‘1979 Revolution’ & the End of ‘Life Is Strange’

Two games are played. One ascends to the Shall We Play a Game? canon. The other is tossed onto the ash heap of history. For newcomers to “Life Is Strange,” a spoiler-free verdict of the entire series begins at 20:55. The spoiler ’cast for the fifth and final episode of “Life Is Strange” begins at 24:52.

Who Shot Alison Rapp? Plus ‘Life Is Strange’ & ‘Witcher 3’

Kotaku reporter Patrick Klepek talks with Chris and JJ about his reporting on Alison Rapp, a Nintendo employee who was fired for moonlighting, according to the company. Rapp also was the target of a sustained campaign of online harassment. Was she a victim of the video-game culture wars?

Then (at 28:51), we have a spoiler-y discussion of Episode 3 of “Life Is Strange,” followed by a toe-dip (at 39:26) into our progress in “The Witcher 3.”

‘Oxenfree’ & More ‘Life Is Strange’

A review of “Oxenfree,” a dialogue-driven adventure game about high school students in the Pacific Northwest grappling with a mysterious, supernatural force. Then (at 10:58), a spoiler-y discussion of the second episode of “Life Is Strange,” a dialogue-driven adventure game about high school students in the Pacific Northwest grappling with a mysterious, supernatural force.

‘Superhot’

A review of “Superhot,” the first-person shooter in which time moves when you move. Then (at 10:00), Chris gives his provisional, spoiler-free thoughts about the second episode of “Life Is Strange,” partly to make JJ feel guilty for not playing it this week.

All-Star GOTY Spectacular

What was your favorite game of 2015? We asked 22 of the smartest people we know–designers, critics, academics, political journalists, an actor, a playwright–and got 18 different answers.

Starring, in order of appearance: Ken Levine, Tina Amini, Michael Abbott, Stephen Totilo, Lucy Prebble, Meg Jayanth, Simon Parkin, Helen Lewis, Peter Suderman, Bob Whitaker, Ashly Burch, Carolyn Petit, Anita Sarkeesian, Michael W. Clune, Austin Walker, Tracy Fullerton, Evan Narcisse, Laura Miller, Olivier Knox, Laura Hudson, Brenda Romero, and Jenn Frank.

IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE, THE 2015 ‘SHALL WE PLAY A GAME?’ VIDEO GAMES OF THE YEAR: