‘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.

‘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”?

‘Firewatch’ & Leigh Alexander

Campo Santo's 'Firewatch'

We review ‘Firewatch,’ the new video game from Campo Santo, without spoilers. Then (at 20:22), Chris talks to Leigh Alexander, the former editor-in-chief of Boing Boing’s Offworld, about why she is quitting writing about video games, why the culture’s collective amnesia about video games is harmful to the medium, and whether the sexism in video games is worse than the sexism in movies and television. 

‘Gone Home’ & ‘Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist’

Fullbright’s “Gone Home” was released for consoles this month. How does JJ feel about one of the most acclaimed “walking simulators” ever made? Then (at 25:49), we review “Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist,” a short, free game from the co-designer of “The Stanley Parable.”