Sat, 31 May 2014
Tommy joins Tyler to discuss Watch_Dogs, Wolfenstein: The New Order, and Hearthstone.
Sat, 24 May 2014
It's just Tyler this week, as he discusses a multitude of gaming topics, from the PS4's impromptu Order: 1886 footage tease, to the potential for a Night Trap 2 and (gasp!) Half Life 3!
He also talks about the controversy over Ubisoft's Far Cry 4's box art, which has drawn the ire of people all over the internet as being inherently racist. There's quite a bit wrapped up in that topic, and it is one that probably needs a panel (of more than one white guy) for an educated opinion to be discussed, but there it is.
Theme: "Dropping Out of School" (Brad Sucks)
Bumper Music: "Dishsoap Boubles" (Nim)
Sat, 17 May 2014
Tyler's friend Tommy (@thisisastub) drops by to discuss Microsoft dropping the Kinect from an upcoming bundle so they can sell it at $399 to compete with the PS4. Is it a move of desperation, or just one to level the playing field? That's a question pulsing through games journalism right now, so only time will tell if June's numbers are better for thr XBox One and the XBox brand.
Then, Tommy and Tyler talk about trolling as both a kind of entertainment and a form of narrative in games. Day Z and Eve Online are known for epic trolling maneuvers, so it will be interesting to see how griefing and trolling develop over the next several years.
Theme: Dafear ("Hiekkalapio")
Tommy - Star Wars: Dark Forces, a Star Wars-themed FPS from the era of DOOM, so there's a lot of blocky, pixelated shooting. Also, Hearthstone.
Tyler - The Den, a 2014 horror movie that centers around a young woman who witnesses a murder online while doing a research project for a Chat Roulette-style web site called The Den. It gets real dark real quick.
Fri, 9 May 2014
Bernstein and Josiah return to discuss a variety of video game-related topics, from what they've been playing to the John Carmack / Zenimax / Oculus Rift / FaceBook debacle to Nintendo's seemingly inability to be anything but crazy.
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Sat, 3 May 2014
Between 400,000 and 500,000 people complete a registered marathon each year in the U.S. and nearly 30,000 people ran the Nashville race, though a majority of them were competing in the half-marathon, as opposed to the full-marathon.
On this week's episode, Tyler discusses his experiences training for and running the 2014 Nashville Rock n Roll Marathon. Mostly, the episode centers on the anxiety related to the tapering phase of training in the weeks leading up the race. Tyler injured his heel the Saturday prior to the marathon and spent the entire week agonizing over whether or not he would be able to run it.
But that anxiety is something plenty of runners feel, because most of them become so accustomed to running that slowing down makes theme feel as though they aren't prepared, and that's a real, scary thought. Interspersed between Tyler's monologues are interviews with his girlfriend, Kate, who had to abide his anxiety, and his friend Jamie, who herself successfully ran a marathon a few years back.
It's a cohesive, singular episode, but it's far afield of the normal video games conversation normally featured on the podcast. Games talk will return the following week, but for now, enjoy something a little different.
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