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Bounty Board 045: Can Games Be Mediocre? by Caleb Sawyer

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Hello friends! Bounty Board is back again, this time with a guest! Richard Nava (@richarizzard) joins the crew this week, filling in for our own Sawft-Clothez Sommelier, @Bobbypease. Bobby is soaking up some sun this week (we’re jealous). This week we talk about the existence of mediocre games. Prompted by a conversation on Kinda Funny Games Daily, @LubWub wanted to ask the question, “Are mediocre games ok?” Do we need to hold games to a nearly unattainable standard, a standard set by iconoclasts like God of War, The Last of Us, or Marvel’s Spider-Man?

In this week’s episode we dive deep into the reality that not all games can be perfection. Should gamers be more forgiving? Should we be more willing to talk up and suggest games that aren’t perfect? Are B-games, like B-movies, in need of a more definitive genre? What kinds of “mediocre” games have we played? How many have we loved, despite their not being “THE BEST THING EVARRRR"? Join us as we talk about why all games have a place, and how art is always objective.


News for the week:

Anthem Starting to Spin Up New Content
Death Stranding Gets Huge Trailer, Release Date
Jessica Jones Season 3 Gets a Teaser
Dauntless Surpasses 6 Million Players in First Week
Square Enix Reveals Marvel’s Avengers, Will Showcase at E3
Twitch Suspends Streaming for New Users, Fighting Trolls


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@LubWub
@hybridglass
@SergeantSodium
@richarizzard

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


You can listen to us below, or on iTunes Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play! 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 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

You can listen to us below, or on iTunes Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play! 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 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

You can listen to us below, or on iTunes Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play! 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 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

You can listen to us below, or on iTunes Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play! 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 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

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 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!

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

Bounty Board 017: Do Games Take Themselves too Seriously? by Caleb Sawyer

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Do games take themselves too seriously? I mean, think about it, when was the last time you laughed in a game? When was the last time you played a game that was consistently funny? It’s a little hard to think of one outside of Borderlands and Portal 2, right? Maybe our favorite medium needs to ease up on the grim gravy and dole out a little silly sauce. Yes…I just said that…

Join Caleb and Eric as they discuss this weeks topic, and try their hardest to be the most serious boys around!

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 Topics:

PUBG Comes to PS4 Soon
Xbox One to Add Mouse and Keyboard Support
No PSX This Year, Maybe That’s OK
X-Men: Dark Phoenix Delayed
Playstation Finally Comes Out to (Cross) Play

Bounty Board 010: The Fall (Release Schedule) of Games by Caleb Sawyer

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Caleb and Eric gather at the microphones to discuss the overloaded fall release schedule of games. There are 16 larger titles due to release in October alone! When you start counting smaller titles, the number quickly becomes absurd. Is this over-saturation of titles hurting the industry? Would it behoove game makers to spread the wealth and allow the consumers time to save between blockbuster releases? Listen in as we debate about managing our income just to get the things we want this fall!

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 Topics:

BioWare Hints that Dragon Age and Mass Effect Titles in the Works
PUBG Tests Crosshair Placeable Marker, Players Divided
Destiny Details What Will Happen to Year One Gear
Daredevil Season 3 Confirmed for 2018
 

@hybridglass
@LubWub

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