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!
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!
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.