Aesthetic Critique Of Video games

Critical but casual approaches to current, past, and future video games six times a week. In addition, guests will periodically share their own aesthetic and personal experiences with games in conversation! Subscribe to our Patreon at if you'd like to hear special patron-only bonus episodes!

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Episode 77: "Narrative in the Age of Mobile" w/ Tom Dziuba


We welcome mobile games writer Tom @coachfordads Dziuba on to talk Spider-Man, mobile development, and the way narrative is evolving daily. Super interesting look into the industry!

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 52.9MB - Duration: 1:09:56 m (106 kbps 44100 Hz)

Episode 76: Videogames' Citizen Kane w/David "TheBeerNerd" Eisenberg


We welcome David Eisenberg, aka the Beer Nerd, who comes on to talk Earthbound, OFF, and emotionally and psychologically evocative RPGs.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 58.78MB - Duration: 1:00:45 m (135 kbps 44100 Hz)

Episode 75: "There Isn't Always Tomorrow" w/Jason Rohrer!


We welcome Jason Rohrer, famous and even infamous indie game designer to talk narrative, form, his vision, and his new game One Hour One Life. An absolutely crucial account of game design straight from the horse's mouth.

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Episode 74: "Like Being Interested in Scorpions" w/ Pete "Whandall"


We welcome Pete @Whandall on to talk about the economics of games both in and out of the gamespace -- price theory, economics of scarcity and scale, everything you could want as an econ person who's torn your hair out to my podcast so far!

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 60.49MB - Duration: 1:21:44 m (103 kbps 44100 Hz)

Episode 73: Game Workers Unite w/ Liz Ryerson


We welcome Liz Ryerson (@ellaguro) to the show to talk about the recent and powerful unionization effort at GDC, as well as her role in and evaluation of the nascent Game Workers Unite collective!

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 48.61MB - Duration: 1:05:01 m (105 kbps 44100 Hz)

Episode 72: Far Cry 5's American Dystopia w/ Jack Smith IV!


We welcome back Jack Smith (@jacksmithiv) to review Far Cry 5, hot off or not even quite off the presses! Mic's resident expert on anti-governmental separatists and fascism walks us through the plot, clearly tagged spoilers and all. A No Cartridge first!

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 52.67MB - Duration: 1:23:43 m (88 kbps 44100 Hz)

Episode 71: "Systems of Domination" w/ Seth Shepherd


We welcome media mind Seth @asapsunscreen Shepherd on the show to talk with us about narrative, systemic analysis, realism, and the ways in which games end for the player but do not end for the character!

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 49.05MB - Duration: 58:04 m (118 kbps 44100 Hz)

Episode 70 - "No Problem Calling it Casual Gaming" w/Liz Roscher


We welcome Liz Roscher of Yahoo! Sports fame and of The Good Phight credentials on to talk about casual gaming, gendered expectations, and the double-edged sword of plot. Plus -- is Hatoful Boyfriend a good game? We ask the hard question.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 54.5MB - Duration: 1:10:47 m (108 kbps 44100 Hz)

Episode 69: "The Methadone of Gaming" w/ Riley Quinn


We welcome Riley @raaleh Quinn of the Trash Future Podcast on to talk about streaming, what to do when you can't game like you're used to, and the joy and struggle of getting back into gaming as an adult.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 55.68MB - Duration: 1:12:22 m (108 kbps 44100 Hz)

Episode 68: "People Want to Love Your Game" w/ Ethan Hammerman


We welcome Ethan Hammerman, former gaming marketer, current gaming enthusiast, and uniquely qualified insider to talk about the past, present, and future of gaming, marketing, and microtransactions!

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 52.31MB - Duration: 1:07:56 m (108 kbps 44100 Hz)

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