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Show #496 - How the West Was Fun

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By A.J. and Mike Minotti
Every week, a different gaming topic becomes the center of debate between AJ and Mike, brothers and lifelong gamers. But they’ll often squeeze in their other, geeky interests -- including movies and Disney theme parks. The Exploding Barrel Podcast is 10 years old, but its fire still burns bright.
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Show #523 - Here's My Number
Mike and AJ talk about AJ's close, personal friendship with Ninja now that they text each. We also get a hands on impression of the Sega Genesis Mini, the chance to name our World of Warcraft Classic characters, and learn if the Cataclysm is enough to get anyone back into Anthem.
46:17
August 16, 2019
Show #522 - I Need a Hero Power
Mike and AJ are here to talk about the newest Hearthstone expansion, Saviors of Uldum. There's lively talk of the long awaited Cataclysm update for Anthem, Sky on iOS, and the state of the wrestling industry.
43:10
August 7, 2019
Show #521 - Exploding Barrel of Exploding
Mike and AJ weigh in on Universal's announcement of Universal's Epic Universe. It's gonna be epic. We also get AJ's thoughts on Fire Emblem: Three Houses now that it's out to the masses, and we try the newest Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fighter, Hero from Dragon Quest.
36:20
August 2, 2019
Show #520 - Be Unprepared
Mike and AJ are glad the internet hasn't broken what with all the Switch hardware announcements, our unplanned hiatus, and the Cats trailer dropping. But at least Mike was able to get us an early preview of Fire Emblem: Three Houses, a review of Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, and more!
44:53
July 25, 2019
Show #519 - Far From It
Mike and AJ are here with a spoiler filled discussion about Spider-Man: Far From Home. We recorded immediately after seeing the movie Tuesday night, and decided to give it a few days for everyone to see the movie over the holiday. Enjoy!
37:19
July 5, 2019
Show #518 - For Naj- Narg- Uh For Azshara!
Mike and AJ are here with a look at the long awaited 8.2 patch for World of Warcraft, Rise of Azshara. We also have early impressions of Super Mario Maker 2, Virtua Racing, and more!
32:54
June 30, 2019
Show #517 - E3ed
Mike is back to tell us what's what from the E3 show floor. Get hands on impressions from the show along with a few other surprises as we wrap up E3 2019!
51:26
June 21, 2019
Show #516 - Stop the Pressers
Mike is in Los Angeles for E3, so AJ is joined by Chris and Perry to play the home game. It’s called a salute to all the press conferences, but mostly Microsoft and Nintendo. Buckle up for 90 minutes of E3 goodness!
1:28:38
June 12, 2019
Show #515 - Ripped from the Headlines
Mike and AJ get ready for E3! We try to guess what we'll see at the show, discuss the new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, revisit Final Fantasy XIV and Elder Scrolls Online, and take a look at the final batch of games announced for the Sega Genesis Mini.
56:22
June 5, 2019
Show #514 - Let's Go Home and Sleep
Mike and AJ are back after an inadvertent hiatus caused by some work and travel, but we've got a great show filled with (weird) new Pokemon announcements, the console launch of Dauntless, the World of Warcraft Classic beta, and the beginning of E3 hype!
32:27
May 29, 2019
Show #513 - Some Assembly Required
We've got 20ish minutes of video games like Mortal Kombat 11, then it's all Avengers Endgame spoilers, baby!
1:00:58
April 29, 2019
Show #512 - Joke's On You
Mike and AJ dive into the details of the Playstation 5 (even though it's not called that), the Xbox One S All Digital Edition, Joker and the Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.0 patch, and The Rise of Skywalker and other announcements from Star Wars Celebration. Quite the week!
1:02:23
April 17, 2019
Show #511 - Plus+
Mike and AJ reveal their thoughts on Disney+, the upcoming 8.2 patch for World of Warcraft, and more!
42:29
April 12, 2019
Show #510 - Borderline
Mike and AJ talk about the Borderlands 3 reveal, discuss easy mode in games, the story behind Anthem's development, and find out what Mike thinks of Hallow Knight.
41:59
April 5, 2019
Show #509 - The Minotti Division
Mike is off to San Francisco for GDC, so AJ has brought in the big guns. We're joined by the other Minotti, Chris, and our friend and Smash Bros. aficionado Perry! We share our thoughts on Google's Stadia streaming game platform, the recent Nintendo Nindies showcase, give out thoughts on The Division 2, talk more Anthem, catch up on the state of online play in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and discuss Captain Marvel's place in the MCU.
1:22:12
March 21, 2019
Show #508 - Reach Around
Mike and AJ discuss the news of Halo: The Masterchief Collection coming to PC. We also learn that AJ's Elmo voice is terrifying to small babies. Fun!
36:35
March 13, 2019
Show #507 - Crybaby
Mike and AJ are here with Mike's thoughts on Devil May Cry 5, the LFR experience of the latest World of Warcraft raid, and AJ's conspiracy theory that he's playing a different version of Anthem from everyone else.
31:05
March 6, 2019
Show #506 - Haterade
Mike and AJ talk about some random movies including the Lego Movie 2 an the new trailer for Detective Pikachu. We also get a bit deeper into Anthem, discuss the newest Overwatch hero, and hear about Mike's experience with the final World of Warcraft raid boss.
42:37
February 27, 2019
Show #505 - Ant Him
Mike and AJ are here to talk about the latest Nintendo Direct and our early experience with Anthem.
40:58
February 22, 2019
Show #504 - Apex Predators
Mike and AJ partake in the surprise release of Apex Legends.
29:16
February 6, 2019
Show #503 - Goofy Dialogue
Mike and AJ are here to talk about the long awaited release of Kingdom Hearts 3, the high and lows of the Anthem VIP demo, and Mike's experience getting to see Hamilton.
51:23
February 1, 2019
Show #502 - From Now On
Mike and AJ finally kick off 2019 by talking about this year's most anticipated releases. We also check out New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, AJ continues to slay behemoths in Dauntless, and Mike ups his JRPG street cred by beating Phantasy Star IV.
37:44
January 16, 2019
Show #501 - GotY and 17 Others
Mike and AJ are ready to wrap up 2018 with our Game of the Year awards. Join us for our top fives and 12 honorable mentions.
56:47
December 29, 2018
Show #500 - Everyone Is Here!
Can you believe it?! 500 episodes of The Exploding Barrel Podcast! And what better way to celebrate than with the release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Mike's birthday?
46:58
December 12, 2018
Show #499 - Splishy Splash
Mike and AJ are completely in love with Pokemon Let's Go. Did you know that Pikachu can learn a water move and usually goes first in combat?
43:05
November 29, 2018
Show #498 - Sony? More Like So Long!
Mike and AJ dive into Fallout 76 as we take our first timid steps into the West Virginia wasteland. Mike has been mesmerized by Tetris Effect, and we discuss what it means to hear that Sony will not be at E3 2019.
29:41
November 16, 2018
Show #497 - Immortal, It Is Yours
Mike is back from BlizzCon and Disneyland. But it's cool. Whatever. AJ got to watch with the Virtual Ticket and Mike and Chris's Google Photos album. At least he got to play the Fallout 76 B.E.T.A.
42:37
November 7, 2018
Show #496 - How the West Was Fun
Mike and AJ are joined by the elusive third Minotti brother, Chris! We dive into our review of the soon to be released Switch port of Diablo 3, our first hours with Red Dead Redemption 2, and we drill Chris on a few of the usual questions.
50:36
October 31, 2018
Show #495 - Whip It Good
Mike and AJ are here to talk about the new re-release of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and Rondo of Blood, first impressions (a little late) of Destiny 2: Forsaken, and some hopes and thoughts on what WoW could do with its upcoming 8.1 patch.
45:47
October 25, 2018
Show #494 - The Best Kind of Vengeance
Mike and AJ are all ready to dive into the latest Call of Duty with Black Ops 4. We also get some streaming time with Google's Project Stream (and Assasin's Creed: Odyssey), and AJ tells us about his recent trip to Cedar Point and their newest roller coaster, Steel Vengeance.
33:36
October 16, 2018
Show #493 - MMO Fallout
Mike and AJ are flabbergasted to see how many old MMOs are still getting new content. From Lord of the Rings Online to Star Trek Online and even Everquest 2. Mike also got to hang out with Bethesda in West Virgina to check out Fallout 76.
38:15
October 10, 2018
Show #492 - Unlinks' Adventure
Mike and AJ are here​ to talk about, uh... *checks notes* the Sinbad stunt show at Universal Island of Adventure. And video games too.
35:53
September 27, 2018
Show #491 - Astro Orbiter
Mike and AJ are back with more thoughts on Spider-Man, World of Warcraft, and AJ's newest gadget, the Astro A50 headset.
33:35
September 14, 2018
Show #490 - What a Spider Can
Mike and AJ are here to discuss the upcoming PS4 exclusive, Spider-Man! We've also been playing more World of Warcraft, punctured with some Into the Breach on Switch. Also, remember when achievements mattered? Like, really mattered?
27:10
September 5, 2018
Show #489 - No, No Man's Sky
Mike and AJ are back. We've pried ourselves away from WoW to try a few other games this week such as No Man's Sky, The Messenger, and the updated Halo: The Master Chief Collection. We also talk about some of the recently announce Nindies for the Switch.
30:47
August 29, 2018
Show 488 - Gangplank Galleon
We're Back! (A Dinosaur's Story) Mike and AJ have returned after AJ's "paternity leave." Catch up with our excitement over recent Super Smash Bros. Ultimate announcements, marvel as AJ actually enjoys Octopath Traveler, and dive in with our first impressions of World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth.
34:26
August 22, 2018
Show #487 - 40 Love
Mike and AJ warmed up before the show with a little Mario Tennis Aces on the Switch. Mike has been playing the upcoming Octopath Traveler, while AJ has been getting his feet wet in Paladins. We end the show with an inadvertent pre-hype sessions for World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth.
35:07
July 11, 2018
Show #486 - E3 Afterglow Show
Mike is back from E3, so he and AJ discuss the highs and lows of the show. We also get into the world of Paladins with the mobile game Paladin's Strike and their take on battle royale, Realm Royale.
36:14
June 23, 2018
Show #485 - Excessive Hype
Mike and AJ get into their E3 predictions! Will we get a new Crimson Skies this year?!
47:52
June 6, 2018
Show #484 - Judge Doom
Mike and AJ are back from Disney World, and Mike is back from E3 Judges' Week. Listen in to the games Mike can talk about such as Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII and Kingdom Hears 3.
28:45
May 21, 2018
Show #483 - Disney Bound
Mike and AJ are prepping for a family trip to Walt Disney World. Mike also finally gets into Stardew Valley, we get our toes wet in season 4 of Fortnite, and AJ is still playing God of War.
26:27
May 4, 2018
Show #482 - Stoned
Mike and AJ are about to spoiler the dickens out of Avengers: Infinity War. So yeah, if you didn't see it yet, maybe come back to this one. We also talk about God of War, Star Trek: Adversaries, and AJ's continued success in Fortnite. He's like, really good.
34:22
April 27, 2018
Show #481 - Dad of War
Hey, we're back! After an unplanned hiatus, Mike and AJ are here to talk about the new God of War, and it's spoiler-free too! We also get into the newest Hearthstone expansion, The Witchwood, and explore AJ's crippling addiction to Fortnite: Battle Royale.
43:25
April 19, 2018
Show #480 - On Switch
Mike and AJ look back at one year of the Nintendo Switch. Oh, and we recorded this before the Nintendo Direct this week, so yay Smash!
27:45
March 9, 2018
Show #479 - Pics Art
Mike and AJ have been re-watching Coco now that's it out on Blu-ray and digital, so we decided to discuss what makes a Pixar movie good or bad.
25:43
March 2, 2018
Show #478 - Dizzy World
Mike and AJ return with all the great new things we saw on our most recent visit to Walt Disney World.
53:18
February 16, 2018
Show #477 - Jan Jan Jan
Mike and AJ take a look at a strangely busy January filled with games like Monster Hunter World, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Sea of Thieves, and more!
24:50
January 31, 2018
Show #476 - Toothsome
Mike and AJ take a look at the Nintendo Direct Mini, the latest developer update from Bungie for Destiny 2, and talk about Mike's tooth infection!
30:38
January 13, 2018
Show #475 - GotY 2017
Join Mike and AJ as we talk about out top five games of 2017! We also take a look ahead of what's to come in 2018.
52:40
January 7, 2018
Show #474 - The Last Jedi
No clever titles this week! It’s a no holds barred, spoiler filled review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi!
43:34
December 15, 2017
Show #473 - This Goes to 11
Mike and AJ gush about all the new Mega Man news, including the announcement of Mega Man 11! AJ also got a change to experience raiding in Destiny 2, and we dip our toes into the game's first expansion, the Curse of Osiris.
38:14
December 6, 2017
Show #472 - Trekkin Ain't Easy
Mike and AJ discuss some favor Next Generation episodes after Mike reads the Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard. We also delve into the fruits of our Black Friday game deals.
28:01
November 28, 2017
Show #471 - Award Season, Fire
Mike and AJ dive into more fall releases like Assassin’s Creed Origins, Skyrim on Switch, Battlefront 2, and more! We also weigh in on the nominees for this year’s Game Awards.
36:02
November 21, 2017
Show #470 - X Gonna Give It
Mike and AJ are back from BlizzCon and/or disease! Hear all about the fun of Blizzard’s latest announcements, what new things Mike got up to at Disneyland, and what AJ thinks of he Xbox One X.
35:13
November 13, 2017
Show #469 - Odyssey, Ya See?
Mike and AJ have witnessed perhaps the best Mario game ever made! We also make our Blizzcon predictions and check out some of the new things AJ saw on his most recent visit to Walt Disney World.
42:31
October 30, 2017
Show #468 - Jedyou and Jedi
Mike and AJ react to the Last Jedi trailer and the Star Wars Battlefront 2 beta. We also hear Mike's first thoughts on Golf Story on the Switch.
25:56
October 10, 2017
Show #467 - Cupdead
Mike and AJ discover the brutal yet delightful challenge of Cuphead, explore just what is the best SNES game, and check out the Destiny 3 Faction Rally.
34:53
October 3, 2017
Show #466 - New Discoveries
Mike and AJ explore Star Trek Discovery and give hands on impressions of the SNES Classic!
31:23
September 26, 2017
Show #465 - Best Seller
Join Mike and AJ as we digest this month' NPD numbers, recap the Nintendo Direct, and give some further thoughts on Destiny 2 and Metroid: Samus Return.
37:07
September 15, 2017
Show #464 - Destined to Fail
Mike and AJ start the show with a quick baseball tangent (Go Tribe!) before hitting up all sorts of games from Destiny 2 to an early look at Metroid: Samus Returns.
31:47
September 11, 2017
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01:22
September 5, 2017
Show #463 – The Barrel Is Still Exploding - The Exploding Barrel Podcast
We celebrate 10 years of the Exploding Barrel Podcast by looking back at our picks for top games of the last 10 years!
41:15
August 24, 2017
Show #462 – Sonic Maniacs - The Exploding Barrel Podcast
Mike and AJ geek out about Sonic Mania this week. We also check out Nintendo's impressive sales last month, update our thoughts on Hearthstone, and hear what Mike thinks of Matterfall.
28:10
August 18, 2017
Show #461 – Very Cold Throne - The Exploding Barrel Podcast
Mike and AJ take a deep dive into Knights of the Frozen Throne, the latest expansion for Hearthstone.
32:57
August 11, 2017
Show #460 – This Is My Quest - The Exploding Barrel Podcast
With a new Star Wars VR experience coming to Disney Springs and Downtown Disney, Mike and AJ reminisce about Disney's first foray into VR entertainment with an overview of Disney Quest!
34:43
August 4, 2017
Show #459 – The Drunkest Place on Earth - The Exploding Barrel Podcast
Mike and AJ drink around the (Disney) world!
32:04
August 4, 2017
Show #458 – This Is Fine - The Exploding Barrel Podcast
Mike and AJ go over all the big announcements at D23 and check out the Destiny 2 beta. AJ would rather just play more Final Fantasy XII: Zodiac Age.
29:10
July 21, 2017
Show #457 – What’s Your Platform? - The Exploding Barrel Podcast
Mike and AJ revist the 3D platformers of the late 90s. AJ returns to Final Fantasy XIV in light of the new Stormblood expansion, and Mike checks out the Necromancer in Diablo 3.
35:22
June 29, 2017
Show #456 – E3 Finito - The Exploding Barrel Podcast
Mike is back from E3, and AJ wants to know what it was like! We also dive into the Steam Summer Sale.
32:46
June 23, 2017
Show #454 – SpookE3 - The Exploding Barrel Podcast
Mike and AJ discuss their E3 fears, weird Nintendo plans, and Star Trek in VR.
27:21
June 3, 2017
Show #453 – Wishes - The Exploding Barrel Podcast
Mike and AJ make a wish for E3 and have a Switch throwdown thanks to Ultra Street Fighter 2 and Arms. We also delve into the mysterious lands of Morrowind thanks to the latest Elder Scrolls Online expansion.
33:04
May 28, 2017
Show #452 – Three Way - The Exploding Barrel Podcast
Sorry! We recorded this last week, but life kept me from getting it edited until now. But you can enjoy our E3 winners predictions!
32:06
May 23, 2017
May 23, 2017
32:06
May 23, 2017
Show #451 – Hooked on a Feeling - The Exploding Barrel Podcast
Mike and AJ are back with their spoilery thoughts on Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2. We save that talk for the end should you want to avoid spoilers. But here's a spoiler: we liked it! Mike is getting into Nier: Automata, and we had fun taking some friends through their first games of Heroes of the Storm.
26:57
May 12, 2017
Show #450 – Puzzles - The Exploding Barrel Podcast
Mike and AJ are popping Puyos and clearing Tetriminos thanks to Puyo Puyo Tetris on the Switch. We also take a look back at some of our favorite puzzle games from Pokemon Puzzle League to Zoop! And thanks to some strong incentives, AJ finally has Mike playing Heroes of the Storm and their new 2.0 release.
27:58
April 28, 2017
Show #449 – Classic Nintendo - The Exploding Barrel Podcast
With the NES Classic on the way out, and rumors swirling of a SNES Classic, Mike and AJ come up with their list of 30 SNES games to include on the theoretical system. We also get an early look at Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Switch.
34:10
April 20, 2017
Show #448 – First Last Jedi - The Exploding Barrel Podcast
Mike and AJ react to the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. We also talk about the Overwatch: Uprising event and the first week of Journey to Un'Goro.
35:44
April 14, 2017
Show #447 – Cratered - The Exploding Barrel Podcast
Mike and AJ give their first impressions of the latest Hearthstone expansion, Journey to Un'Goro.
34:01
April 7, 2017
Show #446 – My Stuff! - The Exploding Barrel Podcast
Mike and AJ are here to discuss Destiny 2, Mike's views on Persona 5, and AJ's admiration of Rock Band VR.
24:29
March 31, 2017
Show #445 – Tale as Old as Time - The Exploding Barrel Podcast
Mike and AJ are fresh off seeing the live-action remake of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Find out what we thought about this re-imagining of the 1991 animated classic.
32:12
March 17, 2017
Show #443 – Line ‘Em Up - The Exploding Barrel Podcast
Mike and AJ compare the Switch launch line up to all of Nintendo's past launches. Mike got to review the upcoming PS4 exclusive Horizon: Zero Dawn.
31:13
February 24, 2017
Show #438 – Switch On - The Exploding Barrel Podcast
Mike and AJ have already pre-ordered they Nintendo Switch systems! Get our reactions from Nintendo's event as we tear apart the deatails.
23:14
January 13, 2017
Show #437 – Tender - The Exploding Barrel Podcast
Mike and AJ beginthe 10th year of EBP by taking a look at what's to come in 2017.
23:51
January 6, 2017
Show #425 – PSFun - The Exploding Barrel Podcast
Mike and AJ take a trip down memory lane with the original Playstation. We also get to tear into Forza Horizon 3 and the new Pheonix Wright!
20:55
October 7, 2016
Show #423 – Would You Kindly - The Exploding Barrel Podcast
Mike and AJ take a look back at the Bioshock franchise in light of its recent remaster. We also give some quick opinions on iOS 10 and hear about Mike's very exciting new mount in World of Warcraft.
28:21
September 16, 2016
Show #414 – Gotta Go Fast - The Exploding Barrel Podcast
Mike and AJ have been enjoying the speed runs at this year's Summer Games Done Quick event. We also got some time with Pokemon Go.
22:03
July 8, 2016
Show #411 – Clairvoyant - The Exploding Barrel Podcast
Mike and AJ gaze into the E3 crystal ball. AJ took a break from Overwatch to check out Paragon, Epic Games' upcoming free to play, third person MOBA.
29:59
June 2, 2016
Show #408 – Virtual Insanity - The Exploding Barrel Podcast
Mike an AJ mourn the premature deaths of Disney Infinity and The Muppets (the ABC show, not the beloved characters themselves). Since everyone has betrayed AJ and he is fed up with this world, he has retreated into the virtual safety of his new Oculus Rift.
20:48
May 13, 2016
Show #389 – Xcuse Me - The Exploding Barrel Podcast
Mike and AJ talk about the biggest news and surprises from the Game Awards and the Playstation Experience. Or is it Xperience?
20:52
December 10, 2015
Show #371 – Remembering Iwata - The Exploding Barrel Podcast
Mike and AJ take some time to remember and recognize the legacy of Satoru Iwata.
17:27
July 17, 2015
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