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.

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

Bits Don’t Byte – Solo: A Star Wars Story

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We began with a Star Wars movie discussion and now we bring you another one just six months later. It’s almost like they released two Star Wars movies really close together. But that would be crazy!

Our talk includes abbreviated thoughts on the first spin-off, Rogue One, and Star Wars expanded universes new and old. Oh, and we also talk about Solo, eventually.

The Workshop #36 – Podcast liposuction

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As we promised we’re taking a little break from heavy topics to talk about something a lighter and fun. On this episode we discuss sequels that should never have been made and/or ruined their respective franchises. And, in a follow-up discussion that is in no way connected to that, we give our impressions of Solo, the new Star Wars movie that everybody loves and couldn’t wait to see.

The Workshop #28 – Struggle bussin’ already

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We welcome 2018 with a whimper and a bang!

We talk about my other podcast which Eric isn’t actually jealous of. We recount what we’re looking forward to in 2018. Contrary to what the internet says, it won’t all be bad. And finally we have a spoiler-filled discussion of Star Wars: The Last Jedi because that had to happen. Sorry.

I seem to have settled on theme music I like… after a solid year of random weird stuff I found on a public domain music site. As much as I like finding something new and different each episode, I also like the idea of having a regular “theme.” The name of the song I’m using is “Do the Jelly Donut” which is also amazing. What do you think? Leave us some feedback if you care!