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We Happy Few & Dead Cells: Ep19

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This week the gang digs deep into Compulsion Games’ trippy adventure title We Happy Few. Josh isn’t the only person in need of some joy pills after playing this one. We discuss the gameplay mechanics, the narrative and a nasty situation that almost made us give up the game entirely. Is it a complete waste? Listen to find out.

Dead Cells is also discussed in length as Josh, Zach and Alaina give their impressions of the Nintendo Switch version of this rogue-like action game that took us all by surprise. Normally this type of game turns us off, so find out what Dead Cells accomplishes that made us sing a different tune entirely. Also listen as we struggle to talk Shannon into playing it himself.

Other topics we discuss are Doom Eternal’s gameplay reveal, Moonlighter for the Playstation 4, Nintendo’s latest Direct presentation on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and our do’s and don’ts on how to propose to your significant other!

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Sonic Mania Plus & An IGN Oopsie: Ep18

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In this episode, we discuss the controversy surrounding IGN and their accusation of plagiarism for a review of Dead Cells. Was this act a simple case of poor choices or pressure to get timely reviews out to the public? We also discuss the leak that suggests Final Fantasy VII Remake is an action game and not an RPG. Is that want we want out of this remake?

Games we discuss this week are:

  • Sonic Mania Plus and the additions to the game.
  • Stardew Valley and cheating on your dates.
  • Shin Megami Tensei D2 Liberation for iOS.

We wrap the show up with some fun ghost stories from the crew. Do we believe in ghosts? Has something happened to us that makes us believers? Listen to find out!

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Shadow of War Post Patch & Quantic Dream Harassment: Ep17

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On this week’s episode, the crew sits down to discuss the lawsuit that developer Quantic Dream recently lost against ex-employees who claimed the studio harasses employees. Will people see David Cage and his company in a different light going forward? Will Sony cut ties with them? Come find out our thoughts.

We also talk about Arcade1UP’s affordable arcade cabinets launching next month and whether or not they will be successful on the market. Also, we dig into the current gaming retail landscape and the recent removal of a new GameStop program. Why are these retailers shutting down video game promotions?

Alaina gives us the details on the Overwatch League’s finals this past week and the crew give their takes on watching eSports compared to normal sports.

Games we discuss this week are as follows:

  • Middle Earth: Shadow of War
  • Injustice 2
  • Super Dungeon Tactics
  • Lego Jurassic World

Afterwards, we end the show by discussing Josh’s adventures in hunting down green Joy-Cons, our favorite yet strangest snack foods, and Shannon’s jumbo-tron dancing failures.

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Xbox Scarlet Rumors & Captain Spirit: Ep16

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This week Shannon sits out due to a family emergency, but Josh, Alaina and Zach are here to discuss the latest rumors surrounding the next generation Xbox from Microsoft. Is a streaming box for gameplay a viable option in two years? Will we buy into game streaming and ditch a traditional console? How do internet speeds play into this? We dive into the rumors.

Also, we discuss Nintendo’s latest stab at online ROM sites and the new No Man’s Sky expansion and how it has changed perceptions about a game that was once the laughing stock of the industry.

Games we discuss this week are as follows:

  • The Amazing Adventures of Captain Spirit
  • Lego Jurassic World
  • The Room: Old Sins
  • Hungry Shark World
  • Kirby Star Allies

After that we wrap everything up with some questions from the community and Alaina’s adventures in San Francisco with Aggretsuko.

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Octopath Traveler, Captain Toad & Ys VIII: Ep15

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This week the crew has a lot of games to discuss, so our industry section is lite. We talk about Nathan Fillion’s Uncharted fan film and an Aliens: Colonial Marines discovery that could be one of the reasons why the game was so bad to begin with.

In our Weekly Console-tation, we dive into the following titles:

  • Octopath Traveler
  • Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana
  • Nine Parchments
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • Warframe
  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Afterwards, we wrap it all up with our off-topic week in review segment where we talk movies, proud husband moments, date nights ruined and more.

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Biggest Surprises of the Generation: Ep14

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In episode 14 of That Pixel Life, the crew look back at the current generation of gaming to share what aspects of Generation 8 surprised them the most. What games were shockingly good? Which business decisions in the industry caught us by surprise? How did loot boxes become such a big thing? We dig into all of that this episode.

In news this week we discuss the release date for Darksiders III, the success of Overwatch’s breast cancer charity drive, and Warframe coming to the Nintendo Switch.

Games we discuss this week are as follows:

  • Next Up Hero
  • Fortnite
  • Nioh
  • Jurassic World: Evolution
  • Darksiders 1 & 2

After that, we wrap everything up with a discussion about kid’s films, Koren BBQ, correcting people who make terrible life decisions, and even a little inspirational message from The Cannon himself.

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Jurassic Park Evolution & Comfort Food Games - Ep13

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This week the gang share their favorite games to return to during a release drought in gaming. These are games that we love so much that we can pick back up whenever the need arises and they never get old. These games are what we like to call “comfort food” games. You may be surprised what titles we choose.

Also in news we discuss Nintendo’s hint at a possible Nintendo 3DS successor and how that would play into a world where the Nintendo Switch exists. Alaina also goes into details on Overwatch’s new lovable hero Wrecking Ball.

Games we discuss this week are as follows:

  • Red Faction Guerrilla: Re-Mars-tered Edition
  • Yoku’s Island Express
  • Mario + Rabbids Donkey Kong expansion
  • Mario Tennis Aces
  • Nier Automata
  • Jurassic Park: Evolution

We wrap the show up with Josh’s thoughts after finally cutting the cable TV cord, Alaina’s anxiety with joining a new gym, Zach’s terrible knee and Shannon’s experience with Snack Crate.

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Lumines Remastered, Unravel Two & Next Gen Predictions: Ep12

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This week the gang sits down to discuss the potential of the next generation and what trends we’re seeing now that could lead us into certain directions in the industry. Can the Playstation brand continue to be on top even without features like cross-play? Did the Fortnite fiasco put them in a bind? Will Microsoft’s focus on services help them reach the top? Can they pull themselves out of the 1st party drought? We share our predictions.

Games we discuss this week are:

  • Lumines Remastered
  • Unravel Two
  • Nex Machina
  • Pokemon GO
  • Yoku’s Island Express

Afterwards, Zach gives us his honest opinion on Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Alaina vents her frustrations with her new Android phone, and Shannon shares his tales of failure at the local water park.

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Hollow Knight, Yoku’s Island Express & Addiction Disorder: Ep11

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This week we explore the World Health Organization’s decision to classify gaming addiction as a mental disorder. Has there been enough studies on the subject to justify the addition? Are there other factors involved instead of the blame solely on gaming? Find out our thoughts on the matter.

In our Weekly Console-tation segment, we discuss Hollow Knight, Yoku’s Island Adventure and Octopath Traveler, all for the Nintendo Switch. Afterwards, we discuss Japanese role-playing games and the critical pieces that create a great game in that genre.

We wrap it all up with a discussion on Disney ending Star Wars spin-off films, the odd trend of “plant nights” and more.

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Ubisoft, Sony and Nintendo - E3 2018 Part Two: Ep10

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In part two of our E3 2018 impressions we wrap up the rest of the conferences including UbiSoft, Sony and Nintendo. We discuss all of the announcements made at each conference and how we feel each company performed.

Also, Josh talks about the latest controversy surrounding Fortnite on the Nintendo Switch. Sony has created a lot of headaches for fans of Epic’s battle royale shoot-em-up and we share our thoughts on the matter.

Finally, we wrap the show up with our overall feelings of E3 this year, who we thought won E3 and what each of our personal top 5 games of the show are.

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