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80-bit Podsmash is a weekly podcast discussing video game industry and culture and how the medium relates to various other topics. It is hosted by Daniel Grathwol (Penguin) and Daniel Bowen (Termite).

80-bit Podsmash is a weekly podcast discussing video game industry and culture and how the medium relates to various other topics. It is hosted by Daniel Grathwol (Penguin) and Daniel Bowen (Termite).
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80-bit Podsmash is a weekly podcast discussing video game industry and culture and how the medium relates to various other topics. It is hosted by Daniel Grathwol (Penguin) and Daniel Bowen (Termite).






80 Bit Podsmash: Genre Deep Dive, Racing Games!

Penguin & Termite do another genre deep dive. This week, we discuss racing games! Walk with us through the history, evolution and influence that the racing genre has brought to the video game industry. Riot games walk out https://www.google.com/amp/s/kotaku.com/over-150-riot-employees-walk-out-to-protest-forced-arbi-1834566198/amp Randy pitchford Daniel...


80 Bit Podsmash: Voice Over IP (VoIP)

Penguin & Termite realized a very influential technology often gets taken for granted. We are going to put it in the spotlight of this week's episode of 80 Bit Podsmash. We talk about voice chat in video games. Where did it start? What's it look like today? We even dabble in a little PC vs Console territory. Do you use any chat services online when you play games? Music: Ozzed - No Fight But Cool http://ozzed.net http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/us/


80 Bit Podsmash: Video Game Lit - Character

Penguin & Termite take on the second of our new series focusing on literary devices as they are applied in video games. This time we focus on character. We define what it is along with discussing the various types of characters with examples from video games. Music: Ozzed - No Fight But Cool http://ozzed.net http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/us/


80 Bit Podsmash: Popularity vs Critical Acclaim

Penguin & Termite explore the apparent dichotomy of video game's popular reception vs critical reception. Why do some games seem to be so popular yet so shallow? Why do some games get a review score of 10 yet don't sell well? How do we determine if a game is successful or not? Come join us! Feel free to join in on the conversation over on our subreddit /r/80bitpodsmash Music: Ozzed - No Fight But...


80 Bit Podsmash Everything MORTAL KOMBAAAAAAAAAAAAT!!!!

With Mortal Kombat 11 coming out this week, Penguin & Termite discuss all things related Mortal Kombat. We talk about its cultural influence in the arcades and consoles as well as those awful spin offs. We have some fun talking about our favorites too. Music: D I V I N O - Mortal Kombat Theme 8-Bit (Best Version) http://www.jamendo.com http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/


80 Bit Podsmash: Entitlement in the Gaming Culture!

Penguin & Termite discuss entitlement in gaming culture. Some gamers are accused of being entitled when critiquing or discussing things in the industry. There has to be more to these "entitled gamers" than people lead on. Music: Ozzed - No Fight But Cool http://ozzed.net http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/us/


80 Bit Podsmash: Video Game Streaming Services!

Google has burst into the video game industry as a major contender with Google Stadia. This begs the conversation around video game streaming. What is it? Why does it matter? What's the future? Penguin & Termite discuss on this episode of 80 Bit Podsmash! Music: Ozzed - No Fight But Cool http://ozzed.net http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/us/


80 Bit Podsmash: The Most Controversial Topic

Penguin & Termite lay it on thick with the most controversial discussion yet. Come listen to us debate some very hot button issues of our current day. Nothing is excused as our topic covers religion, politics and even science doubters. Music: Ozzed - No Fight But Cool http://ozzed.net http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/us/


80 Bit Podsmash: Unionization in the Video Game Industry

Penguin & Termite address the growing outcry in the video game industry to unionize! We debate and discuss the merit of unions as well as the pros and cons of how it could play out in the world of workers in video...


80 Bit Podsmash: Developer Profile - Capcom

Penguin & Termite's latest entry in our Developer Profile series of topics. This time we talk all about Capcom! Did you know they weren't doing so well for awhile until about 3 years ago? What happened? Why are they so good!? Devil May Cry 5, Resident Evil 2 Remake, Monster Hunter Worlds, Mega Man 11, and Resident Evil 7 were major successes! Notes: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capcom https://www.gamerevolution.com/features/366417-capcom-became-capcompetent Music: Ozzed - No Fight But...


80 Bit Podsmash: State of the Industry, Games as a Service

Penguin and Termite discuss the state of Games as a Service GaaS or live service games in 2019. How is the new business model working as we wrap up the decade? Termite things it's unsustainable in its current...


80 Bit Podsmash Episode 076: Gaming by the Decade: The Aughts (2000-2009)

Penguin & Termite's second entry in the series of topics analyzing the different decades in gaming history. This time we visit the Aughts, 2000-2009, the entry of the "HD era" of gaming. Some say it's the emo, dark, grungy teenager decade of video games. We analyze the culture of the time, video game business during this era and talk about our favorite entries in this...


80 Bit Podsmash Episode 075: Challenge Runs!

Penguin & Termite, inspired by Coopatition Matt, discuss challenge runs! Anything from Speed Runs to Mario with no jumping is on the table. Why do gamers put themselves through this? What challenges do you like? https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/top10/2330-the-top-10-mostly-self-imposed-challenges-specific https://kotaku.com/billy-mitchell-breaks-silence-about-donkey-kong-high-sc-1822815818 Music: Ozzed - City of Iron http://ozzed.net http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/us/


80 Bit Podsmash Episode 074: Digital Controversy!

Excited about Anthem? Penguin & Termite discuss our impressions and experience during the recent demo. Alos, Deep Silver, @deepsilver, decided to publish Metro Exodus on the Epic Games store while honoring all current Steam pre-orders and DLC purchases. Penguin & Termite discuss what this means in terms of digital distribution of video...


80 Bit Podsmash Episode 073: Valentine's Day Companionship

Penguin & Termite have a little fun on Valentine's Day by discussing video game companions. Don't we all love a little escort missions in our video games? We discuss all forms of companions; pets, duos, couch co-op, commentators and helpers! Music: Ozzed - Seductive Space http://ozzed.net http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/us/


80 Bit Podsmash Episode 072: Taking Mobile Games Seriously?

Penguin & Termite welcome @BrizzleMcFizzle once again as we discuss mobile games! Bree has worked as a Twitch streamer and a community manager for two different mobile games. We get her inside take on mobile games as gamers wrestle with their relevancy. https://venturebeat.com/2019/01/16/superdata-digital-games-grow-12-to-109-8-billion-in-2018-fortnite-earned-2-4-billion/ https://www.sutori.com/story/the-history-of-mobile-phone-games--oxYN51N1pfW8DYbAe2CGG3yL Music: Ozzed - 8-Bit...


80 Bit Podsmash Episode 071: Currency Systems!

Penguin & Termite discuss the depth of in game currencies within video games. We compare and contrast different types as well as touch on the history of it. Does your new game feel padded by endless loot grinding? Or does the currency feel worthless because you have so much? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_economy https://medium.com/singulardtv/how-video-games-helped-pave-the-way-for-cryptocurrency-f930521eef55 Music: Halcyonic Falcon X - Of Rainbows and Unicorns and...


80 Bit Podsmash Episode 070: Gaming Changing Look at the Retro Scene

Penguin & Termite are joined by the CEO of Game Over Videogames Inc, David Kaelin. Game Over Videogames is an independent chain of amazing retro-focused video game stores dedicated to the LOVE of classic video games, systems, and accessories from Atari to Xbox. We discuss the trials and rewards of operating, as well as the culture surrounding, a retro video game...


80 Bit Podsmash Episode 069: Review Scores!

Penguin & Termite discuss the video game industry's review scoring system. Metacritic seems to be at the center of it all. Should this be the case? Metacritic drives developer bonuses, publisher deals, and all sorts of business relationships with retailers and...


80 Bit Podsmash Episode 068: Rockstar Games Developer Profile

Join in on another Developer Profile series entry with Penguin & Termite! This time we discuss Rockstar Games. Rockstar is a publisher and they are many development studios. We discuss their history, talk about our favorites, and find innovations which they've brought to the video game industry. https://kotaku.com/inside-rockstar-games-culture-of-crunch-1829936466 Music: Ozzed - Wetmelon http://ozzed.net http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/us/