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Candid conversations with game creators that dive deep into the art, craft, and process of making games.

    Making Myths with Worldwalker Games (Wildermyth)

    Making Myths with Worldwalker Games (Wildermyth)

    We're joined by Anne Austin and Nate Austin of Worldwalker Games to explore their charming myth-making tactical RPG, Wildermyth. We dig into the challenges of procedural storytelling, clever ways of handling time passage and death, and capturing a tabletop feel without the table.
    Show notes:
    Wildermyth
    Worldwalker Games
    AI-Driven Dynamic Dialog through Fuzzy Pattern Matching
    The Thing (video game)
    The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31 (board game)
    Descent: Journeys in the Dark
    XCOM
    Spirit of the Century

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Learning to Let Go with GoodbyeWorld Games (Before Your Eyes)

    Learning to Let Go with GoodbyeWorld Games (Before Your Eyes)

    Graham Parkes and Bela Messex of GoodbyeWorld Games join us to discuss their beautiful, blink-controlled adventure through the afterlife, Before Your Eyes. We discuss the benefits of disempowerment, working off faith in technology, and teaching players to let go.
    Show notes:
    Before Your Eyes
    GoodbyeWorld Games
    Graham Parkes
    Bela Messex
    Little Bug
    Close Your
    Blendo Games
    Walter Murch's In the Blink of An Eye
    Death of a Salesman
    C.S. Lewis' The Great Divorce
    Where You Are short film

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Seeing For Yourself with Tali Faulkner (Umurangi Generation)

    Seeing For Yourself with Tali Faulkner (Umurangi Generation)

    We chat to Umurangi Generation's Tali Faulkner about his (IGF grand prize-winning!) "first-person photography game in the sh*tty future." We discuss keeping scope small while having a lot to say, the role of respectful design and Indigenous knowledge, and positioning players to see for themselves.
    Show notes:
    Tali Faulkner
    Umurangi Generation
    Sarah Elmaleh
    Shooting the Apocalypse by Jini Maxwell
    Freeplay Parallels 2020 talk
    Neon Genesis Evangelion
    British nuclear tests at Maralinga
    ThorHighHeels' OST
    Umberto Eco's UR-FASCISM

    • 1 hr 36 min
    Finding Our Intersecting Tastes (75th episode special!)

    Finding Our Intersecting Tastes (75th episode special!)

    For our 75th episode special, we endeavor to find which games lie at the intersection of our tastes, talking through our ranking algorithm and counting down our top 22 games. Thanks for all the support so far!
    Show notes:
    Sportsfriends
    Knytt
    StepMania
    0SPACE
    The Little Prince 
    Let's Mosey: A Slow Translation of Final Fantasy VII
    Chrono Trigger by Michael P. Williams
    Chrono Trigger Mixtape
    Losing Your Grip: Futility and Dramatic Necessity in Shadow of the Colossus
    Arcane Kids Manife$to
    Kaizo Mario
    TENNNES
    TENORI-ON
    Our Top 22 (SPOILERS):
    10th place:
    Super Puzzle Fighter
    N++
    Katamari Damacy
    Dance Dance Revolution

    9th place:
    Samurai Gunn

    8th place:
    Everyday Shooter

    7th place:
    Kentucky Route Zero
    Fez
    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

    6th place:
    Super Mario Kart
    Super Mario Galaxy
    Portal
    Final Fantasy VII
    Doom

    5th place:
    Mario 64
    Drop7
    Desert Golfing
    Chrono Trigger

    4th place:
    Shadow of the Colossus

    3rd place:
    Spelunky 2

    2nd place:
    Spelunky HD

    1st place:
    Super Mario World

    • 2 hrs 12 min
    Taking Our Time with Durational Games (Airplane Mode special #2)

    Taking Our Time with Durational Games (Airplane Mode special #2)

    The second special episode originally created in partnership with AMC Games for the in-flight entertainment of Airplane Mode, a very literal flight simulator. We chat about ritual in games, rethinking our relationship to time, and bringing it to bear on our own work and play. Show notes:
    Lifeline...
    Shadow of the Colossus
    Tharsis
    Star Trek: Discovery
    The Castles of Burgundy 
    Lost Cities
    Desert Bus
    Pippin Barr's Durations
    Marina Abramović’s The Artist is Present
    Zach’s Transit Meditation
    San Andreas Deer Cam
    Dishonored
    Assassin's Creed Odyssey: Discovery Tour
    Grand Theft Auto Pacifist
    The Traveling Swordsman Problem
    Nick's Thanksgiving Blade Triptych
    Casey Reas’ Processing
    How to do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy
    Delayed Response: The Art of Waiting From the Ancient to the Instant World
    The Great British Bake Off
    Apex Legends
    VESPER.5
    Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP
    Brandon Sanderson

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Constructing Your Dreams with HoloVista

    Constructing Your Dreams with HoloVista

    Aconite founders Star St. Germain and Nadya Lev and lead designer Scott Jon Siegel join us to discuss their beautiful, mixed reality mind bender HoloVista. We chat about embracing hidden object game design, telling personal stories through a lens of social media, and subverting the selfie museum.
    Show notes:
    HoloVista
    Star St. Germain
    Nadya Lev
    Scott Jon Sigel
    Aconite
    Coilhouse
    The Fallen Cosmos
    SFZero
    Journey to the End of the Night
    Ian Bogost
    Jane McGonigal
    Gardens of Time
    How Return of the Obra Dinn Works 
    Mariode
    Blake Kathryn
    Nour: Play With Your Food
    Andrew Morgan
    Andi Hegedus 
    MTV Cribs
    Meow Wolf
    teamLab
    Museum of Ice Cream
    Strix
    Cory O'Brien
    LiveJournal
    Sara Carr
    Mesmer & Braid: The Alternate Reality Game
    Steve Peters 
    Nick Tierce 

    • 1 hr 26 min

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