Plus, the first photo of The Besties in years
Long time listener, first time caller.
A pleasant surprise from listening to the Besties is the video game terminology I've picked up. "Metroidvania" and "Rogue-like" are words that come up often, but others like "the loop" and "save scumming" are other nuggets I've enjoyed learning about.
Question: Other than listening to your all's banter every week, what are some good books, podcasts, or movies/docs that would give a more comprehensive overview of this sort of essential video game lingo?
Suggestion: Could be a good topic for a Resties? I've really enjoyed the Required Reading List series and this could be in the same vein, i.e. as part of a video games 101 syllabus.
Thanks for the laughs,
The boys look great!
This B-segment marks entry into the besties’ “old man in a rocking chair” era. Just meandering through old titles as Justin reads letter grades aloud. I didn’t hate it! But next episode needs 30 minutes of kick flips and TikTok dances to show the whippersnappers you still got it.
It’s clear they’ve all found their best haircut/facial hair combos
I picked up the Lost City of Z from my library yesterday since Flowers of Killer Moon has a waitlist 80 people deep (movie hype) and I have to say David Grann is a phenomenal writer. I love Jon Krakauer so this is right up my alley!
Question for everyone, including the handsome lads.
When a big game like Spiderman 2 comes out, do you have any rituals or special things you like to do to get into it? My plans for tonight are taking a few edibles (thank you Canada), getting a Little Caesars pizza, and vibing out with Spiderman 2 all evening.
The end of the intro suggests that The Besties don't hear the theme song at the start of the podcast. Which is a shame, because that song friggen slaps. I searched in vain for a full length song version to use to pump me up during a workout.
I have never seen The Besties, I have only heard them. It's that same jarring sense that always accompanies disembodied voices or characters from a book suddenly being brought to life visually. NOT HOW I IMAGINED THEM! But when trying to articulate what I did imagine... I can't really do it.
i <3 these fellas
Of note: Justin is actually incorrect about Ultimate Spider-man. Not only did it have free web swinging through an open city, you could also hulk jump through it as Venom. Man I loved that game
If yall are reading more scifi then you may enjoy the Locked Tomb series by Tamsyn Muir. It's a queer SFF tragedy with characters so lovable and detestable that you can't put it down, even when you have absolutely no idea what's going on because the plot is so complex. It destroyed my brain and I will never enjoy other books again because I love this series so much. Sorry in advance.
Looking forward to seeing how everyone feels about SMB: Wonder. Personally it's the first 2d Mario game I've enjoyed since New Super Mario Bros all the way back on the DS. Playing through that game with my siblings is a memory I really treasure and now I get to dip into this with my daughter and wife when I can pull them from Roblox and Baldur's Gate 3, respectively. Not to spoil the contents, but the second level is probably my new favorite Mario level, period. I was smiling ear-to-ear the entire time.
Griffin called the pizza theme from the Spider-Man 2 movie tie-in game the “worst song ever put in a videogame.” He obviously either has never heard or doesn’t remember THIS song from a different Spider-Man game. https://youtu.be/BjP2hLxUaKs?si=E_mWkxQAsP2S4rRr
Y’all haven’t aged a bit!
SO happy to see you guys - especially together. ♥️
Loved this week's episode. I don't have the time to play more than one or two big AAA games a year, so will probably never get to Spider-Man. As such, I really appreciate anecdote-rich episodes like today's that allow me to what it might be like to experience the gameplay first hand. Wow that reads as very depressing. My life is great! I just have kids!
Also: As y'all inevitably careen towards a B-segment on your favorite games for the spooky season, I'd like to nominate Darkwood. It is hands down the scariest game I've ever played, which is surprising because the perspective is top-down. I'm constantly surprised that this game hasn't had more of an impact, both culturally and on other games. If you have an hour or two to spare please check it out. I'd love to hear what you guys think.