All posts by Ben Mallahan

About Ben Mallahan

For as much as Ben talks about loathing gaming culture, he sure spends a lot of time in the thick of it. In addition to producing many different shorts and even spec pilots about videogames over the years, his favorite hobby is developing online games. After having some unexpected success with his indie MORPG NEStalgia, much of Ben’s free time is now spent running his very own gaming community.

GMD Ep26: Classic 90’s Clitoris Joke

GMD Episode 26So many incredible games being released this holiday season, so little time. At the top of today’s episode the team discusses November’s biggest releases, with Alex having thus far resisted the temptation to blow off her responsibilities and buy Fallout 4.

This week’s news segment covers lots of Nintendo tidbits, including the controversial new “Linkle” character coming to Hyrule Warriors. Also on the docket is the Warcraft movie trailer (and subsequent WoW discussion), as well as a recent indie game marketing campaign that was Fueled By Autism™.

In the The Worst Thing That Happened To Us This Week the team discusses the absence of splitscreen multiplayer in Halo 5, focussing on the disturbing (but expected) overreaction of the denizens of /r/gaming. This segment has it all, including another sad piano monologue and Alex calling Ben “The Jesus of this podcast”.

The episode wraps up with What You Been Playin’ Bro, featuring Grim Fandango and a quick rundown of the best portable Castlevania games.

Episode 26: Classic 90’s Clitoris Joke

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GMD Ep25: It Just Came Into My Mouth

Gamers Must Die Episode 25Today’s episode starts at the negative two-minute mark, as Jared’s pre-show banter was just too weird to leave on the cutting room floor. The show eventually starts “for reals” with Ben telling the tale of his plane being struck by lightning on a trip to Brazil last month, and then it’s on to this week’s news in which the team talks about all of the huge games coming out before Christmas.

Later in the show Alex leads a discussion of the team’s favorite videogame cheats and tricks of all time in the Top Three List of the Week, and Jared rants about how disappointed he is in the recent changes to The Old Republic in The Worst Thing That Happened To Us This Week.

Episode 25: It Just Came Into My Mouth

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GMD Ep24: That Shitty Roommate Who Leaves You Sticky Notes

GMD Episode 24In this week’s gaming news Ben and Jared opine on why they don’t like open betas, and Alex talks about Undertale. Along the way the discussion somehow turns to facial hair and whether or not Alex likes guys with beards.

This episode’s Top 3 List is a bit different, as each co-host has to choose their single favorite gaming controller of all time (Ben points out that this is still technically a “Top 3” list, as 1+1+1 = 3). Finally, a fairly intense The Worst Thing That Happened To Us This Week segment leads to an examination of the important difference between a person who says “I play video games” vs. one who proclaims “I am a gamer”.

Episode 24: That Shitty Roommate Who Leaves You Sticky Notes

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GMD Ep23: Typical Trite YouTube Garbage Fare

GMD Episode 23At the top of today’s show the team discusses Fear the Walking Dead, Nintendo’s new President, and Konami’s decision to focus on making “slot machines” instead of real games. Ben also has something really important to say about Xbox One power supplies…

Jimmy Kimmel vs. Let’s Players is the topic of The Worst Thing That Happened To Us This Week, as Ben and Jared try to explain to Alex why normal people don’t get angry over jokes made on late night network comedy shows. After a Top 3 List about unexpected Steam finds, the team discusses indie hit Unholy Heights and other Dungeon Keeper inspired games in What You Been Playin’ Bro?.

Episode 23: Typical Trite YouTube Garbage Fare

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Ep18: You’re Just Excited For The Dick Cars

Gamers Must Die Episode 18After the team discusses Gamestop’s announcement that they’re getting into the retro game selling business, Alex talks about almost losing a friend to Zombi U. Things get worse when Alex starts talking about her fanny pack fixation, so Ben changes the topic to news about Nintendo America’s bozo president Reggie Fils-Aime defending Metroid Prime: Federation Force.

This week’s Top 3 List turns out way better than expected and leads Ben to make a surprising revelation about himself. The second half of the show is devoted to a lively round of The Worst Thing That Happened To Us This Week concerning the Tale of Tales developers announcing that they’re no longer making commercial games. Ben and Jared are surprised that Alex gets the most worked up on the topic as she excoriates the devs for being huge douche bags.

Episode 18: Episode Title

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Ep17: One Of Those Bodysuits With The Balls

E3 2015Nobody over the age of 12 cares about who “won” E3 this year, so instead the team chats about the games and news tidbits from E3 2015 that interested them most. Big topics include the concept of user-created mods being playable on consoles (ala Fallout 4), Xbox One’s surprise backwards compatibility announcement, and the The Last Guardian. Later, Ben bemoans the announcement of the FF7 remake, Alex talks about how underwhelming Nintendo’s conference was, and Jared isn’t in the mood for turn-based strategy games.

The E3 discussion carries over into this week’s Top 3 List as everyone rattles off their favorite E3 announcements. The show wraps up with another  The Worst Thing That Happened To Us This Week segment inspired by the announcement of “early access” games coming to Xbox One.

Episode 17: One Of Those Bodysuits With The Balls

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Episode 16: They Will Hurt Your House

GMD Ep16New game announcements and the E3 rumor mill provide a lot of fodder for news today. Ben digs the confirmation of an XCOM sequel, the US release of Dragon Quest: Heroes piques Jared’s interest, and Alex talks about dressing her friends in speedos. The new Steam refund policy is also a hot topic of discussion.

This week’s Top 3 List leads to some reminiscing about Soul Calibur and a story about what happens when publishers aren’t cool with beating up girls in video games. The team then catches up on their recent gaming excursions in What You Been Playin’ Bro?, followed by yet another edition of The Worst Thing That Happened To Us This Week.

Episode 16: They Will Hurt Your House

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Episode 15: That Thousand-Year-Old Loli Thing

GMD Ep15Most of the early reviews of The Witcher 3 are out, and they’re overwhelmingly positive. After (kind of?) making a vow to play The Witcher series this summer, the team talks about Fallout 4 rumors and Ben accuses Alex of liking hipster humor. The news wraps up with previews of a couple cool looking indie games that are coming out soon.

This week’s convoluted topic for the Top 3 List is “Favorite non-Final Fantasy and non-Dragon Quest JRPGs”. After some What You Been Playin’ Bro?, the team ends up going totally emo during The Worst Thing That Happened To Us This Week.

Episode 15: That Thousand-Year-Old Loli Thing

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Episode 14: A Horrible Age Of Paid Alpha Testing

Ermahgerd Paid MerdsSteam introduced the concept of paying for MODs this past week, which (unsurprisingly) caused lots of PC gamers to throw a fit. Ben and Alex spend the first chunk of today’s episode trying to convince Jared that paid MODs are not a bad thing, and from there it’s on to news about Adults-Only games and shuddered game studios.

The Top 3 List this week is “Favorite Videogame Princesses” of all time, followed by The Worst Thing That Happened To Us This Week and a quick round of What You Been Playin’ Bro?.

Episode 14: A Horrible Age Of Paid Alpha Testing

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Episode 13: Bernie Mac Trigger Warning

GMD Ep13The team reacts to the new trailers for Star Wars VII and Batman v Superman that just dropped, followed by some rants about how annoying all of the Star Wars: Battlefront complainers are. This week’s news also includes Gamestop’s new retro game pilot program the Guitar Hero 4 announcement.

This week’s Top 3 List is all about stereotypical video game villains, and the show closes with a new segment called What You Been Playin’ Bro?.

Episode 13: Bernie Mac Trigger Warning

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