300 episodes

Kotaku's Kirk Hamilton, Jason Schreier, and Maddy Myers talk about all things gaming... and maybe more.

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    • 4.5, 726 Ratings

Kotaku's Kirk Hamilton, Jason Schreier, and Maddy Myers talk about all things gaming... and maybe more.

    The Final Fantasy VII Remake Is Real, And It's Spectacular

    The Final Fantasy VII Remake Is Real, And It's Spectacular

    Episode 225: Kirk, Jason, and Maddy catch up on some Half-Life Alyx and Persona 5, then dive into Final Fantasy VII Remake (20:50), a wonderful game that the Splitscreen crew still has trouble believing is real. They close things out by talking The Wire, Star Trek Picard, and Community (58:16).

    Music pick of the week: John Prine - Spanish Pipedream from John Prine, 1971

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Mario Remasters And Gearbox Disasters

    Mario Remasters And Gearbox Disasters

    Episode 224: Kirk, Maddy, and Jason talk about some games they've been playing, like Half-Life Alyx and Kentucky Route Zero. Then they get into some news on Mario remasters and Gearbox disasters (26:30), followed by some chill Animal Crossing chat and an email from a listener who works in video game certification. Finally: The Wire! (55:07)

    Music pick of the week: “Think About Things” by Daði Freyr (“Daldi - Freyr”)

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Animal Crossing (And Other Things Keeping Us Sane)

    Animal Crossing (And Other Things Keeping Us Sane)

    Episode 223: Kirk, Jason, and Maddy talk about Persona 5 and Animal Crossing, the cures for everyone's woes, then share some stories from listeners (43:19) about how they're coping with corona. Then they talk about a certain show that Jason's finally watching... (1:09:17)

    Music pick: “Tropicalia” by Beck from Mutations, 1998

    Maddy's stream this weekend: https://www.twitch.tv/gamers4bernie

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Keep Your Teraflops Quarantined

    Keep Your Teraflops Quarantined

    Episode 222: As the coronavirus pandemic upends all of our lives, let Kotaku Splitscreen distract you for a little while with talk of delightful video games. First up, Jason, Kirk, and Maddy talk about Kentucky Route Zero, Persona 5 Royal, and Ori and the Will of the Wisps, then dive into the recent PS5 spec reveal (32:44) and talk about how they're coping with self-isolation. Then it's time for off-topic chat (1:07:25) on The Wire, McMillions, and The Wrecking Crew.

    Music pick of the week: “Cabin Essence” by Brian Wilson from Smile, 2004

    • 1 hr 18 min
    They Cancelled E3

    They Cancelled E3

    Episode 221: Jason, Maddy, and Kirk talk about their adventures in Nioh 2, Black Mesa, and Persona 5 before taking a deep dive into the cancellation of E3 2020 (43:44), an unprecedented move that comes in the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic. What will this mean for the video game industry? Then they get into off-topic (1:05:15) on I Think You Should Leave, Castlevania, and one fantastic episode of Reply All.

    Music pick of the week: “Blues Stride” by McCoy Tyner from Infinity, 1995

    • 1 hr 22 min
    The Final Fantasy VII Remake Demo

    The Final Fantasy VII Remake Demo

    Episode 220: Kirk, Jason, and Maddy talk about Kentucky Route Zero, Baldur's Gate 3, and a bit more Kirby before jumping into a few different topics (24:24) including their gamer personalities, a frustrating VentureBeat article about Quantic Dream, and the much-hyped Final Fantasy VII remake demo, which they have LOTS of thoughts about. Finally, off-topic discussion (1:28:38) on Curb Your Enthusiasm and Bojack Horseman.

    Music pick of the week: “Get By’ By Talib Kweli from Quality, 2002

    Links: Quantic Foundry surveys, Jason's thoughts on Final Fantasy VII Remake, CanardPC on QuanticDream, Kirk and Leigh Alexander on Final Fantasy VII

    • 1 hr 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
726 Ratings

726 Ratings

Mac Po ,

This is the best video Game podcast

Jason, Maddy and Kirk know what they are talking about. They are great people. They are funny, entertaining and interesting with great takes, tons of knowledge and insight into games and the industry. They also aren’t too over the top, they aren’t annoying and despite what toxic gamer bros might say they aren’t corporate shills and give their honest takes on the games they love and the ones they don’t.

Janejrank ,

MUST GO TO ep222 4:15

IF you have a sense of humor, go to episode 222, and go to about 4min 15sec... maybe one sec earlier.
I mean... that was the weirdest way of saying you’re getting a sore throat. I haven’t listened to enough episodes yet, but from what I have heard, I’m not a huge fan of the socio-political perspectives they bring up. Not just because I disagree with them (which I do, for some), but also because I think that “virtue signaling” is annoying, it’s patronizing, and it’s reductive in nature. It's like boiling a nuanced issue into simple black/white terms. I think everyone should be able to believe whatever they want... whether it’s offensive, sensitive, deluded, uninformed, WHATEVER. But bringing said beliefs as a lens through which to analyze something like video games is a poor choice IMO. Especially for public consumption. Their beliefs are *subjective*... not everyone agrees with their beliefs. So it alienates a huge chunk of people who may otherwise share their interest in video games. It’s annoying when artists do it in concerts, actors do it at award shows, and when public video game discussion is invaded by subjective perspectives. 🤷‍♂️
BONUS: when you check out ep222 4:15, put the playback speed at 1/2... Jason sounds hilarious when you slow the speed to 0.5x. Super cringe worthy but it’s funny.

viachicago22 ,

My favorite gaming podcast

Splitscreen is a weekly cant miss for me. The hosts have such great chemistry together and the show has great pacing because of it. They’re hilarious and interesting and don’t take themselves too seriously. There’s some top tier guests but also some lesser known who illuminate an interesting topic or game. The show also has really great audio quality and editing. There’s lots of gaming podcasts out there but Kirk and Jason make Splitscreen stand out

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