Wolf
Guest
Wolf

MOSHING machines live longer with galgeroth. Come on Jim, was there for the taking

Jacob the Screaming Horse
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Jacob the Screaming Horse

I went and checked out Jim’s helmet on Twitter and I don’t regret a thing!

Kev' Bryant
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Kev' Bryant

See, I picture Jim on MY left….

Chris
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Chris
I’m curious how huge Jim’s hands are because I don’t consider myself as having dainty lady hands or anything and the joy cons are pretty comfy for me, yet for Jim they seem to be an eternal hurdle between him and game enjoyment. On that subject: Why don’t game companies release different sized official controls? I mean, I find it hard to believe there would be a universally comfortable control. Ignoring the fact kids have much smaller hands, there seems to be pretty dramatic variation in adult hands. Like for me the two most comfortable controls on the market are… Read more »
Chris Schwartz-Brown
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Chris Schwartz-Brown
I imagine game companies want to simplify their production process as much as possible and don’t want to take the risk of one size being more popular and people not being able to find controllers they want and thus not buying systems or peripherals while other sizes sit on the shelf. They likely market test and find a size they think will be acceptable, not good necessarily but not terrible, for the most people and just stick with that. Obviously there are misses, the Joycons seem too small for a lot of people, I found the Wii-U gamepad uncomfortably large… Read more »
darksteel6
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darksteel6

I’ll take the duke over the Wii U’s dumpster fire of a controller.

darksteel6
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darksteel6

For me the Xbox One and 360 controllers are the best by far, Dualshock controllers are alright, but are a little on the light and flimsy side, the Wii U’s tablet is an unwieldy piece of crap controller, and the Joycons look even worse.

JackieGoOutside
Guest

Oooo, I love the Witchers’ soundtracks! I’ll definitely have to look into this new soundtrack.

kimiyoribaka
Guest
kimiyoribaka

I’ve always seen the whole “being a fan of songs rather than bands” thing as a natural consequence of not having the same tastes as the bands themselves. Even back when I was using only a single local radio station for my music, I still was more of a fan of songs, often not even knowing which songs were from which bands.

JackieGoOutside
Guest

Yeah, that’s why we have the phrase one hit wonder because only one or maybe three of their songs are really worth anything to someone. The bands you like all their CDs and songs of are the special ones.

YoDude
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YoDude
I’m like that with certain genres. I like all genres if music. My favorite and u guess “musical identity” are generally in the more “extreme metal” genres. Those bands tend to be the “fan of the band” thing for me. Likely because in Death Metal a band has a sound set that you hear consistently. Like for example, I’m a fan of a few Cage the Elephant songs. A few Weezer, a few pop/rap tunes. But when it comes to say The Black Dahlia Murder, or Arsis, Carcass. Whole discography. I can tell you specifically my favorite Era and what… Read more »
JackieGoOutside
Guest

Yeah, I getcha.

Honestly, if it weren’t for the internet, I probably wouldn’t like as much music or as many different kind of music as I do. I would have been stuck liking only what was available to me, probably continuing dismissing certain genres because the music on the radio or available in stores is but a puddle of what any genre can provide compared to the ocean of the internet.

YoDude
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YoDude

Yeah. Agreed. Without YouTube I’d never have found real gems of obscure punk and metal.

Especially given before I got into music the way I have I only had the radio with its selection of 4 Tragically Hip songs and Pop stations lol.

JackieGoOutside
Guest
I can see how maybe people may fall into a niche of music on the internet, but only because the niche of music on the internet goes way, way deeper than anything provided in your record stores or on the radio. IMO, it’s very easy to write off certain genres of music based on what’s on the radio or provided in record stores. I used to think I hated rap but then the internet happened and it turns out the stuff on the radio? A puddle compared to the ocean of rap and hip hop out there. I wouldn’t have… Read more »
darksteel6
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darksteel6

Same here, i’ve discovered so much music from Youtube’s recommended videos.

darksteel6
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darksteel6

I find far too much Death Metal to be virtually interchangable, far too many DM vocalists go for the cookie-monster-on-crack vocal style where you can barely understand a damn thing they’re singing about, that’s why I’m not so big on bands like Meshuggah or Cannibal Corpse, I prefer Melodic Death Metal like In Flames(i’m one of those weird people who thinks that band got better when Anders started doing clean singing and not growling) Dark Tranquility and Sonic Syndicate.

YoDude
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YoDude

Aah. One of them who like when the singer of In Flames started swapping Obituary tees for Avenged Sevenfold trucker caps.

That’s cool.

Chris
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Chris

I’ve always been a “fan of the song” over fan of the band person. I didn’t think it was strange at all since my wife is like that too. Like, I personally struggled all my life to have favourite albums though eventually found a few (favourite albums being defined by ones i can sit and listen through every song without wanting to skip). But like… those albums don’t define my entire musical taste. I like a bit of everything

darksteel6
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darksteel6

I was that way even before the advent of Youtube, this is especially true with rap and hip-hop artists, there’s usually a select few songs from an artist I like, and the rest just don’t do much for me.

Peter O'Hanraha-hanrahan
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Peter O'Hanraha-hanrahan

Recommend giving Lady Dynamite a go the next time you’re stuck staring at all the stuff on netflix it is seriously underappreciated.

Best thing Mitch Hurwitz has been involved with since Fox era Arrested Development. Wonderful central performance from Maria Bamford, genuinely hilarious scripting and a lot of heart too.

darksteel6
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darksteel6

Bojack Horseman is also a great choice.

Loon of Nature
Guest
Loon of Nature

Frustum Culling has reached the shores of Podquisition, I’m overjoyed :V

gasmaskangel
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gasmaskangel

The best driving music is Sabaton at the maximum possible volume.

Chris Schwartz-Brown
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Chris Schwartz-Brown

The best driving music is clearly some Daytona USA.

Rooooolllliiinng staaarttt!!!

ThinkingClass
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ThinkingClass

* tongue firmly in cheek*

wrong! The best driving song is “girlfriend in a coma” by The Smiths. Do your research next time!

Wolf
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Wolf

However the cover by Million Dead really is a great driving tune

Chris Schwartz-Brown
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Chris Schwartz-Brown

I think this comment thread is entirely too peaceful and civil. So…

Ahem.

Breath of the Wild has some demonstrable issues that probably bothered some players more than others and therefore likely ranks differently to some players than others.

That and the only reason Laura likes it so much is because she played it while fucking Jim’s wife 😛

gasmaskangel
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gasmaskangel

You are history’s greatest monster.

Chris Schwartz-Brown
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Chris Schwartz-Brown

That’s right. I’m also the one who sneaks into your room every night and puts Nigel Farage into your mouth.

ThinkingClass
Guest
ThinkingClass

So that’s how he gets there.

George
Guest
George

They probably scissor while Jim fucks Gavin. I picture a Roman style orgy.

Chris Schwartz-Brown
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Chris Schwartz-Brown

As long as Gavin stays on the right side of Laura. He needs to be reminded of his place

YoDude
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YoDude

That’s actually kinda hot.

Allan Weallans
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Allan Weallans

Gavin was right. You other two, stop bullying him and pretending you sit in a different arrangement.

I’m gonna watch the Beverly Hills Cop trilogy tonight. I bought them on DVD years ago and I think I only watched them once.

George
Guest
George

Laura,
You didn’t have any trouble with the stealth mission in Zelda: BOTW, therefor objectively and scientifically speaking you are 100% better at video games then both Jim and Gavin.

😉

Also, was it possible to bi-pass the stealth mission and approach the fort from the east? I was looking at the map the other day and it seemed like it could have been done?

WeightGain4000
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WeightGain4000
really loved jim’s reaction to gavin telling him about gaahl from gorgoroth. the guy really is quite the weird, but also strangely interesting individual. one thing that gavin didn’t tell jim: some time after gaahl came out as gay and had left the band gorgoroth, he founded a fashion label (just a “normal” clothing fashion label, nothing to do with black metal or scene or whathaveyou) with his then-boyfriend, with catwalk fashion shows and everything. parts of the scene had a field day with that. around that time, some jokers around here even went around in bars and pubs and… Read more »
Gurphardt
Guest

I’d find Gaahl a much more fun figure if he didn’t hold a man in his house and torture him.

WeightGain4000
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WeightGain4000

yeah, “fun” is definitely NOT the word I’d use to describe gaahl in any way, shape or form.
I’d probably reserve that description for fenriz from darkthrone. judging from interviews, dude really mellowed out and got a lot wiser with age and just seems to be a really chill, fun guy nowadays.

YoDude
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YoDude

He has tho.

HE went from hardcore self-interest like that dude from Immortal to say the dude from Deafheaven.

WeightGain4000
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WeightGain4000

who we talking about now, gaahl or fenriz?

also, with “dude from Immortal”, do you mean abbath or demonaz? cause I still can’t really wrap my head around what happened with that bandsplit and why. too much contradictory static.

YoDude
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YoDude

Abbath imo. He was by all accounts an overbearing douche. I mean he named his next project after himself lol.

And I meant Fenriz

YoDude
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YoDude

That guy was an attempted gay basher though. Fucker got what he deserved in the most Black Metal way possible.

YoDude
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YoDude

I never got the homophobia in the Black Metal community honestly. Like actually.
Black Metal is probably the gayest genre out there.

darksteel6
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darksteel6
I saw Beverly Hills Cop 3 and thought it was decent, I hope we get a fourth film one of these days. I liked all of the Police Academy films. I know what Jim means by having too many options, i’ve got lots of films on DVD and VHS that i’ve had for years that i’ve still not gotten around to watching because i’m not sure which one to watch first, and there’s also lots of sitcoms and cartoons that I want to watch but i’m not sure which one to pick. I never watch channels on my TV anymore,… Read more »
Fred Davis
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Fred Davis

I have a reason why the “must launch and must wait one day” are terrible conditions for being able to get a refund: Remember those steam games without valid executables or which crash on launch?

No refunds for you!

darksteel6
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darksteel6

Never heard of that happening for console games though, Microsoft is nowhere as lenient as Steam is when it comes to letting games on their platform.

Fred Davis
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Fred Davis

It’s still weird that one of the constraints for getting a refund should ever be “it has to work” when “it doesn’t work” is the most basic reasons for someone to ask for a refund.

GloatingSwine
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GloatingSwine

It’s probably a lot harder to get things that won’t launch at all onto a highly curated storefront like a console one than just tipping them into the slurry pit of Steam.

darksteel6
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darksteel6

right that’s what I was saying, as bad as the Xbox Live Indie section was, i’ve never once heard of a game that wouldn’t launch, Microsoft is nowhere near as hands off as Valve is.

Dallium
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Dallium

The no refunds for DLC thing is much worse for me. I mean, I get it, because once the DLC is installed it won’t nessecairly come out neatly. But sometimes DLC is shit and you shouldn’t have bought it. If the want to refund a game on launch day, I’m having a hard time understanding why you can’t wait a day. Not that I think you should have to, but that’s the least offensive to me.

Fred Davis
Guest
Fred Davis
The thing with DLCs is that they are probably too varied to have a consistent refund policy for them – a cosmetic DLC is different from an expansion pack kind of DLC is different from a downloadable soundtrack DLC. Though really the likely reason is that Microsoft can’t detirmine whether a DLC has been “launched”, and thus whatever weird boardroom meeting that required that part of the refund policy nixed DLC refunds entirely. Season Pass refunds however is the real thing that would bring some actual feedback from consumers that would stop the silly season passes that don’t provide actual… Read more »
Darkseid200
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Darkseid200

Still play Violator. Classic.

Chris Schwartz-Brown
Guest
Chris Schwartz-Brown

I have to say that the single player campaign for Battlefront is the only reason I am interested. My favorite Star Wars game to this day is still Tie Fighter, in part because I find it fascinating to play as someone in the Empire who doesn’t view themself as a cackling villain the way that Sith and dark Jedi in all the various Kotor and Jedi Knight games do. So playing as just an Imperial soldier actually sounds really cool and I hope they do it justice.

TaraMayB
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TaraMayB
That’s why, despite how everything turned out with the game as a whole, I still love the storyline for the Imperial Agent class from The Old Republic. You worked for the Sith Empire without being a force user and without being someone who is blindly attached to it. You aren’t cartoonishly evil, though you could be very ruthless. Hell your boss tells you upfront that your job is to clean up the messes from the Moffs and military and the sith. To keep the empire from imploding from all the stupid things the empire is known to do. I’d love… Read more »
Chris Schwartz-Brown
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Chris Schwartz-Brown
See, I had the exact opposite reaction. I already didn’t care for Old Republic, but the Agent storyline broke it entirely for me finally. My issue, and I’ll grant I never made it past the second planet, was that it felt like it feel into the bioware trap of conflating “evil” with cartioonish selfishness and self defeating stupidity. Like, there was a side quest early on where you had to help recover some drugs to help make medicine for the imperial army, and doing so gave “light side” points. The “dark side” option was to sell them instead for a… Read more »
TaraMayB
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TaraMayB
Oh I’ll certainly agree that they frequently did a shit job of portraying what being loyal to the empire was. Bioware has never been good in creating subtlety and as you say games tend to struggle when dealing with confronting “morality”. It would have helped had you had a range of options for how to deal with situations like that and not tie them to any sort of dark side/light side option. That it was more of a situational and tactical line of how events play out. Although I suppose what I’m describing is more or less an Imperial Agent… Read more »
Chris Schwartz-Brown
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Chris Schwartz-Brown
That’s basically the thing I normally like about obsidian. For all of its many, many flaws and bugs, alpha protocol did a really good job of presenting you with no win scenarios and making you decide if, say, saving hostages was worth letting someone else die without explicitly moralizing about it. It actually did the pragmatism versus idealism thing bioware said it wanted to do in Mass Effect. They did that pretty well in parts of New Vegas also, like how they never out and out made the NCR ‘good’ or Mr House ‘evil’. Bioware has the problem that being… Read more »
darksteel6
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darksteel6

I disagree, I think they handle grey areas just fine.

Chris Schwartz-Brown
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Chris Schwartz-Brown

Okay, name one. Name one decision of importance in Mass Effect or a Bioware Star Wars game that wasn’t mapped to a binary ‘good/evil’ or ‘renegade/paragon’ color scheme and thus made black and white. An actual moral decision that Bioware didn’t explicitly tell you, immediately, which side was which.

darksteel6
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darksteel6

Here’s a couple from Mass Effect 2:the decision to either brainwash or kill the heretic Geth at the end of Legion’s loyalty mission, also deciding whether or not you let Garrus kill Sidonis(who actually welcomes death as it will give him an escape from the nightmares of him allowing his squad to die)

Also don’t know if you’ve played Andromeda yet, but for most of the conflicts between the Angara, the Milky-Way newcomers and the Nexus-Exiles, there is no real “right” option, just some that are less evil then others.

Chris Schwartz-Brown
Guest
Chris Schwartz-Brown
Both of those are still mapped to Paragon and Renegade. That’s my point. The use of an arbitrary, binary morality meter means nothing can be grey, everything is black or white. Or in this case blue or red. The game tells you which is which by where they are on the dialogue wheel and by which points you earn. Kill Sidonis, +10 renegade points. Destroy the heretics, +10 paragon. No ambiguity. I haven’t played Andromeda, because bioware hasn’t earned any trust or goodwill back yet from 3. I’m aware it’s probably structured more like the dragon age games, but after… Read more »
darksteel6
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darksteel6

Bioware still has plenty of goodwill from me(I don’t blame them for the ending of ME3, that was done entirely by Casey Hudson and Mac Walters with no input from anyone else)and Andromeda no longer has the Paragon/Renegade system.

Halo Wars 2 was a good exclusive IMO,

Chris Schwartz-Brown
Guest
Chris Schwartz-Brown
Well then they agree with me it seems that their morality meters were a problem at exploring moral grey areas. They get credit for learning, but not enough to undo what they did to the Mass Effect series. And I didn’t like three well before the ending, which is why I was never one of the people petitioning for it to change and why I never bothered with the extended cut. Three started out on a bad note by suddenly turning into a Halo game by abandoning all good story writing and interesting sci fi for ‘Oh noez!! Earth is… Read more »
darksteel6
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darksteel6
Didn’t feel like a Halo game to me at all, not really sure where people get that from. Earth is pretty damn important, not seeing the issue there. Actually Mass Effect 3 DID have moral gray areas. the Geth and Quarian war was one of them, the Geth just wanted to evolve on their own and the Quarians feared that the Geth would rebel and kill them all, in fact it’s entirely possible to bring peace between the two races(some players don’t even realize that, since it does depend on your actions in Mass Effect 2, depending on which decisions… Read more »
Chris Schwartz-Brown
Guest
Chris Schwartz-Brown
And…you’re still missing the point. In the hands of competent sci-fi writers and in a better game, those would have been moral grey areas. But every single issue in a Mass Effect game (in the original trilogy at least) and in basically every modern Bioware Game outside of the Dragon Age ones has to be easily put onto one axis. Good or Evil. Light or Dark. Or in this case, Paragon or Renegade. Is the Quarian/Geth war complicated? Nope! Helping the Geth is a ‘good’ thing, because the blue meter next to my character profile went up, while if I’d… Read more »
darksteel6
Guest
darksteel6
I don’t think I am, from my perspective the Geth vs Quarian conflict does come across as morally grey(though perhaps that’s because I talked to Tali and Legion in ME2 and they expanded upon it quite a bit). The fact that it’s possible to bring peace between both races certainly implies that one race is not really better then the other, if it wasn’t possible to bring peace between them I might agree with you. I’ve heard some people that Mass Effect 1 had the worst writing in the series and the sequels were considerably better. Personally I think ME3’s… Read more »
Brendan Christopher Marks
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Brendan Christopher Marks

Just a quick aside, Shepard would have been to earth for the N7 training at Rio De Jeneiro.

Chris Schwartz-Brown
Guest
Chris Schwartz-Brown

Fair enough, I forgot that. But still in the case of my Shepard that would be like a soldier considering the town near where they went though training as their home town. She spent the majority of her life off planet.

Appretaur
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Appretaur

I really wasn’t surprised by the Switch’s success. I’d imagine that for many people, this is – very literally – the first Nintendo console produced since the Wii. By that, I mean many Wii owners missed out on the Wii U because they mistakenly thought from the title that it was just some Wii variation or version that could be skipped over. There was basically a very large demographic of consumers that were Nintendo-starved because of how the Wii U was named and handled.

Miles Saintborough
Guest
Miles Saintborough

And probably the first Nintendo product in ages where it had some actual effing marketing.

Fred Davis
Guest
Fred Davis
Beverly Crusher Cop 3 should be a mandatory class in all first year university courses. The reason why Jim goes to his left to talk to gav and right for laura is because he secretly lives in a shed made out of boglin on the isle of man, a small island in the irish sea between whales and ireland and when you look at a map of the british islands ireland is on the left and britishland on the right. Gav meanwhile maintains the canonical illusion that jim is in america, so to his (irish) left and laura on his… Read more »
Appretaur
Guest
Appretaur

15:40: “I got a massive fucking package -”

That’s really all you need to hear in order to get the gist of Podquisition.

Noam
Guest
Noam

I bet that massive fucking package isn’t IAN’S VR! IS IT JIM?! #VRGate #GiveIanHisVR

Chris Schwartz-Brown
Guest
Chris Schwartz-Brown

Jim was willing to walk to the PO box to get his helmet, but he was too lazy to bring his VR with him to send to Ian!!! This is outrageous! #VRGate #GiveIanHisVR

Terriosaurus Hex
Guest
Terriosaurus Hex

Am glad I’m not alone in the response to Bamco’s disappointing choice of announcement. What they did was like teasing a cute puppy with the hint of food in a closed hand, but open it up to reveal some week-old bum-fluff and and a stolen keyring instead.

That recent podcast with Ian was great btw. Definitely am hoping for more! 😀

MeriwetherMalodor
Guest
MeriwetherMalodor

This podcast has become my main one and this year I’ve stopped watching Co-Optional to make time for Podquisition.

SilentPony
Guest
SilentPony

…its only an hour long. Once a week. You shouldn’t have to change your schedule to fit it in.

Dallium
Guest
Dallium

The actual chemo, sure. But most people are so completely drained that they can’t do much at all, nor put much energy into what little they force themselves to do

madhippy
Guest
madhippy

Ever talk to someone on chemo? Its not like going to the doctor and getting a shot. Its painful and exhausting.

SilentPony
Guest
SilentPony

…I was talking about the podcast.
“I’ve stopped watching co-optional to make time for podquisition.”
Its a one-hour podcast. You shouldn’t have to stop watching one to make room for another. You can do two separate podcasts.

Chris Schwartz-Brown
Guest
Chris Schwartz-Brown

Unless you have a bunch of podcasts and only some much time commuting. I have to prune my podcast list from time to time when I add new ones to the rotation. I had to give up on Welcome to Nightvale and the Rooster Teeth podcast in the last year as I found myself listening to enough other podcasts before them and falling behind on them. It’s really not that strange to stop listening to old shows as new ones take your attention more.

darksteel6
Guest
darksteel6

Co-optional and PQ are the only podcasts I regularly listen to(I also listened to a few Cracked podcasts in the past)

Dallium
Guest
Dallium

OH! yeah, that makes more sense

darksteel6
Guest
darksteel6

I regularly watch both, hope Total Biscuit does not have to be on chemo for too long this time.

Knight_Blazer
Guest
Knight_Blazer

The mental picture still works for everyone if you picture Gavin sitting with his back to Jim and Laura.

Knight_Blazer
Guest
Knight_Blazer

At least that is how it is going to work in my Podquisition fix fic.

Knight_Blazer
Guest
Knight_Blazer

Gavin doesn’t like facing his two cohosts after choosing to replace his eyeballs with gem stones due to his rockstar life style. Their staring makes him feel self conscious. Jim just gets angry because Gavin’s now blind and has no way of knowing for sure if they are staring. Meanwhile Laura is concerned that Gavin’s gem eyes may havr been used long ago to seal an ancient wizard that will use the power of rock to free himself and walk the world once more.

Knight_Blazer
Guest
Knight_Blazer

Also Jim is jealous because Gavin’s gem eyes are outrageous. Truly, truly outrageous.

Knight_Blazer
Guest
Knight_Blazer

With barely contained horror Laura realizes ‘How can mirrors be real if our eyes are made of gem stones?’

MeatMan
Guest
MeatMan

So are essentially live-blogging the podcast as you’re listening to it? If I wait a few more minutes, for more of your comments, I won’t have to actually listen to the podcast. 😉

Knight_Blazer
Guest
Knight_Blazer

Final Gavin realizes that the gem stone eyeballs were not enabling him, but holding back his true potential. He reaches up, tares them from his skull and slowly turns his chair back around to face the other two. It turns turns out the real gem stone eyeballs were inside him all along.

Knight_Blazer
Guest
Knight_Blazer

The podcast ends. The three start to leave the room, just before closing the door Jim turns around and looks at the discarded gem stone eyeballs laying on the table as though he is pondering something. Cue manic laughter, fade to black. The end?

Knight_Blazer
Guest
Knight_Blazer

Next week on podquisition. Laura embarks on a quest to stop Wizard Jim but first needs to find a sword that will not break after three hits. Blind Gavin moves to New York to pursue a career as Marvel’s the Daredevil.

Knight_Blazer
Guest
Knight_Blazer

How the hell did my stupid joke result in me writing and entire podquisition fanfiction?

SilentPony
Guest
SilentPony

Cccccccombo Breaker!

Some Guy In A Waistcoat
Guest

I don’t know. But I would narrate the hell out of it 😛

SilentPony
Guest
SilentPony

Anyone watching Archer season 8 or the new Samurai Jack? Good shows.

Also I’m playing the Sexy Brutale. Pretty fun game. The murder-puzzles are a little too simple for my tastes. You usually only have to do one or two things.
Hell, I did the Clay/Trinity murder on the first go just by stumbling around. Little disappointing…

GloatingSwine
Guest
GloatingSwine

The puzzles in Sexy Brutale were quite easy, but the atmosphere, music, and writing was great.

If someone developed Unhitman a bit further and made some slightly more freeform puzzles where breaking the sequence was a bit more involved (murderers having plans b and c and having a couple of different ways to foil each one would be cool) then it would be even better.

galactix100
Guest
galactix100

Nice save at the end of those opening 5 minutes Jim. It was getting a little bit Brexit.

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