Friday, July 12, 2013

Episode 40: All That Violence

Welcome back to the First World Podcast.  This week we try to tackle the divisive topic of violence in video games.  We came no closer to solving any of the arguments for, or against violence, but we had a great time admitting the things that make us squeamish, and the things that we are for.  Madison picked up the Ico/Shadows of the Colossus HD collection and helped explain why video games are art.  Dan started his ride through the highly stylized Bayonetta, he got lost on the story, but loves the action.  We do something a little unconventional as Greg, Heath, and Dan all played Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and all have very different experiences with it.  Heath wraps up Now Playing with joining Greg and his dissent of The Last of Us.  We wrap up the show with part 2 in a 4 part series of Inside the Gamers Studio, this week we focus on Greg.

Even the villager is getting violent!

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ABCD (Aldrich, Braun, Clark, Davis)

First World Podcast is
Dan Clark - Editor/Producer/Co-Host
Heath Aldrich - Producer/Media/Co-Host
Greg Braun - Co-Host/ Hockey Aficionado
Madison Davis - Co-Host/ Mad Queen

1 comment:

  1. Ico and Shadow of the Colossus rock! I included them as examples of the refinement of narrative form as it has evolved in video games in my masters thesis. Some people don't get Ico. It's simply a puzzle game. A very beautifully immersive and breath-taking puzzle game.

    Yorda's behavior is part of the puzzle experience. And for those of you who complain that she's useless, without her you couldn't open the majority of the gateways throughout the game so she does serve a purpose.

    I hope to finish the HD version because they included an Easter Egg that wasn't originally in the American release. If you finish the game and play through a second time, you're supposed to have the option to see all of Yorda's words translated into English.

    As for Shadow of the Colossus, I find that so horribly bitter-sweet. You start to realized that you're destroying beautiful creatures who are not going out of their way to hurt anyone. So sad...

    Another great podcast everyone! Thanks for the shout out! :)