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Game journalist and Giant Bomb co-founder Jeff Gerstmann joins the panel to cover The Wheelman, phone phreaking, and Super Sushi Pinball. Questions this week: Rachel Weil asks: What are you favorite hidden gem video game reviews? (03:20) What does Frank have to report on his two-week absence to save video games? (09:20) What’s going on with the vid…
 
Artist and FEMICOM founder Rachel Weil alongside gamedev Lotte May join the panel to cover the Bally Astrocade, Jaffe’s favorite isekai, and Amethyst Princess of Gemworld. Questions this week: What’s the deal with the Steam Deck? (03:44) How does femininity best express itself in video games? (08:10) How can we translate the appeal of mahou shoujo …
 
Writer, game designer, and professor Ian Bogost joins the panel along with Kotaku and Insert Credit regular Ash Parrish to cover Hairizon Zero Dawn, Gex vs. Bubsy, and Sonic Actually Being Back. Original music by Kurt Feldman, including the all new Violence Island theme! Questions this week: From Liz Ryerson: What’s your favorite romhack? (06:04) W…
 
Happy Canada Day! To celebrate, Brandon and Frank (American) along with writer, designer and Insert Credit regular Mathew Kumar (Scottish) and legendary game designer Bennett Foddy (Australian) determine the greatest British video games of all time. Original music by Kurt Feldman. The List, in order of discussion: Sonic R (05:51) Lemmings (09:02) P…
 
Musician, writer, and Insert Credit regular Liz Ryerson returns to cover lawyer angels, Charles Martinet’s infidelity, and Le Console. Questions this week: Kelsey Lewin asks: What’s the recipe for the worst way to play Super Mario Bros.? (03:42) Has a spiritual sequel to a game ever surpassed it? (08:58) How would you commemorate a series 30th anni…
 
Co-director of the Video Game History Foundation Kelsey Lewin joins the panel to discuss how weird the letter 7 is, the WonderSwan, and Metallica covers of Barney songs. Original music by Kurt Feldman. Questions this week: Brandon Sheffield asks: What is the best video game console nobody actually plays? (03:56) What would be the best way for a dis…
 
Questions this week: From Frank Cifaldi: What’s up with E3? (03:47) How is the Korean video game industry different from other parts of the industry? (09:45) What are the biggest headaches in the world of video game translation and localization? (14:38) What’s the ugliest video game hardware you’ve ever seen? (19:42) What video game eggs would make…
 
Questions this week: From Brandon Sheffield: How would you run a cafe-arcade hybrid, and what would you call it? (03:10) How would video games be different if Microsoft bought Nintendo twenty years ago? (10:33) What factors decide whether a video game should be first person view or third person view? (15:02) What historical video game hardware brea…
 
Washington Post Video Games Reporter Gene Park joins the panel to cover 3D growing pains, Magic: the Gathering card theft, and the return to that mountain of murder, Violence Island. Questions this week: From Mathew Kumar: What’s your “ol’ trusty” game peripheral? (03:34) Which franchise presented the more exciting future this week: Dragon Quest or…
 
With our regular host recovering from vaccination, Riot Games’ Alex Jaffe steps in along with Insert Credit correspondent Mathew Kumar to dig into our Dirtbag of Patreon subscriber submitted questions. (Content warning: conversation takes a pretty morbid turn in question 5. Also it's a Mathew Kumar episode, so there is some swearing.) Questions thi…
 
Translator and media critic Kazuma Hashimoto joins the panel to cover zabbing bloboids, the three hundred and twenty six pathways of Shadow the Hedgehog, and The Masked Tuber. Questions this week: Liz Ryerson asks: What’s the hot new genre of video game in the year 2050? (06:11) Is there a spectrum of quality for pachislot games? (11:02) What defin…
 
Liz Ryerson triumphantly joins the panel to cover DDR dance pads, Batman games, and Burger Time Royale with Cheese. Questions this week: What are we learning about the video game industry from the Apple v. Epic court case? (03:52) What would be an interesting game series to play a Shuffler of? (09:04) Is there something you’ve wanted to see video g…
 
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