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Bounty Board 060: Game/Life Balance by Caleb Sawyer

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Hey folks! With the fall release schedule in full swing we thought it only appropriate the crew get together to talk about balancing your life with your gaming habits with special guest @Jordanjoneee. How do you balance all the important things in your life? Work/life balance is already something that people talk about a lot in the business world. As gamers, how do you keep up with games, work, and all of your other responsibilities?

It’s a little different for reach of us. The crew at NerdyBits has decided to make covering games for you, our audience, our career aspiration. how does that way into the way we balance things? How do we separate work, play, family, friends, and our side hustle? Tune in to find out!


News for the week:

Nintendo Suing Another ROM Site
Project Resistance Announced
Borderlands 3 Review
Borderlands 3 Legendary Guns
Plants vs. Zombies Battles Binge Culture

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. You can also catch the episode on YOUTUBE!!!

RSVP for the Twitch STL Fall Meetup!

@LubWub
@hybridglass
@SergeantSodium
@sketchsawyer
@Jordanjoneee

Bounty Board 059: PAX/Bounties (w/ Foxe) by Caleb Sawyer

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Hey folks! HAPPY GEARS 5 DAY! Get ready for another awesome episode of your favorite game podcast! This week the crew talks PAX West, Nintendo’s recent Direct, and our monthly Bounties! But there’s more! Caleb, Eric, Ryan, and Ben are also joined by Twitch STL Community Manager Foxe (@foxetv)!

Join the crew as they talk about the oodles of news from the last few weeks, tell you all about their favorite games for the month of August, and get HYPE for the crazy lineup of games hitting stores in September (LIKE GEARS 5!). Also, Foxe details the upcoming Twitch STL meetup, so tune in and get ready for the hype train to roll out! Choo Choo!


News for the week:

Gears 5 Launch Trailer
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s Discovery Tour Gets Date
Ikumi Nakamura Leaves GhostWire: Tokyo
PAX Highlights
Nintendo Direct Highlights

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.

RSVP for the Twitch STL Fall Meetup!

@LubWub
@hybridglass
@SergeantSodium
@sketchsawyer
@foxetv

Bounty Board 058: Unionization by Caleb Sawyer

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Hey folks! Your favorite weekly gaming podcast is back with a new episode! Eric is out on a work trip, but don’t worry, he’ll be back soon. On this episode Caleb, Ben, and Ryan dive into the complex issue of unionizing games. A topic that has found its way into the news more than a few times this year.

With companies like Telltale closing, EA and Activision laying off hundreds, and stories of excruciating crunch at BioWare, Epic, Rockstar, and beyond, how do folks that work in the game industry protect themselves? How would a union help them do that? Would it make games too expensive to make? Is crunch really avoidable?

Tune in as we dive into these topics, and MORE!


News for the week:

Mandalorian Trailer Comes Out
Final Joker Trailer
Dan Trachtenberg Leaves Uncharted Project
Marvel’s Spider-Man Getting Game of the Year Edition
Spyro Comes to CTR
Telltale Games is Coming Back?

Reading Materials:

Game Workers Unite
GWU Zine 2019
Polygon - Game Developers Need To Unionize

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
@sketchsawyer

Bounty Board 057: Gamescom 2019 by Caleb Sawyer

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What’s up folks! Gamescom 2019 is coming to a close, so the Crew of your favorite podcast decided to dive into all of the announcements and reveals and trailers to give you our takes. Gamescom is kinda like a second E3, so there is a TON to talk about!

Join us as we discuss Disintegration, Death Stranding, Predator, Ghost Recon, Destiny 2: Shadowkeep, Gears of War, and many many more! The titles getting announced continue to look better and better. Still, Bungie has some enticing to do, most of us aren’t ready to invest more time in the Action-MMO-RPG (what even is it, really…?)

News for the week:

Disintegration Gameplay Stuns
Marvel/Sony Deal for Spider-Man in Limbo
Mortal Kombat 11 DLC Characters Revealed
Final Fantasy 8 REMASTER Gets Launch Date
GameStop Lays Over 100 Off, GameInformer Hit Hard
Best Trailers From Gamescom 2019

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
@sketchsawyer

Bounty Board 056: Fall Preview by Caleb Sawyer

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What’s up friends! The Bounty Board crew is back this week with another episode of your favorite gaming podcast! Eric took the week off to help get his kids ready for their first day of school, so this week Caleb, Ryan, and Ben got together to talk about the upcoming fall season of games. Speaking of Ben, NerdyBits has a special announcement, hot off the presses!

Ben is our new permanent host!

We said farewell to Bobby last week and when Ben came on as a guest, the chemistry was immediate. The new crew of Bounty Board has played games together for a full decade! Please welcome Ben into the fold. We are extremely excited to have him!

Join us this week as we talk about the crazy list of games scheduled for release this fall, and as we gauge our excitement for each one. Folks, there is a lot coming out in the next three months. Prepare yourself!

News for the week:

Microsoft Promise Reveals Aplenty at Gamescom
Dead Island 2 Isn’t Dead Yet
New Control Trailer Gives Plot Crash Course
Need for Speed Heat 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
@sketchsawyer

Bounty Board 055: Toxicity in Games by Caleb Sawyer

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What’s up folks! This weeks Bounty Board comes with a bit of a bittersweet moment. Our very own Sawft-Clothez Sommelier is heading out. Bobby is stepping away from the show to pursue a few other opportunities and tend to some changes in routine at home. Bobby has been an incredible member of the team, and we are all so happy to have had the opportunity to share this show with him. Godspeed in your new endeavors friend, and don’t be a stranger!

This week on Bounty Board, with guest host , the crew dives a discussion about Toxicity in Games. We discuss the toxicity we have experienced, the toxic tactics we have seen deployed, the toxic tactics we have used at times, and what the road to a less toxic environment might look like. How will big companies like Microsoft and Sony work to counter-act toxic interactions and repeat offenders? Is there a way to do this effectively or will toxicity always be around in some way? Is toxicity inherent to gaming?

@hybridglass is traveling this week as well, so tune in to hear @LubWub and @sergeantsodium hold it down with guest @sketchsawyer!

News for the week:

Anthem Sputters Back to Life with Cataclysm Trailer
Rocket League to Remove “BlindBox” Crates
Netflix Signs Game of Thrones Writers to Massive Deal
Lucasfilm Developing First Non-Star Wars/Indiana Jones Project Since Merger

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
@sketchsawyer

Bounty Board 053: SDCC 2019 Recap by Caleb Sawyer

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Whats a reunion without a little technical difficulty? With @sergeantsodium returning from the battlegrounds of new fatherhood and @LubWub back from SDCC, the Bounty Board Crew decided to talk about the wild news from Comic-Con’s Hall H. Boy was there a lot to talk about.

We talk the new Witcher trailer, Top Gun trailer, Watchmen, sidetrack a little into the foibles of the DC cinematic endeavors, and then dive into the meat: The Marvel Phase 4 Panel. I’m not sure our brains have truly processed the massive amount of awesome announced at this panel! Join us as we geek out over everything, from Hawkeye to Blade!

News for the week:

Netflix’s Witcher Gets Trailer
Eternals Gets Full Cast and Release Date
All Phase 4 Characters and Cast Members Announced
All Phase 4 Announcements


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 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


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 049: The Year So Far by Caleb Sawyer

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Eric has returned from vacation and the crew is whole once more! With E3 in the rearview and the slow season officially kicked off, the Bounty Board crew decided to take a step back and reflect on the good stuff they have encountered this year.

We talk about our top three games so far this year, why we like them, and why you should give them a shot. Then, for the fall, we give you our Most Anticipated, Sleeper Hit, and Surprise Hit (the one that we are surprised we are interested in).

We’ve got The Fall on the horizon folks. It’s time to dust off that collection of unfinished games and blow up the backlog. And while you are doing that, come hang out with ya boys!

News for the week:

EA Executives Give Up 2019 Performance Bonuses
Crunch News Hits Call of Duty
Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony Worry Trump’s Tariffs Will Hurt Industry

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 048: The Ethics of Leaks by Caleb Sawyer

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With E3 in the rearview mirror and the coming fall of games, the Bounty Board crew take some time to talk about something that happens frequently in games, especially as E3 approaches: Leaks. There were several things that leaked out to the public in the days drawing up to E3. Bandai Namco had a security breach that lead to the reveal of many unannounced titles, Bleeding Edge footage with a “CONFIDENTIAL” watermark found its way onto the web, details about Star Wars came out.

@hybridglass is out of town this week, exploring the wilds of West Elizabeth (Colorado), so we are joined by friend and fan of the show @RealDirtySmurf. With all of these leaks a debate rose up within the group: Are leaks a good thing or a bad thing? Are there good leaks and bad leaks? Are all leaks the same? Do they damage the perception of the games that are detailed? Do they damage the studios making the games? The questions are abundant in this episode, and the answers aren’t all clear. Join the gang and their guest as we debate the ethics of leaks.

News for the week:

Respawn Shares Early Patch Notes for Apex Legends
EA Says Their Games Don’t Have Loot Boxes, They Have “Surprise Mechanics”
Pokemon Sword and Shield Causes Toxic Fans to React
League of Legends Creators Make Auto Chess Game
Destiny 2 Daily Players Climbs Back To 1 Million
Endgame is Coming Back to Theaters
Community Might Make a Comeback?


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@LubWub
@RealDirtySmurf
@SergeantSodium
@Bobbypease

Bounty Board 047: E3 Conference Wrap by Caleb Sawyer

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E3 2019 has wrapped. The conferences are over, the show floor has closed up, everyone is headed home, getting ready for the next big show. Perfect time for the Bounty Board crew to get together and talk about all of the news from this week. And boy is there a lot of stuff that went down.

Tune in as we talk through Microsoft, Bethesda, Devolver (holy shit), PC, Ubisoft, Square Enix, and Nintendo’s E3 conferences, the gameplay shown in the following days, hot takes from the show floor, Dr. Disrespect being disrespectful, and that Avengers footage. There is a ton to talk about this week, and this episode is a long one. So strap in. It’s E3 Wrap Up time!

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


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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 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 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


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

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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

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