Episode Archive

136 episodes of Tales from the Backlog since the first episode, which aired on October 25th, 2021.

  • Evaluating Retro Games Roundtable

    Episode  |  February 28th, 2024  |  Season 1  |  2 hrs 38 mins
    break from the backlog, roundtable

    Dave is joined by Chris Coplien (Retro Hangover), Rick Firestone (Pixel Project Radio) and Andre (Fine Time) to discuss the challenges and our personal approaches to evaluating retro games.

  • 107: Final Fantasy VII Remake (with Aaron Angle & Ryan Arrington)

    Episode  |  February 21st, 2024  |  Season 1  |  2 hrs 20 mins
    final fantasy, game review, jrpg, square enix

    Dave is joined by Aaron Angle and Ryan Arrington to discuss Square Enix's Final Fantasy VII Remake.

  • 106: This War of Mine (with Alex - First Five)

    Episode  |  February 14th, 2024  |  Season 1  |  2 hrs 36 mins
    11 bit studios, game review, indie games, survival games

    Dave is joined by Alex, host of the First Five YouTube channel, to discuss 11 Bit Studios' war survival/simulation game, This War of Mine.

  • 105: Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (with Gaming Memories)

    Episode  |  February 7th, 2024  |  Season 1  |  2 hrs 43 mins
    game review, kojima, konami, metal gear solid, ps2

    Dave is joined by The Profit from Gaming Memories to discuss Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Konami's 2001 follow-up to the breakout hit Metal Gear Solid.

  • 104: South Park: The Stick of Truth (with Adam Rivera)

    Episode  |  January 31st, 2024  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 53 mins
    game review, licensed games, obsidian entertainment, rpg

    Dave is joined by Adam Rivera to discuss Obsidian and South Park Studios' South Park: The Stick of Truth.

  • 103: The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (PS2) (with Chris Dominguez- A Novel Console)

    Episode  |  January 24th, 2024  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 20 mins
    ea, game review, licensed games

    Dave is joined by Chris Dominguez from A Novel Console to discuss EA's Lord of the Rings: Return of the King adaptation for the PS2/GameCube/Xbox.

  • 102: Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name (with Matt aka Stormageddon & Flora Merigold)

    Episode  |  January 17th, 2024  |  Season 1  |  3 hrs 4 mins
    game review, rpg, yakuza

    Dave is joined by Matt aka Stormageddon ("Fun" and Games, Reignite, Screen Snark) and Flora Merigold (Epilogue Gaming, Left Behind Game Club) to discuss Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name, by Ryu Ga Gotoku Studios.

  • 101: Rain World (with soccr)

    Episode  |  January 10th, 2024  |  Season 1  |  2 hrs 1 min
    game review, indie games, videocult

    Dave is joined by community member extraordinaire soccr to discuss VideoCult's 2D platformer/survival cult hit, Rain World.

  • 100: Killer7 (with Andre - Fine Time)

    Episode  |  January 3rd, 2024  |  Season 1  |  2 hrs 20 mins
    capcom, game review, gamecube, grasshopper manufacture, ps2

    Dave is joined by Andre from Fine Time to discuss Grasshopper Manufacture and Capcom's FPS/Adventure game, Killer7.

  • 2023 In Review

    Episode  |  December 27th, 2023  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 4 mins
    break from the backlog, year in review

    Dave wraps up the year that was and talks through his favorite games that released in 2023.

  • 99: Final Fantasy X (with Ryan Batie & Chris Taylor - Lightning Strikes Thrice)

    Episode  |  December 20th, 2023  |  Season 1  |  2 hrs 40 mins
    final fantasy, game review, jrpg, square enix

    Dave is joined by Ryan Batie and Chris Taylor, both of Lightning Strikes Thrice, to Square’s 2001 entry in the long-running RPG series, Final Fantasy X.

  • 98: Blasphemous 2 (with Chris Nelson)

    Episode  |  December 13th, 2023  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 47 mins
    blasphemous, game review, indie games, the game kitchen

    Dave is joined by Chris Nelson to discuss Blasphemous 2, The Game Kitchen's 2023 Catholic-horror metroidvania follow-up.

  • 97: Sea of Stars (with Aaron Angle & Ryan Arrington)

    Episode  |  December 6th, 2023  |  Season 1  |  2 hrs 18 mins
    game review, jrpg, sabotage studios

    Dave is joined by Aaron Angle and Ryan Arrington to discuss Sabotage Studio's 2023 retro-throwback RPG, Sea of Stars.

  • "Uncommon" Real-World Settings in Video Games (with Ozzy Garcia & Randall Quiggle)

    Episode  |  November 29th, 2023  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 42 mins
    break from the backlog, roundtable

    Dave is joined by Ozzy Garcia and Randall Quiggle to discuss games set in real, yet uncommon locations and what we can learn from them.

  • 96: Final Fantasy XVI (with Rick Firestone & Eric Gess)

    Episode  |  November 22nd, 2023  |  Season 1  |  2 hrs 43 mins
    final fantasy, game review, jrpg, square enix

    Dave is joined by Rick Firestone (Pixel Project Radio) and Eric Gess (The Unlockables) to discuss Square Enix's Final Fantasy XVI.

  • 95: F-Zero X (with Dave Pietrangelo - Remember 64)

    Episode  |  November 15th, 2023  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 38 mins
    game review, nintendo, nintendo 64, racing games

    Dave is joined by Dave Pietrangelo from Remember 64 and Back in My Day podcasts to discuss F-Zero X, Nintendo's hyperspeed space racer from the Nintendo 64.