Player’s Guide Triple Threat

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.

Giant Robots:

Gaming Nostalgia:

Final Fantasy:

 

Theme Music: Anime Shame Corner

Hey everyone!

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

As for our own theme, it comes to us from: http://www.purple-planet.com

Canadiana: Merlobsters

Hello everyone,

We are back with another episode. This week we take a look at some of the media that has been churned out of Canada’s entertainment industry over the years. We try our best to cover everything from TV to movies to music, but still only end up scratching the surface.

Returning guest Shelby joins us on our journey as we discuss our country’s obsession with the survival narrative, reminisce over vintage YTV, and expound on the virtues of Canadian hip-hop.

While Canada is definitely in focus this episode, you should also check out these recommends:

This week you should play The World Ends With You

This week you should read In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

This week you should listen to the podcast Happier by Gretchen Rueben 

Christmas Movies: Jingle Cells

Happy Holidays one and all!

This week your hosts (Jackson and Daniel) are joined by Donovan to discuss Christmas Movies. Starting with their favourites and going into what makes a movie a “Christmas movie”, your hosts tackle everything from Jingle All the Way to Die Hard to Deck the Balls: A Dragon Ball-Z Christmas.

While we know that this is a little late, we hope that it keeps you in the spirit of the holiday into your boxing day hangover.

Here are some recommendations to tide you over into the New Year:

This week you should listen to the American history podcast The Dollop 

This week you should play Rumu 

This week you should watch Jingle All the Way 

Plot Twists: The Church Business

Hello everyone!

We’re back with another episode. This week, Jackson and Daniel are tackling the topic of Plot Twists – one of the broadest and most popular story tools used in media today.

Your hosts take apart foreshadowing, narrative status quo, and their favourite episodes of misdirection from their own stories. There are tons of spoilers in this episode, alongside controversial opinions on Star Wars and more talk about the Sixth Sense than either host expected when they started this podcast.

As always, there are also recommendations:

This week you should listen to The Black Tapes podcast 

This week you should watch Ancient Magus Bride

Intro tune from Purple Planet

Time Travel: The Groundhog Day Conceit

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

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Horror Movies: “At least my bread”

Hey everyone!

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

Film Noir: A Guest of Convenience

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.

For recommendations we’ve got:

This week you should watch American Gods

This week you should listen to Edict FIS-0

This week you should play Magikarp Jump 

Movie/TV Music: Sneaky Beards

Happy Sunday everyone!

Jackson and Daniel are joined by Paul this week to discuss music in television and movies.    Spurred specifically by the use of music in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the guys delve into some of their favourite musical moments, as well as a few more lacklustre soundtracks.

Trying to be on-theme this week, all the recommendations are things to which you listen:

This week you should listen to Pacific Myth by Protest the Hero

And the Mega Man X soundtrack

And the Drive soundtrack 

And the Akira soundtrack

The 90s: The Banality of Human Evil

After a week of struggle, we have finally managed to get everything up and running! Now you finally get to hear Jackson and Daniel wax nostalgic about the decade in which they grew up: the nineties.

Given that millennials are the ones currently dictating the trends of pop culture, the nineties are a decade getting a lot of flashback love at the moment. Considering the pop culture of the time was formative for our two hosts, it would make sense that they would take the chance to delve into what nineties trends shaped their tastes and what passed them by.

As always, there are recommendations as well:

This week you should read Saga 

This week you should watch Jaws (yes, the original) 

This week you should play the new Ratchet and Clank