Another week, another interminable trudge to the weekend. But never fear! The GameBytes Show is here! Reliably like clockwork (more or less) it’s time to refresh and rejuvenate you with video games! Jeremy gets us started with the PC version of Destiny 2. Does the “office equipment” version of the game blow his mind like a headshot to a Fallen Dreg? He continues with a discussion of brand-new first person puzzle exploration game Lake Ridden. Where does it fall on the continuum (or triangulation) of magical realism “walking simulators”? Dale jumps in with the impending endgame of Final Fantasy Tactics, and returns to one of Introversion’s early games, the true-to-life hacker simulator Uplink.
Intro: “Execute Subroutine Valkyrie” – Destiny 2: Warmind by Michael Salvatori, Skye Lewin, C Paul Johnson, Rotem Moav, Pieter Schlosser
Outro: “Main Theme (Marie and Sofia)” – Lake Ridden, by Patrik Jarlestam
Jerod and Jeremy kick off our top-of-the-week show with… well, Transformers, BUT THEN we move it along to the news, new releases, and game-themed discussion! We cover E3 leaks, fancy new Steam streaming apps and (!) Dale arrives just in time to weigh in on a few new game-themed movies for another GameBytes Rotten Tomatoes challenge! Which wholesome virginal video game character will smash your face with a trash can? Then, we cover the new releases for the week, and we discuss our favorite distribution model for gaming! All this in under 30 minutes? It can’t be true. It really can’t.
Intro: “Living on the Deck (Live at Stritch)” – Metal Slug 2, by Super Soul Bros
Outro: “Humble Harikoa” – Reverie, by William E
In this week’s midweek show, we’re giving you MORE! MORE Tolkien than LeGrande wants! MORE pirates than Dale wants! And MORE GameBytes Show than our mission statement can bear! This week, our tiny chewable game bytes include VR rhythm-swording game Beat Saber, punishing platformer Celeste, Tales of Monkey Island, Pixeljunk Monsters 2 (demo), and Skullgirls Mobile.
Intro: “Escape (ft. Summer Haze)” – Beat Saber, by Jaroslav Beck
Outro: “Resurrections” – Celeste, by Lena Raine
LeGrande returns to the show just in time for the rumorin’-est PlayStation news this side of E3! Nintendo America’s new president is ready to move up from the kids’ table! European privacy regulations are causing some games to fold. Blizzard is making big (lore) changes to Heroes of the Storm. New releases! Game deals! And, we discuss our habits when it comes to watching video game exhibitions and streams!
Intro: “Battle in the Warrens” – Darkest Dungeon, by Stuart Chatwood
Outro: “Windmill Hills” – Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, by David Wise
Dale and Jeremy save the world! Well, maybe make the world just a little bit better… with video games! This week Dale has been rolling stuff up into the mainstream cult classic Katamari Damacy, grinding loot in Sacred 2: Fallen Angel, and grinding jobs in Final Fantasy Tactics. Meanwhile, Jeremy has been fighting off the feral anklebiters in Battlefront 2’s “Ewok Hunt” mode, plays the new Bandai Namco game Pac-Man Stories for Amazon Echo (??), and throws a zombie parkour party in Dying Light.
Intro: “Fighting Hask” – Star Wars Battlefront 2, by Gordy Haab
Outro: “The Moon and the Prince” – Katamari Damacy, by Akitaka Tohyama & Kenji Ninuma
It’s the beginning of the new week, and while superheroes are dominating pop culture right now, don’t forget that video game news is forever! We cover the premature death and possible resurrection of Steam Spy, meteors in Fortnite, Amazon Prime, Sega hardware, Sony financial data and that 1 copy of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for the Game Gear that appeared on the NPDs. We also cover the new releases, this month’s PS+, Xbox, and Twitch subscription offerings, and we talk about memorable meteorological events in video games!
Intro: “Halo Theme Techno Remix” – Halo, by Alexander Andreassen
Outro: “No Risk No Glory” – Saturday Morning PRG, by Vince DiCola
In this midweek show we discuss the games we’ve been playing, and hit all the important gaming genres: chickens, mimes, mechs, and battle royale! Dale and Jeremy discuss Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken, Final Fantasy Tactics, Battletech, and The Darwin Project! We take a call from Major Nelson* the first podcaster**, and did Jeremy actually do all those things with his PSP?
Intro: “Once I was Lost (Rocketbirds Theme)” – Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken, by New World Revolution
Outro: “Mercenary Blues” – Battletech, by Jon Everist
It’s (sliiightly after) the top of the week! And you know what that means (mostly)! It’s time for Jerod, LeGrande, and Jeremy to fill you in on the newsiest happenings of the week in video games! We discuss the eminent and eventual end of the Vita, Valve’s new studio acquisition, the role the HTC Vive played in Ready Player One, and the BATTLE ROYALE ROCK BLOCK… until technical difficulties RIP OUR SHOW APART. Will we survive? tune in as we also discuss new releases and in honor of Harebrained Studios’ release of Battletech, our favorite and noteworthy boardgame-to-videogame adaptations!
Intro: “The Great Betrayal” – Battletech, by Jon Everist
Outro: “Nintendo Labo Trailer” – by Nintendo
Our midweek trio is successful this week as LeGrande, Jerod and Jeremy discuss the games they’ve been playing. LeGrande has played Mighty No. 9, but how well does it hold his interest? What kind of anime is Xenoblade Chronicles 2, anyway?? Jerod blubbers about whale hunting sim Nantucket, sneaks around in Shadow Tactics: Blade of the Shogun, and tag-teams the high seas with Jeremy in Blackwake. We cover the Overwatch Archives event “Retribution” and discuss a little Into the Badlands Blade Battle and other TV-adjacent topics.
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Intro: “Crimson Caribbean” – Blackwake, by Garrett Beelow
Outro: “Balrog 24/7” – by Man Factory
The power duo this week is made up of LeGrande and Jeremy, who brave the weekend and U.S. tax day to bring you up to date on the video game news of the past week, the new releases of the coming week, and discussion of video game themed topics that are evergreen! This week we discuss more game awards winners, services ending, records abolished, the biggest money making product of all time, as well as some new announcements and a fairly ill-advised marketing campaign. We continue with the new releases and updates for this week, and then a discussion of some reflections on video game marketing over the years.
Intro: “Brunch My Body (feat. Cyber Diva)” – #Breakforcist Battle, by Pete Ellison
Outro: Walk of Life (8-bit remix) – Dire Straits, remixed by Sunchipp Studio