Episode 127: Traded William for Kaz

HYPE TRAIN *toot toot*

Discussion:

EA laid off 350 people and closed down their Russia and Japan divisions.

That’s about 3.5% of the company, but apparently it wasn’t unexpected. The layoffs mostly hit marketing and publishing, which isn’t very surprising—after Battlefield 5 was DOA, it’s pretty clear that they need to change up their strategies. https://kotaku.com/ea-lays-off-350-people-in-marketing-publishing-analyt-1833575289

Sony is no longer selling full game download codes at retail.

Policy goes in effect on April 1st. Gamestop’s shareholders have gotta be sad. https://twitter.com/Wario64/status/1109211277975416832

Episode 126: I Only Play Games From Japan

Pause Screen is here! This time Kyle tells us about Ys VII, Castlevania 4, and his collecting addiction while William talks about Tales of Vesperia, Touhou 6, and Fate/Grand Order. For the Hype Train, we get hype about Sekiro coming out, Cuphead on Switch, and more! For discussion topics, we tackle Microsoft extending Xbox Live to iOS and Android (plus the Switch), Google’s Stadia, and the Badland Games/Publishing mess with Axiom Verge. To finish up, Kyle tells us about one more game he’s played: the weird postmodern Travis Strikes Again. Come pause with us!

HYPE TRAIN *toot toot*

  • SEKIROOOOOO
  • Octopath Traveler mobile prequel (sad train)
  • Cuphead on Switch
  • Cadence of Hyrule
  • Katana Zero looks nice too
  • The Happy Hob just beat all 5 soulsborne games in a row without taking a hit (apart from a required one in Dark Souls 1)

Discussion:

Microsoft just launched an Xbox Live SDK for iOS and Android.

That’s right, achievements, friend lists, and more on mobile. They’re definitely trying to be everywhere. https://www.theverge.com/2019/3/14/18265214/microsoft-xbox-live-ios-android-games-support-features

STADIA

Badland

Episode 125:My Body Is Reggie

This week on Pause Screen Kyle talks more Smash, Tetris 99, and Fire Emblem Echoes, while William has been too sick to play anything except some Daemon X Machina. For this week’s Hype Train we talk about the EVO lineup, Pokemon Sword and Shield, Detective Pikachu, Anthem, Darksiders 3, some journalism, and an unusual game title. We also discuss Reggie’s upcoming retirement, potential relationships between Microsoft and Nintendo, and GOG’s recent layoffs. Come pause with us!

HYPE TRAIN *toot toot*

  • EVO announced their lineup. No Melee this year on the main stage. https://www.reddit.com/r/Games/comments/av7xzt/evo_2019_main_lineup_revealed/
  • Pokemon Sword and Shield got announced, are still definitely Pokemon
    • Who cares, there was a second trailer for Detective Pikachu!
  • Anthem is kind of out, and people kind of don’t like it.
  • Darksiders 3 made back its budget!
  • Cecilia D’Anastasio from Kotaku won the digital news award at the Writers’ Guild of America for her story on Riot Games’ sexism
  • Square Enix launched a Twitter account for their new IP, “Last Idea”. The jokes write themselves. It’s even a mobile gacha game! https://twitter.com/LASTIDEA_RPG

Discussion:

Goodbye Reggie, hello Bowser.

Reggie is retiring at the ripe old age of 57 and Doug Bowser, the SVP of Sales and Marketing, is taking his place. My body is not ready. https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190221005804/en/

Rumors are flying about Microsoft and Nintendo.

Think they’ll actually put Games Pass on the Switch? What about Xbox Live?

GOG laid of 12 people and appears to be struggling a bit.

The PC marketplace is basically the wild west these days, it’s interesting to see it in upheaval after so many years of Steam’s dominance. Who’s gonna win? Can Fortnite keep carrying the Epic Games Store? https://kotaku.com/facing-financial-pressures-gog-quietly-lays-off-at-lea-1832879826  

Episode 124: Press A to Anime

We have returned! Pause Screen is back with some audio only episodes! Kaz is sick for now, but Kyle is here to catch us up with Kingdom Hearts 3, Tetris 99, Smash, and a few other games. Meanwhile William has only been playing Tales of Vesperia and the Bleach gacha game. In the Hype Train we mention Piranha Plant joining Smash Ultimate, Hollow Knight: Silksong, along with a couple other topics, and a bunch of stuff from the Nintendo Direct including Fire Emblem, Bloodstained, Astral Chain, and Link’s Awakening. In our Discussions, we mention Blizzard’s recent firing spree, Apex Legends, and hitting the reset button on Metroid Prime 4.  Come pause with us!

HYPE TRAIN *toot toot*

  • Piranha Plant dropped on Tuesday with the release of Smash 2.0.0. Plus, they gave us patch notes! Incineroar buffs for days. Also, don’t use PP in All Star or Classic if you like your save data.
  • Hollow Knight: Silksong is going to be a full sequel starring Hornet. Looks good.
  • Wargroove released and is getting good reviews. Check it out if you’re into Advance Wars.
  • Jump Force and Crackdown 3 certainly exist
  • Goodbye, Wii Shop Channel
  • Nintendo Direct
    • Mario Maker 2 (June)
    • Marvel
    • Bloodstained (Summer)
    • Fire Emblem: Three Houses (July 26)
    • Hellblade (Spring)
    • Deltarune (Feb 28)
    • Yoshi (March)
    • FF IX (Yesterday) FFVII (March 26)
    • Starlink updates
    • Oninaki (summer)
    • Daemon X Machina (Summer)
    • Astral Chain (August 30)
    • Link’s Awakening (2019)

Discussion:

Blizzard fired some people. Plus, they don’t have any major games planned for 2019.

Apex Legends

Nintendo announced that it’s restarting development on Metroid Prime 4.

They have Retro taking the lead on the project now, so we’ll probably have to wait 3-4 more years. But maybe this means we’ll have a different Retro project on our hands soon? Plus, it’s refreshing to have this kind of honest communication about an anticipated game. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLIv_UXI_So

Episode 123: Judgmental Grandpa

With sickness spreading through the Pausescreen crew, William unfortunately couldn’t join us this week.  Kaz spent a bunch of time playing Stardew Valley, and Kyle stayed up way too late playing KH3. He also played and brought up the charming Astro Bot: Rescue Mission, an interesting VR game.  On the Hype Train we talk about the Wii Shop channel closing forever, RE2 remake, Erik Wolpaw’s return to Valve, Farming simulator’s new esport and more.  In the news we try to figure out what is going on at Gearbox as lawsuits and serious criminal accusations fly back and forth, We celebrate with Bungie on their split with Activision and speculate what the future will hold. We discuss the loss of some gaming history with Machinima’s dirty move on their Youtube channel, And we talk about how much american’s spent on Video games in 2018. Come Pause with us!

HYPE TRAIN *toot toot*

  • The Wii Shop channel closes forever next week, so make sure to download your stuff/use your leftover points.
  • Resident Evil 2 Remake is out tomorrow, and got great reviews.
  • KINGDOM HEARTS 3. It’s real! And getting good reviews!
  • Erik Wolpaw is working at Valve again. He wrote Portal 1 / 2 and co-wrote Half Life 2 eps. 1 and 2, so that potentially means good things
  • Farming Simulator is getting an esports league with $280,000 in prizes. https://twitter.com/verge/status/1088087297810202624
  • Smash set a new record for most money made in the first month by a console exclusive game. Crazy. It unseated Halo Reach, which has held the title since 2010.
  • Steamworld Quest got announced, which is a card based RPG. This series continues to bewilder and delight me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDA5FuOnsfA
  • Mortal Kombat 11 had its reveal! It’s still Mortal Kombat. The fatalities are rad, from what we’ve seen so far.
  • ESO: Elsweyr (home of the Khajit) got announced. There’s a neat cinematic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcDY-5GjGaE
  • AGDQ raised $2.4 million and was neat. The Mega Man X relay race was excellent. Urban Yeti and the DK Tropical Freeze races were also pretty memorable.
  • HBomberguy did a 100% run of Donkey Kong 64 to raise money for a UK charity supporting trans youth (Mermaids UK). Grant Kirkhope, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and tons of other celebs showed up on stream, and he raised $340k over the course of a grueling 57 hour run. https://techraptor.net/content/streamer-hbomberguy-raises-230000-trans-charity
  • Nintendo is suing Soulja Boy. Surprise! And so is Epic and everyone else as he keeps announcing new consoles “with Fortnite.”

Discussion:

So, Gearbox.

Its former general counsel (Wade Callendar) is suing them for Randy Pitchford supposedly having child porn. The company explained it away as being ‘barely legal’ porn, and that it was discovered (along with secret company docs) when he left a USB drive with it at a Medieval Times. He had the videos on there because he was impressed by the ‘magic’ of it, and he’s an amateur magician. Also, Gearbox is suing Callendar for improper use of funds and failing to reimburse, on things such as tuition, parties, and ‘getting six pack abs’. Yep.

https://kotaku.com/former-gearbox-lawyer-accuses-ceo-randy-pitchford-of-ta-1831679539

Bungie split with Activision.

They now own the Destiny IP and are independent once again. It’ll be interesting to see if they can save it, and it’s real interesting that Activision let it go after their 10 year contract and all the marketing money they dumped into that thing. Hopefully they can Make Destiny Great Again.

Machinima’s Youtube channel was wiped this past week.

It’s a big milestone, since they were key in bringing the streamer/videos of video games culture of today to fruition. Apparently the new owner is pulling things down to put on a streaming service somewhere. Any fond memories?

Americans spent $43b on video games this past year – a new high by a long shot.

We keep saying gaming is only getting bigger, but it’s crazy how bit it’s actually getting. Where do we go from here? How will new consoles make the transition? Will VR catch on, or will it take 20 more years like normal games did? Side note: Fortnite was $2.4 billion of that. That’s $6.6 million per day. Geez.

http://fortune.com/2019/01/23/2018-video-game-sales-totals/

Episode 122: The Joy Artifact Has Brought Us

Welcome to a new year with Pause Screen! This week, Kaz talks Yoku’s Island Express, finally saving Jaina in WoW, and playing some Smash Ultimate. Kyle’s also been Smashing, as well as playing some PSVR, Salt and Sanctuary, and Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom. William has done a quick playthrough of Undertale, and bought himself the old Xenosaga trilogy. For the Hype Train, we discuss the multitude of potential (but unannounced) games from From Software, the Megaman 11 team, Square’s Business Division 11, and whatever Persona 5 R is. We also touch on the sudden firing of Blizzard’s CFO, and start discussions about Artifacts poor performance and licencing issues surrounding tattoos in games. Come pause with us!

HYPE TRAIN *toot toot*

Discussion:

Artifact ended 2018 outside of Steam’s top 100 played games.

Can you really design esports? Are card games dead?

https://www.githyp.com/valves-artifact-ended-2018-outside-steams-top-100-most-played-games/

Tattoos in video games

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/27/style/tattoos-video-games.html

Episode 121: Shadowy Corporations

We’re wrapping up the year here at Pause Screen, and other than some World of Warcraft and Celeste, all three of us have been playing a lot of Smash Ultimate! In the Hype Train, we talk a bit about the Smash DLC, Below, the Nintendo Classic Consoles ending production, and a PSVR sale. In our discussions, we tackle Blizzard’s sudden announcement about Heroes of the Storm, suing Epic Games about Fortnite dances, a Kingdom Hearts 3 leak, and the dubious Sonic movie posters. Finally, we wrap up with each of our top five ‘games we played this year’ lists! Come pause with us!

HYPE TRAIN *toot toot*

SMASH BROS RUMOR OF THE WEEK – The last one. 🙁

  • Joker from Persona 5 is coming to Smash!
  • Plus, Smash is selling like crazy. It’s Nintendo’s fastest selling PAL game ever.

Discussion:

Blizzard took Heroes of the Storm out behind the shed.

They announced via blog post that they’re not doing the HGC in 2019 and that they’re moving lots of devs to other projects. Really sucks for all those folks who got fired via blog post. https://news.blizzard.com/en-us/blizzard/22833558/heroes-of-the-storm-news

Everyone is suing Epic Games for Fortnite dances.

Including the guy who did the Carlton and a kid who was one of the first to floss on Youtube. We live in special times.

Kingdom Hearts 3 got leaked into the wild.

Nomura says the disc doesn’t contain the epilogue or ending video though, so not EVERYTHING can be spoiled. It’s interesting, this is the first use of a day one patch that I think was a good idea—because of course this game leaked from a distribution center.

Subnautica is free on the Epic Games store.

They’re doing free games every two weeks for the next year. Plus, they’ve landed a lot of timed exclusives, including Super Meat Boy Forever, Hades, Ashen, and more. https://kotaku.com/epics-game-store-is-already-locking-down-exclusives-1830997999

Sonic movie

Episode 120: William Can’t Crank That

This Week we countdown to Smash Ultimate release by talking about video games! Kyle has reached a game ending glitch while trying to 100% Spyro, and played some OnRush and HotS.  Kaz thoroughly enjoyed exploding corpses in Diablo III and barely failed to kill Gu’Huun.  William’s impressions of Celeste is dropping below luke warm and he continues to play Xenoblade.  On the Hype train we kind of live cast the game awards, talk about soulja boy’s new console, and Counter Strike is now F2P.   In the discussions we talk about Epic’s new game store, hopefully the competition will help make steam better, we can’t wait! on the down side of the news, Red Dead Online’s economy is having a really tough time, Fallout 76 nylon bags and Bethesda’s ‘fix’ continues to be the worst for PR, and Playstation Classic’s lazy implementation.  Come Pause with us!

HYPE TRAIN *toot toot*

  • The Game Awards are happening right now!
  • Nintendo announced a Fire Emblem Expo, to be held in Japan in May
  • Soulja Boy has his own console and handheld
  • Counter Strike is now free to play, and also now has a battle royale mode because everything does these days. This one at least sounds a little different? https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=2600-RIPD-8554
  • Game Awards tonight
    • Sayonara Wild Hearts?
    • Dead cells won best action game
    • Journey to the Savage Planet
    • Stanley Parable ports with new content on consoles
    • Among trees
    • Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Switch exclusive
    • Far Cry New Dawn
    • Hades (early access -_-)
    • Ancestors (the humankind odyssey)
    • Scavengers
    • Crash Team Racing
    • The Outer Worlds
    • Dauntless
    • The Last Campfire
    • Atlas

SMASH BROS RUMOR OF THE WEEK

  • IT’S COMING OUT IN MERE HOURS

Discussion:

Epic is launching a new games store that gives 88% of revenue to developers.

Sounds neat. Need to find a link.

Surprise surprise, the economy in Red Dead Online is complete garbage.

Beans are worth more than gold rings, apparently. Rockstar said they’re looking to fix it and giving out some free currency, but it all feels a little fake to me. https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2018-11-30-in-red-dead-onlines-economy-baked-beans-are-more-valuable-than-gold-rings  

Fallout 76 continues to be a dumpster fire for Bethesda.

They’re now making actual canvas bags to give to people for the CE despite there being a ‘materials shortage’ or ‘too expensive’ when they originally went to do it and swapped to nylon. Plus, the Bethesda launcher was apparently showing peoples’ personal data to anyone who wanted to see it for a while. Plus, the respec system they added is also hot garbage. https://kotaku.com/bethesda-support-leaks-fallout-76-customer-names-addre-1830892930

Speaking of dumpster fires, the Playstation Classic.

You can access the emulator settings by plugging in a keyboard and pressing escape, including switching to the superior NTSC versions of ROMs and adding scan lines. The minimum of effort that went into this thing is astounding.

UPlay points now expire, so watch out for that.

Episode 119: The Happy Company

This week on Pause Screen Kyle talks Disneyland, SNES games, Heroes, and Spyro, while Kaz has spent some time with BattleChasers, Warcraft, and Red Dead Redemption 2, and William finishes with Torna: The Xenoblade DLC. For news, we mention Darksiders 3, MediEvil, the Game Awards, Smash Ultimate being leaked, and Kyle gives us a … synopsis of the Kingdom Hearts games. For discussion, we talk Sony pulling out of E3 2019, Bethesda and the Fallout 76 disaster, the Switch breaking sales records, the dismal PS Classic, and the end of the Nintendo Creators Program. Finishing up, we talk impressions of the Detective Pikachu film’s first trailer. Come pause with us!

Discussion topics

HYPE TRAIN *toot toot*

  • Darksiders 3 is out! It’s getting pretty mixed reviews, but I’m just glad it exists.
  • The MediEvil remake got a trailer, and it looks… okay?
  • Kingdom Hearts 3 has gone gold!
  • The Game Awards are going to have world reveals for 10+ games. Definitely tune in!

SMASH BROS RUMOR OF THE WEEK

  • The whole game is leaked now, courtesy of sketchy Mexican retailers. There’s only one week to go!

Discussion:

Sony is skipping E3 in 2019.

Crazy, they usually have a huge presence there. This’ll change the show dramatically. Any bets on if others follow suit?

Fallout 76 happened, and the whole thing is a dumpster fire.

From giving $5 to people who bought the collector’s edition because it sucks so bad to issuing apologies before the game even released.

The Switch became the best selling Nintendo console over Black Friday week—it moved 117% of the units the Wii did its first holiday season.

Good signs for the future of the system. Nintendoomed indeed.

Nintendo ends the controversial Nintendo Creators Program

Now it’s much easier to upload Nintendo content to video sites. https://www.gamnesia.com/news/nintendo-ends-its-controversial-creators-youtube-program

Episode 118: Welp, Diablo happened

The crew is back after the Blizzcon break! Kaz, William and Kyle decide to take a different approach to the cast taking a deep dive into the games we’re playing and talking about Blizzcon. There Also was a bunch of smash brothers news to discuss, but the meat of the podcast surrounds Diablo: Immortal. Is this a fatal misstep by Blizzard? Come pause with us to hear our thoughts!