Fandom’s Dark Side

February 9, 2018

Chris and Mike talk about Super Bowl week in Minneapolis, and delve into the haftime show of one Justin Timberlake. Mike grew up in South Jersey, so he offers some commentary on the mentality and behavior of Philadelphia fans - how it can be horrific, completely inappropriate, yet celebrated. The hosts talk about their passion for sports, and how that has mellowed with age, and then transition into how nerd fandom also shares some characteristics with irrational sports' fan behavior. They ponder the new trailer for Solo, and explore the vastly different reactions to the casting choices for Han and Lando. This week's show is closed with some suggestions for television shows - Atlanta and Alterd Carbon. 


Enjoy Bad-Movie Night

February 2, 2018

The hosts talk about recent explots with video games; Chris talks about reaching an achievement in the digital card game, Eternal, and Michael relays his excitment about a new game, Battle Chef Brigade, which he describes as a strange alchemy of Dr. Mario, Shinobi, and American Idol with roleplaying game elements. Chris presents his tradition with friends of setting aside a night once in awhile to watch bad movies; he highlights specific bad movies and talks about the allure of dissecting the films. The show concludes with a new edition of What's On Chris' Turntable? 


The Patience to Power Through It

January 26, 2018

We talk briefly about the euphoric high that surrounded Minnesota after the Vikings miracle win in the playoffs, then quickly transition to talking about the Hearthstone Tour Championship in Amsterdam. Michael questions Chris about his experience with Magic: The Gathering tournaments, and seeks out advice to process emotions after watching the championship match. We talk about balancing hobbies with family commitments, as Michael admits that he was streaming the championship match while feeding his son, talking to his wife, and walking his dog. Chris talks about the perils of trying to get his son into some classic videogames, and we agree that games designed to be difficult for difficulty's sake is not our preference any longer. Yes, Michael spoke poorly of Dark Souls II; you've been warned! We also sneak in our selections for Track of the Week.


The Last Jedi is Just a Movie

January 5, 2018

Chris and Michael offer vague commentary on their long hiatus from Childhood Ruined, and then shift into reviewing the holidays. Chris talks about a gift he puchased for his son - a collection of 999 classic arcade games that can be played through his television at home. We talk about how some vintage games are best left as memories! We then turn our attention to Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Please avoid our conversation unless you have already seen the film, as we talk about multiple spoilers. I review some of my thoughts on how The Last Jedi challenged my expectations for the Star Wars Universe, and Chris discusses how he enjoyed the film as a piece of entertainment - and is fine not trying to dissect it any further. 


Something Bordering on Deep Regret

September 2, 2017

We're back after handling some personal issues over the summer month. Michael discusses his efforts to achieve Legend in Hearthstone, and how the anxiety of such an endeavor is not working out well. Chris provides some perspective as a long-time Magic: The Gathering player, and we talk about coping strategies for the stress that can come with competitive gaming. Chris explores his reasons for holding onto various collections in his life, and the benefits and consequences of keeping up with those hobbies. We conclude with another installment of Be Kind, Rewind - and I spare Chris from making comparisons that would have spoiled Game of Thrones for him.


It’s Just Kind of a Banger

June 23, 2017

Chris reviews his visit to an outlaw menagerie while Michael discusses a recent curling tournament. Chris details how he became interested in electronic dance music (EDM), and turned that into a hobby of mixing music and DJ'ing. This transitions into a conversation about music festivals such as Electric Daisy Carnival, and the psychological principles that often result in bad behavior at these shows. We discuss the grief associated with losing touch with important hobbies as we age, and how our children fill that void in some way. Chris talks openly about his son being on the autism spectrum and how that shapes his experience as a father. We conclude with another round of Track of the Week.  


Why Do We Play Games?

June 16, 2017

Chris and I briefly review items from last week's episode, and detail some of the concerts we are excited to see later this year. We discuss a recent article by @GreenRangerHS titled, Why Do We Play Games Nowadays? The article presents eight reasons for playing games, and we detail our reactions to the reasons presented. Along the way, we detail how our approach to gaming has changed over time. We explore the changing nature of community in gaming, and the rise of eSports. We conclude with another riveting installment of Be Kind, Rewind!


The Day the Music Died?

June 9, 2017

We discuss our differences in how music has changed in importance over time. We each offer a recommendation for a new song that we enjoy in the Track of the Week segment, and then dive into how our consumption of music has changed in the past 20-30 years. From buying cassette tapes in the 80's to streaming music in the present day, we explore how and why music feels different now. A recent research article about engagement in music over the lifespan is reviewed, and then we conclude with a couple of movie recommendations in a new segment - Be Kind, Rewind.


Grieving Chris Cornell

June 2, 2017

Welcome to the first episode of Childhood Ruined, which is a title that hits too true on the mark of today's topic. We recorded the weekend after Chris Cornell died, and learned that his death was by suicide. We talk about our love of alternative music in the 1990's, which was during our high school years, and how Cornell's suicide complicates the relationship with his music. We talk about the stages of grief, the realities of life with depression, and how it is vital to openly talk with loved ones about suicide. This leads into a conversation about the show, 13 Reasons Why, and closes with an summary of how one of the hosts has easily-manipulated heartstrings!