Kotaku Splitscreen

Kotaku Splitscreen

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Kotaku’s Kirk Hamilton, Jason Schreier, and Maddy Myers talk about all things gaming… and maybe more.


More Data, More Problems
May 23 • 88 min
Episode 180: We’ve gotten so many interesting listener e-mails about privacy in gaming, we just had to keep talking about it! First, the Splitscreen gang talks about some of the games they’re playing including Phoenix Wright, Rage 2, and Destiny. Then…
Game of Thrones Season 8, Ep6: “The Iron Throne”
May 20 • 86 min
The game of thrones has ended, and so has Game of Thrones. On this final bonus episode, Jason and Kirk wrap up their coverage of HBO’s grand fantasy series by recapping the events of “The Iron Throne,” then looking back at the show as a whole. LINKS:…
Your Gaming Data, Up For Sale
May 16 • 88 min
Episode 179: Jason’s wisdom tooth removal has left Kirk and Maddy by themselves to discuss Phoenix Wright and the music of mystery games. Kirk is also playing Rage 2, Destiny 2, and a tabletop game about bluffing called Sheriff of Nottingham. This week’s…
Game of Thrones Season 8, Ep5: “The Bells”
May 13 • 67 min
With each new episode of Game of Thrones, the gods toss a coin and the world holds its breath. Too bad for us, “The Bells”’ coin landed on the “unfortunate plot developments” side. Kirk and Jason talk through the ins and outs of Dany’s big day, along with…
The Government’s Coming For Your Loot Boxes
May 9 • 79 min
Episode 178: Jason, Kirk, and Maddy talk about the new Kotaku piece about what it was like to work on Mortal Kombat 11’s ultra-violent scenes, then get into the games they’re playing: Danganronpa, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and a potpourri of Kirk video…
Game of Thrones Season 8, Ep4: “The Last of the Starks”
May 7 • 60 min
Kirk and Jason discuss the fourth episode of the final season of Game of Thrones, “The Last of the Starks.” Jon’s secret gets out, Brienne has some wine, Dany has a latte, Varys and Tyrion scheme, Cersei does evil stuff, and no one pets the dog. Let’s…
The Excellence Of Avengers: Endgame (with Evan Narcisse)
May 2 • 80 min
It’s time for Teeth Talk with Kirk, Maddy, and Jason! First the Splitscreen gang talks about some video games they’ve been playing, like Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy XII, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and Danganronpa, along with dropping some wisdom about…
Game of Thrones Season 8, Ep3: “The Long Night”
Apr 29 • 73 min
Squint and turn up your monitor’s brightness, and you’ll see that our special coverage of Game of Thrones season 8 continues with episode three, the nightmarish “The Long Night.” Our surviving heroes wage a desperate battle against the Night King’s…
Game of Thrones Season 8, Eps 1&2: “Winterfell,” “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms”
Apr 25 • 82 min
Kotaku Splitscreen’s special Game of Thrones coverage returns with a double-header recap of the first two episodes of the show’s final season. Kirk and Jason go over what they liked (and didn’t like) about both “Winterfell” and “A Knight of the Seven…
The Days Are Definitely Gone
Apr 25 • 78 min
Episode 176: Jason’s back from vacation to talk about all sorts of video games with Kirk and Maddy, including Mortal Kombat 11, Baba Is You, Hitman 2, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and Phoenix Wright. Then the trio dives into Days Gone (42:16), the new…
You Cheated Not Only the Game, But Yourself
Apr 18 • 81 min
Jason’s on vacation, so Maddy and Kirk get the podcast to themselves. We start with a listener email about how we’d react if our significant others broke our game consoles, then we cover the news, from the PlayStation 5 announcement (!) to the way that…
The Future Of Dragon Age (And Assassin’s Creed)
Apr 11 • 92 min
Episode 174: Lots of video game news this week! Maddy talks about her trip to Disney World, Jason describes the new Danganronpa-ish game Zanki Zero, and Kirk raves a bit more about Sekiro and The Division 2. Then the Splitscreen crew gets into a newsy…
Anthem’s Development And BioWare In Crisis
Apr 4 • 78 min
Baba is… everyone? Kirk, Jason, and Maddy are all playing the wonderfully clever puzzle game Baba Is You, which they’re talking about this week alongside Sekiro, Pokemon, and Phoenix Wright. Then it’s time to dive into Jason’s new article about the making…
Stadia: Streaming Dies Twice
Mar 28 • 102 min
Episode 172: Just what does newly minted Bloodborne expert Jason think of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice? How does Kirk feel about missing out on all that sweet, sweet GDC content? And why is Maddy playing Pokemon Go? Today on Kotaku Splitscreen, all those…
What It’s Like To Start A Game Studio With No Bosses
Mar 25 • 62 min
Scott Benson and Bethany Hockenberry, two members of the team that made Night In The Woods, are now part of a games studio without any bosses. It’s a worker co-op called The Glory Society, and at GDC 2019, Scott and Bethany dropped by the podcast to…
The Creators Of Into The Breach Came Very Close To Giving Up On It
Mar 22 • 67 min
Justin Ma and Matthew Davis, the creators of FTL and Into The Breach, sat down with Jason and Maddy at GDC 2019 to discuss the intense creative stress involved in making their most recent game. Despite wanting to pull the plug on Into The Breach many…
Tim Schafer Talks Unionization, Streaming, And The Future Of Double Fine
Mar 21 • 55 min
At GDC 2019, Double Fine boss Tim Schafer is losing his voice, but he still croaked through his annual Splitscreen appearance to discuss the union joke he told on stage at the IGF awards, the state of Psychonauts 2, and his thoughts on Google Stadia. We…
Sacrificing Sleep To Raise The Dead With Jesse Snyder
Mar 20 • 63 min
Jesse Snyder, creative director at NantG and formerly the creator of Call of Duty’s Zombies mode, sat down with Jason and Maddy at GDC 2019 to tell the real story of how the zombies came to life. The mode began as a late-night passion project that…
Google Stadia Boss Answers (And Dodges) Our Questions
Mar 19 • 49 min
At GDC 2019, shortly after announcing Google Stadia, Phil Harrison sat down with Jason and Maddy to reveal more details about Google’s new game streaming platform. He didn’t say how much it will cost, but he did clarify the importance of a good internet…
Devil May Cry 5’s Outrageous Cutscenes
Mar 14 • 82 min
Episode 171: Devil May Cry 5 is outrageous, and Splitscreen’s here to talk about it. First, Jason, Kirk, and Maddy get into the games they’ve been playing — Breath of the Wild, Broken Age, Destiny, etc. — before diving into the mania of the newest Devil…
Days Gone Is One AAA-Ass Video Game
Mar 6 • 88 min
Episode 170: Surprise! It’s a one-day-early episode of Kotaku Splitscreen, here to talk to you about Bloodborne (which Jason’s finally finished), Danganronpa (which Maddy’s almost finished), and the many games Kirk is playing, like The Division 2 and Ape…
The Nintendo-Microsoft Love Affair
Feb 28 • 67 min
Episode 169: Kirk’s on jury duty this week, leaving Jason and Maddy to talk about Bloodborne and Danganronpa without him. They also talk about beloved Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime retiring and the rumors of a Nintendo-Xbox love affair,…
Anthem Feels Broken And Unfinished
Feb 21 • 80 min
Episode 168: BioWare’s Anthem is out! But is it any good? First up, the Splitscreen crew talks about the games they’ve been playing, like Bloodborne, Tetris 99, and Far Cry New Dawn. Then it’s time for a breakdown of BioWare’s new loot shooter (31:16),…
167: Link’s Remakening
Feb 14 • 68 min
It’s Nintendo Direct week, and you know what that means: Everything old is new again. First, Jason, Maddy, and Kirk talk about the games they’ve been playing, from Danganronpa to Bloodborne. Then they talk about Nintendo’s big announcements including…
166: Live From New York
Feb 9 • 68 min
Maddy, Jason and Kirk take the stage at the Bell House in Brooklyn, NY for a live episode of Kotaku Splitscreen. They talk Apex Legends, Battle Royale games in general, Mario vs. Zelda, and take a bunch of audience questions. Thanks to everyone who came…
165: The Joy Of Kingdom Hearts
Jan 31 • 86 min
Maddy, Kirk, and Jason unite to talk about the many games they’ve been playing, including Resident Evil 2, Wargroove, Bloodborne, and Destiny 2. Then they take a deep dive into Kingdom Hearts (34:01), debating over whether the story is convoluted,…
164: Mailbag: Bloodborne, Dream Assassin’s Creed Games, and More
Jan 24 • 105 min
Jason, Kirk, and Maddy open up the mailbag to answer some of your great questions on Bloodborne, video game music, the cults of personality that surround the video game industry, our dream Assassin’s Creed settings, and much, much more. Plus: NFL playoff…
163: Destiny, Star Wars, And Wild Allegations
Jan 17 • 101 min
Kirk, Maddy, and Jason unite to talk about one of the wildest video game news weeks in recent memory! First they talk about the games they’re playing, including Resident Evil 2, Danganronpa, and Destiny 2. Then they dissect this week’s news (32:41) on…
162: Our 2019 Video Game Predictions
Jan 10 • 81 min
Maddy, Jason, and Kirk talk about Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee, Destiny 2, Crosscode, and Bloodborne before listing their video game predictions for 2019 (38:22). Each one makes 10 predictions, and whoever gets the most right throughout the year will get to…
161: Who Won The 2018 Predictions Bet?
Jan 3 • 84 min
On the very first Kotaku Splitscreen of 2019, Kirk, Jason, and Maddy talk about the games they’ve been playing to kick off the year, including CrossCode, Life Is Strange Season 2, and Minit. Then Kirk and Jason revisit their 2018 predictions (34:19) to…
160: Every Game We Played In 2018, Part 2
Dec 27, 2018 • 147 min
It’s time for the biggest episode of Splitscreen ever as Kirk, Maddy, and Jason gather for part two of Every Game We Played In 2018, starting with June and July, then August and September (42:28), October (1:13:37), and then November and December…
159: Every Game We Played In 2018, Part 1
Dec 20, 2018 • 109 min
Kirk, Jason, and Maddy unite for Splitscreen’s annual GOTY coverage! This week it’s all the games we played from January through May, including Dragon Ball Fighter Z, Celeste, Secret of Mana, Into The Breach, Far Cry 5, A Way Out, God of War, Pillars of…
158: New Challenger Approaching!
Dec 13, 2018 • 89 min
Everything changes on today’s episode of Kotaku Splitscreen. We start off the episode with a very special surprise, followed by some discussion of games like Celeste, Obra Dinn, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (33:28). Then The Game Awards host Geoff…
157: The Game Announcements (And Some Awards)
Dec 5, 2018 • 79 min
It’s nearly time for December E3, aka The Game Awards, and there’s lots to discuss! First, Kirk and Jason talk about slaying Sean Bean in Hitman 2, the great new platformer Monster Boy, and the excellent Prey Mooncrash. Then they get into Game Awards talk…
156: Catching Up On Fall Games
Nov 29, 2018 • 79 min
There are oh so many games to play this fall, and you should start with Return of the Obra Dinn, the fantastic puzzler that Kirk and Jason both adore. This week they talk all about that, along with Hitman 2, the Sega Genesis Classics collection, and other…
155: Fallout 76, Red Dead 2 Spoilercast
Nov 21, 2018 • 86 min
It’s an extra-special-early Thanksgiving episode! This one’s a two-parter. First, Kirk and Jason bring on Kotaku’s Ethan Gach to talk about Fallout 76 (06:51), the buggy new multiplayer game from Bethesda Game Studios. Then, it’s the long-awaited Red Dead…
154: Stan Lee’s Legacy
Nov 15, 2018 • 72 min
Kirk and Jason talk about the games they’re playing, like Tetris Effect and Hitman 2, then jump into the news of the week (21:36) on Detective Pikachu, Final Fantasy XV’s canceled DLC, and Destiny 2’s “disappointing” sales. Then old friend Evan Narcisse…
153: The Diablo Disaster
Nov 8, 2018 • 93 min
Kotaku’s Maddy Myers returns to the show this week, joining Kirk and Jason to chat about the big Diablo disaster. First they talk about some of the games they’ve been playing, including Assassin’s Creed Origins, Return of the Obra Dinn, and Red Dead 2.…
152: Red Dead 2 Is Big And Weird
Nov 1, 2018 • 69 min
Who would’ve thought that the biggest game of 2018 would also be one of the strangest? First up on this week’s episode, Jason and Kirk talk about the news of the week including the PlayStation Classic’s sad lineup, the buggy Fallout 76 beta, and a…
BONUS: Kirk’s Red Dead Review
Oct 26, 2018 • 33 min
Kirk reads his full review of Red Dead Redemption 2. Read it for yourself here, if you prefer.
151: Red Dead Redemption 2
Oct 25, 2018 • 77 min
Over the past week, Kirk has spent all of his time playing through Red Dead Redemption 2, while Jason has spent all of his time talking to the people who made it. Today’s show is a lengthy dissection of the newest epic from Rockstar, the conditions under…
150: ‘Working 100-Hour Weeks’
Oct 18, 2018 • 72 min
Kirk and Jason chat about rock climbing tents, meta-baiting, and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey before getting into this week’s big news story (26:51) on Rockstar’s work conditions. What did Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser mean when he said they put in 100-hour…
149: The Big Microtransaction Question
Oct 11, 2018 • 97 min
Kirk and Jason briefly gush about the new Wonder Woman emulator Assassin’s Creed Odyssey before bringing on Stephen Totilo for a lengthy chat about microtransactions (21:43). The three talk about how Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s microtransactions work,…
148: AC Odyssey And Spider-Man Spoilercast
Oct 4, 2018 • 89 min
Jason’s back from his honeymoon and there’s lots to discuss, starting with the Splitscreen boys’ first impressions of the new open-world game Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. Then, Kirk and Jason dive into this week’s news (34:36) on a leaked Harry Potter game,…
147: The Death Of Telltale Games
Sep 27, 2018 • 79 min
Kirk and Maddy start off by talking about the biggest news of the last week: the sudden closure of Telltale Games, a move that left more than 200 game developers out of work with no severance. (Well REALLY, they start out by talking about comically huge…
BONUS: We Finally Played Red Dead Redemption 2
Sep 21, 2018 • 23 min
Kotaku’s Stephen Totilo finally had a chance to play Rockstar’s upcoming wild west open-worlder Red Dead Redemption 2. For this bonus episode, he sat down with Kirk and Maddy to share his impressions of the game and answer questions about rusted guns,…
146: In The Shadow Of The Tomb Raider
Sep 20, 2018 • 79 min
Jason’s out of town, so Kotaku editor Maddy Myers joins Kirk to fill in as co-host. First up they talk about Nintendo’s new Switch online service, the just-announced PlayStation Classic, how the maniacs who beat Destiny 2’s new raid unlocked new stuff for…
145: The Amazing, Amazing Spider-Man
Sep 13, 2018 • 106 min
First, Kirk and Jason talk some more about Destiny 2’s Forsaken expansion, addressing the question “how much should creators listen to fan feedback?” and talking about the brilliant new Dreaming City location. Then Kirk sits down with video producer…
144: Spider-Man Is Great And Destiny Is Back
Sep 6, 2018 • 72 min
Kirk and Jason talk about web slinging and swinging in Spider-Man, the excellent new PS4 game, then dive into Destiny 2’s new Forsaken expansion, talking about the new systems, the story, and the Destiny treadmill that never ends.
143: Cyberpunk 2077’s Big Debut
Aug 30, 2018 • 100 min
Kirk’s back from vacation and raring to talk about games. What kinds of games? VIDEO games, baby! He and Jason start off discussing what they’ve been playing, covering God of War’s New Game+, Prey: Mooncrash, Destiny 2, The Messenger, and Dragon Quest XI.…
142: What It’s Like To Write Final Fantasy XIV
Aug 23, 2018 • 44 min
Jason brings on Square Enix’s Koji Fox, who’s been at the company since 2003 and currently heads up translation on Final Fantasy XIV. They talk about what it was like to join Square on the day it became Square Enix, how Final Fantasy XIV’s overhaul…
141: Press Sneak F**ks
Aug 16, 2018 • 92 min
Jason and Kirk talk CPU cooling and Diablo 3 on Switch before diving into Dead Cells and the appeal (or lack of appeal) of video game grind in games like Destiny. Then, Jason talks to Arkane co-founder and Prey director Raphael Colantonio (41:03) about…
140: Plagiarism At IGN
Aug 9, 2018 • 75 min
Kotaku editor Maddy Myers joins Kirk and Jason to talk about IGN plagiarism, deleting old tweets, and what makes the perfect Metroidvania. Also: EVO, Dead Cells, Hollow Knight, and Better Call Saul!
139: Summer Mailbag
Aug 2, 2018 • 67 min
Kirk and Jason crack open the mailbag to answer some of YOUR questions about RPGs as a service, how companies can afford to delay games, Microsoft potentially making an Xbox PC, and much more. As always, you can send questions to [email protected]
138: New Man’s Sky
Jul 26, 2018 • 76 min
Journalist and producer Alanah Pearce, formerly of IGN, joins Kirk and Jason to talk about No Man’s Sky’s game-changing new update, a recent Twitter shitstorm involving the director of Guardians of the Galaxy, and what makes for a perfect Switch game.…
137: The ArenaNet Debacle
Jul 19, 2018 • 66 min
Kirk returns from vacation and there’s a whole lot to discuss, including Jason’s first time DMing in Dungeons & Dragons, more on Octopath Traveler, and the ArenaNet debacle that left two people out of jobs.
BONUS: Nathan Fillion Talks Uncharted And Destiny
Jul 16, 2018 • 14 min
Actor Nathan Fillion joins Jason to talk about his new Uncharted fan film, why he’s not playing Cayde-6 in Destiny 2 this year, and why he had to stop playing Uncharted 2.
136: Octopath Traveler Ain’t Great
Jul 12, 2018 • 58 min
Kirk’s off this week, so Jason brings on Kotaku’s Tim Rogers to talk about the structure and story of Octopath Traveler. Short version: The combat system is fantastic, and it looks and sounds gorgeous, but everything else… eh. Then Jason and Tim geek out…
135: Why We Play Hard Games
Jul 5, 2018 • 64 min
Happy Independence Day! Kirk and Jason talk about shoveling hot dogs into your mouth, and also other things (like GDQ, the Cyberpunk E3 audio leak, Google Yeti, Hollow Knight, and the appeal of difficult games).
134: Sony’s Sure Bungling Cross-Play
Jun 28, 2018 • 60 min
Jason and Kirk talk about weddings, PS4 cross-play failures, and big lawsuits, then spend a very long time raving about Hollow Knight, an astounding video game that you should play right now.
133: Anthem, Spider-Man, And Other Games We Played At E3
Jun 21, 2018 • 69 min
Jason returns from E3 with hands-on impressions about a ton of games, including Anthem, Spider-Man, Kingdom Hearts III, and many more. Then he and Kirk talk about a ton MORE games, including Hollow Knight, Yoku’s Island express, and a whole lot of Dark…
E3 2018: Bringing Yakuza To The West
Jun 16, 2018 • 20 min
While at E3, Jason speaks with Yakuza localization producer Scott Strichart about the art and history of video game localization, how they approach the process with Yakuza games, and how it’s been watching the long-running series finally start catching on…
E3 2018: The Big Boss Behind The Witcher And Cyberpunk
Jun 15, 2018 • 35 min
At E3 in Los Angeles, Jason sits down with CD Projekt Red co-founder/co-CEO Marcin IwiƄski to talk about the studio-wide effort to finish their much-buzzed-about RPG Cyberpunk 2077. They also talk about workplace crunch and game development labor issues,…
E3 2018: Warren Spector’s Return To System Shock
Jun 15, 2018 • 31 min
At E3 2018, Jason sat down for an entertaining conversation with game design legend Warren Spector (Deus Ex, Ultima Underworld, System Shock) about his storied career in video games, his wildest game design idea, and his return to immersive sims with…
E3 2018: Let’s Talk Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Jun 14, 2018 • 16 min
Jason sits down with with Kotaku senior reporter (and resident Smash Bros. expert) Cecilia D’Anastasio to discuss their thoughts after playing the E3 demo of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
E3 2018: Designing Quests For Cyberpunk 2077
Jun 14, 2018 • 22 min
Still at E3 in Los Angeles, Jason sat down with CD Projekt Red quest designer Patrick Mills to talk about his work on the studio’s impressive-looking RPG Cyberpunk 2077. Kirk, meanwhile, sat at home in Portland mixing and editing podcasts while wishing,…
E3 2018: Sailing The Seas Of Thieves
Jun 13, 2018 • 24 min
At E3 in Los Angeles, Jason linked up with Sea of Thieves executive producer Joe Neate to talk about the challenges of working on a service game, the expansions that are in the works, and Neate’s take on the now-infamous player who became the game’s first…
E3 2018: The Triumphant Return Of id Software
Jun 13, 2018 • 38 min
At E3 in Los Angeles, Jason sits down with former id general manager Garrett Young to talk about making 2016’s Doom, what it was like working at id, and game development crunch.
E3 2018: Sony And Nintendo Reactions
Jun 12, 2018 • 30 min
Jason and Kirk link up one more time to talk about Sony and Nintendo’s E3 2018 showings. They also talk a bit about the E3 press conferences overall, and what to make of the fact that there were fewer major surprises this year than in recent times.
E3 2018: Bethesda, Square Enix, and Ubisoft Reactions
Jun 11, 2018 • 28 min
Kirk and Jason are back to talk about more E3 press conferences. They start with Bethesda’s Fallout-centric show, then move to Square Enix’s disappointing nothingburger, before ending on Ubisoft’s dancing panda-bear parade.
E3 2018: Xbox And EA Reactions
Jun 10, 2018 • 33 min
Jason and Kirk kick off E3 2018 by discussing the opening press conferences from EA and Microsoft. Cyberpunk! Dying Light 2! Gears of War 5! A new ninja game from the people who make Dark Souls! There’s so much to talk about.
132: Rumors And Predictions For E3 2018
Jun 7, 2018 • 88 min
It’s time again for E3, that wonderful time of year full of excitement and trailers for games that will never come out. What will we see this year? Kirk and Jason go through each conference one by one: EA, Microsoft, Bethesda, Square Enix, Ubisoft, Sony,…
131: Fallout Goes Online
May 31, 2018 • 92 min
Jason and Kirk open up the ol’ mailbag for a pre-E3 Q&A! First they talk new Pokemon and Fallout before answering YOUR questions about E3’s importance, the problems with reviewing games like Destiny 2 and Anthem, what we know will be announced at E3, and…
130: Detroit: Become Bad
May 24, 2018 • 77 min
Is Detroit: Become Human any good? No. No it is not. Kirk and Jason talk about that before getting into the news of the week (24:46) on Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Xbox One accessibility, and HBO’s Watchmen. Then Compete staff writer Maddy Myers joins the…
129: Dungeons, Dragons, Diners, And Dives
May 17, 2018 • 82 min
Kirk and Jason talk about cults and audio tricks (clearly it’s Laurel), then get into the news of the week on Boss Key shutting down, a Destiny 2 secret entering real life, and legalized gambling. Then Kotaku’s Cecilia D’Anastasio joins the show (37:13)…
128: Why Is The Games Industry So Secretive?
May 10, 2018 • 89 min
Why is the video game industry so obsessed with secrets? Kirk and Jason are joined by Polygon’s Chris Plante to discuss that topic and way more. FIRST, the Splitscreen Gang talks about Westworld, escape rooms, and news on Nintendo, Rage 2, and Trump’s…
127: The Avengers’ Infinity Pool
May 3, 2018 • 64 min
Kirk and Jason talk about playing D&D, games as a service, and CEO salaries before bringing on io9’s Evan Narcisse for a spoiler-heavy talk (28:54) about The Avengers: Infinity War, THAT ending, what the deal is with Captain Marvel, and expectations for…
BONUS: God of War Director Cory Barlog
Apr 30, 2018 • 62 min
SPOILERS! God of War director Cory Barlog drops by the show for a fun, wide-ranging chat about all sorts of things, including his take on the message of this game, what’s next for the series, and That One Moment. We also talk about why God of War took…
126: Fortnite’s Recipe For Success
Apr 26, 2018 • 82 min
What is this, a crossover episode? Jason and Kirk talk about Paris, Valve buying Campo Santo, Quantic Dream suing journalists, and Destiny 2 before they’re joined by Kotaku’s Gita Jackson and Patricia Hernandez of Fave This (43:57) to talk about how…
BONUS: Westworld Is Back
Apr 23, 2018 • 35 min
Kirk and Jason talk about the season two premiere of Westworld, “Journey Into Night.”
125: Music: The Final Frontier
Apr 19, 2018 • 74 min
Jason’s eating pain au chocolat on the Seine this week, so Kirk is joined instead by Kotaku’s Heather Alexandra and Stephen Totilo to talk over some recent news, as well as the games they’ve recently been playing. (Stephen: Assassin’s Creed Origins.…
124: God of War Is So Freakin’ Good
Apr 12, 2018 • 78 min
The new God of War is astounding, and Kirk and Jason are here to tell you all about it (don’t worry; no spoilers!). First they talk about the news of the week on PlayStation 5, The Simpsons, and Westworld before gushing about God of War (26:32)’s combat,…
123: Far Cry 5 And Ni no Kuni II Are Exact Opposites
Apr 5, 2018 • 70 min
Far Cry 5 is a nihilist’s dream while Ni no Kuni II is an idealist’s dream. Kirk and Jason discuss that and much more, including news of the week on Lindsay Lohan, Shadow of War, and Todd Howard, the games they’ve been playing (20:36), and some listener…
122: Far Cry 5 and A Way Out
Mar 29, 2018 • 40 min
Kirk and Jason unwind from GDC by talking about some of the games they’ve played over the past few weeks, including Far Cry 5, A Way Out, SNES Classic, and Red Dead Redemption.
GDC 2018: A Delicious Edible Game, with Jenn Sandercock
Mar 26, 2018 • 25 min
At GDC 2018, Kirk and Jason tried something new: an edible game. Specifically “The Patisserie Code,” designed by Thimbleweed Park programmer/designer Jenn Sandercock as part of her upcoming cookbook of edible games. Everyone had a delicious time eating…
GDC 2018: Designing Games for Twitch, with Ian Milham
Mar 25, 2018 • 33 min
Jason and Kirk are still posting pods from their time at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. This time they sat down with S.O.S. creative director (and former Dead Space developer) Ian Milham to talk about how he’s building social dynamics…
GDC 2018: Making Stealth Games, with Nels Anderson and Lyndsey Gallant
Mar 24, 2018 • 34 min
In San Francisco (still) for the Game Developers Conference, Jason and Kirk met with Caledonia creative director Nels Anderson and art director Lyndsey Gallant to talk about how they started working together, Nels’ terrific stealth game Mark of the Ninja,…
GDC 2018: Spy Party, with Chris Hecker
Mar 23, 2018 • 34 min
At the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Kirk and Jason sat down with the always energetic Chris Hecker to talk about his last decade+ working on the asymmetrical multiplayer game Spy Party, which will soon be on Steam Early Access. They also…
GDC 2018: Psychonauts Returns, with Tim Schafer
Mar 23, 2018 • 29 min
At GDC, Kirk and Jason talk with Double Fine president and CEO Tim Schafer about receiving the GDC lifetime achievement award, working on Psychonauts 2, and that one time Will Wright saved Double Fine.
GDC 2018: From Call of Duty to Titanfall, with Tina Sanchez
Mar 22, 2018 • 28 min
At the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Kirk and Jason talk with Respawn producer Tina Sanchez about breaking into the games industry, moving from Infinity Ward to Respawn, and the empowering phenomenon of the #MeToo movement.
GDC 2018: Video Game Music, with Matthew Burns
Mar 22, 2018 • 27 min
Kirk and Jason kicked off GDC 2018 by chatting with Zachtronics writer/composer Matthew S. Burns about how he approaches writing puzzle-game music that you notice, but you don’t NOTICE.
GDC 2018: Fighting Game Dev Crunch, with Tanya X. Short
Mar 21, 2018 • 22 min
At GDC in San Francisco, Kirk and Jason chat with Tanya X. Short, captain of indie game studio Kitfox Games, about her unusual approach to structuring her game studio and how she helps her staff combat crunch and burnout.
GDC 2018: Life After BioWare, with Aaryn Flynn
Mar 21, 2018 • 34 min
Jason and Kirk talk with ex-BioWare general manager Aaryn Flynn about his years making RPGs (and running a studio) in Edmonton, as well as his experiences working at EA.
GDC 2018: Video Game Unions, with Jen MacLean
Mar 20, 2018 • 30 min
At GDC in San Francisco, Jason sat down with Jen MacLean, executive director of the International Game Developers Association, to get her take on all the recent talk of unionization among game developers.
BONUS: The Leftovers Spoilercast
Mar 20, 2018 • 77 min
“Why wouldn’t I believe you? You’re here.” Kirk and Jason are joined by IGN’s Marty Sliva and Andrew Goldfarb to talk about The Leftovers, going season by season to dissect the show and discuss why we all love it so much. Warning: There will be spoilers!
121: Storytelling In Games, Live From SXSW
Mar 15, 2018 • 60 min
At South by Southwest in Austin, Jason and Kirk took the stage along with Telltale Games’ Leah Hoyer and the Guardian’s Keza MacDonald to talk about interactive storytelling, the rise of games as a service, and whether or not Jason actually has a…
BONUS: Black Panther and the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Mar 14, 2018 • 57 min
Kirk and Jason sit down with Rise of the Black Panther writer (and former Kotaku colleague) Evan Narcisse to talk about Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther film and the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole.
BONUS: Guerrilla Games Boss Hermen Hulst
Mar 9, 2018 • 23 min
Jason talks to Hermen Hulst, managing director at Guerrilla Games, about the studio’s success with Horizon: Zero Dawn, how they moved past the grittiness of Killzone, and how he feels about crunch.
120: Trump vs. Video Games
Mar 8, 2018 • 71 min
Is Donald Trump about to ban video games for life? Probably!!! Kirk and Jason talk about that and other big news like loot boxes and Diablo for Switch (6:27), then dig into some of the games they’ve been playing (41:14), like Dishonored: Death of the…
The Secret Hunters of Destiny
Mar 1, 2018 • 51 min
On this special episode of Kotaku Splitscreen, Kirk and Jason travel back to Destiny 1 and the era of Sleeper Simulant, Outbreak Prime, and the Vault of Glass. It’s a story about secrets and secret hunters, and how Destiny’s most fabled mysteries…
119: Console vs. PC Gaming
Feb 22, 2018 • 74 min
Kirk and Jason jump right into news on Mafia 3’s developer laying people off, Kentucky’s governor blaming video games for shootings, and the System Shock reboot facing development troubles. Then they answer some listener questions (23:01) on console vs.…
118: Why We Play Video Games
Feb 15, 2018 • 73 min
Kirk and Jason break down the news before getting into some nitty-gritty about what they’ve been playing (25:48), including Civilization VI, Dragon Quest Builders, and Into The Breach. Why do we play games, anyway? LET’S FIGURE IT OUT. Then they talk…
117: The Director Of Divinity: Original Sin 2
Feb 8, 2018 • 88 min
Kirk and Jason talk about The Leftovers and Nintendo Labo before moving into the controversial news of the week (18:37), including the shocking bombshell that that’s actually Toad’s head. Then, Larian CEO Swen Vincke joins the show (36:53) to talk about…
116: Hunting Monsters And Writing Games
Feb 1, 2018 • 85 min
Kirk and Jason talk about weather, Roombas, and football, just like you wanted! Then they get to news (16:44) on the Nolan Bushnell controversy, a revoked world record, and Paragon shutting down because Fortnite was just too popular. After that, writer…
115: Nintendo Labo Is Brillianto
Jan 25, 2018 • 86 min
Kirk and Jason talk about Nintendo Labo, Xbox Game Pass, and BioWare (11:03) before answering a whole bunch of YOUR questions (28:21) on YouTubers and kids, video game character creation, Destiny 2 weapons, backlogs, and much much more.
Bonus Spoilercast: Assassin’s Creed Origins
Jan 23, 2018 • 52 min
Kirk is joined by Kotaku’s Stephen Totilo and Luke Plunkett to talk about Assassin’s Creed Origins, which all three of them recently finished. Spoilers abound!
114: The Last Of Us Director Bruce Straley
Jan 18, 2018 • 83 min
Kirk and Jason talk about the news of the week including Destiny 2’s debacle (5:46) before bringing on former Naughty Dog director Bruce Straley (28:17) to talk about his time directing Uncharted and The Last of Us, his reasons for leaving Naughty Dog,…
113: Let’s Break RPGs
Jan 11, 2018 • 81 min
Prolific RPG speedrunner puwexil joins the show from Awesome Games Done Quick 2018 to tell us what it’s like to break the hell out of games like Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy VI. First, Kirk and Jason talk about news of the week (14:35) on Cyberpunk…
112: Our Video Game Predictions For 2018
Jan 4, 2018 • 78 min
Assuming we don’t die in a nuclear holocaust, what will 2018 bring for gaming? Kirk and Jason talk about the news of the week (13:46) including Gravity Rush 2 fans, an innocent man dying to a police swatting call, and Logan Paul’s bleak controversy before…
111: What We Got Right (And Mostly Wrong) About 2017
Dec 28, 2017 • 52 min
For the last Splitscreen of 2017, Kirk and Jason revisit the predictions they made way back in January. First they talk about the news (5:42), including Final Fantasy’s 30th anniversary, Leeroy Jenkins tomfoolery, and Destiny’s Music of the Spheres…
110: Every Game Of 2017, Part 2
Dec 21, 2017 • 90 min
Jason and Kirk return for part two of their look at EVERY VIDEO GAME OF 2017, this time hitting July through December to break down games like Super Mario Odyssey, Assassin’s Creed Origins, and Destiny 2.
BONUS SPOILERCAST: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Dec 15, 2017 • 57 min
Kirk and Jason are joined by Kotaku staff writer Heather Alexandra to talk about Star Wars: The Last Jedi. May the spoilers be with you! Because there are lots of spoilers in this episode.
109: Every Game Of 2017, Part 1
Dec 14, 2017 • 93 min
It’s time for a Kotaku Splitscreen annual tradition as Kirk and Jason go through every major game of 2017, one at a time, to talk about the good, the bad, and the Early Access. This week: January through June.
108: Destiny 2 Sure Is A Mess Right Now
Dec 7, 2017 • 87 min
Jason and Kirk talk about Mega Man 11 (15:09), Curse of Osiris breaking things, and Xenoblade 2 before playing Guess The Game Award Nominations (35:38) in preparation for the upcoming show. Then they get into Skyrim Switch (1:09:09) and the state of…
107: Talking Game Awards With Geoff Keighley
Nov 30, 2017 • 90 min
Kirk and Jason talk about the Marvel Cinematic Universe (12:52), Skyrim’s composer’s disappearing Kickstarter, and the Destiny 2 debacle. Then veteran game journalist Geoff Keighley joins the show (41:47) to talk about producing The Game Awards, deciding…
106: Fall Mailbag Spectacular
Nov 23, 2017 • 66 min
It’s a very special Splitscreen Thanksgiving as Kirk and Jason celebrate turkey day by answering some of YOUR questions on loot boxes, the stagnant cost of video games, what to play if you haven’t gamed in 4 years, and much much more. Happy Thanksgiving!
105: Let’s Get In Shape
Nov 16, 2017 • 80 min
Kirk and Jason jump into the news of the week (6:00) on loot boxes, a rumored Mario movie, and harassment at IGN. Then they bring on Wirecutter editor and fitness expert Casey Johnston to talk about how to get SWOLE (26:06), by lifting heavy things and…
104: The Xbox One X Is A Tough Sell
Nov 9, 2017 • 84 min
Jason and Kirk talk about World of Warcraft Classic, the end of Miiverse, and whether the video game industry is really unsustainable. Then they’re joined by indie designer Zach Barth (33:13) to talk about his excellent new game, Opus Magnum. Finally,…
103: Super Mario Odyssey Is A Delight
Nov 2, 2017 • 79 min
Super Mario Odyssey — great game or greatest game? Let’s discuss the delights of Nintendo’s latest, and why Jason and Kirk are considering collecting over 900 moons. Also on today’s show: news (39:37) on Sony’s week full of PS4 announcements, the full…
102: Assassin’s Creed Origins, NeoGAF
Oct 26, 2017 • 62 min
This week the Splitscreen Boyz are talking about Kirk’s five-day marathon of Assassin’s Creed Origins, a new game about climbing pyramids. Then (31:15) they dig into Animal Crossing mobile, Kinect dying for good, and the implosion of everybody’s favorite…
101: Come On Down To South Park
Oct 19, 2017 • 75 min
What’s good about South Park: The Fractured But Whole? What’s bad about it? And how does South Park fit into our lives in 2017? Kirk and Jason take a deep dive into the longrunning comedy show, then jump into the news of the week (40:19) including…
100: Loot Box Madness
Oct 12, 2017 • 71 min
It’s Kotaku Splitscreen’s 100th episode! Join Kirk and Jason for a look back at 2+ years of Splitscreen, followed by news talk (19:09) about loot boxes, Oculus Go, and Valve’s Orange Box turning 10. Then (48:27) they talk South Park, Steamworld Dig 2, and…
99: M-A-I-L-B-A-G
Oct 5, 2017 • 78 min
Kirk and Jason talk about Cuphead, Danganronpa V3, Hob, and Golf Story before jumping into the news of the week (29:30): SNES Classic, Zelda design secrets, and Sega certification tricks. Then it’s time to open the MAILBAG (48:00) for some listener…
98: Video Game Writing With Tom Bissell
Sep 28, 2017 • 79 min
Kirk and Jason start things off by talking about the SNES Classic, Danganronpa V3, and Divinity: Original Sin 2. Then it’s time for news (31:36) about the voice actors strike ending, toxicity in gaming, and Assassin’s Creed: Origins getting a tourist…
97: Metroid Returns, Destiny 2 Spoilercast
Sep 21, 2017 • 97 min
Jason and Kirk jump right into the news of the week (2:39) which includes Steam review bombing, Fortnite accidentally getting cross-play, and the Nintendo Direct. Then they bring on Kotaku boss Stephen Totilo (26:59) to talk about his love for Metroid,…
96: Why Some Fonts Are Better Than Others
Sep 14, 2017 • 72 min
What makes a font good or bad? Bethany Heck, a design director at Vox Media and typographer, joins today’s show to talk about the nuances of font design. First, Kirk and Jason talk Mario + Rabbids before jumping into news like L.A. Noire Switch (19:54),…
BONUS: Early Thoughts On Destiny 2
Sep 8, 2017 • 53 min
Kirk and Jason have been playing Destiny 2 all week and have lots of THOUGHTS. No story spoilers, though, so feel free to listen even if you haven’t finished the main campaign (which you should definitely go do).
95: Live From Seattle
Sep 6, 2017 • 62 min
Recorded last Friday at PAX in Seattle, here’s the very first KOTAKU SPLITSCREEN LIVE, complete with live music, games, and intense Q&A.
94: Twelve Straight Hours Of Video Games
Aug 31, 2017 • 73 min
Fresh off a 12-hour video game marathon, Kirk and Jason talk about what it was like to play Dark Souls, Suikoden II, Splatoon 2, Super Mario RPG, Resident Evil 7, and Super Mario World for the first time ever. Then they get into the news of the week…
BONUS: Game of Thrones Season 7, Ep 7: ‘The Dragon and the Wolf’
Aug 28, 2017 • 66 min
Jason and Kirk discuss the season 7 finale of Game of Thrones. This will be the last bonus episode, at least until the next season of Thrones rolls around. Thanks for listening!
93: The Great SNES Classic Preorder Disaster
Aug 24, 2017 • 58 min
Jason and Kirk talk about their adventures vacationing and eclipse-hunting before jumping into the news of the week (17:04) including Super Nintendo Classic pre-order disasters, Kyrie Irving screwing up NBA 2K18, and Brink going free-to-play. Then they…
BONUS: Game of Thrones Season 7, Ep 6: ‘Beyond the Wall”
Aug 22, 2017 • 54 min
Jason and Kirk talk about the sixth episode of Game of Thrones season 7, which they both found pretty disappointing.
92: Meatsports vs. Esports
Aug 17, 2017 • 100 min
Welcome to another extra-long episode of Kotaku Splitscreen, which is apparently what happens when Jason’s on vacation. Kirk and guest host Stephen Totilo start off talking about Kotaku’s expanded video team, then discuss the news of the week (11:08)…
BONUS: Game of Thrones Season 7, Ep 5: ‘Eastwatch’
Aug 14, 2017 • 47 min
Kirk and guest host Chris Kohler discuss the many major plot developments on this week’s Game of Thrones episode, “Eastwatch.”
91: Finding Love In Splatoon 2
Aug 10, 2017 • 111 min
Super-sized episode! Kirk and Jason start by talking about how much Jason’s loving Final Fantasy Tactics on his phone and how impressed Kirk is with the opening hours of Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. Then they talk about the news of the week (22:21), from…
BONUS: Game of Thrones Season 7, Ep 4: ‘The Spoils of War’
Aug 7, 2017 • 59 min
Jason and Kirk talk about the dragon-riffic latest episode of Game of Thrones.
90: Adam Ruins Video Games
Aug 3, 2017 • 94 min
Kirk and Jason talk about Pyre, Battlegrounds, and Dream Daddy before jumping into this week’s news (29:07) on GameStop’s Thanksgiving hours, Unsung Story’s Kickstarter disaster, and a gamer cruise that lost its boat. Then they bring on Adam Conover, host…
BONUS: Game of Thrones Season 7, Ep 3: ‘The Queen’s Justice’
Jul 31, 2017 • 60 min
Kirk and Jason discuss the third episode of Game of Thrones season 7, “The Queen’s Justice.” They’ll be back with bonus recap episodes every Monday for the rest of the season.
89: Oxenfree’s Director, Persona 5 Spoilercast
Jul 27, 2017 • 87 min
We’re talking two very different games about high school students on this week’s Kotaku Splitscreen. First, Kirk talks all about his newfound love for all the squid kids in Splatoon 2. Then it’s time for the news (19:15) including the disaster at Pokemon…
BONUS: Game of Thrones Season 7, Ep 2: ‘Stormborn’
Jul 24, 2017 • 63 min
Jason and Kirk return to talk about “Stormborn,” the second episode of Game of Thrones season 7. They’ll be doing bonus podcast episodes every Monday for the rest of the season.
88: It’s Destiny 2 Beta Time
Jul 20, 2017 • 80 min
It’s Destiny 2 beta week! Kirk and Jason talk a bit about the robots taking over our lives and some of the other games they’ve been playing, like Final Fantasy XII and Zelda (15:28) before jumping into this week’s news (26:23) on Kingdom Hearts III, Star…
BONUS: Game of Thrones Season 7, Ep 1: ‘Dragonstone’
Jul 17, 2017 • 36 min
Kirk and Jason sit down to talk about the season 7 premiere of Game of Thrones. SPOILERS!
87: Red Dead Redemption, Nintendo’s Future, And More Reader Questions
Jul 13, 2017 • 88 min
Kirk and Jason talk a bunch of Final Fantasy XII (6:20), Grand Theft Auto IV (20:12), and Red Dead Redemption (26:58) before opening up the mailbag (33:15) and answering listener questions about weird JRPGs, video game release dates, the future of…
86: Final Fantasy XII, Final Fantasy XIV, And… More
Jul 6, 2017 • 80 min
Kirk regales us with stories from his backpacking adventures before settling down with Jason to talk Destiny 2 soccer (9:58), Mass Effect: Andromeda’s lack of DLC (15:43), and Zelda’s new content (24:44). Then they bring on Kotaku’s Mike Fahey (33:50) to…
85: The SNES Classic Is Real, And It’s Spectacular
Jun 29, 2017 • 100 min
Hope you’re ready for a mega-Splitscreen! Kotaku features editor Chris Kohler joins the show to talk about Nintendo’s bombshell Super NES Classic announcement, but first, Kirk and Jason talk about FFXV: Episode Prompto and Cave Story + on Switch. Then we…
84: We Survived E3 2017
Jun 22, 2017 • 86 min
E3 is over, which means Splitscreen is back to its weekly schedule. (We know—we’re sad too.) This week, Kirk and Jason talk about some of the games they’ve been playing, like Nier: Automata (3:53), StarCraft II (8:15), and Wolfenstein. Then it’s time for…
E3 2017 Episode 6: The Best And Worst Of E3
Jun 16, 2017 • 59 min
E3 is over, and we made it out alive. Jason and Kirk start their final E3 episode by talking a bit about Ni No Kuni 2, then discussing what they thought of this E3 overall (19:12). Then Jason interviews Shaun Escayg, creative director of Uncharted: Lost…
E3 2017 Episode 5: South Park, Pillars Of Eternity 2
Jun 15, 2017 • 60 min
We’re almost there. We’ve almost survived E3 2017. We can do this. Kirk and Jason catch up on how E3 is going today before Jason sits down with Jason Schroeder, game director on South Park: The Fractured But Whole. (18:45). Then Jason catches up with Adam…
E3 Episode 4 (UPDATED): Luke Smith On Destiny 2, John Garvin On Days Gone
Jun 14, 2017 • 58 min
Kirk and Jason start off by talking about what Jason saw at E3 yesterday, then pivot (15:38) to Sony’s weak explanation for why they don’t support cross-platform play in Rocket League and Minecraft. After that Jason’s joined by Destiny 2 game director…
E3 2017 Episode 3: Nintendo, Super Mario Odyssey
Jun 13, 2017 • 20 min
Kirk and Jason are back for the third day of E3 2017. This time it’s all Nintendo, all the time. Did Nintendo energize a generally low-key E3 by announcing two new Metroid games? (Yes.) Is Super Mario Odyssey as weird and ambitious as it looks? (Jason’s…
E3 2017 Episode 2: Sony, Bethesda, Ubisoft
Jun 13, 2017 • 34 min
Jason and Kirk talk about three more E3 2017 press conferences, starting with Bethesda. After that they discuss Ubisoft’s surprisingly good show (7:36) and close out talking about Sony (20:55). Tomorrow: Nintendo.
E3 2017 Episode 1: Microsoft, EA, Xbox One X
Jun 11, 2017 • 25 min
Jason and Kirk kick off their E3 2017 coverage talking about EA’s unexciting Saturday press conference (1:10). They then pivot to Microsoft’s game-packed Sunday conference (6:00), and try to make heads or tails of the new Xbox One X.
83: Hopes And Predictions For E3 2017
Jun 8, 2017 • 80 min
We’re just days away from the best time of the year: E3. Kirk and Jason open with some discussion of Mass Effect: Andromeda’s turbulent development (4:03) before jumping into E3 talk, going through each press conference to talk about hopes and…
82: The Plural Of Anime
Jun 1, 2017 • 89 min
Jason explains to Kirk why gambling is the best thing ever and talks wedding catering before we jump into ARMS (11:54) and Star Trek Bridge Crew (19:21). Then, Kirk and Jason talk about “service games” (22:53), how the Final Fantasy VII remake will never…
81: Taco Bell Weddings
May 25, 2017 • 78 min
Jason and Kirk talk about YouTube copyright strikes (10:21), Red Dead Redemption 2’s delay (21:10), and Overwatch’s one-year anniversary (27:19) before bringing on Giant Bomb editor Dan Ryckert to chat about working at Giant Bomb, unhealthy eating habits,…
Bonus Ep: Destiny 2 Reactions
May 19, 2017 • 30 min
Join Kirk and Jason for a VERY SPECIAL BONUS EPISODE dedicated to the Destiny 2 reveal.
80: Eat, Prey, Chris Avellone
May 18, 2017 • 74 min
Industry luminary Chris Avellone joins the show once again to talk about his recent work on Prey. First, Kirk and Jason talk a bit about Nier: Automata (6:55) and the Nintendo Switch (11:15) before jumping into this week’s news: Zelda reportedly coming to…
79: The Zelda: Breath of the Wild Spoilercast
May 11, 2017 • 86 min
The new Zelda has been out for two months now, so let’s spoil it! First, Kirk and Jason talk this week’s news including the rocky future of Mass Effect (5:20), an eleven-year-old getting GTA V and finding a bag of meth instead (11:41) and Assassin’s…
78: Zelda DLC, Destiny Dreams, And Reader Q&A
May 4, 2017 • 89 min
Jason just started Nier: Automata, so he and Kirk talk about that for a bit (7:17) before jumping into the news, starting with Zelda’s first DLC (18:33). Then, they chat New 2DS XL (24:42) and Darksiders 3 (31:59) before pulling open the listener mailbag…
77: Stories From LucasArts And Bethesda
Apr 27, 2017 • 83 min
Kirk and Jason start off the show by talking about the new indie games What Remains Of Edith Finch and The Sexy Brutale before jumping into this week’s news: the announcement of Call of Duty: WWII (13:01), an Overwatch player’s racist tirade (21:48), and…
76: Switch, Nier: Automata, and The West Wing
Apr 20, 2017 • 88 min
There’s lots to discuss on today’s Splitscreen, starting with some brief chat about Kirk’s cool Undertale cover (3:37) and some of the games we’ve been playing including Mario Kart 8 and Dungeon Keeper (10:23). Then, we dig into the week’s news, starting…
75: Horizon Zero Dawn With Ashly Burch
Apr 13, 2017 • 80 min
Actress and writer Ashly Burch joins the show to talk about what it was like to play Aloy, the protagonist of Horizon Zero Dawn. But first, News Hour, with stories on PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds selling a million copies (14:59), Star Wars: Battlefront…
74: Doing Destiny With Datto
Apr 6, 2017 • 83 min
Destiny streaming superstar Datto joins the show today. First we’re talking the week’s news, from Palmer Luckey leaving Oculus (9:39) to Atlus blocking Persona 5 streaming (13:11) and Mass Effect: Andromeda’s big patch plans (17:20), followed by our first…
73: Point-N-Click Adventuring With Ron Gilbert
Mar 30, 2017 • 83 min
Nice and sunny here at Kotaku Splitscreen, where we’re talking to legendary adventure game designer Ron Gilbert about his new game. First we cover this week’s news including StarCraft Remastered (7:03), Destiny 2 (12:58), and Final Fantasy XV’s new DLC…
72: Revisiting The Nintendo Switch
Mar 23, 2017 • 84 min
One month later, how much has the Switch grown on us? Kirk and Jason go over this week’s news including Telltale’s CEO departing (12:30) and Mass Effect animators getting harassed (20:06) before assessing the Switch, one month later (36:20). Then they…
71: Early Thoughts On Mass Effect: Andromeda
Mar 16, 2017 • 96 min
Kirk and Jason break down the week’s news, then dig into the early hours of Mass Effect: Andromeda, which have left them with mixed feelings so far. Afterwards, some reader questions and more Zelda talk.
70: Let’s Gush About Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Mar 9, 2017 • 73 min
Kirk and Jason talk about Destiny 2 and Shadow of War, then take a spoiler-light dive into Hyrule to talk about how incredible Breath of the Wild is. (The answer, of course: Very incredible.)
Extra Special Bonus Episode: Nintendo Switch
Mar 3, 2017 • 27 min
Kirk and Jason have a brief chat about the new Nintendo Switch.
GDC 2017, Day 3: Tim Schafer, Kim Swift, Frank Cifaldi
Mar 2, 2017 • 87 min
Kirk and Jason finish up at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.
GDC 2017, Day 2: Chris Avellone, Anna Kipnis, Meg Jayanth
Mar 1, 2017 • 82 min
Kirk and Jason are back at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco with a new trio of special guests.
GDC 2017, Day 1: Matthew Burns, Tina Amini, Nathan Grayson
Feb 28, 2017 • 80 min
Jason and Kirk head to the Game Developers conference in San Francisco for a week of special guests.
69: Horizon Zero Duh
Feb 23, 2017 • 68 min
For episode 69 (nice), Kirk and Jason bring on Patricia Hernandez for a spoiler-free chat about the fantastic new PS4 game Horizon Zero Dawn. Also: why Xbox fanboys won’t stop spamming Jason’s Twitter this week.
68: Final Fantasy XV Spoilercast
Feb 16, 2017 • 73 min
Jason and Kirk cover the week’s news then take a deep dive into Final Fantasy XV, spoilers and all.
67: The Circle of Life
Feb 9, 2017 • 75 min
Kirk and Jason break down GameStop’s controversial Circle of Life program, E3 going public, and the big Super Bowl Switch. Then, Kotaku’s Heather Alexandra joins the show to chat about Nioh and Resident Evil 7.
66: Questions N’ Answers
Feb 2, 2017 • 85 min
Mailbag time! Jason and Kirk go through a ton of listener questions about Destiny, boycotting broken video games, podcasts, GOTY discussions, and much more.
65: It’s Raining Games From Japan
Jan 26, 2017 • 71 min
Kotaku’s Luke Plunkett joins Kirk this week to talk about the Nintendo Switch, Yakuza 0, and more.
64: Nintendo Switch Reactions
Jan 19, 2017 • 78 min
Jason and Kirk blaze through their belated predictions for 2017, then (23:48) talk Nintendo Switch: the launch lineup, the price, our pros/cons.
63: Every Game Of 2016*: Part 2
Jan 12, 2017 • 102 min
Our GOTY discussion continues with a breakdown of every major 2016 release from July to December!
62: Every Game Of 2016*: Part 1
Jan 5, 2017 • 111 min
It’s time for our Games of the Year — literally! On part one of our very special 2016 wrap-up, Kirk and Jason go through every video game release of 2016, from January to June. *May not be every video game
61: AAA vs. Indie Development
Dec 29, 2016 • 83 min
Veteran game dev Matthew S. Burns joins Kirk and Jason to talk about the differences between indie and AAA development. Also: Nier Automata, Double Fine’s documentary, and some Star Wars: Rogue One.
60: Run, Mario, Run
Dec 22, 2016 • 65 min
Super Mario Run: Is it good? (Yes.) Jason tells us why he’s really digging Nintendo’s new mobile excursion, then we fantasize about what other Nintendo mobile games might look like. Plus: Dishonored 2, Final Fantasy XV, and a neat new game called Shadow…
59: Revisiting Our 2016 Predictions
Dec 15, 2016 • 77 min
In January, Kirk and Jason predicted a bunch of things for 2016, with the bet that whoever got more predictions right would get a free steak dinner from the loser. Now, we revisit those predictions and see who won! Then we go over some of the biggest…
58: The Second-To-Last Guardian
Dec 8, 2016 • 75 min
Kirk’s in New York this week, so he and Jason sit down IRL to talk about Final Fantasy XV, Dragon Quest Builders, The Last Guardian and VR.
Bonus Episode: All About Westworld
Dec 4, 2016 • 23 min
Kirk and Jason stay up late to chat about the season finale of Westworld.
57: Final Fantasy Road Trip
Dec 1, 2016 • 91 min
In honor of Final Fantasy XV’s release, Kirk and Jason swap stories about their adventures with Noctis, Prompto, Ignis, and Richard. It’s a fun one! Also: No Man’s Sky improvements and the apparent AAA sales rut.
56: Honored 2: Dishonored
Nov 17, 2016 • 75 min
Kotaku managing editor Riley MacLeod joins Kirk and Jason to talk Dishonored 2, Hitman, and Watch Dogs 2. They also answer reader questions and try to figure out which Overwatch character each of them would be IRL. (Kirk is Widowmaker.)
55: We All Need Some Distractions
Nov 11, 2016 • 72 min
In the wake of this horrible week, Kirk and Jason distract themselves with new video games. PS4 Pro, NES Classic, and Dishonored 2 lead the way, along with a bunch of reader questions on storytelling, the best video game books, and much more.
54: The Skyrim’s The Limit
Nov 3, 2016 • 67 min
Kirk and Jason make a mad dash through all the games they’ve been playing, from Skyrim to Titanfall 2.
53: Nintendo’s Swift Switch
Oct 27, 2016 • 75 min
Kirk and Jason talk about Nintendo’s upcoming new console, the Switch.
52: Fallout For Fallout 4
Oct 20, 2016 • 73 min
Kirk’s joined by Kotaku deputy editor Patricia Hernandez to talk about all kinds of video games.
51: And The Gunslinger Followed
Oct 13, 2016 • 77 min
Jason’s back this week to talk with Kirk about a bunch of video games as well as HBO’s nifty new show Westworld.
50: PlayStephen VR
Oct 6, 2016 • 78 min
For our 50th episode, special guest Stephen Totilo joins Kirk to talk about PlayStation VR and Gears of War 4 horde mode.
49: INSIDE Destiny 2
Sep 29, 2016 • 71 min
Jason and Kirk return for Destiny raid talk, some Destiny 2 talk, and a spoilery dive into INSIDE, the fantastic new game from the makers of Limbo.
Episode 48: Our Iron Has Risen
Sep 22, 2016 • 72 min
Rise of Iron is here. Did you expect us to talk about anything else? This week, Kirk and Jason dig into the good, the bad, and the Fallen of Destiny’s newest DLC.
Episode 47: Mailbagging
Sep 15, 2016 • 92 min
Jason and Kirk reach into the mailbag to answer YOUR big questions on turn-based combat, NX, Dragon Age Inquisition, the price of video games, and much much more. This episode presented by Kirk’s new Rhoomba.
Episode 46: PlayStation Fro
Sep 7, 2016 • 72 min
It’s NEWS HOUR as Kirk and Jason discuss the new Mario iOS game and Sony’s newly released PlayStation 4 Pro, aka PlayStation Fro, which has been underwhelming so far.
Episode 45: Paxtravaganza!
Sep 2, 2016 • 68 min
Jason and Kirk are at PAX West 2016. Not only that, they’re in THE SAME ROOM.
Episode 44: Deus Ex: Kirk Divided
Aug 25, 2016 • 69 min
Kirk and Jason talk Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, laptop buying advice, and cyber-ska. Then they open up the mailbag for some reader questions about backlogs, Vita, and how the NX will be announced.
Episode 43: No Man’s Sky Vs. Punting In The NFL
Aug 18, 2016 • 75 min
Ex-NFL Punter Chris Kluwe is here to talk No Man’s Sky, NFL nerds, and Path of Exile. We also talk FFXV and our new corporate overlords, who are sadly not Doritos.
Episode 42: No Man’s Day-One Patch
Aug 11, 2016 • 70 min
Jason and Kirk explain why games like No Man’s Sky get day-one patches, then talk a bit about their travels through space. Also: reaching into the mailbag for some questions about Overwatch and the future of Kotaku. BROUGHT TO YOU BY DORITOS, MAYBE?
Episode 41: Console Wars Suck
Aug 4, 2016 • 76 min
Kirk and Jason try to figure out why so many people care about who wins the console war. Then they dig into all the new Destiny: Rise of Iron info, talk some Overwatch, and ponder whether Titanfall 2 will have more lasting appeal than its predecessor.
Episode 40: Ask Us Anything
Jul 28, 2016 • 92 min
Kirk and Jason reach into the mailbag and answer YOUR questions on today’s Q&A episode. We talk about NX/Scorpio/Neo, Overwatch, the nature of JRPGs, what it’s like to review games, and YouTube scandals, among many other things.
Episode 39: What Makes A Classic JRPG?
Jul 21, 2016 • 79 min
What makes a game qualify as a classic JRPG? What sort of attributes does it have? Just what makes the like of Final Fantasy VII and Chrono Trigger so special? Let’s break it down.
Episode 38: Final Fanservice
Jul 14, 2016 • 70 min
Kotaku vet Mike Fahey joins Jason to talk about Final Fantasy XIV, fanservice games, and 7th Dragon III Code VFD. He also tells the story of the time he wasn’t allowed to go to the Tokyo Game Show.
Episode 37: How To Build A PC
Jul 7, 2016 • 70 min
Just how hard is it to build your own gaming computer? Kirk and Jason discuss. Also covered: BoxBoxBoy, Zero Time Dilemma, and the power of thermal paste.
BONUS EPISODE: Game of Thrones Season 6 Finale
Jun 26, 2016 • 36 min
Kirk and Jason talk about season 6 of Game of Thrones. SPOILERS!!!
Episode 36: Overwatch Is Fun As Hell
Jun 23, 2016 • 72 min
In the wake of E3, the only big news Kirk and Jason really want to see is a Torbjorn nerf. Today we’re talking E3 recovery, Zelda, the power of Overwatch, and some of the other games we’re playing these days. Plus some bonus Game of Thrones talk!
E3 Day Three: So Many Final Fantasys
Jun 16, 2016 • 19 min
Jason recounts the things he saw during the third day of E3.
E3 Day Two: Zelda, Final Fantasy XV, Teraflops
Jun 15, 2016 • 26 min
Jason and Kirk talk about the first “real” day of E3.
E3 Day One: Microsoft, Ubisoft and Sony
Jun 14, 2016 • 45 min
Kirk and Jason talk about how Microsoft, Ubisoft and Sony did at their E3 press conferences.
E3 Day Zero: EA And Bethesda
Jun 13, 2016 • 21 min
Jason and Kirk talk about how EA and Bethesda did in their E3 press conferences.
Episode 35: Buckle Up For E3
Jun 8, 2016 • 57 min
Kirk and Jason go publisher by publisher and talk about what we can expect to see at next week’s E3 in LA.
Episode 34: Xbox Hank Scorpio
Jun 2, 2016 • 75 min
Kirk and Jason talk the upcoming Xbox Scorpio, Overwatch, and No Man’s Sky death threats. Plus: bonus Game of Thrones talk!
Episode 33: Charting Uncharted 4
May 19, 2016 • 60 min
New theme song! Welcome to Splitscreen 90210. Kirk’s back for another delightful episode and to talk about Uncharted 4, Doom, and how goddamn ridiculous 2016 has been for video games so far.
Episode 32: ‘Censorship’ And Localization
May 12, 2016 • 62 min
Former XSEED editor Jessica Chavez is here to talk about the localization/’censorship’ debate. We also geek out about JRPGs, talk Trails, and get some behind-the-scenes stories of what it’s like to bring games from Japan to U.S. shores.
Episode 31: Talking Games Journalism
May 5, 2016 • 84 min
Patrick “Scoops” Klepek and Jason “Press Sneak Fuck” Schreier tag-team for this deep dive into what it’s like to report on video games. This week’s episode digs into some of the stories behind some of our favorite scoops on PS4.5, Destiny, and much more.
Episode 30: Nintendo Is Bumming Us Out
Apr 28, 2016 • 73 min
The NX is coming in just under a year, but Nintendo has lost a lot of goodwill with their biggest fans. For Wii U owners, including both Kirk and Jason, it’s hard not to feel burned. Let’s talk about it. Also: Dark Souls III, Hitman, and our hopes for…
Episode 29: 80-Hour Work Weeks
Apr 21, 2016 • 77 min
When is “crunch” OK in the game industry? How can it be avoided? Veteran game producer Matthew Burns joins Kirk and Jason to talk about the human cost that goes into making video games. Also: The Division, Disgaea 5, NBA 2K16, and… a Dark Souls MMORPG?
Episode 28: A Taste Of Final Fantasy XV
Apr 14, 2016 • 83 min
Will Final Fantasy XV live up to expectations? We don’t know, but we’re optimistic! Join a very sick Kirk and Jason for some JRPG talk, some Destiny talk, some Dark Souls 3 talk, and the best vomit story you’ll hear this week.
Episode 27: It’s Like Jazz, Man
Apr 7, 2016 • 67 min
Kirk is joined by game designer Chris Remo to talk about music, games, and late 90s Counter-Strike tips.
Episode 26: No Crying In Virtual Reality
Apr 1, 2016 • 72 min
Kirk is joined by Kotaku editor in chief Stephen Totilo, filling in for Jason, who is currently sitting on a beach somewhere playing Vita games. Stephen and Kirk talk about new video games, new gaming controversies, and what it’s like to have a bucket of…
Episode 25: The Future Of Gaming Hardware
Mar 24, 2016 • 80 min
Kirk is back from GDC, where all everyone could talk about was VR. Jason’s still pretty skeptical, though. Is VR really going to take off? Also: PS4.5, NX, and The Division, followed by some Gamer Rage at Nintendo for making us buy the same Virtual…
Episode 24: The Year In StarCraft II
Mar 17, 2016 • 68 min
It’s a very special No-Kirk episode as Blizzard’s Tim Morten joins Jason to talk about the future of StarCraft. Just what’s going to happen in the upcoming Nova expansion for SC2? And what else is coming throughout 2016 for the sci-fi RTS game? FIND OUT!
Episode 23: Tim Schafer
Mar 10, 2016 • 67 min
Double Fine boss Tim Schafer joins Splitscreen to talk about his PILES AND PILES of money. Plus: how Day of the Tentacle holds up today, what it’s like inside the LucasArts barn, and some Real Talk about the relationships between journalists and game…
Episode 22: Rachel Bloom: From YouTube Star To Golden Globe Winner
Mar 4, 2016 • 70 min
On today’s SUPER-OFF-TOPIC episode, TV star Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) joins Jason and Kirk to talk about what it’s like to create and star in her own TV show, make it big in Hollywood, and win a Golden Globe. Also: sex jokes! And maybe even some…
Episode 21: Kirk Loves Anime Girls
Feb 25, 2016 • 68 min
Kirk is playing Fire Emblem, which means one thing and one thing only: ANIME WAIFUS. Also, Jason’s back to talk about Final Fantasy XIV and Destiny 2. Then we dive into some reader questions and give some tips to all the aspiring journalists out there.
Episode 20: Playing All The Wrong Games
Feb 18, 2016 • 46 min
Jason’s off this week, so Kotaku EIC Stephen Totilo steps in to chat with Kirk about the ups and downs of playing too many video games. They talk a lot about open world game design, and Kirk tries and fails to remember the name of the Game Boy game…
Episode 19: Hot Take Corner
Feb 11, 2016 • 62 min
Introducing our new feature: HOT TAKE CORNER. Kotaku’s Nathan Grayson joins Kirk and Jason to talk XCOM 2, Fire Emblem, Dying Light, and our big Hot Take of the week: Half-Life 3 is never coming out!!!
Episode 18: Tom Clancy’s The Witness
Feb 4, 2016 • 72 min
Has The Division’s beta piqued our interest? Just what makes The Witness so good? And what’s it been like to run Kotaku for the past four years? EIC Stephen Totilo is here to answer all those questions and MORE, including the biggest question of all: Why…
Episode 17: Big Predictions For 2016
Jan 28, 2016 • 67 min
It’s contest time! The rules: In this episode, Kirk and Jason have to each make 12 predictions for 2016. At the end of the year, we’ll revisit them all, and whoever got the most right will get a free steak dinner from the loser. Also in this episode:…
Episode 16: The Great Destiny Malaise
Jan 22, 2016 • 64 min
Things are depressing in the hardcore Destiny community these days, which means there’s lots for Kirk and Jason to talk about! Join us as we discuss The Great Destiny Malaise as well as the charming Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, the indie gem Oxenfree, and…
Episode 15: Learning To Love Speedrunning
Jan 14, 2016 • 56 min
Resident aussie Luke Plunkett is here to talk about everything from Assassin’s Creed to Arkham Knight. Also: Jason tries to talk everyone into loving speedrunning, Kirk discusses Kotaku’s big new review changes, and we try to figure out who’s going to…
Episode 14: The Year That A Lot Of VR Headsets Come Out
Jan 7, 2016 • 57 min
Is this the Year of VR or just The Year That A Lot Of VR Headsets Come Out? Join Kirk and Jason as they discuss the future of virtual reality in the wake of news that Oculus Rift will be five hundred and ninety-nine U.S. dollars. Also: Assassin’s Creed…
Episode 13: Every Single Game* Of 2015
Dec 31, 2015 • 124 min
As 2015 comes to a close, it’s time to talk Games of the Year! And by talk Games of the Year we mean talk about every single game released in 2015. Come join Kirk and Jason for a look back at an entire year’s worth of video games, month by month: January…
Episode 12: The Kojima Awakens
Dec 18, 2015 • 49 min
Kotaku’s Evan “Mr. Style” Narcisse is here to chat with Kirk and Jason about what we want to see next from former pachinko star Hideo Kojima. We also talk about Star Wars: The Force Gets Up — NO SPOILERS! — and the importance of video game preservation.
Episode 11: Let’s Remake Final Fantasy VII
Dec 14, 2015 • 70 min
Will the Final Fantasy VII remake be any good? WILL IT HAVE A WORLD MAP? Kirk and Jason are here in this “bonus” episode to dissect what Square has revealed so far about the upcoming remake of their beloved dating simulator. Other topics include exclusive…
Episode 10: Too Many Video Games
Dec 4, 2015 • 88 min
The hardest thing about working in games media these days? Too many damn games. In this action-packed episode of Splitscreen, Kirk and Jason talk Final Fantasy XIV, Just Cause 3, Fallout 4, Cibelle, and all the other video games we just don’t have time to…
Episode 9: Fallout 4 Extravaganza Part 2
Nov 20, 2015 • 60 min
The more you play Fallout 4, the more it grows on you. Last week’s extravaganza wasn’t enough, so Kirk and Jason are back to talk a lot more about Bethesda’s latest. Also: blacklisting, StarCraft, and which JRPG Kirk should play first, Trails in the Sky…
Episode 8: Fallout 4 Extravaganza
Nov 13, 2015 • 51 min
Fallout 4? Fallout 4. Kotaku’s Patricia Hernandez joins Kirk and Jason for an all-Fallout podcast extravaganza. We talk about our adventures in the wasteland, the never-ending parade of bugs, and how this game would be so much better if you could make…
Episode 7: The Worst Game Marketing Ever
Nov 6, 2015 • 67 min
Superstar writer and developer Matthew Burns (Halo, Call of Duty, Destiny) is here telling tales and talking to Kirk and Jason about the worst marketing moves in video game history. We also discuss Activision’s $5.9 billion Candy Crush acquisition, Trails…
Episode 6: What It’s Really Like To Work At Kotaku
Oct 30, 2015 • 65 min
Time for some inside baseball! On this very special episode of Splitscreen, Kirk and Jason talk about what it’s like to work for the well-known Destiny fan-site Kotaku dot com. Also: Nintendo going mobile, reader questions, and why Kirk has no personal…
Episode 5: Spilling Secrets
Oct 22, 2015 • 64 min
Portal designer Kim Swift joins Kirk and Jason to spill ALL her secrets about what she’s doing at Amazon. We also talk about our behind-the-scenes Destiny story, the visual novel Danganronpa, and whether horses are more dangerous than cars.
Episode 4: The Best Mario Maker Player Ever
Oct 15, 2015 • 61 min
Kotaku’s Patrick Klepek joins Kirk and Jason to talk about video game streaming, fan projects, and the quest to beat the hardest Mario Maker levels online.
Kotaku SplitScreen Episode 3: When Should You Back A Kickstarter?
Oct 9, 2015 • 50 min
Kirk and Jason talk about the ups and downs of Kickstarter, discuss the new Uncharted Collection for PS4, and talk about Destiny’s new raid. They also break down some must-play JRPGs.
Kotaku SplitScreen Episode 2: Destiny Director Luke Smith
Sep 25, 2015 • 59 min
Kirk and Jason talk to Luke Smith, creative director of Destiny: The Taken King.
Kotaku SplitScreen Episode 1
Sep 11, 2015 • 44 min
This is Episode 1 of Kotaku SplitScreen, a new video podcast brought to you by Jason Schreier and Kirk Hamilton. In this pilot episode, we talk about Metal Gear Solid V, Final Fantasy VI, and what we’d do with the Assassin’s Creed franchise. We also…