‘Skyrim’ lead programmer Brett Douville: What I Play

Brett Douville, a former lead programmer at Bethesda Game Studios on games like “Skyrim” and “Fallout 4,” talks about why he sees himself in the kill animations for “Skyrim,” why he loves “Rez,” and what he’s doing for “Tacoma,” the next game from Fullbright.

NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

“Kentucky Route Zero: Act IV”

SHOW NOTES:

Dev Game Club, a podcast hosted by Brett Douville and Tim Longo

“‘Fallout 4’ Is Full of Bugs, But Fixing Them Could Ruin It,” by Double Fine’s Zak McClendon, in Wired

Chris’ Glixel interview with Bethesda’s Todd Howard

 

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‘Dishonored 2’

‘Dishonored 2’

Emily or Corvo? High chaos or low chaos? Xbox One S or PlayStation 4 Pro? Unmentioned in the podcast: You can sing “Corvo Attano” to the tune of “Hakuna Matata” from “The Lion King.”

NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

“Kentucky Route Zero: Act IV”

SHOW NOTES:

Chris’ review of the first “Dishonored” in the New York Times

Rob Zacny’s Glixel review of “Dishonored 2”

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The Ringer’s Jason Concepcion: What I Play

Jason Concepcion, a staff writer for The Ringer, talks about why JJ and Chris misunderstood “Overwatch,” taking a cathode-ray tube TV to a friend’s house to play multiplayer “Halo,” and the muddy frisson of “Battlefield 1.”

NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

‘Dishonored 2’

SHOW NOTES:

The Ringer’s Channel 33 podcasts, including “Achievement Oriented” hostee by Jason Concepcion and Ben Lindbergh

Jason Concepcion on “Halo 5” in Grantland

Vanity Fair on Vince Zampella, Jason West, “Call of Duty” and Activision

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‘Titanfall 2’

‘Titanfall 2’

The sequel to Respawn’s multiplayer-only shooter has a single-player campaign with puzzle-platformer levels that are reminiscent of “Half-Life” and “Portal.”

NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

Act IV of “Kentucky Route Zero” & the “Dishonored” story DLC

SHOW NOTES:

Geoff Keighley’s The Final Hours of Titanfall

 

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‘Skyrim,’ ‘Gears of War 4’ & ‘Civilization VI’

‘Skyrim,’ ‘Gears of War 4’ & ‘Civilization VI’

Spending 300 hours of your life on “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim,” staying awake until 3 a.m. playing “Civilization VI” and reliving the release of the Xbox 360 through the Xbox One’s “Gears of War 4.”

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“Titanfall 2”

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Former Obama and Clinton speechwriter Jon Lovett: What I Play

Screenwriter and former political speechwriter Jon Lovett, who created the NBC sitcom “1600 Penn,” talks about whether Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama plays video games, why he loves “Portal” and “Portal 2,” and what HBO’s “Westworld” has to say about our interactive fantasies.

NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

“Gears of War 4”

SHOW NOTES:

“Keepin’ It 1600,” a Ringer podcast with Jon Lovett

“Westworld” story editor Charles Yu, writing for the Slate “Gaming Club” in 2011

Chris talks about “Westworld” in Glixel

 

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’Thumper’ & ‘Westworld’

’Thumper’ & ‘Westworld’

The “rhythm violence” of “Thumper” is one of the best experiences for PlayStation VR. Does it hold up on a two-dimensional screen? Then, why HBO’s new series “Westworld” is the most video-gamey TV show ever made. And did Chris quit “Clash Royale”?

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Former Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton speechwriter Jon Lovett: What I Play

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Chris talks about “Westworld” in Glixel

“Who Would Actually Go to Westworld?”: Jason Concepcion on “Westworld” in The Ringer

 

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PlayStation VR

Impressions after a week with Sony’s new virtual-reality headset. (Correction: Apparently Oculus Connect is going on right now. Who knew?)

NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

“The Knife of Dunwall” (the “Dishonored” DLC), and maybe Jon Favreau’s Vive thing, “Gnomes and Goblins”

SHOW NOTES:

Chris’s review of PlayStation VR in Glixel

 

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‘Deus Ex: Mankind Divided’ & ‘Virginia’

Why JJ didn’t play “Deus Ex: Mankind Divided,” and whether Blendo Games’ “Thirty Flights of Loving” ruined “Virginia” for Chris.

NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

PlayStation VR

SHOW NOTES:

“Thirty Flights of Living” from Blendo Games

Warren Spector’s GDC 2013 talk on “Narrative in Games”

 

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