Monday, October 31, 2011

#18: Idle Thumbs

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Idle Thumbs casts its pod into your face with hilarious talk about video gaming. Of Idle Thumbs, purportedly noted “it’s so good it’ll rupture your ear drums and blow you into the ionosphere.” Riffing on both the legitimate and ridiculous sides of the video game industry, Chris Remo, Nick Breckon, and Jake Rodkin provided commentary that, if not wonderfully bizarre, was always intelligent.

Remo, Breckon, and Rodkin muse about console exclusivity, malevolent miners on Mars, and the Citizen Kane of video games. What is Gordon Freeman really like? What would a Shadow of the Colossus movie be like? Video games come alive, computers make horrific noises, fanboys whine and wizards of various qualities enter our realm. And there is no greater joy in our world than rolling a grenade down a hill in Far Cry 2.


Listen to a sample of Idle Thumbs.

0:18:30 – Call of Juarez
0:34:00 – MMO experiences
0:54:00 – LittleBigPlanet
1:06:00 – Flower
1:27:30 – Crysis Warhead
1:34:00 – Total War series
1:46:30 – Red Faction Guerilla

2:10:30 – Shadow of the Colossus movie
2:30:30 – Tekken 6 goes multiplatform
3:16:00 – Dragon Age: Origins
3:30:00 – Killzone 2 is a perfect video game
3:58:00 – Mass Effect 2 trailer

4:32:30 – The character of Gordon Freeman
4:41:30 – Game developers don’t play video games
4:50:30 – Cutscenes in Metal Gear Solid
4:59:30 – A dream about J Allard
5:10:00 – Console fanboys
5:17:30 – The end of Idle Thumbs
5:31:00 – Outtakes

The Idle Thumbs show was a production of Idle Thumbs. All clips in this episode are the property of that party. The percentage of the original show in this episode is 7% (5hrs 56min/81hrs 00min). You can access the timestamp notes here.

Waitomo – Calexico
Space Asshole (Live at PAX 2010) – Chris Remo
The Fanboy’s Lament – Chris Remo
A Letter to Edge – Chris Remo
Sincerely, These Nuts – Chris Remo
The Ballad of John Riccitiello – Chris Remo
The Wizard – Chris Remo
Space Asshole – Chris Remo

Chris Remo
Chris Remo started in the industry as a writer, founding Idle Thumbs in 2004 and working for Adventure Gamers. He wrote professionally for Shacknews where he eventually became Editor-in-Chief, before moving on to Gamasutra. Remo was hired by Irrational Games in 2010, serving as a community manager.

Nick Breckon
Nick Breckon is a community manager for Bethesda Softworks. He previously wrote for Shacknews. His shift to development in late 2009 led to the dissolution of the Idle Thumbs podcast.

Jake Rodkin
After doing some writing across a number of online publications, Jake Rodkin joined Telltale Games. He served as a content designer and a community manager.


Steve Gaynor

Special guests

Chris Kohler


  1. Wow this is beyond amazing. I have many times thought to do something like this for Idle Thumbs but this is waaaay better than anything I would've come up with.

  2. I miss you, Idle Thumbs.

  3. Man, I was in the middle of doing the same thing! Guess you beat me to it :(

  4. thank you for doing this!!!

  5. goldgame wizard horsebag baboo ... video games

  6. I did one of these for Far Cry 2 discussion. It was eight hours when I gave up..

  7. BioShock/BioShock 2/Double Fine designer JP Lebreton was also a guest on one of the included episodes.

  8. Also, Sean Vanaman was the one telling that Far Cry 2 story at the end.

  9. Thank you -- we had missed Vanaman before; his image will be added to the post shortly.

  10. Chris "Boost" Remo
    "Fuck" Nick Breckon
    Jake "Video Games" Rodkin

    Steve "Hot Scoops" Gaynor
    Sean "Famous" Vanaman


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