The Indoor Kids with Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon

Today we welcome our pal Film Crit Hulk to talk about how story has evolved in video games over time- plus we play the Twitter game and discuss games we're playing now. In the beginning you'll be treated to an extended Intro Kids where Kumail and Emily discuss all the movies, TV, and games they've been consuming over the holidays.

Direct download: IK129_The_Evolution_of_Themes_in_Games_with_Film_Crit_Hulk.mp3
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Today the Indoor Kids welcome Troy Baker, the leading man of video games, to talk about what it's like to voice Joel (The Last of Us), Booker (Bioshock:Infinite), the Joker (Arkham Origins), and an epic ton of other characters. Plus a lot of silliness. A not to be missed episode. 
GAMES:
The Last of Us, Halo,, GTA V, Uncharted, BioShock Infinite, Batman: Arkham Origins, Persona 4, Tearaway, Little Big Planet, Lego Batman, Resident Evil 6, Infamous: Second Son, Broken Age, Red Dead Redemption, Call of Duty, Titanfall
MOVIES:
No Country For Old Men, Tremors, Striking Range, JCVD, Lego Batman, Batman, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Batman: Under the Red Hood, Heavy Metal, Dark Knight Returns, Dark Knight Rises, Pacific Rim
TV:
Comanche Moon, Lego Ninjago, Batman: The Animated Series
COMICS:
The Killing Joke
MUSIC:
Dead Kennedys, Prince
Direct download: ik128_baker.mp3
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This week, Kumail and Emily discuss VGX and the games they're playing now while they wait for Matt Mira, who wants to talk mainly about Batman and Bar Rescue. It's a blast.

Also, there is a spoiler about the ending of GTA 5 at 57:30-01:00:10 that we warn you of. Be aware.

Direct download: IK127_Better_Late_than_Mira_with_Matt_Mira.mp3
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Today Kumail and Emily welcome Arin (Egoraptor) and Dan (NinjaSexParty), aka The Game Grumps. We talk about how the Game Grumps got their start, what makes them so grumpy, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and their new music project! Enjoy!

Direct download: IK126_Getting_Grumpy_with_the_Game_Grumps.mp3
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With all the hubbub about the two new consoles on the market, we thought we'd go back and look at the launch titles for consoles through the ages. Plus we discuss Doctor Who, Hunger Games, and a lot of disgusting stuff. Seriously, we start out the episode saying the c-word a few times, and for that, we apologize, you c-words.

Direct download: IK125_Console_Launches_and_Natures_Butter_with_Jordan_Morris.mp3
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This week, The Indoor Kids combined forces with the Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show for an event that will blow the doors off the podcasting world! Jeff Rubin, Pat Cassels, Kumail Nanijani, and Emily Gordon get together to play the newest prototype of The MetaGame! Hear them argue the relevance of various pop culture things! Hear them make impassioned pleas about Harry Potter! And up top, Kumail and Emily talk about all the gaming news with the release of the PS4 and the upcoming release of the XBox One! 
GAMES:
Need For Speed: Rivals, Knack, Resogun, Contrast, NBA 2K14, Killzone: Shadow Fall, Destiny, Uncharted, The Last of Us, Killer Instinct, Forza, Madden 25, BioShock Infinite: Burial At Sea Episode 1, Temple Run, Dead Rising 3
TV SHOWS:
Project Runway, America's Next Top Model, RuPaul's Drag Race 
MUSIC:
Girl's Generation
Direct download: ik124_rubin.mp3
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Today we welcome our pal Danny Tamberelli. You might know him as Little Pete from The Adventures of Pete and Pete, or you might know him as Jimmy from GTAV. Now you'll know him as an awesome dude, gamer, and child star that didn't turn into an insane person. Enjoy!

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This week, Kumail and Emily welcome their pals Kevin, Brea, and Sandeep to talk about Oculus Rift, "girlfriend mode" in gaming, horror movies, GTA 5, and all kinds of other disgusting stuff. Plus we talk about their new Nerdist video, Real Housewives of Horror, and working with someone you love!
 
The Indoor Kids merch design contest is on until November 15th! http://gynomite.wordpress.com/2013/10/10/indoor-kids-merch-design-contest-part-ii/
 
GAMES:
GTA V, Puppeteer, The Walking Dead, the Oculus Rift, Skyrim
MOVIES:
Jug Face, Grand Piano, Cheap Thrills, The Brood, Suspiria, The Fifth Element, Goblin, Creep Show, Gremlins, Ghostbusters, Ender's Game, After Earth, The Book of Eli, Inglorious Bastards, The Hangover, The Goonies, Teeth, Deadgirl, The Woman, The Conjuring, Return to Oz, Tremors
TV SHOWS:
Heros, Dexter, Picket Fences, Project Runway
WEB SERIES:
Game Shop, Save the Supers, Real Housewives of Horror
BOOKS:
The Ender's Game/Ender's Shadow series, Ready Player One
Direct download: ik122_inside.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

Today we welcome back one of our favorite guests, Tom Bissell, to discuss his new book about the making of The Room, how he plays games now versus how he played games 10 years ago, and much much more. Don't worry, we still get real silly with it.

Direct download: IK121_Critiquing_Criticism_with_Tom_Bissell.mp3
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Today we welcome back our old pal Devin Faraci, Badass in Chief of Badass Digest, to the show to talk about anything from GTA torture to weight loss tips to the problem with fandom. Plus we play a Twitter game all about your biggest gaming disappointments.

Direct download: IK120_Life_Tips_with_Devin_Faraci.mp3
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This week, Kumail and Emily bring you our patent-pending Con Audio Diary (if anyone has a snappy name for that, holler) all the way from New York Comic-Con! Be with us on the floor as we run into strangers, get over stimulated, see old friends and new, and then reflect on it all from the safety of their home. With Patrick Cassels of College Humor and comedian Mike Lawrence!

Direct download: IK119_New_York_Comic-Con.mp3
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This episode comes to you live from the LA Podcast Festival, where Kumail and Emily are joined by their pals Blair Butler, Jordan Morris, Jonah Ray, and Matthew Burnside to talk GTA, do some dramatic readings of bad video game cutscenes, and pretend to play baseball. Plus we get the audience involved in a debate about brunch, and give out chicken sandwiches. Enjoy!

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We didn't even get to the topic last time, so we thought we should bring Jordan Morris back for an in-depth discussion of the trends that started in this console cycle, the trends that died in this console life cycle, plus Kumail saw The Breakfast Club for the first time and comic books and GTAV talk and more!

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Today, actor Zach Cregger (Whitest Kids U Know) joins Emily and Kumail to rapturously gush about the wonder that is GTAV. We talk about its success, improvements the series has made along the way, story, what it's like to live in the city the game is based on, and much much more. Plus some talk about squirmy moments, Breaking Bad talk, Twitter game and more!

Some mild spoilers in this episode, so we recommend that you play through meeting Trevor, the third main character, before listening.

There is also a Breaking Bad spoiler from about two seasons ago, but we drop in a warning about that too.

Direct download: IK116_Zach_Cregger.mp3
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Today we are joined by our favorite regular guest, Jordan Morris, to discuss all the latest gaming news, movies we've seen, books we've read, and Kumail's connection to Tay Zonday.

Direct download: IK115_Jordan_Morris.mp3
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This week, Emily and Kumail have a chat with Brian Colin, the director of Game Refuge and the creator of games like Rampage and General Chaos! Learn about the dynamics of designing for an arcade versus a home console. Learn about how hard it was to even choose colors when designing games. Hear billions of stories! Plus Emily and Kumail go to Europe and record from their hotel, discussing gaming news, gaming while traveling, McDonald's commercials, and more!

Direct download: IK114_European_Rampage_with_Brian_Colin.mp3
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This week, our guest Jeff Ryan, author of Super Mario, ran a bit late, so you are treated to Kumail and Emily just hanging out and discussing video games and movies and Harry Potter centaurs. Then Jeff Ryan joins us for a discussion about the history of Nintendo and what it needs to do in the future, and finally, we have a fun chat with Matthew Burnside backstage at The Meltdown, catching up on gaming news. Enjoy this hodgepodge of an episode.

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Today, the Indoor Kids welcome our old pal DC Pierson to talk about the wonders of educational games that try, with varying degrees of efficiency, to make learning fun. Also we talk about Saved by the Bell for a weirdly long time.
And yes, we know we forgot to mention an educational game that was very important in your life. We apologize.

Direct download: IK112_Educational_Gaming_with_DC_Pierson.mp3
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This week, Kumail and Emily are in Portland and managed to sit down and chat with three of the four creators of Gone Home, the indie game that is the new hotness. We chat with Steve Gaynor, Karla Z, and Johnnemann about X-Files, storytelling in games, growing up in the 90s, their awesome cookies, and much more. Plus Kumail and Emily chat about GTA V news, Dragon's Crown, Papers, Please and more!
No Walk on the Burnside this week but we'll catch a few moments with him soon, we promise!

Spoiler warning: At 29:50 in the discussion about Gone Home we drop in a spoiler warning that will tell you to fast forward 15 minutes in order to avoid hearing spoilers about the game. You have been warned.

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Today we welcome our good friend Aaron Bleyaert of Team Coco to discuss the newest Clueless Gamer episodes, the ET game, skin conditions, and a host of lost video games that never made it out of development. Listen up!

Direct download: IK109_Aaron_Bleyeart.mp3
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Today Kumail and Emily are joined by Anthony Burch, writer of Borderlands 2, and Ashly Burch, voice of Tiny Tina. We talk about the game, the process of creating a balanced game, their web series Hey Ash, and way more! Plus Burnside, news, Twitter games and more!

WARNING: there are some Borderlands 2 spoilers, courtesy of Anthony, but we give you audio warning before they happen. But for real, play the game.

SPOILERS AT: 53:10-57:35 and 1:05:25-1:06:50

Direct download: IK108_Borderlands_and_Morederlands_with_Anthony_and_Ashly_Burch.mp3
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Today we are joined by the Game Director of The Last of Us, a guy who has been with Naughty Dog for many years, to discuss everything about directing a video game, the challenges of a game like Last of Us, character development, and much much more. We loved this interview.
**SPOILER ALERT: AT 51:30-1:10:20 ABOUT END OF GAME**
Direct download: IK107_The_Last_Of_Us.mp3
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Like we always do for Comic-Con, Emily and Kumail spent their time roaming the floor and talking to their friends about the wonders of Comic-Con. You'll come with us to exclusive parties, hear us react to booths, and then hear a run down of the things we found most exciting from this year's Con. Featuring Jordan Morris, listener Alex, Jensen Karp, Benjamin Simpson, Garfunkel and Oates (aka Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci), Mike Rosenstein, and Steve Agee.

Direct download: IK106_SDCC.mp3
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After numerous requests, we brought on one of our favorite guests, Jeff Rubin, to play the Metagame with us, talk about the games we're playing now, and much more. Burnside was late but joins us at the end to play too!

Please excuse Kumail and Emily for not being able to remember the name "Metagame" in the intro. We recorded that part at 2am. You can buy Meta Game here. While we're giving out links, you can preorder Kumail's special Beta Male on Amazon here. You can also watch it on Comedy Central this Saturday, July 20th, at midnight!

Direct download: IK105_Metagame.mp3
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Today, Kumail and Emily welcome Spencer Crittenden, the resident Dungeon Master of Harmontown, to talk about how he started world-building, how that applies to his love of video games and life, and also how he's a time traveler in Animal Crossing. Plus we discuss playing old Game Boy games, make Spencer describe monsters you've created, talk about what we're playing now, and more more more!

Direct download: IK104_Dungeon_Mastery_with_Spencer_Crittenden.mp3
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Today we welcome back one of our favorite guests, Jordan Morris, to sit around and discuss some of the weirder aspects of nerd culture: dissenting opinions, piling on criticism, changes to origin stories, and more. Plus we talk gaming news, stuff we're playing now, and take a walk on the Burnside!

Direct download: IK103_Nerd_Consensus_with_Jordan_Morris.mp3
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Chronicles of Mistara, Far Cry 3, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Batman: Arkham City, Skyrim, State of Decay, The Last Of Us, Tomb Raider, Resident Evil 4, Infamous: Second Son, Hitman, GTA, Revenge of Shinobi, Ghostbusters, Punisher, Mass Effect, XCOM

**SPOILER ALERTS**
We talk a lot about video games and movies in this episode, and we want you to be aware of some things you may consider spoilers within that discussion. Be warned:
(21:00) - Teeny tiny Tomb Raider spoiler
(31:15) - A regular sized Tomb Raider spoiler
(33:50 - 48:15) - We talk about Man of Steel at length
Direct download: IK102_Nebulous_Weiners_with_Blair_Butler.mp3
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 This week, you'll come along with Kumail and Emily as they brave the crowds of E3. You'll be at the conferences and on the floor with us as we watch games, play games, become obsessed with the song from Metal Gear, and listen to Mario talk. Although we never ran into Burnside on the floor, we do a wrap up with him too! E3 forever!

Direct download: IK101_E3_1.mp3
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Today is a special day, as it's the 100th episode of The Indoor Kids, so we decided to bring back our 1st ever guest, way back when Emily wasn't even on the show- it's Steve Agee! We answer questions from listeners, we each count down our top five video games, and we discuss even more XBox One and E3 news with a Walk on the Burnside!

Direct download: IK100_Steve_Agee.mp3
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Today we decided to take on some of the bigger news stories of the week- damsels in distress, the used games controversy, which Tetris piece you would be, games being added to the MoMA, and all the stuff these three Indoor Kids are playing! It's hosty as shit.

Direct download: IK99_News_Hour_with_Kumail_Emily_and_Burnside.mp3
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Today we welcome the wonderful Kevin Pereira to talk all about the XBox announcement from last week- the good, the bad, what we still don't know. Plus we talk Arkham Origins, EA passes, and Burnside joins us to play (within the episode) an iOS game called Spaceteam. Hooray news!

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 Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon welcome their pal Jake Fogelnest to talk about his gaming history, and then we go through some of the most storied romances in all of video game history. Are Mario and Peach codependent? What is happening with love interests that turn into monsters? We discuss it all. Plus a Walk on the Burnside with Matthew Burnside!

Direct download: IK97_Jake_Fogelnest.mp3
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Kumail and Emily welcome Ders from Workaholics to talk about games that celebrities have "starred" in through the years, Workaholics, douchiness, and Infinity news. We also play an epic Twitter game with Burnside.

Direct download: IK96_Ders_Holm.mp3
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Today we welcome pal Dominic Dierkes to run through the history of video game mascots. From Pac-Man to Alex Kidd to Bubzy to Nathan Drake, we go through them all. Plus we talk the games were playing, the movies we just watched, tv and more! And Burnside stops by to talk gaming on the toilet and play the twitter game!
The picture is Polygon Man, failed playstation mascot.
Direct download: IK95_Dominic_Dierkes.mp3
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Please enjoy this hodgepodge episode, pulled together from multiple podcasting expeditions. In it, you'll hear video game news talk, TV show talk, discussion of games we're playing now, an interview with Max and Ben, two of the guys responsible for the indie hit Unfinished Swan, a Twitter game, and, at the end of the episode, a spoilery Bioshock wrap up with Matthew Burnside. Enjoy!

Direct download: IK94_Ben_and_Max.mp3
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We've talked around it for weeks, but now it's time to unbutton our gaming pants and let loose. Kumail and Emily welcome old friends Blair Butler (on her second playthrough) and Film Critic Hulk (who thinks about narrative for a living) to discuss everything Bioshock: Infinite- things we loved, things we missed, what it means for gaming, and parallels to the first Bioshock. DO NOT LISTEN UNLESS YOU HAVE BEATEN BIOSHOCK. You have been warned.

Direct download: IK93_Bioshock.mp3
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Today The Indoor Kids welcome Tom Bissel, author of some of our favorite video game essays and writer of Gears of War: Judgment. We talk about how we evaluate games, why you should always play games on hard, and how writing a video game has changed the way he thinks about games in general. Plus a ton of Bioshock: Infinite talk with no spoilers.

Direct download: IK92_Tom_Bissell.mp3
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Today The Indoor Kids welcome back their favorite couple, Blair Herter and Jessica Chobot! We haven't seen them since they had a baby a few weeks ago, so there's lots of discussion about that, which the squeamish might want to skip. Plus we talk about Bioshock: Infinite for a long time. No spoilers, but we do discuss the basics of the world and the main characters. Then we talk XBox AlwaysOngate and play a Twitter game!

Direct download: IK91_Blair_Herter_and_Jessica_Chobot.mp3
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In honor of Tabletop Day (which was Saturday), we invited King of the Nerds/Outbreak:Undead creator Ivan Van Norman on the show. As both a gamer and a tabletop gamer, Ivan schools us (and you) on the different types of tabletop games, what they offer that video games cannot, and what are the best way to dip your video gamer toe into the tabletop waters. Plus, we take a walk on the Burnside to give our first, spoiler-free impressions of Bioshock, play Twitter games, and more!

Direct download: IK90_Ivan_Van_Norman.mp3
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Today Kumail and Emily are joined by Steve Yeun, aka Glenn on The Walking Dead, to talk about being a minority on TV, zombies, comic books, Steve's lifelong love of RPGs, and more! Plus we have fun with #videogamebands, Matthew Burnside joins us to talk Tomb Raider and gaming news, and Steve tells us a ghost story or two.

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Chris Kluwe plays for the Minnesota Vikings, and also, he is a legit obsessive gamer. Today he joins us to talk about his gaming history, what he's playing now, how he became a pro-football player, how he applies gaming skills to the real world, gay rights, and way more.

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This week Kumail and Emily welcome Josh Ovenshire of Smosh Games and King of the Nerds to talk about being on a reality show about nerds, how he got his start in the gaming world (hint: it involves ghosts), sexism in gaming and more. Plus, at the beginning, you get the bonus of Kumail and Emily's SXSW diary. We take you on the gaming expo floor, we take you backstage at comedy shows, we give our thoughts on virtual reality. With cameos from Natasha Leggero, Martin Starr, and Ken Marino!

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Today Kumail and Emily welcome our old pal Steve Agee to discuss games we're playing, some recent gaming news, how we deal with motion sickness and addiction to games, and way more. Also, we gear up for March, when one huge game comes out every single week.

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First up, Matthew Burnside stops by for an extended news segment- we discuss all the PS4 news, IGN news, Bioshock news and more! Also, both Burnside and guest Jhonen Vasquez (Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, Invader Zim) have played Aliens: Colonial Marines, and they have wildly different (while still negative) thoughts on it. Plus hear about Jhonen's influences, his gaming history, and more!

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Today we welcome podcast pal DC Pierson to talk about the latest video game news, odd things we used to do while playing video games, depression as a video game, and more! Plus we welcome Matthew Burnside with a review of Ni No Kuni and more!

Direct download: IK84_DC_Pierson.mp3
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Today is the Indoor Kids' dear friend and director extraordinaire Jordan Vogt-Roberts. He is a lifelong gamer and talks about how growing up in gaming has influenced his choices as a director, and how they're influencing all of our careers. They also talk about Nick Offerman, Skrillex, Jordan's love of JRPGs, and the new Star Wars movies! Then they welcome Matthew Burnside to discuss gaming news about GTA, Monopoly, and more!

Direct download: IK83_The_Gaming_Influence_with_Jordan_Vogt-Roberts.mp3
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Today Kumail and Emily are joined by Devin Faraci of Badass Digest to talk about a very hot, very annoying topic to many gamers: the role video games play in violent behavior. We talk some science, some opinion, but don't worry, we also keep it fun and talk about snapshot gaming memories, iOS gaming, and masturbation a lot.
Direct download: IK82_Jilling_Off_on_Violence_in_Gaming_with_Devin_Faraci.mp3
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Kumail and Emily welcome their favorite guest, Jordan Morris, to discuss those weird Nintendo commercials where a person (usually a female) is playing a DS and proclaims herself not a gamer, but an artist. What makes a person a gamer? Is it enough to say you are one? Why do we care so much? All this and more!

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Today Kumail and Emily are joined by Blair Butler and Matt Mira, two employees of the Attack of the Show and X-Play, two shows that are now dead to G4. They discuss what it was like to work for the network, what they think happened, and where they think tech/video game TV is going from here. Plus we take A Walk on the Burnside with Far Cry, and more fun!

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Today Kumail and Emily welcome back to the show one of our favorite guests, the fast-talking, fast-thinking genius that is Aisha Tyler. We discuss the perils of fame, Aisha's E3 experience, games she's playing, and some of our favorite mental disorders.

Direct download: IK79_Aisha_Tyler.mp3
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In this episode, we are joined by Veep's Tim Simons (aka Jonah, the POTUS lackey), a guy we spent some time hanging out with. Hear tales of Baltimore, obsessive gaming, breaking and entering, and all the video game news that's just weird enough to be on The Indoor Kids.

Direct download: IK78_Tim_Simons.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

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