The Indoor Kids with Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon

It's the end of another year of all the forms of art and entertainment you can cram into your eyes and ears. Kumail and Emily go through their top picks for movies, games, and more, and are then joined by Gil, 10 year old boy genius, son of the owners of Meltdown Comics, and host of The Mutant Season. Gil talks about Christmas, his favorite games and movies, and more!

Direct download: IK77_Gil.mp3
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Today Kumail and Emily have a chat with Edmund and Danielle McMillen. You might know Edmund as 1/2 of Team Meat and the creator of games like Super Meat Boy and The Binding of Isaac, you might know Danielle as the creator of plush toys for Edmund's games, and you might know them both from Indie Game: The Movie. It's like a regular double date as we discuss games, working at Game Stop, and living a life where you get to create things you love.

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This week, we are joined by the one and only Martin Starr (Freaks and Geeks, Knocked Up, more!), who tells us about his gaming history, his life philosophies, and getting high and playing games with Seth Rogan. Plus, Matthew Burnside talks Dishonored and Kumail and Emily talk about the VGAs!

Direct download: IK75_Martin_Starr.mp3
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Kumail and Emily are in the fine city of Baltimore, and thus, are all alone for this episode. They talk about games from Skrillex Quest to XCom to Assassin's Creed (and more), their favorite parade candy, elevensies at Denny's, gaming news and more!

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Today, Gabe Delahaye (Videogum, Emily's cohost on Love in the Time of Robots) joins Kumail and Emily to talk about some of the weirdest news stories to hit our ears and eyes in the past few weeks. We talk Skyfall, Leisure Suit Larry, The Walking Dead games, Call of Duty, and more more more!

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One of our favorites, Jordan Morris, to talk about everything Halo. Backstory? We cover it. Thoughts on the new game? We've got em. Thoughts on multiplayer? We're all up in it. Halo-adjacent webshows? Watched them. Obsession with Master Chief? We've got that too. 
Plus we talk other games, Internet etiquette, and more!
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Emily and Kumail welcome Jeff Rubin (College Humor, Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show) to talk about games he's playing, games we're playing, The Wire, TV shows based on games, and more more more!

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This week Matt Mira (Attack of the Show, Nerdist podcast, duh) joins Kumail and Emily to discuss the Star Wars/Disney news, the upcoming Skyfall, and every single Bond game that Matt has played, which is a lot.

Direct download: IK70_Everything_Bond_with_Mira_Matt_Mira.mp3
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This week, Kumail and Emily are joined by Justin Pierre and Tony Thaxton of the band Motion City Soundtrack to talk about things that scare us in life, in video games, in movies, and more! Plus you'll get an inside look into the life of a touring performer/gamer!

Direct download: IK69_Motion_City_Soundtrack.mp3
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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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Kumail and Emily sat down to talk with Howard Phillips, who has an impressive resume. He was one of the original workers in Nintendo's first American warehouse, which meant he shipped out Donkey Kong cabinets in his early days, and this led to product testing all Nintendo games, setting up the tips and tricks hotline, developing games himself, and co-creating Nintendo Power magazine. He's done it all, and we only meant to talk to him for 20 minutes but ended up talking to this amazingly inspirational legend of a dude for over an hour. Plus Kumail and Emily talk about NBA 2K13 and Dishonored!

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While in San Francisco, Kumail and Emily met on a hotel rooftop to talk to Gary Whitta, lead writer for The Walking Dead, Episode 4. Hear him talk about the differences between writing movies and video games (he wrote Book of Eli and the next M. Night movie), how you write a game that has so many different story paths, his thoughts on the importance of stories in games, and much more. Plus, hear Kumail and Emily talk road tripping, contests and more! Look out gang, Episode 4 of The Walking Dead, written by Gary Whitta, comes out tomorrow, Tuesday the 9th! Download it ASAP!

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The Indoor Kids have put together this cornucopia of video game fun, including (but not limited to) our thoughts on Wii-U, an interview with the general manager of Ground Kontrol in Portland, us geeking out at Ground Kontrol, and an interview with Anthony Jeselnik that covers his foray into Nintendo championships as well as wrestling.

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Finally, Borderlands 2 has been released, and we report back to you from knee deep in its wonderful depths with the help of our pal and fellow Vault Hunter Jordan Morris. Also discussed: the best co-op games of all time, movies, Gidget and more! Tell us who you're playing, what your character is, whose guns you prefer, and anything else your heart desires!

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Today Kumail and Emily welcome one of their besties, Jonah Ray (you may know who he is) to discuss suspenseful TV, games we're playing, how we'd stock our personal arcades, and some of the games you might not have realized had precursors. Plus there's bonus audio of Jonah and Emily's Hootie Goo Dolls cover band!

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Today Kumail and Emily are joined by Aaron Bleyaert, responsible for wrangling Conan O'Brien into gaming with their series, Clueless Gamer. Hear stories of gaming with Conan, followed by stories of Leisure Suit Larry remakes, bad New Years Eves, and more more more!

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Kumail and Emily journey to Seattle, where the coffee is famous. We bring you all the backstage and floor juiciness from both Bumbershoot and PAX. With special guests Jessica Chobot, Ron Funches, John Hodgman and more more more!

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The Indoor Kids are coming to you at the end of their long journey to Scotland. Learn about the Mac and IPhone games Emily has been playing! Feast your eyes on the wonders of Vita games! Hear about Scottish food and the Fringe Festival! Revel in Kumail's cold that has nearly robbed him of his voice!

Note: We apologize for this episode being a little shorter than most, but Kumail barely made it through as it was. Thank you for being patient and we love you all!

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This week, Kumail and Emily welcome our good friend Pete Holmes to talk about what we're thinking and feeling when we sit down to play a shooter versus a puzzle game versus a MMORPG, and why thinking about stuff like that matters. Plus we get real silly too.

**SPOILER ALERT** There is a Mass Effect spoiler at 41:07

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Today, Kumail and Emily welcome James Gunn, writer and director of movies like Super and Slither, and writer of the videogame Lollipop Chainsaw, to talk about... well, everything. We talk about religion, sexism in games, anal sex, and more, and to start things off, Kumail and Emily bring you a Pre-SideQuest to discuss the games they've been playing lately. 
Be warned, this episode is NSFW.
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Remember back when every video game had an ice level, a fire level, and an underwater level, regardless of if it fit into the plot? We do, and we invite you to come reminisce with us on some of the best and worst individual levels in video games from the 80s through today! Then tell us about your favorites!

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This week, joining Kumail and Emily to talk about this freakishly long console life cycle is Stephen Johnson of G4TV.com! We'll discuss what long console cycles mean for the industry, what the next cycle could improve upon, and some of the greatest hits of this endless summer of gaming. Plus we may apologize to people we were mean to in high school.

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Given the Batmania that the country has been infected with, we decided to do a podcast salute to the Dark Knight, the Caped Crusader, Gotham's Savior, World's Greatest Detective, Bats, the weirdo in the outfit, etc and so on. We discuss all Batman movies, most Batman games, some Batman comics, and a few Batman cartoons- and who better to join us than a fellow superhero Hulk, aka Film Critic Hulk (in Bruce Banner mode). Don't worry, we don't discuss anything about The Dark Knight Rises until the very end, and we give a lot of warning before the spoiler-filled discussion.

Direct download: IK55_Batman.mp3
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The Comic-Con episode with Devin Faraci, Matt Mira, Jordan Morris, and more!
Kumail and Emily wanted to bring Comic-Con to you, so they decided to bring along a recorder, Twin Peaks-style, to capture every floor walk, (almost) every friend, every weird party, and every exhausted, stinky, fun moment.
Direct download: IK54_The_Comic-Con_Episode.mp3
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Kumail and Emily welcome Adam Sessler to the show to talk about how he became one of the most well-respected industry voices (hint: it involves banks), what he plans on doing next, and what he thinks the gaming industry needs to continue evolving as an art form and an entertainment form.

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This week, Kumail and Emily are on vacation in beautiful Santa Barbara, which means that Emily got sunburned the first day and we've spent the rest of the time playing Skyrim Dawnguard, LEGO Batman 2 DC Superheroes, and Spec Ops: The Line. Plus we watched all of the new Mass Effect endings and discuss those, but we do it at the end and give you warnings if you don't want it spoiled.

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First The Indoor Kids talk with Keith Apicary, video game fan boy whose overzealous demeanor has gotten him kicked out of video game events and conventions from coast to coast. He has a lifetime ban from PAX. Then, we talk to Keith's creator, comedian Nathan Barnatt, about his life long love of games and how he used it to make a career for himself.
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This week, Kumail and Emily welcome their good pal Film Crit Hulk to talk about all the obsessive achievement hunting, score beating, game finishing moments of our gaming lives, from childhood on. Plus we also discuss Prometheus and Moonrise Kingdom. 

PS- We know OCD is a serious disorder, and we are not making light of it.

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Today Kumail and Emily welcome Ali Baker, the original cohost of Indoor Kids, to catch up on life, talk about games we're playing, and discuss all the biggest news out of E3. What games wowed us? What press conferences embarrassed us? What is Smart Glass? We'll discuss it all!

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This week, Kumail and Emily welcome their own personal Alec Baldwin to the studio to talk about the games they've been playing, the things they're looking forward to out of E3, and the nature of child psychopaths. Plus Emily tries to explain the appeal of Minecraft. Enjoy!

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This week, Guy Branum joins us! He was one of the original employees of TechTV and the former head writer of X-Play, and he and the kids talk how video game entertainment has changed, his place in it, and whether or not the online gaming world needs Moms. Plus also we discuss nerds and being a minority. Pretty heavy stuff, guys.

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Welcome to another live version of The Indoor Kids, where we talk about porn versions of video game titles, dreamcast our favorite video games into the movies that'll never be made, wallow in the worst of video game dialogue, and Kumail reveals an unhealthy obsession with Eliza Dushku.

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Today on The Indoor Kids, Kumail and Emily are joined by Kellee Santiago (@kelleesan), one of the founders of thatgamecompany, the company behind Flower, Journey, and more! Kellee joins us to talk about how she got into game design, the theory of fun (cooler than it sounds), and more! Then stick around for Kumail and Emily filling you in on all the things they've been shoving into their earholes and eyeholes lately.

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This week, The Indoor Kids sit down with Mike Z and Alex Ahad, the respective game designer and creative director of Skullgirls, to find out all the dirt. How did these two create such a badass game? How did they meet? How did they get into the business of creating games? Who is their favorite character? Tune in to find out! 
Follow @Skullgirls on Twitter! 
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Nick Ahrens (iam8bit) joins us again to talk all things Mass Effect, now that we're all done with the entire series. Did you guys hear that there was some controversy over the ending? Weird, huh? We delve into all of it, reveal the fates of our Shepards, and talk future possibilities. Again, this is VERY SPOILER HEAVY, so we recommend listening only if you have finished Mass Effect 3, or if you like having things spoiled for you!

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Today Kumail and Emily welcome Indoor Kid favorite Dominic Dierkes (@dominicdierkes) to discuss some of the oldest, biggest, best, and most elusive Easter Eggs in video game history! We run through early ones up through the eggs of today, and why we love them. And then there's also talk about Mortal Kombat character ethnicities. Plus Kumail gets some odd food from a 7 Eleven and we can't seem to stop talking about it.

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Kumail and Emily have been traveling like crazy, both together and separately, so this episode was recorded with the Indoor Kids at home discussing all the video game news that's fit to print. They also talk the games they've been playing while they were separated (Emily- Journey and Skullgirls, Kumail- Uncharted: Golden Abyss). Then at the end Kumail kinda freaks out from sleep deprivation.

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Story and Gaming, the Sequel- starring Devin Faraci

Today we welcome back Devin Faraci, Badass in Chief at Badass Digest, to chow down a bit more on the big issue of narrative in gaming. What makes a game a game? Can video games fully master cultural relevance when you have to devote so much time to them? If you don't devote the time to them and just experience the story, are you a gamer? We don't really answer any of these questions, but we do talk about them a lot. Listen and then tell us what you think!

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Bryan Lee O'Malley stops in to chat about his ode to video game culture, Scott Pilgrim, the games that inspired him, and of course, the movie. And trust us you guys, he's in deep. Along the way we talk about fashion and North Carolina too.

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The Indoor Kids get smart and take a break from playing video games to read books about playing video games. Man, we read so many books. And then we compiled an awesome report to tell you guys about them. Reading about video games. Because we... are The Indoor Kids.

Direct download: IK38_The_Book_Report_Episode.mp3
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The Indoor Kids welcome Nick Ahrens (I am 8 bit) to enter the lair and discuss the entire Mass Effect franchise. We talk about the good, we talk about the bad, we talk about who has had sex with which people & what race they were. We also address the massive & epic ending controversy!

Direct download: IK37_Mass_Effect_with_Nick_Ahrens.mp3
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This is the time when we welcome Jordan Morris (Jordan Jesse Go!) to talk about all of the best and worst video games based on movies. Gremlins 2! Die Hard! The Lord of the Rings! We try and cover it all, from the moment you realized that you could actually play a game based in a world you'd only watched in movies, to the crappiness of the Green Lantern game. Plus some bonus talk about games we're playing now! 

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Today, Kumail and Emily welcome Dominic Dierkes (DERRICK Comedy, Workaholics) to talk about all kinds of hot topics in gaming. We'll discuss the PlayStation Vita (and compare it to a zoo animal), the recent scandal in the fighting game industry, and upcoming games we're looking forward to (HELLO MASS EFFECT 3!)

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It’s another The Indoor Kids Livestravaganza as we invite Blair Herter (G4’s Attack of the Show, Feedback) & DC Pierson (Derrick Comedy, author of The Boy who Couldn’t Sleep & Didn’t Have To) to discuss such important topics as Parappa The Rappa, the Soul Calibur series & the worst roommates in gaming. And matchups! Bubsy vs. Alex Kidd! Sega Genesis vs. Super Nintendo! Plus, super special appearances by Matt Mira & Jessica Chobot!

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Kevin Pereira (host of G4's Attack of the Show) comes in to talk about his gaming history, about running bulletin boards at 9, and about getting to 2nd base in a pizza restaurant at 12. At 12, you guys. His story should be made into a movie starring Matthew Broderick.

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Isn't co-op gaming the best, especially when it's with friends and not with strangers who call you terrible words? This week, Blair Butler and Stephen Johnson of G4 join us to talk about co-op gaming throughout our lives, our loves, and how we all played Horde Mode together the night before the recording. Also, we promote Stephen's one man show, "Is the Bible Magic?" Then stay tuned for a Side Quest with Kumail and Emily doling out advice on the best games to play with your lovah... just in time for Valentine's Day!

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Today Kumail and Emily welcome Jensen Karp, owner of Gallery 1988 and curator of all things pop culture, to discuss the games throughout our lives that have caused us to rethink how video games work. We also try and address the games that changed the gaming industry as a whole, but mostly we just talk about ourselves. Plus Jensen discusses his rap career, and Kumail and Emily wrap up their thoughts on Uncharted 3!

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This week, Kumail and Emily welcome Devin Faraci (Kick ass movie reviewer/Badass-in-Chief at Badass Digest http://badassdigest.com) to pour his passion for movies into video games. We discuss old and new narratives, special effects, storytelling, and how all that works differently in video games vs. movies. Plus butt plugs.

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The Indoor Kids minus Kumail plus Matt Mira host our first EVER live show! In which we basically do the Oscars, but for videogames. Best videogame hair of 2011! Most sexable videogame character of 2011! Other categories! Plus, guests Jordan Morris & Blair Butler! (Kumail could not be there due to completely unavoidable circumstances.) Next live The Indoor Kids show: February 11th! http://nerdmeltla.com/tickets

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The Indoor Kids fortify their walls & reinforce their chairs, because Film Crit Hulk (badassdigest.com) stops by to discuss the most ultimatest topic of all: are videogames art? Don't worry; we don't get pretentious. (Ok we do a little bit.) HULK PONTIFICATE!

SPOILERS:

Gears of War 3 (1:02:40 - 1:03:48)
Red Dead Redemption (1:06:00 - 1:07:28)
LA Noire (1:13:45 - 1:14:55)
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This week, DC Pierson (DERRICK Comedy, "The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep and Never Had To") joins Kumail and Emily to discuss some of the video game world's most bizarre and interesting mysteries. Alien demons in Mario Galaxy? A Russian game that only exists while you're playing it? Easter eggs from the dawn of time? All will be revealed! Plus we talk about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for, like, a while.

Direct download: IK26_Easter_Eggs_and_Mysteries_with_DC_Pierson.mp3
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