Episode 40: No Quid Pro Quos in Mephisto's Realm

Before Nic Cage donned the flaming skull of Ghost Rider, the Spirit of Vengeance has inhabited many bodies, dating all the way back to the Stone Age. Since we didn't want the goofiest iteration of Ghost Rider to be a boy on a wooly mammoth, we decided to mash this universe together with Mario Kart to bring you some flaming skulls with your red shells and your banana peels. Todd pitches a Parakoopa with a violent past, Kyle gets metal with a frownie-faced Lakitu, and Andrew holds a different argument with a shy guy on a pogo stick.

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SIDEBAR: Video Game Creepypastas (Part 3)

CNN told us not to see Joker this weekend, so instead we're diving back into the spooky, scary well that is video game creepypastas! This year, we're bringing you two more stories curated from the best of amateur creative writing on the internet. First up is a story about a game called "Misfortune" hidden inside other classic Game Boy cartridges. After that, a tale about a Super Mario World rom hack that takes the player on a very dark mind trip.

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Episode 39: Tom Nook's Strungle in the Jungle (ft. Tom Zalatnai)

For the first stop as part of this year's Spooktacular Express, we're going to visit the delightful and whimsical world of Animal Crossing, where everyone is always happy, smiling, and certainly not murdered. So imagine our surprise when our passengers' visit was cut short by the news that Mayor Tortimer's dead body was found floating in the river covered in stab wounds. And it's up to us to find the killer.

Special thanks to our guest moderator, and all-around wonderful human Tom Zalatnai! Do you like an open discussion forum and improv comedy? Check out Up For Discussion. And there's no way you aren't gonna love Blasting Off Again, his Pokemon series watch-along. Ever feel the need to explore every single episode of Frasier? They're Calling Again is just that! You can listen to all of Tom's work at upfordnetwork.com, and wherever you download podcasts.

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Episode 38: The Spirit of the Baltimore Ravens is To Win

Metal Gear Solid is a very silly game. Please bear that in mind while we explain the premise of this week’s episode is that the military has decided that it’s somehow up to us to stop all the biggest, baddest bosses of the MGS series by unleashing a single Kirby to lead us to victory. So now instead of a flame crown or ice breath, Kirby is going to acquire psychic powers, four tentacle arms, and a really big gun.

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SIDEBAR: The MCU and the Multiverse of Madness

With Tony Stark gone, Captain America having Back-to-the-Future’d himself, and Spider-Man facing off against the villainy that is the Sony Pictures Legal department, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to undergo some massive changes. Following the recent announcements during San Diego Comic-Con and Disney’s D23 Expo, the boys felt it was time to regroup and talk about those reveals and what we see for the future of the franchise.

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Episode 37: How Many Yards Are In a Yeet?

Our boy Link has recovered a lot of equipment in the form of treasure throughout the years. From bombs to arrows to slingshots, his arsenal is a veritable tool belt for adventuring. So this week, we ask: What if you could take only one of Link’s items on a deserted island? Todd stands by the grabby/pointy Hookshot, Andrew builds a block-based economy with the Cane of Somaria, and Kyle fus-ro-dahs coconuts into the horizon with the Deku Leaf.

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Episode 36: You Merely Adopted Corporate Synergy, I Was Born Into It (ft Jeramy Kahle)

LinkedIn has told us that, as Millennials, we’re always looking for the next “big thing” in our career paths. The “thing” could be a bigger paycheck, more fulfilling work, or to follow in the footsteps of an enigmatic leader with an idealistic vision. But what if, instead of trolling Talent Management Managers on social media, we instead decided to hitch our proverbial wagons to the dynamic leaders among Batman’s rogues gallery of villains? Yeah...that might not have been the right call.

Special thanks to Jeramy Kahle of Canned Air for joining us in this weird team interview process! If you like comics and pop culture (and we bet you do!), then check out their show at cannedairpodcast.com.

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FLAVOR TEXT: Neon Genesis Evangelion

NERV. The Evas. Human Instrumentality. ADAM. This week’s FLAVOR TEXT dives into the twisted psyche of one of the most influential anime series of all time, Neon Genesis Evangelion! Now that the complete series has re-dubbed for streaming on Netflix, we’re taking the opportunity to evangelize this masterpiece by shoving each and every psychosomatic plot beat down your collective brain-throats. Also there’s a penguin and his name is Pen-Pen.

Links to the Angels image gallery and the Evangelion Units image gallery referenced during this episode.

Full versions of this episode’s intro and outro music.

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Episode 35: The Ballad of Sad Brent

Before Guitar Hero taught the world about Dragonforce, before Dance Dance Revolution brought us Darude, there was only one game series defined by its licensed music. And that series is Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. Everyone has fond memories of grinding rails and doing siiick reverse indy nosebones skating to Goldfinger’s Superman. Or how about kickflipping a 520 ollie and wallplanting while Powerman 5000 blares in the background? A 360 shove it to a benihana and Primus is playing? Are these even words? What the hell were we all thinking back then?

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SIDEBAR: Jon Favreau Is My Stepdad

**SPOILER WARNING FOR SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME**

Todd and Andrew saw Spider-Man: Far From Home and oh my God now it’s time to geek out over it. Does Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio top Keaton’s Vulture? What is the future of the MCU now that the Avengers are gone? Could J.K. Simmons dethrone Rami Malek as our new God-King? It’s very possible all of these questions have answers. It’s also very possible we just spent 35 minutes talking about the now-very-real ship of Happy & Aunt May.

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Image Credit: Sony Pictures

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