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We love video games and so do you! Every other week, we get together to talk about what we’ve been playing, gaming news, and dive deep into a weekly gaming-focused topic.

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    19: A 358 out of 2

    Feeling left out of the hype surrounding the launch of Kingdom Hearts III, Michael requests a quick and simple summary of what he’s been missing out on. We discuss Kingdom Hearts I & II at length, the series’ timeline, and argue about the best game order for newcomers to the series. We also talk briefly about: Kingdom Hearts III, Transistor, Pyre, Immortal: Unchained, The Surge, Hollow Knight, Slay the Spire, LOST SPHEAR, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Deep Rock Galactic, Minit, and Dark Souls: Remastered.

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    18: Bahamur

    In this episode, Rachel rolls credits on Skyrim and anticipates delivery of Kingdom Hearts III, Michael and Twig recap a couch co-op marathon, and we jump deep into Final Fantasy III.

    We also talk about New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+, Enter the Gungeon, Metroid (“SP” Version), Darkest Dungeon, Resident Evil 2 (2019), West of Loathing, Immortal: Unchained, Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight, Return of the Obra Dinn, and CrossCode.

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    17: Sad for Twelve Years

    In our first entry of 2019, we make gaming-related new year’s resolutions and share the games we’re most excited to play this year! We also briefly discuss the games we’ve been playing: Final Fantasy II, Dragon Quest XI, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Overcooked 2, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Kirby Super Star, and Dark Souls: Remastered.

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    16: Four Sixths

    In our final episode of the year, we reveal the hosts’ and listeners’ 2018 picks for game of the year! We also briefly discuss the games we’ve been playing: Monument Valley, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!, God of War, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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    15: Stephen Hawking’s Time Travel Party

    In our last game focused episode of the year, we cover Supergiant Games’ Bastion. We also briefly discuss the gaming things we’ve been up to: PAX Unplugged, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!, Marble It Up!, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!, and God of War.

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    14: I Refuse to Participate in This Nonsense

    What’s your favorite video game console? We share our picks in this episode, and the answers might surprise you! They won’t. They probably won’t surprise you. We also briefly discuss the games we’ve been playing: Overcooked! 2, God of War, Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales, Deltarune, Final Fantasy II, Super Mario Bros. 3, Recursed, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

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    13: The Dog Whose Head Kept Growing

    Join us in the Underground! Our main topic this week is the 2015 Indie RPG hit Undertale. From initial impressions to the end, we spoil it, so if you haven’t played the game, stop listening after the transition! We also briefly discuss the games we’ve been playing: Reigns, Battlefield V (Beta), Dishonored 2, Super Mario Party, Final Fantasy Origins (I & II), Overcooked! 2, Hollow Knight, Myst III: Exile, Marvel’s Spider-Man, and SHENZHEN I/O.

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    12: Gather New Fun Units

    How do you know when you’re finished? In this episode, we discuss what it means to “finish” a game, what makes us decide to do so, and what drives us to finish a game multiple times. We also briefly discuss the games we’ve been playing: Myst III: Exile, Super Mario Bros. 3, Two Point Hospital, Fallout 4, Octopath Traveler, and Hollow Knight.

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    11: What’s A Peachette?

    In this episode, we discuss the recent Nintendo Direct announcements including the launch of Nintendo Switch Online and a ton of new ports and updates! We also briefly discuss the games we’ve been playing: Octopath Traveler, Snipperclips, Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Holedown, and Myst III: Exile.

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    10: All This Content That Nobody Did

    Put down that Estus Flask! In this episode, we discuss the game Bloodborne, but with an added challenge: We aren’t allowed to refer or make any comparisons to the Dark Souls series while describing it. We also briefly discuss the games we’ve been playing: Frostpunk, Hollow Knight, Dead Cells, Beat Saber, Octopath Traveler, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, and Dark Souls III.

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    9: Almost Certainly Wrong

    Look, we love video games. Just not every aspect of every video game. Join us as we discuss the game mechanics, features, and design decisions that we haaate. Trust me, this one’s therapeutic. We also discuss the games we’ve been playing recently: Octopath Traveler, Monster Hunter World, We Happy Few, and The Binding of Isaac.

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    8: An Exemplary Example

    In our 8th episode, we’re all about Octopath Traveler! We talk all about the game’s mechanics and how it compares to the JRPGs it harkens back to. Story-wise, this episode is fairly spoiler-free, but as usual, use your own judgement if you haven’t played the game. We also briefly talk about other games we’ve been playing lately: Dark Souls III, Raw Data, and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.

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    7: An Achievement For That?

    Like them or not, achievements are part of most major gaming platforms today. We talk about their history, the ones we like, the ones we don’t, and how they shape the way we approach games. We also briefly discuss the games we’ve been playing: The Binding of Isaac, Dark Souls II, Prey - Mooncrash, Diablo III, Octopath Traveler, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, Super Mario Odyssey, and Splatoon 2.

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    6: Set Your Own Teammate On Fire

    Ride the Epoch back with us to 1995 as we discuss our impressions of the fantastic Square RPG Chrono Trigger. We also briefly discuss Prey (2017) and our favorite speed runs from Summer Games Done Quick 2018.

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    5: Transcend This Fleshy Shell

    E3 2018 has come and gone, and in this episode, we recap the announcements that we’re most excited about. We also talk about the games we’ve been playing: The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, Battle Chasers: Nightwar, Moonlighter, Hollow Knight, Beat Saber, and Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality.

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    4: You Had Me At “Giant Rule Book”

    Your hosts go back in time in this very special episode about our childhoods in gaming. From the Commodore 64 to the Nintendo GameCube, join us in our journey back to the good ol’ days. We also talk about the games we’ve been playing recently: Dark Souls: Remastered, Space Pirate Trainer, For the King, Unworthy, Super Mario Odyssey, Octopath Traveler (Demo), and Scythe.

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    3: A Good out of Ten

    In this episode, we return to Rapture in BioShock Remastered. This is a spoiler-heavy episode in which we talk through our reactions to major events in the story and how the game and its mechanics have held up over the last decade. We also talk about the games we’ve been playing: Scythe, Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, and Hollow Knight.

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    2: Get Your Own Pro Controller

    In this episode, we cover game difficulty and its effect on how we choose which games to play, whether Dark Souls is hard, and the ways in which difficult games offer affordances for less skilled players. We also talk about the games we’ve been playing: Far Cry 4, Super Mario Odyssey, Hollow Knight, Beat Saber, Firewatch, Prey (2017), and West of Loathing.

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    1: Yo, You’re a Hylian

    In this inaugural episode, we dive into our experiences playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild just over a year after it’s release. We also discuss Splatoon 2, Super Mario Odyssey, Final Fantasy VI, Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition, Warhammer: Vermintide 2, and Celeste.

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