Do you have any games that changed how you think about games, or stories, or life? Well, we sure as heck do, and this week, we talk about a few of those flash-bulb games that have impacted us over the years. Also included: The Funny Sex Number, Warlock Daddy, Nasty SNES, and Relevant Seinfeld Humor
All this talking about storytelling and narratives has gotten exhausting, and who has the energy for that in this summer heat? Instead, let’s take it easy, and not talk about story at all. In fact, let’s talk about some games with a very pointed lack of story, and see if we can riddle out how those work! Doesn’t that sound refreshing? Also included: TIME TO KILL, Funky Kong ASMR, Slimy Wilson, and Football-Sonas.
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.
The big 3-0, eh? Join us on our traditional 10-episode trip to the Writer’s Room. On the chopping block this time? Only one of the longest-running and most beloved RPG franchises in the world, Final Fantasy! Can we succeed where three motion pictures and two anime adaptations failed? Let’s find out!
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.
We got you! You clicked! Our clever ruse is a success! This week, we talk for a while about why it’s so rare to see a licensed game for a film property turn out to be actually fun, but then transition into talking about a lot of licensed movie games we actually really liked. It’s a roller coaster! Oh, plus, at one point we talk for a long time about a game cutscene that you can watch HERE. Also included: Tax Prison Podcasting, The Nightmare Before May Cry, an Ear Crime, and the Bumble Good-Bye.
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