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In My Perfect Console, Simon Parkin, award-winning writer for the New Yorker and The Observer newspaper's video game critic invites a well-known guest from the worlds of gaming, film and television, music, comedy and more to pick the five video games they would like to immortalise on their very own fictional games machine. They discuss those five games in chronological order of release, interspersed with biographical chat about the guest’s life and career –– a lens that often leads to new and unexpected insights.
"Thoroughly modern and ahead of its time...a gift." - NEW YORK'S VULTURE
"Charming, insightful." -- THE GUARDIAN.
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In My Perfect Console, Simon Parkin, award-winning writer for the New Yorker and The Observer newspaper's video game critic invites a well-known guest from the worlds of gaming, film and television, music, comedy and more to pick the five video games they would like to immortalise on their very own fictional games machine. They discuss those five games in chronological order of release, interspersed with biographical chat about the guest’s life and career –– a lens that often leads to new and unexpected insights.
"Thoroughly modern and ahead of its time...a gift." - NEW YORK'S VULTURE
"Charming, insightful." -- THE GUARDIAN.
TIME OUT'S 50 Best Podcasts.
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    Correspondence Special #3: What was the best year for video games?

    Correspondence Special #3: What was the best year for video games?

    In this special correspondence edition, host Simon Parkin reads out listeners' correspondence, answers questions, and offers at least one clue about a forthcoming special guest.
    Hear Simon discuss which was the best year for video games, which video game characters would make the best stand-up comics, and what Hollywood will do for #content when the only video game left to adapt is Fortnite...
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    • 34 min
    Eric Barone, creator of Stardew Valley.

    Eric Barone, creator of Stardew Valley.

    My guest today is the American game designer and musician Eric Barone. Born in Los Angeles, he spent his childhood in the suburbs of Seattle. In 2011 he graduated from the University of Washington Tacoma with a degree in computer science, but was unable to find employment. He started developing a video game to hone his programming skills. Supported by his girlfriend, and an evening job he took as an usher at the Paramount Theatre, for four years my guest worked on his game, a farming simulator.
    In 2016 he released Stardew Valley, which became an overnight success. To date, it has sold well over thirty million copies, while continuing to evolve via regular updates. In 2021 my guest announced a follow-up, Haunted Chocolatier, which casts players as the owner of a chocolate shop.
    He once described video games as “a powerful form of art, a peaceful escape from the chaos of modern life, and a way to have experiences that are impossible otherwise... Through these means, games have a powerful and growing influence on culture.”
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Nina Freeman, gamemaker (Cibele, Tacoma, Last Call).

    Nina Freeman, gamemaker (Cibele, Tacoma, Last Call).

    Nina Freeman is an American independent video game writer and designer. While a student at Pace University in New York, she was drawn to the work of Frank O’Hara and other poets of the New York School, who documented their lives through witty, confessional verse. She began to explore ways in which she could employ a similar tone, not in poetry, but in video games.
    Her 2014 game “how do you Do It?,” puts the player in the role of an awkward tween who is desperately trying to figure out how sex works while playing with dolls. The game established a tone and themes that my guest explored in her subsequent work, most famously Cibele, an adventure video game about a romance developed through an online multiplayer game.
    Her memoir-like approach has proven influential. The video game designer Francesca Carletto-Leon recently told the New York Times: “Her work has been hugely inspirational to me and important to the larger industry.”
    USEFUL LINKS
    Nina's Instagram: @Persocomnina
    Nina's Itch.io page: Size Zero
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Abubakar Salim, actor (Napoleon, House of the Dragon).

    Abubakar Salim, actor (Napoleon, House of the Dragon).

    My guest today is the British actor Abubakar Salim. Born in Hertfordshire to a family of first-generation Kenyan immigrants, he joined the National Youth Theatre at the age of sixteen, then won a scholarship to study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
    He made his professional stage debut in 2010 playing Osric in Prince of Denmark at the National Theatre. After securing minor roles in shows such as 24 and Black Mirror, he played major characters in Sky One’s series Jamestown, HBO’s Raised by Wolves, and in Ridley Scott’s 2023 motion picture film Napoleon.
    My guest has also starred in several video games, including Assassin's Creed Origins, for which he was nominated for a BAFTA Games Award. A keen player of video games, in 2020 he founded Surgent Studios, which recently released its debut title, Tales of Kenzera: Zau, a game which explores grief through the lens of Bantu mythology.
    Twitter: @Abzybabzy
    Photo: Michael Schwartz for Tatler.
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Chet Faliszek, gamemaker (Half-Life 2 series, Left 4 Dead series, The Anacrusis).

    Chet Faliszek, gamemaker (Half-Life 2 series, Left 4 Dead series, The Anacrusis).

    My guest today is the American writer and game designer Chet Faliszek. In the nineties he and his friend Erik Wolpaw founded the website Old Man Murray. The satirical online publication poked fun at video gaming’s sacred cows and established a tone that is still prevalent across the internet today.
    After catching the attention of Half-Life creator Gabe Newell, the pair joined the video game developer Valve. There my guest contributed to the writing on Half Life 2 Episodes 1 and 2, co-wrote Portal, then led development of Left 4 Dead and its sequel.
    In 2017 he left Valve, eventually founding his own studio Stray Bombay. The company's first game, The Anacrusis, is a brightly coloured and joke-filled cooperative first-person shooter set aboard a stranded spaceship.
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    • 1 hr 22 min
    MPC Game Club: Stephen's Sausage Roll (feat. Glenn Moore).

    MPC Game Club: Stephen's Sausage Roll (feat. Glenn Moore).

    Friend of the podcast Glenn Moore joins Simon for a special bonus episode to discuss April's book-club-game, Stephen's Sausage Roll edition.
    This previously supporter-only episode gives a taste of the bonus monthly episode My Perfect Console supporters receive through Patreon.
    Throughout April 2024, Glenn and Simon, together with many of the My Perfect Console listeners, played through the strategy game Stephen's Sausage Roll, a game chosen by the neuroscientist and writer Patrick House.
    Listen to Glenn and Simon discuss their experiences playing the game –– with bonus thoughts on Inscryption, Killer Frequency, the New York Times' game offerings, and much more!
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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

Bellinater ,

Loved the Veronica Roth episode!

The podcast is great and I’ve been listening since like number five. I wanted to chime in now because the recent episode was a joy. Veronica has a great sense of humor (and a comforting Midwest accent), and Simon, I always think you do an amazing job getting people to tell their stories through the games they love. Fantastic interview!

JG092014 ,

Favorite video game podcast

I have loved video games since 1990 and have been listening to gaming podcasts since their inception. This is my favorite. Thank you for the great work Simon.

pikamookie ,

Thoughtful and entertaining

Great podcast! Always thoughtful and entertaining.

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