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Colbert Bump: In the Non-Combat Gameplay episode, they talked about how James started playing Echo Bazaar. Later that day, Echo Bazaar broke.
In the Amnesia and Storytelling episode, Dominions 3 was cited as an example of using mechanics to fill in the player on the backstories of the units. Who wants to wager that there's been an upswing in the number of people playing Dominions 3?
This is the point of the "Games you might not have tried" episodes.
Averted In the episode on Propaganda, where they very clearly tried to not do this, giving the names of some particularly heinous games but not linking them and encouraging people not to go looking so as to not give these people the hits.
Growing the Beard: The first few months of the show's run on The Escapist saw an improvement in quality and a shift in primary tone from humorous to heartwarming.
Internet Backdraft: Inadvertent example from the "faith in games" debacle: Asserting that science sometimes has to rely on hypotheses that haven't been fully proven is fine. Expressing that in the form "science is based on faith" might be seen as confusing and is somewhat inflammatory given the many connotations and associations of the word faith. Then the clarification video God Does Not Play Dice explained that they really did mean that it was the same thing as religious faith and didn't see what all the fuss was about.