Constantly Calibrating Podcast (Gaming & Geek Culture)

Since the dawn of Horse Armor, the gaming landscape has been plagued by downloadable content. Once thought to be an added, paid bonus for games, DLC has gone from good to bad to worse in the intervening decade. Then the unthinkable happened: Nintendo announced a poorly explained Season Pass for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and the ground fell out beneath us all. That is, it would've if not for the fact that at Constantly Calibrating the team has always stuck to a simple fact: DLC is not bad; at least not inherently.

To provide a counter and show the team the errors of their ways, they brought in Jenn VanGemert, AKA LoZelda. At least that was the plan, as the podcast went and took about 42 twists and turns and ended up with something else entirely.

Listener (or viewer) be prepared for a journey the likes of which you may never have experienced, this week on the Constantly Calibrating Podcast.

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 3:00pm PDT

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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Do you hear that?

Hopefully you do, because on this episode the ConCal Crew digs deep into music and sound design. They’ve also dug up a great guest co-host in the amazing Chris Hernandez from the Casting for Two podcast.

We all touch on the music from games that make us feel things.

Yes! Real human emotions like we’re supposed to feel! We also take the time to discuss how sound design in general has made us better players (and people).

Plus, we spread some hot some steamy love towards the upcoming games Anew: The Distant Light and GreedFall, in which we look forward to handling our moosetree creatures with care.

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 3:30pm PDT

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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It's that special time of year again. Where you grab a seat by the fire, cuddle up close to the ones you love, and remind them that their opinions of "2016's best-ofs" are far inferior to yours. The ConCal crew goes over their gaming favorites from the "Year That Wouldn't Die, Yet Killed Everyone."

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Category:Video Games -- posted at: 5:30pm PDT