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DLC is your weekly audio tour of the latest in video games and tabletop entertainment. Hosts Jeff Cannata and Christian Spicer are joined every week by the best damn gaming experts on the planet as well as YOUR phone calls! Disagree, Like, or Comment by Direct Live Call-in or in the Designated Lobby Chat! It is the gaming show Decided by Listener Contribution. DLC, the Digital Lifestyle Companion for gamers who Don't Like Cynicism. Hosted by Christian Spicer & Jeff Cannata.
 
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Jeff and Christian welcome Tom Marks from IGN to the show thhis week to discuss the huge Playstation 5 event, with info on price, pre-orders, and all of the launch titles. Plus, Oculus had an event with new VR hardware and software. So much to discuss! The Playlist: Hades, A Monster's Expedition, Inertial Drift, Super Mario Sunshine; NVIDIA Broadca…
 
In the first installment of our deep-dive Spelunky 2 miniseries, we have a - spoiler-free! - discussion of the first world of the game, design changes big and small and their implications, and what this sequel does to recapture the essence of what make the series so special. Show notes: Spelunky 2 Noita Surviving Spelunky 2: Tips for a Successful E…
 
Jeff and Christian welcome Trisha Hershberger from Newegg back to the show this week to discuss pricing and availability of the Xbox Series X and Series S, the Ubisoft Forward Event, and more! The Playlist: Tell Me Why, Fall Guys, Control AWE, Marvel's Avengers, Star Renegades, Kingdoms of Amalur: The Re-Reckoning Parting Gifts! Brought to you by: …
 
Lucy Morris (Starcolt) joins us to talk about her recently-released dating/pet care sim Best Friend Forever! We discuss running a studio in a small community, building three dimensional characters, and the emotional travails of launching a game. Show notes: Lucy Morris Lovegames podcast bffgame.dog Launch Day: the emotional cost of releasing a game…
 
Jeff and Christian welcome Imran Kahn from Kinda Funny to the show this week to discuss Nintendo's 35 Years of Mario Direct, including the strangeness of Super Mario 3D All-Stars, new GeForce video cards turning our current cards in garbage, a Shenmue anime, and more! The Playlist: Marvel's Avengers, Moon, Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1&2, SpellBreak, Far:…
 
Jeff and Christian welcome Lana Bachynski from Riot Games back to the show this week to discuss all of the huge announcements from Gamescom 2020. So many games! SO MANY! The Playlist: Risk of Rain 2, Fall Guys, Gunfire Reborn, Control AWE, Wasteland 3, The Girl of Glass Parting Gifts! Brought to you by: Ritual (Better health doesn’t happen overnigh…
 
We kick off a new era with a fully rebranded show! After navel-gazing about the changes, we talk to our own Zach Gage about making a Sudoku game that loves you. Show notes: eggplant.show Good Sudoku doseone Richard Hogg Northway Games Sportsfriends Osmos The Worst Idea of All Time Hot Tub Time Machine Arcane Kids Manife$to The Miracle Sudoku The Be…
 
Jeff and Christian welcome the Internet's Jesse Cox to the show this week to discuss the DC Fandome announcements, including Suicide Squad Kills Justice League and Gotham Knights. Plus, more Apple vs Epic news, Nintendo's new Indies, and Half-Life Alyx speedrunning. The Playlist: Fall Guys, Final Fantasy XIV, There Is No Game, Ms Pacman, Battletoad…
 
Jeff and Christian welcome Danny Pena from Gamertag Radio to the show this week to discuss the Halo Infinite delay to 2021 and it ramifications for Xbox Series X, Fortnight being pulled from Google and iOS app stores, another Zelda remake possibility, and more! The Playlist: Streets of Rage 4, Final Fantasy VII, Phantasy Star Online 2, Tony Hawk Pr…
 
We close out this chapter of the podcast with some (spoiler-free!) impressions of the near-final Spelunky 2, with creators Derek Yu and Eirik Suhrke to guide us through their design process and answer your burning questions. The walls are shifting... Some things we discussed: Derek Yu Eirik Suhrke Spelunky 2 release date trailer Super Mario World D…
 
Jeff and Christian welcome Anthony Taormina from Gamerant.com back to the show this week to discuss Son'y latest State of Play event, Apple's refusal to play ball with Project Xcloud or Stadia, Spider-Man being exclusive to PS4 in Avengers, and more! The Playlist: The Avengers Beta, Horizon Zero Dawn PC, Fall Guys Ultimate Knockout Parting Gifts! B…
 
Jeff and Christian welcome God-tier streamer Trikslyr back to the show this week to discuss 343 reacting to the Halo Infinite reveal backlash as well as that game going free to play for multiplayer, Netflix announcing more video game IP shows and movies, and new data that suggests not having E3 hasn't been bad for the industry. The Playlist: Dark S…
 
Loot Rascals co-designers Ricky Haggett and Jonathan Whiting join us to discuss their whimsical cosmic roguelike, as does superfan Tim Schafer to help us sing its praises! We discuss playing with hexes in the pub, the function of humor in games, and how Loot Rascals is the first "stranding" game. Some things we discussed: Loot Rascals Hollow Ponds …
 
Jeff and Lana Bachynski welcome Patrick Dees from the Fan Controlled Football League to the show this week to discuss Microsoft's big Summer of Games event, the Xbox Games Showcase. Halo Infinite, Fable, and everything in between! Plus, the crazy Nintendo Gigaleak, Ubisoft keeping next gen games at $60, the return of G4TV and more! The Playlist: St…
 
Jeff and Christian welcome Kahlief Adams back to the show this week to discuss Project Xcloud streaming being added to Xbox Gamepass, PS5 doubling production, the Google Stadia Connect, and more! The Playlist: Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Watch Dogs Legion, Ghost of Tsushima, Superhot Mind Control Delete, Predecessor, CoD Warzone, Donkey Kong Country…
 
Shawn Alexander Allen joins us to talk about his tactical brawler, Treachery in Beatdown City. We discuss the roots and inspirations of this innovative mash-up, the action economy that makes it tick, and the process of translating life experience into your creative work. Some things we discussed: Shawn Alexander Allen Treachery in Beatdown City Hyb…
 
Jeff and Christian welcome indie game writer, designer and consultant Nick Suttner back to the show this week to discuss the Ubisoft Forward event, the Nacon Direct event, and the Devolver Digital event, as the Summer of Games roll on! The Playlist: Creaks, Lonely Mountains: Downhill, Earth Defense Force 5, Tetris Mobile; HyperScape; Ring Fit Adven…
 
Jeff and Christian welcome Adam Leonhardt from Megadads back to the show this week to discuss abuse against voice actors on Twitter, a new higher price for next-gen games, a version of 2020 in which the Xbox Series X releases in August, and more! The Playlist: The Last of Us Part II, Animal Crossing Summer Update, CoD: Warzone, Destiny 2, Griftland…
 
Theresa Duringer (Temple Gates Games) joins us to discuss the process of bringing board games to digital platforms. We discuss tutorial and UI challenges, machine learning for AI, and how to find your niche as a small studio. Show notes: Theresa Duringer Temple Gates Games Roll of the Galaxy beta Gen Con Machine Learning for Boardgame AI in Race fo…
 
Jeff and Christian welcome the writer of Mortal Kombat 11, Injustice 2, and the Image comic book Heart Attack, Shawn Kittelsen to the show to discuss new Cyberpunk 2077 info, new Marvel's Avengers info, new Rocksteady DC comics game info, and a possible subscription to the Xbox Series X hardware! The Playlist: Desperadoes III, Deep Rock Galactic, R…
 
Jeff and Christian welcome Parris Lilly from Gamertag Radio to the show this week to discuss this year's EA Play event, including the gameplay reveal for Star Wars Squadrons and more! Plus, the new Cyberpunk 2077 delay and what it means for Holiday 2020. The Playlist: The Last of Us Part 2, Destiny 2, Disintegration, Ring Fit Adventure, Steam Summe…
 
Soren Johnson (Offworld Trading Company) joins us to discuss his new historical strategy game Old World, as we dive into playing by feel in a numbers-driven game, the problematic themes inherent to the 4X genre, and personalizing games through narrative scale. Some things we discussed: Soren Johnson Mohawk Games Civilization IV Spore Offworld Tradi…
 
Jeff and Christian welcome Kristine Steimer from What's Good Games back to the show this week to discuss Sony's big Playstation 5 event, including all the big reveals: Spider-Man Miles Morales, Gran Turismo 7, Resident Evil Village, Horizon Forbidden West, and more! The Playlist: Having all finished game, all three hosts deep dive into a SPOILER FR…
 
Jeff and Christian welcome Cicero Holmes back to the show this week to discuss the Kingdom of Amalur remaster, EA Access coming to Steam, a long lost Avengers game, the Destiny 2 event, and more! The Playlist: Valorant, Treachery in Beatdown City, The Outer Worlds VR Talk: Elite Dangerous, Tetris Effect Quest; Pistol Whip, 3DSen VR, The Wizards - D…
 
Jeff and Christian welcome Shareef Jackson from Rivals of Waterdeep back to the show this week to discuss PS5 exclusives, the first pictures of Super Nintendo World theme park, Cate Blanchett as Lilith in the Borderlands movie, and more! The Playlist: MK11 Aftermath, Ori Will of the Wisps, Streets of Rage 4, Treachery in Beatdown City, Wildfire, Mi…
 
In the final installment of our Noita miniseries, Nolla Games' Petri Purho and Olli Harjola join us for a deep dive Q&A on the game! We discuss the influence of magic on its design, its origins and early iterations, how they empower different play styles, and where the boundaries of the game might actually be. Some things we discussed: Kloonigames …
 
Jeff and Christian welcome Michele Morrow back to the show this week to discuss Fortnite showing a Christopher Nolan movie, Mafia getting Definitive Edition remakes, a 20 million brick Minecraft city, and more! The Playlist: World of Warcraft Shadowlands Alpha, Final Fantasy VII Remake, Animal Crossing, Pony island, Sea of Thieves, Monster Train, L…
 
It's Andy's big 5-0 and we're celebrating by diving into our mailbag of thoughtful listener questions! We discuss working within a team, how academic practice intersects development, framing your work across a career, the role of aesthetics in games, and the materiality of engines. Phew! Some things we discussed: The Last Dance B.U.T.T.O.N.: On Sel…
 
Jeff and Christian welcome board game designer Geoff Englestein back to the show this week to discuss the eye-popping Unreal Engine 5 demo, the surprise Paper Mario reveal, the new info about Ghosts of Tsushima, and more! The Playlist: Old World, Tabletop Simulator, Fortnite, Monster Hunter World, Fort Triumph, Fury Unleashed Tabletop Time: Super S…
 
Jeff and Christian welcome Rich Grisham, Chief Operating Officer at Out of the Park Developments, back to the show this week to discuss the first big Inside Xbox about the Xbox Series X, including all of the new game reveals, the new Last of Us 2 trailer, next-gen Smart Delivery, and more! The Playlist: Doom, The Golf Club 2019, Mario Maker 2, MLB …
 
Spelunky creator Derek Yu returns for an expansive discussion on the membrane between players/devs, the connection between design/process, and the understated influence of arcade games on his work - all through the lens of what we've been playing and thinking about in quarantine. Some things we discussed: Derek Yu UFO 50 Noita Animal Crossing: New …
 
Jeff and Lana Bachynski are joined this week by Luke Lohr from Xbox Expansion Pass podcast to discuss the success of Xbox Game Pass, Geoff Keighley's plan for a long Summer Game Fest, the new Assassin's Creed announcement trailer, Last of Us Part 2's June release, and more! The Playlist: Streets of Rage 4, Deliver Us The Moon, Modern Warefare 2 Rem…
 
In the third installment of our miniseries, we discuss Noita's worldbuilding, secrets in game culture, games as toys, tutorialization (or lack thereof), and the conflicts of wandcrafting. Some things we discussed: Noita Arcane Kids Manife$to Magicians Trilogy Rain World Noita 101 - Tips for new players Else Heart.Break() My Summer Car - Early Acces…
 
Jeff and Christian welcome Mike Futter, author of the GameDev Business Handbook to the show this week to discuss Travis Scott's record breaking Fortnite concert, rumors of Horizon Zero Dawn 2, the fallout of ca canceled E3 2020, the Xbox Series X logo, and more! The Playlist: Final Fantasy VII Remake, Predator: Hunting Grounds, FF14, Animal Crossin…
 
Tom Francis (Gunpoint, Heat Signature) crashes in to discuss his upcoming small-scale strategy game Tactical Breach Wizards, how he finds and focuses on the cores of his games, and the narrative systems that make them sing. Some things we discussed: Tom Francis Gunpoint Heat Sig Tactical Breach Wizards (new walkthrough) RPS: What Works And Why Morp…
 
Jeff and Christian welcome Ben Kuchera from Polygon.com to the show this week to discuss the Crysis Remastered announcement, more info about the next Batman game, a limited edition Xbox One X for Cyberpunk 2077, and more! The Playlist: Doom Eternal, Eggs Inc, The Messenger, Animal Crossing, Final Fantasy VII Remake VR Talk: Half-Life Alyx Tabletop …
 
In the second installment of our miniseries, we discuss our different play styles, wand customization, building games around online communities, and our experiences with - and the implementation of - Noita's Daily Challenge. Some things we discussed: Noita Risk of Rain Zach's badass barrel kick Noita 101 - Tips for new players Wand Stats - Noita No…
 
Jeff and Christian welcome Greg Miller from Kinda Funny to the show this week to discuss the newly unveiled PS5 controller, Stadia going free for 2 months, real science inside Borderlands 3, and more! The Playlist: Final Fantasy VII Remake, Resident Evil 3 Remake Animal Crossing, The Division 2, Borderlands 3, Valorant VR Talk: Half-Life Alyx Chris…
 
Martin Jonasson (holedown) joins us to extract the juiciness that powers his "delightful spectacle of bouncing," reveals the truth behind his rounded corners, and discusses the aesthetic and scope commitments that drove games like twofold inc. and rymdkapsel. Some things we discussed: grapefrukt games holedown twofold, inc. rymdkapsel jesus vs. din…
 
Jeff and Christian welcome profession game streamer Trikslyr back to the show this week to discuss the indefinite delay for Last of Us 2, Nintendo's plan to remake older Mario games for Switch, an announcement of Rogue Legacy 2, and more! The Playlist: Hearthstone Battlegrounds, Doom Eternal, Control, Resident Evil 3, Divinity 2, Ori and the Will o…
 
In this first installment of our new miniseries focused on Noita (with guest co-host Bennett Foddy), we share our early stories and beginner tips, discuss the genealogy of the game, and contemplate how we feel about shooting being its primary verb. Some things we discussed: Noita Bennett Foddy Crayon Physics Deluxe The Swapper Baba Is You Liero Wor…
 
Jeff and Christian welcome David Chen from the Culturally Relevant podcast to the show this week to discuss some great games coming to Switch, Ryan Reynolds making a Dragon's Lair movie, some gaming positives that persevere through the pandemic, and more! The Playlist: Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Doom Eternal, Control: Foundation, Animal Crossin…
 
Tyriq Plummer (Catacomb Kids, UFO 50) joins us to discuss the guts and evolution of his long-term roguelike project, how he stays motivated, and making his minions matter. Plus a very special show announcement! Some things we discussed: Tyriq Plummer Catacomb Kids UFO 50 Our new Discord! Noita Made out of Meat: Health Systems in Video Games Tyriq's…
 
Jeff and Christian welcome Lana Bachynski from Riot Games back to the show this week to talk about Untitled Goose Game winning Game of the Year, the final specs of the PS5 and Xbox Series X, and rumors about what Spider-Man 2 could be. The Playlist: Raft, Ori and the Blind Forest, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Ring Fit Adventure, Doom Eternal, Ani…
 
Jeff and Christian welcome Heather Alexandra from Kotaku back to the show to talk E3 being canceled due to COVID 19, LEGO Super Mario sets, bad crunch reports out of Naughty Dog, rumors of new Silent Hill games, and more! The Playlist: Nioh, Final Fantasy XIV, Ori and the Will of the Wisps Parting Gifts!…
 
Andrea Roberts of Wonderbelly Games talks to us about her brand-new bouncy dungeon crawler Roundguard! We discuss physics as a system of uncertainty, combining Peggle with a roguelike formula, and using that formula to create player friendliness. Things we discussed: Roundguard Spelunky 2 PS Blog post Dunklords Peggle Fable A Guide to Proc Gen Prac…
 
Jeff and Christian welcome Tim Rogers from Action Button Entertainment to the show this week to discuss the upcoming Last of Us HBO show, a release date for Ghost of Tsushima, more Half-Life games coming, and more! The Playlist: Tim's new PC, The Division 2: Warlords of New York, Curse of the Dead Gods Parting Gifts! Brought to you by: ExpressVPN I…
 
Jeff and Christian welcome Patrick Klepek from Waypoint back to the show this week to discuss GDC being postponed due to Corona Virus concerns, new details about the Xbox Series X, a lenient refund policy on GoG, and more! The Playlist: Dreams, Bloodroots, Minecraft, Pokemon Sword, Wolcen Parting Gifts! Brought to you by: Squarespace (Visit Squares…
 
Mark Brown of Game Maker's Toolkit joins us to talk about the process behind his excellent series on game design. We discuss his recent video on randomness - diving deep on input/output randomness - as well as roguelike progression, and much more! Things we discussed: Game Maker's Toolkit How (And Why) Spelunky Makes its Own Levels The Two Types of…
 
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