We kick off the show wondering what we should do for episode 500, but ultimately decided we should leave it up to the community! Be sure to let us know in the Discord! Ryan then moves into his final thoughts on Life is Strange: True Colors after completing the game (Special thanks to Square Enix for providing a review code). Jocelyn on the other hand has jumped into the sequel to I Am Bread, titled I Am Fish. In the news we have another Activision Blizzard update where the SEC is investigating, with a few more high profile departures from the company for good measure. Moving into lighter news, God of War director explains why the Norse Saga is only two chapters, and Pokemon Company announces Pokemon Trading Card Game LIVE.
We kick off the show with some thoughts on the launch of Deathloop. While we haven’t had a chance to play, we react to the positive reviews on PlayStation 5 alongside the rocky reviews on Steam. Moving over to what we have played, Ryan received a review code for Life is Strange: True Colors on Xbox Series X and has some initial thoughts on the first chapter. We also confirm the next focus for the TGI Patreon Mini Update Corner, which will be Tales of Arise! In the news, we have another Activision Blizzard update with ANOTHER lawsuit being brought forward, LEGO announces a new Super Mario 64 set, Hayley Atwell will be the new voice of Lara Croft on Netflix, and the Epic v Apple ruling is in (but not over with an appeal from Epic).
We return a little later this week, for good reason, as we wait for PlayStation to finally showcase their upcoming games. But before we breakdown the latest exclusives from the house of Kratos, Ryan and Jocelyn introduce listeners to their Extra Life plans! As of now, we’ll have multiple streaming events, first starting in October. If you can donate, please do so at bit.ly/tgiextralife2021, or share our team page. Every little bit helps! Over in what we’re playing, Ryan recounts his multiplayer adventures in Marvel’s Adventures. Plus he has a review to share on the Backbone One controller, which he has been using with Xbox Cloud Gaming and Remote Play. In the news, we kick things off with the story that Nintendo may be adding Game Boy and Game Boy Colour games to their online service, and Alan Wake finally returns with a Remaster of the original game and DLC. Finally, we close the show with our highlights from the PlayStation Showcase!
As promised, we kick off the show with our 12 Minutes spoiler discussion. After an extra week with the game, we’ve got some thoughts to get off our chests. If you’re avoiding spoilers, or want to avoid discussion on the game (as it goes PLACES), check the time stamps below and skip ahead. Following 12 Minutes, Ryan has returned to Square Enix’s Marvels Avengers with the latest content drop: War for Wakanda Expansion. In the news, we have the latest Activision Blizzard update with the planned renaming of McCree in Overwatch, we go over some highlights from Opening Night Live at GamesCom (including the confirmed delay of Horizon Forbidden West), and we discuss the first images from the new Resident Evil movie.
Looking forward to our thoughts on Twelve Minutes? Ryan has some non-spoiler points to share, but we’re going to wait until next episode for a full spoiler discussion. So head on over to Xbox Game Pass and play! What have we played? Well, Jocelyn and Ryan both played HUMANKIND, a brand new 4X game from Amplitude Studios. Heavily inspired by Civilization, the game really took hold of Jocelyn’s sleep schedule, as most 4X games tend to do. One more turn? Yes please!
We return to the inn with not one, but two brand new roguelites to discuss! Ryan brought Dreamscaper to the show, while Jocelyn completed Boyfriend Dungeon. Both innkeepers entered the world of Pokémon Unite on Nintendo Switch, and share some thoughts on the new MOBA from Pokémon Company and Tencent. In the news, we cover the latest on Activision Blizzard and how they’ve treated QA and CS contract staff, FROSTPUNK 2 HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED (and we’re excited), Fortnite absorbs the Among Us gameplay style, and Stranger Things will be exiting Dead by Day light soon.
Ryan welcomes Jocelyn back to the show with talk of the Sonic movie sequel casting Idris Elba as Knuckles the Echidna. In her time off, Jocelyn purchased a new curved monitor to up her spreadsheet game. Moving over to games played, Jocelyn rolled the dice with a new resource management simulation game out of early access called Atomic Society. Ryan on the other hand took Jocelyn’s recommendation to heart and played A LOT of Imagine Earth. Moving over to the news, we update everyone on the Activision Blizzard situation, discussing Fran Townsend stepping down from the company’s women’s network, an Activision Blizzard shareholder joining the fight in calling for a better response from the company, and more confirmed firings of Blizzard developers. Our last news story of the show looks at Niantic’s response to a player protest against the roll back of pandemic changes to Pokemon Go.
Joce is away this week, so Ryan welcomes Babylon Redeemer on to the show. Also known as Josh! Ryan and Josh discuss Dark Deity, a Steam game that is heavily inspired by the Fire Emblem franchise. In the news, we go over the updates for the Activision Blizzard situation, with the employee walkout, new leadership announced at Blizzard, and a second lawsuit against Activision Blizzard because of the State of California suit. We also offer our thoughts on the new Steam Deck hardware, the potential for a Horizon Forbidden West delay into 2022, and Aloy joining Genshin Impact in the Fall.
This week’s Gamers’ Inn focuses on the State of California suing Activision Blizzard for operating a workplace that created a breeding ground for harassment and discrimination against women. In past Gamers’ Inn episodes we’ve discussed how women are treated in the video game industry, in video game communities, and in video games in general, and we’ve said it’s time to listen. But now, we’re saying it’s time to change.
Both Ryan and Jocelyn are all in on The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, with the game, the amiibo, and the new Joy-Cons. After a return trip to 2011, we dive into the news for a bit with a confirmation from Netflix about getting into games, and the Director of FFXIV addressing a sudden surge in players and how they’re addressing server instability. Oh, and don’t worry, we’ll chat about Steam Deck next week!