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Triple Click

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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What's The Deal With: Souls Games?

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 beginningMaddy: Maiden (2018)Jason: The Last DanceLinks:Chris Dahlen on Dark Souls: https://kotaku.com/what-dark-souls-is-really-all-about-5874599Support Triple Click: http://maximumfun.org/joinJoin the Triple Click Discord: http://discord.gg/tripleclickpodTriple Click Ethics Policy: https://maximumfun.org/triple-click-ethics-policy/

57mins

4 Feb 2021

Rank #1

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The Fall of Fallout

Don't miss the (unofficial) Triple Click subredditHBomberguy on Fallout

58mins

7 May 2020

Rank #2

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Our Favorite Games of 2020

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 2Maddy: “The very real, totally bizarre bucatini shortage of 2020” by Rachel Handler (Grub Street)Jason: SekiroLinks:Support Triple Click: http://maximumfun.org/joinJoin the Triple Click Discord: http://discord.gg/tripleclickpodTriple Click Ethics Policy: https://maximumfun.org/triple-click-ethics-policy/GOTY Lists:JasonHadesFinal Fantasy VII RemakeCall of the SeaDemon’s SoulsAssassin’s Creed ValhallaFall Guys: Ultimate KnockoutPaper Mario: The Origami KingBugsnaxOri and the Will of the WispsJackbox Party Pack 7MaddyAnimal Crossing New HorizonsCarrionDestiny 2: Beyond LightFinal Fantasy 7 RemakeHadesIf FoundKentucky Route ZeroParadise KillerSpider-Man: Miles MoralesWide Ocean Big JacketKirkHadesCarrionSpiritfarerBlack MesaHalf-Life: AlyxDesperados IIIStar Wars: SquadronsFinal Fantasy VII RemakeOri and the Will of the WispsAnimal Crossing: New Horizons

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31 Dec 2020

Rank #3

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Our Predictions For 2021

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 1984Maddy: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley Jason: Never Split The Difference by Chris Voss and Tahl RazLinks:Support Triple Click: http://maximumfun.org/joinJoin the Triple Click Discord: http://discord.gg/tripleclickpodTriple Click Ethics Policy: https://maximumfun.org/triple-click-ethics-policy/

56mins

7 Jan 2021

Rank #4

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Whoa, Microsoft Bought Bethesda

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 ThingKirk: Super Mario GalaxyMaddy: Pen15 season twoJason: HadesLinksSupport Triple Click: http://maximumfun.org/joinMusic Featured: “The Painful Way” by Darren Korb from the Hades OST“Overture” by Koji Kondo & Mahito Yokota from the Super Mario Galaxy OST

56mins

24 Sep 2020

Rank #5

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Triple Play: Hitman 3

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 S3Maddy: Ted LassoJason: GameStopLinks:Hitman Speedrun: https://kotaku.com/speedrunners-are-beating-hitman-3s-dubai-level-in-under-1846121772Shoreh 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-stopsShort Selling and Options explainers: https://www.investopedia.com/terms/s/shortselling.asphttps://www.investopedia.com/terms/o/option.aspSupport Triple Click: http://maximumfun.org/joinJoin the Triple Click Discord: http://discord.gg/tripleclickpodTriple Click Ethics Policy: https://maximumfun.org/triple-click-ethics-policy/

58mins

28 Jan 2021

Rank #6

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Cyberpunk 2077 And Other Video Game Redemption Stories

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: LupinMaddy: Dark SoulsJason: FargoLinks: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-1637735501Support Triple Click: http://maximumfun.org/joinJoin the Triple Click Discord: http://discord.gg/tripleclickpodTriple Click Ethics Policy:  https://maximumfun.org/triple-click-ethics-policy/

59mins

14 Jan 2021

Rank #7

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Triple Play: Cyberpunk 2077

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: GhostrunnerMaddy:  Carrie by Stephen KingJason: Call of the SeaLinks:Support Triple Click: http://maximumfun.org/joinJoin the Triple Click Discord: http://discord.gg/tripleclickpodTriple Click Ethics Policy: https://maximumfun.org/triple-click-ethics-policy/

56mins

17 Dec 2020

Rank #8

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The Video Game Shame Awards

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 MaxMaddy: HadesJason: 13 Sentinels: Aegis RimLinks:Support Triple Click: http://maximumfun.org/joinJoin the Triple Click Discord: http://discord.gg/tripleclickpodTriple Click Ethics Policy: https://maximumfun.org/triple-click-ethics-policy/The Hollywood Reporter on Nolan/Warner: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/christopher-nolan-rips-hbo-max-as-worst-streaming-service-denounces-warner-bros-planTwitter thread about Souls games: https://twitter.com/silent0siris/status/1334570752021049345?s=21

52mins

10 Dec 2020

Rank #9

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The Leftover Video Games Of Fall

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 SquadronsMaddy: The Diary of Anne FrankJason: The Queen’s GambitLinks: Join the Triple Click Discord: http://discord.gg/tripleclickpodTriple Click Ethics Policy: https://maximumfun.org/triple-click-ethics-policy/Support Triple Click: http://maximumfun.org/join

57mins

26 Nov 2020

Rank #10

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Triple Play: Assassin's Creed Valhalla

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 ThingsMaddy: The Queen’s GambitJason: The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart TurtonSlate 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.htmlJoin the Triple Click Discord: http://discord.gg/tripleclickpodTriple Click Ethics Policy: https://maximumfun.org/triple-click-ethics-policy/Support Triple Click: http://maximumfun.org/join

1hr 1min

19 Nov 2020

Rank #11

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How To Keep That "New Game Magic" Alive

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: FacebookMaddy: Animal Crossing Halloween updateJason: Dan Brown's OriginShow Notes:Support Triple Click: http://maximumfun.org/joinKashmir Hill cutting tech giants from her life: https://gizmodo.com/i-cut-the-big-five-tech-giants-from-my-life-it-was-hel-1831304194

56mins

15 Oct 2020

Rank #12

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Which Games Do We Wish We Were Better At?

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 THINGKirk: SpiritfarerMaddy: Horizon Zero Dawn Jason: Super Mario 3D All-StarsLINKSSupport Triple Click: http://maximumfun.org/joinMinnMax: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiUhKqsBH-Is2VeC2sykEfgWho Is John Frum: https://www.topic.com/who-is-john-frum

54mins

17 Sep 2020

Rank #13

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Triple Play: Marvel's Avengers

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 THINGKirk: The weirdness of GPUsMaddy: Destiny 2 (really)Jason: The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart TurtonLINKSSupport Triple Click: http://maximumfun.org/joinTriple Click Twitch channel:  https://www.twitch.tv/tripleclickpod

55mins

10 Sep 2020

Rank #14

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Summer News Roundup

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 THINGKirk: Dark Jason: Retro games kickMaddy: Destiny 2 Leviathan raidSupport Triple Click: http://maximumfun.org/join

59mins

3 Sep 2020

Rank #15

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Is The Madden Curse Real?

One More Thing:Kirk: Luigi’s Mansion 3Maddy: Destiny 2 (...again)Jason: DarkSupport Triple Click: https://maximumfun.org/join

56mins

27 Aug 2020

Rank #16

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Triple Click Picks: The Video Games You Should Play

One More Thing:Kirk: Fall Guys (mediatonic, on PC and PS4, free PS+)Maddy: Zoo Jason: The Epic/Apple/Google warSupport Triple Click: https://maximumfun.org/joinEpic's complaint against Apple: https://cdn2.unrealengine.com/apple-complaint-734589783.pdfTRIPLE CLICK PICKS, VOL 1Disco ElysiumReturn of the Obra DinnHollow Knight Outer WildsDestiny 2BloodborneBreath of the WildDivinity Original Sin IIHitman 2AC Odyssey

58mins

20 Aug 2020

Rank #17

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Sony Shows A Bunch of PS5 Games

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.

52mins

12 Jun 2020

Rank #18

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Beanscast: Final Fantasy VII Remake

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.

1hr 27mins

8 Jun 2020

Rank #19

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What's The Deal With: Assassin's Creed?

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 KnightMaddy: Learning to parry in Dark SoulsJason: Loop HeroLinks:Kirk’s Hollow Knight arrangement: https://youtu.be/eIVtGlcpZS0Support Triple Click: http://maximumfun.org/joinJoin the Triple Click Discord: http://discord.gg/tripleclickpodTriple Click Ethics Policy: https://maximumfun.org/triple-click-ethics-policy/

23mins

11 Mar 2021

Rank #20