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Giant Bombcast 672: Great Conversations

This week: the (digital) future of E3, PS5 sales and shortages, the Gearbox buyout, the ultimate fate of Anthem, the GoldenEye XBLA leak, Little Nightmares 2, The Medium, Destruction AllStars, Control Ultimate Edition, Ys IX, Danny's Irish favs, underwater pizza, and more!

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

Feb. 9 2021

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I know people have gotten mad about certain images on the frontpage recently, but that thumbnail is a FUCKING CRIME and you should all have the internet police called on you! RIGHT NOW!

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Is Danny now in the forever rotating chair of the Bombcast, cause I'm a fan.

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I think E3 played a huge role in CP2077's advertising, hype, and financial success.

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KENTIA HALL IS NIGH!

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Wahoo more o'dwyer! hope this is 90% Amiga talk with Jeff.

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Give Danny Branded Swag Dot Com

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Every year I think Microsoft should buy SEGA, and it never happens.

It just seems uniquely good for them. Sonic as a console mascot character, Yakuza / ATLUS and some other japanese market heavy stuff to make inroads there and all the Creative Assembly / Total War stuff as a big PC splash.

I assume it would cost a shitload of money, but SEGA would be an amazing pickup.

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Really overselling how well ps3 and 360 emulation work. Like they work but with a million caveats and the vast majority of stuff won't run great

Brad you don't need the platinum just delete Spider-Man

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I'm very glad to have Danny as our semi-permanent rotating chair for the time being. He's always got plenty to talk about and the noclip stuff means he often has tons of interesting behind-the-scenes insight to offer on top of all the games he plays. Plus he's just a cool guy.

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boy Kim Dot Com back at it again, now with CD Projekt Red. :(

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love hearing from Danny

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Absolutely loving Danny being a regular

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Was funny seeing Brad so surprised about Danny not having Control as they talked about that only just last week 😂

Also, its great seeing Danny on so regularly.

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Wrestling Empire on switch has to option for virtual fans. It's an mdickie game, so it is just a bunch of people on screens.

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@carsend: You don't choose the rotating chair, the rotating chair chooses you!

Also I'm right there with Danny, Irish whiskey ain't great. To each their own of course, but I'm just saying Irish whiskey is the worst whiskey.

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There's mods for PES (and maybe Fifa?) that remove the crowds. Works really well and even improves the framerate. I understand South American players have been doing it for years to improve performance on low-end PC's.

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I'd pay copious amounts of money to see Danny join the Bombcast every week. He's absolutely one of the most articulate and charismatic people in the industry.

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Anyone else getting static when Danny talks?

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I could have sworn the first bombcast thumbnail image i saw involved klingons....

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Tom Brady has had a MAGA hat in his cubby in the locker room.

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Could Danny please stay, maybe?! Maybe just for the podcast? Or some Quicklooks every once in a while?

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As someone who played Overwatch semi-regularly for a couple years, I’m not sure there’s anything that OW2 could do that I would really care enough about to play it. And as the dev cycle gets extended for it, I wonder what trends picked up post-2016 are being incorporated and will feel positively ancient by 2022+ when the game is actually released. If you want to put some early money on a future Most Distressing Game, this one feels like a decent bet.

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I have been playing Overwatch daily since the beta and it has been the only shooter to ever keep my attention for longer than a few months. I would love the addition of more PvE/Co-Op content similar to horde mode. The Co-Op missions for the anniversary events are always super fun and a great way to provide more lore and context for Overwatch's world. So yeah, I excited to see what OW2 turns out to be.

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@humanity: Irish whiskey is the second best whiskey, but is still not, generally speaking, good. Canadian whiskey is the worst whiskey.

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Another part of the Goldeneye issue is the rights holders changing demands for what you can/cannot show, they apparently took issue with the blood, excessive killing, the ability to kill civilians/scientists and... of all things... cheats like big head mode, it's almost like they finally took a look at the games that were being made and decided they didn't want any more, which is why there haven't been any since 2012.
If only they were made aware that Goldeneye the video game is one of the greatest of all time.

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Jan, if you find the large # of Ys titles daunting (though there's nothing wrong with starting with IX), I strongly recommend checking out Oath in Felghana and/or Origin. They're on Steam and usually go on sale a lot.

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Adding to the Danny love! Also King are way better than Tayto.

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Never had issues with Anthem on PS4 and PS5, was always perplexed when people said it was unplayable.

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Re: E3, did anyone actually like the stuff Keighley put together last summer? My impression was that it was underwhelming and suffered from being spread too thin over too much time. Even the few major streams that GB talked over were lackluster. I'm as down on the ESA as anyone but there is something about having that critical mass of attention focused on one week that lets smaller, more surprising announcements get their moment in the spotlight. The bigger worry is that there just aren't enough fresh games coming out at all. It's almost entirely remakes / remasters or tired sequels that come out every year, and that was pre-pandemic.

Re: Bioware, I share the sentiment that the Mass Effect up-res is basically a Malibu Stacy. I don't think it really changes anyone's opinion about Bioware or EA. It's simply a convenient way to enjoy those games without jumping through a bunch of hoops given how tied up those games and DLC were with Origin. If all they manage to fix are some quality of life improvements like load times and ME1 inventory management that's all I want. The more they stray into things like "fixing" combat or the Mako physics, I start to worry this will turn into Warcraft 3: Reforged where they trip on a bar that's already resting on the ground.

Hearing Danny's thoughts revisiting Control brought back similar feelings I had in the beginning of that game. There is something uneven about the difficulty before you have all the powers unlocked. The mini-boss you fight in the mail room, who is the first enemy that can fly and dodge, was the one I got stuck on for a bit. Up to that point it felt like Control was guiding you into playing it like a cover shooter but if you do that you just get wrecked. That fight forces you to start developing your telekinetic powers, and from then on it feels like an excellent action game. It's a lot like Doom (2016) in that sense if you mistakenly tried to pop demons with pistol headshots while crouched from around a wall, like I did. Fortunately, Doom will disabuse you of that real quick and get you running and gunning the way it's meant to be played.

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@ralphmoustaccio: I don't know if I ever tried true Canadian whiskey. I've bought whiskey that was called Old Canadian Whiskey but I don't know the legitimacy of that claim. It was a budget brand so it tasted like budget whiskey does.

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@humanity: Crown Royal is certainly the most well-known example. It's just boring.

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Being a dane, I felt like I had to comment on the Hitman voice actress bit.

Danny's mostly right, though it's not the current voice actress for Diana Burnwood. Jane Perry (from Canada) has done the voice acting in the new trilogy, but back in Silent Assassin, Contracts and Blood Money, she was voiced by Vivienne Mckee, who was born in the UK, but has lived and worked in Denmark for many decades now.

It is true, that she has supplied english voice acting for some of the public trains/train stations, though info on what capacity is a bit all over the place. The intercity trains as well as many of the city trains, subways, and stations will have the announcements in both danish and english to help turist, etc. (at least in Copenhagen, not sure how wide spread it is).

Vivienne has not been a news anchor (at least not to my knowledge), but she has worked in theater as an actress and comedian, as well as doing stand-up. Here she's well known for her show "Crazy Christmas Cabaret", a yearly show that started back in the early 80's, which is also when she started the English Theatre of Copenhagen. I don't know too much about it, but I think its goal is to help english speaking actors get work in Denmark, and maybe also produce their own shows.

Crazy Christmas Cabaret is a comedy show, usually making fun of some recent event with a lot of crude humour (I remember one show based on The Lord of the Rings, where the Eye of Sauron was drawn to look like a vuvla). One of the main sticks is the fact that the whole cast is british and the show is therefore performed in english, but Vivienne's characters will mix english and danish or make bad/wrong direct translations of words. This often results in the actors she's playing with not understanding or misunderstanding what she's saying, which can throw them off and generally leads to funny situations. This probably doesn't work very well, if you only understand the english bits, but a lot of danish people love it!

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@ralphmoustaccio: I really like Woodford Reserve because it’s so smooth. I also enjoy Jim Bean Double Oak but think the Rye a little harsh. Bulleit is pretty alright as well. I tried Ryan’s favorite Eagle Rare and it wasn’t great but I happily drank it in his memory.

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Bulleit is definitely my go to inexpensive bourbon. If I'm in a spendier mood, I'm a big fan of Blanton's. At some point, I want to try this, but I'm not sure it's going to be worth the 90ish bucks.

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Feature where Jan plays all the Ys games when?

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Brad was talking about me. I didn't care about frame rate, but now I'm all in on 60 minimum. Playing these new games at smooth frame rates reminds me of the wonder of Timesplitters on the PS2 running like a dream compared to Perfect Dark.

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I’ve also been somewhat spoiled by 60fps on PS5. I will still play a game at steady 30 if it’s the only option, but trying the resolution modes in both Control and Miles Morales felt so jarring that smoother framerate felt like the only way to play. Also decided to play Little Nightmares 2 on PC instead after trying the demo on both platforms, since PS5 only runs the 30fps PS4 version (for now).

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I propose we replaced the term "Scuttlebutt", the usage of this reached an all time high on this episode, with alternatives. I like "Jibber Jabber", personally.

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Neo Kobe Pizza?!

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Man when Jeff mentioned Todd Boone I started dying. I was like "Cutlery Corner!" Me and a buddy used to watch that every Thursday night baked. It was the craziest thing. Twenty folding knives plus a giant battle axe, $100, lol. Also the way the hosts described the knives, priceless. If you haven't seen it its worth checking out. There used to be a 24/7 youtube stream of old episodes but I think thats gone. Here's a clip from one of the shows.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64_GKHXu_ak&ab_channel=CutleryCornerNetwork

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Brad, Miles Morales is super quick to platinum. If you're worried about doing NG+, when you're skipping cutscenes it'll take about 3 hours at most and it's real easy to knock out on the weekend. Most people are finishing the game within 15-16 hours, and seeing as you beat it it shouldn't be much more to go for you.

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Premium video seems to be broken?

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Man in so happy Danny is here for awhile.! Brightens up the bombcast!

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@doubleplusrad: I really hope that doesn't happen, we don't need another dozen franchises becoming exclusive to a specific console.

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Cool to hear Ys 9 talked about, it's a fantastic game and the series is underrated.

Also it's pronounced "eece", not "eeze."