When you think about streaming, especially Fortnite streaming, you don't really think about groups of people. You think of a solitary streamer hustling away and landing sick headshots all day long. In a world full of young men and women trying to hustle to stardom, we especially don't think about the mentors in our lives who helped guide us along the way. Fortnite pro Jack AKA Cizzorz of the FaZe clan has taken it upon himself to mentor one lucky contest winner, so I caught up with him on what the experience has been like, what mentorship looks like in such a solitary kind of career, what the FaZe team has imparted unto him, and the future of Fortnite's Creative Mode World Cup competitions. Hopefully you all find it a bit more introspective than the usual Fortnite interview. I know I had fun.
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The man of many headlines returns. Famed analyst and host of the Pachter Factor, Michael Pachter, joins the 1099 once again to discuss the shaky future of GameStop after its stock value plummets, what the future of game streaming looks like for Google Stadia, Microsoft's XCloud, and even PlayStation, and what prices we can expect for next-gen hardware like the PS5 and Xbox Scarlett. If you want all the business talk you can handle, you've found it.
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That's right. We're talking about anime.
Washington Post editor Gene Park happened to watch the world famous anime Neon Genesis Evangelion at the tender age of 16. Like many young adults around him, as well as Evangelion's cast, Park grappled miserably with his mental health, and felt like he had nowhere to go. A year later, he would attempt to take his own life, and was hospitalized and kept in a psychiatric ward. It was only after another 19 years of mental health issues, alcoholism, and various drug addictions that Park managed to achieve sobriety and, like Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno, better understand himself.
On this week's episode of the 1099, Park joins me to discuss a brilliant piece he wrote about how Evangelion helped him recognize and contextualize his own history of depression (https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/06/27/how-evangelion-opened-my-eyes-my-depression/?utm_term=.5526fc57c07e). We discuss his article, how Evangelion approaches the subject of mental health through a very Asian lens, the relationship between obsessive fandom and mental health, and the realities of mental illness we see illustrated in the show. Trust me, it's not as heavy as it sounds, because Gene Park is a wonderful human and I absolutely had a blast speaking with him, and I think you'll gain something extra meaningful from this conversation.
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I absolutely cannot believe Outer Wilds exists. It is a game that is so...me, and everything I love about video games. Discovery, curiosity, cosmic beauty, and cosmic dread. As soon as I sat down to play it, I knew I had to interview the team on how they brought this interstellar Indiana Jones mystery to life. I'm joined by creative director Alex Beachum and art director Wesley Martin of Mobius Digital, two gentlemen who grew up loving the outdoors and video games. After a student version of Outer Wilds won the 2015 Seamus McNally Grand Prize at the Independent Games Festival, a long journey began to broaden and refine the scope of this incredible experience. The three of us discuss the beauty of discovery in games, player curiosity, and nature's influence on the game's design.
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Content Warning: Discussions of warfare, trauma, death, and suicide.
On this week's episode, I let my good friend John Phillips take the mic to talk about his thoughts and feelings on how Infinity Ward and Activision are marketing the new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare reboot as the grittier, extra-realistic take on modern combat. Rather than having a full conversation, John has given me permission to rehost the audio he posted a little while back. I felt it illustrated his thoughts more eloquently than I ever could in a real conversation.
This isn't an easy conversation to have, but John is a brilliant person, and if this means this much to him, then I think it should mean something to a lot of folks. In this episode, John discusses his background as a former marine, the mental struggles he's carried ever since, and how Infinity Ward is still failing to respectfully or accurately portray the harsh realities of war. Take a seat, and listen in.
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