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Every week the Byte Me Podcast dips into the games you should be playing! Featuring news and reviews for PC, console and mobile games, along with fun discussions about games from the classics to new releases. Perfect for casual gamers or for casual gamers that want to be a little more hard core, join Byte Me and find your next favorite game!

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Episode 134: Batman Returns

Adam is back, but Cliff is missing. Which means that Cliff doesn't really know what to write here. Questions Vinny: What is your personal Mount Rushmore of video game characters? Eduardo Desperado: Who would be in the Nintendo version of Magic Mike ? Operator Jack: Do you guys miss the days of renting out video games from shops before deciding to buy them? OptimistPrime: Turn any video game character into a celebrity chef and tell us what their top selling dish would be? Cheap/Free Games Game Pass: Batman Arkham Knight Metro Exodus Hollow Knight Handsome Collection Resident Evil: Revelations - 6/20 Rare Replay - 6/20 Torment: Tides of Numenera - 6/27 Goat Simulator - 6/27 Epic Store Enter the Gungeon (ends 6/20) Rebel Galaxy
01:27:31 6/19/2019

Past Episodes

Adam is on the final episode of his podcast hiatus and we knew that with a topic as big as E3 we needed to call in an expert. And who better than a guy that live streamed the entire conference? Hey, oh, it's Vinny!

Stadia:

  • Price Point & Stadia in General

Xbox:

  • Jedi Fallen Order
  • Blair Witch
  • CyberPunk 2077
  • Game Pass & PC Game Pass Overall
  • Briefly Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  • 12 Minutes
  • Gears 5
  • New Elite Controller
  • XCloud and Scarlett
  • Halo Infinite 

Bethesda:

  • Fallout 76
  • Wolfenstein Young Blood
  • Orion?
  • Doom Eternal

Devolver Digital:

  • What is a Devolver Conference?

Ubisoft:

  • Watch Dogs Legion
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Breakpoint
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Quarantine 
  • Just Dance 2020
  • Uplay +
  • Square Enix:
  • Marvel's Avengers
  • Outriders

Nintendo:

  • Luigi's Mansion 3
  • Link's Awakening Remake
  • Contra Rouge Corps and how it looks like a PS2 game
  • Games like Super Lucky's Tale, and Minecraft Dungeon coming to Switch, even when owned by Xbox. 
  • Animal Crossing Delay
  • Banjo Kazooie in Smash
  • Breath of the Wild 2
01:35:41 6/13/2019

News

I mean, we barely talk about it, but it's totally going to happen either way, just wanted y'all to be aware.

We talked about the new Pokemon Sword & Shield game, the new Magic the Gathering series coming to Netflix, Battalion 1944 is a new competitive online WWII shooter that looks interesting, Game Pass is officially coming to PC, Cuphead is coming to Tesla cars and Minecraft Story might be going away...forever.

Questions

Vinny: What was the first game experience you had that made realize games could do stories well, even compared to movies and television?

Mansocks: Coke FreeStyle Machine.. What is your choice? Me? Barqs Orange Creme Soda!!!!

OptimistPrime: With the lack of time we all have these days do you still try to 100% games or do you just finish the game for the storyline?

Geekopia: Which setting would you like to see for a new game made by the Fallout/Elder Scroll team? Personally, I would love a western setting!

JoeColeslaw: How often do you find yourself just "window shopping" for games or consoles or pc parts? No intention to buy, but just browse. How often do you impulse buy because of this?

EduardoDesperado: Which capcom game would you guys like to have in the Resident Evil Engine?

AngelGrl: Do you think there will be any special guests on stage at E3, and if so who?

Cheap/Free Games

Nintendo Online: 

Games with Gold

  • EA Sports NHL 19 ($59.99 ERP): Available June 1 to 30 on Xbox One
  • Rivals of Aether ($14.99 ERP): Available June 16 to July 15 on Xbox One
    RIVALS OF AETHER is an indie fighting game set in a world where civilizations wage war by summoning the power of Fire, Water, Air, and Earth.
  • Portal: Still Alive ($14.99 ERP): Available June 1 to 15 on Xbox One and Xbox 360
  • Earth Defense Force 2017 ($14.99 ERP): Available June 16 to 30 on Xbox One and Xbox 360

Twitch Prime

  • Aegis Defenders: A 2D platformer where you play as a team of Ruinhunters searching for a legendary weapon that can save their village. 
  • 10 Second Ninja X: You're a ninja, and you have 10 seconds to take out all the Nazi robots on the map. The side-scrolling platformer has over 100 levels,
  • Stikbold: A colorful sports game similar to dodgeball that pits you against your friends through hectic local co-multiplayer gameplay
  • The Metronomicon: A rhythmic game where you fight monsters with the power of music. 
01:12:05 6/6/2019
  • Warhammer: Chaosbane (PC, XBOX, PS4) - June 4 - $50
  • Hell Let Loose - Steam Early Access (PC) - June 6 - $30
  • Journey (PC) - June 6 - $15
  • Octopath Traveller (PC) - June 7 - $60
  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (PC, PS4,  XBOX , Switch) - June 18/25 - $40
  • Luna (PS4, PS VR) - June 18 - $15
  • Crash Team Racing Nitro Fueled (PS4,  XBOX, Switch) - June 21 - $40
  • Heavy Rain (PC) - June 24 - $20
  • Super Mario Maker (Switch) - June 28 - $60
  • My Friend Pedro (PC, Switch) - June - ???
00:15:38 5/31/2019

News

Lots of rumors are starting to hit as we lead up to E3! Borderlands 2 might be getting new DLC, Ubisoft might be launching a subscription service, Death Stranding has a release date, Playstation exclusive Journey is coming to the PC, Konami announces the games we'll get in the Contra Anniversary Collection and Nintendo is gamifying sleep now.

Questions

Vinny: With Next Gen almost upon us, what are each of your top 3 games of this generation and why?

EddieSpaghetti: With E3 just days away, which games you guys think will have a 2019 release?

JoeColeslaw: What is your favorite marketing campaign of a video game? Demo discs w. Pizza? Pop company with a mascot game? Burger chain made games?

AngelGrl: You're trapped in a fighting game, but have no powers,  one of the characters is going to protect you, the others will try to kick your butt. Which game and character will you choose?

Turndown4What: What writer/director would you like to be involved in making a video game? And if you want to expand on it.........what type of game would you like them to make?

Cheap/Free Games

PS Plus:

  • Sonic Mania
  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection
01:30:16 5/30/2019

News

  •  We saw Detective Pikachu!
  • The Overwatch Anniversary Events just started, get loot, access to old brawl events and more!
  • Overwatch just added Workshop support as well that allow for custom game types
  • Dauntless is a F2P Monster Hunter clone with cross play on all systems
  • MS & Sony are partnering on cloud gaming...but nobody told Sony Games
  • The Ouya store is still open?

Questions

Vinny: What is THE game do you feel got you into gaming?

JoeCloeslaw: What is a game that proved to be a hidden treasure? Perhaps not rave reviews at launch, but really game into its own and stood out to you when you played it? Could be Games as service, could be indie title, could be retro. . . Have fun!

EddieSpaghetti: With Mario Maker 2 coming out . What other game would you like to take the "Maker" style ? I'd love a Mario Kart Maker.

AngelGrl: What would be a game you would love to play a sequel of, but don't think will ever get made? And what would you like to see from it?

Optimist Prime: With George R R Martin, author of the Song of Ice and Fire books that Game of Thrones was based on, supposedly working with From Software, creators of the amazing, genre defining and spectacular Dark Souls, Bloodborne, and Sekiro games, which author or screenwriter would you like to work with a video game company of your choice?

Geekopia: Did you guys ever tried a vegan restaurant?

Mansocks: And, what is your favorite road trip snack? 

Cheap/Free Games

Game Pass 

  • Metal Gear Survive (May 23)
  • The Banner Saga (May 23)
  • Void Bastards (May 29)
  • Dead by Daylight (May 30)
  • Outer Wilds (May 30)
  • Full Metal Furies (June 6)
  • The Banner Saga 2 (June 6)
  • Superhot (June 6)

Humble Tiny Build Bundle
https://www.humblebundle.com/games/tinybuild-bundle-2019?partner=byteme 

The Sims 4 is Free Right Now
https://www.pcgamer.com/the-sims-4-is-free-on-origin-right-now/

Rime is Free on the EGS starting 5/23
https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/product/rime/home 

Small Bites

  •  Steam Link is now available on iOS and Apple TV and it's pretty awesome
  • Riot is making League of Legends for mobile
01:08:25 5/23/2019

News

  • Arcade1Up has a new Mortal Kombat cabinet out, with upgraded monitors, sticks and improved paint 
  • Diablo, Warcraft and Warcraft 2 on out on GoG
  • New games for the upcoming Sega Mini have been announced
  • EMUParadise and other ROM sites are shutting down

Fighting Games

We run through over two decades of fighting games, from 1976's Heavyweight Champ to 1999's Super Smash Brothers!

Questions

JoeColeslaw: What's Is your go to retro game to play? One that will never get old! 

00:59:43 5/21/2019

News

Red Dead Online is out of beta and has a ton of new content, World of Warcraft Classic gets a release date, the Division 2 gets new DLC missions, Division 2 raids won't have matchmaking and Beat Saber is finally leaving Steam Early Access (and getting a level editor!)

Questions

Vinny: Even though its only a little less than a month away, I've been thinking about E3 a lot! Question this week is what is your favorite get hype moment at any E3 conference? (P.S. you can watch along E3 with me and see live reacts at https://twitch.tv/davinster)

Geekopia: What do you guys wanna see out of Pokemon Shield and Sword? New Mega evolutions? New ways to travel? Anything ^_^

Joe Coleslaw: What is your favorite and or least favorite screen or action when you fail a mission or die in game? Duck hunt dog laughing at you? Gory and gruesome deaths in Evil Within? GoW telling you to pick an easier difficulty?

Tenpenny25: What other gaming related podcast do you all listen to? And If you could collaborate with another podcast for one episode who would it be with?

OptimistPrime: Was there ever a moment in your gaming career that almost made you give up gaming or stopped you from participating in the gaming community?

EddieSpaghetti: This or That:

  • Oreos vs Soft Server
  • Puppies vs Gummie Bears

tr1pletrouble: You're stuck in a video game for a week. You keep everything you obtain in it. You can't use cheats or hacks, etc. What game do you choose and why? I choose Scribblenauts for obvious reasons.

Mansocks: What is your favorite Kevin Smith Movie? 

Cheap/Free Games

Games Leaving Game Pass
https://www.polygon.com/2019/5/12/18616942/xbox-game-pass-may-2019-leaving 

Stories Untold Free on Epic Store Starting May 16
https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/product/stories-untold/home  

01:06:17 5/15/2019

Riot and Gearbox are having what sounds like massive internal issues, with Gearbox fighting accusations of harassment and an employee walkout and Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford arguing on Twitter with Claptrap voice David Eddings.

In better news, EA Access is finally coming to the PlayStation, Microsoft is trying to cut down on harassment on Xbox and the upcoming Master Chief Collection will have cross progression between the Xbox and PC (and maybe cross play!)

Questions

Vinny: With the excitement of End Game, along with it surpassing Titanic in Box Office Sales, what Marvel Superhero would you like to have their own single player narrative based game? Would it have an original story or based off movies/comics? Up to you guys if you wanna spoil End Game...

TurnDwn4Wut: How would you make the multiplayer experience even better

JoeColeslaw: If you could have any [occupation] Simulator game...What would it be

EddieSpaghetti: This or That:

Oreos vs Adam
Dylan vs Soft Serve Ice Cream

OptimistPrime: What is your favorite flavor of Doritos?

Mansocks: What is your favorite Star Wars movie?

Cheap/Free Games

Playstation Plus Games for May

  • 8-Bit Armies (PS4)
  • Batman: Arkham Knight (PS4)
  • Brawlout (PS4)
  • Dangerous Golf (PS4)
  • Lego Ninjago Movie Video Game (PS4)
  • Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom (PS3)
  • Metal Gear Rising Revengeance Ultimate Edition (PS3)
  • Miko Gakkout Monogatari: Kaede Episode (PS4)
  • Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter (PS4)
  • Tales of Zestiria (PS4 Upgrade)

May Humble Bundle Monthly

https://www.humblebundle.com/monthly 

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Battle Edition

New Star Wars Games in Origin Access

https://www.pcgamer.com/ea-adds-12-star-wars-games-to-origin-access-including-original-battlefront-2/ 

 

01:15:49 5/9/2019

News

Borderlands 3 got a gameplay reveal today and we have the details, Valve is building their own (very expensive) VR headset, apparently there is going to be a Saint's Row movie, Razer is expanding into the kitchen, somebody important isn't coming to the Minecraft 10 year anniversary party, Sonic has human teeth and Epic Games is buying Psyonix!

Questions

Vinny: What game or franchise would you like to see become a games as a service type game?

EddieSpaghetti: This or That:

Oreos vs Adam

Dylan vs Soft Serve Ice Cream

AngelGrl: This is a big year for Nintendo, the game boy turned 30 and i just learned smash is 20 today (April 26th). What were you guys doing when those things happened and what were your favorite games those years?

Cheap/Free Games

PlayStation Plus: https://blog.us.playstation.com/2019/05/01/playstation-plus-free-games-for-may-what-remains-of-edith-finch-overcooked/  

Games with Gold: https://majornelson.com/2019/04/29/xbox-live-games-with-gold-for-may-2019/  

Game Pass: https://twitter.com/majornelson/status/1123215938692583424?s=19  

Humble Lego Bundle: https://www.humblebundle.com/games/lego-games-bundle?partner=byteme 

Twitch Prime: https://www.twitch.tv/prime  

01:00:02 5/2/2019

Lots of Switch remasters coming out this month, plus Rage and two other cool looking games that might not be on your radar!

  • Life is Strange 2: Episode 3 (PS4, Xbox One, Switch) - May 9 - $8
  • Team Sonic Racing (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) - May 21 - $40
  • Rage 2 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - May 14 - $60
  • Assassin's Creed III Remastered/Liberation Remastered (Switch) - May 21 - $40
  • Resident Evil Origins Collection (Switch) - $60
  • Resident Evil (Switch) - May 21- $30
  • Resident Evil 4 (Switch) - May 21 - $30
  • Resident Evil Zero (Switch) - May 21 - $30
  • Everybody's Golf VR (PS4) - May 21 - $30
  • Observation (PS4, PC) - May 21 - $25 (sale for $22.50)

Observation is a sci-fi thriller uncovering what happened to Dr. Emma Fisher, and the crew of her mission, through the lens of the station's artificial intelligence S.A.M. Players assume the role of S.A.M. by operating the station's control systems, cameras, and tools to assist Emma in discovering what is happening to the station, the vanished crew, and S.A.M. himself.

  • Blood + Truth (PSVR) - May 28 - $40

Star in your own explosive action movie blockbuster with this PS VR exclusive shooter. Battle through the crime-ridden London underworld as elite soldier Ryan Marks in your deadliest mission yet... to save your family from a ruthless criminal empire. Take out your targets with breathless, over-the-top epic gun play as you drive, parachute and rappel across the city amid exciting set pieces.

00:05:55 5/1/2019

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