The Mash Those Buttons Show #29: XBox Series X Woes, Twitch’s Mea Culpa, and Amazon Knows That You’re Toxic.

November 13th, 2020

Jarret and Nick are back to talk about the latest in gaming news! They get right into talking about the problems that people have had receiving their Xboxes and Playstations, as ordering them and then getting them shipped has proven difficult. Then, Nick talks about the new Battlepass system added to Hearthstone and isn’t enjoying it yet. That leads to a discussion of Battlepasses in general and how Jarret prefers them. Jarret then talks about his experiences playing Prodeus, the Falconeer, and Miles Morales this week. He also mentions that he played Destiny 2: Beyond Light as well.

In the news, they talk about more console issues, this time related to the Xbox One X. There were many reports of people having problems playing disks, inserting disks, or just hearing a clicking noise from the disk drive while it was in use. They compare this to the old Xbox Red Ring of Death and Nick wonders if this all falls within the range of acceptable failure by Microsoft. They discuss the value of getting consoles at launch. They also talk about how players have been vaping into the Xboxes, which they should not be doing. Finally, Jarret mentions an article that asserts that the Xbox Series S is not holding back the next generation and agrees with the assessment.

Also, Twitch issued a statement trying to clarify what happened with the DMCA notices and their corresponding policy from a few weeks ago. Apparently they were suddenly swamped with DMCA takedown requests and struggled to manage the demand. Jarret and Nick argue about whether its fair to blame Twitch and then discuss how this should have been the obvious outcome from the start.

Finally, Amazon revealed a patent for matching players other that just by skill-rank, including defining players as toxic and then only grouping so-called toxic players together. Jarret points out that Amazon doesn’t even have any games to speak of to be using this technology, while Nick defends the patent thinking it is a worthy idea.

Hosts

Jarret is Executive Director as well as one of the founding members of Mash Those Buttons. He plays all types of games, but tends to lean more toward FPS, Stealth, and Racing Games. Currently too involved in Overwatch.

Host of WoW! Talk! and The Tauren & The Goblin. Sometimes known as the Video Games Public Defender. Wants to play more Destiny and Marvel Heroes but WoW is all-consuming. Decent F2P Hearthstone player. Sad that he lost the Wii that had Wrecking Crew on it. Would be happy if the only game ever made was M.U.L.E. Gragtharr on Skywall-US. Garresque on Ravencrest-US.

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