Eight and a Half Bit

James is back from GDC and boy is he sleepy. Paul plays some Luftrausers, James gets Bravely Default and Ben watches more Youtube videos of Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze because that’s how he rolls. New VR gear, game engines, Assassin’s Creed, Gauntlet, Simulated bears and all other sorts of things are included.

Crowd Funding picks

Ben: Chaos Reborn

James: The Red Solstice

Paul: The Seed

Direct download: Episode_98_-_G.D.C.James.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 9:03pm AEDT

Episode 097 - Devastation Everywhere

Embrace the despair of Dark Souls 2, the destruction of Titanfall, the sadness of The Dragon Cancer, the hard reality of This War of Mine, the confounding shapelessness of Dominique Pamplemousse and the fractions of Frog Fractions 2.  All this and more as Simone joins us for our most devastating episode ever!

Crowd Funding Picks

Ben: Duelyst

Simone: Dragon Fin Soup

Paul: Frog Fractions 2

Direct download: Episode_97-_Devestation_Everywhere.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 7:35pm AEDT

Top 5 - Games with Time Travel

Why is no one ever impressed by my ability to travel forward in time? I bring technologies from the recent past! Why is nobody amazed? I lost an entire weekend in the time well for nothing.

Next Week: Top 5 briefly burning fires

Direct download: Top_5_-_Games_with_Time_Travel.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

Episode 096 - Bats and Boobs

Professional handsome man Rob O’Hara joins us to talk South Park: The Stick of Truth, Batman: Arkham Knight, Hotline Miami, Mad Max and some of the most controversial crowd funding projects we've seen since the last ones. Oh and did we mention Bronies?! Because we have now!

Crowd funding picks

Rob: Kill the Bad Guy

Ben: Axe Princess

James: Garage Online

Paul: The Unearth Initiative

Direct download: Episode_96_-_Bats_and_Boobs.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 8:31pm AEDT

Top 5 - Games with Bees!


I hope you're not too buzzy to enjoy the best ever episode of Eight and a Half Bees! There's a hive of exigent in as the boys bumble about seeking the flower of enlightenment on the subject of bees in videogames!


Next week: Top 5 Games with Time Travel!


Direct download: Top_5_-_Games_with_Bees.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

Episode 095 - Nukem? I Hardly Knew 'Em!

What is going on with 3DRealms? I feel like I’m going crazy here! Paul gets chilled out with Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze, Ben is Banished and James plays some more MMOs or something (more ESO and FFIVX).  Throw in some news attack and crowd funding and some epic disappointment in the general reaction to Lords of Shadow 2 and you’ve got a podcast. This one!

Crowd Funding Picks

Ben: Tulpa

James: Gunscape

Paul: Toby’s Island

Direct download: Episode_95_-_Nukem._I_hardly_knew_em.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 7:40pm AEDT

Top 5 - Xbox 360 Exclusives


Direct download: Top_5_-_Xbox_360_exclusives.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

Episode 094 - Questionable Performance

720p, 900p, 30fps… Why is new gen so last gen? James gets his MMO on with Final Fantasy XIV, Paul gets his Action on with Strider and Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2 while Ben actually gets some F2P on with Loadout. Also included is The Order 1886, Thief, the end of Irrational Games, lots of news and some solid crowdfunding.

Crowd Funding Picks

Ben: Heart&Slash

James: Super Chibi Knight

Paul: Demolition lander

Direct download: Episode_94_-_Questionable_Performance.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 8:08pm AEDT

Top 5 - Ninja Games

{This post was written by a ninja}

Next week: Top 5 360 Exclusives

Direct download: Top_5_-_Ninja_Games.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

Episode 093 - Titanfall Exclusive! (Not really. Everyone is playing it)

The Titanfall Beta is upon as so it’s time to shoot both robots and people. We finally see Lords of the Fallen and Evolve, cover the new Nintendo direct, announce who is a dickhead in the industry and Ben buys some doughnuts.


Crowd Funding Picks

Ben: Darkest Dungeon

James: Star Crawlers

Paul: Galactic Princess

Direct download: Episode_93_-_Titanfall_exclusive_not_really._Everyone_is_playing_it.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 10:40pm AEDT

There comes a time in every gamer’s life when they start to become aware of their body. This is perfectly natural and nothing to be ashamed of. Except for you Darren. Seriously it’s gross and putting us all off our second breakfast.

Next Week: Top 5 Ninja Games

Direct download: Top_5_-_Games_with_Full_body_awareness.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

Flappy Bird took the world by storm... and now it's gone. Loadout is still here though with flappy bits everywhere! As is Episode 2 of The Wolf Among Us. There’s a new take on Sonic to speculate about along with a new Amnesia fortnight and Metal Gear: Ground Zeroes. Please don’t forget about the amazing kickstarters though! DO IT FOR OUR FUTURE!

Crowd Funding Picks

Ben and James: Catapult for Hire

Paul: Nevermind

Direct download: Episode_92_-_Flap_Away.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 7:17pm AEDT

Do you tremble in antici...

pation for video games? We sure do! To continue this process we now formally present Eight and a Half Bit's MOST ANTICIPATED GAMES OF 2014!

Next week: Top 5 games with full body awareness

Direct download: Top_5_-_Anticipated_Games_of_2014.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

Episode 091 - The Old Man of the Sea

You put your left foot in, you put your left foot out. You put your front left foot in, you put your front left foot out. You put your back right foot in, you put your back right foot out. You do the Octopokey and you turn around. That’s what it’s somewhat about.

We talk Octodad: The Dadliest Catch, Pyro Jump, Nintendo’s new strategy, XBone rumours and much more in today’s episode which also includes an overly aggressive News Attack.

Crowd Funding Picks:

Ben: World War Machine

James: Game of Glens

Paul: Scum Lord

Direct download: Episode_91_-_The_Old_Man_of_the_Sea.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 9:57pm AEDT

Top 5 - Early Works

Everybody has to start somewhere. You could start by downloading this incredible episode of Top 5 and a half bit!

Next week: Top 5 anticipated games of 2014

Direct download: Top_5_-_Early_Works.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

Interview - Mitch Gitelman on Shadowrun Dragonfall

Friend of the show Mitch Gitelman returns to discuss the upcoming expansion to Shadowrun Returns entitled Dragonfall. Aside from that we delve into many RPG related concepts and get Mitch’s thoughts on player agency among many other topics.

Direct download: Interview_-_Shadowrun_Dragonfall.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 1:34pm AEDT

Elevator Pitch - Wayward Terran Frontier

We talk to George Hultgren about his incredible looking project, Wayward Terran Frontier which mixes space adventure with hardcore ship simulation. You can support the project on kickstarter or follow the game and try the alpha at the game’s home page.

Direct download: Elevator_Pitch_-_Wayward_Terran_Frontier.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 12:49pm AEDT

Nintendo is dooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooomed except for all their money and fantastic games. Nidhogg rules and so does the DayZ Standalone, King.com try to sue the candy out of everyone, Assassin’s creed meets Batman Arkum Asylum in Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor and a truly knock out week of crowd funding projects await within.

Crowd Funding Picks

Ben: Cradle

James: ReVeN

Paul: La Mulana 2

Direct download: Episode_90_-_Nintendoom_and_the_saga_of_the_candy_douchebags.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 9:40pm AEDT

Top 5 - Good Games with Bad Ideas

As an alternate take on our old “Bad games with Good Ideas” list we present the shockingly titled “Good Games with Bad Ideas”. How do we do it?!

Next Week: Top 5 Early Works

Direct download: Top_5_-_Good_Games_with_Bad_Ideas.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 5:30am AEDT

Episode 89 - Broken Wallets

The Kickstarters are returning! See the proud creatures as they roam freely through the open fields of the interwebz. Also we talk about Double Fine’s Broken Age, if game discounting is a good thing and valve did so much this week it gets its own news attack.

Crowd Funding Picks

Ben and James: Wayward Terran Frontier

Paul: Project Rain World

Direct download: Episode_89_-_Broken_Wallets.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 8:44pm AEDT

Top 5 - PS3 Exclusives

Have you heard of the Playstation 3? It's a game playing device! There are even some game that can only be played on this particular type of game station. Come in and join our three intrepid adventurers as we discuss our top 5 games that fall under that previously mentioned category of games that can only be played on the Playstation 3. I mean what am I going to write here really? The entire concept of the episode is summed up in the title. This is pretty much pointless and a bit hard really. Anyone ever read this episode text? I don't and I write it. I might go get some breakfast. Don't get too excited it's just cereal.

Next Week: Top 5 Good Games with Bad Ideas

Direct download: Top_5_-_PS3_Exclusives.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 9:10am AEDT

Episode 088 - Videogame Abbey

It’s time for another scandalous episode of Eight and a half bit. From the Kaiju inspired monsters of Evolve to the emotional artiness of Continue?9876543210 James, Paul and a suspiciously quiet Ben handle the daily chores of running the most Videogame Abbey in town.

Direct download: Episode_88_-_Videogame_Abbey.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 11:24pm AEDT

Top 5 - Classic Games available for Digital Download

Did you grow up with ye olde games? Are you currently growing up and have therefore missed out on ye olde games?! You can still play them and some of them are so easy to get all you need to do is use The Secret (money and internet).

Next week: Top 5 PS3 Exclusives

Direct download: Top_5_-_Classic_Games_on_Digital_Distribution.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 10:08am AEDT

Episode 087 - Hot Present, Hot Future, Hot Potato

Welcome to 2014 and there is so much to look forward to. Sporting events, movies you like, funky new tunes and even some video games will be happening. Come with us as we journey into the world of your jumping, shooting, puzzling and general game experiencing.

Direct download: Episode_87_-_Hot_Present_Hot_Future_Hot_Potato.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 9:09pm AEDT

Top 5 - Games of 2012

It's a new year so what would be more appropriate than summing up the best games of two years ago? It's time for the annual Eight and a Half Bit Top 5 of the year before last! If we still remember them, they must have been good.

Next week: Top 5 classic games you can get on digital distribution

Direct download: Top_5_-_Games_of_2013.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

Episode 086 - 2013 Spectacular

2013 is near its end so now is the time to reflect, take stock and memorize lottery numbers in case we’re ever suddenly sent back in time. Listen for 9 of the best awards of the year plus our industry, gaming and crowd funding highlights. Sorry about Paul and Ben arguing.

Crowfunding picks of the year

Paul: 3. Sunless Sea  2. Darkwood 1. Night In the Woods

James: 3. RetroWorld 2. Red Baron 1. Dex

Ben: 3. Torment Tides of Numenera 2. Soccer Legends 1. Obduction

Direct download: Episode_86_-_2013_Spectacular.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 8:51pm AEDT

It’s Christmas today so have a podcast on us! It’s about all the good games on the Wii. Now I must eat an entire ham.

Next Week: Top 5 games of 2012

Direct download: Top_5_-_Wii_Games.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 8:30am AEDT

Episode 085 - PS4 and a Sad Koala Christmas Spectacular

Paul got his PS4 this week so get ready to hear all about that. South Park: The Stick of Truth has been censored in Australia, Ben hates Disney and James gets all Starbound on this exciting Christmas episode!

Direct download: Episode_85_-_PS4_and_a_Sad_Koala_Christmas_Spectacular.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 7:23pm AEDT

We all have trouble resisting that urge to murder our fellow man but not all of life pursuits must be spent serving our dark desires. That in mind here's some game where you're not a murderer!

Next Week: Top 5 Wii Games

Direct download: Top_5_-_Games_wheres_youre_not_a_murdering_bastard.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

Episode 084 - Robo-Geisha on a flying piece of cheese

Flying on a piece of cheese

Holding it between your knees

Sailing through the Milky Way

For extra content you will pay

James finds out if EA screwed up Dungeon Keeper, Ben finds life very difficult and Paul tries to find his own heart in Doki Doki universe.  The VG ex-A’s held a few surprises this week and the let’s players are dealing with bullshit again.  All this and more in your weekly podcast audio listening to talking style thing.

Crowd funding picks

Ben: The Golem of Prague, Paul and James: Below Kryll

Direct download: Episode_84_-_Robo-Geisha_on_a_flying_piece_of_cheese.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 9:20pm AEDT

Top 5 - Games with Awesome Destruction

I like it when the thing blew up

Next Week: Top 5 Games where you're not a murdering bastard

Direct download: Top_5_-_Games_with_Awesome_Destruction_.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

Paul plays all the games (Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, The Wolf Among Us, Luigi’s Mansion 2, Broken Sword 5, Shadow Warrior, SteamWorld Dig), James plays some of those games plus Galactic Starfighter and Ben finally plays an XBone game on his Xbone!

Crowd Funding Pick: The Slaughter

Direct download: Episode_83_-_Wolf_Among_Us.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 9:08pm AEDT

Top 5 - Multiplatform Games of Generation Six

This last generation has been pretty darn spiffy. Here's the non exclusive games we thought were the spiffiest!

Next Week:  Top 5 games with awesome destruction

Direct download: Top_5_-_Multiplatform_games_of_gen_6.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

Episode 082 - Like the incredible Machine but with Murder

Super Mario 3D World makes quite the impression on Paul and James, Ben plays with his Xbone, there’s WOW talk, the state of streaming on next gen and a bear that carries a god damn treasure chest! Also all the games are now Persona! I really should try a Persona game. I bet you’ve played the series haven’t you? Damn listeners always better than me.


Crowd Funding Picks

Ben: Starwhal: Just the Tip

James: Grow

Paul: Treasure Bear

Direct download: Episode_82_-_Like_the_incredible_Machine_but_with_murder.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 7:20pm AEDT

Top 5 - Games with Dinosaurs

Rawr *stomp* *extinction* Dinosaurs rule!

Next week: Top 5 Games of the 6th generation.

Direct download: Top_5_-_Games_with_dinosaurs.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

Episode 081 - Tear You a New (Xbox) One

To celebrate the release of the Xbox One we let Ben host the show so he can talk about his new purchase. Paul plays Tearaway and stick it to the Man while James spends his time with the new Zelda on the 3DS.

Crowd Funding Picks

Paul: Retroworld

James: Retroworld

Ben: Her Majesty’s SPIFFING

Direct download: Episode_81_-_Tear_you_a_new_xbox_One.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00pm AEDT

Quality Assurance – Daikatana

Today we release our new show upon the world. We invite you all to come and behold the glory of Quality Assurance, the monthly show where we talk about the positive aspects of some of gaming’s most derided titles with a special guest star! For our pilot episode we tackle the iconic Daikatana with the very classy Liam Hill (designer for Defiant Development and previously Lionhead).  Please enjoy.

Next month we will be playing Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust.

Direct download: QA_-_Daikatana.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

We've played a lot of games and sometimes we've done it in unusual ways. What ways? I'd tell you but then listening wouldn’t be so vitally important.

Next week: Top 5 games with dinosaurs

Direct download: Top_5_-_Interesting_Ways_Weve_Played.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

Episode 080 - Brand New Consoles That We Don't Own

The Playstation 4 is released but not in our country so… we’ve got that going. James flies a plane, Ben goes on a holiday and Paul rants about pixel art. Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea, Child of Light, the new Uncharted, Call of Juarez: Gunslinger, how the indie revolution is over and our weekly kickstarters are all accounted for this week. Paul even gets to drop Jodorowsky into a videogame discussion!

Crowd Funding Picks

Ben: 1979 Revolution

James: Dex

Paul: LISA

Direct download: Episode_80_-_Brand_New_Consoles_that_we_dont_own.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 7:47pm AEDT

Elevator Pitch - Stasis

We talk Chris Bischoff, the man behind the exciting and gorgeous sci-fi, horror, adventure game Stasis.  Unfortunately there is no video to go along with this pitch today as google hates everyone but we make up for it with Chris' charm plus James and Paul shutting up most of the time.

Kickstarter: www.kickstarter.com/projects/bischoff/stasis-2d-isometric-scifi-horror-adventure-game

Homepage: www.stasisgame.com

Direct download: Elevator_Pitch_-_Stasis.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 5:59pm AEDT

Top 5 - Games We Never Played

Are these games any good?  We literally don't know. We've never played them.

Next week: Top 5 interesting ways we've played

Direct download: Top_5_-_Game_we_never_played.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

Ben plays his favourite game, anticipation after pre-ordering an XBone, Paul gets really into Forced and James plays some kinda real life game. Urgh how dreadful. Harmonix has an awesome looking new game in Thumper, we learn our morals from a robot in Doki Doki Universe and Nintendo shows us why we can’t have nice things. A big bunch of awesome looking kickstarters including one Paul almost forgets to discuss because he’s an idiot.  All that and more!

Crowd Funding Picks

Ben: Bullet Bros

James: Dungeon Dyslexia

Paul: Interstellaria

Special “How the fuck did I forget to talk about it?!” award: Stasis

Direct download: Episode_79_-_A_Doki_Tori_Thumping_Good_Time_.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 8:35pm AEDT

Top 5 - Easy Games

We're all so easy and we like easy games. Simple and easy that's us. Especially Ben. Super easy!

Next Week: Top 5 Games We Never Played

Direct download: Top_5_-_Easy_Games.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

Episode 078 - That Spooky Episode

What spooky tales we have in store for our dear listeners today. The Dark Souls sequel terrifyingly titled “Dark Souls 2” a puzzle game by the name of “Pressurizer” for ghoulish mobile devices and also Mario Party!  So spooky.

Crowd Funding Picks

Ben: Next Car Game

James: Paradise Lost: First Contact

Paul: Between Me and the Night

Direct download: Episode_78_-_That_Spooky_Episode.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 7:47pm AEDT

Top 5 - Games that break the 4th wall

Like Miley Cyrus straddling a large destructive ball we are knocking down some walls and redefining your previously held expectations.

Next week: Top 5 Easy Games

Direct download: Top_5_-_Games_that_broke_the_4th_wall.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

Episode 077 - Week of Scandal

Four scandals in just one week! What is the gaming community coming to!? Youtube takedowns, unfinished games, unintended nudity, setting children on fire are all part of this week’s discussion. Don’t just focus on the troubles though we have some excellent games to discuss and the best game of all time is being kickstarted!

Crowd funding picks

Paul and Ben: Night in the Woods

James: Red Baron

Direct download: Episode_77_-_Week_of_Scandal.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 7:47pm AEDT

Sometimes when you play a game everything feels perfect except for the entire base design. Chuck it out, we know what's what.

Next Week: Top 5 games that break the 4th wall

Direct download: Top_5_-_Games_that_would_be_better_as_another_genre_.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

Episode 076 - The Stanley Pokemon

Paul loves The Stanley Parable, James loves Pokemon X & Y and Ben loves the feeling he gets when everything is safe and friendly. Rabbids vs Angry Birds, Projected AR and of course the return of BOOGERMAN!

Crowd Funding Picks

Ben and James: Obduction

Paul: Boogerman (Bonus: Eden Star and Scale)

Direct download: Episode_76_-_The_Stanley_Pokemon.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 9:01pm AEDT

Top 5 - Bad Games with Good Ideas

Just because the final product wasn't perfect doesn't mean the ideas weren't good. I mean having a son was a fine idea by my parents but... well we all know how that turned out.

Next Week: Top 5 Games which would have been better as another genre

Direct download: Top_5_-_Bad_Games_with_Good_Ideas.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

Episode 075 - Link Exposed

We get down with Teleglitch, play some Wind Waker HD, question David Cage’s choice regarding Ellen Page’s private areas and get down with the most unbelievable Kickstarter Pitch we’ve ever seen.

Crowd Funding Picks

James and Ben:Air Dash Online

Paul: Beyond Eyes

Direct download: Episode_75_-_Link_Exposed.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 5:29pm AEDT

Paul and James have a chat with Mitch Gitelman about his coming and goings. We talk Shadowrun, Golem Arcana, and secret projects that most certainly aren't Crimson Skies... maybe...

Join us on our poorly planned, but mostly informative, adventure!

Direct download: Interview_-_Mitch_Gitelman.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 11:02pm AEDT

Hey there games industry. We all know ideas are the hardest part of developing a game and are extremely valuable on their own. Count yourselves lucky because here are 15 of the damn things for the price of FREE!  We’ve done the hard work now just spend the next 4-10 years turning our ideas into reality, YOU’RE WELCOME!

Next Week: Top 5 Good Ideas in Bad Games

Direct download: Top_5_-_Games_we_wish_existed.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

Episode 074 - Re-Vita-Lised

Paul got himself a Vita and won’t shut up about it while the other two continue on their GTA 5 adventures.  There is some very relaxing news and one of the best crowd funding projects we’ve seen in a while.

Crowd Funding Picks

Ben and Paul: RimWorld

James: Pulsar

Direct download: Episode_74_-_Re-Vita-Lised.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 8:25pm AEDT

Top 5 - Real Life Lessons Learned from Video Games

You can learn a lot from video games. For instance did you know that real life has permadeath?

Next Week: Top 5 games we wish existed

Direct download: Top_5_-_Real_Life_Lessons.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

Episode 073 - Steam Time in Bear Town

We’ve got heaps of steam with Steam OS, Steam Machines and the Steam Controller!  We also become obsessed with the most subtle of games Bear Town.  Beyond: Two Souls demo impressions, Worms 3, GTA V, the future of game streaming and SO MUCH MORE!


Crowd Funding Picks

Ben and James: The Ballads of Reemus 2

Paul: Spark Rising

Direct download: Episode_73_-_Steam_Time_in_Bear_Town.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 8:11pm AEDT

When we're not busy watching Yahoo Serious films or rocking out to Russell Crowe singing in '30 Odd Foot of Grunts' we Aussies occasionally develop videogames. 

Next Week: Top 5 Games that taught you a lesson

Direct download: Top_5_-_Aussie_Games.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 9:03am AEDT

So what is likely the year’s biggest title Grand Theft Aut…. WHAT THE HELL IS HAPPENING IN THIS HOHOKUM TRAILER?! Oh dear god that’s disgusting. Sorry. Grand Theft Auto V has been released and has made all of the money. Wow. Still shaken by what I saw in that Hohokum trailer.  That game… my soul belongs to you.  Also a bunch of other games and some excellent crowd funding projects this week!


Crowd Funding Picks

Ben and James: Soccer Legends

Paul:  Slip

Direct download: Episode_72_-_Grand_Theft_Auto_and_the_Great_Poop_Factory.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 8:13pm AEDT

We speak with the legendary Chris Jones about the upcoming return of Tex Murphy with Tesla Effect among SEVERAL other topics!

Direct download: Interview_-_Chris_Jones.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 5:51pm AEDT

Scoring, passing, tackling, jumping, one-foot-in-front-of-the-other'ing, etc no matter what your sports-wording is sports are a thing that happen. Sometimes they happen in videogames.

Next week: Top 5 - Games from Australia

Direct download: Top_5_-_Sports_Games.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

What happened this week!? The VitaTV comes out of nowhere, Ubisoft reveals a bunch of amazing looking games, there are quality crowd sourced games everywhere, minecraft clones excel beyond simple comparisons, heaps of kickstarted projects were released. James played Godus and Paul went camping all while Ben is still on the first boss of Diablo 3.  How do we fit it all in? We just talk for longer.

Crowd Funding Picks

Ben: River City Ransom
James: The Fall
Paul:  Hyper Light Drifter

It's like the top 5 movies of the 90's except about PC games! RADICAL!

Next week: Top 5 Sport Games

Direct download: Top_5_-_PC_games_of_the_90s.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 8:00am AEDT

Australia has spoken and they have chosen Diablo 3 on PS3 over the PC version.  Divekic has been elected to the senate along with MGS5 and Whore of the Orient.  The new policies regarding the PS4’s virtual reality solution has yet to be details but it won’t stop the pendant speculate. Speaking of speculating we do some of that!

Crowd Funding Pick: Sunless Sea (three way tie)

Direct download: Episode_70_-_Diablo_Loves_Noodles.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 5:09pm AEDT

We chat to the notorious film maker and politically incorrect person, Uwe Boll about his kickstarter for Postal 2, film career, funding, his life and reputation plus anything else that came to mind. 

Check out his kickstarter here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1544635303/postal-2

Direct download: Interview_-_Uwe_Boll.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 10:01am AEDT

Virtual Man/Woman/Alien/Catterpiller/Block/Etc's best friend/s!

Next week: Top 5 PC games of the 90's

Direct download: Top_5_-_Pets.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

What a sexy episode we have for you all today. James has been getting it on with Contraption Maker and Divekick while Paul has his way with Mount Your Friends. Ben gets sick of sex jokes.  There are some fantastic crowd funding projects we chat about the 2DS and games that none of us will ever get to play.


Crowd Funding Picks

Ben: .Decimal

James: Octopus City Blues

Paul: Death Road to Canada

Direct download: Episode_69_-_Sixty_Nine_Time.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 7:21pm AEDT

Famous people! In our Videogames!

Next week: Top 5 Pets

Direct download: Top_5_-_Celebrities.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

There is so much to talk about this week we must be as efficient as possible!  GamesCon went down with Sony and Microsoft going all out in the lead up to their new console reveals. We've got games, we've got games plus we've even got some games.  A Chivalry expansion, indie games galore and even ToonTown gets thrown in for good measure. In my haste I even missed out on Rime, my favourite reveal of the week. Oh well. Next week I'll talk about it so much you'll hate me.

Crowd funding picks of the week

Ben: Super Goal Run

Paul and James: U55 - End of the Line

Direct download: Episode_68_-_Double_Plus_Games.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 7:57pm AEDT

Top 5 - Gamecube Games

The Gamecube. It had a built in handle. Also amazing games.

Next Week: Top 5 Celebrities in videogames

Direct download: Top_5_-_Gamecube_Games.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

Episode 067 - Pay 4 Day

The boys celebrate Ben’s birthday by all being sick and Ben says upwards of 7 words. Paul and James have been playing Payday 2 and have feelings on the subject while Ben has been involved in some kind of golf orientated activity. There a bunch of XBone news and GTA Online looks amazing. Throw in the Zombie parkour game Dying Light and the mysterious yet beautiful Dungeon of the endless and you sir/madam/hedgehog have got yourself a stew.

Direct download: Episode_67_-_Pay_4_Day.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 8:12pm AEDT

Top 5 - Team Multiplayer Games

Let's work together and listen to this great episode!

Next week: Top 5 Gamecube Games

Direct download: Top_5_-_Team_Multiplayer.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 9:09am AEDT

Episode 066 - The Wonderful 10Fun

Is the Wonderful 101 as wonderful as its name indicates? How steamy is SteamWorld? Are the brothers in Brothers: A tale of Two Sons full of brotherly love? How refreshing is the extreme taste of Coke Zero? We answer almost one of these questions.

Crowd Funding Picks
Paul: Paranautical Activity
James: Project Bliss
Ben: Dwarven Delve

Direct download: Episode_66_-_The_Wonderful_10Fun.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 7:27pm AEDT

Like books and shit!

Next week: Top 5 Team Multiplayer Games

Direct download: Top_5_-_Literary_Games.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 8:50pm AEDT

Episode 065 - Don't EverQuest-ion me. Don't ever censor me. Don't ever leave me.

EverQuest Next looks incredible, Australian censorship continues to infuriate and Phil Fish leaves the industry in a spectacular fashion. Not to mention Bioshock Infinite DLC, crazy Oculus Rift experiments, kickstarter and a little game where you Mount Your Friends. Most incredible of all though is that it was Liam O'Sullivan's birthday this week!

At PAXAUS 2013, we had the pleasure of using the noisy media room to catch up with Ron Gilbert in person. You don't get to meet him in the flesh, you just get to hear him again, but pretty awesome for us, right? We follow up on our Monkey Island/Bioshock Infinite/Lost cross over theory, discuss the role of Kickstarter, potential issues with Oculus Rift and raiding in World of Warcraft. Oh, and rum.

Direct download: gilbert-interview-pax-2013.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 8:08am AEDT

Top 5 - Xbox Games

The best games for the Xbox 1, I mean Xbox. The original one. But not the One. Here’s some games for that thing.

Next week: Top 5 Literary Games

Direct download: Top_5_-_Original_Xbox.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

Episode 064 - Shadowrun in the Pikmin Garden

We’ve got Pikmin 3! Shadowrun Returns! Rudd Vs Abbot!  TWO NEW SIMS 3 EXPANSIONS!!! These topics are getting less interesting as I go along. The first two though? Worth all of your time! Also Downton Abbey, Firefly and how Nintendo hates japan!

Direct download: Episode_64_-_Shadowrun_in_the_Pikmin_Garden.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 7:44pm AEDT

Episode 063 - PAX- travaganza

PAX Australia by all accounts was a massive success that will surely continue to grow and become part of the Australian gaming landscape. James and Paul were there and rant about it ALL EPISODE and Ben has to stop running his mouth off all the time and listen!

Direct download: Episode_63_-_PAX-travaganza.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00pm AEDT

Will he put a deliberate spelling mistake of the post as some obvious irony? Nope. But there might be one anyway. I'm pretty terrible at spelling.

Next week: Top 5 games for the original xbox

Direct download: Top_5_-_Spelling_Games.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 7:33pm AEDT

No show for yo

James recorded this without pants

Direct download: missing-top-5-filler.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 7:05am AEDT

Episode 062 - Prepare yourself (For the fun)

New Grand Theft Auto, new Ratchet and Clank, new Tex Murphy, new Steam sales. Stick that up your fun and smoke it.

Crowdfunding Picks

Paul: Organic Panic

James: Lioness

Ben: Organic Panic

Direct download: Episode_62.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 8:34pm AEDT

Top 5 - Games we played wrong

I know we seem like gaming super geniuses but the truth is we can make mitacks.

Direct download: Top_5_-_Games_We_Played_Wrong.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 5:30am AEDT

Episode 061 - Twice as Scandalous Twice as Fine

So much scandal this week as we rant about Doublefine’s budget concerns, EA's unethical sales and Nintendo’s unending stubbornness. Also The Last of Us, Kickstarters and more No Break Valet!

Direct download: Episode_61_-_Twice_as_Scandalous_Twice_as_Fine.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 7:48pm AEDT

Top 5 - Uses of Colour in a Videogame

Red, Yellow, Blue, Red again. That's all of em.

Next week: Top 5 Games we played wrong

Direct download: Top_5_-_Uses_of_Colour.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

Episode 060 - Welcome to the Ban Down Under

Ben takes the lead!  Seriously!  Saints Row and State of Decay censorship, Sad clowns, Sex lines, Walking around doingthings games!  Can you dig all there is to be dug?

Direct download: Episode_60_-_Welcome_to_the_ban_down_under.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 8:30pm AEDT

Top 5 - Game Vehicles

Vroooom! You can ride em, you can drive em, you can fly em you can sink em. Just get in there and VROOOOM!

Nect Week: Top 5 uses of colour in videogames.

Direct download: Top_5_-_Game_Vehicles.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

Episode 059 - WTFosoft

Microsoft did some things. Namely going nuclear on the Xbone’s controversial DRM policies. Some people are happy, some people are confused and Ben people are sad about it. But screw that because Paul got an OUYA!

Direct download: Episode_59_-_WTFosoft_.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 11:13am AEDT

Top 5 - Games of E3 2013

There were lots of games and we judged em! We didn't even play them! In some cases (Ben) we don't even know what they're like! But we ranked em and it felt good!

Next Week: Top 5 Vehicles

Direct download: Top_5_-_E3_2013.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 7:30am AEDT

Interview - Mel Croucher

Mel Croucher founded one of the UK's first video game studios in 1977, Automata. Now he is kickstarting a sequel to his classic 1984 Game Deus Ex Machina. We had a chat with Mel with turned out to be one of our most interesting ever. From Radio game distribution, treasures in horse’s anuses and phallic walking sticks we cover everything you didn't even know you needed to know.  If you only listen to one Eight and a Half bit interview this year, listen to this one!

Deus Ex Machina 2 on Kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1552445321/deus-ex-machina-2

Automata: http://www.automatasource.com/

Direct download: Interview_Mel_Croucher.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:34pm AEDT

Episode 058 - The desolation of E3

PS4! Wii-U! XBone! OUYA! Sifteo Cubes! All the big players were in attendance in what was perhaps the most controversial E3 of all time.  Emotions are high and there’s a bit of bullshit to cut through but we try not to get too bogged down in that and instead focus on what really matters... the length of Bayonetta’s new hair. IT’S SO SPUNKY!

Direct download: Episode_58_-_The_desolation_of_E3.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 8:22pm AEDT

Top 5 - Best Dressed Videogame Characters

They come runnin' just as fast as they can
coz every girl crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man videogame character.

Next Week: Top 5 games of E3 2013

Direct download: Top_5_-_Best_Dressed_Videogame_Characters.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

Episode 057 - Sneaky Snake Vs Big XBone

There’s a new Solid Snake or maybe there isn’t. Frankly we don’t know what to believe anymore. We know that the Xbone continues to be the most controversial console announcement in memory, Rogue Legacy is awesome, Deus Ex: The Fall is upsetting and zombie hip hop cyborg ninjas are a good thing. There are only a few days until E3 kids so get your adult diapers ready.

Direct download: Episode_57_-_Sneaky_Snake_Vs_Big_XBone.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 7:22pm AEDT

Top 5 - Cheat Codes

Cheating is wrong blah blah blah. BAM! Now you look stupid with a big head.

Next week: Top 5 best dressed characters

Direct download: Top_5_-_Cheat_Codes.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

Episode 056 - Kickstart this! ...and that and all of these ones

James gets his Fire Emblem on, Paul plays The Swapper and Ben needs to talk more.  There is the amazing Crypt of the NecroDancer to chat about, PS4 remote play, American McGee’s new projects and more crowd funding than you can point a stick at!  That is of course assuming you can’t point at more than 10 things with a stick.  This included a new project from Double Fine, a successor to The Neverhood and a gorgeous trip back to the 1930’s.

Listen to us talk.

Direct download: Episode_56_-_Kickstart_This_...and_that_and_all_these_others.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 3:54pm AEDT

Top 5 - Games Within Games

When a game is so generous it gives you another game for free Eight and a Half Bit will be there to judge those extra, sometimes elusive games within games.

Next Week: Top 5 Cheat Codes

Direct download: Top_5_Games_within_games.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

Episode 055 - The Elephant in the Room (It's the Xbox One)

It’s finally here with all the game talk you’ve been waiting for! Xbox One A game made by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, a chemical spill simulator, Paul catches up with a game from 2 years ago, the winners of the Lundum Dare and maybe something else! It’s obviously the Xbox One. Who knows what it will be?

Direct download: Episode_55_-_The_elephant_in_the_room_Its_the_Xbox_One.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 7:35pm AEDT

Top 5 - Games with which to represent humanity to an alien race

If we must be probed at least make sure they do it right.

Next Week: Top 5 Games Inside Games

Direct download: Top_5_-_Games_for_Aliens.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 5:15am AEDT

Episode 054 - No Nintendo, No!

Oh Nintendo will you ever learn? Probably not but we still love you. We've got Soul Sacrifice, Doritos Crash Course 2, Magicka, Wizard Wars, EA Douchebaggery, Steam trading cards and delicious freshly baked crowd funding projects for you to digest.

Direct download: Episode_54_-_No_Nintendo_No.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:38pm AEDT

Top 5 - Matching Games

Is it the same? Yes? Then you win!

Next Week: Top 5 games you would show aliens to represent the human race

Direct download: Top_5_-_Matching_Games.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

Episode 053 - I Give it a Year

It's been one year since our little show started and everyone is celebrating with us! Darkwood launched its indiegogo campaign to honour us, Shadow Warrior is getting a reboot, Sony supporting experimental games and even EA is changing some of its business practices all for us!

Direct download: Episode_53_-_I_give_it_a_year.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 8:27pm AEDT

Top 5 - Action Game Mechanics

Pull the trigger until it goes click!

You said it man!

Next Week: Top 5 Matching Games

Direct download: Top_5_-_Action_Game_Mechanics.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT