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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  • Side-Quest 67. What's a Side-Quest? September 15, 2019
    In this not-episode, Madelyn and Emma continue to talk about Fire Emblem way too freaking much. Also featuring another Fire Emblem game, Kiryu's inability to say no, and the foibles of Clickbait Boyfriend.
  • Ep 70. Luigi and the Jump Boys September 8, 2019
    In this episode, Madelyn and Emma discuss Luigi's Mansion and Jump Force and experience an interesting technical difficulty. Also featuring dark moons, big eyes, and why we all love Luigi.
  • Side-Quest 66. Blood, Guns, and Death Games September 1, 2019
    In this not-episode, Madelyn and Emma discuss the how games use violence for storytelling. Also featuring the condemnation of Overcooked, the monsters who kill their Fire Emblem students, and some sliding scales.
  • Ep 69. My Friend Max Payn-paya August 25, 2019
    In this episode, Madelyn and Emma discuss Max Payne and My Friend Pedro and there's actually some bananas in this one. Also featuring noir voices, the origins of bullet time, and how to pronounce gif.
  • Side-Quest 65. Playing Games Together August 18, 2019
    In this not-episode, Madelyn and Emma finally shake up the side-quest formula once more. Also featuring hand-eye coordination, why Emma's family relationships are falling apart, and the question of whether or not Mario Party is fun

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