In the news of the week we cover the pending launch of Google Stadia which may be tearing a little at the seams, the announcements for Xbox’s streaming service at X019, Bioware’s plans for Anthem, the early renewal of an upcoming game-themed TV show, the rapid change-of-direction for Sonic, and more! Plus, we cover the newest releases, freebies, and we talk about Half-Life 3 on its 15th anniversary and Jeremy absolutely positively does not make a prediction that was proven wrong nearly as it left his mouth.
Intro: “Dark Energy” – Half-Life 2, by Kelly Bailey
Outro: “Wood Chopping Theme” – Shenmue 3, by Ryuji Iuchi
In this week’s voyage of podcasting entertainment, we eventually get our bearings and set sail for video games! LeGrande plays either The Elder Scrolls Legends or Online, and explores the distinctions between whichever-one-it-was and its nearest competing cousin. Jeremy’s got the beat with the new(ish) Harmonix VR game Audica. Dale gets into a groove of his own with Wargroove, and we discuss what special place it has in its genre, or not.
Intro: “Cheeky Ruckus” – Wargroove, by Phonetic Hero
Outro: “Beauty of Dawn” – The Elder Scrolls Online, by Jeremy Soule, Brad Derrick, Rik Schaffer and Malukah
We think we can see our house from here! And what’s that next to it? It’s video game news! This episode we discuss Shuhei Yoshida stepping down from Sony Worldwide Studios and into indieville. Red Dead Redemption 2 struggles on PC. Gris is misappropriated for self-care. More Twitch streamers are leaving for greener pastures. Singstar Servers will shut down, and American Truck Simulator adds the great state of Utah! Plus, we discuss other video games where the locales make us feel right at home!
Intro: “Mexico” – Red Dead Redemption 2, by Woody Jackson
Outro: “A Rocky Start” – Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus, by Asif Hakik
Blizzcon has come and gone, but what news was left in its wake? Sony axes an online service. EA games comes back to an old storefront. Ubisoft doubles down on cross-platform. Big games coming to PC, and we have a new beastly scent in our future! We also cover the new freebies on various platforms, and we show off our own special loremaster skills in our favorite games!
Intro: Sherlock Holmes The Devil’s Daughter – Credits Music by Sergey Sedliar & Vitalli Stepchenko
Outro: Main Anime Theme – Conception Plus
In our most saturated-by-Halloween-but-not-overtly-about-Halloween episode, we brave the scary Internet of things to talk to you about the video games that we’re playing this week. Dale jumps into The Outer Worlds to use his skills for space colonization and glory. Jeremy gets back to his natural graffiti roots with Jet Set Radio on PS Vita. LeGrande tries out Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and we think it’s the new one and not the old one, but we’re still not sure.
Intro: “Rock It On” – Jet Set Radio, by Hideki Naganuma
Outro: “The Passenger” – The Outer Worlds announcement trailer, by Iggy Pop
News is a natural byproduct of video games, and it’s also a renewable resource! We are dishing it out this week as the current events just keep coming. This week, Epic sues a leaker. Blizzard gets leaked, twice. Mixer adds another couple of big streamers to its exclusive roster. Bethesda pitches a change to Fallout 76 which is not popular. Plus, a surprising mod for Borderlands 3! Then, we look ahead at the holiday season release list and find it… wanting.
Intro: “Sanctuary 3” – Borderlands 3, by Michael McCann
Outro: “Just a Fair Weather Friend” – Fallout 76, by Henry King
Let’s do the time warp again! We’re back, as we usually are, to talk about the thing we love so much to talk about: video games. It’s a power trio this week as Jeremy brings the latest licensed mobile game to his constant licensed-mobile-game repertoire. Which he always does. Forever. This week it’s American Dad: Apocalypse Soon. Jerod talks about the single-screen “figure it out yourself” submarine escape game Nauticrawl. LeGrande returns to the scene of his past crimes with Apex Legends’ limited-time Fight or Fright event and Shadowfall mode.
Intro: “Pre-Game Medley” – Apex Legends: Fight or Fright
Outro: American Dad: Apocalypse Soon
The chimes of controversy and conspiracy are sounding! In the news of the week, we discuss secret recipes and other dark dealings. Xbox dishes on Game Pass stats. Millions and millions of switches. Lots of League of Legends. Gamebyties GOAT Battletech gets an expansion, and Homeworld gets an unlikely adaptation. Plus, the new releases and RadSwitchGameTitles dot com. Then, we discuss the “rip-off” games we liked BETTER than the originals! Sound the chime!
Intro: “L.A. Rider” – Guitar Freaks
Outro: “The Republic of Bastok” – Final Fantasy XI, by Kumi Tanioka
There’s quite a mix of flavors this week in the games we played! But they go together like peanut butter and regular butter and peanuts. At least that good. This week Jeremy gets lost going down the cereal hole with the breakfast mascots of yesteryear, and makes an alarming connection to this very week in history. LeGrande enjoys the batjector seat in the Batmobile and hopefully doesn’t run down the battery. Dale finally catches up with his British past in Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, but maybe it could use a laugh track.
INTRO: “World 1” – Tony & Friends in Kellogg’s Land
OUTRO: “All Who Follow You” – Batman : Arkham Knight, by Nick Arundel & David Buckley
The news of the week is turbulent! Black holes, break-ins, chain guns, international politics, and FIRMWARE UPDATES. This week, Blizzard, Riot, and Epic weigh in on whether “China still cool.” Steam adds a “Share Play”-like feature called Remote Play (confused yet?), official PS5 info, Fortnite resets, and more! We hit the news and new releases, and we talk about the recent geopolitics of video games and how companies could and are responding.
Intro: Hearthstone – Main Theme METAL REMIX by Vincent Moretto
Outro: Cyberpunk 2077 Song – Hack Or Be Hacked (The Witcher 3 Soundtrack Remix) by Glitch Galaxy