Podcasts

Abnormal Mapping 44: The Mr Show of Videogames

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Emerging from the wreckage of the Big Shell, Jackson travels through time to meet Cameron Kunzelman in the depths of the russian jungle, on a secret mission to stop a tank which can go really fast. In this third entry into the Metal Gear podcasts, Cameron and Jackson drill into the big questions: who does Snake kiss? Is it possible to make an anti-war War Game? And is Metal Gear even that ridiculous at all?

This is a fantastic episode and I hope you can take the time to give it a listen! Big, big thanks to Cameron for stopping by, you can find their writing at This Cage Is WormsPaste and Twitter, their games here or on Steam, and a variety ofYoutube fun stuff, well, on Youtube.

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Things discussed: Metals Gear 1-5, Shigeru Miyamoto, Final Fantasy VII, Leigh Alexander on MGSV

Music This Episode
Snake Eater by Norihiko Hibino & Cynthia Harrell
Fanfare (FFVII) by Nobuo Uematsu
Way To Fall by Starsailor

Trashpect Ratio 19: Tropical Malady

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On the ides of February, the 19th episode of Trashpect Ratio does come crawling through the cracks and onto the shores of the internet. There’s a talk about Grease and its possible transgressive nature, there’s a follow up chat on the career of Quentin Tarantino, and a short walk through the tastes of the hosts in Romantic Movies. All this as well as an interesting movie club movie, Tropical Malady! This is a quality episode, so come on down to ratio roadshow and stick it on your listening device of choice!

Movies Discussed

Grease
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Quentin Tarantino
Creed
Tropical Malady
Upstream Colour
Primer
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Annie Hall
Weekend
The Before Trilogy
In The Mood For Love
The Fountain
Starship Troopers
Her
Stories We Tell
Broadcast News

This Month’s Movie

Tropical Malady

Next Month’s Movie

Ghost in the Shell

Abnormal Mapping 42: Mapping's Memetic Legacy

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After conquering the base of Shadow Moses, Jackson continued on to Big Shell, accompanied this time by none other than the fantastic Heather Alexandra! This episode is an in-depth critical discussion on Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, where we talk about (among other things) the game’s commentary on player and player character agency, the societal implications of The Patriots, and the varying quality of the members of that poor Emmerich Family.

I’m incredibly proud of this discussion, so if you’re at all interested in critical discussions on Metal Gear then you should definitely have a listen, I think it’s an intresting conversation about a really dense game. This episode couldn’t have been made without special guest Heather Alexandra, whose writing can be found on her website and you should also follow her on twitter!

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Things discussed: Metals Gear 1-5, Driving Off The Map, Metal Gear Rising

Music This Episode
Metal Gear Solid Main Theme by TAPPY & Harry Gregson-Williams
Fortune by Norihiko Hibino
Can’t Say Goodbye To Yesterday by Rika Muranaka, Carla White

Minimap: The Witness

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In what will hopefully become a semi-regular fixture of short, impomptu podcasts, M and Jackson sit down to have a chat about The Witness. There aren’t any spoilers for solutions here, and instead we get into our feelings on the cultural context of the game and its creator. Let us know if you enjoy the episode, and we’ll bring you some more when circumstances align!

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Games Discussed
Braid, Not Myst, The Witness

Music Used
Blown Away by Kevin McLeod

Goof Zone 8: Year of the Goof

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Jackson and Destiny return for another episode of your favourite podcast about Mental Health! The long and storied saga of Jackson vs iTunes enters its final chapter, and soon Goof Zone will emerge on the storefront for the Year of the Goof! It's a mostly chill episode this week as Jackson and Destiny chat about the year ahead!

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Music Used
A Winner Needs A Wand - Sufjan Stevens
In Cauda Venenum - The Dear Hunter
Starman - David Bowie

Abnormal Mapping 41: The Shaven Wookie

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The Mappers begin the new year with a new podcast about a new video game! There’s no such thing as too much new, as we delve deep into new characters, new shapes, and new possiblities with some new artwork and some new laughs. We also induct new things into the reading list. New. New new new. Please enjoy this new podcast, and maybe let friends (new ones, but old ones too I guess) know, so that they can be new listeners in this new era.

Meatloaf, Pure Pool, The Witcher, Animal Crossing, Shaven Wookie, Destiny, Mass Effect, Beyond: Two Souls, City of Heroes, Star Trek Online, The Sims, Saints Row, Miis, GTA IV, Sleeping Dogs, I am Become Rihanna, the Destroyer of WorldsThe Natural, Expand, When Two Best Friends Make Video Games, CS Go 1.7 Beta, games for children, the “Tears in the Rain” Blade Runner speech, Minecraft LPs, the car story from the Beastcast

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Reading List Inductees:
Psychology of Video Games
Friends at the Table
Monster Factory

This Month’s Game Club Game: Expand

Next Month’s Game Club Game: Ninja Gaiden Black

Music This Episode
Blown Away by Kevin MacLeod
Mii Channel by Kazumi Totaka
Closure by Christopher Larkin
Slide by Etch Music
Busy Earnin’ by Jungle

Abnormal Mapping 40: Brother!!!

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With the completion of the Metal Gear diaries, Jackson is finally free from this franchise for the rest of time... or so he thought. Instead, he's pulled back in to a series of mid-month podcasts here on Abnormal Mapping where he talks to different guests about the various games in the series to highlight and explore multiple perspectives. For the first one, he's joined by Corey Milne, an Irish Games Critic who wants nothing more than to hear Liquid Snake, with all the vocal might he can muster, utter the magic word: B R O T H E R

Corey's writing can be found on his website and you can also follow him on twitter!

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Things discussed: Metals Gear 1-4, Driving Off The Map, Spec Ops The Line

Music This Episode
The Best is Yet To Come by Rika Muranaka & Aoife Ní Fhearraigh
Encounter by TAPPY
Metal Gear Solid Theme by TAPPY

Trashpect Ratio 18: Trouble Every Day

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2016 has begun, and our brave heroes return from cinema trips all, having watched those Starly Wars, and a film in which Vincent Gallo learns of his stance on betrayal.

Movies Discussed

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
45 Years
The Hateful Eight
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Trouble Every Day

This Month’s Movie

Trouble Every Day

Next Month’s Movie

Tropical Malady

Abnormal Mapping 39: You Cannot Comprehend the Nature of [BLEEP]'s Attack

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It’s the end of the year, and the Mappers have arrived a little late and a little weary to talk about the year that is now past and the year that lies ahead. 2015 was a mess of a year, like years often are, and in grand tradition we echew game of the year lists to bring you some memories, some japes, and some feelings. What lies ahead for the podcast? Within are the answers. Then, we turn to the games of yesteryear, for a deep conversation about one of the most highly regarded RPGs of all time, GameFAQs and Starman.net’s own … EarthBound.

A big thank you to friend of the show Tracie Mauk for providing the voice of the photographer in this episode.

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This Month’s Game ClubEarthBound

Next Month’s Game ClubExpand

Things discussed2015 SpreadsheetThe Metal Gear Articles, Metals Gear, Zelda, Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Final Fantasy VII, Ninja Gaiden Black, Yakuza 3, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, The Crew, Alphabear, Neko Atsume, Binding of Issac: Rebirth, Monster Hunter 4: Ultimate, Bloodborne, Etrian Odyssey, The Walking Dead: Season 2, Crusader Kings 2, EarthBound, the EarthBound guide

Music This Episode
Blown Away by Kevin MacLeod
Photographer’s Theme by Keiichi Suzuki and Hirokazu Tanaka
Your Name Please by Keiichi Suzuki and Hirokazu Tanaka
The Sky Runner by Keiichi Suzuki and Hirokazu Tanaka
Runaway Five Left the Building by Keiichi Suzuki and Hirokazu Tanaka
Onett Theme by Keiichi Suzuki and Hirokazu Tanaka

Trashpect Ratio 17: Glengarry Glen Ross

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It’s a cast –
A podcast?
A podcast, yes.
What are you saying?
I’m saying there’s a new podcast out.
Can I hear it?
You can listen to it.
Listen or hear?
You can listen to it whenever you want.
There a movie?
There’s always a movie, it’s a movie podcast, what are you –

Please enjoy the final Trashpect Ratio of 2015, where we gather round and talk about Glengarry Glen Ross.

Movies Discussed

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part two
Spectre
Glengarry Glen Ross

This Month’s Movie

Glengarry Glen Ross

Next Month’s Movie

Trouble Every Day