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Jul 23, 2021

Game Over. Continue?

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This week we have a very special (and very sad) episode, in which we say our final goodbyes to hosts Nathan Grayson and Ashley Parrish. To kick off this goodbye-themed episode, we start with a short discussion on games we haven’t finished specifically because we can’t bear to say goodbye. Then, we get into a conversation about the all-time best video game goodbyes. And finally, we wrap by Nathan, Ash, and Fahey reflecting on their time at Kotaku—from the weirdest and best reader emails, to the ways they’ve each changed during their time at Kotaku.

Fear not listeners, we’ll be back soon with a revised version of the podcast in just a couple of weeks. And Fahey’s still here! But for now, we wish Nathan and Ash all the best on their new adventures!

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Jul 16, 2021

Too Many Games, Too Little Time (RECAST)

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This week we’re diving into the topic of TIME. First, Fahey leads us in an exploration of the games that utilize time manipulation mechanics. Then, Nathan walks us through the history of the video game holiday season madness. And finally Ash closes us out with a crosstalk segment on the video games that do, and do not, respect our time.

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Jul 09, 2021

The New Hotness

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In honor of the heatwave that’s currently dominating July, we thought we’d do a special heat and fire-themed episode. First, we kick things with a discussion on the best and worst video game fire levels of all time. Then, we talk about gaming’s role in heating up the planet. And finally, we end things with some HOT Takes on hot stuff in video games.

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This week we’re exploring the weird ways we’ve changed foreign video games for American audiences (Kirby’s eyebrows, for instance?), as well as the reverse: the weird ways we’ve altered American video games for foreign gamers. Then, after talking through these weird Americanizations, we create our own Americanized version of Yakuza. And yes, you’ll wish our game actually existed when we’re through.

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It’s a snacky Snacktaku special this week as we dig into our favorite in-game snacks and road-test G Fuel to see what all the hype is about. (Spoiler alert: WE GET IT. WE GET IT NOW.) Plus, special guest Dan Goubert of The Empty Bowl podcast and of Cerealously joins us for a discussion on the history of gaming snacks.

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Jun 18, 2021

E3 Is Back And More Disappointing Than Ever

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This week we’re reviewing our experience with E3. First, we kick off on a positive note with a discussion of the games we liked most coming out of the showcase. Then, we talk about what the actual experience itself was like this year and how it compares to years past. And finally, we end by lamenting all the games that were NOT announced, much to our disappointment.

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This week we’re discussing video game mascots. First, Fahey quizzes us on our knowledge of video game mascots through the ages. Then, we discuss mascots in the headlines (mainly Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart), which ultimately becomes an Ask Fahey Questions segment about Ratchet. And finally, we end with an interview with Chris Sutherland, former programmer at Rare and co-founder of Playtonic Games, who helped create Banjo Kazooie.

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In honor of the upcoming E3, we’re talking about our weird personal experiences at the major industry expo. First, we quiz Nathan on his knowledge of E3 history. Then, Nathan and Fahey talk about their most memorable E3 experiences. And finally, we make predictions for what to expect at this year’s E3.

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Kotaku’s Nathan Grayson, Ashley Parrish, and Michael Fahey dive into gaming one very specific topic at a time.