It walked into my browser, its eyes dark and legs that went on forever. It sauntered over to my audio streaming software and asked: “Can I talk to you about film noir?”
This week Jackson, Daniel, and special guest Shelby are all about hardboiled detectives, dames, gams, and guns. With Shelby’s expert assistance, your hosts take a look at what makes film noir tick and how it has gone on to influence a whole host of genres in the modern age – from Chinatown to True Detective.
It is upon this fine occasion that your liege-lords Jackson and Daniel have decreed that they shall discuss the finer points of chivalric value. The journey of the knightly archetype from Arthurian legend to the Paladins of D&D shall be charted, so that you too may walk the path of the righteous.
And lo, your hosts shall also guide you into temptation:
Jackson and Daniel are back with another episode of Player’s Guide. This week they are talking about gods in fiction – especially fantasy. There are not many features of the genre that blur the line between whole-cloth creation and adapted myth to the same degree as deities. And with religion and faith being alive and well in the real world, playing with the idea of gods is a great way to create vivid and incisive commentary.
In addition to diving into this rather meaty (so much meat that there will be a second part) topic, your hosts also bust out the recommendations:
This week you should read The Inheritance Trilogy by NK Jemisin
This week you should play Nier: Automata and the other games created and influenced by Yoko Taro
Player’s Guide is back again to brighten the week ahead. On this episode, Jackson and Daniel are discussing streaming. The ability to get your media – whether it be movies, television, or music – whenever you want it has fundamentally changed the way that we consume.
There few things that have impacted both creators and fans as heavily as access to streaming services and streaming websites have. Your hosts take a look at how they have experienced some of those changes and what a future dictated by Netflix, YouTube, and Twitch might look like.
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
Our technical difficulties have finally been conquered, and now you can hear Daniel and Jackson talking about aliens.
Jackson watched Arrival and decided that discussing otherworldly visitors would be topical. Whether they are coming to us, or we are going to them, aliens have become a staple of science fiction – frequently becoming the entire focus of many stories.
Beware, here be spoilers. Seriously, Arrival has a pretty great twist in it and Jackson just lays out the whole thing, so if you plan on watching the movie and would rather be surprised – definitely do that first.
Also, we have some out-of-this-world recommendations:
This week you should watch Chef’s Table
This week you should listen to The Adventure Zone podcast
This week Jackson and Daniel are discussing puzzle games and puzzles in games. Designers can use puzzles to provide unique challenges to their players, but when handled poorly, the in-game puzzle can lead to some of the most frustrating gaming experiences possible.
Your hosts do their best to figure out what makes a good puzzle and go over some of their least favourite examples from their gaming experiences.
Also, the recommend some stuff:
This week you should listen to the podcast Alice Isn’t Dead