Byte Me

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 130: It's Overwatch Anniversary Time!

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

Past Episodes

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
Adam and Dylan talked about the new Switch, Fortnite devs are working way to much, Anthem content gets delayed, nobody is streaming Apex Legends anymore and the Sea of Thieves Anniversary update is just days away! Grab Transistor on the Epic Store: https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/product/transistor/home Get World of Goo on May 2nd: https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/product/world-of-goo/home Questions Vinny: Sometimes it's too easy to harp on the negatives in gaming culture, so what are some characteristics of gaming culture that you are PROUD to be associated with? JoeColeslaw: With "dreams" becoming more of a reality, what can you see being done given the time, effort, and experience of the creators? AngelGrl: Inspired by Adam's comment on this week's podcast, who are your top three celebrity crushes? Mine are David Tennant, Jason Mamoa, and Zachary Levi. Aka I'm attracted to dorky, nerdy men. Mansocks: What is you favorite Star Wars Movie EddieSpaghetti: This or That Round 3 Puppies vs Bruce Lee George Washington vs Gummie Bears
01:08:44 4/25/2019
Hey, there is a new Xbox One coming out next month and Cliff has decided we should call it the Xbox One SADE, but pronounce SADE like the singer of Smooth Operator. Microsoft will be letting folks bundle Game Pass and Xbox Gold into a single package, which is a pretty good deal if you want to pay monthly. Sony announces a bunch of specs that might very well describe their next system, or maybe not! It's honestly anybody's guess at this point. Capcom is releasing a huge new arcade controller that also includes 16 games and you really need to see this monstrosity. The new trailer for the inelegantly titled Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order looks really good (and Cliff's brother is probably going to make us do an extra podcast talking about all the things we don't know about Star Wars). And finally, there is a good reason to buy Days Gone at GameStop. Sorta. We also talked about Twitch Sings, Forza Street and Assassin's Creed Unity (they are all free!), plus new games hitting Game Pass this month. Also, Sony is not-so-shockingly in Troll Corner again. Finally, we decided that we are going start putting the full text of all the questions into our show notes so that people can start searching on our website to see if a question has already been asked, so here is the first set! Vinny: So after my 14 hour stream this weekend, I'm curious on what your longest time has been playing games consecutively (excluding Extra Life)? And what games did you play during that time, who with, and what made it different than any other gaming experiences you've had? (We got our awesome co-worker and soon to be Twitch employee Suelin to answer this one. Follow her on Twitch!) JoeColeslaw: What is the true and proper protocol for spoilers? Surely, video games and movies / TV shows are a bit different? Examples? Sure! During last week's podcast, you KINDLY didn't want to spoil The Twist of BioShock...yet you brought up the Thanos snap in casual conversation. I don't think trailers should be spoiler territory because it's only three minutes, but then again, some people avoid them for going in blind...thoughts? Mansocks: What is your favorite flavor of Icee / Slurpee? Also Mansocks: What is your favorite ride/attraction at Disneyland? ShadoughX: Do you think AAA developers stay away from early access because of the expectations as a AAA developer or because of negative stigma tied to its meaning? The industry is shifting to releasing titles unfinished, but should they should release these games as early access when they are not finished to avoid poor Metacritic scores poor working conditions, backlash, etc. Should developers use early access to their advantage when developing games, specifically open world 60+ hour games? AngelGrl: What board game would you like to see turned into a video game? what type would it be (rpg, fighter,ect)? And what aspects of the game do you think would translate best and worst? EddieSpaghetti: Round Two of This or That! Baked Mac & Cheese vs Oreos Adam vs Kratos Dylan vs Batman Cliff vs Soft Serve Ice Cream
01:41:29 4/18/2019
Dylan is at the Happiest Place on Earth (well, next to Adam's studio anyway) and so it's just a duo today! Overwatch is going co-op again with the Storm Rising event, Super Meat Boy is missing it's launch date for a great reason, review bombing Borderlands just didn't work out, Apex cheaters are getting banned at a hardware level, Mario Odyssey and Breath of the Wild are getting VR support, Twitter is making in-game dogs more pettable and Resident Evil 2 is letting you unlock rewards for real life money now. Plus, tons of great questions, cheap and free games and even some Small Bites! Chasing the Scream: https://smile.amazon.com/Chasing-Scream-Opposite-Addiction-Connection/dp/1620408910?sa-no-redirect=1 Moral Combat: https://smile.amazon.com/Moral-Combat-Violent-Video-Games/dp/1942952988?sa-no-redirect=1
01:28:03 4/11/2019
We are firmly on the Borderlands 3 bandwagon, talking release dates, new vault hunters, at least a billion different guns, which edition to buy (including one perfect for Adam) and whether the game will feature cross platform co-op. On top of all that, Borderlands, The Handsome Collection and Borderlands 2 VR are also all getting free updates! There was, of course, some non-Borderlands 3 news too. Best Buy listed some surprising (and not so surprising) games that we are hoping to see actually come out, the Sega Genesis Mine gets a release date and price, Valve doubles down on their commitment to fix Artifact, the Call of Duty swatter responsible for the death of an innocent bystander gets a hefty prison sentence, Civilization 6 has cross progression on the Switch and PC, and Vivox is making a Switch controller that will let you get rid of your squid adapter. Finally. We also answered questions from Vinny, Turndwn4wut, JoeColeslaw and Alan S and talked about a TON of free and cheap stuff you can pick up this month.
01:26:33 4/4/2019
Falcon Age [PS4, PSVR] - April 9 - $??? Hearthstone: Rise of Shadows [PC, iOS, Android] - April 9 - $49.99 Shovel Knight Showdown [PC, PS4, Xbox, Switch] - April 9 - $9.99 Table of Tales [PSVR] - April 16 - $??? Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster [Xbox, Switch] - April 16 - $49.99 My Time At Portia [PS4, Xbox, Switch] - April 16 - $39.99 World War Z [PC, PS4, Xbox] - April 16 - $39.99 Jupiter & Mars [PSVR] - April 22 - $ Mortal Kombat 11 [PC, PS4, Xbox, Switch] - April 23 - $59.99 SteamWorld Quest [Switch] - April 25 - $25 Days Gone [PS4] - April 26 - $59.99 Final Fantasy 12 The Zodiac Age [Xbox, Switch] - April 30 - $49.99 Super Meat Boy Forever [PC, PS4, Xbox, Switch] - April TBA - $??? Dauntless (PC, Switch, PS4, Xbox) - April TBA - FTP
00:34:27 4/1/2019

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