Is it possible? Two Debug Mode videos in such a short span? Nay, three videos! What new devilry is this? Only the wild year that is 2020 could bring about such unprecedented events!
Animal Crossing: New Horizons one of the biggest game releases of the year and in this video I explain why I quit playing. I do like the game though – especially in the midst of all the insanity this year. It’s extremely well made and very inviting – it’s just got fairly major design issues that push me away.
This is the first video of the kind of new format I’d like to continue exploring – not a comprehensive review, nor a list, but a vehicle for me to talk about just a subset of things about a particular game that I find interesting. Maybe it’s a particular mechanic, the evolution of the series, or an analysis of the story. I have more videos in the works and I’m hoping there will be two more out before the end of the summer which would be a big deal considering the historical upload pace of this channel. Then I’ve got to get back to the Arkham retrospective because there’s probably going to be a new one of those out in the near future.
This is the first single-game review I’ve done in five years (the Arkham Asylum video from last fall was more of a retrospective). I’ve shied away from doing traditional game reviews for a variety of reasons – mostly because I find that uninteresting. My current philosophy with the Debug Mode channel is to do videos on whatever sparks my interest – thus we have this Chimera Squad review/discussion thing.
I really wasn’t sure if I’d like this game. A lot of the changes sounded like love-it-or-hate-it kind of things. I haven’t looked into what the community’s reaction has been. While I’m not a hardcore XCOM player, I do like the series a lot and have been following it ever since Enemy Unknown back in 2012.
We discuss Knives Out, Agatha Christie, detective stories, and murder mystery films.
Directed by: Rian Johnson Produced by: Ram Bergman, Rian Johnson Screenplay by: Rian Johnson Edited by: Bob Ducsay Cinematography: Steve Yedlin Music by: Nathan Johnson Starring: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell, Christopher Plummer Distributed by: Lionsgate
Just Mercy is currently free to watch on a variety of platforms. As we discuss the film, we do our best to grapple with the difficult issue of systematic racial injustice in America. Viewing dramatized versions of real events is not the same as digging into the truth of what really happens in our world, but dramas like this can be a helpful and humanizing starting point.
Directed by: Destin Daniel Cretton Produced by: Gil Netter, Asher Goldstein, Michael B. Jordan Screenplay by: Destin Daniel Cretton, Andrew Lanham Based on: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson Edited by: Nat Sanders Cinematography: Brett Pawlak Music by: Joel P. West Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Brie Larson, Rob Morgan, Tim Blake Nelson, Rafe Spall Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Like most of my videos, it took me longer to put this together than I intended. Needless to say, this year hasn’t been what anybody’s wanted so even though there are a billion things more important than video games – especially right now – it’s still worth taking a break and celebrating the medium before we get too much further into the new decade with all that it will bring.
I’m probably going to move away from these sorts of list videos. They’re fun to put together and they allow me to bounce around between all sorts of different games and genres, but they’re also incredibly time consuming. I’ve never done this channel for the views. I’d have stopped a long time ago if that were the case. Even so, I’d like to try my hand at subjects that have a better chance of sparking a conversation – focusing on individual mechanics, games, tends.
I’ve got several irons in the fire right now. My goal is to have more videos out this year than I’ve ever done before. That’s not a high bar, but considering my usual pace for these videos and the number of other things I’m also trying to do… well, I’m trying to push myself in a realistic way.
We watched Gilmore Girls – the rest of it. Join us as we recap our journey through seasons 2 – 7. If you missed it, here’s our discussion of season 1.
Gilmore Girls (Seasons 2 – 7)
Created by: Amy Sherman-Palladino Starring: Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Melissa McCarthy, Keiko Agena, Yanic Truesdale, Scott Patterson, Kelly Bishop, Edward Herrmann Composer: Sam Phillips Executive Producers: Amy Sherman-Palladino, Daniel Palladino, Gavin Polone, David S. Rosenthal Original network: The WB (seasons 2 – 6); The CW (Season 7) Original release: 2001-2007
Does this sci-fi classic hold up in 2020? We discuss. Plus – hear Maggie’s reaction to seeing Alien for the first time.
Directed by: Ridley Scott Produced by: Gordon Carroll, David Giler, Walter Hill Screenplay by: Dan O’Bannon Edited by: Terry Rawlings Cinematography: Derek Vanlint Music by: Jerry Goldsmith Starring: Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Yaphet Kotto Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
We talk about fandom, Star Trek, and intentionally cheesy comedy in our discussion of the cult classic Galaxy Quest. Also contains gushing about Alan Rickman because he deserves it.
Directed by: Dean Parisot Produced by: Mark Johnson, Charles Newirth Screenplay by: David Howard, Robert Gordon Edited by: Don Zimmerman Cinematography: Jerzy Zielinski Music by: David Newman Starring: Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, Daryl Mitchell Distributed by: DreamWorks Pictures
We show our ignorance of and love for Britain in this extensive discussion of The Crown’s latest season.
When we recorded this episode Queen Elizabeth II was, in fact, 93. Rather irritatingly, she had a birthday since then making us wrong about yet another thing. Don’t come to us for facts about Britain.
The Crown (season three)
Created by: Peter Morgan Starring: Olivia Coleman, Tobias Menzies, Helena Bonham Carter, Ben Daniels, Jason Watkins, Marion Bailey, Erin Doherty, Jane Lapotaire, Charles Dance, Josh O’Connor, Geraldine Chaplin, Michael Maloney, Emerald Fennell, Andrew Buchan 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 17, 2019