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The State of Gaming March 2020: Animal Crossing, DOOM Eternal, Speedy SSDS, Quarantine Delights

The State of Gaming March 2020: Animal Crossing, DOOM Eternal, Speedy SSDS, Quarantine Delights

The guys talk DOOM: Eternal, Animal Crossing, and what to expect from next-gen hardware and their speedy hard drives.

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That’s right: it’s the second episode of The State of Gaming, the new episodic podcast from your friendly neighborhood Popzara Pals. Editors Cory Galliher and Nate Evans are back to keep you updated about everything that’s fresh and happening inside the gaming industry from an inside and colorful perspective as only they can.

In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a lot happening in the world right now, which means there’s a lot to talk about. So what are you waiting for? Let’s start talking.

So what to play while under quarantine? Well, your forward-thinking Popzara Pals have you covered and already recorded a seperate – but still incredibly viable – podcast episode sharing their personal choices for the very best games and movies to help keep you busy while you’re busy keeping safe. And when you’re done working your way through those sizable lists, take a listen to what else is currently heating up physical and retail shelves in our sequestered nation.


With so many new releases competing for your time so there’s only so many hours in the day to play – and so many minutes in a podcast to talk about them. The guys spend a few of these precious minutes going in-depth on Bethesda’s long-awaited, long-delayed followup to their 2016 reboot of id Software’s OG FPS, DOOM: Eternal. It’s a game bursting with more demons (and demon bursting), more weapons, more explosions, more platforming… and more of pretty much everything that made the first game so beloved.

But can you really have too much of a good thing? Also discussed are Nintendo’s own surefire Switch blockbuster, Animal Crossing: New Horizons (which is sales records in Japan), and a big segue into Valve’s VR-only Half-Life: Alyx, which may be the game virtual reality fans have been waiting for. Also discussed are Koei Tecmo’s Japanese PS4-exclusive sequel Nioh 2, Sega’s Panzer Dragoon: Remake, One Step From Eden and more.


Also on tap are long digressions into what the just-announced super speedy hard drives inside the upcoming PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X hardware updates could mean not only for your load times, but for true next-generation game development. Speaking of “new” hardware that’s not quite new, how disappointed are you when hearing that Konami’s TurboGraphx-16 mini was delayed? Don’t be – just take a gander at all the new hotness that’s available and you’re bound to find something to keep you occupied during these strange times we find ourselves in. Stay safe, stay inside – and keep playing!

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