Triple Click

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 Oct 25, 2020
Inclusive, friendly discussion from seasoned gaming journalists. I love hearing Kirk Hamilton swear.

 Sep 22, 2020


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
Haunted Video Games, with Patricia Hernandez

It's Halloween, so the Triple Click gang brings on old pal Patricia Hernandez to talk about creepypasta and haunted video games, from Lavender Town to Sad Satan. Is it true that every copy of Super Mario 64 is personalized for your horror? Let's find out!

One More Thing

Kirk: The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners

Maddy: RTX 3070 GPU

Jason: Borat 2


Support Triple Click:

Pre-order Jason's book:

Patricia Hernandez on haunted Super Mario 64:

...and Lavender Town:

...and Sad Satan:

Reply All on QAnon:

Dead Bart:


Maddy’s RTX 3070 review:

Oct 29, 2020
Triple Play: Hades

Jason, Kirk, and Maddy dive into Hades, one of the best games of the year so far. They talk about their favorite strategies, honor the Greek gods, and try to pinpoint what makes the latest game from Supergiant Games so special.

One More Thing:

Kirk: Oculus Quest 2

Maddy: Destiny 2 (lmao)

Jason: Jackbox Party Pack 7

Show Notes:

Support Triple Click:

A guide for playing PC VR games wirelessly with Oculus Quest:

Oct 22, 2020
How To Keep That "New Game Magic" Alive

Jason, Kirk, and Maddy open up the mailbag and answer some of YOUR great questions. How do we Maximize our Fun when playing video games? Is it possible to be a successful journalist while staying totally anonymous? And does Xbox Game Pass cause more anxiety than it cures? 

One more thing:

Kirk: Facebook

Maddy: Animal Crossing Halloween update

Jason: Dan Brown's Origin

Show Notes:

Support Triple Click:

Kashmir Hill cutting tech giants from her life:


Oct 15, 2020
Building A PC Is Super Fun

Is building a PC really that difficult? Or is it actually SUPER FUN? Maddy, Jason, and Kirk talk about each of their experiences buying PC parts and putting them together like beautiful, brilliant LEGO sets. Jason talks about why his gaming PC wouldn't turn on, Maddy reminisces on carrying her massive PC case to LAN parties, and Kirk espouses the virtues of thermal paste.

One More Thing:

Kirk: Star Wars Squadrons

Maddy: Horizon Zero Dawn

Jason: Baldur’s Gate 3

Show Notes:

Support Triple Click:

Jason’s PC Building Adventure:

Jason's PC Building Adventure part two:

Kirk’s “The 10 Worst Things About Building a Gaming PC”

And The 10 Best:

The end of Kirk’s 2018 CPU cooling obsession:

One PC build for $1,000, from Reddit:

Whitson Gordon’s horror story about his liquid cooling apparatus leaking into his PC:

Tom’s Hardware:

PC Part Picker:

Oct 08, 2020
Triple Click Classics: Zelda: A Link to the Past

Dun dun, dun dun dun dun dun... it's time to talk Zelda! This week, on a new segment called Triple Click Classics, Kirk, Jason, and Maddy dive into the Super Nintendo masterpiece The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and talk about what makes it so great, from the design to the polish to the music. But why are you always rescuing the damn princess???


Kirk: Hades

Maddy: Destiny 2 (it’s baaack) (it never left)

Jason: Final Fantasy XIV

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Music Featured: “The Painful Way” by Darren Korb from the Hades OST

“Overture” by Koji Kondo & Mahito Yokota from the Super Mario Galaxy OST

Oct 01, 2020
Whoa, Microsoft Bought Bethesda

Well hey, if we had known Bethesda was on the market for only $7.5 billion, we would have made a bid! Maddy, Jason, and Kirk talk about Microsoft's major acquisition, plus the big PS5 news last week (Final Fantasy XVI!!!) and the reality that video games are going to cost $70 very soon. Plus, the brilliant, beautiful Hades and other One More Things.

One More Thing

Kirk: Super Mario Galaxy

Maddy: Pen15 season two

Jason: Hades


Support Triple Click:

Music Featured: “The Painful Way” by Darren Korb from the Hades OST

“Overture” by Koji Kondo & Mahito Yokota from the Super Mario Galaxy OST

Sep 24, 2020
Which Games Do We Wish We Were Better At?

Maddy, Jason, and Kirk bring on special guest Ben Hanson (co-founder of MinnMax) to open up the listener mailbag and answer some BURNING QUESTIONS. What games does the crew wish they were better at? What are some timeless mechanics? And what are the most memorable button prompts in gaming?


Kirk: Spiritfarer

Maddy: Horizon Zero Dawn 

Jason: Super Mario 3D All-Stars


Support Triple Click:


Who Is John Frum:


Sep 17, 2020
Triple Play: Marvel's Avengers

It's time for another Triple Play! This week, the gang jumps into Marvel's Avengers, a new video game about superheroes who play Destiny. Is this game any good? Is it going through an identity crisis? And just what is up with Kamala Khan? Plus: Samus's Soapbox!


Kirk: The weirdness of GPUs

Maddy: Destiny 2 (really)

Jason: The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton


Support Triple Click:

Triple Click Twitch channel:

Sep 10, 2020
Summer News Roundup

It's time for some news! Maddy, Jason, and Kirk talk about the summer in gaming news, from the next-gen console war (and the glaring lack of prices) to replacement E3 plans from companies like Warner Bros., Nintendo, and Microsoft. Plus: Ubisoft keeps stepping on rakes.


Kirk: Dark 

Jason: Retro games kick

Maddy: Destiny 2 Leviathan raid

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Sep 03, 2020
Is The Madden Curse Real?

One More Thing:

Kirk: Luigi’s Mansion 3

Maddy: Destiny 2 (...again)

Jason: Dark

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Aug 27, 2020
Triple Click Picks: The Video Games You Should Play

One More Thing:

Kirk: Fall Guys (mediatonic, on PC and PS4, free PS+)

Maddy: Zoo 

Jason: The Epic/Apple/Google war

Support Triple Click:

Epic's complaint against Apple:


  1. Disco Elysium
  2. Return of the Obra Dinn
  3. Hollow Knight 
  4. Outer Wilds
  5. Destiny 2
  6. Bloodborne
  7. Breath of the Wild
  8. Divinity Original Sin II
  9. Hitman 2
  10. AC Odyssey
Aug 20, 2020
Triple Play: Horizon Zero Dawn

One More Thing:

Jason: Blizzard staff take collective action

Maddy: Destiny 2 

Kirk: Doom Patrol

Support Triple Click:

Kirk’s old article ranking video game bows:

Noah Caldwell-Gervais on Horizon Zero Dawn:

Bloomberg article on Blizzard organization:

Cool Atlantic article about Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol run:

Layoffs at DC:

Aug 13, 2020
So Your Friends All Stopped Playing Video Games

One more thing:

Kirk: Death Stranding

Maddy: Marvel’s Avengers beta

Jason: Billions

Support Triple Click:

MaxFun Drive Info:

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

One More Thing:

Jason: Ghost of Tsushima

Kirk: Carrion

Maddy: The Nintendo Gigaleak

Support Triple Click:

MaxFun Drive Info:

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?

One More Thing

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

Maddy - Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Jason - The Last of Us Part II

Support Triple Click:

MaxFun Drive Info:

Triple Click on Twitch this Friday!

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

Jul 23, 2020
The Music of Final Fantasy VII

Support Triple Click:

Information on Max Fun Drive 2020 tiers, rewards, schedule, and more:

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

Don't miss the (unofficial) Triple Click subreddit

HBomberguy on Fallout

May 07, 2020
The Best Quarantine Video Games

Check out the Maximum Fun reader survey right here!

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