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Scratching the Itch

A podcast where two childhood friends dig through the mountain of indie games that Itch.io has to offer so you don't have to!

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Episode 50: How Time Flies
Join Stephen and Jake as they take a retrospective of their past two years of podcasting and discuss their hopes for Scratching the Itch's future. See you in Episode 51! Created by: Stephen Brikiatis and Jake Simard Theme Music: Andrew Poirier Logo: PJ Garron Email: scratchingtheitch.io@gmail.com Facebook: facebook.com/scratchingtheitch.io Instagram: scratching_the_itch_podcast Twitter: @indiescratch
73:42 10/02/2021
Episode 49: Here's to Audience Participation!
Join Stephen and Jake as they dedicate an entire episode to games created by listeners! You too can become Scratching the Itch canon! Winterlore Chapter II: https://bit.ly/3kmcu5k Endless Spin of the Hunter-Gatherer: https://bit.ly/3ApJq2v Holidays: https://bit.ly/3lADlu1 Created by: Stephen Brikiatis and Jake Simard Theme Music: Andrew Poirier Logo: PJ Garron Email: scratchingtheitch.io@gmail.com Facebook: facebook.com/scratchingtheitch.io Instagram: scratching_the_itch_podcast Twitter: @indiescratch
52:09 09/19/2021
Episode 48: Indiepocalypse Games
Join Stephen and Jake as they review some games from the indie game webzine Indiepocalypse! Issue 19: https://bit.ly/3BHntwc Issue x kus: https://bit.ly/3jNZIwu Created by: Stephen Brikiatis and Jake Simard Theme Music: Andrew Poirier Logo: PJ Garron Email: scratchingtheitch.io@gmail.com Facebook: facebook.com/scratchingtheitch.io Instagram: scratching_the_itch_podcast Twitter: @indiescratch
42:55 09/07/2021
Episode 47: Dice Games
Join Stephen and Jake as they try their luck with some incredibly unique dice-based games!  Dice Mice: https://bit.ly/3DiOR5j there.are.dice: https://bit.ly/2WihIWV Book of Faces: https://bit.ly/3yl9nhX Created by: Stephen Brikiatis and Jake Simard Theme Music: Andrew Poirier Logo: PJ Garron Email: scratchingtheitch.io@gmail.com Facebook: facebook.com/scratchingtheitch.io Instagram: scratching_the_itch_podcast Twitter: @indiescratch
47:24 08/26/2021
Episode 46: FPS Games
Join Stephen and Jake as they shoot everything from bugs to mushrooms to old men needing towels in this episode about First Person Shooters! Criminal Insects: https://bit.ly/3iDxjZs Deep Root: https://bit.ly/3CB93ii Towel Required: https://bit.ly/3sePPuk Created by: Stephen Brikiatis and Jake Simard Theme Music: Andrew Poirier Logo: PJ Garron Email: scratchingtheitch.io@gmail.com Facebook: facebook.com/scratchingtheitch.io Instagram: scratching_the_itch_podcast Twitter: @indiescratch
40:22 08/10/2021
Episode 45: Interview - The Creator of The Mind's Eclipse
Join Stephen and Jake as they interview the creator of The Mind's Eclipse, an absolutely stunning game that was covered in Episode 37! The Mind's Eclipse: https://themindseclipse.itch.io/the-minds-eclipse Created by: Stephen Brikiatis and Jake Simard Theme Music: Andrew Poirier Logo: PJ Garron Email: scratchingtheitch.io@gmail.com Facebook: facebook.com/scratchingtheitch.io Instagram: scratching_the_itch_podcast Twitter: @indiescratch
65:14 07/24/2021
Episode 44: Nature Games
Join Stephen and Jake as they work out their green thumb with some wonderful games inspired by plant life - it's time for some nature games! Growth TD: https://bit.ly/3AN9XHz PlantBuddy: https://bit.ly/3yJi5Y4 Awa's Journey: https://bit.ly/3APVkUb Created by: Stephen Brikiatis and Jake Simard Theme Music: Andrew Poirier Logo: PJ Garron Email: scratchingtheitch.io@gmail.com Facebook: facebook.com/scratchingtheitch.io Instagram: scratching_the_itch_podcast Twitter: @indiescratch
44:16 07/10/2021
Episode 43: RPG Maker Games
Join Stephen and Jake as they explore and uncover the secrets of some wonderful games made in RPG Maker! Capacity: https://bit.ly/35VUyqc Haunted Corny Maize: https://bit.ly/3heJ72q Wild Araz: https://bit.ly/3gUrSV4 Created by: Stephen Brikiatis and Jake Simard Theme Music: Andrew Poirier Logo: PJ Garron Email: scratchingtheitch.io@gmail.com Facebook: facebook.com/scratchingtheitch.io Instagram: scratching_the_itch_podcast Twitter: @indiescratch
53:05 06/26/2021
Episode 42: Turn-Based Strategy Games
Join Stephen and Jake as they take their sweet time analyzing and optimizing in some turn-based strategy games! Hero Tactics: https://bit.ly/3vkysrE Wild Heart: https://bit.ly/3iBlzqA The Forever Lands: https://sonofbadru.itch.io/foreverlands Created by: Stephen Brikiatis and Jake Simard Theme Music: Andrew Poirier Logo: PJ Garron Email: scratchingtheitch.io@gmail.com Facebook: facebook.com/scratchingtheitch.io Instagram: scratching_the_itch_podcast Twitter: @indiescratch
59:08 06/12/2021
Episode 41: Top Down Shooters
Join Stephen and Jake as they look down upon various worlds and blast things - it's time for some Top Down Shooters!   Don't Wake Up: https://bit.ly/3vdEUSg GUNWYRM: https://bit.ly/3fCCoyq TURBO ISLAND PURGER: https://bit.ly/3bMVOzc   Created by: Stephen Brikiatis and Jake Simard Theme Music: Andrew Poirier Logo: PJ Garron   Email: scratchingtheitch.io@gmail.com Facebook: facebook.com/scratchingtheitch.io Instagram: scratching_the_itch_podcast Twitter: @indiescratch
51:49 05/22/2021
Episode 40: 3D Exploration Games - with a Guest!
Join Stephen, Jake, and Pat as they get themselves lost in some... Adventure Games? Collectathons? 3D Exploration Games? If you can come up with a better name for the genre, let us know!   Grassdancer: https://bit.ly/3hdzXEJ Nytro: https://bit.ly/3uuqFIi Dry Path: https://bit.ly/3uAf0YC   Created by: Stephen Brikiatis and Jake Simard Theme Music: Andrew Poirier Logo: PJ Garron   Email: scratchingtheitch.io@gmail.com Facebook: facebook.com/scratchingtheitch.io Instagram: scratching_the_itch_podcast Twitter: @indiescratch
82:18 05/09/2021
Episode 39: Female Protagonists
Join Stephen and Jake as they contest the patriarchy with some lovely games featuring female protagonists!   Digital Soul Data: https://bit.ly/3tSggWF lilac & her light: https://npckc.itch.io/lilac-and-her-light Roguelight: https://managore.itch.io/roguelight   Created by: Stephen Brikiatis and Jake Simard Theme Music: Andrew Poirier Logo: PJ Garron   Email: scratchingtheitch.io@gmail.com Facebook: facebook.com/scratchingtheitch.io Instagram: scratching_the_itch_podcast Twitter: @indiescratch
51:59 04/26/2021
Episode 38: Tetris-likes
Join Stephen and Jake as they shift and shimmy objects in some wonderful games inspired by Tetris!   LootKeeper: https://outstar.itch.io/lootkeeper KARGO: https://natbriceno.itch.io/kargo Blocky Dungeon 0.75: https://squaredev.itch.io/blocky-dungeon-075   Created by: Stephen Brikiatis and Jake Simard Theme Music: Andrew Poirier Logo: PJ Garron   Email: scratchingtheitch.io@gmail.com Facebook: facebook.com/scratchingtheitch.io Instagram: scratching_the_itch_podcast Twitter: @indiescratch
52:03 04/11/2021
Episode 37: Visual Novels (Sci-Fi Edition!)
Join Stephen and Jake as they accidentally blur the line between point-and-clicks and visual novels... It's time for some sci-fi!   Cooking with Cthulhu: https://snozbot.itch.io/cooking-with-cthulhu Co-Pilot: https://90percentstudios.itch.io/co-pilot The Mind's Eclipse: https://themindseclipse.itch.io/the-minds-eclipse   Created by: Stephen Brikiatis and Jake Simard Theme Music: Andrew Poirier Logo: PJ Garron   Email: scratchingtheitch.io@gmail.com Facebook: facebook.com/scratchingtheitch.io Instagram: scratching_the_itch_podcast Twitter: @indiescratch
54:15 03/27/2021
Episode 36: Point and Clicks
Join Stephen and Jake as they talk about wandering aimlessly for hours in some Point and Click games!   Garden of Oblivion: http://bit.ly/3qyV4Cp Printed Mars: http://bit.ly/3l81vLM Intergalactic Wizard Force: http://bit.ly/3l5uhMU   Created by: Stephen Brikiatis and Jake Simard Theme Music: Andrew Poirier Logo: PJ Garron   Email: scratchingtheitch.io@gmail.com Facebook: facebook.com/scratchingtheitch.io Instagram: scratching_the_itch_podcast Twitter: @indiescratch
56:04 03/13/2021
Episode 35: Seeing Old Friends and Making New Ones
Join Stephen and Jake as they play the games of new and old listeners (some of which have been waiting FAR too long!)   Bright Lancer: https://slo-nod.itch.io/bright-lancer?download Dasher 3D: https://iep-esy.itch.io/dasher Kungfu Cowboy: https://soy-boy-games.itch.io/kungfucowboy   Created by: Stephen Brikiatis and Jake Simard Theme Music: Andrew Poirier Logo: PJ Garron   Email: scratchingtheitch.io@gmail.com Facebook: facebook.com/scratchingtheitch.io Instagram: scratching_the_itch_podcast Twitter: @indiescratch
50:34 03/01/2021
Episode 34: Works in Progress
Join Stephen and Jake as they discover and analyze games that have not yet been officially finished!   Hebi Hebi: https://taylorritenour.itch.io/hebi-hebi Pico Sonic: https://komehara.itch.io/pico-sonic Familiars.io: https://clayloam.itch.io/familiarsio   Created by: Stephen Brikiatis and Jake Simard Theme Music: Andrew Poirier Logo: PJ Garron   Email: scratchingtheitch.io@gmail.com Facebook: facebook.com/scratchingtheitch.io Instagram: scratching_the_itch_podcast Twitter: @indiescratch
55:18 02/13/2021
Episode 33: Falling with Style
Join Stephen and Jake as they explore games that give you wings and help you fall with style - it's time to fly this week!   POTiON: https://eryngi.itch.io/potion Fluffy Flight: https://fripop.itch.io/fluffy-flight Flight: https://danielkimaudio.itch.io/flight   Created by: Stephen Brikiatis and Jake Simard Theme Music: Andrew Poirier Logo: PJ Garron   Email: scratchingtheitch.io@gmail.com Facebook: facebook.com/scratchingtheitch.io Instagram: scratching_the_itch_podcast Twitter: @indiescratch
52:32 01/30/2021
Episode 32: 3D Platformers
Join Stephen and Jake as they hop, skip, and jump around some wonderful 3D platforming games!   Scheherezade's Journey: https://jerome8911.itch.io/scheherazades-journey Neverest: https://neverest.itch.io/neverest Pyme's Genocide: https://jaimuepe.itch.io/pymes-genocide   Created by: Stephen Brikiatis and Jake Simard Theme Music: Andrew Poirier Logo: PJ Garron   Email: scratchingtheitch.io@gmail.com Facebook: facebook.com/scratchingtheitch.io Instagram: scratching_the_itch_podcast Twitter: @indiescratch
47:37 01/16/2021
Episode 31: Rogue-Lites
Join Stephen and Jake as they play through and discuss the difference between Rogue-Likes and Rogue-Lites!   Time Raider: https://teamterrible.itch.io/time-raider RogueType: http://bit.ly/38TDfY1 The ever-changing case of the unpaid rent: http://bit.ly/3hAiGDQ   Created by: Stephen Brikiatis and Jake Simard Theme Music: Andrew Poirier Logo: PJ Garron   Email: scratchingtheitch.io@gmail.com Facebook: facebook.com/scratchingtheitch.io Instagram: scratching_the_itch_podcast Twitter: @indiescratch
54:05 01/02/2021
Episode 30: Flash, We Knew Thee Well
Join Stephen and Jake as they remember the good ol' days, give Flash the remembrance it deserves, and talk about its saving grace - Flashpoint!   Flashpoint: https://bluemaxima.org/flashpoint/   Created by: Stephen Brikiatis and Jake Simard Theme Music: Andrew Poirier Logo: PJ Garron   Email: scratchingtheitch.io@gmail.com Facebook: facebook.com/scratchingtheitch.io Instagram: scratching_the_itch_podcast Twitter: @indiescratch
58:19 12/13/2020
Episode 29: Love2D Games
Join Stephen and Jake as they discuss some 2-dimensional treasures made in the Love2D engine!   Venti Mesi: https://bit.ly/3o1VQHd Lost: https://bit.ly/39n4cFA Muju Juju: https://bit.ly/3fNvpCj   Created by: Stephen Brikiatis and Jake Simard Theme Music: Andrew Poirier Logo: PJ Garron   Email: scratchingtheitch.io@gmail.com Facebook: facebook.com/scratchingtheitch.io Instagram: scratching_the_itch_podcast Twitter: @indiescratch
56:41 11/28/2020
Episode 28: Freeware Holiday Shopping!
Join Stephen and Jake as they discuss amazing free games to gift! (Warning: this has the most laughter of any episode thus far)   Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead Iji Legend of Zelda Classic Mari0 N: The Way of the Ninja The Battle for Wesnoth (Sorry! Not enough characters for links!)   Created by: Stephen Brikiatis and Jake Simard Theme Music: Andrew Poirier Logo: PJ Garron   Email: scratchingtheitch.io@gmail.com Facebook: facebook.com/scratchingtheitch.io Instagram: scratching_the_itch_podcast Twitter: @indiescratch
64:56 11/14/2020
Episode 27: Happy Halloween-aversary!
Join Stephen and Jake as they celebrate their ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY on the spookiest of holidays!   The Last Utopi: https://ghoulishkid.itch.io/the-last-utopi Black Water: https://makegamergirls.itch.io/black-water Veiled: https://grouflon.itch.io/veiled?fbclid=IwAR1-AgDdqVIroNWJ9sKglr25tFf44YRUX4xmFQv1IYX0CUh_ewH7WjCi0rA   Created by: Stephen Brikiatis and Jake Simard Theme Music: Andrew Poirier Logo: PJ Garron   Email: scratchingtheitch.io@gmail.com Facebook: facebook.com/scratchingtheitch.io Instagram: scratching_the_itch_podcast Twitter: @indiescratch
50:47 11/01/2020
Episode 26: Tower Defense
Join Stephen and Jake as they build and destroy with a lovely collection of Tower Defense games!   Hexfence: https://zeradevelopment.itch.io/hexfence Netcrawler: https://impbox.itch.io/netcrawler The Shiny Ones: https://fortsicle.itch.io/the-shiny-ones   Created by: Stephen Brikiatis and Jake Simard Theme Music: Andrew Poirier Logo: PJ Garron   Email: scratchingtheitch.io@gmail.com Facebook: facebook.com/scratchingtheitch.io Instagram: scratching_the_itch_podcast Twitter: @indiescratch
51:10 10/17/2020
Episode 25: Out of Control (GMTK Game Jam 2020)
Join Stephen and Jake as they celebrate their 25th episode with games from the BIGGEST game jam itch.io has ever seen!   Out of Controls: https://osoka.itch.io/out-of-controls-gmtk Wired Up: rb.gy/dryyyi Three in a Rogue: https://notexplosive.itch.io/three-in-a-rogue   Created by: Stephen Brikiatis and Jake Simard Theme Music: Andrew Poirier Logo: PJ Garron   Email: scratchingtheitch.io@gmail.com Facebook: facebook.com/scratchingtheitch.io Instagram: scratching_the_itch_podcast Twitter: @indiescratch
59:20 10/03/2020
Episode 24: One Light Source (DevAtlas Jam 2)
Join Stephen and Jake as they shed some light on games with the theme "One light source!"   Blackout - Dark City: https://nkx227.itch.io/blackout Solo Inferno: https://danialxd.itch.io/solo-inferno IMPRINT: https://fishy-delishy.itch.io/imprint A Spark in the Cave: https://eliathx.itch.io/a-spark-in-the-cave   Created by: Stephen Brikiatis and Jake Simard Theme Music: Andrew Poirier Logo: PJ Garron   Email: scratchingtheitch.io@gmail.com Facebook: facebook.com/scratchingtheitch.io Instagram: scratching_the_itch_podcast Twitter: @indiescratch
57:15 09/20/2020
Episode 23: Brackeys Game Jam - Holes
Join Stephen and Jake as they play some games and reference a Shai LaBeouf film in this whacky episode!   The Plot Hole: https://lacrearthur.itch.io/plot-hole Enter the Diggeon: https://vikepic.itch.io/rogueminer Weasel Real Estate: https://desertbeagle.itch.io/weasel-real-estate Ridiculous Golfing: https://believing-gamedev.itch.io/ridiculous-golfing   Created by: Stephen Brikiatis and Jake Simard Theme Music: Andrew Poirier Logo: PJ Garron   Email: scratchingtheitch.io@gmail.com Facebook: facebook.com/scratchingtheitch.io Instagram: scratching_the_itch_podcast Twitter: @indiescratch
48:02 09/06/2020
Episode 22: "I Can't Write" Jam
Join Stephen and Jake as they mess with some lovely stories - in game format!   That's why you always lose your keys: https://ferdiu.itch.io/thats-why-you-always-lose-your-keys Light Below the Surface: https://pearacidic.itch.io/light-below-the-surface Aspirations: https://seairah.itch.io/aspirations Wilted Flowers: https://ritscuit.itch.io/wilted-flowers   Created by: Stephen Brikiatis and Jake Simard Theme Music: Andrew Poirier Logo: PJ Garron   Email: scratchingtheitch.io@gmail.com Facebook: facebook.com/scratchingtheitch.io Instagram: scratching_the_itch_podcast Twitter: @indiescratch
44:35 08/22/2020
Episode 21: Weekly Jam 140 - "Shape Shifter"
Join Stephen and Jake as they shift some shapes with games from the 140th Weekly Game Jam!   Flee Runner: https://noeloskar.itch.io/flee-runner Abby's Adventure: https://micron-flash.itch.io/abbys-adventure Vertex Shifter: https://thoof.itch.io/vertex-shifter   Created by: Stephen Brikiatis and Jake Simard Theme Music: Andrew Poirier Logo: PJ Garron   Email: scratchingtheitch.io@gmail.com Facebook: facebook.com/scratchingtheitch.io Instagram: scratching_the_itch_podcast Twitter: @indiescratch
37:54 08/12/2020