As promised last week, Tzvi and I break down our top 10 favorite vidja games of all time. We actually agonized over these decisions quite a bit, and surprisingly there is zero overlap between our two lists. A completely unplanned circumstance, as we did not share our lists prior to recording. Useful, though, as we never had to retread any ground. Lucky you! You get to listen to us talk about a whopping twenty video games in a single episode.
This is the longest episode we’ve ever done by a significant margin, at about an hour and forty five minutes. It seems that no matter how we try, we’re never going to be able to keep the podcast under an hour in length. C’est la vie.
If I may say so, I also think this is among our best episodes. I know listicles are a plague upon the Internet. But once upon a time they were a fun & harmless diversion from more serious fare. We actually put our hearts into this, and I think the results are pretty great!
Listen to Episode 31: Top Ten Vidja Games
After I complain about my computer mouse woes for 15+ minutes, we finally get down to talking about how annoying it is when people talk about their current level of faith in humanity on the Internet. Then I rapidly tell a super boring story about my personal history with the Legend of Zelda franchise of video games. Yeah, we get into some REAL Dumb Stuff this week. Strap yourself in, kids.
Probably the best episode we’ve ever recorded.
Ep 30 – Faith in Humanity and Nick’s Zelda Story
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about DOS games, and I have a lot of thoughts to express that are only vaguely related. We talk about a whole host of old games, and have a lot of fun with it. Then Tzvi shares some ancient Jewish wisdom with me. It’s a good time.
Listen to Episode 29: DOS Games and Hassid Chess
A link to the Link to the Past Randomizer.
Hugo’s House of Horrors:
Turns out Jazz Jackrabbit was an Epic Megagames game. Not an Apogee game. My bad.
Trash, the RTS:
Torin’s Passage Playthrough:
Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyy back in Episode 2, Tzvi and I had a chat about this weird little game called “No Man’s Sky.” Well, the game is out now, people are getting their first looks at it, and it’s time for us to weigh in on what we think. How did our predictions turn out? I dunno, I haven’t listened to the episode yet.
After a bit we transition to discussing open world games in general, how to construct a narrative in an open game, and just how great the Witcher 3 apparently is.
Listen to Episode 28: No Man’s Sky Part Deux and Open World Games in General
By the by: I’m aware the site is loading incredibly slowly right now. Blue Host is kinda fuckin’ me at the moment and I’m not sure what to do about it.
This was a hard one to title. Tzvi has a pattern of experiences in his life where he discovers something, introduces that thing to people, and then loses interest in it while that person becomes completely enamored with it. He ties this in to his feeling that he’s unable to really commit himself to a pursuit, and his worry that this is a major character failing. We get into it, and I mentor him. It’s a very special episode.
Meanwhile I just wanna talk about Potato Chips.
Listen to Episode 27: Recommendations, Commitment, and Junk Food
This episode was recorded two weeks ago, but I’ve been procrastinating editing it because I’m a complete piece of shit. Hurray!
Here I wanted to talk about the way I’ve gravitated towards some aspects of traditional masculinity in recent years. The conversation never really got to where I wanted it to go, but I think it wound up being interesting all the same. Then Tzvi wants to talk about cartoons. Because he’s a deep thinker.
Listen to Episode 26: Masculinity & Total Rickall
I recently started watching the anime “Bleach” again. It’s a relic from my younger days which surprisingly holds up pretty well, save for one problem that I think could be fixed by a fan who has time and dedication that I lack.
Also Tzvi took a car trip with a crazy guy one time.
Listen to Episode 25 – Bleach, and a Crazy Guy Story
Its been awhile, not just since we’ve uploaded a podcast, but since Tzvi and I have even spoken to one another. We’ve got a lot of catching up to do, so there’s a lot of interesting tangents in this episode. We cover everything from recent happenings in our lives, to the early history of the church, to ideological labels.
My main topic is the fact that I’m undergoing a bit of a transitional period where I’m becoming less materialistic, which Tzvi finds almost antithetical to my character. Tzvi, meanwhile, discusses the way that competitive multiplayer games give us opportunities to grow as a moral being.
It’s a dynamite episode.
Listen to Episode 24 – Materialism, Competitive Play, & Other Things
BONUS LAMP CONTENT:
Tavi makes an oblique point about how the Loudness War (which is some kinda music thing) is a metaphor for life. Then I brag about how cool I am for creating a comic book when I was 10 years old.
Listen to Episode 23: Loudness War & Childhood Projects
I thought the embarrassing stories segment worked out pretty well last week, so I figured we’d keep the personal stories train moving with some stories from our lives as worker drones in the capitalist machine. Then we talk about books and stuff that had a real impact on us as kids. It’s a fun time.
Listen to Episode 22 – Employment Stories & Art that Effected Our Development