Starside Chat

We mainly talk about video games, but we also get sidetracked discussing movies, TV shows, and tech!

Nintendo Direct, Little Nightmares 2, Super Mario 3D World + Bowsers Fury

February 22nd, 2021

Starside Chat Episode 043

We recorded this episode over the weekend but release got delayed a bit, so when we reference Outrider's demo releasing "next week," we mean this week.

Otherwise, we discuss some of the recent news in gaming and entertainment. We give some thoughts on the announcements during last week's Nintendo Direct. And finally we get into what we've been playing.

[News of the Week]




[What We’re Playing/Watching]

  • Little Nightmares 2
  • Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury
  • Olija
  • Persona 5 Strikers
  • Stardew Valley 1.5
  • Wanda Vision

Starside Chat Episode 042 - Top 10 Games of 2020!

January 25th, 2021

This week we're finally listing our top 10 games of 2020. We're also looking ahead and briefly talking about what games we're anticipating in 2021.

We don't discuss any gaming-related news this week because there are too many games to talk about!


Give us a rating, and let us know what your top games of 2020 are!

Starside Chat Episode 041 - Cyberpunk 2077

December 20th, 2020

We're finally back! 2020 has been a year huh? 

Cyberpunk 2077 is out and there's plenty of good and bad to say about it, so this week we're diving in with initial impressions!

After that we get into some of the other things we've been playing this year including Watchdogs Legion, Yakuza: Like a Dragon and Hades.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

Don't ask why the episode number jumped from 39 to 41, it's not important...

Starside Chat Episode 039 - We’re back! Talking Ghost of Tsushima Preview

May 19th, 2020

It's been a while huh? But we're finally back, this time to discuss the latest gaming news and get caught up on what we've been watching and playing lately (which is a lot)! 


[News of the Week]

  • Microsoft inside Xbox stream
  • Mass effect remastered?
  • Unreal engine 5 running on PS5
  • Paper Mario - The Origami King
  • Ghost of Tsushima


[What We’re Playing/Watching]

  • West World 3
  • Upload
  • Red Dwarf
  • Scrap Mechanic
  • Final Fantasy 7 Remake
  • GTA5 is free on Epic Game Store???

Starside Chat Episode 038 - The Game Awards 2019!

December 24th, 2019

We're behind (I'm also releasing this episode later than intended), but on this week's episode of Starside Chat, we discuss the 2019 Game Awards and what we've been playing and watching lately!

We're hoping to do a top 5 games of 2019 episode in the near future so stay tuned, and give us your top 5 in the comments!

[News of the Week]




  • Game of the year:


        • Control
        • Death Stranding
        • Resident Evil 2
        • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice - WINNER
        • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
        • The Outer Worlds


  • Action Game


        • Apex Legends
        • Astral Chain
        • Call of Duty Modern Warfare
        • Devil May Cry 5 - WINNER
        • Gears 5
        • Metro Exodus


  • Action/Adventure Game


        • Borderlands 3
        • Control
        • Death Stranding
        • Resident Evil 2
        • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
        • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice - WINNER


  • Family Game


        • Luigi’s Mansion 3 - WINNER
        • Ring Fit Adventure
        • Super Mario Maker 2
        • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
        • Yoshi’s Crafted World


  • Fighting Game


        • Dead or Alive 6
        • Jump Force
        • Mortal Kombat 11
        • Samurai Showdown
        • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - WINNER
      • Fresh Indie Game (Recognizing a new independent studio that released its first game in 2019)
        • Za/Um - Disco Elysium - WINNER
        • Nomada Studio - Gris
        • Deadtoast Entertainment - My Friend Pedro
        • Mobius Digital - The Outer Wilds
        • Mega Crit - Slay the Spire
        • House House - Untitled Goose Game


  • Game Direction


        • Control
        • Death Stranding - WINNER
        • Resident Evil 2
        • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
        • The Outer Wilds


  • Independent Game


        • Baba is You
        • Disco Elysium - WINNER
        • Katana Zero
        • The Outer Wilds
        • Untitled Goose Game


  • Multiplayer Game


        • Apex Legends - WINNER
        • Borderlands 3
        • Call of Duty Modern Warfare
        • Tetris 99
        • Tom Clancy’s The Division 2


  • Narrative


        • A Plague Tale: Innocence
        • Control
        • Death Stranding
        • Disco Elysium - WINNER
        • The Outer Worlds


  • Ongoing Game


        • Apex Legends
        • Destiny 2
        • Final Fantasy XIV
        • Fortnite - WINNER
        • Rainbow Six Siege


  • Performance


        • Ashly Burch as Parvati Holcomb in The Outer Worlds
        • Courtney Hope as Jesse Faden in Control
        • Laura Bailey as Kait Diaz in Gears 5
        • Mads Mikkelsen as Cliff in Death Stranding - WINNER
        • Matthew Porretta as Dr. Casper Darling in Control
        • Norman Reedus as Sam in Death Stranding


  • Role Playing Game


        • Disco Elysium - WINNER
        • Final Fantasy XIV
        • Kingdom Hearts 3
        • Monster Hunter World: Iceborne
        • The Outer Worlds


  • Score and Music


        • Cadence of Hyrule
        • Death Stranding - WINNER
        • Devil May Cry 5
        • Kingdom Hearts 3
        • Sayonara Wild Hearts


  • Art Direction


        • Control - WINNER
        • Death Stranding
        • Gris
        • Sayonara Wild Hearts
        • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
        • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening


  • Audio Design


        • Call of Duty Modern Warfare - WINNER
        • Control
        • Death Stranding
        • Gears 5
        • Resident Evil 2
        • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
      • Community Support (outstanding community support, transparency and responsiveness)
        • Apex Legends
        • Destiny 2 - WINNER
        • Final Fantasy XIV
        • Fortnite
        • Rainbow Six Siege


  • eSports Game of the Year


      • Counter Strike Global Offensive
      • Dota 2
      • Fortnite
      • League of Legends - WINNER
      • Overwatch


[What We’re Playing/Watching]

Episode 037 - Blizzcon 2019, What we want from Destiny 3, The Outer Worlds, Luigi’s Mansion 3

November 5th, 2019

We've been away for too long, but we're back! And in this episode of Starside Chat, we discuss a couple of the BlizzCon 2019 announcements. We also talk about the mixed reception Death Stranding seems to be getting, and the leaked Pokemon Sword and Shield Pokedex.

Then we talk about what we'd like to see Bungie change for Destiny 3. We go over the latest games we've been playing: Link's Awakening, The Outer Worlds, Luigi's Mansion 3 and Ring Fit Adventure.



[It’s Time to Talk About Destiny Again] (23:50)

  • Shadowkeep
  • What we want Bungie to do with Destiny 3


[What We've Been Playing]


[Games Coming Out in November] (57:20)



      • Death Stranding
      • Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order
      • Pokemon Sword and Shield

Gamescom 2019 Recap!

August 20th, 2019

Today we're recapping the most interesting bits of info from Gamescom 2019!


Nintendo Indie World Showcase

Inside Xbox

  • New controllers coming this fall
  • New Gears 5 themed Xbox One X coming
  • Gears 5 Horde Mode
  • Metro Exodus Two Colonels
  • Destiny 2 Shadowkeep


Google Stadia Connect



Gamescom Opening Night Live

  • Gears 5 story cinematic trailer
  • Comanche
  • DCL the game
  • Need for Speed Heat
  • Kerbal Space Program 2 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) 2020
  • Little Nightmares 2 (2020 - PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch)
  • Predator Hunting Grounds (PS4 - 2020)
  • Monster Hunter World Iceborne
  • The Cycle
  • Life is Strange 2
  • Humankind (2020)
  • Borderlands 3
  • Everspace 2 (2021 - PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  • The Witcher 3 on Switch
  • FIFA 20
  • Disintegration (PS4, PC, Xbox One - 2020)
  • Darksiders Genesis (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • Destiny 2: Shadowkeep - Season of the Undying (Oct. 1)
  • Remothered Broken Porcelain
  • Magic the Gathering Arena
  • Erica
  • Port Royale 4
  • Iron Harvest
  • Call of Duty Modern Warfare
  • Death Stranding

Starside Chat E3 2019 Wrap Show

July 19th, 2019

We haven’t recorded a Starside Chat in awhile because we stopped to focus on E3, then took a bit of a break. But today we’re doing our belated E3 2019 wrap show complete with our top 5 games at E3! We also name the Game of the Show, we name the winner of E3 2019, we talk about the worst things at E3, and we give our early dark horse candidates for game of the year!

It’s a packed show, so settle in cause Starside Chat is back!


Top 5 Games at E3 (01:10)


Honorable Mentions (37:00)


Game of Show (42:04)


Who Won E3 2019? (44:42)


Worst of E3 2019 (51:05)


Early Game of the Year Candidates (54:05)


Watch our E3 2019 video recaps! -

Starside Chat Mini Episode - E3 2019 Top 5 Most Anticipated Things!

June 3rd, 2019

We sat down to discuss the top 5 things we're most looking forward to finding more out about at E3 2019.


Are you as excited about E3 as we are? Let us know what you're looking forward to seeing in the comments, or send us an email at


Follow our YouTube channel, and follow us on Twitter @starsidecafe for more on E3 2019!


Starside Chat Episode 036 - Games at E3, Game of Thrones, Shakedown Hawaii

May 24th, 2019

We're back with another week of news and we discuss what we've been playing and watching - in particular we give a brief review of the Pokémon Detective Pikachu movie and explain why the last season of Game of Thrones is such a failure. Zach also explains why he's enjoying Shakedown Hawaii and Aaron has finally started playing Uncharted 4!

[News of the Week]


[What We’re Playing/Watching]


Let us know if you agree or disagree with us about anything we discussed either in the comments below, or @starsidecafe on Twitter, or send us an email at


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