Kotaku Splitscreen

A weekly Video Games and News podcast featuring Jason Schreier, Kirk Hamilton and Maddy Myers
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Best Episodes of Kotaku Splitscreen

This week we're reviewing our experience with E3. First, we kick off on a positive note with a discussion of the games we liked most coming out of the showcase. Then, we talk about what the actual experience itself was like this year and how it
This week we're discussing video game mascots. First, Fahey quizzes us on our knowledge of video game mascots through the ages. Then, we discuss mascots in the headlines (mainly Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart), which ultimately becomes an Ask Fa
In honor of the upcoming E3, we're talking about our weird personal experiences at the major industry expo. First, we quiz Nathan on his knowledge of E3 history. Then, Nathan and Fahey talk about their most memorable E3 experiences. And finally
This week we're talking morality meters and the complicated decisions we're forced to make in our favorite games. First, we kick things off with a history of moral choices in video games. Then, we discuss the toughest choices we've made in our
Inspired by the fact that the main character of Resident Evil Village can't stop losing his, we're talking about hands this week. We kick things off with a little history of hands in video games, followed by a discussion about the team's rankin
In honor of Mass Effect's Legendary Edition, we're talking about party members this week. We kick things off with a segment on our first party member experiences, then get into a discussion on the best and worst party members of video game hist
This week we're talking villages—from Resident Evil Village to the best villages in video game history. First, Kotaku's own Ian Walker joins us to tell us about his experience playing RE8 (and of course we ask him about the Big Lady). Then, we
This week we're talking about dead video games (or as Nathan likes to put it, "the ephemerality of video games"). First, we kick things off with an In The Headlines segment to discuss Resident Evil's timed demos, Sony almost getting rid of PS3
This week we're talking about video game backlogs. Yes, those guilt-tripping, nagging, I'll-get-to-you-but-not-actually list of games in your hard drive. First, we kick things off by defining what we mean exactly by "backlog," and discussing wh
This week we're talking loot boxes. First, we kick things off with a conversation with Diablo game designers Erich Schaefer and David Brevik who discuss how their loot boxes came to be. Then, the gang discusses their hot takes about loot boxes,
This week we're talking memes and their unique history with video games with special guest and meme librarian Amanda Brennan. After a deep dive into meme history, Fahey quizzes us on our video game meme knowledge, followed by a conversation abo
This week we're talking about games as a service: what is considered a live service game? And how did they come to be? First, we'll dive into the history of service games (as Ash suddenly remembers to feed her dying Neopets). Then we discuss ou
It's a snacky Snacktaku special this week as we dig into our favorite in-game snacks and road-test G Fuel to see what all the hype is about. (Spoiler alert: WE GET IT. WE GET IT NOW.) Plus, special guest Dan Goubert of The Empty Bowl podcast an
This week we're talking monetization—from the money-grabbing features in video games to, of course, those freakin' NFTs. First, we talk about the history of popular ways that video games have, and continue to glean money from people. Then, we'r
This week we're reflecting on the one-year anniversary of the pandemic by talking about the games that got us through it. Then, we do a good ol' AFQs (Ask Fahey Questions) segment, followed by an interview with James Vaughan, creator of Plague
This week we're talking survival games, from Oregon Trail to Valheim. First, we go on a journey through the history of survival video games. Then, we talk about the sh*t that annoys us most about survival games (spoiler: it's the actual sh*t).
This week we're talking video game movies starting with one of the most infamous, of course, 1993's Super Mario Bros. Then, special guest journalist/comedian Brock Wilbur takes us through the weird-but-real history of infamous movie producer Uw
This week we're tearing into our bosses—video game bosses of course. First, we kick things off by reviewing a few boss origin stories. Then, we discuss the best and worst video game bosses in great detail. And finally, we grill our former boss
We're talking video game romances this week on Kotaku Splitscreen. First, Ashley fulfills her life-long dream of discussing the best and worst of BioWare romances. Then, the team collaborates on their dream dating sim. (It's a bit unconventiona
We had to do it. How could we not talk about GameStop this week? First, Ash leads us down memory lane by getting all of us to reminisce about our most salient times at the good ol' gaming store. Then, we discuss our own experiences of working i
This week we're talking about licensed games. That's right, we're looking at your Star Wars, James Bond, and all those Disney games. First, Nathan regales us with the story of one particularly bad licensed game that led to the video game crash
Yes, it's true. We're talking about presidents this week on Splitscreen. (How topical!) First, Fahey stumps Ash and Nathan on a presidential quiz (that spans both video game and real-life presidents). Spoiler alert: we know nothing about presid
This week we dive into the weird world of video game twists, and spoiler alert: there WILL be spoilers. First Ash leads us in a discussion on the controversy of spoilers in the gaming world. Then, Nathan takes us through a speed run on the hist
Happy New Year! This week on Splitscreen we're sharing our 2021 gaming resolutions, discussing our most anticipated (or hoped-for) games of the year, and our gaming predictions.
For our first episode of the new and rebooted Splitscreen we’re discussing...wait for it...reboots! Join us as we chat about the difference between a reboot and a remaster, argue about which of our favorite reboots is the best, and Nathan holds
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