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Join Jack Gardner and Naomi Lugo as they discuss, debate, brawl, and sometimes agree over the best games period.The duo brings years of podcasting, game criticism, and somewhat related tangents to the table to create one of the most interesting video game podcasts you'll find this corner of the internet.

Latest Episodes

Episode 139 - Knights of the Old Republic II (ft. Elijah Beahm)

As time marches on, many people remember the BioWare/Star Wars classic Knights of the Old Republic fondly. It stands out to them as the quintessential RPG experience and a bar by which all subsequent RPGs find themselves judged. Less frequently, however, do people consider Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, the technically flawed, but narratively richer younger sibling. Developed by Obsidian Entertainment under some of the tightest time constraints RPG developers have ever experienced, Obsidian was tasked with delivering a sequel to one of the greatest RPGs of all-time with only a year of development time. Were they able to succeed? Joining us this week is prolific game critic and Escapist columnist Elijah Beahm. In addition to his gaming and writing talents, Elijah happens to be one of the most knowledgeable figures on the Star Wars universe that you could hope to find. We talk about Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order before launching into a prolonged discussion about the trials and tribulations of KotOR II. We also have a spoiler discussion of Respawn's Fallen Order that you can listen to if you become a patron over on patreon.com/bestgamesperiod! Be sure to follow Elijah's work and Star Wars ranting over on @UnabridgedGamer. Outro music: Star Fox 'Crosswind' by B-laze (https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03992) You can follow the show on Twitter:@BestGamesPeriod Or download the podcast from most major podcasting apps, Spotify, Soundcloud, Apple Podcasts, or Libsyn. Support us on Patreon! -https://www.patreon.com/bestgamesperiod

90 MIN1 d ago
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Episode 139 - Knights of the Old Republic II (ft. Elijah Beahm)

Honorable Mention - Kingdom Rush

2010 was the heyday for free games released online and powered by Flash. Titles like Meat Boy grew in the wild frontiers of Newgrounds and other websites that catered to those looking to play games in their web browsers. Into the mix stepped Uruguayan studio Ironhide Games. The company had found success with a few minor titles, but their latest game, Kingdom Rush, achieved a rare level of success. With more than 300 million plays under its belt, the developers created a version for the then new iPad. This portable version found massive acclaim and propelled the creation of a mobile version for iPhones and eventually Android. It became one of the most popular games in the world for a window of time. Within innovative gameplay and incredibly solid execution, it remains one of the best tower defense games of all time, arguably the best of them all. Outro music: Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge 'Cozy Campfire' by Yffisch (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03974) You can follow the show on Twitter:@BestGamesPeriod Or download the podcast from Soundcloud:https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod Don't forget to sign up forExtra Lifeto help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Support us on Patreon! -https://www.patreon.com/bestgamesperiod

22 MINOCT 1
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Honorable Mention - Kingdom Rush

Episode 138 - Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp (ft. Aiden Strawhun)

The gaming world has been clamoring for a new Animal Crossing for years now. With one approaching on the horizon, we figured it was a perfect time to take a look at the mobile game Nintendo introduced back in 2017. Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp puts players in the role of a campsite manager and arms them with the tools to make it the best gosh darn campsite ever. With activities like bug catching, fishing, and making animal friends, it seems relatively similar to other offerings in the series - but some say it just might be one of the best games of all-time. To get to the bottom of why this game resonated with so many and to discuss why it might be one of the all-time greats, we brought on Aiden Strawhun! Aiden writes for IGN and their work has appeared on Kotaku and Gamespot. They also serve as the Advocacy Director of Women in Games, an organization that works to help women find and create more inclusive places in the game industry. You can follow Aiden over on Twitter: @AStraww. Outro music: FTL: Faster Than Light 'An Open Galaxy' by Sir_NutS (https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03963) You can follow the show on Twitter:@BestGamesPeriod Or download the podcast from Soundcloud:https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod Don't forget to sign up forExtra Lifeto help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Support us on Patreon! -https://www.patreon.com/bestgamesperiod

66 MINSEP 24
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Episode 138 - Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp (ft. Aiden Strawhun)

Episode 137 - Final Fantasy XIV (ft. Kazuma Hashimoto)

Final Fantasy XIV has experienced one of the greatest resurgences in modern video game history. Faced with a disastrous launch, Square Enix did the unthinkable and destroyed their world in an apocalyptic event designed to reboot their MMO. A Realm Reborn completely revamped the game and corrected its course, setting it on a path to the massive and enduring success Final Fantasy XIV enjoys today. With three core expansions and numerous free patches continually adding or reworking content, it might just be the most thriving MMO on the market. However, does that make it one of the best games of all time? To help us answer that question, this week we are joined by friend of the show Kazuma Hashimoto (who you should follow on Twitter: @JusticeKazzy_). He's a long-time player of Final Fantasy XIV, has locked down impressive interviews with members of the development team, and released an evolving review of the latest expansion, Shadowbringers for RPG Site. Outro music: Donkey Kong Country 'OSHA Violation' by Reuben6, Earth Kid, and sleffy (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03971) You can follow the show on Twitter:@BestGamesPeriod Or download the podcast from Soundcloud:https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod Don't forget to sign up forExtra Lifeto help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Support us on Patreon! -https://www.patreon.com/bestgamesperiod

84 MINSEP 17
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Episode 137 - Final Fantasy XIV (ft. Kazuma Hashimoto)

Talking Games and Diversity with Tanya DePass

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Tanya DePass, the founder and director of I Need Diverse Games. She was gracious enough to talk at length about diversity, feminism, and the unique intersection those have with tabletop gaming. It's a really fantastic conversation, so I hope you all enjoy hearing all of it! A huge thank you to Tanya - you should all give her a follow on Twitter: @cypheroftyr

52 MINAUG 24
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Talking Games and Diversity with Tanya DePass

Dragonguard - Episode 23 - Farewells and Firmaments

The finale of Dragonguard has arrived! Nomsooni, Barphus, and Scratch make choices to determine the fate of their world and their own respective futures. "Shadowlands 1 - Horizon" "Super Power Cool Dude" "Bittersweet" "Dreamer" "Furious Freak" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ You can follow the show on Twitter:@BestGamesPeriod Or download the podcast from Soundcloud:https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod Don't forget to sign up forExtra Lifeto help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Learn more aboutTabletop Appreciation Weekend! Support us on Patreon! -https://www.patreon.com/bestgamesperiod

73 MINAUG 24
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Dragonguard - Episode 23 - Farewells and Firmaments

Dragonguard - Episode 22 - Project Looking-Glass

Stepping through a portal to another world, Scratch, Nomsooni, and Barphus have the nature of their existence revealed and have the future of their universe placed into their hands. "Furious Freak" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ You can follow the show on Twitter:@BestGamesPeriod Or download the podcast from Soundcloud:https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod Don't forget to sign up forExtra Lifeto help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Learn more aboutTabletop Appreciation Weekend! Support us on Patreon! -https://www.patreon.com/bestgamesperiod

63 MINAUG 24
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Dragonguard - Episode 22 - Project Looking-Glass

Episode 136 - Battle Chef Brigade (ft. Caitlin Galiz-Rowe)

In November 2017, Trinket Studios released a unique puzzle-fighting game onto PC and Nintendo Switch. The title, Battle Chef Brigade, had garnered a colossal amount of support following a successful Kickstarter campaign raised over $100,000 in 2014. The game focuses on Mina Han, an up and coming chef who leaves her rural home to make it as a member of the Battle Chef Brigade, an elite group of chefs who battle monsters and use the spoils to make the most delectable dishes in all the land. Battle Chef Brigade currently sits with a spotless rating of 10/10 on Steam and has earned itself a persistent cult following since release. This week we are joined by game critic and noted Battle Chef Brigade evangelist Caitlin Galiz-Rowe to talk about the wild world of culinary contests. Is Battle Chef Brigade one of the best games of all-time? Outro music: Fantasy Zone 'Opa and Over' by Rexy (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03954) You can follow the show on Twitter:@BestGamesPeriod Or download the podcast from Soundcloud:https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod Follow Caitlin Galiz-Rowe on Twitter: @CGRRRRRRRR Don't forget to sign up forExtra Lifeto help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!Learn more aboutTabletop Appreciation Weekend! Support us on Patreon! -https://www.patreon.com/bestgamesperiod

66 MINAUG 20
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Episode 136 - Battle Chef Brigade (ft. Caitlin Galiz-Rowe)

Episode 135 - Fire Emblem Awakening (ft. Julian Rizzo-Smith)

Fire Emblem Awakening released in North America back in 2013. Intended to be the final swansong of the franchise, it instead found success on a magnitude it the series had never seen before. Critics and players alike praised its new focus on accessibility and the centrality of the support conversations between characters. These changes allowed everyone to experience a much wider swath of Fire Emblem Awakening's content and word of mouth managed to make the turn-based strategy title one of the most popular games for Nintendo's 3DS. This week we are joined by Julian Rizzo-Smith to talk all things Fire Emblem and figure out if Fire Emblem Awakening is one of the best games of all-time! Outro music: Super Smash Bros. Melee 'Together, We Fly' by PRYZM (https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03202) You can follow the show on Twitter:@BestGamesPeriod Or download the podcast from Soundcloud:https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod Follow Julian Rizzo-Smith on Twitter: @GayWeebDisaster Don't forget t...

83 MINAUG 13
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Episode 135 - Fire Emblem Awakening (ft. Julian Rizzo-Smith)

Let's Talk About Cadence of Hyrule

There's a lot of bad stuff going on in the world. A lot of things we all have to struggle with on a daily basis. Cadence of Hyrule is really great and puts some measure of joy into the world that nothing can take away. It's unabashedly itself. It's good. Anyway, here are some thoughts about the game and the things it makes me think about. Outro music: Mega Man X 'Red Shifting Drift' by Gario (https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03790) You can follow the show on Twitter:@BestGamesPeriod Or download the podcast from Soundcloud:https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod Don't forget to sign up forExtra Lifeto help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!Learn more aboutTabletop Appreciation Weekend! Support us on Patreon! -https://www.patreon.com/bestgamesperiod

38 MINAUG 7
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Let's Talk About Cadence of Hyrule

Latest Episodes

Episode 139 - Knights of the Old Republic II (ft. Elijah Beahm)

As time marches on, many people remember the BioWare/Star Wars classic Knights of the Old Republic fondly. It stands out to them as the quintessential RPG experience and a bar by which all subsequent RPGs find themselves judged. Less frequently, however, do people consider Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, the technically flawed, but narratively richer younger sibling. Developed by Obsidian Entertainment under some of the tightest time constraints RPG developers have ever experienced, Obsidian was tasked with delivering a sequel to one of the greatest RPGs of all-time with only a year of development time. Were they able to succeed? Joining us this week is prolific game critic and Escapist columnist Elijah Beahm. In addition to his gaming and writing talents, Elijah happens to be one of the most knowledgeable figures on the Star Wars universe that you could hope to find. We talk about Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order before launching into a prolonged discussion about the trials and tribulations of KotOR II. We also have a spoiler discussion of Respawn's Fallen Order that you can listen to if you become a patron over on patreon.com/bestgamesperiod! Be sure to follow Elijah's work and Star Wars ranting over on @UnabridgedGamer. Outro music: Star Fox 'Crosswind' by B-laze (https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03992) You can follow the show on Twitter:@BestGamesPeriod Or download the podcast from most major podcasting apps, Spotify, Soundcloud, Apple Podcasts, or Libsyn. Support us on Patreon! -https://www.patreon.com/bestgamesperiod

90 MIN1 d ago
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Episode 139 - Knights of the Old Republic II (ft. Elijah Beahm)

Honorable Mention - Kingdom Rush

2010 was the heyday for free games released online and powered by Flash. Titles like Meat Boy grew in the wild frontiers of Newgrounds and other websites that catered to those looking to play games in their web browsers. Into the mix stepped Uruguayan studio Ironhide Games. The company had found success with a few minor titles, but their latest game, Kingdom Rush, achieved a rare level of success. With more than 300 million plays under its belt, the developers created a version for the then new iPad. This portable version found massive acclaim and propelled the creation of a mobile version for iPhones and eventually Android. It became one of the most popular games in the world for a window of time. Within innovative gameplay and incredibly solid execution, it remains one of the best tower defense games of all time, arguably the best of them all. Outro music: Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge 'Cozy Campfire' by Yffisch (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03974) You can follow the show on Twitter:@BestGamesPeriod Or download the podcast from Soundcloud:https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod Don't forget to sign up forExtra Lifeto help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Support us on Patreon! -https://www.patreon.com/bestgamesperiod

22 MINOCT 1
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Honorable Mention - Kingdom Rush

Episode 138 - Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp (ft. Aiden Strawhun)

The gaming world has been clamoring for a new Animal Crossing for years now. With one approaching on the horizon, we figured it was a perfect time to take a look at the mobile game Nintendo introduced back in 2017. Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp puts players in the role of a campsite manager and arms them with the tools to make it the best gosh darn campsite ever. With activities like bug catching, fishing, and making animal friends, it seems relatively similar to other offerings in the series - but some say it just might be one of the best games of all-time. To get to the bottom of why this game resonated with so many and to discuss why it might be one of the all-time greats, we brought on Aiden Strawhun! Aiden writes for IGN and their work has appeared on Kotaku and Gamespot. They also serve as the Advocacy Director of Women in Games, an organization that works to help women find and create more inclusive places in the game industry. You can follow Aiden over on Twitter: @AStraww. Outro music: FTL: Faster Than Light 'An Open Galaxy' by Sir_NutS (https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03963) You can follow the show on Twitter:@BestGamesPeriod Or download the podcast from Soundcloud:https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod Don't forget to sign up forExtra Lifeto help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Support us on Patreon! -https://www.patreon.com/bestgamesperiod

66 MINSEP 24
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Episode 138 - Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp (ft. Aiden Strawhun)

Episode 137 - Final Fantasy XIV (ft. Kazuma Hashimoto)

Final Fantasy XIV has experienced one of the greatest resurgences in modern video game history. Faced with a disastrous launch, Square Enix did the unthinkable and destroyed their world in an apocalyptic event designed to reboot their MMO. A Realm Reborn completely revamped the game and corrected its course, setting it on a path to the massive and enduring success Final Fantasy XIV enjoys today. With three core expansions and numerous free patches continually adding or reworking content, it might just be the most thriving MMO on the market. However, does that make it one of the best games of all time? To help us answer that question, this week we are joined by friend of the show Kazuma Hashimoto (who you should follow on Twitter: @JusticeKazzy_). He's a long-time player of Final Fantasy XIV, has locked down impressive interviews with members of the development team, and released an evolving review of the latest expansion, Shadowbringers for RPG Site. Outro music: Donkey Kong Country 'OSHA Violation' by Reuben6, Earth Kid, and sleffy (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03971) You can follow the show on Twitter:@BestGamesPeriod Or download the podcast from Soundcloud:https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod Don't forget to sign up forExtra Lifeto help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Support us on Patreon! -https://www.patreon.com/bestgamesperiod

84 MINSEP 17
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Episode 137 - Final Fantasy XIV (ft. Kazuma Hashimoto)

Talking Games and Diversity with Tanya DePass

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Tanya DePass, the founder and director of I Need Diverse Games. She was gracious enough to talk at length about diversity, feminism, and the unique intersection those have with tabletop gaming. It's a really fantastic conversation, so I hope you all enjoy hearing all of it! A huge thank you to Tanya - you should all give her a follow on Twitter: @cypheroftyr

52 MINAUG 24
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Talking Games and Diversity with Tanya DePass

Dragonguard - Episode 23 - Farewells and Firmaments

The finale of Dragonguard has arrived! Nomsooni, Barphus, and Scratch make choices to determine the fate of their world and their own respective futures. "Shadowlands 1 - Horizon" "Super Power Cool Dude" "Bittersweet" "Dreamer" "Furious Freak" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ You can follow the show on Twitter:@BestGamesPeriod Or download the podcast from Soundcloud:https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod Don't forget to sign up forExtra Lifeto help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Learn more aboutTabletop Appreciation Weekend! Support us on Patreon! -https://www.patreon.com/bestgamesperiod

73 MINAUG 24
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Dragonguard - Episode 23 - Farewells and Firmaments

Dragonguard - Episode 22 - Project Looking-Glass

Stepping through a portal to another world, Scratch, Nomsooni, and Barphus have the nature of their existence revealed and have the future of their universe placed into their hands. "Furious Freak" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ You can follow the show on Twitter:@BestGamesPeriod Or download the podcast from Soundcloud:https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod Don't forget to sign up forExtra Lifeto help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Learn more aboutTabletop Appreciation Weekend! Support us on Patreon! -https://www.patreon.com/bestgamesperiod

63 MINAUG 24
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Dragonguard - Episode 22 - Project Looking-Glass

Episode 136 - Battle Chef Brigade (ft. Caitlin Galiz-Rowe)

In November 2017, Trinket Studios released a unique puzzle-fighting game onto PC and Nintendo Switch. The title, Battle Chef Brigade, had garnered a colossal amount of support following a successful Kickstarter campaign raised over $100,000 in 2014. The game focuses on Mina Han, an up and coming chef who leaves her rural home to make it as a member of the Battle Chef Brigade, an elite group of chefs who battle monsters and use the spoils to make the most delectable dishes in all the land. Battle Chef Brigade currently sits with a spotless rating of 10/10 on Steam and has earned itself a persistent cult following since release. This week we are joined by game critic and noted Battle Chef Brigade evangelist Caitlin Galiz-Rowe to talk about the wild world of culinary contests. Is Battle Chef Brigade one of the best games of all-time? Outro music: Fantasy Zone 'Opa and Over' by Rexy (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03954) You can follow the show on Twitter:@BestGamesPeriod Or download the podcast from Soundcloud:https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod Follow Caitlin Galiz-Rowe on Twitter: @CGRRRRRRRR Don't forget to sign up forExtra Lifeto help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!Learn more aboutTabletop Appreciation Weekend! Support us on Patreon! -https://www.patreon.com/bestgamesperiod

66 MINAUG 20
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Episode 136 - Battle Chef Brigade (ft. Caitlin Galiz-Rowe)

Episode 135 - Fire Emblem Awakening (ft. Julian Rizzo-Smith)

Fire Emblem Awakening released in North America back in 2013. Intended to be the final swansong of the franchise, it instead found success on a magnitude it the series had never seen before. Critics and players alike praised its new focus on accessibility and the centrality of the support conversations between characters. These changes allowed everyone to experience a much wider swath of Fire Emblem Awakening's content and word of mouth managed to make the turn-based strategy title one of the most popular games for Nintendo's 3DS. This week we are joined by Julian Rizzo-Smith to talk all things Fire Emblem and figure out if Fire Emblem Awakening is one of the best games of all-time! Outro music: Super Smash Bros. Melee 'Together, We Fly' by PRYZM (https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03202) You can follow the show on Twitter:@BestGamesPeriod Or download the podcast from Soundcloud:https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod Follow Julian Rizzo-Smith on Twitter: @GayWeebDisaster Don't forget t...

83 MINAUG 13
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Episode 135 - Fire Emblem Awakening (ft. Julian Rizzo-Smith)

Let's Talk About Cadence of Hyrule

There's a lot of bad stuff going on in the world. A lot of things we all have to struggle with on a daily basis. Cadence of Hyrule is really great and puts some measure of joy into the world that nothing can take away. It's unabashedly itself. It's good. Anyway, here are some thoughts about the game and the things it makes me think about. Outro music: Mega Man X 'Red Shifting Drift' by Gario (https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03790) You can follow the show on Twitter:@BestGamesPeriod Or download the podcast from Soundcloud:https://soundcloud.com/thebestgamesperiod Don't forget to sign up forExtra Lifeto help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!Learn more aboutTabletop Appreciation Weekend! Support us on Patreon! -https://www.patreon.com/bestgamesperiod

38 MINAUG 7
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Let's Talk About Cadence of Hyrule
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