All posts by Joe Dix

Joe is the creator of The Free Cheese. He eats a lot of pizza and takes thousands of pictures of his pugs Oswald and Earl every day. He has a disorder that causes him to believe that he is Batman and his favorite video game is Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.

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Now Playing | Sonic Mania

After years and years of waiting, Sega has released a true successor to 16-bit Sonic the Hedgehog games. Joe and Marc try to convince Matt to stop hating Sonic as we work our way through the first three stages in Sonic Mania. We learn a little bit about the background of this game's story and…

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Matt Never Played Shovel Knight Part IV

Joe joins Matt as he continues his journey through Shovel Knight. In this video, Matt journeys to the Lost City to find Mole Knight. Along the way, we meet lots of little lava dudes and we see the beginnings of Matt's frustration take form as he finds disappearing platforms and deals with weird D-Pads. Will…

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Sonic Mania Review

Sonic Mania is unapologetically the best Sonic game I've played since I was a kid and it faithfully represents the 16-bit era in a brand new way. It does for the Genesis what Shovel Knight did for the NES, and shows us what can happen when fans are given the keys to the kingdom. It…

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What Are You Playing?

Every week on The Free Cheese Podcast, we begin with a segment called Now Playing where we talk about the games that we’ve been spending time with. In this article, we’re bringing a bit of that conversation to the written word because it isn’t dead yet. We’ll share what we’ve been playing and we encourage you…

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M.U.G.E.N.

The first time I saw M.U.G.E.N., I didn’t know it was M.U.G.E.N. I simply saw Michael Jackson fighting Ronald McDonald. It was likely a video on Newgrounds, where I spent a lot of my early days online. When I wasn’t busy coming up with the newest take on my masterpiece version of an AIM profile…

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Co-Op | Sonic Generations Part III

Follow me. Set me free. Marc and Joe continue on their journey through Sonic Generations during the Dreamcast era. We work our way through six stages, three in each of the game's styles of play. Then, we work through some difficult memories of the celebration of Sonic's 25th anniversary and the distances traveled to get…

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How Do Games Change Our Reality?

About a month ago, we sat down to record our podcast. It was the week before the launch of Splatoon 2, so we had a lot of excitement to share as we all eagerly anticipated its release. Part way through the recording, my computer hung for a moment and produced a notification that read, “Error:…

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