‘Horizon Zero Dawn’ & More ‘Yakuza 0’

Our first-ever preview: Chris played four hours of “Horizon Zero Dawn.” Then, “Yakuza 0” and the disappearance of the medium-budget video game.

NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

“Resident Evil 7” in VR, if Chris can stop playing “Yakuza 0”

SHOW NOTES:

Holly Green’s tweets about crafting

Tevis Thompson on the Clockwork Game Design podcast

Wesley Morris on the Bill Simmons Podcast

 

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‘Planescape: Torment’ & ‘Yakuza 0’

To prepare for the February release of “Torment: Tides of Numenera,” we’re playing “Planescape: Torment.” When we’re not playing “Yakuza 0,” that is.

NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

A preview of “Horizon Zero Dawn”

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Ronan Farrow: What I Play

The NBC News investigative journalist talks about why he bought a PlayStation Pro, whether it’s OK to talk about “Myst” in mixed company, and what Mia Farrow thinks about “BioShock Infinite.”

NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

“Planescape: Torment”

SHOW NOTES:

“A New Art Form May Arise From the ‘Myst,’” by Edward Rothstein in 1994 in The New York Times

“The Only Thing I Have To Say About Gamergate,” by Felicity Day

 

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Nintendo Switch

Impressions of the Nintendo Switch after playing with it during its reveal event in New York City. Plus, why does “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” put jump on the same button as “The Last Guardian”? And the first reality TV show from Shall We Studios.

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Ronan Farrow: What I Play

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2016’s All-Star GOTY Spectacular

What was your favorite video game of 2016? We asked 23 of the smartest people we know–game designers, podcasters, YouTubers, journalists, a screenwriter, a playwright–and got 19 answers.

Counting Chris and JJ, that’s 25 people and 20 games in our second annual GOTY Podcast Spectacular.  Plus, intense disagreement about the merits of “The Last Guardian.”

STARRING, in order of appearance:

Jason Concepcion & Ben Lindbergh, hosts of Achievement Oriented;

Chris Remo, Idle Thumbs host and Campo Santo developer;

Austin Walker, Waypoint editor-in-chief;

Carolyn Petit, Feminist Frequency writer;

Nina Freeman, “Cibele” designer and Fullbright level designer;

Theresa Duringer, founder of Temple Gates Games;

Adrian Chen, staff writer for The New Yorker;

Jon Lovett, a Keepin’ It 1600 host, screenwriter, and former speechwriter for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton;

Stephen Totilo, editor-in-chief of Kotaku;

Susan O’Connor, writer for games like “BioShock,” “Gears of War,” “Far Cry 2,” and “Tomb Raider”;

Virginia Heffernan, author of “Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art”;

Clive Thompson, a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, a columnist for Wired, and the author of “Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds for the Better”;

Anita Sarkeesian, founder of Feminist Frequency;

Lucy Prebble, playwright of “The Effect”;

Meg Jayanth, writer of “80 Days”;

Helen Lewis, deputy editor of the New Statesman;

John Davison, Glixel general manager;

Gabriel Winslow-Yost, assistant editor of The New York Review of Books;

Jason Killingsworth, writer for Riot Games and co-author of “You Died: The ‘Dark Souls’ Companion”;

Brett Douville, lead programmer for “Skyrim” and “Fallout 4” and Dev Game Club host;

Simon Parkin, contributing writer for NewYorker.com and author of “Death By Video Game”;

Laura Hudson, writer for FiveThirtyEight, Wired and Slate

NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

Ronan Farrow: What I Play

SHOW NOTES:

Chris in The New York Times on “The Witness” and “Quadrilateral Cowboy” as his most anticipated games–of 2014

 

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The ‘Assassin’s Creed’ Movie

Is the first “Assassin’s Creed” movie better than the first “Assassin’s Creed” video game? Plus, what JJ is playing in VR with Oculus Touch.

NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

Our 2017 Game of the Year Podcast Spectacular

SHOW NOTES:

Chris’s Glixel interview with Respawn’s Vince Zampella

 

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More ‘Super Mario Run,’ ‘I Expect You To Die’ & Oculus Touch

What happens when a podcast rant about Nintendo turns into a New York Times op-ed. Plus, comparing PlayStation Move and Oculus Touch while playing “I Expect You to Die,” Schell Games’ VR spy puzzler.

NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

The “Assassin’s Creed” movie

SHOW NOTES:

Chris’s New York Times op-ed on “Super Mario Run”

 

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‘Super Mario Run’ & ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’

Is Mario’s first iPhone game–and JJ’s first Mario game (!!!)–brilliant, despicable, or both? Plus, our apparently annual review of a new “Star Wars” movie.

NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

Oculus Touch and “I Expect You To Die”

SHOW NOTES:

“Why I Hacked ‘Donkey Kong’ For My Daughter” by Mike Mika

Anita Sarkeesian’s “Damsels in Distress” video, Part One of “Tropes vs. Women in Video Games”

Chris’s Slate essay on whether the golden age of “Star Wars” video games is gone forever

 

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‘The Last Guardian’

“Confounding and transcendent” or infuriating?

NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

“Super Mario Run”

SHOW NOTES:

The Ringer’s “Last Guardian” review

Chris talks “The Last Guardian” on The Ringer’s “Achievement Oriented” podcast

Chris’s essay on dogwalking and video games in The New York Times

 

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