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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  • Episode 81. The Indivisible Valkyrie February 16, 2020
    In this episode, Madelyn and Emma talk about Valkyrie Profile and Indivisible and oh man they should have separated these games, Emma did a dumb. Also featuring aspersions cast on 90s English dubs, nearly impossible boss fights, and perfect blocking.
  • Side-Quest 77. We, Too, Are DLC February 9, 2020
    In this not-episode, Madelyn and Emma talk about DLC, its history, its different forms, and what makes it good or bad. Also featuring the $60 threshold, gamers being upset, and what "unfinished" even means.
  • Episode 80. Star Fox Legends February 2, 2020
    In this episode, Madelyn and Emma talk about Star Fox and Apex Legends and the famous Rumble Pak. Also featuring getting game ideas from shrines, the trials of being a human-dog, and a true Legend from Madelyn's time playing Apex Legends.
  • Side-Quest 76. That Reminds Me January 26, 2020
    In this not-episode, Madelyn and Emma talk about their last seven weeks of gaming and only a third of it is dedicated to ReMind, we promise. Also featuring the wonders of Photo Mode, the cost of Joycons, and getting swole.
  • Episode 79. Destroy All Judgments January 19, 2020
    In this episode, Madelyn and Emma talk about Destroy All Humans! and Judgment and write a bit of Yakuza fanfiction. Also featuring Emma actually giving Madelyn a compliment, what makes games mad funny, and Kiefer Sutherland

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