Women of the Apocalypse : Watch - Mad Max: Fury Road

Our second apocalypse takes us for a ride down the fury road. Join us as we follow Imperator Furiosa to the green place in George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road.

Topic: Mad Max: Fury Road, directed by George Miller. Village Roadshow Pictures. 2015.

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Women of the Apocalypse : Read - Tank Girl

Our first trip to the apocalypse takes us down to the Australian outback, and then swiftly off the rails as we visit with none other than Tank Girl. Come along for the ride as we work through our fairly wide-ranging responses to Hewlett and Martin’s stylish and anarchistic comic.

Topic: Tank Girl, by Jamie Hewlett (a) and Alan Martin (w). Originally published between 1988 and 1995 in Deadline. Republished in 2009 by Titan Books.

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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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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

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Digital Romance : Watch - San Junipero

In our second digital romance episode, we watch San Junipero, an episode of Black Mirror about two women who meet at a bar and their growing relationship.

Topic: “San Junipero”, an episode of Black Mirror, directed by Owen Harris. House of Tomorrow. 2016.

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Digital Romance : Read - Crosstalk

Our first digital romance is Connie Willis’s Crosstalk, a novel about a young woman who undergoes a surgery that is supposed to bring her closer to her partner, but who ends up able to hear the thoughts of everyone around her.

Topic: Crosstalk, by Connie Willis. Published in 2016 by Del Rey

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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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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

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Syncopated Worlds: Watch - Elysium

Syncopated Worlds: Watch - Elysium

Our second Syncopated Worlds episode takes us to Los Angeles in the year 2154, where the Earth’s population lives constantly in the shadow of the space station Elysium. Topics of discussion include the movie’s themes and structure, computer programming, and the relative merits of installing an exoskeleton over a person’s tee shirt.

Topic: Elysium, directed by Neill Blomkamp. Media Rights Capital. 2013.

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Syncopated Worlds : Read - Folding Beijing

In a future Beijing that bends and folds to split its time between three distinct populations, a man undertakes an errand that reveals a city on the edge of an even bigger change. We dig into the gorgeous imagery and implications of the folding city, and discuss the pros and cons of seeing it in other media.

Topic: Folding Beijing, by Hao Jingfang. Originally published in 2012 on newsmth.net. English translation by Ken Liu originally published in 2015 on Uncanny Magazine.

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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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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

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Girls With Gifts : Watch - Stranger Things

The year is 1983. Autumn is coming to a close, and the weather is starting to turn cold. A young boy disappears, leaving his family devastated. A girl appears in the woods, head shaved and wearing a ragged hospital gown. Something seems amiss at the local Department of Energy labs. This episode’s topic is Stranger Things.

Topic: Stranger Things Season 1, created by the Duffer brothers. Netflix. 2016.

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Girls With Gifts : Read - Firestarter

We return to Stephen King for the episode to meet Firestarter’s girl with gifts: Charlie McGee. Charlie and her father make their way across New York, trying to stay one step ahead of the Shop, a shady government organization that’s going to be pretty tough to top.

Topic: Firestarter, by Stephen King. Published in 1980 by Viking Press

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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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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

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Sci-Fi Noir : Watch - Blade Runner

Our second Sci-Fi Noire topic takes us from the back alleys of 2019 LA to the soaring, Egyptian-inspired offices of some of the most powerful corporations on Earth. That’s right, it’s the inevitable Blade Runner episode! We dig into questions of Replicant humanity, the classic “Tears in the Rain” speech, and robot owls.

Topic: Blade Runner, directed by Ridley Scott. The Ladd Company, Shaw Brothers. 1982.

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Sci-Fi Noir : Read - Altered Carbon

We slide into our Sci-Fi Noire topic like a Meth into a fresh sleeve by reading Richard K. Moragn’s Altered Carbon. Topics include the book’s successes and failures in storytelling and world building, its noire tendencies, and its depictions of women and religion.

Topic: Altered Carbon, by Richard K. Morgan. Published in 2002 by Victor Gollancz Ltd.

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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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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.

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