The dynamic duo behind PAX East’s most popular talk about chickens ever brings you Not Just A Game!
Dr Catherine Flick, a gamer and video games and social impact researcher, and Dr Tyr Fothergill, a paleopathologist and archaeogamer, talk about the video (and other) games they’ve been playing. Sometimes there are special guests!
Episode 23: Quitting
In which we discuss how, when, where, and why we might quit a game. It turns out we’ve both quit a lot of games for lots of different reasons! Tyr spins this into a beautiful archaeological metaphor, and we work through our site abandonment – whether planned, drifting away or through sudden flood. We talk about a LOT of games.
We also haven’t heard any complaints about the new simple format so we’ll keep doing it that way, which is cheap and quick to do. Thanks Squadcast!
Episode 22: Antiquarianism
In which Tyr, an archaeologist, discusses the Antiquarians Guild in Elder Scrolls Online with Catherine, who is not an archaeologist.
Also: Baldur’s Gate 3, a crying baby, Hades, and why crunch sucks.
Also also: whether you can still enjoy a thing if you disagree with the creator of said thing.
James Acaster on the British Museum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x73PkUvArJY
Jim Salter “I played 15 hours of Baldur’s Gate 3 early access, and I want them back”: https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2020/10/baldurs-gate-3-early-access-mediocre-rpg-amazing-rendering-engine/
Catherine speaking at PAX online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMnd-YYgk10&t=8344s
Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter.
So You Want to Talk About Race – Ijeoma Oluo
Black Game Developers. Hire them. Buy their stuff.
Games by Black creators:
Behind the Police podcast
Not Just A Game Episode 20: Travel!
No I can’t quite believe it either! Anyway, we are talking about travel in this episode. It’s very exciting. Also, I’ve had a baby (he’s now 1, and absolutely adorable), and Tyr has moved to another country! We talk about this a bit. We also talk about games that have travel in them, games we play that make us travel through time and/or space, and games that help us not travel (by allowing us to virtually play with others). We also reminisce about terrible travel systems and good ones. FFXI is only mentioned a few times.
We aren’t going to charge patrons for this one because a) we want you to remember who we are before we ask you for money and b) because it’s a right pain in the butt to deal with now that the VAT rules have changed again. Therefore this is a budget episode with very little editing. (We wanted to try out discord recording too, and it’s eh, okay but eh.)
Episode 19 Capital O Opinions
In this episode, Tyr and Catherine have opinions. No, we have Opinions. Capital O Opinions. Some of them are probably unpopular. Some of them we would defend with our lives. (Maybe.) Bad words are said. Totally @ us. (@CatherineFlick and @FothergillTyr on Twitter!)
We are also going to PAX East this year! Please come visit us in the Diversity Lounge at Catherine’s “Ask an Ethicist” booth. We’ll be doing a talk on AI in video games as well, currently scheduled for Saturday morning. We may have swag.
Don’t forget that if you like our stuff we have a Patreon! Just $1/podcast episode would help us a lot. Thanks so much to our wonderful Patrons – don’t forget you can suggest topics for us to cover at $5+: https://www.patreon.com/notjustagame
Episode 18: Obra Dinn
We’re back! In this episode, Tyr and Catherine play The Return of the Obra Dinn, and talk about it!
Spoilers: It’s a very good game.
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