Non-Fiction and Documentaries
In this episode:
  • Non fiction!
  • Beej watches a lot of documentaries and has lots of recommendations
  • He follows up with memoir, biography, and other non-fiction book recommendations
  • Both of us read non-fiction articles of various sorts.
Weekly Geekery
  • Beej on TV!
  • Void has played a ton more Persona 5!
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Buying Games Later & Star Wars The Last Jedi Teaser Trailer
In this episode:
  • We talk all about buying games on day 1 vs buying games later.
  • Save money, get a more complete game, and have all the bugs squashed at the same time.
  • Then we may tangent onto the new Star Wars The Last Jedi Trailer before stumbling into a surprising amount of Weekly Geekery
Weekly Geekery
  • Lots of things!  Listen to find out :p
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S2E14 - Who is Joss Whedon? - “Whedonesque!”
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 April 2017, 8:00 pm

Joss Whedon
In this episode:
  • We talk about the works and history of Joss Whedon!
  • Weekly geekery includes Photoshop, Persona 5, S-Town Podcast, and Running!
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Worldbuilding, Storytelling, and Genre Conventions

In this episode:
  • We get interested in different pieces of media for different reasons. Generally, there are two types of stories: character stories and idea stories. Sometimes, a setting can make us bounce off a piece of media really hard (real-world stuff for Void and traditional high-fantasy for Beej), but it can also be enough of a draw that we push through mediocre stories to find out more about the world.
  • We discuss various settings such as Star Wars, the Brandon Sanderson Cosmere, Mass Effect Andromeda, Fallout, and Zelda. There are lots of draws to each of them, but in the end, we discuss the conventions that make each of them work for us and why others don’t.
Weekly Geekery
  • Beej - Card thief / Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze / Splatoon
  • Void - Card Thief / Dynasty Warriors Unleashed / Blaster Master Zero / A King's Tale / Planet Coaster / Torment Tides of Numenera / Shovel Knight
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Beating Mass Effect Andromeda and Buying Video Games in Installments
In this episode:
OMG! BIG NEWS!
  • We are incredibly excited to announce that we made a new friend! YAAAAAY! The Geektitude podcast has joined the Geek to Geek podcast network. Geektitude is an interview show, which our network has been looking to include for quite a while. We just had to find the right one. And Joe is the right guy for the job. We couldn't be happier with the addition, and we certainly hope y'all will give him the same kind of love and warm-fuzzies that you have given the rest of us.
  • Make sure you head over to the Geektitude Facebook page and give it a like, subscribe on iTunes or your favorite podcast app, and give him a shout at @epicgrays on Twitter. And you know what's best of all? He has like 70ish episodes to listen to already, so what are you waiting for? Get to streaming!
Mass Effect Andromeda
  • Void beat Mass Effect Andromeda very quickly. He reviews the game for those of us who haven’t played it, and he discusses the game’s strengths and weaknesses. Primarily, the open-worldedness wasn’t interesting enough to make him explore, the new races were too limited, and the story was pretty similar to the old one.
  • The thing is, Void wanted to love this game, and instead he only liked it. There is a lot to like here, and a lot of the internet’s reactions have been overblown. The new dialogue options are really great, and they work a lot better than the stark good/bad dichotomy most Bioware games have.
  • The premise of the game is still pretty amazing, and he has incredibly high hopes for Mass Effect Andromeda 2 because this first game laid a great foundation for a series, provided they make a series of improvements he outlines in the episode.
Games as a Service
  • More and more these days, games aren’t a buy-once/play-forever kind of thing like they used to be. Between DLC and expansion packs and passes and constant content updates, video games have to be treated as a service to keep players interested.
  • We discuss a number of these models--MMO subscriptions, the one-game-I-play-forever-and-nothing-else system, microtransactions, mobile updates, events, episodic releases (free and paid), and even things like toys to life and shareware titles from a consumer standpoint.
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  • Beej
  • Beat Zelda: Breath of the Wild / American Crime Story / Mario Kart 8 / 10% Happier - Hannah Hart episode / Spider-man Homecoming Trailer 2
  • Void
  • Treadmill desk / Splatoon 2 “Testfire” / I Am Setsuna / Mario sports Superstars / Card Thief
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S2E11 - Introducing your friends to Star Wars - “Jedi Noob”
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 March 2017, 8:00 pm

Introducing your friends to Star Wars
In this episode:
  • Getting into Star Wars can be tough. It has a huge history and a gigantic fanbase, and with 50 years behind it, some people are intimidated by the franchise and don’t know how to jump in. Never fear, geeks! We’re here to help.
  • Inspired by our resident Jedi Noobs Chocobochica and CapsuleJay (among others!), we want to make sure that Star Wars is not unapproachable. We provide suggestions on the best viewing order on the movies, as well as jumping-on points that aren’t necessarily even tied in with the films.
  • There is a huge swath of Star Wars-related media out there, so if you’re a book person, we recommend books (specifically, audiobooks!), or if you’re a gamer, there are always video games, and if you like to binge, you can even jump in with some of the cartoons and even different ways to watch those!
  • We discuss the oft-mentioned Machete order, as well as how The Force Awakens (Episode 7) changed the way you jump in and get accustomed to the galaxy far, far away.
  • Even spinoffs like the recent Rogue One and the upcoming Han Solo films present unique ways to dip your toes in without needing 50 years worth of history to make sense of it all.
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Weekly Geekery
  • Beej
  • Zelda Zelda Zelda. Breath of the Wild has made him pretty much live in Hyrule.
  • Void
  • Read Wayward and Ratqueens, which has been given a soft reset, which means you can get into it easier now.
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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
In this episode:
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is finally out, and Beej and Void are playing (and loving) it. Void has it on the Switch, and Beej grabbed it on Wii U. We discuss the differences in the versions and how each piece of hardware handles the game (hint: they’re pretty much the same).
  • We discuss how Breath of the Wild treats armor and weapons differently than other games in the series, making it much more like a traditional RPG, but still feeling totally like Zelda.
  • The setting is a unique version of Hyrule, and it’s a welcome change. You can see the other Hyrules there, but this one feels more alive...even though it has technically been destroyed.
  • Nintendo did what Nintendo does: makes a game full of fun little details. In a way, they did what Blizzard did with World of Warcraft--took an existing genre and perfected it.
  • The game assumes you’re not stupid and doesn’t have a real “tutorial.” You have an intro, get some abilities, and are set into the world. It’s awesome.
  • Hardest Zelda ever. And that’s a good thing.
  • There’s a story we care about, and we didn’t expect that from a Zelda game. But it’s not a Final Fantasy-style story. It’s told in a really cool way.
  • There are multiple game systems that Void really loves digging into so that he can experience new and interesting gameplay that may not have been designed or intended, and even Beej got into figuring out how to use the game’s physics and systems to think outside of what the standard solution to a puzzle or fight would be.
  • Overall, we are in love with this game, and we think it is worth every penny and second you spend with it.
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Weekly Geekery
  • Beej
  • Persona 4 Golden is still cool, but he got Zelda, so that’s taken priority.
  • Void
  • Shovel Knight is just as awesome on the Switch as it ever was.
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S2E9 - Nintendo Switch Launch Spectacular! - “Little Tiny Kid Hands”
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 March 2017, 8:00 pm

Nintendo Switch Launch Spectacular!
In this episode:
  • Nintendo Switch is here! It’s launched! Void got one! Beej didn’t! He can’t find one at all!
  • There were however...hiccups. Don’t buy day-1 console hardware from Amazon.
Impressions of Hardware
  • Why is Nintendo marketing it as a console that you can take with you instead of a handheld that docks?
  • It plays better when it’s not docked. Suspend any time and anywhere, like a handheld.  Faster suspend and more integrated than PS4. Definitely leans toward the handheld side and not the console side.
  • Kickstand sound is disconcerting.
  • Controllers: Joycons are great, and they feel awesome when clicked into handheld mode. Also as separate controllers, and the clip thingies make them bigger and more comfortable. The dog-head controller is terrible. But the Nintendo Switch pro controller is the best, and it connects to the PC, too, a bonus. I do not like the dog head controller at all (the grip)
  • Docking and undocking is very close to seamless. Just be slightly careful lining up the system when docking. It’s smart when it’s charging in the dock and you pull it out it prompts you to triple tap a button to unlock the screen.
  • Posting to social media is easier than other systems. Plus you can add text and edit images!
  • I like the “HD Rumble” more than rumble on most controllers.
  • No install time for games! Even update patches are downloaded and applied in the background while playing.
Impressions of Games:
  • Bomberman is Bomberman. Camera can be annoying. Kids love it.
  • Snipperclips is a secret must-own game if you can have 2-player local co-op.
  • Fast RMX is cool if you like reacing games like F-Zero or Wipeout.
  • Zelda is amazing. I’m fairly sure this will be my favorite Zelda game ever. Next week will be all about Zelda, so not much detail here, but TONS next week.
  • Void’s kids like it a lot, and the joycons are perfect for them because not only are they small, they’re much simpler in terms of buttons and control schemes.
How it’s fitting into Void’s daily life:
  • Playing it docked at night after the kids go to bed
  • Take it up to the bedroom when settling in for bed and play it for awhile
  • Daughter didn’t feel great the other night, and it was great to be able to move around and be near her.
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  • You should totally get a free copy of Zelda or Persona 4 Golden through Gamefly at gameflyoffer.com/geek
Weekly Geekery
  • Beej: ERMAGERD LOGAN ERMAGERD - Read Old Man Logan, the original story that was in Wolverine (2003) #66-72, hit on a lot of the film scholar background Jennifer and I have, and we may end up doing a podcast together about it soon / Jennifer beat Journey again, and it was super relaxing to watch / Picked up Persona 4 Golden for Vita while it was on sale. Digging the music so far, thought it was hand-drawn for some reason / Finished Saga, and I desperately want more.
  • Void: Played the Switch. Obvs. / installed level 2 charger install for the electric car! It’s awesome!
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Day 1 Technology & Nintendo Switch Prep

In this episode:
Talking Points:
  • Day 1 technology and console adopters vs… not. The Nintendo Switch will be out by the time many if you listen to this, and we wanted to talk about tech that we grab on Day 1. And tech that we wait for.
  • Which consoles or tech have you picked up on day one? For us, it depends. Void grabbed Gamecube, Gamecube, GBA, PS2, Vive, and the Xbox 360, while Beej was mostly a Month 1 person as supplies and money allowed. Dreamcast was his favorite Day 1 purchase.
  • Most of our Day 1 video game consoels were when we were younger and had far more disposable income than we do as adults.
  • We waited on a lot of consoles, too, whether it was for hardware upgrades or some other reason. Beej waited on the 2DS, the PS3, and the PS Vita, and they were all fantastic purchases. Void really loves that he waited on the 3DS XL, the PS4 (Black Friday bundles FTW), the PS VIta, and the Wii U. Same for him--they were all amazing purchases.
  • We both pick what we get on Day 1 kind of by gut feeling. We weigh the hype and whether we use it right away and how much we think it will impact our lives. Do we think that it will be a positive and consistent part of our lives? We don’t buy based on hype and what is getting the most attention, but at some point you just have to pull the trigger if you’re excited enough about it, personally.
  • So...the Nintendo Switch. We recorded just a few days before the launch, and we are crazy excited, but we hope the JoyCon woes are taken care of. Void is getting one delivered to his doorstep so he can play as soon as he gets home from work, and Beej has to wait on grabbing one because he’s freelancing and money is spotty for the moment. If a new full-time gig comes in, he will run out and breathe in the Breath of the Wild.
  • Nintendo releases on Fridays, which is great for adults who work. Weekend gaming binges!
  • How many of you folks are buying a Switch on Day 1? Let us know in the subreddit or on Twitter!
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Weekly Geekery
  • Beej - Paper and Fire
  • Erasable Ink Pens from Japan, or “some people love pens way more than I knew was possible, but I’m super glad they do.”
  • Void - Lot's of stuff
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S2E7 - Hitman & Complex Game Systems - “March-ish”
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 February 2017, 8:00 pm


Hitman & Complex Game Systems
In this episode:
  • If there is anything in the world Void loves, it’s a complex system that he can learn and exploit in video games. When he found out about Hitman, he jumped in and loved it so much, he gifted it to Beej just so this episode could exist.
  • While neither of us really likes the “murder” aspect of the game, it doesn’t feel like it’s really violence. We really do both see it as a puzzle game, and we tend to overlook the violence as it’s a means to solve the puzzles presented.
  • Beej isn’t entirely into complex systems like Void. They have to serve a true gameplay purpose. Some games are complicated for the sake of being complicated and add nothing to the experience, but Hitman is the opposite of that. It feels as though you are learning skills and building on them as you progress.
  • The game really helps you learn the systems through its very thorough tutorials--they don’t really feel much like tutorials, either. If you go through them, you’ll learn a pretty decent path to progression that leads into a lot of replayability.
  • Void describes his perfect 4-step program on how to become a professional hitman, starting with Beej’s preferred playstyle: bumble around like an idiot until people die, then run like the wind and hope you don’t get shot. Void’s system is a bit more elegant.
  • Paris is the first fully realized level, and instead of writing a lot about it here, just know that Void loved it so much that he’s barely played any of the other missions in the game. It is also part of a smaller bundle that you can get to essentially try out the game, and it goes on sale on various sellers all the time. So get it.
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  • Beej - Started running again, and really working on getting back into shape while freelance work saps lots of free time for a few weeks.
  • Void - Started running, too! The weather in Minnesota gave him a reprieve, so he was able to get outside and moving around. Spring is almost here! / Fire Emblem Heroes (Lunatic Difficulty and the lack of energy you have to play) / Hidden Folks
  • Void also went to the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience, which is a live performance of the music. It was amazing. The first half was not cohesive and felt like a bad fanmade video, but the second half made up for it. The second half used full sequences that built on each other as the music played. It used the Battle of the Bastards and the Great Sept of Baelor scene from the end of the season 6.
The Nintendo Switch is almost here!
  • We are just kinda waiting for the Switch (looked at other games but not pulling the trigger on anything). Games like Nioh, For Honor, Horizon Zero Dawn, Resident Evil 7, Conan Exiles, FFXIV are cool, but so much comes out in March-ish: Horizon Zero Dawn, Zelda (and other launch games for the Switch), Mass Effect Andromeda, and Persona 5 (which takes precedence for Void over Zelda Breath of the Wild, which is crazy to Beej!)
And some new Zelda, Breath of the Wild info, in case you missed it.
  • No more compass, map autofills with exploration
  • No musical chests
  • Probably won’t get the green clothes until late in the game
  • No more money in the grass
  • We get a jump button!
  • No more Epona, just random tame-able horses
  • No one new item for each dungeon
  • Enemies won’t wait around to attack
  • Bombs are all remote, no more timed bomb fuses
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S2E6 - YouTube - “This is ENTERTAINING for you?!”
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 February 2017, 8:00 pm

YouTube
In this episode:
  • For a lot of people, YouTube pretty much is the internet. It’s the world’s second largest search engine (next to Google, obvs), so we wanted to discuss how we use YouTube, get some great channels out there to you guys, and also find out what you’re watching and how you use.
  • What we actually watch on YouTube differs quite a bit. We initially thought it would be balanced, but it very much isn’t. Void uses YouTube as essentially a TV with all sorts of cool shows and creators he loves, while Beej sees it more as a novelty for one-off views.
  • Beej doesn’t have much that he watches: VetRanch, Dr. PimplePopper, Woodworking for Mere Mortals, ObeseToBeast, RunSelfieRepeat, various funny puppy and kitty clips, CineFix, and catches up on clips of late-night shows or music videos. And really, that’s about it.
  • Void, on the other hand, uses PLEX to stream YouTube to his TV where he follows various channels and creators like most people do their network sitcoms and police procedurals.
Void’s YouTube Highlights (the occasional watches):
  • Penny Arcade TV
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • Nintendo
  • Star Wars
  • Waypoint
  • Rocket Jump and Rocket Jump Film School
  • Mark Brown’s Gamer Maker’s Toolkit and Boss Keys
  • Chez Lindsay
  • Vsauce
  • Extra Credits (gaming videos, but not so much the history videos)
  • NoClip with Danny O’Dwyer
  • Tested.com (any of the videos with Adam Savage are great. The other ones… not so much.)
Channels/Creators that Void watches absolutely everything they put out:
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  • Beej - GoT Season 6 / Paper and Fire 
  • Void -  For Honor Beta PS4 / Fire Emblem Heroes slowing down (things take more stamina at higher levels) / Thoughts on mobile Turn Based Strategy / The Genius Game Season 3
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S2E5 - Career Corner and Life Transitions - “Tuesday night motorcycle”
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 February 2017, 8:00 pm

Career Corner and Life Transitions
In this episode:
  • We are both going through pretty major life transitions right now, and we expect some of you are, too. We wanted to discuss how we’re coping with them so that maybe your life can get just a little easier.
  • Mostly talking about new jobs because that’s the kind of transition we are both going through, but lots of things cause them, from health to marriage to kids to a hundred other things.
  • What’s funny about us, though, is that we traded--Void went from freelancing into a full-time position, while Beej went from a full-time position to freelancing. Weird, right?
  • It turns out that we have kind of the Geek to Geek Career Corner this episode inadvertently, so we talk about how we use our skills from other places to really move into something we love, and that even though we are changing, it’s still a career path that we both intended to take, and that some things happened by accident.
  • The hardest parts of life transitions, though, are how routines get thrown off, sleep being hard to get, and how sometimes, our bodies just aren’t able to cope with the change in ergonomics and space that we are thrown into when you’re changing jobs or locations.
  • Somtimes, it’s hard to motivate yourself because your routine is so different, and even when you can get the ergonomics right for your space, finding that space itself can be hard in a new location.
  • We both play video games (obviously) to destress from the changes in our lives, and mainly use mainstays that don’t take a lot of brainpower to get through. Both of us tend to work with stuff going on in the backs of our heads, and learning new mechanics and systems and anything complicated just makes us that much more exhausted.
  • Podcasts and audiobooks are a great way to just escape, break out of work mode, and use them on commutes. While they take some active brainpower to listen to, they can be more passive than sitting and reading, which is great when you’re experiencing transition fatigue.
  • And you gotta exercise. We aren’t doing as much as we’d like, but it helps a lot. Going out and running in good weather, using a stationary bike, even doing yoga stretches at your desk or between projects is a great way to make your day seem a little less exhausting. You can also dedicate some time in the morning or the evening to have some specific active time that you distance yourself from whatever your transition is, keeping that period up with your normal routine that’s been changed.
  • And everyone has some comfort TV. Void loves anything witty and well-written like Aaron Sorkin’s The West Wing or YouTube videos that don’t have a deep time commitment, and Beej loves old sitcoms like New Girl or Parks and Rec to keep him giggling with it in the background.
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Weekly Geekery
  • Beej was on Dumbbells & Dragons podcast this week. Much stuff is discussed, and Kenny is good people. Go listen.
  • Beej - Ink and Bone / Fire Emblem Heroes / Politics (the idea of getting involved and showing up) / Starting and stopping new TV shows: The Expanse, The Man in the High Castle, GoT S6, Voltron / Blue Apron (may save this for a health hacks, but touch on it here)
  • Void - Chocobochica the Jedi Noob / Humble Bundle Subscription (Total War Warhammer) / Fire Emblem Heroes / Hitman
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S2E4 - Geeky Knick-Knacks and Toys to Life - “Bedroom walls full of memorabilia”
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 February 2017, 8:00 pm


Geeky Knick-Knacks and Toys to Life
In this episode:
  • Geeks love toys. And collecting things. It’s just kind of what we do. So we wanted to talk about that for a while, and really dig in deep about the kind of knick-knacks that we keep around us at all times, those that are special, and the kinds we just don’t care about.
  • Void is very particular about what he collects, and Beej is now. He used to be a “gimme all the stuff” kind of person, while Void has always been more pragmatic about the kinds of collectibles he buys. But you folks could have probably guessed that.
  • Knick-knacks don’t always have to be physical, either. We talk about collecting in games, such as Pokemon and MMO items, getting ultimate weapons in Final Fantasy and things like that. Do we finish games all the way and feel as though we need to get every single thing we can?
  • And nowadays, there’s a huge surge in toys-to-life products. Skylanders, Disney Infinity, Amiibo, Lego Dimensions. All of these are huge money sinks, but they’re also fun to play. We talk about the line between collecting and playability, as well as the intrinsic value the toys add to the games themselves.
  • For te most part, Void keeps a few geeky knick-knacks on his desk, and he wears oodles of geeky t-shirts. What’s also very cool is that he has a bathroom in his house decorated in Penny Arcade comics. That’s awesome. Beej is actually selling off a lot of his old collection, and only trying to keep the things that really matter. He decorates his office in things that mean something to him, much like Void did his bathroom.
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Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection Review
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 January 2017, 10:00 am

I liked the Cosmere Collection a lot, but it's not going to be for most people.  The Cosmere is the greater interconnected universe that Brandon Sanderson has slowly been building in the background of a lot of his novels and novellas.  He's mentioned that they're all connected and only recently have some of the connections been mentioned in the text of his work.

This is a short story collection all about that.  It's a series of short stories and novellas from his various worlds in the Cosmere.

Some of them are brand new for this collection and some of them I've read before as stand-alones.  But, they're all good.

If you've read the majority of Sanderson's work then you owe it to yourself to pick up this Cosmere Collection.  If you haven't read any of his work or only a few books then definitely skip this one for the moment and keep it in mind for later.

But for the Sanderson fans out there, this one is great!


S2E3 - Mini Topic Grab Bag - “She is not a Jedi... yet”
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 January 2017, 8:00 pm

Mini Topic Grab Bag
In this episode:
  • We get so many comments and questions from you guys that we wanted to take this opportunity to address some of them. We take notes on them, so we put the ones together that we didn’t think we’d be able to pull together a full episode around.
  • The topics we discuss this time are pretty varied, but we think you will enjoy them--mainly because you suggested them! It was so much fun recording this episode. So keep those comments and suggestions coming!
What we talk about:
  • The uncanny valley in movies, games, and other media
  • General game design, including pet peeves, the best examples of single aspects, Bartle’s taxonomy, and the cost of games over the years.
  • Digital copies vs physical copies of games
  • Who’s our favorite Jedi?
  • Products, games, and media that we just want to love, but don’t.
  • Morality in roleplaying games. This turned into a very interesting discussion about gaming personalities and our real-life personalities.
  • Thoughts on Knights of the Old Republic, including KOTOR, KOTOR 2, and SWTOR.
  • You know you want to hear our thoughts on Mario Kart. Because Mario Kart.
  • We both love cyberpunk. We talk about movies and books and games. Is Neuromancer really incomprehensible? How many versions of Blade Runner have we seen? And do androids dream of electric sheep for real? LISTEN TO FIND OUT!
  • How have Podcasts and Netflix changed how we watch or listen to shows, especially based on release schedules?
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Writing Slowdown? Probably.
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 January 2017, 10:00 am
I'm going to be starting a new job soon and when life transitions happen something always has to give.

So, there's probably going to be a writing slow down here on the blog.  I've been on the 5-7 post per week schedule for awhile and I'm going to let that go for the moment.

I'll still be writing whenever I have the time and feel like it, but honestly... if there's anything I really want to discuss I'm going to make sure it makes it onto the podcast because that's something that won't have a slowdown.  Expect things you would normally see on here as short posts to now often end up on the Geek to Geek Podcast in the weekly geekery section instead.

I'm still going to be posting the podcast on here every week and writing whenever I have the time and topic for it!

Mostly, I'm not going anywhere, but the amount of writing I put out is probably going to take a hit for a while.  I just wanted to give a heads up!


Acquisitions Inc Holiday Special
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 January 2017, 10:00 am

The guys at Penny Arcade who do Acquisitions Incorporated released a Holiday Special!

If you're not familiar with it, Acq Inc is a Dungeons and Dragons live play show.  It started out as a series of podcasts but quickly became a mainstay live play event at PAX that's captured on video and streamed to everyone.  This last year they finally dabbled in actually running a campaign between big set-piece events and released a season of a YouTube show.

This picks up in that same vein.  It was really fun to watch.  It was definitely a side story so that you don't need it to know what's going on, but it was still interesting to watch through once.  This is the first time they've released something like this on a paid service so I hope it works out for them.  Luckily, a lot of people have Amazon Prime and it's included with that, which is how I watched it.  Otherwise it's only $5 on Amazon video or on Vimeo.

Check it out if you're up to date with the Acq Inc crew!


The Grand Budapest Hotel
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 January 2017, 10:00 am

I checked out The Grand Budapest Hotel after seeing it on an episode of Movies of Mikey.  I knew almost nothing  about it going in except what I learned from that video.

I liked it.  It's a little more... artsy... I think that's the word I want... than movies I typically watch but it was good anyway.  I really liked the framing devices they used for the different levels of story.  It has a story in a story in a story thing going on that's broken up by using different aspect ratios for different levels of the story.  There's also some unreliable narrator thrown in there too for good measure.

I honestly didn't know if I would even make it five minutes into this movie but I was engrossed the whole time I was watching it.  With my typical kind of movies I would know who to recommend it to and who not too but this one throws me for a loop.

I would say if you get a chance to try this one on the cheap you should give it a shot.  In the end, I liked it.


Final Fantasy XV New Game Plus
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 January 2017, 10:00 am

I replayed FFXV.  I waited until they patched in the New Game Plus mode so I could pick up with all my levels, skills, post game content, and items.

This time through the game I only did the critical path, no side questing at all.  With my character levels this meant I got through the story really fast, which is exactly what I wanted.  Although, Chapter 13 still feels slow even with super high level characters and the patch they put in to make the magic faster.

But, I think I appreciate the story more the second time.  I still like the surface level stuff going on and the relationships between the main party, but this second time I understood the story better between the main protagonist and antagonist.  And that story between Noctis and Ardyn is probably one of my favorite Final Fantasy stories ever.  I wish it were explained better the first time through instead of having a big info dump at the end.  It had a much bigger impact on me when I knew what the stakes were from the beginning.

I'm still interested to see what else they'll end up patching in and adding to FFXV over the next year, but for now I'm putting the game down again while I wait for it!

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Netflix Originals and Void’s Nintendo Switch Corner
In this episode:
  • Netflix Originals tend to keep our attention more than most other TV shows. For the most part, network TV doesn’t interest us, and we binge Netflix Originals and look forward to them all year long. The only other network putting out content as good as some of these Netflix Originals is HBO.  And even that is only a few shows like West World and Game of Thrones.
  • Hulu and Amazon have original shows they produce, too, and they’re fantastic as well. But they’re few and far between compared to Netflix. Beej loves Casual on Hulu and Alpha House on Amazon. THere are others, too, that you should check out like 11-22-63 and The Man in the High Castle.
  • Are the non-streaming networks are in trouble? We think so. Netflix is quadrupling their content this year, putting an additional $6 Billion for new content in 2017--including over 600 hours of new Netflix Originals. Just as an example, The Crown was picked up for a full run of 6 seasons (10 episodes per seasons) with each episode averaging a budget of $2.5 Million. So yeah. They’re pretty confident in themselves.
Shows we discuss:
  • Netflix MCU: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and the upcoming Defenders, Iron Fist, and Punisher (plus new seasons of the existing shows).
  • Terrace House
  • Comedy Specials
  • Kimmy Schmidt
  • Fuller House
  • Chef’s Table
  • Stranger Things
  • Orange is the New Black
  • The Crown
  • House of Cards
  • Marco Polo
  • Sense8
  • Bojack Horseman
  • Master of None
  • Grace and Frankie
  • THERE ARE SO MANY MORE THAT WE JUST DIDN’T HAVE TIME FOR
Void’s Nintendo Switch Corner!
  • $300 in the US with console, dock, joycons, cables, and joycon battery base controller pak thingy.
  • Neon coloring… more colors later probably. Dual color...kind of ugly.
  • Battery life 2.5 to 6.5 hours depending on game / settings
  • Joycons look potentially over-engineered.  Why does Nintendo always need a new gimmick?  How much did this add to the price? $80 for a pair.
  • Dock is $90.  Expensive peripherals all around.  $70 pro controller. Maybe just buy a second Switch instead?
  • Weird Online Stuff (Nintendo being Nintendo)
  • Free for a limited time
  • Launch Games
  • 1, 2, Switch
  • Launch “Window” games
  • Has Been Heroes (March 2017)
  • I pre-ordered. I knew I was going to get this. I had the money put aside. I’m excited.  I also totally understand why most people would wait. My criteria is generally 2 games I want to play on day 1. For me the winners here are Zelda, 1 2 Switch (though I won’t buy it), Has Been Heroes, and Arms.
  • Longer term I know I’ll pick up Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2, and Super Mario Odyssey.
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  • Void - Stellaris / Acquisitions Inc Holiday Special / Silver Surfer comics by Dan Slott / Sherlock Season 4 / Revisiting stuff
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Cthulhu Pandemic
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 January 2017, 10:00 am

I had a lot of fun with Cthulhu Pandemic.

I wasn't sure what I would think when I picked it up.  I was just hoping for a slight twist on the standard Pandemic formula.  This game gives that and more.

It still has the feel of controlled chaos and managing a node-based board of increasing tension.  But this time it's all Cthulhu themed.  Outbreaks are replaced with summoning rituals that bring forth Old Ones to change up board conditions.  Finding cures for diseases is replaced with shutting gates to another dimension.  And disease cubes are replaced by adorable little cultist figures.

I like that this game gives the same feel as Pandemic while really being it's own game.  This doesn't feel like a reskinning of the base game as much as a unique twist on it, which is fantastic.

While Cthulhu Pandemic won't be replacing Pandemic on my shelf but it also won't be shoved in a corner as a second-class citizen of a game.  It will sit right next to Pandemic and I anticipate it will be played just as often.


Overcooked
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 January 2017, 10:00 am

Overcooked is a multiplayer co-op game, one of my favorite genre's ever.  I picked it up on sale and then didn't get around to playing it until over the holiday break.

In one night my entire family was hooked.

Overcooked sees you take on the role of a chef trying to prepare meals under increasingly difficult circumstances.  The levels get crazy, but in a good way.  Like, having to run across ice flows between different halves of the kitchen.  Or cooking on a ship where the rocking of the waves moves your counters back and forth.  Or having a pedestrian crossing in the middle of your kitchen.


Even though the levels get tricky the best part of the game is that it has simple controls so anyone can jump in and be playing decently within a few minutes.  Where we're playing on PS4 one analog stick moves your character, the X button picks up and drops off items, and the Square button interacts with a work station (like for cutting).  That's it.  No crazy controls to master.

Just simple controlled chaos brought on by level design and having to coordinate with other people.

I love this game so much.  If I had played it before the end of the year it would have made my top list of 2016.  If it has staying power with my family it might very well make the top list of 2017.

But for now, I can definitely give it my full recommendation.  If you have anyone to play couch co-op games with (2 to 4 players) you should go pick up Overcooked.


Stellaris Impressions
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 January 2017, 10:00 am

Stellaris is a 4x space game from Paradox.  I've often picked up 4x games only to set them down after an hour or two out of frustration.  It's a genre I've always found interesting in the abstract but I have trouble finding a game that nails the execution.

So I was a little surprised that my first play session of Stellaris lasted four hours.  I was learning a lot and made some mistakes but overall it was great!  I came back to that same playthrough another night and played for another few hours before stalling out in the mid-game as all the alien cultures' borders filled in.

I immediately jumped over to a new game with slightly tweaked settings (for fun and variety) and proceeded to spend another six hours of so in that game.  And this time I made my own alien race!  That part was super fun.  The second round was much better since I could apply everything I learned the first time... but again I found myself stall out in the mid-game without much to do.

I looked around online and saw most people suggesting fighting with neighboring species to gain territory at this point in a playthrough.  I've never liked doing that in my 4x games so I mostly ended up sitting there researching technology until I stalled out completely.

Apparently there are endgame events that are a lot of fun if you have the patience to get to them but I haven't seen them.

But not all hope is lost.  This is a Paradox game and they're very well known for expanding and adding to their games over time.  There are already two expansions for Stellaris out as of me writing this.  I think I'm going to shelve Stellaris for the moment and wait for them to release some more expansions for it.  If they put out expansions for non-miltary mid-game choices I would be all over that.  Think things like trading, economy, and espionage.  It feels like some of the groundwork is laid for this stuff already, it's just not implemented yet.

Having already gotten 13 hours of play time out of Stellaris I definitely don't feel like I wasted my money.  I'm perfectly happy biding my time to see what else they do with the game in the future.


Magnificent 7 (2016) Review
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 January 2017, 10:00 am

This the the movie that finally solidified the fact that I just don't like Westerns.  I've always been ambivalent with Westerns but Magnificent 7 had enough actors that I like that it convinced me to give it a shot.

It is a very mediocre movie.  It's completely predictable.  The pacing is sooooo slow.  I think it's a stereotypical Western but made in 2016 instead of the golden age of Westerns.  It just completely and utterly failed to click with me.

I even held out for the end hoping something would redeem it.  Maybe the fight scenes would get better.  Maybe there would be a cool twist.  Maybe a character would actually have character development!  No on all counts.

At least now I've learned that while I don't mind a Western setting (see my love of Westworld) I do hate the genre of Westerns.  The genre styles and conventions just aren't for me.


S2E1 - Super Geekery - “Baby Monkey Astronaut”
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 January 2017, 9:44 pm

Super Geekery
In this episode:
  • We’re back with Season 2.
  • BJ is sick and it shows!  We hope he’s back to normal next week.  Send him well-wishes.
  • Besides that, we talk all about our geekery from the holiday break and spend some time catching up for the start of Season 2!
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  • The whole episode is weekly geekery!
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