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6
Mar

Level 4.7 - King Corona Got The Whole Industry Shook!

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HAPPY WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH!!!

This week on the Press X to Start Podcast: DJ, Sean, Marcus & Doug talk about Dreams, Hideo Kojima's BAFTA honor and a whole lot of Coronavirus related stuff.

What We've Been Playing - Time code: 4:49

  • DJ recalls getting his fête on in Trinidad for Carnival and then talks about his brief experience with Dreams; Marcus reeks Total Mayhem in Overwatch with Doug & Sean and has a brief stint in the mobile gaming world with Inside; Sean plays more Luigi's Mansion...and loses his Switch in the process; and Doug learns that these hoes ain't loyal as he finishes Telltale's The Wolf Among Us.

Gaming News - Time code: 24:54

  • The quick hits: The March edition of Playstation Plus Free Games & Xbox's Games For Gold; Neil Druckmann vaguely leaves the door open for another Uncharted game; Modern Warfare's Battle Royale mode release date potentially leaked (this clearly wasn't the case); PS5 will be able to sense your fear thanks to a new controller attachment; CD Projekt Red to give Series X upgrade of Cyberpunk 2077 for free if you buy it on Xbox One; Anthem fans throw it a birthday party in spite of its' parents forgetting about it; China pulls Plague Inc. from the App Store for obvious reasons.
  • The heavy hitters: Hideo Kojima to receive the BAFTA Game Awards' highest honor; Coronavirus concerns cause GDC to be postponed indefinitely; Boston's Mayor urges Sony to reconsider pulling out of PAX East for those very concerns; Good guy Bungie to remove all paid loot boxes from Destiny 2 in its' next season; Activision delays Ghost Recon's big overhaul at the last minute.

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28
Feb

Press X For The Culture 09 - Women: The Gaming Industry’s Kryptonite

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Culture Topic - Time code: 2:39

  • On this episode of Press X For The Culture: DJ, Sean & Maxine, our "chief authority on women"; examine Heather Alexandria's article, We Keep Having The Same Argument About Video Games And It's Driving Me Bonkers, go in-depth about the video game industry's problematic relationship with women in gaming and talk about what needs to change going forward.

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21
Feb

Level 4.6 - Geoff Keighley Is Taking His Talents to South Beach

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DISCLAIMER: Something went wonky with audio files so you'll notice a slight echo here and there throughout the cast this week. We promise it doesn't get in the way of the listen though!

This week on the Press X to Start Podcast: DJ, Sean, Marcus & Doug talk about the current state of E3, Outriders, Dreams, The Sonic movie & much more!

What We've Been Playing - Time code: 4:23

  • Marcus took advantage of a massive sale and finally started roaming the post apocalyptic DC streets in The Division 2; Sean tries out the newest addition to Apex Legends's roster before diving into a world of pure imagination with DJ in Dreams; Doug vents about his comp woes in the most recent season of Overwatch; and DJ pleads with the Activision developers to bring back a previous map in COD.

Gaming News - Time code: 29:56

  • The quick hits: PS4 & Xbox One sales in the US are allegedly declining faster than expected; DBZ Kakarot is the first highest selling game of the new decade (but there's an eye opening caveat that comes with the accomplishment); A playable Xbox build of the urban legend StarCraft Ghost has leaked; A glitch possibly reveals Modern Warfare's Battle Royale mode menu; 5 New Games are coming to Stadia soon; Ubisoft reveals a Prince of Persia themed VR escape room; Pokemon Home launches and brings a bonkers new Professor Oak with it; Sony Pictures & Tencent to produce a Crossfire movie; Bioware once again promises a "substantial reinvention" for Anthem; Nvidia tries to clear the air after Activision Blizzard faux pas.
  • The heavy hitters: Geoff Keighley releases a statement about his decision to pull out of this year's E3; The ESA President speaks on the current state of E3 & Unionization, among other things; Sony struggling with PS5 price due to costly parts; Semi In-depth overview of the Outriders gameplay reveal; Sonic The Hedgehog has the most successful opening weekend ever for a video game movie; Tom Holland claims that the upcoming Uncharted movie has "solved" the video game movie.

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14
Feb

Level 4.5 - You Can’t Spell Google without an “L”

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HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY Y'ALL!!

This week on the Press X to Start Podcast: DJ, Sean & SPECIAL GUEST/Fan of the show; Max (IG: maxinemakesmedia), talk about

What We've Been Playing - Time code: 2:48

  • Max reps the PC master race with Civilization 6 & RimWorld; Sean busts more ghosts in Luigi's Mansion and busts caps in both Sniper Elite 4 & Apex Legends; Then DJ fires shots in all directions in Apex, Titanfall 2, COD & Gundam.

Gaming News - Time code: 19:58

  • The quick hits: Playstation finally adds PS5 page to official website; Playstation rumored to be at PAX East; Ratchet & Clank rumored to get revived as a PS5 launch title; Google Stadia to roll out "free tier" in the coming months to see if anyone still cares; GBTN is considering paying players to beta test Stadia games; Ubisoft attempts to bounce back with 5 AAA games for PS5 through March 2021; To the surprise of literally no one, Activision confirms that a new COD game is dropping this fall; Final Fantasy VII Remake's Playstation exclusivity will end in April 2021; Rockstar Games loses Dan Houser; Xbox grants up and coming Black developer a deal; The Wonderful 101 to officially be revived on Nintendo Switch; Plans for a new Crash Bandicoot game has been leaked...and it's for mobile; Persona 5 Scramble is basically a direct Persona 5 sequel because Atlus can't help themselves.
  • The heavy hitters: GeForce Now emerges as the cloud gaming platform Stadia fails to be; A grieving mother visits her deceased daughter in VR; Xbox's big boss claims that Amazon & Google are their main competitors going forward; Sakurai admits that Smash Bros might have a Fire Emblem problem.

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7
Feb

Level 4.4 - Even Nintendo is Beating Xbox!!

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This week on the Press X to Start Podcast: DJ, Sean & Marcus talk about Apex Legends Season 4, Final Fantasy VII Remake, the controversial future of E3 and much more!

What We've Been Playing - Time code: 2:51

  • DJ continues to relive Goku's journey and finally returns to Apex with Marcus & Sean; while Sean continues to bust some ghosts in Luigi's Mansion 3 and indulge in the simple pleasures of sniping a man in the ballsack in Sniper Elite 4.  

Gaming News - Time code: 15:08

  • The quick hits: The February PS+ Games and Xbox Games for Gold; The longawaited SSX Tricky Remaster gets one step closer to happening; Pokemon Home's price is revealed; Platinum Games to attempt to bring overlooked Wii-U game, The Wonderful 101, to Switch & PS4 via Kickstarter; The industry is claiming that PS5 desperately needs digital game sharing at launch; Nintendo to combine its' four Tokyo offices to form Voltron; EA made a ridiculous amount of money from microtransactions last quarter; New patch for Death Stranding finally fixes one its' more tedious mechanics; Japan's building another giant Gundam and this one will be mobile; Blizzard gets full copyright claims over all player made "custom game" mods; The Animal Crossing Nintendo Switch is coming on March 13th; BBC holds the first ever interview entirely inside of a game with the Watch Dogs Legion team; Resident Evil 8 rumored to have werewolves for some reason; Sunset Overdrive may finally be coming to PS4; EA drops details for Apex Legends Season 4 and Apex Legends Mobile; Trumps' China Tariffs will no longer be going forward.
  • The heavy hitters: Nintendo Switch shipments have already surpassed Xbox One's lifetime shipments by a country mile; E3 2020 to a revamped event filled with celebrities, insiders & influencers (yay...); Square Enix finally drops the official trailer for Final Fantasy VII Remake.

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31
Jan

Level 4.3 - Ninja Theory is slowly becoming Ninja Therapy

REST IN PEACE TO KOBE & GIANNA BRYANT AS WELL AS THE REST OF THOSE LOST IN THE TRAGIC ACCIDENT!

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DISCLAIMER: Throughout the episode we were having problems with DJ's mic channel so you'll notice some fluctuations and a minor static in places. We apologize for that but hope you still enjoy the episode!

This week on the Press X to Start Podcast: DJ, Sean, Jordan & Marcus talk about more DBZ Kakarot, Apex Legends Series 3, KOTR Remake Rumors, Ninja Theory's new project and more!!

What We've Been Playing - Time code: 3:29

  • Marcus is still too shook to return to RE2 Remake so he finally rejoins Sean in Apex Legends; When he wasn't carrying Marcus, Sean also beat Titanfall 2 and busted some ghosts in Luigi's Mansion 3; Jordan returned to Modern Warfare 2 to test his multiplayer mettle; DJ logs more hours into DBZ Kakarot and finds himself torn with his overall enjoyment of the game.

Gaming News - Time code: 23:12

  • The quick hits: The creative director behind Splinter Cell rejoins Ubisoft; Google gets desperate and plans to give new Verizon Fios subscribers free gaming kits; Hideo Kojima's next project will likely be a small game or a manga; After numerous leaks Sony just straight up spills the beans on Godfall; Street Fighter V: Championship Edition rumored to be coming to Switch (this has since been refuted); Pokemon: Mewtwo Strikes Back is getting a CGI reimagining on Netflix; The rumors of Crash Bandicoot being the next Smash Bros DLC fighter intensify.
  • The heavy hitters: Respawn drops details on their new ranked 3rd series for Apex Legends; The long awaited KOTOR remake is rumored to be in development at EA; A new GDC survey provides eye opening results on which platforms developers prefer to work on; Ninja Theory reveals yet another new project; Nintendo of America tried to "age up" their logo but Big Boss himself Reggie Fils-Aimé was having NONE of that.

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24
Jan

Level 4.2 - You Get A Delay! And You Get A Delay! EVERYBODY’S GETTING DELAYED!!

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This week on the Press X to Start Podcast: DJ, Sean, Doug & Marcus talk about Dragonball Z: Kakarot, Playstation opting out of E3 again, basically every big 2020 release getting delayed and much more!

What We've Been Playing - Time code: 4:01

  • DJ watches his wife play Ring Fit Adventure and gives his early impressions of Bad Father Simulator 2020 aka DBZ Kakarot; Sean grows tired of Shovel Knight's King Knight expansion and finishes up Control (confirming that Marcus is ass); Marcus runs away from Mr. X in RE2: Remake and then joins Doug for some Lunar New Year goodness in Overwatch.

Gaming News - Time code: 29:18

  • The quick hits: PS5 & Xbox Series X reveals have left Gamestop in even worse shape; Indie game sells 400% better on Steam after being released as a torrent; Taiwan elects the world's first cosplaying politician; Super Smash Bros Ultimate adds yet another Fire Emblem character because Sakurai loves pretty boys; GTAV named the best selling game of the decade; Kojima will reveal the design philosophy behind Death Stranding via vague haiku at GDC; Ninja gets his own Fortnite skin about 2 years too late and Pewdiepie finally dunks himself in the trash.
  • The heavy hitters: Playstation takes a knee on E3 for the second year in a row; Literally every big Q1 release got delayed; Ubisoft promises to revamp its' editorial team to improve game quality; We turn down our respective Playstation wrap-ups for 2019.

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17
Jan

Level 4.1 - The Gaming Industry Has 2020 Vision!

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This week on the Press X to Start Podcast: DJ, Sean & Marcus talk about finally beating Death Stranding, Netflix's The Witcher, Sony's PS5 announcement at CES, Nintendo's Pokemon Direct and much more!

What We've Been Playing - Time code: 2:54

  • DJ briefly returns to Warframe and is greeted by a entirely new game before getting in some quality co-op Switch time in with his wifey; Marcus goes to Raccoon City for some zombie killing goodness in the Resident Evil 2 Remake; and Sean sinks hours into Shovel Knight and starts his journey into the psychedelic sci-fi world of Control. (WARNING! From 17:25 onward there are heavy Death Stranding Spoilers) Then the gang finally dissects the ending of last year's most divisive game, Death Stranding.

Gaming News - Time code: 35:07

  • The quick hits: Netflix's The Witcher takes the crown as the biggest TV show in the world from The Mandalorian; Matt Booty basically tells us that Xbox Series X won't have any exclusives; A FFXV MMO is coming...to your phone; Exit The Gungeon is coming to the Apple Arcade later this year; Panasonic debuts some Dr. Robotnik ass VR googles at CES; Pokemon GO caught 900 Million dollars in 2019; Nintendo plans to drop a new Switch model this year; WB Montreal continues to tease the next Batman game; Transcendent Events is bringing a boozy cosplay party to Baltimore on April 4th (and we may go!).
  • The heavy hitters: Sony breaks the internet with the PS5 logo/specs reveal at CES; Nintendo drops the first Pokemon Direct of the decade; Telltale 2.0 refuses to pay for crimes that they didn't commit; Square Enix reveals its' ambitions for 2020 (and they may or may not include a Parasite Eve remake).

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10
Jan

Press X Presents: 2020 Preview!!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR FAM!! Press X is back and we've got 2020 Vision! On this episode DJ, Sean, Marcus & Doug look through the upcoming year and talk about games that we're excited for and list some surprise announcements that we're hoping to get in the coming year. 2020's gonna be a big one ya'll and we can't wait to explore it with you!

Disclaimer: We had a few technical difficulties throughout the episode so we apologize for moments where the audio's not sounding super crispy!

  • Our Collective Most Anticipated Games - Time code: 4:05
  • Individual Anticipated Games - Time code: 24:09
  • Surprise Announcements That We're Hoping For - Time code: 32:46
  • #1 Most Anticipated Games - Time code: 41:12

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30
Dec

Press X Presents: GOTY Talk

HOPE YOU HAD A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS AND HOPE YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL NEW YEAR!!!

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It's that time of the year again folks! We've been one hell of a year in gaming and the Press X boys (Marcus, Sean & DJ) have come together to give our personal GOTY lists and give out our first ever Press X To Start Awards! Whether you're a Day 1 fan or just recently discovered us, we want to sincerely thank you again for your support/listens and we hope you stick around with us into 2020 and onward! LOVE YA'LL!!

  • GOTY Talk - Time code: 3:16
  • The First Annual Press X To Start Awards - Time code: 40:32

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21
Dec

Level 3.42 - The 2019 Trailer Awards

WE APOLOGIZE FOR THE DELAY!!

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This week on the Press X to Start Podcast: DJ, Sean & Marcus talk about the 2019 Game Awards, Sony's State of Play, PornHub's gaming statistics and more!

What We've Been Playing - Time code: 2:48

  • Marcus is still playing Death Stranding; Sean gets in on some Christmas themed mayhem in Apex & gets close to completing his Pokemon quest; DJ finally beats Kingdom Hearts 3 and then he & Marcus test out the Stadia for themselves thanks to Sean.

Gaming News - Time code: 14:55

  • The quick hits: New Bioshock game announced by 2K studio, Cloud Chamber; Fortnite to offer Annual Pass with exclusive items; Forza Horizon 4 gets a 72 car Battle Royale mode that's basically Mad Max Fury Road; Stadia players immediately get access to Destiny 2 update; Bayonetta/Vanquish bundle coming to PS4 on Feb 18th; The animation studio that saved the Sonic movie closes down; Google denies Fortnite an exemption to their Play Store's 30% cut.
  • The heavy hitters: We do an in-depth overview of the 2019 Game Awards & Sony's last State of Play for the year; Pornhub releases insights on their console search data for the year.

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13
Dec

Level 3.41 - Marcus Almost Died On This Episode

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This week on the Press X to Start Podcast: DJ, Sean & Marcus talk about Google Stadia, Overwatch 2, Free Guy starring Ryan Reynolds and much more!

What We've Been Playing - Time code: 4:12

  • Marcus threatens to burn down Bridges for confiscating his BB; Sean tries to juggles Death Stranding, Pokemon, Google Stadia & Apex Legends (three guesses which one he played the most); and DJ talks beating Pokemon & becoming the very best like no one ever was.

Gaming News - Time code: 16:53

  • The quick hits: You'll finally take a walk in the world's most famous Birkenstocks with I Am Jesus Christ on Steam (no release date yet); Sony finally ends PS Vita's bafflingly long production cycle; The California congressman who spent fifteen thousand campaign dollars on Steam games resigns; Tekken 7 announces new muay thai themed DLC character, Fahkumram; Black Friday & Cyber Monday sky rocket digital spending to 4.36 billion dollars; The newly minted X-Box Series X is in the wild connecting with current gen gamers; Microsoft still planning on dropping their disk-less console.
  • The heavy hitters: We predict the games that Sony is gonna show off at their pre-Game Awards State of Play; Blizzard answers some pressing Overwatch 2 questions; Riot Games to pay every female employee since 2014 with a 10 million dollar fund; The first trailer for Ryan Reynolds' video game movie Free Guy drops; Media coverage for E3 plummeted 39% percent in comparison to 2017.

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6
Dec

Level 3.40 - Turns Out We Were The Villains Of Pokemon All Along!

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This week on the Press X to Start Podcast: DJ, Cam & Marcus talk about more Death Stranding, Pokemon Sword & Shield, Half Life: Alyx, Resident Evil 3 remake rumors and more!

DISCLAIMER: There are some slight mic issues for DJ early in the episode but it gets sorted out before What We've Been Playing!

What We've Been Playing - Time code: 3:24

  • Marcus & Cam talk more about delivering packages & running fades in Death Stranding, Cam travels to The Outer Worlds for some double A goodness and then joins DJ to talk being confused by Pokemon Sword & Shield's story and the diminishing returns of its' endgame material. Essentially Cam had a busy week ya'll.

Gaming News - Time code: 28:34

  • The quick hits: Gigantamax Snorlax (aka a Snorlax that ate a Torterra) drops in early December; Google giving out refunds after a mix up for Stadia Pro's free games for December; Google Stadia gets a middling review from IGN and Shenmue 3 gets an even worse one; Battleborn servers to shut down entirely in 2021; Part 2 of the Final Fantasy VII Remake already in early production; Michael B. Jordan drops teaser trailer for upcoming Tom Clancy movie; Arcane Studios' co-founder launches new studio, WolfEye. 
  • The heavy hitters: The Playstation Plus & Xbox Games for Gold for December; New Tony Hawk Pro Skater game reportedly in the works...but who's it for?; Resident Evil 3 Remake rumored to be in production (this has since been all but confirmed); Valve drops trailer for Half Life: Alyx, the VR follow up to Half Life 2; South Korean studio, Pearl Abyss, drops trailers for 3 separate MMOs that they currently have in production.

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29
Nov

Press X For The Culture 08 - Should White Writers Tackle Ethnic Characters?

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Culture Topic - Time code: 0:28

  • On this episode of Press X For The Culture, the boys explore the controversy surrounding Overwatch's first black human female character, Sojourn, and discuss our feelings on white writers handling ethnic characters.

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22
Nov

Level 3.39 - Grookey Gang

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This week on the Press X to Start Podcast: DJ, Sean, Marcus & Cam talk about Pokemon Sword & Shield, Google Stadia, Hideo Kojima's defense of Death Stranding, X019 and more!!

What We've Been Playing - Time code: 03:34

  • As usual Sean & DJ briefly talk Gundam & Apex Legends before the whole gang delves deeper into Death Stranding and give our first impressions of Pokemon Sword & Shield.

Gaming News - Time code: 31:42

  • The quick hits: Fortnite drops a new Storm Trooper skin in honor of Fallen Order's release; Mark Wahlberg joins the Uncharted movie as Sully after losing the Drake gig to Tom Holland; Shenmue III oddly lifts review embargo after the release; GTA 6 release window might've been leaked by a random rap group; Monster Energy's stocks surge thanks to Death Stranding; LoL's debuts new hip-hop super group, True Damage; COD: Modern Warfare becomes best selling game of the year to the surprise of no one; John Carmack leaves Oculus to start the robot apoca-*ahem* pursue an AI passion project; Disney rumored to be developing a Dragonball movie with an all Asian cast; Sonic's redesign for his upcoming film has everyone breathing a sigh of relief; The Witcher Netflix series greenlights a second season a month ahead of its' premiere.
  • The heavy hitters: Hideo Kojima ruffles some feathers with his comments about Death Stranding's divisive reception in America; Google Stadia will have even LESS of its' promised features available at launch, An rundown of what was announced at London's X019 show; Bioware to try to breath new life into Anthem's decaying corpse with complete overhaul inspired by No Man Sky.

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