134- Nintendo Switch and More

We discuss games we are playing, including Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky and Hitman.  Then we look at the Nintendo Switch announcement as well as new AAP recommendations on screen time for children and other news.

Direct download: 134-_Nintendo_Switch_and_more.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:23pm PDT

133- Designing Your Dream Game

We pitch each other ideas of the sorts of games we'd play if we had the studio to make them happen. 

Direct download: 133_-_The_Perfect_Game.mp3
Category:Gaming & Hobbies -- posted at: 4:16pm PDT

We discuss Anita Sarkeesian's latest video "All the Slender Ladies: Body Diversity in Video Games".  Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbqRtp5ZUGE  

Direct download: 132-_Sarkeesian_and_Body_Diversity.mp3
Category:Gaming & Hobbies -- posted at: 4:15pm PDT

131- Excelsior, True Believers!

We explore the concept of genres that span other genres both in film and games.  Does Marvel's versatility in video and board games come from its wide variety of characters or is something else at play?  

Direct download: 131-_Excelsior_True_Believers.mp3
Category:Gaming & Hobbies -- posted at: 4:05pm PDT

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

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

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

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

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

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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