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 #90: THQ

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Episode 90 is here with THQ’s lack of research. They could learn from others like Rep. Ocasio-Cortez.

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TOPICS:
* Bungie splits with Activision, keeps control of Destiny
* How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wound up on a Donkey Kong 64 Twitch charity stream
* Capcom said Hideaki Itsuno could make Dragon’s Dogma 2, but he chose to make DMC5 first
* Pennsylvania considers a tax on violent videogames to help prevent school shootings
* Activision’s Plan to Cut Hundreds of Jobs Caps Tumultuous Week
* Capcom just added a buttload of its games’ soundtracks to Spotify
* Wrestler Booker T is suing Activision for allegedly putting his alter ego in Black Ops 4
* Tetris 99 is the Crucible That Will Make You a Better Tetris Player
* Xbox’s corporate vice president says criticism of game with exclusive Microsoft marketing deal is “whining”
* A single-player-only game like the original Uncharted “wouldn’t be a viable pitch today,” says Amy Hennig
* THQ Nordic Apologizes For Interview On Website Banned By Google

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Hart & Usagi #68: EVO2015 is Curtis

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It’s time for another scintillating Hart & Usagi Podcast episode. In this corner it’s USGamer’s 10 best PlayStation 4 games and in the opposite corner it’s two guys who played almost none of them. A captivating match-up! Other showdowns include Ant-Man vs. Pixels, UK businesses vs. personal use, and EVO vs. Jamie Lee Curtis.

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NEWS/TOPICS:
* PlayStation Mobile Officially Closes Today
* The 10 Best PlayStation 4 Games
* UK High Court Kills ‘personal use’ ripping of copyrighted material
* Jamie Lee Curtis Attended EVO Disguised As Vega From Street Fighter
* Don’t Celebrate A Tournament Win Until You’ve Actually Won
* Acclaimed RPG Odin Sphere Getting HD Remake in North America
* Xbox One Backwards Compatibility an “Enormous Engineering Challenge”
* What are the Hardest Video Games?
* Adam Sandler’s Video Game Movie Pixels Wins Friday With $9.2 Million
* Pixels Has Slow Start at Box Office
* China’s Console Ban Is Now Totally Over
* Google+ and YouTube are finally splitting up

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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 #62: Losing Our History

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Our views on a variety of topics on Mortal Kombat X is revealed along with news on Comcast and Net Neutrality. All this plus your feedback, a contest announcement, and more on episode 62 of the Hart & Usagi Podcast.

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NEWS/TOPICS:
* God of War After 10 Years: The Decline and Fall of Kratos
* Security flaw gave researcher the power to erase every video on YouTube
* You’re Basically Screwed if You Used OnLive
* ‘Angry Joe’ is super pissed at Nintendo
* Mark Pincus becomes CEO of Zynga as Don Mattrick exits stage left
* EFF battles the ESA over DMCA exemptions for abandoned games
* GameStop Will (Tentatively) Offer Classic Consoles and Games Again
* USgamer Answers: How Much Game Violence Is Too Much?
* Comcast makes big play to offer high speed broadband to more customers
* Report: DOJ likely to oppose Comcast-TWC Merger
* AT&T sues FCC over Net Neutrality rule changes
* The first gay character in ‘Mortal Kombat’ revealed
* ‘Easy Fatalities’ DLC for ‘Mortal Kombat X’ gets some sunlight

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Hart & Usagi Podcast #52: Castlevania

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We have a special edition of the Hart & Usagi Podcast for you this time. We’ll be focusing our discussion on the Castlevania series past, present, and possible future. What’s our favorite games of the series? Well you just have to listen to find out. JiibayDan is our guest once again and as usual he’ll give his unique insight into the topics on hand.

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NEWS/TOPICS:
* Yooper problems
* Syndicate and online co-op
* Tearaway
* Air Zonk
* Azure Striker Gunvolt
* Sleeping Dogs
* Google Didn’t Buy Twitch Because of Potential Antitrust Issues – Report
* Report: FCC Considering Reclassifying Broadband Providers as ‘Common Carriers’
* Nintendo unveils ‘new’ 3DS, 3DS XL
* Sega unsheathes Yakuza Zero: The Place of Oath
* Bayonetta 2 gives Wii U a new ‘do on October 24
* Castlevania series

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Check Your Facts

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Ever since May rumors of Google buying Twitch were circulating. It even got to a point in late July that it was reported Google went through with the purchase. Then suddenly out of nowhere Amazon purchased Twitch for $970 million.

How could such a thing as Google buying Twitch be reported as had happened if it didn’t? Did one of the companies pull out of the deal and the very last possible millisecond? If the gaming sites who reported it did so incorrectly, then why wasn’t there corrections quickly after? Did they even double check the story to see if it was factual or did they just run with it like fools?

I highly doubt we’ll get answers to these questions. I do know this much. My trust of any of their big stories like these in the future has been greatly reduced. If they can’t muster the ability to handle those stories, then, by all means, leave them to the pros like me.