Episode 147: Wiener Sandwich

Xenomorphs take over the show this week as DigiPen prof Sonia Michaels helps us figure out the point of the Xbox One X: Project Scorpio Edition, assess Elon Musk and Co.’s letter to the UN requesting a ban of killer robots, and discuss why video game prices still aren’t standardized. In the Lightning Round, we reflect on the fact that esports could be in the 2024 Olympics, and then we take sides as we try to answer the timeless question: are hot dogs sandwiches? Grab your pulse rifle and join us for an hour of facehuggin’ fun; don’t worry, they mostly come out at night. Mostly.

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The Panel: Alexandra Lucas, Joe Arroyo, Nikk Golesh, & Sonia Michaels

Music Credit: BoxCat Games

License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/legalcode

Episode 146: Squanch Salad

Time to tease your hair and dust off your favorite metallic leotard! We step into the ring with voice actor and writer Jacob Burgess this week to wrestle with determining why Justin Roiland is “the voice of the internet generation,” how game devs can combat the “bury your gays” trope, and what to make of Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds’ impressive Early Access numbers. The Lightning Round takes us down a path to madness paved with our favorite 80s fandom revivals and an AI’s admirable attempts to name craft beer. Limber up and practice your power poses with us for an hour! Liberal application of glitter beforehand is encouraged.

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The Panel: Alexandra Lucas, Jacob BurgessJoe Arroyo, & Nikk Golesh

Music Credit: BoxCat Games

License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/legalcode

Episode 145: Tracer Legs

Kick your 1967 Chevy Impala into gear for this quirky monster-slaying episode! This week, Contigo Games co-founder Francesca Carletto-Leon joins us to reflect on Valve’s actions to welcome players to Dota 2, pick apart Neil deGrasse Tyson’s space exploration Kickstarter, and weigh the pros and cons of buying digital copies of video games. In the Lightning Round, we try to fathom the type of person who would purchase a $95 VR cocktail and celebrate the ways that video game characters inspire us. Grab your favorite Colt .45 and a healthy helping of salt to keep the demons at bay for an hour with us!

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The Panel: Alexandra Lucas, Francesca Carletto-Leon Joe Arroyo, & Nikk Golesh

Music Credit: BoxCat Games

License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/legalcode

Episode 144: Daddy Issues

If you were wondering whether or not our world has been shaped by extraterrestrial visitors and starchildren, look no further than this conspiracy theory-packed episode! This week, we’re joined by game industry PR specialist Alex Q. Ryan to dissect the last remaining 13th Doctor Who hubbub, the dark side of the Dream Daddy dating sim, and the disastrophe that was Niantic’s Pokémon Go Fest. We then cruise into the Lightning Round to give our quick takes on the death and resurrection of MS Paint as well as a Gigantic artist’s theory that we should aspire to make games that “look like candy.” Ready your abduction stories and hold onto your tinfoil hats!

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The Panel: Alex Q. RyanAlexandra Lucas Joe Arroyo, & Nikk Golesh

Music Credit: BoxCat Games
License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/legalcode

Episode 143: Too Many Bills

Ready yourself for the SHIVA BOWL SHUFFLE! On this week’s core panel episode, we tackle Disney’s Star Wars-themed Galaxy’s Edge resort, whether or not we should keep a loved one alive with AI, and a neuroscientist’s proposal to use video games as treatment for attention issues in the classroom. Cue the Lightning Round, in which we share our thoughts on using AI to literally put words in someone’s mouth (no practical use found) and discuss a new Japanese app that helps you keep track of your personal stench. Grab your favorite Eskimo brother or sister and settle in for a truly Yobogoya episode!

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The Panel: Alexandra Lucas Joe Arroyo, & Nikk Golesh

Music Credit: BoxCat Games
License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/legalcode

Episode 142: He Said Yes!

Microsoft software engineer and Turn 10 tools developer James Farris joins us this week to help us explore the anonymous gay sex cruising scene through the game The Tearoom, debate the ethics of buying up an excessive number of homes in Final Fantasy XIV, and challenge the hypothesis that young men are choosing to be unemployed in order to play video games. During the Lightning Round, we share different versions of Pokémon Boyfriend/Girlfriend Go that we’d like to see, then we try not to eat the Overwatch baguette controller as we brainstorm other types of food we want in controller form. Ready your flesh-colored guns for a not-at-all-uncomfortable salami-filled hour!

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The Panel: Alexandra Lucas, James Farris, Joe Arroyo, & Nikk Golesh

Music Credit: BoxCat Games
License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/legalcode

Episode 141: Milk Steak

We navigate this giant gutter in outer space with freelance game designer and The Lost Age RPG Kickstarter extraordinaire Keith Leiker this week. First, we shine a spotlight on the insightful games and ideas featured at the Game Devs of Color Expo, then we assess the chances of success for the long-awaited Pathfinder isometric RPG and reflect on Paradox Interactive’s decision to issue refunds after a poorly-received price hike. In the Lightning Round, we look to the new fan-created Final Fantasy XV cookbook for culinary inspiration, then we get hype about Sonic the Hedgehog’s sweet 26th birthday sneaks. Join us for a murder mystery in the Louisiana backwoods for an hour! Unsettling antler crowns optional.

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The Panel: Alexandra LucasJoe Arroyo, Keith Leiker, & Nikk Golesh

Music Credit: BoxCat Games
License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/legalcode

Episode 140: Fidget Spinner

Never give up, never surrender as Microsoft games test engineer Jason Ericson joins us this week to discuss the GTA V fan reaction to the removal of a beloved modding tool, reports about Konami’s blacklisting policies, and Hasbro’s shiny new game subscription box. Enter the Lightning Round, during which we weigh in on Atari’s new console announcement and critique Netflix’s foray into “branching narrative” shows for kids. By Grabthar’s hammer, we shall be avenged!

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The Panel: Alexandra Lucas, Jason EricsonJoe Arroyo, & Nikk Golesh

Music Credit: BoxCat Games
License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/legalcode

Episode 139: Stand E3rected

This week on Cheat Codes Vice, we’re joined by Microsoft Cortana writer Trevor Clive to marvel at the first video game to be eligible for an Oscar and to discuss how exactly one defines “art.” In lieu of the Lightning Round, we use the extra time to share our favorite E3 offerings from Sony, Bethesda, Nintendo, and more, then we pick apart Devolver Digital’s A+++ satirical “E3 press conference.” It ain’t easy being the world’s greatest spy, but join us for an hour so you, too, can get in on the Figgis Agency’s hijinks, other Barry.

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The Panel: Alexandra LucasJoe Arroyo, Nikk Golesh, & Trevor Clive

Music Credit: BoxCat Games
License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/legalcode

Episode 138: Oh Whale

Swear by the Old Code and join us for high-flying adventure as Bloodborne Tomb Prospectors Fred Riley and Connor Therrien help us pick apart the mysterious Bloodborne 2 screenshot “leak” and its implications, the growing trend of viewing games as services rather than goods and how it has impacted the game industry, and the questionable petition calling for the cancellation of Far Cry 5. The Lightning Round takes us into a world of mystery and wonder as we share our hopes and dreams for Nintendo’s hush-hush, maybe-an-amusement-park “Super Nintendo World,” then we share our thoughts on AI that can allegedly determine whether you should break up with your partner in just six questions. Ready yourself for battle and glory on this raucous Dragonheart-themed episode!

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The Panel: Alexandra Lucas, Connor Therrien, Fred Riley, Joe Arroyo, & Nikk Golesh

Music Credit: BoxCat Games
License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/legalcode