Constantly Calibrating Podcast (Gaming & Geek Culture)

This week, ConCal covered Community vs. Fandom. They looked into the void and the void happened to be very amicable. It carried conversation pretty well, and its partner is very nice. The guys might go over for tea sometime.

 

They asked such daring questions as:

What makes a good community?

What does a community look like when it goes bad?

Can a community exist without a fandom, and vice versa?


We ask these questions and more on this week’s Constantly Calibrating!

Direct download: ConCal158_-_FULL.mp3
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This week, the gang covers gamesom 2015 in brief, in an effort to bring you the full brunt of their time at Rooster Teeth Expo 2015 -- the second year for ConCal. Brad gets filled in with everything from the media room, we shout out to PWNEE and Twin Stick Radio, and it's possible someone got into a dance fight with peeps from Rocket Jump. Maybe?


All these stories and more on this week’s Constantly Calibrating!

Direct download: ConCal157_-_FULL.mp3
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This week, the guys pried the script from Brad's hands and threw it out the window! Cabin fever has taken over the control room!

There is no set topic this week, and the crew went crazy in the process. We briefly covered the acoustics of Josh and Justin's old flat together, vamped on our sponsors (Green Man Gaming and No Scope Glasses), and heard the wondrous tale of the infamous "FBI Cruise" of Silverman family vacation lore.

All this craziness and more on this week's Constantly Calibrating!

Direct download: ConCal156_-FULL.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:22am PDT

Much like Deadpool and Harley Quinn cosplays, there are some franchises and properties that just won't die. The gang tries their best to tackle some of these slippery IPs.

 

What gives a franchise longevity, even past its originally intended lifespan? Is it that they are just popular enough and endearing enough that there will never be a time without them -- can’t wait till Mighty Morphin Super Ultra Space Ninja Dino-Rangers)? Or are we just so nostalgia-heavy in popular culture that we gloss over the obvious flaws and pitfalls of our childhood faves?

 

Neither of the latter two questions are answered directly, but are a part of our extended look into the problem with undead IPs.

 

And if you stick around at the end of the cast, you might find yourself in spoiler-infested waters while we discuss how all of us somehow saw Ant-Man around the same time.


Only on this week’s Constantly Calibrating!

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:10pm PDT

This week, the team bid farewell to one of the most influential persons in gaming culture, Mr. Satoru Iwata. After a brief overview of his accomplishments, and an ill-timed banana joke, they proceed onto San Diego Comic-Con news.

 

It’s an exciting year this year for nerds. A new Star Wars and a subsequent generation growing up with the series has Josh giddy and emotional, as contrasted with the apparent lack of emotion from Will Smith in the trailer for Suicide Squad. Thankfully the other DC title dropping from SDCC 2015 was the Batman vs. Superman trailer, and damn does it look good! The guys hash out which will be more successful, all the while longing for the sweet release of Deadpool's  loving arms (a guy can dream, ok).


You can find all this hubbub and more on this weeks Constantly Calibrating!

Direct download: ConCal154_-_FULL.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm PDT

This week, the guys take a look at the Arkham Knight PC kerfuffle, while focusing on a broad look at PC-porting in recent memory.

They talk at length about some of the worst ones, and what makes or breaks a port. Is it the publishing house? Is it the developer? Is it the public?

Find out on this weeks Constantly Calibrating

Direct download: ConCal153_-_FULL.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 8:55pm PDT

This week was a doozy as we made do without Josh this week (though he will be back next week), and tried to talk about relationships and sexuality in gaming.

 

Did we cover it in the full scope and breadth that deserves? Probably not.

But did we find out a lot about ourselves and really in this instance, Troy? Oh yeah.


So buckle in and prepare to have an open mind, heart, and soul for this week’s Constantly Calibrating!

Direct download: ConCal152_-_FULL.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 9:00pm PDT

This week, Josh was still spending time with this thing he calls 'actual family’, so the rest of the guys decided to launch into a preemptive talk on platformers before their interview with Yacht Club Gaming in 2 weeks!

The focus was on the evolution of the platforming genre over the years, and the progression of its traits, as well as stylistic choices over the years. Brad and Justin argued over whether Battletoads counted as a platformer, and Brian brought up StarTropics yet again (he’s starting to sound like Justin with Metal Gear). They all take a deeper look at the current state of platformers and their ability to blend and work with other play styles and stories, and remarked how the independent sector of gaming has really pushed this genre forward.

What is your favorite platformer? What makes it your favorite?

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

Direct download: ConCal151_-_FULL.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 5:28pm PDT

This week, The crew grabs their Pip-Boys and yarn-based companions and embark upon the biggest gaming event of the yearE3 2015!

They discuss whether Nintendo really has to care about these kind of conferences (they don't) and whether Square Enix is still relevant (they aren’t). Brian and Justin get indignant about Xbox backwards compatibility and what should and shouldn't have been offered on day one, and goddamit, everyone keeps taking Josh’s topics!

Let us know what you thought of E3 and what you are most excited for. To hear what we thought, give a listen to this weeks Constantly Calibrating!

Direct download: ConCal150_-_FULL.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:08pm PDT

This week, Brad skips out on the show as the rest of the guys make their predictions for E3 2015!

Josh, Justin, and Brian dig deep as they predict their hopes and dreams that may or may not come true (“All” we are asking for is a new Mass Effect title, and maybe some Mirror’s Edge).

Will Kojima be trotted out on stage?

Will Nintendo unveil its next console?

Will we have somebody representing ConCal at E3?

Tune in to find out which one of those might be a possibility on this week’s cast, then join us next week to discuss what was unveiled!

Only on the Constantly Calibrating E3 2015 Predictions Show!

Direct download: ConCal149_-_COMPLETE.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 3:03pm PDT