Welcome everyone to the very first episode of the Player’s Guide Podcast!
Today, your hosts Daniel and Jackson discuss Time Travel and its use in video games, television, and movies. From save scumming to the terrible ending of Interstellar, time is a fast and loose concept in most speculative fiction and we decided to take a look at how it can be used well and how it can be fumbled.
The episode also contains Daniel’s rant about Pym Particles and an in-a-minute synopsis of Lovecraft’s “Shadow Out of Time”.
This will likely be the format of the podcast going forward: your two hosts picking apart the things you love and telling you why they are great/bad. Also, tangents – many, many tangents.
Also, we will include a recommendation section in which you can find what Daniel and Jackson are enjoying themselves:
This week you should listen to the podcast Fictional
This week you should play Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
This week Jackson and Daniel are talking crossovers! Inspired by the release of Mario/Rabbids and the announcement of Final Fantasy 15/Assassin’s Creed, your hosts dive into the merits and risks of mashing up two unique intellectual properties.
Ranging from Marvel’s recent superhero potpourris to the golden age of network TV cross-pollination, Jackson and Daniel cover some of the best and worst examples of the crossover trope over the years.
As for recommendations:
This week you should read The Stone Sky by NK Jemisin
Sorry for the delay in getting this out to you guys, some travelling and working the gruelling ordeal of Le Burger Week got in the way. But, no fear! We are here to feed your gnawing hunger for more Player’s Guide.
This week Jackson has finally subdued, restrained, and…. I mean; has finally convinced Daniel to let him talk about horror movies. Your hosts get into some of their favourites, and what works for them when it comes to horror.
This may seem like an odd topic to be covering now, at the beginning of September, with the most spooky of months just around the corner, but worry not – your hosts have something excellent cooking for Halloween.
They also have some recommendations:
This week you should play Avalon/The Resistance
This week you should watch Little Witch Academia Season 2 aka anime Harry Potter
This week, Jackson and Daniel are reliving the awkward pain of adolescence as they discuss fictional puberty and the “coming-of-age” story. If you have ever wondered how uncomfortable it would be to hear your hosts say the word “puberty” for an hour – here is your chance to find out.
But, considering the popularity of the “coming-of-age” tale, there is also a lot of good discussion to be had. Your hosts dive into stories like Harry Potter, Clone High, and the classic Teen Titans of the early 00s.
There are also recommendations, as always:
This week you should read Company Town by Madeline Ashby
This week you should play Crash Bandicoot: Insane Trilogy
We’re picking at a deep cut with a callback to our very first episode. Given the current geo-political climate, the themes of dystopian fiction seem to be on the tip of everyone’s tongue. With Jackson having recently finished A Handmaid’s Tale, (at least one of) your hosts had those same themes sitting fresh in the brain. Considering the depth of the topic, it was not difficult to continue where we left off and dig a little deeper into the worlds and words of Orwell, Huxley, and Atwood.
This week, to take your mind off the real world implications of this discussion, here are some things:
This week you should play Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds