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Mike and Ryan reviewing the NES Classic Edition

Talk About Games is a Cinemassacre webseries with Mike Matei and his friend Ryan Schott, the web designer for Cinemassacre.com. The series features them making non-scripted commentary about video games. In contrast to the traditional Cinemassacre focus of retro console gaming, Talk About Games is about newer games, some of them indie. Many of the episodes feature Windows PC games, and to a lesser extent eighth-generation video game consoles such as the PlayStation 4 and Wii U.

The series originated as a one-off video of "Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare" in late 2014, with Mike stating that he and Ryan were trying out a new thing and would be "talking about some games", which became the series' official title with the "Axiom Verge" episode. The series started off in a let's play/review hybrid format. From April 2015 to May 2016, episodes were released semi-frequently, but without a consistent upload schedule.

Starting with the "DOOM" episode in June 2016, the series transitioned away from let's plays into a straight-up review show. Episodes also became more frequent, airing roughly once a week. With "Worms W.M.D." in August of that year, the series settled into a schedule of a new episode every Friday. Little over a month later, the two of them started up another series, titled Mike & Ryan. For the remainder of 2016, Talk About Games and Mike & Ryan alternated with each other, with every Friday seeing the release of a new episode of one show or the other.

Although the "Batman: Arkham VR" and "Clockwork Empires" episodes of Talk About Games featured them playing through the games instead of simply reviewing them, similar to the early episodes, the show ultimately changed format again, becoming a discussion show about current gaming news and topics, rather than focusing on specific games. As of 2017, episodes have also become much more sporadic.

Episodes

  1. Axiom Verge (PS4) - April 11, 2015
  2. Shovel Knight BATTLETOADS (Xbox One) - April 30, 2015
  3. Toren (PC, PS4) - May 14, 2015
  4. Lakeview Cabin Collection (PC) - June 3, 2015 (YT), June 4, 2015 (CM)
  5. Farm Simulator 15 - July 7, 2015
  6. Guild of Dungeoneering (PC) - July 10, 2015
  7. Ronin (PC) - July 16, 2015
  8. Layers of Fear Early Access Gameplay (PC) - September 15, 2015
  9. Guitar Hero Live (PS4) - September 18, 2015 (YT)
  10. Transformers Devastation - September 30, 2015
  11. Prison Architect - October 10, 2015
  12. Dungeon Defenders II - October 14, 2015
  13. Shadow Complex (PC) - December 30, 2015 (YT), December 31, 2015 (CM)
  14. Guns Gore & Cannoli (PS4) - February 27, 2016
  15. Stardew Valley (PC) - March 11, 2016
  16. Overwatch (PC) - March 29, 2016
  17. Slain! (PC) - April 6, 2016 (YT), April 7, 2016 (CM)
  18. Heads Up! (Mobile) - May 11, 2016
  19. DOOM 2016 (PC) - June 7, 2016
  20. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan (PC) - June 13, 2016
  21. Dead by Daylight Beta (PC) - June 15, 2016 (YT), June 16, 2016 (CM)
  22. Warcraft: Orcs & Humans (PC) - June 22, 2016 (YT), June 23, 2016 (CM)
  23. Pokémon GO - Episode 1 (Mobile) - July 14, 2016
  24. Pokémon GO - Episode 2: Philadelphia (Mobile) - July 21, 2016
  25. Space Run Galaxy (PC) - July 27, 2016
  26. We Happy Few - Beta (PC) - August 2, 2016
  27. Hyper Light Drifter (PC) - August 15, 2016 (YT), August 16, 2016 (CM)
  28. Savage Resurrection (PC) - August 18, 2016
  29. Worms W.M.D. (PS4) - August 26, 2016 (YT), August 28, 2016 (CM)
  30. Star Trek 50th Anniversary Trivial Pursuit - September 2, 2016
    • First non-video game episode, instead featuring a card game 
  31. Star Trek: 25th Anniversary (PC) - September 8, 2016 (YT)
    • Released on Star Trek's 50th anniversary 
  32. Attack on Titan (PS4) - September 9, 2016 
  33. Ori and the Blind Forest (Xbox One) - September 16, 2016
  34. Nintendo Switch - Everything We Know - October 20, 2016 (YT), October 21, 2016 (CM)
  35. Batman: Arkham VR (PlayStation VR) - October 21, 2016 (YT), October 22, 2016 (CM)
  36. Clockwork Empires (PC) - October 28, 2016 (YT)
  37. NES Classic Edition (aka NES Mini) review - November 11, 2016
  38. PS4 Pro - Is It Worth Buying? Does It Suck? - November 24, 2016
  39. Nintendo Theme Park at Universal Studios - November 29, 2016 (CM), November 30, 2016 (YT)
  40. Ps4 vs Ps4 Pro - Comparison Test: Can you tell the difference? - December 9, 2016
  41. Nintendo Switch Reveal - January 13, 2017
  42. 1-2 Switch Nintendo Gameplay Preview Event - February 18, 2017 (YT), February 19, 2017 (CM)
  43. Nintendo Direct Reaction 4.12.2017 - April 12, 2017 (YT)
  44. Sony PlayStation - May 27, 2017

Removed episodes

  • Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare - November 5, 2014 (CM)
  • Splatoon (Wii U) - June 23, 2015 (CM)
  • Batman: The Telltale Series (PS4) - August 3, 2016 (YT), August 4, 2016 (CM)
  • Dead Rising Remastered (Xbox One) - September 23, 2016 (YT)

See also

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