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Every week the Byte Me Podcast dips into the games you should be playing! Featuring news and reviews for PC, console and mobile games, along with fun discussions about games from the classics to new releases. Perfect for casual gamers or for casual gamers that want to be a little more hard core, join Byte Me and find your next favorite game!
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Fortnite broke the internet this weekend, when the map exploded and a black hole appeared in its place for two days. Fortunately, all is well now and Fortnite Chapter 2 is up and running with the introductions of fishing, swimming, boats and healing bazookas. Other news this week:Google Stadia has a release date and a bunch of announced gamesBlizzard officially responds to last week's Hong Kong debacleThe original Half Life just got a patch after 21 yearsSaints Row 2 is getting a bunch of PC fixes as well after developers found the games source codeThe Internet Archive has a bunch of DOS games you can play in a browser. Like a lot.Minecraft: The Exhibition opens in Seattle this weekend What You're PlayingAdam: GTA 5, Master Chief CollectionCliff: Gears 5Dylan: Sheetrock: The GameQuestionsVinny: It's Halloween! What video game related character/thing are you dressing up for this Halloween? And what non-video game related thing would you dress up as?Mister Polite: Is there a game that would be a favorite game if it came out at a different time in your life. For example, Minecraft is a game that I know is something I would have loved back when I was playing games in Elementary School or early Middle School, but since it came out in my 30’s it just isn’t a game I want to play.Jacob (IconArising): What is your favorite Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon original show? What was the worst?Princess_Megan: What are your favorite Fall traditions?JoeColeslaw: Worst trope in horror? Films, games, tv specials?Mansocks: In a cute fight between Gus and Dart who would win?Cheap/Free GamesEpic GamesObserverAlan Wake's American NightmareHumble Bundle
It's been a hot minute (or maybe a couple of months) since our last episode of 8-Bit Bytes, but Cliff and Hans are back and have so much retro gaming goodness to talk about!Arcade1Up: Newer games better quality. Nice LCD’s, better joysticks, no paint issues, lit marquees, etc. New Games include TMNT, Marvel Super Heroes, Star Wars 83. More form factors. Sit down cocktail style cabinets (Pacman, Streetfighter) were revealed at NYCCSNES games on now available on the Switch!The Genesis Mini is out, Hans has one and it's greatThe TurboGraffix 16 Mini is out on March 19th for $100Neo Geo Arcade Stick Pro doesn't have a lot of details, but looks greatGoldeneye N64 is being remade in Unreal 4 (at least until the project get shut down anyway)Full size C64 release coming soon after the success of the mini! Billy Mitchell may be filing suit after the removal of his DK and Pacman high scores. Billy just last month sent 156 pages of documentation that outlines his dispute with screenshots, testimony, and technical evidence. Did send a four page letter on legal firm letterhead to Twin Galaxies. A musical in Indianapolis was even made about all of this called ARCADEFIRE (The redemption of Billy Mitchell).The Ataris VCS is in trouble, but pre-orders are open again! Check out this subreddit or this article for an incredibly detailed account of what’s going on.A general timeline:Sept. 30th: Atari® and Antstream Arcade Partnership Kick-Starts Atari VCS™ Content Offerings with Thousands of (streamable) Classic GamesOct 4th: Rob Wyatt (Founding team member of XBOX) chief architect of Atari VCS quit and claimed he and his design firm haven’t been paid in 6 months! They just last month got a prototype board and after trying to debug it.Oct 4th: Atari says "The Atari VCS is proceeding according to its previously announced schedule." Atari also says updates on the project can be found on Medium and that production has started.QuestionsJoeColeslaw: Any game collection you want to see soon in the like of Disney's Aladdin and The Lion King?
We all swore that this was old news, but apparently the PS5 is coming out during "Holiday 2020" and will be called the PlayStation 5. It's got a new fancy controller with haptic feedback, adaptive triggers and a new speaker that Cliff and Dylan hate. It will support 8K support for some reason, has hardware based ray tracing and some really cool innovations both on how games are installed and how you can start them.In other video game news:Sony is finally opening up cross play to all gamesRed Dead Redemption is finally coming to PCThe Atari VCS might be in troubleBlizzard is facing boycotts after punishing a Hearthstone Grandmaster who made pro-Hong Kong remarksWhat is Orange Ricky, Hero and Smashboy?What Video Games We're PlayingAdam: Astral Chain, Apple ArcadeCliff: Just Cause 4, Gears of War 5Dylan: Apple Arcade QuestionsVinny: What could next gen console controllers improve upon that would be beneficial to you?Princess_Megan: What would the name of your cult be and what would you worship?Prince of Pringles: What action adventure games go on your personal mount Rushmore?Mister Polite: With the Last of Us Remastered on Playstation Plus, I want to go back and relive the game, but at the same time, I am content with not going back. It was such a good game and experience but was fulfilled when the credits rolled. Is there a game or movie that was so good that you only wanted to experience one time.JoeColeslaw: Where do you see the "game from your phone programs" (remote play, xcloud, stadia, Bethesda) within a year? How will device exclusive contracts and os cut offs affect the common gamer and not just the people with the latest technologies?Princess_Mansocks: If you had to choose one console manufacturer for the rest of your life which would it be?Cheap/Free GamesEpic Games:Surviving MarsHumble Bundle:
Sony dropped the price of Playstation Now, it's streaming video game service that competes with Xbox Game Pass, down to a more competitive $9.99 a month. The price is available to current subscribers at the end of their current subscription, but it doesn't look like refunds will be given to current subscribers. With more than 800 games available and over 300 of those installable, PS Now is a terrific option for Sony gamers that may have balked at the price before. In addition to the new price, God of War, Grand Theft Auto V, inFAMOUS Second So and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End are available on the service until January 2, 2020 and new "premium" games should be added on a temporary basis monthly.We also talked about: The 8bit-do Switch Lite controller is adorable, but we're not exactly sure why it existsPeripheral maker Logitech has purchased Steamlabs for $89 millionApex Legends has a new map called World's Edge (and it has a train!)If you have an Xbox and don't have Game Pass, it might be the time to get itBungie has plans to release at least one non-Destiny game in the next five yearsQuestionsDA VINSTER (Vinny): What video game/series do you think would work well in another genre of gaming? Gears of War RTS? A Rare (the company) kart racer?JoeColeslaw: What games do you feel deserve a second chance a few years after launch? What games have made the most a second chances? Rainbow Six Siege, Destiny, Destiny 2, Fallout 76? I just Revisited Star Wars Battlefront 2, sorry Adam... And was blown away by the vast improvements of the progression and reward system.mansocks: With the repetition we are seeing in humble bundles do you think their days are numbered?Cheap/Free GamesGames Pass: Dishonored 2 - Oct. 3World War Z - Oct. 10Yooka Laylee - Oct. 10Fallout New Vegas - Oct. 17Felix the Reaper - Oct. 17Panzer Dragoon Orta - Oct. 17Epic Store: MinitTwitch PrimeAdam WolfeThe Walking Dead: Michonne - A Telltale MiniseriesStranger Things 3: The GameDeadlight: Director's CutSerial Cleaner
Microsoft has announced more information about Project xCloud and the beta is right around the corner, but only if you have an Android phone or tablet, leaving iOS fans out in the cold. If you meet the requirements though, you'll get to play Halo 5, Gears of War 5, Killer Instinct and Sea of Thieves free for the foreseeable future. More info here: Also in news this week:Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's Special Ops Survival Mode is going to be a PS4 exclusive for a loooooong timeOculus Quest is getting finger tracking and the ability to play Rift games Survival game Overland is offering accessibility options for gamers with dyslexia Does Nintendo even want to be successful in the mobile space?What We're PlayingAdam: Slay the Spire, Astral ChainCliff: Borderlands 3, What the Golf?, Assemble with CareDylan: Borderlands 3QuestionsVinny: What's the most amount of ADDITIONAL money you have spent on in game microtransactions? Do you feel it was egregious ? How do you think games can improve in utilizing microtransactions?EddieTsunami: With Gus Gus joining the Byte Me family, what video game mascot would fit in with the podcast family? Yoshi? Daxter?JoeColeslaw: What are your thoughts on several ported games spanning generations, remasters of last gens games in this generation and remakes of first gen games being made for current gen?OptimistPrime: Which video game character do you vote for to be POTUS?angelgrl: How many games do you currently have in your backlog? I have at least 50 I would like to get through eventually.mansocks: What is your favorite super spicy food and what is the most spicy thing you have eaten?Cheap/Free GamesPlaystation PlusThe Last of Us RemasteredMLB The Show 19Xbox Game Pass Bad NorthDirt Rally 2.0Cities: SkylinesSaints Row 4 Re-ElectedFelix the Reaper (Oct 17)Epic StoreEverythingMetro 2033 Redux
The Sega Genesis mini is out on September 19th and actually looks pretty great! For $80 you get 42 games, two controllers and a power connector. The game loadout is pretty great and included a lot of your favorites, plus some special surprises!Also this week:Minecraft Beats Out Roblox with 112 Million Monthly PlayersKind Words Lets You Put Some Nice Back into the WorldThe Game Awards are Back This DecemberClassic Dragon Quest Games are Coming to SwitchSome Borderlands 3 Players are Losing Their Save GamesWhat We're PlayingVicky: Pokemon Go  Cliff: NITW, Borderlands 3, Just Cause 4  Dylan: IRL Cat Quest, Borderlands 3QuestionsVinny: What big game(s) is coming out within the next couple years that the majority are super hyped for that you have little to no interest in? For me its Animal Crossing. I have only seen stuff from E3 and Nintendo Directs but I do not see the appeal.angelgrl: Name a villain you agreed with.itsEddie: Make a dating sim using four villains. What would be the name for a Bowser dating sim ?OptimistPrime: What are you guys hoping to find when you storm Area 51?Turndwn4what: What video game world would you want to live and work in? Your chosen job would have direction interaction with one of the characters. How would you imagine that interaction to play out and how would your conversation about your day with friends or family go at the end of the day.Josh: We are always told to talk with our wallets when we support or choose not to support a game. How do you support the developers and their families on their hard work and amazing talent of wonderful games but also speak out and raise awareness to industry practices that poison the water?Mansocks: What is your favorite horror movie?Cheap/Free GamesEpic StoreBatman? 9/19
KFC is making a dating sim (it's actually called I Love You, Colonel Sanders! A Finger Lickin’ Good Dating Simulator!) You play the role of a student at a culinary school that a very young, very good looking Colonel Sanders just happens to also attend. There is also a dog that is also a professor who is named...Professor Dog. There isn't a release date yet, but we are 100% in.Other Video Game News:EA is testing a new streaming service and is looking for volunteersApple Arcade has a launch date and a priceThis new from Playstation is why I'm an Xbox fanboyWith the launch of SNES Games in Nintendo Online, Nintendo is taking away monthly gamesThis Neo Geo arcade controller is way cooler than that Capcom monstrosityWoW Classic is out and it's awesomeWhat Video Games We're PlayingVicky: WoW Classic, Borderlands 2 + DLCCliff: Just Cause 4, Link to the Past, Smash Bros, Not a HeroDylan: Slay the Spire, Gears of War 4, BrawlhallaQuestionsDA VINSTER: What is the next Microsoft/Nintendo Collaboration would you like to see next? Cuphead in Super Smash? Banjo on Switch? Conker's on Xbox? Overall how can Nintendo help Xbox and vice versa.OptimistPrime: Set up 2 video game characters on a blind date and tell us how it'll go.JoeColeslaw: How can we solve the music licensing issues that certain games face such as Crazy Taxi, GTA, Tony Hawk... Is this a money thing? Something tells me it is a money thing.itsEddie: Mario is you're grandpa . What words of wisdom would he give you ?Josh: What games do you constantly return to like a bad breakup? Do you return out of boredom or a need for satisfaction that only your ex_game can give you? Do you think games as a service capitalizes on this relationship with games by releasing dlc and updates quarterly or yearly?Cheap/Free Video GamesEpic GamesThe End is NighAbzuConarium (next week)Humble Bundle Monthly RPG Bundle
So, better late than never, right?Catherine: Full Body (PlayStation 4, Xbox One) – September 3 - $60Final Fantasy VIII Remastered (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – September 3 - $20Creature in the Well (Xbox One/Game Pass, Switch, PC) – September 6 - $15Monster Hunter World: Iceborne (PlayStation 4, Xbox One) – September 6 - $40NBA 2K20 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – September 6 - $60Gears 5 (Xbox One/Game Pass, PC) – September 10 - $60Borderlands 3 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, PC) – September 13 - $60Daemon X Machina (Switch) – September 13 - $60NHL 20 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One) – September 13 - $60Lego: Jurassic World (Switch) - September 17 - $40Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son (PlayStation VR, Rift, Vive) – September 17 - $30The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Switch) – September 20 - $60Game Of Thrones Beyond The Wall (iOS, Android) – September 23 - F2PCat Quest II (PC) – September 24 - ???Contra: Rogue Corps (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch) – September 24 - $40The Surge 2 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – September 24 - $50Mario Kart Tour (iOS, Android) – September 25 - F2PDragon Quest XI S (Switch) – September 27 - $60FIFA 20 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – September 27 - $60
NewsQuick PAX review, more coming when Cliff returnsGears 5 incoming! ....and Dave Bautista will be a playable characterSEA OF THIEVES!Nintendo DirectOverwatch 10.15.19SMASH - Banjo Kazooie available in Smash Bros... NOW!SMASH - Terry from Fatal Fury is next to the Fight....SMASH - 4 of 5 announced but wait theres more!Divinity Original Sin 2 - Steam and Switch Cross SaveDOOM 64 rereleasePokemon Sword and Shield - Lots of CustomizationSNES GAMES INCOMING to Switch Online - 20 games launch tomorrow! And yes you can get the controllerTetris 99 2.0 tomorrow!GAMES, GAMES, GAMESAnimal CrossingQuestionsDA VINSTER (Vinny): How does public perception come into effect in terms of Games and their reviews? I ask due primarily because of a soon to be released game Gears 5 and a critically acclaimed game Spider-Man. According to reviews (both IGN) Gears 5 actually received a higher review (by .1 but not the point) than Spider-Man did, yet for some reason, I hear very little excitement or hype for Gears, whereas for months I heard the best of things about Spider-Man. Why do you think this is? Are the differences between consumers of Sony and Xbox really all that different that some are more vocal than others? Sorry for the long question, but this was the only way I knew how to get my question across properly.angelgrl721985 (Megan): What games, if any, would you like to see ported over to consoles or PC next?itsEddie: Who is your personal favorite final boss ?JoeColeslaw: What video game sound byte would you give to everyday situations or emotions. . . Perhaps meme based. Surprised-mgs alertPay day-mario WhaHooAnger -Joy - Bad day - Driving incident -Let's get creativeOptimistPrime: If you were in Mortal Kombat describe what your fatality would be?Cheap/Free GamesEPIC STORE SEPTEMBER 5 - The End is Nigh and ABZU
Video games are currently going through their own #MeToo moment and it all blew up yesterday, with multiple women calling out powerful men in the games industry, including Jeremy Soule composer on The Elder Scrolls and Guild Wars series and Alec Holowka developer of Night in the Woods and Aquaria.Also: Telltale games are back in business...sortaThe classic versions of Aladdin and The Lion King are coming back to modern consoles in OctoberThe Ion Fury launch has been marred by the revelation of transphobic posts by developers in their Discord and the inclusion of homophobic slurs in their newly released gameWorld of Warcraft Classic Servers are up and running, but hopefully you like linesQuestionsVinny: What is one Developer and/or one video game IP that you know you will buy day one regardless of hearing anything about it? Mine would be almost anything Halo IP related, especially FPS Halo's.JoeColeslaw: Do you have any instances of your faith in humanity restored? Something positive throughout your week that can lighten the mood, and perhaps be a counter to some negativity in this week's News?AngelGrl: What is your favorite non-video game (board game, sport or outdoor activity, ect)?Turndwn4wut: What do you think the motivation is for people to cheat at games?Eddie: What Muppet can you guys relate to?Cheap/Free GamesPlaystation PlusBatman: Arkham KnightDarksiders IIIGame PassDead Cells (Xbox One / PC) - Sept. 5Epic Game StoreCelesteInsideSmall BitesMario Kart Tour Release Date Announced 
Comments (3)

Justin Salas

love the show!! just sometimes I feel like there is rambling. sometimes I just stop listening because I want the topic to move on that's only my advice. love hearing the news and especially the cheap/free games because most of the time I know nothing about what is out there. thank you for the show

Jun 6th

Joshua Fulkerson

A great podcast with a bunch of dudes (sometimes a girl), having a great time talking about video games. Weekly news and viewpoints from a variety of generations, with the occasional comedic relief, and interactive questions from the community, all compacted into one clip. Great for a listen in the car or anywhere you go. The online discord community are great people! come check it out!

Apr 26th

Vinny DaVinster

Best Video Game Podcast in existence today. Give these guys some love and listen in week in and week out

Nov 2nd
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