The Exploding Barrel Podcast
By A.J. and Mike Minotti
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Every week, a different gaming topic becomes the center of debate between AJ and Mike, brothers and lifelong gamers. But they’ll often squeeze in their other, geeky interests -- including movies and Disney theme parks. The Exploding Barrel Podcast is 10 years old, but its fire still burns bright.
||CleanShow #476 - Toothsome||Mike and AJ take a look at the Nintendo Direct Mini, the latest developer update from Bungie for Destiny 2, and talk about Mike's tooth infection!||1/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow #475 - GotY 2017||Join Mike and AJ as we talk about out top five games of 2017! We also take a look ahead of what's to come in 2018.||1/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow #474 - The Last Jedi||No clever titles this week! It’s a no holds barred, spoiler filled review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi!||12/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow #473 - This Goes to 11||Mike and AJ gush about all the new Mega Man news, including the announcement of Mega Man 11! AJ also got a change to experience raiding in Destiny 2, and we dip our toes into the game's first expansion, the Curse of Osiris.||12/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow #472 - Trekkin Ain't Easy||Mike and AJ discuss some favor Next Generation episodes after Mike reads the Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard. We also delve into the fruits of our Black Friday game deals.||11/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow #471 - Award Season, Fire||Mike and AJ dive into more fall releases like Assassin’s Creed Origins, Skyrim on Switch, Battlefront 2, and more! We also weigh in on the nominees for this year’s Game Awards.||11/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow #470 - X Gonna Give It||Mike and AJ are back from BlizzCon and/or disease! Hear all about the fun of Blizzard’s latest announcements, what new things Mike got up to at Disneyland, and what AJ thinks of he Xbox One X.||11/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow #469 - Odyssey, Ya See?||Mike and AJ have witnessed perhaps the best Mario game ever made! We also make our Blizzcon predictions and check out some of the new things AJ saw on his most recent visit to Walt Disney World.||10/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow #468 - Jedyou and Jedi||Mike and AJ react to the Last Jedi trailer and the Star Wars Battlefront 2 beta. We also hear Mike's first thoughts on Golf Story on the Switch.||10/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow #467 - Cupdead||Mike and AJ discover the brutal yet delightful challenge of Cuphead, explore just what is the best SNES game, and check out the Destiny 3 Faction Rally.||10/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow #466 - New Discoveries||Mike and AJ explore Star Trek Discovery and give hands on impressions of the SNES Classic!||9/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow #465 - Best Seller||Join Mike and AJ as we digest this month' NPD numbers, recap the Nintendo Direct, and give some further thoughts on Destiny 2 and Metroid: Samus Return.||9/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow #464 - Destined to Fail||Mike and AJ start the show with a quick baseball tangent (Go Tribe!) before hitting up all sorts of games from Destiny 2 to an early look at Metroid: Samus Returns.||9/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA big announcement for EBP!||Check out the details of our transition to Anchor! More Minotti every day of the week! Plus can ins, music, and the regular weekly shows.||9/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow #463 – The Barrel Is Still Exploding - The Exploding Barrel Podcast||We celebrate 10 years of the Exploding Barrel Podcast by looking back at our picks for top games of the last 10 years!||8/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow #462 – Sonic Maniacs - The Exploding Barrel Podcast||Mike and AJ geek out about Sonic Mania this week. We also check out Nintendo's impressive sales last month, update our thoughts on Hearthstone, and hear what Mike thinks of Matterfall.||8/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow #461 – Very Cold Throne - The Exploding Barrel Podcast||Mike and AJ take a deep dive into Knights of the Frozen Throne, the latest expansion for Hearthstone.||8/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow #460 – This Is My Quest - The Exploding Barrel Podcast||With a new Star Wars VR experience coming to Disney Springs and Downtown Disney, Mike and AJ reminisce about Disney's first foray into VR entertainment with an overview of Disney Quest!||8/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow #459 – The Drunkest Place on Earth - The Exploding Barrel Podcast||Mike and AJ drink around the (Disney) world!||8/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow #458 – This Is Fine - The Exploding Barrel Podcast||Mike and AJ go over all the big announcements at D23 and check out the Destiny 2 beta. AJ would rather just play more Final Fantasy XII: Zodiac Age.||7/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow #457 – What’s Your Platform? - The Exploding Barrel Podcast||Mike and AJ revist the 3D platformers of the late 90s. AJ returns to Final Fantasy XIV in light of the new Stormblood expansion, and Mike checks out the Necromancer in Diablo 3.||6/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow #456 – E3 Finito - The Exploding Barrel Podcast||Mike is back from E3, and AJ wants to know what it was like! We also dive into the Steam Summer Sale.||6/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow #454 – SpookE3 - The Exploding Barrel Podcast||Mike and AJ discuss their E3 fears, weird Nintendo plans, and Star Trek in VR.||6/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow #453 – Wishes - The Exploding Barrel Podcast||Mike and AJ make a wish for E3 and have a Switch throwdown thanks to Ultra Street Fighter 2 and Arms. We also delve into the mysterious lands of Morrowind thanks to the latest Elder Scrolls Online expansion.||5/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow #452 – Three Way - The Exploding Barrel Podcast||Sorry! We recorded this last week, but life kept me from getting it edited until now. But you can enjoy our E3 winners predictions!||5/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow #451 – Hooked on a Feeling - The Exploding Barrel Podcast||Mike and AJ are back with their spoilery thoughts on Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2. We save that talk for the end should you want to avoid spoilers. But here's a spoiler: we liked it! Mike is getting into Nier: Automata, and we had fun taking some friends through their first games of Heroes of the Storm.||5/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow #450 – Puzzles - The Exploding Barrel Podcast||Mike and AJ are popping Puyos and clearing Tetriminos thanks to Puyo Puyo Tetris on the Switch. We also take a look back at some of our favorite puzzle games from Pokemon Puzzle League to Zoop! And thanks to some strong incentives, AJ finally has Mike playing Heroes of the Storm and their new 2.0 release.||4/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow #449 – Classic Nintendo - The Exploding Barrel Podcast||With the NES Classic on the way out, and rumors swirling of a SNES Classic, Mike and AJ come up with their list of 30 SNES games to include on the theoretical system. We also get an early look at Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Switch.||4/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow #448 – First Last Jedi - The Exploding Barrel Podcast||Mike and AJ react to the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. We also talk about the Overwatch: Uprising event and the first week of Journey to Un'Goro.||4/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow #447 – Cratered - The Exploding Barrel Podcast||Mike and AJ give their first impressions of the latest Hearthstone expansion, Journey to Un'Goro.||4/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow #446 – My Stuff! - The Exploding Barrel Podcast||Mike and AJ are here to discuss Destiny 2, Mike's views on Persona 5, and AJ's admiration of Rock Band VR.||3/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow #445 – Tale as Old as Time - The Exploding Barrel Podcast||Mike and AJ are fresh off seeing the live-action remake of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Find out what we thought about this re-imagining of the 1991 animated classic.||3/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow #443 – Line ‘Em Up - The Exploding Barrel Podcast||Mike and AJ compare the Switch launch line up to all of Nintendo's past launches. Mike got to review the upcoming PS4 exclusive Horizon: Zero Dawn.||2/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow #438 – Switch On - The Exploding Barrel Podcast||Mike and AJ have already pre-ordered they Nintendo Switch systems! Get our reactions from Nintendo's event as we tear apart the deatails.||1/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow #437 – Tender - The Exploding Barrel Podcast||Mike and AJ beginthe 10th year of EBP by taking a look at what's to come in 2017.||1/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow #425 – PSFun - The Exploding Barrel Podcast||Mike and AJ take a trip down memory lane with the original Playstation. We also get to tear into Forza Horizon 3 and the new Pheonix Wright!||10/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow #423 – Would You Kindly - The Exploding Barrel Podcast||Mike and AJ take a look back at the Bioshock franchise in light of its recent remaster. We also give some quick opinions on iOS 10 and hear about Mike's very exciting new mount in World of Warcraft.||9/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow #414 – Gotta Go Fast - The Exploding Barrel Podcast||Mike and AJ have been enjoying the speed runs at this year's Summer Games Done Quick event. We also got some time with Pokemon Go.||7/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow #411 – Clairvoyant - The Exploding Barrel Podcast||Mike and AJ gaze into the E3 crystal ball. AJ took a break from Overwatch to check out Paragon, Epic Games' upcoming free to play, third person MOBA.||6/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow #408 – Virtual Insanity - The Exploding Barrel Podcast||Mike an AJ mourn the premature deaths of Disney Infinity and The Muppets (the ABC show, not the beloved characters themselves). Since everyone has betrayed AJ and he is fed up with this world, he has retreated into the virtual safety of his new Oculus Rift.||5/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow #389 – Xcuse Me - The Exploding Barrel Podcast||Mike and AJ talk about the biggest news and surprises from the Game Awards and the Playstation Experience. Or is it Xperience?||12/10/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow #371 – Remembering Iwata - The Exploding Barrel Podcast||Mike and AJ take some time to remember and recognize the legacy of Satoru Iwata.||7/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
I'm the first to write a review for these guys? Really? Wow. Suprised more people haven't yet. Love the show. These guys are laid back and fun to listen to. Basically, if you like conversation about video games from people that are actually -interesting- to listen to, try em out. Btw, Super Smash Bros. Brawl FTW. Just throwing that out there.
I laughed, I cried, it was better than Cats.
Great show. It reminds me of the arguments my brother and I have. Only with many more references to iPhone Ocarina playing.
Just your average guys with a great podcast!
AJ and Mike really represent a true game player. They present excellent viewpoints on things going on in the gaming industry and really provide an "everyman" approach to gaming podcasts. They're 2 guys who aren't directly injected into the bloodstream of corporate gaming, and really make you feel like you could be sitting in the room having a conversation about video games like an average Joe. I look forward to listening every week, as it doesn't feel like I'm listening to sponsored podcasting. They're off the cuff and say whatever comes to mind. Great job guys!