Episode 210: Digi-games

We know this is predominantly a video game-focused podcast, but what if… what if we didn’t talk about video games? What if we talked about board games instead?

Well, we tried that, but ended up slipping back into our old digi-game ways, talking about the best acquire-them-all franchises; how to properly secure, contain, and protect in Control; and discover the real leading man of our hearts.

Games include Complicated Board Game: The Card Game; Someone Has Died; Trust Me, I’m Psychic; Trogdor!! The Board Game; Secret Hitler; Control; Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age; Astral Chain; Pokémon Masters; and Tetris Effect.

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Episode 209: Weeb U

We start off the show by pouring ourselves a little bit of the bubbly as we settle a score concerning some Smashers, welcome the return of Kyle Katarn, and discover what abandoned Wii U games are coming to Switch.

For the episode’s second half, we cover the past few difficult weeks in games – content warning for topics of sexual assault, abuse, and suicide – as we discuss Nathalie Lawhead’s blog post outing their abuser, kicking off a series of allegations against others across the games industry.

If you need someone to talk to about an experience with sexual assault or abuse, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or visit online.rainn.org. If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, text START to the Crisis Text Line at 741741, or go to the International Association for Suicide Prevention to find a list of hotlines by country.

Episode 208: The Smash Ultimate Prediction Pool

There’s two more DLC characters yet to be announced for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but who could they possibly be? Goku? James Bond? Maybe ♥♪!? – the artist formerly known as Geno?

Using a combination of tea leaves, industry insight, and good ol’ blind faith, we’ll try our best to guess who the last two fighters will be. Follow along as we draw the odds on who will fill those remaining slots, from a possible fourth Capcom representative to… Travis Touchdown?

Games include Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Street Fighter V.

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Episode 207: Hidden Gems of PAX West II

Hidden Gems returns with Dylan Ilvento, Dante Douglas, Kevin Snow, and Mike Williams in the Emerald City to talk about what goodies PAX has to offer, from some crankin’ games to some typing games and more, follow along with the panel slides here.

From the panel description:

“You’ve entered the hallowed halls of PAX, and you’re on the hunt for any secrets and surprises that lie in wait. Are you in need of some helpful guides to highlight what you need to see before the show is done? If so, there are none better than your friends at Hidden Gems! Join us as we combine our knowledge of the games industry to bring to you a handpicked assortment of games and experiences that you’ll want to see while you’re here.”

Games include Crankin’s Time Travel Adventure, Star Renegades, Foregone, If Found…, Witchstone, Bravery Network Online, Carrion, Phantom Brigade, Chicory: A Colorful Tale, Touch Type Tale, Plunge, Mutazione, Wooden Nickel, and Kine.

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Episode 206: Drown Me, Kojima

We’re relieved to hear that new footage of Death Stranding streamed last week at Gamescom. News has flowed forth from Germany, trickling in new details about the game’s various mechanics. We’re glad this didn’t leak ahead of time, or it might have whizzed by us while we were otherwise preoccupied.

Games include Grand Theft Auto Online, Grand Theft Auto III, and Warhammer: Vermintide 2.

Episode 205: Tigon

We have to escape to the one place that hasn’t been corrupted by television: space!

If we’re flying out to the void above, we might as well embrace everything in this wild and wacky future: biopunk mods, subscription services, megacorps, and possibly – maybe – a better Steam client?

Games include Arkham Horror: The Card Game, Divinity: Original Sin II, Sunset Overdrive, Metro Exodus, Void Bastards, Forza Horizon 4, Cadence of Hyrule, Brawl Stars, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Oxenfree, Magic: The Gathering Arena, Teppenm, Dicey Dungeons, and Grand Theft Auto III.

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Episode 204: In This House We Play Overwatch

This week, we’re joined by Joseph Knoop, host of The 1099 and weekend web producer at IGN.

We check in on the good ship 1099 since the last time we had a member of her crew on while also discussing the changing landscape of games media, the continuous fallout from the E3 doxxing, and the return of politicians blaming video games for making people violent in the wake of two mass shootings.

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