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!
We kick off the show with some thoughts on the latest return to 2011 with Skyward Sword HD, out on Friday. More thoughts on that next week! Speaking of Year 1 TGI fun, Ryan continues his time with the Mass Effect Legendary Edition having finished up Mass Effect 2. Jocelyn brings Shadowlands back to the Inn, with the latest content patch 9.1 – Chains of Domination. If you’re trying to avoid story spoilers, you may want to skip over the discussion starting at the time marked below. After the WoW update, we move over to the news where Netflix is making moves into the video game industry by hiring an ex-EA and Facebook executive to be VP of Game Development.
Lou returns to the show to help Ryan discuss the brand new Resident Evil animated series from Netflix title Infinite Darkness. But before we breakdown the new zombie drama, Lou and Ryan have some additional thoughts to share on the Mass Effect Legendary Edition, which Lou has started playing on PC. In the news, Nintendo finally unveiled their next Switch model with very little internal changes, and Ubisoft confirms Assassin’s Creed Infinity after Jason Schreier spills the beans.
We kick off the show with… *checks notes* Clifford the Big Red Dog? Any ways, after that we move over to Ryan’s concluding thoughts on Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. Then we move into the brand new expansion of content for Sea of Thieves crossing over with Pirates of the Caribbean titled A Pirate’s Life. Moving over to the news for the week, Microsoft confirms they have moved Xbox Cloud Gaming over to Series X hardware, Windows 11 is going to have some exciting video game features, and CD Projekt RED is “satisfied” with Cyberpunk 2077 stability and performance.
We begin the show by going over our plans for the Sea of Thieves and Pirates crossover, because you never play a live game on the first day of a big content drop. After ranking the Pirates of the Caribbean films, Ryan chats about his time with the Summer Game Fest and Steam Next Fest demo events. On the Xbox side, Ryan checked out the fantastic Tunic, as well as Deathtrap Dungeon, Sable, and Lake. On the Steam side, Ryan loved bringing nature back to the wasteland in Terra Nil. After a feast of demos, Ryan gives his early impressions on Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, with more to come next week when the game is complete. Finally, we close the show with the news where Cyberpunk 2077 has returned the PlayStation Store, EA MAY be reviving Dead Space, LEGO Mario has a new wave of fun arriving in August, and Xbox appears to be upgrading their xCloud servers.
Ryan returns to TGI, just in time to go over some of the biggest news from E3 2021 with Jocelyn. We kick things off with the highlights from Ubisoft Forward, then move into the “Available on Xbox Game Pass” presentation from Xbox and Bethesda. In the second half of the show, we chat about the Marvel games featured in the Square Enix Presents event, then close out the show with the Nintendo Direct (filled with much anticipated follow ups and sequels).
Ryan is away this week, so Joce takes over the show with ESO: Blackwood talk and special guest Scott Johnson! They go over the stories they love, where ESO might head next, the new companion system, Oblivion themed public dungeons, and more! Looking to start fresh in ESO, check out this Complete Beginners Guide. They then take a look at the highlights of the Summer Game Fest kickoff stream, and last but not least, chat about the newly announced MMO Palia.