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Episode list: #054: Crank It Up, #053: Half Mast, #052: OLED Astray, #051: Virtual Stupidity, #050: Minute Mike, #049.5: GOSOY 2011 Finale, #049: E3 2021 Vol.2, #048: E3 2021 Vol.1, #047: Huge Pitch, #046: Hot Tub eSports, #045: Peppa Pig Metaverse, #044: Giant THICC Lynx, #043: Next Level Sneaky, #042: Returnal Policy, #041: Even Steven, #040: Hex Code #3B4696, #039: He Must Be Single, #038: Peak Mario, #037: Low Physical Strength, #036: Lioncloth, #035: Harvest Mike, #034: Kemco Addiction, #033: Pants Down VR, #032: Run DMCA, #031: CDPR's GDPR PR Problems, #030: Illogical Logic, #029: Igno-Rant, #028: Blizzard Team Juan, #027: Xbox Bedroom Activities, #026: Money Losing Making Machine, #025: Bastion In The Hammock, #024: The Big Year in Awards 2020, #023: Fight For The Mascot Union, #022: 'Tis The Season To Be Gloating, #021: A Souls-inspired Souls-like, #020: Shortlist, The Ultimate, #019: Goose of Tsushima, #018: Who's Next Genny?, #017: Animal Crossing Warriors?, #016: Making Babies With Strangers, #015: Sometimes Things Suck, #014: Three Pixels To The Left, #013: I Have The Power To End It All, #012: Wait, it's all Smash? Always has been., #011: A Counterfeit Amiibo Card Divorce, #010: Miles Rick Moranis, #009: Getting DACced, #008: One Win for the Swin, #007: Ubisoft is Discless, #006: Melbourne Monolith, #005: Losing Control, #004: Cybertruck is essential shopping, #003: Monopoly, the Battletoads of Board Games, #002: So Deep on Analogue, #001: Controllers are Gender-Neutral


#054: Crank It Up

Sun 25 Jul 2021

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You know what's annoying? A slow news week. That's why it's up to the Bigwig crew to crank it up in this Big Week in Gaming for 25 Jul 2021!

So we took the chance this week to chat about our Top 3 Gaming Pet Peeves and check in how our Gaming Resolutions are tracking midway into 2021.

But never fear! There's still some headlines to chew through - such as the reveal of a Dead Space remake, Battlefield's awesome new mashup mode, Playdate pre-orders on the horizon and playing Super Mario World in 16:9 via a cool new widescreen hack. So be like Statham and crank it up with these high voltage highlights:

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#053: Half Mast

Sun 18 Jul 2021

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With the Steam Deck making headlines, it's been a whopper of a Big Week In Gaming for 18 Jul 2021! Alongside a lengthy look at Valve's new powerhouse handheld PC, we chat about Nickelodeon's promising new Smash clone All-Star Brawl, Netflix going gaming in 2022, integot's amiibo influencer privelege, the $3000 Mario smartwatch - and Aussie legislation to band lootboxes for kids.

We also get integot & Mike's review of the stellar metroidvania ENDER LILIES: Quietus of the Knights, as well as some early impressions of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD on the Nintendo Switch.

To wrap things up - the Bigwig crew celebrate 1 year of the podcast with our favourite moments - and we finally have the long-awaited SWINNY FACE REVEAL!! (Be careful what you wished for - Swin)

So raise your expectations (and more) to FULL MAST with these steamy highlights:

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#052: OLED Astray

Sun 11 Jul 2021

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With the curtain finally lifting on the new Switch - it has certainly been a Big Week in Gaming for 11 Jul 2021. Join integot, Mike and Swinny as they chat about the week's juiciest headlines, including the Nintendo Switch OLED Model, Assassin's Creed going live-service, Death Stranding's Director's Cut features, Steelrising getting a release date, big updates to the MiSTer project - and Swinny reviewing the GreedFall DLC, The De Vespe Conspiracy.

We also celebrate Donkey Kong's 40th Anniversary with our favourite DK gaming memories and cap off our longrunning Donkey Kong Country retrospective series with a review of the last entry - Tropical Freeze.

So let's get it on like Donkey Kong with these swinging highlights:

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#051: Virtual Stupidity

Sun 4 Jul 2021

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It's time for another roundup of the biggest news and features in video games for this Big Week in Gaming for 4 Jul 2021! This week the bigwig crew chat about Sony spending big on studio acquisitions, plans for Control sequels and spinoffs, Ghost of Tsushima getting a snazzy Director's Cut, xCloud launching on PC & iOS, id Software's mystery leaked game - and the latest Smash & amiibo news, with hands-on thoughts of the new fighter Kazuya.

For special features - we have impressions of the new metroidvania soulslike ENDER LILIES - as well as a MASSIVE nominee selection special for Game of Some Other Year 1995. It's a bloody battle of PC vs SNES classics for this GOSOY. Poor Mike... I promise we'll play Beavis & Butthead one day.

Your mum's certainly going to love these highlights:

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#050: Minute Mike

Sun 27 Jun 2021

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With the headline smorgasboard of E3 behind us, and GOSOY 2011 in the bag - it's like a fresh new season of bigness with this week's Big Week in Gaming for 27 Jun 2021! Join integot, Mike and Swinny as they cover the top stories of the week - such as the Kojima/Blue Box conspiracy, Windows 11's gamer-friendy features, Final Fantasy IX getting the cartoon treatment, GreedFall hitting next-gen, the pandemic's impact on Australian developers - and our favourite bite-sized indie gems from the 2021 GMTK Game Jam.

For our special features - integot reviews the PS5 blockbuster Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, and we decide the next year we're going to tackle for Game of Some Other Year. But this time, we're going back to the 90s, baby!

(ugh... this feature is really going to show our age, smh)

So take a radical trip back to the 90s with these wicked highlights... dude:

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#049.5: GOSOY 2011 Finale - We Rank The Best Top 6 Games Of 2011

Wed 23 Jun 2021

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It's been a long 10 months of playthroughs, shortlists, nominations and deep dives - but it's finally time for the Bigwig crew to rank the TOP 6 GAMES OF 2011 for this special episode of the Big Week in Gaming podcast for 23 Jun 2021.

Join integot, Mike and Swinny as they wage civil war and go to battle for their respective favourite game. There's no pulling punches here folks - just some good ol' verbal violence to determine Bigwig's Game of Some Other Year 2011!

Games considered by us as in the Top 6 of 2011 (in alphabetical order):

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#049: E3 2021 Vol.2

Sun 20 Jun 2021

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This is it gamers! The biggest big week of all big weeks - E3 2021! Join integot, Mike and Swinny for all the E3 coverage you can handle in this Big Week in Gaming for 20 Jun 2021.

So what do we have in store? *Takes a deep breath*

Metroid Dread being revealed, first Breath of the Wild 2 footage, Advance Wars rebooted, Kazuya joining Smash, Starfield trailer & release date, Forza Horizon 5 suprise announcement, Battlefield 2042 gameplay, Guardians of the Galaxy from Eidos Montreal, the ridiculous Strange of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin trailer, WTF are the Final Fantasy Pixel Remasters, ELEX getting a sequel, Castlevania Advance Collection leaking... and a massive amount of highlights from the rest of the E3 conferences.

Phew.... but it doesn't stop there! We also have the *Official* E3 2021 Presentation Tier List, a wrapup of our E3 highlights/disappointments - and integot debuts his new Minute Man segment.. that somehow goes for 10 times longer than that. Well, at least someone will be happy. ⏲️

So join us for all these Electronically Entertaining Expositions!

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#048: E3 2021 Vol.1

Sun 13 Jun 2021

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E3 is here! And the news hasn't stopped rolling in for this Big Week in Gaming for 13 June 2021! Join integot, Mike and Swinny as they cover the huge reveals so far and delve into the biggest gaming releases of the week.

All the big stories get some love; Battlefield 2042 getting revealed, Elden Ring's amazing Summer Games Fest trailer, Borderlands spinoff Tiny Tina's Wonderlands, Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, the awesome Playdate handheld update and a crapload of other cool stuff.

We also get hands-on with the biggest titles of the week - Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart and Game Builder Garage. Will integot try to pull a fast-one and shortcut his way to fulfilling his 'publish a game' resolution? Well... of course he will.😎

So saddle-up your horsegoat and ride onwards to these epic highlights:

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#047: Huge Pitch

Sun 6 Jun 2021

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It's finally time, dear listeners! Come hear our big sequel pitches in this Big Week in Gaming for 6 May 2021! Join integot, Mike and Swinny as they take part in our huge new feature - That's One Sexy Pitch - where we present ideas for game sequels we want to see happen.

We also chat about the big headlines of the week - including God of War Ragnarok getting delayed, Nintendo opening a museum, huge updates on the Playdate & Atari VCS - and Minecraft speedrunner Dream's divisive confession. If that's not all, we also give our bold (and not so bold) predictions for E3 2021 announcements.

So grab your cheque books Bigwiggers and prepare to sign up these perfect pitches:

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#046: Hot Tub eSports

Sun 30 May 2021

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With E3 on the horizon, the big reveals are already trickling out in this Big Week in Gaming for 30 May 2021! This week we chat about the incoming New Super Nintendo Switch Pro announcement, the historic Epic v Apple case wrapping up, Dragon Quest getting heaps of new games, Nintendo's new highschool eSports partnership - and Swinny gives us 4 things he loves and hates about the controversial Cyberpunk 2077.

We also take a deep dive into the wretched abyss with our last GOSOY 2011 nominee - Dark Souls. Does it have what it takes to be our top game of 2011? The true Game of Some Other Year starts here...

So chosen undead... join us round the bonfire for these grossly incandescent highlights:

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#045: Peppa Pig Metaverse

Sun 23 May 2021

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It's time to explore the weird side of gaming this week, in the latest Big Week in Gaming for 23 May 2021! From Peppa Pig to Gucci-flavoured Roblox, there's no shortage of wacky antics going on with the Bigwig crew. Join integot, Mike & Swinny as they cover Starfield being Xbox exclusive, a new TimeSplitters announced after 16 years, Nintendo locking fast travel behind an amiibo - and our impressions of the new brainpunk RPG Scarlet Nexus.

Besides all that, integot finally gets his hands on Jason Schreier's latest book Press Reset - and the whole crew has a go at the indie mingleplayer maso-core platformer Cruel World. Find out which of us just wants to watch the world burn...

So take me down to Potato City, and check out these oinktacular attractions:

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#044: Giant THICC Lynx

Sun 16 May 2021

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It's once again time for your weekly round of gaming news and old-man views in this episode of Big Week in Gaming for 16 May 2021! Join integot, Swinny and (part of) Mike as they cover Ubisoft's swashbuckler Skull & Bones being delayed again, what Sony has in their 1st Party games pipeline, the snazzy new DualSense colours, and an awesome new retro upscaler - the RetroTink 5x.

But this week - it's all about the features! We have first impressions of the brand-spanking-new Mass Effect Legendary Edition, a review of Assassin's Creed Valhalla's Irish expansion Wrath of the Druids from a series megafan - and our latest GOSOY 2011 nominee feature on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

So take heed legendary Bigwigborn - and prepare to take on these epic highlights!

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#043: Next Level Sneaky

Sun 9 May 2021

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Ladies and Gentlemen... it's finally time for the historic courtroom clash between Epic and Apple in this Big Week in Gaming for 9 May 2021! This week we cover the crazy circus that is the Epic v Apple case - from the opening statements through to the collateral damage felt by Nintendo, Microsoft and especially Sony.

We also chat about Nintendo's DIY tool Game Builder Garage, Sony partnering with Discord, Mass Effect Legendary Edition's full performance details, an in-depth analysis of Switch sales and Aussie developers getting a HUGE 30% tax break in the 2021 Federal Budget. ScoMo's wanting a piece of that global gaming pie, eh?

So grab your popcorn bigwiggers... and let's get ready for these rumbling highlights:

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#042: Returnal Policy

Sun 2 May 2021

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Business, business, business... it's like a never-ending cycle. Speaking of loops - we're back again with another Big Week in Gaming for 2 May 2021. Join integot, Mike and Swinny as they wax lyrical about Ratchet & Clank, the ACCC taking on Apple & Google, EA wanting people to buy FIFA lootboxes (shocking!), PS5 & Xbox sales updates - and amiibo pre-orders. Always with the bloody amiibos. It's almost like we're in some kind of amiibo death loop.

Speaking of loops, integot reviews the new Satoru Iwata book, while Mike gives hands-on impressions with the new PS5 shooter Deathloop. I mean... Returnal. That's the one. We also dive into the next Game of Some Other Year 2011 nominee - Eido Montreal's acclaimed Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

Speaking of loops, check out these eternal returning highlights:

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#041: Even Steven

Sun 25 Apr 2021

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Between backflips, betas and bargains - it's been another Big Week in Gaming for 25 Apr 2021. This week we cover Sony's reversal on shutting down the PS3/Vita stores, huge Tales of Arise news, the next game from Celeste devs Extremely OK Games, Monster Sanctuary getting a big upgrade, the relaunch of 90s shareware icons Apogee, and get a preview of Jason Schreier's upcoming book Press Reset.

We also get double the Swinny, with early impressions of NieR Replicant and a review of the latest Steven Universe RPG - Unleash the Light.

So be like the Duke, and come get some of these bitchin' highlights:

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#040: Hex Code #3B4696

Sun 18 Apr 2021

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With the shocking, blockbuster announcement of a new blue Switch Lite - it certainly has been a Big Week in Gaming for 18 Apr 2021! That's the kind of big news you come here for folks. We also cover our highlights from Nintendo's Indie World direct, industry reports that Square might get bought, PS5 dropping a big update, Oculus Quest 2 supporting wireless PC VR streaming - and look at a gaming social experiment gone good in Droqen's Cruel World.

We also take a close look at our next Game of (Some Other) Year 2011 nominee - the Aussie-made detective thriller L.A. Noire. Does it hold up under further investigation? Press X to find out.

But who cares about these highlights - there's a new Switch Lite colour!

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#039: He Must Be Single

Sun 11 Apr 2021

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Gather round young'uns - it's time for the geriatric Bigwig crew to take you on a nostalgia trip for this Big Week in Gaming on 11 Apr 2021. Join integot, Mike and Swinny as they chat about their very first video game memories - from Cookie Monster Crunch to Sextris... everything's out in the open here folks.

We also look at the biggest (and coolest) news stories of the week, including; The Last of Us getting a remake, E3 2021 officially a thing, Animal Crossing's Build-A-Bear bonanza, a monkey playing pong with its mind, a 2D demake of Metroid Prime - and a crapload of new info about the changes in the upcoming Mass Effect remaster trilogy. Nobody can fault us for lack of variety, that's for sure!

So sit back, relax and let us regale you with these tall tales:

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#038: Peak Mario

Sun 4 Apr 2021

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With news coming in hotter than lapdance in hell, it's been yet another Big Week in Gaming for 4 Apr 2021! Join integot, Mike and Swinny as they chat about Sony shutting down a bunch of digital storefronts, the Analogue Pocket getting delayed, Monster Hunter Rise selling a bucketload - and a massive triple-header update about Cyberpunk 2077, next-gen Witcher 3 and CD Projekt Red's divisive road to recovery.

For our special features; Mike reviews the vaporwave action-platformer Narita Boy - and the Bigwig crew take a look at our second Game of (Some Other) Year 2011 nominee... Super Mario 3D Land.

So, better get in quick on these highlights... before Sony pulls the plug on us too:

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#037: Low Physical Strength

Sun 28 Mar 2021

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In a week where the biggest mainstream news was a cargo ship stuck in mud - it's up to the Bigwig crew to pick up the pace in another Big Week in Gaming for 28 Mar 2021! This week we talk about the latest Switch Pro news, Rocket League going mobile, PAX Australia screwing the pooch on ticket sales, a huge update in the PlayStation modding community - and Australia's least favourite potato Peter Dutton blaming GTA for our government's mistreatment of women.

Corporate honcho integot also hosts the first official quarterly review of our 2021 Gaming Resolutions, gives his first impressions of Monster Hunter Rise - and proceeds to savagely berate the entire Aussie gaming community. No rest for the wicked this week...

Who needs DLSS when you can dig in deep on these super samples:

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#036: Lioncloth

Sun 21 Mar 2021

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After the Microsoft dump last week, it was Sony's turn to be the industry mover & shaker in this week's Big Week in Gaming for 21 Mar 2021. Join integot, Mike and Swinny as they discuss Sony buying Evo - the biggest fighting game event in the world. We also chat about the new PSVR2 controllers, highlights from the Square Enix spring showcase, Disco Elysium being refused classification in Australia - and AC Valhalla getting a big update. Swinny will take any chance to talk about that bloody game...

We also continue our long-running Donkey Kong Country retrospective series with Retro Studio's comeback title DKC Returns. Did it live up to the series' reputation... or is it complete monkey business?

Evo Moment #37 ain't got nothing on these hype highlights:

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#035: Harvest Mike

Sun 14 Mar 2021

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Get your pitchforks ready - it's time to dig up the freshest batch of video game news with the latest Big Week in Gaming for 14 Mar 2021. This week we discuss Microsoft making it official with Bethesda, PAX Australia making a return, TMNT and Pocky & Rocky getting new sequels, more bloody Amiibo talk by integot, an Outer Worlds murder mystery DLC - and the fantastic VICE article on byuu/Near's 25 year journey to localise the hidden Squaresoft gem Bahamut Lagoon.

MIke also gets his hands dirty with his review of Harvest Moon: One World. What girl did he pick to romance with his sneaky hookup strats? Listen to find out, my dear Bigwiggers!

So put your back into it with a crate-load of these these bountiful ripe highlights:

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#034: Kemco Addiction

Sun 7 Mar 2021

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Even with us Melbournians chilling over a long weekend, the big news don't stop rollin' in - as it's been yet another Big Week in Gaming for 7 Mar 2021! Join integot, Mike and Swinny as they cover all the noteworthy happenings in vidya gaming, including - juicy details on the Switch Pro, Epic buying Fall Guys, Mistwalker unveiling their diorama RPG Fantasian, Doom 3 going VR on PSVR - and the reveal of a spiffy new co-op Aliens shooter..

We also give our first impressions of best girls Pyra/Mythra in Smash Ultimate and begin our 2011 Game of (Some Other) Year nominee specials - kicking things off with the revolutionary Minecraft.

So get your diamond pickaxe ready, coz you're really going to dig these highlights:

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#033: Pants Down VR

Sun 28 Feb 2021

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In a week so packed with Sony bombshells it practically broke Xbox Live - it's been another Big Week in Gaming for 28 Feb 2021. Join integot, Mike and Swinny as they cover the cancellation of Anthem "Next", the new PlayStation 5 VR headset, Yuffie coming to FF7 Remake Intergrade, Pokémon going open world and Analogue Pocket pre-orders making a triumphant return.

We also crank up the Valve in this week's double-feature, with our reflection on Portal 2 and first impressions of Half Life Alyx. It's all in the pursuit of the biggest unanswered question known to mankind... is VR truly better than sex?

So don't be caught pants down when these highlights come a-calling:

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#032: Run DMCA

Sun 21 Feb 2021

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Hey, hey, hey! It's been yet another Big Week in Gaming for 21 Feb 2021. This week integot, Mike and Swinny discuss all the huge news coming out of the latest Nintendo Direct, including Splatoon 3, Zelda Skyward Sword HD and the new Smash characters.

But wait - there's more! We also chat about highlights from BlizzCon 2021, CrossCode finally getting DLC, an update on Xbox Game Streaming for iOS/web browsers - and things get very heated when the topic turns to Activision's grand Australian expansion plans. No punches pulled here, my friends.

So sit back, relax and enjoy this direct feed of smashtastic highlights:

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#031: CDPR's GDPR PR Problems

Sun 14 Feb 2021

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Between cyberattacks and E3 leaks, it's truly been a Big Week in Gaming for 14 Feb 2021. Join integot, Mike and Swinny as they discuss CDPR getting hacked, Axiom Verge 2 going exclusive for Epic, Nintendo's new video consultation service and the return of classic 90s UK show GamesMaster.

We also review two extremely different games - the Bowser's Fury expansion for Super Mario 3D World and sim-RPG Blacksmith of the Sand Kingdom. Which one do you think we gave a 7/10? (Hint: we're not IGN).

So strap in - you're on the verge of these exclusive epic highlights:

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#030: Illogical Logic

Sun 7 Feb 2021

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Welcome one, welcome all - to another amazing Big Week in Gaming for 7 Feb 2021! This week we delve into the troubles faced by both Google and Amazon's gaming divisions, BioWare's huge dump of Mass Effect Legendary Edition info, big sales updates for PlayStation and Nintendo - and the playable release of the GoldenEye XBLA remaster (I got dibs on Oddjob).

We also continue our Game of (Some Other) Year 2011 feature and debate on which of our 20-game shortlist should make the Top 6. Spoiler - it's not Dead Space 2. Sorry Mike...

Who needs logic, when you've got these highly illogical highlights?

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#029: Igno-Rant

Sun 31 Jan 2021

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With the games industry dominating the mainstream headlines, it really has been a Big Week in Gaming for 31 Jan 2021! This week we cover the biggest story of the week - Nintendo bringing back Sanrio Animal Crossing Amiibo Cards! Oh, and something about GameStop stocks as well. We also look at the snazzy new black & gold Switch, review the indie romp Cyber Shadow, Mike erects a monument to his ignorance - and Swinny gives his final thoughts on Assassin's Creed Valhalla. He then proceeds to rank every single game in the series....now that's a lot of Assassin's Creed.

Get your filthy hands on these hot commodity highlights:

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#028: Blizzard Team Juan

Sun 24 Jan 2021

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Welcome to the latest episode of Big Week in Acquisitions! No wait.... Big Week in Amiibo! Ah screw it - it's still been another Big Week in Gaming for 24 Jan 2021! This week we talk about Vicarious Visions merging into Blizzard, Microsoft's massive Xbox Live price hike fiasco, Resident Evil Village's creepy demo, multiple Aussie devs being bought by European publishers - and Mike offends the entire Amiibo community. Hmmm... now that integot's got a PS5, maybe it's time to reassess his value to the podcast... 🤔

Highlights of this truly juanderful episode:

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#027: Xbox Bedroom Activities

Sun 17 Jan 2021

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It's been a Big Week in Gaming for 17 Jan 2021 - especially for Swinny! This week we give our belated impressions of the Xbox Series X and cover the blockbuster announcements of new Star Wars/Indiana Jones games from the resurrected Lucasfilm Games, CDPR's Cyberpunk 2077 apology, details on Super Mario 3D World's Bowser's Fury expansion, playing Battleship with Achievements - and the absurd Wolfenstein x Super Monkey Ball crossover. That's a thing... and it's bloody awesome.

Unlike CDPR, we're not apologising for these awesome highlights:

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#026: Money Losing Making Machine

Sun 10 Jan 2021

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With a heap of cool stories dropping, it's been another Big Week in Gaming for 10 Jan 2021. This week we give our impressions of the Monster Hunter Rise demo and chat about Bloomberg's fantastic OG Xbox launch history article, Minecraft Earth shutting down, a playable lost Tomb Raider remake prototype, Nintendo buying Next Level Games - and Microsoft forcing indie publisher Xitilion to revert it's shady achievement tactics.

We also continue our deep dive retrospective into the Donkey Kong Country series with the third entry on the SNES - Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble.

So... can you smell what the Bigwig crew are cooking?

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#025: Bastion In The Hammock

Sun 3 Jan 2021

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Happy New Big Week in Gaming for 3 Jan 2021! To kick off the new year, the Bigwig crew reveal their Gaming Resolutions and Most Anticipated titles for 2021 in a special double feature. We also chat about the elusive WorkBoy prototype, Monster Sanctuary's update roadmap, dbrand challenging Sony to sue them, Japanese dev interview highlights from Famitsu and integot's impressions of the robo-brawler Override 2: Super Mech League.

All ain't quiet on this new year episode:

Until then, we'll just be laying back in our hammocks enjoying a game of Bastion...

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#024: The Big Year in Awards 2020

Sun 27 Dec 2020

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With a new year on the horizon, we celebrate (and denigrate) the year 2020 in this Big Week in Gaming for 27 Dec 2020. Join integot, Mike and Swinny as they chat about KFC launching a new 'console', Flight Simulator getting VR Support, Tencent buying Warframe and Gears Tactics devs, and the DualShock 4's neat back button attachment.

In our inaugural Big Year in Awards special, we hand out awards across 16 different categories including Biggest Big Game, Biggest Heel, Biggest Mic Drop and Biggest Souls-Inspired Soulslike Metroidvania of the Year. Yep, that's a thing. Blame Mike.

Raise your drinks and let's toast these celebratory highlights:

Have an awesome New Year's everyone! 🥳🍾

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#023: Fight For The Mascot Union

Sun 20 Dec 2020

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Ho ho ho! It's a very merry Big Week in Gaming for 20 Dec 2020. Join integot, Mike and Swinny as they chat about Sony pulling Cyberpunk from the PlayStation store, EA buying Codemasters, a bunch of Nintendo news, thoughts on Sephiroth in Smash, and reviews of the new Smash documentary Metagame and adventure game Call of the Sea. We also partake in some holiday gift-giving of the video game variety, so join in on the festivities!

🎵 Deck the halls with boughs of highlights 🎵

🎁🎄 Happy Holidays to all our awesome listeners! 🎁🎄

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#022: 'Tis The Season To Be Gloating

Sun 13 Dec 2020

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With the fallout of The Game Awards still settling, it's truly been a Big Week in Gaming for 13 Dec 2020. This week we chat about the massive reveal of a new Mass Effect, Sephiroth joining the Smash roster, Mike's early impressions of Cyberpunk 2077, and our review of the Metroidvania/Pokemon mashup Monster Sanctuary. Also - on the back of our Game Awards predictions last week, there will also be ZERO gloating. We're all super humble here.

Check out the premiere of these worldly highlights:

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#021: A Souls-inspired Souls-like

Sun 6 Dec 2020

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What a week - what a week - what a mighty Big Week in Gaming for 6 Dec 2020. Join integot, Mike and Swinny as they discuss the huge departures from Bioware, Microsoft buying esports platform Smash.gg, Oscar Isaac cast as the iconic Solid Snake - and Pikachu doing ASMR. I wish that was the weirdest thing to come out of 2020, but it's been a hell of a year already.

Praise the sun with these souls-inspired, souls-like highlights:

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#020: Shortlist, The Ultimate

Sun 29 Nov 2020

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It's been massive, utterly gigantic Big Week in Gaming for 29 Nov 2020. Don't let a certain co-host tell you otherwise - it's against brand. This week the 2011 Game of Some Other Year delegations begin as integot, Swinny and Mike all make a case for the games to qualify for the Top 20 shortlist. We also talk about Cyberpunk 2077 leaks, GreedFall going next-gen, Mario 3 setting a world record - and Mike hits the asphalt with his review of Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered.

Do you feel the need for these speedy hot reads?

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#019: Goose of Tsushima

Sun 22 Nov 2020

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Streuth mate - it's really been a Big Week in Gaming for 22 Nov 2020 hasn't it? Join us for a very Aussie-centric episode as we get our grubby mitts on xCloud's Australian preview, Epic takes Apple to court downunder and Swinny gives his long-awaited impressions of Assassin's Creed Valhalla. There were Australian vikings back in the day... right?

Check out these bangers while you crack open a cold one:

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#018: Who's Next Genny?

Sun 15 Nov 2020

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One week into next gen, and it's already a Big Week in Gaming for Nov 15 2021. This week Mike joins us for a deep dive on the PlayStation 5 and Demon's Souls, we debate the intention and ethics of EA's new FIFA microtransaction tool, Swinny finally gets to talk about wrestling on the show and integot reaches into the deep, dark corners of Xbox Game Pass to experience the cult classic Alan Wake for the first time. Oh... and who is Genny exactly?

You don't need a flashlight to spot these highlights:

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#017: Animal Crossing Warriors?

Sun 8 Nov 2020

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With a new console generation on the horizon, it really was a Big Week in Gaming for 8 Nov 2020. This week we chat about the lead-up and line-up of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S|X, take a look at some juicy Switch sales figures, do a deep dive into some underappreciated gaming gems and talking about the tricky subject of what happens when a Twitch streamer passes away. Hey, we can get serious sometimes too.

Check out these massively effecting highlights:

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#016: Making Babies With Strangers

Sun 1 Nov 2020

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It truly was a Big Week in Gaming for Sun 1 Nov 2020. Why, you ask? Because this week we talk about Cyberpunk 2077 getting yet another delay, Facebook throwing it's hat into the cloud gaming arena, a huge info dump of Final Fantasy XVI news, reveals of a My Time At Portia sequel and a new Jason Schreier book - and Swinny admits to making babies online with complete strangers. No, seriously.

Stream these cloudy highlights into your ear holes:

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#015: Sometimes Things Suck

Sun 25 Oct 2020

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Oh - what's this? Another Big Week in Gaming for Sun 25 Oct 2020, that's what! This week, Nintendo drops a blistering Fire Emblem anniversary bombshell, 2K sneaks in unskippable ads post-launch (again), integot bids $700 on an Amiibo and Swinny gives an insight into how he prepares to 100% a game. Don't get him started about it. Seriously. He doesn't shut up.

Fiery, emblematic highlights include:

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#014: Three Pixels To The Left

Sun 18 Oct 2020

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With Swinny back in the saddle, it's a been a Big Week In Gaming for Sun 18 Oct 2020. This big week, we give our reactions to the Oscar-worthy Monster Hunter trailer, talk about the snappy new PS5 UI, delve into the world of pokemon-tatted adult entertainers - and integot gets an exclusive scoop into the availability of launch-day consoles at EB Games. That man's got connections, I tells ya.

So, go on - get a load of these highlights:

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#013: I Have The Power To End It All

Sun 11 Oct 2020

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Welcome to Big Week in PC Gaming, I mean, Big Week in Gaming for Episode 13 on Sun 11 Oct 2020. With our Hall of Famer, Swinny, out of action this week, we've had to grab a ringer in, Mike, to carry the torch. The show must go on of course. In a very PC-centric episode we cover all the exciting news about new PC hardware, I mean, that's what you come here for right!

Rambo-unctious highlights this week include:

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#012: Wait, it's all Smash? Always has been.

Sun 4 Oct 2020

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With some block-busting news to sink our teeth into, it's been a Big Week in Gaming for Episode 12 on Sun 4 Sep 2020. This week we dig into the latest Smash Bros DLC character, debate the ethics of Cyberpunk 2077 crunch, insult the entire Pokemon community and discuss the achievement-based Xbox Hall of Fame. That Swinny definitely won't compete in. Nope.

Blocky, crafted highlights include:

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#011: A Counterfeit Amiibo Card Divorce

Sun 27 Sep 2020

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With big bucks changing hands across the industry, it's truly been a Big Week In Gaming for Episode 11 on Sun 27 Sep 2020. Join integot and Swinny as they break down Xbox's ZeniMax/Bethesda buy out, wade through the news tidbits trickling out of TGS and predict the downfall of integot's marriage via counterfeit Animal Crossing Amiibo cards.

Crunchy, wholesome highlights include:

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#010: Miles Rick Moranis

Sun 20 Sep 2020

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Oh, look at that - another Big Week in Gaming for Episode 10 on Sun 20 Sep 2020! This week Sony dumped a whole load of launch info over us, Nintendo announced sixty billion Monster Hunter games, Swinny defends the combination of hotdog+milkshake - and integot delves deep into the twisted origin story of his Amiibo obsession.

Sweet, delicious highlights include:

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#009: Getting DACced

Sun 13 Sep 2020

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It was truly a Big Week in Gaming for Episode 9 on Sun 13 Sep 2020, with the official reveal of the Xbox Series S and Microsoft's big launch plans for November 2020. In addition to the big news banter, integot and Swinny discuss Ubisoft's latest games showcase, the troubled development of Lords of the Fallen 2 and integot's obsession with DACcing Donkey Kong Country 2 on his birthday.

Prepare yourselves for these highlights:

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#008: One Win for the Swin

Sun 6 Sep 2020

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It was a very Mario-themed Big Week in Gaming for Episode 8 on Sun 6 Sep 2020. Alongside all the awesome news from the 35th Mario Anniversary Direct, integot and Swinny discuss the horrible first trailer for the Monster World 4 remake, brainstorm how Ubisoft should go all in on Grandmas, Swinny gets a big win against indie game Windscape - and there's a whole crapload of Rocket League banter.

Strap in, because our highlights for this week include:

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#007: Ubisoft is Discless

Sun 30 Aug 2020

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My, my, my, what a Big Week in Gaming. Join integot and Swinny for Episode 6 where we cover:

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#006: Melbourne Monolith

Sun 23 Aug 2020

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Another week and what was that you said... a Big Week in Gaming. Yes, indeed, it has been. Join integot and Swinny for Episode 6 where we cover:

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#005: Losing Control

Sun 16 Aug 2020

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Join integot and Swinny on, yes, another Big Week in Gaming for Episode 5 on Sun 16 Aug 2020. Expecting another short episode, we spend three hours discussing and debating the major weekly news (new Hori Split Pad Pro colours, I mean, c'mon) and our special retrospective on Donkey Kong Country.

Our highlights for this week include:

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#004: Cybertruck is essential shopping

Sun 9 Aug 2020

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This week we talk about the PlayStation State of Play, announcement of xCloud's Release Date, the Analogue Pocket Pre-orders being sold out and we decide which year we'll pick for the Game of Some-other-year.

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#003: Monopoly, the Battletoads of Board Games

Sun 2 Aug 2020

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This week integot and Swinny discuss the announcement for the pre-order of the Analogue Pocket, further Nintendo leaks and Swinny's thoughts on CrossCode and Konami.

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#002: So Deep on Analogue

Sun 26 Jul 2020

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Xbox Games Showcase, gameplay footage of Halo Infinite, and Nintendo Direct Mini.

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#001: Controllers are Gender-Neutral

Sun 19 Jul 2020

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Swinny and integot go deep on the Ubisoft Forward event and share their retrospective on TurboGrafx-16 / PC Engine classic, Bonk's Adventure (1989).

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