About the show

A video games podcast where Dave Jackson and guests break down and discuss the games they play. Each episode looks at one game in depth, focusing on mechanics, story, music and other aspects, with no spoilers until a clearly marked spoiler wall at the end.

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Episodes and Blog Entries

  • Break from the Backlog: Long Games & Burnout Roundtable

    Episode  |  January 25th, 2023  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 42 mins
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    Dave is joined by Jared Moss (Play Along Podcast), Bill Barber (Gaming & Collecting) and Aaron Klaassen (Super Pod Saga) to discuss long games and why some of them entertain for 100+ hours while others burn us out long before the end.

  • Tales from the Backlog 59: Final Fantasy IX

    Article  |  January 18th, 2023
    By Dave Jackson
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    In episode 59 of Tales from the Backlog, Dave is joined by Rick Firestone (Pixel Project Radio) and Alejandro Ortiz (A Random Gamer's Corner) to discuss Final Fantasy IX.

  • 59: Final Fantasy IX (with Rick Firestone - Pixel Project Radio and Alejandro Ortiz - A Random Gamer's Corner)

    Episode  |  January 18th, 2023  |  Season 1  |  2 hrs 34 mins
    final fantasy, game review, jrpg, square enix

    Dave is joined by Rick Firestone from Pixel Project Radio and Alejandro Ortiz from A Random Gamer's Corner to discuss Final Fantasy IX.

  • Tales from the Backlog 58: Shovel Knight

    Article  |  January 11th, 2023
    By Dave Jackson
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    In episode 58 of Tales from the Backlog, Dave is joined by Mikey Tabletop from Big Drink Energy podcast to discuss Shovel Knight.

  • 58: Shovel Knight (with Mikey Tabletop - Big Drink Energy)

    Episode  |  January 11th, 2023  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 46 mins
    game review, indie games, shovel knight, yacht club games

    Dave is joined by Mikey Tabletop from Big Drink Energy podcast to discuss Yacht Club Games' landmark retro-styled platformer, Shovel Knight

  • Tales from the Backlog 57: Xenoblade Chronicles 3

    Article  |  January 4th, 2023
    By Dave Jackson
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    In episode 57 of Tales from the Backlog, Dave is joined by Kolby from Switch it Up to discuss MonolithSoft's 2022 epic, Xenoblade Chronicles 3.

  • 57: Xenoblade Chronicles 3 (with Kolby - Switch it Up)

    Episode  |  January 4th, 2023  |  Season 1  |  2 hrs 38 mins
    game review, jrpg, xenoblade chronicles 3

    Dave is joined by Kolby from Switch it Up to discuss Monolith Soft's third entry in the Xenoblade Chronicles series.

  • Break from the Backlog: 2022 in Review

    Episode  |  December 28th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  48 mins 28 secs
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    Dave breaks down his favorite 2022 releases of the year in gaming.

  • Tales from the Backlog 56: The Forgotten City

    Article  |  December 21st, 2022
    By Dave Jackson
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    In episode 56 of Tales from the Backlog, Dave is joined by Chris from 1 Hour, 1 Decision to discuss Modern Storyteller's 2021 historical mystery, The Forgotten City

  • 56: The Forgotten City (with Chris - 1 Hour 1 Decision)

    Episode  |  December 21st, 2022  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 57 mins
    game review, indie games, the forgotten city

    Dave is joined by Chris from 1 Hour, 1 Decision to discuss Modern Storyteller's 2021 narrative mystery, The Forgotten City.

  • Tales from the Backlog 55: Inscryption

    Article  |  December 14th, 2022
    By Dave Jackson
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    In episode 55 of Tales from the Backlog, Dave is joined by John Rogers (Gaming in the Wild) to discuss Inscryption.

  • 55: Inscryption (with John Rogers - Gaming in the Wild)

    Episode  |  December 14th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  2 hrs 45 mins
    deckbuilder, game review, indie games, inscryption

    Dave is joined by John Rogers from Gaming in the Wild to discuss Inscryption, the 2021 horror deckbuilder by Daniel Mullins.

  • Top 3 Video Game Items That Are Too Good to Use (Tube V.I.P. Producer's Choice with Chris Nelson)

    Episode  |  December 11th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  38 mins 49 secs
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    Dave is joined by Chris Nelson for the premiere of a new series on the Tube Network- the Tube VIP Producer's Choice.

  • Tales from the Backlog 54: Pokemon Trading Card Game (Gameboy Color)

    Article  |  December 7th, 2022
    By Dave Jackson
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    In episode 54 of Tales from the Backlog, Dave is joined by Bill Barber from Gaming & Collecting podcast to discuss the Gameboy Color adaptation of the Pokemon Trading Card Game.

  • 54: Pokemon Trading Card Game (GBC) (with Bill Barber - Gaming & Collecting Podcast)

    Episode  |  December 7th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 11 mins
    card games, game review, gameboy color, pokemon, retro games

    Dave is joined by Bill Barber from Gaming & Collecting podcast to discuss the GameBoy Color adaptation of the Pokemon Trading Card game.

  • Tales from the Backlog 53: Nier: Automata

    Article  |  November 30th, 2022
    By Dave Jackson
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    In episode 53 of Tales from the Backlog, Dave is joined by Andrew Kimball (Your Friendly Neighborhood Gamers) and Katie Shesko to discuss Yoko Taro and PlatinumGames' 2017 hit, Nier: Automata.