‘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.

NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

“Batman: The Telltale Series.” Maybe “Abzû.” Dreaming about “Quadrilateral Cowboy.”

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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.

NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

“Inside”

SHOW NOTES:

“Why Would an Adult Man Play Video Games?” by Gabriel Winslow-Yost

Gabriel’s review of “S.T.A.L.K.E.R.” in the New York Review of Books

His NYRB review of Michael W. Clune’s “Gamelife” and Liel Leibovitz’s “God in the Machine”

His N+1 essay on video games

 

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‘Pokémon Go’

Everyone’s playing it. But is it any good?

NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

“Lucky’s Tale” and the Oculus Rift. Maybe “Inside.”

SHOW NOTES:

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

 

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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.

NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

JJ gets his Oculus Rift

SHOW NOTES:

“Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art” by Virginia Heffernan

 

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