The PowerSwitch – A Failure to Communicate in Games Media – Episode 16

TODAY on The PowerSwitch – Gaming’s Call-In Talk Radio Show: Conflicts reach the game industry which highlight how poorly we communicate with those we disagree with, Colin Moriarty leaves Kinda Funny, Zelda fans can’t handle Jim Sterling’s 7/10 review of Breath of the Wild, JonTron sides with alt-right perspectives on Twitter, whether or not some classic games are untouchable, the mob mentality of hating certain game franchises, attaching self-esteem to one’s favorite games, taking criticism as a personal attack, and how the Kinda Funny community has changed – on location from the Atlanta, Georgia

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  • (1:28) – Main Topic: A Failure to Communicate in Games Media
    • Colin Moriarty resigns from Kinda Funny
    • Jim Sterling’s Breath of the Wild review angers Zelda fans
    • JonTron sides with alt-right perspectives on Twitter
    • Communication about disagreements needs improvement
  • (17:16) – Caller: Doba (Kansas)
    • Three Breath of the Wild complaints
    • Classic games should not be untouchable
  • (26:50) – Caller: Samson (Indiana)
    • The mob mentality of hating on certain game franchises
  • (32:17) – Caller: Exelev (Texas)
    • Understanding anger against alt-right supporters
    • Attaching self-image and self-esteem to media
  • (41:33) – Caller: Scott (Michigan)
    • Kinda Funny’s live response to the resignation
    • Taking criticism as a personal attack
    • Generational differences in acceptance and disagreement
    • Game criticism versus personal enjoyment
  • (52:17) – Caller: Logan (Indiana)
    • Defending Colin Moriarty
    • Character assassination of peers
    • Concern for future conservative voices
    • How the Kinda Funny community has changed
  • (1:09:03) – What I Am Playing
    • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
    • Battlefield 1
    • Severed
  • (1:13:32) – Outro


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Peter Spezia

Editor-in-Chief at Rhymes With Asia
Speaking into a microphone about nerd culture is a passion project for Peter Spezia, formerly known as SMYNYouko. Peter has been an Internet broadcaster since 2007, with past shows including Show Me Your News and WTF, Pokémon. His latest ventures include hosting The PowerSwitch - gaming's call-in talk radio show - and writing for A University of Michigan alum, Peter lives in the Great Lakes State with his wife Rachel as he works in video production for FCA US LLC. When he isn't keeping track of the latest video game industry news, Peter is either playing the guitar or staying fit.