The #Backlog Breakdown

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By: Nate & Josh

Two dudes who love God, their wives, the church, and occasionally indulge in some video games.

Bite-sized: The Naked Truth (nudity in gaming by Jacob Van Olst)
Last Wednesday at 5:00 AM

A new contributor to the podcast but long time friend of the show Jacob Van Olst breaks down the controversial topic of whether nudity in art and video games in sinful.

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75: GoW Finale
04/28/2021

We're 3 episodes in on god of war 2018, so you'd think there wouldn't be much more to say about it, right? Well, you're wrong because part 3 of our discussion ends up being our beefiest part yet.

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Bite-sized: The State of Sony (w/ Micah Hendrick)
04/21/2021

Nate and Micah got together this week to talk about the current state of the games industry in general and Sony in particular.

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The Opening...


74: god of war's first half
04/14/2021

Well, we tried to tackle the whole game but didn't make it. Blame the whiskey? Regardless, this week we're discussing the story and some of the themes in the first half of god of war (2018).

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Bite sized: Sustainable Stewardship (ft. The HenshinDad)
04/07/2021

This week our good friend Wesley Rea encourages us to think through stewardship in every area of our lives, including the ways in which we provide for ourselves and our families; complete with some practical steps to get started! To hear more from Wes on tokusatsu and other musings, check out The HenshinDad podcast.

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73: god of War (A breakdown of our baggage)
03/31/2021

We're playing around with a slight format change and have decided to tackle God of War (2018) with a series of episodes. This one dives into our history with the series and how this one changes its direction, along with overall thoughts and only the very lightest of spoilers.

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Bite sized: A Legacy
03/24/2021

This week Nate pays tribute to one of the men in his life who has helped shape him into who he is today.

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72: Game & Watch (Gaming on TV)
03/17/2021

In the past 30 years, the video game landscape has drastically changed. Not only the games themselves, but even media about games has expanded to include very deep dives on very niche topics, with an audience who continually comes back for more. Whether it's Youtube content or Twitch streaming, how do we interact with these media about our favorite kinds of media?

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Bite-sized: Diving Deep on Youtube
03/10/2021

Josh watches a lot of Youtube. A good chunk of that is related to video games. Here he talks about some of his favorite channels that delve into more of a documentary style, or at least provide really good arguments as to why you should or shouldn't play certain games.

Here are some links to the channels: Slope's Game Room The Angry Video Game Nerd The Gaming Historian Resonant Arc My Life in Gaming The Completionist Did You Know Gaming? No Clip Stop Skeletons From Fighting Classic Gaming Quarterly GTV Japan The Geek Critique The TechnoFunkBoy The...


71: Dragon Quest V
03/03/2021

Japan loves Dragon Quest. Japan especially loves Dragon Quest V. Do we love Dragon Quest V? How about the Dragon Quest: Your Story movie that's based on the game? All this and more, this week on the Backlog Breakdown!

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PWNcast Special - Ready Player 2: A Steady DeCline
02/25/2021

On this special episode, all of the guys from the Play Well Network get together to talk about an infamous work of fiction: Ernest Cline's Ready Player 2.

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70: Analysis Paralysis
02/17/2021

You may be screaming into the void: "I've got such a huge backlog, I don't know what to play next! Help me!" Well don't worry, fair listener, for Josh and Nate have heard you and are here to give you some tips and tricks on how to make a decision when all you have are great options to choose from.

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Bite sized: GameStonks
02/10/2021

Nothing too profound this week, just a couple of dudes laughing over the state of the world and everyone's favorite retailer, GameStop. This was cut from our Patreon exclusive preshow, the brohang (hence the different intro/outro music).

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69: What Remains of Edith Finch (ft. Micah Hendrick)
02/03/2021

Somehow we managed to make an episode about What Remains of Edith Finch that is longer than actually playing through the entire game yourself. That definitely says something about how much the game has effected us, though it also confirms that we are just absolutely horrible at brevity. A huge thanks to Micah for hanging out with us all night for this one! Hit him up on Twitter for more of his thoughts of video games and photo-mode snapshots!

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Bite sized: Soul Hackers
01/27/2021

This week Josh gives his thoughts on his first beaten game of 2021: Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers, complete with a brief history of how it got such a convoluted name.

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68: HD Resolutions
01/20/2021

This week we're talking about resolutions, goals, habits, and all that new years-y kinda stuff. Are they helpful? If so, what are some of the pitfalls? How do you go about fulfilling them throughout the year? We aren't gurus or anything, but hopefully we can break down some of the benefits.

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Bite sized: 2021's #backlog Beatdown
01/13/2021

On this bite sized episode, Josh and Nate talk about why we're doing the 2021 #backlog Beatdown, the official rules as they stand, and how you can join in on the fun.

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67: The REAL Top 100 & Gaming in 2021
01/06/2021

On this episode we finalize our Top 100 Games list for 2021 and take a look ahead for what we're excited for in the coming year and some ideas on how we'll tackle our backlogs.

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Bite sized: In Defense of Final Fantasy IV
12/30/2020

On last week's episode, Josh said that Final Fantasy IV doesn't deserve a spot on the Top 100 Games list. TheTechnoFunkBoy begs to differ, and on today's bite sized episode, you'll hear why it's so great.

A bit thank you goes out to TheTechnoFunkBoy for his contribution and for tackling such a tough subject. Be sure and check out his podcast Retro Station which is also a part of the Play Well Network, or say Hi over on Twitter.

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66: Top 100 - 2021 Edition (Part 2)
12/23/2020

Josh goes crazy and decides to hack away half of our Top 100 games list while Nate talks him down. Somehow we thought it would be a good idea to discuss 125+ games in a single episode--you think we'd know by now how bad at brevity we are but it turns out we continue to surprise ourselves by doing the same thing every episode. Since this episode so beefy, it had to be split into 2 parts. Part 2 contains our main topic discussion.

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66: Top 100 - 2021 Edition (Part 1)
12/23/2020

Josh goes crazy and decides to hack away half of our Top 100 games list while Nate talks him down. Somehow we thought it would be a good idea to discuss 125+ games in a single episode--you think we'd know by now how bad at brevity we are but it turns out we continue to surprise ourselves by doing the same thing every episode. Since this episode so beefy, it had to be split into 2 parts. Part 1 contains our intro discussions and backlog report.

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Bite sized: Nearly No (something) November Recap
12/16/2020

Josh and Nate decided to pull back from screens and/or social media during the month of November as a sort of trial period to reset and reevaluate. Was it helpful in any way? Find out on this week's bite sized episode!

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Bonus Breakdown: Nate's Best Bosses
12/11/2020

Nate wanted in on the action from episode 65 and recorded a bonus episode with his favorite bosses live on Facebook.

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The Opening and Closing theme...


65: Like a Boss
12/09/2020

This week Josh & Wes talk about their favorite boss battles in all of gaming and some that are just the worst. Like, absolute trash. Bosses that can make people break controllers and swear off gaming forever.

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Bite sized: Persona 5 - The Royal Treatment
12/02/2020

Remember when The HenshinDad himself came on for our summer series on Persona 5? Well, using his magical time wizard powers, he not only played through but achieved the platinum trophy for Persona 5 Royal. Is it any good? How does it compare to the original? All that and more on this somewhat bite sized episode of the Backlog Breakdown!

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64: Gratitude Dudes
11/25/2020

I know it's a dumb name for an episode; I couldn't think of anything better. But regardless, stopping to be thankful is really powerful and hopefully our discussion can help you look to what you've been given, too.

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Bite sized: XCOM 2
11/18/2020

Episode Notes

"What's Nate gunna talk about this week?" is the question. XCOM is the answer. Well, XCOM 2, but close enough.

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63: The Dark Side of Productivity
11/11/2020

We're a podcast about enjoying video games as stewards of the time that God gives us, so naturally we're fans of productivity tips and ways to schedule our lives that can help us to maximize our time. But is it always good to try and be productive, no matter the cost? This week we're tackling the toxic side of productivity and some of the pitfalls we've found ourselves in when we see our lives and relationships as primarily transactional.

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Bite sized: Nearly No (social media) November
11/04/2020

Josh is a jerk and stole Nate's idea for a bite-sized episode. He's going to spend November pulling back from social media and phone usage, but why you may ask? Well tune in to hear it from his own mouth this week on the backlog breakdown!

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If you want to get...


62: Bioshock (ft. Micah Hendrick)
10/28/2020

Take a dive down into Rapture with us as we take a nice, beefy look at 2007's seminal video game masterpiece, Bioshock, with our good friend Micah Hendrick.

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Bite sized: SuperGiant is Super Rad
10/21/2020

On this return-to-form bite sized episode, Nate discusses why SuperGiant games may just be the best indie dev team out there currently making games. At least until Silksong comes out.

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61: How Shall We Then Play Horror Games?
10/14/2020

It's October, so we decided to talk about horror games as a genre and how they use their mechanics to effect the player. Can horror really be considered a genre?

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Bite sized: A Story Borne of Blood
10/07/2020

The story of Bloodborne is vague and esoteric, and is told through character interactions and items descriptions. Basically, it's hidden really well in the game, for better or worse. This week Josh explains what he understands to be the main story of the game in a single, 45-minute rambling. Maybe he's gone made trying to understand it all? I guess you'll have to decide for yourself.

This episode is cut from our regular "brohangs", which are pre-show hangouts where we discuss miscellaneous topics and rant about our opinions on everything from movies to politics to planning out...


60: Loving the Craft of Bloodborne
09/30/2020

This time around we're talking Bloodborne: the good, the... well, there isn't much bad about it, and the ugly, which is basically the entire game. Strap yourself in for some mind-altering gothic and Lovecraftian horror. It's gunna be a weird one.

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Breakout Brohang: Thoughts on Next Gen
09/23/2020

Can it really be considered a bite-sized episode if it's over an hour long? We didn't think so, but we still thought you may want to hear our thoughts on the next generation of consoles coming out in November.

This episode is cut from our regular "brohangs", which are pre-show hangouts where we discuss miscellaneous topics and rant about our opinions on everything from movies to politics to planning out our episode schedule. Brohangs are accessible by our Patrons from as little as $1 per month, so if you're interested in hearing more content from us you can...


59: Backlog Mailbag: Games as Work?
09/16/2020

This week we're discussing a question we received about whether or not Christians should pursue a career in gaming. Is it wrong? Is it helpful? Is it wise? Listen in as we try and come up with a few answers and how we've come to our conclusions.

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Bite sized: Burnout
09/09/2020

On this week's bite sized episode, Nate tackling the dreaded burnout. Not, like, the series of racing games, but the sense of not really wanting to play anything at all. What can we learn from times like these? Well, take 20 minutes of your day and find out here on the Backlog Breakdown.

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58: The Best I Never Had
09/02/2020

We've all got immense backlogs, but that doesn't mean that they're all good games. As they age without having been played, the cream of the crop rise to the top. Today we're talking about all the greats that we haven't yet played!

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Bite sized: Yu-Gi-Oh!
08/26/2020

Yu-Gi-Oh is a video game too, right? This week Josh shares a rambling diatribe about a shonen manga and the power of nostalgia. Context and background play a big part in understanding how Yu-Gi-Oh originally came about and Josh likes to talk.

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57: Angry Video Game Nerds
08/19/2020

As the title references, gamers can be known for their unbridled rage, leading to the destruction of controllers, TVs, and sometimes the English language. But is anger always an improper response? What exactly causes such visceral fury? This week Josh and Nate take a look at anger and is relationship with gaming and what we can learn when we dig a bit deeper.

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