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This Week In Games

This Week in Games or TWiG is a weekly videogaming news podcast, regularly hosted every Saturday by Jason "LordKaT" Pullara and Michael "Skitch" Schiciano, with occasional guest hosts.

Recorded live on Saturday afternoons, TWiG recalls the previous week in gaming and the gaming industry and offers opinion, insight and speculation into the developments in and around the gaming world. The show is often around the one hour mark and does not follow a set structure, but is led by a handful of topics for the guests to discuss. The podcast ends with guests examining the following week's releases in games.

Indie Games of the Week - a recurring segment in which a stand-out indie game is picked to showcase the talents of smaller developers - has now been turned into its own short videocast.

Episode list

# Episode name IGoTw Details Date
0. April 1, 2007
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none  The Very 1st Video Podcast only on YouTube. Talks about Take2 Productions's Replacing their CEO, Mario and Sonic Working together?, the Wii has Huge sales! and finally, the PSP has a price drop of $30. 2007-04-011 April 2007
0.5. April 8, 2007
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none  2007 Game Releases, MTV and Harmonix join together to make Rock Band 1. In Europe PS3 have plummeted 82% in sales. Wii and Xbox 360 have started to compete in sales. Peter Molyneux is knighted and FBI is investigating Second Life for Virtual Gambling Laws. 2007-04-088 April 2007
1. All About E3
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none  Nintendo is crowned the "winner" of E3, with big announcements, while Sony and Microsoft phone it in. Are you at all surprised? Enjoy the first official episode of TWIG. 2010-06-1919 June 2010
2. JewWario & E3
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Desktop Dungeons  JewWario joins in to talk about his personal experience at e3, lauding Nintendo's performance, on this episode of TWIG. 2010-06-2626 June 2010
3. The Summertime Blues
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Space Disposal  Summertime is here, but major game releases aren't - it's a lack of a gaming industry. 2010-07-033 July 2010
4. What Gaming Industry?
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Faultline  The Summertime continues - the hurting videogame industry isn't doing well in the recession. 2010-07-1717 July 2010
5. Microsoft's Money
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Nation Of Reincars  Microsoft's annual earnings reports are enough to bring awe - even through these harsh economic times. 2010-07-2424 July 2010
6. Money Makers
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Digital: A Love Story  Microtransactions and release-day DLC leave a hole in your wallet that leads directly to game companies' coffers. 2010-07-3131 July 2010
7. Number Crunching
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Dot Order Tie  Sales and earnings are up for big companies like Activision Blizzard, and an unexpected valuation for OnLive. 2010-08-077 August 2010
8. Madden Madness
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Cat Poke  LordKaT talks about wasting $60,- on Madden 11 - the most heinous money making game of the year. 2010-08-1414 August 2010
9. Playstation Piracy
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Liferaft Zero  Sony may be in trouble in the latest in their long fight against piracy - the PS3 has been cracked and compromised. 2010-08-2121 August 2010
10. Buyer Bitchslap
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Momodora  Used games and whether they harm publishers or show the actual value of the game. 2010-08-2828 August 2010
11. Industry Insanity
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Radiangames Inferno  The video game industry continues to show that it has no idea what it is doing and is pushing technologies that are only temporary. 2010-09-044 September 2010
12. Industry & Law
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Artifact  Apple is allowing third party dev tools, Zynga is Evil and other social developers are uniting, Madden 2011 still sucks. 2010-09-1111 September 2010
13. Cascode
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Cascode  type here 2010-09-1818 September 2010
14. A Giant Hoax
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Give Up, Robot  LordKat and Skitch talk about GOG's Marketing scheme (Pretending to shut down) and see if it was actually effective. 2010-09-2525 September 2010
15. Cold Feet
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Gigadeep  type here 2010-10-099 October 2010
16. Rage Quit
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Super Mind Dungeon  26 million (1%) of Square Enix's stocks was sold because of Final Fantasy XIV sucking. LordKat and Skitch elaborate why this happened. 2010-10-1616 October 2010
17. Marz Attacks
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Super Crate Box  MarzGurl joins the podcast to defend Final Fantasy XIV 2010-10-2323 October 2010
18. Industry Change
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Brainsplode!  Executives of Gaming are resigning, Video Game companies are increasing profit and The Kinect is a Jerk! and we discuss this and more in This Week In Games! 2010-10-3030 October 2010
19. Supreme Decisions
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The Machine  Coldguy returns to talk with Lordkat about The recent court case "Schwarzenegger v. EMA" and tries to analyze both sides as well as how the gaming media may be bias towards this case. 2010-11-066 November 2010
20. Fireballs
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Fireball  Coldguy joins up with Skitch and LordKaT to discuss an SMU professor's stance on violence in video games, the sales dichotomy of various gaming companies within Japan, and further speculation on the 3DS. 2010-11-1313 November 2010
21. Tight Margins
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Magnight  A Foursome ( Lordkat, Skitch, Coldguy, and Rollo T ) join up to talk about the VGAs and how insignificant it is. Also, a UK Minster proposes [using absurd evidence] that Counterstrike makes people go on killing sprees, and Does Gamestop actually profit from their games? All this and more on This Week In Games! 2010-11-2020 November 2010
22. Marz Attacks II
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Bitejacker by Secret Base  MarzGurl is back again! Jack Thompson (a special level of derp!) and discussion of Final Fantasy 13-2 (run for your lives) ensues in this episode of This Week In Games. 2011-01-2222 January 2011
23. Now in High Definition!
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Hack Slash Crawl  So it seems MarzGurl is with the crew fo realz. The trio talk about the new portable system Sony wants to push out (the NGP) and a strange project by Nintendo named... well, you'll have to see, on this episode of This Week In Games. 2011-01-2929 January 2011
24. Hax, Business, and Law
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Epic City Builder  Oh, Sony - why so funny? More news on the NGP (NAME IT SOMETHING ELSE), PS3 Rootkits, Onlive, and other shenanigans on this episode of This Week In Games. 2011-02-055 February 2011
25. Special Guest Lord Garland
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Dromad  The developer from the previous week's IGOTW, Andrew (Lord Garland) joins the podcast and talks over some of the development processes of his game and how to best utilize Flash and Flash portals. He and the guys discuss other issues as well on this special episode of This Week In Games. 2011-02-1212 February 2011
26. Bad Chicken
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Ninja Senki  Another episode with a guest (on video, now much more feasible due to improved stream qualities); this episode interviews Jordan Brandt of Bad Chicken, creator of the Chicken Stick, a Wii accessory for motion-tracking golf games that is an improvement on many previous models made by other companies. Hope you're hungry - this is a tasty episode of This Week In Games. 2011-02-1919 February 2011
27. We're GDC Bound!
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none   2011-02-2626 February 2011
28. GDC/PAX Mid-week Special
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Tower of Heaven  After this show, IGotW became its own show Indie Games of the Week. 2011-03-099 March 2011
29. with Michael Hayes
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none   2011-03-1919 March 2011
30. 03/26/11
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none   2011-03-2626 March 2011
31. SOE Sorry
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none   2011-04-022 April 2011
32. 04/09/11
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none   2011-04-099 April 2011
33. Special Guest Mark Leung
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none   2011-04-1616 April 2011
34. PSN Woes
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none   2011-04-2323 April 2011
35. Called It!
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none   2011-04-3030 April 2011
36. Sony: Part 3
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none   2011-05-077 May 2011
37. Skype Sniping
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none   2011-05-1414 May 2011
38. Social Bubble
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none   2011-05-2121 May 2011
39. Stocks!
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none   2011-05-2828 May 2011
40. Diamonds!
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none   2011-06-044 June 2011
41. Post-E3 Wrap Up
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none   2011-06-1111 June 2011
42. Devkits GET!
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none   2011-06-1818 June 2011
43. Free to Play
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none   2011-06-2525 June 2011
44. IPOville
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none   2011-07-022 July 2011
45. The Mobile Future
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none   2011-07-099 July 2011
46. PopCap Buyout
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none   2011-07-1616 July 2011
47. Nintendo Lacks Vision?
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none   2011-07-2323 July 2011
48. Nintendo's 3Disaster
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none   2011-07-3030 July 2011
49. The Mobile Debate
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none   2011-08-066 August 2011
50. Rovio, My Rovio
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none   2011-08-1313 August 2011
51. No D&D for Atari
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none  GameStop apologizes for removing the OnLive coupons from copies of DeusEx, Zynga has proposed an unprecedented stock option for their IPO, and Minecraft isn't being sold through Valve's Steam service due to ToS issues. 2011-08-2020 August 2011
52. GameStop's Offer
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none  The 3DS's price drop has cause a great increase in sales with 200,000 being sold in 4 days, GameStop's profits are down but their digital sales surge by nearly 70%, and Hasbro has finally wrestled control of the D&D license away from Atari. 2011-09-033 September 2011
53. Revenue Streams
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none  Phillip Reisberger criticized both Valve and EA's approach to premium content, Facebook's revenue has been rumoured to have doubled to $1.6 billion, and Steam trading has left beta. 2011-09-1010 September 2011
54. Tokyo Games Show
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none  Nintendo stock price plummeted after their conference despite announcing a large line-up of games, Sony announced a lot of PlayStation Vita details at the TGS, and US retailer GameStop is releasing their own Android Tablet 2011-09-1717 September 2011
55. Zynga, Please!
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none   2011-09-2424 September 2011
56. Jamey DeOrio
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none   2011-10-011 October 2011
57. It Begins...
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none   2011-10-088 October 2011
58. Zynga IPO?
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none   2011-10-1515 October 2011
59. Duckbagels
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none  (:V) 2011-10-2222 October 2011
60. Financials and Gay Bashing
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none   2011-10-3030 October 2011
61. Financial Turbulence
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none   2011-11-055 November 2011
62. Steam Hacked
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none   2011-11-1212 November 2011
63. 11/19/11
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none   2011-11-1919 November 2011
64. Black Friday
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none   2011-11-2626 November 2011
65. Holiday Sales
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none   2011-12-033 December 2011
66. Proton Jon
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none   2011-12-1010 December 2011
67. Rovio is Insane
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none   2011-12-1717 December 2011
68. Christmas 2011
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none   2011-12-2424 December 2011
69. 2012
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none   2011-12-3131 December 2011
70. Back from MAGFest X!
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none   2012-01-1414 January 2012
71. Zynga's Hard Future
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none   2012-01-2121 January 2012
72. Financial Mess
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none   2012-02-044 February 2012
73. Double Fine
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none   2012-02-1111 February 2012
74. Vita Vitals
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none   2012-02-1818 February 2012
75. Breaking Records
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none   2012-02-2525 February 2012
76. Under Pressure
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none   2012-03-033 March 2012
77. 03/10/12
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none   2012-03-1010 March 2012
78. Post-GDC Wrapup
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none   2012-03-1717 March 2012
79. 03/24/12
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none   2012-03-2424 March 2012
80. 03/31/12
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none   2012-03-3131 March 2012
81. 04/14/12
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none   2012-04-1414 April 2012
82. Brent Weeks
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none  With special guest, Brent Weeks, author of the Night Angel trilogy and The Black Prism. Follow him on Twitter, @brentweeks! 2012-04-2121 April 2012
83. Nintendo's Record Loss
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none   2012-04-2929 April 2012
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