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Welcome back to Friends Per Second! This week Jake is away (in Iceland?!?) and as a replacement/upgrade we have the awesome Gene Park of The Washington Post. He joins us as we react to Jim Ryan's very public calling out of Phil Spencer over the Activision Blizzard deal, we ask 'is time up for 343i' and we go where no podcast has ever gone before: we argue about The Last of Us Part 1's $70 price tag.
Our other special guest for the week is Graeme Struthers. He was one of the founders of Devolver Digital and he tells us how he and his colleagues built the most successful indie label on the planet, from Hotline Miami to Fall Guys and beyond.
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00:00:00 - Intro
00:09:06 - Phil Spencer, Jim Ryan, and Call of Duty
00:26:28 - The Last of Us Part I discourse
00:52:15 - Halo Infinite cancels couch co-op
01:17:34 - Devolver Digital interview with Graeme Struthers
02:23:06 - New Releases
02:26:22 - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection and Shredder’s Revenge
02:29:56 - Tinykin
02:37:57 - Temtem
02:40:18 - Steelrising
02:41:38 - Splatoon 3
02:46:30 - Xenoblade Chronicles
02:49:05 - Jirard’s PAX West experience
02:53:17 - Listener questions
02:59:30 - Game anniversaries
03:01:58 - Outro
Let's meet our hosts:
- Jake Baldino (aka the Before You Buy Guy) is pretty much the most watched reviewer on YouTube across both Gameranx and his personal channel (https://www.youtube.com/c/JakeBaldino). If you're obsessed with Delorians, The Mummy and Pizza you can discuss that stuff with him directly over on Twitter: @JakeBaldino
- Lucy James is a Senior Producer at Gamespot and a Creative Producer at Giant Bomb. She's actually, like, experienced and credentialed and has real life skills and stuff, while the rest of the gang would be funemployed if the YT algorithm didn't kiss them for random, inexplicable reasons. Oh, and she streams, too: https://www.twitch.tv/lucyjamesgames
- Jirard (aka The Completionist: https://www.youtube.com/c/ThatOneVideoGamer) has been doing YouTube since before Noah wore short pants. Over the course of more than a decade, Jirard has completed HUNDREDS of games to bring you the quality of review that almost no other reviewer dare bring you, getting the 100% completion trophy for every title before putting pen to paper. Jirard has a let's play channel (https://www.youtube.com/c/superbeardbros). He's a host on the newly re-launched X-Play (https://www.youtube.com/c/xplay) and in his spare time he fires off the occasional hot-take over on Twitter: @TheCompletionist
- Skill Up used to work at McDonalds but he got fired for skimming too many chicken nuggets. He says he regrets it since he's never had a better job since.
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