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Each week, we pick the most important topics in video games and argue about what it means. Join us, won't you?

Each week, we pick the most important topics in video games and argue about what it means. Join us, won't you?
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Each week, we pick the most important topics in video games and argue about what it means. Join us, won't you?

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62: I WON'T KILL YOU FOR 6 MONTHS

11/21/2017
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Star Wars: Battlefront II has emoted and win poses just like in Overwatch, but one thing you can't customize most of the heroes with are costumes. While different outfits -- often called skins -- seem like a great fit for this take on the Star Wars universe, it's not here because Lucasfilm and Electronic Arts couldn't agree on how to bring them into the game. On this week's GamesBeat Decides podcast, hosts Jeffrey Grubb and Mike Minotti talk about this news and other reasons Battlefront II's...

Duration: 00:59:41


61: RECURRENT CONSUMER SPENDING

11/15/2017
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Star Wars: Battlefront II comes out this week and a lot of people are already playing it and yelling about it on the internet. A significant number of fans don't like its business model and progression system, and it is letting publisher Electronic Arts know it. On the GamesBeat Decides podcast, host Jeffrey Grubb and Mike Minotti got together with guest Bob Gardner from Intel to talk about Battlefront II, EA, and the most downvoted comment in the history of Reddit. In addition to EA, we...

Duration: 01:17:12


60: A CUP FOR FLUID

11/8/2017
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Mike has returned from BlizzCon, and Jeff Kaplan is his best friend now. We spend a portion of this week's GamesBeat Decides podcast going over what happened at BlizzCon and some of the games Mike got to play. In addition to Minotti's Anaheim Adventures, we dig into the news and the difference between a cup for liquids and a cup for wieners. Games we talk about this episode: Super Mario Odyssey Doom on Switch Need For Speed: Payback Call of Duty: WWII BlizzCon games

Duration: 00:43:37


59: KILLING NAZIS AND KINECT

10/31/2017
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Sony Interactive Entertainment showed off a brutal scene from The Last of Us: Part II at Paris Games Week on Monday, and the cruelty in that clip generated a loud response from fans and others who were watching the publisher's live show. On this week's GamesBeat Decides podcast, hosts Jeffrey Grubb and Mike Minotti discuss why Sony would want to use shocking violence to market a blockbuster sequel. In addition to watching The Last of Us characters smash arms in with a hammer, we also talk...

Duration: 01:16:03


BONUS: THE BEST MARIO YET

10/27/2017
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This is a special moment because it is time for a bonus episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast and it is also, officially Mario time. In this show, hosts Jeffrey Grubb and Mike Minotti discuss Super Mario Odyssey. Mike has put in a lot of time with it, and he gave it a 100 out of 100 in our review. During this episode, Mike explains why he loves Odyssey so much. Join us, won't you? Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, or Stitcher Listen on Cast GB Decides on Facebook Watch...

Duration: 00:22:28


58: Crush Me With Games

10/24/2017
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It was already a busy year, but publishers are apparently trying to test if they can kill people through overexposure to huge game releases. On Friday, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, Super Mario Odyssey, and Assassin's Creed: Origins launch for various platforms, so I hope you're caught up on your backlog. We've spent some time with a couple of these games, but on this episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast, we can only talk about Ubisoft's open-world historical murder simulator....

Duration: 01:16:23


57: ANDREW WILSON EATS DEVELOPERS

10/18/2017
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This week's GamesBeat Decides podcast was already a long one, and then -- right before we were going to upload it -- we had to make it even longer. That's because hosts Jeffrey Grubb and Mike Minotti pulled an emergency bonus session to talk about the breaking news that Electronic Arts has closed Dead Space developer Visceral and canceled its Star Wars game. That revelation is shocking on its own, but EA made it even more startling with a candid blog that explains why it made this choice....

Duration: 01:53:09


56: VICE PRESIDENT HELICOPTER

10/10/2017
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The evil White House in the upcoming Metal Gear Solid parody game Never Stop Sneakin' includes Health and Human Services secretary Dr. Acula (who is probably a vampire) and Vice President Helicopter (who is a helicopter), and that nearly kills host and PC gaming editor Jeffrey Grubb on this week's GamesBeat Decides podcast. Never Stop Sneakin' is a new stealth action game from Dust: An Elysian Tail developer Humble Hearts, and Jeff and co-host Mike Minotti talk about it on this week's...

Duration: 00:38:57


54: HOW TO CALM HULK WITH RYU'S FISTS

9/19/2017
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Fall is upon us, and we are gasping for breath under a deluge of games. That's one of the reasons this week's episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast is extra long. We spend a ton of time talking about games before diving into some news, but the big topic this week is all about big games like Lawbreakers, Agents of Mayhem, and Battleborn crashing and burning immediately after launching. Lawbreakers has only a couple hundred people playing at any one time, and Agents of Mayhem was the No....

Duration: 01:28:11


53: I don't know about this PewDiePie

9/12/2017
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Last week, everyone was mad at GamesBeat for posting a video of Dean playing Cuphead poorly. This week, it's PewDiePie's turn for ... worse things. On this week's episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast, hosts Jeffrey Grubb and Mike Minotti talk about why PewDiePie is bad, why he keeps doing this, and why other YouTubers are sick of his crap. As part of the fallout from PewDiePie discussion, the podcast tries to figure out what this means for the future of copyright, DMCA law, and Fair...

Duration: 00:45:58


50: Been Through The Desert On Xbox With No Games

8/22/2017
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Microsoft delayed Crackdown 3 to next year, and the publisher doesn't have a lot of other releases to fill in the gaps for its upcoming holiday season. On this week's episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast, managing editor Jason Wilson, reviews editor Mike Minotti, and I (PC gaming editor Jeffrey Grubb) try to figure out what the hell Microsoft is doing. The Xbox One X is launching November 7 for $500, and Microsoft is focusing on what the upgraded console will do for your current...

Duration: 01:06:25


49: Nazi Murdering Simulators

8/16/2017
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Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan are in the news in the United States for holding rallies and murdering a counter-protester in Charlottesville, Virginia. This grim reality weighed on our minds when we went to record the GamesBeat Decides podcast this week, so we decided to talk about the history and the future of how games depict white supremacy. This week, VentureBeat social editor Anthony Agnello and VentureBeat managing editor Jason Wilson join host Jeffrey Grubb on the GamesBeat Decides...

Duration: 01:31:18


48: The Official Game Boy Sock Light

8/8/2017
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We are talking road-trip games on the GamesBeat Decides podcast this week. PC gaming editor Jeffrey Grubb and reviews editor Mike Minotti talk through their memories of playing video games on America's highways, at Disney World, and that one Shoney's in Central Ohio. The hosts also talk about news stories like Middle-earth: Shadow of War's microtransactions, Take-Two's deep respect and love for the PC, and Activision's remaster plans. Games discussed include: - Mega Man Legacy Collection 2...

Duration: 00:41:41


47: SONIC = THOMAS JEFFERSON

8/2/2017
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Regular host Jeff Grubb is on vacation and is getting ready to road trip up to Mount Rushmore, but he came in to record this week's podcast with Mike Minotti. Inspired by this presidential monument, the GamesBeat Decides crew is going to pick which characters should go on the Mount Rushmore of video games. We also talk about the news and some games on this episode, so join us, won't you? Games discussed this week: - PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds - Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 - SMT:...

Duration: 00:49:13


46: Nintendo's Online House of Misery

7/25/2017
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Nintendo released its Switch Online app on iOS and Android last week, and it is awful. On this week's episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast, we ask if Nintendo will ever really fix it because it seems like it just doesn't care. In addition to Nintendo's dumpster fire, hosts Jeffrey Grubb and Mike Minotti welcome Intel indie developer program boss Bob Gardner to talk about the news and some games. We cover the NPD report and talk about strong sales for fighting games, Crash Bandicoot,...

Duration: 00:51:54


45: Where are the Mario Maker clones?

7/18/2017
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Super Mario Maker came out in 2015 and proved that designing games is a ton of fun. Now, in 2017, gamers are still waiting for a followup to that game from Nintendo or something similar from any other publisher or developer. Instead, fans have started filling in the gaps with their own games that enable you to make your own Mega Man levels and Super Mario 64 courses. So why the hell are we relying on fans, and where are the official Mario Maker clones? We tackle that subject on this week's...

Duration: 00:44:25


44: SAMOA JOE ON THE GO

7/10/2017
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Take-Two Interactive is bringing games to the Nintendo Switch, so the GamesBeat Decides podcast wants to talk about third-party support for the Switch. Are more publishers going to consider the hybrid console? We decide that and more. Hosts Jeffrey Grubb and Mike Minotti also talk about the news and some of the games we've been playing. Games discussed include: - Final Fantasy XII - Shovel Knight: Spectre of Torment - PUBG

Duration: 00:40:53


43: Patriotic But Very Lazy

7/4/2017
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It's July 4 weekend in the United States still, and we're feeling pride in our country and sloth everywhere else. This week's episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast is a quick one. Hosts Jeffrey Grubb and Mike Minotti talk about games and the news, and then they return to their red, white, and blue holes to eat tubed meats and blow shit up. Games on this week's show: - PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds - Final Fantasy XIV - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC - Crash Bandicoot N.Sane...

Duration: 00:31:49


41: Yeah, I was at E3 2017

6/20/2017
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The GamesBeat team is back home after a long week in Los Angeles for the Electronic Entertainment Expo trade show in Los Angeles. E3 2017 had plenty to get fans excited, and now it's time to look back assess the show, the games, and everything else on this week's episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast. Hosts Jeffrey Grubb and Mike Minotti look back and talk about if companies like Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, and the rest met expectations. They also talk about how E3 itself has changed....

Duration: 01:03:08


40: E3 SPECIAL 4 -- ALL IS LOST

6/15/2017
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The GamesBeat crew has lost its mind. We have gone repeatedly into the belly of the Electronic Entertainment Expo beast, and the trade show has revealed the beast in us. Now, we need to talk about video games at E3. On today's episode of GamesBeat Decides, the entire team gets together to discuss the best game they saw today. Hosts include Jeffrey Grubb, Mike Minotti, Stephanie Chan, Dean Takahashi, and Jason Wilson, and they each pick one game that they played on the penultimate day of...

Duration: 00:36:25

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