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Who are we?
We're Mike (45) & Addie (11), a daddy/daughter gaming duo. Sometimes we're joined by twins Heath & Hadleigh (8) for Mini-Gamers.
What is this?
This is our podcast's official home page. Each week, we discuss the videogames we play, the games we're looking forward to, and more. We cover Nintendo, PlayStation, XBox, PC, mobile and more, from current-gen systems to older and even vintage systems and games. This is a hobby for us, and we're always open to ideas and suggestions to improve the show.
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11/30/2016 - "Episode 125: Stereotypical Older Ladies" [Play Episode 125]
Getting a later start than usual for recording, we decided to skip 20 Questions. I didn't have a Top 10 list prepared either. We're here with all the other usual stuff, though, including email, where Addie and I get an excuse to reminisce about Castle Crashers (Xbox 360).

Heath's segment, Mini-Gamers, returns for its fourteenth episode. I also have a pre-recorded review of Watch_Dogs 2 (PS4) late in the episode.

Mentioned in this episode:

Xbox Games with Gold for December 2016 at Major Nelson's Blog
The 1.1 Update for No Man's Sky seems pretty impressive
Bill's review of The Witcher (PC) is on Darkadia

Episode 125 is also available as an MP3 here.
11/23/2016 - "Episode 124: Platinum Only" [Play Episode 124]
IFComp 2016 has ended, so this week includes a countdown of the official top ten winners, plus listener Nikhil's IFComp wrap-up in email. We cover this week's news and new releases too, as usual. In game chat, Addie has plenty to talk about. Her Mobile Game of the Week is The Sims Freeplay (iOS), which she also talked about last week. Plus Poptropica. Plus Virginia (PS4), which she played start to finish. Plus Psychonauts (PS2 on PS4), which she only just started.

We recorded early due to a scheduling conflict, so I didn't know at the time that my post-recorded review of Dishonored 2 (PS4) was going to be a twenty minute epic. Sorry about that. Or you're welcome, depending on how you feel about long reviews.

Toward the end, Addie plays video game "Who Am I?" (twenty questions). After we wrap up, I thought it fitting to include a sad little song from the Dust District in Dishonored 2. Enjoy!

Mentioned in this episode:

My text adventure Tales of the Traveling Swordsman can now be played online
My text adventure Trading Punches can now be played online
My text adventure Distress can now be played online

Sage of TyeDyeSheepFilms is working on a Battlefront narrative video series
The Dust District song from Dishonored 2 is also on YouTube

Episode 124 is also available as an MP3 here.
11/16/2016 - "Episode 123: The Language of Pizza" [Play Episode 123]
We have a lot going on in this episode. I found a safe solution for fixing loose discs in unopened PS4 cases, which I explain in detail. Then it's the usual segments of news, new releases and email. Email topics include the one-year anniversary of the Star Wars Battlefront podcast (friends and long-time listeners of Video Game Generations), the physical vs. digital future debate, Steins Gate, the recently-crowdfunded Wasteland 3, feedback about my Mafia III review, PSVR, and more.

We also have a PSN code for the Playstation 4 version of Dishonored: Definitive Edition to give away. No fill-in-the-blanks show trivia this week, but we do make a game of it. We split the code into six parts, which you'll have to put together by listening to most of the episode. At least they're in order. If you piece it together and redeem it, please let us know!

Addie talks about The Sims Freeplay (iOS) and Stretchmo (3DS). After that, my pre-recorded segment has very brief opening thoughts about Dishonored 2 (PS4), plus a recap of the seventeen IFComp 2016 entries I played (out of the fifty-eight total entries). I even make a list of it, with my score for each one.

The show wraps up with one round of video game "Who Am I?" played in 20-questions form. Can Addie guess the mystery character I'm thinking of? Listen to find out.

Episode 123 is also available as an MP3 here.
11/09/2016 - "Episode 122: See You On the Morrow" [Play Episode 122]
Show notes this week are a bit short. I lack the motivation to be creative today, as Election 2016 has come to a close. But while you're being depressed / surprised / confused / sad / angry / happy / scared / embarrassed / outraged / ambivalent / worried / unaffected about the results -- depending on who you are -- escape for an hour and listen to Addie and me talk about the world of video games.

So just a brief rundown:

   Intro and off-topic
   News & new releases
   Listener feedback (email)
   Addie talks Mario Kart 7 (3DS)
   I review Mafia III (PS4)
   Top ten video game sidekicks
   Republique Steam code give-away
   Wrap-up, ending music, old outtake

Episode 122 is also available as an MP3 here.
11/02/2016 - "Episode 121: Dear Mr. Valve" [Play Episode 121]
On the technical side, things are back to normal this week. On the scheduling side, though, we had to record most of the podcast on Sunday, since Addie wouldn't be available at the regular time Tuesday night. Then we added email afterwards, and my game review segment. It all worked out in the end.

This week features a new top ten list, where we envision non-episodic games that might actually work if released over time in multiple episodes. That's also our question of the week. Did we miss an obvious choice? Let us know what game or series you think would work well episodically. Afterwards, with a litle more time to spare, we played video game Who-Am-I (aka 20 Questions), with Addie guessing.

In addition to talking about the PlayStation Plus line-up for this month and the new games releasing this week, our lone email has inspired me to move The Saboteur higher on my backlog. It ends with his rapid-fire impressions of five more IFComp 2016 entries. In my review segment, I talk about two more IFComp entries, Quest for the Traitor Saint and Pogoman GO! That starts around the 21:53 mark. I'm still playing Mafia III (PS4) and the latest Phoenix Wright (3DS), but I don't have anything new to add since last week. Still, I wanted to include a little more music from Phoenix Wright at the end. The theme for The Steel Samurai is just as catchy as ever.

Mentioned in this episode:

IFComp 2016 entry Pogoman GO! can be played online
IFComp 2016 entry Quest for the Traitor Saint can be played online

Episode 121 is also available as an MP3 here.
10/26/2016 - "Episode 120: Bad Luck" [Play Episode 120]
Technical difficulties made this week's episode a little rushed. We got a super late start, after finally getting things set up to record on a different computer than usual. Hopefully the audio level and quality is at least similar to normal. For many reasons, most of which weren't talked about here, it was an all around bad luck day.

But it's not all bad! Episode 120 is here! We talk about new releases, the Xbox Games with Gold for November, listener email, and some news. News includes a pre-recorded segment from a few days prior, after the reveal of the Nintendo Switch, where Addie and I talk about the new console -- what's known, what isn't, and our general impressions.

In another pre-recorded segment, I have initial thoughts on Blues and Bullets episode 1 (PS4) and Mafia III (PS4). I also talk a little more about Wasteland 2 (PS4) and Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice (3DS). Addie and I then talk about Broken Age (PS4), which she finally finished this weekend. Following that, in a pre-recorded review segment that starts around the 42:30 mark, I have reviews of two more IFComp 2016 entries.

To wrap up the show, I've included several more tunes from the latest Phoenix Wright. Due to many factors, we don't have a quiz or a new top ten list this week.

Mentioned in this episode:

You've probably already seen the Nintendo Switch reveal video on YouTube

IFComp 2016 entry Sigil Reader (Field) can be played online
IFComp 2016 entry Color the Truth can be played online

Episode 120 is also available as an MP3 here.
10/19/2016 - "Episode 119: How To Survive a Zombie Apocalypse" [Play Episode 119]
You won't want to miss this week's top ten list. Addie reads through these ten great tips for surviving a zombie apocalypse, courtesy of my friend Justin on Facebook. Some day, you'll thank us!

IFComp 2016 coverage continues this week, in a pre-recorded review segment that starts around the 37:25 mark. We also have a few mini-reviews for other entries from listener Nikhil, which I read during our email segment a bit earlier, at around 33:38. Other email includes game updates from our listeners, plus two new questions of the week. First, has there ever been a game or game series that you've played back-to-back for the purpose of getting ready for the release of the latest game in the series? Two, what's your favorite death sequence or death quote in a video game? Write in and let us know!

In an increasingly rare on-topic moment for Addie, she talks about an educational quiz game called Kahoot! It's her Mobile Game of the Week, but apparently it can also be played online. Then in a second pre-recorded segment, I have a short review of Gears of War 4 (Xbox One), which is a great start to a new Gears trilogy. Oh, and with Halloween just around the corner, we once again plug our own Halloween-themed interactive fiction, Hallowmoor and A Trick-or-Treat Adventure, which you'll find linked below the show notes for this episode.

Mentioned in this episode:

IFComp 2016 entry The Shoe Dept. can be played online
IFComp 2016 entry Stuff and Nonsense can be played online
IFComp 2016 entry A Time of Tungsten can be played online
IFComp 2016 entry The Skull Embroidery cannot be played online

My Halloween-themed game is Hallowmoor
Addie's is A Trick-or-Treat Adventure

SNL can teach you how to eliminate debt
Here's what the real Sid Meier looks like
Addie likes Kahoot! Here's their Twitter

Episode 119 is also available as an MP3 here.
10/12/2016 - "Episode 118: A Pack of Lies" [Play Episode 118]
This week, Addie throws honesty out the proverbial window in pretty much every segment of the podcast. She seemed to enjoy herself, and it kept her talking, but don't get too excited when she announces the release of Portal 3.

After a Steam code give-away for Suda51's The Silver Case (fill in the blanks by solving simple show-related trivia questions), we do news, new releases, and email. Email includes Jason's response to last week's question about mobile game genres we need to see more of, and Pawel writes in with hands-on pre-launch impressions of PlayStation VR.

In gaming chat, we talk more about Stacking (Xbox 360) and Wasteland 2 (PS4). My pre-recorded segment breaks records when it comes to the longest pre-recorded segment ever. It starts at around 27:04 and runs until almost the end, a whopping forty-eight and a half minutes. Half of my three-day weekend was spent playing and reviewing Interactive Fiction Competition games, so that makes up the entirety of this oversized segment. In total, there are six reviews, or seven if you count the joke game about toilets. Since it ran so long, I didn't bother preparing a quiz or a new top ten list. Maybe next week.

Mentioned in this episode:

IFComp 2016 entry 16 Ways to Kill a Vampire at McDonalds can be played online
IFComp 2016 entry The Little Lifeform That Could can be played online
IFComp 2016 entry Steam and Sacrilege can be played online
IFComp 2016 entry 500 Apocalypses can be played online
IFComp 2016 entry Detectiveland can be played online
IFComp 2016 entry Night House can be played online

Episode 118 is also available as an MP3 here.
10/05/2016 - "Episode 117: A Wild Hamburglar Appears" [Play Episode 117]
Unlike last year and the year before, I actually made time to play some of the entries in the annual Interactive Fiction Competition, which is going on now. This pre-recorded segment starts with a few thoughts about interactive fiction in general and the competition in particular, at around the 36:27 mark. Hopefully I'll be able to include more IFComp reviews as the competition continues. In a later segment, I have ongoing thoughts on Wasteland 2 (PS4). Addie's gaming time was limited over the past week, but she played a lot of Disney Crossy Road.

Early in the episode, after some off-topic updates, we give out the final two codes for free copies of Retro City Rampage DX -- one for Playstation and one for Steam. Like last week, the codes have a few blanks to fill in by answering a few simple show-related trivia questions. Most of them are easy to get just by looking at our prior show notes. If you're the lucky listener to redeem either of these codes, please write in or message us on Twitter so we know.

After news, which includes this week's new releases and the free Playstation and Xbox game line-ups for October, we have quite a bit of listener email. You too can write in and have your email read and discussed on the show. Let us know what you're playing, give us your opinion about some recent happening in the world of video games, or answer one of our prior Questions of the Week. This episode, we ask two new questions. First, has there ever been a game where your opinion changed, for better or worse, based on the opinions of other people after the fact? Second, what kinds of games do you most like to see on mobile platforms (phones and tablets)? Is there anything you feel is underrepresented on mobile? One of our long-time listeners has embarked on a journey to create interesting mobile games, and he's looking for opinions.

Closing out the episode this week is a new top ten list. This time, I'm counting down the most interesting games that were food and beverage product tie-ins. This includes fast food. Any theory on what will take the top spot?

Mentioned in this episode:

IFComp 2016 entry Cactus Blue Motel can be played online
IFComp 2016 entry All I Do Is Dream can be played online
IFComp 2016 entry Black Rock City can be played online

PlayStation Plus October 2016 free games
Xbox Games With Gold October 2016 free games

Episode 117 is also available as an MP3 here.
09/28/2016 - "Episode 116: That's How Sonic Dies" [Play Episode 116]
Free game codes return this week, with a give-away for Retro City Rampage DX on Steam (PC/Mac/Linux/MS-DOS) and PlayStation (PS4/PS3/PSP/Vita). It's just one of each this week. Will you be the lucky listener to solve the puzzle, fill in the blanks, and redeem one of the codes? If not, we're giving away two more codes the same way next week, so be sure to listen!

We talk a little about the annual Interactive Fiction Competition, which is just around the corner. These text-based adventure games are always free and range in quality from great to abysmal, and there's a possibility I may review or discuss some of them during the competition. After that, Addie reads this week's new game releases with her own commentary. Then our one listener email for the week is full of content, including an answer to last week's QotW about games with mismatched elements.

We have no quiz or top ten list this time, but game chat is abundant. My pre-recorded segments include a wrap-up on Recore (Xbox One), short spoiler-free reviews of Gone Home (PS4) and Bound (PS4), a quick update on Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice (3DS), and opening thoughts on God Eater Resurrection (PS4) and Wasteland 2: Director's Cut (PS4). Addie's Mobile Game of the Week is Smash Bandits (iOS). Following that, we talk about the two other games she's playing. Those are Alice: Madness Returns (Xbox 360) and Stacking (Xbox 360).

Mentioned in this episode:

More upcoming PS4 and Vita games at Limited Run Games
The 2016 Interactive Fiction Competition is about to begin
Check out Pawel's review/guide of Oceanhorn

Episode 116 is also available as an MP3 here.
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