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 in the middle.

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Episodes and Blog Entries

  • 26: Earthbound (with Keith Gasper - The Main Quest)

    Episode  |  April 20th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  3 hrs 17 mins
    earthbound, game review, jrpg, nintendo, retro games, snes

    Dave is joined by Keith Gasper from the wonderful The Main Quest podcast to talk about 1994's cult classic JRPG, Earthbound.

  • Bloodborne Bosses Tier List (FULL SPOILERS) (with Andrew & Dylan - Your Friendly Neighborhood Gamers)

    Episode  |  April 13th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  2 hrs 51 mins
    bloodborne, break from the backlog, fromsoftware, tier list

    Dave is joined by Andrew Kimball and Dylan Wren from Your Friendly Neighborhood Gamers to tier rank the Bloodborne bosses.

  • 25: Bloodborne (with Moonborne & Jake Anderson)

    Episode  |  April 6th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  3 hrs 26 mins
    bloodborne, fromsoftware, game review, ps4, soulslike

    Dave is joined by Moonborne and Jake Anderson to take on FromSoftware's incredible gothic/Lovecraftian horror classic, Bloodborne.

  • 24: Metroid Dread (with Eric Gess - The Unlockables & Sidequesting Podcast)

    Episode  |  March 30th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  2 hrs 13 mins
    game review, mercurysteam, metroid, metroidvania, nintendo, nintendo switch

    Dave is joined by the wonderful Eric Gess to discuss Nintendo & MercurySteam's long-awaited entry in the beloved Metroid franchise, Metroid Dread.

  • 23: Persona 5 (with Aaron Angle and Ryan Arrington)

    Episode  |  March 23rd, 2022  |  Season 1  |  2 hrs 39 mins
    atlus, game review, jrpg, persona, ps4

    Dave is joined by Aaron Angle and Ryan Arrington to discuss both Persona 5 and its expansion, Persona 5 Royal, the latest in the long-running series by Atlus.

  • 22: Before Your Eyes (with Brian Edwards - Cane & Rinse)

    Episode  |  March 16th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  2 hrs 8 mins
    game review, goodbyeworld games, indie games

    Dave is joined by Brian Edwards from Cane & Rinse to discuss GoodbyeWorld Games' wonderful experiment with interactivity, Before Your Eyes.

  • 21: King's Field: The Ancient City (with mysticreferee)

    Episode  |  March 9th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  2 hrs 59 mins
    fromsoftware, game review, king's field, ps2, retro games

    Dave is joined by mysticreferee to discuss part of FromSoftware's past, King's Field IV aka King's Field: The Ancient City.

  • We're on Discord! Come join us!

    Episode  |  March 7th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  1 min 24 secs
    games, video games

    Announcing the Tales from the Backlog and A Top 3 Podcast Discord server!

  • 20: Blasphemous (with Chris Nelson)

    Episode  |  March 2nd, 2022  |  Season 1  |  2 hrs 7 mins
    blasphemous, game review, indie games, metroidvania, the game kitchen

    Dave is joined by the ultimate penitent one, Chris Nelson, to discuss The Game Kitchen's 2019 metroidvania, Blasphemous

  • 19: Darkest Dungeon (with Andrew Tavin - TV Nopes and House of House)

    Episode  |  February 23rd, 2022  |  Season 1  |  3 hrs 36 secs
    darkest dungeon, indie games, roguelike, rpg

    Dave is joined by Andrew Tavin, host of the TV Nopes and House of House podcasts to discuss Red Hook Studio's 2016 dungeon crawler, Darkest Dungeon.

  • 18: Death's Door (with Brian and Ryan - List Off!)

    Episode  |  February 16th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 52 mins
    acid nerve, game review, indie games

    Dave is joined by both of the hosts of the List Off! podcast to discuss Acid Nerve's 2021 indie darling, Death's Door.

  • Dark Souls Bosses Tier Rankings (with Jack Allen)

    Episode  |  February 14th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 36 mins
    dark souls, fromsoftware, tier list

    The Furtive Pygmy Jack Allen returns, as we put every boss in Dark Souls into a tier list.

  • 17: Dark Souls (with Jack Allen)

    Episode  |  February 9th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  3 hrs 11 mins
    dark souls, fromsoftware, game review, soulslike

    Dave is joined by Jack Allen to talk about the perfect Valentine's Day game- Dark Souls. Don't give up, skeleton!

  • 16: A Short Hike (with Ryan Delaney)

    Episode  |  February 7th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  56 mins 50 secs
    game review, indie games

    In the fourth edition of the Lazy Sunday Series focusing on short indie games, Dave is joined by Ryan Delaney to discuss Adam Robinson-Yu's charming hiking game, A Short Hike.

  • 15: Hitman 2 (with Scott Danielson)

    Episode  |  January 31st, 2022  |  Season 1  |  3 hrs 48 mins
    game review, hitman, immersive sim, io interactive, stealth games

    Dave is joined by Scott Danielson for part 2 of their own personal Hitman World of Long Podcasts Trilogy.

  • 14: The Messenger (with Alfredo - The Dukes of Gaming)

    Episode  |  January 24th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  2 hrs 18 mins
    game review, indie games, metroidvania, sabotage studios

    Dave is joined by the Duke of Education himself, Alfredo Takori of the Dukes of Gaming podcast to discuss Sabotage Studio's 2018 retreaux action platformer, The Messenger.