The Free Cheese

Joe discovers the magnificent world of Steam just in time for the Holiday sale and just in time for everyone else in the world to see his Steam wallet information... James bought and finished Wolfenstein: The New Order in less time than it took for Joe to install Windows 10 on his computer. Marc draws the year to a close by finally experiencing Phantasy Star Online 2, even if it's a backwards nightmare to make work in America.

We also discuss some of the games we are looking most forward to in 2016 and why those games are called Cuphead. We tell you which games you should buy before they aren't on sale any longer and how to build a PC from scratch!

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_147.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:27pm EST

This is the one we've been waiting to record for a whole year.

We came together to talk about the best games that were released in the year 2015 and decide as a team which would earn the spot at the top of our list.

Listen as Joe, Marc, Mike, James, and Jeff share their individual top five lists and why each game deserves some discussion as Game of the Year.

Finally, we tally up the votes for each game and crown one title victorious and The Free Cheese's 2015 Game of the Year.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_146.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 3:33am EST

Let's slow down this week and listen just a little bit to 2015. 

As we wrap up the year and begin to discuss the best games of 2015, Joe sits down to give you a taste of the best music in video games of 2015.

Hear selections from Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows, Super Mario Maker, Batman: Arkham Knight, and more in this special episode dedicated to the subtleties that make our games that much better.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_145.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 3:30pm EST

On the latest episode of our thrilling podcast, we discuss slumber party movies and legitimate uses of chloroform. 

Joe, James, and Mike gather to talk about why someone would comb the ocean floors in Fallout 4 or what the PlayStation VR will cost. We share our thoughts on the final Super Smash Bros. presentation and what to make of a new controller patent from Nintendo.

We're not too surprised to hear about Kojima's partnership with Sony but we're pretty stoked for him and even more curious about what is happening with Konami.

Finally, we argue about the validity of Picross and get ready for game of the year discussions.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_144.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:32pm EST

We travel through time and realize that nothing we thought would happen at PSX actually happened.

Joe, James, and Mike discuss the floundering of Lara Croft and how vapid Battlefront truly is. We talk about what its like to wander aimlessly through the wastelands of Boston and the glorious feeling of defeating a giant spider and all of its sixteen babies.

Join us as we prepare for our game of the year discussions and tell you how you can be involved, and find out which console you should buy this holiday season.

Have you downloaded AmiiboHunt on the App Store yet? Not only does it contain a full database with amiibo information, but it has a built in tracker that shows you where to find your most wanted amiibo at a store near you. It's been recently updated to include push notifications, keeping you up to date on restocks, preorders, and so much more!

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_143.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:04am EST

Listen along as Joe and James make some predictions for this weekend's PlayStation Experience. What games will get announced? What new PlayStation features are on the way? 

First, we talk about why Joe woke up at 5 in the morning and why James feels like he's 16 again. We discuss our favorite games of all time, WB Montreal and the ever expanding DC Universe in video games, and of course: Shaq Fu 2.

Have you downloaded AmiiboHunt on the App Store yet? Not only does it contain a full database with amiibo information, but it has a built in tracker that shows you where to find your most wanted amiibo at a store near you. It's been recently updated to include push notifications, keeping you up to date on restocks, preorders, and so much more!

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_142.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:38pm EST

Joe and Kyle are joined on this week's episode by our good friend James to find out if The Legend of Zelda for Wii U is really just a horse riding simulator.

We talk about why Fallout 4 is so divisive and what it takes to get EA to pay you for your opinion. Joe has been trying to kill a giant spider in Bloodborne, Kyle hates the Star Wars: Battlefront haters, and James spent thirty hours building walls in Fallout 4.

We share our thoughts on the end of Dark Souls, Nintendo's Black Friday, and PS2 emulation on PS4.

Finally, Joe tells you how he almost bought an Xbox One and we share our Thanksgiving gaming memories.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_141.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:25am EST

This week on The Free Cheese Podcast:

We figure out how Bethesda makes video games. 

Joe and Kyle run down all things Nintendo by recapping the latest Nintendo Direct. Joe gets excited for things he shouldn't, and Kyle is tired of Animal Crossing spinoffs. We're both excited to see Twilight Princess remade for Wii U and think that Pokken Tournament and Star Fox Zero are coming along nicely.

Kyle takes a trip back to 2012 and revisits Telltale's The Walking Dead, while Joe travels to 2077 and watches the sky fall down in Fallout 4. 

Finally, we talk about our recent live stream of Super Mario Maker and how rad it can be when people make cleverly designed stages.

Have you downloaded AmiiboHunt on the App Store yet? Not only does it contain a full database with amiibo information, but it has a built in tracker that shows you where to find your most wanted amiibo at a store near you. It's been recently updated to include push notifications, keeping you up to date on restocks, preorders, and so much more!

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_140.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EST

This week on The Free Cheese Podcast:

We buy Fallout 4 and forget to play it.

Learn which star of Bio-Dome is Kyle's favorite Disney character and what happens when Joe drops nicotine for a week.

We play a little bit more of Batman: Arkham Knight, talk (again) about the Justice League game that we hope to see and hear how Kyle fought a shark. 

Have you downloaded AmiiboHunt on the App Store yet? Not only does it contain a full database with amiibo information, but it has a built in tracker that shows you where to find your most wanted amiibo at a store near you. It's been recently updated to include push notifications, keeping you up to date on restocks, preorders, and so much more!

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_139.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:00pm EST

This week on The Free Cheese Podcast:

We're nominated for Baltimore's Best Podcast by the Baltimore Sun!

Kyle and Joe talk about our recent nomination and how you can vote for us. We learn that "art is fantastic" and we picture the future with virtual reality.

Kyle eats a bunch of crabs and fights sharks in the early-access survival game, Stranded Deep. Meanwhile, Joe returns to Gotham to drive around and beat up Riddler informants.

We talk about Science Fiction month on The Free Cheese and our pick for this month's Game Club: Axiom Verge.

Finally, we share our ideas for bringing food into movie theaters and which Green Lantern wears a pinky ring.

Have you downloaded AmiiboHunt on the App Store yet? It has a full database of every released amiibo and an amazing tracker function to find any amiibo figures in your area at any retailer. Share your collection with your friends, and complete your collection with AmiiboHunt!

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_138.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:10pm EST

This week on The Free Cheese Podcast:

Joe and Kyle celebrate two years of The Free Cheese. We share our memories of the website and the podcast, and Joe identifies Kyle's most common outbursts. 

We discuss Nintendo's first mobile game and the new My Nintendo points program coming in March. We talk PlayStation at Paris Games Week, PlayStation VR, and Pokemon Happy Meals.

Finally, we share what we've been playing from Batman: Arkham Knight to Bloodborne to The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth. We also talk about our first foray into Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, and our favorite Halloween memories.

Be sure to check out the new guides section on the website and tweet us your favorite memories of The Free Cheese!

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_137.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:44pm EST

This week on The Free Cheese Podcast:

We aren't sure if Kojima has left Konami or if he's just on vacation but we find out a little more about Nintendo NX.

Haylie has completed most of Destiny: The Taken King but still has more to do. In the meantime, we start suggesting what to play next. Kyle and Joe stopped being scared of Until Dawn when it stopped trying to scare them. Kyle's been playing (you'll never believe this) Pokemon LeafGreen, and Joe finally found out what Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 feels like. 

Don't forget to check out AmiiboHunt on the App Store if you're stuck driving from store to store in hopes of finding that rare amiibo. Our good friend developed this app so that we don't have to waste time anymore and we can see what is in stock before starting the car.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_136.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:59am EST

This week on The Free Cheese Podcast:

We find out that no one has played Uncharted and why Star Fox Zero was really delayed.

Kyle tells the journey of his first time with Bloodborne and why he's excited about Until Dawn. On her first appearance, Haylie celebrates her new PS4 with a marathon of Destiny and we give her a list of games to play once the king has been taken. Joe turned on his Vita for the first time in five months but largely spends most of the last week finding out what midnight looks like. 

Finally, we discuss why watching games is okay and why Halo 5 should star Gordon Ramsay. 

Don't forget to check out AmiiboHunt on the App Store if you're stuck driving from store to store in hopes of finding that rare amiibo. Our good friend developed this app so that we don't have to waste time anymore and we can see what is in stock before starting the car.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_135.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:42am EST

This week on The Free Cheese Podcast:

We determine which movies are made by Pixar and which movie is definitely not a Pixar movie.

Kyle spent a little bit of time with Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and shares his thoughts on how the game is shaping up. He's also been playing too much Super Mario Maker lately, continuing to create the world's most hated levels.

Joe says goodbye to Animal Crossing and Tyler joins him in Bloodborne. Together, Joe and Tyler find themselves in an unseen village, fight witch ladies, and get killed by a squidface man. 

We discuss how Xbox is changing going into this holiday season and why we want or don't want an Xbox One. We share our thoughts on the recent 3.00 System Software Update for PS4, and tell you how to join our community. 

All of this awaits you inside and so much more, in our best episode yet. Enjoy!

Don't forget to check out AmiiboHunt on the App Store if you're stuck driving from store to store in hopes of finding that rare amiibo. Our good friend developed this app so that we don't have to waste time anymore and we can see what is in stock before starting the car.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_134.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 2:20am EST

This week on The Free Cheese Podcast:

Kyle cries for Pokemon GO, Joe reveals The Last of Us 2, and Mike can't go home in Rare Replay.

We open the show discussing Nintendo's new president, PlayStation's TGS press conference, and the future of Nintendo Directs. After a Naughty Dog livestream took place, we may have further confirmation of The Last of Us 2, and we talk about what that game should be and when we'll likely hear more about it.

We find out what kind of videos you are watching on your gaming consoles, and we talk a lot about Super Mario Maker. 

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_133.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:59am EST

This week on The Free Cheese Podcast:

We celebrate PlayStation's 20th anniversary in North America. 

For the first time in a long time, we open the show with a rundown of some news in the past week. We discuss our hopes and dreams for Pikmin 4, Kyle's disdain for Mario, and why Joe is excited for Sonic Spinball.

We talk more about the excitement we have for Super Mario Maker coming this Friday, including the level Joe designed earlier this week. 

Finally, we take a quiz on PlayStation and see how much we know about video games on the platform in the last twenty years. 

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_132.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:33am EST

This week on The Free Cheese Podcast:

Joe and Kyle discover the wereworm and accidentally create the cug. 

It's been a month since we've sat down, so we had a lot to catch up on. Kyle really wants to play Mad Max after watching 70 minutes of footage for the game. Joe needs to figure out how to get a Shovel Knight amiibo into his hands.

Both of us have been playing the Pokemon Trading Card Game Online and we're not sure if that's okay. We spend some time discussing other news, like the New 3DS finally coming to North America, in addition to Pokken Tournament.

Finally, Joe convinces Kyle to get excited about the release of Super Mario Maker and suggests some outlets for finding intriguing videos about the game. 

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_131.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:48pm EST

This week on The Free Cheese Podcast:

 

We get really excited about Sonic Boom: Fire and Ice. Well, one of us does. 

Marc plays a little bit of The Escapists and a lot a bit of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. 

Joe tries to play this month's pick for The Free Cheese Game Club, but ends up playing a lot of Rocket League instead. 

We also talk about how much fun Splatoon is and the new content coming up next week for the game, in addition to new content coming to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (hopefully) this Friday. We ask the question that everyone has been asking, "Where is Bomberman and why isn't he in Super Smash Bros.?"

Don't forget to check out AmiiboHunt on the App Store if you're stuck driving from store to store in hopes of finding that rare amiibo. Our good friend developed this app so that we don't have to waste time anymore and we can see what is in stock before starting the car.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_130.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:20pm EST

This week on The Free Cheese Podcast:

We talk more about Batman: Arkham Knight. Joe finally reviews the game and the newly released DLC, "A Matter of Family." We take a break from the Batman chatter to go a bit deeper into EarthBound Beginnings and explore the insides of Shigesato Itoi's mind.

Marc returns to the basics and enjoys some Super Smash Bros. for his birthday, and tells us a bit about his trip to New York where he visited the Nintendo World Store. 

This week, Marc asks the question, "Why do we play video games?" We try to get to the root of the question and discover what draws us to play video games over something else and where we see ourselves with games in the years to follow. 

Don't forget to check out AmiiboHunt on the App Store if you're stuck driving from store to store in hopes of finding that rare amiibo. Our good friend developed this app so that we don't have to waste time anymore and we can see what is in stock before starting the car.

 

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_129.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:18pm EST

This week on The Free Cheese Podcast:

We remember Satoru Iwata.

We went to the arcade and played some of gaming's greatest games, and we fill in the week with our usual Super Smash Bros. sessions.

Joe explores a bit more of EarthBound Beginnings, slowly begins to understand Splatoon, and continues to wonder why Warner Bros. hates Arkham Knight.

This podcast, our passion for video games, and everything that we do on The Free Cheese would not be what it is without the contributions to the industry made by Satoru Iwata. He will be greatly missed.

Thank you Satoru Iwata.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_128.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 9:56pm EST

This week on The Free Cheese Podcast:

Joe and Marc are joined by a very special guest, Joe's nephew Jake, to talk all about Rocket League. Since we last met, Marc wakes up inside of the Wii U eShop to find himself inside the world of F-Zero. Jake rides elephants and blows stuff up in Far Cry 4, and Joe really doesn't like #DRIVECLUB.

The common thread in this week's show is our love for the recently released Rocket League. We had known about the game for some time, but its debut this week has us hooked. We've already completed (and were crowned champions of) our first season, and we're trying to learn how to make cars fly.

We also discuss the best games from this year so far, as well as this month's pick for our monthly game club.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_127.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:34am EST

This week on The Free Cheese Podcast:

Marc makes a serious investment but still can't paint the world. Kyle is annoyed with the recording schedule. Joe still loves Arkham Knight, even after the grueling endgame.

We determine which cheese is the best cheese, although Kyle is still wrong. 

We discuss the difficulty of reviewing a game based on something you love, and then we talk about comic books and comic book movies for a while as a little bonus at the end. 

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_126.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:37pm EST

This week on The Free Cheese Podcast:

Joe and Kyle sit down to talk about Batman: Arkham Knight. Joe finished the game and provides some overall thoughts on the experience. Kyle is just getting started, but he somehow knows everything. We don't go into any spoiler territory, so if you haven't played yet, feel free to listen all the way through.

We open the show by discussing how video games have created relationships and friendships, and how great it is when you meet strangers in public and immediately have a connection in video games. 

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_125.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 9:23am EST

We gather to talk about E3 from our excitements to our disappointments. 

We get really happy about a lot, and sad about a lot more.

We also forget to post the show for a week!

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_124.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 8:55pm EST

This week on The Free Cheese Podcast:

MOTHER IS COMING HOME!

We talk about the recently announced and released EarthBound Beginnings, the first ever North American release of 1989's Mother from Nintendo and Shigesato Itoi. We also discuss the Nintendo World Championships 2015, and how the event turned out.

Most of our week involved Super Smash Bros., so conveniently there was a Super Smash Bros. Direct that debuted Roy, Ryu, and a lot of other content for the game.

Finally, Joe, Marc, and Kyle share their predictions for Nintendo at E3 2015.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_123.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 3:22am EST

This week on The Free Cheese Podcast:

We try to get better in Smash Bros. in anticipation of Lucas arriving in one week. Why can't Animal Crossing be perfect?

Marc wants to fall back in love with Zelda, but he's scared of commitment.

Kyle burns himself.

We discuss the difference between scaring and startling, and why video games seldomly get it right.

Finally, we make our predictions for PlayStation at E3 2015 and wonder where The Last Guardian is.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_122.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 3:15am EST

This week on The Free Cheese Podcast:

Kyle buys stocks and doesn't starve. Marc makes Power Rangers and continues to dominate in Super Smash Bros. as Joe overcomes his hatred for Star Fox. 
 
We find out which Pokemon we are (again). We race against the sun and get murdered by scarecrows over and over again.
 
Finally, we close the show by making our predictions for Xbox at E3 2015. 
Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_121.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:59pm EST

This week on The Free Cheese Podcast:

 We figure some stuff out...

Which holiday is most like E3? Which holiday is the worst holiday? Which food called "stew" is the worst food ever?

Joe is joined by Marc, Kyle, and Tyler to discuss plans for The Free Cheese in the coming weeks and months, as well as our E3 plans. We discover that everything is fanfiction and that we are all Wartortle.

Occasionally, we remember to talk about video games. 

Enjoy!

 

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_120.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:37pm EST

This week on The Free Cheese Podcast:

 

Join Joe, Marc, and Kyle as they try to figure out the identity of Rocksteady's upcoming conclusion to the Batman: Arkham series. We celebrate the announcement of Koji Igarashi's Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night and talk about our favorite Metroidvanias.

Joe has been exploring Metroid Prime and imagining Kirby inside of Box Boy!, while Marc runs through a list of games that he's played including a game that combines Power Rangers with Fire Emblem. Kyle hasn't played a ton recently, but he was more than willing to talk about pork.

 

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_119.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 9:50am EST

This week on The Free Cheese Podcast:

 

We slowly recover from taking a week off. We start by talking about Koji Igarashi's new game and the enigmatic marketing campaign that is currently underway. Konami hasn't shown a future for Castlevania, so why shouldn't Igarashi carry on its legacy by a new name? 

We also discuss Konami and the strange behavior of the company over the last month, including the removal of P.T. from PSN and the company's choice to seemingly erase themselves from video game history. 

Looking at the recently announced and funded Yooka-Laylee, Playtonic's Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor, we really start to wonder if an imitation can be just as good as the original, if not better. 

Finally, we talk a lot about Batman and the upcoming season pass for Batman: Arkham Knight, and just what makes Batman: The Animated Series so perfect.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_118.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:06pm EST

This week on The Free Cheese Podcast:

Joe spends some time with Ray Barnholt of Retronauts, No More Whoppers, SCROLL, GamePro, and more. We talk about getting a job writing about video games and how that has changed (or not changed) since Ray first entered into the industry.

Ray explains the process of creating a video game magazine and how it differs from creating content for the web. We learn about traveling to Japan and the fortune of having a favorite game that isn't widely recognized.

We try to figure out the best way to preserve video games, and who is already doing it the right way. Joe tells a story of playing make-believe at the age of 25, and Ray explains the realities of E3.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Ray_Barnholt_Interview.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:15am EST

This week on The Free Cheese Podcast:

We talk about the lost secrets of video games and how publishers have replaced hidden content with microtransactions. The playground conversations of video game discoveries have become obsolete in a world where secrets are spoiled before the game releases and surprises are sold to us after buying the box.

Join us as we discuss Mortal Kombat X and Unreal Engine 3, which games will make us buy a console, and the way that a hobby can become a lifestyle. We try to figure out when the moment happened in which we cared more about the culture and development of video games, than we do about playing them. How do we spend more time reading and writing about games than we do with a controller in our hands?

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_117.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:48pm EST

This week on The Free Cheese Podcast:

We want more superhero video games. The movies, television, and obviously the comics have all been fantastic; but we're looking for more games featuring our favorite heroes.

Join Joe, Kyle, and Tyler as they discuss how a Green Lantern video game would work, what a Superman game should be, and why Arkham Knight is doing it right. 

Joe has been losing himself in Axiom Verge, while Kyle dabbled with GTA V, and Tyler doesn't want to believe his lies. 

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_116.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 7:39pm EST

This week on The Free Cheese Podcast:

We discuss the state of amiibo and Nintendo's terrible choices for customer purchasing. Joe shares his adventures while trying to procure a Ness amiibo and the camaraderie felt among fellow amiibo hunters. 

We talk about our favorite video game franchise and where it currently stands. Pokémon is weird, free-to-play experiments, Zelda is remade and delayed, and Castlevania is six feet under Dracula's tomb.

Joe played a lot of Axiom Verge and finds it to be so much more than just another Metroid game. He's also fallen back in love with the Sega Genesis after reading through more of Blake Harris' Console Wars. Kyle beat Shadow of Mordor and is slowly getting excited for Batman: Arkham Knight- trying to figure out just who is under the mask. Marc contemplates restarting Animal Crossing: New Leaf while testing out the new Pokémon Rumble World and finds himself wanting something a little better.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_115.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:14am EST

This week on The Free Cheese Podcast:

We talk about the latest Nintendo Direct, a lot. Nintendo announced release dates for Super Smash Bros. DLC characters Mewtwo, and Lucas; as well as a date for the next DLC pack for Mario Kart 8. Hear all of our reactions to the announcements for amiibo, Splatoon, 200cc, N64 Virtual Console games, and more.

We also share what we've been playing and thinking about. Marc finished Kid Icarus and continues to dabble in Hotline Miami 2. Mike is obsessed with Playtonic Games' Project Ukulele and has been taunting children in Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Joe finally finished Fire Emblem: Awakening despite its conflicting art styles, and Bloodborne has taken over his life as the new Castlevania game that Konami will never make.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_114.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:41pm EST

This week on The Free Cheese Podcast:

Joe, Marc, and Kyle discuss Nintendo's new partnership with DeNA to bring Nintendo IP to mobile platforms and the introduction of a new membership program. Marc finds secrets in Hotline Miami 2 and figures out the biggest secret behind the entire game. Kyle let his 3DS die and hasn't been bothered to turn it back on. Joe watches two characters in Fire Emblem: Awakening marry and have children, and he finally finds a Mega Man amiibo.

We discuss Mighty No. 9 and what we hope will come from the game's release as well as the future of Mega Man with Capcom. We spend a little bit of time talking about the ClayFighter remake that is on its way to consoles, and hear about Kyle's plans for a milkshake shop.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_113.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:27am EST

This week on The Free Cheese Podcast:

We talk about Game Freak's collaboration with SEGA for a PS4 and Xbox One title, and Kyle cries about Uncharted 4. First, Joe finally appreciates Castlevania II: Simon's Quest and the strange obtuse world that it brought to the NES. Kyle shuffles some Pokemon around and tries to brand a bunch of warriors in Shadow of Mordor. Marc finds Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number a little slower than the first, but he still won't play anything else.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_112.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:32pm EST

This week on The Free Cheese Podcast:

Joe sits down with Alex Fraioli of the No More Whoppers podcast and the bar CRITICAL HIT. We discuss living in Japan and how you can never get used to the xenophobia. We talk about Alex's bar, CRITICAL HIT, a bar centered around classic video games in Nagoya, Japan. Alex explains the benefits of living in Japan, along with some of the aspects of the country that make it difficult as an American. We discuss the reasons why classic video games will always be better than modern games, and how playing a game can take you back to that one kid's weird basement over twenty years later.

Alex tells us what happens when you ignore your mail in Japan, and gives advice for anyone who is looking to open their own business or move to Japan. We also talk about his podcast, No More Whoppers, and how recording each week helps to keep everything in order.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Special-_Alex_Fraioli_Interview.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:42am EST

This week on The Free Cheese Podcast:

We get excited about E3 a little early, but first we discuss what we've been playing. Marc has been killing too many blue and yellow Pikmin, while Mike raids in Destiny and discovers the joy of Rayman Legends. Kyle gets addicted to Pokemon Shuffle and saves his friend's corpses in Shadow of Mordor. Sandeep buys a PS4 and is enjoying The Last of Us Remastered, along with an episodic game called Life is Strange. Joe begins to breed in Fire Emblem: Awakening and is super stoked that OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood has been released. 
We close the show by sharing our hopes for E3 and our excitement for Project Morpheus and virtual reality. We hope that the advent of VR headsets brings us some terrifying survival horror amidst a lot of new experiences that aren't possible in the current gaming market. 
Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_111.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:32pm EST

This week on The Free Cheese Podcast:

Joe, Kyle, and Dan sit down to discuss which classic franchise or movie we would like to see reimagined as a modern video game. Before that, Dan talks about the recently released Apotheon for PS4 and the little changes that make LittleBigPlanet 3 so much fun. Kyle trades in some imaginary coins on Club Nintendo for The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX and finds it much more enjoyable than Majora's Mask. Joe can't seem to find anything new to play, and spent the better part of the week falling back in love with Spelunky and The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth. 
We spend a lot of time talking about the lack of compelling games in the current market and what we are hoping for (see: the impossible). We close the show discussing the game's that we would Kickstart and which reward we would want. 
Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_110.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:02pm EST

This week on The Free Cheese Podcast:

Sandeep joins us, albeit briefly, with some insightful questions and thoughts on Resident Evil, where to start with The Legend of Zelda, and why we didn't buy the New Nintendo 3DS XL. Kyle slowly loses his patience with Majora's Mask 3D, so much so that it has killed his enjoyment of video games... for now. Dan has been toggling in the world of Far Cry 4 (which still isn't Game of the Year), and explores the weird world of Hohokum. Marc is fired up about Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and the controversy surrounding Hotline Miami 2. Marc has been playing EarthBound for the first time, as well as Pikmin, which has really taken root in his heart. 
We talk about the shortage of amiibo, Nintendo's finances, and the death of physical media. There is a lot to unpack this week, so grab some pizza and settle in.
Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_109.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:22am EST

This week on The Free Cheese Podcast:

Joe returns to Gotham... his town in Animal Crossing: New Leaf and changes some things around since his town was still dressed up like Halloween. Marc tries to ace Hotline Miami in anticipation for the sequel. Kyle beats LEGO Marvel Super Heroes in a day and tries to stay interested in the post-game content.
We share our thoughts on The Legend of Zelda coming to Netflix and what we wish Nintendo would do instead. 
The music played during the break on this week's episode is called Home by Cory Johnson from the album Earthbound. The album consists of music inspired by and using themes from the music in EarthBound. Go have a listen and check out the album in full.
Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_108.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:34pm EST

This week on The Free Cheese Podcast:

We're playing EarthBound for our Game Club. Kyle breaks his gaming rut (hopefully) with LEGO Marvel Superheroes and a bit of the Animal Crossing: New Leaf daily grind. Marc returns to Borderlands 2 albeit briefly and then adopts a wolf in Torchlight 2. Joe completes Mother 3 and cries for hours, then rediscovers Resident Evil in the HD remake, while also exploring a bit in Metroid Prime. 
We went hands on with the New Nintendo 3DS XL and give our first impressions, then close the show with some thoughts on amiibo and why we wish we could catch them all.
Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_107.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:34pm EST

This week on The Free Cheese Podcast, Joe sits down with Marc and Kyle to discuss MAGfest and Nintendo's new console. Marc continues on his quest to complete the Kid Icarus games. Kyle professes his love for breakfast foods and his current disdain for his 3DS. Joe struggles to keep interest in Pokemon Alpha Sapphire but lets Mother 3 consume his life. 

We try to find a game for Kyle to enjoy on his 3DS and we come together to play EarthBound for our February Game Club. 

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_106.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:25am EST

This week on The Free Cheese Podcast:

Joe, Kyle, Marc, and newcomer Troy sit down to recap last week's Nintendo Direct after we lost part of our recording from episode 104. We discuss the death of Club Nintendo and share our hopes for what replaces it. We talk about the disappointment of Civilization: Beyond Earth and the fun of Nidhogg. We give some early impressions on the new EarthBound-inspired RPG Citizens of Earth and cave in to an uncaring Nintendo of America to enjoy Mother 3 on our own terms. Finally, we discuss the state of Pokemon and what we would do to fix the game and make it more palpable for those of us who have grown tired of the formula. 
Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_105.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:01am EST

This week on The Free Cheese Podcast:

Joe and Marc are joined by new best friend Mike DeMarco to talk about Destiny, Kid Icarus, and Metroid among other things. We spend some time discussing the faults of the Halo 5 Beta, the joys of inexpensive eShop titles, and why Tetris Ultimate could ultimately be a little bit better. We learn about Mike's relationship with the brotherly band Hanson, why Marc didn't hate being sick, and how Joe was disappointed in Nintendo. 
We also lose half of what we recorded this week, including everything after we cut for break. We get through what we have been playing but we lost our most anticipated games of 2015 and our reactions to the latest Nintendo Direct. We'll try to recycle some of it on next week's show, but enjoy what we still have!
Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_104.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:39am EST

This week on The Free Cheese Podcast:

We look back at our predictions for 2014 to see how well we guessed, and then we make some new predictions for 2015. Joe, Kyle, and Dan read last year's predictions from members of The Free Cheese and tally up the scores, then follow up by sharing a bit of the plans and ideas for The Free Cheese in 2015. After a break, we share our predictions for the year, including new Metroid and Pokemon games, Steambox predictions, and a lot more. We also read the predictions of our friends who couldn't be here to record, and we hope for a great 2015 in video games. 
Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_103.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:07pm EST

This week on The Free Cheese Podcast:

We decide on our choices for game of the year. Through heavy debate, oration, or in some cases the toss of a coin we voted on the best games of the year across multiple categories. Joe, Marc, Sandeep, and Kyle spend a few hours talking about the best console, soundtrack, developer, story, and of course the best game of 2014. We each stated our choice for the category in question and then had a few minutes to state our case for why we chose it, in hopes to convince the others to change their vote. 2014 was a great year for games, and we hope that we recognized the ones that deserved it most.
Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_102.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:51am EST

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