This Week’s Podcast: The Meaning of E3

The biggest forward facing video game show in the US has run its course. E3 happened several weeks ago, giving us a little time to reflect on the games and hardware on parade at the annual video game industry show. What does the Xbox One X announcement really reveal about Microsoft’s intent and its strategies? Now that all the hype and tears have run its course, we take a look back in a little more serious vein. Why do all AAA games show stuff blowing up? Where are all the cool indie titles? We ponder these questions on this week’s Improbabls Insights Podast, and more, including which games interest us the most and which ones left us cold.

Tools and Fun

I’ve finally discovered Legends of Korra, the animated steampunk / anime series which ran on Nickelodeon several years back. Don’t let the Nickelodeon heritage fool you, Legends of Korra is well-written with competent voice acting.

I’ve also started reading Neal Stephenson’s The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. Co-authored with Nicole Galland, it’s short by Stephenson standards at a “mere” 768 pages, and deals with the intersection of magic and science. I’ve also been playing more of the XCOM 2 Long War 2 mod, and finally have a grasp of the overall strategy. It’s a tough mod, but about as rewarding a gaming experience as I’ve seen.

Eric’s been playing Space Pirate Trainer in VR and has been enjoying it. On the tools side, he picked up the Trond Charger David recommended. And he faces a momentous decision: Mad Men or Sense8?

David found a very cool gizmo, the Four Sevens Flex Charger. This cool device looks like a USB charging cable and includes magnetic ends which attach to the poles of rechargeable batteries. Now you have no excuse to avoid rechargeable batteries. He’s also wrapped up season 1 of Into the Badlands and likes it enough that he’s now four episodes into the longer season 2. And yep, he’s still playing Ghost Recon Wildlands.

Ron has been playing a lot of indie games, with his current game of choice being the Rogue Lite Dead Cells. He’s also been playing more Stellaris in co-op mode plus Everspace. And he highly recommends the PBS YouTube series, particularly the deep space science and mythology channels.

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