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May 2, 2017
Longtime listeners must have known, deep in their hearts -- for the final episode of Talking Games, Tim, Clayton, and Kellen lay bare the joys of Suikoden II. What better way to go out? Thanks everybody for listening. We appreciate you.
April 25, 2017
In the penultimate episode of this podcast, Tim, Clayton, and Kellen rank their favorite titles since this show began in 2011! Their #1 pick probably won't surprise you, but who's to say about #2-10?? Thanks so much to Cards Against Humanity and the Chicago Podcast Coop for sponsoring us!
April 18, 2017
It's the throwaway bit that turned into three full episodes. This week, the TG lads say goodbye forever to Talking Musicals with its final installment, a discussion of Thoroughly Modern Millie with guest Nicole Vespa! Only two episodes left, dawgs.  Thanks so much to Cards Against Humanity and the Chicago Podcast Coop for their continued support!
April 11, 2017
Only four episodes remain before Talking Games says goodbye. This week, our boys look ahead to the future of probably their favorite game genre. We'll cover titles like Persona, Mass Effect, Witcher, and more! Don't cry yet; we've got some discussin' to get to! Thanks so much to Cards Against Humanity and the Chicago Podcast Coop for helping this show happen!
March 28, 2017
Talking Games is back, and they're covering a couple of the largest franchise releases of the past month. First, Tim recaps his experience with the newest Mass Effect title, and then Clayton digs into the experience of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Is it as awesome as people say?? Well, Clayton is a people -- see what he thinks! Thanks to Cards Against Humanity and the Chicago Podcast Coop for sponsoring as always!
March 10, 2017
This week on Talking Games, the lads chat about the new hotness known as Horizon Zero Dawn, and Tim recounts his virtual reality experiences with a George Saunders novel. Tim and George are BFFs, if you didn't know. Thanks to Cards Against Humanity and the Chicago Podcast Coop for sponsoring this episode!
February 28, 2017
The Nintendo Switch drops this Friday. Who's excited? Will you still be excited after listening to this episode?? Who can say! But maybe Tim, Clayton, and Kellen aren't as amped on the Switch as the rest of the world. Hmmm... Thanks to Cards Against Humanity and the Chicago Podcast Coop for sponsoring the show!
February 16, 2017
Between his job, his social life, and his wonderful work for Chicago Loot Drop, Mike Chuck keeps busy. That's why he enjoys games that repeat themselves -- that follow simple variations on a theme over and over. Games like Majora's Mask or Dead Rising have entertained millions for hours -- and now we're going to entertain the lot of you by talking about them for one hour! Thanks to Cards Against Humanity and the Chicago Podcast Coop for sponsoring the show! And definitely take a look at Loot Drop's next event, building comfort kits for kids at Comer Children's Hospital.
January 31, 2017
This week, Tim, Clayton, and Kellen discuss the creepy, moody, altogether excelled Inside, the latest puzzle-platformer from studio Playdead (who brought us Limbo a couple years ago). Listen to this one in the dark. Unless you're driving or something. That's a terrible idea.
January 25, 2017
On this week's Very Special Episode, host Tim and his SO Lisa Burton dive into the game that's become their current obsession, Stardew Valley (they're even playing it while they record this episode!!).  Thanks so much to Cards Against Humanity for sponsoring this ep and to the Chicago Podcast Coop for its continued support.
January 19, 2017
This week, the Talking Games farewell tour continues with the return of one of our classic features -- Talking Musicals! Tim, Clayton, and Kellen dissect the recent hit LA LA LAND and dive into the crushing defeat of trying to do anything creative. Fun! Thanks to our sponsor for this week's episode, Cards Against Humanity, and thanks of course to the Chicago Podcast Coop!
January 12, 2017
On this week's Very Special Episode of Talking Games, Tim, Clayton, and Kellen share some of their favorite memories of doing the podcast. The countdown to the final episode continues! Thanks Cards Against Humanity for sponsoring this episode, and thanks as always to the Chicago Podcast Coop for being around!
January 3, 2017
This week, the Talking Games boys look forward to some of their most anticipated games of 2017. From Detroit: Become Human to (hopefully!) Red Dead Redemption 2 to the Final Fantasy VII remake, we're talking about probably some of the only escapes from the misery the next year is sure to hold for you! Thanks Cards Against Humanity for sponsoring this episode, and thanks to the Chicago Podcast Coop as always!
December 20, 2016
We love year-end best-of discussions! Love 'em! This week, Tim, Clayton, Kellen, and special guest John Patrick Coan bandy about their choices for game of the year. We'll discuss Overwatch, Doom, No Man's Sky, and even Pokemon Go! Two of those titles are discussed pretty derisively, though. Guess which ones! Thanks to Iron Galaxy for sponsoring this week's episode and thanks as always to the Chicago Podcast Coop!
December 13, 2016
Once upon a time, right before Talking Games became a Nerdologues podcast, the wonderful John Sabine came by the show to talk about one of his favorite gaming franchises, Civilization. As part of our farewell tour, he's back to talk about the newest entry in the series!  Thanks to the Harold Ramis Film School for sponsoring this episode, and thanks of course to the Chicago Podcast Coop for existing!
December 6, 2016
You guys heard of Final Fantasy XV? It's a pretty big release I guess. This week, Tim alone (no Clayton! no Kellen!) begins the Talking Games farewell tour with returning champ Aaron Amendola to discuss their experiences with the game! Thanks for kicking off our goodbyes, Aaron. You rock! Thanks also to Emporium for sponsoring this episode and to the Chicago Podcast Coop for existing.
November 29, 2016
No ep this week, just a big announcement on the show from Tim Dunn.
November 22, 2016
Talking Games hosts Kellen and Tim are so excited and honored to bring a totally fresh face to this podcast. Please join us in welcoming Clayton Margeson as he brings a favorite gaming franchise, Dark Souls, to the table in this Very Special Episode. Plus, marvel at Tim's new baritone voice! Thanks to the Harold Ramis Film School for sponsoring this episode and to the Chicago Podcast Coop for making that sponsorship happen.
November 15, 2016
Do you romanticize a life of organized crime? Even if you do, you might not like Mafia 3! This week, guest Sean Peezick joins Clayton and Kellen to discuss the new game and its many shortcomings. I guess you'll have to act out your violent urges through some other digital medium. But no matter what, we can say for sure that this episode is certainly Timless.  Thanks to Cards Against Humanity for sponsoring us this week!
November 8, 2016
HUGE THANKS to everyone who donated to our Extra Life fundraiser on Saturday. Thanks to you, we made our $1000 goal and helped Extra Life have an incredibly successful day! On this week's Talking Games, you'll hear sporadic check-ins from throughout the day-long event, including a cavalcade of guest stars. Meet 420 Bear! Thrill to erotic games! Learn what "totally exhausted" sounds like in audio form! Thanks to Cards Against Humanity for sponsoring this week's episode! And don't forget to go vote today.
November 1, 2016
Skyrim holds a special place in the hearts of Tim, Clayton, and Kellen -- that was the game that initially brought Kellen to Talking Games in the first place! With the recent announcement of the Skyrim Special Edition, our lads take a look back on one of their favorite games, including discussing its legacy.  Also! Don't miss the Talking Games Extra Life 24-hour fundraiser this Saturday! You don't want Normy to come after you... Thanks to our sponsor for this week's episode, Cards Against Humanity via the Chicago Podcast Coop!
October 25, 2016
Last week, Nintendo dropped some pretty big news with the announcement of the Switch. We couldn't not talk about it! So we're joined by a spectrum of gamer guests -- Rob Grabowski, Jeremy Kanne, and Nicole Vespa -- to debate the Switch's merits (or lack thereof). Take bets with your friends on whether Tim, Clayton, or Kellen is interested in buying this thing, then listen to the episode to find out. Gambling's fun! Thanks so much to Cards Against Humanity and the Chicago Podcast Coop for sponsoring this episode.  Also, it would mean a lot to us, dear listeners, if you wanted to support our Extra Life fundraiser.
October 20, 2016
It's time for another questions episode! This week, Tim, Clayton, and Kellen tackle YOUR queries, like "Should I buy a WiiU or an NX?", "Are there any good political video games?", and the everpresent "What up? What's good?" Thanks to our sponsors for this week, Basecamp, and thanks to the Chicago Podcast Coop for the assist! Check out the Nerds on Patreon!
October 13, 2016
From Resident Evil to Resident Evil 2... and beyond!... this week's Talking Games is all about the survival horror genre of video games. Trapped in an abandoned building, zombies set on you from all sides... what's left to do? Listen to our podcast, ya jerks! Big thanks to Cards Against Humanity and the Chicago Podcast Coop for sponsoring this week's episode! If you think the Nerdologues are kewl, you can check us out on Patreon!
October 4, 2016
This week, Kellen and Tim are joined by Kellen's longtime Destiny friend Rob Churchwell to cover a bunch of gaming topics Rob loves, from the TI-99 (remember those?) to Disney Infinity to board games like Imperial Assault and Splendor. Also, learn Kellen's shocking opinions on the quality of Serial season 1 vs. season 2.  This week's Talking Games is sponsored by Basecamp via the Chicago Podcast Coop. Thanks for everything, guys! If you like the Nerdologues' shows, head over to our Patreon page, eh?
September 27, 2016
It's time for another round of questions, friends! This week, Tim, Clayton, and Kellen field more things you're dying to know, mostly about whether certain games/franchises (Pokemon Go, Street Fighter V, Destiny) are over. If you have opinions about these subjects, listen this episode! Thanks so much to our sponsors for this week's ep, Cards Against Humanity, and thanks of course to the Chicago Podcast Coop. Check out the Nerdologues on Patreon!
September 20, 2016
MMORPGs are a thing. A big thing. A thing big enough to give them their own episode with guest Sammy Tamimi, who shares with us his passion for all things World of Warcraft, except maybe the panda expansion. That was kind of silly. Thanks so much to our sponsors for the episode, Cards Against Humanity, and thanks of course to the Chicago Podcast Coop for making it all happen! And hey, check out the Nerds on Patreon!
September 13, 2016
It's a news grab bag on this week's Talking Games! From Mario on the iOS to the Playstation Slim/Pro to yet another delay for The Last Guardian, hosts Tim and Kellen have you covered with the last few days of major gaming news. THEN, the two face adversity head-on when they read and discuss a truly scatching iTunes review of their show. Drama!!! Thanks so much to Basecamp for sponsoring our show, and thanks to the Chicago Podcast Coop for all the support! If you like the Nerds, check us out on Patreon, yeah?
September 6, 2016
Do you know Eric Garneau? He edits this podcast every week and also does these stupid write-ups. Well this week, you're gonna hear his voice too, as he joins Tim, Clayton, and Kellen to talk about the rise and fall of the rock music genre of video games, specifically Guitar Hero and Rock Band. How did Rock Band almost lead to Eric playing Lollapalooza? What did Clayton's home rock star setup look like? Why does Tim hate Twin Peaks so much? Both of these questions plus probably a couple more will be answered! Thanks so much to our sponsors for this week's episode, the Harold Ramis Film School at Second City, and thanks of course to the Chicago Podcast Coop for existing! You can find the Nerdologues' new podcast Blank Cassette, hosted by Eric, here!
August 30, 2016
It's been a joke for so long it had to happen eventually -- this week, Talking Games becomes... something different. Tim plus guests Rob Grabowski and Mike Chuck Bretzlaff spend an episode at the theater for Talking Musicals! They're going to look at the Resident Evil stage play, Biohazard: The Stage, which you can watch on YouTube if you're a brave individual! Thanks to Cards Against Humanity for sponsoring this episode, and thanks as always to the Chicago Podcast Coop for existing.
August 24, 2016
We love Bit Bash, duh. This week, Tim and Clayton unpack this year's festival with its project manager, Jamie Sanchez; friend of the show and Blizzard fan Alex Honnet also returns to share what he loved about it! Thanks to our sponsor for this week's episode, Cards Against Humanity, and thanks as always to the Chicago Podcast Coop for hooking us up! If you'd like to support the Nerdologues and see more shows like this, check out our Patreon page! That helps a ton!
August 16, 2016
No Man's Sky is the game everyone's talking about. But according to our three hosts, it super sucks. Tim, Clayton, and Kellen spend an hour dissecting this mostly irredeemable game. Hot takes abound! Thanks to our sponsor for this episode, Field Notes, and thanks of course to the Chicago Podcast Coop for being the wind beneath our wings.
August 9, 2016
Gen Con -- the San Diego Comic-Con of tabletop games -- was this past weekend, and our own Tim Dunn got to go! He'll reflect on the show (and meeting Jonathan Coulton! What a great guy!) with Clayton and Kellen plus special guest from the One Shot podcast network Kat Kuhl! Plus, make sure to listen for Patreon the Robot's glorious reapparance, and Tim gets to some hard-hitting journalism! Thanks to our sponsors for this episode, Jackbox Games, and thanks of course to the Chicago Podcast Coop for making it all happen! The Nerdologues are on Patreon (the website, not the robot)! If you like what we do, help us out? The One Shot network is also on Patreon and they are awesome!
August 2, 2016
We cover a lot of ground on this week's Talking Games, from essential desert island JRPGs (how many of them do you think were made by Square?) to puzzle games to engrossing game narratives and beyond. We've also got a super secret mystery guest who we'll never name! And guess what, it's Peter Kremidas! Thanks Cards Against Humanity for sponsoring this week's show, and thanks to the Chicago Podcast Coop for making it all happen. If you're at GenCon, don't miss the Concert Against Humanity!
July 26, 2016
On last week's episode we covered the NES Classic Edition. This week we keep the nostalgia rolling with a discussion of a couple newly announced Sonic the Hedgehog games plus other franchise updates and changes! This week's episode was sponsored by Cards Against Humanity via the Chicago Podcast Coop. Make sure to check out the Concert Against Humanity if you're going to GenCon, friends! One of this show's hosts may have a tiny stake in that...
July 19, 2016
Last week, Nintendo announced a November rerelease of the classic NES system with a twist -- it comes preloaded with 30 games and nothing more! This week, Tim, Clayton, Kellen, and guest Peter Durkin are gonna chat about what this means. Will the NES Classic Edition do well? Probably! Is it a good idea? Yeah, maybe! But what games are missing? All these questions and more will be answered. But not many more. Don't get greedy. Thanks to our sponsors for this week's episode, Jackbox Games, and thanks as always to the Chicago Podcast Coop for making it happen!
July 13, 2016
This week, guest Sarah Gorr (of the sweet new website The Cinessential) joins Tim, Clayton, and Kellen to cover a couple topics that can only be described as "epic": the Uncharted series and, of course, Pokemon Go! It's a good time. Enjoy it! Or else. Thanks to our sponsors for this episode, Field Notes, and thanks to the whole Chicago Podcast Coop for the hookup. If you like the Nerdologues and the shows we do, hit us up on Patreon, dig?
July 5, 2016
In honor of yesterday's holiday, and because it's a sweet topic, Tim, Clayton, and Kellen discuss games that make them think of the good old U S of A in this week's episode. Serious discussion is given to franchises like Fallout, Call of Duty, and Grand Theft Auto, and also we talk about Ken Griffey Baseball! Thanks to our sponsors for this episode, Cards Against Humanity, and thanks as always to the Chicago Podcast Coop! If you enjoy what the Nerdologues do, check out our Patreon and help us do more of it!car
June 28, 2016
Once again, dear listeners, we've turned to YOU to answer hard-hitting queries about the video game industry. This episode, thrill to Tim and Clayton musing on the future of Red Dead Redemption 2, reporting their most wild video game moments committed out of boredom, and more. PLUS, in a shocking Talking Musicals update, get ready for this -- Clayton saw Hamilton, and he's ready to talk about it! This is super relevant to video games!! Thanks to our sponsors for the episode, Cards Against Humanity, and thanks of course to the Chicago Podcast Coop for making it all happen. If you like what the Nerdologues do and would like to see more of it, check us out on Patreon, friend!
June 21, 2016
If you love video games, it's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year -- E3! This week Tim, Clayton, and Kellen tackle a bunch of news from the Electronic Entertainment Expo -- everything from The Fractured but Whole to Resident Evil to Zelda and beyond! PLUS, the very brief return of Patreon! Thanks to this week's sponsors, Iron Galaxy, and thanks also to the Chicago Podcast Coop for making it happen! The Nerdologues are on Patreon, if you really, really, really like us!
June 14, 2016
Blizzard's Overwatch has quickly become the game on everyone's mind. This week, the Campaign podcast's John Patrick Coan joins Tim, Clayton, and Kellen to explore the game, and it's a real love-fest, friends. Is Overwatch really flawless? You'll find out what these four dudes think! Plus, we read our most earnestly negative review yet. One star! Thanks to Iron Galaxy for sponsoring today's episode, and thanks to the Chicago Podcast Coop for making that all happen.
June 7, 2016
In 1999, Sega stormed(?) the video game world with the release of their Dreamcast. Except no one really talks about it any more. Let's fix that with this week's Talking Games, in which Tim, Clayton, and Kellen invite guest Shawn Bowers to chat about the System that Kind of Was. Was the Dreamcast ahead of its time or just kind of weak? Also, what's up with Leonard Nimoy's Seaman? Thanks to our sponsors for this episode, Know Your Company, courtesy of the Chicago Podcast Coop! And hey, if you like this show, check out the Nerdologues' Patreon page and help us do more cool stuff?
June 1, 2016
DID YOU KNOW: War Games is not just a movie -- it's also a genre of game! This week, Tim and Clayton chat about some of their favorite examples as well as their hopes for the future (and come up with some rad ideas that aspiring game developers MUST NOT STEAL). Also, in a nostalgic throwback, the lads return to Clayton's basement to record this one! What mishaps will befall Tim?? Thanks to our sponsors for this episode, Cards Against Humanity, and thanks of course to the Chicago Podcast Coop for being amazing. And hey, if you like the Nerdologues, check out our Patreon page!
May 24, 2016
Just yesterday Kotaku released an article about "Final Fantasy Disease," which, according to Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata, prevents both fans and Square employees from accepting any changes in a storied franchise. What do you think about that? How do you balance the desire to do something new with the long, beloved history of a popular gaming franchise? These are pretty deep questions, but the Talking Games boys are ready to tackle them -- plus Kellen talks a lot about Doom.  Thanks to our sponsors for this episode, Cards Against Humanity -- and thanks to the Chicago Podcast Coop for hooking it up! Hey, the Nerdologues are on Patreon! Help us make more cool stuff!
May 18, 2016
We love taking audience questions! That's because we love all of you! This week, we're answering a dozen or so sweet queries submitted by our loving listeners. Also, due to some recording issues, it kinda sounds like we sequestered Clayton in a tin kennel or something. Yeah... sounds like. Thanks to our sponsors for this episode, Cards Against Humanity, and of course thanks to the Chicago Podcast Coop as well! Check out the Nerdologues on Patreon if you want to help make more cool stuff like this!
May 10, 2016
Matt Young works for an app development company, and recently he was tasked with playing a diverse swath of indie games to see if he could learn anything from the experience. He's going to share his insights with our hosts today, plus talk some gaming news (Nintendo NX, anyone?), plus we once again see the return of Patreon the matronly robot, who had a rough weekend! Thanks to our sponsors for this episode, Cards Against Humanity, and thanks as always to the Chicago Podcast Coop! You can catch Matt Young on his fantastic podcasts Hello from the Magic Tavern and Improvised Star Trek.
May 3, 2016
#Gamergate sucks, right? I mean, we all know that. But there are few apeople better qualified to talk about why than an actual professor of ethics and video games, Columbia College's Jen Ellison. This week, she looks at the history of the... movement?... and where it is now. PLUS, the loveable robot Patreon reappears, and we talk about something other than Hamilton on Talking Musicals, kind of! Thanks Basecamp for sponsoring this episode, and thanks of course to the Chicago Podcast Coop for sponsoring! If you like this show and want to see more cool stuff, the Nerdologues are on Patreon. Check us out? It's not just Clayton's hilarious character!
April 27, 2016
James T. Green and Cher Vincent are the wonderful hosts of the Open Ended podcast and also two thirds of the creators of Post Loudness, a new podcast collective that represents "audio on the fringe." Today, they talk with Tim and Clayton about a couple of distinct gaming topics. First up, we tackle deception-based party games like Secret Hitler, which James and Cher are both great at (and Tim and Clayton are not!). Then we move into a discussion about representation in video games, and OF COURSE our ever-popular Talking Musicals (Hamilton) segment returns again! Thanks to Field Notes for sponsoring this week's episode, and thanks as always to the Chicago Podcast Coop for being great. If you enjoy this show and want to see more cool stuff, the Nerdologues are on Patreon now!
April 19, 2016
Talking Games is nothing if not topical, right? RIGHT? Right! This week, Tim and Kellen dive into a few of the larger news stories to come out of video game culture lately, including Ford commercials featuring the Metal Gear Solid franchise, a potentially soon launch for virtual reality sex robots, and some questionable comments on working conditions in the gaming industry from veteran Alex St. Johns. We've got opinions, and now you're gonna hear 'em! Thanks to our sponsors for this episode, Emporium Chicago, and thanks as always to the Chicago Podcast Coop for being amazing. Hey, the Nerdologues are on Patreon! If you want to help us make more cool stuff, check it out?
April 12, 2016
It's the return of our monthly questions episode! This week, Tim, Clayton, and Kellen tackle queries like "What's the best game you've played with a significant other?", "What Mega Man villain power would you want?", and MANY MORE. Also, be prepared to meet Patreon, a matronly robot with a penchant for both stand-up comedy and hip hop! Today's Talking Games is sponsored by Basecamp with generous support from the Chicago Podcast Coop. Thanks, folks! Patreon (the character) has appeared on this show in part because the Nerdologues have launched a Patreon (the website) campaign! If you like this show and all the stuff we do, check it out and consider throwing in some support?
April 5, 2016
If you listen to our show and its amazing, tight introductions, you know how much we love the Chicago Podcast Coop. This week, we're stoked to welcome the cohosts of another Coop show, Roboism, to the studio to chat about a bunch of stuff, but mostly Miitomo, a weird new app thing from Nintendo. Plus, fans of Talking Musicals won't want to miss this one! Thanks to our sponsors for this episode, Iron Galaxy. We love ya!
March 29, 2016
Things get a little free-form this week as local improviser and great dude J. Grant Collins jumps in the studio to cover a variety of topics, like why he plays Xbox One, his thoughts on The Division, and being a Conker's Bad Fur Day champion. Songs will be sung and unsolicited opinions will be given! Thanks to our sponsors for this episode, Cards Against Humanity, and thanks as always to the Chicago Podcast Coop.
March 22, 2016
When we did our Questions episode a few weeks back, Kellen offhandedly said that he felt the Street Fighter franchise could just call it a day. A couple of our listeners took GREAT OFFENSE to this remark. So today, Chris Geiger, Grayson Daskawicz, and George Serad join the show to make Kellen feel bad for his remarks, maybe! Or maybe we just have an intelligent discussion about Street Fighter and the newest entry in the franchise! Who knows?! All I know is, this is Clayton's Court now. Thanks Cards Against Humanity for sponsoring, and thanks to the Chicago Podcast Coop for being beautiful!
March 15, 2016
Maybe you don't think too much of Tom Clancy video games. Maybe, as Tim pines during this episode, they're "bro games." Well, get ready, friends, because everyone on this week's Talking Games thought The Division -- the newest in the Clancy series -- is pretty rad. Listen to Tim, Clayton, Kellen, and guest Vince Portacci dissect it here! Thanks to Cards Against Humanity for sponsoring this episode, and thanks to the Chicago Podcast Coop for being so beautiful!
March 8, 2016
It's time for another batch of listener questions! This time up, Tim, Clayton, and Kellen tackle queries like "What game franchise's impact would you wipe from history?" and "Is it creepy to create characters based on your friends?" They also take a look at Resident Evil's 20-year(!) history.  Thanks to our sponsors for this episode, Basecamp, and thanks as always to the Chicago Podcast Coop!
March 1, 2016
It's the episode that almost wasn't! After losing a whole 40 minutes of recording to an unknown kill switch Tim tripped with his feet, the Talking Games bros (along with guests Alex Wayman and Nick DiMaso) bravely rerecorded a full episode for your enjoyment. Remember that this was done for you. This week, the guys are talking about the new, unique first-person adventure Firewatch. Is it a hit?  Thanks to Basecamp for sponsoring the episode and to the Chicago Podcast Coop for hooking up the sponsorships!
February 23, 2016
That Dragon, Cancer is an immersive adventure-style video game created by a couple to help them cope with their infant son's cancer diagnosis and eventual death. If that sounds like a downer, well, it is. This is a pretty serious episode, so for once, we keep the Wings bits to only the intro. Thanks to guest Lisa Burton for joining us in getting real this week! Thanks also to our sponsors for the episode, the Emporium Arcade Bar, and thanks as always to the Chicago Podcast Coop.  If you're curious, the Radiolab episode about the game Lisa mentions can be found here.
February 17, 2016
This week, guest Tim Ryder joins Tim, Clayton, and Kellen to talk about how game narrative affects the play experience -- as well as our desire to want to play games! From LA Noir to J-RPGs to Telltale Games, a wide swath of genres falls under our critical lens! THIS IS COMPELLING. (Sorry for the episode delay, BTW. There were a few tech issues. Clayton sounds like he's far away, but don't worry, he's not a ghost or anything... not yet.) Thanks to our sponsors for the episode, Jackbox Games, and thanks as always to the Chicago Podcast Coop!
February 2, 2016
I believe it was the philosopher Plato who recognized the value of a good question. Well, you're going to get a ton of those today as Tim, Clayton, and Kellen take on more queries from all of you lovely listeners. As a bonus, they also review any requested title, even if they haven't played them! Because remember, knowledge is not a requisite for forming an opinion. Thanks to our sponsors for the episode, Iron Galaxy, as well as the Chicago Podcast Coop as always!
January 26, 2016
You ready to get retro? Tim, Clayton, Kellen, and guest Alex Berns are! This week, they chat about important games in their younger days and how that's influenced what they seek out today. Also, they may summon the spirits of Michael Keaton, George Lucas, and Barack Obama. Who can say?  Thanks to sponsors Iron Galaxy Games, and thanks of course to the Chicago Podcast Coop as well!
January 19, 2016
Sean Kelley's a great guy, and Improvised Star Trek's a great show. Sean brings that greatness to bear in a wonderful discussion with hosts Tim and Kellen about the prevelance of violence in video games. Why, so often, is it the only option? What would a different sort of game look like? Did Kellen murder Clayton so he could wear his flesh as a suit? The answers to all those questions AND MORE are within.  Thanks to our sponsors for this episode, Basecamp, and thanks of course to the Chicago Podcast Coop!
January 12, 2016
Today, the Nerdologues seed the bulk of their show description to wonderful guest Kevin Treski: If you want to know more about Kevin or harass him in any way you can find him at his twitter. To sign up for Chicago Gaming Union, hit up http://bit.ly/cgusignup. For more on his non-profit, Play On Chicago, that has its own twitter account to get in touch. For more info on going to the Chicago Twitch Meet-Up on the 17th, hit up this website to RSVP and follow this twitter feed. Last but not least if you want to get into streaming games or are already streaming and want a heads up on that new Infiniscene hotness Kevin was talking about, you can read more about it here and follow their twitter here. The next time Kevin is on schedule to surface will be the Twitch Chicago Meet-Up onSunday, January 17th. Thanks Kevin! It's the Nerdologues again. Thanks to our sponsors for this episode, Field Notes, and thanks as always to the Chicago Podcast Coop! Enjoy the show!
January 5, 2016
Guys, look, we DO have listeners! Or friends, at least! That counts for something! This week, we fill an hour taking audience-submitted questions that range from the relatively simple (When will we see the next Red Dead Redemption?) to the actually really thought-provoking (Will games ever deal with violence in an honest way? And do we want them to?). Enjoy this episode, friends -- YOU HELPED MAKE IT!!! Thanks to our sponsors for the week, Iron Galaxy Games, and huge thanks as always to the Chicago Podcast Coop as well.
December 29, 2015
Kick off your shoes, recline your chair, and sip some nog as Tim, Clayton, and Kellen spend a liesurely episode discussing their holiday season in video games and then looking forward to 2016. Also, there are some Star Wars spoilers. You've been warned. Thanks to our sponsors for this episode, Cards Against Humanity, and thanks as always to the Chicago Podcast Coop!
December 22, 2015
Thanks to companies like Telltale, narrative games have become hugely popular. This week, Tim and Clayton talk with developer Michael Block of Culture Shock Games, whose We Are Chicago anchors that genre in true stories of people growing up on Chicago's south side. Can Tim and Clayton have a sensitive conversation about race and culture? YES, of course! They'll also spoil the end of Fallout 4. Thanks to our sponsors for the episode, Field Notes, and thanks as always to the Chicago Podcast Coop!
December 15, 2015
What's December without serious consideration of your favorite things of the previous 12 months? This week, Tim, Clayton, and guest Daniel Strauss discuss their favorite titles of 2015. Will yours make the cut? I don't know, why don't you host this show and then your games will be represented too?  Thanks to our sponsors for this episode, Emporium, and thanks to the Chicago Podcast Coop as always!
December 8, 2015
You may not believe it, but over the course of Talking Games history, our hosts have said some disparaging things about the Disney/SquareEnix crossover franchise known as Kingdom Hearts. As it happens, fan and friend of the Nerdologues Katie Utke took some umbrage to these comments, and this week she enters Talking Games Headquarters (aka the Cards Against Humanity studio) to stand up for these games she loves so much -- especially Kingdom Hearts 2. It's Heartless and Nobodys till the cows come home! Thanks to our sponsors for the episode, Utter Nonsense, and to the Chicago Podcast Coop as always!
December 1, 2015
"Walking simulators" or "first-person feels" are kind of a new development in gaming, but are they games at all? Today, Tim, Clayton, Kellen, and guest Alex Wayman discuss titles like Dear Esther and Gone Home debating THAT VERY QUESTION! Once again, Forbes http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidthier/2015/08/26/everybodys-gone-to-the-rapture-why-do-people-hate-walking-simulators/provides some nice background for this topic.  Thanks to our sponsor for the episode, Cards Against Humanity, and as always thanks to the Chicago Podcast Coop as well!
November 24, 2015
It's time for another installment of Talking Games Takes On Current Events In The Video Game Industry (TGTOCEITVG, duh)! This week, we cover the recently uncovered blacklisting of review site Kotaku by publisher Bethesda, which has caused a pretty big to-do on the old Internets lately. Here's some helpful background reading on the issue, courtesy of Forbes! Thanks to our sponsors for the episode, Iron Galaxy, and thanks to the Chicago Podcast Coop as always!
November 17, 2015
Since Fallout 4 was released last week, couples have spent time apart, Internet porn traffic has dropped dramatically, and Bethesda has cartoon dollar signs in its eyes, probably. This week, we're going to talk about the game that's on everyone's minds with guest Tom McGuane! Thanks to our sponsors for this week, MakeSpace, and thanks as always to the Chicago Podcast Coop!
November 10, 2015
This past weekend, the boys in Talking Games raised $1650 for Extra Life, a game-based charity. This is tremendous. To do so, they had to play video games for 24 hours straight. As you might imagine, this could take a toll on one's sanity. This episode, recorded at hour 21 of the fundraiser, provides a testament to that, as Tim, Clayton, and Kellen review the previous day's games and guests and get caught in a spiral of madness centered on the game Hatoful Boyfriend. Enjoy this glimpse into a sleep-deprived, game-playing psyche! Also, thanks to our sponsors for this episode, Emporium Arcade Bar, and thanks to the Chicago Podcast Coop too!
November 3, 2015
Y'all, Extra Life is a great cause that raises money for Children's Miracle Network hospitals through video gaming. If you're not familiar with it, you should read up! Then you can listen to this episode where Tim, Clayton, and Kellen discuss their upcoming Extra Life 24-hour gaming marathon this Saturday, where they'll be hooked up to Twitch playing games for a day straight (with special guests like the Nerdologues, Jenn & Trin, and more!). You can donate to their Extra Life campaign here and check out their Twitch stream here on Saturday starting at 8 AM. It's gonna be a really good time that also does some good, so help out! Thanks to our sponsors for today's episode, Know Your Company, and as always to the Chicago Podcast Coop.  *Note: apparently this episode takes place in an alternate universe where Jeb Bush resigned from the presidential race yesterday.
October 27, 2015
At their base level, games are just a series of choices you have to make, right? So in a sense, Otherworld Theatre Company's new production, Gone Dark, is a game of sorts. You get a different show experience based on the choices you make as an audience member and the ways you interact with the production. Interested? You should be! Listen to Otherworld's Tiffany Keane and Brendan Stallings describe the show (and chat about some of their favorite games) here! Thanks to our sponsors for the episode, Jackbox Games, and thanks to the Chicago Podcast Coop as always! And hey, if you want to be a great person, help out Talking Games' Extra Life fundraiser!
October 20, 2015
On this week's Talking Games, what starts as a discussion with guest Eleni Sauvageau about guns and fighting in video games turns into a deeper discussion about what makes up a game in general. Can one have a game if there's no direct opposition in it? Does something like Gone Home count? Deep! Thanks to our sponsors for the episode, Emporium Arcade Bar, and thanks as always to the Chicago Podcast Coop! And once again, here's the link for the Talking Games team's Extra Life fundraiser!
October 13, 2015
Finally! We know you've been waiting for it, adoring fans, and this week you get your wish: all three show hosts return! And they're joined by two really great guests, Sandy Weisz and Andy Sabin, who're working on a really sweet-sounding game for Apple TV called Read the Room. You'll hear all about it in this episode, including discussion of a few rounds of sample play. You'll never guess which of our three hosts was high during the game.  Thanks to our sponsors for the episode, Makespace, and thanks to the Chicago Podcast Coop as always! Also, our Talking Games hosts are putting together an Extra Life fundraiser this fall. Help them reach their goal!
October 6, 2015
Last year, Alex Honnet came on our show to chat about Hearthstone, a digital TCG sensation sweeping the nation! Now it's out on iOS, and Tim sits down with guests Mike Brunlieb and Alan Linic to dig into the game once again! They'll talk class rankings, strategies, annoying opponents, and even more. Thanks to our sponsors for the episode, Emporium Arcade Bar, and thanks as always to the Chicago Podcast Coop!
September 29, 2015
Ah, 1994. The Lion King ruled the box office. Jeff Buckley's Grace made a generation cry. And a whole bunch of us spent hours playing Donkey Kong Country. That's the topic of this week's episode, along with a reevaluation of publisher Rare's larger catalog! Thanks to Basecamp for sponsoring and to the Chicago Podcast Coop as always! And make sure to check out Bobby's upcoming webseries on NBC!
September 22, 2015
This week, Tim, Kellen, and guest Aaron Amendola from VStheUNIVERSE talk all things Destiny, including the newest expansion, The Taken King! Also, you'll get some hot Chicago pizza recs.  Thanks to our sponsor for this episode, Jackbox Games, and thanks to the Chicago Podcast Coop, of course!
September 15, 2015
We all agree that Metal Gear Solid V is just amazing, but what does it mean to support that game when we all know how awful Konami is? That's the topic of discussion this week, as Tim, Clayton, and Kellen wade into some deeper waters than usual. But hey, you're all smart people. You can take it. Thanks to Cards Against Humanity for sponsoring this episode and thanks to the Chicago Podcast Coop as always!
September 8, 2015
Isn't it weird how pretty much everyone thinks Phantom Menaces are bad but Phantom Pains are good? Wait, is that an offensive thing to say? At any rate, Tim, Clayton, and Kellen dig into one of the most anticipated new games of the year this week, the fifth installment of the Metal Gear Solid franchise, and they have really positive things to say about it! Warning: spoilers abound.  Thanks to our sponsors for the episode, Iron Galaxy Studios, and thanks as always to the Chicago Podcast Coop!
September 1, 2015
You know who likes Metroid a lot? Chris Chapin. You know who he's gonna chat about it with? Tim, Clayton, and Kellen! All things Samus will be discussed, and the lads also give some thought to the state of Nintendo in general, because why not?  Thanks to our sponsors for the episode, Cards Against Humanity, as well as the Chicago Podcast Coop!
August 25, 2015
Is perfection possible, or is the attempt to attain it ultimately flawed, an impossible human pursuit we crave in folly while our time on this planet whittles away? That's not at all what we're going to talk about today, as Tim and Clayton discuss some games that they think are perfect 10s -- and some others that often receive that praise but probably don't deserve it. We've got your Portals, your Mass Effects, your Zeldas, and more!  Thanks to our sponsors for the episode, Desktime, and thanks as always to the Chicago Podcast Coop!
August 18, 2015
Bit Bash -- Chicago's alternative games festival -- is absolutely one of the coolest things you can do with your time this weekend, and today, organizer Jamie Sanchez joins us to let us know what we're in for! Get pumped for a good day at Threadless IQ with this festival primer! Also hear Clayton debut a stunning new talent.  Thanks to Field Notes for sponsoring this episode and to the Chicago Podcast Coop too!
August 11, 2015
You might have heard the expression "Everyone's a critic," but more specifically, critics are critics! This week, Tim, Clayton, and Kellen chat with the Nerdologues' Kevin Reader about the topic of gaming criticism, which veers pretty close to "ethics in games journalism," but without all the ugly sexism!  Thanks to Inventables for sponsoring this episode and to the Chicago Podcast Coop for being a shining star in the night sky.
August 4, 2015
This week's Talking Games is NO guests, NO rules! First, Kellen, Clayton, and Tim sit down to talk about why Konami seems like a horrible place to work in a truly terrifying segment. Then they touch on a bunch of other stuff, like the indie game market today, ending with a long discussion of Destiny. Will Tim ever get a mic so he can talk while he plays?! Thanks to our sponsors for this episode, Emporium Arcade Bar, as well as the Chicago Podcast Coop. They know why.
July 28, 2015
Fighting game fans know that this year's Evo, a world-class fighting game championship, just wrapped a couple weeks ago. This week, Kellen, Clayton, and Tim welcome guest George Serad to chat about it and all other things fighting games! From Smash Bros. to Mortal Kombat to Clayfighter, no franchise will be spared!  Special thanks to Field Notes for sponsoring this episode and to the Chicago Podcast Coop for being the best.
July 21, 2015
A series spanning, at current, twenty-five games has to have ups and downs, and this week, Tim, Clayton, Kellen, and guest Jon Silver are going to talk about what those are in the Assassin's Creed franchise. They'll also chat about the passing of Nintendo president Satoru Iwata last week, which is sad but, come on, we had to talk about it! Thanks to our sponsor for this episode, Emporium Barcade, and thanks to the Chicago Podcast Coop as always!
July 14, 2015
When it comes to superheroes, Batman is pretty much the coolest... but his games haven't always lived up to the character. Today, Kellen, Clayton, and guest Andy Junk sit down to chat about the many video game permutations of the Caped Crusader, along with some comics and movies! Special attention is paid to the Arkham games, of course, but we're going all the way back to the NES for this one. Also, amazingly, three knowledgeable people more or less agree that Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns is vastly overrated (which it is!).  This episode is sponsored by Iron Galaxy Studios. Thanks Iron Galaxy, and thanks Chicago Podcast Coop!
July 7, 2015
Once, long ago -- I think it was late May -- Tim and Clayton dedicated an episode to answering listener questions. This week, those two plus Kellen are at it again, tackling queries like which game has the best soundtrack, what's the coolest Mega Man power-up, and are people who play games wasting their lives?? Thanks to Cards Against Humanity for sponsoring this episode and to the Chicago Podcast Coop for general goodness.
June 30, 2015
If there were an honor for "the last video game podcast to talk about E3," we'd claim that proudly. After last week's live episode, we're back to the regular schedule today with special guests Sean Rose and Sammy Tamimi to dissect all the E3 news we missed a couple weeks ago. Metal Gear! Final Fantasy! More!! Thanks to Basecamp for sponsoring today's episode and, as always, thanks to the Chicago Podcast Coop for being the very best.
June 23, 2015
Flintstones and Jetsons, British Office and American Office, Talking Games and Remake -- truly the great crossovers in media history. This week, the hosts of Remake: The Podcast join us for a LIVE EPISODE that sees us turn a classic film into a hit game and vice versa. Get ready for some Jaleel White Birdman action and collect enough points to earn your wings as we discuss It's a Wonderful Life and Sonic the Hedgehog! Remake: The Podcast is great and you can find it here! Thanks to Cards Against Humanity for sponsoring (and hosting) this meeting of the minds, and thanks as always to the Chicago Podcast Coop!
June 16, 2015
For the last handful of weeks, the "What Are You Playing?" segment has been full of talk of Witcher 3. This week -- after a brief recap of E3 Day Zero news (more coming next week, guys!) -- that chat expands into a whole episode! Tim, Clayton, and Kellen get into the nitty-gritty of Witcher 3 here. See why these guys think it's a touchstone game for its genre and, probably, game of the year! Thanks to Know Your Company for sponsoring, and to the Chicago Podcast Coop for being lovely!
June 9, 2015
Friendship is a wonderful thing, and this week we welcome two people who love the concept - and each other - so much that they started their own podcast about it. From Friendshipping!, Jenn Bane and Trin Garritano share their love for the game franchise that sparked their initial connection, Mass Effect.  Thanks to our sponsors for the episode, Basecamp, and to the Chicago Podcast Coop for making it all happen! Support the heck out of those shows, like Friendshipping!
June 2, 2015
Video game RPGs are great, right? You might have heard us talk about them a little bit before. Today, we're trading in our computer screens for printed ones (like a Dungeonmaster Screen - get it?) as we run through a bunch of cool tabletop RPG systems with podcast host and now professional roleplayer James D'Amato. If you've ever wondered what an RPG based on Coen Brothers films might look like, THIS IS YOUR EPISODE! Thanks to the Maxistentialism Zine for the sponsorship, and thanks to the Chicago Podcast Coop for being super cool!
May 26, 2015
Kellen's otherwise occupied this week, so CLASSIC Talking Games hosts Tim and Clayton take a small detour with this episode to introduce a new segment: Letters from Friends Who Don't Play Games! Lest you think this is a gimmick (which, maybe...?), they'll field some truly thoughtful questions about what constitutes a "gamer" and what makes games replayable (or makes you not want to revisit them again).  Thanks to our sponsors for the episode, Field Notes, and thanks as always to the Chicago Podcast Coop for being awesome! If you have a question for Tim or Clayton, you can bother them on Twitter. Also, here's that Nerdologues event Tim plugged at the end of the episode. It's not just a playtest of our new game but a launch party for the Kickstarter campaign of that game! We'd love it if you could come!
May 19, 2015
This week, Alex Honnet returns to the show to talk not about Hearthstone but a bunch of different topics, kicking off with a run-down of expected titles to debut at E3. What inspires hope? What instills dread? Then, our team covers tablet gaming (okay, so maybe there's a little Hearthstone) and talks about the possibilities of a Nintendo moving into mobile gaming. Because it would be awesome to play Pokemon on your phone, right?  Thanks to this week's sponsor, Cards Against Humanity! And thanks to the Chicago Podcast Coop for being rad!
May 12, 2015
For the first time in Talking Games history, all of our hosts find themselves no longer a part of the single life. What are three video game-loving bros but chat about this new experience? Get ready for an open discussion of healthy relationships that involve give and take from both parties and recognizing that each partner will have his or her own passions to pursue. YEAH! Big thanks to our sponsor for the episode, Basecamp! And of course, thanks to the Chicago Podcast Coop for being awesome.
May 5, 2015
There's no doubt that former Konami vice president Hideo Kojima has one of the most recognizable names in video game development - that is, if you pay attention to people's names. He's an auteur in every sense, lending a very specific sensibility to game dynasties like Metal Gear and Silent Hill. Recently it was announced Kojima would be leaving Konami for his own pursuits, so Tim, Clayton, and Kellen take this week to chat about his contributions to the company... at least until the episode unceremoniously cuts off for the creepiest technical difficulties ever. Also includes new hot debut segment: Max's Pick of the Week! Thanks to our sponsors for this episode, Jackbox Games, as well as the Chicago Podcast Coop for being great.
April 28, 2015
You may have wondered whatever happened to Talking Games co-creator Tim Dunn these last few months - sure, he checked in remotely a couple times, but did he make it off his cruise alive? The answer, of course, is yes, and this week Clayton and Kellen spend the episode catching up with Tim, answering crucial questions like "What kind of games do you play on a boat" and "What console did Tim by upon getting back?" You know, the queries philosophers have pondered for centuries. Plus, get ready for a new Talking Games status quo! Thanks to our sponsors for this episode, Iron Galaxy Studios, and to the Chicago Podcast Coop for their support!
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