The Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion briefly discuss the latest trailer for The Last of Us Part II (1:00) then bring on Kotaku news editor and Blood, Sweat, and Pixels author Jason Schreier for a wide-ranging discussion about Super Mario Odyssey and Nintendo’s stellar 2017 (9:00); the fall of Visceral Games and the cancellation of another high-profile Star Wars game (27:00); the proliferation of loot boxes and microtransactions; whether loot boxes constitute gambling and the cyclical nature of the video game industry (41:25); and the crowded release calendar and South Park: The Fractured but Whole (54:00).
More ‘Mario,’ Visceral, Gambling on Loot Boxes, and ‘South Park’
Jason Schreier of Kotaku joins to discuss ‘Super Mario Odyssey’ and Nintendo’s stellar year
Plus, the 10-year anniversary of ‘The Watch’ with David Jacoby
Nathaniel Hackett is the new boss in Denver. Matt Eberflus is the guy in Chicago. And Byron Leftwich will take over in Jacksonville … maybe. The coaching carousel has begun to spin.
Sean and Amanda discuss Writers Guild and Producers Guild nominations
A Cavs Party, Brooklyn in Limbo, and Million-Dollar Playoff Picks With Brian Windhorst and Peter Schrager
Plus, checking in on the Ben Simmons situation in Philadelphia leading up to next month’s trade deadline
The New Yorker’s Jon Lee Anderson on Latin America, War Reporting, and ‘Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life’
The reporter joins Bryan to reflect on his career