Archive for January, 2012

Episode 26 – Did You Catch That?

AJBS, A Jumps B Shoots, Michael Abbott, Brainy Gamer,, Souleye
Some stories are puzzles that require time and patience. Bits of narrative may be hinted at, but not brought to the forefront. In these cases it’s our job to piece together the hidden meaning—one that requires a special type of aspirational understanding.

On this episode we invite Michael Abbott back from his podcast and blog duties at The Brainy Gamer to help us understand the purpose of aspirational reading in video games, and how it affects how we view the medium. What kind of experiences can we create through the ludo-narrative, as told by gameplay rather than what’s written? What ownership do we take of our gaming avatars, and what does that roleplaying mean? From Red Dead Redemption to Suda 51’s auteurship, the conversation results in several interesting points (and moves to some unexpected places).

A special thanks again goes out to Michael Abbott for all he does to continue a deeper conversation about video games and our perceptions of them.

Featuring music from the VVVVVV OST by Souleye

Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
Kinect Disneyland Adventures
Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo
Cave Story 3D
Out of the Park Baseball
Stratomatic Online
Chrono Trigger

Bastion OST
Osmos OST

Episode 25 – Our Favorites from Year V2.11

AJBS, A Jumps B Shoots, 2011, Best of 2011, Bastion, Darren Korb
It’s the beginning of 2012. To mark the occasion (as well as the airing of our 25th episode) we recorded a three-segment discussion of games we loved, more games we loved and our biggest disappointments of last year (with special thanks to this post, as well as Cynthia Griffiths for the photography). Now we’re telling you to go out of your way to play these games. Seriously, they’re all great. Except for the ones that aren’t.

Featuring music from the Bastion OST by Darren Korb

Games we loved:

Dark Souls
El Shaddai
Portal 2

More games we loved:

Shadows of the Damned
Uncharted 3

Our biggest disappointments:

LA Noir