A long-form interview podcast where we talk about everything, by talking about video games.
Make Art, Do Crimes, with D-Cell Games
ETAO PODCAST, EPISODE 114. UNBEATABLE is a rhythm game, and an adventure game, and it’s serious about being fully both. More than that, it’s a game about the emotional truths of music, and of being in a band, and a piece of art about the connection between making art and doing crimes. In this episode, … Continue reading "Make Art, Do Crimes, with D-Cell Games"
Hope Too Is Rad, with Lauren Mee
ETAO PODCAST, EPISODE 113. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is a big heartfelt spectacle of a game—you’ve likely seen some of its dream-vibrant, mirror-polished visuals, and a bit of its cartoony gunplay—and as the game’s Lead Writer, Lauren Mee had a huge amount to do with the heartfelt part of that equation. Rift Apart is … Continue reading "Hope Too Is Rad, with Lauren Mee"
How to See Everything Neoliberalism Ignores, with Tali Faulkner (a.k.a. Veselekov)
ETAO PODCAST, EPISODE 112. Tali Faulkner (better known in internet circles as Veselekov) knew he had something timely on his hands when he made Umurangi Generation, but he couldn’t have known how timely. The base game was inspired by the fires in Australia in 2019, not the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020—but with its themes of … Continue reading "How to See Everything Neoliberalism Ignores, with Tali Faulkner (a.k.a. Veselekov)"
On Replays, Remasters, and Remakes
ETAO PODCAST, EPISODE 111. Amid the E3 madness, this crush of new games and games yet to be, we thought we’d take a moment and think a bit about games that are, in one way or another, not new. Let’s talk about games that we replay, and especially the ones that we keep revisiting at … Continue reading "On Replays, Remasters, and Remakes"
As Joyously and Explicitly as You Can, into the Fleshy Breach, with Xalavier Nelson Jr.
ETAO PODCAST, EPISODE 110. Xalavier Nelson Jr. is an absurdly prolific artist and an inveterate collaborator, having left his creative stamp on Hypnospace Outlaw, We Are The Caretakers, Can Androids Pray, Mr. Bucket Told Me To, and so, so much else, from tabletop RPG systems to comics to games journalism. Currently he’s working on SkateBIRD … Continue reading "As Joyously and Explicitly as You Can, into the Fleshy Breach, with Xalavier Nelson Jr."
Making Space to Make Games, with Yadu Rajiv
ETAO PODCAST, EPISODE 109. Yadu Rajiv does a whole lot of different things, all of them to do with games and the people and technologies that make them possible. By day, he’s a Lead Game Designer at BYJU’S, working on educational games that toe the line between physical and digital, and the rest of the … Continue reading "Making Space to Make Games, with Yadu Rajiv"