Tzvi wants to talk about how he thinks Nintendo stole the show at E3, and I repeatedly distract him from that. Then, I talk about a thing that I completely cut out of the podcast, because I could not listen to myself say “um” or “like” that many times. And I figure if I can’t listen to it, you probably can’t either.
Fortunately, after we were done with the podcast, Tzvi and I spent a big chunk of time talking about The Matrix, which he’s only just seen for the first time, and I think our conversation on that was actually pretty interesting. Plus then we gossip about an old friend, which I also think came out kinda interesting.
Episode 37 – Nintendo at E3 & The Matrix
Funny story: I couldn’t find a good place to cut this episode off. So it just kinda…ends. But near the end of the RAW audio, Tzvi and I get to talking about Neal Stephenson. Tzvi has this whole extended explanation of how he none of his books have endings, and how he doesn’t believe in endings. It would have been an interesting anecdote to end the episode on, except I would have needed to include 10 extra minutes of audio just for it to make sense, which wasn’t worth it.
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
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.
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:
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
Tzvi and I talk about permadeath in games. How it’s implemented, whether it has a positive or negative effect on the games its part of, and how it reflects a different attitude towards gaming than we had in the past. Then we brooch a topic that we’ve been thinking about for a long time: the idea that friends are the family you choose, and the vastly different ways that both of us have found that idea to be faulty.
This is certainly one of my favorite episodes, I think.
Listen to Episode 18 – Permadeath & Friendship
Atlas Reactor is a new game that isn’t even out of alpha yet. Tzvi and I are both enjoying it immensely and we gush about it a little bit. Although I think we spend the whole episode erroneously calling it “Alpha Reactor.” We’re also both fans of the late great television program “House M.D.,” which we also gush about.
It’s a gushy episode. Wear a raincoat.
Listen to Episode 17 – Atlas Reactor & House M.D.
Maybe come play Atlas Reactor with us?
Tzvi and I talked for about 4 and a half hours last night. We made sure to record the least interesting hour of it.
We started out talking about flash games and other little-known vidja game titles, which Tzvi and I both share fond memories of. And SOME of us (not naming any names here) were apparently playing those games while we recorded, which is why there’s so many clicking sounds stuck in the recording. Then we tried to talk about Star Trek, but that devolved into a big genre discussion about the philosophical styles of SciFi compared to those of Fantasy. It’s a fun episode. We make a good podcast.
Listen to Episode 16 – Flash Games and Star Trek
SO MANY LINKS!
Karoshi: Suicide Salesman
All the other games by the Winterbells Lady
Hidden in Plain Sight
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
Desktop Tower Defense
Tzvi likes it when people get drunk around him, even though he himself doesn’t usually enjoy alcohol. The Neo Assyrians are better than the Persians. LS really really really loves the Hotline Miami games. More than Tzvi is comfortable with.
An episode that is a little more trim than what we’ve been doing lately. Probably for the better. Gonna try doing more of this, I think.
Listen to Episode 15 – Alcohol and Hotline Miami
MUSIC BY SOMEONE WHO WORKED ON HOTLINE MIAMI: