By Tom Bailey, Paul Thomas
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Two know-nothings with too many old, unplayed games. Each week we set each other gaming 'homework' in an attempt to slowly work through our piles of shame.
||Explicit14: The games of Christmas past / Sonic 2 & Shenmue||In which your hosts discuss a couple of games from yesteryear that brought both post-Christmas joy and frustration — featuring only one mention of sailors and, thanks to rare restraint, absolutely no talk of getting sweaty. Intro / outro music by 5o||4 1 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit13: The third Tweedle brother / Beyond: Two Souls & Spec Ops: The Line||In which scores are literally settled in the opening moments before discussion turns to games with colons and disappointment rears its ugly head. Could colons and disappointment be linked somehow? Also: enjoy listening to one of us sniff and splutter a||8 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPlayStation VR Special: Part 3||In which your hosts conclude their initial thoughts of Sony’s face-mounted thrill machine with a quick chat about how likely it is to catch on with the ‘mainstream’. Intro / outro music by 5of6 Artwork by @BigShimmeryWall To subscribe vi||24 11 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPlayStation VR Special: Part 2||In which your hosts continue their ramble about the revolutionary new games sensation you wear on your head. (Hit us up Sony, you can have that one for a small fee.) Intro / outro music by 5of6 Artwork by @BigShimmeryWall To subscribe via iTunes click h||17 11 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit12: The full keys experience / Virginia & VVVVVV||In which two very different games are united by equally memorable soundtracks as Variable State’s debut Virginia and Terry Cavanagh’s VVVVVV come under the spotlight. Witness true podcast drama as gaming credentials are questioned and one team||2 11 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPlayStation VR special: Part 1||In which Tom and Paul, giddy with excitement from the PSVR launch, recount tales of shifting violently from VR indifference to steadfast support following game-changing debut experiences. Having both picked up the PlayStation VR headset on launch, they||26 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitInterview: Jonathan Burroughs of Variable State||In which the co-director of lauded first-person thriller Virginia joins Tom for a chat about forming his studio Variable State, signing with publisher 505 Games and developing a debut game that has raised eyebrows across the board. Read more about Virgi||20 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPlaying Catch-up Shorts: Resident Evil 7: Beginning Hour||In which your hosts discuss Resident Evil 7’s ‘teaser demo’ (by way of Project Zero, P.T. and Silent Hill 3) and the prospect of experiencing Capcom’s new direction for the series in the brave new world of VR. Or, you know, trying||12 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPlaying Catch-up Shorts: Broken Age coda & Earth Defense Force 4.1||In which your hosts start putting out some bite-size morsels in-between the main episodes to try and maintain some semblance of consistency. Having spoken about his experience playing through Broken Age in last week’s episode, a presumably sleep dep||6 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit11: They all stink of fish / Broken Age & Gravity Rush||In which our heroes point and click and jump and kick; pay tribute to Schafer, make Hekseville safer. Dialogue is repeated, some foes are defeated; dodgy outfits acquired, cute robots rewired. No more rhymes now, I mean it. Anybody want a peanut? (With||29 9 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit10: Sexy Trojan Horse / The Talos Principle & 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand||In which the ever-revolving door of Playing Catch-up co-hosts thrusts Paul Thomas into the spotlight as he sets his sights high and pursues the impossible dream of a six-episode streak. Join your hosts on a rollercoaster journey as they run the gamut of||10 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit9: Her Story Special with special guest Sam Barlow||In which listeners skip straight to 15:08 to hear an in-depth interview with Her Story creator Sam Barlow covering important subjects such as the right time to introduce a child to Street Fighter II. SPOILER ALERT: The final half-hour section of this po||2 8 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit8: The Telltale Formula / The Walking Dead & Back to the Future||In which yet another new co-host joins the fray as two Toms nonchalantly pump out a new episode as if there’s still an audience out there after a five-month hiatus. It’s something of a Telltale Games special as The Walking Dead: Season One and||15 7 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit7: Curly muffins / Thomas Was Alone & Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD||In which Chris lands the decisive blow in the age-old debate of ‘Is games art?’, drawing devastating parallels between the Call of Duty series and the oeuvre of JMW Turner. Plus free codes for everyone (six people)! Intro music by 5of6. To sub||9 2 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit6: I’m doing hand gestures / Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons & Outlast||In which a new co-host arrives hell-bent on making the most of the spotlight and causing controversy by telling you why Ico was rubbish (even though it wasn’t). Oh, and the games we were actually supposed to talk about. Intro music by 5of6. To subsc||20 10 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit5: Suddenly you’ve got no arm / Soul Sacrifice & Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus||In which our heroes muse on how they gave games longer to impress them back when they were time-rich and cash-poor as if that’s an original observation and risk the wrath of niche game enthusiasts and PlayStation Vita fans in general. Intro music by||20 5 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit4: The repair grenade / Condemned & Red Faction: Armageddon||In which mysterious forces use powers of evil to change one man’s Y-axis preferences overnight and a single redeeming feature saves an otherwise generic action game from the brink of tedium. Intro music by 5of6. To subscribe via iTunes click here. A||3 4 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit3: I do like to look down and see my feet / Dear Esther & Dark Souls||In which Britain’s manliest men reveal which games they were too scared to finish, decide that Dear Esther is definitely either a game or not a game and admire the relish with which Dark Souls mocks all who enter. Bonus: a laugh to haunt your dreams||12 3 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit2: That’s probably why they’ve got blowholes / Bastion & Cave Story+||In which Tom displays a stunning misunderstanding of Ecco the Dolphin’s respiratory system and Tim explains why Crackdown would have been better if its opening two hours had been dull. Plus a bit of chat about Bastion and Cave Story+. Intro music by||3 3 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit1: What’s Pumbaa in The Lion King? / Nier & Mark of the Ninja||Two know-nothings play old video games. Special animal themed opening episode as Tim power-slides a warthog in Nier and Tom curses invincible dogs in Mark of the Ninja. Intro music by 5of6. To subscribe via iTunes click here. Alternatively, add the podc||22 2 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
Love the idea
Enjoyed the first episode, great idea and a good listen.
Great podcast nicelly different with a lot of games on my pile of shame myself makes me want to have ago too.
As alan partridge would say"lovely stuff"
A promising start
The format is simple but engaging, allowing the hosts to deliver a focused show that doesn't outstay its welcome.There's a nice, laid-back vibe; looking forward to hearing how this develops.