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

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

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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

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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 (

He fires at you.

July 15, 2018  

Videogame Backlogs

We've all got 'em. We all say we're going to stop having 'em. We're all liars. Docbrown and Beans talk all about videogame backlogs this episode. Why do we keep adding to these damn things, and what are we finally going to do to put a stop to this insanity? As part of the discussion, Beans talks about getting through Persona 5 and Majora's Mask on his backlog, while Doc talks about playing Eye of the Beholder and Lufia 2: Rise of the Sinistrals from his.

Also this episode: Beans tells a harrowing tale of accidentally doubling down on building his backlog, and Doc's got a bone or two to pick with the way side quests are handled in a lot of games.

Don't worry. You'll get around to listening to this episode some day!



The Girl from Ipanema (
Dungeon Master (SNES) - Scorpions!
Dungeon Master (SNES) - Choose your Fate
DOOM (2016) - Flesh & Metal
The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks - Fighting Dark Link
Brain Lord - Road to Toronto
Portal - Subject Name Here
Lufia 2: Rise of the Sinistrals - Tower
Lufia 2: Rise of the Sinistrals - Battle Theme 3
Persona 5 - Life Will Change
Eye of the Beholder (SNES) - Cold Stone Walls
Dungeon Master (SNES) - Room of the Gem
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask - Deku Nut's Palace
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask - Boss Battle
Professor Layton & The Curious Village - Night Falls

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Thanks to our Twitter friends who shared thoughts and comments: @FinalMacStorm, @nightdreamer, @WinterDisa, @binaryscroll, and @dudleydoops!

June 19, 2018  

Character Action Games.

God of War. Devil May Cry. Bayonetta. Ninja Gaiden. These are the great CAGs (Character Action Games) of our time. William Beans and internet celebrity DocBrown get together for an in depth discussion of the mechanics, the characters, and the stories of this often forgotten genre. Be warned! We're full spoilers on the newest God of War this episode.

Also this episode: Beans talks about playing co-op games with four-year olds. DocBrown takes us into the past with an issue of Nintendo Power -- you may be surprised with how much your memory has lied to you!

God of War (2018) - God of War
Bayonetta 2 - Moon River (8 Climax Mix)
Yoshi's Woolly World - Yarn Yoshi Takes Shape!
Devil May Cry - Psycho Siren [Middle Boss Battle]
Ninja Gaiden (Xbox) - Lord of the Greater Fiends
Devil May Cry 2 - Cursed Giant [Orangguerra - Tartarussian Battle]
Devil May Cry 3 - Now You've Really Crossed the Line
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance - It Has To Be This Way
Bayonetta - Fly Me To The Moon (Climax)
Bayonetta 2 - Theme of Bayonetta 2: Tomorrow is Mine
God of War - The Great Sword Bridge of Athena
God of War - Minotaur Boss Battle
God of War (2018) - The Dragon
God of War (2018) - Helheim
God of War (2018) - Witch of the Woods
God of War (2018) - A Giant's Prayer
God of War (2018) - Salvation

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As always, special thanks to our Twitter friends who suggested discussion topics: @barrelmaster and @jscarpe!

May 15, 2018  

Are retro games really THAT great?


Movies, music, books, TV shows. You've heard the older generation go on and on about how much better those things were in their day. So why should we believe the old folks on Twitter and YouTube who are now obsessed with retro games from the 80s and 90s? Were retro games really THAT much better than the modern offerings? Some of our conclusions may surprise you! Or not. 

Also this episode: Beans recounts his daughter's first interactive experience with a Choose Your Own Adventure novel, while Doc wonders why so many videogame articles of the past reveal a fundemental lack of basic technical understanding.


Nostalgia. It is a wonderful, wonderful drug.



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Super Mario Bros Game Over Theme ( 

God of War (2018) - God of War

Eye of the Beholder (SNES) - Final Battle

Yakuza Kiwami - Pray Me -Revive-

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - Main Theme (Trailer Music)

Wizardry V: Heart of the Maelstrom - Staff Roll

Dark Souls - Seath the Scaleless

Ys III: Wanderers from Ys - Valestein Castle

Arcana - The Symphony of Elemen

Baldur's Gate II - Asylum Journey

Drakkhen (SNES) - Water Area (Day)

Super Punch-Out!! - World Circuit Fight

Sakura Taisen - Declaration! Imperial Floral Assault Group


As always, thanks to our new and old Twitter fans for great episode topic suggestions and comments: @WN23729607, @Kuniotchi, @FinalMacstorm, @jscarpe!

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