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Canton, OH


Shooting the Core is a show about games. For people, not just gamers. Hosted by Blair Atom, the format is a weekly group discussion focusing on a specific game. Each episode is recorded live & in-person immediately following an hour or so of gameplay.




Castles and Chainsaws and Twin Peaks and Samus is a Girl!?

This week on Shooting the Core, Megan proclaims her love for Double Fine, as Chris proclaims his love for Twin Peaks off the other side of the same mountain top, while Blair sits quietly in his cave at the bottom forcing himself to play games he sort of hates in a masochistic downward spiral. But things aren't all bad; we played Metroid 2 for the Gameboy!

Duration: 01:10:34

So, I Have This Castlevania Famicon Prototype...

Blair, Ben and Zac all hop on Skype for a different type of episode, focusing on Nintendo and expanding to the broader intersections between business of gaming and art. Warning: this is a long show.

Duration: 02:13:42

Boom Blox

Blair, Chris, Megan and Ben play Steven Spielberg's Boom Blox, discuss the cultural tastes of teenagers at the mall, silent movies, the modern era's devaluing of independent learning. On the plus side, we threw bowling balls at Ewoks.

Duration: 01:08:31

Steel Battalion

This week on Shooting The Core, the crew indulges their perverse mecha-fetish by playing 2002's Steel Battalion for the Xbox. Blair reveals his deepest shame; owning a $200 controller that only works with one game, Megan has her windshield washed without consent, and Dan still hates Ocarina of Time. Join us, won't you? [36:24] Megan Mars: And theres something really satisfying about having an entire control deck in front of you with switches and lights. *Blair Atom: *I'm glad that you...

Duration: 00:56:19

Unfortunately This Is A Zombie Game

Blair is joined by Ben, Chris and Lee for a dramatic experience: the first hour of Naughty Dog's 2013 hit "The Last of Us." Aside from the emotional & visual impact of the game, we discuss the way modern game narratives and mechanics can intertwine to heighten the tension and immersion of players.

Duration: 01:27:50


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Duration: 00:48:04

Rock of Ages

Chris couldn't make it to this week's recording, so Blair is joined by Megan, Jeremy and Ben. Tonight's game is Rock of Ages, a disorienting and infuriatingly fun twist on Marble Madness that combines greek mythology, pythonesque art and tower defense and into a truly unique experience.

Duration: 01:28:41

Mewster of Puppets

Blair Atom, Megan Mars and Chris Bragg explore the delightful world of Puppeteer.

Duration: 00:58:27

Time To Get Movin'!

Blair, Megan and Chris are joined by semi-special guest Dan Watkins for a nostalgic hour spent with Rare's 1997 Nintendo 64 classic "Blast Corps".

Duration: 01:08:04

Spanked To Death?

Join Blair Atom, Megan Mars and Chris Bragg for a discussion about the infuriating gameplay, deeply weird aesthetics and incomprehensible history of Clover Studio's 2006 magnum opus, God Hand. Blair also explains the idea behind the show, the game-then-group-discussion format, and explores some ways the show might evolve moving forward. Show Notes God Hand Clover Studio Shinji Mikami Hideki Kamiya

Duration: 00:55:32