Nick, Rei, Eric, and Kura are back this week to talk about the distressing layoffs at Microsoft, but first they get distracted with some football talk.

Rei talks about trying out follower dungeons now that Patch 10.2.5 is live, and she reveals that she did not enjoy them. Nick points out that she and the rest of the gang are not the target audience for Follower Dungeons. She also talks about two-manning an M0 dungeon and struggling on an M+23. Then she reveals she learned what a ratlock is and Eric says he might be one. She also talks about Deathrolling.

Eric talks about defeating Heroic Fyrakk and also fishing for Godfrey’s spectacles in the newly liberated Gilneas.

Kura talks about being too busy to play WoW but still finding time to play his DK in raid. He wondered about the age range of people that play WoW, as he heard that its mostly people over 30.

In the news, the Kokron War Wolf from the Siege of Orgrimmar ahead of the curve achievement was datamined with a traders tender value. This has lead to speculation it will be on the trading post. Also, Patch 10.2.6 encrypted servers are up which points to the patch launching around the end of March or start of April. Also, the Champion of the Dragonflights title has been hotfixed.

Nick then talks about the layoffs at Microsoft and how he feels guilty for supporting the acquisition in the name of getting rid of Bobby Kotick but doesn’t know if it was worth all these jobs. He admits that Kurabara was right that the merger was bad. They talk about the new Blizzard President and that they will have to wait to see how she performs. Nick is pessimistic on the future for the games industry going forward.

They take a quick look back at episode #157.

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Nick Zielenkievicz

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.

Rei Liou

Rei is the 1 of the 5 SEELE members and the Ops Director at MTB. She enjoys anime, baking, cooking, gaming ( fighting, puzzle, rhythm, RPGs ), and spending WAY too much time working on spreadsheets. Current Games: Tales of Crestoria, WoW

Eric Knutson

Auto mechanic, car enthusiast, gamer, runner and almost never serious, Eric has been ditching responsibilities and gaming since age 7. His favorite genres are FPS and racing, although most of his game time is currently spent on WoW

Cory Treadway

Cory has been gaming ever since he fished an NES out of a trash can. A broad gamer who enjoys everything from FPS, Racing, RPGs, MMOS, RTS, World Building, Puzzles, Dating, Horror, Cooking, Sports. If its a game I will give it a try.

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