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TALK THIS: It's Dangerous to Podcast Alone

Talk This! is a bi-weekly podcast about video games, old and new. Each main episode, hosts Emma and Madelyn Paquette have a lively debate about two random video games (one old and one new) and then subsequently make up their own by mashing together the best elements of each.
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Sep 27, 2020

In this not-episode, Madelyn and Emma talk about ownership in digital and physical media and the impermanence of life itself. Also featuring three letter acronyms, the birth of Steam, and why we like games in boxes.

Sep 20, 2020

In this episode, Madelyn and Emma talk Mass Effect and Sayonara Wild Hearts and discuss the benefits and drawbacks of complexity versus simplicity. Also featuring a dislike for patterns, everybody playing the good guy, and the death of angels and devils.

Sep 13, 2020

In this not-episode, Madelyn and Emma talk about remakes and remasters and what those words even mean really. Also featuring hot takes about lighting, hot takes about art style changes, and lukewarm takes on everything else.

Sep 6, 2020

In this episode, Madelyn and Emma talk Mirror's Edge and Wattam which go together like a nose and a top hat. Also featuring our bad reaction times, playing co-op games with kids, and the terrible sensation of falling.

Aug 30, 2020

In this not-episode, Madelyn and Emma talk about what they've been playing for the last six weeks and what do you know? It's more than just Animal Crossing. Also featuring powerful plants, the Wipeout-style appeal of Fall Guys, and the endless march of the clock.

Aug 23, 2020

In this episode, Madelyn and Emma talk Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee and Disco Elysium and there's just generally a lot of unintentional, somewhat comical death. Also featuring how taking off your pants increases your stats, refreshingly intentional politics, and what works as a TV show.

Aug 16, 2020

In this not-episode, Madelyn and Emma talk about games as escapism and reveal themselves as to-do list fanatics. Also featuring throwing molotovs, Fire Emblem University, and power fantasy 101.

Aug 9, 2020

In this episode, Madelyn and Emma talk Cooking Mama and Animal Crossing: New Horizons and also that Tamogotchi game for the DS, man that was a good game. Also featuring the whole Cookstar situation, Emma forgetting Puddles, and tool breaking points.

Aug 2, 2020

In this not-episode, Madelyn and Emma talk about pacing in games, especially the dreaded question...are games too long? Play horror movie sting. Also featuring a throwback, the benefit of game-like elements, and distractions before the main mission.

Jul 26, 2020

In this episode, Madelyn and Emma talk Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors (999) and Maneater and go deep into shark psychology. Also featuring pseudoscience vs wrong science, the localization of puns, and Stinky Pete.

Jul 19, 2020

In this not-episode, Madelyn and Emma talk about what they've been playing for the last six weeks and make plans to destroy their sisterly relationship with Overcooked 2. Also featuring the lure of the gatcha, the dreaded Joycon drift, and how much Rean kinda sucks.

Jul 12, 2020

In this episode, Madelyn and Emma talk Borderlands and What the Golf and wonder how many people are wearing full Borderlands masks to encourage social distancing. Also featuring a dude in a strange land with strange forces, subway philosophers, and how somebody would golf Naruto.

Jul 5, 2020

In this not-episode, Madelyn and Emma talk about how we talk about video game genre and how everything is an action-adventure if you think about it. Also featuring missed connections, the draw of short episode lengths, and why Soulslike is a solid descriptor. 

Jun 28, 2020

In this episode, Madelyn and Emma talk Deadly Premonition and Dreams, both games that reveal the darkness within the human psyche. Also featuring York on a skateboard, ownership issues, and putting a game engine in your brain.

Jun 21, 2020

In this not-episode, Madelyn and Emma talk about what makes a good game review and rage against the Metacritic machine. Also featuring Adam Sandler, the end of Die Hard, and spoiler culture.

Jun 14, 2020

In this episode, Madelyn and Emma talk Duke Nukem and Katana Zero and make exponentially more butt jokes than usual. Also featuring lying to therapists, one man's love for Oprah, and working mirrors.

Jun 7, 2020

In this not-episode, Madelyn and Emma talk about what they've been playing for the last six weeks and fall into the world of the Mario live action TV show. Also featuring exploding particle effects, time travel theories, and how to add to your backlog while supporting BLM.

May 31, 2020

In this episode, Madelyn and Emma talk Big Brain Academy and Daemon X Machina and bemoan the light weights of their brain. Also featuring the immense power of Dr. Lobe, the appeal of giant robots, and whether your brain is hot.

May 24, 2020

In this not-episode, Madelyn and Emma talk about the translation and localization process for video games and are generally baffled by how any translation ever gets finished ever. Also featuring the ten words of Japanese we know, angry Twitter mobs, and making things sound more metal.

May 17, 2020

In this episode, Madelyn and Emma talk about Mega Man and Ori & the Will of the Wisps and dismiss the question of whether robots have souls. Also featuring Xbox Game Pass, terrible western box art, and Guns & Roses references.

May 10, 2020

In this not-episode, Madelyn and Emma talk about video game soundtracks and find that their taste is utterly predictable for their brands. Also featuring all the versions of Dearly Beloved, intense Latin choirs, and lively karaoke interjections.

May 3, 2020

In this episode, Madelyn and Emma talk about Saints Row and A Short Hike and wonder where exactly the aliens came from. Also featuring the hunt for 400 coins, surprisingly progressive design, and the joy being virtually outside.

Apr 26, 2020

In this not-episode, Madelyn and Emma talk about their last six weeks in gaming, how much they've done, and yet how small a dent they've put into their backlog. Also featuring broken watering cans, how much we <3 Nishiki, and TURBO and TACTICAL mode.

Apr 19, 2020

In this episode, Madelyn and Emma talk about Dead Space and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and question EA's development strategies over the years. Also featuring avoiding copyright disputes, making punctuation complaints, and learning what RAM even stands for.

Apr 12, 2020

In this not-episode, Madelyn and Emma talk about the utility behind difficulty levels and expose themselves as lazy gamers. Also featuring Madelyn being harsh, bad headlines, and, somehow, Animal Crossing.

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