‘Deus Ex: Mankind Divided’ & ‘Virginia’

Why JJ didn’t play “Deus Ex: Mankind Divided,” and whether Blendo Games’ “Thirty Flights of Loving” ruined “Virginia” for Chris.

NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

PlayStation VR

SHOW NOTES:

“Thirty Flights of Living” from Blendo Games

Warren Spector’s GDC 2013 talk on “Narrative in Games”

 

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‘Reigns,’ ‘Bound,’ & Even More ‘Kentucky Route Zero’

It’s special request hour at “Shall We Play a Game?”: We play “Reigns,” the mobile hit billed as “Tinder for monarchs,” and “Bound,” the PlayStation 4 dance platformer. Then we indulge our own desires with Act 3 of “Kentucky Route Zero.”

NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

“Deus Ex: Mankind Divided” and “Wheels of Aurelia.”

SHOW NOTES:

“Reigns” developer François Alliot’s essay in Polygon

Chris’s New York Times post on video games as ballet

Game Oven’s “Bounden,” with choreography from the Dutch National Ballet

 

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‘Stardew Valley’

JJ couldn’t get his PlayStation 4 to work in Zurich (really). So we played “Stardew Valley” instead of “Bound.”

NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

“Bound.” Or “Reigns.” Or “Kentucky Route Zero: Act 3.” Or “Wheels of Aurelia.” Or all of them?

SHOW NOTES:

Chris and Ken Levine talk about ‘BioShock’ for Rolling Stone’s Glixel

 

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More ‘Kentucky Route Zero’ & ‘Damaged Core’

Act 2 of “Kentucky Route Zero,” plus an intriguing Oculus shooter and a little “Auralux: Constellations”

NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

“Bound

SHOW NOTES:

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The End (?) of ‘No Man’s Sky’

We haven’t reached the center of the galaxy, but we’re ready to deliver our verdict on “No Man’s Sky.” Play it? Or don’t play it?

NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

“Damaged Core” and Act II of “Kentucky Route Zero”

SHOW NOTES:

Will Wright on “Spore” at the 2005 Game Developers Conference

 

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