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There were a few swears in this episode, but we’ve bleeped them all
bleeps are funnier than swears anyway
We’ve thrown the trigger warning claxon in at the following timestamps, as the subjects we talk about could be a upsetting to some listeners:
At 27:20, Morgan mentions a certain something that happened during the Second World War
At 41:16, Morgan mentions self-gratification, but only in passing
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Even though Squidge is very special
and I’m sure you’ll all agree that he is, indeed very special
our guest for this episode was Morgan Ritson. Morgan describes himself as:
I am the world’s greatest lover… I am a writer, student, voice actor; a lot of creative things that don’t make money.
When introducing himself, we have a conversation about how we should always be positive around each other. We use the example of Morgan being told that his ability to write things down wasn’t great, and how one of my professors at university has dyslexia and dyspraxia, but both are great people who are achieving great things.
please don’t tell someone that they can’t do something because they are x, have y, or don’t have z. Just be positive to them, and support them if you can
One thing to note: because of the gap in our schedule
But after that, we wasted almost no time getting to one of Jay’s favourite topics:
The Recent Games segment will not be new to listeners, but in case you’re new to the show here’s how it goes: we go round the table and discuss one or more games that we’ve been playing recently, and whether we think it’s worth the listeners checking it out. We continue to do this until we’ve run out of games to discuss.
I love to hear what everyone’s been playing, and whether they would recommend it.
And, of course, we shared ours too. Would we recommend the games that we’ve all been playing? Or course!
Morgan’s Recent Games
As is tradition, we asked our guest to go first.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Morgan tells us that he is drawn to games which are greater than just person-vs-person, and the first game on his list is one such game. Both Sekiro and Bloodborne as spiritual off-shoots of Dark Souls, with one (Bloodborne) being more about taking the next step as humans, whereas the other (Sekiro) being more grounded in traditional Japanese mythology and being related to fighting for what you care about.
And this leads us into ta discussion on how there aren’t many games
or books and films, for that matter
which explore the stories of the foot-shoulder who has never had to fight before, and how this isn’t THEIR war but that of someone else’s.
And the discussion on interesting characters leads us to a conversation about how villains have the potential to be much more interesting than heroes. The examples we used are Xande (from Final Fantasy III) and Hans Gruber
these two villains are arguably more interesting than the heroes who oppose them
come at me, bro
This lead us into a discussion with Morgan about how he’s looking to pen an article for Lost in Cult’s Lock-On series of journals
we’ve interviewed Jon and Jason from LiC about Lock-On previously
but for copyright reasons, it is completely different
Imagine that you are in Final Fantasy X, and the Thunder Plains is a place that you get banished to. And what we’re going to do is we’re going to open a portal to the Thunder Plains and, very nicely and politely, boot you through it. You will get help, maybe it will be tomorrow, maybe it will be in a week, maybe it will be in an hour.
To stop you from getting bored, we’ve said that we’ll keep the portal open and we’ll throw through up to three video games and everything you need to play them - including an Internet connection. The only rules are that you can’t ask for help, because help is on the way, and you can’t tell anyone that you’re in the Thunder Plains.
So our question is: were we to do throw, boot, or yeet you through the portal, which games are we throwing through with you?
Morgan has a love of cars, racing, football
or "soccer" as some folks know it
and physics; so Rocket League seems like an obvious choice.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Persona 5 Royal
As the need for something which could sustain Morgan through the potentially longer sessions, he picked Persona 5 Royal. And to be fair, it’s a wonderful J-RPG with a killer soundtrack. It’s just a shame that none of the Persona games are available on the Switch
Yeah! SEGA! Get you’re act together
Get Control of Yourself
This is a segment that we like to do every so often, which is based on a tweet from SinceSpacies - who is an absolutely amazing person, by the way. Seriously, go follow him on Twitter
Due to the recent changes at Twitter, we are unable to embed tweets at this time. We apologise for the inconvenience.
The idea here is that we want to know which is the best and which is the worst controller of all time.
But before we could get Morgan to answer, he turned it round and asked us.
For Squidge, the worst controller is the mobile phone:
To me, a mobile phone is designed to be an emergency contact device.
Morgan’s worst controller is the Nintendo 64 controller
It’s awkward. It’s dangerous. You could use that thing as a f%cking trident, if you needed to.
whereas his best controller is the Nintendo Switch.
The discussion of the Switch, Wii, and Wii-U reminded Morgan of the wonderful Wii commercials like these ones:
[the ads] feel like a relic from a bygone era; like some ancient civilisation left this here for us to find.