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

  • Tales from the Backlog 38: Vampire Survivors

    Article  |  August 10th, 2022
    By Dave Jackson
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    In episode 38 of Tales from the Backlog, Dave is joined by Chris Rettig to talk about the roguelike that came out of nowhere to take the gaming world by storm, Vampire Survivors.

  • 38: Vampire Survivors (with Chris Rettig)

    Episode  |  August 10th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 57 mins
    games, roguelike, vampire survivors, video games

    Dave is joined by Chris Rettig to discuss an indie game that took the gaming world by storm, Vampire Survivors.

  • Tales from the Backlog 37: Mega Man X

    Article  |  August 3rd, 2022
    By Dave Jackson
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    In episode 37 of Tales from the Backlog, Dave is joined by returning guest Chris Nelson to try to retroactively access other peoples' nostalgia for Capcom's 1993 classic, Mega Man X.

  • 37: Mega Man X (with Chris Nelson)

    Episode  |  August 3rd, 2022  |  Season 1  |  2 hrs 8 mins
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    Dave and special guest Chris Nelson go back in time to discuss Capcom's 1993 classic, Mega Man X.

  • Patreon Announcement

    Episode  |  August 1st, 2022  |  Season 1  |  5 mins 26 secs
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    Hello there! Tales from the Backlog is now listener-supported via Patreon! This is a short announcement and explanation of the current support tiers!

  • Tales from the Backlog V.I.P.- Stray (Preview)

    Episode  |  August 1st, 2022  |  Season 1  |  13 mins 10 secs
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    Dave gives a preview of a patron-only bonus episode covering Stray.

  • Break from the Backlog: Elden Ring Bosses Tier List

    Article  |  July 27th, 2022
    By Dave Jackson
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    In this Break from the Backlog episode of Tales from the Backlog, Dave is joined again by Jim Rodeman to tier-rank the bosses in Elden Ring.

  • Break from the Backlog: Elden Ring Bosses Tier List (with Jim Rodeman)

    Episode  |  July 27th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 53 mins
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    Wrapping up Elden Ring month, as per tradition, Dave is joined by Jim Rodeman to tier-rank the Elden Ring bosses.

  • Break from the Backlog: Elden Ring for the FromSoftware Newbie

    Article  |  July 20th, 2022
    By Dave Jackson
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    In this Break from the Backlog episode, Dave is joined by Aaron Angle and Ryan Arrington to answer one simple question- why is Elden Ring FromSoftware's most approachable game yet?

  • Break from the Backlog: Elden Ring for the FromSoftware Newbie (with Aaron Angle and Ryan Arrington)

    Episode  |  July 20th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 26 mins
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    Dave is joined by Aaron Angle and Ryan Arrington to discuss one simple question- why is Elden Ring the most approachable FromSoftware game for new players?

  • Break from the Backlog: FromSoftware and the Open World

    Article  |  July 13th, 2022
    By Dave Jackson
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    In this Break from the Backlog episode, Dave is joined by the Friendly Neighborhood Gamers (Andrew Kimball and Dylan Wren) to discuss open worlds and FromSoftware's open world design choices in Elden Ring.

  • Break from the Backlog: FromSoftware and the Open World (with Your Friendly Neighborhood Gamers)

    Episode  |  July 13th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  2 hrs 11 mins
    break from the backlog, elden ring, fromsoftware, games, open world games, video games

    Dave is joined by Andrew and Dylan from Your Friendly Neighborhood Gamers to discuss open-world games as a whole, as well as how FromSoftware learned from the best to make Elden Ring.

  • Tales from the Backlog 36: Elden Ring

    Article  |  July 6th, 2022
    By Dave Jackson
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    In episode 36 of Tales from the Backlog, Dave is joined by Ryan Juengling from the List Off! podcast to discuss FromSoftware's long-awaited open world epic, Elden Ring.

  • 36: Elden Ring (with Ryan - List Off!)

    Episode  |  July 6th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  3 hrs 22 mins
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    Dave is joined by Ryan Juengling from List Off! to discuss FromSoftware's game of the generation candidate, Elden Ring.

  • Tales from the Backlog 35: Half-Life 2

    Article  |  June 29th, 2022
    By Dave Jackson
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    In episode 35 of Tales from the Backlog, Dave is joined by Jay Davis from Super Bracket Bros to discuss Valve's foundational first-person shooter, Half-Life 2.

  • 35: Half-Life 2 (with Jay Davis - Super Bracket Bros)

    Episode  |  June 29th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  2 hrs 20 mins
    fps, games, pc games, video games

    Dave is joined by Jay Davis (Super Bracket Bros podcast) to discuss Valve’s foundational FPS, Half-Life 2.