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Giant Bombcast 604: I'll Battle Pass!

Gaaaaames! Destiny 2: Shadowkeep, Trine 4, Indivisible, Concrete Genie, and the new Yooka-Laylee are out this week, plus the latest on PlayStation 5, Red Dead 2 PC, and Blizzard's Hearthstone e-sports controversy.

The Giant Bombcast is the world's most beloved video game podcast, and now it's available in video form.

Oct. 8 2019

Cast: Jeff, Brad, Ben, Jason, Jan

Posted by: Brad

119 Comments

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I wonder if the archive is fix

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iTunes feed is broken still.

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Man, Jeff's not kidding, Breakpoint is getting slammed in a way I haven't seen in a while for a game I have continued to really like, and just like the game itself, tnis level of critical pan is equally confusing to me?

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excellent time to wear a Winnie the Pooh shirt

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Is it possible for one of the crew to timestamp these podcasts? Even just something as simple as when they begin talking about games they played, the news, emails, etc.

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Jeff with the perfect shirt choice today

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I feel bad about that Jan Spill.

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HOW MANY EXTRA MOVES CAN THE PS5 DO

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Edited By staplegun

Kirby's boat being named the Donkey Kong was appropriate because he argued for Nintendo when Universal Studios took them to court for DK supposedly infringing on King Kong. The case got dismissed when it was shown that Universal Studios had won an unrelated case where Universal argued that King Kong was in the public domain.

edit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_City_Studios,_Inc._v._Nintendo_Co.,_Ltd. was the case

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So many games, so little money.

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A box-less XBox. The X.

Knock-knock, open up the door, it's real.

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Damn, Ben's joke about Kirby was particularly harsh.

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Regarding load times and SSDs, it's good to remember the difference between the top-spec NVME drive and a mid-tier sata SSD is negligible for game load times, despite the former having a bus that's multiple times faster. Even when running a game install off a RAM drive, you still don't see instantaneous load times because the CPU still has to churn through unpacking and loading all the assets.

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Does China care?

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"Do you guys know anyone with the same name as a character or an actor?"

*Silence*

Will Smith weeps in the corner

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There´s already a Yooka-Laylee Rap, actually.

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@north6: turns out, China does mind

Making the thumbnail Bee Mario like the perverts you are :jeffu

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"That game is like 3 stars," Jeff, not everyone has the same tolerance for samey modern military stuff that you do, man. I started to feel my spine curl up just watching footage of that meandering, soulless trash. I think we're past the point where we should be giving free points because a game is "kind of okay."

Not to say you or anyone else here can't enjoy it or anything, obviously, but likewise, people are starting to really get fed up with bug-ridden, microtransaction-ridden modern military games that have about as much life and charm as a bloated corpse on the beach, which is what those games always feel like when I play them.

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I can already see the whole thing with Randy Pitchford this year being the number one pick for Giant Bomb's Hottest Mess...

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@fratlantic: it’s something people have been asking about for years and just recently we finally got show notes so maybe a few more years??

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@hughj: It's important to remember my Red Dead 2 had to watch 10-12 old time pictures when I loaded up the game so a couple of minutes. I put an SSD in a USB 3.0 case and had to watch 3 to start the game. Saved my sanity and got me through it. Stop acting like SSD won't be a difference maker if people are programming for it.

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Using someone’s recent death as a punchline for an unfunny joke is beyond tasteless. Have some fucking class, jeez.

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Kinda weird and gravely disappointing that you guys only almost got halfway to a full-throated condemnation of the Blizzard situation

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and 48.5% ownership in Epic, yeah that might be Epic store NO even without going down the rabbit hole

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What if Microsoft calls it the Xbox One Two aka Xbox 12.

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@baka_shinji17: I've learned a little secret: play the shit I got, cause boy is there plenty.

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Brad got the impression that Shadowkeep is very short but its story isn't actually all out yet. It's carrying on the tradition from Forsaken where the story is slowly rolled out week after week. Without getting into spoilers, Eris has a quest for you to do weekly that results in a tiny chunk of lore and also progress towards a final goal. At the same time the Vex seasonal storyline is also rolling out weekly and is said to have world changing effects. You can already see this in the tower where Ikora has started building a foundation for a Vex gate.

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BURGER TIME

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Kinda weird and gravely disappointing that you guys only almost got halfway to a full-throated condemnation of the Blizzard situation

100% agree. Jeff's shirt is a bigger statement than anything the guys said and I'm not even sure that was intended.

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The part of the contract that Blizzard is pointing to isn't ment to only catch people making racist statements. It includes people that "...offends a portion or group of the public..." and determining this in Blizzard's sole discretion. It's incredibly vague and can apply to almost anything, even the most minute twitter outrage.

Here's a breakdown from someone I believe is a contract lawyer

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@swimbuff: Came here to say this; I have a high tolerance for dumb stuff but that wasn't okay.

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That disgustingly low res thumbnail is probably the best argument for an HD update of the Galaxy games I've ever seen.

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A person died, it’s not funny to joke about that. That was really weird and unnecessary. :(

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@clark: Where did they say that the campaign missions would be doled out weekly? Not doubtinf you, just want more info.

Did they release one in the past day or two?

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@xbob42: I think you nailed it, and have put words to how I've been feeling about all these hyper-military games the last year or so. I'm just tired of the normalization of murder within our hobby.

@allkindsoftime: I could not agree more, I was expecting (and I guess that falls on me) a much more heavy handed condemnation of China/Blizzard and support of HK, given the nature of how (Especially BEN) the duders frequently react to such things in the news.

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@swimbuff: was thinking the same thing glad you mentioned how tasteless it was.

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Really hope that Jan was joking when he said he wanted to go on a cruise.

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Ben’s joke in regards to Mr Kirby’s passing was tasteless.

Really disappointed that no one barely blinked an eye when he said it. Jason was close, but “harsh” does not cut it.

Really disappointing thing to happen all around

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After the Alphadream story I'm surprised no one mentioned any Mario & Luigi games for great comedy games question.

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The John J Kirby joke was pretty fucked up. Can someone tell Ben he doesn't have to try and be funny every 5 seconds?

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Wow that was an incredibly bad take guys

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How dare Jeff say the Mouse and Keyboard controls in Destiny are bad.

Do better guys.

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@knockingnick: gotta give the man credit, he's REALLY going above and beyond.

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Is it possible for one of the crew to timestamp these podcasts? Even just something as simple as when they begin talking about games they played, the news, emails, etc.

That'd require effort

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Between Abby slagging off an "ugly man" for being married to someone attractive, and Ben's awful "jokes", this is a disappointing time for GB lately

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I cancelled my WoW subscription and deleted my Blizzard account today.

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Hearing Brad talk about Yooka Laylee and the Impossible Lair's time to accelerate from a standstill is weird... there are people who don't just automatically go into rolling? It's basically a more active version of Mario's run button! If you wanna go fast, slap the X! Or Square or whatever button depending on how you're playing.

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I have to ask this because I haven't seen it mentioned anywhere and I feel like I'm taking crazy pills:

I bought Destiny 1 at launch. Had a good time with it. Wasn't interested in any expansion until The Taken King. Then, I learned they basically charged $80 forcing you to buy the previous expansions, even though TTK was the expansion people raved about. I never purchased the The Taken King, because I didn't play enough Destiny to warrant that, especially not for 2 previous expansions that seemed lackluster.

Then Destiny 2 came out. Had a good time with it with friends for a few weeks. Lo and behold Forsaken releases...and AGAIN, you have to pay for thge expansion that got actual buzz going, AS WELL as the two lackluster expansions.

So now Destiny 2 is Free to Play and comes with, as far as I can tell, everything UP UNTIL Shadowkeep? With all the blustering and anger mongering that goes on around the games industry these days, I would have assumed there would be some conversation, somewhere, among the Day 1 Destiny demographic feeling a little screwed over by this. It feels like they really milked the early adopters wallets up until this point.

I'll probably download it and give it another shot because I hear good things about the state of the game now. I just can't help but feel like if I were an early adopter, and paid for these installments as they came out, that I would feel a little abused by the DLC model followed by a relatively quick transition to F2P.

I haven't heard anything about "If you've always been part of the Destiny family you get XYZ benefit." Just seems a little bizarre to me that everything around this whole thing has seemed mostly positive. Maybe I've misunderstood the situation, but I just had to spit this out into the ether because it's been on my mind over the past few Destiny news filled weeks.

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@cussmustard:I think the important detail you're missing is that Bungie recently split with Activision. Activision is a lot of people's favorite games industry boogey man (for good reason) and I feel most people are giving Bungie a pass for this since they have the assumption this DLC/expansion model was Activision's plan and Bungie was just following orders or whatever.