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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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Apr 21, 2016

 

Hello Gearboxers and welcome back to episode 151 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! The crew of Lee, Aftyne, Chris, and Matt talk about karaoke, fake testicles, the upcoming Men In Black and 21 Jump Street crossover movie, saying things backwards, genitalia in video games, the power outage that occurred in Altoona, the large number of shooter MOBAs about to be released, the excellent Dickey's Barbecue Pit that just opened up downtown, and much more!

 

 

Apr 7, 2016

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to an extra sized episode 150 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! The crew of Lee, Aftyne, Chris, Dan, Rod, Allie, and and Andy the baby talk about breaking the internet, the brewing virtual reality wars, various MOBA style shooters coming out soon, ridiculous IndieGoGo's, things that happened on April's Fools Day, developers tricks for trolling pirates, and much more!

All that and we're giving away prizes to celebrate or 150th episode!

Apr 3, 2016

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to an extra sized episode 149 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! The crew of Matt, Lee, Aftyne, Chris, Joe and Dan talk about the magic of magnets, our art challenge for the McSoss Podcast, Chris' adventure with the state police, ideas for shows with product placement, the butt controversy in Blizzard's Overwatch, eyewear for sex, and much more!

Mar 24, 2016

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to an episode 148 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! The crew of Lee, Aftyne, Chris, and Dan talk about our new brothership with the McSoss podcast, the cutthroat world of professional gaming, Anchors To Anchors, making band names into books, Nintendo's new secret console, the horror behind local tattoo shows, genitalia on the internet, and much more!

Mar 17, 2016

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to an episode 147 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! The crew of Lee, Aftyne, Chris, Joe, and Matt talk about their experience at Texas Roadhouse, their rapid fire thoughts on a bunch of upcoming movies, the important questions they want to ask Tim Schafer, some thoughts on the upcoming Fallout 4 DLC, phones that don't let you reboot, the Dagorhir chapter of Maethodoron's excellent Winter Event, and much more!

Mar 10, 2016

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to an oversized episode 146 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! The crew of Lee, Aftyne, Chris, Dan, and Matt talk about the new cheezy abomination at Taco Bell, details about No Man's Sky, the various disasters at Valve's Shanghai Major, the end of the Mythbusters era, controversy with gaming developer royalty, how angry/excited the new Ghostbusters trailers make us, how great the Deadpool movie is, and much more!

Mar 3, 2016

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to episode 145 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! The crew of Lee, Aftyne, Joe, Dan, and new GBU intern Kyle talk about attempting to say some words correctly, what videos games made us cry/break controllers, the Legends Of The Hidden Temple movie announcement, the blob versus the thing, twenty years of Pokémon, and much more!

Feb 25, 2016

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to episode 144 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! The crew of Chris, Aftyne, Joe, Dan, and Lee talk about free stuff from Sega, the growing pains of bringing eSports into the mainstream, what celebrities we would go gay for, some of this year's plans for the Con-Quest at Sci-Fi Valley Con, that more people have died from selfies than sharks this year so far, doing the time so you can do the crime, and much more!

Feb 18, 2016

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to episode 143 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! The crew of Matt, Chris, Aftyne, Dan, and Lee talk about the Assassin's Creed series, the upcoming Fallout 4 DLC, out of control weapon wielding animals, the reboot of the Powerpuff Girls, awesome things at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, fond memories of Zune, how to break your iPhone with time travel, secret zombie robot teeth, horrible YouTube videos, and much more!

Feb 11, 2016

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to episode 142 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! The crew of Joe, Chris, Aftyne, Dan the Roommate, and Lee talk about the new Final Fantasy mobile game, this year's Superbowl commercials, the recent mysteries surrounding Sonic the Hedgehog, more YouTube controversy, possible legal trouble brewing in the world of Dagorhir, our plans for Valentine's Day, and much more!

 

Feb 4, 2016

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to episode 141 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! The overloaded crew of Joe, Matt, Chris, Aftyne, Dan the Roommate, and Lee talk about the possible brutality of Darth Vader, silly stories from high school, how to make swatting a federal crime, the Fine Brothers controversy, the plague spreading across YouTube, our dumb dreams for the future, and much more!

Jan 28, 2016

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to episode 140 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! The crew of Chris, Aftyne, Dan the Roommate , and Lee talk about the new Harley Quinn/Suicide Squad controversy, the Five Nights At Freddy's World debacle, the glorious absurdity that is Salty Bet, the upcoming Supreme Court decision that will greatly affect the future of cosplay, the unlicensed high definition remake of Metal Gear Solid, Star Wars based hilarity in the Twitterverse, the sad spectacle that is people eating weird things on YouTube, this year's line of high powered Nerf weapons, the excellent Setsucon happening this weekend in State College that we will be attending, and much more!

Jan 21, 2016

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to a episode 139 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! The crew of Chris, Aftyne, Matt, Lee and again special guest Dan the roommate pay tribute to the late Alan Rickman as well as talk about the new Suicide Squad trailer, the release of Homeworld: Deserts Of Kharak, Lee's epic fight with sea monsters, the people who the Powerball, Chris getting kick out of movie theaters, eSports coming to ESPN, Matt's scary late night visitors, the awesomeness of Tupperware Remix Party, and much more!

Jan 14, 2016

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to a episode 138 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! The crew of Chris, Aftyne, and Lee along talk about our fond memories of the late David Bowie, trying to catch all the Mortys in the brand new Pocket Mortys from Adult Swim, our thoughts on the upcoming XCOM: Enemy Unknown 2, whether casual gaming is ruining gaming as a whole, what kind of characters we tend to play in games, our adventures dying in space horribly while playing the recently launched game Tharsis, and much more!

Jan 8, 2016

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to a episode 137 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! The crew of Chris, Aftyne, Matt, and Lee along talk about how bad the majority of the eyes of the GBU are, the upcoming Rick And Morty mobile game, the recently betting controversy in Counter Strike: Global Offensive, how awesome the Dota 2 International tournament is, old Adult Swim cartoons, their misadventures in Don't Starve, the sad story of Erin of Esurance, Quentin Tarantino attempting to go up against Star Wars with Hateful 8, and much more!

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!

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