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The Mandatory Downtime Podcast

The Mandatory Downtime Podcast, brought to you by The Gearbox Union, is a weekly podcast about everything and nothing for your listening pleasure. We discuss movies, technology, cartoons, gaming, animals, books, conventions, the internet, life's deepest/shallowest questions, comics, and much more. Its just good fun! Classic episodes 1-98 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast can be found here on the Gearbox Union's website: http://www.gearboxunion.com/podcast
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Dec 31, 2015

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to a very special New Years Eve episode, number 136, of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! If you start this podcast at exactly 10:59PM tonight, the Gearbox Union crew will celebrate New Years with you at midnight! Before hand the crew of Chris, Aftyne, Matt, and Lee along with guest Dan The Roommate talk about what they are excited for in the up coming year like the new Deadpool movie, reflect back on everything from 2015 like the squatty potty, and much more! And stay tuned after the New Years for the guys to finally talk about the new Star Wars movie with plenty of spoilers! Or if you haven't seen it yet, turn it off at that point! Either way, we here at the Gearbox Union wish you a fun, safe, and an amazing New Year!

Dec 24, 2015

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to a very special Christmas episode, number 135, of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! The crew of Chris, Aftyne, and Lee continue the Gear-Mas season by talking absolutely no Star Wars spoilers (for real no spoilers), MechWarrior Online, The Beginner's Guide, how amazing Home Alone is, Rocket Jump: The Show, TV series that went downhill, old school video games, and much more! All that and again we're giving away free stuff for Gear-Mas! Also we want to thank all you out there in the Gearbox Nation a very merry Christmas and happy holidays!

Dec 19, 2015

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to a very special episode 134 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! The crew of Matt, Chris, Aftyne, and Lee continue the Gear-Mas season by talking becoming criminals, what Tumblr is, Konami's poor treatment of Hideo Kojima, the horrible gut punches of The Last Man On Earth, whether YouTube Red is a good investment, Shia LaBeouf silliness, our thoughts on Star Wars: The Force Awakens before we see it, our favorite Christmas movies, and much more! All that and again we're giving away free stuff for Gear-Mas!

Dec 10, 2015

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to a very special episode 133 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! The crew of Chris, Aftyne, and Lee continue the Gear-Mas season by taking some time to get to know the Gearbox Interns, chatting about South Park doing actual overarching storylines, arguing if DC is poised to take the video adaptation of comic books crown away from Marvel, and much more! All that and again we're giving away free stuff for Gear-Mas!

Dec 3, 2015

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to a very special episode 132 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! The crew of Matt and Lee (AKA the Deck The Halls Stallions) start out the Gear-Mas season talking about what we have planned for the holidays, crazy fever dreams, Christmas movies, that Samurai Jack is coming back, the Bob's Burgers cookbook, alien conspiracy theories, Christmas trees, that it's really hard to get leprosy, twenty years of Pixar movies, our continuing adventures in Fallout 4, and much more! All that and we're giving away free stuff for Gear-Mas!

Nov 26, 2015

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to episode 131 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! The crew of Chris and Lee (AKA the Totally Awesome Totalitarian Two) talk about Thanksgiving traditions, their mixed feelings on the Marvel Civil War movie, how bad Star Wars: Battlefront is crashing, what we are working on for Extra Life in the upcoming holiday season, future plans of building monstrosities of PC power, updates on their Fallout 4 experiences, what they are thankful for this year, and much more!

Nov 19, 2015

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to episode 130 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! The crew of Chris, Matt, and Lee talk their first impressions of Fallout 4, creepy robots for old people, Lee's trip to Chicago, awesomely fancy food, embarrassing stories of us building our computers, even more about Fallout 4, what we have planned in the coming months, and much more!

Nov 12, 2015

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to episode 129 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! This week the crew of Chris and Matt (AKA the 'Coming At Your Face Two-Fer') talk about Fallout 4, our epic Extra Life Game Day 2015, a killer plant, more Fallout 4, weird things that people eat, and much more!

Nov 5, 2015

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to a very special episode 128 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! Not only did we record at the fantastic Snake Eyes Gaming, but we also broadcast the podcast live to our YouTube channel! During which the crew of Chris, Aftyne, Lee, and Joe talk about Steam's new 'family sharing' feature, Joe's magical trip to Orlando, Fallout 4's imminent release, all the amazing things happening at/being given away during our giant Extra Life charity event this weekend, and much more!

Oct 29, 2015

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to an extended episode 127 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! The crew of Chris, Aftyne, Lee, and Matt get scared about robot cars killing us, Creepy Pasta nightmare fuel, what kinds of video games we'd make, carving pumpkins, those damn McSoss guys, old school Sherlock, the upcoming Fallout 4, Halloween costumes, terrifying video games, and much more!

Oct 22, 2015

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to episode 126 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! The crew of Chris, Shannon, Lee, and Joe celebrate Back To The Future Day! Also they talk about if Nightmare Before Christmas is a Halloween or Christmas movie, asteroids coming towards us, adaptive artificial intelligence in video games, hatred for Payday 2's new micro transactions, EA's ridiculous plan for the Star Wars Battlefront season pass, Sword Coast Legends, if a video game could replace table top games, conspiracy theories thanks to the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, being nostalgic about Goosebumps, and much more!

Oct 15, 2015

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to episode 125 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! The crew of Chris, Matt, Lee, and Joe the lack of originality in mobile gaming, Guitar Hero, how not to hit a Whammy, sexual things with motorized tooth brushes, how awesome The Martian is, the brand new Big D theater, six packs of technology, auto pilot cars, if sad Markiplier is sad, where all the older YouTubers have gone, American Horror Story, and much more!

Oct 8, 2015

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to episode 124 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! The crew of Chris, Bethany, Lee, and Joe chat about Woodworking in America, Kansas City, Star Wars stuff, Periscope, the brand new Big D Theater, Matt Damon in space, the future of downloadable content, Bodies: The Exhibition, Tim Curry and the Rocky Horror reunion, Kim Davis' offer, Damage Control coming to TV, what we would do for money, Doctor Who silliness, and much more!

And we talk about the upcoming Extra Life event!

Oct 1, 2015

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to episode 123 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! The crew of Chris, Lee, and Matt chat about the creepiness of the Library of Babel, it not being Christmas without The Nutcracker, funny people that shouldn't make serious movies, video game powers, the Pope's visit to Philadelphia, the Fallout Anthology, lasers being the future of digital storage, and much more!

Sep 24, 2015

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to episode 122 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! The crew of Chris, Lee, and Matt sit down to talk about there adventure at the Hundred Acre Manor Haunted House, escape rooms, what we would put in our own haunted houses, PewDiePie and Markiplier, YouTubers VS established entertainment, Fallout 4 news, Muppets and Heroes Reborn, and much more!

Sep 17, 2015

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to episode 121 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! The crew of Chris, Lee, Matt, and Joe sit down to talk about their trip to Wizard World, the McSoss being old men, meeting the Boondock Saints, how much fun Super Mario Maker might be, Steam sales, the PC master race, Metal Gear Solid 5, and much more!

Sep 10, 2015

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to episode 120 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! The crew of Chris, Lee, Matt, and Joe once again went to Snake Eyes Gaming to talk about mirrors making you go crazy, how people say things, the plans for the Fallout 4 Season Pass, that you can't Google in China, animal freak shows, cereal mascots, and much more!

All that and the Podcast Fight heats up as the guys from the McSoss Comic Book Podcast join us this week!

Sep 3, 2015

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to episode 119 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! This week the crew of Chris, Lee, and Joe went to Snake Eyes Gaming to talk about a bunch of stuff to an empty room because Lee forgot to press the record button! So during take two of the podcast they chat about a bunch of great upcoming events, social media, their adventures in Dagorhir, giant spider backpacks, if the internet is good or evil, that androids are going to put us in a people zoo, and much more!

Aug 27, 2015

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to episode 118 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! This week the crew of Chris, Matt, Lee, and Joe talk about our annoyance with DLC/triple A video game releases, how to handle wrong numbers, the Detroit satanist, that buttons don't do things, the sound bats make, why Google doesn't want you Googling, the epic awesomeness of giant fighting robots thanks to Megabots, the commercials of KFC, upcoming events, and much more!

Aug 21, 2015

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to episode 117 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! This week the crew of Chris, Matt, and Joe talk about social media, Guiness World Records, if Amazon is a terrible employer, Matt's trip to Chicago, Microsoft's Skype Translate and Holo Lens, Joe's annoyance with Youtube, grocery shopping from your bed, the Subway scandal, the hacking of Ashley Madison, bad beers, Google's Project Fi, LA Beast, the creepiness of Sonic Dream Collection, weird video games, Stay Green 2015, and much more!

Aug 13, 2015

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to episode 116 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! This week the crew of Chris, Ellesha, Kaydee, Lee, and Bethany we talk about the great crew at Hundred Arces Manor Haunted House, escape rooms, the great Dagorhir divide between the guys at McSoss, Steel City Con, the wiping controversy started by Chris Campana, roller blading, the Mysterious Package Company, giving blood, the angel's glow of the civil war, Dragonball movie spoilers (44:35), our childhood experiences with SimCity and Rollercoaster Tycoon, the awesomeness of the upcoming Lego Dimensions, motorcycle accidents, Jon Stewart's final episode of The Daily Show, and much more!

Aug 6, 2015

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to episode 115 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! This week the crew of Matt, Kaydee, Chris, Ethan, Rod, and briefly Allie by remote discuss 'shipping', the opening weekend of the PA Ren Faire, a film making convention, silly acting, Mister Ed's Elephant Museum And Candy Emporium, eating adorable animals, kangaroo fighting, having a monster as your best friend, a new nick name for Lee, nerd decorating, what our Care Bear counterparts would be, Green Glass Door, Trilogy Bros, Chicago, and much more! 

Jul 30, 2015

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to episode 114 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! This week the crew of Lee, Matt, Kaydee, and Chris get chatty about Earth 2.0, geniuses being terrified of artificial intelligence, Ant-Man, Shmoop-ing, how excellent Gettysburg, awesome TV shows that got canceled, the mummified rat king, skeet shooting, Space Jam 2, video game time lines, blood glucose eye monitors, podcast fighting McSoss, a Dagorhir update, and much more!

 

And a special baby update from Allie and Rodney! 

Jul 23, 2015

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to episode 113 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! This week the crew of Joe, Rodney, Allie, and new comer Jodi tackle (in a much more civil tone then usual) the topics of dangerous sea encounters, the awesomeness of Zachary Levi, the excellent hobby of board games along with Tabletop Simulator, the ridiculousness of Sharknado, digital versus paper books, the big changes coming to Magic The Gathering, and much more!

Jul 16, 2015

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to episode 112 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! This week the crew of Lee, Matt, Kaydee, and Joe chat about NASA doing a drive by of Pluto, color changing tarantulas, the Foo Fighters 4th Of July BBQ, the coming mini ice age, Iron Giant coming back to theaters, Mick Foley's good looking daughter, the awesomeness of Ash VS Evil Dead, the Deadpool/Suicide Squad trailers, being excited for the Goosebumps movie, a forced play through of Five Nights At Freddy's 4, and much more! All that and we smack talk/challenge the guys at the McSoss Podcast!

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