Open Crowd Source S2E3 – Joe Mastroianni

We’re very pleased to welcome back to the show a man whose podcast pedigree is unquestionable: Joe Mastroianni!

Joe Mastroian-- wait...

No, not that Joe Mastroianni.

This Joe Mastroianni:

The Real Mastroianni

Yes, host of the Upper Memory Block podcast and all around nice Canadian guy, Joe returns — we previously had him on our season 1 finale, and Joe has long suffered barrages of my voice mails on his own show as well as my belligerent appearances on his own Patreon Hangouts.

But now he’s here to do battle with the Open Crowd Source Machine for the first time, and, boy, shit got dark this time around. Which is doubly fun because Joe is an unfailingly polite, easy-going and pleasant man, and having him sit around trying to come up with ideas for a game involving the ghost of an 11 year old girl who was killed by her mother and can spiritually possess woodland creatures to do her bidding was perhaps one of the top 3 highlights of my life.

Don’t just take my word for it. Take Serena’s:

Serena needs a shower

Watch the macabre madness unfold here:


(Watch on YouTube)

And if you’re not into video, you can of course stream or download the audio version at the bottom of this post.

As always, our massive thanks to the creeps on our IRC channel — Michael Counsell, Amayriot Akago, Demodulated and Bianca (Square Waves FM), Diana Rose, and Serena “Still Feels Dirty” Nelson — for all their witty and deplorable banter; some of which was so filthy we didn’t even have the heart to read it out loud on the air. Seriously, that place is a party when we record the episodes live. You should come join us.

You should also give Joe’s show, The Upper Memory Block, where he discusses a game from the DOS and pre-Windows XP gaming era in detail each episode, a whirl: Listening to his show was what got me inspired to do my own podcast, and by extension Back Seat Designers, and he truly is a consummate professional.

Joe also has co-hosts another podcast for Star Wars nerds called Star Wars Stacks, which you should check out if you’re into that sort of thing.

And, of course, I have to mention Joe’s YouTube channel where he puts up what he calls “game research” — but is really just a very good Let’s Play channel.

We’ll see you kids back next Sunday to welcome another pleasant man from Canada, mr. Will O’Neill, creator of the indie hit game Actual Sunlight!

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