Constantly Calibrating Podcast (Gaming & Geek Culture)

Morality systems have a major component of gaming for the better part of two decades, but are they beneficial or holding back true emotional development. Our team explores the pitfalls of the binary morality system and envisions their perfect emotional gaming landscape.

That, plus thoughts on Firewatch in this week's episode.

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Long ago, when Josh was just a lad of 16 or so, he dreamed that one day he would get to talk to the game developers he had long (since like a week earlier) admired. Last month the first opportunity arose when Chris Avellone stumbled onto our podcast set, ready to chat.

Now, at the start of February, the second of this set has found his way onto our shores. I'm of course speaking of the illusive David Jaffe.

On this week's show, Brad, Justin, and Josh had a lovely chat with David Jaffe about his upcoming project, Drawn to Death, while delving a bit into transparency in gaming. David may have also humiliated Josh in spectacular fashion.

After the interview, Josh regaled the team with a story of Justin's doppleganger, before going into a spoiler-free review of Rooster Teeth's Lazer Team -- you can find a written review of Lazer Team here.

Make sure you give this wonderful episode a listen and tell your friends.

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On this week's podcast we discussed the Assassin's Creed franchise, VR gaming, then conceptualized a world of Assassin's Creed VR gaming goodness. It's a good one, so strap in for an interesting journey.

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A reduced team takes a look at what is required when one considers upgrading for gaming. Whether it be console, PC, or even mobile, we all need to upgrade now and again, but what truly warrants an upgrade? 

There's a 42% chance we have an answer

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At the start of this new year, our team takes a look at the last year in gaming.

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As the year 2015 came to a close, our team looked back on what they had accomplished and what events (both literal and figurative) had the most impact on them. Well, the entire team would've if Brian hadn't been lost in time and Justin hadn't misplaced some of his teeth. That being said, even down two men, Brad and Josh managed to pull themselves together for a heartfelt first time in a hundred episodes duo session of Constantly Calibrating.

It was poignant. It was moving. It was the year of our Lord Garrus' 2015th year...in review.

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The evening of Star Wars The Force Awakens release a thought occurred to our intrepid team of podcasters: Holy shit, we're about to watch a new Star Wars! That excitement was then harnessed, bottled, and subsequently delivered to you, our loyal audience in the form of an intended to be live Star Wars The Force Awakens Spoilerscast last Friday.

Now that we're in Christmas week, we're giving you all the chance to watch and listen to us talk for an hour about everything Star Wars The Force Awakens related. Yes, we spoil everything and as such you should anticipate everything to be spoiled!

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This week, the guys had the pleasure of talking with Chris Avellone!

In a whirlwind of fangirling, fervently spoken “F*** You’s”, and in depth looks  into the process of producing larger RPGs titles, we had a fantastic time.

One of the larger items that kept coming back in all the discussion, is that sometimes the simplest way to approach a problem is to write it out by hand. That and having someone outside of yourself and your vision to look at your work.

There were a lot of great nuggets in this week's episode, and we hope enjoy this as much as we did on this episode of Constantly Calibrating!

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This week, Justin took the helm and full steam ahead into his weekend that was PlayStation Experience 2015. 

From Playstation VR to a complete decade of Uncharted to totally no new Crash Bandicoot in the works, Justin was unstoppable in his coverage. And there was a lot that was revealed (but not leaked!).

We were enthralled, and we hope you will be too with this week's Constantly Calibrating!

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There is something magical when you pick up a game and enjoy it thoroughly.

But what happens when you no longer play, or even care to play?

 

This week, the Brad, Justin, and Brian talk about game fatigue; those times when we set games down. For some, it is that they no longer care for the title or series. For others, it is a lack of interest, or even that their interest has shifted to something shinier.

What makes you set down games and stop playing them?

Let us know as you listen to this week's Constantly Calibrating!

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