Episode 105 | “It’s Pronounced Freeze”

Sik and Nick are joined by former Xbox Team and Microsoft legend Ed Fries in the 105th episode of the Xbox Era podcast. We’ll talk with Ed about the past, present, and future of all things Xbox and video games.

Jump in!


00:00:00 – Going live
00:07:23 – Intro
00:08:00 – Hi everyone and Welcome to Ed Fries!
00:10:10 – What have we been playing?
00:11:05 – We get a NUTS story about Supergiant Games and an office break in
00:11:54 – So uh…yeah, back to what we’ve been playing
00:19:30 – We talk to Ed about celebrating the Xbox 20th Anniversary and a bit of Xbox History
00:26:38 – We ask Ed’s thoughts on Halo post his retirement from Microsoft
00:30:15 – Tangent about competing in the gaming space
00:32:00 – How does Ed feel about Xbox’s current iteration and his legacy being part of that
00:34:36 – Wait…Phil wanted to leave when Ed was leaving?
00:36:53 – Cool story about “risky” names of early Xbox games. Bill approved, Steve less so
00:39:40 – Superchats
00:41:20 – Superchat about Acquisitions which leads to some startling revelations
00:46:00 – Superchat about the attempted Nintendo acquisition
00:48:48 – Nick asks about the rumor of the OG Xbox playing Dreamcast games
00:54:20 – Let’s talk Halo 2600
01:03:10 – Community Questions
01:03:47 – Community Question #1: Poderick Payne – So it IS Freeze, not Fries
01:04:03 – Community Question #2: Shadowless Edge – Question about an Xbox first party Easter game becomes an answer about incredible Easter Eggs
01:09:09 – Wait…Windows 95 beer?!
01:09:36 – Community Question #3: BRiT – How do you like your Peeps? (the hell are Peeps?)
01:10:49 – Community Question #4: Dirty Flint – When do we get the Halo 2600 sequel?
01:12:56 – Community Question #5: TheScarecrow101 – A Question about Ed’s life post Xbox. He advised on the OUYA? Wat?
01:20:16 – Random tangent about free climbing
01:22:35 – Community Question #6: Proven – Is there an old forgotten OG Xbox game you’re fond of? 01:27:15 – Community Question #7: Good Old Collingwood – Is there a feature on the OG Xbox that Ed wished they developed further?
01:31:01 – We ask Ed’s thoughts on Game Pass…
01:36:11 – We say good bye to Ed Fries, absolutely loved having him on
01:37:13 – The show keeps on going!
01:37:55 – Bugsnax is coming to Xbox
01:38:36 – No More Heroes 3 is coming to Xbox
01:40:23 – Vicarious Visions completes it’s merger with Blizzard (sad face)
01:41:05 – Certain Affinity is making Halo Battle Royale?
01:46:28 – Nick was really worried Ed wouldn’t jump on
01:48:28 – Tangent about rumoured Acquisitions
01:50:55 – Kojima part of PlayStation Studios?
01:53:43 – Patron Shout
01:55:40 – Jon issues a Guest challenge to Nick
01:58:13 – Wrapping up
01:59:04 – Ciao for now!


Jon "Sikamikanico" Clarke

Stuck on this god-forsaken island. Father of two, wishes he could play more games but real life always gets in the way. Prefers shorter and often smarter experiences, but Halo is King.

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