Paul joins Ben this week to talk about a very expansive word… assorted nerd-geekery ensues on the subjects of telescopes, aliens, Star Wars, Dune, and other memorable science fiction media. They only scratch the surface of science fiction space games, but their favorites include a list of recognizable properties (to non-Norah’s) and one forthcoming new Bethesda project that Paul hasn’t heard of.
00:01:55 - Ben and Paul talk about painting… “does anybody know the difference?” 00:05:27 - What fascinates Paul about space? 00:08:37 - “Do you believe in aliens?” 00:11:13 - James E. Webb vs Edwin Hubble, and too many Hubbles 00:15:32 - Telescopes on the horizon, and planetariums 00:19:37 - Paul and Ben’s thoughts on Astrology, “The Onion,” pizza, and Pluto 00:26:03 - Back to aliens, “storming” Area 51, and fueling creativity 00:29:00 - Paul punts E.T., thoughts on science fiction, and “Only a Sith deals in absolutes” 00:33:10 - Ben has questions for Paul about the Dune universe 00:38:16 - Ben talks about the movie Outland, and Paul talks about “2001: a Space Odyssey” 00:42:30 - Ben’s Ridley Scott trivia, STNG, “The Expanse,” and science fiction books 00:45:55 - Paul talks about “The Three-Body Problem” by Liu Cixin 00:47:50 - “The Legacy of Heorot” by Jerry Pournelle, Larry Niven, and Steven Barnes 00:49:47 - Ben recommends “Jodorowsky's Dune” and “The Orville” 00:54:22 - “Star Wars: Squadrons,” “No Man’s Sky,” “Destiny,” and “Anthem” 00:58:48 - Thoughts on development hype, game development today, and “Cyberpunk 2077” 01:04:37 - Ship combat vs exploration games, and Elite Dangerous 01:07:08 - The “Skyrim” in space game Paul hasn’t heard about 01:09:30 - How console exclusives impact players and advancements in cross-play 01:12:21 - Reminiscing about video games, NASA tragedies, and landing the Space Shuttle 01:17:15 - Ben’s Ferris Bueller's Day Off / Space Shuttle fun fact and “torso pants”
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