Even More ‘Prey’

We’re almost finished with Arkane’s “Prey.” Before we gripe about an otherwise excellent game, we answer a listener mail about our “first favorite” video games.

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NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

The end of “Prey” and the beginning of the Nintendo Switch

SHOW NOTES:

Chris’s “First Crush” essay on video games in The New York Times

“How ‘Prey’’s designers turned technical limitations into inspiration,” in Gamasutra

 

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More ‘Prey’ & Nintendo Switch

We’ve explored Crew Quarters in Arkane’s still-terrific “Prey.” Chris has one quibble, but the spoilers wait until after he talks to Sofija Stefanovic, a Serbian-Australian-New-Yorker writer about her decreasingly quiet longing for a Nintendo Switch.

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NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

Even more “Prey”

SHOW NOTES:

“The Nintendo Switch of My Dreams,” by Sofija Stefanovic in The New York Times

Chris’s interview with Sid Meier in Glixel

 

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‘Prey’

Do the first eight hours or so of Arkane’s love letter to the immersive sim live up to the promise of the demo? This episode is brought to you by Troy Gilbert, our very first Patreon patron.

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More “Prey”

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‘Prey,’ ‘Night in the Woods’ & More ‘Edith Finch’

Did the hourlong demo for “Prey,” Arkane’s highly referential immersive sim, sell us on playing the whole thing? Can JJ stomach the storyline in “Night in the Woods?” Can Chris get a do-over to explain why he adores “What Remains of Edith Finch”?

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NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

“Prey”

SHOW NOTES:

PC Gamer’s immersive-sim podcast roundtable

“Video Games Are Better Without Stories” by Ian Bogost in the Atlantic

Ben Lindbergh in The Ringer on the “deceptive scariness” of the walking simulator

 

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‘What Remains of Edith Finch’

The second game from Giant Sparrow, and the first from Annapurna Interactive, is a virtuosic take on the walking simulator.

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NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

“Night in the Woods”

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What I Play: Sam Biddle

The Intercept reporter, and former Gawker writer and Valleywag editor, talks about growing up as a Dreamcast kid, playing Yakuza 0 and Persona 5, and what it was like to be in the middle of a Gamergate skirmish.

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NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:
Still more “Persona 5”

The Economist’s Ryan Avent & More ‘Persona 5’

Ryan Avent of The Economist talks about research showing that some people may be dropping out of the workforce to play video games. Plus, JJ and Chris are still playing “Persona 5.”

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NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

Sam Biddle: What I Play

SHOW NOTES:

“Escape to Another World,” by Ryan Avent

 

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‘Persona 5’ & ‘Psychonauts’

Two video games, one old and one new, about children who navigate fantastical mental landscapes. Not to mention literal subway systems. Plus, the shortest “What I Play” in history.

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More “Persona 5”

 

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‘Everything’ & More ‘Mass Effect: Andromeda’

Can a video game do philosophy? Everything in David OReilly’s “Everything” is playable, to try to convey the perspective of, well, everything. Our review.

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NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

“Psychonauts,” just ’cause

SHOW NOTES:

Ian Bogost’s review of “Everything” in the Atlantic

Quantic Foundry’s gamer motivation profile

 

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‘Mass Effect: Andromeda’

The truth is…you’re the weak, and I am the tyranny of evil men. But I’m trying, Ringo. I’m trying real hard to be Commander Shepard.

NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:
“Everything” and more “Mass Effect: Andromeda”

SHOW NOTES:
Chris’s interview with CD Projekt Red founder Marcin Iwiński, in Glixel