Firmware Update 2.09: E3 2018 Conference Recaps - EA & Microsoft

June 19, 2018

In the latest episode of The Firmware Update, E3 2018 is squarely in Joe & Malcolm's rearview mirrors. In the first of a series of conference wrap-ups, they talk up what went down at EA and Microsoft's stage shows.

Talking Points: EA Play 2018; 2018 Xbox E3 Briefing.

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Firmware Update 2.08: E3 2018 Prediction Extravaganza

June 5, 2018

In the latest episode of The Firmware Update, Joe & Malcolm preview E3 2018 with their customary predictions for each of the major publishers' presentations. They'll either dazzle the internet with their wisdom that somehow manages to be both illuminating yet obvious when heard, or they'll just be wrong a bunch. We'll see soon enough!

Talking Points: EA; Bethesda; Microsoft; Square Enix; Ubisoft; Sony; Nintendo.

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Firmware Update 2.07: We’ve Updated Our Privacy Policy

May 27, 2018

In a long overdue episode of The Firmware Update, Joe & Malcolm have updated the podcast's privacy policy, a bee bit Malcolm's bottom and now his bottom's big, and Joe secretly nurses a hangover. Video games, too.

Talking Points: BEES, BEES EVERYWHERE; the PS4 has one foot in the grave; long live the PS4, actually; Sony's plans for E3 2018; a boy and his dad dominate the sales charts; Walmart Canada spoils a bunch of E3 reveals; Rage 2, a game no one asked for; Kingdom Hearts III might actually see the light of day; Shenmue III seemingly never will; Yakuza all day; Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 drops the campaign; Battlefield V returns to WWII; Boss Key Productions shuts its doors; the PS4 gets a pro level controller; Rainbow Skies bless the Vita.

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Firmware Update 2.06: The Dark Souls of Puzzle Games

March 30, 2018

In the latest episode of The Firmware Update, we learn that Malcolm truly can compare any game to Dark Souls. Meanwhile, Joe gushes about A Way Out, and both hosts completely forget about Dragon Quest.

Talking Points: 'Tis the season to get manic about wrestling; Monster Hunter World tops sales charts two months running; the Switch's historic success; PlayStation VR gets a price cut; getting weepy for Toys 'R' Us; the free games hittting PlayStation Plus for April 2018; God of War is on track to hit its dank release date; Yakuza Kiwami 2 gets a domestic release date; Gran Turismo Sport finally hits its stride; everything is Fortnite now; Red Faction Guerilla gets new life with a 4K remaster; Doom gets a major PS4 Pro update; No Man's Sky goes multiplatform; Dragon Quest XI hits PS4 this fall; Ubisoft fends off Vivendi.

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Firmware Update 2.05: The Doctor is In

March 17, 2018

In the latest episode of The Firmware Update, Joe & Malcolm are fresh off of Game of the Year and ready to tackle news again. There are plenty of new game announcements and release dates to go through, so get in here!

Talking Points: Avengers: Infinity War is gonna break some dang hearts; 2017 was an incredible year for the business of video games; Monster Hunter World is selling gangbusters; a new system update for PS4; Detroit: Become Human is out in May; Days Gone slips into 2019; Activision makes Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 official; even Drake is streaming Fortnite; Shadow of the Tomb Raider is coming this year; The Division 2 will make its debut at E3 2018; Sega excites with not one, not two, but three Sonic projects; finally, microtransactions are returning to Star Wars Battlefront II; SoulCalibur VI gets a bewitching guest character; Jeff Goldblum, national treasure.

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Firmware Update 2.04: Game of the Year 2017, Part 2

March 5, 2018

In the latest episode of The Firmware Update, Joe & Malcolm are once again joined by co-founding guest host Tyler Lee to finally, finally, name their 2017 Game of the Year. This was very hard! And yes, they all know it's March 2018.

Talking Points: Definitively naming our 2017 Game of the Year!

Follow along with the updated 2017 Game of the Year bracket!

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Firmware Update 2.03: Game of the Year 2017, Part 1

February 14, 2018

On this edition of The Firmware Update, it's finally time for our long-overdue 2017 Game of the Year tournament. Scheduling has been hectic, so we're splitting it into two episodes, the first of which covers all eight first-round matchups. In an incredibly loaded year for video games, what shakes out as the cream of the crop? Join Joe, Malcolm, and returning guest Tyler Lee to find out!

Talking Points: The first round of The Firmware Update's 2017 Game of the Year tournament!

Follow along with the final 2017 Game of the Year bracket!

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Firmware Update 2.02: The Road to Game of the Year 2017

January 24, 2018

On this edition of The Firmware Update, Joe & Malcolm are back after a long time away to discuss all the news from The Game Awards. And hey, founder and former co-host Tyler Lee helps to get the ball rolling on our own Game of the Year awards by hashing out the final seed for our upcoming tournament.

Talking Points: All the announcements, awards, and drunken rants that highlight The Game Awards; the best possible release date for God of War; the original Dark Souls gets a PS4 remaster; betas galore as we get a taste of Monster Hunter World, Dragon Ball FighterZ, and Dissidia Final Fantasy NT; David Cage is exactly who Joe thought he was; Yuji Naka joins Square Enix; Gravity Rush 2's servers evade a premature death; setting up the 16th entry for the 2017 Game of the Year tournament.

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Firmware Update 2.01: Life Before Death Stranding

December 7, 2017

On this edition of The Firmware Update, Joe & Malcolm are hours away from a busy weekend that features both The Game Awards and PlayStation Experience. With Hideo Kojima and his superpals all in the LA area, we've got a pretty good idea of what's going to feature prominently at both shows. Other stuff is happening too, though!

Talking Points: Microtransactions in Star Wars Battlefront II are gone, for now; the possible legislation surrounding lootboxes; a sad end for Marvel Heroes; the stars come out for The Game Awards; get excited, but not too excited, for PlayStation Experience; the Blue Bomber makes a welcome return; Valkyria Chronicles rises from the ashes; not the Portal game we wanted; October 2017 NPD results; Final Fantasy XV keeps on trucking with fresh updates; Deus Ex isn't dead, but it's not coming back anytime soon; scabs.

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Firmware Update 2.00: SIX BUUUUUUUUUUXXXZ

November 15, 2017

No one stopped us when they had the chance and now we're here: a giant-size 200th episode of The Firmware Update, guest starring founding co-host Tyler Lee. Our hubris and your negligence let this happen -- now let's talk about some video games!

Talking Points: Seriously, who let this happen?; the biggest news out of Paris Games Week; gearing up for PlayStation Experience; NPD results for September 2017; the sustainability of Xbox One X's early success; Star Wars Battlefront II is a damned mess; terrible men are finally getting what's coming to them; redeeming your PSN trophies for straight cash, homie; Sony's Black Friday deals; after shuttering Visceral, EA acquires Respawn; PlayStation VR delays; PSN's top sellers for October 2017; two different fighting games each add surprise characters; hip tossing an old man; nominees for The Game Awards 2017.

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