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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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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

 

Oct 6, 2020

Important note - Giovanni, Dave, and Greg are all in a band called Duckspeak that just released their latest album, Death To All Kings. You can check it out on any streaming service or purchase it from their bandcamp (duckspeak.bandcamp.com). Thanks for listening!

The videogame industry is undergoing a lot of turmoil these days. Toxic executives are being ousted. Studios that stated they intended to avoid crunch are forcing their staff to work 6 day weeks. Publishers continue to buy, sell, and gut studios as they wish. It's a wild time, so we thought we'd take this episode to get a little serious and cover some important and timely issues in the industry. Instead, we argued about sandwiches for 12 minutes.

For real though we do eventually highlight some of our favorite studios in the context of a difficult, awful industry. Get ready for a real one, listeners. Giovanni digs a hole. Greg divulges his recipe for vegan mayo. Dave ponders where the "style" of a studio resides. Colin makes this all about capitalism once again. 

Games (and studios) discussed include: SteamWorld Dig (Image & Form), Bastion (Supergiant Games), Crusader Kings 3 (Paradox Interactive), and Hyper Light Drifter (Heart Machine)

Show Notes: 

This Crusader Kings 3 player ate the Pope - Christopher Livingston, PC Gamer

Paradox Interactive's QA staff allege poor treatment, low pay, and mismanaged layoffs - Imogen Beckhelling, Rock Paper Shotgun

Game Developers Behind Dead Cells, Night in the Woods, and More Share Why the Co-Op Studio Model WorksCaty McCarthy, US Gamer

Sep 22, 2020

Important announcement - from September 20 - 26 there's a very special charity drive going on over at Mars' Best Brisket. It's a weeklong audio comedy event raising money for Lovin' Spoonfuls, a food rescue located in Boston. There are some super talented and funny people you can hear in a short run of episodes. If you can, please go support their charity drive right here:

Listeners! It's time to put on a cozy sweater, grab a mug of tea, and stumble off an unseen ledge, perishing instantly. The topic is Fall and we discuss all the different permutations of that word. Colin ponders about brain chemicals. Greg goes back to school. Dave forgets how to talk as soon as the episode starts. Giovanni explains Gundam to us. It's Fall, whatever that means!

Games discussed include Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2, Dauntless, Assassin's Creed, and Mixolumia

Sep 8, 2020

Human beings. Together. On the Internet. Interacting. Relating. Feeling Emotions. Having thoughts. This is what we call a social way of living. And Left Trigger Right Trigger is what we call this podcast. 

The topic is Social and that means we cover all the wild ways we engage in games with multiple people. Colin founds a digital government. Dave gets thoughtful about suffrage. Giovanni installs patented cyberware into his body. Greg becomes a Fortnite streamer.

Games discussed include NationStates, Everybody Votes, PlayStation Home, and Golf with Your Friends. 

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Aug 25, 2020

If you thought we couldn't squeeze any more gimmicks or bad jokes into Double-O August then listeners, we are pleased to inform you that you've underestimated just how malleable, stretchable, and compressible this show can be. Get ready for GOO, a topic that absolutely none of our listeners asked for! Giovanni explores Goo as a thematic foil for non-goo beings. Greg pitches a new egg-replacement product. Colin coins the term WAG (Wet Ass Gooigi). Dave ruins our show notes (make sure to check those below). 

We're streaming over on twitch.tv/lefttriggerrighttrigger - join us every Thursday at 7:30 ET as we raise money for The Bail Project and play through Final Fantasy VII Remake Hard Mode! We're going to be raising money every week until we finish the game. Come join us!

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 World of Goo, Luigi's Mansion 3, Arms, and Ringfit Adventure

Show Notes:

Helix's Horrible Screams

Aug 11, 2020

The scourge of Double-O August (Oogust, or Augoost) is upon us once again! And this time the topic is... Good. It's just Good. The episode is a pretty decent one. There are some jokes and some actually relevant points. Not amazing but you know. It's good. Greg invents a new language. Giovanni longs for a time when games could just be. Colin peddles soft Marxism. Dave ponders if anyone can ever be truly "Good." 

We're streaming over on twitch.tv/lefttriggerrighttrigger - join us every Thursday at 7:30 ET as we raise money for The Bail Project and play through Final Fantasy VII Remake Hard Mode! We're going to be raising money every week until we finish the game. Come join us!

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 Ghost of Tshishima, Dance Dance Revolution, Offworld Trading Company, and Infamous.

Jul 28, 2020

There is an ocean in our soul where the waters do not curve. Unfortunately in this episode we are completely full of curves - believe us when we say the first 20 minutes or so are a journey. Sorry and you're welcome. Giovanni gets upset at constant references to his own music. Greg searches for sunken treasure. Colin gets a little salty. Dave stares into the endless black abyss. It's fun for the whole family. 

We're streaming over on twitch.tv/lefttriggerrighttrigger - join us every Thursday at 7:30 ET as we raise money for The Bail Project and play through Final Fantasy VII Remake Hard Mode! We're going to be raising money every week until we finish the game. Come join us!

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 Pokémon Sapphire, Sea Salt, Abzu, and Sea of Thieves.

Jul 14, 2020

Welcome to Left Trigger Right Trigger, the Sufjan Stevens Podcast about Sufjan Stevens and starring 1) Sufjan Stevens 2) Isaac Brock 3) Sufjan Stevens (again) and 4) A Youth Pastor or Something. As we do every episode on LTRT, the Sufjans convene to discuss an important theme throughout videogames. This time, it's Tone! You won't believe the lengths we go to in order to avoid saying the phrase ludonarrative dissonance.

Sufjan explains why the 50 States Project isn't finished. Isaac growls for a bit. Sufjan (the other one) explains why capitalism is bad. The Youth Pastor talks about how he broke up a fight on the subway with a fart.

We're streaming over on twitch.tv/lefttriggerrighttrigger - join us every Thursday at 7:30 ET as we raise money for The Bail Project and play through Final Fantasy VII Remake Hard Mode! We're going to be raising money every week until we finish the game. Come join us!

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 Borderlands 3, Persona 4: Golden, Beeswing, and Ori and the Blind Forest

Show Notes: 

On Beeswing, Joy In Death, And The 'Grandma Money Shot'Nathan Grayson, Rock Paper Shotgun

Jun 30, 2020

Listeners, it's time to indulge your deepest fantasies - as long as those fantasies involve a broad ranging discussion of Fantasy in videogames. Colin manages to avoid turning this whole episode into a discussion about Skyrim. Greg is ousted as a Cribbage hustler. Dave explores his masochistic side. Giovanni pitches an app (game??) that will finally let the Switch replace mobile phones.  

We've started a new streaming series over on twitch.tv/lefttriggerrighttrigger - join us every Thursday at 7:30 ET as we raise money for The Bail Project and play through Final Fantasy VII Remake Hard Mode! We're going to be raising money every week until we finish the game. Come join us!

If you want to catch up on past streams you can find them over on our YouTube page. We'd also really appreciate if you take a moment to give us a rate and review on Apple Podcasts. You can also give us a follow on Twitter (@LTRTCast) or on the Left Trigger Right Trigger Facebook Page

Games discussed include Dark Souls, World of Warcraft, That Dragon Cancer, and Secret World Legends (fka The Secret World)

Show Notes: 

Transcript of Game No Shokutaku interview with Hidetaka Miyazaki

Things I Ate in Skyrim - Gus Mastrapa, Kill Screen

Jun 16, 2020

Listeners: this is a weird time to be making podcasts. Every year around Father's Day we sit down and record what is consistently our goofiest, most absurd episode of the year. This particular episode is no different, but this year is definitely different.

Because of that, we hope you'll take a moment to give some time and money to some of the causes we've linked below. Thank you for taking the time to listen, read, reflect, and fight for a better world. Black lives matter. 

Finally, we're doing a charity fundraising stream of Final Fantasy VII Remake every Thursday at 7:30 pm ET over on twitch.tv/lefttriggerrighttrigger. All money raised goes to support The Bail Project. We'll be doing this stream every week for most of the summer, so come on by. 

Thank you, 

- Dave, Colin, G, and Greg

 

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