Episode 168 – What’s Your Favorite Surprise Mechanic?

This week, we give one final look back at E3 after we’ve had time to sleep and process everything we saw and experienced in the six days we spent covering it in Los Angeles. Also, we spend some time comparing the somewhat negative tone to some of the gaming commentary during E3 versus our own experience from actually being there.

But now that E3 is over, the star of the week is Electronic Arts. In a hearing in the UK Parliament, an EA representative stated that loot boxes are not loot boxes; instead, they are surprise mechanics that players love to experience. We discuss the latest way that EA has proven to be completely tone deaf, and their utter refusal to acknowledge what gamers want.

Finally, we briefly touch on the rumors that the PlayStation 5 will be more powerful that the Scarlett from Xbox. Are the rumors true? If they are, do we care? Should gamers care, and at what point?

We have many giveaways this week (7 in total!) including our E3 Grand Prize giveaway! Listen to the end to hear if your name is called!

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