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Review: The Nintendo Switch

Nintendo’s seventh foray into console gaming carries with it the nostalgia, simplicity, and fun of previous iterations. But this time bringing the console with you on your own adventures is as easy as making starting an adventure with Link or Mario. If you were looking for a system that carried the emotional gravity old hats normally associate with Nintendo, it might be better to look for a Nintendo Mini NES elsewhere.

Deadpool Creator Rob Liefeld Talks Golden Globes

He’s called “The Merc with a Mouth,” but these days, Deadpool is also a Golden Globe Award nominee. Perhaps the most excited person of all when it comes to Deadpool’s success is the character’s co-creator, Rob Liefeld, who has long been one of Deadpool’s biggest – and most vocal – fans. Having campaigned for a Deadpool movie for decades now, the writer and artist saw that persistence pay off with the film’s record-breaking run last year.

The Psychology Of Doctor Who

Doctor Who is the longest running science-fiction television series since its start in 1963. A cultural phenomenon, Doctor Who grabbed international attention after its reappearance on TV following a brief break from production in the 1990s. There have been a total of 12 actors who officially played the doctor and the series is showing no sign of stopping its run. On WAMC’s podcast, RetConned, the team talks with the editor of a new book on the psychology of the Doctor.

Game Of Thrones Beer

Brewery Ommegang, located just outside of the American home of baseball… Cooperstown, New York. It’s a Belgian brewery that started brewing ales in 1997. We talked to Phil Leinhart and Allison Capozza at the brewery in Cooperstown about what goes into making a Game of Thrones beer.

Tecmo Super Bowl

Released in 1991, Tecmo Super Bowl was the first sports video game officially licensed with the National Football League and the NFL Players Association. The game continues to this day, moving from the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) to the internet. This week the team dives headfirst into the game to talk with the creator of TecmoBowl.org

Diversity In Ash Vs Evil Dead

Diversity In Ash Vs Evil Dead

Ashley J. Williams and the franchise that features him isn’t noted for gripping storytelling and political correctness but rather comedy and excruciating amount of blood. In this episode we explore diversity in the Starz television show, Ash vs Evil Dead with Ray Santiago and Michelle Hurd.

Pushing Virtual Reality Beyond Science Fiction

Pushing Virtual Reality Beyond Science Fiction

Could a history lecture be enhanced by allowing students to virtually experience a moment in time? Faculty at Williams College in western Massachusetts think so and WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis went to find out how they intend to do it.

Boldly Brewing Into A New Frontier

Boldly Brewing Into A New Frontier

On Thursday, Star Trek celebrated it’s 50th anniversary and all year long fans have been marking the occasion with various conventions, memorabilia, fan fiction, and even food. This week on RetConned, visit the final frontier when it comes to beer.

The Sounds Of Early Video Games

The Sounds Of Early Video Games

Arguably the most overlooked part of video game production exists in music and sound design. Some music makes you laugh, some makes you cry, some is weaved into the game itself through decisions made and some is the game itself. But just how did we get from the nostalgic computer sounds of yesteryear… to the sweeping orchestra scores of today?

Back in the 1970s, early video games had arrived. And although primitive by today’s standards, they gradually grew in complexity and scope – both in terms of gameplay and sound and music. Dr. Neil Lerner, a musicologist at Davidson College in North Carolina, recently spoke with WAMC’s Lucas Willard about the influences on the sound of early video games.

The Process Behind Making Action Figures

The Process Behind Making Action Figures

A prolific illustrator and sculptor, Harding has made a name for himself over the last decade or so working on some of the most popular lines of action figures from the comic book world. Along with designing toys and collectibles based on just about every superhero and villain out there, Harding has also worked on a long list of projects for the movie, television, and music world, and even finds time to provide illustrations for the occasional comic OR book cover.

Basically, if you’ve got an action figure on your shelf that just looks too good to part with, or one of those deluxe Blu-ray sets packaged in a collectible statue, there’s a good chance you own something that Harding designed.

We took a trip to Harding’s studio, located just north of New York’s Capital Region, to learn more about the artistry of designing our favorite geekery.

Ex-NASA Engineer Aims To Put More Women In Sci-Fi

Ex-NASA Engineer Aims To Put More Women In Sci-Fi

Former NASA space shuttle engineer and sci-fi author Darren Beyer has written extensively about the disparity of leading ladies in the science-fiction genre. His newest novel Casimir Bridge, follows the journey of a female science journalist, Mandisa “Mandi” Nkosi, as she works to uncover a conspiracy in an intergalactic economy brimming with futuristic technology.

Recap: Post SDCC Conversation With Ron Marz

Recap: Post SDCC Conversation With Ron Marz

On WAMC’s Vox Pop live call in show, RetConned’s Rick Marshall was joined by comic writer Ron Marz to talk post San Diego Comic-Con and pop culture.

Engineering & Girls In Song Of The Deep

Engineering & Girls In Song Of The Deep

Song of the Deep, a new video game by Insomniac Games is hitting a frequently untapped market when it comes to children. A book produced in parallel with the game tells the story of a young girl named Merryn, who one night builds a submarine to venture out into open water in search of her father… who one stormy night at sea, never came back home. RetConned’s Patrick Garrett spoke with author and co-founder of Insomniac Games, Brian Hastings on what the games and book industry are doing to help encourage young girls.

Is Pokémon GO A Gaming Revolution?

Is Pokémon GO A Gaming Revolution?

The latest in augmented-reality (AR) gaming, the smartphone app Pokémon GO has been grabbing attentions across the globe since its debut last week. Mashable‘s Games Editor Chelsea Stark joins the RetConned podcasts team in logging the miles in an attempt to “catch ’em all.”

Political And Policy Simulator Democracy 3

Political And Policy Simulator Democracy 3

With all the turmoil surrounding politics worldwide, people like to imagine their own political ideology as the correct one. But would your best ideas turn out to be “good public policy?” Our new podcast RetConned, takes a look into the development of the popular political simulation game, Democracy 3.

Voltron Legendary Defender

Voltron Legendary Defender

On this week’s episode of RetConned, we talk to co-directors and showrunnersJoaquim Dos Santos and Lauren Montgomery, of Netflix’s new original series, Voltron Legendary Defender.

James Daily On ‘Captain America: Civil War’

James Daily On ‘Captain America: Civil War’

With “Captain America: Civil War” in theaters now, RetConned’s Rick Marshall speaks to attorney James Daily, the co-author of the 2012 book “The Law of Superheroes,” and creator of the long-running “Law and the Multiverse,” a blog that explores elements of the superhero world from a legal perspective.

Scott Snyder On Batman V Superman

Scott Snyder On Batman V Superman

With Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in theaters now, RetConned’s Rick Marshall speaks to veteran Batman comic-book writer Scott Snyder about the two characters and their history as allies—and enemies—over the years.