This week, we’re visiting the moon of Io to spend some time with everyone’s favorite grumpy Awoken Warlock – Asher Mir. The team chats about not just the history of the Gensym Scribe we met back in Destiny 1, but also the underlying nature of the Vex given some of the new information from this week’s 1.1.4 update (known as the “Go Fast Update” to many in the community) and even gets into a few tangents about memory, Ikora and her troubled relationship with her Ghost, and why Beard feels so connected to Asher. Also there is a bit of a debate on, given the changes in the game, who now has the better “jump” between the hosts.
The team comes back together to discuss the series of conflicts that defined the early days of the Last City on Earth – from the mysterious figure of Lysander and his militant Concordat to the questions that still are unanswered about the nature of what makes the Great Factions so great, get ready for some good chatter this week. Also note that Beard now has a new nickname (check out the conversation at about 1:20:00 in the episode for that tidbit) and we have two major announcements that we’re really excited to bring you at the end of the episode (starting at about 1:53:00 for those).
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Episode 125 brings Blue, Green, and Beard back together to discuss the updates that Destiny 2 brings to the table in regards to the elusive figures known as “The Nine” – fair warning, for something that there really isn’t much on, the team has a LOT to talk about. There are tons of connections that have yet to be woven together in the game (though we are starting to see a bit of that through the introduction of the Emissary and the Third Spire) – add that to the ramifications of the science displayed in game as well as some of the symbols revealed…and get ready for what the team has started calling one of our “FFC TED Talks”.
Episode 124 brings Blue, Justin, Green, and Beard back together to chat about the updates in Destiny 2 for the Warlock class – and yes, this time we have a Warlock present to defend the class from the Hunters. We spend a good amount of time discussing the thoughts and theories that we see from Ulan-Tan and the possible ramifications in the game world, as well as diving into a bit of Asher’s story and his connections to the Vex. As much as it pains Justin, we do explore the Ophidian Aspects for a bit, before moving to the vampiric Karnstein Armlets.
Our 24th installment of the Extra Lore series brings Blue and Beard together to reminisce on one of the earlier titles in the First Person Shooter genre, DOOM – and jokingly explain their way through yet another series that both enjoyed (and supposedly didn’t have a story). So, gear up for some ripping and tearing as we dive headfirst into the hellish landscape that is the DOOM series – but don’t worry, we don’t leave all the jokes behind…it wouldn’t be FFC without someone making fun of things.
Episode 123 brings Blue, an extremely tardy Justin, Green, Beard, and returning special guest co-host PurpleChimera back together to discuss a rather hot topic at the moment – the “problem” of biased presentation of in-game story information. Namely – is it a problem? The group hashes it out among them (and yes, we’re back to the familiar group of Blue and Beard not really being on the same page), using figures such as the Speaker, Osiris, Toland, and even real life examples such as stereotypes in music, the historical research and experiences of Purple, and the dangers of angering abstract artists (GG, Justin).
Episode 122 brings Blue, Justin, Green, & Beard back together to dive into the lore that we have concerning the Exo race and their relationship with the concept of artificial intelligence. A big question that keeps getting brought up is: is the Exo ‘mind’ an artificial construct…or is it a natural intelligence which lives within an artificial shell? Is there a difference, at the end of the day? Why are Beard and Blue agreeing with each other so much?
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