Put your feet up, rest your weary limbs, grab a mince pie and pour yourself a drink. It's time for the Three Wise Geeks to give you the TWBG take on Christmas. We talk about our favourite pop-culture traditions for festive periods past, and then give you our review of all that was good, middling and questionable from this year.
Plus our thimble of Win, which tackles soundtracks, youtube, and ethics in games journalism. No - seriously...
Happy Christmas, and a shenanigan filled new year to you all. We'll be back in 2017.
Cav and Mike bring you speculation and then reaction to the midnight screening of Rogue One.
No spoilers this time - we'll be talking about the film in more depth another time. For now, we give our thoughts on one of 2016's most anticipated releases, and decide whether it lives up to the hype.
A long time ago (Saturday), in a country far, far away (let's face it - Australia is a long way from everywhere)...
This week, our disreputable gang of rebellious ne'er-do-wells and rag-tag adventurers bring you their thoughts on the impending release of Rogue One, and discuss the sometimes confusing and often perplexing topic of the Star Wars Extended Universe - what worked, what didn't, and what left us baffled.
Plus our thimble of win covers the Game awards and The Man In The High Castle. And Cav confuses us with teacherspeak.
Don't say you weren't warned.
This week, in the first of an occasional series on Auteurs, we present an episode based around the Horror work of John Carpenter, a director who's a firm favourite here at TWBG towers.
We discuss his work in the genre, looking into his recurring themes, hit, misses and everything in between. Plus, as ever there's out Thimble of Win, where Cav gets Metallic, Chani's all Ghosty, and Mike waffles about a French comic.
I can see you salivating at the prospect.
This week, our dashing and daring geekaliers sally forth onto the filed of entertainment, chasing down all things geek TV. We duel with Hitchikers, Red Dwarves, Pop-culture Popping Pegg (and Stephenson), Ricks and Mortys, purple haired Cypclopettes, crowds of I.T. folk, and give thos Big Bang fells a damned good thrashing!
Plus, out thimble of win takes in Doctor Who, Civilisation and Pokemon.
This week, our crack investigative team of Cav and Chani brave the wilds of PAX Aus to bring you news of games, geekery and all things good. We talk about the highs, the lows, the slightly odd bits in between, and get to grips with all of the things we found exciting. You want queue action? You got it. Glue? On point? Cosplay reviews? All of the purple sideboob you can shake a LARP sword at.
Plus in our Thimble of Win, we talk about T2, Doctor Who and Buddy System.
All the joy you can eat. That's what we give you!
Pop Culture and Halloween have always had an interesting relationship. Whether it be the drawing in of the northern hemisphere nights, the telling of ghost stories, the delicious feelings of dread or the tingle of the fear that runs down your spine, there is something to be said for allowing the unknown and uncanny to thrill, delight and spook.
In this episode, we look at the roots of the festival, and talk about some notable films and TV specials built around this time of year. We look at why there is so much love for Halloween, and we delve into its impact and cultural footprint in Australia.
Plus there's our usual Thimble of Win. And absolutely no filth this time. Promise.
*****WARNING: CONTAINS EXPLICIT MATERIAL*****
*****SERIOUSLY - DON"T SAY WE DIDN'T WARN YOU*****
Right, now that's out of the way, we present our take on Tetris. We explore its early origins in 80's Russia, the convoluted mess of rights ownership surrounding it, its cultural impact and other things; not least more proof, if it were needed, that Rule 34 exists (ask your mum - go on, it'll be fun). We also review "Tetris: The Games People Play" by Box Brown - well worth a look, unlike some of the links below...
Plus there's out regular Thimble of Win. As if you weren't already filled to the brim with entertaining goodness.
You lucky sods!
and, because we kinda have to,
Ahoy there, geekowarriors!
After our winter break, we decided to tickle your ear canals with a subject for debate. Wherever you fit in geek and nerd culture, there are always some areas that people are shocked and surprised at you for not being across. Those moments where you confess to never having played/seen/drawn/fondled/enjoyed a particular geek experience that would otherwise appear to be right up your (diagon)alley.
This week, we hear what happened when Chani tried Terry Pratchett, Cav tried Doctor Who, and Mike tried Civilisation (the game, not the concept)
Plus as ever, there's our Thimble of Win. you lucky sods.
Greetings fellow geeketarians!
In this, our most latest of episodes, we go deep into the world of Magic: The Gathering. We poke around the musty cellar of history to look at the rise of this, the Übermensch of trading card games. We look to see who has tried to muscle in on its action through the years, we rake over its family tree with a fine toothed comb, and almost certainly that we have driven the metaphor fairy to hard liquor in search of descriptions for this blurb.
Plus, we all get to give you our Thimble of Win.
Are you not entertained?
You lucky, lucky people!
Yes - you saw correctly. You get an extra mini-episode this week. We figured that this one was worth its own review. Normal programming will resume shortly, but in the meanwhile, feast your ears with our dulcet ramblings on what we thought of Ghostbusters.
Get on it good people.
Take three fresh geeks. Marinade them gently in a blend of trailers, stir vigorously, ladle about the face repeatedly, slap several times, pour into a baking tray and shove it into your computer at Gas Mark 7 for 50 minutes...
...the end result being this week's investigation into the Film and TV delights we can expect to be gracing our screens, large and small, over the coming months. We look into a wide variety of goodies, including Justice League, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, The Lego Batman Movie, Kong: Skull Island, Doctor Strange, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, Blair Witch, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders, Snowden, Ash Vs. Evil Dead, Legion, Son of Zorn, and American Gods.
Phew! That's a mouthful. and an earful. Plus there's the Thimble of Win. And, if you listen carefully, you might notice something new...
On this episode, your three intrepid podbusters climb into their shoddy grey overalls, strap on their proton packs and get down and dirty with our take on Ghostbusters.
We look into the history of the franchise, the animated spinoffs, the latest version set to hit cinemas next week, and ask the really important questions, such as what the hell happened to Janine in Ghostbusters II. Plus, we look into the controversy around the all female cast, and try to get our heads around the upset that this seems to have caused.
Plus, as ever, there's our Thimble of Win. Liste below are some useful links for anyone interested in the topics discussed.
Enjoy, you filthy little harlots. You ain't afraid of no ghosts...
Once again, our three intrepid podcastranauts plunge headlong into the inky depths of Video Game Movie Adaptations - where it all stared, which ones work or don't work and why, what the future holds and much more. Plus Cav reviews Warcraft, the latest attempt at getting these Crossovers right.
Chani expounds and explodes in a gooey mess all over Super Mario Bros. Cav gets forensic on the reasons behind the success or otherwise of various attempts made over the past fifteen years, and Mike tries to look clever by asking what he thinks are intelligent question, while possibly missing the point and farting on for too long.
Plus there's our regular Thimble Of Win, and we discuss the unholy nonsense that is Uwe Boll's career.
Enjoy, you filthy little harlots.
In our latest episode, we get down and dirty with JC, delving deep into the world of classic 90's comic series turned 2016 TV show from AMC, Preacher. We explore the themes, the history, the...anagrams...and generally deconstruct what it is that made this tale of batshit American craziness the cult classic that it is. We look at the pilot episode, first aired on Sunday 22nd of June 2016, and ponder whether the adaptation can live up to the source material.
Plus, we have our regular Thimble of Win section, and we get to find out what Cav and Chani thought about Doom.
In this episode, we look at the granddaddy of all First Person Shooters - Doom. Or is that Doom II? It's probably not Doom 3, although it might be Wolfenstein. Either way, it's Doom we give a thorough going over this week. Gasp as Cav loses breath during a list. Punch a wall in frustration as Chani has trouble getting the new version to load. Feel uncomfortably queasy as Mike recounts his gaming related nausea. We also recount our Thimble of Win, then delve deep into all of the things that made Doom the gaming great that it undoubtedly is.
For the It Runs Doom! list go to http://itrunsdoom.tumblr.com/
Once again, our geeksplorers delve into the murkey depths of the pop culture ocean, this time shining a light on the subject of comic book movies.
We look into their history, where they are now, and where they appear to be headed. Gasp as Chani gushes! Nod knowingly as Cav opines on....well, everything! Try to avoid nodding off as Mike prattles on...!
We also introduce our new Thimble of Win segment, on what has titillated our geek antennae this week.
Enjoy! (Note: NSFW language, so get your headphones on, you parents and workers!).
For further information on the topics covered, go to the
You can also watch Chani (a.k.a. Primakat)tackle the very best of idendentent games on her channel: www.youtube.com/user/primakat
Cav can be read in Metro Magazine: www.metromagazine.com.au/
Our debut podcast!
There are some sound quality issues towards the end, and we're working on the kinks but for now, listen to our intrepid Geeksplorers taskle the thorny thicket of geekery that is Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
PSA: Spoliery stuff between 20:15-34:55 for those of you who haven't seen the film, and want to preserve the purity of being baffled at first sight.