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The Instance: Weekly radio for fans and lovers of World of Warcraft and all things Blizzard. 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. Come meet us at the stone for another Instance!
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SPECIAL: A conversation with Chris Metzen: I really think you’ll all enjoy this interview. A lot has happened since we last had this opportunity, and we talk about it all. And yes, even the Blizzard stuff you have questions about. Enjoy! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesद्वारा Scott Johnson
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What does Brad Smith at MS mean when he says these Act/Blizz games should be everywhere, and that we are all gamers together? Well, we break it down a bit. Plus games we're playing right now including Lost Ark, Demeo, FF14, and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesद्वारा Scott Johnson
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WoW goes cross-faction, and we go full discussion on such news. Also, we are very skeptical about the wow on mobile mention in the earnings report. Plus a look at the games we're playing right now and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesद्वारा Scott Johnson
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Sneaky headline there, but today it's all about Blizzard's announced un-named new survival game for PC's and consoles. Scott Joce and Garrett wrap our heads around things so you don't have to figure it all out on your own. :) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesद्वारा Scott Johnson
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Patrick is back and joins us for our hot take party on all things MS buys ABK! Tune in as Scott, Joce and Patrick try and make sense of this aquisition and what it all means, especially from the Blizzard point of view. That and what we played and emails too! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
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Today, it's all about VR, and whether or not it has a viable place in in our gaming future. Tuck in on this one and prep that feedback. Gonna be a wild one. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesद्वारा Scott Johnson
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On today's show, a deep dive into why Sea of Thieves is the best game you might not be playing right now. Why is it so good now? Why its systems are so different compared to what you're used to. How it made a GREAT movie crossover, and a LOT more. Plus this week's games, and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
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A quick discussion on Endwalker queues and how to get in when everyone else is doing other things. And why SWTOR stepped in and took Scott's heart. Our big topic this week is the launch of Halo Infinite in it's complete form, and what it means for the series, games as a service, and beyond. Come on in! The water's fine! Learn more about your ad cho…
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Time to discuss what is really happening with Final Fantasy 14 and it's rapid growth over the last few months. Guest Kyle joins us today as well. We also have some takes on the Bobby Kotick news that hit the Wall Street Journal. All that and your emails and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
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Where are we in 2021 with video games adapted for the large and small screen? Are video games like comics, and just need the time to be right to hit new heights in film? Everything from Arcane to Warcraft the movie in today's discussion, so tune in and enjoy! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
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Big topic today: Should devs let players into the room, and help build their games via committee? Well, that's just what Blizzard might be asking with its new WoW Community Council. We look at that directly, but also the concept in games in general. Lots to say. Plus the games we are playing this week, and a great email about the early days of voic…
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We are giving away FF14 today! So tune in! And we hit the news that Blizzcon is out for the foreseeable future. Is that good? When do we want that kind of con again? How are other gaming cons effected. A quick check-in in the games we're playing. ESO, Guardians, DBD, FFXIV, etc. And more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoic…
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Why are we getting so much co-op love right now? Well, we try and sus it out on this episode of The Instance. Plus, an emailer has us thinking about how far Destiny 2 has come with their story. All that and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesद्वारा Scott Johnson
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesद्वारा Scott Johnson
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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! Learn more…
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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 …
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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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesद्वारा Scott Johnson
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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…
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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 email…
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Joined by Jocelyn for a deep dive into the world of Elder Scrolls Online. Is it a game you should play? What kind of player does it attract? We dig down and find out! Your emails too! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesद्वारा Scott Johnson
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We have one more in us for this mess, and then the real work begins on trying to do our part to make the world a better place. Garrett Scott and Patrick on this one. Yeah, we know, more dude talk. But for all the shows we've done in the last week about this, this one needed to happen for the main show crew. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit m…
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Scott and his guest Jules Scott sit down and have a discussion about more of this Blizz fallout, but more specifically, the need for female voices in the discussion, and how even our best intentions are sometimes just a little off target. We hope you’ll listen and be part of the discussion. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adcho…
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The state of CA is suing Blizzard and Activision and for good reason. Join Scott and guest host Jon as they help make sense of all of it. Plus, our deep look into why Final Fantasy 14 seems to be having such a moment right now in the hearts of MMO players. Your emails and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
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WoW on a handheld? The Steam Deck says, SURE! The big (possibly not real) WoW internal memo leak and what it means, and what we can learn about it. FF14 is getting its own cook book. The Lich King is back with his own board game. Our big discussion this week: Amazon Studios upcoming MMO, "New World". What it is, what we want it to be, what we know,…
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Things are changing, and we are here to tell you what that means. What is a single player game when you convert it to a service game? AC wants to find out. Is telling your fans to head over to a competing MMP a revolt, or something else? Also, we go deep on the upcoming D2 Resurrection release, and why we are coming around fast to what they are sel…
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A little up top talk about how seeing next gen game environments makes us want WoW to go there. A few E3 thoughts. The WoW team gets a new animated individual. You want Scott's blanket. We have a date for 9.1, and we blow out the discussion about what it will take to get you back into the game at this stage. How things scale in dungeons and more! L…
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Couple interesting stories up top about Overwatch going cross-platform, but what that change in Battlenet means to everyone else playing blizzard games. Then our big topic this week: Is Activision really the problem? We discuss the history of the Act/Blizz venture, what the time since looks like when looking back, and what they might do in future t…
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There is no Blizzcon in 2021. What might they do? We discuss that. Also, More ex-Blizzard news from Frost Giant. Looks like they have Mike looking over their shoulder as well. Zovaal and why he got kicked out of the good graces of his old pals, and now calls The Maw his home. IGN has a good breakdown about the changes at Blizzard. Why is it easier …
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More ex-blizzard people are starting cool new studios! What does Lightfordge do? We talk about it. BC classic character cloning got cheaper today. Run something with an ARM64 chip? WoW will now run on it. Torghast might let you level one day. Our Main Quest today is all about the art and aesthetic of The Burning Crusade, and how it holds up today a…
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Activision and Blizzard had some revealing things to say at the earnings call last week. We break it down. We all get to return to Outland on June 1st. Some of you will pay another $60 to do it. Emails and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesद्वारा Scott Johnson
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The WoW charity worked out great and now you all get to wear a Sloth on your back. Ready to read Warcraft Sylvanas this fall. PTR 9.1 has been interesting. 19 years at Blizzard and that's a wrap for Jeff Kaplan. Blizzard now, vs Blizzard then. Emails about WoW 2 and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
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It's Question and Answer day here at the instance, where we answer some of your burning questions with answers that would make the Lich King proud. Enjoy! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesद्वारा Scott Johnson
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You like to buy game time? Well, you just lost a couple options and we'll discuss why. Frost Giant could bring RTS's back to your life in a big way. TBC Classic is now in beta, and you can get to 66 if you wanna! We've had some time in there and have some thoughts. Why the leveling experience in Shadowlands is more of a party than a game, and more!…
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Scott and Chris have a sit-down and chat up up about his new big project, plus lots of great insights into development of this kind of project vs something like a major game release at Blizzard. Here’s a bit more about the project. Auroboros: Coils of the Serpent is a 5E campaign setting by Chris Metzen and Warchief Gaming. The first release in thi…
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We talk about all there is to know about 9.0.5, which is not a lot turns out. But we have a real Q&A party and answer all your burning questions. Oh, and what TBC bosses do YOU remember? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesद्वारा Scott Johnson
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Lots to cover this week, including the chance that Diablo Immortal might be emulatable. Oh and controller support might not work. 30 days of free Heroes means you should be playing some! Then we hit our big talk this week, all about Patch 9.01 and all the changes and tweaks therein! Your emails and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit mega…
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People are not happy about character customizations stopping for the foreseeable future. Suddenly Scott loves Torghast again. How your boost will work in Classic TBC. What the confirmation of a Mobile Warcraft Project likely means. We break down all the wow stuff by the numbers and more today on The Instance! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
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Valor points are back, and we have the skinny on how those are going to work! Some of you are not gonna be happy about it either. Wanna get your Battlenet launcher to 'Crash'? Well, you sorta can for $40. We have all the details we know about the Blizzconline schedule next week, and break it down for you. We make a few bets while we're at it! We pl…
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Forth Quarter results for Blizz are in, and we break down the numbers a bit and what it means for WoW this year. Some weird language in their about getting WoW on "more devices and platforms". Increased Anima rewards in Raids and Dungeons coming next Tuesday! We dig deep into what BlizzConline looks like from this view, and what we expect to happen…
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We dig into the Vicarious Visions story a bit and what Blizz might be doing with them. How people are running 8 levels of Torghast in 5 minutes. And a BIG discussion of Blizzconline and the possibility of BC happening that weekend in Classic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
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We get into some Classic to start things off with the Scarab event, and then to that Battlenet update that most of us had but didn't know about it till recently. The latest DPS numbers are in and things look grim for hunters. When is the right time to put on your PVP pants? Taking Torghast abilities into the maw and more! Learn more about your ad c…
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