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Minigame is a bite-sized dive into why we love video game stories. Twice a month, Michael Farris explores how video games are more powerful and more meaningful than ever. These are the stories that stay with us long after the galaxy is saved and the final boss is defeated.

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Minigame is a bite-sized dive into why we love video game stories. Twice a month, Michael Farris explores how video games are more powerful and more meaningful than ever. These are the stories that stay with us long after the galaxy is saved and the final boss is defeated.

    Is Cyberpunk 2077 Truly Cyberpunk?

    Is Cyberpunk 2077 Truly Cyberpunk?

    CyberPunk 2077 has already been the target of many criticisms, mostly related to technical issues and other design problems. But what about the game's story. Unfortunately, despite the game's marketing, the game only loosely falls into the cyberpunk genre.

    Minigame is a short essay podcast produced and hosted by Michael Farris. Each bite-sized episode dives into the themes or central ideas of our favorite games in 10 minutes or less. Subscribe to Minigame wherever you listen to podcasts and follow Minigame on Twitter.

    Visit Lore Party:

    Twitter & Instagram: @lore_party & @minigamepodcast

    Michael’s Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok: @farristhewheel

    Website: loreparty.com

    • 5 min
    The Unintentional Politics of Simulation Games

    The Unintentional Politics of Simulation Games

    It's understandable to want videogames to avoid political discussion, but since games are art, politics are inevitable. Despite their apolitical exterior, simulation games like Sim City are full of political messages.
    Minigame is a short essay podcast produced and hosted by Michael Farris. Each bite-sized episode dives into the themes or central ideas of our favorite games in 10 minutes or less. Subscribe to Minigame wherever you listen to podcasts and follow Minigame on Twitter.
    Visit Lore Party:
    Twitter & Instagram: @lore_party & @minigamepodcast
    Michael’s Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok: @farristhewheel
    Website: loreparty.com

    • 5 min
    Creating Your Brain in 'Disco Elysium'

    Creating Your Brain in 'Disco Elysium'

    Most RPG's allow you to create your character based only on their stats, but what if there was a game in which you create a personality? Disco Elysium is that game. In this episode, @farristhewheel takes a look at Disco Elysium's character creator and explains why it's far more compelling than most other character creators.
    Minigame is a short essay podcast produced and hosted by Michael Farris. Each bite-sized episode dives into the themes or central ideas of our favorite games in 10 minutes or less. Subscribe to Minigame wherever you listen to podcasts and follow Minigame on Twitter.
    Visit Lore Party:
    Twitter & Instagram: @lore_party & @minigamepodcast
    Michael’s Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok: @farristhewheel
    Website: loreparty.com

    • 7 min
    Adrift in the Afterlife of "Summerland" - An Interview With Developer Conner Rush

    Adrift in the Afterlife of "Summerland" - An Interview With Developer Conner Rush

    Conner Rush of Fyre Games joins us to discuss game development, becoming an overnight success on TikTok, and his new game Summerland. Summerland is available for free on Steam and itch.io 
    Conner's Social Media:

    fyregames.com
    twitter.com/fyregamesreal
    tiktok.com/@treasureman

    Minigame is a short essay podcast produced and hosted by Michael Farris.  Each bite-sized episode dives into the themes or central ideas of our favorite games in 10 minutes or less. Subscribe to Minigame wherever you listen to podcasts and follow Minigame on Twitter.
    Visit Lore Party:

    Twitter & Instagram: @lore_party & @minigamepodcast
    Michael’s Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok: @farristhewheel
    Website: loreparty.com

    • 24 min
    Halo, Destiny, and The Role of Lore

    Halo, Destiny, and The Role of Lore

    The stories of Halo and Destiny can be confusing. In this episode of Minigame, Michael (@farristhewheel) tries to unpack not just the stories of these two series, but the overall role of lore in a games’ story.
    Minigame is a short essay podcast produced and hosted by Michael Farris. Each bite-sized episode dives into the themes or central ideas of our favorite games in 10 minutes or less. Subscribe to Minigame wherever you listen to podcasts and follow Minigame on Twitter.
    The Complete Story of Destiny! From origins to Shadowkeep [Timeline and Lore explained] by “My name is Byf” on Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mbDXvDNqTU
    Visit Lore Party:
    Twitter & Instagram: @lore_party & @minigamepodcast
    Michael’s Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok: @farristhewheel
    Website: loreparty.com

    • 7 min
    The Small Vastness of the World of ‘Hitman’

    The Small Vastness of the World of ‘Hitman’

    It’s easy to get burned out by the size of many open world games. Especially if it’s just for show. The Hitman series is a prime example of how smaller worlds can feel huge and present opportunities for new ways players can create their own stories. Minigame is a short essay podcast produced and hosted by Michael Farris. Each bite-sized episode dives into the themes or central ideas of our favorite games in 10 minutes or less. Subscribe to Minigame wherever you listen to podcasts and follow Minigame on Twitter.

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

The freshman l.k ,

Absolutely Fantastic!!!

Minigame is an amazing podcast! It’s incredible how the host is able to pack so much thoughtful content into such a small amount of time.

Each episode has an incredible amount of depth and is fun and engaging. I highly recommend this podcast!

The Greatest Story Ever Played ,

Great Essays on Games

I really enjoy these essay style episodes by Michael. I previously played Bury me, my Love after hearing his thoughts on the game. Now I want to get Coffee Talk.

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