April 7, 2014 at 3:45PM • 1 hour 40 minutes
Jeff and Christian welcome Canada's own Victor Lucas from EPN.tv to the show to discuss Stories of the Week, including Amazon's Fire TV announcement, the Game_Jam reality TV debacle, Amy Hennig joining Visceral Games, Microsoft making a new sci-fi show for Xbox, Borderlands' new Pre-Sequel, and Adam Sessler leaving games journalism.
Then, in the Playlist, Vic has been playing Luftrausers, inFamous Second Son, Titanfall, and NBA 2K14, while Jeff is completely addicted to Elder Scrolls Online and Christian has gotten back into Forza.
March Madness comes to its thrilling conclusion as the final matchup pits Super Mario 64 against Portal!
And in Tabletop Time, Jeff and Christian recount their experience playing Last Will on International Tabletop Day, and Jeff finally gets his hands on Caverna!
All that, plus YOUR phone calls.
Hosted by Christian Spicer & Jeff Cannata.
April 7, 2014 at 3:00PM • 1 hour 31 minutes
Andy Ihnatko and Dan Benjamin talk about David Letterman's retirement and the history and future of late night television.
Hosted by Andy Ihnatko & Dan Benjamin.
April 7, 2014 at 3:00PM • 1 hour 9 minutes
In this week’s meeting, Ben Alexander of Fiat Lux shares his struggles with social media usage, how to maintain a balanced worldview locked inside a "filter bubble" of your own choosing, putting too much self-worth and judging others based on follower count, and how the inherent asymmetry of social networks distorts what's real and what's contrived.
In the process, we discuss how shitty wi-fi is destroying Ben's relationship with his mother, how people who are comfortable with technology can still have illogical blind spots, the difference between being purposefully and blissfully unaware, why geeks no longer feel heroic when fixing someone's computer, and our inability to let go of others doing things the wrong way.
It concludes with Ben completing step six by coming to terms with the weak-tie nature of social media connections and promising not to expect much depth and transparency in his future engagements on these platforms.
Hosted by Jordan Cooper.
April 6, 2014 at 8:00PM • 1 hour 43 minutes
Dave Hamilton, co-founder of The Mac Observer and co-host of the Mac Geek Gab Podcast stops by to chat with David and Katie about running an online publication, his tricked out podcasting setup, being a musician, Mac maintenance and more.
Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for assistance with the shownotes this week!
Hosted by David Sparks & Katie Floyd.
April 6, 2014 at 5:15PM • 3 minutes
The news for Sunday, April 6, 2014
Hosted by Dan Benjamin.
April 6, 2014 at 9:00AM • 45 minutes
Christie walks Kevin through what it's like to have your indie website get utterly traffic-bombed, and how to defend your site from future popularity.
Hosted by Christie Koehler & Kevin Purdy.
April 5, 2014 at 5:00PM • 1 hour 12 minutes
Mike Perham - creator of Sidekiq and Sidekiq Pro - talks about the history of Sidekiq, the brand new 3.0 release, the Sidekiq Pro commercial add on, money in open source, and related topics.
Hosted by Sean Devine.
April 5, 2014 at 3:45PM • 24 minutes
Jason, John, Andy, Greg, and David can't stop, won't stop.
Hosted by Dan Benjamin.
April 5, 2014 at 3:00PM • 2 hours
Warm up your modem and turn your nuclear-launch key--it's time to play Global Thermonuclear War! We discuss "WarGames," the 1983 John Badham film starring Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, and Ally Sheedy. Is this the ultimate film for computer nerds like us? How do the film's Cold War themes contrast with its anti-technology themes? Can a computer make moral decisions? Why is there so much nerd shaming and sexism? And why do they let tour buses into the heart of America's nuclear command? So many questions, Professor Falken, and so few remote-controlled pterodactyls.
Featuring panelists John Siracusa, Andy Ihnatko, Greg Knauss, and David J. Loehr.
Hosted by Jason Snell.
April 4, 2014 at 8:00AM • 42 minutes
Because of some unavoidable technical difficulties, episode 105 isn't new and fresh out of the oven today. And we're sorry about that. But life is messy sometimes.
In honor of this mess, we're going to re-run episode 85, Messy Desks. See how clever we are?
Dave and Aaron debate the benefits and drawbacks to having a messy desk and office. Does it inhibit creativity, or encourage it?
Hosted by Aaron Mahnke & Dave Caolo.