Outside is Overrated

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Tom Sedlacek

Tom Sedlacek, aka Tom Awesome, is the creator and host of Outside is Overrated. He balances a full-time job and family with a passion for gaming. Let's chuck some dice!

Tom’s Triumphs – The Isolation of a Father

These are strange times. March is usually one of my busiest months of the year – it’s usually when my work has our big annual conference. If you recall, it was a crappy affair last year. This year we watched the coronavirus sweep across the U.S. with growing concern, forcing us to postpone our event two weeks before it was supposed to start.

Along with the decision to move our show came the opportunity to work from home full time. As Minnesotans were ordered to shelter in place, our intrepid heroes at OiO would be in nerd nirvana right?

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Outside is Overrated Episode 22 – Gateway to Anime

In the new edition of the podcast Scott and Joey introduce Tom to anime. The colorful trio discuss Cowboy Bebop, Princess Mononoke and Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood. There is also a lively discussion about the Final Fantasy VII Remake demo and listener email.

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Tom’s Triumphs – Marveling With My Love

As one of the last members of my core group of friends to get married, I’ve had no shortage of advice on how to handle holidays. I’ve long heard that eventually the magic runs out on Valentine’s Day. The gifts lose their luster and expectations sink until you’re knocking back Little Ceasers and box wine. Fortunately for my legions of loyal readers, the Awesome family isn’t there yet!

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Outside is Overrated Episode 21 – All The Final Fantasies

Tom, Joey and Brandon discuss the 15 mainline Final Fantasy games.

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Review: The Mandalorian Season One

In the headliner show for Disney+, The Mandalorian treats Star Wars fans to a spaghetti Western in a galaxy far, far away. Over the course of eight episodes you watch the titular hero make friends, chase quarry across the galaxy and encounter a heaping helping of scoundrels.

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Tom’s Triumphs – Ice Fishing is….Fun?

For the majority of my life, I’ve been content to be a mostly solitary creature. My primary hobby involves sitting in a recliner in my basement, ridiculously close to my belovedly over-sized TV. I’m happy to spend hours upon hours in fictional worlds, preferably with a tumbler of whisky to keep me hydrated.

Occasionally we all have to bust out of our comfort zone to expand our horizons, right? So what happens when you take The Tom out of that natural habitat and dump him into a frozen wasteland without power? Hopefully you get one heck of a column out of it. Read on to find out!

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Outside is Overrated Episode 20 – The Skywalker Saga

Tom and Phoenix discuss the entire Skywalker Saga, Star Wars Episodes 1-9. Spoilers for The Rise of Skywalker

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Tom’s Triumphs – Reuniting With a Lost Love

Ho there wanderer, stay a while and listen.

Do you remember the first time you fell in love? And the way you compared every experience to that one until you found “the one?” What do you do when that first love wanders back into your life? And what are you supposed to do when your wife, of all people, brings this old flame back into your life?

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Outside is Overrated Episode 19 – Best Games of 2019

Tom and Joey reflect on over 31 games from 2019. The talk about their favorite indie titles, mobile games, what’s new in the battle royale genre and the best and worst games of the year.

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