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
In this episode, we definitively squash Jeremy’s predictions with confirmation and details of Half-Life Alyx (and its system specs, ow!). We sniff over the nominees of The Game Awards 2019 and its copious eSports categories, new was to play with friends on Steam, Stadia is HOT, Kojima thinks horror, and we have a pretty good offer on some real-estate for you, if your inventory contains enough cash. Plus, we dig into our wishlist on news of remakes and talk about our current wishlist for a from-the-ground remake.
Intro: “Full Burn” – Star Citizen: Squadron 42
Outro: “Aztec Theme – Atomic Age” – Civilization 6, by Christopher Tin
This week our hosts have played a number of great new games! Of course, these terms are relative, after all, but we’re sure they’re pretty good. And fairly new. They pass the whiff test. This week, LeGrande has been playing the sandwich-spread-sounding Pistol Whip, which he says is the best VR experience he’s had this year. Jeremy navigates the idea of “pretty mutants” (we’re still not sure what he meant) in Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden. Dale shares with us the joys of next-gen ziplining in Assassin’s Creed Syndicate.
Intro: Mutant Year Zero Road To Eden – OST – Main Theme
Outro: HVDES – R U Afraid
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
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
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