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Idle Thumbs Hiatus

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I actually haven't listened to the podcasts for a while before they stopped, for mainly two reasons:

  • I almost don't play games now, so I don't care about the topics most of the time
  • Since I don't play, I don't have any activity that could go with listening to a podcast at the same time (used to be e.g. Minecraft).
  • Wait, I actually still play Spider Solitaire (the awful ad-ridden Microsoft one) in parallel of consuming some content, but I now tend to consume insightful/instructional YouTube videos instead of entertainment.
  • I watch too many movies and that fills up my "free" time.

Did a Thumb really cut their fingers off? Was it Vanaman? Sounds like something he would do.

 

I'm technically on Slack, but I haven't really checked it out. I feel like I already have enough chats and interruptions during the day, I am very hesitant about adding another source of that.

 

Still trying to keep the Movies forum alive, but sometimes I look at the top 5 threads and see that I was the one that replied last to all of them... :|

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I think I'm here less often mostly because I'm on the waypoint forums more.

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I still check in every day and I've actually had brief (year long) hiatuses myself, but it's definitely part of my internet routine. I used to often check the Life threads/Idle Banter stuff as I don't have a decent PC to play all the good good stuff that's coming out all the time on Steam, and those threads would at least be interesting. Now there's very few responses to them and they often come days later.

 

I also don't really dislike the idea of slack chat, but as @SecretAsianMansaid I feel like I'm butting in on conversations and that people are already well established there. I kind of feel like there's a coolness about those things that I'm not willing to get into.

 

I'll still check in on this place as I've been coming here since 2009 apparently, but it's a shame that it's died off so slowly and without a word from the Thumbs (to my knowledge).

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3 hours ago, Erkki said:

Did a Thumb really cut their fingers off? Was it Vanaman? Sounds like something he would do.

 

They all cut their thumbs off in a ritual that took place at the end of the last episode to rid themselves of the genie that had been forcing them to cast pods for all eternity.

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So, uh, is there any reason the podcasts stopped entirely? I know they all moved and just might not have time for it but going from weekly podcasts to not commenting at all (?) on Idle Thumbs' future for half a year feels so weird.

 

Anyway, if this was actually it, thanks for everything!

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From now on, following Valve's schedule of Steam Sales, Idle Thumbs will release half a year's content worth of podcasts over the course of a single week, sating us for the coming drought.

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8 hours ago, Sloane said:

So, uh, is there any reason the podcasts stopped entirely? I know they all moved and just might not have time for it but going from weekly podcasts to not commenting at all (?) on Idle Thumbs' future for half a year feels so weird.

 

Anyway, if this was actually it, thanks for everything!

 

I'm sure there is a reason, but it's not been communicated.

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I'm sure it will become more alive again when Spelunky 2 is released and Chris starts posting his daily runs.

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I suspect it's mostly about a bunch of things happening at the same time making it difficult to get started: the move, Nick probably being up to his eyeballs in work, work, need to rebuild the studio, getting old and less energetic, other obligations and so on. It may be the inertia eventually gets too big and they never get back to it. If so, it's been a blast, but I also wouldn't be surprised if they get back to it a year from now. I fully get them not really having an idea when they will or would, and not wanting to say anything until they know something for sure.

 

Although I do like the Valvetime theory. They have truly become the twenty year old wax house, baby.

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I find my myself wondering if there will be some kind of "fall/winter holidays 2018" one-off pod to please the masses, if the gang is back in or around the same area of the country or all get some period of time off from work obligations for a long enough time to get together. I reckon their respective video game production schedules, moves, etc., have been taxing and the logistics are probably super complicated. Internet in Canada can be really slow, too, eh, which makes a remote "Nick on screen" pod even more difficult.

 

In any case, I miss listening to the casts and am looking forward to any possible return :)

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8 hours ago, Paul Smith said:

Coincidentally, Nick streamed on Twitch today:

 

https://www.twitch.tv/nickbreckon

 

I don't think he mentioned anything about podcasts but he is keen to stream some more provided work/allergies/other concerns don't intervene.

 

He spoke briefly on the slack about how he sees it as a hiatus like the others that Idle Thumbs has had, both as a website and as a podcast, and that they don't want to close the book on the podcast but more episodes are definitely not in the cards right now. Basically, what everyone thought was happening.

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I'm not really surprised the forum has died down; there's a lot of problems with fora as a communication model and things like Slack and Discord plug that gap a little more ably. I think the dream of substantial in-depth discussion on a forum was largely illusory - most of the good came from just giving people with diverse backgrounds somewhere to congregate together, and a lot of the bad came from the way that forums encouraged you to hold to your point even after it was clear to everyone else that it was bad. Quiet forums get quieter; noisy forums become unmanageable; and the quality of conversations and the community can be really brittle.

 

Of course, chat rooms have their own problems (which Slack and Discord address to a lesser or greater extent) and they don't even try to solve the same problems as forums do. Honestly, I'm not really sure where you'd start in 2018 if you want to try and contribute a logical argument to the world, and I'm conscious how much of my output over the past, god, 15 years has been to forums where my contributions will be forever forgotten. But I'm happy to let forums go the way of usenet mailing lists and make room for whatever's next.

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