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.
Mike and AJ are ready to talk about the free to play game sweeping the internet, Genshin Impact. You might be surprised to find out who likes it more. We also lock our S foils to attack position to talk about Star Wars Squadrons. Mike has kinda beaten Hades, and the boys are ready for the end game content for Marvel’s Avengers to drop.
Mike and AJ were surprised to learn that Microsoft is buying Bethesda for $7.5 billion. What does that mean for Xbox, Bethesda's franchises, and gaming in general? To Mike's delight, Amazon has announced Luna, their upcoming cloud gaming service. We also survived the Xbox Series X preorder experience.
Mike and AJ talk about the surprise unveiling of the Xbox Series S and Series X price / release date announcement. We also discuss the games revealed at Ubisoft Forward, and talk about the awesome time we’re having with Marvel’s Avengers.
Mike and AJ talk about all of the announcements from the Mario Direct. We’re getting Super Mario 3D All-Stars (yay!), but no Galaxy 2 (boo!) and not a lot of remastering happening (drat!). We also discuss the new Nvidia cards, the joys of Avengersing, and what it’s like to accidentally crash an airplane into your in-laws’ house.
Mike and AJ are here to discuss the delay of Halo Infinite and what it could mean for the launch of the Xbox Series X (and S!). We also talk about the Marvel's Avengers beta, Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, and the demo for Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2. Yes, that's the name.
Mike and AJ discuss the planned refurb to change Splash Mountain into a Princess and the Frog attraction. We discuss the Last of Us (both of them!), next-gen game pricing, and the worst race in World of Warcraft. I kid, I kid.
Hey guys, we recorded this at the end of May, then a whole lot happened in the world, so we decided to hold off for a bit and let more important voices be heard. So here's the show. Join us for a conversation about The Elder Scrolls Online, Xenoblade Chronicles, and a VERY timely discussion about the new free-to-play shooter Crucible.
Mike and AJ ponder the future thanks to the reveal of Unreal Engine 5 running on PS5 hardware. We also get very excited/cautious about the newly announce Paper Mario: The Origami King. Mike finished Dragon Quest XI, and AJ finally hits level 50 in The Elder Scrolls: Online.
Mike and AJ are still playing video games. The younger Minotti generation has discovered The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, Mike has finished Final Fantasy 7 Remake, we've been enjoying the XP and rep buffs in World of Warcraft, and AJ has finally watched Superman. Yes, the movie from 1978.
Mike and AJ really like the Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Our brother Chris finally got beta access to Valorant, so we played more of that. We also talk about the Disney+ release of Onward and the potential of a limited supply launch for the PS5.
Mike and AJ dive into the latest Hearthstone expansion, Ashes of Outland, and the new class, the Demon Hunter! A class so powerful, it was nerfed a day later. Mike has been playing the Final Fantasy 7 Remake, and AJ is going to play it as soon as this uploads. So, uh, bye!
Mike and AJ have escaped the harshness of reality and landed in some virtual island life with Animal Cross: New Horizons. Yes, AJ caved and got it. We also have a spoiler-filled talk about Ori and the Will of the Wisps.
Mike and AJ saw the Sonic movie, and it was pretty good! We also talk about Mike's next raid in WoW Classic, AJ's experiences with Scourgebringer and Children of Morta, and wonder why Activision Blizzard hates cloud computing.
Mike and AJ talk about how Geforce Now could be about to make Stadia look bad. We also discuss why it might be time for a World of Warcraft break. Also, sorry for the audio in the first portion of the show. I, uh, forgot to actually plug in the mic. :P
Mike and AJ wonder what happened to Warcraft 3: Reforged, discuss just what the heck Google is even doing with Stadia, talk about our experiences with the Oculus Quest, and check out this latest episode of Star Trek: Picard.
Mike and AJ gush about the premiere of Star Trek: Picard. Join us as we analyze the premiere and find out how it ties into one of The Next Generations' greatest episodes, Measure of a Man. We also check out the new updates to Hearthstone and World of Warcraft, and find out if a $35 tablet can play Xbox games.
Mike and AJ close out the years 201X in the most futile way we know how. We pick the top 5 games of the decade. We also out a few other superlatives. And of course, we couldn't let the new of a Pokemon expansion pass go by, so we talk about that too. It's wild.
Mike and AJ discuss what Stadia gets right and wrong. We continue to enjoy Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Pokemon Sword and Shield. And can you believe a new Half Life game was announced? We discuss our thoughts on Half Life Alyx.
Mike, AJ, Chris, and Perry are here to talk about the community's issues with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, our impressions of Pokemon Sword and Shield, our complete love of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, our very, very early impressions of Google Stadia, and AJ's impressions of the Xbox Elite 2 controller.
Mike and AJ are joined by Perry and Chris for a jam-packed episode. Mike and AJ attended BlizzCon 2019. We went hands on with Diablo 4, Overwatch 2, World of Warcraft - Shadowlands, and talk to devs, meet cosplayers, and more! And since it’s right across the street, we went to Disneyland. AJ finally gets to experience Galaxy’s Edge and live the dream of flying the Millennium Falcon.
That same weekend, Chris took his family to Walt Disney World. He talks his time in Galaxy’s Edge, Toy Story Land, the Skyliner, and more. Perry is here for a long overdue talk about the latest entry in the Call of Duty franchise, Modern Warfare. We also spent some time together trying the latest DLC character for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Terry.
Mike and AJ talk about Mike's experience at a live AEW show which turns into a longer discussion about the state of wrestling entertainment. We also hear a little more about Luigi's Mansion 3, the grind of Destiny 2, and more!
Mike got to go to Disneyland's Galaxy's Edge and get an extended preview of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. AJ is totally not jealous. Nope. Not one bit. He's had Destiny 2 and Overwatch on Switch to play, so that's something.
Mike and AJ discuss Blizzard's disastrous day, the new details of the PlayStation 5, and the breakdown of the Disney World Skyliner. AJ has been bitten by the Destiny 2 bug, and Mike is revisiting Ori and the Blind Forest for Switch.
Mike and AJ try Nintendo's latest mobile game, Mario Kart World Tour. It's not great. AJ has been enjoying more Apple Arcade games, the 1.0 release of Dauntless, and Bob Iger's new book, The Ride of a Lifetime. Mike is wearing an old shirt.
Mike and AJ are still playing the WoW Classic, and Mike even got his mount! We also talk about the new Tomorrowland sign (not to be confused with the old New Tomorrowland sign) and the role audience participation has played at Walt Disney World.
Mike and AJ are here to talk about more World of Warcraft Classic and what mainline WoW needs to learn. We also revisit the Dreamcast for its 20th anniversary, dip our toes into Gears 5, and hear Mike's thoughts open Daemon X Machina.
Mike and AJ are loving their time in World of Warcraft Classic. Mike finishes his second play through of Fire Emblem: Three Houses and gets started on Astral Chain, while AJ checks out the latest Pokemon mobile game, Pokemon Masters. We also give a brief wrap up on the announcements from last weekend's D23 expo!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.