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 59. Our Lives in Shambles May 12, 2019
    In this not-episode, Madelyn and Emma really just want someone to come and fix their lives for them. Also featuring messy assassinations, being a baby and a toddler, and whether or not people drink Squirtle water
  • Ep 61. A Mythological Dragon May 5, 2019
    In this episode, Madelyn and Emma discuss Dragon Quest and Hades and discover the secret of getting jobs. Also featuring the horror of having another game launcher, Myth-o-Mania, and fun family connections.
  • Side-Quest 58. The Royal Tin Pin Endgame April 28, 2019
    In this not-episode, Madelyn and Emma are more excited for Persona 5 Dynasty Warriors Edition than anything else Persona 5. Also featuring Madelyn's inner emo urges, the least helpful (but non-spoilery!) review of Endgame, and cursed content
  • Ep 60. Unravel Shock April 21, 2019
    In this episode, Madelyn and Emma discuss Bioshock and Unravel 2 and debate some super important philosophical questions. Also featuring child harvesting, Yarny body horror, and shortening a word for competitive local play.
  • Side-Quest 57. How to Make LEGO Blood April 14, 2019
    In this not-episode, Madelyn and Emma try to recall which companies are owned by Disney and which are not. Also featuring our growing anxiety about the upcoming conference, fun times in Game of Thrones, and Madelyn's tiny TV.

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