Racial Diversity Gaming Hour 39: Constructive criticism; No parity for The Division

Posted in ps4, gaming, vita, ps3, video games, Racial Diversity Gaming Hour, xbox, nintendo, Wii by psu on October 30th, 2014

What's up, gamers? We're a little late this week due to our own scheduling issues, but better late than never! Don't worry. We'll be back to our regular schedule going forward. We recorded Saturday evening, so some information in this episode may be out of date.

This week, join me (Glenn Gordon), Ben Shillabeer-Hall, and Fraser Miller as we address some criticism from a longtime listener. We explain our positions on different points of contention, and would like to invite anyone who can further elaborate on this criticism or has other criticism to tweet us @TheRDGH or send us an email at podcast@psu.com. We want to be the best RDGH we can be! Just keep it constructive.
RDGH figured that Titanfall should not have been made exclusive to Xbox One. We also complained about the exclusivity of Rise of the Tomb Raider. Contrarily, we told Xbox One gamers to suck it up with regard to the exclusive content on Destiny. Sounds unfair to us said that way, but there's much more to that story.
We've also repeatedly called IGN out for certain unreliable content, yet continue to cite IGN as a source. What's up with that?
Then, of course, the burning question: Do RDGH's crew members like sunlight?
We don't want to leave things on a critical note, so Ben spills the details about a Final Fantasy event that occurred in London. Look for FF14 updates!
If you want an Xbox One, now is the time! There is a great deal going around that we discuss, as well as Xbox One's November update, which supports backgrounds. Also, Forza Horizon 2 has been very successful so far, driving Xbox One sales up.
Also, Ubisoft has confirmed that The Division, its upcoming first-person shooter, will run in full 1080p resolution on PlayStation 4, regardless of its maximum capability on Xbox One. Finally, Ubisoft!
Finally, the Evolve Alpha is this weekend, and everyone should get involved. It's free--all you have to do is get selected.
Our intro this week is I Want Candy by Bow Wow Wow. Buy this classic hit on iTunes and Amazon if you haven't already! For our ending this week, we're happy to bring you "The Sound of Speed," a remix of Green Hill Zone by OA and Scaredsim on Overclocked Remix. We used a part of the song a couple episodes ago, and loved it enough that we thought you should hear the whole thing. Enjoy it at the end of the episode, and head to OCremix.org to download it and many other great video game music remixes in full, for free. If you like The Sound of Speed, go to sos.ocremix.org to check out the full album of Sonic remixes by the same name.
All this and more comprises another great episode of RDGH! Tune in next week for episode 40, and don't be a racist.
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Racial Diversity Gaming Hour 38: Pachter was very wrong; September NPD results

RDGH 38 is live, and a lot of fun! Ben Shillabeer-Hall and Garri Bagdasarov join host Glenn Gordon for another great episode, and they're not alone!
We are just one weekend removed from the incredible finale to the League of Legends World Championship. No spoilers here just in case some of our listeners haven't yet seen it, but expect more on Worlds next week. Until then, now is a fantastic time to catch up on the battle between Samsung White and Star Horn Royal Club in Korea and find out who won the summoner's cup. Honestly, even if you already know who won, it's worth watching these great matches.
This week has been great on Twitter. You, our gamers, joined the RDGH crew to chat about the price of Project Morpheus, console resolution parity, the DRIVECLUB launch issues, and whether or not you would sacrifice free PlayStation Plus games for a stronger PSN. There were even some comments out favorite energy drinks! Thanks for tweeting and sharing with us! Join the party on Twitter @TheRDGH.
After a layoff spree in February of this year, things finally seem to be looking up at Sony Santa Monica, which has been hiring many new professionals. What could the studio behind God of War be up to?
There are also rumors about some of the things in store for Destiny. "The Dark Below," its first expansion pack, is expected for release in December, and there are some rather specific reports about new sub-classes and raids!
This past week has also been controversial because of one Michael Pachter, the video game industry analyst infamous for his predictions. He surprised gamers everywhere by announcing his prediction that Xbox One would outsell PlayStation 4 for September. Spoiler alert: he was completely wrong.
We know this because September's NPD results are in, and we're happy to walk you through them! There are some interesting surprises in them, especially the sales of Destiny for Xbox One versus those of the PS4. The crew discusses why gamers should take that particular bit of information with reservations.
This week, the intro music is "Warriors," a fantastic song by Imagine Dragons that has been League of Legends' theme for the World Championships. The members of Imagine Dragons are LoL fans themselves and they could not have written a more amazing song for such a spectacular event. Without question, gamers should pick this song up on iTunes as soon as possible.
Our ending music needs no introduction. "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-A-Lot. 'Nuff said. Buy it on iTunes or Amazon if you don't have it already (and you should).
All of this and much more comprises yet another great episode of RDGH. Tune in next week for episode 39! Until then, remember to treat all gaming platforms equally and with respect. Don't be a racist.
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PlayStation Unchained 57: DRIVECLUB’s 9.5 review score

Posted in PlayStation Universe, ps4, gaming, vita, ps3, video games by psu on October 13th, 2014

Unchained is back! This week, Mike Harradence's sultry tones host the show, and Dane Smith and Garri Bagdasarov join in. It has been an interesting week!

Grand Theft Auto V will take about 50 gigabytes of space on PS4, making it one of the biggest hard drive space hogs of the generation so far. What's responsible for the massive size of GTA V?
The VGA Awards are coming soon, and we have some ideas on what to expect! What do you think will happen at the Awards? Tweet us @PSUdotcom.

We also have a bit to say this week about the resolution and framerate parity issues between PS4 and Xbox One. Things have been getting intense between developers and gamers, and it will be interesting to see where things go as the generation continues.

We've got a lot of reviews to discuss this week as well, especially our review of DRIVECLUB. We gave it a 9.5 and gamers flipped out! The Unchained team has something to say about not only our DRIVECLUB review, but reviews in general.
Thanks for listening, and tune in next week for episode 58!
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Racial Diversity Gaming Hour 37: PS4 and Xbox One parity and 900p don’t matter

Posted in ps4, gaming, vita, ps3, video games, Racial Diversity Gaming Hour, xbox, nintendo, Wii by psu on October 13th, 2014

What's up, gamers? The most racially diverse gaming podcast on the Internet returns this week to shun discrimination against gaming consoles for the colors of their branding. There's lots to talk about, and host Glenn Gordon joins Dane Smith and Garri Bagdasarov with a packed and very interesting episode.

First off, a tweet from a regular listener sparks debate about the resolution issues between PS4 and Xbox One. Is 900p resolution really such a big deal? Glenn certainly thinks not.
PlayStation Network has been going down every now and then over the past few months with little explanation. We know Sony is discussing making an investment in PSN to make it stronger, but until then, what should gamers expect? Is it worth joining PlayStation Plus? What would gamers be willing to sacrifice (hypothetically, of course) for a stronger PSN?
Xbox has had an interesting week as well. It's the first eighth-generation console to get a native Plex app, the Sunset Overdrive bundle got a short-lived price drop on Amazon UK, and Microsoft may finally be ready to "rethink" the controversial ID@Xbox parity clause. The crew takes a look at the parity clause and the effect it has had on Xbox and PlayStation so far.
Speaking of parity, gamers became upset for awhile after learning (temporarily) that Dragon Age: Inquisition would run at a 900p resolution on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The response was alarmingly huge, and the crew thinks it really didn't need to be.
Then, of course, there's DRIVECLUB. It's a great racing game, but it has stirred a lot of unnecessary controversy in recent weeks, and with it having one of the worst launches in recent PlayStation history, it has little to defend itself with. Even so, we think DRIVECLUB is worth a gamer's chance. #BelieveinEvo
Our intro this week is from OverClocked Remix. It's a remix of the background music from Green Hill Zone in the original Sonic the Hedgehog, and it's called "The Sound of Speed." The remixers are OA and Scaredsim, and they did an amazing job. It's definitely worth a listen, and you can hear and download the full song and many more amazing gaming remixes in full, for free, at OCremix.org. The ending music, of course, is the famous theme from the movie "Rocky."
All of this and more comprises a great episode of RDGH. Remember to follow us on Twitter @TheRDGH, and give us your tweets and topics to read and discuss on the air. Enjoy the podcast, and don't be a racist.
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PlayStation Unchained 56: Which game deserves to be Game of the Year?

Posted in PlayStation Universe, ps4, gaming, vita, ps3, video games by psu on October 6th, 2014

PlayStation Unchained returns this week with host Ben Shillabeer-Hall (who apologizes for being rather quiet this week), Mike Harradence, and Dane Smith and a lot of interesting discussion topics. From Tomb Raider to Call of Duty to Janitor Simulator, we have plenty to discuss this week.

One topic is the Game of the Year award. Destiny and Watch Dogs were both very highly anticipated, but failed to hit the mark to match the mania. What game do you believe deserves to be game of the year for 2014?
Join us next week for episode 57!
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Racial Diversity Gaming Hour 36: PS4 parity vs. #PS4noparity

Posted in ps4, gaming, vita, ps3, video games, Racial Diversity Gaming Hour, xbox, nintendo, Wii by psu on October 6th, 2014

RDGH 36 is here! But do you know what's not here? The most racially diverse gaming crew on the Internet! Host Glenn Gordon takes the reins solo this week due to scheduling conflicts with the rest of the crew, but never fear: there's plenty interesting stuff to talk about, and we'd love for you to join the conversation on Twitter @TheRDGH.

Some people are upset at DRIVECLUB's new media quote trailer, where VG24/7 was quoted saying, "PS4's Forza Killer." Is DRIVECLUB really a Forza killer? Why is everyone mad at Evolution Studios and not VG24/7? All we know for sure is that DRIVECLUB is absolutely gorgeous.
PlayStation 4 has a huge new bundle coming out in Europe (sorry, North America). PlayStation Vita has a new update available now that (finally) enables themes, and we walk through the new PlayStation Plus freebies for October. Speaking of updates, Xbox One has a new one for October to add something seriously useful to one of its proudest features, Snap.
And speaking of Xbox One, Microsoft's flagship console launched in China--and people were lining up to get their hands on it. No, we're not kidding. What does this mean for Microsoft, and what does it mean for Sony? Microsoft has been doing well in the UK as well, passing PS4 sales thanks in part to FIFA 15. Microsoft is also working on something amazing that's based on its IllumiRoom research. It's called RoomAlive, and while it's not consumer friendly, it sure looks slick.

Ubisoft is tripping up this week, having announced that both PS4 and Xbox One will run Assassin's Creed: Unity at a 900p resolution with a frame rate of 30, not because both consoles are incapable of the full resolution, but because Ubisoft held one console back to "avoid all the debates and stuff." The gaming world is outraged... but should they be? Not only that, but upcoming open-world racer The Crew, also by Ubisoft, has been delayed--but only a couple weeks.

Our intro this week is "One," by Pmac. It's a cover of the famous song "One is the Loneliest Number," by Three Dog Night. Pmac is very talented, and you can get his album, First Impressions, for free on YouTube. Our ending is "Do You Wanna Date My Avatar," from an excellent gamer-based web show called "The Guild." If you have never watched The Guild, you are missing out big time. Put down the controller, pop some popcorn, and head to WatchTheGuild.com right now, because it's a great show, and it's completely free.

All this and more comprises a rather packed episode of RDGH. Follow us on Twitter, subscribe on iTunes (and wherever else you find us), enjoy, and don't be a racist.
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Racial Diversity Gaming Hour 35: Warning: Driveclub may blow your mind

Posted in ps4, gaming, vita, ps3, video games, Racial Diversity Gaming Hour, xbox, nintendo, Wii by psu on September 29th, 2014

What's up, gamers? We're back with episode 35 of RDGH, and the most racially diverse gaming crew on the Internet has lots to say about this past week! This time, Ben Shillabeer-Hall and Dane Smith join host Glenn Gordon to discuss some interesting gaming news.

Destiny's out, and now eyes are shifting to Driveclub--and boy, will they be happy. A new video shows just how gorgeous the game looks, and we just can't wait to get our hands on it. We can only hope the gameplay is half as good as the graphics. Just don't look at Project CARS immediately after looking at Driveclub, even though Project CARS just might satisfy some racer fans more than Driveclub.
Xbox still isn't over its so-called resolution problem, and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is the latest game to run at a slightly lower on Microsoft's machine than on Sony's. We'd love to reiterate that IT DOESN'T MATTER.
In addition, Far Cry 4 could have been set in a couple other nations with completely different stories. The time it takes to complete Final Fantasy XV has been revealed, and Insomniac reveals interesting information about Sunset Overdrive. Finally, Dane has a lot to say about the "gamer gate" controversy, and Ben has some great info straight from the Eurogamer Expo in London.

Our intro music this week is "Youtopia," by Armin van Buuren and Adam Young (a.k.a. Owl City). It's an incredible song that's available on iTunes, Amazon, and many other music stores right now with Armin's "Mirage" album. Buy it! The ending music is Hybrid Soundsystem's "Be Here Now" as played in Driveclub's E3 2013 trailer. We absolutely can't wait for Driveclub, and this song is one of the reasons why. Buy Driveclub on October 7, 8, or 10 depending on your region, and keep your eyes and ears peeled for the soundtrack to get your hands on this amazing song.
All of this and much more comprises a rather packed episode of RDGH. Follow us on Twitter @TheRDGH and subscribe on iTunes and anywhere else you can find us. Enjoy, game on, and don't be a racist.
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Unchained Special: How to (and NOT to) review a game

Posted in PlayStation Universe, ps4, gaming, vita, ps3, video games by psu on September 29th, 2014

Unchained takes a break from its usual episodes this week for another great special, and perhaps one of the most insightful podcast episodes PSU has released. PSU staff members Dane Smith, Glenn Gordon, Bryan King, and (eventually) Ernest Lin walk the world through their own processes, from start to finish for reviewing a video game. They disclose how games are scored, what reviewers look for, and the importance of reviewing games fairly. They even discuss how much Sony and/or Microsoft really pay reviewers for their reviews, in response to many Internet comments.

They also go into what's wrong with current Internet-based game reviews, and why certain sites (yes, they get specific) are less than trustworthy.
This is a must-listen for any gamer, and we hope you enjoy it. Tune in next week for episode 56 of PlayStation Unchained.
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Racial Diversity Gaming Hour 34: Final Fantasy XV is mantastic

Posted in ps4, gaming, vita, ps3, video games, Racial Diversity Gaming Hour, xbox, nintendo, Wii by psu on September 22nd, 2014

The most racially diverse gaming crew on the Internet is back with episode 34 of RDGH! Join Glenn Gordon, Ben Shillabeer-Hall, and Garri Bagdasarov this week as they discuss this very interesting past week in gaming.

Destiny was DDoSed for a little while by LizardSquad, the same group who attacked PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, and other online networks not long ago. Also, VGchartz has released some interesting sales figures for the big three consoles. What does it all mean?
Evolution has announced two Driveclub PS4 bundles for Europe (not for North America), and the crew thinks Evolution could have done better.
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were announced recently, along with an interesting claim from Apple that had some people declaring the end of consoles as we know it. The RDGH crew thinks that's a load of bull, and happily explains why.
Also, the world finally got another taste of Final Fantasy XV, and of course, it arrives with some form of controversy. The crew talks about the upcoming title and the controversy around it
This week's opening theme, "iPhone," is a parody of Maroon 5's "Payphone," which is available now on iTunes and other music stores. The parody is by YouTube's "RenderCrew." Hear the full song there, and subscribe to RenderCrew's channel for more great stuff! The ending theme is the famous chocobo fight song.

All this and more comprises the latest episode of RDGH. Follow us on Twitter @TheRDGH, and be sure to tweet us what you would like to hear us discuss or discuss with us on the air!
Enjoy, and don't be a racist.
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PlayStation Unchained 55: Destiny, Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, and Destiny

Posted in PlayStation Universe, ps4, gaming, vita, ps3, video games by psu on September 22nd, 2014

Unchained is back with episode 55 and former PSU podcaster Don Oliveira! Join him, Ben Shillabeer-Hall, and host Mike Harradence for great news and discussions about the past week in PlayStation gaming.

This week, we talk about Lizard Squad's DDoS attack against Destiny, as well as the game's sales, its less-than-stellar reviews, and how it has been affecting PS4 sales. We also discuss Final Fantasy Type 0 HD, which is going to come to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One soon!
Props as well to the PlayStation 4 and those who made it for taking the title of Asia's fastest-selling console, beating even the PlayStation 2.
Enjoy, and tune in next week for another great episode of PlayStation Unchained! Remember, for the greatest news in PlayStation gaming, stick with PSU.com.
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