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Steam Deck Review, Pokemon Scarlet, and Triangle Strategy | GI Show

by Alex Stadnik on Mar 03, 2022 at 06:45 PM

Welcome back to another colossal episode of The Game Informer Show! Join us for a fun discussion on our Steam Deck review impressions, our breakdown of the newly announced Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, and our early thoughts on Triangle Strategy and Tiny Tina's Wonderland!

We're also joined by special guest Fines Dabbs, winner of the Extra Life 2021 auction, to join us on the show! He's here to chat about his YouTube channel Our View Gaming, how he fell in love with the industry, and his time playing Horizon Forbidden West. As always, we wrap up the show with another entertaining Listener Question segment. I hope you came hydrated because this one's a monster. 

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The Game Informer Show is a weekly gaming podcast covering the latest video game news, industry topics, exclusive reveals, and reviews. Join hosts Alex Stadnik and Alex Van Aken every Thursday to chat about your favorite games – past and present – with Game Informer staff, developers, and special guests from all around the industry. Listen on Apple PodcastsSpotify, or your favorite podcast app.

Check out the timestamps below to jump to a particular point in the discussion:

00:00:00 – Introduction

00:03:02 – Extra Life Winner Fines Dabbs 

00:11:00 – Pokémon Scarlet and Violet News

00:35:15 – Steam Deck Review

01:09:37 – Triangle Strategy

01:30:27 – Tiny Tina's Wonderland

01:38:30 – Horizon Forbidden West

01:43:59 – Housekeeping & Listener Emails

Topic Of The Show:

Does The Steam Deck Deserve The Hype?

While gigantic game releases have dominated 2022, Valve is also hoping to leave its mark on the industry with the Steam Deck, the publisher's answer to the Nintendo Switch. The portable PC presents a plethora of possibilities, and today we're chatting with the one and only Matt Miller to find out if it hits the mark. We dive into all the games we played on the Steam Deck, discuss the battery, and talk about whether or not aspiring early adopters should wait for the kinks to be worked out.

Read our Steam Deck review here.

The Playlist:

Game Informer Staff discuss the games they're playing.

Believe it or not, there are games outside of Elden Ring available soon, and good ones at that! We kick off the proceedings with KStar's early review impressions of Triangle Strategy and discuss why she thinks people shouldn't sleep on Square Enix's gorgeous 2D-HD strategy game for the Nintendo Switch. Next up, Stadnik got to go hands-on with Tiny Tina's Wonderlands and has good news for fans of all things Borderlands. Finally, we round out this fun segment with Fines' thoughts on Horizon Forbidden West and his quest to actually find a PlayStation 4 copy.

Watch our Tiny Tina's Wonderlands hands-on impressions here.

Listener Questions:

The Game Informer crew answers your burning questions.

We got more Listener Questions to answer, and this week we discuss what our most desired Steam Deck game is and play a brand new game sent in by a beautiful community member!

Read this week's questions below and submit your own via the Official Game Informer Community Discord or by emailing us at

What game are you looking forward to the most playing on the Steam Deck, and why is it Lost Ark? - Zach Pligge (Discord)
I have a game for you all! It's always interesting to see alternative names for video games in other regions. With that in mind, I put together a list of games with alternative titles outside of the US. The game is simple - The host reads the alternative title to the panel. Then the panel has to guess between the options (A-C multiple choice) to match the alternate title to the US release. - Wes Bates (Email)

Products In This Article

Pokémon Violetcover

Pokémon Violet

Release Date:
Pokémon Scarletcover

Pokémon Scarlet

Release Date:
Triangle Strategycover

Triangle Strategy

Switch, PC
Release Date:
March 4, 2022 (Switch), 
October 13, 2022 (PC)
Tiny Tina's Wonderlandscover

Tiny Tina's Wonderlands

PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date:
Horizon Forbidden Westcover

Horizon Forbidden West

PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC
Release Date:
February 18, 2022 (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4), 
March 21, 2024 (PC)

Alex Van Aken contributed to this article.