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Released every Thursday, The MinnMax Show features former Game Informer employees and beyond talking about the week's most exciting games or game industry news before reading feedback from the Patreon community found at patreon.com/minnmax.

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Released every Thursday, The MinnMax Show features former Game Informer employees and beyond talking about the week's most exciting games or game industry news before reading feedback from the Patreon community found at patreon.com/minnmax.

    The Best Game Music Of 2021

    The Best Game Music Of 2021

    Welcome back to The MinnMax Show! On this week's episode, Ben Hanson, Kyle Hilliard, and special guest Jacob Geller are joined by the master of music (and host of Level with Emily) Emily Reese to break down our favorite game music tracks from 2021. I'm sure we all missed some great games and music, so feel free to leave any biggies in the comments for other folks to find. Then we talk about Solar Ash and Exo One before answering questions submitted on Patreon by the community and award the iam8bit question of the week! You can win a prize and help make the show better by supporting us on Patreon and leaving a question! https://www.patreon.com/minnmax

    Watch and share the video version here - https://youtu.be/FTYF17FgmiY

    Check out our guest's work here!

    Emily Reese's podcast - https://www.levelwithemily.com/

    Jacob Geller's YouTube channel - https://www.youtube.com/jacobgeller

    Kelsey Lewin's Video Game History Foundation drive - gamehistory.org/2021fundraiser

    Help support MinnMax's supporters!

    https://bit.ly/fixturegaming

    https://www.iam8bit.com

    https://www.divergecoffee.com/

    To jump to a particular discussion, check out the timestamps below...

    00:00:00 - Intro

    00:01:19 - Level with Emily's Half-Life: Alyx podcast

    00:04:24 - The best game music of 2021

    00:06:31 - Mega Man X Dive - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQ20iMba0-c

    00:09:23 - Twelve Minutes - https://youtu.be/rwKkroWaI1g

    00:13:51 - Forza Horizon 5 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KY7ex_4y_Qs

    00:18:02 - Halo Infinite - https://youtu.be/IDaCfMKNlXc?t=1381

    00:23:19 - Unpacking - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnqqO3aZC9s 

    00:25:42 - The Artful Escape - https://youtu.be/xHTDGp_MZ0Q?t=335

    00:30:13 - Chicory: A Colorful Tale - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8mh5zHr_Sg&list=PLsHVdpXZRVOe97dTxNYOdKEkTY_YWJnuB&index=9 and https://youtu.be/qJqB_x5AQLM?t=40

    00:32:51 - Twelve Minutes - https://youtu.be/H9zTDKu9UiM?t=2697

    00:35:46 - Narita Boy - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u62-hQaf7ss

    00:39:04 - Sable - https://youtu.be/ej5-CHAGr34

    00:43:55 - Cyber Shadow - https://youtu.be/sI8OT_GTBGQ

    00:45:55 - Psychonauts 2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOeTH9lwchg and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqSrhCY8TXc

    00:51:53 - Half-Life: Alyx - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rRAaUa_VAQ

    00:55:34 - Community suggestions



    Jordan Brown - Timberborn - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iw-5_dUu3uE



    Lewis K - Deltatune Chapter 2 - https://youtu.be/B_RiMVupDCY



    Nick from Atlanta - Persona 5 Strikers - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezqqRrPoC9M



    Doreen Cleyre - Final Fantasy VII Intergrade Intermission - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7ioTqXJIQc



    DarkFishDays - Stonefly - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3TqRiDLenk



    Tactical Dreamer - NEO: The World Ends with Wtih You - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACvoeqllrZo



    DominicCichocki - Nier: Replicant - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjuNBPA4TIY



    00:59:02 - Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

    01:00:56 - Kid A Mnesia Exhibition

    01:05:11 - Aerial Knight's Never Yield - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttL9zgcFyWo&list=PLuX1dXf1Zu0nNyNtuzUkpKNqmWXCJQrH2

    01:06:39 - Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iObKtuGwqiE

    01:09:24 - Solar Ash

    01:17:11 - Exo One

    01:21:29 - Thanking MinnMax's biggest supporters

    01:23:36 - Thanking iam8bit

    01:25:00 - Community questions

    01:57:01 - Get A Load Of This

    Emily's GALOT - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLE38KQuyjM 

    Jacob Geller's GALOT - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hebrew_calendar 

    Hanson's GALOT - https://www.newyorker.com/culture/the-new-yorker-interview/mel-brooks-writes-it-all-down

    Kyle's GALOT - https://www.picklemans.com/news/why-sandwiches-taste-better.php

    Community GALOT - https://twitter.com/RLSideswipe/status/1465446286841331715?t=bONEKDySxFRdS0TgvX87pw&s=19

    Follow us on Twitch - https://www.twitch.tv/minnmaxshow

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    • 2 hrs 8 min
    2021's Most Underappreciated Games, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, Harmonix's Fate

    2021's Most Underappreciated Games, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, Harmonix's Fate

    Welcome back to The MinnMax Show! On this week's episode. Ben Hanson, Sarah Podzorski, Leo Vader, and Kyle Hilliard share their picks for some overlooked great games from 2021 and also talk about the news that Harmonix is now owned by Epic Games. Then we're joined by previous guests Nikole Zivalich (previously on the Weekend Confirmed podcast) and O'Dell Harmon Jr (former Game Informer intern) to talk about Pokémon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl and Riot Games' big multimedia expansion with League of Legends. Then we answer questions submitted on Patreon by the community and award the iam8bit question of the week! You can win a prize and help make the show better by supporting us on Patreon and leaving a question! https://www.patreon.com/minnmax

    Watch and share the video version of the show here - https://youtu.be/W_Lolx_YT38

    You can follow Nikole here - https://twitter.com/nikolez

    And O'Dell here - https://twitter.com/ODellHarmonJr

    Help support MinnMax's supporters!

    https://bit.ly/fixturegaming

    https://www.iam8bit.com

    https://www.divergecoffee.com/

    To jump to a particular discussion, check out the timestamps below...

    00:00:00 - Intro

    00:01:44 - Our favorite old games this year

    00:07:02 - 2021's most underappreciated games

    00:08:21 - FIST: Forged in Shadow Torch

    00:10:06 - Unpacking

    00:13:17 - Olija

    00:14:49 - They Always Run

    00:16:19 - Narita Boy

    00:17:53 - Toem

    00:20:23 - Genesis Noir

    00:22:25 - Into The Radius VR

    00:25:32 - Little Nightmares 2

    00:27:43 - Gas Station Simulator

    00:29:36 - Before Your Eyes

    00:31:52 - Riders Republic

    00:34:37 - Epic buys Harmonix

    00:40:03 - O'Dell and Nikole intros!

    00:43:26 - Pokémon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl

    01:00:17 - Arcane and Riot Games' multimedia push for League of Legends

    01:08:33 - Ruined King: A League of Legends Story

    01:13:44 - Thanking MinnMax's biggest supporters

    01:15:44 - Thanking iam8bit

    01:16:40 - Community questions

    01:50:29 - Get A Load Of This

    O'Dell's GALOT - https://interestingengineering.com/little-giant-broke-electric-land-speed-record-353-mph

    Hanson's GALOT - https://www.resetera.com/threads/tim-schaefer-and-the-art-of-the-brutal-subtweet.516267/

    Nikole's GALOT - https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cassowaries-were-raised-by-humans-18000-years-ago-180978784/

    Community GALOT - https://www.engadget.com/amazon-studios-is-close-to-a-deal-to-develop-a-mass-effect-series-110558040.html

    Follow us on Twitch - https://www.twitch.tv/minnmaxshow

    Subscribe to our YouTube channel - https://www.youtube.com/minnmax

    Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/minnmax

    Buy MinnMax merch here - https://minnmax.com/merch

    Follow us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/minnmaxshow

    Follow us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/minnmaxshow

    Go behind the scenes on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/minnmaxshow

    Join the Thank You Crew over on Patreon to add your name to this list! https://www.patreon.com/minnmax

    Divergecoffee.com

    Andrew Uerkwitz

    Opposwitch on Xbox

    Kris

    Shakes True King Music

    Fixture Gaming’s Fixture S1

    Iam8bit

    Ludwig Roque

    Zachary Pligge

    Andrew Vala

    BeatenDownBrian

    PrettyGoodPrinting.com

    Jawarhello

    Mirko Arico-Torreno

    Mark Seliga

    John Higby

    Call Me By Your Game Podcast

    Drew Waranis

    Dan Villone

    Starkiller

    Ted Ryser

    Clemens Zobel

    Steve Bamdad

    PureBredNumber6

    Spider_Dan

    Preetham Yarlagadda

    SpiralInYourEyes

    GeneralNadine99

    Our 2021 Backlog, Game Of The Year Nominees, Halo Infinite

    Our 2021 Backlog, Game Of The Year Nominees, Halo Infinite

    Welcome back to The MinnMax Show, everybody! We have a big episode for you and we hope you enjoy it. First off, Ben Hanson, Kyle Hilliard, Jeff Marchiafava, and Janet Garcia talk about their gaming backlog for 2021 and try to lock down which games they're finishing off before our Game of the Year debates. We also talk about the reveal of the nominees for Geoff Keighley's The Game Awards and why folks feel Returnal was robbed. Then we're joined by BetterQuest co-host Jeff Cork to dissect everything that went wrong with the Grand Theft Auto Trilogy remaster and former Game Informer video editor Wade Wojcik joins us to rave about Halo Infinite's multiplayer shadow drop. Then we're joined by Sarah Podzorski to answer questions submitted on Patreon by the community and award the iam8bit question of the week! You can win a prize and help make the show better by supporting us on Patreon and leaving a question! https://www.patreon.com/minnmax

    Watch and share the video version of this episode right here! https://youtu.be/rYLxTHFixqU

    Help support MinnMax's supporters!

    https://bit.ly/fixturegaming

    https://www.iam8bit.com

    https://www.divergecoffee.com/

    To jump to a particular discussion, check out the timestamps below...

    00:00:00 - Intro

    00:01:32 - Community Kickoff

    00:08:04 - Our gaming backlog for 2021

    00:27:03 - The Game Awards' nominees

    00:34:47 - Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition with Jeff Cork

    01:03:42 - Halo Infinite with Wade Wojcik

    01:16:46 - Dragon Ball: The Breakers

    01:19:24 - Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier

    01:26:01 - Thanking MinnMax's biggest supporters

    01:28:26 - Thanking iam8bit

    01:29:26 - Community questions

    02:05:42 - Get A Load Of This

    Janet's GALOT - https://www.nba.com/news/staples-center-to-be-renamed-crypto-com-arena-beginning-december-25

    Sarah's GALOT - https://www.epicgames.com/fortnite/en-US/news/naruto-x-fortnite-is-finally-here

    Hanson's GALOT - https://twitter.com/johntv/status/1460807202466254855?s=20

    Wade's GALOT - https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/article/russia-just-blew-up-a-satellite-heres-why-that-spells-trouble-for-spaceflight

    Community GALOT - https://twitter.com/sonic_hedgehog/status/1461016323278852096

    Follow us on Twitch - https://www.twitch.tv/minnmaxshow

    Subscribe to our YouTube channel - https://www.youtube.com/minnmax

    Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/minnmax

    Buy MinnMax merch here - https://minnmax.com/merch

    Follow us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/minnmaxshow

    Follow us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/minnmaxshow

    Go behind the scenes on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/minnmaxshow

    Join the Thank You Crew over on Patreon to add your name to this list! https://www.patreon.com/minnmax

    Divergecoffee.com

    Andrew Uerkwitz

    Opposwitch on Xbox

    Kris

    Shakes True King Music

    Fixture Gaming’s Fixture S1

    Iam8bit

    Ludwig Roque

    Zachary Pligge

    Andrew Vala

    BeatenDownBrian

    PrettyGoodPrinting.com

    Jawarhello

    Mirko Arico-Torreno

    Mark Seliga

    John Higby

    Call Me By Your Game Podcast

    Drew Waranis

    Dan Villone

    Starkiller

    Ted Ryser

    Clemens Zobel

    Steve Bamdad

    PureBredNumber6

    Spider_Dan

    Preetham Yarlagadda

    SpiralInYourEyes

    GeneralNadine99

    • 2 hrs 15 min
    Elden Ring Hands-On, Jurassic World Evolution 2, Animal Crossing

    Elden Ring Hands-On, Jurassic World Evolution 2, Animal Crossing

    Welcome back to The MinnMax Show, everybody! On this week's episode, Kyle Hilliard talks about his time playing FromSoftware's Elden Ring and Sarah Podzorski and Janet Garcia unpack the big Animal Crossing update. We also review Jurassic World Evolution 2 and break down the chaos Janet is bringing to her park. Then we're joined by a generous donor from our Extra Life stream Matt Winter to answer questions submitted on Patreon by the community and award the iam8bit question of the week! You can win a prize and help make the show better by supporting us on Patreon and leaving a question! https://www.patreon.com/minnmax

    Watch the video version of the podcast here - https://youtu.be/fGc6xzqNHkQ

    Help support MinnMax's supporters!

    https://bit.ly/fixturegaming

    https://www.iam8bit.com

    https://www.divergecoffee.com/

    To jump to a particular discussion, check out the timestamps below...

    00:00:00 - Intro

    00:04:33 - Community Kickoff

    00:08:14 - Elden Ring

    00:26:52 - Animal Crossing's Happy Home Paradise

    00:40:01 - Jurassic World Evolution 2

    00:53:46 - Forza Horizon 5

    00:57:03 - Thanking MinnMax's biggest supporters

    01:00:07 - Thanking iam8bit

    01:01:35 - Community questions

    01:49:58 - Get A Load Of This

    Sarah's GALOT - https://twitter.com/sarahpodz/status/1457557736707661828?s=20

    Matt's GALOT - https://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/films/888577/Home-Alone-Buzz-girlfriend-man

    Hanson's GALOT - https://twitter.com/stephentotilo/status/1455994482411855874?s=20

    Kyle's GALOT - https://www.netflix.com/title/70213237

    Community GALOT - https://www.polygon.com/22772131/unpacking-gamecube-retro-gaming-indie-game-pass

    Follow us on Twitch - https://www.twitch.tv/minnmaxshow

    Subscribe to our YouTube channel - https://www.youtube.com/minnmax

    Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/minnmax

    Buy MinnMax merch here - https://minnmax.com/merch

    Follow us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/minnmaxshow

    Follow us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/minnmaxshow

    Go behind the scenes on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/minnmaxshow

    Join the Thank You Crew over on Patreon to add your name to this list! https://www.patreon.com/minnmax

    Divergecoffee.com

    Andrew Uerkwitz

    Opposwitch on Xbox

    Kris

    Shakes True King Music

    Fixture Gaming’s Fixture S1

    Iam8bit

    Ludwig Roque

    Zachary Pligge

    Andrew Vala

    BeatenDownBrian

    PrettyGoodPrinting.com

    Jawarhello

    Mirko Arico-Torreno

    Mark Seliga

    John Higby

    Call Me By Your Game Podcast

    Drew Waranis

    Dan Villone

    Starkiller

    Ted Ryser

    Clemens Zobel

    Steve Bamdad

    PureBredNumber6

    Spider_Dan

    Preetham Yarlagadda

    SpiralInYourEyes

    GeneralNadine99

    • 2 hrs 2 min
    Gaming's Next 100 Years, Forza Horizon 5 Vs. Riders Republic

    Gaming's Next 100 Years, Forza Horizon 5 Vs. Riders Republic

    Welcome back to The MinnMax Show podcast! On this week's episode, Ben Hanson, Leo Vader, Kyle Hilliard, and Janet Garcia try their best to predict the next 100 years of gaming without talking about the metaverse. Then we review the excellent new Xbox game Forza Horizon 5 and pit it up against Leo's beloved Riders Republic from Ubisoft. We also talk about the horror/mystery/card game Inscryption before Sarah Podzorski joins us to answer questions submitted on Patreon by the community and award the iam8bit question of the week! You can win a prize and help make the show better by supporting us on Patreon and leaving a question! https://www.patreon.com/minnmax

    Watch the video version of the podcast here - https://youtu.be/DWnI65xhjJE

    Help support MinnMax's supporters!

    https://bit.ly/fixturegaming

    https://www.iam8bit.com

    Synced Up Podcast - https://bit.ly/3032oih

    To jump to a particular discussion, check out the timestamps below...

    00:00:00 - Intro

    00:02:58 - Community Kickoff

    00:07:58 - The future of gaming

    00:30:29 - Forza Horizon 5

    00:43:35 - Riders Republic

    00:54:53 - Inscryption

    01:03:15 - The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes

    01:09:38 - Life is Strange: True Colors

    01:12:24 - Thanking MinnMax's biggest supporters

    01:14:32 - Thanking iam8bit

    01:15:54 - Community questions

    01:51:50 - Get A Load Of This

    Janet's GALOT -
    https://melmagazine.com/en-us/story/six-flags-dining-pass

    Sarah's GALOT - https://store.steampowered.com/app/1088090/Day_of_Dragons/

    Hanson's GALOT - https://twitter.com/giles/status/1455482954369490945?s=20

    Leo's GALOT - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOI9EkLsUm0

    Community GALOT - https://youtu.be/UsWktrEcKh0

    Follow us on Twitch - https://www.twitch.tv/minnmaxshow

    Subscribe to our YouTube channel - https://www.youtube.com/minnmax

    Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/minnmax

    Buy MinnMax merch here - https://minnmax.com/merch

    Follow us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/minnmaxshow

    Follow us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/minnmaxshow

    Go behind the scenes on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/minnmaxshow

    Join the Thank You Crew over on Patreon to add your name to this list! https://www.patreon.com/minnmax

    Synced Up Podcast

    Timmy Tie Oh No

    Fixture Gaming Fixture S1

    Iam8bit

    Zachary Pligge

    Ludwig Roque

    Bryan with a Y

    Andrew vala

    BeatenDownBrian

    PrettyGoodPrinting.com

    Jawarhello

    mark seliga

    John Higby

    Mirko Arico-Torreno

    Conner McCabe

    Drew Waranis

    Dan Villone

    Steve Bamdad

    Purebrednumber6

    Clemens Zobel

    Ted Ryser

    Starkiller

    Spider_Dan

    SpiralInYourEyes

    Preetham Yarlagadda

    GeneralNadine99

    • 2 hrs 8 min
    Guardians Of The Galaxy, Resident Evil 4 VR, Age of Empires IV Review

    Guardians Of The Galaxy, Resident Evil 4 VR, Age of Empires IV Review

    Welcome back to The MinnMax Show! We have a big episode for you, with Ben Hanson, Kyle Hilliard, and Jeff Marchiafava being joined by YouTube essayist Jacob Geller to talk about playing Resident Evil 4 in VR, Sony's State of Play, and Turtle Rock's Back 4 Blood. Then NoClip's Danny O'Dwyer joins the show to help Hanson review Age of Empires IV and talk about Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. THEN Sarah Podzorski joins for a bunch of spooky questions from the community submitted on Patreon by the community and award the iam8bit question of the week! You can win a prize and help make the show better by supporting us on Patreon and leaving a question! https://www.patreon.com/minnmax

    Check out the video version of the podcast here - https://youtu.be/xc2pg0XR0Qs

    Jacob Geller's YouTube essays - https://www.youtube.com/jacobgeller

    Danny O'Dwyer's NoClip channel - http://YouTube.com/noclipvideo

    Help support MinnMax's supporters!

    https://bit.ly/fixturegaming

    https://www.iam8bit.com

    Fatal X Blade on YouTube - https://bit.ly/3jTfl4C

    Synced Up Podcast - https://bit.ly/3032oih

    To jump to a particular discussion, check out the timestamps below...

    00:00:00 - Intro

    00:01:58 - Community Kickoff

    00:07:13 - Resident Evil 4 VR

    00:15:47 - Sony's State of Play recap

    00:21:57 - Back 4 Blood

    00:30:05 - NoClip's Danny O'Dwyer

    00:31:09 - Age of Empires IV

    00:49:23 - Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy

    01:05:42 - Thanking MinnMax's biggest supporters

    01:08:25 - Thanking iam8bit

    01:09:26 - Community questions

    02:07:24 - Get A Load Of This

    JeffM's GALOT - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhtgjmkcht8

    Sarah's GALOT - https://www.tiktok.com/@alexotos/video/7018578146345635078?sender_device=pc&sender_web_id=7007948010953410054&is_from_webapp=v1&is_copy_url=0

    Hanson's GALOT - https://twitter.com/Sora_Sakurai/status/1451833141925085188?s=20

    Kyle's GALOT - https://twitter.com/just_smores

    Community GALOT - https://twitter.com/AlecStapp/status/1452851257572569093

    Join the Thank You Crew over on Patreon to add your name to this list! https://www.patreon.com/minnmax

    Synced Up Podcast

    Timmy Tie Oh No

    Fixture Gaming Fixture S1

    Iam8bit

    Zachary Pligge

    Ludwig Roque

    Bryan with a Y

    Andrew vala

    BeatenDownBrian

    PrettyGoodPrinting.com

    Jawarhello

    mark seliga

    John Higby

    Mirko Arico-Torreno

    Conner McCabe

    Drew Waranis

    Dan Villone

    Steve Bamdad

    Purebrednumber6

    Clemens Zobel

    Ted Ryser

    Starkiller

    Spider_Dan

    SpiralInYourEyes

    Preetham Yarlagadda

    GeneralNadine99

    • 2 hrs 17 min

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