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Plugged-In Episode 2: Executive Editor Paul Lopez

In the long-awaited return of VGCultureHQ's podcast Plugged-In, Morgan and Paul discuss the latest gaming news surrounding the Switch OLED, Nintendo's first and second half of 2021, their favorite games thus far from the year, and their most anticipated titles leading up to later in 2021.

They also discuss at length Skyward Sword HD, with Morgan from the perspective of a veteran, hardcore Skyward Sword fanatic, and Paul as a newcomer to the game.

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Hex Phantom - Review | HexGaming's Anti-Drift Controller

The Hex Phantom is a modified PlayStation 5 controller, created by HexGaming, with several advanced features.

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Nook1d 19h ago

As a note, this is topical because it's currently on Kickstarter for funding.

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NVIDIA's Generative AI-Powered Modding Tool Is A Gamechanger For The Industry

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Xbox's Matt Booty implies Tango Gameworks closure was partly due to leadership change

Eurogamer: "Xbox's Matt Booty has spoken more on the closure of Tango Gameworks earlier this year."

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The Wood8h ago(Edited 8h ago)

I call BS on this. All metrics were met apparently or was that another lie. There's something deeper happening within xbox's management

GamerRN55m ago

You have an inside scoop? Well don't hold back, share with us your knowledge!

Cacabunga7h ago

It’s xbox DNA to lie and U-turns

GamerRN54m ago

I love fanboy analytics too...

Thank God Sony has never lied to us! /s

Cacabunga48m ago

There is a difference between lying all the time and saying fake shit and anyone else

DarXyde6h ago

I don't know that he's lying. The heads at Xbox tend to be forthcoming in painfully indirect ways.

The article notes the exit of Shinji Mikami which I also believe was a factor, but Arkane is a different situation.

Perhaps the issue with everyone's assessment is that, because they closed around the same time, everyone assumes the reasons are the same.

Occam's razor here: Tango lost its value to Microsoft with Mikami out and Arkane just dropped the ball spectacularly.

All being said, Booty is clearly lying about one thing: the notion that anything mentioned in this interview was done "out of respect for the staff" is a bold faced lie. They closed the studio while the staff were on vacation in Japan.

Miss me with that, Booty.

Cacabunga3h ago

You said "I don't know that he's lying."

And later you said:

"All being said, Booty is clearly lying "

Are you ok?

DarXyde1h ago(Edited 1h ago)

Spare me the pedantry.

I'm very clearly talking about two different things:

When it comes to telling you about the future or actions taken broadly, they're indirect, but technically not lies. The go-to example is Rise of the Tomb Raider "coming exclusively to Xbox One in 2014." That wasn't a lie, but if you don't read between the lines, you'll think that's a lie. More recently, they tout new Xbox "hardware" which is incredibly ambiguous. It's sketchy, and intentionally vague, but calling it a lie is a bit too heavy handed. In reality, they say things in a way to get you to draw incorrect conclusions and they can blame you for misinterpreting.

I'm saying I don't know how much of what Booty is saying is truthful, intentionally vague, etc.

But on the very specific issue I cite (i.e., wanting to be respectful of staff), he's being dishonest—and it is very clearly a footnote to the broader point being made.

I shouldn't have to explain that in such explicit detail, but clear enough?

LoveSpuds1h ago(Edited 1h ago)

I recall seeing interviews where Shinji Mikami said he had no involvement in the development of HiFi Rush, it was a European guy who directed the game I believe.

So even if its true that Shinji leaving was a loss, closing the studio still doesn't pass the sniff test to me. They shut a great studio who had just put out Xbox' best game in years which had no input from Mikami.

MS can't help but lie, they always have, scummy company.

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MrDead7h ago

The gaming media better get on board with these sort of articles as MS buying up the industry means you guys won't get review copies or exclusive news unless you push the MS narrative.

The MS narrative "it's everyone else's fault."

1Victor7h ago

WARNING ⚠️ SARCASM AHEAD WARNING ⚠️ sure they have an awful management with sexual harassment and embezzlement of funds so let’s close the studio we just purchased and leave games in the table. END OF SARCASM
( insert here a comic strip of guy thrown out of window for suggesting firing the management )

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