Episode 147: Game Developer Negative Spiral

It’s another episode of Pause Screen! Over the last two weeks Kyle’s been playing Children of Morta, The Surge 2, and MegaMan classic, William has barely progressed in Three Houses and Fate/Grand Order, and Kaz continues to build up her handheld collection. She’s also been playing Warcraft III Reforged, and we take some time to discuss the situation surrounding that game and Blizzard in general. As a twist, we finish up with the Hype Train, where we talk Final Fantasy VII, Platinum kickstarters, EVO lineups, shady mobile game practices, and more! Come pause with us!

HYPE TRAIN – *toot toot*


Warcraft 3 Reforged happened.

  • Not everyone got the memo that they changed direction from a full remake like in the announcement to a remaster instead, which disappointed a lot of folks. Their advertising didn’t help with that perception either.
  • They also updated the Warcraft 3 OG client, which broke its dedicated scene pretty badly by removing ladders, clans, various community tools, and even old saves from custom games by changing battle.net tag references
  • Also, they changed the ToS to make all custom maps their sole property, including authorship (technical term is ‘moral’) rights. They didn’t want another DotA situation.
  • They’re now offering automated no questions asked refunds within 72 hours of purchase, even if you’ve played it
  •  I’ve heard it’s great if you want to play through the campaign again with a shiny coat of paint though!

Episode 146: March is Delayed

This week on Pause Screen: In a shocking twist William admits he’s ready to uninstall Fire Emblem Heroes and sinks some serious time into grinding Fate/Grand Order. Kaz has been bitten by the retro collection bug and has a serious score in her new Gameboy collection. Kyle gives his review of several games he played this week: Moonlighter,  Slain: Back from Hell, and Children of Morta. He is also on a Megaman kick again and surprised us all by playing more Archero. In the News we talk about Byleth coming to smash, the xbox Series X and Left 4 Dead 3 VR leaks, Pokemon Go’s success and more.  We then hopped on the Sad Train to talk about all the major games that have been delayed so far in 2020.  For our thing of the week we talk about the weirdness around video game genres and how it got to be that way.  Come pause with us!

Discussion topics

HYPE TRAIN – *toot toot*

SAD TRAIN – *womp womp*


Video game genres. What do you think about the way we describe game Genres?

Episode 145: Not Gonna Change That Much

It’s a new year, and Pause Screen is here! It’s been a long winter break, so both Kaz and Kyle have played tons of games, and William’s thought about games, or something, but there’s a lot to catch up on! In the Hype Train we talk about the ongoing AGDQ, the Pokemon direct, Platinum’s dealings with Tencent, and games workers unions. Then we talk about the interesting legal situation revolving around Star Citizen, and finish up with a couple of gaming resolutions for the new year. Come pause with us!

HYPE TRAIN – *toot toot*


Star Citizen continues to be a dumpster fire. 

We had some interesting news this week courtesy of an ongoing lawsuit between CryTek and Cloud Imperium Games (CIG, the SC guys) over them breaching copyright and making two games with on CryEngine while only licensed for one—the single player thing they were doing and then SC proper. However, CryTek is filing to drop their lawsuit without prejudice, meaning they can re-litigate later if they want, and also meaning that the single player game Squadron 42 probably isn’t coming out before the court trial date of 10/13/2020. Also, the initial steps of this case forced CIG to admit it hasn’t switched engines to Lumberyard as they’d previously claimed.

Tl;dr: Star Citizen is still an amazing waste of money and time that people throw cash at for some reason


Gaming New Year’s resolutions? Or even NYR in general?

Episode 144: obligatory GotY episode

This week Kaz returns! She tells of her experience with Tale of Verperia and Planet Zoo. William continues his internal battle with Breath of the Wild. Kyle Loved his time in River City Girls, but not so much with My Friend Pedro, but is continuing with Ring Fit Adventures.  In our discussions we talked about our favorite parts of the Game Awards and where it will go.  We talk about the new PS4 controller attachment and it’s PS5 implications.  To wrap up the year The three give their personal game of the year award.

HYPE TRAIN – *toot toot*




Kyle- Outer Wilds

William- Fate Grand Order

Kaz- Planet Zoo

Episode 143: They’re Gonna Pick Death Stranding

This week, the Pause Screen crew are getting ready for the end of the decade! William has jumped back into Zelda: Breath of the Wild to try and sort out his feelings, while Kyle’s been playing Remnant: From the Ashes, Control, Smash Ultimate, Heroes of the Storm, and buying way too many games. Then, in a relatively quiet Hype Train, we mention potential reveal leaks, Mario Maker 2, Snoop Dogg as a video game icon, Riot games, and more. Then we finish up with our discussion topic for the week: what we think the ‘Top 5 Games of the Decade’ were! Come pause with us!

HYPE TRAIN – *toot toot*

  • A Bayonetta/Vanquish HD bundle was briefly listed on the Xbox store
  • Mario Maker 2 has a neat new update, including Link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x66vguSN8Rk
  • Resident Evil 3 Remake cover art briefly appeared on the PSN. Get ready for a Game Awards announcement!
  • Playstation is 25 years old as of last Tuesday
  • EA added Snoop Dogg as a commentator in NHL 20 for some reason https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h58-GO32JEQ
  • Jedi: Fallen Order came out and got good reviews
  • Riot has made a settlement for $10 million on gender discrimination, pending court approval
  • Riot also has a new publishing arm for single player games called Riot Forge. They’re making some big moves. https://riotforgegames.com/

Episode 142: Still Doesn’t Look Good

Discussion topics

HYPE TRAIN – *toot toot*

  • Microsoft held X019 in London today, and showed off some stuff.
  • Death Stranding was inflicted on the gaming populace
  • Pokemon Sword and Shield got real solid reviews
  • Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2 got announced at Blizzcon, as did Shadowwhatevers, the latest shadow expansion for MMO lovers
  • Sonic’s face no longer looks like an eldritch god’s backside
  • Shenmue 3 is coming out next week, for all the weird Shenmue fans https://rpgamer.com/2019/11/shenmue-iii-gets-its-launch-trailer/


Kojima says he’s going to start making movies.

Will they be bad, or laughably bad? https://kotaku.com/in-the-future-hideo-kojima-says-his-studio-will-make-f-1839603527

Ubisoft took a huge hit after Breakpoint flopped and they pushed back 3 games.

It’s interesting to see them pivot so quickly after one poorly received game. Is it a wise move? Should more developers be this tuned in to their audiences?


Episode 140: High Hopes

This week on Pause Screen, Kyle talks Darksiders 3, GoNNER, the Dead Cells update, Creature in the Well, and Contra: Rogue Corps, while William continues in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, and Kaz is as ready as she’ll ever be. In the Hype Train, we talk Borderlands 3, Link’s Awakening, free games (for a limited time!), the Planet Zoo beta, and more. Then, to wrap it up, we discuss Valve cleaning up the community in Dota and the baffling E3 pitch document that was leaked. Come pause with us!

HYPE TRAIN – *toot toot*


Valve banned a bunch of players for life from Dota and is stepping up their matchmaking/smurf detection game. 


The ESA had their E3 pitch document leak, and it’s fantastic in all the wrong ways.

They’re positioning it as a ‘fan, media, and influencer festival’, complete with ‘experience hubs’ and a desire to create ‘exclusive/appointment only activations for select attendees who will create buzz and FOMO’. Yep.


Episode 139: Ab Guard

William is out this week, but that doesn’t stop Kaz and Kyle from talking about their time with Deadly Premonition, Darksiders 3, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate! In news, we talk about our new understanding of Death Stranding, dating fast food mascots, foiling bodybuilder dragons in Ring Fit Adventure, and Gamestop’s troubled future. Come pause with us!

HYPE TRAIN – *toot toot*

Episode 138: You people and your phone games

We’re all back and didn’t have any technical difficulties! The crew highlights some of the things we’ve been playing over the past week (month). Kaz is killing it in the mount hunting arena, Kyle is killing it the game collection arena, and William is very happy with Collection of Mana. After we highlight our favorite announcements from the Nintendo Direct, and make fun of our not-so-favorite announcements too. And in discussions we briefly talk about the Me too uprising in the Indie Game scene and the sudden departure of Ikumi Nakamura from Tango Gameworks. What is going on? Anyways, Come pause with us!

HYPE TRAIN – *toot toot*

  • Nintendo Direct
    • All dat Smash goodness. Terry, another season of DLC, Banjo out now, Sans
    • SNES games on NSO, and you can buy an SNES controller for $30 to go with it
    • Doom 64 port (surprisingly nice. 64 is a completely different game and has never seen re-release)
    • Weeb Simulator Tokyo Mirage Sessions is getting a Switch port
    • Deadly Premonition is somehow getting a sequel (subtitle: A Blessing in Disguise)
    • Xenoblade Chronicles is getting a remaster that finally makes the game look nice instead of like everyone really enjoys vaseline
    • Trials of Mana release date April 24, 2020
  • Reggie is going to teach at Cornell starting this year, which is neat.
  • New Wii fit peripheral for the switch? https://www.polygon.com/2019/9/5/20851960/nintendo-switch-fitness-controller-exercise-video 


Many prominent figures in the industry have had abuse and other allegations levelled at them in the past few weeks.

I don’t know that we want to dwell on this one (particularly Alec Holowka), but a good 5+ prominent devs had victims step forward in the past couple weeks. Looks like it might be the start of a long ride.

Ikumi Nakamura has announced she’s leaving Tango Gameworks.

It’s a pretty big deal given her introduction by Mikami to talk about Ghostwire: Tokyo; she was clearly being set up as his successor. Details are sparse on why she left so suddenly in the middle of production on the game she was writing, directing, and everything-ing. It’s not even for another gig, she has a call for work in her resignation tweet. https://twitter.com/nakamura193/status/1169350900772564992

Episode 137: If You Didn’t Pick Blue Lions, You’re Wrong

This week on Pause Screen, Kaz is out, so Kyle and William talk about playing Smash, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, and Hollow Knight. For news this time, we talk about new team composition rules in Overwatch League, the International, console unity against loot boxes, WayForward’s upcoming games, and more! Then, to finish up, we talk about the recent Stadia announcements and how terrible they sound. Come pause with us!