121 - Red Dead Redemption 2 & Realism in Gaming

It’s time to talk about fame, fortune, and survival in the Old West this week, as the Rocket Punch crew sits down to talk about the hotly-anticipated Red Dead Redemption 2! Cameron has had some face-time with the game, and discusses his impressions with Will on how he feels with the game so far, but this also opens up an interesting discussion: Do games need to be more realistic to be enjoyable?

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120 - Crunch in the Gaming Industry & Project Stream Impressions

This week on the Rocket Punch Cast is all about "Crunch"! Cameron and Will sit down to discuss the recent events from Rockstar and Red Dead Redemption 2 involving comments about their work practices, and take a hard look at some of the overtime work practices in the gaming industry. With game developers working so hard, lots of the time too hard, to get us the games that we desire, can there be ways to alleviate the burdens of crunch for them? How does crunch trickle down and affect consumes and shareholders? Is there a solution for all of this?

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119 - The Future of Xbox & PlayStation ID Name Changes

This week on the Rocket Punch Cast, the crew ponder a thought: Is Microsoft and the power of X(box) is gonna give it to us in the next generation of consoles? Cameron and Will discuss the latest moves from Microsoft, including the announcement of the xCloud platform and rumors that they are purchasing Obsidian Entertainment, as well as their current service offering like Game Pass and backwards compatibility, and talk about whether they will have what it takes to rise to the top of the console heap when next-gen rolls around.

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118 - Harry Potter Video Game Leaks & Assassin's Creed Odyssey Impressions

This week on the Rocket Punch Cast, the crew do their best to pronounce "Leviosa" as they talk about the the big leak around a new action-based Harry Potter game. With the leak, Will and Cameron discuss what they think of the rumors and footage shown, and also try to figure out what they want to see from this game. Could there be some mini-games used as classes? How about a simple, yet robust spell system? What about having a Quidditch mode in there? The crew discuss their thoughts on this and more!

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117 - Telltale's Impact on Gaming & The PlayStation Classic

The latest game developer to announce their closure is Telltale Games, and the Rocket Punch crew is here to discuss! In this episode, jam packed with lots of gaming news, the crew talk about Telltale Games in the wake of their announcement, and what mark their games have left on the landscape. Will their studio closure mean the end of the adventure game revival as of late? Will other companies learn from how the studio closed, and work to provide a better exit strategy for developers and their families?

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116 - Nintendo Direct Reactions and Nintendo's Identity Crisis

This week, we check in on Nintendo and see how they are doing! First up, we do a quick run through of the latest Nintendo Direct, and talk about what games caught our eye, and what failed to impress. Then, we deep dive into the company and discuss some of their recent decisions with cloud save, services, and more, and ask ourselves why Nintendo seems to be hit-or-miss with some of their decisions on their consoles.

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115 - Marvel's Spider-Man Review

It's time! With the arrival (finally) of Spider-Man for PlayStation 4, it's time for the Rocket Punch crew to give their final verdict on the game. This week, join Cameron, Will, and special guest from the community, Stephen, as they discuss the webslinger's latest outing and decide whether it is worth picking up or passing up altogether.

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114 - The Art of the Teaser

PuddleGate is here! But is it something we REALLY need to be mad about? This week, The Rocket Punch crew chat about the latest allegations on games being "downgraded" from previous trailers at game shows, and talk about how developers go from creating teaser trailers to the final product.

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113 - The Future of Gaming Tech

Need an upgrade? This week, with the announcement and details of the upcoming RTX line of graphics cards from NVIDIA and new ray tracing tech, the Rocket Punch crew chat about haw the tech behind gaming is changing, and take guesses at where it is headed for in the future. What will be the gold standard for gaming tech in the future? Will consoles ever catch up to PCs in terms of specs? Should you buy a RTX 2080 card right now?

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112 - Journalistic Integrity

Extra, Extra, read all about it! This week on the Rocket Punch Cast, the crew talk about the recent plagiarism issues with IGN and their editors, and talk about how gaming journalism is operating today after this event. Could these actions help to legitimize gaming journalism to the world? Along with this, will this help content creators push traditional games journalists out of the picture? All this and more are talked about in this episode!

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111 - Culture SMASH

The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct has come and gone, and the Rocket Punch crew are curious as to what this means now and in the future for the popular fighting game from Nintendo! This week, the crew talk about the culture surrounding Smash, and how different it is from other games in its genre.

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Creator Spotlight #15 - PLATFORMS

Cafes are usually a norm around the United States and the world nowadays. We always imagine them as hotspots for social activity, where one can go in with their laptop computer, grab a fresh cappuccino, and relax while working or talking with others around the cafe. But what does a "Gamers' Cafe" look like? That's what the Rocket Punch crew went to find out in this edition of Creator Spotlight!

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110 - A Chat About Mental Health

This week on the Rocket Punch Cast, the crew sit and have some tough talk about a difficult topic. Checking the latest news about the fake Fortnite article from a UK tabloid reported by Eurogamer, Cameron and Chris do their best to talk a bit about mental health in the gaming space. From how games have discussed this topic, to how media and other outlets talk about it in regards to gaming, the crew tread as best as they can through this challenging, but necessary conversation.

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109 - The Scarlett Letter

Some rumors are starting to creep out about the next generation of consoles, but is it what the people want? This week, the Rocket Punch crew check out the latest rumors for Xbox's next-gen console(s), codenamed "Scarlett", and talk about what a potentially cloud-streaming only ocnsole could do for the industry, and talk about whether or not people will want it.

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108 - Second Chances

You tend to get a lot of second chances in life, but what about in game development? This week on the Rocket Punch Cast, the crew sit and talk about the upcoming release of No Man's Sky NEXT, and discuss why it feels so challenging for game creators to earn a second chance with their games when mistakes are made.

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107 - Curating Games & Our Gaming Confessions

This week on the Rocket Punch Cast, the crew check out the recent news of Nintendo's plan for indie games on the Switch, and discuss the state of game curation in 2018. Why does it feel as though gaming curation hasn't gotten better, even with Steam and console marketplaces getting more and more titles everyday?

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106 - Our Favorite Summer Games

The sun is out this week on the Rocket Punch Cast, but the crew just want to stay inside and talk games! This week, Cam, Will, and Chris chat about their favorite video games they have played over the years during the sweltering summer months. What games made it hard for them to go out and play or swim during their breaks between school and snow?

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Creator Spotlight #14 - FLOAT

The great thing about art is that it is extremely expressive; there are so many varieties and differences out there in the world that you'll never see the same piece twice. Plus, you can also look at art and see the motivations, experiences, and influences the artist applied to their work, which deepens their pieces. So, when we came across the work from Peter Lucker (pronounced "l-oo-ker"), aka FLOAT, in Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment Building in Huntsville, AL, we just couldn't pass on the chance to have him in to the studio to talk to us on the podcast!

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