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The Alpha Build is a podcast focused on gaming, technology, movies, and television. With rotating featured segments like Deadliest Character, where we debate which fictional character would win a death-match against another.


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The Alpha Build is a podcast focused on gaming, technology, movies, and television. With rotating featured segments like Deadliest Character, where we debate which fictional character would win a death-match against another.




Ep. 58: Game of Thrones; John Wick 3; Death Stranding; Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

This week we start out discussing some quick hits in Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Death Stranding, and more (start). Whe then go in depth with Season 8 of Game of Thrones, which has been receiving heavy criticism from fans and critics alike, and been very divisive (30:00). Is it as bad as some people are saying it is, or is it a victim of unrealistic expectations? We wrap things up with a review of John Wick 3, the latest release in the beloved franchise (1:02:45). Is it just another over-the-top action flick, or is it something much greater, perhaps even one of the greatest?


Ep. 57: Avengers: Endgame; Sonic The Hedgehog movie; Steam Index VR

This week we start out discussing the official announcement of the Steam Index VR system (start), and follow that with a quick review of the controversial Sonic The Hedgehog movie trailer (7:04). We then spend the bulk of the show doing an in-depth review of Avengers: Endgame (15:35), to have something for everyone we start with a small spoiler free review, before deep diving into spoilers for a full review (22:10). Does the movie hold up to the hype and the insane amount of money it’s...


Ep. 56: Playstation 5 details; Ray Tracing tech; The Mandalorian; Halo TV Series; Game of Thrones

This week we discuss the Star Wars Live Action series The Mandalorian (start), and follow that with some (spoiler free) talk of the Game of Thrones season 8 premiere (9:00). Then some new talk and details about the upcoming TV series for The Witcher (13:30), and Halo (15:20). We then spend the last half of the show discussing the massive announcement from Sony about the Playstation 5 (24:00) and some of the insane specs they are boasting like ray tracing and 8K resolution support.


Ep. 55: Captain Marvel; Steam VR; Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order; Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker

This week we discuss Captain Marvel (start), the first solo female super hero movie from Marvel. Then some discussion on Steam VR (22:00), which is mostly speculation, but there are some leaks. Our featured segment Deadliest Character is back! This week we pit Captain Marvel against Rey from the Star Wars sequel trilogy (34:50). Wrapping things up, we got a couple huge announcements from the Star Wars celebration, a new single player game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (40:00); and finally we...


Ep. 54: Wolfenstein Youngblood and Borderlands 3 trailers; Bioware Anthem controversy; Joker trailer

Good news, everyone! We have new trailers for the upcoming Wolfenstein Youngblood (start), and Borderlands 3 (13:45). Do they look like they'll hold up to their high standards? What's going on with the Steam review bombing (21:20)? We then discuss the Bioware controversy surrounding Anthem development (34:30), the latest scandal in the tumultuous game industry. And wrap things up going over the newly released Joker movie trailer (53:30) that has some up in arms.


Ep. 53: Game Streaming announcements and console rumors; Bungie and Activision split; Gaming layoffs

This week we discuss the announcements of Google Stadia, Apple Arcade, and Project xCloud updates, as well as rumors of new consoles from Nintendo and Microsoft. We wrap things up talking about the messy divorce between Activision and Bungie, and the massive layoffs going on in the gaming industry.


Ep. 52: Red Dead Redemption 2; Blizzcon; Deadliest Character

This week, we discuss the monumental success of the release of Red Dead Redemption 2 and our review of the game (start). We then revisit our Featured Segment Deadliest Character, in which we pit Arthas from Warcraft vs. Tyreal from the Diablo universe (37:00). We wrap things up with an overview of the opening day of Blizzcon 2018, which had some big announcements with mixed results(44:00).


Ep. 51: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4; Fallout 76; Rockstar workplace controversy

This week, we discuss the newly released Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (start), and Fallout 76 the controversy caused by a Bethesda studio head right before the beta test (23:00). We then wrap things up with an in depth dive on the recent uproar centered on Rockstar Games and the treatment of the developers working on Red Dead Redemption 2 (42:15). Special guest, the long anticipated return of David.


Ep. 50: Forza: Horizon 4; Assassin’s Creed Odyssey; The Predator; Venom; Deadliest Character

This week we discuss the newly released games Forza: Horizon 4 (start), and Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey (0:21:00). We then give a review of the recently released movie, The Predator (0:49:30); And follow that up with an in depth review of newest MCU sensation Venom (1:08:20). That is then followed by a Deadliest Character segment in which we debate who would win in a fight between The Predator and Venom (1:40:00).


Ep. 49: Gamescom 2018; Madden 2019; Black Ops 4 beta; Deadliest Character

This week we discuss our favorite take aways from the latest gaming conference, Gamescom 2018. We then give a quick review of Mission Impossible: Fallout, followed by a Deadliest Character segment in which we debate who would win in a fight between Ethan Hunt and James Bond. And to finish the episode we discuss Madden NFL 2019 and the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Multiplayer Beta.


Ep. 48: Black Panther; Sea Of Thieves Beta; Shanghai Surprise

This week we take a deep dive discussing the global sensation Marvel's Black Panther. Along with that we discuss our experiences from the Sea Of Thieves Beta test. We also debut our new segment "Shanghai Surprise" which goes over the Netflix Original Series Stranger Things.


Ep. 47: 2017 "Best of" Awards; Deadliest Character

Looking back at the entire 2017 year, we go over the best and the worst that Video Games, Movies, and TV had to offer. Where did the controversial Mass Effect: Andromeda land? Also, in our latest Deadliest Character segment, we discuss who would win in a fight between Darth Maul and Kylo Ren from the Star Wars universe.


Ep. 46: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

This week we take a deep dive discussing the huge release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. With us to discuss this long anticipated event is our Special Guest, David. The Sith Lords converge at last...


Ep. 45: Call of Duty: WW2; Wolfenstein II; Deadliest Character; Assassins Creed: Origins

This holiday season saw the release of many highly anticipated triple-A games. We discuss some of favorites including Call of Duty: WW2, Wolfenstein II The New Colossus, and Assassin's Creed Origins. We also see the return of our segment Deadliest Character, where we discuss who would win in a fight between Bayek from Assassin's Creed or Hawkeye from The Avengers.


Ep. 44 - Forza 7 review; should games be easier?

Max gives his review of Forza Motorsport 7, we discuss Nintendo's latest attack on streamers, and there's a debate over whether or not games should be easier.


Ep. 43 - Movies tank this summer; next Bond; Call of Duty: WW2

This summer saw one of the worst slate of movies to release, along with a downturn in tickets sold to go along with it. What's going on? Plus, John and Mark talk Call of Duty: WW2


Ep. 42 - The Destiny 2 one

We spent almost the entire week play Destiny's time to talk about it.


Ep. 41 - Gamescom 2017; Gaming on a Budget; Big win for Fair Use

Gamescom 2017 wrapped up and we discuss some of the announcements made over the last week. Also, we debut our new budget gaming feature with a review of some almost or completely free games you should try.


Ep. 40: Punching Nazis; Deadliest Character; New GPUs

We discuss our favorite game to punch Nazis in, who would win in a fight between Indiana Jones and BJ from Castle Wolfenstein, and finish with a round-up of the latest GPUs.


Ep. 39: San Diego Comic-Con 2017; Playerunknown's Battlegrounds; Deadliest Character

On this week's episode we cover San Diego Comic-Con 2017 and all of the movie and video game goodness that was shown. We then spend some time going over the phenomenon that is Playerunknown's Battlegrounds, our experiences with it and upcoming changes. And finally, we debuted our new segment 'Deadliest Character' and this week we debated on who would win in a fight between Katniss Everdeen and a PUBG survivor. Be sure to cast your vote at...