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The Last Of Us HBO Reactions And More Games Industry Layoffs | GI Show

by Alex Van Aken on Jan 20, 2023 at 02:43 PM

In this week's episode of The Game Informer Show, host Alex Van Aken returns from a secret trip to Japan with Marcus Stewart. The pair chat with Kyle Hilliard about the first two episodes of HBO's The Last Of Us series and share their initial reactions to the show. Unfortunately, the video game industry was subject to massive layoffs this week, with reports of large companies like Microsoft, 343 Industries, and Bethesda reducing their workforce by over 10,000 employees. At the same time, on the media side, our talented peers at Giant Bomb, GameSpot, and Fandom were also affected. 

During The Playlist, the crew chats about recent games they've been playing, including Tchia, PlateUp!, Pentiment, and The Case Of The Golden Idol. 

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Jump to the timestamps to get to a particular point of discussion:

00:00:00 - Intro

00:04:12 - Fandom + Microsoft Layoffs

00:21:42 - The Last Of Us HBO Show

00:32:07 - The Playlist/Tchia

00:37:01 - PlateUp!

00:46:07 - Pentiment

00:50:02 - The Case of the Golden Idol

00:56:03 - Housekeeping and Listener Questions

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