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April 13, 2018  

Episode 42 - Pretty Fly For A Far Cry Bad Guy

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It's been a couple of weeks, and we're back to a normal schedule. For now.

This week, hosts John Miller and Andrew Brooker talk about GTAV - the game that has officially become the worlds most profitable entertianment product - and try and dissect how and why that happened. Including some terrible maths.

They boys then take a butcher's at the revelation that Sam Fisher's return - Including the return of his much beloved original voice actor - is, in fact, a weekend special event for Ghost Recon: Wildlands!

Far Cry 5, and everything surrounding it is the focus of this week's What We've Been Playing. Along with a brief chat on the franchises history of bad guys and why this latest installment isn't everything the adverts promised.  The lads' co-op experience of puzzle adventure A Way Out gets a hefty chunk of this week's chat.

Elsewhere, John has been playing the new Kirby game for the switch while Brooker got into single-player-but-really-co-op adventure game Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.

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March 30, 2018  

Episode 41 - Nothing Important Happened Today

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As we head towards being back to our regularly scheduled programming, a sever lack of anything to talk about crept up on us this week.

With little in the way of news appearing anywhere now the bigger games for this quarter have been released, hosts John Miller and Andrew Brooker chugged along in this episode chatting about a little bit of everything and a whole lot of nothing.  

A brief chat about the incoming closure of Grainger Games leads the guys into their regular What We've Been Playing section that includes John's wildly differing experiences with Sea of Thieves and Brooker finally finishing up Switch re-release Bayonetta.

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March 23, 2018  

The Movie Special - Ready Players One, Two, Three & Four

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Our first special episode in a while, and this week we are really thinking outside of the box.

We've taken the day off of video games, to talk about video game movies. See how imaginative we can be?

We've dragged in, for the first time ever, Failed Critics head honcho and Set The Tape boss man Owen Hughes to join returning guest and all round beautiful man Matt Lambourne to chime in with hosts John Miller and Andrew Brooker in talking about the latest Tomb Raider iteraiton to hit the silver screen and then retro-nostalgiafest Ready Player One for a little while before ressurection the most sacred of Failed Critics features.

That's right. We are doing a video game movie triple-bill. Films we love, films we hate and films we'd love to see make it to the big screen.

Join us, in a two-and-a-half hour marathon as we dissect these films far more than any sane group of people should and have a few laughs along the way.

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March 16, 2018  

Episode 40 - Nintendo’s Fully Erect

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Loads of peaople announcing loads of new games at the moment.

That means, as much as John and Brooker tried to not spend ages talking about the new and upcoming games we've been hearing about; they did.

The hosts of this shindig stretched out another bumper length episode becasue they simply couldn't stop talking about Call of Duty: Black Ops 4; Battlefield V; The Division 2 and a whole host of other announcements.

But they weren't finished there. Once they started talking about the games they'd been playing, the conversation continued far past what they wanted to - with an unexpected peek behind the curtain and a look at what goes on on recording night.

And how, if at all, Vagisil makes an appearance. 

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March 2, 2018  

Episode 39 - Rambling About Racing

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Loads of racing chat this week as both of our hosts dust off their arcade driving skills and at least one of us gushed over a game that's on the way.

John has been getting to grips with arcade rally racer Gravel and gives us the low down on the new player in the fields. While Brooker has spent a significant amount of time playing backwards compatible xbox freebie Split/Second.

Elsewhere, (one of) the guys gets full on luvvie-duvvie over the now officially annound Burnout Paradise: Remastered and they chat about the future of PlayStation Plus.

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February 16, 2018  

Episode 38 - Fighting Backstage

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John has been playing fighting games.

All year.

John has been playing fighting games.

This week's podcast proves that he still hasn't stopped.  With in depth chats about WWE 2K17 and the recently released UFC3, the man that keeps telling us he doesn't play fighting games shows his deep love for the genre.  All the while, Brooker plays runnish bike games and an old Deadpool remaster.  It's like he's not even putting the effort in anymore!

Sticking our necks out and chatting about the freshly delayed Red Dead Redemption 2 and the amazing news that THQ is all but back to where it once was with THQ Nordic's purchase of Koch (Cock? Coke? Couch? Whatever!) Media.  Plenty to talk about this week.

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February 2, 2018  

Episode 37 - Pokken’s Gone Home

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We've been complaining for weeks that there's no news to talk about.  This week, our hosts' cup runneth over with stuff to talk about.

From Microsoft being the first out the gate with the Netflix of video games (Trademark: Brooker) and somehow thinking it's ojk to spend 35 BILLION DOLLARS to beat off the competition; to the delay of Anthem - Including a little rage from guess who about early announcements and constant delays - and the announcement of Sony's next exclusive to get a firm release date.

When we finally get to this week's games, it's a mixed bag.

John wallows in disappointment at Pokken Tournament on the Nintendo Switch, while brooker falls head over heels for walking simulators after diving into Gone Home.

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January 19, 2018  

Episode 36 - Mario Lives: The Return of the Switcheroo

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It is a full blown Mario love-in this week.

After the insane journey CU host John went through trying to get his hands on a Nintendo Switch in the last episode; things have taken a major turn towards the better.  With a shiny new Switch in his hands, John has done nothing but play Mario based games for the last fortnight; his crazy is beginning to show as he brings the conversation back to the House of Mario at every turn!

Ofcourse, this isn't helped by the fact that a Nintendo Switch based Direct stream has happened since the last episode and the guys definitely needed to talk about that.  But after all the Ninty craziness in this episode's What We've Been Playing section, Brooker's choices of sports games and ten year old shooters seems more mundane than usual.

Did we mention that we talk ALOT about mario and Nintendo Games? Becasue we really do.

Prepare for ninty love of the highest order...

Come join us.

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January 5, 2018  

Episode 35 - New Year New Consoles

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And so the new year is here. 2018 has promised to be a year of game challenges and hopefully bigger and better things for the lads hanging out the front of CU Towers.

But all is not well. 

In polar opposite experiences over the christmas holiday, Brooker managed to keep himself alive while buying far too much technology, While John nearly gives himself an anger stroke on this weeks episode as he explains how he ended up alone and Nintendo Switchless in the new year.

In a surprise change, this episode sees Brooker as the calm and collected one while John loses his temper over how a certain retailer ruined his january plans and threatens to defacate all over their offices.

In other news, or lack thereof, the guys spend their time off playing GTA Online, Call of Duty and the original Bad Company. What can we say? It's been an interesing couple of weeks.

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December 22, 2017  

Episode 34 - So Long… 2017

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Another year passes, another video game podcast comes along to force their best games of the year list down your throat.

Well, kinda.

We couldn't decide how best to do it, so instead of a "Top Five" list or a "Best and worst", we simply said five games that defined our 2017.

Come join us in this bumber episode as we see out 2017 and look forward to Christmas.

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