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The Cartridge Family 053 - Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Assassin's Creed Odyssey Review, Star Citzen

Sometimes my father brothers travel long distances to do work outside of the country. Right now is one of those times. They're all away. All of them. So, I'm left here to fend for myself and somehow put together a podcast with no father-brothers. Luckily, I'm surrounded by talented and interesting colleagues of all kinds, and so putting together a last minute show was easy as pie. On Today's show, my good friend Vin Genova joins me to discuss his initial (but exhaustive) impressions on...


The Cartridge Family 052 - Bungie's Matter, New Switch Hardware, Harry Potter RPG, Journalism Ethics

It's that time of the year again, folks! Things are moving quickly and getting more interesting with each passing day. We've got patent news from industry giant Bungie indicating a potentially new IP they're working on, Nintendo's plans to refresh the Switch's hardware as early as next year, and an alleged peak behind the curtain at what appears to be a new, unnanounced Harry Potter game. It's only the first week of October, so who knows what's in store for us next week as games continue...


The Cartridge Family 051 - Sony Learns To Share, Nintendo Online Cloud Storage, Telltale Woes

It's nice to be back into the swing of things here. Needless to say, the fam wasn't getting their much-needed chator gamingfix until we got back on our usual podcasting grind. Onto today's episode: If you're anything like me, it was difficult focusing on games this week, what with the Kavanaugh stuff going on and Dragon Quest XI being super over-rated. It sure does warm my heart that I'll be lending Andrew my copy of the game - takes some of the guilt out of the equation, ya know? Anyway,...


The Cartridge Family 050 - John Platinums Spiderman, Joe Sucks, Vigilante Buffa, Same Old Andrew

So, first of all, many apologies for the multi-week gap in our content schedule. I would like to formally say that "We're Back" and things should be running smoothly again. For the record, this is what happens when you replace your old trusty iMac for a Macbook Pro with literally no useable ports on it so all of your audio equipment you've been hoarding for over a decade is now obsolete. My bad, ultimately, but can't a guy complain a little? See below for a list of topics covered on...


The Cartridge Family 049 - Gamescom, Vin is Back, LG Robot Legs, Octopath Pt. 4

Its been about a year since we started this podcast. Last summer, myself, John Benyamine, Chris Buffa, and Vin Genova took control of your ears and haven't let go since then. In that time, Vin has moved on to other ventures while the fam here gained an exemplary new member in Andrew Zucosky. It goes without saying that having extended relatives over for supper is everyone's favorite pasttime. The same is true for this family. Welcome back Vin. We missed you and we'll miss you again after...


The Cartridge Family 048 - Dead Cells, Smash Bros, Red Dead II, Game Preservation

We’re coming up on fifty episodes of The Cartridge Family, already. Can you believe it? It feels like just yesterday we were digging into our very first show, green as can be, naive and ready for anything. Yet here we stand, on the precipice of a major numerical milestone, gazing back at our past work and all I can think is (cue music) “looks like we made it”. I’ll save the reminiscing for later this month, though. On to today’s show! It was certainly a busy week for games. We received...


The Cartridge Family 047 - Toxicity in Gaming, Apple Affiliate Program, Octopath Traveler Pt. 3

The Cartridge Family, if you're new to the show, is a podcast where four (long-time and short-time) games industry fellas get together every week to talk about what's going on and what used to be going on. We try and keep things light but sometimes we get a little heavy, like today. We do not take ourselves too seriously, so if you're in the mood for a sterile, by-the-numbers deconstruction of the latest Street Fighter's mechanics then you might want to look elsewhere. That said, sometimes...


The Cartridge Family 046 - New Labo, No Man's Sky NEXT, Octopath Traveler Game Club Pt. 2

After last week’s mayhem, we’re finally settled and back in our usual groove. Half the family is still neck deep in Octopath Travelerwhile the Father-Father’s are busy with other less important and interesting games. Today we discuss the newly announced Nintendo Labokits, The release of two older Silent Hillgems on Xbox Backward Compatibility, the latest game releases of the week and much, much more. Stick around after the show for Part 2 of our Octopath TravelerGame Club. We spoil things...


The Cartridge Family 045 - Octopath Traveler Game Club Pt. 1

John’s fault. He messed up. So, this week you don’t get to enjoy our usual, gaming-drenched banter. Instead, Andrew and I dive deep into Octopath Traveler, a game that is shaping up to be my favorite of the year. Andrew and I played all the character’s first story chapter. We also unlocked all the base jobs. It took us each over 25 hours to do this, so if you’re in the same general area of game please join us! Thanks for listening and it’s back to our regular programming next week!


The Cartridge Family 044 - Robot John & The Worst Episode Ever, Octopath Release, Dying Light 2 Chat

Brace yourselves. Today’s the day you’ve had marked on your calendar for months and months. No, not because you’ve been looking forward to the upcoming JRPG, Octopath Traveler, but because you’re childishly supertitious and today is Friday the 13th. The family had the clairvoyance necessary to dodge this supernatural bullet earlier in the week by scheduling their recording a day before their usual Friday show. The Time Demons were wise to us though, and strengenthed their curse on our...


The Cartridge Family 043 - Amy Hennig's New Studio, Ubisoft Nonsense, Anthem Gameplay

Today marks only one more week until Andrew and I are neck deep in Octopath Traveler. It just occurred to me that they never actually named the game; they simply removed ‘Project’ from the front of it. I’m hoping that’s the worst thing I have to say about this lovely looking JRPG. Also, if this previewis to be believed, the wait has been well worth our time. On this, the forty-third episode of The Cartridge Family, I’ve had enough. Ubisoft is at it again saying things they’ll regret...


The Cartridge Family 042 - Andrew Hosts, Witcher 3 Complete, Kojumbo Does it Again

When you live in the presence of genius, it’s allure and power are undeniable. When a true artist creates, unhinged from the confines of Big Brother, the results are irrefutable. When you play the new Kojumbo game (can we even call it that), the effect it has on your soul is nothing short of a miracle. But you didn’t need me to tell you that. Its that day of the week again (Friday) (which is the best day), and so here I am offering another blood sacrifice to the Podcast Daemon in .mp3...


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 it...


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 sick...


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...