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

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

    MORE Of The Hardest Things You've Ever Done In A Game (RECAST)

    MORE Of The Hardest Things You've Ever Done In A Game (RECAST)

    Episode 215: Kirk and Maddy talk about games they're playing, with Kirk still restricting himself to beating A Plague Tale: Innocence before he can start playing The Evil Within 2. Maddy is playing too many games and has decided to start another one, which is Kentucky Route Zero. After a break (22:54), they bring on Kotaku staff writer Ethan Gach for a Destiny 2 update and more emails from listeners about hard-won gaming accomplishments. Then we get into off-topic talk (1:05:16) about The Witcher, Lost In Space, Joker, and Uncut Gems.

    Music pick of the week: Timnit Welday, “Weni” - New Ethiopian Tigrigna (tee-greena) music (via YouTube)

    Links:

    Henry Cavill breaks down The Witcher fight

    Music Picks Playlists - Apple Music, Spotify

    • 1 hr 20 min
    The Hardest Things We've Ever Done In A Game (RECAST)

    The Hardest Things We've Ever Done In A Game (RECAST)

    The Hardest Things We've Ever Done In A Game

    Episode 213: Jason, Kirk, and Maddy talk about Disco Elysium, Hollow Knight, and Monster Hunter: Iceborne before checking in on some quick news (29:00): Sony's skipping E3 and Final Fantasy VII and Avengers are both delayed. Then they open up the listener mailbag for some questions about the hardest things they've ever done in a video game, whether Microsoft will ever turn Xbox into a living room PC, and the games they might hypothetically speedrun. They close things off with some off-topic talk (1:07:00) on James Cameron, Parasite, and the glorious return of Jason's NFL Playoff stories.

    Music pick of the week: “The Other Side” by Moonchild from their 2019 album Little Ghost

    Links:

    Heather Alexandra on speedrunning.

    Luke Palmer on Snowpiercer and Willy Wonka

    Music Picks Playlists - Apple Music, Spotify

    • 1 hr 31 min
    The New TV Show About Video Games Is Actually Pretty Good (RECAST)

    The New TV Show About Video Games Is Actually Pretty Good (RECAST)

    Episode 218: Jason returns to complete the trifecta and take his rightful place as Splitscreen's Triforce of Power... or is it Triforce of Courage? He, Kirk, and Maddy talk about some video games they're playing, including Dragon's Dogma, Death Stranding, and Enter the Gungeon. Then they dive into a Disco Elysium spoilercast (38:31) to talk about the game's guiding ethos, its ending decisions, and what it all means. Finally, it's off-topic talk (1:16:53) about Mythic Quest, the new Apple TV show about video game development, is actually pretty damn good!!!

    Music pick of the week: D’angelo and the Vanguard - “Ain’t That Easy” from Black Messiah, 2014

    Links: Apple Music - https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/kirks-strong-songs/pl.u-V9D7mXEHJ7o0a

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1zRtCq81Z6kXKmGCK0Xm7u?si=2qwuFExCTfCkRFY9d3hUhA

    Cameron Kunzelman on the end of Disco Elysium: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/v7445x/the-mysterious-magical-end-of-disco-elysium-was-one-of-the-years-best

    • 1 hr 38 min
    Have We Been Sleeping On Dragon's Dogma? (RECAST)

    Have We Been Sleeping On Dragon's Dogma? (RECAST)

    Episode 216: Maddy and Kirk talk about games they're playing, with Maddy having beaten Disco Elysium and returning to Death Stranding, and Kirk having beaten A Plague Tale: Innocence and finally able to start The Evil Within 2. After a break (35:53), we bring on Kotaku video producer Paul Tamayo to talk about his coverage of Journey To The Savage Planet. Then, he tries to sell us on playing Dragon's Dogma (and he's pretty convincing). We close with off-topic discussion (59:51) about The Wire, Dunkirk, Cheer and The Good Place.

    Music pick of the week: “La Villa Strangiato” by Rush from Hemispheres, 1978

    Links:

    Paul Tamayo's Journey To The Savage Planet video

    The Optional podcast (Paul's show)

    Music Picks Playlists - Apple Music, Spotify

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Twitch, Mixer, and the Future of Game Streaming (RECAST)

    Twitch, Mixer, and the Future of Game Streaming (RECAST)

    Episode 217: Kirk and Maddy start by discussing the upcoming "reinvention" of Anthem, then talk about what we're playing, with Kirk having beaten The Evil Within 2 and Maddy playing Death Stranding and Super Metroid. Next we bring on Kotaku senior reporter Nathan Grayson (20:41) to talk about the new Metro Exodus DLC, as well as his recent reporting on Twitch and Mixer and the lucrative deals that streamers have been cutting with platforms. We close with off-topic talk (53:46) about John Wick, Birds of Prey, and Sex Education.

    Music pick of the week: “Incwadi Encane” by Simmi from her 2018 album Tugela Fairy

    Links:

    BioWare Plans A 'Substantial Reinvention' Of Anthem

    Top Streamers Are Leaving Twitch Amidst Big Money And Shady Deals

    Why Twitch Fans Donate Money To Wealthy Streamers

    Music Picks Playlists - Apple Music, Spotify

    • 1 hr 13 min
    The Hardest Things YOU'VE Ever Done In A Game (RECAST)

    The Hardest Things YOU'VE Ever Done In A Game (RECAST)

    Episode 214: Maddy and Kirk talk about games they're playing (without Jason), with Maddy starting up Pokemon: Shield and Kirk having finally beaten Disco Elysium, as well as continuing with The Witcher 3 and Plague Tale: Innocence. After that (36:52), we read listeners' stories about the hardest challenges they've ever bested in video games. We don't get through all of them, so we're going to keep that up in future episodes. We close out the show with off-topic discussion (1:06:06) about You Must Remember This, Avatar, and Uncut Gems.

    Music pick of the week: “Migrations” by Chris Potter feat John Scofield from his 2002 album Traveling Mercies

    Links:

    "Game Delays Cause More Crunch" by Jason Schreier

    The Witcher anime film

    Music Picks Playlists - Apple Music, Spotify

    • 1 hr 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
739 Ratings

739 Ratings

Lil Seadog ,

Thank you Kirk, Mary & Jason

I’ve been listening to this podcast for four years now. I look forward to a new episode every week. Jason, Kirk and more recently Maddie have guiding my through what games to try- shout out baba is you- to great commentary on gaming news and fun glimpses into their curated culture segments. The three of them are what made this show special. Looking forward to following them as a loyal fan on their next journey. Cheers!

Nick8263639292736 ,

Quit Recasting

It was a great show! Now stop the replays and just relaunch it when you have new hosts lined up.

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.

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