Chattycast 135: Ghosts of E3 Past

May 25, 2017

E3 is right around the corner, which means we're getting the usual spate of leaks and pre-seeded announcements to prepare for the big event. Before we look to the future of the industry, though, we're going to take stock of the past. This week the Chattycast talks about the long, rich, weird history of E3–from a relatively small tech retailer show to a press bonanza to its current amorphous press-fan hybrid. 

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Chattycast 134: Injust Asking

May 18, 2017

Injustice 2 drops this week, offering a very Mortal Kombat take on some of the most well-known characters on the planet. It's a very different interpretation than almost anything else, but the Injustice-verse feels like its own skewed version of normal. In fact, one reason these characters have been so enduring may be their ability to adapt to everything from playful innocence in Lego games to a violent story with intense, adult themes like Injustice.

This week, the Chattycast talks about the how various developers interpret known characters and make them their own. What core traits do characters need to keep to be recognizable? How much flexibility do we give in exploring outside the normal boundaries? What makes a character like Batman equally at home in Lego, Arkham, and Injustice?

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Chattycast 133: Newsies

May 5, 2017

We're in the thick of May now, when publishers go dark and leaks start to trickle out about upcoming E3 announcements. The Chattycast responds in kind this week, with a loose news-centric show that goes over some of the drip-drip-drip and speculates about what's ahead.

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Chattycast 132: Punching Nazis, So Hot Right Now

April 28, 2017

Everything old is new again, and this year that means Call of Duty is venturing back to Dubya Dubya Two. The big reveal stream is planned for later today, and this week the Chattycast will be recording immediately afterwards. We'll discuss what we learned about Call of Duty: WW2, the recent trend of Call of Duty and Battlefield going back to earlier wars, and how to treat a story like this right in today's market. 

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Chattycast 131: Is Nintendo Learning?

April 14, 2017

Yesterday's Nintendo Direct presentation outlined the company's plans for the spring and summer, in its usual rapid-fire style. It was pretty packed, largely with smaller 3DS games as the handheld wanes, but most of the time was given to the Switch line-up. Now, a few months removed from the Switch launch and with a decent idea of the year ahead, we can start to examine how it's going. 

Is Nintendo learning from both the advantages and mistakes of its predecessors? Is it held to a different standard than other console launches? What should we expect its next moves to be based on the early sales success? 

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Chattycast 130: It’s Another Mixed Bag

April 6, 2017

After taking a week off due to travel and unexpected illness, the Chattycast is back and catching up on all we missed. So this week, rather than pick a single topic, we're going to talk about a cornucopia of recent news and games we're playing, among other miscellany.

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Chattycast 129: When Franchises Fizzle

March 23, 2017

Mass Effect: Andromeda drops this week, and it's fair to say the reviews haven't been as glowing as its predecessors. Whether by age or quality or just design paradigms moving on, this won't be the first time a series slips and loses some of its critical and fan reputation.

This week, the Chattycast talks about what becomes of big franchises when they start to lose their way. Some go quietly into that good night, others find a way to stay relevant, and some meander along for a while longer. What series have made a successful bounce-back after starting to falter? What lessons can the team at BioWare learn from the successes and failures of others?

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Chattycast 128: Say It Ain’t Snow

March 16, 2017

The weather outside is unusually frightful for mid-March. A big snowstorm hit the northeast this week, creating hazardous conditions and trapping many a Shacker inside. What to do when stuck in your house? Why, play video games, naturally.

This week the Chattycast bids farewell to winter by talking about the games best suited for a cold day inside. We wrap ourselves in blankets, make some soup and hot cocoa, and talk about which games we'd play while trapped inside with our storm provisions. What are your favorite snowed-in games, either from this latest weather system or fond memories from past blizzards?

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Chattycast 127: Switch Taste Test

March 9, 2017

Console launches only come around so often, and so we at Shacknews are all still familiarizing ourselves with the Nintendo Switch. Since it's very much on our minds this week, we're devoting a whole show to it! We'll be talking about the Switch, Zelda, and some of the other games getting a little less attention like Snipperclips.

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Chattycast 126: Oops All Newsybits

February 17, 2017

This week, as we prepare for some big releases in March, we're taking a break from heady discussions to focus an entire show on recent news happenings. We'll come prepared with a stack of news items, and give them all the newsybits treatment.

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