‘Gone Home’ & ‘Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist’

Fullbright’s “Gone Home” was released for consoles this month. How does JJ feel about one of the most acclaimed “walking simulators” ever made? Then (at 25:49), we review “Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist,” a short, free game from the co-designer of “The Stanley Parable.”

SHOW NOTES:

Chris’s review of “Gone Home” in the New York Times

More ‘The Witcher 3’ & Listener Mail

We continue our serial review of “The Witcher 3,” and then answer a batch of listener mail. Topics include: Why it might be unwise to play the Bloody Baron quest right after “That Dragon, Cancer”; what Geralt of Rivia has in common with Beyoncé; and why we have yet to review a Nintendo game.

SHOW NOTES:

Our review of “That Dragon, Cancer” on NPR’s “All Things Considered”

NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

“Pony Island,” “Dr. Langeskov, the Tiger, and the Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist,” and “Gone Home”

‘That Dragon, Cancer’

Ryan and Amy Green made a video game about their son Joel’s struggle with cancer and his eventual death. We’ve read the Wired magazine story. We’ve seen the documentary film. We’ve heard the Radiolab/Reply All podcast about it. Finally, we can play the game. Is it any good? (Yes.)

SHOW NOTES:

The Wired story: “Playing for Time: A Father, a Son, and the Quest to Make the Most Profound Videogame Ever,” by Jason Tanz

The documentary film: Thank You for Playing

The Reply All podcast: “The Cathedral”

‘Witcher 3’ & ‘Hearthstone’

Happy New Year! It’s time to clear out your 2015 backlog before Jonathan Blow’s “The Witness” arrives near the end of the month. We’re tackling “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.” Then, Chris talks to New York magazine editor and former Gawker editor-in-chief Max Read about “Hearthstone.”

SHOW NOTES:

“Milling Time: Wasting time in the age of ‘Hearthstone’” by Max Read