Episode 95: CoD Blops Royal

William gets sucked back into dustforce, but has no prayer of SS’ing the entire game. Kyle spends some time with Snake Pass and edge lord Victor Vran. Kaz’s dreams comes true as she has been immortalized in Battle for Azeroth! In our new section we talk about Dark souls on the switch, a new Platinum collaborate game, question the choice to leave out the single player campaign in Black ops 4, but don’t worry, they’ll probably add a battle Royal mode and we mourn Konami’s history of bad choices. For our podcast thing of the week our twitch chat was raided and we have fun thinking of old video game titles that would make “awesome” movies

 

Upcoming Games, Recent Stuff, and Rumors

 

SMASH BROS RUMOR OF THE WEEK

  • They’re adding a Battle Royale mode!

 

Discussion

Polygon is reporting that Black Ops 4 isn’t going to have a single player campaign. Kotaku says it’ll have a Battle Royale mode, though!

It will instead have a small narrative focus as part of its Zombies/cooperative mode. Too bad they’re doing it with Blops, a lot of people love this series’ campaign.

https://www.polygon.com/2018/4/17/17248230/call-of-duty-black-ops-4-single-player-cod-blops

https://kotaku.com/sources-next-call-of-duty-wont-have-a-solo-campaign-m-1825338768

 

Konami is ending its relationship with UEFA, the soccer organization that the Pro Evolution Soccer series is based on.

They have a new mobile Castlevania game that looks like hot garbage though. Konami makes me sad.

http://www.uefa.com/insideuefa/about-uefa/administration/marketing/news/newsid=2551744.html

https://www.vg247.com/2018/04/18/castlevania-grimoire-of-souls-is-an-ios-action-game-for-japan/

 

Episode 94: Melancholic

We’re back after two weeks! Kaz has come back from a con in Atlanta, got herself a new rig, and has caught up with her old self in Skyrim. William has finished Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, but still finds time to disparage Kirby. Kyle has found an amazing game in Celeste and a dissapointing game in The Evil Within 2. In our news section, we cover the Spyro trilogy remaster, talk about God of War’s new reviews, Minit, the Megaman X Legacy Collections, and Nikki Minaj(!). We also talk a bit about the shutting down of Steam Spy, the success of GTAV, and the conclusion to the relationship between Twin Galaxies and Billy Mitchell. Finishing up, we take a look at sad games; some that we liked, and the mechanics and methods used to enhance them. Come pause with us!

 

Upcoming Games, Recent Stuff, and Rumors

 

Discussion

Steam Spy is shutting down thanks to privacy changes from Valve.

Profiles now have libraries hidden by default, so we all lose a valuable tool. Too bad.

https://twitter.com/Steam_Spy/status/983879694658437120

 

GTAV has made an estimated $6 billion, which makes it the most successful media property of all time.

Just…. wow.  Think this changes how we think about/develop games and IP, or is it just a crazy outlier? https://www.marketwatch.com/story/this-violent-videogame-has-made-more-money-than-any-movie-ever-2018-04-06

 

Billy Mitchell has finally had all of his high score records purged from Twin Galaxies.

Not that he’s relevant anymore. https://www.twingalaxies.com/feed_details.php/1047/billy-mitchells-donkey-kong-and-all-other-records-removed/4

 

Episode 92: It’s Not a Phase, Mom!

 

It’s been another week! Kaz has finally finished Persona 4, and is playing some Skyrim and Kirby Star Allies (and talking to kids about cosplay) while looking for the next big thing, William continues moving through Fire Emblem Echoes, and wasn’t impressed by Azure Striker Gunvolt, and Kyle starts to feel the grind in Prey and elects to torture himself with Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash. In news section, we talk about Nintendo’s Nindies Showcase, Sonic animation and karting, the Smash Invitational, GDC, the public releasing of assets, and the reception of some recent releases. We also take a look at the current status of Battle Royale games, the changes happening in Star Wars Battlefront 2, and the ending of the relationship between Ubisoft and Vivendi. To finish up, we have an argument about the ‘greatest games of all time’ and consider some candidates. Come pause with us!

 

Discussion topics

Game Announcements, Rumors, and Upcoming/Recent Stuff

 

Smash News!

 

GDC

GDC is going on right now! Kaz misses being there. Check twitter for all the crazy demos and descriptions of panels https://twitter.com/chubigans/status/976933235765665792

 

Epic is releasing Paragon’s assets for free use in Unreal 4.

https://www.unrealengine.com/en-US/paragon

 

Battle Royale games are going crazy.

They’re both on mobile now, and it seems like they’re growing every week. Think it’s flavor of the year a la FPSes circa 2008 and MOBAs circa 2012, or is this something more lasting?

 

Battlefront 2 has revamped how its progression works.

I probably still won’t buy it, though. Fool me once… https://www.ea.com/games/starwars/battlefront/battlefront-2/news/progression-update

 

Vivendi’s attempted hostile takeover of Ubisoft has been repelled.

They’re selling their shares, and won’t buy any more for 5 years. The Guillemots win!

https://www.engadget.com/2018/03/20/ubisoft-fights-off-vivendi-takeover/

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?

https://www.polygon.com/2018/3/14/17119588/xbox-e3-2018-press-conference-date-time-microsoft

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.

http://money.cnn.com/2018/03/14/news/companies/toys-r-us-closing-stores/index.html

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
  • SMASHHHHHHHHHHH

 

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!

http://www.capcom.co.jp/ir/english/news/html/e180305.html

 

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

 

Podcast THING OF THE WEEK

Haiku poetry jam!

 

Kaz’s

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!”

Kyle’s

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!
INDOCTRINATION

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.)

William’s

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!

Watch PauseScreen Episode 86 from frozenfoxlive on www.twitch.tv

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!

Watch PauseScreen Episode 86 from frozenfoxlive on www.twitch.tv

 

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

 

Podcast THING OF THE WEEK

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!

Watch PauseScreen Episode 86 from frozenfoxlive on www.twitch.tv

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/

 

Podcast THING OF THE WEEK

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.

http://nintendoeverything.com/nintendo-shutting-down-miitomo-in-may/

 

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!