Dale and Jeremy hit the internet airwaves again to talk about games that we’ve played in the last little while. Jeremy swears he has not talked about Ultimate Chicken Horse before, and summons his raccoon spirit guide to wash the good times off and scurry them away to his hoard. Dale gets back into his alternative-roguelike thing with Dicey Dungeon, and we try to nail down whether the GOTY 2020 has already been found.
INTRO: “Waterfall” – Ultimate Chicken Horse, by Vibe Avenue
OUTRO: “Beginner’s Luck” – Dicey Dungeons, by Chipzel
It’s been a momentous week as both the year and the decade have rolled over on the calendar, as long as you don’t count it on your fingers. We once again bring the full crew to bear and discuss the past 10 years in games, including some of our favorite games, biggest trends and changes, and how the years changed us too. Come along with us as we wrangle Jeremy’s overgrown list of topics and actually get to the core of the “twenteens.” Yeah, we’re gonna make that word a thing.
You’ve waited, you’ve wondered, you’ve wanted and wagered, but now you are freed from all those W words, and you can weep with joy: The 2019 GameByties are here! The full crew of LeGrande, Dale, Jerod and Jeremy weigh the games of the year that was 2019 and we pick the very best, hands-down winners. Marvel at the spectacle and wisdom as we draw your attention to the most magnificent video games of the last year. Dress your best, the red carpet awaits! Thanks for listening in 2019! Onward 2020!
It’s time for another Jeremy-and-LeGrande-with-nothing-in-between sandwich! This week, Jeremy finishes off the Shovel Knight Treasure Trove saga with King of Cards. Does it live up to his kingly expectations? LeGrande shinobis his way into Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, and seems to enjoy it… but the question is whether he makes it sound appealing to anybody else.
Intro: “Troupple Pond” – Shovel Knight King of Cards, by Jake Kaufman
Outro: “Emma the Physician” – Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, by Yuka Kitamura
Jeremy and LeGrande substite a news show for a VIDEO GAMES show, because it’s that time of year. We pick a couple of games that play around with the idea of boredom, intentionally or unintentionally, and we’re going to explore our own reactions and analyze ourselves deeply. Jeremy played Death Stranding and does his best to candidly explain what the heck is going on. He compares Final Fantasy 15, Dark Souls, Metal Gear, and others. Good comparisons? You decide. LeGrande digs into the reincarnation of one of his favorite series, Star Control Origins, but how does it strike him in 2019?
Intro: “Alien Altercation” – Star Control Origins, by Riku Nuottajärvi
Outro: “A Final Waltz” – Death Stranding, by Ludvig Forssell
In a very special look around at who’s-saying-what about video games (who isn’t already us), we cover a trifecta of game awards and announcement events that kept us rapt with attention this past week. Of course there are other items of news, but we focus this time on Geoff Keighley’s The Game Awards, the winners and others who were recognized, as well as Nintendo’s Indie Showcase and Sony’s State of Play. It doesn’t sound like much, but it’s like fighting 100 ducks inside 1 gigantic horse. Good luck to all of us.
Intro: “Plasma Encounter” – Kingdom Hearts 3, by Yoko Shimomura
Outro: “XBOX 360 Avatar Editor Background Music”, by Steve Burke
It is, after all, the year of the goose, and our two-man formation is flying strong this week with Jerod and Dale, talking about the games they played. Jerod brings us a double-dose of great and recent picks, with the long-awaited MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries, and the much-acclaimed Disco Elysium. Dale gives us a midweek hit of his recent escapades in Assasin’s Creed Syndicate. Get in formation!!
Intro: “The Great Equalizer” – MechWarrior 5 Mercenaries, by Sean Kolton
Outro: “Whirling Cafeteria(Day)” – Disco Elysium, by Robert Kurvitz
The news rolls on this week, and we hit all the same sections as your national newspapers! Politics, religion, violence, technology, and vaping! We discuss announcements, Halo trending, Campo Santo goes quiet, the Vatican’s Minecraft Server, Jesus returns (on PC), card games are in decline, and more! Plus we cover new releases, freebies, and the 25th anniversary of PlayStation! Have a listen!
Intro: “Happiness Hotel” – Muppet Racemania, by Andy Blythe and Marten Joustra
Outro: “Nina Williams (Playstation Theme)” – Tekken 2, by Yoshie Arakawa and Yoshie Takayanagi
Time to dish out our video game playin’ impressions, so we hope you came hungry! In this episode, Dale kicks us off with the PC debut of the big-boy Halo franchise with Halo Reach, newly re-released but still as good as ever! Jeremy spends time with GameByties 2018 unanimous winner, Battletech, and its latest (and final?) expansion, Heavy Metal. LeGrande samples the remastered fare of the 2019 Resident Evil 2 remake. Burrrrp. Delicious!
Intro: “Collateral Damage” – Battletech Urban Warfare, by Jon Everist
Outro: “Last Judgment” – Resident Evil 2, by Masami Ueda, Shusaku Uchiyama, Syun Nishigaki
As December rolls up to the club (aka “The GameBytes Show”), the news is hoppin’ (aka “occurring”) up in here and the shawties (aka “Jeremy and LeGrande”) be trippin’ (aka “reporting the news”) and droppin’ it low to the floor (aka “discussing new releases”) and we ran out of clubbing metaphors but we also discuss whether we are ready for all-streaming game services and whether they are ready for us.
Intro: “Chicago City Museum” – John Woo’s Stranglehold, by Cris Velasco & Sascha Dikiciyan
Outro: “The Trials” – Halo 5: Guardians, by Kazuma Jinnouchi