Backlog Dialogues

Backlog Dialogues is the nerd culture podcast where we dig you out of your backlog, BEFORE it buries you. We attempt to bring a literary eye to nerd culture media, like video games, films, TV shows, and more. Think of us like a book club, but for video games and other types of media. Our second backlog-buster is: When They Cry!

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Wednesday Sep 06, 2023

Our wrestling metaphor cup runneth over as Kingdom Hearts 3 crams its last bits of story in to the spaces between the end of the Disney Worlds and a fateful showdown in the Keyblade Graveyard, all to set up the biggest event in Keyblade Entertainment. We still need to fill out our card for the big match, so we venture to the Realm of Darkness and the Land of Departure to get back Aqua and Ventus, and then round things out with a bunch of character establishment and plot hooks. Donald casts Zettaflare, it kinda owns. Then everyone dies!

Wednesday Aug 30, 2023

On the last stop of our final Disney world tour of Kingdom Hearts thus far, we visit San Fransokyo, a world of balloon robots and shugyo, a world of skyscrapers and weird blimp fans, a world... of heroes. Six heroes. Big Hero 6! Our own Keyblade Hero 3 (ignore the fact that only Sora has a keyblade) joins their cosmic level power with a collection of minor heroes that collectively amount to about one Iron Man in dealing with Heartless, Darkubes, and... Riku? Oh and we talk about Cereal because this world is kinda thin on plot.

Wednesday Aug 23, 2023

It's time for John's favorite world in all of Kingdom Hearts, the open world high seas pirate adventure world The Caribbean! There's also a story here but who cares about that, we're here for Jack Sparrow made of crabs, a cool ship with super moves, and some of the coolest lucky emblems in the entire game! Let's have some fun!

Wednesday Aug 16, 2023

It's time for John's least favorite world in Kingdom Hearts 3, the world where everything looks like Olaf and they keep knocking you off the mountain instead of interacting with the Disney characters. That's right, it's Arendelle! Join Sora, Donald, and Goofy as they continually fail to make friends with the characters we actually care about but do manage to ultimately recruit a massive snow golem (which is cool I guess?) At least Larxene is here, Larxene makes everything better.

Wednesday Aug 09, 2023

We take a break from talking about Kingdom Hearts to get a whole bunch of Final Fantasy XIV talking out of our system! But because Final Fantasy XIV is huge, we decided we can't do it all at once. So we have the discussion of A Realm Reborn through Stormblood in the middle of the season while we save the best part for the end!
Join the Warrior of Light, chosen champion of Hydaelyn, as they are tasked to slay primals, push back an encroaching evil empire, end a thousand year long conflict between Catholic elves and dragons, and fight an Organization XIII-ass cloak club, the Ascians. You know, normal stuff. We blitz through these story points and more as we try to explain why the three of us play and enjoy the critically acclaimed MMORPG that is free to play through lev- ::is shot for meme crimes::
(Don't worry, Kingdom Hearts is back next week.)

Wednesday Aug 02, 2023

This week, we visit Monstropolis for good times with Sully, Mike Wazowski, and Boo! Sora, Donald, and Goofy get adorable monster forms this time around, and less adorable monsters show up to make a connection to the emotional dark side of Kingdom Hearts, Vanitas and his Unversed! And then, after we deal with that pizza cutter, we take one last stop in the land of true existential horror, Hundred Acre Wood, as Merlin makes one final attempt to trap us in a charming stuffed animal world, now with a significant increase in the number of heffalumps.

Wednesday Jul 26, 2023

It's time for Jared's least favorite world in Kingdom Hearts 3, the Kingdom of Corona! Join us as Jared helps us understand the context of a world story built entirely out of contextless movie scenes in a linear gauntlet without much interesting really going on. I guess Marluxia shows up, though, that's a thing. But even he's acting weird, even for an Organization member. Wanting us to PROTECT princesses of light. Can we go now?

Wednesday Jul 19, 2023

This week, we go to the first Pixar world in Kingdom Hearts, Toy Box, based off Toy Story! It's one of the best designed worlds in the game, and we examine every inch of the coolest toy story with no real toys. We also make friends with a neurotic gamer dinosaur voiced by Wallace Shawn, see the writers go wild applying Kingdom Hearts metaphysics to the very pertinent question of 'just how are the toys sentient', and Woody doles out the harshness in one of the most epic affirmations of Kingdom Hearts' idealistic worldview about love and friendship on a certain NFT pusher.

Wednesday Jul 12, 2023

Time for Kingdom Hearts 3 to start for real! Our goal is to find Terra, Aqua, and Ventus, but to find them we first need to find one of them. Also we can't beat Airman. So instead, we go to Twilight Town to search for Roxas (doesn't seem even more likely to succeed, but hey). There we meet up with some old friends and Pixar begins to bleed in to Kingdom Hearts! Remy from Ratatouille shows up to puppeteer us in some cooking minigames. New Gummi Ships, Ansem and Xemnas as a couple, ducks ignoring the rules of world travel, and more all await in this episode!

Wednesday Jul 05, 2023

Let's kick off Kingdom Hearts 3! We made it at last! And to start, we go through the opening to pick our basic setup, discuss an amazing new theme song, and then start off in Olympus for an explosive start to the story that Nomura has decided to say is not actually Kingdom Hearts 3, but Kingdom Hearts II.9 because he's a madlad. Phil is no longer allowed to speak, Maleficent and Pete are looking for a box, and we're just getting used to the new battle system and taking in the very beautiful sights. This game is already 10/10.

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