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Kotaku's Kirk Hamilton, Jason Schreier, and Maddy Myers talk about all things gaming... and maybe more.

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Kotaku's Kirk Hamilton, Jason Schreier, and Maddy Myers talk about all things gaming... and maybe more.

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The best in games.

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Hands down the best video game podcast. Except for that other one.

in this job or the next

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Love the show. I will follow you guys no matter what the podcast is called. 🤙

iTunes Ratings

703 Ratings
Average Ratings
558
45
30
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48

The best in games.

By sw3dge - Jan 11 2020
Read more
Hands down the best video game podcast. Except for that other one.

in this job or the next

By wikiquote - Nov 02 2019
Read more
Love the show. I will follow you guys no matter what the podcast is called. 🤙
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Kotaku Splitscreen

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Kotaku's Kirk Hamilton, Jason Schreier, and Maddy Myers talk about all things gaming... and maybe more.

Rank #1: 124: God of War Is So Freakin' Good

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The new God of War is astounding, and Kirk and Jason are here to tell you all about it (don't worry; no spoilers!). First they talk about the news of the week on PlayStation 5, The Simpsons, and Westworld before gushing about God of War (26:32)'s combat, storytelling, and incredible production values. Then they bring on Twitch streamer Ryann Weller (46:31) to talk about his transition from making games to making videos about games.

Apr 12 2018

1hr 18mins

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Rank #2: 70: Let's Gush About Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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Kirk and Jason talk about Destiny 2 and Shadow of War, then take a spoiler-light dive into Hyrule to talk about how incredible Breath of the Wild is. (The answer, of course: Very incredible.)

Mar 09 2017

1hr 13mins

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Rank #3: 64: Nintendo Switch Reactions

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Jason and Kirk blaze through their belated predictions for 2017, then (23:48) talk Nintendo Switch: the launch lineup, the price, our pros/cons.

Jan 19 2017

1hr 18mins

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Rank #4: 140: Plagiarism At IGN

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Kotaku editor Maddy Myers joins Kirk and Jason to talk about IGN plagiarism, deleting old tweets, and what makes the perfect Metroidvania. Also: EVO, Dead Cells, Hollow Knight, and Better Call Saul!

Aug 09 2018

1hr 15mins

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Rank #5: 71: Early Thoughts On Mass Effect: Andromeda

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Kirk and Jason break down the week's news, then dig into the early hours of Mass Effect: Andromeda, which have left them with mixed feelings so far. Afterwards, some reader questions and more Zelda talk.

Mar 16 2017

1hr 36mins

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Rank #6: 126: Fortnite's Recipe For Success

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What is this, a crossover episode? Jason and Kirk talk about Paris, Valve buying Campo Santo, Quantic Dream suing journalists, and Destiny 2 before they're joined by Kotaku's Gita Jackson and Patricia Hernandez of Fave This (43:57) to talk about how Fortnite got so popular and whether Nintendo Labo is as fun as playing with cardboard boxes.

Apr 26 2018

1hr 22mins

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Rank #7: Episode 46: PlayStation Fro

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It's NEWS HOUR as Kirk and Jason discuss the new Mario iOS game and Sony's newly released PlayStation 4 Pro, aka PlayStation Fro, which has been underwhelming so far.

Sep 08 2016

1hr 12mins

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Rank #8: 79: The Zelda: Breath of the Wild Spoilercast

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The new Zelda has been out for two months now, so let's spoil it! First, Kirk and Jason talk this week's news including the rocky future of Mass Effect (5:20), an eleven-year-old getting GTA V and finding a bag of meth instead (11:41) and Assassin's Creed/Far Cry leaks (15:38). Then Stephen Totilo joins the podcast for a nice chunk of Breath of the Wild spoiler talk (22:56). And Kirk and Jason finish things off with some Prey (1:06:55).

May 11 2017

1hr 26mins

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Rank #9: Episode 30: Nintendo Is Bumming Us Out

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The NX is coming in just under a year, but Nintendo has lost a lot of goodwill with their biggest fans. For Wii U owners, including both Kirk and Jason, it's hard not to feel burned. Let's talk about it. Also: Dark Souls III, Hitman, and our hopes for Uncharted 4,

Apr 28 2016

1hr 13mins

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Rank #10: BONUS: God of War Director Cory Barlog

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SPOILERS! God of War director Cory Barlog drops by the show for a fun, wide-ranging chat about all sorts of things, including his take on the message of this game, what's next for the series, and That One Moment. We also talk about why God of War took five years, labor issues in video games, and whether Barlog would ever make a God of War game about Christianity. Don't listen to this one until you've finished the game!

Apr 30 2018

1hr 2mins

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Rank #11: Final Fantasy VII, Avengers, And Other Reports From E3 2019

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Episode 184: Jason and Maddy are back from E3, regaling Kirk with tales of sweaty convention controllers and all the video games they played in Los Angeles. First, everyone talks about the games they're currently playing, like Outer Wilds, Cadence of Hyrule, and Collection of Mana. Then it's time for E3 chat (34:29) about The Avengers, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Cyberpunk 2077, Link's Awakening, Astral Chain, and many, many more games, followed by off-topic talk (1:17:18) on Dark Phoenix, Billions, and Chernobyl.


Music pick of the week: “Lunchtime” off of Cory Wong’s new album Live in the U.K.

Jun 20 2019

1hr 40mins

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Rank #12: 52: Fallout For Fallout 4

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Kirk's joined by Kotaku deputy editor Patricia Hernandez to talk about all kinds of video games.

Oct 20 2016

1hr 13mins

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Rank #13: 136: Octopath Traveler Ain't Great

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Kirk's off this week, so Jason brings on Kotaku's Tim Rogers to talk about the structure and story of Octopath Traveler. Short version: The combat system is fantastic, and it looks and sounds gorgeous, but everything else... eh. Then Jason and Tim geek out about The Sopranos for a while.

Jul 12 2018

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Rank #14: Anthem Feels Broken And Unfinished

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Episode 168: BioWare's Anthem is out! But is it any good? First up, the Splitscreen crew talks about the games they've been playing, like Bloodborne, Tetris 99, and Far Cry New Dawn. Then it's time for a breakdown of BioWare's new loot shooter (31:16), which Kirk and Jason have both been playing. They discuss Anthem's many bugs, the problems with EA's early access program, and how the game generally looks and feels. Finally, off-topic chat on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Russian Doll, and Bohemian Rhapsody.


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Music pick of the week: “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen from their 1975 album A Night At The OperaLindsay Ellis - 'Independence Day vs. War of the Worlds': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KioF1sTQFtEJake Kaufman & Tommy Pedrini - Final Fantasy VI 'The Impresario': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xFhULStbkQ

Feb 21 2019

1hr 20mins

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Rank #15: 132: Rumors And Predictions For E3 2018

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It's time again for E3, that wonderful time of year full of excitement and trailers for games that will never come out. What will we see this year? Kirk and Jason go through each conference one by one: EA, Microsoft, Bethesda, Square Enix, Ubisoft, Sony, and Nintendo, to talk about their hopes, their expectations, and their wildest predictions.

Jun 07 2018

1hr 28mins

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Rank #16: 55: We All Need Some Distractions

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In the wake of this horrible week, Kirk and Jason distract themselves with new video games. PS4 Pro, NES Classic, and Dishonored 2 lead the way, along with a bunch of reader questions on storytelling, the best video game books, and much more.

Nov 11 2016

1hr 12mins

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Rank #17: 56: Honored 2: Dishonored

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Kotaku managing editor Riley MacLeod joins Kirk and Jason to talk Dishonored 2, Hitman, and Watch Dogs 2. They also answer reader questions and try to figure out which Overwatch character each of them would be IRL. (Kirk is Widowmaker.)

Nov 17 2016

1hr 15mins

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Rank #18: Our E3 2019 Hopes And Predictions

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Episode 182: Hell yeah, it's time for E3! Kirk, Jason, and Maddy talk about the games they've been playing (Outer Wilds, Timespinner, Gato Roboto) before jumping into E3 guesses, hopes, predictions, and rumors (32:46) involving EA, Microsoft, Bethesda, Ubisoft, Square Enix, Nintendo, and much more. Will The Avengers and FF7 live up to the hype? With Sony skipping this year's show, can Microsoft blow us all away as it fights for console dominance? And what kind of whispers has Jason heard about Ubisoft's showcase this year? You'll have to listen to the show to find out. The gang closes things out with off-topic talk (1:24:38) including Dragon Ball Z, 24, and Rocketman.

SHOW NOTES:

Music pick of the week: “Hangin’ with My Baby” by Tower of Power from their 2018 (!) album Soul Side of Town

Jon Bois on 24: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_P52G4Kyq5M

Jun 06 2019

1hr 52mins

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Rank #19: 91: Finding Love In Splatoon 2

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Super-sized episode! Kirk and Jason start by talking about how much Jason's loving Final Fantasy Tactics on his phone and how impressed Kirk is with the opening hours of Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. Then they talk about the news of the week (22:21), from Shadow of War microtransactions to a Pokémon MMO hidden within another game. After that Kirk sits down with Kotaku's longtime advice columnist Harris "Dr. NerdLove" O'Malley (35:43) to talk about dating, pickup artists, and how movies lie to us about love. Finally, fellow Kotakuites Patricia Hernandez and Gita Jackson join the show to geek out with Kirk about their mutual love for Splatoon 2. (1:19:56)

Aug 10 2017

1hr 51mins

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Rank #20: Episode 25: The Future Of Gaming Hardware

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Kirk is back from GDC, where all everyone could talk about was VR. Jason's still pretty skeptical, though. Is VR really going to take off? Also: PS4.5, NX, and The Division, followed by some Gamer Rage at Nintendo for making us buy the same Virtual Console games multiple times if we want to play them on both Wii U and 3DS. Damnit, Nintendo.

Mar 24 2016

1hr 20mins

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The Hardest Things YOU'VE Ever Done In A Game

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Episode 214: Maddy and Kirk talk about games they're playing (without Jason), with Maddy starting up Pokemon: Shield and Kirk having finally beaten Disco Elysium, as well as continuing with The Witcher 3 and Plague Tale: Innocence. After that (36:52), we read listeners' stories about the hardest challenges they've ever bested in video games. We don't get through all of them, so we're going to keep that up in future episodes. We close out the show with off-topic discussion (1:06:06) about You Must Remember This, Avatar, and Uncut Gems.

Music pick of the week: “Migrations” by Chris Potter feat John Scofield from his 2002 album Traveling Mercies

Links:

"Game Delays Cause More Crunch" by Jason Schreier

The Witcher anime film

Music Picks Playlists - Apple MusicSpotify

Jan 23 2020

1hr 23mins

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The Hardest Things We've Ever Done In A Game

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Episode 213: Jason, Kirk, and Maddy talk about Disco Elysium, Hollow Knight, and Monster Hunter: Iceborne before checking in on some quick news (29:00): Sony's skipping E3 and Final Fantasy VII and Avengers are both delayed. Then they open up the listener mailbag for some questions about the hardest things they've ever done in a video game, whether Microsoft will ever turn Xbox into a living room PC, and the games they might hypothetically speedrun. They close things off with some off-topic talk (1:07:00) on James Cameron, Parasite, and the glorious return of Jason's NFL Playoff stories.

Music pick of the week: “The Other Side” by Moonchild from their 2019 album Little Ghost

Links:

Heather Alexandra on speedrunning.

Luke Palmer on Snowpiercer and Willy Wonka

Music Picks Playlists - Apple Music, Spotify

Jan 16 2020

1hr 31mins

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Our 2020 Video Game Predictions

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Episode 212: Kirk, Jason, and Maddy talk about the games they played over the holidays, like Resident Evil 2, The Witcher 3, and Control, then look back at their predictions for 2019 to see who got the most things right (28:22). Then they make predictions for 2020, a year that will no doubt be full of fun video game nonsense. They close things off with movie talk on Knives Out, Parasite, Little Women, and more (1:10:53).

Music pick of the week: “Dream Sweet in Sea Major” by Miracle Musical (ミラクルミュージカル) from the 2012 album Hawaii: Part II

(Kirk's playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1zRtCq81Z6kXKmGCK0Xm7u?si=2qwuFExCTfCkRFY9d3hUhA)

Jan 09 2020

1hr 28mins

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All The Games* Of 2019, Part 2

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Episode 211: Jason, Kirk, and Maddy continue their discussion of the games they played in 2019, capping off the year with July through December.

The games: Dragon Quest Builders 2, A Short Hike, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Wolfenstein Youngblood, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, Telling Lies, Grandia HD Collection, Rebel Galaxy Outlaw, Control, Remnant: From The Ashes, Madden NFL 20, Eliza, Final Fantasy VIII Remastered, AI: The Somnium Files, No Man’s Sky: Beyond, Zelda: Link’s Awakening, What The Golf?, Assemble With Care, Spek, Bleak Sword, Grindstone, Ori and the Blind Forest (Switch), Gears 5, Hitman 2: Haven Island, Borderlands 3, Untitled Goose Game, Sayonara Wild Hearts, Destiny 2: Shadowkeep, Disco Elysium, The Outer Worlds, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Ring Fit Adventure, Afterparty, Death Stranding, Guildlings, Romancing Saga 3, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire's Conspiracy (Switch), Star Ocean: First Departure R, Heroland, Shovel Knight: King of Cards, Shovel Knight Showdown, Halo: Reach PC re-release

Dec 26 2019

1hr 25mins

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The Big Star Wars Spoilercast

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Maddy, Jason and Kirk have all seen Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, and guess what? They have some thoughts. Our three hosts—a Force Triad, you could say—sat down and recorded a spoilercast that is nearly as long as the movie itself. Because, you see, these things echo. They rhyme.

ADDITIONAL READING:

Jason and Chris Kohler's conversation about the movie on Kotaku: https://kotaku.com/well-okay-lets-talk-about-star-wars-the-rise-of-skyw-1840561224

Kirk's old article about how The Last Jedi makes The Force Awakens more interesting. (RIP a few of those reasons): https://kotaku.com/star-wars-the-last-jedi-makes-the-force-awakens-much-m-1821721569

The Star Wars leaker's version of the story as posted to Reddit, which Jason references a few times during the cast and which differs from the final movie in some interesting ways: https://www.reddit.com/r/StarWarsLeaks/comments/d5i0ye/the_basic_plot_of_the_rise_of_skywalker_updated/

Dec 23 2019

2hr 18mins

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All The Games* Of 2019, Part 1

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Episode 210: It's time for everyone's favorite tradition as Jason, Maddy, and Kirk go through all the games they've played in 2019, starting with January through June. (July-December coming next week!) Then (1:30:00) it's time for a Watchmen SPOILERCAST!

The games: Slay the Spire, The Hong Kong Massacre, Kingdom Hearts III, Resident Evil 2 Remake, Wargroove, Metro Exodus, Apex Legends, Anthem, Far Cry New Dawn, Tetris 99, Ape Out, Sekiro, The Division 2, Baba Is You, Devil May Cry 5, Days Gone, Phoenix Wright Trilogy (Switch), Mortal Kombat 11, Zanki Zero: Last Beginning, Void Bastards, Rage 2, Outer Wilds, Beat Saber, Gato Roboto, Collection of Mana, Cadence of Hyrule, Timespinner (Switch), My Friend Pedro, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, Mario Maker 2

Dec 19 2019

1hr 50mins

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Three Games That Defined The Decade

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The 2010s were drawing to a close, and Jason, Kirk and Maddy decided to each pick a single game that defined the decade. It was not an easy decision. Many equally definitive games were left alone on the street, crying "My legacy!!" to any who would listen. A trinity, however, made it across the threshold, ready... for discourse.

A hush fell over the room. Bang! A gavel, like a starter pistol. "I call this discussion to order," said the Judge from Phoenix Wright, who had been brought in especially for the occasion. "Please hold your objections until after the opening statements."

Jason ambled to the podium, dragons on his mind. Maddy waited behind him, idly leafing through her notes on character development and archery. Kirk stood off to the side, squinting at a screenshot of an empty Oregon home.

Each of their picks defined the decade in one way or another. But which one was... the definitiveist? The Judge's gavel fell once more. The discourse began.

.......

Anyway, that segment begins at 26:25. First we talked about the games we're playing, from Shovel Knight: King of Cards to Halo: Reach and Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC. We closed out at 1:11:16 with some off-topic discussion of The Irishman, Elementary, and Good Omens. It was a fun ep.

MUSIC PICK OF THE WEEK:

"Ectogenesis" by Animals as Leaders from their 2016 album The Madness of Many.

MUSIC PICK PLAYLISTS:

Apple music: https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/kirks-strong-songs/pl.u-V9D7mXEHJ7o0a

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1zRtCq81Z6kXKmGCK0Xm7u?si=2qwuFExCTfCkRFY9d3hUhA

Dec 12 2019

1hr 22mins

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The Two Next-Gen Xboxes (Xboxii?)

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Episode 208: Jason, Kirk, and Maddy talk a bit about Luigi's Mansion 3, Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order, and Baba Is You before jumping into discussion of the new Half-Life VR game and next-gen consoles (19:11). Then they rave about Watchmen for a while (43:19) and close things out with some Jedi Fallen Order spoiler chat.

Dec 05 2019

1hr 26mins

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The Mount Rushmore Of Video Games

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Episode 207: Happy turkey day! Kirk, Maddy, and Jason open up the Thanksgiving mailbag to answer some of your questions on their video game origin stories, SNES save states, emulating Death Stranding in Zelda: Breath of the Wild, what other animals should get their own Untitled Goose Game, and much more.

Nov 28 2019

1hr 6mins

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The Curse Of Star Wars Is Over

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Episode 206: Finally, a good-ass Star Wars video game! Kirk, Jason, and Maddy take a deep dive into Jedi Fallen Order, the great new Star Wars single-player action-adventure game from Respawn. They talk about its influences, its difficulty, and whether Uncharted and Metroid really harmonize. Then they get into Half-Life VR and the tepid launch of Google Stadia (46:35) followed by some off-topic talk (1:04:49) on The Righteous Gemstones and Musicophilia.

Music pick of the week: “Will O’ The Wisp” from Sketches of Spain by Miles Davis & Gil Evans

Nov 21 2019

1hr 13mins

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Disney Plus Everything

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Episode 205: Jason, Kirk, and Maddy talk about a bunch of video games (Disco Elysium, the new Layton, Death Stranding, and so on) before jumping into some analysis of Disney's new Disney Plus streaming service and the Great Streaming Wars (33:32). Is there too much content? Yes. The answer is yes. Plus: His Dark Materials, Big Mouth, and The Mandalorian!

Music pick of the week: “Light of a Clear Blue Morning” by Dolly Parton from New Harvest… First Gathering, 1977

Links: 'Disco Elysium' Is a Landmark RPG About the Politics of Our Broken World [Cameron Kunzelman, Vice]

Podcast: Pop culture unites us as Americans. Will streaming services change that? [Lauren Katz, Vox]

Disney Is Quietly Placing Classic Fox Movies Into Its Vault, and That’s Worrying [Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture]

Nov 14 2019

1hr 16mins

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The Death Stranding Episode

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Episode 204: It's Death Stranding time! Kirk, Maddy, and Jason spend some time talking about BlizzCon and Luigi's Mansion 3 before jumping into discussion of Metal Gear Solid director Hideo Kojima's new game (25:40), which all three of them have played. They talk about its slow start, why Jason couldn't play more than two hours, and why Kirk and Maddy are loving its weird clunkiness. The show ends with some off-topic talk (58:09) on Trick Mirror, Us, and the Legend of Gardner Minshew.

Music pick of the week: “The Other Side of Summer” by Elvis Costello from Mighty Like a Rose, 1991

To read: Death Stranding: The Kotaku Review [Kotaku];

What Happened to Deadspin, According to the People Who Were There [Slate];

The Future of the Culture Wars is Here, and it’s Gamergate [Deadspin]

Nov 07 2019

1hr 11mins

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The Outer Worlds and Disco Elysium

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Papa Jason is back from paternity leave and he’s got a bunch of newfound parenting knowledge to share… or at least, he played a bunch of games and watched a bunch of TV. He and Kirk talk in-depth about Disco Elysium and The Outer Worlds, two of the games they’ve both been playing. Then Maddy shares some spare thoughts on her journey to the end of Fire Emblem. The *first* end, anyway.

After that they talk news, with some expectations and predictions about the upcoming BlizzCon, Ghost Recon Wildlands bombing hard enough to make Ubisoft delay a bunch of games, and the latest beleaguerment in the Fallout 76 saga.

Referenced on this episode: Fraser Brown’s PC Gamer article about Disco Elysium and The Outer Worlds: https://www.pcgamer.com/disco-elysium-has-ruined-the-outer-worlds-for-me/

Music Pick of the Week: “Just Another Day” by Oingo Boingo from Dead Man’s Party, 1985

Oct 31 2019

1hr 7mins

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Healthier Living With the Nintendo Switch

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Maddy and Kirk talk about games they're playing, with Maddy trying out Sayonara Wild Hearts and Kirk still diving into the interlocking brain systems that Disco Elysium gives its protagonist. After that, we bring on Kotaku staff editor Natalie Degraffinried (24:05) to talk about Ring Fit Adventure, which is Nintendo's latest attempt to make an exercise video game. We also look back on Wii Fit, Dance Dance Revolution, and more. We close with off-topic talk (54:52) about the Charlie's Angels movies, as well as Watchmen—the book, the movie, and the show.

Music pick of the week: “American Music” by the Violent Femmes from “Why Do Birds Sing,” 1991

Oct 24 2019

1hr 24mins

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More Of Your Weird Gaming Traditions

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Kirk and Maddy talk about games they're playing, which in Maddy's case is still Destiny 2 and Borderlands 3. Kirk beat Sayonara Wild Hearts, a music-focused game that he strongly recommends, and he just started Disco Elysium, a detective game with a ton of dialogue systems. We then break for some discussion of the news (32:23), touching on Kotaku's coverage of Pokemon Go and privacy, Blizzard's approach to China and Hong Kong, and the Fortnite black hole. We close with off-topic talk (56:53) about books each of us has read: Educated by Tara Westover, Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson, and Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra.

Music pick of the week: “Begin Again” from the Sayonara Wild Hearts Soundtrack, by Daniel Olsen and Jonathan Eng, feat Linnea Olsson.

“The Creators Of Pokémon Go Mapped The World. Now They're Mapping You” by Cecilia D'Anastasio and Dhruv Mehrotra: https://kotaku.com/the-creators-of-pokemon-go-mapped-the-world-now-theyre-1838974714

“Are China's Tantrums Signs of Strength or Weakness?” by Zeynep Tufekci: https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2019/10/why-does-china-care-about-daryl-moreys-hong-kong-tweet/600001/

Oct 17 2019

1hr 12mins

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Destiny 2 and Borderlands 3

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To celebrate the 200th episode of Splitscreen, Maddy finally started playing Destiny 2. Meanwhile, Kirk beat Untitled Goose Game. We also bring on Kotaku staff writer Joshua Rivera (30:28) to discuss his article about Blizzard's crackdown on a pro Hearthstone player who spoke out about Hong Kong, and then the three of us discuss Borderlands 3, Destiny 2, and all the looting and shooting that can be done in those games. We close with off-topic discussion (1:17:50) about Gentleman Jack, The Great British Bake-Off, and The Real World.

Music pick of the week: “Since 99” by Vargas and Lagola

Wired PS5 Exclusive: https://www.wired.com/story/exclusive-playstation-5/

Planet Money on Hong Kong: https://www.npr.org/2019/07/19/743480237/episode-928-hong-kong

Joshua Rivera's Hong Kong article: https://kotaku.com/blizzards-hong-kong-missteps-prove-video-games-arent-ne-1838913631

Borderlands 3 review: https://kotaku.com/borderlands-3-the-kotaku-review-1838290570

Oct 10 2019

1hr 30mins

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Let's Just Do This Sidequest First

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Kirk and Maddy start by congratulating Jason on his new fatherhood, then get straight to the heart of the matter: video games. Maddy's still playing Fire Emblem and also tried two cool tabletop games, Sheriff of Nottingham and Escape from Aliens in Outer Space. Kirk's tabletop group is still playing Betrayal Legacy; Kirk also played the new Hitman level and... drumroll... Destiny 2: Shadowkeep. After a break (28:32), we bring on Kotaku's editor-in-chief Stephen Totilo to talk about Ghost Recon: Breakpoint and also attempt to define a sidequest (and shout out some of our favorite ones). We then close out with off-topic talk (1:08:15) about Elementary, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Music pick of the week: "Oh My," Natalie Prass

Oct 03 2019

1hr 20mins

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A Horrible Goose

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Kirk and Maddy make do without Jason, who's busy with imminent fatherhood, and discuss the joys of Untitled Goose Game and playing games as a jerk (who is also a goose). Kirk is also stuck on a Gears 5 boss and trying out tons of new offerings in Apple Arcade. We break for news (31:04) about the Oculus Quest, further discussion of Apple Arcade and subscription services, and a bunch of listener emails about weird gaming traditions. We close with off-topic talk (59:54) about Dark Crystal and Hustlers.

Music pick of the week: "Little Wing," Jimi Hendrix

Sep 26 2019

1hr 11mins

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Gears Of Dark Souls

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Episode 197: Kirk, Jason, and Maddy talk about the great new visual novel AI: The Somnium Files, the wonderfully addictive Fire Emblem, and Remnant: From the Ashes, aka Gears of Dark Souls. Then they get into news (34:07) on Nicalis and Apple Arcade, plus a listener question about weird gaming traditions. Finally, off-topic talk (57:16) and the legend of Gardner Minshew continues (or does it?).

Music pick of the week: “Rock Steady” by Aretha Franklin from Young, Gifted and Black, 1972

Sep 19 2019

1hr 13mins

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The P.T. Ghost Was Behind Us All Along

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Episode 196: The Splitscreen krew talks Gears 5, Link's Awakening, and Telling Lies, then moves into news of the week (33:53) on P.T. discoveries, Destiny's five-year anniversary, and esports in the Olympics. Then they get into off-topic (48:58) chat on Derren Brown's 'Secret,' Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, and Succession, before bringing back "Jason's NFL story of the week" to introduce the legend of Gardner Minshew

Music pick of the week: “7” by Prince and the New Power Generation from The Love Symbol Album

Show notes: Joshua Rivera on five years of Destiny, Kirk Hamilton on three years of Destiny, Kathryn VanArendonk - Is Succession a Comedy?

Sep 12 2019

1hr 9mins

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By sw3dge - Jan 11 2020
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Hands down the best video game podcast. Except for that other one.

in this job or the next

By wikiquote - Nov 02 2019
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Love the show. I will follow you guys no matter what the podcast is called. 🤙