Episode 66: The E3pisode

Kaz starts Uncharted and gears up for a new raid, Kyle gets into Devil’s Third for some reason, and William descends further into madness. In news, we talk the death of Project Rap Rabbit, the death of Valve’s game development, and the death of GTAV. But from those ashes come new beginnings, as we discuss the highs and lows of this year’s E3. Mario possesses dinosaurs, for goodness’ sake. Come pause with us!

Project Rap Rabbit is dead as of today. RIP https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/460689844/project-rap-rabbit-working-title/


8Bitdo is producing a range of retro controllers that are compatible with the switch https://www.gamespot.com/articles/snes-style-controller-for-nintendo-switch-coming-t/1100-6451034/?ftag=GSS-05-10aab8e&utm_campaign=trueAnthem%3A%20Trending%20Content&utm_content=59482d43b8a9fe0007ef1414&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter


 IO Interactive is now indie, still owns the Hitman IP http://www.ioi.dk/the-future-of-ioi/


Jay Pinkerton also leaves Valve. So much for story-based games coming out of them any time soon. RIP Half-Life. https://www.reddit.com/r/Games/comments/6fpz7b/jay_pinkerton_writer_for_portal_2_team_fortress_2/


GTAV is getting destroyed in Steam reviews ever since they shut down modding (cease and desist sent to Open IV, the technical backbone of the modding scene). RIP GTAV. http://store.steampowered.com/app/271590/Grand_Theft_Auto_V/



What were your thoughts and opinions on E3?

Episode 65: Preying for E3

Kaz gets naked for raiding once again, Kyle gets his game hipster on, and William is somehow not embarrassed by Fire Emblem Heroes. In news, we talk Malthael, many things Nintendo, Pokemon, and Bethesda. We round this week out with our hopes and dream for next week’s E3 reveals. Come pause with us!


 Nintendo revealed the Switch’s online service, it’s delayed until 2018. It seems real neat! http://www.nintendo.com/switch/online-service/


 Nintendo unveiled how voice chat is gonna work on the Switch for Splatoon 2. It isn’t pretty. https://mynintendonews.com/2017/06/01/heres-a-look-at-horis-official-splatoon-2-headset-and-how-voice-chat-works/


Pokemon Nintendo Direct tomorrow early in the morning. They’ve been teasing a “Legendary” Summer in Pokemon GO https://twitter.com/NinSwitchNews/status/871734894052823040


Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 announced! But not for Switch. And it’s just 7-10. But I’ll still buy it again.


 Playstation 3 production has ended in Japan http://gematsu.com/2017/05/playstation-3-production-ended-japan


Discussion: Let’s talk about Prey. Remember Bethesda’s review policy? Prey came out without advance reviews, and it seems like hype never actually built up for it despite getting solid reviews across the board.



Top 5 – E3 Hopes and Dreams Special Edition


Pie in the sky: Bloodborne 2

  1. Kingdom Hearts 3 release date
  2. A Rayman Legends followup
  3. Something from Platinum. Bayonetta 3? Vanquish 2?
  4. Super Mario Odyssey
  5. Smash for Switch Deluxe


Pie in the sky: Trauma center VR or switch

  1. Death Stranding shown off as a game and not weird trailers
  2. Possible PS Vita sequel
  3. Holo lens re hype (lets see some cool table top games with it)
  4. Skyrim switch release date / skyrim2(elders scrolls 6)
  5. Bloodborne 2


Pie in the sky: Metroid–by Fromsoftware

  1. Another FF7 trailer (this is actually more unlikely than FromMetroid)
  2. Metroid collection with all the 2d games (this is actually the least likely)
  3. New FE Warriors trailer and release date
  4. Smash 4 Switch, with GC controller support
  5. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 holiday release



Episode 64:  The ARMS of Destiny   

Kaz goes streaking, Kyle rebuys Mario Kart, and William goes full anime. We also talk through the greatest Kickstarter of our time (Project Rap Rabbit), ARMS, E3, and question GabeN’s goodness. Finally, we play a podcast game guessing the top 100 RPGs of all time. Come pause with us!


Destiny 2 was unveiled! It looks like more of the same, but slightly better, which I am more on board for than I should be. Also, it’ll be on PC through battle.net or the Blizzard app or whatever we’re supposed to call it now


 Devolver Digital is hosting an E3 press conference this year: https://twitter.com/devolverdigital/status/864601666221420545


PROJECT RAP RABBIT https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/460689844/project-rap-rabbit-working-title


 ARMS Direct  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hY2_Xu3f8Bc

Global Testpunch – http://arms.nintendo.com/#global-testpunch


 Red Dead Redemption 2 delayed to Spring 2018  https://www.gamespot.com/articles/red-dead-redemption-2-delayed-until-2018/1100-6450238/


Discussion: Opinion article: Valve is not your friend, and Steam is not healthy for gaming https://www.polygon.com/2017/5/16/15622366/valve-gabe-newell-sales-origin-destructive


Game Informer’s Top 100 RPGs of all time:  http://www.gameinformer.com/themes/blogs/generic/post.aspx?WeblogApp=news&y=2017&m=05&d=02&WeblogPostName=june-cover-revealed-top-100-rpgs-of-all-time&GroupKeys= 


Episode 63: The Future Has Arrived

This week Kaz joins the wonderful world of Mario Kart 8, Kyle can’t shut up about Guardians of the Galaxy, and William continues his descent into madness and bunny ears with Fire Emblem Heroes. In news, we talk the future of VR, the future of MMOs, and the future of the Switch. Then, we talk how franchises based in the future would fare in culinary combat. Future future future. Come pause with us!

Kyle – Darksiders 3 is a thing!



Chet Faliszek leaves Valve



Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is selling like crazy



 Bethesda claiming a trademark on the name of a game by a child company https://www.gamespot.com/articles/game-changes-its-name-to-avoid-legal-battle-with-b/1100-6449781/


 New MMORPG on kickstarter promising some interesting things https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1791529601/ashes-of-creation-new-mmorpg-by-intrepid-studios



Episode 62: BotW Spoilercast

Kaz can’t escape the terrible mobile gaming world, Kyle beats the thoroughly okay Steamworld Heist and Steamworld Dig and William actually loves his new found mobile game love. The crew then dives deep into their thoughts about Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This  show is filled to the brim with spoilers! come pause with us if you dare!

Nintendo won’t be holding a live press conference at E3.



Continuing the line of handhelds with absurd names, Nintendo is releasing a ‘New Nintendo 2DS XL’ in July for $150.



Mario Kart 8 sold really well, 45% attach rate already. Also, first Nintendo game since 2011 to top the UK sales charts, which be cray cray


Breath of the wild DLC pack 1 revealed http://zelda.com/breath-of-the-wild/news/expansion-pass-dlc-pack-1-detailed/


What did you think of Breath of the Wild?

Episode 61: Flexing Action

William’s out this week, but that doesn’t stop Kaz and Kyle from playing Zelda, Legion, Steamworld Heist, and Heroes of the Storm 2.0. In news, we talk the possibility of Bayonetta 3, new ways to make money from Twitch, and Switch sales.  Then, we play a podcast guessing game to round things out. Come pause with us!



 Bayonetta got a PC port, and the trailer on Youtube has been updated to tease Vanquish. Related, the Bayonetta Youtube channel has been getting some teasers that make it seem like a Bayo 3 might be happening!


 Twitch affiliate program announced, to help smaller streamers http://www.pcgamer.com/twitch-affiliates-program-will-give-smaller-streamers-a-way-to-make-money/


The Switch is selling well, with reported sales of 2.74 million in March. Nintendo reportedly expects to sell 13 million units by April of next year.


Expensive link figure actually looks really cool, might be worth it https://www.gamespot.com/articles/look-at-this-335-zelda-breath-of-the-wild-figure/1100-6449621/


Episode 60: Needs More Buttons

Kaz Legions and Zeldas it up, Kyle gets into Persona 5 and indie artsy-fartsy games, and William gives himself over to the dark side that is mobile gaming. In news, we talk Heroes 2.0, the NES Classic, streaming rules from publishers, and the recent Nintendo Direct. Last but not least, we introduce our new segment Death Match by pitting two of our favorite JRPGs against each other in a race for the ages. Come pause with us!


Nintendo stops production on the NES Classic, final shipments going out this month

Atlus threatens people who stream past 7/7 in-game time in Persona 5 with copyright claims and channel strikes http://kotaku.com/atlus-threatens-to-go-after-people-who-stream-too-far-i-1794004068

There was a Nintendo Direct on 4/12 with information about ARMS, Pikmin, Kirby and more.  Also some Splatoon 2 and Arms. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6X06fvObnG0
Death Match –JRPG Marathon Maddness

Who would win in a Marathon, the characters from Chronicles of Narnia? or The World Ends With You?


Episode 59: The World Ends With Us

Kaz gets ready for the Blizzcon ticket bloodbath, William goes full anime with Fire Emblem Heroes, and Kyle finally beats Zelda. In new, we get hyped for Persona 5, Destiny 2, and Heroes of the Storm 2.0; we mourn the bankruptcy of Mad Catz; and laugh at the gaming industry’s April Fools jokes. Then in save point, we all team up to tackle The World Ends With You, the best JRPG you (probably) never played. Come pause with us!



Destiny 2 officially announced! It’s coming to PC, PS4, Xbone on Sept 8th.



Mad Catz filed for bankruptcy. Goodbye, bad controllers and good fight sticks



Persona 5 comes out tomorrow (April 4th)!  If you can play it, you probably should.


Favorite april fools day jokes –

Geralt statue: https://twitter.com/CDPROJEKTRED/status/848082511846625280

Overlord voicetrack: https://twitter.com/StarCraft/status/848091935122219008


Top 5/Save Point – All

The World Ends With You



Released in North America in April 2008

This game used probably every function the DS had

Systems everywhere, food, fashion, shopkeepers.

Combat on both screens at the same time

Characters, story, music, atmosphere, it has everything

And the best part of all… Tin Pin Slammer!!

Episode 58: Scrubs

Kaz takes Zelda on the road, William finishes Zelda, and Kyle plays Splatoon 2, The Binding of Isaac, and… Zelda. In news, we talk the pending digital apocalypse, game announcements, and Mass Effect: Andromeda from Kaz’s animator perspective. Then Kyle revisits a childhood favorite in Save Point by talking about Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage! Come pause with us!


New Stories:

Gamestop to close at least 150 stores this fiscal year. Are we marching to the all-digital apocalypse? http://fortune.com/2017/03/24/gamestop-set-to-close-stores/


Quick follow up, Seiken Densetsu Collection announced for the Switch http://gematsu.com/2017/03/seiken-densetsu-collection-announced-switch


Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has officially been cancelled on the Wii U, and will be on the Switch instead. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/iga/bloodstained-ritual-of-the-night/posts/1818045


Destiny 2 officially announced http://www.gamesradar.com/destiny-2-review/

StarCraft remastered announced- https://www.gamespot.com/articles/starcraft-remaster-announced-includes-4k-support-a/1100-6448969/


Nintendo is teasing having some big plans for E3 this year https://www.gamespot.com/articles/nintendo-has-a-big-e3-planned-exec-says/1100-6448968/


Quick Follow up to the Andromeda animation criticism http://www.pcgamer.com/ex-bioware-animator-responds-to-mass-effect-andromedas-animation-woes/


Save Point – Kyle

Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage!, PSX, 1999



Episode 57: An-drama-da

We all gush more about Zelda, Kaz raids some more WoW, and Kyle delves into Mario Kart #esports. In this week’s news, we discuss the media relations disaster that is Mass Effect: Andromeda’s release, Civ 6, and the latest Switch news. Kaz then wraps up with a Top 5 focused on spin-offs. Come pause with us!


Mass Effect: Andromeda. Hooooooo boy.  –oh yeah, this story is all the facepalms


Horizon zero dawn did really good! Will be getting an expansion on the story http://www.gamespot.com/articles/horizon-zero-dawn-sells-26-million-copies-in-two-w/1100-6448779/


Telltale’s CEO has stepped down. Maybe we’ll see more innovation from them?



Civ 6 has a free demo, it has tips perfect for teaching new players http://www.gamespot.com/articles/civilization-6-now-has-a-free-demo/1100-6448787/


 Nintendo doubled their Switch production orders for the next year to 16 million consoles. That’s more than the Wii U’s entire lifetime sales!



New video tweeted out of Seiken Densetsu 3 being played on Switch. http://www.gamespot.com/articles/nintendo-switch-version-of-secret-of-mana-sequel-t/1100-6448835/


Reminder: Splatoon 2 Global Testfire is this week


Top 5 Co-star Spin-offs

5– Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3

4-Rayman Raving Rabbids

3-Luigi’s Mansion

2-Mega Man Zero



Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

Donkey Kong Country 2


1-Donkey Kong Country