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.
This week Jackson and Daniel live up to their name and bring you an episode designed to help you would-be gamers of the world. In the realm of competitive tabletop games and virtual RPGs, teambuilding/army construction/deckbuilding etc. is a fundamental aspect of the game and a big part of their appeal. The ability to play with a collection of characters that reflects your own personal preferences can really make a game feel like your own – even if you are one of thousands playing it.
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
Despite my laptop’s best efforts to die, we are back!
This week marks two big events for the podcast: Firstly, we have a brand new guest! Our friend Sharon makes her debut appearance. Secondly, for the first time since our second-ever episode, we have two guests on the show simultaneously. Old stalwart Donovan returns, hot on the heels of his Christmas-movie-centric appearance.
All of this hullabaloo is focused on video game phenomena Overwatch. Blizzard’s current marquee title has taken the world of first-person shooters by storm, transcending the usual boundaries of the genre in a boundary-breaking way that hasn’t been seen in a long time.
With the debut of Overwatch League right around the corner, it seemed like the appropriate time to tackle the topic. From what each of us enjoys about the game, to why its popularity has remained so high years after its release, this is the episode for anyone who has encountered the brightly-coloured cast on Imgur and wants to know what the deal is.
This week you should watch The Shape of Water
This week you should read fantasy classic The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
This week you should also watch Ultimate Beastmaster on Netflix
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
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
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:
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
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
This week Jackson and Daniel are discussing puzzle games and puzzles in games. Designers can use puzzles to provide unique challenges to their players, but when handled poorly, the in-game puzzle can lead to some of the most frustrating gaming experiences possible.
Your hosts do their best to figure out what makes a good puzzle and go over some of their least favourite examples from their gaming experiences.
Also, the recommend some stuff:
This week you should listen to the podcast Alice Isn’t Dead