I noticed during the Austin's extra life stream and every time he popped up in chat during other people's streams, lots of people wanted to ask him his opinion about various Gundam things.
Since there seems to be a lot of demand for Austin Gundam opinions, I thought it would be a helpful public service to catalog his answers somewhere less ephemeral than chat. Answers with quotation marks are ones I had the foresight to copy-paste from chat. Answers without are paraphrases from memory. I'm sure I missed some, so please add any others you remember.
- Austin, what Gundam do you recommend to someone who hasn't seen Gundam?
- 08th MS Team and 0080: War in the Pocket
- Austin, Where do I start with Gundam?
- "There's an io9 article that's an intro to Gundam. Look for it."
- Austin, my friend swears by Unicorn. Is that a good first Gundam?
- No. I like Unicorn a whole bunch, but that's because of what it did in the context of the other Gundams. It's not a good introduction to Gundam. I'd start with 08th MS Team.
- Austin, I watched Gundam 00 and didn't like it. Do they get better or is Gundam just not for me?
- 00 takes place in a different timeline and is pretty different from most of the others. Maybe try 08th MS Team or 0080: War in the Pocket.
- Austin, what do you think of G Gundam?
- I appreciate the goofiness, but I prefer robots that are more real rather than the ones that are basically superheroes.
- Austin, what do you think of 0083?
- "it's cooler than it is good"
- Austin, what are your feelings on ZZ Gundam?
- "Not into it!"
- Austin, are there any Gundam games you like?
- "Yeah. the whole Vs series, the dreamcast game (Side Story 0079), probably some more, too"