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A bi-weekly video game book club that takes a deep look at one game every episode. We discuss the literary elements, philosophical ideas, and game design decisions that make games great while keeping things funny and friendly. Tune in for some close readings of your favorite games! Email us at thatpinguino@gmail.com

Latest Episodes

Episode 107: Coming Together to Unravel Two

EIn this episode Gino, Em, and Pete discuss Unravel 2, the smooth brains of Koalas, and environmental storytelling. If you've been enjoying the podcast, please consider supporting us athttps://www.patreon.com/DeepListens

59 MIN5 d ago
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Episode 107: Coming Together to Unravel Two

Final Film-tasy: The Spirits Within

EIn this episode Gino, Chris "ZombiePie" -REDACTED- an Jeff Rud discuss Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. We discuss how this movie ruined Square for a decade, prompted it's merger with Enix, and caused the departure of Hironobu Sakaguchi. We also cover how the movie is TOTALLY FINE. It's honestly not terrible! It's not good. But it's not terrible. We wrap up by ranking this movie against a bunch of games and slot machine programs with Final Fantasy branding. The Ranking of Fantasies are getting weird. If you've been enjoying the podcast, please consider supporting us athttps://www.patreon.com/DeepListens

80 MIN1 w ago
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Final Film-tasy: The Spirits Within

Listen to the Magic: Throne of Eldraine

EIn this episode Gino and Magic Master Kyle Moran discuss Throne of Eldraine limited, Standard standouts, and Modern monsters! We make our calls for the best cards of the set, the most underrated cards, and the cards that we're certain will see play.

84 MIN2 w ago
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Listen to the Magic: Throne of Eldraine

Episode 106: Baba is Pod

EIn this episode Gino, Pete, and Em discuss Baba is You! We discuss the game's novel text-based rules system, linguistics, the philosophy of language, and whether any of that is fun. Gino also tests out a new gimmick and we explain why we changed our game of the week. If you've been enjoying the podcast, please consider supporting us athttps://www.patreon.com/DeepListens

43 MIN3 w ago
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Episode 106: Baba is Pod

Final Fantasy Two Bad: Part Two- The Grand Final-e

EIn this episode Gino, Chris "ZombiePie" -REDACTED-, and Jeff Rudd discuss the back half of Final Fantasy II. We open with a review of bad drinks, some user feedback, and some spleen venting about FFII's systems. We then count the number of hell rooms in FFII, cover some legitimately good story turns, and talk about some broken mechanics. Do we have a new worst FF game of all time? Listen to find out! If you've been enjoying the podcast, please consider supporting us athttps://www.patreon.com/DeepListens

124 MINSEP 17
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Final Fantasy Two Bad: Part Two- The Grand Final-e

Episode 105: RAD isn't Rad

EIn this episode Gino, Pete, and Em discuss RAD, the current state of the 80s nostalgia industry, and what makes a rogue-like enjoyable. If you've been enjoying the podcast, please consider supporting us athttps://www.patreon.com/DeepListens

53 MINSEP 12
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Episode 105: RAD isn't Rad

Final Fantasy Two Bad: Part One

EIn this episode Gino, Chris "ZombiePie" -REDACTED-, and Jeff Rudd discuss the first half of Final Fantasy II. We cover the game from the beginning to Deist Cave. We also dive deep into the game's leveling system and help solve ZP's profound sadness.

110 MINSEP 7
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Final Fantasy Two Bad: Part One

Episode 104: Lead the Revolution in Pikuniku

EIn this episode Gino, Pete, and Em discuss Pikuniku and anarcho-communist uprisings! We start off with listener questions before diving into how Pikuniku establishes its light tone. We then ask what that tone does for the game's overtly anti-capiatlist message. We wrap up by discussing the game's villain and whether they are intended to be tragically flawed or a simple cardboard-cutout. If you've been enjoying the podcast, please consider supporting us athttps://www.patreon.com/DeepListens

63 MINAUG 27
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Episode 104: Lead the Revolution in Pikuniku

ZP Made Me Do It: Hatoful Boyfriend BBL Ending

EIn this episode Gino and Chris "ZombiePie" -REDACTED- discuss Hatoful Boyfriend's Bad Boys Love ending. We cover the entirety of the game's secret ending and how it re-frames or provides context to much of the main game. We also discuss whether the BBL ending adds a layer of serious storytelling to an absurd game or whether the seriousness of the BBL ending is too campy to take seriously. If you've been enjoying the podcast, please consider supporting us athttps://www.patreon.com/DeepListens

92 MINAUG 20
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ZP Made Me Do It: Hatoful Boyfriend BBL Ending

Episode 103: Enjoy a Heart-warming Cup of Butterfly Soup

EIn this episode Gino, Pete, and Em discuss the lovely visual novel Butterfly Soup! We discuss the game's excellent use of a real world place to ground it's story, it's memorable characters, and it's refreshing treatment of LGBTQ characters as normal people with interesting stories outside of their sexual orientation. Come for the wacky memes, stay for the in-depth explanation of throwing a knuckleball. https://www.patreon.com/DeepListens

103 MINAUG 13
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Episode 103: Enjoy a Heart-warming Cup of Butterfly Soup

Latest Episodes

Episode 107: Coming Together to Unravel Two

EIn this episode Gino, Em, and Pete discuss Unravel 2, the smooth brains of Koalas, and environmental storytelling. If you've been enjoying the podcast, please consider supporting us athttps://www.patreon.com/DeepListens

59 MIN5 d ago
Comments
Episode 107: Coming Together to Unravel Two

Final Film-tasy: The Spirits Within

EIn this episode Gino, Chris "ZombiePie" -REDACTED- an Jeff Rud discuss Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. We discuss how this movie ruined Square for a decade, prompted it's merger with Enix, and caused the departure of Hironobu Sakaguchi. We also cover how the movie is TOTALLY FINE. It's honestly not terrible! It's not good. But it's not terrible. We wrap up by ranking this movie against a bunch of games and slot machine programs with Final Fantasy branding. The Ranking of Fantasies are getting weird. If you've been enjoying the podcast, please consider supporting us athttps://www.patreon.com/DeepListens

80 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Final Film-tasy: The Spirits Within

Listen to the Magic: Throne of Eldraine

EIn this episode Gino and Magic Master Kyle Moran discuss Throne of Eldraine limited, Standard standouts, and Modern monsters! We make our calls for the best cards of the set, the most underrated cards, and the cards that we're certain will see play.

84 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Listen to the Magic: Throne of Eldraine

Episode 106: Baba is Pod

EIn this episode Gino, Pete, and Em discuss Baba is You! We discuss the game's novel text-based rules system, linguistics, the philosophy of language, and whether any of that is fun. Gino also tests out a new gimmick and we explain why we changed our game of the week. If you've been enjoying the podcast, please consider supporting us athttps://www.patreon.com/DeepListens

43 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Episode 106: Baba is Pod

Final Fantasy Two Bad: Part Two- The Grand Final-e

EIn this episode Gino, Chris "ZombiePie" -REDACTED-, and Jeff Rudd discuss the back half of Final Fantasy II. We open with a review of bad drinks, some user feedback, and some spleen venting about FFII's systems. We then count the number of hell rooms in FFII, cover some legitimately good story turns, and talk about some broken mechanics. Do we have a new worst FF game of all time? Listen to find out! If you've been enjoying the podcast, please consider supporting us athttps://www.patreon.com/DeepListens

124 MINSEP 17
Comments
Final Fantasy Two Bad: Part Two- The Grand Final-e

Episode 105: RAD isn't Rad

EIn this episode Gino, Pete, and Em discuss RAD, the current state of the 80s nostalgia industry, and what makes a rogue-like enjoyable. If you've been enjoying the podcast, please consider supporting us athttps://www.patreon.com/DeepListens

53 MINSEP 12
Comments
Episode 105: RAD isn't Rad

Final Fantasy Two Bad: Part One

EIn this episode Gino, Chris "ZombiePie" -REDACTED-, and Jeff Rudd discuss the first half of Final Fantasy II. We cover the game from the beginning to Deist Cave. We also dive deep into the game's leveling system and help solve ZP's profound sadness.

110 MINSEP 7
Comments
Final Fantasy Two Bad: Part One

Episode 104: Lead the Revolution in Pikuniku

EIn this episode Gino, Pete, and Em discuss Pikuniku and anarcho-communist uprisings! We start off with listener questions before diving into how Pikuniku establishes its light tone. We then ask what that tone does for the game's overtly anti-capiatlist message. We wrap up by discussing the game's villain and whether they are intended to be tragically flawed or a simple cardboard-cutout. If you've been enjoying the podcast, please consider supporting us athttps://www.patreon.com/DeepListens

63 MINAUG 27
Comments
Episode 104: Lead the Revolution in Pikuniku

ZP Made Me Do It: Hatoful Boyfriend BBL Ending

EIn this episode Gino and Chris "ZombiePie" -REDACTED- discuss Hatoful Boyfriend's Bad Boys Love ending. We cover the entirety of the game's secret ending and how it re-frames or provides context to much of the main game. We also discuss whether the BBL ending adds a layer of serious storytelling to an absurd game or whether the seriousness of the BBL ending is too campy to take seriously. If you've been enjoying the podcast, please consider supporting us athttps://www.patreon.com/DeepListens

92 MINAUG 20
Comments
ZP Made Me Do It: Hatoful Boyfriend BBL Ending

Episode 103: Enjoy a Heart-warming Cup of Butterfly Soup

EIn this episode Gino, Pete, and Em discuss the lovely visual novel Butterfly Soup! We discuss the game's excellent use of a real world place to ground it's story, it's memorable characters, and it's refreshing treatment of LGBTQ characters as normal people with interesting stories outside of their sexual orientation. Come for the wacky memes, stay for the in-depth explanation of throwing a knuckleball. https://www.patreon.com/DeepListens

103 MINAUG 13
Comments
Episode 103: Enjoy a Heart-warming Cup of Butterfly Soup