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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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Is the Switch Getting a Reboot?

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!

Questions

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

Past Episodes

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

Questions

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.

Questions

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

Questions

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.

Questions

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 games....at 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
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

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

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