Sorry about the radio silence for a while guys. Technical issues have plagued both our end and Digital Fiasco, which led to the audio tracks of our last three episodes being locked away out of reach.
Anyways, we have them now! Enjoy our episode about giant robots in video games and movies, Jackson and Daniel’s personal gaming histories, and a wide-spanning episode about the Final Fantasy franchise.
We’re back with another episode. For those of you who do not follow us on the various social medias outside of WordPress, this is the first episode released alongside a BIG format change.
We have partnered with another group of content creators called Digital Fiasco. As the owners of a phenomenal streaming facility, DF have graciously allowed us access to their resources. We are now going LIVE every second Wednesday on their Twitch channel:
Our first live episode happened this past Wednesday, during which we discussed the third-best show on TV: Brooklyn Nine-Nine – a heart-warming cop show close to the hearts of both your hosts.
What we are posting now is the audio transcript of that episode. Since it is the transplantation of a live stream, it will be a little different than usual. We will be referencing a Twitch chat that you cannot see, but there is still enough discussion to keep you intrigued.
This week Jackson and Daniel live up to their name and bring you an episode designed to help you would-be gamers of the world. In the realm of competitive tabletop games and virtual RPGs, teambuilding/army construction/deckbuilding etc. is a fundamental aspect of the game and a big part of their appeal. The ability to play with a collection of characters that reflects your own personal preferences can really make a game feel like your own – even if you are one of thousands playing it.
Jackson and Daniel are back with another nostalgia-focused video game review. On this episode they took a look back at Final Fantasy 10. As one of the most influential games in a legendary franchise, there is a lot to discuss with a game that is now almost 17 years old.
Whether you are curious about a game you haven’t played, or excited to take a walk back to the sun-soaked summer of 2001, this is the episode for you.
As always, your hosts provide some distractions to get you through the next two weeks before the next episode:
This week you should listen to the podcast Guys We Fucked
Surprise, surprise – we’re talking about the latest MCU movie.
A decade of build-up has brought us to Avengers: Infinity War, the two-part opus of Marvel’s (Disney’s) Cinematic Universe. In this episode, your hosts reflect on Part 1. Of course, there are a ton of spoilers about the movie itself. But here is a bonus spoiler about the episode as a whole: Jackson and Daniel actually agree on something for once.
It is nearly impossible to live up to the fan expectations that come with a project as drawn out as the MCU – but Infinity War does an admirable job of trying to please. While it is certainly an impressive spectacle, your hosts dig in deeper to find out if there is any bang behind the flash.
Yes, it is a little later than planned (which was oddly foreshadowed in the episode), but here we have an episode about podcasts. Jackson realized that it has been 4.5 years that he and Daniel have been producing Player’s Guide and – as is a loosely-held tradition here – on milestones we get meta.
This episode is discussing the medium of podcasts in general. Both of your hosts are regular listeners of a few, as well as producing their own. In addition to delving into why the medium seems to be so popular these days, what makes a good podcast, and what some of their favourites are – they wax a little sentimental about what doing this show means to them and why they keep doing it month after month.
As always, they also have some top-notch recommendations for you:
This week you should read It Devours! by Joseph Fink and Jeffery Cranor
This week you should watch A Place Further Than the Universe
We are back with a TV-oriented episode. This week we are discussing the genre of Magical Girls – a very popular, very trope-y anime mainstay. Series such as Sailor Moon and Card Captor Sakura had a very large impact on Daniel as a youth and he wants to educate Jackson on their ins-and-outs.
Beyond a discussion of the impact of cartoon girls in skirts, your hosts also have some recommendations:
This week you should watch Jane the Virgin
This week you should watch Netflix’s relaunch of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
Also a small correction: In the episode, Daniel identifies Sailor Jupiter and Sailor Uranus as the two sailor scouts with an implied relationship. This was a mistake, he meant to say Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune.
On today’s episode, the dream-team of Shelby, Jackson, Daniel, and Zach breakdown some unsuccessful shows from the 90s and rebuild them as the beautiful, edgy, and deep pieces of art they always deserved to be.
Hey everyone, we’re back with the content you crave:
Two white dudes talking about Black Panther.
Both Daniel and Jackson agree that this is the best of the MCU so far, and warranted a full episode. There is a lot of important cultural context for this movie as well, and while we’re not fully equipped to discuss that at length, we are gonna do our best to convince you that this is not only a great movie, but an important one you should see.
We also have some recommendations:
This week you should read The Best of Richard Matheson
This week you should listen to Weird Al Yankovich’s Poodle Hat
We are back again. This time Jackson and Daniel are rolling sans-guest. Your two perennial hosts are discussing music in media for the third time. In this episode they focus on the idea of the theme song – whether that song is used as an opening theme, a closing theme, or a character’s leitmotif.
In addition to exploring music as an extension of character, presenting uniformed opinions about Japanese animation, and reciting tone-deaf acapella show tunes – your hosts also present some excellent recommendations:
This week you should watch Westworld
This week you should revisit Square Soft’s amazing musical back catalogue
This week you should listen to Metroid Metal’s Varia Suite