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The Giant Beastcast: Episode 280

We're back and Jeff Bakalar even brought an Xbox Series X to show us! We talk all about what can be talked about currently with it and I'm satisfied! We've also got news, your emails, and more!

The Giant Bomb East team gathers to talk about the week in video games, their lives, and basically anything that interests them. All from New York City!

Oct. 1 2020

Cast: Vinny, Alex, Jeff B., Abby

Posted by: Vinny

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Been looking forward to this!

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Jeff Dracula - I mean seriously.

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Friday confirmed

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SMALL UNITS

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@popnitro said:

Jeff Dracula - I mean seriously.

Close. It should be Jeff Dracular or Jeff Bakula

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I came to see what they'd say about Minecraft in Smash lol. Seems level-headed haha. I mean... Twitter literally went down because of it hahahaha. Will go through the whole episode later, interested in Jeff's Series X coverage and Iron Harvest.

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Weird that I saw a few places talking about Halo 5 working but Jeff says it's not. Again with Jeff, Ori and the Will of the Wisps 120hz mode will be an update, not a backwards compatible game.

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Here's the recipe I use for red lobster biscuits. They're really easy to make https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/260622/red-lobster-cheddar-biscuits/

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Abby's "Blow up doll" costume, search [Fortnite Twistie Skin]

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@bsmittel: Ya, pretty sure Ryan McCaffrey said he tested loadtimes on Halo 5. Not sure why Jeff was having issues :/

Side note - I hope we get a follow-up from Jeff about the QR features across multiple profiles. I've been trying to get an answer on that since my wife and I will be sharing the Xbox for different games.

I asked this question on Reddit and an MS Developer replied saying QR is based on a 'per profile basis'...but I wasn't sure if that also meant the same game can be suspended in multiple states.

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26:30 OMG Alex, please don't ever do that into a microphone ever again.

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"The Birds and the Beyblades" is low-key one of the best jokes Alex has ever made. Bravo.

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Only thing to add about the gfx card issue is that it also "boosts" its clock speed a bit automatically if it has headroom in temperature and power, which caused the same problems as overclocking would.
A temporary fix was to underclock, which is why people were concerned that manufacturers would just nerf the cards to "fix" them.
I don't have a 3080 myself but i wonder if setting a frame rate limit would also solve the problem, i'm sure most people are just letting the card run 100% for no reason.

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Anyone know what camera Vinny is using? Looks great.

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Looks like it's going to be West vs East coast when it comes to deciding on high Hades goes on the GoTY list. Seems like the excitement for the game is mainly coming from the West crew.

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We talk all about what can be talked about currently with it and I'm satisfied!

Whenever I read the byline for an east coast post I like to play a game where I guess whether it was Vinny or Abby that posted it, and I'm frequently wrong.

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Culver's is good

With how irrelevant to the question most of these food answers are, they may as well just edit the email down to: thoughts on food?

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No wonder you like Portillos hot dogs, Alex. Portillos is one of Chicagoland's greatest institutions!

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@colourful_hippie said:

Looks like it's going to be West vs East coast when it comes to deciding on high Hades goes on the GoTY list. Seems like the excitement for the game is mainly coming from the West crew.

This last week or two has taught me that no one on either staff is really a huge roguelite person unless the game is named Spelunky or Rogue Legacy or Dead Cells. Some of the staff are already saying their fervour for Hades is kinda slowing down, even though I don't think anyone on either staff has said they've made it out of the third area. Like, guys, you're maybe 20-40% into the game at best. Not to imply the game has 10 areas (it very much does not), but you're meant to play through it multiple times with different weapons, much like Dead Cells, yet most of the staff hasn't even tried out all of the weapons yet (a Herculean task in Dead Cells, a very much expected task in Hades). They're all very early.

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Fortnite GOTY!!!!!!!!

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How is Abby just now realising how big the Xbox is? I feel like that's all anyone ever really talked about ever since it was revealed, and there have been a bunch of visualisations and size comparisons. Seems like she was way more focused on the PS5, I guess.

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28:38 One of Vinny's sickest burns yet on Jeff lol

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@roy42 said:

How is Abby just now realising how big the Xbox is? I feel like that's all anyone ever really talked about ever since it was revealed, and there have been a bunch of visualisations and size comparisons. Seems like she was way more focused on the PS5, I guess.

Forget the Xbox. HOW could she spend all that money on Fortnite costumes??? What is Abby's problem! And bragging that she is a "Rich Bitch"... Mean Girls much Abby? SMH...

Sarcasm aside:

I think its interesting a lot of the major Xbox games that came out recently aren't currently working on the Series X prototypes, and they are updating the console constantly as I type. It makes me wonder if the backwards compatibility on the PS5 with PS4 games will be sloppy since Sony is being very quiet and tight lipped about their console and not as open as Microsoft is being.

As far as the RTX 30 series. I don't plan to get one anytime soon if at all. I plan to do much of my next gen gaming off of my PS5, but I'm glad the crashing issue doesn't seem to be as major as it first appeared to be. I watched a couple of JaysTwoCents videos on it, and according to him, many of the third party sellers were cheaping out on the compactors that control heat output, and it seemed to only happen to people overclocking the cards, which is insane seeing how powerful they are at stock clocks. But now drivers seem to be fixing it, so good for the consumers.

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I love me some In-N-Out, but I'm as surprised as anyone to find that the regional foodery that the heart really craves is Farmer Boys.

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Maybe not the best time for Abby to show her Boy Scouts of America knife...

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As a North Carolinian, had to pop in to say my favorite regional restaurant hands down is Bojangles.

And of course brag that we have Cheerwine, too.

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Series X look bigger than i expected.

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In terms of the twitter question, PC will always be the better option if you have to get just one and have the means to get a high end PC. Always.

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My childhood best friend and I would play fighting games all the time. We were pretty even starting out, but after a few years around PSX era he would realize when I was throwing matches (to make sure he kept playing) and tell me to stop. I wouldn't really stop I'd just not go AS hard as if I was trying to win. Time moves on, I got MvC2 for the Dreamcast, he played it a bit in arcades but not much else, though he was familiar with most fighting games - especially Capcom. We sat down one evening for a few games. After throwing 1-2 he told me to stop it and play him for real. I proceeded to go 50-0. 50 matches won to zero. We didn't play many fighting games together after that unless it was a 3D fighter neither of us took seriously. lol

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As a Michigander I can add some context to the random "Lafayettes is the best" comment:

In downtown Detroit there are 2 Coney Islands directly next to each other (they literally share a wall) called Americas Coney Island and Lafayettes Coney Island. They are (or at least were) owned by the same family and were opened around 100 years ago. Back in the day 2 brothers each opened their own Coney Island and it was basically brother vs brother for who could make the best Coney Island.

I've heard plenty of stories of people having staunch loyalty to one or the other and even to this day its still fun to hear people bring that up. Hilarious to think their sibling rivalry between the 2 brothers is still around in some form over 100 years later.

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Wait they think the Switch Pro controller has good battery life? Every time I go to use that thing it’s dead even though it hasn’t been used.

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The Costco Hot Dog is delicious Jeff B! It's 1/4th pound, all-beef, no additives, and steamed. Go back to back to playing with your tiny metal balls and reviewing fridges you monster!

P.S. I am just kidding. You are a wonderful person Jeff, but I am not kidding that the Costco hot dog is delicious.

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Vinny Scareavella and Jeff Dracular

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Surprised by the Cracker Barrel hate from Jeff! It's a pretty good spot for breakfast foods, I love the french toast

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Listening to the audio it would have been nice if they ever said the name of what they were talking about during Bakalar's hardware power hour.

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Nvme drives are real dense, so they get really hot without casings like SATA ones to dissipate heat. PCIE Gen4 drives like the Xbox's one come with their own heatsinks on PC for reference.

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Wtf? Cracker Barrel is great. I mean, sure, I'd rather go to a local place for breakfast than a chain, but it gets the job done. The "shop" part of it is terrible, but that's not what you should judge a restaurant on.