Lunch is on us this week, and we’re making a video game sandwich. Video games in the middle, and video games on either side. This week, Jerod is bringing Dawn of Man for some procedural, complicated caveman-city-building. Jeremy enchants us with Spellbreak, the alpha version of the newest battle royale game starring wizards and “infinitely variable” magic slotting, and then Jerod closes our open-face sandwich with a good bit of The Division 2, and all the improvements it makes over the original!
Intro: “Food Court” – Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, by Ola Strandh
Outro: “”Main Menu” – Spellbreak, by Proletariat Games
With a new week comes new news, and a new podcast in the new week to bring the new news to yous. This week, Epic responds to claims of data mining. PSVR2 patent indicates a leap in technology? Discord’s marketplace evolves. Apex Legends adds AI. Steam Link and No Man’s Sky get updates, an Octopath Traveler sequel is in the works, and more! We discuss the new releases and we talk about series reboots that were either big hits or misses!
Intro: “Keygen 11” – Dubmood, Lost Floppies
Outro: “PlayOnline Viewer Music” – by Square Enix
In the second of our two weekly podcasts, well… you know the drill. We don’t just TALK about games. We sometimes play them. And then talk about playing them. And sometimes you listen! And here you are! This week, LeGrande gets into Dragon Age Inquisition after a lengthy absence (it is very Dragon Agey). Jeremy tries out the free-to-play version of Dissidia NT Final Fantasy on PC (it’s a bit different from the PSP version)! Finally, Dale blesses the rains down in Resident Evil 5, and we talk about how the game has aged along with its single-player co-op mechanics (quite well)!
INTRO: “Battle Theme from Final Fantaxy X” – Dissidia NT Final Fantasy, by Takeharu Ishimoto & Keiji Kawamori & Tsuyoshi Sekito
OUTRO: “Rise (Tavern Song)” – Dragon Age: Inquisition, by Raney Shockne, Elizaveta Khirpounova & Nick Stoubis
Every time we knock down the news, it gets back up again. It’s like we’re never gonna keep it down! Dale, LeGrande, and Jeremy are back with a rundown of arguably the most important news of… this particular episode! We cover Fortnite lawsuits, Google’s rumored controller and game streaming service, Valve layoffs (including Artifact), new developments in PS4 remote Play, the new Devil May Cry, Battlefield 5’s battle royale mode, and more! New releases and freebies get their moment in the sun, and we talk about Games As A Service. It’s a GAAS!
Intro: “Fingerstyle” – Assault Android Cactus, by Jeff van Dyck
Outro: “The Moon (Piano Arrangement)” – Ducktales Remastered, by Hiroshige Tonomura & Jake Kaufman (+ “Della’s Moon Lullaby” by Paget Brewster and written by Jake Kaufman, Mark Mueller and John Smith)
Games were the case in this episode of the GameBytes Show podcast! It’s been something-like-a-week since we’ve done this, so it’s time to give you our impressions of some great video games! LeGrande talks about Steamworld Heist, doing water-powered robo-dudes in outer space. Dale gets into the weird and nonstandard first person brawler sequel Zeno Clash 2. Jeremy finally explores the dark world of Deltarune and lives to tell the under tale!
Intro: “The Field of Hopes and Dreams” – Deltarune, by Toby Fox
Outro: “What We Need Are Some Heroes” – Steamworld Heist, by Steam Powered Giraffe
Dale and Jeremy are on the scene to rifle through the video game news of the week! We discuss the actual impending end of the PlayStation Vita, and have a few remembrances of the tiny powerhouse of a console. We are uniquely suited to discuss the Dune announcement from Funcom, so we do! Announcements of new games (free-to-play Dissidia, Pokemon) and milestones (Horizon Zero Dawn) as well as updates (Fortnite, FF14, RE2) and more! Plus new releases and freebies, and we discuss that knotty issue of “separating the art from the artist.”
Intro: “Back in the Groove (with lyrics)” – Toejam & Earl: Back in the Groove, by Cody Wright
Outro: “Playstation 20th Anniversary PS Vita Theme” – Sony Interactive Entertainment
Dale and Jeremy drop behind enemy lines for some reconnaissance on the news of the week, and it’s a warzone out there. Reggie Fils-Aime retires a hero, while other executives make the “most overpaid” list. The U.S. military gets into Microsoft HoloLens. A Taiwanese game is delisted from Steam for dissidence. Anthem’s roadmap is laid out, Darkest Dungeon is getting a sequel, and more! We cover the best new releases of the week, and we discuss the ethics and practicality of gaming-adjacent tech being put into service with the military.
Intro: “Nintendo Land Medley” Super Smash Bros for Wii U, by Ryo Nagamatsu, arr: Tsukasa Masuko
Outro: “Monita’s Theme”- Nintendo Land, by Ryo Nagamatsu
Jeremy, Dale, and LeGrande are back for the mid-week discussion of games on our plates! We have one Very Good Game, and one Very Good But We Hope It’s Better Soon game. First, Dale returns to the perennial GBS game club with our unfinished playthrough of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. His lack of martial creativity is covered by the game’s sweet combo system. Next, and for the remainder of the episode, LeGrande and Jeremy go all good-cop-bad-cop on Anthem, identifying the things it does VERY VERY RIGHT but also VERY VERY NOT-SO-RIGHT.
Intro: “Besieged Village” – Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, by Óscar Araujo
Outro: “Legion of Dawn” – Anthem, by Sarah Schachner
The news never stops, and this week we’re keeping apace over the U.S. holiday to bring you the news, new releases, and discussion that you have come to expect from this quality podcast. Jerod and Jeremy co-host this episode, to bring you the latest on Sony cross-platform woes, Anthem and Apex Legends woes, release announcements, legal stuff, and one weird game transaction. Plus, new releases, and we talk about our slightly-embarrassing video game-related arts & crafts projects that we have undertaken over the years!
INTRO Tetris A Theme (acoustic cover) by NearlyAWitch
OUTRO Ultima V – Stones (Acoustic Classical Guitar Cover) by Jonas Lefvert
Sit down, we have something to tell you. Something important. Something about video games. Yes, we’ve been playing them. We’re not sorry. And here’s why: THEY’RE AWESOME. Dale and Jeremy and LeGrande each have something great to share, and this week they’re talking about the Dota 2 Auto Chess mod, The Division 1 & 2 beta (same game?), and the brand-new Tetris 99 on Nintendo Switch.
Intro: “Main Menu” – Tetris 99
Outro: “Combat” – The Division 2 beta, by Johannes Bornlöf