The Mashcast: Gaming Community, Culture, and Industry https://mashthosebuttons.com/show/mashcast/ en-us Mash Those Buttons 2017-2021 Exploring gaming community, culture, industry, and more. Mash Those Buttons The Mashcast returns! Each episode Jarret, Nick, and Christina will explore a trending topic or two that affects games, gamers, and the industry. The Mashcast returns! Each episode Jarret, Nick, and Christina will explore a trending topic or two that affects games, gamers, and the industry. Mash Those Buttons contact@mashthosebuttons.com yes no episodic #14: The Used Games Market The Used Games Market Bethesda recently made the news by sending cease and desist letters to gamers selling their unopened games on Amazon. From that we open up a discussion about the used games market and how it has impacted the games industry. Mash Those Buttons Bethesda recently made the news by sending cease and desist letters to gamers selling their unopened games on Amazon. From that we open up a discussion about the used games market and how it has impacted the games industry. Bethesda recently made the news by sending cease and desist letters to gamers selling their unopened games on Amazon. From that we open up a discussion about the used games market and how it has impacted the games industry.
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Jarret Redding
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Nick Zielenkievicz
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Christina Zammarrelli
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full 14 http://mashthosebuttons.com/episode/mashcast-14-the-used-games-market Thu, 16 Aug 2018 11:54:38 -0400 01:06:06 no
#13: Game Communities vs Game Developers Game Communities vs Game Developers We all love games, but sometimes the creators and fandom can butt heads. In this episode we discuss what happens when game communities and game developers disagree with each other. Mash Those Buttons We all love games, but sometimes the creators and fandom can butt heads. In this episode we discuss what happens when game communities and game developers disagree with each other. We all love games, but sometimes the creators and fandom can butt heads. In this episode we discuss what happens when game communities and game developers disagree with each other.
Episode URL: http://mtb.gg/mashcast
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Jarret Redding
twitter.com/jaastradamus
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Nick Zielenkievicz
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Christina Zammarrelli
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full 13 http://mashthosebuttons.com/episode/mashcast-13-game-communities-vs-game-developers Tue, 31 Jul 2018 00:19:34 -0400 01:20:44 no
#12: Politics in Games and Game Communities Politics in Games and Game Communities Some believe games should be politics free, while others think it's inevitable that politics and games merge. In this episode we discuss the place of politics in games and in game communities. Mash Those Buttons Some believe games should be politics free, while others think it's inevitable that politics and games merge. In this episode we discuss the place of politics in games and in game communities. Some believe games should be politics free, while others think it's inevitable that politics and games merge. In this episode we discuss the place of politics in games and in game communities.
Episode URL: http://mash4.me/207
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Jarret Redding
twitter.com/jaastradamus
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Nick Zielenkievicz
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Christina Zammarrelli
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full 12 http://mashthosebuttons.com/episode/mashcast-12-politics-in-games-and-game-communities Mon, 09 Jul 2018 13:46:15 -0400 01:14:17 no
#11: The Massive E3 Episode The Massive E3 Episode E3 2018 is finished, and while some of our predictions came through, some disappointment did happen. We discuss our thoughts on the major press conferences and some games. Mash Those Buttons E3 2018 is finished, and while some of our predictions came through, some disappointment did happen. We discuss our thoughts on the major press conferences and some games. E3 2018 is finished, and while some of our predictions came through, some disappointment did happen. We discuss our thoughts on the major press conferences and some games.
Episode URL: http://mtb.gg/mashcast
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Jarret Redding
twitter.com/jaastradamus
twitch.tv/churchofjaa

Nick Zielenkievicz
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twitch.tv/wookieebh

Christina Zammarrelli
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full 11 http://mashthosebuttons.com/episode/mashcast-11-the-massive-e3-episode Mon, 18 Jun 2018 01:34:43 -0400 02:57:21 no
#10: prE-3 prE-3 E3 is right around the corner, and in this episode we talk leaks, rumor, and speculate what we'll see at E3 2018. Mash Those Buttons E3 is right around the corner, and in this episode we talk leaks, rumor, and speculate what we'll see at E3 2018. E3 is right around the corner, and in this episode we talk leaks, rumor, and speculate what we'll see at E3 2018.
Episode URL: http://mash4.me/1zl
Discord: http://discord.me/mashthosebuttons

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Jarret Redding
twitter.com/jaastradamus
twitch.tv/churchofjaa

Nick Zielenkievicz
twitter.com/WookieeBH
twitch.tv/wookieebh

Christina Zammarrelli
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full 10 http://mashthosebuttons.com/episode/mashcast-10-pre-3 Tue, 05 Jun 2018 11:00:22 -0400 02:25:22 no
#9: Rumor Has It Rumor Has It Rumor has it Nick and Christina talk about rumors in the video game industry. Mash Those Buttons Rumor has it Nick and Christina talk about rumors in the video game industry. Rumor has it Nick and Christina talk about rumors in the video game industry.
Nick tries to define what a rumor is and talks about how it is misinformation spread from questionable sources, like a guy from work or from random forum posts. Rumors can be be detrimental to companies, as they lead to confusion for players. Nick rants about uneducated parents trying to buy stuff for their children. They also complain that people hear information and then don't do the requisite research to verify it. These rumors can lead to people being mad at the game publisher or developer, as was the case with No Man's Sky, where rumors (that the developers either contributed to or did not mitigate) led to unrealistic expectations for the game that it could not meet. There are positive results from rumors for game developers as well. They are good at creating and maintaining hype for products before they are released and they can also allow games to have a second life as people play them to find out what is and is not true.

Nick and Christina then go over some rumors from the past, such as getting Mario past the flagpole is Super Mario Bros. There is also the rumor about unlocking Mew under a truck in Pokemon, which explains some recent Pokemon Go memes for Nick. They talk about Aeris being resurrectable in Final Fantasy VII. Christina also mentions the crazy stories surrounding the Polybius arcade games. This leads to a discussion of haunted games such as Majora's Mask and Slenderman.

Hardware also has its share of rumors, and the duo talks about Jarret's speculation about upcoming consoles such as the PS5 being modular. Nick mentions that MS and Sony will look for focus more on software since that is more profitable. Christina brings up the Nintendo NX controller rumors which lead to the Switch. Finally, they talk about Half-Life 3 and how any rumors for that need to stop.

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Nick Zielenkievicz
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full 9 http://mashthosebuttons.com/episode/mashcast-9-rumor-has-it Mon, 28 May 2018 17:55:29 -0400 00:56:02 no
#8: Thank Mods for Your Games Thank Mods for Your Games Last episode we lightly touched on how mods brought forth today's biggest games. On this episode, we dig a bit deeper into modding and it's impact. Mash Those Buttons Last episode we lightly touched on how mods brought forth today's biggest games. On this episode, we dig a bit deeper into modding and it's impact. Last episode we lightly touched on how mods brought forth today's biggest games. On this episode, we dig a bit deeper into modding and it's impact.
Episode URL: http://mash4.me/1z6
Discord: http://discord.me/mashthosebuttons

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Jarret Redding
twitter.com/jaastradamus
twitch.tv/churchofjaa

Nick Zielenkievicz
twitter.com/WookieeBH
twitch.tv/wookieebh

Christina Zammarrelli
twitter.com/SmorezPoptart
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full 8 http://mashthosebuttons.com/episode/mashcast-8-thank-mods-for-your-games Fri, 11 May 2018 10:27:00 -0400 01:12:00 no
#7: Battle Royale Bloodbaths and False Accomplishments Battle Royale Bloodbaths and False Accomplishments On this episode, we discuss the impending Battle Royale "Bloodbath" and talk false sense of accomplishment in games. Mash Those Buttons On this episode, we discuss the impending Battle Royale "Bloodbath" and talk false sense of accomplishment in games. On this episode, we discuss the impending Battle Royale "Bloodbath" and talk false sense of accomplishment in games.
Episode URL: http://mash4.me/1yu
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Jarret Redding
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Nick Zielenkievicz
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twitch.tv/wookieebh

Christina Zammarrelli
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full 7 http://mashthosebuttons.com/episode/mashcast-7-battle-royale-bloodbaths-and-false-accomplishments Tue, 24 Apr 2018 10:45:05 -0400 01:24:13 no
#6: The Complaint Round Table The Complaint Round Table In this episode, we decide to air out some of our recent grievances. Jaa talks the lack of direction in BOTW, Christina talks about gamer entitlement, and our special guest, Mikey Kenny, talks about Ni No Kuni 2. Mash Those Buttons In this episode, we decide to air out some of our recent grievances. Jaa talks the lack of direction in BOTW, Christina talks about gamer entitlement, and our special guest, Mikey Kenny, talks about Ni No Kuni 2. In this episode, we decide to air out some of our recent grievances. Jaa talks the lack of direction in BOTW, Christina talks about gamer entitlement, and our special guest, Mikey Kenny, talks about Ni No Kuni 2.
Episode URL: http://mash4.me/1ym
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Jarret Redding
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Christina Zammarrelli
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Mikey Kenney
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full 6 http://mashthosebuttons.com/episode/mashcast-6-the-complaint-round-table Mon, 09 Apr 2018 23:44:43 -0400 00:00:00 no
#5: Digital Distribution Digital Distribution A look at Digital Distribution and we engage in the HZD vs BoTW debate! Mash Those Buttons A look at Digital Distribution and we engage in the HZD vs BoTW debate! A look at Digital Distribution and we engage in the HZD vs BoTW debate!
Getting into the main topic, we start with the history of Digital Distribution as it was in 1980 with the Gameline for Atari. In the 1990's, you needed to hook up your phone to your Sega Megadrive, which was a difficult proposition. In 1994, Sega Megachannel required a coax cable to the cartridge in your Genesis. Stardock created Stardock central in 2001 for pc. They also created Dregen and TotalGaming.net. In 2008, Stardock created Impulse as a Steam competitor, which was purchased by Gamestop in 2011. Then we discuss the history of Steam, which as of 2013 had 75% of the marketshare for games. They mention several of the other competitors, and talk about the problems with EA's Origin service. Ubisoft's Uplay was also problematic.

Next, we talk about XBox Live and PSN. XBox is ahead of Playstation in this regard, especially since games take forever to download on PSN. PSN, however, has a better selection of games. XBox Live struggles for that. We also give a quick mention to the PSP Go for its digital distribution. The effect of Digital Distribution on retail has not yet begun to affect retail the same way that PC sales have. We also mention that Digital Distribution exists beyond just video games, and that is affecting the rate of change we are seeing.

The problems with Digital Distribution include account theft. Also, Steam support is known to be terrible. Credit Card theft from account hacking is also an issue. And it is possible to be locked out of your game due to the question of game ownership. Also, EULA's can lead to problems as often they restrict your ability to sue as you are forced to use arbitration.

The benefits of Digital Distribution are great, however. It is faster and often includes many discounts. There is debate of whether it is better for the enviroment. It does grant access to more games, though.

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Jarret Redding
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Nick Zielenkievicz
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twitch.tv/wookieebh

Christina Zammarrelli
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full 5 http://mashthosebuttons.com/episode/mashcast-5-digital-distribution Mon, 26 Mar 2018 07:20:58 -0400 01:32:40 no
#4: Games in Education and Educational Games Games in Education and Educational Games In this episode, we talk about games that are and can be used in education, as well as games that provide educational experiences. Mash Those Buttons In this episode, we talk about games that are and can be used in education, as well as games that provide educational experiences. In this episode, we talk about games that are and can be used in education, as well as games that provide educational experiences.
Episode URL: http://mash4.me/1y3
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Jarret Redding
twitter.com/jaastradamus
twitch.tv/churchofjaa

Nick Zielenkievicz
twitter.com/WookieeBH
twitch.tv/wookieebh

Christina Zammarrelli
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full 4 http://mashthosebuttons.com/episode/mashcast-4-games-in-education-and-educational-games Mon, 12 Mar 2018 00:35:59 -0400 01:11:26 no
#3: Games are getting GaaSy Games are getting GaaSy We're discussing Games as a Service, what we've seen, and what the future holds. Mash Those Buttons We're discussing Games as a Service, what we've seen, and what the future holds. We're discussing Games as a Service, what we've seen, and what the future holds.
Episode URL: http://mash4.me/1xv
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Jarret Redding
twitter.com/jaastradamus
twitch.tv/churchofjaa

Nick Zielenkievicz
twitter.com/WookieeBH
twitch.tv/wookieebh

Christina Zammarrelli
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full 3 http://mashthosebuttons.com/episode/mashcast-3-games-are-getting-gaasy Tue, 27 Feb 2018 14:54:52 -0500 01:30:25 no
#1: 2018 State of the Gaming Union 2018 State of the Gaming Union Continuing the tradition from the legacy Mashcast, we present the 2018 State of the Gaming Union where we take a look back at what happened in 2017 and how it might impact us in 2018 and beyond. Mash Those Buttons Continuing the tradition from the legacy Mashcast, we present the 2018 State of the Gaming Union where we take a look back at what happened in 2017 and how it might impact us in 2018 and beyond. Continuing the tradition from the legacy Mashcast, we present the 2018 State of the Gaming Union where we take a look back at what happened in 2017 and how it might impact us in 2018 and beyond.
The Console Wars

We take a look at Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony in 2017. Nintendo surprised everyone with how well the Switch did, while Microsoft was a bit quiet despite releasing new console hardware. Sony had a massive year in game releases.

2017 Trends

Most of these trends had been moving forward anyway, but in 2017 we saw some of the worst in loot boxes we've seen, while also seeing everyone scramble to make their game an eSport. Also Battle Royale doesn't appear to be going anywhere anytime soon.

2017 Impactful Games

Between Sony and Nintendo's releases, there were enough great titles for 2017. That doesn't even include amazing multiplatform releases like Wolfenstein II.

2017 Fumbles

Can you say Destiny 2? In a year where Bioware decimated the Mass Effect brand and EA messed up so bad with Battlefront 2 that the CEO of Disney had to get involved, Destiny 2 is still the biggest fumble of 2017. That says a lot.

2018 Expectations

With all we've seen in 2017, can we accurately predict what we will see in 2018?

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Jarret Redding
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Christina Zammarrelli
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full 1 http://mashthosebuttons.com/episode/mashcast-2-2018-state-of-the-gaming-union Tue, 13 Feb 2018 01:49:35 -0500 02:28:07 no
#2: Too Many Games? Too Many Games? After a two year break, the Mashcast has returned! On this episode, we introduce the hosts and talk about if the games market is oversaturated. Mash Those Buttons After a two year break, the Mashcast has returned! On this episode, we introduce the hosts and talk about if the games market is oversaturated. After a two year break, the Mashcast has returned! On this episode, we introduce the hosts and talk about if the games market is oversaturated.
Episode URL: http://mash4.me/1xd
Discord: http://discord.me/mashthosebuttons

Hosts:

Jarret Redding
twitter.com/jaastradamus
twitch.tv/churchofjaa

Nick Zielenkievicz
twitter.com/WookieeBH
twitch.tv/wookieebh

Christina Zammarrelli
twitter.com/SmorezPoptart
twitch.tv/SmorezPoptart


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full 2 http://mashthosebuttons.com/episode/mashcast-1-too-many-games Mon, 29 Jan 2018 12:07:32 -0500 01:14:46 no
Church of Jaa #2: Just Like Old Times Church of Jaa #2: Just Like Old Times On this episode Nick from WoW! Talk! and The Tauren & The Goblin joins Jaa to discuss a few things that have been happening recently. The closing of Visceral Games has gamers wondering about the direction of the games industry, the hate of loot boxes and DLC, if we will ever see a WoW 2, and how Destiny 2 is a great example of why there is no WoW 2. Mash Those Buttons On this episode Nick from WoW! Talk! and The Tauren & The Goblin joins Jaa to discuss a few things that have been happening recently. The closing of Visceral Games has gamers wondering about the direction of the games industry, the hate of loot boxes a... On this episode Nick from WoW! Talk! and The Tauren & The Goblin joins Jaa to discuss a few things that have been happening recently. The closing of Visceral Games has gamers wondering about the direction of the games industry, the hate of loot boxes and DLC, if we will ever see a WoW 2, and how Destiny 2 is a great example of why there is no WoW 2.
Episode URL: http://mtb.gg/mashcast
Discord: http://discord.me/mashthosebuttons

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Jarret Redding
twitter.com/jaastradamus
twitch.tv/churchofjaa

Nick Zielenkievicz
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Church of Jaa #1: A Condensed History of Mash Those Buttons Church of Jaa #1: A Condensed History of Mash Those Buttons Welcome to the Church of Jaa! On this first episode, Jaa takes the time to talk about how the Church of Jaa came to be, thank everyone for their support, and then goes into the history of Mash Those Buttons so you can understand where we are coming from. Mash Those Buttons Welcome to the Church of Jaa! On this first episode, Jaa takes the time to talk about how the Church of Jaa came to be, thank everyone for their support, and then goes into the history of Mash Those Buttons so you can understand where we are coming fro... Welcome to the Church of Jaa! On this first episode, Jaa takes the time to talk about how the Church of Jaa came to be, thank everyone for their support, and then goes into the history of Mash Those Buttons so you can understand where we are coming from.
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bonus http://mashthosebuttons.com/episode/church-of-jaa-1-a-condensed-history-of-mash-those-buttons Mon, 08 Jan 2018 18:05:43 -0500 00:52:13 no