Monday, May 23, 2016

Iteration 194 - Righteous Anger and Good Guy Rivalries

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In this iteration of the Simulationist podcast, Ryan gives us his thoughts on the Neverending Story Part III. He also reviews a movie called "Sssssss" and we get a review from Zoey on Monster High. And a short review of Dragonball Z Resurrection F. We also talk about our adventures in Minecraft. Josh recaps the season finale of Grey's Anatomy.

For our main topic, we talk about rivalries between good and powerful heroes who nevertheless seem to have beefs with each other. We then spill over into a discussion about why Superman doesn't spend more of his time stopping accidents.

References and Recommendations:

Neverending Story III (1994 film)

Sssssss (1973 film)

Monster High: Haunted (2015 film) 

Dragonball Z Resurrection F (2015 film)

Grey's Anatomy (TV series)

Monday, May 16, 2016

Iteration 193 - The Graveyard Battle

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We start the podcast off with some banter about learning to draw. How even if all you can draw is stick figures, that's a place to start. Then Ryan talks about another Buccaneer Days' Festival in Esquimalt, and we talk about the design of theme parks, roller coasters, and carnival rides. Then we talk about Disney Infinity shutting down, and segue into a conversation about the ephemeral nature of online games, and a comparison to the carnival. Our main topic this week is about a story concerning a battle in a graveyard that involved 200 people. From there we examine the nature of death and memory, what to do with dead bodies, ethnicity, gang violence, government corruption, religion, and whether or not this story qualifies as weird enough.

References and Recommendations:

Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics

Cemetery Terminology

Moscow fight in cemetery

"Early in the morning in the middle of the night two dead boys got up to fight" 

King Richard III's Grave Found in Parking Lot

Monday, May 9, 2016

Iteration 192 - Inexplicable Wrong Decisions

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Ryan starts us off with a thought about how dreams might be more real life than real life. Whoah. Josh and Ryan relate their adventures in Minecraft, both of us having taken on the hardest boss in the game: the dreaded Wither. Ryan recaps his takings from Free Comic Book Day. From there we smoothly segue into a discussion about Marvel's Civil War series, and the inciting issue, and where we both fall on the issue of precognitive justice. And for our main topic, we talk about the deal that Peter Parker made with the devil about trading Mary Jane for Aunt May to live again.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Iteration 191 - The Moral of the Demon Car

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We start with some talk about some of the toys we used to have when we were kids, including the Crash Test Dummies. Then we talk about a long-awaited porting of Magic the Gathering's monsters to a D&D format. Ryan finally saw Jurassic World, and brings us his thoughts on it, as well as his daughter Zoey's thoughts. And for our main topic, we talk about The Car, a 1983 horror movie. We talk about how horror movies have their own sense of morality, and what happens when they break those morals, and whether as writers we should or shouldn't. And the importance of backstory or just explaining what's going on.

References and Recommendations:

Crash Test Dummies (toys):

Starcom (1987 toys and TV show):

Roll for Initiative (local game convening):

Free Comic Book Day:

Greater Victoria Public Library (also participating in Free Comic Book Day):

The Car (1977 film):

Monday, April 25, 2016

Iteration 190 - The Question of Harm to Animals in Simulations

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Reptilian creatures from space are coming to earth to take our jobs! We talk about our adventures in simulations, the video games we played, the movies we watched, and the random thoughts we had about the Flintstones. For our main topic this week, Ryan brings us his review of Murder at the Zoo, specifically a scene in which a lion fights a cougar. And we get to pondering about the ethics of enjoying fights and suffering, and whether it makes a difference if it's simulated or real.

References and Recommendations:

The Secret World (MMORPG):

Roll for Initiative Victoria:

Murders in the Zoo (1933 film):

Sharktopus vs Whalewolf (2015 film):

Monday, April 18, 2016

Iteration 189 - Monsters on the Big Screen

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In this iteration of the podcast, we ask if Ryan was a member of the Paw Patrols, which dog would he be? Ryan's conspiracy moment: muffins are actually three-dimensional cookies. This leads us into a discussion of physics. We talk about visual changes in Blizzard's Overwatch game. We recount our own personal weekly adventures in simulations. We talk about Marvel's weird villain Ruby Thursday. And for our main topic, we were inspired by Ryan's watching of King Kong vs Godzilla, and we wonder why we don't see more screen time for monsters in monster movies?

Monday, April 11, 2016

Iteration 188 - Hag Trouble

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In this week's iteration: we talk about the influence of entertainment companies on politics, and also the game of politics. We compare politics to Call of Cthulhu, Pac-man, and Dwarf Fortress. Josh discovers the joy of forest fires in Minecraft. And recounts his day as an actor in a web short. Ryan plays more of the Secret World and Marvel's Avenger's Alliance. And for our main topic, Ryan delves into Ravenloft, discovering some untold stories of hags, and we ponder why these stories have been left untouched. We talk a bit about the concept of ugliness and beauty, in light of the archetypal hag.

References and Recommendations:

The Age of Persuasion (CBC show)