The Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion discuss the recent releases of several high-profile Switch ports, what their success means for the system's future, and what might have been for the PlayStation Vita (0:57). Then they review the highlights and lowlights of the multiplayer modes and single-player campaign of Star Wars: Battlefront II and lament the game's heavy-handed use of microtransactions and loot boxes (6:15). Lastly, they bring on Battlefront writer Walt Williams to talk about the special thrills and unique challenges of creating characters and stories inside the Star Wars universe (26:45).
Loot Boxes Are Bad, but ‘Battlefront II’ Is Good
Ben and Jason discuss the new ‘Star Wars’ game and are later joined by its writer, Walt Williams, to discuss the thrills and challenges of writing for the popular franchise’s universe
Evel joins Johnny to discuss how he was blindsided by production when they cast both him and his daughter on the same season, his hate/hate relationship with Jen Johnson, how social media and the proliferation of reality television has altered the medium, and more
Plus, Ryen offers his thoughts on the speculation around Karl-Anthony Towns’s next contract, and how the Pistons exited the Deandre Ayton sweepstakes, and James Harden declining his player option to help the 76ers
Last week, F1 and ESPN reportedly agreed to a new rights deal that will pay F1 between $75 million and $90 million per year over the next three years. John Ourand of ‘Sports Business Journal’ joined ‘The Ringer F1 Show’ to explain the deal and why F1 chose it over other offers.