Sunday, December 27, 2015

[AUDIO FEATURE] Star Wars The Force Awakens

12/20/2015 - Major spoilers throughout entire recording.  Comprehensive discussion about Star Wars The Force Awakens.  Feature hosted by Ryan and Andrew.  Intro and outro music composed by John Williams, Star Wars the Force Awakens OST.

Explosion of Happiness 012 Cold Reception

12/26/2015 - The final podcast of 2015 marks a good time to reflect on the year and the podcast thus far.  Andrew brings up 'luck' in roguelikes.  Ryan battles illness to complain about overly preachy philosophy in modern games.  They both talk about their favorite games to come out this year and other major recent events like CISPA.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Explosion of Happiness 011 Bloodborne Bath

12/20/2015 - The game nuts are in a Bloodborne talky mood now that Ryan also owns a PS4.  Sony adopts Kojima productions. Andrew misses Demo's now that they've all but been replaced by early access.  Final Smash Bros DLC is out.  The greatest video game series of all time is getting a novel adaptation.  Hackers are planning to bring down XBL and PSN on Christmas again.  The widening gyre of Destiny players buyers remorse deepens.  Turok is back.  Steam's grip on the PC user base is worrying.  Tired of Star Wars yet?  EA's doing the whole eSports thing now.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Explosion of Happiness 010 Industry Nemesis

12/12/2015 - December downer mode continues with Andrew being sick and Ryan continuing to hit the bottle.  A light pierces the darkness with System Shock 3 being teased.  Skullgirls is the latest video game victim of censorship, by the developers themselves no less.  The game nuts talk about the absurd labyrinth that is console UI's now.  Valve going to the dark side continues to be a fear in the back of our minds.  VR on PS4.  Blizzard's acting shady about Overwatch.  Thoughts on XP treadmills in FPS.  Where's the eSports circlejerk leading competitive gaming as a whole?  Final Fantasy VII Remake is being sliced up.  Also related to Final Fantasy; if you're a fan, you'll probably pissed about the FFVI Steam release.  In prep for the Star Wars Audio Feature the game nuts make film predictions.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Explosion of Happiness 009 Podcast Insurrection

12/06/2015 -  Ryan drinks.  Andrew bought a PS4.  Free time is sparse all around.  Project M disappears.  New FFVII Remake trailer makes Andrew ranty.  PS4's PS2 emulation disappoints. Cross-platform multiplayer is the future.  The PSP digital store is being shut down, giving Ryan a reason to reminisce the release of the portable.  Rumors concerning Nintendo's NX.  Ryan expresses doubt on Psyconaughts 2.  Loadouts in Doom's multiplayer.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

December Difficulties

The final month of the year is an extremely hectic time for us due to work.  If the reality is that we can't line up our schedules to produce a recording then I'll make a blog post like this.  I view infrequent content updates to be the kryptonite of podcasts, so I won't do it unless there are no other options.

Once January rolls around everything should be back to normal.  Until then, expect late releases and shorter run times.  Next year we will plan ahead for this problem.

UPDATE 12/6/2015:  Podcast was recorded today, but due to technical difficulties it may not be up until later this week.

Sunday, November 29, 2015


11/25/2015 - Minor spoilers throughout entire recording, major spoilers begin at 37:20 mark.  Comprehensive discussion about Fallout 4's gameplay and story.  Feature hosted by Ryan and Andrew.  Intro and outro music composed by Inon Zur, Fallout 4 OST.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Explosion of Happiness 008 Ingsoc First Contact

11/25/2015 - Ryan's beginning to understand Twitch's fixation on H1Z1.  The game nuts talk fighting games and the communities enveloping them.  Prepare your anus for the ultimate Explosion of Happiness anti-censorship showdown.  Sony's bringing PS2 emulation to the PS4.  There's too many damn MOBAs.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Explosion of Happiness 007 Old Generations

11/18/2015 - What makes a good open world game?  What happened to pre-NES generation video game fans?  What happened to mid-level game developers?  Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is delayed.  More grumbling about Blizzard's creative direction.  E-sports are weird.  Micro-transactions now in MGSV.  Star Wars Battlefront is a fart.  Andrew mourns Final Fantasy XI.  Final Fantasy VII's Cloud coming to Super Smash Bros for WiiU & 3DS.  Gameplay > Pre-Rendered trailers.  Linkle is real, and so is the imminent tidal wave of rule 34.  Music at 1:00:50 "My Heart will Go On" by Matt Mulholland.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Explosion of Happiness 006 The Undiscovered Wasteland

11/11/2015 - Andrew recalls bad memories of Assassins Creed III which spawns a discussion about long-winded intros.  The game nuts start talking about John Wick for some reason.  Legacy of the Void's release came out of nowhere.  Ryan and Andrew's initial worrying impressions on Fallout 4.  Halo 5's arena improved.  Final Fantasy XIV receives a fan servicing update.  Ryan wants to talk about the state of Steam and Steam's trading card system.  The Steam controller's not getting a warm reception.  Nintendo let Ocarina of Time 3D disappear from the face of the Earth.  Fanboys are garbage.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Explosion of Happiness 005 The Final Hype Frontier

11/05/2015 - The internet has exploded into a Fallout 4 love/hate fest, but what are the actual reasons to look forward or not look forward to the game?  Konami isn't going to leave Metal Gear alone, nor are they going to leave Contra alone for that matter.  The Wii U has finally outsold the Dreamcast.  Blizzard's modernizing their old titles (whatever that means).  Ryan tells his tragic tale of Star Trek Online. More censorship from Nintendo in Xenoblade Chronicals X.  Black Ops 3 has more mod support and features in the pipeline than Doom.  Let that sink in.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Explosion of Happiness 004 The Journey Halo

10/30/2015 - Andrew's general impression on Warhammer Vermintide.  Ryan's extended impression on Halo 5's multiplayer and campaign.  Kojima and Del Toro aren't out of the picture yet.  Paid Mods will return, but when and how damaging might they be?  Bethesda slapped a price tag onto Quake Live.  Could simple level creators do boss battles?  Outlast 2 teased.

Saturday, October 31, 2015


10/23/2015 - Spoiler-heavy throughout entire recording.  Comprehensive discussion about SOMA's story and gameplay.  Feature hosted by Ryan and Andrew.  Intro and outro music composed by Mikko Tarmia, SOMA OST.

Monday, October 26, 2015

[AUDIO FEATURE] Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain

10/24/2015 - Better late than never, the first Explosion of Happiness audio feature is dedicated to a comprehensive spoiler filled discussion about Metal Gear Solid V the Phantom Pain.  Feature hosted by Ryan and Andrew.  Intro and outro music composed by Harry Greg-Williams & Ludvig Forssell, Metal Gear Solid V OST.

Introducing "Audio Features"

Later this week we'll be premiering the first two Explosion of Happiness Audio Features on the feed.  These will be special recordings dedicated to a single subject such as a new video game release or a retrospective of an old video game.  The first feature will be dedicated to Metal Gear Solid V:  The Phantom Pain (better late than never), and the second feature will be dedicated to SOMA.

These features are meant to be listened to after completion of the game yourself, as they will be totally spoiler-filled.  As of now the goal is to put out one of these features a month as companion episodes to the main weekly podcast, however they will be produced less regularly.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Explosion of Happiness 003 The Search for Artistic Integrity

10/21/2015 - It's the ten year anniversary of Shadow of Colossus.  First solid details about the Nintendo NX emerge.  Nintendo censors content from the US and European versions of Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water.  The Witcher 3 receives a humorous patch to address an in-game currency exploit.  Warhammer Vermintide looks pretty neat.  What does FromSoftware have in store after Dark Souls 3?  Haters gonna hate.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Explosion of Happiness 002 The Wrath of Chris Roberts

10/15/2015 - The direct sequel to podcast episode one kicks off with some routine complaining about lazy QTE boss fights and intrusive in-game DLC advertisements. Chris Roberts strikes back at his skeptics with his Star Citizen game footage payload from CitizenCon, and the game nuts express their hope and skepticism about it.  The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD is on the horizon.  Button Mapping coming to Xbox One.  Rumors of a new Devil May Cry game from Capcom, but should we expect Dante or Donte?  Allison Road teams up with publisher Team 17.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Explosion of Happiness 001 The End

10/10/2015 - The fateful moment has finally arrived.  The first Explosion of Happiness podcast has been published.  After some self-infatuation the game nuts dive straight into impressions on the Star Wars Battlefront Beta. SEGA's plan to bring "high quality" titles to PC.  Andrew's take on Wildstar now that it's free to play.  Tune in for this historic moment, where Ryan & Andrew make their first mark on the internet together.

Opening Show Soon

Explosion of Happiness 001 is finalized.  Making some final adjustments to the feed, hopefully this whole thing doesn't break when I try to upload the podcast.  Consider this post a final test.

Monday, October 5, 2015

I Lied to You

Still not there yet.  Almost there, but not yet.  Aiming for next Sunday night or Monday morning.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Checking in

Yep it's still happening.  Andrew and I have been warming up with test podcasts.  Getting used to the recording and editing process, learning about audio equipment, improving charisma and yada yada.  I'm gunning to release our first official podcast soon, next Monday if all goes well, but that's no guarantee.  It's a matter of how good our content quality is by then.  We're now up on iTunes and YouTube, all subscriby ready and whatnot.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Sunday, September 20, 2015

The Fire Rises

At some point in the near future this site will feature an audio podcast about video games.  We figured there aren't enough of those.

Saturday, September 19, 2015