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104: Psychonauts

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We explore people’s minds in Psychonauts.

Developer: Double Fine Productions & Budcat Creations | Publisher: Majesco Entertainment, THQ, Double Fine Productions, Inc., The Adventure Company, EuroVideo Medien GmbH & iam8bit | Initial Release: April 19, 2005

Jacob, Mike, Moe and special guest CtrlAltNoob, take a trip and visit a psychic summer camp, make friends with a really weird fish and find brains. Also, we are not the Milk Man. 

Players: Jacob McCourt (@JacobMcCourt), Mike Ruffolo (@ruffolom) & Moe Murtadi (@mmurtadi)

Special Guest: CtrlAltNoob (@CtrlAltNoob) | YouTube | Twitch

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  • 1:35 A short introduction to CtrlAltNoob
  • 2:40 Our fast pitch about Psychonauts
  • 3:35 Our personal histories with Psychonauts
  • 7:30 How did we play (and our struggles with PS2/XB emulation)
  • 10:30 What kind of game is Psychonauts? We compare it to Ratchet and Clank, Sly Cooper, Voodoo Vince and more.
  • 12:50 What is the premise of Psychonauts?
  • 16:35 The game had a bit of a slow start
  • 22:00 Let’s talk about the collectables and powers in the game!
  • 26:20 The game’s great characters and the Saturday morning nostalgia
  • 30:20 Whippin’ doors on people’s foreheads… let’s talk about our favourite levels !
  • 39:15 The main menu and save files in the game
  • 46:05 We walk through the final two levels and how we get there
  • 50:10 The in-game hint system and do we need lives anymore in 2020?
  • 54:20 The game’s art style did such a great job at compensating for the lack of fidelity (and reminded us of Jimmy Neutron)
  • 57:10 The Recommendation Machine
  • 1:00:20 Question from Blake @LudonarrativeFM: “If each of your minds were turned into a Psychonauts level, what would they play/look like?”
  • 1:03:50 Question from Katie @lesperak: “Is there anything in particular (mechanic/storyline/recurring character or expansion of some element of the game) that you want to see in the sequel?
  • 1:06:00 Our final thoughts on Psychonauts and wrap-up!


  • November 4th: Telltale’s The Walking Dead (S01E01) ft. Jacob, Moe and special guest Cam Hawkins
  • November 18th: Pokemon Snap ft. Jacob, Moe and special guests Joseph Hooper and Arsene Lakpa
  • December 2nd: Telltale’s The Walking Dead (S01E02) ft. Jacob, Moe and special guest Cam Hawkins

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