Putting the (Toy) Gun on the Table

Thoughts about an Evening with Inhuman Conditions In Waypoint Radio episode 200, Austin Walker talked about his experience with a game called Inhuman Conditions, a new table-top role-playing game which seems to be inspired by the Voight-Kampff test from the movie Blade Runner. The pitch was simple but intriguing: one player plays the role of

Gamescom 2018

I’m spending this year doing some research in Germany, and part of that research involves attending a wide variety of gaming-related events in Germany. This past week, I went to probably the biggest event I’ll go to: Gamescom. Some of you may know that Gamescom is one of the bigger game industry events in the

SOMA and its Big Questions

What running from an AI-created monster can teach us about the meaning of life. “What if I’m a brain in a vat, and all life is a simulation?” “How do I know for sure that other people aren’t just very convincing robots or machines?” “Can AI develop consciousness, and how should we relate to them

Episode 12 “Strategy Guide” Post #1—A Critical Close Reading of Lauren Berlant’s “The Predator and The Jokester”

Hey folks, After recording, editing, and listening to our most recent episode, “Predators and Jokers,” the crew and I realized that the topic, material, and theme were quite ambitious for the form of a single podcast. We had initially planned to include this summary and review of Berlant’s essay for the purpose of guiding listeners

Kyle’s Top 5 Games of 2017

Since we kept you all waiting an extra week or two for our 2017 Game of the Year podcast(s), Derek, Terrell, and I wrote up a little bonus content for all of our fans: our top five games of the year. If you haven’t seen theirs yet, check out Derek’s top five and Terrell’s top

Derek’s Top 5 Games of 2017

Derek’s Top 5 Games of 2017 As a lead up to our Game of the Year podcast(s), Kyle, Terrell, and I have written up our personal “Top 5” lists for 2017. These lists inform our podcast discussions but are distinct from them. They are also mostly spoiler-free. Enjoy! 5. Battle Chef Brigade (Trinket Studios) / SteamWorld

Talk and Play 02: Horror and Hypertext

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 Vanderbilt Center for Digital Humanities (344 Buttrick Hall), 7:00-9:00 pm Join us on All Hallow’s Eve for a night of horror! During the second Talk and Play event for the 2017/2018 academic year, we’ll be playing Supermassive Games’ Until Dawn (2015), a trope-laden, branching-narrative, survival-horror game. Until Dawn is centered on