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I Got Chills (Media Mavens Episode 26)

This episode it’s just Riley and Pam. We talk about what we’ve been up to and answer listener questions about everything from Destiny and Mass Effect to Korean dramas to our favourite books.

What we’ve been up to

Riley

Pam

  • Beholder
  • Frog Fractions (NoClip Documentary)
  • Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter
  • I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore
  • The Sopranos – SPOILERS from 00:19:00 – 00:23:28

Listener Questions: 00:23:41

  • Did you sign up for EA Access to play Andromeda early? @Orkchop
  • Do you think Bioware will ever allow players to romance all of their Mass Effect squadmates regardless of gender? @estelliaslair
  • What is the biggest regret you have in terms of missing out on something, video game related or otherwise? @ACDecepticon
  • What is the best purchase you have ever made video game related? @ACDecepticon
  • Do you prefer digital or physical editions of new games? @Orkchop
  • Do you ever do your make-up in a way that references video games & / or other fandoms? Ex: an N7-inspired color palette? @estelliaslair (Here we mention Dragonsworn cosmetics)
  • Do you main in Overwatch or do you rotate around? @Orkchop
  • Lonely, loved, lethargic… what games do you play when feeling each of these feelings? @alatinolawyer
  • Bungie said that your Destiny character won’t carry over to Destiny 2. They’ll keep your race and look, but none of your equipment or emotes you bought will come with. What do you think about an MMO wiping the slate clean and resetting everything when a major expansion or sequel comes out? @Orkchop
  • Have you been reading any sci-fi or fantasy recently? And what are some of your favourite books? @GarrickWinter
  • Are there any shows that you enjoy watching with a group of friends that would not be fun to watch by yourself? Or vice versa? @alatinolawyer
  • If you could voice any character in video game history for any title who would it be and why? @cartridgebros
  • This question is for Kaleri, Do you subscribe to DramaFever? If so, do you have any shows you’d like to recommend? @estelliaslair
  • With all the news lately about male Let’s Players being unredeemable asshats, can you suggest a few good female LPers? @estelliaslair (Here we mention Geeketiquette, Rabbit Plays Games, Rad Gaming, Adam Koebel)
  • How has your experience hosting a podcast been so far? What do you like about it? @SerrinneWoW

If you’ve got any feedback, questions, people or topics you’d like to hear on future episodes of the show, you can reach out at MediaMavensCast@gmail.com or on Twitter @_MediaMavens. If you like the show, please give us a review on iTunes or Stitcher.

Capitalism, that’s the real horror (Media Mavens episode 25)

On this episode our friend Sara return to discuss Alien and Aliens. It’s a great conversation about the themes of the movies and how the genre-shift affects things.

Today’s Topics:

This week we have a returning guest, our friend Sara, to talk about the first two installments of the Alien movie franchise.

Guest and Topic Intro (00:00:19)

A brief intro to our guest Sara and an intro to our topic this episode.

What we’ve been up to (00:01:31) Sara (@serrinnewow)

  • World of Warcraft
  • Girlfriend’s Day
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Riverdale
  • A Dark, Dark Wood
  • Girl on the Train
  • Politics

Riley (@kaleri_)

Pam (@jasyla_)

  • Torment: Tides of Numenera
  • Telltale Batman
  • Arkham VR and other VR games
  • The Sopranos

Alien (00:24: 31)

  • What is Alien?
  • Why are these films so interesting to discuss?
  • Space and silence
  • Ripley was originally supposed to be played by a man, how do you think that would have changed both films’ themes? @youmeyou
  • When Computers Were Women
  • True or false: Jonesy is the real hero @runycat
  • Smoking in movies
  • Aliens – change of genre
  • Story beats shared between the two movies
  • What earth species as host do you think would result in the most terrifying xenomorph? @The_Doc_Webb
  • Aliens characters
  • The Corporation
  • Special effects
  • @xhugglesx wants us to talk about Prometheus
  • Alien is my all-time favorite film, followed closely by Aliens. Do you hope Alien Covenant more follows the original horror masterpiece or the action-packed sequel? Or maybe a mixture of the two? @Duke0619

If you’ve got any feedback, questions, people or topics you’d like to hear on future episodes of the show, you can reach out at MediaMavensCast@gmail.com or on Twitter @_MediaMavens. If you like the show, please give us a review on iTunes or Stitcher.

Not New, Just Previously Unnoticed (Media Mavens episode 24)

Finally up to date in posting these here! In the latest episode of Media Mavens it was just Riley and myself. We talked about what we’ve been up to and answer listener questions including tips for new creators and our favourite indie games.

Today’s topics:

Lots of things! It’s just Pam and Riley this week, so we bounce between lots of different things.

We spoil Girl on the Train and The Fall in our first segment!! Skip past 00:06:15- 00:08:37 for Girl on the Train and 00:18:46-00:19:53 for the Fall S3. Skip to our second half at 00:24:52 to avoid all the spoilers.

What we’ve been up to

Riley

  • Overwatch
  • Heroes of the Storm
  • Girl on the Train – SPOILERS from 00:06:15-00:08:37
  • Deepwater Horizon
  • Voltron
  • new kpop songs from BTS! (BTS’ new music videos; Spring Day and Not Today)

Pam

  • The Santa Clarita Diet
  • The Fall S3 – SPOILERS from 00:18:46-00:19:53
  • Girlfriend’s Day
  • Those Who Make Us
  • Cyberworld: Tales of Humanity’s Tomorrow
  • Alice Isn’t Dead

Listener Questions: 00:24:52

  • What do you think of Mass Effect: Andromeda having a conversation style that’s not Paragon/Renegade? (@orkchop)
  • Who is your Overwatch valentine? (@orkchop)
  • Are you going t play through any of the ME games while waiting for Andromeda? (@orkchop)
  • What advice would you give to a new content creator just starting out in the podcast/video world? (@CartridgeBros)
  • Have either of you played Stardew Valley? Why can’t I stop playing it? (@The_Doc_Webb)
  • What should I do about all my problematic favs? (@SerrinneWoW)
  • Has a game ever overtly changed the way you live your life? e.g., how you speak, dress, interact, or allocate resources? Why? (@alatinolawyer)
  • Would you like FMV games to make a comeback or are they better off left alone as a quirky part of gaming history? (@Duke0169 – Retro Nonsense)
  • E-mail message from Joe asking if we have more podcast recs like Limetown and Black Tapes
  • Since I have just downloaded my first ever digital copy of a game (Stardew Valley on PS4), could you tell the listeners what your top 5 indie games are? (ACDecepticon from the Cartridge Club Forums)

If you’ve got any feedback, questions, people or topics you’d like to hear on future episodes of the show, you can reach out at MediaMavensCast@gmail.com or on Twitter @_MediaMavens. If you like the show, please give us a review on iTunes or Stitcher.

Having a Nice Chat with Aliens (Media Mavens episode 23)

On this episode of Media Mavens we talk to Yussef Cole about the film Arrival. We discuss alien design, time travel and the important of language.

Our main segment is full of spoilers for Arrival.

Today’s Topics

We invited Yussef Cole on to talk about Arrival and its similarities to Mass Effect.

Guest and Topic Intro (00:00:32)

A brief intro to our guest, Yussef Cole, who writes about games for outlets such as Paste Magazine and hosts the Video Game Hour podcast.

What we’ve been up to (00:07:17)

Yussef (@youmeyou)

  • Hitman
  • Persona 4 Golden
  • Dishonored 2
  • Empire
  • I Am Not Your Negro
  • Hidden Figures
  • Split

Riley (@kaleri_)

  • Mystic Messenger Christmas DLC
  • Heroes of the Storm
  • Overwatch
  • Hwarang
  • Goblin: The Lonely and Great God

Pam (@jasyla_)

  • King’s Quest
  • Tyranny
  • XCOM2
  • The Girl with all the Gifts (movie)
  • Obvious Child
  • The Black Tapes Podcast

Arrival (00:51: 30)

  • What is Arrival?
  • Mass Effect, Arrival and Social Responsibility in Sci-Fi (Yussef’s article)
  • What both Arrival and Mass Effect say about the importance of humans and working together
  • How Arrival and its aliens differ from most other fiction
  • The importance of language
  • Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis
  • Time travel
  • Wasn’t this less convoluted, and therefore WAY BETTER, than Interstellar? @alatinolawyer
  • Is the ending of Arrival good? @xhugglesx
  • The aliens come with companions and convey language jointly. What lessons does this movie give about our beliefs on efficiency and teaching if they don’t just show a video or learn our languages to communicate? @alatinolawyer

If you’ve got any feedback, questions, people or topics you’d like to hear on future episodes of the show, you can reach out at MediaMavensCast@gmail.com or on Twitter @_MediaMavens. If you like the show, please give us a review on iTunes or Stitcher.

I’m a Space Nerd (Media Mavens episode 23)

In this episode of Media Mavens Riley and I talk to Fryda Wolff, voice actor for Sara Ryder, the protagonist of Mass Effect Andromeda. It’s a long episode but a good one. Fryda has so much knowledge to share about voice acting, among other things.

Today’s Topics

Guest and intro

We invited Fryda Wolff, recently announced as the voice of Sara Ryder – one of the two protagonists in Mass Effect: Andromeda – to the show. We talk about voice acting, working with Bioware and what we hope for in the future of Mass Effect.

What we’ve been up to

Fryda

  • Netflix show: Meron (Mark Meron)
  • Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking

Riley

  • Heroes of the Storm
  • Overcooked
  • Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix)
  • Atelier (Netflix)

Pam

  • Overcooked
  • ReCore
  • Chewing Gum (Netflix)
  • Crazyhead (Netflix)
  • Limetown podcast

Interview/discussion with Fryda (00:26:00)

  • The voice acting/voice over process/ day in the life of a VA
  • Favourite/least favourite aspects of voice acting
  • SAG-AFTRA rates (union vs non-union)
  • Video game acting vs commercials/other industries
  • SAG-AFTRA and the VA strike
  • Will game devs ever unionize?
  • (1:04:00) Sound design & first experiences in the games industry
  • (1:13:00) Why do we hear the same VAs everywhere?
  • (1:19:00) The experience of working with Bioware for Mass Effect and
  • (1:29:30) Do VAs ever get to act with other VAs together?
  • (1:36:00) Were you a fan of Mass Effect before being cast as Ryder?
  • (1:38:00) Playing as yourself in a game and learning from it
  • (1:44:00) What are you hoping to see or hear from fans?
  • (1:54:00) Being online 24/7 and keeping your health intact
  • (2:02:00) Creating the brother/sister dynamic in Mass Effect
  • (2:11:00) How does the ME universe stack up against other roles you’ve taken on? What are you hopes for the series going forward?
  • (2:19:00) Any franchises you’d like to work with in the future?
  • (2:22:00) Favourite voice actor or mentor?
  • (2:30:00) What information were you given when you started working with Bioware?
  • (2:34:00) What was it like working with Octodad? In your professional opinion, is he the dadliest catch?
  • (2:36:00) Final comments to fans looking forward to playing

If you’ve got any feedback, questions, people or topics you’d like to hear on future episodes of the show, you can reach out at MediaMavensCast@gmail.com or on Twitter @_MediaMavens. If you like the show, please give us a review on iTunes or Stitcher.

Alistair and Cullen Fan Fic (Media Mavens episode 21)

Still catching up on posting podcast episodes. In this episode, we talk to Tanya De Pass of I Need Diverse Games about Dragon Age.

Today’s Topics:

We invited Tanya DePass of I Need Diverse Games and the Fresh Out of Tokens Podcast to chat with us about Dragon Age and answer a whole lot of listener questions.

Guest and Topic Intro (00:01:19)

A brief intro to our guest, Tanya DePass along with the non-profit she created, I Need Diverse Games . If you’re interested in supporting I Need Diverse Games or Tanya you can do so on Patreon.

What we’ve been up to (00:07:28)

Tanya (@cypheroftyr)

  • Final Fantasy XV
  • Skyrim Special Edition
  • Watch Dogs 2
  • Hip Hop Evolution
  • NK Jemisin’s The Fifth Season

Riley (@kaleri_)

  • Overwatch
  • Heroes of the Storm
  • Descendents of the Sun
  • Rogue One
  • Princess Mononoke
  • The Weeknd Starboy album
  • It’s Our Turn Podcast

Pam (@jasyla_)

  • Dead Rising 4
  • Epistory: Typing Chronicles
  • Black Closet
  • The Ghost Girl in the Corner

Dragon Age (00:28: 05)

  • What is Dragon Age?
  • How did we get into Dragon Age?
  • How the series progresses
  • Templars vs Mages
  • Thoughts in representation of PoC in DA? The character creator is certainly getting better but the only NPCs of color seem to be human (unless I’m misremembering). Why not dwarves and elves? @The_Doc_Webb
  • Tanya’s article on representation in Dragon Age
  • Which secondary character have you been the most sad not to be able to smooch? @mk_patter
  • Varic writes books. Mordin sings in plays. What hobbies or side jobs do you envision your other DA and ME buds having? @OrkChop
  • Best party composition for entertaining banter? Love the party members snarking at each other while we’re roaming around! @thornmallow
  • DA is a series with really high stakes and where humanity (unlike in Mass Effect) is not that special. Do you appreciate that about it? @MtoAllPro
  • Is there a moment in any DA that always makes you cringe (for any reason) playing through it? @TimpoAdante
  • DA:O’s Deep Roads, “A good way to spend an afternoon” or “Is there an end to this”? What did you think? @estelliaslair
  • In your mind are the Wardens good guys, bad guys, neither, and why? I see them more as a necessary evil than anything else. Thus why my warden was super evil and a jerk. @MtoAllPro
  • Are you disappointed that we never get to experience the Warden’s adventures in DA:I (as seen in Leliana quests)? @estelliaslair
  • Is the Inquisition set to be good for later games or will it be corrupted like the Wardens, Templar, Circles and every other organization. @MtoAllPro
  • Which DA do you feel has the best story? Does it also have the best characters? @TimpoAdante
  • Most bittersweet romance? My vote is for a devout Inquisitor romancing Cassandra as she becomes Divine. @The_Doc_Webb

If you’ve got any feedback, questions, people or topics you’d like to hear on future episodes of the show, you can reach out at MediaMavensCast@gmail.com or on Twitter @_MediaMavens. If you like the show, please give us a review on iTunes or Stitcher.

A Lot of Games do Stupid Thing (Media Mavens episode 20)

Looks like I’ve been slacking at posting new Media Mavens episodes here. On our last podcast of 2016, Riley and I talked about all our favourites from the year – movies, games, podcasts, shows, you name it.

Today’s topics:

It’s the last episode of the year and we’re discussing our favourite things from 2016. Thank you for all your support this year! We love you <3

What we’ve been up to:

Riley (@kaleri_)

Pam (@jasyla_)

  • Overwatch
  • Gravity Ghost
  • Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China
  • 3%
  • The OA

Our favourite things from 2016 (00:25:00)

Movies

Games

Listener Faves:

Podcasts

Games Crit

Shows:

Streamers

Listener Questions

  • What TV show is your guilty pleasure show for 2016? (@MtoAllPro)
  • Best ship of 2016? (@MtoAllPro)
  • Favourite co-op game? (@Orkchop)
  • Favourite dev to interact with? (@Orkchop)
  • Are you planning to have more TTRPG content next year? (@MtoAllPro)
  • If you could work in the video game industry, what would you want to do? (@alatinolawyer)

Thank yous from Pam & Riley

As always, thanks for listening to and sharing our podcast – we appreciate every single one of you! See you next year!

If you’ve got any feedback, questions, people or topics you’d like to hear on future episodes of the show, you can reach out at MediaMavensCast@gmail.com or on Twitter @_MediaMavens. If you like the show, please give us a review on iTunes or Stitcher.