We don’t have a giant list of topics to discuss this week, but we have a lot to say about the handful that we do. First up is a somewhat dated story about the man with an alleged 19″ penis that Alex recently stumbled upon. What starts off with giggles quickly turns into a bit of sleuthing and ultimately some sad concern for the unfortunate man with this condition.
One can’t go long when discussing dicks without mentioning Donald Trump. Since he’s essentially the defacto Republican nominee for President of the United States, we take some time to talk about the implications for the general election, as well as (and maybe more importantly) a reasonable alternative for all voters feeling particularly disgusted by the options this time around. Mostly though we bask in the flames of the disaster that has been the Republican primaries.
Next up is some discussion on the recent #GiveElsaAGirlfriend campaign to give a character from the Disney film a lesbian relationship in its eventual sequel. We discuss authorship and authorial control as well as what we feel is a better method to implement gay and lesbian characters into popular media.
Finally, in keeping with our “Dicks and Politics” theme, Alex reviews the film Look Who’s Back (Er Ist Wieder Da).
Far less focused on video games this week, we present another eclectic episode of Culture Doom. We kick off lamenting the loss of our base in Rust then quickly move on to Alex’s somewhat strange account of his visit to Farm & Fleet. I’m 90% convinced Alex was paid to talk about this. Alex may or may not be on the payroll of Big Farm or Big Polyethylene.
Moving on, I press Alex on how he plans to raise his inevitable child in this modern, digital, age. We talk about when to allow kids onto which social media sites, and the pitfalls they may encounter. This leads to a look at the cancelled Kickstarter project website, Social Autopsy. It’s supposed to make people accountable for online harassment and bullying, so why are some of the most devout anti-bully activists pissed off about it? (Spoiler: cuz it’s fucking evil.)
Finally we discuss why the U.K. Department for Culture, Media & Sport is so worried about anal sex and if this concern is justified, and give a quick review to the recently concluded anime TV series, Erased (Boku Dake ga Inai Machi).
Be forewarned – this episode is particularly complainey and video game heavy. Things start off innocently enough as we discuss our fond memories of late 90’s hentai dating sims, then at some point I realize that I’ve been drinking too much water.
Things take a turn when Alex brings a critical eye to the collector’s box set for Final Fantasy XV — at which point the show devolves into a piss party. We then take aim at the disastrous Retro VGS IndieGoGo/Kickstarter campaign and internet conspiracy theories.
Wrapping up is our grand dissection of the Rogue One – A Star Wars Story – teaser trailer.
This week we cover a wide range of topics related to modern pop media. First off we discuss the Hulk Hogan vs Gawker media trial and how even though someone won, we all kind lost. This leads to Alex giving his review of Wrestlemania 32 which prompts a startling statement about the role professional wrestling has in contemporary society. I’m kind of shocked, but Alex sticks to his guns and explains why the WWE is our modern equivalent to the plays of William Shakespeare.
Continuing our analysis of mainstream entertainment, next up we discuss a relatively recent TV trope that has me shaking my head. Consistent and prolonged deaths of primary protagonists in TV shows like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones is common now, but is it good for story telling?
Finally we wrap things up with some thoughts on the obsession with nostalgia now that Millenials are spending the money. From Full House to cassette tapes, we seem to be stuck in an 80s/90s time loop that is simultaneously fun and awful. Just like life itself.
This week we have a pretty eclectic collection of topics to discuss. First off we talk about new that The Killing Joke graphic novel will receive an animated adaptation in 2016, and what the voices of Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy mean to the Batman franchise. Next up some musings on the value of HR Departments in the workplace, and the unfair opinion some have towards Community College.
Next, Alex informs us all about his past week spent doing jury duty and how real life court operations compare to fictional versions. While Alex was doing his jury duty, I was taking fecal samples from my dog for the vet. Is there a parallel to be drawn there? Only you can answer that question.
Later in the show we dip a toe into VR with the View-Master VR from Mattel, and then dive head first into musings on VR Porn. In the same vein, Alex explains rumors of a PS4.5.
Of course, what kind of nerdy podcast doesn’t have something to say about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? It’s our review this week.
After another unexpectedly long break, Culture Doom is back up and running. This week we dive immediately into that most tedious of topics, US Politics. We discuss the scenario of a Trump presidency, comparing Donald Trump to Hitler as well as the conspicuous absence of The Daily Show and Trevor Noah from the satirical media. John Oliver, Stephen Colbert and SNL continue to make waves in social media, but for some reason Trevor Noah remains in the background.
Once that unpleasantness is behind us we are free to discuss how we intend to dispose of (our) dead bodies and investigate the Capsula Mundi initiative. Appropriately, we follow this up with some talk on one of the worst ways to die: via selfie.
Finally Alex makes a horrifying observation on Lucky Charms that rocks our review system to its very core!
Sincere apologies for the late episode. I wasn’t lying about a power outage being the primary cause of the delay, but I will acknowledge that playing Rust instead of editing didn’t help matters. Luckily that means we’ll have a Let’s Play up soon chock full of full frontal nudity.
In any event – we’ve got some great topics this week. After we mourn one more year since Alex’s birth, we transition seamlessly to Alex looking at his father-in-law’s newest Playboy issue. Is this new and updated, and nudeless, edition up to standard of the old version? SPOILER: No. It sucks. So does their shitty new website. Take a shot every time Alex compares it to BuzzFeed!
Next up we take a look at the awesome product for those afflicted with chronic flatulence, Shreddies. Underwear, jeans and other clothes designed to protect your loved ones from your stank, and you from horrifying embarrassment. And while we’re on the topic of embarassments – we take time to mourn the lack of Science based child entertainment on US television. Long gone is the era of Beakman’s World, Bill Nye The Science Guy and 3-2-1 Contact! What has replaced it? A FLAT FUCKING EARTH.
And in the end, a tradition movie review from Alex. He saw Deadpool.
Taking a look at the RSS short description that says: Politics, Jackie Chan, Vaping, Millennials, Fuller House, and a weird movie review. IT’S LIKE EVERY EPISODE WE HAVE EVER RECORDED.
First up is some discussion on the US presidential primaries because what kind of podcast would we be if we didn’t do it too. Bernie Sanders is crazy, Donald Trump is a psychopath and everyone else is more spineless and boring than milk on toast.
Then we rehash the shell that was once Jackie Chan, reminisce on the past and complain about millennial food habits, rant about vaping taxes and give some thoughts on the Fuller House trailer.
Finally is a review of the eagerly anticipated film from RedLetterMedia, Space Cop.