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Episode 18 - Superstition

Episode 18 - Superstition

October 21, 2021

Just in time for the Halloween season, Nerdbomber from the Online Warriors Podcast joins Ben this week to discuss the word superstition.  There will be no future ghost hunting experiences for Nerdbomber.  Both hosts are amazed with Stevie Wonder’s musical output.  Nerdbomber is fascinated by the Wendigo.  Next, a video game and sports ritual discussion.  To wrap up the show, the hosts talk about the use of tarot card game mechanics, and Ben shares a story about the time he met Queen Latifah.

00:00:20 - Introducing Nerdbomber from www.onlinewarriorspodcast.com
00:00:50 - Superstitions and Halloween stuff
00:02:45 - Norah’s question about haptics and the PS5
00:06:45 - Nerdbomber holds her breath and doesn’t believe in ghosts
00:10:10 - Ben’s old brain, the “Foam Mountains,” and Stevie Wonder
00:16:55 - “When you believe in things you don’t understand, then you suffer…”
00:18:35 - Nerdbomber, the Wendigo, and the Chinese lantern  
00:23:10 - Ouija boards and scary movies
00:26:25 - “Everybody has a camera now”
00:29:20 - Blowing in the cartridges and good luck
00:32:25 - Hockey and sports in video games 
00:42:32 - Ben buys tarot cards for the artwork or maybe to impress girls 
00:46:50 - Sayonara Wild Hearts and that time Ben met Dana Owens
00:50:05 - Rhythm games and DDR
00:52:55 - Games that take 100 hours or more to complete 
00:55:55 - Shin Megami Tensei and Luigi’s Mansion
00:58:45 - “The World Ends With You” and “The World Ends With You Neo”
01:02:02 - Nerdbomber + 2 drinks and her parting words of wisdom 

Episode 17 - Nostalgia

Episode 17 - Nostalgia

October 14, 2021

Sammi joins Ben this week to get nostalgic about miscellaneous pop culture.  This is a heavy storytelling episode, but they eventually get to video games.  Sammie doesn’t like zip-lines or pinball machines.  Thoughts on remastered games from Sammi and Ben.

00:00:20 - Sammi and Ben start getting nostalgic
00:01:00 - The rain, the 80s, GTA, and Genesis
00:03:16 - Nostalgia… “it’s all Greek to me”
00:05:50 - Ben forgets to mention the song Summertime
00:08:10 - “Not the watermelon dude” and the 7 words 
00:11:20 - The amygdala and the country’s best yoghurt
00:13:54 - Berlin and Sammi gets in to Napster
00:17:10 - 80s music videos
00:20:14 - Ben forgets which pill to take
00:23:20 - Sammi and Ben talk about toys and movies 
00:31:51 - Sammi suggests removing the stairs and says nope to zip-lines
00:39:40 - Nostalgic movies 
00:43:26 - “Some other bitch” and N64  
00:48:41 - Tommy scarred Sammi with “abuse and beans”
00:53:01 - Game remasters
00:55:23 - Ben gushes about Psychonauts 2
00:59:51 - Crazy Taxi and putting on the bow 

Episode 16 - Creativity

Episode 16 - Creativity

October 7, 2021

Former teacher turned custom jewelry maker Rachel, joins Ben for a discussion about creativity.  In addition to her thoughts on the subject, Rachel shares how she discovered her creative niche through experimentation with different mediums and how a particular TikTok video she made went viral and jump started her business.  Ben talks about Sigmund Freud, lightbulbs, and games that make him think of creativity.

00:20 - Rachel reveals the topic with such gusto!
00:50 - Rachel passes on the first question and then pleads the fifth 
03:00 - “Body by Frost” started with a viral TikTok video  
06:00 - They are called “jib-bits” (and they are trademarked)
07:00 - Creative vs. artistic 
10:00 - Rachel’s mom is the Helen Young Frost, renown quilter
14:30 - A lesson in American Sign Language and signing songs
17:19 - “Deaf” or “hard of hearing” is not offensive 
20:42 - Fallacies and Freud 
23:42 - The interesting Astrology book title
25:53 - Rachel’s need and opportunity struggle with creativity 
29:10 - Tom the trickster
34:08 - Two stories about boxes of stinky garbage
35:47 - “What’s the deal with lightbulbs?”
38:42 - “No, she’s a lawyer”, back to lightbulbs and it’s not Benjamin Franklin
41:23 - Innovation versus creativity
43:30 - Creative writing and “The Vagina Monologues”
46:11 - The hookers and the honor system 
47:20 - Rachel cheats in the Sims in the name of creativity 
50:37 - Ben’s story about his friend Michaela and the Sims  
52:38 - “Brain Age” and typing games 
54:50 - The cake and the companion cube 
56:30 - A brief history of rhythm games 
59:26 - Ben loves Katamari Damacy!
01:02:26 - Rachel’s video game conversations with her students
01:07:28 - “Boring but nice,” and the last question
01:12:20 - Closing thoughts on creativity

Episode 15 - Substance

Episode 15 - Substance

September 30, 2021

After some pre-show lunch, Ben and Sammi talk about the what the word substance means to them.  Ben goes to the UK, buys New Order albums and acts like an ignorant American at the amusement park.  Sammi talks about the substance of people and things.  Then she shares her struggles and triumphs dealing with substance addiction.  The conversation then moves to video games and haptics.  It gets a little naughty at the end, but Sammi insists that you Google it.

00:20 - Sammi and Ben and the vegan Sonoran Hot Dogs
02:22 - Substance, but “…next time, the word ranch” 
05:10 - Ben’s “ignorant American kids” amusement park story
06:40 - Talking about 80s new wave music
10:25 - The Depeche Mode concert story and Sammi talks about the substance of a person
13:35 - Mercury not coffee and has Sammi ever done Tai Chi 
15:05 - Folding space
17:00 - Sammi talks about “Squid Game,” and Ben talks about “Only Murders in the Building”
26:46 - Sammi shares her drug and alcohol abuse stories
31:30 - Celebrating sobriety and no raves
34:45 - A solid support system is essential, and music helps
37:04 - ICD 6C51.0 and 6C51.1; a discussion about video game addiction, abuse and disease 
41:45 - Babies operating iPads and online social interactions
45:15 - Sammi loves Skyrim, COD WW2 and narative  
47:08 - The Assassin’s Creed franchise 
49:11 - Ben hates walking on ice in games 
51:05 - “Open world games have more substance than FPSs” 
53:40 - Ben talks Horizon: Zero Dawn  
54:35 - Haptic feedback rumblings in arcades and at home
01:00:15 - A discussion about vibrators and sex robots
01:01:35 - The future of haptics in video games, VR, and real life applications 
01:05:59 - Sammi’s final thoughts on the word
01:07:00 - Closing the show… “GOOGLE IT!”

Episode 14 - Achievement

Episode 14 - Achievement

September 23, 2021

Cheyenne joins Ben this week to talk about the word Achievement.  Ben shares facts on scouting, movies and how he amassed his sewing kit fortune.  Cheyenne asks about knots and wants a badge for building traps.  They both share stories about how uncomfortable it was going door to door in their youth.  A discussion on dumb and satisfactory game achievements ensues.  Ben thinks he knows what the first video game achievement was.  Cheyenne shares her definition of time traveling and opinions on why she doesn’t use exploits.

00:20 - Ben and Cheyenne: “Achievement Unlocked!”
01:55 - “… in Sans Serif font,” and Ben’s hot take on the US educational system
03:35 - Tiny house talk and Earthships
06:30 - Cheyenne is not a knot person but wants to build traps
09:34 - The Big Lebowski; the Dude is a real person 
12:24 - Nathan Arizona or Jim Click?
13:18 - Philip Seymour Hoffman and Natalie Wood 
17:45 - Exploring the definition of the word achievement
19:29 - Cheyenne plays devil’s advocate and has a pose picked out for graduation
23:36 - “What is the escape velocity of the graduation cap?” 
24:37 - Ben amasses his sewing kit fortune
27:25 - Going door to door is uncomfortable as a tweenager
29:37 - Ben’s paper route, and Cheyenne says “do people read papers?!”
32:04 - Reward yourself and Ben’s a Double Fine fanboy
34:54 - Sixteen years later…
36:16 - Pointless achievements and dumb trophies 
41:42 - Ben is mixed on his opinion of trophies and achievements 
43:38 - Cheyenne and Stardew Valley
45:28 - Ben and Cheyenne ponder; “What makes a good achievement in video games?”
47:23 - Ben’s achievement origin hypothesis… Atari 2600 and Activision PATCHES! 
49:20 - A short PSA about gamertags. 
51:43 - Cheyene’s sewing kit callback and thoughts on Gamerscore 
55:31 - Cheyene’s thoughts on speed runs and using game exploits 
59:15 - A definition of “time traveling” for Norah
01:03:01 - Cheyenne’s parting thoughts on achievements and trophies

Episode 13 - Adaptation

Episode 13 - Adaptation

September 16, 2021

Fan of the show, Eric is in the “studio” this week with Ben and the “pod-cats”.  They are champing at the bit to talk about the word “adaptation” (even the cats), but first they answer a question about “Easter eggs”.  The conversation goes to some interesting places before getting to video games and what is recognized as the worst movie to video game adaptation so far.  Ben comes up with Norah’s PERFECT gamertag and Eric talks about his “Middle Earth” obsession. 

00:20 - Ben and Eric introduce this week’s word… “adaptation”
00:33 - Clapping for syllables and “What is an Easter egg?”
04:30 - Nerd credit and sports nerds
07:20 - Eric’s thoughts on his meaning of the word adaptation
12:10 - Eric and his father’s fascination with mountain climbers
17:15 - Ben’s first remote control story and a weird question about biological adaptation
22:40 - Ben opens up about his social anxiety in very large groups and his strategy 
24:00 - The movie Adaptation is old enough to drink so… spoilers or whatever
29:44 - The definition of the word pastiche and Ben knows two types of orchids
33:00 - Police Squad 
34:40 - Movies that were made in to video games; Eric loved Activision’s Spiderman 2
39:25 - “Proto Incredible Spider Hulk Type” and the Punisher game
42:25 - The Red Dead Redemption “boomerang bug”
45:00 - Spiderman, Batman Arkham Asylum and Insomniac’s games
47:00 - Eric absolutely loves Tolkien’s Middle Earth universe and games
51:00 - The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay  
52:40 - Eric mentions the ET Atari 2600 game and Ben can’t pronounce Alamogordo
58:50 - Norah’s gamertag 
01:01:50 - Lucky Wander Boy by D.B.Weiss
01:03:40 - Ben compares video game adaptations to cover songs 
01:10:20 - Ben blames George R R Martin
01:10:50 - Video game adaptations coming to Netflix
01:12:20 - Eric and Ben’s thoughts on remastered games
01:13:50 - Arcade Games made from movie properties 
01:15:54 - Ben and Eric signing off 

Episode 12 - Map

Episode 12 - Map

September 9, 2021

Evan joins Ben this week to discuss maps.  Ben recites his map related research findings and tells a cool Google Maps story.  Evan confesses that she is bad at directions.  At one point the conversation moves to pizza for some reason.  Evan and Ben both love Namco’s Mappy!  What are “trap streets”?  What makes a great video game map?  Tune in and find out!

00:20 - Introducing your hosts Ben and Evan
00:38 - “Two words that don’t rhyme” and Dora
03:00 - Has Evan ever used a paper map? …Google Maps?
07:28 - Ben’s cool Google Maps story
09:45 - Snapchat improvements in relation to Geography and being social 
12:30 - Cooking with Paris on Netflix (and her age is revealed)
15:22 - Origami with maps, more about paper maps, and giving directions 
20:00 - Taco Bell and cultural appropriation opinions 
21:20 - The start of a VERY long conversation about condiments and then pizza 
28:55 - “Let’s get back to maps” and Evan gives directions 
30:00 - Trap streets
35:40 - Yikes!  “It only takes one murderer…”
37:05 - The sport of Orienteering, the Amazing Race and escape rooms
40:55 - The arcade game Mappy and what the translation means in Japanese 
43:55 - Games where maps are very important; Evan educates Ben in the ways of Minecraft
47:50 - “A good legend” and notable map experiences in games
50:20 - Q*Bert and convincing Evan that she has to play Horizon: Zero Dawn
51:55 - Evan can’t do Star Wars; Ben sees Star Wars in the 70s
55:22 - Evan talks about playing “Alien: Isolation” 
56:45 - What makes an effective map in a game?
1:00:04 - Closing thoughts on maps

Episode 11 - Choice

Episode 11 - Choice

September 2, 2021

Cheyenne talks about the important choices in her life and Ben talks about meat, instant coffee, and Consumer Reports.  Cheyenne loves choice based games almost as much as Ben loves podcasting, but they both love BioWare games.  And don’t forget the closing words of wisdom!

00:20 - Ben and Cheyenne are you hosts/contestants this week
00:55 - “Questions from my aunt” about re-specification
04:10 - The word choice
06:18 - Cheyenne’s dream job 
07:42 - Kicking puppies for science 
09:55 - Beef and instant coffee
13:28 - Norah’s buying patterns and rapid fire choice questions
16:00 - Cheyenne’s upbringing, Biology class, and life choices
22:05 - Fatboy Slim’s “Weapon of Choice” video and Consumer Reports
26:33 - Baby socks and a blowtorch 
27:33 - Cheyenne loves Black Mirror
30:38 - Black Mirror: Bandersnatch spoiler alert (up to 31:15)
34:46 - Cheyenne enjoys science fiction and the Mass Effect franchise 
37:00 - Mass Effect 3 ending discussion - you can’t satisfy everyone 
42:47 - The Life is Strange franchise and similarities to Detroit: Become Human
44;27 - BioWare game nerd fest 2021
50:58 - Ben goes “super retro” - old school arcade game choices
53:31 - Character creation choices and creating the narrative 
58:32 - Too many choices in games
01:00:30 - Mom’s child raising advice and Cheyenne’s management style
01:03:18 - “Karma is a bitch”

Episode 10 - Change

Episode 10 - Change

August 26, 2021

First, Evan and Ben get in to an emotional discussion about navigating the changes in their lives.  Then Ben forces Evan to watch a SNL skit, and they talk about reality TV.  Rounding out the episode is a conversation about what games they are currently playing and how they would change them if they could. 

00:20 - Ben introducing his cohost this week, Evan
00:36 - “We’re not talking about coinage”… yet
03:10 - The delta
04:37 - To Evan, change is adrenaline
06:51 - Evan shares how the death of her mother affected her growth
12:38 - Ben shares how the death of his father ultimately led to inspiration
17:08 - “Time may change me, but I can’t trace time.” ~ David Bowie
18:58 - “You’re entering a new phase of your life.” ~ Ed Cheknis
20:41 - More to come
21:14 - Panic, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts and change
25:27 - Happy Birthday Evan!
28:01 - Flux is life
28:53 - The coin shortage well theory
30:36 - A definition of “change”
31:22 - “First CityWide Change Bank 1” SNL skit and bathroom interlude
33:13 - From Craig Ferguson to “changing your clothes” to reality television 
38:53 - Candid Camera?
41:12 - Arcades and ZOMBIES!
44:43 - Evan gushes over the “Last of Us” franchise (some spoilers)
50:57 - Ben drank Cordyceps tea once and has a RPG pet peeve
53:58 - Evan is playing Assassin’s Creed and has some suggestions 
56:40 - If you could change anything about the game you are currently playing…
01:07:12 - How do you purchase your games?
01:09:17 - Evan’s parting words of wisdom

Episode 9 - Magnetism

Episode 9 - Magnetism

August 19, 2021

Episode 9 - Magnetism

Ben is in Chicago with his podcast in a bag!  Aunt Norah explains magnetism and why our family is weird; Ben teaches Norah about video games.

00:10 - Your hosts the week are Ben and (Aunt) Norah 
01:30 - Magnetic personality
03:47 - Norah reiterates that she taught 6th Grade
04:25 - Bret Easton Ellis, refrigerator magnets and Grandma 
09:40 - Mango needs magnetic childproof cabinet locks
11:25 - “Was it about magnets?”
14:00 - Stay away from electrons at parties
18:09 - Lightning and golf 
20:56 - The Boomers got the first Wooly Willie’s
22:51 - Is weirdness genetic?
25:47 - Twilight Zone pinball and the Magna-save
28:45 - Degaussing at the arcade 
33:33 - “Knock on Wood”
36:45 - Pinball was illegal in Chicago until 1976
39:09 - Ben explains the game Portal to Norah
41:05 - Magrunner: Dark Pulse 
43:26 - Super Magnetic Neo on the Sega Dreamcast
45:05 - H.P. Lovecraft with magnets
47:36 - Norah is interested in playing Hitman
50:01 - Violence in…
52:03 - “May I call you Chris?”
53:13 - “We’ll see you next time when we’re going to be talking about…” 

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