Episode 113: Sora, Kinda Sora and Other Sora

We’re back for another week in gaming and Kaz has been diving headfirst into Battle for Azeroth, but she also has stumbled back into hearthstone somehow? At least she has something to do while Darksouls is kicking her butt.  Kyle gushes about Aaero, a rhythm, rail-shooter game that is under appreciated, as well as talks neutrally positively about more Spiderman. He also reports on his first week of Switch Online.  William is starting to be quite the arena champion in Fire Emblem Heroes, getting to rank 21 without spending one dime on the game, Impressive!  For the Hype train we talk about Sony’s PlayStation Classic and the new Pro controllers, Kingdom Hearts 3’s box art, Devil May Cry 5, and Tales of Vesperia.  Kaz gushes about the new BfA patch announcement for a while before the crew gets into a discussion about Spider-man’s success. Is it going to lead to more Marvel games? For the thing of the week we talk about our biggest gaming turn offs.  Come pause with us!


HYPE TRAIN *toot toot*





Spider-Man is selling like hotcakes, if hotcakes were still popular. 3.3 million copies so far, and it’s killing it in almost every territory.

Think we’ll get more Marvel games out of this? It’s even been outselling God of War, and has set the record as the fastest-selling title that Sony has ever published. https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/talkingtech/2018/09/20/marvels-spider-man-ps-4-sells-record-3-3-million-copies-opening/1346187002/


 Capcom Vancouver, the studio behind Dead Rising 2, 3, and 4, is now closed.

Sucks for them, but it makes some sense given the success of Capcom’s in-house projects lately. https://kotaku.com/dead-rising-studio-capcom-vancouver-shuts-down-1829143863

William’s Podcast THING OF THE WEEK

Gaming red flags. What turns you off from a game?

Episode 112: Boiled Gaming Tastes

Kaz returns this week with epic tales of cornfields and Battlechasers, but she’s a little bummed to be missing raid already! Willam played more Portrait of Ruin and Fire Emblem Heroes. Please forgive Kyles poor internet for dropping every once in a while, but he did manage to play a ton of games with week, most notably Spider-man and Mega Man 11.  In the New we were excited to go over the happenings of the Nintendo Direct, we also dig into the issue with backending in cloud saves.  For the rest of the discussion we dive into the legal issues EA continues to have with loot boxes in Belgium.  For something fun we talk about the 5 games that would best embody the types of games we like.  Come Pause with us!


HYPE TRAIN *toot toot*

    • Nintendo Direct


  • Luigi’s Mansion 3


    • 3ds ports: Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn, Bowser’s Inside story
    • Switch ports: SMBU, Katamari, Civ 6, Cities Skylines (out now!)
    • Capcom Beat ‘em up bundle
    • Switch online details. It’s basically what we already knew, but you can also spend even more money on NES controllers for $60. Hooray, I guess.
    • Town is a new RPG from Gamefreak that seems kind of interesting
    • Yoshi’s Crafted World!
    • Board games! Carcassonne, Pandemic, LotR LCG, Catan, Munchkin. Really interesting concept, it’s cool to see Asmodee have a digital division.
    • Starlink looks great. I love Wolf’s new voice actor/model
    • FFVII, XI, X/X-2 HD Remaster, XIIZA, XV Pocket, WoFF, CD
    • I need the Smash dock. I hope they release it separately.
    • Also, we got more dad Bowser, which is adorable
    • Isabelle in Smash https://78.media.tumblr.com/e6392ce863f5b02b7e5816b1c82dc874/tumblr_ozf1h3GiCa1tpri36o1_400.gif
    • Animal Crossing 2019!



  • No Codex calls this time, according to David Hayter



EA is taking loot boxes to Belgian court.

Think they’ll win? Seems like they’re trying to control the situation before it spreads across the rest of the EU.



Some Switch games won’t support cloud saves.

Seems like it’s due to backend design, since the feature wasn’t built in to the system from day one. It’ll supposedly stop people from cheating.




If you had to recommend someone play 5 games to really get a feel for you/your tastes, what five would you pick?


  1. Warcraft 3
  2. Bloodborne
  3. Zoo Tycoon
  4. Skyrim
  5. Heroes of the Storm


  1. Parappa the Rapper
  2. Mega Man 5/6/10
  3. Dark Souls
  4. Earthbound
  5. DJ Hero 2


William (yes he cheated)

Without Me

  1. FF6
  2. LttP
  3. Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
  4. Muramasa: The Demon Blade
  5. Metroid Zero Mission

With Me

  1. Skyward Sword
  2. Fire Emblem 7
  3. Majora’s Mask
  4. Xenoblade Chronicles
  5. Tales of Vesperia

Episode 111: Guilty Pleasures

Welcome back to Pause Screen, this week Kaz is out, so Kyle and William are on their own, so all bets are off. William takes the opportunity to talk about the scandalous Catherine and a bit more of Portrait of Ruin. Kyle is still stuck on Dead Cells, though he took a bit of time to try out Tekken 7. In news, Spider-Man comes out tomorrow, Destiny 2 is still getting expansions, Nintendo cancels a Direct, leaving Megaman 11’s demo out in the cold, and the Xbox Adaptive Controller is out! For discussions this week, we tackle microtransactions and the business model that is making them an unfortunate reality in gaming. We also take a look at the beautiful disaster that is Riot games attempting to change the public perception of their work culture. To finish up, we talk about some of our guilty pleasures in gaming, and speculate about what Kaz’s would be. Come pause with us!

Discussion topics

HYPE TRAIN *toot toot*



  • There are going to be characters in this game



The producer of 2K’s NBA 2K19 called microtransactions an ‘unfortunate reality’ of gaming.

The sad part is, I think I agree with him. https://www.reddit.com/r/Games/comments/9cz8n4/2k_says_microtransactions_are_an_unfortunate/


The Riot Games drama marches on: they held a few career seminars (complete with 1-on-1 resume reviews), but only allowed women and non-binary people to attend.

Is promotion the answer to discrimination, or is it just more discrimination? Reddit seems to think the latter. https://www.dailyesports.gg/reddit-vs-riot-drama-over-female-only-league-of-legends-pax-seminars/



 Gaming guilty pleasures

Episode 110: Taunting Giants

Kyle has returned from the magical land of Disney and played a bunch of games.  William started playing Portrait of Ruin again and Kaz has been neck deep in Goatman work and Warcraft. In the news we talk about CD projekt Red’s unexpected Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay stream, A new IP coming out from Nintendo, the International and a Netflix Diablo series.  On a more serious note we mourn the loss of life at the Madden qualifier tournament event in Jacksonville. We also can’t believe a Pirate site is taunting Nintendo and hosting ROMS and also discuss EA’s move to delay Battlefield 5. Come Pause with us!

HYPE TRAIN *toot toot*



  • It’s going to have brothers that you can smash
  • There’s a limited edition coming to the US! Also, a Switch bundle with special joy cons and a special pro controller.



 EA’s Madden qualifier tournament event in Jacksonville, FL had a mass shooting.

Pretty terrible. 3 dead including shooter, 9 more wounded. EA is donating $1mm to the victims’ families and has cancelled the rest of the tourney. What does this mean for future gaming events?


Random pirate site is trying to call out Nintendo in the battle for ROM hosting https://torrentfreak.com/pirate-site-taunts-nintendo-with-a-new-retro-games-section-180830/


Battlefield 5 delayed it’s release until November

Is it enough to help them remarket themselves? https://www.pcgamer.com/battlefield-5-release-date-delayed-to-november/

Episode 109: William Should Not Work For Blizzard

This week with Pause Screen, Kyle is on vacation, William hasn’t played anything besides Fire Emblem: Heroes, and Kaz is enjoying Battle for Azeroth and a little bit of Battle Chasers. In news, we talk about the ongoing Gamescom and all that’s happened there. Cyberpunk 2077, Battlefield 5, Sekiro, Devil May Cry 5, and more. We also mention Amazon Prime dropping thier preorder discount, and the legendary Windjammers 2 trailer. For discussion topics, we have the newly debuted steam.tv, and to wrap up, we talk Battlefield 5 and the web of controversy surrounding it. Come pause with us!

HYPE TRAIN *toot toot*



  • Gameplay of new smash characters at gamescom




Valve’s streaming service, Steam.tv, has launched.  Is this the end of youtube gaming? Will it be a real competitor to twitch? https://www.pcgamer.com/valves-new-streaming-platform-steamtv-is-officially-live-now/


Battlefield 5 preorders are ‘weak’ and chief design officer Patrick sunderlund is going to step down from EA  Will it flop because of the political controversy around it, or are they releasing it too close to RD2 and COD, or is an overall dissatisfaction with EA (or all of the above)?  https://www.vgr.com/battlefield-5-pre-order-sales-weak/


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ry5Lu9g1nk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pGjb5MvuUE


Episode 108: Long Live Luigi

We’re back after a week break and have a LOT to talk about! Kyle played the most with a bunch of old games. Good news is that he finally beat Enter the Gungeon, but is somewhat slogging through the Megaman X Collection 1.  William is revisiting portal to achievement hunt and played some Fire Emblem Fates Conquest.  Laura battled a giant skeletal man in Dark Souls 3, and it tearing it up in the new WoW expansion!  In our quick news we talk about Diablo 3 for Switch, DS remastered release date,  DOOM Eternal, Evo and more.  In our Discussion we talk about former IGN editor Filip Miucin and his Plagiarism, Bethesda’s litigious moves on games re-sellers and Riot’s Sexism and discrimination culture.  Come pause with us!

HYPE TRAIN *toot toot*



  • We’re incredibly late to the party, but Luigi is dead (super dead), and Smash has everything in it now



IGN’s Nintendo editor, Filip Miucin, was caught plagiarizing a small Youtube reviewer’s review of Dead Cells.

Since then, it’s gone from bad to worse. He had a bad apology video (monetized, of course), challenged people to find more plagiarism (which they promptly did), and IGN is now considering removing all of his content he’s ever done entirely. What a tool.


Bethesda sent eBay sellers cease and desist letters for selling ‘new’ games.

Man, they like to sue people.



Kotaku ran a really interesting piece on sexism and discrimination at Riot Games.

Not sure if we want/need to tackle it, but it’s an interesting read.



Episode 107: #DeadlyHashtags

This week Kaz is coming off of a losing streak in heroes, and a similar streak in Dark Souls 3. William is back from the dead with a shiny ‘Double S’ achievement from Dustforce and having played a little of Octopath Traveler. Kyle returns with a report on the Hololens, Beat Saber, Megaman X, and Enter the Gungeon. In our quick news, we mention Evo, Spider-Man, Valve, off disc Spyro 2-3, and the Megaman and Castlevania animated shows. For discussion, we take a look at some of Sylvanas’ actions as warchief in the upcoming WoW expansion, and a bit of the player reaction. Then, to finish up, we discuss examining games based on player experience as opposed to actual content, and subjectivity (or objectivity, if you prefer). Come pause with us!

HYPE TRAIN *toot toot*





Warcraft Prepatch is causing all sorts of distress among the community, especially the Horde

Basically Sylvanas (as Warchief) ordered a bunch of warcrimes, we all knew Teldrasil would burn down, but people were hoping it would be some morally grey events. The Horde was definitely in the wrong




Episode 106: Lootbox Loophole

This week is a Kaz and Kyle show because William has caught the plague.  Kaz is diving deep into dark souls and has encountered her first Lord of Cinder.  Kyle tried really hard to beat Enter the Gungeon.  In the new, Kyle can’t help but mentioning Spyro’s awesome soundtrack options, and Kaz mentions there’s a Slenderman movie (remember that name?).  We discuss in depth the huge Copyright Hammer down on a couple popular ROM sites, Next Gen cloud Xbox possibilities, an unfortunate Loot box loophole in Denmark and more, come pause with us!

HYPE TRAIN *toot toot*



  • Uh…. it comes out on December 7?



Nintendo is suing a couple of popular ROM sites, LoveROMS.com and LoveRETRO.co.

Both sites are now down. Wonder if this is Nintendo trying to make an example, or if they’re just bothered that they’re popular/making money off it.



The rumor mill says the next Xbox is going to have two tiers: a lean/cheap cloud streaming version and a more traditional console.




Dragon Ball Fighterzzzzzzzzzzzz has overtaken Street Fighter 5 to be the biggest event at EVO 2018.

Also, Smash 4 beat Melee by one person.



Dutch players now have loot boxes in Dota 2 again, but without the direct randomization.

Instead, they can see what they’ll get if they buy another box. Buy one more, maybe you’ll get what you want next time!


Related, Forza announced it will removing all prize crates a day after DotA’s announcement https://www.pcgamer.com/forzas-loot-boxes-and-paid-tokens-are-going-away/


The Culling 2 happened, and then unhappened.


Episode 105: Microtransactional slurs

Another week comes and goes and Kaz hasn’t gotten to play much between streaming and puppy. William forces himself through Fire Emblem Warriors and Kyle plays a whole slew of games: Runner 3, Super Bomberman R, Oceanhorn, and Sonic Mania Plus. In the new we talk about Nathan Fillions epic Uncharted fan film, how much space Super Smash Bros Ultimate will take on your switch, and a new $30 clicker game with NO MICROTRANSACTIONS?! We also discuss how rainbow six siege’s choice to instaban user of Slurs might spread to all games, Nintendo’s relaxed(or non-existent) approach to cheaters in Splatoon, and how one typo in coding can completely screw up a game. Come pause with us!

HYPE TRAIN *toot toot*





Clicker game with no microtransactions is kicking butt in sales.

It is bad that I’m really tempted to buy it?  https://steamed.kotaku.com/clicker-game-ditches-microtransactions-becomes-steam-b-1827703881


Rainbow 6 Siege players who use slurs are now getting instabanned.

I love it. https://www.pcgamer.com/rainbow-six-toxicity-ban/


 Someone hacked the Splatoon 2 leaderboards to ask Nintendo for anti-cheat.

It got taken down, and still no anti-cheat. Think they’ll add it before we’re supposed to pay for the privilege of playing against cheaters online? https://twitter.com/Nintendeal/status/1017539297577086976


Aliens: Colonial Marines had its AI fixed by a modder who found a single letter typo in the game’s .ini file.

Tether, not teather. https://www.resetera.com/threads/aliens-colonial-marines-ai-fixed-by-a-single-letter.55247/

Episode 104: Keeping a Legacy

Welcome back from a short break! William has come back from a short vacation, but doesn’t have much to show for it other than incremental progress in Dustforce. Kaz has begun an epic journey in both Dark Souls and Tooth and Tail, and Kyle has beaten Steamworld Dig 2, only to fall to piracy in order to play some rare games on his NES Classic. In news, we talk about Octopath Traveler, Bomb Chicken, the new Pokemon trailer, Warframe, Spyro, and Sonic Mania, followed up with some Smash amiibo and music. For our discussion, we look at ESPN and Overwatch, the banning of lootboxes in some countries, and Nintendo’s new anti-pirate hardware. To finish up, we discuss collecting games, their value, and preservation as we move into the future. Come pause with us!

HYPE TRAIN *toot toot*






Overwatch league is now going to be on ESPN

I guess treating it like a serious sport is paying off! https://techcrunch.com/2018/07/11/overwatch-league-strikes-a-milestone-deal-with-disney-and-espn/


Players in the Netherlands and Belgium can no longer open loot boxes in CS:GO.

Wonder how long this patchwork solution will last as more and more countries ban the practice.



Nintendo is rolling out new hardware configurations for the Switch to make it harder to hack.

Maybe it’ll be effective for another 2 months.