Featuring: Ammosart, Ashgar, Belghast, Grace, Kodra, Tamrielo, and Thalen

Tonight was a weird show.  Firstly we are recording this show on Belghast’s Birthday, which in our almost 400 episodes I am not sure we have actually recorded on one of our Birthdays before.  We set out with the mission of recording a show about the “Not E3” festivities that have been going on but get sidetracked as one does.  Instead, we go down a path of talking about Diablo Immortal once again, but from the standpoint of how exactly one should be funding game development.  Clearly, the NetEase and Blizzard team chose violence, but how exactly does one fund modern game development costs when the market has shown that if the price trickles up from $60…  folks freak out.  From there we do eventually return to talking about Sony, Microsoft, and whatever Geoff Keighly is running that now serves as the replacement for E3.

Topics Discussed

  • Bel’s Birthday
  • Diablo Immortal Again
  • Funding Games Ethically
  • Gamepass Model
  • Microsoft Show
  • Silksong
  • Valheim Cross Play between Gamepass and Steam
  • Star Citizen, Starfield, and the era of Space Games
  • Redfall
  • The Gamesir X2 controller reprised
Direct download: aggrochat_episode393.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:15am EDT

Featuring:  Ammosart, Ashgar, Belghast, Kodra, and Thalen

Tonight’s show is a bit of a strange one.  We had a bunch of absences and at the start of the show, it was just Ammo, Bel, and Thalen.  Then as we recorded a wild Ash and Kodra appear, but this does have the effect of causing a few topics to be rehashed.  We start talking about the nonsense that Bel is doing where he attempts to fix the episode gap on YouTube and re-releases the original 73 episodes.  We dive into Guild Wars 2 and specifically the Living World Season 1 and the current Dragon Bash event.  Bel reprises the topic of Diablo Immortal this week and talks about having gotten to level 56 and all of the many monetization traps in that game.  Then Thalen talks about his experiences playing Talos Principle and Stanley Parable.  Kodra appears and we reprise the Guild Wars 2 topics a bit before Bel dives into a discussion about the universally good changes coming to New World.

Topics Discussed

  • Re-releasing Original AggroChat Episodes
  • Guild Wars 2
    • Living World Season 1 Chapter 2
    • Dragon Bash
  • Diablo Immortal
    • The Grind
    • Lootbox Bait and Switch
    • $450 Gem
  • Talos Principle
  • Stanley Parable
  • Guild Wars 2 Revisited
  • New World Upcoming Changes
Direct download: aggrochat_episode392.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:05am EDT

Featuring:  Ammosart, Ashgar, Belghast, Grace, Kodra, Tamrielo, and Thalen

Tonight we go back to our normal format and open up talking about Kodra teaching Eli how to play some Pokemon TCG, and how the last time several of us played that game was during the Wizards of the Coast era.  From there Grace and Bel talk about Gunfire Reborn, a game where you play anthropomorphic animals with guns in a roguelike…  that occasionally features lizards as weapons.  Bel talks about his experiences playing Diablo Immortal and we talk a bit about its very predatory monetization scheme.  Tam talks about his experiences attempting to get into the very obtuse X4 series and obligatory comparisons to Star Citizen.  We talk briefly about Star Trek Strange New Worlds and how it is a pretty good onramp to the Trek franchise.  This also ends up in a bit of a brief discussion about the new Kenobi miniseries of Disney Plus.

Topics Discussed

  • Pokemon TCG with Youngsters
  • Gunfire Reborn
  • Diablo Immortal
  • Predatory Monetization
  • X4: Foundations
  • Star Citizen
  • Star Trek: Strange New Worlds
  • Kenobi Miniseries
Direct download: aggrochat_episode391.mp3
Category:gaming -- posted at: 10:27am EDT