January 29, 2023 - Episode 640 - Show Notes

January 29, 2023 - Episode 640

Sunday Jan 29, 2023 (02:09:41)


This week, peripheral sales are on the decline, Xbox is back on the rise, Prenda Law is on the prowl, and Justin Roiland is on his way out.


Scott Ertz


Scott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLUGHITZ Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the rhythm game community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and helping with ROBOTICON Tampa Bay. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors, currently housed at AMRoC Fab Lab.

Avram Piltch


Avram's been in love with PCs since he played original Castle Wolfenstein on an Apple II+. Before joining Tom's Hardware, for 10 years, he served as Online Editorial Director for sister sites Tom's Guide and Laptop Mag, where he programmed the CMS and many of the benchmarks. When he's not editing, writing or stumbling around trade show halls, you'll find him building Arduino robots with his son and watching every single superhero show on the CW.


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The pandemic boom is ending for PC and component manufacturers

In the early days of the pandemic in 2020, a number of industries got hit really hard, but in a good way. Their products and services were so in demand that their inventory completely dried up and the supply chain collapsed. Companies like Logitech saw their webcams in such high demand because of lockdowns that no one could get them. In fact, Avram had to do a roundup of the best alternatives to the Logitech c920, including building your own with a Raspberry Pi. Now, the companies that saw the big sales bumps are seeing a hangover of epic proportions.

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Xbox Developer_Direct shows why Game Pass is the best deal in gaming

In 2022, the Xbox platform definitely suffered. The platform had a lack of exciting first-party titles as well as third-party exclusives. While the hardware started to be easier to get, including massive promotions at stores like Target, PlayStation 5 hardware can still be a challenge to get. This is likely because the excitement around the games coming to PS5 was a lot higher than for Xbox. However, this week Microsoft and Bethesda had a short developer presentation showing off five titles that show the company has refocused its energy on games.

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OG copyright troll Prenda Law is back and somehow crazier than ever

The internet is filled with all sorts of trolls. From the people who comment on Twitter threads specifically to get you riled up to the patent trolls that buy up patents just to sue people, it seems like everyone is looking to annoy someone. However, there is one group that might have the title of King of Trolls, and that is Prenda Law. This company is infamous for its activities and, it would appear, they are back and looking to get themselves into the same trouble as before.

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Rick and Morty to continue following exit of co-creator Justin Roiland

This week, a variety of organizations cut ties with Justin Roiland following the revelation that he was being charged with domestic abuse. The news potentially changes the direction of several projects, including the future of his most high-profile project Rick and Morty. However, studios have responded to the departure, but it is just the beginning of the story.


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