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The collection of gamers that compose YouTube and Reddit have turned their suspicious gaze upon GamesBeat, and we swear we didn’t mean to offend. On this week’s episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast, hosts Dean Takahashi, Jeffrey Grubb, and Mike Minotti humble themselves before this great and terrible force. Together, we are holding hands and begging for one last chance to “git gud.”

We awoke this legion with a 26-minute demo of Dean playing the upcoming Xbox One and PC platformer Cuphead. In the video, Dean struggles with the tutorial and fails to pass the first stage. To paraphrase one YouTube comment, it’s like watching an artificial intelligence slowly figure out how to run and jump at the same time. It’s difficult to watch, and that made us at GamesBeat laugh. Dean is no professional esports athlete, and he’s a good sport about being made into the butt of a joke. So he uploaded the video. But many viewers didn’t see the humor. Instead, a lot of people are using this single video as evidence that people like Dean don’t have the basic skills required to adequately assess games. Dean reviews about a dozen games a year and goes to lots of preview events, but most of his time is spent writing business stories about game and tech companies. And that is our big topic in the first segment of the podcast this week.

In addition to our Dean drama, we also dive into the news and some of the games we’ve spent some time with.

Games discussed include:

  • Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
  • Absolver
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
  • Metroid: Samus Returns
  • Knack 2
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

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