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
It walked into my browser, its eyes dark and legs that went on forever. It sauntered over to my audio streaming software and asked: “Can I talk to you about film noir?”
This week Jackson, Daniel, and special guest Shelby are all about hardboiled detectives, dames, gams, and guns. With Shelby’s expert assistance, your hosts take a look at what makes film noir tick and how it has gone on to influence a whole host of genres in the modern age – from Chinatown to True Detective.
This week Jackson and Daniel throw a curve ball and take their thematic inspiration from sports. With the recent World Series victory by the Chicago Cubs, it seemed like the right moment to talk about underdog stories.
Alongside the hero’s journey and the redemption arc, the underdog tale is one of the most common storytelling tropes to encounter in speculative fiction. It also creates an interesting divergence of storyline and game mechanics when it is presented in video games.
Your hosts do their best to slice off the juiciest cuts of discussion from this meaty topic. We hope you enjoy!
This week you should watch The Get Down
This week you should listen to the Myths and Legends Podcast (which can be found here: https://www.mythpodcast.com)
This week you’ll notice some changes with the podcast. We’ve changed up our intro, as well as the recommendation section. All part of the sleeker new Player’s Guide.
The topic on the table this week is writing in video games. Of all of the elements that typically make up a video game, Jackson and Daniel both feel like story is the one most often neglected. To them, this is a tragedy, as it is their favourite aspect. So they talk about some games that do it right, and some games that need to try a little harder. They also spend some time speculating about why it is designers and developers feel that plot is the most expendable element when it comes to game design.
This week Jackson and Daniel are discussing the Epic. These days, everything from Vines to TV Commercials have had the descriptor of “epic” attached to them, but at one point, the Epic was a specific type of story. This episode is going to delve into the origins of the Epic and talk about which stories being told today can properly be called Epic. Our hosts also weigh in on the genre conventions usually associated with the Epic and whether or not they make for compelling stories.
Also, there are recommendations:
This week you should read The Sun Dog by Stephen King
This week you should play Ghost Blitz
This week you should listen to the music of the Tragically Hip. Actually, you should start right now:
Welcome to another podcast featuring Jackson and Daniel. This one is about… nothing. We have vague recollections of discussing the ins-and-outs of the Cosmic Horror genre… but by now it’s all blackness and static.
The only things survive the haze of madness are these recommendations:
This week you should play Overwatch
This week you should read The Langoliers by Stephen King, which can be found in the collection Four Past Midnight.