12: Cheers to Video Games

We set out our spread of a red blend and cheese with our video game controllers. Despite hoping to rush through the podcast to get back to our latest addicting game, we ended up having a rather long episode!  

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Cue the "Type-A" Tetris music! Get your controllers ready and join us in our adventure into wine, cheese and those addicting time-sucks known as video games! Plus, we start getting some real wine and cheese pairing ideas from Adam Centamore's "Tasting Wine & Cheese" book!

Our wine for this episode: 90+ Cellars 2013 Iron Side Red
Our cheese for this episode: Pecorino romano
James and Emily have recently been known to play Rocket League for hours, so a video game-themed episode seemed appropriate.

We talk about why video games are so addictive, and James talks about the fantastic failure of E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. We also make a shoutout to one of our favorite podcasts, "Good Job, Brain!" which has talked about this story at length. If you're looking for a more family-friendly version of this story, check them out. (If you'rd rather a podcast where we drink, swear, and make sex noises while enjoying cheese, then stick with us.)

In Adam Centamore's book, "Tasting Wine and Cheese: An Insider's Guide to Mastering the Principles of Pairing " we find out the cheese that loves the red blend we have, plus a fun fact about the movie "Sideways."

Emily reminisces about the best part of computer class in the 1980s: playing The Oregon Trail, the game that does not come with a participation award. Instead, it is basically a way for you to find out the way your friends and family will die in the 1800s.

You can play The Oregon Trail exactly as you did in the '80s here!

She also gets on her soapbox about why tomatoes should be optional on burgers while James talks about some of the worst (best) video game fails.

James takes a detour to make fun of Emily's Pronunciation of NORAD, and he gets to talk at length about Shaq's awesome rap music, as well as profess his love for "Kazaam," the greatest movie he's never seen.

Emily expounds upon the internet's conspiracy theories about drug references in the Mario Bros. games, and James brings us all down talking about how Microsoft is a terrible company.

And, as we're getting ready to wrap up the episode, James mistakes his microphone's pop filter for a sneeze guard, so prepare for your ear drums to be blown just a bit.

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