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Like video games but think the industry is a little wack? Want to hang out with your best friends Mario & Sonic but sick of all these dang loot boxes getting in the way? Leave that microtransaction alone and give Surprise Mechanics a listen! Roman Buetel and Michael Jones, two friends with an unbreakable bond and unconditional love, talk about video games, the people who make them, and the people who play them. Surprise Mechanics is a podcast about video games that also explores the business practices behind the scenes and how they fundamentally shape the games we love.

Surprise Mechanic‪s‬ Roman Buetel & Michael Jones

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Like video games but think the industry is a little wack? Want to hang out with your best friends Mario & Sonic but sick of all these dang loot boxes getting in the way? Leave that microtransaction alone and give Surprise Mechanics a listen! Roman Buetel and Michael Jones, two friends with an unbreakable bond and unconditional love, talk about video games, the people who make them, and the people who play them. Surprise Mechanics is a podcast about video games that also explores the business practices behind the scenes and how they fundamentally shape the games we love.

    Mulan (2020)

    Mulan (2020)

    Folks, we're going legitimate. That's right. No more of this video games nonsense!* We're doing movies now. That's our new thing. This is a movies podcast. A moviecast. Filmcast! That sounds better, more fancy. This is a filmcast now.

    We kick off our filmcast by discussing the paid Disney+ Mulan 2020 HD Remake DLC.



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    Drop us a line: surprisemechanicspod@gmail.com



    Articles:

    https://fortune.com/2020/09/20/disney-mulan-2020-china-box-office-flop/

    https://time.com/5886000/mulan-remake-review/

    https://www.theguardian.com/film/2020/sep/07/mulan-disney-live-action-remake-hong-kong-china

    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/inside-disneys-bold-200m-gamble-mulan-stakes-couldnt-be-higher-1280999

    https://observer.com/2020/09/was-mulan-an-unmitigated-disaster-or-a-success-its-complicated/#:~:text=With%20each%20account%20paying%20%2429.99,an%2080%25%20cut%20of%20revenue.



    *there will absolutely be more video game nonsense.

    • 1 hr 45 min
    Dead by Daylight

    Dead by Daylight

    James Walsh joins us to talk about running from spooky killers in Dead by Daylight. We talk about the game itself, progression systems in games, and, of course, game store economies. What fun!

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    Drop us a line: surprisemechanicspod@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 46 min
    The Best Games We Played in 2020

    The Best Games We Played in 2020

    I guess February is as good of a time to do this as any. Bill Hyland joins us once again to talk about the best games we played last year. 

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    Drop us a line: surprisemechanicspod@gmail.com

    • 2 hr 8 min
    Doom Eternal

    Doom Eternal

    Our friend and borderline professional gamer Matthew Rao joins us to talk about 2020's Doom Eternal. It's extremely righteous.



    Follow us on Twitter: @SurpriseMechPod

    Drop us a line: surprisemechanicspod@gmail.com



    Articles:

    https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2020-05-04-id-confirms-its-parted-ways-with-doom-eternal-composer-after-soundtrack-controversy#:~:text=After%20several%20weeks%20of%20silence,music%20for%20Doom%20Eternal's%20DLC

    https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2020-04-21-doom-eternal-composer-distances-himself-from-soundtrack-album

    https://www.dreadxp.com/news/id-software-releases-full-statement-on-controversy-with-composer-mick-gordon/

    https://www.reddit.com/r/Doom/comments/gdg25y/doom_eternal_ost_open_letter/

    https://www.reddit.com/r/Doom/comments/gdg25y/doom_eternal_ost_open_letter/

    https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2020-01-23-id-software-crunched-most-of-last-year-to-hit-delayed-doom-eternal-date

    https://www.tweaktown.com/news/71258/id-didnt-crunch-on-doom-eternal-dev-is-lifestyle-hugo-martin-says/index.html

    • 1 hr 47 min
    Dead Cells

    Dead Cells

    Episode 2, baby! We're over the first episode hump. It's all downhill from here! Oscar's for Podcasts here we come!



    Roman & Mike are joined by their friend Bill Hyland to discuss Motion Twin's Dead Cells. It's a pretty interesting game made by one of the few coops in the video game space. You've probably heard of it, but we'll talk your ear off either way!



    Follow us on Twitter: @SurpriseMechPod



    Articles:

    https://www.usgamer.net/articles/game-developers-behind-dead-cells-night-in-the-woods-and-more-share-why-the-co-op-studio-model-works

    https://kotaku.com/game-studio-with-no-bosses-pays-everyone-the-same-1827872972

    https://www.vice.com/en/article/3kxed3/the-ambitious-future-of-dead-cells-is-ditching-co-ops-for-capitalism

    https://variety.com/2018/gaming/features/video-game-union-crunch-industry-practice-1202985642/

    https://www.pcgamesinsider.biz/industry-icon/69669/what-motion-twin-learnt-from-making-dead-cells/

    https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2019-04-03-why-life-after-dead-cells-does-not-mean-growth

    https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2020/06/shareholder-groups-say-activision-blizzard-ceo-bobby-kotick-is-overpaid/#:~:text=In%202019%2C%20shareholder%20advocacy%20group,98.

    • 1 hr 42 min
    Final Fantasy 7 Remake

    Final Fantasy 7 Remake

    Our first episode! No way! That's crazy!



    Roman & Mike are joined by their good buddy Kaleb Grine to discuss 2020's Final Fantasy 7 Remake. They go over what they liked, what they weren't so crazy about, and how fun it is to run around Wall Market.



    Follow us on Twitter: @SurpriseMechPod



    Articles:

    https://www.eteknix.com/kitase-nomura-explain-final-fantasy-vii-remakes-episodic-format/

    • 1 hr 30 min

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