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

  • 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.

  • 13: Disco Elysium (with Rick Firestone - Pixel Project Radio)

    Episode  |  January 17th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  3 hrs 44 mins
    crpg, game review, indie games, rpg

    Dave is joined by Rick Firestone of Pixel Project Radio to discuss ZA/UM's 2019 classic, Disco Elysium.

  • 12: Florence (with Heather Siddiqui and Nick Greenberg)

    Episode  |  January 10th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  2 hrs 10 mins
    game review, indie games, mobile games, mountains

    Dave is joined by Heather Siddiqui and Nick Greenberg to discuss the 2018 interactive visual novel by Mountains, Florence.

  • 11: Hollow Knight (with Jim Rodeman)

    Episode  |  January 3rd, 2022  |  Season 1  |  2 hrs 13 mins
    game review, indie games, metroidvania, team cherry

    Dave is joined by anthropomorphic centipede Jim Rodeman to discuss Team Cherry's legendary metroidvania, Hollow Knight.

  • 2021 In Review

    Episode  |  December 31st, 2021  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 14 mins
    break from the backlog, year in review

    Dave discusses his year in gaming, including the top games he played for the first time in 2021, each game he played that was actually released in 2021, and eventually naming his top 3 games from 2021 in the process.

  • 10: Silent Hill 2 (with Adelaide Lohkamp)

    Episode  |  December 27th, 2021  |  Season 1  |  2 hrs 13 mins
    game review, horror games, konami, ps2, silent hill

    Dave is joined by Adelaide Lohkamp (she/her), who emerged from the endless fog to discuss Konami's pillar of the survival horror genre, Silent Hill 2.