By The Beef And Cheddar Boys
The GamesBeat Decides podcast is the weekly show from VentureBeat's gaming team. The staff decides all of the biggest issues in gaming so you don't have to think for yourself.
218: NSO IS MID
It was a busy week of video game news and releases, and the GamesBeat Decides crew is here to talk about all of that and more. Editors Mike Minotti and Jeff Grubb talk about the new Final Fantasy XIV expansion, which Mike played for around 9 hours. They also talk about Nintendo's expensive Expansion Pack. Join them, won't you? Jeff Grubb’s Twitter Mike Minotti’s Twitter Watch live Friday afternoons on YouTube (subscribe and ring the bell) Subscribe to the RSS Listen on Anchor.fm Apple Podcasts Spotify Google Podcasts Find past episodes here
October 15, 2021
217: METROID DREAD TIME
It was a busy week of video game news and releases, and the GamesBeat Decides crew is here to talk about all of that and more. Editors Mike Minotti and Jeff Grubb are playing Metroid Dread, and they have thoughts. They also talk about Sora joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and the GTA Trilogy launching next month. Join them, won't you? Patreon.com/gamemess Join the podcast’s Discord server Jeff Grubb’s Twitter Mike Minotti’s Twitter Watch live Friday afternoons on YouTube (subscribe and ring the bell) Subscribe to the RSS Listen on Anchor.fm Apple Podcasts Spotify Google Podcasts Find past episodes here
October 8, 2021
216: BAND OF HEROES = LIMP BIZKIT
Welcome to October here at GamesBeat Decides. On this episode, the crew talks about PlayStation's acquisition of Bluepoint and what it means for that studio's games. Also, is the Metroid Prime Trilogy really coming? Turns out that Nintendo might have other plans. Oh, and Limp Bizkit is in a Final Fantasy game sorta. The crew talks about all of that and more, so join them, won't you? Patreon.com/gamemess Join the podcast’s Discord server Jeff Grubb’s Twitter Mike Minotti’s Twitter Watch live Friday afternoons on YouTube (subscribe and ring the bell) Subscribe to the RSS Listen on Anchor.fm Apple Podcasts Spotify Google Podcasts Find past episodes here
October 1, 2021
215: GOODBYE, JASON!
It was one weird week in video games. Nintendo finally did its September Direct video event where it announced -- well, all we can really remember is that Chris Pratt is playing Mario. GamesBeat editor Mike Minotti, however, is still excited that Kirby is getting a full 3D video game. Also, that Castlevania Advance Collection is real and available now. Additionally, former GamesBeat managing editor Jason Wilson joins the podcast to say goodbye to the writers he attempted to herd for nearly a decade. It's a special show, and you should listen to it! Join us, won't you? Patreon.com/gamemess Join the podcast’s Discord server Jeff Grubb’s Twitter Mike Minotti’s Twitter Watch live Friday afternoons on YouTube (subscribe and ring the bell) Subscribe to the RSS Listen on Anchor.fm Apple Podcasts Spotify Google Podcasts Find past episodes here
September 24, 2021
214: DELAY SEASON
The GamesBeat Decides podcast is back this week to destroy your stock portfolio. Editor Jeff Grubb discusses how you caused a slight dip in EA's stock price this week, and fellow editor Mike Minotti gives himself an alibi to evade the long arm of the Securities and Exchange Commission. The crew talks about all of that and Battlefield 2042's delay, which kicked off the whirlwind stock rollercoaster in the first place. Also, Mike and Jeff really like Deathloop. Jeff, meanwhile, really likes Detroit-style pizza. Join us, won't you? Join the podcast’s Discord server Jeff Grubb’s Twitter Mike Minotti’s Twitter Watch live Friday afternoons on YouTube (subscribe and ring the bell) Subscribe to the RSS Listen on Anchor.fm Apple Podcasts Spotify Google Podcasts Find past episodes here
September 17, 2021
213: I'MMA GET THAT ASS
Are you considering thinking for yourself? Well cut that out because GamesBeat Decides is here to do all your thinking for you. That includes insights regarding the PlayStation 5 Showcase, the return of KOTOR, and Insomniac's Wolverine. We also talk about Jim Ryan reversing decisions, Halo's next flight, and some awful game called Parasite Eve. Join us, won't you? Join the podcast’s Discord server Jeff Grubb’s Twitter Mike Minotti’s Twitter Watch live Friday afternoons on YouTube (subscribe and ring the bell) Subscribe to the RSS Listen on Anchor.fm Apple Podcasts Spotify Google Podcasts Find past episodes here
September 10, 2021
212: KOTAKU DESTROYS MIKE MINOTTI
GamesBeat Decides is reconvening to decide everything about the world of video games so you don't have to think for yourself. On this episode, GamesBeat editors Mike Minotti and Jeff Grubb talk about the recently announced PlayStation 5 showcase. That is coming next week and will focus on PS5 games. Sony also revealed some details about Horizon: Forbidden West's launch including the lack of an upgrade path for PS4 owners. Finally, Nintendo surprised everyone with a new game that is launching this year. Join the podcast’s Discord server Jeff Grubb’s Twitter Mike Minotti’s Twitter Watch live Friday afternoons on YouTube (subscribe and ring the bell) Subscribe to the RSS Listen on Anchor.fm Apple Podcasts Spotify Google Podcasts Find past episodes here
September 3, 2021
211: APRIL O'NAL
On this week's episode of GamesBeat Decides, the crew talks about playing Psychonauts 2. GamesBeat editors Jeff Grubb and Mike Minotti also discuss Gamescom news including Halo's date, Horizon's delay, and the reveal of Marvel's Midnight Suns. The team also reacts to the new Metroid Dread trailer, and we all learn about Mike's feelings about April O'Neil. Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/jeffgrubb Discord: https://discord.gg/N7x23EYXQS Gamesbeat.com
August 27, 2021
210: HALO FEATURES DELAYED
Discord Patreon YouTube Quakecon happened, and Bethesda revealed yet another version of Skyrim that it wants to sell you, and the GamesBeat Decides crew came together to discuss the news. Also, fans are getting an enhanced version of Quake from Nightdive Studios, Microsoft revealed it delayed some Halo features, and GamesBeat editor Jeff Grubb played the WarioWare: Get It Together demo. Join us, won't you?
August 20, 2021
209: BIG GTA REMASTER, NPD, AND MORE
Video games are real. There's no denying that.
August 13, 2021
208: JEFF'S FAVORITE JOURNALIST
Discord Patreon YouTube The gaming industry delivered earnings this week, and the crew talks about it on this week's episode of GamesBeat Decides podcast. It turns out companies are still seeing strong performance even if sales are down compared to the 2020 pandemic. But Nintendo has sold 89 million Switch systems, GTA V has sold more than 150 million copies, and PlayStation Plus continues to grow. Also, GamesBeat editors Jeff Grubb and Mike Minotti answer listener questions. Join us, won't you?
August 6, 2021
207: HORIZON FORBIDDEN WEST DELAY
Discord Patreon YouTube Horizon: Forbidden West isn't coming out this year. That's according to a GamesBeat source and corroborated by a source for Bloomberg's Jason Schreier. What does that mean for Sony's holiday release slate? Well, PlayStation probably isn't worried as PlayStation 5 hardware and software continue to sell well. GamesBeat Decides hosts Jeff Grubb and Mike Minotti discuss all of that and more on this week's episode.
July 30, 2021
206: CRANK TIME
Discord Patreon YouTube Working at Blizzard sounds like a challenge for women and minorities, and in some instances, it sounds like a nightmare. At least, those are the allegations from California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing. The crew discusses those issues on this episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast. GamesBeat editors Mike Minotti also talk about EA Play, Dead Space, Battlefield Portal, and Respawn's new game.
July 23, 2021
205: VAVLE'S SWITCH PRO
Discord Patreon YouTube On the latest episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast, editors Mike Minotti and Jeff Grubb attempt to preorder the new Steam Deck handheld device. Meanwhile, the Nintendo Switch OLED model also went up for reservation, and The NPD Group released June 2021 sales data. Jeff and Mike also answer listener questions about the Steam Deck, Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl, and more. Join us, won't you?
July 17, 2021
On this week's episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast, editors Mike Minotti and Jeff Grubb live the beef-'n'-cheddar life. They also discuss what Nintendo is thinking with the Switch OLED and what Ubisoft is thinking with Assassin's Creed: Infinity. The crew also answers listener questions and discuss Donkey Kong Country 2. Finally, send pictures of your upside down PlayStation 5s to @jeffgrubb with the hashtag #hulsting. Discord Patreon YouTube
July 9, 2021
203: BUBBLE BITER
On this week's GamesBeat Decides, we admit that we were referencing Dead Space now that everyone else in the world has confirmed it. Also in the news, Hideo Kojima is getting nearer to a deal with Microsoft, and Mass Effect and Dragon Age will skip EA Play later this month. Editors Mike Minotti and Jeff Grubb, meanwhile, answer listener questions and play listener-submitted games. Join us, won't you? Discord Patreon YouTube
July 2, 2021
202: BEEF AND CHEDDAR BOYS
Discord Patreon On the GamesBeat Decides podcast this week, editors Jeff Grubb and Mike Minotti woke up early so Jeff could go to the zoo. That means you get Jeff's disturbing morning voice. The crew also discusses the building excitement for Metroid Dread, which has Nintendo fans seeking out previous Metroid releases. Mike, meanwhile, has nothing but nice things to say about Sega's 30th anniversary Sonic concert. Oh, and Konami may finally release a bundle of its Game Boy Advance Castlevanias. Listen, won't you? 00:00 - MIKE CHECK 08:00 - INTRO 11:24 - SONIC CONCERT 16:06 - NEWS 38:19 - QUESTIONS 1:30:28 - WE PLAYED THESE GAMES 1:54:00 - GOODBYE
June 25, 2021
201: WELCOME TO THE BLUE BOX DILEMMA, AGENT 47
Discord Patreon E3 is over, and what do we have to show for it? Well, how about a conspiracy about a Hideo Kojima video game? The crew talks about the latest internet theories surrounding developer Blue Box and the horror game Abandoned on this week's episode of GamesBeat Decides. Editors Mike Minotti and Jeff Grubb also give their final thoughts about E3, talk about some news, and answer your questions. Listen, won't you?
June 18, 2021
GB Decides E3 Day 6
Discord Patreon Nintendo nailed its Nintendo Direct today by going to the well and rescuing some old franchises from certain demise. GamesBeat Decides is coming together to discuss the Switch's upcoming releases like WarioWare: Get It Together, Metroid: Dread, Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp, and more. Mike also played that Final Fantasy Origin demo finally, and Cyberpunk 2077 is back on PSN.
June 15, 2021
E3 2021 Day 5: VERIZON? CAPCOM? BATMAN? WTF?!
Discord Patreon We were supposed to talk about new games announced at E3 on this show, but there freakin' weren't any. Instead, Batman doesn't go down, Intellivision is like a depressing Vegas casino, and your questions answered.
June 15, 2021
E3 2021 Day 4: XBOX, BETHESDA, FORZA, HALO, FINAL FANTASY DISASTER, AND MORE
Mike is mad about Final Fantasy, and Jeff doesn't think Guardians of the Galaxy looks good. But Xbox had a great show.
June 14, 2021
E3 2021 DAY 3: UBISOFT, MARIO + RABBIDS, AVATAR, AND THE RANDY PITCHFORD SHOW
On this episode of GamesBeat Decides, editors Mike Minotti and Jeff Grubb react to day three of E3. That includes Ubisoft, which has a new Mario + Rabbids and an Avatar game. Also, why is Randy Pitchford? These questions answered and more. 2:06 - E3 Day 3 Reactions 33:39 - Questions
June 13, 2021
200: E3 2021 Day 2, Koch Gaming Primetime, Episode 200 Spectacular!
Discord Patreon GamesBeat Decides reaches episode 200, and thank you to anyone who has listened to all of them or if you've only listened to one of them! On this episode, GamesBeat editors Jeff Grubb and Mike Minotti talk about E3 2021, Summer Game Mess, industry hacks, Arby's, and more.
June 12, 2021
E3 DAY 1 SPECIAL: ELDEN RING, SUMMER GAME FEST, AND MORE
Keighley had it.
June 10, 2021
RATCHET & CLANK: RIFT APART REVIEW
Mike and Jeff review Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, which launches June 11 exclusively on PlayStation 5 for $70. Discord Patreon
June 8, 2021
199: E3 2021 SCHEDULE, PREDICTIONS, AND LEAKS
Discord Patreon The rumored Nintendo Switch Pro probably won't pop up before E3, and GamesBeat editors Mike Minotti and Jeff Grubb talk about that and more this week. Also, what is up with Elden Ring, Marvel XCOM leaks, and more. E3 2021 is heating up, and the crew is getting excited and is ready to answer listener questions.
June 4, 2021
198: E3 2021 NEWS WEEK 1, SWITCH PRO, SONIC, HORIZON, AND DRAGON QUEST
Discord Patreon The Nintendo Switch Pro is back in the news, and a reveal is imminent, according to Bloomberg and other insiders. Meanwhile, it was a busy week leading into E3 with news about Horizon: Forbidden West, Dragon Quest 12, and Sonic Rangers. The crew talks about all of that and more on this week's episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast.
May 28, 2021
197: STARFIELD DISCOURSE NEVER ENDS
Sorry about AJ's Audio. I did what I could to fix it! It gets better later in the episode. Discord Patreon AJ on Twitter Jason on Twitter E3 2021 is mere weeks away, and is it time for gamers to start putting their expectations in check? That's one of the things that comes up on this week's episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast. For this episode, Mike Minotti has been banished to the phantom zone, so editors Jeff Grubb and Jason Wilson brought in AJ Minotti, Mike's brother. In addition to E3, the crew talks about Starfield, of course. But they also talk about the possibility of Psychonauts 2 shadowdropping at E3, Jason really wanting Avowed, Overwatch 2 changes, and more. 00:00 - Intro 5:40 - LIGMA II 9:40 - CANDACE 10:53 - Final Fantasy rumors 13:14 - Starfield-apalooza! 21:00 - Pre-E3 Starfield tease? 21:19 - Chris Minotti 23:05 - Sparkster 24:12 - Psychonauts 2 won't shadowdrop 26:00 - Hopes for Outer Worlds 27:14 - Star Citizen 29:54 - WB Games 34:30 - Embracer Group 41:43 - Overwatch 2 44:25 - Biomutant 45:58 - Battlefield 2021? 48: 20 - Nintendo E3 2021? 50:01 - Other Bethesda E3 games? 52:35 - Saints Row 5? 1:03:09 - Hades 53:21 - Fallout new team? 55:23 - Grounded? 55:39 - Elder Scrolls 6 this year?! 56:05 - Xbox E3 disappointing? 57:19 - Questions 1:10:55 - Mass Effect 1:15:41 - MLB 1:18:45 - More games 1:29:20 - Outro
May 21, 2021
196: ELDEN RING, STARFIELD, AND E3 2021
Discord Patreon It feels like E3 has already begun, but while some fun announcements are coming, let's get some bad news out of the way. To that end, GamesBeat editors talk about Elden Ring's chances to show up at E3. They also discuss their expectations for Starfield releasing in 2021. 01:53 - Mike gets banished 04:20 - Starfield 6:30 - Elden Ring 11:05 - "I hope I'm wrong" 12:50 - PlayStation news 17:01 - New DualSense colors 19:40 - DQ stream 22:05 - Yakuza/Sega news 26:25 - Ubisoft news 29:10 - Capcom news 33:09 - Steam on consoles? 35:27 - Superchat/Questions
May 14, 2021
Discord Patreon On this week's episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast, the crew discusses Nintendo's record earnings report. Reviews editor Mike Minotti talks about his Resident Evil Village review, Nintendo's new IP, and his thoughts on ligma. Also, more companies are joining E3 2021 and GamesBeat editor Jeff Grubb talks about that as well as the Minions CEO joining Nintendo's board of directors.
May 7, 2021
194: THREE OUT OF FIVE
Discord Patreon GamesBeat editor Jeff Grubb dropped his Returnal review this week, and the internet handled it well. Jeff and reviews editor Mike Minotti discuss the game and the response to the review. Also, rumors are swirling about a new Project Dragon game out of Hitman developer IO Interactive. Jeff addresses that and the future of Star Wars games out of Lucasfilm.
April 30, 2021
193: INSPIRED BY MAG
Discord Patreon Jeff on Attack of the Show GamesBeat reviews editor Mike Minotti is furious that Disney is changing an attraction -- something the company has probably never done before. But the crew doesn't have much time to talk about that because it's a busy GamesBeat Decides this week. Sony and Microsoft both have a lot of news, and then Mike and co-host Jeff Grubb answer a lot of your questions. They then talk about Returnal, MLB The Show 21, and Nier Replicant. Join us, won't you! 0:49 - Woke Disney 02:30 - Credits 03:56 - News 35:23 - Make it wet 40:30 - Questions
April 23, 2021
192: EVERYBODY HATES JEFF
Discord Patreon Everyone in video games is mad at GamesBeat editor Jeff Grubb this week. ResetEra is furious, Dave Jaffe is upset, young people are cranky, and Jeff talks about it on this week's GamesBeat Decides podcast. Reviews editor Mike Minotti, meanwhile, gives us a look at the Nintendo Indie World Showcase. But first, the crew dives into the March 2021 NPD report, the Resident Evil showcase, and more. Join us, won't you!
April 16, 2021
191: KOJIMA + XBOX
Hideo Kojima is talking with Xbox about publishing his next game, according to ... well, according to this podcast. Editors Jeff Grubb and Mike Minotti discuss that deal on this week's episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast. The crew also tries to figure out what is going on with Sony's blockbusters-only strategy and if that could have negative repercussions for the publisher. Oh, and Jeff is nearly finished with Balan Wonderworld, which is a miserable experience. Join us, won't you?
April 9, 2021
190: WTF IS THREE FIVE EIGHT?
Discord Patreon On this week's episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast, reviews editor Mike Minotti shares some deeply troubling information about the nature of the game Kingdom Hearths 358/2. Also, Mike and fellow editor Jeff Grubb talk about MLB The Show launching on Xbox Game Pass, Mario's death, and Balan Wonderworld. Join us, won't you?
April 2, 2021
189: SWITCH PRO, DISCORD+XBOX, MONHUN RISE
Discord Patreon GamesBeat reviews editor Mike Minotti got his first vaccine shot, so he's feeling a little loopy. He also ripped off his bandaid live during this week's episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast. Beyond their adventures in public health, Mike and fellow editor Jeff Grubb talk about more Super Nintendo Switch rumors and Discord going up for sale. The crew also answers your questions and discusses Monster Hunter: Rise and It Takes Two. Join us, won't you?
March 26, 2021
188: THE GAME BOY COLOR CONFLICT
On the latest episode of The GamesBeat Decides podcast, the crew looks at Xbox's strong week and PlayStation buying the Evo fighting-game tournament. GamesBeat editors Mike Minotti and Jeff Grubb also answer your questions and rank the Xbox consoles. But all anyone really cares about is the Game Boy Color. Was it a new generation and platform or was it a revision like other Nintendo handhelds? These are the questions that we are here to argue so you don't have to think for yourself. Join us, won't you?
March 19, 2021
187: BETHESDA, XBOX, STARFIELD, AND MORE
Discord Patreon I forgot Starfield until the very end, so if you're listening for that be sure to listen until that point.
March 12, 2021
186: SUPER NINTENDO SWITCH RUMORS
Discord Patreon Super Nintendo Switch rumors are heating up again, and GamesBeat Decides hosts Mike Minotti and Jeff Grubb talk about what they could mean. Also, that Elden Ring trailer leaked.
March 6, 2021
185: YUFFIE EXPERTS ONLY
Discord Patreon We talk about commercials for video games and old games and other games.
February 26, 2021
184: MIKE'S BACKWARDS
Discord Patreon The Gamer Rap By Mike Minotti Mike had his mic backwards. Yell at him on Twitter.
February 21, 2021
183: BOWSER'S FURY REVIEW, NPD SALES, CHEESECAKE FACTORY BET
Discord Patreon The GamesBeat Decides crew can finally talk about Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury without getting a spank on the bottom, so they do exactly that this week. GamesBeat editors Mike Minotti and Jeff Grubb both really like the Wii U port and the new Mario experience. They talk about seeing the limitations of this new format for a Nintendo platformer while also guessing what the publisher might do next with the character. In the news, the team covers the latest NPD game report, CD Projekt Red's hack, and Six Days in Fallujah's surprising return.
February 13, 2021
182: 'DAISY HAD A BADONKADONK'
Patreon.com/jeffgrubb Discord The gaming industry dropped a load of financial news over the last week. That has left the GamesBeat Decides crew to talk about PS5 sales, component shortages, and more on this week's episode. Join GamesBeat editors Mike Minotti and Jeff Grubb as they tackle the week's news and discuss whether Battlefield 6 will have any free-to-play components. Mike is also weirded out by a developer's rant on ResetEra, and Jeff has gathered up some of your questions from the Discord. Let's do this.
February 6, 2021
181: MAKE LOVE TO KEANU
https://discord.gg/RFzRM7gS6A It was a weird one in video games this week. Gamers upended the stock market because they only believe in memes, and whose fault is that? Also, you can bang Keanu Reeves in Cyberpunk, but should you? Nope, because he belongs to GamesBeat editors Jeff Grubb and Mike Minotti. Also, Mike talks about Super Mario 3D World. Join us, won't you?
January 29, 2021
180: XBOX LIVE GOLD PRICE INCREASE, ACTIVISION CLOWNS
Activision is run by clowns, and Xbox Live Gold costs a lot more now. It's time to talk about video games on the GamesBeat Decides podcast. And GamesBeat editors Jeff Grubb and Mike Minotti showed up to do exactly that. They also answer listener questions before talking in depth about Hitman 3. Join them, won't you?
January 23, 2021
179: THE JEFF GRUBB RADIO NETWORK
Join our Discord Video game news is back after taking an extended holiday break. On the GamesBeat Decides podcast this week, editors Jeff Grubb and Mike Minotti talk about Lucasfilm Games, the 2020 NPD game-sales report, and Bowser's Fury. The Decides crew also answers your questions, which are almost all about Elden Ring for some reason. Join us, won't you? Core Mario https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xcvimjSa94
January 15, 2021
178: DEEMPHASIZING THE BIRD
It's 2021 now, and video games are somehow still legal. And even if they weren't, we would still do this show because we're just a couple of badasses, and you can tell by looking at our gamer chairs. On this week's episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast, Mike Minotti and Jeff Grubb discuss the small bits of news. Jeff has also spent some time with Hitman 3 and he talks at length about that. Join us, won't you?
January 9, 2021
GAME OF THE YEAR 2020
GamesBeat Decides the top 10 games of the year.
December 27, 2020
177: CYBERPUNK IS ON FIRE
On this week's episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast, Cyberpunk is falling apart. GamesBeat editors Jeff Grubb and Mike Minotti discuss the flailings and failings of CD Projekt Red. How did it get so bad for the studio? Well, it doesn't help when you piss off your partners. The crew also answers your questions, and Jeff finally beat Ori.
December 18, 2020
176: ELDEN RING AND CYBERPUNK REVIEW
The Game Awards was the big event of the past week besides the launch of Cyberpunk 2077. Geoff Keighley's celebration of the industry had plenty of awards, but it also revealed Sephiroth is coming to Smash and that The Initiative is making Perfect Dark. But what about Elden Ring? Where is that game since it didn't show up at the awards? The crew talks talk a tiny bit about that on this week's episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast. GamesBeat editors Mike Minotti and Jeff Grubb also talk about Cyberpunk, go over the NPDs, and answer your questions. Join us, wont' you?
December 12, 2020
175: What's Next For BioWare?
Some big names left BioWare this week. What does that mean for the studio, and where does that leave Mass Effect and Dragon Age 4? GamesBeat editors Jeff Grubb and Mike Minotti discuss that on this week's episode of GamesBeat Decides. Also, Oscar Isaac is playing Snake in a Metal Gear Solid movie, and the crew hopes that actually becomes a reality. In the games section, Mike played Immortals: Fenyx Rising, and Jeff doesn't talk about Astro. But before all of that, Mike has a very important message for Jeff and the GamesBeat Decides audience.
December 5, 2020
174: INFILTRATING THE SPEEDRUNNERS
On this week's episode, Mike accuses Jeff of consorting unfairly with speedrunners and more!
November 27, 2020
173: 2020 ASTRO WORLD CHAMPION
A lot happened in video games this week. Capcom got hacked. Jim Ryan isn't aware of any complaints about storage. Nintendo's lawyers were very active. But all the crew on the GamesBeat Decides podcast wants to talk about is Astro's Playroom and their speedrunning feud. GamesBeat editors Jeff Grubb and Mike Minotti have been going back and forth in that game all week, and Jeff has decided to declare victory. Jeff and Mike have also played some other games. That includes Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, which Jeff hates. Mike's getting into Yakuza: Like A Dragon, which he really likes. Join us for conversations about all of this and more, won't you?
November 21, 2020
172: YOU DON'T KNOW SACKBOY
PlayStation 5 and the new Xbox systems are out, and GamesBeat editors Jeff Grubb and Mike Minotti talk about how they're feeling about nex--er, current-gen gaming. Mike also ranks the PS5 launch games. Find out where Sackboy, Demon's Souls, and more land. And since he didn't rate Godfall, that is automatically No. 1. The crew also talks about the news including the latest NPD report, which is especially good for Nintendo and its stockholders.
November 14, 2020
171: PLAYSTATION 5 REVIEW
On this week's episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast, editors Mike Minotti and Jeff Grubb review the PlayStation 5 and answer your questions. They do the same for Xbox Series X and S as well. On the precipice of a new console generation, should you feel excited? The crew thinks so. Also in the news, Jeff talks about what to expect from Mass Effect's N7 Day celebration. And Nintendo is selling a lot of video games and consoles. Join us, won't you? Watch live Friday afternoons on YouTube Listen on Anchor.fm Apple Podcasts Spotify Google Podcasts
November 6, 2020
170: WE PLAYED PLAYSTATION 5
We have the PlayStation 5. We have the Xbox Series X. We have the Xbox Series S. What we don't have is a lot of time -- unless it's to do some Halloween cosplay. So let's do a one-hour-of-power episode where we blast through the week's topics on this episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast. You can listen to hear GamesBeat editors Jeff Grubb and Mike Minotti talk about the new hardware. But they also talk about the latest news and how new consoles are like buying a car. Oh, and Jeff likes some pumpkin game. Join us, won't you? Watch live Friday afternoons on YouTube Subscribe to the RSS Listen on Anchor.fm Apple Podcasts Spotify Google Podcasts Find past episodes here
October 30, 2020
169: IS THAT A NEXT-GEN CONSOLE BEHIND YOU?
One of our PlayStation 5s arrived today, but editor Mike Minotti is still waiting for his to show up. That leads to a punchy episode where fellow editor Jeff Grubb forgets something important behind him. Also, what's up with the Stadia guy? And is virtual reality the new Segway? In the games section, Mike and Jeff gush about Hitman 2, which is still excellent. And Hades is quickly floating to the top of the list of contenders for Game of the Year.
October 24, 2020
168: GAMEPAD ASMR
PS5 finally revealed the UI, and Microsoft lifted the embargo for the Xbox Series X. So let's talk about all of that on this week's episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast. In the news, GamesBeat editors Mike Minotti and Jeff Grubb talk about the latest NPD sales report. Also, Mike played five hours of Assassin's Creed: Valhalla, and Jeff couldn't stop playing Pikmin 3. Join us, won't you?
October 17, 2020
167: ANIME SHOULD BE ILLEGAL
Sony is getting more talkative about the PlayStation 5 finally. And who knows why it waited so long because the news is exactly what many were expecting. Your PlayStation 4 games are mostly going to work on PlayStation 5. Oh, and the thing has the biggest heatsink -- it's incredible. It could kill a man. Host Jeff Grubb and Mike Minotti from GamesBeat.com talk about all of that, liquid metal, and more on this week's episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast. Subscribe to the RSS Listen on Anchor.fm Apple podcasts Spotify Google Podcasts Find past episodes here
October 9, 2020
166: BE MORE LIKE GOLF DAD
GamesBeat reviews editor Mike Minotti talks with gaming editor Jeff Grubb about Xbox Series X, Hades, and more. Also, Minecraft is in Smash Ultimate now because of course it is. And, hey, what the hell is wrong with cross-saves between PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.
October 3, 2020
Xbox Series X hands-on impressions
I have the Xbox Series X, and I went hands-on with the device for a new preview you can read on GamesBeat.com. But you can hear me read the article right here.
September 29, 2020
165: MASS EFFECT REMASTERS IN EARLY 2021
Mass Effect: Legendary Edition is still coming, but not in 2020. GamesBeat reviews editor Mike Minotti and editor Jeff Grubb talk about that story on this weeks GamesBeat Decides podcast. The crew then talks about Xbox buying Bethesda, Amazon's Luna platform, and more.
September 25, 2020
164: NINTENDO MADE ME A MONSTER
Sony Interactive Entertainment hosted its PlayStation 5 Showcase to detail price, date, and Final Fantasy XV. And it was an excellent presentation that nailed exactly what Sony is great at. And then the show ended and the confusion set in. When are preorders? Wait, games are $70? Is Demon's Souls on PC or not? We talk about all of that and more on this week's episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast. 00:00 - START 10:14 - Show begins 13:08 - Preorder? 13:53 - PS5 Showcase 16:33 - Final Fantasy XVI 24:05 - Hogwarts Legacy 27:28 - God of War 2 29:25 - PS Plus Collection 32:49 - DMC5:SE 33:49 - FNAF 35:00 - Remasters/upgrades 37:30 - $70 games 40:20 - Cross-gen 44:00 - Backward compat 44:40 - $70 DualSense 45:35 - PS5 preorders 51:29 - Xbox preorders 52:39 - Jim Ryan on Series S 57:39 - More news 1:03:15 - When to buy? 1:04:40 - Half-step consoles? 1:06:52 - Wi-Fi 6? 1:07:58 - WE FORGOT NINTENDO! 1:10:00 - Our first Superchat 1:11:43 - Messaging bad? 1:13:10 - Unannounced games? 1:16:17 - Next from Xbox? 1:17:09 - Mass Effect? 1:18:22 - Special consoles? 1:18:52 - All Access preorders? 1:20:08 - E3 moments? 1:26:08 - Ori on Switch 1:27:08 - Mario 3D All-Stars 1:38:10 - Outro
September 18, 2020
163: STUCK AT CHIPOTLE
On this week's episode of GamesBeat Decides, Imran Khan and Blessing Adeyoe, Jr. from Kinda Funny Games joins the show to fill in for Mike Minotti, who is stuck at a Chipotle. The crew discusses Xbox Series X and S pricing and preorders and when Sony will respond. Blessing and Jeff also played Immortals: Fenyx Rising, which is a bad name for a video game. Then Imran, Blessing, Jeff, and Mike answer some of your questions. Join us, won't you? Subscribe to the RSS Listen on Anchor.fm Apple podcasts Spotify Google Podcasts Find past episodes here
September 12, 2020
162: AMBASSADOR OF KICKYOURASSADOR
On this week's episode of GamesBeat Decides, hosts Jeff Grubb and Mike Minotti react to the Nintendo Mario Direct. Is Super Mario 3D All-Stars exciting, disappointing, or both? Jeff also talks about the RTX 30-series GPUs while Mike pretends to listen. The pair also answer your questions, and dive into Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 and 2, Marvel's Avengers, Captain Tsubasa, and more. Check it out, won't you?
September 6, 2020
161: THE SWEDES
On this week's episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast, reviews editor Mike Minotti and his co-host Jeff Grubb talk about gaming's busy week. That includes DC FanDome, Gamescom's Opening Night Live, and the weird Nintendo Direct Mini Partner Showcase. Most importantly, Mike and Jeff consider The Swedes. The pair also answer your questions, like: What's going on with Nintendo? Where is the alleged Mass Effect Trilogy Remaster? And what is a live-service game, anyway? Join us! 00:00 - Start 0:30 - Mike annoys Jeff 1:50 - Credits 2:34 - News 2:36 - New 343 boss Joseph Staten 8:40 - THE FANDOME 13:00 - WOW rant 15:33 - DBZ talk 16:38 - Nintendo Direct Mini 24:04 - Gamescom 34:01 - THE SWEDES 39:14 - Epic vs. Apple Update 42:00 - News 42:11 - Switch Pro rumors 49:09 - Starfield and TESVI when? 53:24 - Where is Sonic? 55:33 - When is Final Fantasy XVI? 59:35 - Mass Effect Remasters update 1:03:24 - Other Nintendo games? 1:08:17 - Gyro aiming? 1:09:54 - What are service games? 1:12:07 - Why is Avengers bad? 1:15:39 - Is Fall Guy guy a millionaire? 1:17:43 - PS5 preorder preorder 1:20:00 - Outro
August 28, 2020
160: ROCKETEER FIVE NINER, YOU ARE CLEAR TO LAND
GamesBeat Decides hosts Jeff Grubb and Mike Minotti are flying the friendly skies on this week's episode. The pair are getting a surprising amount of enjoyment out of Microsoft Flight Simulator. They both also really like the Xbox beat-'em-up Battletoads from developers Rare and Dlala Studios. But first, in the news, the Decides crew goes over the Nintendo Indie World Showcase, Rocksteady's toxic-workplace allegations, and the latest developments between Apple and Epic. Join us, won't you?
August 21, 2020
159: YOU ACTIVATED EPIC'S TRAP CARD!
GamesBeat Decides is here once again to shout that you've activated Tim Sweeney's trap card. That's right, Epic pulled some Yu-Gi-Oh moves on Apple and Google this week, and now we all have to choose the billion- or trillion-dollar corporation we're gonna root for. It's appalling! In other news, Warner Bros. Interactive reveals it's going to talk about Suicide Squad and WB Montreal's new game at THE FANDOME on August 22. Halo gets delayed. Ubisoft fires its Assassin's Creed creative director. And the NPD report is in with more good news for game sales. Also, over the last week, GamesBeat editors Jeff Grubb and Mike Minotti have spent some time with the Tony Hawk remake. Mike's also playing Panzer Paladin and maximizing his efficiencies in World of Warcraft. Join us, won't you?
August 14, 2020
158: PS5-EXCLUSIVE SPIDER-MAN TEMTEM
GamesBeat editor Jeff Grubb is back from vacation to get mad about people who don't like the GameCube with reviews editor Mike Minotti. The pair discuss that, Rocksteady's Suicide Squad, and Sony's State of Play -- turns out Spider-Man is an exclusive Temtem or something? Also, Nintendo and PlayStation are making a lot of money, and Apple doesn't want Microsoft to make money on iOS. Mike and Jeff have also spent time playing Fall Guys, which is a delight. They talk about the game's success and long-term prospects. They also discuss CrossCode, A Hat In Time, Flight Simulator, Frog Gractions, Panzer Paladin, and Carrion. Tune in and let GamesBeat decide your opinions for you!
August 7, 2020
157: WAS XBOX SHOWCASE A FAILURE?
The Xbox Games Showcase happened on Thursday, and the GamesBeat Decides crew breaks down their reaction to the event. Are they hyped for Halo? What is Avowed? Is this enough to compete against PlayStation 5? Reviews editor Mike Minotti and PC gaming editor Jeff Grubb discuss how the show succeeded as a showcase for Xbox Game Pass but also failed to get people excited about Xbox Series X. Then Mike and Jeff talk about what Nintendo is doing following its latest Direct Mini. Where are the first-party Switch games for the rest of 2020? To end the episode, Mike talks about Crash Bandicoot 4. He played the an early demo of the game and talked about his thoughts for this marsupial's latest adventures.
July 24, 2020
156: GHOST OF TSUSHIMA AND PAPER MARIO REVIEWS
Paper Mario: The Origami King and Ghost of Tsushima are both out now, and the GamesBeat Decides crew has a review for each of them. Reviews editor Mike Minotti talks about his time in Sucker Punch's map game. PC gaming editor Jeff Grubb, meanwhile, gives his take on why Paper Mario is worth it despite flaws. Then in the news, Mike and Jeff chat about the NPD results. Plenty of people are still buying games, and The Last of Us Part II is fueling a lot of that. Ubissoft Forward also happened but without much to get excited about. Join us for all of that and more, won't you?
July 17, 2020
On this episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast, hosts Jeff Grubb and Mike Minotti have Bakugan-fever. And they're Bakugonna lose their minds! They also discuss the upcoming Xbox showcase, Ubisoft Forward, Paper Mario, and Bloodstained: Circle of the Moon.
July 10, 2020
154: LAST OF US PART II, INDUSTRY HARASSMENT, AND MORE NOT E3
On this week's episode of GamesBeat Decides, reviews editor Mike Minotti and PC gaming editor Jeff Grubb talk about playing The Last of Us Part II. But first, they discuss the recent barrage of harassment claims against people in the video games industry. They also talk about a series of announcements coming out of Not E3.
June 26, 2020
153: WAGGLE IS BACKLE
Electronic Arts held its EA Play event as part of Not E3 this week, and the GamesBeat Decides crew talks about that on this week's episode. Reviews editor Mike Minotti and PC gaming editor Jeff Grubb are excited about Star Wars: Squadrons and Skate 4. But in addition to the EA Play news, the pair also talk about some of the games that EA left out of its presentation. Those include UFC, a new golf game, and the Mass Effect Trilogy Remastered. In other news, the Pokémon Company held a Direct-style event to announce New Pokémon Snap for Nintendo Switch. This is a followup to the Nintendo 64 original more than 20 years later. Oh, and Crash Bandicoot 4 seems like a real thing, but who's to say? Finally, Nintendo released Jump Rope Challenge. Waggle is backle! Mike and Jeff have also played some games. Mike is onto Jak II, and Jeff is playing VoxelGram, Hardspace: Shipbreaker, and more. Join us, won't you?
June 19, 2020
152: PERVIN' ON THE PS5
GamesBeat reviews editor Mike Minotti likes the look of the new PlayStation 5 console. No -- I mean, he really likes it. And GamesBeat PC gaming editor Jeff Grubb would never stand between anyone and their bliss, so he lets Mike fly his freak flag on this episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast. Together, Jeff and Mike breakdown the latest PlayStation 5 event and the system's upcoming games. The GamesBeat Decides team then tackles Star Wars: Squadrons, which EA revealed today after yet another leak. The NPD Group, meanwhile, reported the results of another huge month of game sales in the United States. Join us, won't you?
June 12, 2020
151: A SUPER NINTENDO WORLD FOR ANTS!
email@example.com @jeffgrubb @tolkoto On this week's episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast, reviews editor Mike Minotti is furious that you don't understand theme parks. He understands theme parks. And he thinks you are absurd for complaining about Super Nintendo World. Meanwhile, editor Jeff Grubb talks about the reporting leading up to the confirmation of the PlayStation 5 reveal on June 4. Also, is Nintendo teasing Metroid? What does Hotgirlvideos69 know, and when did she know it? We talk about all of that and more. Join us, won't you?
May 29, 2020
150: PEOPLE ARE BUYING A LOT OF VIDEO GAMES
On this episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast, reviews editor Mike Minotti and PC gaming editor Jeff Grubb talk about the latest monthly games report from The NPD Group. They also discuss financials out of Take-Two Interactive. Later, managing editor Jason Wilson joins to talk about shark RPG Maneater. Mike is playing Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition. And Jeff is playing Clubhouse Games.
May 23, 2020
149: THE ENDLESS E3
firstname.lastname@example.org @jeffgrubb @tolkoto E3 is cancelled. But its spirit has left its body, and it now surrounds us at all times. We cannot escape it. We will never escape the endless E3. This has left us with a mess of announcements, events, and game trailers that are going to drop at irregular intervals throughout the summer. And that action really got going this past week with a couple of key reveals. Activision announced Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 and 2. Epic is promising us the future in Unreal Engine 5. And Nintendo surprised fans with a trailer for Paper Mario: The Origami King. Sony then capped off the week with a State of Play for Ghost of Tsushima, which looks like samurai/ninja Assassin's Creed. That's a good thing. But all this news didn't leave us a lot of time for games. Mike finished Dragon Quest XI, and he now considers himself a fan of that series. Oh, and Geoff Keighley is being a bit much. Join us, won't you?
May 15, 2020
148: YOU PEOPLE SHOULD REMEMBER ECCO FOR DREAMCAST
email@example.com @jeffgrubb @tolkoto Ecco The Dolphin: Defender of the Future has an 84 on Metacritic, but none of you people ever talk about the game. What is wrong with you? Why is this the game that no one remembers? And while we're at it, Sonic Adventure for Dreamcast DID NOT AGE BETTER THAN SUPER MARIO 64. GOD!
May 9, 2020
147: ANIMAL CROSSING IS A BLOCKBUSTER
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a stunning success. The social-life simulator had better launch-month sales than any other Nintendo game besides Super Smash Bros. Ultiamte and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. And the GamesBeat Decides crew comes together to talk about that and more in this week's episode. Also in the news, reviews editor Mike Minotti talks about MLB The Show 20's sales. And PC gaming editor Jeff Grubb dives into the hardware numbers from the monthly sales report from The NPD Group. Later in the show, Mike and Jeff talk more about Animal Crossing and Final Fantasy VII Remake. But both are playing a lot of unreleased games they can't discuss yet, so return next week for their thoughts on those. Join us, won't you?
April 22, 2020
146: WHY DOES JEFF HATE ANIMAL CROSSING?
Sony is struggling to manufacture the PlayStation 5, and the GamesBeat Decides crew talks all about that on this week's episode. Also in the news, Gamescom gets cancelled, Nintendo Switch update leads to speculation on a new model, and Crysis is back. Then reviews editor Mike Minotti talks with PC gaming editor Jeff Grubb about their current relationship with Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Why does Jeff hate it now? And does Mike finally hate World of Warcraft? Yes, and that's fact now because it's in this podcast description. Join us, won't you?
April 17, 2020
145: IS FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE GOOD?
Reviews editor Mike Minotti and managing editor Jason Wilson are both playing Final Fantasy VII Remake, and they both give their thoughts on Square Enix's blockbuster reimagining. PC gaming editor Jeff Grubb, meanwhile, wonders if the game is for him. First, though, Mike and Jeff talk about the PlayStation DualSense and more in the news section. Besides Final Fantasy, Mike is also spending time with Valorant. Riot's new shooter already seems like a gigantic hit, but is it any fun? Mike thinks so. Mike then chastises Jeff for once again failing to play Ori and the Will of the Wisps.
April 10, 2020
144: ARE THE 3D MARIO REMASTERS REAL?
Mario is turning 35 years old this year. And as everyone knows, you celebrate a 35th anniversary with the gift of remasters. And that's apparently Nintendo's plan. The company is remastering 3D Mario games like 64, Sunshine, and Galaxy and bringing them to Switch. And on this week's GamesBeat Decides, reviews editor Mike Minotti and PC gaming editor Jeff Grubb breaks down that news and more. The crew also breaks down the latest Nintendo Direct mini, GameStop closing stores, and Nintendo Switch's availability. Mike and Jeff then spend more time talking about Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which continues to save their lives. Mike has also spent time with Doom Eternal and Bravely Default II's demo. Jeff played some Roundguard and Good Job.
March 30, 2020
143: COVID FACTOR
firstname.lastname@example.org @jeffgrubb @tolkoto On this week's episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast, reviews editor Mike Minotti explains his review of Half-Life: Alyx. The new VR Half-Life marks a full return for the series, but it's not the revolution that some are making it out to be. It's also a stressful game that is tough to play in these stressful times. Mike then joins editor Jeffrey Grubb in talking about the lovely escapism of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. But first, in the news, GameStop cares more about money than people. Animal Crossing is selling well. And Nintendo is going after Dreams players who use its characters. Jeff also talks about Nvidia's new DLSS 2.0 technology.
March 24, 2020
142: PS5 AND XBOX SPECS-TACULAR
Email us: email@example.com @jeffgrubb @tolkoto Sony and Microsoft have both revealed the technical specifications for their upcoming next-gen consoles. On this week's episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast, editors Jeff Grubb and Mike Minotti discuss what is under the hood of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. Also in the news, Nintendo held an Indie World Showcase and The NPD Group revealed its latest monthly report. Join us, won't you? In addition to the news, the GamesBeat Decides crew also goes in depth on Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Nintendo's social-life simulator is launching this week, and you can hear Jeff's review thoughts right here.
March 18, 2020
141: A NINTENDO DIRECT IS COMING SOON
We gotta go fast on this week's episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast. Reviews editor Mike Minotti has to run to get to his World of Warcraft raid because he is very cool, so that leaves PC gaming editor Jeff Grubb with a tight timeline to fit in all the news. And this week that includes our story about the upcoming Nintendo Direct. That is coming before the end of the month, according to our sources. Fans may also get an Indie World as well. The GamesBeat Decides crew also talks about Horizon: Zero Dawn heading to PC, Reggie joining GameStop's board of directors, and 2K getting back together with the NFL. After the news, you can hear Mike talk about Ori and the Will of the Wisps, which he seems to think is pretty decent. OK, he actually thinks it rules. Join us for that discussion and more.
March 11, 2020
140: PROTAGONISTS AND TAGONISTS
You have protagonists, and then you have antagonists. But on this week's GamesBeat Decides, reviews editor Mike Minotti talks about the often-overlooked "tagonists."
March 5, 2020
139: SONIC'S UNFORTUNATE FART JOKE
Sonic the Hedgehog is in theaters, and reviews editor Mike Minotti has seen it. Turns out it's pretty good even though it features an unfortunate fart joke. Mike and PC gaming editor Jeff Grubb talk about the new record-setting video game movie on this week's episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast. Join us, wont' you? In the news, the GamesBeat Decides crew talks through the production costs of the PlayStation 5 and what it means for the next-gen system's price. Over at Electronic Arts and BioWare, plans are brewing to reboot Anthem, and does that even make sense? Mike and Jeff then breakdown the latest monthly U.S. games sales report from The NPD Group. Finally, Mike is continuing to work through Mega Man Zero. Jeff, meanwhile, is getting back into Dead Cells for the new content. News Pricey parts have pushed the cost of Sony's PlayStation 5 to around $450 per unit, forcing a difficult price-setting decision sources say. Half-Life: Alyx, available March 23, 2020 It Seems A Playable Xbox Build Of StarCraft Ghost Has Leakedkotaku.com/it-see... Geoff Keighley will skip E3 for the first time in 25 years twitter.com/geoffk.. EA will move Need for Speed development back to Criterion Nvidia's GeForce Now is losing all Activision Blizzard games Future of Anthem January 2020 NPD: Even Goku can’t rescue game spending Xbox Elite Series 2 is one of the fastest-selling gamepads ever Games Jeff Dead Cells Mike Mega Man Zero
February 18, 2020
138: DROWNING IN LIFE
It was a big week with a lot of video game news, and the crew runs through it all on this week's episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast. Dan Houser is leaving Rockstar Games. Warcraft III: Reforged is the worst thing since murder. And Nvidia GeForce Now is launching out of beta. We also have a huge pile of financial news from Sony, Take-Two, and Activision. GamesBeat PC gaming editor Jeff Grubb also has a chat with lead writer Dean Takahashi about Doom Eternal. He posted a video on YouTube, and -- surprise -- people are mad at him about it. Then reviews editor Mike Minotti talks to us all about Mega Man Zero. Jeff, meanwhile, is playing ScourgeBringer and PictoQuest on Steam. Join us, won't you? WHAT WE’VE BEEN DOING Jeff: ScourgeBringer PictoQuest Mike: Mega Man Zero
February 7, 2020
137: STADIA HAS ALREADY FAILED
On this week's episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast, PC gaming editor Jeffrey Grubb and review editor Mike Minotti are skeptical that Google Stadia has a future. The crew also talks about what they would want from a Knights of the Old Republic reboot. Also, if you need to set precedent in your country, don't try to do so by suing Nintendo. The spirit of Howard Lincoln will come for you. Join us, won't you? Also, Mike has finished Tokyo Mirage Sessions, and Jeff has finished Luigi's Mansion 3. Both feel very positive about each game. Now, it's time to catch up on some more games.
January 29, 2020
136 - HOES MAD
On this week's episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast, the hoes are mad about Byleth in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The crew also dives into the best-selling games of the last decade. Also, what is going on with E3 now that PlayStation isn't showing up. Join us, won't you?
January 21, 2020
135: VERY WEEBY
The GamesBeat Decides is ready to welcome in 2020 before it ends. We have about two solid months where new game releases slow down. Then, in March, it's going to get wild through the end of the year. So join us as we check in with Tokyo Mirage Sessions and imagine what we'll do with some of this free time. In the news, we talk about the start of AGDQ, Grand Theft Auto V on Game Pass, and WWE 2K20's new year bug. Join us for discussions on all that and more.
January 6, 2020
GAME OF THE YEAR 2019
We got the whole GamesBeat crew together to talk out Game of the Year, and you can listen to that discussion for yourselves!
December 30, 2019
134: WHAT WE WANT FROM PS5 AND XBOX
In 2020, we're getting both the PlayStation 5 and the new Xbox. And with that next-generation of hardware on the horizon, we're looking forward with anticipation. What do we want from yet another round of consoles? We talk about that on this special episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast. Join us, won't you? We also talk about some of the games we're looking forward to in 2019. And then we wrap up the episode with this question: what present do you want from a major publisher by next Christmas? How about a new F-Zero or Kirby's Dream Course from Nintendo? Or maybe Sony could bring back some more PlayStation 1 games like G-Police. Finally, keep an eye on this feed. We'll have our Game of the Year episode up soon. And then we'll return for more in the new year. See you then!
December 27, 2019
133: XBOX SERIES X REACTIONS
No matter how many cops the government sends after us, we're gonna keep playing games. And you can hear us talk about our game crimes on this week's episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast. Join us, won't you? In the news, we go over Sony State of Play, Nintendo's World of Indies, and The Game Awards. That's a lot of events, but it mostly boils down to Resident Evil 3, Axiom Verge 2, Sports Story, and the Xbox Series X. Oh, and we have the monthly NPD sales chart. Turns out those pocket monsters still sell just fine. Download here Subscribe to the RSS Listen on Anchor.fm Find past episodes here Mentioned games Jeff: Disco Elysium Luigi's Mansion 3 Mike: Pokémon Sword Shovel Knight WoW Classic Outer Worlds
December 13, 2019
STAR WARS JEDI: FALLEN ORDER SPOILERCAST
It's a special episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast this week where the crew goes deep on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. EA Motive writer Mitch Dyer joins GamesBeat managing editor Jason Wilson and PC gaming editor Jeffrey Grubb to talk about the game and everything related to Star Wars. The gang touches on everything from The Courtship of Princess Leia to Dash Rendar. But, of course, most of the spoilers have to do with Jedi: Fallen Order itself. Join us, won't you?
November 26, 2019
131: GOOGLE STADIA + STAR WARS JEDI REVIEWS
November is flying by at an irresponsible pace, but that means we are almost on "the other side of games" for 2019. On the GamesBeat Decides podcast this week, the crew talks about some of the last big releases for the year in Google Stadia, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, and Pokémon Sword and Shield. Join us, won't you? In the news, the GamesBeat Decides team covers the recent NPD sales report for October. Valve is making a Half-Life game, apparently? Also, Microsoft made some new announcements, Amy Hennig has a new gig, and Epic Games helped to make The Mandalorian. Mentioned games Jeff: Death Stranding Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Google Stadia Mike: Pokemon Sword Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order World of Warcraft Classic Hearthstone Battlegrounds
November 20, 2019
130: DEATH STRANDING HAS ADS FOR NORMAN REEDUS'S AMC MOTORCYCLE SHOW
The GamesBeat Decides podcast can finally talk about Death Stranding, and that's exactly what happens on this week's episode. Gameranx producer Tom Johnson and Sidequesting editor and podcaster Erron Kelly join GamesBeat PC gaming editor Jeffrey Grubb for that discussion. The crew also touches on some Destiny 2 and The Outer Worlds. Join us, won't you? Download here Subscribe to the RSS Listen on Anchor.fm Find past episodes here The news this week is all about BlizzCon and Blizzard's announcements. EA is back on Steam. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, meanwhile, misrepresents a real-world war crime, which is fun. The team also talks about Ubisoft creating Yves Guillemot's Shark Tank where the company's internal studios have to pitch unique ideas for new games.
November 2, 2019
129: TOKYO MIRAGE SESSIONS #FE: VAGINA BONES EDITION
Somehow October is almost over already. With 2019 barreling towards its demise, the GamesBeat Decides podcast is here to help do your thinking for you. On this week's episode, reviews editor Mike Minotti talks more about Luigi's Mansion 3. PC gaming editor Jeff Grubb, meanwhile, gives an update on The Outer Worlds. And you should check out the special review episode of The Outer Worlds where Jeff and managing editor Jason Wilson provide some in-depth thoughts on the space-faring role-playing adventure. In the news, Ubisoft is delaying all of its games. The Last of Us: Part II is now coming out in May. Shroud is also leaving Twitch to join Ninja on Mixer. Conan O'Brien is in Death Stranding. And a bunch of people who don't play Fallout 76 are mad about Fallout 76 again. Finally, vagina bones make their big return to the show because they aren't coming to Japanese version of Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE on Switch. Mentioned games Jeff: The Outer Worlds Mike: Luigi's Mansion 3
October 25, 2019
THE OUTER WORLDS REVIEW
GamesBeat reviews The Outer Worlds.
October 23, 2019
128: JEDI FALLEN ORDER RULES
It's time to get excited for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order because it turns out that it is good. On this week's episode of GamesBeat Decides, co-host and reviews editor Mike Minotti talks about playing the first few hours of Respawn's adventure. And he thinks this could end up as one of the best Star Wars games ever. Meanwhile, fellow co-host and PC gaming editor Jeff Grubb has spent some time with sci-fi black metal platformer Valfaris and Switch's Ring Fit Adventure. In the news, the GamesBeat Decides crew talks about the latest developments with Blizzard, Hong Kong, and China. The team also looked at the monthly NPD report, which publisher Take-Two Interactive dominated with NBA 2K20 and Borderlands 3. And then what is going on with Riot Games and the Analogue Pocket? Join us, won't you? Download here Subscribe to the RSS Listen on Anchor.fm Find past episodes here Mentioned games Jeff: Valfaris Ring Fit Adventure The Witcher 3 Switch Overwatch Switch Mike: Jedi Fallen Order Luigi’s Mansion 3
October 18, 2019
127: NINTENDO HAS DOUG BOWSER; SONY HAS NICK KNACK
Sony Interactive Entertainment had a big executive shakeup, and that's the big topic on this week's GamesBeat Decides podcast. Shawn Layden is leaving his role as PlayStation Worldwide Studios boss. He was at the company for more than 30 years, so what does his departure mean? Also in the news, Last of Us: Part II has a release date, Project xCloud is getting a beta, and more. GamesBeat Decides co-host and reviews editor Mike Minotti is back on the program. He went to Chicago and tells us about traveling with The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening. Fellow co-host and PC gaming editor Jeff Grubb, meanwhile, wraps up his thoughts about the Switch Lite. Jeff also tries to explain Untitled Goose Game to Mike. Join us, won't you? Here are all the games we talk about: Jeff: Untitled Goose Game Spyro Hot Lava Mike: Link’s Awakening Planet Zoo World of Warcraft Classic
October 1, 2019
126: BROUGHT TO YOU BY MONSTER ENERGY
Someone has to keep Hideo Kojima in the life to which he is accustomed, and the Monster Energy drink company has the cash to do just that. PC gaming editor Jeffrey Grubb invites SGQD's John Phipps and Sidequest's Erron Kelly to talk about exactly that. The crew also talk about Zelda: Link's Awakening and the Switch Lite. Join us, wont' you? In the news, the podcast goes over the new mobile-game subscription services from both Apple and Google. And then it's the Hideo Kojima/Monster Energy roller coaster. Thanks for listening, and enjoy! WHAT WE’VE BEEN DOING Jeff: Switch Lite Zelda John: Switch Lite Zelda Untitled Goose Game Erron: Oxygen Not Included Frostpunk Kenshi Cube World
September 24, 2019
125: TERRY VIOLET BEAUREGARDE
Nintendo had a lot to say last week, and the team dives into that on the GamesBeat Decide podcast. On this week's episode, reviews editor Mike Minotti gives World of Warcraft Classic the full seal of approval and PC gaming editor Jeff Grubb is digging Control as well as Super Nintendo games on Switch. In the news, Nintendo steals the spotlight with a jam-packed Nintendo Direct. Overwatch, Tokyo Mirage Sessions, Return of the Obra Din, and Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition are all coming to the Switch. So are some classic Star Wars games and Divinity Original Sin 2 with cross-save support with the Steam version. And Deadly Premonition 2 is happening and so is a free-to-play Kirby game. Oh, and then Terry from Fatal Fury is coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and then that game got a separate mini Direct right after the main show. It's a lot. In other news, we have a better idea of what the next Resident Evil game is. The new Plants vs. Zombies game is out ... or is it? And then more Nintendo with its weird yoga thing. Here are the games that we talk about: Jeff: Super Nintendo Control Mike: World of Warcraft Classic NEWS Nintendo Direct Project Resistance Teaseryoutube.com/watch?... KINGDOM HEARTS III Re Mind [DLC] TGS 2019 Trailer (Closed Captions) youtube.com/watch?... Multiplayer confirmed for Cyberpunk 2077 twitter.com/CDPROJ First look at a new experience for Nintendo Switch youtube.com/watch?.. PVZ: Battle for Neighborville confirmed Steam has over 40,000 ‘indie’ games, and this is fine
September 10, 2019
124: 1,000-MINUTE WOW QUEUES
GamesBeat Decides is back once again to make the world of video games so simple that even a child could understand. Children, however, should not listen to this show because it features grown man and GamesBeat review editor Mike Minotti cursing god for not letting him onto a server to play World of Warcraft. He is still playing Fire Emblem, though -- as well as Bloodstained and Overwatch. PC gaming editor Jeff Grubb, meanwhile, is ready to talk about Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey, which he admits most people won't like even though he is infatuated with it. Join us, won't you? In the news, the crew talks about Stadia, Gamescom, and Nintendo's Indie World. That includes tidbits about Kerbal Space Program 2 and the first real Civilizaiton competitor in Humankind. And then Jeff and Mike try to figure out if Geoff Keighley is still Hideo Kojima's best friend based on his appearance in Death Stranding. In other news stories, World of Warcraft Classic is having a massive launch. Mike somehow works through the pain to speak to that. And then the Persona series has hit a new milestone, Sony acquires Insomniac, and is PlayStation going to save the Uncharted movie? Probably not! WHAT WE’VE BEEN DOING Jeff: Ancestors Mike: Fire Emblem: Three Houses Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Overwatch
August 27, 2019
123: SHE DOESN'T HAVE TO KNOW ABOUT THE WAIFUS
It's not cheating if it's anime. At least, those are the rules on the GamesBeat Decides podcast. On this week's episode, reviews editor Mike Minotti and PC gaming editor Jeffrey Grubb are talk more about Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Meanwhile, GamesBeat lead writer Dean Takahashi shows up to talk about Wolfenstein: Youngblood and Steel Division 2. In the news, the crew talks about mass shootings and how video games do and don't relate to gun violence in the United States. This touches on Walmart, Apex Legends on ESPN, Trump, and more. Elsewhere in the news, the industry has a plan to self-regulate lootboxes, and Death Stranding is probably coming to the Epic Games Store, right? Probably. That just seems like something that is going to happen. Here's everything we talked about this week: WHAT WE’VE BEEN PLAYING Jeff: Fire Emblem: Three Houses Rashlander Mike: Fire Emblem: Three Houses Dean: Wolfenstein: Youngblood Steel Division 2 Modern Warfare
August 13, 2019
122: SHYGUYS HUNTING CHILDLESS MILLENNIALS
Summer has broken -- at least as far as video games are concerned. That means we finally have a lot of news to talk about on the GamesBeat Decides podcast. On this episode, GamesBeat reviews editor Mike Minotti and PC gaming editor Jeffrey Grubb talk about Ninja defecting from Twitch to Microsoft's Mixer. Mike also uses his insider connections to give the lowdown on Universal Studios' Super Nintendo World theme park. Download here Subscribe to the RSS Listen on Anchor.fm Find past episodes here The GamesBeat Decides team also still has a lot to say about Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Jeff's playing on hard mode, and he wants everyone to know how cool he is. Mike, meanwhile, is spending some time with the new Hero character from Dragon Quest in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Join us, won't you?
August 2, 2019
121: FUCK THE SPLATOON POLICE
GamesBeat Decides is with you once again to talk about surprising cooperative games and the correct Fire Emblem house. On this week's episode, reviews editor Mike Minotti scolds PC gaming editor Jeffrey Grubb for siding against Splatoon 2 start Marina in the last Splatfest. But no way was Jeff going to side with the cops on Team Order over Team Chaos. The crew also talks a bit more about Fire Emblem: Three Houses before jumping into an explanation of Wolfenstein: Youngblood and 198X. In the news, Nintendo is doing the right thing to fix its Joy-Con issues. Blizzard steps in it with its explanation for Sigma's feet. And Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is selling well. Join us, won’t you? Here are all the games we talked about Jeff: Tiny Metal: Full Metal Rumble Aim Lab Mike: Fire Emblem: Three Houses Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3
July 26, 2019
120: IT'S HARD TO ROOT FOR EUGENICS
The summer is still slow for news on the GamesBeat Decides podcast. But on this week's episode, we've got plenty of coverage of the monthly NPD report. We also talk about a law firm's potential class-action lawsuit against Nintendo and more. First, however, we talk about a lot of games. GamesBeat PC gaming editor Jeffrey Grubb is digging the Advance Wars-like Tiny Metal: Full Metal Rumble. He's also trying to improve his shooter skills with the help of a program called Aim Lab. PC guest post editor Rowan Kaiser joins the show to talk about the comfortable grind of Mortal Kombat 11, the latest update to Oxygen Not Included, and his love for Total War: Three Kingdoms. But reviews editor Mike Minotti provides the big showdown this week with his dueling Switch games: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 and Fire Emblem: Three Houses. According to him, it's no contest. Join us, won't you? Here are all the games we talked about: Jeff: Tiny Metal: Full Metal Rumble Aim Lab Mike: Fire Emblem: Three Houses Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Warframe Rowan: Mortal Kombat Oxygen Not Included Three Kingdoms?
July 19, 2019
119: 🎵OH, FIRE EMBLEM!🎵
The entire video gaming world still feels hungover from the Electronic Entertainment Expo trade show in June. On this week's episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast, however, we still have plenty to talk about. Co-hosts Jeffrey Grubb and Mike Minotti have played some games. Mike is reviewing Fire Emblem: Three Houses, and he can talk about his time with the first chapter so far. Jeff, meanwhile, is back into Flappy Bird thanks to a new battle royale version. In the news, the crew talks about Switch Lite, of course. But they also speak to Valve's Steam Labs, Google Stadia's timid phone support, and LOTRO 2 or something. Thanks for listening. Here are the games we talked about: Jeff: Outer Wilds Flappy Bird Royale Mike: Fire Emblem: Three Houses World of Warcraft
July 13, 2019
ON BEHALF OF THE BRAND
We all mess up sometimes, and that's why the GamesBeat Decides podcast is spending this week apologizing on behalf of the brand. On this episode, hosts Jeffrey Grubb and Mike Minotti dive into some more Super Mario Maker 2 and Outer Wilds. The crew also discovers that Bloodstained isn't that great on Switch, and Mike tries out the new hero in Apex Legends. In the news, Mordhau is dealing with racism in a poor way. Twitch character Dr. Disrespect, meanwhile, seems like a bully. Maybe we can escape all of this feeling of constant assault from all sides with a nice game of Eve Online -- no, wait. Aliens have suddenly begun invading that massively multiplayer online experience. The GamesBeat Decides team also explains what is going on with the backlash to Pokemon and Game Freak. It's not all bad news, however, and that's thanks to Summer Games Done Quick. Thanks for listening. Here are the games we talked about: Jeff: Outer Wilds Super Mario Maker 2 Bloodstained MIKE: Super Mario Maker 2 Apex Legends
July 3, 2019
117: ELON MUSK LOOKS AT 2B PORN
The Electronic Entertainment Expo is never over in our hearts, and the fun can continue if you listen to the GamesBeat Decides podcast. You can do so right here. On this week's episode, hosts Jeffrey Grubb and Mike Minotti talk about some of the games they've played since returning home from Los Angeles. Highlights include Super Mario Maker 2, Cadence of Hyrule, and Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. Then in the news, we've got some developments regarding Randy Pitchford. Nintendo explained why it's making Breath of the Wild 2, but we're skeptical. We also talk about how good Amazon is at video games. To close out the show, Mike asks Jeff to elaborate more about his complicated Link's Awakening feelings. And then they spend several minutes recapping Elon Musk's deep love and respect for video games, which led to him allegedly leaving Twitter.
June 20, 2019
E3 2019 WEDNESDAY: BEST OF SHOW
Jeff isn't sure about Link's Awakening, and what does that even mean. We also choose our favorite things from the show.
June 13, 2019
E3 2019 Tuesday: Nintendo, Zelda, Doc Pissrespect, and more
It's the first day of the show floor, and we're back to talk about what we played. We also talk about getting banned for filming in bathrooms.
June 12, 2019
E3 2019 MONDAY: XBOX HANDS-ON, UBI, & SQUARE ENIX
The GamesBeat Decides crew is back with another podcast from E3. In this episode, we talk about playing games at Microsoft's Xbox booth. Turns out gameplay is important. We also cover Ubisoft's and Square Enix's events.
June 11, 2019
E3 2019 SUNDAY: XBOX AND BETHESDA
We've got a lot to talk about today with Microsoft and Bethesda's press conferences.
June 10, 2019
E3 2019 SATURDAY: GOOGLE STADIA AND EA PLAY
We are video games now, and there is no mortal who can stop us! The GamesBeat Decides crew talks about Google Stadia, EA Play, and John Riccitiello.
June 9, 2019
116: MW4 IS LIKE INDIANA JONES MEETS SCHINDLER'S LIST
After a lengthy break, the GamesBeat Decides boys are back in town. On this week's episode, GamesBeat reviews editor and co-host Mike Minotti recaps all the Randy Pitchford news for fellow host Jeff Grubb. The crew also talks about some of the games that Mike played at E3 judges week. That includes Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, which Mike has some thoughts about. Meanwhile, when not moving or holding a baby, Jeff has played some Void Bastards and Outer Wilds. He also has some early thoughts on Valve's Index headset. In the news, Jeff and Mike dive into the Xbox Game Pass for PC, Death Stranding, and Rockstar's latest controversy. Finally, Mike learns what a CPU is.
June 3, 2019
SEASON 2 APPROACHES
A quick update on the podcast. After an extended absence, we're about to come back with season 2 of GamesBeat Decides. We're also looking for your input. Have any ideas about how we can improve, what to change, or new theme music to use? Let us know! Contact us: twitter.com/gbdecides or email firstname.lastname@example.org
May 26, 2019
115: WHY IS EVERYTHING ALWAYS RISING?
The new teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and Sunday's Wrestlemania give us plenty to talk about on GamesBeat Decides this week. Also on this episode, co-hosts Mike Minotti and Jeffrey Grubb talk about Katana Zero and Pathway as well as more Sekiro and World of Warcraft. In the news, the crew talks about Steam defusing Borderlands 2's review bomb, Sekiro sales, and YouTube demonetizing Weedcraft videos. Also, you can use ray tracing on GTX cards, but should you? Join us for all that and more, won’t you? Download the episode here Subscribe to the RSS Listen on Castette AUDIO Here’s everything we talk about: Games Mike: Hollow Knight World of Warcraft Jeff: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Katana Zero Pathway News Borderlands 2 is the fist game on Steam where you already can see Valve's new "off-topic review bombing filter" in action twitter.com/SteamD... Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice sales top two million in 10 days investor.activision.com/news-r... YouTube’s rules don’t justify demonetizing Weedcraft Inc videos Ray tracing now works on some GTX cards — here’s how they perform You can change your PSN ID starting today. blog.us.playstation.com/2019/0... Dangerous Driving (racing game) missing leaderboards feature on PC because of Epic Games Store exclusivity gamerevolution.com/review... How well Call of Duty's Blackout Battle Royale is doing
April 12, 2019
114: YOU IS NOT ALWAYS BABA
We're mad about Epic Games Store and dealing with an existential Baba crisis on GamesBeat Decides. On this week's episode, we're also talking about the Division 2 and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. In the news, Microsoft may launch an ultimate subscription bundle and Sega has its own miniconsole. Meanwhile, at PAX East, Gearbox boss Randy Pitchford will have to stop doing magic long enough to launch Borderlands 3 in September. But it is coming exclusively to Epic Games Store on PC, and co-hosts Mike Minotti and Jeffrey Grubb try to figure out why they are so mad about that.Join us, won’t you? Here’s everything we talk about: Games Mike: Hollow Knight The Division 2 Jeff: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Baba Is You NEWS Microsoft may launch $15 subscription bundle with Gold and Game Pass Borderlands 3 launch date and EGS exclusivity Sega Genesis Mini PlayStation Store will refund preorders Risk of Rain 2 hits 500,000 players Labo VR supports Mario Odyssey and Breath of the Wild Best Buy allegedly leaks Person 5, Link to the Past, and Metroid Prime Trilogy for Switch
April 5, 2019
113: MYTHIC MIKE
On this week's GamesBeat Decides podcast, you will get to learn all about Mythic Mike. Co-host and GamesBeat reviews editor Mike Minotti loves to raid, and you can learn all about that on this episode.Mike has also spent the last week playing Yoshi's Crafted World and The Division 2. He's finding Nintendo's platformer too breezy, but Ubisoft has nailed its online loot shooter up to this point. Fellow co-host and PC gaming editor Jeffrey Grubb, meanwhile, is playing the breakout indie Steam hit Factory Town.In the news, the crew talks about Halo coming to the PC, a bunch of new DLC, and why Sony isn't going to buy Take-Two.Join us, won't you? Here’s everything we talk about: Games Mike: Yoshi's Crafted World The Division 2 World of Warcraft Jeff: Factory Town NEWS Halo: The Master Chief Collection coming to PC Devil May Cry 5 sales No Man's Sky: Beyond Battlefield V: Firestorm Back 4 Blood Xbox now plays PC games streamed from a local rig Valve expands Steam Link to stream remotely outside your network Google is teasing something hardcore for GDC Sony isn't acquiring Take-Two
March 16, 2019
112: A GOBLIN SHAMAN NAMED JEFF
Jeff has never played World of Warcraft, but he has played House Party and Left Alive. In the news, Valve is just so god damn dumb, you guys. Most of its problems wouldn't be problems if it knew how to communicate. Also, Anthem has blown up almost every single PlayStation 4. There are maybe two or three that are still working. E3 is dead again. We will never get anything like Uncharted ever again, according to one of the creators of Uncharted. Apex Legends has 50 million players but even it's doomed now. Yo, sometimes video game news sucks ass. Enjoy the podcast.
March 9, 2019
REVIEW: DEVIL MAY CRY 5
After crushing the game to get the review out, Mike Minotti sits down to talk about Devil May Cry 5.
March 7, 2019
111: SHOUT OUT TO MARK
The video game industry is closing up shop after another wild week, and now it’s time to read books and speak to our families. But first, you know we gotta wrap up everything that happened with the GamesBeat Decides podcast. On this week’s episode, co-host and PC gaming editor Jeffrey Grubb talks about Trials Rising and Ape Out. Meanwhile, fellow co-host and reviews editor Mike Minotti goes deep into Anthem and a discussion about BioWare and Electronic Arts. The crew also played some Apex Legends and that new ToeJam and Earl. In the news, GamesBeat Decides discusses why it’s messed up that THQ Nordic held an AMA on 8Chan. And Mike reveals that he is able to see into the future when he has a fever and no sleep. Here’s everything we talk about: Games Mike: Apex Legends Anthem ToeJame and Earl: Back in the Groove Jeff: Trials Rising Ape Out NEWS THQ Nordic does an AMA on 8Chan Pokemon Sword and Shield Mike is a witch Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order reveal coming in April Cyberpunk 2077 will be at E3 Devotion removed from Steam Anthem’s physical sales
March 1, 2019
110: GAMESBEAT HAS EMBRACED SOCIALISM
We are back! The GamesBeat Decides podcast took two weeks off because co-host Jeffrey Grubb had another kid. What was he thinking? But he has returned from parental leave, and co-host Mike Minotti and GamesBeat PC guest post editor Rowan Kaiser joins him. On this week's episode, the GamesBeat Decides team talks about Apex Legends, and how it is dominating the world. Jeff has also played Far Cry: New Dawn and explains why you may or may not want to skip it. In the news, the team breaks down the Nintendo Direct announcements, which includes a remake of The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening. And then the crew laments Activision leadership laying off 800 people following record revenues. Join us, won't you? Here’s everything we talk about: Games Mike: Tetris 99 Eco Jeff: Far Cry: New Dawn Tetris 99 Eco Rowan: Civilization VI Apex Legends NEWS Nintendo Direct Activision Blizzard layoffs US Copyright and Trademark Office refuses Carlton dance copyright The Division 2 has more PC preorders than The Division 1 despite not being on Steam
February 15, 2019
109: IT'S GARBAGE, BUT IT'S A PART OF ME
The news was still slow this past week, but we have plenty to talk about. On this week's episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast, hosts Jeffrey Grubb and Mike Minotti talk about their reviews for Resident Evil 2 and Kingdom Hearts III. The crew also gets into some details about the first 24 hours in The Big Eco Game that is happening now. In the news, Mike and Jeff break down the monthly NPD report as well as the annual results for 2018. It was a big year for game sales and Nintendo in particular. Here’s everything we talk about: Games Mike: Kingdom Hearts III Eco Jeff: Resident Evil 2 Eco NEWS NPD 2018 results
January 25, 2019
108: CANCELLING STAR WARS GAMES JUST TO FEEL SOMETHING
The news has calmed down after last week, and the GamesBeat staff is playing a lot of games for review. That means it's time for a quick episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast. On this half-hour of power, GamesBeat reviews editor Mike Minotti talks about playing Tales of Vesperia on Switch. PC gaming editor Jeff Grubb, meanwhile, is playing Resident Evil 2 and Eco. In the news, the co-hosts discuss Electronic Arts rebooting the Star Wars game it just rebooted. And we got some more info about why no one is talking about Artifact. Here’s everything we talk about: Games Mike: Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition Jeff: Resident Evil 2 Eco NEWS EA reboots its Star Wars game again BioWare has tried to get Knights of the Old Republic 3 going multiple times Artifact has lost most of its players Netflix is competing with Fortnite not HBO or Hulu Nintendo president said Smash Ultimate sold 5 million copies in a week
January 19, 2019
107: A MAGICIAN'S USB STICK AT MEDIEVAL TIMES
We're two weeks into 2019, and the year finally decided to wake up. On this week's episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast, we look back at several big stories that all broke in the last couple of days. Co-hosts Jeffrey Grubb and Mike Minotti talk Activision and Bungie splitting up. That includes the future of Destiny, Blizzard, and more. They also dive into the beef between Unity and Improbable. Finally, Epic Games continues to splash around its money and influence across the industry. Join us, won't you? Here’s everything we talk about: Games Mike: New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Red Dead Redemption II Jeff: PUBG Vikendi Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story The big topic: Bungie splits with Activision Unity and Improbable beef Ubisoft takes The Division 2 to Epic Games Store but not Steam Gearbox lawyer sues Randy Pitchford PS4 sales surpass 91.6 million AMD Radeon VII Linux gamers are bad, and they should feel bad Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen comes to Switch
January 12, 2019
106: KINGDOM HEARTS HURT ME
We've had enough of looking backward at 2018. That year was stinky. Forget about it. We've got a fresh 2019 ahead of us, so we're going to talk about it on the GamesBeat Decides podcast. On this week's episode, the GamesBeat Decides crew runs down the big list of upcoming games. They talk about Anthem, Kingdom Hearts III, Resident Evil 2, and more. Join us and learn about the future. Here’s everything we talk about: Games Mike: Phantasy Star IV Jeff: Into the Breach Return of the Obra Dinn Jason: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Pillars of Eternity Dean: The Last of Us The big topic: The games of 2019 Our most anticipated games of the year
January 4, 2019
GAME OF THE YEAR (AND TOP 10 LIST)
The GamesBeat talks about 30 games on their way to selecting the top 10 best of the year.
December 27, 2018
GB Rewind 2018: Best and Worst Moments of the Year
We invent some awards to give to the best and worst moments of the year. This is the Best Star Fox Game in Forever Nostalgia is real Horizontal Platforming is Cool Best night out with a friend award The John Maynard Keynes Memorial Award for Video Game Economics The "Oh, there are good people in games" Award Solving deaths in Obra Dinn Getting through any section in Celeste The black, gay, furry esports player moment of the year VR gets its killer app Everyone is here Microsoft buys everyone Sony's E3 funhouse 2018 was the year of fan mobs
December 25, 2018
GB Rewind 2018: The Bad Awards
We invest some bad awards for some of the worst games of the year. 02:00 The Award For Loving Your Own Farts/Sticking Your Head Up Your Ass 07:17 Ain't No Roach 11:28 The "100 Hour Work Week Challenge" Award 19:25 Riot Games sexual harassment 26:16 The "Why Is This OK in Video Games" Award 31:17 The "Hey, why I am playing the baby version when I can play the real thing" 33:01 Worst "Let's Build a Castle" Midgame of the Year 34:17 I'm a bad Tolkein fan Award 35:57 The Best Game At Saving Me Time By Being Bad 38:13 This is Sparta? This is boring 44:34 The John McAfee Award For Destroying Wealth and Wasting Time 52:52 Caving into Japanese shareholders Award 56:34 "MUSHROOOM POWERRRRR" 57:32 Sick of mobile timers 01:01:39 The "I guess that was a bad idea after all" Award 01:03:15 The He-Man's Manly Game for Men Award 01:05:27 Detroit's back of the bus mistake 01:08:44 Best Argument for a Union Award 01:14:28 "I hate Spiders" award 01:17:12 The Game I Should have Like But Didn't Award
December 24, 2018
GB REWIND 2018: THE GOOD AWARDS
We invent some good awards to give out to some of the best games of the year. The Award for "Let's play this game so I can make a cool YouTube video" The Missing Dungeon Master Award Best Apocalypse of the Year Best Boozy Game of the Year Best History Repeating Game Best Throwing Game of the Year Best Mardi Gras of the Year Best Mining Contraption Best Chat with a God while being a Pirate Best Izzet My New Groove Award The best game for living gods The "Oh, hello. OK, Bye!" Award The Video Game Ass Video Game Award The Stan Lee Memorial Award for Not Being Ashamed of What You Are Best overshadowed retro game The best Mega Man game since Mega Man 10 Best game I thought I would hate but didn't
December 23, 2018
105: BLUE FURRY MAN LEGS
Even after a life on the internet, the hosts of the GamesBeat Decides podcast discovered this week that a picture of Sonic the Hedgehog could still disturb them. On this podcast, co-hosts Jeffrey Grubb (PC gaming editor) and Mike Minotti (reviews editor) discuss the horrifying man limbs on Paramount Pictures' Sonic. When not despairing at the unholy hedgehog, the GamesBeat Decides crew also talk about some December games. Mike discusses his review for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Surprise! He really likes it. Both guys are also enjoying PlayStation VR's Astro Bot, and Jeff has a lot of nice things to say about Return of the Obra Dinn. In the news, we run down the headlines from The Game Awards. That includes some new games, DLC for Smash, and the Epic Games Store. Join us and enjoy. Here’s everything we talk about: Games Mike: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Astro Bot: Rescue Mission Monster Boy Jeff: Paratopic Starlink Dusk Return of the Obra Dinn News Sonic the Hedgehog abomination The Game Awards Epic Games Store Joker is Smash DLC Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Mortal Kombat 11 Dragon Age 4 Anthem trailer The Last Campfire Crash Team Racing Journey The Outer Worlds Starbreeze raided China has a new ethics board for rating games Monster Hunter: World is getting an expansion John Romero is making Sigil, which is a level pack for Doom Panzer Dragoon 1 and 2 getting remakes. This podcast is brought to you by the producers of The Fast and the Furious.
December 12, 2018
104: TODD'S VERY GROSS BAG
The GamesBeat Decides podcast is back to talk about all of the games and news happening over the last week. That includes a check-in on Red Dead Redemption 2, trying to finish Spider-Man, and trying out The Missing. In the news, GamesBeat Decides co-hosts Jeffrey Grubb (PC gaming editor) and Mike Minotti (reviews editor) dive into the Fallout 76 mess. Few people love the game, and Bethesda is making things worse with some unforced errors. For example, it sold people a special edition of Fallout 76 with a canvas bag, but then the final product shipped with the flimsiest nylong bag in the history of the world. The GamesBeat Decides crew also dives into some strong sales for Nintendo Switch, Casey Hudson teasing Dragon Age, and what's up with The Game Awards. Listen and enjoy, and maybe even learn something for once: Here’s everything we talk about: Games Mike: Red Dead Redemption 2 Pokemon Go Jeff: Spider-Man The Missing: J.J. MacField and the Island of Memories News FTC plans to investigate loot boxes Fallout 76 is a mess Nintendo Switch did well on Black Friday Anthem is getting an alpha Casey Hudson teases Dragon Age The Game Wards will reveal 10 new games Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the fastest preselling Switch game Nintendo kills its revenue-sharing program on YouTube, which no one liked. Get hyped, and sue anyone who kills the hype.
November 30, 2018
103: YES IT'S TRUE, THIS XBOX HAS NO DISC
It's time for Thanksgiving here in the United States, and that means it's time for naps and catching up on video games. Oh, and family or something. On this week's GamesBeat Decides podcast, we talk about all of that and killing Sean Bean. On this episode, co-host (and GamesBeat reviews editor) Mike Minotti talks about how much he is enjoying Pokémon -- Let's Go. Fellow co-host (and PC gaming editor) Jeffrey Grubb tries to avoid the call of Pikachu because $60 is a lot of money. The crew also checks in on Overwatch. In the news, Mike and Jeff break down the most recent NPD Group report for the gaming industry. Turns out that releasing a Call of Duty and Red Dead in October could lead to a lot of spending. And the GamesBeat team is even more skeptical than ever that PlayStation 5 is coming soon. I hope you will join us for an enjoyable Turkey Day and black Friday! Here’s everything we talk about: Games Mike: Pokémon -- Let's Go Overwatch Jeff: Hitman 2 Bad North News October 2018 NPD Discless Xbox One Valve discontinues the Steam Link Civilization VI: Gathering Storm expansion Ubisoft reverses its decision to edit Rainbow Six: Siege for China Activision is considering putting subtitles into Spyro: Reignited Trilogy Let's go shopping!
November 21, 2018
102: LET'S TALK ABOUT PUDDLES AGAIN!
Sony is skipping the Electronic Entertainment Expo trade show next year. This is the first time PlayStation won't have a presence at the event since it began 24 years ago. On this week's episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast, hosts Jeffrey Grubb and Mike Minotti dig into this news. What does it mean for Sony? What does it mean for E3? We know*, but you'll have to listen to find out. (*we don't actually know.) The Decides crew also talk about Tetris Effect, Hitman, and not playing Red Dead Redemption 2. In addition, Jeff -- GamesBeat's PC gaming editor -- has actually seen ray tracing working in a game. He paired Battlefield V with the $1,200 RTX 2080 Ti and the latest version of Windows 10. That combination enabled him to try out the latest lighting technology. The result? Some really good looking puddles. That's right. It's 2018, and we're talking about puddles in a video game again. Join us for this week's show, and don't hesitate to tell us what your favorite puddle in a game is by tweeting @GBDecides. Here’s everything we talk about: Games Mike: Spyro collection Fallout 76 Tetris Effect Jeff: Tetris Effect Battlefield V/RTX Hitman 2 News PlayStation skips E3 PlayStation's 5th anniversary 86.1 million hardware units shipped 777.9 million software units X018 Crackdown 3 comes February 15 Xbox acquires Obsidian and InXile Sunset Overdrive comes to PC Phil Spencer promises to fix Microsoft Store for PC games Spencer doesn’t think cloud will ever fully replace dedicated hardware Xbox will still make powerful hardware Nintendo wins $12 million lawsuit against couple that hosted illegal ROMs Nintendo of Russia's president is a nightmare human Soon, everything will be THQ Nordic Telltale enters bankruptcy Xbox One gets keyboard and mouse support Play the outro music. No, the other outro music!
November 16, 2018
101: YOU HAVE BETRAYED THE FANS
The GamesBeat Decides podast is back. In this episode, we talk about betraying the very rational and calm fans. We also go over all the news from BlizzCon and the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct. Have a listen: Here’s everything we talk about: Games Mike: BlizzCon Jeff: Red Dead Redemption 2 News BlizzCon Path of Exile comes to PlayStation 4 Sunset Overdrive is probably coming to PC Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 gets microtransactions Respawn will have two games in 2019 ... Titanfall 3? Ubisoft is changing Rainbow Six: Siege for China Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Direct What's still coming out this year? Tetris Effect (November 9) Hitman 2 (November 13) SNK 40th Anniversary Collection (November 13) Spyro Reignited Trilogy (November 13) Fallout 76 (November 14) Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee (November 16) Battlefield V (November 20) Darksiders III (November 27) Just cause 4 (December 4) Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (December 7) I'm with the fans!
November 7, 2018
100: THE BOBO TACTICIAN
It's our 100th-episode spectacular! To celebrate, we are doing exactly what we always do! That's right. This week's episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast is a power-hour of two guys pretending to know what they're talking about. Co-host and GamesBeat reviews editor Mike Minotti has spent some time with Soul Calibur 6, and he tells us about the status of said soul vis-à-vis burning. Co-host and PC gaming editor Jeffrey Grubb, meanwhile, has had some hardware struggles that have kept him busy. The crew also spends some time explaining why they don't need to shoot anyone in BOBO (Black Ops Blackout) to contribute to the success of their team. In the news, the Decides team talks about Rockstar's crunch problems. Finally, they discuss murdering Sean Bean in a completely consensual way. Here’s everything we talk about: Games Mike: BOBO Soul Calibur 6 The Legend of Zelda Jeff: Intel Core i9-9900K News Red Dead studio is crunching Analogue is making the Mega Sg for Sega games Sony fixes malicious PlayStation Network message Hitman 2's first elusive target is Sean Bean Black Ops 4 had the biggest digital day one sales ever, but it's stock is down Discord Store is live Discord terms of service removes right to join class-action lawsuit BOBO-YOLO!
October 19, 2018
99: OH, WAIT -- HITMAN'S GOOD?
The country roads have lifted their embargo, and now GamesBeat reviews editor Mike Minotti can talk about them. He spends some time explaining what he found on this week's episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast. It turns out that we still have questions. PC gaming editor Jeffrey Grubb joins Mike to talk about BOBO (Call of Duty: Black Ops Black Out), which still isn't doing it for him. Mike is also finally playing 2016's Hitman, and he's mad that Jeff didn't tell him how great it is. It's a shame that we don't hours of audio footage -- like a podcast, for example -- where Jeff repeatedly told him to play it immediately for two years. In the news, Mike and Jeff talk about Nintendo remixing its NES classics. They also wonder if a Zelda randomizer or Super Wario Bros. 3 could come to Switch next. The crew also spends some time exasperated at people who think we're getting new consoles in 2019. You should join us and listen along. Here’s everything we talk about: Games Mike: Fallout 76 Hitman Jeff: BOBO News Nintendo's remixed NES classics Sony CEO says PS5 is "necessary" Hitman 2 gets multiplayer Assassin's Creed Odyssey is doing well Forza Horizon 4 had 2 million players Microsoft might buy Obsidian Skyboud is gonna save The Walking Dead's final season PSN is getting name changes But seriously, why would you possibly think we're getting new consoles in 2019?
October 12, 2018
98: I CARRY JIM WITH ME
The GamesBeat Decides podcast is so nuanced that it can see the silver lining of even the worst human tragedies. That's why on this week's episode, hosts Jeffrey Grubb and Mike Minotti don't shy away from talking about the new Mega Man movie. Mike also returns from West Virginia with stories of his time with Fallout 76 ... although he can't talk about Fallout 76 itself. But we can talk about Mega Man 11 and more Assassin's Creed: Odyssey. Mike likes the latest adventure of the Blue Bomber, and Jeff's still happy with Odyssey despite a big flaw. In the news, the GamesBeat Decides crew wonders if the Mega Man movie will surpass Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik in the Sonic the Hedgehog film. Probably not, how could it? Jeff and Mike also talk about what a new Nintendo Switch will include and name changes coming to PlayStation Network. But why don't you click play and join us? Here's everything we talk about: Games Mike: Mega Man 11 Jeff: Assassin's Creed: Odyssey News Mega Man movie New Nintendo Switch PSN name changes Harry Potter game More Telltale layoffs FIFA Ultimate Team odds No PSX this year Google's Project Stream Nintendo patents Game Boy case for phones Same time next week? See you then.
October 5, 2018
97: Ugly, But In A Good Way
It's time to podcast, y'all. The GamesBeat Decides crew is back for another week of news and games. On this episode, we have only the latest in entertainment. That includes ... Super Mario Bros. 3 and The Legend of Zelda? Well, co-host Jeffrey Grubb has at least spent some time with Forza Horizon 4 and Assassin's Creed: Odyssey. He dives into both of those, while fellow co-host Mike Minotti wastes his life with NES Nintendo Switch Online games. Before getting into the news, Mike and Jeff talk about the 5 bad PlayStation games they want on the PlayStation Classic. In the headlines, the pair talk about the tragic end of Telltale Games and unionization. Then it's a lot of PlayStation news. Sony is permitting crossplay now. The Vita is dead. And you can download PlayStation Now games. I invite you to join us. Here's everything we talked about NES Nintendo Switch Online app Assassin's Creed Odyssey Forza Horizon 4 PlayStation Classic The 5 bad PlayStation games we want on PS Classic PlayStation Crossplay Vita is dead PlayStation Now downloads Oculus Quest Let's do this again next week!
September 28, 2018
96: TOM NOOK GOES BACK TO WORK
It's a Friday show this week for the GamesBeat Decides podcast, and that means hosts Jeffrey Grubb and Mike Minotti are in a saucy mood. On this episode, the GamesBeat Decides crew talks about Call of Duty's Blackout beta and Spider-Man. Mike also tells the tale of beating Dead Cells. It turns out that double-bow strategy is legit. In the news, it's mostly a Nintendo Direct roundup. Switch is getting Luigi's Mansion 3 and a new Animal Crossing, and that is all very exciting. Join us for all that and more, won't you? What we talked about The Games Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 - Blackout Spider-Man Dead Cells The news Nintendo Direct Luigi's Mansion 3 Isabelle in Smash Animal Crossing Switch New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Final Fantasy Extravaganza NES Switch controllers Yoshi's Crafted World Town Katamari Damacy: Reroll Daemon X Machina Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle Cities Skylines Civ VI Splatoon 2 and Mario Tennis updates EA won't remove loot boxes in Belgium Not every game supports cloud saves on Switch PUBG dips below 1 million concurrent players Project Judge
September 14, 2018
95: GON' PHISHING IN ARTIFACT
Jeff is back from PAX, and Mike is back from All In wrestling ... we should do one of those GamesBeat Decides podcasts. On this week's episode, Jeff talks about competing in the Kinda Funny championship, and Mike talks about playing and finishing Spider-Man for the PlayStation 4. In the news, the GamesBeat Decides crew talk about the devastating Hokkaido earthquake in Japan and how that forced Nintendo to move around a scheduled event. Jeff and Mike also wonder why Valve thinks it's a good idea to not moderate the chat feature in its upcoming card battler Artifact. For all that and more, join us for GamesBeat Decides! What we talked about The games Jeff PAX West Shadow of the Tomb Raider Streets of Rage 4 Windjammers 2 Valkyria Chronicles 4 Building a PC Mike Spider-Man All in The news Nintendo Direct delay Yoshi's Crafted World Civilization VI on Switch God of War surpasses 9 million players Doom and the fake outrage THQ Nordic picks up the Kingdoms of Amalur IP Valve won't moderate Artifact chat Pearl Abyss acquires CCP Games Athlon is making a Lord of the Rings game
September 7, 2018
94: I FILL MY RAGE METER WITH THE NEWS
[iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xViKYe_JPu8" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen] GamesBeat PC gaming editor Jeffrey Grubb hurt his hand after 80 hours of Dead Cells and poor posture, and now he's going to whine to you about it. If that sounds like your kind of content, you can tune into this week's GamesBeat Decides podcast with co-host Mike Minotti. On this episode, Jeff and Mike talk about how one day they can speak about Spider-Man for the PlayStation 4. Jeff also finally beat Dead Cells. In the news, Mike and Jeff try to cover the tragic events from Jacksonville over the weekend. They also get into some of the other, more frivolous headlines from the last week. Join us, won't you?
August 29, 2018
93: RAY TRACING, PRIVATE DICK
The GamesBeat Decides podcast is back, and it's going to get it right this time. On this episode, GamesBeat PC gaming editor Jeffrey Grubb and review editor Mike Minotti talk about video games and private detective Ray Tracing. The crew also dives into the NPD numbers for July. Nintendo did really well, and so did Octopath Traveler. WHAT WE’VE BEEN DOING Jeff: Dead Cells The Messenger Samsung ultrawide monitor MIKE: The Messenger World of Warcraft News: NPD Battlefield V preorders Xbox One All Access No 2019 Assassin's Creed Steam.tv And more.
August 24, 2018
92: An artisanal, locally plagiarized podcast
The GamesBeat Decides podcast is here this week to present other people's work as their own. On this week's episode, hosts Mike Minotti and Jeffrey Grubb talk about new developments in the Filip Miucin plagiarism story at IGN, Ninja's no-girls-allowed rule, and Discord's new store. Mike and Jeff also gush more about Dead Cells, and they get into the new World of Warcraft expansion. Join us, won't you?
August 16, 2018
91: LUIGI'S BLOATED CORPSE
We've only had 5 days between recordings of the GamesBeat Decides podcast, so we weren't expecting to have a lot to talk about on this week's episode. That was our first mistake. The GamesBeat Decides crew has spent most of the last week playing Dead Cells, and that's what they spend the top half of this week's episode talking about. But then it is a huge news section with several major stories including IGN's plagiarism problem, Riot's sexism problems, and Steam's Fallout 76 problem.
August 8, 2018
90: Wait ... How Many Songs Mention Colin Kaepernick?
It's time for another GamesBeat Decides podcast. This week, PC gaming editor Jeffrey Grubb and reviews editor Mike Minotti get together to talk about some games and the news. On this episode, the crew discusses virtual bedrooms, Donkey Kong '94, and World of Warcraft. The duo also talk about EA Sports bleeping Colin Kaepernick's name in a song on the Madden NFL 19 soundtrack, and how that is part of why it's hard for Jeff to enjoy Madden on PC. In the news, it's mostly the monthly game sales report from The NPD Group. The NES Classic was a big seller, and Mario Tennis Aces was the winner on the software chart. You can listen to all of that and more if you join us.
August 3, 2018
89: TRUTH IN CLOUD ADVERTISING
PC gaming editor Jeffrey Grubb is on vacation, but he came back for the podcast because what if everyone realizes they don't need him. This is why his hair is going white. Capitalism is going to kill him. On this week's episode, fellow host and GamesBeat reviews editor Mike Minotti talks about Mega Man X. Jeff talks about Dead Cells and Spintires: Mudrunner. And together they tackle the news. Join them, won't you?
July 25, 2018
88: WE DEMAND SEXY SHE-RA
This week, co-host Jeffrey Grubb has begun calling himself the "godking" because his people in Frostpunk have started worshiping him. This has left GamesBeat reviews editor Mike Minotti, fellow GamesBeat Decides podcast co-host, frightened and alone. You'll have to listen to see if he decides to submit to lord Jeffrey's rule. On this episode, Mike and Jeff also talk about She-Ra, Danger Zone 2, and Dead Cells on Switch. In the news, the crew discusses how typos can destroy a game, Epic's bold move to give more money to asset creators, and Capcom's stock price. Here’s what we talked about: 20XX Frostpunk Danger Zone 2 Dead Cells Modders fix Alien: Colonial Marines by fixing a typo Epic increases payout to 88 percent Capcom shares plummet because analysts are concerned about Monster Hunter sales Rainbow Six: Siege players are getting banned for slurs No Man's Sky Next trailer Epic's first esports Fortnite event didn't go so well German court bans vague dates in promotional material Wolfenstein II probably didn't sell very well Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, Stitcher, or RSS Listen on Cast Watch live on Facebook, Twitch, or YouTube Follow us: GamesBeat on Twitter, GamesBeat Decides on Twitter Please don’t try to get us fired!
July 17, 2018
87: YOUR FEEDBACK ON WHO TO FIRE IS VALUABLE TO US
We're back after taking a week off for Independence Day, and everyone is talking about ArenaNet for some reason? Well, the GamesBeat Decides podcast is not going to miss out on a mess like this. That studios decision to fire two of its Guild Wars II writers for being mildly of abrasive on Twitter takes up a good portion of this week's news section. In addition to overreactions from ArenaNet management, hosts Jeffrey Grubb and Mike Minotti also talk about the first 10 hours of Octopath Traveler, Frostpunk, and the Nintendo Virtual Boy. The Decides crew also weighs in on Steam sales, Todd Howard, and Crash Bandicoot. You can hear all that and more by clicking play below. Join us, won't you? Here's what we talked about: Octopath Traveler Frostpunk Red Faction Guerrilla: Re-Mars-Tered Edtion The Sexy Brutale Virtual Boy ArenaNet has messed up Steam's best-selling PC games Todd Howard says things Monster Hunter: World comes to PC August 9 Super Mario 64 in 60 frames per second Ratchet & Clank is Insomniac's best-selling game Crash Bandicoot is the fastest-selling Switch game in 2018 Nintendo is going to announce more games later this year A lot of third-party games are coming to Switch Hearthstone expansion Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, Stitcher, or RSS Listen on Cast Watch live on Facebook, Twitch, or YouTube Follow us: GamesBeat on Twitter, GamesBeat Decides on Twitter Please don't try to get us fired!
July 10, 2018
86: HAMMOND IS VERY GOOD
On this week's GamesBeat Decides podcast, hosts Jeffrey Grubb and Mike Minotti talk about Summer Games Done Quick, Mario Tennis Aces online, and more. We also had some news with Microsoft's Xbox Community Content platform and more. Listen, won't you? Here's what we talked about: Here's what we talked about: Wolfenstein 2 Battlefield V Overwatch with Hammond Mario Tennis Aces SGDQ Xbox One gets Steam Workshop-like platform Amy Hennis left EA Bluehole dropped Fortnite lawsuit Hollow Knight on Switch is selling very well Google is planning a game platform Mario Kart 8 gets Toy-Con support PUBG Mobile's progression pass leads to 365% boost Pokemon Go is back Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, Stitcher, or RSS Listen on Cast Watch live on Facebook, Twitch, or YouTube Follow us: GamesBeat on Twitter, GamesBeat Decides on Twitter Until next time!
June 30, 2018
85: WE'RE E3 GHOSTS NOW
We're back from the Electronic Entertainment Expo trade show, and we learned a lot about video games ... and even more about ourselves. Also, we're dead and ghosts now. It was a wild event, and we're going to wrap it up on this week's episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast. Co-hosts Mike Minotti and Jeff Grubb also talk about Mario Tennis Aces and that new Sega classics collection. In the news, the Decides team breaks down the latest monthly NPD report from May. It turns out that people still like spending money on video games. Listen to us, won't you? Here's everything we talked about: Sega Classics ToeJam and Earl 2 Beyond Oasis Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus Mario Tennis Aces May 2018 NPDs Steam summer sale How much you've spent on Steam Nintendo and Microsoft play nice to make Sony look bad WHO classifies gaming disorder Console players still prefer physical Sony launches PlayStation Hits for $20 What the hell was that Jedi Fallen Order reveal?
June 22, 2018
E3 2018 DAY 4
We went to the fig, and we are drinky and sleepy. This is a podcast we did earlier this evening.
June 14, 2018
E3 2018 DAY 3
The GamesBeat Decides crew has come together to talk about Nintendo's tight 45-minute direct and what they've seen now that the E3 show is officially open. Mike is way into Smash Bros. and Mega Man 11. Jeff saw impressive demos for Dying Light 2 and Cyberpunk 2077. And Stephanie brings all the indie games. It's been a good E3 so far, and we're trying to keep it going.
June 13, 2018
E3 2018 Day 2
I'm tired and drunk. I'll fill this out tomorrow.
June 12, 2018
E3 2018 Day 1
We've been in Los Angeles for two days, and boy, we have a lot to talk about. Join us as we look back on three major conferences from Saturday and Sunday. Bethesda may have captured the weekend by saying out loud that it is making that game that we all know that it is making. But Microsoft also came out strong with a conference that featured new Halo, Gears 5, and lots of third-party games. EA, meanwhile, had exactly what we thought it would have and nothing else. We're tired and hungry, but we're ready to talk about E3 with you.
June 11, 2018
84: VALVE NO SPEAK GOOD
It's the last show before E3, and everything was already announced. So on this week's GamesBeat Decides podcast, your hosts Mike Minotti and Jeffrey Grubb spend a long time ranting about Valve. The verdict? That's the one company on Earth that needs more lawyers and PR people crafting its public statements. But don't worry, Jeff and Mike also have plenty to say about the E3 leaks. That includes trying to figure out what is going on with Crackdown 3 and its delay into 2019. Finally, Jeff is really liking Yoku's Island Express, and Mike explains why Symmetra is different again. Join us, won't you?
June 8, 2018
83: SONIC'S FOR FURRIES, AND THAT'S OK!
We kept putting off recording the latest episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast this week because more news kept happening. But we finally committed, and that's when Ubisoft decided it was time to confirm Assassin's Creed: Odyssey and someone leaked a few Nintendo Switch surprises (Fortnite!). Oh, well. This episode has almost all of the news from the last week or so, and that's what PC gaming editor Jeffrey Grubb and reviews editor Mike Minotti are going to talk about this week. It's all about the rumors of that new Assassin's Creed, Bethesda's tease of Fallout 76, and some new Pokémon games. It sounds like the pocket monsters are going for an even younger audience this time around, and the next core entry in the series will hit in 2019. Mike and Jeff also spend some time talking about playing Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon, which is excellent. You can also read our thoughts here and here. I hope you like your E3 news early and often. Join us, won't you? Here's a rundown of what we talked about: Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon Stardew Valley Mega Man Legacy Collection Assassin's Creed: Odyssey Fallout 76 is an online survival game like Rust 3 Pokémon games, but not Gen 8 Valve removes school-shooting simulator Battlefield V dev DICE on customization options Killer 7 on Steam So long, y'all. See you when this E3 ends ... which means never.
June 1, 2018
82: TASTEFUL WESTERN SEX
Co-host and GamesBeat reviews editor Mike Minotti has returned from E3 judge's week for another entry in the GamesBeat Decides podcast. He has brought with him tales of loud media presentations and Disney games. While in Los Angeles to get briefed on a handful of games along with his GamesBeat colleagues Dean Takahashi and Stephanie Chan, Mike played Kingdom Hearts III, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and more. Now, he is ready to tell co-host Jeffrey Grubb (and the rest of the world) all about it. In the second segment, Jeff and Mike break down this month's NPD numbers before hopping into the news. Microsoft has a new accessibility controller, Epic is putting a lot of money into Fortnite esports, and Valve doesn't like cartoon boobs ... or maybe it does. We're in the weird-news period before E3, so buckle up for a wild one, won’t you? Days Gone Dreams Kingdom Hearts III Black Ops 4 God of War State of Decay 2 April 2018 NPD Xbox Adaptive Controller STALKER 2 in 2021(?!) Valve cracks down on boob games and then backs off Epic puts $100 million into Fortnite esports Best Buy ends Gamers Club Unlocked Shenmue III delayed (lol) Vita physical game production ends Resident Evil 7 cloud edition for Switch
May 23, 2018
81: E3 IN MAY
Thanks to Walmart Canada and publishers wanting to avoid getting buried, the Electronic Entertainment Expo trade show has already begun for the GamesBeat Decides podcast. The event may not open until June 12, but that doesn't matter since we're already getting leaks and announcements. For this episode of the podcast that does all of your thinking for you, host and PC gaming editor Jeffrey Grubb and VentureBeat editor Jeremy Horwitz get together to talk about the great E3 expansion, Tempest 4000, and more. Jeff also gives his expert tips to get the Infinity Gauntlet in Fortnite: Battle Royale's Marvel crossover event. In the news section, Jeff and Jeremy break down Nintendo's online system, EA's promise to "push forward" with loot boxes, and Sony's plans to shift its E3 strategy. Here's everything we talk about: Fortnite: Infinity Gauntlet Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze Tempest 4000 Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition Nintendo Switch Online No more virtual console Cloud-save BS 20 NES games Sony vs. emulation Archiving Flash games Sony's new E3 strategy Walmart Canada leak Rage account resurrected on Twitter Rage 2 is maybe happening Bethesda is teasing something for May 14 Battlefield V tease points to May 23 announcement Steam Link app brings Valve's in-home streaming to iOS and Android devices Sony's Japan Display creates 1,000 ppi VR displays
May 12, 2018
80: THE PINTO OF CONSOLES
It's only five weeks until E3, and that is both exhilarating and frightening for the GamesBeat Decides podcast crew. On this week's episode, hosts Jeffrey Grubb and Mike Minotti, try to figure out what is happening in the world of games so you don't have to think for yourself. The duo dive into the latest updates for Fortnite and PUBG, Mike talks about his concern that Ni No Kuni 2 isn't challenging, and they both wonder which game is the most flammable. In the news, the Decides team talks about Red Dead Redemption 2's new trailer, God of War sales, and paying to end an NPC's strangulation. It's always a good time here on the GamesBeat Decides show. Here's everything we talked about: - BattleTech - PUBG - Labo - Ni No Kuni 2 - Axiom Verge - Stardew Valley - Red Dead Redemption 2 - Beyond Good and Evil 2 - Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery monetizaion - God of War sales - Stardew Valley multiplayer Until next time, paisanos.
May 4, 2018
79: HOME OF THE CLASSY TAKE
It took us until well into spring, but Mike Minotti and Jeffrey Grubb finally did two episodes together back-to-back. On this week's GamesBeat Decides podcast, your hosts spend a lot of time talking about God of War. In the second segment, the squad digs into the best reboots of all time. They also try to define a reboot in the age of the "sequel" that resets almost everything. The past week also had major stories like our Battlefield V Battle Royale report and Valve acquiring Firewatch developer Campo Santo that takes up a chunk of the news segment. Join us for all of that and more, won't you?
April 25, 2018
78: 90/100? WHY SO LOW!
n this week's GamesBeat Decides podcast, hosts Jeffrey Grubb and Mike Minotti are mad, but they're also dads -- so they feel guilty about it. Hey, that's just like Kratos from God of War! Mike has played a lot of God of War and written a review, so expect a lot of non-spoilery talk about one of the biggest Here's everything that we talked about: God of War Wolfenstein 2 on Switch Underworld: Ascendant The Messenger Trailermakers Scum/teethmeter Ghost Recon: Wildlands Radical Heights Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 won't have traditional single-player campaign Raven is working on battle royale mode for Black Ops 4 Billy Mitchell is bad FTC: Those warranty-voiding stickers are illegal Shenmue I & II HD Xbox backward compatibility update Shovel Knight sales Warhammer: Vermintide 2 sales MapleStory 2 coming to the North America
April 18, 2018
77: THE YOSHI'S ISLAND SHADOW REALM
This special edition of the GamesBeat Decides podcast comes to you live from the bowels of Boston. This live recording captures the PAX East panel where we decided what makes a core Mario game. Join us, won't you?
April 10, 2018
76: RIP JEFF GRUBB
On this week's GamesBeat Decides podcast, co-host Jeff Grubb prepares for PAX East by getting a cold. As co-host Mike Minotti points out, this is probably the big one, so it's time to start the GamesBeat Decides farewell tour. In addition to Jeff's impending doom, the crew also talks about buying houses, "Bob Ross rooms," and this new video game thing ... turns out that they're not just Pac-Man anymore. Here's what we discussed on the show this week: Fortnite Star Wars: Battlefront II The Curse of Monkey Island Eco PixARK PUBG Savage map Red Faction: Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered Edition PlayStation VR bundle price drop Shadow of War changes SpyParty release date Dragon Quest 11 details Valve removes Steam Machines section from Steam
April 4, 2018
75: MIKE MINOTTI VS. ROSEANNE
It's time for another GamesBeat Decides podcast because games are happening and someone has to figure out what the heck it all means. On this week's episode, hosts Jeffrey Grubb and Mike Minotti talk about Mike's first Victory Royael in Fortnite that happened right before they recorded. Jeff also dives into Far Cry 5, which he is conflicted about for a lot of reasons. The industry is recovering from Game Developers Conference in San Francisco last week, and Mike shared some stories from the event. The crew also talks about the growing momentum for unions coming out of GDC 2018. Join us, won't you? Here's everything we talked about this week: Far Cry 5 Sea of Thieves Fortnite The Messenger Guacamelee 2 Wolfenstein 2 Kirby: Star Allies GDC Game Workers Unite Vivendi exits Ubisoft Valve has a lot of hardware fighting cheaters
March 27, 2018
74: NO ROBOT MAYORS
Most of GamesBeat is off at GDC in San Francisco (Frisco, as the locals call it), so host Jeffrey Grubb has brought in some of the fine citizens of his Eco server to talk about the labor-intensive, ecological and economics simulator.
March 21, 2018
73: FARMERS ONLY; NO FASCISTS!
The GamesBeat Decides podcast is back on its schedule of recording on Mondays, and we've got Mike back from his trip to Valve. Mike was in Bellevue to talk about Valve's upcoming trading card game Artifact. We break down everything he learned in the first segment of the show. Jeff meanwhile has ... well, it's complicated. He started capitalism in the game Eco, and he was met with a communist uprising that wants to put him in a dungeon. Join us, won't you? Here's everything that we talk about: -Eco -Artifact -Nintendo Direct -The Division 2 -Call of Duty: Black Ops IIIIIIIII -Rainbow Six: Siege is more popular than ever - Trump's meeting - Hearthstone expansion
March 12, 2018
72: TRUMP'S SECRET MEETING
We're back with one dang busy week. We broke a couple of big stories, and the White House is bizarre even when it comes to planning meetings. Here's what we talked about this week: - Into the Breach - Stardew Valley - Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege - Mike's GPU died at an inopportune time - World of Warcraft on the lowest settings - Battlefield V is coming this year; it's a World War II game - White House claims it is meeting with the gaming industry next week, but the gaming industry says it was not invited - ESRB adds stickers to games with in-game purchases - Cryptocurrency miners bought 3 million graphics cards worth $776 million in 2017 - Metal Gear Survive flops at UK retail - After 10 Days Of Its Release, Kingdom - - Come: Deliverance Surpasses 500K - - Units Sold On Steam Alone - PSN Plus games for March: Bloodborne and Ratchet & Clank -- No more PS3/Vita games starting soon - How Activision Blizzard Has Become a Safer Stock | Blizzard's plans for 2018 and predicted revenue streams heavily rely on the expansion of microtransactions - Chrono Trigger releases on Steam today -- it’s bad - New Overwatch hero: Brigitte - Sega: Yakuza 6 Demo allowed access to full game, pulled from PlayStation Store
March 2, 2018
71: THAT PAVLOVIAN STUFF
On this week's GamesBeat Decides podcast, hosts Mike Minotti and Jeffrey Grubb talk about some recent releases and some that are not quite as recent. The duo also examine the pending loot-box regulation in Hawaii. Here's a full rundown of what we talk about this week: World of Warcraft Celeste Steep Descenders Age of Empires Bayonetta 2 Shadow of the Colossus sales Loot box regulation Spyro trilogy THQ Nordic acquires Koch Media, Deep Silver, and Saints Row Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, Stitcher, or RSS Listen on Cast Watch live on Facebook, Twitch, or YouTube Follow us: GamesBeat on Twitter, GamesBeat Decides on Twitter Talk to you next time, kiddos.
February 16, 2018
70: YOUR FILTHY BOY
https://youtu.be/_aW3Rs2fQ-E On this week's GamesBeat Decides podcast, host Mike Minotti has returned from vacation to talk about going into VR with his family. Co-host Jeffrey Grubb, meanwhile, plays with his steering wheel for the entire show. The squad gets into a lovely platforming game, the news, and the best game from January as part of a new monthly segment. Games a rundown of the show: Celeste Dandara Spintires Rainbow Six: Siege Super NT Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire Bandai Namco is working on Metroid Prime 4? Fortnite hit 3.4 million concurrent players Monster Hunter: World overtakes PUBG as the Xbox Store's No. 1 top-paid game Red Dead 2 will have a Battle Royale mode? GTA V sells 90 million copies Marvel isn't at Evo Capcom is cutting back on the next Dead Rising Mike and Jeff decide the top 3 best games of January 2018 Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, Stitcher, or RSS Listen on Cast Watch live on Facebook, Twitch, or YouTube Follow us: GamesBeat on Twitter, GamesBeat Decides on Twitter Talk to you next time, kiddos.
February 10, 2018
69: Gaming Hates The Super Bowl
In this special episode, host Jeffrey Grubb breaks down why you don't see video game commercials during the Super Bowl. Spider-Man, Red Dead Redemption 2, and others are big games due out later this year, but publishers have better ways of spending their cash.
February 4, 2018
68: The Game Liars Podcast
It's the first big, busy week of the year, and we have a ton of games and news to go over. Also, 50 Cent found $8 million in Bitcoin. Games we talk about: Sea of Thieves Dragon Ball FighterZ Celeste Monster Hunter World Shadow of the Colossus Remake
January 27, 2018
67: DECISION SQUAD
I apologize for the thumbnail. On this week's show with hosts Jeffrey Grubb and Mike Minotti: - World of Warcraft - Darkest Dungeon - Logitech G920 racing wheel - Spintires: Mudrunner - Rainbow Six: Siege - Nintendo Labo - AGDQ 2018 - Fable sequel from Forza Horizon developer Playground? - Super Meat Boy's success on Switch - NPD's 2017 report
January 19, 2018
66: IT'S ALL ABOUT US NOW
Friendship ended with 2017. Now 2018 is my best friend, and it's time to look at its games. On this week's GamesBeat Decides podcast, we pick out the five biggest upcoming releases that you should get excited about. Friendship ended with 2017. Now 2018 is my best friend, and it's time to look at its games. On this week's GamesBeat Decides podcast, we pick out the five biggest upcoming releases that you should get excited about. Hosts Jeffrey Grubb and Mike Minotti also talk about their holiday break and getting the flu before diving into the news. While they were traveling or sick, it turns out that the chips that power all of our computing devices are trying to sell our personal information on the dark web ... or something. Games discussed include: Super Mario Odyssey Tiny Metal Bridge Constructor Portal Destiny 2 World of Warcraft
January 6, 2018
GOTY PT. 5 - THE TOP 10 GAMES OF 2017
We get together to discuss the last year's best gaames, and we put together a list of the 10 best, according to the staff of GamesBeat. It takes a while, and Dean forgot to record, but here's almost 2.5 hours of talk about games regardless.
December 30, 2017
GOTY PT. 4 - 2017 TREND, BEST NEW CHARACTER, MOST BEAUTIFUL
December 28, 2017
GOTY PT. 3 - STANDOUT MOMENT, BEST WRITING, BEST ONGOING GaaS
The crew gets together to pick the Standout Gaming Moment of the year, Best Writing, and Best Continuing Game Experience.
December 27, 2017
GOTY PT.2 - BEST COMPANY AND FRESHEST UNIVERSE
December 26, 2017
GOTY PT. 1 - THE NON-AWARDS
December 25, 2017
65: CHICKEN DINNER VERSION 1.0
On this special episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast, Jeff interviews Brendan Greene, PUBG creative director and the titular PlayerUnknown. Enjoy, and come back next week for our GOTY GAMESBEAT REWIND SPECTACULAR!
December 21, 2017
64: LET 2017 END
GamesBeat Decides hosts Jeffrey Grubb and Mike Minotti pop in for a quick catch up. The crew is busy picking the best games of the year, so that means time is running short for your normally scheduled program. But on this week's episode, Jeff and Mike talk about Hellblade, Gorogoa, and Hearthstone. They then dive into a news appetizer with some NPD numbers, PUBG on Xbox One, and more. Games discusses: Hearthstone Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice Gorogoa What Remains of Edith Finch PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
December 16, 2017
63: THROAT BABY TUMBLR MEMES
It was a busy week in video games. The Game Awards unleashed its "world exclusives" on Thursday, and we dive deep into all of the announcements from that show on this week's GamesBeat Decides podcast. On this episode, GamesBeat IndieBeat editor Stephanie Chan and VentureBeat managing editor Jason Wilson join host Jeffrey Grubb. The trio spends time trying to pick up the pieces of their lives as they catch up Game of the Year and prepare to cover Sony's PlayStation Experience. As part of the discussion of The Game Awards, the crew took some time to talk about Hideo Kojima's eternally upcoming PS4 (PS5?) exclusive Death Stranding. The artist formerly known as "Konami employee No. 455540" revealed a new 8-minute teaser for the game that featured giant humanoid-looking creatures, a ominous world, and a baby inside the throat of The Walking Dead actor Norma Reedus's throat. But outside of trying to navigate the mind of Kojima, the GamesBeat Decides crew also took some time to discuss A Way Out developer Josef Fares shouting "fuck the Oscars" on stage during The Game Awards and what is happening over on crowdfunding platform Patreon. Games discussed: Nier: Automata Yakuza 0 Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Champions Ballad DLC Never Stop Sneakin' Reigns: Her Majesty Healthy Breakfast Gorogoa Engare Hearthstone: Kobolds & Catacombs Skyrim Switch Dragon's Dogma PS4 remaster Civilization VI Elder Scrolls Legends: Clockwork City expansion TriDo
December 9, 2017
62: I WON'T KILL YOU FOR 6 MONTHS
Star Wars: Battlefront II has emoted and win poses just like in Overwatch, but one thing you can't customize most of the heroes with are costumes. While different outfits -- often called skins -- seem like a great fit for this take on the Star Wars universe, it's not here because Lucasfilm and Electronic Arts couldn't agree on how to bring them into the game. On this week's GamesBeat Decides podcast, hosts Jeffrey Grubb and Mike Minotti talk about this news and other reasons Battlefront II's launch went wrong. In addition to Battlefront II, the Decides crew talks even more about Battlefront II -- it was a huge story. But the episode also covers CD Projekt Red's take on live services and how that affects its employees as well as Vivendi's ominous promise to Ubisoft. In the second segment, Jeff and Mike try to figure out what games they should catch up on before the end of the year. Games discussed: PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Nier: Automata Hitman Super Mario Odyssey Forza Motorsport 7 Assassin's Creed: Origins
November 21, 2017
61: RECURRENT CONSUMER SPENDING
Star Wars: Battlefront II comes out this week and a lot of people are already playing it and yelling about it on the internet. A significant number of fans don't like its business model and progression system, and it is letting publisher Electronic Arts know it. On the GamesBeat Decides podcast, host Jeffrey Grubb and Mike Minotti got together with guest Bob Gardner from Intel to talk about Battlefront II, EA, and the most downvoted comment in the history of Reddit. In addition to EA, we ask what in the world makes Nintendo think it will sell 25-to-30 million Switch systems next year. The only possible answer is Pokémon ... or China? Who knows, but that's a big number. The Decides crew also sorted themselves into Hogwarts houses after hearing the news that Pokémon Go developer Niantic is taking that license on next. We also dive into some tidbits about new Hitman, GameStop's Xbox One X sales, and the sexiest phrase in the English language: "recurrent consumer spending." Here are the games we talk about this episode: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Switch) Rocket League (Switch) Doom (Switch) Super Mario Odyssey Divinity: Original Sin 2 Star Wars: Battlefront II Assassin's Creed: Origins Factorio Fortnite Stellaris Magic Arena Banner Saga The Witcher 3 Nier Automata
November 15, 2017
60: A CUP FOR FLUID
Mike has returned from BlizzCon, and Jeff Kaplan is his best friend now. We spend a portion of this week's GamesBeat Decides podcast going over what happened at BlizzCon and some of the games Mike got to play. In addition to Minotti's Anaheim Adventures, we dig into the news and the difference between a cup for liquids and a cup for wieners. Games we talk about this episode: Super Mario Odyssey Doom on Switch Need For Speed: Payback Call of Duty: WWII BlizzCon games
November 8, 2017
59: KILLING NAZIS AND KINECT
Sony Interactive Entertainment showed off a brutal scene from The Last of Us: Part II at Paris Games Week on Monday, and the cruelty in that clip generated a loud response from fans and others who were watching the publisher's live show. On this week's GamesBeat Decides podcast, hosts Jeffrey Grubb and Mike Minotti discuss why Sony would want to use shocking violence to market a blockbuster sequel. In addition to watching The Last of Us characters smash arms in with a hammer, we also talk about some recent releases and the news. The big headlines include Microsoft dropping the Kinect, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds fate in China, and the rest of the announcements from Paris Games week. Here's a list of the games and hardware we talk about on the show: Super Mario Odyssey Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus Destiny 2 (PC) Xbox One X
October 31, 2017
BONUS: THE BEST MARIO YET
This is a special moment because it is time for a bonus episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast and it is also, officially Mario time. In this show, hosts Jeffrey Grubb and Mike Minotti discuss Super Mario Odyssey. Mike has put in a lot of time with it, and he gave it a 100 out of 100 in our review. During this episode, Mike explains why he loves Odyssey so much. Join us, won't you? Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, or Stitcher Listen on Cast GB Decides on Facebook Watch live on Twitch Watch on YouTube Subscribe to the RSS Follow us: GamesBeat on Twitter GamesBeat Decides on Twitter Jeff Grubb on Twitter Mike Minotti on Twitter Stephanie Chan on Twitter Jason Wilson on Twitter Anthony Agnello on Twitter
October 27, 2017
58: Crush Me With Games
It was already a busy year, but publishers are apparently trying to test if they can kill people through overexposure to huge game releases. On Friday, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, Super Mario Odyssey, and Assassin's Creed: Origins launch for various platforms, so I hope you're caught up on your backlog. We've spent some time with a couple of these games, but on this episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast, we can only talk about Ubisoft's open-world historical murder simulator. Origins is the first Assassin's Creed since 2015. Ubisoft took 2016 off after sales for the series started to dip. GamesBeat reporter Stephanie Chan is on the case, and she has found that the game is beautiful and vast, but she has some reservations. In particular, she has noticed a conflict between the open world and the narrative. Expect a full review of that soon. We also get into the news about allegations against NeoGAF's owner and what that means for the discussion about sexual assault in gaming. Finally, we end the episode with a breakdown of the September NPD report and Destiny 2's dominating sales. Here are the games we talk about: Golf Story Fire Emblem Warriors The Evil Within 2 Assassin's Creed Origins Bury Me, My Love High Hell Divinity Original Sin 2 Dragon's Dogma Etrian Odyssey V
October 24, 2017
57: ANDREW WILSON EATS DEVELOPERS
This week's GamesBeat Decides podcast was already a long one, and then -- right before we were going to upload it -- we had to make it even longer. That's because hosts Jeffrey Grubb and Mike Minotti pulled an emergency bonus session to talk about the breaking news that Electronic Arts has closed Dead Space developer Visceral and canceled its Star Wars game. That revelation is shocking on its own, but EA made it even more startling with a candid blog that explains why it made this choice. Put simply: loot boxes. EA only wants to invest its money in games-as-a-service (GaaS), and Visceral's Star Wars was a single-player linear game. It turns out that it's difficult to sell loot boxes in something like that, so EA has found it difficult to justify its budget. In addition to EA pulling the Band-aid off of one of its multiple Star Wars projects, we talk about some other news involving loot boxes. For example, is Hearthstone too expensive and why doesn't the ESRB game-rating organization think this is gambling? In the second half, we talk about Awesome Games Done Quick because speedrunning is pure and good. On top of that, Mike and Jeff discuss some recent releases they've spent some time with, which include the following: Cuphead Divinity: Original Sin II Golf Story South Park: The Fractured But Whole
October 18, 2017
56: VICE PRESIDENT HELICOPTER
The evil White House in the upcoming Metal Gear Solid parody game Never Stop Sneakin' includes Health and Human Services secretary Dr. Acula (who is probably a vampire) and Vice President Helicopter (who is a helicopter), and that nearly kills host and PC gaming editor Jeffrey Grubb on this week's GamesBeat Decides podcast. Never Stop Sneakin' is a new stealth action game from Dust: An Elysian Tail developer Humble Hearts, and Jeff and co-host Mike Minotti talk about it on this week's episode along with the news and a ton of games. Let me ask you something: Do you love raging about loot boxes on the internet? Well, then this is one of the best weeks of the year for you with the microtransaction trifecta of Middle-earth: Shadow of War, Forza Motorsport 7, and Star Wars: Battlefront II. All those games are driving players mad by disrupting progression or offering pay-to-win alternatives in competitive multiplayer. Additionally, we talk about the following games: Star Wars: Battlefront II Golf Story FIFA 18 A Hat In Time Heat Signature Super Metroid Super Mario RPG
October 10, 2017
55: The Core Marios
The Super Nintendo Classic Edition is out this week, and we got our hands on one. On this week's episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast, host and PC gaming editor Jeffrey Grubb asks co-host and reviews editor Mike Minotti whether it lives up to the excitement. We also talk about the news from the last week. Bethesda wants to get close with Nintendo and its fans. Game developers admit they're afraid to speak out due to "toxic" gamer culture. Xbox boss Phil Spencer gets a promotion. And w easo talk about Monster Hunter: World and Nier: Automata. In the second segment, Mike and Jeff spend a lot of time trying to determine what the "core" Mario games are. This is a pointless exercise that we take far too seriously. You should join us and share your list -- but only if you agree with our opinions. Games discussed this week: SteamWorld Dig 2 Mystic Melee Thimbleweed Park Super Nintendo Classic Edition Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, or Stitcher Listen on Cast GB Decides on Facebook Watch live on Twitch Watch on YouTube Subscribe to the RSS Follow us: GamesBeat on Twitter GamesBeat Decides on Twitter JeffGrubb on Twitter Mike Minotti on Twitter Stephanie Chan on Twitter Jason Wilson on Twitter Anthony Agnello on Twitter
September 26, 2017
54: CALMING HULK WITH FISTS
Fall is upon us, and we are gasping for breath under a deluge of games. That's one of the reasons this week's episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast is extra long. We spend a ton of time talking about games before diving into some news, but the big topic this week is all about big games like Lawbreakers, Agents of Mayhem, and Battleborn crashing and burning immediately after launching. Lawbreakers has only a couple hundred people playing at any one time, and Agents of Mayhem was the No. 16 best-selling game in the United States during its debut month of August, according to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group. Lawbreakers and Agents are the latest releases from Cliff Bleszinski and Saints Row team Volition, respectively. These are important creators who have made hits before, but their latest projects are commercial flops. What makes this even more fascinating is that neither game is critically reviled. Few people hate Agents of Mayhem or Lawbreakers -- it's just that no one is playing them. You can get that discussion in the second half of our episode. In the first segment, we talk about everything else. Here's the full list of discussed games: Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite Divinity: Original Sin 2 Talisman: Digital Edition Hearthstone Fortnite: Battlegrounds Observer The Little Ball That Could Metroid: Samus Returns [iframe src="https://cast.rocks/player/6274/GB-Decides-53.mp3?episodeTitle=53%3A%20I%20don't%20know%20about%20this%20PewDiePie&podcastTitle=GamesBeat%20Decides&episodeDate=September%2012th%2C%202017&imageURL=https%3A%2F%2Fcast.rocks%2Fhosting%2F6274%2Ffeeds%2F7QE8N.jpg&itunesLink=https%3A%2F%2Fitunes.apple.com%2Fus%2Fpodcast%2Fgamesbeat-decides%2Fid1176366805%3Fmt%3D2" style="border: none; min-height: 265px; max-height: 320px; max-width: 558px; min-width: 270px; width: 100%; height: 100%;" scrollbars="no"] Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, or Stitcher Listen on Cast GB Decides on Facebook Watch live on Twitch Watch on YouTube Subscribe to the RSS Follow us: GamesBeat on Twitter GamesBeat Dec