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Branching Factor #001: DEFCON Podcast

Branching Factor #001: DEFCON Podcast

We're officially at DEFCON Podcast! Branching Factor kicks off with our inaugural episode as our brand-new podcast kicks into high gear.

Over our first four episodes, we sit down with each of the four co-hosts of Branching Factor. For this first go around, it's George Osborn: the former head of communications of the UKIE (the UK games industry trade representative) and now Director of Policy at Taso Advisory.

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In this video we discuss, among others things:

- The changing face of the games industry

- The legal ground surrounding loot boxes

- Possible regulation coming towards the gaming sector

- That Microsoft/Activision deal

Plus some games discussed include...

- Mario + Rabbids (1 and 2)

- Pentiment

- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 [2022]


[00:00] Thanks to our Sponsors:

[01:40] Welcome to Branching Factor

[04:47] Meet George Osborn

[19:26] Playing Some Games

[33:38] The State of the Games Industry

[45:50] Epic Games and FTC Fine

[01:01:02] The Lootbox Problem

[01:17:42] The Microsoft/Activision Deal

[01:35:02] The Impending Future

[01:43:40] Wrapping Up

[01:46:57] Credits


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Branching Factor
Welcome to Branching Factor, a podcast about video games from people who play, develop and research video games. In each episode, join our host Dr. Tommy Thompson as he sits down with friends from all around the gaming world.
Learn about how video games are made, the goings-on of the games industry, what academic research in games is all about, interviews, and more!
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