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The Best Games Period

Ever found yourself wondering about the best games period? Join Jack Gardner and Naomi Lugo as they debate, argue, and sometimes agree over the best video games. The duo brings years of podcasting, game criticism, and somewhat related tangents to the table to create one of the most interesting podcasts you'll find in this corner of the internet.
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Sep 17, 2018

From humble beginnings as a Kickstarter project to becoming one of the biggest indie darlings of 2016, Hyper Light Drifter has quite the history of defying expectations. Gorgeous pixel art animations and vistas, dialogue-less storytelling, and a fantastic soundtrack by Disasterpeace came together to tell a gripping tale about a lone wanderer in a sci-fi apocalypse. 

While all of the pieces come together for a solid game, do they gel well enough to create something considered one of the best games of all-time?

Outro music: A Link to the Past 'Chamber of the Goddess' by Disasterpeace (http://ocremix.org/album/33/25yearlegend-a-legend-of-zelda-indie-game-composer-tribute)

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
Or download the podcast from Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod

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Sep 10, 2018

BioShock Infinite, the swan song of Ken Levine's now defunct Irrational Games studio, release in 2013 to critical and commercial success. Over the years it has been subject to countless think pieces and theory articles diving into its esoteric world and thick layer of semiotics. It also found itself in something like a controversy surrounding criticism of its use of graphic violence. 

Now that it has been half a decade since its release, does BioShock Infinite stand as one of the best games of all-time? Is it the best BioShock of the series? Listen in to find out!

Outro music: Dragon Warrior VII 'Deeper in the Heart' by Bluelighter, Arvangath, Chris ~ Amaterasu, and Katamari (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03762)

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
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Sep 4, 2018

In the surreal, darkly magical world of We Know the Devil, troublesome teenagers are sent to a summer camp that aims to straighten them out - by pitting them against the devil armed only with one another and some crappy (seemingly magic?) radios. This is the story of Venus, Jupiter, and Neptune as they go into the woods on one of their last days at camp....

Could this visual novel from Aevee Bee and the team at Pillow Fight Games be one of the best games of all-time? 

Outro music: Final Fantasy X-2 'So It Goes' by Kabukibear (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03779)

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
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Aug 26, 2018

Upon returning to town, Scratch, Nomsooni, and Barphus discover it's a market day in Verne. This sleepy town might be a little too sleepy....

Intro and Outro music:

"Furious Freak"
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
Or download the podcast from Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod

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Aug 26, 2018

The gang spends a nervous night in the swamp and receives a rude awakening. 

Intro and Outro music:

"Furious Freak"
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
Or download the podcast from Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod

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Aug 25, 2018

Our heroes encounter a kobold in the middle of the gods forsaken swamp of Morrithil and learn the identity of their true foe.

Intro and Outro music:

"Furious Freak"
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
Or download the podcast from Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod

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Aug 24, 2018

Our heroes delve deep into the wilds and stumble upon a clue that could prove valuable... if they live long enough to return to Verne.

Intro and Outro music:

"Furious Freak"
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
Or download the podcast from Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod

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Aug 24, 2018

After stumbling upon a troubling clue, the trio depart into a dark and foggy night in search of answers.

Intro and Outro music:

"Furious Freak"
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
Or download the podcast from Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod

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Aug 24, 2018

Three members of the illustrious Dragonguard are dispatched to Verne to investigate rumors of a draconic threat.

Intro and Outro music:

"Furious Freak"
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
Or download the podcast from Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod

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Aug 24, 2018

Jack interviews board game developer Kurtis Holme on how indie devs both get into and go about making tabletop games. He even reveals how he and his colleagues made Mario Kart into a board game. 

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
Or download the podcast from Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod

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Aug 20, 2018

Oh, wow! Your childhood best friend just got you to reluctantly go to a niche after-school club and it turns out that all of the members of the club are really cute and into you! H O P E F  U  L L Y  N0TH1N   G   goES WrON- hi, there. I've been waiting for you, hehe. Did you miss me? Oh, were you expecting Jack or Naomi to be writing this? Well, I thought I'd give them a <--BREAK--> for now. I see you wanted to listen to some analysis about the club? You always did RITE such amazing poems...,, Maybe you'll write another? Just foUr me? I've missed Y o u      

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Outro musIc: Outro musIc: SimCity 2000 'SimFunkadelic' by Dr. Velvet and HALO_ZERO (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02050)

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Aug 20, 2018

With Extra Life Tabletop Appreciation Weekend coming up (and Naomi never having played Dungeons & Dragons before) we decided to record a short campaign and release all or most of it during the event. If you want to get a sense of how great a time tabletop roleplaying can be, you're invited to enjoy the adventure along with us.  

This is just a quick taste of what's in store in Dragonguard, so be sure to tune in again this weekend! 

In addition to Jack and Naomi, Marcus Stewart and Kyle Gaddo round out the adventuring party.

Intro and Outro music:

"Furious Freak"
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
Or download the podcast from Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod

Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!

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Aug 13, 2018

If you want weird games, the developers at Usaya have you covered. One of their most prized creations stars a young woman who encounters a freakish monster that can only loosely be considered a horse, but possesses the head of a man. It also happens to be a dating simulator (with quite a few microtransactions). Fittingly, Usaya titled their strange, horrific creation, "My Horse Prince." It has amassed something of an underground cult following as an oddity on mobile devices. 

While not even remotely one of the best games of all-time, its profound weirdness at least deserves a look.

Outro music: Shovel Knight 'Digging into Memories' by Jorito, Furorezu, and Stephen Kelly (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03769)

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
Or download the podcast from Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod

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Aug 6, 2018

Released a year and some change ago, Dream Daddy aimed to offer the world a wholesome experience that combined the drama of raising a teenager with the romance of dating a number of conveniently available dads. With the backing of the Game Grumps and solid writing that deftly navigated around stereotypes and exploitation, the game stood apart from the typical dating sims. 

Can a dating sim be considered one of the best games of all-time? And, if so, does Dream Daddy reach those lofty heights?

Outro music: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 'Windborne' by Rozovian (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03763)

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
Or download the podcast from Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod

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Jul 30, 2018

Guitar Hero released in 2005 for the PlayStation 2, quickly becoming a phenomenon that spawned years of plastic guitar shredding. With a slick, novelty controller and a punk art style, the plucky title became a party attraction everyone could enjoy. Should the game that made the whole world feel like all of their air guitar practice sessions were building up to something special be called one of the best games of all-time? 

Outro music: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker 'The Swaggin' Dragon' by ToxicxEternity (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03766)

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
Or download the podcast from Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod

Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!

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Jul 23, 2018

The PlayStation 2 title that blended the magics of Disney and Final Fantasy into one crazy package, Kingdom Hearts captured the imaginations of a generation of gamers with a smorgasbord of previously unthinkable crossovers the likes of which had never been seen in video games before. The action-RPG, though regarded by many as a classic now, seemed to be a big gamble that Disney and Square were only willing to take because of the ailing finances of their respective companies. Now, more years than many would care to admit later, the third official installment of the series seems to be on track to release.

Does the original Kingdom Hearts hold up as one of the best games of all-time?

Outro music: Kingdom Hearts 'Protect Your Kingdom' by Smooth4Lyfe (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03532)

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
Or download the podcast from Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod

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Jul 16, 2018

We're going all the way back to the arcade heydays of video games this week. Pac-Man became one of the biggest games of all-time and paved the way to its strange successor and the first playable woman in video game history. Does it hold up as one of the best games period?

Outro music: Shovel Knight 'Shovel Power' by Jorito (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03758)

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
Or download the podcast from Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod

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Jul 9, 2018

Survival? In my zombie game? Wha- wha- whaaaaaaat? That's right, this week we are tackling State of Decay!

Outro music: Undeadline 'Marching Towards Roshufa's Spirit' by Jorito (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03475)

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
Or download the podcast from Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod

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Jul 3, 2018

Dontnod, the developers of Vampyr and Life Is Strange, released The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit for free just a few days ago. The narrative adventure follows Chris, a young boy who lives with his dad, throughout an afternoon of his life. It has a lot of heart, occasionally channeling the spirit of Calvin & Hobbes, and also quite a bit of darkness. It walks a thin line between the joyful attitudes of youth and the stark realities of adulthood, with all of the trauma and pain that entails.   

Sit down, kick back, and listen as we parse out the details of this interesting lead up to Life Is Strange 2. A correction: At the end of the episode, there's some mention of this free piece of content being the first episode of Life Is Strange 2 - that is not the case. It's a free prequel to the events of the five episodes that comprise the full game. The first episode of Life Is Strange 2 will release on September 27. 

Outro music: Kirby's Epic Yarn 'Blue Lava, Grass Landing' by The Hit Points (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03754)

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
Or download the podcast from Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod

Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!

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Jun 26, 2018

We weren't able to upload our discussions recapping the reveals and experiences of E3 due to technical difficulties. However, we persevered and made the episodes anyway. Our third episode features Jack Gardner, Naomi Lugo, Marcus Stewart, and Zak Wojnar discussing the second day on the show floor. 

Due to some conflicting scheduling and shipping mishaps, we weren't able to record after the last day or in the days since the show. Once we have all the equipment back, a final E3 wrap up episode will be going up.

Outro music: Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow 'Dance Like Popcorn' by Guifrog (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03734)

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
Or download the podcast from Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod

Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!

Jun 26, 2018

We weren't able to upload our discussions recapping the reveals and experiences of E3 due to technical difficulties. However, we persevered and made the episodes anyway. Our second episode features Jack Gardner, Naomi Lugo, and Marcus Stewart discussing the first day on the showfloor. 

Outro music: Sega Rally Championship 'Autos, Arps, & Minimoogs' by Txai (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03715)

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
Or download the podcast from Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod

Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!

Jun 25, 2018

Released during the height of Prequel mania (which was a thing before they came out and reality set in), Star Wars Episode I: Racer quickly became one of the best selling sci-fi racing games of all-time. Racer managed to translate one of the most memorable scenes in the prequel films into a game full of a worlds never before seen in Star Wars, the thrill of speed, and plenty of flaming/exploding podracer engines. It might not have aged from its N64 days, but at the very least it's worthy of an honorable mention.

Outro music: Final Fantasy VII 'Cosmo' by MkVaff (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03750)

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
Or download the podcast from Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod

Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!

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Jun 19, 2018

We weren't able to upload our discussions recapping the reveals and experiences of E3 due to technical difficulties. However, we persevered and made the episodes anyway. Our first episode features Jack Gardner, Naomi Lugo, Marcus Stewart, and Zak Wojnar discussing the initial E3 press conferences and their surprises (or lack thereof). 

Outro music: Super Castlevania IV 'Tema de Simón' by Mighty Bear 7, Austin DiPietro, Martin Schiller, Stu Kennedy, and Theodore Hogan (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03734)

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
Or download the podcast from Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod

Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!

Jun 11, 2018

It has been long requested and finally done: The Life Is Strange episode is here! Naomi and Jack dive into all things Life Is Strange, from the theories to the story and how meaningful it can be, warts and all. Dontnod, the creators of Remember Me and the recently released Vampyr, really did well with their sophomore effort - did they do well enough to make a game that transcends greatness to be considered one of the best games of all-time? Play it, listen to the show, and judge for yourself. 

PSA: there won't be a new show next week due to E3. However, we will be putting up E3 recaps each day of the show, so look forward to that!

Outro music: Undertale 'Glitterbomb' by LongBoxofChocolate and Philippe Delage (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03734)

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
Or download the podcast from Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod

Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!

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Jun 4, 2018

Let's go back to the game that kickstarted the trend of weighty indie games relying on small kids in big, scary worlds. Limbo thrilled, chilled, and grilled players around the world when it launched. As a nameless young boy in a world weaved together of monochrome shadows and a vintage filter, players embark on a journey filled with death and symbolism. Playdead's indie darling received massive praise when it released in 2010, but has that charm remained intact over time? 

Outro music: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening 'Mysterious Gold Edition' by Rukunetsu, Anton Corazza, and Yusef Kelliebrew (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03738)

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
Or download the podcast from Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod

Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!

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