Joystick & Mouse | Video Games News & Reviews

Joystick & Mouse | Video Games News & Reviews
Video Game News & Reviews

Shadowlands Delayed
Oct 7 • 43 min
Blizzard steps out of the shadows for a little bit longer. Video games being used for good. Sony goes all Sony with PS5 hands on and throwing the Japanese gamers under the X bus. All that, plus a discussion on where cloud gaming is headed (but minus a…
So Long Farmville
Sep 30 • 54 min
Another famous Mike comes out of retirement (and he doesn’t wear number 23). What’s the right way to announce a triple A title? We get to take a look at a day in the life of the new XBox Console, and it looks like it is the end of an era for one of the…
Microsoft Acquires Bethesda/ZeniMax
Sep 24 • 73 min
You know those weeks where there isn’t a whole lot of gaming news and we’re reaching for things to talk about? This wasn’t one of them. Microsoft did WHAAAAAAATTT? Sony got their thunder stolen. We’re going to Blizzcon… well everyone is going to Blizzcon.…
85: Xbox Series X/S Pricing
Sep 16 • 52 min
Holy smokes Bullwinkle, we got real pricing and delivery dates. Sony still dominates the game sales battle but it appears Microsoft is looking long term to win the war. On September 15th you’ll get to whip out your phone and play an Xbox game … as long as…
84: Gamescom 2020 Highlights
Sep 2 • 64 min
How has the pandemic affected our gaming world? Social change through gaming and there was some little get together in Cologne, Germany called Gamescon this week. We tackle these topics and why cloud gaming might be bad on todays episode of Joystick &…
83: DC Games Announcements
Aug 26 • 51 min
Do we need a new beefier switch? DC rocks the gaming world with 2 new game announcements. Microsoft has no clue what the hell it is doing anymore and we get technical about cloud gaming infrastructure on todays installment of Joystick & Mouse.…
82: Apple vs Fortnite
Aug 19 • 52 min
There’s a new reality series using the SIMS as a basis (because of course there is). Epic is in a HUGE pissing match with Apple. Will we start to see camera man shots in Overwatch league? There was XBox Series X sighting in the wild; and speaking of…
81: The Petty Controller Debacle
Aug 12 • 53 min
Microsoft walks back on play all the games! We really are going to get to explore Amalor again. Man, I hope that PS5 controller is good because you are going to HAVE to use it. Zelda monster parts used to cure desease in a new book by John Boyne and…
80: Microsoft Leads Next Gen?
Jul 29 • 68 min
Microsoft did a thing and Master Chief approves. What exactly is Nintendo’s end game? The incredible color changing PS5. You’re going to get more bang for your buck and a stealthy samurai on this edition of Joystick and Mouse!…
79: Game Prices Increase!
Jul 15 • 60 min
The Last of Us Part 2 is timely. Ubisoft has new games. Video games are getting more expensive. People are arguing over gambling again. Stadia has a new game. And Sasquatches are sneaky on this episode of Joystick & Mouse! Subscribe and Contact Us:…
78: #BelieveWomen
Jul 2 • 58 min
We are going to tackle one of those sensitive topics, but it’s one that we think needs to be addressed. If you have been anywhere near social media this past week, you know there have been a multitude of women coming forward to share their experiences of…
77: Goodbye Mixer
Jun 24 • 58 min
Mixer is a short lived streaming service. EA tries to win us over again. Speaking of again, Cyberpunk 2077 gets another delay. And we’re going to be taking pictures of Pokemon. All this, and gaming gets lost in the fog, on this episode of Joystick and…
76: PlayStation 5 Reveal and Discussion
Jun 17 • 60 min
This week it’s Sony’s turn to have it’s moment in the sun… or dark depending on your perspective. As usual Sony couldn’t get out of it’s own way and faltered on the message but, hey, the new hardware is pretty… isn’t it? We disect the PS5 reveal event in…
75: No, YOU’RE a Hanzo Main! (ft. TVsTravis)
Jun 3 • 62 min
COVID-19 is STILL changing all the things, how will the shit show that is 2020 affect the gaming landscape and the world of gaming makes it’s way into the mainstream. That and a new player (sort of) in the cloud gaming arena and we welcome a very special…
74: Don’t Jump Off Roofs
May 20 • 58 min
We are spending a ton of money on games during lock down. Some folks in China are vying for parents of the year. Are video games really addictive and Epic games is killing it this week. This along with a special guest and some mobile cloud gaming news on…
73: The Great Assassin’s Creed Debate
May 13 • 60 min
Was there such a thing as stealth vikings? Microsoft was just sort of meh on their latest announcements but have decided to play nice with Sony. All that along with one of those best of discussions on this episode of Joystick and Mouse. Oh, and Alex has…
72: Are MMO’s Dead?
May 4 • 58 min
Are MMO’s on the decline? How important to mental health are video games? Microsoft gets sued again and breaking news concerning a really cool possible PS5 feature. All that and GeForce Now cloud gaming news on this episode of Joystick and Mouse!…
71: Yank Those Weeds
Apr 29 • 59 min
We’re beating COVID on the island! Cheaters gonna cheat! Are we getting a cheaper next gen XBox to go with their cloud gaming platform? And the movie industry turns to video game companies for a little help in making movie magic on this weeks Joystick &…
70: New Controller, Who Dis?
Apr 22 • 64 min
Hmmm, I think I’ve seen this PS5 controller somewhere else, there’s an Animal crossing swap meet going on, The ESRB tries to protect us from ourselves and when will we be ready for a gaming convention. These items along with EA jumping into the cloud…
69: The Scary Easter Bunny
Apr 8 • 45 min
Enough with the eggs already and what’s with that creepy bunny. The Wii U sees a surge in popularity because people are bored and Steam breaks it’s own record because … well people are bored. We discuss this and Amazons push to take over the world on this…
68: The Fall of GameStop?
Apr 1 • 54 min
Covid-19 turns the world on it’s ear, the downward spiral of GameStop continues and the heavy hitters of Chinese gaming and telcom create a tag team to enter the cloud gaming ring. All this and the persuit of N’Zoth on this installment of Joystick and…
67: Deserted Islands Are Fun
Mar 25 • 51 min
Sony sticks it’s stake in the sand, Blizzard is doing blizzard things and reddit asks some questions. All this plus cloud gaming is becoming big business and pick that fruit in our game review on this installment of Joystick and Mouse.…
66: COVID Operations
Mar 18 • 55 min
The zombie apocolypse is upon us, People are bored and Microsoft shows us thier guts. All that and more on this virus free episode of Joystick and Mouse.…
65: Salty JayDimes
Feb 26 • 63 min
We finally learn some specs for Microsofts new console, Nintendo protects its IP’s. A mom brings her child back from the dead and Division 2 announces a new expansion. Subscribe and Contact Us:…
64: Skeletal Trolling
Feb 12 • 47 min
Diablo coming to a phone near you, Anthem is getting a full make over and Zombie skeletons invade Red Dead Online. All that streaming news on this installment of Joystick and Mouse. Subscribe & Contact Us:…
63: To Pay or Play to Win? That is the Question…
Feb 5 • 57 min
Nintendo introduces pay to win, Blizzard stubs their toe again and what is going on at Ubisoft Montreal? All that as well as talk about Facebook cloud gaming and a review on Warcraft Reforged on this weeks Joystick and Mouse. Contact Us:…
62: The Predictable Logo
Jan 22 • 68 min
We’re going to talk about Pokemon Sword & Shield’s DLC, which is slated for later this year, PlayStation 5 released their logo, and all the games are getting delayed. There is also some full stream ahead news coming from NVIDIA.
61: Copycat Switch
Jan 8 • 51 min
Alienware is copying Nintendo’s Switch! Also, Alex and JayDimes LOVE The Witcher on Netflix. Vince Zampella is making moves, and Diddi is about to buy a reallllllllly expensive monitor. Alex also talks about his major obsession with Elder Scrolls Online.…
60: End of a Decade!
Jan 1 • 59 min
The guys get together to celebrate 60 episodes as well as talk about the biggest news stories from the past year. They also reflect on what their favorite game of the decade is and what they’re looking forward to from the industry in the next decade.…
59: The Game Awards 2019 Recap
Dec 18, 2019 • 76 min
The Video Game Awards were on Friday and there’s a lot to cover! First, we’ll recap the winners of each of the awards, then we’ll talk about some of the world premiere announcements, and finally, wrap up with our highlights from the show.…
58: All Bets Are Off!
Dec 4, 2019 • 43 min
It’s been a long time since the last one but Nintendo has a first, you knew this time was coming so now you can lay your money down on e-sports and the Cybertruck mod took no time at all. All this week on Joystick and Mouse. Website:…
57: To Stadia, or Not To Stadia?
Nov 27, 2019 • 56 min
Diddi is in a far off land known as “Canada” and streaming live with Alex and JayDimes. They talk about the latest round of nominations for the Video Game Awards, as well as their thoughts on Stadia. Alex & Diddi are both hands on with the product and…
56: Inside Xbox 2019 Recap
Nov 20, 2019 • 50 min
After Alex and Diddi’s Blizzard geek out a couple of weeks ago, they give JayDimes some love and take a deep dive into the Inside Xbox announcements. Subscribe:…
55: China, Leave Our Kids Alone!
Nov 13, 2019 • 51 min
Today on Joystick and Mouse, The Chinese government is at it again, we love a good debatable list especially one that deals with comics and so many games and so little time. In Full Stream Ahead, Google Stadia has some very auspicious news a week before…
54: BlizzCon 19
Nov 6, 2019 • 57 min
First of all, sorry for Alex’s gained mic. Second of all, this conversation was a lot of fun. BlizzCon 2019 has a lot of great announcements to share! The guys talk about World of Warcraft Shadowlands, Overwatch 2, and Diablo 4. You can check out all of…
53: The Great Lara Croft Debate
Oct 30, 2019 • 57 min
A special someone is back on the show! Which can only mean one thing. Listen in to find out exactly what! Bethesda is trying to become the new EA, all the games are delayed and Blizzcon kicks off this week. Also, The Outer Worlds is awesome!…
52: Joke’s On You
Oct 16, 2019 • 45 min
JayDimes is here to report that he LOVED the Joker movie. The two talk about his experience seeing the movie, as well as some fun video game news topics. They discuss how universities are beginning to explore degrees in the business of video games, what…
51: Lite Drifts
Oct 2, 2019 • 48 min
Alex and JayDimes are back and minus Diddi since he’s still competing on America’s Next Top Podcaster! They talk about news around Activision Blizzard’s stock price, how a new search feature for PS5 may be on the way, and how Nintendo is handling drift…
50: Batman Day & Apple Arcade
Sep 25, 2019 • 52 min
Cross & JayDimes are back to celebrate 50 episodes of Joystick & Mouse! Diddi is still competing in America’s Next Top Podcaster so he is focusing on that while the guys talk about celebrating Batman Day (and Alex’s anniversary) and the news of Google…
49: Ex’s and Cross’s (Ft. Bill from RunJumpStomp)
Sep 11, 2019 • 77 min
Alex and JayDimes are back this week minus Diddi, who is competing in America’s Next Top Podcaster! Since they’re talking about Nintendo Direct’s latest event, they bring Bill, from RunJumpStomp, to share his expertise on the news from the event. They…
48: Gears for Days
Sep 4, 2019 • 57 min
Gears 5 is coming out this week and JayDimes can’t wait! The guys also talk about some interesting new character customization features (or lack there of) in Cyberpunk. They also talk about their first response to the news that TellTale is being revived.…
47: WoW Classic Recap
Aug 28, 2019 • 62 min
The dudes do the show live again on Twitch (with some shenanigans included). They talk about how much fun WoW Classic has been, how Nintendo’s new Astral Chain might be one of the best new franchises ever, and the plethora of amazing games coming out this…
46: Pee Makes Mushrooms (ft. Bridget Levi)
Aug 21, 2019 • 69 min
The guys welcome Bridget Levi (The_Huku) to the conversation! Gamescom 2019 launched this week and had a loaded opening ceremony. They talk about their highlights from the opening ceremony and Bridget shares a game she’s currently obsessed with.…
45: Australia Bans Everything (ft Curley & KingKaz of Drunk Kids Gaming)
Aug 14, 2019 • 67 min
The guys welcome Curley and KingKaz of Drunk Kids Gaming to join in on the conversation! They talk about the crazy amount of money that people are spending on retro games, how you can finally play as a woman manager in FIFA, and how Australia continues to…
44: Ninja Leaves Twitch, JAM Stays
Aug 5, 2019 • 41 min
The guys are streaming live again on Twitch! Tune in live First up, they discuss the absurd amount of money that Ninja made on Twitch and his decision to leave for Mixer, then they talk about the exciting new expansion for…
43: Live on Twitch, Shenanigans Included
Jul 29, 2019 • 53 min
First of all, pardon some of the sound quality issues. We recorded a new episode live on Twitch over at It was a ton of fun having a live conversation and chat input. Stay tuned for when we record live next! Shenanigans aside, the…
42: Colors of the Joy Con Rainbow (Ft. TheJen from Geek Grills)
Jul 22, 2019 • 64 min
The guys not only welcome back JayDimes from his time away, but they also have guest “TheJen” on to talk about the latest in video game news. They talk about how much Diddi loves the new Nintendo Switch Joy Con colors (insert sarcasm here), the latest set…
41: Lite Switch’s and League Haters (ft. Bill from Run Jump Stomp)
Jul 15, 2019 • 60 min
Alex (Cross) and Don (Diddi) are minus Tim again this week, but they have big Nintendo news. So who do they call? Bill from Run Jump Stomp of course! The Nintendo Switch Lite is here and they recap some of the news around the announcement and their…
40: Too Many Games, So Little Time
Jul 8, 2019 • 47 min
Alex and Don are celebrating 40 episodes without Tim since he is traveling! They talk about how Sony went back on their plans to promote a game for this month’s PlayStation Plus, some of the latest deals for this year’s Steam Summer Sale, Game Freak’s…
39: Let’s Get Physical
Jul 1, 2019 • 55 min
What’s all the fuss about with Pokemon Sword and Shield not allowing you to bring in all of the Pokemon you’ve got at this point? Lots of noise around the Pokemon community around this, so the guys talk about the implications of this news. They also have…
38: The Wizarding World of Keanu (ft. Amy Frost aka Daniora)
Jun 24, 2019 • 51 min
The guys are back and invite guest Amy Frost (aka Daniora) in on the conversation. They talk about the latest game by Niantic that was released based on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Wizards Unite. They also talk about Keanu Reeves’ potential entry…
37: E3 2019 - Microsoft & EA
Jun 19, 2019 • 67 min
Alex (Cross), Don (Diddi), and Tim (JayDimes) are back to share their final thoughts on E3 2019! On this episode, they share their thoughts on Microsoft and EA’s presentations. Chime in on the conversation: Alex: @alexalbisu…
36: E3 2019 - Square Enix & Bethesda
Jun 18, 2019 • 58 min
Alex (Cross), Diddi (Don), and JayDimes (Tim), are talking about Square Enix & Bethesda’s E3 News! Email: Alex: @alexalbisu Don: @diddidoesgames Tim: @jaydimes
35: E3 2019 - Nintendo & Ubisoft
Jun 17, 2019 • 72 min
Alex (Cross), Don (Diddi), and Tim (JayDimes) are back to share their thoughts on E3 2019! On this episode, they share their thoughts on Nintendo and Ubisoft’s presentations. Alex also provides an update on his trip to Europe with a couple of funny…
34: Avengers Endgame SPOILERCAST!!!
May 27, 2019 • 41 min
Attention: Spoilers ahead! The guys talk about their thoughts on Avengers Endgame. Chime in on the conversation:
33: Alex’s European Adventure
May 20, 2019 • 21 min
The guys pre-recorded an episode talking about what Alex is currently up to out in Europe! Chime in on the conversation by emailing
32: Don’t Lick My Loot Box
May 13, 2019 • 37 min
Cross, Diddi, and JayDimes are talking about the new scandal around the Detective Pikachu movie and how the government is trying to control loot boxes. Jump into the discussion by emailing Detective Pikachu…
31: Why So Sour?
May 6, 2019 • 49 min
Alex is back from his travel, which means that the guys are back to talk about a lot of news happening in the world of video games! They talk about how Sonic is getting a redesign, racism in esports, the rising cost of BlizzCon tickets, and how more…
30: An Epic Conspiracy, Nintendo VR, and Stadia (ft. Bill from Run Jump Stomp)
Apr 8, 2019 • 57 min
The guys are back with guest Bill from RunJumpStomp. He hosts shows such as RunJumpStomp, StadiaCast, and Nintendo Switch Craft. He joins the show to discuss some of the latest conspiracy theories around the “nefarious deeds” Epic has in store for its…
29: Switch Models & The Internet!
Apr 1, 2019 • 42 min
The guys are back to talk about the new Nintendo Switch models that are expected to be announced and what that means for your competitive, online play. JayDimes also shares his thoughts on a highly anticipated game for him, The Division 2.
28: Snoop Dogg, Sexy DDR Time, and Old Consoles
Mar 21, 2019 • 43 min
JayDimes is sick! So Dukes comes in for a clutch guest appearance. The crew talks about Snoop Dogg’s new e-sports gaming league, how you can have sex and play DDR in the same hotel room, and what to do with old video game consoles. Dukes also shares his…
27: Collegiate Gaming, Ugly Controllers, and WoW Patches… Oh my!!!
Mar 15, 2019 • 37 min
The guys are back to talk about how college e-sports are becoming more prevalent now than ever. They also talk about Google’s new design for an ugly controller, and recap some of the excitement coming in patch 8.1.5 of World of Warcraft.…
26: Nintendo is Killing It!
Mar 7, 2019 • 44 min
The guys talk about why they think Nintendo is dominating the current console generation compared to Sony and Microsoft. Diddi also shares his thoughts after playing The Division 2 beta. If you want to contribute to the show, email…
25: Blizzard Layoffs
Feb 21, 2019 • 35 min
It really sucks when folks lose their jobs. The guys share their reactions to the layoffs that happened at Blizzard and what it means to them as fans of the company. Cross also shares his thoughts on Anthem. Want to contribute to the conversation? Email…
24: Violent Taxation
Feb 14, 2019 • 45 min
How do you feel about the taxation of Mature rated video games? The guys and their guest, Diddi’s son Zach, talk about what sort of implications an extra tax on M rated video games would have and the perception of violent video games having a direct…
23: We Feel Old
Feb 7, 2019 • 50 min
Cross, JayDimes, and Diddi talk about some games that they fondly remember and are now 20 years old! Man, those were the days… Cross and Diddi also share how much they enjoyed the Anthem beta as well as their time spent in Kingdom Hearts 3 up to this…
22: GLAAD Awards & Video Games
Jan 31, 2019 • 36 min
For the first time in 30 years, the GLAAD awards have a new category for LGBTQ representation in video games. The guys talk about that and what that means for the gaming industry in general. Diddi also reviews a game. Oh, and there is singing involved.
21: Star Wars & EA - Future of the Video Game Franchise
Jan 24, 2019 • 42 min
The guys talk about how EA has scrapped their open world Star Wars game and critique the company’s misuse of one of the fondest franchises in history. They also go on a tangent or 3 about movies. Alex shares his thoughts on a video game that the 3 spoke…
20: Video Game Divorces
Jan 17, 2019 • 40 min
The guys talk about some of the nasty splits that have been happening within the video game industry here at the start of 2019. From Bungie’s split with Activision, Blizzard’s CEO-gone-consultant leaving Blizzard for good, and Ubisoft stepping away from…
19: Open World Games in 2019
Jan 10, 2019 • 36 min
Happy New Year! Cross, JayDimes, and Diddi are back to talk about video games. This time, they discuss some of the open world games in 2019 that the world is excited about. Cross also shares his thoughts on a new “game” that is quite different from what…
18: 2018 Recap
Dec 18, 2018 • 36 min
The guys get together to celebrate 2018 and look back at all the fun they’ve had talking about video games on the show. JayDimes shares brief thoughts on the new Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse movie and how he got into a new project that Google is…
17: Video Game Awards ‘18
Dec 11, 2018 • 47 min
The guys are back to talk about some of the highlights from the Video Game Awards 2018. Some really exciting announcements were shared and Diddi discusses his displeasure with Fallout 76.
16: The Dancing Fortnite Emote Scandal
Nov 27, 2018 • 51 min
Cross and JayDimes are missing Diddi this week, but in Diddi’s place is JayDimes’ stepson, Willy! They join to talk about a recent topic within the Fortnite community: Whether or not the original choreographers of the dances we see in Fortnite should be…
15: BlizzCon ‘18 Reactions
Nov 20, 2018 • 58 min
The guys are back and talking about the latest announcements from BlizzCon 2018. Are people overreacting to Diablo Immortal news? The guys chime in to discuss. Also, Alex shares his thoughts on the new Pokemon game for Nintendo Switch.
14: BlizzCon ‘18 Predictions
Oct 30, 2018 • 45 min
The guys are super psyched for BlizzCon 2018! Join them as they predict possible announcements for the upcoming conference. Diddi also shares his thoughts on Red Dead Redemption 2. Chime in on the conversation by emailing
13: Don’t be a Jerk
Oct 9, 2018 • 42 min
Can we all agree that being a jerk is a bad thing? Agreed? Agreed. The guys share their thoughts on how toxic gaming environments should be handled and talk about the new Spider-Man game that is out for PS4.
12: RIP Telltale
Oct 2, 2018 • 44 min
Cross, JayDimes, and Diddi are back to talk about the demise of Telltale, one of their favorite game studios, and speculate on what is next for the company and the franchises they’ve brought to life in video game format. Cross also shares one of his new,…
11: So Many Games, So Little Time…
Sep 18, 2018 • 39 min
The guys are back and talking about the plethora of video games coming out in Fall 2018. They also have a recommended game from a listener. What games are coming out that you’re looking forward to? Email us and let us know!
10: Rez Incoming
Sep 11, 2018 • 31 min
The guys celebrate 10 episodes by talking about the resurrection of video games from companies that go under. They also reflect back on the past 10 episodes and what the show means to them. If you’d like to join in on the conversation, email…
09: Madden ‘19 Shooting
Aug 28, 2018 • 39 min
The guys are back to talk about another controversial topic that occurred over the weekend. As a disclaimer, they will be discussing some political and, sometimes, sensitive subjects during this specific episode. Join in the conversation by emailing…
08: Modification Regulation
Aug 21, 2018 • 54 min
The guys are back and ready to talk about some pretty disturbing things that are happening in Minecraft as the suicide game, Momo, crept its way into this innocent game oftentimes played by young children. They share their perspective on the topic and…
07: QuakeCon 2018
Aug 14, 2018 • 40 min
JayDimes is back this week! And the guys are talking about the big news at QuakeCon. This includes conversations around Doom Eternal and Fallout 76. How do you feel about Fallout 76 not launching on Steam? Write in and let us know:…
06: Video Game Tutors
Aug 7, 2018 • 44 min
Parents are paying to have their kids tutored to be better at Fortnite! Cross and Diddi invite their friend, Omer (TwoToeTimmy) to the discussion while JayDimes is out of town to talk about this topic. Could thsi be alluding to a lucrative new profession…
05: Olympic Gaming
Jul 31, 2018 • 41 min
Can you believe that gaming could be an Olympic event? The guys talk about how the upcoming Olympic event in Paris could host a video game competition. Join in on the conversation by emailing
04: Protect Your IP!
Jul 24, 2018 • 45 min
Join the guys as they talk about how the gaming industry works to protect IP’s. Do they try a little too hard? They have every right to do what they want with their properties, but at what point is it to the detriment of their playerbase? Chime in on the…
03: Kids & Video Games
Jul 17, 2018 • 41 min
Join the guys for a talk about the impact that video games have on kids. Is Fortnite having a negative effect on this generation? Sounds like an age old argument. The guys provide their perspective. One thing is for certain though, the floss dance has got…
02: Google Enters the Arena
Jul 9, 2018 • 47 min
The boys are back to talk about the potential of Google joining the gaming industry in a more formidible way. Tim shares how he’s been enjoying State of Decay 2 and Xbox’s subscription service to access these sort of games. They also take a moment to talk…
01: E3 2018 Highlights
Jul 1, 2018 • 67 min
Welcome to Joystick & Mouse! On this episode, we introduce you to Alex (Cross), Tim (JayDimes), and Don (Diddi). The trio talk about some highlights from E3 2018 and how there may be some exciting news on the horizon as the the industry embraces streaming…