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UNBOXING: Play & Profit for the Gaming Curious.

UNBOXING: Play & Profit for the Gaming Curious.

By Laine Nooney, Joost van Dreunen
Joost crunches data. Laine rummages in archives. Together on UNBOXING, these two NYU professors unlock the secrets of the games business they share with their students and cover the games news for insiders and newbies alike. A weekly podcast for anyone curious about why games matter in today's economy, dropping every Monday. Logo by Moira Zhang,
Google retires Stadia, Razer and Logitech launch handhelds, and Netflix heads to Finland
Google discontinuing its cloud gaming service Stadia is disappointing but was entirely predictable. Laine and Joost discuss what it means for the future of the celestial arcade. Razer and Logitech decide the world needs more handhelds but do we though. And Netflix Games is starting a studio in Helsinki.
September 30, 2022
Twitch gambles, loses. Rockstar leaks. And video game extremism.
GTA6 springs a leak, Twitch slows its (dice) roll on gambling streams, and the hosts weigh in on online games being used for extremist recruitment. Plus: a little love for Trombone Champ.
September 26, 2022
Video game price hikes, inflation, and farming
Nintendo and Sony announce their big deal title line-up, we explore the justification of a $70 price tag for premium games, and why the world needs more farm simulators. Wonky editing courtesy of Joost traveling.
September 19, 2022
Industry origins, Tencent buys more Ubi, and the cycle of life
Tencent's purchase of yet another piece of Ubisoft opens a deep dive into the origins of the games industry. Laine shares data on the devices that students own, and we discuss the changing demographic makeup of people interested in the field.
September 12, 2022
Back to school
Laine and Joost introduce the UNBOXING podcast, discuss the start of the fall semester, the perils of teaching video games, and respond to the news from the UK where lawmakers are threatening to block the Microsoft acquisition of Activision Blizzard.
September 03, 2022