The End : Play - Passage

We swapped our Watch and Play episodes this series to accommodate some recording schedule changes, which means this week we’ll be diving into Jason Rohrer’s 2007 game, Passage. One of the early examples of games being held up as art, the game boils a life down to basic elements and expresses them through simple mechanics. We discuss our past experiences with the game, and the worst possible sequels we can imagine.

Topic: Passage, developed and published by Jason Rohrer. Published on Windows and Mac OSX in 2007.

Intro / Outro Music: "Go Cart" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Meddling Kids : Play - Oxenfree

Our final set of meddling kids take us on a trip to Edwards Island, where we tune our radios to spooky and channel the spirits of Night School Studio’s Oxenfree. 

Topic: Oxenfree, developed and published by Night School Studio. Originally published on the Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, and OS X in 2016

Intro / Outro Music: "Go Cart" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Fairy Tales 2.0 : Play - The Wolf Among Us Season 1

We make our way up Manhattan for a trip to Fabletown in our second Fairy Tales 2.0 episode as we discuss Telltale Games’s take on Bill Willingham’s Fables with The Wolf Among Us, Season 1.

Heads up: we talk a bit about the original Fables comic series, but it’s 100% spoiler free.

Topic: The Wolf Among Us, developed and published by Telltale Games. Originally published on the Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and Windows PC episodically between October 14, 2013 and July 9, 2014.

Intro / Outro Music: "Go Cart" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Witches : Play - Banjo-Kazooie

The third and final witch in our series is none other than Gruntilda, the villain from Rare’s classic N64 game Banjo-Kazooie. Before getting to our (surprisingly sympathetic) examination of Grunty herself, we talk about Banjo-Kazooie as a whole and its place in video game history.

Topic: Banjo-Kazooie, developed by Rare and published by Nintendo. Published on the Nintendo 64 in 1998

Intro / Outro Music: "Go Cart" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Women of the Apocalypse : Play - Horizon: Zero Dawn

We jump to the far future for our final apocalypse, Guerrilla Games’s Horizon: Zero Dawn.

Topic: Horizon: Zero Dawn, developed by Guerrilla Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. Published on the Playstation 4 in 2017.

Intro / Outro Music: "Go Cart" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Digital Romance : Play - Emily is Away

After several episodes spent in the future, our third digital romance shifts gears and brings us back to the early 2000s as we relive our years spent on AIM with Kyle Seeley’s Emily is Away.

Topic: Emily is Away, developed and published by Kyle Seeley . Published on the Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux in 2015

Intro / Outro Music: "Go Cart" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Syncopated Worlds: Play - Bioshock Infinite

We travel to the flying city of Colombia for our third Syncopated Worlds episode, as we take on Bioshock Infinite. We dig into the game’s lofty ambitions, and whether it manages to achieve them.

Note: Unfortunately, the vast majority of Clio’s audio for this episode was lost.

Topic: Bioshock Infinite, developed by Irrational Games and published by 2K Games. Published on the Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and Microsoft Windows in 2013

Intro / Outro Music: "Go Cart" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Summary Music: “Hand Balance Redux” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Girls With Gifts : Play - Beyond: Two Souls

In this episode, we get to see what happens when a girl with a gift grows up. Jodie Holmes, a young woman with a tie to a mysterious spirit, spends her life bouncing from one makeshift family to another, pursued by forces who want to use her for their own gains. Join us as we jump into Quantic Dream’s 2013 game, Beyond: Two Souls.

Topic: Beyond: Two Souls, developed by Quantic Dream and published by Sony. Published on the Playstation 3 in 2013

Intro / Outro Music: "Go Cart" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Summary Music: "String Impromptu Number 1” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Sci-Fi Noir : Play - Gemini Rue

Our final foray into Sci-Fi noire takes us to truly uncharted territory as we all jump into a game none of us has ever played: Joshua Nuernberger’s Gemini Rue. We talk through our experiences across PC and various iOS platforms, the implications of the story, and our feelings toward point-and-click games in general.

Topic: Gemini Rue, written by Joshua Nuernberger and published by Wadjet Eye Games. Originally published for Microsoft Windows in 2011

Intro / Outro Music: "Go Cart" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Summary Music: “Comfortable Mystery 4" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Psychological Horror : Play - The Evil Within

Shinji Mikami’s The Evil Within gives us what might be our most divisive topic yet, as we dive into its effectiveness as a horror game, its aesthetic, and its overall design.

Topic: The Evil Within, developed by Tango Gameworks and published by Bethesda Softworks. Published on the Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Windows PC in 2014.

Intro / Outro Music: "Go Cart" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Summary Music: “Right Behind You" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ 

Solitude : Play - Gone Home

The last piece in our Solitude topic is one of our personal favorites: The Fulbright Company’s 2013 Gone Home. We discuss our first experiences with the game, as well as favorite plot lines and characters, and dive deep into what makes this such a standout example of beautiful game design.

Topic: Gone Home, developed and published by The Fulbright Company. Originally published on Windows, Mac and Linux in 2013

Intro / Outro Music: "Go Cart" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Summary Music: "Danse Morialta” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ 

Escape : Play - Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors (999)

Read/Watch/Play reaches perhaps its most important episode to date, the one where we get to talk about 999! We take a deep dive into Chunsoft's Escape the Room Visual Novel, and one of James's personal favorite games.

Topic: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors, developed by Chunsoft and published by Spike in Japan, Aksys Games in North America. Originally published on the Nintendo DS in 2009 in Japan, and 2010 in North America.

Intro / Outro Music: "Go Cart" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Summary Music: "Comfortable Mystery 4" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

(Life)time Travel : Play - Life is Strange (Part 2)

We pick up our 2-part discussion about Dontnod's high school time travel story Life is Strange right where we left off in the last episode, with an in-depth discussion of episodes 4, 5, and finally the game as a whole. NOTE: This entire episode falls after the spoiler break, so there is no spoiler-free zone!

Topic: Life is Strange, developed by Dontnod Entertainment  and published by Squre Enix. Published across various platforms in 2015

Intro / Outro Music: "Go Cart" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

(Life)time Travel : Play - Life is Strange (Part 1)

Special guest Corinne is back as we jump into the first half of our 2-part Life is Strange extravaganza! In this episode, we discuss our general feelings about the game, as well as more specific impressions of the first 3 episodes of the game as a whole.

Topic: Life is Strange, developed by Dontnod Entertainment  and published by Squre Enix. Published across various platforms in 2015

Intro / Outro Music: "Go Cart" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Raygun Gothic : Play - Fallout 4

After two episodes in space, we come back down to Earth for our Play segment, where we dive into Bethesda's enormous Fallout 4. Join us as we discuss wandering the wasteland, ludonarrative dissonance, and our favorite companions, awesome detective and otherwise.

Topic: Fallout 4, developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. Published for the Sony Playstation 4, Microsoft Xbox One, and Windows PC in 2015.

Intro / Outro Music: "Go Cart" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

Episode 15 : Play - Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

After two serious episodes, we jump into what is easily the goofiest piece of media we've discussed on the podcast to date. In spite of some awkward characterization and mechanics, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc murders its way into our hearts.

Topic: Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, developed by Spike Chunsoft and published in the US by NIS America. Published on the PlayStation Vita in 2014.

Intro / Outro Music: "Go Cart" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Episode 12 : Play - Until Dawn

Our horror month comes to a close with Until Dawn, a choice-heavy game made in the style of a slasher film.

Topic: Until Dawn, developed by Supermassive Games and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. Published in 2015 for the Playstation 4.

Intro / Outro Music: "Go Cart" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Episode 9 : Play - Her Story

We take on a game that defies definition this month as we play Sam Barlow's Her Story.

Topic: Her Story, developed and published by Sam Barlow. Published in 2015 for Microsoft Windows, OS X, and iOS.

Intro / Outro Music: "Go Cart" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Episode 6 : Play - The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

For our second Play episode, we dive into The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask and all of the reasons why it ranks as one of our favorite Zelda games.

Topic : The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, developed and published by Nintendo. Originally published  in 2000 for the Nintendo 64, remade for the Nintendo 3DS in 2015.

Intro / Outro Music: "Go Cart" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Episode 3 : Play - Broken Age

On our first ever Play episode, we discuss Broken Age, the new adventure game from the minds behind Monkey Island, Grim Fandango, and Psychonauts.

Topic : Broken Age, developed and published by Double Fine Productions. Act 1 released 2014, Act 2 released 2015.

Intro / Outro Music: "Go Cart" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/