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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


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


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


  • 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 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 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)



Listener Faves:


Games Crit



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 or on Twitter @_MediaMavens. If you like the show, please give us a review on iTunes or Stitcher.

How do you get 50 million people to like a woman? (Media Mavens episode 19)

On our most recent episode we welcome special returning guest star AppleCider to snark with us about The Game Awards and PSX. What awards were we pumped about, which ones were dumb, who got snubbed, and who is the best host of The Game Awards (there’s only one option). Listen to find out, and don’t forget to toss us a review if you like us!

Today’s Topics:

We invited AppleCider back to hang out and talk about the big events in video games that happened recently – The Game Award and PlayStation Experience.

Guest and Topic Intro (00:00:51)

A brief intro to our guest, AppleCider.

What we’ve been up to (00:03:17)

AppleCider (@AppleCiderWitch)

  • Overwatch
  • Dishonored 1
  • Man in the High Castle

Riley (@kaleri_)

  • Mystic Messenger
  • Black Mirror
  • MAMAs
  • Official Spotify playlists for EXO/BTS

Pam (@jasyla_)

The Game Awards (00:38: 05)

  • What is The Game Awards?
  • Hideo Kojima and the Death Stranding trailer
  • Some issues with how the awards were presented
  • Indie games getting shafted
  • Mass Effect gameplay trailer
  • Blizzard and Overwatch win big (and what does Best Game Direction mean?)
  • Voice acting – Firewatch gets snubbed, Nolan North throws Performance Matters under the bus
  • With the male dominated list of Trending gamers, 2 things. What do you think should be qualifications for trending gamer and who are some women that you’d nominate based on those ideas? @BrothaDom
  • With @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN receiving the Industry Icon Award, who would you guys nominate as the first female to receive it? @bloomtoon
  • What can Geoff Kieghly do to make an event like the Game Awards be taken seriously in the mainstream and not just a marketing event with only a few awards? To me if feels too much like an extension of E3. @mustyhobbit
  • What new award would you include? Joke answer and serious answer both would rule. @devoted_pupa

PSX (01:32: 30)

  • What is PSX?
  • Remakes of PS1 games – Crash Bandicoot, Parappa, Wipeout, Patapon
  • Destiny – the return of Sparrow racing
  • The Last of Us 2
  • Sony’s holiday commercial for PS4 showed lots of content for games coming out in 17. Did PSX do enough to satisfy anxiety someone might have about jumping onboard for a system when the stuff you want to play hasn’t even been released? @alatinolawyer

Mystic Mavens (Media Mavens Episode 18)

This week on Media Mavens it was just Riley and I, talking about what we’ve been up to and taking listener questions. We cover everything from the hottest new anime boys dating sim – Mystic Messenger, anime, what Nintendo’s been up to, and what we’re looking forward to next year. Take a listen and please consider giving us a review if you like what you hear.

Today’s topics:

We’re on our own today! Come hang out as we talk about what we’ve been up to lately.

Pam (@jasyla_)

  • The Lion’s Song
  • Masquerada
  • Sara is Missing
  • Mystic Messenger
  • Master Chef Canada
  • Experience Points
  • Where am I Now?

Riley (@Kaleri_)

  • Heroes of the Storm
  • Mystic Messenger
  • Yuri!! On Ice
  • kpop!

Twitter Questions: (00:44:30)

  1. After all the build up in Mass Effect 1, what did you think about SPECTREs by the end of the first trilogy? (@ActWon1)
  2. Who did you choose for Divine? (@Orkchop)
  3. How do you handle your backlog of unplayed games? I’m forcing my way through mine so I can finally pack away my 360. (@xhugglesx)
  4. What video games would you like to see turned into movies? (@theDonovanViper)
  5. What not to remake? (@solidpollywog)
  6. What’s your favourite holiday themed sitcom episode? Why do you think its limited usually to comedies? (@alatinolawyer)
  7. Nintendo Switch! (@reetin)
  8. Considering the success of the NES Mini, would a Gameboy or SNES Mini be a better follow up? (@ithinkibrokeit)
  9. Which 2017 game and which 2017 movie are you looking forward to the most? (@supernintendad)
  10. When approaching an unknown tv series or movie, what are the main factors that get you to watch it? What makes you turn it off? (@MustyHobbit)
  11. What guest made you the most nervous to invite and what would be your dream guest? (@devoted_pupa)

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 or on Twitter @_MediaMavens. If you like the show, please give us a review on iTunes or Stitcher.

Mass Effect Feelings (Media Mavens episode 17)

In our latest episode we talk to Sean from the Cartridge Club about one of our favourite series, Mass Effect.

Today’s Topics:

We invited Sean, also known as P1 in the Cartridge Club, to hang out and talk about the latest on Mass Effect after the recent N7 day. We got a lot of listener questions which made up the bulk of the discussion.

Guest Intro (00:01:26)

A brief intro to our guest, Sean.

What we’ve been up to (00:02:30)

Sean (@CartridgeBros)

  • PaRappa the Rapper
  • Overwatch
  • Westworld

Riley (@kaleri_)

  • Overwatch
  • The Crown
  • Dr. Strange

Pam (@jasyla_)

  • Heavy Rain
  • Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
  • Kill List
  • High Rise
  • Black Mirror season 3

Mass Effect (00:26: 55)

We do talk spoilers here.

  • What is Mass Effect?
  • Original trilogy
  • Every time I play, I always choose the same romance partners, even though I say I won’t. How about you? @collectorcast
  • Taking a characteristic/trait from as many party characters as possible in ME (excluding Shepard), assemble the perfect being. bonus points if you can avoid selecting the obvious ones. @MustyHobbit
  • Is there any redeeming quality for Ashley? #spaceracist @MustyHobbit
  • Can you name any performance in video games that is on par with Jennifer Hale as Shepard? #OneShep2RuleThemAll @CartridgeBros
  • Did you like the multiplayer in Mass Effect 3? Do you want there to be some type of multiplayer in Andromeda? @Orkchop
  • Garrus: GREAT boyfriend or GREATEST boyfriend? @Arolaide
  • Favorite non-romanceable characters? Anyone you wish had been a romance option who wasn’t? @The_Doc_Webb
  • How do you feel about there being no canon to the Mass Effect 3 ending? Does it detract/enhance quality? @alatinolawyer
  • Mass Effect Andromeda
  • What’s the worst case scenario for Andromeda, best case scenario and what do you think will actually happen? @devoted_pupa
  • Feelings on the Andromeda trailer? Part you were happiest to see? Part you were least happy to see? @soetzufit
  • Are you all hoping to see the same alien species in Andromeda as companions, or are you hoping we will be joined by new sentient species in the new galaxy? @The_Doc_Webb
  • How many aliens do you think i can bang in ME:A? @tatianawrites
  • How great would an elcor party member be? (I’ll answer this one: SO GREAT). @The_Doc_Webb
  • Hanar, elcor and volus were almost comic relief for the ME series. as non council-seat-holding-races, are they part of Ai? @BrendenSparks
  • Do you think we’ll ever have the option for a non-human PC in Mass Effect, other than in the multiplayer? (@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 or on Twitter @_MediaMavens. If you like the show, please give us a review on iTunes or Stitcher.

Sweet Christmas (Media Mavens episode 16)

On the latest Media Mavens we talked to Johnathan about Luke Cage. Please leave us a rating or review on iTunes or Stitcher if you’re a listener.

Today’s Topics:

We invited Johnathan (@ActWon1 on twitter) to hang out and talk about the newest Netflix/Marvel offering, Luke Cage.

Guest Intro (00:00:40)

A brief intro to our guest, Johnathan.

What we’ve been up to (00:02:38)

Johnathan (@actwon1)

Riley (@kaleri_)

  • Overwatch
  • Mystic Messenger
  • Destiny: Rise of Iron
  • Dance Academy
  • I’m a Forge Partner! (

Pam (@jasyla_)

Luke Cage (00: 38: 38)

Spoilers galore here!

  • What/who IS Luke Cage?
  • Luke Cage in the comics
  • Luke Cage, the Netflix character
  • Cottonmouth
  • The MUSIC/soundtrack (Can we PLEASE talk about that soundtrack? @soetzufit)
  • Diamondback
  • Shades. “I kinda got a “holding a torch for Mariah” vibe from him. Couldn’t get enough Shades. More Shades. @HoodieThirteen” (01:03:32)
  • Mariah
  • The women on this show! Misty Knight & Claire Temple
  • Do we really need to talk about “protection from superheroes” AGAIN?
  • The setting, ambiance etc.
  • After the death of Cotton Mouth, it has issues. The super bullet was rather lame. And Diamondback, who was always the great puppet master, just puts on a suit and comes fight Luke at the end in public? Really? Overall, I loved the series but I think Jessica Jones had better writing for the second half. Before that, I thought they were at least on par. @vosskah (01:23:22)
  • Jessica Jones and the treatment of the black characters in the show

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 or on Twitter @_MediaMavens. If you like the show, please give us a review on iTunes or Stitcher.