And i'm fine with that. I'm mostly for the Podcasts here, anyway. Don't like 'em all, but it's still better than neverending facts, lists bla bla bla about video games etc. Sense of humor is abysmal here.
So if you don't care about the forum why are you still there, and why would you have a problem with the forumgoers' sense of humor? No offense, but maybe the problem is that most of the time people can't understand what you are talking about in your posts.
I just said what i think about the forum here, "expressed my opinion". If you have a prob with that, have it your way dude. And..streamers are for dreamers. Moving on.
Chrono Trigger is a solid game overall, but I've always found the praise the multiple endings got a little perplexing since it isn't even the first console game to have them and the plot isn't branching either. Most of them are arbitrary since you can inexplicably jump to the final battle in a NG+. I think the ones that arise organically might be more fitting, but that doesn't apply to most of them.
Post by Apollo Chungus on Jul 28, 2020 15:25:21 GMT -5
Woody Alien To come back to what you said about not getting the appeal of podcasts, I might be able to answer that question - or at least some insight that I hope is somewhat interesting.
Back in October 2017 or thereabouts, I started listening to Podtoid (the podcast for the video gaming website Destructoid); or more specifically, episodes 149-276. This era, typically referred to as "New Podtoid" (which is still used despite these episodes being made in 2011-13) of the podcast was hosted by Jim Sterling of The Jimquisition and Jonathan Holmes, with Conrad Zimmerman, Max Scoville, Tara Long and Hamza Aziz as co-hosts during its run, and is remembered by its fans for being a podcast as full of interesting discussion on games and other topics as it was full of deranged ramblings and suggestions. Most of these came from Sterling, and often involved getting Holmes to do terrible things or insane film pitches starring Willem Dafoe(BOTH OF THESE, AND THE PODCAST IN GENERAL, ARE VERY NSFW. SO BE CAREFUL WHEN LISTENING TO THIS IN PUBLIC - USE HEADPHONES IF YOU CAN.)
I'd been a fan of the podcast through listening to various bits of it over the years, and I decided to listen to the full episodes. I mainly did this with the smartphone I'd recently been given, and got into the habit of listening to the podcast while doing various things - taking the bus home from college, walking around town, chilling out with nothing to do, and sometimes playing games to liven things up a little bit. I enjoyed listening to the podcast tremendously for the conversations and hosts' opinions, as well as the trademark nonsense that made it and its immediate successor The Dismal Jesters (which ran for 29 episodes after Sterling left Destructoid) so well regarded among its fans. But what made it so special to me was that I tended to only listen to an episode or two per week, sometimes with a gap of a week or two in between, so I essentially ended up listening to the podcast over the same span of time it was made.
Yes, Podtoid/Dismal Jesters was produced 6-9 years ago, but what it meant for me was that I got something of a para-social experience paying attention to various details of the hosts' lives that were discussed, along with the shift in conversations and the gradual introduction of in-jokes. Stuff like Conrad getting married and moving at least twice during the podcast's run, Max and Tara leaving the podcast after the first 40-50 episodes, Jim starting to suggest deranged ideas for Jonathan to do and more made it feel like I was regularly keeping up with a group of people, seeing their dynamics change and noticing little phrases or nods that reminded me of something that happened in an earlier episode. I say "a group of people" and not friends because I obviously don't know any of these people personally, but it did feel a lot like having friends.
It was nice just being able to keep up with the hosts and what they were doing on a weekly basis, particularly as I entered a very busy and frantic college year last September that left me with little time or place to get to comfortably talk to people and start making new friends. It was a great help to have this podcast - this group of people I knew somewhat well - to listen to in a situation where I often felt isolated and overwhelmed, and I generally regarded it as something that I could always rely on. No matter what happened that day or whatever state I was in, I could always listen to Podtoid and have a rollicking good time.
But the podcast eventually wrapped up. Holmes quit doing The Dismal Jesters after 29 episodes due to concerns of its increasing popularity and the deranged suggestions involving him affecting his work life, and that continuous three-year run came to an end. But that wasn't quite the end for Sterling, Zimmerman and Holmes working together. Soon after, Sterling and Zimmerman began doing FistShark Marketing - a comedy podcast with the hosts playing a group of executives pitching insane ideas (which Holmes even joined for a time) - and regularly do a fortnightly podcast on video game movies called The Spin-Off Doctors. Zimmerman joined The Podquisition with Sterling and Laura Kate on its 251th episode after the original third host (Gavin Dunne, aka Miracle of Sound) stepped down. There's even a new podcast featuring Sterling, Zimmerman and Holmes called Boston's Favorite Son (named for the title often attributed to Holmes, despite him not living in Boston) where they continue doing much of what they did during Podtoid/Dismal Jesters.
However, I don't know if I'll listen to any of those. One of the things I loved about Podtoid was keeping up with the hosts' lives over a span of time roughly similar to how I listened to it. The podcast was produced over three years, and it took me around three years to listen to it. Having a gap in that, ranging from several months (Podquisition) to five years (Boston's Favorite Son), feels weird in a way that I can't quite articulate right now. I'm also not really into the format shifts for FistShark and Spin-Off Doctors, though I did enjoy the handful of episodes I listened to for the latter.
Having that continuous run, keeping up with the lives and interests of its hosts, is something I really enjoyed about Podtoid and one of the reasons I think podcasts can be so uniquely compelling. And as weird as it might be to say, I'm not really sure where to go from here. I mentioned it to my mom, and she suggested listening to it from the start - which could be interesting, but it wouldn't be the same. I don't like retreading that much, anyhow. It's possible I'll find something to listen to in the future, but it's going to be very weird to not have a new episode of Jim, Jonathan and Conrad having hilarious and interesting conversations to look forward to.
Perhaps this post isn't really an answer to your question. It's very rambling and talks more about my history with the podcast than anything, but I suppose I wanted to write in part as a tribute to that period of my life where Podtoid meant a lot to me. Perhaps more than I'll ever be able to explain. Sorry if this hasn't been much help, but I hope you got something out of this.
I don't listen to any gaming podcasts, pretty much just Marketplace and Vox's The Weeds, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out that US Gamer now has an interview show hosted by former CGW writer and later EIC Jeff Green! I only mention this because in the late 90s, he himself hosted what would be now called a podcast. It feels oddly soothing to hear his voice again.