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Each episode explores the video games people love and why they love them. Why do we imprint hard on certain games, and how do those games imprint on us? Keith and Jesse chat with celebrities, game developers, industry pros, and some folks you’d never...Show More
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1:14:39 | Jul 30th

The first step is admitting you have a problem. The second step is getting to level 120 of the mines. Keith and Jesse are joined by comedian Avery Monsen to talk about Stardew Valley and how sometimes too much of a good thing is a hilarious thing.Lea...Show More

1:24:20 | Jul 23rd

Things are about to get funky, emotional, and flat out weird. Keith and Jesse are joined by Jackie Johnson to talk about the cult classic RPG Earthbound. So grab that cracked baseball bat and get ready to fight some aliens, because New Player Has Joi...Show More
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1:51:42 | Jul 16th

Keith and Jesse are back to talk about one of their favorite childhood games, NHL 94. Well, and NHL 93. Both. They're very similar. So lace up, because there's a very blue ice rink waiting for you.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/...Show More

1:47:28 | Jul 9th

Go ahead and hide in a cardboard box all you want, but that ninja with an invisibility cloaking device will find you either way. Keith and Jesse sit down to finally dive into the Playstation classic Metal Gear Solid. Cigarettes not included.Learn mor...Show More

1:14:20 | Jul 2nd

Hey could you come into the booth and check the levels on our headphones? Because Keith and Jesse just tricked their lovable producer Aristotle into being their newest guest. It's time to finally hear him speak, specifically about Star Fox 64.Learn m...Show More

1:30:57 | Jun 25th

Keith and Jesse sit down with comedian Edgar Momplaisir to talk about NBA 2K, and why other basketball games just don't compare. This episode is a slam dunk! ...we're so sorry.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1:30:39 | Jun 18th

Bring out an adorable dog and get ready to announce the 6th installment of a game you thought ended five years ago, because Keith and Jesse are back with their yearly E3 recap episode. Come for the news, stay for them gushing about the FFVII remake.L...Show More

1:47:34 | Jun 11th

Grab a sarcastic companion and horde all the aluminum cans you can find because there's another settlement that needs your help. Keith and Jesse are exploring the post-apocalyptic wasteland that is Fallout 4, and they love it just as much as they hat...Show More

1:11:51 | Jun 4th

Who's your main? A climatologist? An Australian anarchist? A hamster? Keith and Jesse sit down with comedian Johnny Pemberton to talk about the ever changing game of Overwatch.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1:44:48 | May 28th

Keith and Jesse sit down with Clueless Gamer's Aaron Bleyaert to talk about how none of us have free will, and how only children wear shorts. It's also the first Voicemail Bag episode! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1:10:34 | May 21st

Most fighting games have memorable characters, but only a select few have a wrestler who might be a literal lion. Keith and Jesse sit down with Biqtch Pudding' to talk about her love for Tekken 2, and some of her favorite characters in video game his...Show More

1:11:05 | May 14th

Break out your distortion pedal and your harpsichord (you have those, right?) because it's about to get classical and metal. Keith and Jesse sit down with Rodolfo Landeros to talk about Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Learn more about your ad cho...Show More

1:50:41 | May 7th

It's finally here. Summon Holy and grab your Buster Sword because Keith and Jesse are dropping the first in a three part series about Final Fantasy VII. And once we get on this train- well, you get it.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone...Show More

1:04:56 | Apr 30th

The Sega Genesis took a lot of big swings. Some of them hit, and some of them didn't. Strider kind of didn't. Keith and Jesse are back with a new installment in their Before & After series, and this time they're genuinely confused. Learn more about y...Show More

1:20:27 | Apr 23rd

Some games don't need an introduction. Keith and Jesse sit down with Jessica Chobot to talk about The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1:08:05 | Apr 16th

Keith and Jesse take a trip down memory lane. From NES classics like 'Mega Man' to new favorites like 'Persona 5' this episode explores and celebrates one of gaming's greatest assets - its music.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/ad...Show More

1:13:29 | Apr 9th

We're just going to say it - this episode accidentally predicted the future. No big deal. Keith and Jesse are joined by Steve Berg to talk about Borderlands 2, and all the fun that comes with loot grinding.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit mega...Show More

1:12:13 | Apr 2nd

Careful how you tune your handheld radio - you might open up an inter-dimensional rift. Keith and Jesse sit down with Lauren Shippen to discuss Oxenfree, therapy, and why the guy from Doom is maybe 100% mentally healthy.Learn more about your ad choic...Show More

1:16:03 | Mar 26th

Put on your cleats and get ready to trash talk your opponent. Keith and Jesse sit down with friend and ESPN anchor Mauricio Pedroza to discuss the NES classic Goal. Annoying sound effects not included.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone...Show More

59:53 | Mar 19th

Keith and Jesse are back with the newest installment of the 'We Can't Save This' series, and this time they're taking aim at SimCity 2013. It was impossible to sign into, and once you got in things only got worse. Get ready for some mind boggling cho...Show More

1:20:08 | Mar 12th

A game that takes risks is definitely worth talking about, and if it stars one of the 'X-Files' leads, even better. Keith and Jesse sit down with comedian Dave Ross to talk about an uncommon first person shooter - XIII. And they're pretty sure David ...Show More

1:00:59 | Mar 5th

Sometimes games are more than just fun, and Night In The Woods is one of those games. Keith and Jesse are back with a new installment in the Before & After series, and this time it's getting a little real.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megap...Show More

1:16:37 | Feb 26th

If you like a plot with serious twists and turns, and maybe a bunch of religious undertones, this episode is for you. Keith and Jesse sit down with Ryan Copple to talk about one of the most involved JRPGs of all time, Xenogears. Will they figure out ...Show More

1:15:24 | Feb 19th

Keith and Jesse sit down with Lindsay Katai to talk about the funkiest game that ever did funk - ToeJam & Earl. It's got everything a great game should have, and also a bunch of stuff that no game needs. And you know what? We love all of it.Learn mor...Show More

1:02:37 | Feb 12th

Do you love well written plots and thoughtful game mechanics? Well too bad. Keith and Jesse are back with another installment in the Before & After series, and this time they're exploring the world of Cyberia. Is it a perfect game? No. But is it wort...Show More

1:09:51 | Feb 5th

Arcades are magical places, but even more so when you discover one of your favorite games of all time. So step on that pedal and reload because Keith and Jesse are sitting down with Chris Laxamana to talk about scrounging for quarters for Time Crisis...Show More

1:07:18 | Jan 29th

Put on your favorite classical music and hope for a long, skinny piece, because it's time for some puzzle action. Keith and Jesse are joined by comedian Mano Agapion to talk about Tetris. But not just any old Tetris. No, this Tetris is new as hell.Le...Show More

1:04:33 | Jan 22nd

Keith and Jesse sit down with Jon Orr to talk about the game that made rap famous - PaRappa The Rapper... It didn't make rap famous? Rap was already very famous? Oh, okay. Well regardless, it's a game about rapping.Learn more about your ad choices. V...Show More

1:11:42 | Jan 15th

New Player Has Joined is going back to your childhood with an old Disney classic. Keith and Jesse are joined by comedian Frank Garcia-Hejl to talk about the adorably fun Chip n' Dale NES game. Also, Jesse discovers he's bad at video games.Learn more ...Show More

1:05:29 | Jan 8th

Keith and Jesse are joined by comedian Eliot Glazer to talk about the beat 'em up classic Simpsons arcade game. You'll have some fun, spend some quarters, and mash some bbuttons (The extra B is for B.Y.O.B.B).Learn more about your ad choices. Visit m...Show More

1:12:47 | Jan 1st

New Year, same show! Keith and Jesse kick off 2019 exploring one of the best hockey games of all time - NHL Hitz 2002. Is it NBA Jam but on ice? Keith says no. Jesse says no to Keith's no.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1:08:52 | Dec 25th, 2018

With 2018 on it's way out, Keith and Jesse look back on a year of episodes, games, and guests. Will your favorite moment be mentioned in this annual recap? I don't know, maybe? It's not really about you. Jeez.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit m...Show More

1:05:03 | Dec 18th, 2018

Do you enjoy pocket monsters, charming animation, and dark secrets from other people's pasts? Of course you do. Keith and Jesse sit down with comedian Glenn Boozan to talk about her newest video game love, Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! It's fun for every...Show More

1:01:23 | Dec 11th, 2018

Keith and Jesse are back with a new episode format - We Can't Save This. Enjoy a walk through terrible memory lane as this episode dives deep into one of the worst video games ever made, Duke Nukem Forever. There will be jokes, there will be games, a...Show More

1:09:01 | Dec 4th, 2018

Keith and Jesse are joined by 'American Vandal' creator Dan Perrault to talk about Paper Mario. Also some Pizza Hut talk. Gotta love that Pizza Hut! Pizza Hut, please sponsor this show.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1:06:53 | Nov 27th, 2018

It's time to jump back to the original Playstation to examine an often overlooked classic. Keith and Jesse are joined by Jamie Loftus to talk about Spyro The Dragon - a game with a lot of plot holes, but even more reasons to love it.Learn more about ...Show More

1:07:49 | Nov 20th, 2018

Some games are huge and some games are niche, and this game might be both. Keith and Jesse sit down with Dory Greenberg to talk about Peggle - the only video game that might also be Plinko from The Price Is Right.Learn more about your ad choices. Vis...Show More

1:15:33 | Nov 13th, 2018

Keith and Jesse are once again joined by friend of the show Kelly Nugent. What are they talking about? Only the most important question when it comes to Dragon Age: Inquisition - who you sleeping with?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone...Show More

1:20:00 | Oct 2nd, 2018

Keith and Jesse sit down with Dan Cummins to talk about the biggest game in the world - Fortnite. Will they dive deep into the history of the game, or simply hide in a basement while the storm closes in around them?Learn more about your ad choices. V...Show More

1:08:32 | Sep 25th, 2018

Is it an easy game? No. Is it a frustrating game? Absolutely. Is it a fun game? Somehow, yes. Keith and Jesse dive into the challenging and rewarding world of Dark Souls with Open Mike Eagle. Spoiler Alert - they die a ton of times.Learn more about y...Show More
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1:23:38 | Aug 21st, 2018

Get your 'Intro To Psych' textbooks ready because Keith and Jesse are sitting down with Jesse Thorn to discuss the complex emotional journey of the indie game Firewatch. Towerwatch? Not Overwatch, right? No, yeah. Firewatch. It's definitely Firewatch...Show More
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1:11:15 | Aug 14th, 2018

What's the scariest thing you can imagine? Okay, now picture something way less scary. That's what this episode is about. Keith and Jesse sit down with Ologies host Alie Ward to talk about her first video game love - Haunted House for the Atari.

1:10:03 | Aug 7th, 2018

Grab your weightedcompanion cube because it's time to have fun with physics. Keith and Jesse sit down with 'Attack Of The Show!' star Alison Haslip to talk about why Portal is both terrifying and funny. So enjoy the episode and also a series of possi...Show More
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1:04:20 | Jul 31st, 2018

When you think of famous N64 cartoonish racing games, what's the first game that comes to mind? Mario Kart. Okay, so what about the second game that comes to mind? Keith and Jesse sit down with Nerdificent's Dani Fernandez to talk about Diddy Kong Ra...Show More
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1:26:04 | Jul 23rd, 2018

New Player Has Joined is back with their first epeisode recorded in the heart of downtown Austin during the ATX festival. Keith and Jesse sit down with the founders of Foreverdog, Brett Boham and Alex Ramsey, to talk about their love for Bioshock Inf...Show More
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1:09:04 | Jul 16th, 2018

When most people imagine gaming they picture a couch, a TV, and a controller. But some games are best enjoyed from the backseat of our parents' sedan on long, long road trips. Keith and Jesse sit down with comedian Bowen Yang to discuss his love of K...Show More
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1:11:40 | Jul 10th, 2018

Lots of games let you play as a hero and lots of games let you play as a villain, but some games let you explore the grey area between the two. Keith and Jesse sit down with Allie Goertz to talk about Fable 2 and all the ways you can be your best and...Show More

1:49:55 | Jul 3rd, 2018

Music plays a large role in creating memorable video games, so it seems only natural that New Player Has Joined would find some great musicians to talk to about both mediums. Keith and Jesse sit down with the members of 8-Bit Jazz Heroes to discuss t...Show More
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1:07:28 | Jun 26th, 2018

Most videos games involve death in one way or another, but few try to present it as entertaining and whimsical. Keith and Jesse sit down with comedian Chelsea Davison to talk about the LucasArts classic Grim Fandango - a game where everything is dead...Show More
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2:02:08 | Jun 19th, 2018

E3 has come and gone, and that means it's time to sit down and reflect on the huge collection of announcements and trailers the gaming world has just witnessed. Join Keith and Jesse as they break down a ton of news and reveals from the week, and oh m...Show More
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1:15:12 | Jun 12th, 2018

Forget about the PC versus consoles debate - New Player Has Joined is jumping back into the world of mobile gaming. Keith and Jesse sit down with Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's Marlena Rodriguez to talk about speed, and how sometimes you just need it.
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1:24:29 | Jun 5th, 2018

Keith and Jesse sit down with Josh Ball of Loot Crate to talk about one of the most beloved RPGs of all time, Secret of Mana. If you're an RPG fan, you've probably played this SNES gem. But if you're not an RPG fan, you're still going to want to hear...Show More
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1:17:08 | May 29th, 2018

Some people need story, some need graphics, and some need memorable characters. But for others, it's all about the multiplayer. Keith and Jesse sit down with The Whitest Kids U' Know's Trevor Moore to talk about Call Of Duty 3, and how sometimes you ...Show More
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1:23:40 | May 22nd, 2018

Grind, get loot, build gear, repeat: some games are loops, and we're just fine with that. Keith and Jesse sit down with Ify Nwadiwe to talk about Monster Hunter: World, and how sometimes there aren't enough squat racks.
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1:10:25 | May 15th, 2018

As more and more video games become fast paced and intense it's sometimes good to remember when things were a little more calm. Maybe even eerily calm. Keith and Jesse sit down with comedian Siobhan Thompson to talk about Myst, and why sometimes a pu...Show More
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1:08:04 | May 8th, 2018

Are you into strategy games? Do you know what MOBA stands for? Are you reading this sentence? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this is the episode for you. Keith and Jesse sit down with Jon Gabrus to talk about Diablo, Heroes Of The Sto...Show More
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1:22:20 | May 1st, 2018

Are there any bosses? Nope. Any crazy fighting mechanics? None. Puzzles? Not really. But is it one of the most popular video games of all time? Absolutely. Keith and Jesse sit down with the host of Natch Beaut, Jackie Johnson, to talk about her love ...Show More
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1:17:18 | Apr 24th, 2018

Some pairings are obvious: peanut butter and jelly, spaghetti and meatballs, and a third good pairing. But what about Disney and Final Fantasy? Keith and Jesse sit down with Wisecrack co-founder Jared Bauer to talk about the wonder that is Kingdom He...Show More
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1:11:10 | Apr 17th, 2018

If you've ever played Civilization then you know a few things are always true - you have to build those wonders, never trust Gandhi, and this game makes hours disappear. Keith and Jesse are going by the host of The Mental Illness Happy Hour, Paul Gil...Show More

1:11:29 | Apr 10th, 2018

Sometimes video games are about more than just pointing a weapon and defeating an enemy. Daily Zeitgeist host Miles Gray joins Keith and Jesse in studio to talk about music, Guitar Hero, and to finally answer the age old question - what's chill?Learn...Show More
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1:05:34 | Apr 3rd, 2018

Every game has pros and cons, but some are more polarizing than others. Keith and Jesse dive into the world of Ni No Kuni to try and figure out if they love this game or hate it.

1:09:30 | Mar 27th, 2018

We all love games, but do we love characters? I mean really love them? Like, take them home to mom and dad love them? Keith and Jesse sit down with Kelly Nugent to get to the bottom of what makes game relationships work.Learn more about your ad choic...Show More
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1:17:38 | Mar 20th, 2018

Do you miss when video games were a little simpler? Joe DeRosa does, and he sits down with Kieth and Jesse to talk a little about Devil's Crush and a lot about how games are at their best when they're simple and fun.
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1:07:06 | Mar 13th, 2018

Most kids grow up loving super heroes, but what about super hero video games? Keith and Jesse are joined by Dan Murrell who has a few critiques regarding Sega's X-Men game.
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1:09:14 | Mar 6th, 2018

Keith and Jesse sit down with Shereen Younes to talk about her home nation of Syria, and how it feels to play Assassin's Creed when the game takes place in your historical backyard.

1:12:33 | Feb 27th, 2018

He's fast, he's blue, and he's Sega's answer to Mario. Keith & Jesse jump into the world of 'Sonic The Hedgehog' as Amanda Seales talks about her love for the speedy mascot.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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1:07:23 | Feb 20th, 2018

Are you more of a sports person or a video game person? Isaiah Lester sits down with Keith and Jesse to explain why you don't have to choose.

1:12:30 | Feb 13th, 2018

Keith and Jesse sit down with Ron Funches to talk about everybody's favorite emotionally devastating game, The Last Of Us. Oh, and there's also some talk about Super Mario Bros. III and touching butts.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone...Show More
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1:12:32 | Feb 6th, 2018

Some games allow you to be a hero, others to be a villain, and one in particular to slam dunk a basketball with a 40 foot vertical. Keith and Jesse sit down with 'Silicon Valley' writer Andrew Law to talk about the joy that is playing NBA Jam.

1:07:42 | Jan 30th, 2018

Keith and Jesse sit down for the second installment of their Before And After series, and this time they're diving into Kid Chameleon. What will they find? A whole lot of leather jackets.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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1:12:05 | Jan 23rd, 2018

Blood, gore, violence, sweatpants - Mortal Kombat has it all. Keith and Jesse sit down with Mari Takahashi as they explore the 90's game that terrified your parents.
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1:09:28 | Jan 16th, 2018

Do video game characters count as friends? Keith and Jesse sit down with Kyle Clark to talk about making emotional connections with 1's and 0's in Persona 3.
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1:10:34 | Jan 9th, 2018

Keith and Jesse get all ghillied up with Dan Van Kirk to talk about keeping in touch with friends via Modern Warfare.
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1:00:35 | Jan 2nd, 2018

Keith and Jesse sit down with comedian Shelby Fero as she looks back on her time playing Pokemon for Gameboy. Whether you chose Charmander, Squirtle, or Bulbasaur we can all agree - Magikarp sucks.
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1:01:06 | Dec 26th, 2017

Are walkthroughs cheating, or just the preferred choice of prepared gamers? Keith and Jesse sit down with their old friend Dave Ebert as the three explore the harsh world of The Banner Saga and get to the bottom of how best to play strategy games.
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1:04:01 | Dec 19th, 2017

Keith and Jesse take some time to look back on their favorite Christmas gaming memories. From an ill advised console wish to the ways games bring us closer with friends and family, this episode is all about holiday cheer (and how Ecco The Dolphin mak...Show More

1:03:39 | Dec 12th, 2017

Mike Drucker discusses the pure joy that is Super Mario 64 as Keith and Jesse remember the feeling of video games moving into the 3D world.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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57:23 | Dec 5th, 2017

Keith introduces Jesse to the wonderful world of Dune - a mind bending sci-fi bomb that forever altered the history of strategy games.
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1:08:13 | Dec 5th, 2017

Keith and Jesse sit down with Heather Anne Campbell as she describes the creation of video game tournaments, and why Street Fighter III deserves a spot in history.
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1:03:02 | Dec 5th, 2017

It wouldn't be an interview with Adam Conover without him teaching you something. Keith and Jesse sit down to talk about the indie sensation Fez, and come away with some newfound insight into the beauty of the game.

01:56 | Jan 1st, 2014

You can listen to the full archive of  New Player Has Joined now on Stitcher Premium and completely ad-free. Go to stitcherpremium.com and use promo code 'STARBURNS' for a free month of listening. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/...Show More