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

Questions

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

  • Stadia is offering a free 2 month trial for everyone

Humble Bundle

  • https://www.humblebundle.com/games/2ks-game-together

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

Playstation Play at Home

  • https://www.polygon.com/2020/4/14/21220819/uncharted-journey-free-ps4-sony-coronavirus-stay-at-home-initiative

Uplay

  • https://www.pcgamer.com/ubisoft-are-planning-to-give-assassins-creed-2-away-for-free/

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 New Playstation Controller is…Something

The PlayStation 5 controller is out and it looks like a clone trooper and sounds like it was named after some form of adult toy! But it does have haptic feedback, adaptive triggers and a built in microphone for some reason.

More video game news:

  • The Last of Us 2 Has Been Delayed Indefinitely
  • Bunches of Xbox Series X Info Straight from Phil Spencer 
  • Sea of Thieves is Coming to Steam, Surprise! 
  • Get a Free Copy of Fallout 76 on Steam if You Own it On Bethesda.net 
  • Amazon Has Some Gaming News 
  • Mixer is Handing Out $100 Bills to Streamers 
  • Saints Row 3 is Getting a Remaster 

Colby: Yakuza 0, Donut County, Animal Crossing, Maybe other stuff… who knows?

Cliff: Final Fantasy 15, Totally Accurate Delivery Service

Dylan: Animal Crossing

Questions

Vinny: What games did you really want to like, and ended up not liking at all?

Mister Polite: Some random would you rather q’s. Would you rather have horrible long term memory or horrible short term? Would you rather never use a touch screen or never use a keyboard and mouse? Would you rather live on the beach or live in a cabin? Making a Murderer or Tiger King?

IslandCookie: What Board game could you and your quarantine crew be actually sucked into and play to finish? Imagine something along the lines of Jumanji.

Princess_Megan: What is your favorite food?

Cheap/Free Games

Epic Games

  • Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments: Become the most celebrated detective of all time: Sherlock Holmes! Use your impressive talents as a detective to solve six thrilling and varied cases.

Game Pass Xbox

  • Alvastia Chronicles (ID@Xbox) – April 9
    Set out on an adventure in a retro-styled world in this RPG with over 100 companions! Two siblings Alan and Elmia start their journey to avenge their parents’ deaths as they fight to stem the tide of monsters flooding into the world and restore peace to Alvastia. Engage in heated turn-based battles with up to 13 party members. Weapon upgrades, a battle arena, and quests are only the beginning of what this Kemoc RPG has to offer!
  • Journey to the Savage Planet – April 9
    Welcome to the Pioneer Program! In this upbeat and colorful first-person adventure game you play as the newest recruit to Kindred Aerospace, which proudly touts its rating as the 4th Best Interstellar Exploration Company. Dropped onto an uncharted planet with little equipment and no real plan, you must explore, catalog alien flora and fauna and determine if this planet is fit for human habitation. Onward to adventure! Good luck – and mind the goo!

Game Pass PC

  • Overcooked! 2 (ID@Xbox) – Available Now
    Overcooked returns with a brand-new helping of chaotic cooking action! Journey back to the Onion Kingdom and assemble your team of chefs in classic couch co-op or online play for up to four players. Hold onto your aprons … it’s time to save the world (again!)
  • Football Manager 2020 – Coming Soon
    Every decision counts. With new features and polished game mechanics which reward long-term planning and progression like never before, empower managers to develop both your club’s culture and your youth team’s prospects, as well as your own unique managerial identity.
  • Alvastia Chronicles (ID@Xbox) – Coming Soon
    Engage in heated turn-based battles, upgrade your weapons, fight in a battle arena, and embark on epic quests in this retro-styled JRPG. Guide siblings Alan and Elmia as they start their journey to avenge their parents’ deaths, fighting to stem the tide of monsters flooding into the world, and restore peace to Alvastia.
  • Mistover (ID@Xbox) – Coming Soon
    A ”Mist-ical’ RPG with expeditions for finding the key to survival. Choose your next step wisely and keep in mind that your every move will change the future. Create your own ‘Corps’ and explore through various regions in the Pillar of Despair: forests, lakes, mountains, cities, cathedrals, castles, and much more.
  • Stranger Things 3: The Game (ID@Xbox) – Coming Soon
    The official companion game to Season 3 of the hit original series! Play through familiar events from the series while also uncovering never-before-seen quests, character interactions, and secrets! This adventure game blends a distinctively retro art style with modern gameplay mechanics to deliver nostalgic fun with a fresh new twist.

Troll Corner

  • The Atari VCS Owes Their Designer A LOT of Money

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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April 2020 Video Game Releases

April is what we’ll call a bit of a lean month, with a few remakes and indies coming out, but not much in the way of AAA games.
  • Totally Reliable Delivery Service (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – April 1 – $15
  • Pode (PC) – April 3 – $25
  • Resident Evil 3 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – April 3 – $60 ($50 on sale)
  • Fallout 76 Wastelanders (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – April 7 – Free
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake (PlayStation 4) – April 10 – $60
  • Predator: Hunting Grounds (PlayStation 4) – April 24 – $40
  • Trials of Mana (PlayStation 4, Switch, PC) – April 24 – $50
  • Gears Tactics (Xbox One, PC) – April 28 – $60 & Game Pass
  • Moving Out (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – April 28 – $25
  • Minecraft: Dungeons (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – April ??? – $20/30 % Game Pass

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 PS5 Will Play Roughly 100 to 4,000 PS4 Games

After last week’s announcement that the PS5 had only been tested with “about” 100 PS4 games, Sony came out this week and announced that they had actually tested it with far more games than that and that it would be compatible with at least some of them. How many? Who knows to be honest.

In other game news:

  • HP, Valve and Microsoft Are Building the VR Headset of the Future 
  • Playstation Is Slowing Game Downloads in Europe, Could the US Be Next (and Would We Notice)
  • Minecraft is Helping Kids Stuck at Home 
  • Want a $2,400 Doom Eternal Statue? 

What We’re Playing

Colby: Sword Art Online, Animal Crossing
Cliff: Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Journey to a Savage Planet
Dylan: Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Questions

Vinny: Doom and Animal Crossing had a wonderful crossover campaign leading up to launch that I feel benefited both games. What other games do you feel could benefit from this kind of marketing?

TheDonz: Since we’re all stuck in quarantine what multiplayer games would you recommend avoiding so you don’t rip your family apart before this is all over?

IslandPizza: With animal crossing being the hot thing going right now. What animal would you be and what kinda services would you provide?

Tr1pletrouble: What are your top 5 desert island games? No online games or co-op games. Just the consoles and games.

Princess Megan: Are you enjoying working from home? How have you been spending your evenings? And how are your families doing?

Mansocks: What is your favorite 2D Run and Gun game?

Cheap/Free Games

Epic Game Store

Figment: Figment is an action-adventure game that invites you to explore a unique surreal universe filled with music, humor and multi-layered narrative.

Tormentor x Punisher: Everything in Tormentor?Punisher can be killed in one hit, including bosses and yourself. Bosses change the shape of the arena, conjuring rooms and traps to make it more hellish and brutal. Demons adjust to your play style and punish you accordingly. Explore and discover new ways of killing enemies to gain cool upgrades. Reload your machine gun by firing your shotgun. Yeah, you read that right.

PS Plus

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End: Set three years after the events of UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception, Nathan Drake has presumably left the world of fortune hunting behind. However, it doesn’t take long for adventure to come calling when Drake’s brother, Sam, resurfaces seeking his help to save his own life and offering an adventure Drake can’t resist.        

Dirt Rally 2.0: DiRT Rally 2.0 dares you to carve your way through a selection of iconic rally locations from across the globe, in the most powerful off-road vehicles ever made, knowing that the smallest mistake could end your stage. 

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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Ubisoft Wants It’s Games to Be Less Like Ubisoft Games

Apparently game design at Ubisoft is influenced by the “editorial team” a group of designers based in Paris that guides the direction of Ubisoft games. And Ubisoft doesn’t think they have been doing a very good job based on the sales of Breakpoint and The Division 2.

Other News:

  • There are now 83 games you can play in Project xCloud
  • Hunt Showdown is coming to PS4 and getting cross play with Xbox
  • Save some money and get your own router
  • Seven of the ten best selling games of the decade were Call of Duty
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn might be coming to PC
  • You’re Going to need an invite to play Halo: Combat Evolved

What We’re Playing

Colby: Stardew
Cliff: My Time at Portia, Efootball Pro Evo Soccer
Dylan: Disco Elysium, The Witcher

Questions

Vinny: What is your most controversial video games/video games related opinions?

Cpt Insano6: Why hasn’t Adam been on the podcast in months?

Princess_Megan: What was the best weapon you’ve ever used in a video game? What’s your favorite fighting class: warrior, mage, or rogue, and why?

JoeColeslaw: What would be the ultimate way to premier a game, product, announcement? What works, what is too played out? Examples: shadow drop, tweet, (mass social media post) take out a tv ad Superbowl/Championship game, tease a special stream.

John Tysinger aka Krawdad: What game or games have you played for super long hours but never finished? For me, it would be every Final Fantasy.

Vicky: What’s a genre of games that you’ve always wanted to get into but it’s just not for you? (For me its strategy games)

Cheap/Free Games

Epic’s weekly free games will continue through 2020

  • Epic is putting up the cash needed to supply another 52 free games on the Epic Store this year. At the time of writing, platformer Horace is on offer for free. On the 23rd, the freebie will swap to puzzle game The Bridge.

Every Half Life Game is Free Until April 1

  • Half-Life, Half-Life 2, and Half-Life 2: Episode One and Two

Pandemic Express Has Gone F2P

  • https://store.steampowered.com/app/939510/Pandemic_Express__Zombie_Escape/ 

Game Pass for PC

  • Gris
  • A Plague Tale: Innocence
  • ScourgeBringer
  • Sea Salt
  • Children of Morta (already out)

Game Pass for Xbox

  • Children of Morta (already out)
  • January 23
    • A Plague Tale: Innocence 
    • Indivisible
  • January 30
  • Sea Salt
  • Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour

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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Kids – and Kids at Heart – Are Going to Love Minecraft: The Exhibition at MoPOP

With over 112 million monthly players and 176 million copies sold, nearly everyone has heard of or played Minecraft. If you are a parent with tweens or teens, it is very possible that Minecraft is a constant topic of conversation at your house and that Minecraft Let’s Play videos are the soundtrack to your life.

Which is why Minecraft: The Exhibition at Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) is opening at the perfect time; the game is old enough that many adults have played it over the last decade, but still enough of a phenomenon that their kids are still playing today. If you’ve spent any time wandering it’s blocky world you will feel right at home as you enter the exhibit through a villager’s house with a boxy birch tree in the front yard, dodging an exploding Creeper.

Brooks Peck, senior curator at MoPOP was thrilled to work with Minecraft developer Mojang to bring Minecraft to MoPOP, saying that “…Minecraft is not only a game that allows for unlimited creativity and exchange of ideas, it also promotes inclusiveness and equality, which are core to MoPOP’s mission.”

The exhibit itself has been percolating at MoPOP for over four years, and does an amazing job of presenting Minecraft in way that will interest both experienced and casual players, along with people that know very little about the game. Life size statues of the players and mobs (which is what Minecraft calls friendly and not so friendly creatures in the game) are spread throughout the exhibit and each of them is setup to be a photo opportunity. Each highly stylized room walks you through an important part of the game, from the bed that acts as your home base, to a working crafting table and finally a trip into The Nether, Minecraft’s underworld where you are greeted by Pigmen and a lava waterfall.

Once you are familiar with the game and it’s inner workings, the exhibit leads you into a large free play area, where you can actually play Minecraft: on a huge screen in a multiplayer game with your family, by yourself on a PC, or you can try your hand at special “modded” versions of the game that allow you to play minigames using Minecraft as the framework.

In addition to playing Minecraft just for fun, a large educational community has sprung up around the game with the release of the Minecraft Education Edition. This allows schools to purchase volume licenses and helps kids explore not only coding and math exercises, but cultural ones as well. The exhibit highlights multiple different ways that Minecraft has impacted different areas of the world, and lets you play Ngā Motu, a Minecraft Education Edition module that lets you visit the island of Ngā Motu and learn about the indigenous language, culture and people of Aotearoa (New Zealand).

Like a lot of parents in their 30s and 40s, I played Minecraft when it first came out, but fell off the game before my son started playing it. We still play together, but more and more I just get to see the amazing creations that he makes inside the game. But from the second I saw the exterior of the exhibit to the moment I left, I was struck by constant waves of nostalgia. Every room held a new secret, a new amazing mob statue or a new amazing interactive element that left a constant smile on my face. If you love Minecraft or have a child that loves Minecraft, this is a must see opportunity.

Minecraft: The Exhibit opens on October 19th and runs through September 7, 2020 (at which point it will tour other museums around the US). MoPop Members can access an exclusive preview on October 18th and a grand opening weekend is planned for October 19-20 with immersive activities, photo ops, arcade play and more. 

 

Episode 124: Overwatch Co-op, Review Bombs, Apex Cheaters & Petting Dogs

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

Episode 120: MCC is Making Someone Very Happy

The Master Chief Collection is coming to PC (and Steam!), the OG version of Diablo is back and up on GOG, the Dead Cells DLC is coming out way sooner than we thought, Bioware is patching bugs and players are pissed, Devil May Cry 5 has a scene that is only censored on the PS4 and a couple of new Octopath games are in the pipeline.

Plus we answer a bunch of great questions (some that are about breakfast), talk cheap and free games, look at a new Small Bites and throw Spiro in Troll Corner.

March DLC Plays: The Walking Dead Season One

We are just about ready to record the first episode of Byte Me DLC Plays, which means it’s time to pick our game for the March episode of Byte Me DLC Plays! We talked about a lot of potential games this month, but The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season jumped ahead when it was released on Xbox Game Pass.

If you want to play along, first off you are going to need to grab the game:

Playing through all of the episodes will take about 10 or so hours, so get started! Then send us your questions and we’ll answer them on the podcast that we’ll record in the middle of March!

If you have suggestions for what we should play in April, shoot us an email or come join us in our Discord!

February DLC Plays Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

We had so much fun recording the Red Dead Redemption 2 Spoilercast that we’ve decided to make it a new feature called “Byte Me DLC Plays”! Every month we’ll choose a game to play and let everyone know what it is. We’ll create a channel for it in the Discord and everyone can talk about it as they play along and ask questions about the game that we’ll answer during the podcast. But the best news? We are starting today!

This month we are going to be playing Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, winner of multiple awards in 2017, including Best Audio Design,
Best Performance and Games for Impact at the 2017 Game Awards.

Get the game:

The schedule will be:

  • Start playing today
  • Get your questions in for the podcast by Feb. 8th
  • We’ll record that weekend
  • You can listen on Feb. 13th (or earlier if you are a Patron!)

So get playing and remember, you want to play this game wearing headphones!