Step into the wardrobe with us today as we talk about how the design of a character, and notably a redesign, can act as a useful shorthand for how we perceive of our favorite characters. It’s also another morning recording, and you know how those get! Also included: Plunge You Up, The Fall, and Mummy Love.
Whoopsies. This one turned out to be much more about the current twitter “discourse” on game difficulty than either of us intended at first, but we think we had a salient angle to speak from. We also talk about games that have made us do weird things, from map drawing to creature memorization. Also included: Cheating the Game, Cheating Yourself, Not Growing, Not Improving, Taking Shortcuts, Gaining Nothing, Hollow Victories, Risking Nothing, and Not Knowing the Difference.
This week, we get wet and wild, by which I mean we were recording before either of us had fully absorbed our morning coffees. With that weird energy at our disposal, we talk about how stories change when the audience is forced to take on a different point-of-view, and how games create opportunities for this by swapping around main characters and making perspective switches. Also included: Horny for Osmosis, Nolan Nurth, Chris the Segue Boy, and an Actual Spoiler Warning
No pre-recorded episode this week, due to travel and work, but enjoy a quick treat! Our first ever live show, recorded at the Chicago Podcasters Unite C2E2 show on March 16th, 2019! The crowd was great, and we take our slot to talk how games sell immersion. Also included: Chris Forgets his Shakespeare, ThE tHeAtRe Of ThE eYe, and Sega Stole My Wallet!
Join us as we look at games criticism, how it works, and the ways that it is helpful and how it could be improved. We also play a game using some game reviews. It’s all very fun. Trust us. Also included: Peaking with Dylan, Chris’ Big Plug, and DC’s Sham-Wow!
This week we’ve got another super special guest episode! Our friend Christine, host of the podcast The Unexplored Places, joins us to talk about analog RPG narratives, as well as to gush with Dylan about one of their favorite JRPG series. Also included: Zesty Ohio, A Very Confused Audience Surrogate, and Dylan’s Anime-Glasses-Flash
This week, we chill out, max, relax all cool, and answer some questions from friends and Twitter. Come along as we play it by ear and engage with our audience for once! Also included: Chris’s Ear Rant, 12-Year-Old Murder, and Dylan's big cop-out.
This week, we are excited to unveil the long sought-after fourth book in the Russian acting teacher’s cannon of texts, in which he discussed character creation in video games as a parallel to the actor’s process. In addition to the above being our stupidest and most-inside-baseball joke ever, we also have a lot of fun this episode, and Dylan and Chris both rant for a while on current gaming loves and how games allow creative impulses in their players. Also included: The Great Bathroom Puzzle, Dylan the Ouija Boi, The Robot-Arm Acting Technique, and Key-Blazing.
We’re back on schedule this week with a very special episode, featuring our first ever guest! We’re joined by our old friend JP, a sketch comedian with Bad Medicine Comedy out of Washington, D.C., and with his help we look at what makes for a good piece of sketch comedy, and how those principles show up in a handful of games. Also included: The Hairy Fight-Man, JP’s Favorite Movie, and Baby’s First Segue