In which we discuss how, when, where, and why we might quit a game. It turns out we’ve both quit a lot of games for lots of different reasons! Tyr spins this into a beautiful archaeological metaphor, and we work through our site abandonment – whether planned, drifting away or through sudden flood. We talk about a LOT of games.
We also haven’t heard any complaints about the new simple format so we’ll keep doing it that way, which is cheap and quick to do. Thanks Squadcast!
Hi everyone! Just a quick update mid-release to let you all know that I’m on a panel for PAX Online with some excellent friends – Sebastian Deterding from York University and Rachel Kowert from Take This. We’ll be talking about COVID-19 gaming under lockdown – our experiences, what the science says, and how people have been playing under lockdown.
No I can’t quite believe it either! Anyway, we are talking about travel in this episode. It’s very exciting. Also, I’ve had a baby (he’s now 1, and absolutely adorable), and Tyr has moved to another country! We talk about this a bit. We also talk about games that have travel in them, games we play that make us travel through time and/or space, and games that help us not travel (by allowing us to virtually play with others). We also reminisce about terrible travel systems and good ones. FFXI is only mentioned a few times.
We aren’t going to charge patrons for this one because a) we want you to remember who we are before we ask you for money and b) because it’s a right pain in the butt to deal with now that the VAT rules have changed again. Therefore this is a budget episode with very little editing. (We wanted to try out discord recording too, and it’s eh, okay but eh.)
This is a big apology for not having done much post-PAX East. For those who were at PAX or who know us IRL know that Catherine is about to have a baby (seriously, in less than 2 weeks, hopefully)! And Tyr has moved to Canada, so there’s been (and going to be) a bit of a dearth of content for a while. Don’t worry – we’ve not disappeared entirely! And despite being on very different timezones we will still be recording regularly once Catherine has worked out how to be a mum and Tyr has settled into her new life in Canada.
Thanks for all your support, and please stay tuned!
In this episode, Tyr and Catherine have opinions. No, we have Opinions. Capital O Opinions. Some of them are probably unpopular. Some of them we would defend with our lives. (Maybe.) Bad words are said. Totally @ us. (@CatherineFlick and @FothergillTyr on Twitter!)
We are also going to PAX East this year! Please come visit us in the Diversity Lounge at Catherine’s “Ask an Ethicist” booth. We’ll be doing a talk on AI in video games as well, currently scheduled for Saturday morning. We may have swag.
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In this episode we talk holidays! Why do we have certain holidays in games, and not others? Why is Christmas in games not quite Christmas, but a weird pagan version of Christmas? Is it only because game devs want to annoy right wing American Christians? Where do all these in-game traditions come from anyway? (It’s probably Saturnalia.)
What about ad-hoc celebrations? Ugh, so much about holidays I almost can’t wait for the next lot of turkey I get to eat! Maybe with some traditional Halloween turnips.
In this episode we talk about pets! Particularly Fortnite Pets, being both dragon experts and not Fortnite players at all. We may or may not sing silly on-topic songs. We discuss taking cute things into battle, gender issues of pets, domestic animals as food vs pets, particularly guinea pigs, and Fortnite and parenting despite not being parents. (Though we’ve done some research on these things!)
We also may or may not have had to re-record this episode due to Audacity crapping out on us 🙁