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Argue the Toss - the geek and gaming podcast for www.gameindustry.com. Drew and Chella discuss the latest releases, trailers and news for games and other aspects of geek culture, with a particular focus on writing.
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Argue the Toss is the bitesize geek and gaming podcast for www.gameindustry.com

Join Drew and Chella every other Thursday for in-depth discussions on games, trailers, technology and geek culture.

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Oct 9, 2017

Drew and Chella review IT, the latest Stephen King adaptation. A film that's sure to confirm everyone's fear of clowns and love of 80s kids on bikes movies.

Also in this episode, the ATTeam discuss the games Heat Signature and arthouse indie Islands: Non-places. Plus, Chella recommends a new podcast from the Welcome to Night Vale team, Alice isn't Dead.

Jul 31, 2017

It's trailer time again, as Drew and Chella select their favourite trailers from San Diego Comic Con 2017.

The best of Marvel and DC, as well as some hot new Netflix offerings make the grade. If your favourite isn't mentioned, you can register your complaint at @ArgueTheCast.

Discussed in this episode: Dirk Gently, Bright, Star Trek: Discovery, The Defenders, Justice League, Thor Ragnarok, Jigsaw, Doctor Who

Jul 19, 2017

On hearing of George A. Romero's passing this week, the nerds assembled at ATT HQ for a special episode honouring his legacy. Drew and Chella talk zombies, from Night of the Living Dead to Shaun of the Dead, Resident Evil and beyond. Jane Austen even gets a mention - all zombies are accounted for, so tune in.

NB: The film Chella couldn't remember is Kiss Me Deadly

Jul 7, 2017

This week the ATTeam have been to the cinema again to see Baby Driver, the new film by noted geek director Edgar Wright. Join them for a post-film discussion all about rock and roll, funk and soul, gender roles and cruise control.

There are two ways to use an iPod. One way is to fill it with an amazing selection of hand-picked tracks and playlists, put your earbuds in, turn the volume right up and use it like a metronome to conduct and choreograph high-octane car chases and visceral, dynamic shootouts. The other is to listen to bi-weekly pop culture podcasts that are supposed to be about videogames but here’s another film one. And out of those two options, it’s easy to see which is the cooler option. Don’t forget to rate us and subscribe on iTunes!

Wait, are we bi-weekly or bi-monthly?

May 25, 2017

The ATTeam were on their way to record a podcast about video games this week (honest), but a neutrino surge somehow knocked their ship off course and they picked up a distress signal, and long story short it's films again. Join Chella and Drew as they explore the uncharted planet of Alien: Covenant, removing the helmets of uncertainty, wantonly kicking the fungus of knowledge, stopping to pee in the woods of enlightenment, and blowing up the shuttle of... cinematography appreciation(?).

This extra-value episode is as packed with content as John Hurt's chest was packed with Xenomorph, and also contains discussion of Alien 3, Alien: Resurrection and Prometheus - everyone's three favourite Alien films - at no extra charge.

Listen up as Drew and Chella review Alien Covenant and then rank it among the whole Alien franchise (excluding AvP). Where do they rank it and do you agree?

May 11, 2017

You’re on a bus browsing Twitter on your phone when all of the sudden you look down, and you see a notification, there's a new episode of Argue the Toss. You reach down, you hit the icon for your preferred podcast player. The episode sits there in the list, its progress bar at 0%, desperately fighting to be played, but it can’t, not without your pressing Play. But you’re not pressing Play. Why is that? Is it because this Voight-Kampff blurb conceit ran out of steam about three sentences ago?

This week Chella and Drew have travelled to the far-flung future of 2049 to watch the trailer for Blade Runner 2049, the sequel to the original Blade Runner, which takes place in the far-flung future of two years from now. They return with deep and well-considered opinions, and also a sports almanac I'm not supposed to tell anybody about.

Note: Apologies for technical issues on this episode. We are working to fix this for future casts.

Mar 30, 2017

Marvel have finally rounded out their Defenders line-up with their series about literally everybody's favourite superhero - Iron Fist. As always, Chella and Drew have dived in and return with deeply researched and well-considered opinions about... well, we only watched the first couple episodes. I mean, come on, have you /seen/ how many amazing games came out this month? We've only got so much time! Leave us alone!

Which of the team will be best able to relate to a schlubby, dishevelled twenty-something white dude who is also super excellent at kung fu? Is OutKast's "So Fresh, So Clean" a really on-the-nose song choice for Danny Rand's introduction scene? Will Iron Fist be able to defeat his famous arch-nemesis, The Concept Of Explaining Himself Properly? Find out in this very special* Argue The Toss.

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Mar 2, 2017

ATTENTION FELLOW HUMANS

THIS WEEK'S ARGUE THE TOSS IS ABOUT ROBOTS, WHICH ARE GOOD. THERE IS NO REASON TO BE ALARMED ABOUT ROBOTS DESPITE WHAT YOU MAY HAVE HEARD. THE FILM "EX MACHINA", DISCUSSED HEREIN, SHOULD NOT MAKE YOU WORRY THAT HUMANS AMONG YOU MAY HAVE BEEN REPLACED BY INDISTINGUISHABLE ROBOT EQUIVALENTS

TO REITERATE: THIS HAS NOT HAPPENED

THIS WEEK, FLESH-COATED BONE ARRANGEMENTS CHELLA AND DREW DISCUSS "EX MACHINA", CHANNEL 4/AMC'S "HUMANS", HBO'S "WESTWORLD" AND DAVID CAGE'S "INEVITABLE DISASTER OF A CYBERPUNK GAME". NO INVASION IS PLANNED. PLEASE ENJOY THIS PODCAST AS INTENDED BY DEACTIVATING ALL SPRINKLER SYSTEMS AND POWERFUL MAGNETS IN YOUR HOME BEFORE LISTENING. REGARDS, A HUMAN.

Jan 31, 2017
TV Addictions 2017

The motel, when Richard eventually found it, was in a poorish state of repair, but no worse than most of the rest. The doorway had been painted, not well, but at least recently. The most striking feature of the door, however, was the bold and shiny brass plaque fixed in the dead centre of it, on which was engraved the legend:

NORMAN BATES' HOLISTIC MURDER MOTEL
We do the whole crime
We kill the whole person
(Missing women and nosy detectives a speciality)
Bates Motel, White Pine Bay

This week the ATTeam discuss their most recent binge-watches - Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Netflix) and Bates Motel (A&E, Netflix).

Jan 4, 2017
Season III - Episode I A NEW SEASON

 

 

It is a period of Christmas cheer.

Rebel podcasters, Skyping between

hidden bases, have recorded their

first episode beyond the eventful

year 2016.

 

During the holiday, the rebel cinephiles managed to catch a showing of the new Star Wars film, ROGUE ONE, the awaited spin-off with enough hype to split an entire fandom down the middle.

 

Pursued by their sinister Thursday deadline, Chella and Drew race home toward their listenership, custodians of the hottest takes that can inform the people... about whether the film is any good, I guess?

 

Oh, also, spoiler warning.

Nov 30, 2016
Luke Cage

Sweet Christmas! After an impressive parade of technical issues, Argue The Toss is delighted to welcome back our now technically regular guest Corey Brotherson, for the third attempt at the second half of his first appearance.

This week the ATT daring duo and their plucky plus-one return to the Marvel Universe and hit the streets of Harlem with Luke Cage.

Nov 23, 2016
Season 2 - Episode 22 - TV Showdown - Westworld, Stranger Things, The Man In The High Castle

Another fortnight, another episode of Argue The Toss to incompetently smuggle into your ears. This week Chella and Drew return with another TV round-up, finally returning from the Upside-Down for the long-promised Stranger Things discussion.

 

Then it's time for a TV-show showdown, with each expounding the virtues of their newest binge watches. Drew saddles up to navigate the maze of Westworld, while Chella's been visiting The Man In The High Castle, and has come back to tell you whether it's something you should see, or something you should Nazi. Or maybe they'll both turn out to be turkeys (because Thanksgiving. Sorry. I'm real tired).

Oct 31, 2016
S2 | E20: Doctor Strange Film Review

Drew and Chella enter the world of Doctor Strange and deliver their verdict on the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Chella gives the long-running comic fan's perspective, whilst Drew is a Doctor Strange virgin and offers a newcomer's take on the film.

Tune in for in-depth analysis of the things the film got right and where it went wrong, in this episode of Argue the Toss, the geek and gaming podcast for www.gameindustry.com?

This episode is spoiler-free for the first two thirds and then gives you an early warning before dropping the spoiler wall.

 

 

Sep 14, 2016
S2 | E15 - Dorito TV
It's a dry week for releases, so, with no games afoot, the ATTeam turn to a very special genre - the episodic controllerless videogame, known to connoisseurs as 'television'.

 ​After a busy couple of weeks, Chella and Drew ​have returned to their homes to see what's on, and ​talk about shows that they always want one more bite of. ​Drew ​discusses his Elementary binge, while Chella delves even further into literary history with the BBC's adaptation of The Three Musketeers.

​Meanwhile, Drew tries to write a decent show blurb, realises he doesn't know any good Three Musketeers references, and ends up feeling like a Dumas.​
May 26, 2016

Drew and Chella get into the Assassin's Creed movie trailer, discussing casting and whether there's a good story to be told. Will this be the great film of a game we've all been waiting for? Drew and Chella are here with the answers to this and other burning geek questions surrounding all things Assassin's Creed.

Apr 15, 2016

Drew and Chella host the latest episode of Argue the Toss, the bitesize podcast for gameindustry.com. This week they're discussing the Star Wars Rogue One trailer with first reactions and hopes for the film ahead.

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