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The Cartridge Family 041 - A Bunch of E3 Stuff, This Time Buffa Gets the Beatdown

I’ll tell you something. Listen close. Sometimes, it all becomes too much to repress. The emotion. The grind. It really gets to you after forty episodes. Sometimes, you just need to blow off a little steam. Sometimes it helps to give the beatdown instead of receive it. Stay tuned for the redemption story of a lifetime. Joe Stasio is Jack Reacherin … Back of the Box Beatdown: Casino Royale. I dunno. We missed last week, and so I want to extend my deepest sympathies to the listener audience...


The Cartridge Family 040 - PrE3 Extravaganza 2018

Stop reading this. Hit play and listen to us talk. This is a podcast, after all. Still here? If you insist. We’re excited for E3 2018. It’s a few days away and we’re feeling like children again. The excitement is reaching its annual climax and that warm, Christmas-y feeling is a mere day or two away from wholly washing over us. A lot has happened in the week leading up to the big show, so stay tuned for a fun episode where we discuss IO Interactive’s upcoming and non-episodic Hitman 2,...


The Cartridge Family 039 - Pokemon Switch News, Ghost of Tsushima, Pick 5 Games For The Year

Do you hear the march of the E3 Army in the distance? They approach, swords in hand, ready to conquer your wallet and monopolize your free time. The drums grow louder, the chants more sinister. You hear a voice in the crowd, desperately, “save yourself” but as you move to reply your father-brother covers your open mouth, sushing you with his other. You’ve made it this far, no sense in compromising your safety at this point. Another fortnight, and we’ll be free again … until next...


The Cartridge Family 038 - Detroit: Become Human, N64 Classic, PS4's Geriatric Phase

As the E3 excitement mounts around us, the family gathers once again to discuss video games, their most favorite of pasttimes. It was an interesting week in gaming: Detroit: Become Humanreleased, Best Buy canned their lovely Gamers Club Unlockedprogram (R.I.P.) and patents emerged suggesting Nintendo’s plans for an N64 Classic Edition. Meanwhile, SEGA continues to pump out Yakuzagames and John continues to roll his eyes. The real kicker this week was Sony’s CEO proclaiming that the...


The Cartridge Family 037 - E3 Predictions, Leaks and Rumors, Gamer Rage

We’ve had trouble getting the full fam together lately, but that’s because we’re all so busy learning about, writing about and travelling for the games we all love so dearly. Today, despite Andrew’s absence, the fam got together to celebrate God of War(and our varied feelings on the game), the latest headlines in gaming and some fun E3 2018 predictions. We wrap up our chat by discussing gaming and how it can often (comically) affect our temperament and the temperament of others. It’s a fun...


The Cartridge Family 036 - Nintendo Online Service, No Virtual Console, 19Q Magoo

The Cartridge Family have always had noble pursuits when it comes to spending time together. When the holiday season comes ‘round, the boys are sure to put family first. We carol and wassail together, sit round the hearth together, and of course … game together. That’s why, on this day, when Father-Father Buffa is away, we honor his absence with the playing of his favorite game: 19Q Magoo. That’s right. It’s everybody’s favorite 20 Questionsspinoff where the first question is implied (Is...


The Cartridge Family 035 — Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze, E3 Approaches, Working in the Games Press

The Cartridge Familyis a foursome of (talented and handsome) (sort of) young individuals who make a living in the games journalism industry. When I was younger, thinking about careers, I’d often revisit the idea of games as a livelihood before succumbing to the discouraging mystique of the entering the field. After a few years in audio (difficult to penetrate in its own right) I found myself designing websites for video game publications. It’s a fun industry and, spoiler alert, I’m not...


The Cartridge Family 034 — Nintendo Labo Hands On, God of War Impressions, The Most Lethal Beatdown

I thought John was headed to Croatia for business. He said it was for business. It turns out he was harvesting 30 year old landmines for the purposes of reminiscing about games of a similar age with me, his brother-son. Suffice it to say that the stakes have risen and I’m no longer feeling safe while recording this podcast. That’s life, though, I suppose. Prior to the violence, the fam goes over the latest headlines in gaming before spending some time discussing Nintendo Labo. John got a...


The Cartridge Family 033 — Nintendo Labo, Yakuza 6, God of War, Battle Royale Fever

It’s always nice to have guests here at the Cartridge House (yes, capital H). Today, Josh Hawkins of Greenlit Content decided to grace us with his God of Warknowledge and so much more. Besides our favorite Nordic father-brother, the fam runs through the latest releases in gaming before discussing the rumors and news regarding the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops IVand Battlefield 5. We wrap up the show with another violent trip down memory lane. As always, thanks for listening!


The Cartridge Family 032 — My Nordic Daddy, Billy Mitchell’s Fall From Grace, XBox Back-Compat

This is a safe space. You can speak your mind here. It’s okay to admit to yourself and everyone around you that you wish your dad was an enormous, violent brute covered in what I assume is permanent red war paint. No one is going to judge you for it. Today’s show is a doozy and that’s because we’re so eager to make up for last week’s absence. Of course, we discuss God of War’s critical acclaim before diving into the (now official) removal of Billy Mitchell from the Donkey Kong record...


The Cartridge Family 031 — Persona 5 Update, Unintentionally Spooky Games, DQXI This Summer

It’s been a good year for me (re: games), and things are only getting better. Example A: I’m knee deep in Persona 5, which of course came out last year but allow me this indulgence, would you? Example B: Ni No Kuni II was released last week to positive acclaim, which means I have a meaty RPG to look forward to courtesy Level 5. Example C: Square Enix popped out of no where this week to let us know Dragon Quest XI is coming west this September. I am excited. Glad we got that out of the way...


The Cartridge Family 030 — Nindies Showcase, Sea of Thieves, Wii Virtual Console Ambitions

Spring is here. It is spring now. If I keep saying that, it’ll eventually become true. At least I have companionship during these cold and snowy days; companionship in the form of (you guessed it) video games. Ah, the harsh glow of the LCD panel… Nintendo looked ahead earlier this week with a large list of indie-developed game announcements during their Nindies Showcase. The fam is going to do what they do best and break down most of that list for you. We discuss Logan Paul (who?) and his...


The Cartridge Family 029 — Stuff We Missed, Toys R Closing, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Drake’s Fortnite

Let’s start by saying — we’re so very sorry for not getting a show out last week. The irony here is that last week’s news was the perfect fodder for an episode of The Cartridge Family and yet no episode was delivered. Despite our absence, the family is back in town this week to make good on their past misdeeds and so, without further ado… Of course, the boys catch up on all things Nintendo Switch (we missed a Nintendo Direct, for shame!) before going over the latest headlines in gaming....


The Cartridge Family 028 — Into the Breach, PS+ Bloodborne, Battlefield V set in WWII

Man, Into the Breach sure looks fun. I wish I had something to play it on. Luckily, Andrew’s got the scoop today on the hot new tactics game from FTL developer Subset Games. On today’s show we discuss the latest notable releases in gaming (and touch again on the volatility of reviewing games) before going over the headlines that caught our eye this week. If you’re a first time listener, welcome to the family! If you’re an old fan, welcome back! Thanks as always for listening and enjoy the...


The Cartridge Family 027 — We Don’t Like Well-Liked Games, Burnout Paradise Remastered, Yume Nikki Game Club

I remember back in middle school when Papa Roach was dropping dimes right and left, my peers were scribbling his poetic rantings in their notebook while moms nation-wide were deeming him too controversial for young Johnny’s virgin ears. I never liked Papa Roach. It’s okay if you do. I never liked Assassin’s Creed. It really is okay if you do. If you’ve ever used the internet, you know that it’s often challenging to articulate these kinds of thoughts without ruffling feathers. Today, the...


The Cartridge Family 026 — Night In The Woods, Are Current-Gen Consoles Old, Impromptu Magoo-Mini

Edit: This didn’t make the cut for the show, but … Breakfast cereals are certainly no stranger to advertising schemes targeted at children. So, when Nintendo announced Super Mario Cereal last year, we were all naturally very excited to stock our pantry, but not necessarily surprised at the concept (especially because they’d done this before). When Nintendo starts making craft tape designed to be used on your ripping, aging Labo, we were a little more surprised but, admittedly, equally...


The Cartridge Family 025 — Monster Hunter VS Destiny, Dead or Alive Xtreme Gross Volleyball

It’s pretty remarkable that Destiny originally released over 3 years ago (there I go again contemplating my own finite mortality). Since release, along with that of it’s sequel, Destiny has carved out a place for console gamers to grind for gear as part of an Activision-prescribed daily habit — activities more typically relegated to PC gaming. Whatever your opinion of the gameplay might be, it’s tough to deny Destiny’s impact on “Games as a Service” for home consoles. Ubisoft’s The...


The Cartridge Family 024 — Red Dead 2 This Holiday, Shadow of the Colossus, More Game Remakes Welcome

We got the family to all (almost all) sit down to dinner together in the same room. I said, in my strictest of tones “put away your phones, remove your elbows from the table, and sit up straight for it is time to discuss video games, as a family.” Naturally, this request was met with a battery of moans; in fact, I’m pretty sure John continued to apply mascara and tell me that “family is stupid” while he continued to use Snapchat beneath the tabletop. I promptly grounded him but not before...


The Cartridge Family 023 — Celeste Fever, BioWare Delays Anthem, Big Backlog Regret

I am a selfish person, so I’m going to kick off things here by letting you all know that blissful 2D platforming has made a triumphant return in the form of Celeste, a game developed by the minds behind TowerFall. I am utterly overcome with simple joy at the notion of having this vast, challenging and devilishly simple platforming adventure at my beck and call (and on the go, to boot). Thankfully, the boys are playing it as well which means I can revel in this new delight with others. Okay...


The Cartridge Family 022 — Nintendo Labo, David Cage’s Quantic Dream, 19Q Magoo Round Two

Nintendo’s history of releasing quirky, exciting gaming peripherals continues with the announcement of Nintendo Labo, coming this spring. If you haven’t yet learned about Labo, the product comes packed with “blueprints” to a number of constructable cardboard cutouts all of which interface in some way with the accompanying Nintendo Switch software of the same name. Naturally, the family’s interest is peaked by this news and so we spend a good portion of time going over this very weird and...