‘Tacoma’ & ‘Gone Home’ designer Steve Gaynor

Steve Gaynor, the designer and writer of “Gone Home” and 2017’s “Tacoma,” talks about why “Tacoma” was so hard to make, what he learned by working with Ken Levine on “BioShock Infinite,” and whether he sees his work as part of a video-game movement.

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“Uncharted: The Lost Legacy”

SHOW NOTES:

The Rolling Stone/Glixel version of Chris’s interview with Steve Gaynor

The New York Review of Video Games, a pop-up magazine Chris edited

Steve Gaynor’s NYRVG review of The Evil Within and Alien: Isolation

Steve Gaynor’s review of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

 

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‘Hellblade’ & More ‘Tacoma’

Chris and JJ agree, more or less, about Ninja Theory’s “Hellblade” and then disagree, vehemently, about Fullbright’s “Tacoma.”

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NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

The audio cut of Steve Gaynor’s Rolling Stone/Glixel interview

SHOW NOTES:

Katherine Cross’s Gamasutra review of “Tacoma”

 

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‘Typeshift’ designer Zach Gage

Zach Gage, the designer of mobile games like “SpellTower,” “Really Bad Chess,” “Sage Solitaire,” and 2017’s “Typeshift,” talks to Chris and JJ during a live show from the Play NYC convention. Plus, JJ’s “Tacoma” mini review.

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NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

“Hellblade” and a “Tacoma” spoiler ’cast

SHOW NOTES:

“Who says games need to be fair?”: Chris’s Slate article on “Really Bad Chess”

Sam Anderson’s New York Times Magazine cover story on Zach Gage and “stupid games”

 

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‘Tacoma’

Chris Suellentrop and guest critic Chris Plante–now the culture editor of The Verge, soon to be executive editor of Polygon–talk about “Tacoma,” Fullbright’s follow-up to “Gone Home.” No spoilers! We’ll save those for when JJ returns next week.

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JJ on “Tacoma”

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