The Indoor Kids with Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon

The Indoor Kids with Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon Podcast

The Indoor Kids isn't just about video games, but it isn't not about video games. The Indoor Kids is all about the kind of lifestyle you have to lead in order to be a proper Gamer, capital G. Join hosts Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon as they take on a journey from childhood Shinobi obsessions, up through the best and worst video game adaptations of movies. Grab your Energy Swords(Mountain Dew liter bottles)!

The Damon Poop Effect with Adam Sessler
Today we welcome Adam Sessler to talk about gaming, apartments where terrorists live, The Martian, and Sessler's new project, Friday the 13th: The Game! Enjoy!   And if you haven't heard, we are going on a hiatus while we both have demanding full time gigs for a bit. We love you, love making this podcast, love hearing from all of you (even those of you that correct us mercilessly), and we have especially loved finding a community of like-minded, silly, smart, passionate people. We'll keep playing and ke...

Horror with Graham Reznick and Larry Fessenden
Today Kumail and Emily welcome Graham Reznick and Larry Fessenden, writers of the game Until Dawn and producers/writers/genre creators of a bunch of amazing movies. We talk about the resurgence of indie horror, the challenges of writing a video game, and also Ron Perlman. There are Until Dawn spoilers, but they are late in the podcast and clearly delineated!...


Virtual Reality with David "Yarvo" Yarovesky
Today Kumail and Emily welcome their pal Yarvo, who they've been playing video games with for years, to talk about his movie The Hive! They talk about the horrors that can befall old school gamers, the time Yarvo did a 9 hour raid in Destiny, how he thinks of movies, and more!...

The Indoor Kids at Fantastic Fest
This week Kumail and Emily are alone in a hotel room in Austin reflecting on their annual pilgrimage to Fantastic Fest. Hear them talk about bands, movies, songs from Ren and Stimpy, and more!...

Live from the LA PodFest
Today you get to hear the magic of a live podcast episode with Kumail, Emily, Jared Logan, and Thomas Middleditch! Middleditch has opinions about MGS and... politics! Jared talks Cthulu! We talk Until Dawn! It's so fun!...


She's In Everything with Laura Bailey
Today Kumail and Emily welcome voice over actress extraordinaire Laura Bailey! We talk about Monster High, the perils of mo-cap performances, and much more! **SPOILER ALERT** for Medal Gear Solid around 22:30 minutes...

MegaMegas with The Megas
Today Kumail and Emily welcome Josh and Greg from The Megas to talk about their band, their influences, what they're playing now, and how useful an app that tells you how long cutscenes are would be....

The Indoor Kids with... You!
The first ever crowdsourced Indoor Kids episode is here! Emily and Kumail were absolutely blown away by how charming and professional and diverse your submissions were, and thank you so much for contributing. The things you're consuming included anything from the Marvel app to Desert Golf to Better Off Ted to a really random drink, and they loved hearing about them all! Contributors include (not in order): Angelo R Gordon B James M Danielle C Matt and Pat Matt E Zac K Candace H Mag and Mr. Kyle Bannon R Ma...


Superheroes with Max Landis
Today we welcome screenwriter Max Landis to talk about video games but also mainly about his extensive knowledge of superhero comics and his feelings on superhero movies. Enjoy!...

Horses with Lisa Hanawalt
Today we welcome Lisa Hanwalt, designer on Bojack Horseman, to talk about art, video games, that Kim Kardashian game and the itch it scratches, and horses horses horses. Plus the Twitter game!...


Gentleman with Paul F. Tompkins
Today we welcome Paul F. Tompkins to talk about something no one ever asks him about: video games. We talk Batman (no spoilers), his gaming on set at Mr. Show and more!...

Nostalgia with Devin Faraci
Today we welcome back one of our most outspoken and hilarious guests, Devin Faraci, to talk about movies, gaming news, and much much more. He's the best....

Pee Blade with Matt McCarthy
Today we welcome our pal Matt McCarthy to tell us everything we didn't know about wrestling. It's fucking fascinating. Plus an extended intro where Kumail talks about being in an episode of The X Files last week....


Kumail and Emily's Comic-Con Diary!
Today you're going on a journey with Emily and Kumail through their four day journey at Comic-Con! You'll go on the floor with them and their friends, backstage at The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, to parties, to a panel of Nerdist podcasters! Featuring Drew McWeeny, Pete Holmes, Taran Killam, MegaRan, Matt Mira, Thomas Middleditch, Job Stauffer from TellTale, Mo from Mondo, Lootcrate staff, Mike Rosenstein, artist Mike Mitchell, and Dan Harmon!...

Arkham Days and Arkham Knights with Pete Holmes
Today we welcome our old pal Pete Holmes (You Made It Weird podcast) to discuss the weirdness of Independence Day, the magic of Batman, and more! There are Arkham Knight spoilers starting around 30 minutes into the podcast. Not the ending of the game, but plot points. We alert you within the podcast to turn it off if you don't want to hear spoilers, but this is your other heads up....

A Conversation with Cliff Bleszinski
While Emily was unable to record, Kumail had an in-depth conversation with Cliffy B to talk about gaming, making cool games that people want to do fun new things with, and much more. Plus an intro with Kumail and Emily talking Arkham!...


Platinum with Anthony Rapp
Today Kumail and Emily welcome actor Anthony Rapp! Anthony was an audience suggestion and was a fantastic guest, and we delved into all of the ways that he masters video games and also talked about what a tetris sex move would be....

E3: Rumors and Confirmations with Nick Ahrens
Today the Indoor Kids welcome back their old friend Nick Ahrens, lover of Mass Effect and games in general, to walk through all the games that are rumored to be announced at this year's E3. Plus a bunch of goofy stuff!...


Ron Funches' Wish List
Today we welcome Ron Funches back to the podcast to talk about Witcher 3, Splatoon, he and Kumail being Mortal Kombat frenemies, and more!...

ArmFace with Nate Fernald
Today we welcome our good friend, writer and comedian Nate Fernald, to talk about his love of Dragon Ball Z, Mad Max: Fury Road (no spoilers given), our time living in Brooklyn together, helicopters and more!...

The 200th Ep! 8 Bit Hero with Brent Weinbach
Brent Weinbach says that video games changed in 1996, and he decided not to change along with them. Join us in an exploration of 8 bit and 16 bit games and learn to appreciate old school game music as if it were jazz....


Kumail Won't Shut Up About He-Man with Ashly Burch
Today Kumail and Emily welcome Ashly Burch, of HAWP, Borderlands 2, and Mortal Kombat X fame, to talk about action figures, TV, what it's like to voice a fighting game character, and much more!...

DJs and Homebrews with Jonah Ray
Today we've got our good pal Jonah Ray on the show to talk about movies, TV, video games, and the weird world of people making Sega Genesis games decades later. Plus a Kumail's Reddit Corner!...

The Inevitability of Change with Gerry Duggan
Today Kumail and Emily welcome Gerry Duggan, writer of countless comic books, Sunset Overdrive, Attack of the Show (RIP) and much more. We have a discussion about change in the fictional worlds we love and also got real silly with 90s references....


Malikality with Malik Forte
Today Kumail and Emily hang with Malik Forte, Gaming Overlord of Nerdist Industries, to obsess over Mortal Kombat X. Microtransactions! New characters! Interactive levels! A gay character! We discuss it all, plus a bunch of other stuff....

The Power of the Chip with Professor Shyguy
Today we welcome Professor Shyguy, chiptune musician, to the podcast to play music, talk gaming news, and talk about how he's worked the pain of trying to fit in as a kid into his music. Also Emily sings a chiptune cover of Bel Biv Devoe's Poison....

April Fools and Chocolate Eggs with Kumail and Emily
As The Indoor Kids have come to the end of a long couple of weeks of filming The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, they're unwinding at home and talking about April Fools news, canceled Nintendo games, Twin Peaks, and more! Plus Emily eats a Cadbury Egg during the recording....


The Return of Blair Butler
Today we welcome back one of our favorite guests, Blair Butler, to talk about comics she's reading now, how she feels about Agent Carter, times she's kiiiiinda cheated in video games, and much more!...

The News to Us with Jordan Morris
Today we welcome one of our favorite guests, Jordan Morris, to talk about gaming news, Paula Deen, nose periods and more!...

Live from Meltdown Comics
Today you'll join The Indoor Kids at a live event recorded at Meltdown Comics for the release of Ori and the Blind Forest! They interview the creators, Emily eats a burger onstage, and talk about the hidden emotional backstories in some of the most famous video games!...


Animal Puns with Trevor Moore
Today the Indoor Kids welcome their old pal Trevor Moore, member of The Whitest Kids U Know and obsessive gamer, to talk about how he plays video games versus how his wife plays them. Also they get lost in the Twitter game and cannot stop....

Leading Men with Roger Craig Smith
Today Kumail and Emily welcome Roger Craig Smith, lead actor of Dying Light, and the voice of Captain America, Batman, Sonic the Hedgehog and more! We talk about gaming, voice acting, and lots more....

Indoors with Naomi Kyle
Today Kumail and Emily welcome Naomi Kyle, host of IGN's The Daily Fix and also her own YouTube stuff, to talk about what she's playing now and how she got started at IGN. Also we do a lot of Hugh Grant puns....


Testing with Adam Dorsey
Today Kumail and Emily welcome their good friend Adam Dorsey to the show. Adam used to be a video game tester and is also really into Amiibos, so he is uniquely qualified to be an Indoor Kids guest. Also he's awesome....

Age of Angelo with David Angelo
Hi all! This week Emily and Kumail welcome their old pal David Angelo to talk about when they all lived in Bushwick, Brooklyn, his history with video games, and more. Plus Intro Kids with some hot gaming news!...

A Walk Down Video Game Ad Memory Lane
Welcome to The Indoor Kids! Today you're getting another Kumail and Emily episode, where they discuss recent movie trailers, Superbowl stuff, Fifty Shades of Gray, and also play you some of their favorite video game commercials from the 90s....


Turtles and News with Kumail and Emily
Spend a little time with Kumail and Emily at home today, as they discuss gaming news, come up with X Files episode pitches, talk about turtles, and way more....

Live with Pat Cassels, Troy Baker, and Thomas Middleditch
Join us live from LA's own RIOT fest with Troy Baker, Thomas Middleditch and Pat Cassels. Hear Troy do funny voices, talk about dragon pornography, and much much more! Recorded 1/18 at the Downtown Independent in Los Angeles....

Dick Tracy and Helicopters with Rhea Butcher
Today we welcome our good friend Rhea Butcher to talk about historical movies, American Horror Story, and Rhea's obsession with games as a kid, plus we answer the old age question "What is inside a puffy sticker?"...


A Look Back at 2014 with Jordan Morris
Today we welcome our favorite guest, Jordan Morris, to talk about our favorite games, movies, TV, and books of the year. You may agree, you may disagree- everyone wins! Tell us your favorite things in the comments!...

Voices with John DiMaggio
Today The Indoor Kids are joined by John DiMaggio to talk about his insane roster of voices (Bender, Jake the Dog, Marcus Fenix), and his relationship to the characters he plays. Plus an extended Intro Kids where Kumail and Emily talk about the stuff they've been consuming over the holidays!...

Sillycon Valley with Martin Starr and Thomas Middleditch
Today Emily and Kumail welcome two of the other cast members of Silicon Valley, Thomas Middleditch and Martin Starr, to talk about how they game on set, what their gaming obsessions are, and lots of randomness....


The Salty News Hour with Emily and Kumail
So much stuff happened this past week that Kumail and Emily decided to settle in on their own couch and talk gaming news and awards and everything else. Hear our thoughts on the Playstation Experience, the Video Game Awards, and more!...

Wil Wheaton Comes Indoors
Today Kumail and Emily welcome Wil Wheaton to talk about tabletop games, his show Tabletop, tons of Dragon Age and Far Cry and stories about 80s parties.  (no spoilers for any games)...

Emulators and Jon Daly
Today our pal actor/comedian Jon Daly joins us to talk about how he is playing all old Atari and Sega games on emulators, and discusses the good, the bad, and the horrible (Custer's Revenge). Also a longer Intro Kids where Kumail and Emily teach you song lyrics for Dragon Age and more! NO SPOILERS....


Britanni Johnson: Dragon Age Politician
Today we welcome gamer and voiceover actress Britanni Johnson to talk about all the amazing games recently out and coming out soon, as well as how she got into the video game business and more!...

Nerding Out with Jared Logan
Today Kumail and Emily welcome one of their dearest friends, Jared Logan, to talk about being a presidential history buff, shows he's enjoying, and how he feels D&D and video games have influenced each other. Jared's been a DM for most of his life, and he's also hysterical. Enjoy!...

Troy Baker Returns!
This week, Kumail and Emily welcome back Troy Baker to talk about his experience as the lead character of Shadow of Mordor. We dive into what it's like to learn how to use Talion's sword, all the backstory and extra Tolkien stuff the game didn't get to, and more! There is some basic information about the game's plot here, so if you haven't played and want to play, you may want to skip it....


Halloween: A Letters Episode
Today Kumail and Emily are alone on their couch, talking about the scariest video game experiences they've ever had, and reading your letters about the scariest video game experiences you've ever had. Insert treat instead of trick pun here!...

The Steve Martin of The Indoor Kids: Jordan Morris
Today we welcome our favorite guest Jordan Morris to chat with us about... well a lot of things. TV. Movies. Halloween. Games we're playing. SNL. The nature of fandom. DC movies. More. Enjoy it....

Hail to the King: a Conversation with M Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold
Today Kumail and Emily welcome Matt, aka M Shadows of the band Avenged Sevenfold, to talk about his other passion: video games. This guy is in deep. We talk about the video game industry, the music industry, and how Matt has been competitive in video games since he was a kid. Plus we talk about the game he is releasing into the world this week, Hail to the King: Deathbat, and what the process of creating a game has been like for him over the past two years. Great dude, great episode....


Pre-sequeling with Anthony Burch
Today we welcome Anthony Burch, from Hey Ash Whatcha Playin'?, writer of Borderlands 2 and the upcoming pre-sequel of Borderlands, to talk about storytelling in gaming, how he got started in the biz, his thoughts on TV and gaming now, and more! WARNING: There are possible spoilers for Borderlands 1 and 2, Heavy Rain, LA Noire, The Walking Dead Season 2 (video game), and possibly the TV show Gotham in this episode....

You're the Best with Stephen Falk
Today we welcome Stephen Falk, creator of the awesome FX show You're the Worst, to talk about the process of getting a show on the air, the video games he loves, and more! Plus an intro where Kumail and Emily talk Fantastic Fest and the new LotR game, Shadow of Mordor!...

A Musical Interlude with MegaRan!
Today Kumail and Emily welcome Raheem, aka Random, aka MegaRan, on a break from a tour of the US and UK! We discuss how to make music out of 8-bit game music, how he comes up with lyrics, and we play a couple of his favorite songs. Plus an intro where Kumail and Emily discuss Destiny, Doctor Who and more!...


I'm Missing Two Sunsets with Pete Holmes
Today Emily and Kumail welcome their old pal Pete Holmes to discuss some Mario-related mysteries and how Pete is experiencing Mass Effect for the first time. Also, they talk about a million other different things. Very quickly. Including 90210....

A Dinosaur and Ninja Turtles Challenge
Kumail and Emily are traveling and therefore are bringing you an episode from a hotel, which you will be pronouncing differently from now on. We talk horror movies, gaming news, dinosaur and serial killer news, and more! Enjoy!...

Live from Denver with Pete Holmes and Ian Karmel
In today's episode, journey to Denver for the High Plains Comedy Festival, where the jokes are genital-related, and the toilets will be rated. Plus, you get an Intro Kids full of the TV shows and games Emily and Kumail have been consuming in the last week!...


Terrifying with Kumail and Emily
Today you're getting a special Kumail and Emily episode chock full of game talk and news talk. And yes, to answer all your questions, we have played P.T. Plus in the intro Kumail realizes the X Files episode of The Simpsons is on and freaks out....

Games to Write Home About with Jordan Morris
Our best girl Jordan Morris joins us today to talk about games he's playing, stuff he's watching, and we go over 25 of the 50 games that are coming out in the next few months that we are either anticipating with baited breath... or shrugging over. Enjoy!...

Tenacious D!
Today Kumail and Emily are freaking out to welcome Jack Black and Kyle Gass, aka Tenacious D, to the podcast! Hear them talk about the video game golf championship that nearly tore them apart, Jack's experience on Brutal Legend, and much more!...


Video Game Bands with Jonah Ray
Today we welcome our good pal Jonah Ray to talk to us about The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, one of the grossest trends in fanfic, and we walk through some of the best bands that create covers of video game music....

SDCC News Wrapup with Kumail and Emily
Kumail and Emily bring you all the news you need to know about (read: all the news they care about) that came out of this year's SDCC! Also they stop along the way to take you to an arcade in Montreal, to make AntMan puns, and to sing the A-Team Theme. So, pretty standard....

Destiny of the Kardashians with Jessica Chobot
Today we welcome Nerdist News' own Jessica Chobot to talk with us about why she hates anthropomorphized animals, why people are so mad at Kim Kardashian, and what she thinks of the Destiny Beta. Plus Twitter game and more!...


Canon and Old Cartoons with Brian Thompson
Today The Indoor Kids welcome Brian Thompson (Amateur Scientist.org) to talk with us about games he's playing now, cartoons from his childhood that get him excited, and much more! Also some gaming news!...

Patriotic Games with Ian Karmel
Today we welcome comedian Ian Karmel to walk with us through the hallowed halls of the most patriotic video games in our American history. Also we talk about a lot of other stuff, plus we discuss Snowpiercer and Shovel Knight in the Intro Kids!...

Too Many Potions with Jesse Thorn
Today we welcome Jesse Thorn (Maximum Fun, Bullseye) to talk about being a parent, his long and baseball-filled history with video games, and a ton of important philosophical, psychological, and social issues. Plus Skyrim. Enjoy!...


E3 Part 2 and more with a Cavalcade of Stars
Kumail and Emily had so much to do at E3 that they couldn't cram it in to one episode! This week, you'll come with them as they tour the Midwest, and then you'll jump back in time and come with them as they go to parties at E3, walk the floor at E3, and run into buddies like Malik Forte, Troy Baker, Zach Woods, Kyle Hilliard of Game Informer, and more!...

E3 Part 1 with Griffin McElroy
Today we are joined by the wonderful Griffin McElroy (Polygon, Maximum Fun) to talk about the wonders of E3- what were the trends? What fell flat? What got everyone excited? Let's find out! Next week, you'll hear the Indoor Kids con diary from E3, as they took their trusty tiny recorder to all the parties and demos, but had too much fun with Griffin to include it here!...

Max Silvestri: 100 Percenting It
Today The Indoor Kids welcome Max Silvestri, good friend and avid gamer, to talk about Game of Thrones, action movies, gaming news, and much more!...


Educating Cameron with Jordan Morris
AND WE'RE BACK! After a month-long hiatus, Kumail and Emily are back with new episodes, and we decided that we should return with an education. We decided to pick a person who has been raised in a dark dungeon to introduce them to videogames since their inception until today. What are the highlights? What are the advances? Joining us on this adventure is Jordan Morris, one of our favorites....

Time Capsule: SexMen and Video Game Writing with Tom Bissell
Welcome to the final time capsule episode of The Indoor Kids (relax, that just means we're going back to all-new episodes next week!), and by far one of the most thought-provoking episodes we've ever done. This one was recorded in 2013. We welcome Tom Bissell, video game critic turned video game writer, to talk about how wrong he was in approaching video game criticism. Plus you also get Kumail and Emily, in the here and now, talking about our week in entertainment consumption and everything else worth disc...

Time Capsule: Creepy Gaming Stories and Goodbye Kinect with DC Pierson
Curl up by fire but leave all the lights on as you listen to this genuinely creepy episode with DC Pierson where we discuss some game-related stories that defy explanation... or are just a really good haunted cartridge story. Plus you'll get Intro Kids with Kumail and Emily, in the here and now, discussing Godzilla, Infamous 2, gaming news and more!...


Time Capsule: Junior Mints and Jordan Morris
Join us, won't you, as we reintroduce you to one of our favorite episodes- #23! In this episode, Jordan Morris joins us to discuss lost and unreleased games that have become near urban legends. Also, you'll hear Emily and Kumail, here in present day, talk about games they're playing now, movies they're watching, and much more!...

Time Capsule: ET Landfills and Dan Harmon
Hello all! Kumail and Emily regrettably are too overloaded in the month of May, so they've decided to re-release four of their favorite episodes along with an extra long Intro Kids. Today, you'll hear about gaming news, how Kumail and Emily are failing at Trials Fusion, and why we chose Episode #19 with Dan Harmon as our first Time Capsule....

Titanfalling for Abbie Heppe
Today we welcome Abbie Heppe, Community Manager of Respawn, to talk about how Titanfall has taken her around the world, how she got her start in the gaming industry, and much much more. Plus a bonus Intro Kids with just Emily!...


WonderCon LIVE with Kevin Pereira and Jordan Morris!
Today we welcome our good friends Kevin and Jordan to the madness that is WonderCon in Anaheim! You'll hear us talk about racist TMNT toys! You'll hear Snoop Dogg! You'll hear Matthew Burnside being teased for how young he is! You'll hear top ten lists and more! (We apologize if we talk over each other a bit, it was impossible for the panelists to hear each other on stage.) Thanks to everyone who came out to listen to us talk for an hour in a big room, and special thanks to everyone who asked questions and...

Listen to us Marvel with Devin Faraci
Devin Faraci, one of our favorites, joins us to talk about gaming news, video game movies on the horizon, movie news, Archie comics news, the trouble with Kickstarter, and much more. Really. We pack a lot into this episode. And Matthew Burnside joins us for the whole episode....

Miami Business with Kumail and Emily
Please join Kumail and Emily as they end a very busy week and wind down by talking to you guys about video games and their lives. You'll hear about their trip to Miami, hear stories of arcades and IPad gaming, hear about news from PAX East to NPR pranks, and much more! Plus, if you stick around until the very end, you'll hear a bonus lesson in historical moments in social justice!...


Sim Life with Thomas Middleditch
Today the Kids welcome Thomas Middleditch, friend and fellow cast member of Silicon Valley, to talk about how his girlfriend has to hide games from him, his troubles with flight sims, and the many game-related leagues that he is in. You will love him. The Burnside joins to talk news and more!...

Completionism with Jason Ritter
This week Kumail and Emily welcome actor Jason Ritter, a Twitter guest request, to talk about working, gaming, and growing up gamer. Plus we play a Twitter game! You'll love it....

Hot Lap with Malik Forte
Today Kumail and Emily welcome Malik Forte, the brand new games editor for Nerdist.com! We're also joined by Matthew Burnside for a discussion of XBox One games, SXSW, movies that are uncomfortable to watch with your parents, the Street Fighter movie, and much more.    GAMES:  Titanfall, Nidhogg, Tales From The Borderlands, The Wolf Among Us, Mario Kart, Uncharted, Infamous: Second Son, Call of Duty, Gears of War 3, Gears of War: Judgement, Saint’s Row IV, Towerfall, Rayman, Battlefield 4, Dark Souls I...


Indie Gaming and SXSW with Brandon Boyer
This week we are joined by Brandon Boyer, Chairman of the Indie Games Festival, to talk about the landscape of indie gaming, some of his favorites to play, and why he loves games that come from the mind of one person. Plus you can come with Kumail and Emily to Austin, where they eat weird meats and delve into some gaming expos!...

Rainy Days with Kumail and Emily
This week, it's raining so hard that Kumail and Emily decide to podcast from their house instead of going into the studio. That means you get lots of talk about games, TV, and movies, lots of talk about gaming news, and Kumail getting emotional about Harold Ramis....

Video Game Family Modding with John and Susan
This week we welcome hosts of Horrible Movie Night, fellow married couple, and parent gamers John Mathot and Susan Wright to discuss all the ins and outs of being gamers and parents. You'll hear how they encouraged their three year old to play video games. You'll hear their code name for Grand Theft Auto and how they modded the game for their 6 year old! All this plus big gaming news and Indoor Kids haikus!...


Catching Up with Jordan Morris
Today we welcome our pal Jordan Morris to talk about the Titanfall press event we sent him to, and along the way we discuss Robocop toys, True Detective, Emily and Kumail's broken XBox One, and more! And Matthew Burnside returns for a Walk on the Burnside!...

Indoor Kids of All Types with Rich Sommer
Today The Indoor Kids welcome Rich Sommer (Mad Men) to talk about the wonders of 60s props, video games, and his lifelong obsession with board games. You guys, he's in deep, and it's awesome. Plus you get an Intro Kids beforehand where Kumail and Emily discuss games they're playing now and weird news!...

Tricks and Relapses with David Wain
Today The Indoor Kids welcome David Wain (director, writer, former member of The State) to talk about how he had a real live arcade in his garage at the age of 12 and why he can't play games that much anymore, plus an Intro Kids with punchy and tired Kumail and Emily. Where else are you going to hear card tricks on a podcast?...


Motivation Farming with Dan Harmon
Today the Kids welcome back Dan Harmon to talk about Community, other TV he's watching, and the video games he currently has the headspace for. Plus we talk news with Burnside!...

News and Religion with Kumail and Emily
Another week of travel, another hosty episode! This week, Kumail and Emily talk about all the news that's fit to discuss, plus talk about some of the world's best/worst religious video games through the ages. Enjoy the last episode done from a hotel bed for a while!...

A Kumail and Emily Episode
Kumail and Emily are in Denver and sharing their hotel fun with you, and not in a weird sex way. Hear them discuss games they're playing and review video game tropes from the ages!...


Listsplosion with Steve Agee
Today Kumail and Emily welcome one of their favorite humans, Steve Agee, to discuss some of our favorite TV, movies, games, and music from 2013. Plus both Emily and Kumail excuse themselves at different parts of the podcast. Also, Matthew Burnside returns!!...

The Evolution of Themes in Games with Film Crit Hulk
Today we welcome our pal Film Crit Hulk to talk about how story has evolved in video games over time- plus we play the Twitter game and discuss games we're playing now. In the beginning you'll be treated to an extended Intro Kids where Kumail and Emily discuss all the movies, TV, and games they've been consuming over the holidays....

Voices Carry with Troy Baker
Today the Indoor Kids welcome Troy Baker, the leading man of video games, to talk about what it's like to voice Joel (The Last of Us), Booker (Bioshock:Infinite), the Joker (Arkham Origins), and an epic ton of other characters. Plus a lot of silliness. A not to be missed episode.  GAMES: The Last of Us, Halo,, GTA V, Uncharted, BioShock Infinite, Batman: Arkham Origins, Persona 4, Tearaway, Little Big Planet, Lego Batman, Resident Evil 6, Infamous: Second Son, Broken Age, Red Dead Redemption, Call of Duty...


Better Late than Mira with Matt Mira
This week, Kumail and Emily discuss VGX and the games they're playing now while they wait for Matt Mira, who wants to talk mainly about Batman and Bar Rescue. It's a blast. Also, there is a spoiler about the ending of GTA 5 at 57:30-01:00:10 that we warn you of. Be aware....

Getting Grumpy with the Game Grumps
Today Kumail and Emily welcome Arin (Egoraptor) and Dan (NinjaSexParty), aka The Game Grumps. We talk about how the Game Grumps got their start, what makes them so grumpy, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and their new music project! Enjoy!...

Console Launches and Nature's Butter with Jordan Morris
With all the hubbub about the two new consoles on the market, we thought we'd go back and look at the launch titles for consoles through the ages. Plus we discuss Doctor Who, Hunger Games, and a lot of disgusting stuff. Seriously, we start out the episode saying the c-word a few times, and for that, we apologize, you c-words....


The Indoor Kids/Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show Podcast Crossover Spectacular!
This week, The Indoor Kids combined forces with the Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show for an event that will blow the doors off the podcasting world! Jeff Rubin, Pat Cassels, Kumail Nanijani, and Emily Gordon get together to play the newest prototype of The MetaGame! Hear them argue the relevance of various pop culture things! Hear them make impassioned pleas about Harry Potter! And up top, Kumail and Emily talk about all the gaming news with the release of the PS4 and the upcoming release of the XBox One!  GAME...

Motion Capture with Danny Tamberelli
Today we welcome our pal Danny Tamberelli. You might know him as Little Pete from The Adventures of Pete and Pete, or you might know him as Jimmy from GTAV. Now you'll know him as an awesome dude, gamer, and child star that didn't turn into an insane person. Enjoy!...

Inside a Cat's Mouth with Kevin Pereira, Brea Grant, and Sandeep Parikh
This week, Kumail and Emily welcome their pals Kevin, Brea, and Sandeep to talk about Oculus Rift, "girlfriend mode" in gaming, horror movies, GTA 5, and all kinds of other disgusting stuff. Plus we talk about their new Nerdist video, Real Housewives of Horror, and working with someone you love!   The Indoor Kids merch design contest is on until November 15th! http://gynomite.wordpress.com/2013/10/10/indoor-kids-merch-design-contest-part-ii/   Real Housewives of Horror- REAL HOUSEWIVES OF HORROR f. Harley M...


Critiquing Criticism with Tom Bissell
Today we welcome back one of our favorite guests, Tom Bissell, to discuss his new book about the making of The Room, how he plays games now versus how he played games 10 years ago, and much much more. Don't worry, we still get real silly with it....

Life Tips with Devin Faraci
Today we welcome back our old pal Devin Faraci, Badass in Chief of Badass Digest, to the show to talk about anything from GTA torture to weight loss tips to the problem with fandom. Plus we play a Twitter game all about your biggest gaming disappointments....

New York Comic-Con
This week, Kumail and Emily bring you our patent-pending Con Audio Diary (if anyone has a snappy name for that, holler) all the way from New York Comic-Con! Be with us on the floor as we run into strangers, get over stimulated, see old friends and new, and then reflect on it all from the safety of their home. With Patrick Cassels of College Humor and comedian Mike Lawrence!...


The Console Cycle Look Back with Jordan Morris again!
We didn't even get to the topic last time, so we thought we should bring Jordan Morris back for an in-depth discussion of the trends that started in this console cycle, the trends that died in this console life cycle, plus Kumail saw The Breakfast Club for the first time and comic books and GTAV talk and more!...

GTA Galore with Zach Cregger
Today, actor Zach Cregger (Whitest Kids U Know) joins Emily and Kumail to rapturously gush about the wonder that is GTAV. We talk about its success, improvements the series has made along the way, story, what it's like to live in the city the game is based on, and much much more. Plus some talk about squirmy moments, Breaking Bad talk, Twitter game and more! Some mild spoilers in this episode, so we recommend that you play through meeting Trevor, the third main character, before listening. There is also a B...


European Rampage with Brian Colin!
This week, Emily and Kumail have a chat with Brian Colin, the director of Game Refuge and the creator of games like Rampage and General Chaos! Learn about the dynamics of designing for an arcade versus a home console. Learn about how hard it was to even choose colors when designing games. Hear billions of stories! Plus Emily and Kumail go to Europe and record from their hotel, discussing gaming news, gaming while traveling, McDonald's commercials, and more!...

The Nintendo Hodgepodge Episode!
This week, our guest Jeff Ryan, author of Super Mario, ran a bit late, so you are treated to Kumail and Emily just hanging out and discussing video games and movies and Harry Potter centaurs. Then Jeff Ryan joins us for a discussion about the history of Nintendo and what it needs to do in the future, and finally, we have a fun chat with Matthew Burnside backstage at The Meltdown, catching up on gaming news. Enjoy this hodgepodge of an episode....


Educational Gaming with DC Pierson
Today, the Indoor Kids welcome our old pal DC Pierson to talk about the wonders of educational games that try, with varying degrees of efficiency, to make learning fun. Also we talk about Saved by the Bell for a weirdly long time. And yes, we know we forgot to mention an educational game that was very important in your life. We apologize....

Gone Home to Portland with The Fullbright Company
This week, Kumail and Emily are in Portland and managed to sit down and chat with three of the four creators of Gone Home, the indie game that is the new hotness. We chat with Steve Gaynor, Karla Z, and Johnnemann about X-Files, storytelling in games, growing up in the 90s, their awesome cookies, and much more. Plus Kumail and Emily chat about GTA V news, Dragon's Crown, Papers, Please and more! No Walk on the Burnside this week but we'll catch a few moments with him soon, we promise! Spoiler warning: At 29...

Lost Games and Rashes with Aaron Bleyaert
Today we welcome our good friend Aaron Bleyaert of Team Coco to discuss the newest Clueless Gamer episodes, the ET game, skin conditions, and a host of lost video games that never made it out of development. Listen up!...


Borderlands and Morederlands with Anthony and Ashly Burch
Today Kumail and Emily are joined by Anthony Burch, writer of Borderlands 2, and Ashly Burch, voice of Tiny Tina. We talk about the game, the process of creating a balanced game, their web series Hey Ash, and way more! Plus Burnside, news, Twitter games and more! WARNING: there are some Borderlands 2 spoilers, courtesy of Anthony, but we give you audio warning before they happen. But for real, play the game. SPOILERS AT: 53:10-57:35 and 1:05:25-1:06:50...

The Last of Us with Bruce Straley
Today we are joined by the Game Director of The Last of Us, a guy who has been with Naughty Dog for many years, to discuss everything about directing a video game, the challenges of a game like Last of Us, character development, and much much more. We loved this interview. **SPOILER ALERT: AT 51:30-1:10:20 ABOUT END OF GAME**...

Comic-Conga with Steve Agee, Jordan Morris, Jensen Karp and much more!
Like we always do for Comic-Con, Emily and Kumail spent their time roaming the floor and talking to their friends about the wonders of Comic-Con. You'll come with us to exclusive parties, hear us react to booths, and then hear a run down of the things we found most exciting from this year's Con. Featuring Jordan Morris, listener Alex, Jensen Karp, Benjamin Simpson, Garfunkel and Oates (aka Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci), Mike Rosenstein, and Steve Agee....


Metagame and more with Jeff Rubin
After numerous requests, we brought on one of our favorite guests, Jeff Rubin, to play the Metagame with us, talk about the games we're playing now, and much more. Burnside was late but joins us at the end to play too! Please excuse Kumail and Emily for not being able to remember the name "Metagame" in the intro. We recorded that part at 2am. You can buy Meta Game here. While we're giving out links, you can preorder Kumail's special Beta Male on Amazon here. You can also watch it on Comedy Central this Satu...

Dungeon Mastery with Spencer Crittenden
Today, Kumail and Emily welcome Spencer Crittenden, the resident Dungeon Master of Harmontown, to talk about how he started world-building, how that applies to his love of video games and life, and also how he's a time traveler in Animal Crossing. Plus we discuss playing old Game Boy games, make Spencer describe monsters you've created, talk about what we're playing now, and more more more!...

Nerd Consensus with Jordan Morris
Today we welcome back one of our favorite guests, Jordan Morris, to sit around and discuss some of the weirder aspects of nerd culture: dissenting opinions, piling on criticism, changes to origin stories, and more. Plus we talk gaming news, stuff we're playing now, and take a walk on the Burnside!...


Nebulous Weiners with Blair Butler
Chronicles of Mistara, Far Cry 3, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Batman: Arkham City, Skyrim, State of Decay, The Last Of Us, Tomb Raider, Resident Evil 4, Infamous: Second Son, Hitman, GTA, Revenge of Shinobi, Ghostbusters, Punisher, Mass Effect, XCOM **SPOILER ALERTS** We talk a lot about video games and movies in this episode, and we want you to be aware of some things you may consider spoilers within that discussion. Be warned: (21:00) - Teeny tiny Tomb Raider spoiler (31:15) ...

The E3 Audio Diary Episode!
This week, you'll come along with Kumail and Emily as they brave the crowds of E3. You'll be at the conferences and on the floor with us as we watch games, play games, become obsessed with the song from Metal Gear, and listen to Mario talk. Although we never ran into Burnside on the floor, we do a wrap up with him too! E3 forever!...

100th Episode with Steve Agee!
Today is a special day, as it's the 100th episode of The Indoor Kids, so we decided to bring back our 1st ever guest, way back when Emily wasn't even on the show- it's Steve Agee! We answer questions from listeners, we each count down our top five video games, and we discuss even more XBox One and E3 news with a Walk on the Burnside!...


News Hour with Kumail, Emily, and Burnside!
Today we decided to take on some of the bigger news stories of the week- damsels in distress, the used games controversy, which Tetris piece you would be, games being added to the MoMA, and all the stuff these three Indoor Kids are playing! It's hosty as shit....

XBoxOne Galore with Kevin Pereira!
Today we welcome the wonderful Kevin Pereira to talk all about the XBox announcement from last week- the good, the bad, what we still don't know. Plus we talk Arkham Origins, EA passes, and Burnside joins us to play (within the episode) an iOS game called Spaceteam. Hooray news!...

Game Relationships with Jake Fogelnest
Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon welcome their pal Jake Fogelnest to talk about his gaming history, and then we go through some of the most storied romances in all of video game history. Are Mario and Peach codependent? What is happening with love interests that turn into monsters? We discuss it all. Plus a Walk on the Burnside with Matthew Burnside!...


Vanity Gaming with Anders Holm!
Kumail and Emily welcome Ders from Workaholics to talk about games that celebrities have "starred" in through the years, Workaholics, douchiness, and Infinity news. We also play an epic Twitter game with Burnside....

Mascots and More with Dominic Dierkes
Today we welcome pal Dominic Dierkes to run through the history of video game mascots. From Pac-Man to Alex Kidd to Bubzy to Nathan Drake, we go through them all. Plus we talk the games were playing, the movies we just watched, tv and more! And Burnside stops by to talk gaming on the toilet and play the twitter game! The picture is Polygon Man, failed playstation mascot....

We Finish the Swans and More Bioshock
Please enjoy this hodgepodge episode, pulled together from multiple podcasting expeditions. In it, you'll hear video game news talk, TV show talk, discussion of games we're playing now, an interview with Max and Ben, two of the guys responsible for the indie hit Unfinished Swan, a Twitter game, and, at the end of the episode, a spoilery Bioshock wrap up with Matthew Burnside. Enjoy!...


Infinite Bioshock Spoilers with Blair Butler and Film Critic Hulk!
We've talked around it for weeks, but now it's time to unbutton our gaming pants and let loose. Kumail and Emily welcome old friends Blair Butler (on her second playthrough) and Film Critic Hulk (who thinks about narrative for a living) to discuss everything Bioshock: Infinite- things we loved, things we missed, what it means for gaming, and parallels to the first Bioshock. DO NOT LISTEN UNLESS YOU HAVE BEATEN BIOSHOCK. You have been warned....

The Language of Games with Tom Bissell
Today The Indoor Kids welcome Tom Bissel, author of some of our favorite video game essays and writer of Gears of War: Judgment. We talk about how we evaluate games, why you should always play games on hard, and how writing a video game has changed the way he thinks about games in general. Plus a ton of Bioshock: Infinite talk with no spoilers....

Bioshock and Babies with Blair Herter and Jessica Chobot
Today The Indoor Kids welcome back their favorite couple, Blair Herter and Jessica Chobot! We haven't seen them since they had a baby a few weeks ago, so there's lots of discussion about that, which the squeamish might want to skip. Plus we talk about Bioshock: Infinite for a long time. No spoilers, but we do discuss the basics of the world and the main characters. Then we talk XBox AlwaysOngate and play a Twitter game!...


Salute to Tabletop Games with Ivan Van Norman
In honor of Tabletop Day (which was Saturday), we invited King of the Nerds/Outbreak:Undead creator Ivan Van Norman on the show. As both a gamer and a tabletop gamer, Ivan schools us (and you) on the different types of tabletop games, what they offer that video games cannot, and what are the best way to dip your video gamer toe into the tabletop waters. Plus, we take a walk on the Burnside to give our first, spoiler-free impressions of Bioshock, play Twitter games, and more!...

Games, Zombies, and Dogs with Steve Yeun
Today Kumail and Emily are joined by Steve Yeun, aka Glenn on The Walking Dead, to talk about being a minority on TV, zombies, comic books, Steve's lifelong love of RPGs, and more! Plus we have fun with #videogamebands, Matthew Burnside joins us to talk Tomb Raider and gaming news, and Steve tells us a ghost story or two....

Chris Kluwe: Renaissance Man
Chris Kluwe plays for the Minnesota Vikings, and also, he is a legit obsessive gamer. Today he joins us to talk about his gaming history, what he's playing now, how he became a pro-football player, how he applies gaming skills to the real world, gay rights, and way more....


The SXSW Smosh Show with Jovenshire!
This week Kumail and Emily welcome Josh Ovenshire of Smosh Games and King of the Nerds to talk about being on a reality show about nerds, how he got his start in the gaming world (hint: it involves ghosts), sexism in gaming and more. Plus, at the beginning, you get the bonus of Kumail and Emily's SXSW diary. We take you on the gaming expo floor, we take you backstage at comedy shows, we give our thoughts on virtual reality. With cameos from Natasha Leggero, Martin Starr, and Ken Marino!...

Rock n Roll Gaming with Steve Agee
Today Kumail and Emily welcome our old pal Steve Agee to discuss games we're playing, some recent gaming news, how we deal with motion sickness and addiction to games, and way more. Also, we gear up for March, when one huge game comes out every single week....

News and Aliens Hour with Jhonen Vasquez
First up, Matthew Burnside stops by for an extended news segment- we discuss all the PS4 news, IGN news, Bioshock news and more! Also, both Burnside and guest Jhonen Vasquez (Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, Invader Zim) have played Aliens: Colonial Marines, and they have wildly different (while still negative) thoughts on it. Plus hear about Jhonen's influences, his gaming history, and more!...


Musicals, Commerce, Goats, and Depression- with DC Pierson!
Today we welcome podcast pal DC Pierson to talk about the latest video game news, odd things we used to do while playing video games, depression as a video game, and more! Plus we welcome Matthew Burnside with a review of Ni No Kuni and more!...

The Gaming Influence with Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Today is the Indoor Kids' dear friend and director extraordinaire Jordan Vogt-Roberts. He is a lifelong gamer and talks about how growing up in gaming has influenced his choices as a director, and how they're influencing all of our careers. They also talk about Nick Offerman, Skrillex, Jordan's love of JRPGs, and the new Star Wars movies! Then they welcome Matthew Burnside to discuss gaming news about GTA, Monopoly, and more!...

Jilling Off on Violence in Gaming with Devin Faraci!
Today Kumail and Emily are joined by Devin Faraci of Badass Digest to talk about a very hot, very annoying topic to many gamers: the role video games play in violent behavior. We talk some science, some opinion, but don't worry, we also keep it fun and talk about snapshot gaming memories, iOS gaming, and masturbation a lot....


What Makes You a Gamer? w/ Jordan Morris
Kumail and Emily welcome their favorite guest, Jordan Morris, to discuss those weird Nintendo commercials where a person (usually a female) is playing a DS and proclaims herself not a gamer, but an artist. What makes a person a gamer? Is it enough to say you are one? Why do we care so much? All this and more!...

The G4 Funeral with Blair Butler and Matt Mira
Today Kumail and Emily are joined by Blair Butler and Matt Mira, two employees of the Attack of the Show and X-Play, two shows that are now dead to G4. They discuss what it was like to work for the network, what they think happened, and where they think tech/video game TV is going from here. Plus we take A Walk on the Burnside with Far Cry, and more fun!...

Weaponized Tiger with Aisha Tyler
Today Kumail and Emily welcome back to the show one of our favorite guests, the fast-talking, fast-thinking genius that is Aisha Tyler. We discuss the perils of fame, Aisha's E3 experience, games she's playing, and some of our favorite mental disorders....


Veep-eo Games with Tim Simons
In this episode, we are joined by Veep's Tim Simons (aka Jonah, the POTUS lackey), a guy we spent some time hanging out with. Hear tales of Baltimore, obsessive gaming, breaking and entering, and all the video game news that's just weird enough to be on The Indoor Kids....

Another Year Over with The Indoor Kids (and Gil of The Mutant Season)
It's the end of another year of all the forms of art and entertainment you can cram into your eyes and ears. Kumail and Emily go through their top picks for movies, games, and more, and are then joined by Gil, 10 year old boy genius, son of the owners of Meltdown Comics, and host of The Mutant Season. Gil talks about Christmas, his favorite games and movies, and more!...

Supercouple: Edmund and Danielle McMillen
Today Kumail and Emily have a chat with Edmund and Danielle McMillen. You might know Edmund as 1/2 of Team Meat and the creator of games like Super Meat Boy and The Binding of Isaac, you might know Danielle as the creator of plush toys for Edmund's games, and you might know them both from Indie Game: The Movie. It's like a regular double date as we discuss games, working at Game Stop, and living a life where you get to create things you love....


The Indoor Kids Starr Power with Martin Starr
This week, we are joined by the one and only Martin Starr (Freaks and Geeks, Knocked Up, more!), who tells us about his gaming history, his life philosophies, and getting high and playing games with Seth Rogan. Plus, Matthew Burnside talks Dishonored and Kumail and Emily talk about the VGAs!...

Hobbit Balls: A Very Hosty Episode
Kumail and Emily are in the fine city of Baltimore, and thus, are all alone for this episode. They talk about games from Skrillex Quest to XCom to Assassin's Creed (and more), their favorite parade candy, elevensies at Denny's, gaming news and more!...

Indoor Kids News Hour with Gabe Delahaye
Today, Gabe Delahaye (Videogum, Emily's cohost on Love in the Time of Robots) joins Kumail and Emily to talk about some of the weirdest news stories to hit our ears and eyes in the past few weeks. We talk Skyfall, Leisure Suit Larry, The Walking Dead games, Call of Duty, and more more more!...


The Halo Episode, with Jordan "Gravemind" Morris
One of our favorites, Jordan Morris, to talk about everything Halo. Backstory? We cover it. Thoughts on the new game? We've got em. Thoughts on multiplayer? We're all up in it. Halo-adjacent webshows? Watched them. Obsession with Master Chief? We've got that too.  Plus we talk other games, Internet etiquette, and more!...

Indoor Kids Indoor Kids with Jeff Rubin
Emily and Kumail welcome Jeff Rubin (College Humor, Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show) to talk about games he's playing, games we're playing, The Wire, TV shows based on games, and more more more!...

Everything Bond with Mira, Matt Mira
This week Matt Mira (Attack of the Show, Nerdist podcast, duh) joins Kumail and Emily to discuss the Star Wars/Disney news, the upcoming Skyfall, and every single Bond game that Matt has played, which is a lot....


Grownup Scary with Motion City Soundtrack
This week, Kumail and Emily are joined by Justin Pierre and Tony Thaxton of the band Motion City Soundtrack to talk about things that scare us in life, in video games, in movies, and more! Plus you'll get an inside look into the life of a touring performer/gamer!...

Everything with Guy Branum
One of our favorite guests, former X-Play head writer Guy Branum, returns to discuss relationships, election simulation games, nerd TV programming, how games have evolved over time, and much more. Come on in!...

GameMaster Howard!
Kumail and Emily sat down to talk with Howard Phillips, who has an impressive resume. He was one of the original workers in Nintendo's first American warehouse, which meant he shipped out Donkey Kong cabinets in his early days, and this led to product testing all Nintendo games, setting up the tips and tricks hotline, developing games himself, and co-creating Nintendo Power magazine. He's done it all, and we only meant to talk to him for 20 minutes but ended up talking to this amazingly inspirational legend...


Walking Dead and Road Tripping with Gary Whitta
While in San Francisco, Kumail and Emily met on a hotel rooftop to talk to Gary Whitta, lead writer for The Walking Dead, Episode 4. Hear him talk about the differences between writing movies and video games (he wrote Book of Eli and the next M. Night movie), how you write a game that has so many different story paths, his thoughts on the importance of stories in games, and much more. Plus, hear Kumail and Emily talk road tripping, contests and more! Look out gang, Episode 4 of The Walking Dead, written by ...

Hodgepodge with Anthony Jeselnik and Ground Kontrol!
The Indoor Kids have put together this cornucopia of video game fun, including (but not limited to) our thoughts on Wii-U, an interview with the general manager of Ground Kontrol in Portland, us geeking out at Ground Kontrol, and an interview with Anthony Jeselnik that covers his foray into Nintendo championships as well as wrestling....

Keep On Pushing My Love Over the Borderlands
Finally, Borderlands 2 has been released, and we report back to you from knee deep in its wonderful depths with the help of our pal and fellow Vault Hunter Jordan Morris. Also discussed: the best co-op games of all time, movies, Gidget and more! Tell us who you're playing, what your character is, whose guns you prefer, and anything else your heart desires!...


Justice Face and Jonah Ray
Today Kumail and Emily welcome one of their besties, Jonah Ray (you may know who he is) to discuss suspenseful TV, games we're playing, how we'd stock our personal arcades, and some of the games you might not have realized had precursors. Plus there's bonus audio of Jonah and Emily's Hootie Goo Dolls cover band!...

Team Coco/Team Sisto w/ Aaron Bleyaert
Today Kumail and Emily are joined by Aaron Bleyaert, responsible for wrangling Conan O'Brien into gaming with their series, Clueless Gamer. Hear stories of gaming with Conan, followed by stories of Leisure Suit Larry remakes, bad New Years Eves, and more more more!...

BumberPAX!
Kumail and Emily journey to Seattle, where the coffee is famous. We bring you all the backstage and floor juiciness from both Bumbershoot and PAX. With special guests Jessica Chobot, Ron Funches, John Hodgman and more more more!...


Vegetarian Haggis
The Indoor Kids are coming to you at the end of their long journey to Scotland. Learn about the Mac and IPhone games Emily has been playing! Feast your eyes on the wonders of Vita games! Hear about Scottish food and the Fringe Festival! Revel in Kumail's cold that has nearly robbed him of his voice! Note: We apologize for this episode being a little shorter than most, but Kumail barely made it through as it was. Thank you for being patient and we love you all!...

Why We Play, with Pete Holmes!
This week, Kumail and Emily welcome our good friend Pete Holmes to talk about what we're thinking and feeling when we sit down to play a shooter versus a puzzle game versus a MMORPG, and why thinking about stuff like that matters. Plus we get real silly too. **SPOILER ALERT** There is a Mass Effect spoiler at 41:07...

Everything with James Gunn
Today, Kumail and Emily welcome James Gunn, writer and director of movies like Super and Slither, and writer of the videogame Lollipop Chainsaw, to talk about... well, everything. We talk about religion, sexism in games, anal sex, and more, and to start things off, Kumail and Emily bring you a Pre-SideQuest to discuss the games they've been playing lately.  Be warned, this episode is NSFW....


The Indoor Kids Level With You, w/ Jordan Morris
Remember back when every video game had an ice level, a fire level, and an underwater level, regardless of if it fit into the plot? We do, and we invite you to come reminisce with us on some of the best and worst individual levels in video games from the 80s through today! Then tell us about your favorites!...

Undying Zombie Consoles with Stephen Johnson
This week, joining Kumail and Emily to talk about this freakishly long console life cycle is Stephen Johnson of G4TV.com! We'll discuss what long console cycles mean for the industry, what the next cycle could improve upon, and some of the greatest hits of this endless summer of gaming. Plus we may apologize to people we were mean to in high school....

Batman Batman Batman!
Given the Batmania that the country has been infected with, we decided to do a podcast salute to the Dark Knight, the Caped Crusader, Gotham's Savior, World's Greatest Detective, Bats, the weirdo in the outfit, etc and so on. We discuss all Batman movies, most Batman games, some Batman comics, and a few Batman cartoons- and who better to join us than a fellow superhero Hulk, aka Film Critic Hulk (in Bruce Banner mode). Don't worry, we don't discuss anything about The Dark Knight Rises until the very end, an...


The Comic-Con Episode
The Comic-Con episode with Devin Faraci, Matt Mira, Jordan Morris, and more! Kumail and Emily wanted to bring Comic-Con to you, so they decided to bring along a recorder, Twin Peaks-style, to capture every floor walk, (almost) every friend, every weird party, and every exhausted, stinky, fun moment....

Gaming School with Adam Sessler
Kumail and Emily welcome Adam Sessler to the show to talk about how he became one of the most well-respected industry voices (hint: it involves banks), what he plans on doing next, and what he thinks the gaming industry needs to continue evolving as an art form and an entertainment form....

The Indoor Kids are ignoring the sun in Santa Barbara!
This week, Kumail and Emily are on vacation in beautiful Santa Barbara, which means that Emily got sunburned the first day and we've spent the rest of the time playing Skyrim Dawnguard, LEGO Batman 2 DC Superheroes, and Spec Ops: The Line. Plus we watched all of the new Mass Effect endings and discuss those, but we do it at the end and give you warnings if you don't want it spoiled....


Talking Talking Classics w/ Keith Apicary/Nathan Barnatt
First The Indoor Kids talk with Keith Apicary, video game fan boy whose overzealous demeanor has gotten him kicked out of video game events and conventions from coast to coast. He has a lifetime ban from PAX. Then, we talk to Keith's creator, comedian Nathan Barnatt, about his life long love of games and how he used it to make a career for himself....

OCD Gaming Moments with Film Crit Hulk
This week, Kumail and Emily welcome their good pal Film Crit Hulk to talk about all the obsessive achievement hunting, score beating, game finishing moments of our gaming lives, from childhood on. Plus we also discuss Prometheus and Moonrise Kingdom.  PS- We know OCD is a serious disorder, and we are not making light of it....

E3 Reactions with Ali Baker
Today Kumail and Emily welcome Ali Baker, the original cohost of Indoor Kids, to catch up on life, talk about games we're playing, and discuss all the biggest news out of E3. What games wowed us? What press conferences embarrassed us? What is Smart Glass? We'll discuss it all!...


E3 is coming, and so are child serial killers! (with Jordan Morris)
This week, Kumail and Emily welcome their own personal Alec Baldwin to the studio to talk about the games they've been playing, the things they're looking forward to out of E3, and the nature of child psychopaths. Plus Emily tries to explain the appeal of Minecraft. Enjoy!...

Guy Branum and the Birth of the Homosexual Option
This week, Guy Branum joins us! He was one of the original employees of TechTV and the former head writer of X-Play, and he and the kids talk how video game entertainment has changed, his place in it, and whether or not the online gaming world needs Moms. Plus also we discuss nerds and being a minority. Pretty heavy stuff, guys....

LIVE with Jonah Ray, Jordan Morris, and... Eliza Dushku
Welcome to another live version of The Indoor Kids, where we talk about porn versions of video game titles, dreamcast our favorite video games into the movies that'll never be made, wallow in the worst of video game dialogue, and Kumail reveals an unhealthy obsession with Eliza Dushku....


Journey Puns, Gaming, and Avengers with Kellee Santiago
Today on The Indoor Kids, Kumail and Emily are joined by Kellee Santiago (@kelleesan), one of the founders of thatgamecompany, the company behind Flower, Journey, and more! Kellee joins us to talk about how she got into game design, the theory of fun (cooler than it sounds), and more! Then stick around for Kumail and Emily filling you in on all the things they've been shoving into their earholes and eyeholes lately....

Skullgirl Talk with Mike Z and Alex Ahad!
This week, The Indoor Kids sit down with Mike Z and Alex Ahad, the respective game designer and creative director of Skullgirls, to find out all the dirt. How did these two create such a badass game? How did they meet? How did they get into the business of creating games? Who is their favorite character? Tune in to find out!  Follow @Skullgirls on Twitter!...

The Spoilerific Mass Effect Wrap-Up Show with Nick Ahrens
Nick Ahrens (iam8bit) joins us again to talk all things Mass Effect, now that we're all done with the entire series. Did you guys hear that there was some controversy over the ending? Weird, huh? We delve into all of it, reveal the fates of our Shepards, and talk future possibilities. Again, this is VERY SPOILER HEAVY, so we recommend listening only if you have finished Mass Effect 3, or if you like having things spoiled for you!...


What Came First- The Chicken Rollers or the Easter Eggs? (with Dominic Dierkes)
Today Kumail and Emily welcome Indoor Kid favorite Dominic Dierkes (@dominicdierkes) to discuss some of the oldest, biggest, best, and most elusive Easter Eggs in video game history! We run through early ones up through the eggs of today, and why we love them. And then there's also talk about Mortal Kombat character ethnicities. Plus Kumail gets some odd food from a 7 Eleven and we can't seem to stop talking about it....

The Kids Are Back in Town
Kumail and Emily have been traveling like crazy, both together and separately, so this episode was recorded with the Indoor Kids at home discussing all the video game news that's fit to print. They also talk the games they've been playing while they were separated (Emily- Journey and Skullgirls, Kumail- Uncharted: Golden Abyss). Then at the end Kumail kinda freaks out from sleep deprivation....

Story and Gaming, the Sequel- starring Devin Faraci
Today we welcome back Devin Faraci, Badass in Chief at Badass Digest, to chow down a bit more on the big issue of narrative in gaming. What makes a game a game? Can video games fully master cultural relevance when you have to devote so much time to them? If you don't devote the time to them and just experience the story, are you a gamer? We don't really answer any of these questions, but we do talk about them a lot. Listen and then tell us what you think!...


The Indoor Kids vs. Bryan Lee O'Malley, creator of Scott Pilgrim
Bryan Lee O'Malley stops in to chat about his ode to video game culture, Scott Pilgrim, the games that inspired him, and of course, the movie. And trust us you guys, he's in deep. Along the way we talk about fashion and North Carolina too....

The Book Report Episode!
The Indoor Kids get smart and take a break from playing video games to read books about playing video games. Man, we read so many books. And then we compiled an awesome report to tell you guys about them. Reading about video games. Because we... are The Indoor Kids....

Mass Effect Mass Effect Mass Effect (with Nick Ahrens)
The Indoor Kids welcome Nick Ahrens (I am 8 bit) to enter the lair and discuss the entire Mass Effect franchise. We talk about the good, we talk about the bad, we talk about who has had sex with which people & what race they were. We also address the massive & epic ending controversy!...


Movie Games! (with Jordan Morris)
This is the time when we welcome Jordan Morris (Jordan Jesse Go!) to talk about all of the best and worst video games based on movies. Gremlins 2! Die Hard! The Lord of the Rings! We try and cover it all, from the moment you realized that you could actually play a game based in a world you'd only watched in movies, to the crappiness of the Green Lantern game. Plus some bonus talk about games we're playing now!...

Livin La Vita Sexism (with Dominic Dierkes)
Today, Kumail and Emily welcome Dominic Dierkes (DERRICK Comedy, Workaholics) to talk about all kinds of hot topics in gaming. We'll discuss the PlayStation Vita (and compare it to a zoo animal), the recent scandal in the fighting game industry, and upcoming games we're looking forward to (HELLO MASS EFFECT 3!)...

Live episode No. 2: Match ups!
It’s another The Indoor Kids Livestravaganza as we invite Blair Herter (G4’s Attack of the Show, Feedback) & DC Pierson (Derrick Comedy, author of The Boy who Couldn’t Sleep & Didn’t Have To) to discuss such important topics as Parappa The Rappa, the Soul Calibur series & the worst roommates in gaming. And matchups! Bubsy vs. Alex Kidd! Sega Genesis vs. Super Nintendo! Plus, super special appearances by Matt Mira & Jessica Chobot!...


Kevin Pereira is a F*cking Genius
Kevin Pereira (host of G4's Attack of the Show) comes in to talk about his gaming history, about running bulletin boards at 9, and about getting to 2nd base in a pizza restaurant at 12. At 12, you guys. His story should be made into a movie starring Matthew Broderick....

Gaming with Friends! (with Blair Butler and Stephen Johnson)
Isn't co-op gaming the best, especially when it's with friends and not with strangers who call you terrible words? This week, Blair Butler and Stephen Johnson of G4 join us to talk about co-op gaming throughout our lives, our loves, and how we all played Horde Mode together the night before the recording. Also, we promote Stephen's one man show, "Is the Bible Magic?" Then stay tuned for a Side Quest with Kumail and Emily doling out advice on the best games to play with your lovah... just in time for Valenti...

The Games That Changed Gaming, or.... Game-Changers (with Jensen Karp)
Today Kumail and Emily welcome Jensen Karp, owner of Gallery 1988 and curator of all things pop culture, to discuss the games throughout our lives that have caused us to rethink how video games work. We also try and address the games that changed the gaming industry as a whole, but mostly we just talk about ourselves. Plus Jensen discusses his rap career, and Kumail and Emily wrap up their thoughts on Uncharted 3!...


Video Games vs Movies
This week, Kumail and Emily welcome Devin Faraci (Kick ass movie reviewer/Badass-in-Chief at Badass Digest http://badassdigest.com) to pour his passion for movies into video games. We discuss old and new narratives, special effects, storytelling, and how all that works differently in video games vs. movies. Plus butt plugs....

Live Show No. 1
The Indoor Kids minus Kumail plus Matt Mira host our first EVER live show! In which we basically do the Oscars, but for videogames. Best videogame hair of 2011! Most sexable videogame character of 2011! Other categories! Plus, guests Jordan Morris & Blair Butler! (Kumail could not be there due to completely unavoidable circumstances.) Next live The Indoor Kids show: February 11th! http://nerdmeltla.com/tickets...

Are Videogames Art? (with Film Crit Hulk)
The Indoor Kids fortify their walls & reinforce their chairs, because Film Crit Hulk (badassdigest.com) stops by to discuss the most ultimatest topic of all: are videogames art? Don't worry; we don't get pretentious. (Ok we do a little bit.) HULK PONTIFICATE! SPOILERS: Gears of War 3 (1:02:40 - 1:03:48) Red Dead Redemption (1:06:00 - 1:07:28) LA Noire (1:13:45 - 1:14:55)...


Easter Eggs and Mysteries (with DC Pierson)
This week, DC Pierson (DERRICK Comedy, "The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep and Never Had To") joins Kumail and Emily to discuss some of the video game world's most bizarre and interesting mysteries. Alien demons in Mario Galaxy? A Russian game that only exists while you're playing it? Easter eggs from the dawn of time? All will be revealed! Plus we talk about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for, like, a while....

Everything + Christmas (with Matt Mira)
It's the holidays, which means it's time for a visit from your friend and ours, Matt Mira. Join us as we discuss superheroes, Christmas memories, old consoles, and the political structure of Super Mario World. No one gets us off topic like Mira!...

The Death of Arcades (with Al Madrigal)
Al Madrigal (Free Agents, The Daily Show) drops in to take us back to the days when cigarette burns adorned Street Fighter 2 cabinets & the possibility of an actual street fight was all too real. Yep: we talk about video game arcades. How they were scary, how they were awesome, and how barely any of them exist anymore. Al and Kumail also describe some of their favorite stand-up heckling moments....


Lost Games (w/ Jordan Morris)
Jordan Morris & The Indoor Kids put on their Indiana Jones hats and go Indian Jonesing into the world of rare and unreleased/canceled games. Walk with us through this seedy underbelly of missteps, mistakes & mysteries. "This belongs in a museum!" we all say in unison....

Church of Skyrim 2 (with Dan Harmon)
Dan Harmon (creator of Community, Channel 101) visits The Indoor Kids again to discuss our obsession with Skyrim. We talk about how our real life personalities affect our characters and behavior within the game, and we try and ascertain specifically what makes this game so awesome and immersive. Plus we talk about celebrities. Something for everyone! Also send your submission in for the contest! Deadline is December 9th. Get to it!...

The Church of Skyrim (with Blair Herter and Jessica Chobot)
G4's Blair Herter & Jessica Chobot visit The Indoor Kids to share how they broke into the gaming industry, and to give tips on how you can too. Then everyone starts raving about Skyrim. It's all Skyrim this and Skyrim that and Kumail starts formulating a new religion based on the teachings of Skyrim. Then, in Side-Quest, Emily & Kumail discuss the big Gears of War contest some more, and share tips on how to game on a budget....


The Video Game Movie Episode (with Jeff Rubin)
Jeff Rubin (College Humor, The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show) decided to watch every single video game released theatrically in the United States. He visits The Indoor Kids to tell the story of their successes and their failures. Mostly their failures. Like, almost exclusively. Then, during Side-Quest, Emily & Kumail announce a big huge contest for listeners with tons of awesome prizes. Yep....

Save Points (with Dan Harmon)
Dan Harmon (creator of Community and Channel 101) stops in at The Indoor Kids headquarters to discuss linear vs. open world games and how evolutionary theory ties into gaming. The singularity comes up again. Also, Minecraft. And then, in the Side-Quest, Kumail & Emily discuss their final thoughts on Arkham City & their first impressions of Uncharted 3....

The Video Game Coma Episode (with Steve Heisler)
Steve Heisler (AV Club Writer and Game Reviewer) stopped playing video games around Super Nintendo. A year ago, for The AV Club, he started playing the blockbuster games of today and reviewing them with fresh, childlike eyes. What's it like to make the jump from Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past straight to Bioshock? How do The Indoor Kids feel about Steve getting to avoid the exciting, hit-or-miss years of Playstation 1, Playstation 2 and XBox? What's it like to review games for a living, and how do you ...


Origin Stories (with Chloe Dykstra)
Host/model Chloe Dykstra stops in to discuss cosplay, growing up awkward, and being a girl in the scary/anonymous world of online gaming. We then get into a discussion of what makes us who we are and how we define ourselves online and in person. Also, we think Twilight sucks....

The Indead Kids Scare-oween Bloodcast (with Blair Butler)
The Indead Kids host Blair Butler (G4's Attack of the Show, Fresh Ink) as they each discuss their 5 favorite scary games. Blood is spilled! Lives are lost! Lists are read! Then, after Blair departs, Kumail & Emily do a Side-Quest. They discuss their final thoughts on Gears of War 3, their initial thoughts on Arkham City, and Emily's baby steps into the world of StarCraft 2. BoooooOooooo!...

The Fun Sized Bonus Mini-sode #1
The Indoor Kids record a 10 minute long special bonus episode where they review the PS3 re-release of Ico and discuss their annoyances with current downloadable content trends. These minisodes will always focus on reviews and current gaming news. Also, do you guys wanna help us come up with a name for these? We knew you would!...


Beloved games that we behate (with Stephen Johnson)
G4's Stephen Johnson (Feedback) comes over to tell us about playing video games for a living, and the weird artscience of reviewing video games. Then we get into a discussion of games that everyone loves but we hate. We bare our souls here people. We expect the trolling to begin immediately....

Revenge of StarCraft (with Duncan Trussell)
Today at The Indoor Kids headquarters, comedian Duncan Trussell (The Lavender Hour) stops in to school us on StarCraft 2, and why he thinks it is the greatest video game ever made. We also discuss sex vs. violence in video games, and find out more about Stephen Hawking than any of us had bargained for. Like, way more. Yep....

The Wrong Horse (with Paul Scheer)
Paul Scheer (NTSFSD:SUV, The League, Human Giant, Children’s Hospital) has made some terrible decisions when it comes to choosing consoles. In the past he has owned Sega CD, Sega 32x, Atari Lynx, and even the Philips 3DO. He comes over to talk about what it felt like to always have the wrong console, and The Indoor Kids end up talking about an alternate history of video games, full of promises broken and games unreleased....


The Gaming with Parents episode (with Ron Funches)
The Indoor Kids tell stories of gaming with their parents, and read listener letters about their experiences. Ron Funches (Conan) drops in to talk about bonding with his 8 year old son through gaming, and to lament the lack of black protagonists in video games. (Yes, we know about Michael Jackson in Moonwalker.) Spoiler alert: He hates Barret in Final Fantasy 7....

Aisha Tyler
Aisha Tyler (Archer) & The Indoor Kids discuss her gaming rules, her gaming strategies, and her plans for the impending Zombiepocalypse. Oh, and masturbation. They talk about masturbation for a while. **SPOILERS** 47:50 - 47:55 Gears of War 2 48:00 -  50:03 Dawn of the Dead (2004 movie)...

Dominic Dierkes
Dominic Dierkes (Derrick Comedy, The Anytime Show podcast) stops by to discuss racism & sexism in video games, his experiences writing for the videogame awards for Spike TV, and we discuss whether we prefer killing humans or monsters/aliens/robots/monster-alien-robots in our video games. **SPOILER ALERT** 1:18:44 - 1:20:00 (Very vague Braid spoilers)...


The Letters Episode (with Steve Agee)
The Indoor Kids say farewell to Ali Baker, who must move back to the East Coast to further her education, and welcome Emily V. Gordon as the new co-host. Steve Agee (Sara Silverman Program, first guest on our podcast) returns to usher in a new beginning and read all the wonderful letters that our wonderful listeners have sent in. A bittersweet time is had by all....

Moshe Kasher and Brent Weinbach
The special 16 bit music episode features comedians Brent Weinbach and Moshe Kasher playing their favorite music from SNES games and trying to figure out what the secret of Mana actually is....

Carlos Ferro
Carlos Ferro (Dom from Gears of War, Leonardo Da Vinci from Assassin's Creed, and 100's of other games) stops by to talk about the his favorite superheroes, whether being a "geek" has become mainstream, and that one scene in Gears of War 2 that made him cry. (Let's face it, it made all of us cry.) **SPOILER ALERT** Gears of War 2 (18:00 - 22:00)...


Jordan Morris
Jordan Morris (Jordan, Jesse, Go!) talks about his Top 5 fighting games, video gaming as a spectator sport, and who he would want to dress up as at Comic Con. (Hint: It involves millions of dollars in research and development.)...

Todd Levin
The Indoor Kids welcome Todd Levin (writer on Conan) to the show to discuss his series of articles "Consoles I Have Known" (http://www.themorningnews.org/archive/tag/consolesihaveknown). They take a nostalgic tour of the first consoles they ever bought, the first games they ever beat, and which video games have special emotional significance for them. And Seaman. They talk about Seaman....

Emily V. Gordon and Pete Holmes
The Indoor Kids welcome comedian Pete Holmes (Conan, Fallon), and Emily Gordon (G4's Feedback, Program Director of the Nerdist Theater at Meltdown Comics). We discuss the pros and cons of couples gaming, as well as whether there is a difference in the way that girls and guys approach gaming in general. Also, serial killers & drug dealers in The Sims, those infernal murder-crows in Resident Evil, and extremely terrifying flower patches....


Justin Roiland
The 2nd episode of The Indoor Kids sees Kumail Nanjiani and Ali Baker welcoming Justin Roiland (Oscar from Disney's Fish Hooks) to the show. They discuss the future of 3D gaming, the new Bioshock Infinite footage, Justin's controversial hatred of Ocarina of Time and his idea for the next Nintendo console. **THERE ARE SPOILERS FOR THE FOLLOWING** Infamous 1 Spoiler (28:15 - 29:30) and Mild Fable 3 spoiler (31:35 - 32:30)...

Steve Agee
The inaugural episode of The Indoor Kids w Ali Baker and Kumail Nanjiani! We welcome Steve Agee (The Sarah Silverman Program) & discuss the creepy-uncle-lameness of Duke Nuke 'em Forever, plot holes in LA Noire, and the first console systems we ever owned!...