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Ahoy, mateys, and welcome to the Game Buoy podcast – your twice monthly port of call for gaming news and views that maybe aren’t on your radar, but most definitely should be! On this episode, recorded Saturday, June 21, 2014, Captain Spike and First Mate Slagkick take a look at E3 2014 as a whole after the fact and sum up their impressions of this year’s conference.
– Nordic will be publishing games under the THQ trademark.
– Ubisoft has revealed how PS4 owners will play Far Cry 4 with friends who don’t own the game.
– Eiji Aounuma has confirmed that the hero in Zelda U is Link and is male.
– Miyamoto-san is thinking of including mechs in the Wii U iteration of Star Fox.
– The Splatoon team consists of the core Animal Crossing team.
– A Teddie punching bag is among the pre-order bonuses for Persona 4 Arena Ultimax.
– Persona Q’s premium edition includes, among other things, a 3DS XL case and a set of tarot cards.
– Persona Q’s story has been confirmed as canon.
– Europe will get two Bayonetta 2 retail releases: one with the original game and one without. Retail and digital copies of Bayonetta 2 in North America will include an eShop download of the original Bayonetta.
– The developer of Catlateral Damage is seeking $40,000 on Kickstarter to finish the full game.
– Horses will poop in real time in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
– Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley will draw some inspiration from Minecraft.
– The missing PS4 features are still coming, according to Sony.
– Let It Die evolved out of the Grasshopper Manufacture came originally known as Lily Bergamo.
– A romantic comedy manga starring two Dragon Quest X players is on its way.
– The Mario Kart 8 Mercedes DLC has been confirmed for Western release.
– Bayonetta: Bloody Fate has been licensed for North American release by Funimation.
– A new batch of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call DLC includes the Advent Children version of “One Winged Angel.”
– The Sonic Boom games will be released in Japan as Sonic Toon.
– Character customization in Sunset Overdrive will be completely gender neutral.
– Phase 4, a clone of Kasumi in all senses of the word, is the newest addition to the Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate roster.
– Reggie Fils-Aime says that the Wii U has a very long life ahead of it.
– Final Fantasy Explorers, a multiplayer action RPG, has been announced for Nintendo 3DS.
– The next Adventure Time game is inspired by A Link to the Past!
– Classic arcade shoot ’em up Tengai is back as a smartphone game.
– Lufia: The Legend Returns and Harvest Moon 2 (both GBC titles) are coming to 3DS Virtual Console.
– Fatal Frame’s movie adapation is about a strange curse that affects only girls.
– The Dead Rising movie will be initially released on the Crackle service.
– A new trailer has been released for Cuphead, a game inspired by 1930s cartoons.
– Another World is coming to PS4.
– MapleStory’s first spin-off is an in-game school life sim.
– Rhythm Fighters is a new game mixing King of Fighters with music games.
– Dragon Quest II is coming to Android and iOS on June 26.
– Ridge Racer Driftopia’s serveres are shutting down in August.
– FIFA 15 is heading to 3DS and Wii, but NOT Wii U.
– Outlast is now available on Xbox One, along with its DLC.
– A Trials Fusion demo is now available on Xbox One.
– The senior programmer of Supergiant Games has left the company to join Oculus VR.
– Monster Hunter’s producer has been promoted, along with others, within Capcom.
– Yoshinori Ono-san has left Capcom Vancouver.
– Capcom has not renewed measures for takeover defense.
This week, Captain Spike and First Mate Slagkick take a look at E3 2014 as a whole after the fact and sum up their impressions of this year’s conference. After reviewing news that came out after the initial press conferences, the Podcast Pirates look at how the Big 3 did this year, and what the highlight of each company’s E3 showing was.
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Jason Schreier follows up his article about why game developers keep getting laid off by providing a space for current and former members of the industry to share their experiences. Schreirer lets the stories speak for themselves as they expose this darker side of the industry wrought with mismanagement.
Captain Spike shares his gaming experiences and purchases while on vacation in Chicago, and discusses why Super Time Force is a brilliant blend of retro side scrolling action and the idea of save states and speed runs. First Mate Slagkick shares his brief experience with the Destiny alpha, his time with Mario Kart 8, and his worst game ever of Civilization V!
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