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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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Has The PS5 Controller Lived Up To The Hype?

Happy Thanksgiving, hooray hooray hooray -- aren't you glad you got a new Triple Click on this Thanksgiving day? Jason, Maddy, and Kirk open up the mailbag and take listener questions on all sorts of things. Has the PS5's controller lived up to expectations? Which is the best pantheon of gods? And which games do we regret not finishing?

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Escape Academy 

Maddy: The Case of the Golden Idol

Jason: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Links:

Kotaku emulation article: https://kotaku.com/metroid-dread-is-already-running-great-on-switch-emulat-1847833403

Kirk ?idpl_mal? Hamilton?s article about his terrible PSN username: https://kotaku.com/i-still-hate-my-shitty-psn-name-1742215849

?Crowning Celebration? by Kyle Misko from The Case of the Golden Idol soundtrack

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2022-11-24
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God of War and Video Game Side Quests

Forget about that deadly meteor that's coming to kill us all ? it's time to raise some farm animals! Inspired by God of War Ragnarok's plethora of optional content, this week the Triple Click gang talks side quests. What makes a good side quest? What are our favorites? And have we really come up with another taxonomy? Yes, yes we have.


 

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Reservation Dogs S2

Maddy: New TV (LG OLED C1 Series 48? 4k Smart TV)

Jason: Tactics Ogre Reborn

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Some Sidequest Types:

The Arena - A combat area that remixes enemy types from the broader gameThe Racetrack - A racing arena where you race. Cars, horses, ATVs, footrace, etc.The Tournament - A tournament for the in-game game. Gwent, Pazaak, etc.The Loyalty Mission - Basically a story mission focused on one of your party members/NPCs. Can have an impact on the story or the ending. The Collect-A-Thon - A sidequest you get early in a game that has you collecting a certain number of things. Collection can also mean destruction. Lots of subvarieties of thisBoss-a-Thon - A series of optional boss fights culminating in one very hard fight or maybe a rush against all of themThe Secret Sidequest - A quest that you didn?t even realize you were doing, but that eventually unlocks actual story material or alternate endingsHarder Puzzles, Please - Optional puzzles set right near the ones you had to do for the story, which are much more complicatedTreasure Map - Find this location, with this clue.Animal Farm - Basically chocobo breeding but I know there are other games that do thisMerchandise Spotlight - Master the ins and outs of a store or trading network with rotating items so that you can get all the itemsIt?s A Mystery - Solve a mystery of varying complexity, either by gathering clues or talking with witnesses. It is often possible to solve the mystery incorrectly The Ancient Dungeon - a big optional dungeon, often with 100 randomly generated floors, that exists just to let you spend more hours playingThe Fetch Quest - bring object A to person B, rinse, repeat. Can be a one-off or can gradually expand
2022-11-17
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Triple Play: God of War Ragnarök

It's got gods! It's got war! It's even got an umlaut. But how is God of War Ragnarök, as a game? Jason, Kirk and Maddy discuss.

One More Thing: 

Maddy:  Marvel Snap

Kirk: Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope

Jason: Weird: The Al Yankovic Story

Links:

Kirk?s Strong Songs episode on Weird Al?s ?The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota?: https://strongsongspodcast.com/episode/the-biggest-ball-of-twine-in-minnesota-by-weird-al-yankovic

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2022-11-10
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Triple Click Picks: The Games You Should Play (Vol. 3)

It's time for Triple Click Picks! Kirk, Maddy, and Jason go through the podcast's irregularly updated list of games that they love and think everyone should play. Which games will be removed? What will be added? SUSPENSE!!! You'll have to listen to find out (or just read the full list in the episode notes).

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Physical Therapy

Maddy: The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith

Jason: Tactics Ogre Reborn

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Triple Click Picks:

Disco ElysiumReturn of the Obra DinnHollow Knight Outer WildsHadesMetroid DreadBreath of the WildDivinity Original Sin IIPersona 5 RoyalElden Ring
2022-11-03
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God of War, Gotham Knights, and More Fall Games

This week, Triple Click planned to do a Triple Play on Gotham Knights... but it's just such a bummer. So instead, the gang talks about all the games they've been playing this fall, from the big (God of War Ragnarok) to the small (The Case of the Golden Idol) and everything in between.

Games discussed: Gotham Knights, God of War Ragnarok, Star Ocean The Divine Force, The Case of the Golden Idol, Persona 5, Bayonetta 3, The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero, A Plague Tale: Requiem, Mario & Rabbids Sparks of Hope, Tactics Ogre Reborn, NBA 2K23

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Unlock!

Maddy: Derry Girls

Jason: The New York Jets

Links:

Maddy?s Bayonetta 3 Review: https://www.polygon.com/reviews/23421409/bayonetta-3-review-platinumgames-nintendo-switch

A Reddit Thread on Persona 5 Steam Deck Text: https://www.reddit.com/r/SteamDeck/comments/y9xjxu/persona_5_the_royal_pixelated_text/

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2022-10-27
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What's The Deal With: Persona

Let's summon our shadows and take a deep dive into Persona, the wonderful series about high school students fighting their inner demons ? literally. With Persona 5 coming to multiple platforms this week and Personas 3 and 4 on the way, the Triple Click gang talks about what makes the series so special, teenage drama and all. Plus: Jason discovers a surprise Game of the Year contender!

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Star Wars: Andor

Maddy: Hocus Pocus 1 + 2

Jason: The Case of the Golden Idol

Links:

Featuring tracks from Persona 4 and 5 by Shoji Meguro and the first three variants of the Star Wars: Andor theme by Nicholas Britell

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2022-10-20
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The Demise Of Google Stadia (And Cancelled Games)

What is it about cancelled games that make them so intriguing? What are the most heartbreaking video game cancellations? And what the heck just happened to Google Stadia? Jason, Maddy, and Kirk take a trip into the world of cancelled games, from Star Wars 1313 to Bully 2.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: The Tommyknockers

Maddy: Street Fighter 6 beta

Jason: Cabin Fever (Michael Smith, Jonathan Franklin)

Links:

Kirk?s 2015 story about No One Lives Forever: https://kotaku.com/the-sad-story-behind-a-dead-pc-game-that-cant-come-back-1688358811

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2022-10-13
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Triple Play: Return to Monkey Island

Jason, Kirk, and Maddy grab their rubber chickens with pulleys in the middle and jump into Return to Monkey Island, the lovely new game from the original creators of the classic adventure game series. They talk about the game's charming humor, how it modernizes the point-and-click interface, and what it's like to play a "legasequel" with so much baggage. Really: this game is wonderful!

One More Thing: 

Kirk: The Big Chill (1983)

Maddy: Bayonetta (2009)

Jason: Fairy Tale (Stephen King)

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2022-10-06
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Steam Deck, Switch, and the Rise of Handheld Gaming

Kirk, Maddy, and Jason have an obsession: handheld gaming. This week, the gang talks about the Steam Deck, the Nintendo Switch, and how portable machines change the way games are played. From "together alone" gaming with significant others to late-night Switch sessions while feeding a baby, handheld game systems are just the best.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Trombone Champ (Holy Wow Studios)

Maddy: Rap Sh!t (HBO Max TV show)

Jason: The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero

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2022-09-29
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Grand Theft Auto VI And Video Game Leaks

It's one of the biggest leaks in video game history: Over the weekend, a hacker released dozens of video clips from Rockstar's unreleased (and technically unannounced) game Grand Theft Auto VI. Jason, Maddy, and Kirk talk about the leak, the nature of reporting on situations like this, and the morality of leaks in general. Plus: the story of TheRealInsider, an insider who was not, in fact, real.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Maddy: The Zachtronics Solitaire Collection

Jason: Return to Monkey Island

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2022-09-22
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Triple Play: Papers, Please

Kirk, Maddy, and Jason grab their passports and get ready for a trip to Arztotska, the setting of Lucas Pope's brilliant 2013 game Papers, Please, which just came out for phones. They talk about the game's brilliant design, the moral questions it poses, and what it's ultimately trying to say. Who would've thought that being a border inspector could be so fun?

One More Thing: 

Kirk: The Rehearsal

Maddy: Not Okay (2022)

Jason: Long snappers

Links:

The famous ?Aaron Burr? Milk commercial from 1993: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znGJf1ZKnTU

The Papers, Please theme by Lucas Pope

Caitlin Dickenson?s 2022 Atlantic expose on the U.S. child separation policy: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2022/09/trump-administration-family-separation-policy-immigration/670604/

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2022-09-15
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Triple Read: Tomorrow, And Tomorrow, And Tomorrow

Jason, Maddy, and Kirk pull out their reading glasses for the very first Triple Read! This week, they discuss the brilliant novel Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin, a decades-sprawling book about the epic journey of a boy and a girl from childhood friends to hit video game developers. The gang dives into the book's themes, its twists and turns, and all the fictional video games that make Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow such a joy to read. Plus: a tribute to our dear friend Mike Fahey.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Immortality 

Maddy: Nope (2022)

Jason: Who is Maud Dixon? By Alexandra Andrews

Links:

In memory of Mike Fahey: https://kotaku.com/mike-fahey-kotaku-eulogy-obituary-senior-reporter-1849501728

A GoFundMe for Mike?s family: https://www.gofundme.com/f/fahey-family-fund

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2022-09-08
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Playing Games At The Wrong Time

Who would our dream interview be? What's a "game as a service"? And have you ever played a video game at the wrong time? This week we open up the listener mailbag and take some of YOUR questions on all sorts of topics. Plus: why Kirk and Maddy are replaying the same games over and over and over and...

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Persona 5 Royal

Maddy: Assassin?s Creed Origins

Jason: The Rehearsal

Links:

Featuring excerpts from ?Crossing the Hill? by Hitoshi Sakimoto from FF Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift, and ?The Ideal and the Real? by Shoji Megoro from Persona 5 Royal

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2022-09-01
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Triple Play: Cult of the Lamb

Kirk, Maddy, and Jason put on their Lamb Pope hats and check out Cult of the Lamb, a new video game that's part Hades, part Animal Crossing, and 100% gruesome animal cult. They talk about scooping up poop, sacrificing their followers and why Cult of the Lamb should've maybe been a little more like a real cult.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Paper Girls 

Maddy: A League of Their Own (TV series)

Jason: Daredevil (2015 show)

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2022-08-25
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What Makes a Good Superhero Game?

This week, the Triple Click gang dives into the world of superhero video games. What makes for a good (and bad) superhero game? Why are Batman and Spider-Man such good protagonists for games? And hey, come to think of it, aren't all video games pretty much about superheroes? Plus: a special surprise!

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Alone

Maddy: MultiVersus

Jason: Better Call Saul

Links:

Tom Bissell on Batman: Arkham City: https://grantland.com/features/batman-arkham-city/

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2022-08-18
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GTA 6, Assassin's Creed, and More Summer News

It's time for a NEWS BREAK! Kirk, Jason, and Maddy go through this summer's big stories, from Grand Theft Auto maker Rockstar changing its ways to Ubisoft falling apart to the wave of unionization hitting the games industry. Plus: delays, delays, and more delays!

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Prey (2022)

Maddy: Marvel?s Spider-Man Remastered (PC)

Jason: The Quarry

Links:

Axios story about Blizzard?s new legal strategy: https://www.axios.com/2022/08/01/bungie-destiny-lawsuits-cheaters-harassers

NYT story about Amazon employees unionizing: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/02/business/amazon-union-christian-smalls.html

Maddy?s review of Spider-Man Remastered on PC: https://www.polygon.com/reviews/2022/8/10/23298573/spider-man-remastered-pc-review-steam-deck-cops-police-nypd-portrayal

Kirk?s article about that lovely Spider-Man text message scene: https://kotaku.com/spider-man-s-text-message-scene-is-perfect-1829449521

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2022-08-11
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What's The Deal With: Xenoblade Chronicles?

Xenogears? Xenosaga? Xenoblade? Just what is the deal with all of these Xeno-games? In honor of the recent release of Xenoblade Chronicles 3 for the Switch, Jason walks Kirk and Maddy through the long-running JRPG pseudo-series, from giant robots to anime swords.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Stray

Maddy: Misery (1990)

Jason: Live A Live

Links:

Jason?s Kotaku review of Xenoblade Chronicles 2: https://kotaku.com/xenoblade-chronicles-2-the-kotaku-review-1820903229

Autumn Wright?s Polygon review of Xenoblade Chronicles 3: https://www.polygon.com/reviews/23278797/xenoblade-chronicles-3-review-release-date-nintendo-switch-monolith-soft-hero-classes

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2022-08-04
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Beanscast: Squid Game & Battle(s) Royale

The Triple Click triad takes on Battle Royale - which means they?re spilling the beans on the notorious 2000 film, as well as The Hunger Games, Danganronpa, and Netflix?s recent series Squid Game.

CW: More murder than usual, brief discussion of suicide.

Note: This bonus episode originally ran in early December 2021.

An interesting Inverse feature on some of the film?s stars 20 years later: https://www.inverse.com/entertainment/battle-royale-20-year-anniversary

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*It will be Maddy.

2022-07-28
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Oregon Trail, Carmen Sandiego, And Other 'Edutainment'

(Rockapella voice) Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego? This week, the Triple Click gang straps on their magnifying glasses and tries to track down the infamous criminal as well as other "edutainment" games, from Oregon Trail to Number Munchers. What made those old games so special? Can "educational" games ever really work? And what's up with all that dysentery?

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Social Media

Maddy: Dante?s Inferno (2010)

Jason: The West Wing

Links:

Excerpts From: ?Isle Thing? by Weird Al Yankovich from UHF, 1989; ?Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? by Rockapella, 1991; ?Theme from The West Wing? by W.G. Snuffy Walden, 1999

Box Art for Where In The World, Where in the USA, and Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?

The LGR Retrospective review of Where In Time Is Carmen Sandiego (1989) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ln64lo9l5g

Jason on the Get Played podcast talking about Mario is Missing: https://www.earwolf.com/episode/super-mayrio-mario-is-missing-with-jason-schreier/

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2022-07-21
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What's The Deal With: Monkey Island?

What exactly is "Monkey Island" and why is it so popular? This week, the Triple Click gang revisits the old point-and-click adventure series in preparation for the newly announced Return to Monkey Island, which will be out later this year. They talk about the ups and downs of Monkey Island, the incredible music, and how it reinvigorated the genre by showing the world that adventure games do not, in fact, need to kill you.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Michael Clayton

Maddy: Steam Deck

Jason: Steve Jackson?s Sorcery

Links:

Kirk?s arrangement of Michael Land?s Monkey Island theme: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zf7VQiu1MGo

Tracy Lien - No Girls Allowed https://www.polygon.com/features/2013/12/2/5143856/no-girls-allowed

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2022-07-14
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Triple Play: Citizen Sleeper

Kirk, Jason, and Maddy dig into Citizen Sleeper, one of this year's, uh, sleeper hits. Set in a dystopian future full of corporations and depression, Citizen Sleeper is sort of a cross between a visual novel and a life simulation game. The gang talks about escaping digital poverty, the game's unique aesthetic style, and what it'd really be like to have your consciousness implanted into a robot body.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

Maddy: Patricia Wants To Cuddle by Samantha Allen

Jason: God of War (2018)

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2022-07-07
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What If You Could Just Turn Off The Microtransactions?

This week, the Triple Click gang opens up the mailbag and takes some of YOUR questions about all sorts of fun things.  Wouldn't it be nice if games let you turn off all the microtransactions? What's it like revisiting old games with a modern eye? And what are our favorite board games (aside from Candyland)???

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Players 

Maddy: Neon White

Jason: Craps

Links:

BitCulture?s remix of Maddy?s song ?Bad Feeling? (feat. Kirk on sax) - https://maddymyers.bandcamp.com/track/bad-feeling-bitculture-remix-feat-kirk-hamilton

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2022-06-30
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Story vs. Gameplay

Story or gameplay... WHO WINS? This week, the Triple Click gang dives into an age-old debate and discusses the tension between action and narrative in video games. What does a "video game story" actually mean? What's more important, story or gameplay? And does it even really matter?

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Vampire Survivors 

Maddy: First Kill

Jason: AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES - nirvanA Initiative

Links:

Clint Hocking?s ?Ludonarrative Dissonance in BioShock? - https://clicknothing.typepad.com/click_nothing/2007/10/ludonarrative-d.html

Hocking?s 2011 GDC talk ?Dynamics: State of the Art? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=St2fE049ULI

Kirk?s ?Gameplay and Story are Exactly like Music and Lyrics? - https://kotaku.com/gameplay-and-story-are-exactly-like-music-and-lyrics-5885432

Stephen Payne?s excellent Dicebreaker article about ancient role-playing and strategy games: https://www.dicebreaker.com/categories/roleplaying-game/feature/dnd-influences-roleplaying-games-centuries

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2022-06-23
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The Good And Bad Of "Not E3" 2022

E3 is here... or at least it would be, if it hadn't been canceled in January. So instead we have this: a smattering of haphazard events all loosely taking place in June, except for the ones coming later. This week, Jason, Kirk, and Maddy try to untangle Not E3 2022 and talk about the highlights (and lowlights) so far, from Starfield to Silksong.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Josh Strife Hays? Diablo loot video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o17lBUZgjTs

Maddy: Venom: Let There Be Carnage

Jason: How I Became A Famous Novelist (by Steve Hely)

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2022-06-16
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Diablo Immortal and Video Game Loot

Maddy, Kirk, and Jason are playing Blizzard's new game Diablo Immortal and wondering... what about this is fun? Is it really all that appealing to keep collecting shiny things and watching our bars go up? From there they start wondering about loot in video games. What is it about items that get players so excited? What makes a good loot system? A bad one? And is Diablo inherently corrupt?

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

Maddy: Moon Knight

Jason: The Quarry

Links:

Maddy?s article about Diablo Immortal: https://www.polygon.com/23152323/diablo-immortal-mobile-free-to-play-microtransactions-addictive

Nu-Splitscreen?s interview with David Brevik and Erich Schafer: https://kotaku.com/why-video-game-loot-is-so-addictive-according-to-the-c-1846695147

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2022-06-09
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What's The Deal With: Overwatch? (with Nico Deyo)

How did Overwatch become such a phenomenon? Why have hardcore players stuck with it (or failed to) over the last few years? And what's up with Overwatch 2? The Triple Click gang brings on Overwatch expert Nico Deyo to help guide us through Blizzard's wonderful world of costumed vigilantes and super-intelligent gorillas.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Tango

Maddy: Misery by Stephen King

Jason: The Flight Attendant

Links:

Nico Deyo and Tyler Colp?s Overwatch feature for Vice Games: https://www.vice.com/en/article/g5gvaj/how-overwatch-lost-then-found-again-i

Excerpts from ?Alma de Bohemio? by Roberto Firpo, performed by Alex Krebs? Tango Sextet and ?Tango por una Cabeza? by Carlos Gardell, performed by Katica Illényi & Budapest Strings

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2022-06-02
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Triple Play: Suikoden II (Part 2)

Maddy, Jason, and Kirk get themselves a castle, go on missions abroad, and finally face down the vicious Luca Blight. In the second part of this Suikoden II playthrough, the gang talks about how their feelings have changed since the first chunk of the game, how the game's awful localization impacts the story, and how that epic fight played out.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: D&D - Eberron: Rising from the Last War

Maddy: Heartstopper

Jason: The G-Word with Adam Conover

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2022-05-26
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What Makes Horror Games Scary?

BOO! To celebrate Spooky Spring, Jason, Maddy, and Kirk dive into some of their favorite horror games and talk about what makes a video game scary. How does interactivity enhance horror? What's the difference between "dread" and "panic"? And are controls sometimes meant to be terrible?

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Persona 4 Golden/Persona 5 Royal

Maddy: Elden Ring

Jason: Eternal Threads

Links:

Maddy talks with Dead Space 2 director Wright Bagwell about the infamous eyeball scene: https://www.polygon.com/interviews/2020/10/4/21498961/dead-space-2-director-eye-poke-needle-scene-horror-wright-bagwell-interview

Kirk?s take on horror doors: https://kotaku.com/the-horror-of-video-game-doors-1819921161

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2022-05-19
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Why Do Video Games Leak?

It's time for another episode of BURNING QUESTIONS!!! Jason, Kirk, and Maddy open up the mailbag and take some listener questions on all sorts of things. Why do video games leak? What are some one-of-a-kind video games we'd like to see more of? And what's the deal with video game strategy guides?

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Stanley Parable Ultra Deluxe (Venom)

Maddy: What?s Up, Doc? (1972)

Jason: Disrupting the Game (Reggie Fils-Aime)

Links:

Jason interviews a strategy guide writer: https://kotaku.com/how-final-fantasy-ixs-strategy-guide-turned-out-so-horr-1834809621

Jason interviews Reggie: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/newsletters/2022-05-06/ex-nintendo-president-fils-aim-talks-book-and-mother-3-video-game

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2022-05-12
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Video Game Controllers

Jason, Kirk, and Maddy talk about the most important tool in any video game player's arsenal: the controller! From fight sticks to Wiimotes to the Steam Deck, controllers have a lot to offer. This week, the gang goes back in time to talk about the best, the worst, and the just plain weird.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Switch Sports

Maddy: Better Call Saul

Jason: Barry

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2022-05-05
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Rage-Quitting Video Games

Ever throw a controller at the wall? Kick your computer in half? This week the Triple Click gang talks rage-quitting -- bailing from a video game in a state of heightened irritation. From competitive multiplayer to Souls to good old poker, Kirk, Maddy, and Jason talk about what brings out the anger and even share some of their own experiences rage-quitting games.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Divinity Original Sin 2

Maddy: My Dress-Up Darling

Jason: Abbott Elementary

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2022-04-28
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Triple Play: Tunic

Maddy, Jason, and Kirk talk about one of this year's hit indie games, Tunic, a Zelda-like adventure filled with mystery and cute foxes. But does it live up to the hype? Or is the bouncy combat too frustrating to make Tunic quite the gem that Triple Click hoped it would be?

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Advanced Steam Deck (or, more like StReam Deck)

Maddy: Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Jason: Better Call Saul

Links:

Excerpt from the Tunic soundtrack by Lifeformed x Janice Kwan: https://lifeformed.bandcamp.com/album/tunic-original-game-soundtrack

Moonlight PC Streaming: https://moonlight-stream.org

Chiaki PlayStation Remote Play: https://sr.ht/~thestr4ng3r/chiaki/

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2022-04-21
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The 100th Episode Extravaganza

It's the 100th episode! Kirk, Maddy, and Jason celebrate the big milestone with some talk about the past and future of video games, then play some fun games, revisiting two years worth of Triple Plays and competing in some glorious One More Thing trivia! Thank you to all the listeners who have allowed us to make so many episodes of this wonderful show.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Steam Deck

Maddy: Norco

Jason: Nobody Saves The World

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2022-04-14
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The Music of The Legend of Zelda [Strong Songs]

Few video game series have a musical tradition as rich as The Legend of Zelda.

This bonus cross-post from Kirk's music podcast Strong Songs takes a deep dive into the musical legacy of Nintendo's legendary adventure series. From Zelda's Lullabye to Epona's Song to the Great Fairy Fountain and Dragon Roost Island, Kirk unravels some of his favorite Zelda music and explores how Nintendo's composers keep weaving them back together into beautiful new patterns.

Written by: Main themes by Koji Kondo, with additional compositions by Kenta Nagata (Wind Waker), Manaka Kataoka, Yasuaki Iwata, and Hajime Wakai (Breath of the Wild)

Featuring music from: The Legend of Zelda (1986), A Link to the Past (1991), Ocarina of Time (1998), Wind Waker (2002), Skyward Sword (2011), A Link Between Worlds (2013), and Breath of the Wild (2017)

ALSO FEATURED/DISCUSSED:

Themes from Star Wars, Superman, and Jurassic Park by John WilliamsThe Super Mario Bros. theme by Koji Kondo, and the episode of Strong Songs discussing itKirk's weekly video game podcast Triple Click, which he makes along with Jason Schreier and Maddy Myers

OUTRO SOLOIST: Charles McNeal

Charles McNeal is a killin' Oakland-based sax player who plays all over the bay area. He's also a master jazz transcriber, and has chronicled tons of great solos. You can find him playing out in a variety of bands and settings; the best way to keep up with his music is to subscribe to his YouTube channel or follow him on Instagram @charlesonsax2.

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2022-04-11
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Secrets In Video Games

Whip out your metal detector and start combing the desert ? it's time to talk about secrets. Jason, Kirk, and Maddy talk about the hunt for secrets in two recent video games, Elden Ring and Tunic, and some of their favorite secrets in modern times. And in true Triple Click fashion, they can't help but come up with some taxonomical categories.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Our Flag Means Death

Maddy: Tunic

Jason: The Dropout

Links:

Jason and Kirk?s old podcast about the Secret Hunters of Destiny: https://open.spotify.com/episode/0HMm97rD7D6eIxdF9N6cFc

Ed Fries? conversation with Ron Milner about the easter egg he added to 1977?s Starship 1: https://edfries.wordpress.com/2017/03/22/chasing-the-first-arcade-easter-egg/

2022-04-07
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The Many Kinds Of Boss Fights

What's your favorite video game boss fight? Kirk, Maddy, and Jason break down all the options with a brand new taxonomy of bosses, from The Preview to The Gimmick to The Final Exam. They talk about some of the most memorable boss fights in gaming history, like Metal Gear Solid 3's The End and Metroid's Ridley, then dissect what makes each one unique.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Elden Ring?s Story

Maddy: The Afterparty

Jason: Triangle Strategy

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BOSS TYPES

The Preview - An early fight against a boss you won?t fight again until later. 

Variation: The Hunter Preview, see below

The Roadblock - A difficulty spike boss that stops many people from playing the game entirely.

Variation: The Skill-Check, a boss that?s hard on purpose to make sure you?re leveled up enough, aka Margit, Hornet. Variation II: The Sidestreet Roadblock, where it?s the hardest boss in the game but it?s optional

The Gimmick - A boss fight that?s actually just a puzzle. You can possibly beat them straight-up, but there?s some trick that makes things easier. 

The Setpiece - A fight that?s really more of a long interactive cutscene with occasional combat 

Variation: The Giant - A Setpiece boss who is way bigger than you to the point that you can?t engage them with ordinary gameplay - you have to either focus on their feet or do platforming to get to their head

The Hunter - A boss fight where you have to hide from the boss, i.e. a stealth boss fight. 

Variation: The Hunter Preview - An unkillable version of the boss hunts you, but ultimately you wind up fighting it

The Final Exam - A boss that requires you to combine every skill/item/ability/party member you have to that point to beat them 

Variation: The Teambuilding Exercise - a Final Exam boss that cannot be beaten by a single person, aka an MMO raid boss Variation II: The Duel - No weapons, no abilities, just fists (Liquid vs Snake in MGS4 - the opposite of the Final Exam)

The Pair - Oh no there are two bosses! 

Variation: The Mob - there are lots of enemies - common to From games, e.g. Renalla phase one or those old dudes in DS3, Watcher Knights in Hollow Knight

The Spitting Image - Surprise, the boss is you! (The mirror self in Control, the Mimic Tear, Shadow Link, Dark Samus)

The Unfriendly Friend - The (often final) boss turns out to be someone you?ve been talking with. 

The Saga - A boss fight with multiple phases that keeps going and going. First you fight Sephiroth, then Safer Sephiroth, then?

2022-03-31
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Is It A Good Idea To Buy Video Game Stocks?

Kirk, Jason, and Maddy open up the mailbag and answer some of YOUR questions about why they stopped playing Destiny, what games they use to relax, and whether it's a good idea to buy the stocks of video game companies. As always, these are real questions from our listeners. You can reach us with your own questions at [email protected]

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Elden Ring

Maddy: Kimi (2022)

Jason: Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin

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2022-03-24
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What's The Deal With: Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V is one of the most lucrative games of all time. Why??? Kirk, Jason, and Maddy aren't really sure, but at least they can tell you all about Rockstar's hit action shooting game. The gang talks about 2013 nihilism, the innovations that GTA V brought to the open-world party, and how crime doesn't pay... except when it does.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Turning Red

Maddy: Horizon Forbidden West

Jason: Triangle Strategy

Links:

Ukraine support:  https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2022/03/02/opinion/ukraine-charity-donation-guide.html

Cass Marshall?s Polygon article about the GTA Online Motorcycle HOA: https://www.polygon.com/22787651/gta-online-roleplay-new-day-black-lotus-motorcycle-club-mirror-park-hoa

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2022-03-17
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Triple Play: Elden Ring

You may have heard: Elden Ring is out. And the Triple Click crew has been playing it ? for a combined 200+ hours. Kirk, Jason, and Maddy put on their Burger King wizard hats and take a trip to The Lands Between, where they're collecting Great Runes and trying not to fall off cliffs. They talk about the vast scope of the game, the brilliance of player notes, how to avoid burnout, the rewards of exploration, and oh so much more.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Carrie & Salem?s Lot

Maddy: Alias

Jason: Inventing Anna / Tinder Swindler

Links:

Iron Pineapple on Elden Ring: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fg_hveDzzvo

Mossbag?s Hollow Knight lore explainer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XDiWYFGGqY

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2022-03-10
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Elden Ring and Open-World Games

This year has seen the release of three great open-world games: Dying Light 2, Horizon Forbidden West, and Elden Ring. What do they all have in common? And what do they all do differently? This week, Kirk shares his new taxonomy for open worlds in video games and the Triple Click crew figures out what they like most in an open world.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Public Defenders

Maddy: Elden Ring

Jason: Steam Deck

Links:

Steven Lumpkin's Twitter thread: https://twitter.com/Silent0siris/status/1498408412555747333

Maddy?s articles about getting into Elden Ring: https://www.polygon.com/22948213/should-i-play-elden-ring-dark-souls-fromsoft-easy-hard and parkour in Dying Light 2: https://www.polygon.com/22941196/dying-light-2-stay-human-climbing-parkour-techland

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ECOTAG: Kirk?s Open-World Personality Test

Video game open worlds can be broadly thought of according to three metrics: Emergent vs. Controlled, Opaque vs.Transparent, and Aesthetic vs. Gamey. IMPORTANT: These are gradients, not on/off switches, and they?re for categorizing the open worlds, not the games as a whole.

EMERGENT? CONTROLLED (How dynamic/simulated is the open world?)

OPAQUE ? TRANSPARENT (How mysterious is the open world?)

AESTHETIC ? GAMEY  (How involved is movement through the open world?)

SOME EXAMPLES

Dying Light 2 = ETG (Emergent, Transparent, Gamey)Horizon Forbidden West = CTA (Controlled, Transparent, Aesthetic)Elden Ring = COA (Controlled, Opaque, Aesthetic)Red Dead Redemption 2 = EOA (Emergent, Opaque, Aesthetic)Outer Wilds = COG (Controlled, Opaque, Gamey (Jason convinced me))Gravity Rush: CTG Cyberpunk 2077:CTA (people expected more of an ETA or EOA)Subnautica: EOGSkyrim: EOAForza Horizon 5: CTG Divinity Original Sin 2: COASunset Overdrive: CTG Ghost of Tsushima = CTABOTW = EOGGTAV = EOAAssassin?s Creed = CTG (becoming more CTA lately)Ghost recon = CTAMinecraft = EOG
2022-03-03
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Triple Play: Horizon Forbidden West

Robot... dinosaurs!!! Kirk, Jason, and Maddy take out their best bows and prepare to go on a hunt for big machines in Horizon Forbidden West, a new open-world game for the PlayStation that rules. They talk about how things have (and haven't) changed from the first game, the big, beautiful world, and the good and bad of Forbidden West's story.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: ELDEN RING

Maddy: Peacemaker

Jason: ELDEN RING

Links:

Horizon Forbidden West score by Joris de Man, Niels van der Leest & Oleksa Lozowchuk

?Do You Wanna Taste It?? by Wig Wam from Non Stop Rock ?n Roll, 2010

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2022-02-24
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Triple Play: Suikoden II

And now, for Jason's dream episode: the gang plays Suikoden II! Kirk and Maddy give their impressions of the first 25% of the classic JRPG, from the very beginning through getting your very own castle. Do they love it as much as Jason? (No.) The three of them talk about the relationship between Riou and Jowy, the parts of the game that feel clunky in 2022, and what it's like to recruit all those characters. Plus: Dracula!

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Horizon Forbidden West

Maddy: Murderville

Jason: Also Horizon Forbidden West

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2022-02-17
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What Makes a Great Video Game Hero?

From silent protagonists to badass students, there are all sorts of protagonists in the world of video games. Let's talk about them! Jason, Maddy, and Kirk list their favorite heroes, then break down all of the archetypes, from the Chosen One to the Determined Daughter (subcategory: Queer Millennial Edition). From Mario to Kratos, we've got'em all.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Station Eleven

Maddy: The official Dark Souls TTRPG

Jason: Arrested Development

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2022-02-10
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Triple Play: Dying Light 2

Light: it's dying! This week, the Triple Click gang plays through Dying Light 2: Stay Human, a new game in which you jump between buildings and smash zombies in the head. They talk about the game's slick parkour system, the silly writing, and the drab visuals. Plus: the one and only... Aiden.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Roasting Coffee

Maddy: West Side Story (2021)

Jason: The Thursday Murder Club (Richard Osman)

Links:

That Iconic 2011 Dead Island Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfhtiG66SQc

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2022-02-03
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What's The Deal With: Uncharted?

Maddy, Kirk, and Jason take a few minutes to react to last week's megaton announcement that Microsoft is buying Activision Blizzard, then prepare for the new Uncharted collection on PS5 by diving into the iconic adventure series. What's the deal with Nathan Drake falling on every platform he sees? Are the first two games better than the next two? And are Uncharted 4 and Lost Legacy worth playing today?

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Dan Olson?s video on NFTs

Maddy: First Reformed

Jason: The craziest football weekend of all time

Links:

?Drake?s Theme? by Greg Edmonson from Uncharted 3 

?Line Goes Up: The Problem with NFTs? by Dan Olson at Folding Ideas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQ_xWvX1n9g&t=2344s

Paris Hilton and Jimmy Fallon talking about NFT apes: https://twitter.com/etienneshrdlu/status/1485956332989693953

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2022-01-27
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Will Ready Player One Ever Be Real?

Will the metaverse of Ready Player One ever exist in our world? Has a bad ending ever ruined a video game? And just how does one get into Monster Hunter? This week, Jason, Kirk, and Maddy open up the listener mailbag and answer some of YOUR questions on all sorts of things.

(Note: We recorded this episode BEFORE Tuesday's bombshell news that Microsoft is buying Activision!)

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Free Guy

Maddy: Death Note

Jason: Don?t Look Up

Links:

Tips for Suikoden II: https://kotaku.com/tips-for-playing-suikoden-and-suikoden-ii-1670446047

Polygon?s honestly very good (no bias) tips for Monster Hunter Rise: https://www.polygon.com/monster-hunter-rise-guide/22348967/weapons-armor-wirebug-wyvern-riding-best-controller-beginners-tips-tricks

MH: Rise Longsword tutorial by Arekkz Gaming, whose MH videos are all excellent: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jscDTUOHdw&t=2s

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2022-01-20
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Take-Two Buys Zynga, E3 Dies, and Ken Levine Struggles

The year's only started but it's already full of GAMING NEWS! Join Jason, Maddy, and Kirk for a breakdown of this year's biggest headlines: Take-Two buying Zynga, E3 essentially dying, and the trials and tribulations of BioShock director Ken Levine. Plus: a cool new mystery show and the return of Jason's NFL stories!

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Only Murders in the Building

Maddy: Homestuck Made This World

Jason: Chargers vs. Raiders

Links:

Jason?s report on Ken Levine?s Ghost Story Games: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-01-03/bioshock-creator-s-next-game-and-its-narrative-legos-in-turmoil

The two-hour Sarah Z Homestuck video that Kirk watched: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohFyOjfcLWQ&t=1518s

Music from Only Murders in the Building, composed by Siddhartha Khosla

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2022-01-13
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Our Predictions For 2022

It's time! Kirk, Jason, and Maddy revisit their predictions for 2021, determine who won the big bet (and what game they'll all play this year), and then lay down some predictions for 2022.

One More Thing: 

Kirk: The Frustration of Wanting to Play Cyberpunk 2077

Maddy: Wordle

Jason: Final Fantasy XIV

Links:

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2022-01-06
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Our Favorite Games of 2021

As we all say farewell (and good riddance) to 2021, it's time to go through the BEST games of the year!!! Kirk, Maddy, and Jason each break down their ten (or more) favorites, from Metroid Dread to The Great Ace Attorney.

KIRK'S LIST:

ReturnalHitman 3DeathloopInscryptionWildermythHalo InfiniteDeath?s DoorMetroid DreadPsychonauts 2Monster Hunter RiseSubnautica: Below ZeroOuter Wilds: Echoes of the Eye

MADDY'S LIST:

Metroid DreadChicory: A Colorful TalePsychonauts 2WildermythHalo InfiniteUnpackingOuter Wilds: Echoes of the EyeFF7 Remake IntergradeOverboard!Inscryption

[Honorable Mention: Deathloop, Get in the car loser]

JASON'S LIST:

Overboard!The Great Ace Attorney ChroniclesPsychonauts 2The Forgotten CityMetroid DreadBravely Default 2Tales of AriseDeathloopThe House in Fata MorganaOuter Wilds: Echoes of the Eye

One More Thing: 

Kirk: Yellowjackets

Maddy: Dark Souls

Jason: Hawkeye

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2021-12-30
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Beanscast: Half-Life 2, Episodes, and Alyx

The Triple Click Trio discuss the entirety of the Half-Life story so far. 

Back in September, Maddy, Jason, and Kirk recorded a spoilercast about the entirety of Half-Life 2. Here in December, they're taking this week off for the holidays, so they decided to drop this bonus episode in the feed. As always, if you'd like to become a Maximum Fun member and get many more bonus episodes like this one, go to maximumfun.org/join.

Original show notes follow. Hope you all are having a happy holiday!

SHOW NOTES

Jason and Maddy have finished both episodes of Half-Life 2, so they sit down with Kirk to talk through the entire City17 saga, from the inbound train, to the outbound train, to the rocket ship. They then talk some about the ?Epistle Three? that might have been, and what the ending of 2020?s Half-Life Alyx says about the possible future of the series.

LINKS:

"Epistle Three" by Half-Life 2 writer Marc Laidlaw: https://www.marclaidlaw.com/epistle-3/

The ending of Half-Life Alyx (start at 12 minutes): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVzEiVcVq3Y

Hunter Sound Effects via: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDqhw04BjWc

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2021-12-23
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