The History of Paper Money – The Gold Standard – Extra History – #6

The History of Paper Money – The Gold Standard – Extra History – #6

In this series, we rarely get far into the 20th Century because it’s hard to have historical perspective on events that are that close to our own time. But today, we’re gonna have to roar in to the latter half of the 20th Century to show you just recently this idea came to be. This

Diversity – Why Do Games Lack Diverse Characters? – Extra Credits

Diversity – Why Do Games Lack Diverse Characters? – Extra Credits

The PS4 Pro – Changing the Console Market – Extra Credits

The PS4 Pro – Changing the Console Market – Extra Credits

A few weeks ago, we finally saw the official announcement for what we all knew was coming: the PS4 Pro, or as I like to think of it, the PS4.5. So what does it mean? Does it change gaming or is it just another weird hardware cash-grab? Before we can talk about anything else, we

Religion in Games – I: Mechanics, Lore, and Heart – Extra Credits

Religion in Games – I: Mechanics, Lore, and Heart – Extra Credits

Alright folks this one has been a long time coming It’s one of the first episodes we’ve thought about doing, but we kept getting thwarted by the lack of material on this subject So it just kind of sat on the back burner for a little while That is until last year, when we auctioned

Shiver with Anticipation – How Horror Games Create Tension Cycles – Extra Credits

Shiver with Anticipation – How Horror Games Create Tension Cycles – Extra Credits

Welcome to the second week of Halloween because one’s never enough. I gotta say I am shocked We’ve never done this topic before I feel like we must have but I can’t seem to find it in the archive so alright This week we’ll be talking about the tension and release curve for a horror

Toxicity – Why Players Rage and How to Defuse It – Extra Credits

Toxicity – Why Players Rage and How to Defuse It – Extra Credits

This has been weighing on me for a while. There’s something that comes up all the time in the press, something we’ve all experienced. It’s something endemic in our community and it’s something we’ve got to talk about. How we treat each other. Not a week goes by that I don’t hear about bannings and

The History of Paper Money – Working out the Kinks – Extra History – #5

The History of Paper Money – Working out the Kinks – Extra History – #5

Over the last few episodes we’ve seen the intellectual underpinnings of paper money slowly come into place. But having nebulous ideas about why paper money might be good is one thing, getting people to really believe and trust in it is another matter entirely. And so today, we’re going to tackle the development of the

The History of Paper Money – Barebones Economy – Extra History – #3

The History of Paper Money – Barebones Economy – Extra History – #3

In the last episode, we got to the ad hoc, unofficial beginnings of paper money. This week, we’ll look at some of the rogues’ gallery that really created the intellectual argument for adopting paper money in some more official way. When we last left off in England in 1640, the first unofficial banknotes were starting