Kick your week off with a mullet-like combination of serious video game business and doofy video game hijinx! We update you on the fix to a major Windows bug, and warn you about a major PS4 bug. Microsoft launches an Xbox cloud gaming service, Star Citizen looks pretty good but will never come out. Steam Link updates, Fortnite updates, Destiny 2 gets bundled, and… Gooigi. We discuss new releases and freebies, and we talk about open world promises that reeled us in!
Intro: “Psychedelic” – The World Ends With You, by Takeharu Ishimoto
Outro: “Training Theme” – Luigi’s Mansion, by Kazumi Totaka & Shinobu Tanaka
We’ve only played two games this week, but they’re both good ones. Dale, Jeremy, and LeGrande have all spent a bunch of time in our newest MOBA addiction, Arena of Valor. We’ve played on Switch and on mobile, and we compare and contrast the different versions and discuss what makes AoV different from others in the genre. Then, Jeremy talks about his experience on Google’s “Project Stream” and his time playing Assassin’s Creed Odyssey on the worst available laptop in his house… and it’s amazing.
Intro: “World Cup 2018 Main Menu Theme” – Arena of Valor, by Jeff Broadbent, Matthew Earl & Zhao Hongfei
Outro: “Legend of the Eagle Bearer (Main Theme)” – Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, by “The Flight” (Joe Henson & Alexis Smith)
Jeremy, Dale, and LeGrande are back for the top-of-the-week episode to keep you informed and in the know about the goings-on in video games. We get good news about Clementine, a bunch of people are playing Marvel’s Spider-Man, the rumor mill is grinding about games, a high-level departure at Blizzard, and a live-action video game movie adaptation is confirmed. Plus, new releases and freebies, and we make OUR picks for game-to-movie conversions.
Intro: “Super Fighting Robot (Megaman)” – The Megas
Outro: “I am Murloc” – Elite Tauren Chieftain
Dale, LeGrande, and Jeremy have done the heavy lifting for you: we played the video games this week so you don’t have to! Jeremy gives his breakdown of Nintendo Switch Online service… has he changed his tune? He also spent some time with the Nintendo-partnered mobile game Dragalia Lost. Dale hones his skills and takes on Olmec in Spelunky and appreciates the majesty of Red Dead Redemption’s landscapes. LeGrande digs into the 2nd-top-rated game of 2018, Forza Horizon 4.
Intro: “BANG! (vocal version + instrumental version)” – Dragalia Lost, by DAOKO
Outro: “Grassland Overworld (nightmare remix)” – Super Mario Bros. 3, by Koji Kondo & Nintendo Switch Online latency
Dale and Jeremy are holding down the news this week, and there’s a load of it! We’re still going to hit that 30-minute GameBytes Show sweet spot though, so hang on! We discuss the final outcome of Vivendi x Ubisoft, Sony makes a big reversal which may affect the broader medium of video games, events are canceled, IPs renewed, trademarks registered, and everybody is thirsty. Plus, we lay out the beginning of “the season” with new releases, and we clutch our pearls at scandals we have known in video games.
INTRO: “Main Theme” – Mega Man 11, by Marika Suzuki
OUTRO: OUTRO “Mirai No Melody”- Arena of Valor, by “Liliana”
Jeremy, LeGrande, and Dale form this week’s power trio to discuss the video games that they’ve played! After some trenchant discussion about closed captions, Jeremy begins with My Brother Rabbit from Artifex Mundi. Continuing with the desktop streaming service Parsec, he also played Guacamelee! 2, Cuphead, and Destiny 2 to test things out. LeGrande gets his elemental-damage multiplier on in Dead Cells, and accidentally buys Nier Automata. Dale puts a cap on FF14 for now, and then dons his hat for Red Dead Redemption!
Intro: “Guacamelee! 2 Theme Mariachi Edition (Credits)” – Guacamelee, by Mariachi Entertainment System
Outro: “Dreams” – My Brother Rabbit, by Arkadiusz Reikowski feat. Emi Evans
Jeremy, Dale, and LeGrande hold the weekly GameBytes Show convocation to discuss the ills of the world, technical problems be darned to heck! Although our news segment is abbreviated due to technology, we still bring you a full GameBytes Show episode (30 minutes!) full of information and discussion you NEED for the week to come! After covering big sellers, regulatory issues, and illness, we talk about new releases and we discuss the shortcomings of the business side of video games and we SOLVE THEM ALL.
Intro: “Heart of Fire (Hard Rock Arrangement)” – Castlevania, by M&K Company
Outro: “The Fragrance of Dark Coffee” – Ace Attorney, by insaneintherain
Dale, LeGrande, and Jeremy reunite to cover the games they’ve played during the past week (or more!) and we want YOU to join us. LeGrande squashes the big bugs of rogue-like Hollow Knight and continues directly to Dead Cells for wizard grenades! Jeremy tries out surprisingly robust Oregon-trail-like Tayles of Illyria, as well as spending an hour or two with The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit. Dale digs into XCOM-like XCOM 2, and completes the main campaign of Final Fantasy 14. Also, Minfilia.
Intro: “The Castle” – Dead Cells, by Yoann Laulan
Outro: “Look For Sympathy” – The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit, by Luciano Rossi
Dale and Jeremy dive deeply into the news of video games, putting rumors to rest and covering the most important announcements and developments that YOU need to know. Nintendo’s Direct was good but had disturbing moments, Spider-Man sells out, Destiny 2’s new raid, and a slew of announcements, plus Marvel and Sony break some records! We hit the news and new releases, and we discuss the idea of artificial “gating” in games to keep us from the things we WANT.
Intro: “Main Theme” – Marvel’s Spider-Man, by John Paesano
Outro: “Haunted” – Alan Wake, by Poe
Jerod and Jeremy are bringing it, a little late, but just in time to kick your weekend in the buns! Video games have been played. Which ones? We tried out the new Call of Duty battle royale mode “Blackout” (beta test), shot large-as-life demons in DOOM VFR, and quickly decided we’re interested in the unlikely Victor Vran. Rock on.
Intro: “Damnation” – DOOM, by Mick Gordon
Outro: “End of Time” – Motorhead