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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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Sony has announced they won't be attending E3 this year even though they are releasing new hardware, instead choosing to participate " hundreds of consumer events across the globe", whatever that means. Other video game news: There won't be any Xbox exclusives this year, but does that really matter? Video games save lives To quote "A Christmas Story" you might shoot your eye out with this new arcade game Have you ever wanted to play your OG GameBoy games on your 4k TV? Pokemon Sword & Shield are getting new content this year The Australian wildfires are getting help from game devs Questions Vinny: What do you think of the idea of "fanboying"? Of course, there are always assholes who will taint the image of it but is it necessarily bad to be a "fanboy"? Would you call yourself a fanboy of one company over another (whether that be Microsoft and Sony) or fanboying developers? For some reason, it seems there is a negative stigma associated with fanboying one company over another, but if you're a fanboy of a developer like Naughty Dog, Respawn, etc it's not as bad? Turndwn4wut: If you suddenly realized characters in video games were sentient beings, which game would you regret having played? Princess Megan: What is your video game completion goal this year? Mister Polite: With a winter storm happening right now, what is your go-to winter drink? Alcoholic and non-alcoholic. JoeColeslaw: What do you look for in a brand new IP from a trusted company? How do you feel about some recent new IP games in the last year? Cheap/Free Games Game Pass Frostpunk (PC/Xbox) FTL (PC) Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet (Xbox) Tekken 7 (Jan 16 - Xbox) Epic Game Store Horace Humble Bundle Sweet Farm Bundle
It's GOTY time! We talk about our favorite Xbox, PS4, Switch and PC games, along with our favorite game not from 2019 and, of course, our favorite game from this year! GOTY Our game of the year voting probably works a bit different than other media outlets you follow. For instance, Xbox GOTY doesn't mean it's an Xbox exclusive, just that we played it on the Xbox. That's actually worked out pretty well the past three years, but this year we played...very few...PlayStation games. Xbox GOTY Cliff: Outer WildsDylan: Gears… I guessColby: Crackdown 3 PS4 GOTY Cliff: Concrete GenieDylan: Death StrandingColby: The Last of Us? Switch GOTY Cliff: Gris (HM: SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition)Dylan: PokemonColby: Katana Zero (HM: Link's Awakening ) PC GOTY Cliff: Disco ElysiumDylan: Hunt: Showdown?Colby: To the Moon?  GOTY Not from 2019 Cliff: Night in the WoodsDylan: Total War Warhammer 2Colby: Tacoma (HM: Turing Test, Minit, Yoku’s Island Express) Under the Radar Colby: World War Z  Overall GOTY Cliff: Disco ElysiumDylan: Pokemon?Colby: Outer Wilds (HM: Goose Game) Other Video Game News Alienware Shows Off a Switch Like PC at CES  Arcade1Up Announces a Bunch of New Arcade Cabinets  Can’t Decide Between a PC and Console? Why not both? Rise of the Skywalker Changes The Star Wars (Video Game) Universe  Rumors Are Swirling Around a New Switch in 2020  We Need One of Our Listeners in England to Send Us Some Stamps  Questions Vinny: What do you predict your 2020 GOTY will be? JoeColeslaw: What makes a game of the year... to you?! And you? And yeah, you're cool I guess, you too. Does the marketing bull have a lot to do with it? Easier availability? *cough* *cough* Game Pass! Does the online play really matter to you guys anymore? Another extremely awesome podcast I listen to had a similar question with a book-report type prompt, but I’ll keep it simple for you kind folk, is it well-rounded being the perfect middle of an elaborate Venn diagram with gameplay, story, soundtrack, immersion, atmosphere, sound, and message? Or is it solely on your personal experience and attachment as the player? With everyone so limited on their game time, some more than others, does the overall time to beat really have its effect on you? Cheap/Free Games Game Pass: Grand Theft Auto 5 Twitch Prime: Dandara Anarcute Kingdom: New Lands A Normal Lost Phone Splasher
January 2020 Game Releases

January 2020 Game Releases


I think that might actually have been the first time I've typed 2020 for something I'm actually currently working on! The game release schedule for January is mostly DLC and remasters, but there might be a few hidden gems in there as well! Monster Hunter World: Iceborne DLC [PC] – January 9 DualShock 4 Back Button Attachment [PS4] (US) – January 23  Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition [PS4, Switch] – January 23 Kingdom Hearts 3: Re Mind DLC [PS4] – January 23 Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD [Switch] – January 23 The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners [PC] – January 23 Journey to the Savage Planet [PC, PS4, XBOX] – January 28 Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire [PS4, XBOX] – January 28 Warcraft III: Reforged [PC] - January 28
I'll be honest, there was so little news that I almost thought about making some up. But we played a ton of games, so we talked about those instead! Other News:  Want to Use a PS4 Controller on Your PC? Get a Small Free Indie Game Every Day This Year  WWE2K20 Just Can't Catch a Break What We Are Playing  Colby: No Man's Sky, Rage 2, Pan Pan, Katana Zero, Ghost Recon: Breakpoint Cliff: Control, Untitled Goose Game, Disco Elysium, Pillars of Eternity Dylan: Total War Warhammer 2, Star Wars Battlefront 2 Questions Vinny: Most and least anticipated game from 2020? Cpt Insano6: With WWE 2K20 having so many bug issues, can you remember a game that had so many issues it was essentially rendered unplayable? Megan: We answer this very important question.   Cody Greenwood: First game you plan to play in the new year?? JoeColeslaw: If mascot characters old and new would have a new years resolution... what would they be? (Nothing like, kill less) TrnDwn4Wut: If you were to wake up as a toy what would your line/lines be when your button is pushed Cheap/Free Games Epic Game Store Darksiders Darksiders II Steep Playstation Plus Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection Goat Simulator Stadia Thumper Rise of the Tomb Raider Twitch Prime Enter the Gungeon Ape Out Witcheye Gato Roboto Heave Ho Support this podcast
Watching what games are getting played on Twitch year over year gives us a really interesting look into not only what is popular, but what is popular again. Not to be all Buzzfeed, but you'll never guess what game TRIPLED it's the number of hours it was streamed on Twitch this year vs. last year. Other Video Game News: What to do if you are buying someone a video game system (for Christmas 2020) Telltale is back and making some changes Google Stadia makes their first third party acquisition Netflix's Witcher series is having some off screen impact The devs behind Ori are making an ARPG Movie studios are patching movies like they were video games Questions Vinny: If you were an avid ESports watcher, what game that doesn't currently exist in the ESports field would you like to see? Can be funny, serious, etc. Joe Cole Jr: What game, in your opinion... is a gift that keeps on giving? Always something new to be discovered, or updating to promote the life of the game? What game would you like to gift to someone? Justin Salas: I see this question a lot on Reddit, If you are trying to get someone into gaming, a new friend or maybe boyfriend or girlfriend, what is a good game to start with? I said Dark Souls. Cody Greenwood: Sorry if this has been asked before but what games have you put the most hours into? Both multiplayer/online and single player/story games? Kim Cruz: Is nightmare before christmas a xmas movie or a halloween movie? Donald Good: What fictional holiday character would you like to play as in a sweet VR game? Drop off presents as Santa? Steal children as Krampus or be the Easter bunny or Tooth fairy any holiday magical being. It would be a action adventure game and yall design the mission. Mister Polite: What video game would adapt well for television? Cheap/Free Games Games with Gold Styx: Shards of Darkness ($19.99 ERP): Available January 1 to 31 on Xbox One Batman: The Telltale Series ($14.99 ERP): Available January 16 to February 15 on Xbox One Tekken 6 ($14.99 ERP): Available January 1 to 15 on Xbox One & Xbox 360 LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy($14.99 ERP): Available January 16 to 31 on Xbox One & Xbox 360 12 Days of Epic Game Store: Humble Jingle Jam:
The Late, Late Episode

The Late, Late Episode


The Game Awards were last week and we're talking about them this week. See who won, who lost, what new games were announced and (maybe most importantly) what Xbox Scarlett news was announced! Other Video Game News Sony has a new button thingy that you can add to your DualShock Borderlands 3 has launched on Stadia...kinda You can also play Stadia on your regular non-Stadia Chromecast Ultra now The Huddle... Games We Are Playing Dylan: Mutant Year Zero Cliff: Rage 2 Questions Vinny: Do you think Xbox will launch with Project XCloud and/or Project Lockheart? What are the benefits/drawbacks if they do? Kim Cruz: Since RedBox is getting rid of their gaming rental service, and as far as I know only gamefly also do game rentals, how come psn, xbx, or launcher like steam, doesn't implement rental services? I know gamepass is almost like them, but the evolution of it is them letting you rent out triple A newly release game so why not? JoeColeslaw: What are you hoping will be under your tree next week? Turndwn4wut: What’s the real world equivalent of hearing boss music in a video game? Mister Polite: What is your favorite gift to give during a white elephant gift exchange? Princess_Megan: Which video game character would you most like to see coming down your chimney Christmas eve? Cheap/Free Games Game Pass The Witcher 3 Pillars of Eternity Untitled Goose Game Life is Strange Episode 5 Epic is Giving Away A Game Every Day Playstation Now Horizon Zero Dawn Uncharted Lost Legacy Overcooked 2  Small BitesGet Apple Arcade for $50 a year and save $10
The Game Awards are tonight and we are really excited about all of the different announcements, but maybe less excited about the nominations, which seem to be kinda samey this year. If you are a PC gamer though, get excited about The Game Festival, a 48 hour event starting today that will let you try demos from a bunch of games coming out in 2020! Other video game news: Nintendo teased their 2020 Indie Lineup  Minecraft finally has crossplay on the PS4 God mode is always enabled in "I Am Jesus Christ" The Oculus Quest is getting hand tracking this week GOG Galaxy is now publicly available in open beta You need to try AI Dungeon 2 What We Are Playing Cliff: My Friend Pedro, Rage 2 Dylan: Alien: Isolation, Mutant Road Zero  Questions Vinny: What old game did you love that you would love to see get a similar reimagining as RE2 or God of War? Duke of Nuggets: As the decade come to a close . Pick 5 games that define the decade of gaming. Aslan the Incompetent: Elevator pitch us a VR game!! JoeColeslaw: Get well Dart!Besides the ability to pause, if you had an individual who was solely a multiplayer gamer... How would you sell them on the single-player experience? What would be the single game you would recommend? Oh you haven't played a single player game in x amount of years? You absolutely positively must try blank Cheap/Free Games Epic Game Store: The Escapists Game Pass: Untitled Goose Game (Dec. 17)  Troll Corner Do We Really Need Louis Vuitton LoL Shirts? 
Riot Games is going to have to shell out $10 million dollars paid out to every single woman who has worked at their company since 2014. This will settle a class action lawsuit that claims that rampant sexism and gender-based discrimination were common at the studio. In other news: Quantic Dreams to pay $7,700 for failing to meet "security obligations" Atari is still claiming that the VCS is still coming, but they just delayed deliveries for Indiegogo backers Campo Santo game "In the Valley of Gods" is officially on hold Halo: Reach has a built in mode for modders Super Mario Maker 2 is adding Link to the game That stupid streamer didn't die. Yay. Half Life: Alyx might finally be VR "Killer App" Video Games We Are Playing Cliff: Jedi Fallen Order, Torchlight 2 Dylan: Pokemon, Hunt: Showdown Questions Vinny: What game do you feel flew under the radar in 2019? Princess Megan: Based on the very limited information given so far, which do you feel will be the superior console? Xbox Scarlett , Playstation 5, or Google Stadia. Turndown4wut: Instead of giving presents Santa now puts things that were lost or stolen from you under the tree. What would you be most excited to see under the tree JoeColeslaw: Is battle pass the happy compromise of dlc, microtransactions, extra incentive to keep playing and cosmetic items? ShadoughX: What game did you discover in 2019 that most surprised you and why? Does not have to be a 2019 released. DukeofEmpanadas: What's one game mechanic that made you go "why isn't this in every game??!!" Mister Polite: Cool or Cruel - Cheap/Free Games Xbox Games with Gold Insane Robots ($19.99 ERP): Available December 1 to 31 on Xbox One Jurassic World Evolution ($49.99 ERP): Available December 16 to January 15 on Xbox One Toy Story 3 ($9.99 ERP): Available December 1 to 15 on Xbox One & Xbox 360 Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate HD ($14.99 ERP): Available December 16 to 31 on Xbox One & Xbox 360 Xbox Game Pass Munchkin: Quacked Quest (ID@Xbox Day One Launch) - Nov 19 The Escapists 2 (ID@Xbox) - Nov 26 Halo: Reach (Console and PC) - Dec 3 My Friend Pedro (Xbox One/PC) - Dec 5 Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker - Dec 5 Demon’s Tilt (ID@Xbox Day One Launch) - Dec 6 Wandersong (ID@Xbox Day One Launch) - Dec 6 eFootball PES 2020 - Dec 12 Overcooked! 2 (ID@Xbox) - Dec 12 Pathologic 2 (ID@Xbox Day One Launch) - Dec 12 Tom Clancy’s The Division - Dec 12 Playstation Plus Titanfall 2 Monster Energy Supercross - The Official Videogame Twitch Prime ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove! Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter Hover When Ski Lifts Go Wrong Hue
December is front loaded with a bunch of games that have already come out on other platforms for the most part, but there are still some gems in this list if you haven't been able to play them yet. Blair Witch [PS4] – December 3 - $30 Halo: Reach [PC, XBO] – December 3 - $10 + GP Life Is Strange 2 - Episode 5 [PC, PS4, XBOX] – December 3 - $8 + GP Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition [PS4, XBOX, Switch] – December 3 - $50 Tools Up! [PC, PS4, XBOX, Switch] – December 3 - $20 Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey [PS4, XBOX] – December 6 - $40 Assassin's Creed: The Rebel Collection [Switch] – December 6 - $40 Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag® and Assassin’s Creed Rogue Ashen (PS4 and Switch) - December 9 - $40 Dragon Quest Builders 2 [PC] – December 10 - $60 Detroit: Become Human [PC] – December 12 - $40
It appears that xCloud continues to be a win for console owners with news coming from Xbox that the service won't compete with consoles and have it's own exclusive games. To quote an MS spokesperson "... we remain committed to an approach with game streaming that is complementary to console and have no plans for cloud-exclusive content at this time." In Other Video Game News: Half Life: Alyx might just be the beginning  No, cancelling your Stadia Pro won't take away your discounted games Amazon might be announcing a game streaming service next year Pokemon is trying to pull a Metallica The Oculus Link is awesome What We're Playing Colby: Ruiner, Jedi Fallen Order, Remnant: From the Ashes Cliff: Jedi Fallen Order, Remnant: From the Ashes Dylan: Pokemon, Hunt Showdown, Sea of Thieves Questions Vinny: What is the video game that you feel represents your childhood? Not the game itself represents your childhood, but when you look back on your childhood and video games, what games pop up into your head. Princess Megan: If no one's asked yet, what is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition? Eating too much? Watching the parade or football games? Playing video games with friends and family? Or something else Eddie: What is your Mt.Rushmore of Thanksgiving sides ? Eddie's Other Name: What games are you thankful for this year JoeColeslaw: Let's just say one day you power on your console to see a game installed that you have no idea it was bought. The money came out of your account, but you had a room for it ( both in your account and in your hard drive ) What game this year what would you be thankful for, and not mind taking advantage of? In what game are you instantaneously calling customer support to get a refund? Mansocks: What is your favorite dog breed? Cheap/Free Games Epic Game Store: Rayman Legends Humble Sonic Bundle: Troll Corner Trolls Can't Shoot People in Fallout 76, So They are Nuking Them
There are so many games coming to Game Pass over the next two years it makes me wonder why would you even buy games anymore? I mean, it's kinda hyperbolic, but I honestly think you could never buy a game again and be happy. Anyway, that is just one takeaway from X019, but there was also so much more! Other news this week: Bioware is working on another Mass Effect game Bioware is also apparently still working on Anthem Google Stadia is out and apparently it's...ok The Game Awards have been announced There is a new Half Life in development (and no, it's not HL3) You aren't going to believe this Pokemon bug What We Are Playing Colby: Jedi Fallen Order, Remnant: From the Ashes, Mahjong Stories: Vampire Romance Cliff: Jedi Fallen Order, Remnant: From the Ashes, AfterpartyDylan: Pokemon Questions DA VINSTER (Vinny): What are you most excited for that came out of X019? Mister Polite: If you could choose which actor (male or female) to have a comeback in 2020, who would it be? I would like to see Rick Moranis again on the big screen. Going back and watching a lot of 80's and 90's shows, he was everywhere, and I would like to see him again. Colby: What’s a Atari era game you’d like to reboot? JoeColeslaw: In regards to in-game chat with public lobbies in video games, what are some of your pet peeves? Too much background noise? Not using it at all in a very team oriented mode? Nonsense and hateful speech should go without saying. Prince of Pringles: Its draft season. Adam you're representing Sony Playstation, Cliff you're representing Xbox and Dylan is Nintendo. Each guy picks 5 characters. You can offer a trade after each guy has 5 characters. Will we see Mario riding a warthog in a halo crossover? Will Kratos have to save mushroom kingdom? Good luck boys.  Cheap/Free Games Epic Game Store Bad North Game Pass:  Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition (PC) Age of Wonders: Planetfall (Console, coming soon to PC) Hearts of Iron IV: Cadet Edition (PC) LEGO: The Ninjago Movie Videogame (Console) Rage 2 (Console & PC) Remnant: From the Ashes (Console) The Talos Principle (Console & PC) Tracks: The Train Set Game (Console & PC) Small Bites Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is getting a monthly subscription
Xbox is going to talk about all sorts of fun stuff at x019, including 12 games from Xbox Game Studios plus big news for Xbox Game Pass, Project xCloud and much more! Other video game news:  Minecraft Earth is available in Beta for all of the US  Don't try and break the "most live streaming in a month" record Bethesda is getting a "new" studio Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order isn't coming to EA Access early The Xbox One is getting a shuffle button What We Are Playing Cliff: Outer Worlds, Thomas Was AloneDylan: Luigi's Mansion 3, Little Town HeroColby: To numerous to mention Questions DaVinster: The Game Awards are coming up soon, so I have to ask the dying question that everyone loves asking...what is your GOTY for 2019? Also what game announcements do you think we could potentially see at The Game Awards this year? Mister Polite: Every time there is a new Tik Tok trend that I don't understand, I feel like I am becoming older and older. The most recent one is the Purple Shampoo:( For a grumpier question, is there a challenge that makes you annoyed for no real reason? John Tysinger What song did you hear in a game that you searched out. For me one would be “Prisoner” by Stumfol. It was in the beginning of The Surge. JoeColeslaw: So coming from somebody who was level 69 in Call Of Duty Modern Warfare last Thursday and I'm sitting pretty at 125 as of this morning, what are some signs that you are spending too much time in a video game Within a time frame... Let's say, one week. Also, I'm having trouble with people sending me Activision friend requests that have not already played with me. If anyone wants to play, search for me using Joe Coleslaw in the Activision friend requests. Turndwn4wut: Do you find yourself struggling to play games that your younger self didn’t? And in which way? Kim Cruz: Did Blizzard just sweep the whole controversy with china, after blizzcon or will we see changes to the industry because of it? ElGorditoSupreme: What goes into the perfect cookie? Ben Cee: How long before Todd Howard comes out and says "Well, we farked that one up. Sorry!" Cheap/Free Games EGS: The Messenger Troll Corner Wally World and the Great Switcheroo Snafu 
Last week at Blizzcon Blizzard announced a bunch of new games, including a new, darker Diablo 4 and an presented an interesting new approach to sequels with Overwatch 2. We also learned that Cliff is incapable of saying Diablo on the first try. Also this week: We want to give a huge shoutout to all of the folks who supported us and played with us this weekend for Extra Life You could make up to $10k (ethically) hacking Red Dead Redemption 2 and GTA 4 The new Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 is now available for purchase Apex Legends has a firing range and a temporary Duos mode now What We're Playing Cliff: Killer Queen Black, Aqua Lungers, CD-Run, Hot Shot Burn Dylan: Luigi's Mansion 3  Questions Vinny: What are your top 3 video game franchises? JoeColeslaw: What do you think about games as services just expanding the game themselves and not go into the sequel territory. For example, instead of a making The Division 2, just sell a $60 expansion to the game and keep the original world to go back to within the same ecosystem. Instead of spending three years to expand Destiny 2, just sell an expansion. Do you think in this economy and environment, that would work out better? How far could you see this business model going if it takes off in the first place? Mister Polite: Recently I tried to show my kids some classic games. Some games are still playable and enjoyable today (Ms. Pacman, Donkey Kong Jr., Mario, Zelda, etc...), but my goodness Goldeneye did not age well at all. Is there a game (movie, television, or board game) that you picked up years later that ruins your nostalgia for it? Turndwn4wut: What current gen games could you see 20 years from now have people wondering, what the hell were those people thinking Cheap/Free Games Games with Gold Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter: Available November 1 to 30 on Xbox One  The Final Station: Available November 16 to December 15 on Xbox One Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter: Available November 1 to 15 on Xbox One & Xbox 360 Joy Ride Turbo: Available November 16 to 30 on Xbox One & Xbox 360 Game Pass Subnautica (7 November) PS Plus Nioh Outlast 2 Playstation Now (Available Until 2/4/2020) Persona 5 Middle Earth: Shadow of War Hollow Knight Twitch Prime Double Cross Darksiders II Deathinitive Edition Planet Alpha Sword Legacy: Omen Turmoil Epic Game Store Nuclear Throne Ruiner Humble Monthly Troll Corner The asshole or assholes who did a DDOS attack against Extra Life over the weekend. 
Somehow October is over and it's time to talk about the games coming out November (or as I like to call them, the video games everyone wants for Christmas). How many of these are going to end up on your wishlist? Just Dance 2020 (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, Wii, Stadia) – November 5 - $40 Planet Zoo (PC) – November 5 - $45 Red Dead Redemption II (PC) – November 5 - $60 Death Stranding (PS4) – November 8 - $60 Disney Tsum Tsum Festival (Switch) – November 8 - $50 Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy (Switch) – November 8 - $40 Need For Speed Heat (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – November 8 - $60 Astroneer (PS4) – November 15 - $30 Pokémon Shield & Sword (Switch) – November 15 - $60 Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – November 15 - $60 Shenmue III (PS4, PC) – November 19 - $60 Civilization VI (PS4, Xbox One) – November 22 - $60
Starting on November 19th (in the US) you'll be able to get an Xbox One X for only $32 a month for 24 months. But the best part is, next year you'll be able to trade it in for an Xbox Scarlet! This deal includes 24 months of Game Pass Ultimate as well, so you are actually saving money in the long run! If you'd prefer an Xbox S, you can do that for $22 a month and trade it in for a Scarlet after 18 months as well!  Also this week: Sony is killing Playstation Vue early next year EA is going to start selling games (and EA Access) on Steam again Death Stranding is coming to PC next summer Google Stadia is getting it's own first party studio Steam might start asking you if you are really sure about your old reviews What Video Games We're Playing Adam: Blair Witch, The Outer Worlds Cliff: Blair Witch, The Outer Worlds Dylan: Little Town Hero Questions Vinny: What games do you think could benefit from breaking away from a yearly release schedule? Princess_Megan: Happy Halloween! I've been reading about the Insight Project, that will use biometrics recorded while the subject is playing video games that could potentially be used to as a form of therapy for those with various mental illnesses to help the user learn to manage their triggers. What other roles do you see video games taking in the future outside of entertainment? ( Jacob: What has been the scariest game you have ever played? What horror game do you want to play? Cheap/Free Games EGS: Soma and Costume Quest Humble Bundle:
Fallout 76 continues to have some really strange ideas about how to get back on top and charging $100 a month for private servers really doesn't seem to be in their best interest.  Also this week: Steam lets you play multiplayer games online now Humble is making changes to Humble Bundle Monthly The Fallout Wastelanders Update is being pushed to 2020 Eat tacos, get Game Pass Finally you can watch movies with your Twitch friends Questions Vinny: Do you feel that this year was kind of an "off" year for video games? Coming off a year like last year with God of War, SpiderMan, Red Dead 2, etc. and looking at a year like next year with Cyberpunk, Final Fantasy VII, Marvel's Avengers, Watch Dogs Legion, Doom Eternal, etc. Why do you think this year is (or is not) as underwhelming as the year prior or year next? Mister Polite: If you could have the opportunity to take a day trip would you take it to space or the bottom of the ocean, and why? Operator Jack: G'day everyone! Question for the podcast this week. What do you guys think of role play in games? Have you tried it with your in game character? Do you find it fun? I’ve been doing RP as a cop and it’s so much fun and intense. JoeColeslaw: Last week until October 31st... What video game boss or horror-based character do you most affiliate yourself with or sympathize for? Who would you want to spend your Halloween night with? (Not as prey, but in a party with!) Prince of Pringles: Its draft season. Adam you're representing Sony Playstation, Cliff you're representing Xbox and Dylan is Nintendo. Each guy picks 5 characters. You can offer a trade after each guy has 5 characters. Will we see Mario riding a warthog in a halo crossover? Will Kratos have to save mushroom kingdom? Good luck boys. Cheap/Free Games Epic Game Store Layers of Fear Complete QUBE 2 Game Pass Lonely Mountains: Downhill (Xbox) (Oct 23) Secret Neighbor (Xbox) (Oct 23) Minit (Xbox) (Oct 24) The Outer Worlds (Xbox Game Pass for Console and PC) (Oct 25) Afterparty (Xbox) (Oct 29) LEGO Star Wars III (Xbox) (Oct 31) Subnautica (Xbox) (Nov 7)
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 games Blizzard officially responds to last week's Hong Kong debacle The original Half Life just got a patch after 21 years Saints Row 2 is getting a bunch of PC fixes as well after developers found the games source code The 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 Playing Adam: GTA 5, Master Chief Collection Cliff: Gears 5 Dylan: Sheetrock: The Game Questions Vinny: 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 Games Epic Games Observer Alan Wake's American Nightmare Humble 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 NYCC SNES games on now available on the Switch! The Genesis Mini is out, Hans has one and it's great The TurboGraffix 16 Mini is out on March 19th for $100 Neo Geo Arcade Stick Pro doesn't have a lot of details, but looks great Goldeneye 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 Games Oct 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. Questions JoeColeslaw: 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 games Red Dead Redemption is finally coming to PC The Atari VCS might be in trouble Blizzard is facing boycotts after punishing a Hearthstone Grandmaster who made pro-Hong Kong remarks What is Orange Ricky, Hero and Smashboy? What Video Games We're Playing Adam: Astral Chain, Apple Arcade Cliff: Just Cause 4, Gears of War 5 Dylan: Apple Arcade  Questions Vinny: 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 Games Epic Games: Surviving Mars Humble 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 exists Peripheral maker Logitech has purchased Steamlabs for $89 million Apex 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 it Bungie has plans to release at least one non-Destiny game in the next five years Questions DA 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 Games Games Pass:  Dishonored 2 - Oct. 3 World War Z - Oct. 10 Yooka Laylee - Oct. 10 Fallout New Vegas - Oct. 17 Felix the Reaper - Oct. 17 Panzer Dragoon Orta - Oct. 17 Epic Store:  Minit Twitch Prime Adam Wolfe The Walking Dead: Michonne - A Telltale Miniseries Stranger Things 3: The Game Deadlight: Director's Cut Serial Cleaner
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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