Eight and a Half Bit

Fallout 4 is here and it’s got all the Bethesda-ness you’ve come to expect from Bethesda! What adventures have our “heroes” had in the wasteland so far? And what about the intrepid adventurer Lara Croft? What the living hell is she up to right now?! AND WHAT’S GOING ON WITH NINTENDO?! Sorry I got excited.

Cheapskate’s Game Club: 1-800-Monsters

Next Week: Crypt Worlds

Pick of the Week: Dark Fear (James), Fallout 4 (Anais), Blacksea Odyssey (Paul)

Show Notes

Nintendo Direct

Star Fox Zero

Cloud Joins Super Smash Bros

Linkle joins Hyrule Warriors Legends

Xenoblade Chronicles X

Twilight Princess HD Comparison Trailer

System Shock Remake incoming

Terrorists choose PS4


Sociable Soccer

Blacksea Odyssey

Crypt Underworld

Fallout, Fallout 4, Nintendo Direct, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Dark Fear, 1-800-Monsters, Sociable Soccer, Blacksea Odyssey, Crypt Underworld, Super Smash Bros, Cloud, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD, Star Fox Zero, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue, Pokémon Yellow, Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, Fire Emblem Fates, Dragon Quest VII, Dragon Quest VIII, Kickstarter

Direct download: FMVGames_-_Episode_14_-_Fallout_4_is_a_Video_Game.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 8:27am AEST

Someone on the team has finally played a Halo 5! I’m not saying who but she’ll share her thoughts on that particular title! Other amazing discussions will involve the Secret World spin off The Park, Unsolicited and a MASSIVE spoiler alert conversation around Life is Strange. We learn to feel!  THINGS!

Cheapskate’s Game Club: Unsolicited

Next Week: 1-800-Monsters

Pick of the Week: Dad Quest (James), Life is Strange (Anais), Heroes of the Storm Arena (Paul)


Show Notes

Blizzcon recap

No longer reporting subscribers

Overwatch coming to consoles (not f2p)

Five nights at Freddy’s World

Mod tools coming to... CoD BLOPS3?!

Activision to buy King for 5.9 billion

Mario maker adds checkpoints

Rainbow Six Siege DLC plan

Best DLC I’ve found


Crowd Funding

Dad Quest



The Park, Magicka 2, Halo 5, Blizzcon, Blizzard, Warcraft, WOW, HoTS, Overwatch, Hearthstone, Five nights at Freddy’s World, Black Ops 3, Mario maker, Devil’s Third online, Helldivers, Frozen Cortex, Life is Strange. Unsolicited, Dad Quest, Failsafe

Direct download: FMVGames_-_Episode_13_-_A_Blizzard_on_the_Forecast.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 7:58am AEST

What a Pax Australia 2015 is was!  We walked outside the convention halls, ate some local food, discussed politics and other activities all that we will not discuss in today’s episode!  We will use episode time for things like Uncharted 4, Dark Souls 3, Unravel, Fallout 4, the Vive, The Division, Paris Games Week and of course Dragon’s Wake.

Pick of the Week

James: The Division

Paul: The Incredible Journey of You and I


PAXAus2015, Paris Games Week, Neir Automata, AVICII, Battlezone, Horizon Zero Dawn, Dreams, RIGS, WiLD, Detroit, Gran Turismo Sport, Street Fighter V, Until Dawn: Rush of blood, Rocket League, Vive, Earthlight, Steam Controller, Blockocalypse, Dark Souls 3, The Division, Armed and Gelatinous, Cuphead, GoatPunks, Battleborn, Inflatality, Dragon’s Wake, JS Joust, Unravel, Fallout 4, Nintendo, Shadow of the Beast, Fat Princess Adventures, What remains of edith Finch, Rivalry, Total War: Warhammer, Uncharted 4, The Incredible Journey of You and I

It was the week before Pax and all through the studio not a creature was stirring but Phil Colin’s Sussudio.

Come on how good was that rhyme? I deserve a god damn dad clap for that one!

This week we sink your thumbs into Street Fighter V get ratted with Warthammer: Vermintide, check out Day of the Tentacle and get into some serious puzzling with mallow Drop and Puzzle Depot.

Cheapskate’s Game Club: The Mammoth

Next Week(2 weeks): Unsolicited

Picks of the week

James: Warhammer: Vermintide

Paul: Puzzle Depot


Show Notes

Super Rude Bear Resurrection

River City Sports Challenge

Rebellion pay money for red riding hood IP

Some reasons why Destiny year 1 was… not so stellar

Youtube Red and its wonderful shows!

GTA V Hulk mod

Batman: Arkham Knight to be released on PC! For realsies this time!


Crowd Funding

Anchors in the Drift

Doko Roko

Puzzle Depot

Dusty Raging Fist


Street Fighter V, Warhammer: Vermintide, Day of the Tentacle, Super Rude Bear, River City Sports Challenge, Black and white bushido, Keiru, Everspace, Mallow Drops, Rebel Galaxy, Sword Coast Legends, GTAV, Civ, Anchors in the Drift, Doko Roko, Puzzle Depot, Dusty, Raging Fist, The mammoth, Youtube Red, Mario Ultra Smash, Rebellion, Wolfe

Direct download: FMVGames_-_Episode_11_-_Paxmas_Eve.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 7:57pm AEST

We have story time with Minecraft, explore a post-apocalyptic wasteland as a handsome slime mold and we go so far down a well we may never return.

Cheapskate’s Game Club: Hot Date
Next Week: The Mammoth

Picks of the week: Minecraft: Story Mode (James), Downwell (Anais), Mushroom 11 (Paul)

Show Notes

Prey for the gods


Black Desert Online

Dying lIght: The Following (expansion) out next year

Payday 2 gets significantly worse

Oh good I’m sure all this info on the NX is accurate

Styx is returning

Alison Road Kickstarter cancelled

Alpha for Zoink’s new game hidden in their most recent project



Hello, Neighbor

Wanderer :)

Friday the 13th the game

Valthirian Arc: Red Covenant

Void Destroyer 2

The Nullpoint

Party Golf

Death Stair


Minecraft, Mushroom 11, dying light: the following, zoink, FE, Downwell, Prey for the gods, Furi, Black Desert Online, Archer Pinball, Human Resources Machine, Broforce, Voxelblast, Hello Neighbor, Wanderer, Friday the 13th the game, Valthirian Arc: Red Covenant, Void Destroyer 2, The Nullpoint, Party Golf, Death Scare, Hot Date

Direct download: FMVGames_-_Episode_10_-_Mushrooms_and_Minecraft.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 11:46am AEST

FMVGames - Episode 9 - Super Meat People

Has the posting schedule been a mess while Paul moved and had no internet?  Yes. But good news now he has moved and has internet!

Expect a return to normality soon.

Star Wars: Battlefront, Battlefield Hardline, Far Cry Primal, Pathologic, astroneer, Bob's burgers pinball, Super Meat Boy, Halo 5 Forge, Dead Star, Shemue Remaster, Indivisible, Forced Eternal Arenas, Fat Mask, Memoranda, Moonbase Alpha 2, Electric Highways,

Direct download: FMVGames_-_Episode_9_-_Super_Meat_People.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 12:00pm AEST

FMVGames - Episode 8 - Off the Chart Hipsters

This week we follow The Beginner's Guide to discover.. something about ourselves? Were we the real zombies all along? What's this about a Ninja Pizza Girl? CAN YOU CONQUER THE DRAGON SNAKE? Will James become more bacon-hat then man?

Cheapskate's Game Club: Missing Translation

Next Week: Electric Highway

Picks of the Week: Home Free (James), The Beginner's Guide (Anais and Paul)


Show Notes

Scalebound was originally a wii game about a little girl who controlled dinosaurs

SMB on PS4 and Vita loses original soundtrack

Nintendo doesn't understand the internet

Crowd Funding

Home Free



A Tofu Tail

The curious saga of Draw and Race


The Beginner’s Guide, Ninja Pizza Girl, Alien Isolation, Dragon Snake, Yakuza 6, The Escapists: The Walking Dead, Landsliders, Panoramical, Ty The Tasmanian Tiger 4, Home Free, Dog Park, Battletech, Verona, A Tofu Tail, Draw and Race, Missing Translation

Direct download: MFVGames_-_Episode_8_-_Off_the_Chart_Hipsters.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 1:43am AEST

There are robots underwater, robots climbing out of the walls and even robots playing basketball!  How did we get so many bloody great robots?

Cheapskate’s Game Club: Douse
Next Week: Missing Translation


Show Notes

Oculus Touch

Oculus Games

Rick and Morty + Stanley Parable

The Park Screenshots

Volgarr on DC

BLOPS3 is still on last gen and sucks?

Wolfenstein: TNO sequel leaked

What with the legs of the Angry Birds?!


Crowd Funding

First Wonder

Allison Road

Top Secret

TGL: Thanksgiving LIFE

Them’s Fighting Herds


NBA 2K16, SOMA, Rainbow 6: Siege, Oculus Touch, Oculus Rift, Bullet Train, Android Assault Cactus, Angry Birds Movie, First Wonder, Alison Road, Top Secret, TGL: Thanksgiving Life, Them’s FIghting Herds, Rinse and Repeatt, Douse, The Park, Destiny

Direct download: FMVGames_-_Episode_7_-_Robots_for_Everyone.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 12:00pm AEST

FMVGames - Episode 6 - Sell Outs

Worlds of Warships presents FMVGames: A World of Warships Production! Starring World of Warships and... OTHERS! James says The Taken King has fixed World of Destiny, Paul revisits World of Grow Home and we delve into all the shenanigans of World of TGS2015!

Cheapskate's Game Club: World of Fishing Planet
Next Week: World of Douse

Picks of the Week
James: World of Legacy of the Elder Star
Paul: World of Warships

 Show Notes
Dark Souls 3
Lost in Harmony
Project Setsuna
Manifold Garden
Crowd Funding
Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan
Gray Dawn
12 is better than 6
Battle Chasers: Nightwar
A House of Many Doors
The Hollow Earth
Legacy of the Elder Star

Direct download: FMVGames_-_Episode_6_-_Sell_outs.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 9:38pm AEST

FMVGames - Episode 5 - Assault on Android Cactus

James and Paul go on a crime spree in this very special episode of FMVGames. Can we get an S rank on our mission to extract video game information and opinions from Witch Beam, the talented indie team behind Android Assault Cactus?  We will succeed or kill while trying.

Assault Android Cactus, Metal Gear Sold V, Apple, Dreamcast, Pikmin 4, Super Mario Maker, Ubisoft Themepark

Direct download: FMVGames_-_Episode_5_-_Assault_on_Android_Cactus.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 7:15pm AEST

Presenting the last Konami published game anyone is going to care about! Well history will sort that out, for now let's stealth our way through some Metal Gear Solid V and smash our way through the wastelands of Mad Max.  Do you prefer quantity over quality? Paul reviews of 50 games from the Ludum Dare and counts down the top 10 games.

Cheapskate's Game Club: The Stranger
Next Week: Fishing Planet

James' Pick of the Week: MGSV
Paul's Pick of the Week: Xeodrifter

Top 10 Ludum Dare 33 Jam Entries

  1. The Old One
  2. Trick Parade
  3. I am the Sun
  4. Wayward
  5. Starvin Sasquatch
  6. Mild Mannered Richard
  7. There are Tourists in my Castle
  8. Massacre Monday
  9. Super Sea Serpent Simulator
  10. A Bad Wolf King is Hard to Feed

Mad Max, La Mulana Ex, Super Time Force, Xeodrifter, Ludum Dare 33, Metal Gear Solid 5, Destiny, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Deadpool, Jackbox Party Pack 2, A Bad Wolf King is Hard to Feed, Super Sea Serpent Simulator, Massacre Monday, There are tourists in my castle, Mild Mannered Richard, Starvin Sasquatch, Wayward, I am the Sun, Trick Parade, The Old One, The Stranger, Ant Simulator

Direct download: FMVGames_-_Episode_4_-_Metal_Gear_Solid_Vee.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 8:27pm AEST

FMVGames - Episode 3 - It's Reigning Men

Twas the week before MGSV and all through the house were shit loads of video games because the world doesn't just stand around waiting for your metal gear bullshit! Satellite Reign, Stasis, Lara Croft Go, Party Hard, Lawbreakers and James' god damn hat!

Cheapskate's Game Club: Relic Hunters Zero

Next Week: The Stranger

James' Pick of the Week: Satellite Reign

Paul's Pick of the Week: Party Hard

Direct download: FMVGames_-_Episode_3_-_Its_Reigning_men.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:17pm AEST

Before totally succumbing to the madness that is the FMVGames livestream chat Paul gets to educate James on how to properly enjoy Gunstar Heroes and in turn James shows Paul how to annihilate planets in a NEW way. Don't forget some excited Finger'ing, impressive Warshifting, manic Pac-man'ing and delve into the madness that is the Sonic Dreams Collection!

Cheapskate's Game Club: Sonic Dreams Collection
Next Week: Relic Hunters Zero

James’ Pick of the Week: Warshift

Paul’s Pick of the Week: Rogue Invader (Kickstarter)


Show Notes

The financial failure of N++

Your target audience does not exist

Rick and Morty DOTA2 Announcer Pack

Twitch plays Dark Souls is a dumb idea

Press Play getting public votes on their next project

Rainbow Six Siege delayed until Dec

Always bet on Gearbox

You don’t need amiibos anymore!

Rocket League Final is pretty awesome

Pokemon Tournament

Gassy Mob

Xcom 2

Masquerada: Songs and Shadows

Siegecraft Commander


Crowd Funding

Fig launches! (article)

Outer Wilds


Rogue Invader

Direct download: FMV_-_Episode_2_-_Bacon_Hat_Heroes.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 7:56pm AEST

FMV Games - Episode 1 - Everybody's Gone To Youtube

The podcast is dead! Long live the podcast!

James and Paul settle in to their new studio digs with FMV Games! What has changed?  Not a lot except you don't get to see the world greatest Splatoon commercial. Instead let's focus on Everybody's Gone To Rapture, The Swindle, Super Mutant Alien Assault, Dropsy and much much more!

James' Pick of the Week: Retronator: Pixel Art Academy (Kickstarter)

Paul's Pick of the Week: Super Mutant Alien Assault

Next Week's Cheapskate's Game Club: Sonic Dreams


Show Notes

The amazing game that needs to exist

Pornhub and Fallout 4

Resident Evil 2 remake is a go

Rocket League Update

Walking Dead: No Man’s Land

Planetoid Pioneers



Retronator Pixel Art Academy



Exoplanet: First Contact

Bootleg Systems

Pauldron: Shield of the King

Everybody's Gone To Rapture, The Swindle, Super Mutant Alien Assault, Dropsy, FFVII Reimagined, Resident Evil Revelations, Freedom Planet, Soul Axiom, Mutant Mudds, Fallout 4, Fallout Shelter, Mafia, Nintendo, Resident Evil 2, Rocket League, Walking Dead: No Man's Land, Planetoid Pioneers, Retronator: Pixel Art Academy, GRIP, Voidrunner, Exoplanet: First Contact, Bootleg Systems, Pauldron: Shield of the King

Direct download: FMVgames_001_1.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 8:39pm AEST

Episode 170 - Why the Xbox 10 is right for you

Microsoft drops some future bombs (the good type of bombs) at this week's Gamescom. Paul gets into more Nindies (Special note go download them now) and James has a Need for Speed that's several years old.  Also tune in for a super special announcement regarding the future of Eight and a Half Bit.

Cheapskate's Game Club: Secret of QWERTY

Show Notes:


Crackdown 3

Dark Souls 3

Quantum Break

Thimbleweed Park

Homefront: The Revolution

Halo Wars 2

Halo 5 Multiplayer

Halo World Championship

Rash in KI

Future games with gold titles will all be backwards compatible

Mafia 3

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst

Konami, the worst game company ever?

New Silent Hill!

That dead LOL character thing was just armless fun

DOTA 2 is going to get messy

Oculus Rift on the cover of Time Magazine

Tony Hawk attempts to hide its awful visuals with the old borderlands trick

Peter Dinklage’s Destiny comes up short and is recast by Nolan North

Michel Ancel made a level for Super Mario Maker


Crowd Funding


Tower 57



Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, Typoman, Rive, Lovely Planet, Need 4 Speed: Rivals, Gamescom, Scalebound, Crackdown 3, Dark Souls 3, Quantum Break, Thimbleweed Park, Homefront: The Revolution, Halo Wars 2, Halo 5 Multiplayer, Halo World Championship, Battletoads, Killer Instinct, Cities Skylines, Mafia 3, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, Konami, Silent Hill, The International 2015, DOTA 2, Oculus Rift, Tony Hawk 5, Destiny, Super Mario Maker, Gunjack, Eco, Tower 57, Poi, Everspace

Direct download: Episode_170_-_Why_the_xbox_10_is_right_for_you.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 7:02pm AEST

Episode 169 - Return of the King

King's Quest is back and it takes the crew on emotional rollercoaster. We also get our first batch of Nindies with the trio of Runbow, Forma.8 and Extreme Exorcism. Dying Light continues an impress trend of post launch support and Zombi-U is coming back to get you!

Cheapskate's Game Club: Pequod
Next Week: Secret of Qwerty

Show Notes


Zombi officially announced for PC, PS4 and XBONE

Dragon Quest XI announced for PS4, 3DS and possibly NX

Valve does real bad with Steam security

Dying Light Expansion looks to be a substantial gameplay changer

Fallout 4 mod tools won’t be ready for release

Battletech returning

Disaster Report 4 survived

Warframe really is much better than Destiny

Red Ash doesn’t need your kickstarter so there!

LOL hero killed!

Vote on PS+ games?

Angry birds 2

Star Versus (Article)



These people made a zombie version of Hugh Laurie

Gourd of the Beans

Magbot (Demo)

Disposable Heroes

Kill Bugs Dead

Tsioque (Demo)


Kick Ass Commandos

King’s Quest, Forma.8, Runbow, Extreme Exorcism, Drive Club, Warheads, Zombi, Dragon Quest XI, Steam, Dying Light, Fallout 4, Battletech, Warframe, Red Ash, LOL, PS+, Angry Birds 2, Star Versus, Hugh Laurie, Gourd of the Beans, Pequod, Nindies@Home


Direct download: Episode_169_-_Return_of_the_King.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 4:41pm AEST

Episode 168 - The Good, The Bad And The Nexon Zombies

This world is full of so many great games I can barely contain the joy they bring me.  Then sometimes you have to play a game because James selected it for Cheapskate’s Game Club and you regret the life that brought you to this point.

Cheapskate’s Game Club: Counterstrike Nexon Zombies
Next Week: Pequod

Crowdfunding pick of the week: Amirelia

Show Notes

Kojima and Del Toro still want to work together

It’s always funny in Minecraft

Jamie Lee Curtis cosplays at EVO

Xbone gets mouse support soon

Project Cars cancelled for Wii-U in least surprising development of all time

Are you ready to ngage with VR?

Dying light has really good post launch support with a big surprise

John Smedley steps down as Daybreak’s CEO

RE2: Reborn

Metroid 3

Odin Sphere remake


Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon

Rising Thunder



Devastated Dreams

Red Ash

Space Food Truck


Yum Yum Yummy

Skyrider & the journey to the AirCitidel

Satellite Rush



Fiest, Rocket League, Rollers of the realm, TIS-100, Journey, The Bug Butcher, Street Fighter V, Splatoon, Drive Club, Offworld Trading Company, Silent Hills, Minecraft, Ashley Madison, EVO, Project Cars, Nokia, Daybreak, EA, Resident Evil 2: Reborn, Metroid 3, Counterstrike Nexon Zombies, Odin Sphere Leifthrasir, Everspace, Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon, Rising Thunder, Devastated Dreams, Red Ash, Space Food Truck, Amirelia, Yum Yum Yummy, Skyrider and the journey to the aircitidel, Satellite Rush


Direct download: Episode_168_-_The_good_the_bad_and_the_nexon_zombies.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 5:44pm AEST

This week celebrate the life of Satoru Iwata in the best way we know how, by loving video games.  This week we love Rocket League, Trove, The Magic Circle, Agar.io, Drive Club and a whole bunch of others that pass our fancy.

Cheapsakte's Game Club: Agar.io

Next Week: Counter Strike Nexon: Zombies

Satoru Iwata’s 2005 Keynote

Kojima Productions has disbanded

Do you want a commodore phone?

Deadpool is back on steam!

Generous Dragon Age Inquisition Trial

Total war: Warhammer in engine footage


Never Alone: Foxtails

Tony Hawk 5

The Magic Circle, Drive Club, Rocket League, The Martian, Trove, Iwata, Kojima Productions, Commodore, Deadpool, Dragon Age: Inquisition, World of Warcraft Movie, Suicide Squad, Batman Vs Superman, Total war: Warhammer, Crashlands, Never Alone: Foxtails, Tony Hawk 5, Agar.io


Direct download: Episode_167_-_Farewell_Iwata.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:31pm AEST

Episode 166 - This... Twerking Butt

Paul has returned from Vietnam and he brings with him all sort of adventurous tales! We also talk evil dead, twerking and all manner of subjects that don't really relate to games at all. We also talk about Video Games!  Isn't that a treat?

Cheapskate's Game Club: Dungeon Souls
Next Week: Agar.io

Show notes:

Ash Vs Evil Dead

BLOPs 3 zombies looks pretty rad

Rayman adventures

Dragon quest builders

Minecraft windows 10

Minecraft story mode

Retro city rampage being ported to dos

Sony Playstation nintendo Superdisc Prototype discovered

Cook serve delicious 2


The endless cylinder

Super impossible road

Consortium The Tower Prophecy

Allison road

Twerking butt from pornhub

Balder's gate: siege of dragonspear

The escapists walking dead

Vietnam, Pancake, Planetside 2, Yoshi's Wooly World, Space Age, Black Ops 3, Rayman Adventures, Dragon Quest Builders, Minecraft Windows 10 edition, Minecraft Story Mode, Retro City Rampage, Cook Serve Delicious 2, Star Citizen, Grip, The Endless Cylinder, Super Impossible Road, Consortium: The Tower Prophecy, Allison Road, Twerking Butt, Pornhub, Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonsphere, The Escapists: Walking Dead, Evil Dead, Ash vs Evil Dead

Direct download: Episode_166_-_This..._Twerking_Buttmp3.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 8:36pm AEST

It's all up to you, James! You can do it buddy! With Paul out of the country, James steps in to give a quick rundown on what he's been playing. Short episode this week, but he'll let you know about his life of crime in Elder Scroll Online, and exactly how clumsy a god he can be!

Direct download: Episode-165-A_One_James_Band.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 4:12pm AEST

Episode 164 - 3 Finger Warm Up

While we await James' first piano concert let us distract you with some tales of a Bat themed Man, a misguided by well sponsored Destiny and a most Elite danger.

Cheapskate's Game Club: SUPERHOTline Miami and Shower Game

Next Time: Dungeon Souls


Batman: Arkham Knight, Yoshi's Wooly World, The Talos Principal, Piano Maestro, The Old Republic, Elite Dangerous, Confederate Flag, Gay Marriage, Dying Light, Destiny, Warframe, Xbox Gold, SUPERHOTline Miami, Shower Game, Shower With Your Dad Simulator 2015, Bombshell

Direct download: Episode_164_-_3_finger_warm_up.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 1:35pm AEST

Another Improvised Show

James interrupts Paul’s Batman time to give you an alternative to a Top 5. Find out about Batman, Australian Politics, the latest Destiny Bullshit and all the exciting things we don’t get to see from E3.

Batman: Arkham Knight, Destiny, E3 2015, VR, Oculus, Vive, Morpheus, Getaway, Starbreeze, The Walking Dead, Hitman, Metroid Prime: Federation Force, Hand of Fate, The Yawhg

Direct download: Another_Improvised_Show.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 8:57pm AEST

Nick joins us again to have the final word on the best game of E3 2015.


Cheapskate's Game Club: The Knobbly Crook: Chapter I - The horse you sailed in on

Next Week: SUPERHOTline Miami plus BONUS GAME Shower Game


Paul’s Nominations

Horizon: Zero Dawn


Shadow Warrior 2

Metroid Prime: Federation Force



James’ Nominations

Fallout 4

Sword Coast Legends

Take on Mars

Super Mario Maker

Minecraft Hololens


Show Notes

Shadow Warrior 2 Gameplay

Horizon Details

Shenmue 3 getting Sony funding

Metroid Prime: Federation Force Gameplay

Transformers Devastation

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Mirror's Edge Catalyst drops gunplay entirely

Black Ops 3

Fallout 4 Dogmeat SCANDAL!

360 Compatibility Voting

FF7 not just a remake

Tony Hawk 5 looks like rotten anus

Halo 5 (no split screen)

Zombi-U on Xbone classified in Aus

Direct download: Episode_163_-_Judge_Nick_decides_the_winner_of_E3_2015.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 7:19pm AEST

E3 2015 - Nintendo, Square Enix and PC

Today is the last of the major presentations of E3 and the beginning of the show for real. Can Nintendo rise to the lofty expectations of their fans? (no)

Nintendo Conference

Square Enix Conference

PC Gaming Show

Star Fox Zero, Skylanders SuperChargers, Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes, Hyrule Warriors Legends, Metroid Prime: Federation Force, Blast Ball, Fire Emblem Fates, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer, Animal Crossing Amiibo Festival, Yoshi’s Wooly World, Yokai Watch, Mario and Luigi Paper Jam, Mario Tennis Ultra Smash, Super Mario Maker, Just Cause 3, Neir, Lara Croft Go, Kingdom Hearts: Unchained, Kingdom Hearts 3, World of Final Fantasy, Hitman, Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, PC Gaming Show, Killing Floor 2, Rising Storm 2: Vietnam, Killer Instinct, Gears of War Ultimate Edition, American Truck Simulator, Pillars of Eternity: The White March, Planet Coaster, DayZ, Take on Mars, Heroes of the storm, Starcrat II: Legacy of the Void, E3, Electronic Entertainment Expo

Direct download: E3_2015_-_Nintendo_Square_Enix_and_PC.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 10:49pm AEST

What a massive day for game news! Microsoft and Sony plus the powerhouse publishing of EA and Ubisoft brings more than just a few surprises. At least a 6 bombshell count.

Microsoft Conference

EA Conference

Ubisoft Conference

Sony Conference

Halo 5, Halo Warzone, Recore, backwards compatibility, Xbox one, Xbone, E3, Electronic Entertainment Expo, Fallout 4, Plants Vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2, Dark Souls 3, The Division, Rainbow Six Siege, ID@Xbox, Cuphead, Tacoma, Ashen, Beyond Eyes, The Long Dark, Sheltered, Elite Dangerous, DayZ, Ion, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Rare Replay, Sea of Thieves, Fable Legends, Vive, Oculus, Hololens, Minecraft, Gears of War Ultimate Edition, Gears of War 4, Mass Effect Andromeda, Need for Speed, The Old Republic: Knights of the Fallen Empire, Unravel, Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes, Minions Paradise, Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst, Star Wars Battlefront, South Park: The Fractured but Whole, For Honor, The Crew: Wild Run, Trials Fusion: Awesome Level Max, Anno 2205, Just Dance 2016, Just Dance Unlimited, Trackmania Turbo, Ghost Recon Wildlands, Assassin's Creed Syndicate, The Last Guardian, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Hitman, Street Fighter V, No Man’s Sky, Dreams, Firewatch, Destiny: The Taken King, World of Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Ronin, EITR, Mother Russia Bleeds, Crossing Souls, Kickstarter, SHENMUE 3, Batman Arkham Knight, Morpheus, Rigs, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Disney Infinity, Uncharted 4, Sony, Microsoft, EA, PS4, Ubisoft

Direct download: E3_2014_-_Microsoft_Ea_Ubisoft_and_Sony.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 9:10pm AEST

Bethesda kicks off this years E3 but Nintendo doesn’t let them have the only word with some surprise announcements at their Nintendo World Championship event.

Bethesda Conference

Nintendo World Championship

Battlecry, Bethesda, Blast Ball, Dishonored 2, Dishonored Definitive Edition, DooM, E3 2015, Earthbound Beginnings, Elder Scroll Online, Elder Scrolls Legends, Electronic Entertainment Expo, Fallout 4, Fallout Shelter, Mother, Nintendo, Ryu, Smash Bros, Snapmap, Super Mario Maker, World Championships

Direct download: E3_2015_-_Bethesda_and_Nintendo_World_Championship.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 10:56pm AEST

It's not E3 yet but it may as well be! Shadow Warrior 2, Hyrule Warriors 3DS, Transformers Devastation, Oculus Rift, Hellbalde, First Wonder the spiritual successor to Giants: Citizen Kabuto and all manner of things we are supposed to and not supposed to know. Plus we get our Splatoon on finally!

Cheapskate's Game Club: Heroes of the Storm

Next Week: The Knobbly Crook

Show Notes

Hyrule Warriors 3DS

Shadow Warrior 2

Ratchet & Clank

Human Resources Machine


Toy Soldiers: War Chest

The Deadly Tower of Monsters

Sonic and Angry Birds together at last!


Street Fighter V


First Wonder


Devil’s Third

Oculus Conference

Edge of Nowhere


EVE: Valkyrie

Game trailer

Vanquish 2 about to be announced?

Super Meat boy coming to playstation

Chris Avellone leaves Obsidian

Scalebound, Crackdown and Quantum Break skipping E3

Zombi-U comin to current gen consoles

Splatoon 64

Minecraft Splatoon


Steam Sales, Splatoon, Victor Vran, Mario Kart 8, Hyrule Warriors 3DS, Shadow Warrior 2, Ratchet & Clank, Human Resources Machine, Toy Soldiers: War Chest, Heman, G.I. Joe, The Deadly Tower of Monsters, SOMA, Street Fighter V, Hellblade, First Wonder, Giants: Citizen Kabuto, Transformers Devastation, Oculus Rift, Edge of Nowhere, Chronos, EVE: Valkyrie, Vanquish 2, Super Meat Boy, Zombi-U, Splatoon 64, Minecraft, Heroes of the Storm, E3 2015

Direct download: Episode_162_-_The_Secrets_of_E3_Revealed.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 5:46pm AEST

Top 5 - Violent Video Games

Time for a bit of the old ultra-violence.

Next Week: Top 5 Games you would use as a The Last Starfighter style recruiting tool.

Direct download: Top_5_-_Violent_Video_Games.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:50pm AEST

Fallout 4! Penises! X-Com 2! Dongs! Dark Souls 3! Willies! Hatred! Todgers! Lego! Wangs! Regular Humans! One eyed trouser snakes! Plus lots lots more! Special guest: Nick!

Cheapskate's Game Club: Regular Human Basketball
Next Week: Heroes of the Storm

Show notes

Cobra Club

Lego games can never be good

Steam refunds

Infinite Crisis closing

Black Tusk rebranded as The Coalition

Desrua Bankrupt

DOTA 2 The International prizepool at 12 million

Lucas joins smash bros

Fallout 4

Dark Souls 3

Harvest Moon

Xcom 2

Project Treasure

Monster Hunter X

Uncharted Dudebro collection

Total War: Warhammer


Crowd Funding

Faceted Flight (Oculus Only Demo available)


Bard’s Tale IV



We Happy Few

Shape of the world

The Eyes of Ara

The Lost Pisces

Galaxy Heist

Direct download: Episode_161_-_A_Future_of_Meat.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00pm AEST

Aren't homonyms fun?

Next Week: Top 5 Violent Games

Direct download: Top_5_-_Chilly-Chili-Chile_Games.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:22pm AEST

Episode 160 - Ninja Tactics

It's time to revisit the Ninja action of Ronin (now in early access), get confused by board game descriptions, excite ourselves with confused robots and talk about all the heists that have happened this week in gaming!

Cheapskate's Game Club: Pinball FX2
Next Week: Regular Human Basketball

Show Notes

Driveclub PS+ edition actually coming?

Konami not dropping console and pc development

Splatoon heist!

Star citizen caper!

Gog not selling hatred

Twitch changes policy to avoid streaming hatred

New xbox one controller

Nintendo humble bundle

There’s a dumb rumour re Silent Hills



Resident evil 0


Crowd funding





Pixel starships

StarCrafts mod


Ronin, Lords of Waterdeep, Witcher 3, Driveclub, Konami, Splatoon, Star Citizen, Hatred, Twitch, Xbone, Nintendo, Humble Bundle, Silent Hills, Wild Star, Watta, SOMA, Resident Evil 0, Pinball FX2, Kickstarter, indiegogo, Perception, Squad, Defragmented, Luman, Pixel Starships, Starcrafts Mod

Direct download: Episode_160_-_Ninja_Tactics.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 5:43pm AEST

The Witcher 3 is out!  Other content also included...

Cheapskate's Game Club: Spooky's House of Jump Scares
Next Week: Pinball FX2

James' Game: Memory Warning

Show Notes

DooM 4 escapes a COD’ish fate

Hellraid put “on hold”

Bloodborne expansion in development

ARK: Survival Evolved out soon on Early Access

Warcraft movie


Need for Speed

Torment: Tides of Numenera


Arizona Sunshine

Pacman 256


Crowd Funding

RUMP! (Demo Available)



Combat Core

The Aquatic Adventure of the Last Human

Dimension Drive


The Witcher 3, Steam Cards, MRA, Memory Warning, Dark Souls 2, Destiny, DooM4, Hellraid, Bloodborne, ARK: Survival Evolved, Warcraft, DooM, Need For Speed, Torment: Tides of Numenera, Moonrise, Arizona Sunshine, Pacman 256, Spooky’s house of Jump Scares, RUNMP!, HotterKeys, Bloxels, Combat Core, The Aquatic Adventures of the Last Human, Voxelnauts, Dimension Drive, Rivalry, Mad Max: Fury Road



Direct download: Episode_159_-_The_Witcher_3.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 8:31pm AEST

Top 5 - Video Game Characters You Would Skin To Make a Suit

If you're going to murder you may as well look good.

Next week: Top 5 Chilly/Chili/Chile Games

Direct download: Top_5_-_video_game_characters_you_would_skin_to_make_a_suit.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 9:20pm AEST

Let's build snowmen! Actually let's be more inclusive, snowpersons. We talk Ether One, Nintendo's E3 plans, the evil plans of Konami, new assassin's creed, Evoland getting it right, the successor to Castlevania and this week's snowperson filled game club Lost Constellation!

Cheapskate's Game Club: Lost Constellation
Next Week: Spooky House of Jump Scares

James Vs Paul snowperson fight!

Show Notes:

Nintendo’s E3 Plans

Microsoft’s E3 Plans

Konami’s Evil Plan Revealed

The Division delayed until 2016

Candy Crush comes pre-installed on Windows 10. Some people care for some reason.

AllSplatooncommercials are Art

Ubisoft officially drops 360 and ps3 development

ARK: Survival Evolved

Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate

Evoland 2




Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night


Tokyo Dark

Through The Woods

Oak Island

Das Tal

Nightfall: Escape

Hero U

Direct download: Episode_158_-_Snowman_Abomination.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 11:13am AEST

Sometimes things don't go as planned so you must improvise your way out!

Direct download: An_Improvised_Show1.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 9:03pm AEST

Episode 157 - 1, 2, 3, 4, I Declare a Paint War

It's a week for trying new things! Splatoon, Magicka 2, Exanima, Treeker, Battlehandand even that brand new Zeldo title you're all excited about.

Cheapskate's Game Club: Battlehand
Next Week: Lost Constellation

Crowd Funding Picks
James: Power Drive 2000
Paul: Elsinore

Nintendo Profitable again

Nintendo entering theme park business

Myst TV maybe coming to Hulu

Oculus to release Q1 2016

The Human Centipede 3

MediEvil PS4? It was an amazing fake!

Mirror’s Edge 2 and new Plants vs Zombies slated for  2016 (Quarters relate to financial year)

Threes removed from Android Marketplace

Google Feud

Helldivers dlc

Tony Hawk 5

Goat Simulator GoatZ

Rock Band 4 Details

Towerfall Dark World

Another amazing Magicka 2 trailer


Crowd Funding


Light Fall

Starfighter Inc

Loud on PLanet X

Power Drive 2000

Galactic Escape

CCTV Nation

Mystic Searches

Time of Dragons

Exanima, Splatoon, Magicka 2, The Legend of Zeldo: Lonk’s Awkening, Treeker, Dark Souls 2, Witcher 2, Nintendo, Myst, Oculus Rift, The Human Centipede 3, MediEvil, Mirror’s Edge 2, Threes, 2048, Google Feud, Helldivers, Tony Hawk 5, Got Simulator, GoatZ, Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, Rock Band 4m Towerfall Dark World, Battlehand, Elsinore, Light Fall, Starfighter Inc, Loud on Planet X, Power Drive 2000


Direct download: Episode_157_-_1_2_3_4_I_declare_a_paint_war.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:24pm AEST

Those city folk don't know what they're missing!

Next week: Top 5 videogame characters you would skin to make a suit.

Direct download: Top_5_-_Rural_Based_Games.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 10:27pm AEST

Episode 156 - Getting the Team Back Together

Ben pokes his head in for our 3 year anniversary which we celebrate with some Broken Age, Silent Hills, COD and even a little Hololens.

Cheapskate's Game Club: Terrordrome
Next Week: Battlehand

Broken Age, Bloodborne, Darkest Dungeon, GTAV, Silent Hills, D4, Hatred, Steam, Valve, Skyrim, Mods, E3, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Just Cause 3, Hololens, Terrordrome, Yooka Laylee, Formula Fusion

Direct download: Episode_156_-_Getting_the_team_back_together.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:07pm AEST

If I could turn back time
If I could find a way
I'd take back those games that'll hurt you when you play
Thanks Cher

Next Week: Top 5 Rural Video Games

Direct download: Top_5_-_Games_we_wish_we_had_never_played.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 10:16pm AEST

Episode 155 - James' Idea Podcast

James has a number of ideas in this CONTROVERSIAL, ENTERTAINING and also INSIGHTFUL episode. Mods, Mad Max, Overlord, head transplants and sexually stimulating a car await your listening pleasure.

Cheapskate's Game Club: Stick Shift
Next Week: Terrordrome

Steam Opens the gates for paid mods

Marvel and Telltale team up


GTAV Mods rolling out

Minecraft Gallipoli

Battlefront Backlash

Is head transplant a MGSV stunt?

Mad Max

Overlord: Fellowship of Evil

Star Ocean 5



Lantern (Kickfinisher)

Hipsters vs Zombies

The Intergalactic Trashman



Direct download: Episode_155_-_James_Idea_Podcast.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 7:27pm AEST

All your dreams are about to come true.

Don't forget to check out Ben's NSFW show art (https://eightandahalfbit.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/bens-showart.png)

Next Week: Top 5 games you wish you never played.

Direct download: Top_5_-_Games_with_Fairies.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 10:51pm AEST

Episode 154 - Where Are The Ewoks

Is it alright to be hopeful about Star Wars again? Can Guitar Hero reinvent itself? Does Mortal Kombat X have some of the lamest DLC ever? The answers to these questions are “probably”, “maybe” and “Urgh I feel dirty just thinking about it”.

Cheapskate’s Game Club: Pokemon Rumble World
Next Week: Stick Shift

Crowd Funding Picks
James: Ultimate Chicken Horse
Paul: Dimension Drive

Grab the episode here or subscribe to us on iTunes.

Show notes after the jump


Star Wars BattlefrontDetails

Mortal Kombat X has the lamest DLC I’ve ever seen

Unity goes to 3DS though (or maybe just the Nintenfo)

Guitar Hero Live

2K Australia closed

Postal 2 Expansion.

Wildstar heading f2p?

Ryu might be coming to street fighter?

Trailer Diversions


World War Toons


Chip’s Challenge 2, 25 years in the making


Crowd Funding

Ultimate Chicken Horse

Outland 17 (Demo Available)

Little Devil Inside

Wildfire (Demo Available)


Epic Everything

Dimension Drive



Devils Bluff (Demo Available)

GTAV, Titan Souls, Albedo: Eyes from outer Space, Tower of Guns, Virtua Tennis 4, Puzzle and Dragon, Star Wars Battlefront, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Batman vs Superman, Mortal Kombat X, Guitar Hero Live, 2K Australia, Deus Ex: Humanity Divided, Postal 2, Wildstar, Super Smash Bros, Pokemon Rumble World, Kieru, World War Toons, Samarost3, Chip’s Challenge 2, Ultimate Chicken Horse, Outland 17, Little Devil Inside, Wildfire, Songbringer, Epic Everything, Dimension Drive, Deadwood, Devil’s Bluff

Direct download: Episode_154_-_Where_are_the_Ewoks.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:07pm AEST

Top 5 - Video Game Character Pairings to Play the Roles of Mr Sheffield and Fran Drescher in a Reboot of The Nanny

Don't let this Top 5 put you out on your fanny.

Next Week: Top 5 Game with Fairies

Direct download: Top_5_-_The_Nanny.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:40am AEST

April's Playstation Plus games are out and there are reactions to be had(Monsterbag, Tower of Guns, Killzone: Mercenary). We also give Titan Souls a whirl, Star Squad gets a bump and we speculate about the new Dues Ex, Tony Hawk and Black Ops.

Cheapskate's Game Club: SUPERQOT
Next Week:  Pokemon Rumble World

Show notes on www.eightandahalfbit.com

Direct download: Episode_153_-_Playstation_Doubleplusgood.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:24pm AEST

I have no strong feelings one way or the other.

Next week: Top 5 game character pairings... *sigh* to play the roles of Mr Sheffield and Fran Drescher in a reboot of The Nanny.

Direct download: Top_5_-_Perfectly_Mediocre_Games.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 9:40pm AEST

Episide 152 - Title Cards against Humanity

One day late but twice as good. Xenoblade Chronicles, Pillars of Eternity, Bloodborne  and Nintendo things!

Cheapskate's Game Club: Bardbarian


Crowdfunding Pick of the Week: Izle

Direct download: Episode_152_-_Title_Cards_against_Humanity_.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 12:07pm AEST

Top 5 - Games With Bears

*Rawr* I'm a damn bear!

Next Week: Top 5 Games that are perfectly mediocre

Direct download: Top_5_-_Games_with_Bears.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 10:40pm AEST

Episode 151 - Bloodborne Aboard The L337 Train

Bloodborne is out so the boys are in love. Episode 2 of Life is Strange is out and we finally get to talk about the truly extraordinary Game of War.

Cheapskate's Game Club: Game of War
Next Week: Bardbarian

Direct download: Episode_151_-_Bloodborne_aboard_the_l337_train.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 8:33pm AEST

In this economy even video game characters can't afford to retire.

Next Week: Top 5 Games with Bears!

Direct download: Top_5_-_Post_Game_Careers_for_Video_Game_Characters.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 10:20pm AEST

Episode 150 - A Video Game Podcast

Today we video game the games that are Cities: Skylines and Ori and the Blind Forest. We also video game Glitchhikers and talk about Video Games.

Cheapskate's Game Club: Glitchhikers
Next Week: Game of War

Crowd Funding Pick: Quiplash

Direct download: Episode_150_-_A_video_game_podcast.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 7:31pm AEST

If you can play it in a Toga then it might be on this list.

Next Week: Top 5 Post Game Careers for Video Game Characters

Direct download: Top_5_-_Sword_and_Sandal_Games.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 10:59pm AEST

Episode 149 - Master Craftsmen

James and Paul become the world's greatest level designers this week with Gunscape whilst avoiding the police to play Hotline Miami 2 and for some reason, Pokemon Shuffle!

Cheapskate's Game Club: Gunscape

Next Week: Glitchhikers

Crowd Funding Pick of the Week: CrossCode

Direct download: Episode_149_-_Masters_Craftsmen.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 8:10pm AEST

I spy with my little eye a top 5 beginning with S.

Next week: Top 5 Sword and Sandal games

Direct download: Top_5_-_Spy_Games.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 11:25pm AEST

Episode 148 - Synchronized Hell Diving

We dive down to hell in Helldivers, whal the stars in Starwhal and see all the GDC.

Cheapskate's Game Club: Pioneers

Next Week: Gunscape

Direct download: Episode_148_-_Synchronized_Hell_Diving.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 8:57pm AEST

Top 5 - Ways We Would Pitch A New Rock Band/Battletoads/Fear Effect/Anachronox/Gex

Can these IP's return with the guidance of our podcasting team? No we've got nothing to do with that process.

Next Week: Top 5 Spy Games

Direct download: Top_5_-_Ways_we_would_pitch_a_new.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 10:40pm AEST

Episode 147 - Natural Hunters

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, Evolve, Hand of Fate Persona 4 Golden and Kanye West go hunting for both Toejam and Earl!  What a twist!

Cheapskate's Games Club: Mecha Trigger
Next Week: Pioneers

Crowd Funding Picks
James: Crowfall: Throne War
Paul: Don't Be Patchman

Direct download: Episode_147_-_Natural_Hunters.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 7:12pm AEST

Top 5 - Games that are nothing more than gold diggers

I ain't saying she a gold digger but I'm implying it pretty heavily.

Next week: Top 5 ways we would pitch a new Gex, Fear Effect, Anachronox, Battle Toads and Rock Band

Direct download: Top_5_-_Games_that_are_nothing_more_than_gold_diggers.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 10:48pm AEST

We go on a big adventure with Abobo and nothing will ever be the same again. Paul and James continue to gush over Majora's Mask, Ben plays Evolve and we find out where the hell Carmen Sandiago is.

Cheapskate's Game Club: Abobo's Big Adventure
Next Week: Mecha Trigger

Crowd Funding Picks
James and Paul: Spooky Poo's Happy Hell
Ben: Unravelled

Majora’s Mask, Grow Home, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, Captain Toad, The Last Guardian, Abobo’s Big Adventure, Where in North Dakota is Carmen Sandiago, Terraria: Other World, Tahira: Echoes of the Astral Empire, Spooky Poo’s Happy Hell, Edge of Eternity, Nuren, Zoombini’s, Unravelled, Kickstarter

Direct download: Episode_146_-_Abobo-Agogo.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 8:22pm AEST

Top 5 - Games that gave it a go


Next week: Top 5 games that are nothing more than gold diggers

Direct download: Top_5_-_Games_that_gave_it_a_go.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 9:59pm AEST

Majora's Mask! Infinifactory! IKEA FURNITURE!  What else do you need to know?

Cheapskate's Game Club: Home Improvisation{br>Next Week: Abobo's Big Adventure

Crowd Funding Picks
James: The Miskatonic
Ben: Arco
Paul: Strength of the Sword Ultimate

Direct download: Episode_145_-_Mother_Fixing_Wizards.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 8:35pm AEST

Top 5 - Games with Dogs

Woof woof!

Next week: Top 5 Games that gave it a go

Direct download: Top_5_-_Games_with_Dogs.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 5:00am AEST

Episode 144 - No Style, No Substance

Is Apontheon all style, no substance? Is Kick and Fennick all substance, no style? How does Silent Hill: Alcehmilla fit in all this! Also for some reason Metroid Prime 3 raises from the grave, there's a Zelda TV show, Persona 5 and perhaps even a little touch of magic.

Cheapskate's Game Club: Silent Hill: Alchemilla
Next Week: Home Improvisation

Crowd Funding Picks
James: Neptune Have Mercy
Ben: Windwalkers
Paul: Luckslinger

Direct download: Episode_144_-_No_style_No_substance.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 8:55pm AEST

Sometimes you just need collaborate with your equals. Boy it'd be nice to try that. Just once...

Next week: Top 5 Video Games with Dogs!


Direct download: Top_5_-_Video_Game_Supergroups.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 9:40pm AEST

Episode 143 - Life is Grim

Ben is away but Alex is in. The boys have been playing all sorts of exciting games this week including Life is Strange, Codename S.T.E.A.M, Grey Goo and the remastered release of Grim Fandango!  So much audio and very little visual content just the way you like it.

Cheapskate's Game Club: Coma
Next Week: Silent Hill: Alchemilla

Direct download: Episode_143_-_Life_is_Grim.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 8:51pm AEST

Top 5 - Under-Realised Powers

No one man should have all that power.
Except maybe Kirby.

Next week: Top 5 - Games you would combine to make the super group of games

Direct download: Top_5_-_Under-Realised_Powers.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 5:00am AEST

Episode 142 - Hologram Party

How can you tell you're not a hologram RIGHT NOW? We get all up in Microsoft's VR solution, Evolve, Monster Hunter 4, New 3DS and even so god damn LEGO brand building blocks!

Cheapskate's Game Club: Minifigures Online
Next Week: Coma

Crowd Funding Picks
Ben: Fantastic Journeys
James: Children of Morta
Paul: Strafe

Direct download: Episode_142_-_Hologram_Party.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:26pm AEST

Top 5 - Things Only [blank] Can Get Away With

The rules don't apply to everyone/thing/sloth.

Next Week: Top 5 Under Realised Powers

Direct download: Top_5_-_things_only_blank_can_get_away_with.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 10:21pm AEST

Episode 141 - Awe and Mystery

Hotline Miami 2's Australian ban causes controversy in the ranks of 8.5 bit this week We talk new Nintendo direct (Fire emblem, Wii games on VC and more) Evolve, Coming out on Top and we explore the weird and intriguing universe of Outer Wilds.

Cheapskate's Game Club: Outer Wilds
Next Week: Minifigures Online

Crowd Funding Picks
Ben: Shadowrun: Hong Kong
James and Paul: Moonman

Direct download: Episode_141_-_Awe_and_Mystery.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 7:40pm AEST

Top 5 - Video Game Characters In Your Sex And The City Or Entourage Crew

So this happened.

Next Week: Top 5 things only [blank] can get away with

Direct download: Top_5_-_Video_Game_characters_in_your_Sex_and_the_City_or_Entourage_crew.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 5:30am AEST

James and Paul play a bunch of games! 80 Days, Captain Toad, Fantasy Life are some of the ones we get super excited about.

Next Cheapskate's Game Club: Outer Wilds

Crowd Funding Picks

Into the Stars and Drift Stage

Direct download: Episode_140_-_Dont_Hate_the_Playa.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 11:09pm AEST

Top 5 - Games of 2013

Our yearly tradition continues with our 12 months later perspective assessment of the gaming landscape circa 2013.

Next Week: Top 5 Video Game characters in your Sex in the City or Entourage crew

Direct download: Top_5_-_Games_of_2013a.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 5:30am AEST

Episode 139 - Precogs R Us

It's time to look into the future! What games will you play in the next year?  Maybe all of them?

Cheapskate's Game Club: Second Life
Next Week: HyperSquare


Direct download: Episode_138_-_Precogs_R_Us.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00pm AEST

Top 5 - Video Game Ripoffs

We're just a ripoff of ABBA. Oh you missed their hipster video game podcast phase? You really missed out.

Next week: Top 5 games of 2013 (not a typo)

Direct download: Top_5_-_Video_Game_Ripoffs.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 4:55pm AEST

Episode 138 - 2014 Showdown

End of the year!  In this episode we talk about everything.

Cheapskate's Game Club: Gems of War
Next Week: Second Life

Crowdfunding Picks of the Year
James: Witchmarsh
Ben: The Flame in the Flood
Paul: Frog Fractions 2

Direct download: Episode_138_-_2014_Showdown.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 8:02pm AEST

Top 5 - Games with Dance

We can dance if we want to, we can leave your friends behind
Cause your friends don't dance and if they don't dance
Well they're are no friends of mine

Next week: Top 5 Video Game Rip-Offs

Direct download: Top_5_-_Games_with_Dance.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 5:00am AEST

Episode 137 - Xmas Party

There ain't no Party like a Chritmas party. James goes back to the Time of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Paul finishes the Unfinished Swan at long last and there's a whole lot of Hatred for us all to share in.

Cheapskate's Game Club: InkQuest
Next Week: Gems of War

Crowd Funding Picks
James and Ben: But I Love You
Paul: Daydreamer

Direct download: Episode_137_-_Xmas_Party.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 1:11pm AEST

Top 5 - Games that make you Gamy McGame

I have no idea.

Next week: Top 5 - Games with Dance

Direct download: Top_5_-_Games_that_make_you_Gamy_McGame.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 8:54am AEST

Episode 136 - Way to go Jerry

For a special treat we pushed record on this episode so you could listen to it and share in our musings.  The video game awards brought more than a few surprises as did the Sony Experience. Ben plays Dragon Age: Inquisition, James gets into Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare and Paul has just been photographing volleyball.

Cheapskate's Game Club: Wonderputt
Net Week: InkQuest

Direct download: Episode_136_-_Way_to_go_Jerry.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 10:37pm AEST

Interview - Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick on Thimbleweed Park

Ron Gilbert is back and this time he's brought along his old friend and collaborator Gary Winnick to talk about their currently crowd funding adventure game "Thimbleweed Park". Only 60% of the episode is off topic. A new record!

Direct download: Interview_-_Ron_Gilbert_and_Gary_Winnick.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 2:34pm AEST

Top 5 - Games With Punching

What a punchy list.

Next Week: Top 5 Games that make you Gamy McGame (Yeah we don't get it either)

Direct download: Top_5_-_games_with_punching.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 5:30am AEST

Episode 135 - We Lost the Episode

Well this is embarrassing. In today's episode we talked about a bunch of great subjects. If only we had recorded it properly.

Cheapskate's Game Club: Digital: A Love Story

Next Week: Wonderputt

Direct download: Episode_135_-_We_lost_the_episode.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:17pm AEST

Top 5 - Ways We’d Give Popular Games a Kick in the Pants

Good things are good but could good things be better?

Next week: Top 5 Games with Punching

Direct download: Top_5_-_Kicks_in_the_pants.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 5:00am AEST

Episode 134 - Things We Cooked Up In The Lab

In this episode we discuss the hot new video games Jurassic World and Star Wars: The Force awakens.  We go off topic with some Tales from the Borderlands, Jackbox Party Pack, Strafe and Warframe for a while but then we get right back to blood donation.

Cheapskates Games Club: Warframe
Next Week: Digital: A Love Story

Crowd Funding Picks
James: Shooter's Den
Ben: Yes, Your Grace
Paul: Blood Sport

Direct download: Episode_134_-_Things_we_cooked_up_in_the_lab.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 3:54pm AEST

They're the video games you love but in your pocket! Or at least it'd be nice if they were in your pocket.  Like James! He fits in some pockets.

Next Week: Top 5 ways we'd give popular games a kick in the pants

Direct download: Top_5_-_Games_we_wish_were_mobile.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 5:00am AEST

Episode 133 - Holding Hands with Miss Swift

Taylor Swift makes us say WOW and commits a Grand Theft of the heart in today’s most pop culture embracing episode. Paul talks the most, James a bit less and Ben the least of all. We respect tradition here at the Eight and One Half Bits.

Cheapskate’s Games Club: Photobomb
Next Week: WarFrame (for real this time)

Crowd Funding Picks
James: Thimbleweed Park
Ben: Crossing Souls
Paul: To Azimuth

Direct download: Episode_133_-_Holding_Hands_with_Miss_Swift.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 4:41pm AEST

Top 5 - Self Improvement Games

I'm already pretty good but maybe I could be a little better.

Next Week: Top 5 Games we wish were mobile

Direct download: Top_5_-_Self_Improvement_Games.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 5:30am AEST

Mario Kart DLC, Endless Legend, Advanced Warfare, Binding of Isaac Rebirth and all your favourites. Also Ben!

Cheapskate’s Game Club: Neuronball
Next Week: Warframe (PC, PS4, XB1)

Crowd Funding Picks
James: That Dragon, Cancer
Ben and Paul: Scorn

Direct download: Episode_132_-_Metal_Horse.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 5:25pm AEST

Top 5 - FMV Games
What could make a video game better than the video being in full motion? The FMV future is here!

Next week: Top 5 Self Improvement Games

Direct download: Top_5_-_FMV_games.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 5:30am AEST

Episode 131 - Iterative Improvements

Long-time contributor Alex joins us as we discuss Blizzard's new IP Overwatch, first person GTAV, Shovel Knight, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Bayonetta 2, Splatoon and the greatness of Wales.

Cheapskate's Game Club: Tales of the Adventure Company
Next Week: Neuronball

Crowdfunding Picks
James and Alex: Gliese
Ben: Late to the Party
Paul: Override

Direct download: Episode_131_-_Iterative_Improvements.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 2:17pm AEST

Episode 130 - Paxy Pax Pax

James and Paul have been at PAXAus 2014 and have so many adventures to share. So open your ear holes and get listening.

Next week we return to your regular programming.

Direct download: Episode_130_-_Paxy_Pax_Pax.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:10pm AEST

The wonderful Ron Gilbert joins James and Paul once again for a wildly unfocussed conversation at this year's PAX Australia. How do we connect Halloween, Mars travel, Envirobear, hidden object games, PewDiePie and rum? We're not sure.

Direct download: Interview_-_Ron_Gilbert_PAXAus_2014.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 10:37pm AEST

Top 5 - Game Characters Who Should Own A Small Business

One of our more serious lists.

Next Week: Top 5 FMV games

Direct download: Top_5_-_Characters_Small_Business.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 8:29am AEST

In space everyone can still hear you ruin your career with one tweet. James plays Civ: Beyond Earth, Ben gets into Titanfall's new Frontier Defence mode and Paul finally finishes Metal Gear Solid 16 years after it's release. Super Smash Bros for Wii-U surprises us all with an arse load of content and a Paranatuical Activity Dev makes a very unfortunate mistake.

Cheapskate's Game Club: HRmageddon
Next Week: Tales of the Adventure Company

Crowd Funding Picks
James: Hit
Ben: Air Brawl
Paul: 2Dark

Direct download: Episode_129_-_Mistakes_in_Space.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 8:36pm AEST

There's nothing as exhilarating as listing games involving planes.  Or maybe flight. I dunno. They don't pay me.

Next Week: Top 5 Video Game Characters who should own a small business

Direct download: Top_5_-_Plane_Games.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEST

Gosh darn bread! It makes us so mad! This week the wonderful Kim Allom joins us to talk about the controversial Hatred and the equally offensive I am Bread while throwing in the delightful Consensual Torture Simulator for good measure. James and Paul have become hardcore trekkers and play Artemis: Spaceship Bridge Simulator all while Ben continues to fiddle with his digital balls.

 Cheapskate's Game Club: Dog of Dracula 2
Next Week: HRmageddon

Crowd Funding Picks
James: Basement
Kim: Basement
Ben: Red Cobra
Paul: Cole: A Game About Coal

Direct download: Episode_128_-_A_Hatred_of_Bread.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 5:50pm AEST

Top 5 - Nintendo DS Games

How freaking great is the Nintendo DS?  Very freaking great.

Next Week: Top 5 - Plane Games

Direct download: Top_5_-_Nintendo_DS_Games.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 11:30am AEST

Turns out we really like video games. Who knew?


Next Week: Top 5 Nintendo DS games

Direct download: Top_5_-_Things_we_love.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEST

Episode 126 - In the Shadow of Smash Bros

Smash Bros is out and Paul and James have a major issue with it. Shadow of Mordor impresses Paul, Fifa does the same for Ben and James gets all turned around by Spoiler Alert. PLUS HITCHHIKERS GUIDE TO THE GALAXY!

Cheapskate's Game Club: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Next Week: Serena

Crowd Funding Picks
Ben: Highlands
James: Human Resources
Paul: Elegy for a Dead World

Direct download: Episode_126_-_In_the_shadow_of_Smash_Bros.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 2:57pm AEST

Top 5 - Games Where You Play the Villain

Now you see that evil will always triumph because good is dumb.

Next Week: Top 5 things we like about the game industry

Direct download: Top_5_-_games_where_you_play_the_villain.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEST

Episode 125 - The Vanishing of Fate Grinder

Ben is back and he wants to talk about the forbidden game!  Paul searches for a young boy in The Vanishing of Ethan Carter and rediscovers his own alternate youth as he finally breaks through the Metal Gear Solid barrier. James sticks his face in a virtual boy and is the envy of all.

Cheapskate's Game Club: Antbassador
Next Week: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

Crowd Funding Picks
Ben: Bedlam
James: No Pineapple Left Behind
Paul: Battle Chef Brigade

Direct download: Episode_125_-_The_Vanishing_of_Fate_Grinder.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:57pm AEST