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Our Favorite Cover Art

Our Favorite Cover Art

January 20, 2022

Let’s talk about our favorite video game cover art! “But this is an audio podcast! How are we supposed to follow along with visual things!?” I’m so glad you asked, mysterious listener. In the show notes below, you’ll find a handy list of links to the game art we discuss. Please, peruse them at your leisure and write in with your own favorites! We had so many picks that we had to cut ourselves off, so we’ll be doing another episode at some point, and we’d love to share some listener picks! We also chat about the possibility of new PS5 backward compatibility, the giant Take-Two/Zynga and Microsoft/Activision Blizzard acquisitions, Troy Baker’s new NFT venture (and its backlash), and more! I must lay off these exclamation points. They make it so easy to convey a sense of false excitement when I’m actually in severe pain and on the verge of falling asleep, though! See!?

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We’re on Twitter: @Losperman (Joey) and @bigbadron (Ron)

00:01:30: Mark Cerny files a patent for “Backwards compatibility through use of spoof clock and fine grain frequency control,” which may mean some level of backwards compatibility with older PS models is coming to the PS5 (via @shaunmcilroy on Twitter)

00:10:20: Take-Two (owner/publisher of Rockstar and 2K) buys developer Zynga for $12.7 billion! (IGN) Surely this is the most monumental video game acquisition that will occur all year!

00:11:56: Siiiiiike. Not to be outdone, in the very same week, Microsoft begins acquisition of Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion

00:28:45: Troy Baker joins the NFT game – the Internet says “thanks, I hate it”

00:41:03: Joey’s still loving 13 Sentinels Aegis Rim and is warming up on/winding down Metroid Fusion

00:41:57: The whole Pretty Pixels gang is still very into Halo Infinite

00:51:16: Our favorite video game cover art!

00:52:07: Paul’s #5: 

00:57:18: Ron’s #5: 

01:01:40: Joey’s #5: 

01:05:05 Paul’s #4: 

01:11:00: Ron’s #4: 

01:16:40: Joey’s #4: (I mistakenly say DQ XI here, when I meant VIII) 

01:22:08: Paul’s #3: 

01:26:26: Ron’s #3: 

01:31:45: Joey’s #3: and 

01:37:07: Paul’s #2: 

01:44:37: Ron’s #2: 

01:50:00: Joey’s #2: 

01:55:00: Paul’s #1: 

02:01:45: Ron’s #1: 

02:06:25: Joey’s #1: 

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Mortal Kombat (and Annihilation)

Mortal Kombat (and Annihilation)

January 14, 2022

It’s Mortal Kombat time, baby! We should have waited until Monday to post this episode so that we could call it Mortal Monday but we’re impatient so let’s just go with Fighting Friday, shall we? That sounds like one of those cheap knock-off brands you find in weird, out-of-the-way shops. Like, “Eternal Combat,” with Jimmy Gauge, Sonia Sword, Lou Clang, and Scorpio (it’s just a goth kid who dabbles in Wicca). On this episode we’re talking about the real deal, though: some of the OG video game movies, Mortal Kombat (1995) and Mortal Kombat Annihilation (1997). They sure are movies! We share our favorite quotes, carefully contemplate what Goro has under his… kilt? Thing? And just generally discuss the good and bad (and very bad) of these two “classics.” It was, as always, a lot of fun. We also talk about E3, Mario Kart 9, Riot Games resignation bonuses, Tabletop Sim’s chat failures, and more!

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We’re on Twitter: @Losperman (Joey) and @bigbadron (Ron)

00:02:38: E3 will once again be a digital event (via Polygon)

00:08:08: A video game analyst predicts Mario Kart 9 will be teased this year with “a twist” (via

00:15:00: Riot Games offers resignation bonuses following gender discrimination lawsuit settlement (via Kotaku)

00:24:07: Tabletop Simulator removes global chat, developers say moderation “has failed” its customers (via Polygon)

00:38:30: Sony’s customer service fails Paul, but he has been enjoying Mario Party Superstars and Halo (as have we all) – extended discussion of our time with Halo Infinite multiplayer

01:00:56: Joey’s falling deeper in love with 13 Sentinels Aegis Rim and is experiencing some growing pains with Metroid Fusion

01:08:50: Mortal Kombaaaaaaaat! (and Mortal Kombat Annihilation)

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2022 Games We Want Right Meow

2022 Games We Want Right Meow

January 6, 2022

New Year, new games, as they say. I don’t think anyone says that. Do they? Should they? No, it’s terrible. Moving on. It’s the start of a new year and we love looking ahead at all the (potentially) amazing games that will (potentially) come out later this year. Check out the link below to follow along as we go through the Game Informer list of upcoming games and get hyped about some of our most anticipated games. Will the Breath of the Wild sequel actually come out this year? Is Martha is Dead a Batman prequel? Will the Harry Potter fandom tear itself apart (in more ways than one) over Hogwart’s Legacy? We contemplate these things and more, so check it out and send us your own most anticipated games! We also talk about the newly showcased PlayStation VR 2, what we’ve been playing, and more!

Contact us:

We’re on Twitter: @Losperman (Joey) and @bigbadron (Ron) and Tab (@RandomMox)

00:01:22: Sony further reveals details of the now officially named PlayStation VR 2, including headset DualSense feedback, eye tracking, and 4K resolution

00:14:27: Joey finished Halo Infinite and Metroid: Samus Returns on the same day and moved onto 13 Sentinels Aegis Rim

00:18:40: Paul’s still digging Halo Infinite and has also been playing lots of board games

00:24:20: Tab’s been taking a long walk down memory lane with Harvest Moon 64 and has returned to Stardew Valley

00:28:50: Ron’s been practicing his skills in Joey Kissing Simulator 2022 and also further chipping away at GTA: San Andreas

00:32:32: Our most anticipated games of 2022! Timestamps are for things we talk about in some detail, but there are other games we casually mention that aren’t timestamped. Follow along at:

00:34:10: Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection

00:34:37: Windjammers 2

00:37:14: Horizon Forbidden West

00:42:52: Elden Ring

00:45:49: Dying Light 2 Stay Human

00:47:04: Life is Strange Remastered Collection

00:47:38: Martha is Dead

00:49:24: Gran Turismo 7

00:51:16: Persona 4 Arena Ultimax

00:55:30: Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin

00:56:25: Tiny Tina’s Wonderland

00:58:01: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl

00:59:35: Sons of the Forest

01:01:30: Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong

01:03:22: Saints Row

01:07:16: Starfield

01:15:27: Bayonetta 3

01:17:46: Skull & Bones

01:21:32: God of War: Ragnarok


01:24:28: [End of God of War spoilers]

01:26:44: Gotham Knights

01:28:00: GhostWire: Tokyo

01:28:55: Goodbye Volcano High

01:31:25: I am Jesus Christ, lol

01:32:50: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel

01:34:16: Soup Pot

01:35:57: Stray

01:36:43: Coffee Talk Episode 2: Hibiscus & Butterfly

01:37:24: Hogwarts Legacy

01:42:21: LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

01:46:28: The Lord of the Rings: Gollum

01:50:24: Session

01:53:30: Resident Evil Village DLC

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Video Game Twenty Questions

Video Game Twenty Questions

January 1, 2022

Happy New Year! We’re saying farewell to another terrible year with a not-terrible game of Video Game Twenty Questions, inspired by the fine folks over at the IGN Gamescoop! podcast. Joey, Paul, and Ron each submit a game for the others to tease out by asking questions about genre, release date, perspective, and more. What games, you ask? And how did we do? Hey, we’re the ones asking questions here! You’ll just have to listen and play along to find out! Do you have a game recommendation? Send it in (! Go easy on us, though, and try and pick well-know, mainstream titles for now. We’re not quite ready to tackle trickier, more obscure games. We also chat about an impressive win streak in Halo Infinite, the $100 million settlement in the Riot Games gender discrimination lawsuit, a new poll that reveals Japanese gamers’ top 100 games of all time, and what we’ve (still) been playing. Have a safe and fun New Years, and we’ll see you in 2022!

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We’re on Twitter: @Losperman (Joey) and @bigbadron (Ron)

 00:02:20: Halo Infinite Player (Remy “Mint Blitz) Wins 100 Free-For-All Matches in a Row (via Kotaku)

00:04:33: Riot Games to Pay $100M in Gender Discrimination Lawsuit (via Polygon)

00:09:50: 50,000 Japanese TV Viewers Rank 100 Best Video Games of All Time (via Kotaku)

00:18:54: Ron is still living his best San Andreas life in GTA: San Andreas

00:23:21: Joey’s been chipping away at the Halo Infinite campaign and Metroid Samus Returns

00:25:07: Paul beat Demon’s Souls! There is also some talk of shit fountains!

00:32:49: Get a free month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate if you buy select bags of Trolli™ brand gummy candies. This is not an #ad but Trolli™ please send us candy anyway

00:35:00: Video Game Twenty Questions!

00:38:19: Game 1

00:51:26: Game 2

01:15:26: Game 3

01:30:19: Kitty purrs (which mess up my audio temporarily)

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A Very Pretty Pixels Xmas

A Very Pretty Pixels Xmas

December 21, 2021

Happy holidays to you, dear listeners! Grab a festive mug, fill it with your favorite hot beverage, and huddle up to your phone or other podcast listening device for a very special Pretty Pixels Xmas Special. Yes, I said “special” twice, because this episode is filled with holiday magic. Join us (Ron, Paul, and Joey) as we recall some of our fondest (and… regular-ist?) Christmas and holiday memories. There are surprises, fake-outs, a virtual grandpa absolutely demolishing his real-life family members in the ring, and yes, there is even a NINTENDO 64!!! *dramatic fist pumps* ( And, for reasons I’m already forgetting even though we literally just finished recording, Joey shares a recent dream he had about Taylor Swift. She has a great Christmas song so that totally fits the theme. Kind of. Maybe. Let’s move on. We also talk about the newest Nintendo Online Plus Expansion Pack games, the free Final Fantasy VII Remake PS5 upgrade for PS Plus members, Hades’ Hugo Award win, and what we’ve been playing. Have fun gaming/geeky holiday stories you want to share? Send us an email and we might read it on an upcoming episode!

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We’re on Twitter: @Losperman (Joey) and @bigbadron (Ron)

00:02:57: Nintendo Switch Online Plus Expansion adds Paper Mario for the N64, and Altered Beast, ToeJam and Earl, Dynamite Headdy, Sword of Vermilion, and Thunder Force 2 (Genesis) to the service

00:07:04: PS Plus owners who redeemed FF7 Remake as a free game for the service in the spring can now get the PS5 version free of charge (via IGN)

00:08:18: Hades (2020) becomes the first video game to win a Hugo Award (via Kotaku)

00:17:49: Paul’s obtained a super cool weapon in Demon’s Souls and has been dipping into Halo Infinite and Back 4 Blood when he can

00:23:56: Joey’s weird Taylor Swift dream

00:27:32: Ron’s still playing GTA: San Andreas and is also very impressed with the Unreal 5 Matrix Experience demo

00:32:55: Joey finished Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians, is still loving his time with Metroid: Samus Returns, and has been playing lots of Jackbox Party Packs 2, 3, and 6 with the family

00:43:33: Warm (some of them) and fuzzy (as in, we’re old and can barely remember) Xmas memories!

Referenced videos:

Nintendo 64 kids:

Poor kid, Xbox 360 prank:


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Who Knew That Review? Part II!

Who Knew That Review? Part II!

December 15, 2021

A Pretty Pixels Superstorm is sweeping over all four regular hosts this evening, and three of us are hunkering down and recording the much awaited sequel to Who Knew That Review?, which Joey has lovingly dubbed Who Knew That Review Part II! Paul joins the fray this time, as he, Joey, and Ron read old video game reviews, omitting key words and phrases, trying to guess the game being discussed. We were a little all over the place this time but we’re finding a groove and looking forward to another round soon! If you have a game review that you’d like to suggest, email us at the email below. That aside, we also talk about the new PlayStation controller and cover colors, the massive Back 4 Blood update dropping tomorrow, and what we’ve been playing. Next week is a very holiday themed episode, with the same trio revisiting tales of Christmas Past, reminiscing about video game or nerdy gifts and memories. “Nintendo 64!!!!!!!!”

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We’re on Twitter: @Losperman (Joey) and @bigbadron (Ron)

00:02:33: Sony introduces beautiful new Dual Sense and PS5 cover colors, coming soon (via PlayStation blog)

00:07:28: Back 4 Blood finally gets a massive update that addresses many gamer concerns

00:13:38: Ron’s been playing Halo Infinite (as have we all) and running down a dream in GTA: San Andreas

00:22:00: Paul’s been beating Mario at his own game in Mario Party Superstars and rolling around in Demon’s Souls

00:23:16: Joey’s finished with Jurassic World Evolution 2, has started Metroid: Samus Returns, and is blazing through Halo 4

00:25:44: Who Knew That Review? Part II!

00:28:31: Game 1 (Ron)

00:38:00: Game 2 (Joey)

00:43:30: Game 3 (Paul)

00:50:25: Game 4 (Ron)

00:56:45: Game 5 (Joey)

01:05:52: Game 6 (Paul)

01:10:50: Bonus game!

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Our Favorite Games of 2021

Our Favorite Games of 2021

December 12, 2021

We were so excited to record our first ever Games of the Year episode, and the whole gang’s here! As fans of gaming podcasts new and old, we’ve always dreamed of the day we, too, could immortalize our own tributes to the games we’ve loved in a given year. We briefly discuss The Game Awards and report who among us had the most accurate predictions, we touch on the recent layoffs by an Activision/Blizzard studio, talk about Sony’s rumored Xbox Game Pass-like subscription service, chat about Halo and other things we’ve been playing, and then we get into it – our favorite games of 2021. There was not nearly as much crossover as we’d expected! We’ve all been playing Halo Infinite, but will it land on anyone’s list? What about the remasters and re-releases of the year, like Final Fantasy VII: Remake Intergrade and Mass Effect Legendary Edition? Did we go with the big blockbusters or remember the little indies? No spoilers here but take a listen and let us know YOUR top games of 2021! We also give out some very exclusive and prestigious awards, such as Hey, Good Lookin’ (Best Visuals/Graphics), Regretfully Backlogged, Most Annoying Enemy, Best Game Hunk and Babe, and more!

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We’re on Twitter: @Losperman (Joey) and @bigbadron (Ron) and @RandomMox (Tab)

00:01:45: Raven Software, an Activision/Blizzard studio that works on CoD, lays off QA workers (WaPo, Polygon)

00:04:40: Sony’s reported Game Pass-tyle service may be here by spring 2022 (Bloomberg)

00:08:44: Masayuki Uemura, lead architect of the NES and SNES, dies at 78

00:10:21: You can’t report abusive/toxic players in Halo Infinite’s multiplayer (and other Halo Infinite discussion)

00:22:43: Joey is almost done with Jurassic World Evolution 2 and breezed through Sakura Succubus 3

00:23:27: Paul finished up Far Cry 6 and dived right into Demon’s Souls

00:26:05: Tab’s been mowing lawns and avoiding walls in Lawnmower Simulator

00:27:31: Ron’s been grinding away at GTA: Vice City

00:29:18: The gang unloads on the ridiculousness that is The Game Awards, actively lamenting the lack of respect for the “Awards” part of that title, which seems like it should be important, in favor of cramming as many paid advertisements, trailers, and nods as possible (oh, and we reveal which of us won our predictions episode!)

00:38:47: Our 2021 Games of the Year! We each go through our top five favorite games and then quickly shout out a few bonus games

01:32:58: Joey: I said “Talia” twice, like an absolute monster. I know your name, Tali, my love. Please forgive me ☹

01:59:15: Specific game “awards” (Late to the Party/Oldies but Goodies, Hey, Good Lookin’, Best Music/Soundtrack, Best Game Hunk, Best Game Babe, Most Annoying Enemy, Best Dressed, and Regretfully Backlogged)

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EGM‘s 1996 Video Game Buyer‘s Guide

EGM‘s 1996 Video Game Buyer‘s Guide

December 4, 2021

It’s the end of the year, which means we’ll soon be inundated with video game award shows and Best Of lists galore. We’ll have our own version of that next week but this week we wanted to take you on a journey. A time-travel journey. Grab your Discman and hop in the DeLorean, we’re heading back to 1996 with EGM’s 1996 Video Game Buyer’s Guide! Who was the “Best Game Hunk” of 1995? And what was EGM’s “most anticipated” console (that had already been released at time of publication)? Does their Game of the Year hold up? Listen to find out! We also chat about the disappointing Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales this year, Warner Bros.’s new Smash-style fighter, and what we’ve been playing. Come back next year for our 2021 games of the year – the whole crew will be there!

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We’re on Twitter: @Losperman (Joey) and @bigbadron (Ron)

00:04:42: Black Friday/Cyber Monday disappoints

00:14:10: Warner Bros.’ character fighter is real and coming in 2022

00:22:03: Ron dives into GTA: Vice City and is still playing Back 4 Blood with Joey

00:34:42: Joey’s playing Halo with Tab, was blown away by Before Your Eyes and is still tending dinos in Jurassic World Evolution 2

00:48:36: The 1996 Video Game Buyer’s Guide (by EGM)

02:12:43: The Glove:

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The Game Awards Predictions

The Game Awards Predictions

November 24, 2021

It’s almost time for The Game Awards (December 9, 6pm CST) and we (Joey, Tab, Ron, and Paul) thought it might be fun to make some predictions! We’re not fancy, shmancy video game journalists, so we don’t have extensive experience with most of the games nominated. But we DO have opinions based on sometimes nothing more than a small picture uploaded to The Game Awards’ web site or the existence of a particular musical instrument in a game! Join us as we discuss every category, making predictions and talking occasionally about who we actually want to win these things. We’re a little critical of The Game Awards, but we do hope that game developers are actually honored by the awards they are nominated for and that these awards get better in terms of highlighting and awarding important games and voices. Check back with us after the awards to find out how we did, and if you want to send us your own predictions, you know where to reach us! We also continue to collectively shake our heads at Bobby Kotick’s BS, talk about what Harmonix might bring to Fortnite now that they’ve joined Epic, and what we’ve been playing!

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We’re on Twitter: @Losperman (Joey), @RandomMox (Tab), and @bigbadron (Ron)

00:02:42: Bobby Kotick drafted the infamous Fran Townsend email, then turned around and agreed with criticism of it and let her take the fall (via The Wall Street Journal and Kotaku). The audacity

00:10:04: Harmonix joins Epic Games, will make content for Fortnite

00:15:48: Tab and the gang are still mostly enjoying Back 4 Blood, plus we’ve been dipping our toes in the Halo Infinite multiplayer

00:23:39: Ron’s finishing up collectables in GTA III and he and Joey have delved into Radiohead’s Kid A Mnesiac Exhibition

00:32:26: Paul’s still blasting his way through Far Cry 6 and gettin’ stars in Mario Party Superstars

00:43:35: Joey’s been raising some dino babies in Jurassic World Evolution 2

00:45:10: The Game Awards predictions! Time stamps for individual categories and the points we’re awarding are:

01:00:43: Best eSports Event (1 point)

01:04:20: Best eSports Coach (1 point)

01:05:54: Best eSports Team (1 point)

01:07:29: Best eSports Athlete (1 point)

01:09:35: Best eSports Game (1 point)

01:11:40: Most Anticipated Game (1 point)

01:15:00: Best Debut Indie

01:16:55: Content Creator of the Year (1 point)

01:18:52: Best Multiplayer (2 points)

01:20:48: Best Sports/Racing (2 points)

01:22:48: Best Sim/Strategy (2 points)

01:26:39: Best Family (2 points)

01:30:16: Best Fighting (2 points)

01:33:09: Best Role Playing (2 points)

01:36:12: Best Action/Adventure (2 points)

01:39:03: Best Action Game (2 points)

01:43:05: Best VR/AR (2 points)

01:45:09: Innovation in Accessibility (2 points)

01:47:58: Best Community Support (1 point)

01:50:46: Best Mobile Game (1 point)

01:51:50: Best Indie (2 points)

01:58:25: Best Ongoing (2 points)

02:00:01: Games for Impact (2 points)

02:02:50: Best Performance (2 points)

02:06:07: Best Audio Design (2 points)

02:07:33: Best Score and Music (3 points)

02:10:38: Best Art Direction (3 points)

02:13:06: Best Narrative (3 points)

02:14:48: Best Game Direction (3 points)

02:18:11: Game of the Year (4 points)

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The Wizard (1989)

The Wizard (1989)

November 19, 2021

Now listen up, fruit flies! For the first time ever, we have all four videoheads (all of this rad 90s lingo will make sense by the end of the episode, I promise) together at last! We just couldn’t resist the siren’s call of The Wizard (1989), starring Fred Savage, Jenny Lewis, Luke Edwards, Beau Bridges, and Christian Slater. Maybe you’ve heard of it? It has 97 NES games and a Power Glove that’s – you guessed it – so bad. As we did with the Uwe Boll movies, we talk about themes, favorite lines, 80s fashion choices, one of the pirates from Pirates of the Caribbean, Spider-Man’s mullet, and so much more. If you’ve never seen The Wizard and are down to join in on our exploration of Nintendo’s most successful movie featuring a Super Mario Bros. game, you can stream it on Hulu Premium (Starz), rent it from Amazon or YouTube for $3.99, or buy it on Blu-Ray from Shout Factory’s web site ( Let us know what we missed by emailing us! Movie aside, we chat about Back 4 Blood, the GTA Trilogy, Far Cry 6 DLC, Mario Party Superstars, Metroid Dread, Jurassic World Evolution 2, the newest Activision/Blizzard allegations and non-apologies, the new Halo’s multiplayer mode and show trailer dropping, Xbox’s social media manager dropping the Xbox Twitter account (off the face of the Earth… for a bit), and the adorable new trailer for Little Kitty, Big City. Did you catch all that? I know! It’s a lot. So grab your Power Glove, press some buttons pointlessly, and let’s get to it!

Contact us:

We’re on Twitter: @Losperman (Joey), @RandomMox (Tab), and @bigbadron (Ron)

00:02:07: The Xbox Twitter account disappears completely

00:03:18: Halo Infinite’s multiplayer mode drops early (and free)

00:07:56: A brief teaser for the new Halo drops, coming in 2022

00:10:06: Little Kitty, Big City is announced with an adorably cheeky trailer, coming to PC and consoles in 2022

00:11:43: *sigh* Ah, shit. Here we go again. New allegations of mismanagement and attempts to play down previously revealed sexual assault and harassment claims are revealed by The Wall Street Journal, naming CEO Bobby Kotick, specifically. Kotick and co. do not respond very well

00:18:49: Paul’s been playing Far Cry 6 and Mario Party Superstars (w/ Joey and pals)

00:24:27: Ron’s been glitching it up in the newly remastered GTA 3

00:32:41: Tab’s been exploring the mind of Vaas in the new Far Cry 6 DLC

00:38:51: Joey finished Metroid Dread and is currently loving Jurassic World Evolution 2

00:47:14: The whole gang has been playing Back 4 Blood

00:56:05: The Wizard, babyyyyyyy!

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