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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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Apr 19, 2022
Jank. We all experience it one way or another in our lives, some more than others. Giovanni wrestles with jank by not taking control. David gets punished by jank, but still goes back for more. Greg attempts to laugh off his jank. Tess receives guidance on how to approach jank. How do you tackle your jank?

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.

Visit lefttriggerrighttrigger.com to explore more ways people deal with jank.

Games Discussed: WWE 2K22, Elden Ring, Fortnite, and Space Warlord Organ Trading Simulator

Show notes:

Elden Ring Is Jackass The Video Game Gita Jackson for Waypoint

So many UI issues/complaints. Steam Community forum

Apr 5, 2022
Listeners, I know that last episode we asked the question "do you think this show has run out of topics?" but consider that question asked and answered. Get ready to go Mouthful mode on this episode!! It's MOUTH!!! In this episode - Giovanni optimizes our SEO. Greg finds his immersion ruined by the unrealistic mouths in VR. David dares to ask the question, "what *does* that mouth do?" Tess puts some sneaky ASMR at the end of the show. 

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: Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Star Fox 64, Damnation, and Job Simulator

Show notes:

15 Video Game Enemies With Mouths So Big They Can Literally Swallow You, Ravi Sinha for Gaming Bolt

Michel Lotito, Wikipedia

Mar 22, 2022

Question for you, listeners - do you think this show has run out of topics? Look, we're not saying that we think the show is out of topics but we're wondering if any of you are under the impression that uh... we're out of topics. No reason, just checking. Anyway, here's the episode on...Shapes. 

In this episode - David set up his new burrow. Giovanni presses buttons. Tess has shape-based nostalgia. Greg explains sword logic. 

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: Journey, PaRappa the Rappa, Tempest, and Destiny 2

Show notes:

The Aesthetics of Game Art and Game Design, Chris Solarski for Game Developer

All About the PlayStation 1's Design, Kevin Gifford for 1Up (archived)

Mar 8, 2022
Hey listeners... we know in the last episode we said we wanted a normal, regular episode. And maybe Beige wasn't quite standard for us. In fact, maybe it was an overcorrection - Beige was too normal of an episode. In response, here's a normal episode that's the normal amount of normal. That sentence makes sense, we promise. Welcome to the Racing episode!

In this episode - David discovers the secret of his namesake. Giovanni becomes a dog - it's all sinking in now. Tess gets distracted. Greg delivers the State of the Union

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: Uniracers,  Crash Team Racing, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles, and Boyfriend Dungeon

Show notes: 

The Making of Unirally - Damien McFerran for Nintendo Life

The trailer for Poochinski

Feb 22, 2022
Listeners! Thank you to everyone who showed up for our annual 24-hour charity stream! A huge thank you to everyone who donated! Because of your contributions we raised over $4,200 for MaineTransNet! The charity campaign will be open until the end February, so if you want to add donations you can still do so right here.

This episode is Beige. No hot takes or bits here, just take the beige pill and vibe to the beige noise. Featuring a performance by special guest Tom Waits. 

In this episode - Giovanni is beige. David is beige. Tess is beige. Greg is beige. 

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: True Crime: Streets of LA, GoldenEye 007,  Fallout 4, and Assassin's Creed.

Feb 8, 2022
Hey everyone! We have a super important announcement - it's once again time for our annual 24-hour charity stream!! This year we'll be streaming to benefit MaineTransNet! MaineTransNet is a community based organization led by transgender people, for transgender people. They serve Maine's trans community in a ton of different ways, including support groups, transgender competency training, and advocacy work. We're so excited to support them with this year's stream!

You're going to want to tune to twitch.tv/lefttriggerrighttrigger on Saturday, February 19 at 10 AM ET and stick around until Sunday, February 20 at 10 AM ET. Oh and just like last year, we'll be donating our Patreon contributions for February. Come hang out, keep us awake, and check out all the shenanigans. We hope to see you there!!

Motion - is it more than just waggling a controller around? In this episode we seek to explore all aspects of this much-maligned game mechanic (and also discuss our struggles with motion sickness).

In this episode - Giovanni mourns the death of motion based party games. David has to have a little lie down. Tess discusses why your body does not want to be an interface. Greg tries to learn a new joke.  

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: WarioWare: Smooth Moves, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Super Hexagon, and Nike+ Kinect Training.

Show notes: 

Video Games and Motion Sickness, Eric Qualls for Lifewire

Your Body Does Not Want to Be an Interface, John Pavlus for MIT Technology Review 

Mod 0
Jan 25, 2022
Folks, it's taken a lot of work from a lot of community members, but the "Better Show" mod has been updated to function with the latest version of LTRT. This new, improved mod includes the following features: 
  • Added 6 hosts with revamped romance options (including a fully fleshed-out Travis!)
  • 200+ new tangents about topics that aren't video games.
  • Reduced background noise and mouth sounds from all hosts. 
  • Fixed several typos and incorrect uses of "whom."
  • Expanded post-show "End Bit" with tons of activities for long-time listeners. 
  • Added English language translation for Giovanni.

In this Mod - Giovanni claims ownership over any and all products that are derived from LTRT content. David explores his fear of locomotives. Greg wonders about Ape Jeans. Tess asks some big questions about Paul Blart. 

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: Freelancer, DOTA 2, Warcraft III: Reforged, and Resident Evil 2 (Remake)

Jan 11, 2022

Folks... we're not here to clown on our listeners, but let's just say - the next episode we release is gong to have some big shoes to fill! (HONK HONK) --that's the sound our nose makes...  this is uh... this is the 'Clown' episode.  

In this episode - Giovanni takes a gig entertaining at children's parties. Tess has useful advice for clowns looking to improve their resumes. Greg discusses the insidious influence of Stephen King. David doesn't talk about the wasps, like at all. 

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: Imagine Party Babyz, Empire of Sin, Dead Rising, and Final Fantasy VI

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

 

 

 

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