There is no question about it – Xbox Game Pass has changed the way console players play. The success of Microsoft’s subscription based program has inspired their competition to create a similar offering for PlayStation Plus. Episode 26 of the 9 to 5 Gamers Podcast centers around some statements made about the service this week.

This week, a former Xbox executive said that Game Pass was hurting gaming in general, and compared it to Spotify in the music industry. Is this a fair claim? We discuss the impact Xbox Game Pass has had on gaming in general, and whether we think it is hurting the industry – especially when it comes to exclusive titles.

We got back into World of Warcraft after a long time away from the game. How was the experience? We also discuss how ongoing MMO-style games are great to always have around for when the release schedule is light, and the many other benefits of a MMO game.

Death Stranding 2 is on the way, and Norman Reedus kind of spoiled it. The announcement, at least. Hideo Kojima seemingly confirmed that it was true shortly after. What are we hoping for from the next game?

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 got a release date, as did Lord of the Rings: Gollum. We dig into what we expect and hope for from each game.

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