Lectures, discussions and events at or organised by the German Historical Institute London
Split the Veil covers all things Bioware - from Mass Effect, to Dragon Age, Bioware classics, and Anthem. Hosted by Caitie (Ghil Dirthalen on YouTube) and Jordan (The Exalted March on YouTube).
In this episode, Caitie and Jordan discuss a grab bag of topics including the recent Dragon Age 4 time jump, the Mass Effect "next" teaser trailer that went missing for a second, and the Game Awards. Also: what's the name of our show?
In this episode, Caitie and Jordan review the story, characters, gameplay and overall execution of Dragon Age 2 and all its DLC. Also: we discuss nerd culture and some Mass Effect modding.
In this episode, Caitie and Jordan discuss fan perception of and reaction to games development transparency; we contrast different development and release strategies from past BioWare games as well as different kinds of early access games like Divinity Original Sin 2, Baldur's Gate 3, and Star Citizen. Also: what it's like to paint miniatures.…
In this episode, Caitie and Jordan discuss the core elements of Dragon Age and "what makes a game Dragon Age game?" We discuss the themes, aesthetics, gameplay mechanics, and use of lore that seem to define a Dragon Age game. We also discuss what it might mean to see another studio make a DA game. Also: we hate on Twitter some more.…
In this episode Caitie and Jordan review Mass Effect 1; we cover ME1 in a 1 out of 7 review format and discuss our favorite and least favorite aspects of everything Mass Effect. Also: a little bit of KotOR remake talk.
In this episode, Caitie and Jordan discuss how the Anthem community is keeping itself alive and carrying on the fandom around Anthem, what it means, and how it could affect the future. Also: what it would sound like if Jordan was invited to a meeting with EA (sort of).
In this episode, Caitie and Jordan do a full review of BioWare's 2009 Dragon Age: Origins! Inspired by our companion review episodes, we cover DAO in a 1 out of 7 review format and discuss our favorite and least favorite aspects of everything Dragon Age: Origins. Also: Caitie tells a harrowing tale of a very bad thief. Also: Also: Caitie and Jordan…
GHIL LectureBy Tanika Sarkar
In this episode, Caitie and Jordan discuss E3 2021, make some predictions about what may be shown at EA Play in July, and talk about the future of gaming events. We also briefly discuss the news about BioWare's new general manager.
GHIL LectureBy Barbara Manthe
GHIL LectureBy Amy S. Kaufman
GHIL LectureBy Hannah Skoda
In this episode, Caitie and Jordan deep dive into the details of Mass Effect Legendary Edition. We discuss major and minor changes including how much of a difference the new graphical updates make, whether the style changes to lighting and mood make things better or worse, and compare the extent of changes between ME1 and ME2/ME3. Also: squirrel mo…
GHIL LectureBy Amy S. Kaufman
GHIL in co-operation with the Faculty of History, University of OxfordBy Svenja Goltermann
In this episode, Caitie and Jordan talk bad guys in the Mass Effect and Dragon Age franchises. We run down the major antagonists in each game in the respective series and have them face off until find the best villain in BioWare's catalog! Saren vs the Arishok? The Illusive Man vs Loghain? What about the Reapers vs the Darkspawn? We talk about what…
Joint LectureBy Round Table
In this episode, Caitie and Jordan review the reviews for the Mass Effect series and reveal the listener scores. We share the compiled listener survey results, compare to our own scores, read listener comments, and make some adjustments to our previous scores. We also noticed some interesting rankings between DA and ME franchises.…
In this very special episode, Caitie and Jordan discuss all the reasons why "niceness" is not kindness, going through a handful of decisions in Dragon Age and Mass Effect that have counterintuitive results and what that really means. We manage to make a meme episode that only goes off the rails a couple of times. Oh and also, Justice League Snyder …
Modern German History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, University of LondonBy Patrice G. Poutrus
In this episode, Caitie and Jordan review the reviews for the Dragon Age series and reveal the listener scores. We share the compiled listener survey results, compare to our own scores, read listener comments, and make some adjustments to our previous scores. Also: we take some shots at millennials.
Part of the Spring Seminar lecture series 2021.By Nandini Gooptu
In this episode, Caitie and Jordan discuss the end of Anthem, look back at what it was like to cover BioWare's first true multiplayer focused game, get into the recent news about DA4 being single-player and what it means for BioWare going forward. Also: (you guessed it) the Titantic.
Part of the Spring Seminar lecture series 2021.By Peter Burschel
In this episode, Caitie and Jordan go over details about the new remaster of the Mass Effect trilogy, including graphics updates, gameplay tweaks, and more. Also, there is some talk about a potential Dragon Age remaster. Also: Miranda's booty. Also: Matthew McConaughey.
In this episode, Caitie and Jordan review the companions of Dragon Age: Inquisition. We go in wildly different directions on Sera and Cole, agree about Solas, give the most in-depth review of Blackwall's finer points ever, and much more. Also: we talk WandaVision and Disney+ falling off the truck.
In this episode, Caitie and Jordan talk all about the latest trailers from Dragon Age 4 and Mass Effect 5 shown at the The Video Game Awards. We talk about returning characters, possible new characters, two galaxies, one Solas face, and lots of lore theories. Also: the titanic again.
Part of the Autumn Seminar lecture series 2020.By Alice Rio
In this episode, Caitie and Jordan discuss the departures of studio manager Casey Hudson and Dragon Age executive producer Mark Darrah including what it means for the future of Dragon Age 4, Mass Effect, and the studio as a whole. Also: icebergs and air balloons.
The Gerda Henkel Foundation Visiting Professorship Lecture was given by Professor Martina Kessel, on Thursday, 26 November 2020.By Martina Kessel
In this episode Caitie and Jordan flip through the BioWare 25 book and discuss some of the concept art and images that gives clues about what's next for Dragon Age and Mass Effect, while also taking a look back at some unfinished projects including a cancelled spy-thriller called Agent. Also: Call of Duty.…
The 2020 Annual Lecture 'The Crisis of the Meritocracy' was given by Professor Peter Mandler, Cambridge, on Friday, 6 November 2020.By Peter Mandler
In this episode, Caitie and Jordan discuss where the Mass Effect franchise stands now, why it feels so different than it did even a couple of years ago, what the chances are for new games or media in the near future, why Jordan is no longer excited for Starfield, and why they both feel so old.
In this episode, Caitie and Jordan discuss some of their favorite story and character moments from the Dragon Age franchise. We talk about Aveline, the Battle of Ostagar, the mage origin, the joining, Haven, and many other moments from DA.
In this episode Caitie and Jordan discuss whether Destroy, Control or - nah, just kidding. =) We talk all about the companions in Mass Effect 3! We break down all aspects of every companion, including discussing why Javik is the best DLC ever, why no one cares about Kaidan and how Garrus ascends to godhood. Also some talk about speed run baby raisi…
In this episode, Caitie and Jordan give their thoughts on the developer diary behind-the-scenes look at Dragon Age 4. We discuss the new facial animation tech, concept art, game environments, potential new companions, and spider-hands. Also: we're back from hiatus; Caitie is a mom now and we missed you all.…
In this episode: Caitie and Jordan talk about how Red Dead Redemption 2 will make you want to go out into the woods and build a house. Also how the Notebook gets you laid.
In this episode: Caitie and Jordan discuss two huge Nintendo Switch games, and why they seem to be the perfect plague games. Which was very topical when we recorded it, but probably not when we release this.
Part of the Summer Seminar lecture series 2020 on Feminist HistoriesBy Maud Bracke
In this episode: Caitie and Jordan talk about Sailor Moon. Well, it's mostly Caitie ranting about her interpretation on the Sailor Moon manga, which turns out deeper than Jordan expected.
Part of the Summer Seminar lecture series 2020 on Feminist HistoriesBy Jane Whittle, Laura Schwartz
Part of the Summer Seminar lecture series 2020 on Feminist HistoriesBy Chiara Bonfiglioli
In this episode, Caitie and Jordan review the companions in Dragon Age DLC! We cover the cast of Awakening and Witch Hunt in depth, share our love for the unlikely duo of Finn and Ariane, talk about Anders change, Velanna's angry face and much more.
In this episode, Caitie and Jordan review the all-star cast of Mass Effect 2. We take surprisingly few shots at Miranda, Jordan sort of defends Jacob, we both heap praise on Tali, and much much more. Oh and Garrus - lots of Garrus talk.
In this episode, Caitie and Jordan discuss the possibility of a Dragon Age movie or series, what they would like to see, what they wouldn't like to see, potential stories to use, and what might work for casting. We also inevitably talk about Game of Thrones and The Witcher Netflix series. Also: Jordan's microphone.…
In this episode, Caitie and Jordan review the squad from Mass Effect: Andromeda. We break down strengths and weakness for all companions; we talk Liam's acting, Cora's romance scene, whether Peebee is a manic pixie dream girl, and much more. Also: Jordan has found a better way to sit.