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Videogame Construct
A construct is an ideal object. Philosophically, all videogames are ideal worlds and not real worlds. Therefore the title of this podcast is redundant. Mind: blown. Videogames are full of philosophy and your hosts are here to show you. If it's pop-culture and videogame related, you can bet we'll talk about it and how it affects our perceptions of our world and the constructs we enjoy.

Jesse goes solo, don't worry, he explains why and why it's late and tells you what happened to the Batman episode. Then he gushes over Elder Scrolls Online for a while until he goes off the deep end with Matrix-like talk.

 

Steve Watts's article on Anti-Batmen for IGN: http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/04/03/a-history-of-batmans-mirror-image-villains

Nintendo's latest screens from Smash Bros.: http://www.marios-hat.com/2014/04/super-smash-bros-direct-dumps-a-boatload-of-info/

 

Direct download: Do_We_Really_Know_What_Were_Doing_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:58 AM
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Jesse returns after an unintentional 4 week break with another solo-adventure through the world of videogame experiences. This week he breaks down how videogames ARE art with a conclusive and repeatable argument and explains how independent videogames are going to save the industry... kinda?

For more info on Roll 20 check out: http://www.roll20.net

To follow the progress of, and learn more about, "Elite Dangerous" go to: http://elite.frontier.co.uk/

To contribute to, or just to learn more about, Star Citizen head to: https://robertsspaceindustries.com/about-the-game

 

Direct download: Failure_to_Communicate_Final.mp3
Category:Philosophy -- posted at: 9:42 PM
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Jesse returns solo to discuss the functionality of the term "video game" and its relevance. Prepare to hear some philosophical concepts such as "what is life?", "what is time?", "what is a friend?" and many more! Feel free to ignore this episode if you're not interested in finding out why any of this important to the culture.

Direct download: VG_Is_No_Longer_Enough_Final.mp3
Category:philosophy, MMO -- posted at: 5:00 AM
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Jason and Jesse devote this week's entire episode to dissecting Nintenod's stated strategies (from a document visible here: http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/library/events/140130qa/02.html) and ask the question: does Nintendo even possess enough self-awareness to realize they're completely in opposition of what their consumers actually want?

 

(Apologies as this episode was previously released with errors).

Direct download: Nintendo_Doesnt_Get_It_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:04 AM
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It's been a little over a year since our episode "Mario on Microsoft" and Nintendo is back in the news again with some recent announcements. Posted here for your approval (http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/library/events/140130qa/02.html)  is the document the guys dissect in this episode, a corporate Q&A with Nintendo's stockholders in which the company discusses how they intend to resume their status as the number video game hardware and software provider. Please feel free to offer your own perspective, ideas and theories or if you'd like to argue hit us up.

Direct download: Nintendo_Doesnt_Get_It_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:43 AM
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In what will be either the biggest failure or the most insane experiment ever, Jesse does an episode ALONE! Follow him as he covers some videogame news, talks about DuckTales Remastered in a fond way and goes off the deep end regarding Out of Body Experiences and Lucid Dreaming. If you're not already scared, please listen and enjoy and provide feedback or else you'll get another episode just like this in a month.

Direct download: Nostalgia_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:28 AM
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Since tonight's brand new episode of Agents of SHIELD deals directly with a topic the boys discussed heavily in the most recently recorded episode, we waited until now to drop it. WE'RE BACK! New year, new format, new music, new direction. Hopefully if you've stayed this long it will all make sense to you.

Agents of SHIELD spoilers begin about 15 minutes in if you don't want to ruin the past 6 episodes for yourself just yet. Some Microsoft bashing and some BioShock Infinite discussion round out the show. Thanks for listening if you've made it this far and hopefully the new year's got plenty more where this came from in store.

Direct download: Its_A_Brand_New_Year.mp3
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This week we discuss the relatively new platform of mobile and touchscreen gaming, the types of games you’ll find there and the differences between it and the more traditional console and dedicated handheld gaming platforms. We also discovered that it was a far bigger topic than Jesse had anticipated so after some considerable discussion of the various genres, personal faves and hands-on reviews of some more popular titles he resolved to make the topic of phone and tablet gaming a recurring feature; lucky you!

Games mentioned in this episode:

Grand Theft Auto IV (360, PS3, PC)
Bioshock Infinite
Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon

Angry Birds (iOS, Android, PC)

Robo Defense (Android)
Temple Run (Android, iOS)

Simpsons Tapped Out (iOS, Android, not mentioned by name)
Jurassic Park Builder (iOS, Android)
Wreck-It Ralph (iOS, Android)
Plants vs. Zombies (iOS, Android)
Infinity Blade (iOS)
Dungeon Defender Second Wave (Android, PSN, XBLA)
Dark Knight Rises (iOS, Android)
Amazing Spider-Man (iOS, Android)
Batman Arkham City (iOS, Android)
Across Age DX (Android) 

Direct download: 9_-_Tableau_on_the_Tablet_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:20 AM
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Jesse and Jason are here to fill your brains with more X-Men trivia than you probably ever cared to know as they tackle Marvel's Merry Mutants and their games. Warning up front, it gets kinda deep near the end and you'll hear what is quite possibly the first time anyone ever compared a Winnie the Pooh character to a Star Trek character.

Games Mentioned:

X-Men (Arcade, XBLA, PSN)
X-Men (Genesis)
X-Men 2: The Clone Wars (Genesis)
Spider-Man/X-Men Arcade's Revenge (SNES)
X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse (SNES)
Marvel Super Heroes (SNES)
X-Men Children of the Atom (Arcade, PS1, Saturn)
X-Men Mutant Academy (PS1)
X-Men Mutant Academy 2 (PS1)
X-Men Next Dimension (PS2, GameCube, X-Box)
X-Men vs. Street Fighter (Arcade)
X-Men Ravages of Apocalypse (PC)
X-Men Legends (GameCube, PS2, X-Box)
X-Men Legends 2: Rise of Apocalypse (GameCube, PS2, X-Box, Ngage, PSP)
X-Men Destiny
Fable (X-Box)
Fable 2 (360)
Fable 3 (360)
Mass Effect (360, PS3, PC)
Fallout 3 (360, PS3, PC)

 

Direct download: 8._Podcast_of_the_Atom.mp3
Category:Comic books -- posted at: 4:05 AM
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What were they thinking? In the wake of Microsoft's E3 announcement Jesse and Jason attempt to dissect the motives behind the off-putting direction they chose to take the next system as well as the quick reversal not two weeks later. They also briefly tackle the culture of fighting game professionals.

Tonight's outro music provided by KeitaroNatsu. Check him out here: http://www.youtube.com/user/KeitaroNatsu?feature=watch

Games mentioned in tonight's episode:

Darksiders (360, PS3, PC) *SPOILER ALERT* (While no plot points are given away, a small bit of the finale cinema is disclosed.)
Darksiders 2 (360, PS3, PC)
Bioshock Infinite (360, PS3, PC)
Jurassic Park Builder (Android, iOS, PC)
Candy Crush (Android, iOS, PC)
Starhawk (PS3)
Pocket Galaxy [Beta] (Android)
Knights of Pen and Paper (Android)
Titanfall (XB1)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (360, PS3, PC)
Walking Dead (360, PS3, PC)
State of Decay (PC) 

Direct download: Special_Espitode_1_-_Xbone_Final.mp3
Category:Next Gen -- posted at: 1:41 AM
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