The End : Topic

The end of The End. In the final episode of both our endings topic and the podcast as a whole, we take a look back at the endings we’ve highlighted and our time recording together. We’ve had a great time making this podcast, and we hope you’ve enjoyed listening. Truly, from the bottoms of our hearts, thank you so much for listening.

Topics: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, by Frank Miller, Klaus Janson, and Lynn Varley. Published in 1986 by DC Comics. Labyrinth, directed by Jim Henson. Henson Associates, Inc. Lucasfilm Ltd. 1986. Passage, developed and published by Jason Rohrer. Published on Windows and Mac OSX in 2007.

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Meddling Kids : Topic

Our meddling comes to an end with our topic discussion. Topics include requirements for meddling, personal meddling experience, and the moment you realized magic wasn’t real.

Topics: Meddling Kids, by Edgar Cantero. Published in 2017 by Doubleday. Stranger Things Season 2, created by the Duffer brothers. Netflix. 2017. Oxenfree, developed and published by Night School Studio. Originally published on the Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, and OS X in 2016.

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Fairy Tales 2.0 : Topic

Our Fairy Tales 2.0 topic closes out with a discussion of all our referenced topics: The Bloody Chamber, Shrek 1 and 2, and The Wolf Among Us season 1. We dig into the history of fairy tales and how our selected stories relate to that cannon, as well as the themes that we found surprisingly common.

Topics: The Bloody Chamber, by Angela Carter. Published in 1973 by Gollancz. Shrek, directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson. PDI/DreamWorks. 2001. Shrek 2, directed by Andrew Adamson, Kelly Ashbury, and Conrad Vernon. PDI/DreamWorks. 2004. 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.

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Witches : Topic

We close out our Witches series with a discussion of witches through the ages. We discuss the gradual shift from the Satan-worshiping terrors depicted in The Witch to Halloween-friendly caricatures like Grunthilda, and all of the facets that have changed or stayed constant over the years.

Topics: Howl’s Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones. Published in 1986 by Greenwillow Books. The Witch, directed by Robert Eggers. Parts and Labor. 2015. Banjo-Kazooie, developed by Rare and published by Nintendo. Published on the Nintendo 64 in 1998.

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Women of the Apocalypse : Topic

In our final Women of the Apocalypse episode, we take a broad look at our three apocalypses and the women who inhabit them. We discuss the ways we see the post-apocalyptic genre setting changing, the similarities and differences between our three examples, and the ways that Horizon: Zero Dawn tries to tell a classic story in a new way.

Topics: Tank Girl, by Jamie Hewlett (a) and Alan Martin (w). Originally published between 1988 and 1995 in Deadline. Republished in 2009 by Titan Books. Mad Max: Fury Road, directed by George Miller. Village Roadshow Pictures. 2015. Horizon: Zero Dawn, developed by Guerrilla Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. Published on the Playstation 4 in 2017.

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Digital Romance : Topic

In our final Digital Romance episode, we compare and contrast the visions of both romance and human interaction presented in our three sources: Connie Willis’s Crosstalk, Owen Harris’s “San Junipero” episode of Black Mirror, and Kyle Seeley’s Emily is Away.

Topics: Crosstalk, by Connie Willis. Published in 2016 by Del Rey. “San Junipero”, an episode of Black Mirror, directed by Owen Harris. House of Tomorrow. 2016. Emily is Away, developed and published by Kyle Seeley . Published on the Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux in 2015.

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Syncopated Worlds: Topic

In our final episode of the topic, we revisit our three syncopated worlds: Beijing, Elysium, and Colombia, and examine the ways that all three works use the idea to make broader points. We also sketch out our own syncopated world games in a game design lightning round!

Topics: Folding Beijing, by Has Jingfang. Originally published in 2012 on newsmth.net. English translation by Ken Liu originally published in 2015 on Uncanny Magazine. Elysium, directed by Neill Blomkamp. Media Rights Capital. 2013. Bioshock Infinite, developed by Irrational Games and published by 2K Games. Published on the Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and Microsoft Windows in 2013

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Girls With Gifts : Topic

As always, we close out our Girls with Gifts topic with a discussion of all three works we’ve covered. In this episode, we discuss the many ways our three works were similar, and the legacy of the Girls with Gifts Gathered by the Government subgenre as a whole.

Topics:Firestarter, by Stephen King. Published in 1980 by Viking Press. Stranger Things Season 1, created by the Duffer brothers. Netflix. 2016. Beyond: Two Souls, developed by Quantic Dream and published by Sony. Published on the Playstation 3 in 2013

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Sci-Fi Noir : Topic

We close out our Sci-Fi Noir topic by returning to Altered Carbon, Blade Runner, and Gemini Rue for one last run through their various dystopian futures. Clio gives a history lesson. Justin contemplates the rain. Corinne is still sick. James has a shocking realization. The Ship of Theseus makes an appearance, coming one step closer to becoming the official thought experiment of Read/Watch/Play.

Topics: Altered Carbon, by Richard K. Morgan. Published in 2002 by Victor Gollancz Ltd., Blade Runner, directed by Ridley Scott. The Ladd Company, Shaw Brothers. 1982., Gemini Rue, written by Joshua Nuernberger and published by Wadjet Eye Games. Originally published for Microsoft Windows in 2011

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Psychological Horror : Topic

To wrap up our Psychological Horror series, we look back at all the ways our three pieces influence each other, from the visual inspiration The Evil Within takes from Jacob’s Ladder to the common ideas that form the basis of the horror in all three.
Topics: The Shining, by Stephen King. Published in 1977 by Doubleday. Jacob’s Ladder, directed by Adrian Lyne. TriStar Pictures. 1990. 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.

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Solitude : Topic

We close our Solitude topic with a discussion of all three of our selections, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Lost in Translation, and Gone Home. We take deeper dives into the different types of solitude explored in each piece, the beauty of Lost in Translation, and appropriate units for the measurement of dice.

Topics: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, by Haruki Murakami. Published in 1997 by Shinchosha in the original Japanese. Translated into English by Jay Rubin and published by Vintage in the same year. Lost in Translation, directed by Sofia Coppola. American Zoetrope, Tohokushinsha FIlm. 2003. Gone Home, developed and published by The Fulbright Company. Originally published on Windows, Mac and Linux in 2013

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Escape : Topic

We dig into the idea of Escape as a whole by revisiting The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, The Prestige, and 999, and examine all of the different directions that these three works take the same central theme.

Topics: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, by Michael Chabon. Published in 2000 by Random House. The Prestige, directed by Christopher Nolan. Touchstone Pictures. 2006. 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.

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(Life)time Travel : Topic

For our final (Life)time Travel discussion, we revisit Replay, Looper, and Life is Strange to discuss the ways each handles time travel, whether time travelers have a moral obligation to try to prevent catastrophic events, and which set of powers we'd most want to have. As with all of our topic episodes, this episode contains spoilers for everything we've discussed over the course of the series, and there is no spoiler-free section.

Topics: Replay, by Ken Grimwood. Published in 1986 by Arbor House. Looper, directed by Rian Johnson. Endgame Entertainment. 2012. Life is Strange, developed by Dontnod Entertainment  and published by Squre Enix. Published across various platforms in 2015

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Raygun Gothic : Topic

We cap off our Raygun Gothic topic with a discussion of all the media we've touched on over the course of the series, including a more in-depth look at Gibson's Gernsback Continuum, the tight ties between the aesthetic and the media in which it's depicted, and what makes a Raygun Gothic story.

Topics: Radiance, by Catherynne M. Valente. Published in 2015 by Tor Books. / The Gernsback Continuum, by William Gibson. Originally published in 1981 by Universe 11. Collected in the anthology Burning Chrome,  published in 1986. / Zathura: A Space Adventure, directed by Jon Favreau. Columbia Pictures. 2005. / 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.

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