Episode 228: Into the MAG 2020

It’s the start of a fresh new year, and that means there’s only one thing to do! That’s right, it’s time to go In. To. The. MAG.

We’re poding at MAG for a special one-night-only event. Dylan and Nelson are joined by Video Game Book Club host Michael Macasiano, here to talk about trading morals for superpowers, eclectic arcade games, and videogamesareawful.com.

Games include Heave Ho, Circumnavigators, Hercules, F-Zero AX, Sonic Championship, Tetris: The Grand Master 3 – Terror‑Instinct, and Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward.

Episode 227: Guest Games Played 2019

2019 — what a year. A year of ups, a year of downs, but most importantly, a year of new friendships.

Before we close the book on this year and this decade, we wanted to take one more episode to ask our guests from the past twelve months if they wanted to come on to talk about the games that meant the most to them.

Thanks to Ruthie Edwards, Harris Foster, Sarah Elmaleh, Dante Douglas, and Ben Wander for sharing their favorite gaming experiences from the past year, and thanks to everyone that joined us on the Wardcast in 2019!

Games include Baba is You, A Short Hike, Death Stranding, Ring Fit Adventure, Halo: Reach, Eliza, and Dicey Dungeons.

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Episode 226: The Honorables 2019, Lower Bracket

This is it: we’ve bickered and bartered our way through the upper bracket, with only Untitled Goose Game coming out unscathed, but once more through the gauntlet we must stride to determine… The Honorables!

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Episode 225: The Honorables 2019, Upper Bracket

We’ve gone to bat for the games we felt the strongest towards in Best Games Played. Some secured their place in our vaulted list, but others, unfortunately, did not.

You may think that would be the end of their story, but you’d be wrong. Some games will have a second chance at redemption, here in The Honorables, our double elimination honorable mentions bracket! Join us as we reexamine games that didn’t quite make it to the top ten as well as others that we’ve played on our travels throughout the year.

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Episode 224: Best Games Played 2019

It all comes down to this: four people enter a room with gleams in their eyes and hopes in their heart, only for it to be stricken away — it’s time once again for the Best Games Played!

As in previous years, we ask all the hosts to bring up to ten games that meant the most to them this past year. They don’t have to have been released in the past twelve months because, hey, sometimes you don’t have the chance to get to every new game release.

So listen in as we choose the best, the brightest, and the boldest games we played in 2019.

Awards include Most Reverent, Quickest Revolution, Most Uplifting, Sexiest Style & Substance, Richest Shared Experience, Dreamiest Past, Greatest Culmination, Loveliest Follow-up, Grandest Epic, and Beefiest Invitation.

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Episode 223: The Road to BGP 2019, Part 5

Our road trip is coming to an end. As we come into the final stretch, we do a little mop up on some gaming we’ve yet to mention. Namely: some platform fighting, some emotive Tetris, some info about how GGPO rollback works, some time on a derelict ship, and more!

Games include Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Tetris Effect, Return of the Obra Dinn, Brawl Stars, Grindstone, Guildings, Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm, Death Stranding, and The Outer Worlds.

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Episode 222: Hidden Gems of PAX Unplugged

We take a break from our Best Games Played discussions to take a brief voyage to the City of Brotherly Love, where PAX Unplugged resides! Dylan and Alex are joined by Victoria Caña and Adriel Wilson to showcase a lovely selection of tabletop experiences from the convention. You can follow along with the panel slides here.

From the panel description:

“The Schuylkill and the Delaware run thick with dice, cards, and other assorted game pieces, which can only mean one thing: PAX Unplugged is upon us! Are you in search of a new game to suit your fancy? Maybe you’d like to play something you’ve never seen before? If this sounds like you, then be sure to join us at Hidden Gems, where we curate the finest tabletop goods from across the show that you must check out before the weekend is done.”

Games include Calico, Sento: Ultimate Arcade Fighter, Team3, Noctiluca, Blockbuster: The Game, Aftermath, Fantastic Factories, A Fake Artist Goes to New York, Startups, Complicated Board Game: The Card Game, KLASK, Cascadia, Action Pups!, and 7th Night.

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Episode 221: The Road to BGP 2019, Part 4

We’re just straight vibin’ over here, while Nelson runs down the games that struck his fancy in 2019. Listen in as we explore some of the sexiest experiences this year, from visual novels to racing games to punk rock apocalypses.

Games include The Arcana, Forza Horizon 4, Oxenfree, Sunset Overdrive, Apex Legends, Devil May Cry 5, Afterparty, and Dragon Ball FighterZ.

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Episode 220: The Road to BGP 2019, Part 3

Another week, another part of the Road to BGP gets assembled. This time, it’s Joe’s turn to regale us with his chosen list. But first, a brief mention of a dishonorable mention followed by tales of wartorn kingdoms, evil light gun games, yet another soulsborne discussion, and the current state of Mario Party.

Games include Mordhau, Fire Emblem: Heroes, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, Duck Season, Warhammer: Vermintide 2, Divinity: Original Sin 2, Legends of Runeterra, Magic: The Gathering Arena, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Mortal Kombat 11, Super Mario Party, and Hades.

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