Announcing Model Citizens Media

Hello everyone!

Big announcement to share with you officially through the blog. If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen the latest project announced there. I am a 25% of a new podcast network called Model Citizens Media.

What is Model Citizens Media?

It is a brand for myself and three friends—Logan Moore, Mario Rivera, and Michael Ruiz—to create, proliferate, and share podcasts and ideas. Topics that fascinate us, real-life stories, or goofing around fuel the fire of our shows. Speaking of which…

What are the shows Model Citizens Media produces?

At the start, there are four shows. Two brand new ones and two you may be familiar with.

  • The Model Citizens Show– The flagship show of the site and network. All four of us talk about whatever in a conversational based podcast. Inspired by the Comedy Button and the GameOverGreggy Show.
  • Reeling in the Years– A music podcast where Michael and Logan discuss and explore a specific year in music. How did music play out that year, notable artists, their favorites and such.
  • Millennial Gaming Speak– MGS is the gaming podcast I have been a co-host of for the passed two years. Logan hosts with me and we discuss the on-goings in the video game industry.
  • Behind the Pixel– Behind the Pixel is the name I settled on for my new interview series where I pick the brains of folks in the video game industry. You may have seen my first episode (more on it below) with Kirk Hamilton. Interview 2 (and hopefully 3 and 4) are on the way soon!

You can find all of these shows on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, YouTube, and SoundCloud*!

*Only for MGS

Behind the Pixel

An homage to the saying “behind the curtain,”Behind the Pixel is an interview series dedicated to an inside look into the video game industry and the people that make up all parts. Video games are a multi-billion dollar industry and fosters a passionate community. I want to explore the people that make it all happen, engage the community, and get fired up about games.

You may have seen episode one pushed heavily here on the site and my Twitter feed, before Model Citizens Media and the show itself had a name. My interview with Kirk Hamilton was an absolute treat. It taught me quite a bit about conducting an interview. I’m eager to carry out those lessons in future interviews.

To avoid brand confusion, I am editing the blog post here on Go Left Gaming to link to the posting on Model Citizens Media. The MCS post is identical to the post you would have found here over these past months. The content is the same, it just now has a proper home. Check it out!

Wrap Up

That’s the blurb I had about Model Citizens Media. We are recording episode three of The Model Citizens Show tomorrow night (04/04/17). Tune in live on YouTube. You can follow @ModelPods for a link when we go live.

Make sure to check out the site proper for full details, show descriptions, and and episodes. Go here to check out Model Citizens Media.

Mario made a vlog for his YouTube channel making a similar announcement. He reflects how I feel. This is an exciting time for all of us and we are eager to create and share. We hope you will become a fellow citizen and follow us on this journey!

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Bioshock Infinite DLC Reveal

It is a wonderful morning. It’s the tail end of summer, not a cloud in the sky nor a care in the world.

Wait, Ken Levine, creator of Bioshock, said the Infinite downloadable content (DLC) would be revealed? When? July 30? What time? 8? AM?

As soon as Ken’s tweet went live, my alarm was set.

It IS a good day!

It IS a good day!

Irrational Games has officially announced Bioshock Infinite’s DLC, some of which goes live today. Let’s see what Ken’s been cooking up for us.

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Google Chromecast Preview

Television is evolving. With cable becoming a dying fad, the ability to stream video from computers or internet services has really changed the industry. Companies like Netflix are even making enough revenue to produce their own original content. In response to this streaming boom, companies have created small, box shaped devices that combine all these streaming services into one, smooth, user friendly experience. Honorable mentions are Apple TV, a small black box packing all your streaming needs and then some, and the Roku, a powerful multimedia streaming tool. Today, I am here to introduce the newest streaming tech on the block, the Google Chromecast.

Dollop of fairy dust not included

Dollop of fairy dust not included

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Grounded: The Making of The Last Of Us

A few months before the launch of The Last Of Us, Naughty Dog announced that the game would be getting DLC, both single player and multiplayer. As the norm, a season pass was announced alongside for a mere $19.99. Included with the season pass was Day 1 DLC, which included-

Day 1 Bonuses

  • Increased Crafting Speed
  • Increased Healing Speed
  • 9mm Reload Speed Upgrade
  • Rifle Clip Capacity Upgrade
  • Grounded – exclusive 90min “Making of The Last of Us” documentary

That last item, the documentary, was something I totally spaced about by the time launch came around. I stumbled across a Twitter post mentioning the documentary, so I googled and was reminded that the film was included with my purchase. I logged onto PSN in hopes of finding it in my purchases, but to no avail. I searched all over, both the store and the internet, but could not find the documentary. Finally I asked the Podcast Beyond Facebook group and they came to my aid. I decided to take this opportunity and make a video showing you how to download the Grounded: Making of The Last Of Us documentary. Not only will this video help you, but it has helped me with video editing and becoming comfortable with my “radio” voice. One step closer to providing you with better content! Thank you for watching and enjoy!

Super Mario 3D World Preview

Super Mario 3D World Preview

By Max Roberts

Cat Mario is real and Cat Mario is fun. This power-up is just one of the new features that makes Super Mario 3D World a unique, charming, and colorful game. At the Nintendo Experience I had the fortunate opportunity to play 3D World twice. The demo had four different levels and one boss battle. I played the World 4-2 and World 6-3 portions of the demo. The game supports up to 4 player simultaneous multiplayer, a first for 3D Mario games. Both times I played with four people. After selecting a level we were taken to a player select screen. The characters were Mario, Luigi, Toad, and Peach. Both times I played as Luigi, since he is my preferred character in these types of Mario games. From there, we immediately jumped into the level.

A new 3D adventure awaits

A new 3D adventure awaits

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E3- Previews for Nintendo Demos at Best Buy

Nintendo E3 Demos

By Max Roberts

“The Nintendo Experience, only at Best Buy.” For the Electronic Entertainment Expo this year, Nintendo has opted out of having a live press conference. Instead, the company had a Nintendo Direct streamed worldwide this morning showing off their new titles. While many new titles were revealed, such as Super Smash Bros. 4, a few titles were announced as being playable to the public at select Best Buy locations; dubbed the “Nintendo Experience.” The games available to play are Super Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8, Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze, and The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD.

Demo Titles

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E3- Super Smash Bros. 4 Reveal

Super Smash Bros. 3DS/Wii U

By Max Roberts

This morning at ten o’clock, Nintendo unveiled the next entry in the Super Smash Brothers franchise. Yet to be named, the fourth game is the first to enter the HD era and go portable. Today, new stages were seen and, of course, new characters. The Dojo, the official website for the game, has launched again, promising constant updates about the game, just like it did for Super Smash Bros. Brawl. In response to this, I plan on approaching the Dojo very much like I am approaching Animal Crossing: New Leaf, with weekly summaries of the news and events that occur. Starting today.

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