• galactix100

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

  • 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

      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.

  • Knight_Blazer

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

    • Knight_Blazer

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

      • 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

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

          • Knight_Blazer

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

          • 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

            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

            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

            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

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

          • SilentPony

            Cccccccombo Breaker!

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

  • MeriwetherMalodor

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

    • SilentPony

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

      • 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

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

        • 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

            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

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

          • Dallium

            OH! yeah, that makes more sense

    • darksteel6

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

  • 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! 😀

  • 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

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

      • 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

  • 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 right when he’s sitting staring at the giant world map in his secret irish volcano recording studio.

  • 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

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

  • 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

      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 to see something like that but just a standalone singleplayer game. Covert ops for the Empire, maybe you’re undercover for the rebel alliance or maybe your job is to infiltrate them as a spy for the empire. Making underworld contacts with the hutts, bounty hunters, etc.

      So yeah, I’m with you, I liked the mechanics of Battlefront enough, but the only reason I care at all about this one is the campaign.

      • 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 tiny profit for yourself. And the game constantly reinforced the idea that being light side meant being disloyal to the empire in other places, like letting prisoners escape or not turning people in. So it felt like there wasn’t a clear way to play someone who was loyal to the empire (ie who would turn in escaped prisoners because they had broken imperial law and who when ordered to retrieve something would do it without question) without my character jumping back and forth between saintly and cackling evil.

        Bioware has never understood how to handle grey areas, like someone in a Mass Effect game who does renegade things when it’s about prioritizing the mission first but who want just a horrible racist. They insist every single decision has to be in the same black and white moral scale even when they are completely unrelated.

        I think a lot of games struggle with the idea of a protagonist being evil though, I wanted to love Tyranny but it really had problems too and felt like it didn’t have any area between being secretly good and being needlessly and counter productively genocidal and stupid.

        • 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 storyline by way of Alpha Protocol mechanics.

          • 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 idealistic is never allowed to have consequences. Shepard is never allowed to fail because she chose saving innocents over the mission. My imperial agent was never in trouble for choosing to disobey orders. I know that that’s a problem of a lot of game protagonists, but it really sticks out when making moral choices in what’s supposed to be a high risk mission.

            In alpha protocol, if I choose to rescue my girlfriend over the hostages, the hostages die and that impacts later missions. If I choose to overthrow the lord of the first town in pillars of eternity because he’s a shit head I’m known for that, often to my detriment, later in the game. Reputations with characters and factions is a way better way to do that stuff then a black and white (or red and blue) morality meter that has to fit every situation.

        • darksteel6

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

          • 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

            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

            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 three they don’t get more chances. And after reading Jim’s review I feel like I made the right call to get horizon and persona instead.

            But then, I’m on PS4, so I have a variety of games to pick from. I understand if you’re on the xbone and nothing good an exclusive has come out this year so far. I’ve still got Yakuza to look forward to after these two, and maybe Nioh.

          • 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

            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 being conquered, and Earth is the most important thing ever!!! Finish the fight!’ When Earth was at best a second rate power by basically all standards in all the lore to that point. Then what they did with the Quarian completely turned me off so much I almost didn’t finish. Again, no moral grey area, both sides can’t be right in some way and wrong in others, war can’t be complicated, one side must be good, one side must be moustache twirlingly evil. One side must be blue, one side must be red, and Commander Shepard must be told which before she makes her decision or else players might feel bad afterwards.

          • 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 you’ve made in that game, you might not be able to bring peace to them without even realizing it until it’s too late).

            Theere’s also the conflict between the Krogan and the Council races is, which historically is a question of what species is exterminated. The Krogan truly were an expanding, overpopulating empire that would have exterminated other species if left unchecked, but the genophage simply turned them into the dying species. Even those who created the genophage view it as a horrible action, but one required to prevent more horrible actions in turn. Mordin sums this up back in the second game as “save galaxy from Krogan, save Krogan from galaxy.”

          • 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 helped the Quarians I would have gotten more ‘red’ points.

            Krogan Genophage seems like a really interesting and complicated moral quandry you could spend hours and hours debating? Too bad, help Krogan=Blue, don’t help Krogan=Red. All arguments have to have two and only two possible answers, and those two answers need to neatly fit into a ‘good’ and ‘bad’ option.

            And why is Earth important in the Mass Effect universe? Like don’t just say that, back it up with something. Because I will say that Palaven, Thessia and Sur’Kesh are home to older, seemingly more advanced races with far more inhabitants than Earth. The Turians are stated in the codex to provide the overwhelming bulk of the Citadel fleet, while the Asari provide the most technologically advanced ships and weapons due to their hoarding of the Prothean beacon and the resulting tech. Those are both more important worlds strategically than Earth. Especially given that Earth’s fleet is clearly scattered prior to the start of the game and thus isn’t destroyed at Earth. The only thing that means anything to the ongoing fight against the Reapers at that point is the Alliance fleet, and that is already in hiding, so retaking Earth is a waste of people and ships.

            So in what world does it make sense for my Shepard, who has always been of the opinion that humans should come to take their place as equals among the galaxy not as superior to suddenly, in game three of a trilogy, despite potentially never having canonically /been/ to Earth since she was born in space and grew up in the Navy going to ask the Turians to throw away their entire fleet, the one that is actually standing toe to toe with the Reapers and has a chance, albeit a slim one, to defend their home world and their civilian population to come and help us retake a world that has already fallen and whose population is going to be virtually non-existant by the time we get there? (Keep in mind, Anderson describes the rate that the Reapers are killing people as being in the millions at a time, even assuming a larger population than today and having a large share of it go into hiding the time frame that the game appears to take place over, which is weeks or months at a minimum to have built the cruible, means that Earth’s population outside of this little pocket we see in London is gone by the time Shepard returns with this armada she has been building up to ‘save Earth’.)

            Are the Alliance’s shipyards there? Because it looks like we put up no fight to defend them and when you return to Earth at the end there’s nothing in orbit. Are there resources there? Because all of the colonies seem far more important for that. Nothing in game actually justifies this decision on anyone’s part, other than that Earth is where the player is from and they can show the player recognizable landmarks for the big finale.

            (And yes, this is an argument I’ve been having off and on since the game came out, to the point that even my friends who hate the game as much as I do tell me to stop talking about it at this point 😛 ) But it fits with my overaching point, which is that the writing quality in Mass Effect 3 was already significantly lower than the writing quality of Mass Effect 1 & 2 long before the ending. So saying ‘Bioware isn’t responsible for the ending’, while not true to begin with because the people you claim ‘knocked out’ the ending worked there and thus are part of Bioware, absolves the writing team of any responsibility for the poor story telling and the ruining of a lot of good world building they’d already done. /That’s/ why they don’t deserve another chance from me, because they haven’t proven they have fixed whatever changed at the studio between the time they were writing Mass Effect 1 and the time they wrote Mass Effect 3.

            (Hint. It starts with an E, and then there’s an A…)

          • 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 writing bad ending aside was pretty good(though I was dissapointed that some characters from previous games were killed off-screen).

            I don’t think the writing team did a poor job at all, I think they did a great job and think the ending would’ve been a hell of a lot better if they’d actually had any real input on it(Even the writers said the ending was shit).

            Also don’t know if you realize this, but Andromeda was not done by the same Bioware studio that did the first three games, it was actually done by Bioware Montreal, who have never actually made a full game before. So technically you wouldn’t be giving the Bioware who created the first three games another chance, you’d giving a completely different Bioware studio with totally different people a first chance by playing Andromeda.

            I think your friends kind of have a point there.

            EA definitely did have influence over the ending, that much is for certain.

  • Darkseid200

    Still play Violator. Classic.

  • 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

      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

        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

          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

            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

      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

        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 value for money – season passes being sold for the promise of DLCs that don’t ever get made, which is always the risk with buying season passes early.

  • 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, I only use my TV for video games and DVDs/VHS tapes. I prefer to watch Netflix on my computer.

    Sometimes I have to force myself to choose something to do in order to get myself sucked into it, for example I was hesitant about watching any of the Marvel series on Netflix, but I finally decided to bite the bullet and just start watching Daredevil and i’m really enjoying it so far, looking forward to finishing that series and also checking out Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist and also the upcoming series The Defenders and The Punisher(my favorite comic-book character of all time).

    I first got Netflix just so I could watch Bojack Horseman.

    Someone needs to arrest those fucking parents, I was going to flag their videos for child abuse, then I noticed the videos were all completely removed from their channel, thank fuck.

    Can’t wait for Nintendo to abruptly discontinue the SNES mini as well.

    Thank fuck there’s a single-player for Battlefront 2.

    Switch may have sold well so far, but I have to wonder if it’s sales will keep up over time now that everybody has Zelda. After all remember that Dreamcast was also the fastest selling console of all time in its first month of release in the U.S. and look at how it ended up, so i’m not ready to declare the Switch a victory just yet.

    Glad the Microsoft has a new refund system, hope Sony gets a similar one as well.

    First song you should play in your new car is Great White-Hiway Nights.

    Todd in the Shadows did a One Hit Wonderland episode on Eiffel 65, very strange band.

    Jimmy Page once kidnapped a 14-year old girl because he was attracted to her.

  • 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 handed out leaflets saying “gaahl lagerfeld” on them. (and yes, I still find that one funny, regardless of the probably unsavoury politics involved; it’s just a plain good pun.)
    there were even rumours of him leaving the black metal scene altogether, what with parts of it being the homophobic shitshow they are. however, as the years have come and gone nothing ever really came of that, gaahl is still a fixture in the norwegian/international black metal scene and more or less told people to just fucking “deal with it.”

    I also recommend the vice docu gavin talked about, “true norwegian black metal”, if only to have a laugh at the “reporters”. I don’t really wanna spoil too much (it’s short enough as is with only 32 minutes runtime), but let’s just say when it comes to actually listening to and understanding what the guy tries to tell them, they fail rather miserably, and gaahl becomes noticeably more sour and disappointed with them as the documentary goes on.

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

      • 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

          He has tho.

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

          • 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

            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

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

    • YoDude

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

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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

      You are history’s greatest monster.

      • 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

          So that’s how he gets there.

    • George

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

      • Chris Schwartz-Brown

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

      • YoDude

        That’s actually kinda hot.

  • gasmaskangel

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

    • Chris Schwartz-Brown

      The best driving music is clearly some Daytona USA.

      Rooooolllliiinng staaarttt!!!

    • ThinkingClass

      * tongue firmly in cheek*

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

      • Wolf

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

  • Loon of Nature

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

  • 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

      Bojack Horseman is also a great choice.

  • 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.

    • 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

        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 band member played what song based on sound.

        Different stroke I guess eh?

        • 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

            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.

          • 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 found my favorite rap duo, Soup or Villainz, without the internet–especially since they are very small, niche, and aren’t even together anymore. And also were only on the internet. Check them out, please, not only are they geekcore but they also go into horrorcore and crap PLUS their CDs are name your own price and it’s just a shame that their videos on YouTube only got a couple of thousand views each.

            Go on, check them out. At least their most popular, I Can Teach You Magic. It’s amazing.

          • darksteel6

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

        • 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

            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

      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

      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.

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

  • 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 the ps4 control and the xbox 360 but I’ve seen complaints that both are uncomfortable and shit.

    I guess production costs would be higher since extra small and extra large would be specialty items but still… surely there is a market for it?

    • 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 whenever I tried it and thus didn’t buy the system, and as everyone knows the original Xbox ‘duke’ controller could often be used to house a family of up to four.

      To me, the market should be for third parties to fill, but I notice that those are less and less common. Mad Catz tried to tie their brand to the sinking ship that was Rockband last year, but no one else seems to want to step into that void. I wonder if they simply decide the market isn’t large enough to support the production costs or if the console makers have made it harder to do by making everything wireless and thus more expensive to produce. But considering that there are companies making arcade sticks and such for every console as far as I know it seems like someone ought to be able to make non-standard sized controllers or different format controllers if there is demand for them.

      • darksteel6

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

    • 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.

  • Kev’ Bryant

    See, I picture Jim on MY left….

  • Jacob the Screaming Horse

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

  • Wolf

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

  • ThinkingClass

    Good episode :-).
    Hearing the subtle Mitchell & Webb Look reference made the bit between my butthole and ballsack tingle.

    Thanks Jim n gang.

    • Wolf

      Taint

      • Fred Davis

        In the UK we call that “the smelly bridge”.

        • YoDude

          “Jungle bridge”

  • Joshua Lopez

    I’m so glad that gavin has something to do with seven days long gone

  • theImp

    It’s highly amusing to hear three white people complaining about a company being inconsiderate of their culture for a change. Quite a huge portion of the world population is quite comfortable sitting on the floor, among them the Japanese.

    • George

      “It’s highly amusing to hear three white people complaining and getting so angry about a company being inconsiderate of their culture, for a change.”

      Japan is a first world, industrialized, capitalist, former imperial colonialist power.

      Given that, it is utterly stupid of you to suggest that a Japanese company being inconsiderate of other peoples cultures is, “amusing.” Especially when one of the members of the podcast is Irish.

      Read up on your fucking history please.

      Afterthought:
      I am partly of Japanese decent. My Great Grandfather was an officer in the Imperial Japanese Army during WWII. Even the remote suggestion or implication, that Japan and it’s various companies is or was anything other than an colonial oppressor, (right up their with Britain, France, U.S, Germany, ect.) offends me deeply.

      • YoDude

        I can’t begin to describe how angry my inner SJW gets reading the words “three white people complaining”. That just sounds gross.

        And for the record, all companies are headed by facsimiles of human beings who dgaf about anything bug money.

        So they all don’t give a fuck regardless of race.

        • darksteel6

          SJW is a very stupid term.

      • theImp

        Well, this one got turned into a WWII discussion fast. I am quite well aware of history, thank you. History has its place, but if you let it anger you during a light-hearted discussion about a present day Japanese company fucking up product design for a western audience, I respectfully suggest you have started using history to walk down a road which will lead only to anger and misery.

        Since, obviously, this needs some clarification: the amusing bit is that a western audience is puzzled by a non-western company releasing a product with such an obvious (to them) flaw. That the company happens to be Japanese is actually not even relevant other than that the specific complaint of “having to sit on the floor” is one which would simply not occur to someone living in a culture where sitting on the floor (as adults) is the norm.

      • theImp

        Well, this one got turned into a WWII discussion fast. I am quite well aware of history, thank you. Remembering history valuable, but if you let it anger you during a light-hearted discussion about a present day Japanese company fucking up product design for a western audience, I respectfully suggest you have started using history to walk down a road which could lead to anger and misery for yourself and others.

        Since this needs some clarification: the amusing bit is that a western audience is puzzled by a non-western company releasing a product with such an obvious (to them) flaw. That the company happens to be Japanese is actually not even relevant other than that the specific complaint of “having to sit on the floor” is one which would simply not occur to someone living in a culture where sitting on the floor (as adults) is the norm. It is an amusement at a cultural mismatch between product and consumer where such mismatches usually involve a western company fucking up a product/service for a non-western market. That Jim just happens to also have insulted the people who come from cultures where sitting on the floor is normal (either culturally or because of finances, I’d guess over half the world population), without seemingly being aware of this, adds some extra flavour.

        • darksteel6

          He wasn’t insulting the Japanese you moron.

          • theImp

            No, which was precisely my point. Calling someone Nintendo’s lapdog for preferring to sit on the ground when playing with the nes was, within the context (sorry for using that charged word 😉 ) of that conversation and with the expected audience, absolutely not intended to be insulting.

            Doesn’t take away from the impression that it did sound rather disparaging towards entire cultures of people who do sit on the floor regularly (Indian, Japanese, some Latin Americans).

        • Terriosaurus Hex

          “you don’t get Japan” is hardly a new deflection of criticism. Especially trying to work in not-so-subtle claims of racism alongside it. If you are insulted by their criticism of a damn piece of wire, then who is really the emotional one? Put it back in the deck.

          • theImp

            Relax! No claims of racism, just amusement at differences between cultures…

          • Chris Schwartz-Brown

            If this many people are ‘not getting it’ than the problem is probably with you rather than all the people ‘raging’ about it.

            And it has nothing to do with culture that sitting on the floor as close to a wide screen TV as the NES Classic’s controller requires you to do is bad for your eyes and also just a shitty way to take in a piece of media. Or are you so racist that you assume everyone in Japan live in tiny huts with tiny old fashioned TVs and thus don’t understand the concept of 40+ inch wide screen ones?

          • theImp

            Huh? It is a simple fact that many Japanese have small living spaces (with the most modern conveniences, varying from tables with electric heating, to keep the legs warm, to the most modern electronics) and prefer sitting or even sleeping on the floor. I’d estimate that the average viewing distance to TV’s in Japan is between 1 and 2 meters (admittedly, this is anecdotal), so moving that little bit closer to the screen poses no problem. Japanese are perfectly well aware of how westerners live, but there is a huge gap between knowing because you have heard about it and knowing because you have lived it.

          • theImp

            It is a simple fact that many Japanese have small living spaces
            (with most modern conveniences, varying from tables with electric
            heating, to keep the legs warm, to the most modern of TV sets and rice cookers) and that they
            prefer sitting and even sleeping on the floor (on a futon).

            I’d estimate
            that the average viewing distance to TV’s in Japan is between 1 and 2
            meters (admittedly, this is anecdotal). On top of that, Japan is a notoriously low-consuming nation (relative to its wealth). This means that if a TV is perfectly functional, the chances are it will not be replaced with a new one and if they do get a new TV, it will probably be a small model which will also fit better in aforementioned small living spaces.

            Japanese are perfectly well aware of
            how westerners live, but there is a huge gap between knowing because you
            have heard about it or seen it on tv/youtube and knowing because you have lived it. It could easily happen that Japanese designers would see no problem in a design which would, after all, be perfectly acceptable to the Japanese norm.

        • George

          You Said, “It’s highly amusing to hear three white people complaining and getting so angry about a company being inconsiderate of their culture, for a change.”

          You are the one making bullshit excuses for a company.

          You are the one implying that race or culture is somehow relevant here. I’m calling that bull shit out.

          • theImp

            Not making any excuses at all. I rather thought that the word “inconsiderate” would be a hint of me thinking the very opposite, since to me it is obvious that any company doing business in a foreign country would be wise to damn well understand the culture of the country it is operating in.

            You are confusing “explanation” with “excuse”. If you find any of it bullshit, please do point it out, I’d be happy to hear what part of it is wrong 🙂

          • theImp

            Not making any excuses at all. I rather thought that the word “inconsiderate” would be a hint of me thinking the very opposite, since to me it is obvious that any company doing business in a foreign country would be wise to damn well understand the culture of the country it is operating in.

            You are confusing “explanation” with “excuse”. If you find my pet theory bullshit, please do point it out, I’d be happy to hear what part of it is wrong 🙂 For example, the designers of the nes mini could be Americans, for all I know, or it has the rather obvious weakness of Japanese people being perfectly well aware that many westerners are not comfortable sitting on the floor, to which I answer that there is a difference between knowing and having grown up with something to the point of it being an obvious truth.

    • darksteel6

      Sitting on the floor is fine if it’s a carpeted floor like my room has, but sitting on a hardwood or stone floor? Fuck no, there’s no way in hell i’m doing that.

      • theImp

        Will definitely agree there!

        So, to play the nes classic, you only need to get proper carpeting 🙂

    • I’ve heard some defenses of Nintendo’s utter bullshit in my time but “you’re too white to get it, man” is my new favorite.

      • theImp

        You’re misinterpreting what was a simple observation with a defense. It’s not “you are too white to get it” but an attempt at an explanation of how such an elementary fuck-up could have happened mixed with a bit of good natured “look how completely different habits can be across cultures”. (at least, that was how I intended it to be, so apologies if I didn’t get that across)

  • YoDude

    That Gorgoroth story is wicked though. Way better than the other BLACK METAL stories I know. Like of Necrophobics singer tying up and bull whipping his family for fun.

  • theImp

    Small Switch gaming tip: a French dev just released Wonder Boy: The dragon’s trap

    I am curious how you like the full preservation of the original game mechanics in combination with the modern graphics/music.

  • Michael Campbell

    Oh, geez. I made the mistake of looking up that Youtube family. Man, fuck those guys so hard.

  • troabarton

    So when is Gavin going to get a pet so we can have a Petquisition between it, Bartleby, and Smudge? A bird perhaps?

  • John Crank

    Is there any reference that can be linked to about Gavin’s story about the guy from Gorgoroth? I thought it was awesome but I cannot find any corroborating information. I’m not a black metal fan but I’ve followed this Gaahl guy for years and felt that VICE interview was a tragically weak piece of journalism. Please link any evidence that this dude turned around a gay-bashing home invasion into a kidnapping and torture-bleeding of his would be abusers. If that story was true, it would be a triumph for free thinking people.

  • Drake Warnock

    Putting away the ol’ greasy helmet is my new favorite euphemism for masturbation.

  • 09philj

    Clearly the best first song for driving is 2-4-6-8 Motorway by the Tom Robinson Band.