Hart & Usagi #98: The Back Button Overlords

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In episode 98 we welcome Steve back to the show and chat about Joe Biden’s out-of-touch Jack Thompson video game arguments, M2’s plan for the whole Toaplan gaming library, how Steve couldn’t ever get into the classic Resident Evil and Devil May Cry games, plus more.

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TOPICS:
* M2 to release nearly every Toaplan game for console starting 2020 in Japan
* Bayonetta and Vanquish anniversary bundle is coming to PS4 and Xbox One next year
* Resident Evil 3 Remake officially announced, watch the first trailer
* Xbox Series X is Microsoft’s best-looking and most striking console design yet
* Street Fighter V: Champion Edition adds Seth; Gill available now
* DualShock 4 Back Button Attachment announced
* DOOM and DOOM II updated with add-ons, 60 frames per second support, more; PC version released
* Shopping at GameStop is miserable
* Devil May Cry 3 for Nintendo Switch to include new Seamless Style feature
* Joe Biden calls Silicon Valley game developers “little creeps” who make games that “teach you how to kill”
* Loot boxes push kids into gambling, says NHS mental health director

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Hart & Usagi #94: Action In An Elevator

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In episode 94 we chat about the Yakuza Remastered Collection, Tetris 99 coming to retail stores, and our time playing select games in Taito Legends 1 and 2 on the PlayStation 2.

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TOPICS:
* Games Won’t Be Any Cheaper on the Google Stadia
* Tetris 99 For Nintendo Switch Coming To Physical Stores This Fall
* The Switch Mini Is Officially the Portable-Focused Switch Lite, Has Multiple Compromises Over Original Switch
* Bethesda’s Classic Doom Re-Release Requires a Bethesda Account
* Three New Street Fighter 5 Characters Leak Ahead Of Evo 2019
* Walmart is Quietly Removing Violent Video Game Advertising From Its Stores
* TurboGrafx-16 Mini Adds Seven More Games To Complete Lineup, Including Splatterhouse
* Phil Spencer Doesn’t Think That Cloud Systems Will Fully Replace Traditional Consoles Just Yet
* Sony Acquires Ratchet and Clank, Spider-Man Dev Insomniac Games
* Ion Fury Developer Donates $10,000 to Charity After Furor Over Transphobic Comments
* Yakuza Remastered Collection For PS4 Announced, Starting With Yakuza 3

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Hart & Usagi #93: Huge Sprites!!!

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In episode 93 we discuss Bernie Sanders calling for unions for video game industry workers, Phil Spencer’s jealously of not being in first place of console sales, and many games revealed for mini console systems.

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TOPICS:
* Yakuza: Kenzan Could Be Suitable for a Kiwami-Style Remake, Producer Says
* Xbox Boss Phil Spencer: “The Business is Not How Many Consoles You Sell”
* Bernie Sanders takes to Twitter to endorse video game unionization
* Riot Games Under Investigation by the State of California For Gender Discrimination
* Konami announces the TurboGrafx-16 mini and six of the games it’ll feature
* Mega Drive Mini Games List: All 42 Titles Revealed
* Trump administration proposes 25 percent tariff on game consoles, board game imports
* The Loot Box Bill is Public, And The ESA Says It’s “Flawed And Riddled With Inaccuracies”
* Don’t worry, the Sega Genesis Mini Will Have a Six-Button Controller Available at Launch

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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 #84: Remaster The World

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On episode 84 of the Hart & Usagi Podcast we chat about a variety of topics like Awesome Games Done Quick 2018, anticipated games of 2018, a lot of remastered games getting announced, and more.

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TOPICS:
* 50 Cent Has Ideas For Another Video Game
* Mike’s anticipated games for 2018
* The “Duke” OG Xbox Controller For Xbox One And PC Gets Price And Release Date
* Dark Souls Remastered On Xbox One, PS4, And PC Announced
* The World Ends With You Is Getting A Nintendo Switch Release
* Burnout Paradise HD Remaster spotted, out in March in Japan – report
* PUBG CEO wants the game on every platform, says Sony is “very strict” about quality
* Street Fighter 5 Arcade Edition Adds Sakura, Blanka, and Sagat for Season 3
* Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection Brings 12 Classics To Switch, PS4, Xbox One
* Mega Man 11 Coming to Switch, PC, PS4, and Xbox One
* Demon’s Souls Shuts Down Online Servers Soon, Losing Multiplayer And More
* It Turns Out Epic Games is Suing a 14 Year Old for Cheating in Fortnite Battle Royale, Now His Mom is Stepping In

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Xbox Originals – A Little Much?

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This coming Monday, Burnout 3: Takedown will be available for download via the Xbox Originals service on Xbox Live. It will cost $14.99.

That’s a pretty ridiculous price. In the Joystiq article, Justin McElroy pointed out that he found a used copy of this game for $5 cheaper. I checked my usual shop on the internet, eStarland.com, to see what they were selling their used copies for. Are you ready for this? It’s even less. In fact, Burnout 3 is half the price at $7.50. Save your hard drive space and several bucks by just getting it here.

On the competition’s side, Sony has much better prices for their original PlayStation game downloads.

Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back was released on the PlayStation Network yesterday to the tune of $5.99. Over again at eStarland.com the same game is $7.50 for a used copy. While it’s not a huge difference, the downloadable version at least costs less than a physical copy.

Joystiq: Burnout 3 coming to Xbox Originals Jan. 14
PS3 Fanboy: American PSN updates for January 10th

GameSpot Takes A Bullet For Kane & Lynch: Dead Men

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I’m sure that by now you’ve all heard of the big uproar involving GameSpot and Eidos Interactive over the review of Kane & Lynch: Dead Men by Jeff Gerstmann.

Here’s the story as Joystiq tells it. Rumor: Gamespot’s editorial director fired over Kane & Lynch review

Update – 7:12 AM EST: Jeff has confirmed his firing to us via e-mail, but says he’s “not really able to comment on the specifics of my termination.” He added that he’s “looking forward to getting back out there and figuring out what’s next.” We’re still digging.

To add proof to the firing take a look at this picture of last week’s Xbox Newsletter. His photo was replaced with the “G” logo.

Here’s what my initial reaction was:
If CNET doesn’t reverse their lame ass decision, then they can kiss my buns of steel! I can guarantee that every review score from this site from now on will be a lot higher just because they won’t want to get fired. They shouldn’t have to do that.

The following are comments that I left on other blogs on this topic.
Gamer’s Rant #11 – The Death of GameSpot? by alpha99
I, for one, am not going to wait to comment on this. The reason being that this is wrong plain and simple. I’ve never been one to say “I’m leaving GameSpot,” however this will make that happen if CNET goes through with this. I’m totally true to my word, you’ll not see me here again. I have an account on Gametrailers and I’m not afraid to use it.

Look on the bright side by Noweb_basic
I don’t need someone fired to know if their reviews have credibility or not. All you need in that case are the whining of fanboys.

All good things… by carolynmichelle
Total Access No More by Adam_B
I applied several times to this site in the past two years. I’m glad that I didn’t get hired because I would’ve created a s*storm about this.

Other interesting blog entries:
In Gamespot I Trust No More by mclazyj
Jeff Gerstmann: Controversy by UnlivedPhalanx
”Maybe This Was All A Misunderstanding?” by Dirk13

Also there’s a huge topic in the Off-Topic Discussion forum about this.
Jeff Gertsman Fired. Its real guys…

As you might expect the forums at Eidos’ website looked like this at one point earlier today.