“A Growing Individualistic Power” with Colin Moriarty

Colin Moriarty dives into his origins of writing walkthroughs and FAQs before the rise of video. Max and Colin then explore the history and development patterns behind Naughty Dog before the imminent release of The Last of Us Part I.

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Welcome

Starting out with FAQs

The True Guide Era of IGN

Trophy Guides

Rising to Greatness and the Loss of Long-form Writing

What Happened to Part V of Rising to Greatness?

The Origins of The Last of Us Part I

PlayStation Studios’ Pattern

Factions 2

Wrap-Up


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Max’s Twitter @MaxRoberts143

Last Stand Media

Colin’s Twitter @notaxation

“Absolute Absurdity” with Logan Moore

It is that magical time in the Summer where Max Roberts and Logan Moore get together to predict E3/Summer Games Fest.

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Welcome

The Other Podcast – Chapter Select

E3 is Dead, Long Live E3

PlayStation Predictions

E3 2022 – Xbox Predictions

  • Logan’s Xbox Predictions
    1. Starfield gets a trailer at Summer Games Fest then gameplay at Xbox showcase with no new date.
    2. Jedi Survivor gameplay is revealed.
    3. A Fable trailer with gameplay premieres.
    4. Wolfenstein 3 is officially announced and revealed.
    5. Three new first party games are announced.
  • Max’s Xbox Predictions
    1. Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is shown on Xbox’s stage.
    2. A Banjo-Kazooie game is announced.
    3. A Game Pass streaming stick device is revealed.
    4. The Indiana Jones game is shown off.
    5. The Last Night reemerges.

E3 2022 – PlayStation Predictions

  • Logan’s PlayStation Predictions
    1. God of War: Ragnaök gets September 2022 launch date announced before June ends.
    2. The Last of Us Remake confirmed and Factions will be packaged with it. The game won’t be announced until September.
    3. A new Sly Cooper game is announced. It is a reboot.
    4. A new Infamous game featuring Cole is revealed.
    5. Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is shown on PlayStation’s stage.
  • Max’s PlayStation Predictions
    1. Half-Life Alyx is coming to PS VR2.
    2. A major title gets a day and date launch on PC.
    3. Insomniac announces a PS VR2 game.
    4. Death Stranding 2 gets a whacky Kojima trailer.
    5. Sony announces local PS3 emulation on PS5.

E3 2022 – Nintendo Predictions

  • Logan’s Nintendo Predictions
    1. The sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild gameplay shown off, but still no official title.
    2. Bayonetta 3 is delayed to 2023.
    3. Shigeru Miyamoto reveals the first trailer for the Super Mario movie.
    4. A new Donkey Kong game finally revealed.
    5. Metroid Prime 4 is still nowhere to be found.
  • Max’s Nintendo Predictions
    1. Bayonetta 3 release date revealed: It is October 28, 2022.
    2. The next DLC pack for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is out “today!”
    3. Game Boy games/systems are announced for NSO.
    4. Hollow Knight: Silk Song actually shows up.
    5. Metroid Prime 4 gets a trailer.

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Chapter Select

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Logan’s Twitter @MooreMan12

“I Have It In My Contract to Write About Survivor” with Ricky Frech

Ricky Frech teaches Max about the wide world of sports video games and Survivor. Then the two compare their guide writing practices before swapping worst wiki experiences.

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DoubleXP Rebrand

How Guides Have Changed

The Toughest Guides

GameFAQs

Ricky Teaches Max about Sports Games

Survivor

Wrap-Up


Max Frequency

Chapter Select

Max’s Twitter @MaxRoberts143

Ricky’s Twitter @RickyFrech

“Go Back to Daddy Microsoft” with Tomas Franzese

Tomas Franzese joins the show to help digest the beefy $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard. We also chat about Tomas’s new job at DigitalTrends and discuss Hollywood tapping into the well of video game IP.

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The Halo Trailer

Tomas’s New Job at DigitalTrends

Microsoft buying Activision Blizzard

The IP and Game Pass

Wrap-Up


Max Frequency

Chapter Select

Max’s Twitter @MaxRoberts143

Tomas’s Twitter @TomasFranzese

“Twitter Tea Leaves” with Peter Spezia

Peter Spezia returns to the show to run through the September 2021 Nintendo Direct. Next month is jam-packed with releases, more Directs, and a new tier of Nintendo Switch Online. The fifth year of the Nintendo Switch is also shaping up to be one of its busiest and best. And of course, Seth Rogen is Donkey Kong.

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The Direct’s Opening

Kirby and the Forgotten Land

The Next Stretch

Nintendo Switch Online – N64 and Genesis

“Mario” Film Cast

“A 1,000 Labels Falling onto the Floor” with Philip Summers

Philip Summers from Hand-Drawn Game Guides joins the show to talk about his first and wildly successful Kickstarter. From Ninja Gaiden to Metroid, we chat about his approach to writing a guide, as well as drawing them! We also celebrate the return of Metroid during the series’ 35th anniversary.

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Hand-Drawn Game Guides Kickstarter

The Next Guide

“The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” with Jerrad Wyche

Jerrad Wyche celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with me. We chat about E3’s return in 2021 with a focus on Nintendo and Xbox. Metroid lives and Starfield has a release date before Halo Infinite. Like I said, it is the most wonderful time of the year.

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Welcome

Overall E3 2021 Impressions

Ubisoft’s Avatar and Star Wars

Death Stranding Director’s Cut

The Sequel to Breath of the Wild

  • Note: I did remember that Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks used the same assets, as well as A Link Between Worlds and Triforce Heroes. This is the first time for a major 3D Zelda release though, since Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask.

Metroid Dread

Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope

Starfield

Somerville

Wrap-Up

“My Sweet, Sweet Baby Nintendo” with Logan Moore

Logan Moore reunites with Max Roberts for the time-honored tradition of predicting E3. Before that, they chat about Logan’s new job at Comicbook.com and just why he loves the Dark Souls game so much.

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Chapter Select

Working in Video Game Journalism

What’s the Deal with Dark Souls?

Cross-Generational PlayStation Games

E3 2021 – PlayStation Predictions

  • Logan’s PlayStation Predictions
    • Spider-Man 2 is Revealed, Black Suit Spidey confirmed
    • BioShock 4 is revealed for the first time, no gameplay shown but the trailer reveals the location at the least
    • Half-Life: Alyx is announced for PSVR 2
    • Ghost of Tsushima 2 confirmed to be in development but it’s very, very far away
    • Konami IP appears, coming to PlayStation as an exclusive
  • Max’s PlayStation E3 Predictions
    • Sunset Overdrive comes to PS5
    • A mascot character returns
    • No new Horizon Forbidden West footage
    • Metal Gear Solid / Snake is in the showcase
    • Final Fantasy XVI gameplay and date

E3 2021 – Xbox Predictions

  • Logan’s Xbox Predictions
    • Halo Infinite multiplayer will be primarily highlighted, alpha/beta date revealed
    • A new Banjo game will finally be announced, being worked on by second party company
    • Battlefield 6 announced to release on Game Pass at launch
    • Wolfenstein 3 is teased, logo shown and that’s it 
    • Psychonauts 2 release date set for August 20th
  • Max’s Xbox E3 Predictions
    • Halo Infinite Beta – Today
    • Starfield only gets a trailer. No gameplay
    • Perfect Dark gameplay and release window announced
    • Bethesda shows off Indiana Jones gameplay
    • Microsoft announces an exclusive from a prominent Japanese developer

E3 2021 – Nintendo Predictions

  • Logan’s Nintendo Predictions
    • Switch Pro isn’t appearing at E3, at least not as a reveal
    • Breath of the Wild sequel will be shown but no release window given
    • Two Smash characters will be announced; Waluigi and Master Chief
    • New Metroid game is announced and Nintendo also comments on Metroid Prime 4’s development.
    • Bayonetta 3 is absolutely showing up
  • Max’s Nintendo Predictions
    • Breath of the Wild sequel shown off with no date
    • Doug Bowser and Bowser, The Koopa King appear on screen together
    • Mario Kart 9 is announced. Holiday 2021
    • New Metroid games do not make an appearance in the Direct
    • The GameCube makes an appearance.
    • 3D Donkey Kong returns

Announcing Chapter Select – A Seasonal Podcast with Logan Moore

Chapter Select is a season-based podcast. Myself and Logan Moore pick a series each season and play all its entries alongside guests. The twist is we play the first game and then the most recent game, bouncing back and forth until we meet in the middle; allowing us to explore a franchise’s design, legacy, and evolution.

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Chapter Select

“A Literal Golden Mine” with Alex O’Neill

No fancy interview this time, Alex O’Neill joins the show to assess how the new consoles are going and share his disappointments in The Last of Us Part II. Plus, we chat about why 100 hours in Persona doesn’t actually feel like 100 hours.

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Welcome

PAX 2019

Hosting Kinda Funny Games Daily

The Status of Next Gen / Current Gen

Alex’s Take on The Last of Us Part II

Wrap-Up

“That’s Why They Call Me a Podcast Killer” with Casey Liss

Casey Liss from ATP and Analog(ue) joins me this time on The Max Frequency Podcast. We chat about how preserving ones and zeros is harder than you may think, flying drones, and celebrating working for yourself. Then Casey asks me about my own joby job.

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Welcome

DJI Mini 2

Drive to Survive

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit

The Internet and Preservation

Three Years of being Independent

Building a Membership

Building iOS Apps

The Most Magical Place on Earth

Behind the Pixel – Alex O’Neill – How He Created His Own Gaming Site and Podcast

Part of creating The Max Frequency Podcast was to restore all the episodes of Behind the Pixel, an interview show I did in 2017 for seven episodes. These will be mixed into this feed so that the show can live on podcast services once more. Below are the original show notes, with some light editing. I hope you enjoy.
 

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“The Archie Comic Cinematic Universe” with Michael Ruiz

Micahel Ruiz joins me to talk about our shared love of teen angst in media, including our thoughts on Emily is Away <3. How on Earth does Archie Andrews have 30 abs and survive an underground boxing league?

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Crossroads

Bantam Banner Ripped Off Max Frequency

Riverdale is a Masterpiece

Emily is Away <3

Max Frequency

Max’s Twitter

Michael’s Twitter

Michael’s Instagram

“Sometimes Your Job Really is to Play a Video Game” with Michael Koczwara

Michael Koczwara joins the show to dive deep into freelance work, guide writing, and the wildly cool scene of modding and randomizing games.

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  • Wiki Guide Origins

    Knowing What You’re Worth

    The Good, The Bad, and The Funny

    The Bear and The Bird

    Max Frequency

    Max’s Twitter

    Michael’s Twitter

    Michael’s Twitch