Two college professors take a second look at questions and answers posted around the internet and give their take!
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Episode 19 - Erotic Tachyons from the Future
We're back with a full episode, talking about professors slinging burgers at Michigan State, questions from robots, the right to repair, and can you trust research!
Episode 18.5 - Morality in Gaming
After a tough week, McBurney flies solo to talk about morality in gaming, specifically around some ideas in Mass Effect.
Extra Credits Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2Tp8JopdIc
Alternate Episode Title: "Ironic Witcher Quotes"
Episode 18 - Academic Chipotle
We have our first listener email question! What is better - passwords with gibberish or passphrases? We talk about password best practices before a new round of "Excuse Me, What Now?", Will goes into why Microsoft moved on from Times New Roman to Calibri (and we debate how to even say "Calibri"...), before we discuss how Facebook fell off the Internet for a few hours. Come join us!
Cloudflare's blog post on what they saw during the Facebook outage - https://blog.cloudflare.com/october-2021-facebook-outage/
Episode 17 - Human Thumbs Can't Move That Fast
In this episode of Regrade Request, we take a look at the dangers of being a gamer. While Mark discusses physical injuries that have happened due to playing Nintendo (such as "Nintenditis" and various blunt force traumas from using a Wii remote), Will goes more into emotional issues, such as cyber bullying.
And, of course, a few questions from No Stupid Questions to round out the show!
Episode 16 - Earl's Tooth Detailing Shop
We go back to the future by talking about the next Y2K - Y2K38! Yes, there's another one on the horizon! Also, questions about why you don't find OLED computer monitors, whether you should upgrade to Windows 11, and the current state of bananas. Oh, and why can't barbers pull teeth anymore? I mean... that was a thing in the Old West... right?
Episode 15 - Why We Play Games
In a more (hopefully) thought-provoking episode, we examine the aesthetics of gaming, as described in the paper "MDA: A Formal Approach to Game Design and Game Research" by Hunicke, LeBlanc, and Zubek from Northwestern University. It is also discussed in the wonderful Extra Credits YouTube series: https://youtu.be/uepAJ-rqJKA
We discuss games that have affected us in major ways and what aesthetics lend themselves to those experiences.
Bottom line: 1) games are great and 2) Will and Mark will never agree on Breath of the Wild.