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Big Head Mode is a weekly radio show on Sydney's 2RRR 88.5FM, where Ben O'Brien and various guest co-hosts discuss the latest gaming news, reviews, features, interviews and everything in between. Check out the website to get all the latest episodes, videos and details of 'Bonus Stage', a live video game talk show that's on every month at Sydney's Giant Dwarf Theatre.
 
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We live life ten minutes of a Star Trek episode at a time in The Captain Is Dead, then take a whimsical trip to Norway in Embracelet. Also, our thoughts on the latest Nintendo Direct and the questionable titles therein. Episode Timeline (0:23) - Intro/Nintendo Direct (26:49) - The Captain Is Dead (48:45) - Embracelet (1:01:26) - Outro…
 
Tonight on GeekNights, we review Inkle's 2019 game Heaven's Vault for Steam, Playstation, and Switch. It's unique, in a good way. In the news, Daft Punk ends, the Root Marauder Expansion is on Kickstarter, The Legend of Zelda is 35 years old, you've probably never actually heard the original Legend of Zelda theme, Civilization VI's barbarians just …
 
Randy gets deep into kaiju and cat costumes in the Super Mario 3D World spin-off, Bowser's Fury. Meanwhile, D.J. struggles to adjust to the Bravely Default II demo and wonders if everyone would quiet down if he just paid them lots of money. Episode Timeline (0:23) - Intro/Doug (10:01) - I'm not a whale (27:54) - Bowser’s Fury (51:59) - Bravely Defa…
 
We played games that answer two of the Metroidvaniaverse's biggest questions: Y can't Metroid throw a harpoon (Olija), and y can't Metroid be Spider-man (Mable and the Wood)? Also, Final Fantasy XIV heads to the moon in Endwalker. Episode Timeline: (0:23) - Intro/Star Wars (11:21) - Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker (31:12) - Olija (46:24) - Mable and t…
 
Tonight on GeekNights, we consider asynchronous play in games. It's an underserved niche in games that is especially relevant during the quarantine times. In the news, Counter-Strike is over 20 years old, hackers attacked CD Projekt Red (but at least they had backups), Battleborn is dead and gone, and Gearbox was purchased in the ever-increasing co…
 
Randy learns to cope with 1000 deaths in Pikmin 3 Deluxe. Meanwhile, D.J. plays Final Fantasy VII Remake and Bravely Default simultaneously and somehow still has time to see what the cast of Persona 5 is doing in Dragalia Lost. Episode Timeline (0:23) - Intro/Yakuza: Like a Dragon (9:59) - FFXIV announcement showcase announcement (15:42) - Dragalia…
 
We're braving the wild in Immortals Fenyx Rising, grinding through Yakuza: Like a Dragon's finale, and discovering just how much hunting is in the new Monster Hunter Rise. Episode Timeline (0:23) - Intro (3:47) - New music by Felikitty! (6:03) - Immortals Fenyx Rising (31:37) - Monster Hunter Rise (1:01:38) - Yakuza: Like a Dragon (1:11:44) - Outro…
 
Tonight on GeekNights, we review the latest (free-to-play) from Zachtronics with NERTS! Online. It's a live online implementation of the classic card game Nerts, and is worth your while. In the news, a Republican mob led by disgraced president Donald Trump stormed the capitol in an ongoing coup attempt. Twitch rightly removes the PogChamp emote aft…
 
With the finale of the World Of Assassination Trilogy on the horizon, we sit down to discuss our first impressions. We’ve spent hours with the game’s first two levels, Dubai and Dartmoor. We discuss the gameplay, spoiler-free opinions on the story’s premise, and what could be next for the series and IO Interactive. With Official PlayStation Magazin…
 
We take a look at the games that made it a little easier to stay home during the last 100 months of 2020. Episode Timeline (0:29) - Intro (4:06) - Animal Crossing: New Horizons (10:47) - 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim/Yakuza: Like a Dragon (13:50) - What the Golf? (18:12) - Spelunky 2 (21:27) - The Last Campfire (23:34) - The Last of Us Part II (25:40) - …
 
Tonight on GeekNights, we consider the decade to date in games and gaming. Tabletop games, role playing games, video games, console games, PC games: we are living in an explosive and amazing era of gaming. In the news, the Star Wars Squadrons patch made the game significantly more fun, Graveyard Keeper is all right, and the Overwatch winter brawls …
 
Tonight on GeekNights, we review the delightful Hypnospace Outlaw (2019). It's a true sendup to the early Internet, and is definitely worth playing. In the news, Cyberpunk 2077 had a rocky launch with, among other problems, egregious safety issues, worker exploitation, abysmal performance on previous-generation consoles, and more. A bunch of indie …
 
It's our biggest music show yet! Take a listen to our favorite tracks from 2020, including Spelunky 2, Paper Mario: The Origami King, 13 Sentinels, and, of course, Animal Crossing. Episode Timeline (1:58) - Intro/Drunktacular hype (6:48) - 13 Sentinels (19:18) - Ministry of Broadcast (25:16) - Paper Mario: The Origami King (32:04) - Spelunky 2 (43:…
 
We get deep into the first few hours of Yakuza: Like a Dragon as Randy tries to make sense of his first Yakuza game ever. Also, D.J. is unqualified to operate heavy machinery in Hardspace: Shipbreaker. Episode Timeline (0:29) - Intro (2:24) - Drunktacular hype (7:52) - Cyber Thanksgiving (11:49) - Yakuza: Like a Dragon (59:45) - Hardspace: Shipbrea…
 
Tonight on GeekNights, we consider what is likely now our favorite 18xx train game: 1817. If you have never played one of these before, you may want to check out our reviews of 1846: The Race for the Midwest or 1889: History of Shikoku Railways first. 1817 has short selling, acquisitions & mergers, and loans (with interest) that together serve to p…
 
Randy acquires a mysterious artifact that both tells the time and plays Super Mario Bros. Also, getting all London-y in Watch Dogs: Legion, and a deeper take on 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim. Episode Timeline (0:29) - Intro/Drunktacular hype (8:48) - 13 Sentinels (20:56) - Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. (41:11) - Watch Dogs: Legion (1:06:26) - Outro…
 
Nobody got a PS5 or Xbox but we're finally, FINALLY talking 'bout Bugsnax. Also, Sackboy: A Big Adventure, and, as always, Piffle. Episode Timeline (0:29) - Intro (5:12) - Extra Life update (6:54) - Drunktacular is coming (8:30) - Piffle (22:53) - Bugsnax (36:15) - Sackboy: A Big Adventure (57:02) - Obligatory next-gen console chat (1:00:58) - Outr…
 
Tonight on GeekNights, we review the Ricochet Half-Life mod from twenty years ago. It's still playable! And we're playing it semi-regularly again. We talked about it briefly as part of an ensemble show about Tron games back in 2009. In the news, thank you all for helping raise $4,006 for the Democrats in the Senate Runoff in Georgia, Hearthstone pl…
 
We're recovering from our Extra Life haze and trying to remember the games we played, including Among Us, We Were Here Too, Sea of Thieves, The Walking Fish 2, and Penko Park. Episode Timeline (0:29) - Intro/Extra Life (7:02) - Among Us (16:50) - Obligatory FFXIV/Animal Crossing chat (18:57) - Spelunky 2/Slay the Spire (22:49) - We Were Here Too (3…
 
Tonight on GeekNights, we review Among Us. It's a social deduction game, but with intrinsic mechanics and surprising depth. In the news, there are unconfirmed reports (now officially debunked) that PAX South has delayed to February 19-21 (which would still be too early to safely attend any convention), and Twitch is trying to milk more money from a…
 
[extremely Halloween voice] We played some spooOOoky games this week, like Home, Until Dawn, and the dreaded The Walking Fish. Also Pixel Puzzle Makeout League, which is not spooky at aAAAaaaLLLllllLL oOoOOoOOoooOooooooo Episode Timeline (0:29) - Intro (04:22) - Extra Life (08:23) - Spooky games (13:01) - Until Dawn (27:01) - The Walking Fish (36:1…
 
Randy casts spells indiscriminately in Ikenfell, then learns what happens when all the knights are on vacation in Micro RPG. Meanwhile, D.J. balances high school life and a kaiju invasion in 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim. Also, Final Fantasy XIV goes to war. Episode Timeline (0:29) - Intro (2:27) - Extra Life (08:45) - FFXIV: The Bozjan Southern Front (1…
 
Tonight on GeekNights, we review Star Wars: Squadrons. It's great. It lacks some polish, but the gameplay is sound, the game is solid, and it's almost definitely worth your while. In the news, online chess has a cheating problem, Golden Axed was the product of unethical crunch, and some people are having problems using their Quest 2 due to Facebook…
 
D.J. finds himself in over his head after playing Super Marios Sunshine, RPG, and 35. Meanwhile, Randy wonders how many wire puzzles it takes to fix a spaceship in Filament, then terrorizes his neighbor. Episode Timeline (0:29) - Intro/Crazy neighbor Randy (10:16) - Extra Life (14:06) - Super Mario Sunshine (21:18) - Super Mario RPG (32:42) - Super…
 
We're escaping the underworld in Hades, worrying about ravenous bears in The Long Dark, and chilling out with some relaxing Worm Jazz. Also, the secret to procuring an enormous amount of crushed clams. Episode Timeline (0:29) - Intro (9:17) - Animal Crossing: New Horizons (21:06) - Worm Jazz (28:09) - Hades (53:11) - The Long Dark (1:10:14) - Outro…
 
VGH REACTS!!!! to the PlayStation 5 price reveal!! Also: Rediscovering dying in Spelunky 2, losing our marbles in Skully, planet hopping in Super Mario Galaxy, and some brief thoughts on Final Fantasy XVI. Episode Timeline (0:29) - Intro/PlayStation 5 (8:33) - Final Fantasy XVI (24:22) - Spelunky 2 (50:18) - Skully (1:03:39) - Super Mario Galaxy (1…
 
Tonight on GeekNights, we are joined by Epidiah Ravachol to talk about his fantastic Wolfspell. The tabletop roleplaying game of adventurers who turn to wolf flesh to fulfill a knotted quest. First appearing in issue two of Worlds Without Master, Wolfspell has been reborn now in print as the liner notes of a trifold album cover and illustrated in g…
 
Randy begins his new life as an ember in search of The Last Campfire. Meanwhile, D.J. wraps up chapters 2 and 3 of Tell Me Why, then makes poor time management choices in Moon: Remix RPG Adventure. Episode Timeline (0:29) - Intro (4:15) - 2020, 9th ascension (11:58) - The Last Campfire (30:44) - Tell Me Why, chapters 2 and 3 (51:44) - Moon: Remix R…
 
Put your headphones on for our latest game music playlist—featuring the breezy sounds of fall, Super Mario 3D All-Stars, NieR: Automata, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles, and more! Episode Timeline (3:53) - Intro (5:41) - Fall Playlist (13:26) - Super Mario 3D All-Stars (23:08) - NieR: Automata unMixed (36:49) - Chip Tanaka (52:22) - Listener Selec…
 
Tonight on GeekNights, we consider Logitech G's Playmaster software, a training program to master Counter-Strike skills. Like, actually learn those spray patterns. This is a major step in the maturity model of e-sports. In the news, MAGFest is canceled, Djokovic is a bad boy, Hyrule Warriors has a Breath of the Wild version coming, and 8BitDo has a…
 
We're revisiting mysterious memories in Dontnod's Tell Me Why and trying to figure out absolutely anything about Manifold Garden. Also, Randy finishes a game, and D.J. doesn't play the new Final Fantasy. Episode Timeline (0:29) - Intro (11:05) - Animal Crossing: New Horizons (18:07) - Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles (31:21) - What is Nintendo doin…
 
Heads will be mouth as Randy guides a terrifying tentacle beast to freedom in Carrion. Meanwhile, D.J. learns about the surprising responsibilities of a Norwegian dairy farmer in Milkmaid of the Milky Way. Also, a brief discussion of sentient watermelons. Episode Timeline (0:29) - Intro (5:45) - The cutthroat melon market of Final Fantasy XIV (17:0…
 
We're making mushroomy new friends in Paper Mario: The Origami King and learning to pick ourselves up again... and again... and again, in Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout. Also, a Joy Con mishap puts Randy's entire Animal Crossing island in jeopardy. Episode Timeline (0:29) - Intro (5:14) - Randy’s Joy Con ordeal (24:19) - 2020 vs. Final Fantasy XIV (3…
 
Tonight on GeekNights, we consider how to be to be good at Modern Art, a Knizia tabletop bidding game we're particularly fond of. In the news, the New York Rangers have the first overall draft pick, Fall Guys is full of cheaters, Dire Wolf Digital is bringing some sort of Dune deckbuilding worker placement game, Luigi's endowment informs us on Bows…
 
This year's Backlog Attack concludes with Wolfenstein: Youngblood and a deep dive back to Super Mario RPG. Also, gettin' roguish in RogueJack, and we announce the winner of the Backlog Attack contest! Episode Timeline (0:29) - Intro (5:55) - RogueJack (24:44) - Wolfenstein: Youngblood (43:24) - Super Mario RPG (1:05:41) - Backlog Contest (1:11:11) …
 
The Backlog Attack continues as we revisit the Gamecube maybe-classic Killer7 and explore the true meaning of Knights and Bikes. Also, a whimsical detour into Yarntown. Episode Timeline (0:29) - Intro (5:00) - Knights and Bikes (24:12) - Killer 7 (45:17) - Yarntown (53:33) - Viewer Mail/Backlog Contest (1:02:49) - Outro…
 
Tonight on GeekNights, we consider exercise games like Ring Fit Adventure, Dance Dance Revolution, and Super Team Games. Also those arm wrestling arcade cabinets. (Don't break your arm). Games where the game plays the player and not the other way around. In the news, join us for some train games at 18xx.games, the Nintendo Gigaleak is a fascinating…
 
Randy finds himself face-to-face with 100 billion more guns in Borderlands 3. Meanwhile, D.J. sacrifices 100 billion gallons of blood (probably) in the hopes of becoming a Bloodborne expert. Also: The Muppets play Shin Megami Tensei, or something. Episode Timeline (0:29) - Intro (16:14) - Bloodborne (42:10) - Borderlands 3 (1:03:19) - Backlog Conte…
 
We get a fresh, new perspective on being cooped up at home in Catlateral Damage. Also, the Backlog Attack continues with Thimbleweed Park and some musings on classic adventure games, plus some good, old-fashioned B&E in Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Episode Timeline (0:29) - Intro (09:20) - Catlateral Damage (21:49) - Thimbleweed Park (43:33) - Deus E…
 
Tonight on GeekNights, we consider the humble act of modding gaming consoles. From video-output mods to the Playstation "backup" chips to enhanced GBAs, it's a golden (and possibly final) age for the hobby. In the news, Rym's still using his ancient phone, Microsoft Flight Simulator is returning in August (get your HOTAS ready for this and Star War…
 
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