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We jumped straight into the conversation about the BBC America adaptation of Terry Pratchetts The Watch characters
remember, we recorded this back on August 15th, 2020 - some of the facts we cover might be out of date
especially the representation that Cheery brings to those stories. Cheery initially presents as a Dwarf - in Pratchett’s world Dwarves don’t really have a gender until it’s required - but decides that she wants to present her femininity to the world. This brings about some wonderful discussions about gender politics and how people are perceived in that world. Pratchett was able to capture the discussions that society has only started having about trans people and their rights, but a decade and a half before it became mainstream
Feet of Clay was released in 1996, btw
And the BBC America production of The Watch looks to have done away with all of that by hiring a non-binary actor to play someone who vehemently identifies as a specific gender. Pratchett’s daughter has distanced herself from the production
Just to be clear (since I’m asked this a lot) I am not working on The Watch TV series, and haven’t been for many years. The show is under the creative control of BBC Studios.
This leads us to a discussion on how Gene Roddenberry was a very inclusive writer and director, and how it would have been trivial to undermine what he was trying to achieve by having the original series of Star Trek be as “inclusive”
quotes are intentional, you’ll see why in a moment
as the other TV shows of the 1960s, which starred white men, walking around in groups of white men, being white men
see? I told you so
That, naturally, brought us to Aliens: Colonial Marines. And John recommended watching Carnival Row - something that I haven’t seen, but it sounded like I should.
John’ EverQuest Story
Whilst intro-ing John’s EverQuest story - which includes discussing how we met John - I fired some cheeky shots over at Arcade Attack. They really are lovely folks, and great friends of the show
even if we do keep having the same ideas at the same time
But that was all pointless, because I wanted John to tell his EverQuest story. It isn’t some kind of fan fiction
although there’s nothing wrong with fan fiction
it’s the real story of how he… well, you’ll hear it in the episode.
On top of his story, John provides us with a lot of background information on some top tier strats
Squidge assures me that "strats" means "strategies"
for playing EverQuest and having a great time.
Apparently, there’s a divide between the “classic” version of the game and the contemporary version. So much so that there are folks who are emulating the older rule-set and content through the current version of the game client - which is what Project1999 is all about.
reminds me of the folks who still play Phantasy Star Online… online
Even though I spent all this stupid money on this gaming computer, I’m still playing this game from 1999 and I have no regrets and will not apologise
Based on John’s point about buying a stupidly powerful computer to play a game from 1999, I wanted to share the story of playing Sonic the Hedgehog on my first PC - which would have been super expensive at the time.
Considering that it’s a FREE MMORPG, I’m throw by the fact that it’s survived for as long as it has
who said that you need to make money constantly?
and I must say that “The Icebound Avatar of War” sounds pretty bad-ass.