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The PlayStation 5 Showcase had so many updates this week, we spend more time covering those than the actual games. Nintendo shares another round of new Partners on Switch and finally discontinues the 3DS, Facebook premieres the Oculus Quest 2, and August is another record-breaking month for the NPDs. 00:01:11 - Corrections 00:03:28 - Silver Lining …
 
Xbox had a week of price and launch date announcements they didn’t plan for, but somehow managed to still pull off with impressive results. In the midst of this historic week in the battle for next-gen supremacy, Ubisoft tries to steer the focus away from their internal mistakes and on to a few big end-of-year releases, and Nintendo drops some muso…
 
Nintendo wants you to buy more Mario games on the Switch (in the next 6 months, specifically), Sony hopes you’ll pick up more PS4 games on PC, and Nvidia has new graphics cards to put on your shopping list. To celebrate the prospect of these new purchases we revisit Press Release Me and the language we use to make a quick buck. 00:01:01 - Correctio…
 
gamescom Opening Night Live kicks off a big week of gaming updates while also sun-setting the Summer Game Fest. We run through most of the 40+ games of the show while still reeling from finally seeing the 2 big Batman announcements, coping with Rocksteady’s ongoing allegations, and understanding Nintendo’s sneaky Directs.00:00:48 - Corrections00:02…
 
Some of our favorite franchises are in danger as Bloodlines 2 lets go of its Lead Writer and Forza Horizon 3 gets de-listed. After learning we’ll someday have to turn our Oculus accounts in for Facebook profiles, we have to cheer ourselves up with some jolly Nintendo Indies and an extra helping of Love & Respect.00:00:41 - Corrections00:03:51 - Sil…
 
This week we weigh the financial impact of some big plays in the industry. Epic Games goes to war with Apple, Halo Infinite sets a new course for 2021, EA Executives ask for way too much money in raises, and Control shows us how not to announce a next-gen version of a current-gen game.00:00:43 - Corrections00:03:25 - Gaming Gladiators00:08:46 - Epi…
 
Sony had a wild week, pulling our attention between Spider-man, PS4 controllers, and a fully-stacked August State of Play. Also GDC goes online, xCloud goes offline on iOS, and Nintendo reports more record hardware and software sales.00:00:42 - Corrections00:03:22 - Gaming Gladiators00:05:08 - August State of Play00:24:03 - Spider-man's Avengers Ex…
 
This week was full of success stories to celebrate: Eiyuden Chronicle’s breakthrough Kickstarter, Ghost of Tsushima’s record-breaking sales, the mesmerizing chaos of Fall Guys, and the entirely unpredictable return of G4.00:01:11 - Corrections00:03:52 - Gaming Gladiators00:06:14 - Eiyuden Chronicle Kickstarter00:21:38 - Ghost of Tsushima Sales00:33…
 
Halo Infinite gameplay has finally been revealed, leaving goofy memes and jumbled expectations in its wake. We parse through the last of the summer’s E3 events including the rest of the Xbox Games Showcase, the first Nintendo Partner Direct Mini, and a second Day of the Devs.00:00:51 - Corrections00:02:14 - Gaming Gladiators00:04:40 - Xbox Games Sh…
 
Ubisoft had a busy week, letting go of a few executives and leaking some announcements. Devolver, Valve, and Stadia all showed us what projects they have on the horizon, and there are plenty of updates from Xbox for xCloud, the Xbox One console production timeline, and a “couple of years” of cross-console promises.00:00:42 - Corrections00:04:31 - G…
 
Sony is investing millions in Epic Games, and Microsoft is hoping the hype surrounding their next Xbox Game Showcase pays off. Also, is it our fate to be purchasing $70, digital-only, games in the near future according to recent decisions made by 2K and Capcom, or are these just signs of further change coming to the industry?00:00:40 - Corrections0…
 
The news that Xbox is going to let us try out 60 or more upcoming games from the comfort of our own homes, and Sony is re-investing in independent games with a new initiative for the PlayStation, helps brighten our spirits after Evo 2020 is canceled following yet another allegation of sexual misconduct in the games industry.00:00:50 - Corrections00…
 
It’s a season of big change. Xbox ditches Mixer for Facebook Gaming, a wave of abuse accusations rattle the industry, and more events introduce more games coming in 2020.00:00:50 - Corrections00:02:14 - Gaming Gladiators00:03:56 - Mixer dissolves into Facebook Gaming00:24:39 - Abuse allegations across the industry00:35:58 - A Word From Our Sponsor0…
 
The last 7 days it finally felt a little like E3. Guerrilla Collective, PC Gaming Show, Future Games Show, and EA Play Live show us more games than we can count. We look at each event and try to figure out what worked and what didn’t, before asking how many billions we’d spend on WB Games.00:00:56 - Corrections00:02:54 - Gaming Gladiators00:04:08 -…
 
Discussing the 26 games recently showcased in the PlayStation Future of Gaming nearly takes up this week’s entire, extended Episode of Gaming, but we also manage to squeeze in a rundown of IGN’s Summer of Gaming lineup so far.00:00:45 - Corrections00:02:33 - Gaming Gladiators00:05:42 - PS5 Future of Gaming - Console00:14:06 - PS5 Future of Gaming -…
 
There are ways our industry has been recently affected by protests against racial inequality and we need to discuss it and what it means for our future. But after that we also need to talk about why the Game Gear Mini is so mini, where Skelattack came from and why Konami’s publishing it, and what DONTNOD could do with a brand new studio.00:00:43 - …
 
We discuss how April turned out to be one of the wildest NPDs of all time, what surprised addition is being added to Samurai Shodown, and whether or not we’re hyped about Silent Hill coming to Dead by Daylight - all while basking in the wholesome glow of a recent indie-direct.00:01:08 - Corrections00:05:31 - Gaming Gladiators00:09:16 - April NPDs -…
 
We recently got more details about the Mafia III trilogy and Valorant's impending launch date. Both of these are ignoring marketing conventions, but will they both find success? We also ponder what could become of a Code Veronica Remake and a System Shock 3 made by Tencent.00:00:00 - Opening00:00:52 - Corrections00:02:11 - Gaming Gladiators00:06:49…
 
The Summer Game Fest has begun with reveals for new games and even a new gaming engine, Nintendo announces a franchise sequel coming in two months, and this week’s look at Ghost of Tsushima is as calm as water, but still as sharp as steel.TIMESTAMPS00:00:48 - Corrections00:03:20 - Gaming Gladiators00:10:32 - Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1&2 Remastered Anno…
 
Microsoft seems confused about what constitutes actual “gameplay” in their batch of big reveals for the Xbox Series X, and Damiani runs the numbers on Nintendo’s best-selling software.TIMESTAMPS00:00:00 - Opening00:01:18 - Corrections00:06:34 - Gaming Gladiators00:16:17 - Xbox Series X Gameplay Reveals00:36:52 - Rank the Significance01:02:38 - A Wo…
 
Huber’s ready to gush about Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Ben’s ready to play Deadly Premonition 2, and Jones is ready to moderate his own version of the podcast.00:01:19 - Gaming Gladiators00:07:34 - Assassin's Creed Valhalla Announced00:40:01 - Deadly Premonition 2 Release Date00:55:15 - A Word From Our Sponsor00:58:07 - No Nintendo Direct in June01…
 
Since there’s not much game news to discuss anyway, we discuss the podcast’s future as Jones finally digivolves into the host. 00:05:04 - Corrections00:07:28 - Bosman’s Questions for Jones00:48:48 - Bosman’s Hosting Tips00:57:34 - PODCAST HALFTIME01:03:27 - Jones’s Questions for Bosman01:29:18 - L&R: Will Jones rap?01:35:59 - L&R: Game - Animal Cro…
 
As Sony seems determined to hit a PlayStation 5 launch 2020, it seems that supply might be heavily constrained. 00:02:19 - Corrections00:05:10 - Best Last Lines00:12:46 - PlayStation 5 Limited Supply00:35:41 - Rockstar’s Changes and Upcoming GTA00:51:26 - PODCAST HALFTIME00:53:29 - Riot Games Acquires Hypixel Studios01:05:21 - Gamescom is Going Dig…
 
The PlayStation 5’s new controller has been revealed, and you know everyone’s got a take on this weird thing. 00:00:56 - Corrections00:03:02 - Best Last Lines00:09:15 - PlayStation 5 Controller Revealed00:30:36 - Nier Replicant Remaster00:39:27 - PODCAST HALFTIME00:42:17 - Final Fantasy VII Remake’s Impact01:06:44 - L&R: Ian Was Right01:09:29 - L&R…
 
Call of Duty gracelessly shadow drops a remaster and Mario’s 35th birthday is reportedly going to deliver on all of our Mario wishes. 00:00:56 - Corrections00:02:07 - Best Last Lines00:05:42 - Rogue Legacy 2 Announced00:10:23 - Modern Warfare 2 Announced and Launched00:17:36 - Bethesda Passing on Digital E3 Presentation00:26:33 - The Last of Us Par…
 
Epic once again seems suspiciously generous as it kicks off its promising publishing initiative and Nintendo’s Mini Direct was indeed mini and that’s okay. 00:00:56 - Corrections00:08:16 - Best Last Lines00:12:42 - Epic Publishing Games from00:24:56 - Nintendo Mini Direct Announcements00:40:50 - Daytime Talk Show Advice00:49:30 - Animal Crossing’s …
 
The next gen specs have finally been revealed and it’s safe to say that there are a lot of monsters out there who are about to be eaten for breakfast.00:00:45 - Corrections00:02:56 - Best Last Lines00:11:35 - Final Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 Specs00:40:13 - Mark Cerny’s PS5 Presentation00:51:13 - Podcast Halftime00:54:08 - Passionate Next Gen …
 
Easy Allies Podcast #205 - 3/13/20E3 2020 may be canceled, but, BUT, Lego and Super Mario are teaming up to deliver all-new play experiences that only their brands could provide, so it’s not all bad news.00:00:36 - Corrections00:02:38 - Tough Bouncers00:06:28 - Lego Super Mario00:15:15 - E3 2020 Canceled00:41:54 - Podcast Halftime00:43:06 - Silent …
 
Riot has taken the veil off its competitive FPS and it really is Counter-Strike Overwatch.00:01:02 - Corrections00:07:19 - Tough Bouncers00:10:32 - Valorant Unveiled00:28:35 - Sony Santa Monica Head Leads New Stadia Studio00:43:21 - HBO Creating a Last of Us Series01:00:07 - Hey, What’s Going With That One Star Wars Game?01:08:25 - L&R: Will multip…
 
The Xbox Series X defines the next generation in five bullet points and EA went and secretly canceled another Star Wars game.00:01:04 - Corrections00:04:53 - Kyle’s Hot Fresh Hot Take Latte00:07:11 - Tough Bouncers00:09:54 - New Xbox Series X Details00:36:31 - Platinum’s 2nd and 3rd Announcements00:43:23 - Podcast Halftime00:49:45 - EA Canceled Ano…
 
Sony's skipping more events to avoid getting sick, and Animal Crossing's sending us to an island to get away from it all.00:00:53 - Corrections00:02:17 - Tough Bouncers00:06:14 - PlayStation 5 Cost Rumors00:19:05 - Sony Skips PAX East and GDC00:27:20 - Animal Crossing New Horizons Direct00:40:22 - NPDs for January00:54:55 - This Week in Austin Powe…
 
Disney asks game developers to go wild, and E3 loses one of its biggest advocates. Also, why did Activision Blizzard suddenly jump ship from GeForce Now?00:01:13 - Corrections00:02:17 - Tough Bouncers00:06:48 - Disney Courts Game Devs00:25:00 - GeForce Now Loses Blizzard Games00:36:52 - Podcast Halftime00:39:54 - Geoff Keighley Leaves E3 202000:57:…
 
Rod Fergusson leaves Gears for Diablo and Dan Houser just leaves. Also, Ubisoft and Activision make vague new game announcements to investors.00:01:16 - Corrections00:05:10 - Tough Bouncers00:08:21 - Dan Houser Leaves Rockstar00:18:42 - Rod Fergusson to Oversee Diablo00:27:38 - Activision’s Remastered and Reimagined Titles00:38:02 - Ubisoft’s 5 New…
 
Quarterly earnings reports from Nintendo, EA, and Microsoft prove that corporations speaking to investors can still be fun.00:00:40 - Corrections00:04:22 - Tough Bouncers00:08:50 - Alien Hominid Invasion00:12:17 - Nintendo’s Q3 Report00:28:38 - EA’s Q3 Report00:43:24 - Microsoft’s Q3 Report00:52:48 - Podcast Halftime00:53:24 - No New Switch Model i…
 
The NPD Group clearly ranks 2019’s games by monetary value, but the panel is forced to determine how much of an impact each title will really have.00:00:55 - Corrections00:02:22 - Tough Bouncers00:06:32 - Project Mara00:12:06 - Project Xehanort00:14:37 - Changes in Ubisoft’s Editorial Team00:27:21 - Dying Light 2 Delay00:29:14 - The Impact of 2019’…
 
In a week full of major delays, we luck into a juicy report of Horizon: Zero Dawn releasing on PC in 2020.00:00:39 - Corrections00:02:32 - Tough Bouncers00:05:45 - Horizon: Zero Dawn May Come to PC00:23:53 - Sony Skipping E3 Again00:46:33 - Big Delays for 2020’s Big Games01:00:35 - This Week in Joker News01:01:27 - L&R: Game: Underrated or Overrate…
 
We pat the Pokemon franchise on the back for learning to do DLC, then the Winter 2020 rundown commences.00:00:36 - Corrections00:03:31 - Tough Bouncers00:07:07 - Pokemon News00:21:13 - The Games of January00:33:12 - The Games of February00:53:14 - This Week in Joker News00:54:11 - The Games of March01:32:35 - L&R: Next Gen’s Dirty Little Secrets01:…
 
Kyle’s still home for the holidays, so the EZA Podcast travels to his parents’ house for a bumpy trip through their weird child’s gaming history.00:01:03 - First Nintendo Consoles00:08:55 - First PlayStation Games00:16:52 - PlayStation 200:24:57 - Pokémon00:26:42 - Gamecube00:33:22 - Wii00:36:11 - Watching E300:37:48 - PlayStation 300:40:41 - First…
 
This holiday week, we’re All Love & Respect, though obviously it goes very off track a few times, so Mostly Love & Respect, Some Regular Nonsensical Babbling.00:02:03 - Have you ever bailed on a game commitment?00:07:21 - Game - GameRankings’ Console Top 3s00:27:51 - When are Games like Burying GI Joes?00:38:05 - Game - Who Said That? - GameTrailer…
 
2019 gets all wrapped up with a strange new controller add-on for the DualShock 4 and a contentious Or Wars finale.00:01:07 - Corrections00:03:52 - Santa’s Video Games Advisory Board00:07:50 - Dualshock 4 Back Button Attachment00:18:27 - Catching up on Resident Evil 3 news00:34:18 - What’s Stuck Up Damiani’s Craw?00:42:05 - This Week in Joker News0…
 
After the Game Awards, we’ve learned the name and look of the new Xbox sooner than expected and there are almost too many new games to talk about.00:01:48 - Corrections00:04:19 - Santa’s Video Games Advisory Board00:07:52 - Xbox Series X Announcement00:22:37 - Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 200:26:14 - Godfall00:31:34 - Bravely Default II00:35:08 - More G…
 
As Microsoft’s next gen plans slowly become clearer, Kotaku revives the legend of Anaconda Lockhart.00:00:48 - Corrections00:04:56 - Santa’s Video Games Advisory Board00:07:41 - Microsoft Still Making Digital-Only Next-Gen Xbox00:31:53 - Resident Evil 3 Box Art Leaks00:47:56 - Podcast Halftime Update00:49:45 - This Week in Joker News00:52:50 - L&R:…
 
As Battleborn finally accepts the inevitability of its demise, we remain thankful for the video game products we pay for.00:00:49 - Corrections00:04:27 - Santa’s Video Games Advisory Board00:08:50 - Battleborn Shutting Down00:30:54 - How Thankful Should We Really Be for Games?00:42:30 - Podcast Halftime00:49:35 - This Week in Joker News00:50:03 - T…
 
Half-Life: Alyx, the long-rumored AAA VR prequel, has been announced and comes out March of 2020 and it all feels very real.CLICK HERE FOR TIME STAMPS AND LINKS!00:00:39 - Corrections00:08:50 - Santa’s Video Games Advisory Board00:15:17 - Half-Life: Alyx00:34:24 - Path of Exile 200:39:51 - Podcast Halftime00:42:17 - Resident Evil 3 Remake Rumored00…
 
Microsoft made some big announcements at X019 this year, and we think we have at least a pretty good grasp of what they are.00:00:52 - Corrections00:03:09 - Santa’s Video Games Advisory Board00:07:06 - X019 Announcements00:41:27 - Podcast Halftime00:45:02 - October 2019 NPDs00:52:33 - Kojima Wins Some Stupid Guinness Records00:55:26 - Stadia Launch…
 
Sony Worldwide Studios has a new head, and that means we get to celebrate Corporate Shakeups for another week!00:00:53 - Corrections00:02:56 - Hermen Hulst New Head of PlayStation Worldwide Studios00:23:54 - Blizzard’s Apology Attempt00:43:41 - Overwatch 2 Jabber00:49:11 - Diablo IV Jabber00:57:38 - Podcast Halftime01:00:29 - Viewer V’s Riot Facts0…
 
We’re looking into the Fine Financials and Decent Dosh behind PlayStation 4’s records, Nintendo’s new hits, and Modern Warfare’s significant success.00:02:56 - Corrections00:05:43 - Sony Financial News00:14:57 - Nintendo Financial News00:24:10 - EA Financial News00:38:39 - Modern Warfare Sales Records00:46:51 - Podcast Halftime00:50:19 - Death Stra…
 
Ubisoft is refreshingly upfront about how much Ghost Recon Breakpoint stinks and The Last of Us Part II is further away than we expected.00:02:35 - Corrections & Updates00:06:47 - Ubisoft’s Financial Disappointments and Delays00:35:38 - The Last of Us Part II Delayed00:50:03 - Podcast Halftime00:52:41 - L&R: Game - Is it Bigger than LoL?01:01:53 - …
 
Riot announces a bunch of new extremely popular games and Fortnite’s media dominance pleases Jones.00:00:44 - Corrections & Updates00:04:30 - Riot’s New Game Announcements00:49:08 - Fortnite Chapter 200:55:01 - Podcast Halftime00:58:39 - September NPDs and Dragon Quest’s Failure01:23:59 - L&R: Is no Witcher 3 better than Witcher 3 on Switch?01:31:1…
 
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