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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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Oct 9, 2018

This episode of Left Trigger Right Trigger was made possible by our sponsors - Mountain Dew and Hale & Hearty Soups. 

Advertisements: they surround us, embrace us, become the content of our very minds. Advertising makes the world go round - shout out to our tertiary sponsor Rand McNally. "Rand McNally: Wherever you are, that's a place."

Where there is profit to be made, advertising is sure to follow. Tune in as your hosts discuss the ups and downs of sponsored content (brought to you by Little Tikes Brand Seesaws: "Little Tikes - Every Child Gets the Same Cozy Coupe"). Greg discusses some ads that don't hold up over time. Giovanni discovers the dark side of free-to-play games. Dave explores the auditory affects of advertising in games. Colin has some thoughts about the un-cola.  

Our sponsors have instructed us to inform you that you can follow LTRT on Facebook and Twitter. You can also view ads and occasional videos on our YouTube Channel. And, for a short time, leave a review on our Apple Podcasts page with the phrase "Do the DEWmocracy" for a chance to win a second vote in November's election.  

Games discussed include Tomb of the Mask, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Gears of War, and Cool Spot

If you like LTRT, why not check out our new show, Fullmetal Bazinga

Show Notes: 

The original Super Smash Bros. Ad

The original Animal Crossing Ad

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City radio commercials

Metroid Prime US commercial

Weird Ad for the Playstation Store 

Another Ad for the Playstation Store

Sep 28, 2018

SURPRISE loyal LTRT listeners! Here's a very special episode of our newest show: Fullmetal Bazinga. We hope you like it - if you do, why not go over and subscribe to that feed? There's already a piping hot new episode waiting for you to enjoy.

On with the description!

Welcome to the premiere episode of Fullmetal Bazinga: A Real Show for Humans and Other Sentient Beings. We invite you to join us every week as we seek the truth behind the cultural touchstone known as "The Big Bang Theory." 

In this episode, we break down the essential questions for the best season of CBS's most popular sitcom: What Will Marriage Be Like for Sheldon and Amy? Will Raj Ever Find Love? Does Sheldon Bang? Is Chuck Lorre Ok? 

All these questions and more are discussed in episode 01: The Conjugal Configuration. 

Keep up with the show by following us on Twitter: @FMBazinga

As always, a huge thank you to Doug Linse for creating our intro and outro themes. You can find all his music by going to

Tune in next time for episode two: The Wedding Gift Wormhole. 


Sep 25, 2018

We're not the great communicators that we used to be, apparently. However, that won't stop us from discussing "Communication" in this episode of LTRT. Giovanni hints at potentially joining a cult. Colin talks about how much they love screaming. Dave tries to stop this whole situation from blowing up. Greg courts a new sponsor for this podcast. 


Make sure to like us on Facebook to get all the latest communiqués from your LTRT hosts. Follow us on Twitter so you can demand our attention whenever you want. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel to see our lovely faces. And finally, send your sternly written love letters to us in the form of a review on Apple Podcasts.

Games discussed include Octopath Traveler, Spaceteam, Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, and Hearthstone

Show Notes: 


Dead Cells' Twitch Integration is Great, Jeff Grubb, VentureBeat


Console Repairmen Explain Why Cockroaches Love PS4s, Cecilia D'Anastasio, Kotaku


Buzzfeed News Cuts Podcasting Team to Focus on Video, Benjamin Mullin, Wall Street Journal


Telltale Games Layoffs, Matt Patches and Owen S. Good, Polygon


Guy Fieri Actually Had a Pretty Classy Clap-Back for Anthony Bourdain, Sarah Rense, Esquire

Sep 11, 2018

The long awaited Sports episode has finally happened! If there's one thing these four hosts know about, it's sports. They love talking about sports. They love reading about sports. They love dreaming about sports. Everything you've ever wanted to know about sports gets discussed in this episode. Colin talks about sports in which you hit balls with your fists. Giovanni talks about sports that are violent, but entertaining. Dave talks about stereotypes in sports. Greg talks about a sport involving nets. It's all sports. 

Tell us about your favorite sports on our Facebook page. Tweet us your thoughts on the intersection of sports and labor over on Twitter. Watch us devise new sports over on our YouTube Channel. Write us a quick note about your best sports memory over at Apple Podcasts.  

Games discussed include Tekken 3, NFL Blitz, Sega Soccer Slam, and Virtua Tennis

Show Notes: 

How In The Hell Did NFL Blitz Ever Get Made? Aaron Gordon, Vice Sports

Aug 28, 2018

THE WHOLE OONIVERSE WAS IN A HOOT DENSE STATE! Double-O August wraps up with legitimately like 20 minutes of discussion on the Big Bang Theory. We aren't sure what happened but it's tangentially related to the the topic of "Outdoors." Giovanni confesses to a crime he committed against his own grandfather. Colin proposes so jolly cooperation in the woods. Greg can't stop talking about his area. Dave learns the truth about his long lost brother. 

Fullmetal Bazinga is 100% going to happen. Please help us make it a reality by giving us a like on our Facebook page. Let us know your thoughts on the end of The Big Bang Theory by following us on Twitter. Transcribe your Raj fan fiction into the comments on our YouTube Channel. Leave your dark prayers to the god-king, The Young Sheldon, in the form of a like and review on Apple Podcasts.  

Games discussed include Pokémon Go, Firewatch, Don't Starve Together, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

Show Notes: 

Justin McElroy would like you to look at his map

Aug 14, 2018

That magical time of year is upon us again: Double-O August returns, bringing with it a whole bunch of topics to delight and confuse. This is the month in which your hosts refuse to talk about anything that doesn't contain a double-o, so we hope you like it? "Cartoons" leads off this holy month, so make sure to tune in and listen to Greg get frustrated with babies. Giovanni defends his strange addiction. Dave teaches everyone how to audio-bend. Colin describes his obsidian hippo. 


If you enjoyed this episode, you should really commit to the double-o bit and like us on Facebook. You can also prepare yourself for double-t October by following us on Twitter. Gird yourself for double-n November by subscribing to our YouTube Channel. And as always, you can fulfill your monthly double-p April obligations by giving us a like and review on Apple Podcasts

Games discussed include Rugrats: Search for Reptar, Animaniacs, The Legend of Korra, and Garfield: Caught in the Act. 

Show Notes: 

eBay Garfields

Jul 31, 2018

In celebration of No Man's Sky's final launch out of its Beta phase and into the full fledged game it was meant to be, your hosts at LTRT have put together this show on the subject of "Beta." While thee inventory management simulator NMS has finally turned into the game it was meant to be, that isn't the case for other games caught in a perpetual Beta state. Giovanni explores how Betas just ruin games forever. Greg asks important questions about the role Betas play in esports. Colin makes reference to Le Internationale, but doesn't follow through. Dave settles an argument that somehow involves Mothra. 

We'd like to thank all our listeners who have tuned in for the early access version of this podcast. As we work to create the audio discussion show that we know it can be, we always welcome your feedback. You can leave a bug report on our Facebook or Twitter. Subscribers to our extreme early access can also watch exclusive video content on our YouTube Channel. And as always, feel free leave idle conjecture on when we'll finally nerf Dave on Apple Podcasts

Games discussed include Fortnite Battle Royale, Wrecked, Arms, and Dota 2
Show Notes: 
You call this a jelly donut??
Corvo Studios Seagull Game
Jul 17, 2018
Toniiiiiight. We are Pets. So let's fill the bowl with kibble, or we can all nibble, on some boooones. "Pets" is the topic in this episode, which is appropriate since they needed to spray Colin with a water bottle in this one. Tune in as Greg recounts the trauma of the worst crime ever perpetuated against him. Giovanni frets over virtual birds. Colin explores his unprocessed feelings towards Tubs the cat. And Dave just tries to pet some digital dogs.
Note: Colin, in his "Vacation Dave" state, conflated Digimon Tamagotchi with all Tamagotchi. He regrets this mistake. Please no emails. 
Please post pictures of your pets to our Facebook and Twitter. You can also find more critter related content on our YouTube channel. Lastly, in exchange for giving us a like and review on Apple Podcasts, one of our hosts will be your pet for the day! I guess that's why Colin has all those collars. 
Games discussed include the Pokemon series, Nintendogs and Cats,  Neko Atsume, and Fallout 4
Show Notes: 
Mo’ Neopoints, Mo’ Problems: How That Website We Liked As Kids Became An Economist’s Nightmare, Victoria McNally
Dogmeat, Fallout 4, and the Anxiety of Everything, Reid McCarter
Jul 3, 2018
Vacation: all you ever wanted? Vacation, *had* to get away? These are the big questions we ask on this episode of LTRT. Vacation Dave takes everyone on a pleasure cruise through this relaxed, Island Time centered episode. Grab your drink and feel that banana wind as we explore Vacations both literal and metaphorical. Dave takes us to a bougie, but comfortable tourist resort. Colin smashes that shit apart in his personalized va-kaiju-ation. Giovanni takes us on a delightful gay-cation. Greg brings us home with more of a stay-cation experience.
You can send us your favorite vacation beverages on Facebook and Twitter. You can also find our hot, relaxing videos on our YouTube channel. Lastly, why not get that serious vacation buzz by writing us a nice review on Apple Podcasts. We promise you'll make memories that stay with you forever.  
Games discussed include Butterfly Soup, Toy Story, Wii Sports Resort, and Godzilla: Monster of Monsters
Show Notes: 
The Perfect Human BodyBBC
The Legend of D.B. CooperWikipedia
This Dog is a Charming Paleontologist, Vanessa Gritton
Greg is Obsessed with this song Synthetic LifeYouTube
Smash Mouth Is Not Sugar Ray, Reality
Jun 19, 2018
Dads... What are they? Who are they? How did they come to be? These questions and more tickle your ears as your hosts plumb the depths of Dadhood, Fatherhood, and Daddyhood. Join us for the Second Annual Left Trigger Right Trigger Father's Day Dadstravaganza: Dadliest Catch. Your intrepid hosts discuss all things Dad-related: How to get that perfect Dadbod. Where to find your Dad when he disappears on you. How to know if the person you're speaking to is secretly a Dad. Tune in as we celebrate Father's Day the only way we know how: by making a podcast. 
You can pull our fingers over on Facebook and Twitter. Alternatively, consider tuning in to our YouTube channel while you nap away in your barcalounger. Lastly, why not write us a nice Father's Day card on Apple Podcasts, where we'll keep it on the mantle as a memento of your love. 
Games discussed include Bioshock, Katamari Damacy, Sonic Adventure 2 Battle, and Shower With Your Dad Simulator 2015: Do You Still Shower With Your Dad? 
Show Notes: 
A Guide to Breeding Chao in Sonic Adventure 2 Battle, Level Skip
Big The Cat, History's Greatest Monster, Imgur
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