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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Hitman 2 & Fortnite Dance Drama: Ep34


We have another jam-packed episode for you this week where the crew covers a lot of late releases and industry rumblings.

Epic Games is in the news again so this week we discuss the lawsuits surrounding Fortnite’s dance emotes and give our opinion on whether or not Epic should compensate dance creators. Also, we tackle the touchy subject of the Epic Store competing with Steam by undercutting their percentages earned on game sales. We also talk about The Game Awards and the announcements made there.

Our weekly console-tation is spent discussing lots of games. We talk about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Josh’s problem with the unlocking system. Zach jumps through lots of new Game Pass releases including Ashen, Strange Brigade and Graveyard Keeper. Also, we discuss Hitman 2 and Shannon gives us his opinions on Pokemon Let’s Go since he finished the game this week.

We close the episode by talking about purging game backlogs, NFL dreams come true and traveling abroad.

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Red Dead Online, Darksiders III & Bad Canvas Bags : Ep33


We open up the month of December by cracking open some more new releases and discussing some bummer news stories in our industry segment. This week we talk about the Fallout 76 canvas bag fiasco, Battlefield V’s poor sales numbers, GameStop’s huge quarterly loss and who we think will take home the big award at The Game Awards on Thursday.

Red Dead Online launched last week so Josh and Mike discuss their experiences with it. Get ready for a big rant on Josh’s end. Also, we discuss more Darksiders III, Zach gives us his opinions on the ending of Marvel’s Spider-Man and Alaina shames Activision and Toys for Bob on the lack of a very important feature in the Spyro trilogy.

Afterwards, we close the show discussing Zach’s acquisition of an Xbox One X, Josh’s struggle with gamer ADHD, Mike starting his new job and Alaina’s fitness goals.

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Battlefield V, Soulcalibur VI & Darksiders III : Ep32


This week both Zach and Alaina sit out but we welcome back Mike “The Bomb” Grimm to the show to help us wrap up the month of November by discussing a crap load of different titles that we’ve been playing over the holiday weekend. We skip our Industry Buzz segment to devote more time to the plethora of titles to cover.

The games we discuss this week are as follows:

  • Josh jumps into Battlefield V.
  • Josh plays Soulcalibur VI.
  • Josh and Mike give early impressions of Darksiders III.
  • Josh is shocked by Celeste.
  • Mike suffers through Fallout 76.
  • Shannon gives his thoughts on Pokemon Let’s Go.
  • Shannon checks out Warframe for Nintendo Switch.

The trio also share their Black Friday hauls, Christmas decorating preferences, opinions on The Game Awards 2018 and adventures in buying a laptop.

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Pokemon Let’s Go, Spyro Reignited and Sony’s E3 Absence : Ep31


It’s Thanksgiving and Black Friday week, but instead of shopping and eating turkey, we’re talking LOTS of Pokemon and industry rumors!

First up, we discuss Sony bowing out of E3 next year and what that could mean for the popular trade show. We also talk about recent Microsoft rumors surrounding disc-to-digital kiosks and a digital only Xbox One model.

We’re all playing Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee this week so we include a pretty lengthy discussion about the game. The game sports some radical changes and we go into detail about what works for us and what doesn’t. Also, we review the Pokeball Plus peripheral and talk about Spyro the Dragon: Reignited Trilogy.

Afterwards, we wrap it all up with discussions about toddler birthday parties, the Detective Pikachu trailer and those crazy toy unboxing YouTube channels.

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Black Friday Game Plans & Diablo III: Eternal Collection : Ep30


This week we welcome back Mike “The Bomb” Grimm to discuss the upcoming Black Friday festivities. We give our impressions on the ads, recommend which store you should hit the most, and also recommend titles you should definitely pick up this year. We also answer a question from a listener about our thoughts on games that we feel do not respect our time.

Games we discuss this week are as follows:

  • Diablo III: Eternal Collection [Switch]
  • Dark Souls: Remastered [Switch]
  • The Tetris Effect [PS4]
  • Dragon Quest XI [PS4]
  • Amazing Katamari Damacy [Mobile]
  • Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle [Mobile]

Afterwards, in our Week in Review segment, we discuss birthday party planning for toddlers, broken laptops and free washing machines.

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Red Dead Redemption 2, The Tetris Effect & BlizzCon Drama: Ep29


This week the crew returns from Halloween break and welcomes back our good pal Robby Steltenpohl to dig into a slew of big topics.

In our Industry Buzz segment we discuss the photos released of the Monster Hunter film and talk video game movies for a bit. The four give their thoughts on the Playstation Classic’s titles included on the micro console dropping in December. Also, we dig into the controversy surrounding BlizzCon last weekend and the announcement of Diablo Immortal.

In our Weekly Console-tation, Josh, Shannon and Robby give their surprising impressions of the highly anticipated Red Dead Redemption 2. Is it the masterpiece critics are claiming it to be? Also, Josh and Zach gush over The Tetris Effect, Robby unloads on Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Shannon shares his frustrations with Dragon Quest XI.

Finally, we wrap it all up with tales of a new kitten, another car crash and fatherly advice.

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The Halloween Episode 2018: Ep28


It’s our first annual Halloween episode here at That Pixel Life and we dedicate the entire episode to horror themed topics. We transform our Industry Buzz segment into multiple horror topics, including the scariest games we’ve ever played, the scariest thing we’ve seen in a non-horror game and we even pitch our own horror game that would scare the living crap out of us!

In our Weekly Console-tation segment, we review the four games we chose for our Halloween Game Challenge this month. Zach reviews Layers of Fear, Shannon covers Luigi’s Mansion, Alaina talks about The Evil Within 2 and Josh digs into Outlast II. Afterwards we share our listeners’ opinions on the games they chose when playing along with us.

Afterwards we dedicate our Week in Review segment to our favorite Halloween memories, what scares us the most and what our spooky plans are this year.

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey & Black Ops IIII: Ep 27


Alaina is out this week but Mike “The Bomb” Grimm steps in once again to fill the extra seat this week. The foursome digs into Assassin’s Creed Odyssey with Mike playing on console, Josh playing on PC and Zach playing through Google’s Project Stream. We give our thoughts on the game and apply our conversation last week about its microtransactions to see how we feel after playing the game ourselves.

Josh also dives into his experience with Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII on PC and Shannon gives us his early impressions of Dragon Quest 11 on PS4. We also discuss Rockstar Games and the rumor surrounding grueling 100 hour work weeks for employees and a potential Bully sequel.

Afterwards we talk Apple Watches, life in the Bay area and car wreck aftermath in our Week in Review segment.

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Astro Bot & Assassins Creed’s Monitizations: Ep26


This week on the show, we’re having a conversation about Assassins Creed Odyssey’s microtransaction storefront and the controversy surrounding it. Many claim Ubisoft is preying on consumers, while others think its fair. We take a look at the arguments on both side and give our thoughts on all of the drama.

We also celebrate the 2nd year anniversary of Playstation VR by discussing how’s it’s performing, the volume of titles releasing for it and its future.

Josh gives his review of Astro Bot: Rescue Mission for PSVR and takes Mega Man 11 for a spin. Alaina tells us all about her feelings on Maple Story 2. Zach gushes more over Forza Horizon 4 and we review Hori’s D-Pad Joy-Con for the Nintendo Switch.

Afterwards, we wrap everything up with tales of landscaping problems, birthday celebrations and more in our off-topic Week in Review segment.

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Forza Horizon 4, Mega Man 11 & Life is Strange 2: Ep25


It’s a big week for releases this week, so the gang sits down to talk about everything they’re been playing. We dive into Forza Horizon 4, Mega Man 11, Life is Strange 2, Dragalia Lost and more. The crew also announces their first annual Halloween challenge with the community, so listen for details!

Aside from new releases, the four hosts also discuss the success of Insomniac’s Spider-Man and what it could mean for Holiday sales and the future of Marvel properties in gaming. Also, we chat about the recently announced Playstation Mini.

Finally, we wrap it all up with discussions about the Halloween season, rad games of laser tag and more.

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