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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Now Playing: November 2018

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So what have I been up to as far as video gaming is concerned in the month of November? Why is was Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst, of course. I’ve explained some of my thoughts on the game on the Hart & Usagi Podcast recently.

I felt that the open world style doesn’t suit the gameplay of Mirror’s Edge to my tastes as much. It does work in reality, but just not as much for me. I’d rather the linear level design of the first game over this. The combat is much better in that guns are mostly absent. Faith can’t use them and only one type of lower level enemy does use them. The heavy damage dealt with an attack after a wallrun, slide, or the like really feels good. If this sounds somewhat interesting of a game to you, certainly don’t let my mediocre feelings about it stop you from seeing it for yourself.

I only bothered with one other game during this same time period. It’s effectually, what I like to call, Kid Niki 2. This is because this is the sequel on the Famicom to what we got known as Kid Niki on the NES. It’s title is Kaiketsu Yancha Maru 2: Karakuri Land. I played Usagi704’s copy and, as he said beforehand, it’s easily finished on your first try. It’s enjoyable despite being a very average game.

The only other gaming related thing I did was watch Max on Twitch play the Blackout mode in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. His skills along with something about the Call of Duty version of this battle royale phenomenon has been fun to view. I have no interest whatsoever to watch the other popular games or play any of them myself. Granted, I’m not that surprised I’ve watched him play this for hours and hours. In the past I’ve liked watching his regular Call of Duty multiplayer matches in previous games. So these two things are just great together. :)

Hart & Usagi #87: PS Hits

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On episode 87 of the Hart & Usagi Podcast we chat about a variety of topics like Twitch bans, PlayStation Greatest Hits returns, and more.

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TOPICS:
* Ninja Warriors Again announced for Switch
* Twitch deals out month-long bans to streamers using offensive slurs
* This Land Is My Land is a Western played from the perspective of a Native American
* Street Fighter 5 Gets Its Own Loot Boxes
* PlayStation Now getting Game Pass-style offline play later this year
* Sony Introduces $20 Budget PS4 Games Line with PlayStation Hits
* Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 ‘is not making any political statements’
* Doom Eternal will drag us back to Hell
* Street Fighter Was Almost Ported to the NES—Here’s What it Would Have Looked Like
* Kiryu Fights Forever With PS4 Remasters of Yakuza 3, 4, and 5.
* PS4 is Entering ‘Final Phase’ of its Life Cycle, Says Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO
* Dark Souls Remastered Fixes Blighttown’s Frame Rate Drops, so No More Excuses
* Report: Sony Will Stop Making Physical PS Vita Games
* Sony changes warranty terms for PS4, PS3, PS VR, Vita to comply with FTC guidelines
* Happy Anniversary to Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, the Best Successor to Symphony of the Night

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Hart & Usagi Podcast #64: Twitch’s Hatred

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On this episode of the Hart & Usagi Podcast we welcome back Steve (first time since ep. 58) to chat about Simon Pegg’s recent “nerd culture” comments and the reaction along with Twitch banning AO-rated games on streams as well as other news items. Also, Vita a legacy platform?

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NEWS/TOPICS:
* Project X Zone
* Daxter
* Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure
* Law firm files petition with FCC claiming new net neutrality rules don’t go far enough
* Ratchet & Clank Movie Delayed, But Cast Is Surprisingly Good
* Konami CEO: ‘Mobile is where the future of gaming lies’
* Doom 4 Video Shows Scrapped Project Looked More Like Call of Duty
* Doom Gets Tantalising Ten Second Teaser
* The People vs. “Nerd Culture”
* Simon Pegg is worried that our obsession with nerd culture is “infantilizing”
* Scrabble Dictionary Adds “Newb,” “Pwn,” and “LOLZ”
* Report: French billionaire eyeing Time Warner Cable
* Charter seeks to buy Time Warner Cable in $55.1 billion deal
* Charter promises no data caps for customers under new mega-cable company structure
* Sony Brands Vita a ‘Legacy Platform’ Outside Japan
* Twitch bans ‘Adults Only’ game streams
* Twitch Bans Adult-Only Games, but Provides No Clarity on Mature Titles

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Hart & Usagi Podcast #55: Not All Crotch Cams

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In this new episode of the Hart & Usagi Podcast we discuss the outrage of PC game Hatred, what our comfort games are, and Bayonetta 2. All this and more so turn in now!

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NEWS/TOPICS:
* Bayonetta 2
* Castlevania: Dracula X
* #RatchetNov
* GOG Responds to Controversial Ultraviolent Killing Game, “Hatred”
* Do You HATE “Hatred”? You’re A Hypocrite!
* Verizon-Backed Tech Site Forbidden From Writing About ‘Spying’ and ‘Net Neutrality’
* USgamer Community Question: What is Your Comfort Game?
* Points of Transition: Fighting Games in the 1990s and Today
* The 10 Best Cheap Co-op Games
* UK considers quadrupling prison terms for Internet trolls
* No More Half-Naked Twitch Streaming
* Freedom Wars

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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.