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Australian video games critics and journalists James Swinbanks (GameSpot, Player2.net.au), Hope Corrigan (IGN, Player2.net.au) and Patrick Lum (The Guardian, Hyper) guide you through the murky waters of video games.

Latest Episodes

Episode #28 - Carrion, Fall Guys, Grounded

EVideo games? Check! Small talk? Check! We've got you covered with chat about Carrion, Grounded, Fall Guys and also a bunch of strategy game chat because we've been playing Civilization VI and Stellaris. We also go over the latest Xbox briefing and some news from across the world of video games.

102 MIN5 d ago
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Episode #28 - Carrion, Fall Guys, Grounded

Episode #27 - F1 2020, Pokemon Sword Expansion, Hitman 2

EThere's more small talk to be had about video games! James digs into the No Man's Sky Desolation update and tells us all about his time with F1 2020, Hope digs into her time with the Pokemon Sword expansion, and Patrick enjoys scalping the rich in Hitman 2. Plus there's Xbox news, Ubisoft news and lots of other news, too.

87 MIN2 w ago
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Episode #27 - F1 2020, Pokemon Sword Expansion, Hitman 2

Episode #26 - Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town, Hardspace: Shipbreaker, 51 Worldwide Games

EWe're back in to the games this episode! James and Hope go to space in No Mans Sky, Patrick reviews Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town, James becomes an interstellar recycler in Hardspace: Shipbreaker and reminices about the old days with 51 Worldwide Games, and Hope shares some recent demos she dug as a part of Steam's recent summer "thingy". James also gives his first impression of F1 2020, plus news and more.

68 MINJUL 10
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Episode #26 - Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town, Hardspace: Shipbreaker, 51 Worldwide Games

Episode #25 - PS5 Announcement & Not E3 News

EFirstly, we offer up some quick thoughts on the most recent spate of abuse victims within the wider games industry coming out and bravely sharing their stories. Then, given the deluge of news in the past few weeks, we decided to skip games and dive straight into the PS5 announcement, which we break down trailer by trailer, as well as diving into an assortment of other annoucements from across the gaming world during this 'Not E3' period.

76 MINJUN 25
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Episode #25 - PS5 Announcement & Not E3 News

Episode #24 - Wildfire, MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries, Retrograde Arena

EGiven recent events we felt last week was not the time to talk about video games but rather listen to the voices of those marginalised by a systemically racist system on a daily basis. Even now, it feels like a weird time to be talking about games, but that's what we're here to do, so we did it. Pat scorches the earth with his searing final take on Final Fantasy 7 Remake while also telling us about the new stealth-inspired platformer Wildfire, Hope's been playing more Guacamelee and lovely looking Retrograde Arena, and James played around with some MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries before slipping back into his videogame hiatus. Plus news and more. itch.io's Bundle for Racial Justice andEquality - https://itch.io/b/520/bundle-for-racial-justice-and-equality

74 MINJUN 10
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Episode #24 - Wildfire, MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries, Retrograde Arena

Episode #23 - Streets of Rage 4, FF7 Remake, iRacing

ESome video games and lots of news on this episode of VGST as James talks about Streets of Rage 4 and his iRacing Indy 500 week, Pat and Hope discuss their ongoing grievances with the Final Fantasy 7 remake, and we cover the deluge of announcements that hit over the last two weeks.

95 MINMAY 20
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Episode #23 - Streets of Rage 4, FF7 Remake, iRacing

Episode #22 - XCOM Chimera Squad, Moving Out, SoundSelf

EJames talks Moving Out, Hope shares her seemingly troubled relationship with Guacamelee 2 and the headyand experminetal SoundSelf, Pat saves the world in XCOM Chimera Squad, and theres a bit of Animal Crossing and Final Fantasy 7 Remake talk, too. Then there's the Naughty Dog leak, Skate 4 rumours, iRacing controversy spilling over into the real-world, other news and more!

100 MINMAY 7
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Episode #22 - XCOM Chimera Squad, Moving Out, SoundSelf

Video Game Spoiler Talk - Persona 5 Royal

EJoin Hope as she pulls together an expert panel of Persona 5 Royal completionists to go through Atlus and P Studio's critically lauded JRPG with a fine-toothed comb. Joined by freelance writer Chris Button (@BibbyBhoy), content manager at Explosion Network Dylan Blight (@vivaladil) and, formerly of Vooks, freelance writer Tori Wassenaar (@stwtwo), the panel share their tips for Persona first timers, open up about their past experience with the series, and dig heavily into spoiler territory as they pull apart what they loved, and what they didn't.

130 MINAPR 27
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Video Game Spoiler Talk - Persona 5 Royal

Episode #21 - Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Ring Fit Adventure, Yakuza 5

The team keep it more casual than usual this episode, with James taking his first steps into Final Fantasy VII Remake, more Animal Crossing, Ring Fit Adventure, Yakuza 5, iRacing and more. Plus news and other announcements! (This was recorded about four hours before Nintendo released new info about Animal Crossing coming very soon, because of course it was)

60 MINAPR 22
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Episode #21 - Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Ring Fit Adventure, Yakuza 5

Video Game Spoiler Talk - Animal Crossing New Horizons

EThe group from our last Animal Crossing episode returns! James is joined by Lucy Mutimer, Lauren Clinnick, Simone Stickl, James Hester and Emily Shiel to share their first impressions of the charming life sim, including their thoughts on Bunny Day, the game's first event.

55 MINAPR 13
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Video Game Spoiler Talk - Animal Crossing New Horizons

Latest Episodes

Episode #28 - Carrion, Fall Guys, Grounded

EVideo games? Check! Small talk? Check! We've got you covered with chat about Carrion, Grounded, Fall Guys and also a bunch of strategy game chat because we've been playing Civilization VI and Stellaris. We also go over the latest Xbox briefing and some news from across the world of video games.

102 MIN5 d ago
Comments
Episode #28 - Carrion, Fall Guys, Grounded

Episode #27 - F1 2020, Pokemon Sword Expansion, Hitman 2

EThere's more small talk to be had about video games! James digs into the No Man's Sky Desolation update and tells us all about his time with F1 2020, Hope digs into her time with the Pokemon Sword expansion, and Patrick enjoys scalping the rich in Hitman 2. Plus there's Xbox news, Ubisoft news and lots of other news, too.

87 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Episode #27 - F1 2020, Pokemon Sword Expansion, Hitman 2

Episode #26 - Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town, Hardspace: Shipbreaker, 51 Worldwide Games

EWe're back in to the games this episode! James and Hope go to space in No Mans Sky, Patrick reviews Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town, James becomes an interstellar recycler in Hardspace: Shipbreaker and reminices about the old days with 51 Worldwide Games, and Hope shares some recent demos she dug as a part of Steam's recent summer "thingy". James also gives his first impression of F1 2020, plus news and more.

68 MINJUL 10
Comments
Episode #26 - Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town, Hardspace: Shipbreaker, 51 Worldwide Games

Episode #25 - PS5 Announcement & Not E3 News

EFirstly, we offer up some quick thoughts on the most recent spate of abuse victims within the wider games industry coming out and bravely sharing their stories. Then, given the deluge of news in the past few weeks, we decided to skip games and dive straight into the PS5 announcement, which we break down trailer by trailer, as well as diving into an assortment of other annoucements from across the gaming world during this 'Not E3' period.

76 MINJUN 25
Comments
Episode #25 - PS5 Announcement & Not E3 News

Episode #24 - Wildfire, MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries, Retrograde Arena

EGiven recent events we felt last week was not the time to talk about video games but rather listen to the voices of those marginalised by a systemically racist system on a daily basis. Even now, it feels like a weird time to be talking about games, but that's what we're here to do, so we did it. Pat scorches the earth with his searing final take on Final Fantasy 7 Remake while also telling us about the new stealth-inspired platformer Wildfire, Hope's been playing more Guacamelee and lovely looking Retrograde Arena, and James played around with some MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries before slipping back into his videogame hiatus. Plus news and more. itch.io's Bundle for Racial Justice andEquality - https://itch.io/b/520/bundle-for-racial-justice-and-equality

74 MINJUN 10
Comments
Episode #24 - Wildfire, MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries, Retrograde Arena

Episode #23 - Streets of Rage 4, FF7 Remake, iRacing

ESome video games and lots of news on this episode of VGST as James talks about Streets of Rage 4 and his iRacing Indy 500 week, Pat and Hope discuss their ongoing grievances with the Final Fantasy 7 remake, and we cover the deluge of announcements that hit over the last two weeks.

95 MINMAY 20
Comments
Episode #23 - Streets of Rage 4, FF7 Remake, iRacing

Episode #22 - XCOM Chimera Squad, Moving Out, SoundSelf

EJames talks Moving Out, Hope shares her seemingly troubled relationship with Guacamelee 2 and the headyand experminetal SoundSelf, Pat saves the world in XCOM Chimera Squad, and theres a bit of Animal Crossing and Final Fantasy 7 Remake talk, too. Then there's the Naughty Dog leak, Skate 4 rumours, iRacing controversy spilling over into the real-world, other news and more!

100 MINMAY 7
Comments
Episode #22 - XCOM Chimera Squad, Moving Out, SoundSelf

Video Game Spoiler Talk - Persona 5 Royal

EJoin Hope as she pulls together an expert panel of Persona 5 Royal completionists to go through Atlus and P Studio's critically lauded JRPG with a fine-toothed comb. Joined by freelance writer Chris Button (@BibbyBhoy), content manager at Explosion Network Dylan Blight (@vivaladil) and, formerly of Vooks, freelance writer Tori Wassenaar (@stwtwo), the panel share their tips for Persona first timers, open up about their past experience with the series, and dig heavily into spoiler territory as they pull apart what they loved, and what they didn't.

130 MINAPR 27
Comments
Video Game Spoiler Talk - Persona 5 Royal

Episode #21 - Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Ring Fit Adventure, Yakuza 5

The team keep it more casual than usual this episode, with James taking his first steps into Final Fantasy VII Remake, more Animal Crossing, Ring Fit Adventure, Yakuza 5, iRacing and more. Plus news and other announcements! (This was recorded about four hours before Nintendo released new info about Animal Crossing coming very soon, because of course it was)

60 MINAPR 22
Comments
Episode #21 - Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Ring Fit Adventure, Yakuza 5

Video Game Spoiler Talk - Animal Crossing New Horizons

EThe group from our last Animal Crossing episode returns! James is joined by Lucy Mutimer, Lauren Clinnick, Simone Stickl, James Hester and Emily Shiel to share their first impressions of the charming life sim, including their thoughts on Bunny Day, the game's first event.

55 MINAPR 13
Comments
Video Game Spoiler Talk - Animal Crossing New Horizons
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