56 episodes

Defining Duke is a weekly podcast dedicated to all things Xbox co-hosted by beloved YouTuber MrMattyPlays and Lord Cognito. Whether you're a fan and player of Xbox Series X|S, still hanging around on Xbox One, or have fond memories of Xbox 360 and the original Xbox, our show is for you. We go over the news, talk about the games we're playing, scour rumors and speculation, and much more. We publish each and every Sunday, and you can get the show three days early and ad-free by supporting us on Patreon at patreon.com/laststandmedia
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Defining Duke: An Xbox Podcast Last Stand Media & Studio71

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    • 4.9 • 500 Ratings

Defining Duke is a weekly podcast dedicated to all things Xbox co-hosted by beloved YouTuber MrMattyPlays and Lord Cognito. Whether you're a fan and player of Xbox Series X|S, still hanging around on Xbox One, or have fond memories of Xbox 360 and the original Xbox, our show is for you. We go over the news, talk about the games we're playing, scour rumors and speculation, and much more. We publish each and every Sunday, and you can get the show three days early and ad-free by supporting us on Patreon at patreon.com/laststandmedia
We wanna make the podcast even better, help us learn how we can: https://bit.ly/2EcYbu4 
For advertising opportunities please email PodcastPartnerships@Studio71us.com   
Privacy Policy: https://www.studio71.com/us/terms-and-conditions-use/#Privacy%20Policy

    Xbox Has Acquired Activision Blizzard

    Xbox Has Acquired Activision Blizzard

    For the long time Defining Duke listeners, we all know you have been waiting for a week like this. A time where a major haymaker is delivered by Microsoft and we can break it all down together. For the staggering price of $68.7 billion, Xbox has acquired publisher Activision and with it come a slew of development teams and IP that we're not quite sure even they know what to do with. Beyond inheriting a plethora of potential exclusive games and bolstering Game Pass, Xbox takes in damaged goods. Activision is far from squeaky clean as they have suffered from toxic workplace conditions for years with a leader at the top willing to purchase two companies with game's media in an effort to steer the narrative away from such a truth. It's ugly and there's a lot of tendrils to this conversation. Games, exclusives, monopoly, mobile gaming, and so much more. It's time to talk about about the industry's most historic acquisition yet in what will be a series of many from the hungry competitor moving forward.
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    • 3 hr 21 min
    Major Xbox Exclusive Delayed + E3 2022 Gets Canned

    Major Xbox Exclusive Delayed + E3 2022 Gets Canned

    2022 continues at its rip-roar pace for Xbox. One of the major pieces in its early year strategy, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2, has received a significant seven month delay. With a new vacancy created and only CrossfireX and Tunic remaining, we believe Xbox needs to make a big move ASAP. This would come in the form of Game Pass, so Matty and Cog shake out the potential options. Separately, E3 2022 has already been canceled while the likes PAX and GDC are continuing on with their set plans. The reasoning? As always, the pandemic. However, there is enough reasonable doubt here to bring about another angle of the conversation. Last, but not least is the latest Phil Spencer interview with New York Times. From politics, to Activision, and the sales of Xbox, he divulges much about their current strategy. That's not to mention the likes of Dying Light 2's length, Final Fantasy's absense from Xbox, and plenty more that is left to be discussed.
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    • 3 hr 7 min
    Xbox & Ubisoft's Game Pass Partnership + GoldenEye 007 Xbox Exclusive Leaks

    Xbox & Ubisoft's Game Pass Partnership + GoldenEye 007 Xbox Exclusive Leaks

    Xbox has hit the ground running in 2022 with a variety of announcements, news, and leaks. For starters, Ubisoft and Xbox have finally teamed up for a day one drop on Xbox Game Pass. The game? The $40 spin-off 'Rainbow Six: Extraction' or as the Dukes like to call it: Rainbow Six: Experiment. Indeed, it looks as if the seeds are being planted for more deals in the future for the two companies. Otherwise, a classic overdue for both a remaster and return is GoldenEye 007. In 2008, Xbox nearly succeeded in their attempt to revive the game, but it came to nothing due to legal complications. Again, the remaster has leaked, but this one is different. Furthermore, a new piece by Jason Schreier has arrived discussing Ken Levine and his status as an "auteur" in video games. The Duke have many thoughts to share on this that are too large to be simplified. That goes for the rest of the news in a week where Playground Games studio head made his exit, Undead Labs opened up a new studio, and much, much more. This is only the beginning! Let's ride.
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    • 3 hr 5 min
    The Dukes Top 5 Best & Worst Games Of 2021

    The Dukes Top 5 Best & Worst Games Of 2021

    Hot takes ahoy! Matty and Cog have played a lot in a year that has often been referred to as a “down year for video games.” As always there are lists of games to sift through, but the Dukes shed their lists down to the top five of the very best and worst this year had to offer us. We promise these lists will shock, amaze, stun, and disappoint.
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    • 1 hr 59 min
    The Best & Worst Of Xbox Game Pass

    The Best & Worst Of Xbox Game Pass

    It's the holiday season and maybe Santa got some of you a shiny new Xbox! With that Xbox (or PC, we didn't forget!) you might find yourself perusing the catalog of hundreds of Game Pass games. It can be overwhelming to sift through page after page of alluring games especially with how great so many of them are. Matty and Cog are lucky enough to be able to sit down and play many of these games to help guide the audience towards or away from them. Today, we present to you our Top 5 Game Pass games of the year, Game Pass busts of the year, and even xCloud picks. It's a culmination of the must plays, precedent setters, fraud alerts, too-little-too-lates, and streamable games that filled out a busy 2021 calendar for Xbox.
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    • 1 hr 50 min
    Splinter Cell Returns + S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Dives Into NFTs

    Splinter Cell Returns + S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Dives Into NFTs

    We'll give it to you straight. Hot off The Game Awards, it hasn't been a great look for "modern gaming." The NFT floodgates have burst wide open, massive delays are inbound, and now those sacred video game discs don't even arrive with the full game on them. Matty and Cog cut through the noise and get to the heart of each of these matters. Such as the highly anticipated reveal of Splinter Cell with a brand new remake. Should a company as creatively and morally bankrupt as Ubisoft be trusted with such a revered series anymore? This could be the cause of more harm than good. Beyond that, a timed Xbox exclusive has rolled out an NFT offering that is widely maligned. Developer GSC Game World has offered paying customers the chance to become an NPC in game through their own NFT program. It has not been pretty, so Matty and Cog offer no mercy on this one. In other news, we dig into the continuous offerings of Game Pass, Bully 2 rumors, and Forza Horizon 5 sales!
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    • 2 hr 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
500 Ratings

500 Ratings

J do the pearl hizzle dizzle ,

Updated Review

Still Top notch! The chemistry between Cog and Matty is simply phenomenal. There aren’t as many genuinely happy, supportive positive people like Cog in the industry. Matty is an absolutely stellar host and a real master of the craft. Glad to see the continued success and will always be a Patreon

Rarley ,

Great Xbox Podcast

Amazing show with great insights, commentary and a lot of laughs. Highly recommended.

Est1985dmvsown ,

One of the best Xbox podcasts I’ve ever heard

Had to stop by and say I really love Defining Duke an Xbox podcast with Marty And Cog I love the chemistry developing on screen with you two. It’s super informative and an easy listen.

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