Podcast Episode 019: Geek Century IV (1976 – Present), or, “Return to the Anti-Zone”
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In the nail-biting conclusion to our four-part geek history retrospective, Meyer gives us the lowdown on Star Wars, Erik discusses the contributions of Shigeru Miyamoto to the world of video games, Ryan drones on and on about the works of horror novelist Stephen King, and Alex pontificates on Dungeons and Dragons. After the break, we try out a new segment in which we keep it brief by imposing a ten word limit on our barbed opinions. Then, a sketch! It’s one heck of a gosh-darn good time, trust me!
(Show notes after the break.)
I. Cold Opening – St. Sebastian’s (00:00:00)
If poor Tiffany had learned to keep her legs together, she wouldn’t be the mother of the antichrist. Can she solicit help from the holy men at St. Sebastian’s Church? Listen to find out!
II. Introduction (00:01:06)
In the course of introducing the show, we discuss the various chambers and pits in the Rag-NERD-rok Nerd Cave, along with the treacherous Anti-Zone from which this episode takes its name, the true nature of A-Cos, and the feebleness of Ed’s moronic brain.
Eventually, we get around to the topic at hand.
IIIa. Geek Century IV – Star Wars (Meyer) (00:04:18)
Meyer discusses the origins of Star Wars, its pervasive influence, and its many, many, MANY spin-offs. The toys, books, games, video games, and cartoons–not to mention the notorious Holiday Special–have all blended together to create a universe that has inspired nerds for decades, and continues to win the hearts and minds of its followers despite the best efforts of its creator.
IIIb. Geek Century IV – Shigeru Miyamoto (Erik) (00:18:14)
He’s the creator of just about every great Nintendo game in the 1980s and ’90s–Super Mario Brothers, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, F-Zero and Star Fox. He’s Shigeru Miyamoto, and he’s still the boss of video games.
IIIc. Geek Century IV – Stephen King (Ryan) (00:29:17)
Since 1974 (two years before our cutoff date, but sue me!), Stephen King has been the top-selling horror novelist. Ryan discusses King’s work, as well as the adaptations thereof, both successful and unsuccessful, and how one man’s neurotic obsessions have influenced nearly four decades of horror geeks–whether they’d like to admit it or not.
IIId. Geek Century IV – Dungeons and Dragons (Alex) (00:37:07)
From its origins as a humble derivative of war games of the late ’60s, D&D has become a staple of nerd culture the world around. Whether you like it or love it, D&D has played a significant role in the formative years of celebrities and ordinary nerds alike, and has influenced generations of tabletop role playing systems. Bust out your green twenty and roll to save!
IV. Ten in 10 (00:45:51)
Ten topics in ten words or less! They are:
- The Mass Effect 3 Demo
- Watchmen Prequels
- The River
- Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
- The Hobbit
- Dungeons and Dragons 5.0
- Iron Sky
- Star Wars: Episode I in 3D
V. Hipster Traps (00:52:01)
Mayor Bloomberg has finally taken action against the city’s growing hipster problem. ::shudder::
VI. Outro (00:53:58)
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Music and SFX:
Sound Effects courtesy of Robinhood76, inchadney, CGEffex, dobroide, scriptique and Syna-Max of Freesound.org.
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