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Dec 28, 2021

Listeners - here we are at the end 2021. As we've done since 2017, here is our very special episode to send off the year and greet the new year with renewed energy. These episodes always turn into a bit of a therapy session for your four co-hosts, and this year is no exception. We get honest, and open up about some of the issues we've faced over the last twelve months. Also we need $250,000 on Patreon in order to take out a New York Times ad. Thank you in advance for helping get us there.  

In this episode - Giovanni feels like he's stuck in a time loop. David reflects on the tedium and difficulty of putting his life into boxes. Tess struggles with the fact that gaming has become an inadequate coping mechanism. Greg invents a knife that cooks food as you cut it.

As always, a huge, huge thank you to our patrons. Your support means the world to us. If you want to become a patron (and get access to some exclusive podcasts) you can sign up at patreon.com/LTRT.  If you don't have the cash to support us right now you can always leave us a review on your podcatcher of choice. 

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Games discussed include: Returnal, Slipways, Unpacking, Halo 2

Dec 14, 2021

Voice - the medium on which this and so many other types of content depend. It has the power to soothe and anger, sway and shame, enrapture and condemn. Also sometimes it causes ASMR, along with some like... crinkly plastic? Unfortunately for you, dear listeners, this episode only briefly delves into mukbang territory. This is "Voice" - we hope you enjoy!

In this episode - Giovanni does his best Bubsy impression. David tells you about his favorite store on the citadel. Tess has a hard time saying colors. Greg is replaced with his vocal understudy, Grag. 

As always, a huge, huge thank you to our patrons. Your support means the world to us. If you want to become a patron (and get access to some exclusive podcasts) you can sign up at patreon.com/LTRT.  If you don't have the cash to support us right now you can always leave us a review on your podcatcher of choice. 

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Games discussed include: Forza Horizon 5, Brain Age, Bastion, and Mass Effect 2

Show notes: 

Is voice acting always the best option, or are some games better without it? - Samuel James Riley, Games Radar

Gaming and Aging: How Accessibility Impacts Everyone Eventually - Access-Ability, Laura K Buzz


Forza Horizon 5 will add on-screen sign language interpreters in a post-launch update - Kim Lyons, The Verge

 

 

 

Nov 30, 2021

Listeners, we have a question for you: what is a surprise? Well, if you're Greg, the answer is "lying." Are lies surprises? Can the truth ever be a surprise? These are the questions we gloss over in favor of discussing the storied career of Bradley Whitford. "Surprise!"

In this episode - David gets tired of leaks. Giovanni is shocked by defying genre conventions. Tess evangelizes the egg rabbit. Greg lies over and over. 

As always, a huge, huge thank you to our patrons. Your support means the world to us. If you want to become a patron (and get access to some exclusive podcasts) you can sign up at patreon.com/LTRT.  If you don't have the cash to support us right now you can always leave us a review on your podcatcher of choice. 

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Games discussed include: The Sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and Peggle Nights

Nov 16, 2021

Listeners - please know that we are not exaggerating when we tell you that this is one of the best 3/4ths of an episode we've ever released. This episode is full thoughtful insights into our relationship to nature as creators, game players, and humans in general. But, it is the nature of the scorpion to sting - and that is exactly what Greg does to the last 1/4th of this episode. This is 'Nature.' Please enjoy. 

In this episode - Tess reflects on the colonial mindset toward nature reflected in media. Giovanni probes the limits of nature as a digital construct. David explores the visual beauty of nature and briefly ponders the concept of the sublime. Greg asks, "why isn't Mario taller?"

As always, a huge, huge thank you to our patrons. Your support means the world to us. If you want to become a patron (and get access to some exclusive podcasts) you can sign up at patreon.com/LTRT.  If you don't have the cash to support us right now you can always leave us a review on your podcatcher of choice. 

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Games discussed include: Eastshade, Offworld Trading Company, Assassin's Creed 3, and Mario Galaxy

Nov 2, 2021

Sorry, listeners. You're going to have to attempt this episode again after you've acquired the EARS upgrade. You could try to brute force it but it's really much easier once you have EARS. 

In this 'Metroidvania' episode - Greg opens the show with the longest joke we've ever heard. David succeeds at the metroidvania of life. Giovanni has bad opinions on Hollow Knight. Tess is away - laying low across county lines until the heat dies down. 

As always, a huge, huge thank you to our patrons. Your support means the world to us. If you want to become a patron (and get access to some exclusive podcasts) you can sign up at patreon.com/LTRT.  If you don't have the cash to support us right now you can always leave us a review on your podcatcher of choice. 

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Games discussed include: Metroid: Dread, Ori and the Blind Forest, and Hollow Knight

 

Oct 19, 2021

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BOO! HA! Did that-? No, that didn't scare you? Ah well. Guess it's difficult to create a jump scare through text.

LISTENERS - This is the 'Jump Scares' episode! Special guest Andrew Zucosky joins us once again for the kind-of-scary season!

In this episode - Giovanni starts some unwelcome discourse. David shows off all his limbs. Tess discusses her past levitations. Greg might've invented a game. Andrew shows us his haunted slideshow. 

As always, a huge, huge thank you to our patrons. Your support means the world to us. If you want to become a patron (and get access to some exclusive podcasts) you can sign up at patreon.com/LTRT.  If you don't have the cash to support us right now you can always leave us a review on your podcatcher of choice. 

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Games discussed include: Dead Space, Half-Life, Area 52, Phasmophobia, and Five Nights at Freddy's

 

Oct 5, 2021

Listeners... you come to this podcast on the day we talk about Marriage 'Weddings' and ask us to commit to the bit? Well okay we'll commit to the bit. But because we want to - not because you asked us. 

In this episode - LTRT GETS AUDITED. Giovanni pays down a dowry. Tess wishes weddings were a little more... dramatic. David discusses some sad wedding proposals. Greg officiates a wedding in Among Us. 

As always, a huge, huge thank you to our patrons. Your support means the world to us. If you want to become a patron (and get access to some exclusive podcasts) you can sign up at patreon.com/LTRT.  If you don't have the cash to support us right now you can always leave us a review on your podcatcher of choice. 

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Games discussed include: Super Mario Odyssey, Crusader Kings 3, Spider-Man (2018), and Before Your Eyes

Show Notes: 

The Other Side of the Spider-Man Proposal Story - Jef Rouner for Houston Press

Sep 21, 2021

Listeners! If David has 49 apples that each sell for a dollar and Greg has 23 dollars, how much will Tess charge them to smash all the apples while Giovanni films it in slow-motion? Turn in your answers in the form of a podcast review. You have just about one hour!

This is the "Math" episode! If you're a math person you'll probably have several complaints to tweet at us. It's ok, we're expecting it. 

In this episode - Giovanni multiplies himself ten million times. Dave blasts some math (hardcore).  Greg relives the 2020 Presidential election for literally no reason. Tess cashes in her one trans joke that she gets every year. 

As always, a huge, huge thank you to our patrons. Your support means the world to us. If you want to become a patron (and get access to some exclusive podcasts) you can sign up at patreon.com/LTRT.  If you don't have the cash to support us right now you can always leave us a review on your podcatcher of choice. 

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Games discussed include: Math Blaster 1: In Search of Spot, 10,000,000, Griftlands, and Stardew Valley

Sep 7, 2021

Listeners! The days have gone down in OOGOOST, now is the time to sell your labor in exchange for fiat. Welcome to the "Jobs" episode!

In this episode - Giovanni explains the gap in his resume. David bemoans the pains of perma-lancing. Greg regrets his career choices. Tess struggles in the gig economy. 

As always, a huge, huge thank you to our patrons. Your support means the world to us. If you want to become a patron (and get access to some exclusive podcasts) you can sign up at patreon.com/LTRT.  If you don't have the cash to support us right now you can always leave us a review on your podcatcher of choice. 

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Games discussed include: Bravely Default,  Destiny 2, Stardew Valley, and Boyfriend Dungeon

Aug 24, 2021

OOGOOST ENDOORES

Episode two of Double-O August 2021 spreads its spores over over your unwary audio devices. Keep this episode in a damp, warm place and let the deep thoughts of our hosts spread through your supple brains. 

This is the "Mushroom" episode! Greg asks if Thanos is a mushroom. David wonders how many people have perished attempting to recreate Mario's diet. Giovanni churns up the fetid underbrush. Tess isn't on mic but she's definitely extending a rhizome through the soil.   

As always, a huge, huge thank you to our patrons. Your support means the world to us. If you want to become a patron (and get access to some exclusive podcasts) you can sign up at patreon.com/LTRT.  If you don't have the cash to support us right now you can always leave us a review on your podcatcher of choice. 

WE HAVE A WEBSITE NOW! You can find all our content there! Check out lefttriggerrighttrigger.com!

Games discussed include: Pikmin 3, Super Mario Bros, and World of Warcraft

Show Notes: 

Someone please buy this Thanos swimsuit for us

Or someone put Thanos's face on this swimsuit

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