Deep Listens: GBCERIX: Magic Pengel World Record Time!

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Deep Listens is a gaming podcast series I'm recording with a few of my friends. Every two weeks we pick and play a new game and then discuss it from a literary, philosophical, and game design perspective. Its kind of like a book club for video games. We try to dig as deep as we can on an individual game every episode so check it out!

In this episode Gino, Pete, and Em discuss the upcoming 9th Giantbomb Community Endurance Run! We spend most of the show breaking down Magic Pengel speed running techniques to help Gino prep for the Magic Pengel world record attempt he will be making during the GBCER. We then discuss some of the other shenanigans that we will be participating in for the show such as Blindfolded Barista gaming. We wrap up by trying to help Em find a gimmick and by announcing another round of Pete Teaches.

The Giantbomb Community Endurance Run will be April 12th - 14th! Reach out if you'd like to participate! A thread dedicated solely to the GBCER will be up soon!

You can find the team page here: https://fundraise.pencilsofpromise.org/gbcerix

GBCERIX: Magic Pengel World Record Time

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Deep Listens: Final Fantasy by the Dozen: Part Three *Featuring Rorie

This frickin' guy
This frickin' guy

Deep Listens is a gaming podcast series I'm recording with a few of my friends. Every two weeks we pick and play a new game and then discuss it from a literary, philosophical, and game design perspective. Its kind of like a book club for video games. We try to dig as deep as we can on an individual game every episode so check it out!

In this episode Gino, Chris "@zombiepie" -REDACTED-, and special guest Matt "@rorie" Rorie discuss Final Fantasy XII from the Ozmone Plains to Sochen Cave. We start out by answering a listener email on the larger aimlessness of the FF franchise. We then dive into the story's escalating stakes and how it blends compelling motivations with FF nonsense. We finish up by discussing the game's large difficulty spike around its midpoint.

Final Fantasy by the Dozen: Part 3

Final Fantasy by the Dozen: Part 2

Final Fantasy by the Dozen: Part 1

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Deep Listens: Game of Our Year 2018

Deep Listens is a gaming podcast series I'm recording with a few of my friends. Every two weeks we pick and play a new game and then discuss it from a literary, philosophical, and game design perspective. Its kind of like a book club for video games. We try to dig as deep as we can on an individual game every episode so check it out!

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We made things hard this year.
We made things hard this year.
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In this episode Gino, Pete, Billy, Em, and Chris "@zombiepie" -REDACTED- complete GotY proceedings!

The categories this year are:

Game of the Year 2018, Best Comedy, Best Drama, Best Horror, Best Action, Best Adventure, Best Character, Worst Character, Best Soundtrack, Worst Game of Our Year 2018, Worst Story And Or Written Dialogue, Prettiest Game, Best Performance/Voice Acting, Best Mechanic, Best Twist, Biggest Indictment of Capitalism, Most Replayable Classic, Gino's Platypus Award for Game That Should Not Be, Billy's Grindfather Award, John Paul Sartre Memorial Award for Game That Best Expresses the Ultimate Futility of the Human Condition, ZP's "Help I'm Trapped in Sysiphean Torment" Award, Em's Sheeple Award: Most Wildly Overstated/Overrated, and Game of Our Year 2018!

Deep Listens: Game of the Year 2018

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Deep Listens: Final Fantasy by the Dozen: Part Two *Featuring Rorie

He's remarkably swole for being in prison for so long.
He's remarkably swole for being in prison for so long.

Deep Listens is a gaming podcast series I'm recording with a few of my friends. Every two weeks we pick and play a new game and then discuss it from a literary, philosophical, and game design perspective. Its kind of like a book club for video games. We try to dig as deep as we can on an individual game every episode so check it out!

In this episode Gino, Chris "@zombiepie" -REDACTED-, and special guest Matt "@rorie" Rorie discuss Final Fantasy XII from the waterways to the Skyship Shiva. We go into the differences between the Zodiac Age License Boards, the game's insane treasure and chain systems, and the finer points of Diefacted Nethecyte. Also, what is diefacted nethecyte (nethesite?)?

Final Fantasy by the Dozen: Part 2

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Deep Listens: Final Fantasy by the Dozen: Part One *Featuring Rorie

Deep Listens is a gaming podcast series I'm recording with a few of my friends. Every two weeks we pick and play a new game and then discuss it from a literary, philosophical, and game design perspective. Its kind of like a book club for video games. We try to dig as deep as we can on an individual game every episode so check it out!

Who is this boy and why should we care?
Who is this boy and why should we care?

In this episode Gino, Chris "@zombiepie" -REDACTED- and, Screened/ Giantbomb's own Matt @rorie discuss the opening hours of Final Fantasy XII, true Ape Escape cannon, game guide writing, and the differences between original FFXII and the new Zodiac Age re-release. We go very deep on systems this time! Also, someone please teach ZP about if, else statements!

Final Fantasy by the Dozen: Part One

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Final Fantasy Friday the XIIIth: Parts Three and Four- The Grand Final-e

Deep Listens is a gaming podcast series I'm recording with a few of my friends. Every two weeks we pick and play a new game and then discuss it from a literary, philosophical, and game design perspective. Its kind of like a book club for video games. We try to dig as deep as we can on an individual game every episode so check it out!

In part three Gino and Chris "ZombiePie" -REDACTED- discuss chapters 4-10 of Final Fantasy XIII and answer some listener emails. There are so many chapters and so little happens. Help.

Final Fantasy Friday the XIIIth Part Three

In part four Gino and Chris "ZombiePie" -REDACTED- discuss chapters 11, 12, and 13 of Final Fantasy XIII. We answer a listener question on how we would fix the game. We then lament the game's terrible pacing, stale combat, nonsensical story, paper-thin characters, dead world, bland soundtrack, and on and on it goes. The only question that remains about FFXIII is whether it's the worst FF game of all time...

Final Fantasy Friday the XIIIth Part Four- The Grand Final-e

Next stop... FFXII!

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Final Fantasy Friday the XIIIth Parts One and Two

Deep Listens is a gaming podcast series I'm recording with a few of my friends. Every two weeks we pick and play a new game and then discuss it from a literary, philosophical, and game design perspective. Its kind of like a book club for video games. We try to dig as deep as we can on an individual game every episode so check it out!

In part one Gino and Chris "@zombiepie" -REDACTED- discuss the GBCER, take NBA questions from listeners, and discuss the first three hours of Final Fantasy XIII. We don't even leave the first level. We can't even level up after three hours. Who made this game this way and why?

Final Fantasy Friday the XIIIth Part 1

In part two Gino and Chris "@zombiepie" -REDACTED- discuss chapters 2-3 of Final Fantasy XIII and do a deep dive on the leveling and combat system in the game. We also take some emails, discuss the NBA playoffs, and lament all of the better FF games we could be playing.

Final Fantasy Friday the XIIIth Part 2

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Deep Listens: Final Foiling: Time To Talk About the FF Trading Card Game

The Quina Card is actually really good in the FF TCG
The Quina Card is actually really good in the FF TCG

Deep Listens is a gaming podcast series I'm recording with a few of my friends. Every two weeks we pick and play a new game and then discuss it from a literary, philosophical, and game design perspective. Its kind of like a book club for video games. We try to dig as deep as we can on an individual game every episode so check it out!

In this episode Gino and Chris "@zombiepie" -REDACTED- discuss the Final Fantasy Trading Card Game. We start out with some GBCER announcements and listener feedback before pivoting to the FF TCG. Chris takes exception to the fact that the FF TCG is a trading card game while Gino delves into the specifics of what separates the FF TCG from it's clear progenitor: Magic: The Gathering. We wrap up by ranking the FF TCG among all of the Final Fantasy games.

Final Foiling: Time To Talk About the FF Trading Card Game

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Deep Listens: Saints Row: The Third and Foucault

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Deep Listens is a gaming podcast series I'm recording with a few of my friends. Every two weeks we pick and play a new game and then discuss it from a literary, philosophical, and game design perspective. Its kind of like a book club for video games. We try to dig as deep as we can on an individual game every episode so check it out!

In this episode Gino, Billy, and Pete discuss Saints Row: the Third and all the insanity therein. We discuss the game's wild opening, rough first third, and excellent back half. We dive deep into the game's worst mission, the Ho Boat, and examine how surprisingly excellent the game's satire of militarized policing is 7 years after its release. Pete even brings some moral philosophy to the topic by examining the game through the perspective of Foucault.

Episode 65: Saints Row: The Third and Foucault

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Deep Listens: Bayonetta and Judith Butler

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Deep Listens is a gaming podcast series I'm recording with a few of my friends. Every two weeks we pick and play a new game and then discuss it from a literary, philosophical, and game design perspective. Its kind of like a book club for video games. We try to dig as deep as we can on an individual game every episode so check it out!

In this episode Gino, Billy, and Pete discuss the nutzo-wutzo spectacle that is Bayonetta. We begin by discussing the finer points of Bayonetta's stylish combat system and disect some of the glitches that allow you to tear the game apart. We then transition to one of the more on-brand Deep Listens discussions we've had in a while: Pete brings some notes on Judith Butler to dissect the depiction of gender in Bayonetta. We finish up by discussing the game's combat rating system and some the most fun, wild moments in a completely fun and wild game.

Episode 64: Bayonetta and Judith Butler

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