Pix & Flix

A Podcast that takes video game and movie pairings to see how they compare against each other in different ways! Brought to you by Stephen Pidgeon and CJ Welsh, who both work in the game and film industries respectively.

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Episodes

19: Starfield

Monday Oct 02, 2023

Monday Oct 02, 2023

Structured differently to our regular episodes, this one is just about the newly released title from Bethesda Softworks - Starfield!We also have a special guest joining us in this episode - a massive science fiction nerd and a background mostly in tech and IT, it's CJ's mum Dani Welsh!
In this episode we dive deep into what Starfield is, what it's about, how it works behind the scenes, and what the size and scale of it means both for what it is as a piece of science-fiction media, and for the larger games industry and market.
Hope you enjoy!

Monday Sep 11, 2023

This one is all about Dungeons and Dragons with Baldur's Gate 3 & Dungeons & Dragons: Honour Among Thieves!
Baldur's Gate 3 is the latest role-playing video game developed by Larian Studios and released in 2023.  It is a story-rich, party-based RPG set in the universe of Dungeons & Dragons, where your choices shape a tale of fellowship and betrayal, survival and sacrifice, and the lure of absolute power.
Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves is directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, stars Chris Pine and also released in 2023. Also set in the universe of Dungeons & Dragons, a charming thief and a band of unlikely adventurers embark on an epic quest to retrieve a lost relic, but things go dangerously awry when they run afoul of the wrong people.

17: Resident Evil & Zombi

Monday Aug 28, 2023

Monday Aug 28, 2023

Joining us as a guest on this episode to talk about Resident Evil and Zombi is Louie Roots!
An Interactive Designer and Producer, Louie tutors at Swinburne University, and is also a Director for Freeplay Independent Games Festival.
 
Resident Evil is a 1996 survival horror game developed and published by Capcom for the PlayStation. It is the first game in Capcom's Resident Evil franchise.
In Resident Evil, the STARS force (special tactics and rescue service) are investigating strange cannibalized corpses on the outskirts of the city. The Alpha squad, Jill and Chris, are sent to locate missing team members. While there, mutated dogs cause them to flee into a supposedly abandoned mansion.
 
Zombi, directed by Lucio Fulci and released in 1979, is about a group of strangers that are searching for a young woman’s missing father arrive on a tropical island, where a doctor is desperately seeking the cause and cure of a recent epidemic of the undead.

Monday Jul 31, 2023

This pairing is all about Spiderman with Spiderman: Miles Morales and Spiderman: Across the Spider-Verse!
 
In Spiderman: Miles Morales - teenager Miles Morales is adjusting to his new home while following in the footsteps of his mentor, Peter Parker, as a new Spider-Man. But when a fierce power struggle threatens to destroy his new home, the aspiring hero realizes that with great power, there must also come great responsibility. To save all of Marvel’s New York, Miles must take up the mantle of Spider-Man and own it. 
 
In Spiderman: Across the Spider-Verse - after reuniting with Gwen Stacy, Brooklyn's full-time, friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is catapulted across the Multiverse, where he encounters a team of Spider-People charged with protecting its very existence. However, when the heroes clash on how to handle a new threat, Miles finds himself pitted against the other Spiders. He must soon redefine what it means to be a hero so he can save the people he loves most.

15: Control & Annihilation

Monday Jun 12, 2023

Monday Jun 12, 2023

We have so much to talk about with this pairing as we dive into the genre of New Weird with Control & Annihilation!
In Control - released in 2019 and developed by Remedy Entertainment - you are Jesse Faden, a young woman with a troubled past. You become the new Director of the Bureau of Control - Our frontline in researching and fighting against supernatural enemies like the Hiss threatening our very existence.
Annihilation - released in 2018, written for screen and directed by Alex Garland and adapted from the novel by Jeff Vandermeer - Lena (Natalie Portman), a biologist and former soldier, joins a mission to uncover what happened to her husband (Oscar Isaac) inside Area X -- a sinister and mysterious phenomenon that is expanding across the American coastline. Once inside, the expedition discovers a world of mutated landscapes and creatures, as dangerous as it is beautiful, that threatens both their lives and their sanity.

14: Meet Your Maker & Cube

Monday May 29, 2023

Monday May 29, 2023

This episode is about Meet Your Maker and Cube!
Meet Your Maker - developed by Behaviour Interactive and release 2023 - is a post-apocalyptic first-person building-and-raiding game where every level is designed by players.
Cube, directed by Vincenzo Natali and released in 1997 - which also had two sequels and a Japanese remake - is about group of strangers who awaken to find themselves placed in a giant cube. Each one of them is gifted with a special skill and they must work together to escape an endless maze of deadly traps. You can play solo or with a friend as you mastermind devious maze-like Outposts full of traps and guards, then gear up for methodical fast-paced combat raiding other players’ creations.
 
 

Monday May 01, 2023

It's cosmic horror in this episode where we talk about the Dead Space remake and Event Horizon!
Dead Space (2023) is a remake of the original Dead Space video game from 2008 in which you play as Isaac Clarke, an engineer who has been sent to investigate a distress signal coming from the ship USG Ishimura. You very quickly come across horrific creatures and have to fight and survive the depths of the ship to find out what's happening, what's caused all these monsters to appear, and how to overcome it all and save the day.
Event Horizon is a sci-fi horror movie from 1997 starring Sam Neill and Laurence Fishburne, directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. The main characters in this movie are also going to investigate a spaceship - this one having returned after disappearing inside a black hole, with someone - or something - new onboard.

Monday Apr 17, 2023

It's all about Star Wars in this episode! We're looking at Jedi: Fallen Order & Obi Wan Kenobi
CJ is a big passionate Mega Nerd in this one while Stephen is more on the passive side of the audience here as they dive into the discussion of Star Wars, the history of Star Wars and what they might like to see in future entries into the Star Wars universe!
Jedi: Fallen Order is set 5 years after Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and the execution of Order 66. You play as Cal Kestis as you must complete your Jedi training,develop new powerful Force abilities, and master the art of the lightsaber - all while being hunted by the Empire looking to kill any remaining Jedi.
Obi Wan Kenobi is set 10 years after the execution of Order 66 and our titular character has to save young Leia after she is kidnapped, all the while being pursued by Imperial Inquisitors and his former Padawan, now fully embracing the role as Darth Vader.

Monday Apr 03, 2023

It's the big budget television series we've been excited for ever since it was announced the show was in production! That's right - this is The Last of Us!
The Last of Us is originally a video game released in 2013 developed by Naughty Dog, and now has a 2023 HBO TV series adaptation of the same story! In a hostile, post-pandemic world, Joel and Ellie, brought together by desperate circumstances, must rely on each other to survive a brutal journey across what remains of the United States.

Monday Oct 31, 2022

It's all about high-octane action in this pairing with Doom Eternal & Mad Max Fury Road!
Doom Eternal is the latest entry in the first-person-shooter genre-defining video game franchise that is DOOM. With the original Doom releasing in 1993, Doom Eternal is a 2020 game developed by Id Software and published by Bethesda Softworks. Hell’s armies have invaded Earth. Become the Slayer in an epic single-player campaign to conquer demons across dimensions and stop the final destruction of humanity. The only thing they fear... is you.
Mad Max Fury Road comes from the genuis mind of George Miller who brought us classic masterpieces such as Babe 2: Pig in the City and Happy Feet! Mad Max Fury Road, written and directed by George Miller and starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, released in 2015 and is the fourth entry into the Mad Max franchise, with the original coming out in 1979. In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, Max, a drifter and survivor, unwillingly joins Imperator Furiosa, a rebel warrior, in a quest to overthrow a tyrant who controls the land's water supply.

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