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Pixel Project Radio is a video game podcast dedicated to doing deep dives and analyzing our favorite games! Each week, we play through a videogame and talk about it in a book club format. We summarize the plot beats while also analyzing the themes, discus

Pixel Project Radio


    • Jan 20, 2023 LATEST EPISODE
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    Episode 59: NieR Replicant, Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2023 151:38


    "You don't get to decide who lives and who dies. She has a life! She has meaning and worth, and we're going to save her! Everyone has something to live for. Even Kainé...even Yonah."This week, Dave Jackson (Tales From the Backlog) joins Rick as they discuss NieR: Replicant, the 2010/2021 action JRPG from the mind of Yoko Taro. Taro has a penchant for telling bleak stories with humanity at their cores - is Nier the same? We go over these thematic ideas as well as the mechanics, dev history, and story. Part 1 will cover up to the time skip, and part 2 will cover the remainder of the game. MORE TALES FROM THE BACKLOG: https://linktr.ee/talesfromthebacklogPATREON: www.patreon.com/pixelprojectradioDISCORD: https://discord.gg/Rfjx2ptWP5TWITTER: @pixelprojectpodINSTAGRAM: @pixelprojectradiopodcastThank you for listening! Want to reach out to PPR? Send your questions, comments, and recommendations to pixelprojectradio@gmail.com! And as ever, any ratings and/or reviews left on your platform of choice are greatly appreciated!

    Episode 58: Top 3 Plot Twists!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2023 64:38


    What a twist!To kick off 2023, Rick and Ben dive into the narrative world of twists. What makes them fun? What makes them predictable? What are some of our favorites? All of this and more, in this week's show! By the way - there are timestamp indicators within the episode, so you can listen without fear of being spoiled on anything!PATREON: www.patreon.com/pixelprojectradioDISCORD: https://discord.gg/Rfjx2ptWP5TWITTER: @pixelprojectpodINSTAGRAM: @pixelprojectradiopodcastThank you for listening! Want to reach out to PPR? Send your questions, comments, and recommendations to pixelprojectradio@gmail.com! And as ever, any ratings and/or reviews left on your platform of choice are greatly appreciated!

    Episode 57: Trombone Champ (Bonus episode!)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2022 17:22


    Ahoy, tromboners! Please enjoy this bonus episode being released into the feed! This was originally in the Patron-only feed back in September, and I thought it'd be a fun treat for the end of the year to put it into the main feed as well! Have a safe new year!PATREON: www.patreon.com/pixelprojectradio DISCORD: https://discord.gg/Rfjx2ptWP5TWITTER: @pixelprojectpodINSTAGRAM: @pixelprojectradiopodcastThank you for listening! Want to reach out to PPR? Send your questions, comments, and recommendations to pixelprojectradio@gmail.com! And as ever, any ratings and/or reviews left on your platform of choice are greatly appreciated!

    Episode 56: 2022 Reflections

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2022 73:20


    Thanks for another great year, everyone! We reflect on our time in 2022, answer listener mail, and more! On to 2023!PATREON: www.patreon.com/pixelprojectradio DISCORD: https://discord.gg/Rfjx2ptWP5TWITTER: @pixelprojectpodINSTAGRAM: @pixelprojectradiopodcastThank you for listening! Want to reach out to PPR? Send your questions, comments, and recommendations to pixelprojectradio@gmail.com! And as ever, any ratings and/or reviews left on your platform of choice are greatly appreciated!

    Episode 55: Pixel Presents Radio - The Holiday Episode 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2022 60:49


    merry chryslerJoin the festivities, the japes, the jaunts, and the shenanigans this week as Rick and Ben reminisce about our holiday memories. We also listen to all of your submissions. Thanks to everyone who submitted, and happy holidays to all!PATREON: www.patreon.com/pixelprojectradio DISCORD: https://discord.gg/Rfjx2ptWP5TWITTER: @pixelprojectpodINSTAGRAM: @pixelprojectradiopodcastThank you for listening! Want to reach out to PPR? Send your questions, comments, and recommendations to pixelprojectradio@gmail.com! And as ever, any ratings and/or reviews left on your platform of choice are greatly appreciated!

    Episode 54: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2022 84:08


    Podcasters in the half shell. Turtletastic! On this episode, Rick is joined by Eric of The Unlockables Podcast and Mikey Tabletop from the Big Drink Energy Podcast to talk all things Turtle! Namely though, the conversation is focused on the hit new beat 'em up, Shredder's Revenge. Does this work as a love letter to the beat 'em ups of old? How do we feel about the music? And who's our favorite brawler? All that and more - press play, dudes!UNLOCKABLES: https://t.co/vJehfFAh9q BDE Podcast: https://tinyurl.com/5n74zc35 PATREON: www.patreon.com/pixelprojectradio DISCORD: https://discord.gg/Rfjx2ptWP5TWITTER: @pixelprojectpodINSTAGRAM: @pixelprojectradiopodcastThank you for listening! Want to reach out to PPR? Send your questions, comments, and recommendations to pixelprojectradio@gmail.com! And as ever, any ratings and/or reviews left on your platform of choice are greatly appreciated!

    Episode 53: Character Writing in Fiction - What Makes a Good Character?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2022 68:31


    This week, special guest Cody Dawson joins Rick to talk all about character writing in fiction. Cody's specialty lies in film, and as such many movies and television shows make the rounds in this episode. From Tony Soprano to HAL to the city of Baltimore - characters of all stripes, dynamic and flat, multidimensional or singular are featured here. We hope you enjoy!PATREON: www.patreon.com/pixelprojectradio DISCORD: https://discord.gg/Rfjx2ptWP5TWITTER: @pixelprojectpodINSTAGRAM: @pixelprojectradiopodcastThank you for listening! Want to reach out to PPR? Send your questions, comments, and recommendations to pixelprojectradio@gmail.com! And as ever, any ratings and/or reviews left on your platform of choice are greatly appreciated!

    Episode 52: Chrono Trigger, part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2022 120:14


    We're back from the past, in the future, talking about a game from the past!This week, Rick is joined once again by Ryan from List Off Podcast and Dave from Tales From The Backlog to finish up Chrono Trigger. What happens to our group of heroes - can they defeat Lavos? Magus? Will they ever return to the Millennial Fair? Will Ryan sing a popular Lizzo song? Answers to all of this and more, on the next episode of Pixel Project Radio!PATREON: www.patreon.com/pixelprojectradio DISCORD: https://discord.gg/Rfjx2ptWP5TWITTER: @pixelprojectpodINSTAGRAM: @pixelprojectradiopodcastTALES FROM THE BACKLOG: https://talesfromthebacklog.fireside.fm/ List Off Podcast: https://linktr.ee/ListOffPodcastThank you for listening! Want to reach out to PPR? Send your questions, comments, and recommendations to pixelprojectradio@gmail.com! And as ever, any ratings and/or reviews left on your platform of choice are greatly appreciated!

    Episode 51: Broken, Buggy, and Unfinished - Oh My!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2022 69:58


    Missingno wiped my save file!This week, Rick and Ben keep it a little lowkey and talk about all things buggy, all things broken, and all things unfinished. This conversation goes down multiple different avenues, from serious issues such as crunch in the gaming industry to wondering what a "Mike Meyers" glitch would look like. Do we make you...erm, sorry. We hope you enjoy!PATREON: www.patreon.com/pixelprojectradio DISCORD: https://discord.gg/Rfjx2ptWP5TWITTER: @pixelprojectpodINSTAGRAM: @pixelprojectradiopodcastThank you for listening! Want to reach out to PPR? Send your questions, comments, and recommendations to pixelprojectradio@gmail.com! And as ever, any ratings and/or reviews left on your platform of choice are greatly appreciated!

    Episode 50: Inscryption

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 30, 2022 139:19


    50 episodes?! What a ride!To close out spooky season '22, Rick and Ben tackle the indie game that took the end of 2021 by storm - Inscryption. What happens when you mix rogue elements, a card game, and meta light-horror together? It's an interesting game, and between the mechanics, lore, and meta-ness there's a lot to talk about. We hope you enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed talking about it! PATREON: www.patreon.com/pixelprojectradio DISCORD: https://discord.gg/Rfjx2ptWP5TWITTER: @pixelprojectpodINSTAGRAM: @pixelprojectradiopodcastThank you for listening! Want to reach out to PPR? Send your questions, comments, and recommendations to pixelprojectradio@gmail.com! And as ever, any ratings and/or reviews left on your platform of choice are greatly appreciated!

    Episode 49: Rick and Ben's Spooky Story Spectacular!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2022 129:28


    Spooked ya! This week, Rick and Ben get into the holiday spirit by reading some scaaaaary stories. You'll hear: Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart," Long's "The Pale Man," and the internet creepypasta "Ben Drowned." We thought that this would be a nice change of pace, and maybe the start of a fun holiday tradition. Enjoy!PATREON: www.patreon.com/pixelprojectradio DISCORD: https://discord.gg/Rfjx2ptWP5TWITTER: @pixelprojectpodINSTAGRAM: @pixelprojectradiopodcastThank you for listening! Want to reach out to PPR? Send your questions, comments, and recommendations to pixelprojectradio@gmail.com! And as ever, any ratings and/or reviews left on your platform of choice are greatly appreciated!

    Episode 48: P.T. (Playable Teaser)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2022 84:48


    RIP, we hardly knew ye.Kicking off our very spooky spectacular month of October is none other than the infamous scrapped teaser for "Silent Hills," P.T. While we didn't have the chance to experience this when it was current in 2014, believe us when we say it still packs a wallop; this is possibly one of the scariest gaming experiences either of us have ever had. There's a ton to talk about in this one, including a very messy situation between Konami and game creator Hideo Kojima. So bu2ckle 0up, bec4ause 8her6e we3 go....PATREON: www.patreon.com/pixelprojectradio DISCORD: https://discord.gg/Rfjx2ptWP5TWITTER: @pixelprojectpodINSTAGRAM: @pixelprojectradiopodcastThank you for listening! Want to reach out to PPR? Send your questions, comments, and recommendations to pixelprojectradio@gmail.com! And as ever, any ratings and/or reviews left on your platform of choice are greatly appreciated!

    Episode 47: Night in the Woods

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2022 167:04


    "I get it. This won't stop until I die. But when I die, I want it to hurt. When my friends leave, when I have to let go, when this entire town is wiped off the map, I want it to hurt. Bad. I want to lose. I want to get beaten up. I want to hold on until I'm thrown off and everything ends. And you know what? Until that happens, I want to hope again. And I want it to hurt. Because that means it meant something. It means I am something, at least...pretty amazing to be something, at least..."This episode, Rick and Ben board the bus to Possum Springs as they tackle the 2017 indie hit Night In The Woods. A semi-slice of life, semi-platformer, Night In The Woods tackles the doldrums of small town living, the anxieties and troubles that come with it, and how capitalism causes and influences the difficulties therein. Also, there's a cosmic horror space god. Pretty cool! This game was DIRECTLY inspired by the area that we at PPR grew up in too. This game means a lot to both of us, and we hope you like the episode! PATREON: www.patreon.com/pixelprojectradio DISCORD: https://discord.gg/Rfjx2ptWP5TWITTER: @pixelprojectpodINSTAGRAM: @pixelprojectradiopodcastThank you for listening! Want to reach out to PPR? Send your questions, comments, and recommendations to pixelprojectradio@gmail.com! And as ever, any ratings and/or reviews left on your platform of choice are greatly appreciated!

    Episode 46: Chrono Trigger, part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 111:33


    One podcast or three, it's all the same. Podcasts are power, and we're deliciously strong!Join Rick and special guests Dave Jackson (Tales from the Backlog) and Ryan (List Off Podcast) as they dive headfirst into the past, present, and future talking about the hit JRPG Chrono Trigger! This episode covers background, development, music, and the story up to around meeting Robo. Part 2 coming soon! It took a Dream Team to make the game, and it'll take a Dream Team to cover it!PATREON: www.patreon.com/pixelprojectradio DISCORD: https://discord.gg/Rfjx2ptWP5TWITTER: @pixelprojectpodINSTAGRAM: @pixelprojectradiopodcastTALES FROM THE BACKLOG: https://talesfromthebacklog.fireside.fm/ List Off Podcast: https://linktr.ee/ListOffPodcastThank you for listening! Want to reach out to PPR? Send your questions, comments, and recommendations to pixelprojectradio@gmail.com! And as ever, any ratings and/or reviews left on your platform of choice are greatly appreciated!

    Episode 45: Our Top 3 Studio Ghibli Films

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2022 110:19


    "Once you've met someone you never really forget them. It just takes a while for your memories to return."This week, Ben and Rick are taking on their toughest challenge yet: narrowing down the masterworks of Studio Ghibli to their Top 3 favorites. There's just so much to love about this studio, and it was difficult for us NOT to gush about everything we touched on. We also read all of your listener responses! It's a great episode, check it out!PATREON: www.patreon.com/pixelprojectradio DISCORD: https://discord.gg/Rfjx2ptWP5TWITTER: @pixelprojectpodINSTAGRAM: @pixelprojectradiopodcastThank you for listening! Want to reach out to PPR? Send your questions, comments, and recommendations to pixelprojectradio@gmail.com! And as ever, any ratings and/or reviews left on your platform of choice are greatly appreciated!

    Episode 44: Final Fantasy X-2 - A Defense

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2022 56:59


    It all began when I saw this sphere of you...This week, Rick presents his first critical essay on an often pushed aside title, Final Fantasy X-2. It's a game that was the first direct sequel the series ever put out - and is unique in far more ways than just that. Former High Summoner Yuna is joined by Rikku and newcomer Paine as the trio set out to get to the bottom of a mysterious sphere. Their journey leads them into politics, war, and...hot springs. Hear all about what makes this game work, what makes it falter, and why it's a Final Fantasy title that may not be your personal cup of tea but is well worth a try.PATREON: www.patreon.com/pixelprojectradio DISCORD: https://discord.gg/Rfjx2ptWP5TWITTER: @pixelprojectpodINSTAGRAM: @pixelprojectradiopodcastThank you for listening! Want to reach out to PPR? Send your questions, comments, and recommendations to pixelprojectradio@gmail.com! And as ever, any ratings and/or reviews left on your platform of choice are greatly appreciated!

    Pixel Patron Radio: Steam Deck Impressions

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2022 61:53


    Please enjoy this preview of our Patron-only episodes! If you'd like to hear more bonus content in the future or if you'd like to join the folks who have decided to support the show, head on over to www.patreon.com/pixelprojectradio and take a look at what we offer. Thanks!The first episode of Pixel Patron Radio (aka Sunday Shorts, aka Relaxin' with Rick, aka "just don't call me late for dinner," etc etc etc) is out now! It was a real joy to have Alex from Low Five Gaming join me to talk about all things Steam Deck. We talk about some games we've played on the thing, our impressions of the hardware, and how we think it stacks up to the Switch. Check out Alex and his brother, Luke, on their show at: lowfivegaming.com. DISCORD: https://discord.gg/Rfjx2ptWP5TWITTER: @pixelprojectpodINSTAGRAM: @pixelprojectradiopodcastThank you for listening! Want to reach out to PPR? Send your questions, comments, and recommendations to pixelprojectradio@gmail.com! And as ever, any ratings and/or reviews left on your platform of choice are greatly appreciated!

    Episode 43: From Street Fighter to MultiVersus: What's the deal with Fighting Games?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2022 105:52


    We're not frame perfect, but we try to be.This week, Mikey Tabletop from the Big Drink Energy Podcast joins Rick to talk all things fighting games. It's no secret that PPR loves a good narrative, but Rick actually grew up playing fighting games primarily! In this episode, we cover a very abridged history of the fighting game community and talk about some of our favorites. Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Smash, and even some new contenders like Nick All Star Brawl and MultiVersus. You know, we've heard that "play - rate - review - subscribe" is a great combo for beginners and - alright alright, I'll see myself out.BIG DRINK ENERGY PODCAST: @BDEPod (Twitter); @bigdrinkenergypod (instagram)PATREON: www.patreon.com/pixelprojectradio DISCORD: https://discord.gg/Rfjx2ptWP5TWITTER: @pixelprojectpodINSTAGRAM: @pixelprojectradiopodcastThank you for listening! Want to reach out to PPR? Send your questions, comments, and recommendations to pixelprojectradio@gmail.com! And as ever, any ratings and/or reviews left on your platform of choice are greatly appreciated!

    ANNOUNCEMENT: We have a Patreon!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022 7:02


    www.patreon.com/pixelprojectradioThat's right, we have a Patreon! Take a listen to this short episode to hear why we set it up, how you can support, and a peek into what you'll get for doing so. Thanks!

    Episode 42: Visual Novels - A Beginner's Guide

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 36:25


    みんな、 こんにちは!This week, Rick brings you the first solo - and the first scripted - episode of Pixel Project Radio! In this episode, we talk all about visual novels - what they are, what they aren't, and who they're for. Spoiler alert - they're *probably* for you! Rick gives four visual novels that are great for beginners and why he believes they are, and ends with three recommendations of his personal favorites. Check it out!PATREON: www.patreon.com/pixelprojectradio DISCORD: https://discord.gg/Rfjx2ptWP5TWITTER: @pixelprojectpodINSTAGRAM: @pixelprojectradiopodcastThank you for listening! Want to reach out to PPR? Send your questions, comments, and recommendations to pixelprojectradio@gmail.com! And as ever, any ratings and/or reviews left on your platform of choice are greatly appreciated!

    Episode 41: Kingdom Hearts, part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2022 160:30


    We're back, simpler and cleaner than ever.Rick and Ben return with their second and final coverage of the early 2000s JRPG, Kingdom Hearts. We get through the entirety of the story in this one, discussing some of the themes, what we liked and didn't like about specific story beats, and our overall thoughts on whether or not the sometimes ambitious, sometimes confounding plot did what it set out to do. Glad to be back!PATREON: www.patreon.com/pixelprojectradio DISCORD: https://discord.gg/Rfjx2ptWP5TWITTER: @pixelprojectpodINSTAGRAM: @pixelprojectradiopodcastThank you for listening! Want to reach out to PPR? Send your questions, comments, and recommendations to pixelprojectradio@gmail.com! And as ever, any ratings and/or reviews left on your platform of choice are greatly appreciated!

    Episode 40: Cadence of Hyrule (w/ Main Quest Podcast)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2022 96:01


    The only thing that can save Hyrule this time? Impeccable rhythm.Rick is joined this week by Keith from the Main Quest Podcast to talk about the indie hit Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer featuring The Legend of Zelda! This spiritual successor to Crypt was crafted with extreme care with permission from Nintendo, and the result is a creative adventure using IPs we all know and love. Rick and Keith talk all about the mechanics of the game, how indie devs deserve WAY more credit, and of course - the music. Don't miss this one!FIND THE MAINQUEST: @the_main_quest (Instagram); @_mainquest (Twitter)PATREON: www.patreon.com/pixelprojectradio DISCORD: https://discord.gg/Rfjx2ptWP5TWITTER: @pixelprojectpodINSTAGRAM: @pixelprojectradiopodcastThank you for listening! Want to reach out to PPR? Send your questions, comments, and recommendations to pixelprojectradio@gmail.com! And as ever, any ratings and/or reviews left on your platform of choice are greatly appreciated!

    Episode 39: Fire Emblem Three Houses (w/ Switch It Up! and The Unlockables)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2022 137:33


    “Everyone has something that is unacceptable within them. I certainly do, and I'd wager you do as well. I wonder which is best professor... To cut away that which is unacceptable, or to find a way to accept it anyway..."This week, Rick is joined by two special guests: Kolby from the Switch It Up! podcast, and Eric from The Unlockables podcast! Together, the three of them dive into Fire Emblem: Three Houses. This is a more relaxed and casual episode as the three talk about this epic (in scope AND length) story before the release of Fire Emblem: Three Hopes. Everything from the lore to the mechanics are covered, but perhaps the most controversial among the three: Tea time. Do it up!PATREON: www.patreon.com/pixelprojectradio DISCORD: https://discord.gg/Rfjx2ptWP5TWITTER: @pixelprojectpodINSTAGRAM: @pixelprojectradiopodcastThank you for listening! Want to reach out to PPR? Send your questions, comments, and recommendations to pixelprojectradio@gmail.com! And as ever, any ratings and/or reviews left on your platform of choice are greatly appreciated!

    Episode 38: Kingdom Hearts, part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2022 106:23


    "I've been having these weird thoughts lately...like is any of this for real? Or not?"The time has finally come for Rick and Ben to hop into their own personal Gummi Ships (of course we have Gummi Ships, what podcaster doesn't?) and face the darkness head on as they cover the Square/Disney crossover hit, Kingdom Hearts. Rick and Ben both have extremely fond memories of this game from their childhoods, but how does it hold up to them as adults in 2022? In this episode, we cover all of our standard pre-game history and facts and make it up through our first encounter in Traverse Town. Take a listen!PATREON: www.patreon.com/pixelprojectradio DISCORD: https://discord.gg/Rfjx2ptWP5TWITTER: @pixelprojectpodINSTAGRAM: @pixelprojectradiopodcastThank you for listening! Want to reach out to PPR? Send your questions, comments, and recommendations to pixelprojectradio@gmail.com! And as ever, any ratings and/or reviews left on your platform of choice are greatly appreciated!

    Episode 37: Until Dawn

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 151:28


    Be careful up on that mountain, lest ye fall curse to the forces that inhabit it...or, get pranked.This week, Rick and Ben do their best to survive in the Canadian wilderness of Supermassive's Until Dawn. A love letter to 80s horror and all the camp and tropes that come with it, Until Dawn is an interactive experience - it's almost like playing a movie. There are many different ways the story can play out, and we talk all about what we thought worked and didn't, as well as some of the fascinating development history. Which one of us had the most characters survive? You'll have to press play to find out.PATREON: www.patreon.com/pixelprojectradio DISCORD: https://discord.gg/Rfjx2ptWP5TWITTER: @pixelprojectpodINSTAGRAM: @pixelprojectradiopodcastThank you for listening! Want to reach out to PPR? Send your questions, comments, and recommendations to pixelprojectradio@gmail.com! And as ever, any ratings and/or reviews left on your platform of choice are greatly appreciated!

    Episode 36: Movies, Video Games, and You!

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 68:45


    Unfortunately, this episode isn't ENTIRELY dedicated to the original Super Mario Bros. movie...This week, Rick and Ben dive into the intersection of movies and video games! Everything from licensed games to video game movies is touched upon, and no tangent is spared! Seriously - this might be one of our more laid back episodes. Every tangent from Frank Reynolds to the still standing Star Wars Episode 1 Pepsi Machine in Mount Washington, PA makes an appearance! Do it up!PATREON: www.patreon.com/pixelprojectradio DISCORD: https://discord.gg/Rfjx2ptWP5TWITTER: @pixelprojectpodINSTAGRAM: @pixelprojectradiopodcastThank you for listening! Want to reach out to PPR? Send your questions, comments, and recommendations to pixelprojectradio@gmail.com! And as ever, any ratings and/or reviews left on your platform of choice are greatly appreciated!

    Episode 35: Everything

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2022 105:00


    Alternate title: Rick and Ben get existential.Everything is the definition of an art game and it in no way lacks charm. Still, this game - and indeed this episode - might not be for everyone; some of you will appreciate the conversations around religion and thought, while others will think we're shallowly blowing hot air. Truthfully? It's a bit of both. But "Everything" is, nevertheless, a unique experience that we both recommend handily.PATREON: www.patreon.com/pixelprojectradio DISCORD: https://discord.gg/Rfjx2ptWP5TWITTER: @pixelprojectpodINSTAGRAM: @pixelprojectradiopodcastThank you for listening! Want to reach out to PPR? Send your questions, comments, and recommendations to pixelprojectradio@gmail.com! And as ever, any ratings and/or reviews left on your platform of choice are greatly appreciated!

    Episode 34: Professor Layton and the Curious Village

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2022 98:18


    "Ah ha ha. One must always press play on a podcast. That's what a true gentleman does."This week, your gentlemanly hosts Rick and Ben take a trip to St. Mystere to tackle Professor Layton and the Curious Village. This quaint puzzle game debuted on the Nintendo DS in 2007 and quickly captured the hearts of many via Layton's suave demeanor and the quirky brain teasers and puzzles. What's the secret that this town is hiding? You'll have to trust our detective intuition to find out. PATREON: www.patreon.com/pixelprojectradio DISCORD: https://discord.gg/Rfjx2ptWP5TWITTER: @pixelprojectpodINSTAGRAM: @pixelprojectradiopodcastThank you for listening! Want to reach out to PPR? Send your questions, comments, and recommendations to pixelprojectradio@gmail.com! And as ever, any ratings and/or reviews left on your platform of choice are greatly appreciated!

    Episode 33: Top 3 Star Wars Games (w/ ListOff Podcast)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 10, 2022 130:37


    Hello there!This week, Rick and Ben are joined by Brian and Ryan of The ListOff Podcast! As such, today's episode is a list - our top 3 favorite Star Wars games! There are so many good ones from which to choose, and it really took all of us down a trip on memory lane. Do you think your favorite game made our lists? Only one way to find out! Do press play or do not...there is no...uh, well you get the idea.LISTOFF LINKS: https://linktr.ee/listoffpodcastPATREON: www.patreon.com/pixelprojectradio DISCORD: https://discord.gg/Rfjx2ptWP5TWITTER: @pixelprojectpodINSTAGRAM: @pixelprojectradiopodcastThank you for listening! Want to reach out to PPR? Send your questions, comments, and recommendations to pixelprojectradio@gmail.com! And as ever, any ratings and/or reviews left on your platform of choice are greatly appreciated!

    Episode 32: Portal 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2022 121:57


    "They say this next test was designed by one of Aperture's Nobel Prize winners. I don't remember what the prize was for, but I know it wasn't for being immune to neurotoxin."It's our first birthday! As such, we decided we wanted to tackle on of the most well-beloved games in the canon: Valve's landmark sequel, Portal 2. Rick and Ben are joined once again by friend of the show Charlie Young, and the three of them discuss everything that makes this game so special. The humor, the timing, the writing, the impeccable level design - it's hard to overstate how great this game is. Thanks for sticking around with us for one year - here's to many more!PATREON: www.patreon.com/pixelprojectradio DISCORD: https://discord.gg/Rfjx2ptWP5TWITTER: @pixelprojectpodINSTAGRAM: @pixelprojectradiopodcastThank you for listening! Want to reach out to PPR? Send your questions, comments, and recommendations to pixelprojectradio@gmail.com! And as ever, any ratings and/or reviews left on your platform of choice are greatly appreciated!

    Episode 31: GoldenEye 007 (1997)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 21, 2022 99:40


    "What, No Small Talk? No Chit-Chat? That's The Trouble With The World Today. No One Takes The Time To Do A Really Sinister Interrogation Anymore."Join secret agents Ben and Rick in this week's episode covering the landmark FPS on the Nintendo 64, GoldenEye 007. This game was a major turning point for the genre, but how does it hold up today? And what about emulation - does that "count?" We discuss all of this and more - much, much, more - within. PATREON: www.patreon.com/pixelprojectradio DISCORD: https://discord.gg/Rfjx2ptWP5TWITTER: @pixelprojectpodINSTAGRAM: @pixelprojectradiopodcastThank you for listening! Want to reach out to PPR? Send your questions, comments, and recommendations to pixelprojectradio@gmail.com! And as ever, any ratings and/or reviews left on your platform of choice are greatly appreciated!

    Episode 30: Super Mario Odyssey

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2022 102:48


    Jump up, Superstar.Happy March 10th, otherwise known as MAR10 day! In this episode, Ben and Rick are joined by Ben's better half Victoria as they discuss the hit platformer, Super Mario Odyssey. This episode is much more laid back and casual, but the discussions all lead to the same conclusion: this game is phenomenal, and you should really be playing it rather than listening to us. PATREON: www.patreon.com/pixelprojectradio DISCORD: https://discord.gg/Rfjx2ptWP5TWITTER: @pixelprojectpodINSTAGRAM: @pixelprojectradiopodcastThank you for listening! Want to reach out to PPR? Send your questions, comments, and recommendations to pixelprojectradio@gmail.com! And as ever, any ratings and/or reviews left on your platform of choice are greatly appreciated!

    Episode 29: What Remains of Edith Finch

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 28, 2022 133:47


    "If we lived forever, maybe we'd have time to understand things. But as it is, I think the best we can do is try to open our eyes, and appreciate how strange and brief all of this is."This week, Ben and Rick dive into the past in the almost stranger than fiction tale of What Remains of Edith Finch. This work deftly ties in themes of the past and death anxiety with nuanced writing, and the result is a walking simulator that you won't want to miss. What does it mean to live? Who is the true antagonist, if there even is one? How does this house maintain structural integrity? All of this and more - just through this door. PATREON: www.patreon.com/pixelprojectradio DISCORD: https://discord.gg/Rfjx2ptWP5TWITTER: @pixelprojectpodINSTAGRAM: @pixelprojectradiopodcastThank you for listening! Want to reach out to PPR? Send your questions, comments, and recommendations to pixelprojectradio@gmail.com! And as ever, any ratings and/or reviews left on your platform of choice are greatly appreciated!

    Episode 28: LISA The Painful

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 21, 2022 155:58


    "I fucking hate my life, and everyone hates me. I've found peace in knowing this."This week, Rick is joined by friend of the show and friend in real life Charlie Young as they tackle LISA: The Painful, an RPG described as "a life ruining experience." LISA is the story of a broken man seeking redemption in the face of an apocalyptic world - but that barely scratches the surface, as this game features irreverent, biting humor juxtaposed with at times upsetting thematic material. Nevertheless, it's all handled with poise - unlike the guy in-game who orders his drink BEFORE his combo meal. What the hell is that? Anyway, take a listen!PATREON: www.patreon.com/pixelprojectradio DISCORD: https://discord.gg/Rfjx2ptWP5TWITTER: @pixelprojectpodINSTAGRAM: @pixelprojectradiopodcastThank you for listening! Want to reach out to PPR? Send your questions, comments, and recommendations to pixelprojectradio@gmail.com! And as ever, any ratings and/or reviews left on your platform of choice are greatly appreciated!

    Episode 27: Tony Hawk Pro Skater Retrospective (with Dave Jackson)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2022 96:18


    Nosegrind into this week's episode of Pixel Project Radio as we cover the Tony Hawk Pro Skater series! Ben and Rick are joined by guest and friend of the show Dave Jackson, host of the Tales From The Backlog Podcast and co-host of A Top 3 Podcast. The three of them relive their youth regarding the THPS series, reminiscing on the impact it had not just on gaming but on popular culture as well. Hear all about their favorite levels, modes, and skaters by dropping in. You're not gonna wanna bail on this one! (Are these enough puns? Can I stop now?)Check out Dave's productions here - we highly recommend them! https://linktr.ee/talesfromthebacklogPATREON: www.patreon.com/pixelprojectradio DISCORD: https://discord.gg/Rfjx2ptWP5TWITTER: @pixelprojectpodINSTAGRAM: @pixelprojectradiopodcastThank you for listening! Want to reach out to PPR? Send your questions, comments, and recommendations to pixelprojectradio@gmail.com! And as ever, any ratings and/or reviews left on your platform of choice are greatly appreciated!

    Episode 26: Super Smash Bros. Retrospective

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2022 108:43


    Happy 2022! We're kicking the year off with a retrospective look at the entirety of the Super Smash Bros. series! In the episode, Ben and Rick talk about the differences between each entry, what the series/games mean to them, their respective histories, and we read our listener responses to the question "Who is your main?" So get ready and join us, 1v1 no items Final Destination Fox Only!PATREON: www.patreon.com/pixelprojectradio DISCORD: https://discord.gg/Rfjx2ptWP5TWITTER: @pixelprojectpodINSTAGRAM: @pixelprojectradiopodcastThank you for listening! Want to reach out to PPR? Send your questions, comments, and recommendations to pixelprojectradio@gmail.com! And as ever, any ratings and/or reviews left on your platform of choice are greatly appreciated!

    Episode 25: LIVE EPISODE! Year wrap up and AMA (AUA?)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2021 78:09


    DISCORD SERVER: https://discord.gg/Rfjx2ptWP5TWITTER: @pixelprojectpodINSTAGRAM: @pixelprojectradiopodcastWe're wrapping up 2021 live and in person! Ben and Rick answer some AMA questions gathered from our listeners. Thank you all so much for being on this journey with us. Have a lovely New Year, stay safe, enjoy yourselves, and we'll catch you in 2022!Want to reach out to PPR? Send your questions, comments, and recommendations to pixelprojectradio@gmail.com!

    Episode 24: The Unfinished Swan

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 18, 2021 92:17


    "I realized something - I wasn't sad that it was all gone. I had fun making all that stuff! I would've done it anyway. And then, somehow I knew that when I woke up, all my work would really be destroyed. And that's when you showed up. I don't know how you got here...but I am glad to see you."We have all felt unfinished in one way or another - to feel so is to be human. The thesis of "The Unfinished Swan," the game that Ben and Rick discuss this week, deals with the idea of this being not only an important area of growth but one that must be embraced, for it is not a failing on who we are. Author note - this is the kind of game we made this podcast specifically to talk about, so we hope you enjoy the discussions within.PATREON: www.patreon.com/pixelprojectradio DISCORD: https://discord.gg/Rfjx2ptWP5TWITTER: @pixelprojectpodINSTAGRAM: @pixelprojectradiopodcastThank you for listening! Want to reach out to PPR? Send your questions, comments, and recommendations to pixelprojectradio@gmail.com! And as ever, any ratings and/or reviews left on your platform of choice are greatly appreciated!

    Episode 23: Diddy Kong Racing

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 91:16


    What else is there to do when a literal hog-wizard threatens your island peace? You've gotta race him to drive him outta there!Diddy Kong Racing is a gem in the N64 library, and this week Ben and Rick discuss why they believe it got neither the recognition nor remakes and sequels it deserved. This leads into a discussion about gaming in the 90s and how expectations have changed, as well. So suit up in your vehicle of choice - yeah, you've got CHOICES in this one - and hit those zippers, 'cause Wizpig is a'comin'!PATREON: www.patreon.com/pixelprojectradio DISCORD: https://discord.gg/Rfjx2ptWP5TWITTER: @pixelprojectpodINSTAGRAM: @pixelprojectradiopodcastThank you for listening! Want to reach out to PPR? Send your questions, comments, and recommendations to pixelprojectradio@gmail.com! And as ever, any ratings and/or reviews left on your platform of choice are greatly appreciated!

    Episode 22: Superliminal

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 117:52


    "So how could it have really meant anything? But - just like the power of perspective itself - it will have been as real as you believed it to be. All you've got to do is Wake. Up."In this week's episode, Ben and Rick dive into the indie puzzler hit, Superliminal. What does it mean to lose control? How does one regain it? How does perspective relate to our daily lives? How long is our tangent on various composers of the second Viennese school? All of this and more lies within. All you have to do is click...play.PATREON: www.patreon.com/pixelprojectradio DISCORD: https://discord.gg/Rfjx2ptWP5TWITTER: @pixelprojectpodINSTAGRAM: @pixelprojectradiopodcastThank you for listening! Want to reach out to PPR? Send your questions, comments, and recommendations to pixelprojectradio@gmail.com! And as ever, any ratings and/or reviews left on your platform of choice are greatly appreciated!

    Episode 21: Puzzles?!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 65:14


    Rick and Ben talk a little bit about column A, a little bit about column B, and a LOT a bit about times where they've been puzzled. Join your favorite honkers as they reflect upon puzzles in games, and other things that honk them off. What makes a puzzle game? Hopefully we find out... otherwise we'll have to START OVER AGAIN.PATREON: www.patreon.com/pixelprojectradio DISCORD: https://discord.gg/Rfjx2ptWP5TWITTER: @pixelprojectpodINSTAGRAM: @pixelprojectradiopodcastThank you for listening! Want to reach out to PPR? Send your questions, comments, and recommendations to pixelprojectradio@gmail.com! And as ever, any ratings and/or reviews left on your platform of choice are greatly appreciated!

    Episode 20: Amensia: The Dark Descent

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2021 122:21


    "Redeem us both, Daniel. Descend into the darkness where Alexander waits, and murder him."Rounding out our first ever Spooktacular October is the seminal classic of survival horror - AMNESIA: THE DARK DESCENT! Join Ben and Rick as they descend into the madness of Daniel and Alexander, learning about the secrets of their recent expedition and the grim reality of the shadows that are hunting them. And a generous THANK YOU to all of our listeners who voted in our Instagram polls for the SCARIEST GAMES OF ALL TIME! The winner will be covered in its own episode in 2022. We'll do this again next year for sure!PATREON: www.patreon.com/pixelprojectradio DISCORD: https://discord.gg/Rfjx2ptWP5TWITTER: @pixelprojectpodINSTAGRAM: @pixelprojectradiopodcastThank you for listening! Want to reach out to PPR? Send your questions, comments, and recommendations to pixelprojectradio@gmail.com! And as ever, any ratings and/or reviews left on your platform of choice are greatly appreciated!

    Episode 19: At Dead of Night

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 107:45


    Who says hotels are just for The Shining?In this week's episode, Ben and Rick traverse the Seaview Hotel in the relatively recent horror game "At Dead of Night." This is a shorter episode with plenty of opinions from both parties; in addition to the game's mechanics, tropes, and story, we talk about what makes a horror game good to us, trick or treating, and even go down some tangents about the Star Wars Sequels. Peek around the corner, check down the hallway, and give this a listen!PATREON: www.patreon.com/pixelprojectradio DISCORD: https://discord.gg/Rfjx2ptWP5TWITTER: @pixelprojectpodINSTAGRAM: @pixelprojectradiopodcastThank you for listening! Want to reach out to PPR? Send your questions, comments, and recommendations to pixelprojectradio@gmail.com! And as ever, any ratings and/or reviews left on your platform of choice are greatly appreciated!

    Episode 18: The Cat Lady

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 181:39


    "My name is Susan Ashworth. I live alone in this old two-bedroom flat. I rarely go outside. Some would say it's a lonely life... I only trust in my cats these days, and I will miss them dearly... but they will understand, like they always have. Teacup stays with me 'till the end. He watches me, as if he knew... Because, early tonight, I swallowed a whole bunch of pills. Any second now, I will be dead. I've only got one thing to say now. Thanks for nothing... Goodbye."This week on Pixel Project Radio, Ben and Rick kick off their month of Spooky Games in October with The Cat Lady! They talk about the atmosphere and world building, music, and some real fumbles the game makes. All in all a great play, and we (sort of) recommend it! Check it out!PATREON: www.patreon.com/pixelprojectradio DISCORD: https://discord.gg/Rfjx2ptWP5TWITTER: @pixelprojectpodINSTAGRAM: @pixelprojectradiopodcastThank you for listening! Want to reach out to PPR? Send your questions, comments, and recommendations to pixelprojectradio@gmail.com! And as ever, any ratings and/or reviews left on your platform of choice are greatly appreciated!

    Episode 17: Undertale

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 178:01


    “Despite everything, it's still you.”Knowing that Ben and Rick will cover Undertale, in all of its narrative, gameplay, and quirks...it fills you with DETERMINATION. We both have a lot of affection for this game, so we are thrilled to bring it to our platform!PATREON: www.patreon.com/pixelprojectradio DISCORD: https://discord.gg/Rfjx2ptWP5TWITTER: @pixelprojectpodINSTAGRAM: @pixelprojectradiopodcastThank you for listening! Want to reach out to PPR? Send your questions, comments, and recommendations to pixelprojectradio@gmail.com! And as ever, any ratings and/or reviews left on your platform of choice are greatly appreciated!

    Episode 16: Music in Video Games

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 91:01


    For many of us, it's ingrained in our memories: opening up our very first game, booting it up, and hearing the iconic music greet and embrace us for a very special journey to come. Whether it's Super Mario, the Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, or more, music has become not only ubiquitous but integral to the creation and enjoyment of video games. In this episode, Ben, Rick, and Vince read off some of YOUR responses to your favorite music, talk about our very favorites, discuss the merit of engaging with culture, and more. And as you might expect, we edited a LOT of good music into this one.PATREON: www.patreon.com/pixelprojectradio DISCORD: https://discord.gg/Rfjx2ptWP5TWITTER: @pixelprojectpodINSTAGRAM: @pixelprojectradiopodcastThank you for listening! Want to reach out to PPR? Send your questions, comments, and recommendations to pixelprojectradio@gmail.com! And as ever, any ratings and/or reviews left on your platform of choice are greatly appreciated!

    Episode 15: Bioshock Infinite

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 177:31


    "I don't understand." "We don't need to, it'll happen all the same." "Why?""Because it does. Because it has. Because it will."Welcome to another episode of Pixel Project Radio! This week, join Ben and Rick as they talked, talk, and will talk about Bioshock Infinite! The two boys feel pretty differently about this game as a whole, and a LOT of healthy discussion is had! We speak to the game's narrative, talk about some theming choices and why we believe they did or didn't work, and Arrested Development makes an appearance. Oh, and did we mention the music, as usual for the Bioshock series, is terrific? Lots to love about this one - check it out!PATREON: www.patreon.com/pixelprojectradio DISCORD: https://discord.gg/Rfjx2ptWP5TWITTER: @pixelprojectpodINSTAGRAM: @pixelprojectradiopodcastThank you for listening! Want to reach out to PPR? Send your questions, comments, and recommendations to pixelprojectradio@gmail.com! And as ever, any ratings and/or reviews left on your platform of choice are greatly appreciated!

    Episode 14: Bioshock

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 147:57


    "A man chooses...a slave obeys."Join Ben, Rick, and Vince as they venture somewhere beyond the sea to cover one of the most well regarded games of all time, Bioshock. A game steeped in the logical conclusion of a hyper-free market and capitalist dystopia, you play as Jack, a silent protagonist who is navigating the landscapes of Andrew Ryan's underwater city of Rapture. In the episode, we talk about the world building and lore, how the ideology of Objectivism shaped the narrative, and of course *that* scene. Listen to this episode, would you kindly? PATREON: www.patreon.com/pixelprojectradio DISCORD: https://discord.gg/Rfjx2ptWP5TWITTER: @pixelprojectpodINSTAGRAM: @pixelprojectradiopodcastThank you for listening! Want to reach out to PPR? Send your questions, comments, and recommendations to pixelprojectradio@gmail.com! And as ever, any ratings and/or reviews left on your platform of choice are greatly appreciated!

    Episode 13: Firewatch

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 124:54


    "I came out here for a breath of fresh air and adventure."A lot of folks hear the phrase "walking sim" and roll their eyes, imagining boredom. Firewatch is a game that proves this notion to be false, as inside is a short little game filled with a atmosphere, ambiance, and character development. From the writers of "The Walking Dead" comes a game that explores themes of isolation, relationships, and honesty. Lots of good discussion in this one!PATREON: www.patreon.com/pixelprojectradio DISCORD: https://discord.gg/Rfjx2ptWP5TWITTER: @pixelprojectpodINSTAGRAM: @pixelprojectradiopodcastThank you for listening! Want to reach out to PPR? Send your questions, comments, and recommendations to pixelprojectradio@gmail.com! And as ever, any ratings and/or reviews left on your platform of choice are greatly appreciated!

    Checkpoint! "You'll need a pig for truffles. Just trust us."

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2021 23:53


    In this week's Checkpoint!, Ben and Rick are flying solo. We wonder wistfully where Vince might have gone, Ben speaks in hushed tones over his increasingly hostile tomato plants, and...oh yeah, we announce our August schedule! Great times - AHOY!

    Episode 12: Final Fantasy IX (Part 3)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2021 115:07


    I don' t know... Fear? I don't want to stop. And maybe I want to run away from it all. But living in the village with everyone fills me with joy. The joy of living with them far outweighs the fear of death. Isn't it the same for you? Traveling with your friends gives your life meaning.The saga continues as Ben, Rick, and Vince wrap up Final Fantasy IX...for now. FF IX is a game that excels at many things, but as is the case with so many games in the series suffers from a weak underbelly in the middle to late middle of the journey. Nevertheless, we progress forward and experience more of this quintessential JRPG.PATREON: www.patreon.com/pixelprojectradio DISCORD: https://discord.gg/Rfjx2ptWP5TWITTER: @pixelprojectpodINSTAGRAM: @pixelprojectradiopodcastThank you for listening! Want to reach out to PPR? Send your questions, comments, and recommendations to pixelprojectradio@gmail.com! And as ever, any ratings and/or reviews left on your platform of choice are greatly appreciated!

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