4 Year Anniversary Special: Setting the Bar Low

Welcome back everyone!

This week Jackson and Daniel are welcoming back guests from podcasts past. To celebrate the 4th year of Player’s Guide, your hosts reached out to their past guests and asked them to come and discuss some stories that have mattered to them.

Luckily, some of those past guests were actually interested in participating! Brad, Maureen, Jesse, and Donovan all sit down and talk about some of the stories that helped make them who they are.

It turns out that a large-scale collaboration like this takes up a lot of time and for the first time in recent memory, there are no recommendations. However, you can stay tuned after the standard end to hear the full, un-cut Donovan interview.

As for the music used, it’s all sourced from: http://www.purple-planet.com

And, as promised in the episode, here is a link to the Commando theme from Commodore 64: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrQuR1LHAVI

Thanks for tuning in for 4 years, guys. Here’s hoping we last another 4.

 

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BoJack Horseman: Jessica Biel, Secret Monster

Player’s Guide is back!

This week Jackson and Daniel are talking about animal puns and crippling depression; that’s right, it is once again time to discuss the best show on TV: Bojack Horseman.

With season 4 being released on Netflix and breaking new ground for the show’s characters, your hosts figured it would be an excellent time to discuss their favourite talking horse.

In addition to our usual warning vis-a-vis spoilers, be aware that this episode gets a little heavy regarding the topic of mental illness.

As for our recommendations:

This week you should read Agents of the Realm (which you can find here)

This week you should watch Cool Hand Luke… and Wages of Fear… and The Birdcage… We went on a bit of a movie tear 

Crossovers: A Workhorse Actor

Hey guys,

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 

This week you should play Destiny 2

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

Dating Sims: 100th Episode Spectacular

Hello for the 100th time listeners,

This week marks the 100th episode of the podcast! Both Daniel and Jackson are very excited to ring in their centennial. In fact, both of them are hoping that you will let them treat you to a very special night out to make the occasion. They are both very excited at this chance for romance, and it seems likely that there will be fierce competition for the opportunity to take you out.

In case it wasn’t obvious, this episode will be about the Dating Sim genre of video games. This is a group of games near and dear to Daniel’s heart, so if you are unfamiliar; prepare to join hands and walk with Jackson as he learns all about how to be the best at romance.

For those who might be curious, here is the complete list of games that Daniels mentions over the course of this episode:

Hatoful Boyfriend

Dream Daddy

Re: Alistair

Always Remember Me

Backstage Pass

Katawa Shoujo

Dandelion – Wishes Brought to You

Asagao Academy

Music provided by: www.purple-planet.com

As for recommendations:

This week you should take a moment to look into the recent events that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia. We’re not here to pressure you into any specific course of action, but for those feeling inclined to act, here is a good place to start 

The Post-Game: “Nothing pithy, nothing witty – just pity”

Hello again friends,

This week Jackson and Daniel are discussing post-game content and replay value in video games. Every game aficionado has favourites they return to again and again; your hosts try to put their finger on the magical quality that makes those games alluring even in a world flooded with new and exciting options.

One thing that can keep you coming back is a deep pool of content that occurs after the main story is complete. Your hosts take a look at some of the best post-games that they have encountered in their time playing video games.

Also, there are recommendations:

This week you should watch Atomic Blonde

This week you should go back and start up a game you haven’t played in a while, give it a run for old time’s sake

Coming-of-Age: Whiny and Awful

Welcome back everyone,

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

Bonus recommend:

Here is that article that Daniel mentioned