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Episode 68: The Indoor Kids
Everything with Guy Branum
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The Indoor Kids #68: Everything with Guy Branum

One of our favorite guests, former X-Play head writer Guy Branum, returns to discuss relationships, election simulation games, nerd TV programming, how games have evolved over time, and much more. Come on in!

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  • I normally don’t comment on stuff ever, but i want you guys to know that your podcast is awesome and it’s pretty much the only reason i go to this site everyday.. oh, that and browsing through other podcasts just to see if kumail or emily is a guest on one of them

  • As someone that has been watching TWiT for years now all of the G4 talk is giving me a freaking headache. I still love the show, but sometime I just wish I could run into the room and steer the conversation just a little bit away from a particular topic. Enjoy the talk about the industry though, and I think for other people less familiar with the environment the G4 discussion is perfect…Just a bit torn that’s all. Charging ahead nonetheless.

    Thinking I might just pause this and go play The Binding of Issac for a bit, (if it weren’t for Emily I wouldn’t be obsessed with this game!)

  • To BBQ’s point, The You Made It Weird With Pete Holmes episodes w/ Emily and Kumail are seriously the best!

    *(I would also recommend the You Made It Weird episodes w/ Gary Gulman & the Greg Behrendt).

    ALL Indoor Kids episodes are awesome, but I REALLY enjoyed the Duncan Trussell episode.

  • It’s great to hear Guy back on the podcast, I love his protective perspective on nerd culture. This hour flies by amazingly fast and we even get a new nerd-culture-slogan T-shirt from this ep:
    “Nothing is ever going to be as hard as Kid Icarus”
    That shirt should be eggplant purple.

    My repeat play demo game? Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2, I loved that game! Too bad Activision turned into the evil empire, I can never buy anything from that franchise again. (Forgive the soapbox, Activision is my personal boycott.)

    In honor of Douglas Adams, from now on I will refer to the sensation of feeling connected to other living beings in the universe through a joke that only 10% of the audience understood as “Cambridge”. And if you get that reference, enjoy your Cambridge my friends!

    Brown Coats Forever.

  • Really glad to hear someone else bring up the problem with how “evil” people or mindsets are portrayed…It annoys me that, for example, the characters we see in a lot of movies about racism are unfeeling, piggish morons, instead of all the quite-possibly relatable people who contribute to an injustice on a larger scale.

    It’s probably because people don’t want to relate to evil. That, and by making it cartoon-ish, it’s less human and therefore less real of a situation. People want a black and white, good guy/bad guy type of experience. Unfortunately, it’s this tendency that stops us from analyzing our own “evil” thoughts/actions and those of the people around us.

    It’s also a lot harder to write fully human, more relatable characters…but too many movies are indeed taking the easy route.

  • I love Guy. I wish I could vote for you brother. I have to vote Giant Douche or Turd Sandwich. I’m writing in my vote for Ron Paul. Guy, you have a fan in NC. God bless you.

  • Awesome to hear the FTL love! That game is amazing. Also seconding the recommendation for the boardgame 1960: The Making of the President. It’s currently out of print so it could be hard to track down for a decent price, but totally worth it.

  • I got on the IK podcast bandwagon pretty early on and have enjoyed every episode. Some guests just stand out a bit more and this is one of them.

    Guy is a delight to listen to along with you guys. Some people you just seem to have a really cool vibe with and he is one of them.

    Either way, look forward to more!

  • I love you two and I still really enjoy the podcast, but I wish you would actually talk about video games. The podcast has been steadily heading away from video games, its still enjoyable but not what I’m tuning into listen to.