Staring At Screens.



Here on Staring at Screens we look at the bright, pretty lights that make up our video games. Also, we like to talk about them from a critical, mature and often giggly perspective.


  • 55. Easter Eggs

    21/04/2014 Duración: 49min

    Happy Easter, everyone! In this week's episode, Lisa tells us a really bad joke inspired by Kami, Vick evaluates the story of Max Payne 3 and the mechanics of Disco Zoo, and Joel plays Guild Wars 2 and the sixth and final Layton game, Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy. Also Dave sleeps through the entire recording. Inspired by Jim Crawford's GDC talk on Preserving a Sense of Discovery in the Age of Spoilers, we embark on a trip down memory lane as we talk through a few of the Easter Eggs and rumors (true or false) that we know of from our gaming history. Spoiler alert. If you know of any interesting Easter Eggs or glitches (?) in any game you've played, tell us about them via email or Twitter. Music: Disco Zoo OST

  • 54.5. Interactive Games

    11/04/2014 Duración: 08min

    During the break Dave, Lisa and Jim shared their experiences with some experimental IRL interactive games. we're not even sure what to call these collectively, but if they are playing near where you live you should definitely check them out. Except for Her Things they should still be playing. Escape From The Time Travel Lab and other Real Escape Games Her Things: An Interactive Real Estate Sale Sleep No More

  • 54. Crowd Displeaser

    02/04/2014 Duración: 52min

    This week we’re joined by the mercurial Jim Crawford aka Twinbeard of Frog Fractions fame, and he’s been playing Skyrim and Rockband and Hungry Cat Picross; during the recording Lisa plays Doge 2048, a clone of a Threes clone; Joel goes low-fi with the Blackwell series of point and click adventure games; and Dave tells us about the Experimental Games Workshop at GDC and Bounden (watch the video on their site and you'll get it immediately). For this week's discussion we had a chat with Jim about the Frog Fractions 2 Kickstarter (that you should totally back right now) and his adventures in crowdfunding. Inevitably we also discussed Facebook's $2b acquisition of Oculus and pontificate about their nefarious(?) plans for VR technology. If you have any questions for Jim you can tweet @mogwai_poet and as always if you'd like to write in to us you can do so via email or Twitter.  Music: Jim Crawford - Pond Life (Frog Fractions OST)

  • 53.5. Talking Titanfall

    25/03/2014 Duración: 10min

    So during our last recording some of us (we're not naming names) may have gotten a little carried away chatting with our friend Chin the bigshot AAA game developer about their latest game and what they're working on next. The resulting conversation didn't quite make it into the final cut of the episode, but we present it here for your edification. Let us know if you like what you hear.

  • 53. Game, I Am Disappoint

    20/03/2014 Duración: 53min

    This week we are joined by Chin from Respawn Entertainment (you may have heard of them) and he talks to us about Titanfall and Dota 2; Joel completes his first Legend of Zelda game: A Link Between Worlds and introduces the very forgiving Yoshi's New Island; Lisa gets started on Autumn Dynasty Warlords (made in Singapore, baby!); and Vick beats down people and slugs in Only One. In other news, we discuss games that disappointed us and try to figure out where they failed to meet our expectations. You know who you are. That's right, we're looking at you, Simcity (2013), Metal Gear Solid 2 & 4, Mirror's Edge, Alphabets, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Fable: The Journey and others. Got a game that disappointed you? Tell us what and why by dropping us an email or a tweet.

  • 52. Being Difficult

    15/03/2014 Duración: 46min

    Jed from OMGeek joins us this week and he tells us about The Blackwell Legacy; Lisa catches the Threes bug from Dave; Vick finds a new way to enjoy music in Song Blaster; and Joel picks up Dragon Age: Origins from where he left off in 2009 and starts The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. This week we discuss some memorably difficult games and try to expound on the appeal of deliberately (or accidentally) difficult games. Along the way we talk about Codestorm, Flappybird, Dark Souls, Devil May Cry, Battletoads (ARGHH) and many more! Got a difficult game you want to talk about? How hard-boiled are you? Tell us by dropping us an  email or a tweet.

  • 51. Erotic Fanfiction

    28/02/2014 Duración: 36min

    In our most explicit episode ever, Lisa treats us to a sampling of the salacious video game fanfiction she's been reading. (Why, Lisa, WHY??) It's our Valentine's Day episode, so we're humoring her. Be warned, you may need ear bleach afterwards. Definitely don't listen to this episode with your parents within earshot. But before that Joel talks about Broken Age Part 1 and Bravely Default: Flying Fairy, and Dave and Joel gush about the Titanfall Beta. If you have any erotic video game fanfiction to share, keep that shit to yourself. Feel free to email or tweet us for anything else though.

  • 49.5 GDC Advice

    27/01/2014 Duración: 07min

    This one's for all you developers out there. In this half-episode, Chin gives Dave some advice on what to do in preparation for attending GDC for the first time. If anyone is going to GDC 2014 and would like to meet up, please write to us at and we'll work something out!

  • 49. New Years Resolutions 2014

    17/01/2014 Duración: 52min

    We're back! Welcome to 2014! Chin (y'know, from Respawn?) tells us about playing Jet Set Radio Future and Strike Suit Zero during his company-mandated end-of-year break. Joel's been… kinda free, evidently. He talks about overdosing on Batman games, indie darlings Papers, Please! and Starbound, and 22Cans' purportedly 41%-done Godus. This week we talk about our gaming-related resolutions and goals for the new year. Take a listen and find out what we're looking forward to in 2014. Obligatory name-dropping follows: Ultra Street Fighter 4, Evolve, The Witness, Titanfall, GTA V, Watchdogs, and Bravely Default. Got a game you're looking forward to in 2014 or a gaming-related resolution to share? Write to us at or tweet us @StaringScreens. Stay tuned for episode 49.5 next week and an important announcement for the 50th episode soon after that!  Music: Curtis Schweitzer - Starbound Complete OST: Epsilon Indi

  • 48.5. To Be or To Date?

    26/12/2013 Duración: 10min

    That is the question. In which Lisa reveals her ornithophilic tendencies and we discuss various other salacious things. That's right, folks, only Staring At Screens dares to ask the hard questions!! This will be our last episode for the year, but we'll be back fairly soon! So in case we don't get to wish you, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Kung Hei Fatt Choy. Okay just kidding, we're not gonna be gone that long. See you in 2014!

  • 48. GOTY 2013

    20/12/2013 Duración: 50min

    Dave finally gets a break from school and he wastes no time getting into Starbound; Lisa tells us about the cute eShop game Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo; and Joel bashes through his backlog with Kirby's Epic Yarn and Stacking. This week we talk about our personal Games of The Year for 2013. If you've been following this podcast closely you shouldn't be too surprised. Join the gang as we look back at an interesting year for Video Games. If you have any thoughts about our choices or if you'd like to let us know what your picks for GOTY are, send us an email at or tweet us @StaringScreens. Music: Stacking OST - Frédéric Chopin - Mazurka in B flat major Op. 7 No. 1

  • 47.5. On "Ugly Boy Games"

    16/12/2013 Duración: 03min

    Here is the promised half-episode! See the obligatory pic of a titan and a pilot tiptoeing around a field? Also, you heard it here first: Titanfall pastel skins DLC in 2014!! (Unconfirmed.)

  • 47. Paradigm Shift

    11/12/2013 Duración: 53min

    This week Joel gets his ass kicked by the dead and undead in Guacamelee! Gold Edition and State of Decay, Lisa talks about the prototype games she's played at the CMU ETC Building Virtual Worlds Fall 2013 Festival namely Last Egg and Sherlock: Who or What Killed The Butler, and our special guest Chin from Respawn Entertainment (you've probably heard of them) tells us about Titanfall (but of course) and Payday 2. Stick around for the topic of the week where we discuss the paradigm shift from player to developer and pick the brains of industry insiders to learn more about the glitz and glamour of making video games. (Spoiler alert: it's not all fun and games. Actually no, it is all games, just maybe not quite what you're expecti— you know what, just listen to what they have to say.) Got a question for our panel? Want to know what it's like to work in the Video Game industry? Ask us by tweeting us @StaringScreens or writing in to Music: Jesper Kyd - State of Decay OST: Civilization F

  • 46. Old New

    07/12/2013 Duración: 01h19s

    We're back after an unplanned month-long hiatus! What've we been up to besides work and life? Well, this week we update each other about our lives. Joel's been playing (among other things) The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, Pokemon X & Y, and State of Decay; Lisa's moved to the US and discovered new oldskool in the form of Dark Escape 4D and Tiny Death Star; despite Dave's busy-ness (making games, doncha know) he's managed to play some GTA V and Clicking Bad; and Vick's been in the US spending time with her iPad in Symphonica and Ready Steady Bang. We're back! Talk to us! We've missed you! Tweet us @StaringScreens or write to us at Also, astute listeners may have noticed that this is actually last week's episode. We had some technical problems so it's really late. As an apology, look out for a full episode (this week's!) in the next few days!

  • 45.5 On Warriors Orochi 3

    15/11/2013 Duración: 05min

    No Episode this week, friends, but here's the promised half-episode where Dave, Eric and Joel wax lyrical about Warriors Orochi 3 character names and designs. We'll be back with more next week!

  • 45. The Price Is Right

    08/11/2013 Duración: 01h04min

    In our most G-rated episode in a while (read: all boys) Eric beats up Dave's ancestors in Warriors Orochi 3, Joel talks about mangled Japanese culture in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destines, and we all weigh in on the incredible chimera that is Mercenary Kings. This week we talk about gamers' expectations of the price of games. Along the way we touch on some fairly meaty topics: Digital Distribution, Free-to-Play monetization and Steam Sales. Got something to say about this? How much are you willing to pay for your games? Tell us on Twitter @StaringScreens or write to us at HUGE episode this week guys, but stay tuned for a bonus half-episode to be posted later this week! Music: Patrice Bourgeault - Mercenary Kings OST - Jungle 1 Links: Sony explains why PS4 will cost $1,845 in Brazil Extra Credits on games in Brazil Errata: Mercenary Kings is currently in Steam Early Access is not technically alpha, but open-beta. In April 2013 Forbes reported that Supercell makes $2.

  • 44. Harroween

    31/10/2013 Duración: 45min

    In our most frightening episode yet, Vick eats peanut butter with a spoon (ew); special guest Junch (The Big Gap) tells us about Fire Emblem: Awakening, GTA Online, and Sir, You Are Being Hunted; Lisa talks about Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Kingdom Rush Frontiers; and Joel tells us about Pokemon Amie in Pokemon X and Y and The Stanley Parable. The topic for this week is Gaming Nightmares. Steel yourself, Dear Listener, for harrowing tales from our collective gaming histories. These are not for the faint of heart; you have been warned! Got a scary story you'd like to share? Tweet us @StaringScreens or write to us at 

  • 43. Exploding Ovaries

    24/10/2013 Duración: 54min

    Before you listen to this episode, watch this trailer. We're serious. Go on, GET! Welcome back. On this week's episode, Vick's Xbox finally sees some action in the form of Max Payne 3, Lisa demonstrates her vastly superior intellect in Har•mo•ny, and Joel geeks out about Pokémon X only to receive a tepid response. (PHILISTINES!) This week we bravely go where no game publication has dared go before and ask the uncomfortable question: "What makes a game cute?" Gird your loins, ladies, as we namedrop Kirby's Epic Yarn, Nimblebit games, Orisinal: Morning Sunshine, Nintendogs, and Pokémon (but of course) and many more. Questions? Comments? Tweet us @StaringScreens or write to us

  • 42. Oculus Rift 101

    17/10/2013 Duración: 45min

    On this week's thrilling episode, Eric is back(!) and he tells us about replaying Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game, getting DMC: Devil May Cry on sale and his latest obsession: Just Dance 2014. Dave too is back(!) and he tells us about what he's been up to lately in the Carnegie Mellon University ETC (read: not playing video games). Joel is… still here(…) and against all conventional wisdom he goes full-Nintendo with Pokémon X, Lego City Undercover and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. In the second segment we talk about the Oculus Rift and the kinds of games we'd like to see on the platform. Along the way we name drop Hawken, Titanfall, Eurotruck Simulator, Just Dance 2015, Saints Row IV, AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! for the Awesome, Gone Home, and the Virtuix Omni treadmill. If you have questions or comments you can tweet us @StaringScreens or write to us at Errata: The game we're actually thinking of at the 4:30 mark is River Valley Rendang River City Ransom. Sigh. The

  • 41. Vintage Games Vol. 2

    07/10/2013 Duración: 01h01min

    On this week's episode, Joel and Vick are joined by Stephanie aka UbiSpectre from Ubisoft and we talk about Ghost Recon Online, Year Walk, Tropico 4 and Lego City Undercover.  Later on we go through some old games and try to decide if they are vintage or antiques. On the way we mention the Megaman and Megaman X games, both old and new Karateka, Theme Hospital, Chrono Trigger, The Legend of Zelda games, Final Fantasy 7, Planescape Torment, The Prince of Persia and many more! Join us on our trip down memory lane by tweeting us @StaringScreens or writing to us at Let us hear about your well/poorly aged games! Links: Sequelitis: Mega Man Classic vs. Mega Man X All Philips CD-i Legend of Zelda cutscenes. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. Music:  Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra - Fuego de Pasion (featured in Tropico 4)

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