Talk This! It's Dangerous to Podcast Alone

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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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  • Side-Quest 63. Awaiting Your Judgment July 21, 2019
    In this not-episode, Madelyn and Emma struggle at distinguishing car noises from wind noises. Also featuring the sound of Madelyn's sweat, too much to love about Judgment, and what to do when stung by a sting ray.
  • Ep 66. Pathologic EVE July 14, 2019
    In this episode, Madelyn and Emma discuss EVE Online and Pathologic 2 and demonstrate their characteristic lack of dedication. Also featuring dog children, alien invasions, and the difficulty of starting a huge virtual world in 2019.
  • Side-Quest 62. A Kick in the Cotton Mouth July 7, 2019
    In this not-episode, Madelyn and Emma are once again joined by two very special co-hosts from the sometimes-HQ in Philly. Also featuring the Epic Game Store, our beloved Sushizanmai, and Madelyn's demand for a promised T-shirt.
  • Ep 65. The Deltarune-iest Journey June 30, 2019
    In this episode, Madelyn and Emma discuss The Longest Journey and Deltarune from their two parallel worlds. Also featuring the death of young Pal, making fun of art students, and baboons. 
  • Side-Quest 61. Going Discourse Diving June 23, 2019
    In this not-episode, Madelyn and Emma hold their noses and wade through the mess Twitter left behind this week. Also featuring the wonders of American copyright law, Madelyn going ham for CTR, and several pleas for phone calls.

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