Charged Shot Gamescast Episode 43: Annoying Sonic Sounds

November 17, 2017

ESRB Requires Ratings on Physical Indie Releases

The new rule itself requires games to obtain an ESRB rating before being published on Sony platforms. Previously, only games seeking a retail release had to receive an ESRB rating.


While digital games can be rated for free through the board's short form process, any title seeking a physical launch is now required to go through the long form rating process before being cleared for release. That means devs are required to pay a fee and submit details about the content of the game both through an online questionnaire and a physical DVD capturing "all pertinent content" for ESRB review


Special Reserve Games has cancelled a planned physical release of Ruiner because it “tipped production costs”


The new mandate introduces a valued tier for under $1 million production budget for being rated digitally but physical copies will require $3000


SAG-AFTRA Voice Actors Strike Over

90% of those striking voted to accept the tentative agreement.


EA Acquires Respawn For $455 Million

Total is made from $151 million cash, $164 restricted long term stock, and possible bonus of $140 million


Patrick Soderlund EA executive vice president said that they have a good relationship and the acquisition will help with publishing. For example last year, TitanFall 2 and Battlefield 1 came out too close together. October 21st compared to 28th.


Sony Offers Real Currency For Playstation Trophies

Sony Rewards systems will let you cash in your trophies for money. This policy is US only for now.


100 Silver trophies – 100 points
25 Gold trophies –  250 points
10 Platinum trophies – 1,000 points


1,000 points breaks down to $10


TellTale Games Lays Off 25% of Staff

The reduction affects 90 employees


Maybe Xenoblade 2 News


Charged Up: Absolutely Anything Shag-along

November 15, 2017
This week Justin, Ben, and Justin's WIFE, Brooke (that'll take some getting used to), do a quick watchalong during a hectic week of the most recent movie from the Monty Python crew, which is also one of Robin Williams' last movies. It's not a perfect movie, but it's a fun one that not enough people watched, so feel free to join in and watch the movie with this commentary on! It might make some of the bad parts better, at least.
Justin - @Zero_Score
Ben - @MarvelousIggy
Brooke (she doesn't like Twitter)

Charged Up: Super Troopers Drink-along

November 7, 2017
This week Justin, Ben, and Thomas all get together in various states of coherence to watch Super Troopers...which seems appropriate given the contents of the movie. Enjoy the listen, and feel free to watch along with's a bit of a mess by the end!
Justin - @Zero_Score
Ben - @MarvelousIggy
Thomas - @CSGThomas

Charged Shot Gamescast Episode 40: Lootbait

October 27, 2017

This week Thomas creates a new term called lootbait, Justin is getting ready for life, Ben gushes over waifu warriors and Lo keeps playing Fortnite. Also, Nightmare Before Christmas is a Christmas movie

News Topics

UK Government Investigating Lootboxes

Thanks to a law in the UK the government is in need to respond to a petition on that has over 10K signatures.  


Activision Files Patent for Microtransaction-Minded Matchmaking

Described as "a system and method [...] that drives microtransactions in multiplayer video games," the patent outlines a system in which players are matched together in such a way that it encourages the purchase of in-game content


For example, this encourages matching good players or players with more weapons unlocked, with bad players to encourage bad players to spend extra to unlock certain items ahead of intention.  


Activision has reached out to IGN saying that they have filed this as an exploratory patent and has not been implemented in-game.


This patent could just be there for future use but it also stops other devs and publishers using this system. What ever happened to skill based matchmaking?


David Ballard Sexually Harassed Filed Complaint Then Fired After

David Ballard wrote out on Twitter participating in the #MeToo movement sharing his experience with sexual harassment.  


“In late 2015, I was sexually harassed at Naughty Dog by a lead,” Ballard wrote. “My work environment became extremely toxic afterward. In February 2016 I had a mental breakdown at work & Sony Playstation HR became involved. When I told them about the harassment they ended the call and fired me the next day. They cited the company was moving in a different direction and my job was no longer needed. They tried to silence me by offering $20,000 if I signed a letter agreeing to the termination as well as to not discuss it with anyone. I declined to sign. I have been unemployed for 17 months since.”


Naughty Dog and Sony sent out a joint statement wrote out a statement saying that harassment have no place within their company and do not have a record of the complaint.


Nintendo Switch Update

Latest update allows Switch users to transfer saved games and user account data from one Switch to another.


Nintendo Switch Video Capture

Can capture 30-seconds on Zelda Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS, Splatoon 2.


Pokemon Go Gen 3 Pokemon and Halloween Event


Detective Pikachu Movie News

Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds, Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson are rumoured to be among the top choices.


Humble Bundle Bought By IGN


IT (1990) Spook-along Part 1

October 24, 2017
This week Justin ditches Thomas and Ben while they watch a horrible clown movie...also known as the 1990 TV movie version of IT starring Tim Curry. 
I assume they had a great time...I refuse to listen to it to find out. - Justin
Ben - @MarvelousIggy
Thomas - @CSGThomas

Charged Shot Gamescast Episode 39: Lootbox Apocalypse

October 20, 2017

Fortnite BR mode passes 10 Million Players

  • 44 million hours played.
  • 3.7 million daily active users
  • 525,000 peak concurrent


Epic Games Sues Alleged Fornite Cheaters

Epic Games has made 2 individual civil complaints. They are being accused of  been accused of copyright infringement, contributory copyright infringement, breach of contract, and intentional interference with contractual relations. Epic Game’s complaint reads as follow: “The software that Defendant uses to cheat infringes Epic’s copyrights in the game and breaches the terms of the agreements to which Defendant agreed in order to have access to the game.”


EA Addresses Battlefront Loot Crates

Unlocking loot crates will yield Star Cards, Outfits, Emotes and Victory Poses. Star Cards are are items you can equip for a buff. EA is saying that the most powerful items won’t be in the crates and unlocked via achievements. Most of the cards and weapons will be accesses by playing and ranking up.


ESRB Does Not Consider Loot Boxes Gambling


Dungeonland Chroma Squad Launch Kickstarter for RPG Relic Hunters Legend


NISA Apologizes for Ys 8 Translation Promises to Apply Fixes in November

Ys 8 has been getting criticized for it’s awkward translations done by NISA for the first time. The usual translation team for the Ys games, XSEED was not hired on for Ys 8 translation. The Japanese press has been picking up stories on the “strange quality” of the localization. NIS America president Takura Yamashita has written an apology and assured that changes are coming soon. There will be a new translation with a new editor and patched in late November.


The Good Life FIG Fails

In a tweet SWERY reflects on the Fig campaign and shares more details on the crowdfunded project. He says he regretted not informing people on not sharing that the game will be developed by Yukio Futatsugi’s company (creator of Panzer Dragoon) and the art director for Rez Noboru Horita is on board too. SWERY says he will launch a Kickstarter for this and hopefully start it later this year.


Shovel Knight and Battletoads Team Up

The trio has been in the Xbox version for the last two years but now they are on PC.


Ninja Theory Donates Proceeds From Hellblade to Mental Health Charity Rethink

On October 10th Ninja Theory donated all proceeds from purchases of Hellblade to Rethink on World Mental Health Day.


God Eater 3 Trailers


WWE 2K18 Features KFC’s Colonel Sanders as a Playable Character


New Mario Trailer Has Him Possessing Real People

In this new trailer, we see Mario possess real people and animals mixing CGI Mario with real-life actors/broadway dancers.


Charged Up Ep. 23 - Porgs! (And some other stuff)

October 17, 2017

This week Justin and Ben are joined by Chris (@Metalblade427) to discuss what futuristic sci-fi movie world they'd most like to live in, proper panel etiquette at conventions, and what live TV streaming services are available for all the shows coming back this fall while this podcast is away for a few weeks. Also, the news gets commandeered by the adorableness that is Porgs from the new Star Wars trailer.

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Show Notes:

Justin - @Zero_Score

Ben - @Marvelousiggy

Chris - @Metalblade427