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February 27, 2023 52 min

Welcome back to the SUPERJUMP Podcast. This month, we talk about the hottest topic of the past few months: video game adaptations into movies and TV shows. With hits such as The Last of Us and Arcane as of recent, and much more on the way, Tristan and Raza discuss what makes good and bad video game adaptations over the years.

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Happy new year! Welcome back to the SUPERJUMP Podcast. This month, replayability is the topic of choice. We talk about how games increase and decrease their replayability through different methods. Some of these are included by the devs, and others, by the players. This deep dive will help you understand how these approaches work and when they are beneficial for a game.

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December 26, 2022 65 min

Welcome back to the SUPERJUMP Podcast. This month, we discuss how has the balance between narrative and gameplay shifted over the years.

We are joined by writers Josh Bycer and Brandon Chinn to discuss the role of narrative and gameplay in video games, how that has changed across the industry and our favorite examples of games that strike the right balance. 

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November 28, 2022 62 min

Welcome back to the SUPERJUMP Podcast. This month, we discuss one of the heavier topics and phenomena in the gaming industry: crunch within gaming development. This topic has plagued the industry for years without a working solution, while other fields, such as movies, music, and anime, have found ways to increase sustainability in developing their products.

We are joined by Matt Paprocki to discuss why crunch exists, how it affe...

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November 7, 2022 53 min

Welcome back to the SUPERJUMP Podcast. The podcast is back for a new season with a revamped format. Your hosts Tristan Jung and Raza Retiwala will discuss various gaming phenomena that help us dig into the art and science of video games. On our first episode, we talk about Video Game Streaming, a topic that has been filling the news with the recent shuttering of Google Stadia. We discuss the recent news and deep dive into the state...

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Are we back?! Not really, haha, sorry. BUT, we have a very interesting interview with Colin Cox and Jon Phelps from The Hop-Ons Podcast. The Hop-Ons Podcast typically covers television shows (specifically, it has run through both Arrested Development and Twin Peaks), but there's a bit of a connection to video games that comes up in the interview that we think our listeners may appreciate. This episode was a lot of fun to record, so...

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October 17, 2019 98 min

Wyatt, James, and Mitchell are all here for the final (forseeable!) episode of the Super Jump Podcast. Thank you for listening all this time, and even more thanks to everyone who was involved in the show since its initiation including, but not limited to, Jeff Onan, Daryl Baxter, Gavin Price, Courtney Svatek, Josh Bycer, Anthony Wise, James Manley-Buser, the Kremling Kampaigners, the Medium staff, all writers and contributes to Sup...

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September 24, 2019 55 min

How do you feel about video game announcements? Are they exciting? Do you find yourself getting wrapped up in the marketing material for projects you don't plan to ever actually engage with? We do. Well, sometimes. It depends on the format. That's kind of the point of this episode. Mitchell and Wyatt are in it and stuff. You know the drill.

All that and more on this week's Super Jump Podcast!!

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Mitchell and Wyatt need to know: Where are all the studios going? It seems like every mid-size studio is either failing or is being absorbed into larger companies. Is there a future for game makers bigger than indies, but smaller than triple-A? All that and more on this week's Super Jump Podcast!

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Wyatt and Mitchell talk about the Need For Speed: Heat announcement, a shake-up in the leadership of the development of Halo Infinite, and the propagation of leaks in the video game industry and more in this week's episode of the Super Jump Podcast!!

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August 1, 2019 88 min

Wyatt and Mitchell talk about some of the latest releases and final tip our toes into some Gamer Girl Bath Water, but ALSO:

We sat down with Gavin Price of Playtonic Games to talk about their upcoming game, Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair! Join us as we talk about what's went into the development of that game, what the future of the studio might look like, and more on this week's episode of the Super Jump Podcast!!

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July 16, 2019 114 min

We bring James and Mitchell back together to discuss the post-E3 news and there's... not really that much this year. That said, there's still some stuff. We'll talk about EA's "surprise mechanics," James' personal takeaways from this year's E3, great games like Super Mario Maker 2, Outer Wilds, and Cadence of Hyrule, and more on this week's Super Jump Podcast!!

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June 22, 2019 137 min

Jeff Onan joins Mitchell to talk about the big show. We go over EA, Microsoft, Bethesda, Ubisoft, Square-Enix, and Nintendo's showings before going into our individual experiences on the showfloor playing demos and meeting folks. It's a magical time that only comes once per year, so we sincerely hope you'll join us on this week's Super Jump Podcast!!

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June 4, 2019 110 min

In the lead-up to E3 2019, Mitchell asks Daryl Baxter back on the show to share their predictions and hopes for each participating company. Also, Mitchell accidentally calls Daryl "Dylan"! Multiple times! It's truly embarrassing! All this and more on this week's episode of the Super Jump Podcast!!

Check out Daryl's work at We especially recommend his podcast Pal Keys.

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Two movies are coming out this year about electric rodents from video games. Why is Sonic electric in the movie? Wass Detective Pikachu everything Mitchell has ever wanted? Will James force Mitchell to stand in line for four hours to play Final Fantasy VII Remake at E3 for the good of the magazine? Is Valve's new VR hardware maybe a bit too expensive?

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April 18, 2019 119 min

It's been a little while since the show has returned to its roots, so we made a point to have just James and Mitchell sit down and talk games. In this back-to-basics episode, we go over the last few weeks' news items including Nintendo letting an indie studio use The Legend of Zelda, Microsoft's exact plans working with other hardware makers, and Google's foray into games streaming. All this and more on this week's Super Jump Podca...

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April 14, 2019 88 min

Wyatt and Mitchell get together this week to discuss Dragon Ball, Jason Schreier's coverage of Anthem's development, a Power Rangers fighting game, and much more! Is Nintendo's attempt at VR worth talking about? Is competitive Melee sick as in "Righteous, bruh!" or sick as in "has an illness"?

All of this and more on this week's episode of the Super Jump Podcast!!

Theme music is by Jamatar.

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Mitchell is joined by Daryl Baxter, a freelance writer and fellow podcaster, to talk about some very para-exciting developments! Apple is launching a new premium game subscription service, Google is premiering a streaming platform that may very possibly be the first one to truly "work," and Nintendo and Sony both made some announcements of their own. Will these reveals have the industry-shaking effect that they seem to have, or wil...

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Wyatt and Mitchell have an abnormal amount of news to discuss on this episode, so they brought on Josh Bycer from Game Wisdom to help them out! From Anthem's shortcomings, to Pokémon Sword and Shield's announcement, to a possible collaboration between Nintendo and Xbox coming in the near future. All this and more in this month's Super Jump Podcast!!

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You know the drill. When big Pokémon news happens, we bring Jeff Onan on the show to talk with Mitchell about it. This time, we got new trailers for two distinct Pokémon movies releasing before the end of the year. Can you believe we're getting two in one year? By the time both of these come out, there will be a total of 23 theatrical Pokémon films. That's wild. Also, we of course need to talk about Pokémon Sword and Shield. Are th...

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