The Electronic Wireless Show podcast S2 Ep 8: what the hap is heckening at Studio ZA/UM?
Spoilers: who knows
This week on the Electronic Wireless Show podcast we bite off more than we can chew by trying to make sense of the timeline of the Studio ZA/UM firings, lawsuits, and alleged fraud/toxicity, an ongoing and complicate mess that, as of this week, shows no signs of ungoing. We kind of end up on an "who tf knows?" but do manage to boil it down into a cowboy metaphor that helps us get a grip on things.
We talk about all that stuff for so long that we end up overrunning and don't have time for A Good Day To Ware Hard, or Nate's Tower Of Jocularity - although he promises a titanic one next week. We do get in our what games we've been playing this week, and it's a varied selection.
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Music is by Jack de Quidt.
We record on a Tuesday so some news might have changed by the time you hear it.
- Martin Luiga spills the beans on the firings, and follows up alleging the firings were "on false premises".
- Filings against Studio ZA/UM on behalf of Kurvtiz's company are spotted.
- Kurvitz and Rostov/Taal publicly allege fraud and say "civil and criminal charges are on the table".
- Side note: Kaur Kender was on trial and subsequently acquitted for producing child pornography - and to be clear I don't think he should have been on trial, but it does sound like his work was of no actual artistic merit and it, like much of this, seems exhausting.
- The studio releases a statement that the lawsuits were resolved, resulting in dueling statements going "no u", via Eurogamer.
- The best Eurovision song to never make the final.
What are we playing this week?
Nate has been indulging in another deckbuilding roguelite, this time Across The Obelisk. James finally managed to get into the beta for The Final and had a lovely time with its physics and exploding things into coins, and I've been making lil stories in Storyteller.
Recommendations this week are comedian Njambi McGrath, horror comedy Blood Relatives, and to not watch 65.