The Electric Cybercast II: Online
By David & Davis
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Hey. We're David and Davis. Two buddies in Chicago and Chattanooga with a few states (and a giant pile of games) between us. This podcast is us declaring war on our ridiculously long backlog of things we've always wanted to check out. We trade off picking games, spend two weeks playing them, then convene to talk about what we thought. Usually we stay on topic.Follow us on the Twitters @CybercastOnline. Sometimes we tweet about games.
||CleanMetal Gear Cybercast: Parents and Spouses Edition||Episode 33! After a brief hiatus, the Cybercast is back and ready for action - and it's a sneaking mission. Before D&D soak in the sure-to-be-everlasting-genius that is Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, they felt the need to explain the series histo||9/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlien Isolation (PS4) (Guest: Brett Douville)||Episode 32! Some things go bump in the night, others go drool in a space station and sometimes Brett Douville asks you to hide under desks for extended periods of time. We played Alien Isolation with Mr. Douville and discussed the inner workings of why||7/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE3: This Time It's IP-ersonal||Episode 31.5! World-weary, beaten and nearly broken, our hapless protagonists collect their wits and discuss the World Series of Videogame Marketing, E3. Along the way, hear from some of the very people who attened this actual event, along with what the||6/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAnalogue: A Hate Story (PC)||Episode 31! After battling the Russians in the apocalypse, Arman and Daniel from Built to Play told us to play the most logical follow-up: Analogue: A Hate Story by Christine Love. We explored the depths of 600-year-old emails from the future and talked||6/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMetro 2033 (PC) (Guests: Arman Aghbali & Daniel Rosen)||Episode 30! It's podcast vs. podcast in an epic battle to see who can out-pop-culture reference one another when Arman and Daniel from Built to Play team up to play Metro 2033 with David and Davis. Who knew that 4 grown men could talk about pirate ghos||6/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFreshly Picked: Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland (DS)||Episode 29!In part two of our first-ever-accidental-Zelda-stravaganza, we barter with the cartoonish capitalism of Freshly Picked: Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland for the Nintendo DS, per Parker Higgins' suggestion/demands to us. What follows are our musings||5/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (N64) (Guest: Parker Higgins)||Episode 28! The boys get out a party bowl, fill it with Deku nuts, Chex Mix and skulltulas and get extremely existential about Majora's Mask with guest Parker Higgins of the EFF. Ths is pretty much how all of their parties go.||5/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStarseed Pilgrim (PC)||Episode 27!The guys check out Mike Rugnetta of PBS Idea Channel's pick, the befuddling-and-proud-of-it "Starseed Pilgrim," a game about blocks and planting more blocks and being confused. Also discussed way too much: '90s bands and business.||4/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanZork (Guest: Mike Rugnetta)||Episode 26!Mike Rugnetta from PBS Idea Channel and Reasonably Sound joins David and Davis to tap away at their keyboards on a text adventure game: Zork. In addition to discussing whether it's truly possible to emulate old software, we all become so rel||3/23/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanArmagGDCdon||Bonus Episode!David's out on the road and regales us with his tales of the far-off land of San Francisco and GDC. The boys discuss virtual reality and Bright Eyes because we are so indie and cool and hip and wear hoodies with thumbholes cut out of them||3/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDark Souls Series||Episode 25! With Joe Russ's challenge from last episode echoing in their ears, the boys venture forth into exploring the decrepit underbelly of the Dark Souls series, and instead spend a half hour talking about their broken toys, Punk'd and mid-2000's||3/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Wolf Among Us (PC) (Guest: Joe Russ)||Episode 24! Joe Russ of adventure game Jenny LeClue joins us in playing Telltale Games' The Wolf Among Us. Amuse your bouche while we talk a lot about sports and moral choices and food jokes and narrative train tracks. We are nerds (and big, big sports||2/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDaikatana (PC)||Episode 23! The guys don their reading glasses and play a dusty, confused, and infamous classic: Daikatana. The conversation ripples out into the rise and fall of AAA games being experimental, Geoff Keighley, The Beatles vis a vis game design, and, uh,||2/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVelocity 2X (PS Vita)||Episode 22! Davis selects Velocity 2X, a shmup that that is neither shm or an up. Confused? The boys make sense of it and sorta explain how insurance works. You're listening to the weirdest video-game podcast around.||1/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2K14 Year Endapalooza||Episode 21.5! Davis and David stop playing games and start getting real in our 2014 Year-Endpalooza Blowout! The existence of "gamer culture" is explored, as is the future of VR, procedurally generated games, and whether David ever graduated high sch||1/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRecettear: An Item Shop's Tale (PC)||Episode 21! The guys get in touch with their totally kawaii side and discuss the import title/capitalism simulator Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale. If only work were this fun in real life... wait, what if it is? What if this is all an elaborate simulato||12/24/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShovel Knight (3DS)||Episode 20! Davis decides it's high time they play something new: "Shovel Knight," an action platformer... that looks 20 years old. The boys ponder mortality, nostalgia, and one of them is elected class president on a pizza-reform platform.||12/9/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHere and There Along the Echo||Episode 19! Sometimes the only winning move is not to play. Or it's to dial a phone number and listen to an old man talk about snakes. The Double D's give a ring to Here and There Along the Echo, the latest release in Cardboard Computer's Kentucky Route||11/23/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Last Express (PC/iOS)||Episode 18! We have motherf***ing had it with all these motherf***ing games about trains. D&D play The Last Express, the late '90s hit that started the whole train-game craze of the last two decades. We discuss whether games can tell stories, the narrat||11/4/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEcco the Dolphin (Sega Genesis)||Episode 17! Explore the ocean and our record collections as David and Davis get really confused by a game about space aliens abducting sea creatures: Ecco the Dolphin for the Sega Genesis. Marvel at our Toad the Wet Sprocket jokes and gasp as you find o||10/12/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGod Hand (PS2)||Episode 16! The boys celebrate their sweet 16 by playing a game that lets them punch balls and faces. Also they discuss maturity and one of them goes all the way through puberty by the end of the episode!||9/29/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNight Trap (Sega CD) (Guest: Clayton Purdom)||Episode 15! The boys are once again joined by a special guest star: this time Clayton Purdom joins up to fight vicious vampires in Night Trap, 1992's top-grossing FMV-vampire-trapping-game-starring-a-child-actress, according to Famitsu or something. Lis||9/14/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBarkley Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden (PC/Mac)||Episode 14! Mike challenged D&D to some CB (Charles Barkley, of Charles Barkley Shut Up and Jam Gaiden fame), so they PTG (played that game) and then TAIFALW (talked about it for a little while). At a certain point, David wanted to eat meatloaf, too.||9/8/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDonald Duck's Playground (DOS) (Guest: Mike Rosenthal)||Episode 13! Mike Rosenthal of Twitter: The Comic wonders if Davis and David are BAD enough to check out a children's game from 1985 about earning nickels by catching watermelons and directing very small trains. Also they giggle a lot and visit the Disc||8/22/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGears of War (Xbox 360)||Episode 12! Davis double triple dares David to play Gears of War, a small indie game by a Norwegian studio. They debate the merits of postmodern minimalism coupled with the intense pre-pubescent coming-of-age story inferred by the protagonist's use of||7/24/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPhoenix Wright (NDS)||Episode 11! We objected to the fact that we hadn't played any videogames about lawyers. Super Paralegal 64 is hard to find, so David & Davis played Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney and spent 24 minutes talking about murder, Metallica, and their college rad||7/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE3 in 3D||Episode 10.5!David goes to E3 doesn't and Davis doesn't because he is allergic to sunshine and California. The boys convene after the show online to talk about what went down. Where are games headed? What's cool? What's simply hype? What's a restraini||6/30/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHitman Go (iOS)||Episode 10! In our inaugural double-digit episode (but not really if you count that one from GDC but whatever who's counting (other than us)), the boys discuss hitmen, meat, bees, B's, and stab wounds. Come for the fun, stay for the extended discussion||6/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPocky & Rocky (SNES)||Episode 9! The boys found the true value of friendship with Pocky and Rocky for the Super Nintendo. It's a story we've all heard before: girl meets tanuki, girl takes tanuki on an adventure through her monster-infested town, girl throws deadly playing||6/2/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanContinue?9876543210 (PC/Mac)||Episode 8!Heeding Job Stauffer of Telltale's suggestion, D&D play Jason Oda's "artsy" Continue?9876543210 and discuss whether Oda is tapdancing to impart meaning or maybe it's just waaaay over our heads.||5/14/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMinecraft (PC) (Guest: Job Stauffer)||Episode 7! We welcome our first guest: Job Stauffer from Telltale Games, who challenged us to a game of wits and pixels as we punched trees, dirt, and skeletons in Minecraft. Blood, tears, and unmentionable bodily fluids were shed, and we learned the tr||4/24/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrog Fractions (Browser)||Episode 6! David and Davis learn nothing from the uneducational flash game Frog Fractions but they do learn the true nature of love.||4/10/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGDComedown||Episode 5.5! Davis and David recover from the Game Developers Conference by insulting each other’s moms and discussing bees.||4/1/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Lion King (Genesis)||Episode 5! Davis and David uncover the shocking truths behind how Lion King’s awfulness saved the first person shooter genre by creating piles of dead lions.||3/18/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Firemen (SNES)||Episode 4! David and Davis get nostalgic for a game neither of them knew existed: 1994’s The Firemen on the Super Famicom. You’re some firemen trying to fight hellish flames. It’s interesting despite the lame message that fire is bad.||3/6/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTex Murphy: The Pandora Directive (PC)||Episode 3! Davis and David dive feet first into the wild pixelated world of full-motion video games with 1996’s Tex Murphy: The Pandora Directive. The boys explore post-WWIII San Francisco as a private dick and found out it can be very, very expensive||2/19/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGreat Greed (Game Boy)||Episode 2! We play a game boy game about violent weiners, putting people in backpacks, and Indiana Jones' dreams.||2/5/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanI Have No Mouth And I Must Scream (PC)||Episode 1! We tackle our first game - I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream - Harlan Ellison’s short story reimagined as a cheerful romp through topics like suicide, rape, murder and genocide. Bring your smiles!||1/22/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
TEC2O features David and Davis (or double d's, as I think of them) playing through their video game bucket list. Which means they're exploring old games, new games, obscure games, and well-known games. Basically anything they haven't gotten around to playing yet. It's a wide range, but it's not the kind of stuff that's being talked about to death by every other game reviewer and his sister.
Each episode starts with a robot intro before the guys get into it, backed by unobtrusive, beep-boopy musical accompaniment. D & D sometimes get on some fun tangents, but their perspective on the games are unique and funny. The podcast could be longer, but it's pretty easily digestible, unlike most video game podcasts which tend to be long winded and meandering.
The Definitive Review of The Electric Cybercast II Online
Don’t let the joke-y name fool you. This podcast is sort of a Radiolab meets 1-UP audio odyssey in which Davis and David explore games they either never played, forgot to play, or maybe ignored upon their initial release. Each episode is relatively short and never wears out its welcome, and each well produced and includes funny snippets of game audio interspersed throughout its duration. Top it off with David’s NPR-ready voice and Davis’ calm demeanor, and you get a podcast about video games that is both enjoyable to listen to as well as insightful.
Feels like talking games with friends
A great balance of talking big picture topics spring boarding from the games discussed as well as more direct "was the game fun". Not stuffy or formal. Funny, and for some reason david is obsessed with high school, so look forward to those jokes, ha. Keep it going!