Cheesesteaks & Controllers

Cheesesteaks & Controllers

The Cheesesteaks and Controllers Podcast is Philly's place for all things gaming. From competitive esports to the hottest new announcements, Fox PHL The Gambler's Esports/Gaming Insider Jason Fanelli brings you everything you need to know, all with authentic Philly flair. If you want to learn more about video games, take a bite out of these Cheesesteaks and Controllers. DISCLAIMER: Please don't bite your controllers. Your dentists will be angry with us.

Episodes

December 9, 2023 44 mins
This week Jason dives into the 2023 edition of The Game Awards, as he analyzes what happened at the show, and what needs to happen going forward.
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This week, Jason speaks with Tony Arias and Abby Howard of Black Tabby Games about their new hit Slay The Princess! He then gives his thoughts on the Legend Of Zelda live-action film announced this week, before ending with predictions for the Game Awards nominee announcement coming next week.
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This week, Jason is joined by Jeff Montegut, director of Extra Life for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, to talk about this weekend's Extra Life 2023 Game Day events. After that, Jason offers a few holiday gift ideas for the geek culture enthusiast on your list, and then gives his thoughts on the "Is 2023 The Best Year In Video Games?" debate.
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This week on the return of Cheesesteaks And Controllers, Jason sits down with Orange Cassidy, AEW International Champion, ahead of AEW Dynamite at the Liacouras Center on Temple University's campus. He then recounts his trip to Japan in August, before ending the show with two Pokemon Unite casters, Spragels and Zoinks, to talk about the competitive Unite scene.
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IT'S EVO WEEK! Jason sits down with Evo general manager Rick "TheHadou" Thiher to talk about the show in two segments: one recorded before the Project L announcement, and one after! Jason then gives his hopes and dreams for this year's event.
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This week, Jason speaks with The Verge's Ash Parrish about the troubles at The Overwatch League, including recent layoffs and a pending vote to continue the league. He then talks about the future in esports in general, and ends with a brief commentary on the importance of graphics in video games.
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This week, Jason is joined by Digital Eclipse editorial director Chris Kohler to talk about The Making of Karateka, the upcoming interactive documentary which chronicles the development of a classic game from the mid-80s. Kohler speaks about the story behind the project, reveals a few interesting tidbits, and speaks about the importance of game preservation in today's industry.
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This week, Jason sits down with James Deighan and Zack Manko of Mega Cat Studios ahead of their appearance at San Diego Comic-Con to talk all about WrestleQuest, which launches August 8!

Topics include Zack's burgeoning wrestling career, PAX East, the "wrestlfication" of the RPG, and more!
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This week, Jason gives his thoughts on Capcom franchises the company should explore after comments made during a recent shareholder meeting. He then gives his thoughts on how the Mortal Kombat 1 roster might shake out, with tiers ranging from "definite" to "lol nah."
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June 30, 2023 51 mins
Somehow we're already halfway through the year 2023, so Jason looks back at the first half, recaps the bonkers month of June, then previews the rest of the year to come. Hide your wallets!
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May 12, 2023 44 mins
It's Legend of Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom Day! Jason goes over reviews for the latest Zelda game, then he tackles the "classic vs modern" Zelda debate before ending with his thoughts on the best entry point for non-Zelda fans to enter the franchise.
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This week, Jason sits down with Kyle Stallock, the head of community for online game marketplace Robot Cache, to talk about how this new store wants to use blockchain tech for good. Then, it's a full review of The Super Mario Bros. Movie, followed by a look at how film critics were not ready for it.
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It's a Convention Episode on Cheesesteaks and Controllers, as Jason eulogizes E3 after its cancellation and recaps his PAX East experience from last weekend.
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It's PAX East weekend! Jason is joined by fellow Fox PHL The Gambler (and first-time gaming convention media badge holder) Jon Jansen to talk what he's playing now and what we're looking forward to at the show.
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This week, Jason talks about not being excited about new esports ventures, lists his favorite Disney-themed video games of all time, and reviews the BEACN Mic and BEACN Mix Create recording equipment.
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This week is all about Magic: The Gathering! Jason welcome Professor Brian from Tolarian Community College to talk about the state of the game today and the future. He then runs down the basic rules and formats of 31-year-old game, before previewing what's coming this weekend at MagicCon 2023 in Philadelphia.
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This week Jason recaps the Nintendo Direct from February 8, then dives into football fever as Super Bowl LVII approaches, featuring YOUR Philadelphia Eagles.
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This week MEAC Commissioner Sonja Stills rejoins the show to talk about the MEAC Esports Championships that will run alongside the MEAC Conference Tournament in March. After that, Jason talks about the news of a few E3 dropouts, then finishes by eulogizing the games recently announced to be shutting down.
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This week Jason speaks to Grant Kirkhope, video game composer extraordinare, to talk about his Goldeneye 007 soundtrack as the game re-releases today. Next, Jason gives some tips on how to play Goldeneye and what to expect, and finally he lists five games that, unlike Goldeneye, likely won't ever release again.
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This week, Jason gives his advice on Fantasy Critic strategies and how to best build your publisher, followed by his thoughts on the first episode of The Last Of Us on HBO.
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