Episode 214: Emotional Entanglement

This week, we’re rejoined by Jay Tholen, developer on Dropsy the Clown and Hypnospace Outlaw. Since the last time we had him on the show, Hypnospace has been released out into the world, so we talk about the specific memories of the early Net that influenced game, such as the playfulness of the pre-Web 2.0 era.

We also discuss the pros and cons of building Hypnospace within Construct 2, the post-release slump indie devs can find themselves in, and how to create a successful commercial work without sacrificing your artistic intent.

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Episode 213: The Study of Flubber

Back from the dead, we’re joined by Alex “One Organ Down” Damrath, here to talk with us about his erstwhile hospital stay, only to confront the dangers of Glenlivet’s liquor tide pods.

We also discuss that there Joker movie, Nelson’s exquisite experience with Devil’s Hunt, and the release of Borderlands 3 amongst a sea of controversies of its own making.

Games include Wilmot’s Warehouse, Control, Valkyria Chronicles 4, A Hat in Time, Devil’s Hunt, Sayonara Wild Hearts, Apex Legends, Anodyne 2, Borderlands 3, and What the Golf?

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Episode 212: Tacticool

We now live in a world where our weeaboo compatriots have thrown themselves at the gates of Area 51, attempting to uncover the facility’s vast secrets.

Meanwhile, we find ourselves in our own government black site as we hunker back down with Control, experiment with the launch lineup of Apple Arcade, and witness the ghostly return of Telltale Games.

Games include Control, Divinity: Original Sin II, GreedFall, Sayonara Wild Hearts, What the Golf?, and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

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Episode 211: Come On, Doc

This week, we discuss our preferences in gamer chairs, follow up on the origins of Digimon, and find out who among us is a true chocolate mage.

But we spend the majority of this week talking about Doc Burford’s medium post, “i don’t think i like prestige games,” a piece where he describes his distaste with most mainstream games. It’s also a piece that folks in indie dev spaces and beyond have been using as a rallying point for their frustrations with AAA game design sensibilities.

We dive deep into the validity of some of his criticisms while taking to task the idea of perceived intellectual superiority for disliking popular content, the difficulty in finding the historical critical response to games, and the pervasiveness in this piece and elsewhere of misconstruing one’s personal tastes with universal truths.

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Episode 210: Digi-games

We know this is predominantly a video game-focused podcast, but what if… what if we didn’t talk about video games? What if we talked about board games instead?

Well, we tried that, but ended up slipping back into our old digi-game ways, talking about the best acquire-them-all franchises; how to properly secure, contain, and protect in Control; and discover the real leading man of our hearts.

Games include Complicated Board Game: The Card Game; Someone Has Died; Trust Me, I’m Psychic; Trogdor!! The Board Game; Secret Hitler; Control; Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age; Astral Chain; Pokémon Masters; and Tetris Effect.

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Episode 209: Weeb U

We start off the show by pouring ourselves a little bit of the bubbly as we settle a score concerning some Smashers, welcome the return of Kyle Katarn, and discover what abandoned Wii U games are coming to Switch.

For the episode’s second half, we cover the past few difficult weeks in games – content warning for topics of sexual assault, abuse, and suicide – as we discuss Nathalie Lawhead’s blog post outing their abuser, kicking off a series of allegations against others across the games industry.

If you need someone to talk to about an experience with sexual assault or abuse, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or visit online.rainn.org. If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, text START to the Crisis Text Line at 741741, or go to the International Association for Suicide Prevention to find a list of hotlines by country.