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Mass Effect 3! Whale Trail! Blind speculation about new BioWare game!

Welcome, patient listener(s), to the 89th instalment of the improbably continuing adventures of the Podcast.

Tom Champion hosts and is joined by Tom Bramwell, who has a cold; Dan Pearson, who is cold inside; and their memories of former warmth.

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In a week headlined by Grand Theft Auto V and Modern Warfare 3, we instead get stuck into what's going on with BioWare - the new, as-yet unannounced game that's subject of a single-screenshot reveal, and the unfortunate leaking of Mass Effect 3 story and game mode information, which we talk around about without spoiling anything.

Sony also had some unfortunate news this week - one of the major international ratings agencies downgraded its credit status - so we talk about the company's mixed results and how the PlayStation business itself should not be confused with Sony as a whole. Or even a vole.

Finally, we have a little chat about the iOS game that's dominating our iPhones and iPads at the moment - Whale Trail - and talk about this week's Xbox Live Arcade release, the intriguing Fusion: Genesis.

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The Podcast is published every Tuesday at 5pm UK time.