Aesthetic Critique Of Video games

Critical but casual approaches to current, past, and future video games six times a week. In addition, guests will periodically share their own aesthetic and personal experiences with games in conversation! Subscribe to our Patreon at if you'd like to hear special patron-only bonus episodes!

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Episode 70 - "No Problem Calling it Casual Gaming" w/Liz Roscher


We welcome Liz Roscher of Yahoo! Sports fame and of The Good Phight credentials on to talk about casual gaming, gendered expectations, and the double-edged sword of plot. Plus -- is Hatoful Boyfriend a good game? We ask the hard question.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 54.5MB - Duration: 1:10:47 m (108 kbps 44100 Hz)

Episode 69: "The Methadone of Gaming" w/ Riley Quinn


We welcome Riley @raaleh Quinn of the Trash Future Podcast on to talk about streaming, what to do when you can't game like you're used to, and the joy and struggle of getting back into gaming as an adult.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 55.68MB - Duration: 1:12:22 m (108 kbps 44100 Hz)

Episode 68: "People Want to Love Your Game" w/ Ethan Hammerman


We welcome Ethan Hammerman, former gaming marketer, current gaming enthusiast, and uniquely qualified insider to talk about the past, present, and future of gaming, marketing, and microtransactions!

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 52.31MB - Duration: 1:07:56 m (108 kbps 44100 Hz)

Episode 67: "The Final Goal" w/ Shenanigansen


We welcome webcomics' own Shenanigansen to talk about horror games, visual novels, memes, hard games, and, well, basically the gamut. Perhaps the episode best designed for getting into the show, as it is broad, funny, and we eventually get to a point!

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 53.05MB - Duration: 1:10:48 m (105 kbps 44100 Hz)

No Cartridge Patreon Preview: No Cartridge Leftist Book Club Episode One


I'm opening up the vaults today and releasing the first episode of the No Cartridge Leftist Book Club, my weekly dive into Capital Volume 1 that will eventually cover the whole book! Find more on!

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 26.27MB - Duration: 32:49 m (112 kbps 44100 Hz)

Episode 66: "Let Me Buy A Silly Dance," Microtransaction Talk with Peter @litescript


We welcome Pete @litescript on to talk about microtransactions, Destiny 2, and the future of gaming itself.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 49.7MB - Duration: 55:48 m (125 kbps 44100 Hz)

Episode 65 -- eFedding and the Artifice of Artifice w/ jonwuka


We welcome Obi, better known as jonwuka (@thenearzone) of the Weird of Sport podcast to talk with us about the deeply strange phenomenon of efedding, pro-wrestling without the wrestling, but with a precise understanding of its own fiction.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 58.53MB - Duration: 1:10:11 m (117 kbps 44100 Hz)

Preview of the Super Bowl with Ethan Hammerman, Pats Fan


In what is a preview of both the big game and the next episode, check out this lo-fi clip from my conversation with Patriots fan and friend of the show Ethan Hammerman (@ethanhamm); see if the musical cues can help you determine who I want to win!

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 4.95MB - Duration: 6:23 m (109 kbps 44100 Hz)

Episode 64: Live Debate w/ Matt Christman and Virgil Texas at The Bell House!


Finally, the long awaited audio from our live show at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY! Virgil Texas and Matt Christman of Chapo Trap House face off in a battle to determine the very fate of videogames, with special and unexpected guests!

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 118.49MB - Duration: 2:19:15 m (119 kbps 44100 Hz)

Episode 63: Desert of the Real Fictions w/ Scott Benson


We welcome Scott Benson (@bombsfall) back again to discuss fandom, the "reality" of fiction, why shipping bothers people so much, and what the core of the fictional worlds we love really counts for. And, somehow, more!

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 78.37MB - Duration: 1:56:07 m (94 kbps 44100 Hz)

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