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.
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.
One night over Christmas vacation, while my family was hanging out at my mom's, I set up some audio equipment in a spare bedroom and, one-by-one, asked everyone that was there to come talk to me about New Year's Resolutions. Do they believe in them? Do they think they're worth anything? Do they have one for 2018? 18 members of my family sounded-off, from my parents and siblings to my nieces and nephews. This proved to be a great excuse to introduce my audience to some of the people I love...
It's once more time to play Five Questions, this time with my good friend Erick Castro, fellow entrepreneur and owner of the James Beard Award-nominated craft cocktail bar Polite Provisions. Today, we focus on deep questions. Do humans have an inherent right to gun ownership? Is God real? Which culture gets it most right? Are dreams meaningful? And what is nostalgia all about, anyway? This is a good one. Strap in!
For years, Alexa Ray Corriea has impressed games enthusiasts with her passion for RPGs and her deep knowledge of the industry. Today, she joins Fireside Chats for a discussion about the games of 2017, the role-playing genre we both adore, and the meteoric success of the Nintendo Switch. We also delve into a chat about games media, and whether it's in as much trouble as it seems to be, and whether many sites' adversarial tone and seeming lack of knowledge will simply drive more lapsed fans...
Today's episode of Fireside Chats features my old friend from IGN and The Comedy Button, Brian Altano. Brian and I have a frank talk about "The Joke" that spawned CLS to begin with, and discuss our differences over what happened, how it was handled, and its lasting effects. We also find plenty of common ground, particularly when we discuss comedy in the Age of Trump, where sensitivities are at an all-time high, and everyone seems offended by everything. But are they really?
Meet Jane Doe. Jane's job is a little unorthodox: She's paid $7,000 every month to date a much older, gratuitously rich man. Thankfully, Ms. Doe is an open book when it comes to her unusual life. Indeed, it seems no question whatsoever is off limits.
This week, Brandon Jones sits aside the fire for a conversation about... well... lots of things. How's Easy Allies doing? What's it like thinking back on the Game Trailers days? How difficult is it running a successful Patreon? And, of course, what was it like dealing with the entire ordeal surrounding this podcast happening in the first place?
We haven't played Five Questions in awhile, so let's do the damn thing. My best friend Ramon Narvaez returns to Fireside Chats to answer whatever I throw at him... like what the best '90s TGIF show was. We're going deep! (We even talk about SNES vs. Genesis. Like I said... deep.)
Today's guest is Stephanie Lee. You may know her from her years at IGN, but I've known Stephanie since we were high school kids writing on GameFAQs. We haven't seen each other in a few years, and we have many topics to discuss, like how we came up in the gaming industry, why she abandoned her path as a nutritionist, how she found herself working in Idaho for a well-respected fitness outlet, and why she shifted gears a couple of years ago, decided to live a completely nomadic lifestyle, and...
Candace Looft is an accomplished and respected western astrologer and psychic medium. Today's episode of CLS:FC is dedicated to Candace's world, and all of the strange and mysterious things that come along with it. You can find more about Candace at her website: http://www.beyondtheveiltarot.com/
Chris Ray Gun -- aka Chris Maldonado -- is a prolific political and social YouTuber who delivers his commentary with comedy and wit. We sat down for a 90 minute conversation about politics, social issues, YouTube, content creation, video games, and much, much more.
Kristine Steimer has worked everywhere in the gaming industry. She did PR for Xbox, spent years as an IGN Editor, designed Facebook games for BioWare, worked community for PlayStation, helped shepherd The Witcher franchise at CD Projekt, and now spends her days at YouTube Gaming and evenings at What's Good Games. Did I mention that she was my roommate for four years, too? Today's episode is all about games. No surprise there.
Brianne Chandler -- known online as Miss Movies -- runs a YouTube channel, hosts a podcast, and has two kids and a loving husband. But, as with all of us, there's much more than meets the eye when it comes to Brianne. Today's episode of CLS:FS focuses on mental health, various oddities in the movie industry, and much more.
One of my closest friends on this planet is Erick Castro, one of the world's great craft cocktail bartenders, owner of the James Beard Award-nominated bar Polite Provisions, and an all-around great guy. We sat down to chat about his new documentary, what it's like to own businesses, and why alcohol is just so damn good.
My buddy Jeff Cannata -- well-known podcast host, actor, and gamer -- swung by Santa Monica today for a discussion that revolved almost entirely around politics. I come from a moderate right position. He comes from a moderate left position. The results are... well... a really great, totally reasonable chat about The Age of Trump.
Colin met his best friend Ramon through their shared love of music, and today, Ramon makes his living as a musician. This extra-long episode of CLS is dedicated to Ramon's musical journey, and why music (and all art) is so important.
What happens when Colin asks his dad five completely random questions? This episode of CLS: Fireside Chats happens. (Apologies for dad's low audio; he's a soft-spoken man, and he doesn't know what "stay on the mic" means, apparently.)
Colin's Last Stand's spinoff is finally here! While CLS on YouTube is dedicated to history and politics, the supplemental podcast is dedicated to... well... everything else! Episode 1's focus is simple. It's all about how Colin rediscovered his love of video games.