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
Tzvi convinced me to share embarrassing stories. I dig deep, and bare some unforgivable shit. Tzvi talks about eating too much, because he’s a Sex in the City character. Then I rant about how disappointed I am in Metal Gear Solid 4, because this is a podcast about dumb stuff.
Listen to Episode 21: Embarrassing stories & MGS4
Also, hey, Tzvi and I wrote a D&D adventure. By which I mean, I wrote a D&D adventure. Tzvi has never played D&D. But he did provide the impetus for this module, so it felt appropriate to credit him.
This past weekend Tzvi heard some youths having a discussion about religion, and it made him get all like
And since we were already getting crotchety about how much we dislike the younger generations, we decided to also complain about how social media is bad and dumb and things were better in the olden days.
Listen to Episode 20 – Religious Arguments and Social Media
The forum where Tzvi and I sometimes hang out is called Zelda Cavern.
Passover has ended, and Tzvi and I are able to find time to record once again! I do miss our weekly chats when he’s got some Jewish high holy day to attend to. Anyway, this week Tzvi really wanted to talk about his favorite fantasy novels, which we did. And because it seemed do dovetail nicely, we also took up a long-delayed discussion about magic systems, and what makes a good one.
Tzvi, of course, is much more widely read than I am, but I think we had a pretty enjoyable, if prolix, discussion.
Listen to Episode 19 – Fantasy Books and Magic Systems
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: