The GameStop PowerPass program sounds like a sweet deal for consumers, as well as an intriguing turn for the company into the world of video game rentals. What does this mean for game developers, though? Could this potentially effect their livelihood? Former BioShock developer and Perception creator Bill Gardner chats with David in this special "mini" episode to discuss.
As described by the GamesRadar article below: "For $60, PowerPass will grant you a 6-month, all-you-can-play ticket to GameStop's pre-owned stock of games. You'll take one pre-owned game home, play it as much (or as little) as you like, then swap it for another. There's no limit to how many games you can effectively 'rent' using PowerPass, but you can only take one one home at a time. When the 6 months are up, you can choose to keep one of the games."
But Bill has some concerns with what this could mean for developers and publishers who have no say and see no profit in this program. The preowned games market alright cuts into revenue of the game creators, but could this be the Mario that breaks the Yoshi's back? Let us know what you think!
Go off into space and romance some aliens, ARGonauts! We celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Mass Effect franchise with guest Liana Ruppert of Comicbook.com and Don't Feed The Gamers. If you are a fan, then prepare to be overwhelmed by this SUPER fan here who has played through the main trilogy over 20 times!
We kick it off with some news on Call of Duty: World War II allowing you to get your retro gaming fix within the game. Then we discuss the Hulu series based on the Hitman franchise that's in the works, followed by some Black Friday deals that have come up already.
The Stage of History dives into some sci-fi classics to whet your appetite before the Mass Effect main course, wherein we talk about the Don Bluth animated Space Ace and highly influential adventure title Space Quest. Robert then reminds us all of the oft-forgotten BioWare classic Jade Empire in Obscura. We also have giveaways for Geneshift and Ultimate Fishing Simulator, then a quick game of Random Select. Energize those minds and guess who Robert is this week!
Ready to get controversial, ARGonauts? We bring our friend HipHopGamer of HOT97 who is no stranger to controversy himself. Join us for a discussion on games such as Mortal Kombat, Doom, Leisure Suit Larry, Custer's Revenge, and other titles that would upset your mom. HipHop also gets into the recent bit of controversy he's recently been embroiled with involving the latest trailer for The Last of Us Part II.
We kick things off with the stunning (or not so stunning) news that Telltale Games has released a quarter of their workforce. This is followed by talk on Amazon opening up a retro gaming portal on their site, as well as Overwatch skins based on classic Blizzard franchises.
The Stage of History this week welcomes some controversial titles including the screaming good time that is Death Race, and one of the only games that allows you to pee on people Postal 2. Robert keeps it creepy with the ultra violent Chiller in Obscura. There's also more game codes to win, this time for Raiden V and (say it with me now) Doomwheel!
The future is now, ARGonauts! We welcome Sam Dyer of Bitmap Books on the show to give an audio companion with his new book Neo Geo: A Visual History talking about the console family under the brand name, favorite games from these platforms, and whether or not Nintendo stole the idea for the Nintendo Switch right under SNK's nose.
We leave the news section for the end, but expect discussions on Housemarque sadly moving away from arcade style games, Nintendo's billion reasons to keep supporting the Switch, and PlayStation's showing during Paris Games Week. Oh, and the controversy swirling around "hard-hitting" trailers? That's covered too.
The Stage of History this week keeps with the Neo Geo theme by welcoming war shooter NAM-1975, and chibi fighter SNK vs Capcom: Match of the Millenium. Robert then busts loose with old school manga turned game 8 Man in Obscura. Don't miss out on our game giveaways (as well as our iTunes review game giveaway!)