Halo: Infinite’s multiplayer beta is nearing the end of its first weekly event and I cannot get over how goddamn lonely 343 Industries has managed to make a multiplayer game. A series known for a bustling community has been reduced to an excellent video game choked underneath a thick layer of tried and true moneymaking tactics. In the olden days one could boot up Halo for hours of fun, joining naturally-forming micro-communities and potentially making friends with complete strangers. Halo: Infinite is the online multiplayer equivalent of walking around a dead mall. Sure, there’s technically other people there, but it stands as more of a reminder of times when the area thrived.Continue reading “Halo: Infinite Isolation”
Twelve hours into DRAGO Entertainment’s newest release Gas Station Simulator I find myself at a crossroads. The first few hours are a wild ride that seems to buck the trend of the asset-flip homogenous “simulator” game genre, only to fall to pieces as its flashy mechanics degrade into annoyances to be automated or outright ignored. In those opening hours it’s better than the rank-and-file barely-functioning “[Insert Job] Simulator” games, but what points it earns with moxie it loses to unpolished jankiness and an insidious dark secret. Welcome to a 4,300 word review of a $20 game you’ve barely hard of.Continue reading “Gas Station Simulator: A Pit Stop from Bland “Simulators””
Every YouTuber and their communist lesbian mother has talked about Bo Burnham’s quarantine “comedy” special Inside by this point. Not a damn one I’ve found so far has talked about one of the most obvious pieces of visual symbolism that feels specifically targeted at content creators, so here’s a blog about that.Continue reading “The Abyss Stares Back – Inside Bo Burnham’s Camera”
No, this is isn’t a tell-all YouTube drama video about myself, although that’d be pretty wild.
A quick glance up above will show the domain of this particular blog has changed. While partially motivated by the fact I’m no longer attending Podcast Movement 2021 and am in the mood to make impulse purchases to quell the sadness, there’s a method to this madness.Continue reading “The death of The Pod Report.”
This November I have but one mission: convince podcast audiences to adopt Margaritas & Donuts as a yearly Thanksgiving tradition. If millions of people can cajole Die Hard into being considered a Christmas movie, this excellent romcom miniseries with a heartfelt finale set during a family Thanksgiving dinner deserves to be a Thanksgiving re-listen.
In pursuit of this goal I sat down with show creator Faith McQuinn to pick her brain about her first venture into romantic comedy, making a show set in Nashville that isn’t about Nashville, subverting romcom biases towards young characters, and boozy donuts.Continue reading “Romcoms, Nashville, and Donuts. An Interview with Faith McQuinn”
Audio version tomorrow! My fiance is off work and, to be real for a second: I get stage fright recording around her so… IOU podcast version. This week is once again recommendation-less as I got a very cool email last week that set me up for a paid review gig, but a side effect of that is I’ve only listened to [Redacted] and comfort shows. Hence the episode spotlight below.Continue reading “The Pod Report Weekly – 8/21/20”
Oops, All Announcements! There’s a lot of news ground to cover over the past two weeks so we’re going to burn through them all in pseudo-newsletter format. Get your learnin’ hats on.Continue reading “The Pod Report Weekly – 8/21/20”
On August 12th, 2020 the podcast Sir, This is a Wendy’s Podcast launched with a nearly two-minutes first episode offering a promo code for a free* 4 for $4 meal. The show is hosted on Anchor and seems to be headed by someone aware enough of the podcasting world to submit on both Spotify and RadioPublic.Continue reading “Wendy’s made a thing they’re calling a podcast.”
Odd installment this week: I’ll make the podcast version in a few days but we’re going purely text today as I need to play some video games and go to bed before work. Yes, I have my priorities straight.Continue reading “The Pod Report Weekly – 8/8/20”
The below text is a highly-edited-for-readability version of the podcast episode.Continue reading “The Pod Report Weekly – 7/31/20”