Exposure to Final Fantasy X leaves Caspius crippled with the Brown Rain, and a quieter, more studious podcast is the result, with a thorough examination of Nintendo's total domination of the Japanese video game market, following Sony's self-destruction.
As a new decade dawns, the staff members discuss the biggest failures in video gaming since the site launch in February 2009, with many suggested candidates for the worst gaming hardware system, game developer company, and individual video game.
Nintendo Switch eclipses the launch of PS5 and Series X, The Playstation brand is pretty much dead in Japan, and Microsoft attempted to buy Nintendo and Squaresoft in the news of the week!
Caspius and SiliconNooB engage in some long-form discussion on the topic of creative style in video games, before they review the latest updates from the site-wide playthroughs, report the news, and trudge miserably through a particularly large Plop.
With several stars already awarded in the autumn-winter playthrough-revisit, Imitanis and SiliconNooB join Caspius in discussing Square Enix's response to last week's podcast: more SaGa games coming to the Switch, and even some Xenogears news!
When Caspius sends his laptop in for repair, the podcast panel is forced to rely upon vintage hardware (with a commensurate loss in quality), but they are undeterred in presenting Capcom's forthcoming release schedule, PS5 launch figures, and more!
Caspius and SiliconNooB launch the new playthrough, discuss changing attitudes to video game narratives, and report on the latest half-witted decision by Sony: abandoning to Microsoft the Japanese market--the key to the entire video game industry!
Sony of California cancels third party Japanese developers, Sony of California cancels first party Japanese development, and Sony of California cancels Japanese customers (and Christmas) in the news of the week!
Caspius and SiliconNooB prepare for the Playthroughs Revisited feature by examining year-end sales data for Nintendo, and the totals are so impressively large, both in terms of hardware and software, that they leave no room for doubt: that's Numberwang!
PS5 launch day is cancelled, Square Enix quarterly profits are cancelled, and PSVR is cancelled in the news of the week!
With the end of the year approaching, the rush is on for developers to delay their incomplete games and abandon their unrealisable projects, with mentions this week for Bravely Default II, Cyberpunk 2077, Far Cry 6, Halo Infinite, Everwild, and Diablo IV.