Reconsidering Consider Phlebas

Rereading Iain M. Banks’ Consider Phlebas as the first work in the influential Culture series, on its own merits, and against the backdrop of the cultural changes since it was written. Welcome to Fully Automated Luxury Gay Space Communism and Megastructures! Welcome space card games and shape-shifters!
by Sam NilssonApril 25, 2024

Beyond Absurd: Unveiling the Hilarious Chaos of Chicken Nugget

We watched Chicken Nugget, the weird new Netflix Korean comedy series based on the webtoon of the same name. Step into the world where a girl can be transformed into a chicken nugget, and we’ll tell you why it’s actually worth your time!
by Iain McParlandApril 24, 2024

The Fail of a Sequel: Rebel Moon Part 2’s Mixed Reception

Netflix and Zack Snyder have released Rebel Moon Part 2: The Scargiver. Should you spend your next available two hours watching it? Or do the Rotten Tomatoes reviews and audience scores make sense? Let's talk about it.
by Tim BeisiegelApril 23, 2024
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Streaming, The Australian Media Landscape & Games at PAX Aus 2023- Couch Soup Interviews Back Pocket

Rohan managed to wrangle Steph and Pete from Back Pocket for an interview talking all things streaming, the Aussie media landscape, and some fund games at PAX Aus 2023.
by Rohan ElliottMarch 20, 2024
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Let’s All Be Cozy Little Hobbits: Tales of the Shire- Announcement Trailer

An announcement trailer for Tales of the Shire was recently released. This game is set to release on PC and all consoles at the end of 2024. You get to live out your cozy fantasy of living in the comfort of a hobbit hole and making it your own.
by Brandy BrownApril 22, 2024

QRD Stellar T5 Review – Is Using This Switch Controller a Joy or Con?

A review for the QRD Stellar T5 on Nintendo Switch. Is this a good Joycon alternative? Check out this review to find out!
by Jordan JurkowskiApril 22, 2024

Fallout Review From Someone Who Never Played The Games

The Fallout series dropped its entire season on Amazon Prime last week and I watched all of it in nearly one sitting. I knew about the existence of the games, I didn’t know anything else. So I went into this completely blind. And oh, it was worth it!
by Art of Lily KApril 20, 2024

Unleash Your Inner Halfling: Dive Into 28 Unique Endings with Halfling Dale App!

Shana travels to a mysterious and magical world known as Dale, a choose-your-own adventure story. In this review of Wysiwyg Wizards Halfling Dale App
by Shana MartinApril 19, 2024

Princess Peach: Showtime! Review – Peach Takes Centre Stage

After so long, Princess Peach finally has another turn in the spotlight with Princess Peach: Showtime! for the Nintendo Switch. Thomas Richards shares his thoughts on this Peach-led adventure.
by Thomas RichardsApril 10, 2024

The Top 10 Paladins in Video Games

Ben loves Paladins in media, and especially video games, but which are the best? He shares his list of who he thinks are the best smiters to ever smite!
by Ben HazellMarch 31, 2024

Hey Disney, Bring Back Spectrobes you Cowards!

Disney wants to break into the gaming market, and they have the answer right in front of their face! Join Thomas Richards as he explains why Disney needs to bring back Spectrobes.
by Thomas RichardsMarch 27, 2024

Aspyr Fumbled the Star Wars Battlefront Collection Release

Excitement for the release of the Star Wars Battlefront Collection from Aspyr has wilted since its release due to various issues surrounding the game. What are the issues? How have they affected those who have bought the game? Is there a fix moving forward? Let’s get into it.
by Tim BeisiegelMarch 25, 2024

Go Mecha Ball Review – Unleashing Your Inner Pinball Wizard

Whale Peak Games’ Go Mecha Ball is a roguelike game with tight mechanics and a satisfying gameplay loop. Read our review to find out if this title is for you!
by Tyler GrahamMarch 22, 2024

Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree – Everything We Know Now

Liza breaks down Elden Ring's story so far, and what players can expect going into the Shadow of the Erdtree's DLC. With new weapons, spells, incantations, armor, and gameplay options, even Elden Ring veterans will face new challenges in the Land of Shadow. The question is, are we ready to come face to face with Miquella and answer all we've done on our campaign for the Elden Throne?
by Lizabeth PhoenixMarch 18, 2024
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The Fail of a Sequel: Rebel Moon Part 2’s Mixed Reception

Netflix and Zack Snyder have released Rebel Moon Part 2: The Scargiver. Should you spend your next available two hours watching it? Or do the Rotten Tomatoes reviews and audience scores make sense? Let's talk about it.
by Tim BeisiegelApril 23, 2024

The Transformers One Trailer Explained

Liza gives you an efficient briefing on what to expect from Transformers One so you can roll into theaters with your lore locked in. Learn how Orion Pax and D-16 become Optimus Prime and Megatron, which Transformers continuity this movie belongs in, and what to expect from Cybertron on September 20, 2024. Seat belts on, people–you'll need wheels.
by Lizabeth PhoenixApril 19, 2024

Monkey Man: Indian John Wick is Fun, but the Details Don’t Add Up

Dev Patel’s directorial debut, Monkey Man, could be the next incarnation of John Wick, but how does it compare? Join us for our review of this fun, ambitious action thriller, even if the narrative is a little questionable.
by Iain McParlandApril 16, 2024

Why Aurra Sing Needs to Return to Star Wars

Aurra Sing has been missing for far too long in the Star Wars universe. It’s time for her to make her triumphant return! Join us as we discuss why now is the right time to bring back the beloved character, and besmirch the reputation of Tobias Beckett!
by Iain McParlandApril 8, 2024

TRANSFORMERS ONE: WHY IS NO ONE TALKING ABOUT THE ORIGIN STORY OF THE CENTURY?

Transformers One releases September 2024, and no one is talking about it! An outraged Liza tells you EXACTLY why you should be hyped out of your mind for this addition to an already incredible franchise. It's time to pick a team. Optimus Prime or Megatron? Come September, Cybertron hangs in the balance, and she won't be caught slacking.
by Lizabeth PhoenixApril 5, 2024
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Beyond Absurd: Unveiling the Hilarious Chaos of Chicken Nugget

We watched Chicken Nugget, the weird new Netflix Korean comedy series based on the webtoon of the same name. Step into the world where a girl can be transformed into a chicken nugget, and we’ll tell you why it’s actually worth your time!
by Iain McParlandApril 24, 2024

The Fail of a Sequel: Rebel Moon Part 2’s Mixed Reception

Netflix and Zack Snyder have released Rebel Moon Part 2: The Scargiver. Should you spend your next available two hours watching it? Or do the Rotten Tomatoes reviews and audience scores make sense? Let's talk about it.
by Tim BeisiegelApril 23, 2024

Let’s All Be Cozy Little Hobbits: Tales of the Shire- Announcement Trailer

An announcement trailer for Tales of the Shire was recently released. This game is set to release on PC and all consoles at the end of 2024. You get to live out your cozy fantasy of living in the comfort of a hobbit hole and making it your own.
by Brandy BrownApril 22, 2024

Fallout Review From Someone Who Never Played The Games

The Fallout series dropped its entire season on Amazon Prime last week and I watched all of it in nearly one sitting. I knew about the existence of the games, I didn’t know anything else. So I went into this completely blind. And oh, it was worth it!
by Art of Lily KApril 20, 2024

The Transformers One Trailer Explained

Liza gives you an efficient briefing on what to expect from Transformers One so you can roll into theaters with your lore locked in. Learn how Orion Pax and D-16 become Optimus Prime and Megatron, which Transformers continuity this movie belongs in, and what to expect from Cybertron on September 20, 2024. Seat belts on, people–you'll need wheels.
by Lizabeth PhoenixApril 19, 2024

Halo Season 2: Is It An Improvement?

Halo Season 2 has come to a close, so the question is, was it an improvement? Join Thomas Richards as he tells you if it is an improvement over Season 1.
by Thomas RichardsApril 18, 2024

New Seasons of My Hero Academia, Demon Slayer, and More are Landing on Crunchyroll this Spring!

Crunchyroll keeps adding more new seasons to its already stacked Spring lineup. Join Thomas Richards as he updates you on all the recent announcements.
by Thomas RichardsApril 17, 2024

Monkey Man: Indian John Wick is Fun, but the Details Don’t Add Up

Dev Patel’s directorial debut, Monkey Man, could be the next incarnation of John Wick, but how does it compare? Join us for our review of this fun, ambitious action thriller, even if the narrative is a little questionable.
by Iain McParlandApril 16, 2024

Parasyte: The Grey and The Question of Being Human

A new K-Drama just arrived on Netflix and it is for all of you Sci-Fi and Body Horror lovers. Let’s review Parasyte: The Grey from the director of Train to Busan.
by Art of Lily KApril 11, 2024

The Fate of Barriss Offee: Tales of the Empire is Telling Secrets

Tales of the Jedi has been replaced by Tales of the Empire. The recently released trailer tells the tales of Barriss Offee, Morgan Elsbeth, and the new Galactic Empire. Why is this important? Why should we be excited to watch? We dive into the trailer and talk about the importance of the series, which releases on May 4, 2024.
by Tim BeisiegelApril 9, 2024
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The Profound Influence of Scooby Doo on Who We Are Today

Scooby Doo has been a major figure in popular culture since the 1960s, but does it get enough credit? This author’s whole life has been influenced by the habitually spooked Great Dane.
by Iain McParlandMarch 29, 2024

A Fan Reaction to the End of the Rooster Teeth Era

Stef reflects on Rooster Teeth closing its doors and the fandom, content, and community that meant so much to her.
by Stef WatsonMarch 9, 2024

Why Boomers and Gen Z’ers Have it Easy

Do you remember a time before the interwebs? You're old! Do you only know a time with the interwebs? You're too young!! Do you know both? Then you are right where you need to be. Take this journey with the rest of us in-betweeners so you know how much harder we have it than you!
by Michelle HolstineJanuary 7, 2024

Fortnite’s Booty Battle Royale: Fans Demand Respect for Solid Snake’s Backside!

Metal Gear Solid's own Solid Snake is landing in Fortnite this season but Epic Games forgot to make him dummy thicc, this needs to be fixed ASAP.
by Jake BrownDecember 12, 2023

A Film Guide to Understanding Your GenX Coworkers

Do you have a GenX coworker that you just can’t figure out? Charlotte gives us a list of films that might explain some traits or behaviors of your GenX coworker(s).
by Charlotte MerrittAugust 19, 2023
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Reconsidering Consider Phlebas

Rereading Iain M. Banks’ Consider Phlebas as the first work in the influential Culture series, on its own merits, and against the backdrop of the cultural changes since it was written. Welcome to Fully Automated Luxury Gay Space Communism and Megastructures! Welcome space card games and shape-shifters!
by Sam NilssonApril 25, 2024

Beyond Absurd: Unveiling the Hilarious Chaos of Chicken Nugget

We watched Chicken Nugget, the weird new Netflix Korean comedy series based on the webtoon of the same name. Step into the world where a girl can be transformed into a chicken nugget, and we’ll tell you why it’s actually worth your time!
by Iain McParlandApril 24, 2024

The Fail of a Sequel: Rebel Moon Part 2’s Mixed Reception

Netflix and Zack Snyder have released Rebel Moon Part 2: The Scargiver. Should you spend your next available two hours watching it? Or do the Rotten Tomatoes reviews and audience scores make sense? Let's talk about it.
by Tim BeisiegelApril 23, 2024

QRD Stellar T5 Review – Is Using This Switch Controller a Joy or Con?

A review for the QRD Stellar T5 on Nintendo Switch. Is this a good Joycon alternative? Check out this review to find out!
by Jordan JurkowskiApril 22, 2024

Fallout Review From Someone Who Never Played The Games

The Fallout series dropped its entire season on Amazon Prime last week and I watched all of it in nearly one sitting. I knew about the existence of the games, I didn’t know anything else. So I went into this completely blind. And oh, it was worth it!
by Art of Lily KApril 20, 2024

Unleash Your Inner Halfling: Dive Into 28 Unique Endings with Halfling Dale App!

Shana travels to a mysterious and magical world known as Dale, a choose-your-own adventure story. In this review of Wysiwyg Wizards Halfling Dale App
by Shana MartinApril 19, 2024

Monkey Man: Indian John Wick is Fun, but the Details Don’t Add Up

Dev Patel’s directorial debut, Monkey Man, could be the next incarnation of John Wick, but how does it compare? Join us for our review of this fun, ambitious action thriller, even if the narrative is a little questionable.
by Iain McParlandApril 16, 2024

Parasyte: The Grey and The Question of Being Human

A new K-Drama just arrived on Netflix and it is for all of you Sci-Fi and Body Horror lovers. Let’s review Parasyte: The Grey from the director of Train to Busan.
by Art of Lily KApril 11, 2024

Princess Peach: Showtime! Review – Peach Takes Centre Stage

After so long, Princess Peach finally has another turn in the spotlight with Princess Peach: Showtime! for the Nintendo Switch. Thomas Richards shares his thoughts on this Peach-led adventure.
by Thomas RichardsApril 10, 2024

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire Left Me Feeling Cold

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, the latest entry in the Ghostbusters franchise, has arrived. But is it a heartwarming adventure that capitalizes on Ghostbusters: Afterlife, or does it fall into the trap of so many other IPs, relying on cheap references and nostalgia?
by Iain McParlandApril 4, 2024
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The Best Board Games for the Holiday Season

The holiday season is here, which means a lot of time with friends and family. So, why not play some new board games with them? Join Thomas Richards as he tells you about some fun board games you can play this holiday season.
by Thomas RichardsDecember 17, 2023

PAX Aus 2023: Nintendo’s Return, Tabletop Adventures, and a Brush with Back Pocket!

Missed out on PAX Aus 2023 or wondering what it was like to attend? Join Rohand and Thomas as they break down PAX Aus 2023 from the eyes of a first-timer and a grizzled veteran.
by Rohan ElliottNovember 19, 2023

Top 6 Christmas Gifts For Gamers

It’s never easy to buy Christmas gifts for gamers, especially if gaming is a foreign concept to you. If you’re tirelessly searching for a gift with no luck, you’ve come to the right place. This guide will help you to find at least one gift you can be sure every gamer wants.
by Drew LewisNovember 15, 2023

The Best Digital Download Games That You Can Play This Year

Gaming has taken a whole new level now as it becomes available to the masses with digital downloads. You can look to play on your phone with games like Pokemon Go, tablet, or game consoles and enjoy gameplay on or offline and it is a lot of fun.
by Drew LewisNovember 5, 2023

A Tiny Sticker Tale Review: Where Stickers Hold the Power to a Heartfelt Story

Looking for something different? Something super wholesome? Look no further than A Tiny Sticker Tale! Here is our review of this adorable little indie title available right now!
by Nick McKayOctober 7, 2023
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New Seasons of My Hero Academia, Demon Slayer, and More are Landing on Crunchyroll this Spring!

Crunchyroll keeps adding more new seasons to its already stacked Spring lineup. Join Thomas Richards as he updates you on all the recent announcements.
by Thomas RichardsApril 17, 2024

Parasyte: The Grey and The Question of Being Human

A new K-Drama just arrived on Netflix and it is for all of you Sci-Fi and Body Horror lovers. Let’s review Parasyte: The Grey from the director of Train to Busan.
by Art of Lily KApril 11, 2024

Crunchyroll Adds Even More Excitement to the Spring Anime Season

With the 2024 Spring Anime Season nearly here, Crunchyroll is rolling out some last-minute surprises! Join Thomas Richards as he fills you in on the latest news from Crunchyroll.
by Thomas RichardsMarch 30, 2024

Get Ready: Crunchyroll’s Spring 2024 Anime Revealed!

The Crunchyroll Spring 2024 schedule is here, and it’s a lot to take in. Never fear; Couch Soup is here to pick out some of the shows that you should keep your eye on this Spring anime season.
by Thomas RichardsMarch 21, 2024

Why Should I Care About DAN DA DAN?

Are you a fan of aliens and the paranormal? If you are, then there’s an anime coming later this year that you need to keep an eye on: DAN DA DAN. Join Thomas Richards as he lets you know why this upcoming series needs to be on your radar.
by Thomas RichardsMarch 19, 2024

Jujutsu Kaisen: Cursed Clash Review – It’s Not Great, But It’s a Bit of Fun

Jujutsu Kaisen’s first console game is being called one of the worst games of all time, but is it actually that bad? Join Thomas Richards as he reviews Jujutsu Kaisen: Cursed Clash.
by Thomas RichardsMarch 9, 2024

Netflix’s Avatar: The Last Airbender was AMAZING

Netflix’s Avatar adaptation finally arrived and although it looked like they were dead set on destroying it before the premiere they failed. Forget all the news that came out about the changes you will understand why they were necessary in the end.
by Art of Lily KMarch 5, 2024

Demon Slayer: To The Hashira Training Review – Things are Heating Up

Demon Slayer has returned to theatres with a first look at the next season, but has it improved over last time? Join Thomas Richards as he gives his thoughts on this latest outing from the blockbuster series.
by Thomas RichardsMarch 3, 2024

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: Visions of Coleus – Tiding Us Over Until Season 3

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 3 is nearly here, but we got even more Slime content before then. Join Thomas Richards as he gives his thoughts on the OVA series Visions of Coleus.
by Thomas RichardsFebruary 11, 2024

Anime From the Crunchyroll Winter 2024 Schedule to Keep Your Eye On

Crunchyroll has released its full schedule for the Winter 2024 season, and a lot of anime is coming. Join Thomas Richards as he gives his suggestions on anime you need to keep an eye on from the Winter 2024 season.
by Thomas RichardsFebruary 5, 2024
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Xbox Developer Direct | Holiday Gaming – Screen Smash 41 Podcast

The Gang is back to talk about the games they played or didn’t play over the holiday break. Then get into all the whip cracking games from the recent Xbox Developer Direct ’24 #indianajonesandthegreatcircle #SenuassagaHellblade2 #Avowed Catch every Audio Podcast everywhere you listen Thursday. Catch the show Live on Twitch every Monday night at 6 […]
by Dan MorrisJanuary 25, 2024

Glorious Burden – Season 2 Breakdown | Watching Now: Loki

Loki Season 2 has officially ended with the episode “Glorious Purpose”, and what a wild ride it was! Join Couch Soup contributors Lily K, Thomas Richards, Erika Aundawyn, and Iain McParland for a Watching Now special, discussing the series’ ups and downs. Did the Loki series end satisfyingly or did it leave us gasping for more? What did they think of series newcomers? How about that character development: undercooked or jusssstttt right? And what does it all mean for the overarching MCU?
by Drew LewisNovember 14, 2023

Avatar The Last Airbender & Ghostbusters Frozen Empire Trailer Reaction – TRAILER TALK

Trailers we are reacting to: Avatar The Last Airbender - Showrunner Albert Kim and starring Gordon Cormier, Kiawentiio, Ian Ousley, Tamlyn Tomita. Ghostbusters Frozen Empire- Directed by Gil Kenan and starring Starring Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, McKenna Grace. Let's watch - react - discuss. This is Trailer Talk.
by Drew LewisNovember 14, 2023

Spider-Man 2 Final Preview | Screen Smash (Members Only)

The Screen Smash crew takes a look at everything we know about the upcoming Marvel's Spider-Man 2 with lots of speculations, predictions, and a few wild theories to boot
by Dan MorrisOctober 17, 2023

Niche Games W/ Alex McCumbers | Screen Smash

Lies of P is a great difficult game for casuals, and we talk niche games with guest Alex McCumbers.
by Dan MorrisSeptember 28, 2023
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Fallout Review From Someone Who Never Played The Games

The Fallout series dropped its entire season on Amazon Prime last week and I watched all of it in nearly one sitting. I knew about the existence of the games, I didn’t know anything else. So I went into this completely blind. And oh, it was worth it!
by Art of Lily KApril 20, 2024

Halo Season 2: Is It An Improvement?

Halo Season 2 has come to a close, so the question is, was it an improvement? Join Thomas Richards as he tells you if it is an improvement over Season 1.
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Wrestlemania Week: 3 GOOD Acting Performances and 3 BAD ones by Wrestlers in Superhero Media

It’s Wrestlemania 40! It’s a week where superstars become superheroes. It’s not the first time for some of the guys performing this weekend. Here are three good and three bad acting performances by wrestlers in Superhero TV and movies.
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Beyond Absurd: Unveiling the Hilarious Chaos of Chicken Nugget

We watched Chicken Nugget, the weird new Netflix Korean comedy series based on the webtoon of the same name. Step into the world where a girl can be transformed into a chicken nugget, and we’ll tell you why it’s actually worth your time!
by Iain McParlandApril 24, 2024

Fallout Review From Someone Who Never Played The Games

The Fallout series dropped its entire season on Amazon Prime last week and I watched all of it in nearly one sitting. I knew about the existence of the games, I didn’t know anything else. So I went into this completely blind. And oh, it was worth it!
by Art of Lily KApril 20, 2024

Halo Season 2: Is It An Improvement?

Halo Season 2 has come to a close, so the question is, was it an improvement? Join Thomas Richards as he tells you if it is an improvement over Season 1.
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The Dragon Con Experience, Part 2: What to Expect

Stef continues her series on Dragon Con listing some important things to expect at the con and some ways to stay connected to con shenanigans year-round.
by Stef WatsonApril 15, 2024
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Seven Soccer Movies to Fill the Hole Left by the End of the Women’s World Cup

Are you missing the Women’s World Cup? Well, here’s some soccer movies that may or may not scratch that itch. FOOTBALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!
by Iain McParlandSeptember 18, 2023

WTF Just Happened in Outlander? S7, E1, “A Life Well Lost”

Liza catches you up on Outlander Season 7 episode 1, "A Life Well Lost," and talks about her worries for episode 2.
by Lizabeth PhoenixJune 23, 2023

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Remake is a Great Experience for Newcomers

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is the latest game to get the Remake treatment with Avantgarden’s Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Remake. Is it a must-buy for all, newcomers, or nobody? And does this indie darling still hold up?
by Iain McParlandMarch 7, 2024
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