Idle Thumbs is a podcast - about video games! Running since 2008, Idle Thumbs is currently a weekly podcast in which three friends who work in the industry talk about games, things tangentially related to games, and things not at all related to games. Readers can expect in-depth enthusiastic discussions, equally enthusiastic riffs on tangential silliness, and anything in between.
Recently Idle Thumbs has expanded into a network which includes 3 Moves Ahead and the Idle Book Club. Additionally the Thumbs ocassionally stream themselves playing games Saturdays on their TwitchTV account.
Regular Cast Members
- Chris Remo is a writer, producer, and musician who has worked in game development and journalism at Irrational Games, Gamasutra, and Shacknews. He currently works at Double Fine and has recently composed music for Thirty Flights of Loving.
- Jake Rodkin had a long history in fake game journalism before migrating into a preposterously many-hatted development role at Telltale Games. While he may or may not actually be Big Bird, Jake is definitely responsible for the visual design of the Idle Thumbs website.
- Sean Vanaman is a game designer and writer. He has worked for Telltale Games and The Walt Disney Company. Sean recently wrote episodes of The Walking Dead game and was one of the original people working on the Epic Mickey concept.
Episode 97: " The Dash Radar Synergy"
- Jake and Sean are joined by Olly Moss and the rest of the population of England during their merry jaunt to the Baftas. Chris was left behind in San Francisco, where he's probably still playing Zuma.
- Games Discussed: Kentucky Route Zero, SimCity, Thomas Was Alone, The Silent Age, Shadows of the Empire, Assassin's Creed, Pandemic, Twilight Imperium, Risk: Legacy
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Idle Book Club
Each month the Idle Book Club selects a piece of modern literature for listeners to read. Books are discussed by the Idle Thumbs crew in podcast form the first friday of every month, but listeners can discuss them in this thread or on the Idle Forums any time. Please use spoiler tags.
The book for Janurary is: Thomas Pynchon's THE CRYING OF LOT 49
Upcoming books for the Idle Book Club:
- Feburary: Ellen Ullman's BY BLOOD
- March: Italo Calvino's COSMICOMICS
- April: Hilary Mantel's WOLF HALL
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