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The LBR Podcast Network is a network of gaming talk shows brought to you by the producers of the award-winning Final Fantasy podcast Limit Break Radio. The LBR Network is dedicated to bringing you interesting, engaging and raw gaming talk shows. From the

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Checkpoint Radio Podcast - Episode 16 - Too Damn High

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 13:20:00 -0500

The price of video games is something that's always been a hot topic of debate. Even in a world where physical copies are starting to give away to more digital downloads, gamers find themselves spending more money than ever. Join the Checkpoint crew as they talk about and analyze the diverse pricing strategies and practices of the video game industry.

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Checkpoint On Demand - Gaming News Update - 08-17-17

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:54:00 -0500

Starcraft Remastered is now live and the classic game play has been kept entirely intact. On Steam PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds reaches 600,000 concurrent players, nipping at the heals of DOTA2. Undertale finally see's it's release on both the PS4 and the Vita. Lastly, Sonic Mania is out and for the first time in 20 years fans everywhere agree, Sonic is awesome again.

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Checkpoint On Demand - Esports Gaming Update - 08-17-17

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:44:00 -0500

In Esports this week the Call of Duty Champions have been crowned in Optic Gaming. On the Overwatch side, the match-ups for the World Cup are now set for Blizzcon in November. Plus, Cloud 9 acquires Laser Kittenz for their Contender League Roster and Lunatic Hai have signed to compete in the Overwatch League.

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Limit Break Radio: A Radio Returns - Episode 124 - Legion vs Stormblood

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:40:00 -0500

Stormblood has all but played out in most players minds, the MSQ is finished, the entire raid tier has already been overcome. When can we expect Patch 4.1 and what comes along with it? The LBR cast compares what SE has promised and what...Blizzard is bringing in their next patch. The differences are staggering. We also take your calls and emails and have a special guest read an LBR fanfic!

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Final Encounter Cast - Episode 75 - What's In A Game?

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 00:01:00 -0500

The older we get, the less games we seem to be willing to try out. We’re fine with dishing out bucks for what we know and love, but what stops us from trying something new? From looking to break the mold? The FEC crew talk about their tastes and what want and look for in games. Other headlines include; The release date for Horizon Zero Dawn DLC, a team up between Square Enix and AMD, plus Valve announces a brand new game in development.

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Checkpoint Radio Podcast - Episode 15 - Kick The Kickstarter

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 19:21:00 -0500

2015 was a great year for crowdfunding video games as they brought in more than $40 Million on Kickstarter. The past two years saw less than half of that. Have horror stories like No Man's Sky done irreparable damage to the notion of crowdfunded video games?

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Checkpoint On Demand - Gaming News Update - 08-10-17

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 00:01:00 -0500

Horizon Zero Dawn gets a release date for it's first DLC The Frozen Wilds. Despite a rough start, Friday the 13th has sold over 2 Million copies. Square Enix announces a partnership with AMD. At the International 2017 Valve announces a new card-based game titled Artifact. Also, Nintendo announces plans for Gamescom with twice the number of games as they had at E3.

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Checkpoint On Demand - Esports Gaming Update - 08-10-17

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 04:50:00 -0500

This week in esports, the South Korean Overwatch team dominates in their trip to the World Cup. In other Overwatch news, Team EnvyUs looks to join the League on behalf of Dallas\Austin. Finland officially recognizes esports players as professional athletes. Plus, Disney reveals plans to bring esports to Orlando

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Limit Break Radio: A Radio Returns - Episode 123 - The Dark Knight Rises

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 01:28:00 -0500

After two weeks away, Aniero returns to the show with a vengeance. Reddit releases the hate, but this time it’s because Aniero did...nothing? LBR responds to the massive 350+ comment thread. Plus, Aniero performs an ‘aircheck’ on the rest of the crew. What does that mean? Tune in now to find out.

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Final Encounter Cast - Episode 74 - Never Game Over

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 00:01:00 -0500

Reaching into the dusty FEC e-mail bag we pull out an letter from a fan asking what happened to failure in video games? Back when games were hard failure was something we dreaded but also learned from...what happened to the game over? Plus we check other gaming headlines including; a streamer uncovers an entire guild devoted to stream sniping him, which Street Fighter character is selling hair products and PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds continues to break records.

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Checkpoint Radio Podcast - Episode 14 - Unplug and Recharge

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 12:57:00 -0500

Everyone burns out, from the esports pro to the casual everyday gamer. How does the Checkpoint crew deal with it? Synopsis: This week on the podcast the crew talks about the idea of burning out on video games. Whether you're a pro playing 12 hours a day, a streamer rotating games at night or even just a casual gaming throwing in a few hours after work, it's something everyone has now and then. The crew talk about their own experiences with burnout and how to handle recharging.

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Checkpoint On Demand - Gaming News Update - 08-03-17

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 00:01:00 -0500

This week in the news saw the announcement of two old game modes returning to popular gaming franchises, the first is the return of Lucioball in Overwatch, the second is Prop Hunt in Call of Duty Modern Warfare's remastered edition. Plus, Guild Wars 2 finally heralds in a second expansion. Lastly, Nintendo confirms that late August will mark when SNES Classics pre-orders can actually be made.

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Checkpoint On Demand - Esports Gaming Update - 08-03-17

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 00:29:00 -0500

This week in esports saw the purchase of Counter Logic Gaming by the Madison Square Garden Company. At the Rocket League World Cup Team USA takes first place. The Hollywood Hammers become the next in a long line to disband their Overwatch team. Plus, Eleague partners with GIECO to host amateur tournaments, starting with Street Fighter V.

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Limit Break Radio: A Radio Returns - Episode 122 - CLOWN Town

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 23:53:00 -0500

If you consider yourself strong of will and brave of heart, listen at your own mortal peril. Juxta Position has taken over hosting duties and turned this episode into a Tumblr + Buzzfeed article made real. The crew explores ‘The Top 14 Relationships that MUST happen during Stormblood’ as well as the Wheel of Intolerance. They attempt to hold a real discussion, but Juxta ruins that too. Turn back now.

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Final Encounter Cast - Episode 73 - Everything is Awful

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 23:49:00 -0500

This week the crew talks about the fiasco that went down at Pokemon GO Festival in Chicago. Kali and Robbie give first hand accounts and Chris mucks everything up every time he opens his mouth. Kali also talks about a recent incident of a PlayerUnknown’s Battleground player being temporarily banned for alleged Stream Sniping. Other headlines include: Big details on Overwatch League salary and healthcare, Playstation Plus prices to rise in certain countries and a gamer who set herself on fire while streaming.

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Checkpoint Radio Podcast - Episode 13 - The Pro's of Cons

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 00:01:00 -0500

This past weekend Nate attended San Diego Comic Con, Robbie and Joe went to Pokefest Chicago and since Norris is away somewhere doing his own this, it was only natural the other three hosts talk about conventions. Why do we love them? What place do they have in the greater nerd culture? Tune in to find out.

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Checkpoint On Demand - Gaming News Update - 07-27-17

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 00:01:00 -0500

This week in video gaming news Lightning from FF13 has once again found herself the spokeswoman, this time for Nissan. Lost Sphear gets its release date in early 2018. Marvel Powers United VR adds Deadpool to it's lineup. Plus, a former CoD Caster raises money for Anti-Bullying.

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Checkpoint On Demand - Esports Gaming Update - 07-27-17

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 03:40:00 -0500

In this weeks esports update, the winners of Dreamhack Atlanta and the PGL major. Plus, SK Telecom 1 is having a very rough go of it. Cloud9 returns to DOTA2 with The International on the horizon.. In addition the 2016 World Champions of CSGO still haven't been paid 8 months after their win.

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Limit Break Radio: A Radio Returns - Episode 121 - Juxta Mode

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:44:00 -0500

Omega Savage launched this week and top raiding guilds have already full cleared it. Nika enlists the help of her fellow raider Strife to discuss the merits of FFXIV's raiding scene, while Juxtaposition's opposition adds.... Scuro? to his corner. In this battle, there are only losers.

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Checkpoint Radio Podcast - Episode 12 - All's Fair in Love and Video Games

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:01:00 -0500

The Checkpoint crew dive into an old and dated stigma about video games. Gamers can't have relationships, right? Of course they can! The crew talk about the types of bonds formed over games, including personal experiences

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Checkpoint On Demand - Gaming News Update - 07-20-17

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:01:00 -0500

On Checkpoint Gaming News this week Undertale finally gets a release date for the VITA and PS4. Meanwhile at D23, Star Wars gets an AR game and Marvel announces a VR title. Plus, our first real look at the Ataribox. Finally, an analyst is predicting a 2019 release for Sony's Playstation 5.

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Checkpoint On Demand - Esports Gaming Update - 07-20-17

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 03:54:00 -0500

This week in esports has the Overwatch League facing possible legal action from the MLB. ESL Cologne saw a record breaking 15,000 attendees. At Dreamhack Valencia Ninja's in Pajama's claimed their first CS:GO title of 2017. Plus, The International 2017 prize pool for DOTA2 surpasses $21 Million.

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Limit Break Radio: A Radio Returns - Episode 120 - Live Letter Fiasco XXXVI

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:03:00 -0500

Hijinks ensue on today's episode as one of the Hosts reveals on air they're having a baby?! But more importantly, the crew analyzes some of the answers to come out of the recent Live Letter. It seems Yoshi-P is making a lot of contradicting statements, what do you think? Tune in to find out!

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Final Encounter Cast - Episode 72 - Twin Thrones/Game of Peaks

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 00:01:00 -0500

On this episode the crew talk Game of Thrones theories and what they're most looking forward too. Plus, Nate takes us on a magical journey as he explains the cultural importance of Twin Peaks. Other headlines include; WoW dungeons as an esport, a video game selling for $42,000 and Half Life see's an update?

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Checkpoint Radio Podcast - Episode 11 - The Punishment Couch

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 11:39:00 -0500

There is one thing that is synonymous with all gamers, young and old alike. The losers of every group must be shamed. The Checkpoint Radio hosts look back on their sordid history of gaming and recall what the most epic punishments were in their group of friends.

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Checkpoint On Demand - Gaming News Update - 07-13-17

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 21:10:00 -0500

This week in Video Games Rocket League puts out some impressive numbers marking it's two year anniversary. The long-awaited Doomfist crashes into Overwatch's PTR. Star Wars fans can look forward to an open BETA for Battlefront 2 in October. Summer Games Done Quick celebrates bringing in over 1.7 Million dollars this year and in a big surprise, Blizzard announces an esports adaptation for Mythic Dungeons.

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Checkpoint On Demand - Esports Gaming Update - 07-13-17

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 05:43:00 -0500

This week on the Checkpoint Radio Esports Gaming Update, Activision is looking to take Call of Duty to the next level by franchising the esport. Riot Games heads to court as they sue a mobile company over stealing characters, maps and other assets. Blizzard releases official word on Overwatch League teams which includes endemic Esports organizations. Plus, an underdog sweeps through Rift Rivals defeating even SK Telecom 1.

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Limit Break Radio: A Radio Returns - Episode 119 - Dialing It In

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 00:09:00 -0500

The newest raid for FFXIV Stormblood’s is out, Omega: Deltascape. It’s been met with mixed reviews, some people praise the design of the battles, some the nostalgia of the fights. However, some believe the Devs dialed it in and the level of nostalgia may be a cop out for designing original lore and story. The Crew breaks down what the raid does right and what it could’ve improved on. This show also features a plethora of callers both with matching opinions and dissenting ones.

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Final Encounter Cast - Episode 71 - Work vs Video Games

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 00:04:00 -0500

Several stories have been popping up about a survey that claims to look at the correlation between young men who aren’t working and are instead playing video games. The hosts look deep into this hypothesis and find more than a few flaws. Other headlines include: ‘The Wanderer’ song getting Fallout 4 into some trouble, Tencent limiting mobile play for children and Photobucket finds a way hang itself. Tune in now!

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Checkpoint Radio Podcast - Episode 10 - Digital Sins

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 22:25:00 -0500

When a fan on twitter complains about unskippable cutscenes, the hosts decide to outline what they deem to be the cardinal sins of Game Development. Did yours make it into the discussion? Tune in now to find out.

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Checkpoint On Demand - Gaming News Update - 07-06-17

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 23:10:00 -0500

This week in gaming news: Nintendo Dominates Video Game Market in Japan, Sony Pulls Anthem Video After People Realize It’s X-Box One Footage, and Five Nights At Freddy's Creator Cancels Five Nights 6. Plus, Activision is testing the waters for a new Crash Bandicooot game, speed runners have already blited through the Breath of the Wild DLC. For for podcasts and On Demand listening, visit 

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Checkpoint On Demand - Esports Gaming Update - 07-06-17

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 06:14:00 -0500

In this weeks esports news we check in with the world of Overwatch where Evil Geniuses have dropped their Overwatch Team after just two months and the Overwatch Contenders League Season One is set to debut in August. Plus, a Polish Counter Strike: Global Offensive league is allowing teams to buy into their League, Valve is reworking their invitation system for the International 2018 a study find 1 in 3 British student would take a class about esports.

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Limit Break Radio: A Radio Returns - Episode 118 - Got Hype?

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 14:09:00 -0500

This week on Limit Break Radio the hosts take a look at the reception of Stormblood and determine if it’s living up to the promise and the hype Square Enix has been trying to sell us. Some callers bring up interesting points and the crew takes shots at a Reddit Otaku thread.

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Final Encounter Cast - Episode 70 - FEC Special Edition XXL Pro

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 10:04:00 -0500

Artbooks, Lithographs, Pendants, Play Art Figures and more on this episode of Final Encounter Cast! No, you can’t get any of those from us, but depending on the game and the amount of cash you fork over it could all be yours! But is it right? When is enough enough? $800 Assassin’s Creed? 10 MILLION DOLLARS DYLING LIGHT?! The hosts talk about the nature of Collectors Editions and whether or not the industry is better for it. Other headlines include; A New Dragon Age game could be on the horizon, Star Fox 2 will see a release 22 years after it’s cancellation and guess which triple A title isn’t getting ANY DLC.

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Checkpoint Radio Podcast - Episode 09 - Retro Revival

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 17:00:00 -0500

With the release of the SNES Classic and Sega Forever, it seems like retro gaming is as healthy as ever. But why does it matter? Do old games like that really have a place in 2017? The Checkpoint crew talk about the importance of classic gaming.

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Checkpoint On Demand - Gaming News Update - 06-29-17

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 12:00:00 -0500

This week in gaming news; Could the fourth installment of the Dragon Age series be on it's way? Thanks to Rockstar, Open IV has been given a second chance, giving renewed vigor to the GTA Modding world. The long awaited Star Fox 2 finally sees a release with the SNES Classic. In sadder news, Arkane Studios cp-founder Raphael Colantonio departs the industry. Plus, a new Pathfinder kickstarter teases a spiritual successor to Baldurs Gate.

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Checkpoint On Demand - Esports Gaming Update - 06-29-17

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 17:28:00 -0500

In this weeks esports news, yet another British University adds esports to the curriculum. Nintendo makes waves as they announce a 'different approach' to esports. Plus, RektGlobal wants to put an esports venue into every major city. Red Bull makes double headlines as the Proving Grounds crowns Team Philly as the Season 1 winner and the company has to drop Cloud9 and TSM Sponsorship due to a conflict of interest.

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Limit Break Radio: A Radio Returns - Episode 117 - Failure To Launch

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:15:00 -0500

With Stormblood officially underway for the masses, the Hosts take calls from the fans on what they like and don't like about the newest expansion. Plus, MassivelyOP and Kotaku release interviews with Yoshida that shed some interesting light on recent hot LBR topics.

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Final Encounter Cast - Episode 69 - Gym Rats

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:19:00 -0500

A new update has hit Pokemon GO and changes the game. The hosts dive into the substantial gym revamp and introduction of raids. They also talk about the upcoming Pokefest in Chicago. Other headlines include; SEGA forever, Nintendo changing Pokken players names and Seattle PD closes its Twitch account.

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Checkpoint Radio Podcast - Episode 08 - Big Fancy Podcast 2017

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:00:00 -0500

Devolver Digital released a crazy-bananas-bonkers conference late in the night at E3. The crew talks about what it did right and what the industry at large canto take away from it. Things get crazy and a little dark in the end, but the messages the Checkpoint Crew wants you to hear are clear as day. Check a look.

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Limit Break Radio: A Radio Returns - Episode 116 - Raubuan EXTREME

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:01:00 -0500

On Limit Break Radio, the cast tackles the early access of Stormblood. The launch has been sordid and buggy leaving even the most stalwart supporters of the game frustrated and angry. The hosts talk to several callers as they attempt to break down and analyze all the changes with hands on experience.

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Final Encounter Cast - Episode 68 - Epilogue to E3

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:01:00 -0500

Half of the Final Encounter Cast crew were able to attend E3 this year thanks to the Checkpoint Radio agenda, gaining first hand experience on several games and insight into developer interviews. Tune in now to find out how that experience was and what they thought of the bigger announcements. Other headlines include: the continuing Konami x Kojima feud, Take-Two Interactive butchering the GTA5 Mod Community and Nintendo making a mess of everything as usual.

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Checkpoint Radio Podcast - Episode 07 - E3 2017 Wrap Up Show

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 10:40:00 -0500

E3 2017 has come and gone and the Checkpoint Radio crew was in attendence giving you the latest announcements, developer interviews and hand on experiences from the E3 show floor. Join us for today's podcast as the crew wraps up their final thoughts from Northa America's largest video game expo! Join Nate, Robbie, Norris and Joe for Checkpoint Radio from E3 2017!

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Limit Break Radio: A Radio Returns - Episode 115 - The Coming Storm

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 00:01:00 -0500

With the release of the official Stormblood Trailer the crew dissects the new information gleaned from within. Has Square Enix pulled more punches? Or do they have something up thier sleeves? Will Stormblood be a break out hit? Or follow the pattern set by his predecessors? Tune in to find out what LBR thinks.

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Checkpoint Radio Podcast - Episode 06 - Blast Processing

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 10:40:00 -0500

A Sony executive said in an interview he has no idea why people play games that look ancient. Checkpoint sets the record straight on issues like backwards compatibility and why older games do have a place in today's market. The crews final thoughts before E3 2017, some of your Apple Podcast reviews and a recap of this weeks Checkpoint Radio.

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Limit Break Radio: A Radio Returns - Episode 114 - With a Side of Salt

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 00:01:00 -0500

Fusion X of Gamer Escape joins us as we take a journey through all the information being passed around from the Stormblood Media tour, from Zone design to a Dungeon Preview, to brief descriptions of battle changes in action. We also dig into an interview done with Yosheep by Gamer Escape and as usual, things reach critical sodium levels. Join us as not only Aniero gets salty, but Nikalia, the voices of reason fall to the Saltiness as well.

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Final Encounter Cast - Episode 67 - Relegation is Dead

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 01:13:00 -0500

League of Legends North American LCS is making the move to emulate traditional sports. Gone will be days the relegation as Riot moves to a franchise model. The FEC crew discuss and analyze why this is such a big deal and how it could cause huge waves in the world of esports at large. Other headlines include; the return of Seaman (yes, THAT game), Nintendo listening to their fans and Twitch plays the Stock Market.

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Checkpoint Radio Podcast - Episode 05 - The FarCry 5 Backlash

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 05:42:00 -0500

Details are starting to emerge about Ubisoft's latest entry into the FarCry series, including a look at the game's primary villian who just so happens to be a white, christian and American. The crew share their take on the situation with everyone weighing in. Plus, a recap of what you can expect on this weeks episode of Checkpoint Radio.

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Limit Break Radio: A Radio Returns - Episode 113 - Time For Savage Mode

Tue, 30 May 2017 00:15:00 -0500

Producer Live Letter 35 brought to us a myriad of changes to classes and the battle system at large. The LBR crew begins to analyze this plethora of information, but the LBRmy descends on the phone lines with opinions and questions of their own. This show is heavy with your calls, including, JoeNeverFails. Aniero and Joe go toe to toe on a very deep and personal level in relation to FFXIV as they reflect on the changes SE is making to the game. Tune in now to find out where they discussion takes us.

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Final Encounter Cast - Episode 66 - Phoenix: Safety and Security

Mon, 29 May 2017 01:13:00 -0500

This week on FEC the crew discuss the consequences of the recent Phoenix Comicon situation. An armed attendee who planned to target a specific guest as well as law enforcement was apprehended before a tragedy could unfold. What does this mean for the future of conventions? Other headlines include: Pokemon Go shadowbans, the future of Uncharted and Resident Evil movies, and Porn. Yea, we talk about porn. Tune in now!

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Checkpoint Radio Podcast - Episode 04 - How VR Could Change Esports

Thu, 25 May 2017 05:58:00 -0500

This week on the Checkpoint Radio podcast the crew talks about the ways in which VR, an inherently more physical medium than traditional video games, could potentially change the face of esports. We'll also break down what discussion you can expect if you catch the radio show this week and read a few of your generous iTunes reviews.

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Limit Break Radio: A Radio Returns - Episode 112 - The Weeaboo Revolution

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:28:00 -0500

Since the reveal of the Revolution song and trailer, the community has been alight with speculation and theory crafting. The LBR hosts toss their two cents into the ring and have it out about what this could all mean for Stormblood. Additionally, an article has been making the rounds positing that being a weeaboo is at it’s core inherently racist. Its cut a pretty solid divide in the community and LBR breaks it all down.

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Final Encounter Cast - Episode 65 - MMOs to Ashes

Mon, 22 May 2017 00:01:00 -0500

A few weeks ago a Kickstarter campaign started for a new MMO Called Ashes of Creation. Aiming for a modest 750k, the crowdfunding site has thus far raised 2.2M with a week left to go. The catch? This game may change the face of the genre in a way greater than World of Warcraft did. The crew weighs in on the possibilities. Other headlines include; a teen is send on a wilderness survival trip to cure his gaming addiction, the courts will decide if Valve owns DOTA and The Witcher is coming to Netflix.

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Checkpoint Radio Podcast - Episode 03 - Rumor Mill: Final Fantasy VIII Remake?

Thu, 18 May 2017 05:09:00 -0500

Today on the Checkpoint Radio Podcast - rumors and speculation have been flying since a recent statement by Final Fantasy game director Takashi Katano stating that with the release of the Final Fantasy XII remaster that Square-Enix might be looking to Final Fantasy VIII as their next game slated to get a remake. Plus, a recap of what you can expect to hear this week on Checkpoint Radio.

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Limit Break Radio: A Radio Returns - Episode 111 - Limit Breaking Music NPC Edition

Tue, 16 May 2017 01:00:00 -0500

With Stormblood only 5 weeks out, the amazing and talented cast of Limit Break Radio hosts have a SLEW of stuff to talk about. But this week we take a minute to slow down and smell the proverbial flowers. But instead of flowers it’s music. And we’re listening instead of smelling. Just shut up and listen to these beautiful remixes! We’re joined by special guest NPC and as of course, Juxta finds a way to mess something up

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Final Encounter Cast - Episode 64 - Spectator Mode

Mon, 15 May 2017 00:01:00 -0500

Today's episode features some pretty heated discussions on a varied of fronts including; controversy surrounding Blizzard’s Overwatch League as well as some Hearthstone related blunders, the French government stepping in and laying down legislation for esports and a surprising statistic about how much of esports viewers actually play the games they watch. Other headlines include; Bioware putting Mass Effect on hiatus, the Rainway App making it’s way to other consoles and Square Enix parting ways with a long-time franchise.

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Checkpoint Radio Podcast - Episode 02 - Do Video Games Need Story?

Thu, 11 May 2017 04:24:00 -0500

Today on the podcast - do video games need to have a story? For decades video games have been an effective medium for telling stories, but what are some other approaches to hook players and keep them playing? We'll break all that down today on the Checkpoint Radio Podcast

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Limit Break Radio: A Radio Returns - Episode 110 - Destination: Stormblood

Tue, 09 May 2017 00:20:00 -0500

Last week a video leaked of .dat mined Stormblood zones used in the Benchmark Trailer. SE was very diligent in removing it, but not before we got our grubby paws on it! We watch the video and break down what we see as we explore a few of the amazing zones coming in Stormblood. Plus, we read emails...yea, we still have those laying around.

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Final Encounter Cast - Episode 63 - Let's Play, Let's Die

Mon, 08 May 2017 13:30:00 -0500

Long before even Twitch existed, Let’s Play videos were among some of the most popular genres of content. Starting as a collection of screenshots on forums it eventually evolved to be a massive cache of content capitalized on by personalities like Markiplier. But is the genre doomed for death? Or will it learn to evolve? Tune in to find out what the Final Encounter Cast crew thinks. Other headlines include; Trolls influencing major events within Elite Dangerous, Activision Blizzard adding ANOTHER billion dollar game to its catalog and the best selling Switch game to date.

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Checkpoint Radio Podcast - Episode 01 - The Legend of Checkpoint

Sat, 06 May 2017 17:00:00 -0500

Gather 'round Checkpoint fans, and hear the legend of how the first national radio show about esports and video games came into being. Nate, Robbie Norris and Joe share stories of meeting each other for the first time and working together on various podcasts through the years.

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Limit Break Radio: A Radio Returns - Episode 109 - Letter From The Podcaster Live

Tue, 02 May 2017 23:20:00 -0500

On todays episode the LBR hosts dig into the 52 questions asked and answered at the most Producer Live Letter. This covers everything from lore, to raid gear and the type of aesthetics we can expect from the zones and new gear. Plus, an exclusive interview with a "Final Fantasy XIV representative".

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Final Encounter Cast - Episode 62 - FEC Abridged

Mon, 01 May 2017 00:01:00 -0500

For the second time in recent history, Dragonball Z Abridged was removed from YouTube only to be later re-added. Nate and Joe lead a discussion outlining the merits of the highly popular and hilarious series. On top of that other headlines include: an Overwatch Pro whose parents took away his internet, more on Nintendo’s strange business decisions and do cheat codes and mods lead to cyber crimes? Find out on this episode Final Encounter Cast.

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Limit Break Radio: A Radio Returns - Episode 108 - Second Shitty

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:01:00 -0500

After taking a week off to spend with family, Limit Break Radio returns. They begin the show by diving into Mr. Happy’s insightful interview with Yoshida, asking some tough and intriguing questions. But all that devolves in the third act when LBR have their own take on improv. Nothing and no one is safe. Aniero nearly suffers from asphyxiation onset by gut busting laughter.

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Final Encounter Cast - Episode 61 - Mystery Science Podcasting 3000

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 01:23:00 -0500

This past week Netflix relaunched the 90s cult classic TV show, Mystery Science Theater 3000. Nate has roped everyone into checking it out and reminiscing about what makes the show great and how the continuation has improved on the old formula while staying true to it’s roots. Other headlines include; Star Wars Battlefront 2, $45,000 worth of games in Storage Wars and Chris likens the Switch to...just tune in.

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Checkpoint Radio On Demand - GameStop Gets Hacked?!

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 14:47:00 -0500

GameStop has seen some pretty major problems, and another one may have just been uncovered. According to KrebsOnSecurity the 3'rd party was able to find, for sale, thousands of GameStops customers financial data, complete with credit card CVV numbers. What could this mean for the future of GameStop?

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Checkpoint Radio On Demand - Does Nate Reveal Persona 5 Spoilers?

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:20:00 -0500

We finally find out wheter or not Atlus responds to Nate's demands to answer for their awful streaming policy. So, can Nate make good on his promise and take the legs out from one of the hottest games right now? Tune in and find out!

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Checkpoint Radio On Demand - Persona 5's Streaming Rules feat SlyAKAGreyFox

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:23:00 -0500

The Checkpoint crew welcomes in Sam Sligh who streams under SlyAKAGreyFox on Twitch and who has dedicated much of his streaming life to the Persona series to get a first had account of how Atlus decisions have effected the streaming and gaming community.

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Checkpoint Radio On Demand - A Challenge to Atlus

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 14:49:00 -0500

Atlus has threatened game streamers and YouTube content creators streaming or making videos about their new game Persona 5. In order to protect against "spoilers" coming out they have disabled the native console streaming functions for Persona 5 and stated it will issue copyright content strikes for anyone streaming past a certain point inn the game. So, Nate issues an ultimateum.....

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Limit Break Radio: A Radio Returns - Episode 107 - An Astute Analysis

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 21:00:00 -0500

The hosts analyze A Realm Reborn 2.x series versus Heavenwards 3.x series. What went right? What missed the mark? Where did things go wrong? And will Stormblood improve the world of Eorzea? The crew takes calls from around Eorzea and asks which expansions wins out for you and where you think the future of Eorzea is.

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Final Encounter Cast - Episode 60 - Atlus Shrugged

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 00:48:00 -0500

Microsoft releases their Project Scorpio specs and the new direction of their console progression. Will it bring developers back to the table or has Microsoft started down a dangerous path? Tune in to find out what the crew thinks. Other headlines include; Blizzard winning lawsuit against german cheatmaker, A 5 hour DOTA match and GameStop is in hot water again.

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Checkpoint Radio On Demand - High Score Hall of Fame Final Round - Symphony of the Night vs Chrono Trigger

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 18:19:00 -0500

It's the final round for Checkpoint's High Score Hall of Fame Game competition! We have two classics that are going head to head - Chrono Trigger vs Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Who will come out on top? Listen to find out!

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Checkpoint Radio On Demand - High Score Hall of Fame Semi-Finals: Round Two - Symphony of the Night vs Metal Gear Solid

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 23:37:00 -0500

It's the Konami bracket! Checkpoint listeners ultimately decided the fate of this match up, but the crew argues their points anyway before revealing the results of our poll. Find out which game advances to the finals!

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Limit Break Radio: A Radio Returns - Episode 106 - Oh, Daddy

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 00:01:50 -0500

With Patch 3.56 ending the hosts pick apart not just the story patch, but Heavensward as a whole. Within this detailed analysis they also look forward to Stormblood, is our future bleak and uninspired? Or should we be hyped for the coming conflicts in Ala Mhigo and Othard. Also, Scuro is savagely destroyed.

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Final Encounter Cast - Episode 59 - The Massive Effect of Expectations

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 00:01:00 -0500

Mass Effect saw huge controversy over its Facial Animations, but has otherwise met or exceeded standards in story-telling and character driven narrative. Which has lead Robbie to ask the rest of the crew, “What do we expect of our developers?” They unpack how gamers have an ever shifting expectations for games and how these expectations can shift and vary based on Developers, regardless of or sometimes in spite of history. Other headlines include; the reveal of Destiny 2 Trailer, Overwatch League could rival the WWE and a long-time developer of gaming peripherals bites the dust. Tune in now.

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Checkpoint Radio On Demand - High Score Hall of Fame Semi-Finals: Round One - Chrono Trigger vs Street Fighter II

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 23:37:00 -0500

The results are in and you, the Checkpoint Radio listener, have spoken! Let the hosts debate as much as they want, it won't change the outcome of this match up. Today Chrono Trigger faces off against Street Fighter II in Checkpoint High Score Hall of Fame Game competition. Who will go to the finals? Listen and find out!

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Checkpoint Radio On Demand - High Score Hall of Fame Quarterfinals: Round Four - Metal Gear Solid vs Mass Effect

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:49:00 -0500

It's the last match up of the semifinals for Checkpoint's High Score Hall of Fame Game, and boy is it a doozey. The Round Four match up is Hideo Kojima's masterpiece Metal Gear Solid against the ambitious Mass Effect. Who will win? Listen and find out!

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Checkpoint Radio On Demand - High Score Hall of Fame Quarterfinals: Round Three - Overwatch vs Symphony of the Night

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:23:00 -0500

The debate heats up! Round three of Checkpoint Radio's High Score Hall of Fame Game competition is certainly an interesting one. In this round we see the newcomer to the roster still in its rookie season, comparatively speaking, the ever increasing e sports juggernaut - Blizzard's Overwatch. And in this metaphorical corner is the classic Playstation 1 game, soaked in blood and candle wax, the game that redefined and cemented the -vania half of the Metroidvania game genre - Konami's Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.

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Limit Break Radio: A Radio Returns - Episode 105 - Untrollable

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:19:50 -0500

The LBR Crew makes their way through yet another Yosheep Stormblood interview. Plus, the 14 GREATEST moments from Final Fantasy XIV! But beware, because on this episode of Limit Break Radio…Aniero…Gets…MEAN! Steel your hearts, Warriors of Light.

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Checkpoint Radio On Demand - High Score Hall of Fame Quarterfinals: Round Two - Chrono Trigger vs Morrowind

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 21:02:00 -0500

Continuing on in the High Score Hall of Fame competition, the debate heats up as the Checkpoint crew continues to slug it out in Round Two of the quarterfinal match up. Today - Chrono Trigger vs The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind.

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Final Encounter Cast - Episode 58 - Why The #YouTubePartyIsOver

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:22:00 -0500

Welcome FEC fans to another exciting episode of Final Encounter Cast, where the crew tackles the latest in gaming headlines like, The Original Ghost in the Shell creator weighing in on the ‘white washing’ of the movie, a Photographer being banned from Facebook for her body positive photographs and three triple AAA games try their hand at transgendered representation with...varying degrees of success. Plus, Nate gets deep and philosophical as the crew discusses YouTube’s downward spiral and the mass exodus of hundreds of high profile advertisers.

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Checkpoint Radio On Demand - High Score Hall of Fame Quarterfinals: Round One - Undertale vs Street Fighter II

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:37:00 -0500

In case you missed it on the air Checkpoint is proud to present: Checkpoint On Demand! Listen to the latest clips of Checkpoint Radio whenever you like! Here's our very first match in Checkpoint's High Score Hall of Fame Game - Undertale vs Street Fighter II

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Limit Break Radio: A Radio Returns - Episode 104 - Leg Capes and Peenie Packs

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:41:50 -0500

We are warning you now, this episode is a loaded pile of crap. The hosts take a look at a few interviews and ‘analyze’ entries in the Design-A-Gear contest. But none of that compares to the level of shit-talking derailment delivered by Juxta Position this week, who nearly destroys the show. Ye faint of heart turn’s this weeks Limit Break Radio.

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Final Encounter Cast - Episode 57 - Select Difficulty

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:34:00 -0500

Gone are the days of old when games would wreck you on a spiritual level with thier difficulty. Nowadays people play for the story, or have choices between easy, normal or hard. What happened? How did games like Dark Souls become a niche? Find out what the hosts think along with other headlines such as; Dungeons and Dragons teams up with curse to deliver a new-age app, a little known Overwatch team is making big waves at the APEX and Jason Mamoa is set to bring the action in a Just Cause movie.

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Limit Break Radio: A Radio Returns - Episode 103 - Dia-dumb 2.0

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 23:59:50 -0500

Diadem 2.0 has hit and the reception hasnt been great. We take your calls on the new feature as well as share our own thoughts. Plus, with PAX East finished and another Yosheep Q and A in the bag the hosts dive into more discussions about the future of Final Fantasy XIV.

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Final Encounter Cast - Episode 56 - Rated R for Raunchy

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 22:34:00 -0500

Today on Final Encounter Cast the crew analyses the emerging trend of R Rated Comic Book movies. Deadpool and Logan have done what most Sony owned comic properties have not. Is this because they are Rated R? Or is there something deeper? Other headlines include; Man destroys $20000 worth of first edition comics, Nintendo wins nearly $10 million in lawsuits and Mass Effect Andromeda with have over 1200 speaking roles.

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Limit Break Radio: A Radio Returns - Episode 102 - Extremer Mode!

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 00:01:50 -0500

On Today’s show the hosts dissect more Stormblood theories and content as they analyze a recent GameWatch interview with Yoshida. Do they have hope for the expansion? Is the love of the game unanimous throughout the studio? Plus, we take tons of calls today! And a contest is posed to all callers...who can come up with this sickest Nika slam? Tune in now to find out.

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Final Encounter Cast - Episode 55 - Switch Hit

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 21:34:00 -0500

With the release of the Switch, the internet is abuzz with love all around, despite a few small flaws and concessions. The crew talk about what they’ve witnessed so far. Plus, GDC gives us some juicy drama, some weird awards and much more. Other headlines include; Mass Effect producer walking back his comments about space porn, New Overwatch Hero Orisa and Xbox Live comes out with a Netflix for games?!

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Limit Break Radio: A Radio Returns - Episode 101 - The Last Weeaboo

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 19:20:50 -0500

Show 101 is a hot one! The hosts dig deep into the Daddy of Light trailer, MST3K style with special guest Prince Klari! Nika, now in full weeb mode, tries her best to defend it but to no avail. She also goes ham on Samurai being added to the game, but did any white knights call in to defend her? Tune in to find out.

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Final Encounter Cast - Episode 54 - Have Your PewDiePie, Eat It Too.

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 21:40:00 -0500

Part 2 of the PewDiePie dialogue gets a bit hotter as Norris provides an excellent foil to Nate’s argument. The debate goes from the legitimacy of PewDiePie’s joke, to his subtleness or lack thereof as well as the context surrounding content and your audience. Other headlines include, legislation that could make it easier and cheaper to repair your consoles and how your favorite video game companies are fighting it. Plus, GameStop changes their circle of life program and $10,000 worth of SNES games are returned safely.

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Limit Break Radio: A Radio Returns - 2016 Fan Festival Special: Europe

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:31:00 -0500

To little surprise Samurai was announced and from out of left field Square-Enix announces that the newest expansion would be taking us to Othard and the Far East! The crew discusses everything from the new massive map reveal to what two DPS will en up doing to the meta, or how Squarenix is going to adjust the current Healer\Tank meta with the battle system adjustments. We also hear from you, dear Eorzeans, on how you feel about all the exciting announcements coming out of Germany from Stormblood.

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Final Encounter Cast - Episode 53 - PewDEADPie

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:59:00 -0500

It’s all over your Twitter pages and Facebook Tweets, PewDiePie has done it again, taken over every headlined as far as the eye could see. But which version of the story have you taken the time to dig into? There’s something more important going on than PewDiePie making stupid jokes or being a nazi. Tune in now to find out what that is. Also in gaming news: Pokemon GO 2nd Generation is out, $10,000 worth of classic SNES games stolen and Legend of Zelda on the Switch is getting a Season Pass of DLC.

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Limit Break Radio: A Radio Returns - Episode 100 - One Hundred

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 22:35:50 -0500

Today on Limit Break Radio, the 100th episode. Join “the crew” as they speculate about the upcoming European FanFest and what exciting announcements could possibly be in store. We’ll also hear from some of our favorite guests including Joe Never Fails, Fusionx of Aetheryte Radio, Samus Rageborn and some guy named Frosty TV. We’ll also hear from YOU our audience about what you’re looking forward to about EU FanFest as well as your congratulations on hitting this epic milestone!

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Final Encounter Cast - Episode 52 - A Whole New League

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 17:59:00 -0500

The NBA and Take-Two are teaming up to bring NBA 2k to the next level in competitive e-sports but introducing a full fledged E-Sports NBA 2k League in 2018. What does this mean for E Sports other than NBA2k? Tune in to find out what the hosts of FEC think. Plus, have you ever wondered if Link has a last name? What if Blizzard made an Overwatch TV show?! And news on two geek-culture to movie adaptations!

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Limit Break Radio: A Radio Returns - Episode 99 - Limit Break Your Music

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 20:13:50 -0500

On today’s edition of Limit Break Radio: a special Limit Breaking Music with special guest Benjamin Antony James! We’ll talk to him about his Final Fantasy XIV covers and remixes. We’ll hear song music from Ben, plus find out what he’s got coming up in the future. Plus, Yoshi-P sits down with and Aniero reveals a shocking medical diagnosis! What could possibly be in store for Episode 100? You’ll have to tune in to find out! Tune in LIVE Sunday February 12th at 4pm to our Twitch channel for the Limit Break Radio 100 episode special!

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Final Encounter Cast - Episode 51 - Just Stop, Gamestop

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 17:59:00 -0500

A long standing GameStop retail strategy has recently come under siege in the Gaming World. In today's episode the hosts explain what the Circle of Life is and how terrible it is for customers and employees a like. The crew also revel in their mutual hatred for all things retail and of course cover several headlining stories such as: the death of the Father of Pac-Man, the future of EA games and how Battlefront will be better and how the Final Fantasy VII Remake is going no where.

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Limit Break Radio: A Radio Returns - Episode 98 - Sloppy Seconds

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 19:54:50 -0500

Today on Limit Break Radio special guests Lukile and Orange Caramel from The Speakers Network join the crew to talk about their YouTube series The Rise and Fall of Final Fantasy XIV. Plus, the hosts go in on Patch 3.5 for the second time, this time with the spoiler ban being lifted. Every single hosts has a different idea on where the story is going and why. Tune in to hear their reactions and see how your own theories line up with Limit Break Radio.

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Final Encounter Cast - Episode 50 - #Reassemble

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 20:35:00 -0500

This past week Marvel made a huge announcement that they were teaming up with Industry giant Square Enix to bring us an Avengers video game. Even with Crystal Dynamics behind the development (Tomb Raider and Rise of the Tomb Raider) its hard for the hosts to picture what kind of game that would be. That doesn’t stop the theories and tin foil hatting. Other headlines include; more Drama around Pokemon bans, more Drama around Overwatch diversity AND MORE DRAMA with Smash Bros. pro tournaments.

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Limit Break Radio: A Radio Returns - Episode 97 - Three Point Five

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 19:41:50 -0500

On todays episode, the crew give Aniero a well-deserved break (read: kicks him off the show) and Kallo takes the lead. Tyranny ensues as they go through the newest patch content piece by piece. A special guest call also features FusionX correcting LBR only to have Juxta re-correct HIM! Ultimately, the fan-hated-favorite LBR FanFic makes a return once more…

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Final Encounter Cast - Episode 49 - New Radio (Girls To The Front) feat. MissHarvey

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:21:00 -0500

This past weekend saw an unprecedented turnout when thousands of men and women marched all over the world in support of equality. So, this week the crew talks about women in gaming. We hear a firsthand report from our very own Nika who was in the D.C. rally as well as Stephanie Harvey 5 time Counter Strike World Champion as well as founder of MissClicks, a group dedicated to furthering representation of women in gaming culture and the gaming industry. MissHarvey joins us for an exclusive interview! Plus, the latest gaming headlines: World of Warcraft Vanilla servers taken down AGAIN, Pokemon GO API data hints to new content and an internet star passes away to the rainbow bridge in the sky…

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Limit Break Radio: A Radio Returns - Episode 96 - 555

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:31:50 -0500

The full cast is finally back together and in studio! Just in time for patch 3.5, tune in to find out all the juicy details (and hear Aniero take credit for literally everything.) Yoshida also did a recent Famitsu and Game Watch interview that sheds a lot of new light on the incoming 3.55 Diadem patch and also some clues as to what we can expect from 4.0s Eureka. The hosts have it all this week! And…the return…of FanFics.

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