Free Play Podcast



The Freeplay Podcast, a conversation between a Southern Baptist, a hippie emo father of millions, and a retired Disney princess about the Love Thy Nerd community, the games they play, and the odd interview with those who make the games they play


  • Episode 118 | Scat-egorical References

    18/03/2021 Duración: 01h15min

    What’s the best way to get nerds up and moving? Giving them free games in exchange for steps. The new app Hero Trainer rewards your steps by giving you gift cards to the Playstation Store, Steam, Nintendo eShop, Google Play, and tons of other nerdy places. I also share a story of an… experience I had at the doctor’s office. That’s what we want to talk about this week on the Free Play podcast.

  • Episode 117 | Two Ways To Do Kickstarter

    10/03/2021 Duración: 01h27min

    It is obvious how much communication between a campaign and its backers can impact the overall success of the Kickstarter itself and we dig into it this week on the Free Play podcast.

  • Episode 116 | State of Lame 2021

    02/03/2021 Duración: 01h15min

    We’re used to seeing some seriously big game announcements in press conferences held at E3 and other conventions. With COVID and the lack of large conferences, the focus now more than ever has been delegated to shorter online broadcasts like Nintendo’s Treehouse, Playstation’s State of Play, and Xbox Showcase. We had high hopes for week’s Playstation State of Play, and…. It just wasn’t what we expected.

  • Episode 115 | Nerdom on the Small Screen

    23/02/2021 Duración: 01h09min

    We’ve seen nerd dom make its way to the big screen through the Lord of the Rings, the MCU, and much more. But recently we’ve seen a shift in nerdy adaptations of things that we love arriving on the small screen on platforms like Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, and Amazon Prime. What are some of the best examples that we’ve seen? Are there any negatives to this shift? We discuss this and more this week on the Free Play podcast.

  • Episode 114 | CD Projekt Wrecked

    18/02/2021 Duración: 01h06min

    The latest in video game news this week once again concerns CD Projekt Red who had source codes for Cyberpunk 2077, The Witcher 3, an unreleased version of The Witcher 3, and Gwent the card game stolen and held at ransom. In a… somewhat poorly written ransom note, the thieves demanded payment to which CD Projekt Red refused. And a few days later these source codes ended up at an auction on the dark web. What does this mean for the games industry? That’s what we want to talk about this week on the Free Play podcast?

  • Episode 113 | The State-ia of Stadia

    09/02/2021 Duración: 01h08min

    The news media was quick to declare the end of Google Stadia only two years after the launch. With the studio head stepping down and developers looking for new jobs, things just don’t look good. But is that all there is to this story? Just another end to another platform? What about Google’s claims that Stadia will still go on using third party releases? We talk about the future of Stadia and more this week on the Free Play podcast.

  • Episode 112 | Tesla and The Witcher 3?

    02/02/2021 Duración: 01h14min

    Tesla is known for being an innovative brand, with Elon Musk constantly coming up with new ideas for infinity and beyond. Literally. This week a story on Tesla boasted that the Model S and Model X vehicles come equipped with gaming hardware powerful enough to power The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Can this be? Is it even safe? And what other in-car tech ideas can we come up with? That’s what we want to talk about this week.

  • Episode 110 | 2020 Game of the Year

    27/11/2020 Duración: 01h23min

    2020 has been a trip of a year, and the annual Video Game Award nominees are a testament to that. Did we agree with the list or could it have been altered just a little? Well, that's what we want to talk about this week on the Free Play podcast.

  • Episode 109 | PS5 & Xbox Series X Review

    19/11/2020 Duración: 01h12min

    With Matt and Bubba finally getting their hands on a PS5 and an Xbox Series X, we delve into the pros and cons of each console that they’ve noticed this week. Kate has not made the leap to the PS5 yet, but she has Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, so you won’t see Kate complaining. After 8-13 hour days of streaming with their new consoles to share their experiences with the Love Thy Nerd community, Matt and Bubba are ready to discuss the new current-gen consoles.

  • Episode 108 | Best Games of the Current Generation

    13/11/2020 Duración: 01h22min

    The age of the current-gen consoles is coming to a close with the release of the PS5 and the Xbox Series X. We saw some truly amazing games come out on these platforms: Red Dead Redemption 2, Overwatch, God of War, Fallout 4, Spider-man, Destiny 2, and so much more. What made our list for the very best games on the Playstation 4 and Xbox One? That’s what we want to talk about today on the FreePlay podcast.

  • Episode 107 | Cloud Gaming & Cyberpunk 2077

    05/11/2020 Duración: 01h22min

    Control on the Switch is now available, but on launch day there was a queue to even play the game that boasted instant streaming. While the queue is no longer, it raises questions about the streaming potential of the Nintendo Switch for graphically demanding games that otherwise couldn't run on the diminutive console. Also, Cyberpunk 2077 was delayed......again and this time even the rank and file developers were caught off guard by the announcement. Oh, and Matt shaved his head!

  • Episode 106 | Console Wars and Overrated Games

    29/10/2020 Duración: 01h28min

    The arrival of the new PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S alongside the stalwart Nintendo Switch gives fresh fuel to the ever-burning fire of the console wars. Brand loyalty and identity crisis fuel the cycle with every console generation with new twists. Technological advances with streaming, 4K, subscriptions, and more make this new cycle even more interesting. Bubba, Matt, and Kate talk about their views on the nerd rage along with their most overrated games which will surprise no one. All this and more on the Free Play Podcast Episode 106.

  • Episode 105 | Zelda's 35th Anniversary, Mango Jaw, and Fables

    22/10/2020 Duración: 01h16min

    Zelda's 35th Anniversary is coming up next year in 2021. Our resident Zelda expert Matt Warmbier speculates on what might come as part of the Zelda anniversary. Will we get a Breath of the Wild 2 release alongside a collection of the 2D or 3D games on Switch in the same way Mario received the 3D All-Stars treatment. All this along with Kate's "mango-jaw" ailment and her foray into the comic world of "Fables" on this episode. 

  • Episode 104 | Uncooked Games

    15/10/2020 Duración: 01h18min

    You know those games that just….. Don’t seem ready to be played? You know, the ones that get released with bugs like you wouldn’t believe? Yeah. Those are what we call “undercooked” games. The ones that need a little more time in the oven before they’re ready to be played and enjoyed. Do all these games lead to more games being developed in a rush and cultivate a lack of quality over quantity mindset? That’s what we want to talk about this week on the FreePlay Podcast.

  • Episode 103 | LTN Con Online 2020 Recap

    10/10/2020 Duración: 50min

    Well… we did it. We held our very first online con, and we think it was pretty dope. We had great speakers from some of our favorite people in nerd culture missions, played a metric ton of games both in-person and online and I’m pretty sure I ate my body weight in beef sticks. How was LTN Con Online received and what were some of our favorite moments? Well, that’s what we want to talk about this week on the Free Play podcast.

  • Episode 102 | Next-Gen Pandemonium

    25/09/2020 Duración: 01h03min

    There has been so much chaos and pandemonium surrounding XBOX and Playstation’s latest announcements. We discuss why there are such small amounts of consoles available for pre-order, try to figure out what system we’ll be picking up and when we’re getting it, touch on Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda, and Matt shares how he managed to successfully pre-order himself a Playstation 5. And that’s what we want to talk about this week on the FreePlay podcast

  • Episode 101 | Cats, Chickens, and Bent Backs

    18/09/2020 Duración: 01h02min

    After the excitement of our 100th live episode, we update you all on what really matters: Matt’s sick chicken, new cat, and Bubba’s bent back. And trust us, Kate hasn't laughed that hard in a while. We catch up on the latest that we’ve been playing, what we’re looking at playing, and MORE this week on the FreePlay Podcast.

  • Episode 100 | EPISODE ONE HUNDY (LIVE!)

    01/09/2020 Duración: 01h18min

    Free Play turns 100! Bubba, Matt, and Kate record this monumental achievement live on Twitch with you, our loyal listeners, and backers. Kate talks about her walkabout vacation visiting a lot of dead people's graves and walking horses in circles. Matt reminisces back to the 1st episode and how they learned to quit planning for things, and Bubba tries to keep it all together for one spectacular centennial celebration.

  • Episode 99.5 | The 100th Episode Stop Gap

    14/08/2020 Duración: 45min

    Bubba, Matt & Kate are scattered to the winds before their 100th episode! That means you get the B-team of Jonathan and Aaron but fear not we will be talking about what games we’ve been playing, Epic and Apple throwing their billions of dollars of PR firms around, and a spoiler-free reflection of Death Stranding and Last of Us Part 2. That and more on Episode 99.5 of the Free Play Podcast.

  • Episode 99 | Gen Con Online recap

    07/08/2020 Duración: 01h10min

    Gen Con Online was crazy. We played a ton of games and streamed every last second of that experience. We know and share the sentiment that we “Would rather be at Gen Con”, but when life gives you lemons, you stream those lemons on But how did it go? Was it worth the time and effort to put it all together? Well, that’s what we wanna’ talk about this week on the Free Play Podcast.

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