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Checkpoint Chat is an invitation to an all new gaming conversation. Hosted by seasoned writers Alessandro Barbosa (Gamespot, Critical Hit) and Matthew Figueira (Critical Hit), indulge yourself in discussion about games being played right now, weekly news and conversations with you, a listener.
 
This is a show about videogames, The people who play them and the people who make them. Each week, a guest on the show talks about the games that have shaped their life in one way or another. Games that have inspired them, games that forged connections with others and games that have soothed wounds. Checkpoints!
 
A video game show, for gamers by gamers, hosted by Chris Dalisay, Patrick Romero, and Ryan Raymundo. We’re a video game based conversational podcast with a hint of comedy mixed in. The show is spent talking about what we’re currently playing, while also getting into the current events of the video game world. Towards the end, the podcast is capped off with the fan favorite Last Checkpoint debate, where Chris moderates a debate between Ryan and Patrick. Example debate topics include “Esports ...
 
What's good? I'm Kwat Medetgul-Ernar. I’m an MD-PhD student at Stanford University. I tell you about the fundamental concepts and the latest discoveries in medicine and informatics. Keeping up with the latest science is expensive, feels like work, and is boring. At Stanford, I get to (and have to) study new things continuously. So, I decided to simplify what I get to learn and share it with you in a chill way, using everyday language. I want to teach you things without making you feel like s ...
 
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This week on Checkpoint Chat the news has finally kicked into gear with announcements from the latest Nintendo Direct and BlizzCon 2021. Then the pair dive into Astral Chain, Sekiro, and even a touch of Minecraft. LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JuKVgScoMHioSlHotN3Vg See our official website: https://www.checkpoint…
 
In a special epilogue episode the tables are turned as I sit down with Violet Berlin and she interviews me about the games that shaped my own life. We talk about blind runs of Alex Kidd, Tony Hawks Pro Skater as teenage therapy, why death wouldn't stand a chance against my Science Genius Girl, why I always skip the cutscenes, how far I was willing …
 
This week on Checkpoint Chat, it's a toss up between challenging platform Blue Fire, a nostalgic return to Super Mario 3D World, and another deep-dive into Sekiro. Plus, we're on video now! LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JuKVgScoMHioSlHotN3Vg See our official website: https://www.checkpointchat.com/…
 
Consoles don’t really brag about bit ratings anymore. Growing up with games, the leaps between generations felt profound From 8 Bit to 16 Bit, to 32, to Nintendo 64! It was exciting. The last consoles to even mention it in their marketing were the Dreamcast and the Playstation 2. They were the 128 bit consoles. They were the end of an era. The same…
 
This week on Checkpoint Chat, things get weird and spooky with a deep dive of The Medium, Sandy tries a bunch of performance patches on PS5, and Matty just loves punishing himself with Celeste. LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JuKVgScoMHioSlHotN3Vg See our official website: https://www.checkpointchat.com/…
 
My guest today Julian 'Jaz' Rignall. A formative character in my life in games during his role as the editor for magazines like Mean Machines and CVG, Julian is the first guest I've spoken to on checkpoints that I did drawings of as a child. As well as reminiscing about the UK magazine scene of the eighties and nineties, we talk about growing up in…
 
This week on Checkpoint Chat, backlogs continue to be busted with discussions on Dishonored 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Yakuza 0, and more. Then, just what the hell is happening with GameStop?LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JuKVgScoMHioSlHotN3VgSee our official website: https://www.checkpointchat.com/…
 
My guest today is Chris Bell, a game designer with a remarkable CV that includes thatgamecompany's Journey and the upcoming Sky, What Remains of Edith Finch, Way and 12 Minutes. As well as being an incredible designer Chris is also filled with stories. We talk growing up in Boston playing games in the Pala, that time he kicked a TV off the wall emu…
 
Today I'm joined by Gabby DaRienzo and we have an incredibly lively and upbeat chat about death and video games. Gabby is the co-founder of Laundry Bear games. creator of the wonderful Mortician's Tale, and also the host of the Play Dead podcast where she speaks with fellow developers about death in video games. We each chat quite openly about our …
 
My guest today is Johnnemann Nordhagen - the creator of the incredible Where the Water Tastes Like Wine - and he has some wonderful stories to share. We talk spelling games in Colarado on an Apple IIe, learning to program in DOS, losing years in Discworld MUDs, how soothing Burnout Paradise can be and the genius of Kentucky Route Zero. We also hit …
 
My guest today is Ian Bogost, an award winning game designer and author of several books including Persuasive Games and Play Anything. He's also a contributing editor to the Atlantic magazine, the professor of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech and an incredibly engaging and articulate podcast guest. We talk about how geek culture has become can…
 
Checkpoint Chat is BACK and bursting at the seams to discuss all the holiday gaming goodness, including Ghost of Tsushima, Cyberpunk 2077, and, of course, more Bloodborne. Also, what happened to the Poggers dude? LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JuKVgScoMHioSlHotN3Vg See our official website: https://www.checkpointc…
 
My guests today are Ben Myres and Cukia ‘Sugar' Kimani, co-founders of South African based game studio Nyamakop, creators of the inventive 'Clay Doh' platformer Semblance. They are also excellent, inspiring company with an infectious passion for video games. We talk about their diverse paths to game development, from childhood where Ben assumed vid…
 
My guest today is one of my favourite streamers of one of my favourite games, Dane McCappin AKA Dane Hearthstone. I first noticed Dane when his incredibly inventive and creative Hearthstone decks became a regular on highlight reels like Trolden. and I've become a big fan of his videos. His laconic and relaxed style of streaming has gained him a ded…
 
Alexis Doyle is an MD student at the Stanford School of Medicine. Before starting medical school, she worked at the Mississippi State Department of Health on a maternal health project and completed graduate studies in Medical Anthropology and Public Policy as a Rhodes Scholar. Alexis attended the University of Notre Dame as an undergraduate, where …
 
My guest today is Iranian video game developer Mahdi Bahrami. Annoyingly young, Mahdi already has an incredible game under his belt with the release of Engare in 2017. A unique puzzle game inspired by Islamic art which also comes with a creation mode that reminds me of soothing afternoons of my youth spent making endless patterns with a spirograph.…
 
Benjamin Gibbs is a MD-PhD student at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He is currently working on his PhD in Pathology focusing on drug development for ovarian cancers. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BS in chemistry and a minor in physics. Benjamin has been researching cancer since 2012. He is passionate ab…
 
Samantha Scharenberg is a second year MD-PhD student at Stanford University. She did her undergraduate at Stanford. There, she studied lysosomal storage diseases at the laboratory of Dr Matthew Porteus (the legend). We talked about science and her research: lysosomal storage diseases; the use of genome-editing technologies, specifically CRISPR/Cas9…
 
This week on Checkpoint Chat it's all about PlayStation exclusives again with Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Demon's Souls all wrapped up. Then with the Game Awards on the horizon, which nominees are going to take home the Keighley gold? LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JuKVgScoMHioSlHotN3Vg See our official website:…
 
My guest today is Dr Mark Johnson. Mark is a man of many talents, he's currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta where he mainly focuses on the intersection of money and games, particularly in relation to eSports and pro streamers. He's also the co-host of Roguelike Radio, creator of the gam…
 
I'm very excited to welcome Richard Garriott to the show. Sometimes known as Lord British, Richard is a video game trailblazer. As the creator of Ultima he helped forge a new genre in games, and with Ultima Online invented a whole new one. His latest, Shroud of the Avatar, was released just a few weeks ago and continues this storied tradition. As o…
 
In this special episode of Checkpoint Chat, we speak to Michaela Bussey, a dedicated Animal Crossing New Horizons player who has carefully curated a collection of cat and dog villagers and designed her island beautifully around them. How tough is it getting the villagers you want, and how does the community help out? All that and more in this speci…
 
Santiago Enrique Sanchez is a Venezuelan second-year medical student and aspiring physician scientist at Stanford Medical School. He is an alumnus of the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied Plan II Honors and Biochemistry as a Health Science Scholar. He went on to do a Masters of Philosophy in Chemistry at Cambridge University under Pro…
 
This week on a fleet-free Checkpoint Chat, it's still the season of the PS5 as Matty waxes lyrical about Demon's Souls, Astro's Playroom, Spider-Man: Miles Morales and more. Sandy is just glad that thing is still quiet. LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JuKVgScoMHioSlHotN3Vg See our official website: https://www.chec…
 
Last month I recorded a special episode of Checkpoints live from the All Your Base festival in Nottingham. One of my guests was Paul Kilduff-Taylor who I ended up hanging about with a bunch over the weekend and we had a lovely time so I asked him back for a full episode. Wholesome af. Paul is one of the co-founders of mode7 games - creators of Froz…
 
Dr Justin Huang is an Institute Researcher in the Computational Biology group at MD Anderson Cancer Center's TRACTION Platform. His work focuses on bioinformatic infrastructure and computational analysis workflow development as well as computationally-aided discovery and translation of novel cancer targets. Dr Huang received his PhD in Bioinformati…
 
One of my favourite parts of doing this show is discovering the ways people played games in countries all around the world, In this special episode of the show I speak with a listener and linguistics lecturer Andrej Bjelaković about growing up with games in Belgrade, Serbia. Part of the former Yugoslavia, Serbia has had a tumultuos half century. Du…
 
This week on Checkpoint Chat it's all about Sony's PlayStation 5! Demon's Souls! Astro's Playroom! Cold War! No cold storage! It's all here on your primer for the big PS5 launch this November. LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JuKVgScoMHioSlHotN3Vg See our official website: https://www.checkpointchat.com/…
 
We will go over a paper titled: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: From Chronic Fatigue to More Specific Syndromes. I have read the paper, filtered out the noise, and kept the good points for you. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/kwat/support…
 
We will go over a paper titled: Analyzing the Mycobacterium tuberculosis immune response by T-cell receptor clustering with GLIPH2 and genome-wide antigen screening. I have read the paper, filtered out the noise, and kept the good points for you. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupp…
 
This week on Checkpoint Chat, Sandy and Matty grab their drinking horns and dive head-first into Assassin's Creed Valhalla. There's also ALL THE NEWS on PS5 and Xbox Series X reviews as launch day approaches. LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JuKVgScoMHioSlHotN3Vg See our official website: https://www.checkpointchat.…
 
We will go over a paper titled: Variation in the Human Immune System Is Largely Driven by Non-Heritable Influences. I have read the paper, filtered out the noise, and kept the good points for you. At the end, we will summarize the paper into few sentences. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.…
 
This week on Checkpoint Chat, Sandy grabs some fish 'n chips in Watch Dogs: Legion, Matty murders thousands of Bokoblins in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, and the pair discuss a busy week for Cyberpunk 2077 and PS5. LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JuKVgScoMHioSlHotN3Vg See our official website: https://www.check…
 
In this special episode of Checkpoint Chat, we speak to Jacky, an ultra-talented Animal Crossing New Horizons player who has designed a gorgeous Halloween-themed island. What sort of work goes into this? How welcoming has the South African community been? All that and more in this special interview! Thanks to Nintendo South Africa for sponsoring th…
 
We will go over a paper titled: Systems immunology: just getting started. I have read the paper, filtered out the noise, and kept the good points for you. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/kwat/support…
 
We will read a paper titled: A Prescription for Human Immunology. This is my first time reading this paper. Together, we read, summarize, and analyze few paragraphs at a time. Let's understand it. Let's identify its essence. Finally, in the end, let's try to capture the entire paper with only few sentences. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor…
 
My guest today is Zach Barth, founder of Zachtronics and creator of some of the best video games ever made, including Spacechem, Infinifactory and their latest, Opus Magnum. We talk about the surprising amount of instinct and chance that goes into designing a Zachtronics game, his love of play sets and miniatures but oddly his hatred of board games…
 
This week on Checkpoint Chat, Sandy is a hazardous wizard in spell-casting roguelite Noita, Matty rekindles his love for Super Mario Galaxy, and the pair discuss the big changes to the PlayStation 5's UI. LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JuKVgScoMHioSlHotN3Vg See our official website: https://www.checkpointchat.com/…
 
My guest today is James Ryan who - as part of his PhD at US Santa Cruz - has been working on some of the coolest and most exciting projects I’ve seen in years, and this chat made me incredibly excited about the future of games and could potentially change the future of writing. This is largely due to his Talk of the Town framework, which simulates …
 
This week in Checkpoint Chat, the Hades bug has bitten Matty as he hops between that and spooky multiplayer game Phasmophobia. Sandy explores the memories of the dead in I Am Dead, while the pair discuss just how THICC the PS5 is. LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JuKVgScoMHioSlHotN3Vg See our official website: https…
 
My guest today is Sarah Elmahleh. Sarah is an actor and voice over artist and has worked on a whole bunch of videogames including Gone Home, For Honor, Call of Duty, Pyre, Galak-Z and Final Fantasy 15. She was also the lead in the recent - and excellent - BBC Radio play Game Over written by Emily Short. (This is only available until the 29th of Jan…
 
This week on Checkpoint Chat, Matty gets wet with Super Mario Sunshine, Sandy has finally escaped hell in Hades, and the pair discuss the jarring change to Peter Parker in Marvel's Spider-Man. LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JuKVgScoMHioSlHotN3Vg See our official website: https://www.checkpointchat.com/…
 
My guest on today's episode is Devine Lu Linvega. How to begin describing Devine. In videogame terms he has created some wonderful games like Hivesaires, Donsol or the Proteus remix Purgateus. He currently lives with his girlfriend on a sail boat, where they run their floating studio 100rabbits. This interview was conducted while they docked in New…
 
This is a show about videogames, the people who play them and the people who make them. Each episode, a guest talks about the games that have shaped their life in one way or another. Games that have inspired them, games that have forged connections & games that have soothed wounds. Checkpoints! My guest on today's episode is Jim Rossignol. Jim spen…
 
This week on Checkpoint Chat, Matty is engrossed with Mario old and new, finishing Paper Mario: The Origami King and diving into Mario 64. Sandy is preoccupied with escaping Hell in Hades, and the pair discuss the HUGE news of Microsoft purchasing Bethesda. LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JuKVgScoMHioSlHotN3Vg See …
 
This week on Checkpoint Chat, Matthew teaches you how to lie with all of his experience in Among Us, while Sandy desperately tries to escape hell in Hades. Also, How aggressive is that PS5 pricing? Damn! LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8JuKVgScoMHioSlHotN3Vg See our official website: https://www.checkpointchat.com/…
 
This is a show about videogames, the people who play them and the people who make them. Each episode, a guest talks about the games that have shaped their life in one way or another. Games that have inspired them, games that have forged connections & games that have soothed wounds. Checkpoints! My guest today is Lisy Kane. Lisy is a speaker, curato…
 
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