The Right Stick An actual PhD. and an actual not PhD. podcast about videogames of the past, present, and the past…again.

September 16, 2020  

Final Fantasy 7 (Remake)

Look, we know we said we were going to stop talking about Final Fantasy on this podcast. But that was BEFORE we knew that the remake was ever going to actually come out. So can you REALLY blame us as we do one of our famous deep-dives on the entirety of the Final Fantasy 7 remake? We didn't think so, either. But it's nice to hear. Thank you. Be warned! Spoilers abound for the entire Final Fantasy 7 extended family of products as part of our discussion.

In the left stick this week: Beans urges you to play Stories Untold, and DocBrown shares his desires to play long-running D&D campaigns as a grown-up with too many responsibilities.


It's been a while. But this podcast are back!


FF7 Remake OST: Flowers Blooming in the Church

Goo Goo Dolls - Iris

FF7 Remake OST: Bombing Mission
FF7 Remake OST: Shinra's Theme
FF7 Remake OST: Scorpion Sentinel
FF7 Remake OST: Avalanche’s Theme
FF7 Remake OST: Chance Meeting in Sector 8
FF7 Remake OST: Lay Down Some Rubber - Let's Ride
FF7 Remake OST: Crab Warden
FF7 Remake OST: Honey Bee Inn Intro Song
FF7 Remake OST: Shinra Building
FF7 Remake OST: The Turks' Theme
FF7 Remake OST: Electric de Chocobo
FF7 Remake OST: Aerith's Theme - Home Again

December 13, 2019  


As Doc begins the journey back to us from his retro-vision quest of the videogames of yesteryear, he makes a very important stop in the world of modern boardgames. But this isn't Monopoly and Battleship! Oh no! This is some hardcore, videogame-ass-esque tabletop gaming. Join us, two guys that love them some videogames, as we do our very best to explain why you should be loving you some boardgames.

Also this episode: Beans talks about his recent journey through the land of MMORPGs, and Doc talks about finding time for games when you don't have time for games.

Roll the dice and give us a try!


Skyrim - Music & Ambience - Taverns (
Final Fantasy XIV - The Rak'tika Greatwood Theme
Soul Blader (Soul Blazer) - Koibito no Inaiyoru
Carcassonne - Theme music
Soul Blader (Soul Blazer) - Boss Battle
Landstalker: The Treasures of King Nole - Treasure Hunter Nigel
Catan Creator's Edition Soundtrack - Menu
Pathfinder Kingmaker - Bittersweet (Nyrissa's Theme)
Demon's Souls - "Demon's Souls"
This War of Mine - Some Place We Called Home
Civilization III - StarsFull
Gears of War 4 - A Few Snags
The Incredible Machine 3 - "Unplugged"
Civilization III - Modern Era Music

Sound Effects: Door Open and Close Sound Effects (

The book series that DocBrown couldn’t remember was ‘Destiny Quest’:

September 22, 2019  

Disappointing Games.

There are few things in this life as terrible as waiting months (if not years!) for that long anticipated game, only to tear open the shrink wrap and realize that it totally 100 percent sucks. This episode, DocBrown and WillyBeans talk through some of their most memorable video gaming disappointments. It's a feel good kind of episode.

To kick things off, Beans begins talking about how let down he was by Dragon Quest XI. I hope you don't find that too disappointing.

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Dragon Quest XI - Hero's Triumphant Return
Bionic Commando (Arcade) - Bionic Commando Theme
Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers (NES) - Title Theme
True Lies (SNES) - Ski Run Under Fire
Mass Effect 3 - Mars
Kingdom Hearts II - Darkness of the Unknown
Persona 5 - Keeper of Lust
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch - The Executor's Knight
Nier Automata: Weight of the World (English Version)
Zack & Wiki: The Beginning

As always and forever, thanks to our Tweeps for sharing their many disappointments: @bradgallaway, @AskWheels, @PHolmes, @broodwars64, @_MCPwned, and @jscarpe! 

April 7, 2019  


With the smashing success of our last few attempts at revisiting childhood classics, why not keep the good times rolling. Right? Right...?  

Also this episode: WillyBeans laments the overly-complicated gameplay systems of Xenoblade Chronicles 2, and DocBrown questions the overly-unbalanced character building in many tabletop RPGs.

I've got a baaaad feeling about this.


Xenogears - Bonds of Sea and Fire
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 - Torigoth
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 - Counterattack
World of Warcraft - Main Title ~ Legends of Azeroth
Xenogears - Light from the Netherworld
Xenogears - My Village is Number One
Xenogears - Shattering Egg of Dreams
Xenogears - Dazil- City of Burning Sands
Xenogears - Steel Giant
Xenogears - Tams, The Man Of The Sea
Xenogears - Shevat- The Wind is Calling
Xenogears - The Beginning and the End
Xenogears - One who Bares Fangs at God

Sound effects: DUN DUN DUUUUN!!! (Dramatic Sound Effect (

Thanks as always to all of our Tweeps who suggested episode topics, but especially @CalebMickel for his correct opinions on Xenogears

January 2, 2019  

Chrono Trigger.

It's no secret that this is one of the most beloved games of all time. But is it worth all of the undying praise, or do we all just miss our childhood? Can this game survive the snark and cynicism of two cranky old men who like to crap on your favorite memories? Only time will tell. (Ha!)

Also this episode: DocBrown talks about one of his most best favorite games of 2018. You've never even heard of this game before. Promise.

Wake up, sleepy head.

Chrono Trigger - Schala's Theme
Yasunori Mitsuda - The Brink of Time - Chrono Trigger
Yasunori Mitsuda - The Brink of Time - Secret of Forest
Chrono Trigger - Guardia Millennial Fair
Yasunori Mitsuda - The Brink of Time - Zeal Palace
Chrono Trigger - Manorial Cathedral
Yasunori Mitsuda - The Brink of Time - Warlock Battle
Chrono Trigger - Lavos' Theme
Yasunori Mitsuda - The Brink of Time - Chrono Corridor
Yasunori Mitsuda - The Brink of Time - Undersea Palace
Chrono Trigger - People Who Threw Away the Will to Live
Yasunori Mitsuda - The Brink of Time - The Brink of Time
Chrono Trigger - Decisive Battle with Magus
Yasunori Mitsuda - The Brink of Time - Guardia Millenial Fair

Sound Effects:
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As always, thanks to our Twitter friends for comments: @Liquidsn3k, @Aurailen, @AllanWright26, and @NightDreamer!

December 17, 2018  

The original Playstation.

With the release of the hotly anticipated and can-do-no-wrong Playstation Classic, Beans and Doc spend an episode talking about the original Playstation. We remember what it was like to move into a world of 32-bit gaming complete with black-bottomed CDs and Lara Croft shaped memory cards. Aside from the classic games, we talk about how Sony's surprise hit impacted us and how it impacted the world around us. Forever.

Also this episode: WillyBeans digs up some old videogame novelizations, while DocBrown checks in on the current state of cell phone games.

Welcome to The Next Level.


Green Day - Basket Case
ALL Playstation Startups 1995-2016 (PS1, PS2, PS3, PS4) - (
Monument Valley - Amateur Cartography
Klonoa: Door to Phantomile - Boss Battle 4
Battle Arena Toshinden - Fo's Theme
Tobal No. 1 - Electrical Indian
Wild Arms - Into the Wilderness
Bushido Blade - Those who Aim at the Castle Tower
Chrono Cross - Time's Scar
Twisted Metal 4 - Rob Zombie - Dragula
Metal Gear Solid - Rex's Lair
Castlevania Symphony of the Night - Dance of Pales
Resident Evil 2 - Annette's Recollection
Suikoden II - Reminiscence
Castlevania Symphony of the Night - Finale Toccata
Gran Turismo - Garbage - As Heaven is Wide
Tekken - vs. Heihachi
Irritating Stick - Simple

As always, thanks to our awesome Twitter friends for great comments: @Aurailen, @MrAlarm, @cursedblessing, @binaryscroll, @kumimono, and @jscarpe!

Playstation copy-protection explained:

November 14, 2018  

The Videogame Metaverse (Part 2)

Once more DocBrown and WillyBeans talk about the world and culture surrounding videogames, wrapping up outstanding (and amazing!) topics from the previous episode. This time we cover beautifully written strategy guides, exquisite collector's editions of games, videogame themed board games, and so much more!

Also this episode: WillyBeans has an opinion on Polygon dropping review scores, and DocBrown talks about Premodern Games (no really, it's a thing).

Thus concludes the two-part trilogy.


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Legacy of the Wizard - Main Dungeon theme
Legacy of the Wizard - Boss Battle Theme
Legacy of the Wizard (NES) - Xemn's Level theme
Leisure Suit Larry 3 - Nontoonyt Island
TES V Skyrim - From Past to Present
Space Quest IV - Magmethius Canteen
StarGlider (Atari ST) - Intro
Brandish (SNES) - Cave
Gears Of War - Fish In A Barrel
Chrono Trigger - Memories of Green
Hatoful Boyfriend Soundtrack - Tsuki no Shizuku
Morrowind - The Road Most Traveled
Neverwinter Nights: Mask of the Betrayer - Betrayer's Theme
The Immortals - Mortal Kombat Theme Song
Brandish (SNES) - Ending II

Thanks to our Twitter friends for their comments: @nightdreamer, @99healpotions, and @jscarpe!

Nintendo Switch paperclip hack:

November 6, 2018  

The Videogame Metaverse.

Sometimes preparing to play videogames is just as entertaining as playing them! This week Beans and Doc talk about all things videogames except actually playing them: PC Building, videogame books (art, technical, and novelizations), soundtracks on vinyl, YouTube Let's Plays, and so much more!

Also this episode: we discuss the working conditions at Rockstar and Beans doubts the public's apparent outrage.

It's so meta.

Mega Man 2 - Opening
Mega Man 2- Title
The Walking Dead Season 1 - Safe Edit
Shadowgate (NES) - Entryway / Main Theme
Shadowgate (NES) - Subterranean Cavern
Starcraft - Main Menu
Persona 3 - The Poem for Everyone's Souls
Dead Space Downfall Soundtrack - The Danger Of the Harvesting Planet
Enter the Matrix - SWAT Helicopter
Gradius (NES) - Air Beginning of the History
Police Quest 4: Open Season - Bitty Kitty 1
Dungeon Master (SNES) - Entrance
Wolfenstein 3D - Funk That
Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves (NES) - Arab Dungeons

The bookstore DocBrown couldn't remember is Kinokunyia SF ( The book exploring Wolfenstein 3D whose title DocBrown couldn't remember is Game Engine Black Book: Wolfenstein 3D (

September 20, 2018  

Videogame Sequels.

You love videogame X I love videogame X, of course we would want to play videogame X-2! Right? This week Doc and Beans discuss the history of videogame sequels. Our discussion takes us from the fun and crazy times (Zelda to Zelda II) all the way up to the tired and boring times (Call of Duty to even more Call of Duty). Consider it a prequel to our next episode.

Also this episode: Beans finally gets a Nintendo Switch, and DocBrown is in serious need of an intervention. No. Seriously.

Final Fantasy X-2 is no good.


Faxanadu - World Tree 02
Faxanadu - Dartmoor's Castle
Castlevania II - Simon's Quest - Bloody Tears
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (NES) - Title Theme
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar (Apple II) - Complete Soundtrack
Parasite Eve - Out of Phase
King's Quest VII - Etheria (Land In The Clouds)
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Objection!
Resident Evil 4 - Krauser
Advent Rising - Bounty Hunter
Yakuza 0 - Force Addiction
Tales of Xillia - Captivated by the Journey
Actraiser - All Over The World
Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal - The Five
Ys 7 - Lost Harmony Among People (in memory of @FinalMacStorm as he rated the game's music a 5/5

As always, thanks to folks on Twitter who suggested episode topics: @lifeat33rpm, @99HealPotions

August 30, 2018  

Shadowrun (SNES).

Oi, Chummer. You brain burnt or something? You've been wandering around like a frekkin' drekhead gloming to pal up with some half-nanced fancy deep reality deltajock. Matrix. Credstick.

Shadowrun, for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It's a special game that tried to do a lot. In some ways it struck gold. Aaaaaannnnd in some ways it struck not-gold. Docbrown and Beans (those are our Shadowrunner names) jack into the Matrix (TM) to serve as your fixers on this run. We've got A LOT to say. You'll be glad you gave us the time of day on this one, Mr. Johnson.

Also this episode: Beans says one last good bye to the great things about the Wii U as a system for parents to play with their kids, while Doc helps us all remember the joy of discovery in videogames.

Shadowrun (SNES) - 3 AM On A Summer Night
Drakkhen (SNES) - Night in the Forest
Shadowrun (SNES) - Metropolis Waltz
Shadowrun (SNES) - Seattle Blues
Shadowrun (SNES) - Running The Shadows
Shadowrun (SNES) - Otherworldly Canines
Shadowrun (SNES) - Vampires, Zombies, Guns
Shadowrun (SNES) - Maria Mercurial Redux
Shadowrun (SNES) - Dream Hack
Shadowrun (SNES) - Stay Tunned (Ending Theme)
Shadowrun Returns - Return of the Sixth World
Shadowrun Returns - Runners Eternal
Drakkhen (SNES) - Haaggkhen's Castle
Torment: Tides of Numenera  - The Oasis
Special thanks to Tweep @canhastreats for suggesting discussion topics!
Link to Is Shadowrun Worth Playing Today? by SNESdrunk (

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