Constantly Calibrating Podcast (Gaming & Geek Culture)

This is it, the end of 2014. Listen as we cover our Entertainment of the Year Award Spectacular, before heading into a look at what 2014 did for us, as well as what we hope for out of the first half of 2015.

Then join us at the end as we bid adieu to podcast host Josh, who is taking a leave of absence for the next few weeks due to child spawning shenanigans.

After listening, or even before, let us know some of your best memories of 2014 -- whether related to us or not -- then what you hope to see out of us in 2015.


Thanks for the fantastic ride this last year everyone!

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It's that time of the year again, a time when every podcast in the land puts together their end of the year "Best of _____" lists. We here at Constantly Calibrating are no different, having invented the concept of the award show 1,100 years ago. (Look it up in any textbook printed in Josh's basement*.)

This year we're changing things up from prior years, opting to do "Game of the Year", "Film of the Year", and "TV Show of the Year" awards; with this week focusing on discussing the nominees. Comic Story Arc, as mentioned during this show, was cut during recording for several reasons. Join us and let us know your own thoughts in the comments, then tune back in next week for winners!

On the news side of things, we look at the inaugural Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest, talk Sony & Marvel's Spider-Man web fluid filled dick measuring contest, and guffaw about Grand Theft Auto V Online's heist gameplay trailer.

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Wait, Spike's The Gaming Awards was enjoyable? Good information came out of the PlayStation Experience? DC Comics is making questionable entertainment choices? Hold on, that last one is actually expected.

That being said, this week we discuss the fallout from The Gaming Awards, including Legend of Zelda, Dragon Age Inquisition, King's Quest and more. In addition, we take a look at the PlayStation Experience, while figuring out Josh's excitement over Grim Fandango & Day of the Tentacle.

That and Marvel casting news, plus DC's Krypton on this week's show!

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Merry Thanksgiving to you all! Hope your weekend was stuffed with food and family, or whatever else you crazy kids are doing. Over at the Constantly Calibrating offices (Josh's brain) we were stuffed with Star Wars Episode VII's teaser trailer. We were so stuffed that the podcast is virtually filled to the gills with Star Wars Episode VII discussions. 

Join Josh, Brad, & Brian for an in-depth look at the teaser trailer, plus discussions on DC's Suicide Squad casting notice, and Steam's foray into video game streaming.

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Yay! We're not dead...this time for real!

For this week's pre-Thanksgiving podcast we dropped the news and went full gaming, with a look at the last 3 week's major gaming releases. Well, more specifically the ones that members of the team have picked up. Listen as we give reviews and talk about World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, Assassin's Creed Unity, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Dragon Age Inquisition, and Grand Theft Auto V: The College Years.

Also, to those listening, make sure to participate in our Thanksgiving "contest" by using the hashtag #ConCalThanksgiving while proving you're listening to this episode on Thanksgiving. 

What defines a fictional universe? How do we fall in love with them and what makes us dream of moving into them? These are the questions we loosely address as we look at the universes Josh, Justin, and Brian would most like to live in, if given the option.

Yes, Josh points out Mass Effect; don't be shocked.

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This week on Constantly Calibrating Justin and I had the immense pleasure of chatting with Lindsay Jones (Ruby Rose), Barbara Dunkelman (Yang Xiao Long), and Arryn Zech (Blake Belladonna) of RWBY & general Rooster Teeth fame. Join us for an interview where we talk RWBY, X-Ray & Vav, RTX 2015, and their superheroic (or villanous) alter-egos.


In addition, in news we announce a new contest running through this weekend, talk Marvel blowing their load, Mario Kart, and much more!

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Category:Interview -- posted at: 3:42pm PDT

Dammit Brad, the name is Lobot!

Anyways, Josh wasn't able to make this week's episode due to a sudden arm injury (don't ask questions) so our intrepid team decided to discuss how we're currently living in the future. Seriously, have you seen the amazing tech that's been popping up as of late: hoverboards, solar highways, robotic prostitutes...well maybe not that last one yet. Our team takes a look at all of this, plus makes predictions on the future.

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On today's casting of the pods, we discuss the present state of MMOs; looking at World of Warcraft, Elder Scrolls Online, EVE Online, and more. We also delve into the future of the genre, wondering what innovations need to be made, including thoughts on the upcoming Everquest Next. (There may also be some MMO nostalgia for Everquest & Star Wars Galaxies thrown into the mix.)

Before that, we hype up this weekend's Issue Zero, tiptoe around the recent Star Wars leaks, and ponder why Warner Bros. have decided to ejaculate movies all over the next 6 years.

Direct download: 120_-_Calibrating_Massively_Online_Lack_of_Innovation.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:10pm PDT

This week we had the distinct pleasure of featuring Kerry Shawcross & Miles Luna of Rooster Teeth on the show. In addition, today also coincides with the one-year anniversary of the last time I interviewed them both together; I swear this is 100% a coincidence.

During the interview we discuss Red vs Blue season 12, the on-going volume 2 of RWBY, listen to an angry Jaune Arc voiceover, and discuss balls. Essentially a standard interview experience with Kerry & Miles.

Prior to the interview we look into more space travel news, plus we promote the Kickstarter for Women vs Cosplay!


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Category:Interview -- posted at: 5:25pm PDT