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Triple Click

Triple Click

Video games: They?re serious business! Except when they?re not serious at all. Each week on Triple Click, video game experts Kirk Hamilton, Maddy Myers, and Jason Schreier journey into the fascinating world of games. They?ll explore hot topics in video game news and culture, answer burning listener questions, debate the pros and cons of the biggest new games, and replay old classics together.

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Triple Play: Final Fantasy VI

It's finally time! Per Jason's orders, Kirk and Maddy are playing through Final Fantasy VI. This week: they get up to the Opera House. What has aged well? What hasn't? Will the grind and tedium break Maddy's brain? Will Kirk fall in love with Celes and crew? Find out on this week's Triple Click!

One More Thing:

Kirk: Demon?s Souls

Maddy: You?re Wrong About podcast

Jason: Bravely Default 2 

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2021-02-25
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Triple Play: Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury

Let's play Super Mario 3D World... plus Bowser's Fury! Jason, Maddy, and Kirk break down the Switch's newest Mario adventures, dive into the differences between linear and non-linear Mario games, and discuss whether or not they are all cats. Plus: Demon's Souls and much more.

One More Thing:

Kirk: The PS5 Experience

Maddy: Judas and the Black Messiah

Jason: Murder mysteries (Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz,  The Eighth Detective by Alex Pavesi)

Links:

Allegra Frank?s interview with Lakeith Stanfield: https://slate.com/culture/2021/02/judas-black-messiah-lakeith-stanfield-interview-joker.html

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2021-02-18
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Why Is It So Hard To Play Old Games?

Maddy, Jason, and Kirk take a trip down memory lane, crossing nostalgia with frustration as they try to figure out why so many old games are so hard to play (legally). What do you do with your old consoles? Why do Nintendo and Sony make it so difficult to buy their old games? What's the deal with video game preservation??? Plus: Kirk got a PS5!

One More Thing:

Kirk: Got a PS5!!!

Maddy: Hunt a Killer: Death at the Dive Bar

Jason: Wandavision

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2021-02-11
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What's The Deal With: Souls Games?

What makes a Souls game a Souls game? Why do we love'em so much? And how many things have we learned from Dark Souls, Bloodborne, and the rest of the gang over the years? This week, the Triple Click crew dives into From Software's classic series and tries to figure out what the deal is.

One More Thing:

Kirk: Playing Hitman from the beginning

Maddy: Maiden (2018)

Jason: The Last Dance

Links:

Chris Dahlen on Dark Souls: https://kotaku.com/what-dark-souls-is-really-all-about-5874599

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2021-02-04
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Triple Play: Hitman 3

This week the gang jumps into Hitman 3, a game that's far less bleak that it sounds. Kirk, Maddy, and Jason talk about the latest entry in the longrunning stealth-puzzle series. Maddy shares the story of how she learned how to play, Jason talks about the Knives Out-inspired murder mystery, and Kirk raves about how amazing Hitman games truly are. Plus: the GameStop phenomenon explained!

One More Thing:

Kirk: The Expanse S3

Maddy: Ted Lasso

Jason: GameStop

Links:

Hitman Speedrun: https://kotaku.com/speedrunners-are-beating-hitman-3s-dubai-level-in-under-1846121772

Shoreh Agdashloo talks us to sleep: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4j8gznDVa1M 

Bloomberg GamesStop explainer: https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-01-25/the-game-never-stops

Short Selling and Options explainers: https://www.investopedia.com/terms/s/shortselling.asp

https://www.investopedia.com/terms/o/option.asp

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2021-01-28
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Why E3 Demos Are Fake (And Why It Matters)

Jason, Maddy, and Kirk open up the listener mailbag and answer some of YOUR questions about all sorts of things. What does it mean when an E3 demo is fake? What's our video game comfort food? And why do video game sequels always make you lose all your powers?

One More Thing:

Kirk: Gloomhaven

Maddy: Dark Souls 

Jason: NFL playoff update

Links:

Jason on Cyberpunk 2077: https://twitter.com/jasonschreier/status/1350322423170797568

Kirk?s article about preorder culture: https://kotaku.com/the-witcher-3-downgrade-controversy-sucks-1705882405

The overview video Kirk watched to start getting his head around Gloomhaven: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uw7LI2esvp0

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2021-01-21
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Cyberpunk 2077 And Other Video Game Redemption Stories

In the wake of Cyberpunk 2077, a game with a rocky launch that will now try to find redemption, Jason, Maddy, and Kirk take a look at some other video game redemption stories. They talk about No Man's Sky, Destiny, Final Fantasy XIV, and other games that got better over time. What does a successful turnaround look like? And what are the ethical questions involved? All that and lots more.

One More Thing:

Kirk: Lupin

Maddy: Dark Souls

Jason: Fargo

Links:

Kirk reviews No Man's Sky: https://kotaku.com/no-mans-sky-the-kotaku-review-1785383774

...and Destiny: https://kotaku.com/destiny-the-kotaku-review-1637735501

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2021-01-14
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Our Predictions For 2021

It's time: Kirk, Jason, and Maddy convene to go over their 2020 predictions and determine who got the most right. Who won, and which game will Triple Click play in 2021? You'll have to listen to find out! Plus: big predictions for video games in 2021!

One More Thing:

Kirk: Wonder Woman 1984

Maddy: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley 

Jason: Never Split The Difference by Chris Voss and Tahl Raz

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2021-01-07
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Our Favorite Games of 2020

2020 is over!!! Thank goodness! It's time for Kirk, Jason, and Maddy to go over the best games of 2020. Each host shares their top-ten list, which includes some choices you might guess... and some that might surprise you! Plus: Jason and Kirk have finally finished the game they were obliged to play... Kirby Planet Robobot.

One More Thing:

Kirk: Spelunky 2

Maddy: ?The very real, totally bizarre bucatini shortage of 2020? by Rachel Handler (Grub Street)

Jason: Sekiro

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GOTY Lists:

Jason

HadesFinal Fantasy VII RemakeCall of the SeaDemon?s SoulsAssassin?s Creed ValhallaFall Guys: Ultimate KnockoutPaper Mario: The Origami KingBugsnaxOri and the Will of the WispsJackbox Party Pack 7

Maddy

Animal Crossing New HorizonsCarrionDestiny 2: Beyond LightFinal Fantasy 7 RemakeHadesIf FoundKentucky Route ZeroParadise KillerSpider-Man: Miles MoralesWide Ocean Big Jacket

Kirk

HadesCarrionSpiritfarerBlack MesaHalf-Life: AlyxDesperados IIIStar Wars: SquadronsFinal Fantasy VII RemakeOri and the Will of the WispsAnimal Crossing: New Horizons

 

2020-12-31
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Triple Play: Cyberpunk 2077

Is Cyberpunk 2077 the biggest game of the year? Or just the most broken? This week, the gang dives into CD Projekt Red's hotly anticipated new RPG: the good, the bad, and the very, very ugly. Jason, Maddy, and Kirk talk about their impressions on the game and their thoughts on all the many, many, many controversies surrounding it.

One More Thing:

Kirk: Ghostrunner

Maddy:  Carrie by Stephen King

Jason: Call of the Sea

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2020-12-17
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The Video Game Shame Awards

Maddy, Kirk, and Jason open up the mailbag to answer some of YOUR questions. Should there be a Game Award for the best studio culture? How do we honestly criticize games while knowing how many blood, sweat, and pixels they take to develop? And just how necessary is Twitter Discourse?

One More Thing:

Kirk: Warner Bros. / HBO Max

Maddy: Hades

Jason: 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim

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The Hollywood Reporter on Nolan/Warner: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/christopher-nolan-rips-hbo-max-as-worst-streaming-service-denounces-warner-bros-plan

Twitter thread about Souls games: https://twitter.com/silent0siris/status/1334570752021049345?s=21

2020-12-10
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What's The Deal With: Console Launches?

What are they, rocket ships? In honor of the recent release of the PS5 and Xbox Series X, the gang looks back at the history of video game console launches. Which were the best ones? Which were the worst? And what were Kirk, Maddy, and Jason's personal experiences with console launches? Let's discuss!!!

One More Thing:

Kirk: Immortals Fenyx Rising

Maddy: Fuser

Jason: A Futile And Stupid Gesture (2018)

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2020-12-03
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The Leftover Video Games Of Fall

Maddy, Kirk, and Jason celebrate Thanksgiving in the best way possible: Leftovers. This week, the gang talks about all of the fall video games they haven't had a chance to analyze on previous episodes, including Demon's Souls, NBA 2K21, Yakuza Like A Dragon, Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and much, much more.

One More Thing:

Kirk: Star Wars Squadrons

Maddy: The Diary of Anne Frank

Jason: The Queen?s Gambit

Links: 

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2020-11-26
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Triple Play: Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Skol! Kirk, Maddy, and Jason are all playing Assassin's Creed Valhalla, and they have oh so many thoughts. The gang dive into what they like (the story! the mysteries!) and don't like (the bugs!) about Ubisoft's new Viking game. (Spoilers: It's way too long.)

One More Thing:

Kirk: Just King Things

Maddy: The Queen?s Gambit

Jason: The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

Slate interview with Gary Kasparov about his work on Queen?s Gambit: https://slate.com/culture/2020/11/queens-gambit-garry-kasparov-interview-netflix-chess-adviser.html

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2020-11-19
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Now We've Played The PS5 Too

Last week it was all things Xbox, and now it's time for PlayStation 5! Jason has been using the fifth PlayStation for a few weeks now, and he's impressed. The load times are fast and the controller is slick. But is it worth getting or should you just wait??? Plus: Spider-Man Miles Morales and the wonderful Bugsnax (talkin about Bugsnax)!

One More Thing:

Kirk: Watch Dogs Legion 

Maddy: Destiny 2: Some Thoughts (on why i?m not playing it currently)

Jason: Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Show Notes:

Triple Click Discord! https://discord.com/invite/JuSkCPZKKh

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2020-11-12
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We've Played The Xbox Series X (And Baby Xbox)

We've got the new Xboxes! Kirk, Jason, and Maddy dive into the pros and cons of both consoles and discuss the upcoming new generation of video games. Are framerate and resolution enough to make the upgrade? Should you get an adult Xbox, a baby Xbox, or neither? Triple Click answers all your questions!

One More Thing:

Kirk: Watch Dogs Legion

Maddy: Animal Crossing Halloween

Jason: The Americans

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2020-11-05
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Haunted Video Games, with Patricia Hernandez

It's Halloween, so the Triple Click gang brings on old pal Patricia Hernandez to talk about creepypasta and haunted video games, from Lavender Town to Sad Satan. Is it true that every copy of Super Mario 64 is personalized for your horror? Let's find out!

One More Thing

Kirk: The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners

Maddy: RTX 3070 GPU

Jason: Borat 2

Links

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Pre-order Jason's book: https://www.grandcentralpublishing.com/titles/jason-schreier/press-reset/9781538735480/

Patricia Hernandez on haunted Super Mario 64: https://www.polygon.com/2020/9/15/21437962/super-mario-64-iceberg-creepypasta-machinima-every-copy-is-personalized-nintendo-64

...and Lavender Town: https://kotaku.com/pokemons-creepy-lavender-town-myth-explained-1651851621

...and Sad Satan: https://kotaku.com/a-horror-game-hidden-in-the-darkest-corners-of-the-inte-1714980337

Reply All on QAnon: https://gimletmedia.com/shows/reply-all/llhe5nm

Dead Bart: https://creepypasta.fandom.com/wiki/Dead_Bart

Polybius: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polybius_(urban_legend)

Maddy?s RTX 3070 review: https://www.polygon.com/reviews/2020/10/27/21535182/rtx-3070-review-price-nvidia-price-3080

2020-10-29
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Triple Play: Hades

Jason, Kirk, and Maddy dive into Hades, one of the best games of the year so far. They talk about their favorite strategies, honor the Greek gods, and try to pinpoint what makes the latest game from Supergiant Games so special.

One More Thing:

Kirk: Oculus Quest 2

Maddy: Destiny 2 (lmao)

Jason: Jackbox Party Pack 7

Show Notes:

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A guide for playing PC VR games wirelessly with Oculus Quest: https://uploadvr.com/how-to-play-pc-vr-oculus-quest-2/

2020-10-22
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How To Keep That "New Game Magic" Alive

Jason, Kirk, and Maddy open up the mailbag and answer some of YOUR great questions. How do we Maximize our Fun when playing video games? Is it possible to be a successful journalist while staying totally anonymous? And does Xbox Game Pass cause more anxiety than it cures? 

One more thing:

Kirk: Facebook

Maddy: Animal Crossing Halloween update

Jason: Dan Brown's Origin

Show Notes:

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Kashmir Hill cutting tech giants from her life: https://gizmodo.com/i-cut-the-big-five-tech-giants-from-my-life-it-was-hel-1831304194

 

2020-10-15
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Building A PC Is Super Fun

Is building a PC really that difficult? Or is it actually SUPER FUN? Maddy, Jason, and Kirk talk about each of their experiences buying PC parts and putting them together like beautiful, brilliant LEGO sets. Jason talks about why his gaming PC wouldn't turn on, Maddy reminisces on carrying her massive PC case to LAN parties, and Kirk espouses the virtues of thermal paste.

One More Thing:

Kirk: Star Wars Squadrons

Maddy: Horizon Zero Dawn

Jason: Baldur?s Gate 3

Show Notes:

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Jason?s PC Building Adventure: https://kotaku.com/my-pc-building-adventure-part-one-picking-the-compone-1821708276

Jason's PC Building Adventure part two: https://kotaku.com/my-pc-building-adventure-part-two-something-went-horr-1821879762

Kirk?s ?The 10 Worst Things About Building a Gaming PC? https://kotaku.com/the-10-worst-things-about-building-a-new-gaming-pc-1606794540

And The 10 Best: https://kotaku.com/the-10-best-things-about-building-a-new-gaming-pc-1605434587

The end of Kirk?s 2018 CPU cooling obsession: https://kotaku.com/i-put-a-big-air-cooler-in-my-pc-and-it-s-working-pretty-1828394334

One PC build for $1,000, from Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/buildapc/comments/dq06nh/will_1000_get_me_a_next_gen_capable_pc/

Whitson Gordon?s horror story about his liquid cooling apparatus leaking into his PC: https://lifehacker.com/what-to-do-when-your-water-cooling-leaks-inside-your-pc-1475187833

Tom?s Hardware: TomsHardware.com

PC Part Picker: PCPartpicker.com

2020-10-08
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Triple Click Classics: Zelda: A Link to the Past

Dun dun, dun dun dun dun dun... it's time to talk Zelda! This week, on a new segment called Triple Click Classics, Kirk, Jason, and Maddy dive into the Super Nintendo masterpiece The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and talk about what makes it so great, from the design to the polish to the music. But why are you always rescuing the damn princess???

ONE MORE THING

Kirk: Hades

Maddy: Destiny 2 (it?s baaack) (it never left)

Jason: Final Fantasy XIV

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Music Featured: ?The Painful Way? by Darren Korb from the Hades OST

?Overture? by Koji Kondo & Mahito Yokota from the Super Mario Galaxy OST

2020-10-01
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Whoa, Microsoft Bought Bethesda

Well hey, if we had known Bethesda was on the market for only $7.5 billion, we would have made a bid! Maddy, Jason, and Kirk talk about Microsoft's major acquisition, plus the big PS5 news last week (Final Fantasy XVI!!!) and the reality that video games are going to cost $70 very soon. Plus, the brilliant, beautiful Hades and other One More Things.

One More Thing

Kirk: Super Mario Galaxy

Maddy: Pen15 season two

Jason: Hades

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Music Featured: ?The Painful Way? by Darren Korb from the Hades OST

?Overture? by Koji Kondo & Mahito Yokota from the Super Mario Galaxy OST

2020-09-24
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Which Games Do We Wish We Were Better At?

Maddy, Jason, and Kirk bring on special guest Ben Hanson (co-founder of MinnMax) to open up the listener mailbag and answer some BURNING QUESTIONS. What games does the crew wish they were better at? What are some timeless mechanics? And what are the most memorable button prompts in gaming?

ONE MORE THING

Kirk: Spiritfarer

Maddy: Horizon Zero Dawn 

Jason: Super Mario 3D All-Stars

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MinnMax: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiUhKqsBH-Is2VeC2sykEfg

Who Is John Frum: https://www.topic.com/who-is-john-frum

 

2020-09-17
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Triple Play: Marvel's Avengers

It's time for another Triple Play! This week, the gang jumps into Marvel's Avengers, a new video game about superheroes who play Destiny. Is this game any good? Is it going through an identity crisis? And just what is up with Kamala Khan? Plus: Samus's Soapbox!

ONE MORE THING

Kirk: The weirdness of GPUs

Maddy: Destiny 2 (really)

Jason: The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

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Triple Click Twitch channel:  https://www.twitch.tv/tripleclickpod

2020-09-10
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Summer News Roundup

It's time for some news! Maddy, Jason, and Kirk talk about the summer in gaming news, from the next-gen console war (and the glaring lack of prices) to replacement E3 plans from companies like Warner Bros., Nintendo, and Microsoft. Plus: Ubisoft keeps stepping on rakes.

ONE MORE THING

Kirk: Dark 

Jason: Retro games kick

Maddy: Destiny 2 Leviathan raid

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2020-09-03
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Is The Madden Curse Real?

One More Thing:

Kirk: Luigi?s Mansion 3

Maddy: Destiny 2 (...again)

Jason: Dark

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2020-08-27
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Triple Click Picks: The Video Games You Should Play

One More Thing:

Kirk: Fall Guys (mediatonic, on PC and PS4, free PS+)

Maddy: Zoo 

Jason: The Epic/Apple/Google war

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Epic's complaint against Apple: https://cdn2.unrealengine.com/apple-complaint-734589783.pdf

TRIPLE CLICK PICKS, VOL 1

Disco ElysiumReturn of the Obra DinnHollow Knight Outer WildsDestiny 2BloodborneBreath of the WildDivinity Original Sin IIHitman 2AC Odyssey
2020-08-20
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Triple Play: Horizon Zero Dawn

One More Thing:

Jason: Blizzard staff take collective action

Maddy: Destiny 2 

Kirk: Doom Patrol

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Kirk?s old article ranking video game bows: https://kotaku.com/video-games-have-become-obsessed-with-bows-and-arrows-5991211

Noah Caldwell-Gervais on Horizon Zero Dawn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yt7c8yXiuJk

Bloomberg article on Blizzard organization: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-08-05/blizzard-workers-organize-on-company-slack-seeking-pay-increases

Cool Atlantic article about Grant Morrison?s Doom Patrol run: https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2014/04/doom-patrol/360616/

Layoffs at DC: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/dc-comics-dc-universe-hit-by-major-layoffs-1306743

2020-08-13
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So Your Friends All Stopped Playing Video Games

One more thing:

Kirk: Death Stranding

Maddy: Marvel?s Avengers beta

Jason: Billions

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2020-08-06
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The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X Are Almost Here

One More Thing:

Jason: Ghost of Tsushima

Kirk: Carrion

Maddy: The Nintendo Gigaleak

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The Console War Is Over [Christopher Dring, GamesIndustry.biz] https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2020-07-23-the-console-war-is-over-opinion

How Xbox Game Pass works for developers [Matthew Handrahan, GamesIndustry.biz] https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2019-07-08-xbox-game-pass-is-the-first-time-subscription-is-fair-for-developers

The big Nintendo leak [Patrick Klepek, Vice]: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/7kp7bx/a-massive-leak-of-nintendo-source-code-is-causing-chaos-in-video-games

 

2020-07-30
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What's The Deal With... Paper Mario?

One More Thing

Kirk - Ubisoft woes [Jason's article on Bloomberg]

Maddy - Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Jason - The Last of Us Part II

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MaxFun Drive Info: https://maximumfun.org/news/maxfundrive-2020-has-begun-and-its-full-of-great-gifts/

Triple Click on Twitch this Friday! https://www.twitch.tv/tripleclickpod

Rob Zacny on the problems with The Last of Us Part II's ending: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/jgxjxx/problems-with-last-of-us-part-2-ending

2020-07-23
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The Music of Final Fantasy VII

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Music Featured: Multiple tracks from Final Fantasy VII (1997) composed by Nobuo Uematsu, as well as the following Uematsu compositions re-arranged for Final Fantasy VII Remake (2020): "Prelude" arranged by Yoshitaka Suzuki, "Airbuster" arranged by Tadayoshi Makino, "Main Theme from Final Fantasy VII - Sector 7 Undercity" arranged by Shotaro Shima, and "Aerith's Theme - Home Again" arranged by Shotaro Shima.

Kirk?s music podcast Strong Songs: https://strongsongspodcast.com

Game-deal watchdog Wario64 on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Wario64 

2020-07-16
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Do Spoilers Ruin Stories?

The official Braid walkthrough: https://web.archive.org/web/20121009073610/http://www.braid-game.com/walkthrough/walkthrough.html

Luke Plunkett?s Desperados III review on Kotaku: https://kotaku.com/desperados-3-is-a-modern-stealth-masterpiece-1844047567

Ryan Gilliam on spoiling TLOU2 for himself: https://www.polygon.com/2020/7/7/21314896/the-last-of-us-part-2-spoilers-story-ruined-enhanced-experience-secrets-are-good

Jamelle Bouie on Hamilton as a historical narrative & ideological project: https://letterboxd.com/jbouie/film/hamilton-2020/

Kirk?s Strong Songs on ?Satisfied?: https://strongsongspodcast.com/satisfied-from-hamilton-updated

2020-07-09
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Why Games Keep Trying To Be 'Cinematic'

The Last of Us Part II (Part 2)

"Former employees accuse Cards Against Humanity of a racist and sexist office culture" [Nicole Carpenter, Polygon

"Video Game Industry Rocked by Outpouring of Sexual Misconduct Allegations" [Jason Schreier, Bloomberg]

"Does ABUSE Make you Stronger? - Whiplash Review feat. Kirk Hamilton!" [Carpool Critics]

2020-06-25
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Early Thoughts On The Last Of Us Part II

Maddy brings on special guest Rob Zacny (Vice, Waypoint Radio) to give some early impressions on The Last of Us Part II. They talk about what the game accomplishes, why it didn't do what they hoped it would do, and they try to avoid spoilers while navigating that ridiculous embargo.
2020-06-18
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Sony Shows A Bunch of PS5 Games

Surprise! Time for a bonus episode, as Maddy, Jason and Kirk react to Sony's big PlayStation 5 video game showcase. There were some cars, some swords, a lot of graphics, and a kitty cat wearing a backpack. They also showed what the console will look like. Let's discuss.
2020-06-12
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Cops In Video Games

"Growing calls to ?defund the police,? explained" - Matt Yglesias, Vox

2020-06-11
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Beanscast: Final Fantasy VII Remake

In the first bonus episode of Triple Click, Maddy, Jason and Kirk get together to ?spill the beans? on Final Fantasy VII Remake. What did they think of the game overall? How about that ending? And what the heck might happen next? This episode includes FULL SPOILERS for Final Fantasy VII Remake, and at about the hour mark (with a warning), the hosts will also talk about the events of the original Final Fantasy VII.
2020-06-08
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Black Lives Matter

Minority Korner: https://maximumfun.org/podcasts/minority-korner/

FANTI: https://maximumfun.org/podcasts/fanti/

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_New_Jim_Crow

The Bail Project: https://bailproject.org/

The George Floyd Memorial Fund: https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd

A National Directory of Bail Funds: https://www.communityjusticeexchange.org/nbfn-directory

A Directory of Protest-Specific Bail Funds: https://bailfunds.github.io/

The ACLU guide for protestors? rights: https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/protesters-rights/#im-attending-a-protest

2020-06-04
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The Joy of Super Mario Odyssey

It's time for Triple Play, in which Kirk, Jason, and Maddy all play the same game. This week, the three of them are going deep on Super Mario Odyssey, released for the Nintendo Switch in 2017. How does it compare to previous Mario games? What's the multiplayer like? And why is this game such a complete and utter joy to play? Let's discuss!
2020-05-28
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What's The Deal With: Final Fantasy?

Why do people love this whole Final Fantasy thing so much? Welcome to What's The Deal With, in which the Triple Click crew explains why something matters. This week, Jason, Maddy, and Kirk explain the history and appeal of one of the most beloved roleplaying video game series ever, from Sephiroth to Noctis and oh so much more.

The Final Fantasy VII Letters (Kirk Hamilton and Leigh Alexander, Paste Magazine) 

Solitary Spacecraft (Dante Douglas)

Five Ways Video Games Make Failure Matter (Kirk Hamilton, Kotaku) 

2020-05-21
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When Is It Ok To Use A Video Game Guide?

It's time for Burning Questions, in which Triple Click answers YOUR questions about all things gaming (and more). This week, Jason, Kirk, and Maddy open up the mailbag and answer questions about the best time to use strategy guides and what a video game industry without crunch might look like. Plus: One More Thing and Maddy's new job!
2020-05-14
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The Fall of Fallout

Don't miss the (unofficial) Triple Click subreddit

HBomberguy on Fallout

2020-05-07
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The Best Quarantine Video Games

Check out the Maximum Fun reader survey right here!

2020-04-30
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What Video Games Assume You Know

Welcome to Triple Click, a podcast about video games! On this debut episode, Kirk Hamilton, Maddy Myers, and Jason Schreier introduce themselves and then talk a bit about the language of video games. With tons of people stuck inside and playing games these days, what kind of video game tropes are they learning? What have hardcore gamers learned to take for granted? Why does food always give you health? Plus: the introduction of a weekly segment called One More Thing!
2020-04-23
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Trailer

 Each week on Triple Click, video game experts Kirk Hamilton, Maddy Myers, and Jason Schreier journey into the fascinating world of games. They?ll explore hot topics in video game news and culture, answer burning listener questions, debate the pros and cons of the biggest new games, and replay old classics together.  Coming soon to Maximum Fun!

2020-04-14
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