The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion discuss Jason’s return to the new and (possibly) improved No Man’s Sky (0:55), then bring on colleague Justin Charity to talk about celebrity streamer PewDiePie’s latest offense, indie developer Campo Santo’s response, the uncertain symbiosis between streamers and publishers, and why gamers get toxic online (5:55). Then they bring on NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory systems engineer Molly Bittner to discuss her work on NASA's Cassini and Europa Clipper missions, what it’s like to talk to a spacecraft, how she finds time to play games while working at NASA, and her thoughts on Hellblade as well as Destiny 2, Mass Effect, Kerbal Space Program, and other space-based games (22:40). Lastly, Ben and Jason welcome The Ringer’s Rob Harvilla to reflect on the 30th anniversary of the release of the original Metroid, share his impressions of the newly released Metroid: Samus Returns, and explain why Metroid might be gaming’s greatest space series (53:13).
NASA Engineer Molly Bittner on Cassini and Space-Based Games
Plus: Rob Harvilla explains why ‘Metroid’ might be gaming’s greatest space series
Survivor is back! ‘Blood and Water’ winner Tyson Apostol is joined by The Ringer’s Juliet Litman to break down changes to the show, hand out superlatives, and more!
On this week’s episode, Jinx and Shea discuss ‘Invasion of Privacy,’ one of the best albums that came out of the 2010s, by the South Bronx emcee Cardi B
Ryan discusses the Yankees’ playoff odds and reacts to Luis Severino making his first MLB appearance since 2019
Can Team USA overcome its interpersonal obstacles to regain the Cup? Will Europe’s experience and general affability prove too much? And what exactly is a "brass chest"? Answering those questions and more ahead of the 2020 Ryder Cup (in 2021).