The Free Cheese (Video Games)

This week on The Free Cheese: Marc kills Callie.

We return to the basics with our regularly scheduled Now Playing. Marc returns to Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows, Matt finds weird things in Bloodborne, and Joe defeats a man with nails for a beard in Let It Die.

During Show and Tell, we talk about the latest Nintendo Direct, all about Fire Emblem.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_181.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:25pm EDT

This week on The Free Cheese: We get all Switched up on our way to New Donk City.

Marc spent his last week running through the random games installed on his 3DS while Matt edged his way through another nightmare section in Bloodborne. Joe thinks he finally understands Let It Die as he makes it a few floors higher and discovers the Jackals.

After the break, we delve into the entire Nintendo Switch Presentation and react to what Nintendo showed off on January 12. 

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_180.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:38pm EDT

This week on The Free Cheese: We go to McDonald's five years ago.

Joe starts us off with a tale from a New York trip several years back and we listen to a woman eat ice cream.

We spent some time in the last week playing Diablo III, Bloodborne, and Frog Fractions, and yes, we're pretty sure it's 2017.

Lastly, we make predictions about the upcoming Nintendo Switch presentation.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_179.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:54am EDT

This week on The Free Cheese: we know what happens next.

Joe, Marc, and Matt gather in the new year to talk about what is going to happen over the next twelve months. We, along with some friends, make five predictions each about the world of video games in the year 2017.

Since we last met, Matt finally entered the world of Bloodborne and began to learn what makes it so great. Marc served drinks and lived in the future, convincing us all to buy VA-11 HALL-A. Joe gets back to the basics with Street Fighter V.

We recommend some games to purchase in the final moments of the Steam Winter Sale, and share some plans for The Free Cheese in 2017.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_178.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:08pm EDT

The Free Cheese Game of the Year 2016 comes to an end with Day 5 of voting.

Joe, Marc, Matt, and Dashe discuss the nominees for the fifth and final round of Game of the Year categories.

This episode includes the awards for:

  • Most Surprising
  • Best Score/Soundtrack
  • Best Old Game That We Played This Year
  • Most Anticipated
  • Game of the Year
Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Game_of_the_Year_2016_Day_5.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

The Free Cheese Game of the Year 2016 continues with Day 4 of voting.

Joe, Marc, Matt, and Dashe discuss the nominees for the fourth round of Game of the Year categories.

This episode includes the awards for:

  • Best Single Player
  • Most Innovative
  • Favorite Industry Moment
  • Best DLC/Expansion
  • Best Narrative/Story
Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Game_of_the_Year_2016_Day_4.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

Here we begin Day 3 of voting for The Free Cheese Game of the Year 2016.

Joe, Marc, Matt, and Dashe discuss the nominees for the third round of Game of the Year categories.

This episode includes the awards for:

  • I'll Buy It Again
  • Best Friend
  • Favorite Free Cheese Moment
  • 2016's 2015 Game of the Year
Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Game_of_the_Year_2016_Day_3.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

Voting continues in Day 2 of The Free Cheese Game of the Year 2016.

Joe, Marc, Matt, and Dashe discuss the nominees for the second round of Game of the Year categories.

This episode includes the awards for:

  • Biggest Disappointment
  • Please Don't Suck
  • Favorite In-Game Moment
  • Best Multiplayer
Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Game_of_the_Year_2016_Day_2.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

The Free Cheese proudly presents the first day of Game of the Year 2016 voting.

Joe, Marc, Matt, and Dashe discuss the nominees for the first round of Game of the Year categories.

This episode includes the awards for:

  • Best One-Session Game
  • Best Toilet Game
  • I'll Play It Next Year
  • Best Aesthetic/Style
Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Game_of_the_Year_2016_Day_1.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

This week on The Free Cheese: we drink the elixir.

Joe and Marc gather around the podcast table to talk about Super Mario Run and how Nintendo's fair plumber is doing on his first outing on our phones.

We also talk about the new game from Grasshopper Manufacture, Let It Die, and how rad this unexpected game turned out to be.

We play a little more Final Fantasy XV, but not enough to find our own Chocobo. 

Finally, we talk about which games we'd like to see get remastered or remade entirely before teasing our game of the year content.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_177.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:40am EDT

This week on The Free Cheese: We finish a lot of games.

Marc climbs to the top of the tower and finishes The Last Guardian. Matt explores the weird, supernatural sidescrolling of Oxenfree. Joe finds all of the treasure and a brother in Uncharted 4.

We also talk about Overcooked, Need for Speed, and Superhot as we run through some of our end of the year roundups.

We talk about what we would do if we could make our own Marvel vs. Capcom game with other companies and our thoughts on Nintendo's recent late night appearance.

Finally, we share our choices for a holiday buyer's guide, suggesting games for each platform.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_176.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:21am EDT

This week on The Free Cheese: Ellie is 19.

Matt and Joe finish INSIDE from Playdead, while Marc and Joe start an adventure in Final Fantasy XV. Matt nearly creates spreadsheets to plan for Darkest Dungeon. Marc starts a band in Rock Band 4. Joe finishes Hyper Light Drifter.

We recant the results of the Game Awards and lament some of the performances, then we see how we fared when making predictions for the PlayStation Experience 2016. We discuss every announcement from PSX and get really excited about a new entry in The Last of Us. 

Finally, we discuss our choices for Game of the Year between 2011 and 2015.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_175.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:30pm EDT

This week on The Free Cheese: Marc hates ocarinas.

In anticipation for the third annual PlayStation Experience, we make five predictions (or wishes) for what we expect to see from Sony's fan event.

Joe continued in Fire Emblem Fates, and for some reason started working out with a four-year-old game. Marc beat DOOM and revisited Red Dead Revolver. Matt tested a bunch of game of the year contenders and continued Telltale's Batman in its fourth episode. Marc and Joe share some thoughts on the Final Fantasy XV demo and prepare themselves for the game's release.

We bring our month of Secrets and celebration of The Legend of Zelda's 30th anniversary to a close with a conversation about Skyward Sword, the timeline, and our favorite moments in the franchise history.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_174.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:12pm EDT

This week on The Free Cheese: Wii remember...

Join us this week as we look back on ten years of the PS3 and the Wii, recalling the stories of cold nights waiting in line outside of big box retailers.

We talk a lot about DOOM and why it's one of the best games we've played this year. Matt tells us more about his hockey league in NHL 17. Marc finds a new JRPG from SEGA called 7th Dragon III: VFD that he's fallen in love with and plays a game filled with penises. Joe continues the story in Fire Emblem Fates and chooses a side to fight for in the great war between two families.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_173.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:50pm EDT

This week on The Free Cheese: we say goodbye to a friend.

Gather around as Marc and Joe talk about what it is to be human, and other lessons we've learned from video games. 

We were unable to procure our own NES Classic Editions, so we came together to make our own. We also have some stories from friends who were out on the hunt for Nintendo's new toy.

Joe awakens from one nightmare only to discover another one inside of Marc's Miitomo room. Marc goes walking through The Beginner's Guide and finds himself truly heartfelt after playing That Dragon, Cancer. Joe finds himself torn between two families at war in Fire Emblem Fates.

As Nintendo announces the end of production for the Wii U, we talk about our favorite features and uses of the system in addition to our favorite games on the platform.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_172.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:32pm EDT

This week on The Free Cheese: we want more free stuff.

We share everything we know about the latest update in Animal Crossing: New Leaf and how we feel about the changes added to the game after three years.

Marc forgets who he is and becomes a clerk as he falls (literally) into the world of Job Simulator. He takes the simulation thing to the next level and plays some puzzles to date girls in Huniepop, and then murders things in the bloody beat-em-up Mother Russia Bleeds.

Matt plays a little bit of NHL 17 but mostly runs on the walls in Titanfall 2 and has way too much fun grappling and gunning and laughing his way through the multiplayer modes.

Joe struggles to play three JRPGs at once so instead sees what happens when you scan amiibo figures into Animal Crossing: New Leaf. 

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_171.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:41pm EDT

This week on The Free Cheese: we'll provide copies on release day!

We bring our month of monsters to a close with a conversation about Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, our pick for this month's game club.

Matt continues to love Batman: The Telltale Series in the latest episode release and tries the latest in first-person shooter offerings, Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2. Marc goes to the eShop and brings back Pirate Pop Plus and Gotta Protectors, the latter is the latest from the developers of Streets of Rage 2. Joe goes to hell and doesn't want to leave thanks to the latest DOOM released earlier this year, but finds himself back in  high school in Persona 4.

We try to guess what Nintendo is announcing at the Japanese Animal Crossing Direct, wonder what a new Final Fantasy on mobile looks like, and why Marc fell suddenly in love with Pokémon Sun and Moon.

As companies begin to withhold review copies from media outlets, we discuss what this means for the future of games media and for our purchases. We talk about which companies are already taking steps to control messaging and what we care about in a game review.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_170.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:08pm EDT

This week on The Free Cheese: it's Marc After Darc™

Gather around as Marc and Joe catch up on all things Nintendo Switch. Marc shares his hopes and dreams for Nintendo's new home console that can leave the home, as well as just how happy it makes him.

As we discuss Now Playing, Joe takes us into the World of Final Fantasy and how classic Final Fantasy is given a Pokémon-styled gameplay mechanic. Together, both Marc and Joe try out the new Pokémon Sun and Moon demo, and feel pretty uneven about it.

Marc runs the gambit of flea market DS finds and loses himself inside of PlayStation VR. Joe takes a journey to the suburbs of Japan and becomes a high school student again in Persona 4.

We talk about updates coming to Miitomo and the next time we'll hear about Nintendo Switch officially. After Marc poses a question about box design, we debate the necessity of cartridges and physical media in video games' future.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_169.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:11am EDT

This week on The Free Cheese Podcast: we turn 3 minutes into 2 hours.

Nintendo announced its newest home console, the Nintendo Switch. Long known by its codename, "NX," the Nintendo Switch is a home console that has the ability to be carried outside of the home and played wherever you go.

Joe and Matt discuss the nature of this new console and pull at every thread possible from the 3 minute trailer shown off by Nintendo.

We discuss the design and look of both the console and its branding, as well as the overall concept of the console. We share our thoughts on the third-party support announced and hinted at by Nintendo as well as what we want from a first-party output. 

We close the show by looking at the Virtual Console on Nintendo Switch, the future of both Wii U and 3DS, and what our dream launch title would be.

What is the new Mario game? Can you play the console on a rooftop? Where can I get new Splatoon haircuts? All of these questions and more are answered inside.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_168.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:21am EDT

This week on The Free Cheese Podcast: we turn the castle upside down.

Join Joe, Marc, and Matt to discuss the preservation of video games, the retro section in big box retailers, and how the market for old games is created.

Joe goes Japanese with Final Fantasy VI and Dragon Quest VII, Matt heads south in Mafia III, while Marc returns to a favorite land wearing new skin in Plague of Shadows. Joe tries the new horror rhythm game, Thumper. Matt, since last episode, began, played, and completed Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. 

Stay tuned for next week, when we talk about the NX reveal for sure, probably, maybe...

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_167.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 3:49pm EDT

This week on The Free Cheese: we learn which games Marc likes.

Joe and Marc are joined by our good friend Matt to talk about why From Software doesn't make Zelda, eSports and mainstream media, and the new Pokémon evolutions.

Matt deletes MLB the Show only to redownload it later. He just wrapped up the latest Deus Ex game, Mankind Divided and gets ready for Mafia III. 

Marc finally gets Galak-Z to run properly on PC and makes it through a few stages, certifying it as a Marc Game™. To kick off our celebration of Castlevania this month, Marc plays through Aria of Sorrow for the first time, wishing he could become Soma Cruz in 2035.

Joe talks about his final review for Slain: Back from Hell, cries some more about the NX, and shares his newfound love for the anime aesthetic of Azure Striker Gunvolt 2.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_166.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:57am EDT

This week on The Free Cheese, we enter Ultra Reality.

Joe and Marc gather this week to discuss the Nintendo 64 and its twentieth anniversary. We share the stories of receiving ours and the games we got at launch.

Marc plays some Hyper Light Drifter in a glorious 60 frames per second and wonders why he has to in the first place. Joe wants more out of Slain: Back from Hell and finds it in Super Mario 64. While Joe treks deeper into Dragon Quest VII, Marc leaps higher with one hand in Leap Day.

Finally, we talk about how a decade-long rival ended up as a partnership and strong collaboration.

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 2:49pm EDT

This week on The Free Cheese, we become human.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in North America next week, we discuss our list of favorite 20 N64 games and some of the games that made the cut. Marc tells us about the time he tricked a child.

We find out if Joe was right about the NX after last week's prediction, and why Marc and Kyle struggle to find enjoyment in thatgamecompany's Journey. We discuss the uniqueness of Journey and how it holds up after almost five years.

Dragon Quest VII is out and so far we've delivered one sandwich. Shovel Knight is still a great game and Plague of Shadows is still a perfect expansion to the original title. Finally, Slain: Back from Hell is released on PS4 and we find out if it feels as great as it looks.

Witness the return of Lightning Round as it leads us into our topic of the week, all about the ethics of VR development and what the future holds for our X-Files episode called "Life."

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_164.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 3:30pm EDT

This week on The Free Cheese, find out more next year. 

Joe and Marc gather to talk about the swath of games that have been delayed and what is the appropriate reaction to disappointment. We look at how positive reinforcement can do a lot of good and how toxic it is when we spew negativity.

We played FAST Racing NEO this week in attempt to fill the F-Zero void that lives in our hearts. We learn that Nintendo has a real level of polish that continues to make its games that much better. Marc makes his hands happy in Drawful 2 and entertains his backtracking brain with Strider on PS4. Joe uncovers 3D models in Picross 3D Round 2, returns to Bloodborne to meet the Old Hunters, and wishes he could kill things amidst blood and black metal...

To celebrate the N64's twentieth birthday, we talk a little about some of the games that have made our countdown list. We bring the show to a close by predicting when the NX will be revealed.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_163.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 3:04pm EDT

This week on The Free Cheese, we get upgraded.

Joe, Marc, and Kyle gather to discuss the PlayStation 4 Pro and PlayStation 4 Slim, and what those consoles really mean for our market. 

We learn about Nintendo's mobile delays and its new game bringing Mario to the platform. Hyper Light Drifter gets cancelled for Wii U and PS Vita and we talk about why that's okay.

Kyle struggles to find something to play while Joe and Marc race slot cars against people they walk past in the streets. StreetPass updates excite us while Super Mario Maker on 3DS reinvigorates our love for the Wii U version.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_162.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 3:27pm EDT

This week on The Free Cheese, we just want to be heard!

Joe, Marc, and Dashe gather in a conversation about the classic days of Castlevania and Final Fantasy. We learn about Dashe's gaming history and the first game that he ever beat. We talk about the two very different camps of Final Fantasy fans and how Marc walks the line in between them.

We go a little further into some of the Nintendo Direct announcements, if only to create new conspiracy theories to flood the internet with. What have we already seen from Nintendo that points toward NX? Why are there mobile homes in Animal Crossing and why don't we know anything about the mobile game yet?

Dashe brings some strong insight into No Man's Sky, as someone who entered it without giving into the negativity surrounding it. We try to figure out how a developer can release a huge title and then go completely dark. We then remember why we hate MMORPGs.

Marc wants pants and Marc wants shoes. He wants them separate from one another but he can't get that in Rock Band 4. After finding a face that sort of works, he tries to fight everything in Mystical Ninja, what the big deal is with Paragon, and figures out how to quickly spend too much real money on pretend badges.

Joe uses his New Nintendo 3DS to continue revisiting his 3DS library in a new way, specifically Mario Kart 7, where 3D finally makes a difference. The heart machine continues in Hyper Light Drifter as we make a weird comparison that kind of works.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_161.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:32am EDT

This week on The Free Cheese, we talk directly to you about Nintendo.

Kyle and Joe close out our month of Metroid coverage with a conversation about Metroid: Zero Mission. We talk about our experience with the game, why every Metroid game should be like this one, and why it's okay that Nintendo is a little strict with the use of its IP.

After a week, Kyle has explored and understands a bit more of No Man's Sky, yet he still is not convinced the game is anything more than he originally thought it to be. Without knowing how much longer he'll stay with it, Kyle still found himself terrified when he landed on a planet that was filled with water and gave him flashbacks to the N64...

Joe bought his New Nintendo 3DS and used it to revisit some old classics and see how they fare. Impressed with how quickly Super Smash Bros. booted up, he put emulation to the test by returning to EarthBound on the small screen. As naturally as it was to return to it, he is just as eager to race around in Mario Kart 7 again.

We highlight a story about a lawyer who left his practice to make an RPG where everyone dies. We throw out some questions for another edition of lightning round. 

Finally, we recap everything from today's Nintendo Direct presentation and share the parts we are most excited about (or not so excited about).

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_160.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:38am EDT

This week on The Free Cheese, we break hard drives!

Marc responds to Kyle and Joe's conversation from last week, adding some insight into where we were last episode. Kyle contradicts himself from last week and finds himself piloting a ship to nowhere. Joe breaks his computer and has to borrow his girlfriend's to record!

We talk about how certain games are like a secret garden to us, and how we've always felt like they were special to us; no one knew about our little secret. Yet today, there's at least one subreddit and twelve t-shirts in the mall that showcase your little secret.

Marc plays some of Team Ninja's Nioh and gets mad at the new slim PS4. Joe raves about Hyper Light Drifter even though he still doesn't understand half of what he's doing.

We close with a brief recap of Metroid Fusion as we near the end of our month of Metroid.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_159.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:15pm EDT

This week on The Free Cheese, Joe and Kyle try to understand discipline and attempt to balance their expectations with reality.

We wonder why No Man's Sky is no more exciting than a trailer, and how difficult it is to create something that still provides thrill and surprise to encourage playground chatter in the modern era.

We look at what makes stories interesting to us and try to uncover why we are so easily dismissive and how we never accomplish anything.

Kyle tells us stories of his recent journey to Philadelphia and Joe trades the secrets of success for a day on the couch.

We create the formula for Nintendo's EarthBound adaptation, discover the games we'll be playing when it snows, and talk about Super Metroid all in under two hours in one of our best episodes ever.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_158.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:51pm EDT

This week on The Free Cheese, Marc and Joe learn to love together forever.

While Kyle is away, Marc and Joe talk about the cancellation of Metroid Dread. The lost game from 2005 remains a mystery but as we look back, we try to understand what it may have meant canonically for the series.

Marc sees red in Doom and sees nothing inside of Metroid Prime: Blast Ball. Joe remains unimpressed with the 2.5D Bloodstained, but gets super spooked in the midst of Metroid Prime.

We talk about the upcoming PS4 revision and what it might mean, as well as new information on the New Nintendo 3DS in North America. We share the games that we wish would've never been cancelled and we take a moment to remember someone who shaped the worlds of Square Enix. 

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_157.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:34am EDT

This week on The Free Cheese, we talk a lot about homeless Mario. 

To start our month of Metroid coverage for the series' 30th anniversary, we briefly discuss our own personal histories with the franchise. We talk about the horror/not horror elements of the games and what makes a great Metroid.

Kyle finds himself riding a bike in circles to hatch more eggs, while Joe plays pretend soccer in Metroid Prime: Blast Ball, and Marc is too young to die so he grabbed himself a copy of Doom to murder monsters.

During Show and Tell, Marc tells us about Prey for the Gods, Kyle hates the Alola region, and Joe tries to describe the NX.

We let a CPU match decide on this month's pick for Game Club and we initiate another thrilling installment of Lightning Round.

Finally, we discuss why 2017 is potentially the year of platformers, looking at the likes of Sonic Mania, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, Yooka-Laylee, and Mario NX

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_156.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:50pm EDT

Marc bought a PlayStation 4 and Kyle teaches us things we never asked to learn.

This week, Joe and Kyle are playing through Pokémon to complete their respective Pokédexes. Kyle just ran through the Delta Episode for his second time while Joe struggles to hatch the Unown.

Marc played a lot of Overwatch because he doesn't have Rock Band (or Bloodborne) yet, but also found a lot of joy in the challenge and gameplay of Furi.

We welcome the return of Lightning Round with five rapid-fire questions that leave us confused and laughing. Then, Kyle shows us a picture of the Pokémon timeline and we try to make sense of it all.

Finally, we heard about some NX possibilities and we don't really know how to break them apart...

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_155.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:52am EDT

This week, we realize how often we say the word Pokémon in an hour and a half. 

Marc strips out the color of his world and plays a weird, Western version of Hotline Miami in 12 is Better 6. He also uses horses to play solitaire somehow...

Kyle is facing the Elite Four and trespassing charges (Kyle found the one guy not playing Pokémon GO).

Joe gets weird to the beat in Rhythm Heaven Megamix and details the key to the perfect lasagna.

We talk about Animal Crossing: New Leaf getting updated after four years, NX rumors, and teeny, tiny HD NES consoles coming this November.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_154.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:07am EDT

Pokémon GO is finally here and it is the only thing that we can talk about! At least in the second half of our episode.

This week, Joe, Marc, and Kyle talk about weird neighbors, bleeding ankles, and weird monsters that are crawling in the streets. We decided to save the Pokémon GO conversation until the second half of the show, and spent the first half discussing the other games we've been playing and some of the other topics that have piqued our interest this week.

Joe gave A Boy and His Blob another chance and fell in love with the puzzle platformer and its unique sense of charm and adventure. He also spent a little bit of time realizing that he doesn't know BASIC and should've researched a little bit more.

There's a Kirby Café opening up next month and we wonder what other Nintendo properties will become public venues. We also discuss the potential of Final Fantasy XIII coming to current consoles and the new features shown off for Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, and the super rad new Pokémon. 

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_153.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:59am EDT

Marc goes on a boat while Joe goes on a tangent.

On this week's episode, Marc finally gets into the head of Psychonauts and bounces his way to the beat in Crypt of the Necrodancer.

We discuss the logistics of crowdfunding games and how game financing has changed how developers are creating what we play.

Joe tries to make sense of A Boy and His Blob but instead joins Marc in Shovel Knight co-op and the Plague of Shadows expansion.

Pokémon GO launches in the middle of our recording but we are unable to log in, so instead we talk about what we've been reading about in a new segment called "Show and Tell."

Listen to us recant the thrilling Q&A section of Nintendo's Annual Shareholder's Meeting as well as what felt like the spiritual successor to Iwata Asks in the form of a chat session about Miitomo from two longtime Nintendo collaborators. 

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_152.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:09am EDT

20 years ago, 151 monsters debuted on the Game Boy. While we didn't get Pokémon in North America for another two years, we still caught the addiction to catch them all.

Joe, Kyle, and Marc spend a few hours talking about Pokémon. We start with the first two titles, Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue, sharing our memories of playing the games for the first time and revisiting them on Virtual Console nearly 20 years later. We share our must-have monsters for getting through Kanto, and which ones we think are the dumbest-looking designs.

After an image search goes wrong and we take a brief break, we talk about the upcoming Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. We discuss our favorite of the new Pokémon and make our wishes for new monsters. 

Then, a civil war breaks out over the best Pokémon generation and we bring the episode to a close by naming our favorite Pokémon. 

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_151.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:29am EDT

It's been five months since we've recorded an episode and we all missed it. Joe, Kyle, and Marc sit down to discuss E3 2016 and all of the secrets revealed. 

We talk about what Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo brought to the annual show and what we liked best from each. 

Xbox has two new consoles on the way, PlayStation is bringing back a lost friend, and Nintendo celebrates 30 years of a dude in a green tunic. 

We're all pretty stoked about Injustice 2 finally becoming a reality and we're even more excited to be back to talk about it. Thanks to all of those who have waited for us to return and who are looking forward with us to see where this thing goes.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_150-_Rebirth.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

We wonder if games are better than they ever were or if the best years are already behind us.

Joe is joined by Mike to discuss the 20th anniversary of Pokémon and buying a New Nintendo 3DS. Mike spends some more time with Black Ops III even when the Zombies mode makes no sense. Joe plays fake crane games for 3DS menu badges and learns how to build a video game console.

Oh, and Joe finally beat Bloodborne but it won't lay to rest for long...

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_149.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:19pm EDT

Herein lies the episode where we put 2015 to rest and do our best to guess what will happen in 2016.

Joe is joined by Sandeep and Tyler to talk about how Bloodborne should have and could have won game of the year in 2015, the return of Amplitude, and how awful Fighting Force was.

We review the predictions that we made in 2015 and award the victor with the crown of Nostragamus. We take turns sharing our predictions for 2016 and talk briefly about which games and consoles will be celebrating anniversaries this year.

Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_148.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:30pm EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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.
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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:51am EDT

This week on The Free Cheese Podcast:

Joe and Marc sit down to talk about Shovel Knight and why it is one of the greatest games of the year. We talk about playing Super Smash Bros. for Wii UBatman: Arkham OriginsPayday 2, and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker among other things. Then we share our favorite gaming moments involving Christmas, and tease a bit of what is to come for next week's Game of the Year podcast. 
Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_101_-_122314_11.18_PM.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:55pm EDT

This week on The Free Cheese Podcast:

We celebrate our 100th episode of the podcast. Joe, Kyle, Sandeep, and Ako sit down to talk about our favorite memories from the podcast since our first episode. We discuss our impressions and feelings about the Video Game Awards that happened in Las Vegas the previous weekend, and what excites us coming out of that show. After Kyle heads out, we continue sharing more memories of the podcast and general friendship together. 
We follow up our Video Game Awards discussion by talking about the PlayStation Experience, also held in Las Vegas the previous weekend and share our thoughts about all of the announcements made there. We loved seeing Uncharted 4 running in real-time, as well as hearing that our friends at Yacht Club Games are bringing Shovel Knight to PlayStation platforms. 
We continue with even more memories and favorite moments, including Rage Against the Machine and Dragula, and then follow up with what we've been playing. Sandeep has been toying with BioShock on iOS, as well as a strange point-and-click game called The Cat Lady. He's also trying to overcome the sadness of not obtaining one of the beautiful 20th anniversary PlayStation 4 consoles.  Ako has completely fallen in love with his Wii U, spending a lot of time with Bayonetta Bayonetta 2, as well as Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, and the obligatory Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Joe has been revisiting his favorite game of the year for this month's cover story, and has been enjoying OlliOlliHohokumVelocity 2X, and Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze. Additionally, he's spent time trying to learn how to love Pokemon Alpha Sapphire
Thank you if you have ever listened to this show, or told someone about the show, or told someone about the website, or have been involved with us in any way. You are the reason we exist and we love you for it. Thank you.
Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_100_Pt._3.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 3:50pm EDT

This week on The Free Cheese Podcast:

We celebrate our 100th episode of the podcast. Joe, Kyle, Sandeep, and Ako sit down to talk about our favorite memories from the podcast since our first episode. We discuss our impressions and feelings about the Video Game Awards that happened in Las Vegas the previous weekend, and what excites us coming out of that show. After Kyle heads out, we continue sharing more memories of the podcast and general friendship together. 
We follow up our Video Game Awards discussion by talking about the PlayStation Experience, also held in Las Vegas the previous weekend and share our thoughts about all of the announcements made there. We loved seeing Uncharted 4 running in real-time, as well as hearing that our friends at Yacht Club Games are bringing Shovel Knight to PlayStation platforms. 
We continue with even more memories and favorite moments, including Rage Against the Machine and Dragula, and then follow up with what we've been playing. Sandeep has been toying with BioShock on iOS, as well as a strange point-and-click game called The Cat Lady. He's also trying to overcome the sadness of not obtaining one of the beautiful 20th anniversary PlayStation 4 consoles.  Ako has completely fallen in love with his Wii U, spending a lot of time with Bayonetta Bayonetta 2, as well as Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, and the obligatory Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Joe has been revisiting his favorite game of the year for this month's cover story, and has been enjoying OlliOlliHohokumVelocity 2X, and Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze. Additionally, he's spent time trying to learn how to love Pokemon Alpha Sapphire
Thank you if you have ever listened to this show, or told someone about the show, or told someone about the website, or have been involved with us in any way. You are the reason we exist and we love you for it. Thank you.
Direct download: TheFreeCheese100_Part_1.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 3:49pm EDT

This week on The Free Cheese Podcast:

Join Joe, Kyle, Tyler, and for the first time in a few months Chris & Dave to talk about video games. Kyle has been antagonizing children in GTA Online once again. Chris has been spending the little free time that he has by exploring the world of Dragon Age: Inquisition. Dave is still grinding away in Destiny and joining Chris in Dragon Age. Tyler has been exploring PC games made in Unity in order to better teach Unity to his students. Joe tried out WWE 2K15 with Kyle to make some of his favorite people come to life and wrestle. 
Everyone has been spending some time with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and it's safe to say that we all love it. We each talk a bit about the transition from the 3DS to the Wii U, as well as our favorite stages and characters to play. 
After the break, we discuss what we would be asking Santa for this Christmas if we were small children. We run through a lot of our most wanted video game stuff for this holiday season, as well as some of the weirder ideas that we can think of. 
Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_98.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:19am EDT

This week on FourPlay:

Joe and Marc sit down to talk about video games. Marc talks about Counter-Strike ripoffs, the mundanity that is The Legend of Korra, and the insane deployability of The Binding of Isaac. Joe begins his first journey through Chrono Trigger, and tries out (and LOVES) the new Mario Kart 8 DLC. Together, we both play a bit of Super Smash Bros. for 3DS in order to prepare for the Wii U release this Friday. 
 
After the break, we talk about the tenth anniversary of the Nintendo DS. We share stories of our own personal journeys with the system, some history of the console, and where we see the console headed in the future. 
Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Episode_97.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:10pm EDT

This week on FourPlay:

Marc picks up the DualShock 4 to try out the port of Hotline Miami and gets excited for the sequel. Additionally, he dove into the latest creation from Edmund McMillen in the form of The Binding of Isaac Rebirth. Dan continues his time with Super Smash Bros. for 3DS as well as Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, but he joins Kyle in Grand Theft Auto Online to torment and aggravate children younger than half of his age. Joe finds time to squeeze in some gaming time in the form of Threes and Monument Valley on his phone, while dipping a bit into Mario Kart 8 in preparation for the new DLC release.
 
After the break, we discuss this month's cover story and we share our favorite RPGs of all time. We also announce this month's pick for our Game Club, and we'll be playing Chrono Trigger all month long.
Direct download: The_Free_Cheese_Podcast_Episode_96.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:47pm EDT

This week on FourPlay:

Dan discovers the fine line between Borderlands and Borderlands 2 that is Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. Marc excites us all with a gorgeous pop culture filled beat 'em up called Devil's Dare. Kyle torments children in GTA Online. Tyler misses Halloween in Animal Crossing: New Leaf because he was busy playing Super Smash Bros. for 3DS, and Joe struggles to enjoy Nintendo Land
 
We announce our cover story for the month of November, the month of the RPG. Then we discuss our favorite moments from today's Nintendo Direct presentation and argue over the pronunciation of amiibo.

 

Direct download: FourPlay_Episode_45.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:36pm EDT

This week on FourPlay: 

Dan plays Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and loves it just as much as he did before he played it. He becomes obsessed with Ice, and he still needs to unlock the rest of the roster in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS

Kyle revisits GTA V Online one year later only to discover that everyone is a mean and horrible person, so he finds solace in the NES classic Castlevania because digital torture is more bearable than emotional pain. He also decides on a tattoo to get put permanently on his body in the worst place imaginable.

Joe finishes EarthBound and it changes his view on life forever. The way that the game reaches its resolution and the way that the story was told has set the new standard for him in storytelling, but he'll never convince anyone because they're more interested in the sounds of farts. 

Finally, we discuss the recent Nintendo Direct that focused on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and our favorite highlights from the presentation, ultimately leading us to discuss who would make great additions to the roster outside of our previous wishes.

Direct download: FourPlay_Episode_44.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:23pm EDT

This week Joe & Marc are joined by Tyler to talk about Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and how this game just keeps getting better and better. Then, we talk about the demise of survival horror and what truly defines that genre (and why we aren't scared of anything anymore. Finally, we talk about Tyler's first experience with EarthBound and sing a lot of Yoshi songs. 

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:35pm EDT

FourPlay Episode 42: We Cover It

In this week's episode, we hear from Marc about his final thoughts on Super Smash Bros. for 3DS just before his review is published, Dan begins his journey into Dracula's Castle in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night for our monthly Game Club, while Kyle is still trying to figure out his way to the top of the castle in the original Castlevania and watching his Marill die in Pokemon Emerald. Finally, Joe isn't scared of The Evil Within but he hopes to be soon enough.

Direct download: FourPlay_Episode_42.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:25pm EDT

FourPlay Episode 41: Collector's Edition

Sometimes we say that "This is our best episode ever," but I think that seriously, this might be our best episode ever. Ever.

We begin the show by detailing what we've been playing and a lot of it is Super Smash Bros. for 3DS. We share some impressions on the game including our favorite characters and we ask why Kyle hasn't bought it yet. We learn a bit about Kyle's experiences with starting a town in Animal Crossing: New Leaf from scratch and what it's like to revisit the Game Boy Advance so long after its initial release. Joe returns to Earthbound after a little break and realizes how beautiful the game is within its smallest details.

The bulk of this week's show revolves around the question of the week, where we each take a turn sharing our most wanted "Collector's Edition" that would include the history of a game franchise compiled into one compilation. We go through painstaking detail to include what physical items would come with the set, how the games should be formatted, and just what we would spend on each one.

Direct download: FourPlay_Episode_41.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:08am EDT

This week on FourPlay Marc, Joe and Dan talk about Hyrule Warriors and how it compares to Dynasty Warriors. We discuss a little about Animal Crossing and Super Smash Bros. for 3DS. Dan likes Destiny a whole lot more, and Borderlands for PS Vita a whole lot less. Joe got fed up watching Kyle struggle in Castlevania that he had to play through the game himself to remember that it isn't that difficult. 

Direct download: FourPlay_Episode_40.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 2:04pm EDT

FourPlay Episode 39: The Game Fart Episode 1?

When the normal gang is unable to make it to the podcast, Joe and Dan take it back to their roots to talk about what they've been playing since last week. Dan's continued stay in the world of Destiny leads him to play some more Borderlands 2, but he also spends some time methodically playing The Wolf Among Us. Joe gives up on Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance to dive into Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, and he gives you his weekly Animal Crossing: New Leaf update.

They also discuss what they're looking for in the new Super Smash Bros. and why the Wii U has become a must own system. 

Enjoy this walk back in time with The Free Cheese's original duo.

Direct download: FourPlay_Episode_39.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 3:16pm EDT

FourPlay Episode 38: The Grilled Cheese Arcade Buffet is Our Destiny!

This week on FourPlay, we dive right in and talk about the problems that lie within Bungie's Destiny, but why Dan and Dave are still keen on playing the game. We share our thoughts and experiences with the Super Smash Bros. demo for 3DS, and we give our answers to the question of the week surrounding HD remakes for Nintendo games. 

 

We also fire off some lightning round questions and present a new business idea for a grilled cheese buffet and arcade combo. If you like video games and nonsense, you should give this episode your attention.

 

Direct download: FourPlay_Episode_38.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:48am EDT