TSM Episode 591: An Appeal to Harmony

Akademician has already ransacked the island. There are no Pokemon left!
The Isle of Armor awaits!

Download Link: Released 2020.06.22

Akademician and SiliconNooB discuss Xenoblade Chronicles and Pokemon before reflecting on the PlayStation 5 news so far: the probable leak of its official price points, the overall enormous size of the console, and the likely loss of Sony’s top position.


  1. I don’t understand how so many people end up buying and playing enough of a game like The Last Of Us II just to then hate everything about it enough to give like 0/10, 1/10 scores. Don’t you look it up ahead of time; couldn’t you tell which way that wind was blowing? Then again, I’ve never been to Metacritic, and have only a vague idea of how it works.

  2. @Tanzenmatt: I expect quite a few people reviewing the game (positively and negatively) haven’t actually played it, although the usual reality–if people are to be believed–is that a huge number of people play games totally ignorant of the reviews and yet are also people who go online to leave negative reviews on aggregator sites and digital storefronts.

    I think that seems like a pretty weird use condition (‘I leave user reviews, but I never look at them before purchase’). But, at the same time, I also know that the average gamer doesn’t read review sites or keep up with gaming news, so maybe they do default to posting reactions to Metacritic if something really pisses them off. But they don’t read such sites before buying a game? Do they preorder games? What kind of person preorders games but doesn’t read gaming news? Etc.

    Who even knows anything about normal people? I sure don’t.

  3. I have to assume that all these people are going to GameStop and telling the clerk to sell them whatever’s on the poster outside. Maybe also possible that they read what’s on Metacritic before it’s opened to user reviews? I just find no appeal in aggregate reviews; you have to dig a little deeper than what’s the largest, most obviously placed source of information. How often is that actually helpful? Well then, to all those gamers out there who are starved for insightful and unbiased video game news and reviews, have I got a website and podcast for you.

  4. Tell your friends!
    Tell your enemies!
    Tell your enemies’ friends!
    Tell your friends’ enemies!
    Tell anyone!

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