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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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Recent Episodes of Triple Click


Triple Play: Animal Well (with Russ Frushtick)

Triple Play: Animal Well (with Russ Frushtick)

Animal Well is one of the best video game surprises in recent memory, and we'll be talking about it for years. This week Jason, Maddy, and special guest Russ Frushtick (Polygon, The Besties) give their impressions of the game in three increasingly obsessive phases.

One More Thing:

Maddy: Doppelganger by Naomi Klein (she finished it!)

Jason: Minishoot Adventures

LINKS:

Russ's gaming podcast The Besties and his Polygon review of Animal Well

Triple Click LIVE in LA! Saturday, June 8, 6:30PM at the Teragram Ballroom: https://teragramballroom.com/tm-event...

Episode 205 16 May 2024 56m and 50s


Xbox Mess, Helldivers Debacle, And Hades 2

Xbox Mess, Helldivers Debacle, And Hades 2

Kirk is out this week, so Jason and Maddy convene to talk about a grab bag full of topics including the Xbox mess, the Helldivers 2 debacle, and two games they're really enjoying: Hades 2 and Animal Well.

One More Thing:

Maddy: Master Chef

Jason: Demon Copperhead (Barbara Kingsolver)

LINKS:

Triple Click LIVE in LA! Saturday, June 8, 6:30PM at the Teragram Ballroom: https://teragramballroom.com/tm-event/triple-click-podcast/

Preorder Jason’s Book! https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/jason-schreier/play-nice/9781538725429/

Support Triple Click: http://maximumfun.org/join

Bu...

Episode 204 9 May 2024 51m and 44s


Is Nostalgia A Good Thing?

Is Nostalgia A Good Thing?

Jason's been playing Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes, a game that feels a lot like Suikoden, which made the Triple Click gang wonder: how does nostalgia impact our enjoyment of video games? Can it make games better? Worse? Both at once? Let's discuss!

One More Thing:

Kirk: Fiasco (Jason Morningstar)

Maddy: Hades 2 technical test

Jason: Girls5eva

LINKS:

Triple Click LIVE in LA! Saturday, June 8, 6:30PM at the Teragram Ballroom: https://teragramballroom.com/tm-event/triple-click-podcast/

Preorder Jason’s Book! https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/jason-schreier/play-nice/9781538725429/

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Episode 203 2 May 2024 1h, 2m and 54s


How To Make Good Video Game Lore

How To Make Good Video Game Lore

When is video game lore good? When is it bad? This week, the Triple Click gang talks about Skyrim books, Elden Ring item descriptions, Destiny guns, and all the other delectable morsels of plot that exist underneath the stories of video games. 

One More Thing:

Kirk: Heavenly Creatures (1994)

Maddy: Tales of Kenzera: Zau

Jason: Eiyuden Chronicles

LINKS:

Mossbag’s Hollow Knight Lore video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XDiWYFGGqY

Triple Click LIVE in LA! Saturday, June 8, 6:30PM at the Teragram Ballroom: https://teragramballroom.com/tm...

Episode 202 25 April 2024 1h, 4m and 8s


What's The Deal With: Stardew Valley

What's The Deal With: Stardew Valley

Eight years after it first came out, Stardew Valley is still getting patches. But what's the deal with this one-man-developed farming simulator? How was it created, and what makes it so appealing? Allow us to explain!

One More Thing:

Kirk: Children of the Sun (Steam)

Maddy: Wingspan (board game version)

Jason: Fallout (Amazon Prime)

LINKS:

Search Engine: “What are we gonna do about all these cats?” https://pjvogt.substack.com/p/whatre-we-gonna-do-about-all-these

Triple Click LIVE in LA! Saturday, June 8, 6:30PM at the Teragram Ballroom: https://tera...

Episode 201 18 April 2024 1h, 1m and 55s


Are Video Games Really A Waste Of Time?

Are Video Games Really A Waste Of Time?

It's the 200th episode of Triple Click, and to celebrate, it's time for a mailbag! The gang answers listener questions such as "could we ever see gambling in video games?" and "are games really a waste of time?"

One More Thing:

Kirk: “Behind F1’s Velvet Curtain” by Kate Wagner 

Maddy: Sailor Moon

Jason: The Mysterious Case of the Alperton Angels by Janice Hallett

LINKS:

“Behind F1’s Velvet Curtain” by Kate Wagner, preserved in archive form: https://web.archive.org/web/20240301170542/https://www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture/a46975496/beh...

Episode 200 11 April 2024 1h, 2m and 57s


Dragon's Dogma 2 Makes Friction Fun

Dragon's Dogma 2 Makes Friction Fun

What is "friction" in video games? We've got a taxonomy, of course! This week, the Triple Click gang talks about how Dragon Dogma 2 tries to push players away, the necessity of video game friction, and what it means when a game is impenetrable.

One More Thing:

Kirk: Girls5Eva (Netflix)

Maddy: The Holdovers (2024)

Jason: Secrets of Grindea

LINKS:

Triple Click LIVE in LA! Saturday, June 8, 6:30PM at the Teagram Ballroom: https://teragramballroom.com/tm-event/triple-click-podcast/

Tim Rogers’ “In Praise of Sticky Friction,” 2010 https://kotaku.com/in-pra...

Episode 199 4 April 2024 59m and 12s


We Seriously Can't Stop Playing Balatro

We Seriously Can't Stop Playing Balatro

Balatro is one of the best games of 2024 so far — and certainly the most addictive. This week, the Triple Click gang dives into the new poker roguelike and dissects what makes it so great. They talk about the three phases of Balatro players, the appeal of randomness, and the thrill of this game's parade of interesting decisions.

One More Thing:

Kirk: Dragon’s Dogma 2

Maddy: Princess Peach Showtime!

Jason: The Last Murder at the End of the World (Stuart Turton)

LINKS:

Preorder Jason’s Book! https://www.hachet...

Episode 198 28 March 2024 1h, 4m and 9s


How Do You Know When A Game Should Be Canceled?

How Do You Know When A Game Should Be Canceled?

Happy MaxFunDrive! This week, the Triple Click gang opens up the mailbag and takes some listener questions: Are libraries ethical? How bad will ads in video games get? And when does a game developer know if it's time to cancel a project?

One More Thing:

Kirk: FF7 Rebirth Piano Minigame & Music Notation

Maddy: Shogun

Jason: Dragon’s Dogma 2

LINKS:

Hearthstone’s Ben Brode on Search Engine: https://pjvogt.substack.com/p/how-do-you-make-an-addictive-video

Tantacrul’s incredibly good video about music notation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eq3b...

Episode 197 21 March 2024 1h, 5m and 39s


Triple Play: Helldivers 2

Triple Play: Helldivers 2

Jason, Maddy, and Kirk pull up their strategem monitors and dive into Helldivers 2. They share their favorite memeable moments, talk about the game's unique story, and dive into what does and doesn't work about the hit new game.

One More Thing:

Kirk: Home Safety Hotline (PC)

Maddy: The Insurrectionist Next Door (2023)

Jason: Unicorn Overlord (Current Consoles)

LINKS:

Featuring Johan Lindgren’s Helldivers 2 theme

Joel the game master: https://www.pcgamer.com/we-have-an-actual-person-with-the-title-of-game-master-a-single-helldivers-2-dev-named-joel-is-pulling-the-strings-on-its-galactic-war-like-an-all-powerful-dandd-dungeon-master-war-will-become-more-and-more-sophisticated-over-time/

Preorder Jason’s Book! https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/jason-schreier/play...

Episode 196 14 March 2024 1h, 35s

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