Episode 167: The End

This is the end. The last episode! Scotland Symons joins us for one last go-round. We wrap it all up with a look at E3 2018, Netflix getting into game streaming, Valve’s responsibility conundrum, and creators taking manbabies to task. This episode is a booze soaked romp, rife with self indulgence, appreciation, nostalgia, and more Breakfast Club references than you can shake a fist at. “Don’t you… forget about Cheat…. Codes, Codes, Codes, Codes…”

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The Panel: Alexandra LucasJoe Arroyo, Joe ErskineNikk Golesh, & Scotland Symons

Music Credit: BoxCat Games

Episode 166: Applve

We’re braving the wild frontier in this Deadwood themed episode. This week we’re talking about what the games industry can learn from the death of Glam Metal. We also take a minute to weight the moral quandary some ex-Google staffers faced when they were told they were working on military drone tech, and lastly, we weigh in on people complaining about women being in Battlefield V. For the Lightning Round we take a few minutes to proclaim the necessity of something like The Happytime Murders and Apple’s denial of the Steam Link app on iOS devices. Y’know, real cowboy stuff. Strap on your spurs and let’s hit the dusty trail together! (edited)

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The Panel: Joe Arroyo, Joe Erskine & Nikk Golesh

Music Credit: BoxCat Games

Episode 165: Cheat Coins

We’re joined by security expert and maker extraordinaire Scotland Symons as we fight for the Users on this week’s episode! First, we discuss blockchains’ potential impact on the game industry, take a hard look at some recent pushes for and against unionization in the game industry. and marvel at an ancient Xbox Live promo from all the way back in the year of our lord 2002. In the Lightning Round, we try to make sense of a YouTuber sending garlic bread to the upper atmosphere (and then eating it, for some reason), then we brainstorm ways that Nvidia’s new photo-reconstructing AI tech could make life just a little more terrifying. Get in on the ’80s nostalgia and help us fight to escape THE GRID for an hour!

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The Panel: Alexandra Lucas, Joe ErskineNikk Golesh, and Scotland Symons

Music Credit: BoxCat Games

Episode 164: V-Chip

We navigate the past couple of weeks in game news like a doomed big-game hunter tracking velociraptors. We put our sights on gaming’s pending “Black Panther” moment, then get ambushed by topics like curmudgeonly politicians grilling Mark Zuckerberg and the on-going issue of making a movie out of a video game. By the time we get to the Lightning Round, we mix the DNA of topics like the politeness of Fortnite’s community and ransomware that forces you to play PUBG. Hold on to your butts! Welcome… to Cheat Codes Podcast… Park!

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The Panel: Joe Arroyo, Joe Erskine & Nikk Golesh

Music Credit: BoxCat Games

Episode 163: Send Hornys

Just like our country, we’re young, scrappy, and hungry on this week’s core panel episode! First, we give some air time to Rolling Stone’s coverage of co-host Alexandra Lucas’ GDC talk on the blue-skinned space babe trope, then we try to predict Facebook’s next move now that we can no longer pretend that they’re not using pretty much all of our data. Finally, we discuss authority figures’ concerns about Fortnite distracting kids from their classes (and whether that should really be worry #1 in American schools right now). In the Lightning Round, we try to unpack the logic behind trafficking drugs via 3D printed Nintendo cartridges, then we evaluate the efficacy and phreshness of Wendy’s “We Beefin'” mixtape. Hey, we’d rather be divisive than indecisive. Also, for the record, we almost named this episode “Hornis” — listen in to find out why!

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The Panel: Alexandra Lucas, Joe Arroyo, Joe Erskine & Nikk Golesh

Music Credit: BoxCat Games

Episode 162: Kanye Bebop

Absorb the strength of the Black Panther as we dive into the trash fire that is a new “seduction simulator” that shall not be named, unpack Twitch streamer Kaceytron’s problematic approach to satire, and try to figure out why anyone cares that Kim Kardashian enjoys anime. The Lightning Round brings us to debating the ESA’s stance on not preserving old games, then we wonder what Mattel’s angle is with their release of a Tomb Raider Barbie. Wakanda forever!

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The Panel: Alexandra Lucas, Joe Arroyo, Joe Erskine & Nikk Golesh

Music Credit: BoxCat Games

Episode 161: Sweet Codes

Master your mop-wielding skills as we head to Queens, NY to look for love (with a stop in Zamunda, of course)! On this very Valentine’s episode, we celebrate the signing of Overwatch League’s first female player, dive into women’s firsthand accounts of working at Atari in the 1970s, and find a kernel of joy in the young fan who loves Firewatch so much that he became a fire tower historian. In the Lightning Round, we weigh the pros and cons of Disney adding autonomous, personality-driven robots to its parks, then we have a chuckle at a 14-year-old Easter egg on The Bard’s Tale‘s packaging. If loving McDowell’s is wrong, we don’t want to be right!

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The Panel: Alexandra Lucas, Joe Arroyo, Joe Erskine & Nikk Golesh

Music Credit: BoxCat Games

Episode 160: Titillating

Whip up your best Italian meringue and ready your favorite pud’ for this week’s GGBO-themed episode! First, we address some of the existential questions stirred up by two Microsoft experts’ prediction that everyone will have a digital double within the next 20 years. Next, we debate the legitimacy of rumors that Microsoft is planning to acquire EA, Valve, and PUBG Corp., and then we dive deeper into the Rendlesham Forest UFO incident. Once we roll into the Lightning Round, we call people out for playing chicken with self-driving cars and try to justify spending money on researching the dust kicked up by baby-shaped robots. Join us in the tent for an hour of fierce and charming competition – Paul and Mary are waiting!

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The Panel: Alexandra Lucas, Joe Arroyo, & Joe Erskine

Music Credit: BoxCat Games

Episode 159: I Need Healing

Get ready to get pitch-slapped on this a-ca-awesome first episode of 2018! This week, we check in about WHO’s classification of gaming disorder as a mental condition, evaluate the U.S. government’s school shooter preparedness sim, and celebrate Amy Hennig’s and Sean Vanaman’s game industry state of the union. The Lightning Round brings us to discussion of whether or not children should watch visceral films like 2001: A Space Odyssey, then we marvel at the startling accuracy of The Simpsons‘ predictions. Grab your pitch pipe and get into treble (sorry) with us for an hour!

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The Panel: Alexandra Lucas, Joe Arroyo, Joe Erskine, & Nikk Golesh

Music Credit: BoxCat Games

Image Credit: MaraJadeEH

Episode 158: Killiam Shatner

Something’s up with Jack on this Halloween-Christmas hybrid of an episode! The core panel evaluates Nexto’s tourism games, unravels the troll-tastic mystery that is the “National Committee for Games Policy,” and marvels at the Twitch streamer who pretended to play a UFC pay-per-view event. In the Lightning Round, we try to determine if VR can save the sequel to the less-than-great game Desert Bus, then we share our hopes and dreams for Quentin Tarantino’s stab at a Star Trek movie. Grab some tinsel and a shrunken head for that special someone on this Nightmare Before Christmas-themed episode!

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The Panel: Alexandra Lucas, Joe Arroyo, Joe Erskine, & Nikk Golesh

Music Credit: BoxCat Games

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