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Bounty Board 061: Battle Royale: Here to Stay? by Caleb Sawyer

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What’s up everyone! It’s that time again! Eric is away on a work trip, so this week three of the Bounty Board crew members return to discuss the lasting power of the Battle Royale game type (mode?). Fortnite is two years old. PUBG two and a half. How have those games done in their time on the market? More importantly, how are other Battle Royales doing?

Since the initial craze of the last man standing game mode, we have seen several titles tick across our feeds. Vigor, The Darwin Project, Ring of Elysium, and perhaps most notably, Apex Legends. At the same time, the “I can’t escape this” craze has seemingly died down. Join Caleb, Ben, and Ryan as they discuss whether Battle Royale is here to stay, or if it is on its way out.


News for the week:

Overwatch Introduces Lego-Themed Event
Call of Duty: Mobile Gets New Trailer, Release Date
Breakpoint Open Beta Announced, Lil Wayne Stars in Trailer
Former Nintendo of America President Joins NYVGCC

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@LubWub
@hybridglass
@SergeantSodium
@sketchsawyer

Bounty Board 054: July Bounties by Caleb Sawyer

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They gang got together this week to do something a little different than usual. For the first time we are dedicating a whole episode to our Bounties, something we plan to do once a month. We wanted to give you, our dear listeners, a better look at the games we enjoyed from the previous month and what we are looking forward to in the next month. The show is called Bounty Board, after all. Why not dedicate more time to telling you what we loved recently?

Tune in this week to hear about Outer Wilds, Apex, Rocket League, Destiny, Mini Metro, Rebel Inc., and many more, as the crew lets you know what’s up! @sergeantsodium is adapting to fatherhood, @LubWub doesn’t know what a day off is, @hybridglass can’t stop talking about his celery purge, and @Bobbypease had a Birthday! Much Excite!

News for the week:

EA Access Hits PS4
K-Swiss Made Esports Performance Sneakers
Switch To Fix Defective Joy Cons For Free
Zombieland: Double Tap Gets Trailer
Blair Witch Gets Gameplay Trailer
16 Year Old Bugha Wins Fortnite World Cup, $3 Million
Hidden Audio Clip Found in Halo Infinite E3 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

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Bounty Board 052: Bobby and Eric Go Old School by Caleb Sawyer

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Hey folks! While @LubWub was away at Comic-Con and @sergeantsodium was busy with his newborn, @hybridglass and @Bobbypease held down the fort and took things back for a nostalgic talk about gaming in their younger days. Together they go through each generation of system and talk about their favorite games for each one. From NES to present day.

Join the two oldest (most seasoned? vintage?) members of the #BountyBoard crew as they take you on a trip down their personal memory lanes! Apologies for the late posting. @LubWub left his brain back home…


News for the week:

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Combat Shines
Taika Waititi to Return for Thor 4
Taskmaster Rumored as Villain for Black Widow
Switch Lite Battery Will Last Much Longer
Original Composers Return for Streets of Rage 4
No Borderlands 3 Cross-Play at Launch


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@LubWub
@hybridglass
@SergeantSodium
@Bobbypease


Bounty Board 050: Couch Co-op vs. Online Multiplayer by Caleb Sawyer

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Happy Birthday America! While everyone is recovering from ringing ears and freedom beer hangovers, join your favorite nerds as they talk about gathering around the TV with a bunch of friends and blowing other shit up. Couch co-op, sitting next to people for you co-op gaming, was nearly a thing of the past. The Xbox One and PS4, while more powerful systems, didn’t quite continue the legacy of couch co-op games, and instead leaned into playing games online.

In this week’s Bounty Board, the crew sit down and talk about why this transition took place, how it came to be, and whether they think that couch co-op is making a return or if it is dead. To spice things up, Eric brought his couch co-op partner Matt, on the show to join us. Matt and Eric have been going to each other’s house to play games, reigniting the passion for shared gaming experiences.

The guys talk about a lot tonight. They reminisce on Halo: CE and Halo 2, and the global phenomena those games were. They discuss the rise of online gaming and how the introduction of broadband changed the space forever. They talk about Call of Duty, and the wave of PvP game types that became available as a result of dividing the community into their own homes. It is an interesting episode Folks!

News for the week:

Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey Gets Final Atlantis Episode Date
Disney Casts Live Action Ariel
Amazon’s Lord of the Rings Gets a Director
Netflix’s Witcher Show Releases Good Screenshots
Game Pass July Games
Apex Season 2 Launches

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 046: E3 Cometh by Caleb Sawyer

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It is here. E3 is just a day away. This is the moment we have all be waiting for. So of course, your crew of wonderful nerds (and @sergeantsodium), sat down and talked about what they wanted to see on video games biggest stage.

This one is dense y’all, so I will stay brief here. We run through a series of questions for each of the big conferences:

  • What do they NEED to do this year?

  • What do we know we will see?

  • Longshot prediction?

  • Sure thing prediction (unannounced)?

  • What will define their presentation?

Dig in folks. There is a lot going on in this one!

News for the week:

Baldur’s Gate 3 Teased
Apex Legends Season Pass 2 Details
Watch Dogs Legion Leaks
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Announced


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 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


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
@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 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



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 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

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 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

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 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 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

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 022: Games We Are Thankful For (Thanksgiving Special) by Caleb Sawyer

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We hope you all spent the weekend eating, drinking, and enjoying family. Caleb and Eric got together this weekend for a Turkey Day themed talk. What games are we the most thankful for?

It is a conversation full of reminiscing and nostalgic trips through our gaming history. In the end, we talk about the game that we are most thankful for. The game that brought us all together. To find out what that is you will have to listen!

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.

No news this week!

@LubWub
@hybridglass

Bounty Board 008: Is It Dangerous to Go Alone? by Caleb Sawyer

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Caleb and Eric sit down to talk about the feasibility of Singleplayer games in market that overwhelmingly favors multiplayer models. Can they remain the way they are or do they need to adapt? How would/should they adapt? Do they need to become more expensive to balance cost? There are a lot of questions here, many without definite answers yet. Listen to us talk through the ways the industry may change in the not-so-far future.

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:

Joaquin Phoenix cast as the Joker
Overwatch League signs deal with Disney, ESPN
Epic drops their earning dividend from Unreal Engine users
Ubisoft suggests new tech could allow dev to make larger, multi-city games

@hybridglass
@LubWub

NerdyBits Podcast: GamerGate by Benjamin Sawyer

We wrap up the podcasts from our first recording session with our discussion on last year's GamerGate. We all know how touchy the topic can be, and we did our best here to remain as objective as possible. But in the end, when it came down to it, we all felt the same way: The way women are portrayed in the videogame industry, be it in games themselves, or their participation in the development process, needs to change for the better. After all, women make up nearly half of the gaming community. Shouldn't they get a fair shake?

Please feel free to comment below, but don't be a jerk. These are our personal opinions, nothing to get twisted about.

Join us! (comment below!) 

Direct download - iTunes link - Nerdybits Podcast

We want to thank Modigs for the use of his great track Epsilon.

 

@CalebTSawyer
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Caleb

@Our_Alex
~Alex 

@DawnKnight1993
~Nico

@AnimeKat13
~Kat 

NerdyBits Podcast: Game Awards Show by Benjamin Sawyer

Finally, the last part of our 2014 Recap and Awards Shows is here. And right after the last one! Whaaaaat? It has been a busy morning. If you need something to listen to and you love games, we have exactly what you need. 

We dole out all of the awards on this show, from Developer of the Year to Remaster of the Year. So tune in, listen to our choices, and give us your feedback! We would all love to hear it.

Join us! (comment below!) 

Direct download - iTunes link - Nerdybits Podcast

We want to thank Modigs for the use of his great track Epsilon.

 

@CalebTSawyer
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Caleb

@Our_Alex
~Alex 

@DawnKnight1993
~Nico

@AnimeKat13
~Kat 

NerdyBits Podcast: Individual GOTY by Benjamin Sawyer

Well it has been a little longer in between these podcasts than I originally had planned. I apologize for that. Had a few personal issues that had to be dealt with and when that was over my computer decided to not connect to the internet...

But enough with all of that! It is time for you to hear our 2014 Individual Game of the Year Awards! Listen to us debate who deserves the title of best game last year. We promise you'll enjoy it.

When you are finished with that prepare for our Game Awards Show, releasing soon.

Join us! (comment below!) 

Direct download - Nerdybits Podcast

We want to thank Modigs for the use of his great track Epsilon.

 

@CalebTSawyer
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Caleb

@Our_Alex
~Alex 

@DawnKnight1993
~Nico

@AnimeKat13
~Kat