I wasn’t planning on making this, but as I played the Switch re-release of Super Mario 3D World, I realized I had *things to say* about the new Bowser’s Fury game that’s packaged with it. This video is mainly about my problems with the game but I do want to stress that it’s still a good time and that I appreciate the risks taken even if I don’t think they all paid off.
This video was a bit of an experiment to see how quickly I could turn out a video that I was happy with. The modern internet demands ever more content at a pace that’s detrimental to quality. I’m not willing to compromise quality that much or dedicate so much of my time to this channel to meet the whims of the almighty algorithm. Still, I think I might try doing more of these short reviews that aren’t as comprehensive or analytical as work I’ve done previously. As long as they’re an interesting central point, I think it’s worth it.
I had fully intended for my next Debug Mode video to be the start of new series that I was fairly excited about. Then computer troubles struck and corrupted the footage I’d recorded for that game. That really took the wind out of my sails.
I intend to get back to that previous project, but in order to work on something completely different, I decided to do a quick video on Hitman 3, 2021’s first big release. A “quick” video soon bloomed into a month-long production. The final video is a celebration of the whole World of Assassination trilogy. If you’ve seen my best-of videos for 2016 or 2018, then you’ve heard me championing these games before. They really are pretty special but it’s a little hard to showcase them in a video like this. I think you really need to see someone play the game in realtime or try it for yourself.
Our triumphant* return sees us bouncing between topics like always. Stick around to hear about Eric’s job and his budding TikTok career, why Matt doesn’t like the extended editions of The Lord of the Rings and what exactly is friendfiction among other mysteries that can only be solved by listening to this here podcast. You might learn something!
I almost passed on making a year-end wrap up video since I already covered several of the year’s big games in previous videos. But I do like this format even if nobody really watches. It’s a good way to cover a lot of ground in a relatively short time.
I actually made more Debug Mode videos this year than ever before… which is still not saying all that much. YouTube isn’t my job and it’s far from my only interest. Creating videos I can feel okay about putting out into the world is hard and very time-consuming. And although I keep entertaining the notion of doing shorter, more-focused videos that are a bit easier to produce, that hasn’t really worked out so far.
From what I understand, the almighty YouTube algorithm wants me to upload a 10 minute video every day. I don’t care who you are – there’s no way you can do that and not have the content suffer or lose your mind or both. Increasingly, I feel sorry for the people who are in that position. It’s often not about making consistently good stuff – but just about making stuff consistently.
Anyway, thanks for watching if indeed you do. Let’s all hope for a happy new year.
Everybody’s favorite non-Disney princess finally shows up in Netflix’s drama about the Royal Windsor Family of Great Britain. We discuss the main storylines, themes, and performances of The Crown Season 4.
The Crown (season four)
Created by: Peter Morgan Starring: Olivia Coleman, Tobias Menzies, Helena Bonham Carter, Gillian Anderson, Josh O’Connor, Emma Corrin, Marion Bailey, Erin Doherty, Stephen Boxer, Emerald Fennell Composer: Martin Phipps Executive Producers: Peter Morgan, Stephen Daldry, Andy Harries, Phillip Martin, Suzanne Mackie, Matthew Byam-Shaw, Robert Fox, Tanya Seghatchian, Nina Wolarsky, Allie Goss Original network: Netflix Original release: November 15, 2020
For Tomhanksgiving 2020 we watch the ultimate social distancing movie: Cast Away. This year has sucked, but we can all be thankful that we’re not stuck alone on an island with just a volleyball for companionship. So there’s that.
Directed by: Robert Zemeckis Produced by: Steve Starkey, Tom Hanks, Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke Screenplay by: William Broyles Jr. Edited by: Arthur Schmidt Cinematography: Don Burgess Music by: Alan Silvestri Starring: Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Nick Searcy Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
Matt Damon and Christian Bale star in the daddest of dad movies. Does it work for non-dad types and/or non-car people?
Ford v Ferrari
Directed by: James Mangold Produced by: Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, James Mangold Screenplay by: Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth, Jason Keller Edited by: Michael McCusker, Andrew Buckland Cinematography: Phedon Papamichael Music by: Marco Beltrami, Buck Sanders Starring: Matt Damon, Christian Bale Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
It’s October so we’ve dipped a hesitant toe into the realm of (slightly) scary movies. In this episode, we discuss the pseudo-sequel to Cloverfield.
10 Cloverfield Lane
Directed by: Dan Trachtenberg Produced by: J. J. Abrams, Lindsey Weber Screenplay by: Josh Campbell, Matt Stuecken, Damien Chazelle Edited by: Stefan Grube Cinematography: Jeff Cutter Music by: Bear McCreary Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman, John Gallagher Jr. Distributed by: Paramount Pictures