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Giant Bombcast 552: Uncle of the Year

Mike Mahardy gallups in with the dirt on Red Dead Redemption 2 and Assassin's Creed Odyssey, before we move on to other current games like Forza Horizon 4 and Phantasy Star Online. Also: Sony's cross-play about-face, Skrillex' current whereabouts, and a look back at dip switches?

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

Oct. 2 2018

Posted by: Jason

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That's the best podcast image yet.

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Oh hey Mike!

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more like mike macan'thardly wait to listen!

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Oh hell yeah. It's Wednesday my duders.

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Yo, Mikey!

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COUCH OR NO COUCH: THE GOTY DEBATE GONE UNSEEN

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I love the Banjo-Kazooie-ass music during the Netgear ad

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Mahardy Pardy!

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That's a controversial thumbnail

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I was really happy to hear Ben say how much he was looking forward to oddysey and hearing mike had fun despite liking origins more still has me super pumped. Origins was the goty for 2017 I still think. This looks breathtaki my and kicking bears off cliffs sounds what we need in this day and age

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Video was fine but now it done gone and broke?

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Man... Mike Mahardy is so handsome...

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Man... Mike Mahardy is so handsome...

I think you can see multiple times where Ben was admiring him throughout the podcast. Though, I do think he and Mary Kish would be a power couple. :)

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this comment sounds like sony apologia sorry in advance. i dont even own a ps4??

re jeff saying that sony was too businesslike and abrupt in the way they announced fortnite crossplay: wouldnt it be just as gauche to reveal crossplay with a fanfare after a months long controversy surrounding the issue? if they made a huge announcement like "FINALLY ITS WHAT EVERYBODY'S BEEN ASKING FOR...... CROSSPLAY ON PS4......" everyone would just be like "the other consoles had this from the start and it was 'proven' to already work when epic somehow 'accidentally' enabled crossplay in fortnite so dont act like youre doing this out of some concern for the consumer". seems like a weird bone to pick

also from a technical point of view, i dont understand how the epic account platform trouble was sony's fault at all. if the problem was business, why couldnt epic restrict the use of in-game items that were purchased on one platform to just that platform? sony doesnt have control over fortnite accounts. it doesnt make sense to me.

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Success. I made it to the first break on the chat version that was still up. Switching over here now.

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Ooh boy cant wait for the sequels!

Yoshi goes to court

Yoshi's trip to jail

Yoshi and the warden: The shankening

Yoshishank Redemption: The pipe of poop!

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I hope that Jeff realizes that he is now legally mandated to give an update on his new kitten each Bombcast.

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I hope some other longtime Yakuza fans here will agree with me when I say, Jason's complaints on the Fist of the North Star game are odd. It looks/plays/unfolds exactly like a Yakuza game... a series which is not solely wacky hijinks that I believe Jason and the rest of the Bombcast take them to be.

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Mike was an awesome guest on this one. It was captivating, the way he explained the contrasting mechanics of the setting in both RDR2 and AC:O. It brought me back to when Austin was on the Beastcast and he would dissect a game in a way that would reveal a deeper level of critical analysis that I had not even thought of until he brought it up, e.g. when he and Patrick analyzed the Cyberpunk E3 demo.

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my favorite part was jeff talking about his cats

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hell yeah ben spider-cop is awful and unfunny, and anybody who likes it is a narc

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Mike is always a great listen on the podcasts.

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GameSpots in da house!

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I really like Mike. He's great at explaining these kind of previews and getting me excited but still having a grounded opinion before having seen the full game. I wonder if he'd ever move to GB.

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I usually don't care about spoilers but Odyssey is a day old and I would have preferred to have found out some of the story specifics by... playing the story.

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This Mike fellow was a good get for this week. It's been so hard to parse the temperature on Red Dead especially considering that I've not seen the game at all but I think he did a good job evening out my expectations. Sounds like the game is striving to do some impressive things though I am still anticipating at least a bit of systematic jank in a game this ambitious.

I'm actually not as surprised by the eventual success of GTA Online considering how popular Battle Royale has gotten. Even going back to GTAIV's online free-mode or even further back to the weird online mods for San Andreas on PC, I've felt those games' online potential helped spur on this rogue-esque survival multiplayer trend as much as ARMA3/DayZ. Most people just don't think about them in that way I guess.

Loved hearing about Jeff getting a kitten. I imagine Cat is getting up there in years so it'd be nice for him to have a pupil to pass down his knowledge of the household. I recently got a one year old a couple months back and while I love her to pieces she can be quite the attention hog. I similarly have been cutting back on games to play with her and hopefully keep her away from my PC wiring. Thanks as always for the podcast.

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Man... Mike Mahardy is so handsome...

If you told me him and Drew were brothers I would believe it in an instant!

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Great guest in Mike Mahardy. Hope to see him more on the podcast.

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@mrsmiley said:
@crazybagman said:

Man... Mike Mahardy is so handsome...

If you told me him and Drew were brothers I would believe it in an instant!

I was also thinking that he looks a lot like Drew! He's a really awesome guest, loved hearing him talk about his time playing RDR 2.

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@sethmode said:

I hope that Jeff realizes that he is now legally mandated to give an update on his new kitten each Bombcast.

Replace the defunct "Jar Time" feature with "Jeff Gerstmann's Cat-Chat"!

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Love when gamespot guys cameo on GB. Does the GB crew ever show up on their videos?

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I strongly support Jason doing Spider-Cop at Ben as much as possible.

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Spider cop comes up like 3 times total, and everyone in the game makes fun of him for it, so I don't think its written to say "hey look at this funny dude", more like "hey look at this loser try to be funny and fail".

I get not liking a goof, and maybe I took it wrong, but Ben made it sound like the game is 20 hours of that and it sorta undersells how incredible the writing is otherwise

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@whalesex said:
@crazybagman said:

Man... Mike Mahardy is so handsome...

I think you can see multiple times where Ben was admiring him throughout the podcast. Though, I do think he and Mary Kish would be a power couple. :)

Is it ok to talk about this in the comments without coming across as creepy? :P

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@mmarsu: Shipping real people is generally something that is a bit weird and might not be appreciated by the ppl in question.

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Love me some Mike! Always a great guest.

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Ben deserves more credit for the "car assholes" joke

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I just got a kitten last month too and I can confirm that kittens are better than video games

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Mike Mahardy was an awesome guest and he’s genuinely a super nice guy - one of the few people who will routinely actually reply on Twitter and engage you in conversation.

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Whenever Peter Brown and Mike Mahardy are on, I always feel like they belong somewhere other than Gamespot. Their talent and knowledge goes well beyond the new "entertainment focused" style Gamespot seems to focus on these days. That said, there are very few places that could provide a suitable platform for what they do. I guess what I'm actually saying is that they should join Giant Bomb. Let's get Danny and Mary in there too!

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A buddy and myself started playing PSO just a few weeks ago too, after a decade without, what are the odds?

If you (YES YOU READING THIS, "ON THE LINE") are looking to try PSO, there are some servers now that have 5x experience and I SUPER RECOMMEND IT! Makes it so you can breeze through the early difficulties and get right to where the good rare drops are which is *kisses fingers like chef who just made a particularly spicy meatball* perfecto.

I guess the right amount of swatch internet time beats passed and the time was right! If you haven't tried it before with some buds now is a great time!

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Brad's mic is so much louder than everyone else's this cast. I have to keep turning the volume up and down =\

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Jeff got an orange tabby cat after playing a bunch of Garfield games.

Coincidence? You decide!

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Mike Mahardy is totally allright

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Where can I join the Giant Bomb Forza H4 Group?