Gameological In Stereo returns at long last with some familiar voices and a first-time guest.
The newbie is Kotaku’s Evan Narcisse, who’s here for a new segment imaginatively called “Headlines” where we chat about some recent developments in game-industry news. We don’t do newsy stuff on Gameological too often, mostly because I freaking hate writing about it. But it’s fun to do it in podcast form. If there are any stereotypical 19th-century Southern belles listening to the program, consider this a WELL, I NEVER ALERT: There is much talk of phalluses in this segment, mostly thanks to the strapping young Dante who stars in the new Devil May Cry. Plus, in response to a Gameological reader email that mentioned Evan’s Kotaku piece about “Black Cool,” Evan and I debate the mainstream game studios’ “white dudes only” problem for a spell. (By the way, I’m not sure where the audio hum in this segment came from, but apologies for that.)
After that, my mom joins me to review Pawn Stars: The Game, which lovingly renders one of the nation’s most popular reality shows in tawdry Facebook-game form. She also acts as an impromptu Dr. Ruth as the discussion takes a turn that I very much did not want it to take.
Ellie Gibson, of all people, keeps it clean. As I ponder an upcoming search for new interns, we talk about what editors do and don’t like to see from young writers who are getting started in the games field. And Ellie talks about her son, of course.