Left Behind Game Club: A Video Game Podcast

Left Behind Game Club

Canada’s #1 video game book club podcast! We tackle games large & small, new & old while keeping it informative, funny and (mostly) positive. Hosted by Jacob McCourt, Mike Ruffolo, Moe Murtadi, Katie Lesperance, Flora Merigold and Travis Colenutt. After almost 6 years of twice-monthly shows, we now publish new shows when we have something to say! Looking for a good place to start? Download an episode for a game that you really love and hit play. Looking for suggestions? Consider our episodes on The Last of Us, Undertale, Firewatch, What Remains of Edith Finch episodes or our Hitman, Wolf Among Us or Kentucky Route Zero series! read less
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175: Final Fantasy XVI [Part 2]
06-12-2023
175: Final Fantasy XVI [Part 2]
We fight god in the second part of our Final Fantasy XVI podcast series. Developer: Square Enix Creative Business Unit III | Publisher: Square Enix | Initial Release: June 22, 2023 Jacob, Katie, Flora and special guest Dave Jackson say nice things about the game, read about so much lore and tell a great story about a chivalrous man. You may want to listen to Part 1 before jumping into this spoiler-filled discussion! This is our last show of 2023 - see you in 2024! PLAYERS: Jacob McCourt (@JacobMcCourt) Katie Lesperance (@lesperak) Flora Merigold (@LudonarrativeFM) SPECIAL GUEST: Dave Jackson (@TFTBLpod) | Tales from the Backlog: Podcast | Twitter Web: LeftBehindGame.Club | Twitter: @LeftBehindClub | Instagram: @LeftBehindGameClub SHOW NOTES: 0:00​​ Start 1:30 Fave/Least Fave Characters 6:00 What We Loved About FFXVI 10:50 Active Time Lore 18:50 Eikon Battles 201 27:10 Jill and Clive 35:40 Final Loadouts 42:15 Favourite Moments 45:50 A Ben Starr Moment 48:50 Okay, Back to FFXVI 51:20 Final Boss Battles 55:50 Ultima Explainer Speedrun 59:45 Making FFXVI Better 1:05:50 The Future of Final Fantasy RESOURCES: Tales from the Backlog - Final Fantasy XVI ‘Final Fantasy XVI’ Has An Identity Crisis By Flora Merigold via Epilogue Gaming  Tales from the Backlog - The Last of Us (Part 2) ft. Flora Tales from the Backlog - Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance ft. Jacob DISCORD: The Left Behind Game Club is a monthly game club podcast focusing on positivity & community. To talk to members of the community, join our Discord server!
174: Final Fantasy XVI [Part 1]
22-11-2023
174: Final Fantasy XVI [Part 1]
We activate our Eikon Abilities with Final Fantasy XVI. Developer: Square Enix Creative Business Unit III | Publisher: Square Enix | Initial Release: June 22, 2023 Jacob, Katie, Flora and special guest Dave Jackson wait for our cooldowns, appreciate Torgal and go get five piles of dirt. PLAYERS: Jacob McCourt (@JacobMcCourt) Katie Lesperance (@lesperak) Flora Merigold (@LudonarrativeFM) SPECIAL GUEST: Dave Jackson (@TFTBLpod) | Tales from the Backlog: Podcast | Twitter Web: LeftBehindGame.Club | Twitter: @LeftBehindClub | Instagram: @LeftBehindGameClub SHOW NOTES: 0:00​​ Start 1:20 Intro to Dave Jackson 4:30 The Gauntlet 9:20 The Fast Pitch 10:55 Our Personal Histories with Final Fantasy 13:45 How is FF16 Different than Other Numbered Games? 15:25 The Game's Demo 17:00 Setup of the World 24:00 Spoiler for the First Five Hours 25:40 Intro to Eikon Battles 30:30 Intro to Combat 38:30 "Is This a Bad Game?" 45:10 Sidequests 50:20 Full Spoiler Warning 51:00 Ambrosia Sidequest 54:00 Torgal Sidequest 57:30 Tentpole Story Moments 1:03:45 World Building Lessons from George R.R. Martin 1:07:00 Dave Brings In FromSoftware 1:10:45 Outro RESOURCES: Tales from the Backlog - Final Fantasy XVI ‘Final Fantasy XVI’ Has An Identity Crisis By Flora Merigold via Epilogue Gaming  Tales from the Backlog - The Last of Us (Part 2) ft. Flora Tales from the Backlog - Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance ft. Jacob DISCORD: The Left Behind Game Club is a monthly game club podcast focusing on positivity & community. To talk to members of the community, join our Discord server!
171: PAX West 2023 Mega Show
20-09-2023
171: PAX West 2023 Mega Show
We went over to Seattle to play video games in our PAX West 2023 episode! This is our last piece of audio about PAX West! Jacob, Katie and special guest Adam Gumbert walked a whole lot and played some great video games! PLAYERS: Jacob McCourt (@JacobMcCourt) Katie Lesperance (@lesperak) SPECIAL GUEST: Adam Gumbert (@AdamGumby) | Respawn Aim Fire Web: LeftBehindGame.Club | Twitter: @LeftBehindClub | Instagram: @LeftBehindGameClub SHOW NOTES: 0:00​​ Intro 1:00 Intro to Adam Gumbert 1:50 Housekeeping 2:50 Overall Impressions 8:00 NoClip Panel 10:30 Our Panels 14:10 Leaf Blower Man: This Game Blows! 15:15 Interview on Leaf Blower Man with Jakub Kasztalski (Founder and Creative Director @ Unbound Creations) 18:15 Antonblast 20:50 Starvaders and Cobalt Core 24:25 Biomorph 27:50 Ascent: Rivals 30:35 Mirthwood 35:15 Fraymakers 38:45 Interview on Fraymakers with Max Silverman 49:10 Mythic Protocol: Riftstorm 52:50 [I] Doesn't Exist 56:05 Big Boy Boxing 57:35 Interview on Big Boy Boxing with Martin Calander 1:01:25 Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown 1:06:00 Survivor Mercs 1:09:45 Spirit Swap: Lofi Beats to Match-3 To 1:12:00 Thank Goodness You're Here 1:16:25 Another Crab's Treasure 1:20:15 Yellow Taxi Go Vroom 1:20:35 Foamstars 1:22:20 World of Horror 1:23:00 Techno Banter 1:23:55 Below the Stone 1:27:00 Wrap-Up DISCORD: The Left Behind Game Club is a monthly game club podcast focusing on positivity & community. To talk to members of the community, join our Discord server! RESOURCES: Nintendo GBA Retrospective & Best Games List (Live from PAX East 2023) Video Game Trivia Live 3: DUB Edition from PAX East 2023 NoClip at PAX West 2023
170: Video Game Trivia Live 3: DUB Edition (from PAX West 2023)
18-09-2023
170: Video Game Trivia Live 3: DUB Edition (from PAX West 2023)
Video Game Trivia Live returns to PAX West! This competitive video game trivia game hosted by Jacob McCourt pits pairs of video game press/PR folks content creators and developers against one another to see who knows the most about the obscure corners of video game history. BUT maybe the PAX audience will be able to help "team audience" steal a big victory for the city of Seattle! This panel is not about the 2005 Rockstar racing title but there will be vanity license plates. Confused? Come to the panel and find out what I mean! Video Game Trivia Live 3: DUB Edition was recorded live at PAX West 2023 on Sunday, September 3rd, 2023 at the Seattle Convention Centre. There's one section that relies on visual aids; you can download the slides here or watch the video version here. Sections: 0:00​​ Intro 4:45 Panelist Intros 9:30 The Speed Round (Rapid Fire Questions) 20:00 Box Art Blitz (Guess the Game Box Art from a Sample) 26:00 Step Up To The Plate (Video Game Vanity License Plates) 32:45 Metacritic Critic (Guess the Metacritic Score of a Game) 47:25 The Bargain Bin (Guess the Price of a Game) ​​1:02:25 The Bonus Round (Final Question) Panel Intro: Asa Greenriver (@agreenriver07) Panel: Dave Proctor (@blankdave) Mike Towndrow (@itsmiketown) Haley Early (@hayorzea) Geoff Moonen (@geoffmakesnoise) Jake Dekker (@jacobdekk) Lucy James (@lucyjamesgames) Video Producer: Luke Lewis (@lukewarmlewis) Web: LeftBehindGame.Club | Twitter: @LeftBehindClub | Instagram: @LeftBehindGameClub DISCORD: The Left Behind Game Club is a monthly game club podcast focusing on positivity & community. To talk to members of the community, join our Discord server!
169: Game Boy Advance Retrospective (Live from PAX West 2023)
12-09-2023
169: Game Boy Advance Retrospective (Live from PAX West 2023)
Not only did Nintendo launch the greatest home console of all time in 2001 with the Nintendo Gamecube but they also released the greatest handheld of all time as well. Live at PAX West, we collected a group of Game Boy Advance experts to discuss the device's history and their memories of the console and build an essential collection of Game Boy Advance games. Members of the PAX West audience contributed their suggestions - watch to see the final list! The Game Boy Advance Was The Greatest Game Handheld Ever Made was recorded live at PAX West 2023 on Sunday, September 3rd, 2023 at the Seattle Convention Centre. There's one section that relies on visual aids; you can download the slides here. Big thanks to the Video Game History Foundation for providing research assistance. Find them on Twitter, Patreon and on the web. Sections: 0:00 Intro 4:05 A Speedy History of What Led to the Game Boy Advance 5:20 Why It's the Greatest Console of All-Time 26:00 A Definitive List of the 15 Best Game Advance Games as crafted by the PAX West Audience Panel: Jacob McCourt (https://twitter.com/JacobMcCourt) Jenny Windom (https://twitter.com/kimchica25) Celia Schilling (https://twitter.com/CeliaBeee) Matthew "Finn" Finneman (https://twitter.com/NOLAnerdcast) Adam Gumbert (https://twitter.com/AdamGumby) Harris Foster (https://twitter.com/HarrisFoster) Web: LeftBehindGame.Club | Twitter: @LeftBehindClub | Instagram: @LeftBehindGameClub DISCORD: The Left Behind Game Club is a game club podcast focusing on positivity & community. To talk to members of the community, join our Discord server!
166: Coffee Talk
26-04-2023
166: Coffee Talk
We drink lots of caffeine in Fantasy Seattle thanks to Coffee Talk. Developer: Toge Productions | Publisher: Toge Productions, Chorus Worldwide, Serenity Forge | Initial Release: January 29, 2020 Jacob, Flora, and special guests Luke Lewis and Matt Storm listen to some lo-fi chill beats, fight about the best way to caffeinate and swoon over Hyde. Players: Jacob McCourt (@JacobMcCourt) Flora Merigold (@LudonarrativeFM) Special Guests: Matt Storm aka Stormageddon (@dj_stormageddon) | "Fun" and Games Podcast Luke Lewis (@lukewarmlewis) | LukeWarmGames Podcast Web: LeftBehindGame.Club | Twitter: @LeftBehindClub | Instagram: @LeftBehindGameClub SHOW NOTES: 0:00 Start 1:30 More about Luke and Matt 4:05 The Fast Pitch 6:10 Our Coffee Orders 9:50 What You Do in Coffee Talk 13:55 Characters 19:30 Storylines 24:30 The Metanarrative 26:45 First vs. Second Game 31:30 Music 35:20 Checking Our Phones 39:30 Multiple Playthroughs 42:00 Coffee Talk Episode 2 Preview 48:00 Fahmi and his Lasting Impact 50:40 Games We'll Play After Coffee Talk: A Space for the Unbound VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action The Red Strings Club Kind Words (lo fi chill beats to write to) Varney Lake When The Past Was Around Emily is Away Emily is Away Too Boyfriend Dungeon 1:01:45 Wrap-Up RESOURCES: Review: Coffee Talk [via Kotaku] Coffee Talk Review [via Game Informer] Emily is Away & Emily is Away Too [via Left Behind Game Club] Side Quests Episode 163: Coffee Talk with Keith Lehtinen [via "Fun" and Games Podcast] DISCORD: The Left Behind Game Club is a monthly game club podcast focusing on positivity & community. To talk to members of the community, join our Discord server!
165: PAX East 2023 Mega Show
10-04-2023
165: PAX East 2023 Mega Show
We went down to Boston to play video games in our PAX East 2023 episode! This is our last piece of audio about PAX East, promise. Jacob, Flora, Katie and Travis became friends in real life, waited in lines and played lots of cool video games. PLAYERS: Jacob McCourt (@JacobMcCourt) Flora Merigold (@LudonarrativeFM) Katie Lesperance (@lesperak) Travis Colenutt (@TravisColenutt) Web: LeftBehindGame.Club | Twitter: @LeftBehindClub | Instagram: @LeftBehindGameClub SHOW NOTES: 0:00​​ Intro 1:40 Thoughts from PAX Newbies 9:25 Making Small Talk 16:10 Panels! 22:45 The Video Game Section (Please Wishlist Your Faves) 23:00 Backpack Hero 26:55 The Mageseeker: A League of Legends Story 28:25 The Mageseeker Interview with Javi Gimenez from Digital Sun  39:30 Gori: Cuddly Carnage 44:00 Terra Nil 48:15 Slay the Princess 55:55 A Knight in the Attic 57:30 A Knight in the Attic Interview with Dave Proctor from Mighty Yell 1:03:45 Strayed Lights 1:09:25 Capes 1:14:35 Every Day We Fight 1:20:20 Wrestle Story 1:23:35 Wildmender 1:28:55 Demonschool 1:35:10 Goons: Legends and Mayhem 1:35:35 Goons: Legends and Mayhem Interview with Samuel Bouchard from RageCure Games  1:38:30 Pacific Drive 1:44:50 Bread and Fred 1:48:15 Rightfully, Beary Arms 1:50:15 Recap DISCORD: The Left Behind Game Club is a monthly game club podcast focusing on positivity & community. To talk to members of the community, join our Discord server! RESOURCES: The Best Games at PAX East 2023: Highlights From My First Gaming Conference by Flora Merigold via Epilogue Gaming Nintendo Gamecube Retrospective & Best Games List (Live from PAX East 2023) Video Game Trivia Live from PAX East 2023 Pax East 2023: Can We Finally Admit That Games Should be in Classrooms? Our PAX West 22 Mega Show featuring our interview with Brandon Sheffield
164: Video Game Trivia (Live from PAX East 2023)
05-04-2023
164: Video Game Trivia (Live from PAX East 2023)
Video Game Trivia Live returned to PAX with its first trivia gauntlet in Boston! This competitive trivia game hosted by Jacob McCourt pits three teams of content creators and the video game press against the entire audience. Will PAX East attendees be able to outbrain our panel of video game experts? Bring your wealth of video game knowledge and find out! During this hour-long interactive trivia game, participants will need to estimate video game critic scores, identify video games from a small sliver of their box art, and much more! Buckle up, Boston. Video Game Trivia Live: PAX East 2023 Edition was recorded live at PAX East 2023 on Friday, March 24th at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Centre. There's one section that relies on visual aids; you can download the slides here or watch the video version here. Sections: 0:00​​ Intro 4:10 The Speed Round (Rapid Fire Questions) 15:30 Box Art Blitz (Guess the Game Box Art from a Sample) 24:15 The Bargain Bin (Guess the Price of a Game) 41:15 Metacritic Critic (Guess the Metacritic Score of a Game) ​​56:10 The Bonus Round (Final Question) Panel: Kyle Stephenson (https://twitter.com/MrKStep) Flora Merigold (https://twitter.com/LudonarrativeFM) Brenden Groom (https://twitter.com/begroom) Jesse Vitelli (https://twitter.com/jessevitelli) Katie Lesperance (https://twitter.com/lesperak) Travis Colenutt (https://twitter.com/TravisColenutt) Web: LeftBehindGame.Club | Twitter: @LeftBehindClub | Instagram: @LeftBehindGameClub DISCORD: The Left Behind Game Club is a monthly game club podcast focusing on positivity & community. To talk to members of the community, join our Discord server!
163: Nintendo Gamecube Retrospective (Live from PAX East 2023)
29-03-2023
163: Nintendo Gamecube Retrospective (Live from PAX East 2023)
2001 was an excellent year for gaming, thanks to the little purple lunch box that could. In this special bonus episode of the podcast, live at PAX East 2023, some of the biggest fans of the Nintendo Gamecube were assembled to discuss the device's history and their memories of the console, as well as build an essential collection of Nintendo Gamecube games with help from the PAX East audience. The Nintendo GameCube Was The Greatest Game Console Ever Made was recorded live at PAX East 2023 on Friday, March 24th at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Centre. There's one section that relies on visual aids; you can download the slides here. Big thanks to the Video Game History Foundation for providing research assistance. Find them on Twitter, Patreon and on the web. Sections: 0:00 Intro 2:40 A Speedy History of What Led to the Nintendo Gamecube 4:20 Why It's the Greatest Console of All-Time 26:40 A Definitive List of the 15 Best Gamecube Games as crafted by the PAX East Audience Panel: Jacob McCourt: https://twitter.com/JacobMcCourt​​ Cam Hawkins: https://twitter.com/CamFinalMix Janet Garcia: https://twitter.com/Gameonysus Matt Storm aka Stormageddon: https://twitter.com/dj_stormageddon Mike Towndrow: https://twitter.com/itsMikeTown Asa Greenriver: https://twitter.com/agreenriver07 Web: LeftBehindGame.Club | Twitter: @LeftBehindClub | Instagram: @LeftBehindGameClub DISCORD: The Left Behind Game Club is a monthly game club podcast focusing on positivity & community. To talk to members of the community, join our Discord server!
162: Hi-Fi RUSH
15-03-2023
162: Hi-Fi RUSH
We hit things with a guitar really well in Hi-Fi RUSH. Developer: Tango Gameworks | Publisher: Bethesda Softworks | Initial Release: January 25, 2023 Jacob, Flora, and special guests Adam Gumbert, Michael Higham & Brenden Groom gush about rhythm games, ship Peppermint and Korsica and finally explain the origin of the "clean" rating of the podcast. Players: Jacob McCourt (@JacobMcCourt) Flora Merigold (@LudonarrativeFM) Special Guests: Adam Gumbert (@AdamGumby) | Isle of Misfit Rolls & Respawn Aim Fire Michael Higham (@michaelphigham) Brenden Groom (@begroom) | Pass the Controller Web: LeftBehindGame.Club | Twitter: @LeftBehindClub | Instagram: @LeftBehindGameClub SHOW NOTES: 0:00 Start 1:25 The Gauntlet 6:25 Mario vs. Luigi 9:00 The Fast Pitch 11:00 History with Rhythm Games and Tango Gameworks 20:45 How This Game Dropped 29:30 Core Gameplay 31:15 Food-Based Characters 34:00 Underrated Voice Acting 38:25 Music 46:00 Boss Fights 53:35 Hangout & Side Characters 56:20 End of Hi-Fi RUSH 1:02:00 Post-Credit Content 1:04:40 Jacob Forgot Rekka and Loses His Title 1:06:00 Disability Representation 1:12:30 Recommendation Machine 1:23:10 Wrap-Up 1:26:40 PAX East 2023 Plans RESOURCES: Hi-Fi Rush Review by Michael Higham via IGN Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon Review by Michael Higham via IGN Stop What You’re Doing and Play Hi-Fi Rush by Brenden Groom via Pass the Controller DISCORD: The Left Behind Game Club is a monthly game club podcast focusing on positivity & community. To talk to members of the community, join our Discord server!
Announcement: Changes to the Podcast
01-02-2023
Announcement: Changes to the Podcast
It’s the end of an era… the Left Behind Game Club is changing. Read the full text below or listen to the announcement: After over 160 episodes over five and half years, our release cadence will be slowing down. Going forward, we will move from a twice-monthly model to a non-regular publishing schedule. We don’t quite know what that cadence will look like yet but we know that it will be much less than 24 shows a year. Please stay subscribed to the feed, though, as you should expect non-regular new audio, like episodes about very long games that we have been dying to play but couldn’t due to the time constraints that come with producing a twice-monthly show, as well as interviews from conventions and updates on some of our new projects. A few very important pieces of housekeeping: Our Discord community will remain active; if you haven’t joined yet, please find it at leftbehindgame.club/discord The podcast back catalog will stay up for the foreseeable future although we may migrate podcast hosting platforms this year We will send out updates about new episodes via our Twitter (@LeftBehindClub) You can still find us all of us on the Internet: Moe will be on Twitter and Instagram Mike will be @ruffolom on all major social platforms or at michaelruffolo.com and michaelruffolo.ca (branding, baby) Jacob will be @JacobMcCourt on Twitter and TikTok. You can see his seasonal Video Game Trivia show on YouTube and his written work at TheGamingBrief.ca. Katie can be found @lesperak on Twitter and you can listen to Jacob, Travis and Katie’s other podcast, Cutscenes, on all major podcasting platforms. You can find Flora’s work at EpilogueGaming.com and follow her on Twitter @ludonarrativefm. Travis can be found on Twitter at @traviscolenutt. So to summarize again, the show is moving to a non-regular publishing model. We aren’t going to commit to the next show or number of episodes per year, so our Discord and podcast feed will be the best places to find updates. Over the past nearly half dozen years, we have been humbled by the support that you have shown our little independent Canadian video game podcast. With over 100K downloads, six nominations from the Canadian Podcast Awards, and press from Apple Podcasts, PocketCasts, CBC, and more… I think we did alright. Thanks for everything, and with that, my friends, we’ll see you when we see you.