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The Best Games Period

Ever found yourself wondering about the best games period? Join Jeremy Brown, Jack Gardner, and Daniel Jones as they debate, argue, and sometimes agree over the best video games. The trio bring 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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Jul 18, 2016

2005's God of War set a new standard for the action-adventure genre over the next several years. The PS2 classic rolled in game of the year accolades and catapulted Sony's Santa Monica Studio into the limelight as one of their most important internal studios. With a new God of War on the horizon, we thought it would be a good idea to revisit the original Greek tragedy to see if it really was one of the best games period. 

Outro music: Pokémon Blue Version 'Conundrum' by DjjD and Source X (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02729)

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Jul 11, 2016

When BioShock launched in 2007 for Xbox 360 and PC, it transported players to a world lost to time and some not-so-subtle Randian-inspired madness. Players navigated a city embroiled in self-obsessed insanity brimming with otherworldly powers and twisted human forms. One part horror, one part action, BioShock was one of the first hugely popular mainstream titles that people could point to and say, "This game? It's not only about mature action; it's about mature ideas, too!" Nine years later with a remaster on the horizon, is BioShock one of the best games period?

Outro music: Super Smash Bros. Melee 'Hank Jankerson's Wild Ride' by LongBoxofChocolate (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03376)

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Jul 5, 2016

Amidst the blockbuster games of 2013 like BioShock Infinite and The Last of Us, a little game from an indie studio almost single-handedly established a genre. The Fullbright Company's Gone Home was met with critical acclaim, commercial success, and spawned fairly divisive opinions in the general audience. We actually discussed Gone Home when it came out and revisiting it proved to be an enlightening experience. Join us as we decide whether Gone Home is one of the best games period!

Outro music: Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure 'Another Sky' by Rexy (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03379)

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Jun 27, 2016

With schedules being what they are, sometimes coordinating a full episode of The Best Games Period can be difficult. When we can't have a proper discussion, we will be breaking off to do these short mini-casts to talk about fringe games that we might not otherwise be able to talk about on a full episode.

This week Daniel helms an episode of Honorable Mention with an impassioned plea for people to appreciate the N64 cult classic Turok: Dinosaur Hunter. Innovating the FPS on consoles, embracing the limitations of the hardware, and diving head first into the silliness of its central concept, the original Turok could have been the springboard for a larger franchise. While that dream of dinosaur slaying was never realized in subsequent installments, the Dinosaur Hunter's first steps were magical for Daniel Jones.

Outro music: Turok 2: Seeds of Evil 'Port of Adia Drum Mix' by Darren Mitchell (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR00157)

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Jun 20, 2016

This is a singular episode of The Best Games Period where Jeremy and Daniel talk about the various reveals shown at the E3 press conferences and what each of the major developers and publishers are bringing to the biggest gaming show of the year. Also they touch on issues related to VR that appeared on the show floor, Father's Day, and generally digest all the E3 news with some friendly banter.

Outro music: Super Mario 64 'Ripples of Hope' by Chimpazilla and Emunator (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03366)

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Jun 13, 2016

The gang returns this week to talk Grim Fandango, the adventure game that launched Double Fine. The 1990s adventure classic may have once reigned supreme, but it was also one of the last adventure titles from the now defunct LucasArts. With the recent re-release of the Tim Schafer classic about a skeleton with a heart of gold, we decided to play it and see if we thought it really was one of the best games period.

Outro music: Grim Fandango 'The Enlightened Alaskan' by Mazedude (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR01690)

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Jun 6, 2016

With schedules being what they are, sometimes coordinating a full episode of The Best Games Period can be difficult. When we can't have a proper discussion, we will be breaking off to do these short mini-casts to talk about fringe games that we might not otherwise be able to talk about on a full episode.

This week, Jack goes solo and talks briefly about OverBlood, an early PS1 survival horror title that isn't even remotely close to being one of the best games period. However, it slips up so spectacularly and has aged so poorly that it comes back around to being worth playing and marveling over.

Outro music: Mass Effect 3 'Saving Earth' by Kaiyoti (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03350)

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Or download the podcast from Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod

May 30, 2016

The second most sold game of all time, Wii Sports dominated gaming culture and beyond when it released on the Wii back in 2006. Bundled with the Wii and sold on the promise of bringing gamers and non-gamers together, Wii Sports made waves for being the harbinger of a new wave of motion controlled games that would change the landscape of gaming forever. While the promise of what the Wii could deliver ultimately fell shorter than what many had hoped, Wii Sports remains as a fond memory for many. Is it one of the best games period?

We ran into some technical difficulties with Daniel's audio this week. Apologies if the somewhat garbled sound detracts from what is otherwise a very fun episode!

Outro music: Bayonetta 'Lady in Black' by Dj Mystix (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02527)

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Or download the podcast from Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod

May 23, 2016

The 2007 indie game Passage could be considered one of the standard bearers for the art game genre. Created by Jason Rohrer, for a game jam event, Passage went on to receive a significant amount of attention in the mainstream press with some critics outside of the gaming world claiming it was the first game to make them cry - essentially a proof of concept to some industry outsiders that games could be vehicles for emotion and meaningful expression. 

Passage is free and can be downloaded on Jason Rohrer's website: http://hcsoftware.sourceforge.net/passage/

Outro music: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 'Please, please make it rain...' by Benjaipod (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03347)

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Or download the podcast from Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod

May 16, 2016

Since Naughty Dog recently released the fourth Uncharted game, we took the opportunity to talk about the 2007 Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. As the title that resurrected the third-person shooter for the modern age and proved to the world what the PlayStation 3 was capable of rendering on-screen. Is Nathan Drake's initial adventure one of the best games period?

Outro music: Crash Bandicoot 'Hogging Molly' by Brandon Strader and Rexy (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02413)

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May 9, 2016

From breaking through the Iron Curtain of Soviet Russia to being labelled as a cause of medically confirmed hallucinations, Tetris has a fascinating history both within and without the video game industry. Alexey Pajitnov and Vladamir Pokhilko's classic puzzle game has become one of the most widely available video games on the planet and a common household name. To this day, Tetris appears near the top of best games of all time lists, but is that merely nostalgia or a mark of genuine quality? 

Outro music: Tetris 'The Peddler's Legacy' by Vurez (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02202)

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

May 2, 2016

This week we tackle our first multiplayer-only and first free-to-play title, Valve's Team Fortress 2. The online FPS has been around for almost a decade and still sees an incredibly active community, due in no small part to the decision to make it free-to-play in 2011. Joining us in our discussion this week is Jack Packard, former Funny or Die funnyman, Red Letter Media staple, and co-host of the YouTube channel Previously Recorded. 

Part 2 centers almost entirely on Team Fortress 2. The aesthetic, comedy, emergent narratives, and even the cross marketing. Have you ever wondered if a conga line can ruin a video game? Jack Packard's argument certainly might make you think differently about the seemingly innocuous party dance. 

Outro music: Tiny Barbarian DX 'Vators Gonna Bait' by Hylian Lemon (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03298)

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod

Or download the podcast from Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod

You can find Jack Packard on Twitter: @Harlack 

Or on Previously Recorded (https://www.youtube.com/user/PreRecRLM) and occasionally on Red Letter Media (http://redlettermedia.com/)

 

May 2, 2016

This week we tackle our first multiplayer-only and first free-to-play title, Valve's Team Fortress 2. The online FPS has been around for almost a decade and still sees an incredibly active community, due in no small part to the decision to make it free-to-play in 2011. Joining us in our discussion this week is Jack Packard, former Funny or Die funnyman, Red Letter Media staple, and co-host of the YouTube channel Previously Recorded. 

In part one, we all take our sweet time to get to anything related to Team Fortress 2, instead discussing Jack's twisting career path, Dark Souls 3, Stardew Valley, and the life of an internet creator. Maybe we were having a good time or maybe we were mirroring the 9 year development process that Team Fortress 2 went through. Who can say?

Outro music: Double Dragon III: Sacred Stones 'Trouble in Japan' by Nostalvania (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03307)

Rimshot sound effect "rimshot" uploaded by Archive.org user Gotta_Laff under Creative Commons 3.0 copyright (https://archive.org/details/rimshot_739)

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod

Or download the podcast from Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod

You can find Jack Packard on Twitter: @Harlack 

Or on Previously Recorded (https://www.youtube.com/user/PreRecRLM) and occasionally on Red Letter Media (http://redlettermedia.com/)

Apr 25, 2016

It has been 22 weeks so far and we are only now getting to our first episode dedicated to a Legend of Zelda title! The Nintendo title, released in 1991 for the SNES, is widely regarded as one of the best games of all time and remains at the top of many best lists to this day. Why? What makes the top-down action-adventure of a boy in green saving the world such a pinnacle of video game achievement even a quarter of a century later? How will it stack up for future generations of gamers when the gaming landscape continues to evolve? Jack and Daniel, sans Jeremy this week, discuss this and a whole lot more.

Outro music: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 'Unsealed' by CarboHydroM (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02900)

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
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Apr 24, 2016

We ended up recording an awful lot of things that were cut out from our main episode last week, so we edited the trimmed segments together into a mini-episode of sorts. Buckle in for some fun tangents on Fallout 3 glitches, hot takes on The Last of Us, and even the weirdness that is Australian ladder licensing, which we are assured is an actual thing. 

Outro music: Chrono Trigger 'Punk Hairdo Kid' by HyperDuck SoundWorks (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03338)

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
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You can find the talented Elizabeth DeLoria on Twitter as well: @elizabethdanger

 

 

Apr 18, 2016

This week voice actress, cosplayer, and Australian wrestling commissioner, Elizabeth DeLoria, joins us to take a hard look at Fallout 3. Released on PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, Fallout 3 was hailed as an incredible milestone for the video game industry. It was one of the most expansive and lovingly rendered open-worlds of the time. Despite a myriad of glitches, Bethesda's 2008 open-world RPG managed to establish an iconic look and feel that many have used as a benchmark for RPGs in the years since. Does the Capital Wasteland's world, story, and soundtrack hold up eight years later?

Outro music: Fallout 3 'The Fallout of Eli' by Brynner Agassi and Mazedude (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02077)

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

You can find the talented Elizabeth DeLoria on Twitter as well: @elizabethdanger

Apr 11, 2016

The remake/re-imagining of Insomniac Games' 2002 PlayStation 2 platformer Ratchet & Clank will be releasing tomorrow with a movie on its heels later this month. What better way to commemorate those releases than to talk about the game that inspired it all? The 2002 Ratchet & Clank released at a pivotal time for the platforming genre and helped bridge the gap between early 3D platforming and more modern ideas of what platforming could be. Does that make Ratchet & Clank one of the best games period?

Outro music: Spyro - Year of the Dragon 'Acoustic Fields' by Arceace (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03033)

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

Apr 4, 2016

This week we return to From Software and Hidetaka Miyazaki to cover the beginnings of the Soul series. The 2009 release of Demon's Souls became the sleeper hit of the year, racking up awards for its gameplay innovations and solid, challenging mechanics. Despite a mixed to positive critical reception, Demon's Souls remained mostly overlooked until From Software's spiritual successor, Dark Souls. The popularity of Dark Souls had the effect of more than doubling Demon's Souls' sales. Can Demon's Souls stand on its own as one of the best games period or is it doomed to remain in the shadow of its sequel for all time?

Outro music: Demon's Souls 'Abandoned by God' by RoeTaKa (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03238)

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

Mar 28, 2016

Singularity, the 2010 first-person shooter from developer Raven Software, hit consoles at a bit of an awkward time. Coming a couple years after BioShock had rocked the gaming industry and become firmly established as a bar against which all atmospheric FPS games would be judged, many wrote Singularity off as a copycat. However, to this day there remains a sizable number of Singularity defenders who adore the time warping mechanics and dark, twisting storyline that embraces a murkier morality. Could Singularity be one of the best games period?

Outro music: Mother 'If You Believe' by Jeff Ball, mklachu, Pearl Pixel, and ZackParrish (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03258)

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
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Mar 21, 2016

This week the wild bunch reunites to dive into the wild, wild west for a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly of Rockstar Games' 2010 high noon classic Red Dead Redemption. The searchers make some surprising discoveries about whether the open range western should be considered one of the best games period or remain unforgiven.  

Outro music: Mega Man 2 'The Quick and the Blue' by The Megas (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02090) - if you like it, check out the band's online store (http://www.themegas.com/store.html)

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Mar 14, 2016

We had our first official guest on the show this week, UI designer and FarCry superfan/Pagan Min lookalike Erik Scott! Erik nominated Resident Evil 4 for its importance, for good and bad, to the survival horror genre. Join us (minus Daniel, who was out sick) as we discuss Leon Kennedy's one-liners, fish suitcases, and the rise of Quick Time Events. 

It should be noted that we encountered a number of technical difficulties while recording the show, so if you notice any odd sound changes or abrupt transitions, that's due to there being multiple recording sessions stitched together. 

Outro music: Super Street Fighter II Turbo 'Sexy Trunks' by Neostorm (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR01036) 

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

You can find the talented Erik Scott on Twitter as well: @MadAdam_

Mar 7, 2016

For our fifteenth episode, we thought we would do something a little different and tackle two incredible games. Made several years apart by completely different teams while using the same, iconic gameplay mechanic, which is the better masterpiece: Portal or Portal 2? We devote our first versus episode to this argument for the ages.

Outro music: Portal 'Still Alive (Featuring Sara Quin)' by Jonathan Coulton and Sara Quin (http://www.jonathancoulton.com/store/downloads/

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
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Mar 3, 2016

I had the pleasure recently of sitting down with documentary filmmakers David Osit and Malika Zouhali-Worrall to talk about Thank You for Playing, a film about the Green family and their struggle to make a game (That Dragon, Cancer) about their terminally ill son, Joel, while also caring for him as his condition worsens. It's a powerful, moving piece of film making. Right now Osit and Zouhali-Worrall are in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign to fund national distribution of their film. You can check it out here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1372561818/bring-thank-you-for-playing-to-theaters-screens-wo?ref=project_tweet

 

Outro music: Super Mario Bros. 'Me and Mario down by the Schoolyard' by FFmusic Dj and Geoffrey Taucer (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03100)

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Feb 29, 2016

Jack's in the wind for episode 14 due to illness. Boasting some of the most robust game creation tools for its time, LittleBigPlanet tapped into user created content to generate millions of levels. Is that enough to make it one of the best games period? Episode 14 is a bit of a strange beast - about halfway through the episode it takes a turn toward general game conversation. All in all, it's a pretty fun listen!

Outro music: Illusion City 'Enter the Illusion' by Jorito and Metal Man (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03226)

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Feb 22, 2016

There was very little debate about whether we would talk about Super Mario Bros. 3 on this podcast. Did you know that Super Mario Bros. 3 inadvertently created Id Software, the creators of Doom? What exactly makes the legendary platformer so legendary? The three hosts go over this and a whole lot more while discussing whether or not it is one of the best games period.

Outro music: Super Mario Bros. 3 'Battle Rocks' by AmIEviL (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR00970)

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

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