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May 25, 2020
Dave Schilling (Full Court Chat) joins Nick and Heather to discuss Michael Jordan: Chaos in the Windy City. They talk about MJ's legacy, the city of Chicago, Michael's vocal performance, and more!
May 18, 2020
Bob Mackey & Henry Gilbert (Talking Simpsons, Retronauts) join Nick and Heather to discuss The Simpsons: Bart vs The Space Mutants. They talk about the Simpsons' storied history in bad video games, the confusing mechanics of the game, and more!
May 11, 2020
Mary Laws (Succession, Preacher) joins Nick and Heather to discuss genre-bending visual novel Doki Doki Literature Club. They talk about how the game operates on a meta level, the dark bait and switch of genres, and more!
May 4, 2020
Chance Morris AKA Sodapoppin (Twitch) joins Nick and Heather to discuss the extremely difficult platformer Getting Over It With Bennett Foddy. They talk about getting started with WoW, speedruns, how completing difficult tasks becomes satisfying, and more.
April 27, 2020
Zach Reino (Off Book, Brews Brothers) returns to the show to talk about Animal Crossing: New Horizons with Nick and Heather! They talk about what makes the game so playable, the benevolent landlord Tom Nook, and more!
April 20, 2020
Jon Gabrus (Action Boyz, High and Mighty) returns to the show for the 4/20 episode to talk about the procedurally generated simulation game, Everything. They talk about gaming while high, the narration by philosopher Alan Watts, the weird way the animals move, and more!
April 13, 2020
Nick, Heather and Matt go deep on the video game adaptation of Waterworld! They talk about how good the game's music is compared to the movie, the too clear vocal samples, and more!
April 6, 2020
Cirocco Dunlap (Russian Doll, Miracle Workers) returns to the show to talk underwater action shooter Ace of Seafood! They talk about the implications of an ocean animal uprising, the imagination of the creator, the surprising gore, and more!
March 30, 2020
Nick, Heather, and Matt deep dive on The Stanley Parable. They discuss the game as an art piece, the branching narratives, breaking the rules, and more!
March 25, 2020
Nick, Heather and Matt get together online to recommend games to play while you're staying indoors and staying safe!
March 23, 2020
Ify Nwadiwe (Nerdificent, Candy Dinner) returns to the show to join Nick and Heather via the internet to discuss the panty-based arena shooter game, Panty Party! They talk a bit about what anime to watch while quarantined, being horny online, and more!
March 16, 2020
Joey Clift (Camp Nick) returns to the show to discuss Garfield Kart with Nick and Heather! They talk about trolling Paws Inc. on Twitter, the lack of fan service in the game, and more!
March 9, 2020
Eva Anderson (Briarpatch, Dispatches from Elsewhere) returns to the show to discuss the second game in the Leisure Suit Larry series, Leisure Suit Larry Goes Looking for Love (In Several Wrong Places)! They talk about the aggravating and obtuse solutions, the lack of sex in the game compared to the first, and more!
March 2, 2020
Paul Rust (In Voorhees We Trust With Gourley and Rust, Love) joins Nick and Heather to talk about one of the most legendarily bad games of all time, E.T. the Extra Terrestrial for Atari 2600! They talk about Paul's love of E.T., playing video games at your grandparents' house, the awful Atari sound chip, and more!
February 26, 2020
How Did This Get Played? Premium DLC is available on Stitcher Premium starting TODAY! Get a taste of our premium content FOR FREE, and then subscribe on Stitcher Premium. For a free month use the promo code PLAYED. Today's Premium DLC is the first edition of the Super Question Block: Turbo Deluxe Edition! Nick, Heather and Matt answer your emails, voicemails and even hand written mail to talk about edjutainment, video game homes, the Super Mario Bros movie, how the show's music is made, and more!
February 24, 2020
WIll Hines (UCB, Screw It! We're Just Gonna Talk About Comics) joins Nick and Heather to discuss the first-person surgical simulation game, Surgeon Simulator. They talk about Will's recent journey into gaming, the frustrating and disorienting nature of the game's controls, and more!
February 17, 2020
Siobhan Thompson (Dimension 20, Rick and Morty) joins Nick and Heather to discuss the animal advocacy game Kitten Squad! They talk about the bait and switch nature of cutesy graphics to horrific images, Nathan Drake's legitimacy as an archaeologist, and more!
February 10, 2020
Jacob Wysocki (I Don't Want to Talk About Fight Club Anymore, UCB) joins Nick and Heather to discuss the controversial isometric shooter, Postal. They talk about the game's shock value, the worst things in America according to Joe Lieberman, and more! This episode is brought to you by The Besties Podcast and UpStart.
February 3, 2020
Shaun Diston (Wrecked, Abby's) joins Nick and Heather to discuss dating sim and puzzle game Catherine. They talk about the game's take on relationships, the cool puzzle mechanic, horny games, and more!
January 27, 2020
Shauna Baker (Twitch) joins Nick and Heather to discuss the strange and beloved Katamari Damacy. They talk about how scary it would be to get rolled up on a Katamari, how jacked the King of All Cosmos is, and more! This episode is brought to you by The Besties podcast.
January 20, 2020
Jordan Morris (Jordan, Jesse, Go!, Bubble) returns to the show to discuss Shadow the Hedgehog with Nick and Heather. They talk about the edge-ification of characters in the early aughts, the branching narratives in the game, and more!   This episode is brought to you by League of Legends.
January 13, 2020
Heather, Nick, and Matt deep dive on Death Stranding. They talk about the satisfaction that comes from making deliveries, get into the weirdness of Hideo Kojima, making weapons with your bodily fluids, and more. Special Die-Hardman shout out from Tommie Earl Jenkins! This episode is brought to you by UpStart (www.upstart.com/PLAYED).
January 6, 2020
Dan Harmon (Rick and Morty, Community) joins Nick and Heather to discuss TellTale Games' Minecraft: Story Mode. They talk about how the game misses the entire point of Minecraft, the pitfalls of modern point and click adventures, and more.
December 30, 2019
Alex Berg (Bajillion Dollar Properties, The Goldbergs) joins Nick and Heather to discuss WarioWare Inc! They talk about the fast paced manic energy of the microgame series, Berg's experience being Crash Bandicoot, and more!
December 23, 2019
Ashley Esqueda (Senior Editor at CNET) joins Nick and Heather to discuss Christmas NiGHTS! They talk about gaming while being a new parent, bonus content in games, the Sega Saturn, and more.
December 16, 2019
Carl Tart (Drunk History, Comedy Bang Bang) joins Nick and Heather to discuss Mutant League Football. They talk about side quests in modern sports games, the in-game advantages popular players tend to get, and more.   This episode is brought to you by BlueChew (www.bluechew.com code: PLAYED) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
December 9, 2019
Cirocco Dunlap (Russian Doll, Miracle Workers) joins Nick and Heather to discuss the roast fighting game Oh…Sir! The Hollywood Roast. They talk about video games that try to be funny, crafting insults within the game, and more! This episode is brought to you by Netgear (www.netgear.com/bestwifi).
December 2, 2019
Zac Oyama (College Humor, Adam Ruins Everything) joins Nick and Heather to discuss licensed movie tie-in Blues Brothers 2000 for the Nintendo 64. They talk about the departures the game takes from the movie, the variety of gameplay elements, and more! This episode is brought to you by BlueChew (www.bluechew.com code: PLAYED), Upstart (www.upstart.com/played), and Hawthorne (www.hawthorne.co code: PLAYED).
November 25, 2019
Nick, Heather and Matt ask enrolled Cowlitz Indian Tribal Member Joey Clift (Telling People You’re Native American When You’re Not Native Is A Lot Like Telling A Bear You’re A Bear When You’re Not A Bear, Lego Ninjago: Decoded) to review Custer's Revenge for a very special Thanksgiving episode, and Joey has a serious discussion with them about tokenization.
November 18, 2019
Erin Whitehead (Wild Horses) joins Nick and Heather to discuss the freemium horse dating sim My Horse Prince. They talk about famous video game horses, how the horse in this game gaslights the player, and more.   This episode is brought to you by BlueChew (www.bluechew.com code: PLAYED).
November 11, 2019
Jason Concepcion (NBA Desktop, Binge Mode) joins Nick and Heather to discuss licensed celebrity 2D fighting game Shaq Fu. They talk about Shaq’s legacy, the clunky controls, and more. Plus, the return of You Don’t Know Jack Off.   This episode is brought to you by Death Stranding: Timefall soundtrack and Netgear (www.netgrear.com/bestwifi).
November 4, 2019
John Hodgman (Medallion Status, Judge John Hodgman) joins Nick and Heather to discuss the viral phenomenon Untitled Goose Game! They discuss the appeal of the awful goose, the Atlantic article, and debut a new segment: the Untitled Quiz Game.   This episode is brought to you by BlueChew (www.bluechew.com code: PLAYED) and Upstart (www.upstart.com/played).
October 28, 2019
William Kier (Eternal Champions, The Bards Tale IV) joins Nick and Heather to discuss the hyper violent fighting game Eternal Champions in How Did This Get Played’s first Developer Commentary! They discuss William’s game development origin story, designing the overkills in Eternal Champions, and more!
October 21, 2019
Haley Mancini (The Last Kids on Earth, Godzilla vs the Podcast Zero) joins Nick and Heather to discuss zombie killing typing tutor The Typing of The Dead. They talk about the terrible voice acting, the oddball nature of the Sega Dreamcast and more!   This episode is brought to you by BlueChew (www.bluechew.com code: PLAYED) and Candid Co (www.candidco.com/PLAYED).
October 14, 2019
Oscar Montoya (Spanish Aqui Presents, Bless the Harts) joins Nick and Heather to discuss the survival horror throwback, Back in 1995. They discuss the concept of nostalgia, the idea of the game as an art piece, and more. Plus, the debut of a new segment: The Bestiary.     This episode is sponsored by HelloFresh (www.hellofresh.com/played80 code: PLAYED80)
October 7, 2019
Matt Gourley (Superego, In Voorhees We Trust with Gourley and Rust) joins Nick and Heather to discuss the NES movie tie-in game, Friday the 13th. They talk about how different the game is from the movie, fan adaptations, and more. Plus a new feature and the return of VO Theater!   This episode is brought to you by BlueChew (www.bluechew.com code: PLAYED), Upstart (www.upstart.com/played), and Hello Fresh (www.hellofresh.com/played80).
October 1, 2019
Nick and Heather take a second to talk about their friends Sean Clements and Hayes Davenport of the medium popular podcast Hollywood Handbook. Find Hollywood Handbook in your podcast app and subscribe! https://h.earwolf.com/theboys
September 30, 2019
Lindsay Katai and Kelly Nugent (Teen Creeps) join Nick and Heather to discuss the text based adventure game, Zork. They talk about the imagination required for a text adventure, sassy replies from the game, strategy guides, and more! Plus, the debut of a new segment: Fan Theory or Canon.
September 23, 2019
Mark Rennie (Two Old Queens, Gay of Thrones) joins Nick and Heather to discuss the 4th installment of the Mass Effect series, Mass Effect: Andromeda. They talk day one glitches, being bored in space, character customization and more!   This episode is brought to you by Square Roots: The Classic RPG Podcast, Candid Co (www.candidco.com/PLAYED), and Blue Chew (www.bluechew.com code: PLAYED).
September 16, 2019
Colton Dunn (Voyage to the Stars, Superstore) joins Nick and Heather to discuss the repeatedly delayed first person shooter game Duke Nukem Forever. They talk about Duke’s dated sense of humor, gaming with children, and more!   This episode is brought to yo by Upstart (www.upstart.com/played).
September 9, 2019
Jon Gabrus (Action Boys, High and Mighty) joins Nick and Heather to discuss the Sega Dreamcast virtual pet simulator, Seaman. They talk about the innovative tech the game utilizes, Leonard Nimoy’s narration and they speak to the Seaman himself!     This episode is brought to you by BlueChew (www.bluechew.com code: PLAYED).
September 2, 2019
Jesse Farrar, Stefan Heck, and Rob Whisman (The Go Off Kings) join Nick and Heather to discuss the N64 RPG Quest 64. They talk about annoying encounter rates, awesome video game soundtracks, character names and more! This episode is brought to you by Tool, Hello Fresh (www.hellofresh.com/played80 code: PLAYED80), and MyBookie (www.mybookie.AG code; PLAYED).
August 26, 2019
Eva Anderson (Briarpatch, You’re The Worst) joins Nick and Heather to discuss the horny point and click adventure game, Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded. They talk about the series’ history, Al Lowe’s Humor Site, and more!   This episode is brought to you by BlueChew (www.bluechew.com code: PLAYED) and World of Warcraft Classic (www.wowclassic.com/howdidthisgetplayed).
August 19, 2019
Arin Hanson aka Egoraptor (Game Grumps) joins Nick and Heather to discuss the run and gun/racing game Techno Cop. They talk about best songs of the 16 bit era, exploding bad guys, and more!   This episode is brought to you by Indeed Prime (www.indeedprime.com/PLAYED), UpStart (www.upstart.com/PLAYED), World of Warcraft Classic (www.wowclassic.com/howdidthisgetplayed), and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
August 12, 2019
Christine Nangle (The Break with Michelle Wolf) joins Nick and Heather to discuss the controversial 90s FMV game, Night Trap. They talk about sleepovers, how the game’s controversial nature lead to a US Senate hearing, real ghosts and more! This episode is brought to you by BlueChew (www.bluechew.com code: PLAYED).
August 5, 2019
Sean Clements (Hollywood Handbook, The Flagrant Ones) joins Nick and Heather to discuss mobile game Series: Your Story Universe: Vanderpump Rules. They talk about reality TV, Lisa Vanderpump and her horny restaurants, and more! This episode is brought to you by Indeed Prime (www.indeedprime.com/PLAYED).
July 29, 2019
Zach Reino and Jessica McKenna (Off Book) join Nick and Heather to discuss the arcade and Sega Genesis title Michael Jackson's Moonwalker. They discuss the controversial nature of the game, who is famous enough to have their own video game today, and Heather has a new quiz! This episode is brought to you by BlueChew (www.bluechew.com code: PLAYED).
July 22, 2019
Ify Nwadiwe (Nerdificent, Candy Dinner) joins Nick and Heather to discuss one of the worst games to be released on the Nintendo Switch so far, Vroom in the Night Sky. They talk bad driving games, the insane unlockables in the game, and the debut of a new segment: VO Theater. This episode is brought to you by Indeed Prime (www.indeedprime.com/PLAYED) and UpStart (www.upstart.com/PLAYED).
July 15, 2019
Adal Rifai, Arnie Niekamp and Matt Young (Hello From the Magic Tavern) join Nick and Heather to discuss Don Bluth's Dragon's Lair trilogy (Dragon's Lair, Dragon's Lair 2 and Space Ace). They talk about the genesis of quick time events, horny animators, and more! This episode is brought to you by BlueChew (www.bluechew.com code: PLAYED).
July 8, 2019
Mano Agapion and Betsy Sodaro (We Love Trash) join Nick and Heather to discuss the strange bird dating sim Hatoful Boyfriend. They break down the different paths they went down to try to romance the birds, whether or not visual novels are games, and Heather has a quiz! This episode is brought to you by Indeed Prime (www.indeedprime.com/PLAYED).
July 1, 2019
Adam Conover (Factually) joins Nick and Heather to discuss the terrible Superman 64, the insane in-game logic, Superman's intelligence and more!
June 24, 2019
Jordan Morris ("Jordan, Jesse, Go!", "Bubble") joins Nick and Heather on the very first How Did This Get Played to discuss the 2006 reboot of Sonic The Hedgehog, Sonic 06. They talk about it's many departures from a mainline Sonic game, the creepy romance between Sonic and a human woman, strange voice acting, the sexiness of Rouge the Bat and more! This episode is brought to you by Upstart (www.upstart.com/PLAYED), Away (www.awaytravel.com/played code: PLAYED), and Indeed Prime (www.indeedprime.com/PLAYED).
May 31, 2019
Heather Anne Campbell (The Twilight Zone, Whose Line is it Anyway?) and Nick Wiger (Doughboys, I Love You America) love video games. Together, they are playing the very worst and weirdest games ever made with their funniest friends to get down to this fundamental question: How Did This Get Played? Coming to Earwolf June 24th.
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