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BAD END is a videogame podcast brought to you by videogame critics and videogame makers. Each episode we talk about what we've been playing, and then dive in on a specific game, new or old.

BAD END is a videogame podcast brought to you by videogame critics and videogame makers. Each episode we talk about what we've been playing, and then dive in on a specific game, new or old.
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BAD END is a videogame podcast brought to you by videogame critics and videogame makers. Each episode we talk about what we've been playing, and then dive in on a specific game, new or old.

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English


Episodes

The Decade in Indie, ft. Emily Rose

12/5/2019
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Indie games have come a long way from their roots as a way to spite Roger Ebert (kidding!), and we've teamed up with rebind.io founder Emily Rose (@caravanmalice) to discuss the decade in indie, from "AA" hits to powerful "micro-indies." We explore the impact of influencers, the birth/death/resurrection of indie game journalism, the importance of platform, the "indie game" image problem - and talk about what's next. BAD END is proud to be part of SUPERCULTURE, a network of podcasts and...

Duration:01:26:29

Pokemon Sword & Shield, Death Stranding, Half-Life: Alyx

11/28/2019
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A new Pokemon game is out, so we're asking the question that everyone asks when a new Pokemon game comes out: Is it the Pokemon game I've always dreamed about? We also discuss the weird lack of hype surrounding Half-Life: Alyx, which when you think about it, should be the most hyped game of the decade. Finally, we wrap our conversation on Death Stranding with since we kinda zoomed through that thing. Special thanks to our Patreon subscribers, and shout out to Wesley Martin and Alyse Stanley...

Duration:01:03:37

Death Stranding, Blizzcon, Air, Land & Sea, Remembering Apple Arcade

11/14/2019
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It's here. The new Kojima game. Death Stranding. Secure your cargo straps, crack open your Monster Energies, slap that blood bag, and come along as we delve deep into this ~generational phenomenon~ of a game. Then we've got a grab bag - the new Hearthstone game mode and how terrible we are for playing it, some snazzy new board games, Guitar Hero vs. Real Guitar, and the rapid downfall of Apple Arcade. Special thanks to our Patreon subscribers, and shout out to Wesley Martin and Alyse...

Duration:01:25:24

Disco Elysium, Outer Worlds, Modern Warfare, Qube 2

10/31/2019
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Outer Worlds. Modern Warfare. Disco Elysium. It's Big Game season, folks, and this week we've got some of the heaviest hitters of the year. Listen to us talk about why Disco Elysium is awesome, why Outer Worlds is the videogame equivalent of a limp pool noodle, and why Modern Warfare is at least a 7.5. Special thanks to our Patreon subscribers, and shout out to Wesley Martin and Alyse Stanley for donating at the Bad End Patron tier! Become a contributor at patreon.com/badend 1:45 - Outer...

Duration:01:25:07

Hearthstone controversy, food vs. videogame crit with Soleil Ho, MTG:A, What the Golf

10/17/2019
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This week, BAD END is joined by a special guest - San Francisco Chronicle food critic Soleil Ho (@hooleil). As a fellow gamer, Soleil talks to us about the parallels between food and videogame consumption and criticism, her love for Harvest Moon, and the importance of evaluating games and food in their social contexts. After that, we discuss the international controversy surrounding Hearthsone, and a potential new chapter for "gamer activism." Finally, we talk about MTG:A, What the Golf,...

Duration:01:29:03

Untitled Goose Game, Sayonara Wild Hearts, Destiny, Bloodstained, Eliza, What the Golf

10/3/2019
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Usually we have a few games to play between episodes of BAD END, but this week we had more than 50 thrust upon us with the launch of Apple Arcade. We talk about some of the highlights, like the rhythmless rhythm game Sayonara Wild Hearts and the hilarious What the Golf. We're also talkin' Goose Game, Bloodstained, Apex, and Destiny. Special thanks to our Patreon subscribers, and shout out to Wesley Martin and Alyse Stanley for donating at the Bad End Patron tier! Become a contributor at...

Duration:01:40:41

Gears 5, Overland, Borderlands 3, Creature in the Well, PAX, Apple Arcade

9/19/2019
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So there’s a bunch of new games coming out and we’re doing our best to play them all, but sometimes you don’t have time to tack a Borderlands 3 onto your massive game log. That being said, we’re playing the crap out of Overland, Creature in the Well, and Gears 5 (sorta). We also talk about Apple Arcade, Disco Elysium hype, board game store ecosystems, PAX-as-gamer-Phish, and more. Special thanks to our Patreon subscribers, and shout out to Wesley Martin and Alyse Stanley for donating at the...

Duration:01:26:18

Control, Telling Lies, Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

9/5/2019
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It's Bad End 55, and this episode we're talking about Control, the new game from Remedy that's incredible - but with a few caveats we can't quite get over. Then we discuss Telling Lies, that new FMV joint from Sam Barlow (Her Story) - a game whose main character might be a little too good at acting pissed off. Finally, Caty goes deep on Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey. Y'know, the game where you play as apes trying to evolve into humans. Special thanks to our Patreon subscribers, and shout...

Duration:01:16:05

Dragon Quest Builders 2, Project Winter, MTG. ft. Cameron Kunzelman

8/22/2019
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This week, we're joined by videogame critic/journalist Cameron Kunzelman of Vice Games, Paste, and Kotaku (among many others). We pick apart Dragon Quest Builders 2 and the still-beating heart of crafting games, the 8-person multiplayer game Project Winter, and the lizard-brain capitalist appeal of card games. From there, we take a deep dive into cloud gaming and the future of online digital storefronts. Find Cameron on Twitter @ckunzelman. Special thanks to our Patreon subscribers, and...

Duration:01:28:33

Feat. Mike Rugnetta: Fire Emblem Three Houses, Oxygen Not Included, Ooblets controversy

8/8/2019
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WHAT is UP everyone it's Bad End podcast episode 53, this time featuring the academically-minded internet personality Mike Rugnetta (@mikerugnetta on Twitter). You might know him from PBS Idea Channel, Reasonably Sound, or as a producer behind the Longreads Podcast and CrashCourse. We talk about the new Fire Emblem game, tabletop gaming as artistic medium, the Ooblets controversy, and whether videogames have the power to expose us to new viewpoints. Special thanks to our Patreon...

Duration:01:56:20

Bad End 52: Wolfenstein Youngblood, Mario Maker 2, Teamfight Tactics

7/25/2019
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Bad End 52. We've got that new Wolfenstein: Youngblood joint, where you play co-op as BJ's daughters to kill nazis in the 80s. Then we're talking Mario Maker 2 and the joys of playing through a theoretically-infinite number of new Mario levels (even if it doesn't work out that way in practice.) Finally, we're meditating more on Teamfight Tactics, which we got hooked on this week. Special thanks to our Patreon subscribers, and shout out to Wesley Martin and Alyse Stanley for donating at the...

Duration:01:15:33

Bad End 51, Feat. Luke Winkie: Teamfight Tactics, Void Bastards, Surviving Mars, Apex Legends

7/12/2019
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Now wise and grizzled in the aftermath of our 50th episode, BAD END is back, and this time we're joined by intrepid reporter Luke Winkie (@luke_winkie on Twitter) to talk about Autochess games, The Metroidvania Discourse, Apex Legends, and whether or not it's a good idea to colonize mars. Special thanks to our Patreon subscribers, and shout out to Wesley Martin and Alyse Stanley for donating at the Bad End Patron tier! Become a contributor at patreon.com/badend 12:25 - Void Bastards, and...

Duration:01:35:44

Bad End 50th Episode Extravaganza: Void Bastards, Videogame Journalism, 50 listener questions

6/27/2019
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It's BAD END's 50th episode, and for this episode we're doing something special: thanks to our listeners, we've got 50 questions and we're answering EVERY SINGLE ONE. Join us as we discuss our most extreme gaming moments, the seedy underbelly of games journalism, the rise and "fall" of indie games, fast food, anime, and the story of how this lil' ol' podcast got started. Thanks so much to everyone who sent in questions - let's do 50 more. No timestamps this episode folks - 50 questions is a...

Duration:02:27:23

Bad End 49: E3 2019, Cyberpunk 2077, New Zelda, Animal Crossing, Outer Wilds, Observation

6/13/2019
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It's Gamer's Time. E3. 2019. We're talking about all the highlights of the show floor, and giving you all the scoop on the seedy underbelly of Gaming's Biggest Show. New Zelda, Cyberpunk 2077 release date, new Pokemon, Animal Crossing New Horizons, Xbox Game Pass for PC - we've got it all. Then, after the break, we discuss two of our newest frontrunners for GOTY: Observation, and Outer Wilds. Special thanks to our Patreon subscribers, and shout out to Wesley Martin and Alyse Stanley for...

Duration:01:34:54

Bad End 48: Katana Zero, Steamworld Quest, Oculus Quest, Phantom: Covert Ops, Playdate

5/30/2019
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We're back as a trio, and this week we're serving up the latest in gaming drama: a new little handheld console called Playdate that lit the indie community on fire this past week. We're also talking about Oculus Quest, which is awesome, Katana Zero, which is dope, and Steamworld Quest, which... meh. Special thanks to our Patreon subscribers, and shout out to Wesley Martin and Alyse Stanley for donating at the Bad End Patron tier! Become a contributor at patreon.com/badend 12:38 - Phantom:...

Duration:01:28:56

Bad End 47: Men's Time

5/16/2019
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Caty is out for the week, and last time this happened, we recorded an episode of the show called "BOYS TIME." But we've grown up a lot since then. We're no longer the immature whippersnappers we were in that ep. So now, it's MEN'S TIME - we're talking about the things "gamer men" love. Buckle up, whip out the Ray-Bans, fire up the oldies radio, and join us. 4:15 - The little free time we have 12:00 - Seein' what the kids are up to 19:07 - A space for gamer men? 27:15 - Gear 34:52 -...

Duration:00:59:26

Bad End 46: Risk of Rain 2, Ape Out, Anno 1800, crunch and content

5/2/2019
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Hi everyone, Bad End Podcast has coined a new term called "Jerky Games" and you heard it here first. Where in the episode, though? When we're talking about the chill city building vibes of Anno 1800? When we're talking about Roguelikes and Risk of Rain 2? Or when we have a conversation about style vs. substance in Ape Out? Listen and find out. Special thanks to our Patreon subscribers, and shout out to Wesley Martin and Alyse Stanley for donating at the Bad End Patron tier! Become a...

Duration:01:17:00

Bad End 45, ft. Abby Russell: REGGIESODE, Ghost Giant, Falcon Age, Sekiro Difficulty

4/18/2019
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This week, we're joined by Abby Russell of Giantbomb.com (@ybbaaabby) to pour one out for the Gamer King, Nintendo of America CEO Reggie Fils-Aime, who retired earlier this week. We're also talking about difficulty in Sekiro, expectations vs reality in VR games, and the weird cults of personality surrounding videogame execs in 2019. Special thanks to our Patreon subscribers, and shout out to Wesley Martin and Alyse Stanley for donating at the Bad End Patron tier! Become a contributor at...

Duration:00:55:54

Bad End 44: Sekiro, Baba Is You, GDC

4/4/2019
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Sit down, crack open a beer or non-alcoholic beverage of your choice, and talk games with the Bad End crew, baby. This week, we're discussing the new From Software game Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, and the way it converges its precise, challenging gameplay with art and Cool Ninja Shit. We've also got the puzzler Baba Is You, and a recap of what we learned at GDC. Special thanks to our Patreon subscribers, and shout out to Wesley Martin and Alyse Stanley for donating at the Bad End Patron...

Duration:01:09:34

Bad End 43, Ft. Emma Kidwell: GDC, Google Stadia, Totem Teller, Sloppy Forgeries

3/21/2019
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BAD END is live from Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, CA! We're joined by a special guest - game developer/journalist/personality Emma Kidwell - to talk about Google Stadia game streaming, GDC buzz, and upcoming titles like DOOM Eternal, Totem Teller, Sloppy Forgeries, Consume Me, and more. Special thanks to our Patreon subscribers, and shout out to Wesley Martin and Alyse Stanley for donating at the Bad End Patron tier! Become a contributor at patreon.com/badend Music is...

Duration:00:30:37