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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Now Playing: March 2019

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Since November I played and completed Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst, which was good, but it wasn’t the amazing experience I remember the original game being. I feel it side loaded a linear game into an open world style that it never needed.

I also played and beat Call of Duty: Black Ops. Oh what a mess that single player campaign was. I didn’t feel like I needed any skill to get through the levels. They were just a cavalcade of spectacle and little else. I never felt like my actions ever had an impact on anything that was going on. The game was setup in a way that with or without the player the levels were going to play out the same.

The last game I played was Borderland 2. If you played the first, as I did, then you were in for more of the same. I was hoping for more of a change in the game’s structure, but that was not to be. Any changes or additions made were minor and meaningless. I played it long enough to realize that doing everything was having it overstay its welcome. Eventually, I only did the story missions and skipped all optional ones (which were a ton). Even then it was too long when what I thought was going to be the final battle turned out to be a fake out. I was done at that point and that’s no fake out.

I’m not sure what I’ll be playing next, but I’m sure it’ll take longer than it otherwise would because that’s how I roll. :)

Hart & Usagi #67: SFV Freemium DLCmium

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In this grand episode of the Hart & Usagi Podcast we talk about Capcom’s idea to essentially do the free-to-play model with their DLC for Street Fighter V. Matt talks about his history with the Twisted Metal series. Also listen for the rage on Randy Pitchford and former ESPN “personality,” Crunch Buttsteak.

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NEWS/TOPICS:
* Sonic vs. Gametrailers.com
* Street Fighter V free-to-play DLC
* Pre-orders
* Twisted Metal series
* Nintendo Addresses Rumor It’s Distancing Itself From New Wii U Exclusive
* No, Tekken X Street Fighter Is Not Canceled
* See Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 Gameplay in New Video
* “Head-Turning” New Duke Nukem Game Teased, But Don’t Expect it Soon
* Alien Colonial Marines Cost CEO Randy Pitchford $10 Million Of His Own Money
* Street Fighter 2 Soundtrack Remastered for CD and Vinyl
* Gamers Still Prefer to Buy Physical Over Digital, Study Finds
* Google Fiber brings free Internet to the poor
* Mistakes were made with the Shenmue 3 Kickstarter
* Uncharted Collection Adds New Difficulty, Drops Forced Motion Controls
* ESPN Personality Who Criticized Gaming Departs Company

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Hart & Usagi Podcast #61: Remastered

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Remastering of last generation games — are they worth it? Free-to-play or Free-to-start — which is it? Also, we chat about Gamestop’s horrible recycling program, Nintendo going mobile, and Usagi704 purchases a Bloodborne PS4 faceplate…live! All this plus your feedback and more on episode 61 of the Hart & Usagi Podcast.

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NEWS/TOPICS:
* Mega Man Creator’s Other 3DS Game Cancelled
* Senate Intelligence Committee Greenlights CISA
* FCC Inspector General launches investigation into agency’s rulemaking practices
* FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Facing Congressional Scrutiny Over Net Neutrality This Week
* FCC faces first legal challenges to Open Internet Order changes
* Major Loophole To Combat Copyright Infringement Left In Open Internet Order
* GameStop isn’t cheap for throwing out game products, it’s just terrible at recycling
* First Details of Nintendo’s Next System, the ‘NX’
* Atari Lawyers Demand Vita Game TxK is Removed
* Konami Tries to Quietly Erase Hideo Kojima as It Continues to Bleed Talent
* PS4 Getting 1080p God of War 3 Remastered
* Don’t Expect More God of War PS4 Remasters, Sony Says
* Batman Arkham Duo Remastered for PS4 and Xbox One, Report Claims
* Borderlands 1 Could Come to Xbox One/PS4 If Fans Demand It
* Nintendo Mobile Dev Wants to Topple Candy Crush
* Here’s Why Nintendo’s CEO Dislikes the Term “Free-to-Play”
* Full Hard Drives Mean An Uncomfortable Digital Age For PS4 And Xbox One
* Dear Teacher, A Video Game Developer Is A Real Job And Should Be Celebrated

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Hart & Usagi Podcast #44: Arms Dealer

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Welcome back to another episode of the Hart and Usagi Podcast. We spend a lengthy amount of time off the top talking about my recent gaming roots sabbatical and then we dive into the news talking about our radical arms dealer and dear, close friend Leland Yee.

NEWS/TOPICS:
* Retro games recently played
* Leland Yee Accused of Buying Campaign Donations With Political Favors and Brokering an Arms Deal
* 3D Realms responds to Gearbox, claims it owns Duke Nukem trademark
* PC Titanfall Cheaters Get PWNED! And I Love It!
* Rumor: Titanfall 2 rights secured by EA, won’t be Microsoft-exclusive
* Shazam: Shaq returns in Shaq Fu A Legend Reborn
* Burnout creators set out to find paradise in new studio
* UK agency violated privacy of webcams, explored Kinect surveillance
* Ultra Street Fighter 4 Adds Character Edition Select
* Raiden 4: Overkill brings its killing over to North America next month
* Brooklyn-based startup Turbo gets SoftBank investment to build ‘cross-screen’ core games
* Binary Domain

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Power Rangers, Angelina Jolie, and Jackie Fucking Chan!

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A recent sale on used games at eStarland where you get $10 off of $40 or more gave me an incentive to tackle my wish list and get some games off of it. I did so with the Nintendo DS titles Power Rangers: Super Legends and Space Invaders Extreme 2 along with Castle Shikigami III for Wii.

Locally I also bought Power Rangers Samurai on DS and a new copy of Borderlands 2. I wouldn’t have bought Borderlands 2 already, but I had a lame Sprint rebate card to use up. Next time send a check.

Over on the movie front I bought Blu-ray copies of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Dances with Wolves (20th Anniversary), and Tomb Raider. I really liked Dances with Wolves more than I thought I would after the 3-hour version and then I saw the 4-hour version and I was still captivated. This is what lead me to seek out this edition on BD.

Move over BD because here comes DVD and it brings a third helping of Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. I also picked up Jackie Chan: 3 Film Collection for the purpose of wanting to see Project A. It was quite the entertaining film and as a bonus I also get Project A2 and Dragon Lord. All three movies have Jackie Chan playing the character of Dragon and were all directed by him.

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Aliens: Colonial Mess

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After all of the reviews saying to stay away from Aliens: Colonial Marines, the United Kingdom purchased it in droves. You’d think nobody living there read up on the game and I’d find myself wondering the same thing. It’s quite disheartening.

More upsetting than that is how Randy Pitchford of Gearbox Software continues to act innocent after all of the negative reviews came out. Usually the gaming community is split on games based on beloved IPs, but not this time. All were in agreeance that this kind of fuck up was not by accident.

In ProJared’s extended thoughts video he mentioned how everytime he saw the game previewed at an event (about four times) they’d never allow for any press to play the single player and in multiplayer it was only as the marines. As we found out it’s because those things sucked.

When it comes down to it this is a problem with Gearbox and less so of the game itself. Randy Pitchford is always out there in public being the main person showing off their games. When you see how excited he is you, in turn, are more interested in the game. I saw it with Duke Nukem Forever and since it wasn’t their game until the end of development I’ll give him a pass.

However, Aliens: Colonial Marines is all on him. Randy can’t be out there showing off the game and not be knowingly lying about what’s being promised for the final product. If he wasn’t involved with the preview events then he’s ignorant to what’s going on in his own company and should fire himself, at the very least.

But that’s not the case since he’s there showing the game off himself. I’d categorize Randy as a habitual liar and he should still fire himself, but we all know nothing will happen.

No longer will I see his smile as excitement. It’ll always look as it is: a con-artist who’s looking for any way to ripoff his customers.

Don’t worry, though. I’ll definitely be buying Borderlands 2 in the future, but I shall buy it used so I can legally hit ’em where it really hurts!