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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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Jul 30, 2020
A game that has been hailed as genius, revolutionary, and utter garbage all at the same time, Deadly Premonition achieved cult classic status the day it launched back in 2010. The Xbox 360 title borrows themes from Twin Peaks, constantly references famous films, and introduces the world to a delightfully twisted community hidden away in rural America where the trail of a serial killer has led FBI agent Francis York Morgan.
 
Joining Jack this week is Jordan Black from Just Add Monsters! Jordan does some phenomenal work leading the JAM outlet and we encourage you to check out their thought-provoking video essays!
 
Follow Jordan and their work on Twitter: @Bad_Durandal
 
Follow Just Add Monsters to keep tabs on the great content coming out: @AddMonsters
 
Outro music: Super Mario Galaxy 'Galaxy Drifter' by LongBoxOfChocolate (https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR04100)
 

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
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Jul 24, 2020

Kept you waitin', huh?

We are back with this episode recorded roughly a day before the protests broke out in Minneapolis and everything became very overwhelming for a while. It has taken a bit to get back on my feet, but we're back with another podcast!

This week's episode features Justin Carter (@GigawattConduit), a writer who has bounced around the game industry for quite a while now. This week we talk about one of the tightest first-person shooters to come out in the past decade: Titanfall 2. A phenomenal multiplayer game mixed with a fast and imaginative single-player campaign set in a world torn by war waged with the help of giant robots, Titanfall 2 captured the hearts and minds of many - and birthed the now ubiquitous APEX Legends. Does it hold up? Listen along as Justin and Jack chat to find out!  

Follow Justin Carter and his work on Twitter: @GigawattConduit 

Outro music: Terranigma 'Brave New World' by jnWake, ilp0, Ivan Hakštok, Trev Wignall, zykO, and Jorito (https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR04084)

Thanks for waiting and I hope we can keep this podcast going for a while longer yet. It's a tough one to put together every week, but I'll do my best for you all. <3

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
Or download the podcast from most major podcasting apps, SpotifySoundcloudApple Podcasts, or Libsyn.

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May 1, 2020

Friend of the show Marcus Stewart arrives to talk about his favorite party game of all-time: Towerfall. The first 100% Ouya exclusive to be featured on this program, Towerfall was developed by the same team behind the recent incredible platformer Celeste. It was created by Matt Thorson making this the first game headed by a non-binary developer to be featured on this show (at least to our knowledge).  

Follow Marcus Stewart and his work on Twitter: @MarcusStewart7

Outro music: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening 'A Toadstool Mix...' by Reuben6 and Gamer of the Winds (https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR04064)

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
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Apr 24, 2020

This week Jack is back with another solo episode about the Obsidian Entertainment RPG Tyranny! We delve into what makes Tyranny such a risk in the RPG space and how it embraced allowing players to be evil by denying players an optimal  "good" path.

Outro music: Star Fox 2 'The Lost Legend of Lylat' by DS (https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR04061)

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
Or download the podcast from most major podcasting apps, SpotifySoundcloudApple Podcasts, or Libsyn.

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Apr 17, 2020

In 2014, a small band of misfit developers who had previously worked on the game Bulletstorm released an indie game like nothing anyone had seen before. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter takes players on a journey through mystery, murder, and death with a startling amount of nuance and imagination. Join Daniel (@indiejones84) and Jack as they delve into this treat of a game!

Outro music: Zombies Ate My Neighbors 'Eighties Ate My Zombies' by Mike Norvak and Fernito (https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR04051)

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
Or download the podcast from most major podcasting apps, SpotifySoundcloudApple Podcasts, or Libsyn.

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Apr 10, 2020

Joseph Yaden joins the show this week to talk about Dead Rising, one of the weird, generation defining games that appeared on Xbox 360 courtesy of the creator of Mega Man. It's a great episode and you should follow Joseph on Twitter (@JosephYaden) and try his podcast Active Quest!

Outro music: Kyatto Ninden Teyandee "TEYANDEE!" by Black Ace (https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR04055)

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
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Apr 4, 2020

This messy and short episode is an adequate tribute to the messy and short experiment that was Lost Planet: Extreme Condition on the Xbox 360. The game follows Wayne, a man frozen solid for 30 years as he wakes up and becomes an ice pirate and fights giant robots and monsters. The gameplay is amazing and the story is terrible. A classic Capcom game for the ages! 

Outro music: Puggsy 'The Last Lucky Planet' by CJthemusicdude (https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02473

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
Or download the podcast from most major podcasting apps, SpotifySoundcloudApple Podcasts, or Libsyn.

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Mar 27, 2020

This week Jack is joined by the wonderful Amanda Farough to talk about the incredibly unique systems and stories of The World Ends with You. This weird JRPG was created by a dream team composed of Kingdom Hearts II alums from Square Enix and Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories veterans from handheld developer Jupiter! Let's dive into what makes it one of the best and strangest of all-time.  

Be sure to follow Amanda Farough on Twitter: @AmandaFarough

Outro music: The World Ends with You 'Calling -GUARDIAN MIX-' by GuardianSoul (https://youtu.be/ySSzUimjKpM)  

Mar 13, 2020

This week we tackle Horizon Zero Dawn from Guerrilla Games! We recorded the episode prior to the announcement that the former PlayStation 4 exclusive would be releasing on PC. The illustrious Kyle Gaddo came on the show to talk about how its story about man, machine, and the planet they both live on really reflects a unique outlook on our collective responsibility to the world. 

Here is a link to the Medium article by Dia Lacina discussed in the episode.

Be sure to follow Kyle Gaddo on Twitter: @kylegaddo

Outro music: Skies of Arcadia 'To the Horizon' by Jorito, BardicKnowledge, Bassoonify, Damian Nguyen, DrumUltimA, Earth Kid, Gamer of the Winds, JohnStacy, Keadrin Cain, Lauren the Flute, and Ronin Op F (https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03855)   

Mar 5, 2020

Remember how a few years ago a pop culture critic decided to do a series of videos about tropes in video games as viewed through a feminist lens? Well, that conversation got really toxic for a long time, and five years later things seem to have cooled off. So, we're taking another look at the Tropes vs. Women in Video Games series by Anita Sarkeesian!
 
Each episode of this series will zero in on one episode from the TvWiVG videos and try to break down the trope and discuss the specific points Ms. Sarkeesian made in her video essays. The series was always intended to be a starting point for a larger discussion - hopefully you learn some things or find the conversations interesting!

Y'all are fantastic and thank you so much for bearing with us as we continue on our podcasting adventure together.

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
Or download the podcast from most major podcasting apps, SpotifySoundcloudApple Podcasts, or Libsyn.

Support us on Patreon! - https://www.patreon.com/bestgamesperiod

Feb 27, 2020

Jack is joined by streamer and all around swell guy Kazuma Hashimoto to talk about the remastered version of Final Fantasy XII, giving the game a much needed second look! It's a lot of talk about imperialism and occupation through the more digestible lens of a JRPG. In Part II, Jack and Kazuma cover the narrative beats of the game, going deep into spoiler territory on a quest to discover the themes and secrets it holds. 

Please check out Kazuma's streams and follow his presence on social media: @JusticeKazzy_ 

Outro music: Final Fantasy XII 'Dream of Salikawood' by RebeccaETripp (https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03570)  

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
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Feb 21, 2020

In the first of this two part series, Jack is joined by streamer and all around swell guy Kazuma Hashimoto to talk about the remastered version of Final Fantasy XII, giving the game a much needed second look! It's a lot of talk about imperialism and occupation through the more digestible lens of a JRPG. Part II will be coming next week!

Please check out Kazuma's streams and follow his presence on social media: @JusticeKazzy_ 

Outro music: Final Fantasy IV 'Edward Penelo's Waltz' by  Chimpzilla  (https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03082)   

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
Or download the podcast from most major podcasting apps, SpotifySoundcloudApple Podcasts, or Libsyn.

Support us on Patreon! - https://www.patreon.com/bestgamesperiod

Feb 14, 2020

This week Jack interviews Tanya DePass from I Need Diverse Games. Tanya works as a consultant helping companies improve the way black and brown people are depicted in pop culture. She was kind enough to allow me to publish the full interview with her after talking with her for a piece on Extra Life (which is still in the works). The full conversation was really interesting and it was wonderful having her on to get her perspective. 

Give her a follow on social media: @cypheroftyr 

Outro music: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 'Princess Ruto' by  Smooth4Lyfe  (https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03919)  

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
Or download the podcast from most major podcasting apps, SpotifySoundcloudApple Podcasts, or Libsyn.

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Feb 6, 2020

After a difficult January filled with computer failures and massive data losses, everyone's favorite podcast about which games are best returns with this excellent episode featuring special guest, freelance writer, artist, producer, and streamer Jared Schuh! This week we talk about the massive success and shortcomings of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (which is already a couple years old already, wow we feel old). 

Please check out and follow Jared's work over on Twitter: @Quesobros!

Outro music: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 'The Champion of Hyrule' by RoeTaKa (https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03706

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
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Jan 10, 2020

This is it! The end of 2019 episode! We brought friend of the show Marcus on to talk about his top three games of the year in celebration of some of the best gaming moments we had throughout the year. 

This was a really long episode that ran about 2 hours, so patrons will be getting access to an amusing look back at the decade as well as Marcus and Jack's honorable mentions from 2019!  In fact, that's available right now!

 Outro music: .hack//Infection - Part 1 'Stockings by the Fire' by Ryan Davis Music (https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR04017)

Jan 2, 2020

Frostpunk released in April of 2018. The game received many nominations for its innovative use of building mechanics to provoke players into questioning their role in creating a disturbing nightmare society out of necessity. The game was created by the fine folks at 11 Bit Studios, the developers behind This War of Mine, a contemplative look at how war affects those who find themselves caught between the bullets. 

Join us as we dive into Frostpunk and examine, in a somewhat rambling way, what it has to say about the rise of eco-fascism, both within its fantastical apocalypse and the impending one of our own design in the real world. 

Outro music: Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals 'Such Sweet Sorrow' by djpretzel (https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR04008)

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
Or download the podcast from most major podcasting apps, SpotifySoundcloudApple Podcasts, or Libsyn.

Support us on Patreon! - https://www.patreon.com/bestgamesperiod

Dec 19, 2019

This week, we talk with Tiny of TinyMakesThings about the fascinating culture of keyboard enthusiasts and artisans. 

We are shifting the release schedule. From now on, episodes will be available for Patreon patrons a week before they make their way out to the general audience. 

Be sure to follow Tiny's work on via her handle TinyMakesThings on most social media platforms, commission her on TinyMakesThings.com, or watch her streams on Twitch channel where she goes by Tiny

Outro music: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 'Lullaby for a World' by Emunator and Flexstyle (https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR04006)

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
Or download the podcast from most major podcasting apps, SpotifySoundcloudApple Podcasts, or Libsyn.

Support us on Patreon! - https://www.patreon.com/bestgamesperiod

Dec 5, 2019

As time marches on, many people remember the BioWare/Star Wars classic Knights of the Old Republic fondly. It stands out to them as the quintessential RPG experience and a bar by which all subsequent RPGs find themselves judged. Less frequently, however, do people consider Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, the technically flawed, but narratively richer younger sibling. Developed by Obsidian Entertainment under some of the tightest time constraints RPG developers have ever experienced, Obsidian was tasked with delivering a sequel to one of the greatest RPGs of all-time with only a year of development time. Were they able to succeed?

Joining us this week is prolific game critic and Escapist columnist Elijah Beahm. In addition to his gaming and writing talents, Elijah happens to be one of the most knowledgeable figures on the Star Wars universe that you could hope to find. We talk about Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order before launching into a prolonged discussion about the trials and tribulations of KotOR II. We also have a spoiler discussion of Respawn's Fallen Order that you can listen to if you become a patron over on patreon.com/bestgamesperiod

Be sure to follow Elijah's work and Star Wars ranting over on @UnabridgedGamer

Outro music: Star Fox 'Crosswind' by B-laze (https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03992)

You can follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod
Or download the podcast from most major podcasting apps, Spotify, Soundcloud, Apple Podcasts, or Libsyn.

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Sep 30, 2019

2010 was the heyday for free games released online and powered by Flash. Titles like Meat Boy grew in the wild frontiers of Newgrounds and other websites that catered to those looking to play games in their web browsers. Into the mix stepped Uruguayan studio Ironhide Games. The company had found success with a few minor titles, but their latest game, Kingdom Rush, achieved a rare level of success. With more than 300 million plays under its belt, the developers created a version for the then new iPad. This portable version found massive acclaim and propelled the creation of a mobile version for iPhones and eventually Android. It became one of the most popular games in the world for a window of time. Within innovative gameplay and incredibly solid execution, it remains one of the best tower defense games of all time, arguably the best of them all. 

Outro music: Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge 'Cozy Campfire' by Yffisch (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03974)

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!

Support us on Patreon! - https://www.patreon.com/bestgamesperiod

Sep 23, 2019

The gaming world has been clamoring for a new Animal Crossing for years now. With one approaching on the horizon, we figured it was a perfect time to take a look at the mobile game Nintendo introduced back in 2017. Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp puts players in the role of a campsite manager and arms them with the tools to make it the best gosh darn campsite ever. With activities like bug catching, fishing, and making animal friends, it seems relatively similar to other offerings in the series - but some say it just might be one of the best games of all-time. 

To get to the bottom of why this game resonated with so many and to discuss why it might be one of the all-time greats, we brought on Aiden Strawhun! Aiden writes for IGN and their work has appeared on Kotaku and Gamespot. They also serve as the Advocacy Director of Women in Games, an organization that works to help women find and create more inclusive places in the game industry. You can follow Aiden over on Twitter: @AStraww.  

Outro music: FTL: Faster Than Light 'An Open Galaxy' by Sir_NutS (https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03963)

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! 

Support us on Patreon! - https://www.patreon.com/bestgamesperiod

Sep 16, 2019

Final Fantasy XIV has experienced one of the greatest resurgences in modern video game history. Faced with a disastrous launch, Square Enix did the unthinkable and destroyed their world in an apocalyptic event designed to reboot their MMO. A Realm Reborn completely revamped the game and corrected its course, setting it on a path to the massive and enduring success Final Fantasy XIV enjoys today.

With three core expansions and numerous free patches continually adding or reworking content, it might just be the most thriving MMO on the market. However, does that make it one of the best games of all time? 

To help us answer that question, this week we are joined by friend of the show Kazuma Hashimoto (who you should follow on Twitter: @JusticeKazzy_). He's a long-time player of Final Fantasy XIV, has locked down impressive interviews with members of the development team, and released an evolving review of the latest expansion, Shadowbringers for RPG Site

Outro music: Donkey Kong Country 'OSHA Violation' by Reuben6, Earth Kid, and sleffy (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03971)

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! 

Support us on Patreon! - https://www.patreon.com/bestgamesperiod

Aug 24, 2019

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Tanya DePass, the founder and director of I Need Diverse Games. She was gracious enough to talk at length about diversity, feminism, and the unique intersection those have with tabletop gaming. It's a really fantastic conversation, so I hope you all enjoy hearing all of it!

A huge thank you to Tanya - you should all give her a follow on Twitter: @cypheroftyr

Aug 23, 2019

The finale of Dragonguard has arrived! Nomsooni, Barphus, and Scratch make choices to determine the fate of their world and their own respective futures.

"Shadowlands 1 - Horizon" "Super Power Cool Dude" "Bittersweet" "Dreamer" "Furious Freak"
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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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!

Learn more about Tabletop Appreciation Weekend!

Support us on Patreon! - https://www.patreon.com/bestgamesperiod

Aug 23, 2019

Stepping through a portal to another world, Scratch, Nomsooni, and Barphus have the nature of their existence revealed and have the future of their universe placed into their hands. 

"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!

Learn more about Tabletop Appreciation Weekend!

Support us on Patreon! - https://www.patreon.com/bestgamesperiod

Aug 19, 2019

In November 2017, Trinket Studios released a unique puzzle-fighting game onto PC and Nintendo Switch. The title, Battle Chef Brigade, had garnered a colossal amount of support following a successful Kickstarter campaign raised over $100,000 in 2014. The game focuses on Mina Han, an up and coming chef who leaves her rural home to make it as a member of the Battle Chef Brigade, an elite group of chefs who battle monsters and use the spoils to make the most delectable dishes in all the land. Battle Chef Brigade currently sits with a spotless rating of 10/10 on Steam and has earned itself a persistent cult following since release. 

This week we are joined by game critic and noted Battle Chef Brigade evangelist Caitlin Galiz-Rowe to talk about the wild world of culinary contests. Is Battle Chef Brigade one of the best games of all-time?

Outro music: Fantasy Zone 'Opa and Over' by Rexy (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03954)

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

Follow Caitlin Galiz-Rowe on Twitter: @CGRRRRRRRR

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! Learn more about Tabletop Appreciation Weekend!

Support us on Patreon! - https://www.patreon.com/bestgamesperiod

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