Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 1] : We’re All Pregnant with Ghosts

We're All Pregnant with Ghosts

Here we are, with the very first episode of the Half-Glass Gaming podcast, and we’re about as excited about it as this kid is for… well, whatever it is this kid is excited about:


In our introductory episode, we pit Josh Wirtanen against Rev. Nate in a battle over which is superior: retro gaming or modern gaming. While both parties start to make good arguments, they get distracted by an informative history of nudity in video games (and on the covers of video games). Eventually, we end up jabbering about the Gwent card game from The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt.

Also, dinosaurs are hunted in ARK: Survival Evolved (well, not really), bad Snake impressions are unimpressive, and the drug habits of Atari developers are… well, you know.

Get in on the action right here and enjoy 40 minutes of pure bliss for your game-loving ears.

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Josh (The Defender of Modern Gaming)

Rev. Nate (The Defender of Retro Gaming)

Julian (The Moderator)

Mandi (The Research Assistant)

To see the full list of games we mention in this episode, visit the Half-Glass Gaming website.

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  • Strontium Dingo

    GREAT first podcast, folks – really enjoyed it!


    – Julian has the best honorifics EVER – If I ever have to cast a wrestling/boxing game for some reason, he will get an email from me.

    – I will now say “That’s not even what a helicopter sounds like!” to signal that I am bored with any given conversation, and it will work a TREAT, especially when followed by a casual exit.

    – I would also like to try that with “SHOW ME THE COCKBULGE, GUYS” but I don’t have the…chutzpah. But The Rev. does make an excellent point about how chests are perceived, based on gender.

    – I do, however, yell out ‘GET YOUR COCK OUT’ to audiences I perform for (stinky muso here) – for the same reason that The Rev suggests (“let’s even things out”).

    – The Rev’s point about turning strong females into bad-asses re-examines the (provocative) idea that Aliens’ Ripley wasn’t actually ‘a strong female character’ as much as ‘a bad-ass, but played by a woman’. In today’s society, that would mean something different (and possibly be considered offensive: research Kill Bill synopses for more on that), but sometimes change is slow, and we have to take what we can get. I think that FF7s Aeris did this well – she didn’t have a real weapon (a stick is not a weapon unless it’s sharpened, or King Monkey has it) and wouldn’t be able to fight her way out of a paper bag (which, ironically, is one of the few things on this planet that ISN’T also a Final Fantasy monster), but she was brave and wouldn’t let people put her into a box. Until disc 2, I guess (sorry please don’t hurt me). Contrast and compare to Tifa, who would have been another great strong female character if she wasn’t basically a pair of boobs with some boxing gloves attached for good measure. Perhaps she was comfortable with her body, but to *me* (design wise) she’s just another random white female in skimpy armour. Don’t get me wrong, I love the character and she is a strong person, but that doesn’t mean I need to lie about her effectiveness as a positive role model for young/modern females. Or maybe I’m wrong. It’s not like I’ve ever actually been a female myself. Just my opinion.

    Looking forward to checking out the rest of the podcasts on this site – I feel like I’m home again, you guys. 🙂

    BONUS LINK: Here’s another kid that got really excited: It’s the Shiny Ponyta one, which will mean something to you if you’ve already seen it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuJsqERhgeU

    • Elizabeth Thompson

      Yay! You’re back! Or, you know. You followed us from GeekParty.


      – The Reverend (aka Alcoholic Luigi)

    • I appreciate the kind words. I used to moderate the matches as my brother played wrestling video games and always dreamt of broadcasting, I await your call. Glad you find your way over and are thus far enjoying the podcast.

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