Posts Tagged ‘podcast’

The Ludonarrative Podcast – 1.2 Shadow of the Colossus

February 8, 2018

In this month’s episode of the Ludonarrative Podcast, Preston and I spend time unraveling the hauntingly beautiful “Shadow of the Colossus” (2005). This game, designed by Fumito Ueda, adheres to the design principle, “design by subtraction.” The game’s mechanics come alive, even today, as we anticipate the forthcoming redesigned release for the PS4.

The Ludonarrative Podcast – 1.2 Shadow of the Colossus

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The Ludonarrative Podcast – 1.1 Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

January 7, 2018

I’m excited to release a new project that I’ve been working on for weeks: The Ludonarrative Podcast. This podcast investigates the relationship between videogames and storytelling; or, more specifically, the intersection between gameplay and narrative: how do game mechanics tell stories?

The Ludonarrative Podcast – 1.1 Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

This podcast was born out of a literal dream that I had in June, after beating The Last Guardian for the first time. It was the first videogame I’d had time to play in almost a year. I had just wrapped up a grueling semester. And this game made me cry. I was so moved by The Last Guardian‘s ending, that I went down a rabbithole of research, trying to find discussions about how powerful this game is/was. And there was almost nothing deep, almost nothing compelling. There was a noticeable absence of critical discourse about videogames.

A maxim that I’ve picked up from Dr. Jordan B. Peterson’s lecture courses is that opportunity lurks where responsibility has been abdicated. This maxim becomes truer with each iteration that I say it. In this case, the absence of critical discourse about videogames gripped me: it was my responsibility. And so here we are. This is a project that to say I’m proud of would be to understate the case entirely: it’s one of the best things I’ve ever worked on. And I get to do this podcast with two great, generous, sagacious friends: Ben and Preston. Thank god for them.

Please give this a listen. If you like it, check out Epilogue where I’ll be publishing a minimum of two articles per month about ludonarratives. And, if you’d like to see more of this kind of content, head over to Patreon to support us.