Games of 2020 – DEBUG MODE

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.

The Mandalorian (season 2) – Popcorn Not Included

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We discuss season 2 of The Mandalorian, our thoughts on the future of the show, and the future of Star Wars in general.

The Mandalorian (season two)

Created by: Jon Favreau
Starring: Pedro Pascal
Composer: Ludwig Göransson
Executive Producers: Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, Colin Wilson
Original network: Disney+
Original release: 2020

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and The Mandalorian are backwards – DEBUG MODE

When I watched The Mandalorian last fall, the template for a video game version was apparent almost immediately. Around the same time, I played Jedi: Fallen Order which has so much story potential that a TV adaptation could be amazing. This video explains how those things could be adapted into the other medium.

I’ve had this idea for a while but with Mandalorian Season 2 on the way, a new Star Wars game just released, and rumors of possible Fallen Order DLC, this sure seems like a good time to talk about it since I missed the initial window.

Since the inauspicious conclusion of the “Skywalker Saga”, I’ve been really curious about the direction the franchise will take now that they got their nostalgia-driven movies out of the way. I hope Fallen Order and the Mandalorian are signals about the direction things are headed in because they’re both pretty solid.

Tenet – Popcorn Not Included

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We braved the theater to see Christopher Nolan’s latest spectacle. Was it worth it?

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Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Produced by: Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan
Screenplay by: Christopher Nolan
Edited by: Jennifer Lame
Cinematography: Hoyte van Hoytema 
Music by: Ludwig Göransson
Starring: John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Michael Caine, Kenneth Branagh
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures

Inception – Popcorn Not Included

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Inception recently turned 10 and since we can’t see Christopher Nolan’s new movie yet, we thought this was the perfect time to revisit Inception… that dream within a dream… within a dream.

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Inception

Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Produced by: Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan
Screenplay by: Christopher Nolan
Edited by: Lee Smith
Cinematography: Wally Pfister
Music by: Hans Zimmer
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, Michael Caine
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures

 

XCOM: Chimera Squad review – DEBUG MODE

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.

Alien – Popcorn Not Included

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Does this sci-fi classic hold up in 2020? We discuss. Plus – hear Maggie’s reaction to seeing Alien for the first time.

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Alien

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

Galaxy Quest – Popcorn Not Included

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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.

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Galaxy Quest

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

The Mandalorian – Popcorn Not Included

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Baby Yoda gets his due on Popcorn Not Included.

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The Mandalorian (season one)

Created by: Jon Favreau
Starring: Pedro Pascal
Composer: Ludwig Göransson
Executive Producers: Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, Colin Wilson
Original network: Disney+
Original release: 2019

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – Popcorn Not Included

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Surprise, surprise! We’re actually covering Star Wars on this show. The “Skywalker Saga” is “finally” “complete”. We give our thoughts on the new movie, the new trilogy, and our wishes/speculation for the future of the franchise.

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Directed by: J. J. Abrams
Produced by: Kathleen Kennedy, J. J. Abrams, Michelle Rejwan
Written by: J. J. Abrams and Chris Terrio
Edited by: Maryann Brandon and Stefan Grube
Cinematography: Dan Mindel
Music by: John Williams
Starring: Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, Ian McDiarmid, Billy Dee Williams
Distributed by: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures