Oh boy did E3 come out with some wild news. In an effort to stay relevant, the ESA put out an announcement about E3 2020 being all about influencers, fans and media. Whatever that means. Dan and Dave breaks down all the info and weigh in with their thoughts. Also in the news, Nintendo gets back into the fitness game and GameStop closes over 200 stores. All that and more on episode 185 of Rated G for Gamers.
We got some Gears 5 news at top of the show as well as the new Bad Boys trailer, some 14 years after the last entry. We are reasonably hype. In the news, Nintendo does it’s usual thing and drops a new Direct. They confirm some leaks, drop some new stuff the day of and somehow, someway still manage to surprise us a bit. Also there’s a new Nintendo peripheral in town and Reggie Fils-Amis goes back to school.
The Gameboy just recently had it’s 30th anniversary and I thought it would be a good idea to reflect on the influential handheld system. The Gameboy, created by developer Gunpei Yokoi, helmed the design and overall decisions for the new handheld released summer of 1989. Technology wise, the system wasn’t the most advanced, wasn’t the most svelte and certainly didn’t look the prettiest compared to the competition. But those facts are the reasons why it was so successful. It’s considerable size and boxy aesthetic allowed it to have durability. The 4 shade, black and
white green LCD screen allowed it to have incredible battery life. Game developers learned to work within the handheld’s constraints and create some real beauty.
From the franchise mainstay Pokémon to Final Fantasy Legend series to Link’s Awakening, these games were more than just paired down console and arcade counterparts. They were full fledged adventures. Games that where wholly new experiences that one could take on the go and play anywhere. Nintendo broke ground, they saw opportunity in a new market. One where their smart decisions and innovation could dominate the field of handheld gaming.
From summer of 1989 to the end of 1999, the original gray Gameboy, product name DMG-01, the Nintendo born handheld stood the test of time. When color screens and higher rez experiences came on the market, the Gameboy stood strong. It’s crazy large lineup of games and incredible battery kept it staple in kids backpacks and parents cars. So here’s to the Gameboy, celebrating 30th years of gaming history.
We got details on Sony’s latest console, speculated name PS5, in way of a launch event! Coming next February is an event that will most like unveil the PS5 and details on the launch date, features and some killer hype train trailers. Microsoft patents a controller that strangely resembles joycons, Nintendo DMCAs a ton of music on YouTube and Bubble Bobble comes to the Switch with 4-player action. All that and Dave has a travel tale that thankfully ends him back home safe and sound.
Nintendo is in the middle of a class action lawsuit for joycon drift, the Xbox One gets another homescreen makeover and GTA Online finally opens the Diamond Casino. All that and Dan has issues with Wolfenstein: Young Blood on episode 178 of Rated G for Gamers.
San Diego Comic Con has come to a close and boy do we have news for you. Marvel drops MCU Phase 4 details, the Witcher trailer debuts and the Blade franchise gets reborn. In gaming news, Google Stadia announces roughly one free game per month when the service launches, Toys R’ Us and Gamestop are looking to revamp their stores and passengers on one lucky Southwest flight got free Nintendo Switches and Mario Maker 2. All that and Dave’s get a new tv on episode 177 of Rated G for Gamers.
Back in the studio and back on the mics, Dan and Dave get into the all the Nintendo news. The Switch Lite, the commitment to the 3DS and no Switch XL or Pro is coming at least this year. Also, there’s a Space Invader movie in the works and listen in to see what really burns Dan’s fire.
Dave and Dan are back from a long Fourth of July weekend and have some good stories to tell. Lots of sun, fireworks and 80s goodness by way of Stranger Things season 3. Dan sees John Wick 3 and Spiderman – Far from Home and Dave finally picks up Mario Maker 2. In the news, Nintendo looking to the future regarding their next controller, Sony is rumored to be buying some game developers and PES 2019 gets removed from PS Plus this month. Also, in our convo of the week, Dan and Dave drop their Game of the Half Year nominations.
We’ve got a special episode today folks. Friend Derek Lieu is our guest on the show. He’s a video game trailer creator who’s worked on some of our favorite games and probably yours too. Dan and Dave get into the business of making a quality game trailer, how he got started and his thoughts on this years E3. Also, in the news, Youtuber Desmond ‘Etika’ Amofah found dead off the coast of Manhattan, President Trump proposes tariffs that would affect the price of video game hardware and accessories and we now get confirmation that games will cost full price on the Stadia platform.
It’s the first episode since E3 has ended so it’s time for Dan and Dave to look back at all the conferences, all the announcements and give our thoughts on what they loved and what they hated. Also, the votes are in and we have a prediction winner. It was a close one just like every year but only one can take home the championship belt. Listen in to see who takes it. In the news, we get pricing and specs on the Atari VCS, Konami throws it’s hat in the ring of the mini console game and Nintendo explains why they chose to delay the new Animal Crossing. All that and Dan and Dave wax philosophical on game cart preservation.