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 84. All Your Ear are Belong to Us May 24, 2020
    In this not-episode, Madelyn and Emma talk about the translation and localization process for video games and are generally baffled by how any translation ever gets finished ever. Also featuring the ten words of Japanese we know, angry Twitter mobs, and making things sound more metal.
  • Ep 87. Ori & the Blue Robot May 17, 2020
    In this episode, Madelyn and Emma talk about Mega Man and Ori & the Will of the Wisps and dismiss the question of whether robots have souls. Also featuring Xbox Game Pass, terrible western box art, and Guns & Roses references.
  • Side-Quest 83. Emotional Orchestras & Other Bops May 10, 2020
    In this not-episode, Madelyn and Emma talk about video game soundtracks and find that their taste is utterly predictable for their brands. Also featuring all the versions of Dearly Beloved, intense Latin choirs, and lively karaoke interjections.
  • Episode 86. Hike of the Saints May 3, 2020
    In this episode, Madelyn and Emma talk about Saints Row and A Short Hike and wonder where exactly the aliens came from. Also featuring the hunt for 400 coins, surprisingly progressive design, and the joy being virtually outside.
  • Side-Quest 82. Infinite Screen Time April 26, 2020
    In this not-episode, Madelyn and Emma talk about their last six weeks in gaming, how much they've done, and yet how small a dent they've put into their backlog. Also featuring broken watering cans, how much we

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