Newscast: Skyrim Remastered, Watch_Dogs 2 and Titanfall 2

Newscast:

Blizzard/ Overwatch banning players as promised

Following Blizzard’s lead, Ubisoft swears to perma ban cheaters in the Division on 1st

Anthony Hopkins in Trans 5 as the Hannibal Lecter of the robot universe, Unicron

Spider-Man 4, Mysterio as Bruce Campbell, Add Vulture (Jefferey Henderson)

Sucker Punch Spider-Man

  • InFamous, Sly Cooper

Watch Dogs 2 confirmed by Ubisoft, six different versions

  • Release Nov. 15

Titanfall 2 and Battlefield 1 releasing within 2 weeks of each other

RPG Battles: Blood and Wine vs Far Harbour

Jake Gyllenhaal to star in The Division Movie

Take-Two CEO no market for VR right now.

  • Owns Rockstar, 2K
  • Games like: GTA, Civ, Borderlands, Bioshock, NBA 2K

Horizon Zero Dawn pushed back until Feb. 28, consolation prize of a new trailer

  • Asks for pre-orders, dumb

Zootopia earns $1 Billion worldwide

  • Fourth animated movie to do so (Frozen, Toy Story 3, Minions)
  • 26th movie ever to gross $1 Bil, Disney owns 11
  • Second movie this year behind Civil War

E3 starts June 14

Skyrim Remastered

Kingdom Hearts 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue

Square Enix announced a FF12 remake for PS4

  • Adds new music and other things

Gwent coming to mobile? Trademarked

COD XP first in 5 years in September

  • $2 Million tournament, Largest in COD history
  • Multiplayer reveal for Infinite Warfare and Modern Warfare Remastered
  • Really late reveal, BO3 was in June, AW in August, Ghost in August

Kit Harrington villain in Infinite Warfare

PS4K confirmed but won’t be shown at E3

Destiny: Rise of Iron new DLC not for Last Gen

  • Everyone gets the Gjallahorn, only get skin if pre-ordered
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When Should I Sell My Old Games?

One of the hardest decisions I ever face when I finish a game is whether or not to keep it, or sell it. I generally view myself as a video game collector, though hoarder is more appropriate. My rule of thumb is to keep a game unless I didn’t enjoy the game. Needless to say I have only traded in a handful of games. Here I will discuss a few valid reasons to trade in a game.

1. You didn’t enjoy the game.

The first, and most obvious, reason to sell a game is if you did not enjoy it or are generally unhappy with it. I have sold a few games based on this logic. The most recent in memory is Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeros. When I purchased the game I expected it to be a full size Metal Gear game; what I received was a game with one mission that would do over and over again with different challenges. I was sorely disappointed. I promptly traded in the game, upset that I had spent money on a game with very little content.

2. There is little or no replay value.

Replay value is an important factor for me when I weigh the price of a game. If a game has a high replay value (meaning I can play it over-and-over again without it getting old) than I will be more willing to spend a high price on the game. If the game is a one-and-done type then it makes more sense to do one of two things. Either buy, beat, and quickly sell the game to maximize its trade in value, or wait for the price to bottom out before purchasing.

3. You need cash now

Sometimes life gets you. You know, it gets you right where it hurts- your car breaks down, your furnace goes out, you owe taxes, etc. The last acceptable reason, in my mind, for selling games is for the cash. Emergencies happen and sometimes you just have to make ends meet.

4. The new iteration of the franchise is out (Credited to Wolfe Stedro)

There are a few game franchises that reboot their old games and franchises with HD remakes and newer versions of the old games. I really see this in two ways.

First, in regard to HD remakes where the game is the same just with updated graphics. For instance the release of The Last of Us on the PS4. If you purchase the newer version, why keep the PS3 copy?

Second, franchises like Call of Duty release a game yearly. If you are into the competitive multiplayer these games offer than you’ll generally want to stay up-to-date on the newest version. If you’re following the competitive crowd, then there is no reason to keep the old version.

 

Do you have other valid reason’s to sell a game? Is my list missing something? Leave a comment or tweet at us @UPgamerspodcast

 

Why Gaming is the Most Cost-Effective Entertainment

Here at Underpaid Gamers Podcast we like to tout the virtues of gaming. We support E-Sports and revel in our gaming addiction. One of the least emphasized benefits of gaming is its potential for being a cost effective form of entertainment. The following are two major reasons why I believe gaming is one of the most cost-effective forms of entertainment today.

Gaming can give you an amazing bang for your buck. 

I recently purchased the Uncharted Collection for $35 used from Gamestop. For those of you who don’t know what that entails, I essentially bought three separate games from one of my favorite developers – Naughty Dog. Now if we divide this out I spent about $11.66 for each of those games. So far I’ve beaten the first and second games putting anywhere from 15 to 20 hours into each. So my cost per hour for each game (we’ll low ball it and use the 15 hours) is about $.77.

We can compare this to going to the movies or attending a sporting event. What we find is that the cost per hour is significantly lower to play video games. A movie ticket costs at least $10 and professional sporting events can cost anywhere from $10 to $60, assuming your not trying to sit court-side or close. We can see that the cost per hour of these two examples can range from about $4 an hour to $20 (assuming a movie is 2.5 hours long and a professional sporting event is 3 hours). It is clear, when we compare cost per hour, that video games are king.

The prevalence and ease of buying used games.

There are many ways to purchase video games. With the combination of the internet and used game stores there really is no excuse for buying a video game at full price. Now I know some of you will say, “Justin, I gotta have that game right now!”, well honestly you don’t. Many games don’t lose their play value over time. For instance, The Witcher 3 will still have the same experience for players a year from now. If you wait a year you could save 2o or 30 bucks! Not to mention if a game of the year edition comes out with all the dlc included! Overtime making a habit of buying used games can save you hundreds!

To be honest I am definitely a hypocrite when it comes to buying used games. I have payed full price for a new copy before. Especially for the games that focus on multiplayer. With many multiplayer games the most competitive atmosphere is only within the first few months.

That being said, if your goal is to save money, video gaming can be a great hobby! Do you have anything you’d like to add? If so, leave a comment!

 

Justin