Episodes

  • This week the podcast talks bad, meaning good, and if we say a villain is bad then we mean they are not good, but bad. Make sense? Of course it does! Yes, we're talking about some of our favourite villains in PC gaming. Some interesting topics come up, including the utility of different kinds of villain, what kinds of villain are good, and whether Dr Eggman is a sad, sad boy.

    Full show notes: www.rockpapershotgun.com/2020/07/30/podcast-the-worst-villains-ever-by-which-we-mean-best

    Discord: discord.gg/rockpapershotgun

  • This week the Electronic Wireless Show celebrates the 7/10 game. Yes, we know RPS doesn’t have scores but the 7/10 is as much a feeling or a way of life. It’s those games that are a bit jank at the same time as being a bit genius, the ones that you love even though they’re a bit rough around the edges. Plus: more fish anecdotes, and how the TV show Friends could have been improved (the answer isn’t “delete Ross”, sadly).

    Full show notes: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2020/07/23/podcast-heres-to-the-glorious-7s/

    Discord: discord.gg/rockpapershotgun

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  • We're back! This week, we've reverted to a more traditional gaming podcast format by spending the first five to ten minutes talking about 90s kids' TV shows we watched. Did you miss us?? Remarkably, we do also talk about some video games, to whit: Halo 3 and Death stranding, which are two big beasty release from this week that VidBud Matthew and Nate have been playing. Unfortunately I, Alice, haven't been playing anything new, but is able to provide input - as well as sound effects! Yes, this week also sees the return of the much loved soundboard. Ooh la la!

    Full show notes: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2020/07/16/podcast-chiefing-death-a-pun/

    Discord: discord.gg/rockpapershotgun

  • Rock Paper Shotgun doesn't do scores - until today! For a very special episode 100 of the Electronic Wireless Show, we've decided to finally ditch coherent critical analysis in favour of the comforting certainty of math(s). Over the course of the episode, Matthew, Nate and special guest host Graham (hi) assign numerical scores to 100 games, and then average out the results to deliver a single, definitive score for the entirety of PC gaming.

    Full show notes: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2020/06/26/podcast-episode-100/

    Discord: https://discord.gg/rockpapershotgun

  • This week we’re being vaguely topical! Imagine that. Today, because we’ve come through what we might call phase one of the not-E3 livestreams (with phase 2 being Thursday's EA stream and the underway Steam Game Festival) we decided to behave like proper games journalists. We pick out some favourites and standouts from the Guerrilla Collective streams and the PC Gaming show – links to the complete roundups of every trailer and announcement can be found in the show notes.

    Discord: https://discord.gg/rockpapershotgun

    Full show notes: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2020/06/18/podcast-not-e3-best-bits/

  • This week we got an email from listener Tom from Melbourne, who suggested that it would be fun for us to talk about the scariest games we've all played. Would it, Tom? WOULD IT? What sort of pervs enjoy being afraid? Well, many people, obviously, so we thought Tom's suggestion was a good one. A lot of games come up, from The Evil Within to Soma to Chronicles Of Riddick.

    Talk about this episode on our Discord: https://discord.gg/rockpapershotgun

    Read the full show notes here: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2020/06/13/podcast-june-halloween-special/

  • Remember when podcasts weren’t even a thing? Us neither. This week, you can join us in an ouroboros of podcasting where we, on a podcast about games, talk about games that we play whilst listening to podcasts. Come, stand betwixt these two mirrors with us!

    Discord: https://discord.gg/rockpapershotgun

    Show notes: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2020/06/05/podcast-games-to-play-while-you-listen-to-podcasts

  • The big physical summer expos all got cancelled, but instead we have a whole load of great digi-vents to replace them. Looking at the schedule, it seems the Summer Of Games is going on until approximately next January. We’re in a bit of a hopeful mood for this week’s podcast, so the gang discuss their most anticipated upcoming releases, as well as their most anticipated and/or hoped for reveals that might come from the 2020 digital events.

    Discuss this episode on our Discord: discord.gg/rockpapershotgun

    Links:

    Desperados III has a nice big trailer: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2020/05/20/desperados-3-gets-a-lengthy-gameplay-trailer-before-launch-next-month/

    You can play a demo of Desperados III right this hot second: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2020/05/27/play-demos-for-desperados-3-and-system-shock-right-now-via-gog/

    Iron Harvest had a multiplayer alpha last year: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2018/12/19/iron-harvest-preorder-alpha-released/

    Alice is already well excited for Valhalla, and has been doing lots of speculation: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2020/04/30/7-things-i-demand-from-assassins-creed-valhalla/

    Here are some sober facts about AC Valhalla: everything we know and all the release dates: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2020/05/19/assassins-creed-valhalla-release-date-gameplay-and-trailers-4/

    Likewise, here’s everything we know about the cyberbants of Cyberpunk 2077: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2019/08/13/cyberpunk-2077-release-date-trailer-news-and-gameplay/

    Nate is extremely excited for Horizon Zero Dawn to come to PC: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2020/01/17/5-reasons-im-desperate-for-horizon-zero-dawn-on-pc/

    Here’s a preview of XCOM-but-gangsters game Empire Of Sin: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2019/09/09/empire-of-sin-is-looking-so-good-enough-it-should-be-illegal/

    Here’s a preview of nice game about death Spiritfarer: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2019/07/08/spiritfarer-is-about-death-but-its-how-it-treats-life-that-makes-it-unusual/

    Microsoft closed Lionhead Studios: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2016/04/29/lionhead-studios-closed/

    Apple bought the company which made Kinect's 3D sensor: https://www.theverge.com/2013/11/24/5141416/apple-confirms-primesense-acquisition

    Age Of Empires IV has a trailer and not much else: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2019/11/14/age-of-empires-4-trailer-shows-off-its-medieval-setting/

    Everything we know about Humankind, the challenger to Civ’s throne: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2019/08/27/humankind-release-date-trailer-gameplay-everything-we-know-about-amplitudes-new-4x-magnum-opus-2/

    Bloodlines 2 release a very, very good new trailer: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2020/05/07/this-vampire-the-masquerade-bloodlines-2-trailer-has-come-to-dance/

    One of our excellent videos on Baldur’s Gate 3, on 15 features you didn’t see in the public demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0mdQF92N_w

    Dragon Age 4 teases dragons, won’t be out for ages: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2018/12/07/dragon-age-4-teaser-trailer/

    Nate’s Dwarf Fortress Basement Of Curiosity: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/tag/the-basement-of-curiosity/

    A peek at Dwarf Fortress’s non-ASCII look: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2020/03/27/heres-a-preview-of-dwarf-fortress-texture-overhaul/

    This week Matthew recommends The Borrowed by Chan Ho-Kei: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30119105-the-borrowed

    Nate corruptly recommends his own book: https://twitter.com/FrogCroakley/status/1265306814150848512

    And Alice recommends making your own pizza: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/no-yeast-pizza-dough

  • Technically it should be happy birthday to The Witcher 3, but it’s always better to put a face to an event, don’t you think? Yes, this week we all celebrated the fifth anniversary of CD Projekt’s most favoured baby (until later this year, at least). Join Alice Bee, VidBud Matthew and Nate as they discuss how Geralt would do on Come Dine With Me, if he’d be alright to have a pint with, and also maybe the game itself a bit.

    Discuss this episode on our Discord: https://discord.gg/rockpapershotgun

    Links:

    The Witcher 3 is going cheap for the next couple of weeks, if you don't have it yet: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2020/05/19/the-witcher-sales-on-steam-and-gog/

    Nate is fairly certain he knows the plot of The Witcher 3 now: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2020/05/19/i-am-fairly-certain-this-is-the-plot-of-the-witcher-3/

    Alice likes The Witcher 3 more if she ignores almost all of The Witcher 3: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2020/05/19/the-witcher-3-is-most-fun-if-you-ignore-almost-all-of-the-witcher-3/

    Matt enjoyed the Blood And Wine DLC almost as much as Matthew: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2020/05/19/the-witcher-3s-blood-and-wine-dlc-puts-geralt-where-he-truly-belongs/

    Our original review from all those years ago: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2015/05/29/the-witcher-3-review-pc/

    And the review for Blood And Wine, which Matthew says is the best DLC for anything ever: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2016/05/25/the-witcher-3-blood-and-wine-review/

    The best thing that has ever happened on television happened on Come Dine With Me: https://www.joe.ie/movies-tv/scene-by-scene-come-dine-with-me-658079

    This week Alice recommends The Last Dance documentary: https://www.netflix.com/title/80203144

    Matthew recommends the ultraviolence of Gangs Of London: https://www.sky.com/watch/gangs-of-london

    And Nate recommends putting Bovril over your roast potatoes just before you take them out of the oven: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bovril

    Get these links and more on the RPS site: https://wp.me/pkbbD-3vot

  • We’ve been away from podcasting for a while, ever since Bungus Humongous (who used to record and edit it) fell off his skateboard and exploded into a pile of coins. But now we’re back! And because we all need a chat with mates at this difficult time, we’re just having a nice chat about the games we’re playing every week. This time: Gears Tactics vs. XCOM Chimera Squad, and family bonding in Sea Of Thieves. Plus: the best way to store a body in a freezer chest, the secret to delicious veggie mince, and the best Scampi merch.

    Discuss this episode on our Discord: https://discord.gg/rockpapershotgun

    Links:

    Nate's Gears Tactics review: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2020/04/27/gears-tactics-review/

    Ways gears tactics will appeal to Gears fans as well as XCOM fans: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2020/04/02/gears-tactics-will-appeal-to-xcom-fans-and-classic-gears-of-war-fans-alike/

    Matthew's video review of Gears Tactics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaOPS7L882c

    XCOM: Chimera Squad's surprise announcement: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2020/04/14/theres-a-brand-new-xcom-spin-off-coming-out-next-week/

    Matt (Cox)'s Chimera Squad review: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2020/04/23/xcom-chimera-squad-review/

    Firaxis talking about taking XCOM in a new direction: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2020/04/24/firaxis-on-taking-xcom-in-a-new-direction-with-xcom-chimera-squad/

    VidBud Colm's Chimera Squad video review: https://youtu.be/ELjfi0KlwR4

    The VidBuds' Sea Of Thieves Stream: https://youtu.be/g8TmL28f1xU

    Sea Of Theives' original review, back in 2018: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2018/03/23/sea-of-thieves-review-pc/

    Sea Of Thieves' most recent update (feat. cats): https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2020/04/22/recruit-a-kitty-as-your-first-mate-in-sea-of-thieves-ships-of-fortune-update-today/

  • Wilmot's Warehouse is a good game about sorting boxes. Alice B likes to pile beautiful sunsets on top of one another. Brendan likes to store dangerous buttons next to the nuclear missiles. And I can't remember what boxes Nate likes. Probably eggs.

    Links:

    We can't stop playing Wilmot's Warehouse: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2019/09/09/cant-stop-playing-wilmots-warehouse/

    Nate's Wilmot's Warehouse review: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2019/09/11/wilmots-warehouse-review/

    The posters of the warehouse: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2019/09/12/wilmots-warehouses-motivational-posters-are-a-deadpan-anti-reward/

    It's a language game, says Philosophy Matt: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2019/09/04/wilmots-warehouse-is-a-language-game-please-discuss/

    The timelapses are cool: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2019/09/02/timelapses-in-wilmots-warehouse-are-supremely-satisfying/

    Wasteland Baby by Hozier: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSye8OO5TkM&list=PL9tY0BWXOZFtpgUO2E_VBDIMKrNZuLU5f

    The Mind Explained is on Netflix and YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SzZTTHbj-8

    F***ing rawwwwwwww: https://youtu.be/id-M2S5JyC8?t=6

  • Welcome back, brine fans. Our pen and paper RPG podcast is continuing its salty journey to the top of the pod charts with its fantasy tales of bravery and fishmongering. This week, the gang find themselves waking up in the cavernous city-state of Snarlgrove, nursing some terrible hangovers.

    Can Nate, Astrid and Alice B uncover the events of their previous night in the settlement? Or did they get so blackout wasted that it's impossible to tell? As usual, the only way to find out is to listen along.

  • We're talking about families in games this week. Brendan likes the Mishima family from Tekken, who throw each other into volcanoes. Sin prefers the simple life of the Sims, and Matthew enjoys the magical tales of the Finch family in What Remains of Edith Finch.

    We've also been playing stuff. Children of Morta continues the family theme with some dungeon crawling. Gears 5 has some mother-daughter tension as well. And Ghost Recon Breakpoint ... well, I guess a special ops squad is like a family?

    Links:

    The Sims 4 new mermaid DLC: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2019/06/21/the-sims-4-island-living-expansion-released/

    What Remains of Edith Finch is good: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2017/04/24/what-remains-of-edith-finch-review/

    The Mishima family is complicated: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozjp_TcB2EA

    Hong and Kong: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-49603717

    Alice B liked A Plague Tale: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2019/05/13/a-plague-tale-innocence-review/

    Sin's review of Children Of Morta: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2019/09/05/children-of-morta-review/

    Valhalla is a cyberpunk bartending game: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2016/06/21/va-11-hall-a-review/

    Matthew's Gears 5 review: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2019/09/04/gears-5-pc-review/

    Matt and Brendy played some Ghost Recon Breakpoint: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2019/09/05/the-first-couple-of-hours-with-ghost-recon-breakpoints-beta/

    Money Heist is on Netflix: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvCdLmxnkj0

    Green Leaf is on Netflix too I think: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVIgWhOrWes

    Skateboard Bruh delivers Uber Eats on a skateboard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvcuEHa4BIo

  • Gamescom is over and the team have returned. Well, only one survivor has made it back to the podcast room - Alice B, who is here to tell us about Atomicrops, Empire of Sin, The Longing, and a whole lot more! Brendan, meanwhile has been monkeying around at home in Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey.

    Links:

    All our Gamescom 2019 coverage: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/tag/gamescom-2019/

    Angela Merkel is unwell: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/11/angela-merkel-sits-anthems-after-latest-shaking-episode

    The Longing is a 400-day game: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/game/the-longing/

    The Eternal Cylinder looks wonderfully strange: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2019/08/16/the-endless-cylinder-launching-in-2020/

    Seed is an ambitious MMO city builder: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2017/08/30/the-games-chasing-eves-vision-of-a-single-shard-mmo/

    In Empire of Sin your gangsters can become serial killers: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2019/06/18/empire-of-sin-preview-e3-2019/

    Spiritfarer is about ferrying souls to the afterlife: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2019/06/15/spiritfarer-looks-like-utterly-magical-heartbreak/

    The Bloodlines 2 demo can be violent or talky: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2019/08/22/spend-30-minutes-in-the-company-of-vampire-the-masquerade-bloodlines-2/

    The Settlers is being rebooted: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2018/08/22/new-settlers-game-due-autumn-2019/

    Humankind is a new upcoming 4X game: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2019/08/19/amplitude-studios-announce-humankind/

    Kine is a puzzler about musical instruments: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2018/09/26/kine-is-a-beautiful-musical-puzzle-game-to-watch-out-for/

    Atomicrops is like a twin-stick Stardew Valley: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2019/08/28/atomicrops-hands-on-the-twinstick-stardew-valley-game-you-didnt-know-you-wanted/

    Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is not a great ape: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2019/08/26/ancestors-review/

    Magnum's Cookie and Cream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kB_OV9SBiw

    Sorry to Bother You is a surreal comedy and very good: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5688932/

  • Gamescom is next week, and it will see a few of the RPS treehousers zipping off to Cologne. In this pod, they prepare themselves for the mission ahead. Thumbs at the ready, maggots.

    Alice is looking forward to playing some Watch Dogs Legion, and seeing how much Laaaaahndaaaan they can fit into their game. Matthew is eager to see the Cyberpunk 2077 demo that was shown at E3, to see what’s what.

    Links:


    Matthew and Brendan played Mount and Blade 2 at Gamescom last year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ByrC0GoQrE&

    Matt played Watch Dogs: Legion at E3: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2019/06/14/watch-dogs-legion-does-a-good-lahndan-but-the-npcs-left-me-cold/

    Desperadoes 3 looks interesting: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2018/08/21/desperados-3-announced/

    Matt had problems with Cyberpunk 2077’s latest demo: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2019/06/12/cyberpunk-2077s-e3-demo-has-weak-gunplay-and-unimaginative-stereotypes/

    The Longing is a 400-day game: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2019/04/24/the-best-games-from-a-maze-festival-in-berlin/

    Alice’s Ritual of the Moon diary: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2019/04/12/ritual-of-the-moon-diary-day-one/

    Empire of Sin is all about them gangsters: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2019/06/18/empire-of-sin-preview-e3-2019/

    Steve Coogan gets off driving ban: https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/aug/13/alan-partridge-saves-steve-coogan-from-lengthy-driving-ban

    Brendan’s Dicey Dungeons review: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2019/08/13/dicey-dungeons-review/

    Horace is a platformer about a sad robot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESmao3XvT2E

    The Lehman Trilogy is good: https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2018/jul/13/the-lehman-trilogy-review-lyttelton-sam-mendes

    Midsummer Nights Dream has her from Game of Thrones: https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2019/jun/11/a-midsummer-nights-dream-review-bridge-theatre-london-gwendoline-christie-nicholas-hytner

    Kurzgesagt is doing a series about ants: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_e0CA_nhaE

  • Streets Of Rogue is a tiny immersive sim full of angry gorillas. We can’t stop playing it. This week, the pod squad are gathering to chat about why they think it’s so good. But also choose their favourite characters, from a drug-addicted investment banker to a tiny naked body snatcher.

    Also, it’s Astrid’s first appearance! Well, her first time on the main pod, anyway. Plus, a special patch notes quiz!

    Links:

    Astrid is our new video person: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2019/07/17/welcome-astrid-johnson-the-newest-member-of-rps-video/

    We can’t stop playing Streets Of Rogue: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2019/08/02/august-cant-stop-playing-streets-of-rogue/

    Brendan’s Streets Of Rogue review: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2019/07/19/streets-of-rogue-review/

    The moment Nate swore to play Final Fantasy: https://youtu.be/qIu_e75a6qs?t=2361

    Man and mantis can be friends: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0_NtUhOw_g

    Idles are the band that Astrid likes: https://www.youtube.com/user/Idlesband

    Follow Tony Hawk on Twitter, he’s good: https://twitter.com/tonyhawk

  • This week: the best cities in games. Alice B reckons the streets of Dishonored's Dunwall are perfectly safe. Brendan likes the upside-down buildings of the Hanging City from Outer Wilds. Meanwhile, Dave appreciates the big lights and fist fights of Kamurocho in Yakuza 0.

    We also talk about taxi murder-mystery game Night Call, the roguelike spaceship stormer Void Bastards, and another chaotic city in Streets of Rogue.

    Links:

    Everyday life in Yakuza’s Kamurocho: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2018/08/14/gallery-everyday-life-on-the-streets-of-yakuza-0/

    The cat cafe is in Yakuza 6: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsuUSUsvRuE

    Outer Wilds is good, have you played it yet? Hurry up: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2019/05/29/outer-wilds-review/

    A landscape designer inspects the gardens of Dunwall: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2018/03/02/dishonored-garden-design/

    Matt’s Resident Evil 2 review: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2019/01/22/resident-evil-2-review/

    New York is cool in the Division: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2016/03/15/the-division-pc-review/

    Have you played… Else Heart Break? https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2017/02/20/have-you-played-else-heart-break/

    Alice’s Night Call review: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2019/07/17/night-call-review/

    Graham’s review of Void Bastards: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2019/05/30/void-bastards-review/

    Have you played… Streets of Rogue? https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2018/01/12/have-you-played-streets-of-rogue/

    Derry Girls is on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/80238565

    Fleabag is on BBC: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5687612/

    The rise and fall of the English sentence: http://nautil.us/issue/54/the-unspoken/the-rise-and-fall-of-the-english-sentence

    Our reader’s favourite cities (Facebook): https://www.facebook.com/rockpapershot/posts/2296969467055908

    Our reader’s favourite cities (Twitter): https://twitter.com/kyotocosmology/status/1151102507738980357

  • Horses, that’s this week’s topic. Big galloping buddies full of teeth and flies. Alice B likes the creepy horse from Kingdom Come Deliverance, who appears behind you like a tall ghost. Brendan likes Argo from Shadow of the Colossus, even though it’s NOT ON PC YOU IDIOT. And Sin Vega joins us for the first time to sing the praises of the woman who runs around like a horse in real life. Which is ALSO NOT A PC GAME. Honestly, gang, you have one job.

    Links:

    Sin Vega is our new staff writer: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2019/07/03/welcome-sin-vega-rpss-newest-staff-writer/

    Unknown Pleasures is Sin’s regular column: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/tag/unknown-pleasures/

    Woman who can gallop like a horse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvhlWbnl_qM

    Ostwind is the game about the 13-year-old with a horse and a crossbow: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2017/08/03/best-new-steam-games-august-2017/

    The battle nug from Dragon Age: Inquisition: https://youtu.be/VoQY0j4SkY4?t=31

    The bog unicorn: https://youtu.be/_ZeD1uyhlco?t=81

    Have you played… Horse Master? https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2017/06/12/have-you-played-horse-master/

    Sin’s Chinese Parents review: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2019/07/11/chinese-parents-review/

    The Miami Showband Massacre on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/TITLE/80191046

    Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7767021-who-fears-death

    The Mastermind by Evan Ratliff: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41181600-the-mastermind

  • Oh no. This week we're forcing game characters into romantic couples. It's the shipping forecast. Alice L reckons Chell from Portal and Lara Croft would make a good couple, raiding tombs together. Brendan disagrees, putting Lara into a doomed relationship with Adam Jensen from Deus Ex. And Nate thinks the Stardew Valley protagonist would have a four-month affair with the engineer from Factorio.

    We’ve also been playing stuff. Brendan is clawing through rubbish bins in Pathologic 2. Alice L is enjoying the waves of The Sims 4: Island Living. And Nate has been off to the Baltic in both real life and in Crusader Kings 2. Nice.

    Links:

    Dance, Voldo, Dance: https://youtu.be/XNGjSll2_Uc

    No, they still make Matchmakers: https://www.tesco.com/groceries/en-GB/search?query=matchmakers

    Alice L flipping out in The Sims 4 Island Living: https://youtu.be/6NPSlsSUGyc

    Our Battlefleet Gothic Armada II review: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2019/01/24/battlefleet-gothic-armada-2-review/

    Pathologic 2’s spooky train summoning: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2019/05/24/pathologic-2-train-summoning/

    The spooky Twitter video that scared Alice L: https://twitter.com/angelachavezz/status/1146116162305970176

    The Vocal Coach videos Alice L likes on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CDCOdZKTU8

    The Ants Man wot Nate likes, keeping them as pets: https://youtu.be/UUCoajYwo8s

    The Fixer by Barnard Malamud, just to remind you life is bad: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3066.The_Fixer

  • E3 2019 is finished! More importantly, we have almost recovered from E3 2019. To celebrate their convalescence, Alice B and Matt piled into the podcast studio for a 40-minute post-show chat about their favourite games from the show, their thoughts on the many E3 press conferences, and why it's all a bit cult-like, really.

    Games discussed: Ubisoft's roller derby-derived future sport Roller Champions, Obsidian's stop-getting-the-name-wrong open world RPG The Outer Worlds, and the turn-based tactics of Desperados 3. Plus we talk about Keanu Reeves, inevitably.

    Links:

    Roller Champions' E3 trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PYfi7DqJZ8

    Matt's The Outer Worlds preview from E3: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2019/06/17/the-outer-worlds-preview/

    Matt's Desperados 3 preview from E3: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2019/06/19/desparados-3-preview/

    Brendan and Matt's liveblogs of all the E3 press conferences: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/tag/the-cheerer-and-the-jeerer/

    All our E3 2019 coverage: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/tag/e3-2019/