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Fantasy Draft 2019 Winner and 2020 Draft Picks! -Easy Update Ep 200!
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https://youtu.be/96nVIeGSyto

Hello!

Here it is! The long awaited results of the 2019 Easy Allies' Smartest Person Contest! And the draft for the 2020 contest! If you don't know what I'm talking about don't worry, it's a video game draft using fantasycritic.games!

Also this is (I'm pretty sure) episode 200 of Easy Update! Thank you all for your support and everything with this wacky old show these past (nearly) four years! It's been one wild ride so far and we're not slowing down now (because the brakes fell off somewhere around episode 50 I think!) Anyways, love and respect unto all of you! Here's to hundreds more! (What a daunting and exciting thought!)

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User #2637332 - 19 Jan 20 08:58
Soooo how do we join one of the EA fan leagues?
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User #4961906 - 19 Jan 20 13:21
there was a post on the subreddit (r/uneasyallience), you may try there
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User #9633281 - 19 Jan 20 12:25
I love this videos. Please do more updates on the league!
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User #2391207 - 19 Jan 20 08:16
Every episode of Easy Update is such a treat, never know what I'm gonna get. Congrats on the 200th episode! Love you Ian, you're doing a great job ♥ L&R!
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User #2549051 - 19 Jan 20 14:24
Not sure how to join but I created one ready for players to join, 10 in total I think. Link here https://www.fantasycritic.games/league/de1bfb52-9bd7-41e7-8d72-7735e937feca/2020?inviteCode=f203b658-610f-4f88-bdc0-92cea0aa532c
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User #3046060 - 19 Jan 20 15:36
This is one of those videos you know is going to be great before you even start it
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User #3046381 - 19 Jan 20 06:17
Hyped for episode 200! Ian is that the MSI prestige 15? How do you like it?
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User #13690213 - 19 Jan 20 06:07
Congrats on episode 200, Ian! Every Saturday, I always look forward to not knowing what I'm looking forward to. Fun episode as usual. Made me wish I knew people who actually followed games.
Bloodworth Snubbed Uncharted 4 - Huber's Prison of Love
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Bloodworth is sentenced for swaying the team away from Uncharted 4 as the 2016 Game of the Year.

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User #9514730 - 17 Jan 20 06:22
The problem with Uncharted 4 is Sam. Sam sucks. The Uncharted series is about Nathan, Elena, and Sully, primarily. That should have been the focus of the story. Unfortunately, Elena is relegated to the sidelines while...soap opera style, Drake's heretofore unknown long-lost brother shows up out of nowhere and we're supposed to care about him. Just...no.
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User #3046807 - 17 Jan 20 13:37
Sam should have been the villain.
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User #2800068 - 16 Jan 20 11:41
Doesn't even have the courtesy of shutting the door on the way out. Haha loved this ep.
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User #3047488 - 15 Jan 20 18:23
Easily my favorite episode yet. Huber as interrogator in these situations works out well, it prompted a really good discussion.
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User #5804310 - 16 Jan 20 20:03
We needed this kind of turn for the series. Loved it.
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User #26011610 - 15 Jan 20 21:29
Only Ben and possibly Don to go now!
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User #4372392 - 15 Jan 20 23:30
I'd love to see Huber expand this with external guests. Doing some jolly interviews while playing a game they don't know or like. Also, before that happens: bring Elyse in!
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User #26011610 - 15 Jan 20 23:32
I'd love to see each of the Allies imprison Huber with games Huber hates.
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User #3048207 - 16 Jan 20 14:54
That ending. Cold Blooded never died
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User #13684281 - 16 Jan 20 01:21
I like the direction of the show when you are trying to make the other allies look at stuff they may have snubbed or not given time to a little bit more, just because I think it fits the overall premise of the show better. This is a really good start. I would like to see a return to the “Ian doesn’t like linear narrative games” episode. Although, I think a movie game was a bit ancillary to that point, I think a more fitting game might have been Judgement or anything in the Yakuza series, because it’s a great example of a linear almost movie style narrative done exceptionally well.
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User #10983413 - 16 Jan 20 12:28
Love it Huber, keep at it!
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User #3045394 - 15 Jan 20 19:20
I'd love to have an episode where Huber has to play the Last Guardian...! I think Uncharted 4 is underrated and I love it, but think that TLG is even more underrated, and am a little sad that Huber didn't like it! Anyway, great show, I really enjoyed it :)
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User #5234255 - 15 Jan 20 18:01
Yeees, been waiting for a Blood ep of Prison of Love! Can't wait to watch this. Big S/O to Huber for one of the best EasyAllies shows yet!
Trailer Jones - Resident Evil 3 Nemesis Trailer
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2020-01-15T06:15:19+00:00
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Grabbing Huber to talk about Resident Evil isn't rocket science, but with our crazy pre-GOTY schedules I'm honored that he was able to risk spoilers, watch this trailer, and take the time to chat with me about it. Even though it's called the "Nemesis Trailer" it gives us a small taste of just about everything this game will over. But what the heck do we know? It's all speculation until April.

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXx0IibB9BA

- Brandon

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User #20473825 - 15 Jan 20 16:15
I just realized how badly I want a mystery science theater style of show from Easy allies! Not a static image like this, but that's certainly what made me think of it. Obviously I don't have the first clue what would go into making something like that but I know you guys would nail it. L&R
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User #3063535 - 16 Jan 20 17:32
Dude I am in tears of how terrifying this game looks! I had a hard time with the og, but this is another level. Those hunters man... I don't know how to take em.
2019 Awards Scheduling 2020-01-14T20:18:54+00:00

Mark your calendars. The 2019 Easy Allies Awards are happening in 2 weeks, on Tuesday, January 28th. We'll have deliberations and the final awards available to watch during the day, then do our personal picks live on group stream.

We'll be recording our deliberations next Tuesday, so be aware that there won't be a group stream on the 21st, but this was the best time to work it into the overall schedule. Then we'll take the next few days to write up and produce the videos, including putting some visual markers on-screen during the deliberations so it's easy to keep up with while you watch. The timing for when we post the deliberations will be somewhat dependent on how long we end up talking, but keep an eye on easyallies.com later next week for updates in your local times.

In the meantime, our 2020 Predictions are on for tonight, so see you at 6:00 PM PT.
-Bloodworth

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User #16527245 - 14 Jan 20 20:25
I know it wont win but my dream is that 1 ally brings Outer Wilds as their personal pick. Fingers crossed boiz
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User #9762697 - 14 Jan 20 20:22
Let the hype COMMENCE
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User #521987 - 15 Jan 20 00:58
Will the deliberations video debut as a stream again this year for everyone to watch together?
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EasyAllies - 15 Jan 20 07:20
That's the plan. -Bloodworth
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User #10512316 - 14 Jan 20 21:32
I expected the 28th so it’s fine
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User #3047322 - 14 Jan 20 20:22
I gotta say, I feel you are doing this a little bit late this time. I almost lost interest in the 2019 best ofs, after seeing like a million different channels doing it already. I think late December or at least early January would have been better.
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User #9762697 - 14 Jan 20 20:23
Angry joe just came out with his yesterday I believe. People have lives and do stuff during the holidays
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User #5066359 - 14 Jan 20 20:25
i kinda agree.
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EasyAllies - 14 Jan 20 20:26
Schedules didn't really allow for an earlier date this year (and would never work for late December as games are still conceivably coming out). GDC Awards still don't happen until March, so we're not last. -Bloodworth
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User #3047322 - 14 Jan 20 21:35
Well to be fair, after Dec 10, there is usually nothing relevant coming out anymore and even if, there wasn't much time to play and process it to really judge it in time. The holidays are of course a valid reason to not do it earlier, and to be honest, I agree that January makes the most sense. I guess it's more the fault of everyone else, than it is your fault, because so many channels already do it in mid December that I almost have enough of that topic already. And I have to admit, it might also have something to do with 2019 not being such an interesting year for games. Nothing that really blew me away I guess.
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User #15217764 - 14 Jan 20 22:40
Will there be an audio podcast version of the deliberation like last year?
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EasyAllies - 15 Jan 20 07:20
Yes, poke me if we happen to forget. -Bloodworth
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User #3050490 - 14 Jan 20 20:24
Been looking forward to this! So pumped!
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User #3044436 - 14 Jan 20 22:09
Cool
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User #515089 - 14 Jan 20 20:29
I'm down with a prerecorded video. The onscreen indicators will be a welcomed touch. It'll be a nice change of pace from the live streamed debates. We get the best of both worlds!
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User #3048207 - 14 Jan 20 22:13
First GOTY in the studio. This is gonna be great
The Easy Allies Podcast #196
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YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZp8kkx6_u8&feature=youtu.be
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We pat the Pokemon franchise on the back for learning to do DLC, then the Winter 2020 rundown commences.

00:00:36 - Corrections
00:03:31 - Tough Bouncers
00:07:07 - Pokemon News
00:21:13 - The Games of January
00:33:12 - The Games of February
00:53:14 - This Week in Joker News
00:54:11 - The Games of March
01:32:35 - L&R: Next Gen’s Dirty Little Secrets
01:40:59 - L&R: How long should a series wait before its next game?
01:49:31 - Time for Bets
01:55:46 - Closing

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User #2578614 - 11 Jan 20 00:08
CORRECTION: The term Shoegaze is thought to have come from the fact that the genre employs a heavy use of effects pedals, and that guitarists would have to constantly look down at the readouts for their pedals during concerts.
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User #7946388 - 13 Jan 20 02:27
CORRECTION: Nioh 2 takes place one hundred years before Nioh 1, and you make your own created character. The story will focus on a historical warlord known as Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and the initiatives to unify a divided Japan amidst ongoing factional war. (Ian was worried about knowing that characters in the game will make it out because it was a prequel)
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User #9771832 - 13 Jan 20 13:50
Kyle's sick owl had me giggling. Bravo
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User #554009 - 10 Jan 20 23:03
The new opening bit is a 10.
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User #8090698 - 13 Jan 20 18:00
Hey guys, it hasn't updated on my podcast service. Is this a Patreon only podcast?
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User #3049910 - 14 Jan 20 14:31
It's early for Patrons, then updates on general podcast services a couple days later for everyone else.
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User #3096404 - 11 Jan 20 03:00
The lack of love for Pikmin is extremely disappointing. After Animal Crossing its the Nintendo brand I want most next on Switch.
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User #13685238 - 11 Jan 20 03:33
You know if Ben had been on the podcast this wouldn't have happened.
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EasyAllies - 11 Jan 20 05:15
It would have, because Kyle would still be there. -Bloodworth
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User #2800068 - 11 Jan 20 05:30
I haven't listened yet but disappointed to hear this! One of my favourite franchises for sure. Even though my partner isn't big into games, she loves Pikmin. Every E3 I tell them "this is the one! Pikmin 4 will be announced". I've been disappointing her for years now.
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User #486530 - 11 Jan 20 17:47
Dude, WarioWare as a service is genius; shower thought, they could call it WarioWare Gaas. Like Games as a Service, but also like farts, because it's Wario.
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User #2873266 - 10 Jan 20 23:27
CORRECTION: Hup is a Podling. Also, Hup want die.
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User #6286258 - 11 Jan 20 04:41
I don’t know how often this would come up, but from the beginning of Pop Tarts and Toaster Strudels, I’ve always kind of thought it would make more sense for Shall We Move Ons to be able to be vetoed by one person saying they want to talk about the game, rather than it just taking one person saying We Shall to end the conversation. Just because that could lead to interesting discussion about the game! Petition to add We Shan’t. Similar note! If Toaster Strudels are more about recommending people think about pumping the brakes on something they might be hype about, it probably IS worth talking about for a bit?
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User #17180315 - 10 Jan 20 20:46
I don't get why Pokémon news is considered to be of questionable importance, but endless Smash news and theories is never questioned as newsworthy. I like Smash, but couldn't care less about news of new characters. Yet they're endlessly talked about on podcasts. Pokémon sells better than Smash. It's news.
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User #554009 - 10 Jan 20 23:05
Maybe the same reason they don't talk about the new Madden game every year.
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User #17180315 - 10 Jan 20 23:47
But they play Pokémon and not Madden. And they do talk about Call of Duty.
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User #9759888 - 10 Jan 20 19:02
Kyle, you know what you have to do now. You need to get over to a Round1 or Dave and Busters, and you need to finish that DDR movie.
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User #5101424 - 11 Jan 20 06:46
Legit.. I could not POSSIBLY be more hype for Animal Crossing Switch.. I never time travel so for me that's a game that's going to provide YEARS of fun. 10/10 game of 2020 for me!
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User #2571386 - 17 Jan 20 11:05
test
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User #25575990 - 11 Jan 20 16:03
Tough Bouncers is genius
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User #3045613 - 11 Jan 20 03:00
Every time I laugh at the funny stuff of this podcast I laugh a little bit harder knowing Kyle's parents watched this.
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User #13685238 - 11 Jan 20 03:35
Thanks and kudos to Jones for bringing up all the topics about the Kyle's Parents episode that I really wanted to dive deep into. I can only hope its Silver Stream material.
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User #5517830 - 11 Jan 20 00:10
CORRECTION: The term 'shoegazing' was coined by British music journalists to describe the detached stage presence of a wave of late 80's/early 90's bands. The guitarists generally used multiple effects pedals which dictated that they stare down at their feet to keep track of the effects during performances.
Ian and Kyle Talk 2019! - Easy Update
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Smell ya later 2019!


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User #12214772 - 13 Jan 20 22:08
Ian, you seem pretty mad about people getting mad :P
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User #87416 - 12 Jan 20 11:43
Look forward to this every year. <3
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User #15113039 - 12 Jan 20 07:25
Always love the Kyle and Ian year end wrap-up.
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User #5804310 - 13 Jan 20 10:01
These two have no idea that Blood reviewed Disco Elysium. What a special vid, so appreciative.
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User #13690213 - 12 Jan 20 16:05
Enjoyable as always although my back was getting sympathy pains.
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User #3906159 - 12 Jan 20 05:04 - revision 10
Looking forward to the vulgar sex talk again. Edit: DISAPPOINTED Edit: No longer disappointed
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User #3906159 - 12 Jan 20 05:04 - revision 11
Looking forward to the vulgar sex talk again. Edit: DISAPPOINTED Edit: No longer disappointed
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User #5429154 - 13 Jan 20 00:01
This is my favorite video each year. It's just so nice to have Kyle and Ian chill together and talk about whatever they want to. Makes me long for a Mandatory Update Nights revival.
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User #3047249 - 13 Jan 20 13:50
Think Ian recently said one of the things stopping him from bringing NIGHTS back is not trusting himself to be able to do it without bringing up politics, which seems reasonable. The boys have also previously remarked how they're amazed how much everyone swore back at GT, so even if NIGHTS came back, there's a good chance it wouldn't quite be the same vibes. Maybe if we're lucky, we could get a one off NIGHTS episode someday similar to the one off Update Mandatory one.
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User #3062402 - 13 Jan 20 21:28
Happy New Year, Easy Allies! Love & Respect! ♥
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User #3906159 - 12 Jan 20 05:04 - revision 7
Looking forward to the vulgar sex talk again. Edit: DISAPPOINTED Edit: No longer disappointed
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User #3046663 - 12 Jan 20 07:17
Genuine bravo
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User #3906159 - 12 Jan 20 05:04 - revision 6
Looking forward to the vulgar sex talk again. Edit: DISAPPOINTED Edit: No longer disappointed
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User #11891523 - 14 Jan 20 23:25
💙
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User #3906159 - 12 Jan 20 05:04 - revision 4
Looking forward to the vulgar sex talk again. Edit: DISAPPOINTED Edit: No longer disappointed
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User #3906159 - 12 Jan 20 05:04 - revision 5
Looking forward to the vulgar sex talk again. Edit: DISAPPOINTED Edit: No longer disappointed
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User #3906159 - 12 Jan 20 05:04 - revision 2
Looking forward to the vulgar sex talk again. Edit: DISAPPOINTED Edit: No longer disappointed
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User #3906159 - 12 Jan 20 05:04 - revision 3
Looking forward to the vulgar sex talk again. Edit: DISAPPOINTED Edit: No longer disappointed
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User #3906159 - 12 Jan 20 05:04
Looking forward to the vulgar sex talk again. Edit: DISAPPOINTED
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User #5804310 - 13 Jan 20 10:00
I spit my drink.
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User #893234 - 12 Jan 20 05:10
Saw this and let out a verbal “yay!!!”
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User #3906159 - 12 Jan 20 05:04 - revision 8
Looking forward to the vulgar sex talk again. Edit: DISAPPOINTED Edit: No longer disappointed
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User #3906159 - 12 Jan 20 05:04 - revision 9
Looking forward to the vulgar sex talk again. Edit: DISAPPOINTED Edit: No longer disappointed
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User #6286258 - 12 Jan 20 06:23
Great video Kyle and Ian, it’ll haunt me until my death and beyond
Friend Code - Switch Pro Launching in 2020?
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Ian shares their thoughts on Fire Emblem: Three Houses, we brainstorm new content and changes we want to see in Smash Ultimate, and new reports claim the Switch Pro is coming this year.

L&R,

- Damiani



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User #26013575 - 10 Jan 20 03:16
So the switch runs on the Tegra x1 even though the X2 was available from the start? So if the new switch gets the X2 we’ll have ps3/360 graphics in a handheld. What ps3/360 games would You like in a handheld
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User #889875 - 10 Jan 20 08:53
We already have Switch games exceeding 360/PS3 though and the X2 is made for cars.
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User #2571024 - 10 Jan 20 00:58
Ian is either going to love or hate fire emblem and I can't wait to hear their opinion either way.
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User #3046925 - 10 Jan 20 00:01
I notice you're using a gender neutral pronoun for Ian is this new or have i just never noticed it before? Would be interested to hear more about this from Ian, not judging just interested.
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User #5232666 - 11 Jan 20 09:46
Why does everyone think 4k support means games will be rendered at 4k? The Xbox One S also has 4k support which just means 4k output...
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User #16303915 - 12 Jan 20 03:59
This is the same thing people keep saying about the series X and 8k suppport. Trust me when I say a $1200 graphics card can’t do 8k well and that’s JUST the graphics card price. Series X will support 8k sure but, support is about all it will do.
Brad Has Forsaken His Bonds - Huber's Prison of Love
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On the newest episode of Prison of Love, Huber plays a current favorite with his best friend Brad.

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User #17180315 - 10 Jan 20 02:56
I think it would add to the show if the person locked up wore handcuffs and Huber uncuffed them at the end before they decide to stay or leave.
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User #26011610 - 8 Jan 20 22:14
This series is getting incredibly addictive-I enjoy this more than Huber Syndrome.
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User #21688973 - 9 Jan 20 01:04
Dude Counter: 66
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User #21208031 - 10 Jan 20 04:48
Jolly vibes! This show is addicting, I love the Brad/Huber dynamic in this episode!
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User #12707049 - 8 Jan 20 20:10
Beauty boys, best friends until the end. :)
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User #26011610 - 10 Jan 20 03:56
I honestly thought Brad and Huber were going to be playing Viva Pinata judging from the thumbnail.
2019 Films in Review - Reaction Shots
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2019 was a super interesting year in film and Ian and Huber are here to talk through it, with the help of wonderful patron comments!


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User #4483888 - 13 Jan 20 14:30
Ian Ḁṇḍ Huber see 1917 in theaters!! The small screen won’t do this beautiful movie justice!
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User #8425209 - 10 Jan 20 21:45
This podcast made me realize I haven't seen that many movies recently. I got some Netflix homework to do😂
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User #9762697 - 13 Jan 20 08:23
Check out The Irishman
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User #3048207 - 8 Jan 20 22:14
That cut to end the episode...XD
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User #3048207 - 9 Jan 20 22:21
Also, for the love of god Ian, WATCH MARRIAGE STORY! And finish The Irishman too!
Easy Allies Podcast #195 - Kyle's Parents Edition
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YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmMxEw8R_c0&feature=youtu.be
SoundCloud Link: https://soundcloud.com/easyallies/easy-allies-podcast-195-kyles-parents-edition-1320/s-Oj7fy

Kyle’s still home for the holidays, so the EZA Podcast travels to his parents’ house for a bumpy trip through their weird child’s gaming history.

00:01:03 - First Nintendo Consoles
00:08:55 - First PlayStation Games
00:16:52 - PlayStation 2
00:24:57 - Pokémon
00:26:42 - Gamecube
00:33:22 - Wii
00:36:11 - Watching E3
00:37:48 - PlayStation 3
00:40:41 - First Industry Jobs
00:44:34 - GameTrailers and GTTV
00:50:43 - The Final Bosman
00:54:19 - Live-streaming
00:58:49 - Podcasts
01:04:41 - Where do you see games going?
01:15:59 - The Game Awards
01:20:22 - Where does Kyle see games going?
01:21:41 - This Week in Joker News
01:22:40 - Closing

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User #3906159 - 3 Jan 20 15:48
Nani?
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User #3994835 - 3 Jan 20 18:03
This episode was so special! absolutely loved it! such a nice mix up and start of the year!
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User #3045346 - 3 Jan 20 18:14
The mystery of Kyle W. Bosman solved.
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User #3923514 - 3 Jan 20 15:50
Omg what a treat!!
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User #3086228 - 3 Jan 20 17:36
Kyle, thank you, and your parents for sharing that with us. I loved that so much. Hope your holidays with your family was great!
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User #20241780 - 3 Jan 20 18:02
when is bosmom streaming the witness
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User #13690213 - 3 Jan 20 17:03
Oh my goodness, this is wonderful. Thank you Bosmans (Bosmen?)!
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User #3048296 - 3 Jan 20 15:53
Thank you Kyle.
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User #3046229 - 3 Jan 20 17:12
Now we know why Kyle is the Dark Prince of Nerd Media. Because his grandma beat him..... at Tetris
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User #951234 - 3 Jan 20 18:12
Appointment viewing.
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User #5341747 - 6 Jan 20 07:11
I've never heard that term in my life. But I have heard "required viewing".
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User #951234 - 6 Jan 20 08:31
The term is actually "Appointment television." It even has a TV Tropes entry. But it's gone out of use in recent years. If you search for it you'll see a lot of articles about how the era of Appointment TV is dead.
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User #4924347 - 3 Jan 20 18:16
Kyle can you stream your date night this Saturday
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User #3747809 - 3 Jan 20 15:58
The Dark Prince of Nerd Media's origin story.
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User #4677740 - 3 Jan 20 16:19
Oh my god!! ♥️🥺
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User #8018573 - 3 Jan 20 15:53
Even if I could imagine this little treasure, I wouldn't have dared ask for it. This is joyous, Kyle.
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User #4954091 - 3 Jan 20 16:11
this is already the absolute best, Kyle's dad is a champ
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User #4954091 - 3 Jan 20 17:08
oh my god, the hot take about Phil Spencer is way too much haha
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User #469479 - 3 Jan 20 17:10
I love that he skips the games conversations on the podcast, but he always listens to the sponsors because he likes Jones
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User #4954091 - 3 Jan 20 17:12
he's so blunt and surly it's amazing
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User #951234 - 3 Jan 20 18:38
He doesn't care whose toes he steps on!
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User #273447 - 3 Jan 20 15:54
what a new year's blessing
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User #469479 - 3 Jan 20 16:59
Your parents are so sweet and supportive, it’s fantastic. Their perspective on seeing their son making videos online and how your internet presence reflects the kid you grew up as - the fact that they recognize your humor consistently between real life and online is so cool.
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User #5516829 - 3 Jan 20 15:48
Can’t wait to see their reaction to This Week in Joker News
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User #159351 - 3 Jan 20 15:45
this is why I'm a patron. all other joker news outlets have refused to cover the facts during the holiday
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User #469479 - 3 Jan 20 17:17
Here’s the official petition to replace the current bonus bit stinger with Kyle’s mom: “I don’t need shoot-em-up and I don’t wanna see guns, and I don’t wanna see people kicking each other.”
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User #469479 - 4 Jan 20 15:37
That’s at 01:06:35, if you want to hear it!
Best GameTrailers of 2019? 2020-01-02T22:29:59+00:00

Patrons! Trailer lovers! Time to heed the call! I always wait until the first day of the new year to start assembling my top trailers list and I'd love your input. I usually just ask this question on Twitter but I feel like this post might have more staying power and receive more valuable feedback. Remember to post a link to the trailer if you can, or at least let me know the name of the trailer so I can track it down. I know some of you are fans of any trailer your favorite franchises release, but it's time to get seriously critical. Try and look past stuff that merely revealed projects we're really excited about, or videos that were electrifying in the moment but might have fizzled over time. Look deep within and let me know what still blows your mind weeks or months later, and I'll see you at our GOTYs when the allies vote on the best of the best.

Thanks for your help! Happy trailer watching!

- Brandon

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User #4677740 - 2 Jan 20 22:32
The Wolf among us 2 re reveal trailer from The Game Awards. It’s a bit short but man it’s everything! Especially when the music at the end kicks in, I watch it just about every day! CHILLS! 😅 https://youtu.be/pb55ycOwGFA
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User #575237 - 2 Jan 20 22:36
The FFXIV Shadowbringers Full Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tyuIh12_HU And The Outer Worlds' Announcement Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyvhGGIGuQc
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User #214747 - 2 Jan 20 22:48
This is the one trailer I still come back to even after the game has released. Nobody edits trailers like Hideo Kojima. https://youtu.be/piIgkJWDuQg
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User #15607953 - 2 Jan 20 22:51
I love the music and edit of this Three Kingdoms Trailer. This game covers one of my favorite historical settings. https://youtu.be/4UhSsPhIpqM
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User #15183388 - 2 Jan 20 22:42
Ominous and haunting. The Hellblade 2 trailer was the best of the game awards https://youtu.be/2TR0gaG01do
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User #688876 - 2 Jan 20 22:33
Breath of the wild trailer from the Switch presentation. I still get goosebumps.
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User #688876 - 2 Jan 20 23:03
Safety in numbers.
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User #15436818 - 2 Jan 20 22:33
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQFZC6dzauM The Mortal Kombat 11 Launch Trailer is still my favorite. The masterful editing and music choice is just too good.
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User #11254364 - 2 Jan 20 22:32
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvG-EpPoCCA
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User #255677 - 2 Jan 20 22:35
No More Heroes 3 TGA trailer. Personal highlight of the show. Even beyond the bait and switch, it's well animated and hilarious, and really fun to re-watch. https://youtu.be/p18CbMcG-es
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User #11254364 - 2 Jan 20 22:32
The Last Of Us 2 Trailer blew me away
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User #16335690 - 2 Jan 20 22:31
Missing a space, are we?
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User #15509749 - 2 Jan 20 22:43
Final Fantasy VII Remake E3 2019 Trailer https://youtu.be/pCJZg7pVtiI This trailer was a big improvement in terms of presentation and pacing compared to the previous State of Play trailer. Whereas the SoP trailer was sort of a vomit of exciting moments, the E3 trailer hit all the right notes. It showed off the infamous opening shot of Midgar, displayed a nice mix of story and gameplay, and debuted Tifa in just the right way. Ending on Sephiroth provides a lot of excitement and intrigue to see what's coming next.
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User #7806134 - 2 Jan 20 22:45
That's easy for the PC Gaming side of things! From the suprise announcement of the game, to once it finally all happened, a new Half-Life was upon us. Culminating in an INCREDIBLE reveal trailer that was non-stop thrills and action ending on an shot of a beautiful 4K look at G-Man. Might I suggest.... Half-Life: Alyx's initial reveal trailer? https://youtu.be/O2W0N3uKXmo
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User #620677 - 2 Jan 20 22:47
Every Smash trailer still blows my mind even after the fact, but I gotta say, Terry’s reveal was something special.
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User #11902361 - 2 Jan 20 22:39
No More Heroes 3 - The Return form TGA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2nPg42xsXg
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User #3046145 - 2 Jan 20 22:41
Senua's Saga: Hellblade II, announced at The Game Awards 2019 https://youtu.be/2TR0gaG01do
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User #343418 - 2 Jan 20 22:38
FF7 Remake E3 2019 Trailer. Reassurance that the game is real and is recovering from the development issues that many sites reported on it having. Can't wait! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3xSGv3Hfio
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User #3515856 - 2 Jan 20 22:41
This is my favorite from E3: Great editing, soundtrack & the vibe that every videogame should aspire to: Fall Guys https://youtu.be/MAiBRO3cPpU
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User #11926774 - 2 Jan 20 22:34
The Borderlands 3 Gift of mayhem trailer is nice.
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User #15493529 - 2 Jan 20 22:41
I have mixed feelings on CG reveal trailers but the visual creativity in the Ghostwire Tokyo E3 cinematic made it a memorable standout for me. I also enjoyed the Death Stranding trailer that launched back in May which featured Apocalyptica's "Path". Kojima sure knows how to choose music to compliment his games. Ghostwire Tokyo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qrXLQqHkJk Death Stranding: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piIgkJWDuQg
Damiani Has to Settle an Old Score - Huber's Prison of Love
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It's time for Damiani to settle a family quarrel.

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User #3062402 - 2 Jan 20 05:46
I'm always nervous that someone isn't going to stay in the prison at the end. It's a good show.
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User #14580823 - 2 Jan 20 02:17
no clue how baseball works, still enjoyed the friendly banter!
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User #9083214 - 2 Jan 20 02:50
I love Huber so much
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User #2792127 - 2 Jan 20 04:01
I love you Huber. Was having a bad few days but you put a smile on my face
Frame Trap - Episode 98 "The Boys"
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2020-01-04T18:21:38+00:00
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YouTube link - https://youtu.be/MXTT5CuKsHw

SoundCloud link - https://soundcloud.com/frame_trap/frame-trap-episode-98-the-boys/s-ifEc7

Ben, Brad, and Huber chill out and talk about an odd assortment of games including Jak and Daxter, Star Wars Battlefront II, Ori and the Blind Forest, Ace Combat 7, Arise: A Simple Story, The Outer Worlds, and more.

TIMESTAMPS

06:43 - Ace Combat 7

14:29 - Ori and the Blind Forest

25:25 - Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy

37:32 - The Outer Worlds

52:30 - Caught in a Frame Trap: What are the top grossing games on Steam this year?

58:35 - Star Wars: Battlefront II

01:08:30 - Arise: A Simple Story

01:14:55 - Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy

01:21:15 - HOTTAKE: Is it possible for any poorly received game to turn around now?

01:41:55 - Emails

Thank you to these wonderful "Shout-Out!" tier patrons:

Elthanas

Greg "TheDarkKnight" Kettering

Caleb "Togi" Crawford

Will Schmuck

FantasyCritic.Games

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Graphics - Joe Ellis (@Joe_David_Ellis): Concept & Design
Chris Leroux (@ChrisLeroux): Animation & Motion Graphics

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User #3048681 - 6 Jan 20 21:51
Banjo-Tooie is my absolute number one favourite 3D platformer of all time. It amplifies all aspects that makes a game like this great and then somehow just nails all of them. A truly unique game. No spoilers. Just highly, highly recommended (Xbox version is great). L&R
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User #3057765 - 6 Jan 20 22:39
I reinstalled battlefront 2 after listening to this. Its still a pretty fun game
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User #13601028 - 4 Jan 20 22:46
oh hey two hours... so where is the other half? jk
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User #889875 - 5 Jan 20 00:44
I love how these almost always drop the moment I crave a new EZA podcast the most :P
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User #542235 - 4 Jan 20 21:13
The boys are back in town!
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User #5391396 - 5 Jan 20 00:27
Brad saying fuck em on defense of his boy huber is the 2020 energy I want
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User #3515749 - 5 Jan 20 03:23
What minute mark plz?
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User #5391396 - 5 Jan 20 03:43
I'll find it after d and d
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User #5391396 - 5 Jan 20 20:26
It starts 22 minutes in
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User #12159018 - 5 Jan 20 21:25
Agreed. This made me smile.
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User #3515749 - 6 Jan 20 12:43
Thx. Great stuff lol!
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User #26150447 - 4 Jan 20 18:24
I was seriously just looking hoping there was gonna be one today! 😊
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User #3219950 - 6 Jan 20 00:39
Talking about hype for march/April. Ben says animal crossing. Really! Not in the same league as the others.
Don't Skip - Ghost Trick
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2019-12-30T23:13:21+00:00
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If you give the overwhelming charm of Ghost Trick a chance, it's almost guaranteed to worm it's way into your heart.


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User #3051819 - 31 Dec 19 09:06
I just bought a copy of eBay for my 3DS!
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User #21208031 - 10 Jan 20 05:13
Another fantastic Don’t Skip Ben! I downloaded Ghost Trick on my phone and I’m excited to give it a try. I always value your recommendations, especially since you play a variety of unique games. I just recently started playing Battle Chef Brigade which I remember you talked about during an episode of FrameTrap a while back. It is a wonderful cooking, action, puzzle game and I’m so glad I took your word on this great game! I’m loving every moment of it so far. I can’t wait to try Ghost Trick out and see if it’s another hit. Keep up the amazing work Ben! L&R
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User #3062402 - 2 Jan 20 05:53
This does look really cool... I wonder if they'd ever port it to the Switch?
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User #17191652 - 1 Jan 20 10:17
Happy new year
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User #3046062 - 3 Jan 20 19:22
Great great game. Thanks for bringing more attention!
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User #10941269 - 1 Jan 20 10:17
Thank you so much, Ben, for giving another lovely title an inviting spotlight!
Cup of Jones - December 30, 2019
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Happy New Year, allies! For the final Cup of 2019, I'm bringing in some very special guests to say hi to you (for the first time?) and we'll continue with regular episodes in 2020. So if you have business/personal questions for me you can leave them in this episode and we'll do two episodes worth of questions next week. I say it a lot, but now that we're wrapping up a full year of programming, I'm incredibly grateful for your continued support, and I'm very proud of the work we've done after spending almost a full year in our studio. I'm excited to revisit some of the best parts of this past year in the next couple of episodes, and talk about fun stuff we have planned for the year ahead. Have a raucous but responsible week of celebrating and I'll see you back online next Monday!

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User #15493529 - 30 Dec 19 18:06
Loved this so much! Little peeks behind the curtain are always fun.
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User #3046831 - 30 Dec 19 18:52
This is the MOST wholesome Cup! Love it. Special thanks to the special guests!
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User #7831949 - 30 Dec 19 19:39
Loved this! Her Parents are so cool!
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User #8038744 - 30 Dec 19 18:20
you got some blessed In laws.
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User #7946388 - 31 Dec 19 02:27
Oh my God, I love this episode!
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User #9214480 - 30 Dec 19 18:09
So wholesome. Happy New Years everyone <3 :D
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User #13685238 - 30 Dec 19 18:20
❤❤❤
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User #82574 - 30 Dec 19 18:20
Amanda mom sound very similar to her daughter :)
Q&A - December 2019 - Audio
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By popular demand, here's an audio version of this month's Patron Q&A for your listening pleasure. The video version will be available on our YouTube page ASAP, and is currently available as an archive on our Twitch channel. Enjoy, and thanks for the questions!


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User #473052 - 30 Dec 19 20:13
Thank you so much for the audio version! It was a great surprise to show up in my podcast feed.
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User #515089 - 28 Dec 19 23:29
This is good timing. I needed something to listen to while suffering from the flu. I've caught up on everything else, EZA!
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User #3240818 - 7 Jan 20 07:07
Omg thanks!
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User #3098232 - 29 Dec 19 03:39
Thanks a ton for an audio version! Now I can listen at work!
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User #539742 - 29 Dec 19 00:47
Thank you so much for the audio feed. <3
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User #51207 - 30 Dec 19 18:57
Still waiting for the video version
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User #3051285 - 29 Dec 19 19:48
Nice!
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User #6242194 - 2 Jan 20 23:27
Just popped in to say thanks for the feed audio!
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User #15217764 - 29 Dec 19 00:03
Thank you for the audio version. Will having the audio version of the q&a be the norm going forward?
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User #3047373 - 30 Dec 19 01:31
Great stuff, hopefully audio every month, would be grand!
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User #9771832 - 2 Jan 20 10:25
Really make you appreciate the studio in terms of the audio quality. I must say listening to this Q&A was a bit rough.
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User #3065555 - 29 Dec 19 20:24
Please set Eye of Judgement up for a stream one day
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User #3047340 - 28 Dec 19 23:10
Yes, audio! Thank you!
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User #13601028 - 29 Dec 19 12:57
Cool!
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User #778830 - 1 Jan 20 12:39
Thank you for posting this audio. This was the first Q&A I ever listened to and I really enjoyed it. All praise The Dark Prince of Nerd Media!!
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User #3953706 - 30 Dec 19 18:14
Love the audio q&a, pleaaaaaaase make it a regular!
Easy Allies Podcast #194 - All L&R Special
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2019-12-27T15:15:27+00:00
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YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-mW32c6xf0&feature=youtu.be
SoundCloud Link: https://soundcloud.com/easyallies/easy-allies-podcast-194-all-lr-special-122719/s-geuq0

This holiday week, we’re All Love & Respect, though obviously it goes very off track a few times, so Mostly Love & Respect, Some Regular Nonsensical Babbling.

00:02:03 - Have you ever bailed on a game commitment?
00:07:21 - Game - GameRankings’ Console Top 3s
00:27:51 - When are Games like Burying GI Joes?
00:38:05 - Game - Who Said That? - GameTrailers to Easy Allies
00:50:21 - The Magic of Magi-Nation
00:51:34 - Game - Got Em or Don’t Got Em - Round 2
01:01:43 - Does Dreams need a mascot?
01:05:37 - Game - Which year was this game released?
01:10:29 - Which games would benefit from losing the open world?
01:16:37 - Do the Game Awards need reveals?
01:31:00 - Best games as gifts memories
01:41:22 - Closing
01:42:00 - Producer Credits

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User #8172349 - 28 Dec 19 01:22
Welp, gotta wait another year to get my question in :'(. Great podcast though!
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User #3044604 - 28 Dec 19 03:17
You could just try every week x)
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User #8172349 - 28 Dec 19 03:18
Kyle only picks games and personal anecdotes :'(
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User #3560616 - 30 Dec 19 05:15
correction: Kyle is the dark KING of nerd media
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User #4703949 - 27 Dec 19 19:13
Sweet!, I didn't expect a podcast between Xmas and New Year. Happy Holidays Allies!
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User #1016176 - 27 Dec 19 15:18
Getting an error from the audio feed. Failing to download. Looks like the file is corrupted.
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User #2440908 - 27 Dec 19 15:26
Same problem here
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User #4614375 - 29 Dec 19 21:08
Kyle said my name correctly! Showing those old substitute teachers how it's done!
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User #3048207 - 27 Dec 19 15:44
I love the smell of a new EZA podcast in the morning
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User #9771832 - 2 Jan 20 10:26
Daminani's unwillingness to be just wrong sometimes is egregious.
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User #27002475 - 27 Dec 19 17:23
Audio download is working for me now.
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User #979041 - 1 Jan 20 14:38
Kyle criticizing New Horizons for being too similar to New Leaf feels like a delayed reaction to me. People like me who have played since Wild World on DS are used to the incremental steps, and it needs no "Breath of the Wild" style overhaul. I think that line of thought is kind of dangerous to have about some franchises as it ends up pushing a franchise to become something it shouldn't. The appeal of older AC games was always their random element: You get a random town with random villagers and then the game's systems causes things to grow and change, basically for an eternity as long as you keep your save. Animal Crossing is almost like a System App to me. Once you get it, your virtual village lives its own life that you occasionally go and visit for the rest of your console's days. In fact, I had the opposite reaction as Kyle's for New Horizons this E3. I was afraid of the emphasis on Crafting and the lack of buildings at the startup of the island area. The last thing I want is Animal Crossing to turn into a full on "sim" game, where I'm the one deciding the construction of an entire town, and the focus on crafting to me suggests it's going to be a grindy and addictive title which is the opposite of the franchise's DNA of being relaxing and carefree, and where the player is 100% self-motivated without being rushed to do anything. I'm cautious about the new game, but if it's exactly like previous games that is only a good thing in my book, and then the incremental steps like windy days and hemisphere changes are there to add the next gen levels of variety rather than to overhaul the core of the experience.
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User #5101424 - 31 Dec 19 09:15
I accidently deleted my Animal Crossing new leaf village (losing 350 hours and years of progress) when I got a NEW 3ds... That was soul crushing and felt like burying my GI Joes forever.
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User #8688114 - 27 Dec 19 15:27
Same
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User #17544074 - 27 Dec 19 15:36
Glad it's not just me
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User #889875 - 27 Dec 19 18:47
So thankful for this right now. I just lost my cat today and need jolly EZA vibes. L&R
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User #5804310 - 27 Dec 19 20:49
Much love and respect to you and Kitty, you have come to the right place for the good feels.
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User #8018573 - 28 Dec 19 01:52
So sorry to hear that. Hope you can give yourself some time and love. Hurting for you.
Community Showcase - January 2020 2019-12-26T20:11:16+00:00

A new year, a new showcase! On Tuesday, January 7th I'll be ringing in 2020 with Ian Hinck and all of the spectacular creations from our inspiring community. With 2019 wrapping up, and a new decade ahead of us, there will be a lot to talk about and appreciate. What games, movies, or shows did you enjoy over the holidays? What are you looking forward to most in the months ahead? This Showcase is almost two weeks away, so I don't want to see any sneaky Patrons slipping in their posts at 11:59 the night before. I mean, I'll allow them, but I won't be happy about it.

- Brandon


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User #3044780 - 26 Dec 19 21:13
Hello Ian & Brandon! I’ll start by saying, Ian, I’ve failed you. In your previous appearance in this show I said I wanted to beat the Talos Principle by the next time you were in the guest seat. You asked if the version sold in the PlayStation humble bundle included the Road to Gaena DLC, and I did check that and it does, but other than that, I hadn’t even touched the game. I’d say I will have played it by your next appearance, but at this point I better not make any more promises. Returning to a running theme I’ve had the last few month, you won’t believe this allies, but the soccer team that the wife’s likes WON THE CHAMPIONSHIP. They made it to the playoffs just barely as the last seeded team and we thought they wouldn’t make it further than the first round, but they destroyed their rival, the best team in the tournament, and moved to the semi-finals. There they just did what was needed to progress and the final was a nail bitter of the worst kind, ending in penalty kicks with the wife’s team getting the glory. And now. If you are wondering if I managed to get any Mario & Luigi time during the games (as I said many months ago was my plan, to play that game while the wife watched her soccer team’s games), the answer is NO, goddammit NO! I don’t know how I thought it was possible to play during that time, but I managed to find another window and I’m close to the end of the game. I wanted to beat it this past weekend, but the cat decided against it. We were away for the holidays a few days and a friend came home to feed him, fill its water supply and clean the litter box; but what he couldn’t do was play with him, so the cat decided to entertain himself by chewing the gamepad’s charger cable until it broke. I noticed until the controller ran out of battery and I pulled the cable to charge it and I just got the head. That cat hates the wiiU. The sensor bar was his first victim, then he managed to break the gamepad screen and now the charger’s cable. Anyway, I got a replacement and I hope I can give you my input on the game on next month’s show. And last, I started Silicon Valley on HBO after you (Jones) mentioned it in Cup of Jones (I think?) and oh man… that’s what I’m talking about! It helps a lot that I’m a computer systems engineer, so I relate a lot with the characters. I swear “big head” rode the elevator with me this morning. Thanks for the recommendation. And that’s it for this month. Keep up the great work, allies. Love & Respect, César. [Ignore from this on Jones, just didn't want to leave Jessie Blu's comment without context] "This Showcase is almost two weeks away, so I don't want to see any sneaky Patrons slipping in their posts at 11:59 the night before. " I feel like this is aimed at either me Or Jason A. Sackel, or both.
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User #13685238 - 26 Dec 19 21:54
"January 7, 2019" we're a little late boys
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User #3044780 - 27 Dec 19 16:35
ha! I no longer read the itallics, good catch.
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User #3046592 - 27 Dec 19 22:59
On "Frame Trap - Episode 97 "Holiday Hangout"" Jones mentions Huber created a Marvel Strike Force Guild and then bailed on it. I just wanted to follow up and say: A number of members of that guild went off and formed a new Guild: "Easy Allies Assemble". We're still going strong. Shout out to Huber for initially bringing us together!
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User #3046592 - 27 Dec 19 23:00
Still no Cyclops.
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User #3050163 - 26 Dec 19 20:16
Just wanted to do a (very quick) year in review for 2019: https://youtu.be/yhnNpfzjS6Q
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User #3050163 - 26 Dec 19 20:16
Safety
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User #3691673 - 26 Dec 19 21:11
Hey Brandon and Ian, Very busy month for me. I helped setup and run the Christmas Fayre in our village. I was Santa's helper, making sure all the kids got a chance to see him. Just before Christmas I celebrated my 33rd birthday. Then of course there was prep and celebrating Christmas itself. For my birthday I got Ring Fit Adventure, and Horizon Zero Dawn. Then for Christmas I got Assassin's Creed Odyssey. I also had an issue with the mail which meant my rental was so delayed, they sent me a replacement and both arrived. So I got Shenmue 1 and 2 as well as LEGO DC Super-Villians.  I wouldn't have even looked at Ring Fit if it wasn't for the Friend Code episode on it. So a big thanks to Damiani, Huber and Sofia for that. It was especially good having Sofia on as she had knowledge of past fitness games which helped for comparisons. I have done a little exercise everyday. Haven't done too much as I didn't want to burn out over the festive period. In the PSN January sale I picked Need for Speed (2015) too, so I have lots to play now. Priority going to my 2 rentals. Christmas day was spent with my wifes family. We made the turkey and veg, my sister in law made the roast potatoes, and my mother in law made the soup for starter and chocolate bread and butter pudding for dessert. Lovely meal. Got well and truly spoiled this year. Have a nice heated blanket to put over me at my desk now and lots of sweets (candy). Plus Anthony Daniels biography (I am C3PO The inside Story).  Love and respect, BeardedScotsman86
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User #5438365 - 26 Dec 19 22:46
A decade of gaming  in review. Also movies. In Christmas of 2009, my brothers pooled funds to surprise me with a PS3. My brothers and I kept ourselves occupied for the majority of 2010 with  my first PS3 game and it's multiplayer, Uncharted 2. At the time we huddled around my small 4:3 tube TV to play the brand new PlayStation console. Also Inception came out that year. In 2011, I got my first collector's edition. I was lucky, and got my hands on a Ni No Kuni Wizards Edition that came with that cool book. Being a lifelong Ghibli fan, I was in heaven. It was a game I didn't expect to get in the states. Also we got The Adventures of Tintin. While the 360/PS3 generation gave rise to downloadable titles, 2012 was the first year that we stopped calling games Indies or 'digital games' and just started calling them games. Telltale's The Walking Dead and Journey were some of the best games of the year. Also Looper. Holds up.  2013 is that controversial year where you're probably in one of two camps: GTAV or Last of Us. I got both, I'm in the latter. Also, the release of Frozen that year made working at a movie theater an insufferable experience for six months. What did I play on my new PS4 in 2014 again? Dragon Age? I liked The Evil Within a lot. I uncomfortably watched my roommates play an unhealthy amount of Hearthstone every single day. What a weird year. Gone Girl and Nightcrawler were also great. 2015 had The Phantom Pain, The Witcher 3 and Bloodborne. Remember that whole Konami Kojima travesty? Your loss Konami.  At least I still have PT installed. Shout out to Inside Out and The Martian. I waited a whole decade to play Final Fantasy XV and in 2016, I finally got to. I loved it all the way through. It feels like a privilege to be able to have certain games in your life, and XV is an example of that for me. Not perfect, but I love it to death. Arrival on the other hand is perfection.  In 2017 we got my favorite game of the decade from a franchise I was up to that point unfamiliar with. Its story so powerfully relevant and impactful, I played Persona 5 for over 150 hours and still think about it every single day. Also, Logan.  Sure we got God of War, Monster Hunter, Spiderman and Red Dead in 2018, but I probably spent more time playing and loving Celeste, my reason for purchasing a Switch, than all of those. Platforming perfection and powerful emotional storytelling. Just like Into the Spiderverse. Finally, 2019. It's a weird gift to be able to finally say that I played Kingdom Hearts 3. I didn't need to hear the entirety of Let it Go in the Frozen world, but I think my positive feelings outweigh my frustrations. Parasite is my movie for 2019. 
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User #5438365 - 26 Dec 19 22:47
Safety Post <3
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User #13690213 - 26 Dec 19 23:10
Happy New Year, Allies! How is 2020 treating you so far? I spent January 1st playing DQXI and watching AntennaTV’s NewsRadio marathon, which is about as good a start as I can imagine. Anyway, we’ve got Jones and Ian here so… let’s talk some theatre! There wasn’t much to do workwise these past two weeks so I got to catch up on some things. Here is what I could fir. 1. Les Miserables – The Staged Concert. A few months ago I mentioned how weird it was seeing Michael Ball play Sweeney Tood. That turned out to nothing compared to seeing him play Javert. He was onstage while everyone’s singing “One Day More,” but he didn’t sing the line “My place is here, I fight with you.” Still, at least it wasn’t Nick Jonas this time. Anyway, it’s not a bad version but there are some arrangement decisions that made me tilt my head. 2. Carousel – Live from Lincoln Center. I like Carousel a lot. I recognize it’s issues and the fact that it has probably the worst line of dialogue in any show ever. But I think done right, it’s the most interesting Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. It gets treated as a romance a lot but I think it’s more about deeply flawed people not quite making it work and then passing that on to the next generation. I find it incredibly sad. Specifically sad, not big enough to be called tragic. 3. Much Ado About Nothing – Shakespeare in the Park. They do interesting things to bookend the show but I’m disappointed they didn’t carry it through the rest of the show. But this production has a pretty charming Beatrice and Benedick and that’s really what you need. My biased favorite will always be David Tennant and Catherine Tate’s version, though. 4. Julius Caesar – National Theatre Live. It’s the kind of production that starts off with a rock band performing at a political rally and the stage is a series of platforms interspersed among the crowd. This wasn’t as annoying as I thought it was going to be. Probably because it also had Ben Whishaw as Brutus, Michelle Fairley as Cassius, and David Morrisey as Mark Antony. 5. Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles. One of the thoughts I had while watching this documentary is that it resonates so much because it’s one of the few musicals that is really focused on family. And the only other one I could think of off the top my head was Falsettos. I’ve basically run out of room here so I’ll stop so I can ask two questions. 1. I don’t have a Christmas musical tradition like I have for Easter and Halloween. Do either of you have any show suggestions? 2. I’ve spent a long time talking to Jones about musicals but almost none with Ian. So I’d like to get a sense of Ian’s tastes and experiences. Anyway, I’m so glad to have 2019 behind us. Here’s hoping 2020 isn’t terrible!
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User #13690213 - 26 Dec 19 23:11
Happy New Year!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-n0Fc_Ik7iw
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User #3611173 - 26 Dec 19 20:15
Hello! I’m gonna be honest, November and December were pretty intensely rough months so I spent my break relaxing and recovering rather than working on Unusuals. Because I don’t have much new content to share I decided to do a brief look back on how the game has evolved over the past decade. I hope to be back to regular updates next month. Happy New Year! (Non-Jones peeps please don’t watch before the showcase, and if you do please don’t comment about it. I’d also prefer Jones not see the ending before the showcase but I understand that you have to screen submissions.) (Edit: I realize my previous statements might have made it seem like there was some big surprise in the video. Don’t expect much lol. No release date or anything like that.) https://youtu.be/uJ1OOKY7eQg
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User #3611173 - 26 Dec 19 20:16
Please don’t evaporate! +2020 woot woot!
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User #13685238 - 26 Dec 19 21:51
Hi Jones, I just sent you my link. - L&R JB
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User #13685238 - 26 Dec 19 21:53
@Ian, I could never be mad =) <3<3
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User #6303659 - 6 Jan 20 22:07
a reminder for you to write your comment!! <3
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EasyAllies - 7 Jan 20 02:09
Heads up! The link you gave me didn't generate an MP3 but a file type I don't recognize. Not sure what changed from last month to this month. - Jones
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EasyAllies - 7 Jan 20 02:15
Got it! :) - Jones
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User #13685238 - 8 Jan 20 02:05
Hello allies... Here is a link to a different file instead of the letter that I submitted as my post for this showcase. This is the file I made for my Secret Santa gift for @ionwhat aka Adrian in the EZA Art discord/Twitter group which I thought you would all find more entertaining, but was waaaaaay too long to submit to the showcase (3min is not long enough Jones!) Anyways, enjoy! https://soundcloud.com/april-beatty-374006212/once-there-was001-the-story-of-sir-adrian
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User #3044666 - 26 Dec 19 20:16
Brandon, Ian, your personal shows make me feel like I know you well. I make many submissions, but I never told you about myself. I think it’s unfair and I want to fix this. I’m 35 years old and one word description of me is “Mathematician”. Not only because I have PhD in mathematics and good with numbers (at the age of 4 I remembered temperature, mass and other numerical aspects of Solar System’s planets). It’s just how my mind works. I apply logic to everything and deep down I perceive every problem as solvable puzzle. I can’t be convinced without proof, so marketing and loud opinions have no effect on me. I will never be hyped or depressed simply because losing control of yourself isn’t beneficial. Alas this feature makes hard to predict how others will feel about my words and actions, so sometimes I accidently cross the line. Sorry if I’m doing this now. Also sorry that I’m pledging less than you worth for me: my health never was great and I have to spend most of my income on doctors and medicine. Don’t worry, situation isn’t critical, I just can’t do some “normal” things. Like eating in café (my single-ingredient meal isn’t tasty enough for sale) or having typical social life. But since my logical mind easily suppresses unfulfillable desires, I’m happy with the life I have. Speaking of life, I enjoy programming, thinking, movies and listening music (although I don’t spend much time on the last two). I think programming is the ultimate art, because programs can create any art. But coding is just my hobby – I work as network engineer, which I obviously like. Previously I taught computer networks at university and since nobody cared what I’m doing I was insanely creative. I can make separate post about this if you interested. But my favorite thing is videogames. I like western RPGs, action-adventures, puzzles, story-driven, racing and some other. Story is my favorite aspect, especially if it doesn’t have happy ending. I like open world, but I need goals for exploration, so I love radio towers & quest markers. I hate grinding, needing to master combat and other progression blocks except puzzles. Cutting-edge visuals and modern game design are so important for me that I almost never like non-current-gen and retro games. I rarely play multiplayer, because I don’t have friends and I don’t want to be a burden to strangers. I dislike shadow-drops, timed events and other artificial urgencies. I can always wait to play a game and I don’t play two games simultaneously. I try all free games & demos from my subscriptions. I only buy games I want to complete, so I play 100% and finish 99% of my purchases. My backlog can get empty. I play mostly on Xbox (Game Pass), buy mostly on PC (much cheaper), use PS4 for exclusives and own Switch. Well, that’s a short slice of me. If you interested to know more, don’t hesitate to ask.
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User #13685238 - 26 Dec 19 21:56
Gater
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User #15493529 - 26 Dec 19 20:18
Hey Brandon and Ian! For this month’s piece of music, I wanted to try and arrange something that I felt deserved some representation for 2019’s Best Soundtrack and I ended up landing on the main theme for Final Fantasy XIV’s Shadowbringers expansion. Even as someone who hasn’t come close to touching the game, it was damn near impossible to go anywhere without hearing the praises of its soundtrack and it turns out, it was for good reason. The score by Masayoshi Soken definitely holds its own as an excellent series of standalone compositions and it should definitely be given a listen from anyone who enjoys some varied and well-composed video game music. Hope you all enjoy this condensed version of its main theme! Adam Hentschel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6d33zQvY90
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User #13685238 - 26 Dec 19 21:56
You got this!
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User #3047772 - 28 Dec 19 13:42
Took a day trip by ferry to an island about 40 minutes away from Seattle. https://tinyurl.com/v54klch Walked around Blakely Harbor Park, which has an abandoned mill that I poked around in. https://tinyurl.com/uqykwu3 https://tinyurl.com/v69exg2 https://tinyurl.com/rvc2hxl Then went and visited the Hall's Hill Labyrinth, which I think kind of reminds me of Myst or The Witness, which I know Ian enjoys. https://tinyurl.com/upq7qza https://tinyurl.com/rhdj57m https://tinyurl.com/yxy9ejmc https://tinyurl.com/w89ppbw The view from the labyrinth hill overlooking the bay https://tinyurl.com/ttczl5s
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User #3047772 - 28 Dec 19 13:43
smafety schmafety!
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User #4677740 - 26 Dec 19 20:13
Hello Ian and Jones, As promised im gonna talk about the series SKAM. I figured i'd explain what it is in this post first because it's kinda hard to talk about if your not familiar. Its a Norwegian web series, its 4 seasons total. It follows the lives of a group of teenagers as they make their way through school. Every week each episode was released in real time as short clips on a daily basis on a Norwegian Public Broadcaster called NRK, people would tune in and watch the clips everyday as they were released, or you could wait and watch all the clips together when they were out. by season three it broke all streaming records in Norway. It also had a big social media following. This lead to tons of fans providing translations for the show. Even cooler is there are SKAM adaptations/remakes that have been made everywhere all released differently and at their own speeds, which include Druck (SKAM Germany), SKAM france, SKAM Italia, SKAM Austin, SKAM NL (Neatherlands) wtFOCK (SKAM Belgium), and SKAM España I'm actually planning on watching all of the remakes and reviewing them in the coming months, so far i've seen SKAM og and Druck but i'm just going to be talking about the original this time. So each season follows mostly 1 character and their story but they all intertwine in some way. Season 1 mostly follows Eva and her relationship with Jonas as they go through hardships and her dealing with insecurities about their relationship and ultimately overcoming them. While making her own group of friends. Season 2 follows Noora one of the girls that Eva becomes friends with in S1. It follows her meeting and falling in love with William all while dealing with her traumatic past. This season also covers alot between the friendship group as well. Season 3 follows Isak and him meeting and falling for the charismatic Evan, it’s essentially him coming to terms with his sexual identity, but also covers some other topics like mental illness. Season 4 follows Sana The season deals heavily with her religion, she is islamic in the show and its entirely from her point of view. Also this season deals with topics like forbidden love and her friendships. The thing I love most about the show is the amount of Authenticity it has, everything feels so real from the performances to the situations the characters experience. The writing Is top notch and by the end of the show your so connected to all of the characters, and just in a short time it has become my one of my favorite shows of all time. that's all the room I have, I'll be back next month to talk about Druck and I’m going to be starting SKAM France next, season 5 was just announced and as your reading this it should premiere tomorrow! This is a big deal because it’s the first SKAM remake to do a completely new season! I'm super excited to talk more about it! Till next time. Happy New year guys ☺️
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User #13685238 - 26 Dec 19 21:55
Safety
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User #4677740 - 2 Jan 20 14:39
Also I didn’t check the length on this so feel free to edit what you have to for it to fit the submission requirements..😁
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User #7385497 - 26 Dec 19 22:39
Season's greasons, Allies! The 2010's are over and seeing as I've spent most of my teens and all of my life as young adult in that timespan, that feels weird! It was a decade of ups and downs, highs and lows. I grappled with my gender identity and realized I was nonbinary (which in retrospect puts my childhood fascination with androgynous anime characters in a whole other light), went through an existential crisis before finding my place in the world thanks to some great games and the words of late philosopher Alan Watts, and discovered my two all-time favourite artists, Burial, and Baths. But that's enough about my life story, I wanna get into my favourite games of 2019! Before I begin, a quick shoutout to Risk of Rain 2, which is STELLAR but also in early access. You'll get your chance in 2020, bud. 5: The Outer Worlds. I think I was less impressed by this game than most people were, I didn't really dig that combat all that much for instance, but it's hard to deny that the Outer Worlds tells a great story full of wonderful characters. Parvati is my baby. 4: Blasphemous. This delightfully morbid metroidvania is probably the closest any game not made by Fromsoft has come to feeling like a part of the Souls family, but where lesser games are content to just mimic the greatness of Souls, Blasphemous does what Hollow Knight did and pushes forward to show that it is not merely inspired by, but stands beside the Souls series as a true equal. Also, I never want to fight Expósito again, thanks. 3: Baba is You. I am TERRIBLE at this game, yet I cannot stop thinking about it. Underneath it's charmingly crude and cute exterior lies a mind-melting smorgasbord of puzzles that always seem to have one more brain-breaking new twist just when you thought you had seen it all. I have reached a point where I consistently need walkthroughs to progress, and this doesn't diminish my enjoyment one bit, because the sheer ingenuity of the solution is often as fun as figuring out what it is. 2: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Fromsoft's latest outing arrived this year with the best combat in the business and some of the most consistently fantastic bosses in their entire discography of pain. I had my reservations about the lack of RPG mechanics and a set protagonist, but I think they made a case for those changes, in the end. 1: Katana Zero. I went into Katana Zero expecting a slick cyberpunk romp and that's what I got, but I also got a brilliantly clever story full of jaw-dropping, gut-wrenching story moments and the best soundtrack of the year. Literally the only complaint I have with Katana Zero is that it ends too soon, and the dev is working to resolve that with a future content update, and I one for couldn't be more excited to see how this tale ends. So, that's that. Here's to a great 2020 for everyone watching! Love and Respect, Small Leviathan
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User #7385497 - 26 Dec 19 22:40
Hi, patreon! This is my post, don't eat it, please!
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User #14598418 - 27 Dec 19 10:05
Hey Ian and Jones! I got a new audio interface, so hopefully there is a noticeable difference in sound quality. I decided to test it out with an excellent song that I'd been saving for a bit because I didn't like how it sounded on the old interface. Hope you enjoy! https://youtu.be/xaRQ8nggGfU L&R - Ben
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User #14598418 - 27 Dec 19 10:05
Safety 1
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User #14598418 - 27 Dec 19 10:05
Safety 2
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User #2871074 - 26 Dec 19 20:12
Hold
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User #2871074 - 26 Dec 19 20:12
For sure will remember because its my birthday month
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User #3044780 - 28 Dec 19 13:26
Mine too!
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User #6303659 - 6 Jan 20 22:06
don't forget!! <3
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EasyAllies - 7 Jan 20 09:41
You either forgot or I can't see your update, FYI - Jones
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User #3046831 - 26 Dec 19 21:16
The 2020 release schedule is INSANE, and as I look at the release schedule of my anticipated games, the majority are coming so close to each other. As of this writing, it appears the first game to come out is the one I want the absolute most: Final Fantasy VII: Remake. I never tire of rewatching every trailer and presentation as my own Shenmue moment still echoes through time. Mr. Hinck was right: It didn't come for five years. And while March 3rd will be a happy day unlike any other, there’s no way I can get through it all in eight days, because March 11th is Ori and the Will of the Wisps’ new date. I’m not bummed it got delayed, but why go to March? While it is (and has been for some time) my most anticipated Xbox exclusive, I probably will still be working on Remake by the time my third game comes out: DOOM: Eternal, just nine days after Ori, on March 20th. I should be done with both Remake and Ori by mid-April, though I’ll probably be only partway through DOOM when April 16th arrives, and with it, CyberPunk 2077. CyberPunk’s sheer scope is intimidating, and I’m more than confident it will take forever to finish. I’ll be working on it by the time the next game I'm getting comes out six weeks later (but with finishing up DOOM, it’ll probably be more like three or four weeks). In between however, Gears Tactics is coming April 28. I’ve never played a game in the genre (though I’ve been tempted by Final Fantasy Tactics), but until the confirmed Xbox port comes sometime in the future, I’m going to hold off on it. Good thing too, what with CD Projekt Red's behemoth on the docket. Then, as we work our way through May and over two weeks after my birthday, comes The Last of Us Part II. Only VII: Remake surpasses this game for personal hype. Of my interests, I don’t think I’ve ever seen so little of a game, but be so overconfident it’ll be exceptional. The end of the year will be the dawn of a new generation, and while I’m never a first adopter because I need multiple games I’m interested in to be released so the initial investment pays off, Halo: Infinite being a Series X (weird name by the way) launch title is interesting. The rest of 2020 for me is vague, but exciting: Weird projects like The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe Edition and Superliminal; Games that draw heavy influence from others like Wrath: Aeon of Ruin (think old school DOOM/Quake in a gothic/fantasy setting) and Ghostrunner (Mirror’s Edge in a Cyberpunk setting). And even games I’m sure won’t be this year, like Beyond Good & Evil 2, Back 4 Blood (the spiritual successor to Left 4 Dead), and Witchfire. I know I’m crazy for typing this: But 2020 could be my personal favorite year of gaming before we even hit E3.
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User #6303659 - 26 Dec 19 20:18
Happy new year, Jones and Ian! I promise next month I'll get back to my D&D themed poetry, but this month I have some that's a little more personal. I grew up a queer kid in the American South and tried to wrangle that feeling a little bit. Hope y'all enjoy <3 doc link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xSR6TMnre5SWL43VozQ_O1peYT9G8tp1uSe4X1nOrrU/edit?usp=sharing L&R, Spencer (@spoolesofthread)
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User #6303659 - 26 Dec 19 20:18
casting hold comment...
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User #2732025 - 26 Dec 19 20:15
Hey Allies, I tend to show my latest venture in writing or art or whatever creative hobby has my interest in these monthly showcases, this month I think I'm gonna take a step back and tell y'all about me a little bit. I live in rural Alberta (that's Canadian Texas), and I've always been the very loudly queer and weird person. When I was younger I didn't take as much pride in that as I do now. My interests range from embroidery to horror video games to analyzing characters in any sort of media (English teachers loved me) to farming sims. My favourite fictional characters in the entire world are Edmund Pevensie from Narnia, Spencer Reid from Criminal Minds, and George Weasley from Harry Potter (don't worry, Steve Burnside is still top five). One of my favourite jokes is "what does the L in Kit L Snow stand for?". While I always believed I would end up in a creative industry, I work in the weed industry and kind of love it? I technically graduated high school a year early but had to go back over an error about a class. And after spending my entire life believing I couldn't survive on my own, I've been living by myself for almost a year.  I also have multiple disorders, mental and physical that affect my daily life. The heavy hitters being severe depression, PTSD, and being autistic to name a few.  But I'm not just surviving, I'm thriving My point here is to try and show to people who are struggling as I have, that they're not alone in it. Mental health is so exceedingly important, and anyone can be affected by it. On the outside, I appear pretty confident. My fashion sense can be called… bold. I can be loud and obnoxious People always seem shocked when I tell them about one thing or another to do with my health, and that's my point. Anyone can succumb to poor mental health. To those who are struggling, you are loved and you are not alone. To others, be kind. Have empathy. I'll end this with a sort of thank you. The friends I've made, and bonded with, in my time in EZA's community has meant the world to me. I am a better person for knowing and learning from the people I've met. I found EZA during a rough time in my life, and I can honestly say my life would be completely different had I not. This past year alone I hit almost every milestone I never thought I would ranging from moving out of my parent's house to taking the first steps to legally changing my name to actually driving. It's love and support I got from this community, from the friends I've made and got closer to, that have helped me become the person that I am today. I'm confident in myself, and I'm content. Thank you EZA community for being welcoming and supportive. Kit Lev Snow
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User #13685238 - 26 Dec 19 21:55
Dance!
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User #255677 - 26 Dec 19 23:17
Hi everybody. Hope you are well and that you stay well in the new year. Please enjoy this video I made. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJjYlEgRLUA
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User #3050908 - 26 Dec 19 21:05
Practice makes perfect. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kC57y4BhhZI
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User #3050908 - 26 Dec 19 21:05
Whachu got to say?!
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As 2019 comes to a close, we look at what Nintendo has in store for 2020.

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User #1016176 - 26 Dec 19 15:59
Podcast feed is not showing up for Early Access users.
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User #6164639 - 26 Dec 19 17:36
Indeed
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User #3477994 - 26 Dec 19 11:31
Liked the episode, but I had a big issue with it. Every time you discuss the power of different consoles I get incredibly frustraded, because you seem to have only minimal understanding of how the powerful a Switch "Pro" has to be in comparison to a regualr Switch to reach you feverdreams of requests for resolution and framerate. (It's especially hard to listen to, if Kyle thorws out nonsense like: "The Switches home menu is 720p") I'm no expert in this topic either, but there are great videos going into detail of the power differences between the consoles and rumored iterations. Digital Foundry does a phenomenal job discussing this in their videos explaining technical limitations and setting realistic expectations for a Switch "Pro", just by explaining how the Switch works and what other hardware would be available by Nvidia for an upgraded Switch. So my request is: Either do your do dilligence and educate yourself on the topic (not just the Switch "Pro", but console hardware power in general) or stop discussing stuff like this. Because with discussions like this you just set yourself and other less tech savy people up for disapointment, all while misinforming your adience. L&R for Germany
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User #3045585 - 26 Dec 19 13:31
triggered.
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User #3477994 - 26 Dec 19 13:38
Thank you for your constructive feedback, I will take it into consideration for future responses
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EasyAllies - 27 Dec 19 15:55
You might find this article by Digital Foundry interesting and perhaps you too can educate yourself. "However, even while docked to a TV, the UI still renders at 720p. " https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-2017-nintendo-switch-review (from Kyle)
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User #3477994 - 28 Dec 19 13:08
Thanks for the link, somehow I forgot about the 720p UI. Sorry about that Kyle. But I still think that Damianis hopes for everything to run at least at 720p/60fps or even 1080/60 on an upgraded Switch, is incredibly unrealistic, given that the switch uses mobile hardware.
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User #3047249 - 26 Dec 19 10:00
For Animal Crossing, the island is likely going to be it, but that's not a bad thing as for the first time ever you're building up the town there from scratch! The island still experiences snowy winters and such too, so rest easy, varied climates and elevations will still be a thing. Damiani made Nook Miles sound gross, but they're just a bonus currency to buy stuff with instead of using bells or crafting. There's no microtransaction nonsense revealed yet. It is instead like the MEOW Coupons from the Welcome Amiibo update of New Leaf. When Villagers show up to your island, the animals will just "set up shop" in tents. That's the time when you can ask them to move if they landed in a spot you don't like and pick out their new spot. Here's some things Damiani didn't mention. There's new nose and mouth shapes for you to choose for your player, instead of everyone having the same ones. Although not confirmed yet, they've shown us various kinds of back accessories that heavily suggest additional storage through backpacks and fish tins and such. Arguably the biggest "new" feature of these games (technically was a thing in Happy Home Designer) is being able to place any furniture outside on your island now. This is a massive expansion to the Public Works Projects of New Leaf in essence. This is what will really make the game feel vastly different, and people will be able to highly customize the feel of their island, now both inside the houses and outside on the island itself! For the fans, they finally seemed to fix the dreaded Animal Paths, aka Grass Deterioration, by instead now introducing a dedicated Pathing Tool for constructing your own footpaths around the island instead of having to artificially make them by putting design tiles on the ground one at a time. Crafting is a new alternative for just buying everything with bells, but you can also still just buy everything with bells if that's how you prefer to play. Animal Villager clothing no longer converts to tee shirts for them all. There's much more varied clothing, and for the first time ever it all properly displays on the animals, even sheep! (which means no more scarves for Sheep) You can finally make villagers with darker skin tone shades that retain those shades permanently instead of needing to tan constantly! I'm maintaining a topic for New Horizons on the EZA forums if you want to follow along with the updates as they trickle out to stay informed on the stuff they haven't spotlit yet via Direct: https://forums.easyallies.com/topic/5404/animal-crossing-new-horizons-switch
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User #10512316 - 26 Dec 19 21:34
i think the ultimate worry is it might feel like an expansion of pocket camp which doesn’t seem enticing.
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User #3047249 - 26 Dec 19 22:57
That won't happen. We already know from what they've shown that they're fundamentally different kinds of games from one another. Pocket Camp is possibly a preview into some of the new clothing, accessories, and furniture they're making for New Horizons, like there are already backpacks in Pocket Camp, except the ones in Pocket Camp don't expand our inventory and are just for looks. Once they went back on the original plan of having Pocket Camp connect to New Horizons, New Horizons was entirely saved from the microtransaction hell of Pocket Camp.
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User #470209 - 27 Dec 19 11:48
This is the kind of Easy Ally hardcore Animal Crossing fandom I’m looking for!
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User #2800068 - 26 Dec 19 10:36
Normally the sound cloud link is the thumbnail for the patreon post. For some reason it's the youtube thumbnail. But the SoundCloud link had a convenient download button right there in the heading. Now I have to hit the sound cloud link which opens the app. But even then, I can't even locate the download button in the app.
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User #10130098 - 29 Dec 19 03:29
Bravely Second did a lot to fix the structural problems of Bravely Default. There was still a time travel/multi-dimensional element to the story (you actually had to start a New Game Plus at one point to progress the plot), but they eliminated the repetition that made the first game a slog to finish.
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User #807974 - 2 Jan 20 19:33
Correction: Daminai said the Video Game Awards had almost a million viewers. On Twitter Daniel Ahmed said the VGAs had 7.5 million concurrent viewers.
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User #13690213 - 26 Dec 19 02:09
It's Christmas. Everyone's gone home and the dishes are clean. And here I was looking for something chill and cozy to wind down with. Thanks and Happy Holidays!
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User #11291057 - 26 Dec 19 08:08
Yasss
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User #3098232 - 26 Dec 19 18:59
Do I have to get SoundCloud to download the audio version? Usually I can download it straight to Patreon but I’m now seeing that option.
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User #1016176 - 26 Dec 19 20:18
The audio feed just went live.
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Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah! This is it. The last live Cup of Jones of 2019. Not entirely sure what I’m going to do next week. There’s a chance it’ll just be a text post wishing you all a Happy New Year. We’ll see. Lots of personal questions this week, so make sure not to miss those below if you want the full Cup experience. Today’s editorial will be about my lifelong love of Star Wars. I will keep my thoughts regarding The Rise of Skywalker out of it completely, so don’t worry about spoilers. No, really. What? Why are you looking at me like that?

00:09:38 - Business Questions
01:10:20 - Editorial: 42 Years of Star Wars

- Brandon


DISCLAIMER: I take questions for each Cup of Jones episode from the original video post. Questions from this audio-only post will not be used in future episodes. The video version is typically posted just before this one, so scroll down our Patreon page to find it.


PERSONAL QUESTIONS

PROFESSOR METAL GEAR - Did you mean Disneyland Shanghai as another park you have not visited for the answer to this week's personal comment? JONES - Correct. My Disney Park gaps include Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Disney Studios in Paris.

PROFESSOR METAL GEAR - Now that the Imagineering Story on Disney+ has concluded (?), what are your thoughts on Disney building another park and where would you think it would be built? JONES - I think Florida is the most obvious choice, because there is such a massive amount of undeveloped land. But I could also see Disney sticking to improving their existing property for the next decade as well. As much as I love Disney parks, I’m not much of a fortune teller when it comes to their plans, nor do I ravenously devour news the moment it comes out. I like to be surprised.

DANIEL RIBEIRO - Now that you've been a father for most of the year, was it everything or more than you were expecting? What did you learn about fatherhood this year? And what is one of the best memories you've had with Milo - that you have not mentioned on camera before? JONES - I haven’t really gone into detail about bringing him home from the NICU in July, but the relief we felt in that moment hasn’t really been topped for me. Seeing him in his own bed, and not a plastic hospital device, was a comfort unlike anything I had ever experienced. On a more basic level, I really enjoy taking the guy around our backyard. He loves looking up into the leaves of the trees, and I’m trying to get him as obsessed with nature as possible. So far, so good.

HELEN Y - Kyle said in the most recent podcast that you give him the eternal heebie jeebies because of a song you sang during a GT Rockband stream. What, if anything, gives you eternal heebie jeebies? JONES - Dark water. The scariest thing I can imagine is being lost in the middle of the ocean at night, and either seeing or feeling something massive swimming below you and getting closer.

HAPPY GAMING - If you had to change an existing Disneyland ride or attraction to be a part of or incorporate elements from a now-owned Disney property (Star Wars, Marvel, Ghibli), which would you choose and how would you change it? JONES - If I were to do this, it would have to be a temporary, seasonal thing. I’m actually not a huge fan of properties taking over other properties. Even Jack Sparrow showing up on what was technically his own ride irked me a bit. I would LOVE it if every single ride in the park got some sort of Halloween makeover, however small, every October. Even the Submarine Voyage. I would go multiple days to see it all.

BK SINGER - The recent Kill Your Babies Easy Update was fantastic. Since it came up, I'm curious: Final Fantasy VI or Red Dead Redemption 2? Which would you kill and why? JONES - Brutal. I would probably axe Red Dead. I’m still holding out for a Final Fantasy VI remake, and killing it would also kill any chance of that happening. If I want to be a cowboy, there are other places I can go, and Rockstar has made so many other games that I enjoy over and over again. But, wow, brutal.


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User #4924347 - 24 Dec 19 12:29
Brandon, I’m glad someone shares my dread of dark water. The Lighthouse by Robert Eggers this year was pretty frightening and tense film throughout, but there is one particular scene which stuck with me, all because of dark water and a creepy shape.
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Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah! This is it. The last live Cup of Jones of 2019. Not entirely sure what I’m going to do next week. There’s a chance it’ll just be a text post wishing you all a Happy New Year. We’ll see. Lots of personal questions this week, so make sure not to miss those below if you want the full Cup experience. Today’s editorial will be about my lifelong love of Star Wars. I will keep my thoughts regarding The Rise of Skywalker out of it completely, so don’t worry about spoilers. No, really. What? Why are you looking at me like that?

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpxXlI5LN-g

- Brandon


DISCLAIMER: I take questions from the post comments on the previous week’s episode here on Patreon. You can ask a business-related question which I may answer live, or a personal question which I may answer below. If your business question was not answered live, I either replied to it in the comments, or referenced the answer in a recent episode. Feel free to inquire why your question wasn't included, or ask the same question a second time if you think I may have missed it. I will edit your comment/question before reading it live to ensure the show moves as quickly as possible. I typically grab all the questions by midnight (PT) the night before each episode, and will leave a comment when I’ve finished collecting them.


PERSONAL QUESTIONS

PROFESSOR METAL GEAR - Did you mean Disneyland Shanghai as another park you have not visited for the answer to this week's personal comment? JONES - Correct. My Disney Park gaps include Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Disney Studios in Paris.

PROFESSOR METAL GEAR - Now that The Imagineering Story on Disney+ has concluded (?), what are your thoughts on Disney building another park and where would you think it would be built? JONES - I think Florida is the most obvious choice, because there is such a massive amount of undeveloped land. But I could also see Disney sticking to improving their existing property for the next decade as well. As much as I love Disney parks, I’m not much of a fortune teller when it comes to their plans, nor do I ravenously devour news the moment it comes out. I like to be surprised.

DANIEL RIBEIRO - Now that you've been a father for most of the year, was it everything or more than you were expecting? What did you learn about fatherhood this year? And what is one of the best memories you've had with Milo - that you have not mentioned on camera before? JONES - I haven’t really gone into detail about bringing him home from the NICU in July, but the relief we felt in that moment hasn’t really been topped for me. Seeing him in his own bed, and not a plastic hospital device, was a comfort unlike anything I had ever experienced. On a more basic level, I really enjoy taking the guy around our backyard. He loves looking up into the leaves of the trees, and I’m trying to get him as obsessed with nature as possible. So far, so good.

HELEN Y - Kyle said in the most recent podcast that you give him the eternal heebie jeebies because of a song you sang during a GT Rockband stream. What, if anything, gives you eternal heebie jeebies? JONES - Dark water. The scariest thing I can imagine is being lost in the middle of the ocean at night, and either seeing or feeling something massive swimming below you and getting closer.

HAPPY GAMING - If you had to change an existing Disneyland ride or attraction to be a part of or incorporate elements from a now-owned Disney property (Star Wars, Marvel, Ghibli), which would you choose and how would you change it? JONES - If I were to do this, it would have to be a temporary, seasonal thing. I’m actually not a huge fan of properties taking over other properties. Even Jack Sparrow showing up on what was technically his own ride irked me a bit. I would LOVE it if every single ride in the park got some sort of Halloween makeover, however small, every October. Even the Submarine Voyage. I would go multiple days to see it all.

BK SINGER - The recent Kill Your Babies Easy Update was fantastic. Since it came up, I'm curious: Final Fantasy VI or Red Dead Redemption 2? Which would you kill and why? JONES - Brutal. I would probably axe Red Dead. I’m still holding out for a Final Fantasy VI remake, and killing it would also kill any chance of that happening. If I want to be a cowboy, there are other places I can go, and Rockstar has made so many other games that I enjoy over and over again. But, wow, brutal.


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User #7946388 - 25 Dec 19 15:30
Merry Christmas Brandon! Since we had talked about it before, I was wondering if you have more interest in Yakuza Like a Dragon now that they've announced their "Sujimon Collection" side activity for the game. Each Sujimon have their own weaknesses and abilities and there is even an Encyclopedia that gives you information about them. The game has 252 Sujimon to collect and become a Sujimon Master. More info here: https://gematsu.com/2019/12/yakuza-like-a-dragon-has-sujimon-collection-element Thoughts?
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User #26013575 - 30 Dec 19 01:10
Hey jones. With the year coming to a close I was curious about something you wish you could’ve changed this year and/or this decade. L+R Jason
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User #5069135 - 24 Dec 19 08:09
Hi jones. On the last frametrap you mentioned having trouble beating breath of fire 1. Would you be willing to stream this game in order to let the eza community help you figure out how to beat the game together? L&R Alex.
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User #3044436 - 23 Dec 19 20:43
It was frustrating watching you battle the elite four and not use ice punch. I would have done the same thing my first time as well but that's what made it fun.
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User #965806 - 23 Dec 19 21:01
Have a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!!!
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User #5804310 - 24 Dec 19 18:22
Jones I am glad you didn't use Ice Punch in that fight because it forced you into a very difficult situation where you were almost constantly 1 turn away from death. Seeing you survive, bet, and make informed decisions on how to survive felt like way more of a test of skill then seeing you use a correct attack. It made the fight feel honest and epic, I couldn't ask for more. I think the people complaining weren't actually annoyed as much as just wanting that W. You got it and it was guuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuud. Happy Holidays, Jones.
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User #3045346 - 24 Dec 19 00:09
I was not frustrated watching you battle the elite 4. I was afraid you were going to lose and then run out of time before you needed to leave for Star Wars, give up, and then decide that you didn't want to play anymore. That failing at the Elite 4 was some kind of appropriate ending and that we would miss out on the post-game reveal.
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User #833189 - 29 Dec 19 13:59
Can easy allies have a "flash sale" on your spreadshirt site since it's going to be deleted soon?
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User #3046831 - 24 Dec 19 00:15
(For the next live episode when you’ll take questions) Hey Mr. Jones! Now that we’re in January (and I’m sure will be one of the top topics for this episode), I was curious what the GOTY plans are this year. Will EZA stream deliberations again? What categories will EZA keep outside of the big one and which will be swapped out? Will you be dedicating a group stream for personal lists as well like last year? What date should we save in our calendars for all the content? Regardless of the plan, I’m looking forward to EZA’s GOTYs. I hope you had a Happy New Year and as always, thanks for reading and have a wonderful rest of your day! Cheers! P.S.: Per your request for comments regarding your Silver Final Four experience: FULL DISCLOSURE – Yes, I am one person who felt despair that you kept not picking Ice Punch would cause you to restart the whole challenge. While keeping your experience, failure would’ve caused you to lose out on items used and money spent. So in the moment, yes, personally speaking it was frustrating during the fight. HOWEVER. As you clearly explained in your mid-episode editorial, because you’re being kept from playing how you would’ve normally played, and with the exhilaration when you overcame the challenge, it legitimately was more entertaining to see you just brute force it as opposed to knowing the typing beforehand. In the moment, sure, we all would like to see you know the typing, leading to easier victories and more progress on streams, but with hindsight being 20/20, I realize that how you did it made me feel more elation than if you would have known the typing advantage ahead of time. Personally speaking, It’s VERY hard to know how something will feel better from the struggle, when experiencing it comfortably and predictably. You did awesome, and I can’t wait to see you revisit Kanto. QUESTION: What is EZA’s GOTY plans this year? Any changes from previous years and when will it take place?
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User #3045346 - 26 Dec 19 22:13
Please consider doing a EZA Reacts to EZA 2019 edition before the anniversary. Last year's one was so much fun.
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User #5341747 - 23 Dec 19 22:52
A while back, I recommended the YouTube channel Bright Sun Films for their documentary videos about cancelled and abandoned Disney parks. Did you get around to checking it out?
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User #7875223 - 27 Dec 19 02:24
Happy new year Jones! Is EZA going to Gamescom this year? It would be a joy to see you roam the video game playground that is Gamescom, and for many European Allies and Patreon supporters, it would be the only chance to ever meet you guys in person. I thought I better ask now, because if I would ask three months prior to the event, you would probably already have different plans, and the answer would be "maybe next year." If there should be true intentions among the Allies to make this happen, please don't sleep on it. L&R Snowcone Guy
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User #3044666 - 30 Dec 19 06:22
No questions this time, just two things FYI: 1. In "Community Showcase - January 2020" you typed "No submissions will be accepted past January 7, 2019". 2. I was one of those people who were sad that you didn’t review Geedfall. After finishing this game I must admit that you were right to skip it. It feels like work in progress that’s at least one year before release. Many interiors are literally copy-pasted; VO can be all over the place during single dialog; AI has navigation problems; camera can clip through objects during dialogs; combat is fast but unresponsive; control configuration is weird; fast-travel is too restrictive resulting in a lot of running back and forth. There are some good aspects too, but at this point it’s very hard to enjoy them. Maybe it will be worth to return to in Don’t Skip form after several years of patches (if they will patch it), but in 2019 you made the right call to prioritize other games over Greedfall.
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User #260953 - 24 Dec 19 05:39
About the Ice Punch moment in Silver Squad (actual question later): Being tense you weren't using ice punch was part of the fun! We like to amuse ourselves in chat. It wasn't really directed at you or in want of any solution, it was just an audience doing their "oooooooooooh"s and "aaaaaaaaaa!!!"s At least that's the way I view it! ---- Ben established Don't Skip as a vehicle for talking about games with a extremely personal voice (literally too). Now we got your Don't Skip with your opinions and experiences. What about the other allies? Ian and Don's previous HoG submissions are basically Don't Skip videos (well, with some small revisions they could be). Maybe Don has a venue to finally use his full script for AvP? They already have the right mindset to make a Don't Skip so maybe all that is left for that to happen is some friendly nudging? Just saying. I'd love to see a Don't Skip from all the allies, written and voiced by each one but those two I've highlighted seemed to be closer to the path to fully produce one. L&R
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User #3045346 - 26 Dec 19 22:18
Totally agree with what you said about chat doing what an audience does. I like to think of it like how someone watching sports on TV might yell at the screen. Chat is not really talking to you at those times. We're just screaming at each other.
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User #255677 - 29 Dec 19 12:21
Hi Jones - is Amanda there with you today, and if so, could we please trouble her for a rendition of her line from the Shrek the Third video game? Thanks, Space Dom
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User #5429325 - 27 Dec 19 12:39
I have that fear too! It's called Thalassophobia ( I hope I spelled it right)
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Gulp, here we go. The movie is all over the place, social media is all over the place, and so (predictably) so are we. This was originally going to be a 5-person panel, but Ben and Huber had to back out, and if they hadn't this might have gone on for 3 hours. Hopefully there's something in here for everyone. If you were frustrated by Episode IX, so were we, and we go into exhaustive detail why. If Episode IX gave you all the good feels and happy beeps, we share plenty of moments that made us revere this series that we love so much. It's a week full of big emotions. Come share them with us! If you've seen the movie, that is.

- Brandon

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User #3049673 - 23 Dec 19 18:09
I think Disney is playing the long game with star wars, when the first movie came out, my hype level was at 10, the second movie was 5 the third movie -10. What I am thinking is they achieved their goal where the movies are no longer special they are now, "well it can only get better form here" or "maybe the next one will be a hit" the fans of the original who are upset will just have to admit defeat and say they no longer like it and move on while Disney focuses on the new fans or whoever is left.
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User #3046193 - 23 Dec 19 03:43
I’d like there to be a sequel to this spoiler mode with the other allies.
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User #6351416 - 23 Dec 19 18:04
I actually loved this movie and it was just as good on the third viewing! It wasn't cinematically pleasing so to speak, but full of heart. For me Star Wars has always been a pulp movie but in space. So hokey moments don't bother me much. Kylo Ren is definitely the stand out character of this trilogy and I'm glad we finally got to see OP Rey. For me, it was far better than 1, 2 & 6.
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User #3048207 - 22 Dec 19 20:41
Will watch later, but damn. A three hour Spoiler Mode would have been amazing
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User #14513188 - 23 Dec 19 03:20
The Last Jedi I loved on first viewing, and on repeat viewings of it as well as empire and ROTJ I've realized how Rhian Johnson manages to weave the lessons of the prequels and OT (the Jedi obsession with discipline and suppression of emotion is just another manifestation of the dark side) into a message that truly gave a platform for Rey to be something new and create something new in the same vein of Luke. And then this movie came out and it felt like it was written by a high council of redditors who all got wet over snoke fan theories.
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User #5696086 - 23 Dec 19 00:32
Thanks for doing this! I’ve been looking forward to Brandon and Brad’s thoughts for a while. Definitely agree with most of what you guys said. It’s a shame it wasn’t a slam dunk. Don’t be afraid to be critical, these spoiler modes are much more enjoyable when you guys actually say what you feel.
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User #13728263 - 23 Dec 19 00:24
I became a patron JUST FOR THIS. Super happy to finally be able to Support EZA!
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User #11099778 - 23 Dec 19 09:56
I feel like every point at which the story could have gotten interesting, the writers instead chose to take the most boring and bland possible option.
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User #13690213 - 23 Dec 19 05:45
Overture
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User #10853913 - 23 Dec 19 00:38
I've been a little frustrated by the critical reception of this one, not because it's an exceptional movie by any stretch of the imagination, but because from some corners I've sensed almost an unwillingness to engage with it beyond unfavorable comparisons to TLJ, which I thought was similarly good but flawed (albeit in completely different ways). So I just wanted to thank you guys for producing one of the most even-handed, on-point evaluations of it I've encountered so far.
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User #11893957 - 23 Dec 19 17:01
Jolly and fair conversation. I very much enjoyed this movie.
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User #5231415 - 23 Dec 19 13:21
This movie was terrible and easily the lowest point of this trilogy which is also the worst of the trilogies for me hands down. They should just stick to animated shows for Star Wars.
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User #9762697 - 22 Dec 19 21:27
Was waiting for this!
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User #3044666 - 23 Dec 19 04:04
I will watch this movie when it will be available digitally, preferably with free subscription. So I'll avoid spoilers for now, but I'll watch this in 2020 (or 2021).
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User #9762697 - 22 Dec 19 21:28
I was laughing at the serious moments in this film. I was crying at the Witcher show.
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User #859471 - 23 Dec 19 14:32
Man this movie is super divisive. I for one enjoyed it. Wasn’t my favorite Star Wars. Wasn’t my least favorite. And I really wish an arc had been established from episode vii to follow so there wasn’t things that JJ clearly “corrected”
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User #11882207 - 22 Dec 19 23:12
Not sure if you mention it because I’m still in hour 1, but palpetine’s chamber at the end gave me FF7 vibes: old villain goes to a cold, isolated location to recover from their greatest defeat, and surrounds themselves with a legion of black-robed followers (who might be clones).
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User #18279644 - 23 Dec 19 06:33
Please do a sequel to this Spoiler Mode with the other allies. Maybe even make it a trilogy. But I’d love to hear the other allies’ opinions and feels regarding Rise of Skywalker. JJ did the best he could to tell a cohesive storyline that awkwardly tries to justify the differences between episode 7 and 8. I liked episode 9 but ultimately, I agree with Damiani that this trilogy suffered from poor decisions made by the executives currently in charge of the Star Wars franchise.
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User #3044914 - 23 Dec 19 06:17
Brad is 100% wrong. Only watched first 5 mins so far but Palatine being the father was NOT planned ever. JJ didn't even think about what would happen in 8 much less 9. It was a straight ass pull to retread the same old ground.
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User #3049673 - 23 Dec 19 18:00
There is an entire theory on youtube about it, and that was just from the first movie, not the second one where Luke says she went directly to the dark side lol
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User #2583152 - 22 Dec 19 20:13
I think movies of this cultural magnitude deserve however many hours they inspire from yall
Frame Trap - Episode 97 "Holiday Hangout"
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Ben, Brad, and Brandon get in the holiday spirit by talking about both new releases and older titles including Darksiders Genesis, Halo: Reach on PC, Path of Exile, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Breath of Fire, and Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes. Ben also gives his first impressions of The Witcher Netflix TV show.

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04:24 - Darksiders Genesis

15:07 - Breath of Fire 1 & 2

44:01 - The Witcher Netflix TV Show

51:10 - Halo: Reach on PC

01:00:02 - Caught in a Frame Trap: Real or Fake - Star Wars Planets

01:08:35 - Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

01:18:23 - Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes

01:34:05 - Path of Exile Metamorph League

01:42:30 - HOTTAKE: Speculating on the reactions to some of the biggest games of 2020

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User #3045479 - 22 Dec 19 08:46
Private 😭
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User #7266707 - 23 Dec 19 06:02
REPUBLIC COMMANDOS!
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User #23251363 - 22 Dec 19 18:43
NEED a Galaxy of Heroes Don't Skip now
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User #12790186 - 27 Dec 19 20:10
Second. Loved the conversation about galaxy of heroes.
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User #26150447 - 22 Dec 19 18:25
Breeze through Control? I fuckin wish. Love that game so much, but once I got the Floating ability, the difficulty ramped up so much for me. Haven’t been able to finish it.
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User #16463539 - 22 Dec 19 09:59
Fixed :)
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User #4377414 - 22 Dec 19 15:06
I rarely comment, but all of that Breath of Fire talk I felt I had to. The whole time you guys were talking about 1 & 2 I kept screaming for someone to play Breath of Fire 3. It's one of my favorite games. I love it and I really truly think you would like it Ben. Hopefully one day you can get to it. Thanks for the episode and love and respect.
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User #5069135 - 22 Dec 19 16:03
Hi allies. I think its awesome that jones goes through the breath of fire games....maybe my memory is off but i thought you had at least four active characters in your party in the first one and there were more characters than the 4 slots in the game overall. Anyway hope jones likes the second bof more.L&R Alex
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User #3047249 - 22 Dec 19 09:53
Video link seems fixed now.
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User #3045301 - 22 Dec 19 09:06
Same problem for me, although the audio works fine so I'm downloading that.
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User #3048207 - 22 Dec 19 20:46
Ben, I'm begging you. Please have Huber on the next episode so you two can discuss each other's thoughts on Episode IX.
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User #3537395 - 22 Dec 19 08:39
Youtube link says the video is private :-(
Don't Skip - Bully
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Rockstar Games has excelled the past few generations with blockbusters like Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption 2, but one of the best games they ever made launched on the PlayStation 2 in 2006 and is currently playable on a console you likely own. Bully might look like child's play, but it's actually a heartwarming open world packed with fun pranks and a clever story.


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User #4290134 - 21 Dec 19 16:21
Bought it too damn you Jones
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User #3048185 - 18 Dec 19 21:31
Wow! Nice video of Canis Canem Edit what it is called in europe. You got me to buy it on the PSN store today. You got me Jones!
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User #11099778 - 19 Dec 19 17:20
I like that title more personally, it translates to each man for himself.
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User #11099778 - 19 Dec 19 17:20
I like that title more personally, it translates to each man for himself.
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User #3076054 - 18 Dec 19 14:09
Wow, didn't expect to see this gem. Hoping for a sequel soon
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User #162608 - 18 Dec 19 15:36
Probably never going to play Bully, but I'll always listen to other's speak highly of it.
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User #15384369 - 18 Dec 19 06:14
A personal favorite of mine. Glad to see it acknowledged! L&R
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User #21208031 - 18 Dec 19 05:50
Bully is such an amazing game and holds a special place in my gaming history. So happy to see a Don’t Skip made for this game! L&R
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User #964705 - 18 Dec 19 10:27
Nice video Jones. Any talk of Bully gets me excited for a sequel. For me the definitive edition is the Wii version. L&R
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User #10853913 - 18 Dec 19 16:42
Bully was one of the few games I played during a time when I had largely lost interest in gaming, and I have such fond memories of it. Always good to see it recognized. Nice job, Jones!
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User #11099778 - 18 Dec 19 10:59
Loved this video, the editing and writing were on point! There actually was a Bully sequel in the works, but it kind of fizzled out, which I'm fine with. I would rather they start on a sequel with a clear direction in mind over a sequel made for money.
Ian Thinks Movie Games Are Trash - Huber's Prison of Love
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Ian isn't ready for movies and games to collide.

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User #3160460 - 4 Jan 20 14:53
Love Ian, fun elisode!
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User #3049673 - 19 Dec 19 05:11
I don't know why but the end of each ep is the best part, the way they edit it so jolly every time :)
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User #3063535 - 18 Dec 19 18:07
Oooh maaan...
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User #13685238 - 18 Dec 19 19:23
Wow Ian AND Hugh Jackman?!?! ❤❤
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User #3044543 - 18 Dec 19 18:06
I'm disappointed that Ian's Prison of Love isn't The Last of Us. But that X-Men game is better than the film.
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User #11099778 - 19 Dec 19 08:53
Maybe Huber knows that no matter how much he tries, Ian probably won't turn around on it. I wouldn't be surprised if he has already tried.
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User #21208031 - 19 Dec 19 04:43
Easter egg discovered. So jolly!
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User #11099778 - 19 Dec 19 08:52
I absolutely love this show, easily the most wholesome gaming content I've seen in a while!
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User #3062402 - 18 Dec 19 21:16
This is a GOOD SHOW. It's fun to watch and it's got those First Fifteen vibes. JOLLY GOOD. Love & Respect!
Cup of Jones - December 16, 2019 - Audio
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It’s Star Wars week, y’all. Sure we have other stuff going on here at Easy Allies. We’re building Gundams, playing more board games, and I’m trying out Metroid Prime for the very first time. But the entire week I’m just going to be emotionally preparing myself for whatever the heck I’m going to watch late Thursday night. We’re going to extend our Silver Squad stream by another hour or so to finish the series, but I gotta take off by about 10:30 PM at the latest to catch my showtime of Episode IX. So apologies if I’m a little distracted this week in our shoots and streams. I’m trying to keep my expectations in check but I’m sure I’ll be a complete weirdo until Friday morning.

00:16:46 - Business Questions
00:57:38 - Editorial: The Unfortunate Necessity of Parties

- Brandon


DISCLAIMER: I take questions for each Cup of Jones episode from the original video post. Questions from this audio-only post will not be used in future episodes. The video version is typically posted just before this one, so scroll down our Patreon page to find it.


PERSONAL QUESTIONS

TIM AUGUSTIN - Have you visited more than one Disneyland location? If so - which one would you recommend? It's always been my dream to go, but the trip would be something I'd have to save up for for a very long time. JONES - I have visited every Disneyland in the world with the exception of Disney Studios in Paris, Hong Kong, and Disneyland. I think Florida will get you the biggest bang for your buck because there are 4 parks and they’re all fantastic, not to mention the ESPN sports area, the water parks, and a ton of hotels to choose from with their own aesthetic and fun stuff to do. However, DisneySea in Japan is the single coolest Disney park I’ve ever been to for reasons too numerous to get into here. But Japan is super expensive, even if you’re not going to a theme park.


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User #242162 - 17 Dec 19 11:32
Thank you for answering both of my questions. I did take notice after asking that the Allies did watch the No More Heroes 3 extended trailer in the stream. It's a little sad that they didn't let the whole trailer play out at the awards, because the pacing in the extended version is absolutely perfect for the eventual surprise fake out. Despite the missed potential, I think it still functioned fantastically as a trailer that got your attention and explained the basic premise, hence why I was curious if a Trailer Jones could be made about it, in addition to Reactions. Thanks again, Austin Kruckmeyer
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User #3045630 - 18 Dec 19 21:46
Don't know where to post this; and probably been mentioned before; but EZA should look at Floatplane; it would be a better place to live (ithink) and combines what you do at Patreon+Youtube (probably a gamble though; but at least i wanted you guys to know it exists ).
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It’s Star Wars week, y’all. Sure we have other stuff going on here at Easy Allies. We’re building Gundams, playing more board games, and I’m trying out Metroid Prime for the very first time. But the entire week I’m just going to be emotionally preparing myself for whatever the heck I’m going to watch late Thursday night. We’re going to extend our Silver Squad stream by another hour or so to finish the series, but I gotta take off by about 10:30 PM at the latest to catch my showtime of Episode IX. So apologies if I’m a little distracted this week in our shoots and streams. I’m trying to keep my expectations in check but I’m sure I’ll be a complete weirdo until Friday morning.

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bT7B3xJN84w

- Brandon


DISCLAIMER: I take questions from the post comments on the previous week’s episode here on Patreon. You can ask a business-related question which I may answer live, or a personal question which I may answer below. If your business question was not answered live, I either replied to it in the comments, or referenced the answer in a recent episode. Feel free to inquire why your question wasn't included, or ask the same question a second time if you think I may have missed it. I will edit your comment/question before reading it live to ensure the show moves as quickly as possible. I typically grab all the questions by midnight (PT) the night before each episode, and will leave a comment when I’ve finished collecting them.


PERSONAL QUESTIONS

TIM AUGUSTIN - Have you visited more than one Disneyland location? If so - which one would you recommend? It's always been my dream to go, but the trip would be something I'd have to save up for for a very long time. JONES - I have visited every Disneyland in the world with the exception of Disney Studios in Paris, Hong Kong, and Disneyland. I think Florida will get you the biggest bang for your buck because there are 4 parks and they’re all fantastic, not to mention the ESPN sports area, the water parks, and a ton of hotels to choose from with their own aesthetic and fun stuff to do. However, DisneySea in Japan is the single coolest Disney park I’ve ever been to for reasons too numerous to get into here. But Japan is super expensive, even if you’re not going to a theme park.


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User #13172611 - 17 Dec 19 18:20
Hi Jones! First time posting a question on here. Kyle said in the most recent podcast that you give him the eternal heebie jeebies because of a song you sang during a GT Rockband stream. What, if anything, gives you eternal heebie jeebies? Thanks for reading and L&R!
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User #3066039 - 16 Dec 19 18:21
If you're looking for something to fill the schedule with during the holiday break, it might be cool if you do a 2 hour stream of all 10 episodes of box peek? Would be fun to watch them all back to back with twitch chat.
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User #4822601 - 16 Dec 19 21:44
Audio version of the Q&A's to download please?
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User #2800068 - 17 Dec 19 04:53
Hi Jones. You mentioned that for The Game Awards, the EZA as a collective puts forward one vote for GOTY. You also provide a GOTY discussion video in January for EZA's GOTY. Which can be a lengthy discussion. How does choosing the GOTY for TGA and EZA differ? Is it how much deliberation and effort is put into it? Can you give the last 2 years of GOTY's as examples of what was chosen for TGA/EZA and how the process of choosing them was different. If the end results aren't different (regardless of the process getting there), is the potentially lengthy EZA GOTY discussion redundant? L and R.
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User #3044666 - 18 Dec 19 06:04
Hello Brandon. Can you tell us how Huber got involved into The Game Awards?
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User #3046831 - 16 Dec 19 19:28
Hey Mr. Jones! I am VERY sorry for the length of this comment. As always, the question is at the very bottom. But ask for my Box Peek criticisms, you receive my Box Peek criticisms. I am more than happy to list them out, and have no problem sharing them publicly, but allow me to go ahead and establish my question for this episode first. This week, my submission revolves around Silver Squad. I’m writing this BEFORE you receive the surprise you’re going to run into within the first 10 minutes (post-art), and with all the language you’ve had utterly convinced you would be finished before the end of 2019, keeping the secret, the twist, inside has been a build-up ever since Brandon Plays Pokemon for three years. So the question: Do you think by experiencing Silver and its surprises as a stream with the community instead of playing at your own pace heightened the experience? With Diamond Joey, Ruth, and surprises yet to come, the reveal feels like just something else that made this the best way you could have played Silver. Regardless, I’m VERY happy you’ve gotten to see this without prior knowledge and I hope you continue to enjoy the game (and just throwing this out there, if you want us to let you know where to catch Houndour ahead of time, we’re here for ya just to let you know ;-] ). Honestly, when you talked to the guy who greets you in Kanto, I thought you recognized it, but wasn't blown away. But that stream crunch was what I was hoping for. Perfection. BOX PEEK CRITICISMS (Feel free to read aloud if you so choose): While I agree with the sentiment of not liking the ending, I didn’t really want to publicly comment at the time with the negativity several expressed and because I have no artistic ability nor a compelling imagination, I don’t feel comfortable saying negative things about something I have no way of doing, much less improving. In addition to that, while I may not have felt good about the ending, it doesn’t take away from the show’s quality and my dislike is minor in the grand scheme of things (In other words, not really worth dedicating time to stew over). BUT: Because you showed great interest (and you were right, the way you brought it up last week DID catch me off guard), the decision to address my criticism is as such: Showing the Box Peek match told off camera in Episode 8 (a.k.a. The match between Jordy and Bom-Bom [?] ) Criticism 1: The ending. Jordy just dropping Box Peek in its entirety felt completely out of nowhere and unearned. When the series starts, Jordy is going to be the best box peeker out there and not once up until the ending does he show he’s losing interest, by the conclusion the Jordy/Bom-Bom match, a throwaway line Jordy could say something to the effect of, “Yeah, it was alright I guess,” as he’s being congratulated by Kozomi could plant the seed he’s getting tired of it. Criticism 2: Inconsistent importance on certain characters, mainly Tuquay and Victor. In the case of Tuquay, the more he’s shown in the series, the more I, as an audience member, am led to believe there is a payoff worth the time. If Tuquay had his episode (episode 3), and maybe one more appearance, then this criticism is moot, but with all the instances he appears (Sneaking up on the group, hiding behind the trashcan, and ultimately the off camera explanation of the end of his character arc), it feels (again) unearned. If you show the grandma making fun of him instead of just saying it, problem solved. As for Victor, he’s being presented as the main antagonist, while the BPO feels secondary. While I thought cutting Victor off was very funny, not seeing the fallout of his failure that his obsession with box peek cost him his family and freedom, it feels like, for lack of a proper term, “meh” when considering his entire arc. Criticism 3: Bom-Bom himself. As I hope you’re noticing, these criticisms are decreasing of personal importance on my list, but this is another thing that I didn’t like: Showing him in EVERY opening signature, AND making him the thumbnail, but not showing him. I know this is completely intentional, but it just didn’t feel right. And speaking of inspiring interest and intentionally disregarding it: “What the heck is a super peek?!” Criticism 4: Episode 7 (a.k.a. The “anime or Power Rangers” episode). While the episode itself doesn’t have anything wrong with it on its own, it stands out in a negative sense to me because outside of giving Kozomi a special power that she doesn’t use “on camera” until the last shot of the entire show, it does not, in any way, contribute to the overall narrative that every other episode does in some way. If the Box Peek match between Jordy and Bom-Bom was episode 7, and episode 8 was just the secretive meetings between the Fangs, Romanicellos (?), and maybe showing more of Victor’s rise to power on Bonefield Island, then everything ties together. Again, by showing Jordy v Bom-Bom, it shores up all my issues and the final product, and speaking ONLY for myself, would be tighter and a better package. But that’s just me, and my silly letdowns are my own and ultimately do not matter. Thanks for showing interest in my criticisms of Box Peek and as always, for dedicating all your time for reading and answering my questions. Have a wonderful rest of your day, may the Force be (and stay strong) with you and Merry Christmas to you and your family! Cheers! QUESTION: Do you think by experiencing Pokemon Silver as a stream with the community instead of playing at your own pace heightened the experience? And with all the language you had about Silver Squad finishing up in 2019, how do you feel about the twist itself, a decades long, oft-discussed spoiler you (thankfully) experienced naturally? Like I said in a previous post months ago: Silver Squad is a stream you could play for a LOOONG time X-)
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User #3045346 - 16 Dec 19 19:37
Have you watched any of the Box Peek Q&A streams? I feel Kyle talks about a lot of this in them.
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User #3046831 - 16 Dec 19 20:09
I have and for Criticism 3, I directly reference how I know its intentional, because I distinctly remember him referencing this. As for number 4, I know it's his favorite because of the creative freedom the episode provides, but as I said, as a viewer it just takes me out of it.
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User #10919109 - 18 Dec 19 07:11
Hey Jones, You may have seen IGN posted a 2019 review of Star Wars Battlefront II. I know you've been asked a lot on cup about revisiting reviews in this fashion but this seems to be one of the first major times I've noticed something like this happening. Not saying I want you guys to start doing this or anything, but more just curious if you think this could open the flood gates for media outlets to start doing this amass which would in turn eventually put pressure on EZA to do the same as the practice could become somewhat of an industry standard. Merry Xmas and L&R.
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User #185840 - 16 Dec 19 18:01
Dear Jones & Allies, every now and then during discussions the Easy Allies say that they can’t comment on something or another because they know very little about actual game development. On the top of my head, I can’t think of an example, but it has happened so often that I started to notice it. And I started wondering, why is it that none of the Allies don’t know enough about game development to comment on it? As gaming journalists you should have some idea about this process, at least enough to comment on it, right? The same way a journalist who reports on Capitol Hill might have never helped pass a law, but is probably pretty knowledgeable about the actual processes and everyone and everything involved passing one. I’m asking this because oftentimes I’m very interested in your hot takes, but every time someone makes that remark the discussion almost immediately dies out. Of course I would understand if you would say that you’re not familiar with the development of that specific game, but that’s rarely the case. The Allies always say that they’re not familiar with game development in general and I’m just curious: why not? Love & Respect, Lieven
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User #162608 - 17 Dec 19 12:54
Not Disneyland
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EasyAllies - 22 Dec 19 21:02
Explain. - Jones
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User #23321198 - 16 Dec 19 18:01
Hey I’m relatively new came on a few months ago after lurking and listening to EZA podcasts for a bit and had a quick question. As a primary podcast only listener I was wondering if there was any reason in particular that your game of the year deliberations don’t get uploaded as a podcast. Apologies if the question has been asked before love you guys and what you do keep being awesome!
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User #7910745 - 17 Dec 19 21:29
Hey Jones, Thanks a lot for answering my question last week! I thought of one more but it’s a little spicier. Since the beginning of the current console generation, PS4/Xbox One specifically, I rationalized away the need to upgrade to the pro/x by telling myself I’ll simply wait for next gen. After all, Sony and Microsoft promised that all games this gen are still being made with the base consoles in mind and will run perfectly fine on that hardware. The problem is, this isn’t true of many third party titles, and I have noticed a slightly worrying trend among the review industry concerning this. Games like Control and Jedi: Fallen Order have had very noticeable performance problems on my base PS4, and despite me usually not minding a few issues every once and a while I found these examples drastically hampering my experience. When Control turned into a slideshow every time I encountered a group of enemies I found myself disliking an experience I otherwise would have really enjoyed. Fallen Order’s 45 second load times also hampered an otherwise excellent game. Both these games are great from a design standpoint and are right up my alley, but they ended up being 7’s to me due to these base console specific issues. Reviews, however, are very high for both of these games and are not always mentioning these problems. I think this might be because reviewers are often playing on the most up to date hardware, and aren’t experiencing the same issues I am . My question is this: should reviewers at least dip a toe into the base consoles before finalizing a review to see if there are any glaring problems? I don’t expect another full playthrough, I understand how crazy that would be from a time perspective. However, if you watch the Digital Foundry videos done on Control specifically, I think they show some issues that absolutely deserve to be brought up in a review for a game at launch before patches are rolled out. Not calling out any reviewer or outlet (especially not from EZA you guys are great) but what do you think? Hope you all have a wonderful holiday! (sorry this was so long) Tldr: Should reviewers need to spend some time with the base model console version of a game to avoid missing performance problems like the ones present in Control at launch for reviews? This problem may become more prevalent now that mid gen refreshes and PC like console builds are becoming more common. -Matt
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User #4782928 - 17 Dec 19 02:11
Personal Question: Brandon, Since you were unavailable for the podcast on the night of the Game Awards I was just wondering your personal opinion on the name/design of the Xbox Series X. Take Care!
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User #26013575 - 17 Dec 19 01:27
Hey jones I saw you’re wife on the TV which was cool. I’ve brought this up before but if you haven’t heard floatplane is now in beta and able to add more content creators. Any update on floatplane? I would like to consolidate the platforms I use for early access content L&R Jason.
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User #11151951 - 17 Dec 19 11:24
Good Day Mr Jones. I am almost certain you will have covered this before, but for my own curiosity how exactly do you manage the workload so all members carry an equal weight? When I think of how much you personally contribute - Cup of Jones / VO / Trailer Jones/ Edits / Permanent Podcast attendee / Reviews etc - is it right to assume others do more things behind the scenes? For instance Don, Blood and Brad who don’t tend to have regular personal shows? Not that I’m suggesting anything other than hard work that I’m sure they contribute. But I would be very interested in how roles are drawn out to keep things fair. L&R
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User #3050440 - 17 Dec 19 22:28
Hey Jones, I know you were hoping for more betting special questions: Bosman said recently (maybe on the podcast, I can't remember) that you all expect Sony and/or Microsoft to have console reveal events in the spring. On the last Cup you mentioned that you need an event with reveals worth betting on, but I was thinking if either of these is a streamed conference, it might qualify. Theoretically. Hopefully. I know you can't promise anything, but could you maybe start poking and prodding Huber and Bosman - start dropping hints to come up with stakes or rules or bets so that in the off chance a show gets scheduled they might be prepared ahead of time to throw together a special? Thanks and sorry for two betting special questions in a row ~Adam
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User #3044436 - 17 Dec 19 07:46
Morning Jones, Can you and Damiani stop covering your mouths with your hands, it's hard to understand what you're mrfahmrffh. The Dark Prince of Easy Allies iboshow P.S, EZA should kickstart a horror movie.
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User #3044436 - 17 Dec 19 07:54
Damiani will blame it on his eyes but he would put both his hands over his mouth and has 0 contact over his eyes. If EZA cared more about how they looked in reactions into how they sound, there will be less complaints. People quote lines in movies not actions. to quote the Dark Prince of Nerd Media himself, "I'm a professional"
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EasyAllies - 22 Dec 19 21:02
Can you shoot over an example of this? I'm sure this is something I do, I'm just not sure what prompts it. Watching me do it will help me realize why. If you find one, post it in a future episode. Thanks, dude! - Jones
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User #3044436 - 22 Dec 19 21:10
Sorry Jones, I was meant to do this. It's when you usually put your elbow on the table and rest on your hand and look down. Don't worry about it, I'll find something after the holidays. Enjoy your holidays.
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User #4782928 - 17 Dec 19 02:10
Business Question: Dearest Brandon, Just wondering if the Easy Allies give out or send out any type of ribbons or trophy like items to the developers/publishers that win your various E3/End of the Year Awards? Just thought it would be kind of cool for someone to get a “Best of...” award from you guys. I remember Ian and Don gave a physical award to the “Best Carpet” one year. Even though it was meant as a joke, the winner was still really happy. Keep up the great work!
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User #1016176 - 16 Dec 19 18:01
Did you mean Disneyland Shanghai as another park you have not visited for the answer to this week's personal comment?
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User #12707049 - 16 Dec 19 18:16
Hi, Jones. Now that you've been a father for most of the year, was it everything or more than you were expecting? What did you learn about fatherhood this year? And what is one of the best memories you've had with Milo - that you have not mentioned on camera before? Since next week will be the last CoJ of 2019, I want to wish you, Amanda, Milo, Sophie, Norbert and all of your families a very heart warming and sincere "Happy Holidays". L & R PS. Don't forget to feed Sophie and Norbert some ham and other goodies. They deserve it.
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User #1016176 - 16 Dec 19 18:03
Now that the Imagineering Story on Disney+ has concluded (?), what are your thoughts on Disney building another park and where would you think it would be built?
Friend Code - December 2019 Indie World Showcase
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Easy Allies Podcast #192  - 12/13/19
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After the Game Awards, we’ve learned the name and look of the new Xbox sooner than expected and there are almost too many new games to talk about.

00:01:48 - Corrections
00:04:19 - Santa’s Video Games Advisory Board
00:07:52 - Xbox Series X Announcement
00:22:37 - Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2
00:26:14 - Godfall
00:31:34 - Bravely Default II
00:35:08 - More Game Awards Announcements & Thoughts
01:01:19 - This Week in Joker News
01:02:28 - L&R: New BioShock Studio & Multiplatform MLB The Show
01:14:02 - L&R: Update from the casual girlfriend
01:16:43 - L&R: In defense of Kingdom Hearts III’s DLC
01:21:54 - Or Wars
01:29:19 - Closing

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User #3988270 - 13 Dec 19 22:22
CORRECTION: The song Damiani thought was from Chuck is ACTUALLY by the All-American Rejects. In fact all of the songs Kyle uses in OR WARS are by the All-American Rejects.
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User #10949125 - 14 Dec 19 05:16
Haven't listened yet - Is this a bit from the pod this week? 'Cause that's obviously not true...
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User #3780228 - 14 Dec 19 05:39
the bit is that it's always All American Rejects
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User #3046657 - 15 Dec 19 02:10
CORRECTION: it is a misconception that Syrian and Persian Nizari Ismailis consumed hashish. They were called "hashishi" in the sense of lower class rabble and irreligious social outcasts by other Muslim sects with whom they were feuding at the time. Once European crusaders invaded the Levant, their ignorance of Muslim culture and practices led to their adopting the term "assassin" (a variation of the Arabic 'hashishi') for the Nizari Ismaiilis. [source: cross referenced from the Wikipedia article, most of my info comes from the Google Books preview for "The Isma'ilis Their History and Doctrines"]
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User #26150447 - 13 Dec 19 22:15
Ooooh yeah, bad comparison with the Sonic Studio. They were just closed down I think... 😬
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User #3114932 - 14 Dec 19 02:31
Thanks for answering my question about KH3 Allies! Just to clarify - you weren't on in the background during, but rather on the trip to where I did propose. But you are correct - she was lulled in to a false sense of security by, let's single him out, Kyle's tones. A playful jab, but also a big thank you to being such a large part of content we enjoy together. Love and respect!
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User #3051647 - 17 Dec 19 20:29
Correction/Clarification: Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate 2 were not Dark Alliance games, and predated them. Baldur's Gate were BioWare titles with BG 1 being released in 1998 for PC whereas Dark Alliance was developed by Snowblind studios in 2001 for consoles.
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User #3097624 - 15 Dec 19 18:49
Dear Kyle. I'm not angry that you didn't bring up the Resident Evil 3 Remake reveal during the State of Play. But I am a little disappointed. I would love to have heard you and the allies talk about both the spectacular trolling that was it being presented as the "campaign mode" for Resident Evil Resistance and how the game can look that great coming out a mere 14 months after REmake 2. I hope this story doesn't get lost in the holiday shuffle. Keep up the good work! Love & Respect / Konrad from Sweden
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User #3010218 - 17 Dec 19 00:14
CORRECTION/Clarification: The character that’s in KDA & True Damage is Akali. She’s voiced by the leader of real world kpop group (G)I-DLE (simply pronounced “idle”). The KDA member Ahri (the nine tailed fox woman) is voiced by (G)I-DLE member Miyeon. In League lore Akali is the leader of True Damage, while Ahri is the leader of KDA.
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User #359624 - 14 Dec 19 17:33
Xbox Series X feels like a very confusing choice for a name, let's hope it makes more sense as we go along. Sony needs someone to really compete with this time around, or else they're going to be even more complacent as the top platform and complacency leads to stagnation in terms of what they offer their customers. Hellblade 2 looked incredible, a good sign of Microsoft pumping money into the studios they acquired. Godfall looks like everything I hate about modern video games. A generic pastiche of sci-fi and fantasy that's clearly aiming to appeal to people who play Destiny, Anthem, and Warframe. Incredibly underwhelming, at least from a visual design standpoint. Ghost of Tsushima looks absolutely magnificent. I love that a developer can still wow us visually at the end of the generation even while we're starting to see what the next gen games can do. 2020 is going to be ridiculously stacked, I can't even imagine how anyone will be able to choose a GOTY next year.
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User #807974 - 14 Dec 19 18:02
Not confusing at all. The system is called Xbox and the model is series x. Just like the Xbox 360(name) Elite(model) and Xbox One(system) X(model)
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User #6031706 - 14 Dec 19 20:40
So you want one Xbox 720 Series XS?
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EasyAllies - 14 Dec 19 21:00
Breaking the names down into components and analyzing them doesn't make it less confusing. If the first impression people have of the name is that it's confusing, then it's confusing. It's about how people understand the name, not what they intended. -Bloodworth
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User #5089779 - 14 Dec 19 21:56
Series implies multiple systems. They spoke about this "Series" as a singular product. Hence, confusion.
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User #3048681 - 14 Dec 19 08:34
I've never been happier to not see Jones. That means he went to the after party right!? :)
Shovel Knight: King of Cards - Review
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King of Cards is a wonderful send-off for the Shovel Knight saga thanks to its excellent campaign and addictive card game.

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Forza Horizon 4: Eliminator - Battle Royale Impressions and Gameplay
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Tomorrow, Forza Horizon 4 is introducing a free battle royale update. Bloodworth has played for two hours, and comes in to share his first impressions.

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User #889875 - 12 Dec 19 00:15
This is a nice surprise :O
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User #3071762 - 12 Dec 19 00:20
Wait a sec... Twisted Metal Royale!!! Maybe this Forza attempt will light a fire under Sony??
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Review: Need for Speed Heat has its moments, but doesn't live up to expectations for one of the biggest racing franchises around.

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User #3044666 - 11 Dec 19 07:22
I tried playing this game but after Forza Horizon 4 I simply could not.
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User #7501871 - 11 Dec 19 19:17
[Wow... This is just an observation, but that score in my opinion is unnecessarily harsh.] Blood, you do make some good points about the game's Technical faults, the lack luster narrative and the organization of the cars. Also you forgot to mention how horrendous the sound track is, seriously it's bad, just use spotify. However despite those things, I think there is a lot to enjoy in NFS Heat- like the sunny visuals, and neon flair of the city & country when driving between day & night nicely contrast each other, or how you can fully customize a car both mechanically and artistically to suit your personality & driving style; not to mention how driving around in the day can be pleasant and leisureable- while racing at night can be a really intense experience especially when trying to get away from the cops in a hot pursuit. I am not claiming Need For Speed Heat is Gran Tourismo, and it's honestly not trying to be. However I do think this game has a lot of merit for a hybrid arcade/simulation racer- particularly so if you crave something with an emphasis on style & fun. I won't say I have completed the game entirely in full, but If I had to give a score right now- I would suggest it's some where between a 7.5 and a 8.0...possibly even higher, which in my opinion is worth your time.
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User #11291057 - 11 Dec 19 16:30
its hard playing NFS and Forza Horizon because of Burnout Paradise, its still better in every way plus they don't overwhelm me with so many objectives and having to stick to one route. They're fun to play but I've never really seen everything quite differential with modern open-world racers compared to Burnout.
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User #7501871 - 11 Dec 19 19:18
I partially agree with you... 10 years later, Burnout Paradise is still so much fun to play.
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User #26150447 - 11 Dec 19 17:29
FINALLY! Someone agrees with me. This game feels like a last gen game in every aspect. Yeah the Day/Night cycle is cool and all. But that’s about it. The gameplay feel WAAAAAY to arcady. Just the tap of a button and you’re completely sideways, but yet still in complete control of the car, how is that? Im not saying go full simulation with the gameplay, but at least some what more realistic. Forza Horizon is an arcade like racer, and they also capture the real feeling of driving. NFS Heat, I don’t even feel like I’m driving a car. More like one of those electric, track cars from the 70’s-80’s. So disappointing.
Jones is Dismissive of The Saboteur - Huber's Prison of Love
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Jones is blissfuly unaware of an open world gem.

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User #3160460 - 2 Jan 20 15:13
Great show.
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User #3176034 - 11 Dec 19 18:19
I’m loving this show already! Short, interesting, fun and with hidden gems like this, I can’t wait to see many great things in the future!
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User #807974 - 11 Dec 19 18:03
Never did finish this game but the 5-6 hours I played were great.
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User #12707049 - 11 Dec 19 21:42
I love The Saboteur, really underrated and overlooked game. Glad Jones had a taste of it.
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User #2800068 - 11 Dec 19 19:12
Nice episode, but I was a bit let down as I was personally expecting the tension of the prisoner not liking something and being won over (or at least attempting to) through the discourse of the show. This is probably on me and getting my expectations in check.
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User #3515856 - 11 Dec 19 19:51
Had the same thoughts
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User #859471 - 11 Dec 19 20:52
I kind of agree. Although it seems hard to do with Jones because he seems to be relatively easy going. But after the premise with Bosman I did expect a similar thing of (potentially) disliking whatever it was that Huber was going to make them play.
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User #4290134 - 11 Dec 19 21:30
I am sure the Ian episode will be all about that haha espcially if its Last of Us
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User #2391207 - 11 Dec 19 18:26
So good! I knew nothing about the game and now I'm really surprised and impressed, it kinda gave me Mafia vibes. Cozy episode, I love the interaction between Huber and Jones. Great work!
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User #10846077 - 11 Dec 19 21:34
These are pretty much the exact vibes that I crave from Easy Allies shows. Loved it!
Trailer Jones - Ghostbusters Afterlife
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Okay, no more Trailer Jones episodes for a while. With our reactions to State of Play and the Nintendo Indie Showcase today, along with The Game Awards a few days away, I would imagine you're getting your fill of our trailer impressions. Still, this was too good to pass up. And with all the times Ian and I have quoted Ghostbusters 1 and 2 at each other, it felt right sitting down in the studio and watching this over and over. I might be letting nostalgia get the better of me, but I'm genuinely curious about this story. "I love this plan! I'm excited to be a part of it!"

Episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRrsW3CQxsk
Ghostbusters Afterlife Official Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahZFCF--uRY

- Brandon

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User #12707049 - 11 Dec 19 01:16
I would genuinely love to get Jones take, specially if it's a rant on Ghostbusters (2016). I can see Jones ranting on so many things, from nitpicks to genuine bad stuff. It could go in so many ways, but all equally entertaining.
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User #3053851 - 10 Dec 19 23:48
Never too many reactions and trailer breakdowns
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User #4497711 - 10 Dec 19 23:43
Tis the season, who knows what other presents we'll get!
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User #3053681 - 11 Dec 19 01:43
Jones- You say that now, but who knows what is right around the corner...
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User #7501871 - 11 Dec 19 19:24
I really enjoy the direction this film is taking with the Ghostbuster's series & lore. It's kind of beautiful how the narrative is moving on from the original films, but still remembering where they came from.
Spoiler Mode - Life is Strange 2, Ep 5
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We've reached the end of our road with Sean and Daniel Diaz. Join Elyse, Huber, and Bloodworth as we discuss the conclusion of this emotional journey.

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User #4677740 - 11 Dec 19 02:06
Thank you guys so much for doing this, this has been one of the most memorable experiences in all of 2019 and it’s a game I’ll never forget. I love this series so much and it’s a one of a kind game. Ugh I’m crying just thinking about it 😢😭♥️ It sucks to say goodbye to this spoiler mode series as well, love you guys and I hope this isn’t the last we see of Life is Strange because it means everything to me.
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User #11099778 - 11 Dec 19 09:07
The voice actors were honestly incredible, the performances throughout this season were just so emotionally impactful. It added an extra element that made this season that much more special.
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User #3045609 - 11 Dec 19 02:23
I started the run for border ending, but when Daniel bailed on his brother I couldn't take it the thought of them being apart so I instinctively did a reload from check point and surrendered. Turns out Sean had to spend 15 years in jail so they were still torn apart anyway. I'm not sure which ending is better. Having full freedom but only being able to talk to his brother over the phone or in mail, or loosing 15 years, but having his brother back after. Maybe the breaking bad ending is the happy one, haha. Looking forward to and hoping for Life is strange 3 spoiler modes with you three, thanks for sharing! L&R Matt
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User #3045609 - 11 Dec 19 02:25
Oh, I think I'll try to get that graphic novel, looks cool!
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User #3045609 - 11 Dec 19 02:32
Ok, I looked it up. It's a little confusing if you just search life is strange comic. In case this saves someone else some time... what you need to search for is: Life Is Strange Volume 1: Dust and Life Is Strange Volume 2: Waves. Apparently Volume 3 is in April 2020.
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User #11099778 - 11 Dec 19 08:54
For me, it's the 15 years one easily. Thinking upon what the game meant to, the messages I got from it, the role that family plays in the story. I think that yes we spend 15 years away from him. But he spends 15 years in country he knows and loves, gets to spend time with his mother, with the grandparents, with Chris and more people he has connections to. As Huber would say "bonds". Breaking him away from that so he could never see them again I think is too selfish. For me the entire game has been about protecting and raising Daniel, and this is what's best for him. Having a normal life in America. What really pushed me over the edge is that I think Esteban would have done the same.
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User #3045609 - 11 Dec 19 10:07
Daniel seems to get to spend all that time with his grandparents and Chris in both "moral" endings. He just seemingly never gets to see Sean in person again in the moral Mexico ending. You don't get to see as far into the future in that ending though. The FBI agent totally got to see Daniel's powers, so I wonder if there were any unseen consequences of that. Maybe Huber's vision of her building team of gifted people is true, haha.
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User #11099778 - 11 Dec 19 11:21
Yeah, but I think not being able to see Daniel would break Sean. Haha, I would like that, it would also explain why she was so lenient whenever they met up.
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User #2990299 - 11 Dec 19 15:40
It would’ve been nice to get more time with characters we knew like Brody, Lyla, and Cassidy. Elise was on point here. I wish you guys had seen all the endings before talking about them. While I think Huber had the “true” ending the devs wanted as it’s the longest of all the endings, the one Elise got is the one where it felt kinda nice to see both brothers get a semi-decent ending. I do think the jail ending is the best overall, but seeing Sean hurt at the end and having to go away from Daniel to heal was tough to watch. The Mexico ending didn’t make me think of them as criminals, just that they wouldn’t let anyone, even gangs stand in their way. All of them were sad in a way and made me realize how tragic this story really was. I think 2 had a better ending than 1. With 1, I never felt like the running with Chloe ending was justifiable. With 2, I can see all the endings working and they all have a weight and significance to them. Huber talking about his own brother hit me with the feels. ❤️ I loved this game. My favorite game of the year so far.
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User #3045609 - 11 Dec 19 19:15
I guess it's a side effect of being on the run, but I agree it would have been nice to see more characters again. I think 2s endings are better on the whole due to having 7 endings vs 2 endings in LiS1. They also seemed to pick a 'cannon' ending for LiS1 to make the comic books. I wonder if something like that could help bolster your canon ending theory.
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User #2990299 - 11 Dec 19 21:31
I wouldn’t even count all the endings as true endings. To me, there’s only 4 real endings in 2 with variations. And for the canon ending in 1, I’d say it’s definitely not the ending the comic goes with because the ending where Chloe dies is way more fleshed out than the one where you run off with her. Same way that I think the canon ending for 2 is having Sean go to jail and then being torn up and having Daniel have to take care of his brother for once. Life Is Strange is a series about relationships but after comparing the endings of the games, I’d have to say they’re also now a series about coming to terms with tragedies.
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User #3046626 - 15 Dec 19 02:06
If anyone else was having difficulty finding the other Spoiler Mode videos, I put them in the playlist below. I waited to play this game once all the episodes were released. So now I am going to binge the Spoiler Modes. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDYfwa-KOHVn7kW8mro9smr1YzvbdMmdT
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EasyAllies - 15 Dec 19 03:04
For reference, you can find all past spoiler modes and other exclusives at https://easyallies.com/#!/exclusives The link is also in the My Membership tab as well as the description for the $1 tier. -Bloodworth
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User #3046626 - 15 Dec 19 03:14
Thanks!! That helps a lot. Searching for post on Patreon is painful.
Bad Boy Monster Daddies! - Mysterious Monsters Ep 9
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Join us for the new Mysterious Monsters!! Kyle Bosman, Bradley Ellis, and special guest Tyler Hutchison (Dream Daddies) battle it out against the bad beasties and each other! Who will win!?


(If you're hoping to catch this episode live please note that this month will only premiere on YouTube and will not simultaneously stream on Twitch because they took Premieres away and no one is at the office right now to stream it, thanks for your understanding! <3)


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User #3045577 - 18 Dec 19 18:52
Love that someone finally dipped into the horrible historian. but i have to ask, the Istanbul question... would he have also got the points if he had said "Byzantium"?
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User #3062402 - 19 Dec 19 04:33
I kind of wish when the shop closes, that a light that's been on it is turned off. But that would cost thousands of dollars and too much effort. Maybe Huber can turn off a lantern in the shop or something. Extinguish a candle. The shop closing is a metaphor for the shortcomings of capitalism. Your gold can't buy your way out of this. Only your wits will save you now. Brilliant episode. Keep up the great work.
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User #3045609 - 17 Dec 19 11:50
Mysterious Monsters suggestion: create an image of each monster with text overlays of their category description, then have a Jones spooky voice or Ian wizard voice VO the Monsters name and ROUND 1, ROUND 2. Use those short clips strung together instead of having Huber read and describe each monster every time.
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User #21163759 - 17 Dec 19 16:14
Nine episodes in and I still can't get over how good the art on Sports Guy is. Strawberry Vanilla tier for sure.
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User #5101424 - 17 Dec 19 05:04
Oh. My. God. EASILY the best episode YET! FIERCE competitors! No Guts No Glory moves! Neck and neck down to the wire points! YEAH BABY!!!
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User #473052 - 18 Dec 19 17:00
This was my favorite episode yet!
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User #4946534 - 19 Dec 19 17:06
I know its a small thing, but can Huber continue to answer wrong questions? He usually hasn't in the past and it was kind of a bummer I couldn't get the answer when someone had it wrong lol. Love yall!
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It’s the week of The Game Awards and I got into the after-party! Woo! I won’t be on the Podcast this Thursday, and with all the reveals that night, plus a surprise State of Play early Tuesday morning, there should be a ton of big news to celebrate. I’ve picked up the pace with Trailer Jones, producing a new episode last week and a new one later today, and I’m working on a new episode for a different series that will premiere soon. Patrons seem pleased with our output recently, so hopefully that buys us (and me) some time to play through as much as we can before our GOTYs. There’s one suggestion in today’s comments for award consideration, and another following the games I mentioned I was looking forward to next year. It never ends!

00:13:14 - Business Questions
00:37:31 - Editorial:

- Brandon


DISCLAIMER: I take questions for each Cup of Jones episode from the original video post. Questions from this audio-only post will not be used in future episodes. The video version is typically posted just before this one, so scroll down our Patreon page to find it.


PERSONAL QUESTIONS

TIM BECHEN - Waiiiiiit a second. What is your Frozen take?? You only teased it last time and I thought you would get a lot of questions about but here we are. Love Elsa. She’s ma girl. Poor little thing. I just want her to be happy. And the music is so good. Maybe the victim of it’s fame... but i love it. JONES - My take isn’t very spicy, because I’ve seen the joy that movie has brought to the world, and I enjoy that much more than the movie itself. I think the music is very modern, which is fine, but my expectations for the score were thrown by the opening number which isn’t anything like the rest of it. I was longing for that Norwegian vibe to come back somewhere, and it doesn’t. I think there’s only one guy in the entire film that has something close to a Norwegian accent. Small, stupid things bother me, like the fact that Elsa creates a giant monster to essentially murder anyone that follows her, including her sister. Elsa’s parents are also extremely horrible people, but the movie doesn’t really explore that. Was Elsa literally locked in her room that ENTIRE time? Was she permitted bathroom breaks? I know it sounds silly, but when I try to get immersed in that story I find these logistical blocks.

JASON A. SACKEL - Could you share more fascinating tales of incidents at Disney parks? What was the craziest/dumbest thing that you've ever done at one of the parks? JONES - One time I rode Big Thunder Mountain Railroad with my phone precariously placed in a very loose pants pocket, and it flew out during a particular drop. Amanda and I didn’t notice until I reached for my phone while in line for The Haunted Mansion. We went back to the ride but no one had turned it in. We then used the “Find my iPhone” feature and saw it, on GPS, right next to that big drop. The park told me the ride was due for renovation shortly and they’d contact me if they found it but I never got the call. For all I know it’s still there...

ALI SALEMI - Since you did talk about your anticipated games of 2020, I would be a disgrace to Yakuza fandom if I didn't bring this up: No love for Yakuza Like a Dragon? Actually I wonder where you fall in general in regards to the Yakuza series. I don't think you've played one besides those two hours with Ben on Y0. Correct? I think Yakuza is the type of game that you would really be into since it has some of the most engrossing stories I've seen in any game series. Now with Yakuza Like a Dragon being a soft reboot on basically all fronts (new cast, new story, new location, new gameplay) I think it's a really good opportunity to give it a try and play for a couple of hours. I think you'll love it story wise. Anyway, just thought I'd remind you of Yakuza: Like a Dragon and see how interested you are in giving the game a try. JONES - I’ve streamed Yakuza 0 with Ben, and I grabbed Yakuza Kiwami when it was available for free on PlayStation Plus and put a few hours into it, but I have indeed ignored that series to my own detriment. I’m almost positive I would become obsessed with it if I gave it the proper attention, but there are just too many things to play. While I would love to offer my opinion on the first couple of games, I feel like there are enough voices singing its praises at EZA already. Sometimes I avoid things because they’re already represented so well within the group, but hopefully I’ll make some time for it eventually. Like a Dragon seems like a safe spot to jump into, despite my lack of experience with the prior entries.


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More Trailer Jones! I came to this ready to point out this dumb issue or that weird edit, knowing full well my wife, Amanda, would skyrocket the score to where it should be. We recorded this at home, so apologies if sharing the mic threw the audio around a bit. I gotta be honest, I'm a bit nervous about saying bad things about this trailer because the internet is clearly in love with it, but my wife always makes me look better than I actually am.

Episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKcwX2C034g
Wonder Woman 1984 Official Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfM7_JLk-84

- Brandon

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User #7501871 - 10 Dec 19 07:53
First off, nothing against Diana's new retro adventure; but I would much rather see Jones, and company check out many other recent Trailers including: Sonic the Hedgehog, Black Widow, Ghostbusters and Free Guy. Having said that, while the music was great, Wonder Woman 1984 leaves a lot, and I mean a LOT left to be desired for. I usually will enjoy a 80's design choice for a film or even just a trailer... However much like the entirety of the first film, Wonder Woman 1984 is looking very, just "okay", and with what appears so far to honestly have quite mundane writing despite a flashy aesthetic. I hope this film turns out to be more than just ok.
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User #15436818 - 9 Dec 19 20:00
I'm surprised there wasn't one for Black Widow 😯
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User #7501871 - 10 Dec 19 07:41
Agree, I found the Black Widow trailer to be far more interesting.
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User #3045609 - 11 Dec 19 10:46
This made me wish for a patron exclusive drop of the lost Cats Trailer Jones.
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User #12707049 - 9 Dec 19 20:16
Thanks for this, Jones. I'm so extremely tempted to watch this, but media blackout and all that. But please know that I will absolutely watch this and all other Trailer Jones after I watch the movies. So please keep them coming.
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User #889875 - 9 Dec 19 21:40
If the trailer is any indication of the film's quality, action and fun-factor get ready for a masterpiece.
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User #12707049 - 10 Dec 19 19:34
Hi, Haley. Yes!!! I love Wonder Woman. Patty Jenkins did a wonderful - no pun intended - job. Gal Gadot really brought Diana of Themyscira to life. I loved how she was very innocent and trusting, thinking all the evils in the world of men were because of Ares. And the shock and heartbreak when she discovered what men were truly like. I'm very confident Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot will make another excellent movie. L & R
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User #3047322 - 9 Dec 19 19:59
Do one more for Ghostbusters afterlife please! 😁
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User #6288309 - 10 Dec 19 01:13
Yes, please. I have no interest in Wonder Woman, but would like to hear Jones opinion of the new Ghostbusters trailer. Still hope the movie can at least somehow redeem the franchise after the terrible 2016 remake. Perhaps the Sony executives knew how bad that movie would turn out, but watched the futurama episode in the slurm factory and copied the strategy of the slurm queen where she said about the new slurm how everyone would hate it and then they would bring back slurm classic and make billions. Anyway still remember watching Ghostbusters 2 in the cinema when I was a child and the first one is still one of my favorite movies of all time.
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It’s the week of The Game Awards and I got into the after-party! Woo! I won’t be on the Podcast this Thursday, and with all the reveals that night, plus a surprise State of Play early Tuesday morning, there should be a ton of big news to celebrate. I’ve picked up the pace with Trailer Jones, producing a new episode last week and a new one later today, and I’m working on a new episode for a different series that will premiere soon. Patrons seem pleased with our output recently, so hopefully that buys us (and me) some time to play through as much as we can before our GOTYs. There’s one suggestion in today’s comments for award consideration, and another following the games I mentioned I was looking forward to next year. It never ends!

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiBFopmprHg

- Brandon


DISCLAIMER: I take questions from the post comments on the previous week’s episode here on Patreon. You can ask a business-related question which I may answer live, or a personal question which I may answer below. If your business question was not answered live, I either replied to it in the comments, or referenced the answer in a recent episode. Feel free to inquire why your question wasn't included, or ask the same question a second time if you think I may have missed it. I will edit your comment/question before reading it live to ensure the show moves as quickly as possible. I typically grab all the questions by midnight (PT) the night before each episode, and will leave a comment when I’ve finished collecting them.


PERSONAL QUESTIONS

TIM BECHEN - Waiiiiiit a second. What is your Frozen take?? You only teased it last time and I thought you would get a lot of questions about but here we are. Love Elsa. She’s ma girl. Poor little thing. I just want her to be happy. And the music is so good. Maybe the victim of it’s fame... but i love it. JONES - My take isn’t very spicy, because I’ve seen the joy that movie has brought to the world, and I enjoy that much more than the movie itself. I think the music is very modern, which is fine, but my expectations for the score were thrown by the opening number which isn’t anything like the rest of it. I was longing for that Norwegian vibe to come back somewhere, and it doesn’t. I think there’s only one guy in the entire film that has something close to a Norwegian accent. Small, stupid things bother me, like the fact that Elsa creates a giant monster to essentially murder anyone that follows her, including her sister. Elsa’s parents are also extremely horrible people, but the movie doesn’t really explore that. Was Elsa literally locked in her room that ENTIRE time? Was she permitted bathroom breaks? I know it sounds silly, but when I try to get immersed in that story I find these logistical blocks.

JASON A. SACKEL - Could you share more fascinating tales of incidents at Disney parks? What was the craziest/dumbest thing that you've ever done at one of the parks? JONES - One time I rode Big Thunder Mountain Railroad with my phone precariously placed in a very loose pants pocket, and it flew out during a particular drop. Amanda and I didn’t notice until I reached for my phone while in line for The Haunted Mansion. We went back to the ride but no one had turned it in. We then used the “Find my iPhone” feature and saw it, on GPS, right next to that big drop. The park told me the ride was due for renovation shortly and they’d contact me if they found it but I never got the call. For all I know it’s still there...

ALI SALEMI - Since you did talk about your anticipated games of 2020, I would be a disgrace to Yakuza fandom if I didn't bring this up: No love for Yakuza Like a Dragon? Actually I wonder where you fall in general in regards to the Yakuza series. I don't think you've played one besides those two hours with Ben on Y0. Correct? I think Yakuza is the type of game that you would really be into since it has some of the most engrossing stories I've seen in any game series. Now with Yakuza Like a Dragon being a soft reboot on basically all fronts (new cast, new story, new location, new gameplay) I think it's a really good opportunity to give it a try and play for a couple of hours. I think you'll love it story wise. Anyway, just thought I'd remind you of Yakuza: Like a Dragon and see how interested you are in giving the game a try. JONES - I’ve streamed Yakuza 0 with Ben, and I grabbed Yakuza Kiwami when it was available for free on PlayStation Plus and put a few hours into it, but I have indeed ignored that series to my own detriment. I’m almost positive I would become obsessed with it if I gave it the proper attention, but there are just too many things to play. While I would love to offer my opinion on the first couple of games, I feel like there are enough voices singing its praises at EZA already. Sometimes I avoid things because they’re already represented so well within the group, but hopefully I’ll make some time for it eventually. Like a Dragon seems like a safe spot to jump into, despite my lack of experience with the prior entries.


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User #242162 - 13 Dec 19 10:22
Hello Jones, I have a bold suggestion to make: "I should be on Mysterious Monsters;" or rather, "I think the Easy Allies Community should also be able to participate in Mysterious Monsters." Much of the appeal of game shows is that any audience member could be just as skilled as the contestants participating. There is an achievable fantasy that they could eventually get on the show and win big. (TL:DR stuff here) I have always been a fan of the "Geek Game show" and participate whenever I can. Currently, I have 4 wins vs. other players in convention game shows, and I have won countless solo trivia challenges. I would like to consider myself a "geek trivia expert" and its a thrilling experience for me and the audience (or I like to think so... there was one time I was inebriated while competing and that went well: https://twitter.com/i/events/979645717659570176). However, I'm not looking to get on Mysterious Monsters to show off. In addition to participating in a wholly unique game show, I would love to compete against the massively intelligent community of Easy Allies. I know they are intelligent, from the facts they drop in chat during streams, the corrections they make for the podcast, and the answers they give during the live debuts of new Mysterious Monsters episodes. (TL:DR over) Case and point; the Easy Allies community would make great competitors for Mysterious Monsters, albeit competing against one another other in dedicated 'EZA community episodes'. However, I understand Mysterious Monsters is looser and more casual than most Game Shows, indicative of Michael Huber's jolly vibes. It's a friendly competition between the charismatic friends of Easy Allies; not trivia geniuses. I understand this vibe is important to the show. Nevertheless, I believe having 'EZA community episodes' of Mysterious Monsters will provide more competitive, exciting episodes, satisfying a different itch. Furthermore, I feel most of the jolly vibes will be preserved; after all, the EZA community loves jolly vibes. I think the biggest hurdle overall will be screening, for both trivia knowledge and personal presentation. I understand 'time is pateron money', so I feel the best solution would be to have an online test on a strict timer, as to minimize looking up answers. From there, an EZA member would randomly select among the qualifying contestants, possibly screen if they are a good fit for the show, and see if they could provide their own lodging and transportation to EZA studios on a given date. I understand how this is potentially a pipe dream and the EZA crew might be uncomfortable screening for contestant to come to the studio. If anything, I would love to have another Mysterious Monsters live show. Thank you for reading, Austin Kruckmeyer P.S. Rest in Peace, Gamespot's Button Mashing
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User #13690213 - 14 Dec 19 18:23
Heya Jones, Oh, I hadn't considered that. That's really interesting. OK, but like what if Phase 4 of Easy Allies was a student revolutionary in 19th century France? Would it follow the woman it had just fallen in love with or join its friends at the barricade?
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User #13601028 - 15 Dec 19 16:23
I think after all this drama we are all eager to hear some Game Awards afterparty stories. Did you make important, new contacts? Did you shake some important hands? Did you successfully spread the word about EZA?! Did you secretly put your business card into Vin Diesel's pocket? Did you try hard, was it even worth to abandon the podcast?Or did you just.. party hard? L&R
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User #3053681 - 11 Dec 19 01:41
Mr. Jones, It seams like the Allies have had numerous creative projects that they have wanted to work on (Box Peak, Huber's Game Show, Everything Ian does, Busted Trifecta etc.) Why not have time and funds for these projects set aside as part of the schedule and budget to encourage the Allies to grow creatively and diversify the channel? Respectfully, Morgan Mohalla
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User #3044633 - 10 Dec 19 17:43
Hey Jones! Just wanted to write in with a quick correction to hopefully save you an awkward situation in the future. I know you're hoping to someday do some Disneyland-related collaboration with Rocco Botte of Mega64, which is definitely a very exciting prospect. Worth mentioning however, that the way you've been pronouncing his name is wrong. It's pronounced "boatee", not "bot". Normally I wouldn't bother correcting something like this, but I bring it up because he recently specifically complained on their podcast about other content creators and producers acting overly-familiar while mispronouncing his last name, and figured you'd want to avoid being lumped into that group. Cheers! -Travis
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EasyAllies - 16 Dec 19 00:45
GOOD. TO. KNOW. Thank you. - Jones
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User #3048359 - 14 Dec 19 03:26
Hey Jones! While scrolling through the tons of dirt cheap, discounted games in the Switch eShop, I was reminded of the First Fifteen (or Fancy Fifteen) and thought about how great an Easy Allies show could work with those games. There are so many intriguing finds and not a super easy way to see how good each one is without just diving in. Would you consider re-launching Fancy Fifteen or a newly branded show where different allies scroll through the Great Deals section of the Nintendo eShop and choose a game less than $2 or so to play for a set amount of time? It could be a really interesting way to check out these lesser known indies and see which ones are surprisingly good and which ones are laughably horrible. Thanks for the incredible shows you guys do! - Jesse
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User #3044666 - 15 Dec 19 04:58
Congratulations on being recognized during Final Fantasy XIV trailer. I’m wondering, are you still impressed each time Easy Allies name pops up on a big screen, or is it just another day on the job at this point?
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User #5708154 - 9 Dec 19 23:33
Hey there Jones! I am also a first time chiming in patron, so I'll keep it nice and short. On the most recent Frame Trap, it sounded like Ben, and crew were itching to change up some of the GOTY process. What are the chances of having a post "Personal GOTY?" Maybe a game that either didn't win, wasn't in the running, or something that an Ally just really wants to highlight. Thanks, and have a wonderful rest of the month. -Jean-Luc
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User #3045609 - 10 Dec 19 16:01
Love that idea
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User #5438365 - 11 Dec 19 20:48
Ahoy Jones, In the most recent Trailer Jones where you and Ian watched the trailer for the upcoming Ghostbusters, you mentioned how it's difficult to determine what a trailer could have done better without having seen the whole movie, or experienced the whole game. It made me think about the possibility of a post-release Trailer Jones. This would give you the opportunity to examine a trailer or the trailers leading up to the release of a movie or game, and discuss how effective these trailers and the marketing of the property were. You could then look at and possibly alter your original scores, and judge the advertising campaign and it's progression of trailers with that knowledge now in hand. I imagine it would be difficult to sit down separately and make the time to do this sort of thing, but if there is a dry trailer season and you wanted to increase the number of Trailer Jones you put out, it could give you another option for content and output (like a part 2 of a previous episode). This could also be me waxing nostalgic about something like Trailer Academy again though, where these episodes would probably become more about the construction of the trailers rather than scoring them blindly and outright for what they are when they exist. Thought it would be interesting regardless though. Thoughts? L&R Brian from Happy Gaming
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User #5438365 - 11 Dec 19 20:48
Safety post
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User #242162 - 15 Dec 19 22:25
Hello again Jones, Really quick question: Any plans for a Trailer Jones for No More Heroes 3, Extended Trailer? L&R, Austin Kruckmeyer
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User #12707049 - 14 Dec 19 19:49
Hi, Jones. Today, I'm taking another break from movies reviews to talk about games reviews. After The Game Awards, Steam made available the demos of 13 future games. They are: System Shock (Remastered), Röki, Eastward, Haven, Wooden Nickel, Spiritfarer, Moving Out, Chicory, The Drifter, Carrion, Heavenly Bodies, Acid Knife, SkateBIRD. Games that almost certainly wouldn't have had any demos. Business question: Can you and Bloodworth message these games' developers and ask for codes? I would love to watch a group stream with all of the Allies, trying each of these games for 10-20 minutes. But even stand alone previews would be great, as it would create awareness both in EZA as well as the community. I honestly would love to see what the Allies think of these games. I'm sure some of them were played during E3, but others weren't and some are worth revisiting with all of the Allies together. I also must apologize for not trying out the Western game called "Wooden Nickel". By the time I was done with Haven, it was exactly the time the demos' availability ended. I even tried very fast, but the game wouldn't launch. It's a game about the Wild West, visuals are simple, but it looks very interesting. Below are the summary and its Steam page (I love the small touch with the release date): Wooden Nickel: "Step inside the curiosities of an Old West newspaper to explore a frontier town. Meet the locals, wander the desert, make choices that shape each morning's paper in a growing spread of possibilities." - Planned Release Date: 1895. https://store.steampowered.com/app/1208180/Wooden_Nickel/ Here's the link to the reviews of the games I was able to try, which were: Röki, Eastward, Spiritfarer, SkateBIRD, Haven. Reviews: https://textuploader.com/1o26m L & R Edit: If you or Blood need a list with all of these games' developers and/or publishers, TechRadar has it on the below link: https://www.techradar.com/news/the-game-awards-festival-lets-you-try-13-demos-on-steam-including-system-shock-reboot
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User #12707049 - 14 Dec 19 19:50
Safety post.
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User #19932056 - 10 Dec 19 08:15
Hi Jones! Just a personal question for ya. Have you visited more than one Disneyland location? If so - which one would you recommend? It's always been my dream to go, but the trip would be something I'd have to save up for for a very long time. I thought I'd ask for advice from a seasoned visitor! - Tim
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User #3044666 - 9 Dec 19 19:07
I love your answer to my silly question about buying "Easy Update" IP from Ian. Thank you!
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User #3046831 - 9 Dec 19 19:51
Hey Mr. Jones! Brief reminder that, per your request, I've carried over last week's question in addition to including a new one due to the original being skipped. Reposting that one first, and implementing the second through out. Thanks again for the opportunity for the second one! From last week: There’s only a few Cups left in 2019, so I was hoping to take an opportunity to ask: Now that we here at the end, what is your evaluation of 2019 for Easy Allies? The great, good, and needs improvement and as a result, what, if you’re willing to disclose, are some goals you would like to EZA accomplish for 2020? Now moving onto my new question, I wanted to know your thoughts about fan expectation of content. You touched on this a good bit in your editorial about Box Peek, but I'm asking more in regards of everything overall. I know you've said in the past the content is a weighted mix of what the Allies want to create and how said creations can be appealing to the audiences across YouTube and Twitch while factoring in fan requests (building gundams for example) coming after that. And while I have my own criticisms about Box Peek (All four of my main issues could've been solved with a single decision), I was surprised to learn just how negative the feedback was regarding the show's conclusion. So this led me to think and ultimately ask you today: In your view, how does EZA balance expectation for content, especially scripted content (as opposed to discussion based shows or streams)? When EZA produces a podcast or video, do you believe the beginnings of said content (i.e. the first few EZA podcasts, Frame Traps, Trailer Jones', Mysterious Monsters, etc.) do a good enough job at setting this expectation? Box Peek, and by extension Busted Trifecta, are a different kind of show and as a result are disproportionately few compared to the rest of EZA's output, but dealing with fan feedback (?) with narrative based videos was just something that crossed my mind. One final time, thank you for allowing me to ask an additional question and as always, have a wonderful rest of your day! Cheers! P.S.: Awesome top 10 Anticipated games! I’m doing mine for the next Community Showcase! QUESTION FROM LAST WEEK: What is your evaluation of 2019 for Easy Allies? The great, good, needs improvement and if you’re willing to disclose, what goals do you want EZA to accomplish in 2020? QUESTION FOR THIS WEEK: How does EZA balance expectation for content, especially scripted content (as opposed to discussion based shows or streams)? And with the current roster of shows, in your estimation do they do a good enough job in communicating what kinds of videos they are, not only from a video-to-video basis but since their inception?
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User #4849713 - 12 Dec 19 16:13
Hi Jones, Quick question. So Easy Allies is part of the judges panel for the Game Awards. Would you still be part of it if Amanda was nominated for best voice actress? What about if any of Ian’s game dev friends? What is the line?
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User #7910745 - 9 Dec 19 22:24
Hi Jones, First time writing in, but I’ve been a supporter for a while now and have been watching and really enjoying Easy Allies since its inception. Thanks for all the work you all put into your content, I really appreciate it. One of the aspects of EZA that really brought me into the fold was the emphasis on betting specials. Before I start I want to say that I understand there’s a lot of creative energy and production effort put into these shows and it’s probably not feasible to go ahead and make a special for every event that happens over the course of the year. I do miss having them more frequently though, and going from having 3-5 over the course of the year to just 1 in the more recent years have left me feeling a little disappointed. You probably get this question a lot but is there any chance of more frequent betting specials coming back? Or has the industry’s movement to more micro-presentations like Nintendo Directs/State of Plays in place of events like PSX made it more difficult to produce more frequent specials? Thanks and keep up the great work! -Matt
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User #3048060 - 12 Dec 19 20:35
You mentioned reviewing HL Alyx on the Oculus and were not really thinking of getting the Valve Index. Would you consider getting just the Index Knuckles Controllers as they work with the Vive? (Which you have already) That way you would get the “best” experience to review the game without having to fork out for a whole Index set?
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User #7875223 - 12 Dec 19 04:44
When shooting the Podcast, can you please use the screens in the background to show things that Ian is showing the panel? For example, when Ian googles something for the panel and shows them what it looks like. Or when you go to Twitch.tv to check viewer numbers for last week's bet. I realize that it would be extra work for Ian during the podcast, and therefore less time for awkward close-ups of Kyle's teeth, but I think it would be beneficial for the viewers, to actually see what the panel is describing or reacting to. Also, it might be a nice thing to have some podcast fan art circle through those background screens - at least during the Love & Respect segment. L&R Snowcone Guy
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User #7946388 - 9 Dec 19 18:33
Thank you for the answer on the Yakuza question, Brandon. And yea you are right, the series is well represented within EZA, but as a fan it's hard to see someone who would potentially love the series and not recommend it haha At any rate, I get how scary it could be to try and get into a new established series that's why I recommended Like a Dragon. Alternatively Judgment has close to zero ties to Yakzua series and tells one of the best detective/lawyer stories in any game I've played so you can just give that a try since it's its own thing. (bonus point for having an amazing English dub) Anyway, I'm just hoping that one day I'll start watching Frame Trap and I'll see you or Kyle say that "I have played this Yakuza (or Judgment) game" and I'll lose my mind haha Until that faithful day, cheers and L&R P.S: You got in!
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User #13357838 - 9 Dec 19 18:03
Nice! You got into the afterparty but now there can't be a bit of you outside the afterparty wanting to get in!!! There goes the EZA new category of biggest snub during game of the year awards. You got into the party Brandon but at what cost? ;)
Star Ocean First Departure R - Review
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Star Ocean First Departure R is the best way to experience the original entry in this oft-overlooked RPG series.

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User #3044666 - 9 Dec 19 12:53
This feels more like a retrospective than a review.
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User #889875 - 9 Dec 19 17:49
TBF some people complained his latest reviews weren't in-depth enough (I disagree) so Damiani said he was going to go deeper with this one. Trying to please everyone is impossible I guess :P
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User #3044666 - 9 Dec 19 18:18
This was just an observation. I'm not complaining, because I'll never play such old game anyway, so learning a bit about its history was actually more interesting for me than reading a normal review.
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User #889875 - 9 Dec 19 17:50
Love this deeper dive, Damiani :) Thanks for reviewing a game that will probably get skipped by a lot of outlets.
Shenmue 3 - Review
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Despite some glaring issues, Shenmue 3 authentically captures the spirit of its predecessors.

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User #3044436 - 9 Dec 19 02:09
I'm near the end, I agreed about everything that you mentioned on the podcast regarding combat. Can't wait to watch the review when I'm finished.
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User #6031706 - 10 Dec 19 19:05
Huber showing the game tough love.
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User #2980215 - 10 Dec 19 03:44
Et tu, Brute?
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User #7501871 - 10 Dec 19 08:07
Don't take it personally. The games mentality is still 20 years old, and that really comes through with its gameplay. Doesn't mean it's necessarily bad, just from a different time.
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User #13357838 - 9 Dec 19 18:04
Swimming in 7 baby!
The Evening Strangeness - Fiasconauts
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2019-12-23T18:00:02+00:00
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This month Jones, Ian, Kyle, and Jessica journey into the heart of strangeness in small town Florida! Playset by TheClassiestHobo!

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User #162608 - 24 Dec 19 14:38
Disallow that Harmonica bullshit. Ruins the entire episode. If you all weren't so afraid to call out an stupid action, I saw it on everyone's face to shut her down right then and there--the first time it happened. I don't care if she's a permanent fixture on this show, but don't fucking let people ruin the audio quality of your shows. Ben went back and edited the audio for a portion of a recent Frame Trap because Huber yelled right into the mic. Fuck her for doing that, fuck Ian for not editing it out, and fuck the rest of you for letting it slide. Fuck me for even caring about this stupid show, because clearly none of you take it seriously.
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User #8018573 - 24 Dec 19 17:04
Hey. I think they made some poor choices too, but the personal attacks in your comment draw more attention to yourself than to the problem. If you don't care for courtesy, at least consider efficacy.
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User #539742 - 25 Dec 19 03:22
I actually would like them to do the harmonica bit even more so after this comment
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User #3046663 - 25 Dec 19 04:47
Calm down dude it happened like three small times. I was very excited they did my fiasco and seeing your comment just bums me out. I am so sorry the Allies have to deal with people like this because I am sure it’s a bummer for them as well.
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User #3045532 - 26 Dec 19 08:23
What the hell are you talking about? The harmonica bits were funny. Did it hurt you ear or something? Because I listened to the episode with headphones and it certainly didn't hurt mine at all. In any case that's not the way to say it. Are you 12 years old? You sound like an asshole which makes your opinion simply invalid.
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User #3047724 - 30 Dec 19 07:25
Who hurt you?
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User #6453091 - 30 Dec 19 11:10
Whoa. Chill.
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User #3051063 - 31 Dec 19 01:28
Haha, is this a bit? Dude gets startled by a harmonica and starts "fucking" everyone within arms reach. Bwahahaha.
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User #10512316 - 23 Dec 19 19:42
I knew jones would feel weird/try to get things moving after last fiasco. This show has no rails lol.
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User #3051063 - 31 Dec 19 01:22
Love, love, love a group of four people for Fiasconauts! Haha that harmonica was hilarious. Keep up the great work guys.
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User #3046663 - 23 Dec 19 18:49
Thank you for doing my fiasco. I’m sorry I had no get away the get away lore was not In full swing when I wrote this. Also, I agree with Ian it’s not often a very active motivation.
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User #153642 - 23 Dec 19 18:01
FIASCONAUTSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!
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User #5804310 - 23 Dec 19 18:10
I was just thinking about this episode so hard I think I willed it to be released. Daddy Like!
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User #11935805 - 28 Dec 19 14:12
I love that Ian referenced tulpas as an analog to body snatchers. The idea has roots in eastern mysticism, and immediately evoked Dougie Jones a la Twin Peaks: The Return. I know Ian is a fan of Lynch and Twin Peaks from watching reaction shots so that weird obscure connection in reference to this art we both enjoy made me happy. As always great production! Happy Holidays Allies! L&R
Why Does This Make You Mad? - Easy Update
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User #3047249 - 5 Jan 20 11:20
I realize now Ian was being sarcastic when he implied this week's episode of Easy Update would be everyone's favorite. While I personally didn't get much out of this episode, it certainly doesn't make me mad, especially when we just had such a fun episode last week that was exactly the kind I'd been craving. Plus I know Ian had to shoot a bunch of these to bank before Christmas break, so this was probably an idea he had that was easy enough to execute in a relatively short time and an idea he was already interested in experimenting with, so what better time to go for it than during the time when the Allies are basically on vacation anyways? Just remember, Easy Update doesn't have to be weekly. That's not a Patreon goal, just an Ian goal. This episode could've instead been absolutely nothing, and while some would argue that would've been better, I'll remind them they have the power to skip skim through videos, so they easily could've watched about a minute and realized the whole thing was going to be not for them. As hilarious as it would've been, it isn't like Ian held up a gift card code six or seven minutes into the episode just for the fans paying attention or anything similar. Yeah, I don't really care for this episode, but there are some people who will and did, so even though this does feel in part a deliberate troll from Ian, there's not point getting all that angry or insane about it.
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User #13601028 - 5 Jan 20 08:06
Because instead of this I could listen to some cool Don rescues a cat story..
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User #17506607 - 5 Jan 20 08:50
This is kinda funny.
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User #542235 - 5 Jan 20 06:05
Writing this an hour after upload and there are already a ton of pissed of people in the YouTube comments. Successfully Jebaited I guess? Why does this make them mad?
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User #859471 - 5 Jan 20 06:00
Easy update is so good.
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User #21688973 - 5 Jan 20 13:54
I almost feel like I should thumbs down it on youtube to prove his point. Keep it up Ian!
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User #14513188 - 5 Jan 20 07:46
I just want the honest opinion of the other allies as to how they feel about these inane attempts at being meta that fully waste everyone's time lmao
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User #861720 - 5 Jan 20 17:07
You are very much just projecting... this should not bother you or anyone. But I guess that is the point. Lol
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User #14513188 - 5 Jan 20 17:08
Am I projecting the 700 dislikes onto the video as well lmfao
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User #861720 - 5 Jan 20 17:51
No, just the part where you assume the other 'Allies' have "feelings to share" because you yourself have those 'feelings'. =)
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User #14513188 - 5 Jan 20 18:06
Yeah everyone wasn't visibly annoyed when he did this at HOG and I'm sure they have no opinion about their channel randomly having videos go out that deliberately incite a negative response, on a channel whose motto is L&R lmfao asinine
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User #861720 - 5 Jan 20 18:15
I promise, it'll be okay. It's really not a big deal. This isn't going to affect the success or failure of the channel in any real meaningful way. To believe otherwise would simply be neurotic.
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User #14513188 - 5 Jan 20 18:17
Talk about projection lmaoooo I didn't say or even imply any of that. L&R
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User #861720 - 5 Jan 20 18:18
Sure. =) Maybe you are right. L&R
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User #20241780 - 5 Jan 20 14:32
I'm not mad; I'm just disappointed.
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User #10512316 - 5 Jan 20 06:10
Opinions I see online make me believe I’m more tolerant than others. I get some people have criticisms and it doesn’t equate to hate/anger but still. I get upset/disappointed like everyone else but i dont find myself getting outraged is all. Then again in person people seem chill and when it comes to media it’s all at face value. i just hear about said thing being liked or not and being left at that. Grandiose discussions I tend to see stay online.
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User #2712511 - 5 Jan 20 06:51
This seems like it would be a nice background track for calm breathing exercises.
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User #5387569 - 5 Jan 20 14:24
I love this
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User #3048681 - 5 Jan 20 15:41
Reminds me of my English class, where we had to repeat sentences over and over again. I liked it.
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User #13685238 - 6 Jan 20 17:02
We had a voice acting exercise on emphasis and inflection that was exactly what Ian is doing. Getting different meaning by stressing different words and repeating the same thing over and over.
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User #3542556 - 5 Jan 20 05:08
That's enough internet for today
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User #10846077 - 5 Jan 20 06:48
I really feel like the world would be a better place if people asked themselves this question sincerely more than they do.
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User #3176034 - 5 Jan 20 06:45
This felt kind of soothing and relaxing. Am I mad then?
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User #5341747 - 5 Jan 20 08:33
If it didn't have the background music, I would be mad because it's monotonous to an extreme. As it is, it's kind of relaxing. However, I have not given it a like here or on YouTube, because: A. Something like this only works once - I do not want to encourage further behavior like this from Ian. B. Avant-garde art is played out. Might you consider finding inspiration in academic art? ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academic_art )
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User #4156363 - 6 Jan 20 02:37
No, please don’t withhold your precious likes, anything but that.
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User #3160460 - 5 Jan 20 17:14
This is the reason internet was created.
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User #3058070 - 5 Jan 20 06:34
Why do you want them to get mad? Simple question.
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User #959182 - 5 Jan 20 06:58
This made me feel good, that's mad
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User #3057038 - 5 Jan 20 08:57
Throwing pearls to swine <3
Box Peek Ep. 10, Final Thoughts, and All the Scripts!
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2019-12-08T03:14:30+00:00
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YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWICdPwiRHg

Box Peek is finally completed!

It's been two and a half years since we funded this project here on Patreon. While a lot of people say it's clear from the product that a lot of time and effort went into everything, to me the real reason this has taken so long is simply depression. Kyle Bosman minus depression probably would have wrapped this thing up in a few months and also remembered to put all the actors in the credits correctly, but lately I'm not sure Kyle Bosman minus depression will ever exist, so we're all stuck with me. I definitely took too long to accomplish this goal, but hey I still accomplished a goal, and in a way I'm feeling more confident in taking on future ill-advised goals.

My biggest takeaway from this last day of reading comments has been an unexpected feeling of gratitude. Specifically I just feel appreciated. I made a weird, funny, and unhappy thing and other humans get it and like it. It's a unique feeling in my life and I realize it's probably also incredibly rare for anyone to get to feel this way. After Episode 10 more than any other, I'm grateful. (Even for the people who hate the ending)

Also! Attached to this post you'll find each script. I can't promise they'll have professional educational value but might be fun if you're curious how things evolved during production. Please note that cut lines are non-canon. Bronze Fang has a name in episode 8 but we decided that was too cheap. I promise that's not his name.

Anyway thanks for humoring me with this stuff. This community has been overly patient and supportive, and I appreciate that for its rarity too. Deeply grateful shoutouts to Amanda Troop for forming Box Peek into what it is, Luke Arnold for saying Yes to a tiny dumb project and then also giving the realest writing feedback I could have asked for, all the Easy Allies for taking their goofy roles seriously and being nice whenever I tried to explain how much longer Box Peek is going to take, FantomenK for producing a legitimate dream theme song, Sean, Elyse and AJ for doing guest roles in something that surely sounded insane in an email, and my friends and family who support me more than anyone could deserve.

And thank you, person who read this whole thing. I got to write, film, and edit my own commercially unviable series and it's hard to imagine any of that happening without this patreon and community. I might be constantly depressed out of my mind, but that makes these small moments of contentedness pretty special.

A thousand thanks,
Kyle

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User #15493529 - 8 Dec 19 03:17
Incredible to see this through to the end!
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User #2844292 - 8 Dec 19 03:41
Box Peek is a wonderful thing that I’ll be thinking about for years and years; thanks so much for seeing it through to the end, Kyle. Know that this community loves and supports you in everything you do! <3
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User #3394136 - 8 Dec 19 03:39
Thank you for sharing your dreams with us Kyle. We love your wild creations and inventive ideas. Keep up the great work!
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User #384980 - 8 Dec 19 03:46
The show was great. I was definitely one of the many people who were disappointed when you decided not to resurrect The Final Bosman in some way after GT ended (or continue Bosman at home). But after seeing Box Peek, I'm happy that you trusted your gut and gave yourself more time to expand your creative output. The series was above and beyond what I could imagine being done with paper puppets and is truly unique. Hope you take a well deserved break and soak in all the accolades. Bosman + Depression makes better content than Bosman not doing anything, so don't worry about your pace. Good luck with the game awards and I look forward to seeing you streaming in 2020!
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User #2702379 - 8 Dec 19 03:19
I want to give you the biggest hug, Kyle. I'm so proud of you. I hate that you suffer through depression but I'm glad that you're working through it in some way. You are incredibly talented and a pleasure to experience. You deserve all the praise. I'm glad that you realize that you are appreciated and admired. Please, never doubt that. You touch so many people that you'll never meet. Keep up the good work, sir.
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User #3046727 - 8 Dec 19 03:23
Love you, Kyle! Lord knows you've helped some of us through tough spots without even knowing, so I'm glad you feel this way about Box Peek- you deserve it
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User #3353971 - 8 Dec 19 03:21
It's been a hell of a ride. Thank you, Kyle, for all the hard work and also in sharing your thoughts in these posts along the way. You really are an inspiration for people like me who sometimes can't see the forest for the trees when trying to push through and grind to get 'the big project' done, amidst a near-constant feeling of anxiety and gloom. Now put your feet up, get the Mountain Dew ready and enjoy the holidays. You've more than earned it.
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User #4395548 - 8 Dec 19 03:26
I didn't comment previously so I will take this time now. Kyle, Box Peek is fun. It's dumb, but it's so much fun. I've been a huge fan of yours in particular for years. I'm not sure what it is exactly, but I know I'm not the only one online who really loves you. You bring a smile to my face whenever I see you on the new podcast, stream, etc. Box Peek was that times a thousand because it has always been one of the most Kyle Bosman things you've done. Thank you for that. Finally, I know you are going to take some time off of personal projects like this. But when the time comes for something new, remember that you have so many fans who will be here to support you and make dumb jokes, and maybe even draw fan art because it's all so much fun. Kyle, you're fun and you make it easier to deal with my own depression just watching you be you.
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User #3945596 - 8 Dec 19 03:47
Well done, Kyle! I'm casting my mind all the back to episode one, which I really liked, but I actually remember thinking "huh, gotta say I was expecting more of a dark Bosman twist"! Of course you sucked me in with the early jolliness, such that I really felt the weight of the turn in episode six/seven! Peak Ref 12's story really affected me (incredible work from Ian on VO there). While my initial reaction to the finale was "Kyle, no", it's actually really sitting with me. It asks the question, "why do we put so much of our identity in things that don't give lasting happiness?" In its own small way, it's doing something similar to Chaucer's "Troilus and Criseyde", which builds up this magnificent, utterly beguiling image of romantic love, only to tear it down pretty brutally at the last moment: it redirects us towards divine love, but the doomed fantasy still lingers in our imaginations. I like to think something of the fantasy of Box Peek still haunts CD and Kazomi, even after Jordi punctures it.
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User #649742 - 8 Dec 19 03:23
Loved every single second of this project, Kyle. I'm so glad you are picking up the appreciation the community is putting down for you and everyone involved, it's so well deserved. L&R
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User #128352 - 8 Dec 19 03:48
Thanks, Kyle. It was a very weird series. I enjoyed it a lot. I also appreciate all the work you put into it, and look forward to whatever you do in the future. With Box Peek, I realize that that could literally be anything, so I will try not to guess or hypothesize.
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User #11874070 - 8 Dec 19 03:42
I had a milkshake today in honor of Box Peek. Thank you for all the laughs and all the weirdness Kyle!
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User #8722600 - 8 Dec 19 03:23
If I didn't know anything about you, Kyle, I probably would have hated the ending. But knowing just the little bit that I do from watching Easy Allies for the last couple years, I loved it and couldn't have expected anything else.
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User #903841 - 8 Dec 19 03:23
Depression's a bitch, and I know it all too well as it's burned a huge chunk of my 20's. Regardless of the time it took though, I'm glad you pulled through. I'll admit that it took a little time to wrap my head around the series finale, but I'm also glad you went that direction. You've made something, accomplished a monumental task, and that's a lot more than many can say.
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User #8297371 - 8 Dec 19 03:32
I loved the whole show is awesome! I always keep an eye open for whatever you are doing because you are talented, maybe because you live in a town where everyone is making stuff you might think that your stuff is not all that, but I live in Mexico and this was the only piece of media that I care to watch the day of the release and you are the only creator that I bother to write a comment, your creativity is all that for sure.
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User #5516829 - 8 Dec 19 03:20
Kyle, the fact that you talk so candidly about your mental state is one of the reasons why we all love you so much. Take care of yourself, man. Can’t wait for the next great thing from you, no matter how long it takes :)
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User #10846077 - 8 Dec 19 03:38
This series has produced a much stronger emotional reaction in me than I thought it would, and I'm almost certain that's because I have an attachment to Easy Allies and to you Kyle, starting from watching your Megaman Legends stream years ago, through all the bits and podcasts and dumb games. We aren't friends and I know nothing of your personal life, but from one human being to another I would like to say thank you, and please take care of yourself. These are just words on a screen but they come from a real place, from someone who has also had to live to with depression.
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User #348879 - 8 Dec 19 03:56
Thank you Kyle. Will happily wait another 2.5 years for your next weird thing. L&R
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User #13690213 - 8 Dec 19 03:53
The value of Kyle Bosman has nothing to do with the presence or absence of depression. It has to do with the heart, the perception, and the talent that were all at their height in the making of Box Peek. I know it has been a struggle which is why I'm so glad that you got so much out of it yourself. This was an amazing achievement and thank you for letting us share the ride with you. Whatever you decide to do next, I can only say good luck, Kyle Bosman. You've got a lifelong fan.
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User #4278766 - 8 Dec 19 04:07
Man, I could not word this better if I tried. This comment sums up my feelings. Great job Kyle, you have all of our support!
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User #3044666 - 8 Dec 19 03:36
Kyle, I never liked Box Peek, but the ending changed my mind. Congratulations on finishing this long project!
Frame Trap - Episode 96 "The Great Search Continues"
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2019-12-08T03:07:39+00:00
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YouTube link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTF9W2CeQxE

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Shenmue III is finally here and Huber tells us about his long-awaited journey. There's also discussion about Shovel Knight: King of Cards, Phoenix Point, SaGa Scarlet Grace: Ambitions, and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

TIMESTAMPS

09:01 - Shenmue III

30:38 - Phoenix Point

40:37 - Shovel Knight: King of Cards

53:15 - Caught in a Frame Trap: The panelists combine powers to take on the Game Awards

01:05:17 - Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

01:20:06 - SaGa Scarlet Grace: Ambitions

01:30:51 - HOTTAKE: Does game of the year happen too early and how could awards be presented in a better way?

01:51:02 - Emails

Thank you to these wonderful "Shout-Out!" tier patrons:

Elthanas

Greg "TheDarkKnight" Kettering

Caleb "Togi" Crawford

Will Schmuck

FantasyCritic Games

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Graphics - Joe Ellis (@Joe_David_Ellis): Concept & Design

Chris Leroux (@ChrisLeroux): Animation & Motion Graphics

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User #3046145 - 8 Dec 19 03:16
Yes. The Game Awards are way too early. Should be similiar to the Oscars and presented in Febuary. Gives everyone enough time to play before making the decisions for what games get nominated and then to have time to play those nominated games.
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User #11386749 - 9 Dec 19 21:22
As an award, I agree. However, the game award are also a big publicity stunt. It is probably easier to make Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony show ithing in December to make their console look good for Christmas.
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User #20241780 - 8 Dec 19 03:40
I'm glad Brad is still holding out for Dark Cloud.
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User #2784438 - 9 Dec 19 06:33
forever holding out hope
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User #3046646 - 9 Dec 19 05:05
Palpatine told Anakin the Sith had a way to bring people back from the dead. If they call back to the prequels 🤦‍♂️ sheesh
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User #24949155 - 12 Dec 19 11:44
I've been on media blackout for Episode IX so kinda wish you would've just given a heads up on the Palpatine thing.
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User #8857034 - 18 Dec 19 17:56
Ben, Best Snub: Phantasy Star Online 2 at Easy Allies E3 2019 Awards
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User #113531 - 10 Dec 19 17:34
Just to let you know, I used an N-Gage as my phone from 2004 till 2016 and it still works. Great quality but people never stopped mocking me for side-talking...
Easy Allies Podcast #191
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2019-12-06T15:41:47+00:00
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As Microsoft’s next gen plans slowly become clearer, Kotaku revives the legend of Anaconda Lockhart.

00:00:48 - Corrections
00:04:56 - Santa’s Video Games Advisory Board
00:07:41 - Microsoft Still Making Digital-Only Next-Gen Xbox
00:31:53 - Resident Evil 3 Box Art Leaks
00:47:56 - Podcast Halftime Update
00:49:45 - This Week in Joker News
00:52:50 - L&R: Game - Titles That Use This Word
01:00:38 - L&R: Communicating Games to Loved Ones
01:11:50 - L&R: Game - Best Games’ Worst Reviews
01:22:23 - L&R: Sticks of the Sticks of Japan
01:23:37 - Time for Bets
01:29:18 - Or Wars
01:32:11 - Shout-Outs
01:34:38 - Closing


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User #8439347 - 6 Dec 19 18:52
So I definitely sent in a package (far too late -- but real life stuff happened) that included mascots for the betting teams like they used to have. ... But hey, one of them can make it into the new year at least. Haha.
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User #2429144 - 6 Dec 19 17:22
i broke up with my gf, thanks guys! (jk we're in a loving six year relationship still) edit: yeah i dont like league
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User #5804310 - 6 Dec 19 19:58
Please get her to write in as the panel suggested. Great LnR question.
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User #2429144 - 6 Dec 19 23:31
LOL I will get her to write up something and post it
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User #3048207 - 6 Dec 19 23:51
Jones gonna have to do some extra Keighly slurping if he wants to get in that Game Awards after party
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User #3046646 - 9 Dec 19 04:56
My Christmas wish came true... Or Wars! Loved the theme tune, incredible energy, great game, Brad crushed it. Thank you Dark Prince of Nerd Media, who needs a turkey dinner, I’m done!
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User #5503398 - 6 Dec 19 16:20
Glances over the time stamps and saw something about 3, box and leaks and I immediately froze, getting ready for Jordy's next adventure
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User #4164790 - 9 Dec 19 10:57
Seriously, this is the best L&R section of all podcast episodes yet
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User #19500699 - 7 Dec 19 19:40
Hey Allies! Question: does Bosman gather the data for bets on his own, while everyone takes his word for it? Does Bloodworth or another Ally verify that, say, there’s only four reviews this week, or is Kyle wielding his access to info like Big Brother in the novel 1984?
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User #6031706 - 8 Dec 19 19:03
Kyle usually does it, but if something is wrong, it will come up on corrections.
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User #964705 - 7 Dec 19 07:03
Did you just hear that? No Lol
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User #7376871 - 7 Dec 19 11:49
Just watched inside gaming, can't wait for Jones to read that manscaped ad about shaving your nuts and preventing your balls from being smelly and sticky... It's gonna get weird
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EasyAllies - 7 Dec 19 20:14
We've already opted out of those advertisers. -Bloodworth
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User #6564435 - 9 Dec 19 02:51
I love how the last 30 minutes of the podcast rapidly devolved into Opinion Yell every time a real quote came up.
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User #15384369 - 7 Dec 19 06:13
SOOOO hyped for RE3 (and 8), I feel you Jones. Eight isn't even announced and there is hype. The box art and character designs look great in my opinion. I like the new direction the series is going (though RE7 Chris is still a bit weird looking lol).
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User #4614375 - 7 Dec 19 18:39
Will Jones ever get into the after party? Find out next time on the Easy allies podcast!
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User #26150447 - 6 Dec 19 19:48
Honestly for the “Bad Review” on Control, I knew it was real cause I saw several people say those words online when it was released. I’m sure they were smoking “hashish”, cause seriously, Zero Atmosphere? Lol
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User #246570 - 9 Dec 19 17:21
If you had 5 different versions of the same console, you wouldn't release 5 different versions of the game. Not unless there's some greedy profit reason to. It's easier to just release 1, then when it's loaded configure it based on the system. The point at which it becomes more tricky is when your game simply doesn't run on the older versions of the console. That's when you have to start jumping through hoops to make distinctions.
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User #13814697 - 6 Dec 19 21:53
Phil’s on that Scarlett dust, kids.
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User #11291057 - 7 Dec 19 05:09
I've always read it as OAR Wars. oh no
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User #460132 - 11 Dec 19 03:13
This might be an odd request since I'm only a $1 patron, but is there any chance you could release the podcast 1 hour earlier? I live in New Zealand and we're just on the other side of the time zone (3 hours diff from San Fran, but an entire day ahead) and the podcast comes out at 9AM our time. I walk to work at 8AM and would love be able to listen to it on my commute. Keep being easy, allies.
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User #5101424 - 7 Dec 19 01:56
Oh baby! That EXTRA GORGEOUS Gorilla huh hoowee from Brad! ha ha. Great game. And now.. Begun.. these or wars have...
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User #3048681 - 6 Dec 19 19:59
I really hope for Jones that he gets to go to that after party.
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User #26117182 - 7 Dec 19 00:11
OR WARS! You don’t need to ask me to please be excited. I am excited.
David Lynch - Reaction Shots
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2019-12-09T21:01:23+00:00
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Hey everyone! This month on Reaction Shots we're talking all about David Lynch with returning very special guest Matthew Walden, who turns out to be a really big Twin Peaks fan! (He's got the tattoo to prove it!) Hope you enjoy! <3 Ian

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User #8145383 - 10 Dec 19 04:03
I loved this episode so much. I never expected to have a focused David Lynch podcast. I'll consider this like a personal gift from EZA. Happy Holidays everyone!!! And do not get lost in any Red Rooms please! Also, do not forget to watch The Alphabet, It's somewhere in Youtube and very cheap in Amazon as a DVD collection.
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User #4497711 - 13 Dec 19 18:03
Love Twin Peaks and the return was amazing! Can't wait to watch!
Trailer Jones - No Time to Die Trailer
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2019-12-06T06:11:50+00:00
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I thought Huber would be a good pick to talk about Bond. Little did I know he has recently re-watched all of Daniel Craig's films as 007, and was uniquely prepared to chat about how this debut trailer sets up what is scheduled to be the last chapter in his series. I think there are always high expectations going into any Bond reveal, and with so many characters returning from previous films, it's an interesting test to see if the production values here resonate with the two of us or not. On a scheduling note, I'm going to be more aggressive in grabbing allies for episodes in the future, so while there might not be another Trailer Jones in December (depending on what drops at The Game Awards), I'm getting better at matching ally and trailer and look forward to producing these more regularly in 2020.

Episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Axq_VCLBgkI
No Time to Die Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIhNsAtPbPI

- Brandon

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User #12707049 - 6 Dec 19 13:46
Thanks for this. Though I'm not watching it, media blackout. I was thinking of watching all the 007 movies next year, though I already plan to do so with the Star War movies and cartoons, so this will have to wait for later in the year. Hopefully NTtD ends Daniel Craig's - the best Bond there ever was - saga just as Casino Royale began it - best Bond movie.
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User #40817 - 8 Dec 19 22:42
That's a funny way to spell Pierce Brosnan...
Kyle Can’t Stand Mario 3D World Co-op - Huber’s Prison of Love
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2019-12-04T17:57:34+00:00
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On the premiere episode of Huber's Prison of Love, Kyle Bosman is sentenced to a mandatory session of co-op play in Super Mario 3D World.

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On the premiere episode of Huber's Prison of Love, Kyle Bosman is sentenced to a mandatory session of co-op play in Super Mario 3D World. Support us through Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/EasyAllies Schedule: http://easyallies.com/ Merchandise: https://www.fangamer.com/easyallies http://shop.spreadshirt.com/easyallies Live streams - https://www.twitch.tv/easyallies Stream archives - https://www.youtube.com/easyalliesplays https://twitter.com/easyallies https://www.facebook.com/easyallies #EasyAllies #HubersPrisonOfLove #SuperMario3DWorld

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User #3059573 - 5 Dec 19 07:21
This is a great show! Great work! I can see why this concept could be hard to set up and cut/edit. Thanks guy!
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User #13685238 - 4 Dec 19 21:07
Ugh mandatory HR meeting I missed the Premier!! Gotta watch when I get home.
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User #2440908 - 4 Dec 19 18:21
Super jolly and I love this, but I think the editing might be a little too tight. If you leave some room for healthy silence and just gameplay and I think it will feel more organic.
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User #3046704 - 4 Dec 19 18:42
You guys continue to come out with the best series ideas. Keep up the great work!
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User #3050574 - 4 Dec 19 18:12
Warning: Video may cause smiles
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User #5387569 - 4 Dec 19 18:12
I love the part at the end where the prisoner can choose to leave or play one more level, great format guys
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User #3046609 - 4 Dec 19 18:04
Great concept, great execution. Brings back memories of old school "First 15"
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User #3045346 - 4 Dec 19 20:06
Super cozy!
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User #21688973 - 5 Dec 19 00:11
This is beautiful. Love the intro with the allegations and sentencing.
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User #13690213 - 4 Dec 19 19:14
Wow, this is Max Jolly/Cozy Vibes: The Show. What a wonderful thing to put out just in time for the holidays.
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User #8018573 - 4 Dec 19 18:26
Love this. And love what must be a Huber family name for "E.L. Fudge" snacks.
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User #3062402 - 4 Dec 19 21:58
Really cute. :3
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User #2915195 - 4 Dec 19 18:59
Seriously amazing show! Super-jolly, Huber invokes the deepest passion in all of us.
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User #3048681 - 4 Dec 19 19:59
That was really really fun! :)
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User #9083214 - 5 Dec 19 03:15
This was SO SO SO GOOD!
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User #2800068 - 5 Dec 19 03:25
The ending is perfect. I love how Huber asks whether they want to leave. The ultimate test.
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User #3045598 - 4 Dec 19 23:38
The embrace is too pure. I would love a longer cut of this
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User #13357838 - 5 Dec 19 03:18
Great stuff, Kyle is perfect heck the whole show could be just him and his transgressions haha.
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User #11535523 - 4 Dec 19 18:03
Hype
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User #13684544 - 4 Dec 19 19:29
This show honestly makes me excited to go back and play more games that i gave the cold shoulder to. Super jolly and so much fun! Really hope this is weekly, bi-weekly because i haven't had that much fun with a video in a long time! So cozy!
Kill Your Babies The Card Game! - Easy Update
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2019-12-15T05:00:01+00:00
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We play the Kill Your Babies Card Game made by Missilemage and ZephyrMoon (@Missilemage and @ZephyrMoon2) using the rule where half the deck is visible and the other half is face down below it, so you're saving/killing half the games without knowing! And it was a BLAST! Hope you enjoy the chaos, and I hope you're happy with the results!

We had SO MUCH FUN doing this episode, I hope you enjoy!


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User #20940619 - 17 Dec 19 17:41
can i buy this game somehow? This seems like it would be fun as hell to play, and I want to see the other game modes!
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User #4934990 - 15 Dec 19 14:34
Really hoping there is another mandatory update at the end of this year! L&R
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User #3063535 - 15 Dec 19 05:12
Intriguing.
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User #3542556 - 15 Dec 19 05:43
I would love to see you do this again two more times with the other 3 allies each timeto see how they pick. Also I think the final two being a face down 50-50 pick would be great for the heartache.
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User #3113594 - 15 Dec 19 12:57
this is great, but they should have made 64 cards, then you've always got an even number so you don't have to do the 2 cards thing.
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User #3047724 - 15 Dec 19 18:47
There was 52.
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User #3113594 - 15 Dec 19 18:49
I know, that was the point of my comment. 52 will always get down to 13 after 2 rounds, and cause the odd number issue. That's why 64 would have been a better start as it will never get to an odd amount.
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User #2800068 - 16 Dec 19 09:15
I was thinking the same thing. 52 seemed like an unnecessary number to make the game not work well. Those cards that sat on two were basically no chance.
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User #3113594 - 16 Dec 19 09:59
I guess the guys who made them chose 52 because that’s how many are in a standard card deck. Doesn’t really work with that rule set though.
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User #730371 - 18 Dec 19 03:53
wow, really love the new system!
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User #4782928 - 17 Dec 19 02:19
Please make this a monthly show!
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User #3046831 - 15 Dec 19 05:48
My favorite Easy Update in quite a long time. Had me laughing the entire time. This looks like SO much fun.
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User #3745417 - 15 Dec 19 22:27
Is there an alternate name for kill your babies?
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User #889875 - 15 Dec 19 23:11
kill your puppers?
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User #3062402 - 15 Dec 19 23:52
I think it's referencing the writing advice, "Kill your darlings," often attributed to William Faulkner but Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch said, "Murder your darlings," so he's the true creator until further notice. But anyway, it's the idea that you must be willing to remove something you hold dear to ultimately create something free from the distraction of your selfish indulgences. But here, it's ingenious that the game is about removing beloved games and the creation is ultimately the show itself. "Kill Your Babies" as a title may cross a line for some, and I'm not sure if that's what you're getting at, but I think it's supposed to conjure up the deep feelings we have for certain games. I hope I didn't get too explain-ery! Love & Respect & Happy Holidays if you celebrate any this time of year!
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User #5101424 - 16 Dec 19 00:48
Splat yer brats
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User #5101424 - 16 Dec 19 00:48
Off yer tots
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User #5101424 - 16 Dec 19 00:49
Spawn Begone
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User #28564767 - 11 Jan 20 15:02
We call it Pick the GOAT
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User #13601028 - 15 Dec 19 10:42
These are my favourite videos
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User #7591393 - 19 Dec 19 14:12
Man this one really went places! Some real shocks and heart sinkers. As for the concept, I tend to think of it less as “this game never existed,” but more as “This game ceases to exist, and is wiped from living memory.” That way like, Pitfall could be eliminated and we could still have Metroid
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User #3996552 - 17 Dec 19 00:04
More of this please! As soon as this was over we cut up peices of paper and made our own lol
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User #13814697 - 16 Dec 19 01:26
Just a damn good time. I was riding a perma smile the whole way.
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User #5101424 - 16 Dec 19 00:51
I absolutely loved this!!! I really hope you do more. Don't be afraid to go back to this well!
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User #13690213 - 15 Dec 19 06:06
That was a lot of fun. Hope we get to see you try out the other modes.
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User #2800068 - 15 Dec 19 10:25
This was very entertaining and very funny.
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