Monthly Archives: March 2015

Episode 10: Words To Never Say Out Loud

Overwatch ZaryaAfter covering recent news that includes Bloodborne and Mass Effect 4, Ben, Alex and Jared riff on the Dreamcast running in 480p, portrayals of females in video games, and the death of arcades.

For some context on the discussion about Overwatch’s latest burly female character, check out the opinion piece that Alex brought to the table.

Episode 10: Words To Never Say Out Loud

Here are the relevant links from today’s podcast:

My favorite clip from today’s episode:

It’s Official – We’re Everywhere

PodcastingHoly hell, how many different outlets are there for podcast distribution? I just spent the past 24 hours learning the hard way that the internet is lousy with podcasting platforms. The end result is that there is no longer anywhere online that you can go without running into the Gamers Must Die podcast. A few examples:

  • iTunes. Don’t be impressed, it’s actually not hard to get published on iTunes. (Okay fine, you can be a little bit impressed).
  • Stitcher. The other major podcast directory/app.
  • Player FM. Apparently people with Android phones use this directory/app a lot. Cool if you’re into that sort of thing, I guess.
  • Blubrry. I now may or may not just be making up random names for podcasting services.

I’ve also spent an embarrassing amount of time creating super cool video versions of the podcast for our YouTube channel, which features short highlight clips and full length episodes:


Had enough yet? Well too bad, because you can also find audio versions of the highlight clips on our SoundCloud page:


Finally, if I somehow missed your favorite podcast app or you just want to subscribe directly to our podcast XML feed, use this url: http://gamersmustdie.com/mp3s/gmd_podcasts.xml

Granted, none of this will matter if listeners like you don’t share the podcast with your friends. If you don’t have friends, another idea would be to walk up to people on the street and scream “Gamers Must Die dot com” at them until they run away. Every little bit helps.

Episode 9: Cut The Disc

Cut The DiscJared is out this week, and we decided to invite our new staff writer Becky Campbell onto the podcast to join the discussion. You’ll see her articles popping up on the site soon, but in the meantime she has a lot to say about Minecraft violence and a new game called Ori and the Blind Forest.

Nintendo just announced plans to bring their IPs to smartphones, so the team combs through the press conference to figure out what this news actually means. Later on we take a dive into a Gamestop dumpster, then talk to Becky about her initial impressions of Sid Meier’s Starships.

Episode 9: Cut The Disc

Here are the relevant links from today’s podcast:

Jared will be back next Thursday as we present a special “story time” edition of the GMD Podcast…

Alex’s and Sarah’s Audition Interviews

Job InterviewHow would you feel if your job interview was recorded and then posted online for all to see?  Well, if you’re either Alex or Sarah then probably not too bad, because these are the actual audition interviews for the Gamers Must Die podcast that landed them the gig!

After responding to our ad requesting applications for a female podcasting co-host, Alex and Sarah were two of the more than twenty candidates who applied – nine of whom went through this live audition process. After they walked in the door and introductions were made, we plopped a microphone in front of them and recorded these auditions:


 

Bonus Episode: Alex’s Audition Interview

Alex MorrowAlex is a big MMO and RPG fan (her current poison being FFXIV), and she always has her finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the PC gaming world. Having worked at a Gamestop for a couple of years, it could be suggested that her involvement in this podcast acts as a form of PTSD self therapy. She is happily married to avocados, Transformers, and her body pillow.


 

Bonus Episode: Sarah’s Audition Interview

Sarah PetersYou may have encountered Sarah before in a LoL match, in which she likes to “top lane and jungle”, and proclaims that “I love Fiora, she is my main bitch.” Sarah does voice over work for video games (most recently Spectre), and has also been known to cosplay from time to time. She has a strong distaste for all things Gamergate, as well as tumblrinas, neckbeards and hipsters; it’s almost like she was built in secret government a lab to be a GMD co-host.

 

Episode 8: Dissociating

zelda_timeAs we continue to fine tune the show’s format this week, Alex begins with a brief summary of GTA Online’s new heist mode. After that it’s on to this week’s news, which includes the recent announcement of Rock Band 4, Sid Meier’s new Starships game, and a chat about the upcoming FFXIV expansion.

After the “Halftime Checkup” with Sarah, Ben talks about his struggles to find a hard copy of Zelda: The Ocarina Time 3D before describing his brief time as a game tester at Nintendo. As Sarah points out at the end, it’s “all downhill” from there…

Episode 8: Dissociating

Here are the relevant links from today’s podcast:

We’ll be back next Thursday with another episode!

Episode 7: Then I Get To Not Kill Myself

Phil FishIt’s our first episode with the new team, so come listen as we drop our new co-hosts Alex and Sarah into the deep end and see how well they podcast!

On this week’s episode we talk about the movement to stop pre-ordering games in 2015, and the perils of being an indie developer as illustrated by both Notch and Phil Fish. We also talk about Nintendo’s Amiibo shortages (and what Amiibos actually are for the uninitiated), and briefly discuss Majora’s Mask 3D and whether or not you should get a New 3DS specifically for the C-Stick in that game.

Episode 7: Then I Get To Not Kill Myself

Here are the relevant links from today’s podcast:

Check back next Thursday for another episode. Sometime in the next week we’ll also be publishing the audition podcasts that both Alex and Sarah did when they interviewed for the co-hosting positions.

The Fourth Time’s The Charm

Gamers Must DieAfter trying to start up Gamers Must Die several times over the past few years, you’d expect that Jared and I would have given up by now. On our last attempt we felt that we had finally dialed in the podcast to be what we wanted it to be, but as usual other stuff got in the way and we just didn’t follow through.

Still, we keep coming back to this idea. Maybe it’s because we just like to hear the sound of our own voices, or perhaps it’s due to the fact that even after all this time no one else has stepped up to fill the gaping hole in gaming culture’s self awareness. From our handy “mission statement” type blurb:

Gamers Must Die is here to talk about games minus the fanboy circle jerks and irrational hatred for developers. We love video games, but can’t stand the increasingly obnoxious culture surrounding them…

We’ve always believed that this is the way that many Gamers feel about gaming; their voices are simply drowned out by a vocal crowd of douche bags who seem to be getting louder every year. When we started the gears turning on a fourth run at Gamers Must Die several weeks ago, we were pleasantly surprised to find some hard evidence to support that case.

In an attempt to get serious about this podcasting business, we finally set out on a search for a female co-host to round out the show. We didn’t expect much of a response when we posted the job opening in our small corner of the Pacific Northwest, but twenty something applications and nine interviews later, we learned first hand that we are not alone. There are a ton of incredibly cool people out there who play games and don’t buy into all of the vitriol and drama… and now several more of them have joined out team:

Alex Morrow

Alex MorrowAlex is a big MMO and RPG fan (her current poison being FFXIV), and she always has her finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the PC gaming world. Having worked at a Gamestop for a couple of years, it could be suggested that her involvement in this podcast acts as a form of PTSD self therapy. She is happily married to avocados, Transformers, and her body pillow.

Favorite Game of All Time: Bastion

Sarah Peters

Sarah PetersYou may have encountered Sarah before in a LoL match, in which she likes to “top lane and jungle”, and proclaims that “I love Fiora, she is my main bitch.” Sarah does voice over work for video games (most recently Spectre), and has also been known to cosplay from time to time. She has a strong distaste for all things Gamergate, as well as tumblrinas, neckbeards and hipsters; it’s almost like she was built in secret government a lab to be a GMD co-host.

Favorite Game of All Time: Something something Zelda

Becky Campbell

Becky CampbellBecky isn’t just a gamer, she’s a sucker for anything geeky. This trend can be seen in Becky’s work as a reporter for her college newspaper, and contributions to various geek blogs (including her own). She is a Chaser on the WWU Quidditch team, which is a real thing that actually exists. If there were an award for nerdiest member of the GMD team then she would definitely win it. Unfortunately for her there is no such award, so she’s out of luck.

Favorite Game of All Time: Minecraft, Skyrim

So, there you have it. We have a team, we’ve set aside the time, and most importantly, we have a plan. Starting this Thursday the 5th we’ll be posting weekly podcasts in addition to regular articles and other content here on the site. There’s no stopping the train this time around, so we hope that you’ll join us as we roll out.