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Episode 09 - 2018: The Year That Was
00:15 - The Merry Cast
01:50 - What'd We Get For Christmas? Or Buy On Sales?
25:45 - Let's Talk About 2018, The Year That Has Been
27:25 - Dylan Fails To Get Everyone Pumped
30:00 - Let's Read WatchMojo's 'Biggest Gaming Controversies Of 2018'
30:31 - Quantic Dream's Toxic Workplace
32:24 - Woman In Battlefield V
34:40 - World Health Gaming Organization Makes Gaming Addiction
45:00 - Rockstar Overtime
47:05 - PUBG Co Sues Epic Games
49:50 - Active Shooter Game
52:42 - Filip Miucin Plagiarism
58:55 - Riot Games Workplace Sexism
01:02:50 - Telltale Games Closes
01:09:35 - Trump Attacks Video Games
01:12:00 - Our Personal Biggest News Stories Of The Year
01:25:00 - Our Gaming Loves Of 2018
01:38:20 - Wrap-Up
01:39:24 - Ad Read
What were some of the biggest news stories of the year? Particularly, what were some of the biggest controversies in gaming? Using the list from WatchMojo Dylan goes over some of these stories with Ashley, Cherie and Ciaran before wrapping up a look back on 2018 by asking everyone what their 2018 gaming love was.
Also on the show:
Our Christmas Hauls
Our other gaming shows
Blizzcon 2019 came and went last week with some semi-exciting announcements for Diablo 4 & Overwatch 2, but more importantly, was how Blizzard would present themselves to the public amidst the backlash from banning a Hearthstone player weeks before.
EA has rolled out a bunch of news to discuss this week including its return to Steam, but the most intriguing nugget was that they have a big remake coming before March 2021, so Dylan and Ashley discuss what they think that could be.
Bethesda has revealed a subscription service for Fallout 76 called Fallout 1st and it's a doozy. Dylan and Ashley discuss why Bethesda would be offering such an odd subscription for Fallout players.
Live from the Audio-Technica booth at PAX Australia 2019, Dylan, Ashley and Cherie discuss their favourite games of the show and how much the show seems to have slowed down ahead of next-gen.
Blizzards have managed to step in it ahead of BlizzCon this year after banning a Hearthstone player for declaring support of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. Dylan and Ashley discuss what Blizzard can do to fix the situation if Blizzard is in their right to ban the player and what potential outcome we could have.
As Twitchcon was on last week Dylan began thinking about the growing popularity of the Content Creator and Twitch Celebrity and the relationship they have with their fanbase.
After over a year of radio silence, Naughty Dog headlined the latest State of Play with a fresh look at The Last of Us Part II and announced a release date for Early next. Hear Ashley and Ciaran go over everything in the State of Play and question why Xbox scheduled an Inside Xbox on the same day.
Also on the show:
Google make their Play to compete with Apple Arcade
Australian games set to be preserved
Game companies set to do their part for the environment
Through carnage and loot, Ash and Ciaran discuss what their time has been like so far in the wasteland and beyond in Borderlands 3. Is it living up to the hype?!