Sat, 29 March 2014
This week's episode is brought to you by a strong internet connection. Bernstein, Tommy, Jeremy, Josiah, and Tyler are featured this time around, and it comes off without a hitch.
First, Jeremy, Josiah, and Tyler discuss the Microsoft Reputation system, unveiled last week. Its purpose is to give people an opportunity to rate fellow community members and - hopefully - drive up the level of discourse in multiplayer games.
Then, Tommy and Bernstein Skype in to talk in-depth about the Facebook / Oculus Rift acquisition. People are losing their minds over the deal, some because they helped with the Kickstarter, others because, well, Facebook. It will be interesting to see how Facebook's $2 billion investment will shake out in the coming months / years.
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Sat, 22 March 2014
Josiah joins Tyler this week to discuss phobias of all types, from robots to cars and gays. First of all, they delve into Bill Gates's controversial statements about robots taking people's jobs in the next two decades. Apparently, software substitution will be the bane of waitresses and accountants everywhere, and the only way to prevent it is to beg corporations to let the little guys keep the jerbs. Super terrifying. The Robopocalypse is coming.
After that, the topic of Tesla comes up, as it becomes apparent car companies do not want Tesla to sell cars the way they want to sell cars. It seems to amount to some political interference and good old backroom dealing. Governors in several Republican states - including New Jersey and Arizona - have expressed a willingness to support a ban on Tesla car sales. It's weird, the free market...
Finally, to round off the fearmongering, Josiah and Tyler could not help but discuss the death of (then alive) Fred Phelps, founding hate goblin for the Westboro Baptist Church, known for picketing funerals for both soldiers and gays. You know, because it's the Christian thing to do. The question that remains: should those who have been targeted by the church protest, or will quietly ignoring the WBC send the right message?
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Sat, 15 March 2014
Bernstein and Tyler discuss the end of True Detective, in all its weird, esoteric glory, but first they talk some Dark Souls II and Far Cry 3.
Sat, 8 March 2014
Will the new South Park game stick? That's one of the many questions the podcast tries to answer this week, as Jeremy and Josiah join Tyler for a discussion about what makes South Park satirical, whether we should eat yoga mats, and how much First Amendment freedom high school students should have.
More specifically, we discuss South Park: The Stick of Truth for PS3. It's the Obsidian turn-based RPG in which the team closely worked with Trey Parker and Matt Stone to create. Tyler hasn't played a ton of it, but the verdict so far is that it's a well-written and funny game with a great combat system.
Then, they move on to the fight over what goes in our food. Recently a 500 product list was released which contained the chemical azodicarbonamide (ADA), which is found in both Subway bread (most famously) and yoga mats. How much should we care about this, and should we know exactly what sorts of chemicals are in our foods?
Finally, the talk moves to California, where a high school has decided students can't wear American flag t-shirts on Cinco de Mayo, for fear that it would incite violence. The background lies in a 1988 case - Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier - which stipulated that a school has the ultimate right to determine what sort of content goes into its student newspaper. It doesn't make the discussion about this issue any easier to discuss, however.
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Fri, 28 February 2014
Josiah and Tyler try to understand the fascination behind Twitch Plays Pokemon, the new weird gaming-by-committee hack of a popular game in the Pokemon franchise. There is also an in-depth discussion about work sims, like Warehouse and Logistics Simulator. While Josiah likens the game to European styles of play, Tyler can only come to understand the appeal through his newly-acquired appreciation for Don't Starve.
Theme: "Dropping Out of School" (Brad Sucks)
Outro: "Hiekkalapio" (Dafear)
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