Podcast by Ecstattic Studio
Ep. 105: Incels And Aliens (Bloodborne Pt. 2)
Animator Michelle Brost joins for a conversation about Bloodborne that spans as many topics as humanly possible - including how your artistic temperament effects your gaming habits, the aesthetic of Catholic guilt, losing limbs in heavy machinery, why it's impossible to talk about Neon Genesis Evangelion with other people and much more. You can check out Michelle's work and find links to her new film via the @michellecbrost and @animal_film_ instagram accounts
Ep. 104: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Kos (Bloodborne Pt. 1)
A little essay on why I found Bloodborne to be so engaging despite my checkered history with the Souls series. Includes some comparisons between the various entries in this long running series as well as an analysis of the ways that Fromsoft incorporate ideas and concepts from some of my most- and least-loved 16-bit action games. Also includes a lot of Shinobi III and cello talk, so you have been warned.
Includes additional music from https://diie.bandcamp.com/album/diie-entertainment-system and https://yumenikki.bandcamp.com
Ep. 103: Is Vin Diesel a Street Shark? (Junji Ito / World of Horror)
Comics artist Hannah Vardit joins for a discussion of Junji Ito and adaptations inspired by the game World of Horror. We also discuss Horror Manga, 90s toys, J-Horror movies, waiting for a new Silent Hill game and Adam West getting kicked out of an orgy - among other things. You can check out Hannah's work at https://hannahvardit.com/
Ep. 102: Gangrene Care Kit (Resident Evil 8 Pt. 2)
We conclude our discussion about Resident Evil 8 by discussing the finer details of the plot and the many unexpected detours that the game takes in its second half. We also speculate on where the series will go after this and the lasting legacy that this massive entry in the series will have based on the many improvements it makes to its predecessors. Is RE8 the new RE2? Will the earth run out of codeine soon? Listen on to find out.
Ep. 101: Dangerous Levels of Swag (Resident Evil 8 Pt. 1)
You knew it was coming, but did you know it would be 4 hours long? Our epic-length and extremely in-depth discussion of Resident Evil 8 starts with a spoiler-free overview of our thoughts and feelings on the game before diving into a spoiler-light, beat-by-beat analysis of the game. Topics discussed include the massive changes to combat, aesthetics and storytelling that the game introduces; the economics of crystal skulls; horny gamers and much, much more. To be continued!
EP 100: Another One (Outlast 2)
Justin joins for a discussion of Outlast 2, a problematic game that has lurked in the margins of the show since the very beginning. We finally break down why this game was such a disappointment as it overstuffs it gameplay with wonky mechanics and its story with try-hard edginess - a choice that ultimately reveals why writers need to carefully consider the themes and topics they want to explore in a game. Also discussed: just generally dunking on edgelords, that's most of the ep.