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At 5:41 Chief uses a word which translates to “excrement”. We bleeped it, but it’s worth knowing about.
At 6 minutes, Chief then says “f*cked up”. Again, this is bleeped.
At 7:50, I tell a story which ends in the use of the word “buggered”. This isn’t a swear outside of the UK or Australia, listeners within these countries will want to know.
Chief returned with a bang - quite literally - and stopped me from doing the intro
podcast guests, eh
so Squidge took over and did a really good job, I must say. Right up until he called him “Keith”, that is
podcast hosts, eh
It’s been a while since Chief was on the show - he was last with us in October of 2019 - and he brought his regulation wafflosity and general stupidity with him… as always. Chief tells us just how indifferent he feels about the new decade:
it’s just another year, right?
Chief brings up the millennium bug, and I drop the bomb of the 2038 problem - which is something for Computer Scientists to worry about.
Squidge drops the bomb that our twitter handle has been live for three years. In fact, here is out very first tweet:
Squidge then reminds us that we’ve gotten the band back together - in that all of the folks on this episode are those who were in our very first episode, way back when
November 10th, 2017 to be precise
Squidge and I then bring up that we had done a stream, back before Christmas, of Dead Rising 4. Here’s an embedded player for that, but it might not be around for ever:
Squidge then reminds everyone that Rowan Atkinson was in the original Day of the Dead:
Which is something that I brought up on the stream, and managed to cause light upset with friend of the show Spooky in doing so.
The reason we brought up the stream is because Squidge had done a test one and had gotten pretty far into Resident Evil Gaiden
I then start spit-balling an idea relating to how we could do our streams going forward… assuming that we do more of them
let us know in the comments or via Facebook and Twitter - if there’s a demand, we’ll fill it
and Squidge mentions the logistical nightmare of trying to recreate the first episode of the podcast as a live stream. but before we can decide on what to do, I commit a Dad Joke.
We finally get on to what Chief was playing recently, which we’re super interested in because we haven’t spoken to Chief since before we went to EGX in October. But before we can discuss all of the games he has been playing, Chief has a good old whinge about the map system in Borderlands 3; although he does agree that it’s fun to play:
It’s more Borderlands. If you enjoyed Borderlands 2, you’ll enjoy this
Chiefs Recent Games
Final Fantasy VII
Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales
Next where Squidge’s recent games - mainly because my list is always underwhelming and I wanted him to go before me.
Squidges Recent Games
Resident Evil 2 (2019)
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
And before we can get to my list of recent games, Chief brings up Disco Elysium, and how it may have been hailed as the best thing since books. Then Chief brings up the shocking announcement that, after his chat with Lulu:
and how Squidge had suffered a panic attack, the first time that he ran into Mr. X. It’s one heck of a story, and I’d recommend going back and listening to it again. And we talk about how Resident Evil 2 (2019) is one of the most survival horror-ish games that Capcom have produced in a long time.
I also go into my self imposed rules for buying Nintendo Switch games, when talking about Final Fantasy IX. In case you want to try the same system out, here are my rules:
If there are no newly purchased games to play: I can buy one new game
Newly purchased games must last until the end of the month.
If I finish or give up on a new game before the end of the month: I cannot buy a new one until the end of that month
If I am still playing a new game at the turn of the month: I must finish it before I can buy any new ones.
As an example: I bought Super Mario Odyssey in early November, and played that through until completion. I didn’t finish it in November, but did part way through December. As such, I wasn’t able to look at buying Final Fantasy IX until after I had beaten Super Mario Odyssey.
I then jump into some Jay-nomics of how I figure out whether I should buy something or not - which is a little complex but comes down to a simple question:
Does the cost of the thing outweigh the use of the thing?
It’s not a foolproof question, but it goes like this:
How much does the thing cost?
How long will it take for me to generate that much money (via work, etc.)?
Will I use the thing, and get some kind of enjoyment out of it, for at least that long?
If the final question comes out as “no”, then I don’t buy it - especially if it’s related to video games. Again, it’s not a foolproof system but it hasn’t steered me wrong so far.
We then talk about how that calculation might map onto movies, and how it’s easier to tell a long-form story across an entire season of a TV show; but does that mean it’s cheaper to spend $10 per month to watch as many TV shows as I want vs. spending over $20 to see a single two hour movie once?
Squidge then drops this amazing video on us:
Unrelated to the above, did you know that there are 4 movies, two seasons, and a made-for-TV-movie in the Scream Franchise?
The creators of My Brother, My Brother and Me and The Worst Idea of All Time review the film Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 every American Thanksgiving from now until the end of linear time. They may never yield. They will never be freed. This is their curse. This is their podcast.
Honestly, it’s a great show and I would recommend it to anyone. And you don’t have to have since Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 in order to enjoy it - I haven’t seen the sequel, but enjoy the show.
We then ask Chief the questions that he missed out on, last month. Firstly:
to which he answers:
Stardew Valley… because nothing really happens… it’s quite light; you don’t have to spend hours planning your next turn