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This week on The Free Cheese, two surprises! Ben is playing Joy-con spread eagle from here on out, Marc breaks into the asylum to save us all, and Joe is selling crystal jelly.

We talk about what remains after Game of the Year is over, announce the winner of the Reader's Choice Game of the Year, and use the holiday week to play some honest video games.

We also talk about Flash game preservation, games that aren't coming to Switch, and how many Bloodborne sequels FromSoftware is working on.

The Free Cheese Opening Theme is “The Origin” by Legna Zeg.

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

The final day of our 2018 awards is here and with it comes our winner for Game of the Year. Thank you for hanging with us all week long and congratulations to all of the winners across all of our categories. Video games are what bring us all together and these awards are a way to celebrate what we love most about them. Enjoy:

  • Best Score/Soundtrack
  • Most Anticipated
  • Hall of Fame
  • Game of the Year
Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_GOTY_2018_Day_5.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:00am EST

Only two days left in our annual awards ceremony and we’ve still got a lot of awards to give out. Today’s categories are:

  • Favorite In-Game Moment
  • Best Game as a Service
  • Most Surprising
  • Favorite Free Cheese Moment
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:00am EST

We’ve reached the halfway point in the week of awards. After a long debate yesterday, it’s time we move into a few more categories:

  • 2018’s 2017 Game of the Year
  • Best Remaster
  • Biggest Disappointment
  • Best Character
  • Best Old Game That We Played This Year
Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_GOTY_2018_Day_3.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:00am EST

Our second day of the week of 2018’s awards begins now! Today we give the awards for:

  • Best Story
  • Best Spirit
  • Best Multiplayer
  • Best DLC/Expansion
  • Best Switch Port
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:00am EST

Welcome to The Free Cheese Game of the Year 2018. All week long, we’ll be celebrating the best of this year in video games. To start, our first day of awards include:

  • I’ll Play It Next Year
  • Best Mobile Game
  • Please Don’t Suck
  • Favorite Industry Moment
Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_GOTY_2018_Day_1.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, surprise! There was a bit too much news before we rolled into Game of the Year for us to ignore so we came together to capture our thoughts surrounding console sales, lawsuits, fake console nightmares, changes to Artifact, and exciting news for Halo Infinite.

The Free Cheese Opening Theme is “The Origin” by Legna Zeg.

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, what does the start button do? With Matt and Ben away, Marc and Joe gather round the podcast table for the last episode before Game of the Year podcasts are recorded.

We talk about where Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has taken us and what we're really enjoying. Then we talk a bit about Gris, a new game from Nomada Studio that leaves an impact in the short amount of time we spent with it. We also talk about the latest update to Fire Emblem Heroes and how we're starting to understand the game a little more.

Finally, we hear about new ways to wire up a GameCube controller, find out when we can play as 2B in SoulCalibur VI, hear how Discord plans to shake up the digital market next year, and outline the list of games featured at EVO Japan 2019.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_278.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, everybody's here! In case you weren't aware, there's a new game in the Super Smash Bros. franchise and we're pretty excited about it. We detail the game's Adventure mode and highlight some of the things we've discovered on our respective journeys. We highlight new characters and talk about the changes made to the ones we love. Additionally, we talk a bit about Artifact and Hitman 2 and how they both add to the conversations we'll be having in a few short weeks.

We learn about new video games that were announced at The Game Awards and talk about other news—like which rapper is reselling garbage with a different name on it this week.

The Free Cheese Opening Theme is “The Origin” by Legna Zeg.

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, we revert our drivers. Like every great video game podcast, we start off talking about what to do with a two-dollar box of glass: break it. Matt finished up his adventures out west just in time to spread some cards out three ways and take out the Ancient. Marc leaves behind yesterday's travels to deliver a message across time and space. Ben takes out a champion before almost taking out his graphics card. Joe pretends to be the drummer in a band while a statue falls in just the right way.

We also talk about the launch of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and what we expect from The Game Awards. We hear about the latest patch to Mario Tennis Aces and which famed 2D developer is helping to bring home Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.

The Free Cheese Opening Theme is "The Origin" by Legna Zeg.

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, yeah! We're all together again to talk about video games—and to slowly incite riots around the table. Between yelling about which games are or are not good, we find one thing we can all agree on. Marc returns to a mobile camp he can carry in his pocket but spends a while going on adventures with Pikachu. Matt gets lost in the open fields and forests as he tries to narrow down his choice for the best video game this year. Ben takes a break from getting harassed on the internet to see if he can find a hammer. Joe transcends earth again only to find himself on a racetrack in Miami.

We talk about the triumphant return of Tomagotchi, the potential of a new disc drive-less Xbox One console, unchanging Rainbow Six Siege, adding new characters to Mario Tennis Aces, and more before we spiral into madness.

The Free Cheese Opening Theme is "The Origin" by Legna Zeg.

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, where is Jack Tretton's money? Matt returns from his bedridden nightmares with tales of falling blocks, jumping girls, and cowboy criminals. Ben updates us on his spreadsheet of science documenting online fighting taunts while hanging out with death metal. Joe continues his journey to enlightenment but takes a detour into a reimagined world of pocket monsters.

We discuss the next series from Castlevania producer, when to expect PUBG on PS4, and why PlayStation doesn't need E3 2019. All this, a pitch for a Jack Tretton video game, and more on this episode.

The Free Cheese Opening Theme is "The Origin" by Legna Zeg.

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, the fine makers of jelly bring you "horseradish." In between his adventures on the road, Marc grows his ever-expansive family of characters in Diablo III. Despite being the victim of what many would argue is unwarranted taunting, Ben still loves SoulCalibur VI. Joe sinks deeper into the comfort of vacation and loses a day to everything Destiny 2 can throw at him.

We also talk at length about the magic that is Tetris, and how its newest iteration takes the series somewhere incredibly personal and transforms what we understand of the classic game.

Finally, we hear about the future of Final Fantasy and which series Activision blames for its shortcomings. We recap the X018 event from Microsoft and speculate on what's next for Xbox. Then, we outline Geoff Keighly's Game Awards for you.

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, it’s a hash brown vacation. After last week’s reminiscing, we talk about the future of The Free Cheese with an overview of changes to the site and tease some secrets. Marc plays a bit of SoulCalibur VI while Joe finds himself back into Destiny 2. We both finished Halo: Combat Evolved and began the nightmare that is Halo 2 on Legendary. We also embarked on our portable adventure through Diablo III: The Eternal Collection.

We recap the latest and last Super Smash Bros. Ultimate focused Nintendo Direct, discuss changes to Rainbow Six Siege, and share news from Blizzcon. We also tell you which games should’ve been on the upcoming PlayStation Classic. 

The Free Cheese Opening Theme is "The Origin" by Legna Zeg.

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, it ain’t no soup. We celebrate the fifth anniversary of the website with stories and anecdotes from our adventures over half a decade together. We talk about some of the stuff you might remember, and moments that happened behind the scenes.

We’ve all got Red Dead fever and share our thoughts surrounding the opening to Rockstar’s latest release. Marc wraps up Lara Croft GO while Matt starts Metro 2033 and Ben doesn’t create characters in Soul Calibur VI. We also hear about Hello Neighbor, DayZ, and more Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII. Then, Joe tells us about his return to Destiny 2, at long last.

We continue to conversation around crunch in video game development and lament the existence of leaks. Then we share news about a few unfortunate delays and reveal the addition of a fan-favorite character to our new favorite fighting game. 

Thank you all for hanging out with us, whether you’ve followed us from the start or you’re just joining us today.

The Free Cheese Opening Theme is "The Origin" by Legna Zeg.

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, we complete a scavenger hunt. Marc and Joe discuss recent adventures away from the podcast and talk a lot about the Analogue Mega Sg. Marc dives deeper into the catalogue of Rare's history while Joe goes back to a franchise he hasn't touched in a decade.

We talk about 100-hour work weeks, what to do in Pokémon Let's Go, and another delay to a PS4 exclusive.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_270.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, we try grandma’s gravy. As all video game podcasts go, we start things off yelling about soup again and designing marriage certificates. Then, Ben takes us into the world of The Forest one last time as he sees it through to the end. Matt makes a lot of money on Steam and spends his time becoming a part of something special with the CS: GO community. Joe is starting to “get” Overwatch and wanders the depths of The Binding of Isaac while Marc changes his Xbox avatar and counts down the days until Red Dead Redemption 2.

We talk about the fourth generation of Pokémon inside of our phones, the future of video games, and what Matt is changing his PSN name to.

The Free Cheese Opening Theme is "The Origin" by Legna Zeg.

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, we find out what really happens at the circus. Marc helps us to remember all of the details from Resident Evil 4 and checks in with the latest in the Halo: Combat Evolved cooperative adventure. Ben learns how to read and uncovers so much more than what the surface offers in The Forest. Joe watches the seasons change and uncovers what's new in Forza Horizon 4.

We talk about PSN name changes, new Nintendo Switch revisions, the future of Capcom movies, and we celebrate the anniversary of a lifetime.

The Free Cheese Opening Theme is “The Origin” by Legna Zeg.

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, now available with Spooky Vision. We're fresh into what the world would definitively state is the best month of the year and with it we've brought the fright into the night. Or, we talk about stupid energy drinks and koffee for a while and also some video games.

Ben explores the great outdoors and the terrors that await below in the full release of The Forest. Matt climbs behind the wheel of the car again to see where he stacks in ranked mode of Rocket League. Joe samples a few games for a little while and remembers what's great about Let It Die now that it's on PC.

We also talk about Ring of Elysium and how it stands out in a sea of battle royale games. We find out if Sony is truly ready to play ball with the competition. Then, we speculate what might get announced at X018 and give you the inside scoop behind the absence of PSX this year.

The Free Cheese Opening Theme is “The Origin” by Legna Zeg.

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, this seems about right. Matt is trying to figure out whether or not he likes Beyond: Two Souls. Marc is readying for mid-October while returning to Red Dead Redemption. Ben finishes a really good game and fights a spider mother in Resident Evil 7. Joe tries to figure out Nintendo Switch Online and plays Pokémon Crystal instead. We talk about tiny PlayStation and Genesis consoles, new costumes in Street Fighter V, PlayStation Now, and a few other news items from the week. Send in your soup stories: podcast@thefreecheese.com. The Free Cheese Opening Theme is "The Origin" by Legna Zeg.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, we're all chasing something, man. Ben makes his long-awaited return and brings with him tales of new fighting games and surprise characters inside, along with his journey as a detective in Her Story. Marc is over the halfway point in Banjo-Kazooie and busy tapping his phone through a neon pinball adventure. Matt brings us his first-hand experience with the latest in the "Battle Royale" crazy. Joe tried to swallow the world piece by piece in Donut County. We talk more in depth about Marvel's Spider-Man and Resident Evil 7. Then we share our favorite moments from this week's Nintendo Direct.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, here's how you eat wasabi. We learn what it's like to become the one at the party with your Switch and how to properly sail the seas. Matt plays a lot of Into the Breach at a wedding. Marc saves the president's daughter in Resident Evil 4. Joe takes you inside of a real McDonald's. We talk at length about our recent experiences with both Sea of Thieves and Marvel's Spider-Man. First, we share what went right this time as we took to the open air and fought giant sharks and looked for treasure. Then, we highlight what makes Marvel's Spider-Man just so amazing and how it improves on an already beloved formula. Finally, we look at how Zen Pinball might revive some of our favorites and track the timeline of THQ again. The Free Cheese Opening Theme is "The Origin" by Legna Zeg.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, we're hydrated. Marc gives us the details on Xbox All Access through his firsthand experience. Matt is trying to solve a mystery chapter by chapter until dawn. Joe tries to find his game for a third time after mom hid it. We talk a lot about Halo: The Master Chief Collection after its big update and addition to Xbox Game Pass this week. We also hear about The Messenger and what it's like to play DOTA 2 after The International is over. Then, we share the latest news about Shovel Knight and when you can expect to play a demo for Anthem. Finally, we ooze over the forty-eight minutes of gameplay of Cyberpunk 2077. Strap in: it's party time. The Free Cheese Opening Theme is "The Origin" by Legna Zeg.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, get in your lane. We finally see where the year's worth of terrible forced jokes have come to a head and celebrate the best in Dota 2. Then, we wander around more to catch Pokémon. Matt checks in with Dead Cells for a bit while Joe learns how to jump in Quake Champions. Marc spends a weekend traveling through four seasons in The Last of Us and its subsequent DLC. We talk about some news out of Gamescom and lament the delay of another anticipated game.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, we dream that we're clairvoyant. While Matt and Ben are away on assignment, Marc and Joe get ready for the next generation of Pokémon to hit Pokémon Go. We learn a little more about the Xbox One dashboard and then we talk about another black-and-white duck fighter candidate for the Marc™ GOTY. Joe gives an update on which dimension he's travelled to, then talks about his recent stint as a professional car dude. We share news about the delay of a beloved franchise's return, the arrival of a mystical creature, and when you can dungeon crawl through Hell on your Nintendo Switch.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, everybody's here. We recap the latest Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct and share our excitement for what's to come. We also talk about what happened at QuakeCon 2018 and announce to you the next installer you'll be able to keep on your PC desktop. We spent some time this week playing fighting games and Hunt: Showdown. Marc tells us a bit about playing pinball on an island, Ben spends more time fighting in the streets, Matt prepares for The International, and Joe explores the depths of an ever-changing castle.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese we haven't encountered that before. Our paths intersect this week as Marc and Matt dive into WarioWare Gold and Ben and Joe talk a bit of Street Fighter V. We've all been exploring the real world through Pokémon Go as the craze continues and Joe shares more stories from Ultra Moon. Matt finds himself on the ice again while Marc is taking things apart with a wrench. Ben spends some time at the beach walking into people and Joe watches some weird slaps. We talk about the updates to Quake Champions and the new character added to the game. Then, we hear about which fighting game might make a return and when we can expect to get our hands on a new card game. Finally, we learn about some new fighters coming to Tekken 7.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, multiplayer online battle arena. To start things off, Matt buys a new car and Marc and Joe write a horror movie. Matt spends his time this week between two things he'd never expected years ago. Marc fights with two buttons and then learns how to be mega in new ways. Joe does some weird stuff and then keeps trying to catch them all. We talk about the next Xbox after some rumors start to circulate and look at new GameCube controllers. We learn about changes that are currently rolling out to Quake Champions and hear about where 2K will be spending its money in the coming years.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, welcome to Summer 2016! We catch up on Marc's birthday festivities and what's happening in San Diego. Then, Matt swears he's never playing Mario Tennis Aces again... Marc runs the gambit of game samples this week from 3DS demos to explosive chickens. Ben starts counting frames in Street Fighter V and gets really good. Matt hops on the bus for one more ride. Joe finds himself on vacation in a tropical place that's all too familiar. We're all playing Pokémon Go again and we close out the show talking a bit about some news from the week.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, I was walking with a ghost. Marc kicks things off with a journey into the real world of Kanto, Ben learns to stay on the ground while fighting, Joe rips and tears at 5K, and Matt doesn't want to talk about tennis. We talk a lot about Quake Champions as we continue to learn the game and fall in love with playing it more each day. We close out the show with a peek into an Uncharted movie and a realization that a Mortal Kombat movie might be far off.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, it's killing time. Matt becomes a god and is compared to the father of Nintendo as he destroys in Mario Tennis Aces (after deleting it). Ben begins to learn the terrifying truth of NieR: Automata. Joe uncovers the magic of Xbox Play Anywhere with his new computer and State of Decay 2. We all shared one big experience this week called Quake Champions—and we really fell in love with it. Finally, we close out with a string of news stories from the week featuring Sonic, Shenmue, and other non-Sega things.  

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, we consider early stage goths. Matt keeps playing Mario Tennis Aces and starts watching a TV show called Quantum Break. Ben hides things in the wrong chests around the mansion in Resident Evil. Marc doesn't want you to play Unreal Tournament but he's super stoked to be murdering dinosaurs again in Turok. Joe tries to stay alive in the darkest version of The Sims to date: State of Decay 2. We consider which game we can always come back to and enjoy no matter what. Then, we share out exclusive recipes for smoked gas station meats. Barcelona!
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, we contemplate QuakeCon and then talk about vomiting at Slayer concerts. Matt talks about his anticipation leading into the release of Mario Tennis Aces and shares his thoughts on its final release, along with an update on the status of his controller. Marc explores a few of the eight paths in Octopath Traveler just before convincing us to play Fortnite. Ben continues NieR: Automata but spends the bulk of his week getting stoked about Resident Evil. Joe plays a game thought long forgotten and then wraps up the Octo Expansion in Splatoon 2. We chat a little about the Flip Grip for Nintendo Switch and the latest and greatest of the Steam summer sale.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, we figure out who the final Smash Bros. characters will be. Joe and Matt reconvene post-E3 to catch up on what we've been playing and why that answer is Destiny. We cover the release of Hollow Knight on Switch, the Octo Expansion for Splatoon 2, Prey's Mooncrash nightmares, and Donkey Kong on Switch. Following E3, we find ourselves asking the question "What's next" and looking at the next generation of consoles. How will Microsoft's first-party growth pay off? How will Sony's refusal to play with others pan out? Where does the Switch fall in all of this? Finally, we cast our votes for who makes sense to round out this generation of Super Smash Bros.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

It's the final day of E3 showcases and we're here to recap what we've seen yet again. We take a few seconds to talk about what Square Enix showed, and then dive deep into Ubisoft and Sony. Finally, we prepare ourselves for Nintendo.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

As E3 continues to begin, we talk about what we thought about Microsoft and Bethesda, while making last minute guesses for Square Enix, Ubisoft, and PlayStation.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:07pm EST

E3 begins today with Microsoft and Bethesda and we're getting ahead of it with some pre-show chatter. We recover and recap from EA—still looking for where Skate 4 is hiding. Before the show begins, our next energy drink choice is revealed and tasted live on the air. Oh, and we checked in with another game that we didn't expect to be playing again...
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 3:50pm EST

As we count down the final moments before E3 2018, we commemorate the year's festivities with our new, official energy drink of choice. We detail a few of the new announcements and leaks that have come out since our last episode. Finally, we check in with a game that we didn't think we'd be playing again.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 2:14pm EST

This week on The Free Cheese, we expand your mind and ours with a look into the future. Everything is real until E3 says otherwise and this episode is all about the predictions we're making for the big trade show next week. Before predictions get rolling, we hear about the rest of Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon, why Mario Tennis Aces might be Matt's game of the year, whether or not its okay to skip Pokémon Quest, and why Ben is still enjoying his hellish adventure through Agony. There was too much news to ignore this week and we cover it all. From the most recent round of Assassin's Creed and Sonic Team Racing leaks to the full reveal of Pokémon Let's Go Eevee and Let's Go Pikachu, we share out thoughts and reactions to everything important. Finally, we reveal sixty extremely accurate and detailed accounts of the future—outlining the three console manufacturer press conferences for E3 2018. Get ready to scream. The Free Cheese Opening Theme is “The Origin” by Legna Zeg.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, we live by the curse of the moon. After a day drinking in the sun and five and a half years of podcasting, we gather to catch up on the week's video games yet again. Marc spent some time piloting Orbital Frames in Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner M∀RS, Ben is almost in Hell as he continues to look at how good DOOM looks on his PC, Matt plays more DOTA 2 in order to collect the card packs for The International, and Joe begins the descent into flipper fever with The Pinball Arcade yet again. We've got a lot to say about Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon as we've all spent some time with it since its launch this week. Any worry we had about whether or not someone else could still make a Castlevania game has vanished as quickly as the sun come nightfall. Finally, we talk about the next generation of PlayStation and how console gaming will likely differ in the next generation. We discuss cloud-based gaming on Nintendo Switch and what we expect from Battlefield V. Then, we weigh in on a little rumor about a potential port (it's not a port(or is it?)) of one of our favorite games. The Free Cheese Opening Theme is “The Origin” by Legna Zeg.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, the E3 ship is leaking. Ben regales us with tales of dead toy shops and old metal heads- while pl[A]ying more NieR. Matt shakes his head at hockey and ends his journey with God of War before stepping into the latest changes with Dota 2. Marc can't sleep because Zero Time Dilemma keeps him up again. Joe is continuing to explore the world of Watch_Dogs 2 and finds it difficult to find something to complain about. We talk about the future of Call of Duty with Black Ops IIII, accessible Xbox controllers, and try to predict the release date for Shenmue III. Lastly, we try to unpack the rumors and leaks surrounding Retro Studios' new game.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, it's okay to wear t-shirts. Ben goes back to school in Baldi's Basics in Education and Learning. Marc has no time to wait for Garage to load and instead solves puzzles in Zero Time Dilemma. Matt bought a PC and amidst running everything on the highest settings, he finds a yellow rat to solve mysteries with. Joe tried the other Halo again but finds that Destiny 2 still isn't totally engrossing—instead he hacks into everything to save the world of Watch_Dogs 2. We talk about Nintendo's details for its Nintendo Switch Online service, the announcement of two new games from Inti Creates, how to play Steam games on your phone, and the potential of another kool Mortal Kombat game. The Free Cheese Opening Theme is "The Origin" by Legna Zeg.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, why are we drinking this? Marc delivers pizza inside of a giant robot. Matt plays the slots, Sega style. Ben goes a little further and finds a lot inside of NieR: Automata. Joe gets his old school FPS going in a couple of ways this week. We talk about what we expect from the Atari VCS. We learn about Switch controller support on Steam and Ikaruga on Switch. PUBG hackers go to jail and E3 floor plans are revealed. All of this and more inside!
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, we get wild and dirty. Learn the tale of Beyonce vs. Rihanna after we remember what we found at the flea market. Matt gets to see a little more of God of War. Marc taps on a lot of onions in Million Onion Hotel. Joe completes and begins another war in Halo Wars and Halo Wars 2. We talk about Dark Souls Remastered, H1Z1 coming to PS4, and a whole lot of Nintendo news. The Free Cheese Opening Theme is "The Origin" by Legna Zeg.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, Konami did it again. Marc is here to tell us all about folding cardboard in Nintendo Labo. Ben doesn't want to play online so he does what everyone should and visits The Free Cheese Game of the Year 2017, NieR: Automata. Matt hangs out with the boy a lot in God of War. Joe plays a little bit of a lot of games but only tells you about three of them. We hear about the aftermath of a tornado and how it failed to affect one North Carolina resident. We learn about delays to Dark Souls Remastered on Switch. The Master Chief Collection continues to receive updates and Doom is getting another movie. Finally, we learn about the latest atrocity to Konami's history coming to phones later this year.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese, it's the return of the mullet. Ben is back to tell us the ending to Fallout: New Vegas and why tank controls are superior in the Resident Evil remake. Also, he's immediately fallen in love with PUBG's latest event mode and taken a step into another entry into the 100-person battle with Radical Heights. Marc takes some time this week to play Minit and then explores what Armor Games has to offer with The Adventure Pals. Matt keeps the season going strong in MLB The Show 18 and finds out what Quantic Dream had to do with Prey when he watches the credits roll by. Joe cuts up a Game Boy Advance and uses the new backlit display to play Metroid: Zero Mission again, and then finds out if Spider-Man is going to be any good by playing some of Sunset Overdrive. Ultimately, it all ends with Bloodborne. We talk about the big announcements out of Sega's event over the weekend, Billy Mitchell's removal from the records, and how Xbox continues to embarrass the competition when it comes to backwards compatibility and maintaining a legacy. The Free Cheese Opening Theme is "The Origin" by Legna Zeg.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week on The Free Cheese- do you smell that? Marc and Joe fight off sleepiness in the wake of a pre-podcast Taco Bell adventure. We talk about the endless wander of Ghost Pop! and the wretched world of Ruiner. Then, Joe catches us up on his quest to complete Breath of the Wild. We talk about Spyro the Dragon, Chrono Trigger, Splinter Cell, and other news stories that have nothing to do with twenty year old properties. Finally, we close out with some news about the PlayStation 5.
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This week on The Free Cheese, we hang out in the woods. Marc goes 2077 with Ruiner and wears cool light-up masks. Matt becomes the hunted in Prey. Joe returns to finish what he started in Breath of the Wild. We talk a little bit more about MLB The Show 18, PlayStation VR, and Splatoon 2. Then, we hear about the aftermath of Pokémon GO Fest, the new way Konami makes us roll our eyes this week, and wonder where the 3DS version of Dragon Quest XI is hiding.
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This week on The Free Cheese, we can't stop bleeding. It's springtime which means more than just terrible weather: Matt's playing baseball. MLB The Show 18 released to preorders and Matt is trying out all of the new changes. Marc defeated the Pig Wizard Ganon as he broke the 65 hour mark in Breath of the Wild. Joe tries out some new matching skills in Battle Chef Brigade. We talk about independent games coming to Switch, whatever the hell Atari is making, and Ubisoft's success in remaining free from Vivendi. Then, we devise a plan to make it to E3. The Free Cheese Opening Theme is "The Origin" by Legna Zeg.
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This week on The Free Cheese, we get a sweet surprise. Marc finds his way to the Rito Village in his continued adventure in Breath of the Wild and kills his friends in Crawl. Matt gets a little extra with Dota Plus and Joe kisses his friends in Kirby Star Allies. We all play a little more Splatoon 2 as we prepare for Rank X and watch the continued growth of the game. We talk about free games from Twitch and new Genesis collections. Then, we recap the announcements from the Sonic the Hedgehog SXSW panel. We hear about the best fruit to buy at the grocery store and learn the real reason that Toys"R"Us is going out of business.
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This week on The Free Cheese, we told you so. We learn the meaning of the word "recapitulate" and then act on it as we recap this week's Nintendo Direct. Joe beats Bayonetta and starts the sequel. Ben almost gets a new bronze in Street Fighter V but instead gets into Mega Man X. Marc returns to the lands of Breath of the Wild. Matt beats the evil Giygas once and for all.
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This week on The Free Cheese, is this a god dam? Matt and Joe go professional in Splatoon 2 in preparation for the new Splatfest. Ben almost burns his computer to the ground again. Marc beats up drunks for fun. We talk about Matt's newfound appreciation for the classic RPG EarthBound and his continued trek toward the end of Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle. We hear from Marc's adventures Into the Breach and learn how he's using virtual reality to look into the world of Moss. Ben checks in with the only fighting game that matters in Street Fighter V and surprises us all with his entrance into the world of Mega Man X. We recap some light news of the week, including PlayStation Plus changes, the closure of another studio and the latest in loot boxes. Finally, we talk about the last year of Nintendo Switch and celebrate our favorite moments of the latest console from Nintendo. We talk through some of the shortcomings and cheer at the victories. Then, we discuss what our hopes are for Year Two.
Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_238.mp3
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This week on The Free Cheese, we talk more about frozen foods. In the wake of Joe's 48-hour nightmare, he finds solace falling into Downwell. Marc tries his best to clean up the crime fast in Serial Cleaner. Meanwhile, Matt adventures ever further into the depths of Shigesato Itoi's mind as EarthBound continues. We talk about the decade-long plan for Rainbow Six Siege and how it could impact the future of other games. We hear about the possibility of new ports coming to Switch and how the console is impacting developer's choices. Finally, we get the announcement we've all been waiting for (well, there's still no Mother 3).
Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_237.mp3
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This week on The Free Cheese, you'll never believe what kidney stones can do. We catch up on the streets of New York and find out who won the Splatfest. Marc fills us in on the group battling of Monster Hunter World. Matt returns to Mario + Rabbids and sees the end of another world. Joe reaches the top of the mountain and goes through some stuff in Celeste. We talk about Bayonetta and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in Injustice 2, and then Matt surprises us all. We cover the future of Rainbow Six Siege and what it means for Splatoon 2, how THQ is almost back, and how eSports is starting to look a lot like other sports.
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This week on The Free Cheese, Ben almost burns his new house down. We trade (1) Marc for (1) Ben and (1) Matt and hear about their adventures away. Then, Ben tells us about his recent time with Axiom Verge and how wandering through the eShop landed him a copy of Donkey Kong 64. Matt plays a lot of the SNES Classic Edition and even more Dota 2 than before. Joe changes classes in Final Fantasy XIV, which leads him into some weird places in other games. We talk about Metroid Prime 4's development team, eSports in the Olympics, and EVO 2018's lineup before recapping the Q&A section of Nintendo's latest investor's meeting.
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This week on The Free Cheese, we milk cars. Joe and Marc spent the week getting to know the world of Eorzea in Final Fantasy XIV. We both took our first steps into creating our characters and starting our adventure. Marc plays a bit of Floor Kids and sees what Final Fantasy Tactics has to offer while Joe plays a little more of Celeste and Metroid Prime 2. We discuss the rumors of Microsoft purchases, the future games of Sumo Digital, Nintendo on the silver screen, and Ed Boon teasing the Turtles. Finally, we talk about the future of games as a service and how DOTA can influence the likes of Injustice. The Free Cheese Opening Theme is "The Origin" by Legna Zeg.
Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_234.mp3
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This week on The Free Cheese, we learn about frozen food. Joe begins his journey through the Metroid Prime trilogy on the heels of Halo. Marc finds a new affinity for dungeon crawling in Heart&Slash. Ben continues to train his hands for Street Fighter V. We also talk about the beauty of Celeste and its approach to storytelling through gameplay. Oh, and there's this fighting game out about people with big hair that we've all been playing. We learn about the cancellation of Paragon and the sunset days for Miitomo. Psyonix is taking the next steps toward platform agnosticism and football gets extreme again. Finally, we talk about Xbox Game Pass and its new dedication to subscribers.
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This week on The Free Cheese, we're folding stuff. Inside, we discuss our recent foray into PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and the collaborative effort of our time with Ninja Shodown. We hear about the rest of the Halo franchise and what its like to prepare for a fighting game tournament. Then, we talk about the sales trends of Japan, a new Scribblenauts game, and Nintendo Labo.
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This week on The Free Cheese, we debate liquid foods. Ben prepares for a fighting game tournament by playing to train (not to win) in Street Fighter V. Marc climbs inside of mechs and wanders through the dreamworld of OneShot. Matt graduates from Chinese DOTA to Chinese PUBG, and then becomes a smooth operator in Rainbow Six. Joe finds out that nothing else matters in Halo: Reach and everything matters in Splatoon 2. We discuss the Artifact card game, Resident Evil logos, new Xbox achievement systems, and close it all out with a recap of the Nintendo Direct mini.
Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_231.mp3
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This week on The Free Cheese, we discover the hidden mullet. It's the first episode of the year, which means it's time we make some bold predictions for what will happen in the world of video games. We also discuss Marc and Ben's recent activity at MAGFest, and the weird pockets of video games within the convention. We talk about games we've played, from PUBG to Halo 3, Gang Beasts, and Rainbow Six: Siege. Finally, we talk a little bit about this rumored Nintendo Direct and what we hope for.
Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_230.mp3
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This week on The Free Cheese, we discover the hidden mullet. It's the first episode of the year, which means it's time we make some bold predictions for what will happen in the world of video games. We also discuss Marc and Ben's recent activity at MAGFest, and the weird pockets of video games within the convention. We talk about games we've played, from PUBG to Halo 3, Gang Beasts, and Rainbow Six: Siege. Finally, we talk a little bit about this rumored Nintendo Direct and what we hope for.
Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_230.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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