August 11, 2021
Ben and Chris talk about the word vision this week. You’re assignment before listening to the episode is to look up the Foreigner - “Head Games” album cover to provide context to Chris’ reaction. Chris “makes it weird,” freaks out, and then gushes about the FPS Alien versus Predator franchise. Coincidentally, Ben tells his Weird Al story again and then explains why he enjoys the overall experience in a specific Far Cry 3 mission.
- The song “Double Vision” was on the ‘Double Vision’ album, not the ‘4’ album.
00:20 - Your hosts this week are Ben and Chris talking about the word “vision”
00:32 - Chris sings David Bowie then says, “too soon”
00:58 - Chris announces the arrival of Norah’s bag
02:22 - What is the game “Seaman?”
06:28 - “Her name is Dave”
07:58 - Vernacular at the bait shop
10:50 - The astral plane
13:39 - Regular 2VP listeners are hearing it again, but Chris is hearing it for the first time
16:23 - “What is it like to be a session player as an accordionist?”
20:29 - The ‘Head Games’ album cover and Lisanne Falk
23:39 - Wearing glasses and Chris’ radial keratotomy experience
28:19 - The best pun of the episode
32:16 - The Tick!
39:58 - Ewok knife fight and Data East’s “Captain America and The Avengers”
44:08 - “Detective Vision”
49:30 - “In space, no one can hear you polka”
52:59 - Obscured vision in games is mostly annoying and some crime folks
56:45 - A vision, a scope, and a plan
59:52 - Ben’s confusion; Outer Worlds and No Man’s Sky
01:03:10 - FIN
August 4, 2021
2VP - Episode 7 - Evolution
For the word “evolution,” Ben and Andrew take a circuitous route on their way to talking about video games, but as a special treat, there IS Andrew’s nigh famous catchphrase at the end!
0:20 - Ben and Andrew are your hosts!
0:33 - Evolution, Neanderthals, and tapas
2:18 - Teaching actual science in schools
6:07 - Carl Sagan’s Cosmos
7:44 - Velcro
10:18 - Colossal Cave Adventure
11:48 - Definitely not Ghostbusters
16:10 - Devo and Ben’s American Bandstand memory
18:44 - Do attitudes evolve?
20:22 - Andrew’s Two Vague Show callback - Bruce Willis
24:18 - Trying to remember the current host of the Tonight Show
26:12 - “… and in 30 years I’ll grow a beard”
28:58 - Poorly designed hamster balls
30:05 - Andromeda Strain with… dinosaurs, spaceships, or gorillas
32:10 - Why talk about video games when you can talk about Goldblum?
36:45 - A brief history of Ben’s video game consoles
40:09 - “You could type at people!”
41:23 - Andrew and Ben reminisce about music for nearly 10 minutes
51:09 - “Maybe we should get back to evolution…”
53:20 - Ben confuses “Ghost Dog” with “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken”
55:23 - Andrew’s Ralph Furley reprise
57:23 - The baby, a beer, and catching a baseball
01:01:55 - Is the evolution of video games going toward VR?
01:06:33 - Andrew minored in Simlish and making time for gaming
01:12:30 - Andrew gives Detective Pikachu a waxing gibbous
01:13:04 - Andrew’s closing catchphrase
July 27, 2021
2VP - Episode 6 - Hair
This week, Ben and Chris are first answering a question about the Spy episodes, followed by telling their stories related to hair and making things weird. Be prepared for tangents and tangles galore on the way to the video games(-ish) discussion.
0:20 - Your hosts this week, Ben and Chris
0:40 - The subject is hair
1:50 - Questions from my aunt and the archivists
4:33 - Why no “Bond girl” discussion?
7:08 - Bond’s children and Taran Killam’s comic “The Illegitimates”
11:50 - Chris doesn’t listen to the show, followed by stalling
14:10 - Chris doesn’t like hair, but the beard is okay
16:30 - Chris doesn’t know what a compliment is on Ben’s planet
19:54 - Hairdressers and Oil City, PA
24:48 - The diversion
28:08 - “Bad Hair” and Chris’ confusion
30:18 - Why is hair so badly done in video games?
32:18 - A simple solution… full motion video
36:08 - John Rhys-Davies impressions
38:05 - Guilty Gear and Nintendo baseball
43:14 - “… the very last city”
45:46 - Chris’ PSA
48:00 - Bridges?
July 21, 2021
2VP - Episode 5 - Ability
Ben is joined by guest co-host Andrew this week to talk about the word ability, navigating life as an autistic person, and Andrew’s fleeting obsession with Rise of Empires. For more information about Andrew’s assorted shenanigans, check out www.partlyrobot.com, @partlyrobot on Instagram, and @PartlyRobot on Twitter.
0:20 - Introducing your hosts Ben and Andrew
0:38 - Ability
7:30 - Andrew’s realizations in the late 80s
9:46 - “Around 1992 in the world of psychology…”
14:18 - Substitute teaching in special education programs
25:41 - Oh, how the English love Andrew
30:43 - “Are you taller?”
33:22 - Gold
37:18 - Autism and overlap with gender identity
41:55 - Alfa, Uniform “… give me back my gold watch!”
42:49 - A non-gendered pilot of a gendered meat robot
47:32 - AOL and chat
50:18 - Ability vs. aptitude
56:25 - Make babies and sell them rock n’ roll records
1:00:23 - Game name removed until they send Ben a check
1:04:35 - Nationally profiling
1:08:44 - Ben’s out of touch parent moment
1:14:04 - “I recognize those Spanish cuss words…”
1:17:07 - Getting that message out there
1:20:43 - Can / should games be made to be “autism accessible?”
1:22:51 - How to feel old
1:24:40 - Andrew’s wise words of wisdom to end the show
July 14, 2021
2VP - Episode 4 - Spy part 2
0:20 - Restarting the conversation - OSS117
9:10 - Two dudes and aunt - recapping the favorite Bond actors
11:55 - Bond movie theme songs - the Thunderball submission from Johnny Cash
14:05 - Chris’ baccarat and martini experiences in Las Vegas
17:55 - Back to Bond theme songs
19:55 - “You Only Move Twice” and Ben forgets Albert Brooks’ name
22:00 - IOI’s Project 007 and the Hitman franchise
28:15 - Chris’ wish list… for the Bond game
36:21 - Ben’s list - putting on the gloves of wish list excavation
37:10 - Jetpacks are dumb!
43:52 - Gadgets or question marks?
49:02 - Original theme and opening sequence
51:09 - Bundle up and be your own “Bond”
53:50 - Romance?
57:01 - Is SPECTRE necessary in the game?
1:01:59 - Closing thoughts
- After Jean Bruce’s death in 1963, his wife (not his daughter) Josette Bruce continued to write 143 OSS 117 novels until retiring in 1985. Their daughter Martine and her husband continued the series starting in 1987 and wrote an additional 23 books about OSS 117.
- The Simpsons Episode “You Only Move Twice” is the second of Season 8.
July 7, 2021
2VP - Episode 3 - "Spy" part 1 of Chris’ 2 part SPOOKTACULAR!
Disclaimer: We have the boom situation corrected for part 2 (pro tip - missing sock collection makes excellent sound baffle. Crinkle sounds, compliments of Mango the podcat. Thank you for your continued patience while I work on improving the audio quality.
0:00 - The 2VP theme song
0:20 - Introducing the hosts Ben and Chris
0:34 - The word… spy
3:10 - MI6 has some budget oversight issues
5:00 - Top Secret RPG
8:20 - RPG hot take (from a middle aged white dude)
10:10 - Disco Elysium is a weird game
15:50 - Elliot Gould interlude
19:00 - Goofus and Gallant
22:00 - SpyTV shows and movies and a shout out to the “For Your Reference” podcast
30:10 - Impressions
31:40 - Ian Fleming and Bond; incredibly racist and sexist
36:00 - Bond actor rankings
43:38 - Chris’ son introduction of the Golden Eye remaster
44:40 - A series of awful sounding closers
June 30, 2021
2VP Episode 2 - Inclusion
Thank you Kenny for joining me as my first guest host of the Two Vague Podcast!
0:00 - Two Vague Podcast theme song
0:20 - Today’s hosts… Ben and Kenny
0:31 - In honor of Pride month, the word is “inclusion”
1:40 - Ice cream and chili
3:25 - Gender identity and inclusion
8:52 - Kenny shaved their head last year
17:18 - Ben is stopping at the Q
21:08 - NEWS FLASH: Arizona is hot
22:40 - Art talk
27:52 - Learning and gender identity
30:52 - Video games - the Sims
35:19 - Cyberpunk 2077 and their “misses and hits” in regard to gender
40:54 - The sandbox game and why it is enjoyable to some
44:13 - Dontnod Entertainment’s “Tell Me Why” - the first trans male protagonist
49:57 - Krem, Bloodhound, Fl4k and buy Kenny an Xbox One
62:28 - Kenny thanks me for including them and we “sign off”
June 23, 2021
Episode 1 - friendship
Disclaimer: This was the first time using our new boom microphones, so you will hear occasional USCSS Nostromo / “One ping only” sounds. In future episodes you should hear less of those noises as the springs have now been baffled adequately. Thank you for your patience and enjoy the show!
Ben: “So Excited” - Ranking Roger
Chris: “X Gon’ Give It to Ya” - DMX
0:00 - Two Vague Podcast theme song
0:20 - Today’s hosts… Ben and Chris
0:54 - Housekeeping on Episode 1?
1:27 - Questions from… again with the water levels
3:26 - The word is friendship
6:34 - Our friendship
14:56 - ASMR warning
17:18 - Vaguely Spader-esque
20:08 - Alpha Flight spoilers and Ben’s view on spoilers
26:26 - “Think of the listeners Ben.”
32:20 - Ben’s impressions kill comedy
36:56 - The turnip and no sandbox games for Chris
41.53 - The 100 baby challenge
44:17 - Chris recalls touching moments of friendship in video game narratives
48:32 - “Kaidan is a walking yawn!”
50:17 - Mortal Kombat
55:10 - M.Bison, Balrog, Vega and Chris’ disbelief
58:04 - “Now you're just saying words.”
June 18, 2021
Two Vague Podcast - Episode 0 - Musical
Disclaimer: Chris and I sat down to test the equipment and record a promo, but it turned into a mini episode about the word musical. On “normal” episodes there will be a discussion about what the word means for each participant (1UP and 2UP), followed by a video game centric discussion. Instead of throwing the footage in a vault somewhere, we decided to release it just ahead of the full episode drop date of 6/23/21 to give you a general idea of what to expect from our show. We hope you enjoy Episode 0 of the Two Vague Podcast!
0:00 - Two Vague Podcast theme song
0:18 - Brief introduction of your hosts Ben and Chris
0:39 - The word musical / Ben sings horribly
1:27 - Starlight Express
4:03 - Switching gears / video games in the style of a musical
6:37 - “Way better than Mannheim Steamroller?”
8:55 - Water levels
10:28 - “Speaking of water…”
12:12 - Weights and measures conversions
12:49 - The missus calls
13:10 - Better or worse?
14:18 - The Mannheim Steamroller PC game
15:34 - “… an example of our show”