In Part 2 of 3, continuing to plow through both a heap of booze and their overdue backlog of post-hiatus topics, Josh and Jesse cover grilled cheese, canine ardor, bumming cigarettes, Pixar’s “Cars”, Plato’s parable of the cave, and lint trap disasters.
We welcome one-time pinch-hitter co-host Jessamyn West back for a strange format-breaking mash-up episode. Scramble to keep the conversational branches straight in your Mind Tree as we blur the lines between podcast and mixtape, featuring such inadvertently self-referential conversational tracks as threaded comments, date/time confusion, drug experimentation, and editing a podcast into vignettes — as well as marginally less-meta subjects as jury duty, chicken coops, and what the damn deal is with “milquetoast”.
Josh Boykin of Intelligame.us and fellow Outpost cohabitant bikes on over to the Crapshoot basement for a spirited chat about video games and tangentially related topics (including shitheadconomics, Maslow’s hierarchy of problems, government cheese, watermelon beer, and grocery store illuminati). But first, Jesse returns from Peru, Josh returns from Disneyland, and, reunited, we struggle to quaff miniature novelty beer.
Punctuality, nicknames, buying beer, parking lot favors, panhandling strategy, falling off the wagon, carbs, ghee, legalizing weed, MMOs, the metafilter gopher server (Jesse’s memory was right!) and the brand-new XOXO Outpost creative space. Our increasingly inevitable video game chat rounds out the episode as expected, touching on Rise of the Tomb Raider, Quake 1, America’s Army, Firewatch, Beyond: Two Souls, XCOM, and discussing a bit about shooting mechanics, pacing, playtime gates, achievements, and how a game designer doles out new gameplay tweaks over the course of a campaign.
Topics today include Jesse’s guest spot on the Metafilter Podcast, non-alcoholic beer, meager money management skills, Star Wars Merchandising, the Cereal King, wasting a melody, “padcasts,” show etiquette, Lost, and Skinner boxes. Video games we talk about include Idle Paws and clicker games, Minesweeper, Hexcells, Grayout, Rocket League, The Last of Us, Dishonored, and Beyond: Two Souls.
Another episode recorded next to a loud furnace, this time you can find us hollering about hug dynamics, vocal fry, bad recording technique, the “that’s my new band name” joke, statistically unlikely colocations, Hawaiian vacation, solemnizing weddings, a meta-conversation about podcast topics, thank you for contacting metafilter, Jesse’s surprise award-winning childhood, Dune, Star Wars Machete Order revisited, and, unsurprisingly, Star Trek.
Alternate episode titles:
36: Pull the Ripcord
36: Like a Shitty Magellan
36: Until That Joke Gets Tired Five Years Ago
36: I Have Pain In My Panis
36: Getting Either Real or Lost
36: Boobs McGee in the Catsuit
36: Deus Max Zackzina
36: A Coherent Manifold of Skin
36: He’s a Hugger
Jesse rambles about WebTV and CueCats, and Josh forgets his sister’s birthday, but GJ comes from nowhere to save the show when he’s spontaneously summoned to regale us with stories of undertaking, including how to ignobly bury a horse while the owner isn’t watching.
We again manage to hold off shouting about video games until the end of the show; this time running far over the time we tried to allot for a super-deep, spoiler-filled, beer-fueled dive into a major game mechanic and narrative choice in Metal Gear Solid V.