We Discuss Space Anime, 'The Thing,' And Sometimes Games on Waypoint Radio

Waypoint loves video games, which is why Austin, Rob, Danielle, and myself spend the first 20 minutes of this podcast talking about The Thing and the 80s anime Legend of the Galactic Heroes. Of course. Later, we discuss the defense-oriented brawler Way of the Passive Fist, re-visiting Breath of the Wild and Horizon: Zero Dawn through DLC, the good boys of Yakuza 0, and more.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://waypoint.vice.com/en_us/article/wjppnx/we-discuss-space-anime-the-thing-and-sometimes-games-on-waypoint-radio

I have never played The Divison and I am never going to but I would love more Austin and Jack streams of that game.


Rob “Tremendous Anime” Zacny.

Just wanted to share some of my fave youtube video game and film critics:

Kyle Kallgren

Channel Criswell https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL5kBJmBUVFLYBDiSiK1VDw

Noah Caldwell-Gervais (yeah his vids tend to be super long, but he has a knack for making me care about bog standard FPS games that I wouldn’t normally give a shit about)

edit: adding
Games as Literature


Need more anime talk from the team. Like Danika can just give a minute on a show she’s liking at the moment.

It was interesting hearing you guys talking about John Carpenter’s The Thing. I listen to a podcast called ‘Let’s Watch Two Movies’, hosted by Mary Ellen Murray and Maddy Myers. They watch two movies that are related in some way and compare and contrast the two. They watched The Thing and they disliked the movie quite a bit. Here is a link to their soundcloud page: https://soundcloud.com/letswatchtwomovies

Legend of the Galactic Heroes is amazing. I can’t wait for Rob to get to the thing that happens but not that other thing that happens.


If you want a prequel to Dead Space there is always Dead Space Extraction.

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Have to say this podcast made me kind of angry because it reminded me that the 2011 The Thing prequel exists.

This came up in the discord discussion of the podcast, but Pyre is not the first game to have highlighted text as lore tool-tips. When I played Pyre, my first comparison was to the excellent use of this mechanic in the criminally underrated Tyranny, which came out late 2016.

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Sooooooooooooo where’d the episode go?

E: nm it’s back :slight_smile:

Legend of Galactic Heroes is one of those shows I’ve always meant to get around to but haven’t yet probably more due to the length than anything. If there’s going to be a spoilercast coming perhaps it’s finally time I give it a shot.


Also in games criticism video - I’ve really enjoyed Mark Brown’s Game Maker’s Toolkit, especially the pieces on Breath of the Wild and his Patreon-supported Boss Keys series.

and in film criticism, I dig Mikey’s work on FilmJoy in the Movies with Mikey series.: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEtB-nx5ngoNJWEzYa-yXBg

Especially on The Force Awakens and Mad Max Fury Road.

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Way of the Passive Fist…way of the pacifist…OOOOOH I get it! I see now, do I?

The moment that Rob brought up Legend of the Galactic Heroes, my eyes widened and ears perked up like a Meerkat. I’m so happy that he found that show because it’s literally tailor-made for him. I also think he’d enjoy the UC Gundam stuff, but LotGH is VERY made for him. I started reading the book series now that it’s been officially translated into English and it’s making me fall in love with the series all over again.


I really super wanted to watch Galactic Heroes and actually got about as far as Rob said he did. The only reason I stopped was because the idea of watching over a hundred more episodes seemed kinda daunting. The only options I saw was to spend a lot of time watching it instead of gaming or spending time with my partner and friends, or just take a really long time over possibly a year or more in spare moments, and honestly neither was appealing to me at the time.

So I just dropped it. I do think about picking it back up though. It’s not like I didn’t like it. I have it on my partner’s CrunchyRoll account’s queue, but she doesn’t seem very interested in it, so that just may never happen. :man_shrugging: