Things get heated at the IJP HQ when Joseph takes the bait. Following on from a week of fluff news, this week Digital Homicide decide to go batshit insane when they attempt to subpoena Valve. The subpoena requested the identities of 100 Steam users who left negative reviews on their games. Attempting, and failing, to take an objective stance, Sid and Joseph discuss the ramifications, ethics and absurdity that comes from the developer of critical and technical flops such as Assault on Xarturz and Attrition Nuclear Domination.

We also discuss Ubisoft, and even they though they do get a bad wrap following 2014’s abysmal year, and their cringy writing and publicity stunts including the upcoming Watch_Dogs 2 and their attempts to appeal to the millennial mindset through the eyes of a balding Gen-Xer.

And then of course, there’s the controversy with Hello Games yet again. After finally admitting that No Man’s Sky was indeed a bait and switch, Joseph (out of spite) defends Hello Games and the current ordeal whereby they haven’t made any information public since launch. Has Sean Murray and the team quit and run, leaving gamers with a sub-par game? Why have they released updates and patches but not informed anyone what is actually in them in the patch notes as per the industry standard? It’s a heated discussion and Joseph gets passionate once again that perhaps we should give Hello Games a break from the dog-piling and consistent outrage on what can only be described as 2016’s most controversial title.

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Intro music: Super Mario 64 File Select (Hip-Hop Remix) (Prod. By Krys$hun)

 

Now that  The Game That Will Never Be Discussed Again has been left behind, Joseph and Sid turn their discussion to three major stories. Feauring shady people doing that shady shit no-one likes.

Our first shady people are another indie developer has decided to poison the well. Studio Wildcard have released Downloadable Content for their Early Access game ARK: Survival Evolved. A notoriously poorly optimised survival/crafting game that regularly tops the Steam charts. As a favourite amongst YouTubers and the Survival/Crafting community, Wildcard have received major backlash as they released the Scorched Earth DLC, an already controversial topic of debate, to users for a game that is very much unfinished.

The launch of Sony’s Playstation 4 Pro and Playstation 4 Slim has left many wondering why it even existed. Are the specifications of the device enough to compete truly against PC Gaming, as claimed? Or is this reactionary towards Microsoft’s new XBox One S and Project Scorpio? It’s biggest selling point is the ability to playback 4K video, however a major problem with the device is it’s lack of a 4K Blu-Ray player in favour of 4K streaming content instead. Also, what’s up with the design?

In other news, patent troll British Telecom have decided to sue Valve for infringing on four of it’s vaguest patents in order to cash in on Steam’s success as a platform. Does BT have a horse in this race and why would they try to pick on Valve instead of significantly bigger platforms like Twitch, iTunes, Spotify, Facebook or even Virgin Media for that matter?

You may also like our nostalgia with the design changes over classic consoles. Good times.