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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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Feb 23, 2021

Hey everyone - you're amazing! Because of your generosity, the Annual LTRT 24-Hour Charity Stream raised over $6,400.00 for The Florence Project! That's more than we raised in the last three years combined! We are absolutely, absurdly grateful to everyone who donated and everyone who came by to support us. 

But, the fundraising isn't quite done yet! Everyone who signs up to our Patreon in February will have their donation forwarded to The Florence Project! If you've got a buck or two to spare and want to help support the show you can do that over at patreon.com/LTRT. Every bit helps!

Listeners - this topic is "Cow." We don't know how to lead into this one. We don't know how to be quippy or clever. Our good friend Tom Zalatnai came to us with this topic and you know, we agreed to it and now it's here. So. This is Cow. All we'll say is that much like a cow, this episode is a wild ride from front to back. 

You can find all of Tom's shows over at the Upford Network - that's upfordnetwork.com. Make sure to check out their shows - you might hear a couple familiar voices on some of them. 

In this episode: Greg wonders if there's a form of carcinization but for cows. Tom explains how they learned to cook from a digital mama. Tess explores their past names. Giovanni looks for greener digital pastures. David just kind of breaks. 

Please give us a follow over at twitch.tv/lefttriggerrighttrigger, where we just completed our annual charity stream! If you want to catch up on past streams you can find them over on our YouTube page. You can also give us a follow on Twitter (@LTRTCast) or on the Left Trigger Right Trigger Facebook Page.  We'd also really appreciate if you take a moment to give us a rating and review on your podcatcher of choice. And finally, if you want to support this show (and all our shows) you can throw us a buck or two over at patreon.com/LTRT

Games discussed include World of Warcraft, Cooking Mama: Cook Off, Pokémon Snap, Cow Clicker, and Mario Kart 64

Feb 9, 2021

Two very important announcements up front!

The Annual LTRT 24-Hour Charity Stream will happen on Saturday, Feb 20th at 10 a.m. ET! All funds will benefit The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project! Join us at twitch.tv/lefttriggerrighttrigger as we play 24 of our favorite games from 2020!

LTRT is now on Patreon! If you have a dollar or two and want to support us you can do so over at patreon.com/LTRT. All funds we receive in February will also be donated to The Florence Project as part of our 24 hour stream!

Protagonist - it's different than "Hero"... Or is it? Join us for a very special episode in which we finally determine who is the true protagonist of this podcast!

David repeats his past lives. Giovanni tries to find a protagonist in an ensemble piece. Colin curses a fickle god. Greg figures out the best way to figure out a protagonist is through a battle royale.

Please give us a follow over at twitch.tv/lefttriggerrighttrigger, in preparation for our upcoming charity stream! If you want to catch up on past streams you can find them over on our YouTube page. You can also give us a follow on Twitter (@LTRTCast) or on the Left Trigger Right Trigger Facebook Page.  We'd also really appreciate if you take a moment to give us a rating and review on your podcatcher of choice. And finally, if you want to support this show (and all our shows) you can throw us a buck or two over at patreon.com/LTRT

Games discussed include Games discussed include Nefarious, The Sims 2, Fortnite, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Jan 26, 2021

Listeners, is there anything more rewarding than making something with your own two hands? Yes, there is - it's making that something in a videogame. After the ...events... of the last episode, we thought it would be important to record an episode that's actually about videogames. But don't worry - "Craft" is the topic, but we still manage to spend almost 10 minutes talking about the 2006 film The Departed. You know, just like a videogame podcast would do. 

David laments the impermanent nature of crafting in games. Giovanni becomes a Scorsese Scholar. Colin blasts some blupees. Greg is censored for calling out yet another website.  

We've been streaming at twitch.tv/lefttriggerrighttrigger, so please give us a follow over there. If you want to catch up on past streams you can find them over on our YouTube page. You can also give us a follow on Twitter (@LTRTCast) or on the Left Trigger Right Trigger Facebook Page.  We'd also really appreciate if you take a moment to give us a rating and review on your podcatcher of choice.  

Games discussed include Stardew Valley, Resident Evil, FUSER, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Jan 12, 2021

In the 100+ episodes of this show there are a couple that stand out as true gems. Some of our guest episodes have brought about some truly insightful discussion. Our commitment to Double-O August can lead to some interesting discussions. Even our our yearly Father's Day episodes, which are always off the rails, are at least a fun ride. But none of these episodes compare to the response we received when we covered two very particular topics: "Fruit" and "Egg." Listeners, we have something special for you right now. Presenting the third episode in what we're now calling "The Round Things Saga: Bowl." We hope you enjoy - this is an episode that has, as we like to say around here, "big 'Fruit' energy." 

Giovanni stumbles into a cereal conspiracy. Colin talks about sports anime. David learns what it means to be possessed by a horse. Greg seals the fate of this podcast once and for all. 

We've been streaming at twitch.tv/lefttriggerrighttrigger, so please give us a follow over there. If you want to catch up on past streams you can find them over on our YouTube page. You can also give us a follow on Twitter (@LTRTCast) or on the Left Trigger Right Trigger Facebook Page.  We'd also really appreciate if you take a moment to give us a rating and review on your podcatcher of choice.  

Games discussed include Chex Quest HD, Wii Sports, Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions, and BloodRayne 

Dec 29, 2020

Listeners... hoo boy what a year it's been. This year has been painful and difficult in a lot of unnecessary ways, but we've made it through. As we close out 2020 and look towards a new year, we hope this show has brought you some comfort and laughs. As with years past, we sat down to take a look at a few games that best capture the experience of the last year. We promise it's not all maudlin - in fact, there's actually some pretty ok jokes in this one.  

Greg hits us with some cool turtle facts. Dave wonders why so many people played anxiety-inducing games this year. Colin drops a reference to Das Kapital (as if they've read the whole thing). Giovanni clings to a himbo that can give us all hope. 

We've been streaming at twitch.tv/lefttriggerrighttrigger, so please give us a follow over there. If you want to catch up on past streams you can find them over on our YouTube page. You can also give us a follow on Twitter (@LTRTCast) or on the Left Trigger Right Trigger Facebook Page.  We'd also really appreciate if you take a moment to give us a rate and review on your podcatcher of choice.  

Games discussed include Raft, Among Us, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and Yakuza: Like a Dragon. 

Show Notes: 

Cool Facts for Kids - Turtles

How To Chip Away At A Massive Games Backlog, Ari Notis, Kotaku

 

Dec 15, 2020

Attention!! we've put together a playlist of the music mentioned in this episode! You can listen along by clicking the link down in our show notes!

Folks - we're overwhelmed to introduce our very special 100th episode! Almost four years ago we got on a discord call and hashed out what this show would look like. After a couple trial runs we landed on the structure that's carried us through the last 100 episodes.

Almost as soon as we released our first episode we got a request to cover Music as a topic. In fact, Music came up every time we asked for topic suggestions. It's by far our most requested topic and we wanted to make sure we did it justice. This is an extra long episode with a ton of commentary from our friends and colleagues who've supported and inspired us over the years. This show wouldn't be what it is without their support, and this show wouldn't exist at all without you, our listeners. Thank you all for 100 episodes! Here's to 100 more!

Greg takes us through a musical dreamscape. Dave has flashbacks to his days in QA. Colin gets into a sick groove that doesn't go too fast. Giovanni lets the music take him away. 

We've been streaming at twitch.tv/lefttriggerrighttrigger, so please give us a follow over there. If you want to catch up on past streams you can find them over on our YouTube page. You can also give us a follow on Twitter (@LTRTCast) or on the Left Trigger Right Trigger Facebook Page.  We'd also really appreciate if you take a moment to give us a rate and review on your podcatcher of choice.  

Games discussed include Little Nemo: The Dream Master, Sonic the Hedgehog, Donkey Kong Country, and Metroid Prime. 

Show Notes: 

Playlist of the songs mentioned in this episode

The Genius of the Super Mario Bros. "Game Over" Theme, Andrew Schartmann, Slate

A video called "Every Time The Lightsabers Clash The Wilhelm Scream Happens"

A Reddit Post on whether time travel is possible in the Sonic universe

Orson Welles' wine commercial

Dec 1, 2020

Hey everyone, it's your hosts from Left Trigger Right Trigger! We wanted to let you know that our next episode is our 100th episode! We're going to make it super special so please make sure that you tune in for it! 

Rank: it's for more than just stinky cheeses. This episode breaks down all the systems we use to understand hierarchy and competition. Greg laments the loss of his Ms. PacMan high score. Giovanni puts us all in the Stuber-verse. Colin hates on Canada Dry (again). Dave brainstorms a new language specifically for rating games.

We've been streaming fairly consistently over at twitch.tv/lefttriggerrighttrigger, so please give us a follow over there. If you want to catch up on past streams you can find them over on our YouTube page. You can also give us a follow on Twitter (@LTRTCast) or on the Left Trigger Right Trigger Facebook Page.  We'd also really appreciate if you take a moment to give us a rate and review on your podcatcher of choice.  

Games discussed include Astro's Playroom, FUSER, Battlefield 3, and Devil May Cry 5

Nov 17, 2020

We're so, so happy to welcome our guest Ellie Karavas to this very special episode of Left Trigger Right Trigger. Ellie is a musician, producer, and retro game collector who proposed the topic of Cards, resulting in Greg's immediate combustion. You can find Ellie's record label over at Jam Eater Records (which also has a great podcast and a patreon that you should check out) and her retro collector YouTube channel over at Jam Eater Gaming.

Listeners, this is it. The episode you've all been waiting for. We finally answer the question you've all been asking for the last three years of this show: what can Kenny Rogers' The Gambler teach us about game design? Greg shows us when to hold 'em. Ellie discusses when to fold 'em. Dave decides when to walk away. Colin figures out when to run. And Giovanni? Well... G knows the best you can hope for is to die in your sleep. That's cards, folks!

We've been streaming fairly consistently over at twitch.tv/lefttriggerrighttrigger, so please give us a follow over there. If you want to catch up on past streams you can find them over on our YouTube page. You can also give us a follow on Twitter (@LTRTCast) or on the Left Trigger Right Trigger Facebook Page.  We'd also really appreciate if you take a moment to give us a rate and review on Apple Podcasts

Games discussed include Magic: The Gathering Arena, The Pokémon Trading Card Game (1 & 2), Yu-Gi-Oh! The Eternal Duelist Soul, Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Gwent

Nov 3, 2020

To all our listeners, we love you and we hope this episode helps you endure the everlong, unending events of 2020. And you know, maybe this episode title is a little on the nose, but we know podcasts that use subtext and they're all cowards.

Listeners, this episode is a lighthearted romp through Hell - a useful metaphor for, well, a lot of things it turns out. Greg is banished to the spirit realm for the second time in the history of this podcast. Colin tries to vape the water NASA found on the moon. Dave reveals to no one's surprise that he's the only Yu-Gi-Oh expert in the room. Giovanni explores the real world bullet hell of walking down the street. 

Games discussed include: Afterparty, Lucah: Born of a Dream, Afterlife, Last Word

We've been streaming fairly consistently over at twitch.tv/lefttriggerrighttrigger, so please give us a follow over there. If you want to catch up on past streams you can find them over on our YouTube page. You can also give us a follow on Twitter (@LTRTCast) or on the Left Trigger Right Trigger Facebook Page.  We'd also really appreciate if you take a moment to give us a rate and review on Apple Podcasts

Show Notes: 

Politics of The Self in LUCAH: Born of a Dream - Catherine Brinegar and Jessica Harvey, RE:BIND

 

Oct 20, 2020

Listeners... welcome to a scary, creepy, terrifying episode 70 minute blooper. Our most prolific guest and least prolific friend Andrew Zucosky joins us once again to discuss a topic close to everyones' hearts: Masks. Except it wasn't supposed to be masks? Look, this episode has a solid twist about an hour in so make sure you stick around for that.

Giovanni breaks with the flock and decides not to be a duck. Colin almost turns this into yet another Destiny podcast. Dave quite literally deflates towards the end of the episode. Greg sabotages this whole episode. 

Games discussed include: World of Warcraft, Champions Online, Dota 2, Majora's Mask, and Hotline Miami

Show Notes: 

Baldur’s Gate 3 makers tell players to stop being so basic- Cass Marshall, Polygon

 

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