Triple Click

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Video games: They’re serious business! Except when they’re not serious at all. Each week on Triple Click, video game experts Kirk Hamilton, Maddy Myers, and Jason Schreier journey into the fascinating world of games. They’ll explore hot topics in video game news and culture, answer burning listener questions, debate the pros and cons of the biggest new games, and replay old classics together.

Episode Date
So Your Friends All Stopped Playing Video Games

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Kirk: Death Stranding

Maddy: Marvel’s Avengers beta

Jason: Billions

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Aug 06, 2020
The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X Are Almost Here

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Jason: Ghost of Tsushima

Kirk: Carrion

Maddy: The Nintendo Gigaleak

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The Console War Is Over [Christopher Dring,]

How Xbox Game Pass works for developers [Matthew Handrahan,]

The big Nintendo leak [Patrick Klepek, Vice]:


Jul 30, 2020
What's The Deal With... Paper Mario?

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Kirk - Ubisoft woes [Jason's article on Bloomberg]

Maddy - Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Jason - The Last of Us Part II

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Rob Zacny on the problems with The Last of Us Part II's ending:

Jul 23, 2020
The Music of Final Fantasy VII

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Music Featured: Multiple tracks from Final Fantasy VII (1997) composed by Nobuo Uematsu, as well as the following Uematsu compositions re-arranged for Final Fantasy VII Remake (2020): "Prelude" arranged by Yoshitaka Suzuki, "Airbuster" arranged by Tadayoshi Makino, "Main Theme from Final Fantasy VII - Sector 7 Undercity" arranged by Shotaro Shima, and "Aerith's Theme - Home Again" arranged by Shotaro Shima.

Kirk’s music podcast Strong Songs:

Game-deal watchdog Wario64 on Twitter: 

Jul 16, 2020
Do Spoilers Ruin Stories?

The official Braid walkthrough:

Luke Plunkett’s Desperados III review on Kotaku:

Ryan Gilliam on spoiling TLOU2 for himself:

Jamelle Bouie on Hamilton as a historical narrative & ideological project:

Kirk’s Strong Songs on “Satisfied”:

Jul 09, 2020
Why Games Keep Trying To Be 'Cinematic'
Jul 02, 2020
The Last of Us Part II (Part 2)

"Former employees accuse Cards Against Humanity of a racist and sexist office culture" [Nicole Carpenter, Polygon

"Video Game Industry Rocked by Outpouring of Sexual Misconduct Allegations" [Jason Schreier, Bloomberg]

"Does ABUSE Make you Stronger? - Whiplash Review feat. Kirk Hamilton!" [Carpool Critics]

Jun 25, 2020
Early Thoughts On The Last Of Us Part II
Maddy brings on special guest Rob Zacny (Vice, Waypoint Radio) to give some early impressions on The Last of Us Part II. They talk about what the game accomplishes, why it didn't do what they hoped it would do, and they try to avoid spoilers while navigating that ridiculous embargo.
Jun 18, 2020
Sony Shows A Bunch of PS5 Games
Surprise! Time for a bonus episode, as Maddy, Jason and Kirk react to Sony's big PlayStation 5 video game showcase. There were some cars, some swords, a lot of graphics, and a kitty cat wearing a backpack. They also showed what the console will look like. Let's discuss.
Jun 12, 2020
Cops In Video Games

"Growing calls to “defund the police,” explained" - Matt Yglesias, Vox

Jun 11, 2020
Beanscast: Final Fantasy VII Remake
In the first bonus episode of Triple Click, Maddy, Jason and Kirk get together to “spill the beans” on Final Fantasy VII Remake. What did they think of the game overall? How about that ending? And what the heck might happen next? This episode includes FULL SPOILERS for Final Fantasy VII Remake, and at about the hour mark (with a warning), the hosts will also talk about the events of the original Final Fantasy VII.
Jun 08, 2020
Black Lives Matter

Minority Korner:


The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander:

The Bail Project:

The George Floyd Memorial Fund:

A National Directory of Bail Funds:

A Directory of Protest-Specific Bail Funds:

The ACLU guide for protestors’ rights:

Jun 04, 2020
The Joy of Super Mario Odyssey
It's time for Triple Play, in which Kirk, Jason, and Maddy all play the same game. This week, the three of them are going deep on Super Mario Odyssey, released for the Nintendo Switch in 2017. How does it compare to previous Mario games? What's the multiplayer like? And why is this game such a complete and utter joy to play? Let's discuss!
May 28, 2020
What's The Deal With: Final Fantasy?

Why do people love this whole Final Fantasy thing so much? Welcome to What's The Deal With, in which the Triple Click crew explains why something matters. This week, Jason, Maddy, and Kirk explain the history and appeal of one of the most beloved roleplaying video game series ever, from Sephiroth to Noctis and oh so much more.

The Final Fantasy VII Letters (Kirk Hamilton and Leigh Alexander, Paste Magazine) 

Solitary Spacecraft (Dante Douglas)

Five Ways Video Games Make Failure Matter (Kirk Hamilton, Kotaku) 

May 21, 2020
When Is It Ok To Use A Video Game Guide?
It's time for Burning Questions, in which Triple Click answers YOUR questions about all things gaming (and more). This week, Jason, Kirk, and Maddy open up the mailbag and answer questions about the best time to use strategy guides and what a video game industry without crunch might look like. Plus: One More Thing and Maddy's new job!
May 14, 2020
The Fall of Fallout

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HBomberguy on Fallout

May 07, 2020
The Best Quarantine Video Games

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Apr 30, 2020
What Video Games Assume You Know
Welcome to Triple Click, a podcast about video games! On this debut episode, Kirk Hamilton, Maddy Myers, and Jason Schreier introduce themselves and then talk a bit about the language of video games. With tons of people stuck inside and playing games these days, what kind of video game tropes are they learning? What have hardcore gamers learned to take for granted? Why does food always give you health? Plus: the introduction of a weekly segment called One More Thing!
Apr 23, 2020

 Each week on Triple Click, video game experts Kirk Hamilton, Maddy Myers, and Jason Schreier journey into the fascinating world of games. They’ll explore hot topics in video game news and culture, answer burning listener questions, debate the pros and cons of the biggest new games, and replay old classics together.  Coming soon to Maximum Fun!

Apr 13, 2020