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The Rat King: A Video Game Podcast

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Every week, three dumb idiots team up to talk video games, news, rumors, and pop culture, with the occasional tangent. Sometimes they even know what they're talking about. Sometimes.

Every week, three dumb idiots team up to talk video games, news, rumors, and pop culture, with the occasional tangent. Sometimes they even know what they're talking about. Sometimes.
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Every week, three dumb idiots team up to talk video games, news, rumors, and pop culture, with the occasional tangent. Sometimes they even know what they're talking about. Sometimes.




Episode 42: Untitled

José is here to let you know about upcoming Final Fantasy XV updates and DLC, as well as some exciting Mega Man news. Justin came to talk about the Monster Hunter: World beta. Scott decided to describe his vasectomy in graphic detail. This all culminates in a discussion about our first nominee for the 1st annual Shitty™ Awards: Pokémon GO Fest.

Duration: 01:13:18

Episode 41: CHR1570PH3R KLUMPU5

After a 10-day break, Thanksgiving, and a new episode release day, we honestly don't have much to talk about in terms of video games, but we shoot the shit and return to our beloved segment, Demo Disc!

Duration: 01:11:28

Episode 40: Geese is More

In an extremely out of character move, EA made a bunch of people mad. There's a bunch of stuff happening with fighting games. The Game Awards are around the corner and Breath of the Wild will probably sweep up? Listen if you want.

Duration: 00:52:50

Episode 39: Major Hubbs

Disney wants to acquire 20th Century Fox because IT IS THE SINGULARITY AND YOU WILL SOON BE ONE WITH IT! Sony will begin offering PlayStation Trophy Rewards based on your new trophies, and it will only take an entire year to earn $10 in credit! Most importantly, Justin is back from BlizzCon with the skippy on all of their cool shit, new and old! TW: There is a brief conversation about the recent outings of many sexual predators that have been prevalent over the last few weeks specifically....

Duration: 01:27:28

Episode 38: Everyone's Girlfriend Loves the Sims

The Nintendo Switch is forecasted to sell more consoles in one fiscal year than the Wii U did in its entire lifetime, which is as much of an endorsement of the former as it is an indictment of the latter. PlayStation showed off a plethora of game trailers at its Paris Games Week event and José and Scott are here to sort of remember them for you. Justin was gone for this one, but not forgotten.

Duration: 01:09:57

Episode 37: JRPGesus

Can NeoGAF recover from the despicable (alleged) actions of the site’s owner as well as mods and members jumping ship? Probably, and hopefully, not. Microsoft has officially killed the Kinect, but they are giving new life to a selection of original Xbox games. José gives the rundown on Shin Megami Tensei V for the Nintendo Switch and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp for mobile, as well as the Switch update that brought GameCube controller support to the console and what that may mean. We also...

Duration: 01:37:46

Episode 36: Beware the Mansters

Do you ever feel like you don't have as much time to play games as you once did? Then live vicariously through José and his ability to play 125 games a week. Once you move on from that, we're here to walk you through Sony's new publishing label, Unties, the newest Nintendo Switch update, Activision's microtransaction-based matchmaking patent, and the shutdown of Visceral Games. We also play a new game we like to call Steamed Hams.

Duration: 01:27:26

Episode 35: Fast Food Cream

The SNES Classic has been hacked, the Game Boy could be coming back, and loot boxes are jacked. Stay tuned after the news this week for some video game apologies in a segment we like to call It's-a Me, a-Sorry-o!

Duration: 01:13:39

Episode 34: Death Bed for Cutie

Justin is back from vacation and he single-handedly saves this episode by simply being present. José breaks down the perplexing, multicrossover, tag team fighter BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle. Scott has opinions about Psychonauts and high hopes for its sequel. We also try our hand at a new segment, Demo Disc.

Duration: 01:04:30

Episode 33: The Straight-Up Fuckaround Gang

Guys, we did it again. Justin was gone for this one so we kind of fell apart. There is probably some video game stuff to be heard, but it's mostly nonsense and a few famous people.

Duration: 00:58:41

Episode 32: The Bad One

We are extremely back this week with a weird and wild episode that is sort of about video games. José has the rundown on the Tokyo Game Show and Scott ran the numbers on Doom for the Switch. Welcome to Hell! Also discussed: 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, Arika EX, Left Alive, Monster Hunter: World, Zone of the Enders: Mars

Duration: 01:06:17

Episode 31: Nintendoes What Nintendon't

Who needs Blast Processing anyway? This week, we're all Nintendo all the time. The Switch smartphone app got a much needed update (but it's still the worst), the NES Classic will be back again in 2018 for all of you opportunistic scalpers out there, and Nintendo's most recent Direct showed off some stuff and also things. Oh, and Mario has nipples, which is dope.

Duration: 01:16:59

Episode 30: Throwing Shaders

Not much going on this week, but you better believe that Justin's got the lowdown on Destiny 2. Should you get it? Probably. Everyone else already has. Don't you want to be like everyone else, loser? Also José gives his thoughts on Code Vein and we talk about Rockstar's LA Noire remaster for PS4, Xbox One, and, very surprisingly, Switch.

Duration: 01:04:14

Episode 29: Miss Nindependent

Goldeneye turned 20 years old and we're all dying, but Nintendo showed a slew of independent titles coming to the Switch in the near future, so we'll forget about our mortality for now. Also discussed: Capcom's Puzzle Fighter, Catherine 2

Duration: 01:35:53

Episode 28: Owen Wilson's House

Do you want to shoot weird animals as an effed up super raccoon? That's pretty specific, but BioMutant is just right for you. We talk about the brave, new IP as well as remakes galore and another Destiny dump. There's also another visit from them Taste Buds! Also discussed: Injustice 2, Monster Hunter: World, Secret of Mana, Yakuza

Duration: 01:19:44

Episode 27: It's Over, It's All Over

We're sorry. There's not much more we can say. Discussed: Blizzard, Crackdown 3, No Man's Sky, Okami

Duration: 01:39:11

Episode 26: Ow, My Bowls!

The boys are at it again, and now with less news than ever! José gives some deets about the upcoming Gundam Versus beta, Nintendo is being sued by Gamevice over the Switch's modular design, and some guy really wants eSports in the 2024 Olympics (for the children). Then we get a visit from the Taste Buds AKA the new and improved FLAVOR BOYS™™™™™! It's a doozy!

Duration: 01:26:59

Episode 25: Chuck

Do you guys like Persona? For the love of God I hope you like Persona. This week, Justin heads up the podcast while José blathers incessantly about Persona. There's also a lot of what some people would call "fucking around." It's gooooooooood! Also discussed: .hack//G.U. Last Recode, Persona, Persona, Persona, Persona, Persona, Street Fighter: Anniversary Collection

Duration: 06:36:42

Episode 24: The Title Is Colon the Title Was

Brace yourself for our worst episode yet, thanks to Scott. Did he edit out a five minute argument about José looking at him funny? Probably. Did we still talk about video games? Mostly. Justin played a lot of Fortnite and he goes into the interesting intricacies, followed by some talk about GTA VI and Nintendo crushing it. Still worth a listen. Also discussed: Dying Light, Overwatch League, Pokémon Go Fest, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Duration: 01:32:48

Episode 23: Here's the Thing

In an episode steeped in irony and filled with mood swings, we find what matters most: our hearts - our thick, juicy hearts. We talk about the losers upset about a woman being the next Doctor in Doctor Who, then the next entries in a few of TellTale's episodic games. We then take a trip to the José Block ("You've Been Naughty!" Ohhh Yeahhh!) where he tells us about a plethora of fighting games, before we go right back to mocking the losers upset about a woman playing the next Doctor in...

Duration: 02:12:21

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