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Video games: They’re serious business! Except when they’re not serious at all. Each week on Triple Click, video game experts Kirk Hamilton, Maddy Myers, and Jason Schreier journey into the fascinating world of games. They’ll explore hot topics in video game news and culture, answer burning listener questions, debate the pros and cons of the biggest new games, and replay old classics together.

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Grand Theft Auto VI And Video Game Leaks
00:57:45

It's one of the biggest leaks in video game history: Over the weekend, a hacker released dozens of video clips from Rockstar's unreleased (and technically unannounced) game Grand Theft Auto VI. Jason, Maddy, and Kirk talk about the leak, the nature of reporting on situations like this, and the morality of leaks in general. Plus: the story of TheRealInsider, an insider who was not, in fact, real.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Maddy: The Zachtronics Solitaire Collection

Jason: Return to Monkey Island

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Sep 22, 2022
Triple Play: Papers, Please
01:07:51

Kirk, Maddy, and Jason grab their passports and get ready for a trip to Arztotska, the setting of Lucas Pope's brilliant 2013 game Papers, Please, which just came out for phones. They talk about the game's brilliant design, the moral questions it poses, and what it's ultimately trying to say. Who would've thought that being a border inspector could be so fun?

One More Thing: 

Kirk: The Rehearsal

Maddy: Not Okay (2022)

Jason: Long snappers

Links:

The famous “Aaron Burr” Milk commercial from 1993: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znGJf1ZKnTU

The Papers, Please theme by Lucas Pope

Caitlin Dickenson’s 2022 Atlantic expose on the U.S. child separation policy: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2022/09/trump-administration-family-separation-policy-immigration/670604/

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Sep 15, 2022
Triple Read: Tomorrow, And Tomorrow, And Tomorrow
01:10:11

Jason, Maddy, and Kirk pull out their reading glasses for the very first Triple Read! This week, they discuss the brilliant novel Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin, a decades-sprawling book about the epic journey of a boy and a girl from childhood friends to hit video game developers. The gang dives into the book's themes, its twists and turns, and all the fictional video games that make Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow such a joy to read. Plus: a tribute to our dear friend Mike Fahey.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Immortality 

Maddy: Nope (2022)

Jason: Who is Maud Dixon? By Alexandra Andrews

Links:

In memory of Mike Fahey: https://kotaku.com/mike-fahey-kotaku-eulogy-obituary-senior-reporter-1849501728

A GoFundMe for Mike’s family: https://www.gofundme.com/f/fahey-family-fund

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Sep 08, 2022
Playing Games At The Wrong Time
01:01:21

Who would our dream interview be? What's a "game as a service"? And have you ever played a video game at the wrong time? This week we open up the listener mailbag and take some of YOUR questions on all sorts of topics. Plus: why Kirk and Maddy are replaying the same games over and over and over and...

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Persona 5 Royal

Maddy: Assassin’s Creed Origins

Jason: The Rehearsal

Links:

Featuring excerpts from “Crossing the Hill” by Hitoshi Sakimoto from FF Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift, and “The Ideal and the Real” by Shoji Megoro from Persona 5 Royal

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Sep 01, 2022
Triple Play: Cult of the Lamb
00:59:01

Kirk, Maddy, and Jason put on their Lamb Pope hats and check out Cult of the Lamb, a new video game that's part Hades, part Animal Crossing, and 100% gruesome animal cult. They talk about scooping up poop, sacrificing their followers and why Cult of the Lamb should've maybe been a little more like a real cult.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Paper Girls 

Maddy: A League of Their Own (TV series)

Jason: Daredevil (2015 show)

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Aug 25, 2022
What Makes a Good Superhero Game?
01:03:29

This week, the Triple Click gang dives into the world of superhero video games. What makes for a good (and bad) superhero game? Why are Batman and Spider-Man such good protagonists for games? And hey, come to think of it, aren't all video games pretty much about superheroes? Plus: a special surprise!

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Alone

Maddy: MultiVersus

Jason: Better Call Saul

Links:

Tom Bissell on Batman: Arkham City: https://grantland.com/features/batman-arkham-city/

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Aug 18, 2022
GTA 6, Assassin's Creed, and More Summer News
01:01:35

It's time for a NEWS BREAK! Kirk, Jason, and Maddy go through this summer's big stories, from Grand Theft Auto maker Rockstar changing its ways to Ubisoft falling apart to the wave of unionization hitting the games industry. Plus: delays, delays, and more delays!

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Prey (2022)

Maddy: Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered (PC)

Jason: The Quarry

Links:

Axios story about Blizzard’s new legal strategy: https://www.axios.com/2022/08/01/bungie-destiny-lawsuits-cheaters-harassers

NYT story about Amazon employees unionizing: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/02/business/amazon-union-christian-smalls.html

Maddy’s review of Spider-Man Remastered on PC: https://www.polygon.com/reviews/2022/8/10/23298573/spider-man-remastered-pc-review-steam-deck-cops-police-nypd-portrayal

Kirk’s article about that lovely Spider-Man text message scene: https://kotaku.com/spider-man-s-text-message-scene-is-perfect-1829449521

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Aug 11, 2022
What's The Deal With: Xenoblade Chronicles?
00:58:24

Xenogears? Xenosaga? Xenoblade? Just what is the deal with all of these Xeno-games? In honor of the recent release of Xenoblade Chronicles 3 for the Switch, Jason walks Kirk and Maddy through the long-running JRPG pseudo-series, from giant robots to anime swords.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Stray

Maddy: Misery (1990)

Jason: Live A Live

Links:

Jason’s Kotaku review of Xenoblade Chronicles 2: https://kotaku.com/xenoblade-chronicles-2-the-kotaku-review-1820903229

Autumn Wright’s Polygon review of Xenoblade Chronicles 3: https://www.polygon.com/reviews/23278797/xenoblade-chronicles-3-review-release-date-nintendo-switch-monolith-soft-hero-classes

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Aug 04, 2022
Beanscast: Squid Game & Battle(s) Royale
01:05:03

The Triple Click triad takes on Battle Royale - which means they’re spilling the beans on the notorious 2000 film, as well as The Hunger Games, Danganronpa, and Netflix’s recent series Squid Game.

CW: More murder than usual, brief discussion of suicide.

Note: This bonus episode originally ran in early December 2021.

An interesting Inverse feature on some of the film’s stars 20 years later: https://www.inverse.com/entertainment/battle-royale-20-year-anniversary

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*It will be Maddy.

Jul 28, 2022
Oregon Trail, Carmen Sandiego, And Other 'Edutainment'
01:05:18

(Rockapella voice) Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego? This week, the Triple Click gang straps on their magnifying glasses and tries to track down the infamous criminal as well as other "edutainment" games, from Oregon Trail to Number Munchers. What made those old games so special? Can "educational" games ever really work? And what's up with all that dysentery?

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Social Media

Maddy: Dante’s Inferno (2010)

Jason: The West Wing

Links:

Excerpts From: “Isle Thing” by Weird Al Yankovich from UHF, 1989; “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego” by Rockapella, 1991; “Theme from The West Wing” by W.G. Snuffy Walden, 1999

Box Art for Where In The World, Where in the USA, and Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?

The LGR Retrospective review of Where In Time Is Carmen Sandiego (1989) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ln64lo9l5g

Jason on the Get Played podcast talking about Mario is Missing: https://www.earwolf.com/episode/super-mayrio-mario-is-missing-with-jason-schreier/

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Jul 21, 2022
What's The Deal With: Monkey Island?
00:58:00

What exactly is "Monkey Island" and why is it so popular? This week, the Triple Click gang revisits the old point-and-click adventure series in preparation for the newly announced Return to Monkey Island, which will be out later this year. They talk about the ups and downs of Monkey Island, the incredible music, and how it reinvigorated the genre by showing the world that adventure games do not, in fact, need to kill you.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Michael Clayton

Maddy: Steam Deck

Jason: Steve Jackson’s Sorcery

Links:

Kirk’s arrangement of Michael Land’s Monkey Island theme: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zf7VQiu1MGo

Tracy Lien - No Girls Allowed https://www.polygon.com/features/2013/12/2/5143856/no-girls-allowed

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Jul 14, 2022
Triple Play: Citizen Sleeper
00:58:43

Kirk, Jason, and Maddy dig into Citizen Sleeper, one of this year's, uh, sleeper hits. Set in a dystopian future full of corporations and depression, Citizen Sleeper is sort of a cross between a visual novel and a life simulation game. The gang talks about escaping digital poverty, the game's unique aesthetic style, and what it'd really be like to have your consciousness implanted into a robot body.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

Maddy: Patricia Wants To Cuddle by Samantha Allen

Jason: God of War (2018)

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Jul 07, 2022
What If You Could Just Turn Off The Microtransactions?
01:03:13

This week, the Triple Click gang opens up the mailbag and takes some of YOUR questions about all sorts of fun things.  Wouldn't it be nice if games let you turn off all the microtransactions? What's it like revisiting old games with a modern eye? And what are our favorite board games (aside from Candyland)???

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Players 

Maddy: Neon White

Jason: Craps

Links:

BitCulture’s remix of Maddy’s song “Bad Feeling” (feat. Kirk on sax) - https://maddymyers.bandcamp.com/track/bad-feeling-bitculture-remix-feat-kirk-hamilton

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Jun 30, 2022
Story vs. Gameplay
01:01:46

Story or gameplay... WHO WINS? This week, the Triple Click gang dives into an age-old debate and discusses the tension between action and narrative in video games. What does a "video game story" actually mean? What's more important, story or gameplay? And does it even really matter?

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Vampire Survivors 

Maddy: First Kill

Jason: AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES - nirvanA Initiative

Links:

Clint Hocking’s “Ludonarrative Dissonance in BioShock” - https://clicknothing.typepad.com/click_nothing/2007/10/ludonarrative-d.html

Hocking’s 2011 GDC talk “Dynamics: State of the Art” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=St2fE049ULI

Kirk’s “Gameplay and Story are Exactly like Music and Lyrics” - https://kotaku.com/gameplay-and-story-are-exactly-like-music-and-lyrics-5885432

Stephen Payne’s excellent Dicebreaker article about ancient role-playing and strategy games: https://www.dicebreaker.com/categories/roleplaying-game/feature/dnd-influences-roleplaying-games-centuries

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Jun 23, 2022
The Good And Bad Of "Not E3" 2022
01:01:15

E3 is here... or at least it would be, if it hadn't been canceled in January. So instead we have this: a smattering of haphazard events all loosely taking place in June, except for the ones coming later. This week, Jason, Kirk, and Maddy try to untangle Not E3 2022 and talk about the highlights (and lowlights) so far, from Starfield to Silksong.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Josh Strife Hays’ Diablo loot video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o17lBUZgjTs

Maddy: Venom: Let There Be Carnage

Jason: How I Became A Famous Novelist (by Steve Hely)

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Jun 16, 2022
Diablo Immortal and Video Game Loot
01:00:25

Maddy, Kirk, and Jason are playing Blizzard's new game Diablo Immortal and wondering... what about this is fun? Is it really all that appealing to keep collecting shiny things and watching our bars go up? From there they start wondering about loot in video games. What is it about items that get players so excited? What makes a good loot system? A bad one? And is Diablo inherently corrupt?

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

Maddy: Moon Knight

Jason: The Quarry

Links:

Maddy’s article about Diablo Immortal: https://www.polygon.com/23152323/diablo-immortal-mobile-free-to-play-microtransactions-addictive

Nu-Splitscreen’s interview with David Brevik and Erich Schafer: https://kotaku.com/why-video-game-loot-is-so-addictive-according-to-the-c-1846695147

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Jun 09, 2022
What's The Deal With: Overwatch? (with Nico Deyo)
01:03:36

How did Overwatch become such a phenomenon? Why have hardcore players stuck with it (or failed to) over the last few years? And what's up with Overwatch 2? The Triple Click gang brings on Overwatch expert Nico Deyo to help guide us through Blizzard's wonderful world of costumed vigilantes and super-intelligent gorillas.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Tango

Maddy: Misery by Stephen King

Jason: The Flight Attendant

Links:

Nico Deyo and Tyler Colp’s Overwatch feature for Vice Games: https://www.vice.com/en/article/g5gvaj/how-overwatch-lost-then-found-again-i

Excerpts from “Alma de Bohemio” by Roberto Firpo, performed by Alex Krebs’ Tango Sextet and “Tango por una Cabeza” by Carlos Gardell, performed by Katica Illényi & Budapest Strings

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Jun 02, 2022
Triple Play: Suikoden II (Part 2)
01:00:28

Maddy, Jason, and Kirk get themselves a castle, go on missions abroad, and finally face down the vicious Luca Blight. In the second part of this Suikoden II playthrough, the gang talks about how their feelings have changed since the first chunk of the game, how the game's awful localization impacts the story, and how that epic fight played out.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: D&D - Eberron: Rising from the Last War

Maddy: Heartstopper

Jason: The G-Word with Adam Conover

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May 26, 2022
What Makes Horror Games Scary?
01:03:10

BOO! To celebrate Spooky Spring, Jason, Maddy, and Kirk dive into some of their favorite horror games and talk about what makes a video game scary. How does interactivity enhance horror? What's the difference between "dread" and "panic"? And are controls sometimes meant to be terrible?

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Persona 4 Golden/Persona 5 Royal

Maddy: Elden Ring

Jason: Eternal Threads

Links:

Maddy talks with Dead Space 2 director Wright Bagwell about the infamous eyeball scene: https://www.polygon.com/interviews/2020/10/4/21498961/dead-space-2-director-eye-poke-needle-scene-horror-wright-bagwell-interview

Kirk’s take on horror doors: https://kotaku.com/the-horror-of-video-game-doors-1819921161

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May 19, 2022
Why Do Video Games Leak?
01:01:06

It's time for another episode of BURNING QUESTIONS!!! Jason, Kirk, and Maddy open up the mailbag and take some listener questions on all sorts of things. Why do video games leak? What are some one-of-a-kind video games we'd like to see more of? And what's the deal with video game strategy guides?

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Stanley Parable Ultra Deluxe (Venom)

Maddy: What’s Up, Doc? (1972)

Jason: Disrupting the Game (Reggie Fils-Aime)

Links:

Jason interviews a strategy guide writer: https://kotaku.com/how-final-fantasy-ixs-strategy-guide-turned-out-so-horr-1834809621

Jason interviews Reggie: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/newsletters/2022-05-06/ex-nintendo-president-fils-aim-talks-book-and-mother-3-video-game

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May 12, 2022
Video Game Controllers
00:59:05

Jason, Kirk, and Maddy talk about the most important tool in any video game player's arsenal: the controller! From fight sticks to Wiimotes to the Steam Deck, controllers have a lot to offer. This week, the gang goes back in time to talk about the best, the worst, and the just plain weird.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Switch Sports

Maddy: Better Call Saul

Jason: Barry

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May 05, 2022
Rage-Quitting Video Games
00:57:52

Ever throw a controller at the wall? Kick your computer in half? This week the Triple Click gang talks rage-quitting -- bailing from a video game in a state of heightened irritation. From competitive multiplayer to Souls to good old poker, Kirk, Maddy, and Jason talk about what brings out the anger and even share some of their own experiences rage-quitting games.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Divinity Original Sin 2

Maddy: My Dress-Up Darling

Jason: Abbott Elementary

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Apr 28, 2022
Triple Play: Tunic
01:01:37

Maddy, Jason, and Kirk talk about one of this year's hit indie games, Tunic, a Zelda-like adventure filled with mystery and cute foxes. But does it live up to the hype? Or is the bouncy combat too frustrating to make Tunic quite the gem that Triple Click hoped it would be?

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Advanced Steam Deck (or, more like StReam Deck)

Maddy: Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Jason: Better Call Saul

Links:

Excerpt from the Tunic soundtrack by Lifeformed x Janice Kwan: https://lifeformed.bandcamp.com/album/tunic-original-game-soundtrack

Moonlight PC Streaming: https://moonlight-stream.org

Chiaki PlayStation Remote Play: https://sr.ht/~thestr4ng3r/chiaki/

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Apr 21, 2022
The 100th Episode Extravaganza
01:05:18

It's the 100th episode! Kirk, Maddy, and Jason celebrate the big milestone with some talk about the past and future of video games, then play some fun games, revisiting two years worth of Triple Plays and competing in some glorious One More Thing trivia! Thank you to all the listeners who have allowed us to make so many episodes of this wonderful show.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Steam Deck

Maddy: Norco

Jason: Nobody Saves The World

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Apr 14, 2022
The Music of The Legend of Zelda [Strong Songs]
00:56:33

Few video game series have a musical tradition as rich as The Legend of Zelda.

This bonus cross-post from Kirk's music podcast Strong Songs takes a deep dive into the musical legacy of Nintendo's legendary adventure series. From Zelda's Lullabye to Epona's Song to the Great Fairy Fountain and Dragon Roost Island, Kirk unravels some of his favorite Zelda music and explores how Nintendo's composers keep weaving them back together into beautiful new patterns.

Written by: Main themes by Koji Kondo, with additional compositions by Kenta Nagata (Wind Waker), Manaka Kataoka, Yasuaki Iwata, and Hajime Wakai (Breath of the Wild)

Featuring music from: The Legend of Zelda (1986), A Link to the Past (1991), Ocarina of Time (1998), Wind Waker (2002), Skyward Sword (2011), A Link Between Worlds (2013), and Breath of the Wild (2017)

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Apr 11, 2022
Secrets In Video Games
00:57:23

Whip out your metal detector and start combing the desert — it's time to talk about secrets. Jason, Kirk, and Maddy talk about the hunt for secrets in two recent video games, Elden Ring and Tunic, and some of their favorite secrets in modern times. And in true Triple Click fashion, they can't help but come up with some taxonomical categories.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Our Flag Means Death

Maddy: Tunic

Jason: The Dropout

Links:

Jason and Kirk’s old podcast about the Secret Hunters of Destiny: https://open.spotify.com/episode/0HMm97rD7D6eIxdF9N6cFc

Ed Fries’ conversation with Ron Milner about the easter egg he added to 1977’s Starship 1: https://edfries.wordpress.com/2017/03/22/chasing-the-first-arcade-easter-egg/

Apr 07, 2022
The Many Kinds Of Boss Fights
01:03:03

What's your favorite video game boss fight? Kirk, Maddy, and Jason break down all the options with a brand new taxonomy of bosses, from The Preview to The Gimmick to The Final Exam. They talk about some of the most memorable boss fights in gaming history, like Metal Gear Solid 3's The End and Metroid's Ridley, then dissect what makes each one unique.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Elden Ring’s Story

Maddy: The Afterparty

Jason: Triangle Strategy

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BOSS TYPES

The Preview - An early fight against a boss you won’t fight again until later. 

  • Variation: The Hunter Preview, see below

The Roadblock - A difficulty spike boss that stops many people from playing the game entirely.

  • Variation: The Skill-Check, a boss that’s hard on purpose to make sure you’re leveled up enough, aka Margit, Hornet. 
  • Variation II: The Sidestreet Roadblock, where it’s the hardest boss in the game but it’s optional

The Gimmick - A boss fight that’s actually just a puzzle. You can possibly beat them straight-up, but there’s some trick that makes things easier. 

The Setpiece - A fight that’s really more of a long interactive cutscene with occasional combat 

  • Variation: The Giant - A Setpiece boss who is way bigger than you to the point that you can’t engage them with ordinary gameplay - you have to either focus on their feet or do platforming to get to their head

The Hunter - A boss fight where you have to hide from the boss, i.e. a stealth boss fight. 

  • Variation: The Hunter Preview - An unkillable version of the boss hunts you, but ultimately you wind up fighting it

The Final Exam - A boss that requires you to combine every skill/item/ability/party member you have to that point to beat them 

  • Variation: The Teambuilding Exercise - a Final Exam boss that cannot be beaten by a single person, aka an MMO raid boss 
  • Variation II: The Duel - No weapons, no abilities, just fists (Liquid vs Snake in MGS4 - the opposite of the Final Exam)

The Pair - Oh no there are two bosses! 

  • Variation: The Mob - there are lots of enemies - common to From games, e.g. Renalla phase one or those old dudes in DS3, Watcher Knights in Hollow Knight

The Spitting Image - Surprise, the boss is you! (The mirror self in Control, the Mimic Tear, Shadow Link, Dark Samus)

The Unfriendly Friend - The (often final) boss turns out to be someone you’ve been talking with. 

The Saga - A boss fight with multiple phases that keeps going and going. First you fight Sephiroth, then Safer Sephiroth, then…

Mar 31, 2022
Is It A Good Idea To Buy Video Game Stocks?
01:00:36

Kirk, Jason, and Maddy open up the mailbag and answer some of YOUR questions about why they stopped playing Destiny, what games they use to relax, and whether it's a good idea to buy the stocks of video game companies. As always, these are real questions from our listeners. You can reach us with your own questions at tripleclick@maximumfun.org

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Elden Ring

Maddy: Kimi (2022)

Jason: Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin

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Mar 24, 2022
What's The Deal With: Grand Theft Auto V
01:01:05

Grand Theft Auto V is one of the most lucrative games of all time. Why??? Kirk, Jason, and Maddy aren't really sure, but at least they can tell you all about Rockstar's hit action shooting game. The gang talks about 2013 nihilism, the innovations that GTA V brought to the open-world party, and how crime doesn't pay... except when it does.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Turning Red

Maddy: Horizon Forbidden West

Jason: Triangle Strategy

Links:

Ukraine support:  https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2022/03/02/opinion/ukraine-charity-donation-guide.html

Cass Marshall’s Polygon article about the GTA Online Motorcycle HOA: https://www.polygon.com/22787651/gta-online-roleplay-new-day-black-lotus-motorcycle-club-mirror-park-hoa

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Mar 17, 2022
Triple Play: Elden Ring
01:20:09

You may have heard: Elden Ring is out. And the Triple Click crew has been playing it — for a combined 200+ hours. Kirk, Jason, and Maddy put on their Burger King wizard hats and take a trip to The Lands Between, where they're collecting Great Runes and trying not to fall off cliffs. They talk about the vast scope of the game, the brilliance of player notes, how to avoid burnout, the rewards of exploration, and oh so much more.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Carrie & Salem’s Lot

Maddy: Alias

Jason: Inventing Anna / Tinder Swindler

Links:

Iron Pineapple on Elden Ring: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fg_hveDzzvo

Mossbag’s Hollow Knight lore explainer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XDiWYFGGqY

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Mar 10, 2022
Elden Ring and Open-World Games
00:57:13

This year has seen the release of three great open-world games: Dying Light 2, Horizon Forbidden West, and Elden Ring. What do they all have in common? And what do they all do differently? This week, Kirk shares his new taxonomy for open worlds in video games and the Triple Click crew figures out what they like most in an open world.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Public Defenders

Maddy: Elden Ring

Jason: Steam Deck

Links:

Steven Lumpkin's Twitter thread: https://twitter.com/Silent0siris/status/1498408412555747333

Maddy’s articles about getting into Elden Ring: https://www.polygon.com/22948213/should-i-play-elden-ring-dark-souls-fromsoft-easy-hard and parkour in Dying Light 2: https://www.polygon.com/22941196/dying-light-2-stay-human-climbing-parkour-techland

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ECOTAG: Kirk’s Open-World Personality Test

Video game open worlds can be broadly thought of according to three metrics: Emergent vs. Controlled, Opaque vs.Transparent, and Aesthetic vs. Gamey. IMPORTANT: These are gradients, not on/off switches, and they’re for categorizing the open worlds, not the games as a whole.

EMERGENT→ CONTROLLED (How dynamic/simulated is the open world?)

OPAQUE → TRANSPARENT (How mysterious is the open world?)

AESTHETIC → GAMEY  (How involved is movement through the open world?)

SOME EXAMPLES

  • Dying Light 2 = ETG (Emergent, Transparent, Gamey)
  • Horizon Forbidden West = CTA (Controlled, Transparent, Aesthetic)
  • Elden Ring = COA (Controlled, Opaque, Aesthetic)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 = EOA (Emergent, Opaque, Aesthetic)
  • Outer Wilds = COG (Controlled, Opaque, Gamey (Jason convinced me))
  • Gravity Rush: CTG 
  • Cyberpunk 2077:CTA (people expected more of an ETA or EOA)
  • Subnautica: EOG
  • Skyrim: EOA
  • Forza Horizon 5: CTG 
  • Divinity Original Sin 2: COA
  • Sunset Overdrive: CTG 
  • Ghost of Tsushima = CTA
  • BOTW = EOG
  • GTAV = EOA
  • Assassin’s Creed = CTG (becoming more CTA lately)
  • Ghost recon = CTA
  • Minecraft = EOG
Mar 03, 2022
Triple Play: Horizon Forbidden West
00:59:41

Robot... dinosaurs!!! Kirk, Jason, and Maddy take out their best bows and prepare to go on a hunt for big machines in Horizon Forbidden West, a new open-world game for the PlayStation that rules. They talk about how things have (and haven't) changed from the first game, the big, beautiful world, and the good and bad of Forbidden West's story.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: ELDEN RING

Maddy: Peacemaker

Jason: ELDEN RING

Links:

Horizon Forbidden West score by Joris de Man, Niels van der Leest & Oleksa Lozowchuk

“Do You Wanna Taste It?” by Wig Wam from Non Stop Rock ‘n Roll, 2010

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Feb 24, 2022
Triple Play: Suikoden II
00:58:55

And now, for Jason's dream episode: the gang plays Suikoden II! Kirk and Maddy give their impressions of the first 25% of the classic JRPG, from the very beginning through getting your very own castle. Do they love it as much as Jason? (No.) The three of them talk about the relationship between Riou and Jowy, the parts of the game that feel clunky in 2022, and what it's like to recruit all those characters. Plus: Dracula!

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Horizon Forbidden West

Maddy: Murderville

Jason: Also Horizon Forbidden West

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Feb 17, 2022
What Makes a Great Video Game Hero?
01:00:03

From silent protagonists to badass students, there are all sorts of protagonists in the world of video games. Let's talk about them! Jason, Maddy, and Kirk list their favorite heroes, then break down all of the archetypes, from the Chosen One to the Determined Daughter (subcategory: Queer Millennial Edition). From Mario to Kratos, we've got'em all.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Station Eleven

Maddy: The official Dark Souls TTRPG

Jason: Arrested Development

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Feb 10, 2022
Triple Play: Dying Light 2
00:57:40

Light: it's dying! This week, the Triple Click gang plays through Dying Light 2: Stay Human, a new game in which you jump between buildings and smash zombies in the head. They talk about the game's slick parkour system, the silly writing, and the drab visuals. Plus: the one and only... Aiden.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Roasting Coffee

Maddy: West Side Story (2021)

Jason: The Thursday Murder Club (Richard Osman)

Links:

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Feb 03, 2022
What's The Deal With: Uncharted?
01:01:26

Maddy, Kirk, and Jason take a few minutes to react to last week's megaton announcement that Microsoft is buying Activision Blizzard, then prepare for the new Uncharted collection on PS5 by diving into the iconic adventure series. What's the deal with Nathan Drake falling on every platform he sees? Are the first two games better than the next two? And are Uncharted 4 and Lost Legacy worth playing today?

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Dan Olson’s video on NFTs

Maddy: First Reformed

Jason: The craziest football weekend of all time

Links:

“Drake’s Theme” by Greg Edmonson from Uncharted 3 

“Line Goes Up: The Problem with NFTs” by Dan Olson at Folding Ideas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQ_xWvX1n9g&t=2344s

Paris Hilton and Jimmy Fallon talking about NFT apes: https://twitter.com/etienneshrdlu/status/1485956332989693953

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Jan 27, 2022
Will Ready Player One Ever Be Real?
00:59:44

Will the metaverse of Ready Player One ever exist in our world? Has a bad ending ever ruined a video game? And just how does one get into Monster Hunter? This week, Jason, Kirk, and Maddy open up the listener mailbag and answer some of YOUR questions on all sorts of things.

(Note: We recorded this episode BEFORE Tuesday's bombshell news that Microsoft is buying Activision!)

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Free Guy

Maddy: Death Note

Jason: Don’t Look Up

Links:

Tips for Suikoden II: https://kotaku.com/tips-for-playing-suikoden-and-suikoden-ii-1670446047

Polygon’s honestly very good (no bias) tips for Monster Hunter Rise: https://www.polygon.com/monster-hunter-rise-guide/22348967/weapons-armor-wirebug-wyvern-riding-best-controller-beginners-tips-tricks

MH: Rise Longsword tutorial by Arekkz Gaming, whose MH videos are all excellent: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jscDTUOHdw&t=2s

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Jan 20, 2022
Take-Two Buys Zynga, E3 Dies, and Ken Levine Struggles
00:58:41

The year's only started but it's already full of GAMING NEWS! Join Jason, Maddy, and Kirk for a breakdown of this year's biggest headlines: Take-Two buying Zynga, E3 essentially dying, and the trials and tribulations of BioShock director Ken Levine. Plus: a cool new mystery show and the return of Jason's NFL stories!

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Only Murders in the Building

Maddy: Homestuck Made This World

Jason: Chargers vs. Raiders

Links:

Jason’s report on Ken Levine’s Ghost Story Games: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-01-03/bioshock-creator-s-next-game-and-its-narrative-legos-in-turmoil

The two-hour Sarah Z Homestuck video that Kirk watched: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohFyOjfcLWQ&t=1518s

Music from Only Murders in the Building, composed by Siddhartha Khosla

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Jan 13, 2022
Our Predictions For 2022
01:06:11

It's time! Kirk, Jason, and Maddy revisit their predictions for 2021, determine who won the big bet (and what game they'll all play this year), and then lay down some predictions for 2022.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: The Frustration of Wanting to Play Cyberpunk 2077

Maddy: Wordle

Jason: Final Fantasy XIV

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Jan 06, 2022
Our Favorite Games of 2021
00:58:23

As we all say farewell (and good riddance) to 2021, it's time to go through the BEST games of the year!!! Kirk, Maddy, and Jason each break down their ten (or more) favorites, from Metroid Dread to The Great Ace Attorney.

KIRK'S LIST:

  • Returnal
  • Hitman 3
  • Deathloop
  • Inscryption
  • Wildermyth
  • Halo Infinite
  • Death’s Door
  • Metroid Dread
  • Psychonauts 2
  • Monster Hunter Rise
  • Subnautica: Below Zero
  • Outer Wilds: Echoes of the Eye

MADDY'S LIST:

  • Metroid Dread
  • Chicory: A Colorful Tale
  • Psychonauts 2
  • Wildermyth
  • Halo Infinite
  • Unpacking
  • Outer Wilds: Echoes of the Eye
  • FF7 Remake Intergrade
  • Overboard!
  • Inscryption

[Honorable Mention: Deathloop, Get in the car loser]

JASON'S LIST:

  • Overboard!
  • The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles
  • Psychonauts 2
  • The Forgotten City
  • Metroid Dread
  • Bravely Default 2
  • Tales of Arise
  • Deathloop
  • The House in Fata Morgana
  • Outer Wilds: Echoes of the Eye

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Yellowjackets

Maddy: Dark Souls

Jason: Hawkeye

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Dec 30, 2021
Beanscast: Half-Life 2, Episodes, and Alyx
01:03:11

The Triple Click Trio discuss the entirety of the Half-Life story so far. 

Back in September, Maddy, Jason, and Kirk recorded a spoilercast about the entirety of Half-Life 2. Here in December, they're taking this week off for the holidays, so they decided to drop this bonus episode in the feed. As always, if you'd like to become a Maximum Fun member and get many more bonus episodes like this one, go to maximumfun.org/join.

Original show notes follow. Hope you all are having a happy holiday!

SHOW NOTES

Jason and Maddy have finished both episodes of Half-Life 2, so they sit down with Kirk to talk through the entire City17 saga, from the inbound train, to the outbound train, to the rocket ship. They then talk some about the “Epistle Three” that might have been, and what the ending of 2020’s Half-Life Alyx says about the possible future of the series.

LINKS:

"Epistle Three" by Half-Life 2 writer Marc Laidlaw: https://www.marclaidlaw.com/epistle-3/

The ending of Half-Life Alyx (start at 12 minutes): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVzEiVcVq3Y

Hunter Sound Effects via: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDqhw04BjWc

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Dec 23, 2021
Triple Play: Halo Infinite
00:59:46

It's Halo time! Maddy, Kirk, and Jason dive into Halo Infinite, the new game from Microsoft and 343 Industries. They talk about the story (bleh) and the grappling hook (yesssss) then get into the game's rocky development, the very fun open world, and the truth behind Cortana. Plus: Succession season 3 talk!

One More Thing: 

Kirk: The Matrix Awakens

Maddy: Succession

Jason: The Game Awards

Links:

Digital Foundry on what makes The Matrix Awakens technologically remarkable: https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-2021-inside-the-matrix-awakens-previewing-the-future-of-gaming-graphics

Emily VanDerwerff (Vox) on Succession: https://www.vox.com/culture/22831645/succession-finale-season-3-recap-review-all-the-bells-say-kendall-roman-shiv-tom

...and Tom Ley (Defector): https://defector.com/logan-roy-is-an-american/

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Dec 16, 2021
What's The Deal With: The Game Awards?
01:00:04

It's the most trailer-filled time of the year, when Santa Keighley slides down our internet-chimneys to hastily deliver some awards in between ads for upcoming games. Jason, Maddy, and Kirk go over the history of The Game Awards, discuss the controversies surrounding this year's event, and of course, gripe about the games they wish had gotten more nominations. 

Or any at all.

Because Wildermyth didn't get a single nomination.

I KNOW RIGHT

One More Thing:

Kirk: Unpacking
Maddy: Halo Infinite
Jason: Three Identical Strangers 

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Dec 09, 2021
What's The Deal With: Danganronpa?
00:58:22

Come join Maddy, Kirk, and Jason for a battle to the death staged by a foul-mouthed, adorable talking bear. That's right — it's time to talk Danganronpa. What's the deal with this popular series of killing games? Why is it so popular? And what do you have to know ahead of the Switch release this week?

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Arcane

Maddy: Last Podcast on the Left’s six-part JFK assassination series

Jason: Final Fantasy V

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Dec 02, 2021
Activision, NFTs, and Other Gaming News
01:01:39

Happy Thanksgiving! If you're celebrating, grab yourself a turkey drumstick and listen to Kirk, Maddy, and Jason talk gaming news. From the ongoing Activision Blizzard crisis to the inexplicable rise of NFTs, it sure has been a weird fall in the video game world. This week, the gang talks about those and other big headlines, like the new consoles and the supply chain mess.

One More Thing: 

Kirk:  Metal Gear Solid V

Maddy: Chicory

Jason: Baba Is You

Links:

Kirk talking Death Stranding on the podcast How Did This Get Played?: https://www.earwolf.com/episode/death-stranding-directors-cut-with-kirk-hamilton/

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Nov 25, 2021
Activision Blizzard and Guardians of the Galaxy
01:00:54

Maddy, Kirk, and Jason go over this week's explosive Activision Blizzard allegations, then talk about the new Marvel game from Eidos Montreal, Guardians of the Galaxy. What works and doesn't work? Are the rough edges too distracting? And are we all suffering from Marvel fatigue?

One More Thing: 

Kirk:  Beverly Hills Cop 2

Maddy: Nancy Drew: Mystery at Magnolia Gardens

Jason: Elden Ring

Links:

WSJ Article on Activision: https://www.wsj.com/articles/activision-videogames-bobby-kotick-sexual-misconduct-allegations-11637075680

Iron Pineapple’s Elden Ring impressions: ​​https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzFR5HsPcng

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Nov 18, 2021
Skyrim Turns Ten
01:00:11

 

Dovahkiin!!! Skyrim is now officially ten years old, because we are all ancient and slowly turning into dust. Jason, Kirk, and Maddy celebrate the big day by revisiting one of the most influential games of all time. They talk about how Skyrim feels to play today, all of the games it has influenced, and what makes it such a special experience.

One More Thing: 

Kirk:  Death Stranding Ziplines/infrastructure/‘breaking’ a game

Maddy: Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

Jason: Your Honor

Links:

Jason’s 2011 Wired Skyrim Preview: https://www.wired.com/2011/10/skyrim-hands-on/

Maddy’s 2011 Phoenix Skyrim Review: https://web.archive.org/web/20160211194214/https://thephoenix.com/Boston/recroom/130611-elder-scrolls-v-skyrim/

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Nov 11, 2021
What's The Deal With: Spiritual Successors?
00:54:58

Ever play a game that feels a whole lot like an older game? What's the DEAL with that? This week, Jason, Maddy, and Kirk talk about spiritual successors, from Bloodstained (Castlevania) to Mighty No. 9 (Mega Man) and oh so much more. What are the different kinds of spiritual successors? Why are they so common in games? And why is Jason so excited for Eiyuden Chronicles??

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Inscryption 

Maddy: Unpacking 

Jason: Guardians of the Galaxy

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Nov 04, 2021
Is The Video Game Review System Broken?
00:52:43

Why do video game reviews often feel rushed? What's the deal with drug trips in video games? And what are some good JRPGs for beginners? This week, Jason, Kirk, and Maddy answer some of YOUR Burning Questions on all that and more.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Death Stranding Director’s Cut

Maddy: Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

Jason: ElecHead

Links:

Mega64’s Uncharted 3 Drug Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPubpR6-V-g&ab_channel=Mega64

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Oct 28, 2021
Triple Play: Metroid Dread
00:55:50

A new Metroid game is here, and by golly, it rules. Maddy, Jason, and Kirk put on their Varian Suits and take a deep dive into Samus Aran's latest adventure, Metroid Dread, which came out earlier this month for Nintendo Switch. They talk about the game's relentless pacing, the brilliant controls, and the endless stream of power-ups. They discuss the marauding EMMIs, the difficulty, and the meticulous design of each level. Metroid Dread: it's a good video game.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Back 4 Blood

Maddy: Freaky (2021)

Jason: Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Links:

Maddy’s Metroid Lore Explainer: https://www.polygon.com/22715304/metroid-dread-fusion-recap-story-lore-samus-aran-chozo

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Oct 21, 2021
A Beginner's Guide to Video Games
01:03:41

What's a video game? Let's explain! On this very special episode of Triple Click, produced as part of Maximum Fun's Block Party, hosts Kirk Hamilton, Jason Schreier, and Maddy Myers give you a beginner's guide to gaming: the good, the bad, and the pixelated. First, a few definitions of what a "video game" actually is. Then, some recommendations for games you should play if you're just getting started. And finally, our regular bonus segment, One More Thing.

SIX GAMES FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE NEW TO VIDEO GAMES

Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Picross, Breath of the Wild, Return of the Obra Dinn, 80 Days, INSIDE

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Wildermyth

Maddy: Back 4 Blood

Jason: Switch OLED

Links:

Cameron Kunzelman’s review of Wildermyth: https://www.polygon.com/reviews/22638600/wildermyth-review-pc-proc-gen-worldwalker-games-strategy-mac-linux

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Oct 14, 2021
Diablo Through The Ages
01:03:26

Why is Diablo one of the best-selling series of all time? Just what makes Blizzard's action-RPGs so devilishly appealing? Kirk, Maddy, and Jason break down the iconic franchise and talk about why it's good -- and why it might be pretty bad. They talk about the addictive properties of loot hunting, how the games have evolved over the years, and whether there's really room in their lives for Diablo 4.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Far Cry 6

Maddy: Metroid Dread

Jason: Squid Game

Links:

Diego Arguello’s review of Far Cry 6 for Polygon: https://www.polygon.com/reviews/22711610/far-cry-6-review-ps5-xbox-series-x-pc-ps4-xbox-one

Squid Game subtitles: https://twitter.com/fwong/status/1444549630499254283

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Oct 07, 2021
Triple Play: Deathloop
00:56:07

It's time for a Triple Play! Jason, Maddy, and Kirk have all played a whole lot of Deathloop, the time-twisting new game from Arkane. They break down what they like and don't like about the game, diving into its unique structure, disappointing ending, and truly delightful little details.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Hunt a Killer - Death at the Dive Bar

Maddy: Bullshit Jobs by David Graeber

Jason: Outer Wilds: Echoes of the Eye

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Sep 30, 2021
We Love a Good Villain
00:58:10

Villains: we all hate'em, but what would video games be without them? This week, Kirk, Jason, and Maddy try to figure out what makes a good bad guy. From Deathloop's Julianna to Final Fantasy VII's Sephiroth, antagonists can be brilliant and memorable. But why do we love to hate them? What makes them so fiendishly appealing? And just what is the deal with Kefka?

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Golf Club Wasteland

Maddy: Get In The Car, Loser!

Jason: Eastward

Jason’s Five Rules for a Good Video Game Villain:

1. They have a good motivation

2. They’re way stronger than the protagonist

3. They have a personal connectin to the protagonist

4. They have a striking look

5. They or their actions are present throughout the game

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Sep 23, 2021
What's The Deal With: Metroid?
01:01:06

What's the deal with Metroid? To answer that question, we must turn to series expert Maddy Myers, who explains to Kirk and Jason just what a Metroid is and why it matters. What's the lore behind Samus's baby? What's up with those Chozo? And what do we all need to know before heading into this October's much-anticipated new game Metroid Dread?

One More Thing: 

Kirk: The U.S. Open

Maddy: You Should See The Other Guy (podcast)

Jason: Deathloop

Links:

An explanation of Medvedev’s U.S. Open victory “emote”: https://kotaku.com/us-open-tennis-champion-does-video-game-celebration-aft-1847662401

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Sep 16, 2021
Super Turbo Remake Plus
01:00:34

What makes a remake worth playing? When should developers go back and change a game, and how much should they change? This week, the Triple Click crew tries to figure out when remakes work, when they don't work, and why. Plus: Kirk unveils his grand spectrum of Remakes, Remasters, and the Super Turbo Remake Plus.

Kirk’s Remake Spectrum*:

  • Re-release (The original game, playable on new hardware)
  • Remaster (visually enhanced version of the same game, same tech, etc.)
  • Remaster Plus (A visual remaster that makes some changes to the gameplay - e.g. Skyward Sword, ME Trilogy)
  • Remake (New engine/tech and new visuals, but makes a point of keeping the gameplay the same. E.g. SotC, Demon’s Souls, Diablo 2 Resurrected)
  • Remake Plus (New engine and actual new gameplay/mechanics/etc. E.g. Black Mesa, Tomb Raider Anniversary)
  • Reimagined Remake (Uses the original as a template to make major changes, e.g. Resident Evil 2 & 3 Remake)
  • Super Turbo Remake Plus (There is only one of these and it is Final Fantasy VII Remake)
  • Sequel or Reboot 

*Note that these are stops along a continuous spectrum and not a series of discrete categorizations. Many games fall somewhere in between categories.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: The White Lotus Reloaded

Maddy: Dark Souls

Jason: The Forgotten City

Links:

 Mat Bradley-Tschirgi on why Final Fantasy shouldn’t be modernized: https://www.polygon.com/22648602/final-fantasy-original-ff1-retro-gaming-classic-pixel-version-steam-square-enix

Mike White’s New York interview about The White Lotus: https://www.vulture.com/article/the-white-lotus-finale-mike-white-interview-departures-ending.html

Slate’s Working podcast interview with White Lotus composer Cristobal Tapia de Veer:
https://slate.com/podcasts/working/2021/08/white-lotus-composer-cristobal-tapia-de-veer

Twenty Thousand Hertz episode about the Dies Irae (feat. Kirk): https://www.20k.org/episodes/diesirae

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Sep 09, 2021
Triple Play: Psychonauts 2
00:55:10

Maddy, Jason, and Kirk delve into each other's brains to talk about Psychonauts 2, one of the best games of the year so far. They talk about the delightful writing, the clever level design, and the emotional moments. They also talk about Double Fine, the maker of Psychonauts 2, and its long, turbulent history as a game developer. 

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Ghost of Tsushima - game pairing & ac comparison 

Maddy: Dickinson

Jason: 12 Minutes

Links:

The Double Fine Adventure! Documentary, Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVwg-9WL3dE

Kotaku’s Renata Price on 12 Minutes: https://kotaku.com/twelve-minutes-might-have-the-worst-video-game-ending-o-1847540262

Kirk’s 2011 (!!) article about game pairings, complete with extremely 2011-era photoshop top art https://kotaku.com/like-rich-wine-and-sharp-cheese-some-games-just-go-wel-5862022

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Sep 02, 2021
That 'Magic Moment' in a New Game
00:52:08

The Triple Click Trio opens up the mailbag and answer your most burning questions. 

This time around we've got questions about in-game morality, ferreting out the truth when reporting, our favorite moments in a new game, silent Nintendo protagonists, and whether Kirk records a new version of that "bing" sound every time he makes it.

ONE MORE THING
Kirk: Ghost of Tsushima
Maddy: Boyfriend Dungeon
Jason: White Lotus 

Links:

Bill Hemstapat’s very cool blog post about the process of arranging and recording the Ghost of Tsushima soundtrack: https://billhemstapat.com/ghost-arrangers-diary

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Aug 26, 2021
Triple Play: Half-Life 2
00:58:29

It's finally time: Jason, Maddy, and Kirk pick up their gravity guns and move around some cardboard boxes so they can climb into Half-Life 2. The gang talks about the pros and cons of Valve's classic shooter, how the game holds up in 2021, the G-Man, the graphics, the setpieces, the nauseating vehicles, and oh so much more!

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Reservation Dogs

Maddy: Leverage: Redemption

Jason: Fantasian

Links:

The Wikipedia entry on hitscan: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hitscan

Half-LIfe 2 Combine Radio Chatter collection by RescoeZ: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SindqGenIhk

Kali Simmons’ recaps of Reservation Dogs: https://www.vulture.com/article/reservation-dogs-series-premiere-recap-season-1-episode-1-fckin-rez-dogs.html

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Aug 19, 2021
What's the Deal With: The Metaverse?
00:58:38

Metaverse! Everyone's talking about it. Every company wants a piece of it. But just what the heck is it? This week, Jason, Maddy, and Kirk try to figure out what the deal is with the Metaverse... and can't even agree themselves on what it really means. From Fortnite to Facebook, come along on a wild ride through movie crossovers and alternate realities.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Schmigadoon!

Maddy: The Suicide Squad

Jason: New Teeth (Simon Rich)

Links:

GameMaster Anthony Message Board Post:  https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/events/gamemasteranthonys-birthday

Space Jam: A New Legacy runs on video game logic, in every way,” by Cameron Kunzelman

Ralph Breaks the Internet and the rise of mash-up cinema,” by Abraham Riesman

The Metaverse: What It Is, Where to Find it, Who Will Build It, and Fortnite,” by Matthew Ball

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Aug 12, 2021
The Great Ace Attorney, Or, Why We Love Visual Novels
00:54:33

We're all about visual novels here at Triple Click. What's that, you ask? What's a visual novel? Well, allow Kirk, Maddy, and Jason to tell you: it's kind of like a book... but better! Join us to talk about the stellar new game The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles, the horniness of Fire Emblem and Persona, and why sometimes gameplay just isn't all that great.

Games Discussed:

  • The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles
  • Danganronpa
  • Steins;Gate
  • The House on Fata Morgana
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses
  • Persona 4 and 5
  • 13: Sentinels: Aegis Rim
  • Disco Elysium
  • Planescape: Torment
  • Zork
  • 80 Days
  • Overboard
  • Doki Doki Literature Club
  • Ladykiller in a Bind
  • AI: The Somnium Files
  • 999 and Virtue’s Last Reward

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Limetown

Maddy: Plan B

Jason: Activision Blizzard

Links:

Jason’s report on Warcraft III: Reforged: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-07-22/inside-activision-blizzard-s-botched-warcraft-iii-reforged-game

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Aug 05, 2021
Skyward Sword And The Activision Blizzard Lawsuit
00:59:19

Kirk, Maddy, and Jason dive into Skyward Sword HD, the new Zelda remake for Nintendo Switch. Does it hold up today? How does it feel after Breath of the Wild? And what's up with those controls? Then they talk about the harrowing Activision Blizzard lawsuit that's shaken up the video game industry over the past week.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Death’s Door

Maddy: Activision Blizzard discrimination lawsuit

Jason: The Great Ace Attorney

Correction: Kirk initially said that Death's Door was on Game Pass, which it regrettably is not. The episode has been edited.

Links:

Ash Parrish on Skyward Sword motion controls: https://kotaku.com/skyward-sword-hd-might-make-you-actually-like-motion-co-1847306361

“Fi’s Theme,” “Crimson Loftwing” and “Ballad of the Goddess” from the Skyward Sword soundtrack, comp. Hajime Wakai, Shiho Fujii, Mahito Yokota, Takeshi Hama

Blizzard’s Culture Crisis Runs Deep https://www.bloomberg.com/news/newsletters/2021-07-23/activision-blizzard-s-games-culture-crisis-runs-deep

Jason’s Bloomberg newsletter: https://www.bloomberg.com/account/newsletters/game-on

“Hall of Doors” by David Fenn from Death’s Door: https://davidfennmusic.bandcamp.com/album/deaths-door

Jul 29, 2021
The Games of Summer
00:59:26

There sure are a lot of games this summer. It's time for Kirk, Jason, and Maddy to talk about them! And then maybe we'll go out for some sloppy steaks.

 

Games discussed: Chicory, Overboard, Mario Golf, Scarlet Nexus, Ender Lilies, Astalon: Tears of the Earth, Before Your Eyes

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Six of Crows

Maddy: Billions

Jason: I Think You Should Leave

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Jul 15, 2021
What's The Deal With: The Legend of Zelda?
01:01:42

With Skyward Sword coming to Nintendo Switch, the Triple Click gang asks the question you've all been asking: What's the deal with Zelda? Kirk, Jason, and Maddy talk about the origins of the series, how it's evolved over the years, the stagnant Zelda formula, the delights of exploration, the unexpected creativity in limitations, and much, much more.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Inside (The Songs)

Maddy: Hollow Knight

Jason: Joyland (Stephen King)

Links:

“The problem with Bo Burnham’s Inside” by Lili Loofbourow for Slate: https://slate.com/culture/2021/06/problem-with-bo-burnham-inside.html

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Jul 08, 2021
What Makes Someone 'Good' At Games?
00:58:46

Jason, Maddy, and Kirk open up the mailbag and take YOUR listener questions on all sorts of things. What makes people good at video games? Why do AAA games seem so bad at "editing"? What's the best book-game pairing? And much more!

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Mythic Quest S2

Maddy: Sophie’s Safecracking Simulator

Jason: The Great Ace Attorney

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Jul 01, 2021
Triple Play: Final Fantasy VII Remake: Episode INTERmission
01:02:55

Maddy, Kirk, and Jason jump into the ridiculously titled Final Fantasy VII Remake: Episode INTERmission, diving into Yuffie's adventures in Midgar. They talk about the combat system, the big story teases, and whether the next DLC will be called InterMISSION. Plus: what's up with the whole Hideo Kojima conspiracy?

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Gloomhaven

Maddy: The Blue Box conspiracy

Jason: The House in Fata Morgana 

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Jun 24, 2021
Yep, That Was a Weird E3
00:59:43

NEW METROID!!! And also other things. But first, NEW METROID!!! After Maddy's done hyperventilating, the gang talks about everything we saw at this year's bizarre, online-only E3. From Elden Ring to Avatar to Breath of the Wild 2, let's go through it all.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Maddy: Bo Burnham

Jason: The House in Fata Morgana 

Links:

MItchell Saltzman’s interview with Elden Ring director Hidetaka Miyazaki: https://www.ign.com/articles/elden-ring-miyazaki-hidetaka-full-interview-summer-of-gaming

Nathan Grayson’s article on the terrible Twitch chats of E3: https://kotaku.com/e3-twitch-chat-has-been-miserable-1847092627

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Jun 17, 2021
Prepare For A Weird E3
00:57:54

E3 2021 is almost here, which means it's time for HOPES, EXPECTATIONS, RUMORS, and VIDEO GAMES. This week, Kirk, Jason, and Maddy talk about what it's been like preparing for a virtual E3 (blech), what they hope to see from each conference, and all of the hot gossip they've been hearing behind-the-scenes, from Assassin's Creed to Guardians of the Galaxy.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Sweet Tooth

Maddy: DC Super Hero Girls

Jason: Overboard!

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Jun 10, 2021
What's The Deal With: Video Game Demos?
00:57:33

Why do some games get demos while others don't? How did video game demos get started? And what's up with that weird game PT? This week, Maddy, Jason, and Kirk answer the question that's been on everyone's minds: What's the DEAL with video game demos?

One More Thing:

Kirk: Probing in ME2

Maddy: Fuser

Jason: Mare of Easttown

Links:

Edgar Wright’s fake trailer for “Don’t”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lttrIPDFplU

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Jun 03, 2021
Triple Play: Mass Effect
01:02:15

It's Mass Effect time! Maddy, Jason, and Kirk are all playing the remastered version of BioWare's sci-fi trilogy, and really, who needs an excuse to talk Mass Effect? The gang talks about what it's like to revisit Mass Effect all these years later, what has or hasn't aged well, and of course, who they'd all like to smooch.

One More Thing:

Kirk: Subnautica: Below Zero

Maddy: Little Fires Everywhere

Jason:  World’s End Club

Links:

Kirk’s now-mangled Kotaku post about the hidden music in Mass Effect 3: https://kotaku.com/mass-effect-3s-musical-secret-5895616

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May 27, 2021
Epic vs. Apple and Other Gaming News
00:58:35

It's time for news! This week, the Triple Click clique dives into some of the spring's big gaming news, from the Epic vs. Apple trial to Ubisoft's decision to embrace free-to-play games and much, much more. Plus: Maddy explains why Pokemon cards are back and bigger than ever!

One More Thing:

Kirk: The Nevers

Maddy: Lupin S1

Jason:  The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz

Links:

The Axios Video Game newsletter: https://www.axios.com/signup/gaming

Microsoft’s internal review of The Last of Us Part 2: https://storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.cand.364265/gov.uscourts.cand.364265.551.21.pdf?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter_axiosgaming&stream=top

Vice on Pokemon cards: https://www.vice.com/en/article/7kv9a9/pokemon-cards-psa-cgc-bgs-turnaround-times

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May 20, 2021
Triple Play: Returnal
01:00:29

The Triple Click gang dives into Returnal, the latest PlayStation 5 exclusive from Housemarque. Is it too challenging or just challenging enough? Should it have been released in Early Access? And just how good is that PS5 controller? Dodge your way through bullet hell to listen to this episode.

One More Thing:

Kirk: Resident Evil 8

Maddy: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Jason: Later (Stephen King)

Links:

Press Reset: Ruin and Recovery in the Video Game Industry: https://bookshop.org/books/press-reset-ruin-and-recovery-in-the-video-game-industry/9781538735497

Dan Sunshine’s call-in to explain the PS5’s advanced vibration: https://maximumfun.org/episodes/triple-click/triple-play-assassins-creed-valhalla/ 

The Strong Songs Q&A episode where Kirk explains what Miles meant by “it’s about the notes you don’t play.”: https://strongsongspodcast.com/episode/strung-beats-jazz-battles-the-notes-you-dont-play

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May 13, 2021
Beanscast: Star Wars: The Mandalorian
01:07:53

In honor of MaxFunDrive 2021, we decided to put a beanscast from earlier this year in the main feed! This episode originally aired in the bonus feed on February 21, 2021. If you'd like more bonus episodes (and to get some extra MaxFunDrive swag), sign up to become a member today at https://maximumfun.org/join.

ORIGINAL SHOW NOTES:

For this month’s bonus episode, Jason, Maddy and Kirk put on their beskar helmets and jetpack straight into the rough and tumble world of Star Wars: The Mandalorian. It’s a wide-ranging discussion that goes from the specific (how can a helmet be so expressive?) to the broad (what are the most and least interesting things about Star Wars?), with plenty of detours along the way.

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A retrospective article about Joe Johnston, the art director who designed Boba Fett’s armor along with concept artist Ralph McQuarrie: https://www.starwars.com/news/empire-at-40-joe-johnston-boba-fett-interview#:~:text=MAY%2018%2C%202020-,Empire%20at%2040%20%7C%20Designing%20an%20Icon%3A%20Joe%20Johnston%20on%20the,Journey%20to%20Create%20Boba%20Fett

A very cool series on the groundbreaking visual production techniques used on The Mandalorian: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUnxzVOs3rk

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May 10, 2021
Pressing Reset On The Video Game Industry
00:57:33

The video game industry is broken. Perhaps it's time to... Press Reset? On this week's first-ever LIVE episode of Triple Click, the gang discusses Jason's latest book about the video game industry. They talk about the closures of game companies like Irrational Games and 38 Studios, the industry's sustainability problems, and lots more. Plus: find out how to win a free copy of Press Reset!

One More Thing:

Kirk: For All Mankind

Maddy: The Mitchells vs. The Machines

Jason: Killing Eve

Links:

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May 06, 2021
Undertale Vs. NFL Quarterback Josh Allen
00:54:47

Which is more recognizable: the video game Undertale or NFL quarterback Josh Allen? This week, Maddy, Jason, and Kirk open up the mailbag and answer your questions on all sorts of things, including video game addiction, ethics in AAA game development, and rejected names for the Triple Click podcast.

One More Thing:

Kirk: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Maddy: This Is A Robbery

Jason: Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion

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Apr 29, 2021
Happy Birthday, Triple Click!
00:58:40

It's the one-year anniversary of Triple Click - happy birthday, Triple Click! Jason, Maddy, and Kirk update the Triple Click Picks with some special new games and then take some time to reminisce on the past year and what this show has meant to them. Thank you all for supporting the show!

One More Thing:

Kirk: Subnautica

Maddy: Emily Is Away 1-3

Jason: StarCraft II

Links:

Kirk’s 2018 article about video games and guns: https://kotaku.com/real-guns-virtual-guns-and-me-1824159338

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Apr 22, 2021
Triple Play: Final Fantasy VI, Part 2
00:58:28

Kirk, Jason, and Maddy dive back into their ongoing playthrough of Final Fantasy VI, picking up where they left off last time (the Opera House) and going until the end of the Floating Continent. Do Maddy and Kirk like it more now? What's the deal with that flake Shadow? Why is Edgar such a creeper? And whoa, did Kefka really just do THAT?

One More Thing:

Kirk: Monster Hunter Rise (Finishing/Friction)

Maddy: The Content Mines podcast

Jason: Saga Frontier Remastered

Links:

What did Edgar really say about Relm? https://legendsoflocalization.com/what-does-edgar-say-about-relm-in-each-final-fantasy-vi-translation/

The Caves of Narshe FF6 Walkthrough: https://www.cavesofnarshe.com/ff6/walkthrough.php

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Apr 15, 2021
What's The Deal With: Indie Games?
00:57:37

Just what is the deal with indie games? When did they become financially viable? How did they become so popular? And what is "indie" anyway??? This week, Jason, Maddy, and Kirk look at the modern history of indie games, from Braid and Castle Crashers to the Nintendo Switch's big bumps. They talk about the rise of digital distribution, some misguided old comments from former Nintendo boss Reggie Fils-Aime, and whether "indie" even means anything anymore.

One More Thing:

Kirk: Monster Hunter Rise

Maddy: Vaccine appointment tips

Jason: Gnosia

Links:

The excellent Double Fine Adventure documentary series:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVwg-9WL3dE

Arekkz Gaming’s MH Rise longsword tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jscDTUOHdw&ab_channel=ArekkzGaming

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Apr 08, 2021
The Best (And Worst) of Video Game April Fool's
00:58:15

Here's the only true thing you will read on the internet today: This episode is not a prank. Instead of trying to fool everyone, Maddy, Jason, and Kirk are going back in time to look at the history of video game April Fool's jokes: the good, the bad, and the very, very ugly. From fake Zelda movies to Assassin's Creed Kinect, there's a lot to laugh at this week.

Correction 4/1/2021: We initially thought the Assassin's Creed Kinect joke video was made by Ubisoft, but it actually wasn't. That part of the conversation has been updated and edited for accuracy. Sorry about that!

One More Thing:

Kirk: Monster Hunter Rise, baybeeeee

Maddy: Incomparable by Brie and Nikki Bella

Jason: The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu

Links:

Gamespot’s 2006 Wii ‘Joke’: https://www.gamespot.com/articles/april-fools-analyst-revolution-will-take-lead-in-2010/1100-6146958/

The IGN Zelda Movie Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBCzkz3gHb8

Assassin’s Creed for Kinect: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NufHsmITjM

The Virgin America 2013 pre-flight safety song (sorry): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQQaNuqY-kU&ab_channel=top10commercials

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Apr 01, 2021
Triple Play: Loop Hero
00:59:05

Jason, Maddy, and Kirk dive into the latest big indie game hit, Loop Hero. They talk about its strengths, its weaknesses, the nature of addiction, opacity, and repetition. Plus: the best cookbook ever?

One More Thing:

Kirk: RE ViIIage Maiden Demo (and demos like this)

Maddy: How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy (Jenny Odell)

Jason: The Food Lab (J Kenji Lopez)

Links:

Jenny Odell’s Bureau of Suspended Objects: https://www.jennyodell.com/bso.html

Odell’s interview on the Ezra Klein show: https://www.vox.com/ezra-klein-show-podcast/2019/5/23/18636332/jenny-odell-how-to-do-nothing

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Mar 25, 2021
Why Aren't Game Companies More Transparent?
00:58:27

Maddy, Jason, and Kirk open up the mailbag to answer listener questions about all sorts of things, from game company secrecy to the pros and cons of digital gaming. Plus: How do you know when a game just isn't working for you?

One More Thing:

Kirk: Progression and Inconvenience

Maddy: Wandavision

Jason: Gnosia

Links:

Maddy’s X-Men podcast The Mutant Ages: https://mutantages.com

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Mar 18, 2021
What's The Deal With: Assassin's Creed?
00:23:20

What's an Assassin's Creed? Who's an Assassin's Creed? Allow the Triple Click gang to explain. Kirk, Jason, and Maddy dive into Ubisoft's action-adventure-RPG franchise, talking about how the series has evolved over the past decade, their favorite games, and just what the heck is up with all those aliens.

One More Thing:

Kirk: Hollow Knight

Maddy: Learning to parry in Dark Souls

Jason: Loop Hero

Links:

Kirk’s Hollow Knight arrangement: https://youtu.be/eIVtGlcpZS0

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Mar 11, 2021
Nintendo Direct, Harry Potter, and More Gaming News
00:58:42

It's time for some news!!! Kirk, Maddy, and Jason pick some of the biggest stories in gaming this year, from Covid's effect on game production to the Harry Potter controversy, and break them all down. The gang also talks Google Stadia's woes, EA canceling Anthem Next, and all the hot Mario and Zelda news from the most recent Nintendo Direct.

One More Thing:

Kirk: Spider Man: Miles Morales

Maddy: “Britney Spears Was Never In Control” by Tavi Gevinson

Jason: Bravely Default 2 and video game challenge

Links:

“Trans Inclusion Means More Than Just Adding Potential Gender Options To Hogwarts Legacy” by Riley MacLeod: https://kotaku.com/trans-inclusion-means-more-than-just-adding-potential-g-1846388481

Tevis Thompson’s essay “Saving Zelda”: http://tevisthompson.com/saving-zelda/

The Splitscreen Stadia interview with Phil Harrison: https://kotaku.com/google-stadia-boss-answers-and-dodges-our-questions-1833422137

“Britney Spears Was Never In Control” by Tavi Gevinson: https://www.thecut.com/2021/02/tavi-gevinson-britney-spears-was-never-in-control.html

“The Lies Hollywood Tells About Little Girls” by Mara Wilson: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/23/opinion/britney-spears-mara-wilson-hollywood.html

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Mar 04, 2021
Triple Play: Final Fantasy VI
00:56:04

It's finally time! Per Jason's orders, Kirk and Maddy are playing through Final Fantasy VI. This week: they get up to the Opera House. What has aged well? What hasn't? Will the grind and tedium break Maddy's brain? Will Kirk fall in love with Celes and crew? Find out on this week's Triple Click!

One More Thing:

Kirk: Demon’s Souls

Maddy: You’re Wrong About podcast

Jason: Bravely Default 2 

Links:

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Feb 25, 2021
Triple Play: Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury
00:59:04

Let's play Super Mario 3D World... plus Bowser's Fury! Jason, Maddy, and Kirk break down the Switch's newest Mario adventures, dive into the differences between linear and non-linear Mario games, and discuss whether or not they are all cats. Plus: Demon's Souls and much more.

One More Thing:

Kirk: The PS5 Experience

Maddy: Judas and the Black Messiah

Jason: Murder mysteries (Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz,  The Eighth Detective by Alex Pavesi)

Links:

Allegra Frank’s interview with Lakeith Stanfield: https://slate.com/culture/2021/02/judas-black-messiah-lakeith-stanfield-interview-joker.html

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Feb 18, 2021
Why Is It So Hard To Play Old Games?
01:01:11

Maddy, Jason, and Kirk take a trip down memory lane, crossing nostalgia with frustration as they try to figure out why so many old games are so hard to play (legally). What do you do with your old consoles? Why do Nintendo and Sony make it so difficult to buy their old games? What's the deal with video game preservation??? Plus: Kirk got a PS5!

One More Thing:

Kirk: Got a PS5!!!

Maddy: Hunt a Killer: Death at the Dive Bar

Jason: Wandavision

Links:

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Feb 11, 2021
What's The Deal With: Souls Games?
00:57:30

What makes a Souls game a Souls game? Why do we love'em so much? And how many things have we learned from Dark Souls, Bloodborne, and the rest of the gang over the years? This week, the Triple Click crew dives into From Software's classic series and tries to figure out what the deal is.

One More Thing:

Kirk: Playing Hitman from the beginning

Maddy: Maiden (2018)

Jason: The Last Dance

Links:

Chris Dahlen on Dark Souls: https://kotaku.com/what-dark-souls-is-really-all-about-5874599

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Feb 04, 2021
Triple Play: Hitman 3
00:58:22

This week the gang jumps into Hitman 3, a game that's far less bleak that it sounds. Kirk, Maddy, and Jason talk about the latest entry in the longrunning stealth-puzzle series. Maddy shares the story of how she learned how to play, Jason talks about the Knives Out-inspired murder mystery, and Kirk raves about how amazing Hitman games truly are. Plus: the GameStop phenomenon explained!

One More Thing:

Kirk: The Expanse S3

Maddy: Ted Lasso

Jason: GameStop

Links:

Hitman Speedrun: https://kotaku.com/speedrunners-are-beating-hitman-3s-dubai-level-in-under-1846121772

Shoreh Agdashloo talks us to sleep: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4j8gznDVa1M 

Bloomberg GamesStop explainer: https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-01-25/the-game-never-stops

Short Selling and Options explainers: https://www.investopedia.com/terms/s/shortselling.asp

https://www.investopedia.com/terms/o/option.asp

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Jan 28, 2021
Why E3 Demos Are Fake (And Why It Matters)
00:58:01

Jason, Maddy, and Kirk open up the listener mailbag and answer some of YOUR questions about all sorts of things. What does it mean when an E3 demo is fake? What's our video game comfort food? And why do video game sequels always make you lose all your powers?

One More Thing:

Kirk: Gloomhaven

Maddy: Dark Souls 

Jason: NFL playoff update

Links:

Jason on Cyberpunk 2077: https://twitter.com/jasonschreier/status/1350322423170797568

Kirk’s article about preorder culture: https://kotaku.com/the-witcher-3-downgrade-controversy-sucks-1705882405

The overview video Kirk watched to start getting his head around Gloomhaven: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uw7LI2esvp0

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Jan 21, 2021
Cyberpunk 2077 And Other Video Game Redemption Stories
00:59:44

In the wake of Cyberpunk 2077, a game with a rocky launch that will now try to find redemption, Jason, Maddy, and Kirk take a look at some other video game redemption stories. They talk about No Man's Sky, Destiny, Final Fantasy XIV, and other games that got better over time. What does a successful turnaround look like? And what are the ethical questions involved? All that and lots more.

One More Thing:

Kirk: Lupin

Maddy: Dark Souls

Jason: Fargo

Links:

Kirk reviews No Man's Sky: https://kotaku.com/no-mans-sky-the-kotaku-review-1785383774

...and Destiny: https://kotaku.com/destiny-the-kotaku-review-1637735501

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Jan 14, 2021
Our Predictions For 2021
00:56:49

It's time: Kirk, Jason, and Maddy convene to go over their 2020 predictions and determine who got the most right. Who won, and which game will Triple Click play in 2021? You'll have to listen to find out! Plus: big predictions for video games in 2021!

One More Thing:

Kirk: Wonder Woman 1984

Maddy: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley 

Jason: Never Split The Difference by Chris Voss and Tahl Raz

Links:

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Jan 07, 2021
Our Favorite Games of 2020
01:00:22

2020 is over!!! Thank goodness! It's time for Kirk, Jason, and Maddy to go over the best games of 2020. Each host shares their top-ten list, which includes some choices you might guess... and some that might surprise you! Plus: Jason and Kirk have finally finished the game they were obliged to play... Kirby Planet Robobot.

One More Thing:

Kirk: Spelunky 2

Maddy:The very real, totally bizarre bucatini shortage of 2020” by Rachel Handler (Grub Street)

Jason: Sekiro

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GOTY Lists:

Jason

  • Hades
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake
  • Call of the Sea
  • Demon’s Souls
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
  • Paper Mario: The Origami King
  • Bugsnax
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Jackbox Party Pack 7

Maddy

  • Animal Crossing New Horizons
  • Carrion
  • Destiny 2: Beyond Light
  • Final Fantasy 7 Remake
  • Hades
  • If Found
  • Kentucky Route Zero
  • Paradise Killer
  • Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  • Wide Ocean Big Jacket

Kirk

  • Hades
  • Carrion
  • Spiritfarer
  • Black Mesa
  • Half-Life: Alyx
  • Desperados III
  • Star Wars: Squadrons
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons

 

Dec 31, 2020
Triple Play: Cyberpunk 2077
00:56:52

Is Cyberpunk 2077 the biggest game of the year? Or just the most broken? This week, the gang dives into CD Projekt Red's hotly anticipated new RPG: the good, the bad, and the very, very ugly. Jason, Maddy, and Kirk talk about their impressions on the game and their thoughts on all the many, many, many controversies surrounding it.

One More Thing:

Kirk: Ghostrunner

Maddy:  Carrie by Stephen King

Jason: Call of the Sea

Links:

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Dec 17, 2020
The Video Game Shame Awards
00:52:09

Maddy, Kirk, and Jason open up the mailbag to answer some of YOUR questions. Should there be a Game Award for the best studio culture? How do we honestly criticize games while knowing how many blood, sweat, and pixels they take to develop? And just how necessary is Twitter Discourse?

One More Thing:

Kirk: Warner Bros. / HBO Max

Maddy: Hades

Jason: 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim

Links:

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The Hollywood Reporter on Nolan/Warner: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/christopher-nolan-rips-hbo-max-as-worst-streaming-service-denounces-warner-bros-plan

Twitter thread about Souls games: https://twitter.com/silent0siris/status/1334570752021049345?s=21

Dec 10, 2020
What's The Deal With: Console Launches?
01:05:50

What are they, rocket ships? In honor of the recent release of the PS5 and Xbox Series X, the gang looks back at the history of video game console launches. Which were the best ones? Which were the worst? And what were Kirk, Maddy, and Jason's personal experiences with console launches? Let's discuss!!!

One More Thing:

Kirk: Immortals Fenyx Rising

Maddy: Fuser

Jason: A Futile And Stupid Gesture (2018)

Links:

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Dec 03, 2020
The Leftover Video Games Of Fall
00:57:03

Maddy, Kirk, and Jason celebrate Thanksgiving in the best way possible: Leftovers. This week, the gang talks about all of the fall video games they haven't had a chance to analyze on previous episodes, including Demon's Souls, NBA 2K21, Yakuza Like A Dragon, Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and much, much more.

One More Thing:

Kirk: Star Wars Squadrons

Maddy: The Diary of Anne Frank

Jason: The Queen’s Gambit

Links: 

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Nov 26, 2020
Triple Play: Assassin's Creed Valhalla
01:01:47

Skol! Kirk, Maddy, and Jason are all playing Assassin's Creed Valhalla, and they have oh so many thoughts. The gang dive into what they like (the story! the mysteries!) and don't like (the bugs!) about Ubisoft's new Viking game. (Spoilers: It's way too long.)

One More Thing:

Kirk: Just King Things

Maddy: The Queen’s Gambit

Jason: The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

Slate interview with Gary Kasparov about his work on Queen’s Gambit: https://slate.com/culture/2020/11/queens-gambit-garry-kasparov-interview-netflix-chess-adviser.html

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Nov 19, 2020
Now We've Played The PS5 Too
00:59:26

Last week it was all things Xbox, and now it's time for PlayStation 5! Jason has been using the fifth PlayStation for a few weeks now, and he's impressed. The load times are fast and the controller is slick. But is it worth getting or should you just wait??? Plus: Spider-Man Miles Morales and the wonderful Bugsnax (talkin about Bugsnax)!

One More Thing:

Kirk: Watch Dogs Legion 

Maddy: Destiny 2: Some Thoughts (on why i’m not playing it currently)

Jason: Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Show Notes:

Triple Click Discord! https://discord.com/invite/JuSkCPZKKh

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Nov 12, 2020
We've Played The Xbox Series X (And Baby Xbox)
00:53:13

We've got the new Xboxes! Kirk, Jason, and Maddy dive into the pros and cons of both consoles and discuss the upcoming new generation of video games. Are framerate and resolution enough to make the upgrade? Should you get an adult Xbox, a baby Xbox, or neither? Triple Click answers all your questions!

One More Thing:

Kirk: Watch Dogs Legion

Maddy: Animal Crossing Halloween

Jason: The Americans

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Nov 05, 2020
Haunted Video Games, with Patricia Hernandez
00:55:37

It's Halloween, so the Triple Click gang brings on old pal Patricia Hernandez to talk about creepypasta and haunted video games, from Lavender Town to Sad Satan. Is it true that every copy of Super Mario 64 is personalized for your horror? Let's find out!

One More Thing

Kirk: The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners

Maddy: RTX 3070 GPU

Jason: Borat 2

Links

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Pre-order Jason's book: https://www.grandcentralpublishing.com/titles/jason-schreier/press-reset/9781538735480/

Patricia Hernandez on haunted Super Mario 64: https://www.polygon.com/2020/9/15/21437962/super-mario-64-iceberg-creepypasta-machinima-every-copy-is-personalized-nintendo-64

...and Lavender Town: https://kotaku.com/pokemons-creepy-lavender-town-myth-explained-1651851621

...and Sad Satan: https://kotaku.com/a-horror-game-hidden-in-the-darkest-corners-of-the-inte-1714980337

Reply All on QAnon: https://gimletmedia.com/shows/reply-all/llhe5nm

Dead Bart: https://creepypasta.fandom.com/wiki/Dead_Bart

Polybius: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polybius_(urban_legend)

Maddy’s RTX 3070 review: https://www.polygon.com/reviews/2020/10/27/21535182/rtx-3070-review-price-nvidia-price-3080

Oct 29, 2020
Triple Play: Hades
00:56:04

Jason, Kirk, and Maddy dive into Hades, one of the best games of the year so far. They talk about their favorite strategies, honor the Greek gods, and try to pinpoint what makes the latest game from Supergiant Games so special.

One More Thing:

Kirk: Oculus Quest 2

Maddy: Destiny 2 (lmao)

Jason: Jackbox Party Pack 7

Show Notes:

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A guide for playing PC VR games wirelessly with Oculus Quest: https://uploadvr.com/how-to-play-pc-vr-oculus-quest-2/

Oct 22, 2020
How To Keep That "New Game Magic" Alive
00:56:24

Jason, Kirk, and Maddy open up the mailbag and answer some of YOUR great questions. How do we Maximize our Fun when playing video games? Is it possible to be a successful journalist while staying totally anonymous? And does Xbox Game Pass cause more anxiety than it cures? 

One more thing:

Kirk: Facebook

Maddy: Animal Crossing Halloween update

Jason: Dan Brown's Origin

Show Notes:

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Kashmir Hill cutting tech giants from her life: https://gizmodo.com/i-cut-the-big-five-tech-giants-from-my-life-it-was-hel-1831304194

 

Oct 15, 2020
Building A PC Is Super Fun
00:57:57

Is building a PC really that difficult? Or is it actually SUPER FUN? Maddy, Jason, and Kirk talk about each of their experiences buying PC parts and putting them together like beautiful, brilliant LEGO sets. Jason talks about why his gaming PC wouldn't turn on, Maddy reminisces on carrying her massive PC case to LAN parties, and Kirk espouses the virtues of thermal paste.

One More Thing:

Kirk: Star Wars Squadrons

Maddy: Horizon Zero Dawn

Jason: Baldur’s Gate 3

Show Notes:

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Jason’s PC Building Adventure: https://kotaku.com/my-pc-building-adventure-part-one-picking-the-compone-1821708276

Jason's PC Building Adventure part two: https://kotaku.com/my-pc-building-adventure-part-two-something-went-horr-1821879762

Kirk’s “The 10 Worst Things About Building a Gaming PC” https://kotaku.com/the-10-worst-things-about-building-a-new-gaming-pc-1606794540

And The 10 Best: https://kotaku.com/the-10-best-things-about-building-a-new-gaming-pc-1605434587

The end of Kirk’s 2018 CPU cooling obsession: https://kotaku.com/i-put-a-big-air-cooler-in-my-pc-and-it-s-working-pretty-1828394334

One PC build for $1,000, from Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/buildapc/comments/dq06nh/will_1000_get_me_a_next_gen_capable_pc/

Whitson Gordon’s horror story about his liquid cooling apparatus leaking into his PC: https://lifehacker.com/what-to-do-when-your-water-cooling-leaks-inside-your-pc-1475187833

Tom’s Hardware: TomsHardware.com

PC Part Picker: PCPartpicker.com

Oct 08, 2020
Triple Click Classics: Zelda: A Link to the Past
00:55:42

Dun dun, dun dun dun dun dun... it's time to talk Zelda! This week, on a new segment called Triple Click Classics, Kirk, Jason, and Maddy dive into the Super Nintendo masterpiece The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and talk about what makes it so great, from the design to the polish to the music. But why are you always rescuing the damn princess???

ONE MORE THING

Kirk: Hades

Maddy: Destiny 2 (it’s baaack) (it never left)

Jason: Final Fantasy XIV

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Music Featured: “The Painful Way” by Darren Korb from the Hades OST

“Overture” by Koji Kondo & Mahito Yokota from the Super Mario Galaxy OST

Oct 01, 2020
Whoa, Microsoft Bought Bethesda
00:56:06

Well hey, if we had known Bethesda was on the market for only $7.5 billion, we would have made a bid! Maddy, Jason, and Kirk talk about Microsoft's major acquisition, plus the big PS5 news last week (Final Fantasy XVI!!!) and the reality that video games are going to cost $70 very soon. Plus, the brilliant, beautiful Hades and other One More Things.

One More Thing

Kirk: Super Mario Galaxy

Maddy: Pen15 season two

Jason: Hades

Links

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Music Featured: “The Painful Way” by Darren Korb from the Hades OST

“Overture” by Koji Kondo & Mahito Yokota from the Super Mario Galaxy OST

Sep 24, 2020
Which Games Do We Wish We Were Better At?
00:54:52

Maddy, Jason, and Kirk bring on special guest Ben Hanson (co-founder of MinnMax) to open up the listener mailbag and answer some BURNING QUESTIONS. What games does the crew wish they were better at? What are some timeless mechanics? And what are the most memorable button prompts in gaming?

ONE MORE THING

Kirk: Spiritfarer

Maddy: Horizon Zero Dawn 

Jason: Super Mario 3D All-Stars

LINKS

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MinnMax: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiUhKqsBH-Is2VeC2sykEfg

Who Is John Frum: https://www.topic.com/who-is-john-frum

 

Sep 17, 2020
Triple Play: Marvel's Avengers
00:55:21

It's time for another Triple Play! This week, the gang jumps into Marvel's Avengers, a new video game about superheroes who play Destiny. Is this game any good? Is it going through an identity crisis? And just what is up with Kamala Khan? Plus: Samus's Soapbox!

ONE MORE THING

Kirk: The weirdness of GPUs

Maddy: Destiny 2 (really)

Jason: The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

LINKS

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Triple Click Twitch channel:  https://www.twitch.tv/tripleclickpod

Sep 10, 2020
Summer News Roundup
00:59:27

It's time for some news! Maddy, Jason, and Kirk talk about the summer in gaming news, from the next-gen console war (and the glaring lack of prices) to replacement E3 plans from companies like Warner Bros., Nintendo, and Microsoft. Plus: Ubisoft keeps stepping on rakes.

ONE MORE THING

Kirk: Dark 

Jason: Retro games kick

Maddy: Destiny 2 Leviathan raid

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Sep 03, 2020
Is The Madden Curse Real?
00:56:39

One More Thing:

Kirk: Luigi’s Mansion 3

Maddy: Destiny 2 (...again)

Jason: Dark

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Aug 27, 2020
Triple Click Picks: The Video Games You Should Play
00:58:05

One More Thing:

Kirk: Fall Guys (mediatonic, on PC and PS4, free PS+)

Maddy: Zoo 

Jason: The Epic/Apple/Google war

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Epic's complaint against Apple: https://cdn2.unrealengine.com/apple-complaint-734589783.pdf

TRIPLE CLICK PICKS, VOL 1

  1. Disco Elysium
  2. Return of the Obra Dinn
  3. Hollow Knight 
  4. Outer Wilds
  5. Destiny 2
  6. Bloodborne
  7. Breath of the Wild
  8. Divinity Original Sin II
  9. Hitman 2
  10. AC Odyssey
Aug 20, 2020
Triple Play: Horizon Zero Dawn
00:57:48

One More Thing:

Jason: Blizzard staff take collective action

Maddy: Destiny 2 

Kirk: Doom Patrol

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Kirk’s old article ranking video game bows: https://kotaku.com/video-games-have-become-obsessed-with-bows-and-arrows-5991211

Noah Caldwell-Gervais on Horizon Zero Dawn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yt7c8yXiuJk

Bloomberg article on Blizzard organization: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-08-05/blizzard-workers-organize-on-company-slack-seeking-pay-increases

Cool Atlantic article about Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol run: https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2014/04/doom-patrol/360616/

Layoffs at DC: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/dc-comics-dc-universe-hit-by-major-layoffs-1306743

Aug 13, 2020
So Your Friends All Stopped Playing Video Games
00:57:23

One more thing:

Kirk: Death Stranding

Maddy: Marvel’s Avengers beta

Jason: Billions

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MaxFun Drive Info: https://maximumfun.org/news/maxfundrive-2020-has-begun-and-its-full-of-great-gifts/

Aug 06, 2020
The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X Are Almost Here
00:56:14

One More Thing:

Jason: Ghost of Tsushima

Kirk: Carrion

Maddy: The Nintendo Gigaleak

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MaxFun Drive Info: https://maximumfun.org/news/maxfundrive-2020-has-begun-and-its-full-of-great-gifts/

The Console War Is Over [Christopher Dring, GamesIndustry.biz] https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2020-07-23-the-console-war-is-over-opinion

How Xbox Game Pass works for developers [Matthew Handrahan, GamesIndustry.biz] https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2019-07-08-xbox-game-pass-is-the-first-time-subscription-is-fair-for-developers

The big Nintendo leak [Patrick Klepek, Vice]: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/7kp7bx/a-massive-leak-of-nintendo-source-code-is-causing-chaos-in-video-games

 

Jul 30, 2020
What's The Deal With... Paper Mario?
00:57:58

One More Thing

Kirk - Ubisoft woes [Jason's article on Bloomberg]

Maddy - Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Jason - The Last of Us Part II

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MaxFun Drive Info: https://maximumfun.org/news/maxfundrive-2020-has-begun-and-its-full-of-great-gifts/

Triple Click on Twitch this Friday! https://www.twitch.tv/tripleclickpod

Rob Zacny on the problems with The Last of Us Part II's ending: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/jgxjxx/problems-with-last-of-us-part-2-ending

Jul 23, 2020
The Music of Final Fantasy VII
00:59:52

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Information on Max Fun Drive 2020 tiers, rewards, schedule, and more: https://maximumfun.org/news/maxfundrive-2020-has-begun-and-its-full-of-great-gifts/

Music Featured: Multiple tracks from Final Fantasy VII (1997) composed by Nobuo Uematsu, as well as the following Uematsu compositions re-arranged for Final Fantasy VII Remake (2020): "Prelude" arranged by Yoshitaka Suzuki, "Airbuster" arranged by Tadayoshi Makino, "Main Theme from Final Fantasy VII - Sector 7 Undercity" arranged by Shotaro Shima, and "Aerith's Theme - Home Again" arranged by Shotaro Shima.

Kirk’s music podcast Strong Songs: https://strongsongspodcast.com

Game-deal watchdog Wario64 on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Wario64 

Jul 16, 2020
Do Spoilers Ruin Stories?
00:58:37

The official Braid walkthrough: https://web.archive.org/web/20121009073610/http://www.braid-game.com/walkthrough/walkthrough.html

Luke Plunkett’s Desperados III review on Kotaku: https://kotaku.com/desperados-3-is-a-modern-stealth-masterpiece-1844047567

Ryan Gilliam on spoiling TLOU2 for himself: https://www.polygon.com/2020/7/7/21314896/the-last-of-us-part-2-spoilers-story-ruined-enhanced-experience-secrets-are-good

Jamelle Bouie on Hamilton as a historical narrative & ideological project: https://letterboxd.com/jbouie/film/hamilton-2020/

Kirk’s Strong Songs on “Satisfied”: https://strongsongspodcast.com/satisfied-from-hamilton-updated

Jul 09, 2020
Why Games Keep Trying To Be 'Cinematic'
00:57:57
Jul 02, 2020
The Last of Us Part II (Part 2)
00:49:50

"Former employees accuse Cards Against Humanity of a racist and sexist office culture" [Nicole Carpenter, Polygon

"Video Game Industry Rocked by Outpouring of Sexual Misconduct Allegations" [Jason Schreier, Bloomberg]

"Does ABUSE Make you Stronger? - Whiplash Review feat. Kirk Hamilton!" [Carpool Critics]

Jun 25, 2020
Early Thoughts On The Last Of Us Part II
00:55:44
Maddy brings on special guest Rob Zacny (Vice, Waypoint Radio) to give some early impressions on The Last of Us Part II. They talk about what the game accomplishes, why it didn't do what they hoped it would do, and they try to avoid spoilers while navigating that ridiculous embargo.
Jun 18, 2020
Sony Shows A Bunch of PS5 Games
00:52:47
Surprise! Time for a bonus episode, as Maddy, Jason and Kirk react to Sony's big PlayStation 5 video game showcase. There were some cars, some swords, a lot of graphics, and a kitty cat wearing a backpack. They also showed what the console will look like. Let's discuss.
Jun 12, 2020
Cops In Video Games
00:57:33

"Growing calls to “defund the police,” explained" - Matt Yglesias, Vox

Jun 11, 2020
Beanscast: Final Fantasy VII Remake
01:27:54
In the first bonus episode of Triple Click, Maddy, Jason and Kirk get together to “spill the beans” on Final Fantasy VII Remake. What did they think of the game overall? How about that ending? And what the heck might happen next? This episode includes FULL SPOILERS for Final Fantasy VII Remake, and at about the hour mark (with a warning), the hosts will also talk about the events of the original Final Fantasy VII.
Jun 08, 2020
Black Lives Matter
00:02:04

Minority Korner: https://maximumfun.org/podcasts/minority-korner/

FANTI: https://maximumfun.org/podcasts/fanti/

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_New_Jim_Crow

The Bail Project: https://bailproject.org/

The George Floyd Memorial Fund: https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd

A National Directory of Bail Funds: https://www.communityjusticeexchange.org/nbfn-directory

A Directory of Protest-Specific Bail Funds: https://bailfunds.github.io/

The ACLU guide for protestors’ rights: https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/protesters-rights/#im-attending-a-protest

Jun 04, 2020
The Joy of Super Mario Odyssey
00:52:12
It's time for Triple Play, in which Kirk, Jason, and Maddy all play the same game. This week, the three of them are going deep on Super Mario Odyssey, released for the Nintendo Switch in 2017. How does it compare to previous Mario games? What's the multiplayer like? And why is this game such a complete and utter joy to play? Let's discuss!
May 28, 2020
What's The Deal With: Final Fantasy?
00:58:30

Why do people love this whole Final Fantasy thing so much? Welcome to What's The Deal With, in which the Triple Click crew explains why something matters. This week, Jason, Maddy, and Kirk explain the history and appeal of one of the most beloved roleplaying video game series ever, from Sephiroth to Noctis and oh so much more.

The Final Fantasy VII Letters (Kirk Hamilton and Leigh Alexander, Paste Magazine) 

Solitary Spacecraft (Dante Douglas)

Five Ways Video Games Make Failure Matter (Kirk Hamilton, Kotaku) 

May 21, 2020
When Is It Ok To Use A Video Game Guide?
00:58:38
It's time for Burning Questions, in which Triple Click answers YOUR questions about all things gaming (and more). This week, Jason, Kirk, and Maddy open up the mailbag and answer questions about the best time to use strategy guides and what a video game industry without crunch might look like. Plus: One More Thing and Maddy's new job!
May 14, 2020
The Fall of Fallout
00:58:17

Don't miss the (unofficial) Triple Click subreddit

HBomberguy on Fallout

May 07, 2020
The Best Quarantine Video Games
00:55:45

Check out the Maximum Fun reader survey right here!

Apr 30, 2020
What Video Games Assume You Know
00:44:54
Welcome to Triple Click, a podcast about video games! On this debut episode, Kirk Hamilton, Maddy Myers, and Jason Schreier introduce themselves and then talk a bit about the language of video games. With tons of people stuck inside and playing games these days, what kind of video game tropes are they learning? What have hardcore gamers learned to take for granted? Why does food always give you health? Plus: the introduction of a weekly segment called One More Thing!
Apr 23, 2020
Trailer
00:01:47

 Each week on Triple Click, video game experts Kirk Hamilton, Maddy Myers, and Jason Schreier journey into the fascinating world of games. They’ll explore hot topics in video game news and culture, answer burning listener questions, debate the pros and cons of the biggest new games, and replay old classics together.  Coming soon to Maximum Fun!

Apr 13, 2020