TSM Episode 456: Migration Day

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Download Link: Released 2017.11.20

When migration day arrives and Lusipurr.com staff members become The Day Tonight reporters, not all goes to plan. The Australian semaphor is the first thing to break down, followed by a total, world-wide collapse of the Discord servers!


  1. As a loyal and long time reader/listener, I am excited about the addition of daily news to the streams, but due to my skepticism of media at large, and general curiosity, will the focus be on objective news reporting, or more opinionated editorial based…for lack of a better term “punditry”?

    I suppose I can assume there will be peppered portions of opinion based analysis, jokes, and the skepticism of the industry at large of which we know and love from this site, but with all this outrage culture going on in all facets of media from all sides, I’m curious to know where the staff members stand on objective reporting versus editorial punditry.

  2. @Fumunshu: That’s a good question and I should have been clearer in my description of what streams will be like. The discussion of topical events is editorial rather than objective reporting of the facts (otherwise it would make for a pretty short discussion).

    Basically, think of stream discussion of the day’s video game news events as being a like-for-like replacement of the former editorials. You can expect exactly the same sorts of things to come out of the staff member’s mouth during their stream as you formerly would have read in their editorial column. The only real difference is that instead of the topic occasionally being somewhat abstruse (in written form), it will now always be based (in some way) on some news from the day.

    Because the nature of editorial is to provide an accurate reporting of events, and then the editorialist’s views about those events, there’s a degree to which all editorialising is punditry as a matter of necessity. So, we are not replacing written editorial content with a dispassionate relation of facts during the stream (although there will be some of that, as there often is during the podcast). You could view this as a bad thing (i.e. if you didn’t like editorials in the first place), or as a good thing (if you liked editorials and didn’t want them to be totally gone).

    I think you’ll find that each staff member has their own take on this, too. Some will editorialise more than others, or about some topics more than others. For example, speaking for myself alone, if the big stories of the day are about Call of Duty or FIFA or Grand Theft Auto, you can expect me to give a much more cut-and-dry ‘here are the facts’ presentation than if the big stories of the day were about Castlevania being remade as a Match-3 game and Final Fantasy XVI being announced as an episodic game for iOS/Android, because in those latter cases I’d have some pretty strong opinions, whereas in the former case I’d have less investment. In both cases, you would get the facts of the story, but in the latter example those would be followed with my assessment (as a fan) as well.

    Hopefully that makes it clearer! Thank you for listening–and for asking. Your feedback does matter.

  3. That does make it clearer. Thank you for your thorough and articulate reply, Lusipurr.

    I think I can speak for a broad swath that the partisan politicizing of nearly everything has been deeply
    permeating video game coverage for several years now, with a frustrating impact on the medium of video games itself, let alone my enjoyment of the coverage. It’s exhausting. Video games is for me an oasis away from this oroborus that is the finger wagging of partisan politics, so I’m experiencing some fatigue now that even in video games, I have to pick a side in the proverbial Thanksgiving argument with my belligerent uncle/nephew. Not to say I do not enjoy an opinionated analysis of the culture– of course I do, that’s one of the reasons I enjoy the output of this site and it’s current and former staff members. I suppose it must be a difficult line to ride as a writer/editorialist, to cover these games that we enjoy and are passionate about, without starting to sound like a vapid talking head on either 24 hour news network.

  4. As far as an ideological viewpoint is concerned, I don’t know that any of the staff members fit neatly on either side of the divide (such as it is) of the rapidly polarising media. All of the staff members have views some of which fall on one side and some of which fall on the other–but this is a function of our hiring principles and our readership. We try only to hire people who are thoughtful and whose judgement is considered, rather than the result of obligatory devotion to some sort of political ideology. And because we advance such an approach, our readership tends to that as well.

    If we have a particular ‘angle’ that we champion more than any other, it would be on behalf of ‘consumer rights’ versus ‘producer rights’, but even that characterisation is misleading through lacking nuance: we have and will defend producer rights when they are legitimate and reasonable. But at the same time it is clear that when the ‘producer’ is a very large company with relatively inexhaustible reserves of money, then the ‘individual gamer’ deserves more of the benefit of the doubt, and so we try to redress that inequity.

    As far as finger-wagging goes, we try to avoid that except in a tongue-in-cheek way (don’t play Call of Duty, kids!) because sanctimony is not particularly useful either for the speaker for the audience, in general. But also, seriously, don’t play Call of Duty because the last thing anyone should do is encourage them to make more of those.

    With all this said, you can of course chat and engage with the staff members on stream (live, no less!) and you can comment on the streams here on the site, and in the round-up. So, you can always ensure that our staff hear your feedback–although how they respond is another matter entirely…!

  5. @RabidKitten: Yep, we will be doing that, but we have to first make sure that any dependencies have been migrated. Otherwise, when we redirect, portions of the new site will break.

    There are a few outstanding issues–some of which are behind-the-scenes, but others which you can see for yourself (notice how comments look a bit broken?). Once those are completely sorted, we’ll be ready to throw the switch and see what happens. :)

    Update: by using an HTML redirect, we can bounce people to this site without deactivating the old one. Ta da!

  6. @Lusipurr: The new podcast music is fantastic! I’m guessing you created it yourself again? Any links where I could download it for myself?

  7. Not everything survived the port intact. I tried to load recent podcasts on my app this morning and got a feed no found error. So whatever RSS/iTunes feed thing that the old podcasts were on no longer works. I found the new on with a search though.

  8. @DiceAdmiral: We’ve had some reports to that effect. If you were using iTunes subscription, you should have been alright.

    If not, there may have been an interruption because the name of the file changed. There’s a way in the RSS feed itself to broadcast this change beforehand (we did it a month in advance), so that podcast programs don’t lose connexion when the file name changes. However, not all programs integrate this feature correctly; and, users who did not refresh their feed in that intervening month would not have benefitted from the new URL notice in the feed.

    Our apologies! Hopefully the SUPERIOR CONTENT of THE DAY TONIGHT makes up for all inconveniences.

  9. I’m only a bit into this specific podcast so we’ll see. One question though: was Today Tonight taken? IMO that’s a much better name.

  10. TodayTonight.com is, in fact, taken. Although there is no website at that address, the domain was registered back in 1999 and is still being held. The Twitter account is suspended (and thus unusuable).

    Lots of things were available with .net and .org and so on extensions, but we really wanted to stay with a .com address because one of the reasons for the change in name was to make it much easier to speak and remember the site, and most people default to assuming .com as the extension.

    We went with The Day Tonight because of its similarity to The Day Today, which is worth seeing. Also, we like the double meaning afforded by The ‘Day-to-Night’.

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