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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 and remember, games are just metaphors.
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Now displaying: 2023
Dec 26, 2023

It's the end of the year! Which means it's time to reflect on what 2023 means to each of us. What has this year brought for better or worse? What does "new year, new you" really mean? When will InVincible Iron Ivy: Enter Pretty, Pretty Princess come out of early access? Don't worry about that last one.

In this episode: David's got the good stuff. Giovanni forgets what he said. Tess adds to her party. Greg gets fixated.

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Games discussed: Fortnite, VIDEOVERSE, Baldur's Gate 3, Sea of Stars

Show Notes: Giovanni's interview with VIDEOVERSE creator Lucy Blundell

Dec 12, 2023

Sometimes I think about how different the gaming world would be if Nintendo had gotten the rights to Popeye and hadn't had to scramble to make the characters in the original Donkey Kong game. Instead of a fleet of mascot shooters, would the 90s have been filled with a slew of era-defining video games based on previously existing IPs? Would the variety of skins you see in something like Fortnite be considered gauche? What IP specific games would have the best spinoffs?

In this episode: Giovanni hits the links, Tess learns how to touch a computer, Greg gets bored, David follows the trend.

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Games discussed: Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour, Mario Teaches Typing 2, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Super Mario RPG

Nov 28, 2023

Stop, collaborate, and listen to this episode about collaboration! It's an episode that is legally distinct from our Co-op episode both in title and in the areas we cover in our conversation. But keep an eye on the clock for a returning segment everybody loves!

In this episode: Tess brings the house down. Greg creates a problem for his cohosts. David watches the world burn around him. Giovanni discusses taxes.

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Games discussed: Teardown, Suika Game, Human Fall Flat, Death Stranding

Nov 14, 2023

An unnamed LA stunt driver who moonlights as a getaway driver for local criminals has started getting close to his neighbor and her young son. When he gets an offer he can't refuse on a dangerous deal and it all goes awry, the driver will need to do everything he can to protect his neighbors. There's only one thing he can do to keep them safe........listen to the latest episode of Left Trigger Right Trigger. Err...I mean, Drive.

In this episode: David gets too real. Giovanni takes to the streets. Tess has to go fast. Greg changes his perspective.

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Games discussed: Pikmin 4, Forza Motorsport, F-Zero: Maximum Velocity, Death Rally

Oct 31, 2023

It's time to once again get spooky with Andrew Zucosky! This time around we have some group therapy about the compulsion to buy certain games, talking about games, and Baldur's Gate 3. We probably should have talked about some monsters or something. I guess we talked about Asterion, but we certainly didn't talk about being afraid of him...

In this episode: Andrew can't help himself. Greg gets creeped out. Giovanni gives up the ghost. David goes to some weddings.

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Games discussed: XCOM 3, Firewatch, Baldur's Gate 3, Metroid Dread

Show Notes: Zuco's Baldur's Gate 3 review

Oct 17, 2023

A strong aroma lures you towards the kitchen. What possibly could be generating such an enticing smell? Also, who is cooking this delicious smelling meal? Four people stand in the kitchen, all standing over a large pot of stew, but the ingredients they're adding are video games. Cartridges, discs, and hard drives bubble away in the pot as the hosts of this podcast pass the stirring spoon back and forth. We hope you're hungry.

In this episode: Tom lights the burner, David starts to simmer, Greg kicks it up a notch, Tess finishes with a favorite.

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Games discussed: Pokemon, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, Peglin, Pokemon Omega Ruby

Oct 3, 2023

Wrap up in a blanket, put on some calm music, and light one up. What are you lighting up? That depends on your state. So whatever state (of mind) you are in (or would like to be in), then adjust what you light up. Maybe I'm overthinking it. Maybe we all need to stop overthinking things.

In this episode: Giovanni looks to puff pixel pass. David waits to let it loose. Tess makes some tough decisions. Greg can't let it be.

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Games discussed: Chrono Trigger, Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, Frostpunk, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Sep 19, 2023

Finally, proof from outside just our hosts that Zoombinis are real. If you've been a Zoombini truther than thank you for all the work you've put in over the years....or, wait, I guess maybe not if being a truther is someone who doesn't believe they existed? Sheesh, manufacturing engagement over a fake conspiracy is harder than it seems.

In this episode: David tries to find the failure point. Josh wants to drop the bridge. Greg does it to himself.

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Games discussed: Anthem, Logical Journey of the Zoombinis, Pokemon Red

Sep 5, 2023

The cauldron bubbles, the runes are set, and your wand now hums with power. Your familiar looks on in anticipation, waiting to see what your spell brings forth. It's time to begin. You summon your will and chant the incantation. Purple and green sparks sizzle and pop in the middle of the summoning circle where a shadow has suddenly appeared. The veil begins to drop and reveal what has been brought forth. Your familiar flees at the sudden presence, you cover your face in shock at what you have summoned: the hosts of Left Trigger Right Trigger. Jeez, podcast platforms have gotten intricate.

In this episode: Giovanni compares and contrasts. Tess writes in. Greg gets hit by lightning. David ponders the dodgeball.

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Games discussed: Forspoken, Armored Core VI Fires of Rubicon, Magicka, Dodgeball Academia

Aug 22, 2023

Double OO August continues! We got a little distracted in the intro for some reason, but it turns out some of us have been consuming vampiric media. Which to be clear, is media that features vampires, not media that siphons something off of someone else. But maybe all media is vampiric because it pulls a lot of energy out of the people who make it and we as people who take it in are consumers. Really makes you think. ANYWAY

In this episode: Giovanni gets a bit sweaty. Tess pulls from afar. Greg is looking at games with red tinted glasses. David fulfills the prophecy.

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Games discussed: Mortal Kombat, Legacy of Kain: Defiance, Diablo, Bloodborne

Show Notes: David L. Craddock's article on how Mortal Kombat changed video game history

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