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No Cartridge Audio

Critical but casual approaches to current, past, and future video games six times a week. In addition, guests will periodically share their own aesthetic and personal experiences with games in conversation! Subscribe to our Patreon at www.patreon.com/hegelbon if you'd like to hear special patron-only bonus episodes!

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Episode 23: Matt Christman Takes on Gaming

Matt "Cushbomb" Christman comes on to meet me in the squared circle, where I will fight for the honor of gaming. Or, well, we'll chat animatedly anyway.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/no-cartridge-audio/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

42mins

25 May 2017

Rank #1

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Episode 20: Metal Gear Solid with Felix Biederman

Chapo Trap House's Felix Biederman joins us to talk about the aestheticization of war, the melancholy of the deep state, and the prescience of Hideo Kojima.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/no-cartridge-audio/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

50mins

11 May 2017

Rank #2

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Episode 89: News From the Front with Alex Pareene

We welcome Alex Pareene, fresh from being bought out in what is now the third or fourth most recent online media venture capital nightmare, to talk about the news, writing in gaming, and why Grim Fandango and the 3DS are dad magnets.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/no-cartridge-audio/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

52mins

6 Aug 2018

Rank #3

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Episode 98: Rockstar, Red Dead Redemption 2, Crunch, and Pierre Bourdieu

Solo episode this week as I delve into the controversies around labor treatment at Rockstar and think about games in the vein of Pierre Bourdieu and Restricted Fields. A unique approach on a crowded topic!Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/no-cartridge-audio/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

29mins

25 Oct 2018

Rank #4

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Patch Notes 1.28: Coronavirus Eve

Welcome to a spooky past-focused Patch Notes, recorded on the eve of everyone's weird lockdown! Hope everyone's well, as Jon and I discuss what's to come in gaming news under the veil of a pandemic!Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/no-cartridge-audio/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

1hr 1min

18 Mar 2020

Rank #5

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Episode 110: No Gaming After Adulthood with Theo!

We welcome Boonta Vista's own Theo @aynrandy to talk about the nature of gaming when you have responsibilities outside of gaming, how games respect your time, how they do not, and what academia is actually like (it's bad).Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/no-cartridge-audio/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

1hr 32mins

12 Feb 2019

Rank #6

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Episode 90: We're Gonna Go Beyond This w/ Ian Borsuk

We welcome Ian Borsuk to talk about games and the ecology and leftism -- a deeply underserved topic and a fascinating and sprawling discussion. Alt-right speculation included.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/no-cartridge-audio/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

1hr 17mins

20 Aug 2018

Rank #7

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Episode 38: "This is the formula for turning games into a class issue" with Ed Zitron

We welcome longtime friend of the cast Ed Zitron (@edzitron) on the show to talk about Gacha games, Fortnite, and the slow and painful death of the single player title.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/no-cartridge-audio/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

1hr 6mins

17 Aug 2017

Rank #8

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No Cartridge Presents: Patch Notes 1.21 (DOUBLE SIZED)

Whoa, buckle up folks, it's an extra-long Patch Notes and Jon and I go into two whole weeks of news! A truly gargantuan feat as I try very hard not to talk about Blizzard and China and utterly fail. Enjoy canceling or elevating us for our bad ideas, and stay for the takes on Disco Elysium and more!Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/no-cartridge-audio/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

2hr 19mins

23 Oct 2019

Rank #9

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Episode 76: Videogames' Citizen Kane w/David "TheBeerNerd" Eisenberg

We welcome David Eisenberg, aka the Beer Nerd, who comes on to talk Earthbound, OFF, and emotionally and psychologically evocative RPGs.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/no-cartridge-audio/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

1hr

23 Apr 2018

Rank #10

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Episode 34: "I want a reason to play video games" with Chris Person (@papapishu)

We're lucky to have Chris Person (@papapishu) on the podcast to talk about game length, narrative structure, and 100 hour monster games.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/no-cartridge-audio/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

43mins

18 Jul 2017

Rank #11

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Episode 111: Parasocial Drinkers w/ Shannon Strucci

We welcome Shannon Strucci, YouTube's own, on the show to talk about her video series Fake Friends on parasocial relationships, the way they inform the strange connections we have to perfect strangers, and how gaming plays into this odd modern problem!Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/no-cartridge-audio/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

1hr 24mins

19 Feb 2019

Rank #12

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Episode 13 - Night in the Woods with Scott Benson

Scott Benson, one third of Infinite Fall, the studio that brought us the charming cult-hit Night in the Woods, stops by to talk game design, narrative, aesthetics, depression, capitalism, and politics. Seriously, it's good.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/no-cartridge-audio/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

1hr 43mins

4 Apr 2017

Rank #13

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No Cartridge UNLOCK: Mark Hoppus!

In this classic No Cartridge After Dark, Liv and I talk with Blink 182 frontman Mark Hoppus about gaming, music, and growing up. Not to be missed, and free for the first time! For more, check out patreon.com/nocartridge!Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/no-cartridge-audio/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

59mins

20 Sep 2019

Rank #14

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Episode 112: No Kingdom, No Heart for Existential Dread w/ Natalie Watson

We welcome Waypoint's Natalie Watson on the podcast to talk Undertale, Kingdom Hearts, lore, existentialism, and why we play games in the first place!Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/no-cartridge-audio/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

59mins

27 Feb 2019

Rank #15

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No Cartridge Presents: Patch Notes 1.9

Liv, Jon, and Trev are back to talk about E3! The ups, the downs, and everything in-between as only your favorite political news podcast could bring it. Also, brief Good Charlotte chatter and the many cancellations of Jon.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/no-cartridge-audio/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

1hr 23mins

18 Jun 2019

Rank #16

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Episode 94: Your Own Personal Torture with Spencer Hall

We welcome SBNation and EDSBS bigwig and all around nice college football man Spencer Hall on the podcast to talk about gaming late in life, college football, and the way games and the way we respond to them tell us about ourselves.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/no-cartridge-audio/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

1hr 39mins

25 Sep 2018

Rank #17

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Episode 151: High Culture, Low Culture, Witcher Culture with Connor Southard

We welcome Podside Picnic's own Connor Southard on the show (finally!) to talk to us about the Witcher, television, art, distinction, and storytelling. And tons more too, if you were in any doubt. Thanks to Julian for production and credit to Depresso for the art!Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/no-cartridge-audio/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

1hr 7mins

11 Feb 2020

Rank #18

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Episode 157: Chillin With Degen

We welcome back Alex Degen to the podcast to talk about gaming, abstraction in gaming, and man, just like everything. The best kind of conversation to make you feel like you got some friends visiting, just a blast.Thanks again to Julian for the production!!Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/no-cartridge-audio/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

1hr 59mins

15 Apr 2020

Rank #19

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Episode 155: Last Reports from PAX-East with Tony Palumbi

We welcome back Tony Palumbi who has some news on the recent games to be released (or, well, we hope) in the near future! He played them at the Last Industry Event Before The Plague, PAX-East, and we chat about the upcoming crop. Good content to ease the plague mind!Thank you to Julian for the amazing production!Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/no-cartridge-audio/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

1hr 27mins

3 Apr 2020

Rank #20