Welcome back to Player’s Guide faithful listeners!
This week Jackson and Daniel slide their new story-focused direction in to the hilt. They tackle the concept of story structure in games – what works and what doesn’t when telling a story through an interactive visual medium.
Many, many people make the misstep of trying to directly translate what works in movies and TV into games. Frequently, this leads to games that feel flat. Your hosts talk about what sets games apart and how their unique properties can be used to pull an audience even deeper into a fictional world.
And as always, some cool shit you should check out:
This week you should play Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn
This week Jackson and Daniel throw a curve ball and take their thematic inspiration from sports. With the recent World Series victory by the Chicago Cubs, it seemed like the right moment to talk about underdog stories.
Alongside the hero’s journey and the redemption arc, the underdog tale is one of the most common storytelling tropes to encounter in speculative fiction. It also creates an interesting divergence of storyline and game mechanics when it is presented in video games.
Your hosts do their best to slice off the juiciest cuts of discussion from this meaty topic. We hope you enjoy!
This week you should watch The Get Down
This week you should listen to the Myths and Legends Podcast (which can be found here: https://www.mythpodcast.com)
This week on the podcast, we dip into literary territory and tackle the classic graphic novel The Watchmen. It is considered one of the most important pieces of literature in the genre of the graphic novel, and can certainly be credited with providing much of the media’s current legitimacy.
We also discuss its film adaptation. An adaptation that, to this day, garners polarized debate among the fans of the franchise.
We have a lot to say about just one book and one movie, so much in fact, that Daniel split into two people to help us tackle the topic. He named his mitotic offspring Paul… He claims that he’s always had a brother and that I am crazy… I’m not sure I can trust him anymore.