Talk This! It's Dangerous to Podcast Alone


TALK THIS! is a weekly video game podcast begun in January 2017 where I serve as co-host, social media manager, audio editor, and blog writer. Episodes are released noon on Sundays and are split into main installments and bonus episodes called Side-Quests, alternating every week.

Main installments discuss two games: one old (more than 10 years) and one new (less than 2 years old). We discuss their content, their development, their reception, our experience with the game, and their significance on the gaming industry. Afterwards, we stretch our creative muscles and attempt to come up with a new concept for a game by mashing together elements from each.

Side-Quests change format periodically. The current format structures itself like a news report. We discuss what we've been playing the last few weeks, recent developments in the industry, and updates to our website, blog, and YouTube channel. We also allow ourselves to go off-topic for a short segment, and close it off with a relevant Question of the Fortnight.

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Highlighted Episodes

Episode 30

In this episode, Madelyn and Emma discuss Team Buddies and Splatoon 2 and marvel at how much Nintendo ripped off the classic PlayStation game that only possibly exists. Also featuring some really violent mashups, the famous Talk This! test for local co-op, and a disco that makes the tent bob up and down in the air.

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In this not-episode, Madelyn and Emma record from the same room into the same microphone! It's a once in a year kind of moment, people. Also featuring the minute differences between grunts, embarrassing procrastinating habits, and The Last of Us Cart Racing.

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Recent Episodes

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  • Ep 73. Sea of Solitary Blades October 20, 2019
    In this episode, Madelyn and Emma discuss Blade Runner and Sea of Solitude and make up the concept for the next Persona game. Also featuring courting a copyright strike, good life advice, and how cool controller vibration is.
  • Side-Quest 69. Video Games History 101 October 13, 2019
    In this not-episode, Madelyn and Emma talk about current issues in video game preservation and archival. It's very exciting, we promise. Also featuring the usual lack of technical knowledge, a no snitches sign, and the ideal way to preserve theater.
  • Ep 72. Panzer Anthem October 6, 2019
    In this episode, Madelyn and Emma discuss Panzer Dragoon and Anthem and make childish jokes about planets. Also featuring terrible development processes, expensive rare games, and people in dragon mechs.
  • Side-Quest 68. GOAT Simulator September 29, 2019
    In this not-episode, Madelyn and Emma talk about GOATs. What is a goat? When will Untitled Goat Game come out? Also featuring losing the thread, The Last of Us online multiplayer, and too much Pokemon Go.
  • Ep 71. The Donut Castle September 22, 2019
    In this episode, Madelyn and Emma discuss Castlevania and Donut County and discuss the deep lore of the raccoon. Also featuring the different meanings of whip, names that kill vampires, and erotic pachinko machines.

Play This!

In Play This! we talk about moments in gaming where creators have taken full advantage of their medium- in other words, moments in games that shine because it happens in a game. We focus in on the way mechanics work within narratives to support or hinder the messages and themes of the story. We also discuss concepts that exist almost solely within the game medium such as silent protagonists and examine how games deal or don't deal with disconnect between "story" and "gameplay."

Episodes generally run 10-15 minutes long and are released on the last Thursday of each month.

Highlighted Installments