The Indoor Kids with Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon (general)

Today we welcome our pal Danny Tamberelli. You might know him as Little Pete from The Adventures of Pete and Pete, or you might know him as Jimmy from GTAV. Now you'll know him as an awesome dude, gamer, and child star that didn't turn into an insane person. Enjoy!

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This week, Kumail and Emily welcome their pals Kevin, Brea, and Sandeep to talk about Oculus Rift, "girlfriend mode" in gaming, horror movies, GTA 5, and all kinds of other disgusting stuff. Plus we talk about their new Nerdist video, Real Housewives of Horror, and working with someone you love!
 
The Indoor Kids merch design contest is on until November 15th! http://gynomite.wordpress.com/2013/10/10/indoor-kids-merch-design-contest-part-ii/
 
GAMES:
GTA V, Puppeteer, The Walking Dead, the Oculus Rift, Skyrim
MOVIES:
Jug Face, Grand Piano, Cheap Thrills, The Brood, Suspiria, The Fifth Element, Goblin, Creep Show, Gremlins, Ghostbusters, Ender's Game, After Earth, The Book of Eli, Inglorious Bastards, The Hangover, The Goonies, Teeth, Deadgirl, The Woman, The Conjuring, Return to Oz, Tremors
TV SHOWS:
Heros, Dexter, Picket Fences, Project Runway
WEB SERIES:
Game Shop, Save the Supers, Real Housewives of Horror
BOOKS:
The Ender's Game/Ender's Shadow series, Ready Player One
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Today we welcome back one of our favorite guests, Tom Bissell, to discuss his new book about the making of The Room, how he plays games now versus how he played games 10 years ago, and much much more. Don't worry, we still get real silly with it.

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Today we welcome back our old pal Devin Faraci, Badass in Chief of Badass Digest, to the show to talk about anything from GTA torture to weight loss tips to the problem with fandom. Plus we play a Twitter game all about your biggest gaming disappointments.

Direct download: IK120_Life_Tips_with_Devin_Faraci.mp3
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This week, Kumail and Emily bring you our patent-pending Con Audio Diary (if anyone has a snappy name for that, holler) all the way from New York Comic-Con! Be with us on the floor as we run into strangers, get over stimulated, see old friends and new, and then reflect on it all from the safety of their home. With Patrick Cassels of College Humor and comedian Mike Lawrence!

Direct download: IK119_New_York_Comic-Con.mp3
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This episode comes to you live from the LA Podcast Festival, where Kumail and Emily are joined by their pals Blair Butler, Jordan Morris, Jonah Ray, and Matthew Burnside to talk GTA, do some dramatic readings of bad video game cutscenes, and pretend to play baseball. Plus we get the audience involved in a debate about brunch, and give out chicken sandwiches. Enjoy!

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We didn't even get to the topic last time, so we thought we should bring Jordan Morris back for an in-depth discussion of the trends that started in this console cycle, the trends that died in this console life cycle, plus Kumail saw The Breakfast Club for the first time and comic books and GTAV talk and more!

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Today, actor Zach Cregger (Whitest Kids U Know) joins Emily and Kumail to rapturously gush about the wonder that is GTAV. We talk about its success, improvements the series has made along the way, story, what it's like to live in the city the game is based on, and much much more. Plus some talk about squirmy moments, Breaking Bad talk, Twitter game and more!

Some mild spoilers in this episode, so we recommend that you play through meeting Trevor, the third main character, before listening.

There is also a Breaking Bad spoiler from about two seasons ago, but we drop in a warning about that too.

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Today we are joined by our favorite regular guest, Jordan Morris, to discuss all the latest gaming news, movies we've seen, books we've read, and Kumail's connection to Tay Zonday.

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This week, Emily and Kumail have a chat with Brian Colin, the director of Game Refuge and the creator of games like Rampage and General Chaos! Learn about the dynamics of designing for an arcade versus a home console. Learn about how hard it was to even choose colors when designing games. Hear billions of stories! Plus Emily and Kumail go to Europe and record from their hotel, discussing gaming news, gaming while traveling, McDonald's commercials, and more!

Direct download: IK114_European_Rampage_with_Brian_Colin.mp3
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This week, our guest Jeff Ryan, author of Super Mario, ran a bit late, so you are treated to Kumail and Emily just hanging out and discussing video games and movies and Harry Potter centaurs. Then Jeff Ryan joins us for a discussion about the history of Nintendo and what it needs to do in the future, and finally, we have a fun chat with Matthew Burnside backstage at The Meltdown, catching up on gaming news. Enjoy this hodgepodge of an episode.

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Today, the Indoor Kids welcome our old pal DC Pierson to talk about the wonders of educational games that try, with varying degrees of efficiency, to make learning fun. Also we talk about Saved by the Bell for a weirdly long time.
And yes, we know we forgot to mention an educational game that was very important in your life. We apologize.

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This week, Kumail and Emily are in Portland and managed to sit down and chat with three of the four creators of Gone Home, the indie game that is the new hotness. We chat with Steve Gaynor, Karla Z, and Johnnemann about X-Files, storytelling in games, growing up in the 90s, their awesome cookies, and much more. Plus Kumail and Emily chat about GTA V news, Dragon's Crown, Papers, Please and more!
No Walk on the Burnside this week but we'll catch a few moments with him soon, we promise!

Spoiler warning: At 29:50 in the discussion about Gone Home we drop in a spoiler warning that will tell you to fast forward 15 minutes in order to avoid hearing spoilers about the game. You have been warned.

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Today we welcome our good friend Aaron Bleyaert of Team Coco to discuss the newest Clueless Gamer episodes, the ET game, skin conditions, and a host of lost video games that never made it out of development. Listen up!

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Today Kumail and Emily are joined by Anthony Burch, writer of Borderlands 2, and Ashly Burch, voice of Tiny Tina. We talk about the game, the process of creating a balanced game, their web series Hey Ash, and way more! Plus Burnside, news, Twitter games and more!

WARNING: there are some Borderlands 2 spoilers, courtesy of Anthony, but we give you audio warning before they happen. But for real, play the game.

SPOILERS AT: 53:10-57:35 and 1:05:25-1:06:50

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Today we are joined by the Game Director of The Last of Us, a guy who has been with Naughty Dog for many years, to discuss everything about directing a video game, the challenges of a game like Last of Us, character development, and much much more. We loved this interview.
**SPOILER ALERT: AT 51:30-1:10:20 ABOUT END OF GAME**
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Like we always do for Comic-Con, Emily and Kumail spent their time roaming the floor and talking to their friends about the wonders of Comic-Con. You'll come with us to exclusive parties, hear us react to booths, and then hear a run down of the things we found most exciting from this year's Con. Featuring Jordan Morris, listener Alex, Jensen Karp, Benjamin Simpson, Garfunkel and Oates (aka Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci), Mike Rosenstein, and Steve Agee.

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After numerous requests, we brought on one of our favorite guests, Jeff Rubin, to play the Metagame with us, talk about the games we're playing now, and much more. Burnside was late but joins us at the end to play too!

Please excuse Kumail and Emily for not being able to remember the name "Metagame" in the intro. We recorded that part at 2am. You can buy Meta Game here. While we're giving out links, you can preorder Kumail's special Beta Male on Amazon here. You can also watch it on Comedy Central this Saturday, July 20th, at midnight!

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Today, Kumail and Emily welcome Spencer Crittenden, the resident Dungeon Master of Harmontown, to talk about how he started world-building, how that applies to his love of video games and life, and also how he's a time traveler in Animal Crossing. Plus we discuss playing old Game Boy games, make Spencer describe monsters you've created, talk about what we're playing now, and more more more!

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Today we welcome back one of our favorite guests, Jordan Morris, to sit around and discuss some of the weirder aspects of nerd culture: dissenting opinions, piling on criticism, changes to origin stories, and more. Plus we talk gaming news, stuff we're playing now, and take a walk on the Burnside!

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Chronicles of Mistara, Far Cry 3, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Batman: Arkham City, Skyrim, State of Decay, The Last Of Us, Tomb Raider, Resident Evil 4, Infamous: Second Son, Hitman, GTA, Revenge of Shinobi, Ghostbusters, Punisher, Mass Effect, XCOM

**SPOILER ALERTS**
We talk a lot about video games and movies in this episode, and we want you to be aware of some things you may consider spoilers within that discussion. Be warned:
(21:00) - Teeny tiny Tomb Raider spoiler
(31:15) - A regular sized Tomb Raider spoiler
(33:50 - 48:15) - We talk about Man of Steel at length
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 This week, you'll come along with Kumail and Emily as they brave the crowds of E3. You'll be at the conferences and on the floor with us as we watch games, play games, become obsessed with the song from Metal Gear, and listen to Mario talk. Although we never ran into Burnside on the floor, we do a wrap up with him too! E3 forever!

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Today is a special day, as it's the 100th episode of The Indoor Kids, so we decided to bring back our 1st ever guest, way back when Emily wasn't even on the show- it's Steve Agee! We answer questions from listeners, we each count down our top five video games, and we discuss even more XBox One and E3 news with a Walk on the Burnside!

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Today we decided to take on some of the bigger news stories of the week- damsels in distress, the used games controversy, which Tetris piece you would be, games being added to the MoMA, and all the stuff these three Indoor Kids are playing! It's hosty as shit.

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Today we welcome the wonderful Kevin Pereira to talk all about the XBox announcement from last week- the good, the bad, what we still don't know. Plus we talk Arkham Origins, EA passes, and Burnside joins us to play (within the episode) an iOS game called Spaceteam. Hooray news!

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 Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon welcome their pal Jake Fogelnest to talk about his gaming history, and then we go through some of the most storied romances in all of video game history. Are Mario and Peach codependent? What is happening with love interests that turn into monsters? We discuss it all. Plus a Walk on the Burnside with Matthew Burnside!

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Kumail and Emily welcome Ders from Workaholics to talk about games that celebrities have "starred" in through the years, Workaholics, douchiness, and Infinity news. We also play an epic Twitter game with Burnside.

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Today we welcome pal Dominic Dierkes to run through the history of video game mascots. From Pac-Man to Alex Kidd to Bubzy to Nathan Drake, we go through them all. Plus we talk the games were playing, the movies we just watched, tv and more! And Burnside stops by to talk gaming on the toilet and play the twitter game!
The picture is Polygon Man, failed playstation mascot.
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Please enjoy this hodgepodge episode, pulled together from multiple podcasting expeditions. In it, you'll hear video game news talk, TV show talk, discussion of games we're playing now, an interview with Max and Ben, two of the guys responsible for the indie hit Unfinished Swan, a Twitter game, and, at the end of the episode, a spoilery Bioshock wrap up with Matthew Burnside. Enjoy!

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We've talked around it for weeks, but now it's time to unbutton our gaming pants and let loose. Kumail and Emily welcome old friends Blair Butler (on her second playthrough) and Film Critic Hulk (who thinks about narrative for a living) to discuss everything Bioshock: Infinite- things we loved, things we missed, what it means for gaming, and parallels to the first Bioshock. DO NOT LISTEN UNLESS YOU HAVE BEATEN BIOSHOCK. You have been warned.

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Today The Indoor Kids welcome Tom Bissel, author of some of our favorite video game essays and writer of Gears of War: Judgment. We talk about how we evaluate games, why you should always play games on hard, and how writing a video game has changed the way he thinks about games in general. Plus a ton of Bioshock: Infinite talk with no spoilers.

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Today The Indoor Kids welcome back their favorite couple, Blair Herter and Jessica Chobot! We haven't seen them since they had a baby a few weeks ago, so there's lots of discussion about that, which the squeamish might want to skip. Plus we talk about Bioshock: Infinite for a long time. No spoilers, but we do discuss the basics of the world and the main characters. Then we talk XBox AlwaysOngate and play a Twitter game!

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In honor of Tabletop Day (which was Saturday), we invited King of the Nerds/Outbreak:Undead creator Ivan Van Norman on the show. As both a gamer and a tabletop gamer, Ivan schools us (and you) on the different types of tabletop games, what they offer that video games cannot, and what are the best way to dip your video gamer toe into the tabletop waters. Plus, we take a walk on the Burnside to give our first, spoiler-free impressions of Bioshock, play Twitter games, and more!

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Today Kumail and Emily are joined by Steve Yeun, aka Glenn on The Walking Dead, to talk about being a minority on TV, zombies, comic books, Steve's lifelong love of RPGs, and more! Plus we have fun with #videogamebands, Matthew Burnside joins us to talk Tomb Raider and gaming news, and Steve tells us a ghost story or two.

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Chris Kluwe plays for the Minnesota Vikings, and also, he is a legit obsessive gamer. Today he joins us to talk about his gaming history, what he's playing now, how he became a pro-football player, how he applies gaming skills to the real world, gay rights, and way more.

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This week Kumail and Emily welcome Josh Ovenshire of Smosh Games and King of the Nerds to talk about being on a reality show about nerds, how he got his start in the gaming world (hint: it involves ghosts), sexism in gaming and more. Plus, at the beginning, you get the bonus of Kumail and Emily's SXSW diary. We take you on the gaming expo floor, we take you backstage at comedy shows, we give our thoughts on virtual reality. With cameos from Natasha Leggero, Martin Starr, and Ken Marino!

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Today Kumail and Emily welcome our old pal Steve Agee to discuss games we're playing, some recent gaming news, how we deal with motion sickness and addiction to games, and way more. Also, we gear up for March, when one huge game comes out every single week.

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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!

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Today we welcome podcast pal DC Pierson to talk about the latest video game news, odd things we used to do while playing video games, depression as a video game, and more! Plus we welcome Matthew Burnside with a review of Ni No Kuni and more!

Direct download: IK84_DC_Pierson.mp3
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Today is the Indoor Kids' dear friend and director extraordinaire Jordan Vogt-Roberts. He is a lifelong gamer and talks about how growing up in gaming has influenced his choices as a director, and how they're influencing all of our careers. They also talk about Nick Offerman, Skrillex, Jordan's love of JRPGs, and the new Star Wars movies! Then they welcome Matthew Burnside to discuss gaming news about GTA, Monopoly, and more!

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Today Kumail and Emily are joined by Devin Faraci of Badass Digest to talk about a very hot, very annoying topic to many gamers: the role video games play in violent behavior. We talk some science, some opinion, but don't worry, we also keep it fun and talk about snapshot gaming memories, iOS gaming, and masturbation a lot.
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Kumail and Emily welcome their favorite guest, Jordan Morris, to discuss those weird Nintendo commercials where a person (usually a female) is playing a DS and proclaims herself not a gamer, but an artist. What makes a person a gamer? Is it enough to say you are one? Why do we care so much? All this and more!

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Today Kumail and Emily are joined by Blair Butler and Matt Mira, two employees of the Attack of the Show and X-Play, two shows that are now dead to G4. They discuss what it was like to work for the network, what they think happened, and where they think tech/video game TV is going from here. Plus we take A Walk on the Burnside with Far Cry, and more fun!

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Today Kumail and Emily welcome back to the show one of our favorite guests, the fast-talking, fast-thinking genius that is Aisha Tyler. We discuss the perils of fame, Aisha's E3 experience, games she's playing, and some of our favorite mental disorders.

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In this episode, we are joined by Veep's Tim Simons (aka Jonah, the POTUS lackey), a guy we spent some time hanging out with. Hear tales of Baltimore, obsessive gaming, breaking and entering, and all the video game news that's just weird enough to be on The Indoor Kids.

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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!

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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!

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

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.

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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!

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

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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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

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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Category:general -- posted at: 12:48am PST

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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Category:general -- posted at: 12:52am PST

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!

Direct download: IK57_Levels.mp3
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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.

Direct download: IK56_Consoles.mp3
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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.

Direct download: IK53_Adam_Sessler.mp3
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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.

Direct download: IK52_Santa_Barbara.mp3
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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.
Direct download: IK51_Keith_Apicary_Nathan_Barnatt.mp3
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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.

Direct download: IK50_OCD_Gaming_Moments_with_Film_Crit_Hulk.mp3
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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!

Direct download: IK49_E3_Reactions_with_Ali_Baker.mp3
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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!

Direct download: IK48_E3_is_coming_and_so_are_child_serial_killers_with_Jordan_Morris.mp3
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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.

Direct download: IK47_Guy_Branum.mp3
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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.

Direct download: IK46_LIVE_with_Jonah_Ray_Jordan_Morris.mp3
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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.

Direct download: IK45_Journey_Puns_Gaming_and_Avengers_with_Kellee_Santiago.mp3
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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! 
Direct download: KI44_Skullgirls.mp3
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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!

Direct download: IK43_Mass_Effect_Nick_Ahrens.mp3
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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.

Direct download: IK42_Easter_Eggs_with_Dominic_Dierkes.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:34pm PST

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.

Direct download: IK40_hostful.mp3
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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!

Direct download: IK40_Story_and_Gaming_the_Sequel.mp3
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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.

Direct download: IK39_Bryan_Lee_OMalley.mp3
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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! 

Direct download: IK36_Movie_Games_with_Jordan_Morris.mp3
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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!)

Direct download: IK35_Dominic_Dierkes.mp3
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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!

Direct download: IK34_Live_episode_No._2__Match_ups.mp3
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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.

Direct download: IK33_Kevin_Pereira.mp3
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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!

Direct download: IK32_Blair_Butler_and_Stephen_Johnson.mp3
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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!

Direct download: IK31_Jensen_Karp.mp3
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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.

Direct download: IK30_Devin_Faraci.mp3
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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

Direct download: IK29_Live_Show_1.mp3
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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)
Direct download: IK27_Film_Critic_Hulk.mp3
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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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It's the holidays, which means it's time for a visit from your friend and ours, Matt Mira. Join us as we discuss superheroes, Christmas memories, old consoles, and the political structure of Super Mario World. No one gets us off topic like Mira!

Direct download: IK25_Everything__Christmas_w__Matt_Mira.mp3
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Al Madrigal (Free Agents, The Daily Show) drops in to take us back to the days when cigarette burns adorned Street Fighter 2 cabinets & the possibility of an actual street fight was all too real. Yep: we talk about video game arcades. How they were scary, how they were awesome, and how barely any of them exist anymore. Al and Kumail also describe some of their favorite stand-up heckling moments.

Direct download: IK24_The_Death_of_Arcades_with_Al_Madrigal.mp3
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Jordan Morris & The Indoor Kids put on their Indiana Jones hats and go Indian Jonesing into the world of rare and unreleased/canceled games. Walk with us through this seedy underbelly of missteps, mistakes & mysteries. "This belongs in a museum!" we all say in unison.

Direct download: IK23_Lost_Games_w__Jordan_Morris.mp3
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Dan Harmon (creator of Community, Channel 101) visits The Indoor Kids again to discuss our obsession with Skyrim. We talk about how our real life personalities affect our characters and behavior within the game, and we try and ascertain specifically what makes this game so awesome and immersive. Plus we talk about celebrities. Something for everyone!
Also send your submission in for the contest! Deadline is December 9th. Get to it!
Direct download: IK22_Church_of_Skyrim_2_with_Dan_Harmon.mp3
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