Weekly eXchange #163 – Trouble Ahead?

Join Nate and Troy as they bring you all the important information on all of your favorite 4X and strategy games! This week they talk about Civilization 6, Driftland, At the Gates, Stellaris, Alliance of the Sacred Suns, Stellar Monarch, Galactic Civilization 3, Stars in Shadow and much much more. As well as continued coverage for your other favorite 4X and strategy games!

Music for eXplorminate by Mangadrive

Show Notes:

  1. Civilization 6 update – The Dutch are coming – 01:08
  2. Driftland update – 05:44
  3. At the Gates update – 08:55
  4. Stellaris update – Fleet manager – 12:58
  5. Alliance of the Sacred Suns update – 17:36
  6. Stellar Monarch update – 22:10
  7. Galactic Civilizations 3 update – 25:31
  8. Stars in Shadow update – 31:23
  9. GOG Winter Sale has started – 34:50
  10. Patreon changes its mind – 36:15
  11. Net Neutrality is gone – Long live our corporate overlords – BOOOOOOO!!! – 39:52

Games played – 47:08

  1. World of Tanks Blitz Steam page
  2. Eador: Imperium Steam page
  3. Predestination Steam page
  4. Upcoming: Top 5 anticipated games in 2018
  5. eXplorminate Youtube channel
    • Upcoming: Hearts of Iron IV – new Youtube series


9 thoughts on “Weekly eXchange #163 – Trouble Ahead?

  1. thanks for a great show again.

    about GoG…i realy liked it but it seems their price policy is getting very strange.
    i mean they put up very old games (from the 199xs) and price em for 7-10€.
    that is just trying to rip off unaware or “stupid” customers.
    a new example is “Jazz Jackrabbit” from 1994, got in for 8,49€…..just insane!


  2. The fact that you are talking about At the Gates as something Gamers should go and consider buying and not a failed kickstarter scam is disgraceful. That dveloper has done just about everything wrong you could possibly do. It makes me wonder what it takes not to get a 5 star from you people. Please stop ruining gaming with your irresponsible support for bad developers.


    1. Oh, hello evrett. No one is saying to buy it. No one is recommending that anyone goes out and buy it. I think you have a very particular perspective and if it is not matched, then the point you don’t agree with is automatically invalid.

      Did you support Jon Shafer’s At the Gates?

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  3. The folks in the podcast are talking about it likes its a valid game and directing people to the website to get keys. You are endorsing the product with your behavior. No I did not support At the Gates. The man should have been tarred, feathered, and driven out of gaming for deceiving the community prior to and after civ5’s launch. Not trusted with more money. ‘No one listened to me then and likely no one will now.


    1. Evrett, I am sorry, but that is your take. In the future, I will try to be more objective, but that’s the best I can offer. Our goal is not to report the news with the hopes of destroying a developer, or a publisher or whatnot. We are also people, and sometimes, we are enthusiastic about various projects, even if you and/or others are not. As far as directing people? We provide links to the news items that we cover. Sometimes we can provide a link to the news source, others we have to provide a link to the website and/or steam page. That is neither a redirect nor a promotion of a product. That is just being fair.

      Luckily, if our brand of news and optimism is not to your liking, I am sure you can find someone out there that you agree with more. If not, than I suppose you’ll have to grin and bear it for items you disagree with until something more agreeable comes up. Or not. That is always your prerogative.

      Thanks for listening.

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  4. Hey Nate, good soapbox rant about FCC and I agree with all you said. There is a lot more to this than just money. I see this as part of what I call the fake news wars; which is a struggle by the corporate elites to control the internet and data flows and information and thus to control the narrative. The Adpocalypse on Youtube and the censorship on Facebook and Google and so on is also part of it.
    There is no coincidence all this ramped up after Trump won – in spite of wall to wall mainstream media propaganda against him since he won the Republican nomination (this point has nothing to do with endorsing or approving of Trump – it is just an objective fact; but the media induced hysteria over Trump makes it almost impossible to speak objectively about any of this)
    At the moment in the US 6 transnational mega corps control all the significant media such as newspapers, TV, movies, publishing etc. They determine what information and spin people get. The main weakness in their control is social media and that is what they are targeting by means of demonetization etc – which I would call it soft censorship. The whole thing is far too coordinated to be coincidental. They are pushing hard to suppress dissent.

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    1. I’m not sure that greater government regulation is the key to a consumers’ paradise, on the internet or otherwise. The awful system of the old cable monopolies was the product of a heavy regulatory environment and I suspect that the big conglomerates such as Google, Youtube (but I repeat myself), Facebook, etc. find it a lot easier to navigate a heavily regulated internet environment than scrappy startups. Back in the early 90s I worked for a couple of months as a temp at a mid-sized city’s cable company’s administrative offices and the Head Honcho spent his days wining and dining local politicians. Those were the constituents he needed to keep happy, the preferences of the captive customer base were not so much of a concern.


      1. Well, we shall see I suppose. My personal fear is that only a few corporations control the majority of internet access. When they decide to squeeze the internet, not much will be able to stop them. In that regard, government control is not the worst thing possible. Or maybe in the case of net neutrality, more government oversight.



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