The Optional Podcast

A video game podcasts that reminds you to engage with the world around you too. Hosted by Paul Tamayo alongside the one and only Cam Brewster, this is video game commentary for the rest of us.

Leisure
Video Games
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237: Smashin Demons (feat. Renata Price)
Machinating.
104 min
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236: We Got Halo at Home
She's got a potty mouth!
68 min
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235: Smoothed Out (feat. John Warren)
Yikes city.
81 min
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234: Sounds of the Albatross
tf is a BART?
59 min
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233: Winning Is Winning (feat. Kahlief Adams & ...
You almost had ME!?
68 min
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232: P1
Never again, COTA.
56 min
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231: Mirror’s Edge Deserved Better
Yes, we're talking about Love Island again.
43 min
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230: Left 4 Dread
Reloading!
35 min
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229: 100 Parachutes (feat. Nicholas Grayson)
Attachments? We got those.
80 min
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228: I Got the Moves Like Voldo
Tunnels!? Come on!
57 min
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227: Raising Luigi Mario
Cam's gonna fix this.
56 min
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226: Deadly Loops
Let's talk tyres.
75 min
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225: Uno Out
It's a lad's holiday.
58 min
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224: Psychedelic Travels
Who's got the bocce ball hookup?
57 min
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223: Keepin' It Stupid (feat. Fūnk-é Joseph)
All will be well.
69 min
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222: Double-Spaced
You better be pickin' out sesame seeds out of your teeth.
54 min
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221: Unlimited Limit Breaks (feat. Michael Higham)
Extra sucio this week.
79 min
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220: Podium Finish (feat. Danielle Riendeau)
See the thing about success is...
71 min
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219: Psychic Honk
Seriously, what do the British call hashtags?
70 min
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218 - Clean Air
We're back, baby.
80 min
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217 - Shut Up And Listen (feat. Roman France)
<p>That's all, folks. We've come to the end of this particular journey for now and we brought in our original co-host Roman France, who now works at Activision to talk about his journey so far in the games industry, our current playlists, a couple of listener questions, one last Feelin' It for the road and a final farewell to all of you lovely listeners. Thanks for supporting us for so long. It's been real.</p>
141 min
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216 - Sign of the Times
We’re back! This week we’re talking Ooblets, Hyper Scape, Hitman 2, more State of Decay 2, Ubisoft Forward recap, that fake Doctor’s ban, Walter Mercado, Lianne La Havas, and TONS more. Tune in already! Continue the convo with us on Discord: https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc Spread the word and review us on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2UvzcId Get our weekly newsletter for bonus content: bit.ly/3ewWLeN Help the keep the lights on: https://bit.ly/2RSIvU3
120 min
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215 - CTRL + Z (feat. Jeffrey Rousseau)
<p>This week we’re talking to one of our favorite writers Jeffrey Rousseau to discuss <em>Nioh 2</em>, <em>State of Decay 2</em>, <em>The Last of Us Part II</em>, <em>Unsolved Mysteries</em>, FGC resets, Amazon’s <em>Crucible</em>, next-gen game prices, listener questions, and TONS more. TUNE IN.</p> <p><strong>Continue the convo with us on Discord:</strong><a href="https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc"> <u><strong>https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc</strong></u></a></p> <p><strong>Spread the word and review us on Apple Podcasts:</strong><a href="https://apple.co/2UvzcId"> <u><strong>https://apple.co/2UvzcId</strong></u></a></p> <p><strong>Get our weekly newsletter for bonus content:</strong><a href="https://t.co/u97nyaqB8n"> <u><strong>bit.ly/3ewWLeN</strong></u></a></p> <p><strong>Help the keep the lights on:</strong><a href="https://bit.ly/2RSIvU3"> <u><strong>https://bit.ly/2RSIvU3</strong></u></a></p>
101 min
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214 - System Reset (feat. Alan Torres)
<p>This week the guys are joined by our fellow young New York legend <a href="https://twitter.com/Alan7615"><u>Alan Torres</u></a>, freelance video producer for the likes of <em>IGN</em>, <em>Kotaku</em> and his own channel <em>Spectr Gaming</em>, to talk more <em>Last of Us Part II</em>, <em>Bloodborne</em>, <em>Half Life: Alyx</em>, allegations in the games space, Mixer coming to an end, Twitch’s own batch of issues that include everyone’s least favorite pseudo medical professional, our favorite bodega picks, quarantine habits, what games we want as MOBA’s and TONS more. Tune in already!</p> <p><strong>Continue the convo with us on Discord:</strong><a href="https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc"> <u><strong>https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc</strong></u></a></p> <p><strong>Spread the word and review us on Apple Podcasts:</strong><a href="https://apple.co/2UvzcId"> <u><strong>https://apple.co/2UvzcId</strong></u></a></p> <p><strong>Get our weekly newsletter for bonus content:</strong><a href="https://t.co/u97nyaqB8n"> <u><strong>bit.ly/3ewWLeN</strong></u></a></p> <p><strong>Help the keep the lights on:</strong><a href="https://bit.ly/2RSIvU3"> <u><strong>https://bit.ly/2RSIvU3</strong></u></a></p>
108 min
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213 - Technical Spectacle
<p>This week we’re back to talk <em>The Last of Us Part II</em> first impressions, <em>Bloodborne</em>, <em>Desperados III</em>, EA Play Live 2020 recap, <em>Cyberpunk</em> delays, horrible tweets, how to handle copaganda, <em>Atomic Blonde</em>, and new ways we’re exploring implementing fitness into our lives. Tune in already, ya jerks.</p> <p><strong>Continue the convo with us on Discord:</strong><a href="https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc"> <u><strong>https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc</strong></u></a></p> <p><strong>Spread the word and review us on Apple Podcasts:</strong><a href="https://apple.co/2UvzcId"> <u><strong>https://apple.co/2UvzcId</strong></u></a></p> <p><strong>Get our weekly newsletter for bonus content:</strong><a href="https://t.co/u97nyaqB8n"> <u><strong>bit.ly/3ewWLeN</strong></u></a></p> <p><strong>Help the keep the lights on:</strong><a href="https://bit.ly/2RSIvU3"> <u><strong>https://bit.ly/2RSIvU3</strong></u></a></p>
103 min
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212 - For the Culture (feat. Kahlief Adams)
<p>This week we’re joined by our big bro Kahlief Adams from the <em>Spawn On Me</em> Podcast to talk about <em>The Last of Us Part II</em>, <em>Disintegration</em>, <em>Bloodborne</em>, <em>Mafia III</em>, PlayStation 5 hype, Miles Morales hype, HBO taking down <em>Gone With the Wind</em>, our favorite LGBTQ game characters, <em>Animal Crossing</em> conspiracies,<em> Da 5 Bloods</em>,<em> LA 92</em>, Chappelle’s <em>8:46</em>, <em>Man Like Mobeen</em>, <em>The Black Power Mixtape</em> and SO much more. Tune in for this legendary episode.</p> <p><strong>Continue the convo with us on Discord:</strong><a href="https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc"> <u><strong>https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc</strong></u></a></p> <p><strong>Spread the word and review us on Apple Podcasts:</strong><a href="https://apple.co/2UvzcId"> <u><strong>https://apple.co/2UvzcId</strong></u></a></p> <p><strong>Get our weekly newsletter for bonus content:</strong><a href="https://t.co/u97nyaqB8n"> <u><strong>bit.ly/3ewWLeN</strong></u></a></p> <p><strong>Help the keep the lights on:</strong><a href="https://bit.ly/2RSIvU3"> <u><strong>https://bit.ly/2RSIvU3</strong></u></a></p>
135 min
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211 - We’re All We Got
<p>The guys are back this week to talk about returning to favorites like Bloodbourne and Yakuza Zero, Game Gear Micros, Black game composers, empty corporate statements, Nookazon drama, dreaming of vacation, Dorohedero and TONS more. Take a break from the world and join us, you jerks.</p> <p><strong>Continue the convo with us on Discord:</strong><a href="https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc"> <u><strong>https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc</strong></u></a></p> <p><strong>Spread the word and review us on Apple Podcasts:</strong><a href="https://apple.co/2UvzcId"> <u><strong>https://apple.co/2UvzcId</strong></u></a></p> <p><strong>Get our weekly newsletter for bonus content:</strong><a href="https://t.co/u97nyaqB8n"> <u><strong>bit.ly/3ewWLeN</strong></u></a></p> <p><strong>Help the keep the lights on:</strong><a href="https://bit.ly/2RSIvU3"> <u><strong>https://bit.ly/2RSIvU3</strong></u></a></p>
79 min
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210 - Simulations (feat. Jeff Legaspi)
<p>This week we’re joined by Annapurna Interactive’s Jeff Legaspi to talk about <em>Jedi Fallen Order</em>, <em>FIFA</em>, management sims, <em>Metro: Exodus</em>, Wholesome Direct,<em> Skyrim</em> Grandma, <em>The Last of Us Part II</em> gameplay and tons more. We also talk about the events unfolding around the country and the world this week. Tune in.</p> <p><strong>Continue the convo with us on Discord:</strong><a href="https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc"> <u><strong>https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc</strong></u></a></p> <p><strong>Spread the word and review us on Apple Podcasts:</strong><a href="https://apple.co/2UvzcId"> <u><strong>https://apple.co/2UvzcId</strong></u></a></p> <p><strong>Get our weekly newsletter for bonus content:</strong><a href="https://t.co/u97nyaqB8n"> <u><strong>bit.ly/3ewWLeN</strong></u></a></p> <p><strong>Help the keep the lights on:</strong><a href="https://bit.ly/2RSIvU3"> <u><strong>https://bit.ly/2RSIvU3</strong></u></a></p>
113 min
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209 - Focal Points (feat. Dia Lacina)
<p><strong>This week we’re joined by the one and only Dia Lacina to talk Umarangi Generation, Crucible, If Found, Mafia III, Fortnite trailer premieres, cultures as in-game skins, photo mode appreciation, 8-bit bops, Bosch, and Bad Bunny. TUNE IN.</strong></p> <p><strong>Continue the convo with us on Discord:</strong><a href="https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc"> <u><strong>https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc</strong></u></a></p> <p><strong>Spread the word and review us on Apple Podcasts:</strong><a href="https://apple.co/2UvzcId"> <u><strong>https://apple.co/2UvzcId</strong></u></a></p> <p><strong>Get our weekly newsletter for bonus content:</strong><a href="https://t.co/u97nyaqB8n"> <u><strong>bit.ly/3ewWLeN</strong></u></a></p> <p><strong>Help the keep the lights on:</strong><a href="https://bit.ly/2RSIvU3"> <u><strong>https://bit.ly/2RSIvU3</strong></u></a></p> <p><u><strong>Follow Paul on Twitch: </strong></u><a href="https://www.twitch.tv/polimayo">https://www.twitch.tv/polimayo</a></p>
151 min
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208 - Same Energy (feat. Caitlin Galiz-Rowe + M...
<p>We’re joined by Uppercut’s very own Caitlin Galiz-Rowe and Monti Velez to talk <em>Predator: Hunting Grounds</em>, <em>Final Fantasy VII Remake</em>, <em>Sakura Wars</em>, <em>Apex Legends</em> Season 5, Tony Hawk remaster, Unreal Engine 5, <em>Ghosts of Tsushima</em>, Blizzard f’n up AGAIN, <em>Petals for Armor</em>, <em>Emojidrome</em>, <em>Betty</em> on HBO, and TONS more. Tune in already!</p> <p><strong>Continue the convo with us on Discord:</strong><a href="https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc"> <u><strong>https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc</strong></u></a></p> <p><strong>Spread the word and review us on Apple Podcasts:</strong><a href="https://apple.co/2UvzcId"> <u><strong>https://apple.co/2UvzcId</strong></u></a></p> <p><strong>Get our weekly newsletter for bonus content:</strong><a href="https://t.co/u97nyaqB8n"> <u><strong>bit.ly/3ewWLeN</strong></u></a></p> <p><strong>Help the keep the lights on:</strong><a href="https://bit.ly/2RSIvU3"> <u><strong>https://bit.ly/2RSIvU3</strong></u></a></p>
142 min
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207 - Qué Lo Qué Slider (feat. Nico Deyo)
<p>This week we’re joined by freelance media critic and stream coordinator extraordinaire <a href="https://twitter.com/appleciderwitch"><u>Nico Deyo</u></a> to talk <em>Valorant</em>, <em>Overwatch</em>, <em>Deliver Us The Moon</em>, <em>Animal Crossing</em> hustling, last week’s Inside Xbox, Digital TGS, OWL, problematic herbs being rewarded AGAIN,<em> The Sopranos</em>, Internet Shaquille, Disney Gallery and TONS more. Tune in already, ya jerks.</p> <p><strong>Continue the convo with us on Discord:</strong><a href="https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc"> <u><strong>https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc</strong></u></a></p> <p><strong>Spread the word and review us on Apple Podcasts:</strong><a href="https://apple.co/2UvzcId"> <u><strong>https://apple.co/2UvzcId</strong></u></a></p> <p><strong>Get our weekly newsletter for bonus content:</strong><a href="https://t.co/u97nyaqB8n"> <u><strong>bit.ly/3ewWLeN</strong></u></a></p> <p><strong>Help the keep the lights on:</strong><a href="https://bit.ly/2RSIvU3"> <u><strong>https://bit.ly/2RSIvU3</strong></u></a></p>
143 min
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206 - Crumbs Ain’t Good Enough (feat. Natalie F...
<p>This week we’re joined by the illustrious <a href="https://twitter.com/heartimecia"><u>Natalie Flores</u></a>, weekend writer at Fanbyte and writer for Paste, to talk <em>Valorant</em>, <em>Streets of Rage 4</em>, <em>Ring Fit Adventure</em>, <em>Last of Us 2</em> leaks, corny Twitch bozos, social distancing life hacks, <em>Final Fantasy XIII</em> love, <em>Killing Eve</em>, <em>The Last Dance</em>, and so much more. Seriously, strap in because this is filled to brim. Tune in already!</p> <p><strong>Continue the convo with us on Discord:</strong><a href="https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc"> <u><strong>https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc</strong></u></a></p> <p><strong>Spread the word and review us on Apple Podcasts:</strong><a href="https://apple.co/2UvzcId"> <u><strong>https://apple.co/2UvzcId</strong></u></a></p> <p><strong>Get our weekly newsletter for bonus content:</strong><a href="https://t.co/u97nyaqB8n"> <u><strong>bit.ly/3ewWLeN</strong></u></a></p>
160 min
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205 - Mas EFX (feat. Chase Carter)
<p>This week we’re joined by Optional family <a href="https://twitter.com/chasewrites"><u>Chase Carter</u></a>, Freelance Journalist, Podcaster, and Discord Moderator extraordinaire to talk <em>Horizon’s Gate</em>, <em>This, Too, Shall Pass</em>, <em>Animal Crossing</em> shattering sales records, GameStop reopening stores, questionable representation in games, <em>Little Fires Everywhere</em>, <em>Sherman’s Showcase</em>, <em>Outer Banks</em> and TONS more. Tune in already, you jerks.</p> <p><strong>Continue the convo with us on Discord:</strong><a href="https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc"> <u>https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc</u></a></p> <p><strong>Spread the word and review us on Apple Podcasts:</strong><a href="https://apple.co/2UvzcId"> <u>https://apple.co/2UvzcId</u></a></p> <p><strong>Get our weekly newsletter for bonus content:</strong><a href="https://t.co/u97nyaqB8n"> <u>bit.ly/3ewWLeN</u></a></p> <p><strong>Help us the keep the lights on:</strong><a href="https://bit.ly/2RSIvU3"> <u>https://bit.ly/2RSIvU3</u></a></p>
96 min
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204 - Mr. Zest (feat. Bo Lee)
<p>This week we’ve got our good friend <a href="https://twitter.com/BoFohSho">Bo Lee</a>, reporting from Dallas, back on the show to talk more <em>Final Fantasy VII Remake</em>, <em>Animal Crossing</em>, <em>Streets of Rage</em> hype, PlayStation companion robots for gamers, Tifa appreciation, DEVS, new Kid Cudi, and tons more.</p> <p><strong>Continue the convo with us on Discord:</strong> <a href="https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc"><u>https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc</u></a></p> <p><strong>Spread the word and review us on Apple Podcasts:</strong> <a href="https://apple.co/2UvzcId"><u>https://apple.co/2UvzcId</u></a></p> <p><strong>Get our weekly newsletter for bonus content:</strong> <a href="https://t.co/u97nyaqB8n"><u>bit.ly/3ewWLeN</u></a></p> <p><strong>Help the keep the lights on:</strong> <a href="https://bit.ly/2RSIvU3"><u>https://bit.ly/2RSIvU3</u></a></p>
103 min
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203 - Final Fantasy Haptics (feat. Tom Caswell)
<p>This week we’ve got our friend Tom Caswell (<a href="https://twitter.com/GreatBriTom"><u>@GreatBriTom</u></a>) on the show to talk about Final Fantasy VII Remake, Call of Duty: Warzone, Animal Crossing, Resident Evil 3, PS5 controllers, Xbox Series X news, Cyberpunk delayed, listener questions and our recommendations to help you get through another week of quarantine. So boot it up and redeem some Nook Miles.</p> <p>Tom’s Mixer Channel: <a href="https://mixer.com/greatbritom"><u>https://mixer.com/greatbritom</u></a></p> <p>Support us on Anchor: <a href="https://anchor.fm/the-optional-podcast">https://anchor.fm/the-optional-podcast</a></p> <p>Talk with us on Discord: <a href="https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc"><u>https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc</u></a></p> <p>Please Review us on iTunes: <a href="https://apple.co/2UvzcId">https://apple.co/2UvzcId</a></p>
126 min
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202 - Miss Me With That Gamer Sh**
<p>This week we’re talking more <em>Animal Crossing, Resident Evil 3, RE: Resistance, Doom Eternal,</em> the week’s news, listener questions and calls, and TONS more. So tune in already, you JERKS.</p>
114 min
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201 - Shut Up and Dance
<p>This week we’re talking about Animal Crossing, Resident Evil 3 Remake, VR Chat, new Neir, esports during covid-19, Portrait of a Lady On Fire, Dave on Hulu, listener questions and TONS more. Tune in already.</p>
98 min
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200 - New Horizons Zero Doom
<p>This week we’re MORE talking Animal Crossing, Doom Eternal, Resident Evil 3 demo, Warzone, Houseparty, PlayStation 5 + Xbox One Series X specs, questions and TONS more. TUNE IN, YOU JERKS FOR EPISODE 200!</p> <p><a href="https://acpatterns.com/">Animal Crossing Pattern Design Tool</a>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://kotaku.com/playing-doom-eternal-is-actually-self-care-1842426854">Playing Doom Is Actually Self Care (Kotaku)</a></p> <p><br></p>
107 min
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199 - Settler Simulator
<p>This week we’re talking ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW HORIZONS, Call of Duty Modern Warfare: Warzone, E3 canceled, Stadia woes, Lego Mario, Minecraft libraries, listener questions, and tons more. Tune in, you jerks.</p>
94 min
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198 - Hexagon Don
<p>This week we’re revisiting <em>Into the Breach</em>, <em>Breath of the Wild</em> and talking new games like <em>Yes, Your Grace</em>. We’re also talking Twitch streamers shooting their shots, more GeForce Now drama, Last of Us live-action series, Nintendo PlayStations, Bad Bunny, Mythic Quest and TONS more. Tune in, you jerks.</p>
70 min
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197 - Games, Stop
<p><strong>This week Cam’s back and we’re talking more No Man’s Sky, Bloodroots, Iris and the Giant, Frostpunk, GDC postponed, Gentefied, Hunters, and TONS more. Tune in already, ya jerks.</strong></p>
76 min
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196 - xXEmo_Gamer420Xx (feat. Chase Carter)
<p>With Paul out in space alone this week, who better than our very own friend of the show and real-life Guardian Mod on the Discord, Chase Carter! Paul and Chase talk No Man’s Sky, Animal Crossing HYPE, Corona Virus scares, more like GeForce NOT (amirite), Bayonetta on Tinder, The Greatest Anime: Haikyu, Best Picture: Sonic the Hedgehog and TONS more. Just listen already, ya jerks.</p> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/chasewrites"><u>Follow Chase on Twitter!</u></a></p>
116 min
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195 - Dreamy
<p>This week we’re talking Dreams, Coffee Talk, Frostpunk, the end of E3, Division 2 DLC, Kenny Beats, Roast Me, listener questions and TONS more. Tune in already, ya jerks.</p>
101 min
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194 - 90’s Kinda World (feat. Natalie Degraffin...
<p><strong>This week, Kotaku’s Senior Editor and friend of the show, Natalie Degraffinried joins us to talk Dragon’s Dogma, Apex Legends Season 4, Haikyuu!!, Living Single, and so much more. Tune in, ya jerks.</strong></p>
105 min
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193 - Gamers Arisen
<p>This week we’re talking more Dragon’s Dogma, The Pedestrian, Yoku’s Island Express, Journey to the Savage Planet, Animal Crossing Switch, AND TONS MORE. Tune in, ya jerks.</p>
71 min
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192 - Delay Season
<p>This week we’re talking more Disco Elysium, Obra Dinn, Wattam, GTA 5, Cyberpunk AND FF VII remake delays, listener questions and tons more. TUNE IN, YA JERKS.</p>
57 min
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191 - Knock It Off
<p>This week we’re talking Disco Elysium, GTA V, Wattam, The Witcher 3, Return of the Obra Dinn, Alienware knockoffs, PlayStation 5 logos, and TONS more. TUNE IN ALREADY!</p>
52 min
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190 - Wild Buns
<p>We’re starting of 2020 with a quick update on EVERYTHING we’ve caught up on during the two week hiatus. Things like The Witcher Netflix series, Rise of Skywalker, Knives Out, Katana Zero and… Farming Simulator? It’s also time for The Optional Listener Awards! We combed through all of your submissions and picked the winners for some very unique categories. Hear a couple of listener questions from the vault and our non-gaming recommendations for the week. TUNE IN!</p>
99 min
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189 - An Optional Review Of The Decade
<p>Are we old now? Yup. Let's take a look back at the decade in video games and find out our picks for games that shaped the decade for us. Also, we reveal our favorite console of the decade too! JOIN US. HAPPY NEW YEAR.</p>
74 min
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188 - The 3rd Annual Optional Awards
<p>It's Gaming's biggest night. Paul and Cam break down the year's games. Suit up and sit down. It's time to eat some hot chips and slam some Baha Blast, baby.</p>
71 min
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187 - Lore Have Mercy
<p>This week we’re talking more <em>Destiny 2</em>, <em>Super Mario Maker 2</em>, <em>Touryst</em>, <em>Remnant: From the Ashes</em>, and TONS more. TUNE IN, YA JERKS.</p>
60 min
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186 - Pure Moods
<p>This week, we’re talking more Stadia, <em>Pokemon</em>, <em>Grid</em> and <em>Gran Turismo Sport</em>, <em>No Man’s Sky</em> Updates, and TONS more. <strong>Tune in, ya jerks.</strong></p> <p>Send us voice messages: <a href="https://anchor.fm/theoptionalpodcast/message">https://anchor.fm/theoptionalpodcast/message</a></p>
89 min
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185 - Conflicts of Interest
<p>This week we’re talking Death Stranding, more Stadia impressions, Grid, Pokemon, Half Life, and TONS more. Tune in, ya jerks.</p> <p>Please consider donating to Jose Zambrano's memorial fundraiser if you can: <a href="https://www.gofundme.com/f/in-memory-of-jose-zambrano?utm_source=twitter&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_campaign=m_pd+share-sheet">https://www.gofundme.com/f/in-memory-of-jose-zambrano?utm_source=twitter&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_campaign=m_pd+share-sheet</a></p>
61 min
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184 - Dexit Through The Gift Shop
<p>This week, the guys are joined by <em>Kotaku</em>’s Staff Editor Natalie Degraffinried to talk <em>Pokemon</em>, <em>Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order</em>, Google Stadia, X0 ‘19, Sonic, <em>Anthem</em> 2.0, and TONS more. Tune in already, ya jerks.</p>
104 min
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183 - J.O.M.O.
<p>This week, we’re talking more <em>Death Stranding, Need for Speed: Heat, Modern Warfare, Destiny 2, The Stretchers, RDR2</em> on PC, fries, starter games and TONS more. Tune in already, ya jerks.</p>
60 min
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182 - Now That's What I Call War Crimes
<p>This week we're talking Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, The Outer Worlds, Death Stranding, Fallout 76 subscriptions, Blizzcon news and TONS more. So tune in already, ya jerks.</p>
100 min
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181 - Ring Fitteds
<p>WE’RE BACK. SO many games to talk about. Ring Fit Adventure, Call of Duty Mobile, Gears 5, Apex Legends, Overwatch on Switch and so much more. Plus the past few weeks news, listener questions, and our recommendations for the week. TUNE IN.</p>
121 min
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180 - Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam
<p><strong>We’re back with a jam-packed show talking Modern Warfare Crossplay Beta, Untitled Goose Game, Sayonara Wild Hearts, Overland, Red Dead Online and tons more. We’re also talking the week’s news, listener questions, and our recommendations for the week. TUNE IN ALREADY.</strong></p>
102 min
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179 - Unmistakingly Duty
<p><strong>We’re back and talking </strong><em><strong>Modern Warfare</strong></em><strong> beta, </strong><em><strong>Borderlands 3</strong></em><strong>, Sega Genesis Mini, </strong><em><strong>Red Dead Redemption 2 Online</strong></em><strong>, </strong><em><strong>Lone Echo</strong></em><strong>, </strong><em><strong>VR Chat</strong></em><strong>, </strong><em><strong>P.T.</strong></em><strong>, </strong><em><strong>Ring Fit Adventure</strong></em><strong>, and how the hell is J Lo 50 years old? TUNE IN.</strong></p>
82 min
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178 - Niche af
<p>This week we’re talking more Control, Final Fantasy VIII, Tetris 99, more VR, Nintendo Directs, heated problematic gamers, Carole &amp; Tuesday, Naked Director, SiR, and TONS more. Tune in!</p>
71 min
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177 - Ancestral Plane
<p><strong>We’re back and this week we’re talking Control, Final Fantasy VIII, Ancestors, Forager, Creature in the Well, and Paul’s stupid impulse VR purchase. We’re also talking the week’s news about Yakuza 7, Telltale Games, gaming’s #metoo movement, listener questions, and our recommendations for the week with a superhero show and a rich greedy family. TUNE IN!</strong></p>
71 min
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176 - Solo Dolo
<p>&nbsp;This week we’re talking No Man’s Sky Beyond, Apex Legends Solos Mode, the week’s news and tons more. TUNE IN!&nbsp;</p> <p><br></p> <p>Support us on Anchor: <a href="https://anchor.fm/the-optional-podcast">https://anchor.fm/the-optional-podcast</a></p> <p>Talk with us on Discord: <a href="https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc"><u>https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc</u></a></p> <p>Please Review us on iTunes: <a href="https://apple.co/2UvzcId">https://apple.co/2UvzcId</a></p>
46 min
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175 - Paul Forgot Which Title He Said He'd Use
<p>This week we're joined by our good friend Bo! Tune in to hear us talk video game vision quests, new Black Ops 4 modes, Ooblets backlash, Walmart, favorite speed runs and why Pokemon and Kingdom Hearts are trash (to Bo). Tune in!</p>
96 min
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174 - Two-Hour Tech Demo
<p>This week we’re talking <em>Gundam Battle Gunpla Warfare</em>, <em>Wolfenstein: Youngblood</em>, <em>Fire Emblem</em>, <em>Black Desert Online</em>, ESA screwups, EVO, corny Twitch streamers, and tons more. Tune in!&nbsp;</p>
89 min
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173 - Indigenous Jiggyness with Jason Vega
<p>This week we’re joined by the one and only Jason Vega to talk about all things gaming and his upcoming Latinx Games Festival in LA this September. Tune in!</p> <p>Follow Jason and the LXGF on Twitter:</p> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/Vegapedia"><u>https://twitter.com/Vegapedia</u></a></p> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/LatinxGamesFest/"><u>https://twitter.com/LatinxGamesFest/</u></a></p> <p>Get your tickets here: <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/latinx-games-festival-tickets-46125158591"><u>https://www.eventbrite.com/e/latinx-games-festival-tickets-46125158591</u></a>&nbsp;</p>
63 min
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172 - Drift Kings
<p>&nbsp;This week we’re talking more <em>Fire Emblem: Three Houses</em>, <em>Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3</em>, <em>Apex Legends</em>, <em>Splatoon 2</em>’s last Splatfest, <em>Shadow of the Tomb Raider</em>, the week’s news, listener questions and our recommendations for the week. So tune in already!&nbsp;</p>
105 min
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171 - Lite Work
<p>&nbsp;This week we’re talking Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Teppen, Dr. Mario, Super Mario Maker 2, Switch Lite, The Farewell, Midsommar and tons more. Tune in!&nbsp;</p>
79 min
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170 - Politically-Charged
<p>This week we’re talking Spider-Man: Far From Home, Outer Worlds’ politics, Super Mario Maker 2, Apex Legends Season 2, listener questions and our recommendations for the week. Tune in!&nbsp;</p>
75 min
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169 - Super Mario Makings
<p>&nbsp;This week we’re talking more Outer Wilds, Super Mario Maker 2, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, the week’s news, listener questions, and TONS more. Tune in.&nbsp;</p>
70 min
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168 - Take it Eaze
<p>This week we're talking gamer chairs, health checks, Cadence of Hyrule, My Friend Pedro, Outer Wilds, Blops 4, Hollow Knight, Void Bastards, the week's news, listener questions, and our recommendations for the week! Oh, and join the DISCORD ALREADY, FAM. TALK TO US.</p>
91 min
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167 - E3 2019 Wrap-Up
Paul and Cam process all the news coming out E3.
73 min
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166 - E3 2019 Pre-Show: The Unconventional Conv...
<p>It's E3 week! We're talking leaks, predictions, Google Stadia, Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order, Apex Legends Season 2, listener questions, and our recommendations for the week. Stay tuned after the show for our spoiler chat about Striking Vipers, the latest video game-themed episode of Black Mirror. Tune in!</p>
105 min
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165 - Lo-fi af
<p>This week, Paul and Cam are recording on the floor of Paul's new apartment so excuse the mess. We've got a jam-packed show talking about Void Bastards, Outer Wilds, Kids on iOS/Android, a new Modern Warfare reboot, Death Stranding release date, listener questions, and our recommendations for the week. So tune in and help Paul assemble some furniture or something.</p>
79 min
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164 - Load Times No More
<p>&nbsp;This week we’re talking revisiting games like Tetris Effect, Apex Legends, and Splatoon 2 but also checking out new things like the Nioh 2 beta. We’re also talking the week’s news, listener questions, and our recommendations for the week. So tune in!</p> <p>Support us on Anchor: https://anchor.fm/the-optional-podcast</p> <p>Talk with us on Discord: <a href="https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc"><u>https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc</u></a></p> <p>Please Review us on iTunes: https://apple.co/2UvzcId</p>
76 min
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163 - Everybody Beat the Wiz
<p>&nbsp;This week we’re talking <em>Division 2</em> drama, <em>A Plague Tale</em>, <em>Cytus Alpha</em>, <em>Rock of Ages II</em>, <em>Koral</em>, <em>No Man’s Sky</em>, our dark one console future predictions, HBO’s <em>Home Movies</em>, Wu-Tang Clan documentary series, <em>Tuca &amp; Bertie</em> and much more. TUNE IN.</p> <p>Talk with us on Discord: <a href="https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc"><u>https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc</u></a></p> <p>Please Review us on iTunes: https://apple.co/2UvzcId</p>
93 min
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162 - Jive Talkin' 101
<p>This week we’re back to talk more Division 2, Dragon’s Dogma, Picross Mon, and a return to Fortnite. We also talk about Riot walkouts, Final Fantasy VII teaser, Barret’s voice acting, problematic YouTubers, listener questions and our recommendations for the week. Tune in!</p> <p>Support us on Anchor: https://anchor.fm/the-optional-podcast</p> <p>Talk with us on Discord: <a href="https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc"><u>https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc</u></a></p> <p>Please Review us on iTunes: https://apple.co/2UvzcId</p>
67 min
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161 - Fox AF
<p>We’re BACK… AGAIN. This week we’re talking <em>Days Gone</em>, <em>Mordhau</em>, <em>Friends of Ringo Ishikawa</em>, <em>Flappy Fighter</em>, <em>Mortal Kombat 11</em>,<em> Dragon’s Dogma</em>, <em>Sonic</em> trailer backlash, that expensive Valve VR headset, Nether Realm crunch, questions and our recommendations for the week. We also have a bonus spoiler chat at the very end about our thoughts on <em>Avengers: Endgame</em> and <em>Game of Thrones</em> (so far!) TUNE IN.</p> <p>Support us on Anchor: https://anchor.fm/the-optional-podcast</p> <p>Talk with us on Discord: <a href="https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc"><u>https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc</u></a></p> <p>Review us on iTunes: https://apple.co/2UvzcId</p>
140 min
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160 - Pre-Post Malone
<p>&nbsp;This week we talk about Joker in Smash Ultimate, Falcon Age, Supraland, Forager, Division 2, Sekiro, Turok on Switch and the PlayStation Classic Mini? We also talk about the Gameboy turning 30, the Xbox One SADE, Capcom’s expensive USB stick, PlayStation 5 details and Reggie joins Twitter along with fellow Brentwood High School alumni Paul &amp; Cam. We also got listener questions and our recommendations for the week. Tune in!</p> <p><a href="https://apple.co/2UvzcId "><strong>Please review us on iTunes!</strong></a></p>
85 min
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159 - Eezy Szn
<p>&nbsp;This week we’re talking Sekiro difficulty, Islanders, Division 2, Elder Scrolls Blades, Mario in VR, wtf happened to Anthem, live action Cowboy Bebop, Shazam! and tons more! Tune in.&nbsp;</p>
106 min
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158 - Domi-knows
<p>&nbsp;This week we’re talking more Division 2, Battlefield V’s Firestorm, Sekiro, the week’s news, listener questions and more. Tune in!&nbsp;</p>
75 min
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157 - Who is You?
<p>&nbsp;This week we’re talking more Division 2, Apex Legends new Legend, Sekiro, Devil May Cry 5, Baba Is You, Google Stadia, listener questions and tons more. Don’t miss this one!&nbsp;</p>
89 min
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156 - Everybody, Chill
<p>This week we're talking The Division 2, Golf Peaks, Divinity Original Sin 2, the week's news, listener questions and our picks for recommendations this week. Tune in!</p>
95 min
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155 - Chihuahuachu
<p>&nbsp;This week, we’re talking more <em>Apex Legends</em>, <em>Dawn of Man</em>, <em>Left Alive</em> and other <em>Mario</em> games making their way back into rotation. Plus the week’s news and our recommendations for the week. Tune in!</p> <p>Support us on Anchor: https://anchor.fm/the-optional-podcast</p> <p>Talk with us on Discord: https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc</p>
62 min
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154 - Better To Have Played And Lost
<p>This week we talk more ApeLegs, Ape Out, Division 2 Open Beta, Overwatch, new Pokemon announcements, listener questions and our recommendations for the week! Tune in and join the conversation on our Discord.</p> <p><strong>Support us on Anchor: https://anchor.fm/the-optional-podcast</strong></p> <p><strong>Talk with us on Discord: https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc</strong></p>
75 min
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153 - Sanchez, We Reggie?
<p>&nbsp;THIS WEEK, the guys talk Dead or Alive 6, Apex Legends, Final Fantasy IX, Reggie retiring, Fake Fortnite Festivals, listener questions and our recommendations for the week. Tune in!&nbsp;</p>
58 min
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152 - 100 Miles & Gunning
<p><strong>CAM’S BACK</strong> and this week’s show is <strong>JAM PACKED</strong>. This week we’re talking more Apex Legends, Far Cry New Dawn, Division 2 Beta, Tetris 99, Anthem, Crackdown 3, Final Fantasy IX, plus the week’s news, listener questions and our recommendations for the week. So tune in, join the Discord and talk to us!&nbsp;</p>
97 min
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151 - Apex-n-Effect with Kahlief Adams
<p>This week Paul is flying solo without Cam BUT helping him pilot the ship is none other than Spawn On Me &amp; This Is Dope’s Kahlief Adams to talk all about the brand spanking new Apex Legends, The Division 2 Private Beta, the week’s news, listener questions and our recommendations for the week. So tune in and join the conversation!&nbsp;</p>
88 min
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150 - Live, Die, Repeat
<p>&nbsp;This week we talk a little more Resident Evil 2, a little more Anthem demo, and Paul’s new obsession Wargroove. We also talk a rumored Titanfall Battle Royale, Fortnite concerts, Metro Exodus backlash, and freak golf accidents. Plus your listener questions and our recommendations for the week. Tune in!&nbsp;</p>
88 min
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149 - 2nd Run
<p>&nbsp;This week, Paul and Cam talk Resident Evil 2, the Anthem Demo, Metroid Prime 4’s delay and tons more. Tune in!</p> <p>Support us on Anchor: https://anchor.fm/the-optional-podcast</p> <p>Talk with us on Discord: https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc</p>
71 min
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148 - Straight to Dorff
<p>&nbsp;This we talk more Onimusha, Ace Combat 7, Blackout and more. We also discuss the week’s onslaught of news, listener questions and our recommendations for the week. Tune in!&nbsp;</p>
84 min
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147 - One Shot
<p>This week Cam and Paul talk new games like Cities Skylines for Switch, Steep, Katamari and the 30-minute demo for Resident Evil 2. Plus this week's news, listener questions and our recommendations for the week. Tune in!</p>
76 min
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146 - Unofficial Tissue
<p>Hear us revisit some old favorites, talk the week's news and answer your questions! Also our recommendations for the week!</p>
45 min
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145 - New Years 2019 Bonus Show
<p>With 2019 right on the Horizon (Zero Dawn), we decided to do one last Playlist and Feelin' It but more importantly, you sent us your top 3 games of 2018 and we're playing your dope voice messages on the show! Tune in to find out what some of our amazing audience picked as their top 3 games of 2018. Happy New Year, everybody!</p>
66 min
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144 - 3rd Annual Optional Awards
It's finally here! Join us as we celebrate our third year in the podcast game and look back at the year in games by giving our highly coveted quarter waters to the best (and worst) games of the year.
101 min
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143 - From Smashy to Classy
It's finally here. Paul and Cam talk about Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mario Party, Drawful, Avengers Endgame, 2 Milly's Lawsuit, the Game Awards, listener questions, and our recommendations for the week. Tune in and join the conversation!
78 min
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142 - Sleep Mode
This week we talk more RDR2, Black Ops 4, Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Paul talks mobile gaming on his new Pixel. As always, the week's news, listener questions, and our recommendations for the week. Tune in!
67 min
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141 - Leftovers
This week, we’re talking more of the usual suspects like RDR2 (Paul finally finished), Black Ops 4, Moonlighter, and Tetris Effect. We’re also returning to old favorites like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2, God of War and… Warframe? Plus, this week’s news, listener questions and our recommendations for the week. Tune in! Support us on Anchor: https://anchor.fm/the-optional-podcast Talk with us on Discord: https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc
65 min
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140 - Flick of the Wrist
This week we’re talking more usual suspects with a mix of new games like Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu, more Battlefield V, PUBG to PS4, Sony skipping E3, Game Award Nominations, Stan Lee, listener questions and more! Support us on Anchor: https://anchor.fm/the-optional-podcast Talk with us on Discord: https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc
75 min
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139 - Full Effect
This week we talk more Black Ops 4, Red Dead 2, Moonlighter on Switch, and of course more Tetris Effect. We also talk this week’s news and answer our very first voice message! Tune in and don’t forget to join the Discord and talk to us directly. Anchor: https://anchor.fm/the-optional-podcast Discord: https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc
75 min
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138 - Party City Slickers
This week we’ve got an extended show full of more Red Dead Redemption 2 chat, Diablo 3 on Switch, Tetris Effect, PS One Classic games, Superman Cosplaying Geralt, shitty Blizzard fans and tons more. Tune in and be sure to check us out on Anchor now too and leave us some voice messages! Anchor: https://anchor.fm/the-optional-podcast Discord: https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc
107 min