Level Up! A new gaming and eSports podcast!

Over the last couple of months, I’ve been cooking up a weekly podcast about gaming and eSports due to the growing scene. Now, that podcast is real, and it’s called Level Up! Every week, I’ll break down the news going around the gaming community. I’ll also try to host guests from around the gaming scene whenever I can.

Currently there are four episodes that you can find at the link below or on Apple Podcasts by searching ESPN Pittsburgh Specialty Shows, though this will change soon. Please let us know what you think, and thank you for tuning in!

Of course, we’ll still be streaming at TanookiTV on Twitch at some point, and we’ll try to do that more on a regular basis once we iron out some of the logistics. We’ll be back with a vengeance very soon!

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E3 2017 Predictions & Preview: Nintendo Spotlight

It’s the final one, gamers! We’ve previewed EA, Ubisoft, Xbox, and PlayStation. That only leaves Nintendo left to discuss. What’s in store for the Nintendo Switch? Does the Nintendo 3DS have any big games left on the horizon? Will we finally see Metroid Prime 4? Will the video presentation be more than ten minutes? Let’s dive in!

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Microsoft unveils Xbox One X (formerly Project Scorpio), coming November 7th for $499

At this afternoon’s Xbox E3 Media Briefing, Microsoft finally pulled the curtain off their highly anticipated Xbox One X platform, touting it as the world’s most powerful console ever, inside the smallest Xbox ever.

One X boasts a 6 Teraflop GPU clocked at 1.172 Ghz, 12GB of GDDR5 memory, 326GB/s of memory bandwidth, and a liquid-cooled vapor chamber. The 4K output will feature 8+ million pixels, HDR, and a wide color gamut, and will support 4K UHD Blu-ray playback. Xbox One X will support Dolby Atmos surround sound, and the console will be compatible with all Xbox One accessories and games.

The Xbox One X will be available worldwide on November 7th for $499 and will soon be available for pre-order via Amazon and other retailers.

E3 2017 Predictions & Preview: PlayStation Press Conference

We’re down to the final stretch here folks! E3 is just days away and now these previews become a little more fun since we now get to talk about the two major wild cards of E3 2017, Sony and Nintendo. Sony has taken home the opinionated golden crown over the last couple years at E3, from digging the Xbox One’s grave in 2013 with their wonderful reveal of the PlayStation 4 to the best showcase of upcoming games in last year’s show. Sony has learned how to do E3 correctly over the last couple of years. The big question for this year is if they can keep it up.

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E3 2017 Predictions & Preview: Xbox Media Briefing

One week closer to E3 gamers! Another week, another preview to knock out before the big showcase. This week we have Microsoft. If you haven’t watched an Xbox E3 Briefing at some point over the last couple of years, to say they haven’t gone well is a bit of an understatement. The woes of the Xbox One all started at a disastrous reveal and presentation at E3 2013. Since then, the Xbox One has never been able to recover from the sales gap between it and the PlayStation 4. Is this the year they turn it around with the reveal of Project Scorpio?

Probably not. Let’s start with that, shall we?

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E3 2017 Predictions & Preview: EA, Bethesda, & Ubisoft

That’s right gamers! E3 is mere weeks away and the leaks are probably going to start rolling out any day now. I’m going to do my best to start predictions before the sleuths of the internet prove me either right or wrong. Let’s get things started the wrong way with Electronic Arts!

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What happens if Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia sells well?

I’m a huge Fire Emblem fan. I’ve made that no secret since I started work part time for this site. To see how the series has evolved over the last five years has been absolutely fascinating.  Like it or not, Fire Emblem: Awakening changed things to save the franchise.

I started playing the series with Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones.  I’m in the camp of old-school fans of the franchise and loved Awakening for bringing in new fans and making subtle changes to put a bigger emphasis on pairing up units. I know a lot of fans though were disheartened by the stronger focus on character relations, marriages, and simpler gameplay modes (such as casual mode with no perma-death) to bring in new fans, which brings us to a very interesting discussion point about the next installment in the franchise.

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Night Trap is a terrible game getting a remaster… and you should totally play it

For those of you unaware of Night Trap, here’s a bit of a history lesson: Night Trap is a game from the ’90s that was a marque title to push the Sega CD. In a surprising announcement this week, new developer Screaming Villains confirmed a re-release of the game for modern day consoles to celebrate the game’s 25th anniversary. That original game was hot garbage: the story is absurd, the gameplay is minimal (as it was for many interactive console CD games from the ’90s), the game is borderline sexist, and it has every annoying horror movie trope you could ever imagine all wrapped up into one huge what-the-hell package.

…and you should totally play it when it re-releases.

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2016 Game Awards Predictions & Opinions


2016 has gone by pretty quickly. It seems like just yesterday that Fire Emblem Fates and Street Fighter V showed up on my doorstep to kick off the year in gaming.

Now we’re at the end of the year and The Game Awards starts tonight at 9PM ET. Just for fun, I thought I’d take a look at the nominations and give my thoughts on which titles I think will win and what my picks are for each category. Enjoy folks!

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The Post Game Zone – Doom

On this week’s episode of The Post Game Zone, Trevon and Lehew head to hell to take on some demons in Doom! DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!

Doom is now available physically and digitally for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Be sure to check out new episodes of The Post Game Zone every Tuesday!