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Bounty Board 051: Lootbox Conundrum by Caleb Sawyer

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Sorry for the delayed upload! Recording on Thursday threw a little wrench into the works! We have BIG NEWS THIS WEEK!!! @sergeantsodium added a new member to his family!!! Private Sky is reporting for duty!!! Huge congrats to Sarge and his lovely wife on their beautiful newborn. We are all so happy for ya’ll. Needless to say, Sarge is not going to be on the show this week.

In other, less exciting news, @Bobbypease, our own Sawft-Clothez Sommelier, came down ill JUST before we were set to go live. We like our Bobby healthy, so we gave him the night off. We love you Bobby.

So what does that mean? With half of the crew out of the game, @LubWub and @hybridglass called on a long time fan to step up and fill the void! Joining the show this week is the one and only @FatJollyGuy! Fresh back from Guardian Con 2019, and equipped with a new Go XLR, Jolly helps Lub and Glass get to the bottom of the quest. Are lootboxes really that big of a problem?

News for the week:

Dark Horse’s Mask Comic Making a Return
Overwatch, Summer Games Updates, New Character Tease
Switch Lite Officially Announced

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@LubWub
@hybridglass
@SergeantSodium
@Bobbypease
@FatJollyGuy

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

You can listen to us below, or on iTunes  and Stitcher! So whether you have an Apple or Android device, we are available for streaming and download. Give us a rating and a subscribe, we would really appreciate it.

@LubWub
@hybridglass
@SergeantSodium
@Bobbypease

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

You can listen to us below, or on iTunes  and Stitcher! So whether you have an Apple or Android device, we are available for streaming and download. Give us a rating and a subscribe, we would really appreciate it.

@LubWub
@hybridglass
@SergeantSodium
@Bobbypease

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

You can listen to us below, or on iTunes  and Stitcher! So whether you have an Apple or Android device, we are available for streaming and download. Give us a rating and a subscribe, we would really appreciate it.

@LubWub
@hybridglass
@SergeantSodium
@Bobbypease

Bounty Board 006: Monetization in Games by Caleb Sawyer

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Join Eric (@hybridglass) and me for another episode of Bounty Board this week! This episodes topic is one of the most controversial in games today: Monetization. 

Monetization has made a huge impact on how players consume their games and we dig in to all of the things that lead to their creation, the ways they are implemented, and how it can all be done better and safer. 

You can listen to us below, or on iTunes  and Stitcher! So whether you have an Apple or Android device, we are available for streaming and download. Give us a rating and a subscribe, we would really appreciate it.

News:
Game Pass Games
Games with Gold July 2018 
State of Decay: Independence Pack
Backwards Compatibility Games
Halo Series Announced for Showtime

@LubWub
@hybridglass