Episode 162: Abridging the Lore

Welcome back to Pause Screen! This week Kaz has been playing Hollow Knight, Shadow of War, and has finished Death Stranding. William has finished up with Mark of the Ninja Remastered, finally returned to Xenoblade Chronicles, and is mired in a farming event in Fate/Grand Order. As for Kyle, he’s played through Touhou Luna Nights, Maneater, Fall Guys, and some more… questionable titles. On the Hype Train there’s a lot to talk about:  the long awaited prices and release dates for the new consoles, the announcement of Final Fantasy XVI and Hogwarts Legacy, new trailers, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, and more! Come pause with us!

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  • Microsoft unveiled the Series S and pricing/release info
    • Series S is $299, Series X $499
    • Releases November 10
    • Preorders go up 9/22
    • EA Play added to Games Pass
  • Sony had a Playstation Games Showcase https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjji8NEW9lo 
    • Final Fantasy XVI (timed console exclusive, will launch on PC same time)
    • Spider-Man: Miles Morales
    • Hogwarts Legacy
    • CODBLOPS: Cold War
    • Resident Evil 8: Village
    • Deathloop (exclusive)
    • Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition
    • Oddworld: Soulstorm
    • FNaF: Security Breach
    • Demon’s Souls (exclusive)
    • Fornite
    • PS Plus Collection
    • God of War: Ragnarok
    • Releases November 12, $499 with disc drive, $399 without
      • Preorders were a nightmare
  • Nintendo had a Partner Showcase direct https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0Q3FdosFBo 
    • Monster Hunter Rise
    • Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin
    • They’re making Fitness Boxing 2 for some reason
    • Disgaea 6
    • I finally understand what kind of game Empire of Sin is
    • Sniper Elite 4
    • Hades
    • Balan Wonderworld
    • Rune Factory 5
    • Ori and the Will of the Wisps (plus this and Ori 1 are getting physicals on Switch!)
  • HYRULE WARRIORS AGE OF CALAMITY
  • Ubisoft had their Ubiforward for September
    • Scott Pilgrim
    • Riders’ Republic
    • Prince of Persia Sands of Time Remake
    • Immortals: Fenyx Rising
  • 13 Sentinels Aegis Rim releases on 22

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  • Twitch now runs ads midstream whether you like it or not, leading to hilarious scenarios like this: 

Episode 161: I Probably Won’t, But Don’t Be Surprised If I Do

It’s time for another episode of Pause Screen! This time, Kyle’s finally finished the futuristically fatalistic Final Fantasy VII, fully fallen into Fall Guys, and endured the fallen flat Double Kick Heroes. William has reconnected with his lost love: the Wii U Pro Controller, with which he’s played Touhou Luna Nights, Mark of the Ninja Remastered, and Hyrule Warriors. And to wrap us up, Kaz has been playing Luigi’s Mansion 3, and has returned to the handheld modding scene. On the Hype Train, we talk the Mario 35th anniversary Direct, new DC game announcements, poorly titled hashtags, the Lab Zero dissolution, being out of touch, and more! Come pause with us!

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  • Nintendo did a Mario direct today for SMB’s 35th anniversary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_UcjEq2Dgk
    • Original SMB Game & Watch with a color screen. $50
    • Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury on Switch. Looks like they added a new dive move, and the expansion seems neat. Confirmed to have online multiplayer
    • Super Mario Bros. 35. It’s Tetris 99, but Mario. Goes away forever 3/31/21.
    • Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
    • Super Mario 3D All-Stars. Has 64, Sunshine, and Galaxy 1. Limited release, goes away forever 3/31/21. Comes out 9/18.
  • The eShop now lets you cancels pre-orders up to 7 days out, sales now have a timer on them
  • Gamescom stuff
  • The Lord of the Rings: Gollum got announced. It’s a “Prince of Persia-like stealth game” with a branching narrative https://www.ign.com/articles/gollum-lord-of-the-rings-game-prince-of-persia-stealth-branching-narrative-exclusive-trailer 
  • Rocksteady’s Suicide Squad game finally got announced/unveiled https://twitter.com/suicidesquadRS/status/1297326553106325504 
  • As did Gotham Knights, from WB Montreal. You get to play all of the not-Batman characters (he’s apparently dead) and do the whole Batman video game thing. But with 4 players! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhVf_3TeTQE 
  • Crusader Kings 3 came out and is apparently very good
  • Avengers comes out tomorrow and apparently exists
  • Big Yeetus
  • Game Freak put no thought whatsoever into the name of Pokemon Masters EX, a title and content update to their mobile game. The hashtag was trending this week and made me giggle; they even registered it and did the thing where the hashtag has a little icon next to it. 

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Episode 160: Corporations Are Not Your Friend

Welcome back to Pause Screen! This week, Kyle’s been playing The Touryst, Xeno Crisis, Battletoads, and the original Final Fantasy VII, William’s finished his genocide run of Undertale and is moving through Fate/Extra, and Kaz has been playing Carrion, Ring Fit Adventure, and has finished The Last of Us 2. In news on the Hype Train, we talk Epic’s new legal battle, the Switch releasing in Brazil, new multiplayer modes, Oculus requiring Facebook logins, Control: Ultimate Edition and more! Come pause with us!

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Episode 159: And If You’re Not Us, You’re Wrong

Time for another episode of Pause Screen! In this episode Kyle talks about Forager, Transistor, Spongebob: BfBBR, and Smash; William covers his Undertale genocide run, Fate/Extra, and what happened to his Switch; and Kaz relates her adventures with Animal Crossing, FE: Three Houses, Carrion, WoW, and the Lastu of Us 2. On the Hype Train, we talk Sony’s State of Play, xCloud, the Nintendo gigaleak, Halo Infinite’s multiplayer, recent announcements, and more! Come pause with us!

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  • Sony had a State of Play today
    • Crash 4 looks great. No microtransactions (supposedly), lots of callbacks to the original trilogy. Footage was 60 FPS, hopefully that’s in the final game. And you get to play as Dingodile! Hopefully that means good things for Tiny Tiger?
    • Hitman 3 has a VR mode
    • Braid Anniversary Edition is a thing. It’s prettier, has all of the commentary
    • The Pathless exists. Also, the line “you won’t be able to take on the cursed spirits until you return light to the obelisks” is the most generic video game phrase I’ve heard in a looooong time
    • Spelunky 2 takes place on the moon, has online multiplayer
    • You can historical anime your way through Genshin Impact if you really want to
    • Aeon Must Die is a decent looking, stylish indie beat em up
      • Apparently all the devs working on Aeon Must Die quit the studio this week after missed paychecks and poor crunch conditions. This trailer was put together by contract developers from the company who still owns the IP. Seems weird on Sony’s part to still show the trailer under those conditions. https://twitter.com/calibrono/status/1291474562752950273 
    • They showed some Bugsnax gameplay, it looks like Viva Pinata had a baby with Pokemon Snap and Skyrim elements. Love the sense of humor
    • Vader Immortal is a VR game where you get to murder people as Darth Vader and are presumably immortal
    • Control’s second expansion certainly looks like more Control
    • Auto Chess coming to PS4. It’s only like 2 years too late to the party
    • The Pedestrian is a videogame that you could play. You’re the person from the walking sign platforming your way through environments. Looks like Lost in Shadow.
    • Hood: Outlaws and Legends is a 4 player 3rd person action RPG thing that looks super generic
    • Temtem (that Pokemon knockoff that everyone forgot about) is coming to PS4
    • Godfall continues to look weirdly fun to me despite being almost guaranteed to be a kinda boring launch title. They showed a bunch of gameplay and it looks comfortably generic/mediocre, and is just Destiny, but Devil May Cry with a dose of Dark Souls. You even get to adventure through the lands of earth, air, fire, and water.
  • Halo Infinite’s multiplayer is going to be free to play and will support 120 FPS on the Series X https://twitter.com/Halo/status/1289298976550731776
  • xCloud is launching as part of Game Pass on September 15th. It’ll allow you to play Game Pass games on Android devices, like tablets and phones. iOS is blocking it because Apple requires games to have individual listings on the App Store—they don’t allow for any kind of other storefront, even for a streaming service like this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KCtXJUekyo
  • Nintendo had a ‘gigaleak’ last week—that is, someone hacked into their servers and got a ton of data out. There’s a lot of interesting stuff in there (dev notes in source code for games like Starfox or Pokemon Red/Blue, early Yoshi designs, etc.), but digging through the data is quite the moral dilemma, given how it was obtained.
    https://switcher.gg/s/nintendo-news/early-prototype-wiimotewii-startup-disc-code-gigaleak-unreleased-games-nintendo-office-floor-plan/
  • According to Tekken’s Katsuhiro Harada, more than half of fighting game players use wifi for online matches https://www.eventhubs.com/news/2020/aug/02/over-50-percent-console-fighting-game-players-use-wi-fi-online-matches-according-katsuhiro-harada/
  • Nintendo randomly pushed a Smash update with Small Battlefield and a better tickrate for 1v1 online matches on Tuesday night
  • Pikmin 3 Deluxe got announced for the Switch, which means there are now like 3 Wii U games that haven’t been ported yet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSSQ0Z6eDhU
  • PS4 has sold over 112 million units, Switch has now sold 61.5 million
  • Fall Guys came out, already has over 1.5 million players
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn came out on PC, is a solid port
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator came out, is apparently really neat
  • All Xbone controllers will work with the Series X. They’ve said this before, but it’s worth reiterating given the next news story…  https://twitter.com/xboxuk/status/1290295664019222528

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Episode 158: I Didn’t WANT to Get On My Soapbox…

Here is another episode of Pause Screen! This episode Kyle and William are Kaz-less, and have no one to stop them from complaining about games they don’t like. Luckily, they’ve been playing games that they like well enough, with Carrion, Neon Abyss, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2, and Smash on Kyle’s side, and Undertale, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, and Xenoblade on William’s side. After an impromptu discussion about the nature of violence and narratives in video games, we jump onto the Hype Train to cover the Xbox Games Showcase, UbiForward, the Nintendo Direct Mini, some recent releases, and more! Come pause with us!

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  • Microsoft had their big Xbox Games Showcase today, which was similar to Sony’s event last month in a whole lot of ways. Few AAA releases, no details on release date or price, and lots and lots of cinematics. However, we did get a meaty Halo Infinite demo to open the show.
    • Halo Infinite
    • Fable
    • Forza Motorsport
    • Everwild
    • Avowed
    • Grounded
    • The Medium
    • Psychonauts 2
    • The Gunk
    • New Genesis Phantasy Star Online 2
    • Crossfire X campaign (developed by Remedy)
    • Tetris Effect Connected
    • Destiny 2: Beyond Light
  • Dragon Quest 11SWAEFOUWEOEFUODSIGOFDGA is coming to Xbone in December, will be on Games Pass
  • Microsoft is launching xCloud in September, will integrate it with the Games Pass subscription https://www.theverge.com/2020/7/16/21326797/microsoft-xcloud-launch-xbox-game-pass-ultimate-free
  • Ubisoft held UbiForward (their not-E3 conference) on 7/12
    • Far Cry 6
    • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
    • Watch Dogs Legion
    • Hyperscape
  • Ghost of Tsushima and Paper Mario: The Origami King came out, got decent reviews. 
  • Rocket League is finally going free to play
  • Spider-Man: Miles Morales will have an ‘optional 60fps/4k performance mode’, which I’m assuming will downgrade detail to enhance performance. Also, the replies to that tweet are amazing. https://twitter.com/insomniacgames/status/1285225145909620736

Episode 157: Always Be Kind

In this episode of Pause Screen we have a hard talk about terrible things that have been going on in several gaming communities. We need to talk about things more to help stop things like this from happening in the future.  In the news we talk about upcoming Limited Run Games, including some Game Boy Color games, Deadly Premoniton 2, NBA 2K21 use of Kobe Bryany and standard edition price, the next gen of games look and prices and the future of physical media and more.  Come pause with us! But in all seriousness, we can make our communities better, be kind, keep an eye out for red flags and keep each other safe. 

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  • Limited Run games had their “LRG3” showcase, where they announced a bunch of games they’re releasing physically. They have a lot of nice stuff coming, with Castlevania

Anniversary Collection and Shantae on GBC being my personal highlights. https://limitedrungames.com/blogs/news/lrg3-2020

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  • Turns out the entire competitive Smash Ultimate scene was made up of sexual predators and pedophiles. And sleazebags making false allegations against M2K. And even the Reddit megathread tracking everything got taken down thanks to mass reporting, so there isn’t a central source for all of this anymore. It’s a complete and utter disaster that will take years to rebuild from. https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-53308579
  • On that note, EVO Online has been cancelled after all their announcers/games left when people came forward with accusations against Joey Cuellar, aka Mr. Wizard. He’s since been ousted, with Tony Cannon taking control, but it’ll be interesting to see how it impacts the event going forward.
  • Reckful, a popular Twitch streamer and WoW player, took his own life earlier this week. It’s a sad reminder to take care of yourself as the world falls apart.

Episode 156: That’s A Bad Hot Take

It’s time for another episode of Pause Screen! This week, Kaz has picked 3 Houses back up and watched some video game movies, William is stalled in Xenoblade and admiring the FGO engine update, and Kyle is playing Timespinner, Death’s Gambit, and all sorts of garbage on the Xbox 360. As for news, we talk about the Mixer’s sudden shutdown, a new wave of allegations, Cyberpunk delays and anime, Pokemon announcements, Crash 4 and more! Then to finish, we have an impromptu discussion about video game media and touch on how much we value gameplay and story integration. Come pause with us!

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  • There’s been another huge wave of sexual assault and other allegations through many communities, gaming included. Big names include Chris Avellone (game designer, working on stuff like Vampire 2 and Dying Light 2, worked on Fallout New Vegas and Planescape Torment, was co-founder of Obsidian), Tobi Dawson (Dota 2 caster), and Ashraaf Ismail (game director for Assassin’s Creed Black Flag, Origins, and Valhalla), and lots of esports players(method Josh) in various communities https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2020-06-24/video-game-industry-rocked-by-outpouring-of-sexual-misconduct-allegations 
  • Microsoft unexpectedly shut down Mixer on 6/22. Big bummer for that community, but it’s not surprising given that they had .2% growth year over year compared to everyone else’s 60-100%, and that’s after paying folks like Shroud and Ninja 8 digits to come over to the platform.
    MS worked things out to hand off to Facebook Gaming, which apparently is a streaming platform. They’ve since confirmed that there won’t be FBG integration into the Series X, though; I assume they’ll work something out with Twitch.
  • Cyberpunk got delayed again to 2077 November 19. Seems like a good window for a console launch, doesn’t it?

https://twitter.com/ManMadeMoon/status/1274782037619048449?s=09 confirmed there will be no more warcraft movies. I am very sad

Episode 155: E3’s Been Great

Things might be crazy, but Pause Screen is still here! Kaz is still working on the WoW gold grind, Kyle’s been playing Minecraft Dungeons,Yooka-Laylee, Kororinpa: Marble Mania, and Shovel Knight, and William begins to tell the tale of Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition. In the hype train, we talk Sony’s ‘Future of Gaming’ PS5 event, and a ton of the games that were shown. We also talk about EA on steam, Microsoft and mods, the Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality, and the sorrow of E3 being dead. Come pause with us!

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  • Man, this year’s E3 is great! Right, guys?

Episode 154: Next Gen Daydreams


This week we’re Williamless, but Kaz and Kyle make up for it by playing World of Warcraft, Animal Crossing, Indivisible, Minecraft Dungeons, and more. On the Hype Train, we round up all the latest next gen rumors and news—from Xbox backwards compatability and HDR reconstruction to Sony’s rumored PS5 reveal next week. We close out by talking about Valve’s excursion to China, free Raymonds for the people, the possible return of a long-lost classic and more! Come pause with us!

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Episode 153: I Don’t Approve of This Anymore

It’s time for another episode of Pause Screen! In this episode, Kaz begins winding down on Animal Crossing, William is still slowly moving through Three Houses, and Kyle’s been playing Code Vein, Bravely Default, and Streets of Rage 4. On board the Hype Train, we talk about the surprise reveal of Paper Mario: The Origami King, Unreal Engine, poorly handled Xbox events, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, and more! Come pause with us!

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