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August 5

The Besties: Our Favorite Games to Bring on the Road (Including Xenoblade!)

How do you pack the perfect video game for a long trip? This week, we speak with resident gaming travel expert and Besties co-host Justin McElroy to learn his secrets to success. Will we mention clicker games? Just you wait! Plus, Plante loves Xenoblade Chronicles 3. Twist! [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 5:13 AM - 0 comments

July 29

The Besties: The Multiverse is Real and It Has Shaggy

This week we're diving into a wide swath of new game releases, at least one of which kinda came out of nowhere and ended up being super good! Heck, they're all good, but just very different.On the bill: Forza Horizon 5's new Hot Wheels DLC, EX-Zodiac, and Multiversus. We also discuss Drop 7, Dr. Awesome, Sword & Poker and other games that have been removed from App Stores. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 4:33 AM - 0 comments

July 24

Revolutions: 10.1- The International Working Men's Association

In 1864, a group of working men formed an international association called The International Working Men's Association. (I didn't see a way to post by season for podcasts; I was thinking we could use this thread to discuss all of Season 10 on the Russian Revolution) [more inside]
posted by latkes at 7:41 PM - 3 comments

July 22

The Besties: Tackling the Backlog with Tina Sanchez

With Justin and Griffin on tour, we've brought in Tina Sanchez (@teanah), who has worked on some of the biggest franchises in the games industry (and even hosted a podcast with Chris Plante ages ago!). She's here to teach us the magical world of video game producing and how the sauce all comes together into a bigger, better sauce. We're also diving a bit into our backlog, from Yakuza 0 to Outer Wilds and beyond. Other things talked about: Call of Duty, Apex Legends, God of War Ragnarok, Stray, Deep Rock Galactic and The Rehearsal on HBO. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 4:26 AM - 0 comments

July 15

The Besties: Breaking Down the First Half of 2022

We know that you, a diehard Besties listener, have heard us talk about all the great games that came out so far this year. But if you enjoyed all that jazz, you're gonna LOVE hearing us stack those games up against each other in our mid-year checkpoint special! Games discussed: Super Auto Pets, Wordle, Vampire Survivors, Nobody Saves the World, Pokemon Legends Arceus, Dying Light 2, Olliolli World, Horizon Forbidden West, Destiny 2: The Witch Queen, Elden Ring, Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Tunic, Star Wars Skywalker Saga, Teardown, Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe, Rogue Legacy 2, Citizen Sleeper, V Rising, Hardspace: Ship Breaker, TMNT Shredders Revenge, Neon White, AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES - nirvanA Initiative [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 12:39 AM - 2 comments

July 11

The Besties: Chowing Down on Cuphead's Delicious Last Course

We hope you're hungry, because this week brings us Cuphead's shiny new DLC, The Delicious Last Course. Also, we bought egg sandwiches for everyone, and man, we just bought waaaay too many. Take as many as you want. Bring some home to your family.Other games discussed: Neon White, Hero Emblems 2, Teardown, Clap Hanz Golf, Fall Guys, AI Somnium Files 2 [more inside]
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July 2

The Besties: Partying at the World's Worst Summer Camp in The Quarry

This week, we're playing Supermassive's latest interactive horror movie-game-thing, which we played in a bunch of different ways, some less recommended than others. Also, we discuss the genre's origins in FMV at length, because ... of course we do. Other games discussed: Until Dawn, Heavy Rain, The Looker, Neon White, Card Shark, Stardew Valley Expanded [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 4:19 AM - 0 comments

June 24

The Besties: It Is, Once Again, Pizza Time with Shredder's Revenge

We're serving up game criticism on a half shell and trashing like a million Foot Clan conscripts as we discuss TMNT: Shredder's Revenge, Tribute's modern take on Konami's classic beat-em-up series.Also: Mailbag's full! Let's dump it on out. Also discussed: Fall Guys, Fortnite, Yakuza 0, Rogue Legacy 2, Pokemon Shield, Five Dates [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 4:24 AM - 2 comments

June 23

Reply All: #189 Goodbye All

One last thing before we go. [more inside]
posted by jazon at 1:45 PM - 9 comments

June 21

The Besties: Kicking it Super Hard with Mario Strikers: Battle League

You know Mario, from Mario? He's so much more than a jumping plumber, you know. He's doing soccer now, too. I mean, he's been doing soccer, and a lot of other stuff, and we're going to be talking about ALL that while we share some thoughts about Mario Strikers: Battle League. Games discussed: No Man's Sky, Rogue Legacy 2, Path of Exile, Fortnite, Vampire Survivor, Yakuza 0 [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 2:42 AM - 0 comments

June 15

Beef And Dairy Network: Episode 84 - The Lord Of The Sun

Stefan Ashton Frank, Rose Johnson and Susan Harrison tell the story of the Lord Of The Sun, in an episode that might well have come straight out of Joe Frank or Blue Jam. But with significantly more rich beef sausage.
posted by eotvos at 7:53 AM - 1 comment

June 13

The Besties: Whale Watching in Diablo Immortal

Join us as we bust out our phones and apply for a high interest personal loan with Diablo Immortal! How does Blizzard's hack and slash RPG hold up on phones, and how close has it brought us to abject financial ruin? Find out within. Games discussed: Diablo Immortal, Resident Evil 4 Remake, Street Fighter 6, Final Fantasy XVI, Soda Crisis, Sniper Elite 5, Super Auto Pets, V Rising [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 3:42 AM - 1 comment

June 7

The Besties: The Ghost of E3s Past (And Present, And Also Future)

Sure, E3 isn't "officially" happening this year, but there's still a lot of hot, hot gaming news dropping over the next couple of weeks! Join us as we discuss the evolution (and de-evolution) of the industry's (former) big summer event, and what we can expect from The Triple in years to come. [more inside]
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June 3

The Besties: Acting Like a Bunch of Draculas in V Rising

This week, we're chatting about an up-and-comer on the Steam charts — the vampire survival sim V Rising. Find out why we're so smitten; with special guest Travis McElroy! Games discussed: V Rising, Everquest TLP, Who Pressed Mute on Uncle Marcus, Vampire Survivors, Stardew Valley. Direct Episode Link [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 7:55 AM - 1 comment

May 20

The Besties: The Sleeper Hits of Spring 2022

This week, we're circling back with some of the lil' guys you might have missed this Spring while you were traipsing in the bluebonnets, or collecting berries or whatever. Games discussed: Shotgun King, Vampire Survivors, Haiku the Robot, Mini Motorways on Switch, OlliOlli World, Dungeons of Dreadrock, Rogue Legacy 2, Peglin, Who Pressed Mute on Uncle Marcus?, Songpop Party, Forager, Fall Guys, Citizen Sleeper [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 1:02 PM - 0 comments

May 16

The Besties: The Definitive Power Ranking of Star Wars Games

In today's episode, we're exploring the absolutely pristine history of Star Wars video games, and assigning each of them a grade in an EXTREMELY scientific and deliberate manner. It's a journey, y'all. Also discussed: Nobody Saves the World on Switch, Death's Gambit: Ashes of Vados, Fortnite, Rogue Legacy 2 [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 3:19 AM - 0 comments

May 6

The Besties: Showcasing Our Athleticism with Nintendo Switch Sports

This week, we're tapping into the Old Ways of E-Bowling and Cyber-Tennis in Nintendo Switch Sports! It's like falling off a log, only the log is a sword, and we're using it to battle our children. Also discussed: Halo Infinite Season 2, Stanley Parable Ultra Deluxe, Knotwords [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 8:47 AM - 2 comments

May 3

The Besties: How to Keep a Child Entertained (and Other Impossibilities)

Today on the show we're answering a long-requested question: What sorts of games do you play with kids? The Besties weigh in on some of their chosen diversions. Games discussed include: Monster Legends, ABCYa/ABCMouse/PBSkids, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Super Mario Odyssey, Kirby and the Forgotten World, Roblox, The Room, Humongous Games, and Chuchel. Direct Episode Link [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 9:39 AM - 3 comments

April 22

The Besties: The Video Game Movie Canon with Kahlief Adams

With the McElboys on tour, Plante and Frushtick bring in a special guest, Kahlief Adams of the Spawn on Me podcast, to talk about just what makes a great video game movie, and whether we could narrow down five that best represent the medium. Also, what's up with those Goombas? [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 6:46 AM - 0 comments

April 20

Marvel’s Squirrel Girl: The Unbeatable Radio Show!: Season One

Watch out, evildoers and college kids who need advice! Doreen Green, the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, is back, in podcast form! [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 6:58 AM - 7 comments

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