The Indoor Kids with Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon

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!

Direct download: IK104_Dungeon_Mastery_with_Spencer_Crittenden.mp3
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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!

Direct download: IK103_Nerd_Consensus_with_Jordan_Morris.mp3
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