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Easy Allies (EZA) is an independent Patron-supported group of experienced journalists, writers and web content producers. They primarily focus on video game related coverage, although they regularly feature various other forms of entertainment media as well. The range of content they produce includes lengthy podcasts, succinct reviews, and a variety of livestreams. They love playing video games, analyzing the games industry, and interacting with the community.

After thirteen years of creating entertainment as GameTrailers, the company was shut down in February 2016 by owner Defy Media. Nine former employees, including GameTrailers co-founder and primary voice-over Brandon Jones, went on to form Easy Allies. They launched the company on March 21, 2016 out of Brandon Jones' garage in Los Angeles, California as their main production facility and set. They initially started with the promise of a livestream and podcast and set goals on Patreon to help them pick up where they left off from GT. Within 48 hours of launching the company and their Patreon, they reached over $34,000 per month from about 4,000 patrons.

After almost three years in The Garage and reaching a $50,000 per month Patreon goal to acquire a dedicated studio space for expanded production capabilities, they officially moved into The Studio in Los Angeles on January 29, 2019. Facilities include a main stage for filming podcasts and produced content, control room for the main stage, a streaming stage with multiple couches, an office area, library, bathroom, and green room.

In March 2020, Easy Allies officially halted production in The Studio due to the global COVID-19 pandemic and started working from home. This caused some shows and projects to be placed on hiatus while others had to be adapted to work remotely. In October 2020, they started producing next-gen console coverage in The Studio for the launch of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S.

History

The Garage (2016-2018)

GameTrailers closure, Easy Allies origins (2016)

Allies Assemble!

After GameTrailers was shut down by owner Defy Media on February 8, 2016, most of the remaining staff including GameTrailers co-founder Brandon Jones announced the creation of Easy Allies on March 20 of the same year. They officially launched out of Brandon Jones' garage the following day with a 12-hour livestream marathon[1] on their Twitch page. The company is primarily funded via Patreon, with support from backers reaching $40,000 per month within three months of launch.[2]

Because all trademarks and copyrights relevant to GameTrailers remained property of Defy Media following its closure, Easy Allies was unable to re-use the names of shows established under the GameTrailers banner. Brandon Jones acknowledged this issue by pitching to Patrons "you know the show, we're just going to change the title".[3] The GameTrailers brand and associated assets were purchased by IGN in May 2016.[4]

A couple days after launch, the Easy Allies Podcast premiered on March 23, 2016. The podcast breaks down the biggest headlines in video games each week and was moderated by Kyle Bosman with Brandon Jones acting as a permanent panelist alongside a rotating panel. Later, Ian Hinck was added on the switcher in the Control Room. It was the successor to GameTrailers' podcast GT Time[5], from which it also borrowed its general vibe along with many of its segments.

Easy Update hosted by Ian Hinck debuted on March 26, 2016. It was a spiritual successor to the GameTrailers show Mandatory Update and features unorthodox looks at games, original music, conversations with other Allies and friends, and on occasion, pure magic. The weekly show led to several albums of music being released by Ian on Bandcamp and SoundCloud as well as live performances featuring special guests and the Easy Update Band.

On March 30, 2016, the weekly Dungeons & Dragons series Tabletop Escapades hosted by Ben Moore debuted with the first episode of Season 1. The primary players included Bradley Ellis, Kyle Bosman, Michael Huber, and Ian Hinck. The show was a spiritual successor to the GameTrailers series Tabletop Adventures, although it was set in an entirely new world with new characters and events.

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The weekly Patreon-exclusive show Cup of Jones debuted on March 31, 2016. Hosted by Brandon Jones, he gives a behind-the-scenes update on what's happening at Easy Allies, answers questions, and gives a brief editorial.

On April 11, 2016, Easy Allies debuted its secondary podcast, Frame Trap hosted by Ben Moore. The panel talks more in depth about what they've been playing and spending their time with. They also tackle a variety of topics related to video games and other media such as music and TV shows.

Huber Syndrome hosted by Michael Huber debuted on April 12 as a weekly discussion on what he's passionate about. The show was the successor to the GameTrailers show Huber Hype. Episodes typically feature Huber speaking to the camera solo but sometimes features other Allies as part of the conversation.

The monthly improv show Fiasconauts originally started as an Easy Update episode on September 10, 2016. A Tabletop Escapades Presents episode was featured on September 21 and it officially became its own show on October 28, 2016. Headed up by Ian Hinck, each episode features zany improv scenarios based on the tabletop game Fiasco.

The first-ever Easy Allies Awards was aired on December 14, 2016 to celebrate the best games of the year. Awards are given out in a variety of fun and serious categories culminating in the Game of the Year award. After deliberating upon winners as an editorial team, each Ally also provides their own personal picks. The 2016 Easy Allies Game of the Year Award was given to The Last Guardian, developed by SIE Japan Studio.


The Hall of Greats, anniversary concert, Easy Livin' (2017)

Nintendo Switch Presentation Betting Special

On February 21, 2017, Easy Allies established The Hall of Greats, a quarterly Group Stream Night event in which the Allies vote for the games they deem worthy of being called One of the Greats. Each Ally brings forth a game they believe is worthy and are provided five minutes to present their case and five minutes to answer questions in a cross-examination. At the end of the event, each Ally votes and two games make it into the Hall of Greats.

Lost episodes of the GameTrailers series Don's Design Lab hosted by Don Casanova first premiered at Easy Allies on February 28, 2017. The show was a collaborative effort to playtest and design levels in Super Mario Maker for Wii U. The episodes were previously filmed at GameTrailers and featured guests like GT alumni Elyse Willems.

Easy Allies celebrated their first anniversary on March 21, 2017 with the first Easy Allies in Concert live show. They held the event at Prospect Theatre in Los Angeles, California and invited members of the community to attend. The show included live music performances, premieres, and a look back at the first year of Easy Allies. Their first anniversary was also celebrated by the One Year Strong Mega Stream, a 12-hour live stream that featured a variety of games, video premieres, and announcements. Future plans included a new $40,000 goal for a bi-weekly Nintendo podcast and The Easy Allies Movie Podcast, a new $7 film club tier, Zelda Talk, Blood Pact Patreon tier moving down from $75 to $60, The Souls Retrospective written by Bradley Ellis and edited by Brandon Jones, and Don't Skip.[6]

The short-form game showcase Don't Skip premiered on March 25, 2017 originally as part of the one year anniversary live show. The show highlights video games that are worth taking time out of your schedule to play that didn't receive a full Easy Allies review. Later episodes were known for taking a more personal tone and presentation with the featured Ally recommending the game.

Their Nintendo-themed podcast Friend Code premiered on April 11, 2017 hosted by passionate and critical Nintendo fan Michael Damiani. The show focuses on the latest in Nintendo news, takes Patron questions, and sometimes features special guests to talk about a variety of Nintendo-related topics.

A new monthly movie podcast titled Reaction Shots debuted on April 14, 2017. Hosted by film buffs Ian Hinck and Michael Huber, they study various film trends and genres. The podcast also features its own $7 and up Patreon tier titled The Easy Allies Film Club where you get early access to the podcast, access to Ian and Huber's ever-growing favorite movies list, and eligibility to submit comments, questions, and discussion topics for inclusion in each episode.

A new Patreon goal for a web series called Box Peek by Kyle Bosman was announced on May 19, 2017 and was quickly met by the end of the month. The show is about a fictional sport in which competitors climb into boxes and try to peek at each other. It features paper puppets made and directed by Kyle himself along with voiceover work by the Allies and friends.

Brandon Jones debuted his trailer discussion and review show Trailer Jones on June 19, 2017. It was a successor to the GameTrailers shows Let's All Go to the Trailers, Trailer Academy, and Trailer Score. The show primarily focused on video game trailers but sometimes featured movie trailers as well.

They held their first annual Easy Livin' 50-hour beach house event from August 4-6, 2017. All nine Allies spent a weekend together streaming a multitude of games consecutively without ever intentionally ending the stream. A broadcast schedule was created to rotate who was playing and ensure at least one person was always streaming. The stream began with a full playthrough of Super Mario Sunshine and ended with a Tekken 7 Tournament.

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In September 2017, Ian and Brandon filmed a Home Studios Tips and Tricks episode of Easy Update where they showed a behind-the-scenes look at some updates to The Garage. Additions included the installation of new studio lights, updating the studio setup, and adding additional background flourishes.[7]

Deliberations and results for the 2017 Easy Allies Awards were aired on January 17, 2018. New categories were introduced while some existing categories remained. The 2017 Easy Allies Game of the Year Award was given to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, developed by Nintendo EPD.


Reviews update, second concert, equipment upgrade (2018)

After a brief hiatus upon the completion of Season 1, Tabletop Escapades Season 2 debuted on January 31, 2018. The new season kicked off with a dramatically changed party in a world very different from the one they remembered.

After more than 100 reviews as Easy Allies, they decided to update their review score system on February 16, 2018.[8] They switched from a 5-star system to a numerical 10-point scale with 0.5 intervals, similar to most other review editors. This shift was made in order to accommodate better with review aggregator sites and provide more flexibility to match the score with the review.

Easy Allies celebrated their second anniversary with Easy Allies in Concert: Revengeance on March 18, 2018. Held at Tommy's Place on the USC Campus in Los Angeles, California, the live show featured video premieres, live performances, and a celebration of Year 2 of Easy Allies.

Don Casanova's long-form narrative show The Busted Trifecta premiered on March 19, 2018. It takes place within the world of Tecmo's 1998 horse-racing game Gallop Racer for the original PlayStation and follows a man known as The Rider, who decides to give up his well paying job in order to follow his dream of becoming a world famous horse racer. The show would go on to produce seven episodes starring all of the Allies and culminate with a full length movie edit of the series.

Better Stuff Before E3 celebration.

On April 19, 2018, they held a Better Stuff Before E3 9-hour marathon fundraiser event to help them get better equipment for their E3 2018 coverage. They initially set a modest $10,631 goal, but it was quickly shattered early on in the fundraiser. They surpassed their final goal of $30,426.80 in the final hour of the stream. Ian and Brandon installed the new gear in a second Home Studio Tips and Tricks episode of Easy Update.[9]

EZA Game Day 2018, a 24-hour charity stream benefitting The AbleGamers Charity to assist gamers with disabilities, was held on July 25-26, 2018. They took turns playing games in blocks while contributing to the creation of a song in KORG Gadget for Nintendo Switch in between each shift. They set an initial $5,000 fundraising goal for their A Day To Game 2018 campaign and raised a total of $12,193.99.

The second annual Easy Livin' 50-hour beach house event took place from August 17-19, 2018. They began the stream with a full playthrough of Metal Gear Solid and closed it out with a tournament in Sonic the Fighters. They also introduced three new Patreon goals during Easy Livin' 2018 which included Full Play-through Friday, Huber's Game Show, and a Live Guest Show.

The series premiere of the highly-anticipated Box Peek first aired on October 26, 2018. The first five episodes were released weekly along with accompanying Q&A livestreams with creator Kyle Bosman and a special season finale livestream with voice actor Amanda Troop.

Deliberations and results for the 2018 Easy Allies Awards were aired on January 15, 2019. Once again, new categories were added to the existing slate of awards. The 2018 Easy Allies Game of the Year Award was given to God of War, developed by SIE Santa Monica Studio.


The Studio (2019-present)

Moving into The Studio, Mysterious Monsters, Phase 4 (2019)

Main stage in The Studio.

On June 21, 2018, Easy Allies reached a set Patreon goal of $50,000 per month to acquire a studio. They announced they were moving into a studio on December 4, 2018 and officially moved production on January 29, 2019. They christened the studio with a video tour and launch party that included a playthrough of Monopoly Plus for PlayStation 4.[10] Facilities include a main stage for filming podcasts and produced content, control room for the main stage, a streaming stage with multiple couches, an office area, library, and green room.

Ahead of their third anniversary, Easy Allies premiered their original trivia game show Mysterious Monsters on March 19, 2019. Players have to fight monsters in an RPG-like battle screen, answer trivia questions in a variety of topics, and compete against each other to win the most gold by the end of the final round. The game show is hosted by Michael Huber, designed by Ian Hinck, and programmed by developer Jason Wishnov from Iridium Studios.

For the third anniversary live celebration, they decided to forego doing another concert in favor of the Mysterious Monster Mash, a live version of the trivia game show. The show took place on March 23, 2019 at Tommy's Place on the USC Campus once again. They invited members of the community in the live audience to compete as contestants and wrapped up the show with a video game karaoke medley performed by Ian Hinck.

The Patreon-exclusive show Achieve It Yourself! debuted on May 23, 2019. Hosted by Kyle Bosman, Patrons submit made-up Nintendo achievements for the Allies to attempt. The first episode was made available to the public while the rest of the episodes were exclusive to Patrons. Due to the show's success, a second season was later green-lit and made available to the public with Patrons getting episodes a week early.

The third annual Easy Livin' 50-hour beach house event took place from July 26-28, 2019. They began the stream with a full playthrough of Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest and ended it with the 2019 Crash Bash Olympics. Brandon Jones was not able to attend due to the birth of his son, Milo.

Easy Allies made their Phase 4 Announcements[11] on August 13, 2019. While they dealt with the professional transition of moving into the studio and personal events affecting some of the Allies, they decided to take a step back and survey the community to get feedback on the future of Easy Allies. Among the announced changes were the removal of Patreon goals, streaming together in the studio more often, the addition of the $15 Stream Team Patreon tier, updates to existing shows, and the introduction of new/returning shows. Updates to existing shows included Huber taking time off from Huber Syndrome, Ben putting Tabletop Escapades on hiatus, both Top 10s and Game Sleuth ending production, and Trailer Jones changing its format to individual trailer discussions. Returning shows included Don's Design Lab, Box Peek, Don't Skip, and Achieve It Yourself! Season 2. New shows announced were The Occasional Board Game Show, Together We RPG, and Huber's Prison of Love.

Halloween Party 2019

Don's Design Lab made its return as an Easy Allies production on September 5, 2019. Announced as part of the returning shows during the Phase 4 Announcements, the show was revived with the release of Super Mario Maker 2 for Nintendo Switch. The format was updated so that Don assembles the allies to create, test, and finalize a level in the game.

The final five episodes of Box Peek first premiered on November 8, 2019. Similar to the first five episodes, each episode debuted weekly along with an accompanying Q&A livestream with creator Kyle Bosman. The final live Q&A was once again accompanied by voice actor Amanda Troop and featured a retrospective on the series as a whole and the journey to create all ten episodes.

Huber's Prison of Love hosted by Michael Huber debuted on December 4, 2019. The show was first announced during the Phase 4 Announcements as a temporary replacement for Huber Syndrome while it went on a short hiatus. In each episode, Huber locked up fellow Allies in a room with a game he loves.

Deliberations and results for the 2019 Easy Allies Awards were aired on January 28, 2020. A few more categories were introduced while a couple of categories made their return after an absence. The 2019 Easy Allies Game of the Year Award was given to Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, developed by FromSoftware.


Global pandemic, EZX Digital, Kyle's departure, Patron Party (2020)

Easy Allies held a Magic: The Gathering fundraiser tournament on February 19, 2020 to benefit disaster relief in Australia. Australian actor Luke Arnold stopped by The Studio to provide guest commentary with Brandon Jones and Bradley Ellis and show support for the cause. Michael Damiani was the technical director managing the switcher for the tournament while Ian Hinck, Michael Huber, Ben Moore, and Daniel Bloodworth were the competitors in the tournament. They set a $10,000 goal for their GlobalGiving campaign supporting the Australia Relief Project and raised a total of $7,225.

On March 13, 2020, Kyle Bosman announced via Patreon post[12] that he would be departing from Easy Allies the following month, citing that he needed to find his life's "main thing." In the same post, he mentioned that the Easy Allies Podcast would be hosted by Jones and that Damiani would take over as producer for Achieve it Yourself.

Later that same month, the global COVID-19 pandemic forced Easy Allies to halt production at the studio and work from home. This put shows such as the trivia game show Mysterious Monsters on hold while other podcasts, shows, and streams had to be updated to accommodate working from home. This included utilizing Zoom for video conferencing along with other sharing and watch-along software.

The global pandemic also changed their plans for their annual Easy Allies anniversary celebration. While they previously held the Easy Allies in Concert live shows and Mysterious Monster Mash in prior celebrations, March 22, 2020 was the original date for EZX, a four-hour live community group stream to play games together in person with members of the community. The event transformed into EZX Digital, a 6-day online event with 8+ hour streams from March 22-27, 2020. Due to the stay-at-home order, the schedule shifted from a studio-focused event to playing individually at home.

First Easy Allies Podcast with Jones taking over as moderator.

Kyle's final day at Easy Allies was on April 24, 2020. Due to the stay-at-home order, previous studio plans to commemorate Kyle's time with Easy Allies had to be adjusted. While he wrapped up shows, streams, appearances, and responsibilities, his final piece of content was a special episode of the Easy Allies Podcast where Kyle discussed the podcast's future with Jones as he took over hosting duties.

Easy Allies held a special four-hour George Floyd Memorial Fundraiser Group Stream Night on June 2, 2020 to directly benefit the George Floyd Memorial Fund and support the Black Lives Matter movement. They set an initial $4,000 fundraising goal at the start of the stream and raised a total of $25,447.21 by the end of the stream. The Allies played Minecraft Dungeons[13] and Sea of Thieves[14] for two hours each during the fundraiser.

The limited series Hunting Huber officially premiered on June 10, 2020. In each episode, Allies take turns hunting down a severely disadvantaged Michael Huber in a different game. Originally starting from a Punished Bet between Kyle and Huber, the idea evolved into its own standalone show. Similar to Achieve It Yourself! Season 2, Patrons received episodes a week early.

On September 17, 2020, Easy Allies announced[15] that as part of their partnership with Roost, some of their series were launching on RoosterTeeth.com. Starting October 21, recent episodes of the Easy Allies Podcast, Frame Trap, Box Peek, Achieve It Yourself!, and Mysterious Monsters would be featured on the site. These shows were selected to serve as an introduction to Easy Allies and for the overall fit with Rooster Teeth's audiences. New episodes of ongoing shows will still be posted around the same schedule on the Easy Allies YouTube channel and podcast feeds.

Easy Allies announced a special week-long event called Patron Party 2020[16] on October 1, 2020. As a thank you for all the support they received throughout 2020, they planned a multitude of events that took place from October 19-24, 2020. Throughout the week, they premiered new shows, added bonuses to existing Patreon reward tiers, and wrapped it up with an 8-hour live stream on October 24. They also posted an announcement video thanking the Patrons and community. On the first day of Patron Party, they announced the schedule and perks for the week of celebration.[17] Despite removing Patreon goals last year during the Phase 4 Announcements[18], they also provided a point of reference for what different levels of support will allow them to do in the future.

Jones says goodbye to The Garage.

New show premieres during Patron Party 2020 included The Gen That Was, Mini-Game Champions, and the Patreon-exclusive Show and Tell. Easy Allies also posted a special Farewell to the Garage video[19] as Brandon moved out of his house and said goodbye to the place where Easy Allies started. During the 8-hour livestream finale, it was also announced that Huber would be getting his revenge in a second season of Hunting Huber.[20]

In October 2020, they started producing next-gen console coverage in The Studio for the launch of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. Coverage included console unboxing videos, hands-on previews, final console hardware impressions, launch title reviews, and livestream coverage.

Deliberations and results for the 2020 Easy Allies Awards were aired on January 26, 2021. The majority of the categories returned from the previous year while others expanded in scope. The 2020 Easy Allies Game of the Year Award was given to Half-Life: Alyx, developed by Valve.


EZX Digital '21, new and returning shows (2021)

On February 1, 2021, Achieve It Yourself! producer Michael Damiani announced on Patreon[21] that the series was returning for a third season with new episodes being recorded and produced remotely due to the ongoing global pandemic. They began accepting submissions for new made-up Nintendo achievements with the request that ideas reflect games that are more readily available on Switch to accommodate working from home.

Ian posted a Patreon announcement[22] on February 10 that Fiasconauts was moving off the monthly rotation and shifting to a more occasional special event release schedule. In its place on the monthly schedule was the re-introduction of the Easy Update segment, The Fast & Loose Internet Talk Show as its own standalone Patreon exclusive show. With the shift to its own show, $5 and up Patrons are able to ask questions which Ian will choose at random without reading them beforehand. New episodes are scheduled to premiere at the end of each month on Patreon.

Hitman 3 developer IO Interactive announced a special collaboration with Easy Allies on March 4, 2021.[23] As part of Hitman 3's March content roadmap, Michael Huber, Ian Hinck, and Brandon Jones cooked up some Featured Contracts in the Chongqing map. The Easy Allies x Chongqing Featured Contracts were released on March 11, 2021.

On March 12, 2021, Easy Allies announced a schedule change for Frame Trap and Friend Code.[24] Moving forward, both shows were changed to release for early access on Mondays and and go public on Wednesdays on opposite weeks. This update was made to spread them out from each other as well as the Easy Allies Podcast and other shows.

EZX Digital '21 "Brawler" poster designed by Josh Ketchen.

EZX Digital '21 "Brawler" t-shirt and poster designed by Josh Ketchen.

Easy Allies also announced EZX Digital '21, a five-day anniversary celebration across Twitch, YouTube, and Patreon starting on March 22, 2021.[25] Each day featured extended bonus streams on top of their regular schedule, including the return of Weekly Hunts with Monster Hunter Rise, It Takes Two playthrough with Bloodworth and Jones, the first Hall of Greats Induction of 2021, and much more.

New show premieres during EZX Digital '21 included Achieve It Yourself! Season 3 and a brand new show hosted by Brandon Jones about meditation and mindfulness titled Mindful Games. An update was also provided on Mini-Game Champions, with the rest of the series set to premiere following the season finale of Achieve It Yourself. A new monthly segment titled Trash Babies was also announced alongside the soundtrack discussion series, Soundtrack Club.

Changes to the benefits on Patreon were also planned with additional features being added to their crowded-funding community. New t-shirts and posters were also added to their merchandise catalog thanks to the continuing relationship with Rooster Teeth.[26] A fundraiser was hosted the whole week to produce even more content throughout the year. Progress was charted across Twitch subs, Patreon pledges, and PayPal donations, with special rewards being delivered when certain goals were met in the form of new special features and big event live-streams. By the end of EZX Digital '21, they surpassed their final $25,000 fundraising goal with a total of $26,358 raised for Easy Allies content and operations.

Current Operations

Easy Allies operates out of Los Angeles, California. Their primary source of content is their editorial coverage. This includes their video game reviews, which are written and edited by different Allies and narrated by Brandon Jones. They also handle pre-release previews and post-release impressions for games that aren't covered in other formats.

In addition to publishing editorial coverage, they also produce a multitude of podcasts and shows primarily focused on video games such as the Easy Allies Podcast. At times, they also cover other passions like movies, anime, and TV shows.

They stream regularly on Twitch which includes their weekly Group Stream Night that gathers most of the Allies to play a game together. In addition to playing games, they also stream and release their live reactions to video game reveals and events such as E3. Live streams have also been utilized to solicit donations for charity from their fans for a variety of good causes.

Easy Allies has served as a voting jury member for The Game Awards since 2017, and participated as a judge for the 2018 and 2019 Game Critic Awards.

Staff

The members of Easy Allies are typically referred to as Allies. There have also been special guests that are considered Honorary Allies by the Easy Allies community but are not employees.

Allies

Former Allies

  • Kyle Bosman (March 21, 2016 – April 24, 2020, Producer)

Departures

On March 13, 2020, Kyle Bosman announced via Patreon post[27] that he would be departing from Easy Allies the following month, citing that he needed to find his life's "main thing." In the same post, he mentioned that the Easy Allies Podcast would be hosted by Jones and that Damiani would take over as producer for Achieve it Yourself. April 24, 2020 was his final day at Easy Allies in which they filmed a special episode of the Podcast where Kyle discussed the podcast's future with Jones as he took over hosting duties.

Content

Easy Allies produces a multitude of podcasts, shows, and streams. Below is just a sampling of content that is featured.

Editorial Coverage

Reviews

  • Easy Allies Reviews are one of the main publications produced by Easy Allies. Games are ranked on a numerical scale ranging from 1 to 10 in 0.5 intervals.

Previews and Impressions

  • Hands-on previews of games before they are released along with post-release impressions. Coverage also includes developer showcases and hands-off previews.


Podcasts

Easy Allies Podcast

  • Hosted by Brandon Jones, they discuss the week's headlines, answer listener questions, and keep a running tally of stupid bets.

Frame Trap

  • A podcast hosted by Ben Moore. They speak more specifically about what each guest is playing and tackle a big central topic - aka the Hottake. Comes out every other Monday.

Friend Code

  • A podcast for the latest and greatest Nintendo News, hosted by Michael Damiani. Releases every other Friday.

Reaction Shots

  • The Easy Allies movie podcast, hosted by Ian Hinck. Releases once per month.


Shows

Easy Update

  • Ian Hinck brings weekly unorthodox looks at games, conversations with other Allies and friends, and on occasion, pure magic.

Huber Syndrome

  • Michael Huber goes on camera to discuss a topic he's passionate about every week.

Mysterious Monsters

  • A monthly trivia game show hosted by Michael Huber with RPG elements and special guests. (Currently on hiatus)

Cup of Jones

  • Exclusive to Patrons, Brandon Jones gives a live behind-the-scenes update each week on what's happening at Easy Allies, answers questions, and gives a brief editorial.

Don's Design Lab

  • Don Casanova assembles the allies to create, test, and finalize a level in Super Mario Maker 2.

Fiasconauts

  • Zany improv scenarios from the game Fiasco, headed up by Ian Hinck.

Don't Skip

  • Highlights on video games that are worth taking time out of your schedule to play.

The Hall of Greats

  • Several times a year, the Allies each bring a game they deem worthy of being called One of the Greats, but only two can be inducted at a time. Streams live during Group Stream Night.

Spoiler Mode

  • Exclusive to Patrons, each episode focuses on complete, unfiltered, no-limits discussion and analysis of video games, movies, and TV shows.

Box Peek

  • An original animated series by Kyle Bosman about a fictional sport in which competitors climb into boxes and try to peek at each other.

Hunting Huber

  • Each ally takes a turn hunting a severely disadvantaged Michael Huber in a different game each episode.

Achieve It Yourself!

  • Nintendo doesn't have achievements, so we ask our patrons to submit some for us to attempt.

Huber's Prison of Love

  • Michael Huber locks the Allies in a room with a game he loves. (Currently on hiatus.)

Trailer Jones

  • Brandon Jones and company dissect and score the latest trailers. (Currently on hiatus.)

Easy Allies Awards

  • An annual video game awards show with awards given out in both serious and fun categories. Culminates with the Game of the Year Award.
  • Game of the Year
    • The winners below include both GameTrailers (2005–2015) and Easy Allies (2016-present) selections.[28]
Year Game of the Year Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2005 Resident Evil 4 Survival horror GameCube, PlayStation 2 Capcom
2006 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Action-adventure GameCube, Wii Nintendo EAD
2007 Super Mario Galaxy Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2009 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Infinity Ward
2010 Mass Effect 2 Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 BioWare
2011 Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2012 XCOM: Enemy Unknown Turn-based tactics Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Firaxis Games
2013 The Last of Us Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2014 Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Collectible card Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X Blizzard Entertainment
2015 Bloodborne Action role-playing PlayStation 4 FromSoftware
2016 The Last Guardian Action-adventure PlayStation 4 SIE Japan Studio
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Action-adventure Nintendo Switch, Wii U Nintendo EPD
2018 God of War Action-adventure PlayStation 4 SIE Santa Monica Studio
2019 Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One FromSoftware
2020 Half-Life: Alyx First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, Linux Valve

The Gen That Was

  • A series hosted by Ben Moore that takes a look back on the PS4 and Xbox One on a year by year basis.

Show and Tell

  • A Patreon-exclusive show where the Allies show off an item in their collection and tell the history and lore behind it.

Mini-Game Champions

  • A Patreon-exclusive show hosted by Daniel Bloodworth which pits the Allies against each other in a mini-game tournament.

Fast & Loose Internet Talk Show

  • A Patreon-exclusive show hosted by Ian Hinck featuring wackadoo off-topic shenanigans with the Allies and guests.

Mindful Games

  • Brandon Jones takes a brief, peaceful stroll through games that help us further understand our busy minds and stressed bodies.

Trash Babies

  • A Patreon-exclusive show where the Allies play and analyze games with an aggregate score of 6/10 or lower.

Soundtrack Club

  • A Patreon-exclusive discussion series hosted by Daniel Bloodworth to recommend and discuss soundtracks.


Streams

Twitch

  • Live streams a variety of great games almost every day of the week along with reactions.

Easy Allies Plays

  • The one stop shop for all Easy Allies archived livestreams on YouTube.

Easy Allies Reactions

  • Live reactions to video game reveals, trailers, press conferences, and publisher directs.

About Easy Allies Editorial Content

Easy Allies is an independent media outlet including critics who have been writing about games for decades. In order to facilitate coverage, they maintain contacts throughout the video game industry, including major publishers, public relations agencies, and independent developers. These relationships allow them access to advance copies of games for the sake of review or preview, and in some cases include travel accommodations to see games that are still in development.

Coverage of any game remains their sole discretion regardless of access provided by a publisher, including negative coverage or the potential for no coverage whatsoever if they determine something else to be of higher priority.

They do not accept payment or gifts in exchange for editorial coverage, especially reviews.

In the case that a video game publisher desires to sponsor their podcasts, that sponsorship will be limited and clear. Any game included in such sponsorship will be excluded from consideration for reviews and awards. However, they may still discuss it in less definitive forms of non-sponsored content.

The trust of their audience is of utmost importance to Easy Allies, and they strive to maintain honesty and integrity in all their editorial coverage.

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Members

Brandon JonesDaniel BloodworthBen MooreIan Hinck
Michael HuberBradley EllisMichael DamianiDon Casanova

Past Members

Kyle Bosman

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