175. This Movie Has Marky Mark In It


February 27th, 2023

1 hr 14 mins 16 secs

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  • Erica
  • Jesse


  • There's a Spanish word which officially cannot be written because the grammar and orthography conflict about how it should spelled/pronounced.
  • My personal relationship with Disco Elysium
  • Clue II: Murder in Disguise
  • All of the Words on a Bottle of Rolling Rock Beer in a Different Order
  • This year's beast of a Mystery Hunt
  • Shareable alarms


  • Texans with nothing to plug.
  • The Army Corp of Engineers coming to your town and kicking ass.
  • No, and no.
  • Fuck em, just get a laptop.
  • Fact checking the dinner table conversation with your laptop.
  • An interaction deemed normal.
  • The Spanish double-L sound.
  • Finally finding a way that spelling in English is more sensible than spelling in Spanish.
  • Desperately avoiding hearing French spoken incorrectly.
  • A place that is less like the rest of Canada than any part of the United States is like the United States.
  • A good relaxing podcast that leads to substantial academic progress.
  • Stormdancer Zero.
  • Secret of Monkey Island with additional D&D stat checks and communism.
  • Continents not connected to tectonic plates but instead freely floating in the mist.
  • When your stats talk to you.
  • Equipping a philosophical idea in your thought cabinet.
  • Where the resource extraction happens.
  • An alcoholic amnesiac video game protagonist.
  • Finding the richest person in town to explain to you how the world works.
  • Recreating all your characters from the ground up to be optimized for the game engine.
  • Cheating past the final boss in Baldur's Gate because the alternative is starting from scratch with a viable build.
  • Revising your thinking about the Gros Michel banana.
  • Campy goofballs doing campy goofball shit except it's not Tim Curry this time.
  • The guy whose name Jim can't remember who played Chuck on Better Call Saul.
  • The VCR board game phenomenon.
  • Scenes sort of adding up into a narrative if you squint.
  • Seeing John Lithgow when nobody else sees him.
  • How to get Michael Land to talk to you at CES.
  • Out-of-work FMV actors.
  • Specializing in loving horrible FMV games.
  • The one place that hasn't been corrupted by capitalism.
  • DVD games vs. VCR games.
  • A DVD arriving too late to save a drowning VCR game industry.
  • The pride of seeing your topic grow up and take its place in the world.
  • Panache, aplomb, and savoir-faire.
  • Rolling, glass tanks of beverages that rocked that lined mountain.
  • Women as the exception to implied maleness.
  • A folk pop album featuring a disgraced CDC employee.
  • 50 Cent rapping about going to prison for insider trading.
  • The Topic Lords Guarantee.
  • A series of interconnected puzzles that you solve as a team.
  • Flavor text explaining why it's fun to solve this math problem.
  • A beautiful puzzle hunt that is way too long.
  • Assuming that being good at solving puzzles is the same skill as constructing puzzles.
  • Waiting all year for a chocolate box that ends up being a marathon through Death Valley.
  • How to test a 100-person puzzle hunt.
  • Admonishing astronomers to "get good."
  • Puzzles that are like tiny little gifts that open up and dance in front of you.
  • A chip that controls a single light point on the wall.
  • Doing something for free vs. doing it for a pittance.
  • Losing your wedding ring but also your wedding ring screams once a day.
  • Your screaming wedding ring following you from house to house.
  • One o’clock: Time for Pants.
  • Remembering that it's time for pants no matter what time zone you're in.
  • The Playstation Vita's pants alarm.
  • Playing a competitive minigame to see who can wake up fastest.
  • Earning achievements for getting out of bed.
  • The app that is the opposite of sex.
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