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 #83: Rip Into It

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Episode 83 of the Hart & Usagi Podcast is here! We chat about a variety of topics like new fighting game guest characters, Sony to publish Switch games, loot boxes, and more.

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TOPICS:
* Nintendo Changes SNES Classic Mini Plans, Supply Will Continue Into 2018
* Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition launches on January 16th, 2018
* Tekken 7’s Next DLC Character Is Final Fantasy 15’s Noctis
* New Injustice 2 DLC Characters Will Include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
* Fighting EX Layer’s online beta will be available to PlayStation Plus members
* Nintendo Shutting Down The Wii Shop Channel in 2019
* Counterpoint: People Think Campo Santo is Dangerous for Issuing PewDiePie a DMCA Takedown, They’re Not
* IGN’s Purchase of Video Game Publisher Humble Bundle Raises Business Concerns
* Sony Is Publishing Nintendo Switch And PC Games Under New Label
* Opinion: Nominating PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds for Game of the Year is a Terrible Idea
* GameStop “Temporarily Pauses” its PowerPass Used Game Lending Service
* Metabombed: Star Wars Battlefront II Is ‘The Epitome Of Years Of Corporate Greed’
* Belgium Concludes that Loot Boxes are Gambling, Will Try and Ban Them in Europe
* The ESA Pushes Back, Loot Boxes “Are Not Gambling”

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Hart & Usagi #77: PS4.0 Pro

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The wait it over! A brand new episode of the Hart & Usagi Podcast is here! We chat about a variety of news and announcements since E3 surrounding PlayStation like the PS Plus price hike, the PS4 Pro, the new firmware update among other items of note and interest.

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NEWS:
* Mr. Shifty Is a More Empowering Version of Hotline Miami
* Garou: Mark Of The Wolves Coming To PS4 And Vita
* Sega Considering PS4 Remakes for Yakuza 2, 3, 4 and 5
* PlayStation Plus Bumping Up to $60 in September
* PS4 Pro Now Available to Preorder
* PS4 4.00 Out Now, Here’s What It Adds and Changes
* Sony CEO Says Pokemon Go Is a “Game-Changer,” Talks Company’s Own Plans for Mobile
* Duke Nukem 3D: Everything You Need to Know About the Upcoming 20th Anniversary Edition
* Nintendo’s NES Returning With Mini Version, Includes These 30 Games

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Hart & Usagi #69: The Super SNES

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It’s time for another scintillating Hart & Usagi Podcast episode. We talk about DigitalTrends.com’s Top 25 SNES games article, the cancelled Jak 4, and we get excited for announced titles such as Mafia 3, Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst, and Dark Souls III. All this and more!

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NEWS/TOPICS:
* Here Are The Top 25 Games That Made The SNES, Well, Super
* USgamer Community Question: Which is Best – Super Nintendo or Sega Genesis?
* Consumers complain to FCC about ‘data caps’
* Beautiful Concept Art from Naughty Dog’s Jak and Daxter 4 Canceled Game Surfaces
* Scathing Nikkei Report Hints At Shameful Treatment Of Staff By Dictatorial Konami Management
* PlayStation Game-Streaming Service Officially Hits PS Vita Tuesday
* Need for Speed Series Had Too Many Games, Too Quickly, Dev Says
* Why New Need for Speed for Xbox One/PS4/PC Is Always-Online
* Activision Blizzard CEO Donates $50,000 to Chris Christie Presidential Bid
* Reddit bans some of its most well-known racist communities
* Mafia 3 Tackles Racism and the Vietnam War in 1960s New Orleans
* Why Mirror’s Edge Catalyst is a Frontrunner for Gamescom’s Best Game
* Dark Souls III is Faster, Smoother, and More Fluid Than its Predecessors
* 90 Minutes with Dark Souls III Put My “Sequelitis” Fears to Rest
* Street Fighter 5 is a Bolder Reinvention Than Looks Suggest
* Crackdown 3 to Include “100 Percent Destructible Environments”
* Crackdown 3 Destruction Restricted to Multiplayer
* Sony’s New PS4 Projector Costs As Much As The Console
* Sony Explains Decision to Increase PlayStation Plus Three Month Subscription Price in Europe
* PS4 System Update 3.00 Adds Twitter Video, YouTube Broadcasts, and More
* Resident Evil 2 Remake Confirmed
* Wow, Spotify’s New Privacy Policy is Atrocious

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Quick Thoughts: PlayStation 4

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The press conferences of E3 2013 have now wrapped up. While Microsoft did stick to games this time around that doesn’t make up for the completely bullshit anti-consumer practices that the Xbox One is built around. And when a gaming console is made to serve them and not you, it’s a piece of shit and it needs to be said…very loudly.

Sony, on the other hand, was their usual best. They kicked MS in the balls by simply not having any restrictions on used games at all. Period. There’s no fees, DRM, or any other garbage like this. It’s also not up to the publishers to add any of it either though I’m sure those (like Warner Bros.) will still have their online passes. Did I ever mention I hate online passes? Well I do. Fuck ’em.

Anyways, this was the best news out of Sony’s conference since great games mean nothing if you can’t play them or they have major restrictions to playing them.

On a bit of a downer, it’s official that playing games online via the PlayStation Network will require paying for PlayStation Plus. I don’t like this since it’s the same as Xbox Live in that it withholds the online modes of games you paid for until you pay again. It’s not like this is in place of my ISP bill. It’s in addition to it and serves as nothing more than a bridge toll. On a positive side, the amazing deals on PSN games are going to continue which is definitely more than I can say for the Xbox which literally has nothing else but the bridge toll.

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The final nail in the coffin for MS was when Sony announced that the price of the PlayStation 4 is going to be $399. This is a crazy low price especially considering the PlayStation 3 started at $599 and is now just $50-100 below the starting price of the PS4. I’m sure this price point is also a big reason why playing games online now requires a cost.

Overall this is a much more of a positive outlook than the competition was giving us. I’m sure that in time I’ll be okay with being required to pay to play online, but I still doubt I’ll sign up since I rarely play online. I just really like it when it’s there and I don’t have to worry about it. I definitely wouldn’t have played Burnout Paradise for 427 hours total if I had to pay. By the way, you should join GPY this Friday in Burnout Paradise on the PS3 at 10pm EST. It’ll be a blast!

Please leave your thoughts on the PS4 announcement below. I’d love to hear what you have to say.

Peace!

Hart & Usagi Podcast #26: Die, Games, Die!

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On this episode of the Hart & Usagi Podcast we welcome ebbderelict to the show all while casting aside lame apologies and finding out how guns are apparently your friend and video games the enemy according to Sen. Lamar Alexander. We also touch on the possibilities of the PlayStation 4 controller and Microsoft owning Sega. Tune in!

NEWS/TOPICS:
* Leland Yee Apologizes to Gamers for Comments Made to The San Francisco Chronicle
* US Senator: Games affect people, guns don’t
* PPP Poll: Games More Dangerous Than Gun
* Conn. State Representative Proposes Ten Percent Tax on Mature-Rated Games
* EA Would Like to See Used Games ‘Gone’ but Admits the Markets’ Importance in Driving New Game Sales
* GameStop Executive: Blocking Used Game Sales Will Hurt Next-Gen Console Adoption by Consumers
* Rubin: THQ could have survived, but made ‘massive mistakes’
* Why Bill Gates said no to buying Sega, according to former MS exec
* PS Plus
* Downloadable games
* Wii U
* PS4 prototype controller revealed?

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Is the new PlayStation Store well designed?

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I asked this question on Twitter and I received three responses: “Is the new PlayStation Store well designed?”

@usagi704
I think so. Outside of something like not being able to stream videos straight from the store, I’d say there’s little to dislike.

@RivalShadeX
No! The search function is better but the organization is c**p. The DLC section is especially horribly organized. It is also less convenient to see some new additions to the store on Tuesdays.

@herviross_2
Yup, it looks great. The (improved) search function is pretty awesome. Like @usagi704 said, there’s little to dislike.

When the new store was previewed before its US release on November 3rd, I was skeptical. The interface looked like something for a touch screen and not a more typical input device like a controller.

Once I got to properly try it out I have to say I was impressed. The search function is probably the best thing I liked about it. On the old PlayStation Store I would have to a list of all the games and find them similar to how you’d look up somebody in the phone book. In the new version every time a letter is selected titles with those letters show up making for fast searching.

Well those are my thoughts. What are yours if you have any?