Thu, 28 August 2014
With a revived vigor, Dan and Andrew tackle one of the [relatively] biggest topics yet: Doctor Who. Not to worry, however, because they surround their Doctor Who talk with the usual thoughtful commentary about topics that For All Intents and Purposes envelops.
The Mass Effect Series: Another installment in their look at culturally and intellectually important video games, Dan and Andrew expand their breadth and discuss why the entire Mass Effect series is so important.
Discussion: As expected, Andrew and Dan watched the new episode of Doctor Who's Series 8, "Deep Breath", a bit too closely and have a lot of things to say about it, focusing on the 12th Doctor (as played by Peter Capaldi), its themes, and how it fits in to the show overall.
The Big Lebowski: Expanding their breadth even more, Dan and Andrew discuss a movie that they feel is culturally and intellectually important, hoping to expose an angle on the Coen Bros.' The Big Lebowski that you haven't really considered before.
Question: Much like Comic Con before it, another huge convention is about to happen––the Penny Arcade Expo, colloquially known as PAX (or PAX Prime). So, with that in mind we want to know,
What came out of PAX that got you excited and/or intrigued?
Since it hasn't happened yet, Andrew and Dan couldn't quite answer the question. However, we'd love to hear from you! Leave a comment at the post for this episode at forall.libsyn.com, or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For all intents and purposes, that was an episode recap.
Music from this episode:
-"Stayin' in Black" by Wax Audio
-"Saren" by Jack Wall (from Mass Effect: Original Soundtrack)
-"New Worlds" by Jack Wall (from Mass Effect 2)
-"Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)" by Kenny Rogers and the First Edition.
PAX was not the best con of the year for me, unlike previous years. Each year I go to check out the LoL NA LCS. Err... The League of Legends North American League Championship series, or the National Championships. This year, instead of being surrounded by active and popular Rioters, the employees for Riot Games who make LoL, I was surrounded by a bunch of Rioters I've never even heard of. A huge let down. Best moment of PAX was that I got to take home Garruk's Axe from one of the "Hunt Bigger Game" Garruk standees. I guess picking up all the cards from Rise of the Runelords base set to its sixth adventure expansion was pretty great too.
I didn't spend a lot of time seeking out new games this past weekend. My main goal was to actually play games with new people, which is something my previous PAX experiences have been lacking with the running around trying to see and do everything. That being said, I was told by a friend to check out Fantasia, the new game coming out of Harmonix from a partnership with Disney. I've always been a fan of rhythm and party games and I think this one has great potential. You use your hands like a real conductor, simple shapes tell you what motion you need to take with a shooting star icon showing the correct timing. Multiplayer is cooperative and competitive at the same time- each person has about an equal amount of solos and simultaneous sections per piece. I'm not sure if there's options for more than 2 players- only 1-2 player options were demoed at PAX. The music selection should appeal to most people- Tchaikovsky, Kimbra, White Strips, and Queen as an sample. You play "as" Mickey from Fantasia, but I didn't actually see ears on any of the avatars. I'm disappointed it's only been announced for the XBox, as I only have a PS4.