Byte Me

Adam is sick today, so it was just Cliff and Dylan holding down the fort for Episode 114. Cliff was also sick, but not as sick as Adam, so please excuse any sniffling and coughing. :) In our now playing section, Dylan told us all about a new board game he's been playing called Gloomhaven ( Cliff is still busing playing Hellblade for Byte Me DLC Plays (, he finally got to play Rocket League via crossplay with everyone and got to try out the Anthem VIP Beta. In news, we found the best way to catch up with Kingdom Hearts (, there are now over 500 games in the Xbox Backwards Compatibility program, GameStop appears to have screwed up the Kingdom Hearts PS4 pre-orders, Metroid Prime 4 probably isn't going to come out for a while (and Cliff has a lot to say about EA and Nintendo), you could win $250k as a virtual farmer and AC: Odyssey is going to fix their broken DLC. Vinny had a great question about what the future holds for the Epic store and how Valve needs to change to compete and Joe wants to know what the next round of games that get crossplay should be (but wasn't willing to accept "all of them" as an answer!) We rounded up Games with Gold for February, talked about the new PS4 Humble Bundle, what games you can get free from Epic next month and accidentally skipped that Pikuniku is free on Twitch Prime (whoops!) We don't do Small Bites that often, but this week wanted to shout out sloth<3chunk and stony419 from Clan Goonies 2 who dropped into Discord repping the mobile game Smashing Four. Dylan and Cliff will give their impressions next week.

Byte Me
00:01:00 1/31/2019

Past Episodes

Ok, it's probably not really a mystery, but Cliff writes the show notes and he wasn't there, so it's a mystery to him!
01:06:23 8/14/2019

Gamers are harassing the creators of Ooblets to the tune "tens of thousands of messages" because they decided to go exclusive on the Epic Game Store. Don't do that, it sucks. Somehow the release of the Commander Lilith convinced two millions people to buy Borderlands 2. Meanwhile, over 100 millions kids are playing Roblox even though there are a lot of better games available. The Now Man's Sky: Beyond update is coming out next week and the Cataclysm patch for Anthem is now available.


Vinny: What single player game would you like to see turned into a co-op/multiplayer game?

Eddie: Which mascots would make for great daytime talk shows ? Instead of Maury we get Wario.

AngelGrl: Choices must be made.

JoeColeslaw: With the next generation of consoles coming out next year makes think about the major jump from one generation to the next over the years. What other industry besides video games have been making steady upgrades every 8 to 10 years?

Cheap/Free Games

Epic Games Store

Humble Monthly

Twitch Prime:

  • Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap
  • Pumped BMX Pro
  • Mable and the Wood
  • Automachef

Small Bites

Journey Gets a Surprise iOS Release

01:08:15 8/8/2019

Unless you're a huge Madden football fan or love old school WoW there isn't a ton of new video games coming out in August 2019, but Rad, Life is Strange 2 and Blair Witch look to be solid indie entries.

  • Madden 20 [PC, PS4, XBOX] - August 2
  • Friday The 13th: The Game Ultimate Slasher Edition [Switch] - August 13
  • Rad [ PC, PS4, XBOX, Switch] - August 20
  • Life Is Strange 2 - Episode 4 [PC, PS4, XBOX] - August 22
  • Oninaki [PC, PS4, Switch] - August 22
  • World of Warcraft Classic [PC] - August 27
  • Blair Witch [PC, XBOX] - August 30
00:09:32 8/1/2019

Nintendo will now fix your drifting Joy Cons for free, no muss, no fuss. They will even give you a refund if you've paid for it in the past! Nintendo is also upping the number of levels you can upload for Mario Maker 2 from 32 to 64. Sea of Thieves is adding pets to the game "soon" and also adding microtransactions so you can buy pets (and emotes and ship cosmetics). Overwatch is making a HUGE change to the way their matchmaking works by introducing the "Role Queue" system where you will pick a role before you enter a queue. Finally, we got confirmation that we will see some changes to the mainline Switch, in the form of better battery life.

What You're Playing

Adam: Slay the Spire, Sky

Cliff: Far Cry New Dawn


Vinny: What is some of your favorite relationships you have seen in a video game? Can be romantic or not. Kratos and Boy? Master Chief and Cortanta?

JoeColeslaw: Here's something a little more pressing... With EA launching EA access on PS4... What games are what strategy do you see EA using? Looking at a lot of the Xbox titles... They are backwards compatible. With a PS3 generation not doing so well with a physical download for PS4, do you see franchises like dead space or skate being emitted from this service? Do you think Sony and EA are in talks to bring back some of the PS2 Classics? Franchises? Or is this simply going to be the Madden, FIFA, NFL 2019 service?

Eddie: With Mario having a job being a plumber. Who else would you like to see having actual normal jobs. Like mechanic or fed ex delivery person?

Turndwn4wut: In the history of video games what has been your favorite peripheral?

Mansocks: Do you like dinosaurs or ninjas more?

Cheap/Free Games

00:54:50 7/25/2019

Building off last week's announcement of the Switch Lite, it looks like the main Switch line might be getting a new look under the hood as well! Do you really need to see what it looks like when somebody's spine gets ripped out? The folks behind the new Mortal Kombat movie thing so, confirming that it's going to be rated R and will have fatalities. In addition to their new Lord of the Rings show, Amazon has also announced that they are going to be producing a F2P MMO set in the LotR universe (which is apparently separate from Lord of the Rings Online). Tetris Effect is launching on the Epic Store and getting VR support on the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive plus a ton of PC specific enhancements. Apex Legends has some great ideas with how to combat cheaters and we are 100% in favor. And finally, if you are into emulation but want something that's a bit easier, Retroarch is coming to Steam towards the end of July!


Vinny: The Xbox 360/PS3 generation's big feature I believe was the shift from standard definition to high definition. I know this gen isn't done yet, but what do you think this gen's "big feature" is, and what do you think the big feature will be for the next generation? Will VR be more prevalent? Streaming Games? Subscription Services? And how long until it becomes the norm?

Josh: Has there ever been a game or genre that has legitimately got your heart racing? When was the last time you remember this happening? The last time this happened was with APEX Legends with @TheElusiveDylan where we won 2 games in a row!

Eddie: What video game mascot had the best power ups ? *Must Answer in the style of ASMR.

Mansocks: How many siblings do you have?

OptimistPrime: Who came up with your intro music?

Cheap/Free Games

Game Pass:

  • Night Call, 7/17 (PC)
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, 7/18 (Xbox)
  • The Banner Saga 3, 7/18 (PC & Xbox)
  • Resident Evil 4, 7/25 (Xbox)
  • Killer Instinct DE, 7/25 (PC & Xbox)
  • For The King, 7/25 (PC)

Humble Very Positive Bundle 3

01:15:40 7/18/2019

After denying rumors about a new console for months, Nintendo announced the Switch Lite, a smaller handheld console that although it looks like a Switch, cannot be docked to a TV. It will play all existing Switch games and comes out in September with a list price of $199.99.

Donkey Kong 3 and Wrecking Crew will be added to Nintendo Online in July, along with a new feature that will allow all games to be rewinded during game play to help you get through the tough bits.

Smash hit Cuphead will be getting a TV show on Netflix called The Cuphead Show. No release date as of yet.

Ready to play some Gears 5 ahead of it's September launch? If you've pre-purchased or are a Game Pass member, then you can play the open multiplayer beta starting on the 19th of this month.

And finally, Game Pass is getting a "Play Later" feature, which lets you add games to a separate list so you can keep track of games that you, well, want to play later!

What We're Playing

Adam: Beat Saber: Kyle's Mom is a Big Fat B*$%#

Cliff: Outer Wilds, Spec Ops: The Line

Dylan: Don't Starve, WoW, Mario Maker, DQB2 Demo, Enter the Gungeon


Vinny: With the announcement of the Cuphead Animated Netflix show coming, what other video game property would you like to see made into an Animated Show?

Josh: Being summer, what are your top summer release games of all time?

JoeColeslaw: Most controversial moment in video games that made an impact in your lives?

Eddie: We just past the half way mark for 2019. Are you happy with what we got in the last 6 months ? What will be the stand out game that will finish out the year ?

Operator Jack: Gday! Question for you guys this week. I you had to pick four characters from any video games for a dangerous mission who would you pick? My four would be John Mullins from Soldier of fortune, Glaz from rainbow 6 siege, Trevor from GTA v and JC Denton from Deus Ex.

Mansocks: What is your favorite metal band?

Cheap/Free Games

Game Pass: 

  • Dead Rising 4
  • Shadow of War
  • Blazing Chrome
  • My Time at Portia
  • Unavowed
  • Undertale
  • Time Spinner
  • Lego City Undercover

Small Bites

  • Dr. Mario World first impressions
01:26:19 7/11/2019

It looks like we finally escaped the post E3 doldrums! First up this week, Rainbow Six Siege is getting an awesome sounding cowboy mode that runs through July 16th and you can get free gear just by logging in! Because of a new deal with the Epic Store, Shenmue 3 backers won't be getting a Steam key for a year post launch (but you can always switch to the PS4 if you want). If you bought a new video card in the last month or two you are not going to be happy with today's surprise launch from Nvidia. Setup your Twitch Prime and link your Rockstar account to get free Red Dead 2 Online and GTA Online rewards. EA Access if finally coming to Playstation on July 24th. Finally, it appears that gamers are really into Farming Simulator 2019. Like, really, really into Farming Simulator 2019.


Vinny: What are some of your video game pet peeves? (Check out Vinny's Mario Maker level with code WS4-XY6-5JF!)

OptimistPrime: Which video game character would make the best roommate?

JoeColeslaw: With this being the American Fourth of July episode... Let's talk #merica! Consumers all around the globe have voice their concerns about certain Services, products, situations... be it the ability to swing through New York City in Marvel Spider-Man using the iconic Sam Raimi/ Tobey Maguire webbed suit, voicing disdain towards an animated life like Hedgehog to hit the big screen, to a last-minute switch-a-roo of a game being offered through PlayStation Plus... these are examples of consumers letting their opinions be known and Through Time, getting their way. 

How do you feel about companies using customer feedback to improve their products in media / gaming industry? How fine is the line between the squeakiest wheel getting Grease versus people griping and moaning, kicking and screaming until they get what they want? Will this hurt or hinder relations between companies and consumers Through Time?

Cheap/Free Games

Playstation Plus

  • PES 2019 is out, Detroit: Become Human SE (includes Heavy Rain)

Xbox Games with Gold

  • Inside ($19.99 ERP): Available July 1 to 31 on Xbox One
  • Big Crown: Showdown ($12.99 ERP): Available July 16 to August 15 on Xbox One
  • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night ($9.99 ERP): Available July 1 to 15 on Xbox One and Xbox 360
  • Meet the Robinsons ($19.99 ERP): Available July 16 to 31 on Xbox One and Xbox 360

Playstation Now

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection (PS4)
  • Dark Arcana: The Carnival (PS4)
  • MXGP3 - The Official Motocross Videogame (PS4)
  • NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 (PS4)
  • Nightmares from the Deep 2: The Siren's Call (PS4)
  • Rad Rodgers (PS4)
  • Rapala Fishing: Pro Series (PS4)
  • Real Farm (PS4)
  • Red Faction 2 (PS2)
  • Rocket League (PS4)
  • Tachyon Project (PS4)
  • Wuppo (PS4)

Epic Games Store

  • Overcooked (7/4 - 7/11)

Twitch Prime

  • Cultist Simulator
  • For The King
  • The Escapists
  • Yooka-Laylee

Humble Indie Playstation Bundle


00:00:00 7/3/2019

Sorry we are a couple of days late! July is a bit of a slow month, but there are some great indie games coming out and a couple of fun looking AAA games too!

  • Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers (PlayStation 4, PC, Mac) - July 2, 2019 - $40
  • Red Faction: Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered Edition (Switch) - July 2 - $30
  • Stranger Things 3: The Game (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) - July 4, 2019 - $20
  • They Are Billions (Xbox One) - July 5 - $25
  • Sea of Solitude (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) - July 5, 2019 - $20
  • Blazing Chrome (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) - July 11, 2019 - $17
  • Dragon Quest Builders 2 (PlayStation 4, Switch) - July 12, 2019 - $60
  • Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order (Switch) - July 19, 2019 - $60
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Switch) - July 26, 2019 - $60
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, PC) - July 26, 2019 - $30/$40
00:20:24 7/1/2019

We are still feeling the post E3 news drought, but there are still a few things to talk about, including how cool Phil Spencer is, Mario Battle Royale and some new developments that involve both PUBG and Dead Space.


Vinny: What're your thoughts on "completing" games (ie: rolling credits)? Will you play other games while trying to roll credits? Do you not buy other games until you roll credits? Are you disappointed if you don't roll credits? At what point do you decide the game isn't a game for you to roll credits?

Eddie: Replace your family with Nintendo characters.  Who will be serving you breakfast in the morning? Peach? Wario? Captain Falco?

AnglGrl: Which is your favorite video game controller of all time?

JoeColeslaw: What would be the Byte Me podcast status on Comedy in video games? What is the funniest moment in the game that you have played? What was the funniest game you played overall? Where do you see humor in video games going in the future?

Steve Bobrowski (Bob-row-ski): Cliff, I hear you talk about playing 3 xboxes at your home. I have 2 boys in the house and we also now have 3 xboxes. I have one other linked so we can play two xboxes under my one live account. However the 3rd Xbox can't be used to play on live so we can't play 3 player least I can't figure out how we can do that. I can be logged into the 360 playing a game and the other two can play on their xboxes but we can not get all 3 xboxes going at once on live under my one account. Do you have 2 live accounts? Or if not how did you get all 3 going? I miss the family live account when you could pay $70 for your entire family. 

Cheap/Free Games

Playstation Plus: 

  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2019
  • Horizon Chase Turbo

Epic Store

  • Rebel Galaxy (Torchlight) - through June 27
  • Last Day of June - through July 4 
01:07:29 6/27/2019

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