Sunday, December 13, 2015

Further postponement

Once again the Upstream Podcast is going on temporary hiatus. Lake is now having to deal with the temporary loss of his internet, so it may take a while.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Episode 23: Fictional Vehicles

In this Batman heavy episode, we have our rabbity friend on once more. We also rabbittrail a bit and talk about our favorite fictional vehicles. Hosts: LakethePondling, Slayersbane Guest: CheshChan Editing and Production: Lake Music: Penter the Coffee Dragon.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Episode 22: Thanksgiving: Where's the Love?

In this episode, we talk about Thanksgiving and Black Friday. So we're uniquely American characters, yes. Also our resident robot jokes and pretends to still rule the world.

Hosts: LakethePondling, Slayersbane
Rotating Co-Host: Rebel Rider
Editing and Production: LakethePondling
Music: Penter the Coffee Dragon

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


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Monday, November 23, 2015

Episode 21: RPGs

In this episode we discuss, well, RPGs. and Minecraft to some extent. and travel in time. Again.
 Hosts: LakethePondling, Slayersbane
Guest: Knight of the Light
Editing/Production: LakethePondling
 Music: PentertheCoffeeDragon

Friday, November 13, 2015

Episode 20: Characters that Won't Stay Dead

In this episode we discuss characters that just won't stay dead. Primarily the works of Christian Fantasy author Bryan Davis, as well as superheroes. Also we discover our resident robot now has designs on the solar system. You should all be very afraid.

Hosts: LakethePondling, Slayersbane
Guest: RebelRider
Editing and Production: Lake
Music: Penter.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

What happens when the Upstream Gang plays tabletop games

So, Some of us have been playing FATE, namely using it to play a sci-fi crime game. So, enjoy the hilarity
GM: Lake
Rebel Rider: Kasha 'Kas' Jones
Slayersbane: William Newman
Rogue Knight: Tamlin

Session 2
 Session 4: "I'll Ride Sniper Rifle"

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Episode 19: Censorship, Problematic Content, and the Christian

In this episode, based on an experience had by Lake, we discuss the hot topic of censorship, ratings, and how to deal with problematic content. Also our recurring time travel problem comes back for some reason.

Hosts: LakethePondling, Slayersbane
Guest: Reb
Editing and Production: Lake
Music: Penter

Bowdler's Family Shakespeare is an early example of censored literature.
The Hays Code censored film in the first half of the 20th Century
Feature Films for Familes censor the films they release

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Episode 18: Fans and Fandoms

In this episode with the help of a Furry friend of the show, we discuss fans and fandoms. We also share some of our favorite fandoms and what to do as fan and how to behave.

Hosts: LakethePondling, Slayersbane
Guest: LeviWolstrom
Editing/Production: Lake
Music: Penter

Megaman is a fandom Slayersbane enjoys
People often come together because of shared enjoyment
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic has a massive fandom

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Episode 17: What is a Gamer?

In this episode we talk about what exactly defines a gamer. we also discuss aspects and perceptions of gamer culture. Also my co host and our guest can't agree which one of them is Batman. (Hint. It's Neither)

Hosts: LakethePondling, Slayersbane
Guest: Cheshchan/Bunn
Editing and Production: Lake
Music: Penter

Many parents enjoy gaming with their children.
A guy who many would consider a stereotypical gamer
While genres like  FPSes and sports games are popular, not every gamer plays them

Friday, September 25, 2015

Episode 16: What makes you walk away?

In this episode we tackle things that make us avoid or not finish something. Warning, it gets a little heated.
Also nobody really does anything interesting.
Hosts: LakethePondling, Slayersbane
Guest: Rebel Rider
Editing and Production: LakethePondling
Music: Penter

Pro LGBT messages can be a turn off for many conservative people
South Park's crude humor causes many to stay away from it
the Warriors series  length can be a definite drawback

Friday, September 18, 2015

Episode 15: Favorite Fictional Couple

This episode is a tribute to our favorite couples in Fiction in honor of Lake's brother's wedding. We also get off on the track and discuss Game Shows for some reason. Hosts: LakethePondling, Slayersbane Guest: Thok Editing and Production: LakethePondling Music: Penter the Coffee Dragon.
Han and Leia: A Classic couple from Star Wars
The 10th Doctor and Rose, A tragic couple if there ever was one
Amy Pond and Rory. A couple that went through a lot, but ended up together
Both Belle and the Beast sacrificed much for each other

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Episode 14: Do you trust reviews?

In this episode we discuss whether or not we trust reviews and review sites. Also we discuss minority/ gender issues some as well as Skyrim.

Hosts: LakethePondling, Slayersbane
Guest: Rebel Rider
Editing and Production: LakethePondling
Theme: Penter the Coffee Dragon

the scoring table from Metacritic, a well known review site

A game that got negative reviews despite being solid

Rotten Tomatoes is a well trusted site for media reviews

Friday, September 4, 2015

Episode 13: Has Media been Dumbed Down?

In this, Our 13th episode we discuss the topic of whether or not media today has been dumbed down from what it was back in the day. Also this episode features a brand new theme. Shoutout to fan of the show and amateur composer PentertheCoffeeDragon for doing this for us.
 Hosts: LakethePondling, Slayersbane
Guest: Thok
 Editing and Production: LakethePondling
Theme: PentertheCoffeeDragon
Call of Duty has been condemned in later installments as being 'dumbed down'
Battletoads: A classic example of a hard NES game
Spongebob has faced accusations of mindlessness for a very long time.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Episode 12: Audio Dramas

In this episode we tackle something near and dear to all Christian Geeks. Audio dramas, including Adventures in Odyssey. Also our guest thinks she's Batman. Hosts: LakethePondling, Slayersbane Guest: Bunn Editing and Production: LakethePondling
The grandaddy of Christian Radio dramas, and still one of the best. Sorry. Bias.
CBH's generally well recieved audio drama that went a bit off the rail in it;s last few seasons
A series of Christian Musical Dramas

Friday, August 14, 2015

Episode 11: Christian Copycats: Really Nessecary?

In this, our 11th episode, We tackle the someone controversial topic of christian copycats of other media. Lake also makes an epic blooper that will not soon be forgotten, and Team Fortress 2 comes into it somehow.
Hosts: LakethePondling, Slayersbane
Guest: Knight of the Light
 Editing and Production: LakethePondling

The AiO Videos were an example of original Christian entertainment.

Bible. Apples to Apples. 'Nuff Said

Auto B. Good. For those parents who want to add moral lessons to Cars.

Batman+Scripture= Bibleman!?!?

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Episode 10: Educational Games

In this, Our 10th episode, we discuss Educational Games in honor of US schools restarting soon. Also one of the people there forgets we're doing a Podcast until a minute in. oops.  Hosts: LakethePondling, Slayersbane
 Guest: Bunn
Editing and Production: LakethePondling
An educational game series many of us enjoyed
Not really educational but fun nonetheless :)
Ah. Oregon Trail. You killed us so many times.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Episode 9: Mobile Games

In this episode, we discuss Mobile Games and rant about them. Plus we discuss one game for 5 minutes and Lake shares one of his favorite Wii games. And Bot takes over the world. Hosts: LakethePondling, Slayersbane Guest: Knight of the Light
An example of Mobile Game Ads...the Scourge of the Earth
An infamous Freemium Mobile game
Another very infamous money pi..Mobile Game

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Episode 8: Stupidest Cliches

A story that has the 'Chosen One' Trope in it
Example of the Dead Mother Cliche
Classic Tragic Hero

In this, our eighth episode, we discover that one of our guests has dogs. We also discuss our least favorite tropes and cliches in storytelling for a rather rousing discussion. Also, Lake tries to imitate Batman. This is also the first episode with two female guests, so it's a bit of a milestone.

Hosts: LakethePondling, Slayersbane
Guests: Rebel Rider, Athelas

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Episode 7: Christian Media: Subtle or Overt?

In this our seventh episode, we get confused as to whether this is our 7th episode or not. We also address the concept of whether or not Christian media has to be overt to be counted as Christian, and what makes something Christian or Not.
 Hosts: LakethePondling, Slayersbane
 Guest: Andrew W.
FNAF was developed by a Christian, but that doesn't make it a Christian game
An example of an Overt Gospel message

Friday, July 10, 2015

Episode 6: Plot Twists

In this, our return from our Hiatus, we discuss Plot Twists...and laundry enters into it somehow. Yep. Just usual randomness. Hosts: LakethePondling, Slayersbane Guests: Rebel Rider, Knight of the Light.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Episode 5: Favorite Animated Series

In this episode a guest Barks and we talk about our favorite Animated shows. And we discover that Lake mixes up podcast and show. Hosts: LakethePondling, Slayersbane Guests: Rebel Rider, LeviWolstrom

Avatar: The Last Airbender
Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes
Star Wars Rebels
Magic School Bus

Friday, June 12, 2015

Episode 4: E3 Wild Guessing

In this episode we take some wild guesses and predictions at what might be at this year's E3.

 Hosts: LakethePondling, Slayersbane

Guests: Knight of the Light, Chesh

Monday, June 8, 2015

Episode 3: The WORST

Eco Tycoon R&D screen

Freedom Force, Ladies and Gents. Freedom Force. A Family Movie.

A 'humorous' Moment from Freedom Force
Here's Episode 3 of the Podcast. Sorry I'm a little later than usual uploading it. In this episode we discuss some of our personal least favorite books, games, and Movies. Hosts: LakethePondling, Slayersbane Guest: RebelRider

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