Welcome to Diecast #28-1! Just a heads up: This episode is basically me talking frantically for an hour while Paul does his best to squeeze in the occasional sentence fragment. If you’re here for me, then this should be fun. If you’re here for a conversation, then I have failed you.
I wasn’t sure what to do about Avengers: Endgame spoilers. The whole movie is a barrage of surprises and fanservice, so trying to talk about Endgame without spoilers is like trying to talk about Tombstone without mentioning cowboys. You can do it, but in the end it’s a lot of trouble for a very dubious benefit. I did my best to avoid giving away the big surprises, but you should probably just go see the movie if you’re spoiler-shy. You know how the internet is when people get excited. You’re bound to blunder into a spoiler pretty soon.
Hosts: Paul, Shamus. Episode edited by Issac.
00:00 Diecast #255!
Fun fact: If you were to take all the diecasts and arrange them end-to-end, they would go all the way around. The whole way. Maybe even twice.
00:58 New PC! (Actual Literal mail-bag)
I forgot to mention: This is the first time since 1986 that I’ve owned a computer that didn’t have removable media. This makes me a little twitchy. Sure, I’ll often go for months without using the DVD player, but it still feels strange to not have one.
Like, how do you restore a machine like this when Windows inevitably updates itself to death? I guess you boot from a thumbdrive, which is apparently a thing computers can do now?
I’ve ordered a few thumbdrivesI own a couple, but they’re ancient things that aren’t large enough for any supported version of Windows. and I’ll make a Win 10 installer with all the Corsair drivers. I’m assuming this is how you’re supposed to prepare for total OS failure, but if you’ve got any additional tips please let me know.
20:37 Avengers: Endgame
Watching this movie was like eating pure sugar. It was self-indulgent and probably bad for me, but it was fun while it lasted.
So what’s next for blockbusters? Are we going back to cowboys? Sword & sandle epics? Dragons? Disaster movies? I mean, we’re obviously done with superheroes, right?
30:00 Borderlands 3 Gameplay Reveal
45:29 Signal to Noise
While I can understand why this didn’t work out, I’m sad all the same. That’s good content.
50:53 Mailbag: Starcraft Lore
As I’ve been wrapping up my second tabletop campaign set in the Starcraft universe (using the Starfinder system, from the makers of Pathfinder, made from the d20/D&D 3.5 system), I’ve realized how much I appreciate Starcraft lore from a gaming perspective. Have you ever done in-depth dives of Starcraft? I feel like there’s something to be said for the games’ story…not so much that the plot is all that amazing, but the tone is astonishingly pitch-perfect, and puts the player pretty deep in the world despite the generic characters and plot. Your own mileage may vary, do you have games that you’re unimpressed with story-wise but that really do it for you in terms of tone and world-feel?
 I own a couple, but they’re ancient things that aren’t large enough for any supported version of Windows.
The Best of 2013
My picks for what was important, awesome, or worth talking about in 2013.
Trusting the System
How do you know the rules of the game are what the game claims? More importantly, how do the DEVELOPERS know?
A Star is Born
Remember the superhero MMO from 2009? Neither does anyone else. It was dumb. So dumb I was compelled to write this.
Silent Hill Turbo HD II
I was trying to make fun of how Silent Hill had lost its way but I ended up making fun of fighting games. Whatever.
Project Button Masher
I teach myself music composition by imitating the style of various videogame soundtracks. How did it turn out? Listen for yourself.