Today’s Industry Insight looks at the news of Tencent trying to rebrand its distribution platform to compete with Steam. If you don’t know about Tencent, I talked about the company and how they are a very big deal when it comes to online and multiplayer games. We also discussed what this could mean going forward with the Steam Direct changes planned by Valve.

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For this week’s Dissecting Design, we take a look back at the last (and possibly final) AAA-collaborated game from Double Fine: Brutal Legend. I talked about how they created a very rich world, but ran into problems with some very polarizing gameplay.

Two notes, I incorrectly said that Dio was in the game which isn’t right. I had to turn off the music as there was no way I could put up a video with licensed metal songs and not get it flagged to death.

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Scorpio Xbox

This past week Microsoft revealed more details on the Xbox Scorpio; Microsoft’s response to the PS4 Pro. Both systems are being branded as upgrades and represent a major shift in the console market strategy for us to look at.

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For today’s industry insight, we’re talking the NES Classic Edition. The hot holiday item of 2016, Nintendo has announced that they are canceling it. I talked about my thoughts on it and gave several possible reasons why they’re not continuing with it. With that said, I do hope that we see this return in some form, as I think Nintendo had a great marketing item.

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