It just goes to show that if you want something done, give it to someone who is already busy
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.
Of course we were interested in what Andrew had been playing recently. So it was only natural that we would ask him what he had been playing recently.
Andrew’s Recent Games
Mario Golf: Super Rush
This title had reminded Andrew of Wii Sports Club, for the Wiiu
remember when Wiiu’s where a thing?
Resident Evil: Village
Which Andrew had completed within a few days of it being released, and he thoroughly enjoyed.
Squidge’s Recent Games
Resident Evil: Village
Squidge was part way through RE: Village when we recorded this episode actually. He has since completed the game and unlocked, pretty much, everything.
No, I’m not Andrew
or am I?
As with all of the episodes of the podcast, we had recorded this one way ahead of time. As such, Squidge wasn’t that forthcoming with a lot of detail about his experience with RE: Village yet, and was taking his time to savour it. But we’ll be doing a special episode all about it soon. Watch this space.
And how far in advance did we record?
Samurai Warriors 5
He’s also been playing “Surviving Windows Updates”, a perilous game which involves getting angry at how everything on your computer seems to break shortly after installing the latest Windows Update
"something something I use Linux," Jay
Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!
Squidge was kind enough to let Jay borrow his copy of this wonderful remake of the 1st gen games, and he had a lovely time playing it.
Samurai Warriors 5
Both Squidge and Jay are huge fans of the Koei Warriors games; it’s always a tonne of fun to drop into a virtual battlefield with an almost unlimited supply of enemies and button bash your way out.
Mafia II: Definitive Edition
This game was plagued with issues on it’s initial release
the HD remaster, that is. The original game was pretty much flawless
and Jay had been battling with getting it up and running for a few days, but he eventually triumphed and can now run it on his Linux-based computer.
Naturally our conversation turned to the (at the time of recording) recently announced SteamDeck. With Jay wanting to eventually get one so that he can run RetroArch on it
pro tip: Jay is going to wait until after they are released so that he can buy one used, from someone who wasn’t expecting it to run a Linux-based operating system
and Squidge brought up the point that it looks like the GameGear’s younger brother.
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?
We had already taken Andrew to the Thunder Plains in a previous episode
Whilst Andrew had hoped to original shipped Book Two in July (2021), but that has slipped to November (2021) due to a number of factors. But also, it’ll be done when it’s done. Check out that MiniDisc & CD bonus perk, too.
Speaking of which
We are gonna re-do our first episode (for the MiniDisc and CD perk)… and we have removed the first episode from podcatchers
Andrew means the podcast feed, when he says, "podcatchers", btw
What’s brilliant about that perk is that Jay still has his MiniDisc player. In fact, here’s a tweet from when he was QAing episode 123:
We asked Andrew for both the official “What is Lost in Cult?” and what his, personal, “What is Lost in Cult?”. First, the official one:
It is the company which published Lock.On. We look at cult media through different lenses.
And Andrew’s description:
It’s a place that delves into gaming in a regular magazine or online. It’s place which gives writes a space to write about subjects that they probably wouldn’t get commissioned to talk about online… on top of that, we pay (creators) fairly for their work
So Lock.On is the product that Lost in Cult focus on, and we have talked with Jon Doyle and Jason Maddison about it in the past in a bonus episode, back in February (2021)
Whilst it’s labelled as a"journal", it’s not academic in nature. To quote Jon, from out bonus episode interview with him (linked above):
It’s about getting to know the person behind the (controller)
Our discussion on Lock.On ended up being super detailed, so you’ll have to listen to the episode
embedded at the top of this page
to hear it in it’s entirety.
Why did Andrew get involved? Like a moth to a flame
Throughout this episode, we came up with a bunch of silly ideas for podcasts - mainly because both Jay and Andrew are serial podcast creators. Here are the ideas we came up with:
Three Random Words: A podcast where we choose three random words, put them into the TheseThreeWords app, and see where we end up
Let’s Complain About Windows: A podcast where users of Microsoft’s main operating system get together and complain it
"with bonus episodes looking at complaints against double glazing companies," Jay
Three Word Assault: A podcast where we choose three random words, put them into the TheseThreeWords app, and supply the name of an object, we then send Jay to that location and challenge him to find someone and hit them over the head with the object. He must travel to the location, complete his task, and return within 24 hours
Kicking Games into The Void: A podcast where we discuss games which should be destroyed in some way. Reasons for destruction include developers and publishers of the games being particularly scummy, terrible QA practises, just plain bad design, or any other reason that we can think of
Andrew Investigates (AKA The Panorama of Video Games): With all of the controversy surrounding video game developers and publishers, Andrew Dickinson investigates whether a given video game is safe to purchase and play without the worries of giving money to those who should probably be left to rot for their scummy behaviours and business practises
Magneto Opus: A podcast where Jay buys albums on BandCamp which have a MiniDisc option, and he reviews them. Providing new news on new albums on this wonderfully 90s format, and named after the technology behind Minidisc: Magneto Optical
Alternative name: Mini nerD Podcast
Paying People in Exposure: A podcast which discusses the many different ways that businesses attempt to con creative people (especially indie creatives) out of their content by offering them “exposure”, via real interviews with real indie creatives
Peer-reviewed Podcasts: A podcast where a guest podcaster is asked to present an episode of their show to a group of their peers (the show hosts) and they pree-review the show through discussion about the show itself
When Inanimate Objects Strike: A podcast with tales of when pranks go wrong or are reversed onto those who had planned them
Audio Deathmatch: A podcast where sound designers and foley artists gather together to create a fight scene in an audio-only format, using everyday items found around the house.
The Waffling T’Whalers: A podcast where Squidge and Jay interview people from Yorkshire about how much they love Whales (the enormous sea creature) and Wales (the home of the Celts)
Bath Cast: A podcast about bath fanatics; open to people who really like to bathe, and those who enjoy the historic English town
The Digital Enabler: A podcast where Andrew Dickinson attempts to get his guests to buy all sorts of technological products. The first episode has Jay on as a guest, and features the stories of how both Andrew and Jay convinced each other to buy MiniDisc players