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Philosophiraga is an audio presentation in the Well-Red Mage family of content. Each episode, I look at a big idea from the history of philosophy and discuss how it relates to the world of video games. It's sort of like an introductory philosophy course mashed up with gaming culture, which (I like to think) makes it a bit more interesting. If you've already studied philosophy, you're unlikely to learn anything new from Philosophiraga... but I hope you might be able to enjoy listening anyway.
 
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Nintendo's first direct of 2021 was a rollercoaster ride of ups and downs, including surprise announcements for Splatoon 3, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and much more. We cover everything in the show (as well as some other things that were conspicuously missing). But first, we'll talk game announcements (such as t…
 
Tim, Matt, Phil and Christian are all back on this week’s Gamerheads to talk about tons of video games. Immortals Fenyx Rising, Fortnite, Turrican Flashback Collection, Hitman, and more are all on this week’s docket. The crew also bring up a slate of games that give them the warm fuzzies just in time for the winter flurries. Crazy Taxi may or may n…
 
This week, Moon Studios' CEO and Ori game director Thomas Malher took to the gaming forum Resetera to call out the gaming industry on the practice of hyping up features that don't exist or misleading what games will offer on day one. We discuss the complications of this issue and whether a solution might exist. But before that, as always, we've got…
 
The headlines have been all about SEGA this week, including Netflix's new Sonic Prime animated series, voice actor departures, and internal restructuring. We discuss buyout rumors (along with who we think should be doing the buying). But let's not get ahead of ourselves. We also have game announcements (like EA's big return to college football game…
 
Ryebread is off this week, so in his place, we're rolling out the red carpet for Andy of Stand Up To Cancer and the "Cafe, BTW" podcast. This year marks many significant anniversaries for a slew of games, so we're looking at 10 titles that turn 20 in 2021. Before that, of course, we've got game announcements (like Capcom's Resident Evil Village Sho…
 
On this episode of Gamerheads Tim, Matt, Phil, and Christian are all back to talk about frivolous video game purchases by listing out all the things they’d buy with an obligation-free $600 check. Speaking of frivolous, the crew also kick off the new year by talking about plenty of games. Tim continues to ram his way through Hot Pursuit Remastered, …
 
It's been... one of those weeks. While recording this episode, we experienced a technical difficulty perfect storm, but through it all, Story Mode prevails! Feel free to laugh at our misery. Let's get down to business (bonus points if you're singing Mulan right now). This week, we're covering the good, the bad, and the Klunk of upcoming movie adapt…
 
The Nintendo Switch has been in the spotlight all week, so we're rounding up all the biggest Switch headlines, like the new "Mario Red & Blue" Switch console and the rumored Switch Pro. But before that, we've got to cover game announcements, and what a week it was for Lucasfilm fans! New titles have been teased for both Star Wars and Indiana Jones.…
 
We reached episode 50!! The big Five-Oh! Let's celebrate by debating which video game soundtracks are the GOAT. But first, as always, we've got game announcements (like Nintendo's purchase of Next Level Games & the end of Minecraft Earth). Next, we're on to the week's biggest - or should we say weirdest - headlines, like the man who was arrested fo…
 
Happy 2021 from all of us at Story Mode! But before we give 2020 a kiss goodbye (and a kick out the door), we're revisiting the biggest news stories that defined the year -- the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the video game industry, the release of the PlayStation 5 & XBox Series X, and Cyberpunk 2077's drama-filled year. Before that, however, …
 
Get ready for a MARATHON of a podcast! We decided to celebrate the holidays by doing our very first Ask Me Anything episode, and so many people submitted questions that this episode is double our normal run time! What video game franchise would Blue kill off without hesitation? What's Red's pick for the most underrated video game of all time? What …
 
In this week's episode of Gamerheads, Tim is joined by Phil and Christian, as they discuss their favorite video game related holiday memories. The crew also talks games, Phil gives his thoughts on Crash 4 and Doom, Tim talks Overwatch, and Christian provides his thoughts around Cyberpunk 2077. Check out the website: www.gamerheadspodcast.com Music …
 
The 2020 Game Awards have come and gone, and we now know our Game of the Year -- the title goes to Naughty Dog's The Last of Us Part II! But while some are celebrating the win, others are asking tough questions, such as whether a game that was created under crunch conditions and a reportedly toxic work environment should really be rewarded with Gam…
 
If reality were just a dream, how could we tell? Are tables perfect? Why bother waking up a fish? Why did a dictionary maker kick a rock? All these questions and more will be... maybe answered, or maybe just alluded to, in this episode on Bishop Berkeley's subjective idealism. We also talk about video games a bit, of course. If you're a fan of the …
 
Get your popcorn ready because Cyberpunk 2077 releases this week to nearly a decade's worth of anticipation. Maybe that's why the game seems to be experiencing almost a decade's worth of drama in just a few days, including death threats, seizure triggers, and accusations of transphobia. We break down the headlines around the biggest title of 2020. …
 
Story Mode is two-thirds of the way back this week! Red is absent (he's off networking at a mage convention), but in his place, we have the ever popular @DonniegRetro to help us talk about the collision between sneaker culture and the scalpers creating scarcity for gamers looking to buy a PlayStation 5 or XBox Series X. But we also can't forget gam…
 
In this episode of The Gamerheads’ Game Pass Show, Mike and Roger review the Xbox Game Pass games coming out for the month of December and some Game Pass news and rumors. Mike gives his take on the game Deep Rock Galactic and Roger gives his thoughts on The Telltales series, The Walking Dead. Check out the website: www.gamerheadspodcast.com Follow …
 
It's Thanksgiving here in America, so we're wishing all our friends a happy day filled with many helpings of pie. Story Mode is taking the week off to celebrate, but never fear! In place of our normal, news-and-shenanigan-filled show, we're bringing you our epic Thanksgiving Outtake Special, filled with some of our more recent diamonds in the rough…
 
The next gen consoles are out! Join the Gamerheads crew as they discuss the Series X and PS5, which console we prefer, and our favorite exclusives we hope to see again. Check out the website: www.gamerheadspodcast.com Music by: Komiku - Escaping the Collapsing Universe Komiku - Run Against the Universe Scandinavianz - Rocky Mountains…
 
Fasten your seatbelts, kids -- we're in for wild ride! We finally made it to the long-awaited launch of the PlayStation 5. For those gamers lucky enough to get one, how did the rollout go? We'll be looking at a roundup of PS5 headlines to find out. But we can't let all the next-gen hype distract us from other news, such as game announcements (like …
 
In the very first episode of The Gamerheads’ Game Pass Show, Mike and Roger review the Xbox Game Pass games coming out for the month of November. Mike gives his take on the game Minecraft Dungeons and Roger gives his thoughts on Space Rock Galactic. Check out the website: www.gamerheadspodcast.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Gamerhead…
 
Launch day for Microsoft's XBox Series X has come and gone, and the new console is now in the hands of the lucky gamers who managed to get a pre-order -- or... maybe not so much. We're rounding up the headlines surrounding the Series X's launch to see how well Microsoft did in kicking off the ninth gen. But before that, of course, we've got game an…
 
One eternity later, we finally will see the release of the XBox Series X and PlayStation 5 in just a few days. Therefore, it seems fitting this week to take a look back and remember the eighth generation of consoles, as well as tackle the impossible task of naming our favorite game of the generation. Before that, however, we've got game announcemen…
 
Tim managed to wrangle up his wife Dee, Matt, Phil, and Christian to reminisce about the NES on its 35th birthday, and talk about plenty of video games. Matt speaks about how much of a screamin’ good time Supermarket Shriek is, Phil is off raising the dead in Ray’s the Dead, Tim and Dee continue to reap the rewards of Overwatch’s halloween event, a…
 
Sad news this week as CD Projekt Red announced the fourth delay for Cyberpunk 2077. What happened next was even sadder, however, as the game devs found themselves to be the target of death threats. We discuss this troubling topic, as well as the bigger issue of toxicity in modern culture. But you can R-E-L-A-X -- there's still plenty of shenanigans…
 
Get ready for the greebles as Mage Cast sits down with art director James H. Dargie for things that can neither be confirmed nor denied. James is an artist and designer who has worked on titles like Call of Duty, Medal of Honor, Matrix Reloaded, Metroid Prime, Solaris, and Final Fantasy The Spirits Within. Our discussion centers on that film, the f…
 
Sony's in hot water again for their failure to communicate -- this time about the new voice chat recording feature on the PlayStation 5. Is it an egregious violation of privacy or the key to defeating online toxicity? Spoiler: It's neither, but we discuss the murky gray middle of the issue. As usual, we've also got game announcements (like the new …
 
In this episode of Gamerheads, Tim is joined by Mike, Matt, Phil, and Roger to discuss their top 3 Halloween/horror themed video games. Plus the crew goes into games that they are currently playing including Oxenfree, Celeste, Star Wars Squadrons, and more! Check out the website: www.gamerheadspodcast.com Music by: Komiku - Escaping the Collapsing …
 
With Sony's reveal of the PlayStation 5's user interface, it seems like all the pieces are falling into place for the next gen. But before we get to that, we've got game announcements (like Axiom Verge 2's delay and Pokemon Go's new Strange Eggs), as well as the week's biggest headlines. These include the new partnership between Microsoft and Game …
 
Grab your favorite bard and travel back in time to where it all started! We're talking Dragon Quest 1 on this episode, featuring special guest musician and writer Russell Gordon. We'll discuss localization woes, Western reception, and Dragon Warrior vs Dragon Quest, the series' two trilogies, proto-RPGs, our first RPGs, NA vs JP cover art, Nintendo…
 
Blue is out so we're painting the town Red this episode, breaking down all the misleading clickbait headlines, like "Playing Video Games As A Child Might Make You Smarter" and "Bowser arrested and charged". We'll also look at new gameplay for Ghost of Tsushima: Legends, Pikmin 3 Deluxe, and Age of Calamity, cheater cheater pumpkin eaters in Super M…
 
The Gamerheads crew is back! In this week’s episode, Tim is joined by Matt, Mike, Phil, and Roger, as they talk about Projection: First Light, Birthday of Midnight, Jet Set Knights, Prinny 1 & 2 Exploded and Reloaded, and Warsaw. They also cover the news around Mario 35, Rocket League going free to play, and issues around crunchtime and Cyberpunk: …
 
Game expos always make for a news-packed week, and this year's Tokyo Game Show is no exception! We'll be covering the biggest titles from the show, including NieR: Replicant Ver. 1.22474487139, Resident Evil Village, and Monster Hunter Rise. There are plenty of non-Tokyo Game Show headlines, as well. We'll also be discussing Sega's new Virtua Fight…
 
Vagrant Story hates the player but we love you! That's why we here at Mage Cast are making things simpler by tackling just what makes Vagrant Story such a tough nut to crack. Together with my special guest, Cory the Senior Games Editor of Popzara.com, we cover topics like what makes the game so demanding, how to overcome its convoluted systems, its…
 
What's even real anyway, dude? Like, does the world even exist, yo? These, albeit perhaps not phrased in quite the same way, are big questions in philosophy, and this episode is an introduction to ontology: the study of being and existence. Stay tuned for the rest of the module on ontology, in which we'll explore some theories about what there migh…
 
With their announcement this week that the company is buying Bethesda, Microsoft launched quite a counterattack to the criticism that the XBox platform lacks first party exclusives. Red, Blue, and Ryan attempt to untangle the noise in order to discern whether this move is really as bad (or as good) for the gaming industry as everyone says. Beyond t…
 
We thought we'd never make it, but here we are! We FINALLY know the price and the release date for the PlayStation 5. Now all that's left is to get a pre-order, and well...good luck with that. This week, we have some seriously epic game announcements, like God of War: Ragnarok and Final Fantasy XVI (*nerdy squealing*). We're also discussing the $31…
 
It's the most successful game you've never heard of: this episode of MAGE CAST represents our Dungeon Fighter Online podcast! In this rapidly evolving conversation, we discuss combining 2D side-scrolling beat 'em up gameplay with RPG elements, Nexon closing servers, best-selling video game franchises and DFO's very high place on those lists, cultur…
 
The 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. is on Sunday, Sept. 13, and Story Mode is celebrating! From the surprise Nintendo mini direct to our memories of the game to whether Mario is a role model for us all, there's lots to discuss about our favorite Italian plumber. But that's not all! We FINALLY got a release date for the XBox Series X and Serie…
 
ROUND ONE...FIGHT! Ryan is finally back, and he's just in time because Blue and Red are ready to fight to the death over whether or not Batman is a ninja. Once the dust settles, we'll be covering game announcements (like Ys IX: Monstrum Nox and Unknown 9: Awakening). We've also got to talk about director Ridley Scott's thoughts on Epic's 1984 parod…
 
MAGE CAST is starting to show it's age with this, our 50th episode! For the big 5-0, we're diving into the absurdity and genius of the Metal Gear Solid series. This is our MGS4: Guns of the Patriots podcast. Join the Black Humor Mage and myself as we discuss this game's dual world records, its unique format for the time, its relationship with Apple…
 
Story Mode is still going gluten-free this week, meaning Rye Bread is absent (lol food joke), but filling in, we've got Aaron, a.k.a. @SanityCrypto, from It's Virtually A Podcast. New game announcements are everywhere as we go into detail on the latest Nintendo Direct Mini, as well as the huge game reveals from DC FanDome and the new Call of Duty. …
 
Ryan has wandered off somewhere and probably gotten lost, but don't worry -- he'll be back next week. In the meantime, we've got Mike from the Controller Throwers Podcast filling in. This episode, we're covering the rumor mills (including the PS5's price and release date, as well as the mysterious The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword listing for the …
 
On this Super Smash Bros Ultimate podcast, it's the biggest crossover event in history... and also Smash Ultimate! MAGE CAST is back and I'm featuring @DuctapePlays on this very special resurrection episode of the podcast. We're talking sheer numbers to illustrate just how big Super Smash Bros. Ultimate really is, plus more Fire Emblem characters (…
 
While Ryan is away, @donniegretro will play! Our good friend Donnie fills in this week as we talk game announcements (like the delay of Halo: Infinite and the newly teased Suicide Squad game). We're also discussing whether we'd like to stay overnight in the last Blockbuster, the XBox Series X's rumored release on November 6th, the Chipotle/Tony Haw…
 
Prepare your ears! You have been warned! This week, we're discussing Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island on the game's 25th anniversary, and you know what that means (WAH! WAH! WAH!). But before all that, we've got game announcements to cover (like Pikmin 3 on Nintendo Switch and brand new Battletoads). We're also talking about Take-Two's walk-back…
 
Logic is weird and fuzzy. Fortunately, understanding logical fallacies can help us to cut through some of the fuzziness... as long as we're careful how we use them. This episode is an introduction to a few useful fallacies, illuminated with examples from the world of gaming. If you're a fan of the show, I'm given to understand that feeding the algo…
 
Get ready for laughs aplenty -- ours, anyways. We don't know about yours. But as usual, we've got the week's biggest gaming headlines, including Joe Rogan's controversial comments about gaming being "a waste of time," the hits and misses of XBox's Showcase, Analogue Pocket preorders are almost here, and upcoming video game movie adaptations like li…
 
The news is poppin' this week with the revelation that Ubisoft changed several Assassin's Creed games to restrict the roles of female protagonists. We're also discussing the backlash following the reveal of Wales Interactive's controversial title Gamer Girl, how the United States' Army has halted its shady recruiting tactics on Twitch, and Metacrit…
 
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