Game Buoy Podcast Episode 6 – Gaming Journalism and the Industry

Welcome to Game Buoy, where Captain Spike and his first mate, Slagkick, talk to you about news that may not be on your gaming radar but probably should be.

FOLLOWING UP

Captain Spike and Slagkick share their thoughts on Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut! Also, some good news/bad news from SEGA: the good news is that Anarchy Reigns will be coming to the U.S. and Europe in 2013, but the bad news is that SEGA is downsizing and will be focusing on four main IPs, as was initially rumored. They touch on a few of the points about the latter that members of NeoGAF were discussing, as well.

OMG NEWS

– The big news, of course, is that the 3DS XL was revealed during the Nintendo Direct stream from June 21st. The Podcast Pirates talk about the history of hardware revisions for Nintendo handhelds as well as a few of the games that were highlighted during the show.

– Capcom Summer Jam, which surprisingly is not the name of a summer concert festival, built some hype for Monster Hunter 4 and E.X. Troopers.

– A port of the DS version of Final Fantasy III has been released on the Android store and it looks great! Aside from some of the lackluster DS texture work, that is.

DISCUSSION TOPIC

After the sudden drama involving a series of tweets by gaming journalist Ryan Perez that were insulting Felicia Day (and also Wil Wheaton), Destructoid made the smart choice to end their professional relationship with him. However, this causes the Podcast Pirates to reflect on the status of gaming journalism as a “boy’s club” that has an incestuous relationship with the industry. We also talk about the positive contributions 1UP is making to gaming journalism and why this shouldn’t be the exception, but the standard.

WHAT’S UP

In this new segment, the Podcast Pirates share what they have been playing lately that may be a little off the beaten path. Slagkick highlights Gravity Rush for his newly purchased Vita, while Spike has been enjoying the little known Shantae for Game Boy Color.

LOLTAKU OF THE WEEK

This week, Captain Spike and Slagkick criticize On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness Episode 3: The Kotaku Review because it was written by someone who hates the genre and did not even bother to finish the game. However, because they don’t want to be negative nannies, they also give credit to Stephen Totilo for writing a decent article in I like the Wii U. I like it a lot.

TWEETS

OLR thanks us for shout outs and returns the favor!

snohoodie likes our attitude! Thanks snohoodie!

– Dan_Dias gives us a straight man’s perspective on No More Heroes and Lollipop Chainsaw, and has some nice words to say about the show.

FAREWELLS AND SHOUT OUTS

As always, Captain Spike and Slagkick invite you to e-mail them and join in the discussion on Facebook and Twitter. Shout-outs are given to Orange Lounge RadioHorde House, and Girls gone WoW – all part of the Voice of Geeks Network – and our buddies over at the Nerdgasm Network.

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