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 www.patreon.com/hegelbon if you'd like to hear special patron-only bonus episodes!

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BONUS: Preview of Patreon episode on Violence

06-10-2017

In the wake of the Las Vegas shooting, I look at violence in videogames, trying to answer the question of why we should be lenient (or if we should be at all) to "murder simulators." Full episode available on patreon.com/hegelbon

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 7.28MB - Duration: 5:58 m (171 kbps 44100 Hz)


Episode 47: "Against an Easy Mode" with Scott @socksmahoney Blaha

04-10-2017

We welcome Scott Blaha (@socksmahoney) on the podcast to talk about Dark Souls, the reason it's fun, its lore, and to close the book on difficulty.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 63.65MB - Duration: 1:00:38 m (147 kbps 44100 Hz)


Episode 46: "We know you need healing, Genji" w/ basically half of UK twitter

29-09-2017

We welcome Andrew @andrewfairbairn Fairbairn, @tom_j_allen, @deadpanmarc, @showcasemassive, and @moontreezone on the podcast to talk about playing Overwatch as a team and the game's sense of balance and competition.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 57.69MB - Duration: 54:33 m (148 kbps 44100 Hz)


Episode 45: Axis of Difficulty w/ Ian @Glennfinito Renfroe

25-09-2017

We welcome Ian Renfroe (@glennfinito) onto the show to talk about difficult games, the nature of challenging work, and why music might be the best analogue to games yet.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 29.49MB - Duration: 57:56 m (71 kbps 16000 Hz)


Episode 44: "Psychic Warfare is Real" with Alexander Hinman

22-09-2017

We welcome longtime friend of the podcast Alex Hinman to talk Red Alert, ideology, and cut scenes, among other Soviet psyops.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 55.82MB - Duration: 1:03:53 m (122 kbps 44100 Hz)


Episode 43: The Mountaintop w/ Erica @lavosxii

19-09-2017

We welcome back Erica (@lavosxii) to talk with us about MMORPG theory, FFXIV, and the nature of cooperation.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 45.13MB - Duration: 1:29:07 m (71 kbps 16000 Hz)


Episode 42: "Hearthstone With Schilling" w/ Jesse Farrar and Stefan Heck

15-09-2017

We welcome Jesse @bronzehammer Farrar and Stefan @boring_as_heck Heck on the podcast to talk about streaming, toilets, and the nature of home ownership.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 86.98MB - Duration: 1:27:42 m (139 kbps 44100 Hz)


Episode 41: "/play" w/ Lena @lbourgie

08-09-2017

We welcome Lena (@lbourgie), long time friend of the podcast and of me, to the podcast to talk about quitting gaming, addiction, and fulfillment.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 31.49MB - Duration: 1:03:44 m (69 kbps 16000 Hz)


Episode 40: "Malevolent Magical Realism" w/ Michael Lutz (@warrenisdead)

04-09-2017

We welcome Michael Lutz, creator of "The Uncle Who Works at Nintendo" and "My Father's Long Long Legs", on to talk about narrative, horror, expectations in gaming, and even a bit of dramatic theory.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 67.06MB - Duration: 1:12:09 m (130 kbps 44100 Hz)


Mini Ep: The Indiegogo (w/ Jesse Farrar)

29-08-2017

We invite Jesse Farrar (@BronzeHammer) on to help me tweak the final details of my indiegogo pitch with his YKS knowledge

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 17.39MB - Duration: 16:19 m (149 kbps 44100 Hz)


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