The Geek Bravado Ramble

75 EpisodesProduced by Parallax AbstractionWebsite

The Geek Bravado Ramble is an eclectic, relatively short, frequently posted commentary and discussion podcast by Parallax Abstraction.Touching on all kinds of topics from gaming to tech, news, politics, mental health, social issues and everything in between, expect unvarnished, sometimes unpopular b… read more

75 Episodes | 2018 - 2019

Episode 72 (Aug. 16, 2019) - How Steam Needs to Improve

August 16th, 2019

37:58

I've now devoted several episodes to (rightly) addressing a lot of the problems with the Epic Games Store and it's general anti-consumer stance. Many have equated this to me just hating it because it's not Steam. That …

Episode 71 (August 7, 2019) - Guns & Culture

August 8th, 2019

36:11

I largely avoided sounding off about the latest two mass shootings in the United States because I didn't know what I could say without just repeating …

Episode 70 (August 5, 2019) - Ooblets, Indie Developer Entitlement and Epic Exclusivity Economics

August 5th, 2019

33:58

An indie game going Epic Games Store exclusive is sadly nothing new and while I'm as sick of podcast about this as everyone else, the spectacularly …

Episode 69 (August 1, 2019) - Ninja Joining Mixer

August 1st, 2019

29:27

A big bombshell was dropped in the streaming world today when it was announced that Ninja, one of the biggest streamers in the world, is leaving Twitch to exclusively join Mixer. No one saw this coming and while most …

Episode 68 (July 27, 2019) - Impressions of The Great Hack on Netflix

July 28th, 2019

30:36

A new documentary about the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook scandal recently came out on Netflix. While I do recommend reading up a bit on how the scandal happened before watching it, I think it does a good job of …

Episode 67 (July 25, 2019) - The CBC and Video Games

July 25th, 2019

21:26

On the morning of July 25th, the CBC published a story on two young fujitives who are currently running from accusations of murder. Despite them …

Episode 66 (July 19, 2019) - Give Indies A Chance

July 19th, 2019

30:36

Every time I see a Reddit or Twitter thread bemoaning the modern state of video games, it's always talking about AAA titles like they're the only games that exist. Almost without fail, every time I try to point out the …

Episode 65 (July 12, 2019) - Impressions of Shakedown: Hawaii

July 12th, 2019

25:04

Indie Showcase impressions video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAPMFUqbFnw

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Episode 64 (July 8th, 2019) - Ryzen 3000 Launch & Motherboard Pricing

July 8th, 2019

28:06

The new AMD Ryzen 3000 line of CPUs has had a lot of hype behind it and based on reviews from its July 7th launch, it hasn't disappointed. However, …

Episode 63 (July 3rd, 2019) - "Influencer" and "Networking"

July 3rd, 2019

21:53

In the time I've been making YouTube videos and streaming, the term "influencer" to describe someone who makes content and "networking" to describe the act of community building, have both become common parlance. I …

Episode 62 (June 23, 2019) - An Open Letter to CD Projekt About Cyberpunk 2077 Collector's Edition Pre-Orders

June 23rd, 2019

6:48

This is the audio version of a written blog post that you can find, along with some extra links and images at https://geekbravado.com/?p=1232.

CD …

Episode 61 (June 19, 2019) - Impressions of A Plague Tale: Innocence

June 19th, 2019

22:38

A Plague Tale: Innocence is a new AA game from a small publisher and a studio that's known for mostly licensed games and it kind of came out of nowhere without a ton of fanfare. It's also my Game of the Year so far. …

Episode 60 (June 18, 2019) - E3 2019 Impressions and The Year of the Subscription

June 18th, 2019

36:50

Another year of E3 has come and gone and to my great surprise, a lot of people are calling it a disappointment. I talk about that, why I think E3's relevance is returning as we enter the age of the "influencer" and how …

Episode 59 (June 12, 2019) - The Star Control Legal Mess Is Over

June 12th, 2019

23:15

To the great surprise and happiness of many Star Control fans (myself included), it was announced yesterday that Stardock and Paul Reiche & Fred …

Episode 58 (June 7, 2019) - YouTube's Latest Crisis

June 7th, 2019

24:53

Yet another cataclysm is upon the YouTube creator community, as a public spat between two outrage warriors on opposite sides of the political …

Episode 57 (June 5, 2019) - Jonathan Blow and Indie Creative Stagnation

June 5th, 2019

24:47

In a recent interview, Jonathan Blow, creator of indie hits Braid, The Witness and also many a controversial opinion, stated that he believes indie games have creatively stagnated. I believe this viewpoint is based on …

Episode 56 (May 30, 2019) - Epic's Endgame

May 30th, 2019

34:47

It's yet another podcast on Epic Games but talking about something a little different this time. Rather than discuss the company's latest screw-ups in their attempt to disrupt PC gaming retail, I'm talking more about …

Episode 55 (May 29, 2019) - Living Through A Depressive Relapse

May 29th, 2019

29:42

I recorded this podcast around a week before publishing it because I wasn't sure if I wanted to put it out there but I've decided to. I suffer from Major Depressive Disorder and recently, had a major relapse due to a …

Episode 54 (May 4, 2019) - Removing Negative Noise

May 4th, 2019

36:55

In the last while, I've taken it upon myself to remove some negativity from social media that was negatively impacting my mood and overall mental health. However, this week I realized that I was still getting a lot of …

Episode 53 (April 25, 2019) - Bandai Namco: Breaking the Traditional AAA Model

April 26th, 2019

25:51

Bandai Namco Entertainment is a really interesting company. They're one of the original developers and publishers in video games and are very …

Episode 52 (April 17, 2019) - Notre Dame and Priorities

April 17th, 2019

20:30

The fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was a terrible tragedy and though it's only a couple of days since it happened, wealthy people and corporations from around the world have already committed over a billion …

Episode 51 (April 10, 2019) - My Concerns About DLive

April 10th, 2019

36:18

DLive is a new entry in the streaming world and it's taking a different approach by allowing people to earn units of a new cryptocurrency by both streaming and just watching streams. They also just got PewDiePie to make …

Episode 50 (April 8, 2019) - Impressions of Yoshi's Crafted World

April 9th, 2019

26:35

I had a chance to play the latest entry in Nintendo's series of casual, artful platformers with my lady friend this weekend. We had a great time and …

Episode 49 (April 5, 2019) - Review Bombing & Defending Big Business

April 5th, 2019

24:50

Rejoice, it's yet another podcast on the Epic Games Store! Well, kind of. With the announcement that Borderlands 3 will be a 6 month exclusive, a number of people have been review bombing the previous Borderlands games …

Episode 48 (April 4th, 2019) - Metro Series Spoilercast feat. WereTiger

April 4th, 2019

1:24:36

WARNING: If it wasn't clear already, this will spoil the story of Metro video game series!


My good friend WereTiger and I both recently finished Metro: Exodus, after replaying the Redux versions of Metro 2033 and …

Episode 40 (Mar. 6, 2019) - Impressions of Crackdown 3

April 2nd, 2019

28:00

Crackdown 3 finally released recently on the Xbox One, PC and on Xbox Game Pass. This new iteration was announced near the Xbox One launch and has …

Episode 47 (April 1, 2019) - My PAX East 2019 Experience

April 1st, 2019

32:13

PAX East 2019 has come and gone and even though it was only my second PAX (after South from this year, which I have other episodes on), it was an experience unique both for myself and probably for many others. I had the …

Episode 46 (Mar. 27, 2019) - Eastern Bloc Game Makers

March 28th, 2019

26:00

Have just finished Metro: Exodus, I got to thinking about the many games over the years that hardcore players fondly remember and that were made in former Soviet states. Games from these developers are very distinctive, …

Episode 45 (Mar. 21, 2019) - Turning 40

March 21st, 2019

18:14

I officially turned 40 the day I recorded this podcast. Many people make a big deal out of these milestone birthdays and I suppose I am too since I'm …

Episode 44 (Mar. 20, 2019 - Thoughts on Google's Stadia Game Streaming Service

March 20th, 2019

30:33

Yesterday, Google entered the game distribution ring by announcing Stadia, a new all-streaming based gaming service. It aims to differentiate itself …

Episode 43 (Mar. 18, 2019) - Impressions of Formula 1: Drive to Survive on Netflix

March 20th, 2019

24:17

My lady friend and I had Formula 1: Drive to Survive come up in Netflix recommendations and as both of us like cars and I had a new 4K OLED TV to …

Episode 42 (Mar. 13, 2019) - Sony Potentially Buying Take-Two/Rockstar

March 18th, 2019

26:12

A rumour came out of left field today that Sony might be buying Take-Two Interactive Software, parent company of 2K Games and more importantly, Rockstar Games. At time of recording, the rumour had been said to be likely …

Episode 41 (Mar. 8, 2019) - Valve's Inconsistent Curation

March 8th, 2019

31:36

Valve recently pulled a disgusting game a out rape from Steam before release, after a large scale condemnation. The problem is, it had been listed …

Episode 39 (Mar. 1, 2019) - A Different Take On the SNC-Lavalin Affair

March 1st, 2019

26:50

A scandal has rocked Canadian politics this week, involving a very large and powerful engineering company in the country, a bribery scandal and …

Episide 38 (Feb 27. 2019) - The THQ Nordic 8chan Mishap

February 27th, 2019

18:18

THQ Nordic PR did a really stupid thing yesterday: They decided to host an AMA on 8chan. Shortly after announcing this, the Internet Outrage Brigade …

Episode 37 (Feb 26.2019) - SLI & RGB, WTF?

February 27th, 2019

32:54

Thanks to my friend Real Caustic being awesome, I was recently given a chance to upgrade to an SLI video card setup for free. It was so frustrating and useless, that I actually gave it back. Along the way, I also …

Episode 36 (Feb. 22, 2019) - The Latest YouTube Adpocalypse

February 22nd, 2019

23:11

YouTube has once again found itself dealing with an advertiser pullout over a controversy that has received mainstream media attention. As usual, …

Episode 35 (Feb. 19, 2019) - The 2019 Rainbow 6 Invitational

February 19th, 2019

25:35

The 2019 Rainbow 6 Invitational was this past weekend and I went with Real Caustic and WereTiger. This was the first E-Sports event that I've ever attended and more than that, I've just never really paid attention to …

Episode 34 (Feb. 13, 2019) - A Response to Colin Moriarty's Game Industry Unionization Video

February 14th, 2019

38:41

Earlier this week, Colin Moriarty's CLS Side Quest YouTube series, posted an episode about the increasing calls for the video game industry to …

Episode 33 (Feb. 7, 2019) - The Potential Motivations Behind The Escapist's Ethics Editorial

February 7th, 2019

32:51

The new "Volume 2" of The Escapist gaming web site is on fire right now. A site whose previous incarnation failed drowning in controversy, it's once …

Episode 32 (Feb. 6, 2019) - Initial Impressions of Apex Legends

February 6th, 2019

25:10

Earlier this week, EA and Respawn Entertainment launched a new battle royale game called Apex Legends, completely out of nowhere and to everyone's surprise. It's a game set in the Titanfall universe, except it doesn't …

Episode 31 (Feb. 4, 2019) - Updated Anthem Impressions from the Open Demo (Beta)

February 4th, 2019

32:15

The Anthem demo (which is still very much a beta) went open for everyone this past weekend. After having a miserable time with the "VIP Demo", I got to play through all the demo content with a good crew of people. I had …

Episode 30 (Feb. 1, 2019) - The Bankruptcy Pecking Order

February 1st, 2019

23:09

A recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling decreed that in the case of a bankrupt oil company, cleaning up the oil wells they left behind should take …

Episode 30 (Jan 30., 2019) - My Mental Health Story for #BellLetsTalk

January 31st, 2019

37:47

#BellLetsTalk day is a social media initiative run by Bell, Canada's largest telecartel, to attempt to destigmatize mental illness. After talking a little bit about the initiative and how Bell's business practices …

Episode 29 (Jan. 29, 2019) - The Growing Divide Over the Epic Games Store

January 29th, 2019

36:47

RANT WARNING


Yet another big upcoming PC game release has gone exclusive to the Epic Games Store and as seems to be inevitable in gaming now, battle lines are being drawn between the people who dislike Epic's new …

Episode 28 (Jan. 28, 2019) - My Limited Impressions of the Anthem VIP Demo (Beta)

January 29th, 2019

34:02

The Anthem VIP Demo was available this past weekend for those who pre-ordered, had Origin Access Premier or knew someone in the beta who was willing to give up one of their 3 Friend Pass codes. I got to play a little of …

Episode 27 (Jan. 24, 2019) - A Different Take On the Gillette Ad

January 25th, 2019

21:00

You've probably heard of the recent ad from Gillette that attempted to counter traditional stereotypes about masculinity and invited men to improve …

Episode 26 (Jan. 23, 2019): My First PAX (Day 2 & 3)

January 23rd, 2019

36:46

My first time at PAX is done and what a time it was! I ended up not being able to record with anyone else and did this episode after getting home (I explain why) and talk about some other developers I saw at the show …

Episode 25 (Jan. 19, 2019) - My First PAX (Day 0 & 1)

January 19th, 2019

31:12

In this very late night recording, I talk about my experience getting to PAX and my first day at the show, shilling hardcore to indie developers for theSHED. It's been an incredible couple of days, for reasons even I …

Episode 24 (Jan. 16, 2019) - Going to PAX South & My New Mindset

January 16th, 2019

28:29

The day after I post this, I'm heading to PAX South, which will not only be my first PAX but my first gaming show in my new role as Developer …

Episode 19 (Jan. 1, 2019) - Games From 2018 You Should Try

January 15th, 2019

35:10

Happy New Year!


Another crazy year is in the books and as I like to do around this time, I wanted to talk about games from the past year that I really enjoyed and that I think you might as well. I used to do a top 10 …

Episode 23 (Jan. 11, 2019) - Bungie Splitting from Activision

January 11th, 2019

25:55

In a surprise announcement on January 10, Bungie announced that they are ending mutually ending what was supposed to be a 10 year publishing partnership with Activision for the Destiny franchise. Many erroneously assume …

Episode 22 (Jan. 7, 2019) - The Star Control Legal Mess (Part 2)

January 7th, 2019

31:37

I highly recommend listening to the prior episode on this first:

Episode 21 (Jan 4., 2019) - Ontario's New Distracted Driving Penalties

January 4th, 2019

19:49

On January 1, 2019, Ontario introduced significantly harsher penalties for distracted driving. However, they for some reason decided that only "using …

Episode 20 (Jan 2., 2019) - The Star Control Legal Mess

January 2nd, 2019

31:23

Star Control II from the 90s if my favourite game of all-time and recently, Stardock Entertainment released a spiritual successor called Star …

Episode 18 (Dec. 31, 2018) - Twitch's #Adgate

December 31st, 2018

23:34

Twitch is currently facing heavy backlash from a lot of their creators and viewers because they are running pre-roll ads for Ninja's New Year's Eve …

Episode 17 (Dec. 29, 2018) - Streamer Vigilantes

December 29th, 2018

23:12

Today, I awoke to an unexpected new controversy involving the discovery that a partnered Mixer streamer is apparently, a convicted sexual predator, …

Special Episode: My Content Plans for 2019

December 27th, 2018

35:06

This is the audio version of a YouTube vlog that can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOuJ9j2dvbM. I talk a about the year that was and what my content plans are for 2019, including Mixer, YouTube, this …

Episode 16 (Dec. 24, 2018): The Next AAA Game Industry Crash

December 24th, 2018

26:45

A few major AAA game releases have failed pretty hard this year. As a result, many commentators and forum posters are hand-wringing about this being …

Episode 15 (Dec. 21, 2018): Facebook vs. Google

December 21st, 2018

26:20

Facebook has had a near non-stop wave of scandals in 2018 and a growing number of poeple are telling people to quit the site. At the same time, a lot of these discussions inevitably turn to people going "Well you use …

Episode 14 (Dec. 20, 2018): Canada's Oil Crisis

December 20th, 2018

25:45

The Canadian oil industry is in a crisis right now, due to plummeting crude prices, problems transporting their product to market and some major battles going on between different levels of government. Now our federal …

Episode 13 (12/19/2018): The Dying(?) Games Press

December 19th, 2018

22:11

For a number of years now, we've kept hearing people say that the traditional gaming press web sites are dying, both because of the rise of YouTube and streaming and because their business model now largely seems to be …

Episode 12 (12/18/2018): The Future of Blizzard

December 18th, 2018

25:28

Blizzard has made a number of recent business moves that have upset their user base. Their "Apple of Gaming" sheen is starting to tarnish and many see the influence of their previously arms-length overloards at …

Episode 11 (12/17/2018): The Politics of Patreon

December 17th, 2018

21:00

This past week, Patreon banned controversial YouTuber Sargon of Akkad from their platform, seemingly without explanation. This has caused a huge backlash from their user base and it's hurting many creators with no dog …

Episode 10 (12/15/2018): YouTube Rewind & Advertising

December 15th, 2018

23:15

The latest YouTube Rewind is the second-most downvoted video in the platform's history, on its way to being the most. I heard an interesting vlog on the subject and about the state of YouTube's constant attempt to …

Episode 9 (12/14/2018): Naming and Shaming Drunk Drivers

December 14th, 2018

18:27

The Toronto Police Service recently started publicly posted names of people who were charged with (but not convicted of) impaired driving and Ottawa …

Episode 8 (12/13/2018): The Snip

December 13th, 2018

32:08

Just a warning up front that this episode deals with some medical things and while not graphic or anything, if you're squeamish about that stuff, you might want to avoid it.

I got a vasectomy this week. I don't have any …

Episode 7 (12/12/2018): The Epic Games Store's Shaky Start

December 12th, 2018

26:52

NOTE: Make sure to listen to the end as some more information came to light since the initial recording and there's an addendum that talks about it.

Mere days ago, I talked about the launch of the new Epic Games Store …

Episode 6 (11/12/2018): The Game Awards Analysis with InfiniKnight (Part 2 - Announcements)

December 11th, 2018

45:10

I decided to take this experiment a bit further and do a collaboration episode with my good buddy InfiniKnight. We chat about The Game Awards and …

Episode 5 (10/12/2018): The Game Awards Analysis with InfiniKnight (Part 1 - Awards)

December 11th, 2018

1:06:36

I decided to take this experiment a bit further and do a collaboration episode with my good buddy InfiniKnight. We chat about The Game Awards and …

Episode 4 (09/12/2018): Going Caffeine Free for ADHD

December 9th, 2018

22:15

Earlier this year, I was diagnosed with ADHD and have been managing depression and anxiety for most of my life. In attempting to treat the ADHD, I was running into some major roadblocks. However, after talking with a …

Episode 3 (12/07/2018): Thoughts On Shadow of the Tomb Raider

December 7th, 2018

27:37

Shadow of the Tomb Raider came out only a short time ago but has already been deeply discounted multiple times and seems to be somewhat of a flop. As …

Episode 2 (12/06/2018): Battlefield V's Revisionist History

December 6th, 2018

18:26

The War Stories campaign in the latest Battlefield game has been shown to be taking some creative liberties with the historical record, seemingly in …

Episode 1 (12/05/2018): The Epic Games Store

December 5th, 2018

13:40

Epic Games surprised everyone by announcing that they're getting into the digital distribution game, with a new service that will give away free games throughout 2019 and offers a much better revenue split with game …

Episode 0 (12/4/2018): What is this?

December 5th, 2018

12:18

Welcome to the Geek Bravado Ramble! What the heck, PX is making yet more content and didn't even really talk about it beforehand? Weird, right? This is the pilot for a new experimental podcast idea I'm trying out. The …

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