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 MediaMavensCast@gmail.com 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:  https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2016/09/looking-back-on-gaming-without-nostalgia.html

  • 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: http://kotaku.com/why-overwatch-fans-are-obsessed-with-shipping-its-femal-1787244865?utm_medium=sharefromsite&utm_source=Kotaku_twitter

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.

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

We Want to Stand Up (Media Mavens episode 12)

There’s a new episode of Media Mavens out. This week it was just Riley and I taking about all the things we’ve been up to (there’s a lot) and answering some listener questions. Please leave us a review if you’ve got a spare minute or two.

Today’s Topics:

Today it’s just Pam and Riley talking about what we’ve been up to and answering listener questions.

What we’ve been up to: (00:01:44)

Riley:

  • WoW: Legion
  • Overwatch
  • Batman v Superman
  • Jason Bourne
  • Bad Moms
  • The Intern
  • Love and Friendship
  • League of Legends North American Finals @ ACC in Toronto
  • Room
  • Nice Dragons Finish Last
  • Girl on the Train
  • The Adventure Zone

Pam:

  • Overwatch
  • Beyond Good and Evil
  • Hidden object games
  • Deus Ex Mankind Divided
  • BroForce
  • Phantasmagoria
  • Star Wars (ep 1,5,6,7)
  • The Americans
  • You’re Next
  • Ali Wong: Baby Cobra
  • Console Wars
  • Oryx and Crake
  • Tavit and Yussef’s Gaming Hour: Inside

Listener Questions (01:02:55)

  • Your thoughts on games being released unfinished then trickle of content to follow as free or paid DLC? @mustyhobbit
  • Where do you go for the majority of your gaming, tv and movie news? @CartridgeBros
  • If you could learn one non-contemporary style of dance what would it be and why? @MToAllpro
  • If you could live in one game world what would it be and why?@MtoAllpro
  • Have you ever made a recipe / dish to match a video game theme? @Walkstweets
  • What game soundtrack makes you want to drop everything, ignore all adult responsibilities and go play the game again?@Nintenlo
  • You’re in a room with two games, one single player and the other co-op, what are they and how long before you’re sick of ’em?@CantstopDrew
  • Do all the trolls/haters/weirdos and their wonky comments/requests/suggestions make you want to run away or stand up to them? @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 atMediaMavensCast@gmail.com or on Twitter @_MediaMavens. If you like the show, please give us a review on iTunes or Stitcher.

That’s Not What a Demogorgon Looks Like (Media Mavens episode 11)

The newest episode of Media Mavens is out! We talk to Sara about the Netflix summer hit, Stranger Things.

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Today’s topics:

Today we’re talking about the hottest new show of the summer – Stranger Things. We spoil lots.

Guest Intro 00:01:00

We start with a quick introduction to our guest, Sara. You can find her on Twitter @SerrinneWoW !

What we’ve been up to (00:01:57)

Sara

  • New Diablo 3 season
  • League of Legends
  • Pokemon GO
  • Zodiac
  • Honeymoon
  • The Big Short
  • Deliver Us From Evil
  • Tragically Hip concert

Riley (@Kaleri_)

  • No Man’s Sky
  • Hearthstone – Karazhan expansion
  • Tragically Hip concert

Pam (@Jasyla_)

  • No Man’s Sky
  • Shovel Knight
  • This War of Mine
  • The Expanse
  • Console Wars

Stranger Things and listener questions (00:29:30)

  • 80s nostalgia and throwbacks to old movies
  • Was the time setting of the 80s a gimmick to draw audience or a necessary ingredient to the story? @STCPod
  • Rewarding viewers for knowing things – the value of information
  • Eleven
  • Who wins in a duel between Eleven and Rey (The Force Awakens)? @alatinolawyer
  • Winona Ryder makes a comeback and other casting choices
  • The D&D connection
  • The Upsidedown
  • Are the adults in Stranger Things too quick to accept the supernatural they encounter? @alatinolawyer
  • Some outlets have been criticizing the portrayal of the female characters – is this warranted?
  • Did Barb deserve better? (spoiler: yes) @The_Dec_Webb
  • What did you think of Nancy staying with Steve at the end?@Matteo138
  • Why was this show such a hit?
  • Was it a mistake to show the monster?
  • I’d like to hear your thoughts on practical vs digital creature effects. Did it work here? What would you change? @mustyhobbit
  • Do you want a second season where the kids are grown up and awkward? A completely different season 2? Or no new season?@xhugglesx
  • What theories do you have for season 2? @VintageVGGeek

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

It’s Bi Noon

The latest episode of Media Mavens is out! This week we are joined by Sabriel and talk about the game we’ve all been playing, Overwatch! This was a very fun episode and it’s also out 10th! Take a listen. If you like the podcast, please consider leaving us a review on one of these platforms, or tell a friend about us!

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Today’s topics:

We’re finally cashing in on the Overwatch hype, sit down with us as we tackle what it is and why we love it.

What we’ve been up to (02:23:00)

Sabriel (@Sabriality or sabriel.me )

  • Overwatch
  • Kerbal Space Program
  • A Very Secret Service
  • Archer
  • Star Trek TNG

Riley (@Kaleri_)

  • Overwatch
  • Pokemon GO
  • Pokemon
  • Stranger Things
  • Star Trek Beyond

Pam (@Jasyla_)

  • PS2 Games
  • Hero Defense: Haunted Island
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Masterchef Australia
  • Stranger Things
  • Jane the Virgin
  • The Jinx

Overwatch and Listener Questions (00:24:36)

  • What is Overwatch?
  • PC v PS4?
  • Who’s your favourite character and why? Which character just doesn’t click with you at all? @grnmushroom
  • The Importance of Ana by @appleciderwitch
  • The online experience
  • Player feedback at the end of the match; medals, stats, Play of the Game, voting for MVP?
  • How do you actually learn to play the game?
  • (00:58:23) What would you like to see as a future brawl?@_rades
  • (01:02:30) Quien es Sombra? @OrkChop
  • Lore? Where is the lore?
  • (01:12:00) Where are the gay characters, Blizz?! How should Blizzard introduce them? @MtoAllPro
  • (01:17:57) Overwatch and its cultural appropriation @MtoAllPro
  • (01:24:00) Can Ana solo heal or is she better alongside a Lucio?@Makofury
  • (01:27:21) Which characters are most likely to listen to your podcast? @walkstweets
  • (01:29:10) How quickly do they have to push updates to keep you in, and how awesome would the Titan MMO have been?@TDwelve
  • (01:33:58) Do you think the hype momentum will last? Is this the next esport? @serrinneWoW

Extra credit reading on Pharah:

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My Favourite Swear Word

The latest episode of Media Mavens is out! This week it’s just Riley and I talking about all the things we’ve been watching and playing, plus answering listener questions.

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If you like the podcast, please consider leaving us a review on one of these platforms, or tell a friend about us!


Today’s topics:

This week we don’t have a guest so we get right into what we’ve been doing!

What we’ve been up to (00:02:11)

Riley – (@kaleri_)

  • Overwatch
  • Pokemon GO
  • Orange is the New Black
  • The Big Short
  • The Secret Life of Pets
  • The Real History of Science Fiction

Pam – (@jasyla_)

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Trespasser
  • Inside
  • Arkham Knight
  • The Invitation
  • Buried
  • Swimming with Sharks
  • Star Wars: A New Hope
  • Pretty Little Liars
  • Daredevil

Listener questions (00:42:00)

  • Are you thinking of popping back into WoW for Legion?@Orkchop
  • What 80s or 90s cartoon or tv show would you next like to see turn into a movie? @Orkchop
  • How can I reconcile enjoying media created by questionable folks (I.e. Chris brown’s music, etc.)? @serrinnewow
  • Thoughts on alternate skins from Overwatch? Are they goofy fun or just weirdly out of tone with the lore? (NOTE: I’m talking about, e.g., Pirate Torbjorn, not the culturally-appropriative skins, which are a whole separate discussion) @The_Doc_Webb
  • You both are very active on social media. How do you balance social media against all of the other things that you do?@MustyHobbit
  • As two women dating men who game, do you play cooperatively often or do your gaming and romantic lives run parallel?@alatinolawyer
  • What’s your favourite swear word? @CartridgeBros

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