Posts Tagged ‘ shadows of the damned

Episode 26 – Did You Catch That?

AJBS, A Jumps B Shoots, Michael Abbott, Brainy Gamer, brainygamer.com, 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
Pushmo
Out of the Park Baseball
Stratomatic Online
Amy
Chrono Trigger

Soundtracks:
VVVVVV OST
Bastion OST
Osmos OST

Episode 13 – You Call This A Script?

AJBS, A Jumps B Shoots, Tom Bissell, Extra Lives, Sievert
Extra Lives
author and accomplished journalist Tom Bissell joins us to talk about his experiences in writing for video games, the current state of narrative in the medium and what can be done about about the inherent problems with storytelling in the industry. Tom also talks about penning a design philosophy-centric book for Gear of War 3‘s Epic Edition that examines the series’ legacy, and we have an in-depth discussion about the quirks of Japanese game design.

Featuring music from Sievert‘s album Beyond the Frontier



Deadly Premonition
Shadows of the Damned
Suda51
Catherine
Bulletstorm
Far Cry 2