The Polygon Show

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Every Friday, Polygon's Simone de Rochefort, Allegra Frank, Chelsea Stark and Ashley Oh talk about what's new and weird in video games. Expect goofs, the occasional soft drink-related tirade, and a lot of laughs. Produced by Polygon and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

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Polygon Show 100th Episode Special: Ryme City Crime

May 24th, 2019

1:03:54
It's The Polygon Show's 100th episode! To celebrate, we're trying something weird: a Pokémon Ryme City tabletop RPG taking place in the same world as …

Ditto Is Alcohol

May 17th, 2019

58:15
Ashley discovers a screaming goat game in a supermarket and the gang gives their spoiler-freethoughts on the new film Detective Pikachu. Closing out the episode, all four (Allegra tuned in this week!) hosts give their

Inflatable Clown

May 10th, 2019

1:19:27
Don't worry, there will be no scary clown talk. Only good clown talk. Kind of.

Games talk: Wandersong, Persona 4 Golden
TV talk: Chilling Adventures of …

Lumpy Blue Goku

May 3rd, 2019

1:19:12
THE BIG THREE: Sonic the Hedgehog movie, Avengers: Endgame, Game of Thrones. There's a lot to unpack this week! Be warned, spoilers on Avengers and GoT.

TIMECODES

- Avengers: Endgame Spoiler Review: 29:22

-Game of Thrones …

Yoshi's Infinity Stone

April 26th, 2019

59:17
Simone is back this week with amazing Assassin's Creed: Odyssey side quest stories for the show. The gang talks more Detective Pikachu snacks as well as first impressions of Persona 5: The Royal. Ashley talks about the …

Ashley's Dictatorship Land

April 19th, 2019

45:56
Ashley takes over for hosting this week! There will be ORDER! We talk the Mr. Mime flavor slushie at 7-Eleven, Reigns: Her Majesty, Crawl, and the gamer episode of Queer Eye. NO ONE will speak unless spoken to! *gavel …

Suede Yoshi

April 12th, 2019

51:46
We're discussing some of the games we got to play at PAX East 2019! Titles mentioned: Super Crush KO, Alt-Frequencies, Sayonara Wild Hearts, …

March Madness: PAX East 2019 Live

April 5th, 2019

1:00:09

Live from PAX East, we're bringing you what little we know of March Madness basketball team selection! It's a head-to-head battle between Chelsea & Allegra and Simone & Ashley to draft the best characters from a …

Upgrade Your Bird

March 29th, 2019

52:17
This week on The Polygon Show Chelsea talks about her time at GDC, and also her experience playing Falcon Age, and Control. Ashley gives her thoughts …

Once Upon A BitLife

March 22nd, 2019

46:42
Friend of the podcast Karen Han is back on the show! On today's episode, Allegra discusses Hulu's latest original, Shrill, with SNL's Aidy Bryant. …

Bonus: Polygon's SXSW panel with Castlevania's Adi Shankar, 343's Kiki Wolfkill, and Uncharted's Amy Hennig

March 19th, 2019

48:28
Hello Polygon listeners! We've got a special bonus episode for you. This month at SXSW, our Entertainment Editor Matt Patches spoke with some of our …

Rubbery Little Gummy Body

March 15th, 2019

56:46
This week on The Polygon Show, Allegra gives her thoughts on the over-the-top gameplay of Devil May Cry 5. Ashley gives her thoughts on the newly …

Mr. X Gon' Give It To Ya

March 8th, 2019

54:54
This week on The Polygon Show, the ladies discuss Orange Vanilla Coke, all things Pokemon: Sword & Shield, Allegra's experience playing Resident …

Alita's Battle Angels

March 1st, 2019

59:49
This week The Polygon Show is joined by special guest host Karen Han, entertainment reporter for Polygon.com! Topics discussed on this episode …

EVERYONE HAS 99 FRIENDS

February 22nd, 2019

1:04:03
This week on the Polygon Show Chelsea gives her thoughts on the new hot battle royale games that are sweeping the nation, Tetris Effect and Apex …

Crime Time

February 15th, 2019

1:03:08

The crew talks true crime (Confessions of a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes and Abducted in Plain Sight). Ashley has a newfound love of Hotline Miami and talks about why she still loves Final Fantasy 8 all these years later.

Netflix & Chill(y)

February 8th, 2019

49:10

It's Netflix & Chill(y) week (plus one video game) on the Polygon Show. Ashley gathers her courage and talks about playing her first Resident …

When Eevee Was There

February 1st, 2019

49:52

Chelsea explains what makes the Resident Evil 2 remake so great, Allegra is disappointed with Kingdom Hearts 3's ending, and Ashley gives an update …

Kingdom Hearts 3 Is... Bad?

January 25th, 2019

1:05:36
Allegra calls in to give her brief thoughts on the soon-to-be released Kingdom Hearts 3. Simone and Ashley compare Netflix and Hulu's recent …

Polygon Show Super: Broly

January 18th, 2019

46:56
Allegra, Ashley, and Simone talk about how excited they are about their upcoming appearances at PodCon 2019 in Seattle this weekend. Other topics include how Simone thinks Mario Party is the great equalizer, Allegra’s …

Tidying Up With The Polygon Show

January 11th, 2019

49:46

Chelsea, Ashley, and Allegra discover the magic of tidying with Marie Kondo, but not all of them are convinced. Other topics include the new NES …

Kingdom Hearts 3: 85 Years In The Making

January 4th, 2019

58:36
Allegra, Chelsea, and Simone talk about what games they're looking forward to this year. Just how long exactly have we been waiting for Kingdom Hearts 3? There's also In the Valley of the Gods, Animal Crossing, Untitled …

The Polygon Show 2018 Game of the Year Awards

January 2nd, 2019

1:27:50

Allegra, Ashley, Chelsea, and Simone give out awards to their favorite games of the past year! Categories include Best Hair, Character Most Likely to …

Allegra's TV is too big

December 21st, 2018

55:29
It’s almost vacation time! The crew talks about what they’re excited to binge during the holiday season. Allegra talks about why she isn’t a fan of …

Don't You Dare Hurt Isabelle in Smash Ultimate

December 14th, 2018

1:02:30
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is out, the new live-action Sonic the Hedgehog poster WITH RIPPLING MUSCLES is out, and we read your SpongeBob Squarepants emails!

Notes from our sponsors:
LEGO: In today's show you heard …

Pouring Vodka With A Trackpad

December 7th, 2018

51:24

It's indie game central this week! Allegra shares her thoughts on ranking the first 3 Metal Gear Solid games as well as Undertale-like game She …

Polygon and the Princesses of Power

November 30th, 2018

1:00:09

One-of-a-kind mystery game Return of the Obra Dinn is WONDERFUL. This week has even more cartoon talk — Ashley and Allegra have BIG thoughts on the new She-Ra show and SpongeBob Squarepants.

Notes from our sponsors:LEGO: …

Thanksgiving Extravaganza 2018

November 24th, 2018

52:27

We're SUPREMELY thankful for all our listeners and their wonderful stories! This week: Allegra and Ashley talk about their feelings on Pokémon Let's …

What the heck is Ambrosia?

November 16th, 2018

56:01

Chelsea describes the audio/visual joys of Tetris Effect, Jenna details her experience with the Fallout 76 beta, and Ashley talks about the Spyro Reignited Trilogy. Also there is a lot of talk about egg nog and WOW WHAT …

A house divided by open-world games

November 9th, 2018

55:17

What is it about open-world games that are both so captivating and so anxiety-inducing? The cast talks about the games that do it well, the ones that surprised them, and the ones that they'll never return to again.

Halloween candy and horses galore

November 2nd, 2018

1:03:17

Time to sort through all the candy goodies and find out which ones are the best. We also talk about horses in Red Dead Redemption 2, how the game is so far and the expectations we had around it. BONUS: Doki Doki …

Spoopy Spectacular

October 26th, 2018

55:50

Halloween comes early for The Polygon Show! This week, Chelsea discovers the joys and horrors of Doki Doki Literature Club, Ashley tries to get into …

Co-op games will kill us all

October 19th, 2018

52:34

It’s co-op game week! Chelsea recounts the terrible tales of the mistakes she’s made in GTA5 and Halo ODST, while Allegra and Simone revisit the friends they played the most co-op games with. Tune in for stories about …

When Will Video Game Movies Be Good?

October 12th, 2018

53:43

Video game movies: they're awesomely bad. Simone argues for Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, Ashley wonders about walking sim movies, Allegra lists off her 5 ideas for Good Video Game Movies.

I Love JRPGs And I'm Not Ashamed

October 5th, 2018

47:29

Final Fantasy, Earthbound, Fire Emblem — JRPGs are a huge part of how some of us grew up. Here's to remembering our favorites that stand the test of time, the ones that unexpectedly hooked us and the ones that will …

Pokémania

September 28th, 2018

46:52

How terrifying would Pokémon be in real life though? What about the best starter? And it wouldn't be 20 years of Red and Blue without some really sad …

If cartoons taught us one thing...

September 21st, 2018

59:12

... it's that Pikachu is a... well... you'll have to listen to find out. Today's episode is all about cartoon and animation. Dragon Prince! My Hero Academia! Your letters! And lots of implied exclamation marks! (I think …

For love of indie games

September 14th, 2018

1:00:01

Indie games have shaped all of us: from Gone Home, to the crappy browser games of the early 2000s. Do those count? We think so. Indie games are weird and emotional and sometimes bad and often great. This episode is all …

Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man

September 7th, 2018

54:30

Spider-Man on PS4 is a GOOD gift. It's probably one of the best superhero games to date. How does it stack up to the Batman Arkham games? We also share some touching emails from YOU about the original Spider-Man game …

Video Game Vacation

August 31st, 2018

1:00:49

This week we share a collection of tragic, beautiful and nostalgic stories about playing games on family vacations, odd places we've marathoned games …

A/S/L?

August 24th, 2018

1:05:06

Since FlameCon 2018, we've had romance on our minds. This week, we discuss why some of us have the video game crushes we do, being on the asexual spectrum, budding love during the MMO days, and of course, the stories …

The Polygon Show LIVE at FlameCon 2018

August 23rd, 2018

48:03

A special bonus episode from our panel at FlameCon 2018! Presenting... Video games as the astrological signs.

Thanks for the MeMMOries

August 17th, 2018

55:41

It's all about MMO memories this week: the memories you sent in — of World of Warcraft and beyond — as well as sharing some of our own. Remember City of Heroes? Chelsea does. What about Gaia Online? Allegra has quite a …

Esports live events... Are they GOOD?

August 10th, 2018

46:38

It's been an AGGRESSIVE summer. Evo 2018 and the Overwatch League Grand Finals have blown us all... away. What's it like to be at a live event vs. watching it on Twitch? The biggest atmosphere changes? Chelsea talks …

Backlog Week

August 3rd, 2018

1:04:54

Which games did you never get around to playing? The cast asks YOU and a variety of special guests including Jeff Kaplan (Game Director, Overwatch), Sam Barlow (Her Story), Austin Walker (Waypoint), Teddy Dief (Hyper …

Interior Design Crimes

July 27th, 2018

54:05

Ashley tried out Overwatch's newest hero, Hammond/Wrecking Ball. Allegra started Octopath Traveler. Chelsea found a VERY INTERESTING official magazine spread on who Mario's best friends and worst enemies are. Simone …

Yeet

July 20th, 2018

53:33

Chelsea discovers the joys of Hollow Knight while home sick. Allegra goes to Chicago for the second annual Pokémon Go Fest. Ashley makes Kiryu wear …

Several Punch Man

July 13th, 2018

50:40

Chelsea gets back into Pokémon Go. Ashley describes the joy and terror of seeing Majima Everywhere in Yakuza Kiwami. Allegra refuses to take the …

Put Kirby in Mario Tennis, You Cowards

July 6th, 2018

45:24

Chelsea finished her Tomb of Horrors D&D campaign, Ashley can't blink while being extremely bad at Lumines, Allegra is living and breathing Mario …

16 Fifth Graders Carrying a Party Sub

June 29th, 2018

50:06

Chelsea tries her luck in Dungeons and Dragon's Tomb of Horrors. Ashley tries her hand at running clubs in Yakuza 0. Simone broke her hand playing Zelda. Allegra hangs out with Captain Spirit.

Best of E3 and Discovering Yakuza 0

June 22nd, 2018

52:57

Chelsea lists off the best of what she played at E3 while Ashley discovers the joys of Yakuza 0 and hoarding ramen in her character's inventory. No quest lines. Only snack lines.

E3 2018 Extravaganza

June 14th, 2018

52:26

It's E3 week! Ashley is hosting the show this week with special guests Jenna Stoeber (Video Producer, Polygon) and Julia Lee (Site lead, The Rift …

Firsts!

June 8th, 2018

46:51

It's our one-year anniversary! And we're getting ready for E3! So let's talk about BioShock and the Ocarina of Time. Is it all connected? Is it all not connected? Is it all not not connected?

A Known Goth

June 1st, 2018

1:01:00

Ashley goes back to Parasite Eve. Simone geeks out over Killing Eve. Chelsea has controversial opinions on Dark Souls. Allegra “discovers” Halo.

FAO Twigs

May 25th, 2018

46:36

Ashley mourns her PlayStation 4. Simone vents about Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze's water world. Chelsea reminds people of all the good that is Toejam and Earl. Allegra has thoughts about Detroit: Become Human

Important …

Just Like Dunkirk

May 18th, 2018

1:00:48

What do Metal Gear Solid 3 and Dunkirk have in common? We find out, and also discuss Xbox’s new accessible controller. And twinks.

Happy Piccolo Day

May 11th, 2018

42:24

With Simone missing in action, the gang gets loopy. Ashley is still playing Destiny. Special guest Jenna is spreading the Fortnite love. Everyone has …

The One About Avengers

May 4th, 2018

50:30

We saw Avengers: Infinity War! But we keep our discussion spoiler free, so no, we won't tell you how it ends. And we read some fan mail about, well, berry butts.

All Berries Have Butts

April 27th, 2018

1:03:32

A heated discussion on fruit butts opens this episode. Then your hosts try really, really hard (and succeed) to not spoil God of War, and Allegra talks about her game of the week: Jet Set Radio Future.

Press square for son action

April 20th, 2018

56:59

Jenna Stoeber joins your Polygon Pals to talk about God of War and the Nintendo Labo and definitely not about blazing it on 420.

Live from PAX East!

April 13th, 2018

1:05:44

Thank you everyone who attended our first ever live show! We had such a good time 1) embarrassing ourselves in front of 500 people and 2) meeting all of you. It was great to put a face to the uh, faceless ears who we …

The Fab Four?

April 5th, 2018

1:02:15

This week, we debate which role each member of the show would have on a "Queer Eye" show for our listeners. Chelsea talks Ni no Kuni 2, Ashley is …

Detective Pikachu, What's Up?

March 30th, 2018

1:04:16

This week we're talking about Geguri and the Overwatch League, No Man's Sky coming to Xbox (and a controversial opinion from on ALLEGRA FRANK), and …

LOOK AT THIS SILVER MONKEY

March 23rd, 2018

1:06:46

Jenna Stoeber joins the crew to talk about FORTNITE and PUBG and all the terrible, terrible collectibles that haunt us.

SIM CRIMES

March 16th, 2018

1:07:08

The Polygon Show crew talks about DRAKE PLAYING FORTNITE, Splatoon 2, and all the news from last week's Nintendo Direct.

Winnie the Pooh’s Existential Crisis

March 9th, 2018

1:02:15

Adam Moussa joins Allegra, Ashley, and Simone to hash out his Overwatch addiction. They discuss the Winnie the Pooh trailer, a dinosaur rip-off of Pokemon Go, and How To Fit In Online.

The Gang Goes Fishing

March 2nd, 2018

1:08:17

This week we're talking Moss, Black Panther, and the new Overwatch hero Brigitte! Also, you can't see it, but know that Allegra's sporting an amazing Rocko's Modern Life-inspired dress during the recording of this …

An Infinity Continuum of Nuggets

February 23rd, 2018

1:06:32

This week on The Polygon Show, we go back to answering your lovely emails and questions like “which musical do you want to see as a video game and …

New Diet Coke and Kingdom Hearts 3

February 16th, 2018

1:02:29

All is new: there are new flavors of diet coke, there's an Overwatch Lunar New Year event, and a new trailer for Kingdom Hearts 3. Your hosts are not …

TOAD'S HEAD: Are We Feeling It?

February 9th, 2018

1:05:27

IT'S NOT A HAT. Or so we've been told by Nintendo. What are we to do with this information? How are we supposed to feel right now??? Sure there's …

Nintendo Labo and Triforce beer

February 2nd, 2018

1:00:54

Allegra tries Nintendo Labo and tells everyone about it. Chelsea gives Monster Hunter: World tips. Ashley learns what pairs with a beer inspired by The Legend of Zelda. Simone takes a break, and in her place, special …

Monster Hunter: World and The Fall of Tony

January 26th, 2018

1:03:49

Welcome to your number one authority in the very best of Doug Jones. We also have some thoughts on Devilmean Crybaby, an anime with tall demons that somehow does NOT have any Doug Jones.

Topics discussed:Monster Hunter: …

Nintendo Labo and Hot Hand Water

January 19th, 2018

1:09:37

HELLO HELLO and welcome… you. I hope you have fond memories of Dinotopia — and if you don't, you will before this day is done.

Topics discussed:Metal …

New Funky Mode Edition

January 12th, 2018

1:09:04

We're back in the studio celebrating a new year, a new slate of Diet Coke floors, and a new Nintendo Direct Mini.

What we playedThe Legend of Zelda: BEST HORSE GAME EVEROverwatchNo Escaping DestinyPersona 4Travel …

Snow Bob-Omb!

January 5th, 2018

56:10

With a snow bomb cyclone hitting northeast US, our four hosts braved the comforts of their apartments for a safe and warm chat. 

Games discussedZELLLLLLDAAAAAAAAAOxenfreeMonument Valley 2Persona 4Mom Hid My GameMy …

Oops Even More Emails

December 29th, 2017

32:00

Eater's Adam Moussa joins us for another piping hot serving of your delicious emails.

Merry Emails To You

December 22nd, 2017

44:16

The team is over the river and through the woods, so we're hitting you with a special holiday themed Oops All Emails ep!

The Haunting Gaze of Beario

December 15th, 2017

1:06:23

He had that look you very rarely find. The haunting, haunted kind.

Games discussed:EatWhat Remains of Edith FinchThe Sexy BrutaleFTLTrivia HQGetting …

xX_tHe PoLyGoN sHoW_Xx

December 8th, 2017

1:06:27

This week we talk AIM away messages, Toad Head Mysteries, Horizon Zero Dawn's Meaty Thunks, and much much more!

Games discussed:Emily is Away …

The Mom Zone

November 23rd, 2017

56:58

The hosts are off on thanksgiving break so we've prepped a very special "Oops all emails" episode for you!

Bear Femurs and Goblin Gizzards

November 17th, 2017

1:05:23

This week we learn that trash hamburgers are good for your health, try to grasp Battlefront II's inscrutable economy, and discuss our Horizon: Zero Dawn dad feelings.

Games discussed:Horizon: Zero DawnBattle Chef …

Scrambled Eggs ;-)

November 10th, 2017

1:05:11

Wink if you don't like eggs.

Games discussed:Super Mario OdysseyBubsyNier: AutomataBury Me, My LoveOverwatch

It's Bubsy

November 3rd, 2017

1:05:40

We regret to inform you that it is Bubsy.

Hell Day Cometh

October 27th, 2017

1:03:44

Marios and Wolfensteins and Assassins. Oh my!

Polygon Comes Alive

October 13th, 2017

1:02:55

The gang goes live on twitter for the first time to talk about shitty loot boxes, shiny Overwatch skins, and PORGS.

Enter The Goal Zone

October 6th, 2017

55:43

The gang reunites one last time before the pivot to video to discuss Kirby's Hole Quest, SNES Classic, and Donald Duck's indecent behavior.

Allegra's Marriage is a Lie

September 29th, 2017

52:41

REVEALED: The truth behind Allegra's SHAM MARRIAGE. Just when you thought you could trust again. Also, Simone's accidental dog adoption and a …

Oops All Emails + BeveRAGE

September 22nd, 2017

46:13

The gang is scattered to the wind this week so we're giving you a heaping helping of emails! Ashley and Allegra also left us a VERY LONG voicemail message about the tasty Coke products you can only try in Japan.

Tara's Vape Escape

September 15th, 2017

58:48

Ashley and Allegra are far, far away, so Tara Long steps up to the mic to discuss Mario's nips, Nugget dominance, and No Man's Sky.

Games discussed: Super Mario Odyssey, No Man's Sky, Persona 5, League of Legends

Nugs From The Deep

September 8th, 2017

56:09

On this weeks show, American McGee causes us to have a little Coke Zero accident, we wade in to the great Splatoon Nug Debate of 2017, and make plans for Simone's Katana. We also talk about some games.

Games discussed:

Titanium Snail

September 1st, 2017

55:41

The gang reunites and dredges up a few traumatic childhood memories.

Games discussed: petz, logical journal of the zoombinis, metal slug, drill dozer, persona 5, catherine

Hot Dad God

August 25th, 2017

48:01

Allegra and Chelsea phone in from Gamescom to chat about Monster Huntin', SNES Classic preorders, Mercy's overhaul, and living the Lucy / Ricky dream.

Battle Dot Restaurant

August 18th, 2017

1:00:24

The gang has a serious chat about domain names and how to pronounce them.

Games discussed: Sonic Mania, 999, Nidhogg 2, Cooking Mama 4, Pet the Pup at The Party, Hellblade

Which Of My Leather Bracers Should I Wear To The Beach?

August 11th, 2017

48:33

Live from Portland, OR! The Coke Zero wars rage on.

Games discussed: Overwatch, Persona 3, Ragnarok Online, Final Fantasy 8

Pop The Wib Wob

August 4th, 2017

44:18

Our mixing board was possessed by bony spirits and we lost the whole damn news section! here it is anyways.

Pale Verdant Flesh Hue

July 28th, 2017

1:01:12

Coke Zero. Gone, but never forgotten.

Games discussed:

Persona 5, Journey, Miitopia, Pokemon Go, Splatoon

Spyro's Olympic Medal in F*cking

July 21st, 2017

56:21

What's in the drawer, Ashley? WHAT'S IN THE DRAWER?

Games Discussed:

Dream Daddy, Splatoon 2, Destiny 2 Beta, Until Dawn, Wii Sports, Spyro The Dragon, Overwatch

It Is Dangerous To Know Too Much About Birds

July 14th, 2017

52:13

The gang chats about ugly squid kids, hot Doomfist looks, and beach episodes.

Games discussed:

Splatoon 2, Road Not Taken, Overwatch, Super Mario 3d World, Captain Toad Treasure Tracker, Fire Emblem 7, Persona 5 (of …

Corpse Explosion

July 7th, 2017

45:36

The gang gets together to discuss DnD alignments, necromancers, slippery bandicoots, and much more.

Games discussed:

Wolfenstein: The New Order, Diablo …

Eat the Horse Half

June 30th, 2017

52:38

What a surprise! We're talking about Persona and Overwatch. We also talk about fantasy wrestling opponents, centaur meat, and waluigi's touching walking sim.

Crab in a Cravat

June 23rd, 2017

55:34

The gang is back from E3 to talk about Bravely Default's cast of mutant perverts, astrological correlations to overwatch mains, and fantasy guest …

You, Me, and E3

June 16th, 2017

47:27

The gang raps about their favorite E3 announcements, the best hands-on E3 experiences, and answers your E3 Questions. E3!

A Private Consensual Matter Between Him and The Trash Can

June 8th, 2017

40:22

This week, the gang discusses a dirty DNA man, the worst beverages, horse solitaire, and E3 preparations. Got questions or comments? Send them to

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