14: Video Games for Days

E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) is like Christmas for the world of video games. That is, if Christmas was a time for watching videos about presents that you might get someday, possibly months or years into the future. And if you like to spend Christmas talking about your hopes and fears for what those presents will be like, complaining that other people might get better gifts, and considering how prior years’ presents have fallen short.

Pre-show / Follow up

  • Monument Valley 2
  • Spheres vs. Cubes vs. Pyramids AKA Borg, Death Star, Ra. Send us your hand signal suggestions.
  • Imperial Radch followup
    • Correct order: Ancillary Justice, Ancillary Sword, Ancillary Mercy
    • Pronunciation of ancillary (US vs. UK)
    • Why Cortana is an ancilla, but the Radch uses ancillaries.
    • Fun Finland Fact: Santa Claus is a goat.

Main Topic: E3

  • What is E3?
    • Why did Bungie have their own event shortly before E3?
  • BioWare’s new open world shooter
  • Star Wars: Battlefront II
  • Assassin’s Creed Origins
  • Xbonx (AKA the Xbox One X AKA Xbox High Sierra)
  • Xbonx back compatibility with original Xbox
  • Nintendo
    • Two Metroid games
    • New Mario game
    • DLC for Zelda
    • Core Pokemon game on Nintendo Switch
    • Buying tips for the Switch
  • Bethesda: No Skyrim sequel or Spacerim announcement.
  • Console exclusivity gripes
  • New Spider-Man game
  • Shared superhero identities

Post-show

  • The glory of our first sponsor read
  • The horror of our first skit
  • More audiobook suggestions than you can shake a paper book at
  • The wisdom of bullseyeing womp rats

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10: Firsts and Lasts

The first teaser trailers are out for Thor: Ragnarok and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and by Odin’s beard, they shall be discussed. We also cover a host of other topics including coffee math, ancient math, movie math, starfighter/airplane age math, and Force-alignment math.

Pre-show

Bill Nye’s new show (03:28)

Global warming, alternative medicine, joke delivery, panspermia, and “God of the gaps” thinking.

Spinosaurus has fans. (13:48)

Fun Finland Followup (14:24)

(Yes, the audio cuts out briefly at 15:01. This is a courtesy to those with iPhones who don’t want Siri chiming in on their podcast listening.)

The show’s publishing schedule. (19:02)

Roman numerals, Muslim contributions to the world of science, and the upcoming solar eclipse. (19:31)

Main Topic (29:16)

SPOILERS for past Marvel and Star Wars movies beyond this point.

Thor: Ragnarok teaser trailer (30:10)

Star Wars: The Last Jedi teaser trailer (58:13)

Someone’s crispy mask (1:15:59)

Vader’s crispy mask
Vader’s crispy mask
Kylo Ren gazing lovingly at Vader’s crispy mask
Kylo Ren gazing lovingly at Vader’s crispy mask

Wrap-up with discussion of both teasers (1:41:36)

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1: There Is No Rogue One

Do Wookiees care what constitutes a normal human greeting? Are the Mon Calamari bent on war? Why do some Imperial walkers have holes in them? Dustin, Matthew, and Trevor answer these questions and more while discussing Rogue One in the first full episode of Better Worlds.

Main Topic

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Items discussed

Listener Chewbacca

Plot Armor

Uncanny Valley

Star Wars: Six Movie Collection

Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the season with Saw Gerrera

Gareth Edwards made some other movies

Monsters (2010)

Godzilla (2014)

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