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Bounty Board 044: Do Exclusives Really Define a Console? by Caleb Sawyer

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Hey friends! The Bounty Board is back this again! This week the Crew dives into whether or not console exclusives define the console. There is no question in the world that Sony’s PS4 has dominated the console market in total sales, both in hardware and in exclusive software. But is that the thing that will be talked about as the next generation approaches? Xbox has been on a meteoric rise in the last two years, due largely to their successful introduction of the Xbox Game Pass service.

The debate is lively in this one. Are PlayStation’s exclusives the reason they won the “console war”. Is it at all possible that Xbox’s poor launch impacted the race more? What happened to Halo and Gears of War. the Xbox flagship titles have been largely quiet this generation. The crew is in rare form this week, so dive in and get ready for @hybridglass’s coffee to “slide into your BMs.”


News for the week:

Game Pass Reveals 8 New Titles
Terminator: Dark Fate Trailer
Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) Talks Anti-Loot Box Bill
Samurai Showdown is Coming Back
Watch Dogs 3 Details Leak
Westworld Season 3 Gets a Trailer


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Bounty Board 043: Catching Up by Caleb Sawyer

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Hey! They’re back! The boys are back in town! For the first time in a month the whole crew is back to record the show. @LubWub has returned from Scotland, @hybridglass is back from Chicago, and the crew decided that they should share what they have been up to for the last month. What have we been playing? What have we loved? What have we hated?

Join us this week on Bounty Board as we catch you all up. We talk lots of news, we give our quick take on Rage 2, we theorize about what E3 will bring us. There is so much on the horizon the whole group is antsy to see the games start to get announced. Check us out this week and get excited as our anticipation for E3 starts to mount.


News for the week:

Red Dead Online Leaves Beta
Microsoft and Sony Working Together on Cloud-Based Solutions
Epic Store Launches First Mega Sale
Ghost Recon: Breakpoint Details
Marvel Studios Boss Kevin Feige Confirms Mandarin Will Return
Skull & Bones Delayed Further
Robert Pattinson is the New Bruce Wayne



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@LubWub
@hybridglass
@SergeantSodium
@Bobbypease

Bounty Board 042: Games as Art by Caleb Sawyer

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Hey everyone! @LubWub is back! He has returned from the UK and as he came back @hybridglass headed off to Chicago, so we are joined by guest @sketchsawyer on the ol’ Bounty Board! This week we bring up the age old debate: Are Games Art? It is a lively discussion, as the Crew talk table their arguments.

Are all games art or is it only some? Do sports games count as art? Is photorealistic rendering artistic? Is the “Games as Art” movement really “ruining games"? So much to talk about! Join us this week for another episode of your favorite video game podcast: Bounty Board!


News for the week:

EA Access to Come to PS4
Apex Coming to iOS Soon
Riot! Games Walkout
Ghost Recon Breakpoint Announced
Marvel’s Eternals Adding Richard Madden
Dead Cells Goes Mobile
New Overwatch Map Drops
EA Reaffirms Support for Anthem
Star Wars Trilogy Announced, Starting 2022
Senator Introduces Lootbox Bill
John Wick Game Announced
HBO’s Watchmen Gets Trailer


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@hybridglass
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@Bobbypease

Bounty Board 041: Long Games vs. Short Games by Caleb Sawyer

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Hey everybody! It’s been a while since you heard from us, but we’re back! @LubWub is off on vacation in Scotland so the boys took over the show to bring you your weekly dose of Bounty Board. This week the Crew talks about the differences and their preference between long games and short games.

With the arrival of Battle Royale games and the live-service/games as a service, the landscape is changing. Traditional games are adjusting to adapt to these changes. Will long story based games survive? If they can, how will they? What is the allure of the short quick game? Join us this week as we talk about our favorite thing: Games!

News for the week:

Fortnite Devs Saw Crunch
Epic Store Throws Down Gauntlet
Epic Acquires Psyonix
Borderlands 3 Gameplay Reveal
Xbox Game Pass Adds New Titles
Xbox Updates Community Guidelines
Operation Oracle Trailer

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@LubWub
@hybridglass
@SergeantSodium
@Bobbypease

Bounty Board 040: The Things We Like by Caleb Sawyer

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Happy Spring/Easter everyone! This week on Bounty Board the crew sits down to talk about the things that we like because we realized that, well, we hadn’t really done that yet. So we dive into the things that we look for in our games. There are so many titles out there that sometimes it is tough to figure out what to play. We discuss the things we look for, the things that keep us coming back for more, and the things that turn us away.

Join us for this fun discussion and learn what the Bounty Board Crew loves about the video game industry as both critics and gamers. We discuss our favorite genres, how we prefer our multiplayer and single player experiences, what we look for in long form RPGs, and what we love about competitive and non-competitive games. Grab a seat and enjoy the show!

News for the week:

Xbox E3 Conference Details Start Coming Out
Russo Brothers Ask Fans Not to Spoil Endgame
Netflix Witcher Show Gets Release Window
PS5 Details Trickle Out
Dragon Age 4 Development Facing Issues
Bad Company 3 Leaked
Disc-less Xbox One S Confirmed

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@LubWub
@hybridglass
@SergeantSodium
@Bobbypease

Bounty Board 039: First Person or Third Person? by Caleb Sawyer

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This week on Bounty Board, the crew discusses the pros and cons of the two most pervasive perspectives in games: First Person and Third Person. So many games fall into the these two categories. From Call of Duty to Farming Simulator, the perspective we see these games through dictates how we experience games.

In this episode we ask ourselves what about these two viewpoints impacts us and how do they impact the stories and experiences they present. Does third person make for a more immersive experience or first person? When you are playing an RPG with a created character, is third or first person better? Do you play Battle Royale games in third or first person? The questions are nearly endless, but the crew comes to a few pretty solid conclusions. Aaaaaaaand we also get really off track…don’t judge us…

News for the week:

Star Wars IX Gets a Trailer and a Subtitle
Elite Dangerous to Add “Beginner Zone”
Lion King Gets a New Trailer
Disney+ Details Announced
April Inside Xbox to Tease E3 Plans

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@LubWub
@hybridglass
@SergeantSodium
@Bobbypease

Bounty Board 037: eSports and Stuff by Caleb Sawyer

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So we sat down this week to go in-depth on eSports and then realized…we have already done that. Batting 1.000 over here. So instead of going super deep on eSports, a rapidly growing industry across the globe, we decided to talk about what eSports means to us. Why we watch them, or don’t. What games we like to watch. What games we want to see take center stage. And what games we think will help eSports break through to the beer and nachos crowd.

We also gush a lot about the Borderlands 3 reveal. Because, why wouldn’t we? There are guns with legs, for crying out loud! Also we are are obsessed with the mechanical hunk that is Flak. Dont @ us…

News for the week:

EA Lays Off 350 Employees
April Games with Gold
Borderlands 3 Announced
Borderlands 3 Date Found?
Twitch Squad Stream “Launches”
Army Looking to Recruit Gamers
PlayStation’s State of Play is…Underwhelming

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@LubWub
@hybridglass
@SergeantSodium
@Bobbypease

Bounty Board 036: Stadia, The Future of Games? by Caleb Sawyer

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Folks…There’s been some exciting things going on in the last week. Whooo-eee! This Bounty Board has a whole lot of news for you! From trailers out the wazoo, to Disney and Fox finalizing their merger, to Battle Passes, to Anniversary content, to Suicide Squad reboots. This week has been CRAZY! All of that news culminated with Google’s unveiling of Stadia, a new platform for gaming, and it has been all we have been able to talk about.

So, join the crew this week as we dive into, not only what Stadia will mean for the industry immediately, but what the future of gaming looks like overall. Will streaming be the main way to play games in the future? How far away is that future? How long until games on disc are treated like VHS and production of physical media halts altogether? There are a lot of questions in here and we do our best to come to conclusions on as many as we can.

News for the week:

LucasArts Returns? No.
Stranger Things Season 3 Trailer
Toy Story 4 Trailer
Gunn’s Suicide Squad a Reboot
Disney/Fox Merger Finalizes
Apex Gets Battle Pass/First New Character
Sea of Thieves Anniversary Update
Game Pass Adds 6 More Titles

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@LubWub
@hybridglass
@SergeantSodium
@Bobbypease

Bounty Board 035: The Division 2 is Here! by Caleb Sawyer

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The Bounty Board crew has been excited about Division 2 since the day it was announced. Last week they got to dive into the new title from Massive Entertainment and Ubisoft. 20 levels deep, and impressed by what the sequel to the best selling new franchise ever has to offer, we want to talk all things Division 2.

The first game, though it sold well, was full of issues, both small and large. How did they address the Dark Zone griefing issues? How did they address the lack of endgame content in the initial game’s launch? Come listen as we discuss the things we love about this new title and the things we want to see improved. Extremis Malis | Extrema Remedia

News for the week:

Stream PC Games to Your Xbox
Borderlands Rumors, Take Aim for PAX East
New Avengers Trailer
Turtle Rock Announces Back 4 Blood
James Gunn Returns to Guardians, Marvel
No Man’s Sky: Beyond Announced

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@LubWub
@hybridglass
@SergeantSodium
@Bobbypease

Bounty Board 034: What is a Gamer? by Caleb Sawyer

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Games have been a round a long time. Like, before most of our show hosts were born, sorry @hybridglass (he’s old). But because they have been around so long, millions of people have been impacted by games. That group of gamers is diverse as all heck! Men, women, boys, girls, white, black, young, old, gay, straight. Gamers come in EVERY size and shape. So to celebrate that, we wanted to talk about not only what this beautiful group looks like, but how we came to call ourselves gamers as well.

This week on Bounty Board the crew celebrates being gamers. We talk about where it all started for us. We talk about how it has changed our lives. We talk about the impact it has had not only in our social circles but in our families. Truly, we can all be gamers, and the more people who join us, the stronger we become (boy did that sound ominous *wrings hands excitedly).

News for the week:

Friday the 13th: The Game Coming to Switch
Beat Saber to Get First Music Pack
New Shazam Trailer
Bonnie Ross on Closing Gender Gap in Games
RIP Luke Perry and Keith Flint
Anthem Bricking PS4s?
Sony Remote Play
Nintendo Labo VR

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@LubWub
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Bounty Board 033: Apex Legends by Caleb Sawyer

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Hey folks! Dont know if you have noticed this or not, but Apex Legends is CRUSHING IT! In the first month alone the new Battle Royale game out of Respawn Entertainment has accrued 50 million players. There is just so much that Apex is getting right that the Bounty Board crew HAD to talk about it.

We talk about our favorite Legends to play with, the ones we didn’t jive with, what we like about this new take on the Battle Royale genre, and so many other things. Like, how is the Ping system so damn good? Who would have thought that a hero style shooter would make a good Battle Royale game. Apex Marketing 101: A Class in Surprise Launch Hype. We love Apex, come find out why.

News for the week:

Watch Dogs 3 Coming This Year
Altered Carbon S2 Cast Reveal
Division 2 Endgame Trailer
Game Pass Coming to Switch?
Switch Turns 2!
Pokemon Sword and Shield

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@LubWub
@hybridglass
@SergeantSodium
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Bounty Board 032: The Anthem of Criticism by Caleb Sawyer

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BioWare’s highly anticipated new IP Anthem is finally out!!! There have been a lot of things floating around the internet since the beginning of the early access started. Many spoke out about the games brokenness, incompletion, and flop. But as a group who has played and enjoyed the game, we find ourselves…confused. Why do the opinions on Anthem differ so greatly? How can a reviewer call a Live Service game that isn’t out yet incomplete?

We aren’t going to tell you that Anthem is perfect either. We understand that there are aspects that could be fixed. The loading screens ARE bad. The flow of Forge, Mission, Post-Mission, Tarsis is slow and breaks the rhythm of the game up. But is it as bad as people are saying? Check out this episode for our takes!

News for the week:

Punisher and Jessica Jones Canceled
Star Citizen Hits $218 Million in Crowd-Funding
Division 2 Gets Live Action Trailer
Apex Gets New Content
Google Launching Gaming Platform
Reggie Fils-Aime Announces Retirement

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Bounty Board 031: The End of Big Publishers? by Caleb Sawyer

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In the last few months, large publishers within the gaming industry have endured some woes. Blizzard lost several CFOs in a single 10 day stretch, EA’s earnings report showed a tough Q3 for them, Activision and Bungie divorced, and finally (this last week) Activision/Blizzard laid off 800 employees despite having a “record year in sales.” Those layoffs specifically, incited a lot of backlash from the other developers, journalists, and the community as a whole. More and more, developers have started seeking ways to protect themselves and their jobs from a surprisingly cutthroat industry.

This week the Bounty Board Crew ask ourselves the question: Are we seeing the fall of the Big Publishers? Are EA and Activision dying or is the industry forcing them to evolve? How can games become more profitable? Will We see more studios go indie? Join us for another great episode!

News for the week:

EA Stock Dips After Weak Q3
Apex is Still Crushing it
Star Wars Episode IX Wraps
Blizzard/Activision Layoffs

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Bounty Board 029: In Indie We Trust by Caleb Sawyer

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For the longest time, the biggest and baddest games have fallen in the AAA category. A category of games that comes with millions of dollars for production, a huge marketing budget, dozens (if not hundreds) of developers, and the majority of the community’s attention. Then, in the late 2000s a movement began to gain momentum. As digital distribution grew, smaller studios began to release titles left and right. Titles that spoke to player’s emotions, specific genres and playstyles, and most importantly player’s wallets. Indie games were cheaper, but didn’t cut corners on quality. Almost overnight, indie games became a real contender in the video gaming world.

This week on Bounty Board the crew dives into the indie “revolution” of the late 2000s and the indie “renaissance” we are in now. There are so many good indies that we actually forget that some of the games that we play are in the indie bracket. We reminisce on some of our favorites, talk about what lead to our AAA disenfranchisement, and discuss how indie games have brought the industry back into focus as a whole. A great talk here, folks!

News for the week:

Anthem IAP Clickbait
Batman: Arkham Crisis Rumors
Apex, Titanfall Battle Royale Rumors

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Bounty Board 028: Hype Train Wreck by Caleb Sawyer

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The Hype Train gets us all eventually. We see a game that we didn’t know was coming out. The fresh trailer, the beautiful visuals, the new take on gameplay. In an instant we get drawn into an unshakeable feeling of expectation. Numerous games have exploited this expectation. Drawing fans in for pre-orders, purchases, and DLC down the road. But some games have fallen victim to its power. The first Watch Dogs, a delightfully mediocre game in the first wave of games released on next gen hardware, was panned by critics who seemed to be expecting the second coming.

This week on Bounty Board, the crew dives into whether or not the Hype Train is hurting the industry, forcing studios to come clean on their promises, or turning gamers away altogether. After all, when was the last time you let yourself get hyped for an upcoming title (Anthem and Division 2 for us, shhhh……)?

News for the week:

Assassin’s Creed Fixes Bad DLC
Far Cry New Dawn Story Trailer Releases
Fallout 76 to Go Free to Play?
Black Panther Gets Best Picture Nomination

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@hybridglass
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Bounty Board 027: Video Games Mobilize by Caleb Sawyer

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Mobile games are the games that everyone plays but nobody talks about. Nearly everyone has a cellphone, most of the people with a phone have a single game installed. In terms of market saturation, the mobile market is ripe for money making, in incredibly large sums. But there is a culture taboo around mobile games it seems. Most people don’t want to pay 3 or 4 dollars for a game, how then do developers convince them to purchase 10 or 20 dollar games?

This week on Bounty Board, the crew dives into the mobile gaming industry. How can developers appeal to more users? Is there a way to break the cultural conditioning that turns so many people away from mobile software? If games could temporarily block your notifications, would you play more? Join us for a lively discussion!

News for the week:

Spider-Man: Far From Home Trailer Releases, Reveals Mysterio
EA Cancels Open-World Star Wars Game
Division 2 Private Beta Date Announced, Game Details Released

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@LubWub
@hybridglass
@SergeantSodium
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Bounty Board 026: Game Pass is Crushing It Y'all by Caleb Sawyer

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Xbox’s monthly subscription service Game Pass launched on June 1st, 2017. When it launched people were curious what the gaming company could offer gamers with what looked like it aimed to create a Netflix for games. Over the last year an a half, Game Pass has become one of the most valuable services available to gamers. Today the service has given players Below, Ashen, Mutant Year Zero, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, Absolver, and Life is Strange 2: Part 1. And that is just in December and January.

This week on Bounty Board the crew welcomes friend of the show Bobby Pease (@Bobbypease) to talk about just how good Game Pass is. We talk about what we love about the service and what excites us for the future. We talk about how Game Pass is preparing Xbox for a stellar next generation. Finally we break down what we have played and loved, what is underrated, and what games we would never have tried if they hadn’t been on Game Pass.

News for the week:

Bungie Splits from Activison, Keeps Destiny

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Bounty Board 025: Here Comes 2019! by Caleb Sawyer

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Welcome to 2019 lovely people! We had a really great 2018. Thank you so much for your support! But now it is time for 2019. We have a lot of big plans this year and we cant wait to get into the good stuff. To start the year out Bounty Board wants to welcome @SergeantSodium as our third co-host. Ryan is a longtime friend of EIC Caleb (@LubWub) and NerdyBitsTV and Bounty Board couldn’t be happier to have him as a permanent part of the team. Let’s get to the show!

This week on Bounty Board the crew tackles what is coming in 2019, and boy is there a lot! Will Anthem live up to its lofty expectations? Is the Division 2 going to learn from the mistakes that its predecessor saw in the days following launch? Will we get a new Watch Dogs? Splinter Cell? The possibilities are nearly endless, and that has the whole crew pumped for 2019!

News for the week:

Former Blizzard CFO Joins Netflix
Another Blizzard CFO Leaves, Heads to Square, Inc.
Developer Slightly Mad Studios Teases New Console
Punisher Season 2 Gets A Release Date

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Bounty Board 024: Bounty Brunch (Christmas Special!) by Caleb Sawyer

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone! It’s getting close to the end of the year, and with all of the festivities underway or soon to start, the Bounty Board crew decided to have a little Morning Special! Caleb, Eric, and Ryan jump in this episode and talk about 2018 and our favorite bits of entertainment we experienced this year. There is so much to talk about!

We will be taking this next week off to celebrate the holidays with our families and plan an amazing 2019. That doesn’t mean we won’t still be playing games though!!! Check out or stream schedule (with links) right over here and keep in touch over the break. See you all in 2019!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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Bounty Board 023: The Horror of Video Game Movies by Caleb Sawyer

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Why can’t we get a good video game movie? Seriously. Why does it feel like every time we get our hopes up that someone will get it right, those same hopes get dashed against the rocks when the film comes out? This week on Bounty Board Caleb and Eric try and figure out why so many of these movies are bad, and if we will ever get a good one. Also…what the fuck is up with that Sonic the Hedgehog poster?

We apologize for the warbly audio with this episode. A technical failure that didn’t show its head until the edit, unfortunately.

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Blizzard Scales Back Heroes of the Storm
Metro Exodus Release Date
Sonic the Hedgehog Poster

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