The Instance: Weekly radio for fans and lovers of video games and the topics that shape the gaming world. We don't take sides, we don't whine, we just give you the facts, news and tips that you want and need for your favorite online addictions.
The Instance 652: Stick to the Moon & The Roads
This weeks topic: The massive breach at Twitch, and what it means for gamers, streamers and game-based security in general. Plus hot takes on HS Mercenaries and Back 4 Blood.
The Instance 651: A whole New World
We have a quick update on the Blizzard front up top, but the rest of the show today is all about New World. It hit this week, we've all played a bunch, and we have takes. Some of them are even HOT takes. :) Is it good? Will it have lasting power? How did it perform in its launch window? We have a lot of these answers and more so tune in!
The Instance 650: Hurt Me Plenty
Scott Garrett and Joce have been seeing a lot of chatter in our circles about difficulty settings in games, hard modes, casual players, and more. Got us to thinking about what the current games-space looks like these days when it comes to game difficulty, and how devs get more players in, and block some players out. Lots to talk about, plus emails and more!
The Instance 649: Tell Me a Story
Our topic this week deals with video games with a narrative, and why we seem to be swinging back to story after a love affair with games as services. Join Scott, Joce, and Garrett!
The Instance 648: Content Warning Warning
From the ESRB, to big blue warning screens before you launch your games, to making sure you're not driving while catching Pokemon. Today we talk about the modern gaming version of 'content warnings'. Do they work? If so, how, and why? Do we need them? And aren't there better ways to do this in an interactive medium? Join Scott, Joce and Garrett for a deep dive. Plus your emails and more.
The Instance 647: Play it again, Sam
GOOD NEWS! Jocelyn is our new permanent co-host and we are pretty stoked about it! Today we do a deep dive topic on why we keep buying the same games over and over when they get enhanced, remastered, or resurrected. And why is Mass Effect Legendary a good example, and Warcraft III Reforged such a terrible example. Your thoughts too, plus your emails!
Casual sometimes listener
Wouldnt normally write a review but after hearing these people just address blizzard's recent "problems" with decency and sanity and then seeing people attack their podcast for doing so...well I had to write to say many, many of us recognize something is wrong and we can be better. We can treat women better.
Welcome to the real world
Reading through the recent reviews gives me the distinct impression that the same 40-50-something, pasty white, chin-bearded, asshat has made it his quest to make his feelings known. Congrats to you, you’ve successfully demonstrated just how small-minded, sexist and racist you are. It’s amazing what gets people like you energized enough to lash out. This show has been on life support/circling the drain for the last year and I gave it a review that said as much. For you to come in and criticize the guy for acknowledging what’s going on out in the real world, addressing it the only real way he can all while trying to keep the lights on a podcast who’s n’me’m not letting Scott off the hook here. Move out of your mom’s basement and find a jobHey Scott? I commend you for trying something new, adding JOcelynowas a good move, you should let her freaking talk more. If we're to believe that she’ur mom’s basement and find a job.
Hey Scott? I commend you for trying something new. Adding Jocelyn was a good move, you should let her freaking talk more. If we're to believe that she's actually part of the show tho, she needs to take a more active part of the discussion and not just throw a token "got anything to add Joce?" in there periodically. Adding someone new can be clunky at first but let's get the chemistry going before the second season, eh? ;) Keep up the good work and don't let these Trumpies get ya down! All the best!
It started good
I came in a bit late but have listened for a few hundred episodes at this point. Absolutely loved it, especially the lore episodes. BUT - then they moved away from World of Warcraft and created yet another “general gaming” podcast even though the host already does several others. 2/5 stars.