb Raider game that’s rated AO, but with the recent rating changes to Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, another stupid move by the ESRB is likely. To make fun of this GameSpot member Masoumi recorded himself as “Donald Smarmaduke of the ESRB.” He tackles World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, Tomb Raider: Legend, 2006 FIFA World Cup, among others. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll wish the ESRB had balls. Have fun!

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ESRB Needs Balls

I’m sure that we’ve all heard about the rating change that the ESRB made to The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion from Teen to Mature. Do you know why this was done? I didn’t until I heard this week’s 1up.com podcast. Apparently, the ESRB changed the rating based on a player created modification that made the female models topless.

Every single PC game on the market today has the ability to be modded in some way, shape, or form. You can’t start rating a game based off of someone’s naked model mod. If it isn’t in the official version of the game, then it shouldn’t effect the rating the game gets. Since you’re going to rate Oblivion harsher based on a user modification, then you should give all PC games at least the M rating. And if you start doing that then what’s the point of a ratings system to begin with?

I find it funny that both Oblivion and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas were rerated based only on outside mods. Yet God of War has bare breasts staring right at the player upon the opening sequence of the second level. Obviously, it’s okay to have naked chicks in games as long as the game itself doesn’t become a big mainstream seller. I’m not saying this because I’m against these things. It’s just retarded to go after a game because it sells well and ignore the ones that have this content all over the place.

From here on out I don’t trust the ESRB anymore. They caved in to the demand for the ratings change to San Andreas. And now they only feared a demand for a change in the ratings to Oblivion and so took action based on a modification. Until they grow some balls and stand strong behind their decisions, all are going to wonder if they screwed up on a rating in the future.