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Reid and Gareth have emerged from screaming, blood red eggs as strange new forms that are more appropriate for this, the beginning of the second half of our look through Kentaro Miura's Berserk. On this episode, we begin a discussion of the Falcon of the Millennium Empire Arc (or Millennium Falcon Arc, if you're not scared of Disney), talking throu…
 
Gareth and Reid are breaking out of their shells and ushering in the corpse-goop final days with an episode about the end of Berserk's Conviction Arc (chapters ch.126-150, "Revelations" to "The Cliff"). In this episode, we get into how Kentaro Miura depicts characters experiencing absolute terror, the fantasy of retribution for systems that inflict…
 
Reid and Gareth are heading on down to the Tower of Conviction for a trip through chapters 126 to 150 ("Revelations" to "The Cliff") of Berserk. This time, we're talking about a bunch of absolutely miserable people living on the precipice of the apocalypse, hanging out with some goatman-worshiping orgy fans, and meeting the stone-faced, thwomp-pray…
 
Gareth and Reid are sprouting wings and buzzing on into the beginning of Berserk's Conviction Arc with this episode on chapters 95-125, volumes 14 to 17. Now that the plot has finally caught back up to its post-Eclipse "present-day," we're back to a giant sword-wielding, arm cannon-toting, scowl-enthusiast version of Guts. With his return--and the …
 
Reid and Gareth have applied droplets of blood to our audio behelit and summoned the end of The Golden Age with a look at chapters 70-94 ("Requiem of the Wind" through to "He Who Hunts Dragons") in volumes 12 to 14. We spend this episode discussing the Eclipse, the infamous climax to Berserk's extended flashback sequence, which includes more conver…
 
Gareth and Reid cover chapters 23-69, from "The Battle for Doldrey" through to "The Immortal Once Again," in volumes 7 to 11 of Berserk. In this episode, the Band of the Hawk falls apart, leading us into a discussion of the changing dimensions of Guts, Griffith, and Caska's relationship, with all the commentary on friendship, sexuality, and power t…
 
Reid and Gareth cover chapters 7-22, from "A Wind of Words" through to "Campfire of Dreams," in volumes 5 to 7 of Berserk. In this episode, we're introduced to everyone's favourite bear/lion/goat/bat monster, Nosferatu Zodd, join varsity sports team Band of the Hawk as they face off against their rivals, wade into how sexual assault is used by Miur…
 
Gareth and Reid are hoisting their enormous swords onto their shoulders and setting off down memory lane with a discussion of Berserk's multi-volume flashback arc: the Golden Age. We get into chapters 1-6 from volumes 3 and 4, covering the not-so-halcyon childhood days of Guts' youth, the comic's shifting art style as it focuses on medieval setting…
 
Reid and Gareth pick up where we left off last episode by discussing "Guardian Angels of Desire," from the end of Berserk's first volume through to the beginning of Vol. 3. This time, we talk about the first glimpses of Miura's Escher-indebted depiction of hellish alternate dimensions, are introduced to the God Hand and Berserk's wider fiction, dea…
 
Gareth Damian Martin and Reid McCarter begin a look at the entirety of Kentaro Miura's Berserk with a discussion of its first two chapters, "Black Swordsman" and "The Brand" from Volume 1. In our debut episode, we discuss how we first encountered Berserk, the influences it draws from (and the work it's influenced in turn), and the joy of looking at…
 
We wrap up the plot of Disco Elysium and discuss the final events of the game, which fold the game's myriad themes into a great morass just waiting to be picked apart. Listen for our thoughts on The Human Project as a destructive force, nihilism as a selfish luxury, the overwhelming trauma of ideology, and nature's role as a fascinated, horrified w…
 
We pick up in the aftermath of the shootout and discuss the quiet sequences that precede the ending - an encounter with Lilienne the net picker, a hunt for mythical creatures, and a soul-crushing dream as seen through the world's rosiest glasses. For further reading, check out Bullet Points (Bulletpointsmonthly.com), which recently published a full…
 
On this episode of Savoir Faire, we observe the concepts of justice and policing in Disco Elysium through the difficult characters of Ruby and Klaasje. For further reading, check out Bullet Points (Bulletpointsmonthly.com), which recently published a full month's worth of Disco Elysium essays. Intro/Outro music is the End Credits theme from the Dis…
 
On this episode of Savoir Faire, we delve into characters and events that trace out some of Disco Elysium's most important themes - the curse of inheritance, aimless rage toward the status quo, and the relentless pursuit of a truth that may or may not exist. For further reading, check out Bullet Points (Bulletpointsmonthly.com), which recently publ…
 
Are we defined by our decisions, or by the twisted branching paths of thought that precede them? We explore this question through the lens of Disco Elysium and the characters of Kim Kitsuragi, Evrart Claire, and Measurehead. For further reading, check out Bullet Points (Bulletpointsmonthly.com), which just published a full month's worth of Disco El…
 
Disco Elysium is destined to become a modern classic in the videogame canon. In this episode, we discuss what makes the game one-of-a-kind, from the nuances of its system, to the caliber of its writing, to the distinct impact of its themes. We limit talk to around the first third of the game, and mostly cover what happens at the church, the union, …
 
Is this the end?! Sort of... Player Vs. Podcast is going on indefinite hiatus, but we've still got a great episode. In a fortunate throw back, we dive deep into the mysterious Return of the Obra Dinn (long time listeners may remember the demo was one of our favorite game of the week selections). We talk a little bit about Read Dead Redemption 2, Sp…
 
E3 predictions after the biggest announcements have already come out? You know how we do. Sarah, Josh, Chris, and Ruben talk about their E3 pipe dreams as well as Cultist Simulator, Pokemon Quest, Bloodborne, and Pandemic Legacy. We’re all over the map in this month's Out of Bounds! We cover BTS’ chart topping new album, Avengers: Infinity War, DNA…
 
Sarah, Chris, and Ruben kick things off with mobile games talk, some good (Florence) and some not so good (Hogwarts Mystery). Ruben gushes about God of War, eventually leading to some discussion of the rise of dedicated photo modes and capturing the perfect Kratos selfie. Out of bounds hits on Nintendo Labo (still kind of a video game), Avengers:In…
 
With more playtime behind it, Josh, Chris, and Ruben finally talk about, y'know, hunting monsters in Monster Hunter World. We get caught up in the bullet physics of Player Unknown Battlegrounds, gush about Slay the Spire and card based genre-bending, and take shots at Final Fantasy XV while being intrigued by the Pocket Edition remake. Ever play a …
 
We haven't played too much of it, but that doesn't stop us from talking Monster Hunter: World! Celeste gets called out as an early GOTY contender and we jump back into Horizon Zero Dawn with the Frozen Wilds DLC. Everyone has a little high school flashback with our visual novel game of the week, Butterfly Soup. Out of Bounds covers a wide range thi…
 
Sarah, Chris, and Ruben couldn't let the greatest year of video games (ever) pass by without comment. GOTY lists are so last year, but that doesn't them from giving props to Horizon Zero Dawn, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Super Mario Odyssey. They also make resolutions to rescue PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrific…
 
Josh, Ruben, and Sarah perform a hat trick by all playing games with a female lead. Ruben chills with his robo-pals in Horizon: Zero Dawn. Josh gets chills from the voices in his head during Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. Sarah is decidedly unchill during the jaw-clenching, finger-swiping combat in Severed. Other honorable mentions include NieR: Aut…
 
The gang is back just in time to cover this year's leaner, meaner E3 (spoiler, Nintendo won). Josh gushes about Nier: Automata, Chris feeds on chaos in Overcooked, Sarah answers the question, “what is Magikarp good for?” in Magikarp Jump, and Ruben punishes himself with more Mass Effect: Andromeda. Everyone discusses endless gratification in Sort t…
 
Ruben reveals Sarah is his favorite PVPCaster (while Chris quietly mopes). The trio tackles Snipper Clips, Mass Effect: Andromeda, Super Hot VR, and Arizona Sunshine. Is bread inherently funny? Our FGOTW, A Day in the Life of a Slice of Bread, seems to think so. We collectively pledge allegiance to the McElroy Empire and rekindle the Rick and Morty…
 
Josh and Chris are joined by two new members: Kasim and Ruben. The crew talks AM2R (Another Metroid 2 Remake), Horizon: Zero Dawn, Mass Effect: Andromeda hype, Resident Evil 7 and Zelda (our will is weak). Everyone realizes that so far 2017 has been damn good for games, what a time to be alive! After the jump we discuss Lost Constellation, a free s…
 
We hit a milestone, the big five-oh, but keep it cool after a long hiatus. This week we gush over both The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and the Nintendo Switch. GOTY 2017? Josh and Chris are already calling it. Alexander doubles back to a little Witcher 3 and Civilization 6 talk. Sarah discusses Night In The Woods, which is like chatting wit…
 
We have returned! Josh, Alexander, Chris, and Sarah have plenty to cover since the last episode including the cute sadness of Owlboy, the excitement (?) of base management in XCOM2, and text-based fun with Event Zero, Mystic Messenger, and Lifeline. Why get your narrative fix from books when you can chat with fictional love interests and save a tre…
 
We didn't get enough of it last episode, so for episode 48 of Player Vs. Podcast, we talk more about INSIDE, which is quickly becoming one of our favorite games of the year. We also talk about games like DOOM, Gotta Protectors, No Man's Sky, and our free game of the week, called You Have 10 Seconds. Join us for our next episode, where we'll be talk…
 
Josh is back with a vengeance, kiddos! This week our "free" game (support indie game dev!) is "Solitude", so go check that out. We also talk about Pokemon Go, INSIDE, Hearthstone, Overwatch, and other games in our weekly recap. Then, for out of bounds, we talk about KS Fest, some anime series, and then some more Pokemon Go because Alexander is tota…
 
This week it’s an E3 recap! Where’s Josh you say? Who knows! Sarah takes over hosting duties as we go through as much of the news as we can remember. Chris finally has an Oculus Rift to play with and gets to experience VR nausea first hand with EVE: Valkyrie. Alexander gives his rookie opinion on an old favorite, Hearthstone, and Sarah aims to be t…
 
Who’s this? Alexander has returned to us?! Our fearsome foursome spends some time talking new releases with Rocket League Hoops, the Civilization 6 announcement, and Josh’s take on Uncharted 4. Sarah intrigues and confuses us with the Pocket Card Jockey demo for 3DS and Chris talks speedy RPGs with Half Minute Hero. Our GotW, Fitz Packerton, offers…
 
You like roguelikes, right? Because in Episode 44 you’re getting roguelikes! Josh, Sarah, and Chris dip their toes in the Dark Souls 3 pond, before diving into permadeath filled RPG mashup shenanigans in Heavy Bullets, Enter the Gungeon, and Crypt of the Necrodancer. Sarah brings up an Ikea VR experience which, while not a game per se, leads to som…
 
No more MiiFOMO for you. This week, we talk about Miitomo, Hyper Light Drifter, Samorost 3, Final Fantasy XV (the demo, at least), and our Free Game of the Week - The Great Palermo! Join us next episode by playing Capsule Silence XXIV, the new game from Anamanaguchi! Music: "Intro" by Slime Girls, "Vektor" by Shugo Tokumaru, and "Long Distance" by …
 
Happy Jackie Robinson episode! This week, we've got special guest Kasim, who works at Square Enix and has been playing both The Division and Far Cry Primal. Then we talk about Stardew Valley, which Sarah's been playing, SUPERHOT, as well as Street Fighter V and finally, The Last Night, which was our free game of the week. Then in Out of Bounds, we …
 
Our computers may suck (Josh's and Chris' are great though), but that doesn't mean we're not PURE GAMERS! This week: we talk Campo Santo's dramatic and thrilling FIREWATCH, the utterly terrifying Devil Daggers, Neko Atsume, Chroma Squad, and our free game of the week, Radical Rockits! Then in Out Of Bounds we cover The VVitch, Deadpool, and some an…
 
PVPCast hits the big 4-0, but we’ve got no time for a midlife crisis! Josh, Alexander, Chris, and Sarah cover a ton of games this week including Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen, City Skylines, Mortal Kombat X, Fallout 4, To Be Or Not To Be: A Choose Your Own Hamlet Adventure, and Titan Souls. After the jump the gang discusses the free game of the week,…
 
It's finally here! We discuss all our favorite games of 2015, including some that weren't actually from this year. To be honest, our lists are all over the place, but hey, isn't that part of the charm? Enjoy the suspense and surprise of a PVPCast GOTY list, and then play our free game of the week for next episode: Dr. Langeskov, the Tiger, and the …
 
We are Homesickened this week, not because we drank too much wine (cough cough Sarah), but because that is literally the name of our free game of the week. We also played other videogames, like Magicka 2 and Panoramical and Persona 4 and the Witcher 3. As per usual, we also watched a ton of anime. For next episode, be sure to play our free game, th…
 
This week Josh, Chris and Sarah use the latest triple A title, Fallout 4, as grounds for discussion about the state of Metacritic and homogenous game reviews. Also, Pornhub stats. The spooky choose-your-own-adventure antics of digital Hayden Panettiere in Until Dawn lead to thoughts on endings in decision heavy games. Why not mix in a little more U…
 
In this 36th episode of Player Vs. Podcast, we've got a very special guest! Prolific videogame writer/influencer/wordfellow Jake Muncy joins us, and we all frolic into spoilerific discussion of Davey Wreden's "The Beginner's Guide." (Skip to 30:05 to jump over those spoilers) We also talk about the jrpg/bullet-hell/cutesy new game "Undertale", and …
 
Just what is going on in Metal Gear Solid 5, aside from the insane plot? Josh, Sarah, and Chris delve into the murky waters of genre in games. The original Legend of Zelda leads to musing on walkthroughs and Destiny serves as a spring board for games that just feel good. Not to be outdone by MGS5, the gang tries to wrap their heads around this week…
 
Apparently Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture - and we weren’t even invited! Josh and Sarah talk the new PS4 exclusive critical darling and compare it to another narrative heavy game, Cradle. Alexander gives his take on Arkham Knight and early impressions of Final Fantasy 14. Josh covers the irresponsible shooter Shadow Warrior and Chris goes where no…
 
PVPCast puts the pedal to the metal with two car-based games that aren’t racers, weird! Josh and Chris talk the popular new game Rocket League while Sarah brings up rush hour flash backs with Does Not Commute. Looking for something a little slower? We also talk Life Is Strange, CS:GO, 999, and Word Brain. The whole crew escapes to the woods in the …
 
So how 'bout that Arkham Knight? It's not the best game out there, but we give it the ol' college try. We also chat about You Must Build a Boat, Comic Con, Smash Bros. DLC, Steven Universe, and our free game of the week-- TONIGHT YOU DIE. Join us next week--our free game'll be "Way to Go". Music: "Intro" by Slime Girls, "TONIGHT YOU DIE" by GRYPT, …
 
With E3 (way, way) behind us, the PVPCast team assembles to heckle and praise this year's lineup. Many #GamerFeelz ensue, including an unfettered love for Kingdom Hearts and new Final Fantasy, an eye-roll over the new Deus Ex, and a hopeful side-eye toward Horizon: Zero Dawn. Also check out our meat-slinging free game of the week, Cobra Club. Warni…
 
Josh is back for this 30th episode of Player vs. Podcast, and we just run with it. We discuss The Witcher 3 at length, then talk about Monster Hunter, Alto's Adventure, and Kill Screen's Two5Six conference. We also discuss "The End of Journey" - our free game of the week. Finally, for out of bounds, we discuss Ex Machina and all sorts of genre misc…
 
As Player Vs. Podcast nears its 30th episode, we finally spread our wings and fly without Papa Josh (and cousin Tony). Chris talks Never Alone and multiplayer fun with The JackBox Party Pack and Splatoon, Sarah covers the long awaited Broken Age: Act 2, and Alexander returns to the Minecraft camp he missed out on as a child. Everyone discusses our …
 
Guess who got a PS4??? Josh did, so he'll be talking about Bloodborne and The Last of Us this episode, while Chris discusses Neverending Nightmares, Sarah talks about the Stephen Universe-affiliated "Attack the Light," and we all discuss our free game of the week - "Devil's Tuning Fork." And speaking of Devils, Alexander talks some Daredevil, while…
 
This week on the 27th episode of Player Vs. Podcast, we ALL have new games to talk about! We've got Monster Hunter, Darkest Dungeon, GTA Online Heists, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, and Don't Starve Together. Also, before you get started, check out the free game of the week - Presentable Liberty. Also be sure to play our free game for next week, "De…
 
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