Band of Gamers Podcast: Episode #80 - Online Game Services, Yay or Nay?
The crew is back with another deep-dive discussion on what we've been playing, our weekly discussion topic, and the latest goings on in gaming news. This week, our big topic is a round table discussion about all of the various premium game service subscriptions that are not available. Their impact on the market, the demand outlook for gamers, and whether or not they just plain make sense. The rundown is below. Cheers.
0:00 - Intros and what we've been playing
03:40 - dbqHams regales us with a tail of his exploits in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild; sounds like a movie, one of the telling aspects of just how good this game is
07:45 - Zeux plays some Mario Kart 7 on the 3DS and laments the state of the wheel and pedals peripherals market
14:30 - Prime gives us the lowdown on Lego Worlds and why it is so much fun to play with your kids
18:10 - Topic of the week: Prime leads us in and sets the table, starting with the newly announced Xbox Gamers Pass
23:22 - dbqHams is the first one to speak out and gives a nod to EA Access
32:30 - Prime notes who is missing from the new XBox service and we start to talk about the big three (EA, Activision, Ubisoft) and their services
40:08 - Zeux has major doubts that anyone keeps their wallets in their pockets, despite however many complaints consumers lodge about repetitive gameplay, DLC prices, microtransactions, or other non-friendly practices
51:35 - We talk the highs and lows of the Nintendo Pro Controller for the Switch and its compatibility with other OS'
1:03 - We talk through OG Destiny, and whether or not losing your stars and stripes when your character transitions to the new game is that big of a deal, or no?