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
LeGrande, Dale, and Jeremy are not the heroes you deserve, but with great power something something. It’s the top of the week so we’re dishing out justice and video game news! Steam clarifies their new curation policies. Nintendo postpones a Direct, but game announcements come out anyway! Some of Jeremy’s favorite series are getting new sequels, Fortnite gets Nerfed, and Mega Man 11 is fundamentally broken. Plus, we cover new releases and we discuss our memories of superhero games through the years!
INTRO: “Background Game Music II” – Silver Surfer, by Tim Follin
OUTRO: “Quaker Bait” – Rebel Galaxy, by Dolph Taylor and Bart Hendrickson
Jerod and Jeremy are on a hunt for vengeance! And by “vengeance” we mean “video games”, but also “talking to you about the games they played”… Words are so complex sometimes! This week, Jeremy has been playing the new Forsaken DLC for Destiny 2, and talks about the campaign and the new “gambit” multiplayer mode. He’s also playing Another World (aka Out of This World) on the PS Vita and PS4, and talks about the idea of learning-by-failing and the game’s historical context. Jerod seeks virtue in Richard Garriott’s fully-released Shroud of the Avatar, but also finds himself returning to the loving arms of his usual fare.
Intro: “The Fanatic” – Destiny 2: Forsaken, by Pieter Schlosser, Skye Lewin, Michael Salvatori, Rotem Moav & C Paul Johnson
Outro: “End Theme Remix (Amiga Game)” – Another World, by Mano
LeGrande and Dale hold down the show for the US Labor Day holiday! Instead of jet-skis and barbecues, they’re jockeying segways and slinging game news! This week we cover Sony’s latest cross-play excuses, Spider-Man PS4 downgrades, Valve planning on games, Shovel Knight and Battlefront 2, Eminem <3 Kingdom Hearts, and the last official secret of DOOM2 has been found! Plus, new releases and we discuss games/franchises/studios we have supported with the hope to save them!
Intro: "The Battle Begins" - Heroes of the Storm, by Glenn Stafford & Jason Hayes
Outro: "Simple and Clean" - Kingdom Hearts, by Utada Hikaru
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