Episode 91: Still a Toys R Us Kid

This week, Kyle can’t help bu spend money buying old and bad games, William  plays more Shadow of Valentia, and Kaz finally gets the best Legendary in Wow. In the News we talk about Microsoft’s E3 plans and the future of the event as a whole, we mourn the closure of Kyle’s childhood with the announcement of the Bankruptcy and closing of Toys R Us, Dota’s questionable Pay to Win subscription and how it’s changing the philosophy of the game, and we talk about the potential of Celebrities and Twitch.  For our Podcast Thing of the Week we celebrate the Ides of March by talking about our favorite video game betrayals, Come pause with us!

Discussion topics

Game Announcements, Rumors, and Upcoming/Recent Stuff

Microsoft has big changes for its E3 plans. They are, but aren’t participating in E3, because they want more fan participation.

Will the E3 adjacent strategy pay off for them?


Kyle – Toys R Us is closing all of its US stores.

Sad, that was my high school job. Even Skylanders couldn’t save them, I guess.


Dota 2 is introducing some pay to win elements with a monthly subscription service called Dota Plus.

Looks… weird. It’s almost a disadvantage to new players, which is the opposite of what they need right now. http://www.dota2.com/plus

Twitch Prime now gives you tons of really good games for free, which is awesome.

Steamworld Dig 2 is one of the 5 free games next month. That’s crazy, it came out in October. https://blog.twitch.tv/level-up-your-video-game-collection-with-free-games-with-prime-785fac856490?sf184412156=1

607,000 people tuned in to watch Drake play Fortnite. Are celebs the new thing for streaming?

I sure hope not. https://www.destructoid.com/rapper-drake-playing-fortnite-breaks-twitch-s-concurrent-viewers-in-a-single-stream-record-494412.phtml

Episode 90: SMASH

We’re back after a small break after Kaz went to Sweden and Kyle to Disneyland.  Kyle plays more games that people don’t know about, Ittle Dew 2+and WonderBoy: The dragon Trap. Kaz get frustrated at Persona 4 and visual novel style games.  William talks about his past week playing Shadows of Valencia.  In the news we get excited over the Nintendo Direct announcements, especially for the new Smash game! We also discuss the odd back and forth of rumors around Diablo 3 on the Switch, Monster Hunter world’s success and bid farewell to the PS Vita.  We wrap up the show with a positive twist on the state of women in games for International Women’s Day, come pause with us!

Game Announcements, Rumors, and Upcoming/Recent Stuff

Nintendo Direct!

  • Bowser’s Inside Story remake
  • Detective Pikachu
  • Luigi’s Mansion port
  • Kirby Star Allies
  • Okami HD
  • Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido
  • Octopath Traveler 7/13
  • Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes
  • Dark Souls Remastered – Solaire amiibo!
  • Mario Tennis Aces. It’s apparently a fighting game? And looks good? And there’s a tournament?
  • Captain Toad Treasure Tracker
  • Undertale
  • Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy
  • Little Nightmares Complete Edition
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole
  • Japan Exclusive: Phantasy Star Online 2 port
  • Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition
  • ARMS Online Open tourney
  • Splatoon 2 3.0. You can get RANK X
  • Splatoon 2 Octo Expansion


Other things


Microsoft is copying Nintendo Directs with Inside Xbox, a monthly show about stuff they’re doing/releasing.

Neat. https://www.destructoid.com/xbox-has-a-new-show-that-s-partially-dedicated-to-revealing-news-492898.phtml


Monster Hunter World is officially Capcom’s best selling game ever.

I can’t wait to see what they can do with a bigger budget and further streamlining. I’m excited for the future of the series!



Sony is getting rid of PS3 and Vita games in PS+ as of March 2019.

So goodbye Vita!

Episode 89: Pure Poetry

This week, William talks (again) about Xenoblade as a series in a (vain) attempt to wrap the whole thing up. Kyle manages to 100% Super Lucky’s Tale and grinds out some Heroes of the Storm matches. Kaz gets close to the end of Persona 4, guest stars on other podcasts, and manages to finally grind out a mount in WoW, all while gearing up to go to Sweden! In our news section, we talk about the Burnout Paradise Remaster, Warcraft rumblings, both Sonic racing and movies, Doom’s patch on Switch, and the Megaman Legacy Collection ports. We also take a look at copyright laws for online games and finish up with a small haiku session, where we describe different games via haiku and try to guess what they are. Come pause with us!


Discussion topics

Game Announcements, Rumors, and Upcoming/Recent Stuff


The ESA is fighting against a DMCA exemption for abandoned online games.

Should they be allowed to? What rights does the player/customer have? What about the preservation angle? https://torrentfreak.com/game-companies-oppose-dmca-exemption-for-abandoned-online-games-180217/


Norway is cracking down on Nintendo for not allowing customers to cancel digital preorders.

Hooray consumer rights! Also, why preorder a digital game? https://www.rollingstone.com/glixel/news/norway-accuses-nintendo-of-breaking-european-consumer-laws-w516963



Haiku poetry jam!



Hey there old woman,
What are you doing out here?
Please don’t suck my brains!
Hey Dad I need help,
What am I supposed to do?
“What a king must do”

Finally captured you,
Hey Stop trying to break out!
“Forest just set back!”


Having a bad day?
Kick, punch, it’s all in the mind
Yeah! Now I believe.

Hangin’ with my bros
Space is a pretty neat place!

The law says we’re bad.
But screw the law! Paint it black.
Tokyo-to is ours.

Kxaj wumo nuj rut (This game is bad)
Rik kxo Saurians ceeb douk! (But the Saurians look neat!)
A najx kxaj nuj Zelda. (I wish this was Zelda.)
ALT LINE: Kao Krazoa. (The Krazoa.)


A Dark Knight finding
Redemption for past crimes? Nah,
Let’s go to the moon

Find Triforce pieces!
Wait, there are no dungeons left?
Let’s just sail around…

Shadow has a gun
What do you mean ‘too edgy?’
Stop writing stories/ Please, kill this series

Let’s make the next game
This could be the series’ end
Let’s throw it all in/ But there are waifus

Episode 88: Finishing Touch

This week, all three of us have finished some games! Kyle finishes up Monster Hunter and tries out a cutesy platformer, William finally finishes up with Xenoblade 2 (for now), and dives right back into the anime with Steins;Gate, and Kaz completes Shadow of Mordor and closes in on the end of Persona 4. In our news section, we talk about Spyro remasters, Metroid Prime 4, Kingdom Come: Deliverance, and a bit about Nintendo’s plans moving forward. To finish up, we have a discussion about the two new bills presented to the Hawaiian legislature, and the regulation of loot boxes and predatory microtransactions. Come pause with us!

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Game Announcements, Rumors, and Upcoming/Recent Stuff


Hawaii has introduced two bills to tackle loot boxes in gaming.

They’re aiming to prohibit sale of games with loot boxes to people under 21 and force companies to publish loot box probabilities. Both bills have several sponsors, so it’ll be interesting to see where these go. https://www.reddit.com/r/Games/comments/7x4uoa/loot_box_legislation_established_in_the_state_of/


Activision Blizzard makes about half of its yearly revenue from microtransactions.

So if you’re wondering why they’re everywhere, it’s because you’re buying them. https://www.reddit.com/r/Games/comments/7w8zph/activision_blizzard_makes_4_billion_usd_in/


Nintendo is aiming to have a longer-than-usual lifecycle with the Switch, wants to have one owned by ‘every single person’.

Think it’ll work? Are we finally unchained from the relentless progress of graphical capabilities? https://www.destructoid.com/nintendo-still-wants-a-longer-console-lifecycle-and-everyone-to-own-one-487524.phtml


Episode 87: Who’s Dooty is it anyways?

Both Kaz and Kyle are hopelessly caught up with Shadow of War and Monster Hunter World respectively. William get ever closer to the end of Gacha-blade chronicles 2 (when do we start believing him?) In the News we talk about the rumors of Black ops 4 and a New Crash Bandicoot game, the cheaters of PUBG and the slow crack job on Assasin’s Creed Origins. We finish up with a game coming up with ideas for new Call of Duty games, whos idea will win? Come pause with us!

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Game Announcements, Rumors, and Upcoming Stuff


Monster Hunter World has overtaken PUBG as the top selling game on the Xbox Store.

What universe are we living in? https://www.resetera.com/threads/so-after-2-months-being-1-top-paid-on-the-xbox-store-pubg-is-finally-overtaken-by-mhw.21038/


Speaking of PUBG, cheating is apparently a huge problem.

They’ve banned over a million cheaters, and say it’s still getting worse. What do you guys think about these economy-based games, like CS:GO, Dota2, and PUBG? https://twitter.com/TheBattlEye/status/960278229566226437


It took 3 months, but Assassin’s Creed Origins finally got cracked.

Crazy long, considering. Think it marks an increase in future security effectiveness? Also, modern piracy is weird. https://kotaku.com/after-three-months-pirates-say-theyve-finally-cracked-1822696106


EVO’s 2018 lineup got announced, and Marvel isn’t in it.

This is the first time it’s ever not been a main game. Too bad, that gameplay looked really fun. https://www.polygon.com/2018/2/6/16983146/evo-2018-lineup-games-street-fighter-5-smash-bros-tekken-7-dragon-ball-fighterz



Call of duty has been around for a long time, they are out of wars to explore, let’s help them  by coming up with some new options


Call of dooties that should/shouldn’t exist:


Kaz- CoD: Saurus warfare. set in caveman era, the sentient dinosaurs rule but their ways are ancient and cruel. The time of man is at hand, dinosaurs are about to become extinct. II


Kyle – CoD: Biological Warfare. You play as a team of scientists shrunk down to combat the strangely-ethnic-looking diseases plaguing the United States of America. 

William – CoD Digital Warfare – You are recruited by the American government to infiltrate Anonymous, the ‘hacking syndicate,’ gameplay is largely ‘coding’ minigames that function like mini CoD setpieces.  The most notable part of the game is the ability to play previous CoD games with your buddies in Anonymous.

Episode 86: A Little Bit of SaaS

Kaz finally gets to play the Darkening of Tristram event in Diablo 3, and has some fun with Monster Hunter World, though not as much fun as Kyle, who struggles to hold himself back from gushing too much, while William makes excuses for why he still hasn’t finished Xenoblade 2. In our news section, William disparages the idea of the Mario movie, we talk about the Switch doing so much better than the Wii U, and we finish up with a discussion about lifestyle games, and why they seem to be struggling to keep hold of people. Come pause with us!

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Game Announcements and Upcoming Stuff


The Switch has outsold lifetime sales of the Wii U in 10 months.

Wow. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/finance/hard_soft/index.html


Paragon, Epic’s foray into MOBAs, is closing on April 26th.

They’re giving out full refunds, though, so that’s nice. I guess we’re finally done with the age of MOBAs? https://www.epicgames.com/paragon/en-US/news/paragon-to-close-on-april-26


Dota’s going agile.

Speaking of MOBAs, Dota is going to try a biweekly update system for 6 months, is it enough to save the game from its decline? https://www.pcgamer.com/dota-2-is-moving-to-a-bi-weekly-update-schedule/



Discussion about the lifespan of games  

Hype trains, microtransactions, multiplayer. Companies are trying to extend the life of their games as much as they can. Do gamers just have a short attention span, or are there too many games trying to hold our attention for too long?


Related: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhWGQCzAtl8

Games you wish people were still super hype about?



Episode 85: For Dragon HonorZ World

Watch PauseScreen Episode 85 from frozenfoxlive on www.twitch.tv

William yet again get distracted by the side quests in Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Kaz get her murder on and has it backfired in Shadows of Mordor and Kyle gives his lackluster review of For Honor.   In the news we build the hype for Monster Hunter World, learn the true pronunciation for Dragon Ball FighterZ, discuss Nintendo’s mobile strategy (Kaz finally has a breakthrough about mobile games) and mourn for Brazilian Gamers.  At the end we play a game and try to decide on the spot what games we would want to introduce non-gamers to.  Come pause with us!
Game Announcements and Upcoming Stuff

  • Beat Saber looks SO GOOD. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rIjcRK_BNU
  • Dad of War has a release date—it’s coming out on 4/20. Meme city.
  • Celeste came out today and looks excellent. Don’t let it slip through the cracks! Destructoid and IGN both gave it 10s and it’s at 93 on Metacritic, for goodness’ sake. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iofYDsA2yqg
  • Happy Monster Hunter World Eve! (and Dragon Ball FighterZ)
  • Official clarification on Dragon Ball FighterZ name pronouciation https://twitter.com/BandaiNamcoUK/status/956503988140232705


Miitomo is shutting down in May

Pretty quick, considering it was Nintendo’s first foray into mobile and came out just two years ago. Nintendo isn’t fond of keeping servers on for a long time, I guess.



PS4 Pro coming to Brazil… for $935 USD.

Poor, poor Brazil. No wonder piracy is such a problem down there. https://twitter.com/ZhugeEX/status/954385167908556801


Limited Run is getting into Switch games.

They’ve already announced Saturday Morning RPG, Flinthook, and Mercenary Kings. I’m pretty excited!


Episode 84: Full Motion Video

We’re back, and for the first time, in video! Kaz plays a bit of Shadow of Mordor and revels in her newly found fame, Kyle finishes up the Crash Trilogy, gets sick, and finally gets around to Resident Evil VII, and William moves forward in Xenoblade 2.  We also discuss Nintendo’s newest crazy idea, Nintendo Labo, Dark Souls Remastered, and talk about our favorite runs of AGDQ 2018. To finish up, we talk the Overwatch League, the changes it’s making to e-sports, and what it could look like moving forward. Come pause with us!


We did a new thing! You can watch us live!

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Dark Souls Remastered

Going to be in 1080p 60fps on PS4 and Xbone, 1080p and 30fps on Switch. Seems like they’re not touching the level design or (probably) the engine; it’s mostly a straight port that they’re charging $40 for.



They raised $2.26 million this year, a new record by about $40k! It was a really great event yet again. Special shoutouts to the Resident Evil 7, Mega Man 1-3 relay, Cloudbuilt, Super Dram World 2, Ori and the Blind Forest race runs, F-Zero GX full speed, DKC reverse boss order, Yooka-Laylee, Hyper Light Drifter, and LttP Randomizer– best run they’ve had in years


Nintendo Labo

Nintendo’s heading back to the toy aisle. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3Bd3HUMkyU


Overwatch League

Finally, esports gets the production values we deserve. Will you guys be watching? First person games are still so difficult to follow.

Episode 82: Life and Death by Loot Boxes

Kaz doesn’t know what to do with so much so much spare time on her hands, Kyle has a soft spot for odd little Gamecube-esque 3d platformers, and William gets lost in a book and isn’t excited for Xenoblade chronicles 2.  In the new we discuss the disaster that is Star Wars Battlefront 2-are loot boxes even fun anymore?- Gamestop’s rental system, Skyrim on the Switch and Dota 2.  We also announce a short hiatus where we are going to work on improving the show for you, see you again in 2018! Come pause with us!



Skyrim on the switch is actually really good https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTAo0v8yFfk


Star Wars Battlefront 2 is absolutely horrifying

More than 10x the most down voted Reddit post of all time


In response, EA is temporarily turning off in game purchases



Gamestop’s rental system -PowerPass- is being delayed


Dota is dying? https://www.esportstales.com/dota-2/playerbase-declining-707-effect-and-source-2


Episode 81: Digital Orphans

Kaz is back! She brings stories of her Blizzcon adventures (and huge win in the costume contest), Kyle can’t shut up about Odyssey, and William continues to be disappointed by Fire Emblem Fates. In news, we talk all the Blizzcon announcements, Telltale’s realignment, and Gamestop’s attempt to stay relevant with a hot new rental service. Come pause with us!


StarCraft 2 is going free to play

2 New Heroes in HotS: Alexstraza and Hanzo (awesome cinematic)

A bunch of new features and tweaks to heroes gameplay

Hearthstone Kobolds and Catacombs, love letter to the classic dungeon crawler

New overwatch Cinematic: Honor and Glory

Overwatch getting a new map called blizzardworld (super inside joke)

New support hero moira

World of Warcraft classic servers


Awesome battle for lordaeron diorama, Kaz was in it!


Telltale laid off 90 people, is going to be working on their tech and scaling back operations

Gamestop announces game rental program, play as many pre-owned games as you want for 6 months, then choose one to keep, all for $60.