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The best podcast on the web for all the latest in video games, tech, and pop culture. Hosted by Joe Erskine and joined by a rotating panel of guests including both student and professional game developers. They bring their unique hop-flavored discourse straight to your hungry ear-holes. Join us every week, whether it be on your commute, at your desk, or wherever you consume your irreverent media.

The best podcast on the web for all the latest in video games, tech, and pop culture. Hosted by Joe Erskine and joined by a rotating panel of guests including both student and professional game developers. They bring their unique hop-flavored discourse straight to your hungry ear-holes. Join us every week, whether it be on your commute, at your desk, or wherever you consume your irreverent media.
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The best podcast on the web for all the latest in video games, tech, and pop culture. Hosted by Joe Erskine and joined by a rotating panel of guests including both student and professional game developers. They bring their unique hop-flavored discourse straight to your hungry ear-holes. Join us every week, whether it be on your commute, at your desk, or wherever you consume your irreverent media.

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English


Episodes

Episode 167: The End

6/15/2018
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This is the end. The last episode! Scotland Symons joins us for one last go-round. We wrap it all up with a look at E3 2018, Netflix getting into game streaming, Valve’s responsibility conundrum, and creators taking manbabies to task. This episode is a booze soaked romp, rife with self indulgence, appreciation, nostalgia, and more Breakfast Club references than you can shake a fist at. “Don’t you... forget about Cheat.... Codes, Codes, Codes, Codes...” Music Credit: BoxCat Games

Duration:01:58:29

Episode 166: Applve

6/4/2018
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We're braving the wild frontier in this Deadwood themed episode. This week we're talking about what the games industry can learn from the death of Glam Metal. We also take a minute to weight the moral quandary some ex-Google staffers faced when they were told they were working on military drone tech, and lastly, we weigh in on people complaining about women being in Battlefield V. For the Lightning Round we take a few minutes to proclaim the necessity of something like The Happytime...

Duration:01:11:23

Episode 165: Cheat Coins

4/27/2018
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We're joined by security expert and maker extraordinaire Scotland Symons as we fight for the Users on this week's episode! First, we discuss blockchains' potential impact on the game industry, take a hard look at some recent pushes for and against unionization in the game industry. and marvel at an ancient Xbox Live promo from all the way back in the year of our lord 2002. In the Lightning Round, we try to make sense of a YouTuber sending garlic bread to the upper atmosphere (and then...

Duration:01:34:19

Episode 164: V-Chip

4/17/2018
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We navigate the past couple of weeks in game news like a doomed big-game hunter tracking velociraptors. We put our sights on gaming’s pending “Black Panther” moment, then get ambushed by topics like curmudgeonly politicians grilling Mark Zuckerberg and the on-going issue of making a movie out of a video game. By the time we get to the Lightning Round, we mix the DNA of topics like the politeness of Fortnite’s community and ransomware that forces you to play PUBG. Hold on to your butts!...

Duration:01:04:47

Episode 163: Send Hornys

4/1/2018
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Just like our country, we're young, scrappy, and hungry on this week's core panel episode! First, we give some air time to Rolling Stone's coverage of co-host Alexandra Lucas' GDC talk on the blue-skinned space babe trope, then we try to predict Facebook's next move now that we can no longer pretend that they're not using pretty much all of our data. Finally, we discuss authority figures' concerns about Fortnite distracting kids from their classes (and whether that should really be worry...

Duration:01:11:56

Episode 162: Kanye Bebop

3/8/2018
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Absorb the strength of the Black Panther as we dive into the trash fire that is a new "seduction simulator" that shall not be named, unpack Twitch streamer Kaceytron's problematic approach to satire, and try to figure out why anyone cares that Kim Kardashian enjoys anime. The Lightning Round brings us to debating the ESA's stance on not preserving old games, then we wonder what Mattel's angle is with their release of a Tomb Raider Barbie. Wakanda forever! Music Credit: BoxCat Games...

Duration:01:11:22

Episode 161: Sweet Codes

2/15/2018
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Master your mop-wielding skills as we head to Queens, NY to look for love (with a stop in Zamunda, of course)! On this very Valentine's episode, we celebrate the signing of Overwatch League's first female player, dive into women's firsthand accounts of working at Atari in the 1970s, and find a kernel of joy in the young fan who loves Firewatch so much that he became a fire tower historian. In the Lightning Round, we weigh the pros and cons of Disney adding autonomous, personality-driven...

Duration:01:13:16

Episode 160: Titillating

2/2/2018
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Whip up your best Italian meringue and ready your favorite pud’ for this week’s GGBO-themed episode! First, we address some of the existential questions stirred up by two Microsoft experts’ prediction that everyone will have a digital double within the next 20 years. Next, we debate the legitimacy of rumors that Microsoft is planning to acquire EA, Valve, and PUBG Corp., and then we dive deeper into the Rendlesham Forest UFO incident. Once we roll into the Lightning Round, we call people...

Duration:01:13:28

Episode 159: I Need Healing

1/18/2018
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Get ready to get pitch-slapped on this a-ca-awesome first episode of 2018! This week, we check in about WHO's classification of gaming disorder as a mental condition, evaluate the U.S. government's school shooter preparedness sim, and celebrate Amy Hennig's and Sean Vanaman's game industry state of the union. The Lightning Round brings us to discussion of whether or not children should watch visceral films like 2001: A Space Odyssey, then we marvel at the startling accuracy of The...

Duration:01:08:08

Episode 158: Killiam Shatner

12/14/2017
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Something's up with Jack on this Halloween-Christmas hybrid of an episode! The core panel evaluates Nexto's tourism games, unravels the troll-tastic mystery that is the "National Committee for Games Policy," and marvels at the Twitch streamer who pretended to play a UFC pay-per-view event. In the Lightning Round, we try to determine if VR can save the sequel to the less-than-great game Desert Bus, then we share our hopes and dreams for Quentin Tarantino's stab at a Star Trek movie. Grab...

Duration:01:11:53

Episode 157: Nose in a Box

12/4/2017
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Help us return the heart of Te Fiti in this Moana-themed core panel episode! This week, we discuss why TIME named the Nintendo Switch the 2017 Gadget of the Year, look at the parallels between an episode of Black Mirror and China's new Social Credit System, and brainstorm how Niantic will approach the development of their new Harry Potter-themed AR game. Then we dive into the Lightning Round, where we imagine the possibilities for smellable VR and for Kellogg's upcoming Super Mario Cereal....

Duration:01:08:03

Episode 156: Farm Hard

11/9/2017
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Grab a stake, a garlic braid, and some sunglasses - we're huntin' vamps in very sunny (and very fictional) Santa Carla! On this core panel episode, we pick apart the consequences of Steam barring adults-only game devs from linking to their XXX patches, marvel at Amazon's bid to make a Lord of the Rings TV series to rival Game of Thrones, and examine the final ratified SAG-AFTRA contract. Enter the Lightning Round, in which we give our thoughts on the new Papers, Please short film and...

Duration:01:02:08

Episode 155: Trash Witch

11/3/2017
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Get in the N7 spirit as cybersecurity expert, master craftswoman, and trash witch extraordinaire Scotland Symons returns to the show! We raise an eyebrow at Activision’s patent for a matchmaking system that maximizes microtransactions, offer our thoughts on Venezuelan Runescape players farming gold to put food on the table, and discuss the likelihood of GameStop’s Power Pass subscription service’s survival. In the Lightning Round, we first debate which video games might make decent movies...

Duration:01:16:23

Episode 154: American Han

10/19/2017
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Ricky Spanish works his mischievous magic on this week's _American Dad!_-themed episode! Minecraft Gameplay Programmer and Game Designer Travis Gates joins us to evaluate the appeal of interactive movies, discuss the reasoning behind EA closing its Visceral Games studio, and discover the origins of the urban legend about _Polybius_, a mind-controlling arcade game allegedly created by the government. We then tap dance our way into the Lightning Round, where we take a hard look at...

Duration:01:06:39

Episode 153: McStabby

10/13/2017
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_La la laaa la la_! This week, Riot Games Influencer Relations Manager Becky Taylor helps us analyze the _Star Wars Battlefront 2_ loot box frenzy, call shenanigans on the NRG's claim of "diversity" within its all-male _Overwatch_ pro team, and discuss ways to prevent the accidental use of traumatic photos from real-life events in games. In the Lightning Round, we marvel at the disaster that was McDonald's' _Rick and Morty_ Szechuan sauce promotion, then we get all tied up in Fetlang, the...

Duration:01:08:34

Episode 152: Find The Curve

10/6/2017
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Brave the Voight-Kampff test with us this week as V1 Interactive producer and core panelist Joe Erskine returns to the show! We celebrate the fun game dev transparency of #blocktober, offer a hard side-eye to Valve's response to the latest batch of shovelware on Steam, and try to figure out why rapper B.o.B. would start a GoFundMe to prove that the Earth is round. In the Lightning Round, we work on understanding what would compel a person to pay $1000 for a _PUBG_ scarf, then we give our...

Duration:01:12:03

Episode 101: Monster Foreplay

6/24/2016
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Cliff Blezinski is in the house for this one and we're hashing out the past week in video game, tech & pop culture news!

Duration:00:27:46

E3 2016 Special: Part 1

6/15/2016
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We're in LA for E3! You could probably tell by the title. This is our quick and dirty coverage of some of our favorite bits from our first day on the floor!

Duration:00:13:29

Episode 100: Developsters

6/10/2016
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100th Episode! Holy smokes!!! We get the whole gang together as well as a bevy of some of our most faithful guests and friendsto examine Elon Musk's claims that we all live in a giant video game simulation, Google's AI killswitch, and proper game critic criticism. For the Lightning Round, we ask ourselves who actually bought a Steam machine and generally applaud the fact that the fan-made Battlefront 3 hasn't been KO'ed by Disney. There's guests, giveaways and celebrations all around for...

Duration:01:57:07

Episode 99: Pope Notes

6/3/2016
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In our third core panel episode in a row (there's a good reason for this) we make the most of our last episode... before our 100th episode! We make solid hay while the sun shines on the Pope giving advice to YouTube gamers as well as a 16 year old's improbable creation of a game company, despite his high-falutin' connections. And to round it out we make mention of the protests in China about the change in Pikachu's name. For the Lightning Round we weigh on Xbox getting VR and the No Man's...

Duration:00:55:45