The Free Cheese

This week on The Free Cheese, we save you from your aunt's mistake.

What happens when someone buys you the wrong console for the holiday? We give you game recommendations for those untimely mishaps. We also check in with Halo Infinite and offer yet another solution for in-game rewards. Finally, we talk about moments in a game that made us shout, "Nice touch!"

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This week on The Free Cheese, a few boxes turned twenty.

We celebrate the twentieth anniversaries of Xbox and GameCube with twenty questions. We canonically murder Pokémon. Finally, we talk a lot about Halo Infinite and why playing video games shouldn't feel like going to work.

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This week on The Free Cheese, say sorry to the Wii U.

Is Wii Sports the most beloved game ever made? Will Forza Horizon 5 win Game of the Year? These questions and more answered inside! We also hear first-hand experience with Game & Watch: The Legend of Zelda and decide which game we never want to see remade.

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This week on The Free Cheese, what year is it?

We add two more games to our Game of the Game of the Year list and then look ahead to predict the winner of Game of the Year 2022. We check back in after a full week with Pikmin Bloom and imagine what games would make great demakes.

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This week on The Free Cheese, tell 'em you're playin' Pikmin!

We talk about Darkest Dungeon 2 and discuss the best games that could benefit from going Rogue. We wander around to grow flowers in Pikmin Bloom and wonder what's next. Finally, we rewrite history by adding one mechanic to a game.

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This week on The Free Cheese, April fools!

We approach the end of our Game of the Game of the Year list with another title added. We talk about when gameplay from spin-offs finds its way back into the mainline series and then share stories about when box art led us astray or led us to play.

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This week on The Free Cheese, gimme fuel, gimme five.

We talk about the best fifth games in a series and see how many collectibles it takes before we break. 

We explore the depths of Metroid Dread and talk about how Back 4 Blood has changed since it’s initial beta.

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This week on The Free Cheese, preparing for the hurt.

Konami?

Just ahead of Metroid Dread we talk about playing through classic games with modern conventions and contemplate when that goes too far. We share the least requested characters for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and figure out what gets us in the mood for the respective games we're playing.

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This week on The Free Cheese, ruining birthday parties since 1996.

We make some new changes to our Game of the Game of the Year list and reminisce on another from the best in 2016. We talk about revisiting PlayStation games in new ways and how the right combination of mechanics and systems can create an endless gameplay loop.

We make our final predictions for a new Super Smash Bros. fighter and lament the end of a long journey through one developer's library.

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We celebrate the 35th anniversary of Castlevania with some talking points around how to replay your favorite games and still keep them fresh. We let the Rot carry us deep into Kena: Bridge of Spirits and discuss (again) why PlayStation 2 is still the best of video games. Oh, and we're all playing Magic: The Gathering.

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This week on The Free Cheese, delete your social media.

Our video game marketing discussion continues with a conversation surrounding how marketing instills a fear of not being part of the club and if we aren't there at launch, we missed something. We talk about where this can benefit us, like visiting Final Fantasy XV years after its release.

We also check out the newest set in Magic: The Gathering and the mechanics it brings to the game for the first time, while opening up more on card games and when it's fun to gamble in video games.

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This week on The Free Cheese, heaven is a place on Earth.

We wonder when marketing goes too far and what we want in the lead to a new game release. We try to find the balance between leaks and corporate condescension as we prepare our guidelines for how to market your video game.

Ahead of new card game releases, we design our perfect trading card game and realize it's probably a board game. Finally, we go home.

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This week on The Free Cheese, the road to XV begins.

It’s the annual Sonic Amateur Games Expo and we’ve played a bunch of submissions from the community. We talk about our favorite interactive elements in video games. Then, we check in with Pokémon Black and Sonic Colors Ultimate.

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This week on The Free Cheese, who else should go in the monkey ball?

After a new update to Phasmophobia we discuss the difference between changing and fixing a game, as well as our favorite bugs in games. We talk about weird origin stories for getting us to play one thing in particular. We share stories of the first video games we remember buying with our own money and put a final word on our discussion surrounding remasters. It's a big show and we fit in time to rank NieR: Automata on our Game of the Game of the Year list.

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This week on The Free Cheese, chicken nuggets in costumes.

We unpack our discussion on remasters yet again after the rerelease of Quake and the announcement of BloodRayne Betrayal: Fresh Bites. Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare leads a discussion surrounding how the aesthetic of a game can draw us into it. We use the surprise of time spent in Pokémon Unite to talk about games we've gotten lost in without realizing it. Finally, we figure out what PlayStation's Halo could be.

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This week on The Free Cheese, who's that Pokémon?

We begin by turning the clocks back one year to see where we were then. We spend some time considering how to remove microtransactions from games and imagine how Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls will play without them. Finally, do we get more excited for a remaster than a sequel?

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This week on The Free Cheese, please don't kill George Clooney.

We celebrate the 35th anniversary of Metroid the only way we know how. Marc shares tales from the Back 4 Blood beta, Matt details the changes in the Pokémon Unite meta, and Joe uncovers the truth behind Dark Souls et cetera.

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This week on The Free Cheese, the doctor is dead.

Marc is knocking on Death's Door while Matt ranks up in Pokémon Unite and Joe is reborn in NieR: Re[in]carnation. We catch up on delays from the week and how we're progressing in Dark Souls, while offering the future of old video games to you for free.

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This week on The Free Cheese, mouth tattoos.

With the release of Pokémon Unite, we've each taken our first steps toward The Pokémon International. Marc checks out The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD to see if it works with buttons. Matt begins the quest for another Dark Souls platinum. Joe finds branching paths in Castlevania: Rondo of Blood.

We outline a semester in video game school and give you your required reading list. Finally, we share more games from 2008 that should be brought back from the dead.

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This week on The Free Cheese, delays and surprises.

We talk about the recently announced Nickelodeon All-Stars Battle Royale and how Square Enix sold out of a digital game. We discuss Valve's Super Nintendo Switch, and take a guess at what 7 Persona announcements are imminent.

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This week on The Free Cheese, Shigeru Miyamoto took a bath 40 years ago.

We weigh in on the newly announced Nintendo Switch OLED and reflect on other handhelds that may or may not have used OLED technology. We also explore video game's best party as we wonder what happened to Ridge Racer.

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This week on The Free Cheese, more free marketing ideas for Mountain Dew.

PlayStation picked up a few new studios while Konami announced a partnership. We check out Mario Golf: Super rush and close the book on Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart in this week's episode.

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This week on The Free Cheese, we’re going for the gold. Or the platinum?

It seems like E3 was a year ago at this point as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Quake and 30th for Sonic the Hedgehog. We check in with Final Fantasy VII Remake - Intergrade while checking out SEGA’s Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. We talk about new games in the River City Girls franchise, the potential home for The International, and what it’s like to be a superhero in a simulation.

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This week on The Free Cheese, KeighlE3.

We run down our favorite games showcased between Summer Game Fest and E3 2021 and then discuss what it means to be revolutionary when designing a video game. Our discussion stretches back through our touchstone moments in game history where something truly new happened and continues with talk about how iteration is not a bad word.

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This week on The Free Cheese, no news!

It's E3 season and you're hearing everything somewhere else already. Instead of repeating headlines, we're focusing on what we've been playing and catching you off guard with some surprise questions.

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This week on The Free Cheese, we apologize to Yuji Naka.

The return of E3 and Summer Game Fest mean the return of 15 predictions announcements that are coming soon. We also reveal the next three characters joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate before Sakurai doesn't retire and catch up with one of cinema's greatest tragedies.

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This week on The Free Cheese, we talk about Sonic's stomach.

E3 is fast approaching and publishers are lighting the fires with some early announcements. We catch up on the 35th anniversary presentation for Dragon Quest, as well as the 30th anniversary kickoff for Sonic the Hedgehog. We get news on some new sequels and talk about Valve making its own Sega Nomad.

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We are gathered here today to bring you our full thoughts and impressions on Resident Evil Village. For the first time in a while, we have all completed a game together and are excited to discuss where we think it ranks among the rest of Resident Evil games. Plus, we offer what we think the future of the series may hold.

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This week on The Free Cheese, should amiibo still exist?

Game of the Game of the Year continues as we rank Super Mario Odyssey. We prepare for Summer Game Fest and the anniversary of Dragon Quest. We try to figure out if we like Scarlet Nexus and Resident Evil 2. Finally, we check in with the latest from Call of Duty: Warzone live from inside Nakatomi Plaza.

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This week on The Free Cheese, please put the gun away.

We're ready for the season of announcements with the official announcements of The International and QuakeCon. Sega is looking into reviving some of its dormant IPs while Koei Tecmo is turning its into pachislo.

After six months, we check in with both of this generation's new consoles and share our first thoughts on Famicom Detective Club as we each wrap up Resident Evil Village

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This week on The Free Cheese, we believe in Quake.

It's our 400th episode! We briefly reminisce on some of our favorite moments from our time together and introduce a new recurring segment for 2021.

We're all playing Resident Evil Village and share our early impressions of its technical performance and overall setting. We check back in with NieR Replicant and Returnal. Then, sharing our thoughts on Nintendo's investor's report and things we're excited about for E3.

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This week on The Free Cheese, there's more Square Enix than you think.

We talk about NieR Replicant ver. 1.22474487139..., Returnal, and make guesses at what Monolith Soft is working on once it has 300 employees on staff. We have some opposing thoughts on the Mortal Kombat movie but all agree that losing another studio to Call of Duty: Warzone is a tragedy.

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This week on The Free Cheese, we're still making PSN recommendations anyway.

We talk the reversal of PlayStation's decision to shutdown the PS3 and PS Vita stores with the soft launch of Xbox Cloud Gaming on iOS and PC. We share impressions on Before Your Eyes and the first Resident Evil Village demo, and we take a trip to Yusnaan with Lightning.

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This week on The Free Cheese, chyeah chyeah, chel chyeah.

We’re fresh from another Resident Evil showcase and counting down to all and every available hours for a new demo of Village. We check out Oddworld Soulstorm and Prime 2D, while chasing the elusive target in Hitman 3 and revisiting Bionic Commando.

We celebrate the 15th anniversary of Mother 3 by remembering the game and people behind it, and looking forward to an official release.

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This week on The Free Cheese, let's remake Final Fantasy VII Remake!

We're talking the latest new releases, from Gran Turismo 5 to Saints Row IV and we hear the latest on Cyberpunk 2077 after its latest patch. Bloomberg's latest report on Sony has us questioning the future of PlayStation and we start to line up sponsors for E3 2021.

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This week on The Free Cheese, that feels like Sega.

We spend a week with Monster Hunter Rise and get lost in the world of Wario while new PCs arrive and carry us into the future of Apple Arcade.

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This week on The Free Cheese, was that game bad this whole time?

We share our experience with Monster Hunter Rise, Tekken 7's latest character, and the Ancient Gods expansion for Doom Eternal. We also talk about a handful of games out now and coming to mobile, along with some exciting fighting game announcements.

Finally, we share a shortlist of games you should start buying before PlayStation shuts down the PS3, PSP, and PS Vita stores.

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This week on The Free Cheese, step into the zone with Opa-Opa.

We celebrate the 35th anniversary of Fantasy Zone by remembering Sega's first mascot. We also talk about the "co-op" Ada Wong campaign in Resident Evil 6, how to make a bad Need for Speed game, and check in with the world of Marvel's Avengers.

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This week on The Free Cheese, free chairs?

When was the last time you went to a junkyard? What was the last thing you threw from a rooftop? These questions and more find their answers on this week's show.

We share more discoveries from within Loop Hero while Marc takes on more of Resident Evil 6 and Matt and Joe discover the different ways to play basketball.

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This week on The Free Cheese, a podcast so nice we recorded half of it twice!

We celebrate the launch of Loop Hero and the 4th anniversary of the Nintendo Switch by finally scratching that ever present basketball itch.

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This week on The Free Cheese, it's 1986.

We each played 35 minutes of The Legend of Zelda to see how far we could get and how the game feels in 2021.

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This week on The Free Cheese, can you smell TI?

What a wonderful week for a Nintendo Direct! We catch up on the highlights from the week along with the future of Miis and share what we think of brand new video games, like DOTA 2 and Batman for NES. We also get first thoughts on 30XX.

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This week on The Free Cheese, welcome to the land of treasure.

We begin our 20th anniversary celebration of the Game Boy Advance by accident and lament what could have been a live-action Link. We share impressions for Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury and talk a lot more about Loop Hero.

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This week on The Free Cheese, what are you ordering?

We build the future of Tomb Raider and combine the power of two of video games greatest heroes to create Samus the Hedgehog.

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This week on The Free Cheese, yes.

We step into some survival horror this week with a run through Resident Evil VII and a peek into the latest from Bloober Team, The Medium. Gabe Newell outlines the future—seriously, not just for video games, but the future of programming ourselves.

We take a stab at the future of Nintendo merchandising and close out with a dive into what we've been playing on our phones.

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This week on The Free Cheese, Virtual Marc!

Marc steps into virtual reality with his new Valve Index, while Matt wraps through the underbelly of Dark Souls in search of the Platinum Trophy.

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This year, we’re changing a bit of how our awards are chosen and announced. We’re limiting the entire process to a single, shorter episode. We’ve worked behind the scenes using a spreadsheet and some math, with a bit of wiggling one way or another to determine the winners of each category.

As we read through each category, we’ll name the winner and two runners up. Then, we’ll share some of our experiences with each game and why it deserved the award.

We’re going to spend a few minutes throughout the episode to celebrate some of the games that stuck with us the most in 2020. These might not have been released in 2020, but they meant something to us when we played them. In between rounds of award winners, we’ll each share a game that meant something to us and why.

When we reach Game of the Year, we will read our current list of nominees and deliberate the winner as we would in previous years, eventually crowning a winner.

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This week on The Free Cheese, another anniversary?

We hear predictions from our friend Ako and celebrate NieR Automata's final secret. We learn about how Miis integrate into Breath of the Wild and figure out how to sleep inside of Gengar.

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This week on The Free Cheese, twenty twenty-one.

We look forward to what we expect in 2021 with our latest run of predictions after reflecting on what we expected from 2020.

We also take some time to share positive outlooks on Sonic Forces and hear all about brand new Game Gear games from M2. Finally, we get the final word on Yakuza: Like a Dragon and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption.

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