Constantly Calibrating Podcast (Gaming & Geek Culture) (general)

With April drawing to a middle, we have reached the end of this month's not-so-series of interviews. Last week we brought you the fun-filled look at Yacht Club Games, and the making of Shovel Knight. On this week's edition, we're bringing you a look at the world of VR and a brief gander at Australian game development, as we're talking to Justine Colla. Our topics for the night included what got her into gaming, the growth and progress of VR, and whether that platform is niche or here to stay.

Justine, formerly of Atla VR and now at Suprise Attack Games, isn't just a game developer and marketer; no sir! If you've checked out her Twitter page recently, you would know she is totally secretly a huuuuuuge wrestling mark. (We mean that from a place of love, as half of our podcast team identifies with that lifestyle as well.) She's not just into wrestling and WWE content, but is also an accomplished wrestling fan artist with a following knowing her as the "cruiserweight mom".

While this episode started off a little slowly -- Skype had large delays with the Arizona to Australia connection -- it shaped up to be one of our favorite chats so far in 2017. Give it a watch, give it a listen, and then make sure to swing by our iTunes page and drop off a review. We'll love you forever if you did.

You can find more out about Justine Colla on her website or Twitter, and can support her wrestling fan art habits on her storefront or her super awesome Patreon. Tell her we sent you, because we want her to come back again for more chats.

 

Seriously, Josh had a dream Monday night where she helped relaunch ConCal Armbar! with him and Ryan. It was a really great dream from what we've heard.

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How does one summarize 5 years of running a podcast? No, seriously, tell me how, because I've been sitting in front of this keyboard for a month trying to write something profound about the experience; something that most likely only 10 people will read at any point in time. Instead, words have betrayed me, as I'm utterly speechless about the amount of time that has gone by. Well, not utterly speechless since I'm still capable of rambling like this. I could simply ignore the anniversary and focus on our Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild first impressions, or elucidate on something learned from the Nintendo Switch, but that wouldn't do our anniversary the justice it deserves.

Frankly, what would truly do it justice is if you all gave it a listen and joined us as we both celebrated and ignored this pivotal milestone for Constantly Calibrating. You see what I did there? You see that Jewish mother level of guilt-tripping? Good, because despite some technical issues on both of Ryan & Thaddeus' audio tracks, this episode was still one of my favorite experiences in the last 5 years. I sat down with my friends and discussed video games, movies, and my own history, and then I got to be center of attention for the show and extol their virtues and sing their praises. It was a win/win scenario of epic proportions, and one I wouldn't have been able to do without you all listening and watching and putting up with our nonsense for 5 years.

5 years! On March 10th, 2012 we released the very first episode of the Constantly Calibrating Podcast, one where we simply talked about Mass Effect 3. Now we're 11 days away from the start of a new journey in the saga, so the show begins with the end of our longest-running joke. Brad has finally beaten Mass Effect 3.

Our long nightmare is over.

So please join us to celebrate and let us know what you hope to see from us in 2017 and beyond.

Thank you,
Josh

P.S. Justin & I licked the Breath of the Wild cartridge. Enjoy our suffering, as I'm pretty sure I'm allergic.

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Journey with us to a land of misbegotten thoughts, as our team is joined by special guest Cutwright for a romp in the "Git Gud" or "Why can't I say alive" genre of gaming. Our panel of exhausted and sometimes humiliated hosts explore this genre from humble beginnings as Demon Souls, all the way up to recent release NiOH, and beyond to find out why people keep playing them. Co-host Josh also tries to read fan/audience submissions at the most inopportune of times.

Before getting to the meat of the show, the team settle in as Josh drops a review for Mitch Rapp: Off Book, releasing March 6th. Let's also not forget the exploration of the Nintendo Switch UI leak, what in the world is up with the box sizes for the system, and an exploration of a recent Mass Effect Andromeda game series video.

That and more, possibly less, possibly and accurate representation on this week's episode of the Constantly Calibrating Podcast.

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The crew once again is reduced to two, as illness runs rampant in the Constantly Calibrating virtual office. This of course means that for possibly the first time ever, Josh and Justin have the show to themselves! Watch and listen as our two-man team dishes out their thoughts on the Ghost Recon Wildlands Beta, offers thoughts on Resident Evil 7 (possibly the second time), and generally derail each other for just under an hour.

This is a podcast that there is at least a 42% chance that you won't want to miss!

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We take a moment to go over those regrettable moments, like the ones your mom shares to your new girlfriend but with games. Also, Han Solo Cup and "Clara, I need to stick these ... way up in there."

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This episode touches on the name of the new Star Wars flick and contains the ConCal crew gushing about which titles of 2017 have them quivering with antici...........pation.

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Like a 1950's greaser, Nintendo whips out its "Switch" blade and the ConCal crew is here to touch on all it's greasy goodness.

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CES-travaganza! The ConCal crew drools over Mass Effect Andromeda, questions NVIDIA's foray into Big Brother territory, predicts how Nintendo will "Switch" things up, and performs a hostile takeover of Riverdale.

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A long time ago, on an internet far, far away...the Constantly Calibrating crew dissects the most recent Star Wars film, Rogue One. The Force is...unsure about how to feel about this. The Constantly Calibrating crew also has the unfortunate honor of saying goodbye to our favorite princess and mental health advocate, Carrie Fisher.

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We finally are welcoming Ryan back from the brink of death, or at least the members of the team who showed up are. The team also discusses what their plans are for the holidays and what they’re hoping they’ll find under the tree this holiday season! They also ramble a bit about nothing, but you already knew that before you even read this.

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