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Chris Bashen has been a guest on So Many Bits several times to talk about video games, but did you know he makes them too? He's the guy behind the (digital) guy: he's been The Joker, Firestorm Shang Tsung, and more as a motion-capture actor with Netherrealm! We took a very cool look at the behind the scenes of the cutscenes in some of the past decade's most cinematically ambitious games.

The Amazing World of Gumball had their own ambitious take on Final Fantasy VII, and Brandon Shockney and Bill talk about it in this episode's Screenwatching!

Screenwatching: The Amazing World of Gumball (1:55)

Interview: Chris Bashen (25:05)

Bill's Magic Minute (59:16)

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We're back! This week, we look forward to season 4 and share our hopes and dreams with Professor of Communications Zack Stiegler, who was kind enough to visit the studio while he was in town for DePaul University's Fan Studies Network North America Conference, presenting a paper on fan responses to She-Ra and the Princesses of Power!

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Part 2 of our inaugural show on Friday, October 11, 2019 at St. Nick's Brewery in Du Quoin, IL. In this half our storytellers delve into dialect, disparity, and planning ahead. Thank you so much for everyone who contributed and made the trip out, especially those from far-off lands. See you in January! 

Songs: Paradise (John Prine)- Cover Me Up Trio 
Don't Be Afraid to Run (Greg Graffin) - CMUT 
Sunset - Kyle Triplett 
Take Me Home Country Road (John Denver) - CMUT 

Storytellers: 
Kyle Triplett - Supper In the South 
Felicia Dieguez - Disparity In Retrospect 
Jeremy Kanne - Near Empty Tank, Half a World Away

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We sat down with Walk-in Closet to learn why they came to Chicago, their process, what brought them together as a team, and why they think Improv Sux.

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Di Billick is here to chat about some games! Games played: Habitica, Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, Persona Q2, Trauma Team, Dicey Dungeons

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Games were played and bits were made with Dan Schiffmacher! We talked about Gato Roboto, Box-Boy and Box-Girl, Resident Evil 0, and Fatal Frame.

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NEW SPIN-OFF! Now at a lower latitude! Our first official episode of Your Stories South was recorded on Friday, October 11, 2019 at St. Nicholas Brewery in Du Quoin, IL.  This was an incredibly fun night and we had some great talents to help us set it off right.  Our theme was "South!" (please clap) in reference to life here on the southern end of Illinois.  There was a fair amount of room noise during the recording but our storytellers and musicians did excellent all the same.

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We sat down with Fly Clap to learn why they came to Chicago, their process, what brought them together as a team, and why they think Improv Sux.

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Eric picks MB's brain about the divisional series of unfortunate events. What happened, where can the Braves go from here, and why do we do this to ourselves?

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We sat down with Sam Mauceri, Sara DiPaolo and Logan Wilde to learn why they came to Chicago, their process, what brought them together, and why they think Improv Sux. Check out their play, The P*ssy Paragraphs, every Friday through November 1st, 8pm at the Laugh Out Loud Theater.