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Join us every other week as we convene the 'video game book club.' Each episode is structured around a topic: anything from 'Trust' to 'Robots' to 'Body Parts'. Listen in as your hosts each bring a game to the table that they think exemplifies that topic in some way. Give us a shot, won't you?
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Feb 13, 2018
Quick and important announcement: LTRT is turning one year old! In celebration of getting away with this aural crime for a full year, we will be doing a 24-hour livestream to raise money for Child's Play on February 24th! We'll be live at https://www.twitch.tv/lefttriggerrighttrigger from 10 a.m. 2/24 to 10 a.m. 2/25 (that's Eastern time, btw.) Give a few dollars and spend part of your weekend with us as we become increasingly delirious and strange. It's for the kids!
 
With that, we hope you enjoy our very romantic Valentine's Day episode about that lusty topic, "Education." Dave tells us about his special pajamas. Giovanni hangs out with a green pervert. Greg plays out a "convenient snowstorm" experience. Colin... talks about gerrymandering. 
 
Tune in next episode to find out what happens to Travis!
 
 
If you have a moment, we'd really appreciate your reviews on Apple Podcasts. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates on our 24-hour charity livestream.  And be sure to stop by our YouTube channel to see all the shenanigans we get up to over there.

Games discussed include Pajama Sam: No Need to Hide When It's Dark Outside, Number Munchers, Treasure MathStorm!, and Stellaris

Show Notes: 

Welcome to your cell, The Guardian

Making and Playing Games in a time of political struggle, Austin Walker, Waypoint / NYU Game Lab

Jan 30, 2018
Head's up y'all: Colin's audio is very bad in this one. He apologizes for being harder on your ears than usual. That aside, this episode gets into the murky topic of Sequels in games. Your hosts tackle the big questions: what does it mean to have a sequel in the age of "games as service?" What is the cultural significance of "spiritual" sequels? Why are there so many horny hedgehogs on DeviantArt? Listen in as these questions are only barely answered in this episode. But that's ok; we'll get it in the next one.
 
If you have a moment, we'd really appreciate your reviews on Apple Podcasts. You should also make sure to send us the results of image searching your name + the hedgehog on Facebook and Twitter. And be sure to stop by our YouTube channel to see all the shenanigans we get up to over there.

Games discussed include Power Stone 2, Resident Evil 4, Mega Man 3, and Return to Krondor

Show Notes: 

"Greg the Hedgehog"

"Dave the Hedgehog" (NSFW)

"Giovanni the Hedgehog"

"Colin the Hedgehog"

Jan 16, 2018
2018: The Year of Miitomo Waluigi! Your hosts kick off this discussion of "Simplicity" by pitching a Waluigi conspiracy theory that spins into a fully developed cinematic universe. Stick around to hear the show get back on the rails and get a pretty solid discussion on simplicity in games. Dave admits to earning every achievement in Everybody's Gone to the Rapture. Giovanni explores the subtle mystery of Pitfall. Greg gives everyone some Minesweeper speedrunning strats. Colin forgets to breathe for like three minutes. 
 
Shoutout to our listener Wap for suggesting this topic!
 
Some simple tasks for everyone: write us a review on Apple Podcasts, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.  

Games discussed include Pitfall, Minesweeper, HUGPUNX, and Bury me, my Love

Show Notes: 

Game Theory Lucy Kellaway, Financial Times

If gamers are the "educated elite," then... Patricia Hernandez, Nightmare Mode (archived) 

HUGPUNX by Merritt K

Jan 2, 2018
The new year is upon us! Friend of the show Calvin Kasulke stops by to help your hosts work out their new year's resolutions. Listen in as we embrace 2018 with renewed energy, resolve to cut down on "onion" jokes, and create a copyrighted, legally distinct superhero who is fueled by anger. Also, there's some talk about "Transformation" or whatever. 
 
Make it your resolution to review us on Apple Podcasts, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and watch us on YouTube

Games discussed include Inside, Monument Valley, Tumbleseed, Universal Paperclips, and Reus

Dec 19, 2017
Dear friends, 
 
We are gathered here to pay our respects as we banish 2017 back to the land of wind and ghosts. In this retrospective episode we examine the year in detail and each of your hosts brings forward a game that symbolizes their experience of 2017. Giovanni looks for the one positive outcome of this trash year. Colin vows to keep moving forward. Dave takes a moment to find calm. Greg works through some things. 
 
For real though: we get into some heavy stuff. Here's your content warning for grief, depression, and mentions of cancer and lost loved ones. 
 
Also: Thank you to all our listeners, families, and friends for supporting us in making this project. We appreciate all of you. We hope we can help make the next year a great one for everyone. 

As always, please review us on Apple Podcasts, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and watch us on YouTube. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year. 

Games discussed include Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy, Super Mario Odyssey, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Show Notes: 

There is One Good Thing About 2017: Lots of Queer Women in Games Danielle Riendeau, Waypoint

 

We Made The Developer Of Getting Over It Play His Own Infuriating Game Tim Rogers, Kotaku

 

Yoko Taro's letter to the press for game of the year coverage

 

Charles Marinet, the voice of Mario, has the worst website ever literally don't click anything unless you want to download a dozen copies of his video resumes

Dec 5, 2017
2017 is nearly over and that means it's time to party down as we slam dunk this garbage year straight to hell! All things party adjacent and tangential get covered in this episode: arcades, barcades, Dave & Buster's, Charles Entertainment Cheese, and Charles Entertainment Cheese ripoffs that scar children for life. There's also some talk about video games, deleting scripts as people try to read them, and realtime ASMR directed at one host of the show. It's our narrowest of narrowcast episodes ever! We're sorry! 

If you'd like to vent your frustrations, head over to Apple Podcasts and leave us a review! You can also scream at us on Facebook and Twitter, or you can downvote our videos on YouTube

Games discussed include X-Men Arcade, 1-2-Switch, The Wonderful 101, and Chroma Squad

Show Notes: 

Sammy's Absurdist Pizza Buffet (RIP)

Nov 21, 2017
It's a very happy and demented Thanksgiving special here on Left Trigger Right Trigger. "Food" is the topic at hand, but you probably wouldn't know it from the discussion in this episode. Giovanni finds a slug on his ceiling and freaks out. Greg spends half the episode watching movie trailers. Colin admits to eating human beings. Dave pitches a new Wario franchise. All of them confess to committing various food-related crimes. It's a wild episode, but one worth listening to if only for the last 45 seconds. 
 
We at Left Trigger Right Trigger wish all our U.S. listeners a Happy Thanksgiving!

If we haven't scared you away, you can write us a very special review on Apple Podcasts (use the codeword we mentioned and we'll read it on the next episode.) You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter, where we will be talking about the upcoming Rampage film until its release on 4/20. Lastly, you can see our ugly mugs by subscribing to our YouTube Channel

Games discussed include Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Grill-off with Ultra Hand, Ms. Pac Man, and Overcooked

Show Notes: 

NOUR - Experimental Food Art Game

Grill-off with Ultra Hand promo video

Battle Chef Brigade Release Trailer

RAMPAGE - Official Trailer

Nov 7, 2017
You put your headphones on your head and turn on your favorite podcast app. When you hit play, the mellifluous voices of nerds fills your ears. "Choice" is the topic at hand: who will you listen to first? Will it be Dave, the spookiest host? He questions the value of choice when the rewards are always the same. Maybe you'll go with Greg, the drunkest host? Listen to him explore the pressures of how we choose to spend our time playing games. Or there's Giovanni, the longest host. He interrogates the moral lessons of choice in certain games. Lastly, you might go with Colin, the leftist host. He talks about monsters for some reason. To listen to this podcast, jump ahead to second fifteen. There, your adventure begins!

If you're still convinced you have free will, why not exercise it by stopping by Apple Podcasts and giving us a review?  You can watch us grapple with existential doubt on Facebook and Twitter. And, while you're at it, why no subscribe to our YouTube Channel, where we speak dark utterances into the infinite void. For fun! 

Games discussed include Infamous Second Son, Wolfenstein: The New Order, Papers, Please, and Monster Loves You!

Show Notes: 

Death of the Player - Mattie Brice

I Don’t Trust David Cage to Tackle Domestic Violence in 'Detroit' - Bruno Dias, Waypoint

David Cage on Detroit and its depiction of domestic violence - Martin Robinson, Eurogamer

Detroit: Become Human Trailer Paris Games Week 2017 - IGN (TW Domestic Abuse)

Oct 24, 2017
Welcome, dear listeners, to the spookiest episode yet! Dapper tentacle monster Andrew Zucosky joins the crew to discuss "Horror" in videogames. Mad scientist Greg puts his latest experiment on display. Beppo, the murder clown, comes for your blood. The ghost of Young Sheldon (Praise Be) blesses us with his terrible dreams. Scary Maguire stops in to reanimate jokes that died over two decades ago. It's a real massacre from bloody start to bloody end. 

If you're still alive (or dead, but capable of typing) please take a moment to write us a spooky review on Apple Podcasts. You can also follow us straight to the grave on Facebook and Twitter. And, while you're at it, why no subscribe to our YouTube Channel, where you can watch us murder jokes on the daily. 

Games discussed include Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem, CarnEvil, Darkest Dungeon, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, and Limbo

Show Notes: 

Summer Lesson is the scariest VR experience I've ever had by Allegra Frank, Polygon

Oct 10, 2017

He is Risen! The boy-king Sheldon has arrived and a new age is upon us! All shall quiver at the recitation of his holy word: Bazinga! The hosts discuss "Luck" in this episode, but we all know luck is irrelevant when Young Sheldon walks beside us. Giovanni explores the world of mobile games, now irrelevant since all people will be streaming episodes of Young Sheldon during their commute. Dave discusses his conflicted relationship with Mario Party, especially since now the real party is taking place every week on CBS. Greg dives into esports, the only type of sports allowed under the new Bazinga Code of Law. Colin talks about the whims of fate, which were fortunate enough to bring us his holy countenance. Sheldon be praised.

Please take a moment to praise Young Sheldon on Apple Podcasts. Let us know that you've followed the holy scriptures by writing "Bazinga" on our Facebook and Twitter. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel, where we will only post reruns of Young Sheldon from here on. 

Games discussed include Candy Crush, Mario Party, Hearthstone, and Hand of Fate.

Show Notes: 

Ball is out of Control: The Rise and Fall of Pinball in New York by John Teti, Kill Screen

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