131- Excelsior, True Believers! Marvel Games

We explore the incredibly varied world of Marvel games, the ability of the superhero genre to transcend genres in film and gaming, and try to pin down our favorite Marvel superheroes and games.

Direct download: 131-_Excelsior_True_Believers.mp3
Category:Gaming & Hobbies -- posted at: 8:41am PDT
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130 - The Glorious Return

A short episode to catch up from the summer hiatus and issue in a new season of theories on games.

Direct download: 130-The_Glorious_Return.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 8:57am PDT
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Spoiler warning: Do not listen if you have not finished Life is Strange.

 

Michelle is back to bring a literary lens to Life is Strange.

Direct download: 129-_Life_is_a_Strange_Bildungsroman_with_Michelle.mp3
Category:Gaming & Hobbies -- posted at: 11:46pm PDT
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Game environments and how we explore them are the unsung heroes of how much 'intangible fun factor' we find in games.  Jeremiah and David discuss the Rise of the Tomb Raider and other games that bring the background into the foreground, emphasizing environment in the gameplay.

Direct download: 128-How_Game_Environments_May_Be_Ruining_Fun.mp3
Category:Gaming & Hobbies -- posted at: 4:10pm PDT
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127- GT Classics- The Batman

Jeremiah is on full Mother's Day detail today so we bring back one of our favorite episodes from the past: The Batman! What better way to celebrate Mother's Day than to discuss a hero who lost his mother?  Maaaaartha!

Direct download: 127-GT_Classics-_The_Batman.mp3
Category:Gaming & Hobbies -- posted at: 2:49pm PDT
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126- Are Character Roles a Good Thing?

The Holy Trinity: Tank, Damage, Healer.  Does this limit options negatively?  Is total freedom preferable to being railroaded on one path?  Yes and no.  We discuss the move from roleplaying games with strictly defined roles to more independent but less specialized characters in more recent rpgs.  

Apologies in advance for the sound quality.  The interwebs were not cooperating this day.

Direct download: The_Game_Theory_Podcast_-Are_Character_Roles_a_Bad_Thing.mp3
Category:Gaming & Hobbies -- posted at: 2:32pm PDT
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125- GT Classic -  Warcraft Warcast

Jeremiah is finishing his dissertation this weekend so we're digging up our most referenced episode ever.  We discuss addiction, video games, behaviorism, and why Warcraft's design makes it very difficult to put down.

Direct download: 125-_GT_Classic_Warcraft_Warcast.mp3
Category:Gaming & Hobbies -- posted at: 1:56pm PDT
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SO MUCH SPOILER WARNING!!

 

Seriously, skip this episode if you haven't played this game yet.  So much about this game relies on your initial reaction, untainted by expectations.  Come back when you've spent the 10 dollars and 10 hours to beat this indie gem :)

Direct download: 124.2-_Undertale.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 9:10pm PDT
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So much news! So many reviews!  Virtual reality! SJW controversies! Japanese sexsuits (news, not review).  Also, Xenoblade Chronicles X was created in a lab to make David lose all his free time.

Direct download: 124.1-News_and_Reviews_for_April_17_2016.mp3
Category:Gaming & Hobbies -- posted at: 9:06pm PDT
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123- Difficulte Games and Psychological Resiliency

Why do people play games like Dark Souls?  Are there advantages that these sorts of games can give us beyond bragging rights?  

Direct download: 123-_Difficult_Games_and_Psychological_Resiliency.mp3
Category:Gaming & Hobbies -- posted at: 8:19pm PDT
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