Two friends, Austin and Brenda, delve into the rich history of secret nerd mysteries near and dear to their hearts in their own loose, light-hearted way. If you've ever wondered "Why Saturday morning for cartoons?" or "How come Chuck E. Cheese cares so much about other people's birthdays?", this is the show for you!
What started the Trading Card Game Industry?
There's an intense resale market surrounding trading card games, but where did that get its start, and why is it so addictive to open these packs of little paper cards? This is a story that dates back to the early 1900's, with baseball cards and the early stages of the speculative market.
Return to Neopets
Much has happened in the world of Neopets lately. From its parent company shutting down, to new ownership, new promises and a new baffling choice for a brand ambassador, Neopets seems to finally be making a push into the modern era. But will Y2k nostalgia be enough to keep the struggling brand alive? Plus, Austin shares what it's like playing Neopets for the first time ever in 2023.
The Origin of Narrative in Video Games
From the dawn of gaming, people have wanted to use the medium to tell stories in new and inventive ways. But what game is the origin of this? Was it Final Fantasy with its character customization, or Final Fantasy 7 with its groundbreaking cutscenes? Was it Donkey Kong whose simple story has captivated gamers for decades? Or does it go back even further than that?
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Sally Corp - How Did Sally Corp Reinvent the Dark Ride?
For decades, the Walt Disney Company had the theme park market cornered, creating cutting-edge animatronics and immersive ride experiences for their own parks. That was, until a small company from Jacksonville Florida, who got their start making moving mannequins for museum and store displays, threw their hat into the ring. Sally Corporation might have gotten their start making Chuck E. Cheese copycats, but they have managed to create a ride system capable of bringing polished experiences to theme park enthusiasts and roller coaster haters around the world.
Barney - Why do People Hate Barney?
When mother Sheryl Leach set out to create a new type of children's entertainment for her son, she had no idea how big her creation would get, or how much people would grow to despise it. This episode goes through the inception of the Barney character, highlights the men who brought him to life, and explores the unbelievable amount of hate that the character received from fully grown adults, a form of hate that is all too common on the modern internet.
Bratz - Why did Bratz Dolls Disappear?
Bratz, the popular fashion doll line, was once one of the top-selling fashion doll brands in the world, but then they suddenly disappeared from store shelves. Find out what was happening behind the scenes at toy company MGA, and learn the details of the decade long legal battle they've been embroiled with against Barbie's creator, Mattel.
Entertaining and informative!
My partner told me about this podcast after discovering it himself not too long ago, saying after listening to the episode on fan fic that he thought I might enjoy it...and he was right! I'm currently skipping around the backlog of episodes and it'll probably be a bit before I'm caught up, but thus far every episode I've listened to has been great. Listening to Brenda and Austin talk about fandom and industry related topics kind of reminds me of some of the discussions I have with my partner and friends; the conversations are fun and easy to listen to but also pretty thoughtful and informative! I also enjoy the format idea of having one host pick and research a topic, then lead the discussion to bring info to the table the other host may not know about. I also like that there's a bit of time at the start of each episode for talking about nerd-related news. Even with older eps, it's been nice to get a refresher on some of what was happening at the time. (Also much appreciation to Brenda for being a fellow Generator Rex fan and for the few minutes she dedicated to talking about the show in part 3 of the Cartoon Network episodes. GenRex is so underrated and it's rare to hear it brought up and talked about positively in a podcast. The show was super important to me years ago and I still love it now, so any podcast that takes even a little time to talk up GenRex automatically wins points from me!)
Such a wonderful show!
The dynamic between Austin and Brenda is so wonderful, and it’s so much fun to hear them chat about these topics. The combination of news, and a specific topic make for great listening, and I love learning new things about different nerd topics. 10/10 recommend!
Compelling Ad - disappointing
Heard an ad for the show and immediately stopped what I was listening to to check out the episode they mentioned.
The audio is too quite, and I had to turn my headphones nearly all the way up to hear them.
They didn’t start talking about the topic until literally 30 minutes into the episode.
Hopefully they respect their audience’s time more in other episodes.