‘What Remains of Edith Finch’

‘What Remains of Edith Finch’

The second game from Giant Sparrow, and the first from Annapurna Interactive, is a virtuosic take on the walking simulator.

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“Night in the Woods”

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What I Play: Sam Biddle

The Intercept reporter, and former Gawker writer and Valleywag editor, talks about growing up as a Dreamcast kid, playing Yakuza 0 and Persona 5, and what it was like to be in the middle of a Gamergate skirmish.

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Still more “Persona 5”

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The Economist’s Ryan Avent & More ‘Persona 5’

Ryan Avent of The Economist talks about research showing that some people may be dropping out of the workforce to play video games. Plus, JJ and Chris are still playing “Persona 5.”

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Sam Biddle: What I Play

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“Escape to Another World,” by Ryan Avent

 

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‘Persona 5’ & ‘Psychonauts’

Two video games, one old and one new, about children who navigate fantastical mental landscapes. Not to mention literal subway systems. Plus, the shortest “What I Play” in history.

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More “Persona 5”

 

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‘Everything’ & More ‘Mass Effect: Andromeda’

‘Everything’ & More ‘Mass Effect: Andromeda’

Can a video game do philosophy? Everything in David OReilly’s “Everything” is playable, to try to convey the perspective of, well, everything. Our review.

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“Psychonauts,” just ’cause

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Ian Bogost’s review of “Everything” in the Atlantic

Quantic Foundry’s gamer motivation profile

 

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‘The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ & ‘Robo Recall’

We started Nintendo’s latest masterpiece on the Wii U instead of the Switch, and then rebuilt our finicky VR setups for Epic’s free Oculus Touch shooter. Plus, what game did Chris give up for Lent?

NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

“Mass Effect: Andromeda”

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Natasha Dow Schüll’s “Addiction by Design: Machine Gambling in Las Vegas,” recommended by Janet Murray

“How one man lost over 50 pounds playing a VR game,” PC Gamer’s article about Telltale’s Job Stauffer

 

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The End of ‘The Witcher 3’

As always, we bring our listeners the hottest takes on the newest, freshest video games, which is why we just finished “The Witcher 3.”

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“Robo Recall”

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‘Torment: Tides of Numenera’ & the GDC awards

It’s Nintendo Switch release day! So of course we give you a smidgen of “Torment: Tides of Numenera,” a smattering of the Independent Games Festival and Game Developers Choice Awards, and a smorgasbord of plans to start a membership drive.

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“Robo Recall,” and/or The End of “The Witcher 3”

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