For the last episode before the first full week of 2023 Ben is sans co-pilot, but he still has a lot to share. He talks about Boxing Day and memories of his Canada pants before playing a clip of the warmup portion for a forthcoming show featuring returning cohost Paul. Norah joins their conversation while they discuss trivial facts, and midway she (correctly) points out that they are acting like 6th graders. Finally, to wrap it all up Ben talks about rogue-like games, bullet hell shooters, and his current game addiction which is Vampire Survivors.
00:00:21 - Ben buys a gift for himself, Boxing Day, and Ben’s Canada Pants
00:03:46 - Facts about Boxing Day and Saint Stephen’s Day, and how people celebrate them
00:06:30 - An introduction to a meandering Paul, Norah, and Ben conversational warmup
00:07:01 - The Zardoz reference in the Rick and Morty episode “Raising Gazorpazorp”
00:10:00 - CORRECTION - Zardoz was directed by John (NOT Richard) Boorman
00:10:58 - Barbarella, Paul’s mom’s favorite band, Huey Lewis, and Ben’s first concert
00:12:51 - Calling Norah, filling the brain, Paton Oswalt, and Blade Runner related trivia
00:16:11 - Blade Runner memories, and Norah’s mother takes Ben to see Return of the Jedi
00:18:40 - Ben talks about Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s movies Orgazmo and BASEketball
00:21:27 - Apple’s “1984” commercial trivia, and acting like kids in 8th grade
00:24:25 - The bureaucracy in teaching in Indiana, and surveys about providing services
00:27:18 - Paul’s “take your kids to work” story and Norah leaves the conversation
00:29:31 - Bathroom break, waiting for Paul, DIY shops, and nobody wants your dumb bear
00:31:51 - The Hasbro Pulse “Selfie Series” action figures, and being historically accurate
00:36:21 - History of the rogue-like and Rogue: Exploring the Dungeons of Doom
00:39:08 - Distinct characteristic: permanent death and procedurally generated environments
00:41:55 - “Bullet curtain” games, Recca or Batsugun, and Ben loves “Muchi Muchi Pork!”
00:45:48 - Ben loves Luca Galante’s Vampire Survivors, and some trivia about said game
00:49:39 - What words 2VP has in store for Q1 of 2023: Chaos, Trivia, Fit, Art, and Mystery
00:51:00 - From the Two Vague Podcast… have a safe and wonderful new year!
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