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 release both their least and most timely podcast yet. Most timely in that we are posting it right after the season finale of American Gods, least timely in that we recorded it before either of us was able to see said season finale.
Regardless of the timing, this episode is focused on the television adaptation of a book that both of your hosts have found influential on the way they think about religion and spirituality in fiction. Written by Neil Gaiman and adapted by Brian Fuller, both artists that have handled this property have distinct styles, meaning that there is plenty to talk about when it comes to the way the novel and show have been handled.
There are, of course, also recommendations:
This week you should read Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
Daniel and Jackson are back with a super topical podcast about a miniseries from 2014. For those of you unfamiliar, Over the Garden Wall was a ten-episode story released by Cartoon Network. Since its release it has received something of a cult following in the same circles that appreciate the likes of Adventure Time, Steven Universe, and Bravest Warriors.
Since each of those properties has been praised on this podcast before, you can probably guess where this episode is going. Anyways, even if you aren’t familiar with Over the Garden Wall, there is a lot of good discussion about character arcs, the nature of fear, and how adult-oriented media tackles cynical reality versus how child-oriented media does.
Of course – spoilers abound; both for Over the Garden Wall and for Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.
As always, here are some things you should check out this week:
This week you should watch Garfunkel and Oates (here is the sample we promised)
This week you should play Mystic Vale
And some more bookkeeping, here is the article on the nature of the Beast that Daniel mentions in this episode.
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
We are late this week because Jackson has been working a ludicrous number of hours and has not been able to post this week’s episode. Our apologies.
But, don’t worry, everything is okay and we’re here now. This week’s episode is focused on Netflix’s latest smash-hit, Stranger Things. Daniel and Jackson dig into the show’s high and low points, while trying to identify why it seems to resonate so strongly with its audience.
They also (well, mostly Jackson) get a lot of the character names wrong. Oops.
And, of course, there are recommendations:
This week you should read The Obelisk Gate by NK Jemisin
This week you should play Mysterium
This week you should watch Kubo and the Two-Strings
OH! And spoilers, lots of spoilers in this episode.
Here at Player’s Guide, the media properties we discuss tend to share one overriding characteristic: they tell a story. Recently, both Jackson and Daniel have become enamoured with one of the best told stories currently on television. No, not Game of Thrones – Steven Universe.
For those unfamiliar, Steven Universe is a beautiful series produced by Cartoon Network and created by Adventure Time alum Rebecca Sugar. In episodes that last only eleven minutes, it manages combine masterfully executed character arcs, detailed and consistent world building, and stellar music.
If you are looking for a reprieve from the grim darkness of modern television, you could do a lot worse than Steven Universe.
This week’s recommendations are:
This week you should play The Darkest Dungeon
This week you should watch Gravity Falls
This week you should also watch Netflix’s Voltron: Legendary Defenders
This week you should listen to Homestuck: Volume 10 (available for listening here)