Season 10 (2020)

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Episode 1: A Little Prognostication 

Kicking off Season 10 is the news of the upcoming new consoles from Sony and Microsoft, the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X. With these due for release later in 2020, it gives us time to a little prognosticating. To begin this series, we talk about what we currently know of them and speculate on what we'd like to see, both from a physical and a games standpoint. Panel: Brian, Ron, Ronny

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Episode 2: The PS2 Isn't A Teenager Anymore

Twenty years ago, the Playstation 2 was released, boasting full backwards compatibility with the entire PS1 library, and a DVD player to boot. It left its competition in the dust to become the top-selling console of all time. On this episode, we look back with fond nostalgia at some of our favorite games for this beloved system. Panel: Brian, Ron, Ronny, Doug, Spencer

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Episode 3: The Beauty of the Pixels

There are many nuances and facets of video games that are open to constant debate. On this episode, however, we put aside debates and focus on a single one: graphics. We go through the generations of consoles and come up with our own personal lists of purely beautiful games.  Panel: Brian, Ron, Ronny

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Episode 4: Free Play

On the first Free Play episode of Season 10, we cover a lot of ground--games we're playing, games we have a love/hate relationship with, games we'd love to see get a full-on remake, and plenty more. Dive in and enjoy! Panel: Brian, Ryan, Spencer

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Episode 5A: From Virus to Plagas (Part 1)

It is without question that Resident Evil 4 marked a drastic change for the franchise, dropping its formula of puzzle solving, conserving ammo, and Raccoon City, shedding many of its own created survival horror tropes. Fifteen years later, we take a look back and revisit this divisive game. Turns out we had a lot to say, so here is Part 1. Panel: Spencer (guest-host), Brian, Ronny, Ryan

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Episode 5B: From Virus to Plagas (Part 2) 

No, seriously, it turns out we had a lot to say. Part 2 has us giving our thoughts on the game as we take a huge dive into madness. We cover the start of the game to partially through the castle. Panel: Spencer (guest-host), Brian, Ronny, Ryan

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Episode 5C: From Virus to Plagas (Part 3)
This is getting out of hand. On the nearly 3-hour long and final part of our Resident Evil 4 15th Anniversary episode, we have EVEN MOAR WORDS TO SAY. Well, Spencer and Ronny do, at least. No quick-time events to throw you off. Panel: Spencer (guest-host), Brian, Ronny, Ryan
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Episode 6: The Pack-In Game

Once upon a time, video games used to be included with a purchase of a new console, giving players an opportunity to use their systems right out of the box, which had the added bonus of driving sales and widespread early adoption. We take a look at this old practice and talk about how it's evolved today. Panel: Ronny (guest-host), Brian, Ron

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Episode 7A: A Realm Resurrected (Part 1)

It's been 10 years since Final Fantasy XIV launched, its second major MMO in the flagship franchise. It wasn't without its problems, though, and opened to such dismal reviews, forcing Square Enix to shut it down and go back to the drawing board. Re-releasing as A Realm Reborn, it proved to be exactly what the game needed, and it shows no signs of stopping. Panel: Brian, Ronny, Joshua, Shan, Andrew

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Episode 7B: A Realm Resurrected (Part 2)

On our second and final part of our Final Fantasy XIV 10-year anniversary episode, we talk about the different expansions and favorite moments. The panel does a pretty good job selling Brian on buying it.  Panel: Brian, Ron, Ronny, Joshua, Shan, Andrew

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Episode 8A: The Lifestream Remade (Part 1)

It's Part 1 of our Final Fantasy VII Remake discussion! With our biggest DLC panel ever, we head back to Midgar, over two decades since we first got off the train and began one of our greatest gaming adventures. Panel: Brian, Ron, Ronny, Shanna, Ryan, Wyatt, Dejah

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Episode 8B: The Lifestream Remade (Part 2)
On our 2nd half of our FF7R chat, we traipse through the rest of the game and dive into some plot speculation and thoughts for the remaining installments. Panel: Brian, Ron, Ronny, Shanna, Ryan, Wyatt, Dejah
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Episode 9: New Shinies

With the PS5 and Xbox Series X releasing in two weeks, we take a side-by-side look and see what we got right and wrong in our prognosticating, and give some thoughts about the launch games as well. Panel: Brian, Ron

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Episode 10: Free Play

In our second Free Play of 2020, we talk PS5, Persona 5, A Link Between Worlds, re-classifying video games, and how season/battle passes are replacing lootcrates and lootboxes. Needless to say, we've all got a lot of thoughts. Panel: Brian, Ron, Ronny, Ryan, Spencer

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Episode 11A: Terra, Gaia, and Hope (Part 1)

Final Fantasy IX released twenty years ago, and with it, returned the series back to its roots. In Part 1 of our two-part episode, we dive back into this love letter to the franchise and revisit the worlds of Terra and Gaia. Panel: Brian, Ronny, Dejah, Tatiana (debut)

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Episode 11B: Terra, Gaia, and Hope (Part 2)

Final Fantasy IX released twenty years ago, and with it, returned the series back to its roots. We continue our discussion in Part 2. Panel: Brian, Ronny, Dejah, Tatiana

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Episode 12: A Tribute to the 3DS
It's an undisputed fact that Nintendo is king of the handheld consoles. On this episode, we take a fond look at the Nintendo 3DS, a plucky little handheld that stumbled out of the gate in 2011 but ultimately became well-loved in its own right well before it was discontinued in September 2020. Panel: Brian, Ronny, Doug, Spencer
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Episode 13: Still Going Fast

On our 8th episode of DLC, we did our very first retrospective episode, talking about Sonic the Hedgehog as the franchise turned 20. It seems only fitting that as DLC nears its end, we do our final retrospective on our favorite speedy blue mascot and see what he's been up to as he turns 30. Panel: Brian, Ronny, Shanna

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Episode 14A: Our Quest is Over, Part 1

After a wonderful run of 10 years and a total of 183 episodes, Downloadable Content comes to an end. On this final episode, we end it in the traditional way: with a Free Play. Part 1 sees us covering a range of topics from Sephiroth in Smash, to game replay-ability, to emulation, and plenty more. Panel: Brian, Ron, Ronny, Ryan, Gabriel, Spencer, John

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Episode 14B: Our Quest is Over, Part 2

After a wonderful run of 10 years and a total of 183 episodes, Downloadable Content comes to an end. On this final episode, we end it in the traditional way: with a Free Play. In Part 2, we chat about favorite modern game soundtracks, speedrunning, memorable endings, and plenty more as we bring this podcast to a close. Panel: Brian, Ron, Ronny, Ryan, Gabriel, Spencer, John

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