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The USgamer Podcast: Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, Caty's First Xbox, and Loot Boxes

PODCAST | USgamer's resident baby got her first Xbox, Nadia's report from the Nintendo World Championship, and more on the latest episode of our flagship podcast!

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We're inching towards the last busy season of the year with Middle-Earth: Shadow of War and The Evil Within 2 releasing this week. But that's not all that's on our minds. Join us in this week's episode of our flagship podcast as we talk big game download sizes, loot boxes, the Nintendo World Championship, and more! (download link here).

We're back on a regular schedule until the end of time. We're all stressed out looking ahead to the dozens of games releasing in the next few weeks, but in the meantime we're kicking back a teensy bit. Caty got her first Xbox console (Baby's First Xbox), and is exploring the console family's library. Mike played Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, and was astounded by its 100gb file size on PC. Nadia ventured into the Big Apple to watch kids play Nintendo games they weren't familiar with. You can hear all these grand tales, plus some musings about the hot topic of the moment: loot boxes.

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Show Description

Nadia, Caty, and Mike get together to discuss Middle-Earth: Shadow of War's exorbitant download size (39:53), Nadia's visit to the Nintendo World Championships (02:42), Caty's first Xbox (10:21), and the insidious rise of loot boxes (46:42) in the latest episode of the USgamer Podcast!

Music for The USgamer Podcast is provided courtesy of Slime Girls. Make sure to check out their full album Don't Forget here!

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Caty McCarthy


Caty McCarthy is a former freelance writer whose work has appeared in Kill Screen, VICE, The AV Club, Kotaku, Polygon, and IGN. When she's not blathering into a podcast mic, reading a book, or playing a billion video games at once, she's probably watching Terrace House or something. She is currently USgamer's Senior Editor.

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