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ESH Cast #625: Cross-play could mean the end of the console wars (uh-oh)

Cross-play is the answer to every child's dream. Everyone wants to be told that the video game they want to play can be played on the exact device they own.

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What could be better? Now you don't have to strategize how to get your parents to buy you the console you don't have so you can play the game everybody else is already playing.

It's a child's dream, but if you think about it very long, the nightmare starts to begin. If you can play the game on the device you own, what happens to those other devices? They start going away.

If devices go away, developers will go away, too. Sure, a few major developers will be left, but they'll start squeezing out the little guys. Then, when fun games go away, the players will start going away, too. A few die-hards will be left, but it won't be anything like what we've seen in the heyday of the 1990s.

In the meantime, you'd better enjoy that game you're playing. Cross-play won't last long if the competing game systems fall to the wayside.

Ninja and Panda discuss a wide range of topics this week, including the Retirement of Reggie (that ought to be the name of a game), Apex Legends, Crackdown 3 and My Big Sister.

We hope you have fun. Enjoy listening to ESH Cast #625: Cross-play could mean the end of the console wars (uh-oh).

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Rochelle "NinJaSistah" Hinds and Amanda "Pandalicious" Britton are the founders of ElectricSistaHood (ESH), and co-host of the network's flagship podcast, the ESH Cast. For nearly a decade, they have focused their journalistic efforts on video games and anime. That's - as the kids say these days - what's up.