The Free Cheese

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