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Chattycast 91: The Expanded Universe

By Steve Watts, Apr 28, 2016 12:00pm PDT

The crew talks about extending a game's lifespan with expansions, and why we don't see more of it in modern day despite the advent of digital distribution. 


"the amazing thing here is that Steve is talking about something other than Hearthstone!"

- Degenerate see all 4 comments

Chattycast Episode 90: The Slippiest Toad

By Steve Watts, Apr 21, 2016 2:00pm PDT

The Chattycast talks about Star Fox and whether a modern shoot-em-up is still relevant today. 


Chattycast 89: Thanks, Hollyweird

By Steve Watts, Apr 07, 2016 10:00am PDT

We hobknob with La-La Land as they invade our personal space.


"Wow, I can't believe Burt Reynolds stopped by the Chattycast. You guys missed out!"

- the man with the briefcase see all 4 comments

Say Hello to Our Three New Writers

By Steve Watts, Apr 01, 2016 11:00am PDT

A trio of talented writers join the Shacknews editorial team starting today.


"I don't think she's doing a good job because I have yet to get my paycheck yet asif "

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Chattycast 88: Lawnmower Guys

By Steve Watts, Mar 31, 2016 10:00am PDT

Now that virtual reality is upon us, what can we expect next? 


Chattycast 87: No Half-Measures

By Steve Watts, Mar 23, 2016 9:30am PDT

With Xbox One and PlayStation 4 apparently at least considering revisions, we talk about the dangers of splitting a userbase.


Chattycast 86: Hell is Other People

By Steve Watts, Mar 11, 2016 10:30am PST

The Division blurs the line between single- and multiplayer, so we look into our crystal balls about where such distinctions might be going.


"I will be joining the Dos Beardos this week to shave off their beards because they haven't ..."

- the man with the briefcase see all 2 comments

Chattycast 85: But She's Got a New Hat!

By Steve Watts, Mar 03, 2016 12:00pm PST

The Chattycast crew tackles the problem of iteration versus innovation. 


Chattycast 84: Falling Into Place

By Steve Watts, Feb 25, 2016 12:00pm PST

The Chattycast talks about unusual and unique settings in video games. 


"I know, I just want them to turn The Story of Ricky into a game."

- the man with the briefcase see all 10 comments

Chattycast 82: Press X to XOXO

By Steve Watts, Feb 12, 2016 12:00pm PST

In honor of the lovingest time of the year, the Chattycast talks about how romance and relationships are portrayed in games. 


"This title makes me miss Sam, even though I never really spoke with her."

- Igthuse see all 6 comments

Chattycast 81: Old Guard, New Blood

By Steve Watts, Feb 04, 2016 11:30am PST

Inspired by the announcement of Hearthstone's new format, we talk about how legacy games attract new players. Or we just talk about Hearthstone.


Chattycast 80: Villain, Us

By Steve Watts, Jan 28, 2016 12:00pm PST

The Chattycast crew takes a sinister turn as we discuss how video games craft a compelling villain, and some of our most memorable badguys. 


Chattycast 79: Let's Role-Play

By Steve Watts, Jan 21, 2016 12:30pm PST

The crew discusses the current state of traditional RPGs and their popularity during the slower, non-blockbuster months. Come watch!


"Trails in the Sky is definitely on my to-do list. Maybe I'll give it a spin tonight."

- Daniel_Perez see all 4 comments

Chattycast 78: State of the Virtual Union

By Steve Watts, Jan 14, 2016 12:00pm PST

We welcome Shacknews CEO and VR enthusiast Asif Khan to check in with virtual reality in light of CES 2016.


"There are so many options, how do we try them all before committing to one VR device?"

- radula see all 8 comments

Chattycast 77: My New Year's Resolution is 1080p

By Steve Watts, Jan 07, 2016 12:00pm PST

The first Chattycast of the year kicks off with the gang making New Year's Resolutions for the games industry. What do we want changed by the time we hit 2017?