MS Just Pulled an Old Yeller on Mixer

With effectively zero warning, Microsoft pulled the plug on Mixer this week, stating that “It became clear that the time needed to grow our own live streaming community to scale was out of measure with the vision and experiences we want to deliver to gamers now.” Existing Mixer Partners are being redirected to Facebook Gaming (a destination that a lot of folks aren’t pleased with.) 

Other Video Game News

  • The Games Industry Faces a Reckoning As Sexual Assault and Harassment Survivors Name Names
  • What is the PS5 Going to Cost? 
  • Facebook Acquires Ready at Dawn 
  • Are You Bummed About the Cyberpunk Delay? Maybe a Comic Book Will Tide You Over 
  • Nintendo’s Mobile Experiment Might Be Over 
  • Billy Mitchell Got His Records Back 

What We’re Playing

Colby: Torchlight 2, Ryse: Son of Rome, West of Dead
Cliff: FarCry 4, SkateBIRD, Erica, Lord Winklebottom Investigates, Super Animal Royale
Hans: EFT, Valorant, Xenophobe 


Vinny: Inspired by the Marvel’s Avengers video game, what ensemble cast would you like to have their own game? Story based? Co-op? Both?

Brooke: What stupid reason made you quit playing a game? (

Mister Polite: Playing the Last of Us 2 and it’s odd.  I love the game but it’s not fun.  It’s dire, depressing, sad and feels like it’s just going to get worse.  Is there a game/movie/book that you loved but at the same didn’t enjoy it?

Princess Megan: Ignoring any dangers in the game, which video game would have the nicest spot(s) for a vacation? For example, it could be a beach, amusement park, forest, or anywhere you could see yourself wanting to visit if it was real.

Mansocks: Crunchy or Smooth Peanut Butter?

Cheap/Free Games

Epic Games Store

  • AER Memories of Old
    • Transform into a bird and fly to explore and experience a vibrant world of floating islands in the sky. Venture down into lost ancient ruins where each step leads you closer to the end of the world.
  • Stranger Things 3: The Game 
    • Play through familiar events from the series while also uncovering never-before-seen quests, character interactions, and secrets!

Twitch Prime

  • Mad Tracks
    • Mad Tracks is an action packed toy car game. Play mini games and race in everyday places. Have immediate fun – guaranteed

Small Bites

Colby tells us about mobile games he hates and one that he likes called Best Fiends.

PAX West is Cancelled and Going Virtual

Just to be on the record, Cliff called this at least a month ago. The bad news is there isn’t going to be a PAX West or PAX Australia this year. The good news is that they are replacing it with a nine-day virtual show!

Other Video Game News

  • Video Games as Medicine
  • Smart Delivery is Even Smarter Than You Think
  • Star Wars Squadrons Looks Amazing and It’s Only $40
  • Spider-Man Miles Morales Is A Stand-Alone Expansion
  • He’s the Reason Why The PS5 Looks Like a Router

What We’re Playing

Colby: Diablo 3, Skyrim
Cliff: Mass Effect Andromeda, Grim Dawn/Geforce Now, Desperados 3
Dylan: Meat


Davinster: Pick 3, the rest disappear forever!

Mister Polite: If you could be a NPC what video game would you want to be in?

Think about this question and then watch this video that Megan sent us:

TheCapturedEddie: What’s one positive thing you liked so far from an “E3” event and one thing you didn’t. Whether it be games or a vague announcement, or Stadia.

Tr1pletrouble88: Counterpoint to your answer from last week’s question, do you think that Xbox could innovate and make a sort of Bluetooth headset that runs on the Xbox but streams to a headset?

Cheap/Free Games

Fight for Racial Justice Bundle

Jump Rope Challenge

Steam Summer Game Festival

Get Origin Access for $1

Get the Witcher 3 for Free If You Own It Somewhere Else

Small Bites

Slay the Spire is great on iOS and is only $10

Fallout 76 Players Just Can’t Get Enough Intestines

Fallout 76 players trying to participate in the Fasnacht Parade just can’t seem to get enough intestines to fill up the butcher’s icebox. I know, it sounds like we made this up, but I swear it’s a real problem.

Other video game news:

  • Phil Spencer is Still Feeling Good About This Year’s Game Releases
  • Looking Forward to GTA 6?
  • Kingdom Hearts is Getting a Disney+ Series
  • The Dark Side of Online Sports


DaVinster: What’s a game that you got addicted to years after it released? Currently, for me it’s Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Mister Polite: Adding on to Vinny’s what game do you regret not playing. Like for me, GTA3 and GT4 are games that came out during the years that I didn’t play a lot of games and going back to those games would be extremely hard.

Megan: Is it Friday yet?…with many places doing virtual tours because of the virus, if you could go anywhere in a VR true to life fully immersive 3D world, where would you go?


Hans: Favorite Waffle topping. Syrup, Chocolate, fruit?

Cheap/Free Games

Playstation Plus

  • Call of Duty: WWII
  • Star Wars Battlefront II

Games with Gold

  • Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse (June 1–30)
  • Coffee Talk (June 16-July 15)
  • Sine Mora (June 16–30)
  • Destroy All Humans (June 1–15)

Game Pass Xbox

  • Cities Skyline: Console Edition
  • Alan Wake
  • Golf With Friends
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Minecraft Dungeons
  • No Man’s Sky (June)

Game Pass PC

  • Cities Skyline
  • Alan Wake
  • Plebby Quest
  • No Man’s Sky (June)

Twitch Prime

Epic Game Store

  • Maybe Borderlands?

Humble Bundle

Sony Makes Their First Big PS5 Move

Sony made its first big PS5 announcement today with a 70-minute show that debuted over 25 games that we’ll be seeing on the newest PlayStation when it launches later this year.

What We’re Playing

Colby: theHunter, Minecraft Dungeons, Diablo 3, Skyrim
Cliff: Mass Effect Andromeda
Dylan: BBQ Simulator

Sony Press Conference

These are Cliff’s notes, taken in real-time. Make of that what you will.

First off, damn these pre-recorded conferences need subtitles. There is literally no reason they can’t have subtitles.

Grand Theft Auto 5 Remaster?

  • Free GTA Online and a bunch of GTA Online Cash

Spiderman: Miles Morales

  • Doesn’t look like the movie, which is stupid
  • Gran Turismo 7
  • Looks really pretty
  • The driving demo went on for at least 3x to long

Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart

  • If this is actually gameplay, it looks gorgeous
  • Pretty sure that wasn’t actually gameplay
  • Still looks like a lot of fun

Project Athia

  • Cool I guess?
  • She jumped a few times and there is a dragon
  • Written by Gary Whitta, so that’s something


  • Cats and Robots

PS5 Specs Break

  • Bluray
  • High Speed SSD
  • Ray Tracing
  • Storm Trooper controller with haptic feedback & adaptive triggers, motion sensing, headphone jack and USB port
  • 3D Audio


  • Some sort of time loop, but the planet changes every time
  • God that’s a stupid name

Sackboy A Big Adventure

  • Could be a fun platformer
  • Has an interesting isometric view

Destruction Allstars

  • Does somebody already own the Destruction Derby name and are they not willing to license it?
  • Could be fun if it’s cheap enough

Kena Bridge of Spirits

  • Holy crap those furry things are cute

Goodbye Volcano High

  • High school dragons?
  • This new Netflix anime looks great! (Colby)

Oddworld Soulstorm

Ghostwire Tokyo

  • Definitely more interesting than the E3 presentation
  • Might be strange enough to be interesting
  • Is this a VR game? Because it looks like a VR game

Jett The Far Shore

  • God that trailer was boring
  • Scntfc is a terrific composer though


  • I really don’t understand this trailer
  • Was this the game that they called like a looter sworder or something stupid?

Solar Ash

  • You had me at Hyper Light Drifter
  • I like the design and the movement a lot

Hitman 3

Astro’s Playroom

  • Cute? Is this free?

Little Devil Inside

  • At least it looks unique. Finally.
  • And strange, very strange

NBA 2K21

  • It’s basketball!
  • I guess at least we know what we’ll be simulating the NBA in during the third wave of COVID-19


  • AHHHHH, it has eyes!
  • Half bug, half snack!
  • WTF?

Demon’s Souls

  • I think this is a remake of the games that came before Dark Souls? Maybe never came to the US?


  • Time loop game
  • One guy trying to escape an island
  • 8 targets that all have to die before midnight
  • Rival assassins

Resident Evil: Village

  • Looks creepy
  • Set in the past? Set in a strange other world? Set…somewhere?


  • Cyber cat!

Horizon Forbidden West

  • Damn, those are real looking hermit crabs
  • I should really beat HZD


  • Definitely cool looking, in a might be a modem, might be a building in Dubai kinda way
  • There is a version with a DVD drive and one without, I definitely prefer the version without a drive from a purely aesthetic standpoint
  • Charging station
  • Camera
  • Remote
  • Headphones
  • Still no MF price? Really Sony?

Other Video Game News

  • EA Games are On Steam and EA Access is Coming to PC
  • Companies are Finally Doing Something About Racism in Video Games
  • Crucible is Already Cutting Modes
  • Get In the Mood for The Last of Us 2 with a New Podcast Series
  • FIFA to Provide Crowd Noises for the Premier League
  • Steam Game Festival and EA Play Have Been Postponed
  • Studio Klei Donates $1 million to ACLU and NNACP


Vinny: What is your favorite game of each console from your very first up until the present.

PS2: SpongeBob Battle for Bikini Bottom

Xbox 360: Halo 3,

PS3: God of War collection

Xbox One: Sea of Thieves and God of War

What you believe your favorite game for PS5 & XSX will be, even if it’s not announced?

Mister Polite: Thinking about all the remastered games coming out, what game that came out before 360/PS2 era that you would like to see a modern upgrade. I personally would like to see Earthbound getting this treatment.

Tr1pletrouble88: Do you think that Xbox will ever get into the VR business? Or at least partner with a VR brand

Princess_Megan: Which song from a video game would you choose to be your personal theme song? You can choose any song, but remember, it will follow you around for the rest of your life

Cheap/Free Games Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality

Plug-In Digital and Dear Villagers Bundle

Humble Codemasters Bundle

Epic Game Store

  • Ark: Survival Evolved
  • Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection
  • The Escapists 2 (next week)
  • Pathway (next week)

Game Pass Xbox

  • Dungeon of the Endless (June 11)
  • Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 & 2.5 ReMix (June 11)
  • Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (June 11)
  • No Man’s Sky (June 11, includes crossplay)
  • eFootball PES 2020 Euros DLC (June 11)
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind DLC (June 11)
  • The Bard’s Tale ARPG (June 18)
  • Thronebreaker (June 18)

Game Pass PC

  • Battlefleet Gothic Armada 2 (June 11)
  • Battletech (June 11)
  • Dungeon of the Endless (June 11)
  • No Man’s Sky (June 11)
  • The Bard’s Tale ARPG (June 18)

Leaving Game Pass on June 15

  • Book of Demons (PC)
  • Everspace (Console & PC)
  • Resident Evil Revelations (Console)
  • Riptide GP: Renegade (Console & PC)
  • Riverbond (Console & PC)
  • Samorost 3 (PC)
  • Superhot (Console & PC)
  • Supermarket Shriek (Console & PC)
  • The Last Door: Season 2 (PC)
  • The Stillness of the Wind (PC)


  • Kao the Kangaroo: Round 2

Small Bytes

Slay the Spire is Coming to Mobile

Troll Corner

Stadia Won’t Be Getting Cyberpunk 2077 at Launch

Games Coming Out in June 2020

June is a bit of a slow month, with one major, major exception that comes out on the 19th. Yes, you heard it here first, Burnout Paradise Remastered for the Switch comes out on June 19th.

  • Valorant (PC) — June 2
  • Sea of Thieves (PC) — June 3
  • The Outer Worlds (Switch) — June 5
  • Command & Conquer Remastered Collection (PC) — June 5
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor (PS4, Xbox) — June 9
  • Desperados III (PS4, Xbox, PC) — June 16
  • Disintegration (PS4, Xbox, PC) — June 16
  • Burnout Paradise Remastered (Switch) — June 19
  • The Last of Us Part II (PS4) — June 19
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle For Bikini Bottom — Rehydrated (PS4, Xbox, Switch, PC) — June 23
  • Ninjala (Switch) — June 24
  • The Wonderful 101: Remastered (PC, PS4, Switch) (Physical) — June 30

When Should Devs Just Give Up On a Game?

Both Fallout 76 and Anthem released a little bit of news this week, which made us wonder, at what point should a game just stop trying to save itself? The answer (as it usually is) probably comes down to money.

What We’re Playing

Colby: theHunt: Call of the Wild, Ocarina of Time
Cliff: The Hunt, Mass Effect Andromeda, Kingdom Hearts 3


  • No, Bethesda Isn’t Going to Charge You For Fallout 76’s Season Pass
  • Anthem Overhaul Might Be a Ways Off
  • PUBG Adds Ranked Mode and Bots
  • The Epic Games Store Adds Additional Features
  • Embracer Group Has 118 Titles in Development Right Now (and 69 Unannounced)
  • Play ⅔ of the New Mafia Remasters Now
  • Want a Goofy Portable Gaming PC?
  • Let Steam Decide What You Should Play Next
  • And the Award for Worst Business Model Goes To…


DA VINSTER (Vinny): What year in the 2000’s until the present has been the best year in gaming? Whether that be for games, consoles, etc. Each of you can have different answers, of course, doesn’t need to be a consensus. It can also be what was the best year for you.

Kim Cruz: In your opinion, who won this generation console war? How did it win?

Mister Polite: The only time I buy Lego games is when they are super on sale (like under $10). I always love playing them, and I make sure I get every trophy in the game, but there is no way I would pay close to full price on them. So that made me think, is there a game that you love but would only buy if they were on sale?

PanchoPanda: All three of you are at 3 different” haunted houses”. Make your own Scooby-Doo gang including a mascot. One house is haunted by a chef. Another by Bigfoot and the final house by Dylan’s beard. Who are the actual villains in these locations?

Princess_Megan: We are living in a world of microtransactions and multiple deluxe additions for video games, which have you spent the most money on? Was it due to buying an upgraded game package, the in-game transactions, or both?

I have a second one. I’m currently playing the DLC for We Happy Few, and it’s lacking compared to the actual game. This made me wonder if you had to choose between a great storyline with bad gameplay or great gameplay with a terrible storyline. Which would you choose?

Cheap/Free Games

Epic Games Store: Mystery Game (that might be The Witcher 3)

Game Pass Xbox

  • Alan Wake
  • DayZ (May 7)
  • Final Fantasy IX (May 14)
  • Fractured Minds (May 19)

Game Pass Xbox

  • Halo 2
  • Endless Legend
  • Final Fantasy IX


Nintendo Online NES

  • Rygar

Nintendo Online SNES

  • Wild Guns
  • Panel de Pon
  • Operation Logic Bomb


Video Game Releases May 2020

If you wanted to play a ton of remastered amazing video games on your Switch, May is going to be a great month for you!

  • Zombie Army 4: Dead War (Stadia) – May 1 – $50?, Free for Pro
  • John Wick Hex (PS4) – May 5 – $20
  • Forza Street (iOS, Android) – May 5 – F2P
  • Lonely Mountains: Downhill (Switch) – May 7 – $20
  • Void Bastards (PS4, Switch) – May 7 – $30
  • Star Wars Episode I: Racer (PS4, Switch) – May26/May 12 – ???
  • Deep Rock Galactic (Xbox One, PC) – May 13 – $30
  • Those Who Remain (PlayStation 4) – May 15 – $20
  • The Wonderful 101: Remastered (PS4, Switch, PC) May 19 – $40
  • Saints Row: The Third Remastered (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – May 22 – $40
  • Minecraft: Dungeons (Xbox One, PC) — May 26 – $20/$30/GP
  • Ninjala (Switch) – May 28 – F2P
  • Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition (Switch) — May 29 – $60
  • BioShock: The Collection (Switch) – May 29 – $50
  • XCOM 2 (Switch) – May 29 – $50
  • Borderlands Legendary Collection (Switch) – May 29 – $50

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 hardcore, join Byte Me and find your next favorite game!

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The Last of Us 2 Gets Leaked and a Release Date

The Last of Us 2 was leaked to YouTube (allegedly by a pissed off Naughty Dog employee.) The result? The Last of Us 2 is now coming out in June and the internet is mad. Again.

What You’re Playing


Cliff: Final Fantasy 15, Kingdom Hearts 3

Dylan: Animal Crossing


  • There is Actually News About Good Stadia 
  • Phil Spencer Is Excited About Some Xbox Series X Tech That You Might Not Expect 
  • GOG Galaxy Will Now Track Game Pass Games for You Now 
  • This New Fallout 76 Robot is Going to Turn You Into a Commie 

Cheap/Free Games

Playstation Plus

  • Dying Light
  • Dark Souls Remastered

Games with Gold

  • V-Rally 4 ($59.99 ERP): Available May 1 to 31 on Xbox One
  • Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr ($39.99 ERP): Available May 16 to June 15 on Xbox One
  • Sensible World of Soccer ($9.99 ERP): Available May 1 to 15 on Xbox One & Xbox 360
  • Overlord II ($9.99 ERP): Available May 16 to 31 on Xbox One & Xbox 360

Game Pass

  • Moving Out: April 28
  • Red Dead Redemption 2: May 7

Twitch Prime

  • Turok
  • Etherborn
  • Lightmatter
  • Earthlock
  • Kathy Rain
  • Yono & The Celestial Elephant

Epic Games Store

  • Amnesia: Dark Descent
  • Crashlands

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 hardcore, join Byte Me and find your next favorite game!

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Want to Create Your Own Super Mario World?

The final update to Super Mario Maker 2 comes out today and you finally can create Super Mario World style maps with an overworld that connects your different levels. Also, the frog suit is now available.

Other Video Game News

  • Apparently Gamestop is Still Trying to Be Essential 
  • The Doom Eternal Soundtrack Has Some Mixing Problems and Mick Gordan Isn’t Happy About It 
  • The Best Party of Star Wars: Episode 1 is Coming to PS4 and Switch 
  • You Might Want to Set Up 2FA on Your Switch If You Haven’t Already 
  • Gamecon Has Been Cancelled But PAX West is Still On (For Now) 
  • Death Stranding’s PC Release Has Been Delayed 
  • It Doesn’t Just Feel Like A Lot of People Are Playing Animal Crossing 

What We’re Playing

Colby: Legend of Zelda 1, 2, & 3, 88 Heroes, Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization

Cliff: Final Fantasy 15, Bloodroots

Dylan: Animal Crossing, Sea of Thieves


Vinny: Microsoft Flight Simulator is going to be 150gb install size and Call of Duty Modern Warfare with all modes is a 200gb install size. If these are current gen games taking up this much space…what is next-gen going to look like? What’re your thoughts on this in general?

Princess_Megan: What, if anything, do you miss the most about the pre-COVID world? I miss being able to eat at restaurants and have in-person game nights with my friends

Princess_Megan: What skills have you learned from video games have you been able to transfer into your everyday lives?

CliffHunter: Who do you guys think can pull off a predator game that would make you want to come back just for the hunt? Ubisoft? Rocksteady? I would love for the game to take place right before the predator movie stars.

TheDonz: Do yall have any paintings or random pieces of furniture that you now hate since you have been stuck inside with it?

Keith Bolender: What games have you had for a long time that you only just now got around to playing because of quarantine?

Benjamin Cee: How many episodes of FF7 remake is it gonna take to finish the story?

Kim Cruz: If you’re the next smash bro fighter what would ur moves be and what would your ultimate smash move be

Cheap/Free Games

Shogun 2 

Epic Games Store

For The King is a challenging blend of strategy, turn-based combat, and roguelike elements. Each playthrough is unique with procedural maps, quests, and events. Explore Fahrul in either single player, local, or online co-op.

Humble Bundle 

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Cooking Mama? More Like Cooking Drama!

Cooking Mama’s problems started out when Twitter accused it of mining cryptocurrency while people played the game. This ended up not being true, but the game was in the news again this week when the games license holder accused the game’s publisher of releasing it on the Switch without their permission.

In other video game news:

  • Surprise, New XCOM!
  • Chex Quest is Coming! Chex Quest is Coming!
  • I Can Finally Setup My Nintendo Controller Like My Xbox Controller
  • E3 is Now Officially Cancelled
  • Want to Play Valorant? Just Watch a Streamer!
  • The ESRB is Adding Loot Box Warnings to Video Games
  • Have A Fancy Video Card? Show It Off By Playing…Minecraft?

What We’re Playing

Colby: Tales of Vesperia

Cliff: Final Fantasy 15, Destiny 2

Dylan: Animal Crossing


Vinny: I’m hijacking this one from a question asked to me: How has video games changed your life for the better?

Islandbear: With Mario getting his own lego set. What other game do you guys want in a lego set? GTA? Crash Bandicoot? Leisure Suit Larry ?

Mister Polite: I kind of miss the days when a company would make a video game like the Burger King Xbox games or any of the NES games. If you could pick any modern company to create a game who would you pick and what kind of game would it be? For example, what about an Amazon delivery game in the style of paperboy.

Princess_Megan: If extra lives were a thing in the real world, how would you earn them?

PolyNerdic: Something I have found myself pondering a lot during the last couple of weeks: what is a talent you wish you had? I’m split between wishing I had any sort of musical talent or wishing I could draw/paint worth a darn.

Mansocks: What is your favorite Pandemic treat during the quarantine?

Cheap/Free Games


  • Stadia is offering a free 2 month trial for everyone

Humble Bundle


Epic Games Store

  • Just Cause 4 sees rogue agent Rico Rodriguez land in Solis to hunt down the truth about his past, at any cost. Jump into an action-packed open-world sandbox experience and cause chaos with a wide selection of weaponry, vehicles and gear!
  • Wheels of Aurelia: Embark on an immersive road trip through the gritty western coast of Italy during the roaring 1970’s. Playing as Lella, a bold, spunky woman, experience the sights and sounds of a tumultuous time in Italy’s history while uncovering events from Lella’s past.

Xbox Game Pass for Console:

  • The Long Dark – April 16
  • Gato Roboto – April 21
  • Deliver Us The Moon – April 23
  • HyperDot – April 30
  • Levelhead – April 30

Xbox Game Pass for PC:

  • Gato Roboto – April 21
  • Deliver Us The Moon – April 23
  • Gears Tactics – April 28
  • HyperDot – April 30
  • Levelhead – April 30
  • The Long Dark – Coming soon
  • Machinarium – Coming soon

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