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November 25

The Besties: Seeing Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Through the Eyes of a Child

It's one of the biggest releases of the year and Justin paid his daughter, Charlie McElroy, to play it for him. Yes, it's Pokémon time once again and we're diving into Scarlet and Violet. We've also got way more to say about Pentiment. Also discussed: Andor, Fargo Season 4, Spy x Family and Warhammer: Darktide. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 8:09 AM - 0 comments

November 24

Til Death Do Us Blart: Til Death Do Us Blart 2022

Somehow, inexplicably, American Thanksgiving is here again, and so it's once again time for our five bold visionaries to view and discuss Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. But make no mistake - this year, things are different. This year, there is a mole. One of the five was chosen at random to watch Here Comes the Boom instead of PBMC2. The vibes get weird. Dig in. [more inside]
posted by EndsOfInvention at 4:03 AM - 14 comments

November 22

Maintenance Phase: The Food Pyramid

In the 1990s, the Food Pyramid was one of the most recognizable symbols in nutrition education. But where did it come from? Why was it created by the agriculture department? And why did it tell us to eat a whole loaf of bread every day?
posted by Gin and Broadband at 6:56 AM - 4 comments

November 21

The Besties: Boldly Going Where No Hedgehog's Gone Before in Sonic Frontiers

Sonic Frontiers, the open-world iteration of Sega's fast rodent simulator, is kind of a mess. But is it the fun kind of mess, like when a can of spray cheese explodes in your car, and it's gross and everywhere, but man it'll be a great story later? Let's talk about it, and also a random assortment of other new releases! Also discussed: McPixel 3, Somerville, Pentiment, GOTY Award Nominees, Reservation Dogs, Andor [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 1:14 AM - 0 comments

November 11

The Besties: BOY! Do We Have Thoughts About God of War: Ragnarok

How do you follow up a certified club banger like 2018's God of War? Join us as we discuss Sony Santa Monica's daunting sequel and its unsurprising breakout star. (Spoiler: It's Richard Schiff.) Also discussed: Signalis, Dave the Diver, Marvel Snap, Binding of Isaac [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 1:03 PM - 3 comments

November 5

ElfQuest: The Audio Movie

From Realm. When a fierce tribe of woodland elves—the Wolfriders—are burned from their homes by hostile humans, their chief, Cutter, must tap every reserve of strength and will to lead his people to safety. Barely surviving brutal setbacks, the Wolfriders discover to their astonishment other elves—the Sun Folk—who exist in the world they thought was theirs alone. [more inside]
posted by one for the books at 10:40 AM - 3 comments

November 4

Edith!: America's First Female President*

Rosamund Pike stars as Edith Wilson in Edith! a scripted comedy podcast exploring the untold true-ish story of America’s secret First Female President, from Gonzalo Cordova and Travis Helwig. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 9:23 AM - 1 comment

The Besties: Facing our Inner Demons in Bayonetta 3

Bayonetta is back after a long sabbatical, and now there's like a million of her. Is that too many Bayonettas? Is such a thing possible? Let's find out as we share our thoughts on Bayonetta 3! Also discussed: Signalis, Marvel Snap, Idle Acorns, Binding of Isaac, Banshees of Inisherin [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 6:15 AM - 0 comments

October 31

The Besties: Mario and Rabbids and Marvel and Sonic and Minions

Mario and Rabbids, two distinguished IPs operating on identical levels of critical acclaim, have been squished together once again in the turn-based stratgizer, Sparks of Hope. Join us as we examine their japes, and also get really into a Marvel-based TCG. 2022's just full of surprises. Also discussed: God of War: Ragnarok, Resident Evil 8 DLC, Case of the Golden Idol, The Hidden, Willie's Wonderland, Dangerous Game: The Legacy Murders [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 2:03 AM - 0 comments

October 21

The Besties: A Desperate Dive Into the Grab Bag

Look, we were gonna do Arkham Knights this week, but realized nobody wanted to hear an hour long dunkfest - join us as we pivot to talking about a bunch of good games, instead! With just a liiiiittle dunking for good measure. Games discussed: Case of the Golden Idol, EverCrawl, Binding of Isaac, I Was A Teenage Exocolonist, Deadeye Deepfake Simulacrum, No Man's Sky [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 1:52 AM - 0 comments

October 14

The Besties: Getting Up Close and Persona(l)

With the impending multiplatform launch of Persona 5 Royal and its portable predecessors, we decided to sit down and discuss all the highs and lows of Atlus's super-social RPG franchise. Also, what's the best way to quit playing a game? Let's find out!Also discussed: Binding of Isaac: Repentance, In Memoriam series, At Dead of Night, Neon White, Rogue Legacy 2, Tunic, Sniper Elite 5 [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 2:19 AM - 0 comments

October 7

Orphan Black: The Next Chapter: Season 1, Full Season

The story picks up 8 years after the end of the television series. Cosima Niehaus looks into a new job opportunity, but it turns out to be more than it seemed to be. A newly identified clone becomes involved, and things change for the club forever. Hosted by Realm.fm [more inside]
posted by Quonab at 6:24 PM - 3 comments

The Besties: Honey, We Shrunk the Us in Grounded

This week, we're playing Obsidian's miniaturized survival sim Grounded, and mostly talking about stripping Rick Moranis of his science license. Also, ROCK AND STONE! By which we mean: We're also talking about Deep Rock Galactic, now that we've all actually played it! Also discussed: Binding of Isaac, RogueJack, Mars First Logistics, Near Dark, Q: The Winged Serpent [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 5:44 AM - 0 comments

September 30

The Besties: The Fall 2022 Indie Gaming Pick-A-Mix

We couldn't pick a game to discuss this week, so instead we present to you an installment of Oops! All Indie Games. We've got a bumper crop of backlog material for you to dive into, from slime-based horticulture to interstellar mining simulators.Games discussed: Trombone Champ, Slime Rancher 2, Shovel Knight Dig, Deep Rock Galactic, The Diofield Chronicle, Steel Rising, Squad 51 vs. the Flying Saucers [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 5:36 AM - 2 comments

September 29

In Trust: (full series)

"A hundred and fifty years ago, the Osage Nation bought a stretch of prairie the size of Delaware, in what's now Oklahoma. The Osage owned the land and everything beneath it. Today, much of present-day Osage County has left Osage hands. In some cases, appropriation was swift and brutal: Dozens of Osages were murdered for their share of lucrative mineral rights to this oil-rich land, a period often referred to as the Reign of Terror. But other transfers of wealth played out more subtly—dollar by dollar and acre by acre, over decades—helped along by policies created by the US government." A six-episode iHeartMedia / Bloomberg production, reported and narrated by R. Adams-Heard; series podlink here. [more inside]
posted by progosk at 8:45 AM - 1 comment

September 23

The Besties: Dreaming the Impossible Dreamlight Valley

We're as surprised as anyone that Dreamlight Valley, Gameloft's Disney-flavored life sim, has enraptured our hearts and our minds. Join us as we force feed Goofy raw fish while hunting the unquiet spirit of Minnie Mouse. Also discussed: Return to Monkey Island, Final Fantasy X, The Elden Ring Manga, Predator: A Memoir, Arcade Paradise, Slay the Spire [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 2:51 AM - 0 comments

September 16

The Besties: We're Not Squidding Around with Splatoon 3

The great inkening is upon us once again. Join us for a discussion about Nintendo's third installment in their paint-wasting simulator Splatoon! Also, we break down the big announcement's from this week's Nintendo Direct, which is to say, we talk about like a hundred farming games. Also discussed: Dark Souls 2, Godard films, Severance, Melvor Idle, Slay the Spire, Le Circ Rouge [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 6:04 AM - 1 comment

September 9

The Besties: Getting All Gussied Up with The Last of Us Part 1

If you think you just played a version of the original The Last of Us, we're here to tell you that you probably did, but here's a new one with prettier graphics! Well, pretty is maybe not the right word as much as it is far more viscerally depressing now. Also discussed: Bounty of One, Zor: Pilgrimage of the Slorfs, Arcade Paradise, Dark Souls 2, and Immortality. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 3:03 AM - 1 comment

September 5

The Besties: A Fun Time at the Movies with Immortality

This week, we're discussing the latest Sam Barlow FMV game, Immortality. It's all about the history of cinema and auteur theory and, tragically, Chris Plante isn't here to explain what all of that means. Also, what other FMV performances have stolen our hearts? Also discussed: Dark Souls 2, Dark Cloud 2, Alan Wake, Simulacra, Diveki Games, Jetpack Joyride 2 [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 1:09 AM - 4 comments

September 2

The Adventure Zone: Setup - Dust Season 2

Travis returns to MC Season 2 of The Adventure Zone: Dust. Special guest Erika Ishii (@erikaishii on twitter) joins the adventure to Wild-West inspired Crescent City. Listen in as we create our characters and give a primer on the mechanics of the game.We're playing Urban Shadows by Magpie Games: https://magpiegames.com/pages/products
posted by zeptoweasel at 6:26 PM - 14 comments

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