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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.

Stevenbomb (Media Mavens episode 15)

Here’s the latest Media Mavens. We invited BrothaDom from the Character Reveal podcast to talk with us about Steven Universe.

Today’s topics:

Today we’re talking about Steven Universe.

Guest Intro (00:00:45)

An introduction to our guest, BrothaDom. You can find his writing at Lady Geek Girl and Friends and listen to him on the Character Reveal podcast.

What we’ve been up to (00:02:22)

BrothaDom (@BrothaDom)

  • Overwatch
  • Luke Cage
  • Soundtrack Attack
  • Panic at the Disco: Death of a Bachelor

Kaleri (@kaleri_)

  • World of Warcraft
  • Overwatch
  • Girl on the Train
  • The Adventure Zone

Pam (@jasyla_)

  • Overwatch
  • Blaster Master
  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • Triangle
  • Lady Problems

Steven Universe (00:20:10)

  • What is Steven Universe?
  • How the appeal spans from children to adults
  • How is Steven Universe different from the shows you watched as a kid? Would SU have made a difference for you growing up? (@the_doc_webb)
  • World building in short, condensed episodes w/ lots of plot!
  • How do you think they fit so much story into a small amount of time without it feeling rushed? (@TheForEverNoob)
  • Who is your favourite Gem (and why is it Lapis)? (@FWNuminous)
  • Gemsonas? (@Walkstweets)
  • One thing I love about SU is how fleshed-out the “normal” characters are. Who is your favourite ‘non-gem’ character? (@the_doc_webb)
  • Value of episodes focused on beach city residents vs the gems and lore? (@Walkstweets)
  • Queer representation
  • Pearl and Rose – What are your thoughts on their relationship? Is the relationship rooted in Pearl’s tendency to serve, or is it a two-way street? (@Pontelon)
  • Any theories you’d like to share? (@TheForEverNoob)
  • What the heck is going on with their schedule? (aka what is a Stevenbomb!) (@IFlyDragons)
  • Music
  • What are your thoughts of Lars and why do you think he acts the way he does? (@TheForEverNoob)
  • What are your thoughts on how they treated Bismuth? (or how Steven reacted to Bismuth compared to Peridot) (@Pontelon)

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.

To All the Games I’ve Never Played (Media Mavens episode 14)

Here’s the latest media Mavens. We invited our friend AppeCiderWitch back to chat about her latest article, Gaming Without Nostalgia. We chat about what it’s like to not have that connection to the ‘classics’ and feeling like an outsider. Please leave us a review if you like the show!

Today’s topics:

Today we’re talking about AppleCider’s article, Looking Back on Gaming without Nostalgia! We chat about feeling left out of the conversation, and how you don’t necessarily have to play a game to talk about it.

Guest Intro (00:00:45)

Brief intro to our returning guest, AppleCider!

What we’ve been up to (00:01:19)

AppleCider (@appleciderwitch)

  • World of Warcraft
  • Fall TV Shows: Atlanta, Chef’s Table: France

Kaleri (@kaleri_)

  • World of Warcraft
  • Zootopia
  • Once Upon a Time
  • Grey’s Anatomy

Pam (@jasyla_)

  • Virginia
  • The Bunker
  • Attack the Block
  • Hard Candy
  • The People vs OJ Simpson
  • American Horror Story
  • Chez Lindsey

Gaming and Nostalgia (00:36:03)

AppleCider’s article:

  • Why write this now? What spurred you to talk about it?
  • Gatekeeping in gaming
  • Positives and negatives that come from having a lack of nostalgia
  • How much mainstream dialogue around games requires extra knowledge (ex describing a game as a ‘Metroidvania’)
  • Cultural osmosis of gaming knowledge
  • There are so many ways to experience a game now (Let’s Plays, Streaming) so do you need to play a game to talk about it?

Twitter/Listener questions (01:27:47)

  • Does a gender double standard also apply to requiring childhood gaming for credibility or is that universal? @lonelyboardgame
  • Does a remake of a classic owe a duty to new players to do more than just modernize the graphics? @alatinolawyer

AppleCider’s new article is up on Kotaku! Check out her writing on Overwatch and femslash here:

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.

Disturbing on a Narrative Level (Media Mavens episode 13)

Here’s the latest Media Mavens, where we talk to returning guest Dia Lacina about open world games. We talk Witcher 3, Fallout 4, Elder Scrolls, Dead Rising, Survival open world games and, of course, Bioware. Have a listen!

Today’s topics:

Today we’re talking about open world games – what the appeal is, when they work and when they don’t.

Guest Intro 00:00:35

A quick intro to returning guest – Dia Lacina.

What we’ve been up to (00:01:22)

Dia (@DiaLacina)

Riley (@Kaleri_)

Pam (@Jasyla_)

Open World Games and listener questions (00:33:03)

  • How do you define an open world game?
  • What’s biggest draw of OW games? Freedom to do things out of order? Exploration? Sense of realism/scale? @_Rades
  • Thoughts on open-world survival games ie Rust, 7 Days to Die, compared to like Skyrim? @_Rades
  • Different types of open world – is to best suited to a certain genre, or does it all depend on execution?
  • How does one balance exploration with the potential loss of narrative drive? @Sheepthediamond
  • Is there a place for an OW structure in games that are heavily focused on narrative? What’s it look like? @soetzufit
  • A common complaint (mine as well) is that the central story tends to pale in comparison to the world itself. Which games overcame this problem, and what suggestions do you have for others to improve? @The_Doc_Webb
  • The Spatiality and Themes of Fallout New Vegas
  • How Dead Rising started an open world pandemic
  • How to present lore to players
  • Do you ever make up your own stories when playing open-world? If so how strictly do you adhere to them/how does it affect gameplay? @DariaPlays
  • How often do you play the evil side in your video games (i.e. picking the dark-side or all the evil choices in an AD&D game) & Why? @UrzasRage
  • Why does everyone love Skyrim so much and I hate 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 or on Twitter @_MediaMavens. If you like the show, please give us a review on iTunes or Stitcher.