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Episode 85: The Indoor Kids
News and Aliens Hour with…
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The Indoor Kids #85: News and Aliens Hour with Jhonen Vasquez

First up, Matthew Burnside stops by for an extended news segment- we discuss all the PS4 news, IGN news, Bioshock news and more! Also, both Burnside and guest Jhonen Vasquez (Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, Invader Zim) have played Aliens: Colonial Marines, and they have wildly different (while still negative) thoughts on it. Plus hear about Jhonen’s influences, his gaming history, and more!

Games discussed

Killzone 4, Watch Dogs, Knack, The Witness, Infamous, Deep Down, Far Cry 3, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Faster Than Light, Dead Space 3, Resistance 3, BioShock Infinite, Skyrim, Sub-Terrania, Ghouls and Ghosts, Splatterhouse, Satan’s Hollow, Devil’s Crush.

Movies discussed
Entrapment, Slither, Splice, Mama, Pacific Rim
Johnny The Homicidal Maniac, Squee, I Feel Sick, Invader Zim and more!
His twitter is @JhonenV

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  14. farleyk says:

    I’m so happy you had Jhonen on, and extra glad that Emily got to read Johnny the Homicidal Maniac. Please oh please do yourself a favor and get a copy of Squee’s Wonderful Big Giant Book of Unspeakable Horrors (I mean, really, if the title doesn’t sell it, what could I possible add?).

    One thing never mentioned, how did you guys get to know JV?

  15. rhys says:

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  16. Brad O says:

    Have you guys (Emily/Kumail, or msg board) ever players Dark Souls? Highly recommended!! Takes about 4-5 hours to really get the hang of it but so rewarding once you do.

  17. Max Zumstein says:

    Ultimate props to Emily and Kumail for pulling the J.D. Salinger of comics into the light, even if only for a half hour. I really can’t wait to hear about those projects, I hope they wind up actually going through, whatever they are. I’d love to see some new creative content from Jhonen Vasquez. Not that his prints and character designs and music videos aren’t great, I’d just love to see something that’s fully his.

  18. Cory says:

    If I had been talking with Mr. Vasquez it would have been a multi hour show about JTHM. I guess this is why I don’t do a podcast about video games. Great show!

  19. David Smith says:

    Nothing to do with the podcast, but until looking at the promo pic for this episode I had never realized how much Jhonen Vasquez looks like a mexican Andy Samberg.

  20. Henke says:

    Nice to hear FTL get some love on the podcast. 😀 That was my personal 2012 GOTY. About 30 hours played right now. Managed to beat it a couple times on Easy and almost – aalllllmost – on Normal.

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  22. You is dumb says:

    Seriously? COHERE is a word. Three middle-aged adults in a room and not one knows for certain if COHERE is a word? It’s not even a hard word. Dem video games iz retarding u very retardedly.

  23. Joe says:

    Games also discussed:

    Dick Puncher 3: Key Grabbers

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    Any news on The Last of Us?

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  27. ML says:

    Still waiting for an Assassin’s Creed-centric podcast.

  28. Wildride says:

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    Good call, Kumail!

  29. rollapoid says:

    anamanaguchi 8)

  30. Kyle S. says:

    It really is a shame that you guys would write off the Killzone franchise seemingly without actually playing any of the games. The Helghast are one of the more compelling (and sympathetic) antagonists of this generation.

  31. Ingo says:

    Came for Jhonen. Got a bunch of crap about Sony.

  32. zuri says:

    Jhonen Vasquez is Andy Samberg with glasses and darker hair right?

  33. Conner Fields says:

    I’d play LSD Dream Emulator on PS4.

  34. Seamus says:

    I like the idea that some celebrities are running on Big Head Mode.

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    Great episode. Burnside is an awesome addition to the show.

  35. BeEn LaDeed says:

    I realize you guys are a console-centric podcast,(though Emily does play some PC stuff….nice on FTL) You guys fail to mention the Steam box. IMHO Valve is going to completely revolutionize the living room with this thing (your Steam library in the living room !!! ) The only reason that I find I would ever even buy the new PS4/Xbox consoles would be because of the exclusive content ie. Gears of War, God of War, War of War, etc. But other than that, I see no reason to buy the next Xbox or the PS4 when I can have the Steam box, which will give me the absolutely AMAZING steam library and their ridiculous sales. Cheaper games, better service, and the fact that they say I can upgrade it, LINUX, well shit, I’m sold (not to mention it’s Valve and they are THE innovators right now. Can you give us your inputs on the Steam Box guys? I honestly hope that Valve runs Microsoft and Sony into the grave.

  36. Steve says:

    Love you guys, makes mondays feel less like mondays!

    And Emily was right, someone at home enjoyed the “My Sharona” reference. Well played.

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    Also DLC would be considered fisting.

    I may have gone too far there…

  38. JERRY says:

    Hey Indoor Kids, love the podcast. In the past 3 weeks I have listened to every episode in reverse order while I’m at work, so the older pods are much fresher in my mind then the newer ones. Anyway I’m writing this to say that I miss the bit where you guys would mention the games you felt had slipped under the radar, there are so many good games out there that have just failed to market themselves properly or have been overshadowed by a big budget release. There is one game that I have played about a year ago that got no exposure what so ever, and that game is Enslaved- Odyssey to the West. This game is a rehash of the old monkey king legend but set in a post apocalyptic future. Now I know that most people are completely sick of the post apocalyptic setting in movies/books/games at this point but this game does it differently. there is none of the bleakness that comes with 99% media that takes place in this setting, the colors and scenery are so vibrant and beautiful that it took my breath away. Game play wise its a plat-former that feels like it borrows elements from the prince of persia series and brawlers like god of war/heavenly sword/ninja gaiden. This was one of my most treasured game experiences in recent years and I wanted to share it with you guys. Also i hope you bring back the segment of games that have flown under the radar so we can find more of these diamonds in the rough.

  39. Damien says:

    OH MY GOD! I love Invader Zim!
    I can not wait to listen to this episode later today.