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The Pixel People: NPCs & Us

The Pixel People: NPCs & Us

By FyreWriter
Video game characters--why do so many of us feel such a strong connection to them? During each show, a guest and I will take a deep dive into a different video game character, exploring heroes, villains, and sidekicks from multiple games and the themes and ideas that resonate with us so strongly. Join us and your favorite characters from your favorite games, including Fallout, Final Fantasy, The Elder Scrolls, Mass Effect, The Witcher, Dragon Age, and many many more.
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The Strange Man | Red Dead Redemption | Memento Mori

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Dracula's Castle & The Vampire Killer | Castlevania | Consistency
Since the release of the first Castlevania in 1986, the game has undergone numerous permutations—moving backwards and forwards in time, from Nintendo to Playstation and Xbox, and now to an animated series. The cast of characters, including the main character, changes as well, but two things have remained constant over the years... the castle itself, and the whip, the primary weapon your character yields.  Each of these has in depth lore and backstory, more fleshed out and nuanced than that of even the main human and monster characters.  Join Twitch streamer and artist (and my little brother!) Alan and I as we take a deep dive into the story behind Castlevania's whip and castle in this new—and different!—episode!  Dracula's Castle wiki The Vampire Killer wiki Follow Alan on Twitch! Support the show on Patreon! Join the Discord! Connect with the show! Chat with FyreWriter directly and check out her streams! Music by Elias Ali & Adam Brookes
01:05:33
November 29, 2021
Season 2 Premier! Thomas Eckhart | Fallout 76 | Power
Welcome to Season 2!  Note: I do in fact know that it is 2021, not 1921. You'll see what I mean.  Fallout for Hope starts December 4th! Join the team or donate now!  When the bombs fell in 2077, most people watched in horror. Some, however, saw an opportunity. One of these was former Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Eckhart. He seized his moment... and power. In his obsessive quest to eradicate the world of communism, he instead unleashed horrors previously unheard of upon the survivors of Appalachia.  Join me and my special guest, Ken Vigue, the brains behind CHAD: A Fallout 76 Story podcast and the Fallout for Hope charity initiative, as we discuss President Eckhart, his rise to power, those who blindly followed him, and the fates that awaited everyone in Fallout 76.  Thomas Eckhart's wiki Connect with Ken! Follow Ken on Twitch! Support the show on Patreon! Join the Discord! Connect with the show! Chat with FyreWriter directly and check out her streams! Music by Elias Ali & Adam Brookes
52:35
November 15, 2021
Liara T'soni | Mass Effect | Connection
When it comes to romanceable video game characters, Dr. Liara T'soni of the Mass Effect series is often at the top of the charts. Her compassion, strength, and serenity provide a moral compass for Shepard, which then trickles down to impact other characters' journeys as well. In addition to the literal connection she and other asari can form with other sentient species, Liara's gentle wisdom and guidance allows connections to be built throughout the series as the galaxy comes together to fight the Reaper threat.  Join my guest, singer, actor, and streamer Fenwa Teryen and I as we discuss Liara, the multiple layers of connection present in her story—and connection through games in a more general sense in a special extended conversation.  Liara's wiki Connect with Fenwa! Watch Fenwa on Twitch and YouTube!  Listen to the Atomic Stop Show! Support the show on Patreon! Join the Discord! Connect with the show! Chat with FyreWriter directly and check out her streams! Learn more about the Robots Radio Rocket Club and become a member! Music by Elias Ali & Adam Brookes
01:21:02
August 30, 2021
The Strange Man | Red Dead Redemption | Memento Mori
Memento mori... Remember that someday you will die.  This concept is one of the foundations of Stoic philosophy, a reminder to make the most of the time we have on earth. In Red Dead Redemption II, the mysterious Strange Man, an easy-to-miss side character, sends John Marsden on a series of quests in which he must determine which way his honor lies, while commenting on the choices he had already made.  Join me and my guest, Kurt Crenwelge of the Sidekicks and Sidequests podcast, as we take a close look at this seemingly minor character and the ways in which the choices you make during this quest have lasting ramifications throughout the game.  The Strange Man's wiki Connect with Kurt! Check out Kurt's Subreddit! Listen to the Sidekicks and Sidequests podcast! Support the show on Patreon! Join the Discord! Connect with the show! Chat with FyreWriter directly and check out her streams! Learn more about the Robots Radio Rocket Club and become a member! Music by Elias Ali & Adam Brookes
57:44
August 23, 2021
Desdemona | Fallout 4 | Trust
CW: This episode contains mention and brief discussion of a character who takes their own life. As the leader of The Railroad, Desdemona puts her trust in the Sole Survivor to help her carry out her mission... but her own code name points to the possibility of betrayal and murder. One of the key questions in Fallout 4 is which faction you will support, and which you will betray. My guest, Letitia, voice actor and ambassador for Bethesda UK, and I delve into the mysteries surrounding The Railroad's enigmatic leader, who she chooses to put her trust in, and what that means for the future of the Commonwealth.  If you are listening to this episode prior to Thursday August 19, 2021, be sure to check out Letitia's charity endurance stream, featuring an appearance by none other than Claudia Christian, the voice behind Desdemona, and benefitting the C Three Foundation. Desdemona's wiki Connect with Letitia! Support the show on Patreon! Join the Discord! Connect with the show! Chat with FyreWriter directly and check out her streams! Learn more about the Robots Radio Rocket Club and become a member! Music by Elias Ali & Adam Brookes
01:03:47
August 17, 2021
Pixel People Panel #2 | Hope and Courage
It's another panel episode! Today's panel of returning guests features N7 Legend, Red, Robots, Neunomer, and Jessica Star. We discuss several characters from a diverse selection of games including Mass Effect, Shin Megami Tensei, and Portal through the lenses of hope and courage, delving into the meaning of mythmaking and the role of legend in our lives.  **Note: Since the recording of this episode, the guest identified here as Red prefers the name Riley, and uses she/they pronouns. Connect with our guests!  N7 Legend  Red Robots Radio Neunomer Jessica Star Support the show on Patreon! Join the Discord! Connect with the show! Chat with FyreWriter directly and check out her streams! Learn more about the Robots Radio Rocket Club and become a member! Music by Elias Ali & Adam Brookes
01:34:34
August 09, 2021
Pixel People Panel #1 | Transformation & Redemption
Today's show features a panel of returning guests, TrashKingNyx, KellyDanielle, Tooniversal, Mothman's Ranger, KDB, Suliore, and Viktor, discussing a common theme in our favorite games—transformation & redemption. As we discuss a diverse set of characters from games including Fallout 3, Horizon Zero Dawn, MediEvil, Knights of the Old Republic, Resident Evil, the Witcher, and BioShock, we explore the ideas behind transformation and redemption both on a grand scale and the smaller transformations that can still drive massive change in our lives.  CONTENT WARNING: This episode does include mention of miscarriage, infant loss, and the holocaust. Please listen with care.  Connect with our guests!  TrashKingNyx KellyDanielle Tooniversal Mothman's Ranger KDB Suliore Viktor Support the show on Patreon! Join the Discord! Connect with the show! Chat with FyreWriter directly and check out her streams! Learn more about the Robots Radio Rocket Club and become a member! Music by Elias Ali & Adam Brookes
01:28:46
July 26, 2021
Sephiroth | Final Fantasy VII | Deception
What if you discovered your whole life was a lie? And worse yet, you believed you had discovered the truth—without realizing that all of that was based on another mistake as well? Would you be able to recover from that? Or would it rock you to the core of your being, sending you on a path of destruction?  My guest, Xemnes, Twitch streamer and host of NightWolf Radio, and I take a look at these questions as we consider the complex story of Sephiroth, the main villain in Final Fantasy VII, the choices he makes, and the mistakes and miscommunications that lead to his evil actions.  Sephiroth's wiki: https://finalfantasy.fandom.com/wiki/Sephiroth Connect with Xemnes! https://twitter.com/fcdd867534c8471 https://www.twitch.tv/xemnesnightwolf Check out "NightWolf Radio!" https://open.spotify.com/show/4IOxyVKB8CCaZB1h8Bo5V6?si=M3P_nZNWTpigXhsfYJ_I7A&dl_branch=1 Support the show on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/FyreWriter?fan_landing=true Join the Discord! https://discord.gg/wba2x7j Want to discuss your favorite NPC? Sign up here! https://forms.gle/AevG5WHA7yQ6bCqS7 Connect with the show! https://twitter.com/PixelPeoplePod Chat with FyreWriter directly and check out her streams! https://twitter.com/FyreWriter https://www.twitch.tv/fyrewriter Learn more about the Robots Radio Rocket Club and become a member! https://robotsradio.net/rocket-club/ Music by Elias Ali & Adam Brookes
01:13:09
July 12, 2021
The Boss | Metal Gear Solid 3 | Loyalty
Loyalty is often thought of as a good quality, but at what point does loyalty become toxic? How can loyalty be used to control and manipulate? My guest, Kelsi (aka KDB), and I explore these questions as we discuss the complex backstory of The Boss from Metal Gear Solid 3, the paths her life took, the choices she made, and how that plays out during your interactions with her throughout the game. The Boss's wiki: https://metalgear.fandom.com/wiki/The_Boss Connect with KDB! https://twitter.com/K_D_B_ https://www.twitch.tv/mr_kdb_ Check out "Tapes from the Wastes!" https://open.spotify.com/show/68c6WITi3Y4lYmM9c5RrZc?si=7J2g3kUIT_utucOo8MIFWw&dl_branch=1 Support the show on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/FyreWriter?fan_landing=true Join the Discord! https://discord.gg/wba2x7j Want to discuss your favorite NPC? Sign up here! https://forms.gle/AevG5WHA7yQ6bCqS7 Connect with the show! https://twitter.com/PixelPeoplePod Chat with FyreWriter directly and check out her streams! https://twitter.com/FyreWriter https://www.twitch.tv/fyrewriter Learn more about the Robots Radio Rocket Club and become a member! https://robotsradio.net/rocket-club/ Music by Elias Ali & Adam Brookes
58:09
July 05, 2021
Shannon Rivers | Fallout 76 | Tragedy
While the Mistress of Mystery's story begins in Fallout 4, Fallout 76 paints the full picture of Shannon Rivers and her attempt to become the beloved comic book and radio drama character she had brought to life before the Great War. The tale weaves in elements found in classic tragedies—betrayal, murder, and, of course, hubris—spinning them for a post-apocalyptic world. And even at its most grandiose, at the story's core is the deep and familiar sorrow of a parent's failure and a child's pain.  For this episode, I'm joined by Alfie, a member of the creative team behind the Mistress of Mystery-themed machinima, "Into the Mystery," and board game creator. Join us for a close look at this flawed would-be superhero.  Shannon's wiki: https://fallout.fandom.com/wiki/Shannon_Rivers Connect with Alfie! https://twitter.com/BloodiedMess Check out "Into the Mystery" on YouTube!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWGDXoTJZP0 Support the show on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/FyreWriter?fan_landing=true Join the Discord! https://discord.gg/wba2x7j Want to discuss your favorite NPC? Sign up here! https://forms.gle/AevG5WHA7yQ6bCqS7 Connect with the show! https://twitter.com/PixelPeoplePod Chat with FyreWriter directly and check out her streams! https://twitter.com/FyreWriter https://www.twitch.tv/fyrewriter Learn more about the Robots Radio Rocket Club and become a member! https://robotsradio.net/rocket-club/ Music by Elias Ali & Adam Brookes
01:11:15
June 28, 2021
Sans | Undertale | Depression/Support
Undertale is a deceptively complex game with surprisingly deep conversation about mental health, love, and support. Sans, the sarcastic skeleton sentry, can be your biggest support as you work your way through the underworld, filling you with determination at every step... or your most challenging enemy, depending on the way you play the game.  Join my guest, Saber, and I as we discuss this hilarious, introspective game and the lessons Sans has to teach us through the dual lenses of depression and support.  Sans's wiki: https://undertale.fandom.com/wiki/Sans Connect with Saber! https://twitter.com/Freezemachine1 https://www.twitch.tv/saber1431 Support the show on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/FyreWriter?fan_landing=true Join the Discord! https://discord.gg/wba2x7j Want to discuss your favorite NPC? Sign up here! https://forms.gle/AevG5WHA7yQ6bCqS7 Connect with the show! https://twitter.com/PixelPeoplePod Chat with FyreWriter directly and check out her streams! https://twitter.com/FyreWriter https://www.twitch.tv/fyrewriter Learn more about the Robots Radio Rocket Club and become a member! https://robotsradio.net/rocket-club/ Music by Elias Ali & Adam Brookes
51:45
June 21, 2021
Alistair Theirin | Dragon Age: Origins | Hope
Dragon Age presents a dark world, filled with death, destruction, and darkspawn. For many who have played the series, however, one particular character stands out as a bright, shining beacon, his innocence, naivete, and sharp wit bringing laughs and romance to the game. Even so, Alistair Theirin is no simple one-dimensional character; he has his flaws. While many of these are a product of the society he lives in and the way he was raised, they will deeply affect the outcome of his story, and yours, depending on your character's origin.  In this episode, Jessica-Star of the United Wastelanders Network and the Fallout Feed and Dames Who Game podcasts joins me to take a close look at Alistair, his best moments ("Swooping is bad") and his flaws.  Alistair's wiki: https://dragonage.fandom.com/wiki/Alistair Connect with Jess! https://twitter.com/SleepisforT https://twitter.com/UWastelanders https://twitter.com/ASkyrimAddict https://www.youtube.com/user/crimslet Check out Jess's shows!  The Fallout Feed Dames Who Game Support the show on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/FyreWriter?fan_landing=true Join the Discord! https://discord.gg/wba2x7j Want to discuss your favorite NPC? Sign up here! https://forms.gle/AevG5WHA7yQ6bCqS7 Connect with the show! https://twitter.com/PixelPeoplePod Chat with FyreWriter directly and check out her streams! https://twitter.com/FyreWriter https://www.twitch.tv/fyrewriter Learn more about the Robots Radio Rocket Club and become a member! https://robotsradio.net/rocket-club/ Music by Elias Ali & Adam Brookes
01:13:16
May 10, 2021
Mordin Solus | Mass Effect 2 & 3 | Courage
What does it take to push back against the devastating decisions made by your own people—decisions that you took a part in, that your intellect helped to develop? Is it possible to atone for these past horrors? Mordin Solus, Mass Effect's very model of a scientist Salarian, grapples with these questions in regards to the genophage, a plague unleashed by the Salarians on the Krogan to reduce their birthrate to nearly zero.  In this episode, my guest Sam (aka N7 Legend of the Mass Effect Lorecast) and I tackle these same questions, looking closely at Mordin's choices, his complicated story arc, and his ultimate redemption... because it had to be Mordin. Someone else might have gotten it wrong. Does Fyre cry during this episode? Spoiler alert - she sure does.  Mordin's wiki: https://masseffect.fandom.com/wiki/Mordin_Solus Connect with Sam! https://twitter.com/N7TheLegend https://twitter.com/masseffectcast https://www.twitch.tv/kungfu_kangaroo Support the show on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/FyreWriter?fan_landing=true Join the Discord! https://discord.gg/wba2x7j Want to discuss your favorite NPC? Sign up here! https://forms.gle/AevG5WHA7yQ6bCqS7 Connect with the show! https://twitter.com/PixelPeoplePod Chat with FyreWriter directly and check out her streams! https://twitter.com/FyreWriter https://www.twitch.tv/fyrewriter Learn more about the Robots Radio Rocket Club and become a member! https://robotsradio.net/rocket-club/ Music by Elias Ali & Adam Brookes
01:03:56
May 03, 2021
Charon | Fallout 3 | Redemption
**Note: Since the recording of this episode, my guest prefers to be known as TrashKingNyx, and uses they/them/he pronouns. Charon, the prickly ghoul companion you first encounter in the 9th Circle bar in Underworld, Fallout 3's city of ghouls, claims that he is honor-bound to serve you once you purchase his "contract of employment" from his previous employer. But this raises a whole host of troubling questions—what are the limits of the contract? Can you truly have honor if your actions are not a choice? If there is no consent, what does this imply as to the nature of your relationship, even if you are playing as a "good" character?  In this episode, my guest, Nyx, and I dig into these tough questions while also taking a close look at the possible characteristics of people who identify with Fallout's ghouls. Charon's wiki: https://fallout.fandom.com/wiki/Charon_(Fallout_3) Connect with Nyx! https://twitter.com/TrashKingNyx https://www.twitch.tv/trashkingnyx Support the show on Patreon!  https://www.patreon.com/FyreWriter?fan_landing=true Join the Discord!  https://discord.gg/wba2x7j Want to discuss your favorite NPC? Sign up here! https://forms.gle/AevG5WHA7yQ6bCqS7 Connect with the show! https://twitter.com/PixelPeoplePod Chat with FyreWriter directly and check out her streams! https://twitter.com/FyreWriter https://www.twitch.tv/fyrewriter Learn more about the Robots Radio Rocket Club and become a member! https://robotsradio.net/rocket-club/ Music by Elias Ali & Adam Brookes
01:02:59
April 26, 2021
Art as Character | A Conversation with Matt Young
What role does the art style and environment of a game play in our understanding of the game's story, our immersion into the world, and the way we relate to the characters we love so much?  In this episode, I chat with Matt Young, an environment artist working in the gaming industry, about these important questions to gain a deeper appreciation for all the little details that make up the worlds in which we play, that are so often only noticed when they are wrong.  Connect with Matt:  mattyoung3d@gmail.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattyoung3d/ Want to discuss your favorite NPC? Sign up here! https://forms.gle/AevG5WHA7yQ6bCqS7 Connect with the show! https://twitter.com/PixelPeoplePod Join us on Discord! https://discord.gg/wba2x7j Chat with FyreWriter directly and check out her streams! https://twitter.com/FyreWriter https://www.twitch.tv/fyrewriter Learn more about the Robots Radio Rocket Club and become a member! https://robotsradio.net/rocket-club/ Music by Elias Ali & Adam Brookes
01:07:15
April 12, 2021
Josh Sauchak | Watch Dogs 2 | Autistic Representation
**Note: Since the recording of this episode, my guest prefers the name Riley, and now uses she/they pronouns. Stereotypes abound when it comes to autistic representation in media. Autistic people are often portrayed as cold people, geniuses without empathy. In Watch Dogs 2, Josh Sauchak ("Hawt Sauce") is an autistic hacker... who is portrayed as someone who, while perhaps sometimes socially awkward, genuinely loves and cares for his friends. Join me and my guest, Riley, who is herself also autistic, as we look at the character of Josh and discuss both how he's portrayed and what it's like to live with autism.  Josh's wiki: https://watchdogs.fandom.com/wiki/Josh_Sauchak Connect with Riley on the Discord!  https://discord.gg/wba2x7j Want to discuss your favorite NPC? Sign up here! https://forms.gle/AevG5WHA7yQ6bCqS7 Connect with the show! https://twitter.com/PixelPeoplePod Chat with FyreWriter directly and check out her streams! https://twitter.com/FyreWriter https://www.twitch.tv/fyrewriter Learn more about the Robots Radio Rocket Club and become a member! https://robotsradio.net/rocket-club/ Music by Elias Ali & Adam Brookes
01:19:38
March 22, 2021
Craig Boone | Fallout: New Vegas | Regret
What can you do when you're caught in a lose-lose situation? Or when you're given orders that feel are wrong? How do we handle guilt that eats away at us? What will it take to earn self-forgiveness?  Craig Boone, Fallout: New Vegas's stoic sniper, has made some terrible choices in his young life, caught in brutal circumstances beyond his control. He grapples with the... well... fallout of these decisions as he travels with the Courier, trying to work through his guilt and regret to get to a place where he can live with himself. My guest, gamer and dad NVCourier, and I explore Boone's tragic story to see if he has even a chance of self-redemption.  Boone's wiki: https://fallout.fandom.com/wiki/Craig_Boone Connect with NVCourier: https://twitter.com/nvcourier03 Want to discuss your favorite NPC? Sign up here! https://forms.gle/AevG5WHA7yQ6bCqS7 Connect with the show! https://twitter.com/PixelPeoplePod Join us on Discord! https://discord.gg/wba2x7j Chat with FyreWriter directly and check out her streams! https://twitter.com/FyreWriter https://www.twitch.tv/fyrewriter Learn more about the Robots Radio Rocket Club and become a member! https://robotsradio.net/rocket-club/ Music by Elias Ali & Adam Brookes
55:37
March 15, 2021
Almalexia | Morrowind | Women in Media
Although Almalexia and Vivec (from Episode 3) are part of the same Tribunal, acted in similar ways, and committed similar atrocities, they are often viewed by Elder Scrolls fans in very different ways. Why is this?  In this episode, Aramithius of the Written in Uncertainty podcast and I unpack the ways in which powerful women are portrayed in various forms of media, storytelling tropes around women without children, and how these and other ideas intersect to color the perceptions of these characters and their actions.  Almalexia's wiki: https://elderscrolls.fandom.com/wiki/Almalexia Connect with Aramithius: https://writteninuncertainty.com/ https://twitter.com/aramithius Want to discuss your favorite NPC? Sign up here! https://forms.gle/AevG5WHA7yQ6bCqS7 Connect with the show! https://twitter.com/PixelPeoplePod Join us on Discord! https://discord.gg/wba2x7j Chat with FyreWriter directly and check out her streams! https://twitter.com/FyreWriter https://www.twitch.tv/fyrewriter Learn more about the Robots Radio Rocket Club and become a member! https://robotsradio.net/rocket-club/ Music by Elias Ali & Adam Brookes
55:11
March 08, 2021
Morrigan | Dragon Age: Origins | Self-Reliance
Self-reliance is an excellent quality... until it's not. What is that line and where does it fall? What are the consequences of being overly self-reliant? How do you find a balance between an empathetic worldview and a utilitarian worldview? In this episode, Chris Haden, pastor at Kindred UMC, a Methodist church for people who are seeking a meaningful relationship with existence, and I discuss these questions through the lens of Morrigan, the fiercely independent shapeshifting Witch of the Wilds from Dragon Age: Origins and Inquisition. Morrigan's wiki: https://dragonage.fandom.com/wiki/Morrigan Connect with Chris and Kindred UMC: https://www.kindredumc.com/ Check out the Kindred Spirits podcast: https://www.kindredumc.com/podcast Want to discuss your favorite NPC? Sign up here! https://forms.gle/AevG5WHA7yQ6bCqS7 Connect with the show! https://twitter.com/PixelPeoplePod Join us on Discord! https://discord.gg/wba2x7j Chat with FyreWriter directly and check out her streams! https://twitter.com/FyreWriter https://www.twitch.tv/fyrewriter Learn more about the Robots Radio Rocket Club and become a member! https://robotsradio.net/rocket-club/ Music by Elias Ali & Adam Brookes
57:02
March 01, 2021
ADA | The Outer Worlds | Artificial Intelligence
What role does AI play in our lives currently... and what role is it likely to play in the future? Can humans use AI as it's depicted in video games, or is it more likely to be turned against us?  Daniel Jackson, a photographer and filmmaker from Las Vegas, and I tackle these tricky questions as we take a closer look at The Outer Worlds' Autonomous Digital Astrogater... also known as ADA, the artificial intelligence that runs the Unreliable and plays a bigger role in the story than you might expect. ADA's wiki: https://theouterworlds.fandom.com/wiki/ADA Chat with Daniel about ADA: https://twitter.com/kaijudotexe https://www.instagram.com/kaijucultist/ Want to discuss your favorite NPC? Sign up here! https://forms.gle/AevG5WHA7yQ6bCqS7 Connect with the show! https://twitter.com/PixelPeoplePod Join us on Discord! https://discord.gg/wba2x7j Chat with FyreWriter directly and check out her streams! https://twitter.com/FyreWriter https://www.twitch.tv/fyrewriter Learn more about the Robots Radio Rocket Club and become a member! https://robotsradio.net/rocket-club/ Artwork by C_Captain shanepoisson.com Music by Elias Ali & Adam Brookes
55:07
February 22, 2021
Edelgard | Fire Emblem: Three Houses | Adversity
Fire Emblem: Three Houses is a somewhat overlooked game, with well-developed characters and incredibly complex storylines. In this episode, Mothman's Ranger, who describes himself as video-game obsessed and always interested in a story, lore, and mechanics deep dive into the games and universes he enjoys, joins me to discuss the complicated concepts and plot of the game, how it portrays classism and adversity, and the value of unconditional support.  Edelgard's wiki: https://fireemblem.fandom.com/wiki/Edelgard Want to discuss your favorite NPC? Sign up here! https://forms.gle/AevG5WHA7yQ6bCqS7 Connect with the show! Twitter: https://twitter.com/PixelPeoplePod Join us on Discord! https://discord.gg/wba2x7j Chat with FyreWriter directly and check out her streams! https://twitter.com/FyreWriter https://www.twitch.tv/fyrewriter Learn more about the Robots Radio Rocket Club and become a member! https://robotsradio.net/rocket-club/ Artwork by C_Captain shanepoisson.com Music by Elias Ali & Adam Brookes
56:23
February 16, 2021
Legion | Mass Effect 2 & 3 | Allyship
What makes a person? Can a collection of artificial intelligences ever truly connect with or understand a single human mind... or vice versa? What happens when we put ourselves in the shoes of someone with a different way of thinking or set of experiences as us?  In this episode, my guest Taylor, a streamer, husband, dad, and host of the Element Zero podcast, and I take a close look at the being known as Legion in Mass Effect 2 & 3, and tackle these tricky questions, which are raised over the course of Legion's story arc.  Legion's wiki: https://masseffect.fandom.com/wiki/Legion Chat with Taylor about Legion or Mass Effect: https://www.twitch.tv/n7_lionheart https://twitter.com/N7_Lionheart https://twitter.com/EezoPod Check out the Element Zero podcast!  https://anchor.fm/eezopod Want to discuss your favorite NPC? Sign up here! https://forms.gle/AevG5WHA7yQ6bCqS7 Connect with the show! Twitter: https://twitter.com/PixelPeoplePod Join us on Discord! https://discord.gg/wba2x7j Chat with FyreWriter directly and check out her streams! https://twitter.com/FyreWriter https://www.twitch.tv/fyrewriter Learn more about the Robots Radio Rocket Club and become a member! https://robotsradio.net/rocket-club/ Artwork by C_Captain shanepoisson.com Music by Elias Ali & Adam Brookes
50:02
February 08, 2021
A Conversation with Danny Shorago - Part 2
This week, I continue my conversation about storytelling with actor, musician, writer, filmmaker—and voice of Fallout 4's Hancock—Danny Shorago. In  part two, we dig into the art of voice acting and putting yourself into the mindset of the character while being given limited information, the use of irony and satire, and how our own individual stories impact the way we view the world. If you missed it, be sure to go back and listen to part one! Connect with Danny Shorago: http://www.fuxedos.com/ https://twitter.com/TheFuxedos https://www.instagram.com/thefuxedos/ https://www.facebook.com/danny.shorago Want to discuss your favorite NPC? Sign up here! https://forms.gle/AevG5WHA7yQ6bCqS7 Connect with the show! https://twitter.com/PixelPeoplePod Join us on Discord! https://discord.gg/wba2x7j Chat with FyreWriter directly and check out her streams! https://twitter.com/FyreWriter https://www.twitch.tv/fyrewriter Learn more about the Robots Radio Rocket Club and become a member! https://robotsradio.net/rocket-club/ Artwork by C_Captain shanepoisson.com Music by Elias Ali & Adam Brookes
01:01:11
January 25, 2021
A Conversation with Danny Shorago - Part 1
This week, we’re doing something a little bit different. Instead of discussing a specific character, I had the opportunity to speak with actor, musician, writer, and filmmaker Danny Shorago—who also happens to be the voice behind Hancock, the first character we discussed.  We had a great conversation about the complex dynamics between performers and fans, the essential role storytelling plays in our lives, creating the conditions for magic, and so much more. The conversation was so good that we talked for longer than expected, so I’ve split it between two episodes so you can be sure to catch the whole thing.  Enjoy part one, and be sure to return next week for part two!  Connect with Danny Shorago:  http://www.fuxedos.com/ https://twitter.com/TheFuxedos https://www.instagram.com/thefuxedos/ https://www.facebook.com/danny.shorago Want to discuss your favorite NPC? Sign up here! https://forms.gle/AevG5WHA7yQ6bCqS7 Connect with the show! Twitter: https://twitter.com/PixelPeoplePod Join us on Discord! https://discord.gg/wba2x7j Chat with FyreWriter directly and check out her streams! https://twitter.com/FyreWriter https://www.twitch.tv/fyrewriter Learn more about the Robots Radio Rocket Club and become a member! https://robotsradio.net/rocket-club/ Artwork by C_Captain shanepoisson.com Music by Elias Ali & Adam Brookes
51:13
January 18, 2021
Robert J. MacCready | Fallout 3 & 4 | Transformation
When we first encounter R.J. MacCready in Fallout 3, he's a foul-mouthed teenaged mayor of an underground town of children. Ten years later, in Fallout 4, he's a distraught young father, seeking a cure for his own child and grieving the loss of his wife.  In this episode, Twitch streamer and content creator Kelly Danielle and I take a close look at MacCready, a character whose story spans two games, the effects of stress and trauma on a person's life and long-term decisions, and the hard choices that parenting sometimes requires.  MacCready's wiki: https://fallout.fandom.com/wiki/Robert_MacCready Chat with Kelly Danielle about MacCready: https://www.twitch.tv/kellydanielle https://twitter.com/kellyxdanielle https://www.instagram.com/kellydanielle/ Want to discuss your favorite NPC? Sign up here! https://forms.gle/AevG5WHA7yQ6bCqS7 Connect with the show! Twitter: https://twitter.com/PixelPeoplePod Join us on Discord! https://discord.gg/wba2x7j Chat with FyreWriter directly and check out her streams! https://twitter.com/FyreWriter https://www.twitch.tv/fyrewriter Learn more about the Robots Radio Rocket Club and become a member! https://robotsradio.net/rocket-club/ Artwork by C_Captain shanepoisson.com Music by Elias Ali & Adam Brookes
52:10
January 11, 2021
Kodlak Whitemane | Skyrim | Leadership
What makes a good leader? What does it look like when a werewolf has an existential crisis?  Skyrim introduced many people to the complexities of the Elder Scrolls universe and a vast range of intriguing characters. While Kodlak Whitemane might seem a fairly minor NPC, as the Harbinger of the Companions, he commands the respect of all. Friend, podcaster, and streamer Eric Gold (Suliore) and I discuss Kodlak, the Companions, and what being a good leader means, both in the Tamriel and in our own universe.  Kodlak's wiki:  https://elderscrolls.fandom.com/wiki/Kodlak_Whitemane Chat with Suliore about Kodlak: https://www.twitch.tv/suliore https://twitter.com/engold08 Check out Suliore's podcasts! https://twitter.com/NintenfoP https://twitter.com/TamrielicP https://twitter.com/TFTWpod Want to discuss your favorite NPC? Sign up here! https://forms.gle/AevG5WHA7yQ6bCqS7 Connect with the show! Twitter: https://twitter.com/PixelPeoplePod Join us on Discord! https://discord.gg/wba2x7j Chat with FyreWriter directly and check out her streams! Twitter: https://twitter.com/FyreWriter Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/fyrewriter Learn more about the Robots Radio Rocket Club and become a member! https://robotsradio.net/rocket-club/ Artwork by C_Captain shanepoisson.com Music by Elias Ali & Adam Brookes
46:36
January 04, 2021
Celes Chere | Final Fantasy VI | Changing Perspective
When presented with new information, how likely are you to change your mind? Have you ever been thrown completely unprepared into a starring opera role?  Final Fantasy VI was a major milestone in gaming, a gem of narrative-driven play and complex, flawed, relatable characters. Join me as I chat with my friend Neunomer, a dad, streamer, occasional podcaster, and survivor of the console wars, about Celes, the Magitek Knight and former general, and the perils of poor communication as well as the joys of redemption and selflessness.  CW: Discussion of suicide around the 50-minute mark. Aria di Mezzo Carattere as performed by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGl4FqUeFS0&feature=youtu.be Celes' wiki https://finalfantasy.fandom.com/wiki/Celes_Chere Chat with Neunomer about Celes: https://www.twitch.tv/neunomer https://twitter.com/Neunomer Want to discuss your favorite NPC? Sign up here! https://forms.gle/AevG5WHA7yQ6bCqS7 Connect with the show! Twitter: https://twitter.com/PixelPeoplePod Join us on Discord! https://discord.gg/wba2x7j Chat with FyreWriter directly and check out her streams! Twitter: https://twitter.com/FyreWriter Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/fyrewriter Learn more about the Robots Radio Rocket Club and become a member! https://robotsradio.net/rocket-club/ Artwork by C_Captain shanepoisson.com Music by Elias Ali & Adam Brookes
01:14:03
December 28, 2020
Vivec | Morrowind | Perception
What role do our perceptions of people and events shape our experience? If a person takes a benevolent action to boost their own ego, does it make the action less benevolent?  In this episode, I chat with the always-engaging Tooniversal, an imaginative, energetic, and creative Twitch broadcaster with comedic tendencies and a passion for building community. He and I explore these questions as they relate to Vivec, the powerful demigod of Morrowind., and what they look like in our lives and the world at large.  Watch Toon on Twitch! https://www.twitch.tv/tooniversal Vivec's wiki: https://elderscrolls.fandom.com/wiki/Vivec Want to discuss your favorite NPC? Sign up here! https://forms.gle/AevG5WHA7yQ6bCqS7 Connect with the show! Twitter: https://twitter.com/PixelPeoplePod Join us on Discord! https://discord.gg/wba2x7j Chat with FyreWriter directly and check out her streams! Twitter: https://twitter.com/FyreWriter Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/fyrewriter Learn more about the Robots Radio Rocket Club and become a member! https://robotsradio.net/rocket-club/ Artwork by C_Captain shanepoisson.com Music by Elias Ali & Adam Brookes
01:00:03
December 21, 2020
Cirilla Fiona Elen Riannon | The Witcher 3 | Validation
In this episode of the Pixel People Podcast, I chat with Tom, creator of the Robots Radio podcast network and host of many podcasts, including the Fallout Lorecast, the Elder Scrolls Lorecast, and the Cyberpunk Lorecast. We talk about the badass Ciri from the Witcher 3, the ways in which she interacts with Geralt in the role of adopted daughter, and how the parenting decisions you make as Geralt affect the outcome of the game.  Content Warning - We do delve into a discussion of current political events around the 25-minute mark, but I promise--there's a point to it!  Watch Tom on Twitch! https://www.twitch.tv/robotsradio Ciri's wiki: https://witcher.fandom.com/wiki/Ciri Want to discuss your favorite NPC? Sign up here! https://forms.gle/AevG5WHA7yQ6bCqS7 Connect with the show! Twitter: https://twitter.com/PixelPeoplePod Join us on Discord! https://discord.gg/wba2x7j Chat with FyreWriter directly and check out her streams! Twitter: https://twitter.com/FyreWriter Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/fyrewriter Learn more about the Robots Radio Rocket Club and become a member! https://robotsradio.net/rocket-club/ Artwork by C_Captain shanepoisson.com Music by Elias Ali & Adam Brookes
01:04:19
December 14, 2020
John Hancock | Fallout 4 | Self-Worth
In this first episode of the Pixel People Podcast, I'm chatting with Viktor, a video game and history enthusiast who prefers to focus on games as a narrative format rather than a competition or challenge. We talk about John Hancock, Fallout 4's roguish ghoul mayor who reveals impressive depth of character as the story unfolds, and the ways in which we both relate to him on a number of different levels.  John Hancock's wiki:  https://fallout-archive.fandom.com/wiki/Hancock Want to discuss your favorite NPC? Sign up here! https://forms.gle/AevG5WHA7yQ6bCqS7 Connect with the show! Twitter: https://twitter.com/PixelPeoplePod Join us on Discord! https://discord.gg/wba2x7j Chat with FyreWriter directly and check out her streams! Twitter: https://twitter.com/FyreWriter Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/fyrewriter Learn more about the Robots Radio Rocket Club and become a member! https://robotsradio.net/rocket-club/ Artwork by C_Captain shanepoisson.com Music by Elias Ali & Adam Brookes
51:39
December 07, 2020
Pixel People 1: Introduction!
Welcome to the Pixel People Podcast, where each episode a guest and I will have a conversation and go beyond the quests, digging deep into our favorite NPCs to learn more about them and ourselves! Hosted by FyreWriter. Want to discuss your favorite NPC? Sign up here!  https://forms.gle/AevG5WHA7yQ6bCqS7 Connect with the show! Twitter: https://twitter.com/PixelPeoplePod Join us on Discord!  https://discord.gg/wba2x7j Chat with FyreWriter directly and check out her streams!  Twitter:  https://twitter.com/FyreWriter Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/fyrewriter Artwork by C_Captain shanepoisson.com Music by Elias Ali
07:17
November 16, 2020