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Every week, three dumb idiots team up to talk video games, news, rumors, and pop culture, with the occasional tangent. Sometimes they even know what they're talking about. Sometimes.

Every week, three dumb idiots team up to talk video games, news, rumors, and pop culture, with the occasional tangent. Sometimes they even know what they're talking about. Sometimes.
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Every week, three dumb idiots team up to talk video games, news, rumors, and pop culture, with the occasional tangent. Sometimes they even know what they're talking about. Sometimes.




Episode 48: The Final Episode

It is here. The moment that everyone has been waiting for: the end of The Rat King (probably). As three idiots with busy lives and not much free time, we just can't make the podcast make sense for us. So, at least for right now, we're calling it quits. We may come back some time in the future, but who knows? Until then, the feed will stay up indefinitely and you should still listen to the backlog and share with friends. And why not still throw us a 5-star review? Our Twitter and Instagram...


Episode 47: Rotary Microwave

Don't know! Don't care!


Episode 46: Desert Eagle Bethlehem

We are back in the new year with Season 2! What does that mean to you? Not too much. Basically, we're going to somehow be even less structured than ever before, which means we're going to go back to talking about whatever we want, whenever we want. We're, like, badasses or something. In this episode, we talk about the surprises of 2017 and our most anticipated games of 2018. It's a hoot. TW: There is discussion of suicide due to a recent shithead YouTuber, and we talk a bit about our own...


Episode 45: The 2017 "Do You Know How Hard It Was to Get Jingle Bells" Game of the Year/End of the Year Spectacular

Christmas is over and dreams are dead, but we march on. There's talk of the Catherine: Full Body controversy, the delay of Psychonauts 2, and some other stuff that I've since forgotten. We also get a visit from the Taste Buds, give out our 1st ever Shitty™ Award, and have fun with lists, including our Game(s) of the Year! Whom'st whill whin!?


Episode 44: I'm My Big Dad

As the holidays approach, not too much is going on, aside from that creature stirring or whatever is happening in that one story we all love. José tells us a little more about Dragonball FighterZ this week, and we "celebrate" the PS Vita's 6th birthday! We also give our third and final nominee for the 1st annual Shitty™ Awards: Microsoft/Xbox One (S/X). We hope you had a Happy Hanukkah!


Episode 43: Slippy Noodle

The devil is real, he has two butts, and he's bringing you this episode about the Street Fighter Collection, PSX, and the VGAs. We also give our second nominee for the 1st annual Shitty™ Awards: EA/Star Wars: Battlefront II. Tell your parents we said "Hi!"


Episode 42: Untitled

José is here to let you know about upcoming Final Fantasy XV updates and DLC, as well as some exciting Mega Man news. Justin came to talk about the Monster Hunter: World beta. Scott decided to describe his vasectomy in graphic detail. This all culminates in a discussion about our first nominee for the 1st annual Shitty™ Awards: Pokémon GO Fest.


Episode 41: CHR1570PH3R KLUMPU5

After a 10-day break, Thanksgiving, and a new episode release day, we honestly don't have much to talk about in terms of video games, but we shoot the shit and return to our beloved segment, Demo Disc!


Episode 40: Geese is More

In an extremely out of character move, EA made a bunch of people mad. There's a bunch of stuff happening with fighting games. The Game Awards are around the corner and Breath of the Wild will probably sweep up? Listen if you want.


Episode 39: Major Hubbs

Disney wants to acquire 20th Century Fox because IT IS THE SINGULARITY AND YOU WILL SOON BE ONE WITH IT! Sony will begin offering PlayStation Trophy Rewards based on your new trophies, and it will only take an entire year to earn $10 in credit! Most importantly, Justin is back from BlizzCon with the skippy on all of their cool shit, new and old! TW: There is a brief conversation about the recent outings of many sexual predators that have been prevalent over the last few weeks specifically....


Episode 38: Everyone's Girlfriend Loves the Sims

The Nintendo Switch is forecasted to sell more consoles in one fiscal year than the Wii U did in its entire lifetime, which is as much of an endorsement of the former as it is an indictment of the latter. PlayStation showed off a plethora of game trailers at its Paris Games Week event and José and Scott are here to sort of remember them for you. Justin was gone for this one, but not forgotten.


Episode 37: JRPGesus

Can NeoGAF recover from the despicable (alleged) actions of the site’s owner as well as mods and members jumping ship? Probably, and hopefully, not. Microsoft has officially killed the Kinect, but they are giving new life to a selection of original Xbox games. José gives the rundown on Shin Megami Tensei V for the Nintendo Switch and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp for mobile, as well as the Switch update that brought GameCube controller support to the console and what that may mean. We also...


Episode 36: Beware the Mansters

Do you ever feel like you don't have as much time to play games as you once did? Then live vicariously through José and his ability to play 125 games a week. Once you move on from that, we're here to walk you through Sony's new publishing label, Unties, the newest Nintendo Switch update, Activision's microtransaction-based matchmaking patent, and the shutdown of Visceral Games. We also play a new game we like to call Steamed Hams.


Episode 35: Fast Food Cream

The SNES Classic has been hacked, the Game Boy could be coming back, and loot boxes are jacked. Stay tuned after the news this week for some video game apologies in a segment we like to call It's-a Me, a-Sorry-o!


Episode 34: Death Bed for Cutie

Justin is back from vacation and he single-handedly saves this episode by simply being present. José breaks down the perplexing, multicrossover, tag team fighter BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle. Scott has opinions about Psychonauts and high hopes for its sequel. We also try our hand at a new segment, Demo Disc.


Episode 33: The Straight-Up Fuckaround Gang

Guys, we did it again. Justin was gone for this one so we kind of fell apart. There is probably some video game stuff to be heard, but it's mostly nonsense and a few famous people.


Episode 32: The Bad One

We are extremely back this week with a weird and wild episode that is sort of about video games. José has the rundown on the Tokyo Game Show and Scott ran the numbers on Doom for the Switch. Welcome to Hell! Also discussed: 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, Arika EX, Left Alive, Monster Hunter: World, Zone of the Enders: Mars


Episode 31: Nintendoes What Nintendon't

Who needs Blast Processing anyway? This week, we're all Nintendo all the time. The Switch smartphone app got a much needed update (but it's still the worst), the NES Classic will be back again in 2018 for all of you opportunistic scalpers out there, and Nintendo's most recent Direct showed off some stuff and also things. Oh, and Mario has nipples, which is dope.


Episode 30: Throwing Shaders

Not much going on this week, but you better believe that Justin's got the lowdown on Destiny 2. Should you get it? Probably. Everyone else already has. Don't you want to be like everyone else, loser? Also José gives his thoughts on Code Vein and we talk about Rockstar's LA Noire remaster for PS4, Xbox One, and, very surprisingly, Switch.


Episode 29: Miss Nindependent

Goldeneye turned 20 years old and we're all dying, but Nintendo showed a slew of independent titles coming to the Switch in the near future, so we'll forget about our mortality for now. Also discussed: Capcom's Puzzle Fighter, Catherine 2