Episode 149: We Aren’t Dead Yet

We return with Pause Screen: Quarantine Edition. It’s been an interesting month and we’ve played a lot of video games. William’s still playing Three Houses and FGO, but his dreams have come true in the Trials of Mana remake demo. Kaz has finished up Warcraft 3 Reforged to move into some Fire Emblem of her own and finally started WoW raiding again. Kyle was able to play Ori and the Will of the Wisps before falling to games obscure and/or terrible. Then, finishing up with discussion and news, we talk about the Sonic movie’s performance, the newly revealed upcoming console specs, new game releases, upcoming Square JRPG remakes, cancelled events, and more! Come pause with us!

Discussion topics

HYPE TRAIN – *toot toot*

SAD TRAIN *womp womp*

  • You know that video games event you were looking forward to? It’s cancelled
    • Will E3 be able to come back from this?
  • Gamestop is remaining open despite failing to provide locations with sanitizer or instructions on cleaning stores. They claim they’re an ‘essential business’ and plan to stay open until ordered otherwise—I suspect because they’re scared they’ll never open doors again if they close. https://kotaku.com/gamestop-we-can-stay-open-during-lockdowns-because-wer-1842415962

Episode 148: 3rd Most Undesirable Substances in the World

This week on Pause Screen: Kaz continues her journey back through Warcraft III: reforged and her Night Elf Hate knows no bounds.  Kyle give his review of Darksiders Genesis sans the Leviathan maze (screw that part), dabbles in the Bleeding Edge beta and shares his story on how he (almost) beat Hungrybox at Smash Ultimate.  William got to spend some quality time with Fire Emblem 3 Houses and he is very happy about it!  In the news we talk about the record breaking Sonic movie opening, the Animal Crossing Direct, Star Craft: Ghost leaked footage and more. Come pause with us!

HYPE TRAIN – *toot toot*

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*

Discussion:

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*

THING OF THE WEEK

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*

Discussion:

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

THING OF THE WEEK

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*

Discussion:

THING OF THE WEEK

GotY

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/

Discussion:

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?

https://www.businessinsider.com.au/ubisoft-stock-plunges-after-cutting-earnings-forecast-game-delays-2019-10/amp

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*

Discussion:

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

http://blog.dota2.com/2019/09/matchmaking-update-for-the-next-ranked-season/

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.

https://gamedaily.biz/article/1215/e3-2020-planning-document-proposes-overhaul-with-queuetainment-new-floor-plan-industry-only-day

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*