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The Level is a podcast for people who love video games. It's a weekly roundtable hosted by friends and industry outsiders Kole Ross, Ben Merkel, Dennis Furia, David Moneysmith, and Jala Prendes. Every Friday, we discuss video game news, the games we've been playing, and listener mail.

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    Episode 394: Hell is Other Peoples' Content

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2021 105:53

    Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about Mirror Layers, League of Legends: Wild Rift, and Gaia Project. The Grind: David: Warframe. Dennis: Halo Infinite Multiplayer. Apex Legends. League of Legends: Wild Rift. Ben: Storybook Brawl. Gloomhaven. Gaia Project. Kole: Mirror Layers. The Multiplayer: Which games nailed, or whiffed, the switch to a different business model? The End Boss: Bobby Kotick knew about rampant sexual abuse at Activision. 70 new games added to Xbox backward compatibility, including Otogi series. The Grand Theft Auto re-releases are just terrible. Riot partners with several smaller studios to release games set in the League of Legends world.

    Episode 393: Default Top Action

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 93:54

    Kole, Ben, Dennis, and Jala talk about Gloomhaven, House of Ashes, and we ask you which game protagonist would be the worst friend. The Grind: Ben: Storybook Brawl. Gloomhaven. Jala: Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Dennis: Apex Legends. Kole: House of Ashes. The Multiplayer: Which video game protagonist would be the worst friend in real life? The End Boss: Some maniacs made a 9ft tall Atari joystick. Mirror Layers has a collaborative wiki built in. Back 4 Blood is getting a better solo campaign. Younger Unpacking players don't recognize the Gamecube.

    Episode 392: Sort of Like the Planet

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 121:44

    Kole, David, and Dennis talk about Unpacking, House of Ashes, and Spacelords. The Grind: David: Warframe. Spacelords. Kole: Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes. Unpacking. Dennis: League of Legends. Spacelords. The Multiplayer: What game feature just plain doesn't work for you? The End Boss: Innovations in Ocarina of Time speed running come from the demo on Smash Bros. Brawl. The Bloodborne PSX de-make gets a late January release date. Twitch streamers can co-stream the new League of Legends Netflix show.

    Episode 391: Nothing is Allowed to Die

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 103:11

    Kole, Ben, Dennis, and Jala talk about Inscryption, Lydia, and we as you about your favorite game soundtracks for general listening. The Grind: Jala: Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Metroid Dread. Lydia. Old Friends Dog Game. Kole: Inscryption. Ben: Inscryption. Back 4 Blood. Storybook Brawl. Mindustry. Dennis: NONE. The Multiplayer: What game soundtracks do you listen to outside of the games? The End Boss: Stardew Valley creator announces Haunted Chocolatier. Man charged with fraud for spending COVID loan money on a foil Charizard. Returnal 2.0 patch addresses most glaring problems with the game. Uncharted movie trailer released.

    Episode 390: No Human Should Skitter

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 97:10

    Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about Murder House, Back 4 Blood, and Operation: Tango. The Grind: Dennis: Operation: Tango. Kole: Murder House. David: Warframe. Ben: Storybook Brawl. Mindustry. Back 4 Blood. The Multiplayer: What's the most unsettling video game character? The End Boss: The Xbox mini-fridge sells out immediately. Steam forbids NFT scam games. Pokemon music collaboration is cute and fun. PS5 is the best selling console in September, overtaking the Switch.

    Episode 389: A Meaty Grind

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 119:40

    Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about Metroid: Dread, Back 4 Blood, and Mindustry. The Grind: Kole: Metroid: Dread. Ben: Storybook Brawl. There is No Game: Wrong Dimension. Mindustry. Inscryption. David: Warframe. Back 4 Blood. Dennis: Trackmania. The Multiplayer: What game best represents a real world place or phenomena? The End Boss: Riot is experimenting with the removal of All-Chat in League of Legends. Corpse Party remake is coming out stateside in late October. Rockstar confirms the Grand Theft Auto trilogy remaster. Spelljammer might be coming back, regrettably.

    Episode 388: More Longly Kill Them

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 114:27

    Kole, Ben, David, and Dennis talk about There is No Game, Devour, and NGU Industries. The Grind: Dennis: Sliding Seas. Lost in Random. Ben: Pawnbarian. Slipways. Storybook Brawl. There is No Game: Wrong Dimension. Devour. David: Warframe. Kole: NGU Industries. Multiplayer: Free Play cleanup. The End Boss: PS3 and PS Vita PSN stores are losing credit card ability, but it's not as bad as it sounds. Netflix buys Oxenfree developer. Super Monkey Ball comes to the Switch. Murderous Muses is a new game from the FMV studio behind Dr. Dekker.

    Episode 387: Dottie Has a Gun

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 110:21

    Kole, Ben, David, and Jala talk about ICEY, Splitgate, and Fire Emblem: Three Houses. The Grind: David: No Man's Sky. Kole: Rule of Rose. Ben: Gas Station Simulator. Splitgate. Storybook Brawl. Jala: ICEY. Fire Emblem: Three Houses. The Multiplayer: What public domain work would you like to see get a game adaptation? The End Boss: Outkast and Soulja Boy both have game projects. Disco Elysium has a release date for consoles. The Mario movie has a cast.

    Episode 386: All the Floppin' I'm Led to Believe Happens

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 116:14

    Kole, Ben, David, and Jala talk about Gas Station Simulator, The Great Ace Attorney Adventures, and Bloodwash. The Grind: Jala: The Great Ace Attorney Adventures. WarioWare: Get It Together. Lost in Random. Ben: WarioWare: Get It Together. Quern: Undying Thoughts. Gas Station Simulator. Storybook Brawl. Kole: Gas Station Simulator. Bloodwash. A Place, Forbidden. David: No Man's Sky. The Multiplayer: What's your favorite video game villain? The End Boss: YouTubers find treasure trove of games on abandoned property. Castlevania Advance collection rumored, then announced, then released. CutSew cosplay company holds fundraising raffle for an animal shelter. New PS5 revision released, is not consequential.

    Episode 385: The Judgment Bird

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 109:26

    Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about Storybook Brawl, Lobotomy Corporation, and Oxygen Not Included. The Grind: David: No Man's Sky. Ben: Storybook Brawl. Magic Arena. Oxygen Not Included. Dennis: Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville. Final Fantasy VII Remake. Kole: Darkest Dungeon. Lobotomy Corporation. The Multiplayer: What video game location would make the best vacation destination? The End Boss: Darkest Dungeon II releases on October 26. Deathloop gets rave reviews. Gas Station Simulator releases this week. Developer somehow uses Steam as his porn stash. Splitgate developer gets tons of funding.

    Episode 384: Negative Clicks Per Minute

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2021 113:37

    Kole, Ben, Dennis, and Jala talk about the Great Ace Attorney: Adventures, SpookWare, and T-Minus 30. The Grind: Jala: Scribbled. The Great Ace Attorney: Adventures. Kole: SpookWare. T-Minus 30. Dennis: Jupiter Hell. Splitgate. Trackmania. Ben: Storybook Brawl. The Multiplayer: What's your first gaming memory? The End Boss: China imposes strict limits on kid's video game time. Yakuza creator reportedly leaving Sega. Cursed to Golf is an upcoming horror golf game. Mortal Kombat confrims Powerful Shaggy.

    Episode 383: Compress the Tedium

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2021 114:38

    Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about Twelve Minutes, Hell Architect, and Jupiter Hell. The Grind: Dennis: Jupiter Hell. SplitGate. Final Fantasy XIV. David: Final Fantasy XIV. Fallout '79. Ben: Twelve Minutes. SNKRX. Civilization Revolution. Kole: Hell Architect. The Multiplayer: What's your favorite game sound effect? The End Boss: Among Us developers call foul play on Fortnite's Impostor Mode. Another new Skyrim edition is coming. Quake Remaster gets surprise release. Minecraft Dungeons is coming to Steam.

    Episode 382: Catboy Pugilist: Some of the Hits

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2021 87:37

    Kole, Ben, David, and Jala talk about Axiom Verge 2, Final Fantasy XIV, and we do a Free Play Multiplayer. The Grind: Ben: Buddy Simulator 84. SNKRX. Kole: Axiom Verge 2. Yomawari: Night Alone. Jala: World's End Club. Sonic Mania. David: Final Fantasy XIV. The Multiplayer: Free Play! The End Boss: Frostpunk 2 announced. Back 4 Blood needs to patch out inadvertent racist slurs. Fortnite bites Among Us's stew. Twelve Minutes exists.

    Episode 381: Slop It Up, Piggies

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2021 94:16

    Kole, David, Dennis, and Jala talk about World's End Club, Jupiter Hell, and Mothergunship. The Grind: Jala: Chrono Trigger. Drawngeon. World's End Club. Kole: Picross S Genesis. Dennis: Jupiter Hell. David: Mothergunship. The Multiplayer: What extraneous systems in games would you want to get rid of? The End Boss: New AI helps train you to play games better. Amiga 500 Mini is coming soon. Idris Elba is Knuckles now.

    Episode 380: Oh No, Detroit Became Human

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2021 129:14

    Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about the Ascent, Splitgate, Strangeland, and more. The Grind: David: Atomicrops. The Ascent. Kole: Strangeland. Lawn Mowing Simulator. Dennis: Final Fantasy XIV. Splitgate. Ben: Buddy Simulator 1984. Pico Park Multiplayer: What supposedly difficult choice in games was actually easy for you? The End Boss: Sponsors drop out of Overwatch league because of Blizzard workplace harassment. “Short Games With Bad Graphics” bundle on Itch is a good deal. Heal Hitler looks like a mess. Tetris board game is coming, heralds change in board game distribution.

    Episode 379: A Free Willy Situation

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2021 98:39

    Kole, Ben, and Dennis talk about Fatum Betula, Gas Station Simulator, and we ask you about your celebration games. The Grind: Kole: Fatum Betula. Gas Station Simulator Demo. Dennis: Minecraft Dungeons: The Hidden Depths. Harsh Shadows. Relics of Rajavihara. Ben: SNKRX. The Multiplayer: What's your celebration game? The End Boss: Activision-Blizzard employees stage walkout over worker abuses. Fall Guys Season 5 goes live. Splitgate delayed because it's too popular.

    Episode 378: Normal Oppressive Hot

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2021 131:21

    Kole, Ben, Dennis, and Jala talk about Mundaun, SNKRX, and we ask you about your favorite double jumps in games. The Grind: Ben: Phasmophobia. Helltakers. SNKRX. Dennis: SNKRX. Rime. Kole: Mundaun. PowerWash Simulator. Viscera Cleanup Detail. Medieval Dynasty. Jala: Capcom vs. SNK 2. Resident Evil Village. Vampire: The Masquerade - Shadows of New York. Alwa's Awakening. The Multiplayer: What's your favorite double jump in games? The End Boss: Sonic porn floods far-right social network. Valve announces the Steam Deck. Netflix gets closer to adding games.

    Episode 377: That Space Two

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 2, 2021 131:14

    Kole, Ben, Dennis, and Jala talk about Mario Golf: Super Rush, SNKRX, and we ask you which games you want to like, but can't get into. The Grind: Jala: Viviette. Miitopia. Mario: Mario Golf: Super Rush. Zombies Ate My Neighbors. Dennis: Middara. SNKRX. Ben: SNKRX. The Multiplayer: What games or series do you like, but can't get into? The End Boss: Chipotle made an ill-conceived advergame. Oculus developer pulls out of dynamic Facebook ad program. Magic: Legends is being canceled. Marvel's Avengers bug reveals personal information.

    Episode 376: My Kids Were Obviously Failing a Lot

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2021 120:23

    Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about a bunch of older games and do a Free Play Multiplayer. The Grind: David: No Man's Sky. Ben: SNKRX. Dennis: Trackmania. Hollow Knight. LUMI. Kole: Mr. Driller Drill Land. The Multiplayer: Free Play! The End Boss: Cyberpunk 2077 is back on the PSN Store, for good or ill. Don't buy the re-release of Plumbers Don't Wear Ties. Citizen Sleeper looks like a good game. You can recharge a Tesla by towing it backwards.

    Episode 375: All the Surfaces of the Ocean

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 18, 2021 85:01

    Kole, Ben, and Dennis talk about Slipstream, some E3 announcements, and we ask you which games have you changed your minds about the most. The Grind: Dennis: Trackmania. Knockout City. Ben: Slipstream. It Takes Two. Kole: It Takes Two. Resident Evil 5. Rocksmith 2014. The Multiplayer: What game have you changed your mind about the most? The End Boss: Ubisoft announces Rocksmith+. We're getting another Mario x Rabbids game. Outer Worlds 2 announced.

    Episode 374: Become Enlightened and Kill Everything

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 11, 2021 119:46


    Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about Knockout City, Slipways, and we ask you what stats you wish games kept track of for you. The Grind: Dennis: Knockout City. Slay the Spire. Ben: Room to Grow. Slipways. Subnautica: Below Zero. Portal Reloaded. David: Outward. Kole: Bowser's Fury. The Multiplayer: What stat do you wish games kept track of for you? The End Boss: The PlayDate handheld has a price and a preorder window. New Warhammer 40k game from Vermintide team is coming. Terra Nil is a reverse city builder. The Bo Burnham comedy special is good.


    Episode 373: Throw a Match and Run

    Play Episode Listen Later May 28, 2021 82:44

    Kole, Jala, and David talk about Miitopia, Viviette, and we ask you to pitch items that would make your favorite game characters' lives easier. The Grind: David: No Man's Sky. Maneater. Jala: Bioshock 2. Viviette. Miitopia. Kole: Castaway on a Weird Island. The Multiplayer: Pitch an item that would make your favorite game character's life easier. The End Boss: Netflix is looking at getting into game subscriptions. Steam might be making a Switch-like machine. Resident Evil characters coming to Dead by Daylight.

    Episode 372: Bubble Bible

    Play Episode Listen Later May 21, 2021 114:53

    Kole, Ben, and Jala talk about Subnautica: Below Zero, Vampire the Masquerade: Coteries of New York, and we ask you which video game character would be your roommate. The Grind: Jala: Kirby Star Allies. Bubble Bobble 4 Friends: The Baron is Back! Kakapo Run. This is the Zodiac Speaking. Vampire the Masquerade: Coteries of New York. Ben: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Subnautica: Below Zero. It Takes Two. Kole: It Takes Two. The Multiplayer: Which video game character will be your roommate? The End Boss: Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance is coming to PC later this year. The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles is coming out in the US this July. Frosthaven adds cultural consultant to the team. Umurangi Generation is coming to Switch on June 5.

    Episode 371: A Big Gyre of Teeth

    Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2021 111:52

    Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about Resident Evil Village, Unrailed, and we ask you about games that are not more than the sum of their parts. The Grind: Kole: Resident Evil Village. David: LARP. Second Extinction. Ben: Unrailed. Dennis: New Pokemon Snap. Subnautica. Astro Bot Rescue. The Multiplayer: What game isn't more than the sum of its parts? The End Boss: Zombies Ate My Neighbors! is coming to modern systems. Waluigimania. Yakuza is moving to an all turn-based RPG combat.

    Episode 370: Like Fish!

    Play Episode Listen Later May 7, 2021 113:07

    Kole, Ben, Dennis, and Jala talk about the New Pokemon Snap, Yakuza: Like a Dragon, and we ask you what small additions would make a game better for you. The Grind: Jala: Feather. Aery: Sky Castle. AER: Memories of Old. Dennis: Subnautica. Remnant: From the Ashes. Ben: Witch It! Yakuza: Like a Dragon. It Takes Two. Kole: It Takes Two. New Pokemon Snap. The Multiplayer: What small additions or changes would make a game or genre better for you? The End Boss: Gas Station Simulator looks like Kole's dream game. Sunless Skies is coming to consoles soon. Returnal's eternal patching woes.

    Episode 369: Laser Shoot Larry

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 30, 2021 94:37

    Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about NieR Replicant, Yakuza: Like a Dragon, and we ask you what you want to see in the next generation of console games. The Grind: David: No Man's Sky. Kole: NieR Replicant ver. 1.22… Dennis: Enter the Survival Horror. Lumi Keyboard. Ben: Modern Warfare 2. Yakuza: Like a Dragon. The Multiplayer: What do you hope we see over the next console generation of games? The End Boss: The newest innovation in competitive NES Tetris is “rolling”. Resident Evil 4 VR announced. Cyberpunk 2077 refunds aren't necessarily what you'd expect. Ralph Baer to be honored with special coin from the mint.

    Episode 368: I Made a Dad Joke!

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 24, 2021 99:47

    Kole, Ben, Dennis, and Jala talk about It Takes Two, Saviorless, and we ask you to pitch games for villains. The Grind: Jala: Moons of Madness. Hitman. Saviorless. Ben: qomp. It Takes Two. Kole: It Takes Two. Mother 3. Dennis: Slay the Spire. Hades. The Multiplayer: Make a game for a villain! The End Boss: EndeavorRx is a video game that might help with COVID brain fog. Sony reverses course, won't shut down the PS Vita or PS3 online stores. There's going to be a game about power washing. Valve fixes bug that affects Steam libraries over 25,000 games.

    Episode 367: Tractormania

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 16, 2021 90:07

    Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about qomp, the most recent No Man's Sky update, and we ask you to invent game-themed drinks. The Grind: David: No Man's Sky. Ben: qomp. Bioshock Infinite. Dennis: Valheim. VR Boxing. Beatsaber. Kole: Demon's Souls Remaster. Pathologic. The Multiplayer: Invent a game-themed drink! The End Boss: Gord looks like a fun survival city builder. Nintendo hits porn artist with DMCA over Bowser's junk. Luwdwig Ahgren breaks Twitch subscriber record. Daybreak is a board game about global warming, by the creator of Pandemic.

    Episode 366: Spacetimeshare

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 9, 2021 108:21

    Kole, Ben, Dennis, and Jala talk about Magic: The Gathering Arena, Hades, and we ask you which game villain lair you would most want to live in. The Grind: Jala: The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay. The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena. Ben: Loop Hero. Magic: The Gathering Arena Cube Draft. Dennis: Valheim. Hades. Kole: Pathologic Classic HD. The Multiplayer: What game villain lair would you most want to live in? The End Boss: Researchers develop games that make people hear sounds that aren't there. The House in Fata Morgana gets Switch release… now! Trials of Fire is a deck building X-COM-like. Space Jam website sidelined.

    Episode 365: Infra Penny

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 2, 2021 119:42

    Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about Outriders, Pummel Party, and we ask you to pitch game characters pitching things. The Grind: Ben: Loop Hero. What the Golf? Carto. Infra. Pummel Party. David: Outriders. d20 Modern tabletop gaming. Dennis: Enter the Survival Horror. Hollow Knight. Hades. The Multiplayer: Pitch game characters pitching things. The End Boss: “Largest cheating ring” busted in China. Sony confirms PSN Store closure for legacy systems., Rocket League Season 4 details announced.

    Bonus Level: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2021 116:01

    Jala and Kole continue their informal visual novel discussion series with a classic in the genre. The format of this episode mirrors a WOFF! episode, as we talk about the generalities of mechanics first, and then get into spoiler territory. Phoenix Wright is an upstart attorney who always believes in his clients, no matter what. This first entry in the series establishes a lot of conventions for how to mix visual novel story presentation with adventure game puzzles, and we couldn't have a series like Danganronpa without it.

    Episode 364: Square the Sphere

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 27, 2021 130:23

    Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about Loop Hero, Magic: Legends, and we do a Free Play Multiplayer. The Grind: Kole: Lost in Vivo. Stardew Valley. Ben: Dyson Sphere Program. Loop Hero. David: Loop Hero. Monster Hunter: Movies. Dennis: Horizon: Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds. Magic: Legends. Multiplayer: FREE PLAY The End Boss: XCOM history book funded. Rumor: Sony to close down PS3, PSP, and PS Vita digital stores. Someone made a Pokemon game in a font. Microsoft rumored to buy Discord.

    Episode 363: Chickens Took My Boat

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 12, 2021 125:12

    Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about Valheim, Gnosia, and we ask you about easy games that are still fun. The Grind: David: The Forest. SUPERHOT: Mind Control Delete. Remnant: From the Ashes. Kole: Stardew Valley. Gnosia. Ben: Among Us mods. Dyson Sphere Project. Dennis: Valheim. Trackmania. The Multiplayer: What games are easy and fun? The End Boss: The original XCOM was almost canceled. More drama in the Sinking City saga. They're making a live action Dynasty Warriors movie.

    Episode 362: Pope Joe Doin' Your Shine Job

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 5, 2021 122:02

    Kole, Ben, Dennis, and Jala talk about Perception, Among Us mods, and we ask you to pitch some video game restaurants. The Grind: Jala: Pokemon Sword. Perception. Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay. Dennis: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Satisfactory. Trackmania. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Ben: Valheim. Super Mario 3D World: Bowser's Fury. Astroneer. Among Us… With Mods. Kole: Stardew Valley. Multiplayer: Pitch a video game themed restaurant! The End Boss: Pokemon Diamond and Pearl are getting remakes for the Switch. Pokemon Legends: Arceus is coming out in 2022. We might get a Rule of Rose Epic buys Fall Guys dev.

    Episode 361: A Box With a Wizard In It

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 26, 2021 124:21

    Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about Bowser's Fury, FUSER, and we ask you to pitch some game mashups. The Grind: Dennis: Doom (2016). Concrete Genie. Paper Mario: The Origami King. David: The Forest. Vigil: The Longest Night. Ben: Dyson Sphere Project. Chess. Super Mario 3D World / Bowser's Fury. Kole: The Shore. FUSER. Multiplayer: Game mashups! The End Boss: Sony renews Play At Home program with free Ratchet and Clank. Stardew Valley has a board game now. Dark Souls: Nightfall is a fan-made sequel to the original game. Playing games is positive correlated with wellbeing.

    Episode 360: I Do Hikes

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 12, 2021 93:25

    Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about Dyson Sphere Program, Concrete Genie, and we ask you what microtransactions you feel good about. The Grind: Kole: Hitman 3. The Nameless Game. Dennis: Concrete Genie. Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds. Ben: Dyson Sphere Program. David: NOTHING. The Multiplayer: What microtransactions do you feel good about buying? The End Boss: Wizards create “restored” versions of Super Mario World music. HyperRogue is a non-Euclidean roguelike. Rust gets “softcore” server options. Gaming world rocked as Stadia version of Terraria is canceled.

    Episode 359: Wydde

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 5, 2021 121:36

    Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about Ori and the Will of the Wisp, Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds, and we ask you which games you like the idea of, but don't like actually playing. The Grind: David: Fallout 76: Wastelanders. Kole: Saw: The Video Game. Ben: Satisfactory. Ori and the Will of the Wisp. Dennis: Trackmania 2020. Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds. The Multiplayer: What game do you like the idea of more than you like the game itself? The End Boss: We have an official height on the tall lady. Ninja Theory cancels Bleeding Edge. Paimon has a TikTok. Mass Effect remastered trilogy gets release date in May.

    Episode 358: 80% Bathroom by Volume

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 29, 2021 90:26

    Kole, Ben, and Dennis talk about the Resident Evil Maiden demo, the GameStop short squeeze phenomenon, and we ask you which side character should get their own game. The Grind: Kole: Resident Evil 8: Maiden Demo. Saw. Dennis: The Textorcist. Ben: Satisfactory. The Multiplayer: Which minor character should get their own spinoff game? The End Boss: Early reactions to the GameStop short squeeze. Shakeup at Blizzard might save the Diablo 2 remaster.

    Episode 357: Does... (Sigh)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 22, 2021 119:14

    Kole, Ben, Dennis, and Jala talk about Pokemon Sword, Satisfactory, and we ask you about bad lines of video game dialogue. The Grind: Jala: Pokémon Sword. Kole: Assassin's Creed II. Ben: X-COM: Chimera Squad. Satisfactory. Dennis: Trackmania 2020. Doom 2016. The Multiplayer: What's the worst or most embarrassing line in games? The End Boss: Reddit user creates tool to turn Reddit drama into Ace Attorney cutscenes. Rocket Punch sends off the PS4 camera in style. Hitman 3 PC players won't have to re-buy Hitman 1 and 2 levels on Epic. CD Projekt Red inadvertently digs themselves a deeper hole.

    Episode 356: SatisFaustory

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 15, 2021 96:59

    Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about the Glass Staircase, Trackmania 2020, and we announce the 2020 Title of the Year winners. The Grind: Ben: Satisfactory. XCOM: Chimera Squad. Kole: The Glass Staircase. Assassin's Creed. Dennis: Trackmania 2020. David: Nioh 2. The Multiplayer: 2020 Title of the Year Results. The End Boss: Ghost of Tsushima fans raise money to save a famous shrine. Fallout 76 roleplaying group swept up in Facebook militia ban. Epic Games buys RAD Game Tools. Bethesda teases Indiana Jones game.

    Episode 355: The Waffle's Getting in There

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 8, 2021 147:13

    Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about Maneater, Rust, and we ask you about game design bummers. The Grind: Ben: Rust. Satisfactory. Kole: Maneater. David: Nioh 2. Touhou Luna Nights. Dennis: Paper Mario: The Origami King. Trackmania 2020. The Multiplayer: What design decision or shortcoming is always a bummer in games for you? The End Boss: Breath of the Wild NPCs are just gussied up Miis. Slay the Spire is going to be a board game. The Sinking City is back on digital storefronts. A Muppets Christmas Carol is the best adaptation of A Christmas Carol.

    Episode 354: Don't Gatekeep Gaming

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 25, 2020 140:34

    Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about Among Us, Trackmania 2020, and we ask you about song and game memories that are linked. The Grind: Dennis: Genshin Impact. Trackmania 2020. Kole: Echo Night: Beyond. Among Us. Ben: Among Us. Cyberpunk 2077. Heaven's Vault. The Pedestrian. David: Nioh 2. Tee-KO. Multiplayer: What songs/sounds and games are linked in your memory? The End Boss: The KFConsole is nonsense. The Space Force is calling its troops “Guardians”. CDProject Red caves to the Chinese government, doesn't list Devotion. Among Us fans can preview new map on Switch thanks to a bug.

    Episode 353: Demon Blood is a Good Moisturizer

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 18, 2020 110:45

    Kole, Ben, Jala, and David talk about Cyberpunk 2077, Myst VR, and we ask you about hard-hitting moments in games. The Grind: Ben: Cyberpunk 2077. Kole: Myst VR. Jala: Pokemon Sword. Resident Evil 5. Night Call. David: Nioh 2. Dungeons and Dragons. The Multiplayer: What moment from a game hit you especially hard? The End Boss: Family bankrupted by in-app purchases, Apple does nothing. Disco Elysium: The Final Cut announced for March. Cyberpunk 2077 woes. People are kind of gambling by opening rare card packs on Twitch.

    Episode 352: Congratulations, Dennis and Jen

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 12, 2020 79:28

    Kole, Ben, Jala, and David talk about We the Revolution, Rock Band 4, and we ask you about important games and important moments. The Grind: Jala: Kuukiyomi: Consider It. Pokémon Sword. We, the Revolution. Kole: Rock Band 4. David: Nioh 2. Ben: Raft. The Multiplayer: What game do you associate with a particularly important moment in your life? The End Boss: The video game interface archive. Cyberpunk 2077 has a real seizure problem. Cyberpunk 2077 will have a 43GB pre-launch patch.

    Episode 351: CollegeCoaster

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2020 133:17

    Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about Demon's Souls, Nioh 2, and we ask you to come up with your own video game theme park. The Grind: Dennis: Roller Coaster Tycoon 2. Pokemon Sword. Jak III. Star Wars: Squadrons. Slay the Spire. Kole: Astro's Playroom. Demon's Souls (PS5). Ben: Phasmophobia. Half-Life: Alyx. VR The Diner Duo. The Pedestrian. Raft. David: Nioh 2. The Multiplayer: Come up with a video game theme park! The End Boss: Super Nintendo World is opening on February 4, 2021. Haunted PS1 announces the Madvent Calendar. There's a Forbes first person shooter, Forbes Corporate Warrior.

    Episode 350: ... But You Can Bring it Back

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2020 130:07

    Kole, Ben, Jala, and David talk about Assassin's Creed: Valhalla, Superliminal, and we ask you about your favorite gaming related holiday gifts. The Grind: David: Watch Dogs: Legion. Assassin's Creed: Valhalla. Kole: Assassin's Creed: Valhalla. Xbox Series X impressions. Among Us. Ben: Superliminal. Jala: Resident Evil 5. Headliner: NoviNews. She Sees Red. The Multiplayer: What is the best gaming-related holiday gift you've ever received? The End Boss: Promising new anti-cheating software is on the way. Phasmophobia lets you play a ghost after you die now. The Demon's Souls remake didn't entirely get rid of the cat. Blaseball is all we have for sports now.

    Episode 349: Negative Zero is Still Zero

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2020 96:03

    Kole, Ben, and Jala talk about Teardown, Manifold Garden, and we ask you what it would be like if your favorite game hero was a villain. The Grind: Jala: Aragami: Shadow Edition. Speed Dating for Ghosts. Kākāpō Run. Kole: Teardown. Little Hope. Dark Nights with Poe and Munro. Ben: Harmony Square. Supraland. Ring Fit Adventure. Manifold Garden. The Multiplayer: What would your favorite game hero be like as a villain? The End Boss: CCP creates game that lets players help research COVID-19. Xbox Live goes down on Series X launch day. Fall Guys gets meaty mid-season update, and geese.

    Episode 348: When God Nukes a Door

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 30, 2020 131:30

    Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about Nowhere Prophet, Phasmophobia, and we talk about long-lasting scary game moments. Note: There are points where some hosts audio will get kind of low-pitched. We're aware of the problem and trying to solve it. Sorry! The Grind: David: Fallout '76. World of Horror. Phasmophobia. Kole: Phasmophobia. Squirrel Stapler. Ben: Phasmophobia. Hades. Dennis: Phasmophobia. Slay the Spire. Nowhere Prophet. Star Wars: Squadrons. The Multiplayer: Which video game spooky moment has stuck with you the longest? The End Boss: Frostpunk board game Kickstarter is a massive success. Cyberpunk 2077 delayed to December 10. Rainbow 6: Siege team coach admits to throwing a match. Facebook is fucking around with Oculus again.

    Episode 347: Crime Bucket

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2020 123:47

    Kole, Ben, Dennis, and Jala talk about Jackbox Party Pack 7, Phasmophobia, and we ask you which game glitches should be forever preserved. The Grind: Dennis: Slay the Spire. Minecraft Dungeon. Star Wars: Squadrons. Kole: Star Wars: Squadrons. Jackbox Party Pack 7. Jala: Stories Untold. The Shapeshifting Detective. Dark Nights with Poe and Mumro. Ben: Hades. Phasmophobia. Among Us. Noita. The Multiplayer: Which game glitches should be preserved forever? The End Boss: Game of Thrones actor will star in a real life horror game. GameStop won't be making its workers come in on Thanksgiving. Pac-Man battle royale is coming. AOC streams Among Us.

    Episode 346: Yeet the Kayak

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2020 136:09

    Kole, Ben, Jala, and David talk about Star Wars: Squadrons, Phasmophobia, and we ask you which game characters should get dating shows. The Grind: Jala: Sniper Elite 4 DLC. Trine 4. Kole: Star Wars: Squadrons. Dread X Collection 2. Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers. Ben: No Man's Sky. Fall Guys Season 2. Hades. Phasmophobia. David: Hades. Genshin Impact. The Multiplayer: Which game character should get a dating game, and what should it be called? The End Boss: The digital PS5 will change GameStop as we know it. The Medium comes out on December 10, 2020. Asteroids: By the Numbers. (http://www.retrogamedeconstructionzone.com/2019/10/asteroids-by-numbers.html?m=1)

    Episode 345: Knocked Out, Knocked Up, or Knocked Off

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2020 128:31

    Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about Crusader Kings III, the Resident Evil Village trailer, and we do a Free Play Multiplayer. The Grind: Ben: Paper Mario: The Origami King. Crusader Kings III. Slay the Spire. Among Us. Dennis: Slay the Spire. Among Us. David: The Division 2. Remnant: From the Ashes. Kole: Hades. Super Mario 3D All Stars. Multiplayer: Free play. The End Boss: NieR Replicant remake launches April 23, 2021. Pokemon Go to retain some of its pandemic changes. Resident Evil Village trailer shows more story. No Man's Sky: Origins walks with rhythm, attracts the worm.

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