Rank #1: The Damon Poop Effect with Adam Sessler
And if you haven't heard, we are going on a hiatus while we both have demanding full time gigs for a bit. We love you, love making this podcast, love hearing from all of you (even those of you that correct us mercilessly), and we have especially loved finding a community of like-minded, silly, smart, passionate people. We'll keep playing and keep posting about what we're playing, so don't unfollow us on Facebook and Twitter just yet. (Halo 5! Fallout! Battlefront!) Thank you for your support. You are all chicken sandwich.
Rank #2: Sillycon Valley with Martin Starr and Thomas Middleditch
Today Emily and Kumail welcome two of the other cast members of Silicon Valley, Thomas Middleditch and Martin Starr, to talk about how they game on set, what their gaming obsessions are, and lots of randomness.
Rank #3: Getting Grumpy with the Game Grumps
Today Kumail and Emily welcome Arin (Egoraptor) and Dan (NinjaSexParty), aka The Game Grumps. We talk about how the Game Grumps got their start, what makes them so grumpy, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and their new music project! Enjoy!
Rank #4: The Indoor Kids vs. Bryan Lee O'Malley, creator of Scott Pilgrim
Bryan Lee O'Malley stops in to chat about his ode to video game culture, Scott Pilgrim, the games that inspired him, and of course, the movie. And trust us you guys, he's in deep. Along the way we talk about fashion and North Carolina too.
Rank #5: The Last of Us with Bruce Straley
Today we are joined by the Game Director of The Last of Us, a guy who has been with Naughty Dog for many years, to discuss everything about directing a video game, the challenges of a game like Last of Us, character development, and much much more. We loved this interview.
SPOILER ALERT: AT 51:30-1:10:20 ABOUT END OF GAME
Rank #6: NYCC and Embarrassing Gamer Stories with Kumail and Emily
Today you're getting a Kumail and Emily-only episode where we recap our one day at NYCC and then talk about all the games we're playing and read your best (or worst) embarrassing gamer stories. Enjoy!
Rank #7: Horror with Graham Reznick and Larry Fessenden
Today Kumail and Emily welcome Graham Reznick and Larry Fessenden, writers of the game Until Dawn and producers/writers/genre creators of a bunch of amazing movies. We talk about the resurgence of indie horror, the challenges of writing a video game, and also Ron Perlman. There are Until Dawn spoilers, but they are late in the podcast and clearly delineated!
Rank #8: Sim Life with Thomas Middleditch
Today the Kids welcome Thomas Middleditch, friend and fellow cast member of Silicon Valley, to talk about how his girlfriend has to hide games from him, his troubles with flight sims, and the many game-related leagues that he is in. You will love him. The Burnside joins to talk news and more!
Rank #9: I'm Missing Two Sunsets with Pete Holmes
Today Emily and Kumail welcome their old pal Pete Holmes to discuss some Mario-related mysteries and how Pete is experiencing Mass Effect for the first time. Also, they talk about a million other different things. Very quickly. Including 90210.
Rank #10: Justin Roiland
The 2nd episode of The Indoor Kids sees Kumail Nanjiani and Ali Baker welcoming Justin Roiland (Oscar from Disney's Fish Hooks) to the show. They discuss the future of 3D gaming, the new Bioshock Infinite footage, Justin's controversial hatred of Ocarina of Time and his idea for the next Nintendo console.
**THERE ARE SPOILERS FOR THE FOLLOWING** Infamous 1 Spoiler (28:15 - 29:30) and Mild Fable 3 spoiler (31:35 - 32:30)
Rank #11: Movie Games! (with Jordan Morris)
This is the time when we welcome Jordan Morris (Jordan Jesse Go!) to talk about all of the best and worst video games based on movies. Gremlins 2! Die Hard! The Lord of the Rings! We try and cover it all, from the moment you realized that you could actually play a game based in a world you'd only watched in movies, to the crappiness of the Green Lantern game. Plus some bonus talk about games we're playing now!
Rank #12: Gentleman with Paul F. Tompkins
Today we welcome Paul F. Tompkins to talk about something no one ever asks him about: video games. We talk Batman (no spoilers), his gaming on set at Mr. Show and more!
Rank #13: Hail to the King: a Conversation with M Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold
Today Kumail and Emily welcome Matt, aka M Shadows of the band Avenged Sevenfold, to talk about his other passion: video games. This guy is in deep. We talk about the video game industry, the music industry, and how Matt has been competitive in video games since he was a kid. Plus we talk about the game he is releasing into the world this week, Hail to the King: Deathbat, and what the process of creating a game has been like for him over the past two years. Great dude, great episode.
Rank #14: Batman Batman Batman!
Given the Batmania that the country has been infected with, we decided to do a podcast salute to the Dark Knight, the Caped Crusader, Gotham's Savior, World's Greatest Detective, Bats, the weirdo in the outfit, etc and so on. We discuss all Batman movies, most Batman games, some Batman comics, and a few Batman cartoons- and who better to join us than a fellow superhero Hulk, aka Film Critic Hulk (in Bruce Banner mode). Don't worry, we don't discuss anything about The Dark Knight Rises until the very end, and we give a lot of warning before the spoiler-filled discussion.
Rank #15: GTA Galore with Zach Cregger
Today, actor Zach Cregger (Whitest Kids U Know) joins Emily and Kumail to rapturously gush about the wonder that is GTAV. We talk about its success, improvements the series has made along the way, story, what it's like to live in the city the game is based on, and much much more. Plus some talk about squirmy moments, Breaking Bad talk, Twitter game and more!
Some mild spoilers in this episode, so we recommend that you play through meeting Trevor, the third main character, before listening.
There is also a Breaking Bad spoiler from about two seasons ago, but we drop in a warning about that too.
Rank #16: Borderlands and Morederlands with Anthony and Ashly Burch
WARNING: there are some Borderlands 2 spoilers, courtesy of Anthony, but we give you audio warning before they happen. But for real, play the game.
SPOILERS AT: 53:10-57:35 and 1:05:25-1:06:50
Rank #17: What Makes You a Gamer? w/ Jordan Morris
Kumail and Emily welcome their favorite guest, Jordan Morris, to discuss those weird Nintendo commercials where a person (usually a female) is playing a DS and proclaims herself not a gamer, but an artist. What makes a person a gamer? Is it enough to say you are one? Why do we care so much? All this and more!
Rank #18: Tenacious D!
Today Kumail and Emily are freaking out to welcome Jack Black and Kyle Gass, aka Tenacious D, to the podcast! Hear them talk about the video game golf championship that nearly tore them apart, Jack's experience on Brutal Legend, and much more!
Rank #19: Arkham Days and Arkham Knights with Pete Holmes
Today we welcome our old pal Pete Holmes (You Made It Weird podcast) to discuss the weirdness of Independence Day, the magic of Batman, and more! There are Arkham Knight spoilers starting around 30 minutes into the podcast. Not the ending of the game, but plot points. We alert you within the podcast to turn it off if you don't want to hear spoilers, but this is your other heads up.
Rank #20: What Came First- The Chicken Rollers or the Easter Eggs? (with Dominic Dierkes)
Today Kumail and Emily welcome Indoor Kid favorite Dominic Dierkes (@dominicdierkes) to discuss some of the oldest, biggest, best, and most elusive Easter Eggs in video game history! We run through early ones up through the eggs of today, and why we love them. And then there's also talk about Mortal Kombat character ethnicities. Plus Kumail gets some odd food from a 7 Eleven and we can't seem to stop talking about it.