‘Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture’ & Harvey Smith on ‘Dishonored: Definitive Edition’

JJ and Chris disagree on the merits of The Chinese Room’s new walking simulator. Plus, Chris talks to Arkane’s Harvey Smith about bringing Corvo to Xbox One and PlayStation 4–and letting him speak in “Dishonored 2.” If you were hoping to hear JJ’s thoughts on “Shadowrun: Hong Kong,” patience, grasshopper. Consider this one a double album.

‘Volume’ & ‘Death by Video Game’

Anarchy in the U.K. edition! JJ and Chris talk about why they loved “Volume,” the retro stealth game for PC and PlayStation 4 from Mike Bithell, the designer of “Thomas Was Alone.” Then, Chris talks to the critic and journalist Simon Parkin–who has written for The New Yorker, the Guardian, and Eurogamer, among other places–about his new book, “Death by Video Game.”

SHOW NOTES:

Mike Bithell’s “Volume”

Simon Parkin’s “Death by Video Game” 

Esports & ‘King’s Quest’

To celebrate the first American victory at The International, the “Dota 2” world championship, Chris talks to Rob Zacny of “Esports Today.” Plus, Chris and JJ review “A Knight to Remember,” the first episode of the new “King’s Quest.” These topics are unrelated: “King’s Quest” is not yet an esport. We’re normally PG rated, but for mild language, this episode is closer to PG-13.

SHOW NOTES:

The new podcast “Esports Today”

Tom Bissell defends ‘The Order: 1886.’ Really.

While JJ flees to Europe to escape his pursuers, Chris talks to Tom Bissell, who ends a two-year sabbatical from games criticism to defend the critically panned PlayStation 4 shooter “The Order: 1886.” Tom is a writer for games like “Uncharted 4,” “Battlefield: Hardline,” “The Vanishing of Ethan Carter,” and “Gears of War: Judgment,” and the author of “Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter.”

SHOW NOTES:

Kirk Hamilton’s pan of “The Order: 1886” in Kotaku

Chris Suellentrop’s review of “Extra Lives” in The New York Times