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Colin's Last Stand Fireside Chats, Episode 57: A Sit Down With David Jaffe

It's only in recent years that the gaming industry has become louder, more vocal, and more visible. But in quieter times, David Jaffe led the charge when it came to what we today term "being a personality." Jaffe is most famous for being the driving force behind Twisted Metal (pardon the pun), and was the director and creative visionary behind the original God of War, too. These days, however, Mr. Jaffe lives a quieter and more subdued life. We got together in his hometown of San Diego for...


Colin's Last Stand Fireside Chats, Episode 56: Fireside Chats X Not So Common

I've admired Pat Contri from afar for about 18 months, now. Pat and I first started chatting around the time I started Colin's Last Stand, and while we've kept in touch via DM and text, we never had the pleasure of meeting in person. Well, until now. Pat is a fascinating guy, a prolific collector of retro games and memorabilia, a skilled podcaster, and the author of two amazing Nintendo books. We sat down in his San Diego home for a lengthy crossover between his podcast -- Not So Common --...


Colin's Last Stand Fireside Chats, Episode 55: The End of America (and Other Questions)

It was only a few months ago that I had US Navy Lieutenant Michael Autery on Fireside Chats. I liked our conversation about the Constitution so much that I invited him back to the show for a game of Five Questions, all surrounding American history and politics. Is American Exceptionalism real? How would he amend the Constitution if he could? America's greatest President was...? Is anything going right in America? And the big one: How will America ultimately end? We cover all of these...


Colin's Last Stand Fireside Chats, Episode 54: Is TV Dying?

When TV programming began reliably broadcasting in the 1940s, the world changed forever. The advent of radio decades earlier already made the world smaller, but with television, you didn't only listen. You watched, too. Fast forward some 70 years, though, and TV seems outright quaint, and the evidence of its decline is everywhere around us. Or is it? Today's guest -- Ethan Anderson -- works at an NBC affiliate in the Dakotas, and it turns out that, depending on your market, the kind of...


Colin's Last Stand Fireside Chats, Episode 53: Small Business Catharsis

Owning a small business is hard work. Really hard work, actually. Today's guest, Kyle Eastman, reinforces this notion with his story of determination and grit. Eastman owns a used games and sports equipment store in Oklahoma, but his journey in getting there is an interesting one. Telling that story requires us to ask a series of questions, though. Is college really that important? Should people leap into uncertain situations with equally uncertain outcomes? What's more important: Money or...


Colin's Last Stand Fireside Chats, Episode 33: Kelly Carlin and Modern Philosophy

Kelly Carlin is, like her father -- the famous comedian George Carlin -- a sort of modern-day philosopher, a rarity in today's climate that calls things exactly as it is. I invited her to Santa Monica to come talk to me about, well, everything, from politics to comedy, and everything in between. This a thought-provoking -- and dare I say important -- conversation, and I hope you enjoy it.


Colin's Last Stand Fireside Chats, Episode 32: Social Media Takeover

Matt Canoy went to Full Sail, where he thought he would make video games for a living. But that's not what he wanted to do. Instead, he wanted to engineer, and is currently working on two apps so secretive that we can't even talk about them. What we can talk about, though, is what one of those apps will cater to: The Social Media Market. And that got me thinking: Just what does the future of social media hold for all of us, anyway? Matt's an expert, and he's got some answers.


Colin's Last Stand Fireside Chats, Episode 31: Gushing Over Dogs With Ryan McCaffrey

I met my pal Ryan McCaffrey when he started working at IGN in 2012, and we quickly became good friends. I wanted to invite him on Fireside Chats not only to discuss our days together at the world's biggest video game website, but to dive deep into his love of dogs, and my fledgling love of pups, too. His two Boxers -- the sadly deceased Maggie and the new baby Daisy -- have filled his life with love and joy, as has Lola in my life. That's what this podcast hinges on, and I hope you enjoy...


Colin's Last Stand Fireside Chats, Episode 30: Money, Managing Your Finances, and Building Wealth

Kristin Wong is an expert in personal finance, and her new book -- Get Money -- is an ode to how anyone can grapple with cash, even if it seems daunting. So naturally, Kristin and I sat down for a conversation all about those dollars! How should you spend your money? How do you save? What do you do with credit cards, bills, and other impediments to financial growth that stand in your way? Whether you love personal finance (like me!) or are new to the game, you're going to learn something...


Colin's Last Stand Fireside Chats, Episode 29: One-on-One With Dave Rubin

As moderator of the popular Rubin Report, a much-sought after public speaker, and an all-around political firebrand, Dave Rubin is one of the busiest and most active people I've ever met. He's also a good friend of mine, and has been a tremendous force for good in my own development as a political YouTuber, and podcaster. Today, Dave and I sit down for more than 100 minutes to chat about politics, his show, his personal life, his ups and downs, and much more.


Colin's Last Stand Fireside Chats, Episode 28: The Cryptocurrency Movement

The buzz around cryptocurrency is growing louder with each passing day, which is incredible since the buzz has been audible for awhile now. But it's a confusing and unusual world, one I don't quite understand. So I invited Reilly Smith onto the show to explain his craft to me. Mr. Smith works for LBRY, a crypto company with an interesting directive. I think you'll learn a lot listening to this episode of Fireside Chats. I sure learned a lot recording it.


Colin's Last Stand Fireside Chats, Episode 27: Gun Control, Trump, and A New Conservatism

Allow me to present Tiana Lowe. Tiana is the co-host of the podcast The Political Pregame, a writer at The National Review, and the Founding Editor of both the USC Economics Review and The Tab at USC, with work appearing in the New York Times and the Washington Post, and on Fox News and Reason. Oh, and she does all of that while studying economics and mathematics (she's only 22!). On today's episode, we discuss Donald Trump, conservatism versus liberalism in America, the degradation of...


Colin's Last Stand Fireside Chats, Episode 26: Recording a Podcast or Writing a Book? You Can Do It!

Today's guest on Fireside Chats is Jono Pech, an Australian podcaster and author with an optimistic outlook on life. In our nearly hour and a half conversation, Jono and I touch on his positive, work-centric podcast, what it's like to be a published author (he released a novel last year), and how hard work doesn't always pay off... but that it often does. (We talk about Australia and gun control, too.)


Colin's Last Stand Fireside Chats, Episode 25: Getting Fat is Easy, Staying Skinny is Hard

Today's episode of Fireside Chats stars my old friend Brian Albert, current Twitch employee and dedicated Destiny nerd. Brian is an interesting guy with an equally interesting story to tell. Today, we delve into his struggle with his weight, how he shed the pounds just to gain them back and then shed them again, and why he (and I) are both challenged by eating too much. (Then, of course, we end up talking about video games.)


Colin's Last Stand Fireside Chats, Episode 24: The Meaning of Art, Life, Death... and Skateboarding

With an all-new CLS series (KnockBack) just around the corner, I figured now would be a good time to introduce you to the show's co-host, my brother Dagan. Dagan is the oldest of the four Moriarty kids, and was (and is) a massive influence in my life. In this game of Five Questions, Dagan and I explore what art represents, what it means to live and die, why we're so proud of being from Long Island, how everything changes when you have children, and why skateboarding has been essential to...


Colin's Last Stand Fireside Chats, Episode 23: Faith and Religion in the 21st Century

Meet Matt Patrick. Matt is a 25 year old Colin's Last Stand fan who also happens to be a Methodist Pastor. He reached out to me to see if we could chat about religion on the show, and naturally, I said yes. If you're looking for a deep-diving, philosophical, and thought-provoking chat on modern religion and the nature of faith, look no further.


Colin's Last Stand Fireside Chats, Episode 22: Workaholism and Finding Success With Destin Legarie

Destin Legarie is very easily one of the hardest working and most industrious people I've ever known. On today's episode of Fireside Chats, we talk all about that. Why are we driven to work so hard? And what costs come alongside our admitted workaholism? We touch on lots of other issues, too, including online harassment and abuse, the grind of being a creative-minded person, and the unfortunate loss of normalcy in the social space.


Colin's Last Stand Fireside Chats, Episode 21: Daemon Hatfield and the Evolution of Games Media

Daemon Hatfield isn't only a good friend; he also happens to be one of IGN's longest-tenured employees. I invited him to record an episode of Fireside Chats with me to discuss all sorts of topics, from our shared years at IGN, to how games media is evolving, to how politics is finding its way into every nook and cranny of our lives. As you'll find out when you listen, few professionals in games media have the experience, the knowledge, and the wit of Mr. Hatfield. So lend us your ears!


Colin's Last Stand Fireside Chats, Episode 20: The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of Star Wars

As a child, I was obsessed with Star Wars. The primary reason for that was because of the influence of my brother Dagan, who was (and is) also a huge fan of the franchise. We sat down for a meaty, nearly-90 minute discussion centered around The Last Jedi, a talk that quickly spiraled into a chat about the other movies, and the Star Wars Universe as a whole.


Colin's Last Stand Fireside Chats, Episode 19: Game of the Year 2017 Discussion

The calendar just flipped over into a new year, so it only makes sense that we chat about what the best video games of 2017 were. In order to make the conversation great, I invited SIFTD's Shane Satterfield to Santa Monica to talk about what we thought were the cream-of-the-crop titles of the previous 12 months. This is a great companion piece to the Best Games of 2017 video that went live on Side Quest's YouTube channel, and fleshes everything out over a meaty 100 minute chat.