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Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Episode 34: Cody and Jon COMPLETELY DESTROY travel naysayers


Cody was told by several people that he would literally die by traveling, and yet he survived. Hear him and Jon completely destroy travel naysayers, then talk about what it’s like to take kids on vacation.

Show Notes:

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Jon’s Doom Review (2016): Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast FULL GAMER Review


Jon goes FULL GAMER with a Doom review (2016), discussing the first-person shooter video game developed by id Software and published by Bethesda Softworks, which he played on Steam.

Show Notes:

Jon is a husband and a parent of a toddler, so he has real-life responsibilities and a limited amount of time to play video games every week. He also isn’t normally a fan of first-person shooters at all, so he was surprised at how much he enjoyed playing Doom. Hear Jon’s review from the point of view of a guy who is careful with his time commitments!

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Unqualified Gamers Podcast #111: E3 2015 recap, Steam Summer Sale


Jon recaps E3 2015, including press conferences from Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo, and he and Cody discuss their reactions to various announcements. Plus, hear what games Cody has purchased so far in the 2015 Steam Summer Sale!

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April Fools from Respawn



I almost came close to wanting to buy an XBox One just so I could play Titanfall and buy this DLC. Titanfall game developer Respawn released a teaser trailer for their latest DLC for the megahit game featuring the Autobot commander as a playable mech. This just happened to come out on April 1st. Damn you Respawn! It showed Optimus beating the crap out of other Titans, wielding his energy axe, using a cloaking ability, and even letting the player assume control of the iconic robot leader. The trailer also sports a pretty accurate version of his voice as well. Check it out and shake your fist in desperation at the video game gods for toying with your emotions.

Soooooo cool!


Video Game Sales by the Numbers



The consumer market research group the NPD Group has released its findings on video game sales in  2013 and the numbers are staggering. We spent a whopping $15.39 billion, with a B. The industry as a whole saw a 1% increase while the release of the Next-Gen systems helped pushed console sales up by 5%. Digital gaming, including everything from game downloads, to DLCs, add-ons, social networking games, and app-based mobile games had the biggest cumulative share with $7.22 billion.


XBox One beat out PS4 last year in America but Sony claims they hold the title for cumulative sales globally. CoD:Ghosts and Battlefield 4 are top dogs in software and AC:Black Flag was close behind. GTA 5 was the reigning champ as far as total software sales.

Annual 2013 Top Ten Games (New Physical Retail)

  1. Grand Theft Auto V
  2. Call Of Duty: Ghosts
  3. Madden NFL 25
  4. Battlefield 4
  5. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
  6. NBA 2K14
  7. Call of Duty: Black Ops II
  8. Just Dance 2014
  9. Minecraft
  10. Disney Infinity



The big number here is the amount of players over the age of 13 who purchased digital games and content. A whopping 36% of those players bought a DLC, add-on, or some other form of digital game. I’d wager that that number will greatly increase if not double next year. Especially since the second I insert a new game from the store I have 114 offers for DLCs, add-ons, character upgrades, etc, etc.


Ubisoft Xbox One Launch Titles Announced


Yesterday Ubisoft UK (@ubisoftuk) took to twitter to announce it’s launch titles for the XboxOne. The tweet was simple, it read…

Ubisoft Logo (Square)After seeing this tweet I did some more digging and found that by going to the US version of the Ubisoft Game Listing page and filtering by Xbox One, there’s a couple other titles that appear on the list (The Crew and The Divsion). While the search doesn’t provide any specified release date, one of the previously mentioned titles does list a pre-order link.

Do any of these titles get you excited?

Microsoft Backtracking on Xbox One DRM? (Update)


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Gaming site Giant Bomb broke the news earlier that according to their sources at Microsoft there is a big shakeup coming regarding the widely criticized DRM policies for the new Xbox One.  According to their sources Microsoft is planning to pull a complete 180 and reverse their course on DRM for the Xbox One.

What does this mean for gamers?  According to the reports here’s what we know:

  1. The Xbox will no longer ‘phone home’ every 24 hours and will not lock out users from gaming if it has not reached the Microsoft servers in 24 hours.
  2. All game discs will work in the Xbox One that same as in the Xbox 360
  3. There will be no restrictions on loaning or trading games.  Hand the disc to a friend and they can play.
  4. An Internet connection will only be required for initial setup.
  5. Region locks will be dropped from the system. is also reporting the same story, but as this time Microsoft has not responded to requests for comments from any sites.  Until Microsoft confirms this news I would advise people to not treat this news as the gospel truth.  It wouldn’t be the first time that the Internet has bit on rumors and reported them as true.  However, the Gonna Geek team would be remiss if we didn’t present the news we are seeing to you.

If this is true and Microsoft has backed away from their DRM requirements then this is a win for gamers.  The DRM and online requirements were widely reviled by gamers when they were announced at E3.  If these are dropped then a lot of fan objections have been removed in regards to the Xbox One.

I will admit to being an Xbox fanboy.  I have owned an Xbox going back to the original console, but the DRM requirements for the system had me a bit unsettled and unsure when/if I would be getting an Xbox One.  If the DRM requirements are dropped, as has been reported, then I am on board with this.  I don’t mind Microsoft backtracking from E3 nor will I criticize them.  They are listening to the gamers that have expressed their discomfort, and more likely seen that massive PR that Sony received with the DRM-free PS4.

The real question is, for those of you who were on the fence or undecided on the Xbox One, does this change your opinion on the system?  Let us know in the comments below.

Update: Its official Microsoft is going forward with all of the rumors.  This is according to Don Mattrick, President of Interactive Entertainment Business over at Microsoft.  An excerpt from his press release spells things out.

An internet connection will not be required to play offline Xbox One games – After a one-time system set-up with a new Xbox One, you can play any disc based game without ever connecting online again. There is no 24 hour connection requirement and you can take your Xbox One anywhere you want and play your games, just like on Xbox 360.

Trade-in, lend, resell, gift, and rent disc based games just like you do today – There will be no limitations to using and sharing games, it will work just as it does today on Xbox 360.

In addition to buying a disc from a retailer, you can also download games from Xbox Live on day of release. If you choose to download your games, you will be able to play them offline just like you do today. Xbox One games will be playable on any Xbox One console — there will be no regional restrictions.

These changes will impact some of the scenarios we previously announced for Xbox One. The sharing of games will work as it does today, you will simply share the disc. Downloaded titles cannot be shared or resold. Also, similar to today, playing disc based games will require that the disc be in the tray.

We appreciate your passion, support and willingness to challenge the assumptions of digital licensing and connectivity. While we believe that the majority of people will play games online and access the cloud for both games and entertainment, we will give consumers the choice of both physical and digital content. We have listened and we have heard loud and clear from your feedback that you want the best of both worlds.

Microsoft has listened to all of the negative feedback they received.  For the most part the fans seem happy but there is a vocal group upset about the removal of game sharing among Xbox Live friends and family.  Microsoft couldn’t keep this feature in and still appeal to the majority of their fanbase.  Personally, I think this is a move they needed to make.  This is especially true after seeing the incredibly positive response to Sony’s E3 press conference and then the huge number of pre-orders the PS4 raked in.

Now that Microsoft has changed their policy on always on connectivity and used games is it going to make a difference in this generation of the console war?  I tend to think it might.  Looking at my Twitter feed I have seen quite a few people talking about cancelling their PS4 pre-orders and sticking with the Xbox.  This is a small sample set, but I imagine there are others doing the same thing.  Allow me to pose a question to our readers, does this change make you more interested in Xbox One or are you set with your current gaming choice?