Cody discusses the concept and efforts behind worldwide nuclear disarmament in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, including efforts from Reddit communities to participate in one of the biggest metagames he’s seen since Twitch Plays Pokemon. Then, he and Jon have a MAJOR announcement about the future of Unqualified Gamers!

Show Notes:

  • Cody and Jon discuss whether 127 is a prime number (it is) in a moment of ominous foreshadowing
  • Cody explains how nuclear weapons work (kind of) in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and the inner workings of Konami’s “worldwide nuclear disarmament” event online
    • Members of two subreddits, /r/MetalGearPhilanthropy (which Cody mistakenly calls Metal Gear Philosophers throughout the episode) and /r/MetalGearPatriots, are particularly active in vying for disarmament and proliferation, respectively
    • Cody references “mainstream” pickup of the event, including WIRED and Ars Technica
    • Jon compares the event to events in massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs)
  • Meanwhile, in real life, Cody and Jon actually saw each other in the flesh over Thanksgiving! Hear them recap their turkey day weekends, including Cody seeing Jon’s son running around and being hilarious
  • Hear why Jon is still playing Final Fantasy XIV, and what his latest plans are for his PC gaming life
    • PC building with Jonathan Martin
  • Cody and Jon make a MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT regarding the future of Unqualified Gamers
    • You will not want to miss next week’s episode, for anything, no matter what
  • Also on the GonnaGeek Network this week, check out Legends of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode #99 and All Things Good and Nerdy Episode #187: Clever Cosplay Returns

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