‘Inside’

Playdead’s “Inside” rouses us from our summer video-game torpor. A spoiler-free review, followed (at 18:22) by a very spoiler-y discussion of the ending, including JJ’s persuasive theory of What It All Means.

Oculus Rift & Gabriel Winslow-Yost: What I Play

We pre-ordered Rifts in February. They’re both finally here. We talk about “Lucky’s Tale” and compare the hardware to the HTC Vive. Then, Chris talks to Gabriel Winslow-Yost, an editor at the New York Review of Books, about why he plays video games, even when he’s a little ashamed of it.

Virginia Heffernan: What I Play

Virginia Heffernan, the author of “Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art” and a former TV critic for the New York Times, talks about playing “1010!” on the subway, reaching the top 1,000 on the “Angry Birds” leaderboard, and why the Internet is both a realist work of art and a massively multiplayer online role-playing game.