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Episode 136: Activision Is Bleeding Players (News Show)

Call of Duty is in a slump, and Activision is waiting out the clock until the acquisition having reportedly canceled a long in-development mobile World of Warcraft game. Also: Earnings, GameStop’s terrible NFT marketplace, Square Enix’s bananas comments about its former Western teams, and more.

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Episode 135: Minecraft Tells NFT Twerps to Go ‘Block’ Themselves (News Show)

Minecraft is taking a hard line against those who would abuse the game with crypto and blockchain schemes. Also: Earnings season begins with Capcom, Microsoft, and Sony, ABK workers walkout again, Rockstar on the mend, and Meta jacks the price of the Quest 2 by $100.

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Bonus Episode 5: Equity and Underrepresentation in Game Development with Code Coven

We talk a lot about diversity, equity, and inclusion on this show. Manda sat down with Code Coven’s founder, Tara Mustapha, and marketing coordinator, Myleah Lofland, earlier this year to discuss how Code Coven is changing the industry for the better by helping to foster and develop the talent that will lead gaming to its…

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Episode 134: GameStop and Unity Want Those Payoffs for Layoffs (News Show)

GameStop and Unity are making ugly moves, drawing the ire of consumers and developers. Also: E3 returns as the ESA gives up on being an event organizer, a surprisingly meaty list of new investments, NPD for June 2022, another Activision studio moves to unionize, and a double FAFO!

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Episode 133: The Video Game Industry Celebrated Pride with a Bear Market (News Show)

The Video Game Industry Celebrated Pride with a Bear Market (News Show): The pandemic boon is quickly becoming a memory as inflation, rising prices, and a thin release slate put pressure on developers and publishers. Also: Activision workers list demands for workplace safety, the Communications Workers of America back Microsoft’s Activision acquisition, and Québec may be set to quash its local game scene.

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Episode 132: Slurping From The Game Firehose (News Show)

There was a lot to learn from the 2022 Keigh3 / Not-E3 / Game Mess showcases, and we’ve got beefy trend analysis for you! Also: NPD for May 2022, Microsoft takes more union-positive steps, EA and Ubisoft slash executive compensation, Activision shareholders do lots wrong (but one thing right), and a double FAFO!

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Episode 131: GameStop is Bleeding (News Show)

GameStop revenues are up, but other indicators are looking ugly. Also, Microsoft takes steps toward supporting unions, Xbox cloud gaming evolves, EA tries to repair Pride damage and more.  You can support Virtual Economy’s growth via our Ko-Fi and also purchase Virtual Economy merchandise! TIME STAMPS [00:00:29] – GameStop Earnings [00:06:35] – Investment Interlude [00:10:15]…

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Episode 130: A Soft Boiled Quarter (News Show)

This episode is a bit of all of your faves. We have some interesting earnings stuff to discuss (Embracer Group, EG7, Thunderful, and CD Projket), the labor report is getting saucy, and we get to talk about funding for indies!

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Episode 129: Jim Ryan’s Tone Deaf Meow Meow Storytime Hour (News Show)

There’s a right way to respond to a civil liberties crisis. PlayStation boss Jim Ryan went a different way. Also: NPD for April 2022, Raven workers vote to unionize as Activision Blizzard draws the NLRB’s ire, Sony discrimination lawsuit is back in play, developers revive anticompetition suit against Valve, Saudi Arabia takes a bite of Nintendo, and more.

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Bonus Episode 4: A Conversation About Preservation with Limited Run & Hit Save

As the video game industry matures, it’s important that we preserve our history to understand where we’ve been and where we’re going. In this conversation with two preservation-minded organizations, we welcome Josh Fairhurst and Joe Modzeleski from Limited Run Games, as well as Jonas Rosland, the Executive Director of video game preservation non-profit, Hit Save. The conversation covers the work both groups are doing in the name of preservation and the tools they are using to save our history.

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