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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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Leave us a review if you like us!


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.

F*ckboy Murder Simulator (Media Mavens episode 8)

The latest episode of Media Mavens is out! This week we talk to Dia Lacina about all things Until Dawn. Please check it out.

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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!


Our main segment has spoilers for the game Until Dawn, and there are minor spoilers for Game of Thrones, Dragon Age Inquisition and Orange is the New Black in our first segment.

Today’s Topics:

Guest Intro 00:55:00

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

What we’ve been doing 01:41:00

Pam – @jasyla_

  • Guested on Character Reveal Podcast
  • Hand of Fate
  • Dragon Age Inquisiton
  • XCOM2
  • Orange is the New Black
  • The Girl With All the Gifts

Dia – @dialacina

  • Final Fantasy XIV
  • Shadowrun Returns: Dragonfall
  • Enterprise
  • Game of Thrones
  • Friends at the Table S2

Kaleri – @kaleri_

Until Dawn 00:36:00

  • Characters
  • Teen horror genre
  • How it compares to other horror games
  • How much choice is there, really?
  • The Wendigo Myth & use of totem imagery

Listener Questions 01:35:00

  • Do we forgive hero Mike for being past person Garbage Mike?@ckunzelman
  • Do you want a sequel? If so what would you want to see the sequel do, story- or gameplay-wise? @CrossChopChris

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.

The Empire Needs a New Schtick – Media Mavens episode 7

The latest episode of Media Mavens is out! This week we talk to Tzufit about all things Star Wars and have a lot of fun doing it. Please check it out.

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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!


 

Our main segment has spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Also we talk Game of Thrones S6Ep9 spoilers between 33:27 and 37:44

Guest intro 00:00:36

We start with a brief introduction to our guest, Tzufit. You can find her on Twitter and listen to her podcast, Pop Culture Coven.

What we’ve been doing 00:02:13

Tzufit – @soetzufit

Riley – @Kaleri_

Pam – @jasyla_, Cannot be Tamed

  • Dragon Age Inquisition
  • State of Decay
  • Overwatch
  • Goosebumps
  • Pony Island
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Game of Thrones

Star Wars 00:37:50

  • Original trilogy
  • Prequels
  • The Force Awakens
  • Rey
  • Kylo Ren
  • Too close to A New Hope?
  • What will happen next episode?
  • Finn and Poe

Listener Questions 1:20:30

  • Yub Nub: Glad it’s gone or bring it back? @Collectorcast
  • Is Star Wars political? Or does its Hero’s Arc merely require political strawmen that align with dark vs light side? @aLatinoLawyer
  • Living Force or Unifying Force, and why? @The_Doc_Webb
  • Did Clone Wars redeem the prequel era? @The_Doc_Webb
  • Which is your favorite Star Wars game, and why? @The_Doc_Webb
  • What’s your favourite Old Republic class? @orkchop
  • How do romances compare to other Bioware games? @orkchop
  • Favourite KOTOR (or KOTOR 2) party member? @MustyHobbit

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.

The Real Question Is – Who would you romance? – Media Mavens episode 6

I totally forgot to post about this episode when it came out. Two weeks ago. Oops. This episode it’s just Riley and I and we talk about X-Men: Apocalypse.

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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!


What we’ve been up to (00:01:01)

Pam – (@jasyla_)

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines
  • Darkest Dungeon
  • Firefly

Riley – (@kaleri_)

  • Overwatch
  • Hearthstone
  • Bo Burnham’s comedy special: Make Happy
  • Warcraft

X-Men: Apocalypse (00:32:05)

Listener questions (00:59:09)

  • Who is better, Charles Xavier or Jean Luc Picard? – @TheDonovanViper
  • Do you feel that Days of Future Past was part of hitting a big reset button on the X-Men universe? – @angryCDNdecepticon
  • Do you read X-Men comics, or any comics? And if so, what’s your favourite? @Duke0619 (Retro Nonsense)
  • If you could have one of the X-Men’s powers which would you choose? @Buried_on_Mars
  • (Hypothetically) BioWare has just secured rights to make an X-Men game. Party of 3, who would you bring to the fight? – @MustyHobbit

Listener questions (not about X-Men) (01:09:03)

  • As I’m largely a ‘retro gamer’ these days, part of what I love about the hobby is hearing people’s origin stories. What are some of your nostalgic memories in gaming and how have they helped establish your gaming habits today? – Paul “Catridge Canuck”
  • Just curious about the equipment you use to record? – Keno/@lifespiller79
  • If you could bring any one Game of Thrones character back to life, which would it be and why? @StevenEidher

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 a Nuclear Physicist – Media Mavens episode 5

The latest episode of Media Mavens is out! We talk to writer Megan Patterson about the CW show The 100.

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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!


Guest intro 00:00:52

We start with a brief introduction to our guest, Megan Patterson. You can find her on Twitter and find her writing at Paper Droids and The Mary Sue.

What we’ve been doing 00:02:35

Megan – @mk_patter

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • Witcher III
  • Robin McKinley’s fairy tale adaptations, currently reading Deerskin
  • Lady Dynamite

Riley – @Kaleri_

  • Overwatch
  • Saga, finished volume 3
  • Legend of Korra

Pam – @jasyla_, Cannot be Tamed

The 100 00:30:48

  • Wells Jaha and why Pam quit The 100 the first time
  • Clarke, maker of impossible decisions
  • LEXAAAAA
  • Octavia the badass
  • Stop torturing Raven
  • ALIE and The City of Light
  • S3 finale and where will it go next season?
  • Fashion
  • Likable Murphy?

Listener Questions 1:38:00

  • Most post-apocalypse/sci-fi shows/movies have very obvious moral messages – do you think there is one with the 100 and if so, what is it? If not, why not? @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 atMediaMavensCast@gmail.com or on Twitter @_MediaMavens. If you like the show, please give us a review on iTunes or Stitcher.