Kotaku Splitscreen

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Kotaku's Kirk Hamilton, Jason Schreier, and Maddy Myers talk about all things gaming... and maybe more.

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167: Link's Remakening

February 14th, 2019

It's Nintendo Direct week, and you know what that means: Everything old is new again. First, Jason, Maddy, and Kirk talk about the games they've been …

166: Live From New York

February 9th, 2019

Maddy, Jason and Kirk take the stage at the Bell House in Brooklyn, NY for a live episode of Kotaku Splitscreen. They talk Apex Legends, Battle Royale games in general, Mario vs. Zelda, and take a bunch of audience …

165: The Joy Of Kingdom Hearts

January 31st, 2019

Maddy, Kirk, and Jason unite to talk about the many games they've been playing, including Resident Evil 2, Wargroove, Bloodborne, and Destiny 2. Then they take a deep dive into Kingdom Hearts (34:01), debating over …

164: Mailbag: Bloodborne, Dream Assassin's Creed Games, and More

January 24th, 2019

Jason, Kirk, and Maddy open up the mailbag to answer some of your great questions on Bloodborne, video game music, the cults of personality that …

163: Destiny, Star Wars, And Wild Allegations

January 17th, 2019

Kirk, Maddy, and Jason unite to talk about one of the wildest video game news weeks in recent memory! First they talk about the games they're playing, including Resident Evil 2, Danganronpa, and Destiny 2. Then they …

162: Our 2019 Video Game Predictions

January 10th, 2019

Maddy, Jason, and Kirk talk about Pokemon Let's Go Eevee, Destiny 2, Crosscode, and Bloodborne before listing their video game predictions for 2019 (38:22). Each one makes 10 predictions, and whoever gets the most right …

161: Who Won The 2018 Predictions Bet?

January 3rd, 2019

On the very first Kotaku Splitscreen of 2019, Kirk, Jason, and Maddy talk about the games they've been playing to kick off the year, including CrossCode, Life Is Strange Season 2, and Minit. Then Kirk and Jason revisit …

160: Every Game We Played In 2018, Part 2

December 27th, 2018

It's time for the biggest episode of Splitscreen ever as Kirk, Maddy, and Jason gather for part two of Every Game We Played In 2018, starting with …

159: Every Game We Played In 2018, Part 1

December 20th, 2018

Kirk, Jason, and Maddy unite for Splitscreen's annual GOTY coverage! This week it's all the games we played from January through May, including Dragon Ball Fighter Z, Celeste, Secret of Mana, Into The Breach, Far Cry 5, …

158: New Challenger Approaching!

December 13th, 2018

Everything changes on today's episode of Kotaku Splitscreen. We start off the episode with a very special surprise, followed by some discussion of …

157: The Game Announcements (And Some Awards)

December 5th, 2018

It's nearly time for December E3, aka The Game Awards, and there's lots to discuss! First, Kirk and Jason talk about slaying Sean Bean in Hitman 2, the great new platformer Monster Boy, and the excellent Prey Mooncrash. …

156: Catching Up On Fall Games

November 29th, 2018

There are oh so many games to play this fall, and you should start with Return of the Obra Dinn, the fantastic puzzler that Kirk and Jason both …

155: Fallout 76, Red Dead 2 Spoilercast

November 21st, 2018

It's an extra-special-early Thanksgiving episode! This one's a two-parter. First, Kirk and Jason bring on Kotaku's Ethan Gach to talk about Fallout …

154: Stan Lee's Legacy

November 15th, 2018

Kirk and Jason talk about the games they're playing, like Tetris Effect and Hitman 2, then jump into the news of the week (21:36) on Detective Pikachu, Final Fantasy XV's canceled DLC, and Destiny 2's "disappointing" …

153: The Diablo Disaster

November 8th, 2018

Kotaku's Maddy Myers returns to the show this week, joining Kirk and Jason to chat about the big Diablo disaster. First they talk about some of the games they've been playing, including Assassin's Creed Origins, Return …

152: Red Dead 2 Is Big And Weird

November 1st, 2018

Who would've thought that the biggest game of 2018 would also be one of the strangest? First up on this week's episode, Jason and Kirk talk about the …

BONUS: Kirk's Red Dead Review

October 26th, 2018

Kirk reads his full review of Red Dead Redemption 2.

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151: Red Dead Redemption 2

October 25th, 2018

Over the past week, Kirk has spent all of his time playing through Red Dead Redemption 2, while Jason has spent all of his time talking to the people who made it. Today's show is a lengthy dissection of the newest epic …

150: 'Working 100-Hour Weeks'

October 18th, 2018

Kirk and Jason chat about rock climbing tents, meta-baiting, and Assassin's Creed Odyssey before getting into this week's big news story (26:51) on Rockstar's work conditions. What did Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser …

149: The Big Microtransaction Question

October 11th, 2018

Kirk and Jason briefly gush about the new Wonder Woman emulator Assassin's Creed Odyssey before bringing on Stephen Totilo for a lengthy chat about …

148: AC Odyssey And Spider-Man Spoilercast

October 4th, 2018

Jason's back from his honeymoon and there's lots to discuss, starting with the Splitscreen boys' first impressions of the new open-world game Assassin's Creed Odyssey. Then, Kirk and Jason dive into this week's news …

147: The Death Of Telltale Games

September 27th, 2018

Kirk and Maddy start off by talking about the biggest news of the last week: the sudden closure of Telltale Games, a move that left more than 200 game developers out of work with no severance. (Well REALLY, they start …

BONUS: We Finally Played Red Dead Redemption 2

September 21st, 2018

Kotaku's Stephen Totilo finally had a chance to play Rockstar's upcoming wild west open-worlder Red Dead Redemption 2. For this bonus episode, he sat down with Kirk and Maddy to share his impressions of the game and …

146: In The Shadow Of The Tomb Raider

September 20th, 2018

Jason's out of town, so Kotaku editor Maddy Myers joins Kirk to fill in as co-host. First up they talk about Nintendo's new Switch online service, the just-announced PlayStation Classic, how the maniacs who beat Destiny …

145: The Amazing, Amazing Spider-Man

September 13th, 2018

First, Kirk and Jason talk some more about Destiny 2's Forsaken expansion, addressing the question "how much should creators listen to fan feedback?" …

144: Spider-Man Is Great And Destiny Is Back

September 6th, 2018

Kirk and Jason talk about web slinging and swinging in Spider-Man, the excellent new PS4 game, then dive into Destiny 2's new Forsaken expansion, talking about the new systems, the story, and the Destiny treadmill that …

143: Cyberpunk 2077's Big Debut

August 30th, 2018

Kirk's back from vacation and raring to talk about games. What kinds of games? VIDEO games, baby!

He and Jason start off discussing what they've been playing, covering God of War's New Game+, Prey: Mooncrash, Destiny 2, …

142: What It's Like To Write Final Fantasy XIV

August 23rd, 2018

Jason brings on Square Enix's Koji Fox, who's been at the company since 2003 and currently heads up translation on Final Fantasy XIV. They talk about what it was like to join Square on the day it became Square Enix, how …

141: Press Sneak F**ks

August 16th, 2018

Jason and Kirk talk CPU cooling and Diablo 3 on Switch before diving into Dead Cells and the appeal (or lack of appeal) of video game grind in games …

140: Plagiarism At IGN

August 9th, 2018

Kotaku editor Maddy Myers joins Kirk and Jason to talk about IGN plagiarism, deleting old tweets, and what makes the perfect Metroidvania. Also: EVO, …

139: Summer Mailbag

August 2nd, 2018

Kirk and Jason crack open the mailbag to answer some of YOUR questions about RPGs as a service, how companies can afford to delay games, Microsoft potentially making an Xbox PC, and much more. As always, you can send …

138: New Man's Sky

July 26th, 2018

Journalist and producer Alanah Pearce, formerly of IGN, joins Kirk and Jason to talk about No Man's Sky's game-changing new update, a recent Twitter …

137: The ArenaNet Debacle

July 19th, 2018

Kirk returns from vacation and there's a whole lot to discuss, including Jason's first time DMing in Dungeons & Dragons, more on Octopath …

BONUS: Nathan Fillion Talks Uncharted And Destiny

July 16th, 2018


136: Octopath Traveler Ain't Great

July 12th, 2018

Kirk's off this week, so Jason brings on Kotaku's Tim Rogers to talk about the structure and story of Octopath Traveler. Short version: The combat system is fantastic, and it looks and sounds gorgeous, but everything …

135: Why We Play Hard Games

July 5th, 2018

Happy Independence Day! Kirk and Jason talk about shoveling hot dogs into your mouth, and also other things (like GDQ, the Cyberpunk E3 audio leak, …

134: Sony's Sure Bungling Cross-Play

June 28th, 2018

Jason and Kirk talk about weddings, PS4 cross-play failures, and big lawsuits, then spend a very long time raving about Hollow Knight, an astounding …

133: Anthem, Spider-Man, And Other Games We Played At E3

June 21st, 2018

Jason returns from E3 with hands-on impressions about a ton of games, including Anthem, Spider-Man, Kingdom Hearts III, and many more. Then he and …

E3 2018: Bringing Yakuza To The West

June 16th, 2018

While at E3, Jason speaks with Yakuza localization producer Scott Strichart about the art and history of video game localization, how they approach the process with Yakuza games, and how it's been watching the …

E3 2018: The Big Boss Behind The Witcher And Cyberpunk

June 15th, 2018

At E3 in Los Angeles, Jason sits down with CD Projekt Red co-founder/co-CEO Marcin Iwiński to talk about the studio-wide effort to finish their much-buzzed-about RPG Cyberpunk 2077. They also talk about workplace crunch …

E3 2018: Warren Spector's Return To System Shock

June 15th, 2018

At E3 2018, Jason sat down for an entertaining conversation with game design legend Warren Spector (Deus Ex, Ultima Underworld, System Shock) about his storied career in video games, his wildest game design idea, and …

E3 2018: Let's Talk Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

June 14th, 2018

Jason sits down with with Kotaku senior reporter (and resident Smash Bros. expert) Cecilia D'Anastasio to discuss their thoughts after playing the E3 demo of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. 

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E3 2018: Designing Quests For Cyberpunk 2077

June 14th, 2018

Still at E3 in Los Angeles, Jason sat down with CD Projekt Red quest designer Patrick Mills to talk about his work on the studio's impressive-looking RPG Cyberpunk 2077. Kirk, meanwhile, sat at home in Portland mixing …

E3 2018: Sailing The Seas Of Thieves

June 13th, 2018

At E3 in Los Angeles, Jason linked up with Sea of Thieves executive producer Joe Neate to talk about the challenges of working on a service game, the expansions that are in the works, and Neate's take on the …

E3 2018: The Triumphant Return Of id Software

June 13th, 2018


E3 2018: Sony And Nintendo Reactions

June 12th, 2018

Jason and Kirk link up one more time to talk about Sony and Nintendo's E3 2018 showings. They also talk a bit about the E3 press conferences overall, and what to make of the fact that there were fewer major surprises …

E3 2018: Bethesda, Square Enix, and Ubisoft Reactions

June 12th, 2018

Kirk and Jason are back to talk about more E3 press conferences. They start with Bethesda's Fallout-centric show, then move to Square Enix's disappointing nothingburger, before ending on Ubisoft's dancing panda-bear …

E3 2018: Xbox And EA Reactions

June 11th, 2018

Jason and Kirk kick off E3 2018 by discussing the opening press conferences from EA and Microsoft. Cyberpunk! Dying Light 2! Gears of War 5! A new …

132: Rumors And Predictions For E3 2018

June 7th, 2018

It's time again for E3, that wonderful time of year full of excitement and trailers for games that will never come out. What will we see this year? …

131: Fallout Goes Online

May 31st, 2018

Jason and Kirk open up the ol' mailbag for a pre-E3 Q&A! First they talk new Pokemon and Fallout before answering YOUR questions about E3's …

130: Detroit: Become Bad

May 24th, 2018

Is Detroit: Become Human any good? No. No it is not. Kirk and Jason talk about that before getting into the news of the week (24:46) on Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Xbox One accessibility, and HBO's Watchmen. Then Compete …

129: Dungeons, Dragons, Diners, And Dives

May 17th, 2018

Kirk and Jason talk about cults and audio tricks (clearly it's Laurel), then get into the news of the week on Boss Key shutting down, a Destiny 2 …

128: Why Is The Games Industry So Secretive?

May 10th, 2018

Why is the video game industry so obsessed with secrets? Kirk and Jason are joined by Polygon's Chris Plante to discuss that topic and way more. …

127: The Avengers' Infinity Pool

May 3rd, 2018

Kirk and Jason talk about playing D&D, games as a service, and CEO salaries before bringing on io9's Evan Narcisse for a spoiler-heavy talk (28:54) about The Avengers: Infinity War, THAT ending, what the deal is …

BONUS: God of War Director Cory Barlog

April 30th, 2018

SPOILERS! God of War director Cory Barlog drops by the show for a fun, wide-ranging chat about all sorts of things, including his take on the message of this game, what's next for the series, and That One Moment. We …

126: Fortnite's Recipe For Success

April 26th, 2018

What is this, a crossover episode? Jason and Kirk talk about Paris, Valve buying Campo Santo, Quantic Dream suing journalists, and Destiny 2 before they're joined by Kotaku's Gita Jackson and Patricia Hernandez of Fave …

BONUS: Westworld Is Back

April 23rd, 2018


125: Music: The Final Frontier

April 19th, 2018

Jason's eating pain au chocolat on the Seine this week, so Kirk is joined instead by Kotaku's Heather Alexandra and Stephen Totilo to talk over some …

124: God of War Is So Freakin' Good

April 12th, 2018

The new God of War is astounding, and Kirk and Jason are here to tell you all about it (don't worry; no spoilers!). First they talk about the news of the week on PlayStation 5, The Simpsons, and Westworld before gushing …

123: Far Cry 5 And Ni no Kuni II Are Exact Opposites

April 5th, 2018

Far Cry 5 is a nihilist's dream while Ni no Kuni II is an idealist's dream. Kirk and Jason discuss that and much more, including news of the week on Lindsay Lohan, Shadow of War, and Todd Howard, the games they've been …

122: Far Cry 5 and A Way Out

March 29th, 2018


GDC 2018: A Delicious Edible Game, with Jenn Sandercock

March 26th, 2018

At GDC 2018, Kirk and Jason tried something new: an edible game. Specifically "The Patisserie Code," designed by Thimbleweed Park programmer/designer Jenn Sandercock as part of her upcoming cookbook of edible games. …

GDC 2018: Designing Games for Twitch, with Ian Milham

March 25th, 2018

Jason and Kirk are still posting pods from their time at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. This time they sat down with S.O.S. creative director (and former Dead Space developer) Ian Milham to talk about …

GDC 2018: Making Stealth Games, with Nels Anderson and Lyndsey Gallant

March 24th, 2018

In San Francisco (still) for the Game Developers Conference, Jason and Kirk met with Caledonia creative director Nels Anderson and art director Lyndsey Gallant to talk about how they started working together, Nels' …

GDC 2018: Spy Party, with Chris Hecker

March 23rd, 2018

At the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Kirk and Jason sat down with the always energetic Chris Hecker to talk about his last decade+ …

GDC 2018: Psychonauts Returns, with Tim Schafer

March 23rd, 2018

At GDC, Kirk and Jason talk with Double Fine president and CEO Tim Schafer about receiving the GDC lifetime achievement award, working on Psychonauts 2, and that one time Will Wright saved Double Fine.

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GDC 2018: From Call of Duty to Titanfall, with Tina Sanchez

March 22nd, 2018

At the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Kirk and Jason talk with Respawn producer Tina Sanchez about breaking into the games industry, moving from Infinity Ward to Respawn, and the empowering phenomenon of …

GDC 2018: Video Game Music, with Matthew Burns

March 22nd, 2018

Kirk and Jason kicked off GDC 2018 by chatting with Zachtronics writer/composer Matthew S. Burns about how he approaches writing puzzle-game music that you notice, but you don't NOTICE.

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GDC 2018: Fighting Game Dev Crunch, with Tanya X. Short

March 21st, 2018

At GDC in San Francisco, Kirk and Jason chat with Tanya X. Short, captain of indie game studio Kitfox Games, about her unusual approach to structuring her game studio and how she helps her staff combat crunch and …

GDC 2018: Life After BioWare, with Aaryn Flynn

March 21st, 2018


GDC 2018: Video Game Unions, with Jen MacLean

March 21st, 2018

At GDC in San Francisco, Jason sat down with Jen MacLean, executive director of the International Game Developers Association, to get her take on all the recent talk of unionization among game developers.

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BONUS: The Leftovers Spoilercast

March 20th, 2018

"Why wouldn't I believe you? You're here." Kirk and Jason are joined by IGN's Marty Sliva and Andrew Goldfarb to talk about The Leftovers, going …

121: Storytelling In Games, Live From SXSW

March 15th, 2018

At South by Southwest in Austin, Jason and Kirk took the stage along with Telltale Games’ Leah Hoyer and the Guardian’s Keza MacDonald to talk about interactive storytelling, the rise of games as a service, and whether …

BONUS: Black Panther and the Marvel Cinematic Universe

March 14th, 2018

Kirk and Jason sit down with Rise of the Black Panther writer (and former Kotaku colleague) Evan Narcisse to talk about Ryan Coogler's Black Panther …

BONUS: Guerrilla Games Boss Hermen Hulst

March 9th, 2018

Jason talks to Hermen Hulst, managing director at Guerrilla Games, about the studio's success with Horizon: Zero Dawn, how they moved past the …

120: Trump vs. Video Games

March 8th, 2018

Is Donald Trump about to ban video games for life? Probably!!! Kirk and Jason talk about that and other big news like loot boxes and Diablo for Switch (6:27), then dig into some of the games they've been playing …

The Secret Hunters of Destiny

March 1st, 2018

On this special episode of Kotaku Splitscreen, Kirk and Jason travel back to Destiny 1 and the era of Sleeper Simulant, Outbreak Prime, and the Vault …

119: Console vs. PC Gaming

February 22nd, 2018

Kirk and Jason jump right into news on Mafia 3's developer laying people off, Kentucky's governor blaming video games for shootings, and the System Shock reboot facing development troubles. Then they answer some …

118: Why We Play Video Games

February 15th, 2018

Kirk and Jason break down the news before getting into some nitty-gritty about what they've been playing (25:48), including Civilization VI, Dragon Quest Builders, and Into The Breach. Why do we play games, anyway? …

117: The Director Of Divinity: Original Sin 2

February 8th, 2018

Kirk and Jason talk about The Leftovers and Nintendo Labo before moving into the controversial news of the week (18:37), including the shocking bombshell that that's actually Toad's head. Then, Larian CEO Swen Vincke …

116: Hunting Monsters And Writing Games

February 1st, 2018

Kirk and Jason talk about weather, Roombas, and football, just like you wanted! Then they get to news (16:44) on the Nolan Bushnell controversy, a …

115: Nintendo Labo Is Brillianto

January 25th, 2018

Kirk and Jason talk about Nintendo Labo, Xbox Game Pass, and BioWare (11:03) before answering a whole bunch of YOUR questions (28:21) on YouTubers …

Bonus Spoilercast: Assassin's Creed Origins

January 24th, 2018


114: The Last Of Us Director Bruce Straley

January 18th, 2018

Kirk and Jason talk about the news of the week including Destiny 2's debacle (5:46) before bringing on former Naughty Dog director Bruce Straley (28:17) to talk about his time directing Uncharted and The Last of Us, his …

113: Let's Break RPGs

January 11th, 2018

Prolific RPG speedrunner puwexil joins the show from Awesome Games Done Quick 2018 to tell us what it's like to break the hell out of games like …

112: Our Video Game Predictions For 2018

January 4th, 2018

Assuming we don't die in a nuclear holocaust, what will 2018 bring for gaming? Kirk and Jason talk about the news of the week (13:46) including …

111: What We Got Right (And Mostly Wrong) About 2017

December 28th, 2017

For the last Splitscreen of 2017, Kirk and Jason revisit the predictions they made way back in January. First they talk about the news (5:42), …

110: Every Game Of 2017, Part 2

December 21st, 2017

Jason and Kirk return for part two of their look at EVERY VIDEO GAME OF 2017, this time hitting July through December to break down games like Super …

BONUS SPOILERCAST: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

December 15th, 2017

Kirk and Jason are joined by Kotaku staff writer Heather Alexandra to talk about Star Wars: The Last Jedi. May the spoilers be with you! Because there are lots of spoilers in this episode.

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109: Every Game Of 2017, Part 1

December 14th, 2017

It's time for a Kotaku Splitscreen annual tradition as Kirk and Jason go through every major game of 2017, one at a time, to talk about the good, the bad, and the Early Access. This week: January through June. 

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108: Destiny 2 Sure Is A Mess Right Now

December 7th, 2017

Jason and Kirk talk about Mega Man 11 (15:09), Curse of Osiris breaking things, and Xenoblade 2 before playing Guess The Game Award Nominations (35:38) in preparation for the upcoming show. Then they get into Skyrim …

107: Talking Game Awards With Geoff Keighley

November 30th, 2017

Kirk and Jason talk about the Marvel Cinematic Universe (12:52), Skyrim's composer's disappearing Kickstarter, and the Destiny 2 debacle. Then veteran game journalist Geoff Keighley joins the show (41:47) to talk about …

106: Fall Mailbag Spectacular

November 23rd, 2017

It's a very special Splitscreen Thanksgiving as Kirk and Jason celebrate turkey day by answering some of YOUR questions on loot boxes, the stagnant cost of video games, what to play if you haven't gamed in 4 years, and …

105: Let's Get In Shape

November 16th, 2017

Kirk and Jason jump into the news of the week (6:00) on loot boxes, a rumored Mario movie, and harassment at IGN. Then they bring on Wirecutter editor and fitness expert Casey Johnston to talk about how to get SWOLE …

104: The Xbox One X Is A Tough Sell

November 9th, 2017

Jason and Kirk talk about World of Warcraft Classic, the end of Miiverse, and whether the video game industry is really unsustainable. Then they're joined by indie designer Zach Barth (33:13) to talk about his excellent …

103: Super Mario Odyssey Is A Delight

November 2nd, 2017

Super Mario Odyssey -- great game or greatest game? Let's discuss the delights of Nintendo's latest, and why Jason and Kirk are considering …

102: Assassin's Creed Origins, NeoGAF

October 26th, 2017

This week the Splitscreen Boyz are talking about Kirk's five-day marathon of Assassin's Creed Origins, a new game about climbing pyramids. Then (31:15) they dig into Animal Crossing mobile, Kinect dying for good, and …

101: Come On Down To South Park

October 19th, 2017

What's good about South Park: The Fractured But Whole? What's bad about it? And how does South Park fit into our lives in 2017? Kirk and Jason take a …

100: Loot Box Madness

October 12th, 2017

It's Kotaku Splitscreen's 100th episode! Join Kirk and Jason for a look back at 2+ years of Splitscreen, followed by news talk (19:09) about loot …

99: M-A-I-L-B-A-G

October 5th, 2017

Kirk and Jason talk about Cuphead, Danganronpa V3, Hob, and Golf Story before jumping into the news of the week (29:30): SNES Classic, Zelda design …

98: Video Game Writing With Tom Bissell

September 28th, 2017

Kirk and Jason start things off by talking about the SNES Classic, Danganronpa V3, and Divinity: Original Sin 2. Then it's time for news (31:36) about the voice actors strike ending, toxicity in gaming, and Assassin's …

97: Metroid Returns, Destiny 2 Spoilercast

September 21st, 2017

Jason and Kirk jump right into the news of the week (2:39) which includes Steam review bombing, Fortnite accidentally getting cross-play, and the Nintendo Direct. Then they bring on Kotaku boss Stephen Totilo (26:59) to …

96: Why Some Fonts Are Better Than Others

September 14th, 2017

What makes a font good or bad? Bethany Heck, a design director at Vox Media and typographer, joins today's show to talk about the nuances of font design. First, Kirk and Jason talk Mario + Rabbids before jumping into …

BONUS: Early Thoughts On Destiny 2

September 8th, 2017

Kirk and Jason have been playing Destiny 2 all week and have lots of THOUGHTS. No story spoilers, though, so feel free to listen even if you haven't …

95: Live From Seattle

September 6th, 2017


94: Twelve Straight Hours Of Video Games

August 31st, 2017

Fresh off a 12-hour video game marathon, Kirk and Jason talk about what it was like to play Dark Souls, Suikoden II, Splatoon 2, Super Mario RPG, …

BONUS: Game of Thrones Season 7, Ep 7: 'The Dragon and the Wolf'

August 28th, 2017

Jason and Kirk discuss the season 7 finale of Game of Thrones. This will be the last bonus episode, at least until the next season of Thrones rolls …

93: The Great SNES Classic Preorder Disaster

August 24th, 2017

Jason and Kirk talk about their adventures vacationing and eclipse-hunting before jumping into the news of the week (17:04) including Super Nintendo Classic pre-order disasters, Kyrie Irving screwing up NBA 2K18, and …

BONUS: Game of Thrones Season 7, Ep 6: 'Beyond the Wall"

August 22nd, 2017


92: Meatsports vs. Esports

August 17th, 2017

Welcome to another extra-long episode of Kotaku Splitscreen, which is apparently what happens when Jason's on vacation. Kirk and guest host Stephen Totilo start off talking about Kotaku's expanded video team, then …

BONUS: Game of Thrones Season 7, Ep 5: 'Eastwatch'

August 14th, 2017


91: Finding Love In Splatoon 2

August 10th, 2017

Super-sized episode! Kirk and Jason start by talking about how much Jason's loving Final Fantasy Tactics on his phone and how impressed Kirk is with the opening hours of Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. Then they talk …

BONUS: Game of Thrones Season 7, Ep 4: 'The Spoils of War'

August 7th, 2017


90: Adam Ruins Video Games

August 3rd, 2017

Kirk and Jason talk about Pyre, Battlegrounds, and Dream Daddy before jumping into this week's news (29:07) on GameStop's Thanksgiving hours, Unsung Story's Kickstarter disaster, and a gamer cruise that lost its boat. …

BONUS: Game of Thrones Season 7, Ep 3: 'The Queen's Justice'

July 31st, 2017


89: Oxenfree's Director, Persona 5 Spoilercast

July 27th, 2017

We're talking two very different games about high school students on this week's Kotaku Splitscreen. First, Kirk talks all about his newfound love …

BONUS: Game of Thrones Season 7, Ep 2: 'Stormborn'

July 24th, 2017


88: It's Destiny 2 Beta Time

July 20th, 2017

It's Destiny 2 beta week! Kirk and Jason talk a bit about the robots taking over our lives and some of the other games they've been playing, like Final Fantasy XII and Zelda (15:28) before jumping into this week's news …

BONUS: Game of Thrones Season 7, Ep 1: 'Dragonstone'

July 17th, 2017


87: Red Dead Redemption, Nintendo's Future, And More Reader Questions

July 13th, 2017

Kirk and Jason talk a bunch of Final Fantasy XII (6:20), Grand Theft Auto IV (20:12), and Red Dead Redemption (26:58) before opening up the mailbag (33:15) and answering listener questions about weird JRPGs, video game …

86: Final Fantasy XII, Final Fantasy XIV, And... More

July 6th, 2017

Kirk regales us with stories from his backpacking adventures before settling down with Jason to talk Destiny 2 soccer (9:58), Mass Effect: Andromeda's lack of DLC (15:43), and Zelda's new content (24:44). Then they …

85: The SNES Classic Is Real, And It's Spectacular

June 29th, 2017

Hope you're ready for a mega-Splitscreen! Kotaku features editor Chris Kohler joins the show to talk about Nintendo's bombshell Super NES Classic announcement, but first, Kirk and Jason talk about FFXV: Episode Prompto …

84: We Survived E3 2017

June 22nd, 2017

E3 is over, which means Splitscreen is back to its weekly schedule. (We know--we're sad too.) This week, Kirk and Jason talk about some of the games …

E3 2017 Episode 6: The Best And Worst Of E3

June 16th, 2017

E3 is over, and we made it out alive. Jason and Kirk start their final E3 episode by talking a bit about Ni No Kuni 2, then discussing what they thought of this E3 overall (19:12). Then Jason interviews Shaun Escayg, …

E3 2017 Episode 5: South Park, Pillars Of Eternity 2

June 15th, 2017

We're almost there. We've almost survived E3 2017. We can do this. 

Kirk and Jason catch up on how E3 is going today before Jason sits down with Jason …

E3 Episode 4 (UPDATED): Luke Smith On Destiny 2, John Garvin On Days Gone

June 14th, 2017

Kirk and Jason start off by talking about what Jason saw at E3 yesterday, then pivot  (15:38) to Sony's weak explanation for why they don't support cross-platform play in Rocket League and Minecraft. After that Jason’s …

E3 2017 Episode 3: Nintendo, Super Mario Odyssey

June 13th, 2017

Kirk and Jason are back for the third day of E3 2017. This time it's all Nintendo, all the time. Did Nintendo energize a generally low-key E3 by announcing two new Metroid games? (Yes.) Is Super Mario Odyssey as weird …

E3 2017 Episode 2: Sony, Bethesda, Ubisoft

June 13th, 2017

Jason and Kirk talk about three more E3 2017 press conferences, starting with Bethesda. After that they discuss Ubisoft's surprisingly good show (7:36) and close out talking about Sony (20:55). Tomorrow: Nintendo.

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E3 2017 Episode 1: Microsoft, EA, Xbox One X

June 12th, 2017

Jason and Kirk kick off their E3 2017 coverage talking about EA's unexciting Saturday press conference (1:10). They then pivot to Microsoft's game-packed Sunday conference (6:00), and try to make heads or tails of the …

83: Hopes And Predictions For E3 2017

June 8th, 2017

We're just days away from the best time of the year: E3. Kirk and Jason open with some discussion of Mass Effect: Andromeda's turbulent development …

82: The Plural Of Anime

June 1st, 2017

Jason explains to Kirk why gambling is the best thing ever and talks wedding catering before we jump into ARMS (11:54) and Star Trek Bridge Crew (19:21). Then, Kirk and Jason talk about "service games" (22:53), how the …

81: Taco Bell Weddings

May 25th, 2017

Jason and Kirk talk about YouTube copyright strikes (10:21), Red Dead Redemption 2's delay (21:10), and Overwatch's one-year anniversary (27:19) before bringing on Giant Bomb editor Dan Ryckert to chat about working at …

Bonus Ep: Destiny 2 Reactions

May 19th, 2017


80: Eat, Prey, Chris Avellone

May 18th, 2017

Industry luminary Chris Avellone joins the show once again to talk about his recent work on Prey. First, Kirk and Jason talk a bit about Nier: Automata (6:55) and the Nintendo Switch (11:15) before jumping into this …

79: The Zelda: Breath of the Wild Spoilercast

May 11th, 2017

The new Zelda has been out for two months now, so let's spoil it! First, Kirk and Jason talk this week's news including the rocky future of Mass …

78: Zelda DLC, Destiny Dreams, And Reader Q&A

May 4th, 2017

Jason just started Nier: Automata, so he and Kirk talk about that for a bit (7:17) before jumping into the news, starting with Zelda's first DLC (18:33). Then, they chat New 2DS XL (24:42) and Darksiders 3 (31:59) …

77: Stories From LucasArts And Bethesda

April 27th, 2017

Kirk and Jason start off the show by talking about the new indie games What Remains Of Edith Finch and The Sexy Brutale before jumping into this week's news: the announcement of Call of Duty: WWII (13:01), an Overwatch …

76: Switch, Nier: Automata, and The West Wing

April 20th, 2017

There's lots to discuss on today's Splitscreen, starting with some brief chat about Kirk's cool Undertale cover (3:37) and some of the games we've …

75: Horizon Zero Dawn With Ashly Burch

April 13th, 2017

Actress and writer Ashly Burch joins the show to talk about what it was like to play Aloy, the protagonist of Horizon Zero Dawn. But first, News Hour, with stories on PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds selling a million …

74: Doing Destiny With Datto

April 6th, 2017

Destiny streaming superstar Datto joins the show today. First we're talking the week's news, from Palmer Luckey leaving Oculus (9:39) to Atlus …

73: Point-N-Click Adventuring With Ron Gilbert

March 30th, 2017

Nice and sunny here at Kotaku Splitscreen, where we're talking to legendary adventure game designer Ron Gilbert about his new game. First we cover this week's news including StarCraft Remastered (7:03), Destiny 2 …

72: Revisiting The Nintendo Switch

March 23rd, 2017

One month later, how much has the Switch grown on us? Kirk and Jason go over this week's news including Telltale's CEO departing (12:30) and Mass Effect animators getting harassed (20:06) before assessing the Switch, …

71: Early Thoughts On Mass Effect: Andromeda

March 16th, 2017

Kirk and Jason break down the week's news, then dig into the early hours of Mass Effect: Andromeda, which have left them with mixed feelings so far. Afterwards, some reader questions and more Zelda talk.

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70: Let's Gush About Zelda: Breath of the Wild

March 9th, 2017

Kirk and Jason talk about Destiny 2 and Shadow of War, then take a spoiler-light dive into Hyrule to talk about how incredible Breath of the Wild is. …

Extra Special Bonus Episode: Nintendo Switch

March 3rd, 2017


GDC 2017, Day 3: Tim Schafer, Kim Swift, Frank Cifaldi

March 3rd, 2017


GDC 2017, Day 2: Chris Avellone, Anna Kipnis, Meg Jayanth

March 1st, 2017


GDC 2017, Day 1: Matthew Burns, Tina Amini, Nathan Grayson

February 28th, 2017


69: Horizon Zero Duh

February 23rd, 2017

For episode 69 (nice), Kirk and Jason bring on Patricia Hernandez for a spoiler-free chat about the fantastic new PS4 game Horizon Zero Dawn. Also: why Xbox fanboys won't stop spamming Jason's Twitter this week.

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68: Final Fantasy XV Spoilercast

February 16th, 2017


67: The Circle of Life

February 9th, 2017

Kirk and Jason break down GameStop's controversial Circle of Life program, E3 going public, and the big Super Bowl Switch. Then, Kotaku's Heather Alexandra joins the show to chat about Nioh and Resident Evil 7.

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66: Questions N' Answers

February 2nd, 2017


65: It's Raining Games From Japan

January 26th, 2017


64: Nintendo Switch Reactions

January 19th, 2017


63: Every Game Of 2016*: Part 2

January 12th, 2017


62: Every Game Of 2016*: Part 1

January 5th, 2017

It's time for our Games of the Year -- literally! On part one of our very special 2016 wrap-up, Kirk and Jason go through every video game release of 2016, from January to June. *May not be every video game

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61: AAA vs. Indie Development

December 29th, 2016

Veteran game dev Matthew S. Burns joins Kirk and Jason to talk about the differences between indie and AAA development. Also: Nier Automata, Double Fine's documentary, and some Star Wars: Rogue One.

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60: Run, Mario, Run

December 22nd, 2016

Super Mario Run: Is it good? (Yes.) Jason tells us why he's really digging Nintendo's new mobile excursion, then we fantasize about what other Nintendo mobile games might look like. Plus: Dishonored 2, Final Fantasy XV, …

59: Revisiting Our 2016 Predictions

December 15th, 2016

In January, Kirk and Jason predicted a bunch of things for 2016, with the bet that whoever got more predictions right would get a free steak dinner …

58: The Second-To-Last Guardian

December 8th, 2016


Bonus Episode: All About Westworld

December 5th, 2016


57: Final Fantasy Road Trip

December 1st, 2016

In honor of Final Fantasy XV's release, Kirk and Jason swap stories about their adventures with Noctis, Prompto, Ignis, and Richard. It's a fun one! Also: No Man's Sky improvements and the apparent AAA sales rut.

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56: Honored 2: Dishonored

November 17th, 2016

Kotaku managing editor Riley MacLeod joins Kirk and Jason to talk Dishonored 2, Hitman, and Watch Dogs 2. They also answer reader questions and try …

55: We All Need Some Distractions

November 11th, 2016

In the wake of this horrible week, Kirk and Jason distract themselves with new video games. PS4 Pro, NES Classic, and Dishonored 2 lead the way, along with a bunch of reader questions on storytelling, the best video …

54: The Skyrim's The Limit

November 3rd, 2016


53: Nintendo's Swift Switch

October 27th, 2016


52: Fallout For Fallout 4

October 20th, 2016


51: And The Gunslinger Followed

October 13th, 2016


50: PlayStephen VR

October 6th, 2016


49: INSIDE Destiny 2

September 29th, 2016


Episode 48: Our Iron Has Risen

September 22nd, 2016


Episode 47: Mailbagging

September 15th, 2016

Jason and Kirk reach into the mailbag to answer YOUR big questions on turn-based combat, NX, Dragon Age Inquisition, the price of video games, and much much more. This episode presented by Kirk's new Rhoomba.

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Episode 46: PlayStation Fro

September 8th, 2016


Episode 45: Paxtravaganza!

September 3rd, 2016


Episode 44: Deus Ex: Kirk Divided

August 25th, 2016

Kirk and Jason talk Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, laptop buying advice, and cyber-ska. Then they open up the mailbag for some reader questions about backlogs, Vita, and how the NX will be announced.

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Episode 43: No Man's Sky Vs. Punting In The NFL

August 18th, 2016


Episode 42: No Man's Day-One Patch

August 11th, 2016

Jason and Kirk explain why games like No Man's Sky get day-one patches, then talk a bit about their travels through space. Also: reaching into the mailbag for some questions about Overwatch and the future of Kotaku. …

Episode 41: Console Wars Suck

August 4th, 2016

Kirk and Jason try to figure out why so many people care about who wins the console war. Then they dig into all the new Destiny: Rise of Iron info, …

Episode 40: Ask Us Anything

July 28th, 2016

Kirk and Jason reach into the mailbag and answer YOUR questions on today's Q&A episode. We talk about NX/Scorpio/Neo, Overwatch, the nature of JRPGs, what it's like to review games, and YouTube scandals, among many …

Episode 39: What Makes A Classic JRPG?

July 21st, 2016

What makes a game qualify as a classic JRPG? What sort of attributes does it have? Just what makes the like of Final Fantasy VII and Chrono Trigger so special? Let's break it down.

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Episode 38: Final Fanservice

July 14th, 2016

Kotaku vet Mike Fahey joins Jason to talk about Final Fantasy XIV, fanservice games, and 7th Dragon III Code VFD. He also tells the story of the time he wasn't allowed to go to the Tokyo Game Show.

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Episode 37: How To Build A PC

July 7th, 2016


BONUS EPISODE: Game of Thrones Season 6 Finale

June 27th, 2016


Episode 36: Overwatch Is Fun As Hell

June 23rd, 2016

In the wake of E3, the only big news Kirk and Jason really want to see is a Torbjorn nerf. Today we're talking E3 recovery, Zelda, the power of Overwatch, and some of the other games we're playing these days. Plus some …

E3 Day Three: So Many Final Fantasys

June 16th, 2016


E3 Day Two: Zelda, Final Fantasy XV, Teraflops

June 15th, 2016


E3 Day One: Microsoft, Ubisoft and Sony

June 14th, 2016


E3 Day Zero: EA And Bethesda

June 13th, 2016


Episode 35: Buckle Up For E3

June 8th, 2016


Episode 34: Xbox Hank Scorpio

June 2nd, 2016


Episode 33: Charting Uncharted 4

May 19th, 2016

New theme song! Welcome to Splitscreen 90210. Kirk's back for another delightful episode and to talk about Uncharted 4, Doom, and how goddamn …

Episode 32: 'Censorship' And Localization

May 12th, 2016

Former XSEED editor Jessica Chavez is here to talk about the localization/'censorship' debate. We also geek out about JRPGs, talk Trails, and get some behind-the-scenes stories of what it's like to bring games from …

Episode 31: Talking Games Journalism

May 5th, 2016

Patrick "Scoops" Klepek and Jason "Press Sneak Fuck" Schreier tag-team for this deep dive into what it's like to report on video games. This week's episode digs into some of the stories behind some of our favorite …

Episode 30: Nintendo Is Bumming Us Out

April 28th, 2016

The NX is coming in just under a year, but Nintendo has lost a lot of goodwill with their biggest fans. For Wii U owners, including both Kirk and Jason, it's hard not to feel burned. Let's talk about it. Also: Dark …

Episode 29: 80-Hour Work Weeks

April 21st, 2016

When is "crunch" OK in the game industry? How can it be avoided? Veteran game producer Matthew Burns joins Kirk and Jason to talk about the human cost that goes into making video games. Also: The Division, Disgaea 5, …

Episode 28: A Taste Of Final Fantasy XV

April 14th, 2016

Will Final Fantasy XV live up to expectations? We don't know, but we're optimistic! Join a very sick Kirk and Jason for some JRPG talk, some Destiny …

Episode 27: It's Like Jazz, Man

April 7th, 2016


Episode 26: No Crying In Virtual Reality

April 1st, 2016

Kirk is joined by Kotaku editor in chief Stephen Totilo, filling in for Jason, who is currently sitting on a beach somewhere playing Vita games. Stephen and Kirk talk about new video games, new gaming controversies, and …

Episode 25: The Future Of Gaming Hardware

March 24th, 2016

Kirk is back from GDC, where all everyone could talk about was VR. Jason's still pretty skeptical, though. Is VR really going to take off? Also: …

Episode 24: The Year In StarCraft II

March 17th, 2016

It's a very special No-Kirk episode as Blizzard's Tim Morten joins Jason to talk about the future of StarCraft. Just what's going to happen in the upcoming Nova expansion for SC2? And what else is coming throughout 2016 …

Episode 23: Tim Schafer

March 10th, 2016

Double Fine boss Tim Schafer joins Splitscreen to talk about his PILES AND PILES of money. Plus: how Day of the Tentacle holds up today, what it's …

Episode 22: Rachel Bloom: From YouTube Star To Golden Globe Winner

March 4th, 2016

On today's SUPER-OFF-TOPIC episode, TV star Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) joins Jason and Kirk to talk about what it's like to create and star …

Episode 21: Kirk Loves Anime Girls

February 25th, 2016

Kirk is playing Fire Emblem, which means one thing and one thing only: ANIME WAIFUS. Also, Jason's back to talk about Final Fantasy XIV and Destiny 2. Then we dive into some reader questions and give some tips to all …

Episode 20: Playing All The Wrong Games

February 18th, 2016

Jason’s off this week, so Kotaku EIC Stephen Totilo steps in to chat with Kirk about the ups and downs of playing too many video games. They talk a lot about open world game design, and Kirk tries and fails to remember …

Episode 19: Hot Take Corner

February 11th, 2016

Introducing our new feature: HOT TAKE CORNER. Kotaku's Nathan Grayson joins Kirk and Jason to talk XCOM 2, Fire Emblem, Dying Light, and our big Hot Take of the week: Half-Life 3 is never coming out!!!

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Episode 18: Tom Clancy's The Witness

February 4th, 2016

Has The Division's beta piqued our interest? Just what makes The Witness so good? And what's it been like to run Kotaku for the past four years? EIC Stephen Totilo is here to answer all those questions and MORE, …

Episode 17: Big Predictions For 2016

January 28th, 2016

It's contest time! The rules: In this episode, Kirk and Jason have to each make 12 predictions for 2016. At the end of the year, we'll revisit them …

Episode 16: The Great Destiny Malaise

January 22nd, 2016

Things are depressing in the hardcore Destiny community these days, which means there's lots for Kirk and Jason to talk about! Join us as we discuss The Great Destiny Malaise as well as the charming Mario & Luigi: …

Episode 15: Learning To Love Speedrunning

January 14th, 2016

Resident aussie Luke Plunkett is here to talk about everything from Assassin's Creed to Arkham Knight. Also: Jason tries to talk everyone into loving speedrunning, Kirk discusses Kotaku's big new review changes, and we …

Episode 14: The Year That A Lot Of VR Headsets Come Out

January 7th, 2016

Is this the Year of VR or just The Year That A Lot Of VR Headsets Come Out? Join Kirk and Jason as they discuss the future of virtual reality in the …

Episode 13: Every Single Game* Of 2015

December 31st, 2015

As 2015 comes to a close, it's time to talk Games of the Year! And by talk Games of the Year we mean talk about every single game released in 2015. Come join Kirk and Jason for a look back at an entire year's worth of …

Episode 12: The Kojima Awakens

December 18th, 2015

Kotaku's Evan "Mr. Style" Narcisse is here to chat with Kirk and Jason about what we want to see next from former pachinko star Hideo Kojima. We also talk about Star Wars: The Force Gets Up -- NO SPOILERS! -- and the …

Episode 11: Let's Remake Final Fantasy VII

December 14th, 2015

Will the Final Fantasy VII remake be any good? WILL IT HAVE A WORLD MAP? Kirk and Jason are here in this "bonus" episode to dissect what Square has revealed so far about the upcoming remake of their beloved dating …

Episode 10: Too Many Video Games

December 4th, 2015

The hardest thing about working in games media these days? Too many damn games. In this action-packed episode of Splitscreen, Kirk and Jason talk Final Fantasy XIV, Just Cause 3, Fallout 4, Cibelle, and all the other …

Episode 9: Fallout 4 Extravaganza Part 2

November 20th, 2015

The more you play Fallout 4, the more it grows on you. Last week's extravaganza wasn't enough, so Kirk and Jason are back to talk a lot more about Bethesda's latest. Also: blacklisting, StarCraft, and which JRPG Kirk …

Episode 8: Fallout 4 Extravaganza

November 13th, 2015

Fallout 4? Fallout 4. Kotaku's Patricia Hernandez joins Kirk and Jason for an all-Fallout podcast extravaganza. We talk about our adventures in the …

Episode 7: The Worst Game Marketing Ever

November 6th, 2015

Superstar writer and developer Matthew Burns (Halo, Call of Duty, Destiny) is here telling tales and talking to Kirk and Jason about the worst marketing moves in video game history. We also discuss Activision's $5.9 …

Episode 6: What It's Really Like To Work At Kotaku

October 30th, 2015

Time for some inside baseball! On this very special episode of Splitscreen, Kirk and Jason talk about what it's like to work for the well-known Destiny fan-site Kotaku dot com. Also: Nintendo going mobile, reader …

Episode 5: Spilling Secrets

October 22nd, 2015

Portal designer Kim Swift joins Kirk and Jason to spill ALL her secrets about what she's doing at Amazon. We also talk about our behind-the-scenes Destiny story, the visual novel Danganronpa, and whether horses are more …

Episode 4: The Best Mario Maker Player Ever

October 15th, 2015


Kotaku SplitScreen Episode 3: When Should You Back A Kickstarter?

October 9th, 2015

Kirk and Jason talk about the ups and downs of Kickstarter, discuss the new Uncharted Collection for PS4, and talk about Destiny's new raid. They …

Kotaku SplitScreen Episode 2: Destiny Director Luke Smith

September 25th, 2015


Kotaku SplitScreen Episode 1

September 11th, 2015

This is Episode 1 of Kotaku SplitScreen, a new video podcast brought to you by Jason Schreier and Kirk Hamilton. In this pilot episode, we talk about …
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