Masters of Unlocking: A Video Game Podcast
By Caleb J. Ross & VGCollectaholic
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From retro-gaming to modern gen, Caleb J. Ross (@calebjross) and VGCollectaholic (@VGCollectaholic) discuss video game news, collecting, game hunting, hidden gems, recent pick-ups, and more. New episodes released every-other Monday.
||CleanThe Pinkertons vs. The First Amendment – Episode 031||The real-life Pinkertons sue Take-Two & Rockstar over Red Dead Redemption 2 - could this suit have implications for YouTubers & streamers?||1/22/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Good, The Bad, & The Ugly From 2018 – Episode 030||Masters of Unlocking returns! In this episode, we explore potential legal problems for Fallout 76, initial thoughts on Red Dead Redemption 2, ask the question "Are Loot Boxes gambling?" and more...||1/15/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFallout 76, Red Dead Redemption 2, & Are Loot Boxes Gambling? – Episode 029||Masters of Unlocking returns! In this episode, we explore potential legal problems for Fallout 76, initial thoughts on Red Dead Redemption 2, ask the question "Are Loot Boxes gambling?" and more...||12/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Video Game History of Chicago, Recorded LIVE! – Episode 026||Delve into Chicago's rich history in gaming with our first anniversary episode, recorded in front of a live audience at the first-annual Cartridge Club Con in Chicago, Illinois!||8/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMicrotransactions, Sex Disorder, & Gaming Corpses – Episode 025||Microtransactions, Google's game console, gaming corpses, Nathan Fillion, Overwatch on ESPN, controller mods, Neo-Nazi scum, sex disorder, Fallout: New California, & more!||7/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCould Toys R Us Return From the Grave? – Episode 024||Toys R Us is officially dead but could it be rising from the grave? We discuss rumors of TRU's return, Gaming Disorder, a new Nielsen report gaming, & more!||7/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDrinking & Knowing Things: E3 2018 Thoughts – Episode 023||E3 2018 is officially in the books! We give a run down of the presentations from Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft, Bethesda, CD Projekt Red, and Ubisoft and discuss our thoughts.||6/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE3 2018 is Here… What’s on YOUR Wishlist? – Episode 022||We get ready for next week's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) by taking a look at what has been announced/leaked thus far and what things we'd love to see. We also talk Best Buy, eSports, Let's Plays, Fallout mods, and more!||6/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCan the All-Digital Future of Gaming Have a Used Market? – Episode 021||If gaming has an all-digital future, then digital re-selling will have to be a thing. Enter Robot Cache, a new startup from the founder of Interplay and InXile.||5/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWho Had a Better 2017, Sony or Nintendo? – Episode 020||Sony & Nintendo recently released their 2017 fiscal year earnings reports - spoiler: they both did pretty damned well! We dive into the results and ask what's next?||5/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSnowed-In at Midwest Gaming Classic 2018 – Episode 019||Last weekend, Milwaukee Wisconsin played host to the annual Midwest Gaming Classic... and the worst April Blizzard in history. We discuss the convention, it's panels, personalities, vendors, and more.||4/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExploring the World Video Game Hall of Fame – Episode 018||With the World Video Game Hall of Fame set to induct its 2018 class, we take a look at the mark each of the current Hall of Fame members made on the industry. Then, we examine the 2018 nominees and reveal our Hall of Fame Ballots.||4/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Conversation With Giant Sparrow’s Ian Dallas – Episode 017||We sit down for a conversation with Giant Sparrow's Ian Dallas - creative director of the 2017 hit "What Remains of Edith Finch?" and 2014's "The Unfinished Swan."||3/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAre Video Games Better Without Stories? – Episode 016||Author & professor Ian Bogost theorized that video games, as a medium, are poor conduits for storytelling and that games are better without stories. Do Caleb & Scott agree?||3/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Do Gamers Think About Gaming in 2018? – Episode 015||We dive into a new report by social site Qutee about what video gamers think about gaming in 2018. They examine the results of the report and ask whether it actually tells us anything scientific about gamers or the game industry.||2/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhich Game Publisher SHOULD Microsoft Acquire? – Episode 014||The rumor mill is running wild about Microsoft buying EA, Valve, or PUBG. We look at why those don't make sense and propose three new contenders for who we think House Xbox SHOULD acquire.||2/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOverwatch League & Twitch; YouTube Demonetization – Episode 013||No shortage of news this week as we discuss the Overwatch League debut, CES video game announcements, Nintendo unveiling cardboard Legos, and a business look at the YouTube demonetization drama.||1/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVideo Gaming’s Rich Legacy at CES – Episode 012||The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is this week. These days, CES is dominated by TVs, the Internet of Things, & 5G smart toasters, but it wasn't always so... we take a look back at the rich history of video gaming at CES.||1/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHappy 30th Birthday Final Fantasy – Episode 011||Want to feel old? The Final Fantasy franchise turns 30 years old this month. We discuss some of our memories from the landmark franchise.||12/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCouch Co-Op Holiday Family Fun- Episode 010||Take a timeout from your crazy family conversations this holiday season and gather 'round for some great family-friendly couch co-op games!||12/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAnd the BEST Games of 2017 Are… – Episode 009||We wish the Xbox a happy 16th birthday & prep for Black Friday 2018 with a discussion of video game deals & tips for scoring your epic Black Friday loot!||11/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanXbox’s 16th Birthday & Black Friday Prepping – Episode 008||We wish the Xbox a happy 16th birthday & prep for Black Friday 2018 with a discussion of video game deals & tips for scoring your epic Black Friday loot!||11/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNintendo Switch’s First Holiday Season – Episode 007||Caleb J. Ross & VGCollectaholic explore what's in store for the Nintendo Switch in its inaugural holiday season as more physical games begin to arrive.||10/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMemorable Spooky Games – Episode 006||Happy Halloween everyone! This week we get into the spookiness of the season by discussing horror games, sub-categories of horror games, and some of our favorite spooky game experiences.||10/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanReplacement Longbox Cases & The Ship of Theseus – Episode 005||The SNES Classic's launch, game mods & Fallout 4's Creation Club, "Flog" hidden in the Nintendo Switch, & possible upcoming replacement Saturn-style longbox cases.||10/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPewDiePie, Fair Use, & The Future of Streaming – Episode 004||Takeaways from Nintendo Direct, post-play thoughts on NieR: Automata, & PewDiePie's faux pas and how it could lead to major legal ramifications for the future of game streaming.||9/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDo Post-Launch Video Game Pivots Work? – Episode 003||Several games have recently released or announced major updates that overhaul the original game. Caleb J. Ross & VGCollectaholic ask - Can video games truly ever get a second chance to erase a bad first impression?||9/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanViolent Video Games & The Brain – Episode 002||In the wake of Limited Run Games' release of the 25th Anniversary remaster of Night Trap, Caleb and Scott dive into the science behind violent video games and their effect, or lack thereof, on the brain.||8/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVideo Games Are Like Children – Episode 001||A new video game podcast is born, with your hosts Caleb J. Ross (@CalebJRoss) and Scott the Video Game Collectaholic (@VGCollectaholic).||8/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
I'm allowed to write this, right?
Yeah, I'm a co-host, but I can still be a fan of this show. Scott (the other co-host) and I only really know each other through this podcast, so listeners are able to hear two otherwise strangers connect over a shared love of video games. It's not just a video game news podcast or a video game fanboy/fangirl podcast. It's a podcast that highlights the binding power of video games.
Scott is a super smart guy with a background in the business of video gamess (he's owned two game stores in the past). I'm a less smart guy with a background in literature (I've authored 5 books). Our seemingly opposing histories actually complement very well.
Make Masters of Unlocking part of your standard podcast rotation. If you don't like the podcast, and if we ever meet in person, we can talk about it over a beer (I'm buying, of course).
Varied Backgrounds - Common Passion
Caleb and Scott come from very different backgrounds and motivation, but their combined passion for games and video game culture is unmatched. Big into collecting? - Scott has you covered! Always playing the best and newest games - Caleb’s your guy.
Their episodes are usually framed around a singular theme and present an interesting angle and some topics that other podcasts just are too afraid to talk about - You won’t regret it.
Pretty Good Podcast
I am writing this after the bribery factor has expired so this is a truly objective podcast. This podcast is awesome. Not as good as sex, but better than a yoga class. The guys are really smart. Sometimes you will feel sad because you are not as smart, but sometimes they get stuff wrong and you are like aha! They are funny and they like video games. Enjoy!